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Filename: "RC2002.TXT" Source: "The Message of the Stars" by Max & Augusta Foss Heindel [PAGE 51] WERE YOU BORN UNDER A LUCKY STAR?: Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope at the patterns formed there by the many little pieces of varicolored glass, and noticed how the slight- est disturbance of the position changes the pattern? Also, do you realize that it would be impossible, or almost so, to duplicate any pattern, no mat- ter how much you were to turn; there is such a variety of effect. Similarly when you look into the heavens night after night you will notice changes among the planets, in fact such is the variety of changes that occur among them that it would be impossible to duplicate the position which they hold relatively to one another while you are reading this, for almost twenty-six thousand years. Thus in the planetary kaleidoscope there is, we might say, an infinity of patterns. When we realize that human beings are entering the world constantly and that each being is stamped at the first complete breath with the planetary pattern then in the sky, everyone must necessarily be different from everyone else. Nor should this statement about stellar in- fluence create doubt when we consider that wireless saves of different lengths and different pitch sent out from a tiny man-made contrivance can [PAGE 52] make themselves felt and can register by mechanical operations involving ex- penditure of energy thousands of miles from their source. The planetary vi- brations from those great orbs in the heavens make themselves felt millions of miles away as surely, as easily, and with equal uncertainty. We know that the angle of the solar ray determines whether it is winter or summer. We also know the effect of the Moon upon the waters, and it is within the experience of all that we feel more buoyant when the atmosphere is clear and dry than when it is moist and murky. And what determines these atmospheric conditions but the planets, the circling stars? When we look up at this planetary kaleidoscope from time to time we see in the heavens various configurations which are pronounced lucky or unlucky according to whether they are formed between so-called benefics alone, such as Venus, Jupiter and the Sun, or planets said to be malefic such as Saturn, Mars or Uranus. When Jupiter and Venus are in close conjunction near the mid-heaven, it is a foregone conclusion that those who come into the world under this configuration will enjoy a measure of good fortune far above the average, and such persons would therefore me considered "lucky" in the ex- treme. On the other hand there are times when Saturn and Mars occupy the zenith position for souls that are born to suffer. But why should one suffer and another be born under a lucky star? Why do the stars give good fortune to one and misfortune to others, and if we are [PAGE 53] born to "luck": whether good or bad, what is the use or where is the incen- tive to individual effort? If there is a law of nature which is established beyond doubt it is surely the law of Cause and Effect. Every cause must produce an adequate effect and nothing which we see as an effect can be without a pre-existence cause. Moreover, if this is a universal law it must apply to the conditions of birth as well as to subsequent life. Following up this idea the next question is: If our birth under a lucky or unlucky star. Thus by induction of belief in Astrology requires also a belief in a previous existence as well as in future lives, for while we are now reaping in our horoscopes the effects of our past lives we are also by out acts lay- ing the foundations for a new horoscope which can only be worked out in a future life. "How closely luck is linked to merit Does never to the fool occur; Had he the wise man's stone, I swear it, The stone had no philospher," said MEPHISTO sarcastically in "FAUST" and it is true. If we are born under a lucky star it shows that we have earned good fortune thereby indicated, by [PAGE 54] forethought, kindness, and our other virtues expressed in previous lives, for we cannot have friends unless we are friendly ourselves. If we happen to have Saturn and Mars instead of Venus and Jupiter near zenith, it shows that in the past we ourselves have not been kindly and friendly or we could not now express the opposite traits. But this is just the point where the study of Astrology should help us. It shows our limitations for the present and it points out the obvious remedies and HOW TO BUILD FOR THE FUTURE. Can the leopard change its skin? No. Can the lion cease to prey? Absolutely impossible. Can the flower cease to bloom or the mineral to crystallize? Certainly not; because they are under laws which are as unchangeable as the laws of the Medes and Persians. THEY HAVE NEITHER CHOICE NOR PREROGATIVE but must obey the dictates of the group spirit which guides them along their path of evolution. But in this respect we differ radically from those lower kingdoms, we have both choice and prerogative. WE MAY DO WHATSOEVER WE WILL and that is a factor which is never shown in the horoscope, a factor that may be made to play an all important role in every life. It is not enough to be born under a lucky star to have a lucky life, for the horoscope shows only the tendencies and the person who is so well endowed will without ques- tions have an abundance of opportunities to make his life fortunate in the very highest degree. BUT ONLY IN SO FAR AS HE EXERTS HIMSELF TO GRASP [PAGE 55] OPPORTUNITY on the wing, will that which is foreshadowed in his horoscope come to pass. And similarly with the person who is afflicted by the con- junction of two malefics in the mid-heaven or anywhere else in the horo- scope. By his will, and the exercise of choice, which are his divine birth- rights, HE MAY RULE HIS STARS and make of the unlucky horoscope a fruitful life from a far higher standpoint than the other. The bark that has been tossed by the tempest harbors a job when the haven of safety is reached that is not equaled on the ship that has always said on smiling seas. "Who never ate his bread in sorrow, Who never passed the midnight hours Weeping, waiting for the morrow, He knows not yet ye heavenly powers." From the higher standpoint those who are living in the lap of luxury are to be pitied when their lucky stars give them all the good things of this world and cause them to forget that they are stewards and that the day is coming when their souls shall be required of them with an accounts of their stewardship. They shall then be forced to confess that they have failed to use the substance entrusted to them in the proper manner; while others under the strain and stress of live, expressed by the horoscopical squares and op- positions, have wrung from their unlucky stars a measure of victory. What wonder then if the king's messengers, the circling stars, take from the [PAGE 56] unfaithful steward that which he had and give to the other, changing the latter's adversity to prosperity in later lives. Thus the pendulum of luck and loss, success and failure swings through many lives till we learn to make our own "luck" by ruling our stars. "A god can love without cessation, But under laws of alteration We mortals need, in changing measure, Our share of pain as well as pleasure." And it is this necessity for change that is ministered unto us by the cir- cling stars which form configurations that we call good or evil, though they are neither from a higher standpoint; for no matter how good the horoscope, by progression of the stars evil configurations are sure to come and no mat- ter how evil, there are always new opportunities for good given by aspects of the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter to our planets at birth. ALL THAT WE HAVE TO DO IS TO GRASP THE OPPORTUNITY, AND HELP OUR STARS, THAT OUR STARS MAY HELP US. AMULETS, BIRTH-STONES AND PLANETARY COLORS: In the windows of jeweler's shops and in cheap, ready made horoscopes one may often read that it is "LUCKY" for people born in a certain month to wear a particular stone or color. It means business to the jeweler and the as- trological prestidigitator who produced "your horoscope" by a turn of the [PAGE 57] wrist from a box when you tell him in what month you were born. Both buy their instructive (?) literature at a nominal price per thousand, the prin- cipal cost being paper and printers' ink; there are no furrows in their foreheads from deep and earnest study of the problem. But as the counterfeit coin argues the existence of the genuine, so also the fallacious information flippantly dispensed by people who cater to the sense of mystery and wonder which is deeply imbedded in human nature argues the existence of a genuine science of mineralogical correspondences with the stellar rays impinging upon all who inhabit our sub-lunar sphere; and when this is rightly understood by the majority of people, for then it is THE RESULT OF ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE SCIENTIFICALLY USED, and therefore the outcome is as inevitable as that water runs down hill. The philosophy of planetary colors and mineralogy is that each of the Creative Hierarchies which is active in evolution works with the various classes of beings from mineral to man, and is responsible for the progress made by them. In the course of this work each Hierarchy naturally imparts to the beings with whom it labors some of its own nature and vibration. Thus each group of minerals, each species of plant and animal, vibrates to a certain keynote which blends with the vibration of the Group Spirit, and the [PAGE 58] particular sign and planet with which he is most nearly attuned. It has been taught by the Elder Brothers in "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, that: The Archangels, who were humans in the Sun Period when the present animals started their evolution with a mineral-like existence, are now the Group Spirits of the animals. The Angels, who were human in the Moon Period when the present plants commenced their evolution with a similar mineral constitution are now the Group Spirits of the planets. Man, who reached the human stage in the Earth Period, is now working with the new life-wave which started its evolution on the Earth as minerals. He is not far enough advanced to assume the role of Group Spirit, that being reserved for the future. In the Jupiter Period he will give them life as plants have, in the Venus Period he will bring out their desires and emotions as animals, and in the Vulcan Period he will give them a mind and make then human. That, however, is all in the future. At present he is working with them to the best of his ability, smelting them into iron bridges, ships and skeleton skyscrapers; he is pulling them into wires which wind around the world; he is grinding from them gems that glit- ter and grace the great in our social structure, and thus he is gradually establishing an intimate relationship with them and preparing to take charge [PAGE 59] of their evolution as a Group Spirit at some future time. It is well known to students of Astrology that an astrological reading based upon the month in which an individual is born is worth little, for all the people born in the same month do not have the same experiences by any means, but if we consider the DAY, the YEAR and the PLACE we get a horoscope that is absolutely individual and totally different in detail from the horo- scope of anyone else--and this is the point which concerns us for the present argument--the ruler is not the lord of the sign of the Sun is in, except for children born at Sunrise, when the Sun is on the Ascendant. IT IS THE RULER OF THE RISING SIGN, THAT IS THE DETERMINATOR WITH REGARD TO OUR MINERALOGICAL AFFINITY, because at the moment of conception when the seed-atom of our present mineral body was deposited the Moon was in that particular sign and degree, (or its opposite), and acted then as a focus of forces which have since crystallized into the vehicle we now wear. The following table shows the affinity of each of the twelve signs with certain gems, metals and colors, and in that chart there are the elements for making an effective talisman by any individual who has the knowledge of how to cast a horoscope and blend the ingredients according to the require- ments of the case. We have no scruples about telling how this is done, for it may help some to help themselves and others. The only harm it can do is [PAGE 60] that it might induce some unscrupulous person to make tailsman for money and even then, if he is conscientious about the work, whoever obtains them will not be cheated, the re-action being upon the one who prostitutes the spiritual science for material gain. CHART OF BIRTH-STONES AND COLORS: SIGNS GEMS RULED BY THE SIGNS SIGN RULER METALS COLORS ARIES Amethyst, Diamond Mars Iron Red TUARUS Moss Agate, Emerald Venus Copper Yellow GEMINI Crystal, Aqua Marine Mercury Mercury Violet CANCER Emerald, Black Onyx Moon Silver Green LEO Ruby, Diamond Sun Gold Orange VIRGO Pink Jasper, Hyacinth Mercury Mercury Violet LIBRA Diamond, Opal Venus Copper Yellow SCORPIO Topaz, Malachite Mars Iron Red SAGITTARIUS Carbuncle, Turquoise Jupiter Tin Blue CAPRICORN White Onyx, Moonstone Saturn Lead Indigo AQUARIUS Sapphire, Opal Saturn Lead Indigo PISCES Chrysolite, Moonstone Jupiter Tin Blue To forestall a question we may say that ancient astrologers who have studied this aspect of the science have tabulated several hundred minerals of which the planetary affinities had been noted, but these works have been [PAGE 61] mutilated in the course of time, and are now not available. Paracelsus and also Agrippa, made considerable study of this subject, and with very impor- tant results; but its extensive consideration is outside the scope of this work, so the authors will confine their remarks to the essentials, indicating the way which others may pursue if they feel so inclined. To illustrate how the mineral elements may be used to advantage let us take the following example: Suppose that in a certain horoscope we find Sagittarius rising with its lord Jupiter on the Ascendant. Jupiter is then the ruling planet and so, according to our chart turquoise is the person's birthstone, tin, the metal with which he has affinity, and blue, his color. That means that it will help him express himself if he wears turquoise, an amulet of tin, and dresses in blue whenever consistent with custom. That is true of a certain extent, but it is only a small part of the truth, and it is by no means the best use that may be made of this knowledge. To indicate the better way, let us suppose that this person's figure shows severe afflictions by Mars and Saturn. Mars afflicts three planets; his metal is iron, Venus is the opposite of Mars; her metal is copper, and consequently copper is an antidote for the martial vibrations. Saturn afflicts one planet; his metal is lead. Jupiter is his opposite [PAGE 62] and therefore the Jupiter metal, tin, is an antidote for the Saturian vibra- tions. With this in mind an amulet may be compounded of tin and copper not ex- actly in the ratio of three to one, but with a mind on the bulk of the various planets, their destiny and the strength of the aspects it is desired to overcome, a matter which involves further study. The work itself should be done under auspicious planetary conditions. A Mars amulet, designed to give energy to one with a weak figure would be most successful if made in a Mars-hour on a Tuesday when both the Sun and Moon are in martial signs as happened in April and November. The same with amulets made for other plan- ets. (See the Tables of Planetary Hours, in our "Simplified Scientific As- trology.") A gem or an amulet made on these principles is a focus of the stellar rays of the planets it represents and infuses vibrations of their nature into our auras all the while we are wearing it, just as surely as the wire- less receiver attuned to a certain pitch catches the waves within its range; and we may blend the colors in the same manner to obtain help from them. As a matter of fact, it is the complementary color which is seen in the desire world that produces the effect of the physical colors. If it is desired to restrain one whose Mars is too prominent, the gems, colors and metals of Saturn will help, and such a person should have as little to do with iron (tools, machinery, etc..) as possible, but if we want to help someone who is [PAGE 63] moody and taciturn, we may use the gems, colors and metals of Mars to advan- tage. In the final analysis the matter resolves itself into a question of judgment and common sense. With these, the knowledge concerning the essen- tials here given may be used by anyone to advantage. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BE BORN?: In the light of occult investigation of the subject it appears that birth is an advent we are powerless to control; therefore when we seem to control it in a slight degree we are really the agents of Destiny to precipitate or delay it till the proper moment has arrived. This view is also justified by the author's experience in Horary Astrology. The philosophy of Horary As- trology 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 is when the inquirer asks the question of the astrologer, if this is done in person; 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 delay had [PAGE 64] 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 contingen- cies beyond the grasp of the human mind. When the Infinite Mind bestows equal care upon the design of the anatomy of a fly, a mouse and a lion, may we not conclude that a similar attention to the minutiae prevails in all de- partments of life and that when we seem to delay or precipitate birth we are really aiding nature to takes its predetermined course as said in the open- ing 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 this, not that they have any idea of controlling birth but so that on seeing a horoscope or be- ing told a person's time of birth they may make a quick mental calculation as to whether the horoscope is good or bad. Such a judgment would of course, be founded only on the position of the sun by sign and approximate 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 from the new to the full than when she is decreasing from the full to the new for the growing Moon always increases vitality and furthers our affairs. It is best 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 crest-save and are backed in the battle of existence by an [PAGE 65] abundant fund of vim and energy. It is also good to be born in May or July when the life-light of the Sun is focused thought the exaltation sign or home of the Moon, Taurus or Can- cer, especially, as said, when the lesser light is increasing for those con- ditions, also furnish an abundance of vitality which is such a great asset 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 tranversing the houses of friends and social prestige are the "luckiest" for they are helped on every hand. Children born between noon and midnight are less "lucky" the nearer the Sun comes to the Nadir, and them the "luck" turns again in favor of those born in the early morning while the Daystar is ascending towards the eastern horizon. They will have to carve their own way in the world, but 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 borne in mind that there is no "luck," in the commonly accepted sense, for that which we have or lack in any respect is due to our own actions in the past, and in the future we may by proper ap- plication have what we now lack. [PAGE 66] READING THE HOROSCOPE: INTRODUCTORY: When the student of Astrology has learned to cast the horoscope correctly by the study of our "Simplified Scientific Astrology," or another reliable textbook, the next and most important part is to read its message. Astrol- ogy means "Star Logic" and we must seriously advise the student not to de- pend too much on authorities but to try to understand the basic nature of each planet, the influence of signs, houses and aspects: then by a process of reasoning to combine these and thus develop his own intuition which will serve him far better than the ability to quote like a poll parrot what some one else has said. We would also advise the younger astrologer not to bother too much with the descriptions of physical appearance indicated in the horoscope. It is foolish to spend hours in studying over a phase of the subject which is of limited value. We give descriptions of the different physical types, but do so for the purpose of aiding the student to determine at sight the probable sign and planet rising when a person comes who does not know his birth hour. [PAGE 67] There are people for instance, who have a face perfectly resembling that of a sheep. If such a one were in doubt about the birth hour, we would at once look to Aries and experimentally try how Aries rising would fit with the other characteristics of that person; if we did so we should probably find our guess to be correct. Thus also the other signs and planets in signs ex- hibit distinguishing characteristics of valuable aid to the student in the direction mentioned. The student should also endeavor to cultivate perfect confidence in the science of Astrology. There is NOTHING EMPIRICAL ABOUT CHARACTER READING AND DIAGNOSIS. In those respects it is plain as A B C. PREDICTIONS MAY FAIL because the Astrologer is unable to determine the strength of will of the person for whom he predicts, but the latent tendencies are always ac- curately foreshown. The writers have found that where they do not person- ally know the people who characteristics they read, their delineations are much deeper and more accurate than otherwise because then personal impres- sions and bias are absent and the mystic scroll of the heavens is more eas- ily read. There are three factors which bring to us the mystic message of the stars; the houses, the signs and the planets. Each house represents a department of life; the signs are divisions of the heavens which by their placement relative to the houses indicate our [PAGE 68] basic temperament and attitude towards life; and the planets are the mes- sengers of God which by their motion through the houses and signs bring to us the opportunities for soulgrowth which we need for our individual devel- opment. It is therefore necessary for one who wishes to learn to read a horoscope to become thoroughly acquainted with these three factors both separately and in their various combinations. The following descriptions may help to convey this knowledge: THE HOUSES: The houses are called "Mundane Houses," to differentiate between them and the "Celestial Houses" namely the twelve signs of the Zodiac; but generally they are designated as "houses" only. It is the angle of the stellar ray which determines its effect in our lives, planets which are in the East affect our physical constitution, plan- ets in the South near the zenith are factors for good or ill where our so- cial position is concerned. If a planet is setting in the West at the time of our birth its ray strikes us in such a manner as to draw us to a certain type of marriage partner, and the planets under the earth, in the North, have an effect upon our condition in the latter part of life. Let us sup- pose for illustration of the point that someone is born at sunrise on a day [PAGE 69] when the Sun and Jupiter are in conjunction. Then they strike him from the eastern angle and give him splendid vitality. Another born on the same day at noon when Jupiter and the Sun are in the zenith position may have a very poor, weak body if other planets in the East are adverse, but the ray of the Sun and Jupiter falling or his birth figure from the South will certainly attract to him attention in his social sphere and make him the recipient of public favor and honor. Another born on the same day, when the Sun and Ju- piter are setting in the West may be an outcast if planets in the East and South so decree, but the benefic ray of the Sun and Jupiter from the Western angle will make him beloved of his mate and successful in partnerships. These facts have been ascertained by observation and tabulation. Therefore the twelve sections of the circle of observation as seen from the birthplace are truly said to rule or govern various departments of life and thus people born on the same day may have the most diverse experiences. The houses may be variously grouped according to the influence they exer- cise in our lives; there are "angular," "succeedent" and "cadent" houses, also personal, spiritual, material, social and mystical houses. Of the ANGLES, the first house governs our personal self, and its oppo- site the seventh house, rules the one who is nearest and dearest to us, namely, the marriage partner. The fourth house determines conditions in our [PAGE 70] home and its opposite angle, the tenth house, shows our social standing in the community where we live. Thus the angles show collectively the sphere of our activities in life. Of the SUCCEEDENT HOUSES the second shows our financial status with re- gard to that which we acquire by our own efforts and the opposite succeedent house, the eight, shows whatever we may receive from others as legacies, etc. The other succeedent houses, the fifth and eleventh, show how our in- come may be spent, for the fifth house indicates the children of our body who have a legitimate claim to a share of our income, and the eleventh house shows the children of our brains, our hopes, wishes and aspirations which also draw upon our resources. Of the two pairs of CADENT HOUSES the sixth is the house of voluntary service which we perform as our share of the world's work for an equivalent share in the world's wealth, and the twelfth house shows how we may be com- pelled to labor without remuneration under prison restraint if we do not work willingly. The sixth house shows also the state of our health and the twelfth tells if hospital treatment is necessary. The other pair of cadent houses, the third and ninth show whether our life and work will confine us to one place or require travel and changes of residence. In this respect the third house shows short journeys and the ninth house long travels. The PERSONAL HOUSES comprise the first, fifth and ninth. The first house [PAGE 71] rules the constitution and peculiarities of the physical body. Planets and signs in that house put their stamp on it to make or mar according to the nature of its self-generated destiny. Our fifth house shows the quality of love-nature of the soul and the line of its expression if it follows the line of least resistance; and the ninth house shows as much of the spirit as we can apprehend in our present limited state. The MATERIAL TRINITY OF HOUSES consists of the second, sixth and tenth and shows the worldly possessions of man, his means of obtaining them and the enjoyment they bring him. Wealth, or its reverse, is shown by the sec- ond house, health, without which there can be no joy in any worldly posses- sion, is shown by the sixth house; and the public prestige which is the chief source of gratification to the average human being, is shown by the tenth house. The SOCIAL HOUSES are the third, seventh, and eleventh houses and in them is shown the nature of our relations and various classes of souls we meet in life. Brothers and sisters to whom we are bound by the time of blood are shown by the third house, the companion of our heart with whom our blood blends in another way, is shown by the seventh house, and the friends, more precious than pearls to whoever has earned friendship, are designated by the eleventh house. The fourth and last trinity of houses is composed of the fourth, eighth and twelfth. If them are hidden mysteries of the ante-natal life of the [PAGE 72] spirit, and the post mortem experiences immediately to follow the TERMINUS VITAE. On the material plane the fourth house signifies our condition in the latter part of life, the twelfth shows the sorrow which impresses us with the worthlessness of material things and the eighth indicates the na- ture of our exit from the world's stage. An illustration may further help the student to understand how the heav- ens influence our life through the twelve houses. Suppose we are out driv- ing and our road follows the seacoast, but a mile or so inland. A breeze is blowing from the ocean and as it passes over the country separating us from the sea, it brings upon invisible wings messages from that land, which evoke pleasure or aversion according to their nature. In one place, an aroma of new mown hay fills us with delight; perhaps we are nauseated by the noxious smell of jasmine on the next stretch of our journey; and later become really ill from the stench of stagnant marsh-water. But then we enter a forest, and soon its grateful pine balm restores the normal health and spirits. In our journey from the cradle to the grave we carry the twelve houses with us in the auric atmosphere surrounding us, as the air envelops the fly- ing earth. Each house mirrors part of the life; each holds some of our life lessons; each represents how we have worked or shirked before in a given de- partment of life's tasks. At the appropriate time of life we reap from each [PAGE 73] house what we have sown in past lives, that is, unless we forestall the har- vest in time. Is our eleventh house afflicted, do friends betray and for- sake us, do they leave us heartsick, or nauseate us like the scent of jas- mine and stagnant marsh-water? Then let us examine the horoscope for it reveals what is hidden in our auric atmosphere. The friends sensed us, and we then, through the eleventh angle, and something ill-smelling must be there. It may be, we long to be befriended, more than to befriend others. Let us cease to be like the sickly, debilitating jasmine, and seek to manifest the sturdy strength of the invigorating pine tree; then we shall find friend flocking around, admiring our strength. Not all have such sturdy natures, but we can attract equally by kindliness, as soothing to sorrowing hearts as perfume of new mown hay to the sense, and thus we may rid the house of friends of affliction. After the foregoing explanations, the houses may now be said to influence the affairs of life as follows: FIRST HOUSE rules the physical body and its constitution and appearance; it determines conditions in the childhood home while the person is under con- trol of the parents. SECOND HOUSE rules money, the financial fortunes; it shows what the person acquires by individual effort and to a certain extent what use he will make of it. [PAGE 74] THIRD HOUSE rules brothers and sisters, neighbors, the instinctual mind, writings, short journeys and conveyances of travel. FOURTH HOUSE--That one of the parents who exercises the lesser influence in the person's life, conditions in the latter part of life, houses, lands, mines; everything pertaining to the earth. FIFTH HOUSE--Love, courtship and licentiousness, the legitimate and ille- gitimate attraction and social intercourse between the sexes prior to wed- lock; children, education institutions, books and newspapers, sports and amusements, stocks and speculations. SIXTH HOUSE--Health, service to be rendered by the person and also the con- dition and faithfulness of those who serve him. SEVENTH HOUSE--The marriage partner, the public in general, competitors, partners, opponents in litigations, rivals. EIGHTH HOUSE--Death, legacies, the marriage partner's finances, occult abilities and faculties latent but nearly ready for manifestation. NINTH HOUSE--Religion, spiritual experiences and aspirations, dreams and vi- sions, long travels and law. TENTH HOUSE--The parent who exercises most influence in the person's life, the honor and social standing of the person, his employer or judge, and the government. [PAGE 75] ELEVENTH HOUSE--Friends, companions and well-wishers, hopes, wishes and as- pirations, generally of a material nature, also stepchildren. TWELFTH HOUSE--Confinement in hospitals or prison, secret enemies and plots; sorrow and self undoing. THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC: On either side of the Sun's path there are a number of fixed stars which are so grouped that they may be conceived as forming twelve constellations, and as they have certain characteristic influences ancient sages named them for the animals which express similar traits. These constellations are called the NATURAL Zodiac and for all practical purposes it may be said that they occupy permanent positions relative to the other fixed stars of the firmament. This circle is divided into twelve sections starting at the first degree of Aries, which is occupied by the Sun at the vernal equinox. On account of the precession of the equinox the Sun does not cross the equator at the same point each year, but it has been found that the first 30 degrees from the point where the Sun does cross the equator at the equinox have an effect similar to that ascribed to the constellation Aries; the next thirty degrees radiate a Taurian influence and so on with the other ten [PAGE 76] sections of thirty degrees each. Therefore the twelve sections measured from the vernal equinox are used exclusively in Astrology and called SIGNS of the Zodiac, to differentiate them from the CONSTELLATIONS. (For a thor- ough elucidation of the subject see "Simplified Scientific Astrology," under the caption "Intellectual Zodiac.") These twelve signs of the Zodiac are variously divided according to their effect on humanity into Cardinal, Fixed and Common signs, also into Fiery, Earthy, Airy and Watery signs. What their influences are we shall endeavor to elucidate in the following sections. THE CARDINAL SIGNS: Keyword "Activity" The Cardinal Signs are ARIES, CANCER, LIBRA and CAPRICORN. These signs are called Cardinal because when the Sun is in them he is in one of the four corners of the heavens; at a turning-point, where he is forced to take an- other direction. In Aries he is as far EAST as he can go; Cancer is the tropical point of the NORTH where he gives the PERPENDICULAR RAY at the Sum- mer Solstice, and consequently the greatest HEAT. Libra is the extreme WESTERN point of his path, where he turns away from the Northern Hemisphere, and in midwinter, at Christmas, he is in Capricorn at the farthest point SOUTH, where his HORIZONTAL RAY leaves the people of the North in winter's icy grip. The effect of the angels, the first, fourth, seventh and tenth [PAGE 77] houses, is similar to the effect of the cardinal signs because these houses are at the East, North, West and South points of the horoscope. The nature and effect of cardinal signs and angles may be summed up in the words "Ac- tion" and "Initiative" (though each acts differently from the others,) therefore planets placed in cardinal signs and angles give zest to life ac- cording to the nature of the particular planet, sign and angle. "Zodiac" means a circle of animals. The symbols of three of the cardinal signs are animalistic: ARIES, the Ram; CANCER, the Crab; and CAPRICORN, the Goat. The fourth , Libra, the Scales, represents the ideal towards which this class must strive. None need poise so much as those under the impul- sive influence of the cardinal ray; therefore the Balance was set in the heavens to direct their aspirations. THE FIXED SIGNS: Keyword "Stability" The Fixed Signs are TAURUS, LEO, SCORPIO and AQUARIUS. Three symbols of the fixed signs are also bestial, violent and virulent; TAURUS, the Bull; LEO, the Lion; and SCORPIO, the Scorpion. The human figure of AQUARIUS, the Waterbearer, shows us the ideal towards which this class must strive. In- stead of fighting, preying upon, or poisoning others in the struggle for ex- istence they must learn to become humane, to be friends to all instead of foes. [PAGE 78] The influence of the fixed signs rouses the DESIRE nature, giving stamina and persistence in action. When fixed signs are on the angles (the first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses), they exert a well nigh irresistible force, impelling the individual along a certain line. He may be slow and plodding, but is sure to be PER- SISTENT in whatever he undertakes, and whatever talent he may posses in a certain direction will be exploited to its fullest extent. Setbacks which would take the courage from a person with cardinal signs do not daunt the man with fixed signs on the angels, he knows no defeat, and therefore he usually gains his goal in the end and achieves success by Concentration upon one point, and Persistence in following his chosen path. On the other hand such people are conservative to the last degree. They may see and desire improvements in various lines, but are exceedingly slow to adopt measures to accomplish the desired end; they never do this until thoroughly satisfied that a certain method will meet the requirements. In other words, people with fixed signs on the angels "look before they leap;" they look a long time and very, very carefully, but on the other hand, when they have once been won over to a certain cause they are faithful unto death, and no more ardent advocates can be found; their zeal is almost fanatical. On the whole, people with fixed signs may be said to be THE MOST RELIABLE PEOPLE in the world, either for good or bad. [PAGE 79] THE COMMON SIGNS: Keyword "Flexibility" Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces are called common signs, their in- trinsic nature being best expressed by the keyword, Flexibility. The forces working through the CARDINAL signs impinge upon the DENSE BODY and stir it to action. The power of the COMMON signs is MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL, giving purpose to action and incentive to nobility of life. Therefore people influenced by stellar forces focused principally through CARDINAL signs are the workers of the world, not the toilers, but EX- ECUTIVES, who accomplish things industrially, and who bring into concrete existence schemes, great or small, of value in the world's work. THE COMMON SIGNS ARE ALL DOUBLE; two of them are human: GEMINI, the Twins, and VIRGO, the Virgin; the third, SAGITTARIUS, the Centaur, is partly human; and only the fourth symbol, PISCES, the Fishes, is taken from the lower kingdom. None are violent, however, but intensely moral, intellectual and spiritual symbols. Unstable as reeds they are swayed hither and thither; nothing appeals to them permanently, they desire nothing as much as change. No matter how well placed, they can seldom resist the lure of an opening in another city, the farther away, the better. Therefore the old maxim: "a rolling stone gath- ers no moss," applies particularly to this class, for their roving habits [PAGE 80] usually keep them poor. They spend as fast as they earn, or faster. Thus these people drift upon the sea of life propelled by the currents of circum- stances. Outside conditions dominate them as they lack stamina to assert their own individuality. The foregoing is true of the great majority who are under the rule and influence of common signs; they respond to the LOWER PHASE simply because the higher side is too high for all but a very few at our present stage of development. Those who make a success in the world because prodded by the cardinal and fixed influences, call them indolent and good-for-nothing, but were the former bereft of the cardinal or fixed energy which goads them to action, and placed under the common ray, they would soon realize its lack of power and learn compassion for those who must so live all their lives. What then is the lesson these people have to learn? COMPARATIVE EFFECT OF CARDINAL, FIXED AND COMMON SIGNS ON THE ANGLES: While the nature of the cardinal signs is such that their rays stir our latent forces into action and promote change, the most prominent quality of the fixed signs is Stability; but the student must beware of confounding stability with inertia. The action induced by the rays of cardinal signs may be changed into other channels with considerable facility, all they want being expression; the direction in which they express themselves is a [PAGE 81] secondary consideration. Not so with the fixed signs, when their ray impels to action in a certain direction it is next to impossible to stay the force or change it. On the other hand, if they deny expression in certain lines, the obstruction is almost insurmountable. People of the fixed class lack ability to make their inventions commer- cially usable, a task for which the cardinal class is eminently fitted. Thus these two classes work hand in hand and between them they have trans- formed the wilderness of the world to a condition of comparative comfort, their efforts toward improvement are continually carried on, and in time the desert will be made to bloom like a rose. As material success depends on ability to cope with material conditions, the cardinal class is particularly fortunate, for it is the chief executive factor in the world's work, and reaps ready reward therefrom. The fixed class is not so prominently before the public, labors in laboratories and works experimentally to complete the processes and perfect the models which are later used in manufacture. Therefore this class also is a potent factor in life, and shares the material and financial success of the cardinal class. The common class is a sharp contrast. Forces focused through COMMON signs are MENTAL, therefore people ruled by them are averse to strenuous physical action which is the forte of the cardinal class; they labor only [PAGE 82] when lashed by the whip of necessity. They are also incapable of the slow by sustained effort put forth by the fixed class and are easily discourage by obstacles. Thus they are leaners not lifters. TOILERS who do the bid- ding of the incentive and executive classes are recruited from people ruled by COMMON signs. There is one sphere, however, where they shine, according to their ability to think. Being averse to work they have created a vantage-ground whence they may reap the benefits of the toil of others, of their inventive faculties and executive skill. To do this they become PRO- MOTERS who bring inventor and manufacturer together, AGENTS who mediate be- tween buyer and seller, PEDDLERS, venders and all other MIDDLEMEN who go be- tween producer and consumer and LIVE ON A COMMISSION; also LITERARY men who devote their talent to purposeless FICTION belong to the class actuated by the lower phases of the force in the common signs. The cardinal class is active, the common is restless, the fixed class is rigid, the common is flexible. THE FOUR TRIPLICITIES: The effect of the "Triplicities" is most marked in the rising sign and when the majority of the planets are grouped in one of them. A fiery sign (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius), on the ascendant, gives much vitality, but it also makes the person prone to fevers and inflammatory dis- orders; and when the majority of the planets are in fiery signs they make it [PAGE 83] very difficult for the person to "keep cool" physically or mentally. A watery sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) rising, gives much less stamina and predisposes to digestive, urinary and catarrhal troubles. If a person has many planets in watery signs his problem is to generate enough energy to keep warm, for this grouping gives a listless, indifferent disposition, ex- cept when Scorpio is rising or when many planets are in that sign. Airy signs rising (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) give a nervous temperament and make the person liable to disorders of the lungs, heart and kidneys. Many planets in these signs give people literary and artistic inclinations. Earthy signs rising (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), give fair vitality but a secret fear of disease arrests the vital processes in the body and poisons these people so that they become victims of chronic ailments oftener than those of the other groupings. The throat, stomach and intestines are spe- cially threatened; rheumatism and gout are also frequently experienced. When a person has many planets in earthy signs it favors the acquisition of material wealth. THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE ASCENDANT: We stated in our opening paragraph that there are Three Great Factors which convey to us the Mystic Message of the stars in general, namely, the [PAGE 84] "houses," the "signs" and the "planets." There are also three factors which play a specially important part in the individual horoscope, namely the Sun, the Moon and the Ascendant, which may be said to represent the spirit, the soul and the body. Properly viewed the Sun, Moon and Ascendant are not really three separate horoscopical principles but represent two composite parts which when united constitute the human being. The "rising sing" and the "first house" to- gether form an avenue for the fecundating influences of the Moon which there crystallize and form the etheric matrix that moulds the physical particles from the maternal body into a new vehicle; hence the astrological maxim, that the ascendant at birth (or its opposite) is the Moon's place at concep- tion. This composite body is the part of the human being which is born and dies after a relatively evanescent period of existence. The other and immortal part of composite man which consists of the Ego and its finer vehicles is represented in the horoscope by the Sun and the Moon. The specific influence of these planets will be described when we have considered the rising sign. THE RISING SIGN: As taught in "Simplified Scientific Astrology" it is the angle of the stellar ray which determines in what department of life it will be most prominently active; and it has been found by observations that the sign ris- ing or ascending on the eastern horizon when a child is born is the [PAGE 85] principal factor in determining the basic constitution and form of the physical body. Further investigations have shown that the reason for this fact is that at the time of conception when the seed-atom was planted in the ovum the Moon, which is the Cosmic agent of fecundation, projected its fer- tilizing ray through the sign and degree which later rises at the moment of birth, (or its opposite). For that reason the rising sign and degree con- tinue to be the avenue of ingress of the life-forces which build the body of the babe until the severance of the umbilical cord, and the nature of the rising sign is thus indelibly stamped upon the new vehicle and retained all through life. In this connection it should be noted that conception is not necessarily coincident with the physical union of the parents, sometimes two weeks or even more elapsing ere the auspicious moment awaited by the Recording Angels or their agents strike. At that time cosmic conditions are such that they will form a body which will facilitate the expression of the Ego seeking re-embodiment and aid it to work out its self-generated destiny. It should also be remembered by students that the moment of delivery is not the time of birth from the astrological point of view. The inhalation of the first complete breath usually accompanied by a cry, is the moment when the incom- ing Ego receives its stellar baptism. This renders it ever susceptible to the influence of the particular configuration of the stars existing at that moment, and therefore the stars affect each individual differently from all [PAGE 86] others, not even the horoscope of twins being alike. It is also strongly emphasized that according to this explanation we do not have a certain "fate" because we were born at a particular time, but we are born at a par- ticular time because we have a certain self-generated destiny to work out. That is very important distinction for its substitutes divine law for divine caprice, it eliminates the element of "luck" and inspires man to mastery of "fate: by working with the Law. If we have made our present horoscope by our past actions in a past life, logically we are now preparing for future embodiment and may make it what we choose. If we strive to strengthen our body now, to overcome our faults, to cultivate new virtues, the Sun of our next life will rise under much more auspicious conditions than those under which we now live and thus we may truly rule our stars and master our fate. When the last three degrees of a sign are rising or when the first three degrees ascend at the time of birth the person is said to be born "on the cusp" between two signs and them the basic nature of the signs involved are blended in his or her body. Thus a person born when the three last degrees of Aries or the first degrees of Taurus were ascending would be neither purely Aries nor Taurus were ascending would be neither purely Aries nor Taurus but a mixture of the qualities of the two signs. The nature of the rising sign is also modified by the presence of [PAGE 87] planets. The Sun and Mars increase vitality if well aspected but it af- flicted they incline to fever and inflammatory disorders but they also favor rapid recuperation, and make the nature alert and energetic. A well-aspected Jupiter rising also increases vitality but inclines to corpu- lence, if the planet is afflicted that makes the circulation sluggish and thus gives a tendency to disorders of the blood. The foregoing remarks about Jupiter apply to Venus in a lesser degree. Saturn rising lowers the vitality and favors chronic ill-health in later life, but at the same time he gives such a tenacious hold on life that though the person may pray to be released he cannot die. Mercury, Moon, Uranus and Neptune make the body more high-strung and nervous than the average, usable specially for pioneers in music, literature, higher thought, science and the electrical arts. Planets placed in the twelfth house are considered as being on the ascen- dant if within six degrees thereof, also all planets in the first house no matter how far from the rising degree; but if a sign be intercepted in the first house, planets placed therein will not have as strong an influence in the life as though the sign occupy the cusp. Continued with file "RC2003.TXT" End of File

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