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It is important to accurately describe how the Aquarian Symbols came to exist. We usually think in ego terms such as "I painted this picture" or "We wrote this book." But the Aquarian Symbols were not the product of creative writing.
I am a published poet and astrologer. My publications include several books of poetry plus essays on poetics and articles on astrology. I am also a professional editor. Stephen Morrissey is a poet, a college professor of English and Humanities for twenty-five years, and a gifted intuitive.
Both Stephen Morrissey and I are familiar with the writing process. However, the Aquarian Symbols were received, not written. Even 'inspired writing' could not have produced the Symbols.
The Aquarian Symbols were channeled during an intensive ten-day period prior to the solar eclipse of August 11th, 1999 in Vancouver, Canada. We worked approximately two to three hours each day. We began on August 1st, 1999 at 10:15 AM and finished on August 10th, 1999 at 10:19 PM. It was extremely concentrated, exhausting and yet exhilerating work.
Stephen channeled each Symbol and I recorded them. Stephen is not an astrologer. He did not know what sign or degree he was channeling. Stephen had no knowledge of what system I used to keep track of each Symbol as I recorded them. It was not possible that Stephen predetermined any sign, degree or order to what he channeled.
The cohesion the Aquarian Symbols have is their own. It was not by conscious design that the Symbols offer the synchronicity they contain. There are two or three Symbols that describe in detail historical events that did happen, but not until after the Symbols were channeled.
When Stephen channeled he closed his eyes and covered them with paper tissues. He waited until he could see clearly, then he described what he saw in words spoken out loud to me while keeping his eyes closed. He would take a rest and wait until another Symbol appeared. We did not talk about the process of Stephen's channeling or my recording until all 360 degrees were received.
For my part, I concentrated on recording word-for-word what Stephen described. One Symbol came to me before he said it aloud. In all other instances, I kept my mind entirely focused on recording exactly what Stephen told me he saw. I did observe that he had more difficulty describing the last degrees of each sign, although he had no idea why one Symbol was easier to delineate than another. In many instances, the Symbols for the final degrees of each sign are more complex than those for the earlier degrees.
The following is what Stephen Morrissey has written about the Aquarian Symbols:
The Symbols have been edited slightly from the word-for-word descriptions I recorded at the time; the editing has not altered content but served grammatical structure and flow of language. The Symbols have not been revised in regard to meaning or tone. Stephen Morrissey and I would like to thank Axel Harvey for editorial assistance and for his Introduction. We also thank Jef Simpson for his encouragement and for printing and distributing the Symbols through the Cosmic Data-Bank.
At one point during the ten-day period described above, Stephen asked me what it was we were dealing with. I spontaneously told him they were the Aquarian Symbols. These Symbols for the 360 degrees of the zodiac arrived with their own name. They are now going out into the world with a dedication for everyone.Thank you.
Excerpt from INTRODUCTION by Axel Harvey
Many of the 360 short utterances in this book might be descriptions of a traveller's snapshots--one of them, in fact, features tourists arriving by bus at a museum. But it is obvious that no casual shutterbug would take a picture like, say, the first degree of Aquarius: "A rock rolls down a hill and lands in a pool of water." Such an image could only be caught by a photographer who was expert, lucky, and aesthetically severe.
Two degrees later there is a scene with an inner monologue, "A young woman looks at her name and address on a letter she has just received and decides to move." That Vermeer, you think--but, no, it's more in the nature of a challenge designed to see if the living artist can live down Vermeer. Given that a young female is deciding to move, what can we deduce about the picture in which she finds herself? What would have to be on canvas?
Half a Zodiac away there is 18th Leo, "Someone is lost on a mountain path and is filled with regret," which could almost be a set piece for a Chinese painter. Now there is no doubt that the picture by itself would not be enough. We need the appropriate poem running down alongside the mountain if we want to know about the subject's remorse. It gets most complicated, finally, in those degrees where the presumed thought crowds out the visual matter. Consider the 24th of Virgo, "The gardens are at their peak but there is a rumour of locusts approaching," which is more about rumours than about cabbages or locusts. One realizes that the images could only belong in a novel or a horoscope.
These are not pictures, they are doors. You must enter, in each case, asking yourself what is the relationship between the door and the structure as a whole. Fortunately the latter is given--it is the horoscope--so you are not in the difficult position of the art student challenged to paint a story, or the dilletante unable to read Chinese. You have a large part of the story already; you must use the door, the degree symbol, to modify and extend what is apparent in the rest of the map.
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