Stanza VI, Sloka 5-6
5. At the fourth, the sons are told to create their images. One third refuses – to obey.
The curse is pronounced; they will be born on the fourth suffer and cause suffering; this is the first war.
6. The older wheels rotated downwards and upwards….The mother’s spawn filled the whole. There were battles fought between the Creators and the Destroyers, and battles fought for space; the seed appearing and re-appearing continuously.
“Mr. B. Keightley: You quoted this passage: “And there was war in heaven.” etc. (Reads from The Secret Doctrine) Question 1. “Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon and his angels.” (page 194). What is the “Dragon” exactly?
Mme. Blavatsky: The “Dragon” is so many things, my beloved brethren, that my answer depends on what you mean by the question. In which of the seven symbolical meanings do you want me to explain it?
If your answer refers to Revelation, then I cannot answer it, as I would have to tread on forbidden grounds – not because I am Christian – St. John’s Revelation is not a Christian work, but is simply the Christianized form of prophecy, which is universal – and I can assure you it is one of the most occult things for anyone who understands it.
Now, astronomically, of course, in one sense – for there are several – the “Dragon” is the Moon producing an eclipse over the Sun. This you all know, and astrologists more than anyone else. Mystically, in general, it is a matter of the lower self. It was called the “Dragon” over which the Sun’s spirit, or the higher self, triumphed during the trials of initiation.
Now the third meaning, also an occult meaning, is in The Secret Doctrine, and in connection with the allegorical “fall”. The “Dragon” symbolized the sons of wisdom incarnating in humanity, and thus hurled into the Hell of matter, which is our bodies, because there is no Hell outside of our own dear persons here. It is humanity, and on this Earth, that is Hell, and nowhere else.
Four, in esoterical allegory history the “Dragon” represents the secret wisdom which was obscured and driven from the field by the dead letter of dogma in ritualism; while five, Christian theology has availed itself of all these Pagan legends to build up the dogma of “Satan”, the foremost pillar of the Christian religious scheme, because if there were not devils there would be no Christian religion. Take away the Devil, and what will remain?
Why should Christ come to have saved, and who would he have saved? So the Devil really is the great prop of Christianity, and so you must, everyone of you who feels like it, have a great reverence for the Devil. This is my advice to you all; I do not suppose any of you will accept it.”
H. P. Blavatsky