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II THE CONSTELLATIONS








Source: Light of Egypt


The twelve great constellations of the zodiacal belt which forms
the Earth's orbit and the Sun's shining pathway around the
celestial universe have been considered as mere imaginary
figures, or emblems, invented by an early, primitive people to
distinguish the monthly progress of the Sun and mark out, in a
convenient manner, the twelve great divisions, or spaces, of the
solar year. To this end, IT IS THOUGHT, the various star groups,
termed constellations, were fancifully imagined to represent the
various physical aspects of the month, under, or into, which they
were consecrated by the Sun's passage during the annual journey,
so that, in some sense, the, twelve signs or constellations were
symbolical, not only of the seasons, but also of the labors of
the year.

That such a system seems perfectly natural to the learned
mythologist, and that granting the ancients so much is a very
great concession toward this CHILDISH KNOWLEDGE is, of course,
quite excusable when we are constantly told, or reminded, that
actual science--that is to say, "EXACT SCIENCE," does not date
backward more than a couple of centuries at most.

Even the modern astrologer, much as be descants upon the
influence of the twelve signs, has but little, if any, real
knowledge of this matter above and beyond the purely physical
symbolism above mentioned. And perhaps it is as well that such a
benighted condition prevails, and that the Divine, heavenly
goddess is unsought and comparatively unknown. The celestial
Urania, at least, in such isolation remains pure and undefiled.
She is free from the desecrating influence of polluted minds.

Such, in brief outline, is the general conception of mankind
regarding the shining constellations that bedeck, like fiery
jewels, their Maker's crown, and illumine with their celestial
splendor the wondrous canopy of our midnight skies. Is there no
more than a symbol of rural work in the bright radiance of the
starry Andromeda, the harbinger of gentle spring? Nothing, think
you, but the fruit harvest and the vintage is in the fiery,
flushing luster of Antares and the ominous Scorpion? Are men so
spiritually blind that they can perceive nothing but the symbol
of maturing vegetation and the long summer's day in the glorious
splendor of Castor and his starry mate and brother, Pollux? It
would, indeed, seem so, so dead is the heart and callous the
spiritual understanding of our own benighted day. To the initiate
of Urania's mysteries, however, these dead, symbolic pictures
become endowed with life; these emblems of rural labor or rustic
art transform themselves from the hard, chrysolitic shell and
expand into the fully developed spiritual flowers of spiritual
entities, revealing in their bright, radiating lines the awful
mystery of the soul's genesis, its evolution and eternal
progressive destiny amid the mighty, inconceivable creations yet
to come; pointing out each step and cycle in the soul's
involution from its differentiation as a pure spiritual entity, a
ray of Divine intelligence, to the crystallization of its
spiritual forces in the realms of matter and its evolution of
progressive life; the same eternal symbols of the springtime, the
glorious summer, the autumn and winter of its eternal being.

In making this attempt, probably the very first within the era,
to convey in plain and undisguised terms the interior mysteries
of the twelve constellations, the reader and student is advised
to ponder deeply upon the outlines presented. The subject is too
vast to present in one or two chapters. Therefore we hope that
this revelation may incite the student to further research. The
real significance, the true, spiritual importance of such
mysteries, can only be realized and fully appreciated after
prolonged meditation and careful study.

With this brief digression, which we consider needed advice, we
will resume our task, and attempt to usher our student into the
weird labyrinth of Solomon's starry temple--"the house not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens."


1. Aries

"First Aries, in his golden wool."

This constellation represents the first Divine idea, the "word"
of the Kabbalist, and the first active manifestation of the
glorious En Soph. In other words, it is MIND IN ACTION, the first
pulsation of Deity in the dual aspects of "Lord and Creator." To
the human soul it is, and always typifies, the unknown, invisible
power which we term INTELLIGENCE; THAT WHICH KNOWS, and gives
unto each Deific atom of life that distinguishing, universal, yet
deathless force which not only constitutes its spiritual identity
and physical individuality, but enables it to pronounce, in the
presence of its Creator, those mystic words: "I am that I am." In
other words, this beautiful constellation symbolizes the first
pulsation of that ray of pure intelligence which constitutes the
Divine Ego of the human soul. It is the force that impels ever
onward the life atom in its evolutionary progress, and reveals to
us the beginning, or first manifestation, of the Divine Ego as an
active, self-existing atom of Infinite spirit, within angelic
spheres.

Seeing the actual, spiritual reality symbolized in Aries, how
easy it is to note its full significance upon the external plane
when refracted and reflected into the planes below through the
complex action of the human organism, conveying the same radical
influx in the first astrological month and the first sign of the
Zodiac. We can read a perfect parallel in the astral influx upon
the human body, as set forth in the "Light of Egypt," vol. I,
which says Aries symbolizes the sacrifice and represents the
springtime, the beginning of a new year. The first action of pure
intelligence brought forth the first expression of form, and led
to the sacrifice of its angelic state, and, having gained the
victory over the lower realms of matter, once more the springtime
of a new life, with the promise of life, light and love.

The sign Aries represents the thinking powers of humanity; in
short, the active, intellectual being, the lord of material
creation--Man; and in its cosmic relations, as shown under "The
Occult Application of the Twelve Signs" (vol. I), we find the
same perfect analogy.


II. Taurus

"He (Aries) turns and wonders at the mighty Bull (Taurus)."

The second constellation of the shining twelve represents the
first reaction of spiritual conception. In other words, it is the
mind's attention to its own ideas. In the Kabbalah it represents
that peculiar state of executive force whereof it is symbolically
said: "And the Lord saw that it was good," after each act of
creation.

When intelligence first manifests itself form is a matter of
necessity, and, as no form can possibly exist without matter, so
Taurus is the first emanation of matter in its most etherealized
state. Hence it is feminine, Venus the ruler thereof, and it
represents the first pure form of the human soul, as it existed
in its bright paradise within the angelic spheres of its parents,
and reveals to us the first surprise of intelligence in embryo,
the first sensation of consciousness, so to say--conscious of its
Divine selfhood. Hence "He (the male spirit of pure fire, Aries),
glorious in his golden (solar) wool, turns (expressing reaction)
and wonders at the mighty bull (or material form)." Thus the
first idea of pure intelligence in embryo, the result of action
in Aries, becomes objective to its consciousness and is surprised
at its own conception. It is the first sensation of pure, Divine
love within angelic realms, and it (the male spirit of pure fire)
sees that it is good.

Bringing this spiritual reality within our conception, and
comparing it with its reflected astrological influx, what a
beautiful harmony we find, and yet so simple that verily we
cannot refrain from once more quoting our old-time, worn, yet,
nevertheless, golden law: "AS IT IS ABOVE, SO IT IS BELOW; AS ON
THE EARTH, SO IN THE SKY." Reflecting that Taurus is an Earthy
sign, and a symbol of servitude, we see that matter is ever the
servant of spirit, a necessary means for the manifestation of
intelligence, again recognized in the fecundating forces of this
astrological sign on every plane of its action. And it is ruled
by Venus, the love element in Nature, her sympathies ever finding
expression in this beautiful sign. What can be clearer, more
understandable, than, that the involved principles and Deific
attributes, as represented by the shining constellations, when
refracted through the human organism, so complex in its
constitution, reflects qualities which are the external and
parallel expression of the subjective principles, and, further,
that form is absolutely necessary for the manifestation of
intelligence?


III. Gemini

"He (Taurus) bending lies with threatening bead, and calls the
Twins (Gemini) to rise. They clasp for fear and mutually
embrace."

This bright constellation (Castor and Pollux), Gemini, is
spiritually representative of the second spiritual action. Hence
it is, of course, a masculine sign and positive. We have
witnessed act I of the soul's drama, and, as some have said,
tragedy, and in this, the third of the shining twelve, we find
the opening scene of act II, viz: The evolution of the twin
souls, or, more correctly, the differentiation of the Divine soul
into its two natural component parts--male and female.

Here we approach one of the most arcane secrets within the wide
scope of Occult philosophy, hence must be exact, and at the same
time clear, in our statements. Note, then, that after the male
spirit of pure, ethereal, divine fire (Aries) bad conceived the
first idea, and Taurus, the material envelope, had given that
idea objective existence to its (the Ego's) consciousness, we
find SENSATION AS THE RESULT. No sooner sensation than
aspiration; i.e., longing. This closes the action and the
reaction.

Ever, in obedience to the unsatisfied wants of an immortal soul
Nature immediately responds. Hence "He bending lies with
threatening head, (that is demanding)," and calls the twins (the
twin souls) to rise (to appear or evolve forth)," and as a first
rude shock caused by their separation, or, rather, by their
separate existence as two distinct, yet mutually dependent,
forces, we have the context.

"They clasp for fear and mutually embrace."

This most impressive scene in the soul's drama is one of profound
interest and sublime beauty.

In the Kabbalah we find the same parallel, wherein it is stated:
"And so God created man in His own image (the action of Aries and
Taurus); in His own image (mind) created He him, male and female
created He them." In other words, Aries, Taurus and Gemini are
thus spoken of in pure allegory.

The mundane Bible of the Jews, like everything else esteemed
sacred, finds its original and perfect expression in the great
Astral Bible of the skies.

To the average student the evolution of the Twin Souls is a
profound mystery, embracing, as it does, the whole of involution
and evolution, seeing that this beautiful constellation
represents to us the first recognition, or consciousness, of the
Divine Ego of its dual forces, sensation and aspiration, called
forth by the action of Aries and Taurus. How beautifully has the
poet expressed this first pulsation of Divine love: "They clasp
for fear," etc. Evolved by the Divine will of pure intelligence,
they must ever remain as separate, yet mutually dependent,
forces, positive and negative, male and female, upon whose action
and reaction rest the perfect evolvement of the powers and
possibilities of the One.

In order to clearly grasp the whole of these ramifications, we
again invite our student's careful attention to the same sign,
Gemini, in its astrological aspect, as it is representatively
expressed by refraction upon the human organism. We find that
this sign (the representative of the constellation always)
signifies the union of reason with intuition, and that it governs
the arms, hands and executive forces of man.

Surely, as we reflect upon the almost marvelous
inter-relationship between things spiritual and things temporal,
we must conclude, with the man Jesus, that "They have eyes but
they see not, and ears, but alas they hear not."

If it were not so man would, indeed, by virtue of the latent
forces within him, take the kingdom of Heaven by storm and reign
supreme as enthroned king of all material forms. Man, in his
blindness, has relegated intuition to obscurity; has neglected
the cunning of the left hand and debauched the pure love of the
divine state. Consequently, the executive forces within him are
unbalanced, thus rendering him the slave of material forms,
instead of being their lawful sovereign. Therefore, not until,
with clean hands and pure heart, he restores intuition to her
throne, united with reason, can he hope to COMPREHEND the reality
of this arcane mystery of the twin souls, Gemini.


IV. Cancer

"And next the Twins with an unsteady pace
Bright Cancer rolls."

In this beautiful constellation we witness the reaction of
Gemini, the closing scene in act II. Hence it is, of course, a
feminine force we are observing. In other words, it is that
period (or rather one of them) wherein the Kabbalah expresses the
reaction of the En Soph, via his Creators, as "And behold the
Lord saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very
good."

Just so Cancer, spiritually interpreted, means equalizing, hence
HARMONY, which is indeed very good as contradistinguished from
chaos.

To the human soul Cancer is the period of exalted rest. It is the
highest point in the arc of the Divine Soul's Angelic Cycle. From
this glorious, but subjective, summit or altitude in the realm of
spirit it must descend.

Restless energy and the still unsatisfied longings of its own
immortal nature are the forces that bring such evolution about.
Having evolved the dual forces of its divine nature, the Ego sees
that it is good and rests from its labor. But as this exalted
state is purely subjective, and ideal, it must of necessity, to
satisfy the longing for further unfoldment and desire to know,
descend into material realms and conditions. From this point
begins the soul's involution downward, until the lowest point in
the arc is reached, viz., Capricorn.

Refer now to the sign Cancer, and carefully study out the
parallel upon its astrological planes and also under its Occult
aspects, as given forth in the "Light of Egypt," Vol. I, where we
read: "Cancer rules the respiratory and digestive functions of
humanity, and governs the reflective organs of the brain." Note
the parallel. Within subjective realms the Divine soul has
inspired and assimilated all that is possible to that angelic
state, and knows a period of blissful rest. But the longings of
its immortal nature urge on the soul. So we see that the sign
Cancer symbolizes tenacity to life; to live we must breathe and
eat and assimilate upon every plane of our being. It necessarily
follows that, the mentality expressed by Cancer must be
susceptible to inspirational currents; to inspire is to indraw.
In its application, we find that this sign symbolizes love. How
beautiful the harmony and contrast of the constellation and its
astrological representative.


V. Leo

"Then Leo shakes his mane."

Herein is typified the third grand spiritual action which, as we
find throughout Nature, travel in pairs; hence Leo is a positive,
masculine constellation.

Having attained the highest point in the super-celestial states
of subjective, embryonic existence; having evolved sensation and
aspiration; now, inspired by a desire for immortality, the DUAL
SOUL of the Divine Ego is once more impelled forward; but, as all
evolution works in spirals, it cannot ascend higher without first
apparently descending lower; so ever onward in its eternal march.
This beautiful constellation symbolizes the first action on the
downward portion of the are. It is the affinities of the heart,
so to say, working from within to without.

Matter, in its more etherealized form, begins to assert its sway.
The allegorical serpent of Eden is working upon the feminine
portion, symbolized by the heart, and, like a magnetic tractor,
the soul's affinities are drawn downward, and, as if in defiance
of all responsibilities, consequences, and Karma, the soul,
lion-like, "shakes his mane in the imperiousness of deathless
courage."

As we read these weird allegories, written by Deity in the starry
vaults of heaven, the interested soul bows in reverence and awe
before that almighty power we term Providence, and the profane
call God.

No man has altered these pure records of divinity; no finger has
interpolated one single line. They are as beautifully clear to
the soul now as they were in the very dawn of Nature's awful
creation.

To the Initiate into Urania's mysteries it is unnecessary to draw
a parallel between the constellation and its astrological sign.
They are too clear, magnificent and impressive to escape notice.
To the majority of students the resembance may not be so
apparent, hence, for their benefit, we will point out a few
aspects of this interesting parallel.

We read that the sign Leo is the "solar Lion of the mysteries,
that, ripens with his own internal heat the fruits brought forth
from the Earth by the moisture of Isis (the soul)." Just so, the
Divine Ego, by its eternal energy and strength, the pure fire of
intelligence, externalizes through material forms the principles
involved in the downward portion of the arc, as qualities and
attributes of the soul (reflected in the physical man as traits
and qualities). Again we are told, "this sign reveals to us the
ancient sacrifice and the laws of its compensation." In the
imperiousness of a deathless courage, the soul defies all
consequences and responsibilities. Surely, this is the supreme
sacrifice, to leave its pure, Edenic state to gain knowledge, to
evolve its latent forces. And from this lion of the Tribe of
Judah, is born that Divine love and sympathy which ultimately
redeems and purifies the soul and saves it from death in matter.
The laws of its compensation are fulfilled in the prefected man.

In its intellectual aspect, we learn that the mental forces of
those dominated by this sign are ever striving to attain unto
some higher state. Their ideas are grand, compared with the
nature of the constellation, and all that it implies. The
reflection is clear, natural and beautiful. When we reflect upon
this awful period in the involution of the dual souls of the
Divine Ego, as symbolized by the constellation, and the grand
truths represented by the astrological sign when refracted
through the human organism, the reason for Leo being named the
Royal Sign becomes quite plain.


VI. Virgo

"And following Virgo calms his rage again."

Beautifully expressive are these lines to those who read their
mystic import aright. Virgo is the reaction of the leonine force,
and is, consequently, a feminine symbol.

Action and reaction are the eternal laws upon which the cosmos is
founded. They constitute the inseparable affinities, attraction
and repulsion, of everything within the realm of manifested
being. In this mystic constellation, we see the first ideas of
maternal instinct arise. This is a necessary result of the
impulsive action of the heart in Leo--the reaction from a state
of imperious, defiance. The heat of rage or energy and deathless
courage results in the IDEAS of something to be encountered,
overcome, and of self-preservation. The dual soul descends still
another volve in the spiral of its celestial journey toward
crystallized forms.

Virgo, the Virgin of the skies, and eternal symbol of that
Divine, immaculate conception, shows wherein these forces lie.
Here is conceived, in a pure, holy sense, the first instinct of
love within the dual soul. It represents that awful period in the
Biblical Garden of Eden, wherein the VIRGIN WIFE stands before
the tree of knowledge, of good and evil, where she is fascinated
by the allurements of matter and is unconsciously becoming
enveloped in the coils of the serpent. In other words, after the
cosmic force had SHAKEN ITS MANE in defiance of material forces,
it is the reaction of his subjective half which sees HOW GOOD
material things are; or, in other words, "and following Virgo
calms his rage again." The masculine half, or positive force of
the soul, yields to temptation and is soothed by the alluring
prospects.

It will be noticed in this connection that pity, reflection, and
compassion, are the peculiar actions of the sign Virgo in the
Zodiac (not the constellation), and that astrologically it
governs the bowels. This symbolism is really very beautiful when
closely compared and studied. That immaculate conception of pure
love of the soul for its other half, upon the astrological plane,
becomes refracted and reacts as compassion and pity. Again, the
soul, within subjective realms, sees how good material things
are, and its refraction represents the assimilating functions of
the human organism. It also reveals to us the significance of the
Lord's Supper. At this stage of its journey, the Divine Ego knows
for the last time that close communion with the twin soul before
the crucifixion, the wine typical of the sacrifice, the bread,
and the sustaining forces, of its own immortal being.

The intellectual aspect of the sign Virgo forms a perfect analogy
to the constellation, and is too evident for further remarks.


VII. Libra

"Then day and night are weighed in Libra's scales;
Equal awhile, at last the night prevails."

Another volve in the spiral, and we reach the grand climax of the
soul's journey, within the spiritual world.

The nature of this constellation was, for ages, concealed from
all but Initiates; for the reason that, it contains the most
important mysteries connected with the human soul. It is the
grand transition are between the spiritual world and the astral
world; in other words, between ideal conceptions and elemental
forms, between the world of design and the realms of force.

One of the chief mysteries of Libra is, that, it is androgyne, or
bisexual, in nature. So far the dual soul has evolved within the
realms of spirituality; here it stands, in the celestial balance,
between the two, giving way to temptation, takes the forbidden
fruit and instantly awakes from its purely spiritual state to
become surrounded by the illusions of matter. The struggle of the
soul with the attracting forces of matter is very clearly
expressed in the line:--

"Equal awhile, at last the night prevails."

In other words, astral and physical darkness bedim the soul's
spiritual sight, and, leaving the realms of innocence and bliss,
they sink into the vortex of the great astral world.

The celestial state is now forever lost as a realm of angelic
innocence. It can only be regained amid trial, sorrow, suffering,
and experience, and, when regained, it is as Lord and Master, not
as the innocent cherub. But when, having gained or reached the
equator of the upward arc of its progress, and, united once more
to its missing half, gives expression to that deathless force
with which it started from the opposite point, Aries: "I AM THAT
I AM;" no longer an embryo, but being within the UNIVERSAL SOUL
of being. Before closing this symbolic constellation, we must
reveal the mystery of its BI-SEXUAL NATURE. In the higher or
first portion of the sign it is {}, positive to some extent, and
masculine. The soul is still within the Garden of Eden and pure,
clad in the raiment of God, and is represented by the Chaldean
statues of "The Bearded Venus," or Venus, the Angel of Libra, as
a morning star, bright Lucifer. But in the latter half, after the
fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (positive and
negative, you see) has been partaken of, bright Lucifer falls.
The Sun of the Morning, shorn of his glory, becomes the symbol of
night, or Vesper, the evening star, and the symbol is thus {},
and the soul loses its heavenly raiment, or spiritual
consciousness, and becomes clothed with matter, the symbol of
night.

The sign Libra in the Zodiac, in its astrological aspect, is a
very external correspondence of all the foregoing.


VIII. Scorpio

"And, longer grown, the heavier scale inclines,
And draws bright Scorpio from the winter signs."

We now behold the gates of Paradise guarded by the FLAMING SWORD
which points to the four quarters of the world. This sword is,
according to Genesis, "to guard the way of the tree of life," and
such, esoterically, it really is.

The soul is no longer dual, but separated into male and female
personalities; "and behold they see that they are naked."
Stripped of their spiritual raiment, they feel the chill of
matter and the lusts of an animal nature. They need clothing, "so
God made them coats of skin." Sex is the symbolism herein
typified, and the evolution of the animal passions of
procreation, of multiplication and evolution. It is the complete
entry of the soul into elemental conditions, and the flaming
sword guarding the four quarters of the Earth to the way of life
are the four great realms of the astral world; the way to
physical life in concrete forms; and the way to life eternal
through the realms of the Sylphs, Gnomes, Undines and
Salamanders. They are the basis of all matter, known as Air,
Earth, Water and Fire. Here we see that, through the evolution of
sex and its accompanying desire for procreation, these blind
forces of Nature find their avenue of expression. Spiritual
consciousness almost lost, and without reason, the soul becomes
the prey, so to say, of these forces of the astral world, which
is the realm of design. The soul's creations must be met and
vanquished upon the upward arc of the Cycle of Progress. They
guard or oppose the way to eternal life. Here the soul, having
gained the victory, stripped forever of its earthy raiment and
the lusts of the flesh, arrayed once more in its spiritual
raiment, purified and sanctified, it will stand once more at the
gates of Paradise, where, reunited with its missing half, it will
partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life and become as Gods.
Astrologically the correspondence is perfect, and so thinly
disguised as to need no explanation.


IX. Sagittarius

"Him Centaur follows with an aiming eye,
His bow full-drawn, and ready to let fly."

Deeper and deeper sinks the soul into material forms. The
evolution of sex has produced the necessary avenues for the
entrance of countless forces, and the soul is now rapidly losing
the last vestiges of its spiritual conscience. In other words,
Sagittarius symbolizes that state of the soul wherein it is
descending to its polarizing point, and is, therefore, the vortex
of innumerable opposing forces, seeking expression in different
forms.

"It is the bow (strength or force of the soul), FULL-drawn and
ready to let fly" its arrows (of energy) in any direction that
may afford proper opportunity. Here we see the expression of that
deathless, fiery force, and imperious daring and courage, within
more material states; the primal fire reflected from another
angle.

But everything is unsettled. It is a masculine force, and
restless, and is represented under the allegory of the "Tower of
Babel" and the utter dispersion of the people (entities) to the
four corners of the Earth, and finally becomes involved in dense
matter, and its migrations are at an end on this side of the
Cycle of Necessity.

Upon the astrological plane, the zodiacal sign Sagittarius rules
the motive forces and the pedestrian instinct, the thighs, or
basis of locomotion; hence, we see, even here, a most perfect
analogy. This sign symbolizes, also, the governing forces of
humanity, which see the necessity of law and order; hence
government. In this expression, we find the bow (strength or
force) ready to let fly its arrows of energy in any direction the
opportunity may afford; when refracted upon the human organism
and reflected upon the external plane, these forces manifest as
the restless spirit, that ever impels onward, seeking new fields
of expression, out of which develops a sense of order,
restraining and training, or the governing of self and control of
others. When we reflect upon these symbols of starry truths the
mind bows in reverence before the wisdom that created them.


X. Capricorn

"Next narrow horns the twisted Caper shows."

The Goat, and in the realms of spirit, the crystallized mineral
is the reaction of the former, and shows to us death, inertia and
rest; hence Kronos, or Saturn, the symbol of death, is lord of
this state and condition. It is the polarizing point of the
soul's evolution in matter, and therefore, forms the lowest are
in the Cycle of Necessity.

Herein we behold the soul, imprisoned within the mineral state.
The fire of the flint, and the spark in the crystal, are the only
avenues of its lonesome expressions. But, as the lowest point, it
is also the promise of a higher, and the symbol of a higher
state, and the symbol of another spiral in its endless life.

This constellation, as the symbol of inertia and death, is also
the symbol of awakening life, and prepares the soul for the more
perfect expression of its powers in its forthcoming upward
journey. If we pause for a moment and consider the force and
power necessary to evolve out of this dark, dense, mineral realm,
the foregoing sentence will become clear and forcible. Hitherto,
the soul has been slowly drawn down into coils of matter,
imprisoned by material forces. It has penetrated the lowest
depths, and can go no farther. Rest here, is to gather strength,
force. Mark well the difference and parallel between Cancer and
Capricorn, opposite points in the arc. Cancer is the symbol of
exalted rest within angelic realms; Capricorn the symbol of rest
in dense matter. From the former state the soul is impelled
forward on its downward journey; from the latter state the soul
awakens to the struggle for life on the upward are; and must now
give expression to the positive powers of its immortal being,
which have become involved in material form; that shall make it
the master, and give it the victory over death and material
forces. Surely, this is truly the promise of a new day, and
higher state of existence.

It will he instructive to study this by a comparison of the
zodiacal sign, Capricorn, as set forth in the "Light of Egypt,"
Vol. 1, wherein we read: "This sign signifies the knees, and
represents the first principle in the trinity of locomotion,
viz., the joints, bending, pliable, movable." The analogy is
perfect. The soul, which has been pliant, bending to material
forces, now reverses this action, and bows the knee in awe and
reverence to the higher powers of its being. When refracted upon
the human organism, we find that the cold, lonesome state, and
weary struggle within the mineral realm, becomes love of self,
directing its energies to the attainment of selfish ends. What
could be more natural?

XI. Aquarius

"And from Aquarius' urn a flood o'erflows."

The soul, released from its crystallized cycle of matter, now
rapidly evolves into states, though material, yet entirely
different. Its previous arc, from Libra to Capricorn, has been
amid inorganic matter. It is now rushing with lightning speed
upon its weird, toilsome, upward, journey through purely organic
forms, from vegetable to animal; and, as all organic forms have
their primary origin in water, so does this celestial urn express
the primary conception of this physical state. Further, to more
fully express this, Aquarius is typical of man, as prototype of
the last grand goal of the soul's future material state--in other
words, the last quadrant of the four elements, viz.: Bull, Lion,
Eagle, Man.

There is something exceedingly significant in all this, and the
more we ponder on this spiritual allegory of the shining
constellation, the more we are impressed with the divine wisdom
of those early instructors of our race, who thus preserved truth
in an incorruptible form.

From this weird, but beautiful constellation, we learn how the
soul has progressed, finding innumerable avenues of expression of
its latent forces; the manifestation of its powers in the various
chemical changes, and development of functions expressed through
countless forms, on the lower planes of existence. The sacrifice
of its angelic innocence, the imperious defiance and deathless
courage, symbolized by Leo, have obtained the victory over the
lower kingdoms; which will be incorporated into his vast empire.
Yet, unstable as water, it cannot excel; or, in other words,
cannot rise to a higher state within this are, of its progressive
life.

We find that the astrological expression of this constellation,
the sign Aquarius, governs the legs, and is the natural emblem of
the changeable, moveable, migratory forces, of the body, forming
a perfect parallel with its interior symbol. There is a great
deal contained in this zodiacal sign worthy of deep study and
reflection.


XII. Pisces

"Near their loved waves cold Pisces take their seat,
With Aries join, and make the round complete."

Once more a reaction--the last scene of the soul's impersonal
drama. The constellation (if Pisces is the symbol of rest and
expectation. The soul has now completed the first round, or rung,
in the Cycle of Necessity; and its next state is that of
incarnated man. It has triumphed over every sphere below, and
defied, in turn, every power above, and is now within that sixth
state of the embryonic soul-world that transforms all its past
knowledge, sorrow, and suffering, into experience; and produces
the impersonal man.

It has traveled through constellated states within matter and
spirit, and, as a human soul, with reason, intuition, and
responsibility, it will, in its next state, become subject to
those same powers when reflected from a different plane. The
twelve constellations of its soul will manifest a complete
rapport with the twelve signs of solar light and power.

With this we close. The mystic sign of this constellation is {},
or completion, a seal and a sign of its past labors.

And, as we have seen, the shining constellations are the soul's
progressive history from its genesis, to its appearance within
embodied conditions as man; and so, by correspondence, are the
twelve solar signs symbols of man and his material destiny. The
foundation has been laid, the material and resources are at hand,
for his kingdom is exclusive. With his own hands he must build
his temple (the symbol of the perfected man), each stone
accurately measured, cut, polished, and in its proper place, the
proportions symmetrical, hence, harmonious; the keystone of whose
arch is WILL, its foundation love. This accomplished, be will
have completed the second round of the great Cycle of Necessity.

And who, after contemplating the wondrous harmony of this
beautiful system, and the complete accord of each part, can
refuse to agree with the truly inspired Addison that--

"Ever moving as they shine,
The hand that made us is divine."





Next: III. THE SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION OF THE TWELVE HOUSES OF THE HOROSCOPE

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