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Esoteric Astrology - The Zodiac and the Rays - Three Basic Statements
According, therefore, to an individual's point of evolution upon the Path or (in other words) the individual's place upon the wheel of life, the practicing astrologer will arrange the interpretation of the horoscope. It will require the work and the thought of the intuitive astrology, dependent upon soul contact and much meditation, to determine the processes of astrological interpretation for those who are active and living souls at some one or other of the final stages upon the Path. The casting of the horoscope of the average man or the undeveloped man presents no such difficulties.

It might be added in addition that the signs of the zodiac, are concerned primarily with the life expression of the Heavenly Man (as far as our planet is concerned) and therefore with the destiny and life of the planetary Logos. They are also concerned with the great man of the heavens, the solar Logos. I refer in this last instance to their effect as it makes itself felt in the solar system as a whole and with this effect there are few astrologers at this time fit to deal. I would remind you that to the lives who inform these great constellations and whose [22] radiation - dynamic and magnetic - reaches our Earth, this effect is incidental and unnoticed. The primary effect that they have is upon our planetary Logos and this effect reaches us through Him, pouring through that great planetary center to which we have given the name of Shamballa. It is, therefore, capable of evoking the major response from the monads, and these monads express themselves through the kingdom of souls and through the human kingdom; it consequently expresses itself through the Hierarchy and through humanity as a whole. This is a point of real importance and should be noted and connected with all the teaching you have had upon this most interesting theme of the three major planetary centers. It is the work of the zodiacal influences to evoke the emergence of the will aspect of the Heavenly Man and of all monads, souls and personalities who constitute the planetary body of expression. This statement means but little to you today but it will mean much to those students who, in a few decades, will study what I am here saying. Properly understood, it accounts for much that is happening in the world at this time.

As these influences pour through our planet and thence to the centers of force upon the planet, they produce a dual effect:

  1. They produce an effect upon advanced man, galvanizing the centers above the diaphragm into activity and enabling him to respond to the radiation and the activity of the Hierarchy.
  2. They produce an effect upon unevolved man, enabling him to function as an ordinary, unenlightened human being.

It should be noted here, however, that all the energies - zodiacal, systemic, and planetary - have a definite effect [23] upon all the lives in all forms in all kingdoms of nature. Nothing can escape these radiatory and magnetic influences. The goal of evolution for humanity is to become consciously and livingly aware of the nature of these energies and begin to know them and to use them. This is the field of occultism as the Hierarchy has always told men. It might be stated that the disciple has to become consciously aware of the planetary influences and begin to use them for the carrying out of soul purpose. The initiate has to be aware of the zodiacal influences which emanate from outside of the solar system altogether. These can be recognized as

  1. A vibration, registered in one or other of the seven centers.
  2. A revelation of a particular type of light, conveying a specific color to the initiate.
  3. A peculiar note.
  4. A directional sound.

The whole story of the zodiac can be picturesquely yet accurately summed up in the following statement: There are three books which the three types of human beings study and from which they learn:

  1. The Book of Life - Initiates - the 12 constellations.
  2. The Book of Wisdom - Disciples - the 12 planets.
  3. The Book of Form or of Manifestation - Humanity - the 12 Creative Hierarchies.

In summation, it might be said that:

  1. The zodiacal signs affect primarily the man who lives below the diaphragm. This is the ordinary average man. These signs thus condition four of the centers: [24]
    1. The base of the spine.
    2. The sacral center.
    3. The solar plexus center.
    4. The spleen.
  2. The inner group of solar systems, working in conjunction with the zodiacal signs, affect primarily those who live above the diaphragm. They, therefore, condition:
    1. The heart center.
    2. The throat center.
    3. The ajna center.
    4. The head center.
  3. Three of the energies work through the head center but only after the third initiation.

There are one or two other points which might be noted here also. I note them for your enlightenment. Out of all the many energies which impinge upon, pass through and produce effects upon our planet, esoteric astrology emphasizes the following four types of force because they affect what might be called the personality of our Earth:

  1. The quality of our solar system. God is a consuming fire but God is also love. This is the teaching of both esoteric and exoteric truth.
  2. The quality of the Logos of our planet as it pours through the chains, the rounds, the races, and the kingdoms of nature.
  3. The quality of the Earth's complementary planet, which is the Earth's polar opposite, esoterically considered. This planet is Venus.
  4. The quality of the attraction of the three planets which produce an esoteric triangle of force. [25]
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