TWELVE GATES: A PREFACE The Twelve Gates:
A series of meditations designed to bring the student into a closer attunement with themselves, seasons, cycles and the natural world. I will give them three figures: The signs of seasons, which shall represent the Creator in all the parts of the living; the sign of the sun, with motion and all life coming forth; and the hand of man. OSIRIS, VIII:13. The angels gave our distant ancestors astrology to help us relate to and understand our vibrations/spiritual path through the symbolism of the Zodiac. The vibrations which are our own unique spiritual self do not come from the stars, the stars have only been used as a symbolic metaphor of how we human beings can come to understand ourselves. The Twelve Gates has been given to us to help us understand how the cycles of the earth and her heavens affect us. By studying our vibrations/spiritual self we can come to
a clear understanding of ourselves and our life‟s purpose.
Throughout history and throughout the world, people have created mythologies associated with time and how to understand and measure it. Scholars tell us that time and the seasons were significant to ancient people because of the search for food. As Faithists we can look for deeper connections to the seasons, knowing that our ancient ancestors found ritual and spiritual importance through the study of the skies and the observations of the seasons. Over the millennia the spiritual practices of our ancestors
developed into the calendars, astronomy and astrology of the world‟s people. These
astrological methods and calendars are so numerous that their study exceeds the confines of this lesson. Yet, I have chosen to mention several that may deepen a
student‟s inner understanding of the astrological plates and tablets given in OAHSPE.
The Germanic peoples used the Runes
, with the Twelve Halls of Heaven which are very similar to our zodiac. Their year begins with the Summer Solstice, and although the star groups are different, the Halls of Heaven offer a similar symbolic understanding.
In India there is Vedic Astrology
, which is a combination of solar and lunar markers. In China and other parts of Asia there is a sophisticated zodiac associated with animals and the elements of earth, air, fire, water, metal and wood.
Use of a Lunar Calendar among Asian cultures causes the date of the New Year to vary from year to year and country to country, often observed sometime in February. Numerous Native Americans tribes have a variety and highly developed knowledge of the stars which includes ways to mark the seasons as well as understanding the position of the sun, moon, certain