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Lesson 1: Chart Delineation
Lesson 2: The Individuality; Spiritual Strength
Lesson 3: The Personality
Lesson 4: The Mentality
Lesson 5: Vocation and Finance
Lesson 6: Love -- Marriage -- Children
Lesson 7: Delineation: Religion, Philosophy
Lesson 8: Delineation: Friends and Enemies -- Brothers and Sisters....
Lesson 9: Health and Sickness
Lesson 10: Hopes -- Wishes -- Aspirations; Sorrow and Self-Undoing....
Lesson 11: Progression of the Horoscope
Lesson 12: The Progressed Chart
Lesson 13: Transits, Lunations, Eclipses

The Western Wisdom Teachings
Senior Extension Astrology Course
Lesson No. 4

The Mentality

The Mind is the focusing point by means of which the Ego becomes aware of the material Universe.

   Mind is the reflecting mirror, the instrument for the acquisition of knowledge, the meeting place of spirit and matter.

   Man is a threefold spirit, possessing a mind by means of which he governs a threefold body, which he emanated from himself to gather experience. (Ref., Pages 95, 393, 394, 395, Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception.)

   When you seek the mind of man, look to Mercury.

   Mercury is the mental educator of men and its place and position in the horoscope shows the status of the person's mind for whom it is cast.

   Mercury, being the Messenger of the Gods to the other planets, has no voice of its own and is dependent for expression upon its sign, house and aspects. So Mercury is really a focus thorough which the faculty of reason finds expression in the human being to act as a brake upon the lower nature and assist in lifting him from the human to the divine.

   Many may and do feel deeply. They may also have valuable knowledge, but they will be unable to express their feelings or share their knowledge with others if Mercury is lacking in aspects. Even a so-called evil aspect of Mercury helps to bring out what is within and is therefore better than no aspects at all.

   When Mercury is so placed in relation to the Sun that it goes before the luminary it has the effect of materially brightening the mind, for the Sun represents the Ego and it may therefore be said that then its path is illuminated by the lamp of reason.

   On the other hand, if Mercury is so placed that it rises later than the Sun and thus follows after the luminary, the Ego learns more by afterthought than by forethought, for it walks, comparatively speaking, in the dark, and must learn a great many of its lessons by experience. (Ref., Message of the Stars, Pages 192, 193, 194, 412.)

   A retrograde Mercury -- is also a slight detriment to the faculty of reason.

   Intellects of the first magnitude are sometimes put to perverted use to the detriment of the community and its separate individuals, while a slow and very inferior mind may minister to many in lowly but loving meekness and reap sheaves of soul growth thereby.

   Thus it is not sufficient to determine the quality of the mentality; we must also ascertain what is the channel of its expression. This is accomplished through a general process of determining the ---

Mental Faculties

   Seen chiefly by the Moon, Mercury, and Neptune. (Ref., Message of the Stars, Pages 45, 46)

   The Morality and the Emotional Nature of an individual are largely based on the intellectual viewpoint, the condition and development of the mind and its status in evolution. However, other planets specify these conditions to a great degree also.


   Is indicated by the Sun, Venus, and Jupiter. (Ref., Pages 147, 148, Simplified Scientific Astrology.)

Emotional Nature

   Largely the result of Mars, Venus, and Uranus. (Ref., Page 44, Message of the Stars.)


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1] Write a brief paragraph describing this boy's moral status.

2] Write a brief paragraph on his Emotional Nature.

3] Study the mental qualifications with special regard to Mercury; its sign, house position and its aspects. Write 300 words or over on his mental tendencies.


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   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.

Answers to Lesson No. 3:

  1] Keywords of Moon in Cancer.

   Sociable, sympathetic, kind disposition; averse to physical, moral, mental effort; tenacious, sensitive, timid, psychic, impressionable, emotional, indolent. Loves to drift with the tide. Fertile imagination, clannish with a great love of personal power. (Ref., Message of the Stars, page 226, and Junior Lesson No. 22)

  2]   Fluctuating finances . . . many changes in money matters. The conjunction with the Sun makes matters more settled however. (Ref., Message of the Stars, page 221)

  3] Keywords of the Moon square Uranus.

   Makes the native irresponsible, perverse, eccentric, egotistic, overbearing, conceited and intlerant; fanatically childish and fretful; inconstant and unconventional, loving sudden and spasmodic changes and craving a variety of. bohemian pleasures. He may allow sex to run riot. (Ref., Message of the Stars, pages 217, 241, 347)

  4] In one short paragraph coalesce the Keywords keywords keywords of the Moon in Cancer, Moon in 2nd house, Moon conjunct Sun and Moon square Uranus.

   Kind, sociable disposition, (Moon in Cancer), but erratic, overbearing and conceited, (Moon square Uranus), withg a restless desire for change. (Moon in Cancer). Having an inherent distaste for work, (Moon in Cancer), he brings much unhappiness down upon himself because of business fluctuations, (Moon 2nd house). An impressionable, (Moon in Cancer) inconstant lover, with, disastrous results, (Moon square Uranus). He is sensitive, and has a perpetual inferiority complex, (Moon in Cancer), coupled with the self-will and perversity of the true bohemian, (Moon square Uranus). The Individuality and Personality are inextricably interwoven, and both strongly marked with the characteristics of Cancer.

  5] Delineate in detail your understanding of the influences of the Moon on this boy, with regard to sign, house, and aspects. Write at least three hundred words or over.

   The Moon has no basic nature of its own. It serves to focus the qualities of its sign, house and aspects.

   The human being who comes specifically under the Lunar Rays, is often easy-going and dreamy. He lives in enchanted air castles of a more or less nebulous nature and ofttimes flagrantly neglects the maerial world in which he functions consciously.

   As a general rule, the Moon in Cancer gives a kind, sociable disposition and bestows upon the native innate psychic faculties which enable him to sense conditions on planes other than the material. That is why the Cancer person is said to be supersensitive and the subtle reason why he is so sympathetic.

   The Water, or Emotional Body, in his nature seems to blend quite readily with the Water, or Emotional Bodies, of other people, and this sympathy tends to make him happy, sad, buoyant, depressed, tolerant, critical, loving, hateful, according to the state or mood of those with whom he comes in contact.

   The Moon in Cancer gives a love of home and of the comforts of home. Good digestion is indicated provided the appetite is under control and the pleasures of the table arc not indulged in to excess.

   The Moon in the 2nd house signifies fluctuating finances. However, the conjunction with the Sun will make the financial situation more settled.

   The Moon in conjunction with the Sun will make this boy strong and running over with vitality, with the ability to recuperate rapidly from any condition; of illness; (This is one of the best indications for health and general success as long as the conjunction is not with 3 degrees -- combust

   It should also bring him a harmonious marriage partner; one who will understand him and work with him as a true helpmate.

   The Moon square Uranus will probably work out in the 12th house affairs of the Boy, this being the only adverse aspect to the Moon.

   The Moon square Uranus and the latter in the 12th house will probably hamper him mightily in both material and spiritual strivings and aspirations, through the medium of secret enemies, and at the most unlooked for and unexpected moments. This configuration also makes him eccentric regarding occult science and like subjects.

   It is also blatantly obvious that all through life he will have sudden and sporadic upheavals of trouble and hostility from, and with, the opposite sex. (Ref., Message of the Stars, pages 219, 221, 226, 231, 241)

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