There are four states of consciousness that are possible for any human being:
- Slumber state of consciousness
- Somnambular state of consciousness (unconscious conduct in daytime while performing our everyday exertions)
- Objective consciousness
Imagine for a moment, dear reader, a house with four floors. The poor intellectual animal, mistakenly called “a human being,” normally lives on the two lower levels, but never in life does he use the two superior levels.
The intellectual animal divides his painful and miserable life between ordinary sleep and the improperly called vigil state, which unfortunately is another form of sleep (a somnambular state).
In the molecular region, the ego projects dreams and lives in them; no logic, continuity, causes, or effects whatsoever exist in its dreams; all psychic functions work without any direction whatsoever and subjective images, incoherent, vague, imprecise scenes, etc., appear and disappear.
When the ego, enveloped in its lunar bodies, returns to the physical body, then follows the second state of consciousness called the vigil state, which is after all nothing else but another form of sleep (a somnambular state).
When the ego returns into its physical body, the dreams continue within the interior; the so-called vigil state is really dreaming while physically awake (a somnambular state).
When the sun rises, the stars are hidden, but they do not cease to exist; this is how dreams are in the vigil state (somnambular state); they secretly continue; they do not cease to exist.
This means that the intellectual animal, mistakenly called a human being, only lives in the world of dreams; justly did the poet say that life is a dream.
The “rational animal” drives cars dreaming, he works in the factory, in the office, on the farm, etc., dreaming; he falls in love dreaming, he marries dreaming. Rarely, very rarely, in life is he awake; he lives in a world of dreams and firmly believes that he is awake.
The Four Gospels demand awakening, but unfortunately they do not indicate how to wake up.
Before all else, it is necessary to comprehend that one is asleep; it is only when someone fully realizes that he is asleep that he really enters the path of awakening.
Whosoever manages to awaken then becomes self-cognizant; he acquires cognizance of himself.
The most serious error of many ignorant pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists is that they boast of being self-cognizant. Moreover, they believe that everyone is awake, that all people possess self-cognizance.
If we want to arrive at the awakening of consciousness, at self-cognizance, we have to work with the consciousness here and now. It is precisely here in this physical world where we must work to awaken the consciousness. Whosoever awakens here awakens everywhere, in all the dimensions of the universe.
The human organism is a living zodiac, and in each of its twelve constellations, the consciousness sleeps profoundly.
It is urgent to awaken consciousness in each of the twelve parts of the human organism; that is the purpose of these zodiacal exercises.
Aries governs the head; Taurus, the throat; Gemini, the arms, legs, and lungs; Cancer, the thymus gland; Leo, the heart; Virgo, the abdomen, and the intestines; Libra, the kidneys; Scorpio, the sexual organs; Sagittarius, the major femoral arteries; Capricorn, the knees; Aquarius, the calves; Pisces the feet.
It is really lamentable that this living human zodiac, the microcosm, sleeps so profoundly.
On the basis of tremendous super-efforts, it becomes indispensable to achieve the awakening of consciousness in each of our twelve zodiacal signs.
Light and consciousness are two phenomena of the same thing: to a lesser degree of consciousness there corresponds a lesser degree of light; to a greater degree of consciousness, a greater degree of light.
We need to awaken consciousness in order to cause each of the twelve parts of our own microcosmic zodiac to shine and sparkle. Our entire zodiac must become light and splendor.
The work with our own zodiac begins precisely with Aries. The disciple must sit in a comfortable armchair with the mind still and in silence, empty of all kinds of thoughts.
The devotee must close his eyes so that nothing of the outside world distracts him; imagining that the very pure light of Aries floods the cerebrum, he must remain in that state of meditation as long as he wants to: He will then sing the powerful mantra AUM by opening the mouth properly with the “A,” rounding it with the “U” and closing it with the holy “M.”
The vowel “A” attracts the forces of the Father, the vowel “U” attracts the forces of the Son, the vowel “M” attracts the forces of the Holy Spirit. AUM is a powerful Logoic mantra.
The devotee must repeat this powerful mantra four times during this exercise of Aries. Then, standing up and facing east, he will extend and elevate his right arm in front of him, and will move his head forward seven times, and back seven times; then, he will rotate his head seven times to the right, and afterwards seven times to the left, all with the intention that the light of Aries works within the cerebrum awakening the pineal and pituitary glands, which permit us the perception of the superior dimensions of space.
It is urgent for the light of Aries to develop within our cerebrum, awakening our consciousness, developing the secret powers contained in the pituitary and pineal glands.
Aries is the symbol of Ra, Rama, the Lamb. By properly singing the powerful mantra Ra, it causes the spinal fires and the seven magnetic centers of the dorsal spine to vibrate.
Aries is a zodiacal sign of fire: it possesses a formidable energy, and the human being, the microcosm, captures it in accordance with his manner of thinking, feeling and acting. Hitler, who was a native of Aries, utilized this type of energy in a destructive manner; nonetheless, we must recognize that in the beginning, before committing the craziness of launching humanity into the Second World War, he utilized the energy of Aries in a constructive manner, elevating the standard of living for the German people.
Through direct experience we have been able to verify that the natives of Aries quarrel frequently with their spouse.
The natives of Aries have a marked tendency to argue; they are very quarrelsome by nature.
The natives of Aries feel capable of embarking on great enterprises and carrying them to a good end.
There exists in the natives of Aries the serious defect of wanting to always utilize willpower in an egotistical manner, Hitler-style, in an antisocial and destructive manner.
The natives of Aries like independent living, but many of them prefer the military, and in the latter there is no independence.
Pride, self-confidence, ambition, and a truly crazy courage prevail in the character of the natives of Aries.
The metal of Aries is iron; the stone, ruby; the color, red; the element, fire.
Marriage with people of Libra is favorable to the natives of Aries because fire and air comprehend each other very well.
If the natives of Aries want to be happy in marriage, they must put an end to the defect of anger.
This chapter is from Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology (1967) 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.