Areas of Consciousness 4
Houses of Universal Consciousness IX -XII
this article, on the houses of universal consciousness, we conclude the
short series on the houses of the horoscope. Sincere thanks to everyone
who has written in with positive thoughts and appreciative comments.
this area of the chart (houses IX - XII), a person responds to the impulse
to be purposeful, and the sense of needing to be affiliated to something,
whether a group, a cause, or a higher level of consciousness which will
give meaning to his own, individual life.
spiritual quest is the vehicle for revealing the nature of the system in
which the individual is an active participant.
Establishment/the established order provides the context and ground rules
activity and reforming causes give a sense of belonging and the comfort of
sense of the connection between all things erodes the sense of separation,
links a person to his fellow man, and the personality to the level of
the Sun, inner planets and Jupiter are in houses IX - XII, a person is
attracted to the activities which provide the appropriate context.
Overseas travel; ideas from other
cultures; spiritual activity - i.e. the ‘shock of
the new’ enables a person to break out of purposeless routine
into active participation.
career, status, and recognition enable a person to make his individuality
responsible and accountable
and pressure groups, the armed forces; indeed any kind of organisation
with a strong identity and sense of esprit enables a person to hitch his
cart to a larger star and make a difference.
and activities which supply the common needs of mankind enable a person to
make his contribution although, with this house, the sense of the
connection between all things may not need to seek confirmation or find
expression through external agencies or activities, operating instead as a
mystical awareness which may thrive on solitude and express itself on the
astral or mental plane.
outer planets in these houses have a banishing or transcending effect,
making it difficult for a person to make headway, as an individual, in
these contexts. Their presence indicates that a person is moving out of
universal consciousness, back into an area of consciousness which will
fine-tune his sense of individuality (Personal) or his awareness and
respect for the individuality of others (Relating).
the inner and outer planets are present together in this area of
consciousness, which is not uncommon, then a more considered, less passive
approach to group participation is required.
in any of the houses of universal consciousness, regardless of the
placement of the Sun and inner planets, indicates that, in the context of
groups, a person is reminded of his inadequacies and perceived
limitations. These may express themselves on the physical plane in the
form of an inability to establish career or integrate into a team (Xth
& XIth) or on the mental level as an inability to see or trust in the
larger picture (IXth & XIIth).
contemporary Western societies, where there is such an emphasis on
one-to-one relating, conditioned expectation can interfere to some degree
with a person’s capacity to recognise the nature of the impulse which
works through this area of consciousness. This interference is likely to
have a frustrating rather than a canceling effect upon the search for a
context, causing him to seek, initially, what he needs through partnership
rather than through groups. It is likely to be during a person’s
thirties that the true nature of the impulse to join up with others is
recognised and given an appropriate place in the life. This delaying
factor is most in evidence in the houses of which Saturn is the natural
ruler (Xth & XIth) and least evident where Jupiter is the ruler (IXth
would also add that the tendency to think in terms of partnership rather
than fellowship, which is mentioned above, may well be overlaid in the
course of the next decade by a greater attunement to the idea of
communality. The astrological work done here, in England, in the last
fifteen years by the astrologers now involved with the Foundation, reveals
a marked bias towards the XIth
house in the charts of the babies born in the 1980-90s. We have no means
of gauging how representative of the whole our findings are but we are
expecting, nevertheless, that, as this generation comes of age, the
numerical weight of people working through the XIth house will be such
that it will bring about a greater enthusiasm for and awareness of the
potential of group activity.
point to be made in connection with the XIth house is that, somewhere
along the road, modern orthodox astrology appears to have forgotten that
the XIth house is the house of children after
Vth house is the house which governs the creation of the children; their
passage through the world is an XIth house matter. Children represent the
coming generation; they are the future, something with which the House of
Aquarius, quite properly, is concerned. For some parents, particularly
those with inner planets in XIth house, their children and the legacy
which the children will inherit in the form of the state of the world are
their cause, and with the arrival of the children, a new centre of
gravity is created in their lives which often draws energy and attention
away from the parents’ relationship with each other. They tend then to
align themselves increasingly with the children and, to a degree, the
relationship with the children supersedes that of the parents’
relationship with each other. This is particularly the case when Venus and
Mars are involved and is particularly evident in the lives of women.
in close relationships with people working in the third area of
consciousness need to be aware of this need to have a centre of gravity in
something larger and more significant than the relationship itself. "Wist
ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" Jesus said to his
mother, and spoke for all people working in universal consciousness.
close relationship between a person working in universal consciousness and
another working in relating consciousness is likely to be particularly
tense because of the difference in focus and priorities, and the
principled sense of being in the right that both will have. A person
working in personal consciousness
would not have the same awareness of
the differences, nor therefore, the same need to justify his
crises which may result from the presence of Saturn in the houses of
universal consciousness tend not to be well-understood either by those
suffering or those treating them. This is due, in part, to the reasons
already given - in the West we think in terms of and expect one-to one
relating to supply a person’s needs - and because a person does not
always have the language or the categories to enable him to identify and
describe an existential crisis - and this, at root, is what the crises in
the houses of universal consciousness are.
area of consciousness corresponds to the mental level and is Third Ray. It
is consciousness thinking about itself. It determines where a person
places himself in the scheme of things and what is the nature of that
scheme. Behind the lack of formal success and the difficulties in
friendship or with the children which are common expressions of Saturn in
Xth & XIIth house, there is an inability to retain a sense of personal
value, effectiveness and integrity when confronted with a
larger context, whether that context is The Establishment,
workplace or a group of people. Basically, he is overwhelmed.
presence of Saturn in IXth house creates difficulty in the matter of
belief and acceptance of that which is non-material and interferes with
the formation of the larger picture on which he is dependent for his sense
of purpose. For such people, an occult path is usually better than a
devotional path because it does not eschew the kind of explanations which
are intelligible to the concrete mind.
in XIIth produces the ‘existential nightmare’, the fear of the void,
and is the cause of a huge amount of distress because it frustrates the
capacity to feel connected; it creates a sense of unremitting
purposelessness and a focus and receptivity to all that is negative in the
collective mind. The bleakness of the experiences brought about when
Saturn in XIIth is stirred up by planetary activity i.e. progressions,
transits and lunations, is such that the fear of being swallowed up by the
void is likely to make a person block any kind of discussion about the
non-material and what lies beyond the realm of the five senses. Thus the
true nature and full extent of the suffering may never be made known to
similar, although usually less intense, occurs when Saturn, posited
natally anywhere in the chart, progresses or transits the XIIth House. The
light either goes out or becomes very dim.
spiritual path is not smooth and those who set out expecting it to yield a
succession of affirmations, rewards and the support and goodwill of
fellow-travelers are insufficiently prepared. There is always a stage of
the journey during which self meets self; when consciousness reaches the
limits of the world of its own creation. This happens when Saturn is in
the houses of universal consciousness.
are spiritual crises which can be helped only by the spiritual disciplines
and only then if the practitioners know with what they are dealing.