Source: "The Message of the Stars"
by Max & Augusta Foss Heindel
NEPTUNE, THE PLANET OF DIVINITY:
As Uranus is the octave of Venus and acts principally upon the love na-
ture, aiming to elevate mankind in matters personal and social, so Neptune
is the octave of Mercury, and altogether spiritual in its aims. As Mercury
is Lightbearer of the physical Sun, so Neptune is Lightbearer for the
spiritual Sun, (called Vulcan by the Western Mystics). Intellectuality,
ruled by Mercury lifted us above the animal and made man, man; the Spiritu-
ality ruled by Neptune will in time raise us beyond the state of the human
and make us divine.
Neptune really signifies what we may call "the gods" commencing with the
supernormal beings we know as Elder Brothers, and compassing the innumerable
hosts of spiritual entities, good, bad, and indifferent, which influence our
evolution. Its position and aspects denote our relation to them; malefic
aspects attract agencies of a nature inimical to our welfare, benefic con-
figurations draw upon the good forces. Thus, if Neptune is placed in the
Tenth House, trine to the ascendant, the person involved will have the op-
portunity to become a leader or prominent in a movement along mystical lines
as denoted by the exalted position of Neptune. His body will be capable of
receiving the finer vibrations, and of coming in touch with the spiritual
world, as denoted by the trine of the ascendant. On the other hand, when
Neptune is placed in the Twelfth House, whose nature is passive and produc-
tive of suffering, that position indicates that at some time, perhaps under
a square form the midheaven, the evil forces, among whom are
spirit-controls, will be drawn to that person and endeavor to obtain posses-
sion of the body. the conjunction of Neptune with the ascendant will make
the body sensitive and usable for spiritual purposes, as well as the trine.
Given the opportunity afforded by the first aspect mentioned, the man may
become a pupil of a mystery school and a factor for great good in the uplift
of mankind; placed under the affliction of the second aspect, he may become
a helpless tool of spirit-controls: an irresponsible medium.
But there is one factor which is never shown in the horoscope, and that
is the will of man. He is bound at some time in life to meet with the expe-
riences denoted by his horoscope, and the opportunities there indicated will
be placed before him one by one in orderly succession, as the clock of des-
tiny marks the appropriate time; but how he, the free and independent
spirit, meets that fated experience, no one can determine beforehand, and
the man in whose horoscope the first mentioned benefic configuration occurs
may not be sufficiently awake to the great opportunity before him to catch
it on the wing, it may have flown before he realizes it was there. Yes, he
may never become aware of the fact. On the other hand, the person in whose
life the square indicates the assault by spiritual forces mentioned, may
develop his spiritual muscle by resisting the onslaught and become a victor
instead of being vanquished. Forewarned is forearmed.
Neptune was not discovered until 1846, but we should err greatly if we
supposed the influence ascribed to it fictitious on that account, for as the
person born blind lacks the organs to see the sunlight and colors, so most
of humanity is still lacking the sensibility which makes them amenable to
the vibrations of Neptune. (See Chapter on that subject, also on Planetary
Octaves). But we are gradually developing finer feelings and becoming more
able to respond to his influence. At first this influence is mostly felt by
sensitives who become occultists when of a positive nature and mediums when
negative, others gain from it the cunning common alike to the criminal and
the detective, or it impels the weakling to take drugs which in another man-
ner produce dreams and visions similar to those obtained by the mediumistic
Neptune strong in the figure gives a very vivid imagination and an artis-
tic nature, poetic, musical or literary, a fondness of ease, comfort and
beautiful surroundings. The person is easily swayed by the emotions, and
when Neptune is afflicted may become subject to trances, fainting, hysteria,
or psychic storms. There is a love of travel, preferably by water.
When Neptune is weak by sign or afflicted it also inclines to drink or
drugs, it robs the person of ambition and makes him an indolent loafer or
cheat, thoroughly dishonest, or if the horoscope is otherwise good he may
become the prey of other people who will rob or defraud him. People with an
afflicted Neptune should particularly avoid dealings with large corporations
or they may be subjected to swindles of the most fantastic nature.
NEPTUNE IN THE TWELVE HOUSES:
NEPTUNE IN THE ASCENDANT, OR FIRST HOUSE: Neptune is by nature occult,
prophetic and spiritual. The Ascendant signifies the body wherein we func-
tion and thus by combination of these ideas we find that Neptune on the As-
cendant will give a particularly sensitive body capable of feeling the finer
vibrations in nature, and according to the aspects which the planet re-
ceives, these will be either good, bad or indifferent. If Neptune is strong
and well aspected to the Sun, Jupiter or Uranus, we may judge that there is
an intensely mystical nature latent in the person. Whether or not it will
be developed is, of course, another question depending upon opportunity and
environment. On the other hand, if Neptune is afflicted, it indicates a
very low mentality, perhaps even insanity. In any case the nature is vi-
sionary, romantic and generally unpractical, at least from the worldly stan-
dard. The prophetic, inspirational and visionary faculties are usually
highly developed when Neptune is unafflicted in the First House. There is a
love of art and music, a desire for luxury and whatever gives power and tone
to life. But when Neptune is afflicted in the First House the nature is in-
dolent, procrastinating and changeable; perverted tastes and desires come to
the front and impel to acts of indiscretion which may bring grave conse-
quences. There is indication of prostitution of the spiritual faculties; a
deceptive, dishonest disposition, also a tendency to mediumship and spirit
NEPTUNE IN THE SECOND HOUSE and well aspected brings gain through all
things in which water plays a prominent part; also through mystic and occult
matters and societies. But if Neptune is afflicted the financial affairs of
the person will always be in an uncertain, chaotic state.
NEPTUNE IN THE THIRD HOUSE, when well aspected enhances the mental facul-
ties to a considerable degree. It gives ability in the direction of inspi-
rational writing and speaking, high ideals, a devotional mind. But when
Neptune is afflicted in the Third House the mind is of a low order, cunning,
sometimes imbecile and idiotic, with weird and uncanny feelings and per-
verted appetites. Neptune in the Third House also gives a tendency to many
journeys, frequently by water, but whether or not they are successful de-
pends upon the aspects.
NEPTUNE IN THE FOURTH HOUSE, when well aspected, gives a spiritual atmo-
sphere to the home with unusual conditions for soul-growth through the rela-
tionships there formed, but when afflicted it brings fraud and deception,
unhappiness and distrust, peculiar problems and many changes of residence.
There is also a liability to extreme poverty at the close of life, even con-
finement in a public institution of charity.
NEPTUNE IN THE FIFTH HOUSE, strong and well aspected, indicates a suc-
cessful courtship of one of a highly advanced spiritual nature, success as a
teacher of mystic matters, and gain by investment in things ruled by
Neptune, aquatic sports and any other business in which the watery element
NEPTUNE IN THE SIXTH HOUSE, well aspected, is a favorable indication of
latent psychic faculties which may be developed with profit from the
spiritual point of view. But when afflicted it predisposes to the prostitu-
tion of spiritual faculties by mediumship, etc. Thus the person may become
subject to spirit control and run grave danger of obsession. It also
indicates trouble and loss through employees and a liability to chronic
wasting diseases and deformity. Usually these tendencies are then accentu-
ated by a sensuous nature and a self-indulgent manner of living.
NEPTUNE IN THE SEVENTH HOUSE and well aspected indicates a marriage to
tone of an occult, inspirational nature, generally a platonic union of the
most soul-satisfying nature, a true companionship of two who are really
mates. It also shows success as a public speaker on occult or mystical sub-
jects. But when afflicted, Neptune in the Seventh House shows an emotional
mediumistic, unreliable marriage partner, or there may be fraud or deception
in connection with the marriage, perhaps one of the partners committing
bigamy. this position also indicates one of the parasites that prey upon
the public in general, or of those who become victims of public disfavor,
all according to the nature of the aspects. They show whether or not this
NEPTUNE IN THE EIGHTH HOUSE, when well aspected, gives gain through the
marriage partner, but not through the ordinary channels of business; it
comes in a peculiar manner. This position is also favorable for occult in-
vestigation and often enables the person who has it to obtain information at
at first hand. But when Neptune is afflicted in the Eighth house it brings
a loss by fraud or deception of the marriage partner, financial troubles
with estates or corporations and a strange, unusual ending to the life.
NEPTUNE IN THE NINTH HOUSE is very favorable for the cultivation of
spiritual faculties; when well aspected, it brings strange visions and un-
usual intuitional forebodings and presentiments, also profit and pleasure in
connection with long journeys or voyages.
When Neptune is afflicted in the Ninth House it makes the mind fearful
and anxious, always on the QUI VIVE with vague forebodings; it inclines to
travel but brings trouble in that connection, also danger of legal complica-
tion and loss on that account.
NEPTUNE IN THE TENTH HOUSE, when well aspected indicates one of high as-
pirations and inspirations, spiritually inclined, who has the ability to
rise to leadership, fame and honor, in connection with some mystical society
or in scientific research. This position of Neptune also indicates an ac-
cident to one of the parents, probably by water, while the person is still a
child, but when the planet is well aspected a legacy often accrues.
Neptune in the Tenth house and trine to the Sun or Moon are sure signs of
the ability to cultivate the spiritual sight in this life. A number of
well-known seers have this aspect.
When Neptune is afflicted in the Tenth House it indicates fraud, decep-
tion and dishonesty which in time will bring their reward of sorrow, trouble
NEPTUNE IN THE ELEVENTH HOUSE and well aspected shows a person of high
spiritual aspirations and the ability to attract others of a similar nature
who will be of help to him in realizing his desires, hopes and wishes. When
Neptune is afflicted in the Eleventh House it indicates deception and
treachery on the part of people who pose as friends; this will bring loss
and trouble. Therefore people with this position should be particularly
careful whom they cultivate and admit their friendship.
NEPTUNE IN THE TWELFTH HOUSE, well aspected, brings success in research
work of a scientific or occult nature which is carried on in secret or far
from the haunts of men. It also indicates a secret soul-satisfying or clan-
destine but honorable relationship with someone which will bring benefit to
both and it not infrequently happens that this friend is in the spirit
world, but the relations is much more close in such cases than it can ever
be between friends who are both in the physical body. When Neptune is af-
flicted in the Twelfth House it gives a liability to confinement and
restraint in a public institution such as a hospital, asylum, or prison, on
account of secret but powerful enemies, a chronic and noisome disease or in-
sanity due to perverted practices.
NEPTUNE IN THE TWELVE SIGNS:
NEPTUNE IN ARIES, when well aspected fills a person with religious enthu-
siasm, though not always of the orthodox kind, and gives him the energy and
ambition to push forward to the front rank in whatever line of thought and
belief he espouses. There is a desire to elevate humanity to a higher and
more noble plane of life and on that account this configuration or position
usually brings the person forward as a public character or more or less im-
portance, according to the general aspects and tenor of the horoscope.
But when afflicted, Neptune in Aries brings out the destructive tenden-
cies. There is a similar desire to raise humanity to realms of happiness,
but the methods are anarchistic and it incites to murder of those whom the
person conceives to be the enemies of society, by bomb plot or assassina-
tion, and lays the person liable to imprisonment on account of conspiracy
against the government or others in authority.
NEPTUNE IN TAURUS gives a kindly, companionable disposition and an incli-
nation towards the beautiful and artistic in nature. He is fond of music
and the pleasures of life. This is also a good omen for the acquisition of
land or property. But when Neptune is afflicted in Taurus it gives a sensu-
ous and passionate nature and a strong tendency to gourmandize which in time
is bound to bring trouble and sorrow in its wake.
NEPTUNE IN GEMINI, well aspected, is one of the best indications of un-
usual mental faculties, for Neptune is the octave of Mercury the planet of
mind, logic and reason. Hence this position develops the occult, prophetic
and inspirational faculties. It makes the person sensitive to the finer in-
tuitional and inspirational vibrations in nature. It is the signature of
genius in one direction or another according to the conditions in the horo-
scope. It gives the gift of oratory and unusual literary ability, and makes
the person a fine mechanician or mathematician; in short, there is no field
of endeavor where mental ingenuity is required, that the person with Neptune
in Gemini, well aspected, does not excel.
But when Neptune is afflicted in Gemini it indicates inability to concen-
trate to any good purpose. The mind is restless, chaotic and wavering, in-
clined to cunning, fraud and deception, or at best it makes the person a
visionary and a dreamer who is apt to become the dupe of others. There is
generally trouble with brothers, sisters and neighbors who cordially dislike
the person in whose horoscope this aspect is found.
NEPTUNE IN CANCER, when well aspected, gives an intuitive, sympathetic
and lovable nature quick to understand the sorrows and joys of others and
ready to feel for them or with them. Hence these people are generally very
much liked, both in the home and in their immediate circle of acquaintances.
This position also brings them in touch with the finer forces of nature and
enables them to cultivate such spiritual faculties as psychometry and a spe-
cies of intuition whereby they can get in touch with whomsoever or whatso-
ever they wish for the help and benefit of others. They are very versatile
in the spiritual direction and may reach great heights by devotion, which is
strongly expressed in them. But when Neptune is afflicted in Cancer it
gives a very self-indulgent disposition which generally exerts a baneful in-
fluence in the home, perhaps more by inuendo than by direct malicious ex-
pression. This position also gives peculiar tastes and appetites which are
apt to cause great trouble to the alimentative system and there is a strong
inclination for drugs or drink.
NEPTUNE IN LEO, when well aspected, gives a generous, sympathetic and
warm-hearted disposition, a sociable nature, fond of pleasures and artistic
pursuits. These people have considerable ability and success in educational
pursuits because of an intimate understanding of the nature of others and
the faculty of imparting to them whatever knowledge they possess themselves.
They are very conscientious in their dealings with others and successful in
affairs of the heart.
But when Neptune is afflicted in Leo it makes the nature super-sensual
and therefore liable to disappointments in love. These people are governed
by impulse rather than by reason; they lack the stamina to face an issue,
are cowardly, fickle and not to be depended upon; they incur a general dis-
like among their acquaintances.
NEPTUNE IN VIRGO. Mercury, the planet of mind, reason and logic is ex-
alted in Virgo, and the occult, prophetic, inspirational, spiritual, devo-
tional and musical Neptune is the octave of Mercury, hence the blending of
the Mercurial and Neptunian qualities produced by Neptune in Virgo gives ex-
ceptionally fine mental faculties with the addition of inspiration, pro-
phetic ability, devotion to high ideals when Neptune is well aspected, for
Neptune adds gentleness and sympathy to the cold Mercury; though such people
are rather odd in their ideas and inclinations, especially with respect to
marriage, which they usually regard from the platonic standpoint.
If Neptune is afflicted in virgo it gives hypochondriac tendencies and an
imagination of having all the ills and ailments in the universe which makes
the person's life miserable. There is also a tendency to become the play-
thing of spirit controls, not only with respect to mediumship but such
people are liable to direct obsession and when this calamity has once oc-
curred it is very difficult to free the body from the obsessing entity.
NEPTUNE IN LIBRA, when well aspected, gives a musical, poetic and artis-
tic temperament and indicates a union of a highly spiritual nature which
will be of great comfort and satisfaction to the person. When Neptune is
afflicted in Libra, there is a tendency to clandestine, unconventional and
illegitimate relations, either of the person himself or of the marriage
partner, according to the nature of the aspects to Neptune. It indicates a
weak and over-emotional nature which incurs and merits the dislike for those
in its immediate environment.
NEPTUNE IN SCORPIO, well aspected, gives a desire to delve into the se-
crets of nature and thus it is a good position for those who work in scien-
tific or occult research. It gives energy, enthusiasm and inspirational
perception beyond the realm of reason and augurs successful accomplishment
of whatever is undertaken. But when afflicted it gives a terrible temper, a
sensuous and passionate nature, an inordinate desire for drink or drugs and
a tendency to drowning either by accident or design.
NEPTUNE IN SAGITTARIUS, when well aspected increases the inspirational,
devotional and religious tendencies in the horoscope. It brings dreams, vi-
sions, and occult experiences. There is love of travel and a great enjoy-
ment of the pleasures thus obtained. When Neptune is afflicted in Sagit-
tarius the subjects become liable to fears and forebodings; dreams of danger
and visions of distress prey upon the mind, making life miserable. Some-
times they have great desires to travel but are unable to gratify them, or
if they do they have trouble or accidents to contend with.
NEPTUNE IN CAPRICORN, when well aspected gives a serious and contempla-
tive nature, able to concentrate upon whatever matters come before it, hence
such people are successful, keen and far-sighted business men, usually work-
ing on a large scale, or if the nature of the other aspects of the horoscope
draws them toward secret work they make excellent detectives capable of
solving the most intricate problems, or researchers along psychic lines; in
fact they excel in any occupation where deep thought and concentration are
the keys to success.
But when Neptune is afflicted in Capricorn it makes the nature melan-
choly, secretive and very often deceitful. These people re generally re-
cluses and shun the society of their fellow-men.
NEPTUNE IN AQUARIUS, when well aspected, gives an altruistic or utopian
disposition with a desire to emancipate the whole world from whatever so-
cial, mental, moral or physical ills the person may be able to perceive.
Hence these people are usually too far in advance of their time and age to
be understood. They are regarded as dreamers and visionaries, idealists
and, as in a sense, dangerous to society because of their originality and
independence of conventions. At the same time they are very popular with
the most progressive people in society. They easily apprehend Nature's
finer forces and are therefore the pioneers in exploration of hitherto
When Neptune is afflicted in Aquarius it gives similar ideas and ideals
in regard to conventions. But it is only too liable to bring such people
and their lives into discredit and disgrace.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES, when well aspected gives a love of mysticism and a
tendency to investigate the occult. Sometimes these people develop their
spiritual faculties and obtain first-hand knowledge. They are compassionate
towards others, unobtrusive, retiring in their manner, well like also often
the recipients of aid from others, cheerfully and willingly given.
When Neptune is afflicted in Pisces the person is liable to suffer
through mediumship, obsession and deception of secret enemies. There is
danger of imprisonment and a tendency to indulge in drink or drugs which
will end in sorrow and self-undoing.
NEPTUNE IN ASPECT WITH OTHER PLANETS:
THE SUN SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE favors the possibility of developing
spiritual faculties, for Neptune intensifies the higher vibrations in the
aura and as some express themselves best through music these aspects make
them unusually sensitive to echoes from the heavenworld, which is the realm
of tone. Many people with these configurations hear the harmony of the
spheres and if Mercury, the lower octave of Neptune, gives the requisite
dexterity they become musicians of a high inspirational nature. In others
it breeds a love of the occult which leads them into the higher life, but
they usually approach it from the intellectual standpoint as psychic inves-
tigators. A few live the life and obtain first-hand knowledge.
THE SUN PARALLEL, CONJUNCTION, SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE also
brings the person in touch with the denizens of the invisible world by
raising the vibrations in his aura, but these configurations attract the un-
desirable element such as are seen at the ordinary spiritualistic seance.
In a watery sign Neptune induces the person to drink to excess and then the
resulting acceleration of the vibratory rate frequently causes such a person
to perceive the ugly and gruesome forms abounding in the lower realms of the
invisible world, which are real elemental entities and not figments of his
fancy as believed by people who hear him tell what he sees during delirium
VENUS SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE makes an inspirational musician. It
gives a fertile imagination and deep emotions, a nature that is pure and
chaste, hence occasionally it leads to platonic unions and companionship of
the most ecstatic nature.
VENUS CONJUNCTION OR PARALLEL TO NEPTUNE is to be judged on the same line
as indicated in the cases of Mars and Uranus.
VENUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE makes the person liable to sorrow,
loss and trouble, especially through the marriage partner or anyone else in
whom he trusts. People with these aspects should be particularly careful to
avoid anything which has in it an element of chance or speculation for they
are sure to lose, especially in dealing with large companies or corpora-
MERCURY IN CONJUNCTION, PARALLEL, SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE makes a
man peculiarly adapted to the occult art, particularly if the conjunction
occurs in the Third or Ninth House or the trines are from watery
signs--Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Such people usually succeed in occult
science and often develop a supernormal faculty. They are particularly good
as magnetic healers.
MERCURY SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE gives a chaotic mind, liability
to lack of memory, indolence and a disposition to dream the time away.
There is a restless desire for fame frustrated by inability to fit in any-
where. Such people are liable to fraud, deception and slander, also to
temptation to suicide.
THE MOON SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE increases the faculty of imagination
to a superlative degree, especially if either of the planets is in the Ninth
House. Then it favors prophetic dreams and visions which bring the person
into contact with the invisible worlds. It indicates ability in the occult
arts and success in their practice. It makes the nature exceedingly inspi-
rational and it also gives a kind and sympathetic disposition. The
spiritual qualities mentioned may not be apparent even to the person
himself, but them they re latent and capable of development. It is also
safe to say that at some time or other during the life persons with these
aspects will come in contact with the occult and be very much attracted,
whether the qualities of the soul are developed or not.
THE MOON CONJUNCTION OR PARALLEL TO NEPTUNE indicates the same strong
psychic faculties as the good aspects, particularly if Neptune is placed in
the psychic sign Cancer. Those who have been norm with the good configura-
tions of Neptune during the fourteen years when it was in the airy scienti-
fic sign Gemini are now conquering the air and perfecting scientific inven-
tions which will make us marvel, but the children who have been born under
favorable configurations during the fourteen years Neptune has been going
through the psychic sign Cancer are growing up around us as a band of mys-
tics and when they have reached mature years they will astonish us with
their spiritual insight and power. Among other things they will develop the
soul of music in a hitherto unprecedented manner.
THE MOON SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE is also an indication of the
soul qualities similar to those given by the good aspects, but under the
former aspects the person will be of a negative nature and is apt to become
the prey of spirit-controls and subjected to mediumship, therefore people
with those aspects should be very careful not to attend spiritualistic se-
ances, "sit in silence" or use other methods of occult development.
SATURN SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE is good for success in worldly affairs
for it brings out the saturnine virtues, forethought, honor, self-reliance,
determinations, system et cetera, by which the person gains the confidence
and esteem of others, but the principal effect is spiritual and therefore
only felt by those who are able to respond because of other aspects in the
horoscope. To them it gives the ability to delve deeply into occult and
mystical subjects, also to become proficient in the art and practice
SATURN CONJUNCTION OR PARALLEL TO NEPTUNE has the same effect as the good
aspects when it occurs in a sign where either of the planets are strong as
Neptune is in Cancer and Pisces and Saturn in Libra and Capricorn.
SATURN SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE lays the person liable to loss by
deception, treachery or fraud in worldly matters and if he should undertake
to investigate or practise the occult art he is liable to become the prey of
spirit-controls and be led into mediumship with consequent danger to the
health, and liability to attempt suicide.
JUPITER SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE gives an inspirational mystical na-
ture and ability to fill a position connected with occult orders, that is to
say, where the character is sufficiently developed so that Neptune can make
the influence felt for then this position brings out all the noblest and
most spiritual strength of both planets, and occult experiences are not in-
frequently the result. At any rate, during the sleeping hours these people
are quite active and conscious in the invisible worlds and often bring expe-
riences back with them as dreams or visions.
JUPITER CONJUNCTION OR PARALLEL TO NEPTUNE gives an influence similar to
that of the good aspects when Neptune and Jupiter are not afflicted, but if
they are in a weak sign and aspecting the other planets by square or opposi-
tion them the influence is similar to that of the bad aspects of Jupiter and
JUPITER SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE indicates lack of control of the
emotions. The person is sensitive to the influences of the borderland
between the seen and the unseen worlds but they are often of an
awe-inspiring and disgusting type, hence apt to cause hysterical conditions,
involuntary trance and kindred disorders attendant upon negative psychism,
but from a material standpoint it gives danger of fraud through speculation
or large companies and dealing with predatory interests should therefore be
MARS SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE intensifies the emotional nature and
gives a leaning toward the study and practice of occultism and mysticism.
When other testimonies in the horoscope concur, the martial energy directed
toward the psychic subjects denoted by Neptune often helps the person very
materially in his aim to penetrate into the invisible worlds in a conscious
MARS CONJUNCTION, SQUARE, PARALLEL, OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE makes the
nature coarse and sensual, impulsive and irascible, militant and extravagant
in speech and action, self-indulgent to a degree in whatever direction his
passions may lead him and unable to exercise restraint over himself in any
direction. It gives a fanatical spirit which may express itself in either
religion or atheism and under favorable conditions such people are liable
to become victims of discarnate spirits who may either use them as a medium
or by obsessing them. It gives a tendency to lawlessness and participation
in anarchistic schemes or plots.
URANUS SEXTILE OR TRINE TO NEPTUNE gives inclination towards the occult
or mystical side of life, and if either is placed in the Tenth House the
person usually becomes a leader or authority in these lines, he wins at
least local recognition and if other testimonies concur his fame will be na-
tional or international. Such an aspect will bring direct tough with the
spiritual world and success in dealing with inhabitants of that plane. It
produces dreams and visions of a prophetic and inspirational nature,
strengthens the healing powers and will consequently enable the person to do
a great deal of good for his suffering fellow-men. These aspects give a
highly developed intuition which amounts almost to mind-reading. There is a
love of travel and exploration of the physical world as well as of nature's
finer realms. Nor are such people altogether dreamers, they have a strong
will with excellent executive and organizing powers which will aid them in
realizing their hopes, wishes and ambitions to rise in life and be at the
forefront of whatever profession they select.
URANUS CONJUNCTION OR PARALLEL TO NEPTUNE are convertible aspects; if the
planets are well placed by sign and otherwise well afflicted, their effect
will be similar to the sextile or trine, though not so pronounced, but if
they are cadent, weak by sign, and afflicted they are only a little less
evil than when aspected by square or opposition.
URANUS SQUARE OR OPPOSITION TO NEPTUNE brings underhanded, deceptive in-
fluences into the life which aim to undermine the reputation and make the
person suffer scandal and public disfavor, sudden and unaccountable reverses
in business are met with, or trouble in social affairs. There is the same
love of travel and exploration as given by the good aspects but the person
cannot accomplish his aims with the same facility, or if he does it is to
his disadvantage and brings added trouble He is also drawn towards the oc-
cult or mystic side of life, but his path is beset by dangers of mediumship
and obsession and all through life he is filled with a vague dread of im-
pending disaster which he can neither account for nor dispel by will or rea-
son, hence uncertainty overshadows the life as a cloud and robs him of peace
THE DOCTRINE OF DELINEATION IN A NUTSHELL:
Students of the Stellar Science will find the following Table very useful
in delineating horoscopes for though the planets confer many more character-
istics than there given, as shown in the general reading which opens the
chapter wherein the places and aspects of each planet are given, the follow-
ing keywords give in a succinct manner the quintessence of the characteris-
tics conferred by each planet according to whether it is well or ill
When the student has mastered the meaning of the positions and aspects of
the various planets as given in the preceding chapters he may with the
greatest of ease give a good delineation of the effect of each aspect by
combining the key-words in this Table and elaborating upon them. for in-
stance, if reading a horoscope where the Sun is trine Saturn, put down the
description given in the Table as follows:
"The vital, venturesome and authoritive Sun trine the deliberative, per-
severing, tactful, cautious, methodical and thoughtful Saturn (then
elaborate) will give John a tenacious hold on life and endow him with both
courage and caution, so that while he may seem venturesome at times he will
always carefully calculate the obstacles to be overcome and not attempt any-
thing foolhardy, but accomplish his object once he has decided to go ahead.
He will be systematic, orderly and methodical, also persevering in whatever
he undertakes after due deliberation and forethought, hence his efforts will
generally be brought to a successful issue. In dealing with others he will
be thoughtful and tactful, hence usually able to obtain his desires by di-
plomacy. On account of these qualities he will be generally successful in
life and he will lay up a fair fortune, for Saturn is also the planet of ac-
In a similar manner students may combine the key-words of all the other
planets and aspects from this Table and elaborate on them as they can. This
will enable them to give a good reading of any horoscope with a little prac-
tice. For further practical demonstration of this method students are ad-
vised to study the children's horoscopes in RAYS FROM THE RED CROSS, where
the writer makes use of it every month. These horoscopes are a mine of in-
struction which not student desiring to perfect himself in the stellar sci-
ence can afford to be without. The key-words will bring to his mind what
has been said about the general nature of the planets under consideration;
this he may combine with the nature of the signs and houses where the plan-
ets are placed if a very full reading is desired.
TABLE OF PLANETARY KEYWORDS:
The vital, venturesome, dignified and authoritive Sun.
The lazy, ambitionless, despotic and cowardly Sun.
The harmonious, artistic, beautiful, lovely, cheerful and suave Venus.
The dissolute, sensual, vulgar, slothful, loud and lazy Venus.
The quick-witted, versatile, eloquent, literary, adroit and dexterous Mer-
The restless, shiftless, profane, gossipy, demagogic, dishonest, untruthful,
forgetful, and clumsy Mercury.
The magnetic, imaginative, plastic and changeable Moon.
The negative, procrastinating, dreamy, vacillating, visionary, frivolous,
childish and worrisome Moon.
The cautious, deliberate, methodical, persevering, tactful, thoughtful and
The malicious, materialistic, melancholy, pessimistic, avaricious, obstruc-
tive, secretive and worrisome Saturn.
The law-abiding, charitable, conservative, reverent, optimistic, opulent and
The indolent, procrastinating, bombastic, ostentatious, prodigal, dissipated
and lawless Jupiter.
The gallant, enterprising, energetic, enthusiastic and constructive Mars.
The advanced, romantic, original, independent, liberty-loving and inventive
The licentious, unconventional, fanatical and irresponsible Uranus.
The occult, prophetic, inspirational, spiritual, devotional and musical
The fraudulent, vague, deceptive, dishonest and mediumistic Neptune.
THE STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS OF THE PLANETS
SHOWN BY ELEVATION, EXALTATION, CRITICAL DEGREES, ETC.:
The foregoing delineation of the effects and influences of the planets in
the various houses and signs, also by aspect and position such as parallel
and conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition, are subject to wide
modification according to the other configurations of the horoscope, and ac-
cording to whether the planets are essentially dignified or in their detri-
ment, exalted or in fall, or placed in critical degrees. The following
table of planetary powers will show at a glance the signs in which the
various planets are strong or weak; and when the student known in what sign
a planet rules or is exalted it is only necessary to remember that it has
its fall or detriment in the opposite sign. Thus the Sun rules Leo and is
exalted in Aries. Hence it is very powerful in those signs, and as the op-
posite signs are Aquarius and Libra it is at once apparent that when placed
in these signs the Sun is comparatively weak. Another important factor
which it is necessary to take into consideration is elevation. The closer a
planet is to the Midheaven, the more highly it is elevated and the more pow-
erful it is. Consulting the table of planetary powers we find that Mars
rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. Let us suppose that in a horo-
scope, Mars is found placed close to the Midheaven in Aries or Capricorn and
square to the Sun which is near the Ascendant. Then the evil will be very
much greater than if Mars were in Libra or Cancer, the signs of his fall and
detriment, and the Sun placed in the Midheaven elevated above Mars.
Similarly, if the Sun were placed in Aries, its exaltation sign, close to
the Midheaven in high elevation and trine to Jupiter in its own sign, Sagit-
tarius, then both planets are very strong and their effect would be much
more marked than if they were placed in the signs of their fall and debil-
ity. By memorizing this table and bearing in mind the matter of elevation,
the student will be able to form a much more accurate judgment of the effect
of planets in any particular horoscope than if this is not taken into con-
TABLE OF PLANETARY POWERS:
PLANET: RULES: DETRIMENT: EXALTATION: FALL:
SUN------LEO------------------AQUARIUS-------------ARIES 19 DEG.---LIBRA
VENUS----TAURUS, LIBRA--------SCORPIO, ARIES-------PISCES 27-------VIRGO
MERCURY--GEMINI, VIRGO--------SAGITTARIUS, PISCES--VIRGO 15--------PISCES
SATURN---CAPRICORN, AQUARIUS--CANCER, LEO----------LIBRA 21--------ARIES
JUPITER--PISCES, SAGITTARIUS--VIRGO, GEMINI--------CANCER 15-------CAPRICORN
MARS-----ARIES, SCORPIO-------LIBRA, TAURUS--------CAPRICORN 28----CANCER
Another division of the Zodiac which it is easy to remember and important
to take into consideration is based upon the massage of the Moon from the
first degree of Aries through the twelve signs. It takes the Moon about 28
days to go around the Zodiac and she moves with an average velocity of 13
degrees. Thus if we start with the first point of Aries and measure one
day's travel, the second day will commence at the 13th degree and the third
at the 26th; the fourth commences at 9 degrees of Taurus and the fifth day
she starts at 21 degrees of the same sign; on the sixth day she reaches 4
degrees of Gemini; on the seventh day she starts at 17 degrees of Gemini and
completes the first quarter by reaching the cusp of Cancer on the morning of
the eighth day. It is evident that she will strike the same degrees of the
signs composing the other three quarters during the three weeks it takes her
to complete the circuit, and thus we may easily memorize the critical de-
grees in the following manner:
IN THE CARDINAL SIGNS--Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, the first,
thirteenth, and twenty-sixth degrees are critical.
IN THE FIXED SIGNS--Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, the ninth and
twenty-first degrees are critical.
IN THE COMMON SIGNS--Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, the fourth
and seventeenth degrees are critical.
It has been found that when a planet is within orb of three degrees of
one of these critical points it exercises a much stronger influence in the
life than it would otherwise. Therefore students will also do well to re-
member this and should a planet be in a sign of fall or detriment, but in a
critical degree, it is thereby strengthened and will do more good or bad ac-
cording to its nature and the aspect it has. On the other hand, if a planet
is in its exaltation sign, highly elevated and in a critical degree, its as-
pects will be exceedingly powerful and make themselves felt much more in the
life than would otherwise be the case.
MERCURY BEFORE AND AFTER THE SUN:
Another important point which is only too often overlooked is the posi-
tion of Mercury with regard to the Sun. When Mercury is in a lower degree
of the same sign as occupied by the Sun, or in any degree of a preceding
sign, he rises before the Sun and, so to speak, carries the rays of the Day
Star forward. But when he is placed in a higher degree of the same sign as
the Sun or in the sign following that occupied by the Sun, then he rises af-
ter the Orb of Day and is, so to speak, overshadowed. Therefore it has been
found that when Mercury, the planet of mind, logic and reason, rises BEFORE
the Sun, it gives a keener, better intellect than when he follows the lumi-
ARE YOU HELPING YOUR STARS?
One not infrequently hears students of Astrology express their annoyance
at the way the stars work. They complain that the evil directions are al-
ways on time and marked in their effect, while very often the good direc-
tions seem to have little or not influence and they wonder why. Have you
ever realized that you cannot possibly get something for nothing, any more
than you can create something out of nothing. This holds good whether you
want a loaf of bread, a position, favors, or anything else. If at any time
you seem to get something without paying for it, you will have to settle
later, and settle with interest, for it is nature's law of Justice that
nothing is given for nothing. There must be an equivalent in one way or an-
other; the scales may be tipped in one direction for a long time, but as
surely as the pendulum swings equally to one side of the neutral point, so
surely will the scales of justice swing, and swing until the balance is
This holds good in Astrology; it is said that "God helps the man who
helps himself;" you may also say that THE STARS HELP THE MAN WHO HELPS HIM-
SELF, for they are God's ministers and it should always be remembered that
THE STARS SHOW TENDENCIES, THEY MARK TIMES WHEN OPPORTUNITIES ARE RIPE, BUT
THEY NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES COMPEL ANYONE TO ACT IN THIS, THAT OR THE
OTHER MANNER. But neither are the directions haphazard events, they are
lessons and experiences for us, of which we may avail ourselves, or not, as
we choose within certain limits. For instance, the Moon comes to a square
of Mars, and it will bring to us an opportunity to lose our temper, and get
into trouble thereby, then when the trouble is over and we sit down to re-
flect on the occurrence we will most likely say to ourselves: Well, what
fools we were to allow a little thing like that to play havoc with our hap-
piness. On the other hand if the Astrological student uses his knowledge in
the proper manner, then he should know what the effect of the Moon square
Mars will be, he should resolve beforehand to be calm and say: Here is an
opportunity for me to rule my stars. I am going to keep my temper well un-
der control so that no matter what happens, I shall maintain my equilibrium.
Then, when the opportunity comes along to lose his temper he may stand firm.
Although he may feel the passions surging WITHIN, he may stand outwardly
quiet, keep a cool head and when the danger is past he will have gained a
victory and learned the lesson which it was intended he SHOULD learn. Or
suppose it is a square of the Moon to Saturn; this will cause people to
worry and look upon the dark side of life, but the astrological student may
say to himself when such a configuration is approaching: No, I am not going
to worry; worry will not help matters, it hinders, because it takes from me
all my strength, wherewith otherwise I could overcome conditions. I am go-
ing to look at the bright side of the matter and see what I can do to remedy
As a matter of fact most of the things we worry about never come to pass,
and if the student can learn under this planetary direction to keep his
equilibrium, to stop worrying, then he has ruled his stars and learned an
important lesson. Thus, if he helps his stars be learning the lessons which
they re endeavoring to teach him, the evil directions will not have the same
power over him as if he simply sits down and folds his hands saying: "Well,
I cannot help it, I am under the evil directions and naturally things are
bound to go wrong in every particular ." There is in the horoscope a
dominant factor, namely, the Individual Will; bear in mind that the HORO-
SCOPE SHOWS ONLY TENDENCIES AND IT HAS NO POWER WHATEVER TO COMPEL YOU; COM-
PULSION IS FROM WITHIN YOURSELF. You, in the final analysis, are the
dominant factor in that horoscope, and can by an exercise of sufficient will
power rule your stars. It is admitted that we are all weak, and therefore
not able to exercise the necessary will power at all times; but that is ex-
actly why these evil directions are sent to us, to enable us to cultivate a
stronger will to do the right thing at the right time and it depends upon
ourselves whether we shall be compelled by circumstances from without or by
our own will from within. Surely that is the proper way, and astrological
students above all other people ought to be able to guide their lives safely
amid the rocks and shoals of existence, because they have proper warning,
they know what is coming, and they should prepare for it.
On the other hand it is asked: Why do the good directions not bring a
corresponding measure of benefit? And the answer to that question is, for
the same lack of co-operation. It is as absolutely necessary to help our
stars in one direction as to hinder them in the other. Are you out of a po-
sition with perhaps the family exchequer running low and no means in sight
wherewith to replenish it; but your hopes centered upon a strong favorable
direction such as perhaps a trine of the progressed Moon to the ruler of the
Sixth House or the Sun? Under these conditions you feel sure, from an as-
trological standpoint, that you are going to obtain a good position which
will put you on easy street. Very well, you may be sure that the opportu-
nity will come, but do not expect it to be laid in your lap without a single
effort on your part; if a thing is worth having it is worth going after, it
is worth making the very best efforts to get it; do not neglect any detail,
dress yourself carefully, but not showily when you go to see the person who
has it in his power to bestow the favor, remember, first impressions are im-
portant; have all your ammunition ready in the shape of recommendations and
everything else that you would have were you not depending upon an astro-
logical aspect to help you get the position. Use every proper means if im-
pressing the prospective employer with your ability and you may depend that
your effort will be successful, for YOU HAVE HELPED YOUR STARS, you have
grasped your opportunity. Or, are you about to embark in a business venture
with some one else and you feel very confident because the Moon is trine to
the Sun and Venus in the Seventh House? Be careful that you do not lay
aside your caution on that account, thinking that under such a direction no
one can come into your partnership who is not all right. If you do, you ne-
glect your part and you will have no reason whatever to blame the stars if
later on it is shown that the person is not all you expected him to be.
Nothing is needed in the world today in the same degree that we need common
sense, and this applies to the department of astrology, as well as to every
other department of life. Opportunity may be likened to a toboggan slide
between ourselves and our desires; it is necessary for us to make an ad-
equate initial effort in order to launch our sled upon this incline, but
once we have done our part, then everything will go along swimmingly under
favorable directions, for then the stars are with us to impress others in
our behalf, or to strengthen our penetrative power so that we may know what
is best for us.
If you want to know positively the power of directions, even transits, as
will call the actual position of the stars in the sky, take an ephemeris and
note the moon's aspects for the current month. When the Moon is in opposi-
tion to Mars you will find in people a general lack of energy and ambition,
they would rather tear down than build. When we have a conjunction of Mars
and the Moon, people will be active and energetic, but impulse rather than
common sense will govern, hence they will accomplish little good, and may do
harm without intention. But when the Moon and Mars are trine, there will be
a general desire among people to do something of a constructive nature, and
they will meet with success in such efforts. And last, but not least, when
the Moon is square to Mars it will make people irritable, quarrelsome, de-
structive, ready to fly at each other, unreasonable and unmanageable.
MIND AND THE RULING PLANET:
When we wish to study the character, disposition and temperament of any-
one we must first realize that the mind is the keystone of the arch of the
human personality. But character, disposition and temperament do not depend
so much upon the quality of mind, whether it be keen, sharp, and alert or
slow and plodding, as upon what channels it takes for its expression. In-
tellects of the first magnitude are sometimes put to perverted use to the
detriment of the community and the individual who thus misuses his divine
heritage, while a slow and very inferior mind may minister to many in lowly
but loving meekness and reap sheaves of soul-growth thereby. Thus it is not
sufficient to determine the quality of the mentality; we must also ascertain
what is the channel of its expression. To judge that or any other matter
thoroughly really involves consideration of the horoscope as a whole,
separately and apart from its bearing upon all other matters. But in a gen-
eral way the character and disposition may be learned fro the Sun, Moon,
Mercury, Ascendant and the ruling planets.
It has become the custom of many astrologers to take the lord of the
rising sign as the ruler of the horoscope. That is correct in Medical As-
trology because the Ascendant represents the body, but when we want to judge
the character which is the combination of all the forces focused through the
horoscopical wheel of life the matter is different. Then we must find what
planet has the most dominant influence in the life and that is then the life
ruler regardless of whether or not it is the ruler of the Ascendant. To
find that planet look first to the lord of the Ascendant. If he is el-
evated, essentially dignified or angular and strongly aspected, remember, it
matters not whether the aspects are good or bad as long as they are close
and plentiful (for if it were only the good aspects that made the ruler then
there would be only good people in the world. But we know that there are
people of all shades of character and therefore it is necessary to select
the ruler according to the aspects, regardless of whether they are good or
bad), and above all, if the aspects are close, then the lord of the Ascen-
dant is also the ruling planet, for he will exercise the most potent influ-
ence in the life.
On the other hand if another planet is more highly elevated than the
ruler of the Ascendant, if it is exalted, essentially dignified or placed in
an angle and its aspects re more plentiful or closer than the aspects of the
lord of the Ascendant, the judge that that planet will be the ruler of the
horoscope and exercise a dominant influence in the life regardless of the
fact that it is not the ruler of the rising sign.
But if there are two planets running neck-and-neck in the race for
rulership, so to speak, with no strongly marked difference in favor of one
or the other so that it is difficult to make a choice, do not utterly dis-
card one and choose the other, for then they will both be very active in the
life and must be classed as co-rulers.
THE INFLUENCE OF RULING PLANETS:
THE SUN AS RULING PLANET:
When the vital, courageous and ambitious well aspected Sun is ruler, it
gives dignity to the whole nature, a lofty price that would not stoop to do
anything small, mean or degrading, a fine and noble courage that may show
itself on occasion as much by disdainfully ignoring the attacks of an adver-
sary whom he considers too far beneath his notice as by a fight to the death
for a principle. There is an intense craving for recognition and leadership
which will make it very difficult for him to occupy a subordinate position;
also an intense warm-hearted, affectionate and demonstrative nature.
VENUS AS RULING PLANET:
When the refined, luxurious and musical well aspected Venus is ruler of
the horoscope it gives tender, loving, even amorous nature which craves love
as we all desire air, for love is the very life breath of such people. They
are extremely fond of children and usually have many pets which serve as av-
enues for their expression of love. They are also pleasure-loving and fond
of social intercourse, neat and artistic in their ideas and in the decora-
tion of their homes. They love jewelry and anything else that adds beauty
to the life; they are luxurious in all their tastes, very amiable and much
beloved by all; their greatest faults is an inordinate love of ease and an
aversion to soiling their hands.
MERCURY AS RULING PLANET:
When Mercury the planet of reason, expression and dexterity is the well
aspected life ruler it gives a keen, quick-witted mind which craves knowl-
edge as a thirsty man craves water and absorbs it as readily, a mind that
solves, apparently without effort, the most intricate problems. Thus there
is ability in the various branches of mental endeavor, science and lit-
erature, but these people are also very apt and forceful orators and have an
extraordinary dexterity so that they can usually turn their hands to any-
thing. They are fond of traveling and very successful as salesmen and
THE MOON AS RULING PLANET:
When the romantic, imaginative and restless well aspected Moon is the
life ruler, the people born unders its influence are indeed rolling stones
and far fields always look greenest to them. Therefore they have an over-
whelming desire for travel and change which generally does not permit them
to stay in one place longer than necessary to earn the money which will en-
able them to go to the next. They have a most vivid and fanciful imagina-
tion and a romantic nature entirely foreign to any practical endeavor; list-
less, restless and unstable as the tide that comes and goes, flotsam and
jetsam upon the sea of life. They are generally mediumistic, though usually
unconsciously so, but are otherwise quite harmless through utterly irrespon-
sible and untrustworthy where anything requiring an effort is concerned.
SATURN AS RULING PLANET:
When the serious, sagacious and profound well aspected Saturn is life
ruler, the people born under its influence are of a profoundly thoughtful,
serious nature. They have a keen sense of responsibility and are full of
forethought, hence trustworthy and reliable advisors; they are systematic,
orderly, and have good executive ability, frugal in their tastes, thrifty
and saving; just to a degree, but their justice is cruel, hard and
untempered but the slightest degree of mercy. They are chaste, sober and
exemplary in their lives but they have neither mercy nor pity for those who
are unable to overcome faults or habits or who otherwise become delinquent
to the laws of society. They care little or nothing for pleasure or the so-
ciety of others and generally keep their own counsel and company; they are
highly respected, esteemed and trusted in the community but neither care for
nor merit the LOVE of their fellow men.
JUPITER AS RULING PLANET:
When the jovial, genial and generous well aspected Jupiter is life ruler,
the people born under his influence are ensouled by a great desire for
honor, respect and esteem in their community. Therefore they aspire to be
pillars in the church, legal lights, or to fill an honored position in the
pulpit; failing this they enter by preference one of the progressions as
lawyer or doctor. They are cordial, genial people with a jovial smile and a
hearty handshake that make one glad to meet them wherever the go, so they
are always welcome. They are law-abiding and just but inclined to temper
their justice with mercy; and while they themselves live lives beyond re-
proach they are kind, forgiving and lenient to those of a weaker morality
whose lives are smirched by sin and crime, hence they are philanthropic and
always ready to give to charity and benevolent work. They are not only re-
spected and esteemed but beloved in the community where they reside.
MARS AS THE RULING PLANET:
When the enthusiastic, energetic, constructive and militant Mars is the
well aspected life ruler, the people born under the influence of this dy-
namic rays are eager for the fray and battle of life. They are ensouled
with an ardent desire to conquer the world. To them it does not so much
matter what they do so long as it affords an adequate outlet for the con-
structive energy which, figuratively speaking, threatens to burst them un-
less released. The bigger and more difficult the undertaking, the more they
exult; hence they become the pioneers and pathfinders of civilization, the
engineers and contractors who build our cities and the highways and byways
that connect them, who develop the resources of the world and turn them over
to others to use. They are extremely impatient of restraint and will brook
no interference with their plans or methods. These people govern others and
bend them to their will by the whiplash of sheer force for they have neither
tact nor diplomacy but win by the merit of might. They earn money easily
and spend it as lavishly and foolishly. They are extremely extravagant and
when reverses come they are down and out for the time being but they never
stay down, the indomitable inner force soon accomplishes rehabilitation and
with it the old reckless ways of living reassert themselves. They are gen-
erally foolhardy to a degree, hence liable to accidents and a violent end.
URANUS AS RULING PLANET:
When the original, romantic and eccentric well aspected Uranus is life
ruler the character is idealistic, unconventional and utopian. These people
are generally out of patience with the conventional ways of living and de-
termined i their efforts and endeavors to break the shackles of society and
live a bohemian life. They are full of fads and given to usually beliefs,
too advanced for the majority. At the same time they are pioneers of a new
age in which many of the ideas we now consider utopian will be modified so
that they will be held by all. These people are also the inventors of the
world, in touch with the higher worlds where ideas merge from the Divine
Mind to impinge upon the minds of those who are sufficiently sensitive to
grasp them and bring them to birth for the use of humanity. The Uranians
are very headstrong and always ready with an argument to defend their ideas
and secure a convert to their cults; odd in dress, in food, in ideas, they
are a class apart.
NEPTUNE AS RULING PLANET:
When the occult and mystical well aspected Neptune is life ruler we have
a person of a most peculiar power whose chief mark is a strange expression
of the eye which must be seem to be appreciated. It is as if he looked
right through and through whatever is before him, but it is not necessary to
discuss this type for there are so few that they are very seldom encountered
by the average astrologer and only an occultist can know and judge another
THE INFLUENCE OF THE AFFLICTED RULING PLANETS:
When the life rulers are afflicted by the conjunction, parallel, square,
or opposition from the other planets, especially from the malefics--Saturn,
Mars, Uranus and Neptune--they affect the life in an inimical manner which
may be outlined as follows:
THE SUN AS RULING PLANET:
When the cowardly and arrogant afflicted Sun is life ruler, people born
under his debilitating influence are egotistical in the extreme, full of
swagger, self-importance and arrogance. If they obtain authority over any-
one whom they think they can overawe they will rule such dependent with a
rod of iron, trample upon his tenderest feelings without a twinge of con-
science or compunction, but if they themselves come under the authority of
another these spineless weaklings will then cringe, creep and cater to the
slightest whim of their master though they hate him with an intense hatred
that is only kept in check by their fear. They whine and wheedle at the
faintest frown though ready to spring and devour him if only they dared. It
is the signature of one of the most despicable characters in the gamut.
VENUS AS RULING PLANET:
When the slovenly, slothful and lazy afflicted Venus is ruler of the
horoscope the persons are sensual and profligate, untidy and slatternly, of
depraved, perverted tastes and utterly disreputable in their conduct; they
are social parasites. They use loud and obscene language and are fond of
music of a clanging, jarring nature. They love revelry and debauch, their
affection expresses itself in coarse lusts, unbridled passion, free love and
moral perversion. They revel in spangles and tinsel, loud, clashing colors
and cheap imitations of beauty and worth.
MERCURY AS RULING PLANET:
When the untruthful, dishonest and clumsy afflicted Mercury is life ruler
the people under his influence are either entirely mentally unsound so that
they must be confined for their own good in proper institutions, or they are
so cunning that they are able to hide their mental bias and prey upon
society as thieves, pick-pockets, defaulters and criminals of similar na-
ture. They are notoriously untruthful and prefer misleading others to tell-
ing the truth, even where it is of no benefit to them. They are either dull
of comprehension or of such consummate cunning that they seem to be driven
by a resistless force to get the nest of some unsuspecting person. They ex-
cel as confidence men, badgers and in similar unsavory occupations, They
are thoroughly unreliable and dishonest in all their dealings; neurotic and
perverted, scabs on society. These people are also inveterate talkers and
always ready to criticize, slander or ruin the reputation of others. They
are a menace to society in all their activities.
THE MOON AS RULING PLANET:
When the changeable and visionary afflicted Moon is life ruler it makes
the persons extremely restless and averse to labor of any kind, fidgety and
always on the move; if they cannot travel from one city to another, they
move from one house to another and from one situation to another as often as
possible and they infuse the same restlessness into whosoever they come in
contact with. If the afflictions are very severe the mind suffers and their
mental phases coincide with the changes of the orb of night.
SATURN AS RULING PLANET:
When the morbid, melancholy and malicious afflicted Saturn is life ruler
he robs life of all joy and brightness so that these people become recluses
and melancholy misanthropes; so miserly and avaricious that they will starve
themselves and forego the comforts of life even when they have ample means
to satisfy them. They are cruel, hard and suspicious of the acts and mo-
tives of others and if they take up work as a detective they become human
ferrets, blood-hounds who will hound their prey to death and gloat over his
misery. If anyone frustrates such people they will hold spite forever and
aim to get even, if it takes a lifetime. But the end of these people is al-
ways bad, sometime or other they overreach and fall into the trap they have
set for others. They usually die an ignoble death and the world gives a
sigh of relief when they pass out.
JUPITER AS RULING PLANET:
When the indolent, bombastic and egotistical afflicted Jupiter is the
life ruler the person is often a parasite on the social tree, a gambler,
confidence man and speculator, sporty, fond of display and ostentation; he
wears loud clothing, paste diamonds and cheap jewelry. He is usually met
with in pool rooms, on race tracks and in similar places; playing poker or
playing the ponies are among his favorite means of earning a living; he is
very loud and egotistical anxious to attract attention no matter how; he of-
ten figures in court proceedings on account of shady transactions or immoral
conduct or unpaid bills, for he is an adept at obtaining credit for every-
thing he wants and never pays the price of his expensive tastes if there is
any way of avoiding a settlement of his debts. Among the laboring class he
usually figures as a demagogue and agitator, inciting to strikes and riots,
but he is always ready to sell out a striking union to the employers. We
find them among the typical Italian padrones, as keepers of sweat-shops, and
in similar occupations.
MARS AS RULING PLANET:
When the arrogant, egotistical and foolhardy afflicted Mars is life ruler
the person is an egotist of the first water, bound to attain to his wishes
by force or destruction if other means fail; in fact he prefers to bulldoze
others to do his will rather than to have them submit without a struggle.
He is a first-rate slave driver, section boss on the railway, in a construc-
tion camp and similar places, a liar, braggart, bouncer, or pugilist, a
daredevil wiling to risk his life and the lives of others at any moment and
in any undertaking.
URANUS AS RULING PLANET:
When the stubborn, erratic and independent afflicted Uranus if life ruler
the mentality is usually so obsessed in one direction or another that such
people become fanatics and generally also there is an excessive sensuality
and perverted taste. They are always ready and anxious for an argument as a
means of airing their ideas but they are so hypnotized by their own par-
ticular fad that they are never convinced and can never see when the argu-
ment goes against them. They always espouse the most radical and unconven-
NEPTUNE AS RULING PLANET:
When the mediumistic, neurotic and self-indulgent afflicted Neptune is
life ruler, the persons are of a dreamy, neurotic and negative nature, apt
to become the medium of disembodied spirits or even obsessed by them. They
are likely to evolve psychic powers of a low grade such as involuntary
clairvoyance, crystal gazing, etc., and if they are unable to develop these
faculties they often simulate mediumship and other psychic gifts for the
purpose of duping or defrauding others. They have a strong faculty of
imitation and easily become adepts at deception.
THE SIGNS AS MENTAL SIGNIFICATORS:
When the CARDINAL Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, are on the
angles, that is to say, the Ascendant, Midheaven, Fourth and Seventh Houses,
it is a general indication that the person is mentally alert, quick to grasp
an idea, active and enthusiastic in whatever work he undertakes; one who has
organizing and executive ability and is capable of carrying whatever enter-
prise he may start to success; a bold, brave indomitable spirit. This is
especially true when many planets are in Cardinal Signs and these people may
be classed as the business men of the world.
When the FIXED Signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are on the angles
it indicates a thoughtful but slow and plodding type of mind which requires
time to come to a decision. They always look before they leap but when they
have made up their minds they adhere to the course mapped out with a remark-
able patience and perseverance which in the end insure success. They are
very reliable and can be depended upon to keep their word and meet their ob-
ligations. Their principal fault is that they are too apt to get into a rut
and become narrow-minded. They are very original and may be classed as the
inventors of the world. These delineations are especially true when many
planets are in Fixed Signs.
When the COMMON Signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, are on the
angles the mind is flighty and superficial, wavering and versatile. These
people are often very quick to grasp a point and form a decision, but just
as ready to forget and change their minds. They are adepts at imitation and
often pretend to virtues or abilities entirely foreign to their nature.
They are easily swayed by the winds of emotion; one moment they may be
highly elated over some small matter and the next a trifling trouble bows
them down to earth. They are inconstant and unreliable in all their
dealings with others because they do not know their minds two minutes in
succession. They constitute the agents and middlemen of the world, where
they occupy a subordinate or serving position. These delineations are par-
ticularly apt when many planets are in Common Signs.
MENTAL EFFECT OF THE RISING SIGN:
When there are no planets on the Ascendant the rising sign has consider-
able influence on the type of mind.
ARIES rising gives an energetic, enthusiastic and ambitious type of mind,
but inclined to rash and impulsive acts and a quick temper.
TAURUS rising gives a stubborn, headstrong and selfish nature, envious, cov-
etous and malicious when angered.
GEMINI rising gives a quick, alert and versatile mind, easily adaptable to
conditions but so fluidic that it lacks the ability absolutely essential to
sustained effort and lasting success.
CANCER rising gives a negative, imaginative and receptive type of mind,
sometimes of a rather morbid nature, reserved and mistrustful; but when such
a person has made up his mind to do something he is usually very tenacious
in his adherence to his ideas; sympathetic, hospitable and kind.
LEO rising gives a frank, open, ambitious mind; a powerful will and a proud,
honorable and kind disposition but inclined to be hasty, quick-tempered,
sensual and apt to go to extremes.
VIRGO gives a critical, scheming and ingenious mind, able to evolve ideas
galore but usually lacking the initiative to carry them out unless prodded
by others. These people are very selfish, self-centered and reserved. They
do not take other people into their confidence and they seldom become really
familiar with anyone.
LIBRA rising gives an easy-going but kindly and sympathetic type of mind
which is unable to grasp or cope with the exigencies of existence. There-
fore these people drift along the stream of life, taking as much of the
sweet as they can get and using every effort to avoid the bitter. They
crave approbation and in return adore their friends and are usually bound up
SCORPIO rising gives a dual type of mind. This is one of the most mystical
of the twelve signs. Some times it is symbolized as an eagle representing
the lofty, aspiring type soaring as does the eagle into the ether. At other
times it is typified as a serpent which crawls in the dust, and again as a
scorpion. There is also considerable occult significance in the fact that
the serpent has the sting in its head and the scorpion has it in its tail.
But for the present purpose we will judge the two latter as one.
The Scorpio type of mind denoted by the eagle is thoughtful, reserved and
inclined to lofty ideals' dignified in demeanor, proud and with perfect con-
trol of the temper. These people are very reserved and generally keep their
The other type when Scorpio is represented by the serpent is entirely
different; deceitful, shrewd and secretive; past finding out; sensual and
unforgiving; jealous and passionate, with a very sharp tongue and fiery tem-
SAGITTARIUS rising gives an energetic, aspiring, benevolent mind but rather
lacking in ambition. These people are usually of an ardent, affectionate
disposition and sometimes very demonstrative.
CAPRICORN rising gives a tactful, diplomatic, deep and thoughtful type of
mind but selfish, envious and covetous. These people are apt to get into a
rut and become very narrow, and when they are crossed they hold spite and
plan revenge. They are self-reliant and persistent in whatever they under-
AQUARIUS rising gives a good intellect, a friendly, sympathetic and humane
disposition, but these people are very original and independent; they will
brook no interference with their vagaries and pursue their own course re-
gardless of what others say or think, sometimes even against their own rea-
son and just to assert their independence.
PISCES rising gives a sentimental and romantic type of mind, inclined to
worry and restlessness, apt to turn to the occult, and to mystical ideas.
The mind is very sensitive and often takes in the conditions of others with
the effect of unsettling and troubling the person.
YOUR LUCK IN LIFE:
Health, wealth and happiness are to most people the prime objects of
life, and whoever has them is rightly considered lucky, though as we have
endeavored to show, luck is very closely linked to merit, and we have earned
what we have either in this or former lives and what we lack in fortune or
ability we may acquire in this or later lives by good use of our opportuni-
Thus health and disease, vocational ability, social and financial for-
tunes, marriage, etc., are shown in the horoscope as outlined in the follow-
HEALTH AND DISEASE:
The subject of health and disease is thoroughly elucidated in that part
of the book which deals with medical astrology, but those who do not care to
go into the depths of the subject will find the following general hints
helpful in determining the matter for ordinary purposes.
The main indicators of health and disease are the Sun, Moon and Ascen-
dant, together with the planets in the First House or just above the Ascen-
dant. The twelve signs of the Zodiac confer a vitality of differing degrees
and when there are no planets near the rising sign it is of much greater im-
portance than otherwise. The signs may be classified as follows:
Aries, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Sagittarius are strongly vital signs.
Gemini, Virgo, Libra and Aquarius are moderately vital.
Cancer, Capricorn and Pisces are signs of weak vitality.
Both the Sun and the Moon affect health in all horoscopes, but the Sun is
the particular significator of health for men and the Moon has the same
function in a woman's horoscope. Thus, if a boy is born at a New Moon which
is a total eclipse, he will have very poor chances of surviving. The same
may be said of a girl born at the Full Moon when that is eclipsed.
If the Sun is strong by sign, well aspected by Mars or by the benefics,
if he is in essential dignity, exaltation or elevation in a male horoscope,
it indicates the possession of a strong vitality and presages a life blessed
by good health. If the Moon is similarly placed in a woman's horoscope the
same effect follows.
On the other hand if the luminaries are in weak signs in the Sixth or
Twelfth Houses or afflicted by Saturn, Mars, Uranus or Neptune, the vitality
is weak and much sickness will result unless, from childhood, care is taken
to follow the laws of health and hygiene. It must be borne in mind that THE
HOROSCOPE SHOWS ONLY TENDENCIES which work out infallibly if we drift with
the tide of life. But on the other hand, it does no show the factor of the
human will, which being divine may enter in and by proper efforts in the
right direction correct, at least in a large measure, the limitations.
It is a good indication of health when a strong sign rises with Jupiter
or Venus close to the Ascendant and well aspected. But if a weak sign is on
the Eastern horizon, and the life forces are further sapped by Saturn,
Uranus or Neptune in the rising sign, a life of suffering is foreshown.
With respect to Mars it has been found that his presence on the Ascendant
strengthens the constitution when he is well aspected but predisposes to fe-
verish or inflammatory complaints when he is afflicted.
It should be understood that the Sun, Venus, Mercury, the Moon and Jupi-
ter do not afflict save by square or opposition, whereas the conjunction and
parallel of Saturn, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are considered inimical as well
as the square or opposition.
The afflictions from CARDINAL Signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn,
indicate acute ailments which usually run their course and leave no par-
The afflictions from FIXED Signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, in-
dicate organic or hereditary tendencies which are difficult to conquer and
usually become chronic.
The diseases indicated by COMMON Signs, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and
Pisces, are convertible. They may be entirely overcome or run their course
until they become chronic, according to the mental temperament of the person
in whose figure these are found.
The places of the malefics, Saturn, Mars, Uranus or Neptune always indi-
cate weak points in the anatomy and the place of Saturn is particularly sen-
sitive; no matter whether he is afflicted or not it is always a danger
point. By knowing the parts of the body which are ruled by the different
signs it is easy to see where the weak limits in the chain of human health
Aries rules the head and face.
Taurus rules the neck and throat.
Gemini rules the lungs, arms and shoulders.
Cancer rules the breast and stomach.
Leo rules the heart and dorsal region of the back.
Virgo rules the abdominal parts.
Libra rules the kidneys and lions.
Scorpio rules the genitals and rectum.
Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs.
Capricorn rules the knees.
Aquarius rules the ankles.
Pisces rules the feet.
Thus if Saturn is placed in Leo it will indicate that the person is sub-
ject to heart trouble. If it is in Pisces it will indicate cold feet. The
hot and inflammatory Mars afflicted in Aries, the sign which rules the head,
would indicate a tendency to fevers, and so on with the other planets.
There are three nebular spots located in the Zodiac, namely: The
Pleiades in 29 degrees of Taurus, the Ascelli in 6 degrees of Leo, and An-
tares in 8 degrees of Sagittarius. If the Sun or Moon are found in these
placed and afflicted by a malefic, be careful of the eyes, or if one of the
malefics are in one of these places afflicting the Sun and Moon the same
judgment holds good.
With these general indications the ordinary student should be able to
judge a horoscope with respect to health and disease and should a more thor-
ough examination be desired, a study of the matter in the part dealing with
Medical Astrology will give the necessary information.
THE SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL FORTUNES:
The vocation, financial fortune and social standing, like all other mat-
ters, should be judged from the whole horoscope, but the Second, the Sixth,
the Eighth and the Tenth Houses with their lords are the chief
THE SECOND HOUSE indicates what the person earns by his efforts. When
Jupiter, Venus, the Sun, the Moon or Mars are well aspected and placed in
the Second House or lord thereof they attract wealth commensurate with the
number and closeness of their aspects and their position as to dignity, ex-
altation or elevation. But if Saturn, Mars, Uranus or Neptune are elevated
and afflict the Sun and Moon it is a sure sign of financial misfortune.
Jupiter in the Second House is moderately generous but Mars makes a free
spender and consequently the money he brings goes about as fast as it comes.
Saturn in the Second House, or its ruler, makes the person thrifty and sav-
ing but he will find it difficult to make ends meet unless Saturn is in his
exaltation sign Libra and well aspected by Jupiter; then fortune comes by
legacy or in the latter part of life. Uranus in the Second House and in
good aspect to Jupiter or the Sun and Moon is also a good indication of
THE EIGHTH HOUSE: The planetary influences which bring financial fortune
through the person's own efforts when operating through the Second House
bring money through the marriage partnership or legacy when operating
through the Eighth House. Thus Jupiter in the Eighth House indicates money
by marriage or partnership if well aspected by the Sun, Moon, Venus or the
lord of the Seventh House. But if aspected by Saturn or Uranus it shows a
legacy. Mars in the Eighth House well aspected shows a husband, wife or
partner with good earning capacity but too free a spender. The other indi-
cations enumerated as acting through the Second House may be similarly
applied to the Eighth.
When the majority of the planets are well aspected and above the Earth or
when the Sun is in good aspect to the Moon and Mars it is generally easy for
the person to obtain a situation and when the Sun is in good aspect to Jupi-
ter it gives promise of a lucrative occupation. But when the majority of
the planets are below the Earth, weak and afflicted, or when the Sun is in
bad aspect to the Moon, Mars or Jupiter, it is usually difficult for the
person to find employment.
To find the employment in which the person will be most likely to succeed
consider the nature and significance of the Houses and Signs which hold the
majority of the planets.
When the majority of the planets are in the FIERY Signs, Aries, Leo and
Sagittarius, it indicates as profitable the occupations in which the metals
and fire play a prominent part, as those of machinist, engineers, chauf-
feurs, smiths, cutlers, barbers, surgeons, soldiers, also hazardous and dan-
If the majority of the planets are found in the EARTHY Signs, Taurus,
Virgo and Capricorn, it indicates success in agriculture, horticulture, gar-
dening, land, mines, timber, building materials and as contractor for build-
ings, houses; dealers in foodstuffs, both in the raw and cooked states, such
as the grocery business, in restaurants or as grain dealers, chemistry,
etc., also dress goods and clothing; in short everything that comes out of
the Earth to nourish, clothe and shelter the physical body.
If the majority of the planets are in the AIRY Signs, Gemini, Libra and
Aquarius, it indicates success in clerical, literary, or artistic pursuits;
occupations principally involving brains or travel, as those of accountants,
bookkeepers, agents, messengers, expressmen, architects, civil engineers,
mechanical draughtsmen and designers, lecturers, scientists, electricians,
aviators, inventors, and all similar occupations in which mind is a princi-
If the majority of the planets are in the WATERY Signs, Cancer, Scorpio
and Pisces, the person should seek occupations in which fluids are
prominent, as those of sailors and fishermen, ship builders and ship owners,
marine engineers, and other occupations on shipboard, manufacturers and
dealers in liquid refreshment, etc.
The ruling planet also has an important bearing on the life-work, and the
occupations signified by the different planets may be stated as follows:
THE SUN as life ruler indicates a leader--it may be of a state as king or
president, or of a province or city as governor or mayor, or has head of a
corporation, whether large or small. Thus when the Sun is life ruler, espe-
cially if it is in the Tenth House, it indicates a government position or
employment in an executive capacity.
VENUS as life ruler indicates employment in an artistic capacity as a mu-
sician, singer, actor, theatrical agent, manufacturer or dealer in millinery
or fancy goods, laces, embroidery and women's clothing; candy and confec-
tions, flowers or ornaments, etc.
MERCURY as life ruler indicates success in literature or on a lecture
platform; as printers, publishers, or bookkeepers; as school teachers, ex-
press agents, mail carriers, commercial travelers, stenographers, secretar-
ies, office workers and all other clerical and traveling occupations.
THE MOON as life ruler signifies success as traveling salesmen, railroad
employees, ticket agents and other positions concerned with the transporta-
tion of the public; car builders, hotel keepers, dealers in fluidic com-
modities, nurses, obstetricians, fishermen, sailors and others employed on
shipboard and in the shipping trades.
SATURN as life ruler signifies all employments connected with the earth
such as agriculture, gardening, mines, building and building materials; dip-
lomats, judges politicians, police, jailers, detectives, secret service
agents and all whose work is accomplished by stealth and strategy; night
workers and those engaged in slow, plodding, laborious work.
JUPITER as life ruler signifies success in the professions, as lawyers,
judges, clergymen, ambassadors, cabinet officers, senators, congressmen or
other positions of public trust; bankers, financial agents, physicians, be-
nevolent or social workers.
MARS as life ruler signifies employments in which iron and sharp instru-
ments are prominent, as used by soldiers, surgeons, smiths, founders, engi-
neers, and in all dangerous occupations.
URANUS as life ruler signifies employment in which air, electricity,
thought power and genius are chief factors, as those of inventors, electri-
cians, aviators and those interested in supernormal or superphysical sub-
jects such as psychology, phrenology, magnetic, divine or mental healing;
also in connection with co-operative colonies, socialism, and advanced ideas
of life and living.
NEPTUNE as life ruler indicates occupations involving the occult, watery
and psychic elements; also those in which fraud and deception are rampant
because the genuine psychic article is so rare. These occupations include
those of astrologers, mediums and clairvoyants. Neptune also produces some
highly inspirational musicians.
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