Chapter Sixteen


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In Lizard , Prince Rupert entered into the "Scorpion Experience" (the constellation Scorpius). After Scorpio, the sun moves into Sagittarius, home of the Trifid nebula.

"The center of our galaxy lies just within the boundary of Sagittarius with Scorpius, to the west of the tip of the teapot's spout. Studies show a massive cluster of stars and swirling gas, more than 30,000 light years distant from us, where it is conjectured that there may be a black hole."

- Sagittarius, the Archer

"The ninth sign of the zodiac, symbolizes the growing human experience-expansiveness, openness, optimism, ...the Sagittarius intuition is impeccable."

- Sagittarius

"In Sagittarius, mind power, developed and tested in Scorpio, begins to wane in activity and intuition begins to take its place."

- D. K. Foundation

"Intuition (Sagittarius) is the bridge between intellectual knowledge (Gemini) and realization of the divine Self and the essence of the Eternal Substance/God/Goddess (Pisces)."

- Jupiter/Sagittarius

"The zodiacal constellation Sagittarius represents the centaur Chiron. Most of the centaurs were regarded in myth as bestial--they were, after all, half horse. However, the ancient Greeks had a great deal of respect for the horse, and so were reluctant to make the centaurs entirely bad. In fact, Chiron was renowned for his gentleness."

- The 12 Zodiac Constellations

"Chiron, in mythology, initiated healers, warriors, and magicians. He was skilled in hunting, music, medicine, warfare, gymnastics and astrology. Among his students were Achilles, Orpheus, Jason, Hercules and Peleus. His greatest student was Asclepius, the son of Apollo. Apollo, Chiron and Asclepius were all connected with the healing arts. Chiron carries the Asclepius archetype."

- The Mythology of Chiron

The Astrological Siginificance of the Trifid Nebula

"There is often that feeling of negative 'fear of God', rather than comfort from the sensing of His Presence, the feeling that He is Omnipotent in such a way that the individual's life is of no concern to Him, so that we are hopelessly doomed. The classic novel The Day of the Triffids , with its fear of extinction of humanity by mere plants, conveys the negative associations of this nebula perfectly. But well aspected, the Trifid, or Spiculum, shows just the opposite in the person. There can be a very real feel of companionship with the entire Universe and its Creator and remarkable ability to plunge deeply into the seas of philosophy and come up with joyous and meaningful answers through a very happy intuition." (Dr Eric Morse)

- Spiculum

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The simultaneous dread and fascination evoked by the Trifid is what Rudolf Otto termed a "mysterium tremendum/mysterium fascinans" - "God" as the creator of the evil and the good, Satan and Christ, embodying Yin and Yang.

"These two qualities, the daunting and the fascinating, now combine in a strange harmony of contrasts, and the resultant dual character of the numinous consciousness, to which the entire religious development bears witness, at any rate from the level of the 'daemonic dread' onwards, is at once the strangest and most noteworthy phenomenon in the whole history of religion."

- Rudolf Otto, Das Heilige (1923): The Idea of the Holy,
translated by John W. Harvey, Oxford University Press, 1958, p. 31.
"Here is the revelation. And it's a revelation of what? Of a mysterium. A mystery. And there are two aspects to it: one is the tremendum, the horrific, and the other is the fascinans, the charm."

- Joseph Campbell
The Hero’s Journey
pp. 191, 88-89
"the mysterium tremendum is not only to be wondered at, dreaded, and feared, Otto said. There is also "something uniquely attractive and fascinating" about this Mystery. The "unnamed Something" is both mysterium tremendum and mysterium fascinans. In a "strange harmony of contrasts," the mysterium is simultaneously awe-ful and wonder-ful, fearsome and attractive, threatening and inviting. Man fears and adores at the same time."

- Das Heilige and the Cross
by C. Richard Wells

"We are dealing with something for which there is only one appropriate expression, 'mysterium tremendum'. The feeling of it may at times come sweeping like a gentle tide, pervading the mind with a tranquil mood of deepest worship. It may pass over into a more set and lasting attitude of the soul, continuing, as it were, thrillingly vibrant and resonant, until at last it dies away and the soul resumes its 'profane', non-religious mood of everyday experience. It may burst in sudden eruption up from the depths of the soul with spasms and convulsions, or lead to the strangest excitements, to intoxicated frenzy, to transport, and to ecstasy. It has its wild and demonic forms and can sink to an almost gristly horror and shuddering. It has its crude, barbaric antecedents and early manifestations, and again it may be developed into something beautiful and pure and glorious. It may become the hushed, trembling, and speechless humility of the creature in the presence of - whom or what?"

- Rudolf Otto, "The Analysis of Tremendum," Chapter Four, Das Heilige "The Idea of the Holy"

"And this experience forever alters us. It shifts consciousness, permanently. We can no longer be the same after such a revelation / revaluation (again, the mysterium tremendum (= revelation [Yang]) / mysterium fascinans (= revaluation [Yin]). In short, we have, in the moment of this experience, transcended ordinary consciousness. The ego has been graced, it has been ordained to touch for a moment the Self -- the eternal, the god within, and without, Man.

Beyond the "Trigger Effect":
A Personal Note on the "Numinous Consciousness"
By Robert Couteau

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