Conversations with the Magi: 4
Our Star of Direction
are vessels of a precious elixir. Individually, we mean nothing
but, collectively, when our vessels are broken we release a vapour
(aroma) which is pleasing to Him. The continuation of life is in
The Magian view, from a conversation recorded 19th December 2000
“You really think that you are so important?” my Magian friend said
after I had described to him the best that I could the significance of Chiron in western horoscopy. What he meant
was “do you Westerners really encourage yourselves to think that, individually, you are factors of such significance?”
The idea was obscene to him and my fleshing it out had made it no less so. His body language showed it, and there was what I can only call
bitterness in his voice.
We were very aware of our differences then, the Middle Eastern ascetic
and the Westerner staking everything upon giving the personality spiritual validity.
Implicit in the Magian stance is the view that we Westerners are
spiritually culpable for developing personalities so strong that they will not be subdued by eastern spiritual
I cannot and will not take on that guilt. What we are is what we
are; what we have is what we have. Collectively and individually we have to start our spiritual journey from where
we stand, wherever that is. How does it help us or serve the World if we simply lament our lot and our loss? We
have heard enough of that kind of talk in the past two thousand years and one consequence of this is that there
are now many, many young people walking around, flaunting a spiritual identity derived from feeling as though they
are in the wrong place. This attitude wastes opportunities. It breeds inertia, alienation and impotence and, worse
still, it is usually underpinned by a delusive vanity of the too-spiritual-to-be-here kind. It is a posture that
serves no useful purpose whatsoever. If we are to help our planet and get back to where we came from (basically
one and the same thing), we need to use our personalities and recognize the opportunities that they bring. And
smartish, before the existing system of reincarnation changes, as it will do at the next Planetary Initiation.
The tape of that session records my rather exasperated reply: “We
have to. Otherwise we are lost. Understand that we have to make personality consciousness work for us. Its what we have.
We have to make it productive of soul awareness, otherwise we might as well lie down and wait for death to make
us into ‘food for the moon’.”
‘Food for the moon’ was one of Gurdjieff’s favourite expressions.
Brought up on Fourth Way shock tactics, I know them to be good conversation stoppers.
And our conversation stopped.
Yet, this was achieving nothing. We both had a responsibility to
recognize that. The fact was that the Magi had troubled to contact us to find out what was the message of Chiron
as it moves through the sign Sagittarius, and so what was the point of our underscoring our differences? There
was no point. My friend and I had to find some common ground, even if it was only the willingness to continue with
“Can you accept that personalities, working consciously towards
integration, are trying to redeem themselves?”
I threw that out to get things moving again.
His reply was total silence. But it was a receptive silence, one
that absorbed and contained our differences. It was a master stroke. I was to read into that what I liked, in the
interests of peace!
As it moves through Sagittarius, Chiron is encouraging us to lose
differences and divisions whether internal or external in pursuit of higher goals, as a candle flame gets absorbed
in bright sunlight.
The message of Chiron, whether we respond to it as the co-tenant
of Sagittarius, Virgo or Aries, is to turn the attention outward, to become more inclusive and to lose the focus
upon self: in pursuit of knowledge (Sagittarius); in Christ consciousness (Virgo); in soul consciousness (Aries).
Chiron bridges the gap between Saturn, the symbol of personal reality
and Uranus, the symbol of egoic consciousness. It does away with the duality that makes spirituality separate from
In 1998, the year before Chiron entered the sign Sagittarius (a
time, incidentally, when Britain and America were at least beginning to emerge convincingly from a twenty year
infatuation with psychology and ‘sorting stuff’, a process which could have people in therapy and analysis for
years, their lives on hold), I was contacted by people living in a house in which there was increasing poltergeist
activity. They were all ill and depressed and the family dog had behavioural problems. On this occasion,
me to keep it simple and adopt a completely different strategy which involved going in, and without delving and
communicating with the presences, to overlay the vibration in the house with a higher vibration. That was all;
that was it. In less that two hours, I moved out and the family moved back in.
Of course it worked, and it is a strategy that I have used in all
clearance work ever since. As an activity, it perfectly enshrines the message of Chiron in Sagittarius: lose the
lower in the higher, and keep moving.
The direction in which to keep moving is indicated by Chiron’s position
in the natal chart. This is why it is our star of direction: it points the way to purposeful, soul oriented activity,
the practical way to lose divisive differences, whether they exist in our own psyches or between ourselves and
others. (Once again, basically the same thing.)
In the final two articles that make up this series, we will look
at Chiron by sign and house position.