The above subject was covered in great detail in the Insert for Chapter Two under Capricornus (Star Chart) and the entire drawing can be viewed in Chapter One as Zodiac of Denderah. BaileyPrinted in The Beacon October 1927 and July 1996 IT WOULD BE OF VALUE to many students of modern conditions in the world of thought, if certain basic differentiations were emphasized, and certain lines or trends of ideas were placed in juxtaposition, and their relation to each other studied. This diligent modern door finish process ensures that every door is a breathtaking work of art that will stand the test of time.
No group of thinkers is the custodian of the whole truth, nor does any Bible or the presentation of truth by any Teacher convey all that can be known of God and His ways. The distinctions to be made fall into two main groups—those which concern the outer form and its inner teaching, or the esoteric and exoteric aspects of truth, and those which are the outcome of the old age which is passing and which indicate the coming influence of the new age. They rise and fall, they come and go, and during their life time serve a useful purpose and after their passing are regarded as limitations. The forms that all group thought passes through, be they vast as a great religion or small as any of the insignificant cults or isms, demonstrate a similar history, and travel an analogous course. There is the period of their inception when the vision is seen in its initial beauty and the ideal is glimpsed in its glory and continuity. Some clear thinker, some great teacher, descending from the Mount of Initiation enunciates the truth, and pictures the vision. As time passes on, a period of growth ensues during which the truth is covered up more and more and the vision recedes. Finally, we have a religion, or science, or art expressed in dogmatic formulas, laws, rituals and doctrines, with the usual paraphernalia of authoritative teaching and exalted teachers. As the form grows, the life weakens, but all the time a purpose is served, and use is made by many of the embodied truth.
Old age follows next, accompanied by crystallization, and the revolt of thinkers against the imposed limitations. Then it becomes apparent that the form is useless and eventually its destruction takes place with the consequent release of the life, so that it can build for itself a more adequate expression. Thus has it been down the ages, and thus it ever will be, though (as the race evolves in understanding, harmonious relationships and wisdom) the cycles of growth, old age, and death may well be more gentle, gradual, and smoothly transited.
An Age of TransitionWe are now in an age wherein much destruction of old forms and old presentations of truth is to be seen, and this period of revolt and difficulty is increased beyond the usual extent, for we are not only transiting out of pre-war conditions into an era of extension and development, but are passing out of one great solar cycle into another. A study of the past will reveal the fact that similar tremendous epochs have always been distinguished by such radical changes in conditions (economic, social, racial and religious) that it is almost as if a new form-world was being ushered in. The cycles to which I refer are not only astrological, but are astronomical facts which can be verified at any astronomical observatory. Beneath these exoteric forms, either rising into manifestation, attaining their growth, or passing away, lies that which is hidden, occult or esoteric—the life which is the cause of their being, the spiritual impulses which produce the tangible.
Movements, therefore, which are termed esoteric are those which deal with the subjective side, with the soul indwelling the forms, with the life aspect in contradistinction to the material and objective.
It seeks to express and bring into the foreground of consciousness those divine persistent impulses which find expression in the intense activity and change which characterizes all nature, including man himself.
It is that which lies back of all religious formulas, all scientific research, all economic pressures, and every basic direction which the social organism may take.
In terms of the human unit, occultism or esotericism concerns the soul, as it expresses itself through the cerebral, emotional and mechanical apparatus, that aspect of himself of which man as yet knows so little, but which makes him what he is. True esotericism is not (as is so often supposed) a profound teaching with ceremonious rituals given under the oath of secrecy, but is an inner spiritual awakening which recognizes a similar awakening or potential spirituality in all other human beings and the life latent in all forms. It is these movements which we will consider, in view of their prime importance and their responsibility. To them, realized or unrealized, is given the function of sounding a note and of indicating the direction which the newer and fuller presentation of truth will take. Upon the work done by them will depend the quality and the adequacy of those religions, organizations and groups embodying the social order which will prevail during the era of stability which must inevitably supervene upon the present age of transition and difficulty. As we realize the significance of the life and its forms, and as we study the times in which we live, it becomes apparent that we are in the very midst of this most difficult transitional period. Two methods are at work simultaneously, those which have been nurtured, developed and utilized in the past and which are still most potent and influential, and those which indicate the newer tendencies and which are characterized by the incipient qualities which are the sign of the coming new era. The fact that they are both with us at the same time and that people are influenced by, or antagonized by, one or the other, is the cause of the present world dilemma and others are left in the direst perplexity through observation of the conflict. A Clash of ForcesThe force of the age of Pisces, out of which we are now passing, and the influence of the coming Aquarian cycle is producing the general chaos in all fields of thought and bringing about conflict between thinkers and workers everywhere.
By an understanding of these two types of influence and by a consideration of the differences between the movements which may be claimed as representative of them, it should be possible to arrive at certain helpful conclusions and perhaps see how to steer a straight and smoother course. Many such transitional periods have occurred and always the race has emerged from them benefitted, stabilized and with an expansion of consciousness, an intellectual unfoldment, and a growth of what may generically be called the God-idea, which has served as a foundation for a newer and better Temple of humanity, complete in all its parts and lasting for approximately 2500 years.
The passage of our sun through the round of the heavens and its progression through the twelve signs of the zodiac is as inevitable as time itself.
Each solar cycle has seen our planet subjected to differing types of force and these have been responsible for the varying civilisations and cultures.
A brief glimpse of the two cycles preceding the Christian (or the Piscean) may make this clearer. We had then the worship of the Bull, as carried on in the Chaldean, Mithraic and Egyptian Mysteries. The Bull was the great symbol or sign of the Son of God, the Cosmic Christ, whose greater symbol or expression was the Sun itself. People learnt to obey implicitly what they heard, and the seeds of that adherence to the spoken word, and that dependence upon the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures were sown. People were led from without, nothing was self-directed from within, except in the case of those advanced souls who guided the destinies of the peoples.
The sun then passed into the sign Aries, the Lamb, and we have the institution of the Passover Lamb and the sacrifice of sheep and goats and lambs in place of the earlier use of oxen. It is interesting to note that the sin of the children of Israel in the wilderness was the worship of the Golden Calf or a reversion to an old form of worship which the race was supposed to have outgrown and left behind. The foundations also of the great altar of sacrifice in the Jewish Tabernacle and Temple, and of the laver of brass in the outer court were oxen, typifying that which lay underneath, or behind.
It called the attention of a humanity who had hitherto been taught through the medium of the Voice and consequent childlike irresponsible obedience, to the fact that there was an animal nature, a foundational aspect, which must be subjugated by sacrifice and by self-imposed purification.
Thus we have the basis for the great expansion which came when the next sign was entered and individual effort was inculcated.
The Age of PiscesThen our sun began to traverse the sign Pisces, the Fishes, and 2000 years ago the Christian dispensation began. A fish drawn in the sand was a secret sign of the early Christians, also frequently seen depicted in the catacombs, and the Church has perpetuated the same idea in the use of fish on Fridays and other fast days. In this present cycle we have the development of the heart approach to God, the era of the devotee, and the sublimation of the emotional nature and its lifting up into the heavens in the person of the great saints, mystics and teachers of the Church.
The sacrifice of the individual and his martyrdom out of love for the great Personality that has embodied the God-idea in this era has been the characteristic of this age. In the Christ was given to the world the revelation of a perfect soul, and a picture of a divine possibility open to every son of man.
No emphasis laid upon groups, but the great teaching given that we have to work out our own salvation, achieve individual perfection, and regulate our personal conduct upon lines laid down in the Sermon on the Mount. The same idea is to be seen working out in the Orient in the teaching of the Gita on the Self and the Yoga Systems which teach Self-development.
The Piscean age as no other age has been distinguished by numbers of outstanding achieving Personalities.
Great men and great women have emerged into prominence and demonstrated divine characteristics in every walk of life. In relation to the masses of humanity, their numbers are relatively few but their names are remembered for achievement in every department of our civilisation, religious, political, social, artistic and scientific, for the Christ principle does not only manifest through the medium of religious fervour and devotion. It shows itself in any man who reaches great heights in any constructive field, such as music or science, and whose genius exalts itself above the rank and file.
One who has found the divine Christ within himself will be superlative along his own line but that not necessarily a religious one.

A New CycleNow we are passing slowly out of the Piscean age, out of that cycle which is outstandingly Christian, into that of Aquarius, the Water Carrier. Though 500 years at least must elapse before the transition is completed, the influence of the new age is being felt and increasingly will it become dominant.
It is interesting to note that Christ (as every great world Teacher has done) not only embodied the note for the cycle which He represented but linked Himself with the coming age and showed the unity of the life force.
No longer will the emphasis be laid upon individual salvation, but the unit who has realized himself will lose himself and his interests in the good of the whole. It might be of value in understanding where we ourselves stand and what our attitude should be, if we compared these two great movements, and noted their characteristics and benefits, and also their unavoidable dangers. It will be apparent that the worst side of the Aquarian age tendencies will be hidden to us as they only demonstrate in their strength at the close of the age. Thus obedience to imposed authority and the following of the leader has been the method employed.
Teachings on the nature of the Christ have been the main fundamental and with that the New Testament deals. How to follow His example and how to get into heaven so as to be with Him, in a personal sense, has been the work which the Church has set itself to teach. The emotions and the heart have been deliberately nurtured, for that was the need of the race. Appeal for personal devotion to Christ has ever been made and men and women have laid down their lives gladly and willingly for the beloved leader.
Anything that stultifies the human mind and produces blind unquestioning obedience must be deplored in an age when better things are possible, and a mediumistic response to statements made by a personality or a group is most undesirable. A claim making leader sets himself on a pedestal apart from the rank and file; his followers regard themselves as the elect of the Lord, and condemn to varied penalties all who do not recognize their leader, Bible or formulation of truth as correct. Yet in view of all this, we need to remember that the Piscean movements have met a world need, that in their day they have been right and have developed in humanity that which needed developing. Therefore, let us not criticise, but let us recognize the passing of an old form and the need for a newer presentation. It is only the distance that we have travelled since the Great Personality Who inaugurated our Piscean Age was with us that has caused the trouble. The claim He made was a life lived and a service rendered, and that is why His example will persist when all the present claim makers are forgotten. Here we must remember that much water must flow under the bridge before the pure Aquarian type of thinker and movement can be defined, but certain indicative tendencies may even now be noted. In these days of wide general thought and of close and immediate intercommunication, is it not to be expected that some Word may go forth to the sheep instead of to a handful which will embody the idea of service and of initiative? The sign of Aquarius is called the Sign of Knowledge universally applied, and what could be more apposite and understandable in these days of mind development and the acquirement of that which can be known. The ideal Aquarian may well be an intelligent freed soul, rendering self-less, yet self-initiated, service to all. The Aquarian age will render the same service to the race, only this time working with the mind. The Aquarian man will be distinguished by his mind control acquired through concentration, or one-pointed attention.
He will be self-confident and self-reliant in the higher sense, the self-reliance of a man who knows his own soul and works intelligently under that soul’s direction.
When these three aspects of man (the physical, the emotional and the mental) are developed and made into the instrument of the soul, then rapid spiritual growth becomes possible and a new era can be ushered in on earth. Groups in the Aquarian age will surely be associations of free souls, self-reliant and self-centred in the spiritual sense, yet banded together for the general uplift of the race. They will not be built up around some dominating personality but will be organizations of illuminated men and women, submerging their personalities in the general good. At present our world is the field for the play of Piscean force plus the growing Aquarian influence. Movements which have grown up along Piscean lines are completing their work, and must necessarily and rightly do so. Movements which are hall-marked as Aquarian, being groups of people, thinking independently and refusing to give unquestioning allegiance to any human being, are beginning to be noted amongst us. Many people with Aquarian inclinations, free souls, tolerant yet standing squarely on their own feet, harmonious yet siding with no group, catholic in their outlook, yet clear in their definition, are everywhere to be found. They fail to understand each other and they omit to recognize that each type is right, that each group is fulfilling its function, and that both, in this transition period, are needed and must learn to work together. It is a question simply of a differing method and the use of a different part of the organism, both parts being equally divine. The Piscean works emotionally and the Aquarian mentally; one uses his head and the other his heart and who shall say which in the sight of the divine Director of our human destinies is more right.
Let us remember that the Piscean follower of a leader gets into dire trouble when he blindly follows his heart and fails to use his head; and it may equally be inferred that a person who is developing as an Aquarian and encouraging in himself the independent self-reliant mental standpoint, following only his head and not his heart also, may well be most difficult and dangerous!
The ideal Aquarian (to be seen presumably on a large scale in about 3000 years) is a synthetic blend of head and heart.
Three questions arise out of this consideration of our times and the dual influence prevalent. Piscean movements always make an appeal to hierarchical authority; they claim to be backed by authority, and always demand obedience from their followers, and the acceptance of the claims, wishes and demands of the leaders. In their worse aspects and more blindly developed, they impose upon their followers fanatical devotion and make them intolerant of all other groups of thinkers. There are no Aquarian movements for the time is not yet ripe for the successful activity of the latter.
But when they do come and we can truthfully speak of Aquarian movements, what can we look for?
They will be characterized by the freedom to think as they choose which they will allow their adherents; they will refuse to emphasize any particular teacher, Bible, or organization as the sole repository of truth, but will accord an equal recognition to all groups who seek to present knowledge of God as it can be gained through science, religion, art or philosophy. They will, therefore, be conspicuous by the absence of rancour, criticism or condemnation of any other leader or group effort.
They will be inclusive, not exclusive; they will emphasize principles not personalities, service not selfish pursuits, and by the broadness of their vision and the trueness of their perspective they will lead humanity towards a consummation of universal recognized unity. Everyone will be free to teach as he likes, to use his own terminology, and to express truth as he sees it, and to work out his own methods in service. All, however, will be unified in the knowledge that there is one work, but many ways of working, one temple of God but many stones and parts, one Great Central Truth but many diverse aspects, one divine Life but many forms of expression.
Only tendencies in this direction can now be seen, but they do indicate, as straws, the way the wind is blowing. Some day that wind will be upon us in full force and will blow away our clouds of differences and distinctions, and let through the bright light of the Sun dispelling the mists and the fogs of the present era. To make and keep a contact with his own soul, and to allow, as far as he can, nothing to cloud his vision; to keep himself unspotted from the world and thus be an instrument that his divine Self can use.
He must make no claims, for he recognizes that he is only a server, and that by his words and works alone is he justified and known. He avoids (wherever possible) all reference to himself, and seeks ever to be in the background. First, to tell every man that he is a divine Son of God, that the Kingdom of God is within, and that all power, and all knowledge is the privilege of a Son of God.
Secondly, he will enunciate only those fundamental and basic principles which are the equal heritage of all presentations of truth. Thirdly, he will present these fundamentals and their implication in as many aspects as possible and through as many synonyms and symbols as may be.
Thus only can the student and devotee in any group, Church or ism arrive at a knowledge of his brother’s way to God. Having presented the essentials as universally recognized, he leaves his hearers to make their own deductions, decisions and applications. In this way each seeker after truth finds it for himself and in himself and, having found it, he discovers that it is the same truth which knowers in every age and clime, cycle and race, have likewise found.

Back of every religion lies the great harmony, back of every method lies unity and on every path God meets the seeker.The Coming Kingdom Printed in The Beacon September 1936 and March 2002 By Alice A.
BaileyThe persistent striving for the understanding of the deeper realities and the more permanent values of life is the prerequisite of achieving the new consciousness.
THE THING WHICH is happening in the world today is the inauguration of a new consciousness. The consciousness of human beings is radically different from the consciousness of animals, and is not static but is a progressive state of being. This new consciousness which is dawning in the human family will bring with it new ideals, new ways of living based upon a new appraisal of values, new aspirations and new personal objectives. Before that new civilization can come we all have to be sufficiently detached from the old thought habits and desire patterns, from the old way of doing things and from the old ideas of what are the real values of life. The basic and most important fact which we need to grasp is the very simple statement that there is a plan for mankind, a goal towards which the evolution of the entire human family is tending. There are those who know of this plan and who, therefore, in a certain sense may be considered the custodians of the plan.
They are human beings who have evolved a little further along the path than the rest of us. In seeking to hasten the manifestation of that plan these custodians have worked through the minds of those advanced and altruistic thinkers who are near to them in consciousness. Such people are often spoken of as disciples, and it is these disciples who stand near to the custodians of the plan who carry the burden of the practical working out of the great ideals in the world. These disciples or world workers are impressed with the great basic principles which have to be accepted and acted upon by the sons of man if the plan is to go forward.
In this way the thinkers of the world hear of these ideas and the plan begins to be discussed.
In increasing numbers people become familiar with these basic principles as, for example, the idea of cooperation as compared to competition, or the ideal of internationalism as compared to national struggle and superiority. When such ideals are widely enough known and enough people consider them desirable the plan makes great and more rapid strides.
Thus the great ideas seep into the consciousness of the race and thus are the fundamental changes brought about in the consciousness of the masses and the trends established which characterize the civilization of the succeeding ages. The new way of living in conformity to the new civilization will be governed by new ideals and new values, and will give us all a new consciousness which may be somewhat described as being fourth dimensional. This new consciousness makes fourth dimensional living possible, and this new consciousness has been achieved and is an every day experience of these world workers of whom I have been speaking.
The practical question is whether or not such an expansion of consciousness and fourth dimensional living can be achieved by us and if so by what methods. The only human beings who ever really help to save the world are those who can first take hold of themselves and live divinely. This is an age of mind, and the use of the power of the human mind is the outstanding characteristic of our time. We have had more power than intelligence, and what intelligence we have had as a race has been used to harness the power for acquiring possessions in order to enjoy more abundant physical comforts and a succession of enjoyable sensations. We are being taught on a world wide scale that such an objective is childish and impermanent and brings an inevitable reaction of discomfort and unenjoyable sensations. The trouble has not been with the mind but with our use of the mind for objectives which are too shallow.
These are the terms of the new age and to them we can relate a consciousness which is ours today.
We know little in fact about what life is, and attempted definitions do not help us very much.
We do, however, know something about quality and to a large extent we live with each other and gauge each other according to our qualities.
For a short contact the personal appearance is often the most important factor in setting up relationships but for continued associations with our fellow men it is the quality which they possess and manifest which holds us to them or drives us apart. If we judge our fellow men and measure what is most desirable in terms of quality rather than in possessions or appearance we become aware that the factors producing the best results for everybody are those qualities which are the natural result of kindness, unselfishness, cheerfulness and the capacity to be considerate, sympathetic and helpful. These are qualities of the personality which are the manifestation of the divine principle in man. They are qualities, therefore, which are in harmony with the basic fundamental quality of divine life itself.
The outstanding difference between quality and appearance is that appearance is objective and quality is subjective.
Already in the scientific field in our study and control of matter and by the power of the mind, our skill in experimentation has brought us into the realm of the intangiblethe constitution of the atom, the measuring of the cosmic forces, the experimentation with light, the utilization of that substance which we call ether.
All these fields of investigation are already forcing even the most materialistic minds of our era to the acceptance of the fact of the reality of the subjective qualities and values of life.
This is real progress but the greatest step and the next inevitable step is the utilization of man himself as the field of experiment with relation to subjective values. Man himself has already made the great transition from instinct to intellect, and just before him lies the transition which will carry him from intellect to intuition.
For this great transition there is a technique of training marked by definite stages of progress and this new consciousness is to be achieved in the light of the soul by the power of the mind. At present our minds are so filled with everyday affairs and necessities and we are so weighted down by a sense of the futility of personal effort with relation to national problems and social betterment that hundreds of thousands of us who might be effective remain impotent and inactive. It is as though we were glamoured by the accumulated effects of wrong motive, blind action and the destructive tendencies of the past. We need a new faith and the quickening of the will but that new faith must not violate the conclusions of the rational mind and must be acceptable to the most keen and best trained intellects. We must understand why it is not only necessary but reasonable that we should expand our present consciousness and live more intelligently according to the deeper and subjective values which are slowly and inevitably emerging in the coming years. The persistent striving for the understanding of the deeper realities and the more permanent values of life is the prerequisite of achieving the new consciousness and the capacity to appreciate the subjective life of quality which will determine the character of our new civilization.
The world is not going to he changed by feeling, the world can be changed only by knowledge. We suffer from mental inertia, but the esoteric schools of the future will so train our minds that they will not only record and correlate that knowledge which comes to us through the five senses but we shall also be able to penetrate into the kingdom of the soul where the new vision is achieved and where we shall be able to function in the kingdom of God. This urge to realize God and His plan, to understand what is going on around us, is the evidence of the presence in us of divine quality. The greatest guarantee of our ultimate achievement lies in the fact that we are able to desire spiritual things and vision spiritual achievement. This seeking and longing in the heart of man is the dim reflection of the God quality in us. It has always been there but we are now as a race so intelligent that it must reveal its rational aspect. It is, therefore, gradually dawning upon mankind that there is a divine or spiritual plan, and many are seeking to discover that plan and hasten the next step in its manifestation.
We must let our personal feelings go in order that this wonderful plan may be materialized. There is no time for dividing ourselves off from one another because of fancied superiorities.
Mankind with all its powers stands today on the verge of coming in contact with another aspect of the fundamental and divine principle of love.
When that divine principle of love is wedded to the divine principle of intelligence we shall have appearing on earth the fifth kingdom of nature.

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