Libra 2005: The New Group of World Servers. Sanat Kumara.
“I choose the way that leads between the two great lines of force.”
NGWS: The Ajna Centre of Sanat Kumara
Libra and Shamballa
Venus in Scorpio, Mars in Taurus
Solar Eclipse Libra 2005
NGWS: The Ajna Centre of Sanat Kumara
Before and since the Libra solar eclipse of 2005, there were substantial ructions in a very small portion of esoteric workers – within the greater group of the New Group of World Servers. This may or may not be a reflection of other forces moving through this world body but is certainly worth looking at. The NGWS is of course a group that serves as an interface between Hierarchy and Humanity. It is said to have the function of the ajna centre through which Sanat Kumara sees the world, whilst the Hierarchy and Humanity embody the heart and throat centres respectively.
“The ajna centre of the Lord of the World is just beginning to express itself in a recognisable manner through the New Group of World Servers. This intermediate group between the Hierarchy and Humanity – is a carrier of the energy which makes the Plan possible (the Plan of which the Hierarchy is the custodian). This Plan implements the Purpose, and later, when the New Group of World Servers is organised and is recognised as a living organism, it will definitely receive energy from Shamballa in a direct reception, via the Hierarchy.” 
The following diagram illustrates:One could dwell on these words for a moment, ’it will definitely receive energy from Shamballa in a direct reception, via the Hierarchy’. Perhaps this has been invoked in the first spiritual festival of the year in Aries, polar opposite to Libra, and sign of the first ray of will or power. The consequences of the actions and forces invoked in Aries are dealt with in Libra; it is now working itself out and will probably increase its strength of expression in the ensuing years.
The ajna centre has two major petals consisting of 48 minor petals each, making 96. Each of those petals could be considered as representing various major groups in the world who are serving the Plan. These groups would range across the board from exoteric organizations in the fields of politics, religion, education, the U.N., science and the arts to the more subjective esoteric organizations and evenly loosely organised ’organisms’. The NGWS consists of the ’world aspirant and world disciple’ who at once embody the gradual unfoldment of these two major petals, individually and collectively:
“… the centre between the eyebrows also begins to make its presence felt [for the awakening aspirant], and this significant two-petalled lotus begins to vibrate. It symbolises the work of at-one-ing the soul and the body, the subjective and the objective. In some occult books it is called the lotus with the ninety-six petals, but this is only a differentiation dealing with the energies focussed in the two petals. It will be noted that the sum total of the force petals in the centres (excluding the two head centres) amount in all to forty-eight petals [base 4 + sacral 6 + solar plexus 10 + heart 12 + throat 16 = 48].
These energies in their two aspects of physical vital energy and soul qualities make up the ninety-six aspects or vibrations of the two petals of the Ajna or eyebrow centre. It must be remembered also that the word ‘petal’ only symbolises an expression of force and its apparent effect in matter. The five centres with their forty-eight petals are synthesized therefore into the two-petalled lotus, and then we have forty-eight plus two equals fifty, the number of the perfected personality, for five is the number of man and ten is that of perfection.” 
In the diagram above, Hierarchy can be seen as the directive soul of Humanity but particularly of the NGWS who, once integrated as a personality, can enunciate the principles of Hierarchy to the ‘thinkers and scientists’ at the leading edge of Humanity and this has already been occurring for some time. This is not to say of course that the NGWS is somehow separate or superior to its fellow Humanity, it simply has responsibilities of a different order. In many ways these responsibilities are quite dire because if they are abnegated or not carried out correctly, the ‘divine blueprint’ will not be transmitted correctly and gross distortion will be the result.
Hence if the NGWS allows chaos and ill-will to suffuse their ranks, or lets itself be distracted from the task of service at hand, they fail their ‘soul brief’ from Hierarchy and forfeit fellow Humanity. The key to being an effective member of the NGWS is the transmutation of the lower forces to the higher centres and we are told that this falls into two stages:
“… there are, consequently, two points to be borne in mind as we study the mystic and his difficulties [Note the term ‘mystic’ as some in the NGWS are moving from the ‘mystic’ stage to the ‘occult’ stage]; first of all, the period of awakening and subsequent utilisation of the centres and, secondly, the period of the transference of energy from the solar plexus to the heart, and then from all the four centres up the spine to the throat centre, prior to the focussing of the energy of all the centres in the ajna centre (between the eyebrows). This centre is the controlling one in the personality life and from it goes all personality direction and guidance to the five lower centres which it synthesises. Each of these stages brings with it its own difficulties and problems. ….
1. The stage wherein transference is made of all the lower energies into the solar plexus, preparatory to carrying them to the throat and heart centres above the diaphragm. This stage covers not only the process of transference but also that of focussing the forces in the higher centres.
Period The later stages of the Path of Probation and the early stages of the Path of Discipleship.
Objective Idealism, plus personality effort. Purification and control.
2. The stage wherein transference is made into the ajna centre and the personality life becomes integrated and powerful.
Period The later stages of the Path of Discipleship and up till the time of the third initiation.
Keynote Expression of the soul, through the medium of the personality.
Objective The understanding of the Plan and consequent cooperation with it.” 
The ajna centre relates to integrated and perfected personality expression:
“The ajna centre is the organ of the integrated personality, the instrument of direction, and is closely related to the pituitary body and the two eyes, as well as to all the frontal areas of the head.” 
The two eyes, the ‘windows of the soul’, are related to mind and intuition and are two of the minor 22 etheric centres; they constitute (along with the etheric correspondence of the pineal gland) part of the ‘third eye’ associated and sometimes confused with the ajna centre.
“The energy of the integrated personality is focussed through the ajna centre, between the eyes; and when the disciple can identify himself with that, and is also aware of the nature and the vibration of his soul energy, then he can begin to work with the power of direction, using the eyes as directing agencies. There are, as you have gathered in your studies, three eyes of vision and direction at the disposal of the disciple.
1. The inner eye, the single eye of the spiritual man [the third eye]. This is the true eye of vision and involves the idea of duality (of the see-er and that which is seen). It is the divine eye. It is that through which the soul looks forth into the world of men and through which direction of the personality takes place.
2. The right eye, the eye of buddhi, the eye which is in direct responsive relation to the inner eye. Through this eye the highest activity of the personality can be directed upon the physical plane. You have therefore in this connection a triangle of spiritual forces which can be swept into unique activity by the advanced disciple and initiate.
It is through this triplicity, for instance, that the trained initiate works when dealing with a group of people or with an individual.
3. The left eye, the eye of manas, the distributor of mental energy under correct control – correct as far as personality purposes are concerned. This eye is also a part of a triangle of forces, available for the use of the aspirant and the probationary disciple.” 
Sanat Kumara directs forces from Shamballa, increasingly direct to Humanity in recent history.  Shamballa is in one sense the Monad to Humanity’s personality and this increased stimulation will cause more conflict but hastened growth in this critical cuspal period of the astrological ages.
Hence the added stimulation will also cause a lot of conflict within the NGWS, stimulating them to move from the aforementioned first stage of the ‘early stages of the Path of Discipleship’ to the second ‘later stages of the Path of Discipleship and up till the time of the third initiation’.
The success of this transition will give Sanat Kumara extraordinary power to realise with more potency His Purpose. The NGWS as the ‘eye of Sanat Kumara’ is the ‘bull’s eye’,
“… depicting the push of man, the Bull of God, towards the goal of illumination and the emergence of the soul from bondage with the two horns (duality) protecting the “eye of light” in the centre of the Bull’s forehead; this is “the single eye” of the New Testament which makes the “whole body to be full of light.”
This bull is Taurus which rules the ‘world aspirant’, just as polar opposite sign Scorpio rules the ‘world disciple’:
“… world disciples are related to … each other through Scorpio. This produces in them the capacity to respond to test, to a sense of the vision (through the illumined eye of Taurus) and to use their power of individuality…” 
From one angle, the two ‘eyes’ ruled by Venus and Mercury relate to these two groups – Venus as ruler of Taurus and Mercury as hierarchical ruler of Scorpio. From another angle the two major petals of the ajna are Taurus-Scorpio, depicting the aspirant and disciple groups of the world, yet both groups probably find themselves under either sign or planetary ruler, depending upon their soul rays. Interesting to note that the number 96 is related to the sign of Scorpio, the eighth sign of twelve signs: 8 x 12 = 96. This Taurus-Scorpio theme has been highlighted in order to explore the Libra new moon chart shortly.
“Libra admits the soul into the world centre which we call Shamballa, for it is the polar opposite of Aries which is the place of beginnings. Libra demonstrates the perfect balance of spirit and matter which first came together in Aries. This balance and this relation of the great opposites, spirit and matter, is symbolised for us in the personality situation of balancing the pairs of opposites on the astral plane, and finding between them the “narrow razor-edged path” which leads the man into the kingdom of the soul.” 
Venus in Scorpio, Mars in Taurus
Venus, the ruler of Libra, has been transiting through Scorpio, the sign of its ‘detriment’ and the sign which also carries a first ray vibration through one of its rulers, Pluto. It is important for students to understand that the expression of any zodiacal Sun sign is modified through its planetary rulers, exoteric and esoteric. Hence if the Sun (which represents the integrated personality expresssion) is in Libra, Venus’ position by sign and and aspect will have a major effect on that personality expression; this applies to a person, NGWS, event or nation.
On the solar eclipse of Libra 2005, Venus was in Scorpio opposite Mars in Taurus. Mars is also in detriment in Taurus, so there was a powerful opposition of two planets in detriment as well as ‘mutual reception’ – one planet in the sign that the other rules. This created an extraordinarily potent pair of opposites that demands resolution.
The Taurus-Scorpio axis was highly activated at the 2005 Libra solar eclipse. Shamballa forces seem to have flowed directly into the NGWS, creating intense experiences that relate to the redeeming and integrating of its personality as a whole. That ‘personality’ is composed of many ‘lesser group personalities’ all at various stages of their own process, hence can be seen the potential for bringing out the worst (and best) expression of the lower and higher expresions of Venus and Mars. The following chart depicts this opposition:
The major potency of the Venus in Scorpio period came in the last week of September and early October when Venus was in orb of opposition to Mars in Taurus; Venus was in her role as ruler of the Libran cycle into which the Sun had just moved; it was when the tension and conflict of forces were at their maximum. Venus in Scorpio is in detriment and some exoteric interpretations are:
Positive: Passion. Will sacrifice all for love if they feel it is worth it. Attraction to occult sciences. Psychically sensitive. Emotional intensity gives colourful personality. Artistic and dramatic contrasts. Devoted, faithful. Mystical.
Negative: Bitterness and jealousy, over-emotional, lethal attraction, misuse of sex and power, tendency to subtly dominate and control, secretive or clandestine love affairs. Romances taken too personally or seriously. Psychically manipulative. Love-hate relationships. Cold and indifferent. Mean, vicious or ruthless in relationships. Issues like beauty, elegance, social refinement and diplomacy not well expressed. Thin line between love and hate. Taking things too personally. Holding grudges. Rationalises the truth.
With many ‘negative’ influences it can be seen why Venus is in ‘detriment’ in this sign. Of course its expression all depends upon how much the individual has redeemed within themselves and of course, what other factors in a birthchart are off-setting any tendencies. Esoterically,
“Venus, the intelligent mind, has its power lessened in this sign because the intellect – having been developed and used – must now be subordinated to a higher power of the soul, the spiritual intuition. The Son of Mind, the solar Angel, must now manifest as a Son of God. This solar Angel, when in control, must give place eventually to the Presence. This it has hitherto veiled or hidden. Venus must wane and the Sun – as a symbol of Deity – must wax in influence and finally take its place. Such are the symbolic and esoteric significances.” 
Venus here is very lofty indeed, alluding to the ‘presence’ or the Monad, spirit. For the aspirant-disciple to express this, the personality aspects of Venus are not necessarily transcended, they are still expressed positively and negatively, whilst the higher possibilities are reflected down from time to time. This is only natural as even the most advanced souls can have most imperfect personalities right up to and including the lifetime where ‘liberation’ ensues.  The Monad does not really start to have a powerful influence until after the Third Initiation and this discussion is only covering the various stages of aspiration and discipleship.
Nevertheless, during the aforementioned period, many of the negative tendencies have been in expression. One can have Venus in Scorpio natally, by progression or not at all to experience it. In the latter case, many of those born in the early to mid fifties would have had transiting Venus-Mars on the Scorpio-Taurus axis squaring natal Pluto in Leo, hence bringing up issues of ego, power, sexuality and other subterranean matters – again, on an individual or group level.
Added to that, Mars the god of conflict, was opposing in Taurus, still stationary after only having gone retrograde two days before the eclipse – hence extremely powerful, ‘spoiling for a fight’ one could say. Mars in Taurus is in ‘detriment’ and has the following exoteric interpretations:
Positive: Much energy exerted to acquire money and possessions. Practical, physical, tangible results. Determination and perseverance. Craftsman – skilled artisan – especially in metal and stone.
Negative: Material obstacles and limitations. Preoccupation with sex and sensuality. Jealous and possessive. Money issues. Aggressive, stubborn etc.
With Venus and Mars exoterically ruling the two sexes, gender issues would not be an unusual outcome:
“He said, she said and all the gender conflict that arises from being incompatible sub-species, at least on the tribal level … If you are sharing a bed, you are sleeping with the enemy … In archetypal terms, he wants sex/power and she wants relationship/security and this is as old as tribal functioning … Ultimately human relationship is a workshop in which you may resolve your inner gender conflict and generate a state of peace and harmony. Unfulfilled love turned to resentment and then hatred is the basis of all conflict; personal, family and national. The worst of the Sun/Moon [eclipse in Libra] semisquare Venus, sesquisquare Mars; is intense self hatred projected onto a gender opposite leading to conflict and even violence.
To quote Brady (1994) – “The immense power, anger and force of the Mars square Pluto (in the first New Moon of Saros Series 7 South) is channelled into this family of eclipses via the trine. The individual experiencing this series will find that huge obstacles will suddenly and easily clear, or a pending crisis will suddenly manifest and move through their life very rapidly. It will seem that everything is moving at great speed” 
Idealistic spiritual thinkers are apt to think that these sort of experiences are behind them but this is far from the case. We all ‘live in the world’ but very few of us are ‘not of it’. In other words the solar plexus is still the major domicile whilst the heart is like a holiday house that one goes to occasionally.
Further, Mars is the ruler of the sixth ray of Idealism, an energy that still characterises much of the world, let alone the NGWS, and that which most commonly rules human emotional bodies. The signs Taurus-Scorpio only take one ray through them and that is the fourth ray of Harmony through Conflict. Hence Mars in Taurus opposite Venus in Scorpio couldn’t be more conflict laden:
“Mars is in detriment in this sign. Its activity adds constantly to the naturally warlike nature of Taurus but the potency of the Taurian struggle is so great, esoterically speaking, that the effect of Mars is lost in the larger whole. It “adds to the glamour and confusion and yet holds within itself hope for the struggling man.”” 
Mars will continue its retrograde motion, tending in most of humanity to direct its energies in wrong or unintended directions:
“It [Mars retrograde] causes anger and discord to turn internal. Passive aggression, inner angst, stress and anguish are all attributed to this planet in retrograde. Turning emotions inward rather than releasing them in a more healthy manner can cause anger and hatred to be misdirected. Like Don Quixote, you are battling demons you can’t even see. Severe road rage and issues with internal wellness may be highlighted during this time. More balanced individuals aren’t as affected by Mars in retrograde, but during its influence none of us are as saintly as we’d like to be.” 
All sounds completely awful doesn’t it? And it can be and has been in recent experience! The main purpose of such an opposition is to highlight whats not right, not integrated within the self. Especially if one’s Sun sign is ruled by either of these two planets (Libra-Taurus, Aries-Scorpio);it will create a major challenge for the personality to transform underlying unconscious patterns by bringing them dramatically to the surface; to not follow the point of least resistance into the solar plexus centre (co-ruled by Mars) and recriminatingback-biting survival instincts.
Venus on the other hand, once any lower tendencies are transcended and in her higher aspect, rules the ajna centre, having the potential to create harmony between warring aspects of the personality, of bringing through higher guidance of the intuition from the realm of the soul. Here is the promise of resolution because no matter where she is placed, Venus is a ‘sacred planet’ whilst Mars is a ‘non-sacred planet’:
“The effect of the influences of a sacred planet or a non-sacred one are very different, for one will affect primarily the life in the three worlds [physical, astral, mental] whilst a sacred planet will aid in the processes of affecting the fusion of soul and body, of consciousness and form; it will also produce the quickening of the intuition (the spiritual soul)…” 
To top it all off in the Libra eclipse chart, Mars is at the point of a yod from the planets Pluto and Mercury-Jupiter, a dangerous aspect for idealism-driven terrorists for example. But also one to watch for all those ‘eso-terrorists’ in their various coteries and egroups. Be vigilant (as Morya says) for the Osama Bin Laden who lurks within. (OBL has Mars in Taurus!)
The seeds of new moon forces tend to work themselves out at the following full moon, so we may expect more of the same in the world, in groups and individuals. Cheery thought, ah but what an opportunity!
Phillip Lindsay © 2005.
Other Libra newsletters
 The Rays and the Initiations, Alice A. Bailey. p.368.
 A Treatise on White Magic, Alice A. Bailey. p. 199.
 Esoteric Psychology II, Aice A. Bailey. p.528.
 Esoteric Healing, Alice A. Bailey. p.200.
 Glamour: A World Problem, Alice A. Bailey. p.250.
 See the book, The Shamballa Impacts, Phillip Lindsay.
 Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p. 162.
 Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p. 168.
 Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p. 225.
 See The Initiations of Krishnamurti, Phillip Lindsay.
 Astrologer Alia Ryder from his Captain Chaos newsletter.
 Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p. 401.
 Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p. 506.