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Astrology's Missing Planet
"Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair."
— Kahlil Gibran
An important change that is now taking place is a greater urge towards an all-encompassing spirituality: one that is not necessarily related to a particular religion but is a worldview of Oneness and Truth. The seeds for this spiritual renaissance also began at the waning of the last Age and the waxing of this current Age.
Luminaries such as Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey were born at the close of the 19th Century, bringing the light of truth through Theosophical principles and esoteric works. This book on Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet was inspired in part by the teachings of The Ascended Master Dwal Kuhl (known as The Master DK) given through his telepathic contact with Alice Bailey and published in Esoteric Astrology, Lucis Publishing Company, New York, 1951. This book, together with a library of Alice Bailey's published works, was left to me by my beloved grandmother when she died; I was only four years of age at the time, but they became invaluable guidebooks for me in my teenage years and beyond.
Because of my burgeoning fascination with astrology, I was particularly interested in Alice Bailey's book Esoteric Astrology and over the years have read it on and off many times. Alice Bailey was a theosophist and a fascinating woman. She wrote twenty-six books in her lifetime and claims that twenty of these were dictated to her by the Ascended Master, Djwal Khul, known as The Master DK.
In Esoteric Astrology, The Master DK said one thing that I must have read dozens of times, but it wasn't until the middle of a powerful planetary configuration of revelation just around my birthday in April 2014 that it dawned on me — this was the time for me to write about an important truth contained in this esoteric work. Now was the time! I would do everything I could to bring it to the attention of not just the astrological community but also to the public.
The Master DK said:
There is one aspect of energy for which the modern astrologer makes very little allowance, and yet it is of paramount importance. This is the energy which emanates from or radiates from the Earth itself ... astrologers have always emphasized the incoming influences and energies as they beat upon and play through our little planet, but they have omitted to take into adequate consideration the emanating qualities and forces which are the contribution of our Earth ... to the larger whole.
In Esoteric Astrology, The Master Dwal Kuhl refers to The Earth as a non-sacred planet. I believe, however, that from a great Initiation of the Earth that took place on July 8, 1964 and which you can read about in the Resources section, the Earth is indeed a sacred planet. This means that Her light, Her bounty, and Her love are even more powerful, affecting us all. The responsibility for us is to acknowledge and accept Her great love and bounty, and then do all we can do to return it through our prayers, gratitude, and positive actions for Mother Earth.
Over the years, I have also had access to the advanced teachings of Dr. George King. As a close student of his, I learned first-hand from him that the Mother Earth is the most important aspect of any Spiritual philosophy.
I suddenly realized in a flash of illumination that this was the missing link in astrology I had been seeking for decades. I have studied, practiced, and taught astrology. I know I have helped many people and have received heart-warming testimonials to this effect from people all over the world. I have written astrology books to help demystify astrology's jargon so that anyone can understand and use it as a helpful tool.
However, I always felt deep down inside me that I was missing something very important. This revelation is the heart and soul of Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet. Just as mechanistic science removed the heart and soul from our worldview, many astrologers like myself (by refusing to acknowledge the Earth), had in effect missed an essential part of the ongoing puzzle that is astrology.
I believe it is long overdue for all astrologers and thinkers to question, understand, and appreciate the role of The Earth in our horoscopes. Any system concerned with evolution such as astrology, and indeed any spiritual philosophy or religion, must now take into account the Earth on which we live, move, and have our being. An understanding of our relationship to the Earth is even more essential at this pivotal time in our history than ever it was.
Most of us are now painfully aware that we are at the mercy of the Earth. There are earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, extreme weather conditions, and natural disasters of every kind. Indigenous cultures tell us that we are out of attunement to the Earth, and it is increasingly obvious that we are.
The Stairway between Heaven and Earth
In early civilizations there was a stairway between Earth and heaven, between the visible and invisible dimensions of life. Everything was intertwined and interrelated; the Cosmos was alive. The Earth was a Goddess and we all participated in a cosmic mystery in which the divine was woven like a golden thread in our lives. Dreams and visions were accepted as signs, voices of the soul guiding us onwards and upwards in our evolution. The subtle realms were as real as this physical realm, and our natural way was to align life with the greater life of the cosmos around us.
The science and intuitive art of astrology can play its part in helping to rebuild the stairway between heaven and Earth. We shall also examine the role of the Earth in our horoscope, what it means for us, and how to use this knowledge to re-establish a right relationship with our divine Mother Earth.
This is the major challenge facing us today. We need to become better stewards of Planet Earth first and foremost in our lives. It is only then that we can strive for a true universal fellowship. The time is short and there is much to be done; but, as quantum field theorists will tell you, a thought can change the world. However, as a metaphysician will tell you thought — when put into action — has a far greater power!
It is not too late for humanity to change the world for the better but first we must look at how this great disconnect from the Earth took place, and the ramifications it has had for us all.
The Great Disconnect
"If you could see the Earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon."
— Galileo Galilei, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, 1632
"Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose."
— Attributed to Sir Fred Hoyle, 1948
"It's tiny out there. ... It's ironic that we had come to study the Moon and it was really discovering the Earth."
— Bill Anders, Apollo 8, quoted in the 2008 Discovery TV series When We Left Earth
Civilization moves forward extremely slowly and inexorably on this planet. We only have to look back over the past few hundred years to see that out of the bloodshed, violence, and chaos, humanity has simultaneously made phenomenal advances especially in the areas of science and technology. At the end of the dark period of prejudice and fear known as The Middle Ages, science began to rule supreme as erudite scientists poured over dusty tomes and telescopes. They brought the light and knowledge of the heavenly spheres to Earth, often in a blaze of controversy. This period was known as The Renaissance: a movement in Europe that inspired men to emerge once again into the light. There was an awakening of the mind and a thirst for knowledge so necessary after the shackles and restraints of the previous Centuries.
Renaissance mathematicians, scholars, and astronomers struggled to bring the world out of the darkness of The Middle Ages into the light of true scientific discovery. Astronomy at that time was not the modern observational science it is today but consisted of mathematical courses that enabled students to master many practical things, such as maritime navigation, as well as the casting of personal horoscopes.
At that time, famous astronomers such as Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo were also horoscope-casting astrologers. Since then, however, there has been a split between these twin studies of astronomy and astrology-two sides of the same coin.
Nicolas Copernicus died more than 450 years ago. He is still regarded as the father of modern astronomy who concluded that the Earth and all the other planets in this solar system revolved around the Sun. This revolution in the current worldview was brought about through the brilliance of this scientist/astrologer.
Later, another scientist who changed the course of history, Galilei Galileo (1564-1642), took up the baton of knowledge that was passed to Copernicus by the ancient Greeks. He too was an astronomer and astrologer, famous for his ability in the art of astrology, and many distinguished people of the time consulted with him.
A contemporary of Galileo, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), was also an astrologer, astronomer, and mathematician who earned his living reading horoscopes for the rich and powerful. He wrote in Harmonics Mundi that "The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind." This is the basis of astrology today. Kepler is better known, however, for his laws of planetary motion and was also a key figure in the 17th Century's scientific revolution.
Although many people find it hard to take astrology seriously, they can easily take seriously its counterpart — astronomy. Astronomy means 'naming the stars' and astrology 'the logic of the stars.' Astronomy represents the glove, while astrology is the living spirit of the hand inside the glove. It is strange that our analytical left-brain schools and universities teach us to make sense of the glove, while neglecting the thing that moves the hand inside. I feel sure it will not be too long, however, before these twin sciences can once again join hands, so to speak.
The Founding of Modern Science
The 17th Century was a pivotal period for science when the founders of modern science were born. These included Bacon, Descartes, and Newton. With Newtonian physics, science became mechanistic. Researchers discovered that many aspects of reality could be broken down into parts and put together again to see how they worked. It was believed that all matter in the universe could be reduced to the minutest particles, each separate and independent of each other, and devoid of any life.
This approach in physics was so successful that it was soon applied to our reality as a whole. This mechanistic approach is still held in high esteem even today, and is at the heart of materialism. It was determined that all events are determined by previously existing causes with no element of free will being possible, no evolution nor any intervention by a higher source.
This approach also undercut the foundations of astrology: the relationship between the heavens and humanity. The essential understanding of our relationship to the planets and stars, and especially to the Earth upon which we live, began to wane. According to this mechanistic view of science, the Earth was no longer relevant to humanity. She was no longer regarded as sacred but rather as a massive resource for our selfish and greedy needs.
Gradually and unerringly, the worldview changed. The heavens above us became irrelevant. The magic and mystery of life was unerringly dimmed, and the importance of astrology along with it, except as a form of fortune telling. This was all part of a much larger split — our almost complete separation from The Mother Earth and Nature that actually began thousands of years ago and has continued in various forms until today.
In the midst of this harsh period, brilliant poets, authors, artists, and mystics strove to bring life and heart into the harshness of this new reality. Through their poetry and inspired writing, we could once again glimpse our true relationship with Mother Earth, long forgotten by the march of cold science.
William Blake (1757-1827), perhaps the most spiritual and mystical of English poets, urged us to look through the eyes of our soul. He reminded us:
To see a world in a grain of sand And heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour.
Our Society Today
As one consequence of this split, man's ego reigned supreme. We began to believe that we could achieve our dreams no matter how they affected those around us; we became separated from the world around us and from God. This worldview has continued with ever-increasing materialism.
No longer is our desire for wealth and accumulation of possessions driven by hardship as it may have been in the past, but we have been brainwashed to believe through constant advertising that we can buy our way to fulfillment. We have witnessed over the past few decades many tragic suicides of the rich and famous who seem to have everything, and yet psychological studies show there is no correlation between wealth and happiness.
We are somehow convinced that possessing as much as we possibly can during our lifetimes is a natural thing. However, if we take the time to think deeply, we shall see that this so-called 'natural' desire on our part is in fact destroying the environment, creating more poverty, speeding up global warming that is causing climate patterns to change, and many other negative conditions.
We live in this constant state of dissatisfaction with what we have and a desire to acquire more and more because there is an inner discontent, a lack of faith, a sense of separateness from the world around us and, especially, from Mother Earth. No matter how much we get, it never seems to be enough.
I am not saying that abundance isn't our birthright, and I certainly don't believe anyone should have to struggle through existence. I am referring to the materialistic madness where billionaires are increasing and reached an all-time high in 2014, while we still have starvation even in this, the richest country in the world, the USA. It is the type of materialistic madness where selfishness reigns supreme. I have known extremely wealthy people whose lives are devoted to taking care of the poor and sharing their wealth, and it is not this to which I am referring. These are wonderful people who understand that money is power, and this brings responsibility. They use this power to help, to heal, to serve; and there can be no higher or better use of wealth than this. I am talking about the type of senseless, selfish approach to wealth that drives people to distraction.
All this points to the fact that we — members of the human race — are out of balance. As a race, we have drawn further away from the concept of sacredness and transcendence that imbued the ancient civilizations. Now, for the most part, we live in a profane world experienced only through the five senses, where acquisitiveness seems to be, for many the raison d'etre, why we are here on Earth.
Even fascinating and important topics such as UFOs and Extraterrestrial intelligences have not captured the imagination and transformed the worldview of a people conditioned towards apathy by the lure of increasing materialism. This, despite the fact that many world leaders, scientists and astronauts, as well as ordinary people throughout the world, have seen Flying Saucers, believe in them and are sure they come from beyond this Earth. Even the incredibly intricate and beautiful crop circles, so prevalent in my own birth country of England, have failed to move the majority of people from their entrenched materialistic worldview.
Not surprisingly, at the same time as this rending of science and spirit, humanity, once so closely entwined with the Earth, is now conditioned to regard her as an abundant source of food, water, and energy. Materialism had virtually given us permission to take from her without any thought, without appreciation or gratitude for her bounty, and without concern for our future on this beautiful planet.
A New Era of Change — The Aquarian Age
A primary effect of this mechanistic view of science, combined with a burgeoning materialism, has been to render subjects like astrology, mysticism, spirituality, and poetry as irrelevant. The hopeful news is that in this present Aquarian Age this split is now gradually and unerringly being recognized and repaired by the very science that disregarded it in the first place.
The Astrological Ages represent changes of consciousness; and each lasts approximately 2,160 years, as one-twelfth (1/12) of a larger measurement of time known as The Great Year. The previous Age was Pisces and this current Age of Aquarius is now dawning.
Excerpted from "Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet"
Copyright © 2016 Chrissie Blaze.
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Table of Contents
Section I The Earth's Influence in Astrology 5
Chapter 1 Astrology's Missing Planet 6
The Stairway between Heaven and Earth 8
Chapter 2 The Great Disconnect 10
The Renaissance 10
Famous Astronomer-Astrologers 11
The Founding of Modern Science 12
Our Society Today 13
A New Era of Change - The Aquarian Age 15
Chapter 3 Astrology, New Science and the Aquarian Age 19
The Earth's Heartbeat 20
How Astrology Can Help 22
Everything Is Alive 23
Inner Space and Outer Space 25
A Magical Universe 27
Chapter 4 The Planets in Astrology 29
The Sun 30
The Moon 31
Minor Planets, Asteroids and Comets 41
The Ascendant 42
Section II Earth's Influence in Your Horoscope 45
Chapter 5 Locating the Earth in Your Horoscope 46
Why Have We Missed Planet Earth? 47
Earth in Astrology-Ruler of Taurus and Sagittarius 48
The Position of Earth in Your Horoscope 48
Planetary Rulers 49
Why Astrology Works 50
Chapter 6 Earth Signs: Earth's Influence through the Signs of the Zodiac 52
Earth's Influence 52
Sun Signs and Earth Signs 54
The Secret of Using Your Earth Sign Power 55
Earth in Aries/Sun in Libra 56
Earth as Co-Ruler of Taurus 61
Earth in Taurus/Sun in Scorpio 62
Earth in Gemini/Sun in Sagittarius 68
Earth in Cancer/Sun in Capricorn 73
Earth in Leo/Sun in Aquarius 79
Earth in Virgo/Sun in Pisces 83
Earth in Libra/Sun in Aries 89
Earth in Scorpio/Sun in Taurus 94
Earth in Sagittarius/Sun in Gemini 100
Earth in Capricorn/Sun in Cancer 104
Earth in Quarius/Sun in Leo 110
Earth in Pisces/Sun in Virgo 115
Chapter 7 The Twelve Houses and Their Meaning 121
The Horoscope 121
The Twelve Houses of the Horoscope 122
Chapter 8 The Earth through the Houses 128
The Influence of Earth in the Twelve Houses 128
Earth in the 1st House 128
Earth in the 2nd House 129
Earth in the 3rd House 129
Earth in the 4th House 130
Earth in the 5th House 131
Earth in the 6th House 131
Earth in the 7th House 132
Earth in the 8th House 132
Earth in the 9th House 133
Earth in the 10th House 133
Earth in the 11th House 134
Earth in the 12th House 134
Section III Reconnecting to the Earth's Energy 137
Chapter 9 How to Connect with Mother Earth 138
Ways to Reconnect 138
The Violet Flame Practice 139
How to Use The Violet Flame Practice 139
The Realms of Nature 140
Everyday Connection with the Devas 142
Deva Houses 143
Earth's Ancient Mysteries 144
The Earth as a Spiritual and Sacred Intelligence 147
Chapter 10 Our Future on Planet Earth 148
The Disconnect Today 149
Indigenous Cultures 151
What Can We Do to Help Mother Earth? 152
About Chrissie Blaze 156