The Capricorn and The Unicorn

The Capricorn and The Unicorn

Is there a connection between Capricorn and Unicorn,
Capricorn being an Earth sign … while the Unicorn flies free.

This would make for a great children’s story or animated film. ( … A Unicorn met a Capricorn who wanted to learn magic tricks. The Unicorn promised to help the Capricorn and so they set sail into the great sea on a magical mythological voyage. There they met a crying penguin and a lonely mermaid who joined the duo and completed the square. The penguin was lost and trying to find his way home after being banished from his kingdom by the 3-ringed wizard. The mermaid compared tales/tails with the Capricorn as off they went to …)

From the Alice Bailey writings …

      Capricorn is the sign of the goat which seeks sustenance in the rocky, arid places of the world (thus relating humans to the mineral kingdom). It is also the sign of the crocodile, connecting earth experience with the watery realms.

At the spiritual level Capricorn is symbolized by the unicorn, the fighting and triumphant creature of myth and fantasy. The goat has two horns and the unicorn one. The single straight horn of the unicorn represents the penetrating spiritual vision of the brow chakra or third eye. The goat/unicorn imagery symbolises the Capricorn journey from duality and worldly ambition to one-pointedness, vision and spiritual aspiration.

In heraldry and nursery rhyme the unicorn is associated with the lion; this association reflects a link between the constellations of Capricorn and Leo. The emergence of the consciousness of the spiritual initiate (shining with light and one-pointed) defeats the king of the beasts (the personality) leading to the triumph of group/world consciousness. This is the triumph of selflessness and illumination over self-consciousness and egocentricity. In myth the lion is blinded and killed by the piercing of his eye and heart by the long horn of the unicorn.

Capricorn gives us the picture of the human being, feet on the ground, rooted in the earth experience, but running free and scaling the heights of worldly ambition or spiritual aspiration, according to the individual’s level of realisation. This ambition/aspiration is a response to a perception of the driving need and desire for satisfaction:

As the Goat, he is man, the earthly, human, greedy seeker after the satisfaction of desire, or man, the equally selfish aspirant hunting for the satisfaction of aspiration.

So although Capricorn is the birthplace of the Christ and the scene of the emergence of the Fifth Kingdom (the Kingdom of Souls). It is also a sign of great desire and materialism. Capricorn can express the worst and the best of humankind; it is a sign of extremes. Esoterically, all world saviours and Sun Gods are born in Capricorn. But so are the worst of beings, characterised by materialism, cruelty, pride, ambition and egoism, whose heads rule their hearts. In the perfect example of Capricorn, the head and the heart are in balance.

The keynotes of Capricorn all relate to the crystallization process. Capricorn is an earth sign, reflecting the most dense point of human experience; belonging to the earthy triplicity, Capricorn holds the seeds of death and finality which are a feature of life on earth.

When crystallisation has reached a certain degree of density it is easily shattered. The individual born in Capricorn brings about his own destruction owing to his fundamentally materialistic nature (plus the blows of fate which enact karma). Again and again, a certain concreteness is achieved only to be destroyed.

Capricorn is the sign of completion and conclusion: the mountain top. It marks the point beyond which further ascent in any life cycle is not possible. As progress is impossible, there is a descent to the valley of pain, despair and death before a fresh attempt to scale the heights is mounted. Therefore, Capricorn is the sign in which a new cycle of effort is inaugurated:

Effort, strain, struggle, the fight with the forces native to the underworld, or the strenuous conditions entailed by the tests of discipleship or initiation — these are distinctive of experience in Capricorn.

Saturn is the orthodox and the esoteric ruler of Capricorn. One of the most potent of the four Lords of Karma, Saturn forces the individual to face up to the past and, in the present, prepare for the future. Such is the intention and purpose of karmic opportunity. From certain angles Saturn can be regarded as the Dweller on the Threshold that humanity has to face. The Dweller on the Threshold is illusion-glamour-maya, the sum-total of the forces of the lower self prior to illumination and initiation. The Dweller stands beside the Angel of Presence, the two representing the complex duality that is synthesised on the Path of Initiation.

The great mountaintop experiences described in the Bible all relate to Capricorn. Moses as the Lawgiver on Sinai represents Saturn in Capricorn imposing the Law of Karma upon the people. The Mount of Transfiguration in the New Testament is Venus in Capricorn, when love, mind and will meet in the person of Christ and he is transfigured. The Christ, born in Capricorn, fulfilled the law of the Father under Saturn and initiated a new era of intelligent brotherhood under Venus. The Christ is the perfect example of the Capricorn initiate who becomes the world server in Aquarius and world saviour in Pisces.

Capricorn rules the knees physically, but also symbolically. Only when the Capricorn subject learns to kneel in all humility on the rocky mountain top and offers heart and life to the soul and to human service can he be permitted to pass through the door of initiation and entrusted with secrets of life. Only on his knees can he go through that door.

Capricorn is opposite Cancer and these constellations are the two great gates of the zodiac. Cancer opens the door to incarnation, mass life and human experience. Capricorn opens the door into the life of spirit and the Kingdom of God. Cancer admits the soul to Humanity, Capricorn to the Hierarchy. stands ever open, but for aeons the door of incarnation in Cancer is preferred as ambition urges us from life to life. This is the secret of rebirth. Eventually disappointed by the worthlessness of earthly gratification we begin to orient ourselves towards the gradual growth of spiritual ambition and the desire for liberation. In Capricorn the initiate comes to spiritual awareness, demonstrated in Aquarius as the world server and in Pisces as the world saviour.

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