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Astrology is bound to become one of the major sciences of the future. Some day astrology will be lifted up to a higher plane.

The Ancient Wisdom teaches that "space is an entity." It is with the life of this entity and with the forces and energies, the impulses and the rhythms, the cycles and the times and seasons that esoteric astrology deals.  

We would remind you that there is an astrological key to The Secret Doctrine, which cannot yet be given in completeness. We can, however, give you some hints and suggest some lines of approach, and these, if carried in the consciousness of the illumined astrologers, may enable one of them at a later date to discover that key and then - turning it on behalf of humanity - reveal the fourth great fundamental of the Ageless Wisdom of which three are already given in the proem of The Secret Doctrine. 

Astrology of the future indicate the purpose of the soul

The astrology of the future will indicate the purpose of the soul. It must, however, be lifted out of the hands of those interested in predictional astrology (with the aim as for personal interest and business profit only),  out of the hands of the thousands who at this time spend much time "casting" horoscopes (seeking to interpret their usually erroneous conclusions), and placed in the hands of trained mathematical scientists and in the hands of those who have given as much time to scientific training along astrological lines as is now given to training a reputable physician, a chemist or a biologist.

The entire science of astrology is based upon a non-existent condition. It has no basis in material fact and yet is eternally based on truth. The zodiac is the imaginary path of the Sun in the heavens. It is therefore largely an illusion, from the exoteric point of view. But at the same time the constellations exist, and the streams of energy which pass and repass, intermingle and interlock throughout the body of space are by no means illusions but definitely express eternal relationships. It is the misuse of the various energies, which has created the illusion. This illusory path is consequently as much a reality to humanity today as are the personality illusions of any individual. These illusions are due to the polarisation of the individual upon the astral plane.

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. 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.

Due to the precession of the equinoxes - a fourth type of force is brought to bear upon the planet and man, but one which is seldom recognised and given due place in the horoscope. The month and the sign, or the place of the Sun in the heavens, do not really coincide. When we state, for instance, that the Sun is "in Aries" it conveys an esoteric truth but not an exoteric fact. The Sun was in Aries at the beginning of this great cycle, but it is not in exactly the same position today when it is "found" in that sign.

As it is necessary to know the moment of birth and the place of birth in casting the horoscope of the individual, so in order to have a perfectly correct understanding and accurate deductions in connection with the constellation, the planets and our Earth there should be a fixed time from which to reckon. That fixed time is as yet unknown in exoteric astrology, though the Hierarchy possesses the needed information and it will be made available when the right time comes. It is the knowledge of this inner information, which constitutes the basis of the statements, which we will make, which will seem revolutionary to the orthodox investigator.

Science of Relations: intuitional astrology of groups and geometrical four-dimensional charts

The entire science of astrology is, in the last analysis, the Science of Relations and there is consequently no use in avoiding the term, especially when there is no other which seems to meet the requirements as adequately. 

  1. Inter-relation,
  2. inter-dependence,
  3. inter-communication,
  4. interplay.

These are words governing the scientific basis of astrology, and they are beginning to be words in general use today in connection with human affairs and human conduct. This will be increasingly the case. The preparatory stages for world fusion, blending and synthesis are present at this time, and in this fact lies the hope of the world and the surety of the ultimate solution of the world problem along right lines.

The science of astrology is intuitional astrology, which must eventually supersede what is today called astrology, thus bringing about a return to the knowledge of that ancient science which related the constellations and our solar system, drew attention to the nature of the zodiac and informed humanity as to the basic interrelations which govern and control the phenomenal and subjective worlds. The intuition reveals not the way ambition can be fed, nor the manner in which desire for selfish advancement can be gratified.

Intuition will only reveal the moment when wider group responsabilities can be justly shouldered and simultaneously carried forward.

It is always confusing to the beginner who has not yet a developed and trained intuition to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and apparent contradictions, which appear in the teaching of the Ageless Wisdom. This same difficulty will be met with in the science of astrology and some reference to the matter is in order at this point. We would remind you of the occult truism, which states that: 

Interpretation and right understanding are based upon the stage of the development of the individual.  

H.P.B. remarked in The Secret Doctrine that for some people the highest principle of which they can be consciously aware might be a very low one for another person. The constellations and the planets which govern them may, and do, have one effect upon the mass and another upon the average individual man, and still a third effect upon the disciple or the initiate. As the various energies and forces circulate throughout the etheric body of our solar system, their reception and effect will depend upon the state of the planetary centres and upon the point of unfoldment of the centres in individual man. That is why the various charts and tabulations can differ so widely and different planets can appear as ruling the constellations. There seems to be no fixed rule and the student gets bewildered. Orthodox astrology posits one set of planetary rulers, and they are correct as far as the mass of humanity is concerned.

But the disciple, who lives above the diaphragm (the higher chakra-centres), responds to another combination and it is with these that we shall principally deal.

That is why three charts here given do not appear to coincide. They are drawn up to express the situation in regard to three groups:

1. The mass of people who conform to orthodox and recognised astrological conclusions.

2. Disciples and advanced individuals, conforming to the conclusions of esoteric astrology.

3. The Creative Hierarchies, giving the interim situation in this world cycle.

We have, in the larger issue, to consider the influence of the zodiac and the planets upon:

a.     The spirit of the Earth, the embodiment of the physical planet and the sum total of the form life in all the kingdoms of nature. These are the expression of the anima mundi or of the world soul.

b.     Humanity, the individualised and finally initiated man. This is the embodiment of the human soul or ego, a differentiation of the world soul, which expresses itself as a personality (a correspondence to the spirit of the planet) and finally as a spiritual soul (a correspondence to the planetary Logos).

c.     The Lord of the Planet, one of the great Lives or Sons of God, at present regarded as "an imperfect God" as far as our planet is concerned and yet, from the angle of humanity, perfect indeed.

The above triple division expresses the three major aspects of the ancient and esoteric science of astrology and its three divisions as the Hierarchy today studies them. Humanity, having lost the consciousness which permits contact with the spirit of the planet (sub-human consciousness, and which was the basis of animism) and having not yet developed the consciousness which permits him to enter into the Life and Mind of the planetary Logos, has dealt only with the second division and that in its lowest aspect.

Ancient astrology was obviously incomplete but until man became patently responsive to the influences, which come to him from Uranus or Pluto, for instance, which affect the soul life far more than they do the personality life, they remained undiscovered except by trained esotericists. Today, humanity is rapidly responding to the higher spiritual influences and, therefore, we can look for the discovery of increasingly subtle forces.

Subsidiary sciences of the esoteric science of astrology

Connected with the esoteric science of astrology are subsidiary sciences, such as also the (1) Science of Triangles; so there is the (2) Science of Relationship, which concerns the relations between the many quaternaries, which can be discovered in the planetary interrelation, the relation between four constellations, plus many human and divine quaternaries. There is again the (3) Science of Stars of Energy, such as we have here noted when referring to the six-pointed star of humanity, and of this Science King Solomon's Seal is the well known symbol.

These stars, triangles and squares are found in all horoscopes - human, planetary, systemic and cosmic - and constitute the life pattern of the particular Being under investigation; they determine the time of manifestation and the nature of the emanations and influences.

A. The squares or quaternaries relate to material appearance or form expression;
B. the stars concern the states of consciousness, and
C. the triangles are related to spirit and to synthesis.

In the archives of the esoteric astrologers connected with the Hierarchy, charts are kept of those members of the human family who have achieved adeptship and upwards. They are composed of superimposed squares, stars and triangles, contained within the zodiacal wheel and mounted upon the symbol of the Cardinal Cross.

a. The squares, having each of their four angles and points in one or other of four zodiacal constellations, are depicted in black;

b. The five-pointed star is depicted yellow or golden colour and its five points are in contact with five of the constellations on the great wheel;

c. The triangles are in blue and have, above each point of the triangle, an esoteric symbol, standing for the constellations of the Great Bear, Sirius and the Pleiades.

These symbols may not here be revealed but indicate the point of spiritual consciousness achieved and the responsiveness of the initiate to these major cosmic influences

A glance at these geometrical charts will indicate in a moment the status of the initiate, and also the point towards which he is striving.

These charts are fourth dimensional in nature and not flat surfaces as most of our charts are.

This is an interesting piece of information but of no value, except in so far that:

  • it indicates synthesis, the fusion of spirit, soul and body, and the point of development.
  • It proves also the fact that "God geometrises" where the soul is concerned.
  • These charts are most interesting.

In the understanding of the significance of the distinction between constellations as galaxies of stars, and signs as concentrated influences will come fresh light upon the science of astrology. This is fundamentally connected with the difference between the relation of a ray-energy to the triangle of constellations and the human relation.

Speaking technically, perception and response or the activity of the perceiving, observing consciousness - carried on through the medium of the mechanism of response - is dependent upon the condition or "aliveness" of the centres or their quiescence. This is true of a man galvanised into activity through his seven centres, of a planetary Logos functioning through seven planetary centres, of a solar Logos functioning through still greater centres of vibratory reaction, or still greater Lives, functioning through an aggregate of solar systems. Upon this activity and its understanding depends the whole science of astrology;

in this statement we give you a clue which may some day revolutionise the present approach to astrology.