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"We shut our eyes and still our minds. We see before us in the distance a hill crowned with a beautiful Temple surrounded by myriads of stars. We mount the hill by a winding path. We are climbing up to the Temple of the Zodiac. It is twelve-sided and pearl colored with long windows that glow with many colored lights. We are approaching a Gateway in the south-east, guarded by two bronze statues of Sphinxes - women to the waist, lions below, their wings reaching the roof. On the left of the Gateway is a spring from which a stream flows into the Temple through a conduit.
"We particularly examine the windows on either side of the doorway. On the left, is a window marked "Leo". The stained-glass depicts a naked woman surrounded by a Hawk, a Lioness, a Cow and a Winged God. On the window on the right, is a picture of a woman veiled from head to foot, holding an Ankh in her right hand, a scroll in her left. Over the window is the sign of Virgo, formed by two folded wings and the knot of Isis. The sign of Virgo looks like an "M" and you can form a loop in the center, the Knot of Isis. Over the doorway is a bas-relief of a Sphinx, her lion's body facing the Leo window, her woman's face turning towards the window of Virgo. Her wings sweep downwards on either side of the entrance, forming two feathered curtains.
"Suddenly a powerful wind rushes through the Temple pushing open the Window of Virgo! Through it we see eight blazing stars shining through nebulae. Within this astral sphere of Virgo are the Isles of the Blest where we learn how to weave the future from the past, by using the present.
"Now I want you to visualize yourself passing through the Window of Virgo, the eight blazing stars, and we see islands of great beauty. All may enter this place, the Isles of the Blest, but those who have done wrong, learn here how to expiate and make all well. How lovely are the islands. There is music here, great beauty, nature spirits, wonderful animals. Peaceful lions, deer, small animals playing around their feet, lionesses. . . The animals and birds here are intelligent. You can communicate with them telepathically, as we can with angels, nature spirits, Deity. Do this. . learn. . learn how to be blest so we may attain this place even in sleep on earth. You learn here the weaving, because we are the Fates, we create our own Fate. They're not sinister ladies sitting on thrones being disagreeable to us. We have to learn even how to turn evil into good, which is wonderful because nothing's wasted you see - we can use the past now to create the present. But you need help to do this and that is why we need to be in the Isles of the Blest.
"At first we feel overcome when we think of the harm we've done.. . maybe we've harmed animals or people.. .but now we see how we can 3-fold make up for it. We can forgive others. There's all of infinity to do good in. There's much laughter here because nothing is more delightful than to recognize the Truth, and often it makes one laugh, at oneself, preferably. All pretense vanishes here. Now if you feel you have experienced this bliss of creation, of creating a better future for ourselves and our earth, you may now, I should think, feel like looking at the eight stars.. . you feel spiritual light pouring through you. We learn here to center ourselves. Now is the center of the circle around which time flows - past and present, like a stream flows around us - that is the secret. We are not moving through time, we are ever the same in spirit - no, time is moving around us. We are not moving through space, space is moving around us. Feel this consciousness, this awareness. You are in the center. Time and space are flowing around you and you may therefore alter what happens. This is the art of Creation."
"It is now time for us to return through the Window of Virgo. Leave by this Window of Virgo, come back through the window. We all return to the holy Temple, changed - even a little."
(photo of the Shrine of Virgo, Foundation Center Temple, copyright Minette Quick.)