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The Labors of Hercules - The Path of the Soul through the Zodiac
As we study this imaginary path two thoughts emerge. We are brought face to face with the concept of a steady and unceasing progression around and around this vast belt of constellations. The idea of eternal recurrence and of constant activity, bringing with it, we hope and believe, a constant development, gives us a grasp of the magnitude of the One Life and a vision of an ever-emerging plan and purpose, which embodies the intelligent working out of God's thought.

The second idea, which found such a strong response in the human mind that it constitutes what is called "the science of astrology" and forms its basic premise, is that each of these signs, through which the sun and earth appear to pass, are embodiments of energies which have a potent effect upon all forms of life on our planet, and upon the world of ideas. [219]
Humanity, it is contended, has been and is affected by energies contacted by our solar system as it passes in and out of the various constellations. If this is a fact, and if we can get a wide enough retrospect, it should surely be possible to demonstrate the truth of this contention.

How then can these energies be effective? It is said that it is through the thought form that they are transmitted. We glibly use the phrase, "energy follows thought". Here the reality of this belief is put to a cosmic test. Death is also said to be "a figment of our imagination".

Testimony as to the Effectiveness of Zodiacal Energies on Earth Life

In the larger picture certain interesting facts emerge. We can say, for instance, that between four and five thousand years ago the sun was somewhere in the sign Taurus, the Bull. Then we had the worship of the bull in Egypt and in India, and the sacrifice of the sacred ox, as in the Mysteries of Mithras.

Approximately two thousand years before the birth of Christ, astronomers tell us, the sun passed into the sign Aries, the Ram or Lamb, and the Jewish dispensation came into being. At that time, therefore, we have the inauguration of the Jewish Passover and the lamb sacrifice. It is interesting to note in this connection the true significance of the sin of the Children of Israel in the wilderness. We read that they made a golden calf and fell down and worshipped it, thus reverting in this act to ancient forms and sacrifices. Their sin consisted in a reactionary attitude and in not grasping the significance of the new age which was upon them.

Again the astronomers tell us that, when Christ was born in Palestine, the date from which our Christian dispensation starts, the sun passed in to the sign Pisces, the Fishes. We have, therefore, the emphasis laid in the Gospel story upon the fish symbology. Christ chose fishermen to be among His disciples; He performed miracles with fishes; He sent His disciples out into the world to be fishers of men; for nearly two thousand years it [220] has been customary to eat fish on Good Friday and on fast days. So we find the lamb sacrifice following upon the bull sacrifice, and the fish symbol upon that of the lamb, and this as the sun passed apparently from Taurus into Aries and from Aries into Pisces.

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