From the 23 of July to the 22 of August
- Rules: Heart and Spinal Column
- Metal: Gold
- Stone: Diamond
- Perfume: Frankincense
- Plant: Sunflower
- Flower: Poppy
- Planet: The Sun
- Color: Golden
- Element: Fire
- Day: Sunday
- Keyword: Life
- Ruler: Michael
Now we enter into the constellation of Leo.
Leo is the heart of the zodiac and the throne of the Sun.
Leo is the dwelling of the children of the flame, whom the Bible calls “Thrones.”
Leo is the house of the four “Kumaras.”
Leo is in the house of the Sun and governs our heart.
Just as the Sun is the heart of the solar system, likewise the human heart is the sun of our organism.
There are forces that are in the shape of a triangle which descend, and there are those that rise from the earth; they meet at the heart. These forces intermingle and become redeemed, forming the Seal of Solomon. The sacred chamber of the blessed Mother Goddess of the world is the heart; here is where the ineffable princess of the Kundalini, “Hadit,” the winged serpent of the wilderness, finally arrives.
The cross of initiation is given to us within the heart temple.
The Kundalini is the laboratory where the heart works.
The heart is the most sensitive organ of our organism. The most remote seismic movements of the world are registered within the fine membranes of the heart.
The heart is the sacred temple of our Inner Master. The Inner Master speaks to us through intuition (feelings, perceptions, hunches). If humans obeyed these intuitions, they would live without problems.
When human beings rebel against the voice of their Inner Master, they create problems for themselves.
Two men exist inside of us; they live in an eternal struggle, one against the other. These two men are the heavenly man and the animal man within us.
The animal man wants to solve things on his own, and acts as if he knows what is best.
The heavenly man speaks through the use of what he intuits: his voice is the voice of the silence, and his actions are always upright actions that create happiness.
The animal man is the mind that resides in the head with its seven portals...
The heavenly man is the Inner Master.
The Master commands and the mind does not obey him; the mind wants to solve everything by its own whim and acts as if it knows what is best, without ever taking into consideration the commands of the Internal Master. As a consequence of this, pain and bitterness appear as an outcome of erroneous actions and useless efforts.
Happy are those who act with the voice of the silence; they will never lack bread, shelter, and refuge. They shall live without problems and will have bliss.
Coachman, dominate the untamed colt of the mind properly, so that it will not cast your cart into the abyss.
The Inner Master is the divine witness, seated on the throne of the heart temple.
The inner essence of the Master is absolute happiness and limitless omniscience.
The Inner Master is “simple;” everything else is complicated.
Eternal Nature keeps changing. However, the Inner Master is immutable. This is why the Master can free himself from Nature.
Nature casts its shadows upon the Master, but the Inner Master is beyond all shadows.
When the Soul fuses with the Inner Master, then it becomes free from Nature and enters into the supreme happiness of absolute existence. This state of happiness is called Nirvana.
Nirvana can be attained through millions of births and deaths, but it can also be attained by means of a shorter path: this is the path of “initiation.”
The Initiate can reach Nirvana in one single life if he so wants.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto light, and few are those who find it. - Matthew 7:14
Seven initiatic sanctuaries exist in the Astral Plane, and if the disciple wants to progress in this path, he has to seek a Master.
When the disciple is ready, the Master appears.
“Beware of false prophets.” Do not accept external Masters in the physical plane.
Learn how to travel in the Astral body, and when you are skillful in the Astral, choose an authentic Master of Major Mysteries of the White Brotherhood and consecrate unto him the most absolute devotion and the most profound respect.
You must walk with much care in the physical world, since there are many false prophets. Do not accept external orders from anyone; you must only obey the commands that “we” give you in the Astral Plane.
Within this physical plane there exist many good and sincere initiates of the Minor Mysteries, but since they have not yet fused themselves with their Inner Master they are also “living dead.” Consequently, they have serious and very grievous errors, which can lead the student astray and even make him fall into the abyss.
When we want to make ourselves known to a student in the physical plane, we will give him “signs” and proof in the Astral Plane. But “be careful,” live alert and vigilant as a watchman in times of war, because in these times of the end, the Anti-Christ makes deceptive signs and wonders.
Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Be meek and humble, but when it regards the truth, be strong in thought, word, and deed.
The higher you will be, the more terrible the fall shall be.
Be careful then of falling, because the disciple who allows himself to fall has to struggle a lot in order to recover what he lost.
These two rules are very simple, but of a tremendous importance.
I have known many initiates of Minor Mysteries who have known and accepted false prophets in the physical plane, and then fell into the terrible abyss.
I teach the student how to travel in the Astral body so that he will not allow himself to be deceived. The student who allows himself to be deceived does so because he does not know how to travel in the Astral body.
Anyone who tries to ridicule our sacred temples and our sacred initiations is still “a living dead person.” Do not listen to him; he is dangerous.
There are people who think they can reach Nirvana without going through any initiation.
Such “living dead” people follow the spiral path of life and only through millions of lives and deaths will they truly reach Nirvana. But there are other “living dead” people who want to rapidly fuse themselves with their Innermost (reach mastery), but nevertheless try to mock our sacred initiations. These types of “living dead” people are the most dangerous, because they have tread the path and are “mocking” the path. These are the “offenders” of Victor Hugo. These are the defilers of the temple.
To want to rapidly become fused with the Innermost, without having passed through the nine initiations of Minor Mysteries, is akin to wanting to receive a doctoral degree in medicine without having studied all the required years at university, or wanting to be a general without having passed through all the military ranks.
All initiations are received within the temples of the Astral Plane, but life itself is the school. During the sign of Leo, we should act on the heart, through Meditation. Inner Meditation consists of three phases:
- 1st: Perfect Concentration
- 2nd: Perfect Meditation
- 3rd: Perfect Samadhi
One has to concentrate the mind on the Inner Master. One has to meditate on the majesty of the Inner Master. One has to talk with the Inner Master, until one hears his voice and converses ineffable things with HIM...
This is called Samadhi.
Concentration is one technique. On page 17 in The Voice of the Silence, H.P.B. says the following:
Before the Soul can hear, the image (man) has to become as deaf to roarings as to whispers, to cries of bellowing elephants as to the silvery buzzing of the golden fire-fly.
Before the soul can comprehend and may remember, she must unto the Silent Speaker be united just as the form to which the clay is modeled, is first united with the potter’s mind.
For then the soul will hear, and will remember.
And then to the inner ear will speak --
The Voice of the Silence...
So then, we must especially practice inner Meditation during the sign of Leo. I advise my disciples to practice inner Meditation during those moments in which they feel more predisposed to sleep. You must totally dominate the untamed horse of the mind.
You must control all possible reactions of the mind before the objects and sounds of the physical world.
The Inner Master is not the mind. The Inner Master is not emotion; the Inner Master is not the will; the Inner Master is neither the Consciousness nor the intelligence.
The Inner Master is the Divine Witness. The Inner Master is the Being. The Inner Master is the Innermost; therefore, while immersed in deep inner Meditation, say:
Not this, not this, not this.
I am He, I am He, I am He.
Be demanding with your Inner Master. He must teach you the most ineffable things. If your concentration is intense, then you will penetrate the marvels of the cosmos and will learn things which are impossible to describe with words.
Vocalize the vowel “O” daily during the sign of Leo to awaken the heart chakra.
Between the Sun and Mercury there exists a secret planet from which emanates the life of all that throbs in the physical plane.
The blue hierarchies of the Sun are the fountains of all life. The natives of Leo are energetic and generous at the same time, magnanimous, mystical, and authoritarian. They have a tendency towards anger, and must struggle much to dominate that defect.
Leo, being the throne of the Sun, announces fortune and high position. The occult significance of Leo is intuition. Gold is the metal of this sign and diamond its stone.
The natives of Leo are authoritative and only want to command. Leo brings some journeys.
The teacher of your class,
Samael Aun Weor
This chapter is from The Zodiacal Course (1951) by Samael Aun Weor. It is included in the print and ebook editions of Practical Astrology by Glorian Publishing (a non-profit organization), which are illustrated to aid your understanding, and include features like a glossary and index. Buy the book, and you benefit yourself and others.