Sep 20, 2020

The Lesson of the Sun in Virgo

Altruistic Service as a Form of Prayer 
Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Starting around 24 August, the zodiacal sign of Virgo concentrates the focus of human minds on the perception of details.  The Virgo individual sees the part, more often than the whole. His point of view is down-to-earth. He analyses, catalogues and examines the mistakes which need to be overcome.
The soul enters Virgo after passing through the sign of Leo and absorbing a lesson of greatness. The learning of the pilgrim is now different. It is about dealing with the small practical challenges of life and looking at the world with modesty. However, there is an occult trap in this.
If Virgo concentrates itself too much in thinking about small and narrow things, or in the discussion of failures, it will get frustrated. The most detail-oriented sign of the zodiac needs to be focused on its ability to heal and to recover what needs recovery.  Virgo obtains inner freedom by doing good to others. Its critical view is useful only to identify whatever needs to be improved. Observing mistakes and failures cannot be an excuse to criticize without doing anything good.
Anna Maria Costa Ribeiro says that Virgo “was born to serve, not to lead. Its role can be to assist the leader, but not to face challenges. Virgo cannot stand much pressure and prefers to adapt to the circumstances. In a secondary position, Virgo is more effective in helping, fixing, transmitting information.” [1]
Altruism and universality are two means of overcoming an attachment to details. This is the sixth sign of the zodiac. It is symmetrically opposite to Pisces, the most universal of the 12 signs. In the spiritual dimension of life, there is a deep relationship between Virgo and the Pleiades. The duties of Virgo include expressing the Law of Compassion, that is, the rule of selfless cooperation that guides the universe in its essential aspects. [2]  
In Virgo, methodic work is the preferred way of self-expression. The element of the sign is earth. It acts on a small scale and consistently. It has an active mind: its unceasing ability to learn is vast. Organized effort is its substance. Virgo’s ability to plan and put things in place is enormous. The highest task of the Virgo person is to heal life and improve it with common sense and a constructive attitude. Altruistic service is a form of prayer.
Everyone has the Virgo factor somewhere in his aura. We all can consciously apply it to daily existence and increase the efficiency of everything we do.
He who has good sense checks each day the degree of nobility in his own intentions and methods of action. Our critical thinking ought to be used to examine and purify ourselves first. Only after that it becomes possible to examine others lucidly.
Right Action as the Path to Bliss
Stephen Arroyo says that Virgo, as well as the other earth signs - Taurus and Capricorn - , can rely on the practice of altruism as a tool to overcome its limitations. [3]
Through a productive devotion that is developed with common sense, this hard-working sign avoids the danger of self-isolation or attachment to narrow views. The dialogue with Pisces helps to find balance. [4]
In due time the soul learns to combine the vision of the part with the understanding of the totality. A wise pilgrim sees the Oneness by examining the fragment; and as he calmly observes the Whole he can see the essence of every particle.
[1] From the book “Conhecimento da Astrologia”, Anna Maria Costa Ribeiro, Novo Milênio Editora, 1996, Rio de Janeiro, 733 pp., p. 74. On Virgo, examine “Illustrated A-Z of Understanding Star Signs”, general editor, Kim Farnell; Flame Tree Publishing, London, Printed in China, 2002, 224 pp., pp. 192-193.
[2] On Virgo and the Pleiades, read the article “New York, September 7th, 1875”.
[3] See the book “Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements”, de Stephen Arroyo, M.A., CRCS Publications, California, USA, 191 pp., 1975, especially p. 107.
[4] The topic is discussed in The Lesson of the Sun in Pisces”.  
The article “The Lesson of the Sun in Virgo” was published on the associated websites on 20 September 2020.
See in the associated websites  the articles “The Lesson of the Sun in Pisces”, “The Lesson of the Sun in Aries”, “The Lesson of the Sun in Taurus”, “The Lesson of the Sun in Gemini”, “The Lesson of the Sun in Cancer” and “The Lesson of the Sun in Leo”.
A study about the different levels of human action and perception is presented in “The Seven Principles of Consciousness”.  The connection between mortal soul and spiritual soul is discussed in the article “Antahkarana, the Bridge to Sky”.
Read more on the dialogue between the sky and the earth:
* “Our Week and the Solar System”;
* “Neptune, a Mystery In Front of Us”; 
* “A Few Words on Uranus”;
* “The History of a Planet: Venus”;
* “The Light and Power of Jupiter”;
* “The Bright Side of Saturn”;
* “Saturn and the Lessons of Karma”;
* “The Magic of the Moon”; and
* “The Sun and the Moon in One’s Soul”.
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Sep 15, 2020

Agrippa, September and the Lessons from Heaven

Theosophy and Theurgy in
the 16th Century and the 21st

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

Henry (Heinrich) Cornelius Agrippa

One of the great mystics of Western esoteric tradition, German writer Henry (Heinrich) Agrippa was born on 14 September 1486, the same day the recent Independent Lodge of Theosophists was founded in 2016.

A contemporary of Paracelsus [1], Agrippa was influenced by the writings of John Reuchlin.[2] His life was externally unstable, for an intense probationary energy surrounds the terrestrial existence of most disciples, true mystics and real aspirants to discipleship.

A lesser noble by birth, he married his first wife in 1514. He taught in universities and was protected by important persons. A valiant soldier, he created a secret mystical society. Because he defended a woman falsely accused of witchcraft, Agrippa was persecuted by ecclesiastical authorities. His first wife died a few years after their marriage. He experienced unemployment first-hand. Imprisoned for debts in 1531, he was rescued by a friend. Agrippa died in 1535 leaving seven children, and having married thrice. [3]

His written works have great value in our century. Agrippa is an example of advanced Occultist. His writings on the correspondences between heaven and Earth are unique. He is referred to as a wise man in “The Secret Doctrine” and the Mahatma Letters.

It is an interesting numerological circumstance the fact that, having being born on the day when the Independent Lodge would be founded in the year of 2016, Agrippa died on 18 February 1535, precisely the same day and month in which, several centuries later, the United Lodge of Theosophists would be founded in the United States in 1909. Even today some sectors of the United Lodge remain loyal to the original proposal of Robert Crosbie and John Garrigues, and did not adhere to pseudo-theosophy.    

Agrippa wrote:

“Magicians teach that celestial gifts may, through inferiors being conformable to superiors, be drawn down by opportune influences of the heaven; and so, also, by these celestial gifts, the celestial angels (as they are servants of the stars) may be procured and conveyed to us. Iamblichus, Proclus and Synesius, with the whole school of Platonists, confirm that not only celestial and vital but also certain intellectual, angelical and divine gifts may be received from above by some certain matters having a natural power of divinity (i.e.), which have a natural correspondence with the superiors, being rightly received and opportunely gathered together according to the rules of natural philosophy and astronomy.” [4]

And he added a few lines below:

“… As manifest things are produced out of occult causes, so a magician does make use of things manifest to draw forth things that are occult, viz., through the rays of the Stars, through fumes, lights, sounds, and natural things which are agreeable to those celestial [levels], in which, aside from their corporeal qualities, there is, also, a kind of reason, sense and harmony, and incorporeal and divine measures and orders.” [5]

There is indeed a vast area in common between classical Theosophy and Theurgy, or, in other words, between esoteric philosophy and the practice of divine presence.

Theosophy is not a short term event: five centuries later, it is an honor for the small Independent Lodge of Theosophists to have its birthday on the same day as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, the bright German pioneer of modern esoteric philosophy.


[1] On Paracelsus, see “Paracelsus and the Book of Nature” and “The Rose of Paracelsus”. Examine the alchemical writings of Paracelsus, in two volumes: volume one and volume two.

[2] See the article “Reuchlin, the Father of Reformation”.  

[3] Examine “Encyclopaedia Britannica”, 1967 edition, volume 1, p. 405. See also pp. 15-24 in “Three Books of Occult Philosophy or Magic”, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Kessinger Publishing Company, Montana, USA, 288 pages.

[4] Astronomy and Astrology were inseparable during Agrippa’s life, for Science had not fallen in a materialistic blindness yet. 

[5] “Three Books of Occult Philosophy or Magic”, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Kessinger Publishing Company, Montana, USA, 288 pp., see chapter XXXVIII, p. 121.


The above text was published at the associated websites on 15 September 2020.


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Sep 11, 2020

The Aquarian Theosophist, September 2020

The September 2020 edition of the Aquarian opens with the article “There Is No Separation in Time”, which says:

“One of the most harmful among the many illusions which Jiddu Krishnamurti repeated over and over again - for various decades - is the idea that ‘a wise person rejects the past and sees nothing good in the idea of gradual evolution’. A childish notion, indeed.”

These are other topics:

* On the Dimensions of Space: It Is From Its Depth That Mind Expands (p.02).

* Profile of the Independent Lodge - The Ten Basic Points that Define the ILT (p.03).

* About the Ego and the Unmanifested Being, by the Visconde de Figanière (p.04).

* Thoughts Along the Road - How Inner Peace Expands Happiness and Contentment (p. 14).

* Passages From Blavatsky That Refer to Mesmer and Mesmerism - 7 - Astral Light and the Science of Psychometry (p.16).

* The Daily Work of a Pioneering Project: Independent Theosophy on Facebook (p.19).

* The Right Time to Use One’s Inner Compass:  The Best Potentialities Ahead (p.22).

With 22 pages, the edition includes the List of New Items in the associated websites.  


The entire collection of The Aquarian is available at our associated websites.

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Sep 6, 2020

Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul

The Act of Being Born is a
Continuously Creative Process

Carlos Cardoso Aveline

During childhood, we subconsciously remember the vibration pattern of earlier lives.

We recall or review at the same time the previous phases of planetary evolution. Individual Karma gets inspiration once more from the long term past. Before we are born, we are immersed as a sea animal in the amniotic fluid of our young mother’s body. After birth, some time is spent in deep meditation as the reincarnating individuality slowly approaches the new body. Through the eyes of a newborn, Eternity itself looks at the world - and inaugurates a new tool for the learning of the soul.

As time passes, the baby creeps as a reptile and walks like a four-legged animal. While playing, developing different actions and feeling joy or fear, he experiences one more time in various ways the primitive forms of life in the planet. He essentially starts again from the point he left in the previous life. Yet he does so having to absorb the changes in human karma, both positive and negative, that took place during the interval.

Many therefore are the factors that get together to build the initial impulse for the writing of a new chapter in the Book of Life. While the scenario is different from that of the previous incarnation, the fundamental patterns are the same. The life of the child emerges from the deep memory of cycles completed long before, and such subconscious remembrance constitutes the basic foundation of the new existence.[1]

There is a certain confluence between Psychoanalysis and Theosophy. It is not by chance that Psychology recognizes the central importance of the early years in one’s life. According to Theosophy, childhood contains the updated material of the soul’s learning in previous existences.

The beginning of a lifetime is the map of the treasure. Yet in its limited horizon Psychoanalysis ignores the process of reincarnation.

While their work is effective in studying the life of the child, the majority of psychoanalysts have no real knowledge of classic theosophy and do not know that the elimination of suffering depends above all on the work of Antahkarana, the living bridge or ladder between the lower self and the spiritual soul. In the future, psychoanalysts may expand their views. 

It is easy to see that the way we look at childhood evolves. The images we have of the past and the future change according to the situations of the present. The citizen’s relation to the inaugural part of his incarnation get both wider and deeper all the time as he learns more about life, and about himself.

One should learn to look with detachment at the moments of courage and fear that marked his childhood, especially on the subconscious, supra-conscious and non-verbal levels. The main feelings of enthusiasm or confusion, the positive guiding lights and the most important decisions in childhood remain influential across the various phases of one’s life. Such a karmic heritage contains the key to the meaning of one’s previous incarnation, and it helps define the facts and potentialities of present and future times.

As we interpret and decode the central feelings of childhood, we liberate them from blindness and from automatism, and see in them wider, sacred meanings.

The relation we had during infancy with the authority, the relation with other persons and our accumulated image of ourselves are factors we must carefully examine, for if seen as patterns they have a decisive importance in more than one lifetime. Yet they also evolve and change at each new existential situation. 

The lower self, which contains the immortal soul, is no doubt the hero of the journey.

Imperfect, precarious, it lives the supreme adventure of present incarnation. It tries to meet the challenges before him. It follows the guidance coming from his master, the higher self. Like Hercules, human beings are semi-mortals for they die in their lower and physical half, but live permanently as spiritual souls. 

The act of being born is, therefore, a continuously creative process. At each decisive moment in life, the meanings of the same childhood experiences are renewed. When you are 20 years old, you have a certain view of your first years as a child. Once you are 40, 60 or 80, the same period is seen in different ways and the lessons transmitted are deeper.  

As the pilgrim proceeds along the line of time, some barriers dissolve, seeds germinate, walls fall down and new buildings of inner knowledge are made.  Each cycle of 24 hours breaks a new level of the protective amniotic sac which prevented a wider perception. Just as his brother, the Sun, the pilgrim is born again, layer by layer, every day.



The article “Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul” was published on the associated websites on 06 September 2020.  It is also part of the August 2019 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp 1-3. Original title: “The Youth and Old Age in One’s Soul”. There was no indication as to the name of the author.


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Aug 31, 2020

Everything is Constructed in Silence

One’s Soundless Good Will is the Main
Foundation for the Invisible Construction

António Ramos Rosa

This is not the time to say anything.

Everything must remain hidden in its bare, unapproachable potentiality (and unanimity). This absolute respect is the condition for a possible future germination, and the sole mediation for an enigma that is entwined with the constructor’s own breathing.

The constructor is inside a diaphanous wall between two voids.

What may lead him to break that glass wall is his concentration at a point where denial of the exterior may turn into communication with the world.

It is in this interaction with his own creation that the constructor finds the primal palpitation of the bodies and of his own body. The most secret texture is silence, which is the main foundation for the invisible construction.

Everything will be built in silence, by the force of silence; but the strongest pillar in the construction will be a word. A word as alive and dense as silence; a word that, born out of silence, to silence will lead.


The contemplative article “Everything is Constructed in Silence” was published on the associated websites on 31 August 2020.  It is also part of the August 2017 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, p. 05.

Portuguese poet António Ramos Rosa was born in 1924 and died in 2013. The above sentences were selected and translated by Ms. Olga Morais from various pages of the book “O Aprendiz Secreto” (The Secret Apprentice), by António Ramos Rosa, Quasi Edições, Vila Nova de Famalicão, 2001, Portugal. See p. 9 for the first two paragraphs and page 37 for the third and fourth ones. The fifth paragraph has one sentence from p. 37 and one from p. 10. The sixth paragraph was translated from p. 11.


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