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Esoteric Astrology - The Three Crosses - The Cardinal Cross
3. The Cross of the Risen Christ - The Cardinal Cross
  1. This is the Cross whereon, under the occult paradox and in time and space, the Spirit is crucified. Its four energies govern and direct the soul as it moves forward upon the Path of Initiation. Necessarily, as it deals with so exalted a state of consciousness, there is but little I can say anent this Cross except the vaguest generalities.
  2. It is, therefore, pre-eminently the Cross of Initiation and of "beginnings." It concerns fundamentally "the beginning of the endless Way of Revelation" which starts when Nirvana is entered and for which all the previous stages of the Path of Evolution have been but preparatory.
    The following quotation may carry understanding and help to illumine this most difficult [556] subject, indicating the significance of this Cardinal Cross as a consummating influence and revealing that which lies ahead of those who attain hierarchical standing:

"All beauty, all goodness, all that makes for the eradication of sorrow and ignorance upon the Earth must be devoted to the Great Consummation. Then when the Lords of Compassion shall have spiritually civilized the Earth and made of it a Heaven, there shall be revealed to the Pilgrims the Endless Path which reaches to the Heart of the Universe. Man, then no longer man, will transcend nature and impersonally, yet consciously, in at-one-ment with all Enlightened Ones, help to fulfil the Law of the Higher Evolution, of which Nirvana is but the beginning." (Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines. Page 12.)

  1. It is the Cross of the "widespread arms, the open heart and the higher mind," for those who lie upon this Cross know and enjoy the significances underlying the words: Omnipresence and Omniscience, and are in process of unfolding the higher phases of Being which we inadequately cover by the word, Omnipotence.
  2. The energies of the Cardinal Cross blend with the energies to which we can give no greater name than cosmic energy even though that word is meaningless. They carry the quality of the One about Whom Naught may be Said and are "tinctured with the Light of the seven solar systems" of which our solar system is one.
  3. The scope and cycle of its influence in the life of the initiate is utterly unknown even to our planetary [557] Logos Who is Himself stretched upon its "widespread arms."
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