72 Faces of Man
The Complete Sun Sign Guide
to the Path of Initiation
Stephen D. Pugh
I. Physical Man
II. Emotional Man
III. Mental Man
IV. Man the Aspirant
V. Man the Disciple
VI. Man the Initiate
of Assigning the Correct Stage
Stage in Relation to an Individual's Birth Date
Table of Contents
Counsels to Each Decanate Stage
Stage of the Path
From a study
of these definitions you see therefore, that during the period
of the first stage or Aspect the man or woman arrives at the
knowledge of the form side of life.
In the second
stage they pass on to a realization of the underlying qualities
which the form side of life is intended to reveal and identify
themselves as souls.
Then at last
they arrive at the realization of the monadic Life-purpose working
out through the subjective soul qualities as they actively and
creatively express themselves through the medium of the three-fold
physical plane personality.
of this, our problem is to carefully distinguish between those
who live below the diaphragm and those whom live above the diaphragm.
In astrological terms this distinction constitutes the difference
between those treading the Ordinary and the Reverse Wheels.
Those who react
to the incoming energies through the lower centers will have
a very different chart interpretation than the highly evolved
person. Those living above the diaphragm respond in a radically
different way to the incoming influences from that of ordinary
or undeveloped humanity, and interpretation must be made accordingly.
The direction in which the man is progressing around the zodiac
establishes the major life tendencies towards the Path of Matter
or the Path of Spirit. The exoteric chart concerns the form
life and is based upon the Wheel as it turns from right to left,
while the esoteric chart concerns the indwelling soul which
is bound to the Wheel as it turns from left to right.
dual activity of the Wheel must continually be kept in mind
while considering the divisions of the decanates. A distinction
must be drawn between the horoscope of the personality and the
horoscope of the inner, living, conscious, thinking Individual.
with an individual chart, it is the point in evolution and the
direction of the Wheel that are the key factors determining
the dominating decanate. Modern astrologers do not
yet understand the dual activityhigher and lowerof
the centers in the etheric body.
To be perfectly
clear: On the Ordinary Wheel the etheric body is only a transmitter
of psychic energy, galvanizing and coordinating the dense physical
body, resulting in eventual mental control of the personality.
Only during the Reverse Wheel period does the soul energy begin
to superimpose and dominate the etheric body, producing the
shift of force and of intensity to the centers above the diaphragm.
So the etheric
body itself becomes the major transmitter of soul energy and
not personality force.
The whole story
of the creative process of the zodiac is the story of the journey
of the individual human soul. Stage by stage, under law and
through the experience gained by incarnation, the soul's creative
life-plan becomes realized in the inner personality consciousness.
Accordingly we become successively aware of our unfolding inner
life-plan as each major
stage upon the One Great Path is consciously realized. The comprehension
of each of us depends upon where we each as individuals lay
the emphasis and where we are awake and alive, and of what we
In this specific
sense I ask each of you to realize, although it is a platitude
and an occult truism, that the completion of your life work
entails certain steps and must be carried out according to the
plan that has been given to you from out of heaven.
problem lies in ascertaining upon which major Aspect of the
Path and upon which rung of the ladder you find yourself at
We now begin
our study of the evolutionary classification of the human soul
into six different stages.
We enter therefore
upon a brief technical consideration of how we sort people according
to their evolutionary stage of development such that a definite
type emerges for each decanate.
with the six-fold classification, the decanate types must be
studied from the point of view of the qualities of the soul,
the apparatus of response that must be used, and the nature
of the mechanism of physical contact that has been constructed
to function in the world.
is the inner structure of a human being and those planetary
and zodiacal factors that produce the outer appearance and quality
and which condition it, thus producing the resultant personality
behavior and conduct. Here we are thus specifically concerned
with the activities of the forces of the decanates which, operating
on the inner side, actuate the outer personalities of human
beings and bring about their physical appearance in the world.
of this classification, psychologically speaking, lies in our
ability to recognize the historical appearance upon Earth of
the six types or grades of souls at present found among us everywhere.
everything else, this classification is of definite practical
value because it allows us to better understand the
subtle world of forces in which we dwell, the means that must
be employed and the technique to be followed. In this manner
the path of darkness and confusion is cleared before us and
we may move forward in the light of assurance.
last analysis, the individual must know where they stand before
they can take the next needed step forward. This very recognition,
in its turn, carries with it the outstanding psychological life
problem and challenge.
As we consider
the successive stages of the Path and the various degrees of
expanding soul awareness, the significant fact that I ask you
to remember is that through it all there is one steady, sequential
unfoldment taking place. This brings us to the realization that
the life of the soul, through the process of human incarnation,
passes through each one of the six stages with a definite sense
of direction, power, steadiness in growth and adaptability of
form to circumstance and environment.
At each step
the thread of the soul's unfolding consciousness and increased
sentient awareness can be traced, gauged and charted with clarity.
Reflect on this.
due consideration we come now to the names and classification
of the major stages of soul development within the human family.
Below is a fairly
detailed analysis that will serve as a skeletal structure upon
which to build a successful and intelligent study of the decanate
types. It gives a clear synthetic picture of an individual's
unfoldment and higher relations.
the varieties of intermediate types are myriad, I have made
certain generalizations because the various groupings can and
do blend into and overlap each other. The drawback lies in the
capacity of our intellects to separate and divide so that the
whole process is regarded as proceeding in separate successive
stages, whereas in reality there is paralleling activity going
on, and much overlapping, fusing and interrelating of process
within the allotted time cycle of each step. The whole emphasis
of the entire evolutionary process of the soul is, in the last
analysis, placed upon the development of conscious, intelligent
awareness in the life animating the personality.
rule, the exact step on the Path in any one lifetime or series
of lives is contingent upon the age of the soul; yet paradoxically,
the soul has no age from the standpoint of time as we understand
it; it is timeless and eternal.
Suffice it to
say, the six technical stages warrant the most careful observation
and study by the serious student of the decanates.
highly evolved souls of initiate status are relatively few;
souls of disciple status are becoming more frequent in appearance;
souls of aspirant status are now widely distributed; souls of
mental development exist in the millions; souls polarized at
the emotional level are the most abundant; souls at the physical
level in the modern world are also relatively rare, do not exist
as pure types and have been referred to as "raw savages"
or "throw backs." (POH, p.105 and EPII, p.203)
six-fold classification we find therefore:
I. Physical Man
The soul at the
first stage, is identified with the physical body that it dwells
within. In other words the soul believes itself to be the physical
form. The entire forces of the soul are concentrated in the physical
body and the desires expressed are physical desires. This is a
purely non-thinking instinctual stage and the form life apparently
constitutes all there is.
gaining experience, the soul is totally engrossed with the processes
of the results of experience. The vital, personal human being
develops and grows by responding to the impacts of the environment
he does not intelligently understand and is characterized by the
blind process of evolutionary acquisition.
These souls are
simply aware of physical plane life and sensation; they are slow,
inert, inarticulate and bewildered. Having little or no sense
of time they cannot be trained along any mental line and rarely
demonstrate skill in any direction. Of course they can perform
manual labor under direction, eat, sleep and procreate following
the natural instincts and physical appetites of their animal bodies.
On the first rung
of the ladder we find child-like souls with imprisoned consciousness,
limited and confined for hidden purpose of defined, intelligent
development within an evolving physical body. Desires are vague
and inchoate being only concerned with self-preservation, self-perpetuation
and economic satisfaction.
Life after life
passes and slowly the ability for conscious identification increases.
At this stage there is nothing present which could be called a
personality. What we observe in human nature is simply a living,
active physical body with its wants, needs, urges, desires and
its appetites accompanied by a very slow yet steadily increasing
shift of the consciousness or soul identification out of the physical
world into the emotional realm.
Beginner upon the Way, the sacral center along with the gonads
and sexual organs are the controlling factors. There
is a growing tendency towards more subtle desires such as the
emotional body evokes, and more subtle pleasures begin to make
their appeal. An emerging desire for beauty begins to appear.
The embryonic capacity to employ time somewhat intelligently begins
II. Emotional Man
In the early stages
of evolution when rudimentary emotional consciousness characterizes
the life expression, that fragmentary aspect of the soul which
indwells and informs the body and which gives the slowly emerging
personality any semblance of real human consciousness which may
be present, is inert, inchoate and unorganized. The soul is still
predominantly governed by selfish desires and by the calls of
the instinctual life. The outstanding emphasis is the solar plexus
center, the pancreas gland and the stomach with associated organs.
For all practical
intents and purposes these souls are as yet, devoid of intelligent
or conscious mind, and are distinguished by their complete identification
with the physical form activities and slow reactions to suffering,
joy, pain, to the urge and satisfaction of desire and to a subconscious
urge to betterment. They only know that which they feel in all
relationships, that which they believe to be an ideal, but which
they themselves do not mentally understand.
As a coherent
force, the emotional body provides that significant essential
quality which produces the myriad of moods, desires, complexes,
inhibitions, feelings and character traits which create a person's
peculiar psychology. From our sentient body emanates the desires,
impulses, aspirations and conflicts of duality.
The vast majority
of humanity who are neither good nor bad but simply unthinking,
are entirely submerged in the evolutionary tide, developing the
needed personality equipment. The growth, development and expression
of the emotional body is accomplished through the urge or impulse
to satisfy desire.
In due course
of time, a shallow 'wish-life' emerges oriented towards satisfying
the desires of the physical life. Obviously at this juncture,
the inner soul is identified with or entrapped by those specific
types and forms of desire it seeks to possess, assuage and satisfy.
Though the human
soul in incarnation is still dominated by unreasoning desire most
of the time and held under its sway, the field of satisfaction
and the sense urges slowly become less animal and more definitely
emotional. Feelings and moods come to be recognized and a dim
sense of aesthetic values, desire for peace and the urge to find
that nebulous thing called happiness begin to play their part.
At this stage
the life-path is marked by what they demand in the way of personal
comfort, luxury, beauty and that which brings them spiritual comfort
in the realm of religion and religious desire. An emotional response
to environing conditions leads in time to a greater intensification
of the wish life and the development of the imaginative faculty.
III. Mental Man
The third decan
rules over and conditions the entire period of mental development
and later personality integration. These souls are intelligent
people, capable of mental application if trained. During the early
phase of the third stage nevertheless, they are still predominantly
emotional with the feeling nature almost over-developed. Oscillating
between the life of the physical senses and that of the mind,
their lives are spent in emotional turmoil.
they demonstrate increasing periods wherein the mind can momentarily
control, and thus when necessary effect important life decisions.
These are average people, good, well intentioned but still largely
controlled by mass consciousness. They are regimented and standardized
easily by orthodox religion and government because they are the
unwitting 'sheep' of the human family.
The first Aspect
of mental development is marked by the period wherein the lower
concrete mind is built and developed. The second part of this
process begins the coordination and integration of the three-fold
personality unit and is marked by self-expression, self-interest
and self-emphasis. The personality of the individual now begins
to emerge with real clarity and becomes naturally outgoing and
At the apex of
the third stage we find people with fine mental capacity. Their
intellects become dominant, powerful and control eventually the
emotional nature. The powers of the trained reasoning and rationalizing
mind are called into activity by the soul. As the mind becomes
intelligent, enquiring, intellectually sensitive and responsive
to thought currents, a growing sensitivity to the impact of ideas
increases with steadiness and vigor.
totally materialistic, ambitious, self-referencing, effective
and powerful, study and use the environment in such a manner that
it contributes to personal desire, success and emergence into
prominence. Through a demonstration of personal power and purpose,
the world is exploited for selfish ends.
are self-determined, self-conditioned, self-aware and conscious
of and responsive to their environment. A climaxing desire for
material possession is reached, the peak of desire is successfully
mounted and the desire for material happiness is consummated.
Persons who arrive
at the acme of the third rung of the ladder constitute the elite
of the human family and are the people achieving success in some
department of human life. They are writers, artists, artisans,
thinkers in all the many fields of human knowledge, politicians,
religious leaders, philosophers, scientists, and skilled workers.
Gradually a higher
sense of values supervenes; there comes a time when desire for
material experience begins to fade out; newer and better values
and higher standards of thought and desire begin slowly to appear.
Later, when the attraction of possessing the physical forms of
the natural world becomes monotonous through constant repetition
over countless lives, the person begins to turn a deaf ear and
an unseeing eye upon the familiar phenomenal objects in the world
There ensues a
steady turning away from contact with the previously desired objects
of the physical plane and an atrophying of desire in that direction.
This is accompanied by a devastating sense of loss, a groping
in the dark, and a period of wrestling and exploration. Life has
now become a desert, arid and undesirable, and all fails to satisfy.
What eventuates is the turning away from the phenomenal world,
as the result of use and consequent satiety.
When the man or
woman arrives at the realization of the futility and emptiness
of material ambition, it marks a high stage of personality integration
and precedes the Reverse Wheel period of change and marks the
major shift of activity. In travail and pain the personality equipment
has been forged to the point wherein one can now begin to free
oneself from the Path of Illusion.
slowly from the consciousness of material ambition through activity,
one can now begin the stage of approach to the divine reality
of the soul upon the mental plane. The difficult process of reorientation
toward a new world, a new state of being and a new condition of
awareness is begun; hence the entire response apparatusmind,
etheric body, brain and nervous systemis reoriented, and
the person becomes increasingly conscious of their soul.
Having now awakened
somewhat to the purpose of experience, they attempt to bring to
every event an intelligent power to extract from the happenings
to which they are subjected some gain to the life of the soul.
is the vital pointin order to move forward, the advanced
material man or woman must first learn to regard the environment
in which they find themselves as the place of purification and
the field of a planned service. Naught can now hinder progress
as the turning away from the kingdom of the world to the kingdom
of the soul becomes an established life-pattern and an esoteric
IV. Man the Aspirant
It will be evident
that my discussion on the six stages has necessarily been sketchy,
for all that I am attempting to do here is to give in succinct
form, an overview of the six major steps which mark the life-path
along which the human soul must eventually pass.
with the attainment of the fourth stage, the individual has now
realized himself to be a soul and not just a physical body or
personality. It is his principle task, when attaining the fourth
rung of the ladder, to grow in the ability to see life and circumstance
from the point of view of the Immortal Ego.
stage the soul now begins to definitely reject the form, and consequently
the person through whom the soul is experiencing and expressing
itself, is rejected by the world in which they live. Prone
to mental difficulties and complaints which are concerned with
energy and are due to the fusion processeither underway
or completedof soul and personality, the aspirant is conscious
of duality, torn between the pairs of opposites, and unable to
rest until fully illumined by the light of the soul.
These are the
sensitive, struggling people who long for release from failure
and from existence in the world. Their mind natures are exceedingly
alive and active but they cannot yet control them as they should,
and the higher illumination remains a joyous hope and eventual
In order to better
understand the nature of discipleship, the process of stabilization
and right direction, aspirants must learn to completely climb
out of the depths of darkness, blindness and matter into which
they have descended.
Appalled by the
unknown, overwhelmed at times with the apparently empty stillness,
constantly wrestling toward perfection and the light, the process
of withdrawal, inwardness and material detachment is frequently
difficult and dark. Focusing an intense inner concentration, it
is precisely at moments such as these that the aspirant must seize
just beginning upon the Path of Return, include physical coordination,
emotional orientation, mental direction and personality alignment.
The day has come when the soul has awakened to the need of dominating
the life situation and superimposing its authority.
As a consequence,
building a true foundation with right aspiration and correct motivation
is essential. Diligently seeking to invoke the soul, the aspirant
begins to reorganize, to reorient and to rebuild their personality
Thus when this
stage is reached the process of soul and personality fusion is
quickened, but first the three Aspects of the personality are
to be integrated into one whole, gradually controlled by the soul,
and then fused into an instrument for effective world service.
To this end, the
soul energy asserts its divine power and dominates the personality
force, subduing its activity. This is the period of the so-called
Path of Purification wherein the pairs of opposites on the physical
plane, the dense and the etheric forces, must be reconciled. As
time goes on and this is accomplished the aspirant is set free
from the physical plane to begin the true spiritual battle with
the pairs of opposites on the emotional plane.
Upon the fourth
rung of the ladder the intelligent thinking person must begin
to learn to serenely and sanely distinguish between the self and
the not-self, soul and body, introversion and extraversion, right
and wrong, good and evil, light and darkness (spiritually understood),
prison and liberty, love and hate, truth and truths, knowledge
and wisdom and between reality and illusion.
As the spiritual
perception becomes increasingly accurate aspirants begin to stand
free of deception, wrong identifications and interpretations.
The objective of all endeavor is the correct building of forms
in mental matter, the control of mental substance and its use
in clear thinking.
through the organization of the outer life into creative projects,
service work of some kind, the outer dharma carried out with precision
while the inner adjustments proceed. When the discriminating sense
has been adequately developed and they know the pairs of opposites
and have gained a vision of that which is neither of them, they
then pass on to the Path of Discipleship.
V. Man the Disciple
The stage of discipleship
is in many ways the most difficult rung of the ladder of evolution.
Disciples have already realized their own spiritual problems and
established conformity to the purpose of their immediate cycle
and life period. They have learned to subordinate the personal
dharma and ideas to the need and service of their time.
Now the disciple
has to attain knowledge, strength and coordination between the
personal self and the soul which will result in ability to build
organized forms and groups on the physical plane and to hold them
This step is characterized
by those persons whose intelligence and love nature has become
awakened and integrated. In the last analysis, this stage leads
to the fusion of soul and body. Initially however, the soul comes
into conflict with the personality and the great battle between
the pairs of opposites begins on the emotional plane.
As the battle
of the contraries is taking place consciously in the disciple's
life, these individuals alternate between the high experience
of the triumphant initiation through which they have recently
passed and which so deeply colors the inner life, and prolonged
moments wherein they are baffled and struggling with the sources
of glamour, illusion and the lure of maya.
disciple has established a balanced relationship between the personality
and the soul and can function as either at any desired moment
with equal mercurial facility. Their path leads between the pairs
of opposites running straight and level, leaving the depths of
personality experience as well as the heights of the soul experience
on either side.
In order to bring
this about upon the Way of Initiation the earnest individual becomes
characterized by four principle virtues: discrimination, dispassion,
discipline and decentralization. By these they seek to attain
without passion, pain or suffering the distinction between the
seemingly irreconcilable and contradictory dualities of life.
Having already discovered and wrestled with the fact of the pairs
of opposites at the fourth rung of the ladder, the task of the
disciple now at the fifth is to discover that which is neither
Let no-one doubt:
the Path is the central intermediate way. Flashes of the intuition
are familiar and become changed into the blazing and constant
light of the soul, irradiating the mind, which provides the point
of fusion between the personality and the soul.
their universal duty, have applied the rules for self-training,
maintained a poised attitude to the world, have withdrawn from
desire, are correctly oriented, and have through meditation demonstrated
the right use of the mind, resulting in a state of complete spiritual
detachment from the physical plane.
At the fifth step
the disciple becomes initiate by becoming a fully soul-infused
personality. Disciples, it might be stated, are not only conscious
of their vehicles of expression, the integrated personality, and
conscious of themselves as souls, but they know that there is
no such thing as 'my soul' and 'your soul' but simply 'the Soul'.
This truth is realized not only as a mental proposition or a sensed
reality, but as a fact in their own subjective consciousness.
Need I therefore,
write more about personality development and control? It is something
that we have all considered and worked hard on for yearsor
should I say lifetimesis it not? Can I tell you anything
of a practical nature that you do not already know or have not
striven, struggled and fought hard to attain?
I can only close
my comments in connection with the fifth rung of the ladder by
encouraging you to proceed with your self-appointed task of living
and teaching the truth about the light of the soul as your life-opportunity
warrants and offers.
VI. Man the Initiate
A close study
of the five previous steps will reveal that highly evolved individuals
are on the verge of release from all the limitations of the
physical body and the form nature.
Their goal is
to dwell eternally in the consciousness of the One soul, withdrawn
from identification with any aspiration of the form life, no
matter how highly developed. They can and do, of course, use
their physical form at will for the purposes of the general
has grasped the relation of the lower duality (that of the personality
and the soul) and is now prepared to pass on to the higher reality,
that of the integrated and fused Self (personality and soul)
and its relation to the Monad or PRESENCE.
At this stage
the Life Aspect takes ultimate control, absorbing into itself
the personality and the soul and thus even the higher duality
is overcome. It is the phase of the so-called 'mountain top'
experience wherein the Life Aspect supercedes all others. Its
keynotes concern liberation and divine consciousness.
The main characteristics
of the highly evolved faculties of the initiate are intuitive
perception, pure vision, direct knowledge and an ability to
utilize the undifferentiated energies of the Universal Mind.
Their spiritual consciousness is now released from all categories
of awareness and all differentiations and from the final sense
of selfhood, and merges itself in that sublime condition in
which self-centeredness (as we know it) disappears.
The fully conscious
soul ultimately appropriates the "body of light and of
splendor, the expression of the glory of the One" which,
when once assumed, makes all future incarnations impossible,
except as an act of the sacrificial spiritual will. (EPII 332-333)
Suffice it to
say, it is impossible for me to convey to you the essential
truth about the sixth stage because there exists neither the
terminology nor an adequate groundwork of knowledge on our part
to understand. Through a process of special training and education
the initiate is endowed with power over space, time, mind and
matter. The omniscience and omnipotence of the higher Self are
realized and these conferred gifts appear god-like to ordinary
humanity. They are the bearers of the torch of Truth as they
investigate all things and all beings. It is they who know what
man is in his innermost nature, having drawn themselves to the
very source of their being and in so doing, found that all souls
are fundamentally identical with the Universal Oversoul.
of Assigning the Correct Stage
Such is the program
for the individual human soul. Before it there passes the kaleidoscope
of the various steps and the constantly recurring dramatic spectacle
of outer personality existence in the phenomenal world. Throughout
all of its happenings in time and space it beholds and interprets,
maintaining the attitude of the Onlooker and of the perceiving
As we close our
discussion of the six stages which mark the progress of the soul
from identification with form until it loses itself and its own
identity in a higher identification with the Absolute One, let
us realize that these fundamental demonstrations or viewpoints
of consciousness occur within each Sun sign.
I would here remind
you that in these successive stages we can glimpse the vision
of what we are, where we are and may be. Steadily, the unfolding
purpose of our own soul gains fuller and deeper control over each
of us, and this at any personal cost and sacrifice, should be
our steadfast goal.
human being falls into the category of one or other of these successive
stages, the six steps to the seventh or final stepthe symbolical
Throne of the Lord of the Sign.
The seventh or
ultimate state cannot be described but is the state of true gnosis;
the blending of all of the lights or stages in one supernal radiance.
Two of the very few words we can imagine which really could be
applied to this designation of superhuman consciousness are enlightenment
and illumination, yet the words identification and insight also
find place here. The state of gnosis enables the human being to
recognize the Whole of which they are a part and links them in
consciousness with all the corresponding parts of the Universal
The whole story
of an individual's journey round the zodiac is the story of response
to, or repulsion from, applied energies at the six successive
stages of the Path. Seen from the inner point of view, the main
issue is the development of a conscious response to the life of
Given these basic
facts, it can be seen that the six decanate forces in all the
signs are ever-present, but responsiveness and sensitivity to
the total range of their impact is dependent upon the nature of
the response apparatus, the development of the triple physical
mechanism and the unfoldment of the glandular and nervous systems.
Reflect with care upon this statement.
It is the developed
sensitivity that determines the difference between the highly
evolved initiate and the ordinary human being of average intelligence.
Ponder on these points to obtain a wider picture of the growth
of soul consciousness and the goal of the decanates.
One by one the
labors of the zodiac must be mastered and the initiatory task
of the human soul completed. Simply stated, the task of the incarnated
human soul treading round the anticlockwise Wheel is to completely
subdue the physical personality and use the material side of life
to make a contribution to mankind based upon selfless purpose.
In short, the
initiatory goal of the evolved human being is to demonstrate the
triumph and potency of the inner life of the soul over physical
life on Earth. In all of the signs, when crucified upon the Common
Cross and traveling clockwise on the backward moving Wheel, defeat,
tragedy and failure are experienced countless times.
In each Sun sign
on the Reverse Wheel, in striking contrast, the soul destiny,
like that of the Sun-God Hercules, is to experience glorious spiritual
triumph and victory until finally, once and for all, our taskmaster's
trials are successfully negotiated and mastered.
It should now
be clear to you that the Ordinary Wheel consummates the form side
of life and the cycle of the Reverse Wheel consummates the soul
side, so to speak. Here I have laid the foundation to enable you
to distinguish esoteric from exoteric astrologers by the ability
of the former to correctly place an individual upon the appropriate
stage of the Path.
In this specific
context, the fundamental astrological task becomes the science
of integrating and blending the personality and soul energy fields
with the aim in view of furthering the process of psychospiritual
evolution. The psychosynthetic aspect of astrology furthers the
transformation of the individual subject towards their higher
levels of spiritual expression.
the horoscope is an assessment of the effective conditioning energy
fields and charts the growth of sentient awareness or Egoic consciousness.
There is not sufficient knowledge yet among astrologers to enable
them to deal with wisdom in these matters. The average astrologer
is deplorably ignorant of man's inner forces, energies or mechanisms.
Each student must
research and study the individual qualities of each decanate for
themselves without relying on the assumptions, opinions and bias
of any single astrologer no matter how informed they may appear
to be. Each one of you should endeavor to arrive at a first-hand
knowledge of the decanate rulers based on research, meditation,
careful observation plus, of course, mature life-experience. I
beg you to ponder upon the beauty and synthesis of these instructions.
Think of yourself
and begin practically to determine your approximate point upon
the ladder of evolution and attempt to discover to which one of
the six stages of your Sun sign you resonate. Realize that you
have not yet discovered all that is responsible for your phenomenal
It is essential
that you begin to use your reasoning faculties and seek to justify
or refute the legitimacy of the rulers you propose. The easiest
way to accomplish this is to monitor and observe your life situation
and self with care. Your objective is to undertake a detailed
self-analysis and determine where and how the rulers should be
applied. When you have developed a clear idea regarding your stage
on the Path focus on a study of the decanate and its planetary
Once you are certain,
it becomes important to understand the initiatory tests and challenges.
Let the specific points of my astrological thesis therefore be
in your minds as you study your developing powers of self-expression,
self-determination and self-control. Open-mindedly grasp the fundamental
purpose, role and importance of the decanates.
Upon reading this
book, it is my sincere hope earnest students will begin to sum
up their energy assets, tabulate the forces that control their
life, and thus arrive at a reasonable and truthful understanding
of the forces which require to be subordinated and those which
require to be strengthened. Then in the light of true knowledge
go forward upon the Path of Initiation. Theory must not persistently
run ahead of your actual life-experience. Step by step you must
proceed. Above all else, I implore you to apply the Initiatory
Rules to your individual life situation.
When you come
to study well-known contemporary historical figures examine their
lives in depth and undertake an extensive analysis of their chief
traits and features.
Keep in mind that
human personalities generally appear uneven and quite unbalanced.
A tremendous amount of overlapping takes place. It will be apparent
to you, given a little careful observation, that some highly advanced
types still display certain characteristic weaknesses or recessive
physical, emotional or mental traits of their ruling decanate.
Do not permit
yourself to make superficial or snap rulings based on personality
eccentricities or mere physical appearance alone. It is possible
then for example, to have a superlative inner development and
at the same time, so inadequate a physical mechanism that coordination
is not achievable. But the converse may be true. Let no one doubt
that an individual with much less inner development but with responsive
physical body and glands will be a more effective agent in the
It is well to
be aware of the fact that the positive and negative traits of
the decanate forces overlap each other. Keep an open mind as you
study, and in all cases support your placements with reasons.
In time this will provide you with the necessary skills to quickly
observe, recognize and blend the forces of the planetary rulers
of the decanates.
Stage in Relation to an Individual's Birth Date
assignment of decanate rulers, the single most important point
of analysis to grasp is that the theme of the decanates is highly
In the final analysis,
it is the evolutionary development of the subjective consciousness
which is the determining factor of rulership, not the objective
birth date. Reflect on this. In other words although they often
are identical, the actual birth decanate and the true subjective
ruler may not necessarily be the same. Upon first glance I know
this seems contradictory and paradoxical; upon further analysis
however, this is not the case. Let me attempt to explain this
is simple terms. In each Sun sign there are three possible decanate
choices at each one of the three major stages, or nine choices
in all available to the soul during the complete cycle of personality
development. When attempting to correctly place individuals upon
the Wheel, these nine possible combinations will have to be taken
into careful consideration.
Nine, as you should
know, is the number of Initiation connoting complete physical
keep in mind that the influence of the birth decanate is not negated
in those cases wherein it is not the same as the subjective ruler
but is rather augmented, supplemented and enhanced.
what is termed the 'technique of superimposition', esoteric astrologers
superimpose the subjective ruler on top of the birth ruler and
then the two are synthetically combined, blended and fused.
forget then, the planetary ruler of your birth decanate may not
necessarily be your true subjective ruler.
It will be apparent
how necessary it is to go slowly in these matters so that the
mental ability to reason logically may parallel the growth of
the intuition and of spiritual perception. On the Reverse Wheel
there are also three major stages and each one of the three tests
of initiation associated with each decanate is, in itself, triple
in nature once again, producing the sacred Nine.
During the course
of many lifetimes, in order to completely round out the evolutionary
development and coloring of the human personality, all nine combinations
will be undergone on both the Ordinary and the Reverse Wheel.
Bearing all these
thoughts in mind, you are now invited to embark on the study of
the main classification of humanity in the twelve-fold zodiacal
division and consider the specific trials and tests undergone
in each decanate.
I will give you
the rules for the safe and useful development of the superhuman
powers of your soul. Through this study of the decanates the nature
of the soul in man will be made clear and the relations between
the soul, its Sun sign and its three-fold physical mechanism will
The subject of
the Sun signs with their decanates, as you can see, is vast and
intricate, and is still in its infancy. I have indicated enough
and cited sufficient reasons however, to arouse and inspire further
astrological observation and to start investigation in the fields
of physiognomical and psychological activity.
It will be advisable
for the student to read with care my commentaries and wise to
bear in mind that I do not wish acceptance of my dicta blindly.
I charge you all to experiment, research and corroborate with
care the six steps of each Sun sign and the decanate rulers I
have laid down.
to Each Decanate Stage