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Aquarius
Posted 3/22/2016 7:49 AM (#27138)
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Reflections on Easter




The highest and most important of all Christian Church Festivals is Easter. Did you know that its date depends on the Moon, a full Moon to be precise? This year 2016 Easter falls on 27th March, whereas in the year 2011 it took place on 24th April, in 2010 on 4th April, in 2009 on 12th April and in 2008 very early indeed on 23rd March. If you have ever wondered, like I used to do, why the Easter dates should fluctuate so wildly, you may find the result of my investigations into this matter of interest.

It is a well-known fact by now that the event Christianity commemorates as Easter was originally a celebration that honoured the resurrection of all nature. Its date was based on astrological calculations. With the appearance of Christianity this feast was adopted as Easter and a biblical event into the church’s calendars. One cannot help wondering how much our modern day church fathers are aware that the date for their Easter festivities to this day is based on astrology/astronomy, which in the olden days still were one.

A long time ago, to be precise in the year 325 AD, the tenderly guiding hand of the Unseen, who on all levels of life cares and provides for every need of our whole world and all its inhabitants, plant, animal and human alike, steered the members of the Church Council of Nicaea into an important decision. At one of their meetings the Church fathers decreed that Easter should from then onwards be celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full Moon after the vernal equinox. Should the full moon occur on a Sunday, Easter would have to wait until the following Sunday. That is why to this day the date of Easter can fluctuate so wildly.

Clearly, the underlying reason for coming to this decision is an astrological one. The timing of Easter was simply taken over from the pagan traditions. They were ever more forcefully suppressed by the followers of the Christian faith, when this belief system spread. In the same way many of the ancient pagan customs were gradually integrated into the new faith and re-appeared, only thinly disguised, in its celebrations.

The vernal equinox is the event that marks the Sun’s entry into Aries. Its date fluctuates slightly from year to year. A full Moon is visible in the sky each time the Sun and the Moon are in exact opposition to each other. At Easter the two signs of the zodiac involved are cardinal Aries, the point of all new beginnings, and cardinal Libra, the sign of marriage and partnerships. The spring equinox brings us the renewal of the marriage vows between Heaven and Earth, so that new life may spring forth on all its levels. Let me illustrate how the Easter date is calculated with an example. In the year 2008 the first full Moon after the equinox took place on Friday the 21st March. Easter therefore had to be celebrated as early as the 23rd March. All very simple, don’t you think?

Ah, as ever there’s more to this than meets the eye. It is remarkable that each time the Sun moves into one of the cardinal signs is marked by a special event, either an equinox or a solstice which calls for a special celebration, whose origins are lost in the mists of time. Somehow humankind has always known, in the earliest stages of our colonisation of planet Earth we probably merely sensed instinctively that Cardinal energy brings to our world some kind of a new beginning, when a fresh outburst of creative ideas from the highest levels of life flow into our race’s consciousness. It is more than likely that you and I spent quite a few of our past lifetimes in some of the pagan traditions. If that were not the case, we would hardly be interested in matters like this one. So, shall we continue with our investigations?

We probably took part in rituals of worship that celebrated the Sun’s entry into Aries as the rebirth of the Sun for our world. Worshipping the Sun and the elements was all humankind knew in those days. Anything of a higher nature would have been impossible for us to grasp so early on. What a long way we and our world have come since then! Now that at last we are learning to look beyond the end of our noses and deeper into what happened and why, it can be recognised that everything that took place in our world, even in ancient times, invariably had hidden esoteric meanings and was of great significance.

With this understanding it comes clear why the most important focal point of all earthly acts of worship has always been the Sun, who in the olden days was celebrated as the giver and source of all life. Over the ages, this theme remained unchanged. It was just that, as our race slowly progressed into a greater comprehension of spiritual ideas, the symbol given by the wise ones in charge of us on the Highest levels for this provider of life became a different one. God’s truth is unchangeable. It’s just that from time to time the name and description of a concept has to alter, so that we can grasp its meaning better, although the underlying truth remains unchanged. That is why God’s truth, which from the very beginning of Earth life has been with us, is that the Sun in the sky above us is a physical manifestation and at the same time a symbol of the Great Light, the Universal Christ, the only born Son/Daughter of the Great Father/Mother of all life. How wonderful that all the ancient rituals and ceremonies that are still known to our world already contained this message in seed form!

Let us turn to astrology to help us understand that truly for all earthlings Easter is the most sacred time of the year. This has nothing – and yet, in a way everything – to do with Christianity. What I mean is a much higher and elevated version of the Christianity that our world has known, up to now. Although many to this day are as yet unaware of the true meaning of their celebrations, they are taking part in a great Cosmic event, in which every lifeform on all life’s levels throughout the whole of Creation is involved. Our Creator has wisely provided that in Aries the Sun should be in its exaltation, so that as it moves through this sign the life force pours particularly powerfully into all life, not only that of the Earth. Our Sun is but one of the many outer physical and spiritual manifestations of the Universal Christ Spirit’s energies that are constantly flowing from the highest levels into all life, including that of the Earth, to support and maintain it.

The vernal equinox marks the points when, on the physical level of the life on our planet, the strength of the Sun is at its greatest in the Northern hemisphere and at its lowest in the Southern hemisphere, and vice versa. Yet, there is no need to suspect that one part could be receiving preferential treatment. Because of our oneness on the inner level, everybody constantly receives the Sun’s blessings, wherever they may be. After the gradual slowing down of the life force on our planet during the autumn and winter months in the Northern hemisphere, spring is the time of year designed to help all growing things of the Earth to forge ahead with great vigour. The Southern part of our globe has to wait its turn for this to happen until six months later.

The words Easter and its German equivalent Ostern have their origin in ?ostre or Ostara, Old English: ?astre, Northumbrian dialect ?ostre; Old High German: Ôstara, is a Germanic divinity who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name, Northumbrian: ?osturm?naþ; West Saxon: ?asterm?naþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth, is the namesake of the festival of Easter. ?ostre is attested by the Venerable Bede c.673-735, English theologian and historian, who in his eighth century work ‘The Reckoning of Time’ states that during ?osturm?naþ, the equivalent of April, the pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre’s honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time. It was replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

By way of linguistic reconstruction, the matter of a goddess called Austr? in the Proto-Germanic language has been examined in detail since the foundation of Germanic philology in the 19th century by scholar Jacob Grimm and others. As the Germanic languages descend from Proto-Indo-European (PIE), linguists have traced the name to a Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn Hews?s (Aus?s), from which descends the Common Germanic divinity from whom ?ostre and Ostara are held to descend. Scholars have linked the goddess’ name to a variety of Germanic personal names, a series of location names in England, over 150 2nd century BCE matronae Austriahenae – inscriptions discovered in Germany, and have debated whether or not Eostre is an invention of Bede’s. Theories connecting ?ostre with records of Germanic Easter customs, including hares and eggs, have been proposed. ?ostre and Ostara are sometimes referenced in modern popular culture and are venerated in some forms of Germanic neopaganism.

The three videos below are about the origins of the religions of our world. It is not hard to see from them that the Jesus legend is but a new version and a re-interpretation of an ancient myth that has been with our race for a very long time.

Part 2
The ancient Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris reinterpreted and retold in the Jesus legend.
From ‘Stargazer’s Astro Files – Special Events’

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Aquarius
Posted 3/23/2016 8:44 AM (#27141 - in reply to #27138)
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Easter Message From The Angels



And now, I would like to share with you the essence of a White Eagle teaching that appeared in Stella Polaris April/May 2007 under the title ‘An Easter Message From White Eagle given Easter Sunday 1933.’

The spiritual Universe is singing to you and your world this morning. And those whose inner ears have opened and whose hearts are tuned into the higher and highest realities of life can hear the glory of the message that at this time descends from the Heavens onto the Earth, which we are bringing to you. Alas, many in your midst are so sad and distracted by the cares of the material world that they cannot yet hear us. We are glad that ever increasing numbers of you are making good progress on their spiritual pathway.

Through sheer hard work, determination and perseverance, you have come a long way on your evolutionary road, which inevitably is strewn with the trials and tribulations that are necessary to help each one of you to grow ever more Heaven-tall. You have arrived at the point where you can hear our voices calling from the world of light, your true home: ‘Wake up, beloved children of the Earth. A new day is dawning for all those who weep.’

We are bringing you God’s message of a love that is true and eternal. Listen to the joy we, the Heavenly Hosts, are proclaiming on this day of resurrection and awakening. Since time immemorial every Easter Sunday the Universe’s spiritual power has been descending more forcefully than at other times onto the Earth. This is not just a ceremony or a form of worship of your churches.

In 1933, when we gave our original Easter message through the White Eagle group of guides, it was too early to tell you that the life story of Jesus of Nazareth is but a legend that demonstrates to humankind the behaviour of a very old and highly evolved soul, who has prepared himself for his role in the course of countless incarnations, long before your present world came into being. The man has mastered his earthly self and is at one with his Highest Self. By integrating every aspect of his nature and passing every test and initiation that was required of him, he has become a perfect being, one who is whole, holy and healed. He has evolved sufficiently to act as a channel to bring onto the Earth plane the Spirit of the Universal Christ, the third aspect of the Divine, who is all love. This legend of a Christed one was created to demonstrate to your race the pathway each one of you has to walk when their earthly education has run its course.

In the year 2015, enough of you are ready to comprehend the true meaning of the Jesus story. In 1933 your world was still a very different one. Too few would in those days have understood what we had to say. Besides, too many still needed the comfort of believing that there really was a Master Jesus in our world, who would come to save and redeem them in the days of horror that were yet to come. The time for the revelation that there never was or will be such a being had to wait until the energies were right. This they were when the planet Pluto transited through Sagittarius, the sign of the superconscious mind.

God’s truth is unchangeable. But how much of it we reveal to you at any given moment alters in keeping with the spiritual progress you are making and your ability to understand. That’s why something that is right for you now, may no longer be valid in future years. It has to be that way. We rejoice that sufficient numbers of you by now are capable of grasping that the story of the resurrection of Jesus always was no more than a metaphor that stands for the coming alive of the Christ Spirit. It rises from its death when your earthly self becomes aware of this hidden aspect of its nature.

This is the resurrection that eventually takes place in all human souls, when they slowly begin to free themselves from being trapped in the realities of Earth life and its beliefs. This awakening is quickened by an extra powerful outpouring of the Christ energies onto your planet during the Easter period and especially on Easter Sunday. The Divine spark in all human hearts then unites itself with the sacred fire of Mother Earth and Father Sun and together they bring about the renewal of all life in your world.

Easter is a spiritual rather than a religious period of the year. Mostly it is time for quiet thanksgiving because on the inner level of life the Christ Spirit within each one of you individually and also your whole planet is strengthened and fortified. Hand in hand with us turn your faces towards the great Sun of God and together let us give thanks and praise for the Great Father/Mother’s love, and for the gift of all life and lifeforms who are ever progressing towards more beautiful and perfect expressions.

Our love and special blessings are with you, always.

Happy Easter!

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Paul Joseph
Posted 3/23/2016 4:59 PM (#27142 - in reply to #27138)
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Dear Aquarius

I am sorry to be contentious, but your post elsewhere regarding 'freethinkers' and 'followers' comes to mind in respect to your post immediately above.

I cannot help wondering to which category belong members of the White Eagle group, and what evidence they have to supplant historical evidence. They seem to think they know more than some others of us do - maybe us 'first graders', as it was put in another post.

With regards to the first post in this thread, wasn't that one of the Church Councils that had a hand in codifying canon law into what we now have as the 'Holy Bible' for the Christian Church that you elsewhere seem to question the validity of? It was also around that era, I think (would need to check to confirm) that the Gnostic Gosepls were excluded, some including the Gospel of Mary and Gospel of Judas.

Blessings for Easter

Paul



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Aquarius
Posted 3/24/2016 9:26 AM (#27146 - in reply to #27142)
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Dear Paul,

I have no idea what kind of category White Eagle devotees generally belong to, never having counted myself as one of them. I merely use a quote here and there when it confirms my intuitive writing.

You may find the following of interest:

‘The White Eagle Mission And Mine’

With love - Aquarius

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Aquarius
Posted 3/24/2016 9:38 AM (#27147 - in reply to #27146)
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The Symbolism Of The Cross

The cross is one of the most ancient symbols known to humankind. It was not invented by Christianity, but merely adopted from much more ancient religions and cultures that preceded it. The cross’s vertical bar stands for the God’s Will, as it reaches down from Heaven to Earth. The horizontal one is the symbol of humankind’s will for as long as it crosses the Will of God and struggles against it. When the two bars at last have been taken apart and are lying peacefully side by side and working harmoniously together, there is no more cross and there is PEACE!

In its original sense it never stood for death and crucifixion, but for the goodness and blessings of Earth life. It is intended to convey the idea that the human spirit with the assistance of its Highest Self is capable of overcoming and rising above everything that happens on the physical plane. The cross contains the message that until all human spirits and souls in their earthly existence, have imbibed their lessons in the course of many lifetimes. Until they have become sufficiently evolved, they have to remain firmly fixed to the cross of consciousness of earthly life.

There is no point in fighting against any of this because the material and spiritual education that our planet alone can provide is essential for our individual and collective evolutionary development. That’s why it is compulsory and unavoidable for all of us. The best we can do is go with the flow and submit ourselves willingly to whatever presents itself to us. This brings us much more easily into harmony with the energies of the Highest Forces than anything else. We have been granted the gift of another lifetime so that we may serve them and learn how to co-operate with them.

In due course this gradually brings us back into the conscious loving union with God and the Universe we are all on the Earth to seek. Any knowledge we discover along the way is meant to be shared with our earthly siblings. With our loving support they too will eventually be able to grasp the special meaning of the evolutionary phase we and our whole world are presently moving through. For those who are ready to receive the seeds we are sowing they will fall on fertile ground and germinate. By helping to see their problems in a different light we can assist their ascent above the physical plane. It would be unreasonable to expect an immediate ending of someone’s suffering straight away, but through a fresh understanding it can at least be alleviated. An increasing awareness of what this life is all about and what is at stake can and indeed frequently does bring a spontaneous measure of relief, comfort and healing.
Misunderstood for a very long time, the legend of the Master Jesus has tried to bring us new hope by showing us how, like the Master, every human spirit and soul will eventually be capable of withdrawing from the suffering of its physical body. We all have the power within to lift ourselves on the wings of our Highest, God or Spiritual Self, above all earthly difficulties. The underlying esoteric meaning of the events of Easter always have been a hidden allegory to reveal to us how each one of us will eventually reach the evolutionary point of viewing our present existence from an ever higher perspective.

This empowers us to watch all its proceedings in the right light and with the necessary detachment. Each one of us is required to walk in the Master’s footsteps and deal with things the way he did. In my view, this is only possible when one perceives the troubles of our present existence in the above described manner. Instead of allowing ourselves being tortured and crucified by the trials and tribulations of this plane, we then become capable of dealing with them ever more objectively and dispassionately. The more one recognises them as personal and collective evolutionary lessons and passing phases of our earthly existence, the more this comes about quite naturally.

It seems to me that many of the happenings in our world, which all too easily can be perceived as people’s pure and utter selfishness, are but outer manifestations of the inner yearning of the soul of our whole world to find healing and peace. Deeply embedded in every individual soul and also in the collective is the sacred knowledge of humankind’s homecoming into its true nature and the togetherness and oneness with God and all life. Bearing this in mind, are all the struggles we presently observe around us in truth pleas that the home coming process into our true nature should be speeded up by those in charge of us on the highest levels of life?

During this difficult evolutionary phase it is hardly surprising that times are frequently difficult for all of us and that the mettle of so many is being tested and tried, almost to breaking point. So, with feet planted firmly on the ground, hearts and minds steadily focused on the highest level of life, in our role as aspiring light workers let’s keep our eyes firmly fixed on the spiritual background of this life, so it can reveal to us ever more of the truth about the higher and highest purpose and meaning not only of our present existence, but of the way all life truly functions.

Astrology can help us gain a better understanding of the many obstacles all of us are presently encountering on our journey back home into the full conscious awareness of our true nature. Never forget that Aquarius is co-ruled by Saturn and Uranus, in that order. Saturn here acts as the gatekeeper for the Aquarian age. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that so many of us are struggling and that on many different levels of our being. In the course of teaching us self–discipline, Saturn tests and tries us to the utmost of our endurance. Until self-mastery has been achieved none of us will be released into the greater spiritual freedom of the Aquarian age.

Recommended Reading:
‘Could Religions Ever Change Anything?’

From
‘Healers And Healing’

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Paul Joseph
Posted 3/25/2016 6:36 AM (#27150 - in reply to #27138)
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Dear Aquarius, and any other interested readers ....

Just 'cos the Cross has ancient and manifold symbolism, does not transform the facts of history into legend ... irrespective of how much we might want it too ... we just keep crucifying the Truth if so ...

It is reassuring what you say about the White Eagle Lodge , as in some quarters in it is regarded as a cult.

Easter Blessings

Paul

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Aquarius
Posted 3/25/2016 8:52 AM (#27153 - in reply to #27150)
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Paul Joseph - 3/25/2016 12:36 PM . . . It is reassuring what you say about the White Eagle Lodge , as in some quarters in it is regarded as a cult. . .

Really? I have never heard that before, but can assure you that - as far as I am aware - it is nothing of the kind.

With love - Aquarius

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Posted 3/25/2016 9:02 AM (#27154 - in reply to #27153)
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Each Their Own Saviour And Redeemer

No-one in the whole of God’s Creation can save and redeem us except we ourselves. This process begins when the Christ part of our nature at last awakens from its slumbers. Our hopes, dreams and aspirations slowly but surely rise above the desires of our lower earthly nature, which in previous lifetimes caused us to sin against the law of life: love. As soon as we start to live in the light of the Christ Spirit, through our changed thinking and behaviour patterns we somehow bring this light into our world. Gradually the drives and urges of our worldly nature are left behind and eventually we reach the point when they can no longer touch us. We have been saved from them and that is the esoteric meaning of salvation.

Salvation and redemption cannot come about through believing in a specific person and/or following the religion they represent, or any of the other belief systems of our world. The only thing that can and indeed does save us is by bringing forth the highest and best that is within us, our own Christ nature. All we have to do to bring this about is being a good person in all we do and by living a good life rather than merely ostentatiously doing good deeds. This pathway means carrying out what our Christ nature tells us is good and right. We prefer following our inner guidance, the living God within, rather than listening to what somebody else may want us to do. We refuse to hurt or harm anyone, even though we may never have clapped eyes onto the ten commandments of the Abrahamic religions. We no longer need anyone to tell us that going to war, killing and maiming is wrong, as our attitude is based on a deep inner conviction and knowingness that is very much our own.

We know that all warfare is a crime against humankind and our whole world. We therefore would not dream of going to war against any of our siblings in the great family of life or treating any one of them as less valuable and precious to our Creator than we are. Thoughts, words and actions of kindness and consideration, compassion and love for all life, working for God in our daily lives in full consciousness of the glory that is above, around and within us and all lifeforms, are no longer second but first nature to us. We have become a Christed one in our own right and that has always been the true meaning of being saved by Christ.

Our redemption comes through patiently enduring whatever our Karmic debts from other lifetimes are bringing to us in this one. We need to work our way through every one of the events, no matter how hard and difficult they maybe, as best we know how to. Working hand in hand with God and the Angels makes this cross of the Earth easier to carry, as past experiences have shown us that we can trust our inner guidance, the means of the Highest for communicating with us, to show us how to go about things. Equipped with the wisdom we have already found on our pathway through life, we rest safely in the knowledge that everything will come right in the end because that is sure to be part of God’s great plan of life.


When the Christ spirit comes alive in us, we are meant to share the insights we are gaining with all those who are in need of it, so the knowledge can spread ever further afield. Through others constantly adding their learning to ours, the Christ spirit in the end, individually and collectively, does indeed become the saviour and redeemer of our whole world. And that is the only way the Christ can do this. The spirit of the Universal Christ is the Lord/Lady and Master/Mistress of our planet, the son/daughter of the Great Father/Mother of all life. S/He brought us into being and has always looked after us and kept us safe, and forever will do so. As you can see for yourself now, through quickening the spirit life in more and more of us, the Christ spirit really is the saviour of humankind – but in this way alone.

From ‘Healers And Healing’

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Aquarius
Posted 3/26/2016 7:45 AM (#27160 - in reply to #27154)
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The Full Moon

Rays Of Wisdom - Stargazer's Astro Files - Special EventsWhat has the full Moon to do with the things I told you in the previous chapters? And why does it have to be the first one after the Equinox? Physically as well as spiritually, each full Moon reflects the maximum amount of the Sun’s light onto the Earth. Esoterically, light is God’s wisdom and knowledge that brings increased understanding to humankind. Astrologically, the Moon is the symbol of our soul and its earthly personality with its many and varied experiences, through which we all have to learn and grow. Thus, our soul – the Moon – slowly gathers light, i.e. knowledge and wisdom from the Sun – our Highest Spirit Self – that disperses the darkness of the earthly self’s ignorance. By sharing what we find with others so that it lightens up their darkness, God’s eternal wisdom and truth are reflected back into our world where they grow ever stronger.  The soul is the memory bank in which every bit of knowledge the earthly soul gathers is stored.

One Moon cycle takes approx. twenty-nine and a half days and when the Sun and the Moon are in opposition to each other in the sky, a full Moon illuminates our world at night. This is always a very special time for giving thanks for everything that is and ever has been in our lives. It is also a time for finding enlightenment. Now, this does not usually happen through majestic earth-shattering and world-changing flashes of inspiration, like the Buddha is said to have received.

But if you watch out around the time of the full Moon in future, you may notice that you are gradually finding a greater understanding of difficult life situations and relationships. Insights may come to you that will somehow make them more bearable and it is possible to help things along a bit. If there are things in your life that are puzzling you, maybe have been doing for a long time, turn to your inner teacher, the Moon, the Universe – whichever appeals to you most – and ask your questions. The answers are sure to come, sometimes when you least expect them. To show your readiness to receive them, make sure to set aside regular quiet times for quiet reflections, contemplations and meditations.

Because of the extra mighty outflow of the blessing and healing power of the Cosmic Christ around Easter, it makes a great deal of sense to place its celebrations as closely as possible to the full Moon after the vernal equinox. And as in a physical and spiritual sense the full Moon reflects a maximum amount light of the Sun onto the Earth, humankind’s celebrations of all times have always ensured that it is received as fully as possible. Thus, the love of the Sun, who all along has stood for the Son, who in the Christian tradition became known as the only born Son of God, has gradually come increasingly alive in our world. Over the ages, it has been reborn in ever more earthly hearts that, one way or another, were being prepared by the celebrations of whatever faith they may have confessed to and followed, during any one of their many lifetimes.

I find it astonishing how the ancients, just the same as the early Christians, fixed the date of Easter and celebrated it, each tradition in its own style, without having a clue of the higher meaning of their ceremonies that to this day may still be hidden to a great many of its followers. And isn’t it amazing how down the ages humankind was always guided into doing the right things? For example, that we celebrated Easter in spite of not knowing that in truth we were taking part in a great Cosmic event, to which the Universe invites all who understand and are thus ready to consciously take part in the festivities, if they so wish. And what would you say if I told you that most of the insights I am sharing here with you came to me around the time of the full Moon before the vernal equinox? Here the Sun and Moon are in opposition in the signs Pisces, ruled by Neptune, the enlightener, and Virgo, the healing and teaching sign of the zodiac, ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods.

Some of the ancient pagan rituals and ceremonies date back to the earliest human settlements on the Earth and are still known and practised to this day. Carrying them forward into Christianity and continuing with them, in a somewhat changed format, ensured an uninterrupted flow of the great festival’s true purpose. These blessings of the Universal Christ have always taken place and will continue for as long as there is any need for them anywhere. It is astonishing to be able to see now how all this went on behind the scenes, unencumbered by any of the beliefs that are by now wildly outdated, which at any given time our world was desperately trying to cling on to.

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Posted 3/26/2016 5:08 PM (#27161 - in reply to #27138)
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Happy Easter, Aquarius; and all other Chocolate Bunny Lovers......

I hope there are plenty of eggs in your garden!

 

Peace,

Marty 

 

P.S. I am a believer, the man we know as Jesus rose from the dead.

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Posted 3/27/2016 7:10 AM (#27162 - in reply to #27161)
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Thank you, dear Marty. I hope the Easter bunny has left loads of them for you, too.

And I hope your digestive system is able to cope with them!

With love - Aquarius

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Posted 3/27/2016 7:45 AM (#27163 - in reply to #27162)
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Easter Message



Friendship isn’t a big thing,
It’s millions of little ones.

And to all my friends and spiritual family
Throughout our world
I am sending my love and best wishes for
An extra special and blessed time
For you and your loved ones.

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Posted 3/27/2016 12:43 PM (#27165 - in reply to #27138)
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You have to understand why Easter is moot for me now. http//mike1baker.wordpress.com I tweeted Dr. Samadi to explain why all medicine is still playing catch up. It all started here. With me. Nothing out of nowhere.
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Posted 3/29/2016 8:10 AM (#27169 - in reply to #27165)
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Hi Alpha Omega

Nice to hear from you back here ... I could not pick up that link to read what you tweeted - any chance of reposting it please? Or PM me if easier.

Thanks

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Aquarius
Posted 4/5/2016 8:06 AM (#27187 - in reply to #27169)
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Dear All,

Here is a special treat for you and this seems to be the only thread where it feels right. Hope you'll agree.



Today I have an extra special video for you. It shows two men carrying out some breathtaking repair work on the statue of Christ The Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It towers at the peak of the seven-hundred metres high Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park at an imposing height of thirty metres on a pedestal that adds another eight metres to the total height.

The statue was erected in honour of Jesus Christ and overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro. Originally erected as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity, it has become an icon for the city and the whole of Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone and its construction was completed in 1931, two years before Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany on 30 January 1933. Please click the link below to participate in the repair work:

‘Christ The Redeemer’

With love - Aquarius
 
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Aquarius
Posted 4/6/2016 7:06 AM (#27190 - in reply to #27187)
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Longingly the Christ statue in my previous posting, with its mighty arms that have a span of twenty-eight metres, reaches out to embrace our whole world. In Earth terms 1931 was still a long time to go before we would be allowed to find out about God’s true nature and our own. But now the spirit of the Universal Christ calls out to us with ever increasing force: ‘Listen to Me, My people. Give ear to Me, My nation. By that I mean the whole of humankind. Take a good look at this statue. It is as much in need of repairing and overhauling as your understanding of the role of Jesus as the saviour and redeemer of you and your world.

‘The time has come for taking Jesus off his cross and pedestal. You need to put him into the place where he truly belongs – the realm of myths and legends. Ever more of you are by now ready to stop perceiving Jesus as some kind of an idol or an icon, because you recognise that all along the story of the Master’s life has been a symbol of  your own God part or Christ nature. The figure of an almost naked corps of a man that is nailed to a cross represents humankind’s earthly self.

‘Emaciated from the stresses and strains of his tests and trials of Earth life, stripped of everything he once held dear in earthly life, especially the characteristics of his lower animalistic nature, the man has left his physical body behind to be consciously reunited with its Highest or God Self. His loincloth is an indication that gender becomes irrelevant when you too enter into the state the man is now in, as on the inner level – to which he has withdrawn – each one of you is no longer merely a man or a woman, you are androgynous, like Me. You then stand before your naked self, stripped of all pretences and false beliefs, ready to see yourself for who and what you really are and always have been. The final part of the story the man on the cross can tell is about the journey each one of you undertakes every time you leave your physical existence and body behind.

‘All of these things are as true for the more advanced souls in your midst as they are for those who to this day continue to look up to Jesus, hoping and praying that one day he will appear as their saviour and redeemer. Awakened souls can see that these people are praying in vain, because they know that the only God who will ever be capable of saving and redeeming anyone is My spirit, when in the fullness of time it comes alive and is born in ever more human hearts.

‘Each one of you without exception, My beloved children, does contain My spirit at least in seed form. It can only come alive when someone’s energies have become sufficiently evolved. This is how in the end even the last and slowest soul will awaken to the fact that the only way the Christ Spirit can save and redeem them is when they themselves develop My characteristics. They too need to learn how to handle all their affairs, personal ones as well as those of their world, in keeping with their true nature. This is how each one of you has to do their share of establishing God’s kingdom on the Earth, so that peace can come to your world quite naturally.

‘I, the Universal Christ, am the true Christ. I am the great white light at the top of the spiritual mountain and all the belief systems your world has ever known, including the ones that are still with you, have been and will continue to be no more than pathways. Each one was originally meant to lead you, the aspirant, back into your true nature and the conscious awareness of your oneness with your Creator, the Great White Spirit, Father/Mother of all life. The Christ or God part of everybody’s own nature is a vital part of Me, their only born Son, the Sun behind and beyond the Sun in the sky above you.

‘I am of My Father/Mother in equal proportion. The will and power of the Father are in Me as much as the wisdom and love of the Mother, and the same is true for all of you. I, the Christ Spirit and living God within you, am the glorious hero and all-conquering spirit who has been waiting for aeons to teach each one of you, My lower earthly counterparts, to rise above all the ills that have ever troubled and beleaguered you and your whole world. I am the aspect of your nature that can save and redeem you and teach you how to uplift and transmute all darkness into light, sorrow into joy, tears into laughter, fears and anxieties into total faith and trust in God and the ultimate goodness of the life S/He has created for us. These things play a vital part in the healing of everybody’s pain and suffering as well as that of your world.

‘The more you mature into spiritual adulthood, the easier you will grasp that everything that ever happened to you, individually and collectively, has been your own creation. Forgiving yourself and your perpetrators is made easier when you understand that all of it was necessary because the events were lessons that would eventually help you to grow and evolve into the one you have now become. Do not condemn or blame yourself for anything and treat your own suffering – the same as everybody else’s – with the compassion and love anyone deserves who is grappling with coming to terms with the spiritual purpose and meaning of Earth life.

‘Any of the unpleasant and traumatic events in your lives can only happen because of the seeds you once sowed and the repercussions of what you yourself at one time or another did to those you came in contact with, either earlier in your present lifetime or in others way back in the past. No matter what anyone sends out into the world, the Universal law, My law of Karma, decrees that everything has to return to its source. And that is why any kind of suffering, without exception, can only come about because it serves as a teaching aid that shows those at the receiving end what it feels like to be the victim of the expressions of someone’s lower nature.

‘By forgiving yourself and anyone who hurt and wounded you, you set yourself and the other one free. Forgiveness alone can cut the emotional/spiritual bonds that once existed between two people. It shows those in charge of you on the highest level of life that you have understood your lesson, and that nothing of this nature will ever be required by you again. When you have understood and accepted the necessity for the difficult and traumatic things that to this day take place on the Earth plane, you have saved yourself from the necessity of further lessons of this nature.

‘From there go forth with simple human kindness, love and compassion in your heart and redeem yourself by sharing your learning with all those who are in need of it. Living as a good example, show them new ways of loving and forgiving that they may wish to follow, so that they too can bring about their own saving and redemption and find healing and peace. And always bear in mind that in My eyes there is no such thing as failure. What your outer world likes to call a failure to Me is nothing but an opportunity for you, My beloved child,  that takes you a step forward on the road to success and your reunion with Me.

‘In both genders alike all aspects of your nature, the higher and lower as well as the inner woman in men and the inner man in women, need to be united and fully integrated. When they are working in peace and harmony together for the highest good of all, the same as they are in Me, lasting peace will come to your world. In this manner all power-seeking and warmongering will quite naturally come to its end, the way it has been written in the Great Father/Mother’s plan since the beginning of life on the Earth.

‘I bless you all, My beloved children.’

Recommended Reading:
•    ‘Away In A Manger’
•    ‘The Jesus Mysteries’
•    ‘The Universal Christ Speaks To Us And Our World’

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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/6/2016 11:45 AM (#27192 - in reply to #27138)
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I agree that religions and statues and such like ossify the spirit, but let us not throw out the baby with the bath water.
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Posted 4/15/2016 4:20 PM (#27233 - in reply to #27138)
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Everyone has belief systems, whether right or wrong... opposing opinions will always be welcome. Everything we know is based on either theory, gut intuition or some scientific evidence that doesn't always match up. The nice thing about having a forum of metaphysics is to bring forth all possibilities and theories, even if it's not popular belief.

As long as nobody is bashing anyone or saying any one true way is correct, then topics are able to be discussed and enjoyed.

I personally have extreme different opinions on Easter, Religion and faith. I do hope everyone enjoyed their holidays as seen fit, even if it was just to enjoy a break.

Many blessings~
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Aquarius
Posted 4/16/2016 6:45 AM (#27236 - in reply to #27233)
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I believe that everybody's perception of the truth will always remain somewhat different. In my view, we are here NOT to regurgitate parrot-fashion what this, that or the other person said in the past. Although it may - or may not - have been right in those days, this may no longer be the case. We are in this life to pick the nuggets of truth from each one of them, i.e. the things that our inner guidance, the wise one within, confirms to be true and still valid. From that starting point we need to come to our own conclusions, to add our insights and observations to that which is already there. That's why I wrote some time ago:

'As pioneers of the New Golden Age we have every right to courageously look forward into the sparkling future that awaits us and our world in the Aquarian Age. This world cannot come into being for as long as too many of us insist on clinging to the old beliefs and the thoughts and behaviour patterns they are capable of producing to this day. To achieve the progress that potentially is possible, we have to let go of many of the old teachings and open ourselves to the new wisdom that is coming our way and the renewed understanding this brings.

'Repeating parrot-fashion, whether something makes sense to us or not, that has been the way of the past. It is still good enough for those who are going through their spiritual infancy and childhood, but no longer for souls who have grown into their spiritual adulthood. Continuing to use some, i.e. that which does make sense to us, of the old teachings is all right for budding mystics and seekers of God’s sacred wisdom and truth. Our task is to pick the best from them and to discard that which no longer is of any use or value to us and our world. And our main aim needs to be helping others to peer beyond the ends of their noses into the higher and highest realities of life, so that their faith and trust in the basic goodness of life – the same as ours – can be restored.

'The very reason for having been granted the gift of another lifetime at this particular time is that the Highest expects all of us to add the insights we are gaining from the experiences of our own pathway through life to the knowledge that is already available and has remained valid to this day. Hand in hand with God and the Angels we shall in this way bake a rich new cake from the raisins we are picking from the old plus adding all the new and exciting discoveries we are now being allowed access to.

Extract from ‘Letting Go Of The Old’

‘Our World In Transition’

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Aquarius
Posted 4/16/2016 7:45 AM (#27237 - in reply to #27236)
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With the Aquarian Age the time has come for the blinkers to be removed from the inner vision of all God’s beloved children of the Earth. Through the steadily increasing flow of Divine wisdom and truth slowly but surely the individual and collective consciousness of our world is being cleansed of ever more false beliefs, prejudices and outdated beliefs. This enables us to form a new and healthier relationship with our true Divine parents and their only born Son/Daughter, the Christ Spirit, the spiritual Sun behind the Sun in the sky above us. It is then no longer hard to grasp how true and lasting peace will come to us and our world through each one of us freely and willingly giving of their best. When we have reached this degree of understanding of spiritual matters, it is no longer hard to conduct our lives in a masterly fashion. There is then no doubt left about the honesty and integrity of our intention to make a valid contribution towards not only saving ourselves but our whole world. All we have to do is follow in the footsteps of a true Master, as demonstrated by the Jesus legend.
 
From ‘Unfolding The Superconscious Faculties’
 
‘Healers And Healing’
 
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Paul Joseph
Posted 4/17/2016 3:10 PM (#27255 - in reply to #27236)
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Is anybody here repeating or regurgitating anything parrot fashion?

Though as this is a Discussion Board sponsored by a University, I think it is essential to retain academic standards, one of which is properly crediting ideas with their sources, the other is, rigour of intellect and intuition in examining the ideas under discussion .. and being prepared to listen to others in the spirit of mindful respect.

ps, thanks for the enquiry Jill, my Easter was heavy going since you ask!



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Posted 4/17/2016 11:02 PM (#27258 - in reply to #27138)
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Glad it went a bit better now. ... I'm looking forward to good topics coming soon. .... going to bed now, zzzzzzzz whiped out..... ZzZzZzzzzzzz ??
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Aquarius
Posted 4/18/2016 8:09 AM (#27264 - in reply to #27255)
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Paul Joseph - 4/17/2016 9:10 PM. . .  I think it is essential to retain academic standards, one of which is properly crediting ideas with their sources, the other is, rigour of intellect and intuition in examining the ideas under discussion .. and being prepared to listen to others in the spirit of mindful respect. ps, thanks for the enquiry Jill, my Easter was heavy going since you ask!

Hello Paul,

Please note that everything that is posted by me on this forum is my own intuitive and original writing, unless it has clearly been marked otherwise.

With love - Aquarius

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Posted 4/21/2016 8:29 AM (#27299 - in reply to #27264)
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The Wesak Moon
 
After the resurrection and rebirth of Easter at the beginning of spring, the next important event in the astrological/spiritual calendar is the Wesak Moon. The Moon greatly influences all life on the Earth and in the course of the Sun’s transit through the whole zodiac the full Moon takes place in every one of the signs. Each one of them is a highly significant event in its own special way. And when the full Moon takes place in Taurus, in the year 2016 on Friday 22nd April, the time has come for celebrating the Wesak Festival. Studying both the Sun in Taurus and in Scorpio goes a long way towards a better understanding of the energies that are influencing us and our world at this time.
 
Things can only happen on the Earth plane when the energies are right. Numerology tells me that, to help us with the transformation and regeneration of ourselves and our planet, this year the Buddha vibrations of  love, peace and goodwill towards all life will be flowing extra powerfully down to it from the Highest levels of life. This is for many different reasons. The full Moon takes place on Friday 22nd April. The 22nd day of each month is on the Master vibration. April = 4th month and the 4 is ruled by Uranus, co-ruler of Aquarius together with Saturn. Now take the number of the year 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9 Mars, sole ruler of Aries, the planet and point of all new beginnings, and co-ruler with Pluto of Scorpio, the sign of birth, death and rebirth, degeneration and regeneration.
 
Let’s take a closer look at the various figures. 1) 22 – should by rights never be added together, but we shall do it nonetheless because it adds another dimension to the picture we are painting. 2 + 2 = 4 Uranus. 2) 4 from the day + 9 from the month = 13 = 1 + 3 = 4 Uranus once more. For the crowning glory of the occasion 4 + 4 + 9 = 17 – Sun, ruler of Leo and the human heart, in this case together with Neptune, the highest love vibration of the Universe. 1 + 7 = 8 Saturn, co-ruler of Aquarius with Uranus. Saturn guards the gate into the Age of Aquarius, ready to turn from the teacher into the rewarder for those who have done their homework by keeping the receiver/transmitter station of their earthly minds constantly tuned into the frequencies of the Highest. With the passing of time this makes them into ever more powerful channels for the blessing and healing energies of the Christ Spirit – the Buddha vibrations are part of them – to flow into our world and also themselves – in that order. When we are healing, our world heals with us. And when our world heals, we can do nothing but  the same.
 
On top of all these positive energies Neptune is at the moment transiting Pisces, its own sign, where it is particularly strong and can express its highest and most positive aspects more easily than at other times. Uranus is presently moving through Aries, the point of all beginnings, as mentioned earlier. Although Mars, the ruler of Aries, has been the God of war of antiquity, it looks to me as if we and our world were at last set to make use of the highest and most positive expressions of the Mars energies. We need to tune into them so they can assist us with functioning as pioneers and wayfinders for the new age and discovering new ways of resolving all earthly conflicts. May God and the Angels hold our hands and show us how to go about it.
 
Back to the Lord Buddha. He is said to have meditated under a Banyan tree until he found his enlightenment. In the Hindu religion this tree represents the tree of life. As we know by now, the Buddha is as much a legendary figure as the Master Jesus. It is therefore not surprising that the tales about the length of time the Buddha sat in meditation and also the type of tree where it took place vary considerably. The Boddhi tree legend says that after having become enlightened, the Buddha stayed under this tree and also others for seven more weeks of meditating and mastering all his senses. However, the accounts of these seven weeks do not always exactly match in some details such as timing. It seems likely to me that the seven weeks are more of an allegory, a symbolism for an indefinite length of time, similar to the forty days and nights Jesus is said to have spent in the desert, than what the Buddha actually did.
 
By the way, the same especially powerful outpourings of the Christ energies are flowing into our whole world at various other occasions, for example around the time of the Wesak Moon and the Christ Moon, as well as the Summer and Winter Solstice or the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes. No matter whether we live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, they simultaneously reach and influence all life on our planet equally strongly. The reversal of the seasons in the hemispheres does not make any difference.
 
If you follow the link to ‘Myths And Legends’ at the end of this chapter, you can read more about the legends of the Lord Buddha and Jesus Christ. I believe that the Buddha story was given to our world as a demonstration of how eventually every human soul has to work its way towards buddhahood. The time of the Wesak Moon is particularly good for meditations and quiet reflections, not on the figure of the Lord Buddha but the purpose of the legend that surrounds him.
 
From the White Eagle Lodge’s Starlink May 2012: ‘White Eagle tells us that at time of the Wesak Moon there is a natural up-rushing of life from the Earth and as the energies rise, there is a corresponding outpouring from the spiritual spheres. The ascending and descending ones blend and fuse, and an expansion of the spiritual power of the Highest takes place on the Earth plane.’
 
From the White Eagle Lodge on the occasion of the Wesak Full Moon 2015: ‘At this time of the Buddhist Wesak Festival, White Eagle offers us a special meditation. Use it as guidance to consciously attune yourself to the heightened vibrations of tenderness and love that can be absorbed at this very special time of the year. The attunement helps you with walking the path of deep compassion and that raises your own consciousness as well as that of our whole world:
 
‘We would like to raise you from your lower physical level of thought to the upper level with its purer air and finer pulsation or vibration of life. We take you to the vast assembly of wise ones on the higher etheric plane where the assembly of the Buddhist or Wesak festival of peace, compassion and love is taking place. In your heart and pure spirit you are enveloped and filled with the sweet and holy Buddha love. Your heart expands with love and compassion for all lifeforms, for at this level everybody knows that we are all siblings in the Great Light in whom all life is one. You too are feeling compassion for the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms and the very substance of the Earth. Meditate on this at-one-ment and infinite peace and feel how it fills your whole being.’ 
 
Recommended Reading:
 
From ‘Stargazer’s Astro Files – Special Events’
 
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Posted 4/21/2016 2:21 PM (#27302 - in reply to #27299)
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Dear Aquarius

A devout Christian or devout Buddhist might be perplexed if not offended by some of the contents of your latest post.

As far as 'White Eagle' is concerned, which as I understand it is claimed to be channelled writing from a 'Native American' spirit source, I find myself wondering if that has ever been passed by anyone from the First Peoples of this continent.

Here we seek to be inclusive, not exclusive: respecting traditions, histories and pathways where they share the goal of awareness and enlightenment in a non-singular way.

Blessings

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