The Chalice

Virgo itself is a cup-shaped constellation with three main stars outlining it,
the cup of communion, of which the Christ said “Drink ye all of it”;
in its highest meaning the Holy Grail.

- Alice A. Bailey, The Labours of Hercules

The Chalice

One of the most beautiful and revered symbols in the body of the Ageless Wisdom is the Chalice. We can follow its legacy throughout history and myth, and see in its countless physical renditions ~ both art and ritual items ~ how very valued is its representation.

Like the Blue Pearl, which it also is held to signify, the Chalice is an esoteric and occult symbol laced throughout the entire study of cosmology. Yet in contrast to its venerated importance, in all the Alice Bailey books there are only a handful of direct references to the term Chalice or to the Holy Grail.

The cup or the Holy Grail is one of 9 symbols listed by Bailey~The Tibetan as important for initiates to utilize as meditation devices, enabling us to picture accurately the imparted secret these represent, so that they may instantly be of use to us whenever needed. (1)

As a representation of the pure second ray of Love~Wisdom, the Holy Grail is said to lie hidden in the constellation Virgo, the Virgin. This Chalice symbol connotes receptivity, an important quality inherent in Virgo.

… upon the wheel of the disciple, the voice emerges from the Virgin herself, and she says: "I am the mother and the child. I, God, I, matter am.”

Ponder upon the beauty of this synthesis and teaching ... descending into the womb of time and space in a far and distant past. The time has now come when you can, if you so choose, proclaim your identity with both divine aspects—matter and Spirit, the mother and the Christ.

         - Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 284-5

Virgo Festival Overview

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(1) Alice A. Bailey, Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 166