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“Allegory” from 'Karmic Astrology'

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The following Allegory concluded the book Karmic Astrology (The Moon's Nodes and Reincarnation) written by Martin Schulman back in 1975. Karmic Astrology was the first volume in a series aspiring to define a new astrology. Anyway, here's the Allegory:

... And it was morning as God stood before his twelve children and into each of them planted the seed of human life. One by one each child stepped forward to receive his appointed gift.
To you Aries I give my seed first that you might have the honor of planting it. That for every seed you plant one million more will multiply in your hand. You will not have time to see the seed grow for everything you plant creates more that must be planted. You will be the first to penetrate the soil of men's minds with My Idea. But it is not your job to nourish the Idea nor to question it. Your life is action and the only action I ascribe to you is to begin making men aware of My Creation. For your good work I give you the virtue of Self Esteem.
Quietly Aries stepped back to his place.
To you Taurus I give the power to build the seed into substance. Your job is a great one requiring patience for you must finish all that has been started or the seeds will be wasted to the wind. You are not to question nor change your mind in the middle nor to depend on others for what I ask you to do. For this I give you the gift of Strength. Use it wisely.
And Taurus stepped back into place.
To you Gemini I give the questions without answers so that you may bring to all an understanding of what man sees around him. You will never know why men speak or listen, but in your quest for the answer you will find my gift of Knowledge.
And Gemini stepped back into place.
To you Cancer I ascribe the task of teaching men about emotion. My Idea for you is to cause them laughter and tears so that all they see and think develops fullness from inside. For this I give you the gift of Family, that your fullness may multiply.
And Cancer stepped back to his place.
To you Leo I give the job of displaying My Creation in all its brilliance to the world. But you must be careful of pride and always remember that it is My Creation, not yours. For if you forget this men will scorn you. There is much joy in the job I give to you if you but do it well. For this you are to have the gift of Honor.
And Leo stepped back to his place.
To you Virgo I ask for an examination of all man has done with My Creation. You are to scrutinize his ways sharply and remind him of his errors so that through you My Creation may be perfected. For doing this I give you the gift of Purity of Thought.
And Virgo stepped back to his place.
To you Libra I give the mission of service, that man may be mindful of his duties to others. That he may learn cooperation as well as the ability to reflect the other side of his actions. I will put you everywhere there is discord, and for your efforts I will give you the gift of Love.
And Libra stepped back in place.
To you Scorpio I give a very difficult task. You will have the ability to know the minds of men, but I do not permit you to speak about what you learn. many times you will be pained by what you see, and in your pain you will turn away from Me and forget that it is not I but the perversion of My Idea that is causing your pain. You will see so much of man that you will come to know him as animal and wrestle so much with his animal instincts in yourself that you will lose your way; but when you finally come back to Me, Scorpio, I have for you the supreme gift of Purpose.
And Scorpio stepped back.
Sagittarius, I ask you to make men laugh for amidst their misunderstanding of My Idea they become bitter. Through laughter you are to give man hope, and through hope turn his eyes back to Me. You will touch many lives if but only for a moment, and you will know the restlessness in every life you touch. To you Sagittarius I give the gift of Infinite Abundance, that you may spread wide enough to reach into every corner of darkness and bring it light.
And Sagittarius stepped back into place.
Of you Capricorn I ask the toil of your brow, that you might teach men to work. Your task is not an easy one for you will feel all of man's labors on your shoulders; but for the yoke of your burdens I put the responsibilty of man in your hands.
And Capricorn stepped back into place.
To you Aquarius I give the concept of the future that man might see other possibilities. You will have the pain of loneliness for I do not allow you to personalize My Love. But for turning man's eyes to new possibilities I give you the gift of Freedom, that in your liberty you may continue to serve mankind whenever he needs you.
And Aquarius stepped back into place.
To you Pisces I give the most difficult task of all. I ask you to collect all of man's sorrow and return it to me. Your tears are to be ultimately My tears. The sorrow you will absorb is the effect of man's misunderstanding My Idea, but you are to give him compassion that he may try again. For this the most difficult task of all I give the greatest gift of all. You will be the only one of My twelve children to understand Me. But this gift of understanding is for you, Pisces, for when you try to spread it to man he will not listen.
And Pisces stepped back into place.

each of you is perfect

... Then God said “You each have a part of My Idea. You must not mistake that part for all of My Idea, nor may you desire to trade parts with each other. For each of you is perfect, but you will not know that until all twelve of you are one. For then the whole of My Idea will be revealed to each of you.”

Babylon mix-up

And the children left, each determined to do his job best that he might receive his gift. But none fully understood his task or his gift, and when they returned puzzled God said, “You each believe that other gifts are better. Therefore I will allow you to trade.„ And for the moment each child was elated as he considered all the possibilities of his new mission.
But God smiled as he said “You will return to Me many times asking to be relieved of your mission, and each time I will grant you your wish. You will go through countless incarnations before you complete the original mission I have prescribed for you. I give you countless time in which to do it, but only when it is done can you be with Me.”

The Moon's Nodes and Reincarnation

What really caught my attention in the text was the questioning of woman's capability to do almost anything. Weekly I meet people who seem to pretend that they can acquire almost anything and/or be the brightest person around. It may be some primal competitive drive in there somewhere, I wouldn't know. Schulman concluded though:

The experiences of life shade each other much like the interplay of colors in a finely-woven tapestry. Each thought in the foreground has come from the background and will return to the background again. The overlays of dreams, ideas and actions seem endless, sometimes perhaps, even senseless. Yet, each is part of the fiber from which the thread of life is spun.
When man can see and understand his ideas, as well as the circumstances that occur in his life as part of the thread he alone is spinning, he will start to develop the substance from within that makes him real from without.
...All he has to do is find himself.

Schulman, of course, suggested that man could learn to know himself through astrology and seeking Godly wisdom. Whatever one thinks about esoteric mysticism and other such phenomenae, there is a crowd deeply believing in (and basing their lives upon) such mythological explanations, often people inspired by new-agely experiences. Also within fiction there are authors covering related subjects, as Doris Lessing in The Canopus in Argos: Archives Series (1979-1983). Shikasta (1979)* made quite an impression upon my way too open mind back then, referring to the so-called Akashic Records. Akasha would be some kind of Cosmic Memory containing a record of...

...every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world.
Much more than simply a memory storehouse, however, these Akashic Records are interactive in that they have a tremendous influence upon our everyday lives, our relationships, our feelings and belief systems, and the potential realities we draw toward us.

Well, people knowing me only as an deranged old punk-rocker might notice scepticism erupt by now, I know. But there aren't that many theories I openly do reject, and sometimes I even find clashing thought are the better than uniform boredom.

Anyway, if such an above-mentioned Akasha existed, otherworldly connections might also be sought and made. Such as the idea of reincarnation and communication between the presently living and the long gones. Schulman, amongst others, seem to be a beliver of—or at least fascinated by—such interaction with a life hereafter.

Interestingly Schulman provided such an interconnectivity by referring to the Little Bighorn incident and Sitting Bull, the great Hunkpapa Lakota medicine man also known as Tatanka Iyotake, Tatanka Iyotanka or Ta-Tanka I-Yotank.

Sitting Bull didn't participate in the bloody fight, but could anyway impress his fellow warrior chiefs through an «accurate prophecy of the details of the battle». Tatanka Iyotanka went to the battlefield later on to make medicine beside the slain body of General Custer. And Custer's spirit spoke to Sitting Bull:

The white man would cover the earth and neither you nor I nor the Great Spirit Himself can stop the infiltration and bloodshed that will follow. We are but one act in the play and we have done as we were told. In less than fifteen years we will both be on the same side. The white man sees only white and the day will come when we will try to extinguish all men who are not white from the face of the earth. Know in your heart that I speak the truth, for you and I were once brothers and will be brothers again. Be relieved of your burden, for man is an angry wolf stalking and tracking down his prey from the beginning of time to the ends of all time but you and I are more than men as men know men. Go now and be with your people. They need you now more than before. I will be with you many times when you light your pipe at night and I will be with you in your final hour as you are here with me now.**

And Sitting Bull was slain three days before the mentioned 15 years had passed, on the 15. December 1890...

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