The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Neptune = 011
Mercury = 030
Saturn = 111
Venus = 141
Pluto = 212
Sun = 222
Moon = 320
Uranus = 400
I was in search of the unknown. If I began to speak to you of alchemy, of union or ‘marriage of the red Virgin’ with the ‘astral mineral,’ of the philosopher’s stone (union of the soul and the spirit), would you send me to the devil? Yet, when I expound a subject, surely I must use the appropriate terms befitting that subject.
–Madame Blavatsky, in a letter to Prince Dondoukov-Korsakov.
He then recalled that in the early days of his lifetime of discipline in the Himalayas, a lady had found the high teachers and received the Ancient Wisdom. Going back through his memory, he ultimately recalled that she was not British, but Russian, and he finally remembered her name–Blavatsky. He had not himself met her, but had heard her achievement spoken of by fellow ascetics.
–Margaret Cousins, describing her conversation with a prominent sadhu or spiritual teacher in Kashmir. From Sylvia Cranston’s H.P.B. The Extraordinary Life & Influence of Helena Blavatsky.1
Ever since her childhood, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was known for her “sympathy toward those who were in a humbler station in life than herself” (Primary Neptune) and for being a “strange” (Neptune) girl “with a distinct dual nature. One mischievous [Secondary Mercury], the other mystical, and metaphysically inclined”1 (Neptune).
Madame Blavatsky’s legendary2 travels through Tibet, where she supposedly obtained “mystical wisdom” (Primary Neptune) from Hindu spiritual masters, occurred directly under the setting position of her Primary Neptune. Her search for “occult wisdom” (Neptune) and her “extensive writing” (Secondary Mercury) on the subject are keynote qualities of this Neptune / Mercury Transcendental pairing. (See my essay on the mystic poet Yeats, who also had this planetary signature.)
In her first major work, Isis Unveiled (1877), Blavatsky criticized the prevailing trends of science and religion, and she promulgated “direct mystical experience” (Neptune) as the essential element in spirituality. Her “prolific writings” (Mercury) include Voice of Silence (1889), The Secret Doctrine (1888), Key to Theosophy (1889), and the fourteen volumes published thus far that form her Complete Writings. Co-founder of the Theosophical Society, she amassed a worldwide following of over 100,000 people by the time of her death, on May 8, 1891.
1. Blavatsky’s Aunt Nadya to Blavatsky biographer, A.P. Sinnett, in Sinnett, Incidents in the Life of Madame Blavatsky, pp. 26-32, as reproduced in Sylvia Cranston’s, H.P.B., The Extraordinary Life & Influence of Helena Blavatsky, p. 18.
2. Whether Blavatsky ever actually traveled to Tibet remains a point of contention among scholars.
Revised & updated:
5 August 2005
Role of the Least-aspected Planet in Astrocartography
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IV. Psychic inflation - Summary of Planetary Symbolism - Transcendental Planets
V. Nodes / the Triple-zero Transcendental | Appendices: Orbs / References / Data
Additional Maps | Notes | Bibliography | FAQ
I. Interview in Astrolore | II. Transcendental Nations | III. American Presidents & LAP Saturn
IV. World Events | V. Numinous Consciousness
VI. The LAP as a metaphor of the soul | VII.
Zones of Intensity |
VIII. Complete Index of Names and Events
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