by Richard Kieninger
I will begin by repeating my understanding of the Brotherhoods' stance on the subject of astrology: Each Ego is given the mental, psychological, and physical tools (via Egoic mind, a brain, and a body) to cope with life and to ultimately gain wisdom, control over himself, and to achieve the ability to have his environment reflect the beauty, peace, and love he develops within himself. The end of all this is to elevate himself to personal spiritual excellence and thereby earn the ability to function on higher planes of existence. A person's Natal Chart is also indicative of where the Ego left off at the closing of his prior incarnation. By means of astrological knowledge of the influences represented by planetary placement in Signs and Houses and the aspects between planets, the astrologer can infer the likely responses and drives which the native will exhibit in that lifetime. The Natal Chart can be used to infer the challenges an individual has set up for himself in his lifetime and can also indicate the strengths and Egoic skills he has already developed in order to cope with those challenges. What the individual does in the living of a lifetime can open whole new areas that may never have been addressed in prior incarnations, and these new activities and areas of growth will not appear in the Chart until the next incarnation.
Nowhere in the Brotherhoods' Philosophy is there an implication that
an Ego incarnates in answer to the needs of others. Egoic advancement is pursued on an individual basis. One's relationships with others is incidental though highly
useful (yet often not beneficial). Emotional pain, crippling diseases, and
estrangement can also be very valuable for strengthening an Ego, and these are often chosen by a person. Many astrologers like to strongly imply to their clients that
For any astrologer to presume to guide a client is the highest arrogance and is fraught with grave karmic repercussions to the astrologer. No one should try to give advice to another based on astrology, but there is no doubt that many people gullibly pay astrologers for daily guidance or advice on major and minor directions to take in their lives. The Natal Chart has no “shoulds” as to what direction a person's life is to go, and Progressed Charts are so vague as to how a transiting aspect will actually manifest (if at all) that there are literally hundreds of interpretations that could be speculated (it seems only to be clear in retrospect); therefore, I have never found them of real practical value. To use such charts as a means of deciding to marry, make investments, choose careers, etc., can only be a gamble.
I grant you that astrology can be fun and a source of interesting speculation, but the planets do not “control” us. Those persons whose habit is to drift through life can undoubtedly be more subject to the “tendencies” enhanced or restricted by planetary vibrations, but the person with determination nevertheless overcomes any aspect of the “stars.” For a person to be aware of possible character defects and strengths as revealed by the Natal Horoscope can be helpful to him, but the Brotherhoods have warned that it is extremely faulty as a predictive tool. A prime example of the kind of games practitioners of astrology can play with uninformed persons is when they pawn off their personal philosophies as being “in the stars.” That kind of manipulation of people reminds me of my college days when the students who read Sigmund Freud played psychoanalyst with one another. It was brutal in its effects.
To be on the safe side, astrology services must be limited to precisely drawing up a Natal Chart and correctly selecting the aspects which are operative. Then one may either give people the reference books to find various authors’ opinions on the meanings of their chart or else make a compendium of those authors' interpretations for the client's convenience.
A lifetime is a difficult thing to live. It is best guided by knowing moral precepts based on the long history of human experience and by having access to Universal Laws. The choices one makes along the way must be made for oneself. The results of those choices are governed largely by the Law of Cause and Effect. The majority of people who have led fulfilling and effectively beneficial lives never consulted an astrologer or studied astrology.
Some Useful Astrological Reference Texts
The Astrologer's Handbook by Frances Sakoian and Louis S. Acker, 1973, by Harper and Row
Heaven Knows What by Grant Lewi, 1977, by Llewellyn Publications
Planets in Aspect by Robert Pelletier, 1974, Para Research, Inc.
Karmic Astrology by Martin Schulman
Volume I - The Moon's Nodes and Reincarnation
Volume II- Retrogrades and Reincarnation, 1975, Samuel Weiser