The Planetary Forces
by dot within a circle is the potential of the human spirit or
consciousness within the universe. It is also the magician or self~aware
individual following any spiritual path who is symbolically the centre of
his/her own magical universe, just as the Sun is the spiritual and material
centre of our Solar System.
The Sun represents both the pure
essence of the life force and the higher self which is exalted in true
magic. Once you take your first steps on the magickal path you take on a
great responsibility because your actions could have an effect on others.
It can also be a lonely path for it is
the way of the individual who must start apart from his fellows. Those
around you will not understand the new path you are walking and if you are
wise you will keep silent about your activities while in their company.
Increasingly, you will br thrown back
on your own resources and it will take a great deal of perserverance to
pursue your chosen goal under these circumstances. The invocation of the
Solar planetary influence can help because it provides will power, energy
MOON Symbolized by the crescent Moon is a half circle which represent the
sunconscious mind. Magick works through the medium of the subconscious:
the realms of dreams, psychic visions, hidden desires and imagination.
As we know the moon has no light of
its own but merely reflects the ray's of the Sun. However these rays are
changed by contact with the Moon and moonlight has a very different effect
on the human mind than that of sunshine In both astrology and magic the
moon represents the hidden side of the human personality which under normal
circumstances is not revealed to the outside world.
In general most magickal work is
hidden (Occult) and is performed out of sight and in privacy. It is an old
adage the magick which is practiced in the public gaze will not be as
successful as private workings. This belief may date back to the old days
of persecution when it was impossible to work openly
In esoteric tradition teh Moon is
likened with the widely held doctrine of reincarnation or the rebirth of the
soul in a succession of different physical bodies. according to some arcane
beleifs, when the spirit leaves the bokewdy after death it travels to the
Lunar world to be reborn. In old pagan religions we have seen that the Full
Moon was one of the mystic symbols of the Great Mother Goddess who according
to the oldest creation myths, gave birth to the universe.
When the Magician uses Lunar
Energy he is dealing with the ebb and flow of potent psychic forces. Lunar
tides have both a physical and psychic affect on humans, animals, and
flora. It is therefore natural that occultly the Moon should symbolize the
Subconscious mind of the Awakened person who can use it to bring hidden
desires into manifestation
the symbol of this fast moving planet which is the closest to the Sun is
composed of three different sigils. They are a half circle, representing
the human mind, surmounted on a circle, symbolizing spiritual consciousness,
which in turn stands on a cross, representing the material plane.
This Mercurian symbol is a
concise glyph of the mind, body and spirit. It is the fusion of these which
is the ultimate goal of the higher types of magical training.
As Mercury moves quickly around
the Sun it is not surprising that in classical mythology the planetary
energy or god form associated with it was identified as the divine
messenger. In Roman and Greek myths the gods Mercuri and Hermes were
messengers of the gods.
The earliest magicians, the
prehistoric shamans, were regarded by the tribal peoples whom consulted them
as special emissaries who had the ability to communicate with the spirit
world. This communication was a two~way system for the shaman could bring
back messages from the realm of the gods and pass their wisdom on to his
The planetary influence of
Mercury teaches the aspiring magician that even though he may take his first
tentative steps on the magical path for self~centered reasons, this emphasis
will be short~lived. The magician soon learns that he has a wider
responsibility. Service to the rest of humanity is a very important aspect
of the true magical path.
Mercury is the great
communicator passing on ideas, news and information. In the occult
perspective the magician is the person who, like the ancient shaman, acts as
a go~between bridging the artifical barrier humanity has created between the
spiritual and material worlds. This planetary energy signifies spiritual
understanding and, because the Mercurial keynote is communication, the
responsibility of the magician is to pass on this understanding to others.
VENUS the symbol of Venus, the evening and morning
star which is esoterically the sister planet of Earth, is the circle
representing the spirit, balanced on the equal~armed cross of the elements
representing the material plane.
In ancient Egypt this Venus
Symbol was the ankh, which represents the union of male and female. The
ankh was universally adopted by the `flower children' of the '60's who,
echoing its Venusian connection, called it the love or peace cross. Today
the planetary glyph of Venus is used in biology to signify the female.
Venus is regarded as the
twin soul of the Earth. The concept of twin souls is a very ancient one
based on the esoteric beleif that originally the human race was androgynous.
At some point in the distant past early humanity divided into the two sexes,
so human souls continue on the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth until such
time as they are incarnated in the same time period as their twin souls and
Obviously such belief is
open to abuse. This especially happens when people who fall in love project
their anima (the female aspect of the male psyche) or their animus (the male
aspect of the female psyche) on to their lovers and think they have found
their long lost twin soul or soul mate. It is the negative influence of
Venus that creates this type of sexual infatuation which can be very
destructive for everyone whom becomes entangled in it.
On a more positive level,
the Venusian planetary influence represents the natural human desire of
unitind the opposites. This can be understood in magical terms as the
balancing of the male and female principles within the psyche of the
magician. This union of opposites in what is called the sacred marriage and
is symbolized by the sigil of the sword in the chalice.
The magician can use the
planetary force of Venus in all matters which are connected with love. This
can refer to romantic love between two people or the broader form of love
which embraces the brotherhood of humanity.
MARS the symbol of Mars is formed by the circle of spirit surmounted by the
arrow which represents the masculin aspect of the life force. This Martian
glyph is used in biology to represent the male.
Mars is the red planet
and that is the colour which signifies the life force. The Neolithic people
buried their dead smeared in red ochre in the belief that this symbolic
color of the life force ensured that the soul of the dead person would be
reborn into another body.
In ancient times blood
was regarded as sacred because of its color and the practice of making
sacrifices to appease the Divine originated in the belief that blood
transmitted the life force. In our enlightened age we know that sacrificial
offerings are cruel and unnecessary; the only true sacrifice is that made
by the enlightened soul incarnating on the altar of material existence.
In some respects the
Martian planetary influence is the opposite to the Venusian. In ancient
mythology Mars was the god of war and within this martial image is hidden
great truths. If things stagnate and degenerate they must be swept away if
any progress is to be made. In this sense the planetary energy of Mars
respresents the destroyer who cleanses and purifies do that a new beginning
or cycle can commence.
Sacrifice on its
highest spiritual level is the transmutation of energy into a different
form. Following the occult path the aspiring magician may be called upon by
the powers~that~be to make a number of sacrifices, some of which may be
small but others will test the character and individual strength of the
How the individual
reacts to such situations will determine how he/she will progress on the
magical path. Whatever happens, the magician will be changed by the
experience which is the transmutation of the sacrificial act. In some way
the planetary energy of Mars is a blind force, yet it cannot escape being
the instrument of the powerful destiny that is the controlling influence in
The Martian force
can be invoked by the magician who lacks the energy or motivation to act
decisively on a situation. The planetary for of Mars provides the magician
with hidden reserves of physical, mental and spiritual energy.