The Obstruction of the Vedic Waters & the Fixed Water Sign Scorpio ⁓ Part Four ⁓ The Vedic Sense & Geometry of the Water Sign Hieroglyphs

Ratnagiri Petroglyph, Pisces, Two Fish GeometryPisces Petroglyph, 12,000 BCE, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India (BBC), with an overlay of two vesicae piscis within a circle.

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Pisces, Vesica Piscis, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
As Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) discussed in The New Way, Vols. 1&2, the hieroglyph of Pisces – the last of the three water signs of the Zodiac, and the last sign of the Zodiac – is based upon the geometry of the vesica pisces. The most common hieroglyph of Pisces that I have seen is two arcs – back to back, but not touching ‒ connected to each other by a centrally aligned horizontal bar which extends through the arcs: . The first Pisces hieroglyph (A) of Thea’s three-part Pisces panel shown to the right (The New Way 1&2, p. 236) features the same back to back arcs, but their connecting bar does not extend beyond them. She pointed to the “real” Pisces hieroglyph as (B) two semi-circles perfectly overlapped upon a common radius, forming the fish-shape and womb (garbha) of the vesica piscis. The third image of the panel (C) shows this vesica-pisces-fish-shape within the full geometric context of two circles overlapping upon their common radius. For those who may not know, the vesica piscis is the two-pointed seed shape created by the perfect overlapping of the two circles: . It is a closed form or vessel. The extension of the semicircles beyond the vesica piscis creates the image of the Fish with its tail: 

Knowing the above, we can see and appreciate that what Thea identified as the “real” Pisces hieroglyph is based upon the eternal law and sacred geometry of the radius and vesica piscis which, together, measure out one-third or 432,000ʺ of the circle (120° =120° x 60′ x 60ʺ = 432,000ʺ). We can likewise see and appreciate that what Thea described as the “real” Pisces hieroglyph contains in itself the 432,000 measure of the Rig Veda, the 432,000 measure of the Kali Yuga and the 432,000 measure of the Sun’s radius. [1]

Pisces Hieroglyph
The Pisces hieroglyph used by Thea in The Gnostic Circle, as shown to the right, is a bit different from all those shown above. It consists of the two arcs which open away from each other back-to-back, along the centrally aligned horizontal bar; but in this instance, the arcs converge and touch upon the central point and vertical axis of the symbol. This version of the Pisces hieroglyph warrants some discussion because it subtly contains in itself the location and measure not only of the entrance into the sign of Pisces within the circle of the Zodiac, it also contains the location and measure of five other signs as well. Thus it contains in itself the location and measure of six of the twelves signs of the Zodiac. This wonder of sacred measure compressed into the form of a zodiacal symbol becomes apparent when the two arcs and bar of the Pisces hieroglyph are seen in the context of the circle and the Zodiac. In this context, the two semicircular arcs of the symbol create two vesicae piscis and TWO FISH. Via this geometry, we can clearly see and understand the common Two Fish symbol of Pisces. 
Pisces Hieroglyph & the Measure of the Zodiac

Amazingly enough, in 2018, a 12,000-year-old rendition of these Two Fish with their cross-bar was found carved into a lateritic stone plateau in Ratnagiri, India. This petroglyph is featured at the beginning of this article and below-right. I added the white outlines of the circle and its two vertically aligned vesicae piscis to demonstrate the petroglyph’s occult geometry.

Pisces, Two Fish and the Measure of the Zodiac

Once we see that the diameter of this circle (consisting of two radii) marks out the Cancer and Cardinal Point axis of the Zodiac, we can then see that the vesica piscis drawn out by the Cancer radius measures out the Earth signs of Taurus and Virgo, and the vesica piscis drawn out by the Capricorn radius measures out the water signs of Scorpio and Pisces. With all of this in mind, we can appreciate the fact that the open-faced-arc hieroglyphs of Pisces and the two fish associated with Pisces occultly contain in themselves and symbolize the Divine Maya (Divine Measure) and Eternal Law (Sanatana Dharma) of the Zodiac.  

Two Fish-Pisces
Left: Calendarium, 13th-14th c.; Right: Pixabay (background altered). 

Golden Fish - Buddhism
The pairing of two golden fish (survarna matsya) is known as one of the eight auspicious symbols (ashtamangala) of Buddhism. These golden fish are recognized as a symbol of India’s two great rivers: Ganges and Yamuna. The significance of the two golden fish being a symbol of two rivers becomes clear when we know that, in addition to being associated with the Fish (Matsya) from ancient times, the inner arc of the vesica pisces that flows through and measures out the circle of the Zodiac was known to the Vedic Seers as an immortal and golden-hued river. The golden color of the Vedic “rivers” (and thus of the Two Fish of the ashtamangala) is connected to the Rishis’ characterization of the radius as the golden ray, reed and divine son of the waters/rivers who is born forward in the 12-month course of the Vedic Sacrifice/Year.

“Golden in form is he, like gold to look on, his colour is like gold, the Son of Waters.” – Rig Veda 2.35.10, tr. RTH Griffith


“From inmost reservoir in countless channels flow down these rivers which the foe beholds not. I look upon the streams of oil descending, and lo! the Golden Reed is there among them.” – Rig Veda 4.58.5, tr. RTH Griffith


“The heaven with streams of golden hue….The golden Pair [2] yield Indra plenteous nourishment: between them moves the golden One.” – Rig Veda 3.44.3, tr. RTH Griffith

In 2018 Richard Oldale wrote: 

“The golden fish in Buddhist symbolism has been lifted directly from ancient Vedic mythology. The Hindu God, Vishnu turns himself into a fish, Matsya who rescues Manu, the first man from a flood.” – “The Symbolic Meaning of Two Golden Fish in Buddhism”

Regardless of being unaware of the geometric and zodiacal context of Vedic mythology, Oldale was accurate in recognizing a connection between the Golden Fish of Buddhism, Vedic mythology, and Vishnu’s first avatar – the Fish/Matsya.

The 12,000-year-old Pisces petroglyph of Ratnagiri completely defies the academic understanding of the antiquity and origin of zodiacal gnosis and symbols. One of the other equally ancient petroglyphs discovered in Ratnagiri can easily be seen as the Aquarian symbol of the Man, aka Manu, in the midst of several Fish, holding his pot or kumbha overhead, as if pouring it out. 

Ratnagiri Petroglyph-Aquarius-Water Bearer

Matsya as a horned fish pulling the boat with Manu and the seven sages, scene from the Mahabharata - Wikimedia

In the post-Vedic mythology of the Mahabharata, Manu rescues Matsya/Vishnu as a small fish. Manu then puts Matsya in larger water vessels and bodies of water as he grows. In the end, Matsya (full grown) saves Manu and Seven Rishis from the Great Flood – a reference to the seven floods (=rivers) of the Vedas which, as I have written and will write more about below, deliver Agni to the sign of the Kumbha, aka the sign of the Man, in the 360° Vedic Year. Many academics have held the view that the Zodiac was imported into India from Babylonia and has nothing to do with India’s ancient Vedas. In her many writings, Thea strongly countered this view, demonstrating that the 12-month division of the Earth’s 360° year and thus the Zodiac itself, is equivalent to the twelve-month Vedic Sacrifice and is the basis and foundation of the Rig Veda. 

Via the petroglyphs of Ratnagiri, we can see and appreciate, or simply consider that the knowledge of the Zodiac extends back at least 12,000 years. Some might not be convinced that the Ratnagiri Man/Manu is a symbol of the Aquarian Man, aka Water Bearer, but if we take the (≈60°) angle of this Man’s outstretched arms and the visible arc carved above his arms as an indication of the width of the radius of a circle (measuring out one-sixth/60° of the circle’s circumference), there does seem to be some zodiacal geometry and sense to this 12,000-year-old figure. I have demonstrated this zodiacal geometry in the Ratnagiri image above right. Using the 60° measure of the upper arc, I drew out the corresponding circle and its two vesicae pisces (Two Fish).  

If the ancient artist had carved this Man with geometric precision, his body would be better centered within the circle, like the Vitruvian Man within his circle, and the visible right-side arc (and corresponding fish) of the petroglyph would line up better with the arc of the right-side vesica piscis. It is entirely possible that the aerial image I have used (first published by BBC) was taken from an angle that distorts its actual geometry. In the image above to the right, I have added the lines of the subtle descending triangle whose width and sides equal the measure of the radius, which cuts through what appears to be a pot, jar or kumbha that this Man holds over his head, hovering in the midst of the measure of his arms. The horizontally oriented pot is approximately one-third of the width of the radius (one-sixth of the diameter). 

In Part Three of this series I wrote about the 1926 message in a bottle that was cast out, submerged and then found 95 years later with its message intact. In the case of the Ratnagiri petroglyphs we have messages that were “cast out” circa 10,000 BCE, buried and then recovered some 12,000 years later, in 2018, from the dirt which covered and concealed them. As some readers already know, 2018 was the year I published Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom which details the 2016 recovery of the vesica piscis, aka the “Vessel of the Fish” as a long-lost key of our world’s ancient symbols and lore. For those with eyes to see, this synchronicity is a sublimely orchestrated precision rather than a random coincidence. [3]

One of the things I really want to impress upon readers in this installment of “The Obstruction of the Vedic Waters & the Fixed Water Sign Scorpio” series is that the connection between the sacred waters (=rivers) of the Vedas and the eternal law (sanatana dharma) of the vesica piscis and radius – which serve as and establish the divine maya (divine measure) of the 12-month Zodiacal Year – is hidden in plain sight in the hieroglyph and in the name of last WATER sign of the Zodiac. In other words the hieroglyph and name of Pisces both contain in themselves (as if in a long-sealed vessel) the occult or long-hidden geometric key and weapon of gnosis by which the Vedic Waters are released from their obstructions in the fixed water sign of Scorpio, and by which the Rig Veda can be properly read in our Age of Aquarius/Kumbha – the Age of the Water Bearer (aka the Man) whose jar, kumbha or heavenly vessel is a symbol of the exact same Vedic key, light and weapon of purifying gnosis.

In 2016 it became apparent that Vishnu’s first avatar Matsya (the Fish) is an ancient carrier, symbol or vessel of this same geometric, zodiacal and eternal law of the Vedas. As all who have already read Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom know, the knowledge of Matsya’s geometric sense preceded and opened the gates of knowledge to the geometric sense of the Vedic waters/rivers and kumbha. It is notable that the name Matsya specifically begins with mat, which is connected to the Sanskrit words for measure (matra, maya) and mother (ma, matri), and to the English words “math” and “meter”. It is also notable that the first syllable of Vishnu’s name is phonetically similar to the word Fish. [4] I have discussed the vesica piscis as the geometric basis of Vishnu’s avataric forms and their accompanying lore in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom and in previous posts and will not repeat the story of that recovered gnosis here other than to once again share the picture that visually demonstrates the connection between Vishnu’s first two avatars (Matsya and Kurma) and the sacred geometry (=sacred measure) of the vesica piscis and of the Zodiac. [Click HERE to see an animated construction of how Vishnu’s Turtle form measures out the Zodiac.]

Vesica Pisces-Matsya-Kurma-Turtle-Fish

In this image, the shell of Vishnu’s Sanatana-Dharma-saving Turtle (Kurma) is the circle of the Zodiac and his four legs are the extensions (beyond the circle) of the four vesicae piscis measured out by the four cardinal point radii. The width of the Turtle’s four legs (where they come out of his “shell”) measure out the 30° span of each of Vishnu’s four fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. What I want to add to what I have already written about the Kurma form of Vishnu’s second avatar is that signifies the doubling of the geometry of the hieroglyph of Pisces (Matsya) within the circle of the Zodiac which in turn, measures out all 12 signs of the Zodiac. 

The Pisces Hieroglyph and the Measure of the Zodiac

The second image in the sequence above is a 90° rotation of the Pisces hieroglyph overlaid upon the circle it measures. Together these two pisces hieroglyphs measure out the four cardinal points and the twelve months of the Vedic/Zodiacal Year. Via this geometry, the sanatana dharma or eternal truth and law that Vishnu is credited with protecting as Matsya, Kurma, and as various other forms or incarnations throughout the ages, comes into clear focus. We can see and understand that eternal and universal law of the ancient Rishis which Vishnu’s avatars protect and reinstate is, at a fundamental level, equivalent to the eternal geometric law of the radius and vesica pisces which together measure out the circle of the twelve-month Vedic Year. 

As I documented in Geometric Keys of Vedic Widsdom, approximately six months after Vishnu’s geometric key/law was delivered out of the dark waters of Ignorance in 2016, it proceeded to reveal and release the geometric sense and shape of the immortal Vedic waters (the seven rivers, streams, floods, etc.) and thousands of other symbolic treasures of the Rig Veda from aeons of Ignorance. In other words Vishnu’s geometric key – the vesica piscis, aka “vessel of the fish” – does not only function as a key of the sense and significance of Vishnu's symbols and lore, but it also functions as a key which unlocks, unveils and uncovers the sense and significance of the intentionally veiled or occulted language and sanatana dharma of the Vedic Rishis which, according to Sri Aurobindo, has been widely misunderstood and misinterpreted by Vedic scholars, priests and pundits, and consequentially by most if not all of humanity, for thousands of years.

The Hieroglyph of Cancer

Two Fish-Etsy-
Soon after I rotated the Pisces hieroglyph 90° to illustrate the geometry discussed above, it occurred to me that the hieroglyph of Cancer    – the first water sign of the Zodiac – is a veiled symbol of the two fish of Piscis – the last water sign of the Zodiac. Pisces is frequently portrayed as two fish whose heads and tails meet or converge upon a vertical or horizontal axis of their circular dance. When the heads, eyes and tails of the two fish are seen as oriented to the horizontal axis of Cancer and Capricorn, the connection between the two head-to-tail components of the Cancer hieroglyph and the two head-to-tail fish of Pisces comes into focus. The Chinese Yin-Yang symbol , similar to the Cancer hieroglyph, can be seen as another representation of the ancient two-fish symbol. 

I added the white overlay of the three vesicae piscis in the middle plate above, so viewers can easily see the three subtle “fish” – the three interlaced vesicae piscis – and thus the geometric gnosis and key contained in the inner circle of this ancient Indus Valley “Pisces” plate. [See “Demystifying the Ancient Symbol of Three Fish With One Head”] It is worth noting here that Thea saw the Cancer hieroglyph as a symbol of the female reproductive system.

“Cancer's hieroglyph…immediately strikes the observer as being perfectly in accordance with the maternal gestating significance of the sign. When correctly designed its form is wholly womb-like, while at the same time it evokes the image of the female breasts and the reproductive system.” – Thea, The Magical Carousel, Commentaries, pp. 26-27

Whereas her seeing of the Cancer hieroglyph is valid in its own right, it also makes perfect sense that the zodiacal hieroglyph of the first water sign Cancer is occultly connected (i.e. connected in a veiled and widely unseen way) to the ancient hieroglyph, fish symbolism and geometry of the last water sign of Pisces.

The Hieroglyph of Scorpio 

Whereas the M-shaped hieroglyph of the water sign Scorpio:  (similar to the M-shape of Virgo: ) has no obvious visual connection to the Piscean fish, in my view it is – like the Pisces hieroglyph – a compact symbol of the sacred geometry, measure and mythology of the Zodiac. The best way to convey how I see the connection between the M-shape of Scorpio and Virgo and the sacred geometry, measure of the Zodiac is visual rather than verbal:  

The Geometry of the Zodiacal M's - Virgo and Scorpio (Lori Tompkins)

There is much to unpack regarding this zodiacal “M” and its vertical symmetry. Here I want to focus on how the M-shape hieroglyph of Scorpio occultly contains in itself the story of the victorious release of the Vedic Water-Jar (Kumbha) and is purifying waters (seven rivers). In my view, the “V” or Valley in the midst of this M-shape is equivalent to the descending equilateral triangle in the midst of the Zodiac. I see this zodiacal and geometric V-shape as the basis of the V-shaped hieroglyph of Capricorn: as well as to various words that start with “V”, including but not limited to “valley”, “vessel”, “vat” and “victory”. [5] In Indus Valley Script, the V-shape forms the basis of the prolific symbol for “Jar”:  (i.e. Kumbha). [6] The descending triangle or “V” of the Zodiac and zodiacal “M” measures out the entrances into all three of the Air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The ascending right side [7] of the “V” (and of the Air Trine) rises from the entrance into the seventh sign of Libra (0° Libra) to the destination of 0° Aquarius – the entrance into Vishnu’s highest seat of Aquarius – the sign of the Man (Manu), the Friend (Mitra), the Water Bearer and the Water Jar (Kumbha). Aquarius is of course the only sign of the Zodiac whose names and symbols are specifically concerned with the pouring out of heavenly, sacred or purifying waters. This line or side of the descending Air-sign triangle, rises up at a 60° angle from the horizonal plane of 0° Libra (the 4.5 Point of the Gnostic Circle), and forms the long axis of the seventh river (the seventh vesica piscis) of the Zodiac/Vedic Sacrifice. The shorter axis of the seventh river of the Zodiac is the radius of 0° Sagittarius, known as the son of the seven rivers (aka “the Son of the Waters”) in the Rig Veda. This radius geometrically draws, bears or pours out the seventh river of the Zodiac.

As I have written and demonstrated throughout my writings and illustrations since 2016, the ascending side of the Air Trine is the basis of the formation, shape and position of the number 7 in the combined circle of 9 and 12 [aka the Gnostic Circle]. This ascending line is likewise the basis of the arrow hieroglyph of Sagittarius which is a symbol of the weapon and victory of the war god Agni [8] (aka “the three-fold flame, Trita, Skanda, Kartikeya), launched from 0° Sagittarius  the third of his three seats in his triple sacrifice, equivalent to the third angle of the ascending Fire Trine (0° Aries, 0° Leo and 0° Sagittarius). As Thea pointed out in her writings, in the Eleusinian Mysteries, this hero-sage-son went by the name of Triptolemus, meaning “threefold warrior”. [9]

The Vesica Piscis, Air Trine & the Seven Rivers of the Vedas (Lori Tompkins)

The Zodiacal Fire Trine and the Seventh River of the Vedas (Lori Tompkins)
At his third seat in the Vedic Year/Sacrifice/Zodiac, Agni (the divine fire, ray and flame) is portrayed as Soma Pavamana – the self-purifying and all-purifying Hero-Son-Horse-Sage-Archer – who is nurtured, increased and born victorious via his seven rivers (=seven mothers, floods, sisters, cows, etc.). 

"The Gold-hued, purified [Agni], makes him[self] three seats…. On through the long wool of the sheep to the meath-dropping vat [=kumbha] he flows: The Ṛṣis’ sevenfold quire hath sung aloud to him." – Rig Veda 9.102.2-3, tr. RTH Griffith

This Vedic mythology simply cannot be accurately understood outside the context of the Tropical Zodiacal Year and its sacred geometry. Agni’s heroic deeds as the conquering Sage, Horse and Son of the Vedas are inextricably linked to the Sage and Horse of Sagittarius. Different religions have adopted different names and persona for this self-purifying, world-purifying, divine hero-son-savior of the Vedas; but regardless of the name given, the concept stems from the same ancient Zodiacal source. 

The Rishis simultaneously spoke of Agni’s victorious ascent to the Jar or Kumbha (aka Aquarius) via his seven rivers (=seven mothers) and the victorious release, descent and pouring out of these same seven rivers. In Rig Veda 9.74.7-8, Agni (Soma Pavamana) as the conquering Horse becomes white (i.e. purified) when he strives or steps to his victory in the 360° course of the Vedic sacrifice, whereupon he bursts open (i.e. releases) the “water-holding cask of heaven”. In my view, this victory is entirely equivalent to the release of the Aquarian Kumbha or Water Jar and the accumulated waters (=the seven rivers) that it HOLDS or contains up to that point in the sacrifice. This Vedic imagery is mirrored (however reimagined) in St. John’s Revelation when the Son of God (=the Lamb) opens the first of the seven seals, prompting one of the four fixed signs of the Zodiac (likely a reference to the Man of Aquarius) to thunderously announce the presence of the bow-wielding divine conqueror on his White Horse. 

“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” – Revelation 6:1-2, NIV

The Sacred Geometry of the Scorpio and Sagittarius Hieroglyphs (Lori Tompkins)

This Biblical symbolism is, beyond a shadow of doubt in my mind, a symbol of the conquering Sage-Horse of the 12-month Vedic Sacrifice, who ascends to the the Kumbha – his "goal" and "special place" – at the forefront of his seven mothers (=seven rivers), which are equivalent to the seven flasks, seven seals, seven voices (etc.) of St John’s Revelation. Given this Vedic story and context, hopefully readers can see and understand that the arrow of the M-shaped Scorpio hieroglyph contains in itself the event of Agni’s sevenfold, river-born ascent to the Aquarian Kumbha which goes by many names in the Vedas, including “the heaven’s wide vessel”, a reservoir, jar, vat, cask and filter, as well as the “meeting place” of the seven rivers and of the sacrifice. It is also referred to as “Indra’s heart”. Via this divine birth, ascent and victory of the Vedic Son, the seven rivers (=the heavenly waters) are released or poured out from the lowest edge or degree of the Kumbha (0° Aquarius), which is simultaneously the highest extent and culmination of the 30 degrees (or days) of the Capricorn mountain and month. [10] Thus it can be seen and said that the seven rivers of the Vedas are released after full passage through the tenth month of the sacrifice, from the top of the Capricorn mountain, “[a]s down the steep slope of a river to the vale” (RV 9.69.7, tr. RTH Griffith). Via this release, at the culmination of ten full months of the Zodiac, the obstruction and stagnation of the waters in the fixed water sign of Scorpio is conquered, and the Vedic sacrificers are carried “beyond affliction”, i.e. beyond the Ignorance that obstructs or occults the eternal law and gnosis of the Ancient Seers.

“Bards [=the Seven Rishis] of approaching Dawn [11] who know the heavens are come with hymns to throw the mountain open. The Sun [=Sūrya, the Son, Agni, Soma Pavamana, Sage, etc.] hath risen and [opened] the stable portals: the doors of men [MANUṣīḥ], too, hath the God thrown open.  

“Sūrya [Agni] hath spread his light as splendour: hither came the Cows' Mother, conscious, from the stable, to streams that flow with biting waves to deserts; and heaven is stablished like a firm-set pillar.  

“This laud hath won the burden [contents] of the mountain. To aid the ancient birth of mighty waters [=the Seven Rivers] the mountain parted, Heaven performed his office.… [12]

“Come, let us carry out, O friends, the purpose wherewith the Mother threw the Cow's stall open, that wherewith Manu [=”the Man”] conquered Visisipra, wherewith the wandering merchant gained heaven's water.  

“Here, urged by hands, loudly hath rung the press-stone wherewith Navagvas [13] through ten months sang praises.…  

“Borne by his Coursers Seven may Sūrya [Agni] visit the field that spreadeth wide for his long journey. Down on the Soma [Amrita] swooped [Agni] the rapid Falcon. Bright was the young Sage moving mid his cattle.

“Sūrya [Agni] hath mounted to the shining ocean when he hath yoked his fair-backed Tawny Horses [Seven Mares=Seven Rivers/Floods]. The wise have drawn him like a ship through water: the floods obedient have descended hither.  

“I lay upon the [Seven] Floods your hymn, lightwinning, wherewith Navagvas their ten months completed. Through this our hymn may we have Gods to guard us: through this our hymn pass safe beyond affliction. – Rig Veda 5.45, excerpts 1-11, tr. RTH Griffith [All emphasis and text in brackets added]

In Part One of this series, I presented a variety of Vedic hymns [14] like this one, which portray some version of Agni’s victorious birth as the Horse-Sage [aka Sūrya above] and his swift movement at the forefront of his seven rivers-mothers, to the Jar, Vat or Kumbha of Aquarius. Below I’m including several more hymns or verses which portray this same zodiacal geometry and story, including one which describes Agni swiftly moving to Aquarius “like an arrow on the bow”. The veiled references to the sign of Aquarius/Kumbha are emphasized via bold text. Veiled symbolic references of the radius or ray of 0° Sagittarius within the 360° Vedic Sacrifice in these hymns include the portrayal of Agni [Soma Pavamana] as “like and arrow on the bow…loosed like a young calf”, the “[golden hued] Immortal”, “the tawny well-beloved One”, “the blissful flame, white in his birth, [red] glowing in his mightiness”, the “Sage” who is “manifest with song”, the “Steed” (=Horse) who “steps forward to the goal.” Veiled references to the vesica(e) pisces are listed after the verses. I want to give readers a chance to identify them on their own first.

“Laid like an arrow on the bow the hymn hath [Agni/Soma Pavamana] been loosed like a young calf to the udder of its dam.… [H]e looses Aditi's Daughters [15] for the worshipper.…[T]he Goddesses [elsewhere named as seven goddesses/rivers] approach [Agni’s/Soma Pavamana’s] own resting-place.  

“Onward hath Soma passed…as ’twere, endued a garment newly washed. The golden-hued, Immortal, newly bathed, puts on a brightly shining vesture that is never harmed. He made the ridge of heaven to be his radiant robe, by [[spreading out the two bowls with the power of heaven]].

“… [T]ogether rush they forth, these swift outpourings [=seven rivers] in long course of holy rites: no form save only Indra shows itself so pure. As down the steep slope of a river to the vale, drawn from the Steer the swift strong draughts have found a way. ….these drops of Soma, to Indra have sped forth like cars to [treasure]. Effused, they pass the cleansing fleece, while, gold-hued, they cast their covering off to pour the rain down.” – Rig Veda, 9.69 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in double brackets is translated by Jamison & Brereton with the tense of “spread” changed to “spreading”.]


“Loud as a river's roaring wave [Agni/Soma Pavamana’s] powers have lifted up themselves: Urge on thine arrow's sharpened point. At thine effusion [pouring] upward rise three voices full of joy, [16] when thou flowest upon the fleecy ridge. On to the fleece they urge with stone the tawny well-beloved One, even Pavamana, dropping meath. Flow with thy current to the sieve [17]…. – Rig Veda 9.50.1-4, tr. RTH Griffith


“The seven mighty rivers increased [Agni] the blissful flame, white in his birth, ruddy glowing in his mightiness…” – Rig Veda 3.1.4, tr. Sri Aurobindo     


There where the mountains downward slope, there by the meeting of the [seven] streams [Agni, the] Sage was manifest with song. Thence, marking, from his lofty place downward he looks upon the sea, And thence with rapid stir he moves. Then, verify, they see the light refulgent of primeval seed, kindled on yonder side of heaven. …To Indra have the Kanvas sung, like waters speeding down a slope….” – Rig Veda 8.6.28-30, 34, excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith


“The Steed steps forward to the goal. Thus …[Agni, aka Soma Pavamana] turned to the vat that drops with meath.” – Rig Veda 9.36 1-2 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith


“O [Agni] Soma, these Seven Rivers flow, as being thine, to give command: The Streams of milk run forth to thee. Flow onward, Soma in a stream, [poured out] to gladden Indra's heart, Bringing imperishable fame. Driving thee in Vivasvān's [the Sun’s] course, the Seven Sisters [Rivers] with their hymns made melody round thee the Sage.…The streams of Pavamana, thine, Sage, Mighty One, have poured them forth…. They [the seven rivers, streams, sisters, virgins etc.] have been poured upon the fleece towards the meath-distilling vat: The holy songs have sounded forth. Like milch-kine coming home, the [seven] drops of Soma juice have reached the lake, have reached the place of sacrifice.” – Rig Veda 9.66.6-12 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith [All emphasis and text in brackets added.]


The heaven's wide vessel is your own on the flood's shore your [the Ashvins’] chariot waits. Drops, with the hymn, have been prepared.… [T]he drops are in the heaven; the wealth is at the waters' place: Where will ye manifest your form? Light came to lighten up the branch, the Sun appeared as it were gold: And with its tongue shone forth the dark. The path of sacrifice was made to travel to the farther goal: The road of heaven was manifest.” – Rig Veda 1.46.8-11 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith

In these last verses, references to the vesica piscis include “heaven’s wide vessel”, “the flood”, “the drops” of Soma, the Ashwins’ [18] “form” and “chariot”, the “light”, the “path of sacrifice” and the ”road of heaven”. The number of Soma drops that sits at “the flood’s shore” and in “the heaven’s wide vessel” (=0° Aquarius/Kumbha) is not stated in this hymn, but as we have seen, it is precisely seven drop-shaped vesicae pisces that bring us to this much lauded point in the twelve-month sacrifice. Other varied references to the eternal law and form and measure of the vesica piscis (within the 360° Vedic Year) in the verses above include: the “bow”, “hymn”, “udder”, “Aditi's daughters”, “the goddesses”, a “newly washed garment,” a “shining vesture never harmed”, a “ridge of heaven”, a “radiant robe”, the “spreading out of two bowls”, “swift outpourings”, “swift strong draughts”, the “[gold hued] drops of Soma” that speed like cars (through the 360° sacrifice) and “cast off their covering to pour the rain down”, a “river's roaring wave”, Agni’s “powers”, “three voices full of joy”, a "stone, “seven mighty rivers”, “seven streams”, the “light refulgent of primeval seed”, “waters speeding down a slope”, “the vat that drips with meath” (i.e. is full of the seven drops of Soma), a “lake” (=reservoir), “streams of milk”, “seven sisters with their hymns [and melody]”, “holy songs”, and “milch-kine” (=cows). For those who did not catch these references to the measure and form of the vesica piscis the first time I around, I suggest that you reread the above verses with the key and light of their geometric sense in mind. 

The Sacred Geometry of the Scorpio and Sagittarius Hieroglyphs (Lori Tompkins)The zodiacal and geometric sense of Agni’s movement to the Kumbha (=Vessel, Vat, etc.), as discussed above, must be known in order to fully see and understand the significance of the Scorpio hieroglyph. Its arrow-head tail is typically seen and understood as the poisonous stinger-tail of the Scorpion insect. This is one side of the zodiacal story, representing the poisonous obstructions and afflictions of Ignorance that are the “curse” of the 8th sign of the Zodiac. The other side of the story is that the Scorpio hieroglyph’s arrow tail contains in itself, and is a precursor of the arrow of the 9th sign of Sagittarius which is simultaneously the weapon of the Vedic Hero-Sage (=conquering Son) and a symbol of his inevitable rise out of  “the Void” of the 4.5 Point of the circle of 9, and out of the darkness of the mental, mortal consciousness. 

In astrological lore, the Eagle is known as the “bright side” or mature expression of Scorpio, symbolizing a liberation from Ignorance and Darkness. In my reading of the Vedas, Agni as Soma Pavamana flies to Kumbha/Aquarius from the fulcrum point of 0° Sagittarius like a golden bird or Eagle into the Swar realm or the fourth quadrant of the Zodiac – the realm of the Immortals. This flight of the Vedic Eagle (sometimes translated as a falcon or hawk) is entirely equivalent to the speedy flight or gallop of the conquering Horse-Sage, and both signify Agni's (Soma Pavamana's) purifying and quick movement of consciousness, from his third seat, into the realm of Satchitananda (Truth-Consciousness-Bliss). 

"Arisen [Agni/Soma Pavamana] mounts to the supramental Truth. “He goes where the gods have made a path for him cleaving like an eagle to his goal”; he ascends with his seven shining horses [[=his seven rivers/mares/cows/mothers]] to the utter luminous ocean of the higher existence; he is led over it by the seers as in a ship." – Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, CWSA, Vol. 15, p. 479 [Text in double brackets mine] 

In other hymns this "luminous ocean of the higher existence", which Agni flies to like an Eagle or a flying/speeding Horse, is equivalent to the gathering place of the seven rivers and to the Jar, Vat or Kumbha of Soma/Amrita. As far as I can tell Agni's flight, whether as an Eagle or Horse in the Rig Veda marks and signifies Agni’s birth and rise at 0° Sagittarius, out of the dark womb/fixed waters of Scorpio – a womb which serves its necessary evolutionary purpose. In other words, it appears to me that in twelve-month Vedic sacrifice, Agni becomes the Eagle (or hawk/falcon) or Eagle-like at the culmination or END of the 8th Sign of Scorpio, not within 8th sign itself. [19

“The Loving Ones besought with many voices the Eagle who had flown away to heaven [to the vault]. Hymns kiss [Agni/Soma Pavamana] the Youngling worthy of laudation, resting on earth, the Bird of golden colour.” – Rig Veda 9.85.11, tr. RTH Griffith [Text in brackets, tr. Jamison & Brereton]

"Just as a hawk enters its nest swiftly, [Soma] enters the gate house crying out. He hastens to the Jar inside." – Rig Veda 9.67.14, tr. Jamison and Brereton

"Soma, thy juice hath been effused and poured into the pitcher: like a rapid hawk it rushes on." – Rig Veda 9.67.15, tr. RTH Griffith

The unspecified number of voices and hymns in RV 9.85.11 are elsewhere specified as seven, [20] and are equivalent to the seven rivers, mothers, or floods (=cows=mares) that accompany Agni to his heavenly goal or place (the beaker=jar=vat=pitcher, etc.) – 0° Aquarius/Kumbha – the entrance into the sign of the Man/Manu. 

"Pouring out streams at the Gods’ feast with service, thou, [Agni] Soma, lookest down, a heavenly Eagle. Enter the Soma-holding beaker [=Kumbha]….." – Rig Veda 9.97.33, tr. RTH Griffith

"[A]s ’twere to war hath Soma Pavamana sped, to test with might within the vats. That he may move, they yoke him to the three-backed triple-seated car by the Seven Ṛṣis’ holy songs. Drive ye that [Horse] on his way to war, Swift Steed who carries off the spoil. Pouring all glories [21] hither, he, effused and entering the jar, [s]tands like a hero mid the kine." – Rig Veda 9.62.16-19, tr. RTH Griffith

Thea wrote the following about the connection between the Scorpio and Sagittarius hieroglyphs in The New Way, Vols. 1&2: 

Scorpio and Sagittarius Hieroglyphs (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, The New Way, p. 379)
“Mars (of Aries) must … first pass through the Waters of the eighth sign Scorpio, a sign which it also rules. Then that Mars force is transmuted and in the ninth sign it is portrayed as the Horse and serves as the harmonized and integrated vahana of the Man, of Agni Vaishwanara, the Universal Man. For this reason the hieroglyph of Sagittarius depicts the arrow released from the tail of the Scorpio hieroglyph―, as the adjacent diagram reveals.” [p. 379]

Barring the heroic ascent of Agni beyond the obstructions of ignorance in the sign of Scorpio and into the illumined truth-consciousness of the “sevenfold” Universal Man [22], our “Mars force” becomes toxic and self-destructive. On the flipside, if and when our “Mars force” or Soul’s force conquers, or is successfully born out of the dark womb of these obstructions, there is a great and wide extension of boundaries and speedy uplifting into the higher (divine) ranges of unity consciousness. 

“[T]he Scorpion ‘hoards’ [the precious energy which] which turns back upon the creature in a poisonous infestation that, when released, transmutes the sign’s symbol to that of the Eagle. On the basis of this transmutation of the power, extension of the ‘boundaries’ is attained. The creature who represents or rather IS that energy, is the Horse. Hence in the Vedic hymn to Dadhikravan we find these lines:  

‘When he runs, when he speeds in his passage, as the wing of the Bird is a wind that flows about him in his greed of the gallop; as the wing that beats about the breast of the rushing Eagle, so about the breast of Dadhikravan when with the Force he carries us beyond….’ [Sri Aurobindo, Rig Veda, IV, 40]" ‒ Thea, “Animals in the Emerging Cosmos Part 2: 'The symbol is the thing symbolised', The Vishaal Newsletter, Vol 3.5 (December 1988)

Dadhikravan – the victorious War Horse – is entirely equivalent to Agni as the self-purifying Soma Pavamana in the Vedic hymns above. He is also equivalent to Hayagriva of the Mahabharata  the Horse-headed Sage (brilliant white in color) who is celebrated as a Veda-retrieving avatar of Vishnu. Hayagriva is specifically celebrated on the 9th day (Mahanavami) of the Navaratri Festival and his role being the bringer of wisdom and conqueror of Ignorance. Dadhikravan (by whatever name) is the Divine Son, born forward in the twelve-month Vedic sacrifice by the Seven Rivers (aka “the Waters”). Via these seven rivers, and specifically via the purifying force of the seventh river, this Divine Child becomes or establishes Vaishwanara[23] – the Divine/Universal Man of Aquarius bearing all of his universal knowledge. Sri Aurobindo’s translation of Rig Veda 4.40 continues:

“Dadhikravan puts forth his energy according to the will in mind and gallops along the turning of the path. This is the swan that dwells in the purity…. He dwells in the Man, he dwells in the Truth, he dwells in the wide Ether; he is born in the Waters, he is born of the Light, he is born of the Law, he is born of the Hill of Substance, he is the Law of the Truth.” ‒ Hymns to the Mystic Fire (1996, Lotus Light), p. 198

Readers, by now, should be able to recognize the geometric and zodiacal sense of Dadhikravan (=the Horse or radius of 0° Sagittarius) “galloping along the turning of the path”, as well as the geometric and zodiacal sense of the “Waters”, and the “Hill” that Agni is “born of”. This Horse (=radius) as we have seen, gallops on his curved path to the Kumbha (aka filter) of the Aquarian Man (Manu). In various hymns, including the one below, the Kumbha (jar, filter, vessel, etc.) is referred to not only as Agni/Soma Pavamana's goal but as his dwelling-place. 

"[Agni/Soma Pavamana] who beholdeth man hath reached the filter: bearing his name, the Sage hath sought his dwelling. The Ṛṣis came to him, seven holy singers, when in the bowls he settled as Invoker.... Ten [24] on the fleecy height, themselves, self-prompted, and seven fresh rivers, brighten and adorn thee. Now let this be the truth of Pavamana, there where all singers gather them together, that he hath given us room and made the daylight, hath [helped, protected, or furthered] Manu and repelled the Dasyu.... [L]ike a true King who goes to great assemblies, Soma hath sought the beakers while they cleansed him, and [he] [[enters the vessel like a powerful animal]]." ‒ Rig Veda 9.82-1-6, tr. RTH Griffith [text in double brackets, tr. Jamison & Brereton]

In my view, the name that Agni bears in the hymn above, elsewhere called his "secret name" (nā́ma gúhyam), is yet another symbol of the vesica piscis that is drawn or born out by the radius. [25]

"Soma Pavamana, like a river, hath stirred the wave of voice…. [O]n to the beaker [he] moves…decking himself in waters, warding off curses, King of all existence…. [T]hou didst flow for Manu…. [T]his Soma o’ertakes malignities like some strong charger…. [Cleansed,] stream to us the fair secret name thou bearest. Pour booty, like a horse, for love of glory…. Like a fair youth who decorates his body, a courser rushing to the gain of riches, a steer to herds, so, flowing to the pitcher, he with a roar hath passed into the beakers." – Rig Veda 9.96 excerpts, tr. RTH Griffith


In Part Five I will discuss the geometry of the Virgo hieroglyph in relation to the M-shaped hieroglyph and “Dead Egg” of Scorpio, as well as the history of the M-shape which has an intriguing ancient connection to the wavy hieroglyph of Aquarius:


[1] See "The Sacred Measure of 432,000" (2019).

[2] This Vedic pair is commonly thought of as “Heaven and Earth”. This can further be understood as the pairing of the Circle (=Heaven=the Mother) and the Vesica Piscis (=Earth=the Daughter of Heaven).

[3] An even more notable synchronistic marvel is found in the fact that on 15 August 2016, the 144th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth (90 years into our Age of Aquarius), The Shape of Water began filming, and went on to win its four academy awards at the 90th Academy Awards in March of 2018, some seven weeks after I published Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom. I wrote about this movie in relation to the 2016 revelations of the vesica pisces as the “shape” of the Vedic waters and in relation to the publication of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom in a June 2018 article; but I did not know at the time that the filming of this movie, about a FISH-MAN – a Brazilian River God, and a symbol of Vishnu’s Matsya avatar for anyone who knows Hindu mythology – who is freed by a female protagonist, began EXACTLY 144 years after Sri Aurobindo’s birth. 

[4] The letters V and F are phonetically similar. In Dutch Vis means “Fish”, in German Vater means “Father”.

[5] Other related V-words include: “vault”, “vase”, “void”, “vacuum,” “vast,”, “volume”, “vortex”, “voice”, "vocal", “vehicle”, “virgin”=“Virgo” and “victory” in English; vir (to split apart, break asunder), veda (true knowledge), vid (to see), vac (speech/voice/word), var (a vessel of water), Vritra (the Coverer), and vac (voice, speech) in Sanskrit; and vesica in Latin. Notably, to make the sound of “V” (like the sound of words that start with “F”) one must place the front teeth at the bottom/nadir of the circle of the lips/mouth while expelling air. So just as the shape of the V rises up from the nadir of its bottom point, so does the sound of va arise from the bottom of the mouth/lips.  

[6] “The most frequent...sign of the Indus script [] is read as jar and connected to the legend of "jar-born" sages and the symbolism of the jar connected to priestly ritual in Indian tradition." – Iravatham Mahadevan's Indus Script "Dictionary."  

[7] Whereas both sides of the V can equally be seen and understood as ascending from and descending to the nadir (0 Libra/4.5 Point) of the Zodiac, the V is typically drawn as a descending line from the left followed by the ascending line (right-leaning) from the nadir; but in terms of the forward march or movement of the zodiacal journey, the right side of the V ascends to the fourth (Swar) quadrant of the Zodiac.

[8] Thea equated Agni with Mars/Ares in Roman and Greek mythology. The Etruscans has two likely equivalents, Maris and Laran (Larun). In Roman mythology Mars was known as a god and guardian of agriculture as well as the god of war.

[9] “[T]he boy Triptolemus stands between the two Goddesses, Demeter (the Mother) and the Kore [Persephone-the Daughter), and receives from Demeter the ear of grain (of gold, now lost).” – “Triptolemus”, Wikipedia 

In this mythology the ear of grain/corn is a symbol of the vesica piscis and the son who "stands between" between the Mother and Daughter (i.e. the circle and vesica piscis) is the radius of the circle/Zodiac. In the following account, Triptolemus is portrayed (like the Roman god Mars) as a guardian of agriculture. Herein, the geometry vesicae piscis arcing across and measuring out the Zodiac is portrayed as Triptolemus's dragon-drawn chariot.

"[Triptolemus] flew across the land on a chariot drawn by dragons while Demeter and Persephone, once [she, the daughter was] restored to her mother, cared for him, and helped him complete his mission of educating the whole of Greece in the art of agriculture. Triptolemus was equally associated with the bestowal of hope for the afterlife associated with the expansion of the Eleusinian Mysteries.” – Ibid.

[10] Where Capricorn (Makar) ends, Aquarius (Kumbha) begins, i.e. 30° Capricorn = 0° Aquarius.

[11] As I have discussed in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom (book), one of the many symbols of the vesica piscis in the Zodiac is the Dawn (=the “Daughter of Heaven”=Daughter of the Zodiac). This geometry is clear in RV 6.64.1: “The radiant Dawns have risen up for glory, in their white splendour like the waves of waters.” The number of the dawns or waves is not mentioned in this hymn, but if the logic of the Rishis is consistent, we can take the number of  "radiant Dawns"/"waves" to be seven. 

[12] “In response to this hymn here the womb of the mountain (gapes open) for the primordial birth of the great ones [=dawns=seven rivers/waves]. The mountain gapes open; heaven achieves success….” – RV 5.45.3, tr. Jamison & Brereton

[13] Navagvas means 9-rayed. It is an epitaph or description of the seven singers/seven radii that sing or draw out the seven rivers/songs/vesica piscis. In this context, Navagvas can be understood as the 9th ray/radius of the Zodiac, i.e. the radius of 0° Sagittarius, which completes the journey through ten months via the arc of the seventh vesica piscis.

[14]  Rig Veda 5.83, 8.40, 8.72, 9.9, 9.74, 9.77, 9.78, 9.86, 9.97. See relevant excerpts in Part One.

[15] I take these daughters of Aditi (i.e. of the Zodiac/Mother of Light) to be equivalent to the seven rivers, goddesses, sisters, mothers, cows, etc. which I see and understand as symbols of the first seven vesica piscis of the Zodiac. In RV 1.50.9 Surya’s (the Sun’s) daughters are named as seven. Rig Veda 1.95.2  speaks of Tvastar’s ten daughters, which I take to be the first ten months (0° Aries through the 10th month of Capricorn) of the Zodiac spanned or measured out by the first seven rivers/vesicae piscis. 

[16] I see these three voices as the three vesica piscis (elsewhere in the Vedas celebrated as three rivers, mothers, sisters, dames, goddesses, beakers, etc.) that measure out the Air Trine/Descending Triangle (0° Gemini, 0° Libra and 0° Aquarius) of the Zodiac. They are measured out by the three radii of 0° Aries, 0° Leo and 0° Sagittarius. They, like Agni's seven rivers, mothers, etc., bear him forward to his goal: 0° Aquarius. The third of these three rivers is equivalent to the seventh of the seven rivers (identified as Saraswati in RV 7.36.6.

[17] I see the frequent symbol of the purifying “sieve” or “filter” in the Rig Veda as a reference to the seventh vesica piscis of the Zodiac, —which Agni-Soma (the Sage-Horse) is purified (turns white) as he moves through it (creates it), and thereby steps to his destination of 0° Aquarius/Kumbha—, but in some instances, the sieve/filter seems to be entirely equivalent to the destination of Aquarius/Kumbha within the Zodiac. Similarly sometimes the jar or jars (or bowl or bowls, vat or vats) of the Vedas are references to the geometry/measure of the vesica piscis and sometimes the jar, vat and kumbha are references to the actual sign and location of Aquarius within the Zodiac. In Rig Veda 9.66.11, the Kumbha that the Sage-Horse speeds to as his goal, is called “the meath-distilling vat” (tr. RTH Griffith), i.e. the Kumbha of Aquarius is specifically portrayed as a purifying filter, purifying the seven drops/rivers Soma.

[18] The Ashwins are the Divine Horse Twins. My current view of these Twins is that, on the geometric level of the Vedas, they represent the two identical twin radii (=two horses/sons) of the two circles that together form the vessel (aka “chariot”) of the vesica piscis. In the Zodiac the Twins are of course symbols of the first Air sign, Gemini. 

[19] There are several reverences to eagles, plural. In one case these eagles are equivalent to the seven mares, drops, rivers that bring Agni to the "reservoir" (aka the Kumbha).

"Thy gladdening draughts, O Pavamana, urged by song flow swiftly of themselves like sons of fleet-foot mares. The drops of Soma juice, those eagles of the heavens, most cheering, rich in meath, rest in the reservoir." –  RV 9.86.1, tr. RTH Griffith

In another case the Maruts (storm gods) are described as "[sweeping] through the air like eagles" [RV 1.165.3, tr. RTH Griffith]. And in this case they appear to me as symbols of the radii that sweep through and measure out the Zodiac.

[20] RV 8.103.3; 9.15.8; 9.62.18.

[21] In RV 8.28.5 the “glories”/”splendours” are numbered as seven and are equivalent to Agni’s seven rivers-mothers and to the seven songs (vesicae piscis) of the Seven Rishis (radii): “The Seven carry seven spears; seven are the splendours they possess, [a]nd seven the glories they assume.”

[22]  In Rig Veda 8.39.8 the triply-formed and purified Sage Agni (the child of the sevenfold rivers) is called “the sevenfold human” who is “lodged in all rivers”.  

[23] Vishva means “universal” and narah means “man”, together meaning the 'Universal or Cosmic Man'. Vishvanara is one of Agni’s names or epitaphs throughout the Rig Veda

[24] Verses mentioning Agni's "secret name" can be found HERE. The symbol of the "secret name" also shows up in Jamison & Brereton's translation of RV 5.3.2: 

"[Agni] You become Aryaman when you belong to young girls (at marriage). You bear a secret name, o you of independent will." 

Sri Aurobindo translated this as:

"O holder of the self-law, thou becomest Aryaman when thou bearest the secret name of the Virgins; they reveal thee with the Rays as Mitra firmly founded when thou makest of one mind the Lord of the house and the Spouse."  Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA, Vol. 16, p. 402

I discussed the Vedic "Virgin" and "Virgins" as symbols of the vesica piscis in Geometric Keys of Wisdom (book). In Hymns to the Mystic Fire, Sri Aurobindo discussed the equivalence between the "secret name" of the Vedas and the "mounting wave" of Soma. He understood this "wave" of Soma in terms of the secret Ananda and Immortality of existence and being, which is hidden to the unillumined mind. My seeing of this "secret name" and "wave" as the vesica pisces, does not negate Sri Aurobindo's seeing and understanding of these symbols and lore. It simply adds their underlying hidden geometric level. My understanding of the Rig Veda is that ALL of its layers function as a cohesive and harmonious whole, and the geometric and zodiacal layer of the Vedic hymns is inseparable from the philosophical and spiritual levels that Sri Aurobindo illuminated. 

"[The Rishi Vamadeva] says that a honeyed wave climbs up from the ocean and by means of this mounting wave which is the Soma (aṃśu) one attains entirely to immortality; that wave or that Soma is the secret name of the clarity (ghṛtasya, the symbol of the clarified butter); it is the tongue of the gods; it is the nodus (nabhī) of immortality....

"[O]ut of the subconscient depths in us arises a honeyed wave of Ananda or pure delight of existence, that it is by this Ananda that we can arrive at immortality; this Ananda is the secret being, the secret reality behind the action of the mind in its shining clarities. Soma, the god of the Ananda, the Vedanta also tells us, is that which has become mind or sensational perception; in other words, all mental sensation carries in it a hidden delight of existence and strives to express that secret of its own being.

"[Agni] ejects this secret name of delight from its hiding-place.”  Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, CWSA, Vol. 16pp. 102-03

[25] I take these “Ten” to be the first ten months (0° Aries through the 10th month of Capricorn) of the Zodiac spanned by the first seven rivers/vesicae piscis. See Endnote 15.

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