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Filename: RC4015.TXT [PAGE 261] ROSICRUCIAN CHRISTIANITY ASTROLOGY COURSE: ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 15: THE COMMON SIGNS: PART I: Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, and Pisces are called the common signs; their intrinsic nature is best expressed by the keyword, Flexibility. The forces working through the CARDINAL signs impinge upon the DENSE BODY and stir it into action. The influences of the FIXED signs rouse the DESIRE nature, giving stamina and persistence in action. The power of the COMMON signs is MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL; it gives purpose to action and incentive to nobility of life. Therefore people influenced by stellar forces focused principally through CARDINAL signs are the workers of the world; not the toilers, but EX- ECUTIVES, who accomplish things industrially. and who ring into concrete ex- istence great schemes, or small, of value in the world's work. People ruled by the forces of FIXED signs have the insight to plan im- provements, also the patience and persistence to work them out in detail. They are therefore INVENTORS who originate the ideas later practically ap- plied by people of cardinal signs. People of the fixed class lack ability to make their inventions commer- cially usable, a task for which the cardinal class is eminently fitted. Thus these two classes work hand in hand, and between them they have trans- formed the wilderness of the world to a condition of comparative comfort. Their efforts toward improvement are continually carried on, and in time the primitive desert will be made to bloom like a rose. As material success depends on ability to cope with material conditions, the cardinal class is particularly fortunate, for it is the chief executive factor in the world's work and reaps a ready reward thereby. The fixed class is not so prominently before the public. It labors in laboratories and works experimentally to complete the processes and perfect the models which are later used in manufacture. Therefore its members also are potent factors in life, and share the material and financial success of the cardi- nal class. The common class is a sharp contrast Forces focused through COMMON signs are MENTAL; therefore people ruled by them are averse to strenuous physical action which is the forte of the cardinal class. They labor only when lashed by the whip of necessity. They are also incapable of the slow, but sustained effort put forth by the fixed class and are easily discouraged by obstacles. Thus they are leaners and not lifters. TOILERS who do the bid- ding of the inventive and executive classes are recruited from people ruled by COMMON signs. There is one sphere, however, where they shine, according to their ability to think. Being averse to work they have created a vantage ground where they may reap the benefits of the toil of others, and of their inventive faculties and executive skill. To do this they become PROMOTERS who bring inventor and manufacturer together, AGENTS who mediate between buyer and seller, PEDDLERS, venders and all other MIDDLEMENT who go between producer and consumer and LIVE ON A COMMISSION; also LITERARY men who devote their talent to purposeless FICTION belong to the class actuated by the lower phases of the force in the common signs. The cardinal class is active, the common is restless; the fixed class is rigid, the common is flexible. Unstable as reeds those of the common class are swayed hither and thither; nothing appeals to them permanently; they de- sire nothing as much as change. No matter how well placed, they can seldom resist the lure of an opening in another city, the farther away the better. Therefore the old maxim, "A rolling stone gathers no moss," applies par- ticularly to this class, for their roving habits usually keep them poor. [PAGE 262] They spend as fast as they earn, or faster. Thus these people drift upon the sea of life, propelled by the currents of circumstances. Outside condi- tions dominate them, as they lack stamina to assert their own individuality. The foregoing is true of the great majority who are under the rule and influence of common signs. They respond to the LOWER PHASE simply because the higher side is too high for all but a very few at our present stage of development. those who make a success in the world because prodded by the cardinal and fixed influences often sneer at these unfortunates, call them indolent and good-for-nothing; but were they bereft of the cardinal or fixed energy which goads them to action and placed under the common ray, they would soon realize its lack of power and learn compassion for those who must so live all their lives. What, then, is the lesson these people have to learn? Zodiac means "a circle of animals." The symbols of three of the cardinal signs are animalistic: ARIES, the Ram; CANCER, the Crab; and CAPRICORN, the Goat. The fourth represents the ideal towards which this class must strive, namely LIBRA, the Scales. None need poise so much as those under the impul- sive influence of the cardinal ray; therefore the BALANCE was set in heaven to direct their aspirations. Three symbols of the fixed signs are also bestial, violent, and virulent: TAURUS, the Bull; LEO, the Lion, and SCORPIO, the Scorpion. The human fig- ure of AQUARIUS, the Waterbearer, shows us the ideal towards which this class must strive. Instead of fighting, preying upon, or poisoning others in the struggle for existence they must learn to become HUMANE, to be friends instead of foes to all. In contradistinction to the cardinal or fixed signs, THE COMMON SIGNS ARE ALL DOUBLE. Two of them are human: GEMINI, the Twins, and VIRGO, the Vir- gin; the third, SAGITTARIUS, the Centaur, is partly human; and only the fourth symbol, PISCES, the Fishes, is taken from the lower kingdom. None are violent, however, but intensely moral, intellectual, and spiritual sym- bols. SAGITTARIUS, the CENTAUR, shows us man rising above the animal stage, au- daciously aiming at the stars, and the opposite symbol of the heavenly TWINS tells its story of universal brotherhood. The band between the Fishes shows us the unity of life in even the lowest species; and the celestial VIRGIN, clasping the immaculately conceived babe to her breast is a type of purity, love, and service equaled nowhere else. The principle fault of the common signs is RESTLESSNESS. The double na- ture revealed in their symbols impels them hither and thither; therefore the third and ninth signs, Gemini and SAGITTARIUS, are correlated to that most unstable and restless element of the human constitution, the mind, which also wants to travel. The symbol of the twelfth sign, the Fishes, is like- wise an apt type of aimless wandering, and as this is contrary to the law of life, it brings the penalty of sorrow and suffering ascribed in the twelfth house. The ideal towards which the class ruled by the common ray must strive is, therefore, expressed by the sixth sign, DIVINE PARENTHOOD, and the sixth house, SERVICE. Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his friends, said Christ. He also felt that yearning, parental love when He stretched out His arms over Jerusalem and said: Oh, how oft would I have gathered you to my bossom as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! Love grows by voluntary service, and the more we aim to serve others, the more readily we shall cultivate the highest of all human qualities. Upon observation it will be found that there are two distinct subclasses ruled by the common ray. One, composed of younger souls, has not yet found its bearing in the world; they drift about upon the sea of life without en- ergy or ambition, and are buffeted by the waves of adversity for the purpose of awakening them to a sense of responsibility and forcing them to take part in the world's work. In time they will graduate into the cardinal and fixed classes, driven by inner ambition instead of by outside coercion. The other subclass has graduated from the industrial school of material life, and is preparing itself for spiritual work. It is thus in a transi- tion stage, out of tune with the finite and not yet in tune with the Infi- nite. We may realize their plight in a measure when we observe youth in the years between boyhood and manhood; awkward, a laughing stock for boys and men alike, every word he utters provokes a sneer or a patronizing smile be- cause of the changing voice. His ideas are too great for the acceptance of younger companions, too visionary for older heads; he is an anomaly, and his nature becomes hypersensitive on account of the attitude of those around him. Likewise the child-man who is about to graduate from the material world to work in the spiritual realms is out of place under the policy of our common life. He aims the bow of SAGITTARIUS at the stars, but is weighted down to earth by the animal nature. The might of mind is great if we use it practically. Edison earned a crown of spiritual glory by lighting our streets and thus preventing crime. Morse and Marconi and Bell [PAGE 263] have soothed the sorrowing souls of thousands suffering thousands of miles away. Once they dreamed of these things, but they did not stop at dreaming; they worked to realize their dreams. The class ruled by the common signs is too prone to talk of "luck"; but as Lucifer says to Faust: "How closely 'luck' is linked to merit. Does never to the fool occur; Had he the wise man's Stone, I swear it, The stone had no philosopher!" Astrology ought to impress the older subclass with the fact that merit is the basis of success in any line, material or spiritual; that study and dreams alone condition; but that when by service we lift others, we also el- evate our own will never raise us above the present status in life and evolution. 1. What do the forces working through the fixed signs accomplish. Through the cardinal signs? Through the common signs? 2. What are the vocations most suitable for the common sign natives? 3. What do you think are the individual keywords of the common signs? by bringing good news of a loved one. ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 16: THE COMMON SIGNS: GEMINI AND THE THIRD HOUSE: Gemini, the third sign, is the sign of the Twins, brothers. The third house is similarly concerned with our brothers and sisters. According to the position of Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, the aspects he receives, the house occupied by Gemini, the planets in that sign, and the planets in the third house, will be our attitude toward our bothers and sisters and their attitude toward us. Thus, if Mars is in the third house, he will give a tendency to quarrel with sisters and brothers, but if in the same horoscope Gemini, occupies the 11th house, signifying friendship, and Venus is there, the effect of Mars in the third house would be counterbalanced, and friend- ship would prevail. Please bear this in mind that whatever department of a horoscope you may be studying, no single testimony will give a safe basis for judgment. To be sure of our ground it is absolutely necessary to exam- ine all factors and see if the first configuration noted is corroborated or contradicted. Conflicting testimonies must then be balanced against each other. Thus only can we form a correct judgment which will be sustained by events. If Saturn is in the third house, we would judge that the person involved is unpopular with his brothers or sisters. He may be a chronic scold whom all will shun, that is, if an aggressive sign like Aries, Scorpio, or Cancer is on the cusp of the third house at the same time. If a negative sign like Pisces or even Libra or Cancer is on the third house, Saturn will signify that the person is the butt and scapegoat for his brothers and sis- ters. The sun or Jupiter in Gemini and elevated would modify either of these augurs. The subduing influence of Saturn would then be exercised in a benevolent manner for the good of all involved. But if the sun or Jupiter is in the third house with Saturn elevated in Gemini, let the brothers and sisters beware, for Saturn's influence is sinister. Gemini rising gives a tall, slender body with long arms and fingers. The sun and Jupiter make the figure more portly if they are on the Ascendant: Uranus and Mercury make it taller. The moon and Venus shorten and also add plumpness but Mars rising in Gemini makes one muscular without adding flesh. This position, therefore, makes a certain athletic type, such as that of spiriters for short distances, but they cannot endure the strain long, as Gemini is a common and airy sign. Mercury was chosen messenger of the gods because of his winged feet, which made him swift as thought. Gemini, one of the two signs he rules, is Therefore the focus of the mind as we express it through the brain. We well know the instability of the lower mind, and as that is an expression of Gemini, the third house also expresses this characteristic. In the Saturn Period those exalted beings whom we know as Lords of Mind were human. The world globe on which they lived was formed of mind stuff, and they learned to shape it and build thought forms of that subtle material as we are now learning to build houses, bridges, machinery, and a multitude of other objects with the solid physical matter of which our earth is com- posed. Thus they became experts in handling the subtle mind stuff. As Sat- urn among our present day planets expresses in a measure the characteristics of that ancient period which we speak of as the Saturn Period, his ray is conducive to one-pointedness and control of mind when he is posited in Gemini or the third house, both of which focus the lower mind; also when he is in SAGITTARIUS or the ninth house, for these deal with the higher mind. We shall study them in another lesson. In the third house, Saturn makes the mind methodical and orderly, because he OBSTRUCTS ITS FLIGHTINESS, but it will of course depend upon the nature of his aspects whether this faculty is exercised for a beneficent purpose or the reverse. Aries trine or sextile [PAGE 264] to Mercury will give a splendid mind which may be used to good purpose in the world's work; but if these planets are in square or opposition, we may have a schemer of the dangerous type, one whom it is well to watch. This applies no matter where in the horoscope Saturn and Mercury are found, but if one of the others is in Gemini or the third house, the potency of the as- pect for good or ill is much intensified. In fact, as Mercury rules Gemini, his aspects to any planet affect the mind most potently, according to the inherent nature of that planet as expressed in its keyword. Mars for in- stance, is dynamic energy; therefore he will lend force to the mind if aspecting Mercury, and the direction in which this is used depends on the aspect. A good configuration will make a keen, penetrative mind, quick and correct in its conclusions. An adverse aspect will make a man impulsively jump at conclusions, foolhardy, headstrong, and not amenable to reason. Ve- nus or Jupiter in good aspect to Mercury makes people philanthropic, be- nevolent, and therefore beloved of all who are fortunate enough to come in contact with them. The adverse aspects make them self-indulgent to a high degree; they use a winning, ingratiating way to gain their despicable ends, but they are treacherous and ready to sell out their benefactors for a favor from another. They have no scruples whatever, and are always ready to cast aside, "the old love for the new" whenever it suits their convenience. Mercury is never so far removed from the sun as seen from our planet that it can form an aspect of importance with this Great Light. Also, its as- pects with the moon are of no significance, for our satellite has no basic nature of its own, but, as signified by its keyword "fecundation," it only fertilizes that which it is configurated so that that may be brought into manifestation. As said before, when speaking of Saturn's aspects to Mer- cury, if Mercury or the planet it aspects is in Gemini or the third house, the effect on the mind is much intensified. The keyword of Gemini is "changeability," and Mercury, its ruler, the fleet-footed messenger of the gods, is the patron of travelers (who are changing their environment), also of merchants (who are professional ex- changers of goods or money, and who were wont to travel from place to place in ancient times.) Therefore Gemini and the third house denote traveling salesmen, agents, messengers, letters and writings. Again, the planets aspecting Mercury and the planets in Gemini and the third house tell if a person has ability to write, if he is fitted to be an agent or salesman, and whether he will meet with pleasant experiences or be liable to accidents while on short journeys. (The ninth house deals with extended travel.) Saturn in aspect to Mercury, or in Gemini or the third house, does not favor writing, but if the aspect is good, it may nevertheless produce a philosophical writer of great depth and penetration on a most exact and painstaking scientific investigator. The writings of such a person will never be many, nor will his investigations cover a wide range. He will how- ever, be very thorough in covering a limited field,; but though by dint of the hardest and most painstaking work such people may be able to express themselves lucidly on paper, they will have difficulty in public speaking. The sun, Venus, or Jupiter in good aspect to Mercury, or in Gemini or the third house, facilitate vocal expression writing, art and music. the philo- sophical discourses engendered by the ray of Jupiter can never compare with those of saturnine origin in depth and erudition but they are sure to take the soul to lofty heights of sublimity altogether undreamed of by those un- der the sinister Saturn. The oratory of the Jupiterian is the VOICE of the soul speaking directly to the soul. It carries conviction and rouses its hearers as the cold, clear argument of a saturnine speaker never can. the unfavorable Mars-Mercury aspects may inspire an agitator to incite to rebel- lion, bloodshed, and destruction of homes in what he considers a righteous cause; but the Mercurial air modulated i the Venus voice of a Patti may breathe the sentiment of "Home, Sweet Home," with the effect of touching the heartstrings, drawing a person close to the hearth and promoting "On earth peace, good will toward men." In respect to travel, Saturn delays and hinders when aspected to Mercury and when he is in Gemini or the third house, for it is his nature to ob- struct wherever he is; but the moon and Mercury in aspect or in Gemini or the third house have the reverse effect, for they are of a restless and changeable nature, and will cause a person in whose horoscope they are pos- ited as above to wander from place to place all through life. Saturn in Gemini or the third house and adversely aspected gives liability to acci- dents while the person is traveling. So do Mars and Uranus, but there is a different in the nature of the hurt sustained. Saturn causes bruises and crushing. Mars causes cuts, burns, and scaldings, and lays the person li- able to attacks from robbers or to be taken prisoner by the military au- thorities if in a country where there is war. Under such conditions Saturn in Gemini or the third house would make the person a secret agent, a spy, and adverse aspects would cause capture or even death by hanging. Jupiter or Venus in the third house or Gemini would of course make travel pleasant for the person fortunate enough to have them well-aspected, but if afflicted it would be best for the person not to travel. [PAGE 265] Gemini is an airy sign. It rules the lungs, which to a great extent sup- ply the body with the important element air. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, governs the air which passes through the trachea and bronchial tubes. The ebblike and floodlike inflation and deflation of the lungs are another ex- ample of the duality and CHANGEABILITY of Gemini. Saturn hardens and en- crusts, and when he has evil aspects and is in Gemini, he is one of the causes of tuberculosis. Mars in Gemini gives a tendency to hemorrhages of the lungs, and Uranus, being spasmodic in its action, produces the involun- tary movements of the lungs which we call cough. It should be constantly remembered by pupils, however, that though the horoscope at birth shows the lines of least resistance, and though we find it easy to drift along those lines, we as spirits are in life's school to assert our own individuality and thereby overcome obstacles placed in our path. Every time we conquer an aspect we have lived up to our divine na- ture. As the Good Book says, "Be not overcome of Evil, but overcome evil with good." Please answer the following question: What effect would Saturn in Gemini on the Ascendant, square the Moon, in Virgo, have on the health of a person? ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 17: THE COMMON SIGNS: SAGITTARIUS AND THE NINTH HOUSE: This is the ninth sign, and it embodies what we might call the ninth house influences. Sagittarius is depicted as an archer, a centaur; and when man reaches the stage pictured in this symbol, he may be conceived of as coming out of the lower nature and aiming his bow of aspiration at the stars. Therefore, Sagittarius is the sign of the idealist, the sign of our noblest impulses. But as the Sagittarius aims so high, it is not wonder that he falls short of the ideal which he sets for himself. Nevertheless, in spite of failure except in ceasing to aspire, and he should endeavor to do better. Like the other common signs, Sagittarius is dual. Gemini, the Twins, represents two; Virgo, has the mother and the babe; the sign of the fishes, Pisces, has two figures; and Sagittarius has both man and animal. The chief characteristic of these signs is vacillation, of which Sagittarius has less than any of other others, for it is a fiery sign. It is endued with a cer- tain unquenchable ardor. Aided by good aspects the Sagittarian shows con- siderable zeal for the uplift of humanity, but when afflicted the other side of the picture is seen. Then he is apt to indulge the lower nature, the animal side, to an almost unbelievable degree. This is particularly true, strange as it may seem, if the affliction comes from Venus; then indolence and self-indulgence may almost submerge the soul in the slough of sensual- ity. As Sagittarius is the ninth sign, the sign of the dreamer and the ideal- ist, so the ninth house is the house of dreams and idealism according to the planets which are posted in this house. The moon in conjunction with Neptune in the ninth house is the particular signature of a fruitful and vi- sionary imagination. The horse, which forms part of Sagittarius, is a beast of travel, and the ninth house is also the house of travel. The configura- tion of Neptune conjunction moon will make a person very restless, not only in mind but in body, always imagining things are better somewhere else, al- ways searching for something which is never found. The Sagittarian must learn to realize his ideals WITHIN instead of seeking them WITHOUT. We are in this school of experience for the purpose of overcoming, and it is not by running from one place to another that we gain experience. By staying in one place, by doing our very best to attain our ideals where we are, we make our dreams come true. Saturn in the ninth house, particularly if in Sagittarius and well aspected, is in about the best place possible to have him, for Saturn lends depth and penetration to the mind, reduces the roving tendency, and help one most wonderfully. There can be no favorable augur for the attainment of the higher life, even if Sagittarius is not in the ninth house. The ideal con- figuration for a philanthropist or a high spiritual teacher would be Saturn in the ninth house in Sagittarius with trine from Jupiter, the planet of idealism, in Leo. That would overcome all the lower tendencies of Sagit- tarius and give a wonderful zest and persistence to the will of the man thus fortunately endowed. It would give him the insight to use his means to the very best advantage. He would never be led by false sentimentality, but would have the necessary foresight to know where his charities would be best placed. He would also have the necessary fortitude of mind to deny applica- tion from the unworthy, for we should always realize that not infrequently we do people a great deal of harm by giving aims. Jupiter in the ninth house makes the mind cheerful and optimistic; it in- clines a person to benevolence if well aspected. On the contrary, if there [PAGE 266] happens to be a square to Saturn, that will throw away all the good qualities and render the evil qualities more apparent, for Saturn obstructs, and will give a gloomier view of life than any other planet. Then we may have a person who will be a scoffer at religion, and who will use his oratorical powers (for such the Jupiterian has) for the purpose of turning people against religion. Ingersoll was a good example of the malefic influ- ence of Saturn. Although he was by nature a kindly and well meaning man, the very thought of religion turned him into a sarcastic destructionist for the time being. The sun in Sagittarius and in the ninth house makes the mind lively and active, and gives a brightness and a sunny temperament which are uplifting to those with whom the person comes in contact. This is particularly the case if Mercury, which is usually very close to the sun, goes BEFORE the Heavenly Light. Such persons are versatile in the extreme, and readily ob- tain a superficial knowledge of everything. They seem to grasp a point the moment it is presented. Mars in Sagittarius or in the ninth house is really the most dangerous of all the planets in these positions. There is perhaps no place where he may do as much harm as in this house, particularly, of course, if he has an evil aspect, for the dynamic energy of Mars seeks expression in whatever sphere he is located. He is impulsive, and as Sagittarius is also fiery, they agree in this aspect of their nature. Mars in Sagittarius, therefore, adds fire to fire, and should there be a bad aspect, this energy will be used in a manner very destructive. From such a configuration we might expect a la- bor agitator, an anarchist--anyone who would seek to right a wrong by com- mitting violence, anyone who would avenge fancied or real wrongs to himself or his fellow creatures by using dynamite or other violent agencies upon those whom he believes have perpetrated an outrage. Mars square Mercury from Sagittarius or the ninth house would be particularly dangerous in this respect. The man would undoubtedly be a criminal, although, of course we must always remember that one aspect like this may be offset by another as- pect which modifies it. Venus in Sagittarius or the ninth house would render a person devotional in nature, if well aspected. The aspects of Jupiter in Sagittarius or the ninth house would make one inclined to follow along philosophical and intel- lectual lines rather than along the purely devotional. In this respect Ve- nus differs, for the person with Venus there might have very little intel- lect as that is conceived of today, but would have that lovely devotional phase of character which we find in the very noblest souls. On the other hand, if Venus were in Sagittarius or the ninth house and square to Mars, then we should have a person who would be anything but moral, provided, of course, that there were no redeeming aspects to offset this. Uranus or Neptune in Sagittarius or the ninth house renders the mind what is usually called eccentric. A person with either of these positions, if it is well aspected, will take up some work along the line of the Mysteries. He will probably study astrology, psychology, and kindred subjects. In accordance with the symbology of the sign Sagittarians are very fond of animals, particularly horses and dogs, and a good aspect of Jupiter in Sagittarius to Mars will usually make a horse racing man or one fond of fol- lowing games of chance or gambling of any nature. Thus from configurations with the different planets, good or bad, in Sag- ittarius or the ninth house we obtain all the varied shades of mind imagin- able. In this matter the aspects and configurations of planets in Gemini, which governs what is called the lower mind, have a great significance. But as planets in the ninth house are elevated, they are naturally much more powerful in this respect than the planets under the earth in the third house. The aspirations of the soul, the ideals which make man man, which are bringing him onward on the path to the superhuman stage, are found in this house and sign. The moon in Sagittarius, no matter whether that sign is on the ninth house or not, has the same effect as if it were there, for it brings a rest- lessness into the nature which always causes a person to wander. He often becomes what we may call a globe trotter. Saturn, on the other hand, pre- vents and delays traveling, for it is his nature to obstruct, no matter where in the figure he is placed. Jupiter and Venus have the effect of mak- ing travel pleasant when placed in Sagittarius or the ninth house. Mars, conversely, renders one liable to all sorts of inconveniences when traveling, and may cause accidents to the thighs. It is a notable fact that Sagittarians are very liable to broken bones under circumstances where people with other signs seldom meet injury. In the eighth degree of Sagittarius we have the fixed star ANTARES, which has a very evil effect upon the sight. Two other nebulous spots in the zo- diac have a similar influence. One is the ASCELLI in Leo 6, the other the [PAGE 267] PLEIADES in Taurus 29. The sun or moon in one of these places and adversely configurated with one of the malefics--Saturn, Mars, Uranus, or Neptune--gives trouble with the eyes according to the nature of the aspect. Vice versa, if Saturn, Mars, Uranus or Neptune is in one of the nebulous spots adversely configurated with the sun or moon, a similar trouble will be experienced. Should a planet like one of the last named be in RETROGRADE motion, the aspect is much worse, for when the planet has ceased to retro- grade and goes DIRECT in the zodiac again, it will pass over the nebulous spot which it is close to a second time, and thereby cause added damage. There may be, however, a compensating side to this aspect, for it sometimes happens that while an evil configuration with one of these nebulous spots (ANTARES IS THE WORST) deprives a person of his sight, a benevolent con- figuration develops in him a second sight which will compensate for the loss to a degree which only those who have that sight can appreciate. The keyword of Sagittarius may be conceived of as ASPIRATION. QUESTION: What will be the influence of Uranus in Sagittarius, square to the moon in the sixth house, and trine to the sun in the first house? [PAGE 268] ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 18: THE COMMON SIGNS: VIRGO AND THE SIXTH HOUSE: Virgo is one of the Mercurial signs. Mercury was the messenger of the gods, and it is therefore little wonder that Virgo is the House of Service. It is also Mercury's exaltation sign where his influence is most pronounced. On the longest and darkest night of the year, at the winter solstice, the Celestial Virgin stands upon the eastern horizon at midnight. At that time the Sun commences its new circuit and begins to mount upwards towards the vernal equinox, giving its life for the purpose of saving humanity from the hunger, darkness, and cold that would inevitably ensue were it to stay in southern latitude all the time. The Sun is said to be born of the Celestial Virgin, and the sign Virgo stands as the most sublime symbol of service as well as of divine motherhood, for THE GREATEST SERVICE that can be rendered to humanity is the giving of birth to a new Sun each year to be the savior of the world. Mercury in Virgo or in the sixth house well aspected always shows one who is faithful unto the end. No matter what responsibility may be put upon him he will always acquit himself well. And even when Mercury is in the sixth house and unaspected, there is always a desire to serve, to help somebody. You will remember that the Christ said, "He that would be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all." Therefore Mercury in Virgo or the sixth house is really one of the most beneficial positions that anyone can have; not perhaps so far as earthly treasure is concerned, but for those who love to lay up treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt this is a splendid position. Jupiter and Venus in the sixth house or Virgo also have the benevolent tendency to serve others regardless of self. The Sun stimulates growth and it is fortunate for the growth of the character and the soul if he is in Virgo or the sixth house, always provided of course that he is well aspected, for in the final analysis there is no greater luck or better fortune that could happen to anyone in the world than to be A REAL SERVANT. Compared with this privilege, riches or even comfort are dross. Saturn is the planet of obstruction, and naturally he has the tendency in Virgo or the sixth house, as elsewhere, to obstruct in whatever line he works. Therefore when in these positions he suppresses all the energy that otherwise might be expressed in service; he makes the person selfish in the very highest degree. Mercury in his exaltation sign, Virgo, expresses ser- vice. This is the only place in the zodiac where an unaspected Mercury sig- nifies something definite. The cold hand of Saturn by conjunction or square is the only power that can squelch it here. Saturn's influence is par- ticularly pronounced of course if Mercury is otherwise evilly aspected. The keyword of Mars is Dynamic Energy. Therefore when he is posited in Virgo or the sixth house he will naturally make the native DO something. Virgo people are rather active in youth, but there comes with age a tendency to take things easy. This of course would be effectually counteracted by the presence of a well aspected Mars in Virgo or in the sixth house. The [PAGE 269] unaspected influence of Jupiter or Venus in Virgo or the sixth house might result in the native only dreaming about what he wanted to do to serve hu- manity if conditions were favorable, or what he intended to do at some later day. But Mars would always bring ACTION: he never dreams; he DOES. If he is evilly aspected in these positions, of course it may not be service that will be rendered for the good of others, but it may result in evil agitation as demagoguery, visionary gossip, talebearing, or stirring up strife. It is a well known fact that a machine wears out and gradually dete- riorates by use and service. How soon it does this depends upon how well it was built in the first place, and how much service OR ABUSE it has had dur- ing the time it has been in use. The body is like a machine, and naturally when it has been in service for a number of years or for a certain time, the defects in it show forth. Therefore the house of service, the sixth house, is also the house of health or ill health. And as the Sun of Life passes the meridian and begins to throw its shadows towards the east, we find in the Virgo people a tendency toward corpulence of body, particularly of that part ruled by Virgo, namely, the abdomen. They neglect to take exercise, and naturally on this account a sluggish condition of the intestines may set in which retains the poisons in the body, robs life of its joys, and makes them indifferent. In this fact lies the greatest danger to the Virgo people. Once they get into the rut of sickness they actually enjoy poor health; they love to talk over their symptoms with other people, and they resent any thought or suggestion given to them that they are not sick or that they can get well. The presence of Saturn in Virgo or the sixth house accentuates this ten- dency in the very highest degree, and therefore it is an almost infallible sign that the native will have or be subject to illness, the nature of this disease being denoted by the aspect and the afflicting planets. The Sun brings light and life wherever it is except in the sixth house and to some extent in the twelfth. The sixth house seems to rob the Sun of every ray of light and to make the native subject to disease with a resist- lessness that is almost like the effect of Saturn, unless other configura- tions in the horoscope enable the native to shake off this influence. When this is the case, the Sun in Virgo or the sixth house gives great ability in chemistry and the preparation of health foods, and makes the person a ca- pable nurse or healer. Mars in Virgo or the sixth house renders the person liable to operations where sharp instruments are used; also to fevers. As the Moon is an indica- tor of health for a woman, it is worse in a female nativity to have the Moon in the sixth house than the Sun. Conversely in a male nativity it is worse to have the Sun there than the Moon. In order to deal successfully with Virgo people when they have once be- come subject to disease and to get them out of it at all, it is necessary to be firm almost to the verge of cruelty. But though one may seem cruel in enforcing upon them the regime that is necessary to bring them away from themselves this is really the greatest kindness that can be shown, for once these people are in the grip of sickness, they stubbornly refuse to let go; they will resort to the most cunning, even childish schemes to excite sympa- thy, particularly from strangers, and they will resent any effort to show them that they are not helpless invalids. At the very slightest suggestion of a hopeful nature they sometimes lose their temper in the most unwarranted manner. But when at last they are given the deaf ear by everybody, when people who are in their immediate environment can be persuaded to show them no sympathy, then they may come to themselves. They need a shock to bring them out and away from their condition; and until they get that they never can be cured. Virgo people who have the mental balance to resist the tendency towards being sick and enjoying being sick make the most excellent nurses one can imagine. They are also splendid housekeepers, although they are rather pe- culiar in their tastes. It is really wonderful how the symbology of the signs is brought out in the different kinds of people born under them. Take for instance the sign Leo: the people who are born under this sign always want to be noted; they are aggressive and want to attract attention everywhere they go. They aim to be leaders, never followers. Virgo, on the other hand, has the very [PAGE 270] opposite character; for while the lion is naturally bold and masterful, the virgin is naturally timid and shrinking. Similarly, the people who are born under Virgo are always afraid to be noticed; they shrink from the public eye; they are timid and afraid. But the lion is bloodthirsty and cruel, and there are no more cruel people than the Leos. On the other hand a maiden is tender and sympathetic. So are the people who are born under Virgo. That is why they make such splendid nurses, if they can keep from taking on the conditions of the patient. the Virgo people never can bear to see blood shed or to touch dead things. They feel bodily injury to others more than harm done to themselves, and are in fact well described by the word "chicken-hearted." If the Moon and Neptune were in Virgo square to Mercury, what do you think would be the result? ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 19: THE COMMON SIGNS: PISCES: Pisces is the last of the twelve signs, and the twelfth house is corre- spondent with it in the horoscope. The twelfth house is the house of sorrow and self-undoing, also the house denoting prisons, asylums hospitals or other places where man may be confined either in the course of his ordinary vocation in life or else against his will. The planets in the twelfth house will indicate such relation, and their aspects will show whether he is suc- cessful or the reverse in vocations through things denoted by this house. When the Ascendant of a person is in doubt and the place in the zodiac which seems to fit nearest brings the Sun into the twelfth house, the writer has often found that the exact Ascendant may be ascertained by asking the person if his childhood's life was clouded by poverty of the parents and consequent limitation for a number of years just after birth. This is all cases where it has been found that all other events fitted in the horoscope, proved a successful method of determining the true Ascendant, so that the number of degrees from the Ascendant to the Sun, the latter located in the twelfth house, would indicate the years of poverty, for the twelfth house makes for limitation in that respect, especially when the Sun is there at birth. When the Sun by progression has passed through the twelfth house and comes into the Ascendant, things begin to brighten up for the person in- volved, and when in time it passes through the second house he will have a period of financial success; but as stated, the Sun in the twelfth house, just above the Ascendant, usually makes a very poor home for the child dur- ing the early days of life. If Pisces is there, the cause will generally be found in slothfulness and a desire for drink on the part of the parents which makes them thus neglect their offspring. If Pisces is on the twelfth house and the Moon is there at birth, this will also give a liability on the part of the parents to drink, and thus neglect their children; but it will not make for success in later life as the Sun does. When many planets are in Pisces, the person will have a hard life, be- cause he will not want to take up his life's burden, but will love to dream. Such become recluses; they seek to master the hidden arts, occultism and mysticism; they are not guided by reason, but rather by their likes and dis- likes, and unless they can find an occupation in a hospital or some institu- tion that is otherwise isolated from the ordinary business and trend of life they will feel out of place. They are prone to incur the enmity of people with whom they come in contact intimately; nobody seems to get along with them, and everybody, whether they show it or not, will take a dislike. Pisces is a watery sign, and people who have that sign invested with many planets, particularly if Pisces is also in the twelfth house and on the As- cendant, will be found unstable as water, lacking firmness of character which is deplorable to say the very least. Even the hardest knocks of life, the fact that they are shunned by everybody and have no friends will seldom make them see that they are to blame and try to mend their ways. This delineation, of course, supposes that the planets in Pisces and the twelfth house are unaspected or afflicted. If they are well aspected, and especially if the beneficent aspect comes from the Midheaven or ninth house, the person will gain success in the line of work indicated by the twelfth house prisons, hospitals, asylums, and other institutions where those who are unfortunate are dealt with. But he will be then in authority over them or as a worker for humanity on a large scale, one who is actuated by philan- thropy rather than a desire for gain. Capricorn, the sign of the subtle Saturn, on the twelfth house, when that is invested by a number of planets gives unusual abilities as a detective or in secret diplomatic work. The symbol of the sign Pisces, the two fishes, points to the Great Deep, [PAGE 271] that place of mystery. The sign Pisces as well as its replica in the horo- scope, the twelfth house, are therefore houses and signs of mystery, and any number of planets there, in either the twelfth house or in Pisces, will in- variably give a love of mystery as already stated; but whether that love of mystery expresses itself on the higher or lower plane depends entirely upon the aspect. Neptune and Uranus in the twelfth house are particularly favor- able to those who want to study or come into contact with the invisible world; but the square aspect naturally has the tendency to attract undesir- able entities and to lead the native into dangerous channels. If Neptune and Uranus are square, or in Pisces or the twelfth house squared by Saturn or Mars, we have at once a condition which is extremely favorable to mediumship. We should remember, however, that spirits are not good merely because they have passed out of this world into a realm where they cannot be seen by physical eyes. There they have so much greater scope for deception than here, if such be their inclination, and they certainly dupe their vic- tims in a most outrageous manner, sometimes ruining the victim's whole life. Therefore, any person having the square aspect of these planets should be more than ordinarily careful, bearing in mind that when it comes to Pisces or the twelfth house this danger is particularly strong and should be very carefully guarded against. Such a one should never go to seances or come into private circles where people play with fire, for he will certainly be burned and perhaps beyond recovery for man lives. If Jupiter or Venus is found in the twelfth house, it also will give a love of occult investigation, and so will the Sun; but they will have a be- neficent effect, particularly if they are well aspected, and there will not be as much danger with a well aspected Jupiter, Venus or Sun in the twelfth house as with Uranus or Neptune, Saturn or Mars there. Venus in the twelfth house gives a tendency to secret love affairs and if in conjunction with Neptune or Saturn, there is a great tendency to go wrong on the part of that person. However, this aspect makes the native almost immune from discovery. Uranus and Mars in the twelfth house bring injury and persecution. that of course will be because he will provoke such action from others, for Mars is not an angel by any means. Saturn in the twelfth house makes secret en- emies, who strike from ambush and are difficult if not impossible to reach. Those who have the latter degrees of Capricorn rising or the first degrees of Aquarius--which brings Capricorn in the twelfth house--even though there is no planet in Capricorn or in the twelfth house will also find themselves subject to this malicious slander, and find it difficult to get at the source, for Capricorn is a saturnine sign and Saturn never gives his victims a chance to refute. Saturn in the twelfth house or in Pisces makes people worry and fear something that never happens. So do Uranus and Neptune--they are even more weird in their imaginings and drive a person into insanity. The hallucinations they produce when afflicted very often lead to that as- pect of insanity where the subjects imagine themselves being pursued by cer- tain inimical forces, visible or invisible according to the aspect. Even in their greatest joys they always harbor a fear that something un- foreseen may happen, that some evil force is pursuing. When Mercury is in the twelfth house or in Pisces, especially if well aspected, the person then born will know without having need of study; he will be versatile in the extreme, always having a fund of information on whatever subject may be brought up. This is especially the case if Mercury is between the Sun and Midheaven: that is to say WHEN HE GOES BEFORE THE SUN, rises earlier than this luminary, for then all the light that is in the spirit seems to shine out and the person is intellectually bright. Under favorable aspects, as said, this will help to make him valuable in many lines of work; he is liable to be at the head of some research work, for he will be ingenious. Chemists of great ability have been produced under this aspect, for such persons have a faculty for going into the most minute de- tails and things which are microscopic and unimportant to others. Mercury in Pisces or the twelfth house hampered by bad aspects, particularly from Saturn and from Mars, also when combust in the twelfth house and BEHIND THE SUN (that is to say when it rises after the Sun), will cloud the mind and may result in insanity. This affliction of the mind will differ, of course, according to the way Mercury is aspected. If it is by Mars or Uranus the native will be violent in the extreme; if by Saturn it will be more a melan- cholia or some such form of dementia. It is certain that whatever the na- ture, some form of limitation will hamper the spirit, for the twelfth house is the house of limitation, of confinement, and so is Pisces also. Deafness is also the result of these configurations: of Mercury specially, combust, in Pisces, in the twelfth house and afflicted by Saturn, for by deafness the spirit is in a great measure confined and hampered in its communication with the outside world, hence the affinity of deafness with twelfth house condi- tions. It is very noteworthy that the Common signs, Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, [PAGE 272] and Pisces are particularly the channels through which mankind is afflicted by insanity, for as said in previous lessons, the keyword of the Common signs is FLEXIBILITY; the Cardinal signs have so much more virility, they give such an infusion of life that the native who is born normal does not easily become subject to dementia. The Fixed signs also have a tenacious hold upon all the faculties to the very last, but those who have Common signs, invested with many planets, also when the common signs are on the Angles, are vacillating and prone to be capsized by the gales upon the ocean of life. There is, however, a higher side to Pisces. The person who finds himself with Pisces on the Ascendant is at the end of one cycle of progress and at the beginning of a new. He stands as it were upon the threshold of some- thing higher. therefore, he is usually not able to live up to the possi- bilities of this sign which requires self-sacrifice and nonresistance in ab- solutely Christ-like fashion. The tendency is therefore to drift upon the sea of life and dream dreams of future greatness. This tendency must be counteracted by every effort of the will, for otherwise life will be a fail- ure, and later the stern whip of necessity will be applied to goad him into action. Question: If Neptune is in Pisces in the twelfth house and trine to the Sun in the ninth, what will be the effect? ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 19A: THE ASPECTS AND PROPERTIES OF PLANETS AND SIGNS: In lesson No. 12 you completed the setting up of the horoscope for August 10, 1912, 4:00 P.M., N.Y. City. We will now consider the subject of the as- pects between the planets in this horoscope. When two planets are a certain number of degrees apart, they are said to be in aspect to each other. Planets which are in aspect are very much stronger than otherwise, and the influences of the two planets blend so that each has an effect upon the affairs ruled by the other. TABLE OF ASPECTS: Planets are in aspect to each other provided-- 1ST. That their distance apart in signs falls within any one of the classifications in the following table. 0 signs apart--Conjunction 2 or 10 signs apart--Sextile 3 or 9 signs apart--Square 4 or 8 signs apart--Trine 6 signs apart--Opposition Same degree of declination, either North or South,--Parallel (P). 2ND. That they are also within orb of each other. The nature of an orb is as follows: Each planet has invisible vehicles, which constitute an aura about it so that its influence is felt for some distance beyond its circumference. This distance is spoken of as its orb. BIRTH CHART--AUG. 10, 1912--4 PM--LAT. 41 N.--LONG. 74 W. MIDHEAVEN: Libra 22 SUN: Leo 17:48 SATURN: Gemini 2:55 11TH HOUSE: Scorpio 18 MOON: Cancer 19:55 URANUS: Aquarius 0:49R 12TH HOUSE: Sagitt. 9 MERCURY: Virgo 6:20R NEPTUNE: Cencer 24:25 ASCENDANT: Sagitt. 28:20 VENUS: Leo 27:43 DRAGON'S HEAD: Aries 15:19 2ND HOUSE: Aquarius 6 MARS: Virgo 15:27 DRAGON'S TAIL: Libra 15:19 3RD HOUSE: Pisces 18 JUPITER: Sagitt. 5:38 PART OF FORTUNE: Sagitt. 0:27 The size of the orb which is usually allowed in the case of the seven plan- ets in aspects between themselves is 6 degrees. In aspects between the Sun and Moon 8 degrees are allowed, and the same for aspects between the Sun or Moon and any one of the seven planets. Now to apply the above information, we will examine several of the plan- ets in the above mentioned horoscope to find whether they are in aspect to one another or not. You will notice in the accompanying cut of the horo- scope that in the outer circle we have placed figures which correspond to the numbers of the signs: that is, Aries is sign No. 1; Taurus is sign No. 2; Gemini is sign No. 3, etc. In order to apply the first rule mentioned above, namely, to find whether the distance in signs between any two planets falls in one of the classifications in the Table of Aspects, we subtract the numbers of the two signs containing the two planets in question. For in- stance, Jupiter is in Sagittarius, the 9th sign, and Uranus is in Aquarius, the 11th sign. Subtracting 9 from 11 gives us 2, and looking at our Table of Aspects we find that two signs apart constitutes the sextile aspect. Now we still have to apply the second rule to ascertain whether these two plan- ets are within orb in order to finally determine whether or not there is an actual sextile aspect between them. The degrees and minutes of the position of Uranus are 0-49, and those of Jupiter are 5-38. [PAGE 273] Subtracting these two set of figures we find the difference to be 4 degrees and 49 minutes. As this is less than the 6 degrees noted above as the per- missible orb, we see that both conditions noted in the above rules have been compiled with, and therefore Jupiter is sextile aspect to Uranus. We will also examine Saturn and Uranus in the above horoscope to find out whether they are in aspect to each other. Saturn is in Gemini, the 3rd sign, and Uranus is in Aquarius, the 11th sign. Subtracting 3 from 11 we obtain 8 as the distance in signs between these two planets. Looking at our Table of Aspects we note that this corresponds to the trine. Subtracting 0-49, the number of the degrees and minutes of the position of Uranus, from 2-55, that of Saturn, we obtain 2 degrees and 6 minutes as the difference between the two. As this is less than 6 degrees, these two planets are within orb, and therefore Saturn is trine to Uranus. To make sure that the principle of aspecting is understood, we will take another example, namely, that of the Moon and Mars. The Moon is in Cancer, the 4th sign, and Mars is in Virgo, the 6th sign. Subtracting 4 from 6 gives us two signs apart, and by referring to the Table of Aspects we see that this is a sextile aspect provided that these two planets are within orb. The degrees and minutes of Mars are 15-27, and those of the Moon are 19-55. Subtracting these gives us 4-28, which being less than 8 degrees, the allowable orb of the Moon, shows that Mars and the Moon are within orb and therefore sextile to each other. In determining the aspects between planets it will be noted that the houses have nothing to do with the matter whatever. Neither does it make any difference whether one or both of the two planets is in an intercepted sign, such as Cancer and Capricorn in the above horoscope. All we have to do is to subtract the sign numbers and then determine whether the planets are within orb. If we should wish to ascertain whether Neptune is in aspect to Jupiter, we subtract 4, the number of Cancer in which Neptune is placed, from 9, the number of Sagittarius in which Jupiter is located, and obtain 5 as a result. Looking in our Table of Aspects we find that 5 signs apart do not constitute an aspect. Therefore there is no aspect between Neptune and Jupiter. Following the above method we find the following aspects in addition to the ones noted above: Mercury square Jupiter; Mercury square Saturn. The square is an aspect of 90 degrees, but as we allow an orb of 6 de- grees (8 degrees for Sun or Moon) on either side of the 90 degrees, planets could be in square aspect to each other anywhere from 84 degrees to 96 de- grees apart. In a like manner, the sextile could occur anywhere from 54 de- grees to 66 degrees apart; or likewise, the trine aspect from 114 degrees to 126 degrees apart. In addition, planets in the last 6 degrees of any sign must be compared with all planets in the first 6 degrees of other signs, because they may be in aspect to each other without coming directly under the preceding rules. For instance, consider Venus and Saturn in the above horoscope. Venus is in the last 6 degrees of Leo, and Saturn is in the first 6 degrees of Gemini. The method is as follows: Add 6 degrees to the position of the planet which is in the last 6 degrees of its sign. Adding 6 degrees to 27-43 Leo, the position of Venus, gives us 3-43 Virgo. Now if the resulting degrees and minutes of Venus equal or exceed those of Saturn and also if the number of signs between Gemini and the new position of Venus. viz. virgo, falls within one of the classifications in the Table of Aspects, the two planets are in aspect to each other. Applying these test we find that Venus is square to Saturn. We find also that Uranus is nearly in opposition to Neptune (6 degrees 24'). When one of the planets under consideration is in the Sun or Moon, use 8 degrees instead of 6 wherever 6 occurs above, on ac- count of the orb of the Sun and Moon being 8 degrees. Other examples (not in this horoscope) of cases like the above are as follows: Mars in 24-30 Aries is in conjunction with Venus in 0-30 Taurus; Mercury in 26-0 Taurus is sextile Jupiter in 2-0 Leo; Saturn in 27-0 Gemini is square the Moon in 5-0 Libra; Neptune in 28-0 Cancer is trine the Sun in 6-0 Sagittarius; Venus in 28-30 Leo is in opposition to Mercury in 4-30 Pisces. There yet remain the parallels. Two planets are parallel to each other when they are in the same degree of declination, either north or south; that is, they may both be north declination, both south declination, or one north and one south. The orb of a parallel is 1 1/2 degrees. The method of ob- taining the parallels will be given farther on in this lesson. We will not examine the nature of the various aspects. The sextile and the trine are regarded as a benefic or favorable aspects. They represent faculties which we have built up in past lives, and which enable us to do things easily in this life. Therefore they bring us a certain measure of success. They also represent destiny of a favorable character which has been created by us in past lives and which is now ready for our reaping. The square and the opposition represents lessons which we have not learned in previous lives for some reason or other, and faculties which are still in [PAGE 274] a partially developed state. Therefore the chief lesson which we have to learn in the present life comes through the square and the opposition. These aspects also represent destiny of an adverse character which we have created for ourselves in past lives by ill-advised or destructive action of some sort, and therefore this destiny is ready for our reaping in the present life. The conjunction sometimes falls in one class and sometimes in the other, depending upon the nature of the planets which are in conjunc- tion. If the natures of the two planets harmonize with each other, the con- junction is benefic, but if the natures of the two planets do not TABLE OF CONJUNCTIONS AND THEIR NATURES: BENEFIC: Sun conjunct Venus, Jupiter Venus conjunct Mercury, Moon, Jupiter Mercury conjunct Moon, Jupiter, Neptune Moon conjunct Jupiter, Neptune ADVERSE: Sun conjunct Saturn, Uranus, Neptune Venus conjunct Saturn Saturn conjunct Mars Mars conjunct Uranus, Neptune VARIABLE: Sun conjunct Mercury, Moon, Mars Venus conjunct Mars, Uranus, Neptune Mercury conjunct Saturn, Mars, Uranus Moon conjunct Saturn, Mars, Uranus Saturn conjunct Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune Jupiter conjunct Mars, Uranus, Neptune Uranus conjunct Neptune harmonize, the conjunction is adverse in character. However, the detrimen- tal effects of an adverse conjunction are much mitigated and may be very largely removed provided good aspects are brought to it from other planets in the chart. Conjunctions in the "variable" column are sometimes benefic and sometimes adverse. For further information regarding them SEE SIMPLIFIED SCIENTIFIC ASTROLOGY. The parallel do not have so pronounced an effect as the other aspects ex- cept in the matter of health, upon which they have considerable influence. In some cases the parallel is considered to have the same effect as the con- junction, in others the same as the opposition, and in still others the same as the trine. It should be carefully noted at this point that there is no evil in any planetary vibrations. The only bad effects that can come from then is the result of our misuse of them or our inability to control them. Any planet emits the same vibrations at all times. The square and the opposition be- tween two planets, however, tend to incite to excess in the use of their vi- brations, and therefore to carry activities that come under their influence to such an extreme that they become evil. When one resists this tendency, however, he rules his stars and therefore avoids the evil effects. The planets do nothing at all except to energize that which we have within our own auras. The planets of themselves bring us neither good fortune or bad fortune. They merely stimulate us to create for ourselves good or bad for- tune in accordance with the character which we have created for ourselves in the past. Adverse aspects bring temptations which will persist until we have learned to overcome them. Adverse aspects, however, bring us a great deal of valuable experience and enable us to develop spiritual muscle. A horoscope which contains only benefic aspects makes the life insipid because everything comes so easily that one is deprived of incentive to action and therefore fails to get zest out of life. A most hopeful factor in the situation is that adverse aspects may be transmuted into good ones by over- coming the evil tendencies which they produce. If we succeed in doing this, we will have a better horoscope in our next life because we have earned it. Thus do we progress in Evolution. DIGNITIES, EXALTATIONS AND ANGLES: Planets are said to be "dignified" in or to "rule" certain signs where the nature of the planet and that of the sign agree. When placed in the op- posite sign, however, they are in their "detriment", because somewhat out of harmony with their surroundings and therefore weaker than in other signs. Planets are said to be "exalted" in certain signs because they are power- ful there. When occupying the opposite signs, however, they are in their "fall," hence not as strong. Students should not get the idea from the above that the detriments and falls of the planets invalidate or destroy their influence. A planet is a driving force no matter in what sign it is located, and that force will op- erate regardless of all other considerations. Planets that are in the signs of their detriment and fall are a little handicapped in their activities, and therefore cannot get quite as good results as in more favorable signs, but they will always assert themselves to some degree wherever they are placed. The following table shows the rulerships, exaltations, detriments, and falls of all the planets. TABLE OF PLANETARY POWERS: PLANET RULES DETRIMENT EXALTATION FALL Sun Leo Aquarius Aries Libra Venus Taurus, Libra Scorpio, Aries Pisces Virgo Mercury Gemini, Virgo Sagitt., Pisces Virgo Pisces Moon Cancer Capricorn Taurus Scorpio Saturn Capricorn, Aquar. Cancer, Leo Libra Aries Jupiter Pisces, Sagitt. Virgo, Gemini Cancer Capricorn Mars Aries, Scorpio Libra, Taurus Capricorn Cancer Uranus Aquarius Leo Scorpio Taurus Neptune Pisces Virgo Cancer Capricorn [PAGE 275] ANGLES: Planets in the angles of the horoscope, namely, the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses, are said to be angular, and there exert a greater influence for either good or ill than when located in the other houses. The 1st house and the 10th are the most powerful. Planets in the 1st house, particularly if they are in the sign on the Ascendant, have a very strong influence upon the personality and therefore a corresponding effect upon the activities and destiny of the life. A planet in the Midheaven, that is, the 10th house, has a strong influence upon one's position in life and general standing in the community. This is also true if it is in the 9th house rather close to the cusp of the 10th. RULERS AND SIGN CLASSIFICATIONS: RULER OF THE HOROSCOPE: The nominal ruler of the horoscope as a whole is the ruler of the sign on the Ascendant. In the present horoscope Sagittarius is on the Ascendant, and therefore Jupiter is the nominal ruler. In cases where the ruler of the Ascendant is weak by position and aspect, some other planet which is strong in these respects may be the real ruler and exert a greater influence than the nominal ruler. HOUSE RULERS: The ruler of the house is the planet which rules the sign on its cusp. When a house contains one or more planets, the affairs of that house are largely judged by those planets, and the ruler of the house has only a sec- ondary influence. When a house has no planets in it, its affairs are judged by the ruler of the house together with its positions and aspects. QUADRUPLICITIES AND TRIPLICATES: The signs are divided into two general groups, namely, the quadruplicities and the triplicities. The general qualities of the signs in these groups are as follows: QUADRUPLICITIES: Cardinal Signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn--Initiative, activity Fixed Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius--Stability Common Signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces--Flexibility TRIPLICITIES: Fiery Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius--Impulse, spiritual power Earthy Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn--Materialism Airy Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius--Intellectuality Watery Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces--Emotion, psychic qualities. Planets in Cardinal Signs form the following aspects: conjunction, when in same sign; square, when 90 degrees (3 signs) apart; opposition, when 180 degrees (6 signs) apart. Likewise, planets in remaining QUADRUPLICITIES (Fixed and Common) form similar aspects when within orb. Planets in TRIPLICITIES (fire, earth, air and water signs) form trine as- pects when within orbs allowed. Sextile aspects are formed when planets are in alternate signs (60 degrees or two signs apart) and in orb. Planets in first 6 or last 6 degrees of any signs must always be consider separately as well as by classifications. MINOR ELEMENTS: DRAGON'S HEAD AND DRAGON'S TAIL: The Dragon's Head has an influence similar to that of the Sun in Aries, and in Jupiterian in effect. The Dragon's Tail has an influence similar to that of Saturn though weaker. The only aspect which is considered in the case of the Dragon's Head and Tail is the conjunction, and an orb of only 3 degrees is allowed. The position of the Dragon's Head is coped from the Ehpemeris without calculation, the Dragon's Tail being directly opposite. INTERCEPTION: Planets in intercepted signs (such as Cancer or Capricorn in our horoscope) do not exert their full influence in the early part of life as a rule. Their possibilities are latent. But when by progression they have moved out of the intercepted area their influence becomes fully active. RETROGRADATION: Retrograde planets, that is, planets which are apparently moving backward in the signs (this movement is only apparent, not real) are not as clear-cut in their action as planets which are direct, that is, those which are moving forward in the signs. ASPECTS TO ASCENDANT AND MIDHEAVEN: Aspects to the Ascendant, which represents the body, have an influence upon the health. Aspects to the Midheaven (M.C.) indicate the nature of one's opportunities for spiritual advancement. But since the exact time of birth is rarely known, and since a small error in this makes several degrees difference in the Ascendant or Midheaven, predictions made from aspects to these points are likely to be unreliable. TABLE OF CRITICAL DEGREES: Cardinal Signs--Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; 1st, 13th and 26th degrees. Fixed Signs--Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius; 9th and 21st degrees. Common Signs--Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces; 4th and 17th degrees. When a planet is within an orb of 3 degrees of any of these points, it will be found to exercise a much stronger influence in the life that [PAGE 276] otherwise. NOTE:--The Minor Elements described above are all of secondary impor- tance. INDEX: All the information which we have worked out above regarding the aspects, dignities, exaltations, angles, triplicities, quadruplicities, and rulerships is now to be collected and placed in a diagram or index. One page seventeen is cut which shows this index made out for the horoscope un- der consideration. From it we see that Neptune and the Moon are in cardinal signs; the Sun, Venus and Uranus are in fixed signs; Saturn, Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter are in common signs. Also, the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter are in fiery signs; Mars and Mercury are in earthy signs; Saturn and Uranus are in airy signs; Neptune and the Moon are in watery signs. We also note that Jupiter, Uranus, the Moon, the Sun, and Mercury are dignified; Neptune and Mercury are exalted; Uranus, Neptune, and the Moon are angular; and Jupiter is the ruler of the horoscope. It now remains to determine the parallels and insert them in the index. In order to do this, we take our Ephemeries for Aug. 10, 1912, and copy out INDEX: ELEMENTS: Cardinal: Moon, Neptune, Dragon's Head, Dragon's Tail, MC. Fixed: Uranus, Sun, Venus Common: Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Mars, Part of Fortune, ASC. Fiery: Jupiter, Sun, Venus, Part of Fortune, Dragon's Head, ASC. Earthy: Mercury, Mars Airy: Uranus, Saturn, Dragon's Tail, MC. Watery: Moon, Neptune Dignified: Jupiter, Uranus, Moon, Sun, Mercury Exalted: Neptune, Mercury Angular: Uranus, Moon, Neptune Critical Degree: Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Mars Ruler: Jupiter DECL.: ASPECTS: Sun: 15:37 Venus: 13:47 square Saturn Mercury: 5:17 square Jupiter, square Saturn, parallel Mars Moon: 26:45 conjunct Neptune, sextile Mars Saturn: 18:46 trine Uranus, square venus, square Mercury, opposition Jupiter Jupiter: 20:42 sextile Uranus, opposition Saturn, square Mercury, conjunct Part of Fortune, parallel Uranus, Neptune Mars: 6:40 sextile Moon, parallel Mercury Uranus: 20:34 trine Saturn, sextile Jupiter, parallel Jupiter, Neptune Neptune: 20:45 conjunct Moon, parallel Jupiter, Uranus Dragons's Head: Dragon's Tail: Asc.: 23:26 trine Venus MC.: 8:29 sextile Sun, sextile venus, square Moon, square Neptune Part of Fortune: 20:20 conjunct Jupiter, sextile Uranus, square Venus, square Mercury the declinations for the noon positions placing them in the column marked "Decl," as shown in the Index. No calculation is required for the planets except in the case of the fast-moving Moon. Its declination should be cal- culated by the logarithmic method as follows: Moon's Decl. at noon Aug. 10 27 degrees 45 minutes Moon's Decl. at noon Aug. 11 25 degrees 05 minutes ------------- Moon's travel on G.M.T. Day 2 degrees 40 minutes Logarithm of travel .9542 Permanent Logarithm .4260 Sum of logarithms 1.3802 Equivalent of logarithm... 1 degree 0 minutes Moon's Decl. at noon Aug. 10 .........27 degrees 45 minutes Equivalent of logarithm................1 degrees 00 minutes ------------- Declination of Moon at birth..........26 degrees 45 minutes To find the declination of the Part of Fortune, Ascendant, or Midheaven, first take the longitude as shown in the chart. Then find the date (same year preferred) that the Sun was in the same degree (or nearest that degree) and sign. Note the date and see the declination of the Sun on that date. That represents the declination of the point in question. For example, in the chart we are considering, we find the Ascendant in Sagittarius 28-20 de- grees. We take our ephemeries for 1912 and find that the Sun was in 28-16 of Sagittarius on December 20th. Now in the column of declination of plan- ets, on December 20th, we see the Sun's declination is 23-26. This represents the declination of the Ascendant. The orb allowed for the parallels is 1 1/2 degrees. In order to deter- mine whether a certain planet is parallel to any other planet we first sub- tract the two declinations; if the result is 1 1/2 degrees or less, these two planets are parallel to each other. In the present case we note that the Sun's declination is 15-37. Comparing this with all of the other decli- nations, we find that there is no case in which the difference is less than 1 1/2 degrees; therefore the Sun has no parallels. In the case of Mercury, whose declination is 6-40, the difference is 1-23, which is less than 1 1/2 degrees; therefore Mercury is parallel to Mars. Similarly, we find the fol- lowing parallels: Jupiter parallel (P) Uranus; Jupiter parallel Neptune; Uranus parallel Neptune. These parallels have been inserted in the index under the heading of "As- pects," on the right hand side of the diagram. WORK FOR THE STUDENT: We would like you to take the horoscope for September 15, 1912, 2:00 A.M., New York City, begun in lesson 5, and complete it. Then work out the aspects and other properties and make a complete index for that horoscope exactly after the pattern which has been illustrated in the cut above for the horoscope of August 10, 1912. [PAGE 277] ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 19B: READING THE HOROSCOPE: This lesson will be devoted to reading the chart for August 10, 1912, 4 P.M. which was indexed in Lesson 19A. We will number the various steps of the delineation so that they may be referred to as required. The page ref- erences below are to "The Message of the Stars." NO. 1 THE RULER OF THE HOROSCOPE: The ruler of this chart is Jupiter, because Jupiter is the ruler of Sag- ittarius, the sign on the Ascendant. Jupiter being dignified in Sagittarius is an additional reason why it is the ruler of the chart. For the effect of Jupiter as ruler we turn to page 424, from which we obtain the following: People with the "jovial, genial, and generous well aspected Jupiter as life ruler are ensouled by a great desire for honor, respect, and esteem in their community. They are cordial, genial people with a jovial smile and a hearty handshake. They are law abiding but inclined to temper their justice with mercy; and while they themselves live lives beyond reproach they are kind, forgiving, and lenient to those of a weaker mortality. They are philan- thropic and always ready to give to charity and benevolent work." The above gives us a little picture of this personality. On page 447 we find the influence on the life work when Jupiter is the life ruler: "Jupiter as life ruler signifies success in the professions, as a lawyer, judge, clergyman, ambassador, congressman, or in their positions of public trust; also as a banker, financial agent, physician, or social worker." NO. 2 ASCENDANT AND TYPE OF PHYSICAL BODY: To ascertain the type of body given by Sagittarius rising we turn to page 104, where we find the following: "People born with Sagittarius rising are tall, the men in particular have large hands and feet. The face is long and well formed, the nose well proportioned, dark kindly eyes, and dark hair. The body is very active but requires must rest, as the recuperative powers are below the average." NO. 3 SIGNS ON THE ANGLES: We find common signs on the first and seventh angles and cardinal signs on the fourth and tenth angles. This indicates a mixture of flexibility and initiative in the personality, the common signs being of a flexible nature, and the cardinal signs giving enterprise and initiative. NO. 4 THE INDIVIDUALITY: For this we look to the Sun, the sign in which it is placed, and its as- pects. Here we find the Sun in Leo. The characteristics given by this po- sition may be found on page 152, as follows: "The Sun in Leo gives a mas- terful nature with a large measure of self-control, a keen sense of honor and a never-failing integrity. The person aspires to rule others, but would scorn to take a mean advantage. The affections are deep and lasting. These people are staunch defenders of those whom they love, but equally strong in their aversions. Whatever they do is done with a concentration of purpose which compels success." Additional information in regard to the character- istics of the Sun in Leo is given on page 126, as follows: "The sign Leo confers a noble, ambitious, and aspiring nature. Leo people are loyal and true friends through thick and thin. Leo is a fixed sign and gives its children considerable will power so that they are usually able to win their way to the top despite all handicaps and obstacles." We have to note particularly, however, that the Sun is unaspected in this chart, and therefore it is very weak. The above characteristics of the Sun in Leo will still be evidence to a certain extent, but they will not be strong and forceful. They will be rather negative in character. NO. 5 THE PERSONALITY: The personality is quite largely indicated by the Ascendant, the life ruler, and the Moon with its sign and aspects. Continued with file "RC4016.TXT" End of File


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