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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. 10

Hopes -- Wishes -- Aspirations
Sorrow and Self-Undoing
Old Age

Sorrow, like Purgatory, may be said to be the process of becoming conscious of the futility of unnecessary earthly desires and activities. What we are, what we have, all our good qualities, are the result of our own actions in the past. What we lack in physical, moral, or mental excellence, may yet be ours in the future; and, too, whatever trials, tribulations, and sorrows that we may have to contend with in this life, be assured that they can be cancelled and erased from the scroll of future lives, to a great extent, by the way and manner in which we live our daily lives.

   All of us have our troubles, our worries, our sorrows; all of us have heavy burdens to bear, no matter what external appearances may indicate to the contrary. Indeed, it is excellent for us that we sometimes have troubles and sorrows, for they bring us back to realities; they foster humility; they defend us from vainglory. Then, too, afflictions and adversities make us understand better the great need we have of God, without whom we can do nothing that is good.

   We advance much more rapidly in the University of Life through sorrows and adversities, because we then struggle and exert ourselves to "Overcome" our defects, and strive to improve our conditions and environment; whereas, with too much affluence we are so apt to become lazy, indolent, and waste our lives in pleasure, selfishness, and ease.

   Whatever we do that is wrong is life must in some way be brought to our attention. Sorrow and pain have been the taskmasters that have guided us aright in the past, and in order that we may continue to do right, we have the Law of Cause and Effect.

   There is in each one of us a spiritual power that has become latent during the time we have been making the pilgrimage through matter, and it is for us to awaken this power. It is now latent because humanity has not fitted itself to receive it. We are too selfish, and we must cultivate unselfishness before we shall be trusted to wield this wonderful force. And, if we continue to travel and travel, take rebirth after rebirth, and do not at some time learn to obey the voice of God, hold His commands holy, and live the good life, we cannot expect to reach the City of Peace, but must be content to remain in the land of sorrow and suffering.

   All of us have this spiritual power within that will bring us into this City of Peace, and enable us to make progress on the Path of God. But the question instantly arises--how are we to unfold our latent spiritual power? How are we to reach God? What must we do to travel that long, arduous road to perfection? We must make the start sometime--so why not now?

   Assuredly, the first step is purification, for without a pure life there can be no spiritual advancement. "Ye can not serve God and mammon," it is said. But mammon is usually interpreted to mean the gold of the world. Yet a man may remain in his business and take care of it for the good of all, not only striving for his own interests, but endeavoring to do everything possible for others. In consequence, he will not be serving mammon.

   We may love only a few around us, but there is a higher love that flows out to those not in our own circle which must be observed. Every duty must be fulfilled that we may thereby take advantage of the higher opportunities that are ever opening up before us.

   And so we must learn our lessons in service: service to humanity, service to our younger brothers, service to animals, service everywhere. This, and this alone will bring us out of the "wilderness." It is said that those who were highest in the Temple in the Wilderness were those who served; and the Christ said, "He who would be the greatest among you, let him be the servant of all."

   Let us all strive to render service. Let us all endeavor to be helpful, cheerful, valiant, and courageous, always lending a helping hand to those in sorrow and distress--and then our own troubles will gradually fade into oblivion as the dawn of new understanding begins to light the way to the unbelievable glories of our Father God.

Hopes -- Wishes -- Aspirations
[Generally of a Material Nature]

   Shown chiefly by the 11th house, planets therein, and the ruler of the sign on the cusp.

Sorrow and Self-Undoing

   Indicated by the 12th house, planets therein, and the ruler of the sign on the cusp.

Old Age

Signified by the 4th house, planets located therein, and the ruler of the sign on the cusp.


   Indicated by the 8th house, planets deposited there, and the ruler of the sign on the cusp.

   A planet deposited in a house is to be considered first. If no planet is there, consider the ruler of the sign on the cusp. In detailed delineation both are taken into consideration.

   In order not to involve the student in too much of a labyrinth of intricate configurations and possibilities, we are simplifying the following questions, and wish them to be answered in the same manner.

   Simplicity, as we have before remarked, in analyzing the prominent points of a horoscope, is an absolutely necessary accomplishment before the detailed delineation is undertaken.


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1] Hopes -- Wishes -- Aspirations.
  Sum up, in one short paragraph, the significance of:
  Pisces on the cusp of the 11th house, Neptune ruler thereof.
  Neptune sextile Venus and the Sun.
  Neptune square Mars.

2] Sorrow and Self-Undoing.
  Synthesize in one short paragraph:
  Uranus in Aries in the 12th house.
  Uranus square the Moon.
  Uranus trine Jupiter.

3] Old Age.
   From the planets and their aspects which are deposited in the 4th house, state the conditions of the boy's later years.

4] Death-Regeneration.

   [a] What sort of death is indicated when the time for it arrives?
   [b] What are the possibilities of leading the regenerate life?


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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.

Answers to Lesson No. 9:

1] [a] Gemini rules the arms, hands, lungs, shoulders, thymus gland and the upper ribs.

   [b] Gemini is a common sign, and when it is on the Ascendant it it very often signifies a person who is quite careless of his health and habits, and on this account we find more tubercular patients among Gemini people than among those of any one of the other eleven signs.

   [c] A person with Gemini rising is subject to nervous troubles, but with the slightest help he can throw off most illnesses. Afflictions in this sign indicate pulmonary troubles, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, pleurisy, consumption and every sort of nervous ailment and disorder.

2] [a] Mars in Gemini on the Ascendant gives energy, a strong constitution, excellent recuperative powers, and much vitality. It has some adverse effects, however, and as it is co-ruler of the 6th house it shows certain tendencies: pneumonia, bronchitis, wounds or fractures of hands, arms, or collar bone; and by reflex action in Sagittarius, fractured femur, sciatica.

   [b] Mars trine Saturn sustains the physical body of the boy, gives him great vitality, and promises general good health for long periods.

   [c] Mars square Neptune implies potential nervous troubles from impulsive and sensual excesses, fevers, and danger from poisons.

3] Mars rules the iron in the blood, red coloring matter in the blood, genitals, motor nerves, left cerebral hemisphere, muscular movenebts, motor segment of the spinal cord, rectum, and the Desire Body.

4] [a] Venus in Cancer, co-ruler of the 6th house, shows a proclivity to distended stomach, gastric tumor, and nausea.

   [b] Venus parallel Saturn is an adverse configuration as regards health. It denotes trouble with the opposite sex, and obstruction of the venous circulation.

5] [a] Saturn in Aquarius gives a tendency to weak ankles, easily sprained, and, by reflex action in Leo, curvature of the spine, sclerosis, and afflictions of the heart, back, and arteries. The opposition of Mercury increases these tendencies.

   [b] Uranus in Aries reacts upon the head, producing headaches, neuralgia, and diseases of the brain and cerebral hemisphere.

   [c] Neptune in Virgo shows a predisposition to hypochondria, and nervous disorders originating in the abdominal region and the large and small intestines. Cholera, appendicitis, and intestinal troubles are indicated by the above placement.

6] Mars on the Ascendant, in the 1st house, in Gemini, strengthens the boy's constitution and gives him much energy and vitality. There is a weakness, however, with regard to bronchial inflammation, pleurisy, and pneumonia, and the weakness is the more pronounced because of Mars square Neptune. This tends to cause trouble through poisons and fevers in the intestines (Neptune in Virgo). Saturn in Aquarius shows varicose veins, and by reflex to Leo, heart trouble. Saturn opposition Mercury not only increases this tendency, but also suggests a nervous condition. Mars trine Saturn and Mars sextile Mercury, however, will offset these tendencies to a great degree. The Sun, Moon, and Venus in Cancer indicate strong desires for rich and sweet foods, and their consumption to excess will cause a congested digestive system and various sorts of digestive disorders. The Moon square Uranus assists in making the native indiscreet in his choice of foods, hence headaches, a clogged system, and stomach complaint. Later in life there might possibly be a rheumatic condition, but with a normal amount of common sense and care the boy will escape many proclivities imposed by past-life indulgences.

Note: It is not intended to be implied by the above that the configurations noted will produce all of the afflictions and diseases cited. The configurations merely show the tendencies which may materialize in one or more afflictions; or these may be largely avoided by "ruling one's stars."

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