Virgo’s Blended Dual Light

Virgo ~ The blended dual Light.
Two lights are seen ~ bright and strong, the light of form;
one faint and dim, the light of God. This light is distinguished
by a waxing of one and the waning of the other.
It differs from the light in Gemini.

- Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology

This is a year of much transition and opportunity, and the lunar cycle of Virgo began with the solar eclipse in north America on the day of the new moon (Monday, August 21 at 11:30 am PDT / 18:30 UT).

Virgo and the Initiatory Journey

Along the Lighted Way ~ the path of the zodiac marking our sun’s annual journey through the heavens ~ the Light of Virgo plays a most profound role in preparing humanity for initiation, toward the fulfillment of our Divine Destiny.

Each year at the spring equinox this adventure begins anew as we move through the sign Aries, represented by the Light of Life Itself. The attractive potency of this sign and its fiery light compel us to new beginnings and anchor another round for our life within the greater Cosmic Life.

Throughout the annual spiritual cycle, the Sun is the symbol of the Son of God, Who is mediator between Father-Spirit and Mother-Matter. Mercury, therefore, through its influence leads Aries to Virgo ~ again speaking symbolically ~ where the idea or Word of God begins to take form, and consequently the latent life in Aries comes to the "crisis of the birth hour," prior to the birth of the Christ, cosmically considered (though the birth of the individual Christ takes place in Capricorn, at the close of the needed gestation period).

The descent of Spirit into Matter symbolised by the relationship between Aries and Virgo reminds us that the human kingdom is itself founded upon the three lower kingdoms of nature, and each one of us has passed through those kingdoms over aeons of time, as Matter becomes increasingly responsive to the organising direction of Spirit. And the human kingdom continues to rely upon the lower kingdoms for shelter, nutrition and companionship. Our responsibility as the elder brethren of the lower kingdoms is underlined by the fact that we are in one sense quite literally their child, the product of long gestation through great reaches of time. As the Tibetan notes, “Man has his roots in all the three kingdoms; all have contributed to his equipment; he is the macrocosm of the lower microcosm; he is the link which unites the three lower kingdoms to the three higher. Let it ever be borne in mind that the sign of man's spiritual unfoldment lies in his ability to include in his consciousness not only the so-called spiritual values and the power to react to soul contact, but also to include the material values, and to react divinely to the potencies which lie hidden from him in the custody of the other forms of divine life, found in the three sub-human kingdoms.” (1)
          - Lucis Trust, Festival of Virgo talk London August 2015

Virgo, the Virgin, stands for the womb of form and for the nurturing mother, guarding the Christ principle within her own material substance until in the "fullness of time" she can give birth to the Christ child.

Hence the theme of the birth of the Cosmic Christ via Virgo is the dominating astronomical influence every year at this time. The secrets of initiation are stored within the womb of the cosmic Mother known as Virgo.

Our service in Virgo is to hold in sacred trust the "faint and dim” light of God. As its caretaker Virgo protects the pure, unadulterated Divine Light, rendering it available to infuse the bright light of matter in redemption, once the glamour of the physical realm has been sacrificed.

This synthesis is based entirely upon our ability to perceive and appropriate the two lights ~ spirit and form ~ that comprise the soul light. These join together creating fluidity between the two apparent polarities, and most significantly, their union is a bridge between earth and heaven.

Once this radiant bridge has been created, we will have attained sufficient consciousness of the realm of spirit to bring forth Heaven on Earth. Such facility comes only in the eternal now of present time.

The Virgo Light follows our experience in Leo, where the Light of the Soul assists with raising our vibration.

The Virgo energy is associated with the First Initiation. This and all subsequent initiations or expansions of consciousness continue until an individual and / or all of Humanity as a whole reaches Union with the Absolute Source. So the first step is a giant step forward for which all past experience upon this planet has been in preparation.

In fact we are told,

The sign Virgo is one of the most significant in the zodiac for its symbology concerns the whole goal of the evolutionary process, which is to shield, nurture and finally reveal the hidden spiritual reality. This, every form veils, but he human form is equipped and fitted to manifest it in a manner different from any other expression of divinity and so make tangible and objective that for which the who creative process was intended.
          - Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 251-252

Many of the masters of the Ageless Wisdom have imparted that Humanity, as a whole, is in process of taking the First Initiation, or the birth of the Christ Consciousness ~ the consciousness of the Soul ~ in the heart.

It is in this system that the Christ Child, the expression of the divine consciousness and the result of the relationship of Father-Spirit and Mother-Matter, must be brought to the birth.
          - Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p.255-256

We know the individual Christ is born at the the Third Initiation of Transfiguration. Yet it appears that the Cosmic Christ may be born in Virgo ~ after completing the service in Pisces, which produces a World Saviour.

The Annual Virgo Cycle

Throughout the Virgo cycle, we are being conditioned for the next phase of our annual cycle that comes in Libra, whose keynote is Balance ~ the result of stabilizing the rhythmic pulse between spirit and form.

Every lunar cycle, the full moon provides opportunity to participate in the approach between spirit and form that occurs at each monthly zodiacal festival, and is observed and grounded by our planetary spiritual hierarchy.

Thus the upcoming Festival of the Virgo~Pisces full moon (Friday, September 16 at 12:05 pm PDT ~ 19:05 UT) is dedicated to the Light of Virgo. Throughout the Virgo cycle, in meditative alignment we’re able to appropriate this blended dual light for use in developing our own alignment with the Divine Purpose and Plan.

In our individual meditative work, may we seize this opportunity for revelation. For as we take responsibility for our own individual contribution to the One Life, we recognize it is in group formation that we make this initiatory approach.

Beginning on September 16 each year the constellation Virgo is actually behind the Sun, for a period that continues for the following 6 weeks.

The most significant dates may pass unsuspected. The 16th of September may have been sensed by only a few. It is thus when fire is already raging beyond the wall, and the people gather at the theater without realizing that the curtain conceals devastation. The date may be foretold by cosmic conditions, but people pay no attention to the inculcated signs. Similarly, an experienced physician wisely calculates the progression of an illness; but the indicated date arrives and the patient meets the day laughing at the physician; yet how many times has the reply come, The evening has not yet arrived!

If people are asked how they picture something of extreme importance, they propound the most ingenious hypotheses, and not one of them touches upon the essence of what is taking place. Such wanderings around the essential nature of things, merely show neglect of the fundamental energy, which can direct the imagination along the right path.
          - Agni Yoga, Aum, 570


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Virgo’s Holy Grail

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 elusive Holy Grail in the night sky lies hidden in the stars of the constellation Virgo, and can be found by the initiate in the redemption of matter through the application of consciousness. This requires purification, dedication and the wisdom resulting from applied service. As above, so below.

… 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 - 285

Over the presen cycle, we shall explore the association of Virgo with the Chalice, the Grail, and the second Ray of Love~Wisdom, in SouledOut’s group aligned meditations.

The Chalice

May the reign of Light and Love and Justice be begun.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with us.

- Alice A. Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy. p. 174

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(1) Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology I, p. 230-231

* With Thanks to Lucis Trust for the Virgo constellation image that accompanied
the 2015 Virgo Festival talk, also quoted above

Top graphic is adapted from "Fiery Dance" by Vladimir Kush