(5) How the Lion Path continues in the 21st Century
As we mentioned before, the Lion Path is essentially the way to evolve beyond our rela-tively limited molecular bodies and states of consciousness. Just as the larval caterpillar goes through the metamorphic process by which it becomes its imago form, the butterfly, so the sessions of the Lion Path transform our larval-like powers into those of much greater or imago-like capabilities. Musaios referred to these imago powers as pleromic powers, using the old Gnostic word for something that has been developed to its full and divine potential.
Magic Square as a Talismanic Diagram of the Connection Between Hypernumbers and the Pleromic Powers
The Earth's Lion Path sessions began in the mid-1980s with the manifestation of the seven basic larval powers in the order: Venus, Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury and Jupiter. During subsequent sessions in the years through 1998 these powers gradually metamorphosed and transformed into their pleromic forms, the initial manifestation of these powers occurring between January and August 1999. That was the end of the first phase of the Earth's Lion Path. The second phase - that of gradual maturation of the pleromic powers during annual Cycles of Initiation - then began. These ancient Cycles, rediscovered by Musaios in 1998, are related to the four ancient Celtic festivals of Samhain (Halloween), Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh. However, the four sessions of each Cycle did not take place on exactly the same date each year as they were dependent upon the phases of the Moon. Thus true Samhain was not November 1st but the time of the new moon in the sign of Scorpio. The second session (true Imbolc) began not on February 1st but with the new moon in Aquarius. The third session, Beltane, was not May 1st, but began with the full moon when the Sun was in Taurus, and the fourth session, Lughnasadh, was not August 1st, but started at the full moon with the Sun in Leo. Then the next Cycle of Initiation would begin at the following Samhain. The final goal of the Lion Path is to awaken the key seventh pleromic power, Mercury, which grants access to and control of a higher body made of a nonmolecular substance. Such a body is as far beyond our current molecular bodies and their limited capabilities as the butterfly is beyond the caterpillar. However, before that could be achieved, the other six pleromic powers (Saturn, Moon, Venus, Sun, Mars and Jupiter) had to be fully awakened in their preliminary pleromic forms - levels of power that can be activated from within our molecular bodies on earth. This is what happened during the second phase of the Lion Path. There were four Cycles of Initiation, beginning in November 1998 and ending on November 4, 2002. (Those who want further description of the seven pleromic powers - their nature, functions and capabilities - are referred to the heading Pleroma in the glossary on this web site.)Those who wish to know more about the Cycles of Initiation should read chapter one of Access: The Lion Path for the 21st Century. It is sufficient to say here that the first Cycle (1998-1999) activated the six pleromic powers as powers of will or desire to achieve. The second Cycle (1999-2000) activated them with respect to compassion and feeling - what is often called the heart. The third Cycle (2000-2001) activated those powers as wisdom or knowledge. The fourth Cycle (2001-2002) brought together all the effects of the prior three cycles, harmonizing the powers so that each true Lion Path candidate could balance the inner faculties of love, will and wisdom. It is essential in any evolving person that these qualities are as harmonious and even as possible - too much will and/or love leads to unwise actions, too much wisdom without love to meaningless curiosity and/or unloving behavior. Now we are in the third and final phase of the Path: when Pleromic Mercury (a power that belongs to the higher non-molecular body only) awakens and enhances the other six pleromic powers in turn. They are then awakened on a higher and non-molecular level of functioning. This finally completes the formation of one's higher non-molecular body.