This is just a quick note to let anyone interested know that I am very aware that I have missed Cancer and Leo. The past couple of months have been amazingly busy which is the good news! Readings and reports are constant and the astrology classes have taken off in very gratifying ways! Our time has come!! Please go to my Events page to see both past and upcoming events. We DO have a busy calendar!!
Because of that, I am dropping in the writings from a couple of my weekly astrology columns in here, rather than creating something new. I will not say whether or not I will get “back on track” later, because perhaps this is my track! It’s good news! What I would love is interaction, however. So if you’d like to discuss the signs or esoteric astrology in general, please feel free to write comments and I will make sure that I respond in good order. Thank you for your interest!
“Sir, I believe in astrology because I have studied the subject. You do not, because you have not!” Sir Isaac Newton in response to Astronomer, Edmund Halley who ridiculed Newton’s belief in astrology
After a more than usual dramatic entrance last week (full moon summer solstice) we are now well ensconced in the month of Cancer. This is a good time of the year for Cancer to rule as it is a little slower moving and more relaxed than some of the signs. “The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” is an apt idea for this sign. Cancer rules sleeping and dreaming and of course it is a water sign. Nearly everyone loves to get to the water in the summertime, and “hazy” implies water even in the air around us, or smoke if in Taos! This is a great time to pay attention to your dreams, start a dream journal and begin to recognize the symbolism that our higher self uses in its attempts to communicate with us via dreams, meditations and visions.
Cancer also rules the mother and the home, both traditionally and esoterically. On an esoteric level we raise the meanings to the global mother, the one who cares for anything helpless or that which can’t care for, or stand up for itself, like babies and the geriatric, animals and planet earth itself. As the sign of mass consciousness, it is all about relating to and serving all of humanity. Home becomes the spiritual home in esoteric astrology. Seeking and recognizing where, or even more importantly, what the spiritual home is, is the goal of this sign. You might be unclear about this however, as well as other things, because this is also the sign of confusion, mists and fogs, those things which can create illusion, another thing Cancer rules.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha
This week (of July 20), we move into the season of Leo, the sign of love. The sun is the planetary ruler of Leo and thus this is its favorite and strongest season. Need anyone question the strength of the sun in late July and early August? Need anyone question the strength of the role that love plays in our lives? While summer may seem to be a great time for falling in love, the higher meaning of love in esoteric astrology is unconditional love, that which we all strive for and that which some people even think they can do. True unconditional love is unattached to emotion, to the need for approval or the expectation of a returned love. It is the pure form of love which includes everything that is. It recognizes that all of creation comes from the Source and therefore, We are all One. As Dr. Douglas Baker states in Esoteric Astrology, “The true self-expression of Leo is in love, not the passionate, sentimental kind, but pure goodness of heart towards all. We call it, ‘good will.’” So important is Leo, the Sun and Love that we will continue this discussion next week.
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” Galileo Galilei
As we have discussed before, when we move from traditional astrology into esoteric astrology planetary rulers change. An even higher form of astrology than esoteric exists, called hierarchical astrology. Very few people on the planet resonate to that astrology yet, but by the end of the Age of Aquarius we expect it to come into full play. Only the Sun and Leo maintain their partnership through all 3 stages of evolving astrology. The strength of this continuing partnership is based on the continuing evolution of the Sun itself, the master planet of our solar system.
Traditional astrology is based mostly on the Sun sign, the sign the Sun appears to be passing through on the day of your birth. Esoteric astrology however, is based on the rising sign as most important, the first indicator of your Soul’s Purpose. We consider the Sun sign your personality, or the vehicle through which your Soul chose to manifest its purpose in this lifetime. The Sun sign is where the sense of identity, or ego is represented. Because the Sun is often surrounded by a conglomeration of other planets (the closer ones like Mercury, Vulcan and Venus, especially) these may be in the same sign as the Sun, creating an even more powerful personality. As a male, activating force the Sun can be a dominating factor in a horoscope. Depending upon how the Sun is placed in a horoscope, it can use those planets surrounding him to radiate his will and purpose. This month, all of our personalities shine just a little brighter.