topic posted Fri, December 30, 2005 - 10:59 PM by  Metaphysics

Astrologers agree that the Moon is closely associated with form life, memory and emotion; these dimensions of human experience are basic to our understanding of the role of the Moon in both traditional and esoteric astrology.

Seeming differences between the two astrological orientations actually derive from their similarities: esoteric astrology acknowledges traditional concepts concerning the Moon, but regards them from a cause-and-effect perspective and in terms of the energetic dynamics to which they refer. The Moon's many rulerships (over biological life and growth, emotional expression and moods, our personal and collective pasts and psyches, etc.) pivot about a central axis, which is our understanding of the nature of form, itself; esoteric astrology proceeds from the assumption that form on any level is primarily the dense expression of underlying force.

Earth is esoterically considered a school or laboratory for the incarnating soul.

The soul draws substance to itself in order to build a body of manifestation on Earth; substance corresponds to, resonates with, and reveals the levels of consciousness potentially available to any organism. The visible human being operates through a physical body which is dynamized by subtle interpenetrating fields of energy known as the etheric, astral and mental bodies; each of these vehicles is characterized by the particular quality of the substance of which it is formed, and together they comprise the personality.

We are used to thinking of substance as something tangible in physical terms, but what is less completely understood is that substance is energy "captured" at various stages of refinement or expression; its origin is in the world of forces. The physical body is the result or effect of preceding energetic causes whose ultimate source is Spirit, and the link between Spirit and personality is the soul. The relationship between the subtle and physical bodies is thus that of Spirit-soul-substance, and that paradigm describes a solar system as truly as it does a human being; each forms around a central spiritual core or idea, and that spark of Godhead eventually expresses in form.

Manifestation always implies density or a convergence of forces at a particular level of expression. In our solar system, gravity is the primary force cohesing form. Esoterically, gravity is understood as influence: that which binds energy and inhibits freedom has the effect of holding a thing in form and in orbit. For us, the Earth-Moon system is the exemplar of that process.

The Moon in esoteric astrology represents attachment to form, and Earth (always a significant factor in an esoteric reading of the horoscope) stands for form, itself, at its greatest density; their relationship is symbiotic and not always positive. Whenever the gravity or influence of form life is allowed to "bend the light" of Spirit -- when substance is no longer free to return to its energetic source -- the Moon is said to represent the prison of the soul. Humanity is thus heir to a variety of limiting conditions related to the Moon, ranging from blatant materialism to subtler forms of enslavement such as debilitating nostalgia, sentiment and regret.

The idea of attachment is basic to any consideration of the Moon in esoteric astrology. The concept is essentially neutral, since a certain level of attachment must be maintained in order for us to function and learn our lessons in the Earth school; problems arise pursuant to one's degree of attachment to any level of form (whether a person, a memory, or a cherished idea). Attachment by definition binds energy, fixing it at some point on the time-and-space continuum of the Earth; thoughtforms, which are literally subtle bodies created by persistent thinking (usually accompanied by strong emotion), can then rob life of vitality and direction. Reality in its fullness can be obscured or diminished, and it can seem as if one were wearing blinders.

This condition is associated with the esoteric concept of "veiling," for when a powerful attachment (with the consequent accretion of substance around a central idea) is allowed to flourish, the essential truth of one's being literally goes undercover. The Moon, which positively nurtures life on Earth and connects us with our shared humanity, can become so absorbed in the shadow-life of thoughtforms that it is incapable of reflecting the light of Spirit: the Moon is then said to veil a "hidden planet."

This means that a thoughtform, visually represented by the Moon, stands in the way of (hides) a spiritual truth represented by an upper-octave planet such as Vulcan, Uranus or Neptune. I believe that the Moon can veil Chiron, as well. Please note that this does not mean that the Moon is "bad," but that our human tendency to propagate attachments -- derived from the spontaneous and natural inclination of the Moon to nurture forms -- can narrow our vision and limit the scope of our development.

The Moon has long been associated with karma, or the outworking of the cosmic Law of Cause and Effect; in esoteric astrology, that connection is emphasized. The "prison of the soul" referred to earlier is any set of deeply internalized conditions and response-patterns which inhibit the soul's ability to express. These patterns can be intuited and inferred from the position of the Moon in a birthchart, yielding vital information that can help us to work creatively with the conditions and circumstances of our lives.

Karma and attachment are intimately related through the principle of resonance. For example, if one cannot release a powerful emotional dependency of any kind, that state will "reverberate" throughout the substance of which one is made, attracting similar conditions until such time as there develops a greater ability to act with wisdom.
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    Fri, December 30, 2005 - 11:00 PM

    The Moon in a natal chart indicates both the character of our strongest attachments and -- on a higher arc -- that dimension of life through which we can personally contact the universal truths we need to embody in order to be free. That is why the positions of the Moon and lunar nodes (where the orbits of the Moon and Earth coincide) are considered to be vital points of intersection in the chart.

    If the Moon can indicate where we might be tied to the forms of the past, it can also hint at ways to loosen the knots; if the South Node of the Moon represents a line of least resistance, it can also show us how to release our well-developed gifts. The North Node of the Moon is a portal leading to greater awareness, for through it we can cross into wider realms of inclusiveness, catalyzed by the energy of a hitherto-veiled planet.

    The key to the Moon's esoteric rulership of Virgo, and hierarchical rulership of Aquarius, lies in this idea of veiling. Vulcan is one of approximately seventy etheric planetary bodies residing within our solar system. An etheric planet is one whose energy does not yet express through a dense physical body, but is nevertheless a potent center of force.

    In a horoscope, Vulcan can be found close to the zodiacal degree of the Sun, but the Vulcanic energies focus through the Moon by house, sign and aspect. Vulcan embodies Ray I of Will and Power and is associated with the spiritual will, which links humanity with Godhead through a profound acceptance of what is, coupled with a powerful and persistent orientation toward Spirit.

    When one elects to seek the spiritual essence underlying appearances, the Moon can become a potent "relayer" of Vulcanic force, liberating energy bound to form-attachment, and thereby redeeming form, itself. This is one of the specific tasks of Virgo, an earth sign represented symbolically by a virgin carrying a sheaf of wheat (new life; birth through the body into Spirit).

    As the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius, the Moon is most likely to veil Uranus, a seventh-ray planet associated with the essential unity of Spirit and substance. This idea is behind the correlation of Aquarius, a "human sign" (one which is symbolized by a human being), with brotherhood and sisterhood.

    When the Waterbearer operates through the fluid sphere of the Moon, Uranus in the awakened consciousness can pour forth the energies necessary to guide and assist human beings in their spiritual evolution. The Moon as a veil for Neptune (and probably Chiron) similarly refers to processes of refinement underway in the form nature of present-day humanity.

    Considered alone, the Moon is a Ray IV body. Ray IV concerns the clash of opposites with which we are all familiar. That conflict is peculiar to the astral plane, which is also the Kabbalistic "storehouse of images" whose eidetic ghosts obscure true vision.

    The astral plane is the realm of desire, glamour, emotion, certain kinds of dreams and strong attachments. Without any guiding dynamic to steady the mind (such as the upper-octave energy of a veiled planet), astral substance becomes all-consuming; in the presence of such guidance, however, the astral plane stands revealed as the field upon which are fought the most decisive battles of the personality-life, culminating in the establishment of an inner point of resilience and stability -- hence, the designation of the fourth ray as the ray of Harmony Through Conflict.

    Of course, when we refer to the Moon, the Sun and Earth are always implied. The Sun in esoteric astrology refers to the synthesis of form, which in the human being is the integrated personality. Earth, Moon and Sun cooperate in the reception of central ideas or impulses from Spirit which will hopefully take root within the substance of the Earth -- ourselves included.

    At New Moon, the spiritual impulse is invested in form; by Full Moon, the impulse or idea has reached maturity for that cycle and awaits distribution throughout the Earth and Earth's creatures, according to their capacities to receive. That is why astrologers, both traditional and esoteric, honor the idea that it is best to begin enterprises at New Moon, with the expectation of culmination at Full Moon; it is why wise gardeners match their planting to celestial cycles.

    But New and Full Moons, from our perspective on Earth, are as metaphorical as they are literal: esoterically, the Earth-Moon-Sun relationship is itself microcosmic, existing within the context of more inclusive cycles than we can imagine. There is always a new beginning; always, a fallow period followed by harvest and blessing. The Moon, veiled planets and lunar nodes, acting in concert with our higher selves, can help us to develop a "human agronomy" that is based on clear spiritual intent, service and lovingly shared wisdom.

      Fri, December 30, 2005 - 11:17 PM

      *The new tribe photos correspond to the esoteric moon signs

      Moon through the Signs

      The following Moon in Sign interpretation is meant specifically for those individuals who still relate to the emotional side of personality, but who are influenced by the energies of Vulcan and/or Uranus in their relationship to the form life. The Fourth ray quality of the moon will remain very important in this respect, as it is ~Harmony Through Conflict~ which conditions one’s approach to the impersonal life and to the life of one dedicated to serving humanity.


      Mercury the esoteric ruler of Aries, is on the same Ray of manifestation as the Moon, the Fourth, thus bringing it into greater activity.

      Soul level purpose

      To re-orient the emotions so that they come under the dominance of the mental body. The subsequent creation of form will then be the proper vehicle for "the birthplace of ideas". Naturally the crisis of the reorientation of the emotional/form nature is under Vulcan, while the expression of these new ideas comes through Uranus Therefore it is necessary to consider the relationship between Mercury and Uranus in the light of the above.


      When the Moon is in this sign, the individual has a powerful ability to create any form of manifestation required for the fulfilment of personal desire and self-interest. Such needs may be altruistic and magnanimous, but they are based on the motivations of personal emotions.

      Soul-level Purpose

      When Vulcan, the esoteric ruler of this sign, is seen to be in operation the form nature, as a vehicle for the fulfillment of desire, is transmuted by the Will-To-Good and becomes a vessel for the expression of the power of the First Ray. Thus the Moon {form life} becomes exalted as it serves the purpose of the Plan. Uranus serves as the vehicle for the birth and release of new human and social archetypes. Thus, when the Moon veils Uranus in this position, the individual would strive to serve humanity through the creation and nurturing sustainment of the new archetypal patterns.


      This combination provides a tremendous potential for the communication of harmony and for the use of form by the mind in order to help foster the Law of Right Human Relations. This can be seen by the interplay of the Fourth Ray quality of the Moon and the Second Ray energies of Gemini. Venus, esoteric ruler of this sign, as well as the vehicle for the Fifth Ray of the Concrete Mind, is also very active.

      Soul-level Purpose

      To create patterns of relationships and communications which either break down outworn models of social inter-change (Vulcan) or instigate new ones in most original ways (Uranus).


      Exoteric ruler

      On the personality level this provides the strongest link to the past, allowing the individual to create an environment that may nurture but does not necessarily provide an opportunity for evolutionary growth.

      Soul-level Purpose

      Neptune emerges as the planet most often veiled by the Moon in this position, as it is Cancer's ruler on the Soul level. The Sixth Ray devotional aspect predominates so that through the combination of Cancer's Rays - Three and Seven - the mind is used to create those ideas that sustain a potent quality of loving nourishment. Such an individual would be quite willing to foster those social circumstance that would support any and all humanitarian efforts. The effects of Vulcan in this sign would serve to release the individual from personal needs and concerns so that universal purposes could better be served.


      On the personality level, the Moon in Leo represents the epitome of emotional egocentricity. Self-consciousness is centered through the formative nature of instinctual response to environmental circumstances. When the moon is in this sign, even more advanced personalities still center their deeply passionate feelings (in a most personal manner) on those whom they love.

      Soul-level Purpose

      To transform the form life as an expression of self-consciousness into the proper vehicle for group consciousness through individualised efforts and talents. Leo and Aquarius are both signs of the Fifth Ray, making for a natural ease of movement of the energies which pass between them. The Second Ray quality of the sun, on both the personality and Soul levels, makes a most potent focus for the creative use of form with this position of the Moon. The effects of Vulcan are utilised to re-orient personal needs to those of the group, Uranus and its affinity to Aquarius would aid in the expression of individual efforts for the purposes of the collective.


      Esoteric Ruler.

      As the Moon is the esoteric ruler of this sign, its placement herein gives the person a great potential toward world service. The Moon in Virgo masks or veils the presence of the Christ within, the child of Heaven.

      Soul-level Purpose

      To reveal the indwelling purpose and function of Love within the forms of life. The work the individual undertakes would involve a very strong loving devotion to service, thus bringing forth the characteristics of the Second and Sixth Rays through which Virgo manifests. Such endeavours might entail caring for the lower kingdom in nature, such as the vegetable and the animal, as they too are representatives of the Light which is Love.

      Vulcan would serve to help break down patterns of selfish service and the manipulation of matter for one’s own ends. The actions of the energies of Uranus when in this position easily lend themselves to the creation of those innovations and inventions which serve to unite mankind, making the awareness of our essential wholeness that much easier to perceive by the mass consciousness.


      On the soul-level, the most natural affinity that this combination holds is with the planet Uranus, esoteric ruler of Libra.

      Soul-level Purpose

      To expand human relations into the impersonal networking required to unite humanity into a consciously working whole. On the personality level, personal emotional security is anchored by partnerships. But on the Soul level, the Seventh Ray qualities of Libra and Uranus become very potent.

      Thus the focus for the creation of form it to be a vehicle for the synthetic blending of humanity, and for the harmonious externalisation of the principle of unity in diversity. The function of Vulcan in this position would be to instigate those crises or reorientation that would transform the individual’s attachment to relationships from the personal/emotional level to the impersonal collective level, and eventually to the transpersonal/universal level.


      In traditional astrology, the Moon is said to fall in Scorpio for several reasons.

      (1) It is difficult to get in touch with the feeling nature when the Moon is in this sign.

      (2) A person can be quite un-loving and un-nourishing when the Moon is manifesting through the Scorpion.

      (3) There is a tendency to "cut people off", and abandon them from any kind of personal sustenance at the least provocation. But from the soul-centered perspective, the Moon falls in Scorpio because the personality is ~killed~ in this sign! The function of form loses all potency and power, as the final victory in Scorpio is the emergence of the ~triumphant Disciple~, and the externalisation of the Soul.

      Soul-level Purpose

      To use the form life as a ~total expression~ for the healing properties of the Higher Self. The power of Vulcan to create the crises of transition required to bring about this reorientation of one’s attachment to the desire/form life would be very marked. Look to the house position of the Moon to see where in the life such upsets would come about.

      As Scorpio is the sign through which the transformation of energies from the personality to the level of the Soul is tested, the placement of the Moon in this sign when veiling Uranus is quite important. The dynamic force of the Fourth Ray - Harmony Through conflict - is at its strongest, as both the Moon and Scorpio are of this Ray energy. Through the forceful breaking down of old, instinctive, non-regenerative emotional habit patterns in the life of the lower self, the potent release of the new archetypes (Uranus) for service to humanity comes forth. Uranus, as a vehicle for the Seventh Ray, stimulates the interplay between Spirit and matter for further creative manifestation.


      The personality centred indications of this position express the dual expansion of the form/desire nature; that is, the need for emotional fulfilment through the physical senses, and through the formation and achievement of one’s ideological goals.

      Soul-level Purpose

      The Earth and the Third Ray become the rulers, giving rise to the awareness of humanity’s practical needs. In addition, there is the ability to structure people, events, and ideas so that the most good may be distributed where it is most needed. Altruism takes on a pragmatic modality; idealism merges with practical considerations in order to sustain humanity’s well-being.

      This is a very encompassing position for the Moon. It involves a very strong initial Fourth Ray (Human) orientation insofar as the Moon and Sagittarius both manifest on this line of energy. The Fifth Ray, and thus Aquarius and Uranus come into play. One should keep in mind that Jupiter, the exoteric ruler of Sagittarius, is also the esoteric rule of Aquarius. Finally, the Sixth Ray and Neptune (another of the Moon’s veiled planets) also add the dimension of nurturing self-sacrifice to this complex pattern of influences.

      If the Moon veils Vulcan in this position, it requires detachment from one’s personal beliefs as universal truth, so that humanity’s needs can be met with true wisdom. The Moon veiling Uranus in this position would inspire a universal philosophy which would be used to anchor the new archetypes for the betterment of humanity.


      As one evolves, the power of the form to control ones motivations in life lessens, until all material attachment ceases, and one moves on to the various initiatic states of the Cardinal Cross. The Fixed Cross is that state which establishes the relationship between the two extremes of total attachment and total detachment.

      Soul-Level Purpose

      (for one on the Fixed Cross with the Moon in Capricorn) to awaken awareness of this dualistic frame of reference. This is accomplished through the structuring of those personal and collective resources for which one is responsible, so that they may be used for group purposes. Vulcan, when veiled by the Moon in this position, gives rise to the tensions which the first steps towards this detachment necessitate. The combination of Capricorn and Uranus allows for the structuring of the form life for greater use by the will-to-Good, as the Seventh Ray of this sign and planet is in direct contact with Ray One and the Purpose for manifestation.


      On the personality level, this position is not the warmest or most nourishing due to the rather impersonal qualities of the emotions when working through the Water Bearer. But It is precisely this impersonality which makes the Moon in Aquarius very potent for Soul-level work.

      Soul-Level Purpose

      To arm oneself with the tools {shaped and sharpened by Vulcan} for world service. This is an excellent position for the Moon, as it lends itself so easily to the transitional operation of the unveiling of Uranus and the Soul-centered rulership of Jupiter. The rulership of Jupiter activates the Second Ray and adds that most important ingredient of all, Love, to the nature of impersonality and detachment.


      On the personality level, the undisciplined emotional responsiveness of the Moon in Pisces can lead one into unending mutations of desire, thus perpetrating life on the Mutable Cross. Yet when the individual begins to orient himself onto the Fixed Cross, several very potent forces come into play. This can be one of the most valuable positions in a horoscope for Soul-focused activity. The Moon unveils Vulcan and Pisces reveals its Soul-centered ruler, Pluto, thus bringing about a tremendous emphasis of he First Ray quality of Will/Power. In addition, the Sixth Ray energy of Pisces evokes Mars, and the Moon then unveils the other planet of this Ray, Neptune (now expressing itself as illumination, rather than illusion). Jupiter, the Sun and the Second Ray also contribute their loving potentialities to this combination.

      Soul-Level Purpose

      To harness the Will in order to activate the Plan of Love/Wisdom, through never-ending compassion and devotion. The work or a person with this position would, first of all, be to break his or her attachment to the thralldom of emotional sensation and stimulation {Vulcan}. After this process has occurred, the form nature can then be used to integrate and distribute a new orientation {Uranus} toward universal compassion and understanding {Neptune}

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