"Lost am I in light supernal and on that light I
turn my back."
triumphant initiate, the "unicorn of God," the symbol of the unicorn,
with its one horn out-thrust like a single spear upon his brow
instead of the two horns of the scavenging goat."
Capricorn the Sea-Goat: Varuna and Neptune, the Sea Gods
Structure and Destruction
Venus and Intelligent Love
Capricorn: Magic and Mystery
J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: A Movie for the Masses
Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
newsletter on Capricorn covers a little more about the Unicorn, its symbolism
and relation to the Lion (Leo). The unicorn is sometimes depicted with a goat's beard, perhaps symbolic of the
wisdom accrued by the goat on its transformational journey to the mountain top.
has always been a symbol of spiritual purity and grace; in ancient myths it could
only be captured by a virgin, alluding to the relationship of Capricorn to another
earth sign, Virgo.
horn was believed to transform poisoned water and to heal. Until the nineteenth
century, belief in unicorns was widespread among historians, alchemists, writers,
poets, naturalists, physicians and theologians. The unicorn is also a symbol of transformation from the centaur in Sagittarius,
the previous sign to Capricorn.
Lady with a Unicorn (Raphael) The Agony of Love (Dali)
is said to be the most mysterious of all the zodiac signs, connected to the Mystery
of Makara, the crocodiles, the mystery of the human soul and the forms it creates
and inhabits. The three animals of Capricorn, the goat, crocodile and unicorn
represent these forms and their development over an immense period of time -
the physical (goat/earth), astral (crocodile/water) and the higher mental
realm, seat of the soul (unicorn). The watery symbolism of Capricorn is also
expressed in the goat with a tail of a fish.
Capricorn is a sign of achievement, materially or spiritually. Once the
mountain top of Capricorn has been reached, the summit conquered, Everest
climbed, then no further ascent is possible in any life. Hence Capricorn is a
sign of conclusion and holds the seeds of death that finally takes place in
Pisces, another sign of death and completion. Like Pisces, Capricorn used to be
the last sign of the zodiac in ancient times when there were only ten signs.
This striving for the apex is why Capricorn is a sign of perfection and perhaps
its connection to perfectionist Virgo. It is the tenth sign and the number 10
is a sign of perfection, of the unification of the masculine 1 and the feminine
Sea-Goat: Varuna and Neptune, the Sea Gods
ancient days the “Cave of Mithras” was the birthplace of the Sun at the Winter
Solstice in the sign of the Sea-Goat; this cave was continued as the symbolic birthplace of the Christ.
Sumero-Babylonian god Ea had the head and upper body of a goat with the lower
body of a fish, as represented today in the Capricorn glyph. Ea was connected
with work, wisdom and the instruction of mankind. Pan the deva entity of nature
is identified with earthy Capricorn, a sign which has the ability to bring
spirit into matter, hence its association with earth magic and magic in
In ancient legend, Pan was being pursued and leapt into the Nile trying to turn
himself into a fish to escape, only achieving half his transformation. Other
names for the sea-goat were, 'The Antelope of the Subterranean Ocean', 'He of
the vast intellect', 'Lord of the Sacred Eye', 'God of Wisdom'. Capricorn the
sea-goat is also ‘Makara’, the Sanskrit word for Capricorn:
“…the true esoteric sense of the word "Makara", does not mean "crocodile",
in truth, at all, even when it is compared with the animal depicted on the
Hindu Zodiac. For it has the head and the fore-legs of an antelope and the
body and tail of a fish. Hence the tenth sign of the Zodiac has been taken
variously to mean a shark, a dolphin, etc; as it is the vahan of Varuna,
the Ocean God … The dolphin was the vehicle of Poseidon-Neptune with the
Greeks, and one with him, esoterically.
Water spout of a goat's head protruding from the mouth of Makara.
... The Dolphin … was placed for his service by Poseidon among the
constellations, and became with the Greeks, Capricornus
, the goat, whose
hind part is that of a dolphin, thus shown identical with Makara
head is also that of an antelope and the body and tail those of a fish. This is
why the sign of the Makara was borne on the banner of Kama deva, the Hindu god
of love, identified …with Agni (the fire-god), the son of Lakshmi… Lakshmi and
Venus are one, and Amphitrite is the early form of Venus.
The tenth sign
Capricorn is associated with the number 5, of manas, mind, Venus. The geometric
solid, the dodecahedron, is composed of twelve pentagrams, to which the
following mysterious and cryptic passage refers:
“Neptune ... converts into a sphere the dodecagonal pyramid, "and paints
its gate with many colours." He has FIVE androgyne ministers - he
is Makara, the Leviathan.”
This relative perfection discussed earlier, is reflected in the fact that
Capricorn is a sign of initiation. It is ruled by Saturn at the personality and
soul levels, Saturn who imposes his mental discipline upon astrally polarised
It is this mental discipline that leads eventually to being 'qualified' as a
candidate for initiation; where the rod of initiation is applied by the Master
or Hierophant to the prepared vehicles (mental, astral or physical bodies), and
the disciple is realigned, re-tuned or 'amped up' to these higher frequencies. Often
it can take a lifetime or two to ground and hold these forces without reverting
to the old energetic patterns.
Initiation Well in Portugal.
is a sign of death and a sign of life, of construction and destruction. The
construction comes about through the ability of the Saturnian mind to build
structures of thought upon the mental plane. This is why Capricorns are such
good organisers and leaders.
these constructs of thought are temporary structures through which we
understand the world, according to our way of being informed and its interpretation
at any given time - a 'relative reality'.
some point that structure will have served its purpose, out-lived its life and
the adamantine forces of crystallisation will set in. This is where Capricorn
brings about its own destruction and it is Saturn's connection to the first ray
of will or power that brings it on.
Form, that which is tangible and concrete, a product of a constant manifesting
process, undergoes eventual destruction prior to the liberation of the life
essence; then a rebuilding takes place for new forms that the life will occupy -
new thoughtforms, new bodies for incarnation, new civilisations - they all have
their rhythms of destruction, construction, destruction ...
and Intelligent Love
The mental discipline of Capricorn is also connected to Venus, its third or
hierarchical ruler, that relates Capricorn to the highest possible human
achievement, intelligent love.
Venus in exoteric astrology is the goddess of love, yet this is the more
astralised version of love that Humanity can grasp in this cycle. As the soul
ruler of mentally polarised Gemini, Venus harmonises the pairs of opposites
upon the mental plane, creating beauty and harmony.
In esoteric astrology, Venus is also the ruler of the
fifth ray of Science or intellect. Venus is also the soul or higher self to our
Earth. In the human microcosm, the soul or causal body, resides upon the higher
Sophia: The Wisdom of the Almighty (Nicholas Roerich 1932)
Venus is a fiery planet and the realm of mind is the
place of fire. Perhaps this why Nicholas Roerich depicts Sophia, the goddess of
wisdom with so many flames.
When the rulerships of the various signs by Venus is
considered, it relates four signs: Capricorn, Gemini, Taurus and Libra (ruling
the latter two from the personality level.) The Master DK tells us that,
"... these four constellations—Taurus, Gemini,
Libra and Capricorn—constitute a potent quaternary of energies and between them
produce those conditions and situations which will enable the initiate to demonstrate
his readiness and capacity for initiation. They are called the "Guardians
of the Four Secrets.
Taurus—Guards the secret of light and confers illumination
upon the initiate.
Gemini—Guards the mystery or secret of duality and presents
the initiate with a word which leads to the fusion of the greater pairs of
Libra—Guards the secret of balance, of equilibrium and
finally speaks the word which releases the initiate from the power of the Lords
Capricorn—Guards the secret of the soul itself and this it
reveals to the initiate at the time of the third initiation. This is sometimes
called the "secret of the hidden glory."
Capricorn is a sign that represents an Herculean
struggle between the forces of light and darkness - on the road to initiation,
represented by Mars' exaltation here. Indeed, Mars and the Moon are said to
create a 'fearful conflict' at the third initiation, the truly archetypal
initiation of Capricorn, the Transfiguration, the ultimate triumph of the
mental body over denser matter. Hence the Capricornian initiate is able to move
between heaven and hell and 'raise the dead to life', bringing universal
brotherhood into expression upon the physical plane.
The Last Circle of Hell (William Blake)
The Moon 'falls' in Capricorn and, as a symbol of the
form nature, represents the conscious path-walker achieving freedom from the
allure of matter. For those who have not yet 'reversed the wheel' to tread the
Way, the Moon here can be the 'ultimate Nazi'. Capricorn is a sign of extremes, expressing
best and worst human attributes, one being the Sun God born at the winter
solstice in Capricorn:
"Christ was born in Capricorn, fulfilled the law under Saturn, initiated
the era of intelligent brotherhood under Venus and is the perfect example of
the Capricornian initiate who becomes the world Server in Aquarius, and the
world Saviour in Pisces, thus completing the round of the zodiac and able to
say triumphantly in Pisces "It is finished.""
This phrase, "... initiated the era of intelligent
brotherhood under Venus", concerns the merging of mind and heart in the
'Christed' initiate who has achieved the 'transfiguration' and demonstrates brotherhood
through the principles of true sharing.
Or, Capricorn can be hard-nosed, 'materialistic, cruel, proud, selfishly
ambitious and egotistical'. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch with Sun in Capricorn might
be one example. This kind of Capricorn can certainly be somebody on the mutable
cross stage of experience but can likewise apply even to one who has 'reversed
the wheel' and is undergoing that series of incarnations that lead back to
Initiation (N. Florence)
Capricorn: Magic and Mystery
Capricorn is a sign of the mysteries of Makara, the
Unicorn and Initiation. It is the mystery of the spiritual light that has
penetrated deep into the earth, that lies fallow, waiting to be bidden forth
from the silence and darkness of the winter solstice in Capricorn.
Magic is the manifestation of ideas into form which Capricorn is well equipped
to do because of its earthy practical nature, but also because of the presence
of the seventh ray of ceremonial magic, one of the major rays that passes
through this sign.
The seventh ray is associated with geometry and the
archetypal thoughtforms that exist upon the mental plane are geometrical
blueprints that eventually precipitate onto the physical plane.
the geometry of the 10-pointed star.)
As ruler of the seventh ray (the amethyst or violet
ray), Uranus is intimately involved. Uranus rules the sacral centre which is
connected to sex, but primarily to the sacral centre's capacity for the manifestation
of ideas that emanate from the mind via the throat centre. Hence the close link
between the sacral and throat centres, between procreativity and creativity.
It is said that the glyph for Capricorn has never been
drawn properly because to do so would draw down energy with which the person is
'ill-equipped to deal'. Hence the danger for Capricorn of falling into some of
the seventh ray glamours:
"The glamour of
The glamour of the relation of the opposites.
The glamour of the subterranean powers.
The glamour of that which brings together.
The glamour of the physical body.
The glamour of the mysterious and the secret.
The glamour of sex magic.
The glamour of the emerging manifested forces."
J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings
Tolkien was a professor of English at Oxford University
who had the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn and wrote upon many themes of mystery
Despite his earthy Capricorn, Tolkien was a very
'watery' individual. His Moon was in watery Pisces square to Neptune, lord of
the oceans and that sign. This aspect is a classical 'mystic' pattern and goes
a long way to describing Tolkien's artistic sensitivity, imagination and
impressionability. (Also, see Capricorn and its relation to water in the
earlier section, Capricorn the Sea-Goat: Varuna and Neptune, the Sea Gods)
Pluto is closely conjunct Tolkien's Neptune (hence his Pisces Moon was square
to both), and has great penetrating power to probe the unconscious and hidden
Neptune is the esoteric ruler of his Leo rising sign,
his soul purpose for that incarnation. It is interesting to note that Tolkien
shares this Leo rising quality with that of Leo Sun, J.K. Rowling, creator of
the Harry Potter books, produced as movies at the same time as the Lord of the
Rings movies. All stories involve much mystery and magic, as well as events
that occurred in Earth's ancient past.
Hence this Moon square Neptune aspect is very powerful.
Mercury, planet of communication and writing, also makes an exact sextile
aspect to Tolkien's Moon, effortlessly bringing the imagination of Pisces into a
suitable form created by Mercury in Capricorn. Mercury 'clothes' imaginative
ideas in language. Languages and their etymologies were one of Tolkien's
favorite areas of study. Mercury is also in a very tight square to Saturn in
Libra, giving Tolkien the mental tension, aesthetics and sense of balance to polish
and manifest his creation.
But Moon square Neptune was not the only 'psychic
sensitivity' Tolkien possessed. Perhaps, being a no-nonsense 'practical
Capricorn', he was an 'unconscious psychic', as he also had a water grand trine
in his chart - between Jupiter in Pisces, Mars in Scorpio and the Earth in
Cancer. Water grand trines are relatively rare and have a great capacity to
delve into the past and the future. A good example of a water grand
trine is Nostradamus, affording him spectacular visions of the future. (Like
Tolkien, Nostradamus also had Sun and Mercury in Capricorn!)
Through this latent or unconscious psychism, it is quite
possible Tolkien tapped into Humanity's racial memory when telling his story. The
Lord of the Rings is an Atlantean tale, descriptive of its war
(immortalised in the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata), complete with
sorcerers, exotic monsters, dwarves, trolls and orcs, goblins the faery folk elves
(the daeva kingdom), ghosts and ring-wraiths, black and white magic.
Tolkien was a member of a group of close friends called The Inklings, composed
of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams
and Owen Barfield. His close friend C.S. Lewis was creator of The
Chronicles of Narnia. The
former three were writers of fantasy, theology and philosophy. Barfield had a
strong esoteric influence on all three writers as he explored the ideas of
philosophy, reincarnation, the evolution of consciousness, theosophy and
Tolkien was a devout Catholic (at least outwardly) and one Christian academic comments:
caught on the cusp that joins two worlds: the traditional Christian world of
angels and demons and dream-visions wherein the natural and the supernatural
were inextricably interwoven, and the modern world where space and time have
been radically relativized by scientific discovery, psychological exploration,
and imaginative invention ...
What comes as a genuine shock is the news
that Tolkien's mind and work were marked by the fictional dream-journeys of
George Du Maurier, by the psychic experiences of Charlotte Moberly and Eleanor
Jourdain, by the time-travel fantasies of H. G. Wells, and especially by the
notion of J. W. Dunne that all temporal events are simultaneous. Dunne held
that time is no less constant than space, and that by certain habits of mind we
can move backward and forward over time as we traverse space, even experiencing
events that have not yet happened...
Yeats and Steiner, Gurdjieff and Ouspensky,
Madame Blavatsky and Annie Besant, the theosophists and anthroposophists and seancers
all practiced a gnostic neo-Platonism which sought to overcome the mortal
limits of time-bound flesh by human imagination alone. ...."
It is no surprise to read these description when one consults Tolkien's chart, with
his Moon trine Uranus, indicating that he had probably 'brought in with him'
esoteric knowledge from other lives and was very comfortable with all these
kinds of ideas. Moon-Uranus is another highly creative aspect in his horoscope
that gives order to his impressionable Neptunian side.
Gandalf and Saruman (Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee)
Tolkien's characters draw deeply upon the
esoteric. Gandalf is a magician who is neither human nor hobbit - he is one of
the Masters who guide 'Hobbit Humanity', who set forth from their small world
on their spiritual quest with the Ring. His dark adversary is Saruman, a name
that is virtually an anagram of an infamous Atlantean sorcerer, Asuramaya. Tolkien
himself said of Gandalf,
would venture to say that he was an incarnate 'angel'.... with the other
Istari, wizards, 'those who know', an emissary from the Lords of the West, sent
to Middle-earth as the great crisis of Sauron loomed on the horizon. By
'incarnate' I meant they were embodied in physical bodies capable of pain and
Why they should take such a form is bound up with the 'mythology' of the
'angelic' Powers of the world of this fable. At this point in the fabulous
history the purpose was precisely to limit and hinder their exhibition of
'power' on the physical plane, so that they would do what they were primarily
sent for: train, advise, instruct, arouse the hearts and minds of those
threatened by Sauron ... Gandalf really 'died' and was changed ... 'I am
Gandalf the White, who has returned from death."
This latter transformation from 'Gandalf
the Grey' to 'Gandalf the White' may very well describe the 4th and 5th
initiations. 'The Istari' are described:
"... an Elvish term denoting an order or brotherhood of wizards. Such
wizards are Maiar spirits older than Middle Earth itself, who have been sent by
the Valar, the oldest and greatest beings of all, out of the Undying Lands into
the mortal world to guide the Free Peoples of Middle-Earth ... They have come
secretly ... As one of the Istari, Gandalf is able to wield potent magic ..."
'Istari' has a very close connection to the word 'Ishtar', an ancient name for
Venus in the Chaldean and Assyrian traditions. As stated earlier, Venus
(hierarchical ruler of Capricorn) is the higher self to Earth. The Great White
Lodge on Sirius works through Venus to the Great White Lodge on Earth. Hence
Tolkien's 'Istari's' are most certainly those emissaries.
Note some of the
terms in the previous quoted passage. 'Middle Earth' could certainly be
construed as the 'middle rootrace' of Atlantis, between the Lemurian rootrace
and this Aryan rootrace. 'Maiar' is connected to 'maya', whilst 'Valar' is
'valour'. The 'Undying Lands' can be interpreted as a kind of Shangri La or
Shamballa. Gollum is of course symbolic of the Human Dweller,
was once a hobbit who became corrupted by the One Ring. His life was extended
far beyond its natural limits by the effects of possessing the Ring, which he
frequently referred to as "my precious" and "my birthday
present". After having it stolen by Bilbo Baggins, Gollum slavishly
pursued it for the rest of his life.
precious!' 'One Ring to rule them bring them all'.
During his centuries under the Ring's
influence, Gollum came to love and hate the Ring, just as he loved and hated
himself. Throughout the story, Gollum is seen communing with his ego, torn
between his lust for the Ring and his desire to be free of it."
Gollum is a dark Capricorn archetype, almost hopelessly unredeemed, not
unlike Scrooge from Dicken's tale of Christmas and Capricorn, obsessed with
owning an object of beauty and power. The quest for the One Ring is the Capricornian
battle between the forces of light and dark, symbolised by the Hobbits
venturing into the Land of Mordor to confront the dark lord Saruman,
"Three Rings for
the Elven-kings under the sky
the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
Mortal Men doomed to die
One for the
Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land
of Mordor where the Shadows lie
One Ring to
rule them all, One Ring to find them
One Ring to
bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land
of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings between 1937 and 1949, much of it
during the dark period of World War II, esoterically regarded as a
recapitulation of the ancient Atlantean conflict described earlier. This was no
doubt a catalyst for Tolkien that enabled him to access a gateway into the past
history of humanity. The timing of the correspondences between WWII and the
Atlantean conflict are amazing.
In 1939 at the outbreak of the war, transiting Jupiter and the progressed Sun simultaneously
entered Pisces, directly conjoining Tolkien's Moon in Pisces, triggering his
natal Moon square Neptune aspect, drawing Tolkien deeper into his imagination
and perhaps some (albeit unconscious) 'psychic downloads'. From 1942 to 1944,
transiting Uranus was activating Neptune at the other end of the Moon-Neptune
The Lord of the Rings: A Movie for the Masses
If the concept of materialisation and (movie) magic is
examined further in relation to Capricorn, we see that The Lord of the Rings was birthed primarily by two people - the director Peter Jackson and his
script-writer wife Fran Walsh, both with strong Capricorn placements in their
Both Jackson and Walsh are New Zealanders, where most of
the film and revolutionary special-effects were created. (There are many
hobbits and strange folk who live in this country, LOL!)
Tolkien, Jackson and Walsh.
The tri-wheel here shows very clearly the amazing
synastry between these three individuals. Jackson is a Sun-Neptune in Scorpio,
reflecting his visionary artistic film-making capacities. Walsh's Neptune sits
on Jackson's Sun, both planets sit on Tolkien's Uranus, one of his prime
sources of inspiration.
Walsh's Mercury in late Sagittarius conjunct Saturn in early Capricorn, both
sit precisely on Tolkien's all-powerful Mercury in Capricorn! This
extraordinary synastry underlines the fact that Walsh was the major
candidate for this epic job, as she was completely upon Tolkien's wave-length.
Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson
Likewise, Walsh's Uranus, sits directly on Tolkien's Leo
ascendant. (Philippa Boyens was the third script-writer of the team, but
unfortunately there is no data available for her.)
Walsh also has the Sun in Capricorn (!) and possibly the Moon (birthtime
unknown), whilst Jackson was born on the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in late
Capricorn. Hence Tolkien, the manifester of mystery and magic, had his work
done great justice by two fellow Capricornian manifestors!
The Lord of the Rings was also an extraordinary
business coup and greatly impressed movie moguls in Hollywood with its scope
and vision of making three movies at once. Very shrewd Capricorn!
The influences of the seventh ray with Capricorn seem to have been very much to
the fore. The organisational effort to co-ordinate casts of thousands, special
effects, finances, actors, wardrobes etc. is truly awesome. When one sits
through the many minutes of credits at the end of these kind of movies, there
is an appreciation for the Herculean labour that was accomplished - a truly Aquarian
group co-operative endeavour!