“Dying then living for love.”
The Span of Perspective
Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:
Aquarius 30° The field of Ardath in bloom
This is a symbol of the spiritual integrity of nature herself, dramatized by Marie Corelli’s mystic meadow of ancient Babylon as an ageless and special challenge to modern life. Everyone may count on the inherent friendliness of the universe, and in consequence on the capacity of man’s destiny to endow him with fruits of his good rather than his bad works. The individual ultimately must rely on the world in which he finds himself, and so should live in such fashion that a reliance on him in turn is both possible and inviting.
The keyword is CONTINUITY
When positive, the degree is self-illumination through exceptional service to others, and when negative, witless reaction to fantasy.
The formula is: manipulating-ideal-ingenious-generalizing-physical-inspired.
Treaty by Leonard Cohen https://youtu.be/NU5FPAR7ass
Ardath brings to focus the miracle of renewal or rebirth ever following from even the most devastating of circumstances.
Ardath: The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli
“Let some of us hesitate ere we doubt the Miracle; for we are sleepers and dreamers all—and the hour is close at hand when—we shall Wake.” 2 Esdras 9:26
“So I went my way into the field which is called Ardath, like as he commanded me; and there I sat among the flowers, and did eat of the herbs of the field, and the meat of the same satisfied me.” http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5114
Today’s Septenary is supplemented with a reading of the interpretation given it also by Dane Rudhyar, to whom Marc Edmund Jones gave permission to do his own interpretation of the symbols as channeled by Elsie Wheeler in the spring of 1925:
Aquarius 30° Deeply rooted in the past of a very ancient culture, a spiritual brotherhood in which many individual minds are merged into the glowing light of a unanimous consciousness is revealed to one who has emerged successfully from his metamorphosis.
CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING
Keynote: The ability for the person with an open mind and a deep feeling for self-transcendence to come in contact with higher forms of existence.
The originally recorded Sabian symbol stated: “The field of Ardath in bloom,” which referred to a scene in an occult novel by Marie Corelli centering upon ancient Babylon. The reference may well have been a “blind” inasmuch as Marc Jones has stressed his inner contact with a Brotherhood with Babylonian, (or “Sabian”) roots. A spiritual Brotherhood constitutes a state of “multi-unity”–i.e. a multiplicity of individuals, if one thinks of the paths they trod to reach their final metamorphosis, but a unity of consciousness and “Soul”–thus unanimity (“anima” meaning Soul). In this spiritual Whole each unit is a recognizable “form” or entity if one looks at it with the eyes of personality; but when seen through a unified spiritual vision or from a distance, the Whole appears to be one single area of radiant light. Similarly, when studied by the modern physicist, light can be apprehended either as a stream of identifiable particles (photons) or as one continuous wave. Whether it is seen as one or the other depends on the point of view.
This is the last and culminating symbol of Scene Twenty-two of the cyclic ritual. This is indeed a fitting symbol, as the number 22 symbolizes all forms of mastery. At any level, it is a symbol of spiritual group fulfillment–of CONSCIOUS TOTALITY OF BEING.
“Dying then living for love.” Saijin http://wp.me/pvy3W-vF
Image: Ardath ~ The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli http://www.weiserantiquarian.com/cgi-bin/wab455/51698.html Corelli, Marie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Ardath: The Story of a Dead Self by Marie Corelli [bound with] The Red-Headed League’ a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle.
“An extremely unusual edition: Corelli’s “Ardath” with Doyle’s “The Red-Headed League” bound in at the rear. Curiously there is no mention of the Doyle story at all on the covers, title-page, or contents page, but it is complete, and with its own fly-title, and obviously original to the volume. One could speculate that the publishers might have miscalculated the size of the covers, and added in the Doyle story as a way of bringing up the page count, but this remains speculation.”