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Filename: RC1086.TXT Compiled from: "The Rosicrucian PhilosophyIn Questions & Answers, Vol. II" by Max Heindel [PAGE 3100] HAIRBREADTH ESCAPES: QUESTION NO. 117: CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PRECISE WAY IN WHICH ASTROLOGICAL INFLUENCES ACTS? IT SEEMS EXTRAORDINARY THAT BECAUSE A MAN'S HOROSCOPE CONTAINS NO EVIDENCE OF A VIOLENT DEATH HE CAN HAVE SUCH MIRACULOUS ESCAPES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE PRESENT EUROPEAN WAR THERE ARE SCORES OF INSTANCES OF MEN EXPOSING THEM- SELVES MOST RECKLESSLY IN THE MIDST OF A PERFECT HAIL OF BULLETS AND COMING THOUGH UNSCATHED. THERE WAS A FRENCH GENERAL, SO FAT THAT HE COULD SCARECLY WALK, WHO WOULD PERCH HIMSELF ON A CAMP STOOL OUTSIDE THE TRENCH AND BE POTTED AT FOR QUITE LONG PERIODS. HE WAS NEVER HURT. AGAIN, A BRITISH AVIATOR DESCENDED QUITE LOW OVER THE GERMAN TRENCHES, AND COMPETENT OBSERV- ERS SAY THAT ALTHOUGH FOR TEN MINUTES THOUSANDS OF SHELLS WERE FIRED AT HIM, HE WAS UNTOUCHED. IN WHAT MYSTERIOUS WAY IS SUCH PROTECTION AS THIS AF- FORDED BY STELLAR INFLUENCES? ANSWER: Astrologers who have investigated the horoscopes of a number of victims of accidents like those of the "Eastland" and the "General Slocum" always have been able to find serious afflictions in the victim's horoscope, and one of the European astrologers, we believe it was "Sepharial" recently compared the horoscope of forty people slain on the battle field in the same engagement. The result showed severe afflictions in every case, and it is [PAGE 3101] equally certain that anyone who has a miraculous escape must be under good directions at the time. A study of the nativities reveals that fact that while certain people are immune from accidents all their lives, other people are subject to them at every turn. A third class will have many hairbreadth escapes from the cradle to the grave. In THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION we cite the case of a man belonging to the class which is always meeting with accidents. He was not by any means a reckless or careless man. On one occasion he was hurt while climbing into a buggy. On the occasion cited in THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION he was riding on a street car and could not be blamed for the misfortune which overtook him. However, both of these accidents and others were foreshown very clearly in his horoscope. It was further seen that this was the result of an inexorable fate, for the writer had warned him and predicted the exact date of the railroad accident months before. The poor man was anxious to escape and had stayed at home on the day preced- ing the accident under the impression that that was the fateful day. After- wards it was found that he had become confused on the date and therefore fell a victim. On another occasion the writer predicted an accident for a man of the class who always escapes. If memory serves us right this man had Leo ris- ing, and the Sun, which ruled the Ascendant, in the eighth house, square to Saturn. Jupiter was trine to the Sun or the Ascendant, or both. Thus it [PAGE 3102] was evident that this man would come within a hair's breadth of losing his life many times, but would always escape. However, in the year 1906 or 1907 there was an eclipse of the Sun within one or two degrees of his radical Sun, also some minor afflictions. This we believed might be the terminus vitae, but it was not. One the day when the direction fell he stumbled in the middle of the street and a heavy touring car bore down upon him. It was stopped about one inch from his body, so that the benefic ray of Jupiter had again overridden the sinister Saturn. So far as known to the writer, the man still lives and has probably escaped death a number of times since then. There must be a similar configurations in the cases of those mentioned by our friend. Such persons bear a charmed life, and there is no other expla- nation that will give a satisfactory solution to the problem except that the stellar rays are potent powers in our lives. Nor should this surprise us when we consider that the stars are living, pulsating bodies of great Intelligences which are the ministers of God. If a puny wireless plant made with human hands can send wireless waves thou- sands of miles into space and there move a lever, light a lamp, or operate a telegraph key, according to the will of the sender, why should it be impos- sible for the dynamic energy of such great Spirits to send abroad in the universe rays of force or potency capable of operating many millions of [PAGE 3103] miles away from them? Whether we realize it or whether we believe it, the fact remains, nevertheless, and all the skeptic needs to do to find evidence is to watch the movements of the Moon and Mars. These two planets play a very considerable part at the present time, for people have allowed themselves to yield to their impulses for the last two years. It is true that we strengthen our characters by ruling our stars and fortifying ourselves against their impelling influences. It is also a fact that the more readily we yield to them at one time, the more potent we shall feel their influences the next. NEPTUNE THE OCTAVE OF MERCURY: QUESTION NO. 118: WHY DO YOU CALL NEPTUNE THE HIGHER OCTAVE OF MERCURY? ANSWER: Mercury is usually associated with reason and intelligence; to him is ascribed ruler over the nervous system, which is the medium of trans- mission between the embodied Spirit and the world without. Thus, as Neptune signifies the sub and superhuman intelligences who live and move in the spiritual realms of the universe, but who work with and upon us, so Mercury indicates the human intelligence focused upon the terrestrial physical world [PAGE 3104] wherein we live from birth to death. Therefore, it may be said that Neptune is the octave of Mercury, but there is a deeper sense. Reference to a textbook of anatomy or physiology will show that length- wise fissures in the spinal cord divide it into three parts, which enclose a hollow tube. Each of these columns is ruled by one of the Hierarchies in closest touch with us, the lunar, martial or mercurial, predominating, ac- cording to the stage in evolution of the individual. In the spinal canal the rays of Neptune kindle the SPINAL SPIRIT FIRE whereby the human spirit is enabled to pierce the veil of flesh and contact the worlds beyond. This vision is colored according to the column of the cord most actively excited. In the childhood days of mankind the creative force which is now turned outwards to build ships, houses, railways, telephones, etc., was used in- wardly to build the organs of our body, and as the surrounding physical world is photographed upon the table of a camera obscura, so the spiritual world is reflected in the spinal canal. There man beheld first the lunar God, Jehovah, whose Angels were then his tutors. Later, Angels who had fallen behind the standard of their compeers, and whose evolutionary re- quirements were therefore different, forced entrance to the spinal cord of man. The spiritual inner vision of mankind faded when "their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked." [PAGE 3105] Then they lost touch with the higher self. They saw only the person, and the docile creature of Jehovah was soon transformed to a savage and a brute under the impulse of Lucifer Spirits, the hierarchy of Mars. However, by their promptings man has also learned to conquer material obstacles, to build outwardly and become architect of the world. To counteract the un- mitigated selfishness bred by the martial Angels and to make mankind humane, our Elder Brothers from Mercury, human like ourselves, whose high state of evolution required the higher vibration generated and prevailing in close proximity to the Sun, were required to invest the spinal cord of mankind also. Through their labors civilization has taken on a different form. Mankind is again beginning to look inwards, and when the mercurial rays meets the ray of Neptune in the spinal canal, man finds again his higher self--the Christ is born WITHIN. Thus there is a connection between the Moon, Mercury, and Neptune. Those who come in touch with Neptune through the Moon may become irresponsible me- diums, victims of obsession, etc., but where Mercury is the fate, reason and understanding guide the aspiring Spirit. An afflicted Mercury may sometimes tempt seekers to enter by the wrong door, and mental trouble may result. If aware of the danger, however, continual care and persistence usually unlock the door of the temple, for the good forces are in the ascendancy now and grow stronger as time passes. [PAGE 3106] EFFECT OF VENUS IN THE TWELFTH HOUSE: QUESTION NO. 119: I NOTICED IN THE MAGAZINE FOR APRIL JUST TO HAND YOU WELCOME QUIERIES RE- LATING TO DISCREPANCIES IN ASTROLOGICAL DELINEATIONS, SO I SHOULD BE PLEASED IF YOU WOULD POINT OUT THE LINE OF THOUGHT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS AGREE. IN THE HOROSCOPE FOR DORIS A., IN THE FEBRUARY RAYS, YOU SAY SHE IS GOING TO HAVE AN EASY LIFE, FOR THERE IS NOT A SINGLE BAD ASPECT IN THE FIGURE. NOW, VENUS IS IN THE TWELFTH HOUSE, AND IN THE MESSAGE OF THE STARS IT IS STATED, SPEAKING OF VENUS IN THE HOUSE OF SORROW, PRESUMABLY THE TWELFTH, "THERE THE SMILE OF LOVE IS DROWNED IN TEARS." ANSWER: When you judge the effect of planets in any horoscope you should remember in the first place that no single aspect or position is sufficient to cause any important effects in the life, but that the general tenor of the horoscope must always be taken into consideration. In the next place it is important to remember that aspects between the planets have a stronger effect than mere house or sign position. If the general indications of a horoscope show a good and easy life, Venus placed in the twelfth house will not alone be able to change the validity of this judgment. If she were af- flicted by a square or opposition of Saturn, the case would be different, and the general judgment must be modified to conform to this fact. However, [PAGE 3107] if she were to receive a trine from the Sun or Jupiter, the mere fact of her placement in the twelfth house would be almost NIL in comparison with the effect of such powerful aspects. So if you will just keep these points in mind and remember that the influences of an unaspected planet is weak, no matter where it is placed in the horoscope, and that no single aspect is de- cisive at any time, you will have no difficulty in reconciling our state- ments. USE OF ASTROLOGY TRAINING CHILDREN: QUESTION NO. 120: IN TRAINING CHILDREN IT IS ADVISED THAT PARENTS GET AN ASTROLOGICAL READ- ING OF THE CHILD'S POTENTIALITIES SO AS TO INHIBIT DETRIMENTAL TENDENCIES AND STRENGTHEN THE BENEFICENT. DOES THIS PAY? IS IT NOT NECESSARY AND UL- TIMATELY BENEFICIAL FOR THE CHILD TO PASS THROUGH THE SO-CALLED ADVERSE MOODS AND EXPERIENCES? WILL NOT THE SPIRITUAL NATURE BE STRONGER WHEN THEY ARE OVERCOME? IS NOT ACQUIRED VIRTUE BETTER THAN INNOCENCE OR PURITY THROUGH EVASION? ANSWER: No, we do not advise parents to get an astrological reading for their children. We advise them to study astrology for themselves so as to be able to study and read their children's horoscopes. We do this because [PAGE 3108] although strange astrologers, professional or otherwise, may be much more competent to read the children's horoscopes than the parents, they lack the keen vital interest and the sympathy which will intuitively guide the parent to a much better understanding of what is contained in that little figure than ever an outsider can. The parent will have a much keener appreciation of what is shown in the child's horoscope when he had to dig it out for himself and seems it there in symbolical form, than when it is simply put down for him ready to read on a typewritten page, for he or she will then be much better fitted and qualified by a deeper insight to help the child foster the good tendencies and avoid the pitfalls shown by the bad. Now our correspondent asks does this pay. Is the child not going to be much better off by just simply wading through the mire and blundering along than by avoiding the pitfalls that are shown? Surely not. What would we think of a captain of a ship who set out on a voyage without either chart or compass because he though it would be far better to learn by experience than to avoid the rocks and shoals already charted by others? We should call him a foolhardy man, and be surprised if he did not put his ship on the rocks and smash it to pieces. If very one refused to take the experience of oth- ers as contained in books and the general knowledge now available in the world, how limited would be the experience of each! All the world would [PAGE 3109] commit the same blunders over and over again. We find the same thing in our colleges as compared with the manually trained mechanics. The boy who goes into a shop and learns only by practice what work is done there may become fairly proficient in his trade during the time another spends in a technical school, but once the technical student has graduated and entered the ship, he not only quickly catches up with the man who has learned only by experience, but soon passes him and goes to the top. Such is the universal experience in all parts and departments of life, that by adding the practical experience of others contained in books and taught in school to our experience we acquire a vast amount of knowledge that could not be obtained in any other way. It is the same in the school of life with respect to ethics and morals. If someone who is interested in us knows just at what point we fall short, is able to supply the needed training or encourage us to train ourselves in that particular branch of morals and ethics, or is ready to help and re- strain us when we would rush headlong into a pit, he may help us acquire the same faculties and qualities in a different way then would be the case if we were left to our own devices and forced to learn by experience. Thus we shall be able to advance upon the path of evolution much better than if we had to learn through our own sin and suffering. [PAGE 3110] If we see in the horoscope of a little child a tendency toward drunken- ness, and we take it during its years of childhood when the nature is sympa- thetic and sensitive, to places where others are making beasts of them- selves, to homes where children are being beaten by a drunken father, and to any other place where an object lesson that will appeal to the sympathies of the child may be had, the changes are that we may instill in such a little on a horror for a drink that will last throughout life and keep it on the straight path so far as that vice is concerned. Then the child has learned the lesson equally as well by the sorrows of theirs as if it had to go through the mire itself, and the object has been attained. Besides, the parent or guardian who has done the child such a wonderful service will have laid up for himself a treasure in heaven that is precious beyond all that words can express. Therefore we shall continue to urge par- ents and guardians to study the science of astrology and apply it in the training of children. By our simplified system it is easy to do the math- ematical part, nor is the reading difficult when love points the way. [PAGE 3112] THE EFFECT OF ENVIRONMENT: QUESTION NO. 121: IN DRAWING A HOROSCOPE DOES ONE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT WHICH AFFECT THE LIFE OF A CERTAIN PERSON OR ARE THE RULES LAID DOWN IN ASTROLOGICAL BOOKS CORRECT AS APPLIED TO ANY PERSON, AND AT ANY TIME OF HIS OR HER LIFE? ANSWER: No, the readings are not correct as applied to any time of life. We must always say that such and such aspects and configurations in a horo- scope give such and such TENDENCIES. Just as a plant has to have time to grow and unfold its various little leaves and flowers, so also the human plant must grow, and things that are latent at birth will be gradually un- folded in the course of life. That is to say, as far as his or her environ- ment permits. Aspects means something different to people placed in different circum- stances. To name a historical case, if memory serves correctly, a child was born at the very same minute in the lower part of the city as George III was born in the palace at Windsor. These two children grew up and each entered an independent career on the same day., that is, one became a monarch and the other went into business. They married on the same day, had the same number of children (but that could be only coincident, because children are dependent upon the other party's horoscope also), and they also died on the [PAGE 3113] same day. Thus the main events of their lifes were similar, yet they were different because of being placed in different environments. One was ask- ing, the other an ironmonger. If you will read the article in THE MESSAGE OF THE STARS, "The Measure of Amenability to Planetary Vibrations," you will see that humanity learns to respond to one after another of the planets. Many of us are beginning to respond to Uranus, but very few people respond to the vibrations of Neptune. WHY MERCURY IS COLORLESS AND NEUTRAL: QUESTION NO. 122: YOU SAY THAT MERCURY IS COLORLESS AND NEUTRAL IN ITS INFLUENCE. WOULD NOT THAT INDICATE THAT THE HUMANITY OF MERCURY IS AT A VERY LOW STAGE OF DE- VELOPMENT, AND IF SO HOW CAN THEY HAVE AN INFLUENCE UPON THE MIND OF HUMAN- ITY IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT PROMOTES REASON? ANSWER: During the first three and a half Revolutions of the Earth Pe- riod the influence of Mars had been paramount to galvanize humanity into ac- tion, but since the middle of the Atlantean Epoch when mind had been given [PAGE 3114] to all, EVOLUTION and EPIGENISIS (the exercise of man's own original cre- ative talent) are gradually bringing us Godward. While the influence of Mars was paramount as said, the mercurial influence was almost nil, for the planet Mercury had been in obscuration, undergoing one of the periodical planetary rests from which it began to emerge during the Atlantean Epoch, when the Lords of Mercury were called upon by Jehovah to aid Him in counter- balancing the influence of the Lucifer Spirits upon humanity. Since that time the influence of Mercury has been constantly increasing, but it will probably take many millennia before its full influence is felt. There are no sudden processes in nature and it takes a long time for a planet to go to rest or come out from a period of obscuration. It must not be forgotten ei- ther that we are not mentally qualified to take full advantage of the Mercu- rial vibrations as they exist at the present time, for the humanity of Mercury is far beyond our stage of development, though they as well as all the other planets are following different lines of evolution form that which is going on upon the earth. With respect to the color of Mercury, we may say that when one is in the physical body and focuses his sight upon the World of Concrete Thought, the first color he sees is blue-black or indigo, something like the intensified color of the blue core of a gas flame. At times it appears darker than oth- ers, though probably that may be due to conditions in the observer, but it seems entirely vacuous. The feeling and sensation is something similar to [PAGE 3115] that which one has after being out in very bright sunlight when one suddenly enters the house. The sight has to be adjusted to conditions there and un- til that time all appears black or dark. Then gradually one perceives a white light in and through everything. The whole Region of Concrete Thought is basically a dazzling, brilliant white, or perhaps colorless, and in that the different things take unto themselves a color which stands out all the more sharply and brilliantly be- cause of the absolutely colorless ligth which pervades the whole region. It is probably because of that absolutely crystal clearness that there is not space perception possible. The mind is formed of this colorless mind stuff and because it is perfectly neutral it is able to show others things in their true colors. Perhaps the whole matter can be best explained by the illustration of field glass. If we take one that is of poor quality, we shall find that the glass is not quite clear and that it shows a number of colors in the lenses. Thus the objects upon which this glass it focused are seen but indistinctly, their colors not being shown up true, but when we obtain a first class in- strument it is, as we say, CHROMATIC. It will not show any colors in the glass, and therefore it can properly transmit the true colors of objects upon which it is focused. Being perfectly clear and absolutely neutral it may be focused upon distant objects. The mercurial rays are singularly well adapted to express the mental faculty for the similar reason that they are colorless themselves. [PAGE 3116] PREMATURE BIRTH: QUESTION NO. 123: WILL YOU KINDLY EXPLAIN IN THE ASTRAL RAY THIS APPARENT DISCREPANCY OF STATEMENT: IN THE CURRENT NUMBER OF RAYS, PAGE 110, LAST LINES OF FIRST PARAGRAPH, IT IS STATED, ". . .AND THAT WHEN WE SEEM TO DELAY OR ACCELERATE BIRTH WE REALLY ARE AIDING NATURE TO TAKES ITS PREDETERMINED COURSE. . ." WHEREAS IN YOUR ARTICLE ON THE TRIPLETS LAST YEAR IT WAS WRITTEN: ". . .IT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY WRONG IF A PHYSICIAN HURRIED SOMEONE ACROSS THE THRESH- OLD WHEN HE WAS ABOUT TO DIE. . .IT IS IN NO WAY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE PHYSICIAN DOES WHEN HE HURRIES THE BIRTH OF A CHILD. . .THEN WE MAY SEE A REASON FOR THE FACT THAT CERTAIN PEOPLE DO NOT SEEM TO FIT INTO THEIR ENVI- RONMENT. THEY WERE HURRIED INTO THE WORLD UNDER A PLANETARY VIBRATION THAT WAS NOT AT ALL INTENDED FOR THEM." I HAD FIXED FIRMLY IN MY MIND THE ADMO- NITION CONTAIN IN THE "TRIPLET" ARTICLE, BUT THESE LATER REMARKS SEEM TO MODIFY IT. THERE ARE ALSO TWO OTHER POINTS ON WHICH I AM SEEKING LIGHT. IN THIS SAME ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY NUMBER IT IS SAID: ". . .IT IS BETTER TO BE BORN WHEN THE MOON IS INCREASING IN LIGHT. . .THE GROWING MOON ALWAYS IN- CREASES VITALITY AND FURTHERS OUR AFFAIRS." BUT IN SEVERAL PAST READING IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT THAT THE CONJUNCTION OF THE MOON WITH THE SUN IS ONE [PAGE 3117] OF THE BEST ANGURIES FOR HEALTH AND GENERAL PROSPERITY. HOW DO YOU RECON- CILE THESE STATEMENTS? IN A RECENT VOCATIONAL READING, WRITING OF THE SQUARE OF SATURN AND MER- CURY, IT IS SAID: "THIS MAKES YOU CRITICAL AND SARCASTIC, PARTICULARLY TO THOSE YOU WORK WITH." SATURN IS, HOWEVER, THE PLANET OF DIPLOMACY, AND IN FORMER READINGS IT WAS STATED: ". . .WHILE IF MERCURY IS IN THE SATURNINE SIGNS CAPRICORN AND AQUARIUS, OR SATURN IS IN THE MERCURIAL SIGNS GEMINI AND VIRGO, OR SATURN AND MERCURY ARE CONFIGURATED, IT GIVES THE PERSON CAUTION, TACT, AND DIPLOMACY." ANSWER: The article on the tardy triplets appeared in the February, 1916 issue, and for the benefit of those who have not read it we may say that the lady who gave birth to these triplets had no regular obsterician in atten- dance, but was look after by her aunt WHO ALLOWED nature to take its course. The first of the triplets was born September 22nd 1915, at 1:50 A.M.. Trip- let No. 2 was born September 24th, 1915, at 1:15 A.M., and triplet No. 3 was born ten minutes later. Thus there was an interval of forty eight hours be- tween the birth of the first and the last one. This is an abnormal case which comes near being in the same category as a Seven months' birth, and we have never seen the horoscope of a Seven month's child that fitted. Neither have we seen a Seven months' child who fitted into his environment. There is always something wrong in the life when the [PAGE 3118] period of gestation has been interfered with and the person has received his planetary baptism at a time when the stellar configuration were unsuited to his case and condition. Therefore, we said and think that it is criminal to bring a child to birth under such conditions. In the case of these triplets the mother did not have labor pains from the time the first one was born un- til the second one was nearly ready to enter the world. Had an obstetrician brought them to birth in spite of this, two days before the appointed time, he would, in our opinion, have caused trouble for the two last ones. Al- though we did not express it in the article on the triplets, it has always been our opinion that just on that account the lady was left without a professional attendant and given a nurse who would not take drastic mea- sures. We think that it is sometimes possible for an astrologer to give advice which may interfere with the ripe destiny of someone else, and we may cite in illustration of this the case mentioned in the COSMO where the editor warned a man of an accident on a railway which would happen on a certain day. The man went on the railway, however, and was hurt according to the prediction. He thought that the twenty-eighth was the twenty-ninth, and we believe to counteract the prediction of the editor the Lords of Destiny or their agents made the man forget. Thus we believe that they interfere in all things which are not to be altered by human interference, and on that account we think the mother of the triplets was provided with someone who [PAGE 3119] would allow nature to take its course. Special cases are taken care of in a special manner, there probably being a reason for the untimely birth, but we have never had the time or the opportunity to investigate that. With respect to the point brought up in the second paragraph, it is per- fectly true that we have said all these things, and there is no reason to modify any of them. The conjunction of the Sun and the Moon is one of the best auguries for health and general success. At a conjunction the Moon be- gins to increase in light and continues to do so until the time of the full Moon. Truly, it is better to be born while the Moon is increasing in light than front the full Moon to the next conjunction when the light of the Moon is on the wane. With respect to the matter mentioned in the last paragraph, the student should realize that the virtues conveyed by a planet are brought out by its favorable aspects, the sextile or trine, in particular, while the vices of a planet are expressed by the square or opposition, which are unfavorable as- pects. If now we set some of the virtues of Saturn down as tact and diplo- macy, we could not expect to find them under a square of Saturn and Mercury, but we would look for the vices of Saturn and conclude that a person with that configuration must be cynical, critical, and sarcastic. We do not rec- ollect where the reading is in which we said that if Mercury is in the sat- urnine sign Capricorn or Aquarius, or Saturn in the mercurial sign Gemini or [PAGE 3120] Virgo, or Saturn and Mercury are configurated, it gives the person caution, tact, and diplomacy. However, that is true if they are configurated BY FA- VORABLE ASPECTS. Then the virtues of Saturn are brought out, but if the configuration is by adverse aspects, as the square and opposition, it brings out the vices. We may have been speaking of a good aspect in that case and had forgotten to mention also the modifying effect of a bad aspect. If so we trust that the foregoing will make it clear. In conclusion we may say that we are very glad to have the students bring up any points where they think there is a discrepancy, or where we have not made ourselves clear. In that way we shall get the most benefit out of these studies. THE BEST TIME TO BE BORN: QUESTION NO. 124: ACCORDING TO ASTROLOGY, WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE BORN? ANSWER: In the light of occult investigation of some of the modern meth- ods it appears that birth is an event we are powerless to control. When we seem to do so in a slight degree we are really agents of destiny to [PAGE 3121] accelerate or delay it till the proper moment has arrived. This view is also justified by the author's experience in horary astrology. The phi- losophy of horary astrology is that at the time one is impelled to ask a question concerning an important matter the heavens contain also the answer, and a figure set for that time will contain the solution to the problem. But it should be particularly noted that the time to set the figure is when the inquirer asks the question of the astrologer, when this is done in per- son. When it is done by mail the astrologer sets the figure for the time he reads the question in the letter. On a number of occasions we have received letters containing questions which bore marks of having been delayed by flood or fire, but the figure cast for the moment of reading gave the answer, showing that the death had a part in the plan. Nor should it surprise us that the great Intelligences which are the ministers of destiny, foresee and make allowance for contin- gencies beyond the grasp of the human mind. When the Infinite Mind bestows equal care when designing the anatomy of a fly, a mouse, or a lion, may we not conclude that a similar attention to the minutiae prevails in all de- partments of life? When we seem to delay or accelerate birth are we not re- ally aiding nature to takes it predetermined course, as said in the opening sentence of this article? Nevertheless, people often ask the astrologer when is the best time to be born. Young astrologers also frequently want to know--not that they have [PAGE 3122] any ideal of controlling birth, but so that on seeing a horoscope, or being told a person's time of birth, they may make a quick mental calculation to determine whether he has a so-called good or bad horoscope. Such a judgment would of course be founded only on the position of the Sun by sign, and ap- proximate house, hence general in the extreme. It may be said, however, that other planetary positions being equal, it is better to be born when the Moon is increasing in light, for the new to the full, that when she is de- creasing, from the full to the new, for the growing Moon also increases vi- tality and furthers our affairs. It is fortunate to be born in April or August when the life-giving Sun is in its exaltation sign Aries, or Leo, its home, for then we enter the sea of life on the erest wave of vitality and are backed in the battle of existence by an abundant fund of energy. It is also good to be born in May and July when the life-light of the Sun is focused through the exaltation sign and home of the Moon, Taurus and Can- cer, especially, as said, when the lesser light is increasing. Those con- figurations also furnish an abundance of vitality which is such a great as- set in physical life. With respect to the time of day most favorable for birth, it may be said that children born about sunrise or during the forenoon from 8 to 12, while the Sun is transversing the houses of friends and social prestige, are the "luckiest," for they are helped on every hand. Children born between noon [PAGE 3123] and midnight are less "lucky." When the Sun comes to the nadir, the "luck" turns again, for although the children are born in the early morning while the daystar is ascending toward the eastern horizon will have to carve their own way in the world, opportunities will be given them in abundance. We may therefore sum up our conclusions by saying that it is best to be born at sunrise, or in the forenoon, preferably in April or August, when the Moon is increasing in light. Finally, it should always be born in mind that there is no "luck" in the commonly accepted sense, but that what we have or lack in any respect is due to our own actions in the past and that in the future we may have what we now lack by proper application. THE BALANCE OF JOY AND SORROW: QUESTION NO. 125: IS SORROW NECESSARY IN THE GREAT SCHEME OF THINGS? IS IT NOT A PART OF GOD'S PLAN FOR US TO BE JOYFUL? ANSWER: When Tannhauser, driven by his unholy passion for the noble, pure , and virtuous Elizabeth, wandered into the mountain and was attracted to the cave of Venus as steel to a magnet, he was not only allowed, but [PAGE 3124] encouraged to gratify his sensual desires to the fullest extent. Naturally, he was soon satiated with passion and he prayed to be released fro the god- dess Venus and to be allowed to return to the earth. In the course of his plea he utters the truism that at the present stage of development man re- quires both joy and sorrow for his proper development. IN the philosophic mind this sentiment evokes instant assent, for although we are all human enough to crave joy and dread sorrow, we cannot upon proper though fail to realize the fact that a life of constant joy without the slightest sorrow to mar it would be absolutely insipid and colorless. It is the proper blend of light and shadow that gives beauty to a picture or landscape, and a similar arrangement of sorrow and joy is required to lend zest to life and make it worth-while. From the astrological standpoint the light and the shadow of life is fur- nished by the position and aspects of Jupiter and Saturn at birth, together with their progression and transits in respect to the horoscope of any per- son. The joy and laughter come from Jupiter, the planet of benevolence and optimism, who bestows upon us the favors of the gods in the measure which we have deserved their bounties. On the other hand, Saturn, the planet of pes- simism and obstruction, is the dispenser of disfavors which we have incurred by actions inharmonious with the law, and as we are still ignorant of how to work in harmony with God's great plan of the universe, it is small wonder [PAGE 3125] that the switch of Saturn is needed to whip us into live when we have de- parted from the path of virtue. However, it is a most significant sign of our Father's love that Jupiter travels three times around the horoscope, making aspects and bringing opportunities for good, to every revolution of Saturn, which brings to us the experiences which are called evil by those who lack understanding. What a wonderful blessing astrology is, giving us an insight into the in- finite plan of evolution, whereby we are all slowly being educated from ig- norance to omniscence! Saturn is one of the main factors in this process of enlightenment. To those who do not know astrology it may seem as if sorrows come upon them for no reason that they can discover, and they very often envy those who are more fortunate seemingly than themselves. However, once they have learned to look for light through astrology the whole viewpoint of life is changed. It then becomes evident that we are there not for pleasure but for experience, and no matter how sad or how disastrous these experi- ences may be the true student of astrology welcomes them and seeks to find out the reason from the astrological viewpoint, and the lessons to be learned. Furthermore, he derives the comfort from his knowledge that the aspects which produce disastrous effects are only passing and that in due season, which he can definitely calculate, the whiplash of Saturn will dis- appear and the benefic ray of Jupiter will again dispel the saturnine gloom and heal the hurt. This knowledge naturally gives him courage to bear up in [PAGE 3126] the days of trial and keeps him in a hopeful attitude of mind looking for- ward to the time when the tribulation will be over. When we live in ignorance of God's great plan and have no conception of the cuclic ministrations of sorrow and job brought into our lives for our good by Saturn and Jupiter, we are pat to become too elated and overjoyed when Jupiter showers the good gifts of the gods--health, wealth, friends, success, and prosperity--upon us. We are also prone to become unduly down- cast when under the scourge of Saturn we are deprived of all that makes life worth living. However, when the book of life has been opened up to us by the sacred science of astrology and we recognize therein the benevolent pur- pose of God and His ministers toward us, we gradually learn to keep out bal- ance so that when the joys of Jupiter come our way we are not too joyous, but receive them in a chastened spirit and learn to consider ourselves stew- ards of all good things that are thus given into our hands. We learn that we are to use them, but for our own selfish interests and purposes, but for the good of all, and that some day an accounting will be required of us where we must show how we have used the stores of our Lord. On the other hand, the whiplash of Saturn will not be long or often ap- plied to one who uses self-examination to see wherein he is falling short and to find the fault that is causing him tribulation whereunder he is [PAGE 3127] suffering. That lesson will certainly be found by the sincere seeker and when it has been discovered the joy at having found a valuable pearl of knowledge will far overbalance the pain involved in learning the lesson. In the course of years there will be evolved that most valuable of all the Ego's possession, equipose, which lifts the man who has it above the surging sea of emotions into the realm of eternal peace that passes all understand- ing. When he has arrived at that point in his development neither Saturn, Jupiter, nor any other Planetary Spirits will have the power to move him, for he has then learned to rule his stars and regulate his fate according to his own divine will. PLANETARY POLARITY: QUESTION NO. 126: SPEAKING OF PLANETARY POLARITY FOR MARRIAGE, MOON AND VENUS BEING SIGNIFICATORS IN A MAN'S HOROSCOPE AND SUN AND MARS IN A WOMAN'S, YOU SAY THAT IF THESE PLANETS ARE HARMONIOUSLY CONFIGURATED, ETC., HARMONY WILL PRE- VAIL. DOES THE CONFIGURATION REFERRED TO MEAN THE CONFIGURATION OF MOON TO VENUS AND OF MARS TO SUN IN THE RESPECTIVE HOROSCOPES, OR IF MOON AND VENUS IN ONE HOROSCOPE TO SUN AND MARS IN THE OTHER? HOW WOULD IT BE IF THE MAN'S SUN ANTAGONIZED HIS OWN MOON BUT HARMONIZED WITH THE PROSPECTIVE MATE'S [PAGE 3128] MOON? IN THE CASE THE ASC IS NOT KNOWN, WHAT IS THE BEST BASIS FOR ESTIMAT- ING CAPABILITY? IS IT THE HARMONY OR OTHERWISE OF THE TWO MOON SIGNS? ANSWER: It really means both to have harmony. A person with Mars square to Venus will not be very successful in love affairs, but if Mars in a woman's horoscope be in the place of Venus in a man's horoscope, then it is a case of love at first sight. However, that love is of the earth earthy--it is the lower phase of love. The Sun of one person on the other's Moon brings a very spiritually harmonious condition. It is also true that even the opposition of the two luminaries from one horoscope to another will bring harmony, because they are opposite. It doesn't act that way with the squares, but the opposition we have found to produce harmony. The Sun and Moon square always renders a man vacillating. He never knows his own mind. He is torn between two ideas all the time. Nevertheless, he may be very harmonious with somebody else of the other sex, if his Moon is in the place of the woman's Sun, or trine. That would certainly bring spiritual harmony. [PAGE 3129] THE PURPOSE OF TEMPTATION: QUESTION NO. 127: WOULD IT ALWAYS BE RUNNING A GREAT RISK TO PUT TEMPTATION IN THE WAY OF A PERSON WHOSE HOROSCOPE SHOWS EITHER MERCURY OR NEPTUNE AFFLICTED BY SATURN, REGARDLESS OF COUNTERBALANCING TESTIMONIES? ANSWER: That is just what we are here for, to have temptation. Did you ever realize that temptation is one of the greatest blessings that we pos- sibly can have, because if we stand firm for the good then we have won and we have acquired a definite virtue. If we do not, we will suffer the conse- quences and will learn by the pain that will come to us. There is in the Bible an instance in point. In one place we are told how King David was TEMPTED BY SATAN TO GO AND NUMBER THE PEOPLE, and when he did so certain terrible things happened to him; a number of the people died of pestilence. In another place we read that GOD TEMPTED DAVID TO GO AND NUM- BER THE PEOPLE, and then God said: "I am going to punish you. You will be defeated by your own enemies, or you will have pestilences, or you will have death going through your camp," and David said: "Rather let me fall into the hands of God." Then many thousands of the children of Israel were cut off by the angel of death. These two accounts are identical. One states that Satan tempted, and the other says God tempted David. At the [PAGE 3130] first it seems very, very strange that God should have tempted David, or commanded David to be a certain thing and then punish him for having done what he was told. However, when we look at it a little closer we can see it is simply a case of the teacher tempting his pupil to do something that is wrong or setting a trap for him in order to see whether he has learned a certain lesson. An examination before a school board is held to see if the pupil under- stands. If he doesn't, the teacher wants to find it out so he may know how to teach him later on. Satan in the Bible does not mean a monster that goes around with horns and tail, but it means an ADVERSARY. Christ called Peter, Satan, when Peter said: "Oh, no Lord, you shall not go up to Jerusalem to suffer." He was an ADVERSARY. At the examination the teacher as an adver- sary of the pupil. God said to David, "Go and number your men because there is going to be a fight with the Moabites," and He expected David would say, "What is the use of numbering the people of Israel, men do not count. It is you, Lord, that counts. It is you we trust, not our own strength." If he had learned to do that then he would have learned his lesson. Instead of that he went and numbered Israel and perhaps he felt, "Well, I guess we will be able to wipe out these Moabites, and I don't think we need the Lord so much anyway." The Lord had to show both him and the Israelites that they weren't fit to trust in themselves--that they did need the Lord--and in one night he cut off many thousands and reduced them to a handful. Then He [PAGE 3131] said, "Now, I will go out and fight for you, and you will know it is I who gave you the victory." Thus temptation is for good, to test whether we are strong enough in character and whether we have learned our lesson. So whether a person puts a glass of liquor before you or tempts you some other way doesn't matter. If one is weak enough so that he can be tempted he has a lesson to learn in that respect. DIAGRAM 14A: | | GOD | /--------\ /--------\ | NEGATIVE POSITIVE | <<*>> | | * \--------/ | \--------/ | | | | | |-* | *-| | |----------|--------| Saturn | | | Vulcan | | Group 1 | Group 2| Period |-------|-----|-| Period | |----------|--------|-|G.3 |-----|-----| | | |--------|--------| | | | | | | | |G.4 | | | | | | | Venus |-|-----|-------| Sun | G.3 |-|--------|----------|G.5 Period | |-----|-----| Period | | |--------|--------| | | | | G.4 | | | | | | | | | | Moon |-------|-----|-| Jupiter | G.5 |----------|--------|-| G.6 Period |-----|-----| | Period | |--------|--------| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-|-----|-------| | G.6 |-|--------|----------|G.7 Earth | |-----|-----| Period | | |--------|--------| | | | | | | | Mercury | | | Mars | | | | Half |-- | --| Half | G.7 |----------|-- | | | | | | | ---|--------| | | -------------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| GROUP NO. | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | -------------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| COMBINING CAPACITY | R2O | R O | R2O3 | R O2 | R H3 | R H2 | R H | | | | | R M4 | R2O5 | R O3 | R2O7 | -------------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| ATOMIC WEIGHT | LI.7 | GL.9 | B.10.9| C.12 | N.14 | O.16 | FL.19 | -------------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| DENSITY | Na | Mg | Al | Si | S | P | Ce | | 0.97 | 1.75 | 2.49 | 2.65 | 2.06 | 1.84 | 1.38 | -------------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-------| AS ABOVE, SO BELOW The world, the man, and the atom are governed by the same law. Our dense earth is now in its 4th stage of consolidation. The mind, the desire body, and the vital body are less solid than our 4th vehicle, the dense body. In the atomic weight of the chemical elements there is a similar arrangement. The 4th group marks the acme of density. [PAGE 3132] QUESTIONS DEALING WITH MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS: MOTHER LOVE AS A FACTOR IN MATERIALIZATION: QUESTION NO. 128: IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MOTHER WHO HAS PASSED INTO THE INVISIBLE WORLD TO HELP HER CHILDREN DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY? DOES SHE MAKE HANDS OF FLESH WITH WHICH TO WORK, OR IN WHAT WAY DOES SHE AID THEM? ANSWER: The Society for Physical Research has investigated a number of cases where it has been shown that the mother has materialized in order to save her small children from disaster or accidents. There is no doubt that many young mothers are earth-bound for a long time by the love they bear their small and helpless children. WE feel certain that if they were able they would often manifest to give them help and comfort, but, the seed atom having been ruptured at the time of death, they are not able to draw to themselves even the most attenuated gaseous matter that would make them vis- ible, except in a very few cases where the need is so great that it begets in the mother a desire of such dynamic intensity that for a moment or two it compels the physical atoms to marshal themselves into her body and enables her to do that which she desires. Thus she performs a magical feat, without knowing how she has done it, and of course she cannot repeat it unless it happens under similar circumstances. In this respect the people who have passed into the invisible worlds [PAGE 3133] differ radically from the Invisible Helpers who leave their body at will. The silver cord is intact in their case, and this gives them a continuous connection with the physical seed atom. Its magnetism is therefore exerted and it requires a subconscious effort on the part of the Invisible Helper to keep the physical particles from flowing into the etheric vehicle in which he travels. On the other hand, when he desires to aid anyone who may be in distress, or to perform a certain work, he materializes a hand or an arm with the greatest of ease simply by consciously allowing the physical atoms in his closest environment to flow into the etheric matrix. When he has performed the desired task, another effort of thought scatters the strange atoms and dematerializes the hand or arm. Thus, for instance, when working inside the body of a patient to manipulate a diseased organ or stanch the blood in an artery, fingers are made temporarily from the flesh of the pa- tient without causing him the least discomfort, and are as readily dissolved when the work is done. [PAGE 3134] ATLANTEANS WHO HAD NOT EVOLVED LUNGS: QUESTION NO. 129: WHAT BECOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD NOT EVOLVED LUNGS AT THE TIME OF THE FLOOD? WERE THEY GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD LATER? ANSWER: This refers to the people in the Atlantean Epoch when the mists were beginning to condense. At that time humanity lived down in the mist-filled basins of the earth. They were the Niebelung, or children of the mist, and they breathed by gill clefts. We find this in the Memory of Nature, and we find it also in the prenatal development of the child in the stage when it breathe by gill clefts. In order to come up here on the high- lands to live in the purified atmosphere we have today, it was necessary they should build lungs, otherwise they would be asphyxiated. Some worked with the law of evolution and built the lungs, others did not. During the time when we went through these various periods there was the growth of the threefold body. This work was carried on until we came to the Atlantean Epoch, which was the time of involution. At that time we didn't see outwardly as we see now, but we saw inwardly. All our forces were turned inward and we built organs at that time. That was our means of evolution. Now we are turning that creative force outward and building ships, houses, and such things, and we are growing on in that direction. [PAGE 3135] However, at that time we had to build the organs, and those who did not build the organs were left behind. Now comes the question as to what became of them. Why, they have to wait until they can catch up. They will get a chance to build later on, for they are among the lower races. Whether they will catch up and be fit to go into the next epoch when we build the vital body we don't know. We are trans- forming the world by epigenesis. We are going along the line of evolution and being lifted out of matter and we are spiritualizing these bodies into soul. By the services we are doing, voluntary service, we are building a soul body, and those who have not evolved it will be left behind. As we read in the Bible, those who have not the golden wedding garment cannot come in to the feast. Thus these people were left behind, and some of them are the Spirits spoken of by Peter that were left behind and to whom Christ preached during the time between the bodily death of Jesus and what is known as the Resurrection. Whether they will catch up is a question. We don't know, but it is to be hoped they will. [PAGE 3136] THE CAUSE AND CURE OF SLEEPWALKING: QUESTION NO. 130: PLEASE TELL WHAT SLEEPWALKING REALLY IS AND IF THERE IS ANY WAY TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUBJECT TO THAT CONDITION. ANSWER: ROSICRUCIAN CHRISTIANITY LECTURE NO. 4 deals with dreams, sleep, hypnotism, mediumship, and insanity. That is to say, the abnormal condi- tions of consciousness, and in that Lecture a very thorough explanation has been given of these various conditions with the exception of sleepwalking, which however, resembles dreams in a great measure. We cannot give so full an explanation here, but suffice it to say that during the daytime the physical body which we call man is surrounded by an auric atmosphere com- posed of his finer vehicles just as the yolk of an egg is surrounded by the white. These finer vehicles interpenetrate the physical body so that in the evening it, so to say, collapses and the finer vehicles draw out of it leav- ing it helpless, sleeping upon the bed. When this COMPLETE separation has taken place the sleep is dreamless. However, sometimes the Ego becomes so intent upon the things in the physical world that it is with great difficulty that it can tear itself loose from the physical vehicle. It may then be half in and half out of [PAGE 3137] the body. Thus the normal connection between the Ego and the brain is wrenched but not fully ruptured. Under these circumstances the Ego sees the things of the physical world, and this accounts for those fantastic and foolish dreams which we sometimes have. Under such a condition the body may toss about on the bed, It may even speak and gestieulate, and from that condition it is only a step to sleepwalking where the Ego compels the ve- hicle to leave the bed and wander about, sometimes aimlessly, but at other times with a definite purpose in view. If we remember that when the Ego is outside its physical vehicle during the hours when the latter is left sleeping on the bed, the Spirit moves with the same facility through the window or the wall that is goes through the open door. When we realize that it cannot be burned by fire nor drowned by water or fall from a house top, we can readily realize that, being uncon- scious of the fact that its physical vehicle is with it, it may attempt to go out of a window. Should the window be open, the physical body naturally drops to the ground and is hurt more or less according to the distance of its fall. We can all walk a very narrow plank is lifted up only a few feet a sense of fear comes over us. We would probably fall off a very wide plank were it placed hundreds of feet from the earth, but when the body is ma- nipulated by the Spirit from without it is itself unconscious and therefore [PAGE 3138] fearless. Consequently, it walks with impunity whereever it can get a foot- hold, and the only danger is that the sleeper may awake--that the Ego may draw into its vehicle and assume the normal position. Then the fear will almost inevitably cause him to fall from whatever perilous position he may be in, and in consequence there is an injury of more or less seriousness. As to the remedy for this trouble we would suggest the practice of con- scious relaxation of the body. It is the desire body which keeps a grip on the dense vehicle, and during relaxation this desire body is taught to let go and leave the dense body inert so that if an arm or a limb is lifted it drops immediately to the bed. This practice will in time stop sleepwalking, but in the meantime if wet towels are placed on the floor, they will prob- ably have the effect of awakening the person the moment he steps out of bed. The higher vehicles of a nature somewhat akin to electricity, and we know that water has a wonderful drawing effect with respect to the electric cur- rent. Similarly, when the feet of the body contact the wet towels on the floor, the finer vehicles are drawn into the central position with respect to the body and consciousness is restored. Thus the body is awakened and the danger of sleepwalking is averted for the time being. Continued with file "RC1087.TXT" End of File

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