As often happens with passion, Scorpion, Israel Regardie, nearly let his get the best of him through his association with the infamously wicked Libran, Aleister Crowley. When Regardie began his work in 1929, as Crowley’s assistant, he had no idea of the degree of insanity that Crowley was capable until he witnessed it for himself. Unfortunately, his front row seat barred him four years later from being able to return to his homeland, England. A case of being judged by the company we keep.
Don’t kill the messenger, just ignore him
Crowley was a genius and a mad man; gifted and cursed. Occultist, magician, writer, poet and founder of the religious philosophy called Thelema, which states that we should all basically do whatever we want, according to our desires. Yes, this is an over-simplified explanation of a fanatical religious system designed by a rich (through no effort of his own – he inherited his money from his father), spoiled, lunatic. Being born with a silver spoon in your mouth can cause serious choking in life.
My first astrology teacher cautioned me before reading Crowley’s brilliant work, The Golden Dawn, by advising me to listen to the message; ignore the messenger. It’s ironic that my teacher had a male cat he named Aleister, who, due to a serious medical condition, required surgery that essentially turned him into a girl cat. Crowley would no doubt be amused.
Crowley’s gift? How he used his mind (a formidable chessman, in addition to other intellectual pursuits). His curse? What he did with his body…and the bodies of others (the press named him the most evil man on the planet).
A thirst for knowledge
Regardie, an Orthodox Jew who was attracted to Madame Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society, hungered for the forbidden esoteric fruit that was at the end of those far-reaching metaphysical limbs where spiritual warriors, and sometimes devils, tread.
It’s an interesting parallel that my orphaned Libran grandmother was raised by the Theosophical Society in Point Loma, California.
Eventually, Israel Regardie redeemed his inherent integrity, recovered from his tumultuous career with Crowley, and went on to study and practice chiropractics, Reichian therapy, and write about his passion, mysticism, through his popular books, The Tree of Life, A Garden of Pomegranates, and The Middle Pillar.
Not a Raider or a Chief
In his tiny, but mighty book, Astrology for the New Age, astrologer Marcus Allen (not the former Raider, then Chief, football star), synthesizes the teachings of Regardie in a way that might have even impressed the arrogant Crowley. The following is an excerpt from this work.
Meditations on your natal chart
See where the Sun is – what sign, what house – you’ll express yourself, your own unique life force and individuality, generally, through these particular qualities and energies.
See where the Moon is – your intuitive awareness is open here… this is a key to beyond yourself. Within the particular energies of your Moon sign you can find deep, intuitive understanding. Your Moon sign is the secret level of being, the deepest, and reaching to the ultimate…the key to your connection with the Macrocosm.
See where Mercury is – rational mind has strengths and abilities here… you can communicate well through this sign, and this house … on an esoteric level, this is your place of communication with God – with divine forces.
See where Venus is – your love is here, your sense of beauty is here, your heart can open here …on an esoteric level, this is where you can understand the true nature of the Universe, the force of creation, preservation, and destruction: love.
See where Mars is – you have physical strength here, this is your point of power…you can open 2nd (sensitivity, sensation) and 3rd (power) chakras here, find powerful creative energies…you may have ego conflicts here.
See where Jupiter is – you have strong, expansive, positive, energy here…. good fortune, growth.
See where Saturn is – the wisdom that grows with age is here. You will receive teachings here, you will deepen and grow in life’s experiences here…focus and understanding are here.
See where Uranus is – change is here, shattering previous models of behavior…crazy wisdom…Union with the All is here – Uranus is the planet of the 7th (Crown) chakra, which can open up to unite with the whole universe.
See where Neptune is – calm and clear wisdom is here, psychic capabilities, awareness of the
‘sub-’ and ‘super-‘ consciousness – Neptune is the planet of the third eye, the 6th chakra, between your brows; the place of inner vision, dreams, and higher realms.
See where your Pluto is – the beyond is here.
See where the North Node of the Moon is – you have protection and strength here.
See where the South Node of the Moon is – you have an opportunity to go beyond self here, to go beyond limited conceptions of who you think you are, a place of ‘self-undoing’ in some form, a place of growth, letting go.
See what the Rising Sign is …this is how others see you. Your Ascendant or Rising Sign is the inner – showing your personality, and how you feel about yourself. It shows your heart’s choice, your path.
See what the Midheaven (sign on the 10th house cusp) is – this is your activity in the world.
See where your conjunctions, trines, and sextiles are – this is flowing, connected energy; blending smoothly together.
See where your squared aspects are – these are your challenges, possibly obstacles, and teachings, the places where you grow (and don’t enjoy it as much as growth from a trine)!
See where your oppositions are – these may seem opposing, contradictory forces…but within them are always found perfect balance, perfect necessary harmony. By understanding these so-called oppositions, you can understand a great deal about yourself. Oppositions are generally about our relating stuff.
Your chart is a guide to your outer, inner, and secret levels of being.
Everyone, everything, every act, every event has its outer, inner and secret level of being.
Explore, enjoy and experience all there is of you. See God in every face, including your own.
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