for Reshad who was the first to
make me look for the light behind the sun.
last month’s articles we considered the Moon’s function as a veil to
the first (form building) aspects of Vulcan, Uranus and Neptune.
this article we consider the Sun as a veil to the second (consciousness
developing) aspects of two of these planets, Uranus and Neptune.
esotericism suns represent consciousness. The energetic interchange
between the seven solar systems and the starry worlds, is the means by
which the Entity whom DK in Esoteric Astrology calls the One of Whom Naught Can Be Said, comes to consciousness, creating
thereby the means and scope for consciousness within our own solar system.
reflect this activity in our own small lives when we use the energy of our
lower chakras to open our head centres. When our personalities are
soul-aligned and we are expressing our egoic ray, then we are a solar
system in miniature, and for us, Neptune and Uranus represent,
respectively, solar and electric fire which sustain our individuated
consciousness but from which we need protection, as does a new plant from
fire - ‘the light behind the Sun’ - manifests through the suns and
constellations of the Milky Way, and electric fire - ‘the light behind
the light behind the Sun’- through the starry worlds.
our own tradition we start a prayer with the words: I
am light within a greater light.
is fine as far as it goes, but it does not explain why esoteric astrology
confuses matters by veiling these planets, when modern orthodox astrology
works with both Uranus and Neptune, without mentioning veils. In fact
orthodox astrology designates them outer or transpersonal planets and
holds them to be beyond the control of the personality.
By another name, this means veiled. The veil is provided by
collective consciousness. The astrologers of the pre-war era held that the
transpersonal planets sunk their energy into collective consciousness of
the human family, and
the individual experienced it at one remove, via the collective. To
the pre-war astrologers, all the transpersonal planets were malefics,
because they challenged the continuity upon which personality
consciousness is dependent.
the past fifty years, we have developed a better understanding of
the process of development, and Pluto and Uranus in Leo moved on the
process of individuation. The transpersonal planets are increasingly able
to work directly through the enclosed consciousness of the personality.
even though it now stands in different relationship with these planets,
personality consciousness knows that it does not control Uranus or Neptune.
At best, it organises itself to accommodate and assimilate the changes
that they bring. Neither needs our co-operation and our consent to go to
work in our lives. Uranus works through removing restrictions and
constraints of all kinds from our lives, Neptune works by dissolving
decisions do not control them, but we can make decisions that will do more
or less justice to the changes that they have effected. At the very least
we need to find acceptance because their workings are, in their different
ways, erosive of the enclosure and continuity which supports personality
we would co-operate with Uranus we have to be able to understand why the
situation, person or attitude that has been removed from our lives was a
limitation. If we would co-operate with Neptune we need to feel inspired
and positive about the process of attraction that is pulling us out of our
state of separation, eroding our boundaries and making us desirous of
merging with others.
orthodox astrology sees us looking out at Uranus and Neptune, rather as a
person in a room looks through the window, at a world into which one day
he may be freed, but from which he is given a measure of protection for as
long as he stays inside his room.
astrology, however, opens the door to the idea that if the Sun is
available to act as a veil, then the light from these planets can actually come into the
room and the personality can experiment with it, learning eventually to
handle and control this high-octane energy of solar and electric fire.
the signs Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius, and Capricorn, there are
decanates that allow the veiled light of Uranus and Neptune to shine
through into personality consciousness where it may be handled
consciously. People with planets, particularly the inner and superior
planets in these decanates demonstrate and use their mystical or
spiritually radical tendencies, depending upon which of the two planets is
same principle is involved when the Moon is acting as a veil. In this case
it is the signs Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius
that contain decanates that allow in the light of Vulcan, Neptune and
Uranus, and that encourage people to work consciously and intelligently
with form to make it the host of higher energy, as we described last
precise decanates are given by DK in Esoteric Astrology. We have rounded
them up in our Transitional Astrology Course. So far, no student has
penetrated the full significance of the decanates - they are themselves
veils - but one or two may be getting close now. They are the keys to the
rays in the charts of disciples and initiates up to the fifth degree.
After this, there is no need for veils.