23 July

The man who realizes his ignorance has taken the first step toward knowledge.

Max Heindel, born on 23 July 1865, Danish occultist and mystic, Sun, Moon and Ascendant in Leo.

When a new philosophy is presented to the world it is met in different ways by different people. (…) Both these classes stand in their own light. “Set” ideas render them impervious to rays of truth.

In our civilization the chasm that stretches between mind and heart yawns deep and wide and, as the mind flies on from discovery to discovery in the realms of science, the gulf becomes ever deeper and wider and the heart is left further and further behind.

Only when that co-operation is attained and perfected will man attain the higher, truer understanding of himself and of the world of which he is a part; only that can give him a broad mind and a great heart.

Across every threshold the skeleton form of Death throws his fearsome shadow. Old or young, well or ill, rich or poor, all, all alike must pass out into that shadow and throughout the ages has sounded the piteous cry for a solution of the riddle of life—the riddle of death.

 

Other personalities born today:

Coventry Patmore, born 23 July 1823, Sun in Cancer, Moon in Aquarius.

To one who waits, all things reveal themselves so long as you have the courage not to deny in the darkness what you have seen in the light.