Chapter 15
Big Top


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pg. 1 - Big Top | pg. 2 - Echoes of Camels and Needles | pg. 3 - The Crimson King
pg. 4 - Beelzebub | pg. 5 - Demon est Deus Inversus | pg. 6 - Prophets Chained for Burning Masks
pg. 7 - Kundalini | pg. 8 - The Dweller on the Threshold | pg. 9 - The Alchemical Wedding
pg. 10 - The Woman Clothed with the Sun | pg. 11 - Circe | pg. 12 - Ouroboros
pg. 13 - And there a Swan is Born | pg. 14 - Spiral

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"The Head of a Serpent joined to its Tail, thus completes the circle and constitutes the Sacred Gnostic Symbol of that which is without beginning and without end, and of which the High Priests of the Supreme Initiations only speak with awe and in secret. This mythical and fabulous Beast, with his Ophidian tail, his demoniac wings, his flaming tongue, and leonine claws, was formerly consecrated to Minerva/Pallas (Roman Athena), the Goddess of Wisdom. He watches ceaselessly, sleeplessly, over the threshold which he guards. The dragon was well known for its vigilance and sharp vision and was the traditional guardian of temples and treasures and of the springs of life and immortality in the ancient world. Draco, the Dragon, is a splendid constellation made up of fifteen or so stars. It circles around the North Pole. It is a long figure covering a large part of the northern sky, and in proper dragon fashion, it twists this way and that."

- Draco
by Anne Wright

The Draconic Transverse - Yang and Yin

"The solar system is part of the myth of the northern constellation, Draco, the dragon or serpent. In ancient mythology the constellation is associated with death and salvation: the serpent is said to swallow up all souls that at death have not attained to gnosis (real knowledge) and to return them through its tail back to the world where they once again start a new life of struggle towards the gnosis which finally saves them from recurrence.

Yang and Yin

Draco is indeed a dragon or serpent. Its head is Yang and its tail is Yin. The profound cosmic principle of Yang and Yin is the mythical bridge between outer and inner. Yang is behind the apparent external created by our looking out consciously into the unconscious streaming down on to the surface of the earth; Yin is behind the unconscious within. Together, they represent the extent of the unconscious reality, which can only be sensed through myth. Myth alone transcends all conscious parameters."

- The Draconic Transverse - Yang and Yin
from The Origins of Man and the Universe: The Myth That Came to Life by Barry Long

"The Pole Star was Thuban, alpha Draco, in 2700 BCE, the third star from the end of the tail of Draco, and was then known as the "Judge of Heaven" during the time of the building of the pyramids. In the eternal drama of the mythic universe, the galaxies and stars are not static but whirling around, interacting and playing gravitational games with each other through the mill of time. Quoting Bryce Self, "Thuban, in the Dragon, did not want to yield to Polaris, in the Little Bear, - which was heading for the center stage. Thus he is the 'lord of (the) rebellion' and 'lord of the black void of the north'. In many passages throughout the Bible the following associations are made; the serpent in Eden, Leviathan the sea monster, the dragon, 'that ancient serpent', 'the god of this age', the king of Babylon, the king of Tyre (Phoenicia), the king of Egypt (pharaoh), the father of lies, the prince of the power of the air, etc. In Isaiah 14 he is spoken of as the instigator of war in the heavens by attempting to 'ascend to the sides of the north', in order to seat himself upon the throne of God and thus to rule the universe. At the most prominent place in the heavens is the constellation Draco, the dragon, which lies coiled about that point of the sky they called 'absolute north'. This portion of the Dragon is depicted as attempting to encoil the constellation Ursa Minor which was originally called the 'little flock', or 'little sheepfold', the faithful remnant of Israel or the people of God. We find this exact picture written in the prose of the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12 :

"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars (12 constellation of the zodiac, 12 tribes); And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born, and she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."

- Revelation 12:1-6

- Ursa Minor The Lesser Bear
by Anne Wright

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The Chained Woman

"One of the deepest mysteries of the ages is that this glorious bride of Christ, destined to rule over the nations and all things, is also Andromeda, the Chained Woman of the heavens! The names of some of the principle stars in this constellation mean "the weak; the afflicted; the chained" an eloquent picture of the church throughout this church age which has been in affliction, weakness, bondage, and in chains."

- The Heavens Declare
by Preston J. Eby


...the intended Bride is bound and exposed on earth, subject to a fallen nature in a fallen world."

- The Eternal Purpose of God
by Graham Brodie

Andromeda, like Prometheus, is chained to the rock of materialism. She is Intuition overshadowed by Sensation.
Andromeda was rescued by the same hero who had cut off the head of Medusa, Perseus, the son of Zeus and a mortal virgin.

"Here we have set before us a mighty man, called in the Hebrew Peretz, from which we have the Greek form Perses, or Perseus (Rom 16:13). It is the same word which is used of Christ in Micah 2:13. When He shall surely "gather the remnant of Israel" (v 12), it is written--

"The Breaker is gone up before them...
Their King is passed on before them,
And the Lord at the head of them."

- The Witness of the Stars
by E. W. Bullinger


Riding the white horse, Pegasus, Perseus fought and killed the dragon, freeing Andromeda from her chains.

"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

- Revelation 12:7-8

A Vision of John by Gustave Dore

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"Lizard bones become the clay"

"Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while."

- Revelation 20:1-3

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

- 1 Corinthians 51, 52

Hermes the "Angel" (Messenger) summons us to the final stage of transformation. Like the child reborn from the Hermetic Egg, newly emerged from the watery womb, we are called to rise and submit our nearly integrated psyche to "judgement". The banner on the trumpet symbolizes our goal, a mystic union with the universe, which will effect a synthesis of the temporal, mundane world and the eternal, spiritual world. The parents, the Alchemist and his Soror Mystica (representing male and female components of the psyche), are justly proud of their creation, and eagerly anticipate the successful completion of the Great Work.

As 1.Magician Hermes began the process of transformation represented by the sequence of trumps (intervening critically as 6.Eros); now at the end he steps in again as Psychopompos, to lead the soul to its final destination.

First, the four functions of consciousness (thinking, sensing, feeling and intuition) must be brought into harmony. On this trump they are represented by the four human figures (rather than elements, liquids, metals, etc.) to show that the functions have become humanized. The superior function (which may be any one of the four), the function most developed in an individual, is represented by Hermes hovering above. The inferior function (which is opposite to the superior: thinking and feeling are opposites, as are sensation and intuition) is the least developed and is represented by the child, who is the major vehicle for regeneration. The secondary functions are represented by the man and woman. All four must be reunited to create the Homo Philosophicus.

In 19.Angel Hermes is a redeemer, but redemption means getting back something of one's own. In this case what we are getting back is the integrated Self - that which is most truly ours, though we may have never possessed it before.

The Apocalypse is the Uncovering or Revelation (apokalupsis) preparatory (9) to the completion (10) of the second Decad which the final alchemical operation is undertaken to progress to 21.World for assimilation with the Unus Mundus. Thus all things must be uncovered to allow an honest appraisal of oneself (for the ultimate Judge must be within) and the acceptance of all parts of one's psyche. This constitutes the completion (not perfection!) of the spiritual person or, in Jungian terms, successful individuation, the complete integration of the Self."

- The Pythagorean Tarot
by John Opsopaus

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