Monday, 17 October 2016

Esoteric Astrology: The Journey of the Soul

By Candy Hillenbrand

Esoteric astrology is the astrology of the soul. The delineation of a natal chart from the soul-centred perspective focuses on the purpose of the soul, why we are here, where we have come from, and where we are heading. Traditional or exoteric astrology is the astrology of the personality. Its focus is on the problems and potentials of the personality.
The body of knowledge known as Esoteric Astrology is drawn from the Theosophical tradition and the teachings of the Tibetan teacher Djwhal Khul, as dictated to Alice A. Bailey. It is contained in a voluminous set of books which form a large part of what is referred to as the Ancient or Ageless Wisdom teachings.
Soul-centred astrology is based on the understanding that there is a spark of divinity, or 'soul' within each of us. According to this cosmology, reincarnation and the reality of the soul are accepted as fact. Many sense this divinity. The moments of deep insight, peace, awe, wonder, grace and love that we have all experienced at some time are voices from the Soul.
Some call this divinity God/Goddess, the Higher Self, the Core Self, the Transpersonal Self, the inner voice, the Buddha or Christ. It manifests as the religious urge in man/woman. Indeed, Carl Jung, in his book Modern Man in Search of a Soul, makes the astounding assertion that in thirty years of treating patients in the second half of life, their illness or neurosis was invariably the result of a lack of spiritual or religious meaning:
"....there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life. It is safe to say that every one of them fell ill because he had lost that which the living religions of every age have given to their followers, and none of them has been really healed who did not regain his religious outlook." [1]
This soul, or divine spark, strives towards unity and perfection, and according to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, its motivation is selfless and its purpose is service to humanity or contribution to the greater whole. It is essentially a humanitarian philosophy and is therefore highly appropriate for our incoming Age of Aquarius. According to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, the structure of man/woman can be symbolically represented as a downward-pointing triangle (the personality) linked by the Antahkarana or Rainbow Bridge to an upward-pointing triangle (the soul). See Figure 1.
The highest goal of traditional or personality-centred astrology is the integration of the personality. This is achieved by recognising and striving to overcome the limitations and problems of the personality, such as physical excesses, emotional instability and negative thinking. The goal of personality integration is to bring the body, emotions and mind into a state of harmony. The orientation of many of the personal growth techniques and healing modalities is towards this end. For example, hatha yoga, nutrition and herbal medicine work on healing the physical body. The Bach Flower Remedies and counselling work on healing the emotional nature. Positive affirmations, Christian Science and prayer work on healing the mental nature.
The integration of the personality is an on-going process. Once this has been achieved to some degree, the goal becomes one of infusing the personality with the qualities of the soul, or to make the connection with the Higher Self. There are various techniques which can assist us to connect with the Soul or Higher Self. These include meditation, some forms of creative visualisation, dreamwork, psychosynthesis, artistic and musical expression, communing with nature, compassionate service, study of the Holy Scriptures and Ancient Wisdom classics, and so on.
The soul-infused personality is symbolically represented by the six-pointed star. See Figure 2. [3]
You will notice that the triangle of the Soul has a threefold nature corresponding to a higher octave of the personality vehicles. The physical body has its higher counterpart in Spiritual Will or Purpose. The emotional body has its higher counterpart in Universal Love, while the mental body or rational mind has its higher counterpart in Higher Mind.
There are several approaches to esoteric astrology, and it is indeed a complex body of knowledge. Therefore, I would like to keep it as simple as possible. One of the fundamental differences between esoteric and exoteric astrology is that both are based on a completely different set of planetary rulerships.
Some esoteric astrologers, such as Dr Douglas Baker, dismiss traditional astrology altogether and work only with the esoteric rulerships. Other esoteric astrologers, such as Alan Oken, recommend the interfacing or juxtaposing of the personality-centred chart with the soul-centred chart.
Another important point is that esoteric astrology has its foundation in an understanding of the Science of the Seven Rays. [4] This is a system of soul/personality typology and is referred to by Bailey as Esoteric Psychology. For the purposes of this article however, I am not going to deal with the Seven Rays, although their meanings are implicit within each of the astrological factors.
What I am presenting here is a somewhat eclectic approach which can only scratch the surface of this vast body of knowledge. There are a few basic principles which we can begin to work with straight away, and which will help us to shift the focus from personality problems and potential to spiritual purpose. I am not recommending that we forget the personality. I feel that it is still important to delineate the natal chart in the traditional way. But what we can do is add a soul-centred perspective to our traditional delineations.
The Ascendant
Perhaps you have felt that there is a deeper meaning to the Rising Sign than a mere description of the physical appearance, the persona or the manner in which we project ourselves? In esoteric astrology, the Ascendant is the key indicator of the Soul's Purpose. This does not mean that the empirical evidence of traditional astrology is invalid. What we can say is that the soul's purpose is projected through the persona at the Ascendant.
It is a tenet of traditional astrology that the Ascendant is symbolic of the birth or point of incarnation, of the entry of the soul onto the physical plane or the cross of matter. Esoteric astrology merely takes this a step further. If we look to the qualities of the sign on the Ascendant, we can glean valuable information about the nature of spiritual purpose and service.
The qualities of the Ascendant sign describe the future direction of the soul, what we are growing towards, or new qualities that we are developing.
In this respect, we can see its meaning as similar in flavour to the North Node, although I would suggest that the qualities of the houses and signs of the nodal axis tell us how we can achieve personality integration, or integration of the yin and yang within the personality. The quest of the hero as symbolised by the North Node is the quest of the personality.
The sign on the Ascendant indicates how we can best express our personality gifts to extend beyond ourselves to help others, or to help the planet as a whole. The house position of the esoteric ruling planet of the Ascendant indicates where these gifts and qualities are best expressed. It points to the field of service of the soul.
The Esoteric Rulerships of the Signs
These rulerships may seem odd at first, but a deeper study will reveal their significance.
Aries - Mercury
Taurus - Vulcan
Gemini - Venus
Cancer - Neptune
Leo - Sun
Virgo - Moon
Libra - Uranus
Scorpio - Mars
Sagittarius - Earth
Capricorn - Saturn
Aquarius - Jupiter
Pisces - Pluto
Vulcan is an undiscovered or hypothetical planet, and esoteric astrologers believe that it is located near the Sun. To date, there is no officially accepted ephemeris to calculate its position, and there are varying opinions as to Vulcan's actual distance from the Sun. The astrological software package Solar Fire, developed by Esoteric Technologies, offers two options for the calculation of Vulcan's position: the method of L.H. Weston or that of Dr Douglas Baker. [5] Note also that the position of the Earth is located directly opposite the Sun. For example, if the Sun is found at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, then the Earth will be found at 9 degrees of Gemini.
Some Ideas for Delineation
While there are 'esoteric' meanings for all the signs, planets and houses, the traditional meanings can still be applied in a simplified approach to a soul-oriented natal interpretation. We are not looking at 'negative' manifestations here. That is the realm of the personality-centred delineation. Of course, any personality problems or dilemmas are relevant in the soul-centred delineation, because they offer us an idea as to what is hindering or impeding the progress of the soul. The following are some suggestions for delineating the Ascendant from a soul-centred perspective:
If the Ascendant is in Leo, then the soul's purpose is to shine, to express one's creative gifts and facilitate leadership for the benefit of others. If the esoteric ruler, the Sun, is located in the 11th house, then the field of expression for the creative and leadership qualities is through group activity.
If the Ascendant is in Aries and the ruler, Mercury, is in the 6th house, then the soul's purpose is to inspire others with ideas, through one's work, through healing, or through developing techniques for self-improvement. This person may be an inspiring writer, counsellor, healer or teacher. With the Aries emphasis, the focus would be towards empowering and enabling others through their mental and communication gifts.
If the Ascendant is in Aquarius and the ruler, Jupiter, is in the 2nd house, then the soul's purpose of pouring forth the waters of knowledge for humanity, is expressed through a spiritual approach to gathering and distributing resources. There is a facility for manifesting on the physical plane, but the purpose is to gather resources for a higher or collective purpose. For example, this person could accumulate and distribute resources in order to fund some sort of group venture.
The esoteric rulerships do not cancel the value of the traditional rulerships. For the Aries Ascendant, the position of Mars points to personality problems, tendencies, talents and gifts, while the position of Mercury points to the area of service of the soul.
Aspects between the Rulers of the Ascendant
It is important to look at any aspect formed between the exoteric and esoteric rulers of the Ascendant. The ease or stress of this aspect indicates the ease, or lack of ease, with which the soul's purpose can be expressed. Using the example of Aries Rising, a natal square between Mars and Mercury suggests that this person may experience some difficulty in manifesting the soul's purpose. On a practical level, this may be because s/he has a tendency to communicate in a sarcastic way, or is bad-tempered. A trine or sextile between Mars and Mercury suggests that there is a harmony between the personality expression and the expression of the spiritual purpose. S/he may be an inspiring and enthusiastic communicator.
The Esoteric Meanings of the Signs and Ruling Planets
The following esoteric meanings are synthesised from the available literature on the subject. [6] The traditional meanings of the signs, planets and houses may also be utilised in a soul-centred delineation.
ARIES - to inspire others with ideas
Mercury - mind, communication; the 'Messenger of the Gods'
Keynote - I come forth and from the plane of mind, I rule. [7]
TAURUS - to release personal desires and attachments
Vulcan - growth through change; illumination and enlightenment; the 'Blacksmith of the Gods'
Keynote - I see and when the Eye is opened, all is light.
GEMINI - to teach Right Human Relations, between self and others, personality and soul, anima and animus, higher mind and lower mind
Venus - intelligent love; relatedness; resolution of polarity; turning knowledge into wisdom
Keynote - I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self, I grow and glow.
CANCER - to build a spiritual home and selflessly nourish others
Neptune - unconditional love and forgiveness; devotion and self-sacrifice
Keynote - I build a lighted house and therein dwell.
LEO - to express Divine Will through the qualities of open-heartedness, warmth, creativity, leadership and love
Sun - the self-conscious I; the integrated personality; creative equipment
Keynote - I am That and That am I.
VIRGO - to heal and serve others
Moon - the past (karma); the 'Mother of all Forms'; matter; nurturing
Keynote - I am the Mother and the child. I, God, I, matter am.
LIBRA - to harmonise the opposites and choose the middle path; Transpersonal relations; perfected love Uranus - collective inter-relatedness; intuition; urge to better the human condition
Keynote - I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.
SCORPIO - to transform darkness into light; the battle between Soul and Personality
Mars - the desire nature; spiritual drive and idealism; the spiritual warrior
Keynote - Warrior I am and from the battle I emerge triumphant.
SAGITTARIUS - to uplift humanity through the revelation of Truth and Wisdom; fiery aspiration and one-pointedness
Earth - the physical location of a person's path; dharma; where we materialise our solar potential
Keynote - I see the goal. I reach that goal and then I see another.
CAPRICORN - to express one's true spiritual vocation and purpose for the greater good
Saturn - the Lord of Karma; the 'Dweller on the Threshold'; opportunity through crisis and pain Keynote - Lost am I in light supernal, yet on that light I turn my back.
AQUARIUS - to serve humanity through the dedication of personal energies to the collective
Jupiter - intuitive understanding blended with impersonal love; abundance
Keynote - Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty humanity.
PISCES - to sacrifice the self through compassionate service to others
Pluto - the destruction of negativity and separateness; surrender of the personality to the soul
Keynote - I leave the Father's home and turning back, I save.
The Esoteric Meanings of the Houses
1st house - emergence of soul purpose, activities of the soul, the aura.
2nd house - spiritual values, use of life energies.
3rd house - mental energy, relating of higher and lower selves.
4th house - the foundation of the soul.
5th house - expression of spiritual will, actualization of Higher Self.
6th house - personality integration, service through healing and nurturing.
7th house - the path of inner union between the soul and personality.
8th house - the path of the awakening of soul consciousness.
9th house - knowledge of Cosmic Law and Ancient Wisdom.
10th house - spiritual purpose and responsibility.
11th house - spiritual visions, aspirations, spiritual groups.
12th house - unredeemed past karma, bondage to personality, selfless service to humanity.
Beginning a Soul-Centred Delineation
In esoteric astrology, the Rising Sign is symbolic of the soul's purpose and the path of the future. Look to the qualities of this sign as an indicator of new qualities that need to be developed in this lifetime. The house position of the esoteric ruler indicates where these 'new' qualities are best expressed. Try to also blend the qualities of the sign and house position of theNorth Node with these Ascendant qualities. Together, they form a picture of the future path of the soul.
The sign and house position of the Sun is symbolic of the present, or the path towards integration of the personality.
The sign and house position of the Moon is symbolic of the past or karmic conditions which have been carried over into this life and need transcending. Try to blend the qualities of the South Node with these Moon qualities to determine the path of least resistance, the negative personality tendencies which hinder progress in the present, and the gifts developed in past lives.
The signs, houses and aspects of Saturn, Pluto and Chiron, and planets in the twelfth house will also give further clues to karmic factors which are relevant in the current life. Of course, the entire chart can be viewed from a karmic perspective, but we have to stop somewhere.
The Role of the Esoteric Astrologer
The fundamental qualities required by the esoteric astrologer are the intuition of Uranus, the sensitivity and compassion of Neptune and the profound understanding of evolutionary purpose of Pluto.
I do believe there is an urgent need, on the part of astrologers, to move away from the excessive focus on the negativeexpressions of astrological energy and the over-emphasis on events, effects and manifestations.
The focus of esoteric astrology is on cause and purpose, and the consecration of the self to the greater whole of which we are a part. Certainly, we must not ignore the 'negative' tendencies and manifestations of the personality, for these are guideposts to the past and present suffering of the soul, and point to ways of healing that suffering.
But the focus, in esoteric astrology, must ultimately be on the positive qualities and the highest potential that the client may express. Too often, traditional and even psychological astrology, has focussed far too intently on the greatest depths that the client can reach.
As esoteric astrologers, our role is to act as a trigger or catalyst to help the client contact their own inner sense of purpose. And this purpose can most easily be identified by asking the client what gives them the most joy; what is their passion; what do they love doing the most? Joy is one of the supreme qualities of the soul, and to focus on what gives us joy is to attune to our soul's purpose.
JOY - Like a bird on the wing,
I fly towards the sun.
I sing in my soul,
so that all I meet can hear.
[1] Jung, C.G., Modern Man in Search of a Soul, NY & London: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1933,
p. 229.
[2] Oken, Alan., Soul-Centred Astrology, New York: Bantam Books, 1990, p. 33.
[3] ibid, p. 36.
[4] Bailey, Alice A., A Treatise on the Seven Rays, NY & London: Lucis Publishing Co, Vols 1-5.
[5] Esoteric Technologies, Solar Fire User Guide, Version 3. Adelaide, Aust: 1994-95, p. 177.
[6] For a more detailed approach, refer to Alan Oken, Soul-Centred Astrology (op. cit); Errol Weiner, Transpersonal Astrology, Gt. Britain: Element Books Ltd, 1991; and Kathleen Burt, Archetypes of the Zodiac, St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1988.
[7] The keynotes can be found in Alice Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, NY & London, Lucis Publishing Co, 1979, pp. 653-4.
[8] Bailey, Alice A., Ponder on This, London & NY: Lucis Publishing Co, 1983, p. 229.


To Esoteric Astrology

Among the tombs and temples of the great civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and India, there once flourished a sacred study of the stars that arose from Man's innate need to find order and meaning in the universe and within himself. There has always been a corpus of sublime wisdom, as old as Man himself, that periodically emerges from obscurity to shed light upon humanities purpose on earth and its relationship to the cosmos. Astrology, in its original and integral expression, played an essential role within this body of high knowledge that prevailed over the ancient world; it shaped its myths and religious rituals, and structured its civilizations so that they might reflect the divine order from which they originated. Above all, it provided individuals with a key to unlock the mysteries of spiritual transformation, long since veiled in the glyph and symbol of the hierophant.

Astrological temples like those at Stonehenge and Karnak were designed to link the rotation of the earth and the movements of the planets to the positions of the stars and thereby to integrate Man himself into the wheels of the grand cosmic scheme. The aberrant form which survives today as orthodox astrology is but a pale candle to the sun of the Egyptian science which developed out of the discoveries made when the truncated platform of the Great Pyramid was first constructed 75,000 years ago an astrology which acknowledged and paid tribute to its divine origin, and an astrology that helped Man to return in consciousness to his own divine origin.

With the present exteriorisation of the mysteries, we stand on the verge of restoring this vitally important keystone of ancient wisdom and initiatory discipline. As we move into the New Age of Aquarius, esoteric astrology is becoming increasingly relevant to many more people. For this reason, the term esoteric is rather a misnomer. Instead, we should refer to the new astrology—a much more accurate expression for today's reformulation of this most ancient art and science.

The high astrology that once graced antiquity may have been lost to recorded history, but something of its nature can be inferred from ancient language itself. These richly symbolic systems of pictogram and hieroglyphic abound with metaphor and analogy, employing the most mundane images to portray abstruse metaphysical realities that would otherwise remain incommunicable to the finite mind of Man. So too, the subject of the new astrology cannot be grasped without an understanding of the nature and function of symbol. Just as mankind is an outer expression of a divine principle, so is everything in our lives—material object, concept, attitude, everything is a symbol which can point to a deeper layer of meaning the closer we trace it to its origin or archetype. In other words, nothing exists without being linked to images or concepts which lead, ultimately, to the divine. One of the main functions of the new astrology is to trace an aspect from the horoscope to its divine origins, so that the Soul may respond from Its planes of Will, Love and Higher Thought, and thus guide the Personality in a relevant and meaningful direction, according to theSoul's Purpose. The tool developed by the author and Claregate College for most effectively tracing symbols in such a way, is the permutation.

The term aspect is used in the new astrology to mean a group of glyphs combining planets, signs and houses, and not in the sense of the angular relationship between planets. In the new astrology, apermutation is a sentence constructed from the symbols represented in an astrological aspect.

Permutations in Basic Symbols

The definition of a permutation is a "variation of the order of a set of things", or "a selection of items from a larger group". In the new astrology we derive a series of permutations of an aspect in order to amplify its meaning. We take a selection of basic symbols or keywords for each glyph in an aspect and combine them in a variety of ways that make meaningful sentences. They are permutations of meaning. By using different symbols in different orders we change the meaning. Permutations are the means by which we translate an astrological aspect into English, with a host of derivations, from the mundane to the most spiritual.

Lists of basic symbols or keywords will be given out in the coming weeks so that you can have your own lists for doing chart interpretations.

Chart Interpretation

The new astrology teaches us to think in categories. There are no hard and fast rules, for each chart is as existential as the person to whom it belongs. Therefore chart interpretation is not simply a pat process of memorising astrological formulae or stock meanings for aspects—it is far more layered and specific than that. In homeopathy and alternative methods of medicine, the same diagnosed disease may be treated very differently for different individuals. So too, the interpretation of an aspect is liable to vary from individual to individual.

The traditional approach to interpretation comprises elements of the permutative method but in this case, the construction of sentences from key words tends to be prescribed within the narrow and formalised bounds of the lower, rational mind. The rich field of symbolism—where the higher mental functions operate—is largely ignored. In the orthodox method, the meaning of a particular aspect is deduced from general principles. In theory, each planet is said to embody a "principle" or psychological drive. The "mode" of its expression is different when found in different signs of the zodiac, and the houses of the chart represent the different "spheres of life-activity" in which the modified planetary principle manifests. Key concepts for planet, sign and house are regarded as distinct, and through their various combinations, the astrologer will deduce factual statements about the individual.

From this formula has evolved a body of "academic" astrology—an edifice of theoretical meanings for aspects, built out of relatively inert "blocks" of concrete thought—and occasionally enlivened by an inspired author. The greater the reputation, the more fixed and established the "meaning" becomes in the mind of the astrological community. It would not matter at all, if intellect was the highest faculty available to the astrologer. Unfortunately, to rely solely on the application of theoretical clichés (that have lost touch with the living source of meaning) for interpretation is to neglect the delicate nuances of meaning filtering down from the subtle levels of the mind, and to exclude the possibility of true intuitive insight. Real meaning is derived not from any one book of astrology or computer database, but from the living source of meaning within the astrologer from faculties that transcend the intellect.

"Knowledge has three degrees: opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second dialectic; of the third, intuition."

Plotinus, Letter to Flaccus

Sometimes the mistake is made of trying to practise esoteric astrology with a traditional approach to interpretation but using higher, esoteric meanings for the planets, signs and houses. Even where intuition enters into the reading it still centres around already established formulations. The vibrance and mercurial qualities of the intuitive mind demand an astrology of the same order—an astrology flexible enough to admit the subtle meaning and numinous energies of the higher mental sub-planes into the interpretation.

In the new astrology, symbols are shared by the sign, planet and house of the same astrological category. The theoretical distinction between sign, planet and house is not denied and we should be aware of those distinctions when reading a chart; but the living expression of their interaction in symbol, language and event, does not always adhere to the classifications as rigidly as orthodoxy would have us believe. The higher mind operates at archetypal levels and thinks in terms of "categories of thought", sharing living symbols which are common to all levels of expression of the same archetype, and presents them to one's consciousness in visual images.

For instance, Jupiter represents the principle of "expansion"; it is benign, jovial and fortunate, and from these characteristics key words are derived. However, to the chagrin of the orthodox, Jupiter may breach the classification barriers and manifest in things normally associated with its natural sign and house: Aquarius and the Eleventh House. If the higher Self is prepared to use them as visual images, then we, too, may use such symbols as stairs, waves, friends, dearest hopes and wishes, etc, to represent Jupiter in a permutation, thereby widening the possibilities in interpretation. As far as the higher Self is concerned, wherever Jupiter is in the horoscope, there also are Aquarius and the Eleventh House. It has a synthetic and wholistic perception of the chart in terms of categories of thought, which overshadows the distinctions and differentiations that are the domain of the analytical lower mind.

The new astrology uses the esoteric planetary rulerships as proposed by Alice A. Bailey:

 SignRuling Planet House
 Aries Mercury First
 Taurus Vulcan Second
 Gemini Venus Third
Cancer  Neptune Fourth
 Leo Sun Fifth
 Virgo Moon Sixth
 Libra Uranus Seventh
 Scorpio Mars Eighth
 Sagittarius Earth Ninth
 Capricorn Saturn Tenth
 Aquarius Jupiter Eleventh
 Pisces Pluto Twelfth

There are other mechanisms connecting images to glyphs, besides traditional rulership, such as morphology (shape related to function) and symbolism. Morphologically, Jupiter may manifest in shapes which resemble its glyph 's' swan, a yacht, or a jug, etc. The higher Self may portray Jupiter in any of the above ways to communicate its meaning in a lucigram:

Lucigram - a light message.
A visual image from the higher Self portraying
a message or picture.

 The particular forms that Jupiter takes will not only be unique to the individual, but they will be related to the whole chart under consideration. It is through direct contact with the living source of meaning that those who practise the new astrology will derive existential and highly personalised symbols for glyphs and aspects.

This is how real meaning is derived—through the active participation of the astrologer's higher Self in the interpretation. There is no doubt that true statements can be made about the individual through the traditional method; however, in the new astrology, interpretation is opened up, a much wider range of derivatives of an aspect is encouraged, and the higher Self is invited to take part in the process. A series of permutations in basic symbols provides a labile pool of possibilities upon which the intuitive mind can play, deriving deeper and deeper meanings as the aspect is traced to its source.
It cannot be emphasised too strongly that what we are learning in the new astrology is a new language of symbols with which we will eventually be able to communicate with the higher Self—that immortal part of ourselves whose only means of communication with us is through imagery. In the words of Aristotle, "The Soul never thinks without an image." Additionally, by becoming proficient in the astrology we will be able to translate the high wisdom of the soul and offer sound, practical advice to individuals who are seeking guidance and insight that would otherwise be unavailable to them, unavailable certainly in as specific, relevant and spiritually meaningful a capacity as this, the new astrology.

"I am working on the clefs and symbols of a universal language (of the causal world) for expressing all intellectual concepts, artistic values and spiritual encounters, reducing them thus to a common denominator an astrological key. The meaning of life cannot be taught in any other way. It is a LINGUA SACRA . . . In the expression of this universal language we are synthesizing the new universal religion for all mankind."
The Nirmanakaya who was Plato, 1991

Life after life, we pass around the great wheel of the zodiac, incarnating in the twelve signs, unfolding the qualities of the Soul. The signs are our spiritual needs. They are the dimensions of evolution, the ways in which we can grow. The houses show those areas of life in which the signs seek expression and development. They describe the experiences and circumstances of everyday reality through which we learn the lessons of all twelve signs and grow and develop accordingly. Without teachers in the school there can be no lessons. The planets represent personality functions or energies which initiate the activities that provide learning experiences, helping us to develop consciousness and fulfil our potential. The planets are intermediaries that bring the influence of the signs down to us, pervading our lives with their spiritualising energies. They link the spiritual factors behind life's expression to everyday experience. Signs are remote and set in the heavens, but the planets are nearby and less impersonal—as witnessed by their personification in the influential gods of Greek and Roman mythology, actively engaged in human affairs.

The Soul's Purpose
Today more and more people are searching for direction in life, trying to find that which they call their thing. They find themselves wandering aimlessly, not knowing which way to turn, blundering down blind alleys and dead-end streets. Eventually, some turn to such things as orthodox astrology, in the hope that at least here they may be able to find that much-needed direction. Instead they are informed of things they already know, of matters pertaining to their simple mundane needs such as money and relationships. It tells them nothing of their spiritual needs, of spiritual wealth and how they might acquire it, of the higher relationship which exists between them and their Soul or higher Self that can infuse their lives with energy and meaning. Such is the function of Soul's Purpose Astrology.

Each individual has their own unique Soul's purpose, that which is necessary for the fulfilment of their lives, and without which they feel lost and alienated from the world. It is a purpose which has been implanted within them from the moment of birth, and its application in the world is the reason for their existence. The problem arises when, as in many instances, that Soul's purpose becomes lost through the passage of time and the circumstances of life. It is, however, always there, locked deep within them, and one key whereby this knowledge may be unlocked is through an esoteric understanding of the horoscope. Such a method has now been established in the world—the new astrology, the astrology of the Soul.

THE FUNCTION OF THE NEW ASTROLOGY is to recognize the purpose of the soul functioning within a personality and then to give the necessary advice, based on an interpretation of the birth chart, as to how the personality drives can be directed into paths which are compatible with and can eventually be under the direction of the indwelling soul.