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Filename: RC1085.TXT Compiled from: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy In Questions & Answers, Vol. II" by Max Heindel [PAGE 3062] BIBLICAL PROOF OF REBIRTH: QUESTION NO. 104: CAN YOU PROVE FROM THE BIBLE THAT THE EGO IS BORN AND REBORN TILL IT IS FIT TO BE IN GOD'S PRESENCE? ANSWER: There are some people who believe that the Bible is absolutely true, word for word, from cover to cover. Moreover, in controversy they seem to argue as though it had originally been written in English and every word meant just what is said and nothing else. As a matter of fact, the Bible has been translated, transcribed, edited, and re-edited so many times that interpolations have, of course, crept in. Some have been inserted unintentionally, due to the fact that a copyist will [PAGE 3063] make a slip with the pen occasionally. There have also been cases where in- terpolations were put in to support a certain doctrine in which the copyist believed and which was not clearly enunciated. Among scholars it is well recognized that only a general outline of the original teachings remains with us today. In all religions an exoteric side was always given to the multitude. this contained the more elementary teachings, but a deeper place was given to those who had fitted themselves by their lives for understanding the deeper mysteries. We may take the counsel of Christ to His disciples: "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens but unto these in parables," as an indication that there is a similar ar- rangement in the Christian religion. Among these mysteries was the doctrine of rebirth, which you will see He must have taught from the following conversation. He asked them: "Who do men say that I , the son of man, am?" They answered and said: "Some say that you are John the Baptist, some Elijah, and some that you are Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." These personages had all died and their bodies must have decayed in the grave. Yet we find people believing that Jesus was one of them reborn. If this principle of rebirth had been wrong, it would have been His duty as a teacher to have set His disciples right, and He would probably have said: "What nonsense! How can I be one of those? They [PAGE 3064] have been gone for centuries." Instead He asks, "Who do you say that I am?" In the case of Elijah He taught this doctrine outright, for he said to His disciples concerning John the Baptist: "This is Elijah if you will re- ceive it." There is no equivocation, but a straight forward statement: "This is Elijah." This statement was reiterated later on when they left the Mount of Transfiguration, for on that occasion Christ said to His disciples: "Elijah has come and they have done to him as they listed." Then they knew that He spoke of John the Baptist. NATURE OF JESUS' BODY AFTER DEATH: QUESTION NO. 105: IF, AS YOU SAY, JESUS' BODY WAS SCATTERED TO THE FOUR WINDS AT THE TIME OF THE BURIAL, HOW THEN DID THOMAS TOUCH JESUS AFTER DEATH? HOW DID HE SAY: "HANDLE ME AND SEE, FOR A SPIRIT HAS NOT FLESH AND BONES AS YE SEE ME HAVE"? LATER ON IT IS SAID THAT HE ATE FISH AND HONEY. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A SPIRIT WITHOUT A FLESHY BODY TO EAT AND TO BE TOUCHED? ANSWER: This question is one that occurs very often. We might refer you to the back files where it has been answered, but as so many new people come [PAGE 3065] in constantly, it seems that perhaps it is better to take it up anew. As the writer never refers to back numbers himself, he will each time take up these matters from a different angel which may give new points even to those who have had them answered before, and thus the reiteration will not be without benefit. Our latest investigations indicate that where a man spiritualizes his ve- hicles, the constitution of the vital body, made of ether, is most materi- ally changed. In the ordinary man there is always a preponderance of the two lower ethers--the chemical and life ethers--which have to do with the upbuilding and propagation of the physical body, and a minimum of the light and the reflecting ethers, which are concerned with sense perception and the higher spiritual qualities. After death the body of the ordinary man is laid in the grave and the vital body hovers about two feet above the mound, gradually disintegrating. The dense body disintegrates simultaneously. However, when we say it decays, we really mean that it becomes much more alive than it was while man inhabited it, for each little molecule is now taken charge of by a separate, individual life. It begins to associate with its neighbors; the unity of an individual life is superseded by a community of many lives. Therefore we speak of such decaying corpses as alive with worms. the denser and the more gross this vehicle is, the longer time it will require for disintegration, because the vital body hovering above has a tenacious [PAGE 3066] magnetic hold that keeps the dense molecules in check. The two higher ethers vibrate at a much more rapid rate than the lower, and where a man by spiritual thoughts has massed around him a great volume of this ether, which then composes his vital body, the vibrations of the dense body also become more intense. Consequently, when the man leaves his body at death there is little or nothing of the vital body left behind to keep the components of the physical body in check. The disintegration is therefore very rapid. This we cannot easily prove because very few people are sufficiently spiritual to make the difference noticeable, but you will recall that in the Bible it is said of certain characters that they were translated. Also, that the body of Moses was so vibrant that it shone, and his body was not found, etc. These were cases where the body was rapidly returned to the elements, and when the Christ's body was laid in the grave its disintegration took place almost instantaneously. However, so long as the archetype of the physical body persists, it en- deavors to draw to itself physical materials which it then shapes according to the form of the vital body. Thus it is difficult for the invisible Helper who passes out of his body to refrain from materializing. The moment his will to keep away from himself all physical impediments is relaxed, ma- terials from the surrounding atmosphere attach themselves to him as iron filings are drawn to a magnet, and he becomes visible and tangible to what- [PAGE 3067] ever extent he desires. Thus he is enabled to do actual physical work wher- ever it is necessary, no matter if he be thousands of miles away from his body. On the other hand, what really brings about death is the collapse of the archetype of the dense body. Therefore the Spirits who pass away from this earth life are unable to materialize save through a medium where they extract her living vital body, drape themselves therewith and thus attract the physical substances necessary to make themselves visible to the sitters. There is a third class, namely, the initiated Invisible Helpers who have passed out of this life. They have learned to attract or repel physical matter by their wills, as stated previously, and therefore they are able to materialize despite the fact that their archetype has collapsed. The Christ naturally was at the head of this class and consequently able to pass through a wall in His vital body, for as the ether interpenetrates every physical molecule, so also the vital body, made of ether, may likewise pass through physical obstructions. Once in the room with His disciples, He attracted to Himself by an exercise of will sufficient physical matter to clothe Himself in a dense body. Then it was possible for His disciples to touch and handle Him as stated in the Gospels. Respecting the eating of the fish and honey, there is a mystic sig- nificance to this which will be taken up in the Astral Ray department at a [PAGE 3068] later date. You will note that fish is very, very prominent in all the Gos- pels. The disciples were fishermen and had miraculous drafts of fishes. Parables were told of them and people were fed with loaves and fishes. The story of Jonah and the whale and all other such narratives have an esoteric and astrological significance that will be brought out in the articles of which we speak, so we will not go into that part of the question at the present time. We will just answer the last part of your question: "Is it possible for a Spirit without a fleshly body to eat and drink?" In the low- est regions of the Desire World which interpenetrate the Etheric Region of the Physical World there are classes of Spirits of whom we hear a great deal in spiritualistic literature. They live in houses, they eat and drink. They have, in fact, all relations of life exactly as we have them here and continue very much the same manner of existence as they did when among us in the visible world. It is also possible for a materialized Spirit or for an initiate who materializes to eat and drink, but it would then be necessary to dispose of the materials taken into the body in a different method than by the ordinary process of assimilation. [PAGE 3069] THE BIRTH OF JESUS: QUESTION NO. 106: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THE STATEMENT OF THE BIBLE THAT JOSEPH KNEW NOT MARY UNTIL SHE HAD BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRST-BORN, JESUS, WHO WAS THUS CONCEIVED OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WITH THE ROSICRUCIAN TEACHING THAT JESUS WAS THE SON OF A HUMAN FATHER, JOSEPH, AND MARY, HIS MOTHER? ANSWER: If you look at the genealogies of Jesus given in Matthew and Luke, you will find that the parentage is traced through Joseph to Adam; not one word is spoken about mary. As we indicated in a previous answer, a copyist may have interpolated the passage to prove the materialistic sense of the Immaculate Conception. If you take the esoteric doctrine of the Immaculate Conception no such judging is necessary. Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, the leader of the Angels, is everywhere in the Bible shown as the given of children. His messengers came to Sarah to announce the birth of Isaac to her; to Hannah to announce the birth of Samuel; to Mary to announce the advent of Jesus, whose vehicles were later given to the Christ. The power of the Holy Spirit fructifies the human ovum as well as the kernel of grain in the earth, and the original sin occurred when Adam knew his wife contrary to the approbation of Jehovah. [PAGE 3070] That transgression brought the stain of sin upon a scared function, but when a holy life has made pure the desires, a man becomes filled with a holy spirit and it is possible to perform the generative function without pas- sion. Hence the conception is immaculate. The child born under such condi- tions is naturally superior, because the conception then is a sacred rite of self-sacrifice and not an act of self-gratification. QUESTIONS DEALING WITH ASTROLOGY: DIAGRAM 5: |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | >--->THE DIVINE SPIRIT>----->---->----->---->--->THE DENSE BODY>-----> | | /|\ | | | | >-->THE LIFE SPIRIT>-->---->---->---->THE VITAL BODY>--> \|/ | | /|\ /|\ | | | | | | >->THE HUMAN SPIRIT>-->THE DESIRE BODY>--> | | | | | | | | \|/ \|/ | | | /|\ /|\ \|/ | | | | | | | | | | | | /|\ | | |-------------| | | \|/ | | | | | | MIND: | | \|/ | | | | /|\ /|\ | the link or | \|/ | | | | | | | | focus | | | | | | | | | |-------------| | | \|/ | | /|\ | | | \|/ | | | | /|\ /|\ \|/ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | <----<----|emanates|> The Dense Body >|extracting|> Conscious Soul The Life Spirit >| from |> The Vital Body >| as |>Intellectual Soul The Human Spirit >| itself |> The Desire Body >| pabulum |> Emotional Soul The mirror of Mind also contributes increasingly to spiritual growth as the thoughts which it transmits to and from the Spirit polish it to greater brightness, sharpening and intensifying its focus more and more to a single point, perfectly flexible and under the control of the Spirit. [PAGE 3071] ASTROLOGICAL ORIGIN OF CONSCIENTIOUSNESS: QUESTION NO. 107: IN THE ASTROLOGICAL READINGS YOU FREQUENTLY REFER TO JUPITER AS THE PLANET OF LAW, ORDER, AND ETHICS, AND ALSO TO SATURN AS THE PLANET OF SYS- TEM, JUSTICE, AND VIRTUE. MAY I ASK WITH JUST WHAT PLANETS AND SIGNS THE SENTIMENT OF CONSCIEN- TIOUSNESS IS MOST INTIMATELY ASSOCIATED, WHETHER THERE IS ANY ONE OR MORE PREEMINENT IN THAT SENTIMENT? CONSCIENTIOUSNESS IS OF COURSE AT THE ROOT OF LAW, ETHICS, JUSTICE, VIRTUE, ETC. ANSWER: According to the Rosicrucian Teachings, when the Spirit has passed out of the physical life at death, it sees the panorama of its past live passing before it in reverse order. At that time the pictures which make up this life story are etched into the finer vehicles, which the Ego takes with it into the invisible worlds. It is the reaction from the pic- tures where the Spirit has done some wrong, which causes the suffering that constitues its purgatorial experience. This eradicates the pictures from the life panorama, but leaves an aroma--that which we call conscience--to warn the Spirit in its next life not to do the things which previously caused the purgatorial suffering. Conscientiousness is the positive quality of the negative conscience. Conscience prompts us NOT DO DO the things which are wrong; conscienctiousness prompts US TO DO the things that are right. Mythologically, Saturn is the reaper with his seythe and hourglass, the angel of death, who ushers us from active life into the purgatorial exist- ence where we reap what we have sown. Therefore, in that sense Saturn is at the root of conscience. He always warns us, saying "don't, don't, don't," and if by listening to his voice in the past we have him in a position where in this life he aspects the other planets well, notably Jupiter, the planet of law, order, ethics, and also the Sun, which gives us our loftiest ideals, then we have the conscientious man or woman, who always fulfills every duty in life, no matter how arduous the task and what perseverance and persis- tence is required, or what self-sacrifice is involved. Thus conscientious- ness is not given by one planet alone but requires a combination of the highest virtues in several of the planets to bring it to its highest and most noble expression. Of course there are many people who are conscien- tious because of minor benefic configurations (astrologically speaking), but the highest phase requires the cooperation of the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn. [PAGE 3072] PLANETS AFFECTED BY PLANETS: QUESTIONS NO. 108: ARE PLANETS UNDER THE DOMINATION OF PLANETS AND THE SIGNS? IF SO PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW AND WHY? ANSWER: There are, as we know four different kingdoms now upon earth: the mineral, vegetable or plant, animal, and human kingdoms. The Spirits in these four life waves are evolving under the guidance and with the help of the other invisible hierarchies. The Lords of Mind make their densest body of mind stuff from the Region of Concrete Thought. They are adapts in working with this material and therefore they influence humanity, who have a mind. The Archangels make their densest body of desire stuff. They are adapts in the manipulation of this substance, and therefore they are especially fitted to aid less evolved beings who have vehicles made of that material. Hence they work with animal and man, who possess desire bodies. The Angels make their densest body of ether, so they are well versed in the working of this grade of matter and eminently fitted to help others who are not so expert. Hence they exercise an influence for good over plants, animals, and men, who have vital bodies made of ether. Human beings make their densest body of the chemical and mineral [PAGE 3073] constituents of the earth, and ages of accumulated experience have fitted us to a certain degree to work with beings who have mineral bodies, such as the plants, animals, and human beings. It should be remembered, however, that our evolution upon the earth is only half finished and that we have not yet attained fifty per cent of the proficiency in this work which will be ours when that part of our evolution is completed. IN the hoary past, before our eyes were opened we say interi- orly, the creative energy was turned inwards for the purpose of building or- gans, as now our genius is used outwardly for building airships, bridges, houses, boats, etc. We use the dead mineral bodies of animals for shoe leather, billiard balls, food, and clothing, but as we can work only with these seemingly dead things our manipulation involves the process of de- struction. We destroy the integrity of the mineral to extract the gold, silver, copper, or whatever other part seems precious to us. We destroy the trees in the forest to make doors, houses, etc. We kill the animals to make them into food, clothing, toys, and trinkets. Not so with the Angels or the other creative hierarchies. They deal with life in a constructive manner. The Archangels inhabit the Sun, and the Angels are located on the moons of the solar system. It is well known that planets love the Sun, for they are in the second period of their evolution, the Sun Period. As they now constitued, however, they cannot endure the intense vibrations of the Arch- angels, which are dry and parching us the desire bodies wherein they live. [PAGE 3074] The plants need, in addition to the light of the Sun, the water ruled by the Moon, and it is the gentle ray of that orb which carries the fertilizing agent and gives the growth to all that lives. Therefore, seed planted when the Moon is increasing in light, that is to say, from the new Moon to the full, grow a larger top than if planted when the Moon is dark, or decreasing in light, from the full to the new. Contrariwise, seeds sown while the Moon is decreasing in light will grow more under-ground than on top. There are also certain signs that are more favorable than others to plant growth because they have certain affinities with the lunar vibrations. The watery signs, Scorpio and Pisces, are fruitful signs for that reason, and seeds planted while the Moon, the queen of the water, goes through one of these signs will produce better results than when the Moon is in the fiery signs, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These are Sun signs and therefore cal- culated to burn up the vital spark in the seed. Much more might be said on this subject but the foregoing will probably give the information required. [PAGE 3075] INFLUENCE OF THE PLEIADES AND ORION: QUESTION NO. 109: I FIND IN THE BIBLE IN THE BOOK OF JOB THE WORDS: "CANST THOU BIND THE SWEET INFLUENCE OF THE PLEIADES OR LOOSE THE BANDS OF ORION?" IS THERE ANY INFLUENCE OF THESE STARS UPON MEN? ANSWER: Yes, there is no doubt that all the stars in the universe have an influence upon men, and some astrologers also make the positions of a number of fixed stars when they cast a horoscope. To our minds that is only a waste of time and work, for the average human mind is now put to a suf- ficiently severe test to balance the interacting influences of houses, signs, and aspecting planets in such a manner as to read accurately the full message of the stars as shown by these elementary factors. It may be stated, however, with respect to the Pleiades that it is one of three nebulous spots in the zodiac which has been found to exert an evil influence upon the eyes under certain horoscopic configurations of the Sun or Moon with Saturn, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. [PAGE 3076] THE TIME OF THE AQUARIAN AGE: QUESTION NO. 100: MANY PEOPLE REALIZE THESE DAYS THAT WE ARE ENTERING, OR ABOUT TO ENTER, A NEW AGE. SOME UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS THE AQUARIAN AGE, AND TO A CERTAIN EX- TEND WHAT IT STANDS FOR. HOWEVER, I HAVE NOT AS YET HEARD AN INTELLIGIBLE EXPLANATION OF JUST WHEN OUR EARTH OR SOLAR SYSTEM WOULD ENTER THIS AGE, AND WHETHER THE AQUARIAN AGE COINCIDES WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE SUN THROUGH THE CONSTELLATION AQUARIUS OR THROUGH THE ZODIACAL DIVISION BY THAT NAME. ANSWER: In this paragraph our correspondent takes up a number of points, and on the principle that "the last shall be first," we shall first consider the last part of his interrogation, where he makes a distinction between the constellation Aquarius and the zodiacal division by that name. This, in it- self, is a great difficulty to many people, who do not know how to differen- tiate between the zodiacal constellations and the so-called intellectual zodiac. The explanation is as follows: A certain group of stars in the heavens is called Aries; another group, located close to them, is called Taurus; a third group of fixed stars is called Gemini, and so on. These twelve constellations, or groups of stars, as seen in the heavens, always remain in the same relative position, and [PAGE 3077] they are therefore unchangeable. Through all the centuries of which we have record, these stars have re- mained in the same group and in about the same relative position, one to an- other. Through these constellations the Sun circles from year to year with unvarying precision, but owing to the fact that the axis of the earth in- clines toward the Sun and has a wobbling motion, similar to that of a spin- ning top which has almost spend its force, the motion of the Sun appears to be uneven. Each year, when it enters the constellation Aries, crossing the earth's equator, it is a little earlier than the year before. IT PRECEDES. Thus the point where the Sun crosses the equator at the vernal equinox moves backwards from year to year at the rate of one degree in seventy-two years, and the whole twelve signs in twenty-five thousand eight hundred and fifty-six years. This latter period is called a Great Sidereal year. It has been observed that no matter where in the zodiac the Sun crosses the equator, a certain physical effect takes place. The flowers begin to sprout out of the earth, the birds begin to mate, the mute earth awakens to new life, new hope, and new song. Also the spiritual effects following the Sun's entrance into the Northern hemisphere at the vernal equinox has been observed to remain unchanged. Therefore the first thirty degrees from that point, where the Sun crosses the equator, are called Aries, the next thirty [PAGE 3078] degrees are called Taurus, the third thirty degrees are called Gemini, and so on through the twelve signs. This intellectual division of the circle of the zodiac coincides with the constellations in the heavens only once in twenty-five thousand eight hun- dred and fifty-six years. During all the rest of the time the intellectual zodiac moves backwards, as explained, on account of the precession of the equinox. The last time when the starting point in the intellectual zodiac agreed with the zodiacal constellations was about 500 A.D. A year after these points were in exact agreement, the Sun crossed the equator about fifty seconds of space in the constellation Pisces. The year following it was one minute and forty seconds of space into Pisces, and it has been creeping backwards ever since, until at the present time the Sun crosses the equator in about ten degrees of the constellation Pisces. It will thus be about 700 years before it actually crosses the celestial equator in the con- stellation Aquarius. The Aquarian Age may be said to start at the time when the Sun enters, by precession, the 30th degree of the constellation Aquarius, and it lasts 2,100 years, while the Sun moves backwards through the thirty degrees until it comes to the first degree of Aquarius. There is, however, no definite and sharp cut-off such as we make when we say we enter the year 1915, which begins at twelve o'clock on the night of the 31st of December, 1914, and lasts until the 31st of December, 1915 at 12 o'clock midnight. That is a [PAGE 3079] mathematical division of time. The various epochs of human existence depend upon vital influences in life, and are conditions of mind rather than divisions of time, though the two are linked. Therefore, astrologers recognize what is called an "orb of influence." To understand this, we must realize that every human being is something more than that which we see; that he has surrounding him an aura, an invisible atmosphere, a something which radiates from him and which partakes of his distinct and personal nature. We very often feel the effect of this aura though we do not understand the reason why. Suppose that someone has his whole mind concentrated upon his work so that he neither hears not sees what happens about him. Gradually he becomes aware that someone else has entered the room--is, in fact, standing behind him--and he turns around to find a friend there. He had not heard the friend enter on account of absorption in his work, but he FELT him, because the aura of the friend intermingled with his own auric atmosphere. Thus, though there was no physical contact, he knew that someone was close by. The constellations are groups of great Spirits who have immured them- selves in these starry bodies, for the sake of less advanced intelligence to again the experience of evolution. Each of the fixed stars in a constella- tion also has its invisible bodies, which extend from one to the other, in- termingle, and overlap. Therefore, when the Sun reached the tenth degree of Pisces, it touched the fringe of the influence of the constellation [PAGE 3080] Aquarius, though we are still in the Piscean Age. That this influence is making itself felt, a glance of retrospection will soon show. We readily recognize the Piscean influence during the last two thousand years. The dark ages, the superstition and intellectual bondage then prevalent, are not entirely routed, but since the middle of the last century, when the Aquarian influence first began to make itself felt, an irresistable intellectual impulse has been instilled into our everyday life. Science has made such strides as never before. Invention has electrified the world and is now conquering the air, etc. This scientific intellectual influence will make itself felt more and more during the centuries which will pass before we definitely enter the constellation Aquarius by preces- sion of the equinox. As the narrow, conservative Piscean influence dimin- ishes, so will the broadening, inquiring Aquarian influence increase. Regarding what the Aquarian Age stands for spiritually, we may realize that Aquarius is the only figure in the zodiac representing the full stature of a man. All the principal characters of the Old Testament were shepherds, having reference to "Aries," the sheep, ram or lamb. In the New Testament they are fishermen, referring to Pisces, the sign of the fishes, but the Son of Man is the subject of prophecy: of something yet to come. He is to usher in a glorious age, and therefore we may look for developments of a [PAGE 3081] startling nature to take place in the nearest centuries before us. Moreover, each of the foregoing ages has had its teachers. Osiris and Mithras were worshiped in Egypt and Persia, while the Sun was going through Taurus, the sign of the Bull. The Lamb was slain from the foundation of the Christian world, by Moses, while the Sun was going through the sign Aries. There was a great controversy concerning the symbol of Christ, on account whereof the Bishop's mitre is still make in the form of a fish, to symbolize the fact that the phase of the Christian religion then inaugurated was to hold sway during the Piscean or Fish Age, in which we now are. Later the ideal of the Son of Man, or Superman, will furnish inspiration for the Aquarian Age, which is now being ushered in. The Aquarian Age is not to be confounded with the kingdom of Christ, who is to come again. Neither is the Aquarian Age to be confounded with the Sixth (Galilean) Epoch, for to quote the words of Christ, "Of that day and hour (when He comes), knows no man; neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." It is absolutely preposterous and a mark of ig- norance for anyone to predict that the coming of Christ will take place at a certain, specified time. Perhaps it is even presumptuous to guess at the approximate time when the Second Advent will take place, but the writer has the idea that, as the precessional cycles, so far as they are connected with [PAGE 3082] the evolution of man, seem to commence with the Sun's entrance into Capri- corn, there may be a development at that time. If that is correct, the Ad- vent cannot take place for at least three thousand years. THE ACTUALITY OF THE AQUARIAN AGE: QUESTION NO. 111: A CORRESPONDENT SENDS US A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING IN WHICH SOMEONE ASKS THE EDITOR WHAT IS REALLY THE AQUARIAN AGE, AND THE QUESTION IS ANSWERED AS FOL- LOWS: "THERE IS NO AQUARIAN AGE; THIS FAKE WAS STARTED BY A PROFESSIONAL FAKERS BY TEACHING THAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM ENTERED AQUARIUS RECENTLY. NOT ONE TELLS WHEN, AND THEY WRITE ASKING ME THE REAL DATE. THE SOLAR SYSTEM IS GO- ING DIRECTLY AWAY FROM AQUARIUS WITH THE SPEED OF TWELVE AND A HALF MILES PER SECOND. THE SOLAR SYSTEM NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER CAN BE ANYWHERE NEAR AQUARIUS. YET PAMPHLETS AND MONTHLY MAGAZINES ARE CONSTANTLY ISSUING AR- TICLES SAYING THE SAME OLD THING, THAT THE SOLAR SYSTEM HAS JUST ENTERED AQUARIUS AND GREAT CHANGES ARE COMING TO THIS HUMAN RACE, ALL OF WHICH IS TOTALLY FALSE." ANSWER: Our correspondent wants our ideas on the matter, as we believe in and advocate the view that the Aquarian Age is at hand. We are therefore [PAGE 3083] also among the class of publishers denounced by this editor as "fakers," but have no hesitation in complying with the request of our correspondent to shed more light on the subject of the Aquarian Age on that score. WE are not disturbed by the attack when we consider the source. The question is one which depends upon the point of view, in one of its phases. It is true, as he says, that the solar system has never been in Aquarius and never will be. It is in fact moving away from the constella- tion Aquarius. It is also true that the Sun has never "risen," and never will "rise," yet we do not denounce the man who makes use of that expression as a faker. We understand that from the point of view of an observor on the earth it APPEARS as if the Sun rises, and the occultist means something similar when he says that we are going into Aquarius by the precession of the equinox. We do not stop to say that by the rotation of the earth on its axis the Sun came in view at seven o'clock. We simply say that the Sun rose at seven o'clock. For similar reasons we do not say that "because of the precession of the equinox it now appears as if the Sun, when viewed from the earth, is nearing the constellation Aquarius at the time when it crosses the equator at the vernal equinox." If we did, all astronomers would agree with us concerning the phenomenon seen in the heavens, though they would disagree with us in our contention that this has an influence upon the affairs of [PAGE 3084] humanity. Instead of using this long explanation we simply say that the "sun is going into Aquarius," and people will just have to keep on criticising until they have learned to understand what we mean by this ex- pression, just the same as they understand what is meant when we say the Sun rises. In the meantime students of occult philosophies ought to familiarize themselves with the astronomical facts so that they may be able to give an intelligent reason for their beliefs. It cannot be denied that when stu- dents who have studied the higher philosophy and thereby acquired a knowl- edge of super-physical facts are close at hand, such as given by astronomy and physiology, they do not impress the hearers very well. When we speak so learnedly about man's finer vehicles we ought also to know at least the main facts concerning the mechanical motions of the heavens as understood and known by astronomers. In order therefore that students who have not famil- iarized themselves with these things may gain an insight into the matter we will elucidate briefly. For a more thorough explanation the student is re- ferred to our SIMPLIFIED SCIENTIFIC ASTROLOGY. The subject is there death with in the Philosophic Encyclopedia under the heading "The Intellectual Zo- diac," and elsewhere. When the earth moves in its annual orbit around the Sun it seems, when [PAGE 3085] viewed from the earth, that the Sun travels through the heavens in a narrow belt consisting of twelve constellations or groups of stars which have been given certain names: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. If the axis of the earth were as stationary as the axle of a wheel the Sun would always be found at the same place in the constellation where it was on the same day the year before, but the axis of the earth has a wobbling motion somehwat resembling that of a spinning top, whose momentum is about spent. This changes the ap- parent position of the Sun as viewed from the earth in such a manner that it appears to reach any given position a little too early. IT PRECEDES, and therefore astronomers speak of the "precession of the equinox." That is to say, the Sun appears to cross the equator at the vernal equinox each year a short distance BEFORE it reaches the point where it crossed the preceding year. Thus if one year it crossed in the first degree of Aries, the next year it would cross slightly within the limits of the constellation Pisces. The following year it would still be farther away in Pisces from the first point of Aries and so on. This backward motion, however, is so slow that it takes nearly twenty-six thousand years to go backwards through the twelve signs, or twenty-one hundred years to go through one sign, or seventy years to move through one degree. Astronomers usually speak of "degrees of right ascension," by which they divide the circle of the heavens into the usual number of three hundred and [PAGE 3086] sixty degrees, starting with the point where the Sun crosses the equator at the next preceding vernal equinox. But they also call the first thirty de- grees from the point Aries, the second thirty degrees, Taurus, etc., the same as the astrologer. Thus there is the NATURAL ZODIAC composed of the twelve constellations or actual groups of stars in the heavens which change so little that it is imperceptible in one lifetime or even in several hun- dred years, and the INTELLECTUAL ZODIAC which starts from the point of the vernal equinox for any given year. Seeing that the Sun by precession travels BACKWARDS among the signs of the zodiac, it will be understood that there must come a time when the ver- nal equinox occurs in the first point of Aries; and thus during that year the intellectual and natural zodiac agree. This occurred the last time about the year 500 A.D., and as the Sun has been traveling backwards at its accustomed rate of one degree in about seventy years, it is evident that at the present time the vernal equinox occurs in about ten degrees of Pisces. Thus, IT WILL BE ABOUT A. D. 2,600, OR SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS, BEFORE IT ACTU- ALLY ENTERS THE CONSTELLATION AQUARIUS. Or, to be in line with scientific facts, let us say, before it APPEARS from the earth as if the Sun crosses the equator in the constellation Aquarius. During the twenty-one hundred years from the time, it will appear as if the Sun were in the constellation Aquarius every year at the time when it crosses the vernal equinox. Thus it may be said that the Aquarian Age comprises the twenty-one [PAGE 3087] hundred years counting from about A. D., 2,600, during which the Sun by pre- cession appears to be in the constellation Aquarius at the time when it crosses the equator and vernal equinox. Has the reader ever sat quietly absorbed in a book or perhaps in writing or some other task, and then suddenly become aware that someone was standing behind his or her back, the approach of whom had been undetected because of absorption in the book or other matters? If so, though the person did not speak or move, the presence was felt more and more keenly until it made you turn. Surely this experience is so common that everyone is personally aware of the fact, but what is the explanation? I is simply this: besides the physical body which we all see, man has certain vehicles which are invisible to ordinary vision. THESE SUBTLE SHEATHS EXTEND BEYOND THE PHYSICAL BODY so that when we stand close to another person the ethereal bodies intermingle, and at times when we are very quiet and passive these subtle influences are more readily felt that at other times, though they exist and are powerful factors in our lives at all times. "As above, so below," and vice versa. This is the law of analogy, the master key to the mysteries. Man is the microcosm and the stars are the macrocosm. Therefore we may conclude that these great stars which move in the heavens and are the bodies of Spirits have subtle vehicles similar to the auric atmosphere of our earth. Hence the proximity of the Sun to the [PAGE 3088] constellation Aquarius at the time of the vernal equinox transmits these in- fluences to the earth along with the solar rays, and as the spring is the particular time when everything on earth is impregnated with life, we may also judge that the Aquarian Ray thus transmitted will make itself felt among the people of the earth no matter whether they believe it or not. Thus if we can find out what the influence of Aquarius is we shall be able to answer the question, "What is the Aquarian Age?" from another point of view, and astrology gives us this information based on experience and obser- vation. Aquarius has an intellectual influence which is original, inventive, physic, scientific, altruistic, and religious. If we apply the Biblical standard, "By their fruits ye shall know them," to this problem, we would expect to see that the Aquarian Age would be ushered in by original endeav- ors along all lines connected with science, religion, mysticism, and altru- ism, and we can no look back upon a period of about seventy years in which the Sun by precession has traveled one degree in the orb towards Aquarius. During that time we find that there has been a very marked change in all lines of thought and endeavor from that which history records throughout the past two millennia. Almost all the inventions which make our life today what it is have been made during that time. The telegraph, the telephone, the use of electricity, the conquest of air and steam, the gas engine, which is superseding steam, and other inventions too numerous to mention are [PAGE 3089] marking the Aquarian progress in the physical world. We also note the rapid rate at which all the movements of liberal thought in religious matters are superseding the old creed bound conditions and the increasing number of those who have developed the spiritual sight and are investigating the trend of evolution in the higher phase. Note the rapidity with which the science of astrology is gaining ground, and in this respect we may mention that one firm which deals in astrological ephemerides used only for astrological calculations is reported to sell about half a million a year. All these things show, or give an inkling of, what may be expected to happen during the Aquarian Age. When such great strides have been made dur- ing seventy years while the Sun is just beginning to transmit the influence from the outskirts of Aquarius, what then may be expected when it enters the sign itself? Both the possibilities and the probabilities are far beyond the range of the wildest imagination, and this applies both to the physical and the psychical side of life. It is the opinion of the writer that at least the majority of mankind, if not by all, so that the sting of death will be removed at least partly by the companionship that will exist with our friends and relatives who have passed out of the body. We shall them continue to see them a while and have time to get used to the fact that they [PAGE 3090] are going to higher realms. We shall not grieve at all for the little chil- dren who die and retain their vital bodies, for they will probably remain with their parents until it is time for them to take a new embodiment. This often occurs in the same family. In those cases there would be absolutely no sense of loss. When this point in evolution is reached mankind will also be so much more enlightened that it will avoid many of the pitfalls which cause trouble to- day, and it therefore favors a much happier existence than has been the rule up to the present stage. The added intellect will help us solve the social problems in such a manner that it will be equitable to all, and the use of continually improving machinery will emancipate mankind from physical toil to a great extent and leave more room for intellectual and spiritual im- provement. [PAGE 3091] THE BEGINNING OF THE AQUARIAN AGE: QUESTION NO. 112: WHY DO SOME ASTROLOGERS GIVE THE YEAR 1912 AS THE BEGINNING OF THE AQUARIAN AGE? ANSWER: We have seen that statement made, but no reason is given. You don't need astrology for that calculation, for ordinary astronomy will give it very clearly. The vernal equinox at the present time is in 10 degrees of the CONSTELLATION PISCES, and that of course is called by astronomers the first degree of Aries. They have the system we use in astrology of differ- entiating between the two zodiacs. They always start with the first point of Aries, which they call 0 degrees of longitude, at the same time when the Sun passes over the equator every year. They know and measure precession, at the rate of about fifty seconds of space ever year. When we go back that fifty seconds of space every year it amounts to one degree in about 72 years, and one sign in about 2,100 years, so that is the same measurement we are using astrology. The Sun is at the present time crossing the equator in about 10 degrees of the constellation Pisces as already said, and as it precedes at the rate of 50 seconds a year or one degree in 72 years, you can easily figure when the Sun will by precession enter the constellation Aquarius: about the year 2638. Why anybody should say that the Aquarian Age begins in 1912 we don't [PAGE 3092] know. This much may be said, however, that every one of us has an aura which interpenetrates the physical body and extends about 16 inches from its periphery. It grows larger as we become more spiritual, but that is the av- erage. This accounts for the fact that sometimes we FEEL a person standing behind us. His aura and ours blend, and thereby we sense the presence and feel his vibration. It is the same with the Sun, Moon, earth, and all the other planets. Each has its particular aura. Thus as the Sun moved toward the constellation Aquarius, its aura went before it and contacted the Aquarian vibration, so that the influence began to be felt by us in about the middle of the last century. If we will consider the fact that Spirit is the sign of invention, originality, and independence, changing the world to brighter and more lib- eral ideas, and them remember that since 1850 the religious and social ideas of the world have undergone a very complete revolution, and that science and invention have taken a wonderful turn, this seems to work out. Just think of the things that have come into the world since that time. Steamships were then beginning to be used, then the telegraph and telephone, wireless telegraphy, automobiles, airships, electrical appliances, and everything that has revolutionized life in the past 60 or 70 years. The whole world has been transformed with that Aquarian influence and this is being more and more felt every year. Therefore it may be said that we ARE IN ORB OF [PAGE 3093] AQUARIUS, but the AQUARIAN AGE has not actually started. When Christ came the Sun by precession was in Seven degrees of Aries. It still had Seven de- grees to go to Pisces, but it was in orb. In 498 A.D. the Sun crossed in 0 degrees of Aries, and from that it has been preceding into the sign Pisces and then the Piscean Age began. It is usual for a great teacher to come in each age, and we may expect him to come through the Rosicrucian Fellowship, because the Rosicrucian Fel- lowship is the herald of the Aquarian Age as John the Baptist was the herald of the Piscean Age. PLANETARY HOUR TABLES: QUESTION NO. 113: IS IT RIGHT TO USE THE GUIDANCE OF THE PLANETARY HOUR TABLES FOR THE PUR- POSE OF PECUNIARY GAIN, OR TO GAIN THE ADVANTAGE OVER ANOTHER PERSON? ANSWER: It is certainly very wrong to use any means to get the advantage over another person, it doesn't matter what the reason is. If on the other hand, we want to help somebody--let us say that a person is sick and we want to pour out our vitality and give him all that we can spare--then we can do that best in the hours of Mars, the planet of dynamic energy. If we want to [PAGE 3094] help somebody obtain a position, and we use the hour of the Sun to go and ask for a position for him, the Sun signifying an employer, then we are more likely to be successful than at another time. We are using it legitimately, also, if we have to go and face somebody that may harm us. If we can find a good hour it is all right. The editor was in Germany in 1908, and over there in peace times every- body had to register. Those who were strangers had to register at the po- lice station and go in person to show their papers and give a good account of themselves. The police secured a good description of them, asked about their religion, whether married or single, and how long they intended to stay. These and many more questions had to be answered, and if one moved around the corner to another place, the process had to be repeated. These officers were very brusque and it was not very pleasant to face them. So we thought we would go in the hour of the Sun when the Sun was well aspected, and everything was as harmonious as possible. We were treated very po- litely, and everything went beautifully. However, later we moved. That time we couldn't find an auspicious hour of the Sun, so went in another hour. They were so brusque that we were relived, pleased, and thankful to get out of the station with a whole skin. So planetary hours do have some effect, if that experience counts. [PAGE 3095] ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLS: QUESTION NO. 114: WOULD YOU TELL US WHAT WAS THE ORIGIN OF THE SYMBOLS, AND THE SHAPES OF THESE SYMBOLS REPRESENTING THE DIFFERENT SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC, ALSO THE PLAN- ETS? WHY ARE SOME QUITE EASY TO DECIPHER, WHILE OTHERS ARE JUST THE RE- VERSE? ANSWER: There seem to be about three factors in the symbols for the planets. There is a circle which means spirit, the half circle which we may take as a symbol of the soul, and the cross which we take as a symbol of matter. If we apply that key, we have in the Sun symbol a circle which stands as a symbol of Spirit. Then we have Mars which is composed of the circle and the CROSS ABOVE. The Spirit is under the cross, which we make take to mean that the Spirit is in bondage to matter and to the body. Thus we find the martial people very material. They usually do not believe in anything supernatural, as they call it--only what they can see, and might is right with them. The higher, finer, and nobler feeling are held in abey- ance; there is mainly the physical side expressed. Everything is for self. Mars always asks: "What can I get for MYSELF and how much pleasure can I get? What is the best I can do for MYSELF and how can I oust everybody else?" Venus is just the reverse. Mars will fight, but Venus doesn't fight. [PAGE 3096] Her symbol has the Spirit above the cross of matter. The Spirit has the balance of power and therefore she is the planet of love. She says, "How much can I do for somebody else? I want to help somebody. I want to at- tract everybody to myself that I may do them some good." Next we have the symbol of Saturn. There is the soul, or instinctual mind. symbolized by the half circle, under the dominance of matter, repre- sented by a cross. Therefore the Saturn people are materialistic in the ex- treme. They are very selfish also in every way. They grasp everything for self. The heart and better nature are put underneath. When you take the opposite combination, you have Jupiter, the soul ABOVE the cross of matter. The Jupiter person is the jovial, good-natured fellow, saying, "Well, how are you? Is there any way I can assist you?" He is always trying to be philanthropic and help somebody. Thus we see how well the planetary symbolism expresses nature. We also have the half circle by itself, the Moon, but that is just the soul. The lunar people are emotional, but they haven't much backbone. Finally, we have the planetary symbol composed of all three factors. This is the planet of mind, Mercury, uniting all the attributes of body, soul, and Spirit. It is the pivot. Mercury enhances the good of both the reason and the reasoning mind, but is of no value except as colored by the other planets. If we combine the planets symbolism is also seen. The Moon with Mars [PAGE 3097] makes the person still more foolhardy and harebrained than he would other- wise be. The Moon together with Venus, makes that person more emotional and devotional than otherwise. If Mercury is with Mars, it gives a keener in- telligence and reasoning power; with Saturn it gives him deeper thought and a grasping and selfish mind. Jupiter with Mercury enhances the good of both the reason and benevolence and they work together for philanthropic pur- poses. So with all the planets, because they are composed of these con- stituent parts of the symbols. EGYPTIAN ASTROLOGERS: QUESTION NO. 115: WHY DID THE ANCIENT PRIESTS OF EGYPT STUDY ASTROLOGY SO THOROUGHLY? ANSWER: Why, the whole fate of humanity is bound up by the stars. It doesn't matter whether we go to our own Bible or the textbook of any other religion. Everywhere we shall find that the stars are given a more prominent place. In our own Bible we know that they are called the Seven Spirits before the Throne. They are the Seven Star Angels as known par- ticularly to the Catholic Church, the Seven Planetary Spirits that have had [PAGE 3098] to do with our evolution every since humanity began to evolve on this planet. Therefore, naturally the course of the stars and their configura- tions are time markers in the history of humanity. We hear Pythagoras speak of the music of the spheres. Most people think that a poetical expression. It is not; it is a fact. Anywhere we go we shall find there is a sound distinct from the sounds of other places. The rustle of the trees when the wind is blowing, the babbling brooks, all have peculiar sounds. No two brooks will give the same sound. Musicians who have a trained ear can hear the difference. If we go into a city there is a conglomerate noise, but all that noise blends into the tone of the city. The composite of all the sounds all over the world, the rustle of the winds in the trees, and all the noises are heard in space as a certain single tone--the tone of the earth. These stellar orbs travel around, as is well known to astrologers, but not in a circle. They don't stay in one order, but come into different con- figurations with one another. The same is true of the Seven tones in the octave, which are the replica of the Seven Planetary Spirits. Just as they can be brought into different connections and make different chords, so also these different tones of the worlds that are moving through space make up the harmony of the spheres, and according to the change in these vibrations humanity is evolving. There is a different vibration every single moment of [PAGE 3099] time, and as a new being comes into existence, these varying vibrations act upon him and make him different from all others. Therefore he has a certain fate. It is the same in the microcosm and the macrocosm, the little world and the big world. We all have to with the stars. Everyone is bound up with the stars, without them there is nothing done or made. That is why the an- cient priest of Egypt who knew, took up that phase of religion. That is why they studied astrology so thoroughly, and the day will come when a great many more people will study it. The science of astrology will be revived when we grow wiser. ASTROLOGY A RELIGION: QUESTION NO. 116: IN SOME OF YOUR LITERATURE YOU SAY, "TO US, ASTROLOGY IS A PHASE OF RELI- GION." PLEASE TELL US WHEREIN ASTROLOGY CO-ORDINATES WITH THE CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS. ANSWER: The preceding question ought to answer this. The Seven Spirits before the Throne are the Planetary Spirits of the marching orbs. We cannot separate them from religion. Even in the earliest times we find everywhere the stars are a part of religion and without them there could be no reli- gion. Continued with file "RC1086.TXT" End of File


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