Adele Barger Wilson
Bailey: Portrait of Leo Rising
The Soul's Purpose Formula
The Mother of the Harvest
of the Rising Signs
Princess Diana and
Mother Teresa: Portraits of Sagittarius Rising
of the Sun's Energy
the Soul of William Blake Spoke Through His Art
of Scorpio Rising
BAILEY: PORTRAIT OF LEO RISING
copyright 1983, 1999 by Adele
Bailey's Soul's Purpose Formula
Soul's Purpose Formula):
Leo ascending with Mars in Leo conjunct the ascendant, ruled by Sun
in Gemini in the eleventh house with Venus and Vulcan in Gemini in the
eleventh and Pluto in Taurus on its cusp, ruled by Vulcan in Gemini
in the eleventh house.
Born in 1880 in Manchester, England, to upper-class parents, Alice LaTrobe-Bateman
led a childhood existence that was quite disciplined and regimented,
yet free from material anxiety. With the early death of both of
her parents, she and her younger sister went to live with their grandparents,
continuing their upper-class life.
As a child, Alice was
temperamental, vain, vengeful, and somewhat prankish (Mars in Leo conjunct
the ascendant). Once, in anger at her governess, she stole her
jewelry and flushed it down the toilet. Upon secretly reading
her governess's private journal the next day, Alice learned that her
governess knew exactly who the thief was, but was going to wait until
Alice took the initiative and confessed before she would do anything
about it. Alice then went to her governess and confessed about both
the stealing of the jewelry and the reading of the journal. To
Alice's surprise, her governess was much more outraged about the reading
of the journal than about the disposal of the jewelry. The shock
of learning this was Alice's first lesson in material-versus-spiritual
values, which would later prove to be an important factor in her soul
True to her Gemini
Sun, Alice never resided in one place for very long, living in England,
Canada, and Switzerland before she was nine years old. After her
grandfather died, she and her sister would spend half the year with
her grandmother in London, and the other half with her aunt in Scotland.
In one country she attended the High Church, similar to Catholicism
with its ceremony and ritual, while in the other she attended the Low
Church, which was more like Protestantism with its vengeful God and
hellfire punishment. Alice had found herself torn, in typical Gemini
fashion, between two seemingly irreconcilable opposites.
Mars, which conjoins
Alice Bailey's ascendant, is the ruler of Scorpio, where the personality
battles the soul, and this battle was Bailey's "major life conflict".
As a child, she often hated herself and everyone else and felt as if
life were worthless. She attempted suicide three times between
the ages of five and fifteen by such dramatic means as throwing herself
down the stone kitchen steps, attempting to smother herself with sand,
and trying to drown in the river. With all of the drama of her
Leo ascendant, her personality was engaged in striking out against the
will of her soul to be in her physical body.
and unpleasantness continued until the age of fifteen when she was sitting
in the drawing room one Sunday, with the rest of the family having gone
to church. A man dressed in European clothing and wearing a turban
walked into the drawing room and sat down beside her. He told
her that she would eventually have the opportunity to do some important
work in the world if she would change her disposition and gain some
control over herself. He promptly left, saying that he would be
in touch with her again. Alice then began to control her cross
nature and sharp tongue to the extent that her family thought that she
was ill because she had changed so much.
Having been raised
as a devout Christian, Alice went to Ireland as a young adult to work
in a soldiers' home where much of her duty was to lead gospel meetings
and convert people who were not already "saved". Speaking
in front of a few hundred soldiers terrified and embarrassed her so
much at first that she would burst into tears and not be able to continue
her talks. She then began to realize that the root cause of her
embarrassment had been her own selfishness and ego-centeredness.
Her major concern had been what the soldiers would think of her, and
she had put this concern over that of actually performing her job well.
She was learning one of the lessons of her Leo ascendant, that of overcoming
vanity. With this realization, she was able to continue her talks
in front of the soldiers.
Still in her early
twenties, she next went to India to fill a position as director of several
soldiers' homes there. After several years of hard work, she fell
in love with one of the soldiers, Walter Evans. This produced
an intense conflict for her because a woman of her social status could
not marry an ordinary soldier. While her emotions pulled her one
way, her mind pulled her another, leading her into a classical, but
most difficult, Gemininian, "head versus heart" conflict.
She became so
distressed over this situation that she was unable to sleep and did
not care if she lived or died. This led to a nervous breakdown,
and she was sent home to Scotland, weeping all the way. There
she sought the advice of relatives and friends, one of whom, an old
family friend whom she had always called "Aunt Alice", was
a deaconess in the church. Aunt Alice listened sympathetically
to her story and assured her that she would take care of the situation.
Alice LaTrobe-Bateman then returned to India, and Aunt Alice proceeded
to pay Walter Evans' way to America where he would attend an Episcopal
Seminary in Ohio. As a clergyman, he would have the proper social
status to marry an upper-class Englishwoman.
When Walter was shortly
to be ordained, he married Alice, who later described this turning point
in her life as leaving "caste and social position behind"
in order to discover Humanity. In America she found herself face-to-face
with deep-seated, societal prejudice against African-Americans, and
she was deeply disturbed by it. In her autobiography,
she devotes several pages to a sympathetic understanding of the
plight of African-Americans, as well as Jews, in the twentieth century.
This concern about cultural prejudices is one of the foremost characteristics
of Gemini, the sign of universal brother- and sisterhood. According,
Bailey wrote that behind all man-made class distinctions there lies
"a great entity which we call Humanity".
The newly married couple
lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, until Walter was ordained, then moved to
California where he was assigned a church. They established a
home and had three children, but Walter proved to have an outrageous
temper and would sometimes throw things at Alice and push her.
It eventually became so dangerous for Alice to be at home with him that
she would often seek refuge in the home of a friend. The news
eventually spread to the local bishop, who responded to the situation
by taking Walter's church from him. After six months he was given
a church in Montana with the stipulation that he would send a portion
of his monthly salary to Alice and the small children, who were to stay
behind in California.
Walter took up residence
in Montana, but rarely sent his wife any funds. By this time World
War I had begun, and Alice's small monthly allotments from England would
sometimes not arrive because of the sinking of a ship. When they
did arrive, they had been heavily taxed. For the first
time in her life, the upper-class woman who had never before known a
material care was experiencing dire poverty. At one point she
lived for three weeks on dry bread and tea so that her children would
have enough to eat. She went to work in a factory as a sardine
packer, creating quite a sensation because of her high-society background.
With Taurus as part of her Soul's Purpose Formula, she was learning
resourcefulness and detachment from material desire.
For years Alice had
begun to doubt many of the Christian doctrines which she had been taught
as a child. She made some friends who were studying Theosophy,
the new spiritual science that had emerged from Helena Blavatsky's writings.
Alice acquainted herself with Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, began
to study with her friends, and joined the local Theosophical Society
(T.S.). She found that the Ageless Wisdom, which Theosophy expounded,
"threw clear light on ... Christian theology" and began to
teach at the Lodge. In 1917 Walter was sent to France, and the
local bishop in California arranged for Alice to receive an allotment
of $100 per month from his stipend. Alice then dropped her job
in the sardine factory and moved to Hollywood with her children in the
vicinity of the T.S. headquarters.
In 1918 Alice was admitted
into the Society's Esoteric Section which controlled the policies of
the organization. She was then allowed into the Shrine Room where
she learned, for the first time, the identity of the man who had visited
her in the drawing room when she was fifteen years of age. From
one of the pictures hanging on the wall, she recognized her visitor
of twenty-three years previously as the Master Koot Hoomi.
The Esoteric Section
was the "inner sanctum" of the T.S., and here Alice learned
much that displeased her. She found the Society to be surprisingly
sectarian in nature, with a "reactionary and old-fashioned"
management. For example, in order for one to become a member of
the Esoteric Section (E.S.), one had to have been a member of the T.S.
for at least two years. With this requirement fulfilled, one would
be required to sever connections with all other groups, pledging loyalty
only to the E.S. The T.S. also claimed that only its members could
be disciples of the Masters of Wisdom. In her autobiography,*
Alice Bailey expressed her disagreement with these self-righteous policies,
common to the structures of many organizations, by stating that the
"average head of a group" poses as if to be "the anointed
of the Lord" when, in reality, he/she is only a human being simply
trying to help his/her fellow man/woman. This is one of the realizations
of the Leo on the Path. Leadership is seen not as a means to power
or as an ego-trip, but as a way of serving Humanity, channeling the
Christ Light, and helping to further the Divine Plan.
In 1919, through her
work in the T.S., Alice Evans met Foster Bailey and began working with
him on the projects of the Society. Having been granted a divorce
from Walter Evans, she and Foster soon became engaged to be married.
They both became officers of the Society, leading to much involvement
in its internal disputes. At its 1920 convention, the T.S. elected
a new executive, and both Alice and Foster, who had been pushing for
egalitarian reform, were ousted from their positions.
In November 1919 Alice
was first contacted by the Master Djwhal, called the Tibetan, who asked
her if she would write some books for the public. In those days
there was much fraud and charlatanism in the field of the occult, and
Alice wanted no part of any work of a psychic nature. The Tibetan
asked her to reconsider her decision during the next three weeks, assuring
her that she had a certain gift for higher telepathy and that this work
would not at all be related to lower psychism. When the Tibetan
contacted her three weeks later, she reluctantly agreed to give it a
try for a short period of time. Over the next few weeks, Alice
began transcribing, in full waking consciousness, the beginning of Initiation
Human and Solar, the concepts of which were dictated by the Tibetan.
She finally decided to continue the work, which proved to last thirty
years, with the last dictation occurring shortly before her death.
After Alice and Foster
lost their positions at the T.S. in California, Foster was offered a
job at the New York headquarters. Shortly after settling in New
York, they were married, and Foster became an excellent stepfather to
the three children. Alice Bailey began teaching classes on The
Secret Doctrine, and in 1923 she and Foster organized the Arcane
School. This school was set up to be completely free from any
requirements of allegiance to it or to anyone except to one's own inner
soul. Its workers were all volunteer, and there was no charge
for the work done, which primarily involved distributing information
and offering correspondence courses. In Alice Bailey's chart,
Pluto in Taurus is on the cusp of the house which contains the esoteric
ruler of her ascendant. Pluto in Taurus destroys old thought forms
which have been the basis of earthbound attachments. On the cusp of
the eleventh house, it works to eliminate that which has been blocking
the true spiritual purpose of a group from being manifested. Taurus
esoterically represents the consciousness of illuminating maya,
revealing the essential beauty and Light inherent in all things. The
esoteric ruler of Taurus is Vulcan, which, in Mrs. Bailey's chart, is
in Gemini, the sign of communication, education, and Love-Wisdom.
Vulcan is in the eleventh house in Bailey's chart in a conjunction with
Venus and the Sun, both also in Gemini. Vulcan in Gemini frees the expression
of Love as expressed through the sharing of wisdom on a universal scale.
It involves the concept of free information - information that is not
withheld from anyone who seeks it. Alice Bailey was following
her soul's plan to create (Leo) a center (Sun) of education (Gemini)
that was free from personal desire and attachment (Taurus), thus helping
to destroy the idea of personal ownership of knowledge that often occurs
within a closed group. The eleventh house is the house of mass
communication and world service, two significators of the Aquarian Age.
With Pluto in Taurus on her eleventh cusp and Vulcan within the eleventh
house, Mrs. Bailey did not even charge for her counseling work in the
course of which she often saw a new person every twenty minutes of the
Also with her husband,
Alice Bailey organized the International Goodwill Movement which had
Units of Service in nineteen countries by 1939. These Units would
receive certain teachings and be given guidance for service and the
spreading of goodwill throughout the world. It had been decided
to emphasize goodwill instead of peace because when peace is present
without goodwill, there can be unhappy conditions which could potentially
lead to war at any time.
The formation of the
Goodwill Movement was an attempt to anchor the work of the Spiritual
Hierarchy of Masters onto the planet. This work involves helping
to manifest the Divine Plan on Earth by channeling Light, Love, and
Higher Purpose into the minds, hearts, and wills of Humanity.
The planet of bringing Spirit into matter is Venus, which is found in
Gemini in Bailey's eleventh house, and is thus part of her Soul's Purpose
Formula. Venus in Gemini works to spread the light of knowledge
among all cultures, classes, and nationalities in order to help them
realize their connection and work together as one human family.
Again, Alice Bailey was acting out her soul's purpose by being in the
center (leo) of non-profit (Taurus) Aquarian Age work (eleventh house)
to help link people together, worldwide, (Gemini) through the proliferation
of spiritual knowledge (Venus).
In Leo, the personality
is formed in its three aspects: physical, emotional, and mental. The
last stage of personality formation is the mental stage, and it is with
developing the intellect that much of the work of Leo lies. Once
the intellect is developed to the point where it balances the physical
and emotional development, Leo becomes totally aware of, and secure
in, his/her individuality. The Leo on the Path then proceeds to
first, become aware of the Divinity within, and second, to use his/her
individuality as a tool in furthering Divine purposes. Bailey
wrote four books in her own words, without dictation from the Tibetan,
for the purpose of demonstrating her mind. She desired to prove
that it was possible to engage in psychic/telepathic work and, at the
same time, be of high intelligence. In doing this she planted a seed
for the Aquarian Age in which all psychism will be totally conscious
and come through the mind. This New Age psychism is known as intuition,
and it will be fostered by a society in which the mind can expand and
proliferate, much as we are seeing today with the expansion of technology
which enables greater mental cultivation. Thus, the writing of
her own books not only gave Alice Bailey an opportunity to express herself
(Leo), but also to demonstrate her mental focus, which is a characteristic
of all New Age intuitive work.
With the ruler of her
ascendant in the eleventh house of world service, Bailey states in her
autobiography* that in the
next lifetime she plans "to find the same group of workers",
pick up the threads of her present life, and "go on with the job."
This concept reflects that of the "New Group of World Servers",
a group of souls united on the subjective planes, although not necessarily
on the outer planes. This Group serves the Spiritual Hierarchy,
headed by the Christ, and acts in a mediating role between It and Humanity
in order to help enlighten the entire planet.
In 1949, after having
left the world with over twenty books, the Arcane School, and the International
Goodwill Movement, Alice Bailey was met by the Master Koot Hoomi as
she left her physical body. She lives on, however, in the Light
and Love which she helped spread as she endeavored to introduce the
world to the Masters, their Wisdom, and their Work.
Bailey's Soul's Purpose Formula:
Leo ascending with Mars in Leo conjunct the ascendant, ruled by Sun
in Gemini in the eleventh house with Venus and Vulcan in Gemini and
Pluto in Taurus on its cusp, ruled by Vulcan in Gemini in the eleventh
suggested interpretations of Alice Bailey's Soul's Purpose Formula:
Through the power of Will (Mars in Leo), destroy old ideas of group
greed (Pluto in Taurus on the eleventh house cusp) by manifesting (Leo
ascending) a center of education (Sun in Gemini) that is free from personal
desire and attachment (Vulcan) and that will serve the entire planet
(eleventh house) by bringing forth spiritual knowledge (Venus) that
will connect all members of Humanity (Gemini).
Eradicate the egocentric concept of leadership (Mars in Leo) by creating
(Leo ascending), and being the central coordinator (Sun in Gemini) of,
a revolutionary (Pluto) type of non-profit, educational (Vulcan in Gemini
with Taurus on the cusp) association (eleventh house) that will bring
awareness of the true brother- and sisterhood of Humanity (Venus in
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The Unfinished Autobiography by Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing
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SOUL'S PURPOSE FORMULA
1983-1999 by Adele E. Barger [Wilson]
July 30, 1999
The following Soul's Purpose Formula technique has been slightly modified
from that first developed by Dr. Douglas Baker and taught to me by Judi
Laws and Lynn Koiner of the Amethyst group in Washington, D.C., in the
early 1980s. This Formula is based on the principle set
forth on page 17 of Alice Bailey's Esoteric Astrology that the
ascendant of a horoscope is the key to "the spiritual goal and
purpose of the immediate incarnation and of the immediate succeeding
incarnations." The second two elements of the Formula
are based on the astrological principle of house cusp rulership. In
constructing the Soul's Purpose Formula, only the esoteric rulerships,
as given in Esoteric Astrology, are used:
is to be used only on charts calculated for exact birth times.
Solar or noon charts are meaningless when working with soul-level astrology.
Among the modifications
that I have introduced to the Soul's Purpose Formula are the following:
(1) Planets in the first house are considered as part of the Formula;
and (2) a planet up to eight degrees behind a house cusp is considered
conjunct that cusp and affecting its house rather than the house in
which it is technically found. Modification number (2) can
be applied with flexibility due to the inaccuracy of most birth times
and the use of different house systems, and may thus be overridden by
Planets conjunct any
of the "soul's purpose rulers" are included in the Formula
and considered as important as the rulers themselves. The suggested
orb for these conjunctions is about four degrees, but this orb may be
decreased or increased depending upon intuitive judgement and possible
complications due to the involvement of a planetary stellium.
There are three elements
to the Soul's Purpose Formula, each being separated by a large dot,
which can be translated as "ruled by." Instructions
for determining each of these three elements are as follows:
Rising sign and "asc," followed by any planet in the first
house, along with the sign of this planet and "1" in parentheses.
ascendant with Mars in Capricorn in the first house
Esoteric ruler of the rising sign, the sign of this esoteric ruler,
and the house of this esoteric ruler, followed by any planet(s) within
orb of conjunction of this esoteric ruler, preceded by the symbol for
"conjunct", enclosed in parentheses. If the sign
on the cusp of this house is different from that of this second element
esoteric ruler, place the cuspal sign within a large "C".
conjunct Mercury in Virgo in the seventh house with Cancer on its cusp
Esoteric ruler of the sign on the cusp of the house containing the rising
sign ruler. This will be either the esoteric ruler of the sign
within the "C" or, in absence of the "C", the esoteric
ruler of the sign in which the ascendant ruler is found.
As with the second element, any planets conjunct this third element
ruler should then be placed in parentheses, preceded by the symbol for
"conjunct," as explained previously. Also as with the
second element, if the sign on the cusp of this house differs from that
of the third element ruler, place it within a "C".
in Pisces in the second house
For further clarity, these first-, second-, and third-element examples
are repeated in the following illustration:
adjusted for Time Zone 5 from original LMT of 3:58 p.m.
(birth data from Profiles of Women by Lois M. Rodden)
Moses' Soul's Purpose Formula:
ascendant with Mars in Capricorn in the first house, ruled by Saturn
conjunct Mercury in Virgo in the seventh house with Cancer on its cusp,
ruled by Neptune in Pisces in the second house.
The Soul's Purpose Formula is intended only as a guideline, or skeleton,
for attempting to discern the soul-level purpose in a given incarnation.
Its symbols should be interpreted in the context of the totality of
the birth chart and within the realm of the intuitive perception of
the astrologer. In the future, when the psychology of the
Seven Rays becomes blended with the art/science of astrology, the interpretation
of the Soul's Purpose Formula will also be qualified by the soul (and
Monadic?) Rays of the native of the horoscope.
The Soul's Purpose
Formula, consisting of astrological glyphs, represents an abstraction
of energies characteristic of the planes/dimensions which transcend
normal human consciousness. Because words tend to limit,
or even distort, the abstract ideas which they attempt to convey, one
verbal expression of a Formula is at best only a partial picture of
the soul's purpose of the native. For a more wholistic perspective,
it is recommended that at least two, and preferably three, verbalizations
of the astrological formula be rendered. The combination
of these two, three, or more interpretations will hopefully give a type
of gestalt of the astrologer's viewpoint of the native's soul purpose.
This astrological formula
for describing a soul's purpose is (as is all of astrology) a fusion
of language and art. Differing from a mathematical formula
in which there is a concrete, one-to-one correspondence between the
symbols and what they signify, the Soul's Purpose Formula consists of
symbols deriving from the plane of Buddhi, or intuition, where verbal
concepts are left behind in favor of more refined, pervasive energies.
The interpretation of the Soul's Purpose Formula, then, perhaps represents
astrology at its finest: a bold attempt to bridge Buddhi with
intellect by stepping down archetypal energies into verbal form.
For an example of the use and interpretation of the Soul's Purpose Formula,
please see: How
the Soul of William Blake Spoke through his Art.
"THE MOTHER OF THE HARVEST"
copyright 1983, 2000 by Adele
Each year in the northern hemisphere during the solar month of Virgo,
grains, fruits, and vegetables are harvested to be preserved and stored
to sustain life throughout the winter. It seemed quite appropriate,
therefore, when I once heard a planetarium director refer to Virgo as
the "Mother of the Harvest."
In esoteric astrology,
Virgo is the mother of another type of harvest: the harvest of
the perfected Soul from the womb of form. It is one of the lessons
of Virgo that the very purpose of form life is to enhouse the life of
the Soul, while facilitating the personality's experiences, growth,
and education. The body is indeed the "Temple of the Soul."
And the personality, which unfolds and reaches a high degree of development
in the sign of Leo, becomes the "mother of the Christ principle"
in Virgo. This is a symbolic way of saying that in this sign,
the personality assumes the role of nurturer and shielder of the inner
Christ Self which lies latent until the personality is prepared to give
In Virgo, one
begins to make one's personality useful to the indwelling Christ which
one is learning to recognize. One purifies one's motives and redirects
one's talents and mind toward service - the service which results in
a higher level of consciousness which stimulates the inner Christ Light.
The Soul and
the body, which are distinct and separate in Gemini, begin to be blended
in Virgo. In Virgo, the Word of God/dess begins to take form
through the infant Soul which is, as yet, hidden. It is said that
this Hidden Spiritual Reality, this indwelling Christ, is eventually
and finally manifested in the sign of Pisces.
There is a reason
why the form must be gradually prepared, adjusted, and aligned before
the consciousness, or inner Soul, can be awakened. If higher spiritual
energies are registered by an unprepared form, the form becomes shattered
and destroyed. This is why the nervous system, the glandular system,
and the brain must be developed and brought to certain degrees of perfection
before they can safely receive the highly refined energies from spiritual
In orthodox astrology
Virgo represents the processes of assimilation and digestion, the taking
in of food whose nutrients are stored for future use. (This meaning
is contrasted with that of Cancer, which, in orthodox astrology, represents
the process of ingesting food for instant gratification.) By
analogy, in esoteric astrology, Virgo rules the assimilation and digestion
of life experiences, those life experiences which contribute
to the growth and eventual perfection of the personality.
Virgo is related
to the concept of the "womb of time". Just as the harvest
must be stored and hidden away for a period of time, Virgo represents
the gestation period of the Soul, a time during which the Soul is hidden.
Sheltered in this womb of time, Virgo has many opportunities
to distill practical, everyday wisdom from the variety of experiences
she encounters in adjusting to life in an earthbound environment, while
learning to give loving service in this environment.
Virgo, the "Virgin
Mother", represents the mothering of the unborn Christ through
the purification of her physical, astral, and mental bodies. In
this sign, the nurturing mother hides and protects the indwelling Christ
within her own substance. She simultaneously nourishes two lives:
that of the form and that of the Christ hidden within this form.
Her esoteric ruler is the Moon, the mother of all earthly forms. The
Moon absorbs and receives the energies of the Sun and other planets
in order to transmit nurturing energies to physical life on Earth. In
the same way, the life of the personality form in Virgo absorbs, receives,
and subordinates itself to the inner spiritual Will to transmit nurturing
energies to the hidden Christ Self.
To put it another
way, Virgo represents the process whereby matter and form life are purified
so that they can eventually reveal Divinity. This is the true
reason for the continual striving toward perfection that is so characteristic
of this sign. It is necessary for Virgo to constantly adjust,
analyze, and discriminate in order to produce the type of form that
will be able to nurture, and eventually bring forth, the Christ within.
We can now see
Virgo's seemingly obsessive attention to detail, her incessant discriminatory
observations, and her often misunderstood particularities in a new light.
By devotedly nurturing her physical body, her personality, and
the physical environment in which she lives, Virgo is also nurturing
her Soul, for her Soul, though hidden at this stage, is, in turn, being
sheltered and nourished by her body, personality, and environment.
By nurturing and refining the physical environment, she is not only
nurturing her own Soul, but also the Soul of Humanity, producing the
conditions that will pave the way for the collective Christ consciousness
to be born on this planet.
The analogy between
Virgo's traditional and esoteric meanings now becomes clear.
Just as the small intestine, which Virgo traditionally rules, assimilates
food and prepares it for use by the physical body, esoteric Virgo assimilates
the experiences of life and distills their inherent wisdom in order
to feed and refine her personality. In this way she is preparing
her personality to receive the full impact of her Soul's energy.
When this full impact is finally achieved, her Soul blossoms, her personality
becomes Its devoted instrument, and the indwelling Christ Self is fully
MEANINGS OF THE RISING SIGNS
1998-1999 Adele Wilson
sign meanings are based on the principles set forth by Djwhal Khul
through Alice Bailey in Chapter II of Esoteric
Astrology and simplified in
Journey Through the Zodiac: The Inner Meanings of the Signs
NOTE: By no means do the paragraphs on this page represent
firm or final textbook delineations. Please consider them as constituting
an initial attempt to verbalize possible soul's-purpose implications
of the ascending sign in the horoscope. I offer them to you as
a starting point, an initial frame of reference, in our collective quest
to discern and recognize the various arenas of growth, types of consciousness
expansion, and fields of service that can be intended by the human soul.
Of course, the esoteric significance of the rising sign must be modified
by many factors, most significantly, by planets in the first house,
aspects to the ascending degree, and the house position, sign, and aspects
of the esoteric ruler of the ascendant. Degree, decanate, duad,
and fixed star symbolisms are among the many other possible colorations
that can contribute to the synthesis that would begin to describe the
- Replacing instinctual desire with will; the increasing
assertion of the Higher Self; discerning Divine Will by birthing
new ideas to aid the evolution of the planet; embodying Divine
Will by personifying and enacting these ideas
- Being a wise steward of the Earth's resources, utilizing them
for the fulfillment of the Divine Plan; seeing, becoming, and
using Light as a tool to dissipate astral glamour and to transmute material
attachment into spiritual aspiration
- Giving Love wisely and applying Wisdom lovingly; spreading Light
and bridging gaps between people; being a channel of Love-Wisdom to
help connect people and promote planetwide unity of all Humanity
- Realizing the Oneness of all manifested life, human, animal,
vegetable, and mineral; using innate attunement to mass consciousness
to build forms that will uplift and inspire Humanity toward the universal
Love of the heart chakra
- Becoming centered in God-consciousness by perfecting the personality
and infusing it with soul energy in order to radiate Love to others;
leading a humanitarian service group and cooperating with other group
leaders in a unified effort to usher in a higher planetary consciousness
- Refining the personality so that it can receive the energies
of the soul and thus birth the Christ Consciousness in the self;
helping to rearrange the physical plane in preparation for receiving
the higher energies necessary for planetary initiation
- Seeing the other as part of oneself; incorporating insights
from others in order to realize the balance between, and unity of, the
personality and the Higher Self; becoming Whole through cooperation
with the Higher Self and the Divine Plan
- Transmuting lower desires into Higher Will through the testing
and purging of the personality; being a spiritual warrior and
catalyst of healing through the embodiment and transmission of Divine
- Experiencing all facets of human life in order to develop a complete
acceptance, understanding, and love of others of different cultures,
creeds, races, and religions; bearing the torch of Light and Love
to inspire others toward greater understanding of life and of each other
- Developing patience, persistence, and perseverance by working
productively within the limitations of matter, time, and space in order
to progress spiritually, become increasingly involved with the Forces
of Light, and assume greater responsibilities in helping to manifest
the Divine Plan on Earth
- Waking up to the universality of Spirit and the Divine essence
and unity of all beings, interplanetary and extraplanetary; serving
uniquely and lovingly in a cooperative effort with other servers, under
the direction of the Planetary Hierarchy, to help the whole of Humanity
awaken and take its next step forward in consciousness
- Becoming aware of ingrained personal attitudes, cultural thoughtforms,
and societal institutions which hinder planetary progress, then wielding
Power to transmute these into higher forms of energy, thus clearing
the way for the new thought forms which will serve the the Divine Plan
of evolution for the planet and the solar system
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER
of Sagittarius Rising
Adele Barger Wilson
In the late summer of 1997 two great bearers of Light made their transitions
from our world. In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 31,
in Paris, Diana, Princess of Wales, released her physical body and found
the peace that she had not found in the adult years of her earthly sojourn.
Five days later, Mother Teresa did the same, ending her saintly incarnation
of ministering to the dying and the helpless in Calcutta, India.
Although one was a celebrated royal in her thirties and the other, an
elderly Catholic nun in her eighties, both had attained international
What message did the Universe want us to receive from the almost simultaneous
departures of these two exceptional souls? In large part,
this message was one of inspiration, for both of these beings were great
uplifters of human consciousness. In their own individual ways
and arenas of service, they both held their torches of illumination
so that we could be made more aware of the all-too-often human conditions
of suffering and pain. They both attempted to teach us that a
primal part of our responsibility in being human lies in helping to
alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters.
Both Princess Diana and Mother Teresa had the sign of SAGITTARIUS
RISING (or "ascending") on the eastern horizon when they
were born. The rising sign, according to esoteric teachings, indicates
the path of the soul. Sagittarius is the Centaur-Archer, half
human, half animal, aiming an arrow at that which will help uplift us
from this conflicting and ironic condition. The Centaur teaches
us that we also live in animal bodies, but are something more than animals.
We are Divine Spirits temporarily housed in mortal flesh while progressing
upward, like the Centaur's arrow, toward our true Home.
The experience of Sagittarius is the treading of the pathways of the
earthbound world to seek and share the Light and Love of Divinity.
Sagittarius, having been reborn as a result of the trials and testing
in Scorpio, is the first intuitively aware sign. Instead of journeying
into more peaceful and blissful realms, the Sagittarian purposefully
remains in this world of conflict in order to help others who are struggling.
Sagittarius is the spiritual warrior, using the strength of intuitive
insight to pierce through the fog of astral energies and thus illuminate
pathways to higher consciousness.
The ruler of Sagittarius has traditionally been perceived as Jupiter.
From the perspective of the soul, however, the true ruler is the Earth.
The Earth is always 180 degrees from the Sun in an astrological chart.
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, said that the Earth is the place where
sorrow is released and pain, purified. From the viewpoint of the great
Cosmic Beings, the Earth is a kind of purgatory, a schoolhouse where
souls can learn to love in a Divine way and spread the Light that will
save the planet from perpetual darkness. Our Earth is a like a
spaceship, progressing through the various realms of the universe.
The entire human family is travelling on this spaceship.
Sagittarius teaches us that no matter what our race, culture, religion,
or status in life, by virtue of being incarnated in this time and place,
we are all enduring the human condition. Through our pain we learn
of our ultimately Divine essence; we develop greater compassion for
others who are suffering. In this way, our lower selves become
purged as we reach up toward greater realms and channel the Energy that
will heal, and make healers of, others.
The placement of the Earth in a Sagittarius-ascending chart shows where
this spiritual journey takes place, that is, where the Sagittarius-rising
person must walk the plains of the Earth, intermingle with other souls,
and thus adapt to the conditions found there. Princess Diana
had her Earth in the sign of Capricorn in the first house of true beingness.
Capricorn is the sign of the public and of high positions of power.
Thus Diana found herself in the limelight dealing with authoritarian
figures. She was forced to adapt to a life of high expectations,
where the eyes of the public were always upon her. Her spiritual
task was to personify the power that was in her midst, imbue this power
with Love, then to use this power to be an example of a humanitarian
warrior and teacher.
In Mother Teresa's chart the Earth was in Pisces, the sign of the often-shunned,
suffering members of Humanity. Her Earth was in the second house
of stewardship, that is, the wise use of earthly resources to help realize
the Divine Plan on the physical plane. She stated that she was
but "a pencil in God's hand." Accordingly, Mother Teresa's
task was to adapt to living in the impoverished environment of those
of all faiths whom no one else would help. She served and comforted
them through the institution of the church, also ruled by Pisces.
Another great inspirer who had Sagittarius rising was Eleanor Roosevelt.
Mrs. Roosevelt was the first wife of a U.S. president who endured criticism
for promoting humanitarian causes which were not the same as her husband's.
She travelled across America during the Great Depression of the 1930's
presenting new government programs and inspiring the impoverished not
to give up hope. During World War II she visited war-stricken
victims in Europe to support them and bring the attention of the world
to the affliction and pain that fighting can wreak upon Humanity.
With the Earth in the example-setting sign of Aries in the fifth house
of heart-centered expression, Eleanor Roosevelt embodied the lesson
of expressing and exposing one's true heart, even at the risk of unpopularity.
Having been relatively plain-looking and unglamorous since childhood,
she was forced to act solely on her own behalf and to work within an
Aries context of being a pioneer, standing up for principles and setting
precedents. She blazed the trail for women to take leadership roles
in the worldwide improvement of human conditions by being the only woman
in the first American delegation to the United Nations and, later, the
Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women under U.S. President
Kennedy. In her work with the United Nations, she forged the idea
of the Peace Corps in which American youth could be exposed to and serve
the various cultures of the world in the context of these cultures'
native views which may not have been the same as American views.
She was Chair of the U.N. Human Rights Commission and helped to draft
a universal declaration of human rights. Perhaps her greatest
offering was to spotlight the overwhelming need to first provide the
people of the world with food, shelter, and clothing without imposing
any political agendas on them. With the fifth house of a
chart corresponding to the Sun-ruled sign of Leo, and thus to stardom,
Eleanor Roosevelt's Earth in the fifth house is proven by the fact that
her modern-day followers still look to her as a brilliant, guiding light,
illustrating the enormous impact that women can make on this world.
These three noble individuals fulfilled their Sagittarian ascendants
by seeking to ease the miseries of all humans, not because they were
of particular religious sects, races, or nationalities, but simply because
they were human. Mother Teresa ministered as a devout Catholic
in a country that was not her native one, to those who were not Christian.
Princess Diana travelled from her homeland to express the need for all
of us to care for those of other cultures and nationalities who are
in pain and suffering. Eleanor Roosevelt rose above politics and
fought for international recognition of basic rights of all humans,
regardless of the nationalistic orientations of their governments.
She believed in cultivating a mind that is "open like a window
to currents of air and to light from all sides," a lucid description
of Sagittarius-rising consciousness.
All of these women, in true Sagittarian fashion, gave the world hope,
courage, and inspiration. They embroiled themselves in some of
the most distasteful aspects of human life so that they could infuse
these with Light and Love and inspire others to do the same. They
brought our attention to physical and emotional realities that must
be eradicated in order for the whole of Humanity to evolve and showed
us that the healing of the planet must begin with those who most cry
out for help.
These three Sagittarian ascendants have now continued their journeys
to engage in even greater Work. Having transcended our world, however,
these true bearers of Light, through our memory of their examples, continue
to bestow their blessings of inspiration and wisdom upon us.
Triadic Nature of the Sun's Energy
(excerpted from An
Esoteric Journey through the Zodiac,
the Inner Meanings of the Signs,
pp 22-23, copyright 1996 Adele
rules Leo on both exoteric and esoteric levels. Esoterically,
the Sun has three aspects: the physical Sun, the Heart of the
Sun, and the Central Spiritual Sun. The agent of the Heart of
the Sun is Neptune, and the agent of the Central Spiritual Sun is Uranus.
This means that the energies of the Heart of the Sun and the Central
Spiritual Sun are distributed to Earth via Neptune and Uranus, respectively.
According to the Tibetan Master, the Sun “veils" both of these
planets. (See pages 8-9.)
symbolizes the personality, and in Leo the personality undergoes an
evolution in self awareness from the personal to the transpersonal.
Selfishness, egotism, and personal will must be conquered and replaced
with Universal Love and World Service. In this process, not only
the Sun, but also Uranus and Neptune, are involved.
the development and expression of self consciousness, which proceeds
in stages which parallel the stages of the first three initiations.
At the First Initiation, one realizes that there is Something greater
than just the physical body, Something which binds all Humanity together.
At this birth of Soul awareness, one begins to respond to the physical
Sun. At the Second Initiation, presided over by the Heart of the
Sun whose agent is Neptune, the lower self-centered emotions have
given way to the impulse to somehow help make life better for one’s
brothers and sisters in the Family of Humanity. In the long period
between the Second and Third Initiations, the concrete mind becomes
increasingly responsive to the Soul and becomes the dominant component
of the personality. When all three parts of the personality are
functioning as one unit, the personality comes totally under the influence
of the Soul, and the Third Initiation is taken. The Third Initiation
is ruled by Uranus as the agent for the Central Spiritual Sun.
where the Leo is on the Path lends greater insight into chart interpretation.
If the Leo is between the First and Second Initiations, use the Sun
itself as Leo’s esoteric ruler. If between the Second and Third
Initiations, Neptune should be substituted for the Sun. If the
Leo has taken the Third Initiation, the Sun should be replaced by Uranus.
another excerpt from this book, see The
Esoteric Meaning of Scorpio Rising.
For a list
of articles on esoteric astrology based on the work of Alice Bailey
and Djwhal Khul, see the Astrology
Harvest article list.
THE SOUL OF WILLIAM BLAKE
SPOKE THROUGH HIS ART
1983-1999 by Adele E. Barger [Wilson]
William Blake's Soul's Purpose Formula:
rising, ruled by Neptune in Leo in the second house with Leo on
ruled by the Sun in Sagittarius in the fifth house with Libra on the
In 1757 William Blake began his incarnation, not in a rural setting
as was so often the case with poets and artists prior to his time,
but in the inner city of London
where his soul could better understand and be involved with the
of the masses, as dictated by his Cancer ascendant. (See Esoteric
of the Rising Signs.) At the same time, young Blake enjoyed
with nature and often took walks through the country to nearby
On one of these walks, at the age of ten, he experienced a vision of
a tree full of
angels. So we see that even early in his life, he was drawing
upon the energy of the
esoteric ruler of his ascendant, the mystical Neptune, placed in his
of appreciation of inner beauty and the Divine Light.
Neptune in Blake's chart
was in Leo, the sign of self expression of the Divinity
within. With this combination of Neptune in the house of inner
in the sign of self expression, Blake's boyhood desire to be an artist
his attending a drawing school as a child. At age 14 he was apprenticed
to an engraver,
and at age 22 he entered the Royal Academy.
The second house is
not only the house of learning to appreciate the essential
beauty of all things, but it is also the house where we must focus on
resources and how to rightly use them. Therefore, it is no surprise
found himself turning to his art for self-sustenance in his early twenties
began selling his engravings as a means of livelihood. Upon settling
marriage, he set up a printing business, but soon had to abandon it
for reason of
financial failure. Again he had to return to selling his own engravings
himself and his wife.
Ruling Leo both
traditionally and esoterically, the Sun is the third element
Soul's Purpose Formula. With the Sun in his fifth house of creativity,
spiritual service to the world, and his legacy, was his art. Blake's
Sun was in
Sagittarius, the sign of variety. Therefore, his art took the
forms of poetry, prose, paintings,
and engravings. Sagittarius is also associated with publishing,
an activity in which Blake engaged early in his life with the publication
of his first poetry book when he was only in his twenties.
At the age of 32 he self-published the next of what would
be several books of poetry, all of which he would illustrate with his
printing and coloring them by hand.
In his early years
at the Royal Academy, Blake had become part of a
circle of politically liberal intellectuals who had helped him cultivate
philosophies which he would later express in his art and writing.
years as a young adult in the late 1700s, Blake had found himself
in discussions and news of the political oppressions and mass revolutions
occurring in both in France and in America. The budding philosopher/poet, with
his Sagittarian Sun, thus had the perfect opportunity to understand
the common human
dilemma of that time which transcended national boundaries. From this
an view of human nature that would later be expressed in his works of
With Libra on the cusp of the house
containing his Sagittarian
Sun, Blake's works would address not only the philosophical principle(Sagittarius)
of human dignity and Divinity (Sun), but also the need for integration
of this principle into one's psyche in order to restore the wholeness
of one's essential nature.
Blake himself was a revolutionary at heart, sympathizing with those
being oppressed by their authoritarian governments. He perceived
and state to be too restrictive, and he saw the birth of the industrial
as a threat that would reduce humans to the status of animals working
mill. He felt that over the centuries, Christianity had destroyed
to a point where the human being had come to be regarded as basically
sinful, and almost hopeless. His argument was that all of man's
were as much a part of the Divine scheme as anything else, and that
these lower traits
did not necessarily contradict the harmony of nature. Asserting
that it was natural
for people to fight for causes in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,
to "the wrath of the lion" as "the wisdom of God,"
using the imagery of the
Lion of Leo, the sign of his Neptune, the esoteric ruler of his ascendant.Blake
also preferred the symbol of the courageous and aggressive tiger to
and withdrawing Christian lamb, as reflected in the following well
of his poetry:
tyger burning bright in the forests of the night.."
Leo, the sign of Blake's esoteric chart ruler, is generally associated
not only with the
lion, but with all members of the cat family. Three other elements
of his Soul's
Purpose Formula are also expressed in the poetry: (1) the Sun,
which is the
brightest burning orb in our sky; (2) Sagittarius, which is the
sign of the expansiveness
of nature, with its encompassing forests; and (3) Cancer, which
"midnight" sign, symbolically the darkest, as it corresponds
to the fourth house of
the horoscope, the place where the Sun is at midnight. With these
then, we have:
tiger (Leo) burning bright (Sun) in the forests (Sagittarius) of the
As is often true of Cancer-rising people, William Blake had a strongly
which was capable of "eidetic" imagery; that is, he
saw, in his mind's eye,
not just flat images, but three-dimensional figures as if they were
standing in front
of him. He was a highly original artist and, true to his strong
fifth house and
Leo, laid more emphasis on his individual creativity than in catering
to public taste.
A true mystic in the Neptunian sense, he refused to be persuaded by
reality, and thus is been regarded as one of the poets best representing
Blake's paintings are
unusual in that they depict human bodies which are muscular
and corporeal (second house), while the paintings themselves, and often
also partake of Neptune's energy by having a certain ethereal quality
His art conveys a certain spirited "fieriness" (Leo, Sagittarius)
and imagery, while retaining the flowing lines and more subtle colors
water element of Cancer. Fire and water are blended in an ingenious
way throughout his paintings, reflecting the strong fire-water emphasis
in his Soul's Purpose
One of his paintings,
Nebuchadnezzar, depicts an animal-like man
on hands and knees with a long beard and anguished expression, which
the appearance of a lion (Leo). This combination of man and animal
of Blake's Sun sign of Sagittarius by being analogous to the Sagittarian
the torso of a man joined to the body of a horse.
The Sun, as the
center of our solar system, can symbolize the center of anything,
and Sagittarius is the sign associated with publishing. True to
his Sun in Sagittarius,
the third element of his Soul's Purpose Formula, Blake was the center
of his own
publishing company, personally producing his own illustrated books of
Again, the placement of his ascendant's esoteric ruler, Neptune, in
house shows that his spiritual purpose involved developing, and learning
upon, his own resources without becoming entwined in the resources of
The soul-oriented person
with Cancer rising has an above-average sensitivity
toward the needs and predicaments of ordinary, everyday people, giving
an innate ability to tune into mass consciousness. The highest
expression of a Cancer
ascendant is to use this natural ability to tune into the masses in
order to somehow
help raise the general awareness of the entire culture, both in the
and in the future. This is often accomplished on a subtle level,
people's subconscious minds through the use of imagery or the development
archetypes of consciousness.
was especially attuned to the human predicament because of the
prominence of the signs of Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius being so abundantly
in his chart. He had Neptune and Mars in Leo, Saturn in Aquarius,
Sun, Jupiter, and Pluto in Sagittarius. On top of this, he had
the South Node
in Aquarius and the North Node in Leo. These three signs, Leo,
and Aquarius, are the signs, according to the Tibetan Master Djwhal
closely connected to Humanity as a whole than are any of the other
The reason for this is that Leo, Sagittarius, and Aquarius are the signs
the Fifth Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Science, the Ray upon which
of Humanity manifests.
Based on my perceptions
of Blake's chart, one expression of his Soul's Purpose
Formula might be:
beautiful imagery portraying the body/spirit dilemma of Humanity
to make the masses more aware of their need to achieve wholeness and
autonomy through personal expression of their innate Divinity.
astrological symbols added:
(Leo) beautiful (second house) imagery (Neptune) portraying the
dilemma of Humanity (Sagittarius) in order to make the masses more
ascendant) of their need to achieve wholeness (Libra) and greaterautonomy
(Sun) through personal expression of their innate Divinity (Leo).
In The Zodiac and the Soul,
astrologer C. E. 0. Carter noted that Blake was less
immersed in the physical world than was the ordinary human being of
his time. Perhaps
this speaks to Blake's Neptune being in his second house. In expression
Neptune placement, Blake once said that "man has no body apart
from his soul" because
that which we call the body is merely the "portion of soul discerned
five senses." Here Neptune, the great dissolver of boundaries,
dissolves theboundary between the physical body (second house) and its
point of origin (Cancer)
the soul. (The sign of Cancer is said by Djwhal Khul to represent
mundi, or the soul of the world, the essential Divine consciousness
of all manifested
is seen today as having been a prophet of the twentieth century physical
and spiritual repercussions of the mechanization which had begun
in the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries. Neptune, the esoteric ruler of his chart,
the boundary of time, while his Sun sign of Sagittarius is esoterically
of intuition and, therefore, prophecy.
lived and died as a pauper, William Blake was not recognized and
as an artist until well after his death. It was not until the
century that Blake's name was popularized by T. S. Elliot in an essay
about him. With his relatively recent increase in popularity,
continues to fulfill his Cancerian purpose of raising mass consciousness
ESOTERIC MEANING OF SCORPIO RISING
copyright 1996 by Adele
PLEASE NOTE: The following elaboration on the experience of the
soul-oriented person with Scorpio rising has been excerpted from pages
26 to 27 of An Esoteric Journey through the Zodiac, the Inner
Meanings of the Signs, by Adele Barger Wilson.
In Libra a fine point of balance is acquired between Soul and body.
When this has been accomplished, the Scorpion experience is entered,
and a surge of spiritual energy is imposed upon the personality.
This arouses the entire lower nature, which becomes determined to take
its last stand against the Soul. This last stand against the Soul
and the tests and struggles which follow are necessary in order for
the personality to learn, through experience, that it will never defeat
the Soul. In the end, the personality willingly surrenders itself
to the Soul, marking the final death of personal desire, satisfaction,
will, pride, and all other qualities of the lower self. At this
point, the disciple is ready for the one-pointed Sagittarian experience.
There are three signs
which test and perfect the personality. In each of these signs
the tests are worked out on a different plane of consciousness.
In Taurus, the tests take place on the astral plane. The final result
is that the energy is raised from the astral to the buddhic, or intuitional,
plane. In Pisces, the testing environment is the mental plane,
and the purpose is to carry the personal will up to the atmic plane
of Divine Will. ("Not my will, but Thine be done.")
All of the tests of Scorpio, however, take place on the physical plane
and are eventually resolved through the illumination emanating from
the Higher Mind. The result is a transfer of energy from the physical
plane to the higher manasic plane.
Although the tests
of Scorpio take place on the physical plane, all three aspects of the
personality are tested on this plane. Each aspect undergoes three
tests, giving a total of nine different tests. The physical nature
is tested with regard to (1) sex, (2) physical comfort, and (3) greed
for money. The tests of the astral body involve (1) fear, (2) hate,
and (3) ambition (which must become spiritual aspiration). The mental
body is tested regarding (1) pride, (2) separativeness, and (3) cruelty.
The test of separativeness is concerned with transmuting the natural
Scorpionic tendency of isolation from those who think differently.
The basic lesson of the test of cruelty is to learn to use the mind
as an instrument of the Higher Self instead of the personality.
The testing and trials
of Scorpio begin with the process which the Tibetan Master calls recapitulation.
The instinctual tendencies and materialistic attitudes of the past rise
to the surface to be overcome. The sum total of these residual,
unconquered personality characteristics is called The Dweller on the
Threshold. The Scorpion disciple must first face these lower tendencies
and then gradually transmute them by surrendering the personal will
and attuning to the Will of the Higher Self, which is encompassed by
the One Divine Will. When this has been accomplished, the energies
of the lower chakras have been purified and transferred to the higher
chakras. The Scorpion, instead of stinging itself, has risen,
like the Phoenix, out of its own ashes and becomes the eagle which soars
high above the Earth.