Steering by Starlight

June 24, 2010

Remember the chariot race in Ben-Hur?  Those beautiful white horses (which are bay in the book) were named Rigel, Aldebaran, Antares and Altair….and that is how my curiosity about fixed stars got captured.

Fixed stars and the chariot; what a delicious connection.  Alfred Douglas of the Sheridan-Douglas Tarot writes that:

Seven is the number of progress, self-expression and independent action. In terms of the Tarot cycle, the Chariot portrays the fate of he who has made the right choice when faced by the dilemma shown in the previous card, the Lovers. He has successfully transferred his attention from his mother to his beloved, and is therefore in control of the psychic energy within him rather than being dominated by it.

The Fixed Star, Regulus aka The Heart of the Lion, is aligned to the Sabian Symbol of 30° Libra, “An unsealed letter”, which to me is a degree that asks, Do you have integrity?  Can you make the right choice?

Assuming the unsealed letter belongs to someone else, the temptation is to peek, to surreptiously read the contents; to not mind your own business.

Assuming the unsealed letter belongs to you going to someone else, what is it that you wish to communicate in a sly way that you do not have the courage to do so face-to-face. Honourably.  With dignity and respect both for yourself and the other.

Raising the ante, let’s assume the unsealed letter is addressed to you and a butler delivers it on a silver salver. What do you perceive the symbolism is now?

An unsealed letter…..hmm…..should that not be an unsealed envelope?

If memory serves me, before envelopes were invented, people would fold the letters in such a way that they were both content and covering.  So this Sabian Symbol speaks of times and practices of the past.

The Archangel Raphael is associated with Regulus and in the parlance of Aura-Soma, Archangel Raphael fosters creative communication through fine tuning the sense doors. Stimulates ESP clairvoyance, clairsentience and clairaudience.

I love these open-to-multiple-choice Sabian Symbols.  You play with them and they play right back.  What story is Regulus telling you?

Seven, the number of progress.  The Seven Sisters – the Pleiades.  Curious and curiouser.


One comment

  1. Interesting post! My tarot soul card is The Chariot. And I like the idea of the Fixed Stars being the names of Ben-Hur’s chariot horses.

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