The Obstruction of the Vedic Waters & the Fixed Water Sign Scorpio ⁓ Part One

Happy Spring to all. I took a bit of a needed writing sabbatical after finishing my last series in late January. I still feel like I have two addendums to add to that series, one regarding the Trump-led “insurrection” at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021, and the other regarding the 144-year timespan between Sri Aurobindo’s birth (1872) and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet’s (Thea’s) passing in 2016. Am not sure when I will get around to writing either.

Throughout the first quarter of 2021 I was aware that 1 April 2021 would mark our entrance into Vishnu’s fixed sign of Scorpio () in our current ennead, exactly opposite (4.5 years after) our entrance into Vishnu’s fixed Earth sign of Taurus () on 1 October 2016, which brought forward the release of the long-lost geometric and zodiacal sense of the Vedic rivers (floods, streams, waters, etc.) on 2 October 2016, followed by Thea’s passing seven days later on 9 October 2016.

In Part Seven of my last series I discussed the first 9 months of the 2016-2025 ennead – spanning the sign of Aries () – during which I received and wrote Part One of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, as a 9-month gestational period for the release of the seven rivers of the Vedas (equivalent to the seven vials/bowls of St. John’s Revelation) in our current ennead. In truth, the full gestation of this release of the Vedic waters from their dark cave or womb of collective ignorance spanned thousands of years; but it is still important to note that this release specifically took place 9 months and 1 day into 2016 and thus 9 months and 1 day into our current ennead, and 90 years plus 9 months and 1 day into our current Age of Aquarius (according to Thea’s seeing of 1926 as the beginning of the Age of Aquarius). [1]

Throughout the 9-month span of Taurus (1 October 2016 - 1 July 2017), I wrote Part Two of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom and formatted and edited and illustrated the entire book, which I launched into the world (after multiple editorial passes and the addition of an index) on 11 January 2018, just after the 2 Point of the ennead, and at the tail end of my 48th year. [2] The 9-month span of Libra () began on 1 July 2020 and ended on 1 April 2021. During this Libran period, the precarious balance of the binary human consciousness was amplified, especially via the COVID-19 pandemic, US elections, QAnon instigators and followers, and the Trump-incited storming of the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 which took place just after our passage across the 5 Point of the ennead on 1 January 2021. 

Our 9-month enneadic passage through Scorpio spans from 1 April 2021 to 1 January 2022, bringing us to the 6 Point (0° Sagittarius) of our current ennead, after which we will enter the last third of this 9-year cycle. As April 2021 approached, I was curious about what the passage through Scorpio would bring forward in relation to all that was revealed and released 4.5 years earlier from 2 October 2016 onward. Then, the last 9 days of our 9-month passage through Libra produced a blockage and subsequently a clearing of the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways, by a ship called Ever Given. Throughout her writings, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) wrote much about the symbolic blockage or obstruction of the waters in the Vedas in relation to the fixed water sign of Scorpio. I will discuss the symbolism of the blockage and clearing of the Suez Canal in Part Two of this series. For now all I need to say about it is that after the blockage of the Suez Canal was cleared, upon entering the sign of Scorpio, I began to connect some important dots that I had not fully connected about the zodiacal lore and symbolism of the Vedas, and the recovery of the divine measure and sanatana dharma (the ever given, eternal law) of the Zodiac. 

I could see that I had not yet fully integrated what I learned in October of 2016 in relation to what Thea had written about the blockage of the Vedic waters (=rivers) as a symbol of the FIXED WATER sign of Scorpio, and what she had written about the loss and recovery of the divine measure of the 12-Month Vedic Year (=Yajna/Sacrifice/Zodiac). It finally fully clicked in my consciousness that the FIXED WATER sign of Scorpio (as Thea wrote) is precisely THE sign of the Zodiac that symbolizes the entrapment, stagnation or INERTIA of the Vedic Waters in the Cave of Ignorance. I could clearly see that the blockage of the Vedic Waters in the 8th sign of Scorpio is equivalent to the long-standing ignorance of how these eternal waters FLOW through, measure out and nourish the Zodiacal circle (aka, the Tree of Life), causing a stagnant pool of toxic (poisonous) ignorance, fragmentation and distortion regarding our world’s ancient symbols, sacred texts and myths. In her series Culture and Cosmos, Thea wrote:

“[T]he Rigveda, the oldest book in the world and foundation-seed of all that is contained in Hindu culture, establishes a remarkably rich and poetic connection between cosmos, time, year, Earth – and caste. The only problem is that the great Undermining produced the unfortunate result of a loss of the Divine Measure…. 

“Indeed, for a person of Knowledge it is as if one were observing the unfolding of present-day Indian society through a painfully unfocussed lens: no matter how hard one tries, clarity just will not attend one’s efforts. The chaos brought before one’s vision is simply another indication of that lost Measure. – Thea, “Culture and Cosmos – 2, Part 3.2”, The Vishaal Newsletter, Vol. 6.4  [Bold emphasis added] 

Thea was specifically referring of the loss of the divine measure in terms of the modern-day, post-Vedic distortion (i.e. mis-measure) of the 12-month Vedic Year/Zodiac in India [3]; but what she wrote equally and profoundly applies to the lost gnosis of how the eternal divine measure or law of the vesica piscis and its indwelling radius measure out the Vedic Year/Zodiac, and to the lost gnosis of how this divine measure is poetically characterized and symbolized as a river (stream, flood, etc.) and in myriad other ways throughout the Vedic hymns. What has become clear to me in conjunction with our movement into Scorpio in our current ennead is the truth that the blockage of the Vedic Waters is a symbol of the blockage of (ignorance of) the divine measure of the Vedic year. Without the 2016 clearing of this blockage, the veiled symbols and lore of the Vedas would remain veiled and the Rig Veda would remain a mostly sealed book – i.e. unable to be properly read and understood without the eternal geometric key of the Rishis’ language. 

Though Thea did not see or understand that the Vedic rivers (waters) were symbols of the divine measure of the radius and vesica piscis, she did make it perfectly clear that the FIXED WATER sign of Scorpio, the 8th month of the 12-month year (aka Martanda – the “Dead Egg”) represents as stage of evolution (a stage of consciousness) wherein the collective forces of Ignorance and Inertia hold back the truth of the sacred (flowing/living/eternal) waters. In our material world stagnant waters cause the decomposition and rotting of organic matter and are a breeding ground of diseases. The fixed waters of Scorpio, in turn, symbolize the stagnant womb of Ignorance that bears forth from itself all manner of distortion, falsehood, disease, destruction, collapse and death. Such is the natural state of affairs and outcome of the fixed waters of Scorpio, if the stagnant waters and their divine son [flame/warrior/Agni=Mars] are not released, born or poured forth from their cave or kumbha. Below are some of Thea’s writings on Scorpio in relation to the reign of Ignorance (Falsehood) and the blockage of the Vedic waters.

“Scorpio is a Water sign, of Fixed Energy Quality. It is feminine and ruled by the masculine planet Mars, representative of the vital force. This combination seems to be a contradiction; that is, the Water element requires, it would appear, either a Cardinal energy flow or Mutable. Here it is Fixed, and coupled with the forceful, destructive power of Mars and its fiery character, one can almost feel the waters of Scorpio as stagnant, blocked, lacking the adequate movement, hence they become poisonous. Therefore Scorpio is the sign of self-destruction, being, in fact, the only animal in the Zodiac capable of causing its own end.” – Thea, The Magical Carousel, p. 141 [Bold emphasis added. See The New Way Blog for the full summary of Scorpio and other signs of the Zodiac as found in The Magical Carousel]

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“The divisive state of consciousness that the lower manifestation of Mind imposes leads to the experience of death in Scorpio, or to entanglement in the knot of consciousness that brings into existence the state of inertia: extreme resistance to the on-going thrust toward the region of unified, immortal being [equivalent to the fourth quadrant of the Zodiac]. The movement of evolution is at constant war with this aspect of universal existence, on cosmic levels as well as collective and individual. Inertia manifests on Earth in a host of disguises.… It is always a force pulling into the past, seeking to impede the forward march and the experience of the new. In the Veda the powers of darkness, the hoarders, are precisely the elements which do not allow the light to escape, ―that is, they do not allow the movement to continue. The Vedas speak of the Panis (the hoarders of the light) or Vritra (the coverer of the light)....” – Thea, The Magical Carousel, Commentaries, p. 74 [Bold emphasis and text in brackets added]

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“I am stating that the Rig Veda is also a zodiacal odyssey, and I state this here emphatically. It is only amazing, and bewildering, one might say, that this fact need even be mentioned, for it is self-evident to any person of knowledge who studies the hymns. But self-evident facts of knowledge are obviously heavily veiled for those who have not rent the lid that covers the Sun. Hence the divine measure of the Sun and the Earth―the year―is almost ignored by present-day spirituality, though it was a fundamental element of knowledge in Vedic times. We have so lost sight of the light, however, that the origins of the hymns themselves are unknown to us….

“The Vedic eighth stage is the 'fallen Sun’, where the Light is 'penned in' by the hostile powers the [Vedic] Sages called, the Panis, the miserly hoarders. In our zodiacal odyssey [The Magical Carousel], the same images come forth…. [In Scorpio] the power-the Light-is hoarded, and…we must not analyse the signs alone but rather bear in mind the one that stands opposite to it on the wheel.…

The miserly Panis hoard the light, or the 'cows' in Scorpio, the sign directly opposite Taurus.…

“In Taurus the children ate the fruit of [the] 'very special tree' in the paradisiacal garden of Matter. Now, by passage through the sign opposite Taurus, [the travelers of the Zodiacal cycle] will dig deep into the unknown regions and find the source that feeds that Tree. The Tree of Taurus is the tree of immortal life; it is the very special, penned-in object [4] of Taurus, the sign of matter. Therefore we understand that the secret of immortality is to be found in matter itself. But the source that feeds the penned-in Tree is water, yet in Scorpio the flow is blocked and a poisonous stagnation sets in. This stagnation also sets in motion an intense accumulation of energy. Now and then the accumulation reaches its limits and release is demanded. 

“…[I]gnorance is the child of inertia. Unconscious death is the result of the state of stagnation of energies, which are not being replenished by a superior source. The discovery of that source is the purpose of our odyssey. The liberation that is sought in Scorpio is precisely from the clutches of Inertia, or the discovery of the energy that is the power of release.” – Thea, The Magical Carousel, Commentaries, pp. 60-62 [Bold emphasis and text in brackets added]

“[Regarding the forces of the 8th stage of Scorpio that are trying to maintain their hold over the Earth,] the real Knowledge is lacking, the real new consciousness is not theirs and the movement is 'old' and smells of death though it speaks continuously of newness: it merely is a masked religious consciousness.” – Thea, The Gnostic Circle, p. 112

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[In the Vedas, the] rock [cave] of the Panis had to be shattered and the spring of the immortal waters released by this act. This was the task at the eighth stage in the twelve-month journey, the same that faces the children in Scorpio, for they must release the waters and liberate the flow of this precious vital force.” – Thea, The Magical Carousel Commentaries, p. 70 [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

Whereas the Vedic waters (=rivers) are obstructed or horded in the fixed water sign of Scorpio, the zodiacal lore and symbolism of Aquarius (aka Kumbha, Vishnu’s “highest” or final fixed sign of the Zodiac) depicts the release of heavenly or sacred waters from their containment (i.e. their vessel, kumbha, jar, vial, etc.). In addition to being known as the Water-Bearer who pours out the sacred waters from his Jar or Kumbha, Aquarius is also known as the Friend or Mitra in Sanskrit. It must be noted here that the divine measure and triadic basis of the Vedic year is hidden in plain sight in the name Mitra (aka Maitreya). Mi (ma/mai) meaning “to measure, build or construct” and tri (treya) meaning three. The etymological relatives and offspring of Mitra include, matra (Sanskrit), metron (Greek), mētrum (Latin), mètre (French), and the English word “meter” as well as “mother” and “matter”, all of which are related to the Sanskrit root , meaning “to measure, mete out, mark off”. 

As I have discussed at length, together the divine measure (the Divine Maya) of the radius and vesica piscis divides the circumference of the circle into three even sections. In the Vedas, the three vesica piscis that measure out the circle of the Zodiac are portrayed in various ways, including as three rivers, goddesses, mothers, jars, bowls, and vessels. The first Trinity formed by these three “rivers”, waters or vessels of the Zodiac marks out the zero points of the three Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, each of which is directly preceded by one of the three Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. In Mayan iconography, the sacred measure of these three Vedic rivers (etc.) are portrayed as three FIRE stones, shown in the Madrid Codex on the back of a Turtle/Kurma. [See “Recovering the Ancient Light and Amrita of the Vedas”, Part II.] The third angle of the Zodiacal Fire Trine marks the end of Scorpio, and the end of the blockage of (i.e. ignorance of) the sacred waters in the Zodiac which spans from 0° Aries to 0° Sagittarius, comprising the first TWO-THIRDS of the Zodiac. Then from 0° Sagittarius – Agni’s third birth or seat and the entrance into the last THIRD (i.e. the last 120° = 120° x 60′ x 60ʺ = 432,000ʺ) of the Zodiac – Agni’s truth, light, energy (=his divine measure) is born forward in the Vedic Year, no longer hidden in the waters. With this key or weapon of gnosis, i.e. with the key of his own divine form and measure, Agni the Sage, Son, Horse, and Child of the Waters conquers and purifies the Ignorance that served as his own womb in the first two-thirds of the zodiacal journey. With this key of gnosis, often referred to as a weapon in the Vedas, the ancient waters and treasures of the Vedic Year/Zodiac are released and born forward from their dark womb, cave, or containing vessel. 

It is not only the sacred waters that are blocked or hoarded by the forces of Ignorance in Scorpio, it is also the energy and eternal law of Agni, the conquering Divine Son/Fire/Child/Indwelling Soul who is hidden in, submerged in, and veiled by these zodiacal waters up until passage into the 9th sign of Sagittarius.  

“The Water element is where the energy [of Mars/Agni/the Divine Son] is blocked or locked or hoarded away. This involves Cancer and Scorpio.” – Thea, 11 March 1994, “Vedic Symbol of the Universe – Part 3.2”, The Vishaal Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 5, December 1994

As I discovered in November of 2016 and discussed in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, it is at the crucial point 0° Sagittarius in the 12-month Vedic Sacrifice wherein the Divine Son/Flame is born forth via his seven Mothers (=Rivers, Streams, Floods, Cows, Mares, Sisters, etc.) as the victorious Sage, Horse and “Leader of Floods”, which is the subject of much of the 9th Mandala of the Rig Veda. As I have repeatedly discussed in my writings, the radius (aka Horse, Son, Sage) of 0° Sagittarius specifically measures out the inner arc of the seventh vesica pisces (=the seventh river, vial or bowl) of the Zodiac, spanning from 0° Libra – the entrance into the seventh sign of the Zodiac – to 0° Aquarius (Kumbha), the place in the Zodiac wherein the heavenly or sacred waters of purifying wisdom are RELEASED from their containment by whatever name (kumbha, cave, bowl, vial, etc.) in order to purify to world of its Ignorance. In The Magical Carousel Commentaries, Thea wrote:

“[The Centaur] victoriously sends a flaming arrow into the 'door' that blocked the flow and rendered the waters stagnant....” – Thea, The Magical Carousel Commentaries, p. 70 [Bold emphasis added]

This door that the figure of the Centaur (Horse-Man) Archer opens with his bow and arrow in the 12-stage Zodiacal odyssey of The Magical Carousel is the door or entrance into the 9th sign of the Zodiac at 0° Sagittarius (Dhanvan in Sanskrit, meaning Bow). At this point in the Zodiac (in the Vedic Yajna), Agni is born forward as the Son, Sage, Horse and Leader of the seven floods. He simultaneously conquers and is released from the hold of the fixed waters that served as his concealing womb. As I discussed in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, the bow and arrow of the Sagittarian Centaur are symbols of the divine measure of the radius and vesica piscis. From this point in the Zodiac, the radius (=son, horse, bull, eagle, etc.) of 0° Sagittarius gallops, flies, or otherwise speeds forward, at the forefront of the seven Vedic rivers or floods, to 0° Aquarius (Kumbha). The Rishi of Rig Veda 5.83 depicted these seven rivers as “the Stallion’s flood”. In this hymn, the sign of Kumbha (Aquarius) is portrayed as mahāntam kosham, translated as “the mighty vessel”, “the great bucket”, and “the vast sack of the waters” by RTH Griffith, Jamison and Brereton and RL Kashyap respectively.

“Send down for us the rain of heaven…and let the Stallion's flood descend in torrents.… Lift up the mighty vessel, pour down water, and let the liberated streams rush forward.” – Rig Veda 5.83.6, 8 excerpts, RTH Griffith

The veiled zodiacal geometry of the seven rivers and their conquering Son-Sage-Horse is especially prominent in the 9th Mandala of the Rig Veda in which the Water Jar or Kumbha of Aquarius is described as “the reservoir or cask of heaven”, a vat, beaker and sieve (filter), as well as “the water’s lap”. The seven rivers are referred to herein as Agni’s “thought-swift” divine drops.

“Like a steed urged to battle, finder of the light; [Agni/Soma Pavamana, he “of the triple height” (RV9.75.3)] speed onward to the cloud-born reservoir of heaven.… Fleet as swift steeds, thy drops, divine, thought-swift, have been, O Pavamana, poured with milk into the vat….The vigorous and far-seeing one [the light of the sacrifice], the Lord of heaven, flows, shouting to the beaker…. Coloured like gold he rests in seats where Mitra dwells, the Steer made beautiful by rivers and by sheep. In forefront of the [seven] rivers Pavamana speeds… He shares the mighty booty in the van of war….This heedful Pavamana, like a bird sent forth, hath with his wave flowed onward to the fleecy sieve…. Seven [Cows=Rivers] glorify the Tawny-coloured One while with his wave in wool he purifies himself. The living men, the mighty, have impelled the Sage into the waters' lap, the place of sacrifice.…The Sisters Seven, the Mothers [=Rivers], stand around the Babe, the noble, new-born Infant, skilled in holy song, Gandharva of the floods, divine, beholding men, Soma, that he may reign as King of all the world.” – Rig Veda 9.86.3 4, 11-13, 25, 36, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

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“Born like a youngling he hath clamoured in the wood [or  wooden vessel/vat], [5] when he, the Red, the Strong, would win the light of heaven. He comes with heavenly seed that makes the water swell….The Soma-stalk hath roared, following with the wave: he swells with sap for man the skin which Gods enjoy. Upon the lap of Aditi [=the lap of the Zodiac] he lays the germ, by means whereof we gain children and progeny.

“In the third region which distils a thousand streams, may the Exhaustless Ones descend with procreant power. The kindred Four have been sent downward from the heavens: dropping with oil they bring Amṛta and sacred gifts.

“Soma [the Horse/Sage] assumes white colour when he strives to gain: the bounteous [god] knows full many a precious boon. Down the steep slope, through song, he comes to sacrifice, and he will burst the water-holding cask of heaven, Yea, to the shining milk-anointed beaker, as to his goal, hath stepped the conquering Courser.”  – Rig Veda 9.74. 1, 5-8, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

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The Sage of Heaven [He, the bright Son] … Urged by the seven devotions he hath stirred the guileless rivers which have magnified the Single Eye. These helped to might the Youthful One, high over all, invincible....The immortal Courser, good to draw, looks down upon the Seven [rivers] … Aid us in holy rites [of the yajna/sacrifice]. … [Agni Pavamana] Win for us wisdom, win the light.” – Rig Veda 9.9 excerpts, RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

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“More beauteous than the beautiful, as Indra's bolt, [Agni/Soma Pavamana], rich in sweets, hath clamoured in the vat [kośa=kumbha]. Dropping with oil, abundant, [seven] streams of sacrifice flow unto him like milch-kine, lowing, with their milk.  

“On flows that Ancient One whom, hitherward, from heaven, sped through the region of the air [the Falcon] quivering with alarm and terrified in heart before bow-armed Kṛśānu [Archer], holdeth fast the sweet [Amrita/Nectar of the Gods].…He who hath brought the germ beside the Strong One's [Indra's] seat moves onward to the widely-opened stall of kine. The active potent juice of heaven is flowing on…Mitra, the Holy, hath been pressed for troubled times, neighing like an impatient horse amid the herd. – Rig Veda 9.77 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

The next hymn begins:

“Raising his voice the King [Agni/Soma Pavamana] hath flowed upon his way: [robing himself in] the waters [=rivers] he would win the kine.” Rig Veda 9.78.1, tr.  RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

In Zodiacal lore the Eagle is a symbol of Scorpio. In the Rig Veda, in a few instances Agni/Soma Pavamana – the victorious Divine Son-Horse-Sage (or radius) who is born forward and purified by the seven rivers – is specifically described as an Eagle who flies to the vault [equivalent to the beaker/jar/KUMBHA] of heaven, and liberates the waters (and other treasures of gnosis) therein.

“[Agni-Soma Pavamana/the Self-Purifying One] The wide-gazing bull has mounted heaven. The poet has caused the luminous realms of heaven to shine forth. The king goes ever bellowing across the filter. …. In the vault of heaven the seekers milk honey-tongued, inexhaustible (streams) from the mountain-dwelling ox, the droplet [Indu] growing strong in the waters, in the sea, the honeyed one in the wave of the river, in the filter. The eagle that has flown to the vault—the many hymns of the trackers yearned after (him). The thoughts lick the child who always excites wonder, the golden bird standing on the earth.” – Rig Veda 9.85.9-11, tr. J&B [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

“The prizewinning [Agni/Soma Pavamana] purifies himself, bringing cows down in flood—Soma stimulating the power in Indra, for exhilaration. He smashes demonic force; he deflects hostilities, making wide space asking of the community. [RV 9.97.10 tr. Jamison & Brereton]…. Pouring out streams at the Gods’ feast with service, thou, [Agni] Soma, lookest down, a heavenly Eagle. Enter the Soma-holding beaker [=KUMBHA], Indu, and with a roar approach the ray of Sarya [the Sun]. Three are the voices that the Courser utters: he speaks the thought of prayer, the law of Order.” – Rig Veda 9.97.33-34, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

Readers can hopefully appreciate the various ways the divine measure or sacred geometry of the vesica piscis (and its indwelling radius/ray) within the Zodiac is portrayed in the Vedic verses above, not only as various waters (rivers, floods, torrents, streams, etc.), but also as a beaker, vault, filter, wave, voice, robe (garment), germ, seed, drop, mother cow, eye and steep slope. It is also the “rain of heaven”, the “wide space” which Agni creates, and the “active potent juice of heaven” (=Soma Wine=Amrita=the Nectar of Immortality). The “kindred Four” mentioned in Rig Veda 9.74 in conjunction with the “third region” of the Vedic Sacrifice can be seen as the four months or signs that comprise the last THIRD of the Zodiacal Year. 

Agni’s victory as the War Horse over the fixed waters, ignorance and inertia of Scorpio is also told in Rig Veda 8.40. In this hymn, as translated by Sri Aurobindo and Jamison and Brereton (J&B), the multiple vesicae piscis of the Zodiac are characterized as words, sacred formations, foundations, stream beds, waters, rivers, and serpent-eggs. The vesica piscis is also herein portrayed as Agni’s “illumined word”.

“[May Indra] sometime come to us with the war-horse may he come to us for the winning of the plenitudes, for the winning of the purity, — let all that are alien be rent asunder.… [Direct towards Indra-Agni] the Words [=sacred formations, tr. J&B] who uncovered the sea of the seven foundations with its dim doors [=the flood with its seven (stream) beds, tr. J&B Brereton].…[A]ccording to [their] law … [Indra-Agni] flowing move the Rivers whom they loosed from bondage to every side, — let all that are alien be rent asunder.

“Intensify him by your purifications, the brilliant warrior [Agni/Soma Pavamana] with the illumined word, even him who with might breaks the serpent-eggs of Shushna, may he conquer the waters that bear the light of the Sun-world,— let all that are alien be rent asunder.

“Intensify him who is perfect in the rite of the path, the true warrior who follows the law of the Truth; it is he who observes, who breaks the serpent-eggs of Shushna, conquers the waters that bear the light of the Sun-world, — let all that are alien be rent asunder.” – Rig Veda 8.40 excerpts, tr. Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA Vol. 16, p. 348-51 [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

The same veiled zodiacal lore of Agni-Soma Pavamana’s victory as the white (purified) horse who presses forth the wine, soma, nectar or Amrita of the Gods, and thus conquering the fixed, obstructive forces (the “beast”, “false prophet” and enemies) of the 8th sign of Scorpio with his “illumined word" is retold or repackaged in St John’s Revelation:

“And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon had a bow; and there was given unto him a crown: and he came forth conquering, and to conquer.”  – Revelation 6:2

“And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteous he doth judge and make war. And his eyes [are] a flame of fire, and upon his head [are] many diadems; and he hath a name written which no one knoweth but he himself. And he [is] arrayed in a garment sprinkled with blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white [and] pure. And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty. …

“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat upon the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought the signs in his sight, wherewith he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image: they two were cast alive into the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone: and the rest were killed with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, [even the sword] which came forth out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh.” – Revelation 20:11-15, 19-21

“And the seven angels that had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” – Revelation 8.6 

“[I]n the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then is finished the mystery of God.” – Revelation 10:7 

As I discussed in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom (pp. 252-53, 291, 306), the first seven vesicae pisces/rivers (=seven songs, seven voices, etc.) of the Zodiac are drawn out by seven radii that are characterized as seven rishis, sages, singers and priests. In Revelation, this Vedic lore is conveyed as seven angels and their seven trumpets. The seventh angel (radius) is the radius of 0° Sagittarius and his sounding voice or trumpet is equivalent to the seventh vesica piscis of the Zodiac. In Rig Veda 3.5 the seven rivers which bear forth Agni as the Sage-Horse are depicted as seven voices.

“With his bright limbs [Agni] has built wide the mid-world purifying the will by his pure seer-powers; wearing light like a robe around the life of the waters he forms his glories vast and ample.…[H]ere young and eternal in one native home the seven Voices held in their womb the one Child.” Rig Veda 3.5.5-6, tr. Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA, Volume 16, p. 157 [Bold emphasis added]

This veiled zodiacal geometry and Vedic victory is also contained in the Churning of the Milky Ocean (Samudra Manthan) mythology in which a seven-headed flying white horse (Uchchaihshravas) is released from the waters that veil or hide him, along with Dhanvantari’s (i.e. Vishnu’s) Pot or Kumbha of Amrita, and other treasures that were submerged, covered or hidden in the waters of the Vedic sacrifice. This post-Vedic mythology hails from the same zodiacal context and source as the Vedas, and though there are some variations, it all speaks of the Divine Hero’s (Agni’s/Vishnu’s/Indra’s) recovery of his own self-born divine measure, treasure and gnosis from the fixed-water sign of Scorpio

At the entrance point into the final third of the Vedic Year, the immortal Hero-Son-Horse Agni,―who corresponds not only to the radius (=ray, pillar or skambha) of 0° Sagittarius, but also to the victorious and immortal indwelling Divine Soul of creation―, is born forward as the Sage by his seven mothers (=rivers, sisters, cows, etc.). Via these “mothers” he ascends, flies or gallops to the entrance into the sign of Aquarius/Kumbha which is depicted as “his goal” within the Vedic Sacrifice:

“Yea, to the shining milk-anointed beaker [aka Jar/Kumbha], as to his goal, hath stepped the conquering Courser.” – Rig Veda 9.74.8

Just as Aquarius/Kumbha is the conquering Horse’s [Agni’s] goal, it is also Vishnu’s “own supremest station” (RV 10.1.3) and “highest step”. Thus it can be said that upon the moment of his birth as the victorious Horse-Sage Agni – via his own eternal divine measure, law and key of gnosis (i.e. via his own sanatana dharma) – conquers the forces of Ignorance, dismantles the blockage of the fixed or stagnant waters of Scorpio, steps (arcs, flies, ascends, etc.) to his goal, opens the path or passageway (tirtha) into the higher mysteries and heavenly realms or planes of the Vedic Sacrifice, and releases the fixed, obstructed, pent-up or hidden Vedic rivers (equivalent to the Vedic cows, hoarded or trapped by the forces of darkness). Echoes of this Vedic lore are also found in the Greek mythology of the white winged-horse Pegasus whose hoof-strike releases streams of inspiration from the Earth, one of which was specifically called “Hippocrene”, meaning the “Horse’s Fountain”. Just as in the Vedas, these streams of inspiration or wisdom in Greek mythology are veiled symbols of the sacred or divine measure of the Zodiacal Year. 

Rig Veda 8.40 clarifies this same victory of Agni over the fixed forces of Ignorance which hold back the Vedic waters in the fixed sign of Scorpio. This is the point of 0° Sagittarius where Agni [“the Fire”=the son=divine ray=radius], in his third seat or third fire sign, “awakes to knowledge”. At this point Agni, upon his birth, becomes the wise Sage awakened (by his seven mothers-rivers) to the sacred and eternal law, word (vac/voice) and song of his own being – his own song or mantra (rig) of truth and knowledge (veda). In these verses symbols of the vesica(e) piscis include Agni’s “new word” or ”speech of revelation” as well as treasures, hidden doors, rivers, “wide-flowing waters” and their bridges, and Agni’s “lights (cows/rivers) of discernment” which surround or enrobe him. 

“O Fire, destroy with a new word [the speech of revelation] the expression of these within in the bodies, destroy within us the beings hostile…let all the enemy forces, the hostile spirits depart from here who would do hurt to us, — let all that are hostile be rent asunder…. He awakes to knowledge …. he is the priest … surrounded [robed] by lights [cows=rivers] of discernment …. — let all that are alien be rent asunder. [T]his is the Fire that gives the treasures, the Fire when there is cast into him as offering that which is new uncovers the hidden doors, — let all that are alien be rent asunder….

Fire is the sevenfold human, he is lodged in all the rivers; to him we have come, the dweller in the triple abode, the Fire of the thinker, slayer of the Destroyers, ancient and supreme in the sacrifices, — let all that are alien be rent asunder.  

Fire is the seer [[sage-poet, tr. J&B]] who takes up his dwelling in his three abodes of knowledge of three kinds; may he sacrifice to the Three and Thirty [gods] [6] and satisfy us, perfected, the illumined thinker [Sage, tr. RTHG] and messenger, — let all that are alien be rent asunder. O ancient and supreme Fire…. thou rulest over the Treasures; around thee the wide-flowing waters go each with its own bridge, — let all that are alien be rent asunder. – Rig Veda 8.40, tr. Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA, Volume 16, pp. 345-348 [Text in brackets and bold emphasis added]

I see the reference to the Sage Agni as the “sevenfold human” or sevenfold MAN as a reference to the position of the seventh radius within the seven rivers (vesicae piscis) that serve as the seven mothers which “increase” and nurture him and bear him forward in the Vedic sacrifice. Via the arc of these rivers, which are formed via his own divine measure, Agni the Child quickly ascends to the seat of the Man of Aquarius – Vishnu's highest seat which also appears to be depicted as "Indra's special place" (tr. RTHG] or his meeting place (índrasya niṣkṛtáṃ) in some hymns. [7]

Rig Veda 8.72 contains in itself another brilliantly and intricately veiled poetic portrayal of Agni’s victory over the fixed or obstructive forces of Scorpio upon his entrance or birth into the sign of Sagittarius and his speedy ascent or movement into the Swar or Heaven realm (the fourth quadrant) of the Zodiac. 

“[Agni] the priest of the pilgrim-rite has come and he conquers again, for he knows the commandment [law] of the Fire…. [B]eyond the thinking mind; by his tongue they seize the peace. High burnt the companion bow, a founder of the growth he climbed the woodland [wood=wooden vessel] [8], he smote the rock with his tongue. He is the shining calf who wanders and finds none to bind him here, to one who lauds him he manifests the mother. 

"And now is the great and vast yoking as if of the Horse, the rope of the chariot is seen. Seven milk the one, two let loose the five at the ford of the River upon the cry of the waters. By the ten [months] of the sun Indra made fall the covering sheath of heaven with his triple mallet. A new adoration moves round the triple pilgrim-sacrifice, the priests of the call anoint with the honey-wine.

"With surrender they [the seven priests] pour out the inexhaustible pervading well whose wheel is on high and its opening below. Close by are the stones and the honey-wine is poured in the lotus in the discharging of the well. O Ray-Cows, come to the well; here is the great wine-jar [Kosha/Kumbha] of the sacrifice, here are both the golden handles. 

"Pour into the wine that is pressed, a joining splendour, the glory of earth and heaven; by the juice of the wine sustain the Bull. The warrior [Agni] milked [poured] out the seven-planed nourishing force and energy by the seven rays of the sun…. [I]t is the healing draught for him who suffers. And now let him stretch out [or form] with his tongue of flame around heaven that plane of him in his full delight [the place of the delightful one, tr. J&B] which is to be laid as a foundation. – Rig Veda 8.72, tr. Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA, Vol. 16, p. 345-48 [Text in brackets and all emphasis added]

In this hymn, Agni establishes the eternal law or divine measure (Agni’s “companion bow” and the “rope of the chariot”) which allows the sacrificers to “seize the peace” or divine harmony that is an absolute impossibility as long as the divine measure remained lost within or veiled by the Vedic waters (in the 8th sign of Scorpio). In my mind the reference to the “ten [months] of the Sun” in conjunction with the reference to the pouring out of the “inexhaustible well” and “the great wine jar of the sacrifice” are unmistakable references to 0° Aquarius/Kumbha – the precise point which marks out the completion of ten full months of the twelve-month Zodiac, and the entrance (sankranti) into the sign of the Water-Bearer who pours out the sacred waters of gnosis contained in his jar or kumbha. In case it is still unclear to some readers who may be new to my writings on this subject, the Water Bearer’s jar or kumbha is one of many veiled symbols of the divine measure of the vesica piscis found pervasively throughout the Rig Veda.

The Lotus and the Sacred Geometry of the Zodiac and Vesica Piscis
The lotus in Rig Veda 8.72 could either be a symbol of the full flower of the Zodiac (=Vedic Year) whose petals are formed by the divine measure of the radius and its companion vesica pisces, or a symbol of the vesica piscis itself. My sense is that it is a symbol of the full flower (the full unified field) of the Zodiac. It must be noted that the central core or heart of Sri Aurobindo’s satkona symbol – a symbol of his avataric yoga and victory – is precisely a Lotus floating on seven waves. This symbol, which Thea referred to as “the Lotus of the Avatar” (i.e. as Vishnu’s/Sri Aurobindo’s Lotus), can be better appreciated knowing that the symbolic power of the Lotus derives from the fact that its pristine beauty and form is born out of water and mud, and is thus a symbol of the Vedic victory wherein the Divine Son (=flame-ray) is born forward in the Zodiac as the divine conquering Sage-Horse from his concealing waters, at the forefront of his seven rivers (seven waves, streams, floods, mothers, etc.), whereby he instantly dissolves the obstructions, inertia and ignorance of the fixed water sign of Scorpio via his own divine measure and eternal law. As I have discussed elsewhere at length, this divine law and measure is the basis of the 432,000-syllable measure of the Rig Veda, the 432,000ʺ measure of the Kali Yuga and the 432,000-mile measure of the Sun’s radius. [See “The Sacred Measure of 432,000 - Part One"] 

It is worth repeating here that Thea did not see or write about the equivalence between the Vedic rivers and the divine measure of the vesica piscis within the Zodiac. Based on what she did see about the zodiacal context of the Rig Veda, she concluded that the seven rivers of the Vedas were released at 10° Capricorn, corresponding to the 7 Point of the Circle of 9. See "Some Clarification" (from Part 10 of my "Seeing In Understanding" series) for more on this subject. Thea's writings about the seven rivers of the Vedas can be found in The New Way, Vol. 1&2 (pp. 389, 397-98, 412-16, 422).

In Part Two I will discuss the symbolism of the Suez Canal blockage, and in Part Three I will discuss the divine measure of the vesica piscis as a key of Vishnu’s avatars and as the eternal law (ordinance) Vishnu the Preserver is tasked with preserving in his preservation (fixed sign) Ages. And in Part Four I will discuss some of the foreshadowing that accompanied the release of the geometric significance of the Vedic Waters in 2016 along with what I shared with Thea about them the week before she passed.

“Seven germs [9] unripened yet are heaven's prolific seed:
their functions they maintain by Viṣṇu's ordinance [law].
Endued with wisdom through intelligence and thought,
they compass us about present on every side.”

– Rig Veda 1.164.36, tr. Jamison & Brereton
[Text in brackets tr. RTH Griffith]

 [Link to Part Two]


Endnotes:

[1] It is worth noting here that the timespan of 91 years (90 + 1) shows up as the time between Sri Aurobindo’s birth and rebirth (1872-1963 = 91 years) and the time between the Mother’s birth and my own (1878-1969 = 91 years). Thea was born (in 1938) 60 years after the Mother, and I in turn was born 31 years after Thea (60 + 31 = 30 + 30 + 30 + 1 = 91), and I discovered her existence, her writings and her role in the Supramental Yoga/Descent at the age of 31.  

[2] The significance of my completing and publishing the book at the age of 48 lies in the fact that 48 is precisely one-third (432,000ʺ) of 144, and one-ninth (144,000ʺ) of 432. As shown in the appendix of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, the last 48 years (the last third) of the 144-year span between Sri Aurobindo’s birth and Thea’s passing spanned from 1968-2016, and I was born in 1969, one-year into the final third (the final 432,000ʺ) of that 144-year cycle.   

[3] The true Vedic Year/Sacrifice, as Thea wrote, is Tropical/Solar, constructed upon the four Cardinal Points (i.e. the four solstitial and equinoctial points) of the Earth’s Year. There are simply and clearly no evenly measured twelve months or signs nor four evenly measured Cardinal Points in the constellational or Sidereal Zodiac which is the distorted basis of Vedic Astrology which Thea discussed as “post-Vedic”. Indian astrologers suggest a plethora of different starting points or mid points, etc. for their various measures of the Sidereal Zodiac. The starting point or zero point of the twelve-month Vedic Year or Sacrifice, however, is not variable and not dependent on human interpretation, imagination, or supposition. It is the Earth’s axial alignment and her orbit of the Sun, which creates the Earth’s Sacred Circle or Cycle of Life (i.e. the Zodiac) and its Cardinal Points. Likewise the twelve sankranti (entrance) points of the evenly distributed twelve months of the Vedic Year (Zodiac) are simply not found in the constellations. The full twelve months are measured out by the divine measure (sacred geometry) and eternal law of the radius and vesica piscis.

[4] In The Magical Carousel, this “penned in” special tree has a fence around it.

[5] In transliterated Sanskrit this section of the hymn reads: šišuḥ na jātaḥ ava cakradat vane, wherein šišuḥ connotes the youngling, jātaḥ – his birth, and vane – the wood. Cakra means wheel or circle, and this meaning or figure seems to be left out of the English translations that I have seen. Jamison and Brereton translated this section as “Like a new-born (calf), he as roared down into the wood(en vessel)”. Agni’s movement into the wooden vessel or bowl in this verse is equivalent to his movement into the jar, kumbha, cask, vat, tub, or reservoir as portrayed in other hymns. 

[6] Agni’s sacrifice to the 33 (thrice-eleven/trīn ekādašān) gods can be seen as a simultaneous reference to two divisions of the 360° Vedic Circle/Cycle – the division by 9 and the division by 24 (12 x 2). The sum of 9 (the basis of Vedic and modern mathematics) and 24 (the number of hours in the Day) is 33. If these two measure are seen simultaneously or are superimposed upon each other within one circle, each third of the circle contains in itself 3 integers/units and 8 hours and 3 + 8 = 11. Thus the 33 gods can be seen as a slight variation of how Thea saw the “thrice-seven” (3 x 7 = 21) ecstasies of the Vedas as a simultaneous reference to the division of the Vedic circle by 9 integers and 12 zodiacal signs. There may well be a better explanation for these 33 (“thrice-eleven”) gods, but this one seems valid to me given the circular/cyclical math of the Vedic Sacrifice.

[7] Rig Veda 9.15.1, 9.64.15, 9.86.16, 9.101.16.

[8] Sri Aurobindo translated “woodlands” from vana which is also equivalent to a wooden barrel or vessel of Soma in the Rig Veda which makes more sense in the context of this hymn. In other words, the “woodlands” of this translation (and “wood” in Jamison and Brereton’s translation) can be seen as entirely equivalent to the great vessel of the Kumbha or Water Jar, and to Vishnu’s Kumbha (pot) of Amrita. 

[9] RTH Griffith translated “seven germs” from sapta garbha. In the Sanskrit Online Digital Lexicon, the meanings of garbha include: “the womb … the inside , middle , interior of anything … having in the interior , containing , filled” as well as “a foetus or embryo , child , brood or offspring (of birds)”, and  “offspring of the sky" and “the bed of a river”.  I see these “seven germs” (sapta garbha) as entirely equivalent to the seven wombs, rivers, cows, mothers that increase and bear forth Agni as the Sage-Horse-Son Agni Pavamana. Kashyap’s translation of Rig Veda 1.164.36 reads:

“The seven (rays), pregnant with the energy of midworld are the seminal matter of the entire universe. They sustain all existence and discharge all functions of Vishnu, to whom they belong. By their thoughts, they pervade all around them in their mind, Since they are of illumined consciousness and enveloping.”


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