Virtue, a Law of Being

Virtue is defined as "moral excellence and righteousness; goodness; a particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage; an effective power." Where the Wyclif Bible uses "virtue," the King James Version uses "power." The Medieval Church taught seven cardinal virtues, which were divided into the natural virtues (justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude), and the theological virtues (hope, faith, and charity).

“Every virtue is a soul power.”

The twelve prime virtues of the Via Christa are honor, love, joy, peace, harmony, truth, gratitude, praise, beauty, obedience, compassion and faith (each is listed as a separate entry). You must adjust to the twelve great virtues, and your greatest problem is to adjust to what is disagreeable.

Virtues are abstract principles, laws of being, laws of doing when practiced, and soul powers that confer moral strength. The twelve prime virtues subdivide into 144 virtues that are laws. Every virtue is a soul power such as compassion, order, patience, poise, and perseverance. All virtues state or represent some abstract law of being, rooted in an absolute principle.

Aaron's breastplate had twelve stones called Urim and Thummim, or "lights" and "virtues." The lights descended as rays from twelve great Councils when the Israelites worked under obedience to law. The high priest entered the tabernacle to pray, and each honest petition ignited a light in one stone, or the lights of the breastplate dimmed.

The Virtues

Appreciation is a soul virtue, the twin of gratitude. Appreciation rightly gives rise to praise.
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Confidence is a soul virtue, and law of being, rooted in the principle of faith. You cannot be "somewhat" confident; you are or are not confident.
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Conscience is that soul impulse which directs you to right conduct. Conscience, your moral compass, speaks with the voice of your morality and ethics. Your soul uses your endocrine and central nervous systems to tune in on a light wave and hear the Voice of God.
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Consideration, a soul virtue, is an aspect of empathy and an expression of the Golden Rule.
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Courtesy is a soul virtue, the Golden Rule in application and in action. Noblesse oblige is a French phrase meaning nobility obliges: as God's sons and daughters we must conduct ourselves nobly, with honor and courtesy.
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Empathy, which is important in the development of a moral sense, can be described as emotional common sense, tact and diplomacy. Empathy, an innate soul quality, is similar to compassion, in that a soul who has dispensed with empathy may be forced to suffer in order to relearn it.
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Equality is a virtue of character and a Via Christa Degree. "Heaven is a place of degrees; each is on his proper degree. No lasting absolute equality exists, but all have an equal right to ascend."
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Habit is a virtue or a taint. While you may think of habits as being good or bad, a habit can also be a discipline consciously imposed by the soul upon the self.
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Honesty is an absolute and an abstract principle, a law of being, and a virtue. Honesty is being upright in mind and ethics, as a factor in your moral syzygy.
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Humility, a soul virtue, is nonresistance in its purest expression, and it comes before faith. You cannot have real faith without humility, and you cannot reach humility until you give up self.
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Integrity is the complete integration of mind, soul and Spirit, a syzygy of consciousness. Integrity is a law of doing; you may act in an integrated way, in alignment with your Source of Being and thus inspire others to be confidant in you.
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Kindness to be kind is a virtue, exercised as behavior marked by ethical attitudes toward and treatment of others, a compassionate disposition, and charitable concern for others. Kindness as one of the nine traits considered to be the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22.
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Mercy flows as the milk of God's grace to nourish the soul. Only perfect surrender, repentance and devotion turn the divine judgment into mercy. Justice tempered with mercy is the rule, not mercy tempered with justice, which does not work, for it is too soft.
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Morality serves as your Moral Compass, which is the degree to which you put your honor, loyalty and integrity into action as your personal code of ethics. Morality is a soul virtue, and you are initiated on your morals, morality and ethics daily.
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Obedience to divine law removes every obstacle from your path through life, and creates within you every joyful and loving soul virtue. Obedience create peace of heart, mind and soul.
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Observation is the lower pole of illumination. Observation is based on alertness, logic, reasoning, and how you apply all you know to everything you do. Discrimination is the art of observation raised to its zenith and pinnacle of power.
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Patience is a state of being that includes everything that God is. Your expression of patience is based on the height, breadth and depth of your faith. You use patience to invoke the outpouring of the principle of nonresistance.
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Purity is an absolute and abstract principle, a law of being, and a soul virtue. The mesh of Light that you create through prayer reveals your degree of purity, which is complete when your mesh is as perfect as the Master's.
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Righteousness is honor, loyalty and integrity combined, the state of consciousness of learning to be right, not through opinion and prejudice, but with principle and the love of God. It is a state of grace, living by your highest ideas, living with the Christ. Righteousness misused as self-righteousness is hypocrisy.
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Selflessness is altruism, the unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Selflessness is an attribute of the Logos and is a Christ principle.
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Strength: Spiritual strength is different from physical strength, yet you build it much the same way, by exercising discipline over self to build soul. The degree of active spiritual vitality determines the strength of your body and affairs.
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Tolerance: Tolerance here on earth properly is rooted in the principles of nonresistance and compassion. Never allow your tolerance to become a moral or ethical taint, permitting evil.
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Trust is soul-confidence expressing as your bridge over the abyss between the visible and the invisible. Trust in God gives you faith in yourself. Trust God first, but trust others only to their degree and kind.
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Vigilance: Our solemn obligation, as we walk the Via Christa, is to remain alert to incursions of the self into the soul's domain. Always extend your vigilance to monitor your environment and the surroundings of your loved ones, to detect negativity or evil.
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Worthiness is a moral virtue. The world places much emphasis on self-esteem. We suggest that if all souls are taught the "good qualities" and high moral standards essential to worthiness, self-esteem would be automatic.
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Edna Lister on Virtue

Do not confine your progress to your virtues, or retard your virtues by your vices. – Edna Lister, August 22, 1934.

Soul learns perfect expression through experiences while being embodied. You develop character by expressing all the virtues. Character is all you take with you from this life. – Edna Lister, April 18, 1936.

Twelve virtues, born of love, are yours to express, to become — understanding, purity, graciousness, charity, and obedience to all God’s laws, forgiveness, gratitude, praise, faith, compassion, tolerance, and justice. – Edna Lister, February 6, 1937.

“Give to the world only what magnifies the life, Light and Power of God.”

If you desire higher gains, plan accordingly. Plan to polish all remaining undeveloped virtues. Express only that which is just, perfect and beautiful. Give to the world only what magnifies the life, Light and Power of God. Much depends on personal decision now. Accept a higher place for yourself and then move toward that goal with all your ability. So do, and your capacity will expand greatly. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

You open higher Gates of Light as you polish your soul virtues. Live by your soul virtues to conquer self. – Edna Lister, January 1, 1939.

Every virtue you express is a fine prayer going forth to ascend your soul into heaven. – Edna Lister, February 7, 1939.

Do you live by the virtues or by any old thing that panders to your petty emotions? Do you live by joy, faith, love, compassion, praise, understanding, prayer, the golden silence, and all other virtues? – Edna Lister, February 13, 1941.

A gentleman or gentlewoman is one who is gentle, gives no offense, takes no offense even under reviling, but ever seeks to polish himself unto perfection of the 144 Virtues. – Edna Lister, September 16, 1943.

The Father and Mother virtues in man include illumination and intuition, wisdom and love, will and desire. The virtues report different things. For instance, illumination tells you whether a thing is true, honest or just. Intuition informs you whether that thing is pure, lovely or of a good report. – Edna Lister, The Jewels of the Madonna, July 9, 1944.

“Your greatest virtue is less than your weakest point.”

Do not pride yourself on the virtues you have developed. Your greatest virtue can ascend you only step by step. Your smallest weakness can throw you down a whole flight of steps instantly. Your smallest weakness becomes your greatest obstacle in your path, the weakest link in your chain of life. Thus, your greatest virtue is less than your weakest point. – Edna Lister, July 23, 1945.

There is no virtue in force. None! – Edna Lister, August 10, 1945.

The twelve prime virtues are honor, love, joy, peace, harmony, agreeing and adjusting with the Light of God, gratitude, praise, beauty, obedience, compassion, and faith. – Edna Lister, March 1, 1946.

We all want something easy, yet there is no virtue in ease. Only these truths apply: "It is impossible but that offences will come." – Luke 17:1. "What is that to thee? Follow thou me." – John 21:22. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1946.

The minute you look up in consciousness to ascend, you begin 1,000 burnt offerings; this leads to the 144 steps of ascension, obedience to the twelve virtues, and lifting the twelve vices to complete the thirty-third Via Christa Degree. – Edna Lister, May 19, 1947.

God releases Power only through hearts of great virtue. – Edna Lister, August 17, 1947.

One who has been stripped of his personal magnetic robe-of-hiding-self always accuses someone else of stealing his virtue. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1949.

All virtues radiate from love like a wheel’s spokes fan from the hub. – Edna Lister, June 11, 1951.

Consideration and courtesy are two worldly virtues, yet they epitomize the Christlike virtues and with these two alone you can become Christed. – Edna Lister Seven Churches of the Revelation, November 25, 1952.

Anything you lift to be healed is a sight draft on Power. The woman with the issue of blood felt Jesus’ Power, knew it would heal her and touched his robe. He felt the shock as the Power moved through and said, "Somebody hath touched me, for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me." – Edna Lister, December 18, 1952.

“Soul virtues are your 'treasures in heaven'.”

There are 144 virtues and weaknesses (vices), twelve for each sign, increasingly demanding as you ascend. For example, Aries is stability, Libra is justice, Taurus is construction, Scorpio is equilibrium, Gemini is invention, Sagittarius is love, Cancer is regeneration, Capricorn is order, Leo is sovereignty, Aquarius is harmony, Virgo is service, and Pisces is apprehension.

Energy is in all the signs but the soul is responsible for functioning as energy, as a virtue in Taurus, for example. You can strengthen the virtues in each sign by conquering the vices in the opposing sign. Aries conquers in Libra, Taurus in Scorpio, Gemini in Sagittarius, Cancer in Capricorn, Leo in Aquarius, Virgo in Pisces, and all vice versa. – Edna Lister, December 16, 1954.

Any virtue used to exalt the self becomes a form of viciousness. – Edna Lister, December 15, 1957.

The initiations associated with each virtue repeat on the next higher wheel of ascension. This is how you polish on your conquering of self. – Edna Lister, December 17, 1957.

From a mental viewpoint, heaven is in your thinking and imagination. Soul virtues are your "treasures in heaven." Lay up your treasures there and brainwash yourself of the ability to use idle words. – Edna Lister, Brainwashing, Inc., December 17, 1957.

You may not mimic or pretend to virtues and faculties you have not already opened, for this is living by false pretenses. – Edna Lister, November 4, 1958.

The twelve virtues are the twelve laws of becoming assigned to each zodiacal sign. Although you are born under only one sign, all the others influence you. You must become the twelve virtues in each sign. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

You may not claim tolerance of evil or wrongdoing as a virtue. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 27, 1959.

Becoming steadfast in the practice of all virtues will thereby earn you the rewards of comprehension, which include hearing and seeing beyond the outer visible world. – Edna Lister, February 26, 1960.

A virtue is or represents an absolute principle and abstract law. – Edna Lister, How Do I Wait Upon the Lord? June 28, 1960.

Anyone who scratches you on contact was sent to polish a facet of your 144 virtues. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1961.

“You may not claim tolerance of crime, evil or other wrongdoing as a virtue.”

Every two hours a new zodiacal sign passes overhead, and you move from initiation on one virtue to another. Praise God for helping you to conquer. When you can move from one virtue to another gracefully and praising God, you have no inner conflict. – Edna Lister, October 10, 1961.

The 144 virtues are steps upward in ascension from the Land of Egypt to the Promised Land, through the Garden of Eden, and on into Paradise, which is constant God-consciousness. – Edna Lister, December 5, 1961.

Ephesians 3 shows that comprehension is above knowledge and combines all virtues as the "unsearchable riches of Christ." You can’t have an evil virtue, but your conquering on a virtue is incomplete if you still resent, criticize or judge. – Edna Lister, April 3, 1962.

Every sign has twelve virtues, and each virtue has its opposite poles: light and dark, faith and doubt, and so on. You learn the virtues of each sign so that when something "dark" comes with light you know what influence is overhead. Knowing the virtues takes time and study. When something negative happens, you know it is the opposite pole of a positive virtue, then you can tell the degree on which you are paying a spiritual debt. This is knowing the "season" of initiations.

We can’t give the "times" of initiations because all is subject to change. Under the law of necessity the degrees extend themselves beyond their own "time" to fulfill the needs of initiation. If you stand at the hub of the zodiacal wheel in your sun center of Light and Power, in the Secret Place of the Most High, nothing shocks or upsets you. You accept all that comes and miracles are your rewards. – Edna Lister, Heaven, a Place to Fill, April 10, 1962.

Every parable that Jesus taught points up some virtue. – Edna Lister, Ten Virgins Wise and Foolish, December 16, 1962.

Many headaches come from inner conflicts between self and soul over the positive and negative sides of a virtue. For example, courage is yours when you conquer fear. – Edna Lister, Love, Your Radar, November 17, 1963.

Pythagoras taught the immortality of the soul and the necessity of a personal holiness and purity to prepare one’s self for admission into the society of the gods. We call this ascension. He stressed the practice of all virtues as imitating the perfection of God. We say, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." – Matthew 5:48. Initiations prevent man from becoming engulfed in lower earthly matters. The soul is not a mere conception or abstraction, but a reality including in itself life and thought whose essence was to live and to think.

“Initiations prevent man from becoming engulfed in lower earthly matters.”

Pythagoras also taught that by the practice of virtue the soul could rescue itself to ascend. His tests of air, water and fire were represented as means by which the soul could be purified and released. From these teachings sprang the doctrine of transmigration of souls, but Pythagoras taught it as an allegory showing that the individual could descend and become like an animal, how evil dragged the soul down, how the souls of the vicious dead passed into bodies of those animals to whose nature their vices had the most affinity. He never intended this as a literal doctrine, but used it as a metaphor. – Edna Lister, Pythagoras, His Three Degrees, June 8, 1965.

To be able to stand and to endure is one of the greatest of all virtues. Endurance is a soul quality that Jesus exemplified during the Crucifixion. To endure means “to hold out, to last, to remain firm, to suffer patiently.” To endure, you ignore all pain, etc., without denying or accepting it, without admitting that you are experiencing it. What you ignore shrivels up and dies from lack of nourishment.

Your faith functions as endurance, enabling you to stand. The relative laws of nonresistance operate under faith as a principle. Nonresistance then becomes a virtue, to stand. Under nonresistance, you find the laws of endurance, whose virtue is to hold. The greatest virtues are to stand, to endure and to hold out long enough for God to work all things together for good.

All these virtues point to one ability, to ignore the less good and to dwell upon what you do desire. James knew the secret: "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." James 1:2-3. Temptation is an opportunity to prove your faith. Your ability to endure is patience in action. – Edna Lister, Am I Strong to Endure? December 18, 1966.

Peter represents the virtue of faith, Andrew represents strength, Philip represents power, Bartholomew represents imagination, Thomas represents understanding, Matthew represents will, James the Lesser represents order, Thaddaeus Labbaeus (Jude) represents renunciation, Simon the Canaanite represents zeal, Judas Iscariot represents appropriation, Matthias represents salvation, Mark represents organization, Luke represents comprehension, and Timothy represents nonresistance. – Edna Lister, Judgment and Love, May 14, 1967.

The 144 virtues are soul powers and faculties, and they include the twelve Labors of Hercules and the Thirty-three Via Christa Degrees. You must fulfill the virtues in all aspects of their different grades, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. – Edna Lister, January 11, 1968.

Any virtues you have left undeveloped or vices unconquered stack up and become soul debts. – Edna Lister, July 8, 1969.

The thirty-two nerves and vertebrae of the spine deal with the virtues, for there are only thirty-two fundamental virtues. When you conquer the Thirty-two Yetzirah Paths of Virtue, you unify them all into the 33rd Degree. – Edna Lister, November 9, 1970.

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A Declaration to Strengthen Virtue

"I walk in purity, sincerity. I walk in virtue, chasteness, holiness, and spotlessness. I walk in honesty, faultlessness, integrity, and guilelessness. I walk in uprightness, innocence, truth, and stainlessness. I walk in genuineness, beauty and in fineness, cleanness, clearness, correctness, immaculateness. Master, you fill the atoms of my life with atomic energy. Master, you are my Glory, you are my Light. You are the source of my life." – Edna Lister, December 16, 1965.

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What Is Virtue?

This Edna Lister lecture transcript is dated July 12, 1960, Cleveland, Ohio. Scribes: Ruth Johnson and Virginia Whitehead.

Virtue is acting under honor, loyalty, responsibility, faith, love and all one hundred forty-four faculties of soul. A virtue states or is based on a primary law. Virtue is the exercise of every God-given faculty or talent, all turned upward as vision. Virtue is essential for a minister to become. The world does not bother working at becoming; it just says "I'll try." Try implies an unconscious disbelief in your freedom; it admits and presupposes an obstacle or an unneeded condition. Trying is just "belief in," not a knowing faith. The subconscious feeds a "trying" attitude and lulls your conscious mind. Doing transcends trying.

Virtue is the process of thinking of beautiful things, divine speculation. What is the difference between curiosity and divine speculation? You can be idly curious about another's business, questioning where he is on the path. Idle curiosity shrinks your horizons, molds and consciousness to death. To fill your molds requires vivid imagination, burning desire and acting as if you already have what you desire.

Jesus describes how virtues operate: "The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables … And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. – Matthew 13:1-16.

“Divine speculation is the application of certain virtues that expand consciousness up and out of horizontal focus.”

Divine speculation is the application of certain virtues that expand consciousness and lift you up and out of horizontal focus. This is why Jesus could say that to him who has much, much is given. You may ponder a spiritual dream-vision. Divine speculation makes the meaning clear, but rationalization kills it. Divine speculation leaves no room for rationalization.

Do not rationalize until nothing is left. Rationalization has its place, but if you let the subconscious fasten on your doubts, fears and detriments under the surface, your state of consciousness degenerates. The world is a perfect example of this. It is better to do and get your teeth kicked in than to rationalize.

God gave us the faculty of reason to use as just appraisal. When you use rationalization, it becomes criticism and negative judgment. Put your secrets in a good vessel. You have a witness whenever you are with another. It is your responsibility to discern whether he is a sieve or would misrepresent what you say. "Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." – Matthew 5:37. Agree with God and adjust to such a person.

Each emanation contains Wisdom, Love and the Logos, operating in Creation as Mind, Substance, and Power. The potential powers of virtue in expression are under the Father, Mother, and Son. Each life spark particle of substance contains Wisdom, Love, and the Logos. Wisdom and Love are the Logos, or Power in its potential phase, which becomes the first absolute phase of kinetic power.

The Father's virtue is Wisdom, symbolized by the yellow ray of thinking and planning. Wisdom causes life sparks to flow smoothly like a river to fill all space with Mind.

The Mother's virtue is Love, symbolized by the blue ray that nourishes and sustains the life sparks as they begin their first vibration of pulsation. Love is a continuous undulating wave moving through space as substance.

The Son's virtue is Energy, symbolized by the red ray that vitalizes and quickens the pulsing life sparks and initiates motion. Joy causes the life sparks to whirl in clusters and move from their potential phase of Power to the vibration of kinetic energy. Energy as Light opens the vibration of color.

“Each cosmic division contains twelve virtues
to become and negatives to overcome.”

Virtues in the Zodiacal Divisions: Twelve cardinal virtues rule each division of the Zodiac. Each cosmic division contains virtues to become and twelve negatives to overcome. The following listing provides a basis for divine speculation and pondering on the virtues, and their corresponding taints and initiations. This list is by no means exhaustive; note that some virtues appear under more than one division.

Aries: action, awareness, confident, courageous, determined, enthusiastic, faithful, honest, optimistic, origination, passionate, planning, productive, and receptive. Taints: aggressive (overly), anger, bad manners, comparisons, impatient, impulsive, moody, rude, and short-tempered.

Taurus: conservative, construction, development, devoted, energy, faithful, fertile, organizational, patient, practical, reliable, responsible, stable, steadfast, strength, and accumulates substance. Taints: expectations, inflexible to change, must see to believe, insecurity, and stagnation.

Gemini: affectionate, aspiring, communicator, control, curious, endurance, execution, intellect, inspiring, inventive, judgmental, just, rationalization, reconciliator, and sociable. Taints: easily bored, idle words, inconsistent, indecisive, indiscrete, nervous, and self-blame.

Cancer: compassionate, emotional, empathetic, gestator, imaginative, intuitive, loving, loyal, patient, persuasive, and tenacious. Taints: bitterness, clingy, complaining, crabby, defensive, irritable, insecure, manipulative, moody, pessimistic, possessive, sentimental, suspicious, sympathetic, and whiney.

Leo: cheerful, choice (and separation), creative, encouraging, enthusiastic, faithful, generous, humorous, loyal, passionate, powerful, sovereign, and warm-hearted. Taints: arrogance, extravagant, inflexible, lazy, pride, self-aggrandizing, self-centered, stubborn, treachery, and vanity.

Virgo: analytical, attention to detail, capable, common sense, commitment, craftsmanship, discrimination, duty, hardworking, imagination, intelligence, kind, loyal, modest, practical, and service. Taints: overly critical of self and others, excuses, self-righteousness, shyness, worry, and workaholic.

Libra: balance, cooperative, diplomatic, fair-minded, gracious, honor, integrity, loyalty, partnership, reason, sharing, social, and understanding. Taints: avoids confrontations, bad manners, indecisive, carries a grudge, self-justification, self-pity, and unrighteous judgment.

Scorpio: appropriative, brave, calculating, desire-driven, determined, emotionally cool, logical equilibrium, fierce, true friend, leader, mastery, passionate, resourceful, and responsible. Taints: cold, distrusting, frustration, jealous, revenge, secretive, stubborn, and violent if violated.

Sagittarius: accumulative, ascending, completes tasks, comprehension, conquering, curiosity, ethical, generous, honest, great sense of humor, idealistic, inspirational, integrity, just, moral, and will-power. Taints: esthetic snob, impatient, overpromises, and tactless.

Capricorn: applies skills and talents, consolidation, duty, disciplined, executive, good manager, humility, order, protection, responsible, reverence, self-control, and transfiguration. Taints: condescending, controlling, demanding, envy, expects the worst, a know-it-all, and unforgiving.

Aquarius: altruistic, apperceptive, forgiving, harmony, humanitarian, idealizing, independent, intuitive, original, unifier, visionary, and zealous. Taints: aloof, boredom, emotionally distant, insensitive, extreme introversion, temperamental, and uncompromising.

Pisces: apprehensive, artistic, compassionate, eliminative, gentle, illuminating, insightful, interpretative, intuitive, musical, realization, renunciation, vision, and wise. Taints: desires to escape, fearful, indiscriminating, inferiority complex, introverted, melancholy, overly trusting, and easily a victim or a martyr.

“Virtues give the soul life, Light, color, tone, and number when exercised.”

How do the virtues function in their divisions? For example, although energy is an aspect in all the divisions, energy is prime under Taurus, so the individual is responsible for functioning energy as a virtue in Taurus. Balance, which is prime under Sagittarius, entails justice under Libra, and associates balance with justice in outer physical materiality and man's relationship to man.

Equilibrium, under Scorpio, deals with the soul's relationship to God's Wisdom, Love and Selflessness. You need equilibrium to pass from balance in Libra over the Scorpio abyss to the Source. You express the love of the mother of earth under Cancer, but Love as the Mother of Heaven under Sagittarius.

The Logos is God in action as the emanations and is the Word of God. The Logos is the foundation of logic. Reason is a functioning of the faculties. Reason, o'ershadowed by logic, reaches out, gathers outer facts and fits them into place. Logic reflects absolute principle as the Word.

Logic and Light are the central realities. Light functions from the center out into the cosmic divisions, as does the sun in the center of the solar system. So does logic; in other words, logic functions in a different way in each of the twelve divisions. You apply the virtues in descending order through the great principles of Light, color, tone, number, and form (also called name). Virtues give the soul life, Light, color, tone and number when exercised.

If you do not classify these virtues correctly, you will confuse yourself. For instance, with the mental faculties of logic, reason, discernment, discrimination, and discretion — if you put Light on the bottom, you will ask why logic is above reason in that category. Look up in consciousness and out of this world until you see it in photographic memory — this is essential. Apply this and you will see a two-edged sword over your head, cutting away your past muddled thinking.

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New Testament on Virtue

A certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. – Mark 5:25-34.

A woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment, and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me, for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace. – Luke 8:43-49.

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. – Philippians 4:8.

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Edna Miriam Lister
1884 –1971
The original Pioneering Mystic
minister, teacher, and author

Edna Lister

Etymology of virtue: Latin virtutem (nom. virtus) "moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth," from vir, "man."

Virtues are based on absolute principles.

Virtues are abstract principles.

Virtues are laws of being.

Virtues become laws of doing when you practice them.


Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises, being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual. ~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

Virtue is the fount whence honour springs. ~ Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great

Virtue is that perfect good, which is the complement of a happy life; the only immortal thing that belongs to mortality. ~– Seneca, as quoted by Douglas, 272

There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. – George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789.


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