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THE HIGHER OCTAVE PLANETS–NEPTUNE
The purpose for involution is to allow Spirit to penetrate deeper into matter so that eventually all things of matter realize their spiritual Essence. Evolution is the process by which this increasingly self-realized matter is reabsorbed back into the Source of creation. As each of us returns “Home,” we come back with more consciousness than our condition when we left. The Path of Return is such that the closer we get to our spiritual Self, the greater becomes the realization of our inherent Divinity. Such a realization is the result of our expanding consciousness which is itself a function of the Soul.
Before we plunge more fully into Poseidon’s vast ocean, I would like to outline several areas of Neptune’s influence and meaning that we shall explore in this article. Indeed, just by stating that we are going to dive and swim with structure into this astral realm tells us a lot. As a rule, people strongly influenced by Neptune, places in life where Neptune dominates, and areas in consciousness determined by this planet’s influence, avoid structure altogether. This is why Saturn when well placed with Neptune in the natal chart is a great help and blessing but if these two planets conjoin, square, or oppose, real difficulties ensue in terms of determining correct boundaries in life. But I diverge, postpone, and meander—how Neptunian of me!
The approach I will take in this writing will cover the following points:
- Neptune, its Ray, and its place in consciousness.
- Neptune and Venus, the Higher and lower octaves of the Love principle.
- Neptune veiled and unveiled.
Neptune, its Ray and its place in consciousness.
Neptune is one of the two planets in our solar system (the other is Mars) that carries the energy of the Sixth Ray. This primal energy field is known as “The Ray of Religion and Idealism.” The Sixth is strongly associated with the sign Pisces (the other two Sixth Ray associated signs are Sagittarius and Virgo) which makes this sign/planet combination even stronger for as we know, Neptune is the exoteric ruler of the Fish. Neptune and the Sixth Ray are therefore the domination forces behind the Piscean Age (which as current events so clearly reveal, is not as yet over!).
In terms of the planes of consciousness, Neptune relates to the sixth, the astral plane and by further correlation to the sixth chakra, the sexual. Neptune is therefore closely related to the illusions surrounding the desire nature as desires for all things of the senses are astral in nature. When excessive and expressed without boundaries, desires become obsessions and addictions, two other areas of the personality life governed by Neptune. Thus the square, conjunction, or opposition of Neptune and Mars in the natal chart give rise to what we can terms “Sixth Ray problems,” the most obvious of which is sexual obsession and other forms of addictions. As Neptune is intimately connected to the Twelfth House of “self-undoing” and Mars to the Eighth House of death, then such a combination in the natal chart leads to those addictive practices that bring about strong self-destructive urges that are centered in the sensual/astral nature.
As the Ray of religion and idealism, the energies of Neptune (which are always aligned with Mars as the other planet of this Ray) when perverted give rise to religious and political warfare. This comes from the dualistic nature of Pisces and Sagittarius (two of the Sixth Ray signs) and the multiplicity inherent in the third sign of this Ray, Virgo. Thus we have a basic philosophy of suffering, one that states: My god and my religion (or my political party) is the true and universal one and yours is inferior, wrong, and should be conquered. We have seen this in action throughout the Piscean Age as the sword and the cross were/are fused and confused and the sickle-sword of fundamentalist Islam places a Neptunian veil upon the face of the Mother slicing off compassion and inhibiting the love of the Soul from manifesting. This duality has created the most exaggerated polarization ever seen between the two major parties in the USA, causing huge collective anxiety and suffering, and allowing all types of negativity to flourish in our great nation.
The sad truth is that the vast majority of humanity does not know how to manifest the higher nature of the Sixth Ray, the astral plane, Mars, and of course, Neptune. And there is a Higher Nature to this planet, one that is known as the Christ Principle of universal and unconditional Love. I point out here that I am speaking from a transcendental perspective that is not Christian but that includes Christianity. The word Christ (and the esoteric, soul-centered essence of Neptune) comes from a Sanskrit word root “kris.” In Java, a Kris is a serpent-like holy sword used in temple ceremonies that symbolizes the rise of “kundalini” or the evolution of consciousness from the root center to the crown. In Hinduism, “kris” is expressed as Krishna, Lord of Love. In Russian “kris” mutated into the word “tsar,” meaning emperor but also meaning “anointed by God.” Kris in German became “kaiser,” while in Latin it became “Cesar” (originally pronounced in that language as “kaiser”), both words also meaning “emperor.” Thus Neptune stands for the Love Principle and when we include the Mars factor inherent in the Sixth Ray and thus accompanying Neptune, we arrive at the principle of “He who rules through Love.” This is indeed the nature and mission of the Christ and the higher expression of Neptune available to us all. We but need to awaken the Heart.
Neptune and Venus, the Higher and lower octaves of the Love Principle.
In traditional, exoteric astrology we know Neptune to be the higher octave of Venus. The latter is the planet of personal love, for Venus offers her heart but demands a heart in return. Venus rules Libra, the sign of the scales that governs contracts on all levels and marriage and relationship are indeed contracts of shared behavior. There is an inherent duality in terms of Venus and Libra for the scales imply that there are two sides that need to be harmonized: the anima (female) and the animus (male). In this respect, there is the inherent opportunity for suffering when the balance shifts (as it often does in human relationships) and love becomes one-sided.
This cannot happen to the true Neptunian love, for this is not love from a personal standpoint although it can be expressed personally. Love on the level of the higher octave of its expression is impersonal and self-sacrificing. In this respect, we can say that love becomes healing and is transpersonal by nature. What is so confusing in terms of our urge for romantic love is the underlining idealism and Christian principle of love-as-martyrdom. Thus when Neptune is acting in its lower dynamic, people seek to lose themselves in an all-consuming personal love but when higher, love become salvation and then we find ourselves in Love. Neptune’s joy is in giving, while Venus takes pleasure in sharing. It is no wonder then that astrologers say that “Venus takes her exaltation when in the sign of Pisces in the natal chart.” It is then that the potential for the higher Neptunian principle may be expressed through the dynamics of human relationships.
It is very interesting to note the results when we combine the energies of Neptune and Venus through the geometric angles. On the soul-centered level, the union of these two planets gives rise to compassion. It also allows the individual with artistic talent to use the arts as a vehicle for healing, bringing the energies of the soul out into manifestation through film, painting, sculpture, dance, music, etc. It is on this level that the muses amuse, bringing joy and meaning, beauty and upliftment out into the environment. If the actual aspect is an easy one (conjunction, trine or sextile), the individual will have a simpler time finding and engaging this artistic expression within him or herself. If the aspect is a difficult one (square, opposition, or inconjunction), then such expression may have to come forth out of an oppressive environment and/or the individual will have a much harder time working through the lower Venus/Neptune energies (see below) before reaching the higher.
When Venus and Neptune are acting through the lower self, the senses will be certainly aroused, serving as powerful motivators through life. But that in itself is problematic as the “urge to merge” of Venus will combine with the addictive qualities of Neptune and the Sixth Ray. The result can lead to relationships with people who stimulate our erotic and romantic urges but whose life styles are rather questionable in terms of personal evolutionary growth. A frequent challenge I have noted in horoscopes with powerful Venus/Neptune contacts is the reluctance or inability to see people for who they really are but instead to engage partnerships through the lens of compulsively projected idealized visions. This leads to a great deal of romantic delusions and frequent disappointments about our choices in relationships. On the personality level, Neptune/Venus aspects also indicate artistic potentials. These contacts certainly foster social grace and kindness. Empathy and sympathy are possible but true compassion is a quality of the soul, so if that is being expressed then the higher nature of these two planets is definitely in manifestation.
Neptune veiled and unveiled.
Neptune is the most mystical and, from the level of the Soul, the most benefic influence in one’s life. Neptune’s place in our solar system is known in the Ancient Wisdom Teachings as the “heart of the spiritual Sun.” It is the planet most closely linked to the expression of the Work of the Soul in manifestation and is thus the vehicle for Christ/Krishna Consciousness which is by Its very nature, the Heart of God in action.
In soul-centered astrology, Neptune is the ruler of Cancer and thus may be thought of as being a “higher octave” of the Moon. The Moon may be looked upon as a symbol for the Mother of All Forms, but in terms of the Soul form in any of its manifestations is to be a vehicle for Love/Consciousness. This expresses the fundamental meaning for the physical birth of Lord Krishna or Lord Jesus: the incarnation of the Heart of God in the form of a human being. And Neptune beats most strongly in this Coronary Center. This is the “indwelling” Principle of Divine Love that serves in us as our personal redeemer. In essence we are here speaking about “the Christ in you, the hope and the Glory.”
The personality-centered Moon veils Neptune just as, in the illusionary perceptions of the mass consciousness, matter veils the Love/Consciousness hidden but alive within the form. Thus in terms of the natal horoscope of the vast majority of people, Neptune represents the veil and the illusion, the mask of form governed by the instincts of the separated self always seeking its own survival (the Moon in its basic manifestation). This illusion is that I am alone, separated from The Mother and the Divine Source of all Life. When Neptune is awakened in the heart, this feeling of separation is replaced by the sure knowledge of Union, of Oneness and then all of our instinctual fears of survival disappear into Love. We embrace and are embraced by Life.
On the soul-centered level of our consciousness, Neptune functions as the Initiator, that force of the Will-to-Good that tears away the veil of the illusions of our primary instincts. Neptune’s trident symbolizes the Holy Trinities of life: Shiva-Visnu-Brahma; Father-Mother-Child; Spirit-Soul-Personality; Will-Love-Intelligence. These three essential dynamics fuse together into the Rod of Power held in Neptune’s hand telling us that the Three are One and we are One with the Three.
As we strive to align our minds and hearts to the reality of ourselves as Souls, we will be seeking ways to implement a greater measure of Goodwill into our lives. This requires that we judge ourselves not too severely while identifying what in our personality prevents a greater flowing of loving inclusivity. Hostility, prejudice, and the intolerance of other people’s differences are several of the factors that most inhibit and prevent the manifestation and flowering of Goodwill in both our personal and planetary lives. In the violence and chaos of our challenging times, we but need to look around us to see the destruction of life and civilization that comes from an absence of this Will-to-Good and the human miracles that are produced when we consciously apply Goodwill into our immediate environment. –A.O.
One of the most significant goals in the current development of human evolution is the expression of true intuition as the “sixth sense.” This takes place first in the awakening of the heart center/chakra which is the fourth such centers in the human organism. The awakening of the heart is related to the fourth plane of consciousness (the first three are physical, emotional, and mental). This is known in the Ancient Wisdom as the “Buddhic” or intuitive plane. In the astrological system, Uranus is the planet associated with this level of awareness. Once the heart center is opened, there is a resonating link to the Third Eye and these two centers (heart and ajna/3rd eye) begin to vibrate simultaneously. The combined and integrated functioning of these chakras gives the individual the power of intuitive perception. I am here not speaking theoretically, but am pointing to an actual process—your process and mine—that leads to a most important stage on our development.
This stage in our evolution is called “individualization” and it speaks about the results of the polarization of energy taking place between the Sun/Leo and Uranus/Aquarius. This is the point where a certain definite percentage of humanity has entered at the present time—the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. A larger percentage however is still lagging behind in the unconsciousness of separation and national and personal egocentricity. But there is hope! Thus it is that the human struggle in our current era is to awaken the fusion of the heart and Third Eye point and by so doing, to release us from the current crises of inhuman behavior on the part of so many nations and their unconsciousness leaders and inhabitants.
Gurdjieff, a rather enlightened and enigmatic early 20th century teacher, stated that all humans were machines until they reached a certain stage of self-awareness. That stage has become increasingly available to us, the first generation en masse of Aquarian Age children. Yet this, our (growing!) group is still very cuspal while the huge majority of men and women on Earth are still DNA-conditioned robots and machines or to quote the Tibetan Master DK, “prisoners of the planet.” We have not as yet fully evolved to embrace the higher energies of Uranus. We as the collective Humanity are thus currently unable at this point in the 21st century to live out in fullness the mission of Goodwill to all men and woman of all nations, races, and life orientations. We still cannot totally embrace the Aquarian ideal of equality and the union of all distinct groups into the One Human Group while allowing each of these smaller collectives to live out their own lives in accordance with the beauty of their differences. This last statement embodies the relationship between Leo and Aquarius: Leo the individual and Aquarius the group.
Before the manifestation of the real New World Order and the coming forth of the One Religion that unites us all, there will still be enormous violence and continuous wars. This One Religion of which I speak permits each to worship in his or her own way while at the same time realizing that there are many Paths to the One Goal and respecting those differences. This One Religion will have no name, it is the intrinsic potency of Uranus/Aquarius at its highest, i.e. an energetic conscious web that links all of humanity as one. This is manifesting in the world today through the many forms of social media: Smart phone (which I have observed is often used by robotic idiots!), Facebook, and Twitter. It allows every individual to have his or her own phone, page, followers, but in order to do so, one must be connected to the “group.” The requirement for this belonging is that we pay our fees and obey certain (depending on our nationality) collective codes of behavior in order to be part of these social networks. Within the social network of the One Group, there are myriads of sub-groups, but in order to be Leo (the individual), you must be part of Aquarius (the group).
During this cuspal period between the Ages of Pisces and Aquarius, we are witnessing the destruction of a number of groups through wars of genocide. This was most evident during World War Two but the global holocaust continues, especially from the outset of the Uranus/Pluto square in 2010. It will continue at its current ferocity at least until March 2019 when Uranus enters Taurus to remain for the following 7 years. At the same time we are also watching the forces of Good working out through the Aquarius group modality in such forms as Doctors without Borders, UNESCO, Greenpeace, the Clubs of Rome and Budapest, and many, many other groups dedicate to World Goodwill. All of the latter and its participants may be grouped under one super-Aquarius model known as the New Group of World Servers.
Uranus is the planet that motivates the consciousness of archetypes and thus, group awareness (from the one proceeds the many; from an idea is birthed the forms of that idea). Uranus does this through advanced technology whose purpose is that of its sign Aquarius—collective networking. Thus Uranus rules computers, the internet, the creation of websites, cellular phone systems, the incredibly popular social networking sites, as well as television, I-Pads, etc. And as we all know, Uranus via Aquarius is the planet of social revolutions. It is thus that we saw the initiatives of the Arab Spring in Egypt (which these days appear to be in Fall in many of these Arab countries) and elsewhere being led and invoked by a number of anonymous “leaders” using the Uranian device of hand-held communicators. It is through this methodology that we have seen and perhaps participated in those wonderfully creative and powerful seemingly spontaneous group dances and songs in airports, shopping malls, and so many other “Uranian places” (airports and air travel are ruled by this planet as well as all group gatherings).
These intensely anonymous uplifting group creative expressions are characterized by “normal” people just coming forth from crowds, creating a specific group expression, and then melting back into the larger collective group from which it appeared. There is one I especially liked that was performed in Moscow to the tune of “Putin’ on the Ritz.” See it on YouTube, another Aquarian/Uranian expression of individuals spontaneously creating groups and then groups creating channels of connecting individuals and groups. Amazing! The Age of Aquarius is here both in terms of its light and dark sides, but then the expression of the manifested Universe is dual and there is always the battle between Light and its absence.
Aquarius is ruled by two planets: Uranus and Saturn. The blending of these two when positive is incredibly wonderful to behold. I have seen this most certainly orchestrated by the Chinese whose very success as a nation depends upon this synthesis. I remember the first day I was ever in Beijing. This was the day following the huge May Day parades and public gatherings in 1985. I was walking alone in Tiananmen Square. Huge pictures of Lenin, Stalin, Marx, and Trotsky were in abundant evidence but overshadowed by the “ginormous” portrait of Chairman Mao handing on a massive wall of the Forbidden City, overlooking the Square. I looked beneath my feet and radiating from where I was standing was some seemingly hundreds of thousands of square bricks—each one chalked marked with a number! It was to one’s particular number that each attending Chinese citizen went with his or her set of placards. And when the signal was given these hundreds of thousands of organized separate pieces resulted in perfectly united and coordinated mosaics of slogans and portraits of current Chinese heroes that the political and military leaders standing on a balcony under Mao’s portrait could view. This organized group of individuals creating a huge group unity is exactly what the fused of Saturn and Uranus means. Regardless of our agreement or disagreement with China as a political unit, they have this Aquarian Age thing perfected hands down and as a result, are becoming the major power in the world overtaking the USA, Europe, Russia, and certainly the Middle East who still live in states of great divisive duality. This duality in Russia by the way has only just begun! The danger of such group oriented movement however may be seen by its manifestation North Korean style, and the great life-threatening pressure in China itself placed upon so-called political/social “dissidents.”
When Uranus and Saturn do not blend and synthesize and instead oppose and polarize as is the case today in so many countries and regions of the world (as well as within so many of us as individuals), we find the stress that comes from the urge for the introduction of new thought-forms and revolutionary social systems opposing the status quo of religious fundamentalism and political dictatorship. The net result is the violence and chaos I mentioned at the outset of this piece.
This fundamentalism is found most obviously in Islam, Christianity, and Orthodox Judaism. As such we can see how in Islam this has created wars between the more secular movements in the Arab world and certain groups of hardline religious adherents. In the West, Christian fundamentalism has entered into the very heart of the American political system causing the greatest polarization the USA has ever seen. And Israel faces enormous problems trying to integrate its Orthodox community (many of whom do not even recognize the current Israeli state) within the fabric of the modern life of this nation. Living vestiges of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic “Saturnian Victorianism” is manifested as the urge to keep woman as second-class citizens or worse and the hateful outcries against the LGBQT people of the world who make up at least 10% of humanity.
The urge to synthesize Saturn and Uranus and the success of this process will eventually win out over the polarization of these two powerful forces. This is because such a harmonious fusion and the “humanization of humanity” resulting into the opening of our collective heart center is the paradigm of the Age of Aquarius and this opening is happening more and more as I write these words. (To me, the result of and the prime “benefit” to the world of the current POTUS.) But as we are seeing, getting there is so very destructive, so very violent, and so very abusive to so many. It is very true that at this particular time in human history, we are seeing both within ourselves as well as in the collective struggles of certain groups within nations, the struggle for liberation. This requires a tremendous effort from freeing ourselves from those previous thought-forms, patterns of behavior, and structures of society which we have inherited from the dualistic, emotionally polarized Age of Pisces. The urge is for freedom and liberation, but the forces that seek to be liberated and freed are not all good ones! Thus there needs to be some form of inner personal legislation (hello Mr. Saturn) that guards, protects, and structures the Will-to-Good, both in ourselves and in the world. It is in this that we find one of the most challenging dynamics of the evolution of human consciousness.
A hint in terms of your individual chart: look closely at your Eleventh House to see how you may most naturally contribute to World Goodwill. It will be through this astrological domicile that you can be connected to the group of other men and woman who will be in your own “spiritual family” and with who you may work to bring forth your higher ideals and aspirations for a better world. See how the planet Uranus is aspected to the ruler of your Eleventh and the connection that Uranus has to Venus in your chart. These are other clues inherent in your natal map that will open the Path for you to those kinds of impersonal relationships that will point to how your “field of service” may be joined and integrated with other people of similar orientation.
I will end this piece of writing with some comments about the esoteric ruler of Aquarius and its purpose relative to Uranus, the traditional ruler of this sign. In soul-centered astrology, we work with Jupiter as the ruler of the Water Bearer. Jupiter is the planet of the Second Ray of Love/Wisdom. As I have already mentioned, Uranus is the planet governing all the social media outlets and the entire range of computerized products. Uranus is the ruling planet of the Seventh Ray which deals with the ordering of the physical plane. Thus the purpose for all of our Twitterings, FaceBookings, endless messaging, and group gatherings via all things Uranian is to bring forth the Ray of Love/Wisdom through the highest energies of Jupiter: Let Love and Wisdom Prevail on planet Earth.
The planets are the most important features in the natal horoscope. They represent the primary differentiations of the radiation of the solar force and therefore are the expressions of the prismatic effect of the Sun’s rays manifesting throughout the solar system. The planets therefore give color, form, condition, and shades of meaning to the purpose of the nativity. Although the planets certainly have their own natures, they are held in place and are animated by the effects of solar gravity and potency. The Sun is thus the symbol of the Creator and is ever dominating its creations through a constant interplay with them and effect upon them.
When planets are in Aries, they speak primarily of the promise that their particular energies offer to the individual and his or her world. Planets in Aries are basically primordial in their quality and initiatory in their effects. Although they are imbued with the fire of the potential contained within their potent, projective seed thoughts, the energy of planets in Aires has not been grounded in earthly experience. This takes place in its first stage through Taurus, where life energy assumes its initial stage of formation through the five physical senses, and is then further defined and refined in Virgo, where practical purpose is added.
It is in the last of the three earthy signs, Capricorn, when these planetary potentials may be seen to have ripened and matured. It is in Capricorn where the culmination of any cycle of planetary development—and its corresponding personality characteristics—takes place. It is as if Capricorn were saying to the planet found within its influence in the natal chart: “You my fine planetary friend have reached the culmination of your potentials. The only way that you may be more of yourself is to release the burden of your experience into the world, receive the rewards or punishments from the way you administer your creative will and power, and create a more refined structure for even greater potency.” Wow! That is quite the “mandate from heaven.” No wonder Capricorn feels as if he is carrying a great load upon his mature shoulders.
Another way we can see just how Capricorn affects the planets is through the symbol of this sign, the Mountain Goat. Actually not only does Capricorn rule goats, it also rules mountains! The implications of this symbolism are very clear and tell us much about the character traits of a person with the Sun or Ascendant in this sign. Not only do Capricorns have the tenacity and survival instincts of a mountain goat, they also have the strength and understanding of life of people who have put themselves to the test by climbing mountains. Capricorns look far into the future as they can see the top of their mountain quest and always keep their goals clearly in mind. Even when the crest is covered with clouds and is obscured from view, Capricorn knows that every mountain has to have its peak and that that the barriers that obscure the ability to see the mountain top are only temporary and that it is the mountain that is permanent. These characteristics not only apply to Sun or Ascendant Capricorns, as we shall soon see, they extend themselves and are modified by any planet that finds itself in this sign in a person’s natal horoscope.
The ruler of Capricorn is “Old Man” Saturn. Saturn is a very demanding planet. He requires that we tow the line, fulfill our responsibilities, obey the laws of both heaven and earth, and operate within a clear structure and precise boundaries. Saturn is the archetypal father figure and the relationship that the individual had with his or her biological father will be clearly indicated by the position of Saturn to the Sun in Capricorn. Saturn in the natal chart also indicates our relationship with societal or institutional authority figures, such as teachers, political figures, the government, the armed forces, etc. If Saturn is weak in the natal chart or afflicted by other planets, it will be much more difficult for the person to come to terms with Saturn’s demands and there will definitely be difficulties with all these saturnian archetypes. Planets in Capricorn will then be experienced as elements or relationships in one’s life that “do not work”. In effect, they are seen and lived by a person more as limitations than as strengths, and the experiences contained within planets in Capricorn are more representative of the “school of hard knocks” than the Halls of Wisdom.
Saturn is associated with the principle of consolidation. In actuality, Saturn is really the ruler of what esoteric astrologers call the “mental body.” This is not the rational mind ruled by Mercury. The mental body is the entire energy field through which thoughts and opinions are created and stored. It goes beyond reason, which is but one function of mind. Is it any wonder then, should a person have Saturn and Mercury afflicted in the fixed signs, that one’s thoughts and opinions are “fixated”, stuck in rigid, old patterns? In essence, Capricorn is a very mentally oriented sign for the Goat is always planning, always creating some form of strategy, and always manipulating mental matter in order to find himself at the top of his mountain.
The orientation of any Capricorn man or woman is to succeed at fulfilling their goals. The most natural way for Capricorn to do this is through the perpetuation of habit patterns. While the Aries Ram will blaze a new trail up and down his mountain home, Capricorn will be much more comfortable using pathways that have already been established and are sure to get him to the top. While the Ram may see landing on the pinnacle of a mountain top as just another in a long succession of experiences that he has quickly achieved, Capricorn wants to stay on top of his mountain crest, his hard won goal for as long as possible. If the Ram places less significance on culmination and much more on starting yet another adventure as soon as possible, the Goat places incredible importance on the culmination of his aspirations and sees the process of ascension as just a means to an end.
It should be pointed out that the soul-centered Capricorn knows that the Goal is the Path and the Path is the Goal. If this truth is not embodied in Capricorn’s actions and intent, then it is very easy for the Mountain Goat to abuse others or feel abused by them. Many Capricorns are so focused on the realm of personal achievement that they consolidate and crystallize their creativity around the nucleus of their personal ego. Thus the resistance of anything or any one to their highly personalized urge to achieve is perceived and felt as restriction and restraint. This is suffering. Negative Capricorn is always attempting to use the resources in his or her environment for purely personal advantages and stepping on people along the way to the mountain top is just “collateral damage.” The soul-centered Capricorn may be symbolized as the Sea or Mer-Goat. This is the Capricorn native whose culmination is found in compassion, whose consolidation is anchored in the heart, and whose boundaries and limitations are those of the soul. It is a Goat whose goal is Initiation, whose Path is Discipleship, and whose life experience is shared with others as the Will-to-Good.
Let us now examine some of the characteristics of the planets when they are found in Capricorn:
Sun in Capricorn: As with all planets found in Capricorn, the position of Saturn will be most important. Although the urge to succeed, sensitivity to limitations or restrictions, and strong relationships (either adverse or supportive) with authority figures and institutions will apply to anyone born with the Sun in Capricorn, Saturn’s placement will greatly modify these traits. A strongly positive Saturn will make life’s passage up any ladder much easier. Some of these helpful positions are: Saturn in an earthy sign or in Libra in trine or sextile to the Sun; Saturn in the 10th house well aspected to the ruler of the chart, especially if Leo rises and thus the ruler is the Sun, etc. A poorly placed Saturn on the other hand is no fun in anybody’s chart but for a person with the Sun in Capricorn, this is a severe debility. Some challenging positions for Saturn would be: Saturn square or opposed the Sun or Saturn conjoined the Sun if afflicted by Neptune, the Moon, Mars, Pluto, or Uranus as well as Saturn in the 10th poorly aspected to the ruler of the chart, especially if the ruler were the Sun. In general, Saturn/Sun afflictions are not the best for physical vitality, especially if Saturn or the Sun were the ruler of the Sixth House.
Moon in Capricorn: Luna is said to be in detriment in this sign. It is true that in terms of the personality, a person with the Moon in Capricorn is not the most warm and cuddly kind of individual. A person with this combination most often had either an authoritative mother or if afflicted, say by Saturn opposed, square or conjoined the Moon, did not have an especially close relationship with the mother. Yet someone with this planet/sign configuration can be a person who even though may find emotional intimacy challenging, may nonetheless be an incredibly reliable and steadfast friend or parent. This is usually a man or a woman who defines their sense of place in other people’s lives (as well as other people’s roles in their lives) through their ability or inability to fulfill responsibilities, ones that are often financial or social in nature.
Mercury in Capricorn: Mercury is frequently quite happy in this sign, especially if well aspected with Saturn. It gives a mental outlook that is somewhat serious and prone to being quite orderly and systematic. This sign/planet combination is found in the lives of people who like to schedule their time and make the most of every minute. They are practical by nature, especially if Mercury is in one of the earthy signs, and do not like to waste time, effort, or money. Mercury in this sign trine Saturn in Virgo for example, is a born clock maker, the personification of precision, and a person who is governed by the relationship between time and effort. Should Mercury in Capricorn be afflicted by Saturn, say opposing Saturn in Cancer, then the outlook is rather pessimistic, tending to take things too seriously.
Venus in Capricorn: This is a combination in which social position is very important. This is a man or woman who will want to marry someone with potential to raise them up in life. Does money and family background matter when it comes to love? When Venus is in Capricorn, you bet they do! The exception to this may come about if Venus in Capricorn is difficult aspect to Neptune or Pluto. Such positions would be readily found in the horoscopes of the Neptune in Libra (ca. 1942-1956) and the Pluto in Libra (ca. 1971-1984) generations. Here we find that an individual is often pulled into relationships that challenge one’s social and financial status. As a rule, Venus in Capricorn is very practical when it comes to matters of the heart. If Saturn is in strong (either the soft or hard) aspect to Venus in this sign, there are attractions to older and/or more well established people. The soft aspects will make these relationships easier to handle, while the hard aspects will not diminish the attraction, but make its fulfillment more difficult to achieve. Unless configured with Uranus, the esthetic tastes of a person with Venus in Capricorn tend to be traditional rather than unconventional.
Mars in Capricorn: The red god of War is said to be in exaltation when in this sign. A good warrior wants and needs a good commander. He needs to feel that there is a plan at work, one that will not only get him out of the battle alive, but one that will also allow him to be victorious in the process. Mars in Capricorn is just such an army officer. This is a Mars who not only obey orders but who recognizes the need for a disciplined approach to the achievement of individual goals. He is therefore quite obedient and consistent in how he conducts himself. He enjoys making up his own rules, rules that he tends to follow. He has no problem in creating a clear-cut plan of attack when it comes to approaching the personal mountain he needs to climb. Mars is made even steadier and more focused in Capricorn when he is in trine or sextile to Saturn. He becomes discombobulated and distracted, off the mark and disoriented if he is afflicted in the natal chart by Uranus, Mercury, Neptune or the Moon when in this position.
Jupiter in Capricorn: Great Zeus is much smaller, giant Jove is less jocular, sagacious Guru is less wise when he is in Capricorn. All these names are of course various cultural designations for Jupiter. But no matter how you spell or pronounce it, Jupiter is just not comfortable in this sign. We have to remember that Jupiter is happiest when in an expansive field of expression. This is why he loves being in his own sign, Sagittarius and likes visiting Leo, Aquarius, and Pisces. Capricorn is the antithesis of his nature as it is the sign ruled by Saturn, planetary lord of the laws of limitation. What Jupiter likes to expand in Capricorn is personal ambition and if this orientation is centered in the urge for pure personal gain, Capricorn will definitely limit the results. In fact, wherever Jupiter is placed in the horoscope it gives the urge to enlarge its experience, but Capricorn will see to it that the dimensions of such aspirations are restricted. Thus Jupiter in Capricorn teaches a person not to overreach, not to be greedy, especially in the area of life where it is placed and the house of the horoscope with Sagittarius on its cusp.
Saturn in Capricorn: As one might expect, Saturn is happiest—well perhaps “happy” is not quite the word for Saturn in any sign—let’s say, Saturn is most effective when in this, its own sign. Should Saturn in Capricorn be well aspected in the natal chart, then the individual with this placement is well on his way to having a positive sense of self-discipline, an ability to make long range plans and stick to them, a capacity to hold positions of authority, and other such gifts. Saturn is said to be in dignity in Capricorn but such dignity is greatly diminished should Saturn be afflicted by Uranus or Neptune. This was the case in the generation born between ca. mid-November 1988 and mid-February 1991. Here we have people who were born with Uranus, Neptune, and Saturn in Capricorn. This is a generation who will ignore established codes of social authority, and will definitely want to break all the rules in the name of making new ones—their own! As this generation reaches adulthood, we will see the majority of them as people living in a society in which many of the previous economic structures of the world have collapsed and it will be their job to rebuild them.
Uranus in Capricorn: Uranus is not at all comfortable in this sign. It was after all in Greek mythology that Saturn (Chronos), ruler of Capricorn cut off Uranus’ (Ouranos) testicles! The planet of freedom, anarchy, and revolutions feels very constrained in the sign of rules, regulations, traditions, and ultimate authority. But what happened to Uranus in the Greek tale? The sperm that gushed forth from his wound, fathered a new generation of Olympians who eventually overthrew Chronos. People who were born with Uranus in Capricorn (1988-1996) represent a generation who will feel much oppressed about the collective social conditions in the world around them. They will find themselves very constrained by the history that they have inherited and will do everything possible to rebel against the established order. “What is new about this,” you may well ask? “Every new generation rebels against the generations who generated them,” you state. This is true. It will be the way these young people will rebel that will be significant, the forms that this rebellion will take. Many of them will have Neptune in Capricorn as well and some also will have Saturn in this sign. I believe that they will present to the world more than just colored hair and body piercing. They will pierce the very fabric of the status quo and color the future very markedly. The areas most affected by their participation: energy and economics. Uranus will not be in this sign again until very late in the 21st century.
Neptune in Capricorn: Poseidon feels very restricted in raising his trident when in this, the sign of his fall. How can the oceans move freely about when they are constrained within Saturn’s limiting channels? The people born in this generation (1984-1998) will tend not to be investigators into esoteric realms. Their orientation will be less one of the idealized compassion and “peace and love” ethos of the Neptune in Libra generation, and much more of the need to bring heaven down to earth. Many of them will have Uranus in Capricorn and as pointed out above, a good number will have Saturn in this sign as well. This will not be a particularly “spiritual” generation as we understand the term to mean. These are people whose ideals will for the most part be anchored in cold cash and things of the material plane will populate their imagined heavenly realm. This will not be true of all of them, of course. Some have incarnated at this time to serve the others and bring the crystallization of the Christ Principle to earth. They will have quite the job ahead of them and will rely on their grandparents (that’s us!) for a lot of help and guidance. Neptune will be next in Capricorn in the middle of the 22nd century.
Pluto in Capricorn: Pluto was last in this sign from 1762 to 1779, just in time to usher in the American
and the Industrial Revolutions, and inaugurate what was then, a very New World Order. The American Revolution paved the way for the French and these combined to bring forth the Russian Revolution a little more than 125 years after that. Pluto entered this sign again on January 26, 2008 and will remains here through 2024. I believe that its passage indicates a massive shift in the power structure in the world. Pluto is a First Ray planet (Will/Power) and Capricorn is a First Ray sign. Together they indicate that a great struggle for the resources of the world will continue. If the positive facets of Capricorn manage to emerge—and there are many among us who are working to achieve these ends—then such resources will be made available for the betterment of the world. Unfortunately, up until this time (2018), it does not seem that those individuals in charge of world resources have done a particularly positive job of it and more conflicts loom ahead. Pluto’s passage through Capricorn conjoins the positions of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the huge generation of people mentioned above. This will bring these young men and women into a sense of their generational power, so far it seems to me at least to be quite materialistic in orientation. But I do live in Asia where the orientation to materialism among people 20 to 30 is the predominant cultural theme.
The name Capricorn actually comes from a fusion of two Latin words that literally mean “horn of the goat.”
For more information, see under the heading “Sun in Capricorn” later on in this article
The astrological student must learn how to see the horoscope as an energetic map of interwoven forces waiting to be uncovered, explained, and interpreted. Once the seeker has established a solidified comprehension of the meanings of the letters in the cosmic alphabet (the planets, signs, houses, and geometric aspects), he or she must then move on to the more complex job of synthesis. It is this task of putting all the letters into words and the words into sentences and then communicating these sentences with the intent of healing that is the greatest challenge to all who would tread the path of this ancient science. –AO
A person with the Sun or Ascendant in Sagittarius personifies the statement: I see the goal. I reach that goal. And then I see another. The cosmic Centaur-Archer is the sign of the seer, one who is always looking ahead into the realm of possibilities and potentials. It is he who with his bow string pulled as far back as his equestrian strength can manage, launches his missile: “I shot an arrow into the air,” he says. His arrows are potent, as they are filled with the fires of aspiration, the passion of vision, and the idealism of the visionary.
Yet there is a second part to the above-quoted phrase—“…it fell to earth I know not where.” Many is the time that Sagittarius is so full of his own fiery substances, so eager to launch his ideas, himself, and his arrows, that he neglects to see his target. Thus, if he is not careful, he will overshoot his mark, overestimate his possibilities, and exaggerate the potentials of his quest. For Sagittarius is always engaged in the exploration of life.
The Centaur is half-horse and half-human. The Sagittarian horse, when not disciplined by his human side, will run wild into the open plains and vast landscapes of life. He has no patience with any form of self-discipline, and, like a young stallion, bucks rebelliously against any form of rein or restraint. He must be free to express himself. He must be free to run. He must be free to explore, and, through such explorations, approach the tests of life through which he may prove himself. The Sagittarian’s human side, however, must come into play and eventually dominate the instinctive animal nature. He has to learn to use his mind, cultivate its power, and harness the deep passions of the animal self so that his course is sure and his ride takes him in a correct direction.
Sagittarius is ruled by the largest planet in the zodiac, Jupiter. Jupiter rules the principle of expansion, and this urge to widen one’s horizons is fundamental to the Sagittarian nature. One of Jupiter’s aspects is the god Bacchus, the pleasure seeker. Thus, when our Centaur allows himself full reign to indulge in the passions of his animal nature, he does so with great gusto. The questing side of his personality manifests as the quest for pleasure. In effect, he becomes the perfection of the Jupiterian hedonist. “The goal I seek is to expand the five senses,” he declares. The mental facet of his human half is then used to find the ways and means to fulfill his endless search for the “1001 nights of pleasure.” This description can be said to characterize the first of the three types of Sagittarians.
This first type can be said to be “unified in unconsciousness.” There is no separation between the animal and human natures, and the animal self dominates the life, using the scarcely awakened human side only for the purposes of self-indulgence and expansion of the desire nature. All the goals are material. All the visions are totally circumscribed by the unredeemed personality. All the idealism is centered in the gratification of the senses. Jupiter’s expansion is thus limited to the bank account and the waist.
The second type of Sagittarius awakens a relationship that is far more conscious between the two basic sides of his nature. We can call this stage in our Centaur’s development “the awakening of consciousness in duality.” Another of Jupiter’s facets is that he is “Lord of the Higher Mind.” It is through Jupiter that one awakens to religion, philosophy, and the world beyond one’s own boarders. When this aspect of Mighty Zeus1 is alive and well and active in the life of the individual, we have a seeker after truth and a lover of wisdom.2 At this stage, the Centaur awakens to the reality that he must learn how to integrate the vitality of his animal nature and the objective awareness which is the gift of the higher mind. This is the faculty of consciousness that allows one to observe one’s own “life drama.” It is only when this part of ourselves is active that we may have achieved any modicum of free choice. Without the self-conscious activity of the higher mind, the human being is left powerless to the effects of the instinctive nature and is only a biological robot. This second Sagittarian type is therefore always looking for some form of higher teaching. His idealism is taking shape through his ever-increasing sense of impersonality, and thus his need for self-fulfillment is no longer in the realm of the personal desire nature. He is preparing to walk the Path, and in the later stages of this part of the evolutionary journey, he becomes the Path.
The third type of Sagittarius can be symbolized by the arrow itself. The arrow’s shaft is pure, clean, and unbroken. The arrow’s point is sharpened and singular. The Sagittarian has been through the necessary training to help him to stabilize his own mutability so that his aim is sure. The Centaur has disappeared, for, by now, the Sagittarian has successfully integrated his innate duality: the animal and the human are one. The results of this fusion have awakened in Sagittarius the fruits of consciousness. We may thus call this stage in Sagittarius’ life one of “conscious unity.” It is now that the true nature of the soul emerges and the Sagittarian may be given the title of Priest-Hierophant. The discipline that has been ever needed has been put in place as a result of walking the reality of the spiritual Path. Discipline has yielded Discipleship. Jupiter may now take on another of his facets, yet one more of his many names: Guru.3 Once Sagittarius has reached this place in life, he is the embodiment of a teaching and lives the life of one who knows.
Let’s look back a bit to Libra and briefly trace the evolutionary unfolding of a human being from the Scales to the Centaur. In Libra, we saw the emergence of polarity but not its resolution. We noted that what was being balanced was the awareness of the soul to its personality and the awareness of the personality to its soul. The urge was for the two to merge into a celestial marriage through which a “soul-infused personality” could emerge. This would require tempering in the next sign, Scorpio. Here the intense battle takes place, the one in which the desires of the lower self (for separation) have to yield to the desires of the higher self (for unity). The battle is bloody, but what emerges is the One-Pointed Disciple in the sign of Sagittarius, the “sign of the Path,” as it is called in soul-centered astrology. This enlightened man or woman now mounts the horse consciously, for there is still a while to go before initiation is attempted in the climb up the Mount of Capricorn.
Let us now examine some of the characteristics of the planets when they are in the sign of the Archer:
SUN in Sagittarius: This is the most energetically projective position for the Sun. In his search for a sense of personal identification with universal truth, the individual is tempted to project his personal concept of reality onto the screen of his environment. If the Sun projects its shadow, this truth is obscured by the personality. If the Sun projects its true light, then wisdom and healing emerge. Expansion of the self is of major importance. This expansion occurs in two primary ways: either through the higher mental or the desire nature. The former leads to the aspiration for coming into contact with a sense of life that embodies truth, love, and wisdom. The latter is the path that dominates the senses, leading to the urge to find sensual pleasure in all and everything.
MOON in Sagittarius: This is neither the most sentimental nor the most nourishing placement for the Moon. It gives the urge to nurture through the sharing of advice, not through cuddling, sentiment, or deep emotional contact. It is a Moon that wants to be your friend, not your mother. This position allows for self-nourishment through a sense of freedom. “I seek to explore my feelings in ways that are unfettered and unencumbered,” says this Moon sign. This does not mean that the Moon in Sagittarius is unloving or uncaring. It does mean that this loving or caring does not seek to be confined or “pressed into service.” Given the space to be itself, the Moon in Sagittarius will open new vistas and horizons to the people under her care. But please never attempt to put her in a house behind a sink full of dishes or any form of domestic routine and expect her to be happy!
MERCURY in Sagittarius: It is very important for Mercury in Sagittarius to travel and see the world, as this is a planet/sign combination that bestows a great curiosity about life. It gives the kind of mind that is always finding “coincidences.” This is due to the fact that Mercury in Sagittarius embodies a thought process that is very far-reaching and encompassing. It thus is perfectly in tune with the relativities in life, making it not only broad, but also professorial. What it is not is a mind for details. A person with Mercury in Sagittarius may be able to tell you the history of the development of shoes throughout the ages, but he forgets to tie his own shoe laces!
VENUS in Sagittarius: Sagittarius is a dual sign. On the one hand, there is total acceptance of all belief systems, but, on the other, there is rigid orthodoxy. This is an adventurous Venus, one who enjoys relationships with people who come from foreign lands and/or whose religious or philosophical background is very different from their own. This usually represents no obstacle to the sharing of beliefs, for Venus in Sagittarius can be so open and wide in her approach to others that there are always points of agreement that can be found. Yet, if the more orthodox side of Sagittarius prevails, then we will find a person who seeks a partner who must share their particular ethics and ideals. When exaggerated (and planets in Sagittarius often exaggerate or overly expand their intent!), it is an individual in whom personal love is so idealistic that they are never satisfied with their intimate relationships, always seeking a greater love that, in essence, becomes impossible to find.
MARS in Sagittarius: Unless Mars is debilitated by Saturn or Neptune, this sign/planet combination contributes to the bestowal of abundant physical vitality. This Mars gives an adventurous nature and a distinct aversion to boundaries and restrictions upon one’s personal actions and activities. In his battles, Ares4 in the Centaur is extremely idealistic, fighting for goals and ideals that are very broad and idealistic. It is always a good indication in the chart if Mars in Sagittarius forms a positive aspect (either trine or sextile) with Saturn. It is then that this sign/planet combination will have the discipline and structure to make the best out of its abundant energy. Should Mars in Sagittarius be in square or opposition to Saturn, he will be hard working but very frustrated and impatient.
JUPITER in Sagittarius: This is the perfect placement for Jupiter, for it is here that he is on his home territory. So much will depend on the aspects that Jupiter in Sagittarius receives from the other planets in the natal chart. On its own, the tendency is for the person to be generous of spirit and noble of character. There will be a distinct urge to learn, travel, and expand one’s horizons. If Jupiter in this sign is in harmonious aspect to Saturn, then there will be a tendency to be a perpetual student, becoming wiser as one grows older. Should Saturn impede Jupiter’s progress by square or opposition, inconjunction or conjunction, look for one’s higher education to be blocked and/or to one’s belief system becoming increasingly rigid as time unfolds. Any major aspect of the Sun to this position will likely exaggerate the sense of self-importance and create a man or woman who loves to pontificate.
SATURN in Sagittarius: This position characterizes an individual who may be very attached to a traditionally held religion or philosophy. If Saturn in this sign is in a difficult aspect to the Sun or Moon, the religious beliefs of one’s father or mother have had a deleterious or limiting effect on the individual. On the other hand, Saturn in conjunction to the Sun in this sign may also indicate that this is a person who personifies some facet of religious orthodoxy and is very steadfast in his or her beliefs. If connected to the fourth house (Saturn in Sagittarius in the fourth or Capricorn on the fourth-house cusp with Saturn in Sagittarius as the ruler, or the ruler of the fourth in aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius, etc.), a strong set of beliefs is a major component to the nature of one’s psychological foundation and sense of personal security. Saturn spends some two and a half years in each sign. It was last in Sagittarius from November 16, 1985, to February 13, 1988 (and then from June 10, 1988, to November 12, 1988). It will next enter Sagittarius on December 23, 2014, and remain there until June 14, 2015, at which time it will retrograde into Scorpio. Saturn will then reenter Sagittarius on September 18, 2015, and remain there until December 19, 2017.
URANUS in Sagittarius: Like all the outer planets in the signs, this position characterizes an entire generation. Uranus remains for approximately seven years in each sign. Uranus in Sagittarius is found in all charts of people born from February 17, 1981, to March 20, 1981, and then from November 16, 1981, to December 2, 1988. It will enter this sign again in 2066. This planet/sign combination characterizes people who are very visionary and idealistic. They have definite ideas about how a society should function. Their need is to be totally “politically correct.” What characterizes this correctness is their political and social belief system, what else? These are also people who tend to be “adrenaline junkies,” as they are very adventurous by nature, cannot abide a sense of personal restriction, and have a great need to gather in groups of similarly inclined individuals. They tend to be brave; if not tempered, this tendency may easily lead to foolhardiness. A rather happy-go-lucky crowd, they are easily bored but never boring!
NEPTUNE in Sagittarius: Neptune remains in a sign for approximately fourteen years. It first entered this sign on January 4, 1970, and remained there until May 2, 1970, reentering Sagittarius on November 6, 1970, and staying there until January 19, 1984, when it briefly entered Capricorn. It retrograded back into Sagittarius for a brief period, June 23 to November 22, 1984. The reader can therefore see that both Neptune and Uranus were in Sagittarius between November 17, 1981, to January 18, 1984, and June 22 to November 21, 1984. This represents an entire sub-group within this larger generation. The Neptune-in-Sagittarius individual is highly idealistic. This is a person who seeks to cultivate a very wide-reaching and inclusive belief system. The people with Uranus also in this sign are ones who are very prone to disseminating their doctrines far and wide to the general public. Neptune-in-Sagittarius people are philosophical by nature and embody a great deal of hopefulness and aspiration in terms of what they hold dear to themselves. Uranus/Neptune-in-Sagittarius people are more apt to see their personal life orientation as one that is universally applicable in terms of a global social system and are more likely to try to put that vision into practice through some form of social activation.
PLUTO in Sagittarius: Pluto has a very irregularly shaped orbit, so it can remain in a sign for as short a span as 12 years or as long as nearly 30. Its orbit around the Sun lasts for about 240 years.. Its major period in the Centaur is from November 10, 1995, to January 25, 2008, when it briefly enters into Capricorn, retrograding back into Sagittarius briefly from June 13 to November 26, 2008. Pluto is very much involved with destruction and regeneration. People who were born with this sign/planet combination will find that they have the tendency to “reinvent themselves” through the crises they encounter in their search for greater universal validity to their personal belief system. When we look at this on the global screen, we find that the great battle taking place in the world these days is based on a conflict of faiths and beliefs: the Christian world vs. the Islamic world; Christian fundamentalism vs. Islamic fundamentalism. Both of these religious orientations claim to be universal and all-embracing and all loving. Both claim to hold the “true faith” and to believe in the One God. The current world conflict is, among other things, an unfortunate statement of the truth of Sagittarian duality on both personal and national levels. We can only pray that the one-pointedness of the true Sagittarian Priest-Hierophant will emerge, leading humanity to the Mount of Initiation and entry into the Divine Heart.
1. Zeus is the Greek name for Jupiter.
2. The word “philosopher” is a literal translation of the Greek for “lover of wisdom.”
3. “Guru” is a Sanskrit word meaning “Teacher.” It is also the name used by Hindu/Vedic astrologers for Jupiter.
4. This is the Greek name for Mars, from which we get the name of the sign, Aries. And is it a coincidence that the word Mars, is also an anagram for “rams”?
PLUTO’S INNER MESSAGE
As soul infusion takes place, one begins to perceive the world in increasingly more collective terms, without losing sight of its individual, component parts. One is thus able to see oneself, others, and all manner of interconnectedness clearly and simultaneously. In effect, soul infusion allows for a vision of human networking, as well as an understanding of one’s particular place within this huge, human collective. –AO
Pluto is a relatively minor planet in size. It is certainly smaller than the Earth with a diameter less than half that of our mother planet. Yet despite its diminutive physical dimensions, its effects on our life point to the position of great potency that Pluto occupies in the natal horoscope. When viewed from the perspective of the Seven Ray basis of soul-centered astrology, we find that Pluto is a planet of the First Ray. A discussion of the qualities of this, the Ray of Will and Power, may help us to understand why Pluto is such a great power in the unfolding of our personal and collective karma.
The First Ray represents the Will-to-Be of the solar system. It is the focus of creativity and is known as the Ray of “causality.” Yet, whatever is created at one time must later be destroyed as life and death are intimately connected in the scheme of cosmic purpose. In this respect, the First Ray (and therefore the function of Pluto) is also known as the Lord of Death and the Destroyer of Forms. Pluto and the First Ray are also associated with the Hindu god of death, Shiva. The intent behind the activity of this Ray and planet is clearly expressed in Alice Bailey’s book, Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, p. 133:
“Through the application of the Finger of God (the First Ray), in its directing and forceful work we have the cyclic destruction of forms, so that the manifestation of Deity may grow in power and beauty. The Lord of Power or Will performs the task of destruction, thereby bringing beauty into being and the revelation of God’s will and beneficent purpose.”
Pluto’s inner message and focus are therefore one of a catalyst, breaking up old and existing conditions so that new and more potently creative ones may come about. The process of such destruction in our lives may not be pretty nor is it particularly easy, but it does work! This is why we depict the higher nature of Scorpio, the sign ruled by Pluto, as the Phoenix, the magical being who rises up out of the ashes of destruction to create itself anew in a form more radiant and glorious.
People who are dominated by Pluto (strong Scorpio nativities, Pluto in the first or tenth house, or Pluto in a powerful aspect to the Sun and/or ruler of the horoscope) often have to play the “devil’s advocate” in life. They find that in spite of themselves, they are in positions of leadership in which there is a distinct call to destroy any impediment to the future well-being of any group project in which they are involved. Thus, they open the way for increased creative potential both for themselves and for others. On the personality level they frequently find themselves in very potent conflicts, confronted with opposition from people and circumstances attached to past patterns of non-regenerative activity.
Some of the pitfalls associated with using Pluto and the First Ray negatively have to do with the misuse of will and power. Such individuals may be easily inclined toward unbridled ambition and the need to dominate others for personal gain. The person walking the Spiritual Path is taught to work ambitiously, but without attachment to personal ambition. But the personality-centered Plutonian or “First Ray type” tends to attach him or herself to individual goals and move forward in life with all the selfish potency that the personal ego can muster. This can only lead to chaos, pain, and great difficulty for oneself and others. The use of personal power is very tempting but the power of the soul is one connected to the Second Ray of Love and Wisdom. The spiritual student is therefore determined to use the energies of Pluto only to further the goals of the soul, bringing about channels and avenues for the greater exteriorization of Love—and Love is consciousness.
When examined from the soul-centered perspective, the natal horoscope is seen as the map of consciousness. One of the ways to determine the inner message of Pluto in your life is to note the house of your natal chart with Scorpio on its cusp. This will tell you where you may have to experience a great deal of destruction in order to release even greater creative potency for the purpose of a more beautiful and fulfilling life. Your Scorpio-ruled house indicates a real test of transformation. It is not the easiest area of your life, and will require a great deal of transmutative work in order to bring about your brightest and best potential.
Scorpio on the cusp of the First House: The transformation and refinement of the nature of personal desires becomes the primary method of evolutionary and spiritual development. In the lives of most Scorpio-rising individuals, the intent and focus of one’s life are directed by the form of desire. Often, although not always, these are sexual in their orientation. Frequently, money and material power become the main objectives of the desire nature. As the general desire nature is thwarted—and it always is—this becomes a source of great confusion and conflict. The individual is therefore forced to find alternative and more refined ways of self-expression. Love may eventually overcome desire, for example, so that the sexual life becomes less obsessive and more harmoniously integrated into the whole of one’s existence. Releasing and letting go of compulsions on all levels allows the transmutative process to enter the life with greater ease and success. This will give rise to the cyclic unfoldment of the personality and the consequent release of more creative potentials. The more highly evolved Scorpio-rising person always acts as a vehicle for healing in all of his or her relationships.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Second House: The relationship we have to the material factors of our life as well as to our sense of self-worth is strongly affected with Scorpio on this house cusp. Pluto’s ruling influence here indicates that the individual faces a major life lesson regarding the right use of money and other personal resources. This usually involves the refinement of the desire to own and possess. The way we think about our own worthiness and our ability to come into a state of abundance is directly related to our inner attitude. If we think poorly about ourselves and our abilities, poverty of pocket and/or spirit are the results. With Scorpio on this cusp, Pluto can bring about some extraordinary swings of personal fortune. Very often, there are major losses in life of a material nature that require us to rethink and reprogram our attitude towards personal prosperity. If this reorientation is successfully accomplished, the result usually takes the form of renewed material supply.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Third House: The way we communicate and formulate our thoughts is the main theme of this astrological domicile. When Pluto rules this cusp, we have an urge to penetrate behind the facades of normal social interchanges. Our frame of mind is very perceptive and we usually gravitate to those studies that unlock life’s mysteries—science, psychology, or even the occult and the metaphysical. Such undertakings transform and open the realm of personal opinion into a much larger, universal frame of reference. The individual with this placement may find him or herself challenged to release those patterns of thinking that inhibit greater intellectual growth. It is quite common for such a person to have to let go of those thoughts and opinions inherited through one’s early environment in order to individualize one’s own way of communicating and relating. This can bring about a stage in life in which there is a certain alienation from close family members and friends.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Fourth House: The relationship we have to our sense of personal security and to our domestic life in general is conditioned by this house. With Scorpio on the cusp, there is an intense need to transform one’s initial psychological patterning—not the easiest thing to accomplish! Crises in life develop as a result of resistance to changing one’s instinctual habit patterns. The individual has to emerge from the unconscious waters of his or her inherited roots and move into the light of self-knowing. Very often this will require a distinct break from one’s family and home environment, both psychologically and physically. It is only then that the person with Pluto ruling the fourth house can establish his or her own foundation for life. Scorpio on this cusp does not necessarily indicate that the person is the victim of bad parenting. It does mean, however, that such an individual has to “re-root” his connection to himself.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Fifth House: An individual’s urges towards creative self-expression as well as the pursuit of personal pleasures are indicated in this portion of the horoscope. Scorpio on this cusp indicates an intense attitude to romance. This sign/cusp combination is strongly sensual and highly emotional in terms of its attitude towards personal love. Unless transformed and modified, jealousy and possessiveness towards one’s lovers (and children) can predominate and scar one’s life. Crises in one’s relationships can give rise to a way of loving that is greater than that centered in the five senses. Losses in the pursuit of romance can result in gains in the true understanding of what Love is all about. The individual with this position periodically comes in contact with creative blocks. This type of crisis results in the reorientation of one’s creative drives, which, when successfully achieved, brings about a tremendous increase in one’s ability to express talents and abilities.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Sixth House: A person’s general health, attitudes, and aptitudes in terms of work and general orientation to self-improvement are centered in this segment of the natal chart. On a positive level, Scorpio on this cusp indicates a person who functions to bring order out of chaos and harmony out of conflicts in the workplace. This is an individual who can act to bring strength to where there was weakness and is a great “on-the-job therapist.” Pluto’s influence on this house cusp also points to a person who is constantly seeking to find those means and methods that support healing and personal wholeness. On the other hand, when Pluto’s influence is not operating at its highest, it can lead to manipulation and underhandedness in one’s job. In terms of health, if Pluto is well aspected in the natal chart, Scorpio on this cusp reveals amazing recuperative and sustaining powers. If Pluto is weak and otherwise poorly placed in the chart (square the Sun or the Moon, for example), crises in one’s health and vitality can be a persistent source of difficulty in one’s life.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Seventh House: The nature of our urge for relationships and close partnerships acts as the vehicle for personal transformation. When Pluto rules the seventh house, relationships are processes for deep and profound changes. Taurus is on the Ascendant when Scorpio, the sign of death and rebirth, is on the seventh. Scorpio and Pluto challenge the stability that the Taurus individual seeks to create in his or her intimate partnerships. Such challenges are often centered on confusion or difficulties centered in one of the following areas: finances, sexuality, or a general difference in life values. These problems and the relationships that bring them to the surface can bring about greater self-knowledge and joy in partnerships when they are successfully resolved. The to merge” is very intense when Pluto rules this house cusp and real happiness in one-on-one contacts is possible only when the individual is on the right path of merging the lower and the higher selves. This sign/cusp combination gives one of the most stimulating opportunities to bring such a marriage into manifestation.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Eighth House: As this is the natural ruling sign of this house, there is no other sign/cusp combination that brings out the nature of the eighth house more fully than this one. Sexuality and the transformation of the desire nature are major themes of one’s life. Scorpio in this position intensifies one’s sexual orientation for good or ill, depending on the level of consciousness of the individual. Let us remember that “sexuality” in soul-centered astrological terms also involves the entire process of the transformation of the personality. The word “sex”comes from the Latin root, meaning “that which is divided.” The whole urge for sexual contact, as well as the entire process of spiritual growth, is that the two may become one. On the personal level, this union involves the joining of the two sexes, but on the spiritual level, this is the joining of the personality and the soul. Scorpio on the eighth is an indication of a person who can be an excellent therapist, physician, or light worker as the urge to heal and unify is very strong. On the other hand, a person who is not spiritually centered may find that his or her own sexual urges and the way he or she uses sex in one’s life only lead to greater disunity and chaos.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Ninth House: A person with this sign/house combination takes his or her beliefs and convictions very seriously. Great transformative experiences come about through one’s religious or philosophical pursuits. Foreign travel may also be an area for personal growth and development. Quite often, one has to leave the religion or belief system into which one was born, abandoning a common faith in order to find one’s own, individual path to Divinity. This can make for some very lonely traveling, a perpetual search for “the Holy Grail,” and many defeats and disappointments along the Way. Yet the persistence of Scorpio and Pluto’s First Ray energy are parts of the individual’s make-up. This is a person who will not rest until he or she ultimately discovers their inner purpose in life.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Tenth House: When Pluto rules the Midheaven, there is often an intense approach to success and personal achievement. This is accomplished through a series of crises that seem to approach a roller coaster ride up the mountain of life. Great accomplishments may be followed by equally strong falls, only for the person to rise up once again. When in the horoscope of an unevolved and selfish person, Scorpio in this position can indicate a tremendously unscrupulous individual, one who stops at nothing to achieve his or her material and social goals. This attitude culminates in eventual self-destruction. On the other hand, a soul-centered person with Pluto ruling this cusp is one with enormous tenacity and willpower, qualities that are used to support and sustain oneself and others as they work their way up the pathway of life to Light. If Pluto is well placed in the chart when ruling this house cusp (trine the Sun or Saturn, for example), this is an individual who is capable of bringing new life into the professional arena, charging a failing business with added energy for success.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Eleventh House: This sign/cusp combination is indicative of a person who pursues his or her hopes, wishes, and aspirations with great intensity and persistence. Even if life sounds a resounding call to change directions in terms of plans and projects, this is the kind of individual who may insist on continuing her chosen path no matter what the cost. Such persistent determination often proves to be correct, but at times crises occur that absolutely mandate a transformation of personal values and beliefs. If such changes do not take place, the individual finds him or herself to be involved in very complex and energy-draining social contacts and commitments. This is not the most flexible of indications where friendships are concerned. The individual may remain in contact with people, expressing a loyalty and tenacity, even when the friendships have proven themselves to be a waste of time. Yet it is also true that when Pluto rules the eleventh house, an individual can be a source of great transformation and growth to friends and associates. The key to success here and in all placements of Scorpio is to know when to let go.
Scorpio on the cusp of the Twelfth House: Although the potentiality for great emotional growth and spiritual development is very strong with this position in the natal chart, so are the dangers and pitfalls. Scorpio on the twelfth-house cusp requires one to be very clear about the direction of one’s needs and wants. If this orientation is undisciplined and remains unconscious, the individual is a ceaseless fount of unquenchable desires. Yet if the lessons of this trap have been learned and successfully integrated into one’s nature, no cusp position has a greater power for healing. One is then able to find within oneself the “universal transformer”—that facet of life which, when released, uplifts and brings wholeness to all who allow themselves to receive it. From the soul-centered approach to astrology, this position is very significant. Pluto is the esoteric ruler of Pisces, the natural ruler of the Twelfth House. In a soul-centered chart, Scorpio on this cusp is indicative of one who, having mastered the obsessive forces of sexuality, is now ready to approach the Path to the Mountain of Initiation.
PLANETS IN LIBRA—THE CELESTIAL MARRIAGE
When we examine Libra from a soul-centered perspective, we find that this sign represents an interlude, a place of objective assessment, a point of contemplation, and a pause between two opposing but complementary activities. Soul-centered people incarnating in Libra (Sun or Ascendant) may take this “karmic hiatus” (although as most Librans will tell you this should not be misconstrued as a “karmic vacation”!) as they prepare for the great battle that awaits us all in Scorpio.
Libra provides that seesaw experience that can be very challenging both to the Libran and to those with whom he or she may be in relationship. Libra’s life energy may be expressed as the rhythm of a person who has perceived something much deeper than the material aspects of the form life. Such an individual has come into the Presence of the Soul but is not fully anchored in its consciousness. S/He is thus polarized, tending to waiver back and forth between the desires and pulls of the personality and the service, orientation, and trans-personality of the Higher Self. Such is the great vacillation and testing ground of people born under the sign of the Scales.
The beat of this life dance is alternating, for at certain times Libra’s personality may indeed predominate while at other stages in life the soul is in the forefront of their activities. Librans who are evolving in consciousness are often in a flux between these two major polarities, but for a very good reason—they are supposed to be learning about the nature of the relationship between the Higher and lower selves. Their real job in life in terms of this inner impulse is to harmonize and unite these contrasting but related currents. This is what I like to refer to as Libra’s innate “vertical tension.” Those Librans who are not on the Path, whose lives are only focused in the desire nature of the lower self, will experience a consistent struggle with “horizontal tension.” This means that all of the vacillation just described occurs through the “Law of Attraction and Repulsion” expressed through the desire nature. This can be summed up as the conflict between: “I want him/her/it and I do not want him/her/it. I give myself to the object of my desires or I hold myself back from such giving (though still desiring).”
In terms of a soul-centered life, we should recall that Venus, the exoteric and traditional ruler of Libra, is the esoteric and soul-centered ruler of Gemini. Gemini on the personality level represents pure duality, but on the level of the Soul, with Venus as its ruling planet, Gemini is that sign that relates and then harmonizes opposites. Libra serves to create a clear and objective awareness of the opposites that need to be united. In addition to seeking to create a state of balance between the two poles of the Rainbow Bridge (that energetic link between the soul and the personality within each of us, also known in esoteric literature as the “antahkarana”), Libra prepares the Way for the spiritual seeker to enter into the battle for union that is inherent in Scorpio. This battle, however, has not begun in Libra. Libra is not ready as yet for this intense turmoil. Yet Libra does indeed draw out the battle lines but takes alternating positions on the battlefield.
All astrology students are aware that Libra is the sign of personal relationships. A person born with the Sun in Libra must be intimately involved in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships as the central core to their sense of self. Those people with Libra on the Ascendant will be playing out their sense of self through a set of environmental circumstances in which personal relationships provide the background and themes of one’s “personal drama.” The personality-centered Libran has relationships for the sake of having them. The need for constant interpersonal interplay and the reflected images that these relationships bring is absolutely paramount. In effect, such a Libra has a hard time seeing or identifying him or herself without the mirror of personalized and intimate reflections. In extreme cases of egocentricity, the attitude of personality-centered Librans is, “Be cooperative, do things my way.” Many people in relationship with such Librans feel that they are being used as an audience as personality-centered Libra plays out and projects him or herself into life.
The conscious, soul-centered Libra is quite different. This is a person who is aware of the true meaning of oppositional energies as well as having the means at his or her disposal to synthesize such oppositions into harmonious results. Such results may not necessarily fuse the opposites harmoniously. Sometimes marriages and partnerships need to end, resulting in the greater evolution of truth for both parties. The soul-centered Libran however, no longer carries the need to be victorious over others as all situations have to be “win-win.” This urge for a greater, depersonalized harmony may also extend itself into the arts, business, politics, as well as the more abstract philosophical domains.
Libra is released from his or her particular form of duality and conflict when the life of the personality is finally balanced with the life of the soul. Once this union and spiritual marriage take place, Libra may then emerge as an active and conscious worker for Right Human Relationships. Libra’s Venusian magnetism is still very much in evidence, but the objectives of Libra’s “urge to merge” have become far more impersonal than they were before such an inner transformation took place. At the end of the Journey, Libra’s soul mate is the same as that for any of the other 11 signs in the zodiac—the union with Self.
Let’s now examine the placement of all the planets in Libra as they apply to our daily lives.
Sun in Libra: The ever-present urge to be in or facilitate relationship is at the core of the Libran native. One of his/her greatest gifts is the ability to recognize and promote other people’s talents. Libra is the perfect social organizer, as s/he knows how to blend diverse people into functioning, coordinated groups. Libra is a born matchmaker, and one of their greatest joys comes from seeing the people they have brought together happily engaged in pleasant activities with one another. Their own romantic lives often fluctuate between soaring heights of Venusian romanticism and disappointment when his or her god or goddess turns out to be human. If Libra should find himself in an unwanted relationship, it will be very difficult to separate, for Libra is the sign of marriage, not divorce. The Sun in this sign of Venus makes Libra a natural-born artist or, at the very least, attracted to all things of beauty.
Moon in Libra: One of the basic orientations and functions of the Moon is to bring a sense of emotional security into one’s life. When in Libra, this orientation takes place through relationships. The Moon in this sign gives a sense of grace and poise as well as the urge to bring peace and harmony into any form of social interchange. This is a person who is very sensitive to interpersonal discord and does everything she can to avoid arguments and conflicts. The difficulty of such an attitude is that it can lead to self-compromise; the benefits are that Moon-in-Libra is a person whose presence is always welcomed by others. When well aspected, especially by Venus, the individual is easily able to find herself in those partnerships that anchor the instinctual need for wholeness and safety. If poorly aspected, especially by Mars or Saturn, there is a definite discomfort with emotional intimacy.
Mercury in Libra: As a rule, Librans have a hard time making decisions. This is because they always see both sides to every situation, and they are reluctant to create disharmony by making a wrong choice. Such characteristics are exaggerated by Mercury in the sign of the Scales. Although excellent for a lawyer, diplomat, or mediator, in one’s practical life Mercury in Libra can make it difficult to choose which pair of shoes to put on in the morning! There is the tendency to rationalize every thought and opinion to make sure that things are always equitable and fair. As Libra is the sign of harmony, Mercury in this placement usually gives a pleasant voice and an urge (and even the ability) to say the right things at the right time.
Venus in Libra: The goddess of love is very much at home in her own sign. This planet-sign combination adds grace, poise, and harmony to all the individual’s personal relationships. Unless Venus in Libra is in hard aspect to Saturn or Pluto, this astrological position marks for a person who is at home and at ease in all social situations. Should such afflictions take place between Venus and Saturn or Pluto, there is apt to be a sense of incompletion and lack of fulfillment in one’s romantic ideals. Financial challenges, especially in relation to shared resources, can also be problematic. A romantic at heart and a lover of the arts, a person with Venus in Libra often has many friends and numerous relationships on all levels of intimacy.
Mars in Libra: Mars is not at all a “happy camper” in this, the sign of his detriment. Mars likes to be assertive and unfettered. He enjoys a free reign whereby he may express himself without too much consideration for other people’s level of comfort. In this respect, Mars is very much the adolescent male. When he is in Libra, he has to watch his step for fear of entering into conflict with others. Mars enjoys a good fight—but this he will not have in the sign of peace and balance! But Mars must remain Mars, and when in Libra he will find ways to polarize relationships and create arguments within partnerships that are less obvious than, say, when he is at his fiery best and most self-righteous in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. In Libra, Mars feels restrained, ambivalent, and indecisive, characteristics that are very much against his nature. In relationships, Mars in Libra may appear to ask the question: “What are the differences that separate us?” This is quite different to Venus in Libra who says (always politely): “What are the similarities that bring us together?”
Jupiter in Libra: The Jupiterian urge to expand one’s understanding of life through those pursuits that enlarge one’s scope of experience is expressed in Libra through social contacts and partnerships. The tendency to travel is definitely conditioned by the need to see and experience foreign lands, accompanied by preferably one very special other individual. The urge to engage in higher mental studies often has as its goal the need to understand more about human social conditions. This is a rather favorable position in itself, adding to a general sense of conviviality and comfort in social situations. When well aspected, Jupiter in Libra can indicate a successful marriage, often with a partner of greater social status or material wealth.
Saturn in Libra: The urge to bring order and balanced structure into any and all social situations is positively emphasized in this planet/sign combination. This position adds to a person’s ability to develop a perfect sense of timing and objectivity in terms of all social situations. It also supports the urge to find peaceful and balanced means to achieve one’s personal goals in partnerships and relationships. When Saturn is at its best (as he tends to be in the Scales), he functions as a bridge-builder. Saturn in Libra thus works to connect people in terms of mutual goals, and also functions to structure the intellect harmonizing ideas with people and social circumstances.
Uranus in Libra: Uranus gives the urge for experimentation and freedom in any sign in which it is placed. The last time Uranus was in this sign was from September 29, 1968, to May 21, 1969, and then from June 25, 1969, to November 21, 1974, and finally from May 2, 1975, to September 8, 1975. This was the generation of Woodstock and the tremendous social upheavals that saw the rise of the Woman’s Liberation, Gay Rights, and the African-American Civil Rights movements. It was a time when people stood up for the first time in mass protests against the U.S. government’s war policy in Vietnam. It was a time in which the foundation for different forms of social union also came forward: stay-at-home dads, communal living, same-sex marriage, just to name a few. People who were born with Uranus in Libra will certainly be at the forefront of the general tendency to challenge the status quo of human relationships. Uranus will next be in Libra in the middle of the 21st century.
Neptune in Libra: Neptune likes to move us out of the practical and into the ideal. When positive, it brings a strong urge for self-sacrifice and a deep spiritual urge to move beyond the visible into the invisible world. People who respond well to this planet/sign combination are humanitarian by nature. This is also a highly idealistic position that exaggerates the romantic tendencies in all people who have it in their natal charts. Neptune in this sign of Venus produces natural-born artists and, at the very least, people who are attracted to all and everyone who produces beauty. Neptune entered Libra on October 4, 1942, briefly exiting on April 17, 1943, then entered into Libra again on August 3, 1943, where it remained until December 24, 1955. It was in Libra once more from March 13, 1956, to October 19, 1956, and, finally, from June 15, 1957, to August 6, 1957. The worldwide New Age spiritual movement was started by the generation of individuals with this placement in their natal chart. It will be once again in this sign in the early part of the twenty-second century.
Pluto in Libra: Pluto in the signs speaks about the way in which entire generations (as well as individuals within those generations) regenerate their sense of self. When negative, Pluto tends to destroy and degenerate. Pluto was last in Libra from October 6, 1971, remaining pretty consistently in this sign until its final exit on August 28, 1984. We thus have a generation who has very intense interpersonal relationships. Their contacts with and upon others are quite transformational. They need to be in those social situations that defy the status quo both in terms of their individual and collective lives. These young people are here to make a difference in the world and in themselves by the company they keep and the company they transform! Look to this generation to be the standard bearers for developments in marriage, partnership, and general human interaction that definitely seeks to modify the issues of social morality of our time. Remember, Libra has a rhythm—it moves back and forth. Look for some of these people to represent a sense of social justice, action, and activity that is definitely “retrograde” while the other half of this generation will definitely be moving “direct.”
Next month: The Great Battle and Victory—Planets in Scorpio.
VIRGO AND ITS SPECIAL ALCHEMY OF SYNTHESIS
Humanity has been endowed with many of the universal truths in order to guide his path safely through illusion to the ultimate Light of Illumination. We have been offered some of the tools that may lead us to the wisdom that gives us the vision to see ourselves and the Universe in their proper perspective. Astrology is one such tool but it must be pointed out that the true nature of wisdom is always greater than the vehicle which expresses it. Denser matter always cloaks the subtler, just as words cloak the essence of meaning.
It is said in esoteric, soul-centered astrology that “Virgo finds her culmination in Capricorn.” The meaning of this phrase reminds us that Virgo is the Virgin Mother who gives birth to the Initiate, a Christ, an Anointed One. This relationship may be interpreted on many levels. Virgo is of course, an earthy sign. It is also the sign ruling those healing processes that result in wholeness. We can say therefore in terms of Virgo and Capricorn that it is only out of purified physical substance that the Incarnation of Love may be born. In addition, if we count nine signs/nine months from Virgo along the line of precession, we arrive at Capricorn, the first degree of which is known in the Ancient Wisdom Teachings as “the degree of the Initiate.”
Virgo and its natural domicile, the Sixth House, tell us about those techniques, methodologies, and practices that each of us has to undergo in order to heal from the impurities of karma and the personality. This is done through the “alchemy of synthesis” and thus it is through Virgo that we learn discrimination. Virgo has a brother sign in Gemini as both are ruled by Mercury. But whilst (Mercury in) Gemini is electric and male and thus rules analysis (taking apart), (Mercury in) Virgo is magnetic and female and thus rules synthesis (putting things together). The former contains the principle of “divide and conquer” while the latter expresses “come together and be healed.”
The immature Virgo is a hoarder and collector, a person ever in flux, a supreme worrier ever in search of material support. This is a person who is trying unconsciously or consciously to put the Law of Synthesis into practice but who is not in touch with a superior magnetic focus, that of the Soul. It is the magnetism (expressed as transpersonal love) of the Soul that allows Virgo to choose correctly, select right livelihood correctly, and heal self and others correctly in the process. Without this alignment, without the correct focus of discrimination, one’s life becomes filled with physical, emotional, and mental clutter. A Virgo on this level has a hard time differentiating “the baby from the bathwater.” Form and the attachment to form result in a tendency towards compulsive acquisition coupled with a profound resistance to release. As Virgo rules the digestive tract (and thus our ability to absorb nutrients and release waste), the “cling-on” Virgo type often finds him or herself with stomach and intestinal problems.
This type of Virgo has a horror of empty spaces, filling every nook and cranny of mind, house, and body with things. Behind all of this activity is the fear of the void, of not having, and of the empty center inside of her in which she will find that spark of cohesive, healing, magnetic Love. The womb must be empty in order for the Virgin to conceive the Child. But such a space must be created consciously out of loving oneself, for love will attract Love. This is also the Law.
Such a conscious state requires us to acquire the gift of “esoteric discrimination,” that is the ability for us to perceive the quality of energy within any given form, whether that
is the form of a sofa, the form of a feeling, or the form of a thought. It is that type of discrimination that allows us to go into a grocery store and choose those foods that contain the most nutritional value and not those foods that are packaged in a way that stimulates only the physical appetite regardless of those cost to our health. It is also that kind of perceptive vision and right use of will that tells us that the man or woman in front of us is the right (or wrong!) partner regardless of the color of hair or the shape of the body.
The critical mind of the immature Virgo is an attempt at such discrimination but such criticism is based on instinctive emotions, desires, and subconscious psychological patterns that create the sense of attraction or repulsion within us. The enlightened mind of a soul-centered Virgo is able to choose people, places, or things in terms of their inner quality of life. This is consciousness in action; Virgo is then no longer critical, but wise.
Virgo at this stage of personal development lives in a world that is ordered, one that is focused on the correct blending of influences (conscious synthesis). Such an individual periodically purges herself from previous experiences, acquisitions, and thoughts that have served their usefulness and need to be eliminated to make room for the new and better. She is eager and able to retain what continues to be valuable and discard the rest. Service now comes into Virgo’s frame of reference. The personality-centered Virgo states: “I´ll fit in anywhere, do anything, function and survive under any circumstances.” The soul-centered Virgo is more likely to assert: “I would like to do something that allows me a certain form of creative self-expression, one that benefits and serves others in the process, so that I may contribute to the welfare and wellbeing of both myself and others.” As consciousness develops so does the specific focus of this need for personal contribution to one’s social environment. This eventually extends out to the need (and ability) to serve humanity and the planet. Synthesis has done its work and Virgo has finally found her right job.
Now let’s take a closer look at the meaning of the planets when they find themselves in Virgo in the natal chart:
Sun in Virgo: Virgo stands between Leo and Libra. In this respect, Virgo has inherited the creative potency of the Lion but has to perfect this raw vitality in such a way that it has some definite practical consequences. As a mutable sign, people with the Sun in Virgo inherit a tremendous urge for movement and activity. These actions have to be functional in nature, preferably allowing Virgo to make some money in the process! Unlike Leo who pours out his heart in a steady electric stream, Virgo is much more aware of any possible social criticism that may result from her endeavors. She thus takes great pains to do things as perfectly as possible. In this sense, we can see that Virgo is preparing for her entrance into Libra, the sign of perfected beauty, serenity, and ideal relationship. The Sun in Virgo works hard to bring her life into such harmony but there is usually something that is out of place, something that is just not quite right, something that makes the Sun in Virgo have to work even harder.
Moon in Virgo. The Moon nurtures. When she is in Virgo and well aspected (especially to Venus, Mercury, or Saturn), she nurtures in ways that bring about healing, wholeness, and greater perfection of form and function. The Moon is also the vehicle that brings or inhibits a sense of personal security. When in the sign of the Virgo, the positive qualities of this urge come forth as a sense of being able to do anything that is required at any time for anyone. This is definitely a Moon that has won all of her “Brownie Points”—and may also be a good Boy Scout as well! When afflicted, this is a most insecure Moon indeed and gives rise to a person who often feels short of being able to perform most tasks and functions and if Saturn is involved, is rather guilt laden by nature. Fears concerning finances may also be prevalent, especially if Venus is also part of the planetary configuration.
Mercury in Virgo: A busy mind is definitely the result of this planet/sign combination. There is a very strong urge to collect information and data that can prove useful especially in terms of one’s job. This is a person who knows a lot about a lot of things, particularly when it comes to improving circumstances, and being efficient. When positive, Mercury in Virgo contributes to a person that always is capable of lending a helping hand or offering a valuable piece of practical advice. When negative (especially if afflicted by Saturn), it gives rise to a worrier of the first degree. This is a person who has a philosophy of life that states: “If something can go wrong, it will.” Positive Mercury in Virgo on the other hand says: “If something goes wrong, I can fix it.”
Venus in Virgo: When in a positive place in the natal chart, Venus in Virgo contributes to a person being able to take care of many details in order to produce perfection at social gatherings, business meetings, and the appearance of home and self. But should Venus’ natal condition be difficult, there can be a tremendous lack of social confidence. When in square, conjunction, or opposition to Neptune, the level of romanticism is very high but there is the sense that the “perfect prince” will never be found no matter how long the individual may wait. However some people with strong Neptune/Venus in Virgo contacts are very much involved in charity work and occupations with the sick or underprivileged.
Mars in Virgo: This is a very critical or discriminate Mars. Action is only taken when the circumstances are right to do so. The more aggressive and assertive tendencies of the Red Planet are held in check by Virgo. “I will do what needs to be done if there is some practical outcome to the situation,” says Mars in this position. In addition, people with Mars in Virgo do not like to make mistakes in what they set out to accomplish. They will work hard to perfect some sort of mastery over a situation, thus limiting their activities to certain areas of specialty. Sexually, there is a definite preference for certain types of people. “I am simply not attracted to a person unless that individual displays certain specific traits and features,” Mr. “Picky” Mars will state. On the other hand, the underdeveloped qualities of Virgo may induce a definite lack of discrimination in the choice of sexual partners, especially if Uranus or Neptune is involved.
Jupiter in Virgo: This is definitely a person who can exaggerate the details of any given situation, seeing the part as the whole rather than as part of something greater. The positive nature of this position is that one can perceive the key to unlock a much larger puzzle. The difficulty is getting lost in one of the little pieces. The orientation to higher education and learning is definitely practical: “Can I make a living from studying this subject?” The spiritual and philosophical road is filled with exercises and methods. Jupiter in Virgo likes a program in which one has to meditate a certain number of hours each week or so some many yoga postures in an hour. The method of approach to any achievement is as important, or even more important, than the achievement itself.
Saturn in Virgo: There is a tendency here for a meticulous ordering of affairs. How things are put together and for what purpose are two important considerations of Saturn in this sign. The basic Virgo urge for efficiency is an important component of Saturn’s need to wield personal authority. “With this set of practical rules and regulations, you can make things better,” is the approach Saturn in Virgo takes to tasks and responsibilities. When afflicted (especially by Moon or Mercury), there is a tendency to worry about things not going right no matter how hard you try. When Saturn conjoins with the Sun in Virgo, you have an individual who is a diehard perfectionist, one who may never be satisfied with his performance—or yours for that matter.
Uranus in Virgo: The urge to create improved standards in all avenues of human endeavor is a very strong tendency with this planet/sign combination. There is a definite inventiveness in one’s urge to upgrade the status quo and create a “better mousetrap.” It is an especially good influence on the more practical applications of science and technology. When positive in the chart (especially in good aspect to Mercury), it allows a person to uncover surprising and unique ways of getting things done. This position also speaks about a whole generation of people who would be very unsatisfied with “ordinary” jobs and who need a way to earn a living that is unique and permissive of personal freedom.
Neptune in Virgo: Like Jupiter when in this sign, Neptune in Virgo gives the tendency to make something out of very little, exaggerating otherwise slight discomforts and giving hidden meaning to situations where none exists. Yet when expressed positively on the spiritual level, it allows a person to see the handiwork of the Divine down to the smallest level and manifestation of creation. If gives the ability to perceive the All in everything. When the more illusionary facets of Neptune work through Virgo, it gives the hope that happiness can be found in things and the subsequent addiction to the material plane.
Pluto in Virgo: The urge for personal transformation in the lives of people of this generation manifests through a profound interest in health, nutrition, fitness, and service. These are the individuals who are very active in ecological, green, and back-to-the-earth movements and philosophies. This is where interest in right eating and the relationship between physical and spiritual health grew into the jobs, companies, and industries that cater to this huge, health-conscious number of people. Those many individuals who have both Uranus and Pluto in Virgo (1962-1969) are very focused on right livelihood as their sense of personal growth as well as the avenue for their participation in the creation of a better world is very job-centered.
The nature of the transitions that result from the crossing of the World Ages will continue to increase personal as well as world tensions. The blending and subsequent crossing over of the forces and forms of Life that are inherent in the passing Age of Pisces and the incoming Age of Aquarius direct our attention to the tremendous dualities and polarities that are manifesting both within and outside of ourselves. There seems to be a never-ending stream of moral and physical pollution rising to the surface for identification and cleansing. Yet at the same time, we are living in a period in which global spiritual awareness has never been greater. This is a time in human history when individual and nationalistic egocentricity is so huge that there is no such thing now as world peace. Yet there is also a significant number of men and women of goodwill who are expressing the healing that is inherent in group endeavor and the orientation to spiritual unity. We can only pray and actively do our part in the One Work. –AO
The purpose of human life as well as the Life in the solar system is the unfolding of consciousness. In the world of the individual, this translates as the activation of self-consciousness. Once we know that we are self-demonstrating and self-creating—we then come to know ourselves as an extension of that One Life of universal creativity. The nature and realization of that revelation comes to us through unconditional love. It is in Leo that the inherent creativity of such self-awareness begins to manifest outwardly in a highly individualized manner.
The fire and fixity of Leo are of paramount importance in the life of a person aspiring to walk the Spiritual Path. Every person’s horoscope is centered on the position of the Sun. The Sun is therefore not only the ruler of Leo, but also the energetic hub, the energetic dynamo of each and every chart. It is the Sun that gives us a sense of our individuality, and it is the unfolding of the Heart of the Sun in each of us that reveals itself as the Soul. Each and every person has to come to an essential identification with the Sun through those tests and trials in life that lead us to true self-awareness. This sense of inner knowingness is essential, for without it, it is impossible to come to the realization of the Divinity that is at the core of our being and, by extension, of all beingness. The tests that accompany this quest for self-consciousness often take the form of extremely intense challenges to the personality. In this sense, we come to learn the difference between the “shadow” that the physical Sun casts and the fire of the Spiritual Sun within us that gives all life but casts no shadow.
Once the sense of the true inner self becomes a fixed point of consciousness, a center of self-actualization, and thus our true power base, our orientation to life shifts. We no longer find ourselves a victim of the personality, ever shifting in our moods and feelings, unconsciously captured by our biological karma and the events of the past. We become instead fixed, focused, and firm in our connection to the present, a present in which time and the “meaning of life” are relative to consciousness and not entirely circumscribed by our unconscious instincts, genes, and chromosomes.
If Leo represents the heart, its polarity, Aquarius, symbolizes the circulatory system. If Leo is the individual, then Aquarius is the group. If the karma of Leo (and, by extension, the life of every personality) is to become self-realized as a Soul, then the consciousness of that self-realization must be circulated within a group (Aquarius) in order for Leo to fulfill its highest destiny. This can be problematic in any age, but it is a special challenge in the Age of Aquarius, a challenge that is revealing itself with ever greater intensity on the present stage of world events.
In the Age of Pisces, society was built much like a solar system with a central, organizing and ruling Sun (the king, the pope, the feudal lord, the father of the family) surrounded by planets which revolved around that Sun (the court, the bishops and church, the peasants, the wife and children). There is a huge paradigm shift in the Age of Aquarius, one that is destroying all of these previous structures and giving rise to tremendous chaos at the present time—and for many decades to come—until the new paradigm has anchored in the consciousness of humanity. This Aquarius Age model is “the group.” If we succeed in the goal of Leo that each and every human being becomes a self-conscious, creative entity, aware of his or her solar center, then the group that will emerge will indeed be a highly conscious one. The potential within us is that each person can be an individualized Sun, self-creating and self-sustaining. Yet—and herein lies the gift of Aquarius—each and every individual Sun is part of a galaxy of billions of human Suns! How different is this from the previous Piscean Age model when most people were planets revolving in space with no internal light of their own!
But the price humanity has to pay for this growth and this gift is very high. It requires that each personality merge with the soul so that the Love inherent in the Heart of the Sun may emerge. It also requires that all religions recognize the One Being of which we are all a part and cease in their self-righteous proselytizing. And it requires that nationalism give way to world harmony so that the idealistic doctrine of a United Nations may become a reality. All of this will take some time—if indeed it can happen at all. The promise is there, as is certainly the test!
The Ancient Wisdom tells us that there are three types of Creative Fire. These are Cosmic Fire, symbolized by Aries; Solar Fire, as indicated by Leo; and Planetary Fire, signified by the third of the fiery signs of the zodiac, Sagittarius. These fires represent Spirit (will), Soul (love), and Personality (matter), respectively, and each of these fires works to purify a place within us for the expression for the Divinity in which we all “live and breathe and have our being.” The functions of Leo, and thus the purifying fire of the Heart of the Sun (Soul), can be called the “tests of consciousness, sentiency, and sensitivity.” The Path upon which we walk in response to and as a consequence of these tests results in the unfolding of the evolution of individual consciousness. This is the true essence of Leo—the awakening of the inner heart.
THIS AWAKENING TAKES PLACE IN FOUR STAGES
1. Sensitivity to the influences coming from the external environment and recognized by our physical senses. In early phases, our responses are purely instinctual, and the interpretation of what is impacting us from the environment is only perceived as a reflection of our personal needs and the psychology inherent in our subconscious. As we grow and develop, we become increasingly detached from this, our “lunar self,” as we gradually move into the consciousness of the Sun, a place where we can view our environment objectively and not just robotically respond to it.
2. Sensitivity to the needs of the personality. The energy of the Sun grows even stronger as we gradually recognize the relationship between the Soul and the personality. We come to stand as a fixed point of “soul-er” fire, nurturing and healing our lower self and, by extension, making ourselves sensitive to the need for nurturance and healing in the world around us. This we accomplish from our “Leo center,” the heart.
3. Sensitivity to the life and function of the Soul and to ourselves as the Soul. It is now that the fire in the Heart of the Sun, true solar fire or “prana” (the vitality of consciousness), is able to be tapped consciously by the soul-centered man or woman.
4. Sensitivity to the right use of Will. The “heart-realized” individual has become a self-conscious entity and thus a mediator between the mass of humanity and the recognition of the Spiritual Will that is at the core of his or her being. In essence, we have gotten our “job” in the One Work of helping to heal the planet and we are doing it!
Now let’s examine some of the essential meaning of each of the planets when found in Leo in the natal horoscope.
Sun in Leo: When the Lion is free of his shadow, he is a giver of light and life. His energy pours through the people he touches, uplifting them and filling them with energy. He is a center of strength, purpose, and love. But when the shadow burns too brightly, the expression of his life-force is very different. The unenlightened personality may then totally dominate, and he can then become overbearing and draining. He may demand attention without earning it, insisting that he rule over his environment as a “kingly right” without asking permission of those he seeks to dominate. When soul-centered, there is no person more generous, but, when egocentric, there is no one more centered in the lower self. When Leos find themselves at the crossroads, and thus in the crisis of transformation, it is then that they become aware of what we can call “the burden of the self.” This is a difficult but necessary time for them, for at this point they reach out beyond their egos and search for the Path to the heart.
Moon in Leo: The mother Lion is very protective of her cubs and totally affectionate with them. People with the Moon in Leo are thus very loyal to those whom they love and steadfast in their devotion. They also demand the same behavior from others to them. This can give rise to certain conflicts if the expectations of love on the personal level are not returned in the way that Moon-in-Leo people need or desire. This planet/sign combination is very given over to the dramatic, and personal emotions may be exaggerated in their expression. Nevertheless, the Moon in this sign tends to be warm, genuine, and almost childlike in its sympathies. If the heart is so disposed, those with this position exude kindness, generosity, and sincerity.
Mercury in Leo: As is the case when Mercury is in a fixed sign, the individual tends to be very strong in her opinions and can be rather rigid in her ideas. This would be especially the case if Mercury were in close aspect to Saturn, also in a fixed sign. A person with Mercury in Leo is naturally drawn to expressing herself dramatically. Her words have deep meaning to her (if less so to others!), and it is very important that others hear what she has to say. If Mercury in this position is conjunct or sextile Venus, the individual tends to be gifted in words and sometimes in music. At the very least, Mercury in Leo with Venus can be quite charming—but with Jupiter or Saturn, quite imperious!
Venus in Leo: This position can indicate a very romantic person, one who is in love with the state of being in love. We have to remember that in addition to everything else, Leo is also the sign of romance. When the goddess Aphrodite/Venus is in the sign of love/Eros, passions will tend to run very high. Venus in Leo is very generous to her lovers, bestowing them with gifts and showering them with affection. But wherever Venus goes, Libra, the Scales of Balance, cannot be far beyond. In this respect, people with Venus in Leo will become very disappointed if the degree of their passion is not returned and if their lover should—goddess forbid!—forget to bring them flowers, perfume, and other presents.
Mars in Leo: “I defend my honor,” says the Lion with the sword of Mars in his hand. This position often indicates a person who stands firm in himself, tending to take offense if he feels that he is being overlooked or slighted. Yet Mars in Leo is quick to go into battle for the people he loves as well, for, like his sister Venus when she is in this sign, Mars in the fiery solar sign is passionate, highly sexual, and very proud. Should there be a conjunction of Mars and Venus in Leo in the natal chart, the individual is the personification of erotic passion! To whatever Leo touches, he brings drama, and Mars in this sign brings the drama of life as an adventure in the expression of personal will. When these qualities are expressed through the heart, we have the noble knight defending his beloved, but when expressed through the lower self, we have the primitive warrior in defense of his own ego.
Jupiter in Leo: Higher knowledge, foreign travel, and the urge to walk the spiritual path are taken up with great passion when Jupiter is being expressed through the heart of the Lion. If, however, Jupiter’s orbit circles around the lower self, the tendency for this planet/sign combination is to color the personality with exaggerated self-interest and pomposity. I tend to symbolize Jupiter in Leo as a Pavarotti-ish tenor, larger than life, singing dramatically about romantic and social ideals; yet this same huge fellow can also be the hierophant, personifying a deep spiritual commitment to the life of the heart and the unfolding of the Way. Whichever way Jupiter in Leo expresses, it is BIG, and its presence in any house of the horoscope will certainly dominate that part of the chart.
Saturn in Leo: Saturn entered Leo in mid-July of 2005 and will remain there until the beginning of September 2007. The last time it passed through the Lion was from mid-September 1975 until mid-November 1977, and then again between early January and late July of 1978. Saturn in Leo tends to define the limits of personal creative expression. It absolutely demands that if one is to be successful in his or her use of his talents, the individual has to be disciplined, modifying the personality in such a way that he does not bring social censure upon his own head. If he can walk through the door of dedication to his craft and be modest of heart while being true to his calling, Saturn in Leo will bring wonderful rewards. If not, look out for “ego smashing” in a big way!
Uranus in Leo: Uranus was last in this position from the end of August 1955 to the end of January 1956, and then again from the middle of June 1956 to the middle of August 1962. It will next be in this sign in August of 2039, where it will remain for about seven years. Leo is the sign opposite Uranus’ own sign of Aquarius. It is thus said to be in “detriment” or “dishonor” when in Leo. Uranus tends to individuate and bring out the unusual and original in people and life circumstances. This tendency can be exaggerated in Leo, especially if the individual in whose horoscope this position is found is one who is not heart-centered. This type of Uranus-in-Leo person can be detrimental to group process, calling too much attention upon herself. The need to be different just for the sake of being different outweighs the urge to contribute something of value to society. But if expressed on the level of the soul, this position can be very creatively potent. In this respect, the soul-centered Uranus-in-Leo individual will personify and embody an important creative impulse that lifts up and improves any group in which he or she takes part.
Neptune in Leo: Neptune is now in Aquarius and is thus halfway between when it was last in Leo (May 1916 to July 1929). It will not be in Leo again until late in the twenty-first century. Think of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, the romanticism of deep red lipstick and a cigarette, the passion of forbidden or hidden love, and all of the archetypes contained in what was known as “Film Noir,” and you have a touch of the effects of Neptune in the Lion when expressed in the lives of people born with this position in their natal chart. On the level of the personality, it is the illusion of romance, the evocation of the passions brought on by stringed instruments and the jazz piano, Cole Porter and “Dancing in the Dark.” This is the Neptune of my parents, men and women who were young, loving, and battling during the Second World War. On the level of the soul, Neptune in Leo brings forth the great compassion and lion-hearted courage that served to save so many who were being oppressed and murdered during that time.
Pluto in Leo: Pluto was last in the Lion from June 1939 to August 1957 (with brief transits in and out of the Lion slightly before and after these dates). It will not be in Leo again until well into the twenty-second century. The Pluto-in-Leo generation, also known as the “Me Generation,” is very much involved in the constant transformation of self through the creative process. This is a group of people who are constantly in the process of renewing their commitment to life by searching for continuous means of creative self-expression. Those who have stopped doing this have lost much of the passion of their journey of self-discovery. Those who continue to uncover their creative substance live in a world of perpetual self-unfoldment. The soul-centered meaning and test of this planet/sign combination are the release of the hold of the personality so that the Soul may unfold its will, and the will of the Soul is the expression of consciousness.
NURTURE OR NATURE—PLANETS IN CANCER
As we evolve, we come the realization that not only are we as individuals capable of recognizing our own creative potentials, but we also awaken to the reality that no one else can give them to us. No one else for that matter can truly absolve us from our own errors and no one can save us. We may be inspired by others and may even be led to the doors of wonderful, deep-seated spiritual revelations by others. But only we can open those doors ourselves and only we can manifest the courage to go through them—for the doors on the Path are many as are the tests on each of their thresholds.
A baby is not born into life completely free and innocent, a new entity just waiting to receive its impressions from its parents and environment. These circumstances of birth only serve to (re)awaken the latent karma already present within the auric field and nascent personality of that newly born entity. Each of us is born to continue developing certain energetic patterns, completing some, healing others, improving where improvement is required by the soul, and definitely making mistakes that invoke new karmic situations. All of these circumstances plant the seeds for future endeavors both in the present and in future incarnations.
Even if a person doubts the reality of reincarnation, there is still not a child that is born on Mother Earth who does not carry within his or her genetic code an ancient history. This is the history of the human race in general and his or her biological karma more specifically. We carry both our own tribal and family memory within us as well as the racial memory of all of humanity. We are one. This memory is stored in the Soul, and the more conscious a person becomes during the course of his or her lifetime, the more the Soul awakens that history in the conscious mind. Thus the development of consciousness not only reveals our personal karma but the collective karma of the entire human race as well. This is why we are told in the Ancient Wisdom that the soul-centered human being never feels like a “stranger in a strange land” for everyone we meet is our brother or sister.
Cancer is the sign of foundations, roots, tribe, home, and by extension the keynote of our relationship to the collective consciousness of the Human Family. In traditional, exoteric astrology, the ruler of this sign is the Moon and the life is centered in the solar plexus located and intimately connected to the navel and the psychic umbilical cord that keeps one tied seemingly forever to the karma of one’s immediate family. In his incredible book, Esoteric Astrology, the author (known to his students as “The Tibetan Master”) gives the following phrase to describe the Moon-ruled Cancerian: “Let isolation be the rule, and yet—the crowd exists.” This sentence implies that when a person’s life is totally centered in the personality, her destiny is to experience isolation and loneliness. Such a state will continue in various degrees until that individual learns how to emerge from the emotional and mental subjectivity that clouds her ability to see outside of her total identification with her personal self. Until then, it is very difficult to connect with others. A tension in the life is needed, an awakening to the reality of the Soul. The latter may also be symbolized by the Moon but on the level of The Cosmic Mother and not one’s biological “mommy.” Being tied to mommy is like being tied up like a mummy! The Soul cannot breathe and consciousness is entirely limited.
The Tibetan Master in the same work, also gives us a phrase to describe the more evolved and soul-centered Cancerian: “I build a lighted house and therein dwell.” In this he implies that the illusion of separateness eventually gives way to the illumination that comes with our identification with the universality of life. It is then that the soul-centered individual becomes the channel for the “Mother of the World,” Who when expressed through Cancer, gives unlimited and inexhaustible nourishment to all sentient beings, to all the forms and creations of Life. Thus in soul-centered, esoteric astrology we say that Cancer is ruled by Neptune, Lord of all the oceans. The symbolism here is quite clear: When we have fully emerged from the amniotic fluid surrounding the embryo and are no longer imprisoned by our biological karma, we emerge into the universal waters of Life. We are then capable of total compassion and understanding for others (and ourselves!) and even if alone, are never, ever lonely.
We only feel unnourished when the Mother inside of ourselves is sleeping due to our unconsciousness of Her presence. Imelda Marcos was the wife of the last dictator of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos. She was egocentric, corrupt, and selfish. She was also a Cancer and as a child suffered from poverty, such poverty that she didn’t have a pair of shoes until she was seven years old. One of the primary personality characteristics of Cancerians is that they hoard and collect. The phrase, “Put something away for a rainy day,” was invented with Cancer in mind. Mrs. Marcos collected shoes. By the time she was “dethroned” she had no less than 3000 pairs of shoes stored in several rooms in her palace and two full-time servants just to take care of them! No matter how many hundreds of millions of dollars she had, no matter how many thousands of pairs of shoes, her solar plexus identified Cancerian self always thought of herself as a shoeless child. And she never got over it. Her palace had thousands of lights but was never illuminated by consciousness. It was always darkened by the shadow of her undernourished personality. Her Moon was never full.
Although Cancer is a watery sign, the Crab inhabits both land and sea. It does indeed come forth as we all do, from the collective matrix of the ocean, gains its nourishment from sea plants and creatures, yet must keep a strong relationship to the beach. A Cancer individual is the same. The Cancer man or woman is intimately in tune with the psychic currents that play in and out of their reality. Nevertheless, Cancer must reach out to the earth for its security and breath. It exists in a psychic sense within the waters, but cannot survive if exclusively in this element. Cancer must seek out its port of anchorage in the rocks and sand of earth. A hint of this relationship may be found when we see that the Moon is exalted in that earthiest of signs, Taurus.
Cancer is forever seeking a home base and on the level of the personality, the physical home (or its lack), domestic harmony (or chaos), food and nourishment (or the fear of lack and starvation) are of major importance to this Child of the Moon. The Moon rules the past and a Cancer never forgets his childhood (nor anything else that triggers his emotions!). If the personality-centered, Moon-ruled Cancerian can hoard, be incredibly selfish and egotistical, and based in the insatiable need for personal security, the Neptune-ruled Cancerian is quite different. This is an ever-nurturing, generous, giving person who totally embodies the glyph for the sign: a pictogram of the two breasts. It speaks about the rhythm of giving so that when one breast is empty of milk, the other is filling up in preparation to nurture. Thus the soul-centered Cancerian is ever secure in her foundation as a Child of the Mother/Soul, ever filled with the necessary nutriments to feed a hungry humanity. Her milk is love and love is consciousness.
Now let us examine the meanings of the planets when in Cancer:
Sun in Cancer: The Cancerian native is extremely impressionable and has an incredible “sensual memory.” Marcel Proust, a definite “child of the Moon” and author of “Remembrances of Things Past,” a work of thousands of pages, was triggered into undertaking this monumental work by the smell of a cookie! Cancer has a love of the old (or at least an attachment to same) and must learn to how to clean his emotional house on a very regular basis. This requires the release of old thoughts, grudges and feelings that may have nothing whatsoever to do with the present moment. Cancer can take from the past the needed well-learned lessons of life, but must apply these to the present and live in the now.
Moon in Cancer: This position is incredibly powerful for it is the natural sign rulership of the Moon. Childhood and especially the relationship to one’s mother will play a very important role throughout one’s life. The Moon-in-Cancer native must feel secure in her own environment. There is a distinct urge to make every place in which she lives a real home. A person with the Sun in Gemini and the Moon in Cancer for example may move around and frequently changing houses and locations but will always make sure to bring along something that once put in place says, “This is my house, this is what is familiar to me.” Aspects from other planets to the Moon in Cancer will tell the astrologer much about the individual’s primary psychological motivations in life.
Mercury in Cancer: Sensual memory and sentimentality, especially those thoughts and images connected with childhood will play a very important part in the person’s life. This is a highly imaginative and impressionable person, one who has to remember to live in the “now.” So much of the way one communicates is tied into the past, that the person has to take care that his opinions are his own and not those that are only learned and passed on from one’s family. This is a person who thinks through his feelings, so that the objective, rational thinking processes is often overshadowed by one’s moods.
Venus in Cancer: This is a very nostalgic and sentimental person; one tends to become very attached to persons, places and things. The need to have a harmonious family life is quite important, as is the esthetic quality of one’s domestic surroundings. The romantic urge is intimately connected with the need for emotional and economic security. There is also the tendency to hold on to childhood friendships throughout one’s life and loyalty to the people from one’s past is also a strong characteristic of this planet/sign combination.
Mars in Cancer: This is a lifetime in which courage has to be cultivated. As a rule, the martial drive toward the aggressive outward expression for personal achievement is curtailed by a certain degree of timidity. The individual has to feel secure in his surroundings in order to project his desires. This is also true when it comes to sexuality as this natural urge is intimately linked with one’s emotional mood. This is a person who has a hard time separating the need for nurturing with his sexual orientation. He is profoundly seeking his psychological and emotional security within his sexual needs, thus making the area of sexuality a highly complex issue in life.
Jupiter in Cancer: We know that Jupiter is the planet that stimulates the urge for expansion through religion, philosophy and travel. We also know that Cancer is the sign of the home. Putting these things together, we come to the logical conclusion that people with this sign/planet combination do not travel very far away from home as a rule. Yet within their house, there can be a huge library of books about foreign places. Jupiter in Cancer people are strongly influenced by the religion in which they have been raised—their parents’ beliefs are their beliefs. Yet the soul-centered person with this combination is one who knows that all of humanity is her family and that all religions like all people are essentially one. Jupiter however is in exaltation in this sign. Thus, the more highly evolved person with Jupiter in Cancer will have a highly compassionate nature, one that is inclusive of all philosophical traditions, even if that person still practices the faith of her forbearers.
Saturn in Cancer: Saturn is said to be in detriment in this sign and with good reason. The inner psychological structure is highly conditioned by the past, especially in terms of one’s relationship to early environmental conditions. If Saturn is afflicted in this position, especially by the square, opposition, inconjunction, or conjunction with the Moon, the individual will have a hard time building a life that is not somehow intimately connected with an emotionally injured childhood. If Saturn is well aspected however, the individual will make the most out of his or her early family background. Should Saturn be in strong and positive aspect with Venus, Jupiter or the Moon and the Second or Eighth House is also involved, inheritance is likely. But even if this is the case, it is the past more than the present that conditions the future.
Uranus in Cancer: The last time this occurred was between June 1949 and June 1956. This is the postwar generation, one who found themselves growing up in the 1960s and 1970s when the nature of tribe and family were evolving into completely different forms than they took before World Wars I and II (considered by many esotericists as one very long and costly tragedy). As the “Father of Archetypes,” Uranus engenders entirely new concepts into human consciousness and so it was for this Uranus in Cancer generation. The family unit will never be the same again and Uranus in Cancer people embody this rebellion against the past. Many individuals with Uranus in Cancer, especially those with Jupiter also in this sign (May 24, 1954 to June 12, 1955) have a profound interest in astrology, metaphysics, and comparative religion. This is due to the fact that the combination of Jupiter/Uranus/Cancer leads a person to embracing a very universal approach to large scale, inclusive, and ancient philosophies and belief systems. The next time Uranus will be in Cancer will be from August 2032 to August 2039.
Neptune in Cancer: The last time this planet/sign combination was found in natal horoscopes was between July 20, 1901 and December 25, 1901 and then again from May 23, 1902 to July 19, 1915. One could imagine that our parents or grandparents or for some our great-great grandparents were highly sensitive people when it came to issues surrounding family. These were people who held very deep idealistic aspirations and images about family life, sometimes such feelings were more of a dream than a reality. A number of such individuals were quite psychic, a number of others very superstitious, but all had deeply held spiritual convictions and connections. The next time Neptune is in Cancer (its sign of exaltation) will not be until the second half of the 21st century.
Pluto in Cancer: This planet/sign combination last appeared in charts from July 9, 1913 to December 27, 1913 and then again from May 27, 1914 to October 9, 1937, and finally from November 26, 1937 to August 3, 1938. This combination will not reappear until well into the 22nd century. Briefly, Pluto in Cancer speaks about the regeneration of roots and foundations. When acting harmfully, Pluto destroys and degenerates. Families were literally blown up and torn apart during Pluto’s passage throughout WWI. Later in the 1930’s, families were economically shattered during the Great Depression. Finally, Pluto in Cancer brought in the era of fascism in Japan, Italy, Russia and Germany. The shadow side of Pluto is Hades, Lord of the Underworld and we should keep in mind that Pluto’s reign encompasses such forms of organized crime such as the Yakuza in Japan and the various Mafias of the world. It is also a First Ray planet so that when applied to humanity’s “left-handed path,” Pluto rules the wrong use of governmental will and power. Yet we need to remember that positive Pluto gives humanity the power to restore and regenerate. Thus it was the great task of people born with Pluto in Cancer to rebuild the world after the great catastrophes mentioned above.
DUALITY AND UNITY—PLANETS IN GEMINI
Many of us are discovering that we have to invent a new vocabulary, a new field of verbal expression for the special experiences taking place in our lives. These are words and phrases that can convey our perceptions into the life of the Spirit. Such vision is the result of the awakening of our intuition and astrology is one such language that we may use to express this evolving faculty. There is almost an instinctive awareness amongst men and women of goodwill, that we are indeed one humanity, one global village, and one revolving and evolving organism. As our inner eye awakens, it sees with ever-increasing clarity the relationship between the visible and the invisible, and knows that these two are drawing ever closer together.
The most obvious interpretation for the symbol of Gemini—II—is “duality.” Occult glyphs and symbols are multileveled as to what they represent, and the glyph for the Twins is especially rich in allegory and meaning. On the physical plane, II depicts the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the hands, the arms, the lungs and the entire bilateral nature of our physique. The highly developed athlete has this physical duality perfectly coordinated and under the control of the integrated mind, Mercury.
The true genius is capable of both intellectual understanding and the ability to perceive spiritual meaning in what is understood. The truly holistic man or woman is androgynous by nature and has integrated the prime duality of male and female into one harmoniously functioning organism capable of both power and grace, direction and inclusivity, penetration and reception. I am not inferring anything here that has to do with sexual orientation nor am I inferring that androgyny and bisexuality are one in the same thing. They are most definitely not. I am stating that the energetic sexual duality of male/female inherent in every human being and personified therefore by Gemini (II) is resolved when the soul and personality unite. This separation is under the rulership of Gemini and its exoteric ruler, Mercury. This union is also under the rulership of Gemini and its esoteric ruler, Venus.
Gemini seeks to foster the understanding existing within relationships between people, ideas, and objects, but when Mercury rules, these relationships remain polarized and thus a certain tension comes about between the object and the subject, the view and the viewer, the opinion and the opinion maker. This is why esoteric astrology teaches that Gemini is a Fourth Ray sign, the Ray known as “Harmony through Conflict.” In essence, Gemini seeks to learn (and to explain) how things work. In order to do this, Gemini has to analyze and by definition, this means, “to take things apart.” Yet from the level of the soul, Venus is the ruler of Gemini and thus the “urge to merge” is brought out through this interplay of opposites. The primary esoteric duality is that existing between the higher (soul) and the lower (personality) selves. The path between them, the force that links them is known as the “Rainbow Bridge” and this essential link is also ruled by Gemini and hence by Venus. The way we reach the Rainbow Bridge however is through the pain inherent in the Path of the Two Opposites (II), and resolved through the so-called Middle Path the moves between the polls and finds resolution in Love (the quality of the soul). Venus governs the Middle Path, under the direction of the Laws of Cohesion, Magnetism, and Unity.
Highly developed Geminis thus have three faculties at work: 1. The rational mind (Mercury) that serves to analyze and objectify. 2. The awakened intuition, a faculty ruled by Mercury’s higher octave, Uranus, the planet which reveals the inner meaning contained within all thought. 3. The urge to unite, governed by Venus, the esoteric planetary ruler of Gemini. Gemini is therefore the force of mind united with soul and carried into physical manifestation by the mechanical use of the hands, arms, and the two hemispheres of the brain, along with the wise application of the Word.
In our daily human experience, we can see that where Aries has pioneered the land and Taurus has settled and cultivated it, Gemini functions to explore neighboring regions, finding trade routes and creating communication between people. In essence, Gemini’s natural mutability is expansive by nature, bringing about new opportunities for interchange, growth and development. Like the other two airy signs (Libra and Aquarius) and the other Mercury-ruled sign (Virgo), Gemini is not symbolized by an animal. Gemini is thus a human sign and as such has as its karmic task, the need to explain to people the relationships existing between the human and the other kingdoms in nature. It is through his intellectual enterprises that Gemini becomes familiar with the laws and principles inherent in humanity and may then communicate these to others in order to bring about a more conscious world. It should be noted that in esoteric astrology Gemini is a Second Ray sign. This Ray is known as “Love/Wisdom” and is the Ray of consciousness as expressed through teaching, healing, and by the power of the soul, which is Love.
As a mutable sign, Gemini is known for his versatility and on a practical level is often seen to support himself by at least two jobs. He is best suited for work that is not sedentary, allowing him flexibility and freedom to express his variable self. As an airy sign, Gemini has a wide range of acquaintances, talents, interests and ideas. Yet his biggest challenge is to avoid superficiality and too much diversification. At his worst, he is very nervous and incapable of bringing things into harmonious and unified conclusions, continuing to separate himself and thus cause separation between himself and others.
There is quite a difference between a highly evolved, integrated Gemini and a scattered and diffused child of the Twins. The famous conductor Leopold Stravinsky was a Gemini. Stravinsky was able to hear each of the separate instruments of an orchestra and combine them into performing as a magical unit of sound. In order to do this, he had to remain at the center of his being while simultaneously projecting himself into every section of the orchestra and into each individual musician. If he were to lose his central wholeness, harmony would have become cacophony and the magic of the music would have been lost. The key to Gemini’s success in life lies in his ability to play each of the instruments of his personality and still remain the conductor of his personal symphony. This ability requires the integration of melody (Mercury) and harmony (Venus), the analytical mind (personality) and the higher faculties of cohesion and unity contained within the expression of love (soul).
Now let’s examine some of the essential meanings of the planets when they are found in the sign of the celestial Twins:
Sun in Gemini: The solar force and thus the sense of personal identity expresses in Gemini as a desire to experience life through constant variations in what one does and how one does it. There is a great need for intellectual stimulation that at its best is the constant pursuit of knowledge and the life skills that come with knowing. When negative, this orientation leads to dissipation, diffusion, and instability. There is a definite propensity to dualism: two relationships, two jobs, two sets of opinions, etc. Yet when under the direction of the coordinated and integrated mind, such dualism is holistic in nature, allowing the individual to multitask successfully. When it is not, Gemini is seen to scurry about trying to be in two (or more!) places simultaneously and not succeeding at all.
Moon in Gemini: The lunar force and thus the orientation to the fulfillment of emotional intimacy and the instinctual urges for security is expressed in Gemini through the ability to adapt to any given set of circumstances. This is an important quality to cultivate as a person with the Moon in Gemini is inclined by life to ever changing and shifting environments. There is also the urge to express feelings through words, giving the need for good language skills in order to feel emotionally secure. Thus all Moon in Gemini relationships must have successful communication as a vital aspect to their ability to give and receive love on the human level. At best, Moon in Gemini people are active, positive forces that bring about unity between themselves and others. At worst, feelings become too superficial and scattered, leading to a sense of dissatisfaction in one’s emotional life.
Mercury in Gemini: The mental force and thus the abilities to think and communicate are naturally very powerfully expressed in Gemini, Mercury’s natural home sign. “Powerfully” however does not necessarily mean “positive.” Remember that Mercury in Gemini is adaptable and it will take on the nature of the planets to which it is aspected. Mercury is indeed both powerful and positive in Gemini when it is “anchored” by good aspects to Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, or Uranus. It is then that the natural versatility, adaptability and quick logic inherent in this planet/sign combination work out at their best. But should Mercury in Gemini be in square or opposition to these or other planets also in mutable signs, the positive qualities just mentioned take on an overtone that dissipates, diffuses, and confuses the communicative capacities.
Venus in Gemini: The personal magnetism, sense of social harmony, and artistic nature of an individual embodied by the placement of Venus in the natal chart is expressed through Gemini with changeability and versatility. There is a tendency for many short-lived relationships and/or for many relationships conducted simultaneously. When negative, especially when in poor relationship to Neptune, there is apt to be a lot of deception (self or otherwise) in relationships, as there is too much idealism and not enough practicality. In the horoscope of a soul-centered individual, this is a wonderful placement as it allows the person to bring a higher sense of unity and impersonal love into all human contacts.
Mars in Gemini: Personal drive and the urge for individual achievement as well as the direction of the sexual nature, forces embodied by the Red Planet, are expressed in Gemini with versatility. Yet there is also the tendency to fluctuate in terms of the direction of one’s personal drives and should Mars be afflicted, such fluctuations lead to a dissipation of potency both creative and sexual. The individual is prone to taking on too many challenges at the same time. If Mars is well aspected with Saturn, these challenges can be successfully coordinated but if Mars in Gemini is in square or opposition to Neptune, then there is the tendency to lose ones focus within the power of the desire nature and success is then very hard to achieve.
Jupiter in Gemini: The urge to expand ones scope of understanding of the larger issues of life through those pursuits of life that enlarge and uplift are express by Jupiter in Gemini through the personal intellect. Should this be open and unbiased, then this planet/sign combination will lead to many intellectual adventures that bring a wide range of experience into the person’s life, experiences that lead to wisdom and understanding. But if the nature of the person is closed or otherwise prejudiced, such negative thought patterns only expand and increase under the influence of Jupiter in Gemini. We then have a person who thinks that they have more intelligence or wisdom than they actually possess. In fact, they are indeed possessed but what holds them back is the limitations of such personal opinions. As in all planetary positions in Gemini, the great gifts are versatility and adaptability, but the great challenges are superficiality and lack of concentration.
Saturn in Gemini: Saturn is a mental planet and thus is naturally at home in Gemini. Saturn rules the formation of mind, the structure of thought, and the very shaping of language. Thus Saturn in Gemini rules grammar. A well aspected Saturn in Gemini with Jupiter and Mercury will give great language skills while Saturn in Gemini poorly placed with these planets will result in challenges to one’s language and communicative skills. When positive, Saturn in Gemini bestows the ability to use the mind and the various types of mental skills for the fulfillment of personal goals and ambitions. The sense of timing is also rather keen and developed. Yet when negative, these mental processes are highly circumscribed in nature, limiting the individual just to the ways of his own mind and closing him to the ways other people think.
Uranus in Gemini: Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury and is thus very comfortable in Gemini so that when acting positively in the natal chart, this planet/sign combination bestows the gift of intuition and adds tremendously to the intellectual faculties. This would be especially the case when Uranus in Gemini is trine to Mercury in Aquarius and to a slightly lesser extent when trine to Mercury in Libra. The sextile between Uranus in Gemini and Mercury in Aries is also very strong and positive and to a somewhat lesser degree when in sextile to Mercury in Sagittarius. Uranus has a cycle of some 84 years. It was last in Gemini in the 1940’s and returns to this sign in 2026. Uranus’ other gifts in Gemini are original and inventive thinking but when negative, its effects lead to an erratic and “jumpy” mind.
Neptune in Gemini: Neptune is not a logical or a mental planet. Its placements in Mercury’s two signs (Gemini and Virgo) are thus not particularly compatible with its true nature. Neptune’s imaginative and other worldly nature feels confined within the demanding logic of mentally oriented Gemini. It thus tends to rebel in the lives of most people with this placement, confusing logic with idealism, practicality with aspiration. This would be especially the case if Neptune in Gemini were afflicted with Mercury and/or Saturn in the natal chart. In the lives of those people who can respond favorably to this contact, it bestows inspiration and imagination, that latter being much more pragmatic in nature should Neptune be in harmonious contact with Mercury and/or Saturn. Neptune has a cycle of about 164 years and will be next in this sign in about 2052AD. No one born in the 20th century has this planet/sign combination.
Pluto in Gemini: Pluto’s cycle is so long (240 years) that the last time it was in Gemini was in the early part of the 20th century. No one born after 1915 and during the whole of the 21st century will have this planet/sign combination in their natal chart. When positive, Pluto in Gemini sharpens all of the mental faculties, giving a heightened perception into the meaning of words and a penetrating mind in general. The more advanced among this generation may be powerful orators, highly convincing in their opinions and ideas. They are able use such insight to lead people into right forms of human relationships. The more negative among them may use the mind to manipulate and control, trying to shape other people’s minds to their egocentric goals.
The “antakharana” in Sanskrit and as found in the Ancient Teachings.
TRANSITING VENUS THROUGH THE HOUSES: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE (AND A LITTLE MONEY!)
This is the month of Taurus when Venus shines brightly in the human spirit. As a benefic influence in the horoscope, Venus’ passage through your houses gives opportunities to enrich the heart as well as your pocket. Her natural rulership over the Bull can fill the latter while her intimacy with Libra can fulfill the former. Before making any further comments about the meaning of Venus as she travels through each of the houses of the horoscope, let’s speak about her influence upon life and the horoscope in general. In esoteric astrology, we say that Venus is the ruler of three universal Laws: The Law of Attraction, The Law of Polarity, and the Law of Right Human Relationships.
The Law of Attraction. Venus was known to the Greeks as “Aphrodite,” goddess of love. Her son was Eros also known as Cupid whose mate was Psyche. Psyche can be translated as either “soul” or “mind,” an interesting combination which we shall explore later on in this article. Venus/Aphrodite was chosen by the Greek hero, Paris as the most beautiful of the goddesses. In return she gave him Helen of Troy as his wife. This started the Trojan Wars and brought Ares/Mars, Venus’ longtime companion, into the story. The ancient Greeks were masters at personifying the archetypes of the human “psyche.” In the above, we learn that Venus is intimately connected with eroticism, cupidity, romance, physical magnetism, beauty, soul, and mind. The latter is the great intermediary, Mercury, the “Messenger of the gods.” Venus’ job is to attract. She is an enchantress not only creating the opportunities for relationship but also attracting (through Taurus) physical forms such as money and possessions as well as the enhancement of the physical body itself. When too much Venus comes into play in the horoscope, she will also tend to bring about greed, avarice, and too many pounds of flesh! When examined from the soul-centered approach to life, Venus brings in Psyche, the soul and thus creates the ultimate romance and subsequent marriage: that of the soul and the personality. No wonder she is exalted in that most soulful of signs, Pisces. There is another reason veiled in the mythology of the Greeks for Venus’ honor in the Fish. She was born in the ocean of Neptune’s (Poseidon in Greek) realm out of the foam created when Uranus/Ouranos was castrated by Saturn/Chronos. But this is another story….
The Law of Polarity. Venus rules the Scales (Libra). Thus contained within the Law of Attraction is its balancing point, The Law of Polarity. This means that both the following statements are true: Birds of a feather flock together. Opposites attract. One of the main features of a relationship between a man and a woman is that a natural attraction exists between the two sexes as well as a natural tension created by that attraction. That tension when allowed to be expressed through Eros creates sexual passion (and oops, here comes Mars!), allowing tension to be release through sexual union. Yet it is only within the resolution of polarity that a greater synthesis may take place. In the case of a man and a woman, the synthesis of sexual tension may give rise to a child and thus the evolution of the human species. In the realm of ideas, the tension between the poles of “should I do this or should I do that?” is best resolved when the “this” and the “that” results in the fusion of the pair of opposites so that a third, more refined idea may come as a result of this synthetic blending. The most important polarity in terms of human spiritual development is the one that exits between the lower and the higher selves or the primary human duality. It is no wonder then that Venus in soul-centered astrology is the ruler of Gemini for here the duality of that sign is resolved by the goddess of Love and on this level that Love is impersonal, even transpersonal in nature and thus healing and unconditional in nature. This is another reason why Venus is exalted in the sign of universal compassion, Pisces.
The Law of Right Human Relationships. Once Venus is raised up to her highest level through the development of consciousness, we enter into the realm of the Seven Rays. It is here that we see Venus as the planetary ruler of the Fifth Ray of science and technology. Alice Bailey, author of that definitive text, Esoteric Astrology, tells us that in the Age of Aquarius it will be through science and technology that humanity will come to know God. As we examine all the conflicts taking place in the world at the present time, we can clearly understand that these are brought about through a distinct lack of right human relationships, an incredible absence of the goddess of love. Yet all of the great efforts being put forth by the millions of men and women of goodwill embody this Law and seek to have it lived out in a practical way by the multitudes. I might add that the sign Aquarius itself is a Fifth Ray sign and that all of the Uranian inventions in terms of science and technology in are times have as their esoteric, inner purpose, the objective of linking all people of all nations in the realization that we are One Human Family. This union, this harmonious marriage of races and faiths, is the true purpose of Venus in our collective life.
Knowing in what house Venus is placed in your natal chart, will show you the area where the highest influences of these three Laws can work out in your life. In addition, it will reveal in more practical terms the circumstances in which you feel most comfortable in a romantic setting or where you are likely to encounter such situations. The sign will tell you “how” this takes places for you as the houses always tell you “where.” Venus’ natal house position also shows where you encounter or most appreciate beauty and harmony. If you know your natal chart and thus the 12 cusp signs on its various houses, you can use the following information to help you locate where Venus will be in your life over the course of the rest of the year. If you would like a free copy of your natal chart, there are many on-line websites that can do this for you. Just type in “free natal chart” into the subject line of your chosen server.
April 19-28: Venus moves from 22-30 degrees of Pisces.
May 1-June 5: Venus is in Aries.
June 6-July 4: Venus is at home in Taurus.
July 5-31: Venus transits through the sign of Gemini.
August 1-25: Venus swiftly moves through Cancer.
August 26-September 19: Venus speedily transits Leo.
September 20-October 13: Venus briefly visits Virgo.
October 14-November 6: Venus enjoys her stay in Libra.
November 7-30: Venus passes through Scorpio.
December 1-24: Venus dwells in Sagittarius.
December 25-31: Venus ends the year in Capricorn.
Venus transiting the First House (Ascendant): This is a time for celebration as Aphrodite touches you most personally. It is a time to reach out into the world to create those relationships that you feel are most important to you. It is also a time to beautiful your surroundings, most importantly your own appearance. Get that new hair style, put on your best outfits and see what you attract. On a more soul-centered level, you are at a period when you can bring what you most need into your life for inner growth and development. At times relationships with others are very distracting or outright disturbing to your inner sense of balance. This is a month in which you have the chance to beacon the goddess to bring you the right person and/or idea to further your path on a positive note.
Venus transiting the Second House: This is a time when your relationship with money and personal possessions can be embellished or tested. It all depends on how you deal with Venus. If fears of lack are prominent, you will attract those situations that test those fears. On the other hand (Venus always brings polarity!), if your mind is open to receive and you have built an inner container of reception, then watch all the goodies that are left at your door. If you have a good sense of your financial circumstances and are not prone to buy things that you do not need when you do not need them (Venus always brings balance!), then this is a great time to go shopping. If not, take care that you do not overspend and thus create debts and obligations.
Venus transiting the Third House: The time may just be right to make up with a brother or a sister with whom you have been having problems. Opportunities for positive relationships with siblings or close friends who are like family to you are on the agenda. This is also a great time for writing and communicating your ideas as well as reaching out to find others with whom you may explore various educational projects. Intellectual partnerships come into play and finding men and women of like minds is enhanced. Should Venus (when direct and not retrograde) be making a positive aspect to Mercury during the time she is in your Third House, this is an auspicious day for the discussion of contracts and agreements. If she is retrograde, then use this opportunity to go over a contract that has already been formulated but not signed to see what needs to be changed and then wait for Venus to go direct before finalizing your agreement.
Venus transiting the Fourth House (Nadir): Home improvements are in sight and this is a great time to make your home more beautiful. This is also a great time to bring people into your home and to share with them accordingly. If you need to bring more love into your family life, create opportunities for better relationships with your parents, or find that inner path to greater personal serenity, the transits of Venus through your Fourth House is the perfect period in which to do these things. Look for harmonious aspects between transiting Venus and your natal Moon for intimate chats with female friends or your mother. Venus in positive contact with the Sun is equally good for relationships with men and your father. Venus in harmony with Mercury is great for fixing things around the house while Venus going through the Fourth in aspect to natal Venus is perfect for home decorating, a romantic dinner, and socializing at home.
Venus transiting the Fifth House: The love you share with your children or pleasant experiences with young people can all be highlighted with transiting Venus through this house of your natal chart. As the Fifth House is also the house of romance, this is a great time to take your relationship into the portal of Eros. Enjoy the personal love you share with another and have a great time. The Fifth is traditionally known as the “House of Pleasures,” so this is a great excuse (as if an excuse were needed!) to enjoy your life and to share that enjoyment with a special friend. If you are of a creative bent, Venus is also the goddess of the arts. This is thus a period in which you can explore your creativity: paint, decorate, and build that special garden you have been thinking about. In essence, test out your urge to beautify life through any form of self-expression. If you prefer to watch others whose talents and beauty you admire, well then make sure that you take transiting Venus with you to the movies, theater, museums, and galleries.
Venus transiting the Sixth House: This is the time when you can find the right healers to help you with any form of self-improvement. This can be in terms of your physical health as well as the health of your spiritual and emotional lives. Venus wants to perfect, seeks to beautify and heal. She can aid you now in your attempts to understand your relationships better and may stimulate you in finding those psychological and physical tools to do just that. This is also a wonderful time for relationships with your pets or for making a new relationship with an animal. If you are an employer, use Venus’ visit to your Sixth House to find out how you can help to make the lives of your employees better. When transiting Venus is in this house and in good aspect to Mercury or the Moon, use this opportunity to come closer to the people who work for you. Find out what they think and how they feel about their jobs and their relationship with you. You may then set in motion those circumstances that improve all of your lives and goals.
Venus transiting the Seventh House (Descendant): Aphrodite is very happy to be home as the Seventh is a realm that deeply pleases her. It may also mean that her stay in this House will be a pleasant one for you as well. This is of course the House of marriage and important personal as well as business relationships. This is a great time to bring greater balance and harmony into your life. Marriages can really deepen and move forward under Venus’ beneficial rays. Should Venus be transiting the Seventh or Fifth House of your partner, well then this will be all the easier to accomplish. In any event, this is a good time to sit down and sort out your “marriage contract.” Discuss any imbalances that may be taking place in this all important relationship. A good time to do this is when Venus is in good aspect to the ruler of your partner’s Seventh House or to that person’s natal Venus. If this coincides with positive Venus aspects to your own chart, then you are really in a perfect position for a positive interchange with the person you love.
Venus transiting the Eighth House: What are the necessary changes and transformations you need to bring about in your attitude to relationships both romantic and financial? These questions and their related issues will come up during Venus’ passage through this House. This is a great time to be objective about these important areas in your life. It is not a time to through those situations into a greater imbalance by trying to blame the other person or yourself. Blame and guilt only increase the energy of negative polarization and are therefore sure to cause greater conflicts. Use the Fifth Ray soul-centered quality of Venus—the mind—to come into a center within you that is objective to your relationship or financial situation. Be the observer. In this way you will find that you are standing at the apex of a triangle above the pair of opposites with which you are dealing. Remember that the personality acts out of oppositions and polarity but the soul acts out of triangles and the realm of unbiased solution.
Venus transiting the Ninth House: Thinking of a romantic, pleasant time somewhere away from home? Venus passing through this House may be just the time for such an escape from routine. Traditionally the Ninth is the House of long distance travel but you do not have to go to another continent to be in tune with its energies. “Long distance” translates to more than 24 hours away from home—by foot! Don’t forget that the system of astrology was invented long before cars, planes, and trains. So a short hop to a neighboring state or another city will do just fine. The important thing is to bring romance into your life by walking on different roads and seeing different sites. If your life circumstances are such that you can fly to another land, well then Venus through the Ninth can be more literally interpreted as “romance in a foreign country.” So now is definitely the time to use those frequent flyer miles, especially if Venus is in positive aspect with Jupiter and/or the ruler of your natal Ninth House.
Venus transiting the Tenth House (Midheaven): Seeking to capitalize on professional relationships? Is this the right time to ask your boss for a raise? The answer to both these questions is a definite “Yes!” when Venus is going through your Tenth and making positive aspects either to your natal Venus, Saturn, or the ruler of your Tenth. Timing is everything in astrology for what are astrological students seeking if it is not to be in balance and harmony with the cosmic clock? Venus going through your Tenth can easily bring about more harmonious relationships in your career although complications can come about if there is romance in the work place. But meeting the right people at the right time to further mutual career goals is definitely on the agenda during Venus’ stay at the top of your natal horoscope.
Venus transiting the Eleventh House: Right Human Relations are emphasized when Venus transits your natal house of friends. This is a great time to get together with groups of people with whom you share similar interests and goals. It is a perfect period to organize group activities. If your natal Venus is in Aries or in positive aspect while going through the Eleventh with any other planet in that sign, it just might be the opportunity you need to lead such a group or at the very least, inspire it. Are there conflicts between yourself and a friend or difficulties between people you know? This is a fine opportunity for you to resolve such differences or if invited to act as a mediator between the warring parties. Venus is the natural balance to Mars and she is shining brightly now in the place in your chart that is geared to harmony in friendship.
Venus transiting the Twelfth House: It is very true that Venus in the Twelfth in the natal chart characterizes a person who has a tendency for clandestine relationships. This can be two-fold: either having a secret lover and/or being in a position to help people who are hospitalized or in any other way in a secluded place such as a prison or a monastery. Venus transiting the Twelfth can bring such situations into your life during the time of its passage through this astrological domicile. If you have Venus in your natal chart in the Twelfth, or in strong aspect to Neptune, then these natural tendencies will certainly be emphasized. Venus in the Twelfth also gives us the opportunity to look within ourselves in order to find a greater place for the growth and development of a more spiritual and impersonal way of loving. It is a great time to seek out those teachers and guides that are there to help us discover the true meaning of love.
ARIES AND THE CREATIVE FIRE OF LIFE
The Soul of Humanity, known as the “anima mundi” and also called the “Christ Consciousness” is the synthesis of all individual human Souls and the Source of the quality of the Life which is our Soul. This quality is Love. This collective presence of Love is also unfolding and evolving and It’s Grace unfolds through humanity. As It does so, It allows an ever-increasing possibility for love and abundance to enter both our individual lives and the life of our collective human family. Our job is to create the Way for It to manifest on Earth. This is the goal of the Spiritual Path. –AO
There is a beautiful prayer known as “The Great Invocation” that was given to Alice Bailey in the early part of the 20th century. The opening lines of this states: “From the Point of Light within the Mind of God, let Light stream forth into the mind of Man. Let Light descend on Earth.” We can view this primordial act of creation as the energy of the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. Aries is that initiating Will-to-Be, that continuous “Pulse of Life” (as the great Aries astrologer Dane Rudhyar wrote) as it emerges through the fiery aethers into manifestation as form.
In soul-centered, esoteric astrology, Aries is connected to two of the Seven Rays. It is primarily situated as one of the three signs of Ray One—Will and Power. Here as the “Light of Life Itself,” Aries is a pure emanation from the fiery creative source of Divine Mind and expresses the fiat: “Let there be Light.” The Ancient Wisdom teaches us that Light is matter in its first and purest manifestation. All of the forms of the known world are in actuality light in various degrees of density vibrating at different rates of speed. Such differences for example produce color and all colors originate in the purest “white light.” What you are looking at with your two eyes when you see variations in color and form is just vibrating light. In effect everything you see is energy in vibration! With the Third Eye opened, these vibrations of form reveal an inner secret: quality. The ability to perceive the quality of Light (which reveals its true purpose) can only come about once the Heart Center is open for it is only then that the Third Eye can see. The reader would do well to pause now and contemplate why the Sun is exalted in Aries and rules Leo. The Sun in Leo is the flame of Life burning at its most brilliant and obvious but the Sun in Aries reveals Divine Intent, i.e. the purpose behind the expression of the Creative Will.
I mentioned earlier that Aries functions on the Seventh as well as the First Ray. When manifesting through the latter, Aries is the birthplace of ideas and reminds us of another celebrated esoteric truth: “As a man thinketh, so is he.” If I may paraphrase Dr. Earnest Holmes, the founder of a most beautiful and helpful philosophy known as the “Science of Mind”: What is thought in the mind returns to us as form. This is the Law of Karma in action! The Seventh Ray is the Ray of the physical plane and as such it is the Ray of Synthesis as all physical forms are a synthesized expression of light and its related densities of vibration. Thus Aries is involved with the alpha (First Ray) and the omega (Seventh Ray), the beginning of the urge to create and (“when the Eye is opened”) the true purpose revealed once creation is manifested into form. Most of us are “blinded by water” and it is in water that fire is put out. The waters in this case indicate the expression of the astral plane (ruled by Neptune and Mars), so that when the desires of the emotions and the addictions of the passions are stimulated, we lose sight of true purpose and the Light is extinguished. Fire is also vanquished in earth, the flame is suffocated, and the “creative heat” is absorbed into the material darkness. We as humans lose much of our ability to be in touch with our Creative Spirit when we become overly attached to form, when we believe that form/matter is God instead of God manifesting as form. As an American metaphysical teacher, I can understand why so many of my countrymen and woman become so confused about life when it comes to the use of dollars. Printed on everything one of these “green forms” are the words “In God we Trust.” But how easy it is for the uninitiated to confuse the dollar with God, so that much of the national collective consciousness is divided, brutally polarized in fact between God and the greenback! I would think that the recent presidential elections gave proof of that.
We can see therefore that the elements of earth and water, so compatible with one another, are very incompatible with fire. Indeed it is the working together of the two, ie. Earth (matter and the material plane) and Water (the desires, emotions, sensations and the astral plane). What is particularly challenging to Aries has to do with its rulership by Mars. Mars dignified in Aries, creatively potent in Leo, and a spiritual warrior in Sagittarius (or at least an idealistic “knight in shining armor”), is awash with uncertainty in Pisces, drown and has its fall in Cancer, but interestingly enough has rulership over the third of these watery signs, Scorpio. Let me make some brief comments about the first two designations and linger a bit longer in terms of the Scorpion.
We should begin this discussion by noting that Mars is a planet of the Sixth Ray. The Sixth Ray is intimately associated with the astral plane (which is co-ruled by Neptune while the whole personality is ruled by the Moon). The astral is the energy and “mass” out of which the substance of dreams is created. When I say to you that most of us are dreaming while we are “awake,” swept up in seas of chaos and commotion, ever-craving sensations and passions, inventing perfect lovers (who soon lose the illusionary perfection we have projected onto to them). Many of us breathlessly watch the “E Channel,” crying and truly involved with the break-us and coming back together again of starlets and stars, well it does go on and on….This is proof of just how much the astral plane controls our lives, lives indeed lived out through these turbulent oceans of emotion. Too many of us are living in a dream, living a dream life (or desperately trying to create one), or making our life into a drama!
The matrix for all of this is lunar, framed by Neptune, and activated by Mars. Mars thus has its fall in Cancer because his passionate desire nature stimulates the instincts of the personality, the subjective urge for staying within and diving back into the womb of sensation without objectification. In effect, he becomes the protector of the “biological karma” inherent in our DNA. In Pisces, Mars is further dominated by Neptune where it raises the level of idealism while oblivious to any form of boundaries. (Please consider that Mars is exalted in Capricorn!).
Mars in Scorpio however, is a very interesting and from an esoteric perspective, a most potent position. Its rulership over Scorpio links reveals its special link to the sexual process. Mars provides the necessary desire to stimulate sexual activity. In the male, Mars is the ruler over the sexual organs which the Moon and Venus hold sway over the female genitalia save for the clitoris which is also Mars-ruled. In the human organism we tend to combine Mars and Venus as for many of us sex and romance, intimacy and union are inherently linked. Yet on a more primary level, sex is a biological urge, stimulated by the need to reproduce oneself, as a safeguard against death and as an affirmation of ego. Thus in both the animal and human kingdoms we find sex and partnership but we also find sex performed just for the sake of the sexual act with total disregard for the pleasantries of courtship and romance.
In the above paragraph, I mentioned the terms “a safeguard against death.” Here again we see through Mars’ rulership over Scorpio the relationship between the function of the planet and the theme of the sign. In the case of Scorpio this is: death/rebirth, annihilation/immortality. In the sexual act you need the other person’s energy to heighten the experience and in terms of procreation, the body of the other gender is absolutely required for obvious reasons. This is another reason why Scorpio is called “the sign of other people’s resources” and why the un-evolved Mars-ruled Scorpio individual is always on the hunt for new energetic sources. The sexual addict for example, suffers from this pathology. The most base of this Scorpion expression is the sadistic vampire while the most evolved of Scorpio’s human manifestations come in the form of those Holy Saints transfixed by their immanent relationship with the Energy of the Other (Spirit) in which they are in total tantric union. These Human Beings are even further exalted when they are in service, distributing the Grace of their Holy Union to all people in need. It is here that Scorpio finds its culmination in Aquarius, the air sign in which the passions have been converted into the dissemination of consciousness leading to Right Human Relations. (Please remember that Uranus ruler of Aquarius finds its exaltation in Scorpio!)
In soul-centered astrology, Mars no longer is the ruler of the Celestial Ram. Instead, the Warrior Planet becomes the vehicle of the “Soul-infused-personality.” Passion has been converted into compassion. This is the result of Mars and Neptune functioning together on a much higher level of interplay than previously noted. Thus the astral plane is transformed in the life of the spiritual man or woman so that it is fused to and dominated by the plane of pure intuition. This is accomplished through the opening of the Heart Center, the process of which is so technical and complex that it cannot be explored here. Let me just say, that such a transformation is indeed possible and is indeed a part of the training found on the Spiritual Path.
In essence the “transformed Aries” is still a warrior but the battleground, the aims for victory and the true tools s/he uses for the fight have also changed. Astrologically, the esoteric soul-centered ruler of Aries is Mercury. “From the point of Light within the Mind of God…” was pointed out as the initiating fiery impulse of the Creator it is urge to manifest forms (galaxies and universes and all matter and beings that inhabit them). I quote again this time from the Holy Bible (John 1:1): “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Thus in the process of beginning any act of creation (Aries), a word must be communicated to the aethers (Mercury). This is Divine Intent, Divine Will in Action.
The soul-centered Aries acts as a warrior opening the Way for creation. S/He is in touch with the Mind of God via the Soul for the Soul is the intermediary between Spirit and matter. This is why soul-centered human beings serve as intermediaries and agents (Mercury) of peace even if that peace means having to go to war (Aries) to achieve it. This particular war is the one each of us fights within ourselves to harmonize our own inner duality. In soul-centered astrology, this process is symbolized by Venus (harmony) having rulership over Gemini (duality). It is most important here for us to note that there are two Mars-ruled signs, Aries and Scorpio. (Mars is also the ruler of Scorpio on the soul-centered level.) We thus have a combination of signs that yields birth (Aries) and rebirth (Scorpio) through the battle that takes place on the field of the astral plane of desires (Mars and the Sixth Ray). The result of this battle is that the Word is born (Mercury in Aries) and made manifest as the mind of God merged with the mind of the spiritual man or woman (Venus ruling Gemini, the harmony between the lower and the Higher Mind). The net result of this arduous rebirthing/regenerative/reorienting process is that the worker for peace, the spiritual warrior emerges. This is the true mission for Aries.
NEPTUNE’S HIDDEN AGENDA OF LOVE
Whatever is born or done in a moment of time, has the qualities of this moment of time.
Although astrology has its roots in prehistory, the modern system of our ancient science is based on the archetypal characteristics of the gods of Greek mythology. According to the Greeks, when our universe was created it was divided into three realms: Zeus (Jupiter) was given the heavens, Hades (Pluto) was charged with governing the underworld, and Poseidon (Neptune) was made the ruler of the oceans. Neptune was also given a huge island-continent as his capital. In the middle of this island was a mountain on the top of which lived three earthlings: Evenor, Leucipe, and the beautiful maiden, Cleito. Neptune fell in love with the girl and together they engendered ten sons, the eldest of which was Atlas, the mighty hero who was eventually charged with holding up the Earth on his shoulders. It was in Atlas’ honor that Neptune called his island home Atlantis and its surrounding ocean became the Atlantic.
As we can see from this story, Neptune’s love is very creatively potent. He is in fact, the higher octave of Venus (Aphrodite). This goddess reigns over the realm of personal love, for Venus offers her heart but demands a heart in return. She believes in balance (Libra) and regales her worshippers with the fruits of the Earth (Taurus). In this respect, those people who have Venus afflicted in their natal chart, especially by Saturn, may suffer from one-sided, imbalanced love relationships.
This difficulty in life cannot happen to the true follower of Neptune as the “god of the oceans and seas” does not demand that his love be of a personal nature, although he certainly embraces love on all levels. Neptunian love in its highest form is the vehicle through which we obtain the inclusive love of the universal heart. Neptune’s true joy is in giving, while Venus takes her greatest pleasure in sharing.
Most people cannot respond to the higher qualities of the unconditional love offered by Neptune. It is therefore more common in human life to find that Neptune’s vibrations are highly modified by the nature of personal emotional needs. These are governed by the Moon. In fact if you look at the position of the Moon in your natal chart, it will describe such needs in detail. A person with the Moon in Gemini for example, will become very upset and insecure when they feel that they are not communicating correctly or are misunderstood. Neptune is exalted in Cancer and thus can be said to represent a higher focus for lunar expression. In this respect, when our solar plexus center (located at our navel point—ruled by the Moon!) is moved up into the heart (via our spiritual efforts at evolutionary growth), Neptune reigns as the god of unconditional love.
If this “exalted process” does not occur through the evolution of our consciousness, Neptune’s influence will express in us on a lower level. Instead of clearing a path to the Soul so that true vision, mystical inspiration, and universal love may manifest, one instead becomes an unrealistic dreamer. When this facet of Neptune is too strong in the chart, the individual becomes quite lazy, unnecessarily secretive, and an escapist. Neptune on the level of the unredeemed Moon (in effect, the separated, instinctual self), gives a person a distinct dislike for any physical efforts and avoids all practical responsibilities. The individual, who has not lifted herself up to a place wherein Neptune’s higher nature may be found, will find herself lost in fantasy and the mirage of idealistic love. Neptune is the master of disguise and the planet’s negative effects result in deception, fraud, and destructive self-indulgence. Neptune at its worst is the embodiment of delusion, morbidity, phobia, obsession and addictive-compulsive habit patterns.
Neptune’s highest energy field puts us in direct contact with the Will of the Soul and this is the Will-to-Good, the Will-to-Love. When these aspects of the Will are expressed through the personal emotional sphere (only possible when there is true personality-soul interaction), the results are as beautiful as the negative polarity of this energy field are heinous. Neptune is the celestial musician, the transcendental force that inspires the great composers of symphonies. He is also the patron of the ballet, the energy of union that allows the ballerina to merge with rhythm and become a physical extension of sound.
On a more soul-centered level, Neptune can bring the disciple and spiritual seeker in contact with the Master Souls who aid us in our personal development and who help guide the world. Neptune thus brings inspired writing, prophetic visions, and the realization of those Universal Truths that go far beyond the powers of the rational mind. Neptune is thus the planet of all true clairvoyants and mystics. Please note my emphasis. Neptune on the lower levels of astral glamour and deception is also the ruler of deluded “channels,” false prophets, religious sect leaders, and all those who proclaim contact with Divinity in order to dominate people for the purposes of self-aggrandizement and egocentric aims.
Edgar Cayce was known as “the sleeping prophet.” In the view of this writer, Cayce was a truly blessed and gifted man, one who was blessed with a great gift and whose heart was dedicated to serving humanity. While he slept, his higher consciousness became the vehicle through which the Masters spoke. Cayce was born under the sign of the Fish and was therefore naturally responsive to the higher energy field of his ruling planet, Neptune. The quality of his heart and the nature of his soul contact, allowed Neptune to function through him at a very noble and beautiful level of expression.
Let us examine the generational positions of Neptune from the beginning of the 20th century to when it exits Pisces in 2026 to see the various qualities of this planet in our own charts and those of our most recent ancestors, children, and grandchildren.
Neptune in Cancer (1902-1916): There is an intimate relationship between Neptune and Caner’s ruling planet, the Moon. In soul-centered astrology, this relationship involves the creation and nurturing of the indwelling soul presence in each of us. When active on this level in the life a person who has Neptune in Cancer, the result is the ability to foster the awareness of the Presence of Love through all of one’s relationships, not with just family (Cancer) alone. Neptune in Cancer is the Mother Principle at work in her most embracing, most collective and universal state. The Moon is the ruler of Cancer on the exoteric level, but is also the ruler of Virgo on the level of the Soul. This brings to a person with Neptune in Cancer a contact with the unconditional love of the Virgin Goddess. On the personal level, Neptune in Cancer makes one especially sensitive to all family connections—the “compassionate grandmother” would be one such archetype of this planet/sign placement. When afflicted (especially in square or opposition to the natal Moon), it can give rise to general anxiety and fears as there can be a sense that one is not protected from unseen and unknown “possible sources” of harm.
Neptune in Leo (1916-1929): This combination produced a very romantic generation for these people were raised in the “height of Hollywood” and the glamour of those projected images and stars. Yet this is also a generation of great emotional stress. They began their lives during or right after World War I. They experienced the Great Depression, and as young people were separated from their loved ones, fought in or otherwise suffered through World War II. From the soul level, this planet/sign combination is a most powerful one. Neptune in Leo represents the Heart of the Sun. Those people born with this placement are either prone to excessive self-dramatization on the personal level (emotional stress is very high!), or are capable of instilling an awareness of the Presence of Love in all and everything.
Neptune in Virgo (1929-1943): It is interesting to note that on the personality level, people who have this placement in their natal charts seem to take small details completely out of proportion. Yet this particular characteristic so annoying on the personality level makes a great deal of sense when looked at from the soul-centered perspective. Neptune manifests the universal Presence of Love in all matter. In Virgo, this extends down into the minutia of the atomic structure from which all forms are made. An individual with a highly developed spiritual sensibility who has Neptune in Virgo is capable of seeing the All in every little thing and can carry this perception to his or her environment. If however, Neptune’s expression in this sign is limited to the personality sphere of influence, then it only serves to exaggerate the Virgo tendency to criticism and the finding of faults.
Neptune in Libra (1943-1957): I tend to think of this placement as characterizing the last generation of romantics in the 20th century. It is a position that endows its possessor with the search for the ideal in relationship. This is the “soul-mate” generation, those men and women who believe in the perfection of love on the personal level, which at the very least is quite the challenge! Libra is ruled by Venus and there will always be a “see-saw” effect on the level of personal love. It is never constant and may only be stabilized (truly balanced) on the level of the soul, a level which requires detachment and impersonality in all human affairs. This placement is also significant of a generation of “relationship counselors” who at the highest serve to bring about the most important tenant of the New Age—the Law of Right Human Relationships. From the collective level, this generation personifies the consciousness of the cuspal phase between the Piscean and Aquarian Ages as the vast majority of people born during this period have either Neptune (ruler of the Pisces) either trine or square Uranus (ruler of the Aquarius).
Neptune in Scorpio (1957-1970): This generation is to develop an expression of those transformational energies that lead to the alignment of the lower self to the higher. The obvious expression results in tests on sexual (Scorpio/Pluto) levels. They matured at a time when the plight of AIDS and other sexually transmuted diseases reached a pinnacle both in terms of affliction and human awareness. Yet Scorpio and Pluto go beyond sexuality and on the level of the soul, speak about the path of Harmony through Conflict and the Right Use of Will to achieve greater spiritual development. It is to be noted that at least 85% of all of these individuals have a sextile between Neptune in Scorpio and Pluto in Virgo, thus strongly linking Neptune to Scorpio’s ruler (Pluto) through the sign of healing (Virgo). Neptune in Scorpio on the soul level is a very beautiful and potent placement as it fosters the rebirth of the indwelling Principle of Love over the ashes of the lower self.
Neptune in Sagittarius (1970-1984): This is to this writer, a generation capable of producing some very eminent philosophers and spiritual voyagers. At the same time, the danger is the rise of unbridled religious dogmatism and its resulting planetary chaos. Neptune is a Sixth Ray planet and Sagittarius also expresses itself through this, the Ray of Devotion and Idealism. On the personality level, this can easily give rise to individuals who are totally swayed emotionally by the increase of astral/emotional forces that come as a result of addictions to fundamental religious beliefs. I believe that many “old souls” will incarnate through this generation as well as a lot of religious zealots and fanatics.
Neptune in Capricorn (1984-1998): The lower expression of this combination indicates a generation of people who are totally fooled by matter, intoxicated by form, and swept away for the urge for personal power. As a result, Love is restricted and veiled by these ambitions and personality characteristics. Consciousness is therefore trapped in the crystallization of matter in old patterns and selfish thought-forms. Yet from the level of the soul, this is a generation who embodies the principle of Christ/Krishna incarnated in human form. As a result, this recent Neptune in Capricorn generation will produce a number of highly evolved men and women dedicated to bring correct ecological Order to a planet who much needs such wise nurturing. These relatively few (when counted in terms of the great number of men and women born with Neptune in Capricorn) can be called the “Enlightened Earth Workers.” They will struggle to manifest the Law of Economy as it relates to the common good.
Neptune in Aquarius (1998-2012): A most interesting combination! Here we have the joining of the ruling planet of the Age of Pisces in the sign of the New Age. This is thus the generation that embodies a major shifting and fusion between these two World Ages. Those born between 1998-2003 also have Uranus in Aquarius and many of these young people will be the true harbingers and avant-garde of the New Times. Listen and watch this “sub-group” closely as they will speak and embody the future. Personally (sic!), some of this generational behavior is very unappealing to me as it is so dominated by social media, and is impersonal, detached, robotic, and superficial. But then I come from an Age of intimate Flower-Power Huggers! Neptune (and Uranus) in Aquarius produce a great deal of social idealism, aspiration, and vision but individual beliefs are greatly modified by the society in which one lives. In addition, while the interactions of one’s peer group are important social factors for everyone, for this generation, it is even more so. Many will be overly detached, preferring to avoid in-depth human contact. Example: A group of them sitting at a dinner table in a restaurant preferring to text each other rather than speak directly to one another! On the personality level, their group and its political or philosophical beliefs consist of the only group. This will lead to incredible fanaticism! Thank goodness, they are also a rather lazy, “spacey” group! However, the avant-garde and soul-centered individuals born in this generation are highly individuated with amazing talent and incredible uniqueness. They embody a great love and caring for humanity. It is a group free of “traditional” prejudices and totally “color-blind.” This gifted youth embody an urge to be true contributors to planetary well-being regardless of race, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion and their efforts will take place through group affiliations and collective activities. These are the “humanitarian spiritual scientists” who will work together in teams in order to resolve the problems which world climatic, sociological, and population factors require of them.
Neptune in Pisces (2012-2026): I can only speculate about the potentialities of this generation. Could this be an army of “incarnated Love” that comes to heal the planet without having to burn anyone in the fires of self-righteous fundamentalism, or impale anyone on the swords of a martial religious orientation? Is it possible that a generation could be born that will embody a living devotion to the indwelling Principle of Love? Will such children be the fathers and mothers of a new and totally inclusive world religion that leads humanity out of its urge for tribal uniformity of belief and into the realization of unanimity in the soul of the One Human Family? There is the high likelihood that many false prophets and misplaced messiahs have been and will be born during this time. These will be men and women of great magnetism and charisma who are capable of much harm and destruction. Pisces is a dual sign. Neptune is a planet of the Sixth Ray of Religious Idealism and Devotion. The Ocean is very deep and is the Mother of all Forms. We shall see…
PLANETS IN AQUARIUS—CREATING A NETWORK OF FRIENDS
Free will is the voluntary creation of those methods of self-development that enable us to raise our level of consciousness so that we may bring the Life of the Higher Self into the world of the lower ego. We are a part of the total creative expression of the One Life. The expansion of our awareness of this Life within us reveals the Grace that allows us to know that we are an atom in the body of this purposeful, loving, and intelligent Being. Astrology, especially esoteric astrology, bestows upon us the ability to measure and delineate the rhythms of some of the functions of this Cosmic One in Whose Life we all dwell. —A.O.
This month we celebrate that most human of signs, Aquarius the Water Bearer. The “Heavenly Man,” as he is also known is represented by the symbol of the two wavy lines:
This glyph is both a pictograph representing the movement of the ankles, that part of the body ruled by this sign as well as an ideograph, representing the fundamental meaning of Aquarius—the waves of electronic and mental communication that link all people everywhere.
In the Piscean Age, most people acted as planets revolving around a primary sun. Planets have no light of their own—they receive and reflect the light of the star around which they turn. In the societies of the Age of Pisces, this “sun” was in its most basic form, the pater familius, the father of the family. This paternalistic concept extended itself into society through the figure of the king/president in terms of the temporal world and the pope/priest in terms of the spiritual.
This archetype is radically changing in our times thanks to the predominance of Uranus, ruler of the Aquarius Age. Uranus insists that each of us become increasingly more individualized, our own person, our own “sun” with our own developed creative center. Thus the collective paradigm or idea in which we are evolving has mutated from that of a solar system—each one of us a planet reflecting the light of father or priest—to that of a galaxy in which each one of us is a self-creating star. This is quite the shift, one that gives us so much greater potential to be a unique individual. It also places so much more individual responsibility upon us to define, shape, cultivate and nurture that individuality correctly.
I have come to think of the cell phone as a major symbol of the Aquarian Age. The cell phone allows each of us to become our own individualized communications unit—a mini-universe unto ourselves. We can photograph our universe with our cell phone and send it out to the entire world. We can record the sounds of our universe with our cell phone and play them back to us when we wish as well as share these sounds with as many people as we know. We are seconds away from speaking to anyone anywhere while seeing their image appear in the palm of our hand—and all this for literally pennies. I have personally seen cell phones being used by the most sophisticated women in Paris as well as by tribesmen in the rice fields of Indonesia. Cell phones make no distinction between people. Everyone is equal to a cell phone—how perfectly Aquarian!
There is only one rule that governs all uses of a cell phone, one essential regulation that everyone from Borneo to Bordeaux must observe, one primary line that enables us to link up with one another: we all must be part of a greater network that allows us to charge up our cell phone with the energy necessary to run it. A membership in and a connection to a Universal Energy Source is required or else our battery runs out of “juice” and we are no longer in the network. In the Age of Pisces we were excommunicated from the Church if we were heretics, no longer believing in the tenants of the prevailing religion of our society. The “juice” was our faith, our connection to both Man (in the form of society) and God (in the form of the church). We paid our primary dues in the form of giving over a great deal of our individual self-expression, thus conforming to church doctrine and giving up our free will to individuate. What a high, high price to belong to the system! Our secondary dues was paid in the form of church levies, tithes and state taxes.
In the Age of Aquarius, our dues to the “cell phone church” is much simpler and cheaper—a small monthly fee keeps us in the system and providing we stay within a certain self-determined structure of time (Saturn is the co-ruler of Aquarius after all!), we will avoid all extra charges. This tiny sum (truly tiny if you compare it to what Piscean Age church taxes upon body and soul used to be) allows you to enter the paradigm of the New Age: instead of being a planet revolving around a sun, YOU are a Sun of your own, not limited to a single solar system. YOU are now part of a galaxy of communicating Suns each an evolving Self-universe!
Aquarius and Uranus rule all objects and concepts represented by the prefix “tele.” “Tele” comes from the Greek word, telos, meaning “from afar.” Thus all of the following are Aquarian Age inventions or Uranian expressions of consciousness: television (to view from afar), telephone (to hear from afar), telepathy (to feel from afar), telegraph (to write from afar), telescope (to see from afar), telekinesis (to move from afar), telecast (to send out from afar), and telegram (to speak from afar). But not only do these words and concepts indicate some form of communication from a distance, they also by their very nature make those distances smaller as they create bridges between senders and receivers. In effect, the Age of Aquarius will serve to bring us together, consciously uniting us as one Human Family as CNN brings the tragedy of the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan into your living room in Peoria while no doubt some Pakistani immigrant family members in California are on their cell phones speaking to their surviving loved ones.
Alice Bailey wrote in “Esoteric Astrology” that in the Aquarian Age men and women will come to know God through science and technology. In soul-centered astrology, science and technology come under the rulership of the Fifth Ray, ruled by the planet Venus. Aquarius is a Fifth Ray sign and Venus is the planet which unites us all through Love.
Aquarius is also the sign of hopes, wishes and aspirations. It is also the sign of organizations, groups and clubs. But above all, Aquarius is the sign of friendships and Right Human Relationships. If in your natal horoscope, you have planets in this sign, it will mean that all of these factors will have important meanings in your life. Let us now take a brief look at what planets in Aquarius mean for you from a more soul-centered perspective:
Sun in Aquarius: In this lifetime you are to create a highly individualized sense of your Self. This may make you stubborn and willful as under no circumstances will you compromise who you are and what you stand for. As Aquarius is the sign of group consciousness, you may frequently feel that you are not alone on this planet insofar as who you are is deeply connected to your ideals and the aspirations you hold in your heart and mind for the benefit of humanity. You have to be careful not to become too dispersed in your thoughts and actions. Your visions are very far reaching and you are often ahead of your times. You will have to learn how to concentrate and focus your creative energy so that you do not fly off into space, thus not accomplishing in any practical way on earth any of the finer ideals you hold so dear to yourself.
Moon in Aquarius: Your urge to nurture is not the “warm and fuzzy” type. In fact you will feel very constricted by people who are overly clingy and needy on the emotional level. Those individuals who want a more personal, emotional, or sentimental contact with another, will not get this from you. You need to minister and care for a lot of people and cannot devote all of your emotional energy to the needs of one person. You have a wide-range of human interests and will tend to know people from many different backgrounds and beliefs. Some people will call you cold and detached and indeed at times you can be this way. But you are a most loyal and faithful friend and although you sometimes keep your distance, that distance is necessary so that you have the freedom you need to love and care for many others, not just the few.
Mercury in Aquarius: You may often function to unite others into a group focus of shared activities, ideas and principles. Active work in service to humanity can be very much at the heart of a soul-centered person with Mercury in this sign. Your intuition is strong and you can easily perceive the patterns of energy as they unfold in any situation in life. You are more concerned with what things stand for and symbolize than what they actually look like. This goes for people as well as ideas. As one would expect from Mercury acting through a Fifth Ray sign, many people with this position are involved with science and technology, especially computers and other communication devices.
Venus in Aquarius: You will either tend to have a wide range of friends and associates or limit your social interchanges to people who hold the same life values as you do. As a rule, Venus in Aquarius people tend to place others in categories. You are thus likely to feel after seeing or meeting someone for the first time: “I already know that type of person.” You are loyal in your relationships but may often find it difficult to concentrate your “love force” in one person. Restrictions in romantic or in any relationship for that matter, is anathema to you. A wise lover will allow you to express your independence and urge for personal freedom. This does not mean you will be unfaithful. It does mean that you will be faithful because you do not feel tied down and restricted.
Earth in Aquarius: The Earth in the horoscope of a soul-centered person indicates dharma or spiritual purpose, specifically acting out one’s spiritual purpose in a practical way on this planet. Please take note that only people with the Sun in Leo will have the Earth in Aquarius in their natal chart. The dharma of a person with this position points to the need to bring forth one’s intense creative drive for the benefit of the larger society in which one lives. The creation of opportunities for communication that link people together for mutual benefit will be most helpful in fulfilling this spiritual task. Look to the house position of the Earth (exactly opposite the Sun) for more clues in this respect.
Mars in Aquarius: Mars in the natal chart always indicates the kinds of battles one is likely to encounter in life—he is the “god of war” after all! In a more immature stage of development, Mars in this sign will make one fight all people who do not hold the same life values and aspirations as oneself. Thus the battle cry is: “If you do not believe in me, to heck with you!” After a period of soul development, this orientation shifts and the individual prepares to do battle for social injustice, inequality, and oppression. The battle cry thus becomes: “Let us fight together to create a better world!”
Jupiter in Aquarius: In soul-centered astrology, this is the strongest position for Jupiter as Jupiter is the ruler of Aquarius on the soul level. Thus at its highest, Jupiter here endows a person with a type of humanitarian idealism that is both broad and futuristic in its orientation. It bestows a high morality in terms of social justice and creates a sense of total acceptance of others, no matter what the differences are in terms of race, religion, or sexual orientation. This is the humanistic philosopher, a teacher of the Rights of (Wo)Man, and a person “who knows.” On the level of the personality, it can indicate a profound interest in things metaphysical, although there is the tendency to become rather fixated in one’s own beliefs and thus intolerant of others of different persuasions.
Saturn in Aquarius: For the soul-centered, this position stimulates the urge to build those social structures and communication networks that will anchor the archetypal ideas of the New Age into human consciousness. Thus this position gives the inherent ability to blend those ideas from the past that have proven their usefulness with those unfolding concepts for the future of humanity. This is very different from Saturn in Aquarius on the personality level. Here a person may be totally circumscribed by his own ideology and concepts which for the most part have been conditioned by the social surroundings of one’s family and friends. Transiting planets in Scorpio, Leo, and Taurus will challenge these opinions and views, giving the individual opportunities for greater growth and development.
Uranus in Aquarius: On a collective level, Uranus in Aquarius points to huge social upheaval and change. We saw this when Uranus first appeared in the 20th century in the years 1912-1919 with the advent of World War I. This war, known as the “Great War” changed the political and social face of the entire world, bringing down kings and emperors and breaking down dynasties and empires. The world would never again be the same. The last time Uranus was in its own sign, 1996-2003, we saw the upsurge in the beginnings of what is proving itself to be World War III, a war of sporadic yet constant terrorism, whose length will be very long and whose end is yet to be seen. People born with Uranus in Aquarius are social innovators or revolutionaries, inventors of humanitarian programs and concepts or anarchistic destroyers of the status quo…this celestial mandate will play itself out in the next few years as these young people reach maturity. One thing is certain, this position requires change and the individuated holder of this planet/sign combination has to be a vehicle for such changes, changes they will bring about in groups. As for the majority, they will most likely continue to follow whatever appears on their phones and I-Pads.
Neptune in Aquarius: This position was in in effect from 1998 to 2012. From the soul-centered perspective, people born with this planet/sign combination in their natal chart embody a great, spiritual, impersonal love for humanity, one that allows for the potential at least to further the urge for universal service to all people. These are the “spiritual scientists” who can work together in teams and groups in order to resolve the problems which world climatic and sociological factors currently present. On a more personality-centered level, some individuals born with Neptune in Aquarius will find themselves fanatically drawn to a narrow scope of religious or philosophical beliefs (which they will misinterpret as being “universal” in nature). Such fanatic individuals of whatever ethos are the prime sustainers for the continuance of the current world chaos.
Pluto in Aquarius: This position is in the horoscopes of all people born between January 21, 2024 and September 1, 2024; November 20, 2024 and March 8, 2043; and September 1, 2043 and January 18, 2044. This position embodies the death of the ego’s attachment to the concrete mind so that the latter may be used for the greater will of the Soul. The potential is for a generation to be born whose soul-centered members will be very instrumental in using science and technology for the betterment and evolutionary development of humanity. Certain individuals among this group (perhaps those with the Sun or rising sign in Aquarius) will stand out as powerful contributors to the Human Family. On a more mundane and egocentric level, this position will contribute to stubborn adherence to limited political and sociological viewpoints and perspectives.