Footnotes to Mercury in Virgo

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[1] The latin word for mother is used here because it speaks at once to the notion of mother and matter, key in this context.

[2] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 100.

[3] Genesis 18 : “The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, “My Lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree… Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” Then one said, “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him… She laughed to herself… The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? … Then the men set out from there, and they looked towards Sodom…”

[4] Genesis 9:12: “God said: This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between God and the earth”.

[5] R. Guenon, “The Lord of the World”, p. 43.

[6] J. Chevalier, Dictionary of Symbols, p. 785.

[7] Numbers 21: 5-8-9: “The people spoke against God and against Moses… Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people so that many Istraelites died… The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed to the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.”

[8] Jn 3: 14.

[9]Jn 16:7- 13: “It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you… When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth”

[10]A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 357 : “Mercury, the star of conflict”

[11] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 260

[12] Ibid, p. 357

[13]Wilhelm Pelikan writes about this bridging role of the mercury element in “The secret of the metals”, p. 131: “As far as disturbances (such as rheumatism) originate in the incorrect or incomplete transition from the outer to the inner digestive process, where the lymph and blood are formed, it will be possible to use mercury as a healing agent.”


[14] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 100

[15] Ibid, p. 67

[16] Luke, 1, 49

[17] The word used in the French translation of the Magnificat.

[18] from lat. e-ducare: to draw out, to lead forth.

[19] medi-  latin for “middle”. We find it for instance in the word “medias”, a contemporary form of our global Mercury.

[20] Cf. footnote p. 45  re the bridging role of the mercury element.

[21] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 360

[22] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 123

[23] A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, p. 121

[24] Ibid, p. 131-132

[25] Tobit 6-7 : “The young man went out and the angel went with him… The  young man went down to wash his feet in the Tigris river. Suddenly a large fish leaped up from the water and tried to swallow the young man’s foot… The angel said to the young man, “Catch hold of the fish and hang on to it!… Cut open the fish and take out its gall, heart and liver”… Raphael said to Tobias, before he approached his father, “I know that his eyes will be opened. Smear the gall of the fish on the eyes; the medicine will make the white films shrink and peel off from his eyes, and your father will regain his sight and see the light.”

[26] John 9: 5-7 : Jesus [said] : …”As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam”. Then he went and washed and came back able to see”

[27] Tobit 6:9 :”As for the gall, anoint  a person’s eyes where white films have appeared on them; blow upon them, and the eyes will be healed.”  The word “Christos” means “the anointed one.”