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Lesson 1: Some General Advice Regarding Attitude of Mind...
Lesson 2: Progressing the Ascendant and Midheaven
Lesson 3: Progressing the Ascendant and Midheaven [continued]
Lesson 4: Progressing the Ascendant and Midheaven [continued]
Lesson 5: Spiritual Benefits of the so-called Evil Aspects
Lesson 6: Neptune considered...
Lesson 7: Astrological Keywords considered...
Lesson 8: Love and Altruism...
Lesson 9: Mercury considered...
Lesson 10: "Applying" and "Separating" planets
Lesson 11: Retrograde Planets
Lesson 12: Astrology and Health

The Western Wisdom Teachings
Senior Astrology Course
Lesson No. 2

Dear Friend:

   To read a horoscope correctly, it is essential to know whether material or spiritual advancement is intended for the soul during this embodiment, and to what extend one phase is expected to predominate. This is denoted by the progression of the angles. When the Midheaven moves faster, opportunities for intellectual and spiritual endeavor present themselves and bring success, if grasped. When the Ascendant moves faster, material affairs will claim expression.

   Were this understood and acted upon, there would be fewer failures in life, for the right Opportunity knocks at every door. Satisfaction and success always result if we embrace it. If we miss our chance, there will be an undercurrent of regret despite any seeming success; the Soul feels the resulting lack.

   The greatest danger of missing our chance is by a preconceived, mistaken idea of what constitutes opportunity, and an astrologer ignorant of this inner teaching may be a dangerous guide. Suppose he is asked to indicate the life work of a young man with Mars elevated in Scorpio. In the light of common knowledge he can say that the young man will excel in surgery. Passing years may bring him fame and fortune; apparent success may seem to justify the astrologer beyond cavil. Yet, had he known that the young man's Ascendant progressed much faster than his Midheaven and stamped him as too materialistic to make a good doctor (for the first qualification of a good doctor is a heart too big for his body), he might have realized that the world had lost a good ironworker and become afflicted with a fiend who reveled in the bloody work of surgery for scientific satisfaction and who did not waste a thought of pity on his hapless victims.

   Therefore it behooves the spiritual astrologer to first ascertain the relative progression of the angles, and make all delineations subsidiary to that cardinal point.

   To illustrate how the angles are progressed, take the test horoscope for Sept. 15, 1911, 9:20 p.m. Chicago. We will progress this for 45 years, as that will give a good gauge. The rule is:

   The birthday represents the birth year, and each day after birth (in the ephemeris), is as one year of life.

   Counting 45 days from Sept. 15th gives Oct. 30th. We use the S.T. on that day to find the houses, but proceed otherwise as taught on page 33 of Simplified Scientific Astrology.

S.T. Greenwich on noon previous to (progressed) birth: 14 30 00
Correction for West Long.: 00 59
Interval from previous noon (Oct. 30) to progressed birth (true local time): 9 28 00
Correction for Interval: 01 34
24 00 33
Deducting 24 hours gives S.T. of progressed birth: 00 00 33
Nearest S.T. in Tables: 00 00 00
Our Table of Houses for Lat. 42 gives the corresponding progressed Ascendant: Cancer 19.43
Subtract the position at birth: Gemini 08.13
Travel during 45 years: 41.30
Our Table of Houses for Lat. 42 gives the corresponding progressed Midheaven: Aries 00 00
Subtract the position at birth: Aquarius 13 00
Travel during 45 years: 47.00

   Thus we see that the ASC and MC have kept fairly even pace. This is therefore a comfortable "middle of the road" life, in which the spirit does not strenuously strive with the recalcitrant flesh, though opportunities for slight spiritual advancement will be given.

Yours in fellowship,
   Max Heindel

Work for the Student:

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1]  To show that you understand the principle here taught, please cast a horoscope for Sept. 12, 1911, 12:50 a.m. Seattle. Progress the angles for 45 years and please tell us what you think thereof. [optional]

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