THE DEGREES OF THE ZODIAC AND THE SABIAN SYMBOLS
The Degree is not merely a subdivision of the zodiacal sign, or of the whole zodiac. It stands, as an astrological element, alone and in a position of supreme (though little understood) significance. The Degree is the most mysterious element in astrology, and indeed the key to all deeper astrological interpretation. For in the Degree come to a point of synthesis the two motions of the Earth — and, symbolically, the two great principles of all life: collective and individual, universal and particular. In the Degree we witness the operation of the creative within an individual personality, or a particular situation. Here "meaning" stands revealed — for whosoever knows how to read symbols.
Ignoring for the time being the numerical discrepancy existing between the 365 days and the 360 Degrees, we see that the Degree is the space covered by the Earth in its orbital revolution while it effects a complete axial rotation. The Degree is thus the projection in space of the time-unit, the day. In the Degree, time-value and space-value are integrated, and the two motions of the Earth are combined. Every complete axial rotation distributes all over the Earth some phase of the Life-function related to the zodiacal sign (or segment of the Earth-orbit) in which this particular rotation occurs. Because the Earth moves on its orbit while rotating around its axis, there can be only a limited number of axial rotations within the yearly revolution around the Sun. Each rotation generates thus, orbitally, a Degree. These Degrees are not mere subdivisions of the zodiac; for the fact of their existence is not dependent upon any intrinsic differentiation caused by the nature of the zodiac itself, or of the universal Life-force. It is dependent solely on the axial rotation of the Earth. The Degree partakes thus of two natures. It is an orbital element conditioned by the axial rotation. It must stand therefore for that factor in life which "reconciles the opposites."
What this function of reconciliation of the opposites is can be ascertained from our previous study of Jung's analytical psychology as well as from the contents of our chapter "Individual, Collective, Creative," etc. In the "day" we see operating successively all the phases of consciousness — from the waking state to the deepest sleep. All the stages from clear consciousness to the deepest unconsciousness are theoretically present. But if a "day" is a basic cycle of being, there must be something which integrates all these stages, a function of relation between conscious and unconscious. This function manifests in various ways; mainly, on one hand in dreams, on the other in creative phantasy. In the former, the unconscious predominates; in the latter, the conscious. But in both cases we find a linking or integrating process at work; and this process manifests through the projection of images, which are symbols. Dreams, or the greatest inspirations of the genius, are alike the products of an integrating process linking conscious and unconscious. In a sense, they are more often conditioned as to form by the state of the conscious — as the Degree is conditioned by the axial rotation of the Earth — but the energy with which they are endowed comes from the unconscious — the Degree is a part of the zodiac.
It might be said that the planet Uranus (and, in another way, also Jupiter) symbolizes this activity of the unconscious in relation to the conscious; but what a planet represents is pure activity. Whether the individual extracts out of the activity the "jewel of significance" or not, the planet of itself does not reveal; nor does it indicate the particular quality of the meaning that the individual at best could extract from the completion of this activity; that is, the nature of the "jewel of significance."
What is seen in the Degree is the archetypal "quality" of whatever occurs within its boundaries; the potential selfhood of any life-manifestation focused therein. The zodiac, considered as a complete cyclic series of Degrees, becomes much more than a representation of collective energies. It becomes the universal womb of significances. It becomes Time in its highest sense: A cyclic series of creative moments which are "wombs of souls," each of which releases a "quality" that becomes the "monad" of every entity reaching independent existence within that moment. Time, thus understood, is identical with the great Chinese concept of Tao.(1) The Degrees are units of creative Time. They reveal the boundaries of the great creative "moments" for human beings on this Earth.
That there are 360 of such Degrees means that there are, from the planetary viewpoint, as many basic types or modalities of individual selfhood on Earth; as many "meanings" incarnate as "groups of human beings." It is a planetary number. There is a different number for each planet, and it is determined (archetypally rather than phenomenally, as we shall see) by the relationship between the durations of the planet's revolution and of its axial rotation. This relationship between the two durations is the mystical and creative meaning of Time, as we understand the term. It is the operative number of Tao on Earth, we might say — very much as, for instance, the number Pi (3.14159) is the operative number of life, universally considered.
From the foregoing it may have become clear that the reality of the Degree, being of such a transcendental nature, can be considered and studied only in terms of a particular symbolical representation attached to it. Each Degree of the zodiac must therefore carry a symbol; and this symbol will reveal the meaning — the potential selfhood — of whatever is found located in this Degree; whether it be a planet or a cusp or any other abstract point.
How can one perceive or visualize these symbols? The answer is not so easy to give. To perceive symbols that are "wombs of significance" one must have a faculty of spiritual perception; moreover, the power to make the images visualized explicit and self-revealing. The term "clairvoyance" does not elucidate much, but we must use it in this connection. Space forbids us to explain what type of "clairvoyance" we are referring to. It certainly is more akin to real intuition than to mere "psychic" gifts. It can be said to be a special type of "holistic perception" — but one which is of planetary scope. Also we must add that the revelation of the symbols may reach the public only through several stages of transmission. Those who actually have such a planetary "holistic perception" may transmit the symbols to disciples, who in turn record these for general use.
Be this as it may, we find that, in the Alan Leo Astrological Manuals series, the booklet entitled The Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized gives two sets of symbolic interpretations of the Degrees. The first, by Charubel, is quite valuable; the second, from a medieval source, seems completely useless. Marc Edmund Jones has given out another set which is by far the best; which, in fact, actual practice has proven, to those who know how to use symbols, absolutely invaluable. The symbols are presented as quite modern pictures, thus in a garb more significant to the average student of today; but they are said to be derived from very ancient Egyptian sources. We are adding to this chapter, with the special authorization of the recorder, our own condensed formulation of these symbols. We believe that they constitute a momentous astrological revelation, the significance and import of which may loom larger and larger as the years pass.
In this "Sabian" cycle of symbols we have something similar to the cycle of the Yi King as interpreted by the King Wen some 3000 years ago. The Chinese seer used pictures and scenes taken from nature and from the simple agricultural life of his day in order to convey through the instrumentality of images otherwise inexpressible meanings. He had to use such pictures and scenes because unless they were familiar to, and easily experienced by, men of his time, these men would not have been able to extract the vital significance locked therein. The same thing is true today. Therefore the "Sabian" symbols, recorded by Marc Jones, present to us moderns pictures and scenes which are relatively familiar or at least within the scope of our vicarious experiences. It is possible that the formulation of these 360 symbols is not yet perfect; that in some cases the scenes depicted as symbols are not sufficiently deeply rooted enough in the common experience of mankind, and not universally or vitally compelling. But in the main we believe that such a series of symbols goes to the very root of planetary significance for our present era, and that, after being refined here and there, and after its structural rhythm is made clear through interpretative studies at various levels, it will stand with a significance comparable to that of the 64 symbols of the Yi King series. At any rate its practical value in astrological practice is, to us, absolutely beyond doubt. It has proven itself in hundreds of cases; in fact, practically whenever it has been tested, both in natal charts and in important horary charts.
We might add, for the sake of a fuller understanding of the matter, that there are very plausible reasons why several valid symbols recorded in more or less the same way by persons of different spiritual "qualities" could be attached to each Degree. We must realize that in the realm of pure significance values are very different from those encountered in that of intellectual or scientific analysis. First, the individual element is paramount; second, it is connected with the factor of time. A symbol may be valid now, which may prove valueless a few centuries hence. The matter is not one of truthfulness or correctness, but one of value. And values are cyclically changing. A set of values may be "true" or rather vitally significant now; also it may have been as significant 5000 years ago. Yet it may have had very little or no validity 1000 years ago. For the same reasons, cultures and art-expressions change periodically. There are cycles of significance within cycles. Each race, each cycle, is the symbolic image of some vast planetary or cosmic meaning. Some men who strive after real spiritual values refine their inner awareness to the point at which they can become the recipients, the "grails," into which flows, and into which alone may flow, the "wine of significance." They are the "seers," the creative geniuses of the race — the avatars of Time, and themselves seeds of significance to the monadic group to which they belong by spiritual right.
These monadic groups can be discovered by means of astrological analysis. They are, in a sense, hidden behind the zodiac. But not the ordinarily understood zodiac of signs; rather, the more mysterious cycle of 360 Degrees. The key-number in such a cycle is not 12, but 6. The cycle is one of awareness, awareness being the vehicle for significance. As such, its first division is one which corresponds to the concept of horizon; and also to the theoretical division between day and night; which refers to the division between conscious and unconscious, outer and inner, man and woman, sensation-thinking and intuition-feeling. The concept of meridian, on the other hand, refers to the element of "power." The birth-chart of the individual uses both axes, because birth means crucifixion in space and the number 4 is the number of formation. The ordinary zodiac, symbolizing also as a whole the universal "power of formation," had therefore to be divided into 4 sections, which by trisection, gave the twelvefold division — or by bisection, the eightfold one.
Significance is based on the type of spiritual activity which constantly "reconciles the opposites." It is, in an absolute sense, the source of this activity; in a relative and concrete sense it is the result thereof. Its keynote is thus 2 multiplied by 3; the number 3 referring to the principle of essential manifestation, or individuation. In other words, in terms of significance, we find the cycle divided into 6 phases. Each phase is the spiritual reality of what the occultist-theosophist calls a "Ray." Each Ray, as it manifests concretely, has to subdivide itself into 4 parts: the crucifixion of the Ray. Thus we have the 24 Elders of the Bible, standing around the throne of God. In ancient times, as manifestation was more potential and energic than concrete and actually embodied, each Ray was rather trisected, giving the number 18 — the 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna was the nineteenth, just as in the first phase of the Bahai movement, the Bab (the Herald of the Avatar-to-be) and his closest companions formed the 19 "Letters of the Living" — because they constituted the group before the concrete manifestation of the "Glory of God" — Baha'u'llah.
The 24 Elders represent the 24 hours of the day, for the day is the unit of Time and the reality of the Degree, which in turn is the unit of significance. Each "hour" stands therefore in the complete zodiac of significance for 15 degrees; just as each Ray stands for a two-month period — or two successive signs of the zodiac (which are traditionally referred to as a masculine-feminine pair; for instance, the pair Aries-Taurus).
In his interpretation of the "Sabian" cycle of symbols Marc Jones refers to these "hours" as spans, and divides them each into three five-degree sections: "In each hour the first five degrees express the factor of the habit realm in man; the second five, the emotional realm; the third five, the mental realm — the order of all trisection in . . . evolution from matter upward towards spirit."
(Symbolical Astrology: Lesson 11.)
At this point, however, it seems necessary to answer two questions which probably have presented themselves many times to the reader's mind while reading the last paragraphs. The first is: If there are over 365 days in the year, why only 360 degrees? — The second: Are there not seven Rays, rather than six?
These two questions can be answered simultaneously, the two answers deriving from the same principle. We can state this principle briefly by saying that there is always in Nature a value of indeterminacy where two fundamental polarities are to be interpreted in terms of each other. The axial rotation of the earth is a cosmically subjective and individualistic time-factor. The orbital revolution is an objective and universalistic space-factor. And the former cannot serve as an exact unit of measurement to determine the latter. We cannot measure one set of values by a unit belonging to another realm of value. The collectivity is not an exact sum total of individuals. There may be 360 individuals in a group; but the value of the group is not the exact sum of the values of each individual. There is in any collectivity an increment of growth, a plus; a mysterious quantity which, in a sense, is not a quantity — at any rate never a rational number.
The process may be reversed, and one may say that the individual is not an exact fraction of the group-value. Life is not as mathematical as we might think; and modern physics has discovered this while investigating the behavior of electrons. The result has been Heisenberg's principle of indeterminacy: You cannot know accurately and at the same time the position and the speed of an electron. Likewise no two planetary motions of different orders can be related quantitatively by rational numbers. Perhaps the most universal symbol of this law of cosmic relationship is to be found in the value of Pi which measures the relation of circumference to diameter; 3.14159. It would seem logical that the circumference should contain 3 diameters or 6 radii. But it contains more than 6 radii, just as the year contains more than 6 X 60 days.
The "more" represents the coefficient of indeterminacy in all integrative processes. It represents the freedom of the Soul, the Seventh Day of Creation, the Atman of Hindu philosophy: the Imprevisible. Occultists speak of the Seven Rays. But the seventh is not really a Ray; it is a bridge between two six-fold scales of being. Musically speaking, it is the "leading note" of the major scale. It is the irrational value by which the length of the circumference is more than the sum of the lengths of six radii; that is .14159. . . It represents the freedom of all Rays; that by which they can be more than they are. Likewise if one divides 365 & 1/4 by 360 one gets a decimal value which represents symbolically that by which, each year, the individual may grow to a higher state of selfhood. This value, curiously enough, gives again the number 14 — being .014+.(2)
In another sense, the extra days mean also that the Earth's orbit is not perfect nor the Earth's pace steady. This might be referred to the tilting of the polar axis over the plane of the ecliptic. Whichever way one looks at the subject, 360 must be taken as the archetypal number measuring the relation of individual to collective on Earth: the creative number of the Earth as an archetype of significance. The realm of significance is the archetypal realm; and no concrete manifestation is ever a perfect replica of its archetype. Likewise, no astronomical cycle can be calculated in whole numbers; and, we might add, no actual life is ever absolutely and rigidly true to the pattern offered by the birth-chart; no group of prognostications can ever be absolutely accurate. Somewhere, at some time, some discrepancy will always occur. Otherwise the universe would already have reached a point of static perfection. The fact that life is, is the surest indication that spirit and matter, significance and form, can never be perfectly adjusted, and their opposite emphases never perfectly reconciled. Therefore there must always be destruction and regeneration. Out of the "indeterminate," the creative freedom of Shiva arises — the symbol of all transitions, the god of the "First Ray." All creation that is absolutely significant is imprevisible, because it arises out of relative imperfection, out of the perpetual need to find a new form to integrate the unintegratable.
There is a great symbolic truth in the tradition that, in leap years, on February 29, women can propose to men. For that extra day symbolizes the unfulfilled part of any cycle; and in that part the call of substance unmarried to spirit rises to spirit. And it must be heard. And the answer is the Avatar, the Christ-being, the Seventh Who is the First.
We now give the "Sabian" series of Degree-symbols in our condensed version. We shall add only these few remarks which are excerpts from Marc Jones' course:
"Symbolical astrology is a living art and must be studied as such. The symbols connected with the degrees of the zodiac are seldom to be taken literally. They are rather catalytics to the astrologer's higher understanding, the development of which will enable him to add content and implication to every factor of life."
Marc Jones gives a positive and a negative interpretation of every symbol. In the present version, only the positive meaning is usually given, although occasionally both meanings are mentioned. This dualism of meanings is the expression of the fact that all being can orient itself toward spirit or toward matter, and all conditioning is susceptible of two basic types of interpretation — which, in turn, can be related to one of several (at least three) levels of consciousness. Hence the application of symbols to individual cases requires a technique, based on the higher understanding.
Any fraction of a degree is to be considered as a whole degree. Aries 15° 0' is to be read as Aries 15°; but Aries 15° 1', as well as Aries 15° 59', represents Aries 16°. The symbols are the expression of a span of activity, a cycle, the significance of which is released at once, the moment it begins.
I. THE SPAN OF REALIZATION
1° A WOMAN HAS RISEN FROM THE OCEAN; A SEAL EMBRACES HER.
Potentiality of selfhood: the individual is emerging from the collective and realizes self for the first time.
2° A COMEDIAN IS ENTERTAINING A GROUP OF HIS FRIENDS.
Objective understanding through extracting salient elements of being. Joy of life's discovery; or escape through humor.
3° A MAN'S PROFILE SUGGESTS THE OUTLINES OF HIS COUNTRY.
The individual self as an avatar of greater collective reality; as participant in the larger scheme of society or life.
4° TWO LOVERS ARE STROLLING THROUGH A SECLUDED PARK LANE.
Fullness of conscious participation in life without responsibility. Closing of a cycle of activity, implying satiation.
5° A WHITE TRIANGLE, WITH GOLDEN WINGS ON ITS UPPER SIDES.
Evolution of values in the sphere of inward self, but at a stage not yet substantiated. Eagerness for a spiritual goal.
6° A BLACK SQUARE; ONE OF ITS SIDES IS ILLUMINED RED.
Primal effort toward individual selfhood. First and uncontrolled interest in any given thing. Great inner restlessness.
7° A MAN EXPRESSES HIMSELF AT ONCE IN TWO REALMS.
Conscious duality by which man first really differentiates himself from the animals. Versatility in work. Self-expansion.
8° A WOMAN'S HAT, WITH STREAMERS BLOWN BY THE EAST WIND.
First real attempt at self-exteriorization and embodiment in consciousness. Individualizing Eastern forces are suggested.
9° A SEER GAZES WITH CONCENTRATION INTO A CRYSTAL SPHERE.
Direction from within. Taking advantage of all factors in a given situation, and knowing when to make decisions. Assurance.
10° A SCHOLAR CREATES NEW FORMS FOR ANCIENT SYMBOLS.
Deep understanding, beyond normal means. Abstract seership, integrating the inner and the outer. Interpretative gift.
11° THE RULER OF A COUNTRY IS BEING OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED.
Fine stewardship of collective racial ideals. Good and necessary, but unimaginative conformity to standards. Idealization.
12° A FLOCK OF WHITE GEESE FLYS OVERHEAD ACROSS CLEAR SKIES.
A soul as yet socially immature and unadjusted; not come down to full and steady concrete expression. Self-discovery.
13° A BOMB WHICH FAILED TO EXPLODE IS NOW SAFELY CONCEALED.
Intangible fears of nascent selfhood: the creative stirring up of a new perspective and a new identity suddenly revealed.
14° A SERPENT ENCIRCLES A MAN AND WOMAN IN CLOSE EMBRACE.
Power of higher wisdom manifest in the bi-polar nature. Protection by the higher genius of Self. Fulfillment in truth.
15° INDIAN WEAVING A BASKET IN THE GOLDEN LIGHT OF SUNSET.
Full and conscious realization of selfhood, through the memory of all the powers acquired in the past. Retentiveness.
ARIES II. THE SPAN OF EXAMINATION
16° BRIGHTLY CLAD BROWNIES, DANCING IN WARM DYING LIGHT.
Relationship between conscious and unconscious sides of life. Invisible assistance often entailing obligation to outer forces.
17° TWO PRIM SPINSTERS ARE SITTING TOGETHER IN SILENCE.
Poised and dispassionate outlook, involving either great dignity and integrity of self, or inability to live life fully.
18° AN EMPTY HAMMOCK IS HANGING BETWEEN TWO LOVELY TREES.
Rest after some notable achievement. Capacity for consciousness after the act, for reaping fruits of activity. Detachment.
19° A MAGIC CARPET HOVERING OVER AN UGLY INDUSTRIAL SUBURB.
Capacity to transform everyday life by the power of creative significance; or escape in idle fancy.
20° A YOUNG GIRL FEEDING SWANS IN A PARK ON A WINTRY DAY.
Participation of self in a life larger than any conception of selfhood. Protection, or the need for it.
21° A PUGILIST, FLUSHED WITH STRENGTH, ENTERS THE RING.
Complete immolation of self in things purely physical. Intense self-assertiveness, physical and psychological.
22° GATEWAY OPENING TO THE GARDEN OF ALL DESIRED THINGS.
Joy and utter lack of inhibitions in objective life. Self-exaltation or bondage to the craving for happiness.
23° WOMAN IN SUMMER DRESS CARRIES A PRECIOUS VEILED BURDEN.
First maturity of conscious life in any phase of experience. Sense of value and delicacy — or wastefulness. Innocence.
24° A WINDOW CURTAIN BLOWN INWARD, SHAPED AS A CORNUCOPIA.
Good fortune attending upon the putting forth of effort. Rush of spiritual forces into the conscious ego. Protection.
25° A DOUBLE PROMISE REVEALS ITS INNER AND OUTER MEANINGS.
Fortuitous cooperation between inner and outer elements of being. A sense of responsibility to self or to society.
26° A MAN, BURSTING WITH THE WEALTH OF WHAT HE HAS TO GIVE.
Supreme endowment, and inexhaustibility of resources in all possible life realms. Sometimes obsession by potentiality.
27° THROUGH IMAGINATION, A LOST OPPORTUNITY IS REGAINED.
Beginning of mental maturity and slow growth of the creative faculty. Revision of attitude. Mental house-cleaning.
28° A CROWD APPLAUDS A MAN WHO SHATTERED A DEAR ILLUSION.
A new light is shed upon cherished ideas. Fearless, constructive and public facing of the facts of existence. Adjustment.
29° A CELESTIAL CHOIR HAS ARISEN TO SING COSMIC HARMONIES.
At-one-ment of consciousness with cosmic powers. Harmonic understanding and faith in the order and meaning of life.
30° YOUNG DUCKLINGS DISPORT THEMSELVES MERRILY UPON A POND.
Essential social cooperativeness and appreciation of selfhood. Also a sense of inner restriction. Contentedness.
TAURUS I. THE SPAN OF EXPERIENCE
1° A CLEAR MOUNTAIN STREAM FLOWS THROUGH A ROCKY DEFILE.
Purity, excellence and immediate availability of the strength and power of being. Refreshment. Self-sustainment.
2° AN ELECTRICAL STORM BRILLIANTLY ILLUMINES THE SKIES.
A sensing of the power and wonder of nature's forces. Complete transformation of the implication of all being. Awe.
3° NATURAL TERRACES LEAD UP TO A LAWN OF CLOVER IN BLOOM.
The invitation extended by all nature to man for self-expression. Inspirational possibilities in all experience. Hope.
4° THE RAINBOW’S POT OF GOLD GLOWS AMIDST THE SPARKLING RAIN.
Unlimited resources. Overflowing sense of power. Prodigality of spiritual love showered upon seekers for the highest.
5° A YOUNG WIDOW, TRANSFIGURED BY GRIEF, KNEELS AT A GRAVE.
Revelation of meaning behind fleeting appearances. Restless quest for understanding. Birth from illusion into reality.
6° A CANTILEVER BRIDGE IN CONSTRUCTION ACROSS A DEEP CANYON.
Conquest of difficulties and limitations by intelligence. Directed effort toward solving a problem. Channel-ship.
7° WOMAN OF SAMARIA COMES TO DRAW WATER FROM THE WELL.
The gaining of perspective by a return to ancient sources of being. Introspective approach to collective unconscious.
8° A SLEIGH SPEEDS OVER GROUND AS YET UNCOVERED BY SNOW.
Independence of the will of the self from outer circumstances. Power to mould life upon the pioneer's prophetic vision.
9° A CHRISTMAS TREE LOADED WITH GIFTS AND LIGHTED CANDLES.
A symbol of the promise which outer life offers to the pure in heart; of immortality through giving of self to the race.
10° A PRETTY RED CROSS NURSE HURRIES ON AN ERRAND OF MERCY.
Natural, unrestrained pouring of self in service to one's fellowmen. Self-expression through compassionate understanding.
11° A WOMAN WATERING ROWS OF FLOWERS IN FULL BLOOM.
Man's and nature's creative partnership of service and beauty. Nature's rich response to man's care or lack of care.
12° YOUNG COUPLE WALES DOWN MAIN STREET, WINDOW-SHOPPING.
Inner interest in outer life which leads to whole-souled participation and achievement. Self-projection. Estimation.
13° A PORTER IS CHEERFULLY BALANCING A MOUNTAIN OF BAGGAGE.
Joy of effort put forth. Faith in the eventual results of a simple plunging ahead in things. Extreme of self-reliance.
14° CHILDREN SPLASH IN RECEDING TIDE AMID GROPING SHELLFISH.
Need for a realization of life's unity in the multiplicity of its forms. Unconscious contact with higher stages of being.
I5° MAN WITH RAKISH SILK BAT, MUFFLED, BRAVES THE STORM.
Supremacy of conscious mind over brute nature forces. Full appreciation of outer difficulties. Great inner resources.
TAURUS IV. THE SPAN OF ENJOYMENT
16° OLD MAN TRIES BARD TO IMPART BIDDEN TRUTHS TO A CROWD.
Conscious possession of greater knowledge and potentiality than can be used. Great inner fullness. Spiritual loneliness.
17° A SYMBOLICAL BATTLE BETWEEN "SWORDS" AND "TORCHES."
Struggle between might and enlightenment, physical desires and higher inspirations. Self-orientation. Divine enthusiasm.
18° A WOMAN IS AIRING A LINEN BAG THROUGH A SUNNY WINDOW.
Revolt against musty, dark corners of being. Psycho-analysis. Self-dissatisfaction. Strong will for self-transformation.
19° A NEW CONTINENT, FRESH AND GREEN, RISES OUT OF THE OCEAN.
Potentiality for tangible self-manifestation in all beings. Overflowing originality. Spontaneous, rich creative urge.
20° WISPS OF CLOUDS, LIKE WINGS, ARE STREAMING ACROSS THE SKY.
Exalted state of consciousness; lightness and breadth of being and understanding. Mystical and ecstatic self-expansion.
21° MOVING FINGER POINTS TO SIGNIFICANT PASSAGES IN A BOOK.
Symbol of spiritual discrimination, of capacity for getting to the heart of any matter. Good memory. Perspicacity.
22° A WHITE HOMING PIGEON FLIES STRAIGHT OVER STORMY WATERS.
Freedom of understanding; strength based on the possession of a real mission. Transcendent activity. Self-extrication.
23° A JEWELRY SHOP FILLED WITH THE MOST MAGNIFICENT JEWELS.
Abundance of permanent spiritual values; or social display of traditional racial achievements. Profusion of inner gifts.
24° INDIAN, HUMAN SCALPS HANGING AT HIS BELT, RIDES PROUDLY.
Forceful intrusion of elemental energies in over-conscious selfhood. Return to primal values. Conquest of inhibitions.
25° VAST PUBLIC PARK DISPLAYS GLORIOUS AND INSPIRING VISTAS.
Social strength of collectivities. Power of traditional culture. Faithfulness to established achievements. Immutability.
26° A SPANISH SERENADER AT THE WINDOW-GRILLE OF HIS BELOVED.
Power of well-defined desire which assures success in all life-contacts. Imaginative power that compels manifestation.
27° A WITHERED OLD SQUAW, SMILING BRIGHTLY, SELLS TRINKETS.
Dignified offering of fruits of wisdom to exuberant youth. Patient understanding of destiny; or else meddlesomeness.
28° MATURE WOMAN REAWAKENED TO ROMANCE ADMIRES HERSELF.
New perspective on life, genuine rejuvenation. The compelling charm of mature experience. Rebelliousness of inner hopes.
29° TWO GARRULOUS OLD COBBLERS WORK SEATED ON AN OLD BENCH.
A symbol of discursive reason, the battle of "pros and cons" within the inner being. Analytical, recapitulative judgment.
30° PEACOCK DISPLAYS ITS PLUMAGE ON LAWN OF OLD ESTATE.
Personal magnificence or unconscious splendor. Sure retreat for the solitary soul where it can reveal its inmost glory.
GEMINI V. THE SPAN OF ZEAL
1° GLASS-BOTTOMED BOAT DRIFTS OVER UNDER-SEA WONDERS.
Depth of realization in a consciousness constantly in touch with the sources of life. Sensitiveness to collective images.
2° SANTA CLAUS IS FURTIVELY FILLING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS.
The natural beneficence in any normal human heart. Alertness to the wishes of others; the often hidden pride of benefactors.
3° LOUIS XIV'S COURT IN THE GARDENS OF THE TUILERIES.
A degree of genuine aristocracy and perfection of behavior. Self-fulfillment in form and tradition. Collective strength.
4° HOLLY AND MISTLETOE BRING CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TO A HOME.
Holiday spirit as an attempt to preserve for individuals the wealth and power of racial background. Social warmth.
5° A RADICAL MAGAZINE DISPLAYS A SENSATIONAL FRONT PAGE.
The compelling power of social propaganda. Exteriorization of emotional sympathy in organized reform. Efficiency.
6° NIGHT WORKMEN DRILL FOR OIL AMIDST NOISE AND CONFUSION.
Exaggerated activity in pursuit of material wealth. Capacity to drive oneself in view of future and speculative gains.
7° AN OLD WELL, FILLED WITH PURE WATER, SHADED BY TREES.
Deep and mature relationship between man and the basic life-giving reality of his environment. Inner assurance; poise.
8° AROUND A CLOSED-DOWN FACTORY STRIKERS MILL DEFIANTLY.
A stirring of the collective, unconscious factors of being toward the repolarization of the conscious ego. Idle protest.
9° A MEDIEVAL ARCHER, WITH BOW AND ARROWS, READY TO FIGHT.
Superiority and ease based upon training. Sure marksmanship. Certain self-direction. Preparedness. Invisible help in trouble.
10° AEROPLANE, AFTER A NOSE-DIVE, RIGHTS ITSELF GRACEFULLY.
Capacity to plunge into experience without surrendering one's principles or self-control. Self-expansion through sacrifice.
11° NEWLY OPENED LANDS OFFER VIRGIN REALMS OF EXPERIENCE.
New vista of concrete, conscious development. Renewed and enlarged opportunities. Nature's call for the pioneer spirit.
12° A BLACK SLAVE-GIRL DEMANDS HER RIGHTS OF HER MISTRESS.
The will to rise above racial conditioning and limitations; or a sense of the need to conform to things as they are.
13° WORLD-FAMOUS PIANIST BEGINS TO PLAY TO A HUGE AUDIENCE.
Extreme exaltation of social standing. Reaching of climax in selfhood. Ghastly sense of emptiness at the end of the quest.
14° TWO PEOPLE, LIVING FAR APART, IN TELEPATHIC COMMUNICATION.
Conscious mastery of space-time limitations of ordinary existence. Realization of basic realities in all situations.
15° TWO DUTCH CHILDREN ARE STUDYING THEM LESSONS TOGETHER.
Conscious approach to spiritual truth and underlying meanings. Open-mindedness. Clarity of thought along traditional lines.
GEMINI VI. THE SPAN OF RESTLESSNESS
16° WOMAN AGITATOR MAKES AN IMPASSIONED PLEA TO A CROWD.
Rising of the human soul in demand for the recognition by the outer nature of the needs of inner being. Self-assertion.
17° HEAD OF A YOUTH CHANGES INTO THAT OF A MATURE THINKER.
Progression from robust participation in outer things to a realization of deeper realities. Inborn wisdom. Steady growth.
18° TWO CHINAMEN CONVERSE IN CHINESE IN AN OCCIDENTAL CROWD.
Alienness, but also independence from environment. Conscious self-sustainment in spite of all conditions. Individualization.
19° LARGE ARCHAIC VOLUME ON DISPLAY IN A MUSEUM'S ARCHIVES.
Reserve of collective knowledge and wisdom beyond true individual self-expression. Deference to past experience.
20° A SELF-SERVICE RESTAURANT DISPLAYS AN ABUNDANCE OF FOOD.
Prodigal distribution of life-resources. Inner wealth. Satiation, or discriminative use of natural energies. Rich supply.
21° A LABOR DEMONSTRATION THRONGS A LARGE CITY SQUARE.
The impetuous on-surge of natural instincts within the field of the conscious ego. Blind struggle. Compelling power of fate.
22° DANCING COUPLES CROWD THE BARN IN A HARVEST FESTIVAL.
Richness of life in associations based on natural instincts. Warmth of simple living. Normal fulfillment of self.
23° THREE FLEDGLINGS LOOK OUT PROUDLY FROM THEIR HIGH NEST.
Conscious self-establishment in the soul and its threefold nature. Innate self-confidence. Superiority of real being.
24° CAREFREE CHILDREN SKATE OVER A SMOOTHLY FROZEN POND.
Capacity to use every opportunity, even in the hardest of environment, for self-recreation or relaxation. Appreciation.
25° A GARDENER TRIMS BEAUTIFUL PALM TREES WITH UTMOST CARE.
Capacity in man to control his environment and the impulses of his most intense nature. Active care for possessions.
26° FROST-COVERED TREES, LACE-LIKE, AGAINST WINTER SKIES.
Creative bestowal of significance upon all things. Transforming power of beauty. Keen appreciation of natural processes.
27° YOUNG GYPSY EMERGING FROM THE WOODS GAZES AT FAR CITIES.
Growth of consciousness from the instinctual to the intellectual. Anticipation and mounting self-confidence. Deep longing.
28° BANKRUPTCY GRANTED TO HIM, A MAN LEAVES THE COURT.
Release of self from collective pressure impossible to bear. Determination to re-gather forces for new attempt. Protection.
29° THE FIRST MOCKING BIRD OF SPRING SINGS FROM THE TREE TOP.
Recapitulation of past opportunities at the threshold of a new cycle of experience. Realization of new potentialities.
30° A PARADE OF BATHING BEAUTIES BEFORE LARGE BEACH CROWDS.
Use of individual vanity in raising racial standards. Examination-of intellectual values for use in the soul life.
CANCER VII. THE SPAN OF EXPANSION
1° SAILOR READY TO HOIST A NEW FLAG TO REPLACE OLD ONE.
The nascent desire to align oneself with a larger and more significant life trend. Compelling decision. Repolarization.
2° A MAN ON A MAGIC CARPET OBSERVES VAST VISTAS BELOW HIM.
Broadening of perspective. Supremacy of intelligence over circumstances. Conscientiousness. Objective self-control.
3° AN ARCTIC EXPLORER LEADS A REINDEER THROUGH ICY CANYONS.
The pioneering, trail-blazing instinct urging man to get out beyond all things. Plunge into virgin possibilities of life.
4° A HUNGRY CAT ARGUES WITH A MOUSE, BEFORE EATING HER.
The urge to self-justification through intellectual sophistry or social-ethical considerations. Sense of self-righteousness.
5° AUTOMOBILIST, RACING MADLY WITH A FAST TRAIN, IS KILLED.
Individual man is brought to account for his obligations to society. Curbed recklessness. Tragic escape from emptiness.
6° INNUMERABLE BIRDS ARE BUSY FEATHERING THEIR NESTS.
Instinctive preparation for mature and full expression of the self. Subconscious planning or dreaming of idle dreams.
7° IN A MOONLIT FAIRY GLADE TWO LITTLE ELVES ARE DANCING.
Man's recognition of the elusive play of underlying forces in nature. Cooperation with the invisible. Unusual good luck.
8° RABBITS IN FAULTLESS HUMAN ATTIRE PARADE WITH DIGNITY.
Reaching out to participation in a higher order through imitative behavior. Willingness to grow; also self-exploitation.
9° NAKED LITTLE MISS LEANS OVER A POND TO CATCH A GOLD FISH.
First curiosity of being; innocent reaching out for understanding. Untiring eagerness. Unsocial or infantile cravings.
10° A WONDERFUL DIAMOND IS BEING CUT TO A PERFECT SHAPE.
Spiritual fulfillment or the acme of civilized being. Actualization of potentialities and out-pressing of real selfhood.
11° A CLOWN CARICATURES MERRILY ALL KINDS OF HUMAN TRAITS.
Sharp discrimination and understanding of human nature. The light touch of masterful living; self-control; or frivolity.
12° A CHINESE WOMAN NURSING A BABY HALOED BY DIVINE LIGHT.
The promise to all men that God may take birth within their souls. Personality integration. Illumination; or frustration.
13° A HAND WITH PROMINENT THUMB IS HELD OUT RECEPTIVELY.
Strong, active and self-certain will, or persistent yet blind plunging ahead into reality. Freedom from soft illusions.
14° AN OLD MAN, ALONE, FACES THE DARKNESS IN THE NORTHEAST.
Fearlessness; and noble, self-perpetuating strength arising from knowledge. Courage in the facing of spiritual problems.
15° MERRY AND SLUGGISH PEOPLE RESTING AFTER A HUGE FEAST.
A turning to superficial things for self-strengthening. Self-indulgence in sensations. Unintelligent satiation; dullness.
CANCER VIII. THE SPAN OF INGENUOUSNESS
16° A MAN HOLDS A SCROLL. BEFORE HIM, A SQUARE IS OUTLINED.
Underlying tendency to revert to root patterns of being: "squaring" oneself with everyday reality. Control over life.
17° THE ARCHETYPAL SOUL BECOMES FILLED WITH LIFE-CONTENTS.
Gathering of all life values and experience in the perfectly formed consciousness. Spiritually integrated knowledge.
18° IN A CROWDED BARNYARD A HEN CLUCKS AMONG HER CHICKENS.
Constructively practical, natural approach to life and its simpler joys. Concern over things. Child-like group devotion.
19° AN ARISTOCRATIC AND FRAIL GIRL WEDS A PROLETARIAN YOUTH.
Blending of the cultural fruition of the past with the impetuousness of new blood. Assimilation of unconscious contents.
20° A GROUP OF SERENADERS MAKE MERRY IN A VENETIAN GONDOLA.
Exaltation of social intercourse in the traditional manner. Sentimental clinging to old life-ideals. The will to romance.
21° AN OPERATIC PRIMA DONNA SINGS TO A GLITTERING AUDIENCE.
Elevation and popularization of human values through art as a social factor. Supreme realization of the life-ambition.
22° A YOUNG WOMAN DREAMILY AWAITS A SAILBOAT APPROACHING.
A longing to live life as a great adventure. The compelling power of all sustained desire and of the dreaming of dreams.
23° A GROUP OF INTELLECTUAL INDIVIDUALS MEET FOR DISCUSSION.
Interchange of ideas among any elite as a basis for the cultural development of the whole. Mental or physical fellowship.
24° WOMAN AND TWO MEN CASTAWAYS ON A SOUTH SEAS ISLAND.
The three "souls" in man — actional, emotional, mental — "exiled" in the body. Potential fulfillment. Sense of being lost in life.
25° LEADER OF MEN WRAPPED IN AN INVISIBLE MANTLE OF POWER.
Support of unconscious elements in every fearless and positive stand of the ego. Restoration of strength; or self-discovery.
26° GUESTS ARE READING IN THE LIBRARY OF A LUXURIOUS HOME.
Emergence of consciousness upon higher levels of being, once life has been fulfilled at normal levels. Conscious fruition.
27° A FURIOUS STORM RAGES THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL CANYON.
Intensification of elements necessary to arouse latent possibilities. Rising to the occasion. A descent of cosmic power.
28° INDIAN GIRL INTRODUCES COLLEGE BOY-FRIEND TO HER TRIBE.
The human soul as intercessor between primordial natural forces and the intellectual order. Self-integration. Linkage.
29° A GREEK MUSE WEIGHS IN GOLDEN SCALES JUST BORN TWINS.
The revelation of latent worth in all things through the power of creative imagination. Piercing beyond appearances.
30° A LADY OF ARISTOCRATIC DESCENT PROUDLY ADDRESSES A CLUB.
The will and ability to maintain a social supremacy based on thoroughly established tradition. Inner or outer aristocracy.
LEO IX. THE SPAN OF ASSURANCE
1° UNDER EMOTIONAL STRESS BLOOD RUSHES TO A MANS HEAD.
A basic symbol of Man: forceful, dangerous entrance into the Soul realm. Irresistible outpouring of self. Activity per se.
2° THE SCHOOL CLOSED BY AN EPIDEMIC, CHILDREN PLAY TOGETHER.
Constructive result of inconveniences of life in developing communal values. Self-sensitiveness. Subtraction from things.
3° MATURE WOMAN, HER HAIR JUST BOBBED, LOOKS INTO MIRROR.
Sense of freedom from age and realization of the value of youth. Self-creation and independence from fate. Will-power.
4° ELDERLY MAN GAZES AT MOOSE HEAD ON CLUBROOM'S WALL.
Self-development through the culture of masculine activities. Subservience of individual to social pattern of behavior. Taste.
5° SUGGESTING FIGURES, GRANITE MASSES OVERHANG A CANYON.
Permanence of basic elements in nature underneath temporary changes and emphases. Endurance. Steadiness of self-knowledge.
6° OLD-FASHIONED BELLE AND FLAPPER ADMIRE EACH OTHER.
Realization of changeless subjective worth beyond changing appearances. Interchange of sympathy. Enhanced self-awareness.
7° THE CONSTELLATIONS GLOW IN THE DARKNESS OF DESERT SKIES.
Sense of primordial wonder and awe before life. Unquenchable faith in a spiritual being complementing our own. Realization.
8° PROLETARIAN, BURNING WITH SOCIAL PASSION, STIRS UP CROWDS.
Leavening of the inchoate materials of a new order by a forceful vision born of repression and misfortune. Revolution.
9° GLASS-BLOWERS SHAPE WITH THEIR BREATH GLOWING FORMS.
The formative power of the soul in moments of emotional intensity. Controlled self-expression. Art as a spiritual fact.
10° EARLY MORNING DEW SPARKLES AS THE SUN FLOODS THE FIELDS.
Freshness of spontaneous response to life and emotions. Uplifting lightness in experience; or else superficial glamour.
11° CHILDREN PLAY BENEATH HUGE OAK, SHELTER FROM THE SUN.
The sustaining and protective power of ancestral background against emotions. Appreciation of inborn cultural restraint.
12° A GARDEN PARTY IS IN FULL SWING UNDER JAPANESE LANTERNS.
Easy intercourse of human souls in moments of relaxation from strain. Examination of, or self-loss in social values.
13° OLD SEA-CAPTAIN RESTS IN NEAT LITTLE COTTAGE BY THE SEA.
Reward of growth from outer to inner realms. Serenity through the overcoming of storms. Self-gained mellowness. Retirement.
14° CHERUB-LIKE, A HUMAN SOUL WHISPERS, SEEKING TO MANIFEST.
The desire to be, to suffer and to grow which brings Spirit to Earth. Whole-souled self-giving. Yearning for experience.
15° THE MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL CROWDS NEW ORLEANS' STREETS.
Spectacular, dramatic release of subconscious energies. Self-exaltation for social approval. Self-indulgence and license.
LEO X. THE SPAN OF INTERPRETATION.
16° REFRESHED BY A STORM, FIELDS AND GARDENS BASK IN THE SUN.
A return to values after a major life-crisis. Cleansing power of suffering overcome. Mastery of strain — or indifference.
17° VOLUNTEER CHURCH CHOIR MAKE SOCIAL EVENT OF REHEARSAL.
Utilization of normal human instincts as a foundation to high endeavor. Lay-participation in Mysteries. Joy in faith.
18° CHEMIST CONDUCTS AN EXPERIMENT BEFORE HIS STUDENTS.
Practical application of principles to ordinary life. Active enlightenment; or forced awakening to inner potentialities.
19° A BARGE MADE INTO A CLUBHOUSE IS CROWDED WITH REVELERS.
The transforming power of pure joy over routine existence. Human fellowship in the effort to make life happier, freer.
20° AMERICAN INDIANS PERFORM A MAJESTIC RITUAL TO THE SUN.
Man's instinctive or traditional call upon basic life-energies for sustainment. Sense of fitness in behavior. Worship.
21° INTOXICATED DOMESTIC BIRDS FLY AROUND IN DIZZY ATTEMPTS.
Unsteady first realization of spiritual being. Forced inspiration which the ego cannot sustain. False self-intoxication.
22° A CARRIER-PIGEON ALIGHTS AT DAWN BEFORE HIS OWNERS.
The return of the soul-energies to the central Self after a significant experience. Adventuring. Practical enlightenment.
23° THE BAREBACK RIDER IN A CIRCUS THRILLS EXCITED CROWDS.
The supremacy given to the man who has mastered his senses and his emotions. Full utilization of inner powers. Audacity.
24° A YOGI, WITH TRANSCENDENT POWERS — YET UNTIDY, UNKEMPT.
Spiritual emphasis at the expense of outer refinement. Interior focalization of energies. Self-abnegation. Character.
25° A MAN, ALONE, DARINGLY CROSSES THE DESERT ON CAMELBACK.
Superiority of knowledge and will over hostile nature. Mental self-control. Spiritual strength in facing past Karma.
26° AS LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH CLOUDS, A PERFECT RAINBOW FORMS.
Promise of conscious immortality after the death of useless things. Spiritual linkage through emotional stress. Blessing.
27° IN THE EAST, LIGHT SLOWLY INCREASES, WIPING OUT THE STARS.
Transforming power of creative impulses as they bring ideas to concrete manifestation. Stirring to opportunity. Soul-power.
28° MYRIADS OF BIRDS, PERCHED UPON A BIG TREE, CHIRP HAPPILY.
Social nature of experience as man finds sustainment in a larger whole of being. Normal, collective self-expression.
29° MERMAID AWAITS PRINCE WHO WILL MAKE HER IMMORTAL.
Pure longing for a new order of selfhood. Critical point in "emergent evolution." Perspective; or a sense of incompetence.
30° AN UNSEALED LETTER FULL OF VITAL AND CONFIDENTIAL NEWS.
Basic faith in the goodness of all life. Unthinking trust in, or desire to see to the bottom of all things. Confidence.
VIRGO XI. THE SPAN OF IDEALIZATION
1° IN A PORTRAIT THE BEST OF A MAN'S TRAITS ARE IDEALIZED.
The shaping power of idea or ideal over outer form and behavior. Completeness of realization. Pure aggrandizement. Intent.
2° A LARGE WHITE CROSS STANDS ALONE ON TOP OF A HIGH HILL.
Dominance of environment through individualistic self-realization. Eminence at the cost of struggle. Full self-assurance.
3° TWO ANGELS BRING PROTECTION TO FAMILY IN THE WILDERNESS.
Divine guarantee to man of supply of all his needs. Divine help when human efforts fail. Unconscious sense of strength.
4° NEGRO CHILD PLAYS WITH WHITE BOYS UNAWARE OF RACE LINE.
Underlying fellowship of all life underneath social creeds. Stimulating sense of distinctness. Rising above contrasts.
5° IRISHMAN DREAMS OF "LITTLE PEOPLE" BENEATH A TREE.
Constructive imagination as it reveals unconscious realms of being. Creative fantasy. Contact with inner life-energies.
6° EXCITED CHILDREN RIDE ON A BLATANT, GAUDY MERRY-GO-ROUND.
The culture of pleasure as a transmuting force. Unfearing plunge into life. Endless and futile repetition of experience.
7° IN A PALATIAL HAREM BRIGHT-EYED WOMEN LAUGH HAPPILY.
Early stage of development of individual soul, with full yet binding life-protection. Freedom from responsibility or restraint.
8° ARISTOCRATIC FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL TAKES FIRST DANCING LESSON.
Early social conditioning of the superior elements of being. Proper start in self-discipline. Conventional development.
9° A MODERN EXPRESSIONISTIC ARTIST PAINTS A STRANGE CANVAS.
Original genius of every individual soul unconcerned with collective values. Absolute, tradition-less self-expression.
10° A MAN WITH TWO HEADS IS SEEN LOOKING OUT TO THE BEYOND.
Consciousness functioning in inner and outer realms. Competence in understanding. Over-sensitiveness to life-currents.
11° A TYPICAL BOY, YET MOULDED BY HIS MOTHER'S ASPIRATIONS.
Efficacy of overtones in life; of ideals in giving reality or depth to outer material things. Conformity to inner light.
12° A BRIDE, LAUGHING, SCOLDS THE GROOM WHO LIFTED HER VEIL.
Disclosure of the hidden fruitions of nature to him who dares and who loves. Full appreciation of life. Penetration.
13° A POWERFUL STATESMAN WINS TO HIS CAUSE A HYSTERICAL MOB.
Power of personality as incarnation of subconscious race ideals. Sublimation of motives. Transmutation of energies.
14° A SPLENDID FAMILY TREE ENGRAVED ON A SHEET OF PARCHMENT.
Importance of ancestral background in an accomplishments. Power to experience deeply. Cultural sensitiveness. Heritage.
15° OLD LACE HANDKERCHIEF; SOME RARE PERFUME; A MIRROR.
Ultimate fineness of material values shading into the spiritual. Schooled and aristocratic delicacy. Cultured restraint.
VIRGO XII. THE SPAN OF EXPERIMENTATION
16° CHILDREN CROWD AROUND THE ORANG-OUTANG CAGE IN THE ZOO.
The lesson which the very old can give to the very young in all realms. Vicarious experience. Inertia of instincts. Poise.
17° A VOLCANIC ERUPTION RELEASES POWERFUL TELLURIC ENERGIES.
Irresistible out-bursting of pent-up impulses. creatively or regeneratively. Breaking up of "complexes." Will to wholeness.
18° TWO EXCITED YOUNG GIRLS EXPERIMENT WITH A OUIJA BOARD.
Human desire for contact with the beyond. Inquiry. Restless questioning of superficial facts of being. Immature curiosity.
19° A SWIMMING RACE NEARS COMPLETION BEFORE A LARGE CROWD.
Social sustainment of individual accomplishment. Encouragement. Competition as a means to create group-consciousness.
20° A GROUP OF SETILERS START ON THEIR JOURNEY IN OLD CARS.
Rising to achievement in spite of an inadequate equipment. Joying in meeting life's challenges. Venturing with faith.
21° TWO TEAMS OF GIRLS ENGAGED IN A CONTEST OF BASKETBALL.
Physical wholesomeness as prelude to inner integration. Self-evaluation, or refusal to face self. The rhythm of instincts.
22° A JEWEL-SET ROYAL COAT-OF-ARMS IS DISPLAYED IN A MUSEUM.
Preservation of ancient race values for healthy veneration by youthful individuals. Certification of merit. Aristocracy.
23° A LION-TAMER RUSHES FEARLESSLY INTO THE CIRCUS ARENA.
Readiness to face the aroused energies of one's nature and test one's moral strength. Faith in self. Valor and mastery.
24° A BOOK FOR CHILDREN PICTURES LITILE MARY AND HER LAMB.
Freshness of viewpoint uninhibited by social intellectual preoccupations. Vibrant simplicity. Spirit-born imagination.
25° A FLAG AT HALF-MAST IN FRONT OF LARGE PUBLIC BUILDING.
The ability to carry a task through to consummate completion. Deference to past achievement. Cultivation of public spirit.
26° RAPT-EYED, A BOY SERVES IN A MASS READ BY AUTOMATONS.
Ability to find inspiration itll daily routine. Hope arising in the midst of all deadness of heart. Rejuvenation of spirit.
27° ELDERLY LADIES DRINKING AFTERNOON TEA IN A WEALTHY HOME
Preservation of social and cultural values. Inward, unobtrusive superiority, or else pure smugness. Prestige of position.
28° BALD-HEADED MAN DOMINATES GATHERING OF NATIONAL FIGURES.
Driving power of real personality in moments of crisis. Capacity for hard work. Compelling manifestation of inner self.
29° ARCHAIC MANUSCRIPT DISCLOSES TO SCHOLAR THE OLD MYSTERIES.
The understanding which is built on patient steady work and persisting aspiration. Fecundative power of ancient wisdom.
30° AN EMERGENCY CALL FREES HOUSEHOLDER FROM ROUTINE DUTY.
Joy of enlisting in a task which broadens the life-horizon. Willing rising to the occasion, or escape from narrow destiny.
LIBRA XIII. THE SPAN OF EXPECTATION
1° PIERCED BY A DART OF LIGHT A BUTTERFLY IS "MADE PERFECT".
The symbolical death that is initiation into spiritual reality and wisdom. Sudden awakening. Coming for inner light.
2° A SYMPHONY IS PLAYED DRAMATIZING MAN'S HEROIC ASCENT.
inspiration through creative identification with the large sweep of cycles. Spiritual expansion. Renewed encouragement.
3° A NEW DAY DAWNS, REVEALING A WORLD UTTERLY TRANSFORMED.
Transforming power of periods of silence and darkness, which lead to stirring revelations. Real touch with cosmic process.
4° PILGRIMS GATHER ROUND CAMP-FIRE, IN SILENT COMMUNION.
Fellowship of higher ideals that sustains the individuals on their arduous path to Reality. Mellow participation in life.
5° INSPIRED DISCIPLES LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THEIR TEACHER.
Knowledge and experience put to the test. Greatness calling its own to itself. Ordered seeking. Distrust of appearances.
6° IN A TRANCE, A PILGRIM BEHOLDS HIS IDEALS MADE CONCRETE.
Inevitable confrontation with the concrete results of one's ideals. Lessons to be learned from it. Willingness of heart.
7° WITCH FEEDS CHICKENS FRIGHTENED BY A HAWK SHE HAD TAMED.
Control of natural forces by the higher intelligence. Taming the strong, uplifting the weak. Transmutation through service.
8° A FIREPLACE BLAZES MYSTERIOUSLY IN A DESERTED FARMHOUSE.
Constant presence of unseen, sustaining agencies in every worth. while activity. Great depth ot initial effort. Providence.
9° THREE "OLD MASTERS" HANG ALONE IN AN ART GALLERY.
Efficient cohesion of the three "souls" of man; of mind, feeling and instinct. Integrated wisdom. Sagacious behavior.
10° A CANOE LEAVING NARROW RAPIDS REACHES CALM WATERS.
The reward of all sincere and daring outreaching of self in life. A sure Destiny. Reliance upon skill and circumstances.
11° KINDLY OLD PROFESSOR IS TEACHING A CLASS OF YOUNGSTERS.
Cooperation of genuinely superior agencies with beings less evolved. Glad willingness to assist and protect. Kindliness.
12° MINERS ARE EMERGING FROM A DEEP WELL INTO THE SUNLIGHT.
Depth of participation in the world's work. Whole-souled giving of self to service; or inability to bring self to effort.
13° CHILDREN ARE BLOWING SOAP-BUBBLES AT A YOUNGSTERS' PARTY.
Healthy stimulation through play and joy of human intercourse. Creative fantasy; spinning of idle dreams. Relaxation.
14° RICH LAND-OWNER TAKES A SIESTA IN HIS TROPICAL GARDENS.
Proper adjustment to the rhythm of nature. Faith in the ordered scheme of things; injudicious dependence upon others.
15° A STACK OF MACHINERY PARTS; ALL ARE NEW AND ALL CIRCULAR.
Perfect and effortless participation in the universal order. Smooth approach to self-expression; inert self-satisfaction.
LIBRA XIV. THE SPAN OF REVELATION
16° A HAPPY CREW IS RESTORING BEACH PIERS WRECKED BY STORMS.
Constructive results of apparently destructive forces; stimulation to new accomplishment. Glad response to needed work.
17° RETIRED SEA-CAPTAIN IN UNIFORM WATCHES SHIPS SAIL AWAY.
Vicarious or mellow participation in life. Transfer of activity from physical to mental; or self-involvement in the past.
18° TWO MEN PLACED UNDER ARREST ARE BEING BROUGHT TO COURT.
Responsibility of individual to society in terms of normal behavior. Return to values. Obligation to face objective facts.
19° ROBBERS ARE HIDING, READY TO ATTACK HEAVILY ARMED CARAVAN.
Protest against the perpetuation of unearned social privileges and wealth. Repudiation of bondage. Challenge to custom.
20° OLD RABBI SITS CONTENTEDLY IN ROOM CROWDED WITH BOOKS.
Interest in permanent rather than transient values. Accumulation of ancient wisdom brought to-use. Competent service.
21° HOT SUNDAY CROWDS DELIGHT IN THE COOL SEA BREEZE.
Fundamental popularity of natural values. Communion in objects of real and universally recognized worth. Association.
22° CHILD LAUGHS AS BIRDS PERCH ON AN OLD FOUNTAIN, AND DRINK.
Intuitive understanding of simple souls in spiritual matters. Youthful life-enjoyment. Fresh grasp of the soul's needs.
23° CHANTICLEER SALUTES THE RISING SUN WITH EXUBERANT TONES.
Capacity for self-refreshment at the inner sources of ever-reviewed life. Anticipation of opportunity. Security in Self.
24° A BUTTERFLY SPREADS ITS WINGS, SHOWING AN EXTRA LEFT ONE.
Potentiality of new forms and opportunities in every life. Instinctive expansion of self; or submergence in the not-self.
25° FALLING GOLDEN LEAF TEACHES LIFE TO REBELLIOUS SCHOOLBOY.
Discovery of deeper elements of wisdom after intellectual knowledge wearies. Growth through awareness of basic meanings.
26° AN EAGLE AND A WHITE DOVE CHANGE SWIFTLY INTO EACH OTHER.
Necessary cooperation between mind, will, spirit-and heart, love. Power of psychological balance and compensation. Unity.
27° A SPOT OF LIGHT IN CLEAR SKIES, AN AEROPLANE SAILS CALMLY.
Dwelling above the normal stress of existence. Superior mental vision. Calm objective observation; quiet inner strength.
28° A MAN IN DEEP GLOOM. UNNOTICED, ANGELS COME TO HIS HELP.
Spiritual sustainment given to him who opens himself to his full destiny. Slow realization of betterment. Unsolicited help.
29° VAST MASSES OF MEN PUSH FORWARD REACHING FOR KNOWLEDGE.
Intense desire to overcome the blind life of passion and to uplift others. Intellectual vision. Tense mental outreaching.
30° A PHRENOLOGIST DISCOVERS MOUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE ON A HEAD.
Ability to read spiritual meanings in concrete objects. Objectivication of abstract truths. Cleverness in understanding.
SCORPIO XV. THE SPAN OF RETENTION
1° SIGHT-SEERS IN A BUS STRAIN TO SEE CROWDS AND BUILDINGS.
The perspective which leisure gives to everyday affairs. Appetite for larger things. Seeing life as whole. Social Intercourse.
2° FROM A BROKEN BOTTLE TRACES OF PERFUME STILL EMANATE.
The fine scent of deeds well done as it persists in the memory of men. Stimulating recollection. Spiritual immortality.
3° HAPPY HOUSE-RAISING PARTY AMONG WESTERN PIONEERS.
The constructive sharing of experience which builds social values. Interchange of efforts. Necessity to learn cooperation.
4° YOUTH CARRIES A LIT CANDLE IN HIS FIRST CHURCH SERVICE.
Beginning of spiritual participation in the world's work. Sustained inspiration. Conscious linkage to inner realities.
5° A MASSIVE ROCKY SHORE UNCHANGED BY CENTURIES OF STORMS.
Revelation of absolutely stable elements in all life. Strong confidence born of fundamental perception; or spiritual inertia.
6° CALIFORNIAN HILLS: THE "GOLD RUSH" SHATTERS THEM PEACE.
The passionate quest for universal values, destructive of cultural ease of living. Leaping to opportunity. Avid seeking.
7° DIVERS OF THE DEEP SEA ARE BEING LOWERED INTO THE WATERS.
Purposeful, daring plunge into life-mysteries. Fulfillment of individual selfhood through study of unconscious energies.
8° A HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKE IS BATHED IN THE FULL MOONLIGHT.
Illumination of the soul by transcendent wisdom. Quiet touch with cosmic strength; or wayward moody effort at greatness.
9° A DENTIST IS REPAIRING TEETH RUINED BY CIVILIZED HABITS.
Mechanical inventiveness and control over nature needed to balance man's emphasis on mind and self. Applied creativity.
10° A FELLOWSHIP SUPPER REAWAKENS UNFORGETTABLE INNER TIES.
Companionship rooted in past performance. Group-personality emergence. Fraternity of ideals uplifting individual efforts.
11° A DROWNING MAN IS RESCUED, BROUGHT BACK TO THE CROWD.
Outreaching warmth of human character. Saving power of social restraint for too emotional souls. Humanitarian ideals.
12° HIGH OFFICIALS ARE GATHERED AT AN IMPORTANT EMBASSY BALL.
Social recognition of accomplishment as the substance of a ritual of human association. Certification of rank. Ambition.
13° IN AN IMPROVISED LABORATORY AN INVENTOR IS NEAR SUCCESS.
Driving power toward achievement, as featured in all benefactors of mankind. Self-sufficient activity. Clever outwitting.
14° WORKERS PUSH A TELEPHONE LINE ACROSS FORBIDDING RANGES.
The will to association regardless of time and space. Linkage of separate realms. Spiritual living "in spite of" nature.
15° LAUGHNG CHILDREN PLAY UPON FIVE MOUNDS OF WHITE SAND.
The world of the five senses as the playground of God and Soul. Honesty in self-expression. Bondage to sense-patterns.
SCORPIO XVI. THE SPAN OF APPRECIATION
16° A GIRL WITH ARISTOCRATIC FEATURES SMILES ENTRANCINGLY.
Fervent outreaching of self in moments of the purest beauty. Leaping to meet the potentialities of life. Blossoming forth.
17° WOMAN, FECUNDATED BY HER SPIRIT, IS "GREAT WITH CHLD".
Fullness of self-reliance and individual destiny. Cooperation between spiritual and material agencies. Pure self-revelation.
18° A WINDING ROAD LEADS THROUGH GLORIOUS AUTUMNAL WOODS.
The light which transfigures the soul after passions have faded away. Revelation of inner wealth. Radiant consummation.
19° A WISE OLD PARROT REPEATS THE CONVERSATION HE OVERHEARD.
Dependence upon inner or outer environment for the substance of understanding. Transmission of knowledge. Channel-ship.
20° WOMAN FLINGS OPEN DARK CURTAINS CLOSING SACRED PATHWAY.
Courage needed to enlarge sphere of being. Readiness to press beyond self. The "woman" within, opening the gates to Spirit.
21° SOLDIER READY TO FACE CHARGES OF DESERTION FOR LOVE'S SAKE.
Conflict between old and new perspectives. A willingness to face chaos for the sake of a new order. Yielding to emotions.
22° HUNTERS SHOOTING WILD DUCKS WALK THROUGH A MARSH.
Aggressive quest for outer or inner sustenance. Purposeful satiation of desire. Tragic incorporation of ideals. Exercise.
23° PLACID WHITE RABBIT METAMORPHOSES INTO A DANCING ELF.
Revelation of unexpected vital urges latent in all beings. Great creative potentialities. Capacity for self-maintenance.
24° CROWDS, STIRRED BY A GREAT MESSAGE, RETURN HOME.
The power in well-formulated ideas to become actual facts. Practical inspiration; or else inability to face a vital challenge.
25° THANKS TO A FINE X-RAY DIAGNOSIS, A MAN'S LIFE IS SAVED.
Penetrating power of reality. Dependence of outer facts upon basic structures or causes. Sharp and applied discrimination.
26° SWIFTLY, INDIANS ERECT THEIR TEEPEES. CAMP IS BEING MADE.
Ability to feel at home in any outer or inner environment. Efficient functioning. Retreating into the familiar and the known.
27° A MILITARY BAND, FLASHY AND NOISY, MARCHES ON POMPOUSLY.
Desire to impress upon others the glory of one's social eminence. Materialization of normally subjective values. Show.
28° THE KING OF FAIRYLAND IS SOLEMNLY WELCOMED TO MS REALM.
Necessary respect for symbolic values holding vital forces integrated. Self-realization through devotion to the One.
29° PRINCESS PLEADS BEFORE INCA KING FOR HER CAPTURED SONS.
The sours mediation between spirit and matter. Sustaining power of instincts. Self-awakening to the need for action.
30° HALLOWE'EN GIVES SOCIAL RELEASE TO YOUTHFUL IMPISHNESS.
Need for giving free rein to unsocial instincts within the pale of social traditions. Planned release of inner pressure.
SAGITTARIUS XVII. THE SPAN OF RECEPTIVENESS
1° RETIRED ARMY VETERANS GATHER TO REAWAKEN OLD MEMORIES.
Cohesive power of social experience. Comradeship, born of collective achievements, which quickens the self. Fervent reunion.
2° WHITE-CAPPED WAVES DANCE RHYTHMICALLY UNDER THE WINDS.
Glad response to a vital call to activity. Power to stir and to impress one's own rhythm upon materials. Proud adornment.
3° TWO SEDATE MEN, SMOKING PIPES IN COMFORT, PLAY CHESS.
Re-creation of a world of manifestation through symbols and intelligence. Schooled confidence in the judgment of self.
4° WATCHED BY HAPPY PARENTS, A CHILD TAKES HIS FIRST STEPS.
Life's kindliness in creating safe opportunities for growth. Full appreciation of opportunity. Crisis in self-development.
5° HIGH ON AN OLD TREE, A SOLITARY OWL IS GRAVELY PERCHED.
Poised observation upon the drama of life. Mellow judgment. Ingrained confidence in the situation and worth of the self.
6° A CRICKET GAME IS BEING WATCHED BY A COLORFUL CROWD.
Socialization of man's competitive impulses. Instinctive solidarity building race consciousness. Capitalizing on skill.
7° CUPID KNOCKS SMILINGLY AT THE DOOR OF THE HUMAN HEART.
The happiness which awaits every man willing to accept its fullness. Rounding out of experience. The call to love's feast.
8° IN THE CAULDRON OF THE UNIVERSE THE METALS ARE FORMING.
Irresistible determination to be. Infinite capacity for hard work. Crystallization of purpose and will out of experience.
9° A MOTHER IS LEADING HER CHILDREN UP A BROAD STAIRWAY.
Conscious advance of selfhood from plane to plane. Real courage in all approach to life. Inner guidance in all growth.
10° A STAGE SYMBOLIZATION OF THE "GODDESS OF OPPORTUNITY".
Power of creative significance, as it transforms mere facts into universal symbols. Exteriorization of inner impulses.
11° AN EVER-BURNING LAMP THROWS LIGHT UPON AN ARCHAIC IDOL.
Influence of social mass upon the individual. Power of "primordial images of Unconscious." Activity dominated by fate.
12° A FLAG BECOMES AN EAGLE; THE EAGLE A PROUD CHANTICLEER.
Development of consciousness from abstract to concrete, from general to personal. Mounting mastery. Extreme good fortune.
13° A YOUNG WIDOW IS SURPRISED INTO A NEW BIRTH OF LOVE.
The eternal call for fulfillment through love which overcomes personal sensitiveness and set patterns. Revision of attitude.
14° SPHINX AND PYRAMIDS STAND, REMAINS OF A GLORIOUS PAST.
Achievement based on past greatness. Power of the countless dead upon the living. Vast resources in selfhood. Antecedents.
15° GROUND-HOG, OUT OF ITS WINTER SLEEP, LOOKS FOR ITS SHADOW.
Revelation of basic life-purposes and cycles through omens. Universal patterning of life-relationship. Keen divination.
SAGITTARIUS XVIII. THE SPAN OF DETACHMENT
16° A CALM OCEAN; A MOTIONLESS SHIP; LAZILY SOARING SEAGULLS.
The moments of pause which sustain and presage change. Alert readiness to act; or distress at not knowing what lies ahead.
17° PEOPLE GATHER BEFORE DAWN FOR AN OUTDOOR EASTER SERVICE.
Spiritual living in conformity to natural law. Coming out of doubt and despair. Unwavering faith in a near higher power.
18° ON THE HOT BEACH CHILDREN PLAY, PROTECTED BY SUNBONNETS.
The protective agency which safeguards the free behavior of individuals. Vivifying contact with collective life-energies.
19° PELICANS, DISTURBED BY MEN, MOVE TO PLACES UNKNOWN.
Inward re-emphasis of foundations. Recuperation by retreating within. The introvert's escape. Moving about in reorientation.
20° MEN CUTTING THE ICE OF A FROZEN POND, FOR SUMMER USE.
Depth of operation necessary to prepare for next phase of life. Sacrifice of present to future. Throughness of action.
21° CHILD AND DOG PLAY GRAVELY, WITH EYEGLASSES ON THEM NOSES.
Usefulness of make-believe. Rising to situations through the imagination. Assuming a part ahead of natural development.
22° THE SHOP CLOSED, CHINESE LAUNDRYMEN REVERT TO RACE TYPE.
Retreat to the inner world of self after outer achievement. Safe return to ancestral patterns of behavior. Easy poise.
23° IN NEW YORK, ELLIS ISLAND WELCOMES THE IMMIGRANTS.
New openings that come to all who are willing to risk self for the sake of greater selfhood. Reorientation. Presumption.
24° THE SYMBOLICAL "BLUE BIRD" ALIGHTS UPON A LITTLE COTTAGE.
The blessings bestowed upon all those who are true to themselves. Unexpected assistance. Happiness. Sheer good fortune.
25° RICH LITTLE BOY RIDES UPON HIS BRIGHT-COLORED HORSE.
Growth through vicarious, imaginative experiences, which life might deny us. Detachment from reality. Self-conservation.
26° FLAG-BEARER DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF IN HAND-TO-HAND BATTLE.
Exaltation of physical valor as necessary support to lofty race ideals. Spectacular effort. Endowment beyond realization.
27° THE SCULPTOR'S VISION IS TAKING FORM UNDER HIS HANDS.
Mastery of formative intelligence over substance. Sure characterization and understanding. Permanent self-expression.
28° ANCIENT BRIDGE WITNESSES TO THE SKILL OF FORGOTTEN MEN.
Enduring elements in understanding as symbols of the community invisible of man, dead and living. Steady coordination.
29° PERSPIRING FAT BOY, EAGER TO REDUCE, IS MOWING A LAWN.
Desire for fitness inherent in all living beings. Consciously built, thus dependable determination. Persistent endeavor.
30° THE POPE IS HOLDING AUDIENCE IN A HALL OF THE VATICAN.
Wealth of spiritual resources which can be tapped for the glorification of every relationship. Concrete form of ideals.
CAPRICORN XIX. THE SPAN OF ILLUSIVENESS
1° INDIAN CHIEF CLAIMS POWER FROM THE ASSEMBLED TRIBE.
Mastery of a situation through purposeful planning and venturing. Bold rising to opportunity. Extreme of self-confidence.
2° ROSE-WINDOWS IN A GOTHIC CATHEDRAL; ONE, DAMAGED BY WAR.
Underlying resistance to change in life foundations. Faithfulness to self. Testimony of beauty against brute force.
3° THE SOUL, AS A HOVERING SPIRIT EAGER TO GAIN EXPERIENCE.
Inner and pure motivation. The power to remain superior to physical limitations; to demonstrate free will. Detachment.
4° MERRY-MAKERS EMBARK IN A BIG CANOE ON LANTERN-LIT LAKE.
Externalization through individuals of the collective urges of the race. Foolish love for pleasure. Exploitation of self.
5° AN AMERICAN INDIAN CAMP: A FIERCE WAR DANCE BEGINS.
Mobilization of latent energies for determined self-exertion. Obsession by elemental forces. Violent awakening to reality.
6° TEN LOGS LIE UNDER ARCHWAY LEADING TO DARKER WOODS.
Illimitability of experience, as man moves from completion to ever greater fulfillment. Keenness in knowing. Thoroughness.
7° A HEAVILY VEILED HIEROPHANT LEADS A RITUAL OF POWER.
Gathering together of the power of a group to one purpose and into an individual will. "Avatar"-ship. Responsibility.
8° IN A BIG LIVING ROOM FLOODED WITH SUNLIGHT CANARIES SING.
The happiness that radiates from an integrated personality. Firm self-establishment in social comfort or respectability.
9° AN ANGEL CARRYING A HARP COMES THROUGH A HEAVENLY LANE.
The basic harmony of fulfilled selfhood. Realizing harmony in everyday life through detached and lofty understanding.
10° ON A SAILBOAT THE SEAMEN ARE FEEDING A TAME ALBATROSS.
Overcoming of instinctive fears through gentle persuasion. Kindly conquest. Culture of spiritual values. Harmlessness.
11° PHEASANTS DISPLAY THEIR BRILLIANT COLORS ON A VAST LAWN.
Latent richness of natural resources brought out through selective processes. Capitalization upon opportunity. Luxury.
12° NATURAL WONDERS ARE DEPICTED IN A LECTURE ON SCIENCE.
Piercing through appearances; disclosing the magic splendor of the core of things. A universal living touch. Keen vision.
13° BENEATH SNOW-CLAD PEAKS A FIRE-WORSHIPPER IS MEDITATING.
Firm establishment upon immemorial principles. Consciousness of absolute unity. Depth of soul-penetration. Self-conquest.
14° IN DENSE JUNGLE, A PERFECTLY PRESERVED MAYAN BAS-RELIEF.
Man's power to leave permanent records of his achievements. Personal immortality. Fecundation of future by past. Assurance.
15° IN A HOSPITAL, A CHILDREN'S WARD FILLED WITH PLAYTHINGS.
The goodness of life in the tragic trials of first attempts at selfregeneration. Administered responsibility; or escape.
CAPRICORN XX. THE SPAN OF DEPENDENCE
16° SCHOOL GROUNDS FILLED WITH YOUTHS IN GYMNASIUM SUITS.
Normal dependence upon physical stimulation. Robust enthusiasm in approaching life's contests; or immature impulsiveness.
17° REPRESSED WOMAN FINDS A PSYCHOLOGICAL RELEASE IN NUDISM.
Escape from bondage to social inhibitions. Readjustment of relation of spirit to body. Self-purification. Self-confrontation.
18° THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH DESTROYER.
Extreme of objectification of inner resources. Challenge to life. Splendid self-realization. Full awareness of competition.
19° FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL PROUDLY DOES HER MOTHER'S MARKETING.
Capacity to take place ahead of normal standards. Increased self-confidence. Waiting for conditions to catch up with self.
20° THROUGH THE EMPTY CHURCH, THE CHOIR IS HEARD, REHEARSING.
The unrealized fullness of life even in the emptiest hours. Preparation for activity. Ray of hope through all difficulty.
21° A RELAY RACE. EACH RUNNER SPRINGS EAGERLY INTO PLACE.
Extreme of cooperation and give-and-take in life-relationships. Full surrender of self to service. Planned group-behavior.
22° DEFEATED GENERAL YIELDS UP HIS SWORD WITH NOBLE DIGNITY.
Apparent defeat that spells real spiritual victory. Bowing to custom. Conquest through conformity to established norm.
23° A SOLDIER RECEIVES DECOROUSLY TWO AWARDS FOR BRAVERY.
Reward offered by society for the fulfilling of individual responsibility. Recognition of worth; unearned good fortune.
24° A WOMAN WALKING TO THE SURE HAVEN OF A CONVENT.
Protective kindness of life to weary hearts. Quiet undercurrent of real existence. Compelled assistance. Timely rescue.
25° LITTLE BOYS FROLIC UPON SOFT RUGS IN AN ORIENTAL STORE.
First realization of cultural values through sensuous enjoyment. Refinement of sensations. Psychological enrichment.
26° RADIANT SPRITE DANCES UPON THE MIST OF A WATERFALL.
Transcendence of spirit over body and environment. Lightness of understanding. Inexhaustible soul resources. Effervescence.
27° MEN CLIMB A SACRED PEAK: BELOW, THE WORLD — ABOVE, PEACE.
Necessary linkage of above and below in the seeker's personal experience. Balanced dualism of subjective-objective life.
28° THE AVIARY OF A RURAL MANSION, FILLED WITH SINGING BIRDS.
Enhancement of personality by familiarity with spiritual values. Joying in the significance of things; or mental confusion.
29° A GYPSY READS FORTUNES IN THE TEA-CUPS OF SOCIETY LADIES.
The quest for inner understanding through all life-conditioning. First approach to reality. Desire to transcend routine.
30° THE DIRECTORS OF A LARGE FIRM MEET IN SECRET CONFERENCE.
Activity of inner formative elements of real personality. Massing of soul-energies in an emergency. Spiritual leadership.
AQUARIUS XXI. THE SPAN OF DEFENSIVENESS
1° OLD ADOBE MISSION NESTLES IN CALIFORNIA'S BROWN HILLS.
Mastery of man over environment while becoming an integral part of it. Recognition of established values. Impressiveness.
2° UNEXPECTED THUNDERSTORM BRINGS RELIEF TO PARCHED FIELDS.
Liberation from adverse conditions through violent spectacular developments. Galvanizing to action. Cosmic visitation.
3° A DESERTER SUDDENLY REALIZES THE FALLACY OF HIS CONDUCT.
Ability to regrasp past experience and turn it to account. Sharp self-examination. Awakened new fearlessness. Decision.
4° A HINDU PUNDIT REVEALS HIMSELF SUDDENLY A GREAT HEALER.
Supremacy of the unsuspected faculties hidden deep within. Conscious utilization of divine potency. Revelation of self.
5° A WORLD-LEADER IS SEEN GUIDED BY HIS ANCESTORS' SPIRITS.
The rich ancestral heritage of every individual, which is the potent foundation of character. Direct, real inspiration.
6° IN AN ALLEGORICAL MYSTERY RITUAL A MAN OFFICIATES ALONE.
Compelling urge in every soul to express the unknown and the more-than-physical. Sensitiveness to high purpose. Conflict.
7° OUT OF THE COSMIC EGG, LIFE IS BORN FRESH AND VIRGINAL.
New actuation of effort by the power of unrealized purposes. Self-expression beyond all expectation. Spiritual protection.
8° WAX FIGURES DISPLAY BEAUTIFUL GOWNS IN STORE-WINDOWS.
AQUARIUS XXII. THE SPAN OF PERSPECTIVE
16° BUSINESS MANAGER AT HIS DESK STUDIES A COMPLEX PROJECT.
The central control of operations needed in all organized enterprise. The head-function. Surety in decision. Management.
17° WATCH DOG ON GUARD AS GOLD-MINER SLEEPS NEAR HIS STRIKE.
Nascent protective faculties in all men as they adjust themselves to new conditions. Competent organization of affairs.
18° AT MASQUERADE, THE LAST MAN UNMASKS, URGED BY THE GIRLS.
The introvert's desire to protect himself from social judgment. Clinging to self-valuation. Conservation of experience.
19° A FOREST FIRE SUBDUED, THE WEARY FIGHTERS FEEL JUBILANT.
Exaggeration of life-problems, which reveals to man his real stature and which expands him. Impatient challenge. Ascendancy.
20° WHITE DOVE CIRCLES OVERHEAD; DESCENDS, BEARING A MESSAGE.
The blessing of every effort by the "Holy Ghost" of revealed significance. Exaltation of all individual efforts. Celebrity.
21° A WOMAN IS DISAPPOINTED, AS A MAN LEAVES HER BOUDOIR.
Capitalization upon misfortune by which spiritual justification is gained. Supremacy over experience. Inward retirement.
22° CHILDREN REVEL UPON A SOFT NEW CARPET IN THEM NURSERY.
Life's warmth and richness given to those who eagerly learn to live. Luxurious self-knowing, or self-appreciation. Comfort.
23° A BIG TRAINED BEAR PERFORMS, SITTING ON A HUGE CHAIR.
Need to build an adequate concrete vehicle for cosmic power. Performance beyond native endowment. A striving for balance.
24° NOW FREED FROM PASSION, A MAN TEACHES DEEP WISDOM.
Utilization of experience and passion by the intelligence that remains uninvolved. Self-conquering. Genuine dispassion.
25° A BUTTERFLY EMERGES FROM ITS CHRYSALIS, RIGHT WING FIRST.
Necessary advance of volition over reflex elements. Willing approach to problems of being. Fitting to alien ideas. Choice.
26° A GARAGE MAN IS SEEN READY TO TEST THE BATTERY OF A CAR.
Capacity of self to take up and deliver spiritual power. Controlled release of power through the emotions. Measurement.
27° AMID RARE BOOKS, AN OLD POTTERY BOWL HOLDS FRESH VIOLETS.
Reality of spiritual or esthetic values, linking generations of seekers for the highest. Addition or commitment to value.
28° HUGE PILE OF SAWED-UP WOOD INSURES HEAT FOR THE WINTER.
Rich contribution of nature to all who work with foresight. Intelligent preparation. Calm yet potent faith in Providence.
29° METAMORPHOSIS COMPLETED, A BUTTERFLY SPREADS ITS WINGS.
Immortality of the real self. Graduation into a new realm of being. Confident projection of self; lack of self-confidence.
30° MOON-LIT FIELDS, ONCE BABYLON, ARE BLOOMING WHITE.
Soul-refreshing inner poetry of being. Spiritually nurtured sentiment which illumines the heart. Voices from the past.
PISCES XXIII. THE SPAN OF INNOCENCE
1° LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON: CROWDS FILL THE PUBLIC MARKET.
The social nature of human responsibilities. A last-moment, joyous rallying to a task. Seed synthesis at end of cycles.
2° SQUIRREL, SHOWING HUMAN ACUMEN, HIDES FROM HUNTER.
Instinct of self-preservation as a basis for greater realization. Lifting of self to surer foundations. Transference.
3° A PETRIFIED FOREST: PERMANENT RECORD OF ANCIENT LIVES.
Mastery of form over substance. Archetypal immortality. Conscious handling of existence. Participation in race impulses.
4° CARS CROWD A NARROW ISTHMUS BETWEEN TWO RESORTS.
Linkage in activity of all community values. Free Bow from ideas to consummation. Sense of significance in relationship.
5° A WARM-HEARTED CROWD GATHERS AT A CHURCH BAZAAR.
Interchange of spirit and understanding on which groups are built. New self-development. Discouragement mastered. Commerce.
6° A PARADE OF WEST POINT CADETS IS HELD AS THE SUN SETS.
Self-exaltation through consecration to the task of defending collective values. Self-testing. Perception of high goals.
7° FOG HIDES THE SHORE; BUT ON A CLEAR ROCK A CROSS RESTS.
Concentration of values amidst the chaos of outer living. Clear light of high realization. Acceptance of life's limits.
8° GIRL-SCOUT, IN CAMP, BLOWS HER BUGLE TRIUMPHANTLY.
Fullness of life as it manifests in service to the whole. Spiritual socialization. Call to participation in the race work.
9° THE RACE BEGINS: A JOCKEY SPURS HIS HORSE TO GREAT SPEED.
The capacity of man to throw himself fully into any type of activity. Self-quickening. Premature expenditure of energy.
10° THE AVIATOR SAILS ACROSS THE SKY, MASTER OF HIGH REALMS.
Transcendence of normal problems. Gaining of celestial responsibilities. Consummation of the highest ideals. Coronation.
11° SEEKERS FOR ILLUMINATION ARE GUIDED INTO THE SANCTUARY.
Introduction of conscious mind to the intuitive soul-realms. Selfdedication. Self-awakening; or surrender to inner fears.
12° CANDIDATES ARE BEING EXAMINED BY THE LODGE OF INITIATES.
Inner ordeal before every true seeker. The individual facing collective wisdom. Re-affirmation of purpose. God-revelation.
13° OLD WEAPONS IN A MUSEUM: IN A GLASS CASE, A SACRED SWORD.
Courage and fearlessness needed in the quest for spirit and real understanding. Real faith in self; or emptiness of dread.
14° A YOUNG LADY, WRAPPED IN FURS, DISPLAYS SUPREME ELEGANCE.
Necessary superficial advertisement of inner worth. Certification of true merit. Schooled esteem. Embarrassing wealth.
15° AN OFFICER IN UNKEMPT CAMPAIGN UNIFORM DRILLS HIS MEN.
Subjection of outer appearances to real necessities. Potent compulsion of a great task to be performed. Opportunity seized.
PISCES XXIV. THE SPAN OF PROTECTION
16° IN A QUIET MUSEUM, AN ART STUDENT DRINKS IN INSPIRATION.
Subjective source of strength around all manifestation. Communion with accumulated race power. Deep, vibrant realization.
17° EASTER: RICH AND POOR ALIKE DISPLAY THE BEST THEY OWN.
A symbol of ''high moments" in life, when man challenges himself and renews his faith in circumstances. Self-improvement.
18° IN A HUGE TENT A FAMOUS REVIVALIST CONDUCTS HIS MEETING.
Reinforcement of faith which can open up a new environment. A revision of ideas back to source. Critical survey of life.
19° MASTER AND PUPIL COMMUNE IN STRENGTH IN A LONG WALK.
Body-strengthening function of the soul. Release from race karma. Transmutation of everyday facts into intelligence.
20° IN THE QUIET OF EVENING THE FARMER'S SUPPER AWAITS DIM.
Encompassing richness of experience whenever a particular ordeal is over. Spiritual nourishment. Ingathering of forces.
21° CHILD WATCHED BY CHINESE SERVANT CARESSES A WHITE LAMB.
Eager probing of the soul into its many potentialities and higher reaches. Self-expansion: or refusal to grow in Spirit.
22° DOWN A SYMBOLIC MOUNTAIN OF INDUSTRY COMES A NEW MOSES.
Man's success in meeting the challenge of a new order. Codification of new values. Holding oneself to highest standards.
23° A "MATERIALIZING MEDIUM" SUMMONS WEIRD GHOSTLY SHAPES.
Display of powers which, though physical, transcend our normal awareness. Subjective mastery of, or passivity to life-forces.
24° IN A TINY LOST ISLAND MEN BUILD HAPPILY THEIR OWN WORLD.
Adaptability and inherent creativeness of man. Extreme of surety in self-expression. Centralization of supernal forces.
25° AFTER DRASTIC REFORMS A PURIFIED CLERGY OFFICIATES ANEW.
Ability periodically to cleanse from all selfish dross the channels for spiritual service. True vision. Soul-reformation.
26° TWO RAPT LOVERS AND A PIDLOSOPHER WATCH THE NEW MOON.
Polyphony of values as man lives at various levels of consciousness. Inner call to realization. Transmutation of meaning.
27° THE HARVEST MOON RISES IN TRANSLUCENT AUTUMNAL SKIES.
The power of creative visualization by which great Dreamers transcend outer reality. Complete dominance of circumstances.
28° UNDER THE FULL MOON THE FIELDS SEEM STRANGELY ALIVE.
Normally unnoticed powers released at the fruition of natural processes. Call of universal mind to the heart. Fullness.
29° SCIENTIST IS MAKING TESTS BY MEANS OF SPECTRUM-ANALYSIS.
Capacity of mind to transfer its powers to machinery. Enlargement of perception. A closing-in of vision. Subtle analysis.
30° A SEER'S DREAM NOW LIVES: A FACE CARVED INTO HUGE ROCKS.
Eventual concrete manifestation of all higher poetic images and enduring truths of the race. Sure culmination of effort.
1. These ideas have been developed in the first part of this book: Cf. p. 99 and p. 108.
2. The number 365 & 1/4 refers to the solar day but there are 366 & 1/4 sidereal days in a solar year. One can take either of these two values according as one considers (1) the motion of the Earth along its orbit, that is, in reference to the Sun; or else (2) the cycle of axial rotation of the Earth in reference to the fixed stars (sidereal day). The difference is subtle, philosophically speaking. The sidereal day refers to the individual as an individual; the solar day, to the individual in relation to its spiritual source (symbolically, the Sun).
The Astrology of Personality