The Soul Purpose of your Rising Sign; Part Two
I cannot too strongly reiterate the constant necessity for you to think in terms of energies and forces, of lines of force, and energy relationships…The whole story of astrology is, in reality, one of magnetic and magical interplay for the production or externalization of the inner reality… — Alice A. Bailey,Esoteric Astrology
A very large number of us these days are working to align and integrate the energies of our personality with those of our Soul. The path we choose to achieve this, the kinds of decisions that we make and the nature of the evolutionary crises that we have, are essential elements of this process. It is therefore very important to be able to juxtapose the influences of both the higher and lower selves properly in the natal chart.
When we build our interpretation of the horoscope around the rising sign and the esoteric rulers of the signs and houses, the spiritual goals of the present incarnation reveal themselves. This is the primary focus of the Soul-centered chart and indicates the Soul purpose for our life. This Soul-centered horoscope opens up our understanding of the spiritual future of the persossn whose chart is in front of us. It thus demonstrates those opportunities for true service and evolutionary advancement. The Soul-centered chart also shows the nature of a person’s particular contribution to the collective unfoldment of humanity. This is due to the fact that when we are truly soul-centered, our life takes on much a more impersonal and transpersonal orientation than it does a more personal one.
The Sun sign, with its exoteric planetary ruler, reveal the equipment of the personality for the present incarnation. It serves as the background for the unfoldment of the Soul´s purpose. The primary Ray of the Sun sign will reveal much about the nature of the personality. The Sun sign thus speaks to the astrologer about the immediate possibilities inherent in a given lifetime.
When we interface the horoscope of the Sun sign with that of the esoteric significance of the rising sign, we will then see the relationship of the Soul and the personality quite clearly. In this way, we are in a position to judge how the present incarnation and current life situations either help or inhibit this essential linkage. In effect, the path of this fusion indicates the crises and rites of passage which permit the synthesis of the present life’s orientation into the more eternal life stream of the Soul’s needs and experiences.
LIBRA: THE LIGHT THAT MOVES TO REST
This is the light that oscillates until a point of balance is achieved. It is the light which is distinguished by a moving up and down.
From the Soul-centered perspective, Libra on the Ascendant of the chart represents a pause, an interlude, a time of assessment and a point of contemplation within a series of incarnations. People incarnating with Libra rising may use this “karmic hiatus” as they prepare, along with the rest of us, for the greater conflict awaiting them when the wheel of life moves one notch to Scorpio. The particular tension and duality of Libra rising is often expressed by a person who has experienced the Presence of the Soul to one degree or another, but who has not fully anchored this Presence in his or her consciousness.
This individual is thus quite polarized, tending to waver back and forth between the desires of the personality and the transpersonal nature of the Soul. This rhythm alternates, for at certain times the lower self may predominate while at other times, the Soul is very much the predominant factor. This conflict is present for Libra rising for a very good reason. The individual is to learn to recognize and differentiate between the energy fields of these two fundamental poles of human nature. It is then that the Libra rising person will be in a position to harmonize these two currents into a greater focus of awareness. We should remember that Venus is the exoteric ruler of Libra and the esoteric ruler of Gemini. In this respect, Venus serves to relate and balance all opposites and dualities until they are fused into a more harmonious synthesis. Our primary duality (and the one which Venus handles with expert grace) is the conflict between the lesser ego and the greater Self. Uranus is the esoteric ruler of this rising sign as well as the exoteric ruler of Aquarius, sign of human relationships in general and group relationships in particular. Thus the Soul-purpose of a person with Libra rising is to reorient the focus of his or her relationships. This means gradually releasing one’s emphasis on the personal, idealistic, romantic aspects of life in order to integrate those relationships with a greater focus of impersonal service and a collective, group orientation. The magnetic charm of Venus and the “urge to merge” of this planetary ruler can then be used for the more transpersonal use of the Soul through Uranus and group relationships.
SCORPIO: THE LIGHT OF DAY
This is the place where three lights meet—the light of form, the light of soul, and the light of life. THey meet; they blend; they rise.
Scorpio rising reveals one of the most difficult and important tests. It is the sign through which an individual must pass in order to come into those transformative crises which turn desire into love and personal will into the Will-to-Good of the Soul. Scorpio can be called the “sign of the Disciple” for it is through the path of discipleship the we eventually learn how to effectuate these necessary transmutations of our lower self. It is through Scorpio that the personality enters into battle with the Soul and eventually emerges as the “Victorious One”—the Soul-infused personality.
When an individual is born with Scorpio rising, she has committed herself to this battle in the present incarnation. The lower self has to be redeemed by the Higher (the awareness of the relationship between the two having been established in Libra). A choice has been made to fight and the war must take place. The purpose and the path of Scorpio rising is not just to do battle. It is not enough that the personality and the Soul meet in an intense urge to unite. Scorpio embodies the Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict, and conflict there must be! It is through such conflict that the real task of Scorpio rising takes place—transformation! And while Scorpio is transforming herself, she is also encountering those life experiences which bring her into contact with the opportunities to be an agent of transformation and renewal for others.
Scorpio is a fixed, watery sign. As such the current is determined, the will is set, the waters of the personality (the emotions and desires of the lower self) will be irradiated by the fire of Spirit and blended into the loving consciousness of the Soul. Scorpio rising shows us that the individual is preparing to open the way out of the entrapments of the lower life. This is why Scorpio is called the sign of the “reversing impulse”, for it is through Scorpio that the Path and Purpose of the Disciple is revealed.
Mars is the ruling planet for Scorpio rising on both exoteric and esoteric levels. In terms of the former, Mars increases the desire nature and the sense of personal separation. It therefore can “kill off” that more sensitive part of ourself which seeks to unite with its higher principle. When Mars is acting as the exoteric ruler of this sign however, it sees to the death of such separative feelings and desires so that there are no impediments remaining to soul-infusion.
SAGITTARIUS: A BEAM OF DIRECTED, FOCUSED LIGHT
In this the point of light becomes the beam, revealing a greater light ahead and illuminating the way to the center of the light.
When Sagittarius rises in the natal chart, a person has reached the stage or preparation through which a new vision of oneself emerges out of the conflicts of Scorpio. The mountain peak of initiation in Capricorn has been sighted, but the mountain has yet to be climbed. It is through Sagittarius that we find the Path up that mountain into the Light of the Soul. Sagittarius exemplifies the struggle each person has to undergo in order to free himself from the limitations of the personal life, and thus encounter the more expansive, spiritual reality of the Higher Self. One of the fundamental purposes of an incarnation with Sagittarius rising is for the individual to orient himself to some lofty objective, one which will unfold a higher goal and a consciously directed life orientation towards its achievement. This is the real meaning of the arrow, the glyph that is used to represent this sign. The arrow points to the target and that target is the unity of a Soul-centered life.
A person with Sagittarius rising is devoted to his aims and to the realization of his inner truth. He undertakes his journeys and adventures in order that these subjective realities may be fulfilled in his outer life through a concrete form of expression. Jupiter, the traditional ruler of this sign gives Sagittarius the urge for expansive experiences but it is the Earth, the esoteric ruler of this sign that commands. The Earth requires that one’s ideals and dreams be concretized and made practical. Service is not only an idealistic vision. On the Path of soul-influsion, service has to be anchored in one’s daily life. Sagittarius rising has as its purpose the need to find and formulate a “field of service”, through which one’s abundant creative fires of mind may take root and flourish. In this respect, Sagittarius rising becomes a Knight who holds on to his quest and purpose no matter what obstacles may assail him. His “shining armor” is the Light of the Soul and his purpose is to find the Hold Grail. This is the cup which holds the waters of enlightenment for all to drink. These are the same waters found in the jar atop the shoulders of Aquarius.
CAPRICORN: THE LIGHT OF INITIATION
This is the light which clears the way to the mountaintop, and produces transfiguration, thus revealing the rising sun.
When Capricorn rises it brings with it the importance of its ruling planet, Saturn—Lord of Karma. Saturn is both the traditional as well as the esoteric ruler of this sign. Together, this sign/planet combination teaches a person how to break free of attachment to materiality, so that one is left free to be the conscious co-creator of material forms in accordance to the will of the Soul. This is not an easy task to be sure, but it is one of the main Soul purposes of a person with Capricorn rising!
Saturn is not only connected to the deepest karmic dynamics in our life, he is also what we call, “The Dweller on the Threshold”. The “Dweller” is the crystallization of our karma that inhibits a person to grow beyond present limitations. Saturn (our personal “Dweller") is the sum total of those habit patterns that do not permit correct circulation of our vital energy. It is this sense of confinement that is so typical to one with Capricorn on the ascendant. We confront the boundaries of Saturn whenever we wish to start a new cycle of creative self-expression. We cannot move on to a higher turn of the evolutionary spiral until such a confrontation is encountered and successfully accomplished.
Saturn ceases being the ruler of the personality structure and releases its hold upon Capricorn rising when the individual has oriented herself to the nature and structure of the Soul. This is done through the Third Ray nature of this planet and sign. The Third is the Ray of Active Intelligence and is closely aligned with another important planet to us, the Earth. Thus the purpose, the real work and responsibility of Capricorn rising has a great deal to do with making correct choices of a practical, earthy nature. To accomplish this properly so that other people may benefit (Soul-centeredness requires group awareness), requires a great deal of objective, mental effort. It also requires that one’s attitude shifts so that a person becomes unfettered by the urge for personal gain and self-aggrandizement. It should also be pointed out that the Third is the Ray of money and thus many of the life lessons connected to people with Capricorn rising have to do with the right use of financial resources.
AQUARIUS: THE LIGHT THAT SHINES ON EARTH, ACROSS THE SEA
This is the light which ever shines within the dark, and cleansing with its healing rays that which must be purified until the dark has gone.
The urge to be all things to all people is a very strong one with people who have Aquarius rising. They seek to be of service because they enjoy people but for an Aquarian rising person is not Soul-centered, this service is primarily geared to the aims and goals of the personality. In this respect, Aquarius is saying: “Notice me! Pay attention to how different I am! I am everything but no one thing!” Yet the Soul purpose of Aquarius rising is to transform these superficial, egocentric actions into a profoundly capable person eager and ready for World Service.
The awakening to the Soul’s reality in this rising sign occurs through its esoteric ruler, Jupiter and the Second Ray of Love/Wisdom. The nature of the love which Jupiter expresses on the Soul level through Aquarius is not of the romantic, personal kind. It is much more the impersonal love of humanity in general and is accompanied by a distinct sense of loving detachment. It is actually the Soul-centered individual with Aquarius rising who is able to express the purest form of love in terms of its usefulness to society. It is pure and potent because it emanates from the benevolent energy of Jupiter and extends in ever more expansive circles through group orientation and group consciousness.
Aquarius itself is a sign of the Fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge, Science and Technology. It is from this center of applied intelligence that Aquarius rising will anchor his or her true life purpose. Aquarius is connected to the circulatory system while its polar opposite, Leo is the ruler of the heart. The Soul-centered Aquarian has learned how to be heart-centered. It is from the heart through his mind and social networking capabilities, that Aquarius rising is be able to disseminate his inner vision for the benefit of humanity. This can be most easily accomplished through the circumstances and natural forms of expression of his exoteric ruler, Uranus. Thus Aquarius rising will be most naturally attracted to those devices and processes that place as much information as possible in the hands and minds of as many people as possible. Experiment, create the new, but stay centered in the heart!
PISCES: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
This is the light, revealing the light of life itself. It ends forever the darkness of matter.
It is in Pisces that the Victory of Love is achieved. This is due to the action of the esoteric ruler of the Fish, Pluto. In effect Pisces is like Scorpio, a sign of transmutation and death. This connection between the Fish and the Scorpion is quite profound, linked as they are through their mutual rulership by Pluto. It is through the “death” which occurs in the purifying waters of Pisces that one dies to all the desires that keep a person bound on the wheel of rebirth. Indeed, we can say that the waters of Pisces signify baptism, cleansing a person for “a new chance” at life.
The Soul purpose of a person with Pisces rising can be seen in two stages. The first is very definitely the cleansing process itself. This has to do with the work of transforming the personality from any vestiges of itself that can inhibit true Soul-centeredness. This is self-undoing, self-destruction in its most positive form. It is through the Will (Pluto and the First Ray) acting through Love (Pisces and the Second Ray) that the Pisces rising person learns how to make a clean severance from those past activities and karmic patterns that have inhibited Soul growth. It will be through the qualities of devotion and selflessness (aspects of Pisces’ other Ray, the Sixth) that the Fish come to swim in the holy waters of the Higher Self.
The second stage involves the creation of a path of service. This comes as a result of the resolution of Pisces sense of their essential state of duality, a state in which they experience the constant pain of the illusion of separation existing between the Soul and the personality. This process of linkage having taken place through the redemptive work of Pluto, Pisces rising is now a fluid channel allowing the individual to become a consistent vehicle for the Soul´s urge to heal and make whole. Attachments to the past have been washed clean and what remains is a profound sense of compassion for the efforts of others. The Light of Life has come full circle and is ready to be born again in Aries.