If it's OK with you I'd just like see if I understand the bigger picture of where Lucifer fits in (on both sides) before the posts on Lucifer sign & house etc get underway. So I've written the following summary, which is as I understand it. Could you please correct me if my understanding isn't right?
SOURCE is all that has existed, does exist, and will exist - because SOURCE is eternally ALL THAT IS, whether manifested or not.
SOURCE has created us all as a Soul, a consciousness that - like energy - cannot be destroyed, rather can only change, or inhabit different, forms. And within us at this Soul level, we have two fundamental kinds of desire – one, to go on a journey of separation from our SOURCE so that we can discover our individuality to it’s fullest, and the resulting separation to it’s fullest. And once that has been achieved, the other kind of desire comes to the fore, to then return back to the SOURCE from where we originally came.
Evolution for the Soul involves the entire journey away from SOURCE as it follows it’s separating desires, progressively growing in individuality as it does so, and then the long journey back to SOURCE as it follows the desire to reunite with SOURCE, gradually losing all it’s individuality as it does so, until it eventually it becomes fully merged back into SOURCE itself.
However also operating at the Soul level is the freedom at any moment to choose which kind of desire to act upon. And regardless of which kind of desire we actually do pursue, karma is created either way. This creates a unique pathway for each Soul - each journey is different. And because of this freedom very little in each Soul’s journey is linear – usually it’s a criss-crossing path involving forward, backwards and sideways movement, depending on lots of trial and error and the eventual choices each Soul actually makes. This journey of the Soul (as relevant to the current life) is represented by Pluto, it’s Nodes and their rulers, and the PPP.
In order to facilitate this process, in each incarnation the Soul creates an ego, a body/feeling/thinking mechanism through which to focus the consciousness and desires of the Soul. This ego, represented by the Moon, is mostly experienced as a (usually deeply subconscious) complex emotionally based image and sense of ourselves, and when this remains consistent and familiar over time we feel inwardly secure. And the manner of operation of this ego mechanism during the past, in this life and in the future (as relevant to the current life), is shown by the Moon’s Nodes and their rulers, and the Moon’s PP.
The freedom of the Soul is experienced by each of us at an ego and being level as the sense of “free will” that we have. “I can do what I like” is the Being (“I” - Sun) speaking from that sense of separation (Ego – Moon) asserting my “free will”.
This sense of free will experienced by all of us via our Sun and Moon is the key ingredient in the evolution of our Soul, because each choice we make has deep implications.
The Soul has been seeded from SOURCE with the need to evolve. To do so the Soul creates evolutionary intentions for each life (shown primarily by the condition of Pluto and the PPP, and the Moon’s Nodes and their rulers, and then secondarily by the remainder of the entire chart except the Sun). These intentions are transmitted from our Soul to our conscious self (primarily Sun & Moon) via Mars (lower octave of Pluto) as desires that we become conscious of. There will usually be a plethora of desires that we become aware of, some stronger than others, and depending on each Soul, a different mix of desires to separate, and to return.
Because of our free will we (as a being/ego/personality) can either choose to cooperate with those desires that are of a separating nature, or those desires of a returning nature, or some of both. If we decide to pursue desires to separate then we’re moving away from SOURCE, and eventually (after many, many lives) into a more closed isolated situation. If however, we follow desires to return, then we will be opening ourselves to change, expansion and a more liberated situation.
SOURCE, having the intention to help each of us as a Soul evolve, and in so doing move closer to ITSELF, manifests in each of us an impulse/energy/consciousness that is experienced by us as being a greater force than ourselves. If we recognise this force, and it’s inherent intentions (to help us), and use our free will to choose to move through any fears and past any blocks we may have, to then fully acknowledging this impulse inside us by surrendering to it, and thus acting from it, we are actually directly aligning with SOURCE itself. And thus, according to the capacity we’ve developed to be able to do so to that point, we will directly experience the energy and consciousness of SOURCE as a result.
These intentions of SOURCE to help us, this energy or consciousness within us that is experienced as being larger than us, larger than our Soul - is represented in the chart by Lucifer, operating as the “Bearer of Light”. In this situation, it is SOURCE itself manifesting to us via Lucifer. When this is happening our experiences of what is sharing & kindness, goodness, honesty, compassion, nourishment ... what is truth, essence, beauty, unconditional love, peace, joy , ecstasy & bliss ... are all magnified and intensified. These are the moments when we feel blessed to be alive (as Stacie shared with us).
These intentions for us to be helped are unique to each of us, so by looking at Lucifer’s location (sign and house) and it’s aspects we can see what these intentions are and how they will be experienced. Thus Lucifer in the chart can show us where we can potentially accelerate our evolution back to SOURCE.
Because we are creating our own karma with every choice we make, and we are often confused as to which kind of desire to pursue, sometimes we create situations where, as a result of choices we’ve made and the karma they’ve created, our experience of the situation provides us with extreme challenges – in the form of hardship; physical, emotional or mental pain; doubt and anguish; disillusionment and despair. Challenges such as these can test our capacity to know what to do, totally undermine our sense of self and wellbeing, reduce our willpower to virtually nothing, and induce the deepest feeling of helplessness, humiliation and worthlessness…
In these situations, when we are as low as we can imagine it’s possible to go, our need to survive can be extreme. We can start to feel and think there MUST be a way to overcome the challenges of the situation. But if we have tried everything we can do ourselves, tried asking everyone we can for help, tried endlessly pleading with existence, and nothing has helped us, then we can become very, very desperate.
We now get down to two basic choices:
One - is to realise through deep reflection, that we are in this situation because of a (possibly long) chain of choices we have made in the past, all leading to this current situation. If this situation brings us to do this then it may in fact become a huge turning point in our lives, when we see ourselves in a lot clearer perspective and detail than we have done for a long time. If this does happen one result of that can be a potent return of inner determination to renew one's efforts to change the situation. Or, realising that we have created it ourselves ... this recognition that it has arisen from our own doing becomes enough to reconcile us with the situation. And because of that we may decide to simply accept it as it is, and drop the struggle to change everything.
or Two - to start blaming other people for what we are experiencing. And thus start feeling other people are entirely responsible for what has come into reality in our life at this time. This inevitably positions us as the victim in the situation, and once the sense of victimisation takes hold the sense of hurt and powerlessness can rise to a peak ... if this is sustained over time it can result in a great loss of objectivity, a greatly distorted perspective on reality. And if we continue on in our refusal to accept our own responsibility for what is occurring in this way, and our sense of separation is strong (or at the least intact), then this can awaken one or more separating desires that may, or may not, have been dormant for a very long time ... for example desire for greed, power, lust, control, revenge etc. All depending on what the situation is, and what is perceived by the Soul as being required to change the situation in the Soul’s favor and/or hit back at the others involved, or all others generally.
These desires come from the Soul (Pluto). And at this point SOURCE can manifest inside of us a sense that enormous power DOES exist that can help us – this power is sensed as being larger than us, larger than our Soul, and so we know it really could help us – feels exactly that it could completely smash the limitations we are currently experiencing.
At this point as a Soul we are at a critical junction in our path – we are now being tempted by SOURCE manifesting via Lucifer, operating as the “Primary Agent of Evil”. Intrinsic to our sense of this power is the sensing of it’s qualities … dark, devious, ugly, complete destruction of goodness, cruel, brutal, demonic, relentlessly powerful, totally demanding, ruthless, enslaving and eventually murderous. In the very experiencing of it, it is starkly obvious that to say yes to this power acting on our behalf to change the situation, is to completely surrender our free will to this power. And once exposed like this, tempted, that is the only thing that can save us from this power – our own free will.
And in these moments all the despair that we are experiencing, the helplessness, and the desire for that to go away, even if it means being greedy & possesive, nasty, hateful, vindictive & revengeful, manipulative, controlling, exploitive, dominating, violent and willfully destructive ... all these feelings become hugely magnified and intensified. With the temptation likewise expanding ...
If we don't see the danger and withdraw from it, but move towards this power and surrender to it, we will have aligned with the Devil / Satan, and in so doing, will as a result directly experience, according to how developed our capacity to do so has become to that point, the energy and consciousness of Evil itself .
This temptation is unique to each of us, so by looking at Lucifer’s location (sign and house) and it’s aspects we can see what this temptation is and how it would be likely to manifest. Thus Lucifer in the chart can show us where we can potentially form a contract with Evil, with the resulting loss of all freedom, permanent imprisonment, that this contract brings.