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Filename: RC4016.TXT [PAGE 278] ROSICRUCIAN CHRISTIANITY ASTROLOGY COURSE: ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 19B: READING THE HOROSCOPE [continued]: The personal characteristics given by Sagittarius rising and Jupiter as life ruler have been given in the preceding pages and need not be repeated here. The Moon, the most impressionable of the planets, is located in the sign of Cancer. We find the characteristics of the Moon is in this position on page 226, as follows: "The Moon in Cancer gives a disposition which is kind, so- ciable, and sympathetic, but indolent and averse to effort whether physical, moral, or mental. These people love to drift with the tide. They are often sensitive to psychic conditions. This position also gives a love of home and its comforts." The Moon has a sextile of Mars, which gives great vitality and a strong physique. It also gives a resolute, courageous, energetic and ambitious character, and makes the native resourceful and constructive. The Moon has a conjunction of Neptune, which indicates strong psychic faculties and also a talent for music. NO. 6 THE MENTALITY: Mercury governs the reasoning faculty of the mind, and the Moon rules the faculty of the creative imagination. In this case we find Mercury with two adverse aspects, namely, the square of Jupiter and the square of Saturn. We find the former described on page 212, as follows: "Jupiter square Mercury gives a vacillitating and wavering disposition so that the person cannot easily make up his mind when more than one course of action is open. People with this aspect often lose their opportunities through procrastination and lack of judgment. Since Jupiter is the planet of optimism and since the square indicates an excess of the qualities conferred by the two planets square to each other, it follows that Jupiter square Mercury gives an over-optimistic trend of mind and leads the native into unwise and excessive expansion of the enter- prises in which he may be engaged. The square of Saturn to Mercury is found on page 210: "Saturn square Mercury gives a desire to study the occult, but it impels one to gerret out nature's secrets for personal power or gain. It makes the native bitter and sarcastic and sometimes subject to melancholia." Saturn square Mercury confers the power of concentration, because Saturn is the planet of contraction, and when the mind stuff of which the mind is composed is held to a point by the contractive power of Saturn, the result is the ability to concentrate. Thus Saturn square Mercury gives the power of analysis and detail work in general, but the motive is likely to be self- ish. The Moon, the other factor ruling the mentality, determines the strength of the creative imagination, that is, the capacity for mental image-making. WE have given above some of the effects of the Moon in Cancer and the Moon in aspect to Neptune and Mars. These need not be repeated here. In addi- tion we may say that Mars sextile the Moon adds power to the creative imagination, and gives the ability to construct mental images and endow them with considerable life and force. Thus this aspect is likely to give the native a creative, constructive turn of mind and enable him to devise new methods of meeting any particular type of situation. The conjunction of Neptune brings the inspiration of this planet to bear upon the image-making faculty of the Moon, and therefore we may confer a degree of genius. Another element which strengthens the mentality is to be found in the fact that Mercury is dignified in Virgo, a mental sign. However, Mercury is retrograde, which detracts somewhat from its force. Mars, the planet of en- ergy, placed in the mental sign of Virgo stimulate the mind and gives keen- ness to the faculty of discrimination. NO. 7: GENERAL CHARACTER AND DESTINY AS INDICATED BY THE OTHER PLANETS, TOGETHER WITH THEIR SIGNS, ASPECTS AND HOUSES: Jupiter sextile Uranus is delineated on page 301, as follows: "It gives a broad, humane disposition and a tendency to delve into the occult arts and sciences. It gives a promise of prosperity in life. The person is honest and sincere, and likely to benefit from influential friends. This position gives executive ability and success in connection with institutions of learning." Jupiter is dignified in Sagittarius and placed in the 11th house, thereby indicating many friends. Uranus in the first house gives an original, in- ventive, and altruistic personality, although the influence of this planet is weak end on account of its being retrograde. These two planets reinforce each other in their respective fields. We have Saturn in opposition to Ju- piter, however, which tends to offset somewhat the good effects of Uranus. We find Saturn opposition Jupiter delineated on page 299: "This gives a different, vacillating mind, distrustful of others, and inclined to drift with the tide." Saturn is the planet of contraction and therefore of crys- tallization. Its opposition to Jupiter limits somewhat the benevolent, op- timistic tendencies of the native, and tends to make him fearful of his fi- nancial position and to fear failure unduly. Saturn is the stabilizer, but in adverse aspects it over does the matter and makes the person too cautious and too fearful. These characteristics will be more or less in evidence in this horoscope. The result will be that Saturn will limit the friendships which are conferred by Jupiter in the 11th house, and prevent them from be- ing as satisfactory and profitable as they otherwise might be. [PAGE 279] Saturn in the 5th house in Gemini stabilizes the mind, since Gemini is an intellectual sign. But Saturn's contractive influence shows up the affairs of this house, namely, those having to do with education, publication, speculation, and children. The native will be too fearful about all these matters, and therefore will not go ahead and fully succeed, although he has the analytical ability of the methodical Saturn to do so. The trine of Uranus to Saturn helps the matter out very materially and prevents the opposition of Saturn to Jupiter from becoming very serious. It brings the intuition and inventiveness of Uranus to bear on the affairs of the 5th house, and tends to counteract the crystallizing, overcautious ten- dencies of Saturn. For further discussion on this point see Lesson 19C. These three aspects, namely, Jupiter sextile Uranus, Jupiter opposition Saturn, and Saturn trine Uranus are among the strongest in the chart, and are quite largely the key to the chart. The success of failure of the life will hinge upon them. Venus is placed in the heart sign of Leo in the 8th house. Venus is the planet of love, attraction, social affairs, and art. The fire of Leo will emphasize these matters considerably, but the square of Saturn will hold them in check. Saturn square Venus is delineated on page 187, as follows: "This aspect makes the native underhanded and scheming to gratify his pas- sions, often in an unusual manner. The person is usually a demon of jeal- ousy, who makes life a burden for the marriage partner on account of his suspicious nature. People with this affliction are also exceedingly avari- cious. They have poor business judgment, and are therefore liable to losses and failure." This aspect tends to prevent the native from getting very much satisfaction from his social relations. NO. 8: HEALTH: The health is largely ruled by the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, and the 6th house. The Sun in Leo gives a great deal of vitality, and the Moon, which governs the reproductive and assimilative functions, being sextile to Mars, the planet of energy, gives a strong constitution. Sagittarius rising lacks somewhat in recuperative power, but still is wiry and flexible. The 6th house, governing health and sickness, has not planets in it. It is ruled by Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, the sign on its cusp. Mercury is square to both Jupiter and Saturn; therefore we may conclude that the native will be of a nervous temperament, and will be likely to have more or less ill health through on by worry induced by these two aspects. The nature of ill health is likely to be mental, although this in time might communicate itself to the physical organism if it is not checked. The native can break up this tendency, however, by realizing his proneness to excessive worry, and if he does this, ill health can be largely avoided. NO. 9: HOUSE AFFAIRS: The 1st, 5th, 6th, and 11th houses have been previously considered. The 7th house, ruling partnership, marriage, and one's relations with the public is occupied by the Moon and Neptune. Both these planets are intercepted in the sign of Cancer. This means that their influence is latent and will into be brought out actively in the life until by progression they have moved out of the interception. (This occurs at about the age of two years). The Moon is strong by being dignified in Cancer, and Neptune is exalted in Cancer. The Moon is also sextile to the planet of energy, Mars. Therefore, the af- fairs of the 7th house are likely to be very successful, and the success will be due quite largely to the inspiration of the native, which enables him to do the right thing at the right time. In the dealing of the native with the public he is likely to come into contact with women, signified by the Moon, to a greater extend than with men. His relations with the public might be in connection with some phase of occultism or mysticism, signified by Neptune. The marriage partner will be of the dreamy, inspirational type. The partnerships which the native forms will have a good chance of success. The 8th house is occupied by four planets, namely, the Sun, Venus, Mer- cury, and Mars. The 8th house rules the money which one obtains by inherit- ance. It also rules regeneration, and when strongly occupied as in the present case, the thoughts of the native are likely to turn toward regen- eration. He is therefore likely to get away from the materialistic life and make considerable progress in evolution toward the higher ideals. The plan- ets in this house, however, are weak, and therefore results will not be as great as would otherwise be possible. As stated above, the Sun is unaspected, Venus has a square of Saturn, and Mercury has a square of Saturn and of Jupiter. The last named aspect is likely to bring litigation in con- nection with legacies and prevent the native from realizing much from them. Mars has about half of its influence in the 8th house and the other half in the 9th, since it lacks only two and one-half degrees of being on the cusp of the 9th house. The orb of a house, extending backward, is five degrees, and Mars is practically in the center of this area. It will therefore im- part energy to the affairs of both the 8th and 9th houses. In the latter house it will tend to make the native active in matters [PAGE 280] having to do with law, philosophy, or religion, also long journeys. The sextile of Mars to the Moon will bring the creative imagination to bear on these affairs and help to make them successful. When we have a planet in a house, that planet is the principal determining factor with respect to the affairs of that house, and in such a case the nominal ruler of the house is secondary and given much less consideration. In the case of the 9th house Mercury is the nominal ruler since it is the ruler of Virgo, but the well aspected Mars, having half of its influence in this house, will be the dominating factor. The 10th house, governing the profession and one's standing in the com- munity, is ruled by Venus, the ruler of Libra on the cusp. Venus, as noted above, has a square of Saturn, and therefore the native will be considerably hampered in his vocational work by the jealousy and mistrust of Saturn. He will defeat his own best interests by his suspicion and selfishness. His professional work is likely to be of an artistic character, indicated by Li- bra; it might be architectural drafting or work of a similar nature. The 12th house, that of ripe destiny, is ruled by Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius on the cusp. Jupiter's aspect, previously considered, are both favorable and adverse. Therefore the destiny which is to be precepitated in the present life of the native will vary in character. Some will be advan- tageous and profitable, and some may involve him in confinement and sorrow. The finances obtained by the efforts of the native are indicated by the 2nd house, ruled by Uranus and Saturn, the co-rulers of Aquarius. The as- pects of these two planets have been previously analyzed. On the whole the finances are likely not to be very satisfactory. They will flunctuate more or less on account of the tendency of Uranus to sudden action. Also the fearfulness of the native will prevent him from being as successful as he otherwise might be. The 3rd house, ruling the lower mind, brothers and sisters, and short journeys, is ruled by Jupiter. Therefore its affairs are likely to fluctu- ate in accordance with the aspects of Jupiter previously discussed. The na- tive will profit however, through his brothers and sisters. The 4th house, governing the home, old age, and the mother, is ruled by Mars, the ruler of Aries on the cusp of this house. Mars is well aspected by the Moon; therefore the affairs of this house will have considerable en- ergy devoted to them, and the creative imagination will help to make them a success. The mother will be of much help and inspiration to the native. The 6th house, in addition to having an influence on health and sickness, rules service, that is, the work which one performs in the world for remu- neration. It also rules one's relations with employees. This house has Gemini, a literary sign, on its cusp, indicating a liking for literary work. Mercury as rules of this house, square to Jupiter and Saturn, indicates little success along this line, however, and also trouble and worry in deal- ing with subordinates. NO. 10: PARALLELS: The parallels have principally to do with health and sickness. Space does not permit us to consider them here. The student may look in "The Mes- sage of the Stars" for the meaning of the various parallels indicated in the index given in Lesson 19A. NO. 11: SUMMARY: We have now to balance or synthesize the various elements noted above so as to arrive at a net or composite judgment regarding the character and des- tiny of the native. In general, this horoscope has the usual proportion of good and bad conditions in it, and therefore it will give the native a great deal of interesting and valuable experience and enable him to make real progress in evolution. When a horoscope is composed entirely of benefic as- pects, the life is likely to be too easy. The native acquires what he wants with very little effort, and therefore is likely to be a lack of incentive to action. Obstacles bring out the power of the spirit, and in overcoming them progress in evolution is made. This native has the optimism and vision of Jupiter, the intuition and in- ventiveness of Uranus, and the energy of Mars to support him in all his un- dertakings. Saturn's efforts in his behalf are divided: part of the time Saturn will be constructive, but at other times he will be too contractive, fearful, and selfish. The bad aspects of Mercury are likely to make the na- tive somewhat narrow-minded and pessimistic. Jupiter and Uranus, however, will help to overcome these tendencies. The image-making power of the Moon and the inspiration of Neptune will powerfully support the native in all his enterprises. This lesson will be followed by Lesson 19C, which will be devoted to an analysis of aspects by the use of keywords. In the present delineation we have given the net results, but we have not gone into detail as to how we arrived at them. This is where the student has the greatest difficulty. Therefore, the next lesson has been designed to give him a method of analysis, step by step, so that he may form his own conclusions in regard to the nature and effects of an square and become able to delineate [PAGE 281] independently. This is very necessary in order to make him self-reliant in his delineations and bring him to the point where he can use his power of analysis to ascertain the message which any horoscope has to give. For more detailed information in regard to the effects of the planets of this horoscope in their signs and houses together with their aspects see "The Message of the Stars".. WORK FOR THE STUDENT: In the horoscope for September 15, 1912, which you aspected and indexed in lesson 19A, give a complete delineation of the personality, which depends upon the following factors: Leo on the Ascendant. The well aspected sun as life ruler. The moon in Scorpio. The moon sextile the sun. Consult the MESSAGE OF THE STARS, if you have it, also preceding lessons Nos. 10 to 19, for general information on these four factors. Then do some original thinking in order to synthesize or blend the information thus ob- tained so as to get the net result. Send this delineation to us; we will criticize it as to its correctness, and return it to you together with Les- son 19C. ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 19C: READING ASPECTS BY THE USE OF KEYWORDS: On page 407 of the "Message of the Stars" a table of planetary keywords is given for the various planets, both in favorable and adverse aspect. These keywords represent the boiled-down essence of the planets. On page 405 the following passage occurs in regard to the use of keywords in connec- tion with the delineation of a horoscope: "When the student has mastered the meaning of the positions and aspects of the various planets, he may with the greatest of ease give a good delineation of the effect of each aspect by combining the keywords in the table and ELABORATING UPON THEM." This lesson will be devoted to carrying out this idea. It will include a complete set of keywords for all the planets, signs, and houses. It will also work out two aspects by the use of keywords, namely, Uranus sextile Ju- piter and Saturn opposition Jupiter, showing how one may arrive indepen- dently at the net results which were obtained in Lesson 19B. Before we proceed, however, let us get a few fundamental conceptions in regard to what a horoscope shows. Astrology is the Clock of Destiny, but the horoscope does not create anything for us. The planets merely galvanize into action the tendencies which we have within us. They impel in a certain direction, but they do not compel. The human will is superior to astro- logical influence. The will cannot be gauged in advance; therefore we can never be certain that the astrological influences will work out entirely according to rules, because we cannot tell to what extend the will of the individual may interfere with them. The rank and file of humanity, however, may be relied upon to respond quite closely to astrological influence. In the main only those who have begun to consciously direct their evolution are able to set it aside and thus rule their stars. The student of astrology by his very study of the subject and the endeavor to apply his knowledge is beginning to direct his evolution, and therefore is becoming able to rule his stars. If astrology is made the subject of fatalism, that is, a belief in a fixed fate, it be- comes a curse rather than a blessing. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY OUT OF THE CON- DITIONS BROUGHT ABOUT BY ANY ASPECT; THEREFORE WE NEED NOT REGARD OUR FATE AS FIXED AT ALL. Moreover, astrology is a science of probabilities; any square is susceptible of several interpretations. Therefore it behooves us not to make any hard and fast, ironclad delineations of the horoscope, for it we do we are very likely some time to be mortified by their failure to materialize. Astrology is exceedingly valuable as an index to character, and since character is destiny, the horoscope gives us a general index of our destiny; but in general it has many possibilities of interpretation. [PAGE 282] APPLICATION OF KEYWORDS: Every planet, every sign, and every house has certain characteristics and a certain field of action which may be expressed by keywords. Farther on is given a table of keywords. You will notice that there are three sets for the planets and three for the signs. The first set gives the basic nature and field of action. The second gives the positive variations or qualities which result from right use of the planetary vibrations. The third gives the negative variations or qualities which result from misuse or excess. The basic keywords apply in all cases no matter whether the square is benefic or adverse. The positive qualities are brought into action by the benefic aspects, that is, the sextile and trine and the benefic conjunctions noted in the table in Lesson 19A. The negative qualities are brought out by the adverse aspects, namely, the square and opposition and the adverse con- junctions in the table. The Table of Keywords gives only the more important characteristics of the planets, signs, and houses. As you progress in your study of the sub- ject, you will continually add new keywords and qualities to this list. There are also keywords for the aspect itself, that is, for the sextile, square, etc. The keyword of an aspect is usually a verb indicating action. You will learn the keywords of the aspects when we come to delineate a por- tion of this horoscope. TABLE OF KEYWORDS: SIGNS: ARIES: BASIC KEYWORDS:--Self-esteem, initiative, pioneering. POSITIVE QUALITIES:--Courage, enterprise. NEGATIVE QUALITIES:--Self-will, temper. TAURUS: BASIC:--Determination, harmony, earthiness. POSITIVE:--Endurance, thoroughness. NEGATIVE:--Argumentativeness, obstinancy. GEMINI: BASIC:--Intellectuality, literary ability. POSITIVE:--Versatility. NEGATIVE:--Changeability, superficiality. CANCER: BASIC:--Love of home. POSITIVE:--Sympathy, tenacity. NEGATIVE:---Clannishness, timidity. LEO: BASIC:--Vitality, affection POSITIVE:--Nobility, loyalty, leadership. NEGATIVE:--Arrogance, cruelty, vanity. VIRGO: BASIC:--Service, mental qualities. POSITIVE:--Purity, discrimination, hygienics. NEGATIVE:--Criticism, introspection. LIBRA: BASIC:--Capacity for partnership, art. POSITIVE:--Balance, justice. NEGATIVE:--Indecision, lack of poise. SCORPIO: BASIC:--Sex, healing, secret forces of nature, military affairs. POSITIVE:--Regeneration, courage. NEGATIVE:--Discord, passion. SAGITTARIUS: BASIC:--Aspiration, philosophy, religion. POSITIVE:--Idealism, philanthrophy. NEGATIVE:--Dogmatism, bigotry. CAPRICORN: BASIC:--Position, honors, ambition. POSITIVE:--Authority, organization, justice. NEGATIVE:--Pride, suspicion, pessimism. AQUARIUS: BASIC:--Humanitarianism, universal friendship, scientific methods. POSITIVE:--Cooperation, diplomacy, progressiveness. NEGATIVE:--Impracticableness. PISCES: BASIC:--Unity, ripe destiny, sensitiveness to the superphysical. POSITIVE:--Compassion, inspiration, mysticism. NEGATIVE:--Dreaminess, psychism, sorrow. PLANETS: SUN: BASIC KEYWORDS:--Individuality, life, ambitions, those in authority, men. POSITIVE QUALITIES:--Generosity, dignity. NEGATIVE QUALITIES:--Laziness, despotism. MOON: BASIC:--Personality, imagination, fecundation, change, the public, women. POSITIVE:--Magnetism. [PAGE 283] NEGATIVE:--Dreaminess, visionariness, vacillation. MERCURY: BASIC:--Reason, speaking, writing. POSITIVE:--Quick-wittedness, dexteriety. NEGATIVE:--Restlessness, demagogy, dishonesty. VENUS: BASIC:--Attraction, love, social activities, beauty. POSITIVE:--Artistic ability, harmony. NEGATIVE:--Laziness, sensuality. MARS: BASIC:--Dyanamic energy. POSITIVE:--Constructiveness, enterprise. NEGATIVE:--Destructivenss, temper, friction. JUPITER: BASIC:--Expansion, ideation, optimism, law. POSITIVE:--Benevolence, vision, success, popularity. NEGATIVE:--Extravagance, indolence, over-confidence. SATURN: BASIC:--Contraction, persistence, caution, system. POSITIVE:--Faithfulness, analysis, discipline, tact. NEGATIVE:--Crystallization, obstruction, avarice, fearfulness, limitation. URANUS: BASIC:--Altruism, intuition, originality, sudden action. POSITIVE:--Inventiveness, independence. NEGATIVE:--Eccentricity, irresponsibility. NEPTUNE: BASIC:--Superphysical entities, divinity, occultism. POSITIVE:--Inspiration, spirituality. NEGATIVE:--Delusions, fraud, mediumship. HOUSES: 1st--Early environment, personality, physical body. 2nd--Finance. 3rd--Lower mind, short journeys, brothers and sisters, speaking and writing. 4th--The home, the mother, old age, lands and mines., 5th--Pleasure, education, children, publications. 6th--Service, health and sickness. 7th--Partnership, marriage, the public, the fine arts. 8th--Inheritance, cause of death, regeneration. 9th--Higher mind, religion, law, long journeys. 10th--Profession, social standing, the father. 11th--Friends. 12th--Ripe destiny, mysticism, institutions for unfortunates. GENERAL NOTES: Planets represent the driving forces of the horoscope. Signs represent the static forces, which color and modify the influence of the planets. Planets in signs indicate the character and inner capacities. Planets in houses given the circumstantial details of the life. READING BY KEYWORDS: In Lesson 19A we worked out the aspects and other elements for a horo- scope erected for New York City, Sept. 15, 1912, 2:00 a.m. In Lesson 19B this horoscope was delineated by reference to the "Message of the Stars." We will not take two aspects in the chart of Lesson 12 (Aug. 10, 1912, 4:00 p.m.) and analyze them in detail by the use of keywords. NO. 1--URANUS SEXTILE JUPITER: The sextile is a harmonious aspect and indicates that good judgment is used in all the matters ruled by these two planets so far as it may not be offset by other aspects of an adverse character. Therefore we use in addi- tion to the basic keywords the positive set of qualities for both Uranus and Jupiter and also for the two signs in which they are located, namely, square and Aquarius. We will not consult the Table of Keywords above. From it we note the following keywords and qualities: JUPITER: BASIC KEYWORDS:--Expansion, ideation, optimism, law. POSITIVE QUALITIES:--Benevolence, vision, success, popularity SAGITTARIUS: BASIC KEYWORDS:--Aspiration, philosophy, religion. POSITIVE QUALITIES:--Idealism, philanthropy. [PAGE 284] We now have to to combine the keywords and qualities of Jupiter with those of Sagittarius to find some of the characteristics and activities given thereby. In doing this it is necessary to exercise some ingenuity to select and blend into a key sentence the keywords that will produce a rea- sonable and probable result. Upon examination we conclude as follows: The POSITIVE Jupiter in Sagittarius gives vision (Jupiter) that may be exer- cised along the lines of religion (Sagittarius), or philosophy (Sag- ittarius),with success (Jupiter) therein. Also there may be aspiration (Sagittarius) for the law (Jupiter) and a high idealism (Sagittarius) in its practice. We will next apply the above method to Uranus in Aquarius. From the Table of Keywords we obtain the following: URANUS: BASIC KEYWORDS--Altruism, intuition, originality, sudden action. POSITIVE QUALITIES--Cooperation, diplomacy, progressiveness. Selecting and blending keywords from this list that seem to fit together we conclude that the POSITIVE Uranus in Aquarius gives original (Uranus) methods of developing and carrying out humanitarian (Aquarius) projects and obtaining the cooperation (Aquarius) of others in these projects. The altruism (Uranus) and progressiveness (Aquarius) of the native lead him to develop along the lines of universal friendship (Aquarius), that is, to make all humanity his friends. Next we combine the keywords of Uranus and Jupiter to ascertain the kind of character and activities given by this aspect. We conclude as a result that this person is of the altruistic (Uranus), inventive (Uranus) type, and that the corresponding qualities will be exerted along benevolent (Jupiter) lines and the maintenance of law (Jupiter), with general success (Jupiter) resulting. We will now look at the keywords for the houses containing these two planets. The keywords for the 1st house as found in the table are: early environment, personality, and the physical body. The keyword for the 11th house is "friends." Combining the keywords of the POSITIVE Jupiter with those of the 11th house, we find that this position gives vision (Jupiter) in selecting friends (11th) and success (Jupiter) in friendships (11th). Combining the keywords of the POSITIVE Uranus with those of the 1st house, we conclude that the native has a very original (Uranus), altruistic (Uranus) personality (1st), and is likely at times to be quite un- conventional (Uranus). Sudden action (Uranus) is also shown due to the restlessness of Uranus. When two planets are tied together in an aspect, it results in a mutual action and reaction between the affairs of the two houses containing them. In this case there will be such an action and reaction between the 1st and 11th houses. Briefly, the action of the 1st house affairs upon those of the 11th will be as follows: The original (Uranus) progressive (Aquarius) personality (1st) of the native will make (sextile) for him friends (11th) of an optimistic (Jupiter) idealistic (Sagittarius) type. Note that se- ven keywords are used, namely, one for each of the two planets, the two signs, and the two houses, also one for the sextile, which is a verb de- noting ACTION. This is called the "sevenfold combination of keywords." The reaction of the 11th house affairs upon those of the first is as follows: The benevolent (Jupiter) philosophical (Sagittarius) friends (11th) of the native will help (sextile) him in his original (Uranus) humanitarian (Aquarius) projects, and the direct effect upon him will be an improvement in his personality (1st) due to the help he has given to others. (It should be noted here that since Jupiter is in 5:38 of Sagittarius, it is only 4:22 from the cusp of the 12th house. Since the orb of a house is 5 degrees, extending backwards, it will be seen that a small percentage of Jupiter's influence, roughly 10%, will be exerted in the 12th house. We will not investigate this, however.) This finishes the itemized delineation of the aspect. It is not a com- plete delineation, however. Many other deductions could be made, but it goes far enough to illustrate the method and give the student an idea of the [PAGE 285] principles involved. It yet remains to summarize all the above items into a concise paragraph, using nontechnical language, leaving out all astrological terms, and avoiding repetition of the same thought. We will leave this to the student to do as an exercise in synthesis. Please send this to us at the same time that you send the delineation asked for at the end of this lesson. NO. 2.--SATURN OPPOSITION JUPITER: The opposition is usually a somewhat inharmonious aspect; therefore in delineating it we will use the basic keywords but combine them with the negative qualities instead of the positive. This applies both to Saturn and Jupiter and the signs which they occupy. The basic keywords of Jupiter are: expansion, ideation, optimism and law. The negative qualities are: over-confidence, extravagance, and indolence. The basic keywords of Sagit- tarius are: aspiration, philosophy, religion; the negative qualities are: dogmatism, bigotry. Selecting the keywords which will naturally blend, we arrive at the conclusion that the NEGATIVE Jupiter in Sagittarius gives the native a tendency to over-confidence (Jupiter) and thus to expand (Jupiter) too rapidly in matters connected with philosophy or religion (Sagittarius). He is also extravagant (Jupiter) and dogmatic (Sagittarius), and pursues his studies in the above subjects in an indolent (Jupiter) manner. Following this same method to determine the NEGATIVE nature of Saturn in Gemini, we blend the basic keywords which we find in the table with the negative qualities. As a result we conclude that this person will be per- sistent (Saturn) in literary (Gemini) pursuits; but his contracted (Saturn) mental (Gemini) condition will make his literary (Gemini) product su- perficial (Gemini), and limit (Saturn) his success in this field. Proceeding similarly with the negative aspect of Saturn opposition Jupi- ter, using the basic keywords and the negative qualities in the table, we deduce the fact that this aspect limits (Saturn) the benevolent (Jupiter) tendencies of the native, obstructs (Saturn) his vision (Jupiter), and in general handicaps (Saturn) him in his work; also the indolence (Jupiter) of the native subtracts from his persistence. Next we examine the negative effect of these two planets in their respec- tive houses. Combining the basic keywords and negative qualities of Jupiter with the keywords of the 11th house, we conclude that some of the friends (11th) who will be attracted under this aspect will be of the extravagant (Jupiter), indolent (Jupiter) type. Combining the basic keywords and ne- gative qualities of Saturn with the keywords of the 5th house, we see that the native will be limited (Saturn) in matters connected with pleasure and children (5th), and he will meet obstructions (Saturn) in activities connected with education and publications (5th). The action of the 11th house affairs upon those of the 5th will be as follows: The extravagant (Jupiter), bigoted (Sagittarius) friends (11th) which the native naturally attracts to himself, so far as this aspect is not neutralized by others, will interfere (opposition) with his success in pub- lishing (5th) his literary (Gemini) works by causing him to lose his na- tive caution (Saturn) and become careless. The reaction of the 5th house affairs upon those of the 11th is as follows: The avarice (Saturn) of the native in intellectual (Gemini) pursuits connected with educational (5th) projects will cause (opposition) the loss of prosperous (Jupiter), idealistic (Sagittarius) friends (11th). Note that sevenfold combination of keywords is used in both cases in this paragraph. This delineation of Saturn opposition Jupiter is very elementary in char- acter; many other conclusions could be formed regarding this aspect. The delineation should be summarized in the same manner that was used in sum- marizing Jupiter sextile Uranus. Please send us this summary along with the preceding one. It will be noted that the two aspects delineated above are quite contrary in character. This is where the judgment of the astrologer must come in to determine which one will dominate and how much of the influence of each will be felt. In order to determine this we look to ascertain the relative strength of Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. Jupiter is strong because he is dignified in Sagittarius and because he is the ruler of the horoscope. Also Jupiter is above the horizon, while Saturn is below it. Planets above the horizon have greater freedom of action than those below and are not so [PAGE 286] hampered by fate. Therefore we may conclude that Jupiter is stronger than Saturn, and therefore will quite largely be able to overcome the limiting, contracting influence of Saturn. Another factor in the situation is that both Saturn and Jupiter are supported by Uranus, the former by a sextile and the alter by a trine. Uranus is strong by being dignified in Aquarius and located in the 1st house. Therefore the intuition of Uranus will be used by the native to overcome the restricting saturnine influence. Hence we may conclude that Jupiter, supported by Uranus, will dominate the situation quite largely and hold the obstructing, limiting qualities of Saturn in check, forcing Saturn to bring forth many of his positive qualities instead of the negative. The native will nevertheless at times yield to the saturnine inclinations and thereby obstruct his own best inter- ests and get into a pessimistic frame of mind as a result. But this will be only temporary; the expansive optimism of Jupiter will always win out in the end, and good will prevail over evil. When we have two aspects of an opposite nature, as in the present case, it does not mean that one will neutralize the other. The two will appear alternately from time to time in the disposition of the native. The effects in the outer world, however, signified by the houses, may be quite largely neutralized; that is, the benefic aspect may dominate the adverse one to such an extent that the latter will not produce marked detrimental effects. But the two phases of the character will persist and manifest alternately until the lower is mastered. The above reading of a positive and a negative aspect has been done in such a manner as to afford the student a key to the whole matter of delinea- tion. It is only necessary to apply the above method to all the other as- pects, using the keywords which apply in each case and combining them to ar- rive at conclusions. If the student can do it once, he can do it any number of times. After he has mastered the principles involved in reading and bal- ancing a pair of conflicting aspects, he is quite capable of reading an en- tire chart, because it is largely a repetition of the same process. At the end all the departments of the horoscope must be similarly balanced so as to determine how any department may modify the influence of the others and thus affect the net result. WORK FOR THE STUDENT: To see that you have mastered to some degree the principles set forth above, will you please delineate by the use of keywords the following as- pect, which occurs in our chart: Mars in Virgo in the 8th house, sextile to the Moon in Cancer in the 7th house. ASTROLOGY LESSON NO. 20: THE MEASURE OF AMENABILITY TO PLANETARY VIBRATIONS: PART I: When judging a horoscope it is of prime importance that we take into con- sideration the social and racial standing of the individual, for configura- tions which are of great significance in the horoscope of an educated Cauca- sian may mean little or nothing in the figure of a Chinese coolie, and vice versa. Neglect of this factor would inevitably lead to false conclusions, as we shall now explain. It is a mystic maxim that the lower in the scale of evolution a being is placed, the more certainly he responds to the planetary rays, and conversely the higher we ascend in the scale of attainment the more man conquers and rules his stars, freeing himself from the leading strings of the Divine Hi- erarchies. This yoke, however, was not placed upon man in order to restrain him needlessly, but just as we in our ordinary life restrain a child from [PAGE 287] doing things in its ignorance which would hurt it and perhaps cripple it for life, so also are we restrained by the Divine Hierarchies through the plan- etary aspects in such a manner that we do not hurt ourselves beyond recovery in the experiences of life. But coupled with this guidance there is of course a measure of free will, which grows as we evolve. The child in our midst has really very little free will; it is subject no only to its parents but to the servants, if such there be in the household, and to everybody with whom it is associated; all exercise control over it for its own good. As the child grows, this measure of restraint is by degrees relaxed; in the course of years the child will learn to exercise its free will. This method has been followed by the Divine Hierarchies in the case of man. Infant humanity was absolutely guided by divine rules without having any will at all. "Thus shalt thou do, or not do," were injunctions laid upon them which must be implicitly obeyed, otherwise the divine displeasure was at once shown by such strenuous manifestations as appealed to infant humanity's mind, namely, lightning, thunder, earthquakes, and visitation of great plagues. This was for their collective guidance. For individual re- straint there were strict laws, commandments, and ordinances. Tribute must be paid continually to the Divine Leader and offered upon the altar as sac- rifices; for every offense against the law a certain sacrifice of material goods must be made. FEAR was the dominant keynote of that dispensation, for "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom." This regime was carried on under the planetary influences of MARS and the MOON. Mars, being the home of the dominant Lucifer spirits, gave to mankind th energy necessary that evolution might be accomplished. This Martian en- ergy was of the very greatest importance, particularly, of course, in the earlier stages. The Moon, which is the home of the angels under their di- vine leader, Jehovah, gave to infant humanity the childlike brain mind which is amenable to rulership, and bends itself readily before authority. These rays with those of Saturn were the only planetary rays which affected mankind as a whole during the Lemurian Epoch. If a horoscope were erected for any of the people who lived then, it would be unnecessary to en- ter the other planets, because the people of that day could not have re- sponded to their rays. Even today a great part of mankind has not evolved very far beyond that point. A large class are dominated principally by these planetary rays. Under their impulses these people act with automatic certainty in a spe- cific manner, and it is possible to predict exactly what they will do under a certain aspect of these planets, because they live entirely in their emo- tions and are scarcely, if at all, responsive to the intellectual vibrations of Mercury. Neither can they appreciate such emotions as are signified by Venus or its higher octave, Uranus; they respond solely to the lower nature, the animal passions. They move under the impulses of Mars and the Moon re- specting sex and sustenance. Their pleasures are of the lowest and most sensual nature; they live like animals, altogether in the physical; their creed is, "Eat, drink, and be merry." Their desires run chiefly to "wine and woman," for they have not yet awakened to the charm of song. Neither has beauty had a chance to enchant the savage heart at this stage of devel- opment, for that comes from the Venus rays which are beyond such people. Woman is to the man of this stage only a beast of burden and a convenience. Meanwhile "Father Time," represented by the planet Saturn, keeps the score and wields over them the whiplash of necessity to drive them forward on the evolutionary path, meting out to each the fruits of his labor at the harvest time between lives. When the man has cultivated the savage virtues of bravery, physical endurance, and the like, he dreams in the postmortem existence of new fields to conquer; he sees where he was lacking and why his desires were frustrated because of lack of implements. Gradually the con- structive Martian ray and the Saturn cunning fertilize the lunar brain which he is building, so that in time he learns to make the crude implements nec- essary for the attainment of his primitive ambitions. Even today we see the same cunning traits of character, the same crude crafts displayed by the lower races for the purpose of irrigating land, mining ores, or milling grain as in the case of primitive man. All those earliest implements were the result of the planetary rays of Saturn, Moon, and Mars, impinging on the undeveloped brain of infant humanity. A little further along the path of evolution, in the Atlantean Epoch, the Lords of Venus and the Lords of Mercury came to the earth for the purpose of [PAGE 288] giving a further impulse to man's mental and emotional development. It was the task of Venus to combat the lower emotions and raise the brutish animal passion of Mars to the softer and more beautiful Venus love. She was to add BEAUTY to STRENGTH, and to attain that ideal the Lords of Venus fostered the plastic arts, painting and sculpture. These were not taught to the general public at that time. The ideals which are to be developed in a race are al- ways first taught to the most advanced ones in a mystery temple. At that time Initiation included no spiritual instruction, but consisted of an education in the liberal arts. Sculpture taught how the beautiful might be incorporated in physical form; it called attention to the body, and ideal- ized the softly curved lines. The result is now incorporated in our own race body, for it should be thoroughly understood that in a mystery school and ideal is not taught today simply to be forgotten tomorrow or the next generation, but ideals are inculcated so that in time they may become part of the very life, soul, and body of the race. It may be objected that our art is degenerating compared with what is shown in Hellenic arts, but this is positively not so. It is rather that we have not yet attained to the highest ideal. In ancient Greece the mystery temples occupied a much more prominent position than today; the beautiful form was then idolized to the detriment of the mind, notwithstanding the fact that Greece had a Plato and a Socrates. The Lords of Mercury, who had charge of the development of mind at the time when the Lords of Venus exercised their great influence on the emo- tions, had not then been able to make a universally strong impression on early humanity. We are well aware even today that it is wearisome to think but it is easy to follow the emotions. At the present time the middle class of the West is much further advanced than were the ancient Greeks, because of the influence of these two planetary rays in our lives. Woman naturally excels in the highly imaginative Venus faculty, because of her part in the creative function, which faculty aids in molding the body of the race. On that account her figure has the graceful curves which naturally express beauty, while man has the worldly wise intellect fostered by the Lords of Mercury, and is the exponent of reason, the creative agency of physical progress in the world's work. We always long for, admire, and aspire to what we lack. In days of sav- agery when kicks and cuffs were her daily fare, woman longed for a caress from her lord. The Venus ray gave her beauty and made her an adept in the feminine arts, which have conquered the masculine heart, so that now man plays the role of protector on the plea that woman is not mentally compe- tent. Meanwhile he is becoming that which he admires in her: he is more gentle and kind; Venus is conquering Mars. But the Mercury delusion of in- tellectual superiority needs another influence to conquer it, and this, woman is now attracting by her aspiration for it. As she mastered Martian brutality by Venus beauty, so also will she free herself from Mercurial bondage by Uranian intuition. [PAGE 289] LESSON NO. 21: THE MEASURE OF AMENABILITY TO PLANETARY VIBRATIONS: PART II: To primitive man, driven by the whiplash of saturnine necessity when not by the animal lust and passions of Mars and the Moon, the world looks gloomy. Fear is the keynote of his existence--fear of animals, fear of other men, fear of the nature forces, fear of everything around him. He must ever be watchful and on the alert; vigilance is eternally the price of safety. But when evolution makes him amenable to the influence of Venus and Mercury, they soften his emotions and brighten the mentality. He begins to feel love and reason as factors in life. The Sun also begins to brighten his outlook upon life, and sunshine in the nature of man during this phase of his evolution partially dispels the cloud of Saturn. Thus, by degrees, as he evolves and becomes responsive to the music of the spheres, one string after another of the celestial harp strikes a kindred chord in the human soul and makes man amenable to its vi- brations. Thus as a tuning fork which is struck awakens the music in other tuning forks of even pitch within reasonable distance, so the planets in our solar system have in evolutionary succession struck various chords that have found an echo in the human heart. But the strings on the celestial Lyre of Apollo are not all in harmony; some are in actual discord. While man responds to certain cries, he must necessarily remain at least partially unresponsive to others. In fact, be- fore it is possible to respond perfectly to the rays of Venus it is neces- sary for man to conquer Mars to a considerable degree and bring him under control, so that certain undesirable martial traits in his nature are kept in the background while others, which may be valuable, are retained. The Venus love which is willing to give all for the loved ones cannot dwell side by side in the heart with the Mars ray which demands all for self. There- fore the savage must learn to conquer himself in a certain measure ere he may become the more civilized family man of modern times. Under the unrestrained rays of Mars and the Moon parents bring children into the world and leave them to take care of themselves almost as animals do, for they are products of animal passion. The females are bought and sold as a horse or a cow, or else taken by force and carried away. Even as late as the mediaeval Dark Ages, the knight often carried away his bride by force of arms, practically in the same manner that the male animals battle for possession of the female at mating time. Thus we see that the first step toward civilization requires that a man conquer one or more of the planets to a certain degree at least. Unbridled passion such as is generated by the primitive Mars ray is no longer permissable under the regime of modern civilization. Neither the tenant that "might is right" any longer admissable, save in wars when we return to barbarism. The Mars quality of physical prowess that at one time made it a virtue to attack others and take away property, is not longer admired in the individual. It is punished by various means according to the law, though it is still effective as far as nations are concerned, who go to war under this primitive impulse for territorial aggrandizement. However, as said, Mars has been conquered to a great degree in civil and social life in order that the Venus love might take the place of the Mars passion. As previously noted, the children of primitive man were left to their own resources as soon as they had been taught to defend themselves in physical warfare. With the advent of Mercury another method is observable. The battle of life nowadays is no longer fought which physical weapons alone. Brain rather than brawn determines success. Therefore the period of educa- tion has been lengthened as mankind has advanced. Education now mains prin- cipally at mental accomplishments because of the Mercury rays which accom- pany the Venus development of modern civilization. Man sees nature from a more sunny side when he has learned to respond to the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Moon and Saturn, even if only in a very slight measure. But although the various stages of evolution have gradually brought man under the dominance of a number of planetary rays, the development has been one-sided, for it has aimed to foster interest solely in things in which he has a proprietary right: HIS business, HIS house, HIS family, HIS cattle, farm, etc., are all vitally important and must be taken care of. HIS pos- sessions must be increased, if possible, no matter what happens to the pos- sessions, family, etc., of anyone else; those are not his concern. But be- fore he can reach a higher stage of evolution, it is necessary that this desire to appropriate the earth and retain it for himself if possible, give way to a desire to benefit his fellow men. In other words, egotism must give way to altruism. Just as Saturn by wielding the whiplash of necessity [PAGE 290] over him in his primitive days brought him up to his present point of civilization, so also Jupiter, the planet of benevolence, is destined to raise him from the estate of man to that of superman, where he will come un- der the Uranian ray with respect to his emotional nature, where passion gen- erated by Mars will be replaced by compassion, and where the childlike con- sciousness of lunar origin will be replaced by the cosmic consciousness of the Neptunian ray. Therefore the advent into our lives of the Jupiterian ray marks a very distinct advance in human development. As taught in THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, we are to advance from out present Earth Period into the Jupiter Period, and therefore the Jupiterian ray marks that high stage of altruism which will then by a prominent factor in our relations, with one the other. It will be easily understood that before we can readily respond to the rays of Jupiter, we must in a measure cultivate altruism and conquer the Egotism that comes through the Mercurial reasoning power. We have learned to conquer some of the phases of Mars and the Moon and we may have also learned to conquer some of the lower phases of Mercury and Ve- nus. The more we have overcome these the better we are able to respond to the highest vibratory forces emanating from these planets. Yes, if we strive earnestly we shall some day be able to overcome even the highest stage of the Venus love, which love always attaches itself to an object owned by us. We love our children because they are ours; we love our hus- band or wife because he or she belongs to us; we take pride, Venusian pride, in their moral characteristics, or Mercurial pride in their accomplishments. But Christ set a higher standard: "Unless a man leave his father and mother, he cannot be my disciple." The idea that we should neglect our fa- ther or mother or that we must hate them in order to follow Him was far from His mind, of course. But father and mother are only bodies; the soul that inhabits the body of the father or mother is to be loved, not the mere physical garment. Our love should be the same whether a person is old or young, ugly or beautiful. We should look for beauty of the soul, for the universal relationship of all ouls, and not mind so much the relationship of the bodies. "Who is may mother and my brother?" asked Christ, and pointed to His disciples, those who were at one with Him in His great work. They were closer to Him that anyone else could be through mere physical relation- ship. This attitude constitutes an upward step from the Venus love, which places the emphasis on the physical garments of the loved ones and leaves out of consideration the soul that is within. The Jupiterian love on the other hand, takes cognizance only of the soul, regardless of the body it wears. The Mercurial or reasoning phase of men- tality is also changed by response to the altruistic Jupiter. Cold calcula- tion is then out of the question. One who feels the expansive ray of Jupi- ter is big-hearted where his emotions are concerned, also big-hearted where the things of the world are concerned. "A jovial fellow" is an apt expression to describe such a man. He is welcomed and loved by everyone he meets, because he radiates not the common selfishness, but a desire to ben- efit others that breed in us a feeling of trust, diametrically different from the sense of distrust we indistinctively have when we come in contact with a Saturn-Mercury man. It is a matter of actual experience with astrologers endowed with spiritual sight that every man's planetary rays produce certain colors in his aura, in addition to the basic color which is the stamp of the race to which he belongs. The man with the thin, sickly blue of a commingled Saturn and Mercury is to be pitied rather than censured for the avarice and gloom which are his constant attitude of mind. He sees everything in the world through that auric mirror which he has created around himself; he feels that the world is cold, hard, and selfish, and therefore that it is necessary for him to be more selfish and more cold in order that he may protect himself. On the other hand, when we see the divine blue ray of Jupiter tinted per- haps with the refined gold of the Uranian nature, we realize how differently such an exalted individual must view the world from the usual sordid way of seeing and judging things. Even those who have the faintest Jupiterian tinge are in a world filled with sunshine and blooming flowers everything in nature is gay and glad. And by looking at the world through such an atmo- sphere they call forth from other sources a similar response, as the tuning fork previously mentioned generates a similar vibration in another of even pitch. [PAGE 291] LESSON NO. 22: THE MEASURE OF AMENABILITY TO PLANETARY VIBRATIONS: PART III: After what has been said it will not be difficult to understand that the Uranian characteristics, in which love becomes compassion, give a wisdom that is not dependent upon reasoning and a love that is not fixed upon one object alone but includes all that lives and moves and has its being. These are similar to the characteristics that are to be evolved by humanity during the Venus Period when perfect love will have cast out all fear, when man will have conquered all the lower phases of his nature, and when love will be as pure as it is universally inclusive. When these Uranian vibrations are felt by advancement in the higher life through aspiration, there is great danger that we may disregard the restric- tions of law in anticipation before we are really ready to govern ourselves by the law of love divine: namely, that we may disregard the laws that are in the world; that we may not render unto Ceasar that which is Ceasar's, whether in obedience or coin; that we may not be careful to avoid the ap- pearance of evil; that we may think that we have so far transcended the stage of ordinary humanity that we can live as super-humans; that the pas- sion of Mars has in our case been changed to Uranian compassion, which is sexless. Under these misapprehensions many people who endeavor to tread the path disregard the laws of marriage and enter into relationships as soulmate or affinity. They feel the Uranian ray but cannot quite respond to its sub- lime purity; therefore they experience a counterfiet Venusian sensation which usually ends in adultery and sex perversion, so that instead of the natural animal passion of Mars having been transmuted to the compassion of Uranus, it has a matter of fact degenerated into something that is far worse than the fullest sex expression of the Martian ray performed in a frank and proper manner. This is a danger that cannot be too strictly guarded against, and it behooves everyone who endeavors to live the higher life not to aspire to the Uranian ray until he first becomes thoroughly imbued with the altruistic vi- brations of Jupiter; for more misery is brought into the world by those who have aspired too high and fallen low than by those who are not sufficiently aspiring. That pride goes before a fall is an ancient and very true prov- erb, which it behooves everyone of us to take to heart. The Christ took part in the marriage at Cana. Marriage is a regular Christian institution and must exist until abolished in the kingdom to come the bodies we will have then will not wear out and therefore there will be no need of marriage to generate new ones. Let it also be understood that the minister who marries people cannot really mate them. The finding of the true mate should be done before the marriage ceremony is performed and not after. As we have seen, Mars, Venus, and Uranus mark three stages in the emo- tional development of man. During the stage where he is only amenable to Mars, animal passion rules supreme, and he seeks unrestricted gratification of all his lower desires in the intercourse with his fellow men but par- ticularly with the opposite sex. During the stage where he becomes amenable to the rays of Venus, love softens the brutality of his desires, and the animal passions are somewhat held in leash. He is even, under the higher phases of this planet, ready to sacrifice himself and his desires for the benefit and comfort of the loved ones. When he has evolved to the point where he can feel the ray of Uranus, the passion of Mars gradually turns to compassion; then the love of Venus, which is only for one particular person, becomes all-inclusive so that it embraces all humankind regardless of sex, or any other distinction, for it is the divine love of soul for soul which is above all material considerations of whatever nature. The mentality also evolves through three stages according to the amena- bility of the person to the vibrations of the Moon, Mercury, and Neptune. While man is only amenable to the Lunar influence, he is childlike and eas- ily guided by the higher powers which have led him through the various stages mentioned in the previous lesson. Under the stellar ray of Mercury he gradually develops his intellectual powers and becomes a reasoning being. As such he is placed under the law of cause and effect and made responsible for his actions, so that he may reap what he has sown, and learn thereby the experiences which life has to teach him under the present regime. Being inexperienced, he makes mistakes in whatever direction is indicated by the afflictions to Mercury in his horoscope, and consequently he suffers a corresponding penalty of sorrow and trouble. If he has not the mentality to reason about the connection between his mistakes and the sad experiences growing from them during his lifetime, the panorama of life which unfolds in the post-mortem state makes this clear, and leaves with him an essence of "right feeling" which we know as conscience. [PAGE 292] This conscience keeps him from repeating past mistakes, when the feeling generated has become sufficiently strong to overbalance the tendency to yield to the particular temptation which caused him suffering. Thus he gradually develops a spiritual consciousness which is above and beyond human reason, but which nevertheless is also connected with reason in such a man- ner that he who has this cosmic consciousness knows the reason why such and such a thing is and must be, and why he ought to perform a certain action. This cosmic consciousness is developed under the ray of Neptune, and dif- fers from the intuitional right feeling developed under the ray of Uranus in the following very important particulars: The person who has developed the Uranian quality of intuition arrives at the truth instantaneously without the necessity of thinking the matter over or reasoning, but is unable to give anything but the result; he cannot connect the various steps in logical sequence whereby the final result was reached. The man or woman, however, who develops the Neptunian faculty also has the answer to any question im- mediately, and in addition is able to tell the reason why that answer is the proper and right one. The faculty of intuition built up from the Martian base of passion, through the Venusian stage of love, and through the Uranian ray of compas- sion depends upon the ability of the person involved TO FEEL VERY INTENSELY. By love and devotion the heart is attuned to every other heart in the uni- verse, and in this way it knows and feels all that may be known and felt by other heart in the universe; thus it shares the divine omniscience that binds our Father in Heaven to His children, and through the direct heart to heart touch with that omniscience the person obtains the solution to what- ever problem is placed before him. The noblest men of all ages, Christian saints of the most transcendant spirituality, have attained their wonderful development through the spiritual rays of Uranus because of the intense feeling of oneness with the Divine, and with all that lives and breaths in the universe. But there are others who are not thus constituted, and they are not able to walk this path. These through the Moon, Mercury, and NEGATIVE:-- have developed their intellects and attained the same result PLUS THE NEPTUNIAN POWER OF IDEATION. This is a very important point, and it is only brought out in the Western Wisdom Teaching, for while it was formerly taught that the spirit involves itself in matter and thereby crystallizes itself into form which then evolves, the Western Wisdom Teaching tells us that there is in addition a third factor in universal advancement, namely, EPIGENESIS, the faculty whereby the spirit may choose a course that is altogether new and indepen- dent of what has gone before. We see the expression of this in all kingdoms relative to form, but in the human kingdom epigenesis expresses itself as genius, a creative instinct which makes man more akin to the Divine than any other of his accomplishments. This is developed under the Neptunian ray when that planet is well placed in the horoscope. There is of course also such a thing as evil genius, a destructive faculty developed under an af- flicted Neptune. Only the most sensitive people in the world feel the rays of Uranus and Neptune at the present time. To feel these vibrations the connection be- tween the dense physical body and the vital body, which is made of ether, must be rather loose, for when these two vehicles are firmly interlocked, the person is always of a materialistic turn of mind and cannot respond to the higher and more subtle vibrations from the spiritual world. But when the rays from these two planets impinge upon a person whose vital body is loosely connected with the physical, we have what is called a sensitive. The direction and quality of this faculty depend upon the placement and the aspects of the two planets mentioned. Those who are particularly under the domination of an adverse aspect of the Uranian ray usually develop the more undesirable phases of clairvoyance and mediumship. They easily become the prey of entities from the invisible world who have no regard for their victims' desire, even if in a weak manner they should protest. Such mediums are generally used in simple trance communications, and in a few cases known to the writer have lived very beautiful and happy lives be- cause of their implicit belief in the spirits that dominated them. In these cases the spirit controls were of a better class than usually met with. But as this Uranian faculty is built up through Mars and Venus, passion is prominent in such natures, and under the influences of obsessing spirits many of these people are driven into gross immorality. Vampirism and kin- dred disreputable practices are also engendered by a perverse use of the uranian ray in mediums. [PAGE 293] LESSON NO. 23: THE MEASURE OF AMENABILITY TO PLANETARY VIBRATIONS: PART IV: Neptune may be said to represent the invisible worlds in their more positive aspects, and those who come under the adverse aspects of this planet are, therefore, brought into touch with the most undesirable occu- pants of the invisible worlds. Actual obsession whereby the owner of a body is deprived of his vehicle takes place under the ray of Neptune, and no ma- terializing seance could ever be held were it not for this stellar vibra- tion. Magic, white or black, can never be put to practical use save under and because of this Neptunian vibration. Apart from this ray it would re- main theory, speculation, and book learning. Therefore the Initiates of ev- ery Mystery School, spiritual seers who have full control of their clairvoy- ant faculty, and astrologers are amenable in varying degrees to the ray of Neptune. The BLACK MAGICIAN and the HYPNOTIST, who is a twin brother to the former, are also dependent upon the power of this stellar ray for use in their nefarious practices. The highest human development at the present time, namely, the soul unfoldment which is undertaken in the Mystery Temples through Initiation, is directly the result of the Neptunian Ray. For just as evil configurations with Neptune are particularly required to enable a man to unfold by Ini- tiation all his soul powers and become a conscious agent in the invisible world. Let us remember, however, that good or evil configurations are not the result of chance or luck. The horoscope shows the tendencies of the coming life; it shows what we have earned by our past living and therefore what we are entitled to in the present life. Moreover, it should always be kept in mind that THE STARS IMPEL BUT THEY DO NOT COMPEL. Because a man or woman has an evil configuration with Neptune or Uranus, it is not unavoidable that they should go into active, evil mediumship or black magic and thereby make life harder for themselves in the future. Their opportunity to do so and the temptation will come at certain times when the heavenly time-markers point to the right hour on the clock of destiny. Then is the time to stand firm for the good and for the right. Being forewarned through a knowledge of astrology, one is also fore- armed and may the easier overcome when such an aspect culminates. Thus we have seen in the three continued articles on this subject that man is amenable to the planetary rays in an increasing measure as he ad- vances through evolution; but the more highly developed he becomes spiritu- ally, the less he will allow the planets to dominate him, while the younger soul is driven unresistingly along with the tide of life in whatever direc- tion the planetary vibrations propel him. It is the mark of the advanced soul that he keeps the true course regardless of planetary vibrations. Be- tween these two extremes there are naturally all gradations. Some are ex- cessively amenable to the rays of one planet, and the bark of life of such men and women is driven upon the rocks of sorrow and suffering that they may learn to evolve within themselves the will power that will finally free them from all domination by the ruling stars. As Goethe, the great mystic, said: "From every power that holds the world in chains. Man frees himself when self-control he gains." It may be asked: Have we run the gamut of vibrations when we have learned to respond to all the seven planets which are mythically represented as the seven strings of Apollo's sent as the seven strings on Apollo's Lyre? In other words, is Neptune the highest vibration to which we shall ever re- spond? The Western Wisdom Teachings tell us that there are two more planets in the universe which will be known in future, ages, and that, these will have an influence in developing qualities of so transcendant a nature that we cannot now understand them. The number of Adam, man or humanity, is nine, and there are nine rungs upon the stellar ladder by which he is as- cending to God. Up to the present time he has climbed only five of these rungs, namely, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, and even the vi- brations of these he has not by any means learned. Uranus and Neptune are slowly coming into our lives; they will not become active in the same manner and to the same degree that, for instance, the moon and Mars are at the present time, until many ages have passed. But even when we have learned to respond to them, there are two more of which we shall know something later on. It is the opinion of the writer that these two are probably not felt by any except those who have graduated from the Greater Mystery School and the Hierophants of that sublime institution. In concluding this article, on the amenability of man to planetary vibra- tions we quote from THE ROSICRUCIAN MYSTERIES a part of the article on "Light, Color, and Consciousness". "Truly, GOD IS ONE AND UNDIVIDED. He enfolds within His being all that is, as the while light embraces all colors. But He appears threefold in manifestation, as the white light is refracted in three primary colors, [PAGE 294] blue, yellow, and red. Wherever we see these colors they are emblematical of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three primary rays of divine life are diffused or radiated through the sun, and produce LIFE, CONSCIOUS- NESS, AND FORM upon each of the seven light bearers, the planets, which are called the "Seven Spirits before the Throne." Their names are Mercury, Ve- nus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and unconscious. Body's law would indi- cate that Neptune does not belong to our solar system, and the reader is re- ferred to SIMPLIFIED SCIENTIFIC ASTROLOGY by the present writer for mathematical demonstration of this contention. "Each of the seven planets receives the light of the sun in a different measure according to its proximity to the central orb and the constitution of its atmosphere. The beings on each, according to their stage of develop- ment, have affinity for some of the solar rays. They absorb the color or colors congrous to them, and reflect the remainder upon the other planets. These reflected rays bear with them an impulse of the nature of the beings with whom they have been in contact. "Thus the divine light and life come to each planet, either directly from the sun or reflected from the six planets. As the summer breeze which has been wafted over blooming fields carries upon its silent, invisible wings the blended fragrance of a multitude of flowers, so also the subtle influ- ences from the GARDEN OF GOD bring us to the mingled impulses of all the Spirits, and in that vari-colored light we live and move and have our being. "The rays which come directly from the sun are productive of spiritual illumination; the reflected rays from other planets make for added con- sciousness and moral development; and the rays reflected by way of the moon give physical growth. "But as each planet can absorb only a certain quantity of one of more colors according to the general stage of evolution there, so each being upon earth--mineral, plant, animal, and man--can only absorb and thrive upon a certain quantity of the various rays projected upon the earth. The remain- der does not affect it or produce sensation any more than the blind are con- scious of light and color which exist everywhere around them. Therefore each being is differently affected by the stellar rays; and a knowledge of the science of astrology, a fundamental truth in nature, is one enormous benefit in the attainment of spiritual growth." Besides the stellar vibrations which we have discussed in the foregoing there is one of vital importance to which all mankind is responsive, namely, that of THE LUNATION OR NEW MOON. The progressed planets may be regarded as the hour hand of a clock. They mark the year when certain events are due according to their positions and their aspects and our amenability to their vibrations. By them the destiny or opportunity in store for mankind is forecast; but unless the moon, which corresponds to the minute hand in our illustration of the clock of destiny, moves along through the houses of the horoscope by progression and gives her consent by acting as a focus for the planetary vibrations, these would never take effect upon humanity. Besides the actual progression of the moon and the planets in the horo- scope at the rate of a day for a year, there is, as said in the first para- graph, THE LUNATION, which occurs each month in a different sign of the zo- diac by a conjunction of the moon with the sun. Whenever this conjunction occurs within three degrees of an aspect to any one of the planets in the natal horoscope, the effect of the configuration will be felt during the month governed by this lunation, provided of course that the person is re- sponsive and amenable to that particular stellar influence. For instance, if a lunation were trine to Neptune in the horoscope of a Hottentot or Bush- man, you would find no effect from this configuration; but if on the other hand, this configuration occurs in the horoscope of an advanced mystic, there will be certain definite spiritual experiences of a beautiful nature during that month. The influences of these lunations may be divided into three classes ac- cording to whether they affect the moon, Mars or Saturn at birth, producing physical results; the sun, Venus, or Mercury, producing social, moral, and mental effects; or Jupiter, Uranus, or Neptune which would act upon the spiritual nature. The results produced under the vibrations of a new moon will naturally depend upon the aspects. Squares and oppositions give trails and troubles.. Sextiles and trines give pleasures of a nature consonant with the planetary aspects. The ordinary lunation does not produce effects for more than one month. But if the lunation happens to be an eclipse, the effect will be felt for a full year from the time of its occurrence. Every time that year when a lunation falls in square to the place of the eclipse, it will re-awaken the evil, if any, experienced at the time when the eclipse, it will re-awaken the evil, if any, experienced at the time when the eclipse occurred. Similarly, if the original lunation was good, then every formation of sextile and trine to its place will bring correspondingly good results. Continued with file "RC4017.TXT" End of File


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