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The science of astrology had its beginning with the most learned nations of antiquity. The first astrologers were priests and philosophers, who found no conflict between the principles of astrology and the sacred philosophical systems which, ancient historians agree, were first revealed to humanity by the gods. Thus astrology not only conforms with those universal laws which were the foundations of ancient wisdom, but is also perfectly compatible with ancient standards of morality and ethics.
Unfortunately, the philosophy of astrology finds few exponents in this modern age. Men, more interested in material fortune than the metaphysical mysteries of the soul, have ignored the more profound issues of the astral science. But Brahman sages in rock-hewn temples, Chaldean magi on their lofty ziggurats, and Egyptian priests in their stone observatories did not devote thousands of years to the perfection of astrology merely out of curiosity concerning their mundane affairs. To all these wise men, the mysteries of the heavens were a revelation of divine principles and divine will. The handwrithing of stars on the wall of heaven was to them in the very language of the gods.
The nations most given to astrological research also accepted the doctrine of the rebirth of human souls. Since these two important teachings, astrology and reincarnations, developed side by side, and the believers in the one teaching were also the exponents of the other, it is evident that no point of conflict exists between the belief in rebirth and the science of the stars.
The Hermetic philosophers, the wisest of the Egyptians, possessed a profound knowledge of both of these mysteries, as did also Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle, the noblest thinkers among the Greeks. The Druid priests of Britain and Gaul included both reincarnation and astrology among their secret teachings. These noble men, revered as among the wisest and most virtuous of mortals, could not have been party to ignorance or superstition. In these matters, then, we should consider their opinions with all seriousness.
Among Oriental nations, the science of astrology and the doctrine of rebirth are still included together in the philosophy of life. Old Hindu textbooks on astrology, attributed to the saints and Rishis, contain hints and allusions to the method of determining past and furure states of existence from a natal horoscope. Among the lamas of Tibet, secret formulas, carefully guarded from the profane, are still used by astrologer-priests to determine the parts of the previous existence from the position of the stars at the beginning of this life.
The problems which these Tibetan priests seek to solve are comprehended under three headings:
1. The place of the spiritual entity among the Nidanas, or the sequence
of consequences, which cause the physical incarnation of the soul.
(Order the sign of the Zodiac).
2. The level or plane of consciousness in which the entity functioned
prior to its present life, which contributes the moral force to the
present existence. (Planetary sphere - Loka - Region).
3. Such details and circumstances of the previous existence as may
account for the karma, or processes of retribution, which are at work
in the present existence. (See indicating planet in Birth Chart).
In addition to these, a horoscope may be erected for the moment of death by which the future state of the soul or entity is estimated. (Flight to Loka - Planet sphere - Region)
Altogether, this part of astrology is concerned with that larger theater of action of which the present life is but a fragment. To all philosophic peoples, man's present state is the result of previous life and action. To understand this, is to discover the cause of present conditions. Lemurian, Atlantean and Asiatic astrologers have practiced this part of the science for thousands of years, and their findings should be of interest to Western students of astrology.
The principle behind the Bhava Chakra (Wheel of Houses - Cycle of Transmigratory Existence) recorded on the ceiling of the Lamaist monastery at Sik-kim is entirely astrological. The outer circle of the figure is divided into 12 parts which are termed the nidanas, or the causes, that move the soul to rebirth. These nidanas are the 12 zodiacal signs, each one of which contains within it an impulse to action, or as the ancients termed it, a cause of contact.
The first nidana, under Aries, is called the unconscious will. It is represented by a blind man, and signifies the soul passing from death to rebirth.
The second nidana, under Taurus, is called conformation, and is represented by a potter and his pots signifying the soul shaping the materials of the mental and physical natures.
The third nidana, under Gemini, called the conscious will, is typified by the restlessness of the monkey. It signifies the rise of conscious experience in the soul.
The fourth nidana, under Cancer, called self-consciousness, is represented by a ship containing man, woman, and animals and signifies the rise of the quality of individuality.
The fifth nidana, under Leo, is represented by an empty house, and signifies the development of the sensory perceptions.
The sixth nidana, under Virgo, is a figure representing marriage, and signifies the focusing of the sense perceptions upon exterior objects.
The seventh nidana, under Libra, is represented by a figure with an arrow in its eye, and signifies the illusions of pain and pleasure and their reaction upon the soul.
The eight nidana, under Scorpio, is called desire, and is involved in the experiences of gratification.
The ninth nidana, under Sagittarius, is termed indulgence, and is represented by a man collecting fruit into a basket. It signifies
attachment to worldly possessions.
The tenth nidana, under Capricorn, represents maturity, and signifies the fullness of material existence brought to its highest philosophical level.
The eleventh nidana, under Aquarius, is compensation represented by the birth of a son. This signifies the paying off of all debts to nature and final detachment therefrom.
The twelfth nidana, under Pisces, shows the dead body being carried to the grave. It signifies decay of all points of contact by which the life is held to the material state.
After the twelfth, the first begins again, and so on through all the cycles of existence. The nidanas of course, represent the dominating consciousness or the place of the spiritual self in the great cycle of progress. While our little life has its birth, growth, maturity and decay, so many hundreds of these lives form together a greater cycle involving a vast process of life moving through its several stages. (Science of Astrosophy - Reading of Akashic Records).
By the position of the sun, the nidana is determined; and by the Ascendant, the subdivision of the nidana is ascertained. Thus, a person born with the sun i Pisces is born to the experience of detachment, for he is bringing a cycle of experience to an end. A person born with the sun in Scorpio is born under the eighth nidana, and the sole purpose of his existence is to experience the consequences of greed, personality, and possession.
The Ascendant of the horoscope represents a minor cycle of experience with a great one. It qualifies and specializes the general significance. For example, the fifth nidana, or Leo, is an externalizing of the sensory power and generally manifests as ambition. If the Ascendant is in the third nidana, of Gemini, representing the effort to establish individual sufficiencies, it qualifies the major factor and denotes that the ambitions will be of an intellectual or mental nature. By calculations based upon this arrangement, the primary purpose of the soul's incarnation is established. In application, it is generally found that this purpose more or less dominates the individual in whose horoscope it is indicated. In the Tibetan monastery figure, Kala Chakra, the central part of the design, representing the world or, more exactly, the conditions of consciousness which together make up the world, is divided into six parts. (See front page). In the painting, these parts or panels are filled with elabore designs setting forth the conditions of souls in various levels or degrees of spiritual development.
The six compartments of the circle are divided int an upper and lower hemishpere of three compartments each. The upper hemisphere represents the three nobles states of being which are denominated in degrees of excellence: 1 - the world of the gods; 2 - the world of the Titans or heroes; 3 - the world of men. Together these three parts depict the happy states of consciousness which are the reward of good karma, that is, lives of noble thought and action, balanced towards giving in life.
The three compartments of the lower hemisphere of the circle depict the miseries resultant from bad karma, or destructive thought, emotion, and action. The three compartments are named respectively: 1 - the world of animals; 2 - the world of ghosts; 3 - the world of hells or spheres of violent retribution.
In each of these six parts of the world is also depicted a form of the Buddha symbolizing the universal enlightenment, which regenerates and preserves evolving souls in all the spheres of being. The sun, of course, represent the Buddha, the power of diffused illumination. The solar energy, distributed through the natural creation, is the universal source of the impulse toward light and truth.
The six compartments through which the sun's light shines pertain to the other major bodies of the solar system known to the old astrologers, the world of the gods. The world of the gods is the sphere of Jupiterian consciousness; that of the Titans, Martial consciousness; that of human beings, Mercurial consciousness. These planets, therefore, dominate the upper hemishpere of the sphere of consciousness. Venus represents animal consciousness; the moon, the imaginative consciousness, termed the world of ghosts; and Saturn, the retribution consciousness or the karmic hells.
In the East, it is taught that each soul coming into material life enters from one of the six compartments of the Wheel of the Law. Astrologically, the rule for determining the origin of the soul's present life cycle is as follows:
Examine the horoscope and discover whether the sun or the moon is stronger.
1. Determine this from position, dignity, and aspect.
2. Then observe in which decanate the more powerful luminary is
placed. (10 degrees divisions in the Zodiac)
3. Find the ruler of this decanate according to ordinary astrological
practice, and the ruler of the decanate shall signify the sphere of
consciousness, or Lokas, from which the soul came into birth.
(Planetary Body's Sphere).
4. Next, examine the position of the planet which is ruler of the decanate
as to its dignity, position, aspect, etc.
5. From this determine the quality of the previous life.
6. If the ruler of the decanate enjoys dignity and high position, the same
would be true of the previous life of the native.
7. If it is afflicted, cadent, or ill-placed, the previous state of the life
was lowly or unfortunate.
A similar system is practiced by the Brahmans. They consider only four worlds, but the method of determining this important matter is identical in both systems.
In astrology, the sign ascending on the eastern angle of the heavens at the moment of birth is the general significator of the present incarnation, and the entire horoscope is read from this Ascendant, and all the testimonies of the chart are blended with the fundamental keynote of this ascending sign. The zodiacal sign upon the cusp of the 12th house may be termed the preceding sign to the Ascendant, and the zodiacal sign upon the cusp of the 2nd house may be termed the succeeding sign from the Ascendant. As the Ascendant signifies the present state of the evolving soul, the cusp of the 12th house becomes the significator of the life previous to the present one, and the sign upon the cusp of the 2nd house, the next incarnation after the present one. The rule is that angular houses signify the present life, succedent houses the next life to come, and cadent houses the previous life and its karma.
If, then, we move the horoscope sufficiently to bring the 12th house cusp to the Ascendant, we can then read the horoscope as the nativity of the previous life. Ordinarily the 12th house of the horoscope is termed the house of self-undoing, in that it reveals the fundamental weaknesses of character which undermine the probability of present success. The term self-undoing is identical in meaning with karma, or the accumulation of past actions which overshadow present conditions. This accumulation is carried forward from life to life until all weaknesses are overcome and final perfection is achieved.
It naturally follows that whatever zodiacal sign domintes the present life of the individual, the sign previous to it signifies the karma brought forward from the past. The positions of the ruler of that sign and planets in the 12th house reveal the circumstances of the previous existence, the probable place and time of the previous birth, and the general circumstances of that existence.
1. The sign Aries ascending indicates Pisces to have
dominated the previous existence. Aries, the first sign
of the zodiac, is the beginning of a new cycle of experience.
Aries people have come into this life from a previous
existence of limitations, responsibility, and bondage.
Their present life is therefore a release, and they move
forward, dominated by strong ambition and enthusiasm.
2. If Taurus is ascending, they have brought forward the
impulse of the previous Arian existence. Most Taurians bring
forward attitudes of Aries, and, beneath their artistic surface,
emotional fires bear witness to the militancy of their previous
3. When Gemini ascends, we find beneath the intellectual
attitude the karmic pressure of Taurus. The superficiality
of the Gemini temperament is evident throughout English
speaking countries. Still under the general intellectual
surface of these individuals you find strong powerful
economical and despotic manipulations as a hangover
from previous lives lived with the Taurian complex.
4. When Cancer ascends, Gemini lurks in the background.
Cancer people are subject to the distorted imaginations of a
negative and uncontrolled Mercury. It is hard for Cancer
people to be natural and relaxed, for behind them is a life
lived under the influence of a negative Mercury agitating
the intellect by a complex of opinions and fears that are too
often allowed to grow into fact.
5. When Leo is ascending, there is generally a strength
complex arising out of the weakness of the previous life. For
this reason, Leo people are apt to be egotistic and power-
loving, building a positive outward front to protect a very
sensitive, emotional, imaginative, subjective nature held over
from the Cancer influence.
6. When Virgo is ascending, there is a subconscious
repentance in the soul. The previous life was under the
forceful, dominating influence of Leo. The Leo incarnaiton
revealed the emptiness and vainness of authority, and the
native is born into Virgo with a strong tendency to the simple
life. Virgo is a sign of atonement, and the individual has the
impulse to help a world which he probably tyrannized in the
previous life. Deep inside themselves, many Virgo people
have rather a definite Leo superiority complex and a tendency
7. When Libra ascends, the individual brings into life Virgo
karma. The people of Virgo have a tendency to lean and
depend, and this weakness comes forward in Libra as a
sense of internal insufficiency. The Libra native is of an
artistic, somewhat irritable, delicate temperament. He has
strong vanity arising out of his Virgo repentance.
8. When Scorpio ascends, the strong emotional power of the
previous life combines its force with the fiery nature of this
sign. Libra is artistic and emotional with a tendency to
melancholy. Scorpio intensifies these qualities, giving also
depth and organisation to the thought. The self-gratification
of Libra is the natural foundation for the powerful ambitions of
9. Sagittarius ascending produces a jovial temperament, but
the Scorpio qualities of the previous life are also present,
producing their love of the mysterious, religious, and
philosophic aspirations, a strong emotional nature, a love of
power and position, and danger of over-indulgence. The
schemes and plots of Scorpio are released as vast promotion
projects by the Sagittarians.
10. It may at first seem improbable that we should find much of
Sagittarius in the Capricornian. With Capricorn rising,
however, we find great emphasis upon the ambitions and a
considerable meassure of the Sagittarian concept of justice.
When Capricorn ascends, the individual generally feels that
he is limited or inhibited. The large Jupiterian promotions of
his previous life are curtailed by the Saturnine limitations
of his present sphere of action, so he is dissatisfied and
11. As Capricorn is the most limited sign in the zodiac (a
limitation, however, mostly self-imposed), it is natural
that the next incarnation should be a revolt against
limitation. The result is the Aquarian whose life is often
dedicated to unconventionality. With Aquarius rising,
there is a general revolt against precedent, convention,
and conservativeness. Generous in large matters,
Aquarians often retain a selfishness in small things
12. Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and it brings to an end
the cycle of karma set in motion in Aries. People with this
sign rising will usually have rather hectic lives, gathering up
the loose ends of unfinished business. From Aquarius, the
preceding sign, come vacillation, inconsistency and nervous-
ness. From all the preceding signs come responsibilities and
problems to be assimilated and transmuted into soul power.
It is the particular duty of the Piscean to put his life in order
and prepare himself for a new beginning of and a higher
level of action. Pisces is the weakest of the signs because it
represents the end of a cycle of experience.
By reading the 12th house as the Ascendant, the general pattern of the previous life can be determined with reasonable detail, and we can discover the subtle forces which have brought us to our present state and dominate our present life. Through the understanding of this branch of astrology, we can appreciate the old philosophical belief that what we are today is the result of what we have been, and that what we will be tomorrow must be the result of what we are today. We learn from the past, we labor in the present, and we build for the future.
For further information, see the Hindu Vedic Astrology Manual written by
Anders B. Johansson, PhD
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