A Reflection on Solar Systems: The Crucible of Consciousness
by Fr. E.S.Q.S.
One way that we can make use of Hylozoics is to learn to see analogies between greater and lesser scales – for instance: analogies between the cosmic worlds (1-49), systemic worlds (43-49), planetary worlds (46-49), and even the worlds of man (47-49). A first analogy that we are introduced to in the literature very early on is that between the cosmic worlds 1-7, the first septenary, and the other six septenaries (8-14, 15-21, 22-28, 29-35, 36-42, and 43-49). The cosmic worlds 1-7, the first septenary, serves as the pattern for the other six septenaries. Thus we have a process that we might call, “Scaling down” and/or, “Dimensional reduction”. To put it more graphically:
The seven septenary series of cosmic worlds:
1. 1-7 = “the cosmic manifestal worlds”
2. 8-14 = “the cosmic sub-manifestal worlds”
3. 15-21 = “the cosmic super-essential worlds”
4. 22-28 = “the cosmic essential worlds”
5. 29-35 = “the cosmic causal-mental worlds”
6. 36-42 = “the cosmic emotional worlds”
7. 43-49 = “the cosmic physical worlds”
In keeping with these divisions we also get:
• 43-46 = “the cosmic physical-etheric worlds”
• 47-49 = “the cosmic gross physical worlds”
NOTE: the names attributed to each of the septenaries and divisions only serve to indicate certain analogous relationships.
Another analogy that we are introduced to in the literature is that between cosmic worlds (1-49) and systemic worlds (43-49). It is this analogy that I’d like to explore here.
It is said that the solar systems are like miniature cosmoses, scaled down to a considerable degree. That probably does not mean very much to most people who hardly study Hylozoics properly. If they had taken the time to wonder, “What does it mean to say that, ‘the solar systems are like miniature cosmoses?’” they might discover a lot of wonderful analogies between the cosmic worlds (1-49) and the systemic worlds (43-49). More than this, they might discover the immense importance of the solar system and its worlds; they might discover the immense importance of the physical worlds – both cosmic (43-49) and systemic (49:1-7).
The first analogy we might consider is that of analogous composition. The cosmos is composed of 49 cosmic atomic worlds and these can be divided into seven septenaries. The solar systems consist of 7 cosmic atomic kinds (43-49) and, built-out from these, also 42 systemic molecular kinds (43:2-7, 44:2-7, 45:2-7, etc.) totaling 49 worlds. More than this, these 49 worlds can also be divided into seven septenaries:
1. 43:1-7 = the systemic manifestal world
2. 44:1-7 = the systemic sub-manifestal world
3. 45:1-7 = the systemic super-essential world
4. 46:1-7 = the systemic essential world
5. 47:1-7 = the systemic causal-mental world
6. 48:1-7 = the systemic emotional world
7. 49:1-7 = the systemic physical world
Also, the following division:
• 49:1-4 = the systemic physical-etheric worlds
• 49:5-7 = the systemic gross physical worlds
What we should be able to see in this is that solar systems are indeed like miniature cosmoses, scaled down to a considerable degree.
Another analogy can be seen in the various kinds of cosmic processes. The two major processes of involvation and evolvation serve to build-out the cosmos: the cosmic atomic worlds and the systemic molecular worlds. The building-out of the systemic molecular worlds, the worlds of the solar systems, is a secondary process of involvation and evolvation, a repetition of the work done on a cosmic scale. Every star or sun is responsible for this secondary process of involvation and evolvation. Every star or sun is responsible for the formation of its own solar system. Once more, this is a repetition of the work done on a cosmic scale: 49 cosmic atomic worlds and 49 systemic worlds (7 atomic and 42 molecular, totaling 49).
The Special Work of the Solar Systems
If the solar systems are like miniature cosmoses, then one wonders: “What is the point in it? Why does the solar system exist at all? Why do we need solar systems if they are just repetitions, down-scalings, of cosmic worlds?" Well, the secret lies in understanding that the solar system embodies two very important cosmic processes:
Involution is that process, a secondary sort of “involvation”, which rouses the potential consciousness of the primordial atoms, whereas evolution is that process which actives the passive consciousness of the primordial atoms. The solar systems are responsible for these two cosmic processes. In other words: the solar systems are responsible for rousing consciousness at long-last. The reason for this is quite simple: the solar systems are incredibly dense, incredibly coarse. That density, that coarseness, is necessary for rousing consciousness. The vibrations must be that dense, that coarse; elsewise, consciousness will not be roused. The higher, finer cosmic worlds (1-42) could not do it. That is the work of “the cosmic physical worlds”, the lowest septenary (43-49), the work of the solar systems with their 7 atomic kinds and 42 molecular kinds. That is the special work of the solar systems. They are the crucible of consciousness.
The Crucible of Consciousness
The work of involution and evolution is about the awakening of consciousness. That awakening does not happen in the higher, finer cosmic worlds (1-42); rather, it must happen in “the cosmic physical worlds”, the lowest septenary (43-49), the worlds of the solar system with their 7 atomic kinds and 42 molecular kinds. That is the importance of the solar systems. When once one has seen this importance, one gains a newfound appreciation for the solar system – for the work of our star, our sun: we would be nothing without it. We ought to be grateful for all the work that has been done and is being done still. The solar system is like the womb of the mother which nurtures the growing babe. That “babe” is consciousness, or what had always been symbolically called, “The Son”. “The Mother” (matter) gives birth to “The Son” (consciousness) – and that is precisely what is happening here, in the solar system. That is the nature of symbols: they can be scaled as well.
Thanks for your time,