Sabian Symbols: A celestial choir singing
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 29 (28°- 29°)
TUNING IN TO THE SOUND OF THE UNIVERSE
All life is like a melody and we need to learn how to hear it
"Devotion and veneration as tools of power and beauty"
We become more in harmony with life by becoming sensitive to the Universal Chord. We all have our part to play and each essential part adds a little more grace to beautify the whole melody of life, which resonates throughout universes everywhere and always. As we act we shape it a little and as we listen we shape it too.
THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES
Music of the Spheres
A celestial choir singing
Having faith in the meaning of life, we articulate it through devotion
It is said of the Cherubim that throughout eternity their sole purpose and activity is to praise God through music and song. Within us, we experience the cosmic overtones of this vibration as spirituality – or at least the foundation of spirituality – and this is made known by our attempts to project spiritual curiosity into daily life.
Then we can transform the fear-based distortions, such as self-deception, flattery and delusion, into more useful expressions such as self-examination, appreciation and imagination. Whatever we bring to the table adds to the feast whenever we tune in to what Sufis call the ‘music of the spheres.’ All personal powers and skills can be harnessed legitimately for purposes of self-projection without fear or embarrassment.
Combining two things, power and beauty, we create the world we choose to inhabit. Each of us is an immortal being, an instrument for enduring visions, and our aspirations hallow the world – our hopes are prayers.
Veneration is a subtle form of articulation. What are being expressed articulately are eternal realities. Bringing them into the world requires both the power to act in the world and the mystical knowledge of how to infuse ourselves with beauty. To be competent in the world of phenomena, we must become competent also – and perhaps first – in the unseen realms. The realm of the psyche that is approached through spiritual practice is largely unknown, and not quantifiable. Materialists therefore distain it, and often deny its existence willy-nilly, without examining the super-abundant evidence that points to this realm.
Something unexpected occurs when we put aside conditioning and give praise. There is indeed great power in the voice to actualise our thoughts – hence the importance of cleansing ourselves of cynical conversations. When we speak the name of God, with a tone of beauty and awe, then we invoke divine presence. We therefore invite into our bodies the associated qualities and awareness – of divinity, beauty and wonder.
Only a minority of people are willing to raise their unrestrained voices in praise, yet there is a dimensional difference between feeling devotional and expressing that feeling. Something magical happens when we train the voice to express the highest aspirations we can reach – whether or not that is seen as spiritual. Negativity is healed so that we begin to express optimism more readily than cynicism; the result of this healing is seen in our lives as improved good fortune, and a better attitude to difficult situations.
Prayer has become habitual, empty or avoided by so many, yet the sincere seeker comes to understand the esoteric significance of this practice – that devotion beautifies the personality, that prayer is fundamentally human and self-empowering, and that we are psychologically healthier when we engage fully with it.