Full Chapter The Circle or Zodiac

01 Geometric Symbols

Geometrical symbols. The Circle with the Twelve Nameless Points. The value of the zodiacal symbol.

A symbol is a visible object which is used to represent an invisible subject for thought.

  • The purpose of a symbol is to cause thinking on the invisible subject of which it is the sign.
  • Usually symbols are material things which connect thinking with abstractions or qualities made familiar by everyday life, such as scales for justice.

Geometrical symbols are not such material things.

  • Points, the circle, straight lines, curves, horizontals, perpendiculars, opposites, angles and combinations of some of these, are geometrical symbols because they are figures which have no properties except those arising from extension and difference of situation.
  • They are not pictorial.
  • But they give something about which one can think easily, and which connects him with an abstract subject, such as the Triune Self, with which he is not familiar, but with which the symbols form links.
  • They free thinking from sensuous objects.

Therefore they are the best things for use in representing qualities and relations apart from objects.

  • They can be used as typical of nature or of the Triune Self. Geometrical symbols are to be distinguished from other symbols in that they typify not only material things, but that which is beyond the corporeal. Geometrical symbols are representations of the coming of the units of nature into form and solidity and of the progress of the doer, through materiality to knowledge of Self, and into being conscious within and beyond time and space.
  • One of the values of a geometrical symbol, as compared with other symbols, is the greater directness, accuracy and completeness with which it represents that which cannot be expressed in words.
  • A symbol such as a human figure, a tree, a flag or a flame, may suggest many things, yet they all relate to physical acts, objects or events.
  • But a geometrical symbol reaches further on, to other planes of the physical world and to other worlds.
  • Geometrical symbols not only represent the essentials, but are more than a mere representation.
  • They have something of the essence, the reality, of that which they symbolize, because geometrical symbols have a relation to the circle and because every being has a relation to the circle, which may be expressed by a geometrical symbol.

Geometrical symbols are mental and so are above and more potent than symbols which are physical objects such as a crown, a halo or scales.

  • They themselves are of the essence of what on the physical plane are abstractions, and so they may guide thinking up to the sources of the symbols.
  • They derive their meaning and their value from their relation to the twelve points of the circle.
  • The method of using geometrical symbols is to relate them to points on the circle, which then give them their meaning.

So "horizontals", (Fig. VII-D-a), are straight lines which relate in orderly sequence certain units on the nature-side of the manifested half with each other and with corresponding units on the intelligent-side.

  • There are four horizontals in each sphere and in each world.
  • In the physical world the horizontals represent planes: the light, life, form and physical planes,
  • and on the physical plane the horizontals represent the four states of matter there.

The "perpendiculars", (Fig. VII-D-b), are straight lines which relate vertically certain points in the unmanifested with the corresponding points in the manifested.

  • The perpendiculars are the lines which show how units become conscious, so that the units can be related by horizontals according to the degree in which they are conscious.
  • The perpendiculars show the points in the manifested to correspond with the points in the unmanifested.
  • There are five perpendiculars,two on the nature-side,two on the intelligent-side and one dividing nature and the intelligent.

The "opposites", (Fig. VII-D-c), are straight lines running through the center of the circle and connecting opposite points. There are six opposites. They relate the manifested to the unmanifested as opposites, the nature-side with the superintelligent-side and the intelligent-side with the super-nature-side.

The circle with its twelve points on the circumference, (Fig. VII-B), is the origin, the sum and the greatest of all geometrical symbols.

  • Man and the Universe are related to and can only be understood by their relation to the circle with the twelve points on the circumference.

The circle with the twelve points on the circumference is a figure which enables one to see at least a symbol of that which is incomprehensible to the human.

  • This symbol is a figure, a diagram which represents relations. It illustrates visibly invisible relations, bearings and connections.
  • It shows correlations and analogies.
  • The circle has no physical existence, neither have these points.
  • The circle with twelve points is not any or all of the relations, bearings or analogies which it demonstrates.
  • It is not and it does not show a picture of the things of which it demonstrates relations.
  • It does not represent matter, forces or beings.
  • It is a diagram on which the twelve points can be used to distinguish, to measure and to prefigure relations, by degrees in which matter is conscious.

The figure of the circle with its twelve points reveals, explains and proves the arrangement and constitution of the Universe, and the place of everything in it.

  • This includes the unmanifested as well as the manifested parts.
  • It applies to every kind of matter, force and thing in the manifested Universe, from a primordial unit of the fire to the Supreme Intelligence.
  • This symbol shows therefore the make-up and the true position of a human being in relation to everything above and below and inside and outside.
  • It shows the human being to be the pivot, the fulcrum, the balance wheel and the microcosm of the temporal human world.

The symbol of the circle with twelve points reveals, explains and proves the ultimate purpose of the Universe.

  • That purpose is to have Substance become Consciousness.
  • Unmanifested Substance manifests as units of matter.
  • A unit of matter progresses in being conscious in various degrees until it is conscious as its function as a unit in a body, such as a cell,
  • or is conscious as a Triune Self, or as an Intelligence;
  • and then it ceases to be matter and becomes Conscious Sameness, from which state it goes on until it becomes Consciousness.
  • The stages of progression through which every being must pass in its travel towards the ultimate purpose indicate the purpose.

This symbol is like a clock which ticks off the progress of everything from a fire unit to an Intelligence.

  • It gives the calendar and the history of the Universe and of the lesser universe and its changes, and it prefigures the future.
  • As to the doer in the human, the circle with the twelve points shows its past and marks its future and its limitations and possibilities at any time.
  • It also shows the stages through which the body, which is prepared for the housing of the doer, passes.
  • The symbol reveals how a mind works in its efforts to focus the Light, before a human can think.
  • The symbol shows how it works from the center of the circle along the matter line to the circumference and then fills out standard angles until a quarter circle is filled out and a thought is so made ready for exteriorization, (Fig. IV-A).
  • The symbol shows how nature, through the four senses, controls human thinking, how human thinking is done on the life plane of the physical world according to dimensions of matter on the physical plane, and how analogous limitations to thinking are encountered in other worlds.
  • The symbol reveals all these things and many others because it enables a human to understand these revelations by thinking along the lines of the diagram.

The twelve points on the circle are marvelous, the most far reaching and the most powerful of symbols.

  • They give much incidental information on various subjects.
  • The moving power of words is on the form and the life planes of the physical world, but the lines of this symbol lead through all worlds and spheres.
  • The symbol is stamped on everything, but the human head, being the highest thing in the physical world, expresses it visibly.

The head approximates a sphere.

  • The half above the eyes represents the unmanifested Universe, and the seven openings on four planes correspond to the seven points in the manifested Universe.
  • The symbol is stamped also on the human body as a whole.
  • When the doer was in its perfect body, (Fig. VID), the circle began at the head, which is the point ,and extended along the front of the body to the crotch and back along the spine to the head.
  • But because of the changed state of the doer, the circle is now broken at the sternum, and the three brains which once functioned in the three sections of the torso, are scattered, or transformed into organs.

Because of the importance of the circle with the twelve points as a symbol through which man can come into contact with a knowledge he has lost, the great symbol has been preserved for human beings in all ages.

  • The twelve points are abstract and the circle is abstract.
  • None of them has a name.
  • However names are needed to distinguish and characterize the twelve points.
  • The names of the twelve signs of the zodiac, (Fig. VII-A), answer the purpose of marking the twelve points on the circumference of the circle.
  • The signs have of course something of the meaning of the points, transferred to the physical plane.

The doer is related to the twelve points because it has in it the presences of them.

  • Each of the twelve portions of the doer is related to one of the twelve points.
  • Each of the twelve points is always represented on the physical plane by the re-existing portion of the doer in a human body.
  • The millions of successively re-existing portions in their human bodies impress on the transient units passing through, the influence of the point to which that portion is related and to which the units respond.

*The human body, too, bears signs of its connection with the twelve points. All nature from the least unit to the macrocosm has a relation, potential or actual, to the twelve points.

  • The symbol has always had a strong influence on the doers of men.
  • They cannot get away from it.
  • Their whole life is under its order.
  • Therefore, they have arranged star groups so as to present to the fancy twelve animals or humans in the heavens on the ecliptic, the path of the sun. Therefore, the months and the seasons of the years, the solstices and equinoxes and the festivals connected with them have been used to keep alive the great symbol.
  • Sowing and harvesting and the works and feasts of husbandry remind man of the zodiac.
  • It was and is connected with nearly every religion, cult and mystery. Stories of the adventures of the personified sun, in twelve or some of the twelve places on its annual path, have been woven into religious myths and dramas.
  • The zodiac in the human body has been preserved in sculpture, architecture and pictures, from ancient records to modern almanacs.
  • The physical basis for the names and shapes of the twelve constellations has been different with different peoples in different ages.
  • The zodiacal stories and rites have changed accordingly, but through all variations the idea of the circle with the twelve points has been preserved.

The value of the zodiacal symbol consists not only in the knowledge which it offers eventually, but in the certainty of the information which it gives and which will lead to that knowledge.

  • The twelve zodiacal marks are, like an alphabet, the elements of a language which surpasses in accuracy any language of science and of religion, and with which philosophical jargon cannot be compared.
  • The twelve points for which the twelve names stand are the principles of a science as certain as mathematics.
  • To get the information which the zodiacal figure can give, one must think about it.
  • Nothing else will do, because the circle of twelve signs shows nothing in a pictorial way.
  • It shows only relations between the things which are the subjects of thought.
  • But if one begins to think about the zodiacal figure he will be compelled by that figure and the relative position of the signs to think logically and inescapably along the lines that lead to knowledge concerning the value, principle, nature, type and power of the subject of his thinking.

An approximate meaning may be assigned to the twelve abstract, nameless points.

  • Words merely introduce; thinking about the points establishes familiarity; and this leads to an ever better understanding of the points.
  • These points, though nameless, are for convenience sake called by the names of the twelve signs.
  • The signs are given the meaning they have for a human, that is, at the cross-section at which the average human stands, and this meaning is rendered in English words.

However, it is to be remembered that the twelve points themselves are abstract and nameless and can be conceived only according to the degree in which the
particular human who thinks of them, is conscious.

The following statements about the twelve zodiacal signs are not about the twelve constellations which are only stars, that is, matter on the border between the solid-solid matter on the form plane and the radiant-solid layer of matter on the physical plane of the physical world, and visible while at certain focal positions in the earth's atmosphere.

  • The statements are made concerning the twelve abstract points.
  • These points, though they may be called by the names of the zodiacal signs, are themselves abstract and nameless.
  • The zodiacal signs are symbols for them.
  • The zodiac here spoken of does not consist merely of the star clusters of astrology or astronomy.

02 What the zodiac and its 12 points symbolize.

The circle represents a whole, a oneness.

  • It represents all there is, space, time, beings, events and all this as one, as a whole, as inseparable.
  • No part of this whole can be dispensed with, any more than can a part of a circle.
  • This whole has twelve aspects, behind which stand what are here called twelve abstract points, which when symbolized show relations and progression within the whole.
  • And all are related to Consciousness.

Consciousness is not a being, or a thing, or a state, (Fig. VII-A).

  • All beings, things and states which exist, exist because of the presence of Consciousness in them.
  • It is not space, or time, or matter, or force, or any God.
  • It is independent of all these, but they and everything else depend upon Consciousness.
  • It cannot be changed, qualified, affected, divided, destroyed, improved, weighed or measured.

There are no degrees of Consciousness.

  • It has no attributes, no properties, no qualities, no states.
  • It has no limitations, no beginning, no end.
  • It is present everywhere and in everything.
  • By its presence everything is conscious and everything changes from the degree in which the being or thing is conscious to the next higher degree in being conscious.
  • Consciousness is ever unmanifested.

Taurus or Motion symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,

  • and the presence of which makes possible all departures from super-nature, and activity and movement in nature.
  • The presence of Motion is the cause of movement in matter;
  • it does not move things directly because it is not matter, but it is within or behind matter and its presence causes the impulse or drive in nature.

Gemini or Substance symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,
and by the presence of which Substance is as it is and has the potentiality of becoming matter.

Substance is space, homogeneous, the same throughout.

  • It has no dimension, no extension, no push, no pull.
  • Yet it supports, contains, is in and through all matter as is the ocean in and through a sponge;
  • in it all matter appears and vanishes, as a cloud does in the air.
  • It is a point, a blank, no thing, to human perception.
  • Out of it comes all matter.
  • It has one potential attribute and that is duality.
  • Through that potentiality it manifests and thereby issues as matter.
  • This matter becomes part of the manifested and unmanifested states of the Universe.

Cancer or Breath symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,
and by the presence of which Substance becomes the units of fire and the element fire as a whole, and the unmanifested can become manifested.

  • Breath or fire is activity as the beginning and the end of all matter.
  • It is the pervasiveness in and the permanence of the Universe or macrocosm.
  • It is the stage in which matter coming out of Substance first appears as a manifestation.

With it super-nature ceases and manifestation of Substance as nature comes or continues, and nature manifests as fire units, as indivisible primordial units and through and beyond nature as units developed to ultimate completeness.

  • The idea of oneness is with Breath; for all the units begin as fire and, as units, end as fire.
  • Every being in the manifested Universe is born and borne by Breath, is maintained by Breath, and remains in Breath.

Leo or Life symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,

  • and which presence is behind the units of air and the element air as a whole.
  • By its presence activity is turned into growth, throughout nature.
  • Life or air is the principle of combination and growth.
  • Its presence causes the active side of matter to energize and change the passive side and to combine and to grow.
  • But it preserves nevertheless the pervasiveness and permanence of all-containing, all-pervasive Breath.
  • By Life, the carrier of Breath, is kept up all life and activity.

Virgo or Form symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,

  • and which is behind the units of water and the element water as a whole.
  • By its presence the units of water function as form.
  • Form is the principle by which the activities of mass and life are held within definite bounds.
  • Virgo or Form restricts combination and confines growth.
  • Virgo or Form is the carrier of life, controls it, holds and circumscribes it.
  • It causes the passive side of matter to bound, preserve and hold the active side.

Libra or Sex symbolizes a presence, the presence behind the units of earth and the element earth as a whole.

  • Sex is not the sexes.
  • Sex is not maleness and femaleness showing themselves in matter so that the active and passive sides of matter are different.
  • Sex is balance, equality, undivided and indivisible, whereas maleness and femaleness are each the same in the other.
  • Sex is the balancing and the balance.
  • Sex is the aia, the outcome from the earth, which stimulates the breath of the breath-form, so that the form of the breath-form is revivified;
  • and the form of the breath-form clothes itself in physical matter and reappears as a male body or as a female body.
  • Sex as the aia is the means by which the sexes are separated, united, and adjusted and balanced.

By the presence of the nameless point symbolized by Libra or Sex, the units of a human body now functioning as active or as passive can each have its active side and its passive side made equal to each other, so that a human body composed of such units will not be a male body or a female body.

  • The sexes in such bodies will then have disappeared,
  • they will have been changed into bodies of perfect equilibrium and balance, bodies in which change has given place to permanence as immortal physical bodies.
  • A doer in such a body, while carrying on its own work, trains each of the nature units connected with it to function as perfect balance.

Libra marks the limit of nature, that is, the limit of the progression of matter in nature.

  • Matter cannot progress any further in nature.
  • The laws applicable to nature-matter do not apply to matter that has passed the Libra point of balance, and has thus become intelligent-matter.

Scorpio or Desire symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence, and which presence is behind the desire of every doer and of every Intelligence.

  • By its presence each embodied doer portion, as it wills, makes itself a slave to its body of nature and remains ignorant of its slavery;
  • or, it may become conscious of its slavery and desire freedom, but still let nature rule it through other of its desires;
  • or, it may decide to and actually engage in the work for freedom;
  • and, it may continue in the work until it is conscious of itself as feeling and as desire and achieves union of its feeling-anddesire.

Sagittary or Thought symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence.

  • By its presence law and justice are kept among all Triune Selves and among all Intelligences.
  • By its presence each aspect of each doer has the Light it is entitled to by its thinking.
  • By its presence reason administers to its embodied doer portion without hindrance what that human has made its destiny,
  • and assists in bringing about the destiny of other embodied doer portions to which its own embodied doer portion is related.
  • Its presence causes matter of the spheres to mingle and to combine with matter of the worlds, and causes this matter to be raised, lowered, accelerated, retarded, limited and extended.
  • All this is done according to the capacities of the one, such as a human being, a Triune Self or an Intelligence, who operates the matter by thinking.

Capricorn or Self-knowledge symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence,

  • and which presence is behind the identity and the knowledge of all Triune Selves and of all Intelligences.
  • Its presence sets the sphere of earth as the limit of the knowledge of nature to which Triune Selves can go, and sets the sphere of fire as the limit of nature, to which Intelligences can go.
  • Its presence is the link or relation between the intelligent-side and the super-intelligent-side of the Universe.
  • By its presence the knowledge of every Triune Self is common to all Triune Selves, and the knowledge of every Intelligence is common to all Intelligences. Intelligence is that which gives indivisibility, permanence, distinctiveness, identity, responsibility and completeness to matter.
  • Matter having these qualities has reached the stage of perfection as intelligent-matter.
  • Such matter is ready to become Conscious Sameness.

Aquarius or Conscious Sameness symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence.

  • Conscious Sameness is ever unmanifested.
  • Like Substance, it is homogeneous; but Sameness is conscious throughout, which Substance is not.
  • It is the unity through duality, diversity and separateness.
  • By the presence of the nameless point which it symbolizes, Sameness is the all-conscious unity as a whole throughout the units of nature, of Triune Selves, and of Intelligences.
  • By its presence, Intelligences, which pass beyond the highest development as units, cease being separate units without losing their identity as individuals.
  • By its presence Intelligences can do this by extending their singleness and separateness into and as unity in the wholeness of Conscious Sameness.

Pisces or Abstract Will is Pure Intelligence and symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence.

  • By its presence, Conscious Sameness becomes Abstract Will or Pure Intelligence, which is unmanifested, unattached and unattachable, and therefore free.
  • It is next to the last step in the plan: by which super-nature becomes nature, as nature units;
  • by which nature units become aia units;
  • by which aia units become Triune Self units;
  • by which these units become Intelligence units;
  • by which Intelligence units become Conscious Sameness;
  • by which Conscious Sameness becomes Pure Intelligence;
  • and, by which Pure Intelligence becomes Consciousness, when it wills to be Consciousness.
  • Will as Pure Intelligence is not power, but it is the source of power, according to the capacities and the abilities of Triune Selves and of Intelligences to use their power.

Aries or Consciousness symbolizes the nameless point which is a presence and which represents Consciousness.

  • The nameless point as a presence is not Consciousness but it represents Consciousness.
  • By its presence are made all beginnings and all ends, if the passage through states in the order of progression can be called beginnings and ends.
  • By its presence super-nature and super-Intelligence are united and completed.
  • By its presence as passage, in the last step of becoming, Pure Intelligence becomes Consciousness when it wills to be Consciousness.

Thus is carried out the purpose of the Universe:

  • that everything continues to progress in being conscious in ever higher degrees;
  • and, that this purpose is accomplished, step by step or stage by stage, according to the plan: the presences of the Twelve Nameless Points.

The twelve may be called steps, causes, degrees, states, stages, or by other terms, but they are the presences in the circular ladder from supernature to the nature unit, to the aia unit, to the Triune Self unit, to the Intelligence unit, to the Sameness of all, to the Intelligence of all,t o the presence representing Consciousness, and finally to the one and ultimate reality: CONSCIOUSNESS.

This figure of the circle with the twelve points is in itself nameless and is not treated at length, but the names given to symbolize the twelve nameless points
indicate something of the meaning they have for human beings on the physical plane.

  • The reason is that each of the twelve portions of the doer of a Triune Self corresponds to one of the Twelve Nameless Points on the Nameless Circle.
  • Therefore it is possible for a doer portion in a human to become conscious of Consciousness and of all there is in and beyond the Universe.

In the Circle of the Twelve Nameless Points a horizontal diameter would divide the abstract circle into an upper and a lower part.

  • In the lower part are the points which, if they had names, would be cancer, leo, virgo, libra, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn.
  • The origin of Substance, symbolizing one of the nameless points on the abstract circle, cannot be explained.
  • Thinking may carry one to Substance, but no farther.
  • Substance issues as matter, that is, it becomes manifest, when taurus, Motion, and cancer, Breath, affect it.
  • Consciousness does not act, but by the presence of Consciousness, taurus and cancer act on Substance.
  • Then there is an issue from Substance, at cancer; this issue becomes units of the fire sphere;
  • their number is equivalent to the number of nature units that become intelligent units, and of the Intelligence units that become Conscious Sameness.
  • Thus is maintained the constant unit number, the Oneness, in the manifested Universe.

This Universe is the sphere of fire, and is symbolized by the first zodiacal figure, (Fig. VII-B).

  • This is a circle with the twelve points marked by the signs of the zodiac.
  • This circle is so drawn in the lower half of the abstract circle, that its aries point is at the center of the abstract circle and its libra point coincides with the libra point of the abstract circle.
  • This circle is itself symbolized by the point cancer.
  • A horizontal line drawn in this circle from cancer to capricorn divides the circle into an unmanifested part in which are capricorn, aquarius, pisces, aries, taurus, gemini and cancer, and a manifested part in which are cancer, leo, virgo, libra, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn.
  • Cancer and capricorn are connected both with the unmanifested and with the manifested, because they are the gates on the dividing line, where matter begins and where matter ends.

When a unit of matter passes the capricorn gate and becomes unmanifested at aquarius, an equivalent of Substance, gemini, passes the cancer gate and becomes manifest as matter; compensation, something for something.

  • A corresponding action takes place in all the spheres, worlds, planes and beings down to the lowest cell.

In the lower half of this zodiac of cancer is symbolized the zodiac of the sphere of air, which is itself a circle with the twelve points and is symbolized by the point leo.

  • The leo zodiac, which is the second zodiacal figure, has its aries point at the center of the zodiac of the fire sphere and its libra point coinciding with the libra point of the zodiac of the fire sphere.
  • In the lower half of the leo zodiac is the third zodiac, or sphere of water.
  • It is symbolized by virgo and has its aries point at the center of the zodiac of the air sphere and its libra point coinciding with the libra point of the zodiac of the air sphere.

Finally, in the lower half of the third or virgo zodiac is a fourth circle, the zodiac of the earth sphere symbolized by libra, with its aries point in the center of the third or virgo zodiac and its libra point coinciding with the libra point of the third zodiac and of the second and the first zodiacs.

  • The sphere of earth or of libra is the universe for Triune Selves.
  • The highest conception of God as the Supreme Intelligence, omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, relates to him as the Supreme Intelligence of the earth sphere.
  • The portions of doers in human bodies do not in life or after death go beyond the human physical world.
  • Doers in perfected bodies are limited to the worlds in the earth sphere.
  • Only when as Triune Selves they become Intelligences can they go into the three other spheres of virgo, leo and cancer.
  • The sphere of earth, symbolized by the libra or fourth zodiac, has four worlds, the light, life, form and physical worlds.

These worlds are symbolized by four further zodiacal figures within the libra zodiac which stands for the sphere of earth, arranged in such a manner that the aries point of the light world is at the center of the sphere of earth, the aries point of the life world is at the center of the light world, the aries point of the form world is at the center of the life world and the aries point of the physical world is at the center of the form world, and the libra points of all these worlds
coincide with the libra points of the zodiacs of the spheres.

  • All eight zodiacal figures are divided into an unmanifested and a manifested part, by a line drawn from cancer to capricorn of each.
  • The manifested side of the physical world is divided by planes, which are lines from cancer to capricorn, the light plane; from leo to sagittary, the life plane;
  • and from virgo to scorpio, the form plane, libra being the physical plane of all zodiacs.

In each of the four worlds of cancer, leo, virgo, and libra, of the earth sphere, are four planes of matter, and on each plane are states of matter.

  • This holds good for the permanent physical world or Realm of Permanence, and as well for the human world of change, (Fig. V-B,a).

It should be remembered that this book deals with the human, and that, when the physical world is spoken of, the temporal human world is meant, and not the permanent physical world or Realm of Permanence, unless it is so stated.

  • The bodies, possessions and interests of the human are in the four subdivisions of the solid or libra state of matter on the libra plane of the libra world.
  • Humans do not go beyond the fourth or last state of matter on that plane, that is, the geo-geogen, fluogeogen, aero-geogen and pyro-geogen states.
  • Each sphere, world, plane and state of matter is four stages removed from that above it. The sphere of air is thus four stages away from the sphere of fire;
  • the sphere of water is four stages from the sphere of air and the sphere of earth is four stages from the sphere of water.

It is so with the worlds, planes, states of matter and their substates.

  • The world in which human beings live, which is made up of the solid-solid, fluid-solid, airy-solid and radiant-solid substates of matter, is made up of matter, the substates of which are all four stages away from each other.
  • Thus the solid-solid substate is separated by four unmanifested stages from the fluid-solid, and that by similar four unmanifested stages from the airy-solid, and that by four unmanifested stages from the radiant-solid, and that by four unmanifested stages from the fluid state.

The four stages are, in every case from the spheres, the worlds, the planes to the lowest subdivisions of the solid state on the physical plane, the unmanifested part or side of that which becomes the manifested part of the sphere, world, plane, state and substate.

  • The four stages are always, as shown by the zodiacal symbol, stages represented by the signs aries, taurus-pisces, gemini-aquarius and cancer-capricorn.
  • The unmanifested four stages are present throughout the manifested stages.
  • The circle symbolizing the sphere of libra or earth is divided by a line from aries to libra into two parts. On the cancer side is matter which is merely conscious, called nature-matter; on the capricorn side is matter that is conscious that it is conscious, and is called intelligent-matter.
  • The human body is on the nature-side of this dividing line, where nature-matter meets intelligent-matter.
  • The human body is the common ground for both.
  • Nature-matter is by means of fire, cancer, in each of the worlds kept circulating through the worlds, and the human body is the libra point for all matter that circulates.
  • The degrees of nature-matter outside of a human body are cancer, leo, virgo and libra units, here called fire, air, water and earth units of the physical plane,
  • and inside of a human body, cancer, leo, virgo and libra units, here called breath, life, form and cell units.

When a unit of nature-matter becomes a unit of intelligent-matter, it is still a unit of matter but the laws of nature-matter are no longer applicable to it.

  • It is a Triune Self in the Realm of Permanence.
  • But the doer of a Triune Self in the world of change, lives periodically in human bodies.
  • The human doer has its four senses, the sense of sight, cancer; of hearing, leo; of tasting, virgo; and of smelling, libra.
  • The three parts of the Triune Self are, the doer, scorpio; the thinker, sagittary; and the knower, capricorn.
  • The aia, represented by the breath-form, is the dividing line from aries to libra of the physical body, dividing the parts of the Triune Self from the senses, and is the libra of the Triune Self.

In this manner does the circle, which is in every thing from the greatest to the smallest, reveal its nature.

  • The doer, the thinker and the knower, are shown in their true relation by the zodiacal figure.
  • The superior One of the Triune Self is its Intelligence, within the sphere of which the Triune Self always is.
  • The zodiac shows the Intelligence to be of three spheres, (Fig. V-C), just as the Triune Self is of three worlds.
  • The zodiac further shows the relation of the three Orders of Intelligences, the Desirers, the Thinkers, and the Knowers.
  • The nature gods which the embodied doer portions worship are likewise shown in their true relation as fire, air, water, and earth, or cancer, leo, virgo, and libra entities, called by different names, according to the language of the worshipers.

The zodiac reveals that every sphere, world, plane and being has an unmanifested and a manifested part.

  • The unmanifested is that in which are the things which the manifested may become or which it may bring forth.
  • There is that of the unmanifested which does not become manifested, but is always in and through and remains unmanifested.
  • The manifested is that which has come out of the unmanifested.
  • That of the unmanifested which is in the manifested is that by which the manifested may change from what it is into what it is to become.
  • The unmanifested is that by which the manifested may again become unmanifested.
  • It does not do anything with the manifested, but because it is in and through it the manifested works with itself and changes.
  • The unmanifested contains potencies which become actual when the manifested liberates and makes them so.
  • The manifested is manifested in two ways, one active as spirit or force and one passive as matter;
  • and because of the unmanifested being in and through them it may be said that they act and react upon each other, and changes are brought about in the active and in the passive.
  • Thus the manifested progresses until it becomes again the unmanifested, but conscious in a higher degree than when it ceased to be unmanifested.
  • Pisces, aries and taurus are not manifested.

This is true of all zodiacs. Gemini manifests in part through cancer; and aquarius is the means by which that which has passed through manifestation progresses into the unmanifested.

03 Zodiac related to the human body

The zodiac related to the human body; to the Triune Self; to the Intelligence. The zodiacal figure shows that man in his physical body is the microcosm of the macrocosm, that is, of the Universe or sphere of fire and of all that is in it.

The parts of a human body are related to and connected with the signs of the zodiac, it being always understood that the points are meant and not the constellations on the ecliptic.

The head is related to aries, (Fig. VII-A). Aries, Consciousness, contains all, in the sense that it is throughout all. Language is inadequate to express this idea, because language is made to express thoughts that deal with the kind of matter that is at most one-dimensional or surface matter of the physical world.

  • The head or sphere or circle is one, and it contains all.
  • Out of it all things in the body come.
  • The head represents the manifested and the unmanifested.
  • The unmanifested signs capricorn, aquarius, pisces, aries, taurus, gemini and cancer are in the upper half,
  • while the manifested signs cancer, leo, virgo, libra, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn are represented in the lower half by the seven openings in the head.
  • By emanation or extension, in the torso, the chest shows the upper, unmanifested, half of the circle, while the pelvis shows the lower half.
  • The head is represented throughout the torso and in it are the types from which the torso is built in its three sections.
  • The brain is represented in the thorax by the lungs and heart;
  • in the abdominal section by the kidneys and adrenals, and in the pelvic region by the prostate and the womb, and the male organ and the vagina.
  • All specialized organs in the head have their counterparts in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
  • Everything starts from the head:
  • the food that is eaten and maintains the body, the things that are seen, heard, tasted and smelled and so act on the body, breathing and voluntary muscular actions, everything starts from the head.

The neck or throat is related to taurus.

  • It is the first departure from the head.
  • Through it come the impulses that cause the movements of the body.

The shoulders and arms are related to gemini.

  • They have no internal organs, take no part in the internal action of the body, but when they act, their potential power and duality, as represented by the hands, work civilization into being.

The breasts are related to cancer. Because of the breath all elements can come into the body. Breath starts life; by it all things are sustained and kept in activity.
The heart is related to leo. *Through the heart the blood which is the life carrier, is sent forth, to build new tissue and cause life and growth.
The womb and prostate are the representatives of virgo. * They mold the seeds of life into form.

The parts of the body where the sex openings are, are related to libra.

  • There the gender is apparent, there the male and female unite.
  • There is the center of human interest.
  • There is the gate through which breath, life and form pass down and out into the temporal human world, or along which they pass on and up into the spine to
  • eternal life.

The male organ and the clitoris are the representatives of virgo and of scorpio. * They are acted on by, and react to, the pull of nature to procreate.
The terminal filament is related to sagittary. At present it is not used by the doer as the path of desire to the thinker.
The spinal cord opposite the heart is related to capricorn. At present it is not used for the purposes of the Triune Self.
The spinal cord between the shoulders is related to aquarius. At present it is not used for purposes of the Triune Self.
The spinal cord at the cervical vertebrae is related to pisces. At present it is not used for the purposes of the Triune Self.

Thus all the twelve points, the manifested as well as the unmanifested, are represented in a human body, which is thus a Universe in miniature or model universe.

The Triune Self also is constituted as the pattern of the zodiac, but the manifested signs only are notably represented in the make-up of the Triune Self and its servants, and in the Universe in which it lives.

  • The signs are cancer, represented by the sense of sight;
  • leo, by the sense of hearing;
  • virgo, by the sense of taste;
  • and libra, by the sense of smell.

All of these are on the nature-side, but are also servants of the Triune Self:

  • scorpio is represented by the doer;
  • sagittary, by the thinker;
  • and capricorn, by the knower.

The matter of which these four senses and the three parts of the Triune Self are, is more directly in contact with the points for which the zodiacal signs stand, than is the transient matter in the bodily parts.

The unit which is the sense of sight, is a fire, cancer, unit, and is the channel through which all fire or cancer matter of varying degrees, flows into and out of the generative system and through that into the body.
The sense of sight, cancer, is by its nature directly related to the cancer sides of the light or cancer-capricorn planes of the four worlds, and particularly to the matter of the light or cancer world.
So it is with the other three senses which are similar channels and are respectively related to the leo side of the leo-sagittary planes and to the leo world, or to the virgo side of the virgo-scorpio planes and to the virgo world or to the libra point of the libra planes and to the libra world.

  • The unit which is the Triune Self is a capricorn One of the light or cancer world of the earth sphere, and is intelligent-matter.
  • The doer of the Triune Self is in the form or virgo world of the earth sphere and is scorpio matter.
  • The thinker is in the life or leo world and is sagittary matter, and the knower is in the light or cancer world and is capricorn matter.
  • The knower or capricorn part of the Triune Self is the channel through which clear Light coming from the Intelligence and ultimately from the abstract point which, if named, would be the presence symbolized by capricorn, flows into the noetic or capricorn atmosphere and thence goes into nature, libra;
  • and through which Light that is reclaimed from nature returns to the Intelligence, whose Light it is, and thence to the point which, if named, would be symbolized by capricorn.
  • The knower is by its nature directly related to the capricorn sides of the light or cancer-capricorn planes of the four worlds.
  • The thinker or sagittary part is the channel through which diffused Light in contact with the abstract point which, if designated, would be symbolized by
  • sagittary, flows into the mental or sagittary atmosphere under the presence of the abstract point and thereby through thinking goes into nature, libra;
  • and through which reclaimed Light goes into the mental atmosphere under the nameless point designated as sagittary.
  • The doer or scorpio part is the channel through which desire from the presence of the abstract point which, if designated, would be symbolized by scorpio,
  • flows into the psychic or scorpio atmosphere, and thence, when mixed with Light, goes into nature;
  • and through which desire returns to its source in the abstract point which, if named, would be the scorpio point of the abstract circle.
  • The thinker and doer are respectively related to the sagittary and scorpio sides of the leo-sagittary and virgo-scorpio planes and to the life and form worlds.

The four cancer, leo, virgo and libra senses act through the four systems, the cancer, leo, virgo and libra systems, by means of which they circulate nature-matter, each sense focussing from and into its respective sign in the planes and worlds.

Correspondingly, the doer, thinker and knower, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn, act through the scorpio, sagittary and capricorn atmospheres which are in the psychic atmosphere of the human, each part focussing respectively scorpio, sagittary and capricorn matter from and into the respective sign on the intelligent-side of the planes and in the worlds.

  • The four, or cancer, leo, virgo and libra, systems in the body correspond to the four atmospheres.
  • This is so notwithstanding that there are only three parts and three atmospheres of the Triune Self.
  • The Triune Self is related to nature by the aia, by means of the breath-form.
  • The breath-form is the last and most progressed unit of nature, the living form or "living soul" of the body.
  • The breath of the breath-form, its active side, is that which relates the aia with the Triune Self and with nature.
  • The breath-form is the active point or line from the aia, from aries to libra in the physical or libra world, which divides as well as connects nature and the Triune Self.
  • The breath-form as breath is the fourfold physical breath, and through that flow the scorpio, sagittary and capricorn breaths which are the active sides of the three atmospheres of the Triune Self, which are through the psychic atmosphere.
  • The sense of smell is also the physical or libra breath in breathing.
  • One does not smell without breathing.
  • The generative or cancer, the respiratory or leo, and the circulatory or virgo breaths of the libra breath, all have to connect with the digestive or earth breath of the libra breath, to reach the receptivity or form aspect of the breath-form, and thence to reach the doer.
  • The correspondence between the senses of sight, cancer, hearing, leo, and tasting, virgo, on the one side, and the knower, capricorn, the thinker, sagittary,
  • and the doer, scorpio, on the other side of the same planes is obvious, and the correspondence of the sense of smell with the breath of the breath-form is equally obvious as both are in libra.
  • The four cancer, leo, virgo and libra systems on the nature-side correspond to the capricorn, sagittary, scorpio and libra atmospheres on the intelligent-side.

The zodiacal figure shows other relations, those of the active and passive sides of the three parts of the Triune Self;

  • the knower, itself capricorn, has two sides, I-ness, cancer, and selfness, capricorn;
  • the thinker, itself sagittary, has the sides of rightness, leo, and reason, sagittary;
  • and the doer, itself scorpio, has a passive side, feeling, virgo, and an active side, desire, scorpio.
  • These passive sides, cancer, leo and virgo, of the parts of the Triune Self, capricorn, sagittary and scorpio, are related to the active sides, capricorn, sagittary and scorpio, of the respective senses, cancer, leo and virgo;
  • and the active sides, capricorn, sagittary and scorpio, of the parts of the Triune Self, capricorn, sagittary and scorpio, are related to the passive sides, cancer, leo and virgo, of the senses, cancer, leo and virgo, through those parts of their atmospheres which are in the psychic atmosphere.
  • Each atmosphere of the Triune Self may be symbolized by a zodiacal figure and has twelve aspects which it manifests through the part to which it belongs.

From a zodiacal figure can be seen the relation of the atmospheres of the Triune Self to the worlds in which they are, (Fig. V-B).

  • The psychic atmosphere, scorpio, is in the form or virgo world;
  • the mental atmosphere, sagittary, is in the life or leo world;
  • and the noetic atmosphere, capricorn, is in the light or cancer world, by the portions of these atmospheres which are in the psychic atmosphere.

An atmosphere and the world in which it is, are related.

  • For instance, the feelings and desires of a psychic atmosphere and the elementals in the form world, are similar, because they have the same tendencies, namely for sensation and emotion;
  • that which puts them into relation is the similarity of the tendencies.
  • So, generally, that which relates is the similarity between the things in the world and the qualities of the atmosphere.
  • Because of their relation the three atmospheres and the three worlds are in touch and affect each other, and they do this by means of the breath-form.

The atmospheres may, according to their fineness and power, interpenetrate any part of their worlds.

  • A psychic atmosphere may be in, may affect or may be affected by, any part of the form world.
  • A psychic atmosphere may reach a very limited or a considerable part of the form world or it may reach or fill the whole of it.
  • The terms reaching and filling are figurative, because the Triune Self is of a matter to which the terms and laws of nature-matter cannot apply.
  • So it is with the other atmospheres in regard to their worlds.

Let it be understood that when it is stated that the atmospheres of the Triune Self work on the worlds and that the worlds work on the atmospheres of the Triune Self, these do not act on each other directly.

  • The parts of the noetic and mental atmospheres which are in and related to the psychic atmosphere only, can work on or in the corresponding light and life worlds by means of the psychic atmosphere and form world, and this through the physical world by means of the breath of the breath-form and physical body.
  • No part or atmosphere of the Triune Self can act directly on any world.
  • To reach any of the worlds, the thinker and knower and their atmospheres must act through the doer and its atmosphere, and the doer and its atmosphere act through the breath-form and thence through the physical body into any of the worlds.

A zodiacal figure shows this relation.

  • The psychic atmosphere is represented by scorpio in the zodiac of the noetic atmosphere, and the form world by virgo in the zodiac of the light world.
  • The zodiac, that is, the symbol, of the form world is also the zodiac for the psychic atmosphere.
  • In other words, the one zodiac of the form world and of the psychic atmosphere particularizes and shows the relation of the two signs virgo and scorpio of the light world and of the noetic atmosphere.
  • In this zodiac the nature-side works upon the intelligent-side and the intelligent-side upon the natureside, according to the positiveness or negativeness of these sides to each other.
  • The interaction goes back and forth between corresponding signs, as cancer with capricorn, leo with sagittary and virgo with scorpio, but by way of and passing through libra.

The zodiac shows that in each world are only the signs cancer, leo, virgo and libra, that they are the only signs that indicate the essential qualities of the matter of that world and that all that matter is nature-matter.

The zodiac shows that in each atmosphere are only the signs libra, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn, that they are the only signs that characterize the matter of the atmospheres and that all the matter of the atmospheres is intelligent-matter.

  • The matter of the cancer, leo, virgo and libra types makes up the worlds, and the matter having the scorpio, sagittary and capricorn traits penetrates and, on lines shown by the planes, interacts with the corresponding nature-matter.
  • The zodiac shows that each world is made up of the four elements,
  • and that they are more and more modified as they come towards the physical plane,
  • and that in these elements is intelligent-matter,
  • which gives to the fire, air, water and earth matter the traits of light, life, form and sex;
  • and that the aries-libra line of union and division is the physical body of man
  • and is the breath-form through which the penetration takes place.

The cancer, leo, virgo and libra matter of nature is energized from the corresponding signs on the intelligent-side.

  • When this matter is energized it is made active and acts as force.
  • Applied to the physical plane of the physical world, this means that a pyrogen unit is energized through its potential capricorn point,
  • that an aerogen unit is energized through its potential sagittary point,
  • that a fluogen unit is energized through its potential scorpio point
  • and that a geogen unit is energized through its libra point.

The zodiac presents a means of lining up and so of checking up conceptions;

  • thereby metaphors can be distinguished from the realities which they indicate.
  • So the zodiac shows the relation of the noetic world, which is only a name, to the light world.
  • The noetic world is a capricorn world, that is, the essential qualities are those of capricorn knowers, and it is in the light or cancer world of nature.
  • It is made up of the sum of knowledge of the noetic atmospheres of all knowers.
  • It is not a world in the sense in which the light and the other nature worlds are.
  • A similar relation obtains with regard to the mental world of thought, a sagittary world, and the life or leo world, and the psychic world of desire, a scorpio world, and the form or virgo world.
  • From the zodiacal signs can be seen that which no words can tell, the relation of the Intelligence to its Triune Self, something about the faculties of an Intelligence and something about the three orders of Intelligences.

As to the relation of an Intelligence to its Triune Self, the Triune Self never leaves the sphere of the Intelligence under whose Light it is.

  • As long as it is a Triune Self it is related to that Intelligence by characteristics which are in a measure the same as those of the Intelligence, that is to say, that the qualities and powers of a Triune Self are potentially akin to those of its Intelligence.
  • The figure of the circle with twelve points shows the connections which the knower has through all the capricorn signs, which the thinker has through all the sagittary signs and which the doer has through all the scorpio signs.
  • Each of the three parts is so connected with the Intelligence by a number of identical signs.
  • For instance, the doer, itself a scorpio part of the Triune Self, is connected through the scorpio points of the mental and noetic atmospheres and of the water and air spheres with the scorpio point of the fire sphere.
  • The first circle, that of the fire sphere, is the zodiac of the Intelligence;
  • the fifth circle, that of the light world, is that of the Triune Self,
  • and the eighth circle, that of the physical world, is the zodiac of the physical body and of its breath-form.
  • The fourth circle is that of the earth sphere, which stands in a similar relation to the four worlds in it as the abstract circle stands to the four spheres.
  • The first, second and third zodiacs stand for the Intelligence with its three degrees of capricorn, sagittary and scorpio Intelligence;
  • and the fifth, sixth and seventh zodiacs stand for the Triune Self with its three atmospheres of capricorn, sagittary and scorpio.
  • Both the Intelligence and the Triune Self are capricorn entities, but they are in different zodiacs.
  • The Triune Self is a capricorn unit of the scorpio sign of the zodiac of the Intelligence, which is a capricorn unit of the fire sphere.

The zodiac shows the relation of the Intelligence and its Triune Self to nature.

The cancer part of the Intelligence is related to the I-ness, cancer, of the knower, and by means of that to the cancer or passive side of the sense of sight and by means of that to the passive fire element in nature.

The capricorn part of the Intelligence is related to the selfness, capricorn, of the knower, and by means of that to the capricorn or active side of the sense of sight and by means of that to the active fire element in nature.

The leo part of the Intelligence is related to rightness, leo, of the thinker, and by means of that to the leo or passive side of the sense of hearing and by means of that to the passive side of the air element of nature.

The sagittary part of the Intelligence is related to reason, sagittary, of the thinker and by means of that to the sagittary or active side of the sense of hearing and by means of that to the active side of the air element in nature.

The virgo part of the Intelligence is related to feeling, virgo, of the doer and by means of that to the virgo or passive side of the sense of taste and by means of that to the passive side of the water element of nature.

The scorpio part of the Intelligence is related to the desire, scorpio, of the doer and by means of that to the scorpio or active side of the sense of taste and by means of that to the active side of the water element of nature.

The libra part of the Intelligence is the focus of the other six parts or faculties of the Intelligence

  • and is related to the libra aspect or breath-form of the Triune Self and by means of that to the libra aspect, or sense of smell, of nature in a human body.

A zodiacal figure shows how these relations of the Intelligence with nature are maintained.

  • All are maintained by way of the libra point, (Fig. VII-B).
  • So the cancer part of the Intelligence which is related to the I-ness of the knower and by means of that to the cancer side of the sense of sight and by means of that to the passive fire element in nature, cannot get across or communicate on the cancer to capricorn line, but must, when crossing from the intelligent-side to the nature-side, from the knower to the sense of sight, go by way of libra.
  • So it is with all the actions and reactions between the Intelligence and nature.
  • If the action starts in the fire sphere, it cannot reach the sphere of the Intelligence, unless it goes across the libra point in a physical body and across that in the breath-form.
  • Or to give another illustration. If the action starts on the physical plane of the physical world, when an orange is seen the action cannot reach feeling, unless it goes with the generative, cancer; the respiratory, leo; the circulatory, virgo; the digestive, libra, breaths and so with the breath-form to the feeling, virgo, of the doer, scorpio.

It is because of these connections of the Triune Self with the senses, their organs in the body and their elements in outside nature, that one who knows of the alignment shown by the zodiac and who has control of his senses, can create or destroy.

  • No supernatural feat would be impossible to him.
  • Without instruments he could do or have whatever he wanted.
  • He could condense and guide starlight so that the entire heavens would be fire, or be filled with shooting bolts of lightning, or send a rain of lightning to the earth.
  • He could melt mountains into rivers of lava or dissipate them.
  • He could crumble or consume a stronghold as well as a hut.
  • He could by precipitating build a wall or a house, he could produce metals and fabrics.
  • But he would also have the knowledge not to use his powers for foolish ends.

A zodiacal figure shows something about the faculties of an Intelligence, (Fig. VC).

  • It shows that an Intelligence has a faculty for every sign that is in the manifested side of the zodiac.
  • The light faculty is of cancer, the time faculty of leo, the image faculty of virgo, the focus faculty of libra, the dark faculty of scorpio, the motive faculty of sagittary and the I-am faculty of capricorn.
  • The light faculty acts and reacts with the I-am faculty, the time faculty with the motive faculty, the image faculty with the dark faculty and the focus faculty puts all these faculties into relation with each other and with everything in the Universe.

A zodiac shows the relation of the faculties of an Intelligence to the three parts of its Triune Self.

  • It shows a present potential relation which will become actual when the Triune Self becomes an Intelligence.
  • Then the three parts will become six faculties.
  • Selfness and I-ness, the active and passive sides of the knower, will become the I-am and the light faculties;
  • reason and rightness of the thinker will become the motive and time faculties,
  • and desire and feeling of the doer will be the dark and image faculties
  • and the aia will become the Triune Self or focus faculty.
  • The zodiacal figure shows the relation of the faculties of an Intelligence to nature, that is, to the four great elements, which are the four spheres of nature.
  • The light, cancer, and I-am, capricorn, faculties are related to the fire sphere;
  • the time, leo, and motive, sagittary, faculties to the air sphere;
  • the image, virgo, and the dark, scorpio, faculties to the water sphere;
  • and the focus, libra, faculty to the earth sphere.
  • These relations are established and maintained below through the Triune Self of the Intelligence and the aia, and above through the Supreme Intelligence of the fire sphere.

The zodiac shows the three orders of Intelligences and their characteristics.

  • They are scorpio Intelligences, sagittary Intelligences, and capricorn Intelligences.
  • These three orders are designated Desirers, Thinkers and Knowers, (Fig. V-C).
  • The dominating faculty of the Desirers are the image, virgo, and the dark, scorpio, faculties and their field of action is the sphere of water, scorpio.
  • The Thinkers are Intelligences of the sphere of air, sagittary; and the time, leo, and the motive, sagittary, faculties dominate in them.
  • The Knowers act in the sphere of fire, capricorn, and their light, cancer, and I-am, capricorn, faculties are dominant in them.

The spheres, scorpio, sagittary, capricorn, of an Intelligence are above analogous to the atmospheres, scorpio, sagittary, capricorn, of a Triune Self below, and must not be confused with the spheres, cancer, leo and virgo, on the nature-side.

  • The relation between the spheres of an Intelligence and the spheres of nature is like that of the atmospheres of a Triune Self and the worlds in which they are.

The zodiacal figure shows that from libra extend lines to all parts of nature and of Intelligence, (Fig. VII-B).

  • This means that a human body is so constituted that through it all things in the Universe may be reached and affected and that it is the microcosm through which the changing macrocosm is kept in circulation.
  • From libra extend lines through every sign in every one of the eight zodiacs.
  • On the line from libra to any sign of the zodiac of the fire sphere, which is the macrocosm, are all the signs of the same name.

So on the line from libra to cancer of the macrocosm are

  • the cancer signs of the zodiacs of the solid state of matter, of the fluid state of matter, of the airy state of matter,
  • and of the radiant state of matter of the physical plane of the physical world,
  • and of the zodiacs of the three other planes of the physical world
  • and of the zodiacs of the form world, the life world, the light world, the earth sphere, the water sphere, the air sphere and the fire sphere.
  • The correspondences on all planes in all worlds and in all spheres are perfect.
  • The action and interaction of the entities characterized by the respective signs of the zodiac go on by passing through the physical body, libra.
  • The beings which carry on the actions of the manifested Universe are capricorn beings.
  • These beings in the spheres are Intelligences, in the worlds they are Triune Selves.
  • All Triune Selves and the Intelligences with which they are connected work on nature of the man and woman world through a human body, and are affected by nature through a human body.
  • Libra is the center and the fulcrum for the action and the relation between all Triune Selves and nature.

These are some of the topics upon which the symbol of the circle with the twelve points conveys information which is more accurate than any that language can impart.

04 Zodiac reveals the purpose of Universe

Likewise the zodiacal symbol reveals to a greater extent than any science or religion the ultimate purpose of the manifestations of the Universe.

  • That purpose is to have Substance become Consciousness.
  • The zodiacal figure reveals it by showing the successive stages through which matter passes on its way to Consciousness.
  • Gemini, Substance, is ever unmanifested. It is space.
  • To human conception it is No thing, nothingness.
  • Yet from it comes all that is manifested in the Universe.
  • Of or in itself, it has no parts, no action.
  • There is no difference in it.
  • When taurus, Motion, acts on it, there is an issue from Substance, No thing, and this issue becomes cancer, matter.

This cancer, matter, is the fire sphere called the Universe and is patterned after the twelve abstract, nameless points of the abstract circle.

  • It contains all that is to be manifested.
  • Cancer is the nature gate between the unmanifested and the Universe.
  • In the fire sphere is oneness.
  • The active or force or spirit aspect of matter is alone in evidence; its material aspect does not appear.
  • The ultimate divisions of matter are units, fire units, and they are elemental beings.
  • These fire units are primordial units, unprogressed.
  • They are conscious in the degree of fire, cancer.
  • They are conscious as the fire, as the force, but no one of them is conscious of itself as the fire or of the others.

This fire, or cancer, matter, made up of fire units, progresses and becomes air, or leo, matter, that is, the units change and become conscious as air matter in the sphere of air, leo.

  • The oneness disappears into twoness.
  • The air matter exhibits a double aspect as activity and passivity.
  • Activity dominates the passive side.
  • The passive side adapts itself to the active side.
  • The air units are no longer primordial.
  • They are not primal, but they are simple.
  • The fire sphere permeates the air sphere, and the fire units become air units when they begin to manifest their passive side.
  • They become air units, that is, they become conscious in the degree called air, leo, and thereby cease to be conscious as fire, cancer.
  • The air units are one step further on the way toward tangibility, libra.
  • In the air element the air units are conscious as the passive as well as the active side of the air element.
  • They do not distinguish between the active and the passive sides, but they respond to the active side of the air, and the passive side of the units adapts itself to their active side.
  • The air units are not conscious of themselves, but they are conscious as the function of the air element.

The air, or leo, units progressing become water, virgo, units, that is, the air element disappears as such and becomes the water element.
The pure air matter becomes pure water matter in the water or virgo sphere.
The twoness of the air element now shows a different aspect, for in the water sphere the passive side of matter dominates the active side.
The water units are passive-active, no longer activepassive.
The air sphere permeates the water sphere, which is in its lower half; and there water units attract air units and cause them eventually to become water units.
These units cease to be conscious in the degree called air, or leo, and become conscious in the degree called water, virgo.
The water units are conscious as the function of the water element.
They do not distinguish between the active and the passive sides, but they respond to the passive side of the water element, and the active side of the units is adapted to the passive side, which responds to the element.
Water units are not conscious of themselves, but they are conscious as the function of the water element.
Water units are the next step on the way toward tangibility or libra.

The pure water, or virgo, units developing become pure earth, or libra, units in the earth sphere.

  • The two sides, or active and passive aspects, of matter now disappear.
  • There is no longer active-passive and passive-active, but only matter in the earth sphere.
  • The passive aspect of matter alone is in evidence, its active aspect does not appear.
  • The utmost divisions of earth matter are earth units.
  • These units are the opposites of the fire units, since they progressed down to the earth sphere.
  • They are quiescent, stationary, inert, and so appear as a mass or a whole, somewhat as the fire units appear as a whole in the fire sphere.
  • They are conscious in the degree called earth, or libra. In their totality they are the earth element.
  • They are conscious as inertia, immobility, fixity, rest and are the ground for activity.
  • The fire sphere and the earth sphere are extremes and opposites of each other.
  • The fire sphere is activity, force, spirit, without any evidence of its opposite;
  • and the earth sphere is matter, inertia, without any evidence of spirit, force, activity.

In the earth, or libra, sphere which is itself inert and resistant, act the other three elements, cancer, leo and virgo, and cause the four worlds to manifest in the earth sphere.

  • The earth sphere stands to the four worlds in it somewhat as Substance stands to the four spheres.

The fire sphere acting within the air sphere and that acting within the water sphere within the earth sphere, cause a representation of the fire or cancer
sphere to be in the earth element, as the light or cancer world.

  • In a similar way the air sphere, leo, acting within the water sphere and that within the earth sphere, all acting through the light world, causes the life, or leo, world to be in the light world.

So, the water, virgo, sphere, acting within the earth sphere, and both acting through the light and life worlds, cause the form, or virgo, world to be in the life world.

The physical, or libra, world is in existence because the cancer, leo and virgo spheres act within the libra sphere and cause the cancer, leo and virgo worlds in it to maintain the physical world.

The matter of the light or cancer, life or leo, form or virgo, and physical or libra, worlds is therefore not the pure fire, air, water and earth.

  • It differs from the pure elemental matter in that the matter in the four worlds is mixed and in that it is limited by the inert earth element.
  • The cancer, leo, virgo and libra spheres maintain the cancer, leo, virgo and libra worlds.
  • The worlds with the elements of the spheres acting through them similarly maintain in each of these four worlds four planes, that is, additional divisions of
  • matter in each world.
  • The planes, with the spheres and worlds acting through them, similarly maintain in each of these planes four subdivisions, which on the physical plane are called the four states of radiant or cancer, airy or leo, fluid or virgo, and solid or libra matter.
  • The terms spheres, worlds, planes and states of matter designate divisions of matter, and in each set of divisions the essentials are the cancer, leo, virgo and libra types.

In the universe thus maintained or brought into existence only some of the combinations of the four states of cancer, leo, virgo and libra matter on the physical, or libra, plane of the physical, or libra world can be seen.

  • The earth, libra, and the moon, virgo, the sun, leo, and the stars, cancer, make up this small portion.
  • Parts of all the spheres, worlds, planes and states of matter are condensed and concentrated into fourfold human bodies, libra, (Fig. VII-B).
  • These are centers through which matter of all the different states, planes, worlds and spheres circulates.
  • The four senses and their four systems are the means by which the matter makes its rounds to and from the fourfold bodies.
  • This matter consists ultimately of beings, the units of nature of the different cancer, leo, virgo and libra types.
  • These beings circulate and are drilled in human bodies, and are trained between times in outward nature.
  • As nature units they can go as far as the breath-form unit, libra.
  • Then they leave the category of nature units and become aia units, libra.
  • This change can be made only while a unit is a function of the breath-form, libra, in a two-columned physical body, libra.

An aia unit is an entity of the libra type in the zodiac of the earth sphere, where the breath-form was a being of the libra type in the zodiac of the physical world.

  • The aia is the libra of the Triune Self, stands between nature, cancer, leo, virgo and libra of the spheres, and the Triune Self, which is scorpio, sagittary and capricorn of the light world.
  • The aia as libra by means of the breath-form links nature and the Triune Self in a human body; the libra of the Triune Self links with the libra of nature.

The next stage is that where the aia unit becomes conscious as a Triune Self unit and changes from a libra unit of the zodiac of the earth sphere into a capricorn unit related to the zodiac of the light world, corresponding to the noetic atmosphere of the Triune Self.

  • The change is made in a two-columned physical body, which is a libra entity of the physical world.
  • After the change, the cancer faculty of the capricorn sphere, the doer works its way upward to capricorn of the light world, and with the thinker and knower of the Triune Self becomes conscious as itself;
  • it does this independently of the physical body, libra of the libra world, through the form world, scorpio of the light world, and through the life world, sagittary of the light world.
  • The doer with its Triune Self becomes conscious of and knows all there is of itself and in the four worlds, and it remains there until it changes and becomes conscious as an Intelligence, which is a Capricorn unit of the fire sphere.
  • These changes can be made only while all parts of the Triune Self, its whole zodiac, are embodied in a twocolumned physical body, a libra entity.
  • The Intelligence, that is, the Triune Self unit which has become conscious as an Intelligence unit, becomes conscious in the three degrees of its three spheres which are those of scorpio, sagittary and capricorn of the capricorn or fire sphere.
  • When it has reached perfection as such an Intelligence of the highest degree, it passes from matter into the unmanifested and is there Conscious Sameness, aquarius.

The unit must have passed through all the points of the circle of matter and all the differences represented in the manifestation of the twelve points of the circle of matter, the fire sphere, before it can become Conscious Sameness. In this manner the zodiacal figure shows the purpose of the Universe.

This purpose of changing Substance into Consciousness, and the manner in which the changes are accomplished through a human body, in libra, cannot otherwise be demonstrated to doers in human bodies.

  • A statement of the purpose can be made, and it will stand comparison with other statements, such as that the purpose is to glorify God, or to make men better by progressive improvement of their "souls", or that there is no purpose ascertainable.
  • The reason why the purpose is not demonstrable is that only a small part of the Universe is open to investigation and that even that small part cannot be cognized correctly.

From the human standpoint, that is, to the run of human beings, only the physical, the form and the life planes of the physical world of the sphere of earth are intelligible.

  • These planes are invaded consciously by the physical, emotional and intellectual parts of human beings and are the means for scientific, philosophical and religious conceptions of man and of this universe, that is, the visible, physical universe.
  • Even the light plane of the physical world is not evident and it is not invaded consciously.
  • As to the states of matter, only the substates which are those of the solid state of matter on the physical plane of the physical world are evident to the
  • perceptions of man.
  • His imperfections set boundaries to perception and conception.
  • So not all colors and shades of color on the physical plane can be seen, nor can all forms be seen;
  • and many things and beings remain invisible; and nothing but surfaces, compacted on surfaces until visible, can be seen.
  • The conceptions are one step ahead of the perceptions.
  • However, the conceptions cannot go more than this one step ahead until the perceptions verify and approve them and take that step.
  • The progress is somewhat like that made by the feet of a walker, whose right foot cannot take another step until the left foot has stepped.
  • Nor are facts available on the intelligent-side to the run of human beings upon which to base an intelligent opinion of the purpose of the Universe, including the meaning of their life in it.
  • The facts here are not matters of perception through the senses, but are psychic conditions in which one is conscious.
  • Men are conscious of their psychic life.
  • This life consists of feelings and desires, of thinking of which they are conscious in an undiscerning way and of identity.
  • They are so conscious until they come to the gate of death.
  • While they pass through the gate all human beings, that is, the combination of the embodied portions of the doers with the senses of nature, are unconscious.
  • In some of the after-death states they are again conscious as the human beings.
  • Their experiences are limited to what they were conscious of during the past life.
  • When they re-exist in human bodies on the earth crust they are not conscious of anything of the past.
  • So no facts are usable to test a theory concerning the purpose of the universe and the purpose of their life in it, and no reason is given them for striving for temperance and virtue.
  • The limitations of the perceptions and conceptions are shown by their problems.
  • Because they think with the body-mind in terms of the senses and of time and cannot think beyond it, they ask: Who created the world, if not God?
  • A "God" did not create it, he was himself created.
  • It never was created, it always was; only the outer earth crust changes, disappears and reappears periodically.
  • They say: I did not ask to come into the world; why was I born? What caused the First Cause?
  • Such questions cannot be dealt with because they are based on meager experience and insufficient thinking.
  • They speak of space and mean matter so fine that they do not conceive it.
  • Space, in which all matter is, is beyond their conception.
  • In all such questions the zodiacal figure as applied to the Universe and man, carries the student of it at once beyond such limitations of his conceptions.
  • The zodiac accounts for the relations of all units in the Universe.

The circle shows the purpose of the Universe to be the change of matter into Consciousness by showing the progressive stages through which the purpose is attained.

05 The zodiac as a historical prophetic record

The zodiac as a historical and prophetic record; as a clock to measure progress in nature and on the intelligent-side, and in the building out of a thought.

The zodiac is like a clock that measures the progress of everything from a fire unit to an Intelligence.

  • The zodiacal clock indicates the progress of matter, both of nature-matter and of intelligent-matter, (Fig. II-G).
  • Because it shows the change in the relations of units or of masses of units to each other, which is time, it indicates human time and time which is beyond human conception, and which is, therefore, called by some such words as eternity, duration or everness.
  • To the mind's eye the hands move over the zodiacal dials in a direction opposite to that in which the hands of ordinary clocks advance.
  • The zodiacal clock has twelve dials.
  • It has four sphere dials, four world dials and four dials for the four planes of the physical world.
  • The lowest dial, that of the physical plane, is made of four states of matter, which are represented by the earth, the moon, the sun and its planets, and the stars.
  • Though these bodies represent the four states they are all in the substates of the solid state, (Fig. I-E).
  • The sun and the moon are the hands on the lowest dial and mark the time there.
  • They are the only hands that can be seen, though there are as to the other dials unseen things which correspond to these hands.

The concealed works which move the hands of the zodiacal clock have aspects which men call God, the love of God, Divine Providence, Supreme Wisdom, creation and maintenance of the world, fate and destiny.

  • These works are the government of the universe.
  • Their mechanical and unintelligent actions, that is, the part of nature, are controlled by loving, understanding and knowing complete Triune Selves and
  • Intelligences, which are on the intelligent-side.
  • Their government is in the permanent physical world, the Realm of Permanence, that pervades this human world of change,but which is not visible to human beings.

The pivots, libra, of all the works are on the physical plane of the human world of change, libra.
They are fourfold human bodies.

  • In these pivotal male and female organizations are produced lunar germs, a solar germ and a light germ.
  • There is for each body only one light germ and one solar germ, and they last during life;
  • but a new lunar germ is produced every month, as the result of the working of the four systems in the body.
  • Lunar germs, if retained in the body, build it up towards permanence;
  • if lost, as they are with the run of human bodies, they keep nature going on her bloody and destroying way.

Everything in changing nature is worked from these human pivots on the physical plane.

  • The forces of the Universe flow into them and are transmuted by them.
  • The physical works reach into other works on the other planes and these works work into other works in the worlds and these work into the spheres.

It is like one vast system of toothed wheels geared to other wheels, so that a transfer of free units is made from the physical plane of the physical world as far as the highest of the spheres, and a transfer of units that have become transient units is made within the confines of the physical world.

  • During the transfer the matter which is passed on by these various wheels,axles, springs and escapements of the great clockworks, is itself slowly transmuted in the laboratory and workshop of the human body.
  • There it is condensed, combined, compounded, organized and, by feeling and desire and thinking, marked for its circuit.
  • The works behind the physical dial turn the works behind the next dial, and so on,through all the works and the dials.
  • The works behind the physical dial are the physical bodies of humans, and the whole visible universe is the dial of the zodiac of the four substates of solid matter of the physical plane of the physical world.
  • The stars located at the boundaries of the radiant layer are receiving and distributing centers of nerve force coming from the nerve centers in the generative
  • system.
  • The sun, between the fiery and the airy layer, is a receiving and distributing center of the life blood of the universe, coming from the heart and lungs in all human bodies.
  • This life blood is sunlight and is fourfold.
  • The moon, between the earthy and the watery layer, cleanses and adjusts the matter going to the sun from the millions of human kidneys and adrenals.
  • From the sun this energy is, through the moon, turned back into the sunlight in the air, to the air, to the water, to the earth, and then into food.
  • From there the energy goes into lunar germs.
  • So the rounds continue and the clock-works carry on.

All this accurate and balanced interplay is automatic and is done by beings that are not intelligent.
The machinery and forces which drive it are nature units or masses of nature units, elementals, be they great Gods of the worlds or be they the four units
of a cell.
But the zodiacal clock is not run without Intelligences.

  • The elementals are controlled and directed by Triune Selves and by Intelligences.
  • With the Supreme Intelligence of the spheres men are not concerned, as they cannot go beyond the earth sphere.
  • But the earth sphere is ruled by the Supreme Intelligence of that sphere with the assistance of Intelligences who are still connected with their re-existing doers and with the assistance of the Great Triune Self of the worlds.
  • These Intelligences under the Supreme Intelligence guide their Triune Selves in so far as the re-existing doers will be guided.
  • Each Intelligence furnishes Light to its Triune Self.
  • The Light in the noetic atmosphere of the Triune Self shines in the light world, where it lights up the units and makes that world a shadowless sphere of colorless light.
  • Some of the Light the doers send into nature, through their human bodies.
  • This Light is mixed with nature-matter and shows in the externalizations the thoughts, the quality of the thinking and the degree of the doer by which the thought was issued.

The power that keeps the zodiacal clock going is desire in thinking, the law of thought, as destiny.

  • The zodiacal clock reveals a system which extends into the past and into the future and so allows one to use the conditions shown for any given time, as a basis for stating the order of the past and of future events.
  • The zodiac is a systematic historical and prophetic record.
  • It is a calendar that gives the sequence of events, and the largest as well as the smallest divisions of time.
  • By means of the zodiac one can see from one event the order in which other events preceded it or will follow it.
  • This is as true of any condition of the doer in the human as it is of the stages through which its body passes.

Here are two illustrations:

  • The body is conceived in cancer, when or sometime after the breaths of the parents are joined by the breath of the breath-form;
  • it takes life in leo; in virgo it takes on form; and it is given birth in libra.
  • It lives through periods where it develops organs through which desire works in scorpio, where it develops a new structure for mental activities in sagittary, and where it reaches old age or death in capricorn.
  • The body itself is a libra body and has its own zodiac of which the manifested signs are here given.
  • The five unmanifested signs show the stages of the after-death states of the disintegrated body, that is, of the mere matter of the body.
  • But the body is only the mask of the breath-form, which is the entity back of it.
  • It is a libra entity and its zodiac is the same as that of the physical body.
  • It was the breath of conception in cancer; it made the contact with life in leo; it developed its form in virgo;
  • and in libra it brought the physical matter to birth out of the womb and entered the body with its active side, the breath.
  • It carries the physical matter through the stages of youth in scorpio, maturity in sagittary and death in capricorn.
  • There, in capricorn, it separates itself from the body, and after it has passed through purification in the signs of scorpio and sagittary in its own zodiac, it is freed from contamination of physical life and begins the heaven period of the personality in capricorn and then passes through the five unmanifested signs, where it reaches the zenith of the heaven at aries and is disintegrated in taurus and gemini, (Fig. V-D).

Another illustration:

  • The Triune Self is a capricorn knower in the noetic or capricorn atmosphere;
  • its thinker is in the sagittary atmosphere and its doer is in the scorpio atmosphere.
  • In each it has a zodiac.
  • When the ruling thought in the mental atmosphere or sagittary zodiac comes to the point of cancer, it causes the aia to revivify the form of the breath-form which it does in cancer of the libra zodiac.
  • When the body is born in libra, it is developed, and in scorpio of the psychic or scorpio zodiac a portion of the doer is embodied;
  • in sagittary of the mental zodiac, the thinker contacts, and in capricorn of the noetic zodiac the knower may contact the body.
  • During life the doer works through the scorpio and sagittary parts of the physical body.
  • At death, the body is separated from its breath-form in capricorn;
  • the doer carries on in its psychic, scorpio, atmosphere the cleansing of the breath-form through its own feelings and desires, scorpio, and by its thinking in sagittary.
  • Then, at capricorn of the psychic or the mental zodiac, the portion of the doer that was embodied, unites again with the cleansed breath-form, and goes through the five unmanifested signs.
  • This ends the round of the existence of that particular doer portion and of the personality.
  • The doer makes ready for the re-existence of the next portion, which must be that which is under the following zodiacal point.

There are stationary and movable zodiacs.

  • The signs of the zodiacal symbol are always in the same relative position to one another.
  • But as this figure can be used to symbolize various subjects, some zodiacs are seen to be movable against a stationary zodiacal background.
  • In the case of a movable zodiac the zodiacal figure as a whole turns like a wheel against a background which is a stationary zodiac.
  • The zodiacs symbolizing the spheres, the worlds and the planes are always in alignment with one another, and are stationary.
  • They mark that which they symbolize, as permanent institutions through which matter flows.
  • But the zodiac of a unit of nature, of a physical body, of a breath-form or of the outer earth crust is movable;
  • it turns like a wheel against the background of the stationary zodiacs.
  • If the sign aries of the movable and the sign aries of a stationary zodiac start when in alignment, after the wheel has turned one sign the sign aries of the movable zodiac will be aligned with the taurus of the fixed zodiac, and after the wheel has turned twelve signs, the sign aries of the movable zodiac will again be aligned with the aries of the stationary zodiac.

The zodiacs of a human are movable against the stationary zodiacs of the plane and world in which he is.

  • His movable zodiacs show by their positions the condition of the body, of the breath-form and of the doer.
  • The stationary signs show seasons or conditions in which certain influences prevail and certain things can or cannot be accomplished.
  • The relation of the movable to the fixed signs is the origin of physical phenomena.

The zodiac of the breath-form is movable, (Fig. VII-K,b).

  • The movements of the zodiac of the breath-form are coincident with those of the zodiac of the physical body.
  • At conception aries of the zodiac of the form of the breath-form is at cancer, breath, of the stationary zodiac of the physical world and of the physical plane, represented by the body of the mother.
  • When the fetus takes life the aries of the zodiac of the form of the breath-form is in leo of the stationary.
  • When the fetus takes on the human form, that aries is in virgo of the stationary.
  • When the child is born into the world, its head being down and coming through the birth canal, out of the invisible into the visible world, the aries of the form of the breath-form is in libra of the stationary zodiac.
  • As soon as the child takes breath and is separated, the breath of the breath-form enters as the breath, the aries of the zodiac of the breath-form remains in libra until youth, when the child develops its sex power in scorpio, then maturity of the body brings the aries into sagittary, and death takes it through the gate of capricorn.
  • The gross matter of the body is thrown off and the essential matter of the breath-form goes through the five unmanifested signs.

Every unit as well as every being composed of units, like a cell, an organ, a human body, the earth crust or the moon may be represented as a zodiac.

  • It is a movable zodiac against the background of the stationary zodiac in which it is manifesting or working.
  • The aries of the movable zodiac shows by its position in any sign of the stationary zodiac in what degree the entity is conscious, or working.

There is a circular and an extended zodiac, (Fig. VII-C).

  • The distinction goes back to the time of the breaking of the front- or nature-column in the body.
  • The doer once functioned consciously in a perfect, two-columned, balanced, sexless body, and Light of the Intelligence was in its psychic atmosphere.
  • Each doer now in a human body was at that time conscious in its atmosphere, in its perfect physical body and in all the worlds.
  • The doer was then conscious as a doer and was conscious of its parent Intelligence, of the Intelligences and of the elemental beings on the nature-side.
  • When the doer broke the column it lost connection with the knowledge of its Triune Self.
  • It lost the knowledge of its identity and so lost the Word;
  • for A O M is the name of the three bodies for the three parts of the Triune Self. A O M is the Word.
  • The doer became conscious merely as a man or a woman.
  • Then began the use of the sexual organs to reproduce bodies.
  • He broke through the circle.

The circular zodiac represents the twelve signs arranged in a circle.
The extended zodiac is the broken circle, and represents the twelve signs arranged on a double curve.

  • The circular zodiac is to be found on the nature-side in the spheres, the worlds and the planes, and on the intelligent-side in those who are Triune Selves or
  • Intelligences.
  • The extended zodiac is shown in the human figure and in the animal and vegetable bodies that are patterned after it.
  • In the human figure the signs scorpio, sagittary, capricorn, aquarius and pisces through which it was made the dwelling place of a Triune Self, are now turned away from aries and are extended to the earth, libra.

The arrangement of the signs of the extended zodiac is the same as that of the signs of the circular zodiac in the torso of the human body down to libra.

  • The head is related to aries, the throat to taurus, the shoulders and arms to gemini, the breasts to cancer, the heart to leo, the womb and prostate to virgo and the sex and alimentary openings to libra.
  • The male organ and clitoris are the representatives of scorpio, the thighs are related to sagittary, the knees to capricorn, the legs to aquarius, and the feet
  • to pisces.
  • The landmarks and the path of the circular zodiac are still in the upper part of the body, but they are used only for physical functions and not as the path of the Triune Self.
  • The end of the terminal filament is related to scorpio;
  • the terminal filament itself up to the first lumbar vertebra to sagittary;
  • the spinal cord in the lower dorsal vertebrae to capricorn,
  • and that in the upper dorsal to aquarius;
  • and the spinal cord in the cervical vertebrae to pisces.

When man uses his creative force, not so that it will bind him to the earth, but so that it will build him an immortal physical body, he will still walk the earth, but will also re-establish the circular zodiac in his body.

Among the subjects that are made accessible to human thinking by geometrical figures and which receive meaning from the zodiac, are further relations of man as the microcosm to the macrocosm, the processes by which a thought is developed,exteriorized and balanced, the relations of the manifested to the unmanifested, and some of the meanings which the zodiacal signs have for human beings when arranged in characteristic groups.

In one sense the macrocosm is the manifested half of the universe of nature, or as it is here called the sphere of fire, and a human body is a microcosm, through which all things in the Universe may be reached and affected. Through the human body the spheres cannot be operated, but human bodies, which are connected with the physical plane, keep in circulation the human world of change.

  • The twelve signs are in both the macrocosm and the microcosm.
  • In the microcosm the signs are centers or parts of the body through which the human acts on the macrocosmic signs and through which the macrocosm reacts on the human.
  • In another view the macrocosm is the physical body itself and is represented by the macrocosmic signs cancer, leo, virgo and libra, while the microcosm is the doer portion in the body, affecting and affected by the macrocosm.
  • Then the microcosmic signs representing the Triune Self are scorpio, sagittary and capricorn.
  • The body is the Universe and the dweller in the body is the microcosm.
  • From this standpoint, the body, and not the outside world or the heavens, is the Universe.
  • The body as the Universe, acts upon and influences the dweller in the body by the four senses, cancer, leo, virgo, libra, acting upon the centers and organs of the body.
  • The action and reaction are carried on through the breath-form which is libra in the macrocosmic and in the microcosmic symbols.

In another view the macrocosm is the physical body and is represented by the macrocosmic signs, aries, gemini, leo, libra, sagittary and aquarius, and the
microcosm is the embodied doer portion, represented by the microcosmic signs taurus, cancer, virgo, scorpio, capricorn and pisces.

  • The body has in it the twelve signs, but in this third case six of them are universal or macrocosmic, while the intervening six are microcosmic or of the doer and work through the macrocosmic signs.
  • Two portions of the doer work on or through the part of the body that represents the macrocosmic signs between them, as microcosmic signs.
  • The macrocosmic signs are divided into the sexless signs aries, leo and sagittary; and the signs gemini, libra and aquarius, which are either bisexual or sexless. The microcosmic six signs are divided into taurus, virgo and capricorn, which are female, and cancer, scorpio and pisces, which are male signs.
  • The embodied doer portion may use any two of its signs or powers to act through the intervening macrocosmic signs.
  • Taurus and cancer can meet in gemini, cancer and virgo in leo, virgo and scorpio in libra, scorpio and capricorn in sagittary, capricorn and pisces in aquarius, and pisces and taurus in aries.
  • So when two of the microcosmic signs come together they act in a macrocosmic sign.
  • From the physical standpoint the application of this can be seen only to active and passive and to male and female.
  • However, the statement as well as many other things may be understood by means of geometrical symbols.

The zodiac explains how Light of the Intelligence directed by the doer toward a point of nature-matter in a thought builds within that point, which is unmanifested, until a zodiacal structure within that point is completed, how after the completion of this structure within it the thought is issued, how then elementals following the lines of the zodiacal structure within the thought build them out into acts, objects and events, and how exteriorizations continue on the nature-side until the doer balances its thoughts on its own side, the intelligent-side, and the zodiacal structure is finished.

A thought is constituted of intelligent-matter and of nature-matter.

  • It is made up on the one hand of Light of the Intelligence, joined to desire, and on the other hand of a point of nature-matter.
  • The point of nature-matter is brought in by the senses and is the impression of the object which desire seeks, and which the Light of the Intelligence, directed by thinking, shows it the way to get.
  • After the object of nature has been tendered by the senses, representing cancer, leo, virgo and libra, has been accepted by feeling and desire, scorpio, and has been carried to the thinker, sagittary, and after thinking in sagittary, working with Light of the Intelligence received from the knower, capricorn, has joined Light of the Intelligence with desire, a thought is conceived, having within it the point of naturematter which is the object of the thought.
  • Thinking in sagittary, using the Light by which alone this can be done, opens with it the point.
  • Thinking opens it inwards into those unmanifested parts of nature of which the exteriorizations will become the manifested.
  • The point is on the cancer to capricorn line, between the unmanifested and the manifested, and is a potential circle, into which it will be developed by the influence of the Light of the Intelligence, which thinking and desire direct towards the point, (Fig. IV-A,a).

The point, when the Light of the Intelligence is upon it, becomes the center of the circle which it is to be.

  • When it begins it is a point, when it is ended it is a circle.
  • It begins by drawing on unmanifested nature to get matter of its own kind.
  • With this point-matter it extends a line until the potential cancer becomes the actual cancer to itself.
  • This is the matter line of points from the center to cancer and is the breath of the thought.
  • The zodiacal structure within the thought is further developed when Light of the Intelligence, directed by thinking, extends from the center of the circle a line at an angle to the horizontal or matter line.
  • This is line-matter, attracted by the center of the circle when the Light is upon it.
  • The line-matter is built on the matter line of points.
  • Line after line is built until the last line reaches from the center to leo.
  • Then the first standard angle, which is of thirty degrees and is the distance from cancer to leo, is completed at leo.
  • The Light has created the first angle in the unmanifested, of line-matter which takes on life and is the life of the thought.
  • The zodiacal structure is still further developed within the thought when the effect of the Light attracts to the center of the circle angle-matter.
  • The angle-matter is taken on by the line-matter until angle-matter fills the angle from leo to virgo.
  • This is the second standard angle, which is leo to the center to virgo.
  • The Light has now created the second standard angle in the unmanifested, of angle-matter, which takes on form and is the form of the thought.
  • The development of the zodiacal structure progresses within the thought when the effect of the Light draws surface-matter toward the center of the circle. The surfacematter builds itself on to the angle-matter, until the third standard angle, from virgo to the center to libra is completed.

The thought is now built out in the unmanifested as far as may be.

  • This condition is symbolized by the zodiacal structure of a quarter circle from cancer to libra.
  • Then the thought is issued on the light plane of the light world, having in it the point which has in it the unmanifested parts of nature-matter that will become
  • exteriorized as acts, objects and events.
  • The thought affects the matter of the light world, and elementals then build in the life world on the life plane there, out from the point a zodiacal structure according to the unmanifested pattern within the thought.
  • They build with nature-matter of the life plane of the life world point-matter, linematter,angle-matter and surface-matter, until they have copied the quarter circle from the center to cancer to libra.
  • Elementals build this zodiacal figure again on the form plane and again on the physical plane of the life world, with matter of those planes.
  • Elementals then build matter of the form world out according to this figure.
  • They build the quarter circle of point-matter, line-matter, angle-matter and surface-matter successively with matter of the life, form and physical planes of the form world.
  • The thought then is sufficiently materialized to be in the physical world.
  • There elementals, still following the pattern within the point, build from it the zodiacal figure of the quarter circle, on the life plane and on the form plane with matter of those planes.
  • Then the thought is ready for exteriorization and waits for time, condition and place to be ready for it.
  • When there is a conjunction of these the thought is exteriorized.
  • It is exteriorized according to the same zodiacal figure that has controlled it all along.
  • The act of writing a letter, chopping down a tree, or building a house, is accomplished with elementals which are point-matter in the generative system including brain and nerves, line-matter in the respiratory system, angle-matter in the circulatory system, and surface-matter in the digestive system to which belong the hands, the feet and the rest of the solid body.
  • This is the exteriorization of the point of nature-matter, developed according to the zodiacal figure of the quarter circle which has thus come through all the worlds and their planes below the light plane.

The quarter circle from cancer to libra is on the nature-side, and has to be balanced by the corresponding quarter circle from libra to capricorn on the intelligentside.

  • The nature-side is represented by the point of nature-matter in the thought, the thought itself is represented by the intelligent-side of the circle, from libra to
  • capricorn.
  • The point, which is the concentration of the perceptions made by the four senses, could never have been taken in by the doer, if there had not been a desire for it and thinking about it.
  • Desire and thinking directing to it Light of the Intelligence on the point, create a thought.
  • At the creation there comes into the unmanifested a quarter circle from libra to capricorn.
  • Libra represents the object of the desire;
  • and scorpio, sagittary and capricorn represent the desire, the thinking which made the aim, and knowledge as conscience, producing the balancing factor in the thought.
  • When the thought is issued the balancing factor, the aim and the design are present as the manifesting thought.
  • When the nature-quarter circle from cancer to libra is exteriorized, only the design is exteriorized.
  • The thought will not be exteriorized until the intelligent-quarter circle from libra to capricorn is built up, to balance the nature-quarter circle and make the thought a manifested half circle of six standard angles.
  • The manifesting part of the thought being complete as a half circle, the unmanifested part makes the upper half and the point is completed in the entire
  • circle

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The zodiacal figure explains symbolically the relation of the manifested to the unmanifested.

  • With words such an explanation can be made only as to thingsperceptible by the senses or conceivable by understanding.
  • The unmanifested is that which is not perceptible by the senses and which has not been conceived by the human.
  • The terms manifested and unmanifested are relative in their application to the spheres, worlds, planes and states of matter.
  • The entire Universe is contained in the fire sphere, which is the manifested of Substance. Substance is the unmanifested as compared with the fire sphere.
  • To the sphere of air the sphere of fire is the unmanifested;
  • and the sphere of air is the manifested of the fire sphere. In its turn the sphere of air is the unmanifested to the sphere of water and the sphere of water is the manifested of the sphere of air.
  • To the sphere of earth the sphere of water is the unmanifested and the sphere of earth is the manifested of the sphere of water. In the same way the earth sphere is the unmanifested to the light world, and the light world is the manifested of the earth sphere.
  • The relation is continued through the life, form and physical worlds, so that to the physical world the form world is the unmanifested, and the physical world is the manifested of the form world.
  • So it goes on through the light, the life, the form to the physical planes.
  • Each plane is the manifested of the, to it, unmanifested plane above it.
  • These relative terms of the unmanifested and manifested apply also to the four states of matter on the physical plane.
  • To the solid state the fluid state is the unmanifested, out of which all things come into manifestation in the solid state, where they are seen, heard, tasted, smelled and contacted by the four senses of the human.
  • The term manifested is usually applied only to the things in the four subdivisions of the solid state. But in a wider sense and with a secondary meaning, as explained by the zodiac, the distinction of the manifested and the unmanifested exists through all the states of matter, and through the planes, worlds and spheres.
  • The manifested part of each sphere, world, plane and state of matter is zodiacally symbolized by a lesser zodiac drawn below the line cancer to capricorn.
  • The lesser circle is so drawn that its center is midway between libra and the center of the cancer to capricorn line.
  • All beyond, that is, around, the lesser circle, stands for the, to it, unmanifested, and is symbolized zodiacally by the upper half of the circle between cancer and capricorn.

06 Groups of Zodical Signs

The signs of the zodiac can be arranged in characteristic groups which, when connected by lines, are geometrical symbols for everything in the macrocosm, excepting of course the twelve abstract points.
The symbols represent the monad, the dyads, the triads, the tetrads, the pentads and the hexads.

  • These symbols having no character except that arising from extension and difference of situation, receive their meaning for human beings from the signs by
  • which that character is indicated.

The twelve as a whole are a monad, (Fig. VII-E).

  • They are the circle.
  • The circle represents a whole, a oneness.
  • It represents all there is, space, time, being and events.
  • Within the monad are included all things; there is no thing outside of it.

The signs may be arranged as two sets of dyads, that is, halves, (Fig. VII-F).

  • One half, consisting of cancer, leo, virgo, libra, scorpio, sagittary and capricorn, stands for the manifested, for the spheres and for what is in them; for matter in its states of circulation and progression.
  • The second dyad, consisting of capricorn, aquarius, pisces, aries, taurus, gemini and cancer, stands for the unmanifested, no spheres, no matter, the abstract. It stands for the potentialities and possibilities of all things that are or ever may be in the manifested Universe.
  • The halves of the other set of dyads comprise the signs aries, taurus, gemini, cancer, leo, virgo and libra, standing for super-nature and nature; and the signs libra, scorpio, sagittary, capricorn, aquarius, pisces and aries standing for intelligent and super-intelligent.

Then there are the triads, groups of three signs, (Fig. VII-G).
They are

  • the fire triad aries, leo and sagittary;
  • the air triad taurus, virgo and capricorn;
  • the water triad gemini, libra and aquarius
  • and the earth triad cancer, scorpio and pisces.
  • The triads are not identical with the four manifested elements, but they have the characteristics of what in manifestation becomes the four spheres.
  • Fire, air, water and earth are these characteristics, in manifestation as the elements.
  • The fire triad is the cause of matter being conscious as and active as the fire, cancer;
  • the air triad is the cause of matter's being conscious as and active and passive as air, leo;
  • the water triad is the cause of matter's being conscious as and passive and active as water, virgo;
  • and the earth triad is the cause of matter's being conscious as and passive as earth, libra.
  • That aries, leo and sagittary are the fiery symbols or points may be seen if the signs are read aries fire, taurus air, gemini water and cancer earth.
  • Then the next sign is leo, again fire, and virgo air, libra water, scorpio earth.
  • Finally the following sign sagittary is again fire, and capricorn air, aquarius water and pisces earth.
  • Thus the fiery signs which make the fire triad are aries, leo, sagittary;
  • the airy signs are taurus, virgo, capricorn;
  • the watery signs are gemini, libra, aquarius;
  • and the earthy signs are cancer, scorpio, pisces.

These triads stand behind, beneath or within the manifested spheres and their worlds and planes.

  • Changes are brought about by the fiery and the watery triads.
  • Physically, therefore, nothing can be solved in air or earth, but only in fire or water, which are the changer and the solvent.
  • So physically the cancer point of the earth triad and the virgo point of the air triad have to meet in the leo point of the fire triad to change life into form.

The fire sphere is cancer as fire in manifestation, but it is cancer as earth before it was manifested.

The zodiac shows that the Universe is an earth Universe in essence, though it is the fire sphere in manifestation, in matter, and that so the sublimest reality in matter is an illusion, as compared with realities above or beyond.

  • In this sense the sphere of air, leo, is in essence fire, the sphere of water is in essence air, and the sphere of earth is in essence water.
  • If it were not for the essence's differing from the element in which it is, there could be no change in or of the element, and so it would be impossible for matter as inertia to change.
  • What enables the changes to be brought about is the essential water triad which works through the earth sphere, libra.
  • Because the essential nature of the fire sphere, cancer, is the unmanifested cancer as earth, this essential nature, in the earth sphere, becomes libra, which is the opposite of activity, cancer.
  • The lowest unit of nature-matter which is the geogen unit has the characteristics of the prototype or essential nature of the highest sphere, which is the earth triad. The origin and essence of the fire sphere is the earth triad and indicates what the fire will become.
  • It indicates that the fire will ultimately become earth, libra.

The triads cause a oneness, a twoness, a threeness and a fourness in the manifested Universe, which appear as the four elements and their subdivisions.

  • The oneness is the fire, it is the beginning and the end of manifestation.
  • All things that come into manifestation are potentially and actually contained in oneness.

Twoness is the departure from oneness.

  • It is not only a departure, but it is a different thing, with the oneness, which is everpresent, in it.
  • Twoness is the second element, air, with the first in it, inseparably.
  • The air cannot exist by itself; it is contained in the fire and the fire is in it.

Threeness is again a new thing.

  • It is another element, water, with the two others inseparably in it.
  • The two others are expressed in and by it.
  • It is the representative of the other two, and thus is threeness.

Fourness is the ultimate element, earth, as regards the outwardness from fire.

  • It is farthest removed from and is the opposite of the fire.
  • It has the other three elements inseparably in it and represents and dominates them.

Each element is one, but only the fire element is one without any other and is not a continuation of any other.

  • Each element is one in the sense that there is a distinctness about it, as to the other three.
  • Fire is the first, the original, the primitive, the presence of which brings about change, continuous change in each of the other elements in which it is, until they are brought into permanence in products which can be no longer changed by them, that is by nature, but only by thinking and the spoken word.
  • The foremost of these products is a perfect physical body in the Realm of Permanence, in the Eternal Order of Progression, or a human body in the world of change, of birth and death.

The fire, air, and earth triads have one point in the unmanifested, one point on the nature-side, and one point on the intelligent-side and so show the action of the triad on the intelligent-side and on the nature-side.

  • The action of these triads starts on the intelligent-side and from there operates the nature-side from their points in nature.
  • In the earth triad one point, scorpio, desire, is in the manifested on the intelligent-side;
  • one point, pisces, is in the unmanifested, and either one of these points may operate cancer, which is the point between the unmanifested and the manifested on the natureside.

The water triad has two points in the unmanifested and only one, the libra point, in the manifested, and so is neutral in the manifested.

  • In this triad, different from the others, there is no point in the manifested on the intelligent-side from which the triad can be operated, on the nature-side.
  • The water triad has to be operated by the air or by the earth triad.

The fire triad is the ideal and sets the pattern for everything that is or may be in the manifested, on the nature-side and on the intelligent-side, and shows how the ideal is to be accomplished.

Thought, sagittary, works on life, leo, determines the development and direction of matter on the nature-side, and is the means of the ultimate accomplishment, Consciousness.

  • This is one of the two fixed, universal triads.
  • The other is gemini, libra, aquarius, the water triad.
  • This has two points in the unmanifested; and its manifested point, libra, is between the nature-side and the intelligent-side, connecting with both.
  • Gemini is the origin of matter, that from which matter comes;
  • the point libra of that triad is the neutral stage between nature-matter and intelligent-matter in manifestation, the stage in which nature-matter is changed and becomes intelligent-matter;
  • aquarius is the stage where matter is no longer matter and becomes Conscious Sameness.
  • The water triad is the means by which the ideal triad is worked out, and the ground on and from which this is done.
  • The other two, the air and the earth triads, are the doers, the workers, that bring about the ideal accomplishment through and from the basis of matter.
  • There are three tetrads or groups of four signs. They are squares, (Fig. VII-H), or crosses, (Fig. VII-J).
  • The first is aries, cancer, libra, capricorn;
  • the second is taurus, leo, scorpio, aquarius;
  • and the third is gemini, virgo, sagittary and pisces.
  • The first tetrad, as a square, contains the plan and shows the processes by which the plan is carried out.
  • It is unchanging and universal.
  • The line from aries to cancer indicates the four points on the quarter circle and so stands for aries, taurus, gemini and cancer.
  • The lines which are the other three sides of the square likewise stand for the points on their quarter circles.
  • The first tetrad is a square that represents all the twelve points, * whereas the second and third tetrads do not represent the twelve points, but the second

is only the points taurus, leo, scorpio and aquarius, and the third is only gemini, virgo, * sagittary and pisces.

By the plan of the first tetrad all accomplishments are attained.

  • The plan is outlined in the unmanifested by the line aries to cancer, for nature;
  • the line cancer to libra shows how the work is done by and in nature;
  • the line libra to capricorn shows how the work is done on the intelligent-side;
  • and the line capricorn to aries shows the * four accomplishments.

The first tetrad, as a cross and as opposites, is the line aries to libra and the line cancer to capricorn.

  • As a cross it is also fixed, stationary and universal.
  • The line cancer to capricorn is the line of manifestation, where, at cancer, Substance becomes nature in its many units, and where, at capricorn, the units cease to be such and go back to the unmanifested as Conscious Sameness.
  • The line aries to libra shows, in the manifested, nature-matter at its limits as nature-matter and the beginnings of intelligent-matter.
  • In the unmanifested that line shows the limit of super-nature and of the super-intelligent becoming Consciousness.

The second and third tetrads as squares are just as fixed and unchanging as the first tetrad.

  • They seem to be movable for the reason that the doer in human beings moves from one of these tetrads to the other.
  • They are the means and the stages by which the plan shown by the aries tetrad is carried out.
  • The square made by the lines taurus to leo, leo to scorpio, scorpio to aquarius and aquarius to taurus shows
  • how the sign taurus, Motion, in super-nature acts in and affects nature in the spheres and in the worlds,
  • how nature, as leo, acts with and affects desire on the intelligent-side,
  • how scorpio affects aquarius in the super-intelligent,
  • and how aquarius affects taurus.

Taurus and its tetrad act through all human bodies, but particularly through a male body, from the point of desire.

  • The square made by the lines gemini to virgo to sagittary to pisces and to gemini shows
  • how gemini, Substance, in super-nature affects nature in the spheres and worlds,
  • how nature as virgo acts on and affects thought on the intelligent-side,
  • how sagittary affects pisces in the super-intelligent,
  • and how pisces affects gemini. Gemini and its tetrad stand behind all human bodies, but act particularly through a female body from the nature point of virgo.

Therefore a woman is more aided by and is more under the influence of nature than a man;

  • the senses affect feeling, which is the virgo side of the psychic doer part, before they reach desire;
  • and a woman lives more in the involuntary nervous system which is the system for nature.
  • The second and third squares show the succession in action from the nature-side to the intelligent-side and the reaction from the intelligent-side to the nature-side.
  • Each of these squares shows how one set of signs acts particularly through a male body and the other acts particularly through a female body.
  • The sex of the body, and all that goes with it as shown by the squares, is movable and does move from one square to the other and back, when the doer re-exists in a body that has the sex different from that of the last body.
  • The first tetrad, which contains the plan of what is to be realized by the liberated doer, is neither male nor female, as are the second and the third.
  • The human tetrads must ultimately be conformed to the universal sexless tetrad. Until then the doer moves from one of the movable tetrads to the other.
  • The second tetrad as a cross and as opposites is the line from taurus to scorpio and the line from leo to aquarius.
  • To human conception one line represents Motion affecting desire and the reaction of desire on Motion;
  • the other line shows life and Sameness acting and reacting.
  • It is the male cross and shows the forces from the sphere of air, the life world, the form planes and the airy and fluid states of the physical plane acting through a male body.
  • These forces are counterbalanced by powers from the super-intelligent of aquarius with which the run of human beings are not in touch.
  • The third tetrad as a cross and as opposites is a line from gemini to sagittary with the line from virgo to pisces.
  • This cross shows Intelligence affecting form, and thought affecting Substance.
  • The cross is the female cross and shows the action and reaction of these powers, influences and qualities through a human body, but more particularly a female body.

The pattern on which both these second and third squares and crosses must work is the universal tetrad aries, cancer, libra, capricorn.

  • So the unmanifested is worked out in the manifested.
  • It is done on the manifested square, that is, from cancer to libra and from libra to capricorn.
  • From conception to birth is the nature-side of that square, and from birth to death or to immortality is its intelligent-side.
  • The body itself is the universal square, and the sex, libra, of it represents the male, scorpio, or the female, virgo, tetrad.
  • In order to work on the universal square, the human sex, libra, must build the other tetrad within the body, because both must be in one body, that is, on
  • the universal square.
  • The tetrads as crosses, while showing different actions and reactions between their four points, show the same facts of human life from different standpoints.

When the doer is embodied in a male or in a female body it is on its cross, either the male cross or the female cross.

  • There it suffers all that the flesh can do to it, until it brings its cross into alignment with the aries to libra and cancer to capricorn cross, the universal cross, and then there is no more suffering for it.
  • The pentads are four in number, each having the shape of a pentacle or pentagram, that is five lines making a five-pointed star,(Fig. VII-K) . These pentads are, first, aries to leo, to aquarius, to gemini, to sagittary and back to aries; second, libra to aquarius, to leo, to sagittary, to gemini and back to libra; third, cancer to scorpio, to taurus, to virgo, to pisces and back to cancer; and fourth, capricorn to taurus, to scorpio, to pisces, to virgo and back to capricorn.

The first and second pentads are universal, (Fig. VII-K-a-b), the third and fourth are human, (Fig. VII-K-d-e).

  • The action between the universal pentads goes on in and through a human body.
  • The human pentads show the actions and reactions of the doer in a male or in a female body, to the action of the universal pentads in that body, (Fig. VII-K-g).
  • In the upper universal pentad action works from aries, Consciousness, towards leo, life, towards aquarius, Conscious Sameness, towards gemini, Substance, towards sagittary, thought, and back towards aries.
  • Applied to a human body, the head acts on the solar plexus, which acts on the plexus between the shoulders, which acts on a plexus opposite in front, which acts on a plexus at the lumbar vertebrae, which acts on the head. In the lower universal pentad action works from libra, sex, to aquarius, Conscious Sameness, to leo, life, to sagittary, thought, to gemini, Substance, and back to libra.
  • In the body sex acts on the plexus between the shoulders, where Sameness is now dormant;
  • that plexus acts on life in the solar plexus;
  • and that acts on the plexus in the lumbar region, thought;
  • which acts on the plexus between the breasts, where Substance is dormant, and back to libra.
  • The two universal pentads are symbols for the human body as the macrocosm, in which the doer as the microcosm works.
  • The universal pentads are also symbols for the aia and the breath-form and show the relation of the aia to the breath-form.
  • The unmanifested macrocosmic pentad is the aia, the manifested macrocosmic pentad is the breath-form.
  • The unmanifested as the aia is everywhere, and is present everywhere in the breath-form.
  • The aia and the breath-form are thus locked up like the two macrocosmic pentads.
  • The center of this figure, which is a six-pointed star, (Fig. VII-K-c), is the center of the circle.
  • Through this center is conveyed into the breath-form for manifestation in a particular life something of that which is stored up in the unmanifested, the aia.

The human pentads, (Fig. VII-K-d-e), represent the doer acting in its human body.

  • It acts between scorpio and capricorn.
  • It can never be lower than scorpio nor higher than capricorn, because the doer is scorpio and the knower is capricorn in the capricorn atmosphere, or in the light world.
  • The left pentad, with its head at cancer, represents the passive aspect of the doer.
  • It does not represent nature, but the passive or cancer side of the capricorn part and the passive or virgo side of the scorpio part.
  • The right pentad, with its head at capricorn, represents the capricorn aspect of the capricorn part and the scorpio aspect of the scorpio part.
  • Both the human pentads, together, making a six-pointed star are a symbol of the doer;
  • separately they show the relations of the passive to the active aspect of the doer, (Fig. VII-K-f) .
  • In a male physical body the active pentad of the doer is manifested, while the passive is hidden and unmanifested,
  • and in a female body the passive pentad of the doer is manifested and the active is hidden or unmanifested.

The human pentads are symbols also for the human body.

  • The left pentad, with the manifested signs cancer, virgo and scorpio indicates the type of a female body;
  • the other pentad, with the signs virgo, scorpio and capricorn manifested, indicates that of a male body.
  • However, in a male body virgo is suppressed and kept within, while in a female body scorpio is suppressed and kept within.
  • Both virgo and scorpio are in one body;
  • but one predominates and so is the characteristic of the type.
  • With the one pentad is always the semblance or shadow of the other.
  • With the upper pentad is the lower, and with the right is the left.
  • In each pentad are signs that are potential and in the unmanifested, and signs that are dormant, although in the manifested.

In the universal pentads the signs gemini, leo, sagittary and aquarius are common to both pentads, and the fifth sign is aries in the upper and libra in the lower pentad.

  • When seen together these pentads make a six-pointed star, (Fig. VII-K-c).
  • The human pentads have the signs taurus, pisces, virgo and scorpio in common, while cancer is the fifth in the female and capricorn the fifth in the male pentad.
  • Together these pentads also make a six-pointed star,(Fig. VII-K-f).

The human body, as representing the breath-form, is a pentad, the universal pentad, and in it are both a male and a female human pentad, symbolizing the
embodied doer portion.

  • If the embodied doer portion is dominated by feeling it is symbolized by a human pentad having a point at virgo,
  • and if it is dominated by desire, it is symbolized by a human pentad with a point at scorpio.
  • Both human pentads are in the same body or universal pentad.
  • But in a human body one pentad is accentuated on one side and inhibited on the other, so that the suppressed side does not function in its normal capacity.
  • Thus, a man has feeling though his desire dominates him and a woman has desire though her feeling rules her.
  • The two human pentads in a man or in a woman can meet by scorpio and capricorn coming together in the macrocosmic sign of sagittary.
  • In this way a thought is created.
  • The two pentads in one body might also come together when capricorn and pisces meet in aquarius, or pisces and taurus meet in aries, or taurus and cancer meet in gemini, or cancer and virgo meet in leo.
  • But the meetings of the points of human pentads in the macroscopic signs next to them is a matter beyond the ordinary scope of comprehension;
  • only the coming together in sagittary by thinking is a matter which will be understood.

There is one exception to the powers of both human pentads in the same body acting together in a macrocosmic sign.

  • The exception is when they act on the physical plane of the physical world, for procreation.
  • The male pentad having its point in scorpio cannot come together with the female pentad having its point in virgo, because the female organs do not function in a male body and the male organs do not function in a female body, and so the two sexual organs which are in the same body cannot function together to procreate.
  • Two bodies of different sex are needed to come together for procreation.
  • Then scorpio of the male pentad in a male body joins virgo of the female pentad in a female body, in libra, the macrocosmic sign.

** Then there are two groups of six signs, the hexads, (Fig. VII-L).**

  • The signs in each group may be connected by lines which will make a six-pointed star.
  • This geometrical symbol is composed not merely of two interlaced triangles, which, symbolizing the union of male and female, are a common sexual symbol, but added to it are the two diameters from the five-pointed stars out of which it was made.
  • There is the universal hexad of aries, gemini, leo, libra, sagittary and aquarius.
  • This hexad is a symbol of a physical body.
  • The human hexad comprises the signs taurus, cancer, virgo, scorpio, capricorn and pisces.
  • This hexad symbolizes the Triune Self acting in the body.

The symbolic meaning of the hexads differs from that of the pentads.

  • Both the universal and both the human pentads cannot work completely in a human body at the same time, because the body is a sexual body, either male or female.
  • In the case of the universal pentads only the manifested can, as the breath-form, work the body;
  • the unmanifested, as the aia, cannot affect the body directly, but only through the pentad manifested as the breath-form.
  • Similarly only one of the human pentads, the pentad of the male body or that of the female body, can function through the body worked by the breath-form. When a pair of pentads works coordinately, that is, both work together equally in the same body, the nature of the body changes from a sexual to a sexless body.
  • Then the universal pentads become a hexad, the universal hexad, and the pair of human pentads becomes the human hexad.

Aspects of human bodies may be symbolized by triads, by tetrads or by pentads, but not by hexads.

  • The universal hexad symbolizes a physical body in which male and female aspects have disappeared, which is without the sexes and in which the aia is manifested and operates, untouched by nature, as the direct instrument of the Triune Self.
  • This hexad symbolizes also a body brought to that point of development where through it may be reached the forces of the earth sphere and of the worlds in it. The human hexad stands for a doer in a perfect body in whom neither feeling nor desire dominates, but both are adjusted so that their action is equal.

In the dyads, triads, tetrads and pentads some of the signs are manifested, some unmanifested. Some are actual, some potential.

  • Only some signs, the manifested, represent actual relations, the unmanifested represent potential relations to the manifested signs.
  • That for which the signs stand is everywhere.
  • The signs are in every human body and they are in every doer in a human.
  • Different things are, however, affected differently by them.
  • Sometimes the relations are direct, sometimes indirect and sometimes potential.
  • The meaning of the signs as here given refers to human beings.
  • The meaning of the group signs applies to their bodies and their doers.
  • These bodies are nature and super-nature, the doers are on the intelligent-side and are potentially Intelligences.

The relations between that which human beings perceive as outside nature and as nature impersoned as their bodies on the one hand and their doers on the other, are thus shown by these geometrical symbols.

  • The task of the embodied doer portion is to realize these relations by making the potential actual and waking the dormant to activity.
  • Physically the task is to create a body in which there is both a front- or nature-column and a column for the Triune Self, so that the body will be immortal.
  • At present there is no front-column and the station at libra is open as sex, either male or female.

In the monad and in the hexads there is not this distinction between some of the signs, which represent an actual relationship, and others which are unmanifested.

  • The hexads are symbols of realization, of perfection, where there is no unmanifested.
  • When the universal and the human hexads work together they make the monad.
  • Then the dyads, triads, tetrads and pentads, having done their work, are in alignment and can disappear because no longer needed.
  • But the hexads remain and make the monad.

The zodiac, whether as the twelve constellations in the heavens or in any pictorial representation of the twelve symbols, is a constant reminder to human beings of their task to reach Oneness. They reach Oneness by thinking without creating thoughts.

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