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The Master Christ said to His disciples: "Henceforth I call you not servants, but friends." (John, 15:15.)
Friendship in its real sense is holy. It is an understanding and harmony which exists and should exist among all classes of people in the world. Friendship is the embryonic stage of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity. The latter identifies itself with neither country nor race and constitutes the only path that leads to emancipation and God.
Therefore friendship is all important because it leads to Brotherhood—the Universal Brotherhood which will make the next great step in man's progress on his long and wondrous journey from the clod to God, from protoplasm to conscious unity with the Father; that
[Ref., The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, (Ref. #2 »), (Ref. #3 »), (Ref. #4 »), (Ref. #5 »), (Ref. #6 »), (Ref. #7 »), (Ref. #8 »), (Ref. #9 »), (Ref. #10 »), (Ref. #11 »), (Ref. #12 »).]
Brothers and Sisters are Egos to which we are drawn, (or they drawn to us), by bonds of destiny generated by the Law of Consequence generated in past lives. The manner in which we discharge this self-generated debt of destiny, be it good or evil, constitutes our progression or retrogression on the Pathway of Spiritual development.
If brothers and sisters in a family fail to get along well together, it is for the enlightened one of the group to try to the utmost of his or her ability to promote love and harmony by self-renunciation, self-abnegation and cheerful, self-forgetting service. For "He that would be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all."
In the ultimate, Fellow Student, the whole of humanity must be our brothers and sisters whom we love devotedly. We must be consumed by an all-embracing, altruistic love for all mankind. This is an absolute necessity before any real spiritual progress can be made.
Friendship, the love for our own family, or the love for others, is simply the realization of the oneness of all life with God. Separateness is illusion. And there is nothing of a physical nature about friendship and love. They are the outcome of a purely spiritual understanding.
To have friends we must endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of whatever sort they might be. For all of us have our failing which must be borne with by others.
We would quite willingly have others perfect and yet we fail to amend our own faults. We would have others severely corrected yet we will not be corrected ourselves.
The desires of others often displease us but we will not have our own desires denied us. We would have others bound down by rules and regulations but we absolutely refuse to be bound down ourselves by like ordinances.
It is a truism that seldom do we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.
In chapter 6, verse 2, of Galatians, we are told to "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
No one is without fault, no one without his burden, no one sufficient unto himself, no one wise enough to live in perfection. Therefore those of us who desire to progress in the University of Life should endeavor to bear with one another, help, instruct and admonish one another.
Adversity is the taskmaster that proves what virtue we may have, and what progress we have made in Life's University. It chastises us to show us up for what we really are.
Friends and Enemies
Friends shown by the 11th house; open enemies by the 7th house and secret enemies by the 12th houses. [Ref., Message of the Stars, and, (Ref. #2 »).]
Brothers and Sisters
Shown chiefly by the 3rd house, the planet Mercury and the sign Gemini. (Ref., Message of the Stars.)
Short journeys denoted by the 3rd house, the planet Mercury and the sign Gemini. Long journeys indicated by the 9th house, the planet Jupiter and the sign Sagittarius. (Ref., Message of the Stars.)
[You are welcome to e-mail your answers and/or comments to us. Please be sure to include the course name and Independent Study Module number in your e-mail to us. Or, you are also welcome to use the answer form below. (Java required) You will find the answers to the questions below in the next Astrology Independent Study Module.]
What is the significance in regard to Friends of:
[a] Pisces on the cusp of the 11th house?
[b] Neptune in the 4th house?
[c] Neptune sextile Venus?
[d] Neptune sextile the Sun?
[e] Neptune square Mars?
[f] Mars in the Ascendant?
[g] Mars sextile Mercury?
[h] Mars trine Saturn?
[i] Synthesize a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and h in one short paragraph.
2. Open Enemies
Describe the following positions and configurations in regard to open enemies:
[a] Sagittarius on the cusp of the 7th house.
[b] Jupiter ruler of the 7th house.
[c] Jupiter trine Uranus.
[d] Jupiter deposited in the 4th house.
3. Secret Enemies
Give the indications in regard to secret enemies of:
[a] Aries on the cusp of the 12th house, Mars ruler thereof.
[b] Taurus intercepted in the 12th house, Venus ruler thereof.
[c] Uranus in Aries.
[d] Uranus in the 12th house.
[e] Uranus square the Moon.
[f] Uranus trine Jupiter.
4. Synthesize questions 2 and 3 in one short paragraph.
5. Brothers and Sisters
Describe the meaning in relation to brothers and sisters of:
[a] Cancer on the cusp of the 3rd house.
[b] Mercury in the 3rd house in opposition to Saturn.
Explain the following indications:
[a] Short Journeys: Cancer on the 3rd house cusp, Mercury in the 3rd house in opposition to Saturn in the 9th house.
[b] Long Journeys: In one word tell the general outlook as regards long journeys. Explain why.
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1. From the Sun's sign, house position and its sextile to Neptune state briefly the boy's spiritual power.
The importance of the sextile between the Sun and Neptune can not be overestimated. This configuration intensifies the spiritual faculties and gives an innate love of esotericism. The Sun in Cancer denotes a love of esotericism also but more from the psychic standpoint. The latter give strong tendencies for spiritual emotionalism. Esoteric interest will be greater in the latter part of life. (Neptune in 4th house.) There will no doubt be much concentrated endeavor but unfortunately it may manifest through material channels. The extent of development largely depends upon the use made of money and financial power. (Sun in the 2nd house.)
2. In keywords give the effect of:
(a) Capricorn on the cusp of the 9th house.
(b) Saturn in the 9th house in Aquarius.
(a) Capricorn on the cusp of the 9th house gives a love of position and honor together with great ambition along the lines of religion, law and the higher mental pursuits, but strictly from the materialistic standpoint. There is organizing ability, pride and pessimism in the boy and it might be added that he has the rudiments of being a stickler for convention.
(b) Saturn in the 9th house, in Aquarius, makes him persistent, cautious and orthodox with regard to religion, law and philosophy. Progressive, analytical and humane. (Saturn in Aquarius.) Serious, thoughtful mind with an inclination for science. (Saturn in Aquarius.) Obstructions in all 9th house affairs. (Capricorn on the cusp of the 9th with its ruler Saturn in 9th.) Orthodox, yet progressive.
3. Write 300 words or more on the religious nature, esoteric ability and spiritual strength of the boy.
Capricorn, ruling the boy's department of religion, ethics, and philosophy, (it is on the cusp of the 9th house), is the sign of the Redeemer, and the Lord of Capricorn, Saturn, is deposited in the 9th house, in Aquarius. The latter is the sign of Altruism, (All-Truth). There is a trine Mars from Saturn and an opposition to Mercury and both Saturn and Mercury are in fixed signs.
His ethical and philosophical natures will unfold slowly because Capricorn rules the 9th and Saturn is placed therein. The opposition of Saturn to Mercury will make him rather slow to perceive anything but the conventional in the church because his higher vision will be clouded by the desires for position, honor, and power.
He will be religious to some extent, but cautiously so and he will prefer orthodoxy to the more liberal, advanced teachings. A serious, thoughtful mind will conceal a flair for what is progressive, analytical and humane in all walks of life.
Most of his intense efforts, particularly in early life, will manifest through the gateways of materialism and money making. This is indicated by Capricorn on the cusp of the 9th house, the Sun in the 2nd house, and Venus, co-ruler of the 12th house, also in the 2nd house.
The 12th house is ruled by Mars and Venus as Aries is on the cusp and Taurus intercepted therein. However, Uranus is deposited in the 12th house and therefore has the most influence.
Uranus is the planet of Altruism and at some time of his life, probably after middle age, or an approximation of that time, it will make him original and daring in the search for new truths. This 12th house position denotes success in esoteric matters when once the spirit is awakened. The square of the Moon will impede this awakening and obstruct the boy's esoteric progress to some extent, but the trine of Jupiter will overcome these difficulties as the years pass.
Let us sum up the reasons why the spiritual awakening will come in later life:
Saturn in the 9th house. Hinders religion, philosophy and the higher mind.
Capricorn on the 9th cusp. Earthy, material, slow and ruled by Saturn.
Aries on 12th cusp. Mars rules Aries and is not an esoteric planet.
Taurus intercepted in 12th house. Venus rules Taurus and is deposited in 2nd house which smothers esoteric tendencies under a blanket of materialism.
Uranus in 12th house. It is an esoteric planet but its influence is impeded by the square of the Moon in the 2nd house. The trine of Jupiter will offset this square, but only after many years, as Jupiter is in the 4th house; the house of old age and later life.
Sun in 2nd house, sextile to Neptune. It is the boy's spiritual power house. The sextile configuration with Neptune in the 4th house augments the possibility of a spiritual awakening in later years.
All hindrances and obstructions in the boy's path will be brushed aside in the ardor of his enthusiasm for growth and expansion in spiritual knowledge when Jupiter trine Uranus comes into full power in 12th house matters.
The opportunity will surely present itself, but how the soul accepts and uses the opportunity can not be foreshadowed by mortal man.
For the purposes of clarifying the expression and understanding of this material, we will agree that the word "light," initialed by the small "l," will refer to visually perceptible vibration; "Light," initialed by the capital "L," will refer to Consciousness; consciousness, with a small "c," will refer to human awareness.
It is a wonderful thing to realize, upon reflection, that for countless ages human beings have revealed consciousness of the esoteric or esoteric nature of light as it has been—and is—perceived in terms of black, white, and the spectrum-colors. The subject has figured prominently in programs of philosophical teaching and learning in many lands and, in these later days, it has become an important factor in the fields of objective and subjective therapy. Those who are now sponsoring and furthering this subject in healing-work are recapitulating knowledge gained in former lives. It is not "new" in this age, it is simply being restated for the spiritual needs of present humanity. Inspirational responsiveness to the potency of natural or colored light and to that of beautiful color in substances serves to recharge the aura—which is always seen as color or colors in clairvoyant study—of the ailing person in such a way that he becomes conscious of a spiritual heightening; the condition of the aura—the etheric matrix—is strengthened and harmonized in degree and, in the same degree, the physical body is brought into healthier alignment. Not all humans have known, factually, about the aura and its significance to their existence, but it may be safely surmised that all, at some time or another, have experienced the uplift "inside themselves" which attends response to the spiritual value of light in its many beautiful and inspiring aspects of color.
Give this considerable—and meditative—thought: Reaction to is evidence of correspondence with. We cannot respond to anything or anyone with which or with whom we do not have some degree of negative or positive affinity. The indisputable fact that a human can respond to the shade or quality of a color reveals that "something" in him has affinity to "something" in the color, or the black, or white. The equally indisputable fact that such response can lower or raise the quality of his auric, bodily, and spiritual condition reveals that his consciousness of the color has affinity with the Consciousness which is symbolized by the color. Power, in one degree or another, is the only thing that can change any vibratory state—chemical, emotional, mental, or soulic. Therefore, if a human's chemical, emotional, mental, or soulic condition is lowered or lessened by his response to black, white, or color he reveals a weakened or immature consciousness of power within himself. If, however, his condition is improved, strengthened, purified or harmonized, his response to the black, white, or color reveals an affinity between his Spirit and the spirit which the black, white, or color symbolizes to his consciousness. Reflect a moment on those occasions when your reaction to a particular shade of green, red, black, or combination of colors provoked a feeling of nausea, morbidity, despondency, or irritation; in that state of feeling were you aware of joy, health, harmony, peace? Your unhappy reaction revealed a lack of inner mastery over yourself—something in the power of the color-quality stimulated a corresponding quality in your astral, mental or soulic nature. Your reaction, which served to "lower your-tone," simply revealed a need for you to regenerate some factor of your inner constitution. Don't waste time and energy "blaming the color." With inner regeneration through redirection of powers your improved response-capacity will serve to reveal to you hitherto unrecognized beauty-value and power in the color. Regeneration of our consciousness always serves to reveal the Spirit to us.
In capacity and inclination to respond with negative result to states of light, humans, as individuals, vary considerably. But there is one such state to which humanity—collectively or individually— has reacted with much more negativism than to any other, for ages of time, and that is Black. In the cosmic sense Black is life undifferentiated and unmanifested; White is the consciousness, the Light, which makes all creation and manifestation possible. By reversal in the plane of physical perception, Black is the congestion of all Color and White is the state of color undifferentiated. Therefore, White has symbolized to the subconscious recognitions of humanity the state of purity, highest spirituality and perfect Light. Black has symbolized that which cannot be perceived in terms of its parts or factors. Since our cognitions and recognitions of phenomena depend on our ability to "differentiate things from things" we, in early evolution, congested on fear and insecurity and desperation in our reaction to the blackness (no light) of night-time. This reaction was an individual and collective experience and still is to this day for many people. As beings who have been conscious (incarnate and/or discarnate) for ages and ages of time we cannot even imagine a state of "not-being-ness" or "un-existence." Therefore as a "color" Black symbolizes those things we call "death, " "the unknown, "the congestions of extremely unregenerate conscious-ness—in short, all of those things toward which we respond with feelings of being obstructed or threatened in our progress through existence. To the degree that we align or relate ourselves to these darkened states do we intensify our incapacity and inclination to exist in terms of Life-givingness and Life-expressiveness; we deplete our consciousness of the Light of Spirit. However, "blackness" in the soul does not and cannot mean "life-stopping-ness" in any absolute sense; it simply indicates a state of congestion that, in turn, indicates an urgent need for regenerative measures. The Light is and is for us always; a human may create much painful karma by going into action on the basis of his relatedness to blackness of soul, but that karma, in turn, provides him with subsequent experience which turns the tide for his regeneration and evolvement toward new recognitions of the Light of God and the Light within himself.
In the cosmic sense, again, White is the color- symbol of the purity of innocence—consciousness as yet undifferentiated or qualified by incarnated experience. White symbolizes the "color-identity" of Virgin Spirits before their involutionary descent as individualizations into bodies. At the other end White is the purified consciousness of the individual after completion of his evolution as a human— his clear, pure unified realization of his true identity as a creation of the divine. At the start he was purity unaware of his pureness; at the end he will be purity realized. His inspirational response to the esoteric value of White in his evolving incarnated state is evidence of his Spirit's omni- presence; remember that if the human did not have within himself something that corresponds to the pure perfection of White he could not respond to it with spiritualizing results. Like attracts—and recognizes-like.
To all students who are delving into the spiritual and esoteric meanings of astrology the suggestion is here made that you become more concentratedly and more consciously aware of the meaning to you of Black and White as "color-shades," as personal and spiritual quality-symbols, as vibratory powers which stimulate you one way or another, and as figures of speech found in poetry and allegory and legend. From the vantage-point of philosophical education and understanding become more aware than ever before how the collective subconscious mind and feeling of humanity have interpreted these two light-symbols; Black and White—and your cognitions of them—have much significance to your spiritual approach to astrology and to your evolving ability to interpret horoscopes—your own or those of other people. The symbolism of these two words is most profound. Of which—more anon.
The spectrum-colors are light-symbols of soul- qualities. They refer to the most spiritualized consciousness of body, mind, and emotion which the human has as yet realized or can ever realize—as long as he is evolving in the identity of human being. A man of great wisdom once said that colors are the sufferings and joys in the existence of light and it is surmised that he meant that colors correspond with—or have correspondence to—the states of suffering and joy which humans experience in so far as humans can perceive light and were created by Light. We have been instructed that beyond the range of colors as we now know them there are infinite variations and extensions of light-vibration which can be perceived only through extrasensory perception on this plane or in functioning in higher dimensions of existence. But there again, we must have affinity with the conditions of soul or consciousness represented by these color-extensions before we can perceive them.
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Since the aura of a human is an individual matter- -resulting in his degree of realizing his Spirit-identity—the color—shades and color qualities which may symbolize his spiritual state at any point in his development may reveal, here and there, a darkened condition that suggests a tendency toward "blackness" in one or more of his colors corresponding, of course, to a state of relative congestion, obstruction, or "little death" in his consciousness due to accrued fear, hatred, or what not. Remember that blackness indicates the tendency toward congestion, or "chaos," in human consciousness but its presence, in aura or consciousness, is helpful in sofar as it reveals the need for regeneration. The black indication is acting as a "barometer of the soul" in a specialized way. To the degree that a person's responsiveness to pure, luminous, and potent color becomes more and more a part of his natural functioning do we see evidence of his soul-striving, his aspirational urges, his love, his unselfishness, his idealism, and his devotion to establishment of Good.
A person's aura may reveal an area filled with a rich, intense shade of a certain color. This color-quality will reveal the evidence of considerable effort and attention having been given to a certain phase of development. Correspondingly his personality will reveal a pronounced ability along that line of endeavor, and the characteristics of mind and emotion will mark him in a very individualistic way. His "soul is strong and focused" on that particular point. But spiritual development and realization is indicated by the large soul-body, and the colors of the aura rather than being deep and intense in their shading, will tend toward the pastel quality—being "charged with White." There is a very significant and interesting correspondence to be found between the "tendency toward Whiteness "in the auras of spiritually-evolved humans and their personal inclination toward simplicity of manner and purity of integrity, motives, and purposes. Spiritualization results in simplification and so, with evolvement, the colors which represent the person's consciousness tend toward the simplification of Whiteness. However pastel a color-shade may be, in the auras of spiritually- evolved humans these lovely and delicate shades of pastel color have great vibratory potency or "impinging power." Such phrases as "drop by drop (the gentle unobtrusive action of water) wears away the stone" and "a soft answer turneth away wrath" and "forgive your enemies" are correspondences of power between the en-whitened pastel colors of the spiritualized aura and the en- spiritual-ized consciousness of a highly evolved human. Also the presence of "pastel potency" in the aura reveals the degree of integration of the person's consciousness toward all planes of his functioning—the various aspects of his being and consciousness are, in degree, unified and harmonized, one with the other.
All of these observations regarding Black, White, and Colors have direct and practical spiritual application to the study of horoscopes. When we are ready to stop our use of misconceptions we will find that:
The point, which should be indicated by a small round dot, at the center of the horoscope is a symbol—and the only valid one we have—of chaos, life un-differentiated, out of which all manifestation is made. That central point, applying to the horoscope of the individual human, is the Idea (Humanity) conceived by the Divine Mind of our Logos; it is from that Idea that we, as an earthian archetype, were projected into individualized experience. A circle circumscribing that central dot symbolizes our Logos as an individualized creative Consciousness and Its manifestivity as the Sun—the central body, or nucleus, of our solar system. Since man is Spirit this composite symbol of dot and circle pictures his Spiritual Essence, his Seed-atom and his Potential for perfecting all of his bodies. Then, from that central symbol the left horizontal line is emanated to form the Ascendant-line of the individual human's horoscope. If it were graphically possible and practical we would place the symbols of Sun (as ruler of Leo), Moon, and planets as well as those of the lunar nodes and Part of Fortune at the appropriate points on the circumference of the completed wheel; the circumference is, of course, the complete emanation of the Ascendant-radius. The picturing of the aspects made by the planetary points would be shown by straight lines from the central circle to the points on the radius which give the astronomical positions for that time and place. The angle made by any two of these lines indicates by numerical degree the aspect created by the two planetary points in relationship to each other. Every aspect in a horoscope— as a "thing in itself"—has polarity in the two bodies with are so related to each other and polarity—however or wherever—is the ignition of consciousness. The person, from his center of consciousness as a human being, has evolved certain inter-relationships between the factors of his human consciousness. These are "aspects"—call them, or think of them as "view- points;" he looks out from the center of his chart (this central awareness) into the conditions of his chart, into the conditions of his environment, his relationships, his activities, his weaknesses and deficiencies, his aspirations, his ideals, and his relative fulfillments. Every one of these points on the circumference of the wheel has correspondence to a color which may appear in his aura and every aspect between the pairs of planets in his chart-pattern will correspond—basically—to a quality of his auric color, or colors. The whiteness of a human horoscope is represented not by the contents of the wheel (because the wheel-contents refer to him, or describe him, as a personality evolving the consciousness of truth), but by the whiteness in the central circle of the wheel—the central Sun-symbol. If the factors of the chart were to be indicated in color-shades, this central circle would be kept white—because it is the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Spirit. Black is indicated in the human horoscope only by the central dot, nowhere else—and as such it symbolizes the infinitude, the measureless and incomprehensible subjectivity of life itself, from which all creative Logoi and their manifestations are derived. Nowhere in a horoscope is "badness" (or black in the sense of absolute evil) indicated. The "viewpoints" we call "square" and "opposition" aspects are patterns indicative of tension, inharmony, ignorance, or congestion of whatever kind, but they are still registrations of the soul-body of the human; the points which make up each such aspect are divine powers as differentiated by the evolving human consciousness. Out of the Black of Chaos, the White of Creative Consciousness establishes a field of evolution and that evolutionary program is what each horoscope reveals. It is through the purification of the auric Colors (regeneration of "aspects and viewpoints") that the realization of identity with the White of Divinity is finally made.
—Supplemental Student Material Reference: Studies in Astrology, Elman Bacher
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