Mystery, Mastery

I don’t know about you, but I get occasional bolts from the blue. For me, it’s almost like hearing something; it pops into my head as if it were being spoken to me. Hallucinations, perhaps?

(I won’t get into it now, but it is my opinion that all symptoms of what we call mental illness are really normal phenomena carried to an extreme in frequency, intensity, and/or duration. For instance, we’ve all had the experience of asking someone if they had just spoken to you when in fact they had said nothing. Seems to me that you just had a hallucination.)

Back on task now – I had one of those bolts that other day. A voice said, “Move from mystery to mastery through the power of YA.” Of course, it was a play on the two words, whose spellings differ by those two letters. However, the implication is potentially profound. Let me explain.

YA is a shortened form of the tetragrammaton, the four-letter Hebrew name of God. It’s the one usually transliterated as Yahweh or Jehovah. The two Hebrew letters used to form YA are yod and heh.

In the Major Arcana of the Tarot, each card is associated with a Hebrew letter. Yod is associated with the Hermit, and heh with the Emperor. These two cards are manifestations of power, with the Hermit being internal and the Emperor, external.

What’s the message? It seems that taking the mystery, an understanding of which is arrived at via the Hermit consciousness, and transforming it into mastery, via the Emperor consciousness, is the path of making the spiritual manifest in the physical world. In other words, if one can take deep spiritual truths and live them day to day, then mastery is truly achieved.

Who says that all hallucinations are bad?

Chakras and the Planets of the Ancients

Recently, while giving a Reiki treatment, I was struck with the profound energies surrounding the chakras, and some of the associations that have been formed over time. Specifically in the Western mystery tradition, planets and metals have been associated with these seven, prime energy centers of the human body. They are located at (common name and planet in parentheses):Sol

  • the perineum (Root chakra; Saturn)
  • just below the navel (Sacral chakra; Mars)
  • at the solar plexus (Solar Plexus chakra; Jupiter)
  • at the heart (Heart chakra; Sun)
  • at the throat (Throat chakra; Venus)
  • at the brow (Third Eye chakra; Moon)
  • at the crown of the head (Crown chakra; Mercury)

Notice that these assignments were made before the discovery of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (and I still think Pluto is a planet, dadgumit!)

These associations weren’t made will-nilly. For instance, Saturn (associated with Binah on the Tree of Life — see my post on the Tree of Life here.) is seen as a limiting force, but it also allows things to come into concrete existence. The Root chakra is our connection with the Earth, so that correspondence makes sense. Mars, the action-driven force that pushes us to create is linked to our Sacral, generative chakra. Jupiter, with its expansiveness is link with the chakra of Will, which pushes us forward in the world. The Sun is linked with the Heart center, which aligns with the Tree of Life sphere of Tiphareth, our connection to the Son (this is explained a bit in my post on the Holy Family). Venus, the expresser of beauty is linked to our expressive Throat center. The Moon, that mystical, feminine, intuitive planetary body is set into the Third Eye, our intuitive center. Finally, Mercury is at the crown. Mercury, messenger of the gods, linked to the point where we receive messages from the gods. Good fit.

Try this exercise: Visualize the planets or their mythological human representations at each of the seven centers. If you have a problem with visualizing more than one at a time, that’s no biggie; do one at a time. Concentrating on each center, feel the energy of it. Just let it come, don’t force it. See how the center feels to you. See if it makes sense to place that planet there. How does it fit? How does it not? Let it rumble around in your consciousness for a while. Nestle into it and let it flow. See where it takes you.

There are colors associated with the chakras too. I don’t want to get into that now, since there are several systems, and the one I favor doesn’t match the most popular one.  Sigh, always the outlier, this guy.

Take time to have fun with your chakras, because they have fun with you.