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Esoteric Astrology - The Nature of Esoteric Astrology - Spiritual Effects of the Zodiacal Constellations
It is the subjectivity of this sign which makes the understanding of it so difficult. It will not be until humanity has grasped the nature of the will that the true significance of the Taurian influence will be grasped. Both the sign, Aries, and the sign, Taurus, are concerned with the initial impact of energy upon form or of energies upon the soul. Man today is becoming slowly aware of the distinction to be found between the opposites and is grasping vaguely the true nature of desire. But he is still in the vale of illusion and - whilst there - cannot see with clarity. One of the first opposites which the disciple has to grasp is that of the subjective and the objective worlds.

Three signs are also closely connected with initiation. The hidden secret of Aries, Taurus and Gemini is revealed at three successive initiations:

  1. The secret of Aries is the secret of beginnings, of cycles and of emerging opportunity. At the third initiation, the initiate begins to understand the life of the spirit or the [388] highest aspect; until that time, he has expressed first the life of the form and then the life of the soul within that form. This experience is of so high a nature that only those who have passed through it could in any way comprehend anything I might say.
  2. The secret of Taurus is revealed at the second initiation by the sudden removal or disappearance of world glamor in the blinding energy of light. This constitutes the final radiant activity which consummates the play of the Taurian force upon humanity during the long and cyclic journey to which man is committed. The individual enacts on a tiny scale what humanity - as a whole - will enact when it takes initiation in Taurus.
  3. The secret of Gemini has to be grasped at the first initiation because it is the mystery of the relation of Father, Mother and Child. The birth of the Christ-child upon the physical plane is the consummating glory of the Gemini force.

All this concerns the subjective energies which express themselves through the medium of the personality or form aspect. When, therefore, I speak of subjective energies, I refer to the forces pouring from the soul (on soul levels) into the form nature upon its own level of awareness. I could illustrate this by pointing out that desire is not (from the angle of reality) a subjective quality except in so far as it is a distortion or a glamorous use of the energy of will. Desire is the force of the form nature; will is the energy of the soul expressing itself as direction, progress, and conformity to the Plan. This Plan, from the standpoint of the individual, is as much of the sensed will of God as he can, at any particular stage in his experience, grasp and understand. These distinctions also merit consideration. [389] The average human being may consider desire as subjective because he is so completely identified with form life upon the outer planes that the impulses and incentives coming to him along the stream of consciousness are viewed by him as intangible and mystical. Yet they are in reality but form radiations and reactions and are not truly and technically subjective at all. The high call of duty, the sense of responsibility are truly subjective in nature for they come from the soul and are the response of the soul to the pull of the form. Gradually, the disciple learns to distinguish between these distinctive aspects of energy and force which impinge ceaselessly upon his consciousness. As time goes on, his analysis becomes ever more acute and more discriminating until he knows finally which is an expression of force (coming from the form) and which are energy contacts (coming from the soul).

This digression was necessary at this point because it is essential that esoteric astrologers should realize that these three signs, Aries, Taurus and Gemini are (from the standpoint of the disciple and initiate) purely subjective in their effects within the life of these signs. They can only find outward expression in the life of the subject and be consciously directed and controlled in Cancer, thus leading to the great liberation which takes place in the polar opposite to Cancer, Capricorn and also in Aquarius and Pisces. This of course refers to effects upon man upon the reversed wheel. In a certain sense these six signs constitute two major triangles of force.

I have here indicated to you the higher or spiritual aspect of King Solomon's seal. When these six types of energy are fused and blended and so form one unity, you will then find emerging the "Star of Christ." This is one of the symbols of the sixth initiation and is the inner correspondence [390] of the star with which you are familiar. In order to understand this more clearly I would point out to you that:

  1. That which is begun or "entered into" at the first initiation is consummated and completed in Pisces.
  2. That which impelled to the processes of involution and evolution (the desire to incarnate) takes form at the second initiation in the will-to-liberation in Taurus and finds itself released through the will-to-serve - universally - in Aquarius.
  3. That which is fluid and changeable in Gemini produces the great shift in consciousness which distinguishes the initiate from the disciple. This, at the third initiation becomes a fixed attitude in Capricorn. The concrete form life is transcended and the inner man reorients and assumes an unchangeable direction.

Pisces - Capricorn - Aquarius / Taurus - Gemini - Aries

You might here ask why I deal here with these abstractions? I would reply, that in your effort to understand and to grasp the truth which lies beyond your reason (even when regarding it as a hypothesis hereto unproven) you are gradually developing an aspect of your mind which is much needed in the processes of realization, and which must be called into effective service during initiation. Such an effort [391] is needed if true understanding is to occur; initiation is the demonstration of intuitive understanding put to practical expression.

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