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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. 4

Dear Friend:

   By progressing the angles of our horoscope for 20, 30, and 40 years, we found that the MC did not gain over the ASC more than one degree in three during any epoch. Thus opportunities for spiritual growth will be about the same in all divisions of life; but, mark this: they will be more likely to bring results when the progressed Midheaven aspects a radical planet. The nature and character of the experience will depend upon the nature of the planet aspected, the character of the aspect (sextile, square, or trine), and the house where the aspected planet is located. The same rule would apply in regard to the influence of the Ascendant upon material affairs. Its aspects by progression promote changes which affect our physical existence. The effects of its aspects are not invalidated even though the tendency of the life is towards the spiritual; and in a life where the speed of the Ascendant foreshadows the preponderance of material activities, an aspect to the progressed Midheaven may wake the slumbering soul and a beginning of spiritual activity may be inaugurated.

   Right here is one of the most important and fruitful opportunities for service which the spiritual astrologer can find, and although this whole subject of "progression" should follow instruction on reading of the natal figure instead of preceding it, I feel that knowledge of the effect of progression of the Ascendant and Midheaven is of such vast practical value that I have decided to violate that precedent and stay with this subject till it has been made as clear as I can make it. Then you will be able to help others at crises in their lives which may have been unsuspected even by those most anxious to aid.

   Have you ever met a mother anxiously seeking advice concerning a wayward girl or a drunken son? Would they mend? How could she best help them? Or was it a wife with a flock of little ones, suffering through the neglect of husband or father? Alas! The world is full of such cases, and any spiritually minded astrologer actuated by compassion for all concerned, must often have sorrowed when he searched vainly for an aspect of the planets that would give a ray of hope. Had he known the elevating potency of aspects to the radical and from the progressed Midheaven, had he known how these aspects produce opportunities to retrieve mistakes and make a new start in life, he might have pointed out the auspicious time when judicious persuasion would have been the most effective in turning the wayward child or weaning the father from the curse of drink; a time when they would have been more amenable to reason than usual. Opportunities must be caught on the wing or they are lost, and lack of astrological knowledge has wrecked many a life.

   Therefore, students are advised to always look carefully for aspects of the progressed Midheaven to radical planets, or of progressed planets to the radical Midheaven. Aspects of Sun, Jupiter, and Venus to the Midheaven are of course most powerful, but good aspects of Saturn sometimes accomplish identical results by appeal to the delinquent's manhood and self-respect.

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]  Look at the horoscope we are judging: The Midheaven is Aries 1. When it has progressed to Aries 23, it will be square to Neptune, which is in 23 of Cancer. Turn to our Table of Houses and count the lines from Aries 1 to Aries 23. Each line counts as approximately one year of life. Then progress the angles by the method used in Lesson No. 2 for the same number of years as there are lines between Aries 1 and Aries 23. If the progressed Midheaven is Aries 23, the number of years used will be the age when the square to Neptune culminates. If the progressed Midheaven is more or less than Aries 23, change the number of years used until the Midheaven becomes Aries 23. Then please tell me the boy's age when this square culminates and what you think will result. [optional]

   Remember to progress the Midheaven as taught in previous lessons. [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. 3:

"Advice to Parents"

   The parents of this child should, first of all, try to make his early environment as pleasant and uplifting as possible. With Neptune on the ASC, the native is very sensitive to conditions about him, and as the early years are so important in developing proper ideals and habits, he should be carefully protected from unwholesome influences.

   An effort should be made to encourage initiative (to overcome an unaspected Mars) and the problem of diet will need careful attention. A tendency to excess must be avoided. (Moon opposing Jupiter). Not being of very robust health, he should be taught early to form a taste for simple, nourishing food, and the habit of moderate exercise. Kindness, understanding, and reason in matters of discipline will always accomplish the desired end.

   As this child has unusual mental and spiritual tendencies, the parents should endeavor to provide him with the best possible opportunities for developing his inner faculties. Education along literary and dramatic lines should be stressed, as the boy has much talent for both writing and acting. The Sun, Mercury and Venus in Virgo, in the third house, well aspected to Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn, would give him a wonderful ability to express, perhaps better through speaking, as Neptune in Cancer on the ASC would cause a reticence at times before the public. This last configuration would also give him much understanding of spiritual truth, and the planets in Virgo would indicate a desire to serve or write for the benefit of humanity. Jupiter in the 5th House would favor publication.

   As Neptune and Uranus are in opposition, the child should be trained along positive lines, and taught the dangers of negative spiritual development. The sextile and trine of Saturn, Sun and Venus to the two mystery planets, Uranus and Neptune, should give sufficient ability to withstand any negative influences, provided the will and individuality are developed. Development of will power should be given an important place in his training.

   The progression of the angles reveals that there is little difference in the gain of the MC over the ASC during the periods covered. Therefore, opportunities for spiritual growth will be about the same in all decanate (10 year) periods of life up to forty years.

Progressed 20 years to October 2, 1911:

S.T. for Oct. 1: 12-36-00
Correction: 1-21
Interval: 12-42-00
Correction: 2-07
Nearest S.T.: 1-21-20

20 years: Aries 22:00 Leo 09:03
Birth: Aries 01:00 Cancer 24:33
Travel: 21:00 14:30

  In the first 20 years the MC moves 21 degrees and the ASC 14:30 deg. The MC/ASC ratio (21/14:30) = 1:45

Progressed 30 years to October 12, 1911:

S.T. for Oct. 11: 13-15-00
Correction: 1-21
Interval: 12-42-00
Correction: 2-07
Nearest S.T.: 1-59-17

30 years: Taurus 02:00 Leo 16:00
20 years: Aries 22:00 Leo 09:03
Travel: 10:00 06:57

  In the next 10 years the MC advances 10 degrees and the ASC 6:57. The MC/ASC ratio (10/6:57) = 1:44

Progressed 40 years to October 22, 1911:

S.T. for Oct. 21: 13-55-00
Correction: 10-21
Interval: 12-42-00
Correction: 2-07
Nearest S.T.: 2-40-10

40 years: Taurus 13:00 Leo 22:48
30 years: Taurus 02:00 Cancer 16:00
Travel: 11:00 07:48

  In the next 10 years the MC advances 11 degrees and the ASC 7:48. The MC/ASC ratio (11/7:48) = 1:41

   The ratio of motion of MC/ASC is about constant in all three periods, with the MC moving faster. When ratio is 1.5 which is 3 to 2, it seems to be regarded an indication for great opportunity. Thus, each period offers about the same proportion of greater opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth.

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