Source: "Occult Principles of Health & Healing" by Max Heindel
ASTROLOGY AS AN AID TO HEALING:
ASTROLOGICAL BASIS FOR HEALING:
It is well known to the modern physician that the condition of the blood,
and therefore the condition of the whole body, changes in sympathy with the
state of mind of the patient, and the more the physician uses suggestion as
an adjunct to medicine the more successful he is. Few perhaps would credit
the further fact that both our mental and physical condition is influenced
by planetary rays which change as the planets move. In these days since the
principle of radio-activity has been established we know that everybody
projects into space numberless little particles. Wireless telegraphy has
taught us that etheric waves travel swiftly and surely through space and op-
erate a key according to our will. We also know that the rays of the sun
affect us differently in the morning when they strike us horizontally than
at noon when they are perpendicular. If the light rays from the
swift-moving sun produce physical and mental changes, may not the persistent
rays of slower planets also have an effect? If they have, they are factors
in health not to be overlooked by a thoroughly scientific healer, and we
therefore maintain that results may be obtained more easily at certain times
when the stellar rays are propitious for the healing of a particular disease
or for treatment with remedies previously prepared under auspicious condi-
If physicians would study the science of astrology, they would thus with
a very slight effort be able to diagnose their patient's condition in a man-
ner altogether impossible from the ordinary diagnostician's point of view.
Some physicians are waking up to that fact and have discovered by their ex-
periences that the heavenly bodies do have an influence upon the human
frame. For instance, when the writer was in Portland, Oregon, a physician
mentioned as his observation that whenever it was possible for him to per-
form an operation while the moon was increasing in light, that is to say,
going from the new to the full, the operation was always successful and no
complications would set in. On the other hand, he had found that when cir-
cumstances compelled him to perform an operation when the Moon was going
from the full to the dark there was great danger of trouble, and that such
operations were never as satisfactory as those performed while the light of
the Moon was increasing.
The way to find out the peculiarities of the Spirit that dwells in the
patient's body is to cast his horoscope to see when the times are propitious
for the administration of drugs, giving the appropriate HERBS at the proper
time. Paracelsus did that, and therefore he was always successful with his
patients; he never made a mistake. There are some who use astrology for
that purpose today; the writer, for instance, has thus used it in diagnosis
in many cases. He has then always been able to see the crises in the
patient's condition, the past, present, and future; and thus has been able
to afford much relief to persons suffering from various illnesses. It is to
such uses that astrology should be put, and not degraded into fortunetelling
for the sake of gold, for, like all spiritual sciences, it ought to be used
for the benefit of humanity, regardless of mercenary considerations.
There are seven spheres, the planets of our solar system. Each has its
own keynote and emits a sound varying from that of every other planet. One
or more among them vibrates in particular synchrony with the seed atom of
the Ego then seeking embodiment. This planet then corresponds to the
"tonic" in the music scale, and though the tones from all the planets are
necessary to build up an organism completely, each is modified and made to
conform to the basic impact given by the most harmonious planet, which is
therefore the ruler of that life. As in terrestrial music so also in the
celestial there are harmonies and discords, and these all impinge upon the
seed atom and aid in building the archetype. Vibratory lines of force are
thus formed, which later attract and arrange physical particles as spores of
sand are marshaled into geometrical figures by bowing a brass plate with a
Along these archetypal lines of vibration the physical body is later
built, and thus it expresses accurately the harmony of the spheres as it was
played during the period of construction. This period, however, is much
longer than the actual period of gestation, and varies according to the com-
plexity of the structure required by the life seeking physical manifesta-
tion. Nor is the process of construction of the archetype continuous, for
under aspects of the planets which produce notes to which vibratory powers
of the seed atom cannot respond it simply hums over those which it has al-
ready learned, and thus engaged it waits for a new sound which it can use to
build more of the organism which it desires in order to express itself.
Thus, seeing that the terrestrial organism which each of us inhabits is
molded along vibratory lines produced by the song of the spheres, we may re-
alize that the inharmonies which express themselves as disease are produced
in the first place by the spiritual inharmony within. It is further evident
that if we obtain accurate knowledge concerning the direct cause of the
inharmony and remedy it, the physical manifestation of disease will shortly
disappear. It is this information which is given by the horoscope of birth,
for there each planet in its house and sign expresses harmony or discord,
health or disease. Therefore, all methods of healing are adequate only in
proportion as they take into consideration the stellar harmonies and dis-
cords expressed in the wheel of life--the horoscope.
While the laws of Nature that govern in the lower realms are all-powerful
under ordinary circumstances, there are higher laws which pertain to the
spiritual realms and which may under certain circumstances be made to super-
sede the former. For instance, the forgiveness of sins upon recognition
thereof and true repentance is made to supersede the law which demands and
eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. When Christ walked upon this Earth
and healed the sick, He, being the lord of the Sun, embodied within Himself
the synthesis of the stellar vibrations as the octave embodies all the tones
of the scale, and He could therefore emit from Himself the true corrective
planetary influence required in each case. He sensed the inharmony and knew
at once wherewith to offset it by virtue of His exalted development. He had
no need of any further preparation, but obtained results at once by substi-
tuting harmony for the planetary discord which caused the disease wherewith
He was dealing. Only in one case did He take refuge in the higher law and
say, "Arise, thy sins are forgiven."
Likewise with the ordinary methods employed in the Rosicrucian System of
Healing, they depend upon a knowledge of the planetary inharmonies which
cause disease and the correcting influence which will remedy the same. This
has sufficed in all the instances which have come under our notice to date.
However, there is a more powerful method available under a higher law which
may accelerate recovery in cases of long standing, and under certain circum-
stances where the sincere and heartfelt recognition of wrong exists, may
even obliterate the effects of disease before destiny, cold and hard, would
otherwise so decree.
When we look with spiritual vision upon one who is diseased, whether the
physical body be emaciated or not, it is plainly evident to the Seer that
the finer vehicles are much more tenuous than during health. Thus they do
not transmit to the physical body a proper quota of vitality, and as a con-
sequence that instrument becomes more or less disrupted. But whatever may
be the state of emaciation of the rest of the physical body, certain centers
which are tenuous during health in a degree varying with the spiritual de-
velopment of the man, become clogged in an increasing degree according to
the seriousness of the disease. This is particularly true of the main
center between the eyebrows. Therein the Spirit is immured, sometimes to
such an extent that it loses touch with the outer world and its progress and
becomes so thoroughly centered upon its own condition that only complete
rupture of the physical body can set it free. This may be a process of long
years, and in the meantime the planetary inharmony which caused the initial
disease may have passed by, but the sufferer is unable to take advantage of
the improved conditions. In such cases a spiritual outpouring of a special
kind is necessary to bring to the soul its message, "Thy sins are forgiven."
When that has been heard, it may respond to the command, "Take up thy bed
None among our present humanity can measure anywhere near the stature of
the Christ, consequently none can exercise His power in such extreme cases;
but the need of that power in active manifestation exists today as much as
it did two thousand years ago. Spirit pervades everything in and upon our
planet, but in a varying measure. It has more affinity for some substances
than for others. Being an emanation from the Christ Principle, it is the
Universal Spirit composing the World of Life Spirit that restores the syn-
thetic harmony of the body.
THE LAWS OF COMPATIBILITY AND SYSTEMIC RECEPTIBILITY:
There are two basic laws in the science of Astrotherapy or healing by
use of the stellar ray; one is the Law of Compatability, the other, the law
of Systemic Receptibility. By knowledge and intelligent application of
these laws the sick regain health much more rapidly than otherwise and with
minimum effort on the part of the health adjuster.
At the time of conception the Moon was in the degree which ascends at
birth (or its opposite); the vital body was then placed in the mother's womb
as a matrix into which the chemical elements forming our dense body are
built. The vital body emits a sound similar to the buzz of a bumblebee.
During life these etheric sound waves attract and place the chemical el-
ements of our food so that they are formed into organs and tissues. So long
as the etheric sound waves in our vital body are in harmony with the keynote
of the archetype, the chemical elements wherewith we nourish our dense body
are properly disposed of and assimilated, and health prevails no matter
whether we are stout or thin, of rosy complexion or sallow, or whatever the
outward appearance. But the moment the sound waves in the vital body vary
from the archetypal key-note, this dissonance places the chemical elements
of our food in a manner incongruous with the lines of force in the arche-
Then imperfect elimination of waste, accumulation of poison in the sys-
tem, and abnormal growths and other conditions become manifest in the dense
body, and disease continues until harmony has been restored to the vital
body. When the invisible cause has been removed, the visible effects disap-
pear, and health is restored. Thus we see that incipient disease manifests
in the vital body before the dense body begins to show signs of disability,
and recovery of the vital body also precedes convalescence.
When a healthy person meets with an accident, his vital body is
unimpaired; therefore he may not feel the full extent of the injury until
several days afterwards. If he survives the shock of the maximum dissonance
between the vital body and the archetype, the chances are good for recovery.
The pitch of the etheric vibration in the vital body is determined by the
rising sign, for the reason given. Each of the twelve signs imparts a sound
different from that of all the other signs, as each of the twelve signs in
the chromatic scale varies from the rest. Some notes blend harmoniously and
with a pleasing effect; others are basically discordant and grate upon our
sensibilities. Similarly, the harmony of their rising signs makes some
people agreeable and capable of helping and healing each other when neces-
sary, while people whose rising signs are in dissonance can neither give
each other help nor receive it from each other.
The first consideration, when about to undertake a case, is to discover
the basic spiritual relationship between the healer and patient. If the Law
of Compatability shows harmony, the outlook is good for a speedy recovery;
but where inharmony appears, the patient should be turned over to a doctor
or healer with whom he is in accord.
This is the method which the Elder Brothers use in apportioning patients
among Invisible Helpers, and it is the key to the success we have had in
benefiting all who have applied to Headquarters for help.
Astrologically, there are four elements: Fire, Air, Earth, and Water.
The planets are so many foci through which the influences of the signs are
projected upon the newborn babe and give tone to the body, particularly if
located in the Ascendant. The success of the healer varies in proportion as
his constitution agrees with that of the patient's ascending sign, whether
fiery, earthy, airy, or water.
When Saturn in the horoscope of one person occupies any degree of the zo-
diac included in the 1st or 6th house of another, those people are mutually
incompatible and incapable of conferring benefit upon each other. Mars and
Uranus also have an evil effect, but their force is quickly spent; it may be
compared to the snap of a terrier. But the influence of Saturn is like the
locked jaws of a bulldog, a strangle hold, a death grip, from which there is
The Sun is the great reservoir of LIFE, the very opposite of Saturn; we
may therefore readily see that its position would mark one as particularly
beneficial to a certain class and in certain diseases. This influence is
determined by its position according to triplicity. Thus, those who have
the Sun in one of the fiery signs have great healing power with respect to
people suffering from diseases ruled by these signs; those with the Sun in
airy signs have power over diseases usual to airy signs, etc. Those born
under the cardinal sign of a certain triplicity are most successful in
treating acute cases of disease pertaining to those three signs; one who has
the Sun in a fixed sign is apt in the cure of chronic diseases of that tri-
plicity. Those born with the Sun in common signs make the least successful
healers, but have more power to soothe the sick, and often bring recovery by
their quieting influence on the patient's nerves. Therefore, they make the
best nurses for patients under their triplicity, especially where there is
mental trouble or where physical illness is the result of mental unrest.
Thus, people born when the Sun was in one of the fiery signs, Aries, Leo,
or Sagittarius, are particularly successful in the treatment of the head,
heart, spinal cord, femoral region, fevers, etc. Those born in April, with
the Sun in Aries, would be best for the treatment of acute cases of those
ailments. Those born in August, with the Sun in Leo, would succeed in
chronic cases where others would fail, and if these healers secure a nurse
having the Sun in Sagittarius, he or she will aid them in all their cases as
no one else could. The same holds good of the other triplicities.
INFLUENCE OF THE MOON IN HEALING:
The Moon is the heavenly orb that brings all things to pass; whatever is
foreshown by all the other planets never comes to fruition until the Moon
brings it to a climax.
There is within the human body an ebb and flow, a tide, just the same as
there is in the outside world. There are critical periods in certain dis-
eases in particular that can be measured accurately by the Moon and it is
therefore important that all understand the influence of this unusual
There is a cosmic force that culminates at the New Moon and another at
the time when the Moon is full. Everything that is started from the time of
the New Moon until the full increases in intensity and finally culminates
when the Moon is full. That period marks the flowing out of the life that
comes from the Sun and is reflected to us by way of the Moon. This force is
a great aid in building up the body and keeping it in a healthy condition.
From the Full Moon to the time of the New Moon this great light force
becomes darker and darker and everything that has come to a focus begins to
fade and gradually dies.
Knowing that the Moon has these two influences according to whether it is
increasing or decreasing, we find that in applying treatment notice must be
taken of them. All treatments, like drugs, may be divided into two general
classes: stimulants and sedatives. The first class has a distinctly better
effect and is more easily applied during the increase of the Moon, and the
other is found much more effectual if used during the Moon's decrease.
The general rule is: From the time of the New Moon to that of the Full
Moon stimulants produce the greatest effect and sedatives are weakest. De-
crease the dose of stimulants and increase that of sedatives. The exception
is: When the Moon increasing approaches a conjunction to Saturn give larger
doses of stimulants and smaller doses of sedatives.
When the Moon is increasing and approaching a conjunction to Mars and
Mercury, stimulants have their maximum and sedatives their minimum effect.
When the increasing Moon is in good aspect to Jupiter and Venus cardiac
stimulation produces the most lasting results. Palpitation is most effec-
tively treated when the Moon is decreasing and aspects the before mentioned
planets favorably. Apply heart stimulants with extreme care when the Moon
aspects these planets unfavorably, especially when dark. Anesthetics are
also then most liable to produce fatal results. If we inhibit the function-
ing of the pneumogastric nerve to a certain extent, we quiet the heart ac-
tion and are then applying what would be the equivalent of a sedative in
medicine. Manipulation of this nerve in such a way as to stimulate action
is applying the equivalent of a medical stimulant.
When we study magnetism we are dealing with an invisible force; and ordi-
narily we can at best state the way it manifests in the Physical World only,
as is the case whenever we deal with any FORCE. The Physical World is the
world of effects; the causes are hidden from our sight, though they are
nearer than hands or feet. Force is all about us, invisible and only seen
by the effects it produces.
If we take a dish of water, for illustration, and allow it to freeze, we
shall see a myriad of ice crystals, beautiful geometrical figures. These
show the lines along which the water congealed and these lines are lines of
force which were present before the water congealed; but they were invisible
until the proper conditions were furnished them and they became manifest.
In the same way there are lines of force going between the two poles of a
magnet; they are neither seen nor felt until we bring iron or iron filings
into the place where they are, when they will manifest by arranging the fil-
ings in an orderly pattern. By making the proper conditions we may cause
any of the nature forces to show their effects--moving our street cars, car-
rying messages with lightning speed over thousands of miles, etc., etc., but
the FORCE itself is ever invisible. We know that magnetism travels always
at right angles to the electric current from which it manifests; we know the
difference between the manifestation of the electric and magnetic current,
so dependent upon one another, but we have never seen either; though they
are about the most valuable servants we have today.
Magnetism may be divided into "mineral" and "animal" magnetism, though in
reality they are one, but the former has very little influence upon animal
tissue, while the latter is generally impotent in working with minerals.
The mineral magnetism is derived directly from lodestones which are used
to magnetize iron; this process gives to the metal thus treated the property
of attracting iron. This kind of magnet is very little used, however, as
its magnetism becomes depleted, is too weak in proportion to its bulk, and
principally because the magnetic force cannot be controlled in such a
so-called "permanent" magnet.
The "electromagnet" is also a "mineral" magnet. It is simply a piece of
iron wound round with many turns of wire, and the strength of the magnet
varies as the number of turns of wire, and the strength of the electric cur-
rent that is passed through it.
Electricity is all about us in a diffused state, of no use for industrial
purposes until it is COMPRESSED and forced through the electric wires by the
powerful ELECTROMAGNETS. We must have MAGNETISM in the FIRST place before
we can get any electricity. Before a new electric generator is started the
"fields," which are nothing but electromagnets, must be magnetized. If this
is not done they may turn it till the crack of doom, at any rate of speed
they please, and it will never light a single lamp nor move a grain of
weight; all depends upon the magnetism being there FIRST. After this
magnetism is once started it will leave a little behind when the generator
is shut down, and this so-called "residual magnetism" will be the nucleus of
force to be built up each time the generator is started afresh.
All bodies of plants, animals, and men are but transformed mineral. They
have all come from the mineral kingdom in the first place, and chemical
analysis of the plant, animal, and human bodies brings out the fact beyond
cavil. Moreover, we know that the plants get their sustenance from the min-
eral soil, and both animal and man are eating mineral when they consume the
plants as food; even when man eats the animals he is nevertheless eating
mineral compounds, and therefore he gets with his food both the mineral sub-
stances and the magnetic force which they contain.
This force we see manifesting in "haemoglobin," or the red coloring mat-
ter in the blood, which attracts the life-giving oxygen when it comes into
contact with it in the millions of minute capillaries of the lungs, parting
with it as readily when it passes through the capillaries which all over the
body connect the arteries with the veins. Why is this?
To understand this, we must acquaint ourselves a little closer with the
way magnetism manifests as seen in industrial uses.
There are always two fields or a multiple of two fields in a generator or
motor, every alternate "field" or magnet being "north-pole" and every other
alternating one "south-pole." If we wish to run two or more generators in
"multiple" and force electricity into the same wire, the first requisite is
that the magnetic current in the field-magnets should RUN IN THE SAME DIREC-
If that were not the case, they would not run together; they would gener-
ate currents going in OPPOSITE directions, blowing their fuses. That would
be because the poles in one generator, which should have attracted, re-
pelled, and vice versa. The remedy is to change the ends of the wire which
magnetizes the field; then the magnetic current in one generator will become
like the current of the other, and both will run smoothly together.
Similar conditions prevail in magnetic healing; a certain vibratory pitch
and magnetic polarity were infused into each of us when the stellar forces
surged through our bodies and gave us our planetary baptism at the moment
when we drew our first complete breath. These are modified during our pil-
grimage of life, but in the main their initial impulse remains undisturbed
and therefore the horoscope at birth remains the most vital power in life to
determine our sympathies and antipathies as well as all other matters. Nay,
more, its pronouncements are more reliable than our conscious likes and dis-
Sometimes we may meet and learn to like a person, although we have a
feeling that he has an inimical influence on us for which we cannot account,
and therefore strive to put aside; but a comparison of his horoscope with
our own will reveal the reason and if we are wise we heed its warning, or as
surely as the circling stars move in their orbits around the Sun we will
live to regret our disregard of this handwriting on the wall.
But there are also many cases when we do not sense the antipathy between
ourselves and a certain person, though the horoscope reveals it, and if we
see the signs when comparing the two horoscopes we may feel inclined to
trust our feelings rather than the stellar script of the horoscopes. That
also will in time lead to trouble, for the planetary polarity is certain to
manifest in time unless both parties are sufficiently evolved to rule their
stars in a large measure. Such people are few and far between at our
present stage of evolution. Therefore we shall do well if we use our knowl-
edge of the stellar script to compare our horoscopes with those at least who
come intimately into our lives. This may save both them and us much misery
and heartache. We would advise this course particularly with regard to a
healer and his patients, and with reference to a prospective marriage part-
When anyone is ill, resistance is at the lowest ebb, and on that account
he is least able to withstand outside influences. So the vibrations of the
healer have practically unrestrained effect, and even though he may be
ensouled by the noblest of altruistic motives, desiring to pour out his very
life for the benefit of the patient, if their stars were adverse at birth,
his vibratory pitch and magnetism are bound to have an inimical effect upon
the patient. Therefore it is of prime necessity that any healer should have
a knowledge of astrology and the Law of Compatibility, whether he belongs to
those who admittedly heal by magnetism and the laying on of hands or to the
regular school of physicians, for the latter also infuse their vibrations
into the patient's aura and help or hinder according to the agreement of
their planetary polarity with that of the patient.
What has been said with regard to the healer applies with tenfold force
to the nurse, for he or she is with the patient practically all the time and
the contact is so much more intimate.
For healer, nurse, and patient, compatability is determined by the rising
sign, Saturn, and the 6th house. If their rising signs agree in nature so
that all have fiery signs rising, or all have earthy, airy, or watery signs
rising, they are harmonious, but if the patient has a watery sign rising, a
nurse or a doctor with fiery signs will have a detrimental effect.
It is also necessary to see that Saturn in the horoscope of the nurse or
healer is not placed in any of the degrees of the zodiac within the
patient's 6th house.
THE THERAPEUTIC BASIS OF LIGHT, COLOR, AND SOUND:
God is Light.
Each time we sink ourselves in these three words we lave in a spiritual
fountain of inexhaustible depth, and each succeeding time we sound more
thoroughly the divine depths and draw more closely to our Father in heaven.
With every year that passes, with the aid of the greatest telescopes
which the ingenuity and mechanical skill of man have been able to construct
to pierce the depths of space, it becomes more evident that the infinitude
of light teaches us the infinitude of God.
Truly, God is ONE and undivided. He enfolds within His being all that
is, as the white light embraces all colors. But he appears threefold in
manifestation, as the white light is refracted in three primary colors:
blue yellow, and red. Wherever we see these colors they are emblematical of
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three primary rays of divine life
are diffused or radiated through the Sun and produce Life, Consciousness,
and Form upon each of the seven light-bearers, the planets, which are called
"the Seven Spirits before the Throne." Their names are: Mercury, Venus,
Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
Each of the seven planets receives the light of the Sun in a different
measure, according to its proximity to the central orb and the constitution
of its atmosphere, and the beings upon each, according to the stage of their
development have affinity for some of the solar rays. They absorb the color
or colors congruous to them, and reflect the remainder upon the other plan-
ets. This reflected ray bears with it an impulse of the nature of the be-
ings with which it has been in contact.
Thus the divine Light and Life comes to each planet, either directly from
the Sun, or reflected from its six sister planets, and as the summer breeze
which has wafted over blooming fields carries upon its silent invisible
wings the blended fragrance of a multitude of flowers, so also the subtle
influences from the garden of God bring to us the commingled impulses of all
the Spirits and in that varicolored light we live and move and have our be-
The rays which come directly from the Sun are productive of spiritual il-
lumination, the reflected rays from other planets make for added conscious-
ness and moral development, and the rays reflected by way of the Moon give
But as each planet can absorb only a certain quantity of one or more col-
ors according to the general stage of evolution there, so each being upon
Earth: mineral, plant, animal, and man, can absorb and thrive only upon a
certain quantity of the various rays projected upon the Earth. The remain-
der do not affect it or produce sensation, any more than the blind are
conscious of the light and color which exist everywhere around them.
The white light of the Sun contains the seven colors of the spectrum.
The occultist sees even twelve colors, there being five between red and
violet--going one way around the circle--in addition to the red, orange,
yellow, green, etc., of the visible spectrum. Four of these colors are
quite indescribable, but the fifth--the middle one of the five--is similar
to the tint of a new-blown peach blossom. It is in fact the color of the
vital body. Trained clairvoyants who describe it as "bluish-gray," or
"reddish-gray," etc., are trying to describe a color that has no equivalent
in the Physical World: and they are therefore compelled to use the nearest
descriptive terms afforded by our language.
When the three primary colors are interblended, there appear four addi-
tional colors, the three secondary colors: orange, green, purple, each due
to the blending of two primary colors, and one color (indigo) which con-
tains the entire gamut of colors, making in all the seven colors of the
spectrum. (Red plus yellow gives orange; blue plus yellow gives green; blue
plus red gives purple.)
The color of Mars is red; of Venus, yellow; of mercury, violet; of the
Moon, green; of the Sun, orange; of Jupiter, blue; of Saturn, indigo; of
uranus, yellow. We may blend these colors in order to obtain help from
them. As a matter of fact, it is the complementary color which is seen in
the Desire World that produces the effect of the physical colors. If it is
desired to restrain one whose Mars is too prominent, the gems, colors, and
metals of Saturn will help, but if we want to help someone who is moody and
taciturn, we may use the gems, colors, and metals of Mars to advantage.
In the Physical World red has the tendency to excite and energize,
whereas green has a cooling and a soothing effect, but the opposite is true
when we look at the matter from the viewpoint of the Desire World. There
the complementary color is active, and has the effect upon our desires and
emotions which we ascribe to the physical color. We speak of jealousy,
which is engendered by impure love, as the green-eyed monster.
Upon observing the auras of people, the trained clairvoyant notices the
scarlet of anger, the gray and steel blue of fear, the darkish blue of
worry, the red cloud of hate, the black veil of despair, etc. A tinge of
soft sky-blue indicates hope, optimism, and a dawning religious feeling.
Blue shows the highest type of spirituality, but the blue color does not ap-
pear outside the dense body save in the very greatest of saints--only yellow
is usually observable there.
In primitive people the ground color of the aura is a dull red like the
color of a slow burning fire, indicating their passionate, emotional nature.
When we examine people upon a somewhat higher rung of the ladder of evolu-
tion, the basic color or vibration radiated by them is seen to be of an o-
range hue, the yellow of intellect mixed with the red of passion. The
natural golden color is the Christ ray finding its chemical expression in
the oxygen, a solar element, and as we advance upon the path of evolution
those who are not professedly religious acquire a tinge of gold in their au-
ras due to the higher altruistic impulses common to the West.
There is an intimate connection between color and tone; when a certain
note is struck, a certain color appears simultaneously. In the heaven world
color and sound are both present, but the tone is the originator of the
color. Pythagoras spoke of the harmony of the spheres, and he did not use
that expression simply as a poetical allusion. There is such a harmony. We
are told by John that in the beginning was the Word...and without it was
nothing made that was made. That was the creative fiat which first started
the world into being. We hear of celestial music, for from the point of the
heaven world, everything is first created in terms of sound which then molds
concrete matter into the multitudinous forms which we see around us. Or-
derly rhythmic sound is the builder of all that is--the creator and
sustainer of all form.
In the occultist's sphere of vision, the whole solar system is one vast
musical instrument, spoken of in the Greek mythology as the "seven-stringed
lyre of Apollo, the radiant sun god." As there are twelve semitones in the
chromatic scale, so we have in the heavens, twelve signs of the zodiac, and
as we have the seven keys or whole tones on the keyboard of the piano, we
have seven planets. The signs of the zodiac may be said to be the
sounding-board of the cosmic harp and the seven planets are the strings;
they emit different sounds as they pass through the various signs, and
therefore they influence mankind in diverse manner. Should the harmony fail
for one single moment, should there be the slightest discord in that heav-
enly band, this whole universe as such must crumble. For music can destroy
as well as build. This has been well proven by great musicians. For in-
stance, the grandson of the immortal Felix Mendelssohn has for several years
been experimenting with the power of sound in that direction. He has come
to the conclusion that once we find the keynote of a building, bridge, or
other structure, we may raze that structure to the ground by sounding that
note sufficiently loud and long.
Our supercilious smiles of bygone days when listening to the story of
Joshua and the walls of Jericho are no longer in place. The sound of the
ram's horn undoubtedly struck the keynote of those walls which had been sen-
sitized by the rhythmic tramp of his army in preparation for this final cli-
max. The rhythmic tramp of many feet will destroy any bridge, and therefore
soldiers are instructed to break step when crossing a bridge.
Thus we may say that every planet gives out a keynote which is the sum
total of all the noises upon it, blended and harmonized by the indwelling
Planetary Spirit. That sound can be heard by the Spirit ear. As Goethe
"The sun intones his ancient song
Mid rival chant of brother spheres;
His prescribed course he speeds along
In thunderous ways, throughout the years."
"Sound unto the spirit ear proclaims the
new-born day is here;
Rocky gates are creaking, rattling,
Phoebus' wheels are rolling, singing--
What sound intense the light is bringing."
The invisible sound-vibrations have great power over concrete matter.
They both build and destroy. If a small quantity of very fine powder is
placed upon a brass or glass plate, and a violin bow drawn across the edge,
the vibrations will cause the powder to assume beautiful geometrical fig-
ures. The human voice is also capable of producing these figures; always
the same figure for the same tone.
If one note or chord after another be sounded upon a musical
instrument--a piano, or preferably a violin, for from it more gradations of
tone can be obtained--a tone will finally be reached which will cause the
hearer to feel a distinct vibration in the back of the lower part of the
head. Each time that note is struck, the vibration will be felt. That note
is the keynote of the person whom it so affects. If it be sounded in a
dominant way, loud and long enough, it will kill as surely as a bullet from
a pistol. If, on the other hand, it is struck slowly and soothingly it will
build and rest the body, tone the nerves and restore health.
SLEEP AND HEALTH:
THE VALUE OF SLEEP:
During the daytime the vital body specializes the colorless solar fluid
which is all about us, through the organ we call the spleen. This vitality
permeates the whole body and is seen by the clairvoyant as a fluid of a pale
rose color, having been transmuted upon entering the physical body. It
flows along every nerve, and when it is sent out by the brain centers in
particularly large quantities it moves the muscles to which the nerves lead.
The vital body may be said to be built of points which stick out in all
directions, inward, outward, upward, and downward, all through the body, and
each little point goes through the center of one of the chemical atoms,
causing it to vibrate at a higher rate than its natural speed. This vital
body interpenetrates the dense body from birth till death under all condi-
tions except when, for instance, the blood circulation stops in a certain
part, as when we rest a hand upon the edge of a table for some time and it
"goes to sleep," as we say. Then, if clairvoyant, we may see the etheric
hand as a glove, and the chemical atoms of the hand relapse into their
natural slow rate of vibration. When we slap the hand to cause it to "wake
up," as we say, the peculiar prickling sensation we feel is caused by the
points of the vital body which then re-enter the sleeping atoms of the hand
and start them into renewed vibration.
The vital body leaves the dense body in a similar manner when a person is
dying. Drowning persons who have been resuscitated experience an intense
agony caused by the entrance of these points, which they feel as a prickling
During the daytime, when the solar fluid is being absorbed by the man in
great quantities, these points of the vital body are blown out or distended,
as it were, by the vital fluid, but as the day advances and poisons of decay
clog the physical body more and more, the vital fluid flows less rapidly; in
the evening there comes a time when the points in the vital body do not get
a full supply of the life-giving fluid; they shrivel up and the atoms of the
body move more sluggishly in consequence. Thus the Ego feels the body to be
heavy, dull, and tired. At last there comes a time when, as it were, the
vital body collapses and the vibrations of the dense atoms become so slow
that the Ego can no longer move the body. It is forced to withdrawn in or-
der that its vehicles may recuperate. Then we say the body has gone to
Sleep is not an inactive state, however; if it were, there would be no
difference in feeling in the morning and no restorative power in sleep. The
vey word RESTORATION implies activity.
When a building has become dilapidated from constant wear and tear and it
is necessary to renovate and restore it, the tenants move out to give the
workmen full play. For similar reasons the Ego moves out of its tenement at
night. As the workmen work upon the building, to make it fit for
reoccupancy, so the Ego must work upon its building before it will be fit to
re-enter. And such a work is done by us during the night time, although we
are not conscious of it in our waking state. It is this activity which re-
moves the poisons from the system, and as a result the body is fresh and
vigorous in the morning when the Ego enters at the time of waking.
HOW TO TREAT DISEASE DURING SLEEP:
It has been asked if a person can be influenced in natural sleep as he
can in hypnotic sleep, or if there is a difference. Yes, there is a differ-
ence. In the natural sleep, the Ego, clothed in the mind and desire body,
draws outside the physical body and usually hovers over the body, or at any
rate remains close to it, connected by the silver cord, while the vital body
and the dense body are resting upon the bed.
It is then possible to influence the person by instilling into his brain
the thoughts and ideas we wish to communicate. Nevertheless, we cannot then
get him to do anything or to entertain any idea except that which is in line
with his natural proclivities. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COMMAND HIM TO DO ANY-
THING AND TO ENFORCE OBEDIENCE, the same as it is when he has been driven
out by the passes of the hypnotist, for it is the brain which moves the
muscles, and during the natural sleep his brain is interpenetrated by his
own vital body and he is in perfect control himself, while during the hyp-
notic sleep the passes of the hypnotist have driven the ether of which his
vital body is composed out of the brain, down to the shoulders of the vic-
tim, where it lies around his neck and resembles the collar of a sweater.
The dense brain is then open to the ether from the hypnotist's vital body,
which displaces that of the proper owner. Thus, IN THE HYPNOTIC SLEEP THE
VICTIM HAS NO CHOICE WHATEVER AS TO THE IDEAS HE ENTERTAINS OR THE MOVEMENTS
HE MAKES WITH HIS BODY, but in the ordinary sleep he is still a free agent.
In fact, this method of suggestion during sleep is something which mothers
will find extremely beneficial in treating refractory children, for if the
mother will sit by the bed of the sleeping child, hold its hand, speak to it
as she would speak when it is awake, instill into its brain ideas of such a
nature as she would wish it to entertain, she will find that in the waking
state many of these ideas will have taken root. Also in dealing with a per-
son who is sick or is addicted to drink, if the mother, nurse, or others use
this method, they will find it possible to instill hope and healing, materi-
ally furthering recovery or aiding self-mastery.
THE EFFECT OF HYPNOTIC SLEEP:
From the occult viewpoint it is obviously wrong to try to cure a bad
habit, such as drunkenness, by hypnotism. Looked at from the standpoint of
one life, such methods as those employed by the healers of the Immanuel
Movement, etc., are undoubtedly productive of an immense amount of good.
The patient is seated in a chair, put into sleep and there he is given cer-
tain so-called "suggestions." He rises and is cured of his bad habit; from
being a drunkard he becomes a respectable citizen who cares for his wife and
family, and upon the face of it the good seems to be undeniable.
But looking at it from the deeper standpoint of the occultist, WHO VIEWS
THIS LIFE AS ONLY ONE IN MANY, and looking at it from the effect is has upon
the invisible vehicles of man, the case is vastly different. When a man is
put into a hypnotic sleep, the hypnotist makes passes over him which have
the effect of expelling the ether from the head of his dense body and sub-
stituting the ether of the hypnotist. The man is then under the perfect
domination of another; he has no free will, and, therefore, the so-called
"suggestions" are in reality COMMANDS which the victim has no choice but to
obey. Besides, when the hypnotist withdraws his ether and wakens the victim
he is unable to remove all the ether he put into him. To use a simile, as a
small part of the magnetism infused into an electric dynamo before it can be
started for the first time is left behind and remains as residual magnetism
to excite the fields of the dynamo every time it is started up, so also
there remains a small part of the ether of the hypnotist's vital body in the
medulla oblongata of the victim, which is a club the hypnotist holds over
him all his life, and it is due to this fact that suggestions to be carried
out at a period subsequent to the awakening of the victim are invariably
Thus the victim of a hypnotic healer does not overcome the bad habit by
his own strength, but is as much chained in that respect as if he were in
solitary confinement, and although in this life he may seem to be a better
citizen, when he returns to Earth in another embodiment he will have the
same weakness and have to struggle until at last he overcomes it himself.
There are methods of protecting oneself from inimical influences, and it
is better to be enlightened concerning things that threaten so that we may
take whatever precautions are necessary to meet the emergency.
When we live lives of purity, when our days are filled with service to
God and to our fellow men, and with thoughts and actions of the highest no-
bility, then we create for ourselves the GOLDEN WEDDING GARMENT, which is a
radiant force for good. No evil is able to penetrate this armor, for the
evil acts as a boomerang and recoils on the one who sent it, bringing to him
the evil he wished others.
It is a fact than an auric atmosphere surrounds every human being. We
know that often we feel the presence of a person whom we do not see, and we
feel it because there is this atmosphere outside of our dense bodies. This
is gradually changing; gradually it is becoming more and more golden in the
West. The farther we go with the Sun, the more this golden color
increases--the color of the Christ and of the Christ-like, the saints whom
painters have depicted with a halo. Gradually we are becoming more like
Him, and this SOMA PSUCHICON or soul body is taking shape, is being made
ready as our "Wedding Garment."
But, alas, none of us are altogether good. We know only too well the war
between the flesh and the Spirit. We cannot hide from ourselves the fact
that like Paul, "the good that we would do, we do not, and the evil that we
would shun, that we do." Far too often our good resolutions come to naught
and we do wrong because it is easier. Therefore, we all have the nucleus
of evil within ourselves, which affords the open sesame for evil forces to
work upon. For that reason it is best for us not to expose ourselves un-
necessarily at places where seances are held with Spirits invisible to us,
no matter how fine their teachings may sound to the unsophisticated. Nei-
ther should we take part even as spectators at hypnotic demonstrations, for
there also a negative attitude lays one liable to the danger of obsession.
We should at all times follow the advice of Paul and put on the whole armor
of God. We should be positive in our fight for the good against the evil
and never let an occasion slip to aid the Elder Brothers by word or deed in
the Great War for spiritual supremacy.
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