I am That and That am I
The quest for identity: preserving the self with responsibility to others
|Rays:||Ray 5, Ray 1|
|Esoteric decanates:||1st: Sun, 2nd: Jupiter, 3rd: Venus|
|Retrogressive motto:||Let other forms exist. I rule|
Leo in detail
Details to follow.
Saturn… the Lord of Karma, has his power lessened in this sign. It is for this reason that Sepharial is incorrect when he gives Saturn as the ruler of the first decanate. The three decanates are given by him as being ruled by Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Alan Leo is, however, nearer the truth when he gives us the Sun, Jupiter and Mars.
Self-rule through initial conflict, carried to a successful issue and blessed by the beneficence of Jupiter, is the true history of the advanced Leo aspirant, and this thought and the objective result of this realisation is summed up for us in the two word mottoes of this sign:
- And the Word said: Let other forms exist. I rule because I am.
- I am That and That am I.
I Am—the Word of the self-conscious, selfish, individual Leo.
I Am That—the Word of the Leo subject who is rapidly gaining the higher consciousness and preparing for fresh and universal expression in Aquarius. (EA 311)
Leo in the coming Aquarian era
In the Aquarian era the power of the planet Venus becomes a dominant factor in the last decanate. This I have already told you when we were studying that sign. Upon the reversed wheel in the case of the spiritually oriented man and the disciple, it is the first decanate under whose influence he comes which is governed by Venus; this should be remembered. Venus was the planet which we are told was responsible for the appearance of the individualised consciousness in man—this in combination with other influences and forces. In the Aquarian Age, Venus will again have an analogous influence only with this difference that the emergence into manifestation of an increased individualism and self-conscious realisation will be subordinate to the appearance of the first stages of an expanded consciousness throughout all mankind—the consciousness of group responsibility. It will be perhaps better expressed as a form of group individualism. (EA 448)
References from Esoteric Astrology: pdf 214