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The Perfect Horoscope
Following the Astrological Guidelines Established by Edgar CaycePoint here for more book info

by John Willner

Paraview Press, 2001
ISBN 1-931044-06-6
Astrology, 321 pp
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Excerpt (sections in bold are from the Readings of Edgar Cayce)


One might rightfully ask why should only one house (or domification) system be used by astrologers. A unified method is required in order to obtain just one spiritual horoscope for each person selected by that person's soul. A single spiritual horoscope is a worthwhile-nay an imperative-astrological objective. Anything less is an approximation that offers all kinds of opportunities for misinterpretations. The numerous variations presently allowed confuse matters, leading to a wild assortment of opinions that corrupt. Planets can be in wrong houses, and interceptions can occur in the wrong house pairs. Those matters are far too important for any soul to accept prior to being born.

The only acceptable house system is one that can be proven correct. Since the main differences among house systems pertain to the locations of inner house cusps (not those of the major angles), proofs must differentiate among these inner boundaries. When a progressed or transiting planet crosses over a cusp into another house, either in longitude or declination, the effects should be noticeable and make an intelligent connection. An effort may be required to consider these differences. But then, one must learn how to understand and interpret, because otherwise the usefulness of astrology is impaired.

6. For the entity may in its study of the scripture, in its application of its tenets in its relationships to others, bring a great deal of confidence; yea, even faith; in those things, not altogether which would be called supernatural, but supernormal interpretation or understanding of the laws of nature and the relationships of same to the activity of individuals.

7. Study all of the systems of astrological aspects. There are two definite principles: Those which are the result of study in the Indian land, or paint that phase of same, including the theosophical; not theological-but the purposefulness of life. These will be of real interest to the entity, will enable the entity to answer much for the faith which lies latently and manifestedly in the entity. 

8. In the activities in these directions may bring to the body periods of anxiety, but the greater study of man, and man's relationship to the Maker, is through self. Analyze thyself as to what is thy ideal. 

9. Then, not merely by expression in words but the expression of the ideal (for the credence of that in self, as well as that asked for in others) found in the activities of its life experience, for these will bring much more harmonious experiences than otherwise. 
10. In its study though, of such, its attunement may be so that such philosophical studies and the study of self will unite in the awakening to the possibilities within self. 
11. As to the astrological or astronomical urges latent and manifested, all are a part of the entity. All that have appeared, all that may appear, may be known of the entity; but without making practical application of same in thy dealings with thy fellow man, of what use is same? Understand and interpret all in all, or forget it altogether; but let's see you try and forget it! 

To the individual being addressed, as well as others who have experienced these urges latent and manifested, practical astrological applications simply have to be pursued. Theosophical enlightenment can go only so far. Reasons persist for realistic understanding and interpreting-they cannot be forgotten. 

Regarding houses, historical information will be briefly described first, contending systems will be discussed next, and then logic will be applied together with strong empirical evidence supporting the one house system for spiritual horoscopes that forms an integral part of the verification standard. 

Technically, seven principal methodologies have been developed, with variations of each general approach and a number of hybrids. It would seem that house systems are mathematical play things that are fun for the astronomically inclined to invent. However, because of all these alternatives, astrologers have frequently developed strong differing opinions about which one they like. Of course, likings and opinions by their nature are not necessarily manna from heaven. 

The descriptions of each house system that follow are not intended to convey total comprehension or to teach competency in their use. Rather, they are given only in sufficient detail to show their backgrounds and differences, because the whole subject would be amusing and whimsical if it were not so important. Readers need to know why all but one house system needs to be archived as we exit the Piscean Age. Understanding should be only sufficient to know which ones should go, and why. A very wise professor once said that you could lump all opinions in the world together and throw them into a bonfire, because they weren't worth very much and none could compete with carefully drawn rational proofs. 

The houses in astrology compartmentalize all departments of life. In modern Western astrology there are twelve houses, although originally among the Chaldeans and Greeks there were just eight. One should not forget that the Mayans used thirteen. An English Viscount of the seventeenth century by the name of William Brouncker, who studied mathematics at Oxford University, cast horoscopes in a sixteen-house system. Evidently he did not have many followers, although he was held in sufficient esteem to become the first president of the Royal Society. Some fixed zodiac systems refer to the 28 lunar mansions while partially or wholly ignoring the month or sign-based divisions. From these accounts one can see that there has been little historical or geographical agreement as to the number of houses in a horoscope. However, the twelve-house system predominates today, and this predominance has survived for about two millennia. There is a philosophical balance to twelve houses that appears to fit the mold required by spiritual horoscopes. 

Early Chaldean and Greek astrologers assigned one house each to the Sun, Moon and six visible planets (including Earth). The twelve-house system matches the twelve zodiacal signs in the ecliptic. It is balanced and readily divisible by two, three, four and six. Thus, many esoteric combinations can be formed. The thirteen-house system of the Mayans relates to a sacred number that also is a component of their long period counting scheme. Mayans seem to have been far more interested in the ages of mankind, and fatalistic periods, than in understanding the psyches of individuals (with the probable exception of their rulers). The sixteen-house system had an abstract mathematical basis. The 28 lunar mansions are related to days in the lunar cycle and not to the motion of the Sun or to zodiacal signs. They do, however, have icons. 

Obviously, there are many ways to segment the heavens. A number of concepts were derived and recorded by early Arabian astrologers and by Ptolomy, the authority who had great credence in Europe for hundreds of years. During the Renaissance, a number of investigators interpreted these earlier methods and copied them into tables that became a boon to those astrologers who did not have strong mathematical backgrounds. It did not matter that a table might have been drawn for Alexandria, Egypt, while the individual whose horoscope was being cast was born in Rome. The tables were used anyway, and virtually none were adjusted for the true latitude and longitude. But soon variations emerged according to the beliefs and special biases of the copiers. Many of these alterations were attempts to simplify and make calculations easier (not necessarily to obtain better results). Furthermore, the rationale for each method, if given at all, was subjective. Authors writing about particular house systems were more likely to select from the assortment of methods given by earlier investigators, and express personal agreements with imagined intentions of the originators, than they were to offer substantive proofs.

The general concept accepted in the West has been that houses are related to the signs of the zodiac, because there are twelve of each. The signs fall on a belt surrounding the Sun, and this belt, centered on the ecliptic, is broad enough to encompass all perturbations of the planets. Also, the zodiac is centered on the ecliptic plane, and all house systems ultimately translate angles derived for each cusp to the ecliptic. Hence, the coupling is rather loose, but the advantage has been a single sign per house (on average). 

However, anomalies to this pattern arise at far Northern latitudes above the equator (or far Southern latitudes below the equator) and at certain times of the day in most temperate zones. Under these conditions, one sign may span several houses, while several other signs may bunch together at right angles. Those signs that fall completely between house cusps are said to be intercepted. Since the diurnal and nocturnal house cusps are 180 apart, the houses filled with one or more signs are mirror images of each other. Thus, an intercepted house is paired with its opposite on the other side of the sphere. 

One house system has been favored over another in about the same way that one jockey is favored over another in a horse race. The color of the silks could just as well be the overriding reason for the choice. Placing one's bet also becomes easy, since many astrological computer programs provide a variety of options. These options are nice window dressing, they were comparatively easy to program, and inclusion probably enhances sales. But a solid reason for making a choice does not appear in their manuals, and most users are lost in a quandary. One option or another is picked because someone else did, or because it sounded nice, or because an earlier horoscope using the method might have looked alright on the surface, or for just about any other reason that came to mind. Clearly, the most popular horses do not always win their races. 

This high level of uncertainty represents a very important problem that has actually been abetted by computer technology because choices are so easily made. A related problem is not understanding the meanings of all twelve houses. The majority know associated words for each house learned by rote, but not necessarily the guiding principles. Therefore, errors have been observed in delineations when the wrong meanings were assigned. Furthermore, the remembered words, handed down from ancient times, do not always correspond with modern terminology. For example, danger from large animals no longer has a high priority, as it once did. Situations that cannot be readily compared with one of the remembered words are occasionally given dubious house assignments. This situation calls for a return to basics, learning the principles, and use of intelligence. Being critical of each planet's location is a step in comprehending the correctness that is warranted for every spiritual horoscope. 

Several real examples might clarify the points being made about misinterpretations. An assignment to the first house of a scientist's reputation was recently noted in print. That is only about 90 away from the truth. Reputation for scientists and students alike is a tenth house matter. The scientist's first house applied to daily exercises that kept his mind and body in shape for activity in the laboratory. 

Another observation was a ninth house assignment for the pragmatic benefits of computer software written by a young programmer. The ninth house is where the software might have been demonstrated, but not where its benefits would have been realized. Information was transferred in the ninth house, but benefits to the public would be realized in the twelfth. Perhaps it is easy to understand that the twelfth house was not considered as the place where this software would serve others, because general comprehension of that domain is deficient. According to remembered words, the twelfth house is the place for hidden enemies, dangerous large animals, hospital confinements and prisons. Such ideas are highly restrictive and generally abhorred, if not misleading in overall content. The negative connotations "smack" of possible attacks from dinosaurs rather than anything so modern as computer software. The idea of service to others gets lost in the mire. So against the background of remembered words, how could the twelfth house apply to services rendered by software? But it does, because the twelfth house is the house of service to others. Astrology is an extremely complex subject, and there is so much to comprehend. Yet, every planet in its house location must have a distinctive meaning. That is why this chapter on houses has been deemed necessary. 

In entering the present experience we find the entity is indeed one that may be said to be in the influence of-in the astrological understanding-the cusps. While such influences are different, according to the information concerning same that has been given by many, we find that those who are near to the rising of one influence and the submerging-as it were-of another-are oft in those experiences where, from the mental abilities or mental developments, they are in a strait, as it were, as to what should be the activity. For there are the tendencies for such individuals to reason through the influence of those urges that arise from Leo or of the head, or Pisces as of the spiritual import. Hence to such individuals we find those influences of virtue, morality, activities of individuals as related to these mean much more-or their import are of a great deal more influence in the experience of such an entity than much said by this, that or the other person. Such individuals, then, have within themselves that innate ability to become really a judge of human nature; and such individuals in such capacities in any activity or experience in the earth may make for themselves and for others a teacher, instructor, detective, or one of such natures or such fields of activity that are beyond most individuals. 0801-001

To become a judge of human nature, and understand frequently encountered misinterpretations, requires a somewhat broader perspective than what is frequently being exhibited in astrological literature. A little insight might be acquired by considering a profound idea of the early Chinese. In contemplating the human psyche, the Chinese conceived a principle of duality they called yin and yang. The philosophers of other societies arrived at similar conclusions, although not always accompanied by such distinctive labels or symbols. These two categories separate male from female, day from night, the coming in and going out, the external world from the internal, and the twofold nature of matter. Chinese astrology actually uses 26 lunar mansions, but in a twelve-division horoscope yang constitutes the six houses above the horizon; yin constitutes the six houses below. Thus, the division of twelve houses by the number two has a profound esoteric basis. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Northern and Southern declination aspects have similar connotations. Since the early days of Christian-Islamic astrology, every house has been assigned to unique areas of a person's life, although any direct assimilation of this two-part division from the Chinese has not been established. As Marc Edmond Jones pointed out, dividing the twelve compartments by three results in the number four that has a temporal association. Thus, the first, fourth, seventh and tenth houses are related to the present. The second, fifth, eighth and eleventh are related to the future. The third, sixth, ninth and twelfth are related to the past. The categories of life in the present fit the cardinal houses, and they are considered the strongest. Those in the future are the fixed houses, and they are considered medium strong, as their contents are held in reserve for later use. Those in the past are the mutable houses, and they are considered the weakest in the sense that an effort is required on the part of the individual to make use of the information and knowledge stored therein. However, the mutable houses are where work is performed or services rendered. 

Another view of the number four is the quadrants (or groups of three houses). Esoteric
meanings are applied to alternate quadrants in such a way that they cover existences, or states of being, and influences, or acts of accomplishment. However, again these deeper meanings are not always understood. Generally, these philosophical associations are not in mind when the planet's locations are being interpreted. Yet, a general understanding does exist that every possible element of life is encompassed within these twelve sectors. The problem is getting modern incidents of life into the right sectors. Simple-minded events tend to take care of themselves-the others do not always. 

Copyright 2000-2002 John Willner 



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