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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. 3

Dear Friend:

   In the last letter you set up a horoscope and progressed the angles for 45 years. You then found that the MC had moved three degrees to every two traveled by the ASC. This shows that opportunities for soul growth will abound, irrespective of whether the person profits by them or not, and judgment of this figure should point out how the finer faculties may be cultivated, put to maximum use, and made to yield abundant treasure in heaven. Had the ASC moved more rapidly than the MC it would indicate that this soul requires a material life work during this embodiment. Hints to promote proper material pursuits would then be more helpful and indirectly productive of soul growth.

   To justify this rule it is not required that the person whose MC is speedier than his Asc. becomes a great spiritual light. He may even commit a crime and languish in prison through years of sorrow and suffering; but whatever the circumstances, his experiences will produce great soul growth. The soul never blooms until watered abundantly with tears. As Goethe says:

   The rose does not yield its full fragrance till its petals have been crushed; the well of true sympathy springs only from a broken heart. All who really advance spiritually are men of sorrow and acquainted with grief. Paul mentions as the principal qualification of Christ Jesus that He had suffered as we suffer, hence is able to feel for all who are weak and heavy laden as no one could feel who had not thus suffered.

   What a pathos lies in the words of Faust! What an anguish of soul is revealed when he says:

   Also, in our horoscope is foreshown a bitter war between the higher nature and lower appetites. Saturn in elevation, sextile Neptune, on the ASC, trine Sun and Uranus, will give such wonderful perception in mystical matters that it will isolate this soul from his fellow man because his ideas will be beyond their comprehension. That will be a trial and will cause regret. Saturn in Taurus, the sign which rules the tongue, gives a thoughtful, sometimes stubborn disposition. He will be slow of speech and because Saturn is in the 11th house it tends to limit friendships. Mars in Gemini gives a keen, active and alert mentality, but in the 11th house tends to friction in friendship through bluntness of speech. Though Saturn in Taurus denies vocal expression, Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Virgo will give unusual facility for writing in a most beautiful manner.

   Misunderstood and criticized, denied the companionship of others, he will be driven back upon his own devices for enjoyment. He may become a glutton, for the Moon, ruler of the ASC, is in Taurus, which has dominion over the palate, and serious illness would follow gastronomic excess.

   The astrologer sees these tendencies, but is, of course, too tactful to tell. He will not name disease, but rather seek to prescribe a preventive or a remedy.

Work for the Student:

  You are welcome to e-mail your answers and/or comments to us. Please be sure to include your e-mail address, full name, course name and lesson number in your e-mail to us.

1]  Lack of time precludes the reading of lengthy letters, but write us in a few words what advice you would give the parents of this boy. Please also progress the angles for the 20th, 30th, and 40th years, and tell us if his opportunities will be the best from childhood to 20, from 20 to 30, or from 30 to 40. [optional]

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   Note: Please do not fail to read and reread the pages in which you find the answers to these questions. After carefully studying the subject matter, strive to condense your answer as much as possible, taking into consideration the principal points.

Yours in fellowship,
   Max Heindel

Answers to Lesson No. 2:

Cusps progressed 45 years to October 27, 1911:

S.T. Noon previous to birth (Oct. 26): 14-14-00
Correction for 122° W. Long: 01-21
Interval from previous noon to prog. birth: 12-42-00
Correction for interval: 02-07
S.T. on progressed birthday: 02-59-28
Nearest S.T. in Tables of Houses: 02-58-07
Progressed ASC: Leo 26.42
Radical ASC: Cancer 24.33
Travel of ASC: 32.09
Progressed MC: Taurus 17.00
Radical MC: Aries 01.00
Travel of MC: 46.00
Travel of ASC: 32.09

   Since the MC has moved almost 3/2 over ASC (MC moves three degrees to every two traveled by the ASC), it is evident that opportunities for soul growth will be presented, whether the native takes advantage of them or not.

   Note: Ruler of Chart for Senior Lesson No. 2 (Sept. 12, 1911). Reference, The Message of the Stars, p. 419-421.

   In most cases the Ruler of the ASC is the ruler of the chart: but, when by aspect, the planet ruling ASC is weak, receives no support and another planet shows greater strength, then another planet may become ruler of the chart. In every case the ruler of the ASC is important (especially in Medical Astrology). though not always the ruling planet. In Senior Lesson No. 2 the Sun is ruler of the chart. See aspects to Sun and Mercury showing strength of Virgo planets (Sun in particular). Note, Moon has no supporting aspects and in relation to either Moon or Mercury, both need an avenue of expression as they have no basic nature of their own but take on the conditions of a sign, house and aspect (See The Message of the Stars, p. 193 and 219). Therefore strength of will manifests (Sun and Mercury) and Sun is Ruler of Chart.

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