ASIACT Astrology - February 2013
The pale violet energy is about transmuting the patterns of conditioned behaviour that create the different persona or parts that we the actor plays. Not being identified with those patterns is to be free of them.
We use many symbols to understand life, our place within it and our true purpose; together with the 111 bottles in the Aura-Soma system of colour, the imagery of alchemy provides another way of finding our way through the labyrinth of life. Transforming lead into gold is the Great Work of the alchemist: our life’s work is to integrate all the parts of self so that the connection with our incarnational star is perfected.
Violet is a secondary colour made up of primary blue and primary red and carries some of the messages of both: bringing heaven (blue) to earth (red) is to be aware of the inner being (blue) living in our body (red). As Teilhard De Chardin wrote: 'we are spiritual beings on a human journey'. Violet is the colour that appears in more bottles than any other colour in the Aura-Soma range and is a key to creating an alembic for our process of transformation.
The moment there is an awakening, we begin to reflect on our own inner nature; we begin to ask questions about our true feelings, motive and needs and so we become subjected to great pressure. The alembic is the vessel in which the alchemical work is performed: a glass vessel, rounded at the bottom with a long (often curved) neck – reminiscent of the womb. The alembic is an image of containment, of being able to hold onto the affects and emotions and conflicts as they bubble up to the surface without exploding and running around, acting out all over the place. Bottle 78, Crown Rescue/Transition Bottle 'Violet/Deep Magenta...is of support in situations of loss and grief and in transitions from one state of being into another. This can also be transitions of identity'. 72 Angels Booklet (part of an Aura-Soma Course with the same name)
A deep conviction and commitment is what it takes and this is where any bottle with a violet fraction is so helpful. The long neck of the alembic has to remain sealed: if one is truly engaged in an inner work, one has to persevere. Repression is inappropriate (it is probably repression that caused the problem and the consequent awakening in the first place), but breaking out is inappropriate also. In alchemy, constant participation is required in the work; conscious involvement, which means experiencing our feelings as well as gaining insights and making connections, is absolutely necessary for any movement to take place. Bottle 36, Charity, violet/pink, is of immeasurable support to find 'Caring warmth and kindness towards ourselves, extended into the world'. An awareness of and a commitment to a higher purpose is what violet brings.
Bottle 39, Egyptian Bottle 2/The Puppeteer, violet/gold, shakes up to a deep orange, a colour of activating the Humpty Dumpty within each of us – the part of us that is committed to putting our self back together again; we change the lead into gold bringing consciousness into the equation so that we are able to dance to the beat of our individuation process. No wonder Bottle 79, which combines the violet and the orange, represents the Return Journey of the Magician in the Tarot: 'Insight and transformation. The healing of the time line. Being able to hear what challenges us'. Keywords for Bottle 79.
On 22 October 2007, Bottle 106, Archangel Ratziel, pale misty olive/pale misty violet was born. Ratziel is a master alchemist; he is able to transmute conditioned patterns through inner alchemy towards pure gold. The misty olive in the upper fraction indicates growing consciousness about the set thought patterns that in the past created the bitterness, while the misty violet in the lower fraction supports transmuting it toward a greater understanding of how our process may be part of a greater whole. The mistiness may remind us that not everything needs to be crystal clear: a soft focus takes in everything.
When the bitterness dissipates, we are open to the downpour of creative spirit and we, hopefully, reach a maturity so that we are able to release this power in service to the Whole: we don the Violet Robe.
We are unravelling our navels so that we may ingest the sun. We are not afraid of the darkness. We trust that the moon shall guide us. We are determining the future at this very moment.We know that the heart is the philosopher's stone. Our music is our alchemy.