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Esoteric Astrology - The Zodiac and the Rays - The Great Wheel and Spiritual Unfoldment
In view, of all the above, and starting with the basic fact of the Great Illusion it should be remembered that the [69] accuracy of astrological prediction and interpretation will be based upon three factors:

1.The potency of the thought-forms which have been built up in connection with the twelve signs. These thought-forms were originally constructed or anchored upon the mental plane by the Hierarchy in Atlantean days and they have steadily gained in power ever since. They serve as focal points for certain forces and enable the individual, for instance, to be in touch with great reservoirs of energy which then definitely condition him.

2.The intuition of the astrologer. The casting of the horoscope serves to put the astrologer en rapport with the individual, but this is of small service to either party unless the intuition and sensitivity of the astrologer is actively present.

3.The capacity of the astrologer in any specific period to respond to the changes which are all the time taking place, such as the gradual shifting and changing brought about by the precession of the equinoxes, or the slow shift of the pole of the planet. To this should be added that - as man evolves - the mechanism of response or the vehicles of consciousness likewise steadily improve. His reactions, therefore, to the planetary influence and to the energy of the various constellations change with equal steadiness and allowance must be made for this. It is consequently essential that the modern astrologer begin to study the point in evolution of the subject, prior to casting his horoscope. He must ascertain his approximate place upon the path of evolution. To this end, the study of the rays is most necessary through an investigation as to quality and characteristics and life objectives. [70]

Astrologers will eventually be able to cast the horoscope of the soul, which is sensitive to different combinations of forces to those controlling the personality life. The disciple and the initiate respond distinctively to the incoming influences and their response differs from that of the undeveloped man or the self-centered person. This will have to be recognized. Those who "live below the diaphragm" and who react to the incoming energies through the medium of the lower centers will have a very different type of chart to that of the disciple and initiate. It will require a different mode of interpretation. I have referred to this before and would remind you of some of the points which I made.

  1. Disciples upon the Path of Discipleship are strongly influenced by Mercury and Saturn - one bringing illumination and the other offering opportunity.
  2. At the various initiations, the influence of the planets affects the candidate in a totally different manner than earlier. Cyclically the energies from the constellations pour through the planetary centers.
    1. At the first initiation, the disciple has to contend with the crystallizing and destroying forces of Vulcan and Pluto. The influence of Vulcan reaches to the very depths of his nature, whilst Pluto drags to the surface and destroys all that hinders in these lower regions.
    2. At the second initiation, the candidate comes under the influence of three planets - Neptune, Venus and Jupiter. The three centers - solar plexus, heart and throat - are actively involved.
    3. At the third initiation, the Moon (veiling a hidden planet) and Mars bring about a fearful conflict, [71] but at the end the man is released from personality control.
    4. At the fourth initiation, Mercury and Saturn again bring about great changes and unique revelation, but their effect is very different to the earlier experience.
    5. At the fifth and final initiation, Uranus and Jupiter appear and produce a "beneficent organization" of the totality of energies found in the initiate's equipment. When this reorganization is complete, the initiate can then "escape from off the wheel and then can truly live."

All this time the energy of the sun (veiling a sacred planet, hitherto unknown) is steadily and persistently reaching the man via the solar angel. [75]

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