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Esoteric Astrology - The Three Crosses - The Cross of the Crucified Christ
2. The Cross of the Crucified Christ

For those who read this treatise, the Cross which is of prime importance is the Fixed Cross of the Heavens. Aspirants to the Mysteries are steadily increasing in numbers at this time and this involves their reorientation towards the Light, their conscious reversal upon the wheel of the zodiac, and their comprehension of the objectives of the processes to which they have given themselves upon the Fixed Cross. Disciples are apt to think that the fact of their taking their place upon that Cross and demonstrating their willingness to be tested and to show unalterable stability is the major factor involved. This is by no means so in reality. Each of these Crosses makes its presence felt as a fourfold sphere of influence or a potent center of energy through the medium of an "invoking sound." This sound goes up from each of the Crosses and produces a result and a response from some source. It is this new fact anent the Crosses which is of importance and upon which I seek briefly to touch. Only when the influence of all the four arms of each Cross has produced an effect in the subject is a transition in consciousness made from one Cross to another - each transition marking a point of crisis, both in [569] the individual and in the larger whole. Then a process of invocation is instituted - at first unconsciously, in which case it is in the nature of a diffused call, and, later, consciously, when it takes the form of a focused appeal.

When the time of transition from the Mutable Cross on to the Fixed Cross arrives, three things occur:

  1. The influence of the four energies of the Mutable Cross have brought about a vast experience of life in form.
  2. There is now a gradually growing and profound dissatisfaction awakening in the consciousness of the man making the transition. He has exhausted material desire to a very great extent and is no longer attracted by the Path of outgoing into matter; the needs of the physical nature no longer dominate him; he is afraid of the impulses, emanating from the astral plane; he is awake and active mentally and as a functioning personality. But he remains unsatisfied and is uncomfortably aware of it.
  3. He turns to invocation. This process of invocation falls into two stages:
    1. The stage of aspiration, irregular and vague but gradually assuming power.
    2. The stage of mysticism, merging into occultism (the study of that which is hidden). Duality is now consciously and uncomfortably recognized and the higher way and the spiritual vision is contacted. Desire gives place to the vague prompting of what might be called love. This is the movement in the personality of that divine emerging aspect. It is this that he seeks to invoke. When this is adequately strong then true evocation [570] takes place and the disciple (for such the man now is) mounts the Fixed Cross.

The above is true of the individual disciple and also today of humanity as a whole, and - as I have oft told you - it is this process of invocation which is taking place in the human family. This produces the present dire crisis. The two stages above outlined are present today in a general and potent sense in mankind.

It was the recognition of these two stages in humanity which led me, under instruction from the Hierarchy, to give out - at widely separated points in time - two stanzas of a great occult mantram. The first stanza, used in 1936, referred to the vague general aspiration of the mass of the people in the world, which is today more pronounced than ever before and becoming more focused towards true well-being.

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