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Filename: RC2015.TXT Source: "Simplified Scientific Astrology" by Max Heindel [PAGE 670] A COMPLETE TEXTBOOK ON THE ART OF ERECTING A HOROSCOPE WITH PHILOSOPHIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: INTRODUCTION--THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF ASTROLOGY: There is a side of the Moon which we never see, but that hidden half is as potent a factor in causing the ebb and flow of the earth's tide, as the part of the Moon which is visible. Similarly, there is an invisible part of man which exerts a powerful influence in life, and as the tides are measured by the motion of the Sun and Moon, so also the eventualities of existence are measured by the circling stars, which may therefore be called the "Clock of Destiny," and knowledge of their import is an immense power, for to the competent astrologer the horoscope reveals every secret of life. Thus, when you have given an astrologer the data of your birth, you have given him the key to your innermost soul, and there is no secret that he may not ferret out. This knowledge may be used for good or ill, to help or hurt, according to the nature of the man. Only a tried friend should be trusted with this key to your soul, and it should never be given to any one base enough to prostitute a spiritual science for material gain. To the medical man Astrology is invaluable in diagnosing diseases and prescribing a remedy, for it reveals the hidden cause of all ailments. This [PAGE 671] phase of the science is dealt with in "The Message of the Stars," giving nu- merous horoscopes to show how the signatures of various diseases appear in the stellar script. The writer diagnoses unerringly by this method the ail- ments of patients all over the world and love will light the way for others also who aim to follow in the steps of Christ as healers of the sick. If you are a parent the horoscope will aid you to detect the evil latent in your child and teach you how to apply the ounce of prevention. It will show you the good points also, that you may make the better man or woman of the soul entrusted to your care. It will reveal systemic weakness and en- able you to guard the health of your child; it will show what talents are there, and how the life may be lived to a maximum of usefulness. Therefore, the message of the marching orbs is most important, and as we have shown the great danger of giving birth data to anyone else, there remains only one course: To study the science yourself. This book and the simplified method it contains of casting a horoscope in a thoroughly scientific manner is published in order to enable ANYONE WHO CAN ADD AND SUBTRACT to do the work himself, instead of relying on others. Thus he will obtain a deeper knowledge of the causes which are operative in life than any professional astrologer who is a stranger can give. [PAGE 672] THE PLANETS--THE SEVEN SPIRITS BEFORE THE THRONE: The nebular theory explains with wonderful ingenuity the material view- point of how a solar system consisting of sun and planets may be formed from a central firemist, provided the firemist is put in motion. Something or somebody extraneous to the firemist is necessary to give that first impulse, however, as shown by Herbert Spencer, who rejected the nebular theory be- cause it implies a FIRST CAUSE, yet he was unable to enunciate a hypothesis free from that, to him, objectionable flaw. Thus the scientific theory of the genesis of a solar system coincides with the religious teaching of a FIRST CAUSE, call it God or by any other name, who is the superior intel- ligence ordering the path of the marching orbs with a definite end and aim in view. That end we may not yet be able to wholly perceive, but all about us on our planet we cannot fail to note, if observant, an orderly progres- sion of all things towards perfection, and it may be inferred that a similar process of evolution must be in progress on all the other planets, varying of course, in consonance with the diverse conditions existing on each. [PAGE 673] Mystic teaching concerning the formation of a solar system agrees with the nebular theory which says that rings were thrown off from the central mass of the Sun, forming in succession the several planets, those farthest from the Sun being formed first while Venus and Mercury, last formed, are nearest the Sun. Back of every act is a thought, and behind every visible phenomenon there is an invisible cause. So with the formation of the planets in a solar sys- tem, there is a spiritual reason for their being, as well as a material ex- planation. The central firemist we may consider the first visible manifestation of the triune God, the Lord of Hosts, Who contains within His Being a multitude of other beings at varying stages of development. Their diverse needs re- quire different external environments. In order to furnish such proper con- ditions several planets have been thrown off from the central mass, each be- ing differently constituted and each having a climatic condition varying from the others. Yet they are all in the kingdom of God, the solar system. "In Him they live and move and have their being" in the most literal sense, for the whole solar system may be considered as the body of God and the planets as the organs in that body, ensouled by His Life, moving in His Strength in accord with His Will. Each visible planet is the embodiment of a great and exalted spiritual intelligence Who is the minister of God in that department of His Kingdom, [PAGE 674] endeavoring to carry out His Will, the latter having in view the ultimate HIGHEST GOOD, regardless of temporary ill. These Planetary Spirits exercise a particular influence on the evolving beings upon other planets according to the development attained by such be- ings. The lower in the scale of evolution a being is placed the more potent are the effects of the planetary influences; the higher, the wiser and the more individualized a being is, the more it is able to shape its own course and the less it will be actuated by the stellar vibrations. That is why As- trology applied to daily life helps us. It gives a knowledge of our weak- nesses and the tendencies to evil in our nature; it shows us our strength and the times most opportune for development of added power for good. In all religions we hear of the SEVEN Planetary GENII: the Hindu tells of SEVEN RISHI, the Parsi of SEVEN AMESHASPENTAS, the Mohammedan of SEVEN ARCHANGELS and our Christian religion has its SEVEN SPIRITS BEFORE THE THRONE. The modern astronomer divorces the spiritual aspect of the celestial sci- ence, Astrology, which he pooh-poohs an "an exploded superstition," from the material phase, Astronomy, counting eight primary planets [PLUS PLUTO] in our solar system--Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mer- cury. He shows through the telescope that they exist and thinks he has [PAGE 675] proved that religion knows not whereof it speaks when it asserts that there are seven planets in the solar system. The Mystic, however, points to Bode's Law as vindicating his assertion that Neptune does not really belong to our solar system. The law is this: If we write a series of 4's, add 3 to the second, 6 to the third, 12 to the fourth, etc., doubling the amount added each time, the resulting series of numbers is a very close approximation to the relative distances of the planets from the Sun WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NEPTUNE. Thus, to illustrate: MER- ASTER- JU- SAT- URA- NEP- CURY VENUS EARTH MARS OIDS PITER URN NUS TUNE 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 .. 3 6 12 24 48 96 192 384 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 4 7 10 16 28 52 100 196 388 If we divide this series by 10 we get 1 for the distance of the earth from the Sun and the other numbers then represent the distances of the other planets in terms of the earth's distance. The closeness with which this simple law gives the distance is shown as follows, the column headed "Bode" being the distances according to this law, while the column headed "Dis- tance" gives the correct values in terms of the earth's distances. DIS- DIS- BODE TANCE BODE TANCE Mercury................0.4 0.4 Jupiter.........5.2 5.2 Venus..................0.7 0.7 Saturn.........10.0 9.5 Earth..................1.0 1.0 Uranus.........19.6 19.2 Mars...................1.6 1.5 Neptune........38.8 30.0 Asteroids..............2.8 2.6 [PAGE 676] It is thus seen that, with the exception of the values for Neptune, the numbers represent very nearly the relative proportional distances from the Sun, of the seven planets and the Asteroids which are within our solar sys- tem, but fail very decidedly when applied to Neptune, who is the embodiment of a Great Spirit from the Creative Hierarchies which normally influence us from the Zodiac. This planetary genius works specifically with those who are preparing for initiation and partially with those who study astrology and put it into practice in their daily lives, for then they are also pre- paring for the path of attainment. The twinklings of the fixed stars from without our solar system are the pulsations of spiritual impulses sent forth by the guardians of the Greater Mysteries; and the Mercurians, the Gods of Wisdom, send out similar impulses pertaining to the lesser mysteries, hence Mercury twinkles like a fixed star. Planets revolve around the Sun at varying rates of speed, the smaller planets, which are the closest to the Sun, moving much more rapidly than the larger ones which, in addition, describe wider circles. Mercury makes orbital revolution in.........88 days. Venus " " " "........224 1/2 " Earth " " " "........365 1/4 " Mars " " " "..1 yr. 322 " Jupiter " " " ".........12 years. Saturn " " " ".........29 1/2 " Uranus " " " ".........84 " Neptune " " " "........165 " Pluto " " " "........248 " [PAGE 677] The hourly motion of the planets in their orbits is as follows: MILES MILES Mercury.....104,000 Jupiter.....29,000 Venus....... 77,000 Saturn......21,000 Earth........65,000 Uranus......15,000 Mars.........53,000 Neptune.....12,000 Besides revolving in their orbits around the Sun, the planets also re- volve upon their axes in the same direction as they revolve in their orbits; that is, from west to east. This movement is called THE DIURNAL ROTATION. The time occupied by the diurnal rotation of the planets is as follows: HOURS HOURS Mercury..........24 1/4 Jupiter.........10 Venus........... 23 1/2 Saturn..........10 1/2 Earth............24 Uranus...........9 1/2 Mars.............24 1/2 Neptune....Unknown The Sun also rotates upon an axis but requires about 608 hours or 25 1-3 days to complete one rotation. The axis of a planet may be either perpendicular or oblique to its orbit. The present approximate inclinations of the axes are as follows: DEGREES DEGREES Jupiter...........3 Venus...........60 Earth............23 1/2 Mercury.........72 Mars.............25 Uranus.........102 Saturn...........26 Neptune........155 [PAGE 678] The inclination of the axis of the Sun to the plane of the ecliptic is about 7 1/2 degrees. The above inclinations of the axes do not in all cases coincide with the figures given by physical science, neither do we endorse their view that these inclinations remain practically unchanged, save for a slight vibratory movement called NUTATION. There is an exceedingly slow third movement of the planets whereby that which is now the North Pole of the earth will in the future, as it has in the past, point directly towards the Sun. Later it will be in the position where now the South Pole is, and in due time it will reach again its present place. Thus tropical climate and glacial epochs succeed each other on all points of each planet. In addition to this gradual movement of about 50 seconds of space PER CENTURY, whereby a whole revolution of the earth's axis is completed in about two and one-half million years, there have also been sudden changes at a time when that which is now the North Pole pointed directly towards the Sun. The southern hemisphere was then continually in darkness and cold. Resulting conditions caused a sudden overtopping of our globe the last time. Since that time, however, the Spirit which previously guided the earth from without has drawn into the sphere and such a happening will be impossible in the future. [PAGE 679] Mr. Pierre Bezian, a French mechanician, has constructed an apparatus demonstrating this third movement. He is said to have received his idea from a study of the teachings promulgated among various ancient people by priests possessed of mystic learning, particularly from the Egyptians. He shows how such a third movement will account for the tropical flora and fauna found in the frozen North, which can be accounted for in no other way. He also shows that when in the course of this third movement in the inclina- tion of a planet's axis becomes greater than 90 degrees and its North Pole commences to point toward the south, the satellites of that planet will seem to turn in the opposite direction from the satellites of the other planets, as is the case with Uranus and Neptune's satellites; a fact which as- tronomers are puzzled to explain. On Uranus and Neptune the Sun also rises in the west and sets in the east for the same reason: the inversion of their poles. As a last difference between the teachings of modern science and the Western Wisdom Teaching of the Rosicrucians, we may note that astronomers of today speak of Venus and Mercury as INFERIOR planets because they always ap- pear close to the Sun; Venus is seen only as a morning or an evening star; Mercury is rarely seen because it keeps so close to the Sun. The other planets are called SUPERIOR because they are seen at all dis- tances from the Sun, being even at the very opposite point of the horizon [PAGE 680] from the Sun. This appellation, INFERIOR and SUPERIOR, the mystic would reverse, for him it is clear that the Sun is the embodiment of the highest spiritual in- telligence in our system. At the beginning of our present phase of evolu- tion all that is now outside the Sun was inside, but not all beings could continue to vibrate at the immense rate which obtained there; some fell be- hind, crystallized and, in time, became a clog on other classes. They started to crystallize at the pole, where motion is slow, but gradually their increased weight brought them to the equator, where motion is most rapid, and they were thrown off from the Sun by centrifugal force. Later, other beings failed to keep up the vibratory movement, lagged be- hind, and were thrown off at a proper distance so that the solar vibrations may give them the rapidity necessary to their development. The most advanced spirits stayed longest with the Sun and consequently, if the appellation INFERIOR and SUPERIOR is to be applied at all, it should be used in reverse manner. In order to avoid all misunderstanding, it may be well to state that Ju- piter was thrown off and given its enormous bulk of fiery substance because the Jupiterians had arrived at a very high state of development, where they needed both high vibrations and independent motion. Jupiter is therefore in [PAGE 681] some aspects an exception to the rule; a case where a higher law supersedes a lower. In conclusion we reiterate that the planets in our solar system are the visible embodiments of the Seven Spirits before the Throne of God, the Sun, and that just as it is possible to us to transmit by wireless telegraphy the force which moves the telegraph key, lights a lamp, pulls a lever, etc., so may these Great Spirits exercise an influence upon human beings in propor- tion to our stage of individuality. If we aim to act in harmony with the laws of Good, we rise above all other laws and become a law unto ourselves; co-workers with God and helpers in nature. Ours is the privilege, ours the loss, if we fail to live up to our highest possibilities. Let us therefore, strive to KNOW, that we may DO, and, above all let us beware of prostituting the science of the stars to the gutter of fortune-telling. Gold of Mammon may be ours if we do, but the "peace of God which passeth all understanding" will bring us lasting joy if we use our knowledge in unselfish service to others. [PAGE 682] TIME AND PLACE AS FACTORS IN CALCULATION OF THE HOROSCOPE: A horoscope is simply a chart of the heavens showing a certain position of the planets and zodiacal signs relative to each other and the earth. The constellations remain in the same position one to another, and are therefore called "fixed stars," but the earth and other planets constantly change. They do not return to the same relative position until after about twenty-six thousand years. Thus every scientifically calculated horoscope is absolutely individual and shows a stellar influence different from That exerted in any other life commenced at a different time. Because of the revolution of the earth upon its axis a new degree of the zodiac rises every four minutes and thus even the horoscopes of twins may differ considerably. The student will therefore realize the importance of TIME as a factor in casting a horoscope. There are, however, various methods of approximating the time and erecting a correct horoscope for those who do not know the hour of their birth, but That subject belongs to an advanced grade of this study. [PAGE 683] Time is not the same world over, however. When the Sun rises where we live, it sets in another place, and That makes another difference in the horoscopes even if cast for children born at the same moment of time but in opposite parts of the world, for if it were noon in the birthplace of one, the Sun would be high in the heavens above the earth, and in the birthplace of the other child it would be midnight with the Sun directly below the earth. We know That the chemical effect of the solar ray varies with its position, and when the change is physically noticeable, the spiritual effect must also differ. It is therefore evident That TIME and PLACE are basic factors in calculation of the horoscope. We shall first show how to locate the PLACE of birth, then we take up the matter of TIME. PLACE: Geographically, the earth is divided by two imaginary sets of circles. One circle runs east and west, halfway between the North and South Poles as shown in the accompanying charts: it is called the Equator. Other circles called PARALLELS OF LATITUDE, are imagined running parallel to the Equator, and their use is to measure the distance of any place North or South of the Equator. Now get an atlas and look at the map of North America. Along the right and left hand borders you will see certain numbers. Note That a curved line runs from No. 50 on the right to No. 50 on the left. That is the fiftieth parallel of latitude. All cities along That line, in America, [PAGE 684] Europe or Asia are equidistant from the Equator, and said to be located in "Latitude 50 North." Another line runs from number 40 on the left border to number 40 on the right. Let us note some of the principal cities on or near this line. San Francisco is a little further south, Denver right on the line, Chicago and New York a trifle north. Now turn to the map of Europe. There the right and left hand numbers with their connecting circles are also latitudes, and at the number 40 you will see Lisbon and Madrid. Proceeding eastwards Rome and Constantinople appear a little to the north of our line. These places may be said, for the purposes of elementary instruction, to be in the same degree of latitude, and therefore another determinator must be used to differentiate the location of each place from all others. This is accomplished by dividing the earth longitudinally from pole to pole by another set of imaginary circles called MERIDIANS OF LONGITUDE, and shown in our chart. All places along such circles have noon at the same in- stant, regardless of how far they are from the Equator, or whether near the North or South Pole. Now look again at your map of Europe. There you will see numbered lines running from the top of the map to the bottom. These are the lines of lon- gitude. One is numbered 0. If you follow that line you will find London, [PAGE 685] and close thereto a place called Greenwich. That is the location of the world's greatest observatory, and for purposes of astronomical calculation all places on earth are considered as being so and so many degrees west or east of Greenwich. Thus, by LATITUDE we obtain the location of a certain place NORTH or SOUTH of the Equator. By LONGITUDE we designate its position EAST or WEST of Greenwich. When the location of a place is stated in terms of latitude AND longitude it marks a certain spot beyond all possibility of confusion with any other place, and gives the astrologer one of the primal factors necessary to cal- culate a scientific horoscope--place. Latitude is the principal factor in locating the signs of the zodiac by means of "Tables of Houses," which apply to all places in a certain degree of latitude. These tables are as nearly unchangeable as the fixed stars to which they apply; they remain the same from year to year, at least the change is so small as to be unappreciable in a lifetime. Longitude is the prime factor in all calculations connected with the mov- able planets. To calculate their places at the time of a person's birth it is necessary to have an astronomical almanac for the year of birth. This is called an EPHEMERIS because it records the ephemeral or momentary position of the planets as seen from the observatory at Greenwich each day at noon. [PAGE 686] TIME: A SOLAR DAY is the period of time it takes the SUN to move from any cer- tain meridian of longitude till it returns to the same meridian the next day. Owing to the variable motion of the earth in its orbit, and the obliq- uity of the ecliptic, the Sun's path, the solar days are not all of equal length, but as the purposes of social and civil life require a uniform divi- sion an average is struck of all solar days in a year, and this is called a MEAN SOLAR DAY. It commences at midnight when the Sun is at the nadir. Clocks are regulated to show its beginning and end, also its equal divisions into twenty-four hours. There is thus a difference between sun-time and clock-time. From the time when the Sun is NEAREST to the earth (perihelion) December 24th, to the time when it is FARTHEST from the earth (aphelion) June 21st, clock-time is in advance of sun-time. From June 21st to December 24th, the Sun is in advance of the clock, the greatest difference being 16 minutes in the beginning of November. When the unequal motion of the earth in its orbit and the obliquity of the ecliptic act together, the difference between sun-time and clock-time is greatest; but four times a year, April 15th, June 15th, September 1st and December 24th, they agree. A SIDEREAL DAY is the time which elapses between a FIXED STAR'S leaving a certain degree of longitude until it returns to it the following day. This [PAGE 687] is the exact time of one complete revolution of the earth upon its axis; it is the only absolutely uniform motion observed in the heavens, having under- gone no change since the earliest observations on record. Owing to the motion of the earth in its orbit about the Sun A SOLAR DAY IS LONGER THAN A SIDEREAL DAY, for as the Sun moves farther to the east dur- ing the time of the earth's daily rotation on its axis, the earth must turn further upon its axis before a certain meridian comes in line with the Sun. The solar day is therefore about four minutes longer than the sidereal day, but owing to the variable motion of the earth in its orbit and the obliquity of the ecliptic previously mentioned, this difference also varies each day. In bygone days clocks in each city or hamlet differed from the timepieces of every other place because all were set to local time, but this caused much confusion to the traveling public; therefore America adopted what is called STANDARD TIME on November 18, 1883. For persons born subsequent to That date a correction is necessary to convert the time shown by clocks to TRUE LOCAL TIME, for That is the time used to calculate the horoscope. The diagram will aid students to understand what Standard Time is, how it overcame confusion, and how the before-mentioned correction is made. It was suggested, That if the country be divided into time-zones each about fifteen degrees of longitude in width (this being the distance the Sun [PAGE 688] travels in one hour), and all the clocks in each division set to one uniform time, gauged by a meridian located in the middle of the resulting time-zone, confusion of travelers would be avoided. Accordingly America was divided into four such zones by three imaginary lines, as illustrated in the diagram. In the EASTERN TIME ZONE clocks are set true to the 75th meridian, 5 HOURS earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. In the CENTRAL TIME ZONE time is regulated to the 90th meridian which is 6 HOURS earlier than Greenwich. In the MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE timepieces are governed according to the 105th meridian, 7 HOURS earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. In the PACIFIC TIME ZONE time is standard to the 120th meridian, 8 HOURS earlier than Greenwich. (There is a fifth zone in the far East, comprising Maine, Nova Scotia, etc. This zone we omitted in order That our diagram might be larger.) In all cities located on these Standard Meridians (see diagram on the op- posite page), such as Philadelphia and Denver, standard time is also true local time, and no correction is required in calculation of horoscopes. But Detroit, which you will see located on the dividing line between the Eastern and Central Time Zones, is 7 degrees east of the 90th meridian, and its ---------- NOTE: Detroit adopted Eastern Standard Time, May 15, 1915 [PAGE 689] clocks are therefore 28 minutes slow in actual fact, for when they show noon, according to the 90th meridian standard, the true local time is 28 minutes past twelve. Chicago you will see a little east of the 90th merid- ian (2 degrees). When the clocks there are twelve noon it is really 12:08. San Francisco clocks show noon when the true local time is only 11:50, be- cause That city is 2 1/2 degrees WEST of the Standard Meridian. Correction is therefore necessary. The rule for obtaining the true local time is: To the NEAREST Standard Meridian Time, ADD four minutes for each degree the birth place is EAST of the Meridian corresponding to That Time. If the birth place is WEST of the Meridian, SUBTRACT four minutes for each degree it is West thereof. When a child is born the exact moment it draws its first breath should be noted, as That moment and not the time of delivery is the time of birth from the astrologer's point of view. The reason for taking the time of the first inspiration, usually accompa- nied by a cry, as the moment of birth, is That the chemical condition of the atmosphere changes at each moment as the vibrations from the stars change. We note such a change in the atmosphere according to the position of the Sun in the sky at different hours of the day or night. The night air is differ- ent from the atmosphere at noon. These are not sudden changes, but are brought about by, to us imperceptible degrees. We who are more callous from continued changes, do not feel them, but the little sensitive form of a [PAGE 690] new-born child is eminently susceptible to the inrush of That fist charge of its lungs, and as the oxygen contained therein surges through the body, by mixture with the blood every single atom receives a peculiar stamp which is retained all through life, although atoms change, in the same way That a scar perpetuates itself on the body despite the change of atoms. That first stamping is the physical basis of the idiosyncrasies and temperamental char- acteristics which cause each of us to act differently under the same stellar conditions; it is the basis of the tendencies of our physical nature and in harmony with our stage of attainment as required by the law of causation, which gives us in each life the faculties evolved during all our previous existences. Thus we do not have a certain fate because we are born at a certain moment, but we have been brought to birth at the time when the stel- lar rays will give us the tendency to work out the fate generated in past lives. This distinction is very important, for it marks the difference between the view of the materialistic astrologer and the religious conception of As- trology. In March 1918, the U. S. Government passed the Daylight Saving Act, by which all clocks were set ahead one hour at midnight preceding the last Sun- day in March and then set back one hour at midnight preceding the last Sun- day in October. This Act was in force in 1918 and 1919 only. All recorded dates in the periods affected should have one hour subtracted in order to obtain Standard Time. [PAGE 691] SIGNS AND HOUSES: SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC: ARIES LIBRA TAURUS SCORPIO GEMINI SAGITTARIUS CANCER CAPRICORN LEO AQUARIUS VIRGO PISCES THE PLANETS: SUN MOON MARS VENUS SATURN URANUS MERCURY JUPITER NEPTUNE THE ASPECTS: CONJUNCTION SEXTILE OPPOSITION TRINE SQUARE PARALLEL Although we are many millions of miles nearer the Sun in winter, its rays transmit less heat than in summer when we are farthest from it, and it is therefore evident that DISTANCE has no effect on transmission of heat-rays, but as the Sun rises towards the zenith, be it summer or winter, the heat increases, the greatest heat being experienced in mid-summer when sun-rays are nearest the perpendicular; it is therefore evident that the angle of the [PAGE 692] ray is the sole determinator of its influence. Astrology deals with planetary angles and their observed effect upon man- kind; in order to determine these angles and tabulate observations, the fixed stars along the Sun's path have been divided into groups or constella- tions, and the heavens, AS VIEWED FROM THE BIRTHPLACE of a child have been divided into houses. most beginners find it very confusing to differentiate between these SIGNS and HOUSES, but if it is kept in mind that the SIGNS ARE DIVISIONS OF THE HEAVENS RELATIVE TO THE VERNAL EQUINOX, and HOUSES ARE DI- VISIONS OF THE HEAVENS RELATIVE TO THE BIRTHPLACE, there should be no dif- ficulty. The signs influence certain parts of the body; houses govern con- ditions of life. Like any other circle, the zodiac is divided into 360 degrees, each of the twelve signs is therefore 30 degrees. Their names and symbols are given in the affixed diagram. The parts of the body ruled by those signs are as follows: ARIES ....................................................HEAD TAURUS.....................................CEREBELLUM AND NECK GEMINI..........................................ARMS AND LUNGS CANCER.................................................STOMACH LEO ...................................HEART AND SPINAL CORD VIRGO ..............................................INTESTINES LIBRA .................................................KIDNEYS SCORPIO..................................SEX ORGANS AND RECTUM SAGITTARIUS....................................HIPS AND THIGHS CAPRICORN................................................KNEES AQUARIUS................................................ANKLES PISCES....................................................FEET [PAGE 693] These twelve constellations are the NATURAL zodiac and ever in the same relative positions, but on account of a motion of the pole of the earth the Sun crosses the equator at the slightly different point each spring at the VERNAL EQUINOX, and this shifting point is considered in Astrology as being the first degree of Aries, the beginning of what is called the INTELLECTUAL zodiac, which thus changes from year to year at the rate of about 50.1 sec- onds per annum, 1 degree in 7 years, 1 sign in 2156 years, completing the circle of 12 signs in about 25,868 years. This backward movement is called "precession of the equinox." From the materialistic viewpoint there seems to be no reason for this shifting of the zodiac, but from the position of the mystic it is not at all arbitrary, but necessary and in harmony with the spiral path of evolution adhered to in both star and starfish, observable everywhere in nature. Af- ter completion of each cycle, the intellectual and the natural zodiacs agree (the last time A. D. 498), then a new world period commences, a new phase of evolution, a higher loop of the spiral whereon we are ever traveling towards God. Even from the material standpoint it is evident that the spiral path of th solar system observed by astronomers must change the angle of inci- dence of the light rays from the fixed stars, and as the angle of incidence of the Sun's rays upon our earth has the effect of producing the climatic changes of summer and winter, it is reasonable that a similar change must [PAGE 694] follow from our altered position relative to the fixed stars, which may ac- count for gradual changes of conditions such as that the winters grow less cold and the summers less warm in certain parts of th world. Furthermore, it has been observed that climatic conditions have a distant effect on our temperament--we feel differently in summer than we do in winter--and may not this slow change relative to the fixed stars account for the change in humanity, which is called evolution? The mystic affirms that it does. As rays of the Sun, by change of the angle of incidence, call forth leaves and flowers from the plant at one time, and at another cause them to wither, so do rays from the fixed stars call forth and produce greater changes in flora and fauna; they are responsible for the rise and fall of nations and the tempermental change which we call civilization. Bringing the analogy a step further, the natural zodiac is composed of the constellations as they are and remain in the heavens, and the INTELLEC- TUAL zodiac commences at the changing point where the Sun crosses the equa- tor at the vernal equinox. That is the time when Nature brings to birth that which has germinated in her womb during the preceding winter. Thus the horoscope of the world changes from year to year. "As above, so below," is the law of analogy and the same salient points are observable in the evolu- tion of man and microbe, star and starfish. [PAGE 695] In the human map we have also what may be called a natural horoscope, that is the figure as cast by the rules of Astrology, where any sign may be on the Ascendant, or First House. The changing vernal equinox corresponds to the first degree of Aries, in the intellectual zodiac, so the Ascendant in any human horoscope also has an influence corresponding to that degree. The Second House corresponds to Taurus, the Third to Gemini, and so on, forming the counterpart of the intellectual zodiac in the human horoscope. As the rays of the Sun are intensified when focused through a lens, so is the spiritual life of the Sun when focused through the two houses of Mars to bring a life from the unseen world. Cancer, the first of the watery signs was pictured among the ancient Egyptians as a SCARAB (beetle), which was their emblem of the soul, and oc- cultists know that the seed-atom of the body is planted when the Sun of Life, (the Ego,) is in Cancer, the sphere of the Moon, the planet of fecun- dation. Four months later, when the Sun of Life passes through the second of the watery signs, Scorpio, which is under the rulership of Mars, the planet of passion and emotion, the Silver Cord is tied which binds the desire body to the lower vehicles, and we have the "quickening" when the foetus first be- ings to show sentient life. By that time the Ego has dissolved the nucle- ated blood corpuscles through which the mother's life manifested in the [PAGE 696] growing organism, and it can then begin to work in the vital fluid and manifest sins of separate life in the body until the Sun of Life has com- pleted its circle and again reaches the mystic Eighth House. Eight months after the seed atom was sown the Sun of Life, the Spirit, enters Pisces, the last of the watery signs in the mystic zodiac, which is under the expansive, benefic ray of Jupiter. Under this benevolent influ- ence the waters of parturition swell and burst the restraining walls of the womb, when the nine months of gestation have been completed, launching the new-born soul upon the Ocean of Life at the first point of Aries, where it is warmed and cheered by the combined rays of Mars and the Sun, which are house and exaltation rulers. Thus it is prepared or the battle of existence by the energetic war-god, and its fountain of life, be it large or small, is filled to capacity by the Sun, from the great cosmic reservoir of vital en- ergy. THE HOUSES: In a horoscope the birthplace is always supposed to be the highest point on the earth. It is designated by an arrow on the diagram herewith and the point right above it is in the sky is called the MIDHEAVEN. As an observer in the northern hemisphere must always look south to see the noonday Sun, it follows that EAST is to the LEFT an WEST on his RIGHT. Astrologers call the [PAGE 697] eastern horizon the ASCENDANT, because at that point the stars rise or AS- CEND towards the Midheaven, and for the reverse reason they call the western horizon the DESCENDANT. Rays from stars located at these extreme points would strike the birthplace at different angles, hence their influence would vary an there would also be a noticeable difference of effect at intermedi- ate points between the Horizon and Midheaven, besides, the planets that have descended below the earth have also power, though not to the same extent as when above the birthplace. The influence of planets on various departments of life has been observed to be as follows: FIRST HOUSE--The shape and condition of the body, early environment and childhood's home. SECOND HOUSE--Finance. THIRD HOUSE--Literature, the useful arts, practical intelligence, short journeys, brothers and sisters. FOURTH HOUSE--The home and conditions in old age. FIFTH HOUSE--Amusement, courtship, children and speculation. SIXTH HOUSE--Health, servants and labor. SEVENTH HOUSE--Partnership, marriage, the fine arts and the public. EIGHTH HOUSE--Inheritance, death. NINTH HOUSE--Religion, philanthropy, idealism, justice and long journeys. TENTH HOUSE--Profession, social position and ambition. ELEVENTH HOUSE--Friends, hopes and wishes. TWELFTH HOUSE--Prisons, hospitals, sorrow and trouble. Continued with file "RC2016.TXT" End of File


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