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Astrology of the Soul

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A framework on esoteric astrology

In order to give you a clear framework upon which to build the new astrology by means of which you can grasp the dual procedure of the soul around the great wheel, we will consider all twelve signs with their indicated significances and truths in connection with:

•   The keynote of the signs. These express the underlying effect upon the man as he
     progresses in one of two directions.
•   The Nature of the Cross upon which the man is crucified at any one time.
•   The influence of the planetary Rulers - orthodox or esoteric.
•   The Rays, which primarily express themselves through a particular sign; the clue to which
     sign it may be is found in the orthodox planetary ruler where the personality ray is concerned
     and the esoteric planetary ruler where the soul is concerned.
•   The Qualities of the sign and of the man who has come forth in a particular sign.
•   The interplay between a sign and its polar opposite.
•   The planets which are exalted, in detriment, or which fall in any particular sign, for a study of
     these will indicate the three phases of the Path - with its involutionary cycle of becoming
     increasingly involved in matter, or life upon the Mutable Cross, the interlude of readjustment
     or struggle for liberation which leads to the mounting of the Fixed Cross, and the period of
     liberation with the final mounting of the Cardinal Cross.
•   The significance of the key words for the modes of progress through the signs.
•   The underlying theme of any specific zodiacal sign, covered by the ideas of re-creation,
     regeneration, reorientation and renunciation.
Cosmic and esoteric influences upon our planetary life

The major influences, which find their way from far distant sources into our planetary life and produce definite effects upon individual man and humanity as a whole.

The constellation of the Great Bear.
The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades.
Sirius, the Dog Star.

The seven solar systems of which ours is one.
The seven sacred planets of which ours is not one.
The five non-sacred planets or "hidden" planets.

The seven planetary centres.
The seven centres of force in the human etheric body.

The twelve zodiacal constellations.

We thus have a nine-fold energy impact.

Three great centres of force produce and control manifestation and evolutionary progress in the human being:

•   The constellations are analogous to that centre of force, which we call the Monad and to its
    universal will-to-power which is distinctive of the first divine aspect.

•   The twelve constellations might be regarded as embodying the soul aspect and, for the
, their effect upon the individual must be regarded and should be studied in terms of

    consciousness and of the development of the life of the soul. This is in essence the will-to-love.

•   The planets, twelve in number (seven sacred planets and five non-sacred), are effective
    (using the word in a technical sense) in relation to the external life, environment and
    circumstances of the individual. Their force contacts should be interpreted largely in terms of
    the human personality
, the third divine aspect. They thus exemplify the will-to-know.

As regards the influence of the seven solar systems, we suggest that they are linked up astrologically with the constellations, the Great Bear, the Pleiades, and Sirius. They are intimately related to them, but their exact effect is a transmitted one and cannot be noted as producing noticeable results, as yet, upon humanity and the other kingdoms in nature. The effect of the three great constellations can only be noted until such time as he becomes conscious of the monadic vibration, after the third initiation.

Man – integral part of a greater whole of septenate energies

Interest in the individual or personal horoscope will gradually die out, and increasingly the planetary, the systemic and the universal picture will stand out in the awareness of the individual. Man will then regard himself only as an integral part of a far more important whole and his world group will interest him far more than himself, as an individual.

In esoteric astrology we are dealing with the Life and Lives, which inform the "points of light" within the universal Life.

Constellations, solar systems, planets, kingdoms in nature and microscopic man are all of them the result of the activity and the manifestation of energy of certain Lives whose cycle of expression and whose infinite purposes lie outside the comprehension of the most advanced and illumined minds on our planet.
Yet, it will be useful to study individual man; in this way we can arrive at a faint comprehension of the basic and underlying truth. Never forget the Law of Analogy as an interpretive agency. Esotericism teaches (and modern science is rapidly arriving at the same conclusion) that underlying the physical body and its comprehensive and intricate system of nerves is a vital or etheric body, which is the counterpart and the true form of the outer and tangible phenomenal aspect. It is likewise the medium for the transmission of force to all parts of the human frame and the agent of the indwelling life and consciousness. Within the human etheric body there are to be found seven major force centres which are in the nature of distributing agencies and electrical batteries, providing dynamic force and qualitative energy to the man; they produce definite effects upon his outer physical manifestation. Through their constant activity his quality appears, his ray tendencies begin to emerge and his point in evolution is clearly indicated.

This "control of form through a septenate of energies" is an unalterable rule in the inner government of our universe and of our particular solar system, as well as in the case of individual man. There are, for instance, in our solar system, seven sacred planets which correspond to the seven individual force centres in man, the seven solar systems, of which our solar system is one, and in their turn the seven energy centres of the One About Whom Naught Can Be Said.

We are concerned esoterically with:

1. The seven rays and the twelve signs of the zodiac.
2. The seven rays and the twelve Creative Hierarchies.
3. The seven rays and the planets as they govern the twelve houses of expression.

We are considering esoteric influences and not astrology, per se. Our subject is the seven rays and their relationship to the zodiacal constellations or - in other words - the interaction of the seven great Lives, which inform our solar system with the twelve constellations which compose our zodiac.

Three stages and their astrological steps towards soul control

Man learns first of all to control his reactions to the planets as they rule and direct his personality affairs from their different "stations" in the twelve houses of his horoscope. There are two ways in which this is done:
First, by having the horoscope duly cast and then taking steps to determine what should be done to negate the planetary influences where it is deemed desirable to control the personality reactions. This has to be done by the applied power of thought. This necessitates complete confidence in the understanding and interpretation of the astrologer and the recognition of the exact moment of birth. One wonders if these conditions of the exact moment and the completely wise astrologer are ever to be found as yet. Second by consciously assuming the position of the spiritual Observer, and by cultivating the power to respond to the Soul. Then, from the angle of that Soul, the man must learn to control circumstance and the attendant reactions of the personality. We are concerned with energies which can and do evoke response and of which man can be aware and, in many cases, is today aware.

1.   Undeveloped humanity is primarily conditioned in its life and circumstances by the influence
      of the lesser zodiac and thus by the position of the planets in the twelve houses.

2.   Average intelligent humanity and those nearing the Path of Discipleship and upon the
      Probationary Path
respond consciously to

      a. The planets - affecting their personalities.
      b. The Sun sign - as indicating life trends, which are already established and which
          constitute the line of least resistance.
      c. The Rising sign in a small measure - this indicates the life goal for that particular life
          cycle or else over a period of seven lives. The last two lives constitute the Greater Zodiac.

3.   Disciples and initiates can begin consciously to respond to all the above influences, handling them
      constructively, plus those potent yet infinitely subtle forces which pour into our solar system from
      the three major constellations referred to above. In the early stages, the response is in the subtler
      bodies and the brain fails to register them, but after the third initiation, there is a recognition of them
      upon the physical plane.

In the path of life of the individual and dependent upon his stage of evolutionary unfoldment, there might be observed three groups through a broad, but necessarily inadequate, generalisation:

Average and undeveloped man, living below the diaphragm (the lower three centres or chakra’s) and with the emphasis of the incoming energies and forces focussed either in the solar plexus or in the sacral centre.

A large number of people who are in an interim stage, with the energies and forces focussed mainly in the lower centre(s) but at the same time playing quite frequently through the throat centre and evoking a faint response from the heart and the ajna centres.

People upon one or other of the final stages of the Path, with the emphasis passing rapidly away from the lower centres into the higher triad and with the highest head centre in process of awakening.

The Reversal of man’s travel through the zodiac and some of its planets

There is another revolutionary idea which the esoteric science of astrology brings to its modern and exoteric aspect: In the greater cycle of man's many incarnations, he passes through the zodiacal circle from Pisces to Aries, thus retrograding through the signs as he follows the sweep or path of the Sun's retrogression. This phrase has always disturbed me, but the apparent retrogression, based upon the precession of the equinoxes, is all an integral part of the Great Illusion. The moment a man begins to emerge out of that illusion and is no longer subject to the glamour and to the effect of the world maya, that moment the motion of the great Wheel of Life is reversed and he then begins (slowly and laboriously) to work in the opposite direction. He then passes through the signs from Aries to Pisces. He begins patiently and consciously to function as a soul struggling towards the light until finally he emerges at the end of the Path in Pisces as a world Victor and a world Saviour. He then knows the significance of the triumph over death because he has surmounted and overcome desire.

This reversal of the way a man travels through the signs of the zodiac will necessitate a readjustment of the method employed by astrologers when they are casting a horoscope of senior aspirants, of disciples and of initiates.

According to an individual's point of evolution upon the Path or the individual's place upon the wheel of life, the practising astrologer will arrange the interpretation of the horoscope. It will require the work and the thought of the intuitive astrologer, dependent upon soul contact and much meditation, to determine the processes of astrological interpretation for those who are active and living souls at some one or other of the final stages upon the Path. The casting of the horoscope of the average man or the undeveloped man presents no such difficulties.

The Sun sign – the personality ray

The Sun sign indicates the nature of the man, physical, mental and spiritual. It holds the secret of the personality ray and of the man's responsiveness or lack of responsiveness to the Soul, the real man. It indicates also the integration already achieved and the present point of unfoldment of the soul qualities, of the present available equipment, of the present life quality and of the immediately possible group relations. It indicates, from the angle of the Ageless Wisdom, nothing more. Humanity is enough evolved so that the astrology of the soul will become possible before long; it constitutes - from many points of view - a reversal of normal procedure. This is both wise and necessary, and also inevitable. Astrologers will eventually be divided into two classes: the exoteric astrologers who will be occupied with the horoscope of the personality, and the esoteric astrologers who will be occupied with the purposes of the soul.

The Rising sign – the soul ray

Modern interpretations fail to emphasise the importance of the rising sign (the ascendant) and this has been due to the fact that not many have been as yet ready to function as souls; small allowance has been made for the energies which play upon our planet all the time from other constellations or from the many "hidden" planets.

The Ageless Wisdom claims that there are around seventy hidden planets in our solar system.

The rising sign indicates the remoter possibilities, and the spiritual goal and purpose of the immediate incarnation and of the immediate succeeding incarnations. This sign concerns itself with the struggle of the spiritual man "to carry on" from the point achieved so that when the life energy is temporarily exhausted and the "death of the personality" takes place, the man finds himself "nearer the centre of his life, closer to the centre of his group and approaching the centre of divine life," as the Ageless Wisdom expresses it. This particular phrase "death of the personality" has two definite connotations:

•   It may mean the death of the physical body, which is inevitably followed by the two stages of
    the death of the emotional vehicle and the subsequent dissipation of the temporary and ever-
    changing form, which the quota of mental energy has assumed during incarnation.
•   The subjective and mystical "death of the personality." This is a phrase indicating the transfer
    of the focus for the distribution of energy from the personality (a definite centre of force) to the
    soul (another definite centre).

The ascendant or rising sign indicates the intended life or immediate soul purpose for this incarnation. It holds the secret of the future and presents the force which, rightly used, will lead the man to success. It represents the sattvic or harmony aspect of life and can produce right relationship between soul and personality in any one incarnation. It thus points the way to the recognition of the energy of the soul.

The Moon

The moon, from the angle of the esoteric knower, is simply an obstruction in space - an undesirable form, which must some day disappear. In esoteric astrology, the effect of the moon is noted as a thought effect and as the result of a powerful and most ancient thought-form; nevertheless, the moon has no quality of her own and can transmit nothing to the Earth. Let me reiterate: The moon is a dead form; it has no emanation at all. That is why the moon is spoken of in the ancient teaching as "veiling either Vulcan or Uranus."

Astrologers would do well to experiment with the suggestion anent the moon and (not working with the moon) work with Vulcan when dealing with the undeveloped or average man and with Uranus when considering the highly developed man.

The type of force of the moon (coming from certain planets and not from the moon) indicates that, which is past. So, it summarises limitation and the present handicaps. It governs the physical body and shows where the prison of the soul is to be found.

The Creative Hierarchies

There are twelve Creative Hierarchies closely related to planet Earth:

The first four of Them have achieved liberation from the cosmic physical plane and are now to be found focussed upon the cosmic astral plane.

The fifth Creative Hierarchy is on the verge of liberation. It is found on the intellectual level of consciousness and can, therefore, be used as a focal point and a transmitter of the higher energies to our solar system and to the planet. It is influenced by the seventh Ray.

This fifth Creative Hierarchy will join the other four Hierarchies, when the Sixth Creative Hierarchy is itself nearing liberation.