“Swayambhu” Pillar of Fire…: Saturn in Sagittarius

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The last time I wrote the Blog, Saturn was in its last few hours of Scorpio. Soon after I finished writing, as Saturn entered Sagittarius, I was reading a book I recently bought — “The Seven Secrets of Shiva” by Devdutt Patnaik. And I came to this story (below), which brought alive, glaringly, symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius — the pillar of fire and truth.

I’ll have more to say about this — but I just wanted to share this with you.

Today, January 13, 2015 — the Moon is in Libra as I write this about to square the Sun in Capricorn, moving us into the Last Quarter of the Moon as we move to the Aquarius New Moon on Jan. 20, 2015, followed immediately by Mercury’s retrograde in the sign. Also Mars entered Pisces yesterday. You can read more about these transits in this month’s Cosmic Weather here.

More soon —


An Excerpt from “The Seven Secrets of Shiva” by Devdutt Patnaik ==

“One day Brahma and Vishnu were quarreling. Brahma claimed, ‘I created the world, I must be God.’ Vishnu retorted, ‘ That you that seeks validation means you cannot be God.; ‘Then who is God?’ Brahma demanded to know.

“In response, a pillar [Saturn] of fire [Sagittarius] appeared between them. It stretched up beyond the dome of he sky and down below the foundations of the earth. And the fire seemed to be burning with any fuel.

“Both Brahma and Vishn decided to look for the ends of this pillar of fire. Brahma took the form of a swam and flew up to find it’s top. Vishnu took form of a boar and dug his way down, determined to find it’s base. Brahma flew for months and year but there was no sign of the tip of the fiery pillar. Vishnu dug for months and years but there was no sign of the base of the fiery piller.

“Finally, exhausted, the two returned to share their findings. ‘This pillar of fire has no base,’ admitted Vishnu. ‘It is endless and infinite.’ Brahma however, lied. I found the tip. I even found Ketaki flowers on it. I have done what you could not do, I am greater than you. I must therefore be God.’

“As soon as Brahma said this, the pillar of fire burst open and out came another god, who looked like a mendicant, smeared with ask and wrapped in animal skins. ‘Liar,’ he shouted pointing to Brahma. ‘You lie so that you can delude the world with your lies so as to dominate everyone around you and feel powerful. You are not God.’ He then turned to Vishnu and smiled, ‘You admit the truth. You are humble enough to accept limitations. You are curious to know what lies beyond the horizon. You are not intimated by uncertainty or afraid of ignorance. You are in the process of becoming God.’

“Brahma trembled and bowers the this self-assured being. Vishnu watched him in awe. The mendicant identified himself, ‘If the formless can be given a form then I am he. I am God, I am Shiva.’ Since that day the stone pillar linda is worshipped by all, a reminder of the pillar of flames that appeared between Brahma and Vishnu.”

“Brahma is God who creates all forms, hence is called the creator; but he has not yet found the perfect form and is still yearning and searching, making him unworthy of worship. Vishnu is God who has realized that no form is perfect and so works with limited forms. This is why he is called the preserver and is worshipped in various forms. Shiva is the God who breaks free from all forms, having found all of them limited, hence he is the destroyer who is worshipped as the ‘Linga.’

“Wisdom [Sagittarius] lies in breaking free from all differences, divisions and limitations [Saturn] so that infinity may be realized…”


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