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3.1. Roles

Look at where your planets have landed in your horoscope and also the types of activity you have been given and you will start to get an understanding of what role you are to play in the Great Work.  There will probably be many different roles at various stages of your life.  A role is a job – an overall job

In most businesses and projects [of any sort] , although we know there are lots of activities that need to be done, we tend to group them according to the similarity of the sorts of activity being undertaken and the skills needed. 

  • Firstly we have the entrepreneurs and inventors, ideas people and visionaries that come up with ideas. They may also be company directors or the chairmen of companies [Vision and strategy]
  • We have the people who are good at research and analysis – researchers and analysts of various sorts [Analysis].
  • We put engineers of various sorts together if they are good at designing things [Design] along with architects or other sorts of designers, for example, clothes designers, car designers, plane designers.
  • And we have a vast array of people who are there to build things [Construct ]  - builders and construction workers, assembly line workers, installation engineers, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, mechanics, gardeners.  Most of these people also install what they have constructed [Installation and Implementation].  They are supported very often by a group of people whose role it is to deliver what is to be installed - lorry drivers, postmen, airplane pilots, train drivers, shipping crew, car drivers.
  • Then we have a whole set of people who are good at managing others – project managers, project leaders, managers in general [Project management]. 
  • There are those whose role is simply to help others [Support and maintenance]  – psychotherapists, help desk people, healers, doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, mums [yes being a mummy is a role], hairdressers, beauticians, cleaners, nannies, grandparents [a role remember] , dentists and so on
  • Then we put ‘teachers’ together if they happen to be good communicators and are capable of transmitting ideas simply and effectively [Education and marketing] along with people who lecture or market things. 
  • We have people who are good at buying – we even call them buyers [Procurement]
  • And we have people who are good at removing things we no longer have a need for [Disposal] – demolition experts, redundancy advisors, refuse collectors, waste recycling people, funeral directors …
  • There are those who are very good at monitoring systems [Monitor] to make sure they are working OK – the police and surveillance experts, some scientists [like those in the Antarctic monitoring our climate], auditors, quality control experts, water quality experts, MI5.  In terms of roles, the monitoring and test functions often go together [Test] , driving test examiners, university ad school exam setters and markers, and so on
  • Integration experts able to plan and ensure new systems meld with the old and that we reuse what is already available. [Systems and change integration].  Note that this role is both difficult and not well understood, but there are experts in the field for many systems.

So on an everyday level we already have organised our lives around the types of Activity found in the Great Work.  We already co-create!

I think we need to appreciate that any one of the tasks we are doing now – the creation of a beautiful garden, the invention of a new computer system, the construction of a fantastic and inspiring building may already be part of the Great Work. We are all adding function to the Creation by what we do and simply being some sort of ascetic, wittering our lives away trying to ‘find ourselves’, is not a great deal of help in the Great Work – at least not unless we do find ourselves and start to knuckle under and do something more helpful.

So the roles we have – as long as they are roles that match our capabilities and destiny are the very roles recognised in the Great Work.  Building the Channel Tunnel was probably as important in the Great Work as was the writing of the first Harry Potter book.

The roles that I have described above are all recognised in the Tarot cards and spiritual writing.  We are all ‘heroes as long as two things apply – we are actually doing something constructive [or destructive] and that it matches our destiny.  Mother Teresa, for example, was following the hero’s path and acting in the role of Support and Maintenance.