Jefferson: Third President of the United
of the Declaration of Independence : April 13, 1743 , Shadwell , Virginia
, 1:54 AM , LMT (Source: Doris Chase Doane). Died, July 4, 1826 , Monticello
, Virginia, 1:53:48 AM , LMT used.
(Ascendant, Aquarius, with
Uranus in Capricorn conjunct the Ascendant from H12; MC, Scorpio with
Pluto in Scorpio conjunct the MC and North Node; Sun in Aries; Moon
in Sagittarius; Mercury in Pisces; Venus in Taurus; Mars and Saturn
in Leo with Saturn conjunct the Vertex; Jupiter in Virgo; Neptune in
Cancer conjunct Chiron)
The Essential Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson, America’s most distinguished “apostle
of liberty”, is best known as the principal author and draftsman
of the Declaration of Independence, the document which altered forever
the relationship between the American Colonies and England, and precipitated
America’s War of Independence, the Revolutionary War. Jefferson
became America ’s first secretary of state, its second vice president
and, from 1800-1808, the third president of the United States . He was
responsible for pushing through the Louisiana Purchase , which more
than doubled the size of the American nation. A man of strong idealism,
he was an early advocate of the total separation of church and state
and for the duration of his life the most eloquent American proponent
for the preservation of individual freedom as the core meaning of the
American Revolution. He was a staunch enemy not only of foreign imperialism
and despotism, but opposed a strong central government (advocated by
the Federalists) as a return to the abuses which the Revolution had
defeated. A man of many and varied talents, he was also an inventor
and scientist, a passionate lover of music and literature and a distinguished
architect. He was both the architect and founder of the University of
Jefferson can easily be linked to the first ray through his ongoing
interest in government, his unspectacular manner, his preference for
working largely through the written word and in committee, and his intelligent
and versatile power of manifestation upon the physical plane link him,
arguably, more closely to the seventh ray and the Department of Master
R., just a Benjamin Franklin can be similarly linked.
The strong first ray which comes through Aries (his Sun Sign) makes
it a sign which claims its independence—fitting for one who was
the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Aquarius (his
Ascendant) is also rebellious and non-conformist in its attitudes, not
to mention democratic. Uranus so close to the Ascendant further indicates
genius, the will-to-transform and, again, the urge for independence—an
insistence on breaking with the status-quo and doing things in a new
and better way.
We see many strong seventh ray indicators which would support the expression
of a seventh ray soul. The three signs which constellationally transmit
the seventh ray (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) all hold important planets—the
Sun, Neptune and Uranus, respectively. The principal planet of the seventh
ray, Uranus, is rising, and tells of Jefferson ’s role in breaking up
an old order (Capricorn in the twelfth house) and restructuring a new.
Destructive Pluto is in the ninth house of philosophy and world view
and quintile reformative Uranus just as it is preservative Jupiter,
enhancing Jefferson’s power to destroy old thoughtforms and replace
them with a new perspective—a vision of fruitfulness and creativity.
A further conduit for seventh ray energy might be considered Jupiter
(transmitting the second and seventh rays) in Virgo (distributing the
second and sixth rays, but much associated with seventh ray qualities).
Certainly, Jupiter in Virgo (hierarchical ruler of Virgo—indicating
the eventual complete fulfillment of the Christ-impulse) and, in this
case, esoteric ruler of the Aquarius Ascendant, would give the capacity
to be aware of and handle the many particularities of administration,
and attend with caution to the wording of any document. This Jupiter,
in a modest position for Jefferson, is yet important, for it demonstrates
a wisdom (second ray Jupiter) in nurturing (Virgo) the birth of a new
nation (Virgo), and a willingness to do all those many little things
which have to be accomplished in such an enterprise. Jefferson had that
willingness to work “behind the scenes” (so characteristic
of the seventh ray which works quietly and carefully to bring all to
consummation). This quietude is, in part, suggested by the placement
of Mercury (the esoteric ruler of the Aries Sun Sign) in retiring Pisces.
What he wrote, however, certainly had a pralayic effect upon
the old order.
First ray indicators are also strongly present, staring with the Sun
in Aries exoterically ruled by Mars (with its first ray component) placed
in first ray Leo. Uranus in Capricorn is strongly seventh ray, but can
be interpreted in a first ray manner as well.
There is, as one might expect, much of idealism and enthusiasm in Jefferson
’s chart. There is a kind of grand trine in fires with the Sun in Aries
trine sixth ray Mars in Leo which trines the idealistic Moon in Sagittarius—though
the Moon does not complete the wheel by returning the trine to the Sun.
As well, all the signs which distribute the sixth ray hold planets—Jupiter
in Virgo, Moon in Sagittarius and Mercury in Pisces.
In Thomas Jefferson we have an individual of foundational importance
to world freedom—Uranus in Capricorn conjunct an Aquarius Ascendant.
Capricorn is associated with documents and formal codifications of law.
Certainly, Jefferson produced a new (Uranus) document (Capricorn)
which set forth the rationale (Mercury in Pisces exactly sextile to
Uranus in Capricorn) for a new order (Uranus) in which freedom (Uranus)
would prevail. He was not a military figure (as was George Washington)
but was willing to take great risks (Sun in Aries, Uranus rising, Moon
in Sagittarius) to ensure the birth (Jupiter in Virgo) of freedom. In
some deep way he must have been connected with the Sirian influence
from which the Law of Freedom emanates. He also appears to have been
closely connected with the mode of procedure, characteristic of the
Count (Master R.), just as Franklin seems to have been. While other
rays can be discovered in Jefferson’s life—the first, for
independence and self-reliance, the fourth for beauty of form and music
(Venus in fourth ray Taurus), the sixth for idealism, and the fifth
(fifth ray Venus in Taurus in the third house of mind square sensory
Mars in Leo and opposed to investigative Pluto in Scorpio with scientific
Uranus rising)—it is the seventh ray, the ray of the new order,
which shines through his life most clearly. Jefferson’s fierce
spirit of independence (Sun in Aries and Mars in Leo, plus the first
ray) served the coming of what in his higher moments he must have envisioned
as a New World Order, unimposed and arising naturally and voluntarily
from the cooperation of free individuals.
Confirming the Chart
There is no actual birth
record for Thomas Jefferson. The chart which is most used is a rectification
by Doris Chase Doane. We will examine the chart in various ways to confirm
its potential accuracy.
Thomas Jefferson was a tall man, over 6’2”. Certain astrological
indicators for height are present in the proposed chart. The Sun is
in the Sagittarian decanate of Aries, and the Moon is in Sagittarius.
Aquarius, which in the first decanate inclines towards height, is the
proposed rising sign, and Uranus, which also inclines towards height,
is only a few degrees from the Ascendant. Sagittarius, too, inclines
towards height as does its opposite sign, Gemini.
Jefferson was said to be freckled and sandy haired. The abundance of
fire signs would contribute to this. Sun in Aries is trine Mars in Leo
which is loosely trine the Moon in Sagittarius. The proposed Ascendant,
Aquarius is one of the positive signs (fire or air signs) contributing
to a lighter complexion. These placements do not, however, lend any
confirmation to the chosen time of birth.
The artistic renderings available to us are somewhat inconsistent, but
do have certain features in common. They all show Jefferson with a rather
large and somewhat protruding chin. The seventh ray, which we suspect
is strong in his nature, tends to make the chin more pronounced and
inclines the individual to hold it in a relatively elevated position
(as we see in some of the iimages). The sign, Sagittarius, which is
powerful in various ways (through the Sun’s decanate, through
the Moon’s position, and the decanate of the exoteric ruler of
the Aries Sun, Mars) usually tends to weaken the chin, but this is obviously
not true in this case. Factors which strengthen the chin would be the
sign Leo, which holds a ruling planet Mars, and, interestingly, the
position of Uranus (the principle orthodox ruler of the chart) placed
in the sign, Capricorn. Capricorn almost always strengthens the chin.
Capricorn is also a sign which contributes to the presence of a cleft
in the tip of the nose, which we see in at least one of the iimages.
So, two distinguishing features of Capricorn have appeared in Jefferson
’s physiognomy. While Uranus in Capricorn, by itself, might not be sufficiently
strong to imprint these physiognomical ‘signatures’, because Uranus
is a ruling planet of the Ascendant, its placement in a sign takes
on added emphasis. There is no sign other than Aquarius which Uranus
rules exoterically. Thus these two physiognomic features (chin and cleft)
tend to confirm the presence of Aquarius on the Ascendant, for only
a planet ruling one of the key chart factors (such as the Ascendant
or the Sun, or perhaps the Moon) will shape or imprint the features
significantly. The angular position of Uranus adds to its ability to
shape and imprint already strengthened by its rulership
We must ask whether the proposed Ascendant Aquarius is to be seen in
the available portraits. Aquarius is often detected though a certain
radical expression in the eye, an early graying of the hair, and the
presence of wiry or curly hair that looks a bit ‘electrified’,
and eyebrows that are fuller and have a rather irregular roughness.
In some Aquarians a certain ‘bearishness’ appears. There
is also an Aquarian nose which is hard to describe; Aquarius, per se,
does not contribute to aquilinity. When rising, Aquarius often inclines
towards good looks and regularity of features. This regularity does
not present outstandingly noticeable features as Scorpio or Taurus might.
While the Aquarian signatures are not unduly pronounced in the Jefferson
portraits, they are present. The hair has a look somewhat curly and
disorderly. The nose suggests Aquarius, plus the jutting forward which
Aries often confers. Some of the portraits show the graying, but there
is no present way to tell whether it was early or not. The regular good
looks are definitely there.
Chart Features as Potential Confirmation of a Valid Chart
If a chart is valid its general outlines should correspond to the major
life qualities, activities and circumstances. Certain planetary placements
in the proposed chart correspond very well to the major contours of
Jefferson ’s life. While many chart features would be what they were
for many people born on that same day regardless of the time of birth,
the Angles are time-sensitive, and to these we will refer, because they
determine the house or “arm” placement of the planets.
Considering that Thomas Jefferson was one of the leading spirits of
the American Revolution and a great advocate of freedom (the freedom
of the people and of the individual) it is entirely fitting to see reformist
and freedom loving Aquarius on the Ascendant and the natural (exoteric)
ruler of Aquarius, Uranus, only a few degrees away. In his character,
Jefferson was a rebellious Uranian individual, insisting on a complete
break from European monarchic traditions. His Aries Sun only fueled
Jefferson was a fine architect with a marvelous sense of form. In 1976
the American Institute of Architects named the campus of the University
of Virginia (designed by Jefferson) “the proudest achievement of American
architecture in the past 200 years.” Architecture is the gift of the
seventh and fourth rays with which it seems that Jefferson was liberally
endowed. Additionally, the presence of beauty-loving Venus in Taurus
(a sign with a fine sense of form as well as a love of beauty) in the
third house of mind, but as ruler of the fourth house of “houses,
lands and mines”—the area of the chart where building projects are undertaken
(whether homes or larger structures)—is a convincing placement for
one who until his death was constantly involved in architectural design
and renovation. Jefferson labored on the renovation and beautification
of Monticello until the end, hoping that at last it might fulfill his
To find the Sun in Aries on the cusp of the third house would be significant
for one who chose to work largely through the mind and the pen. He was
known as a brilliant writer but was undistinguished as a speaker.
These are probably the outstanding astrological features which tend
to validate the proposed chart. The elevation of radical Pluto in the
ninth house quite near the tenth house cusp is also fitting in the chart
of a revolutionary, as is a strong Mars in the seventh house of public
relations. Jefferson, because of his unbending opposition to Federalism,
was at times perceived as an “enemy” of the duly elected
government of the United States
. He stood for his principles and asserted them strongly (testimony
to the strong first ray we find in his nature—astrologically at
the very least—and to the idealistic Martian sixth ray, strengthened
because Mars is the orthodox ruler of his Aries Sun-sign and is placed
in first ray Leo).
The Dynamic Chart
and the Question of Chart Validity
We will look at progressions, directions, transits and eclipses, attempting
to understand their role in certain important events in Jefferson’s
life, but also seeing whether these dynamic factors tend to support
the validity of the proposed chart.
Those undertaking an astrological study of Jefferson’s entire life would
have many significant dates to investigate. We, however, will
focus only on those which were most important in terms of life purpose
and character, or in terms of confirming chart validity.
In 1768 (time unspecified) Jefferson made two important decisions: to
build his now famous residence, eventually named Monticello, and to
stand as a candidate for the House of Burgesses. The building process
was begun in 1769. We will select a date in the mid-1768 to see the
representative aspects and eclipses.
for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Jul 25 1767 NS 18:55 02°Le27' D
(X) Tr-Tr Jan 19 1768 NS 18:09 29°Cp19' D
(X) Tr-Tr Dec 9 1768 NS 09:00 17°Sg55' D
(X) Tr-Tr Jun 4 1769 NS 08:28 13°Ge52' D
The period under discussion
was given to architectural conception and design, and, then, to the
actual commencement of the building process. Given the foundational
importance to Jefferson of Monticello, the solar eclipse on his Ascendant
in January or 1768 is fitting. The building (and rebuilding) of Monticello
was, so it appears, part of his soul-mission. The eclipse falls within
two degrees of the Ascendant and is also close to the seventh ray planet,
Uranus, hypothesizes as his soul-ray ruler (i.e., the planet transmitting
the soul ray most strongly). Throughout his life, eclipses on his proposed
Ascendant and Uranus always coincided with periods of great significance.
Although the solar eclipse in Sagittarius is seven degrees from his
Sagittarian Moon position (a seemingly wide orb for an eclipse), it
was effective (and each time it occurred later in his life, it was also
effective). A Uranian planet, Admetus, a planetoid in the Centaurs (Pholus),
and the “Dark Moon” are closer to the eclipse position.
The “Dark Moon” is exactly at seventeen degrees, the eclipse
degree. The Moon represents the home and this eclipse showed that Jefferson
was envisioning (Sagittarius) great possibilities.
What is even more indicative, in terms of timing, however, is to see
this same Sagittarius eclipse falling closely on Jefferson’s progressed
Midheaven, which is time-sensitive. If the proposed time of birth
were about a minute earlier, the eclipse would be even closer (and indeed,
there are one or two events which suggest a very slightly earlier birth
time than the one proposed by Doane).
The MC is the ‘dharmic point’. The designing and constant building of
Monticello was a soul task, a soul dharma. Souls on the
seventh ray seek the execution of ideas in perfect and beautiful form.
Monticello and two other projects, for which he served as architect,
were great aesthetic passions in his life. With respect to Monticello
he persistently sought the expression of a perfect classical form but
never succeeded to his satisfaction. This is a frequent experience for
perfectionistic seventh ray souls.
In any case, a solar eclipse on the progressing MC at the start of a
major life task, is highly indicative of the validity of the chart.
Another solar eclipse (conjuncting progressed Venus) occurs in June
of 1769 when actual preparatory work for Monticello was presumably underway.
We have noted the importance of Venus as the orthodox ruler of the Taurus
IC (one of the prime signs of the builder and ruler of the point where
building processes occur—the fourth house cusp). Progressed Venus,
found in Gemini at the time of the Gemini eclipse, carries the same
aesthetic/constructive meaning. The eclipse tells of the beauty envisioned
through the architectural thought process. This eclipse, we should note,
also occurs opposite the Sagittarian Moon contributing to the vision
(Sagittarius) of a beautiful (Venus) home (Moon).
In the matter of standing for elected office, the solar eclipse in Leo
in 1767 occurs on the cusp of the proposed seventh house of public
relations. We can see how it would have contributed to Jefferson’s political
ambitions and his confidence to seek political office, at which he was
From a dynamic perspective, we note that TR-Jupiter is hovering
at the proposed MC from the beginning of 1769 through most of the year,
indicating Jefferson’s successful undertakings in both architecture
and politics. The progressed Full Moon in Taurus/Scorpio experienced
during August of 1768 must have contributed to his visions and decisions
in both respects.
Marriage to Martha Skelton: On January 1, 1772, Thomas Jefferson
married the widow Martha Wayles Skelton. Through this fortunate marriage
he not only found personal happiness but doubled his land holdings.
Selected Eclipses for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr May 14 1771 NS 15:00 23°Ta31' D
One eclipse in particular,
preceding the marriage by about a half year (and presumably during the
time Jefferson was courting Martha Skelton) is a solar eclipse on his
progressed Sun in Taurus and even more closely conjunct to the proposed
IC (representing the home). We note, in confirmation of the accuracy
of this chart, that the Sun is the ruler of the seventh house of marriage
and partnership. Thus the point of marriage and the ‘point of
home-making’ are both strengthened by the eclipse. Eclipses have
been shown to be effective for a half year to a year, definitely when
preceding an event and many astrologers have said, even when following
Several dynamic factors indicate the marriage. TR-Jupiter (always a
strong marriage indicator) has crossed the Ascendant just a week before
the marriage, and TR-Venus (unions) is conjunct natal Uranus and the
natal Ascendant at the time of the Marriage. TR-Juno, the ‘asteroid
of relationships’, is also hovering at the MC and begins its conjunction
a few weeks after the marriage. During this period the progressing Equatorial
Ascendant and progressing Juno are also conjuncting. (The Equatorial
Ascendant is an alternative Ascendant and is a significant point in
the chart.) It should be noted as well that this marriage coincides
with Jefferson ’s first “Saturn Return”. The second return occurred
shortly following his election as president in 1800-1801. Thus, the
transits and progressions involved with these various angles tend to
demonstrate the chart’s validity.
Second Continental Congress: In the spring of 1775, Jefferson
was appointed as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, and
thus entered on one of the most significant periods of his life, for
it was during this Congress that he became the principal author of the
Declaration of Independence.
If we choose a date of May 1, 1775, for instance, we will note an important
transit of Jupiter in conjunction with the IC. Jupiter is the esoteric
ruler of the proposed Aquarius Ascendant, and is thus significant in
the chart of a ‘disciple’ of Jefferson’s stature. Jupiter
here represents a role to fulfill in relation to one’s homeland (fourth
house) as well as a journey full of opportunity.
for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Feb 15 1775 NS 15:11 26°Le50' D
(X) Tr-Tr Aug 26 1775 NS 04:59 02°Vi42' D
We find a lunar eclipse
involving Saturn in Leo and the midpoint between Mars/Saturn. Duty (Saturn)
and the demand for assertion and initiative (Mars) were upon him. Another
significant eclipse follows in August of 1775, and it occurs at the
midpoint between his natal Jupiter in Virgo and the Vertex in Virgo.
Jupiter in Virgo is in its hierarchical position and is the esoteric
ruler of his Aquarius Ascendant. It signals opportunity of an unusual
kind, promotes a large-minded grasp (Jupiter) of many details (Virgo)
which must be synthesized (and there were many such when considering
the competing demands of the many delegates), and most importantly renders
him responsive (however unconsciously) to the Christ impulse (i.e.,
a way is cleared for him to play a beneficial role in the Divine Plan).
He may have been the “silent member of Congress”, but he
was listening attentively and creating a unified picture of many factors
which had to be taken into consideration in the writing of the Declaration.
We note that during the period of his departure to Philadelphia for
the Convention for participation in the congress, progressed Sun and
Mercury are conjuncted signaling the brilliant mental power which he
would be called upon to display.
The Declaration of Independence: The outstanding event for
which Jefferson is remembered is the drafting of the Declaration of
Independence. Four other delegates were also appointed to oversee the
drafting process, but Jefferson was the principal author and the majority
of the words with which Americans are so familiar, are his. The Declaration
of independence was signed on July 4, 1776, at a time still disputed.
We will use 2:17 am, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a reasonable time
for a Gemini-rising chart which has often been shown to work. There
are other charts for the beginning of the United
States as an independent nation, but they are
all on July 4th. For our purposes (to check the dynamic factors
in Jefferson’s chart) any of them would do.
for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Aug 26 1775 NS 04:59 02°Vi42' D
(X) Tr-Tr Jan 21 1776 NS 03:01 00°Aq45' D
(X) Tr-Tr Feb 4 1776 NS 14:29 15°Le27' D
(X) Tr-Tr Feb 19 1776 NS 13:19 00°Pi33' D
The eclipses listed here
are of major importance. The Virgo solar eclipse of August, 1775 has
already been discussed. It indicates, among other things, the Divine
Providence (Jupiter) which placed Jefferson in a position ‘fated’
for him—preparing the way for the birth (Virgo) of a humanitarian
nation (Jupiter) conceived (at least, at least that) according to principles
promoted by the Spiritual Hierarchy of this planet. Living up to those
ideals has been another matter. Jupiter in Virgo is the archetypal ruler
of the monadic plane whereon “all men are created equal”.
When Jefferson conceived
of the plan for Monticello, there was a solar eclipse very close to
his Ascendant, though in Capricorn. This eclipse, preceding the critical
period in which the Declaration was prepared, is almost exactly on his
proposed Ascendant (liberty-loving, Uranian, Aquarius). We saw how the
earlier eclipse on his Ascendant indicated the inauguration of a soul-inspired
seventh ray task (the inauguration of the ‘Monticello process’.
Of the Declaration of the Independence we must say the same—far moreso.
Such an eclipse on the point in the astrological chart which indicates
soul-direction (i.e., the Ascendant) must have had a profound impact,
activating the energy which made of Jefferson American’s greatest “apostle
The February eclipse of
1776 fell on Mars in Leo, the exoteric ruler of his Aries Sun-sign.
This emphasis would stimulate courage and resolution. Jefferson was
appreciated as a man firm in his convictions.
The next eclipse is most
interesting. It falls in the first degree of Pisces, opposite Jefferson’s
natal Jupiter and Vertex and conjuncting the SA-Ascendant (the Ascendant
progressed by the measure of solar arc). What is of major importance
is that it falls on Jefferson’s Anti-Vertex within a little more than
a degree of conjunction. The Anti-Vertex is hypothesized as a ‘point
of freedom’ just as the Vertex is a ‘point of fate’. Given the nature
of the Declaration and the bold assertion which it represented (characteristic
with one whose Sun is placed in Aries) the Anti-Vertex emphasis at this
time is unusually apt. Both the progressing Ascendant and solar arc
directed Ascendant are in Pisces, ruled esoterically by Pluto (at the
MC). The eclipse emphasizes the Plutonic factor of severing—in
this case, from the “mother country”.
If we look for dynamic factors in effect during the period leading to
the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and its subsequent signing,
we will find transits of considerable significance.
Pluto, so important at this period, is in conjunction with the planet
of liberty, Uranus—the orthodox ruler of Jefferson’s Ascendant.
This conjunction confers the power to break free, and emphasizes
his natal Pluto in the ninth house near the MC. His progressed Moon
in Aquarius is conjunct the Moon position in the United States’
chart. Transiting Uranus in Gemini is opposing the Moon is Sagittarius
and moving to an exact opposition of that Moon within the next month
or so, signifying independence from the “mother (Moon) land”.
When the Congress was over, Jefferson returned home, inspired, determined
to implement in Virginia what he considered to be the “spirit
of ‘76”. He had a solar eclipse in Leo on his Mars and transiting
Chiron conjuncting his Aries Sun to strengthen him in his sense of mission.
It was at this time that he inaugurated one of the three initiatives
for which he hoped to be remembered (along with the Declaration of Independence
and the Founding of the University of Virginia)—namely, Statue of Virginia
for Religious Freedom. There was much opposition to his enthusiastic
initiatives, indicated by TR-Pluto crossing his Ascendant. As well war
The Death of Martha Jefferson: Jefferson’s wife Martha died
on September 6, 1782, after a difficult delivery of their third daughter
in May that year. Below are two charts, one for 1:53:48 am and one for
1:53. The slightly earlier chart, in this case may have something to
for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Oct 17 1781 NS 08:56 24°Li21' D
(X) Tr-Tr Nov 1 1781 NS 05:55 09°Ta13' D
(X) Tr-Tr Mar 29 1782 NS 08:23 08°Li46' D
(X) Tr-Tr Apr 12 1782 NS 17:24 22°Ar53' D
(X) Tr-Tr Sep 21 1782 NS 14:16 28°Pi40' D
The Jeffersons ’ third child
arrived in May of 1782. This means it was conceived under a solar eclipse
in Libra which closely opposed Jefferson’s Aries Sun, ruler of his seventh
house of marriage. Another eclipse, a lunar one, occurred in November
of 1781 and involved Jefferson’s natal Venus, the ruler of the fourth
house of home.
The most impressive eclipse however (and one which for all individuals
must have a significant impact) is the solar eclipse of April, 1782,
within one minute of arc of Jefferson’s natal Sun. This is an exact
hit and prophesies his wife’s death, for the Sun is, in Jefferson ’s
case, the ruler of the seventh house of marriage.
If we look at the dynamic perspective, we see indications that are equally
impressive and which validate the chart within a minute or so of clock
time. In the slightly later chart (closer to 1:54 am) we note that the
progressing MC and Ascendant have recently (two months earlier) changed
sign from Sagittarius and Pisces, to Capricorn and Aries respectively.
Jefferson was entering an entirely new phase of life and the changing
angles signaled this. If the time of birth were only slightly earlier,
the new would not yet have begun when she died, and karmic Pisces (a
sign of death and relinquishment) would still be the sign ruling the
progressing Ascendant. Pisces is ruled by both Jupiter and Pluto and
both of these planets are planets implicated it the process of
We also find transiting Chiron, the planet of wounding (made more sorrowful
by natal Chiron’s conjunction with sensitive natal Neptune, both
in Cancer—sign of intimates), stationary conjuncting Jefferson’s natal
Venus in Taurus. This again points to the wounds he was receiving in
the areas of home, family and partnership.
It would seem that the proposed chart is very close to accurate.
Relationship with Sally Hemings: After what was probably a
torrid though secret affair with Maria Cosway (to whom he wrote the
famous letter, “A Dialogue between the Head and the Heart”),
it is said that Jefferson initiated a sexual liaison with his young
mulatto slave Sally
Hemings in 1788, his wife Martha’s half sister. DNA research has
confirmed with fair reliability that the six children which Hemings
bore were indeed Jefferson’s. Apparently she had been with him for at
least some of his five years as United States Foreign Minister to
If we choose a time somewhere in the middle of 1788 we shall see great
emphasis upon Jefferson’s relationship life.
for this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Dec 9 1787 NS 16:14 17°Sg36' D
(X) Tr-Tr Jun 4 1788 NS 08:59 14°Ge17' D
(X) Tr-Tr Jun 18 1788 NS 15:14 27°Sg54' D
(X) Tr-Tr Nov 13 1788 NS 17:42 22°Ta05' D
(X) Tr-Tr Nov 27 1788 NS 18:02 06°Sg16' D
(X) Tr-Tr Dec 13 1788 NS 06:04 22°Ge01' D
The solar eclipse of June,
1788 occurs opposite Jefferson’s natal Moon and the second June eclipse
involves his solar arc directed Pluto (secrecy). The lunar eclipse of
November 1788 falls exactly on his MC/IC axis, with implications for
his living arrangements. We cannot help but notice the wide solar eclipse
in Sagittarius occurring in December 1787. This occurred in same position
when he conceived Monticello and also at just before his death. Finally
the solar eclipse of November, 1788 falls exactly opposite his progressed
Sun in Gemini. The opposition is the aspect of relationship. As the
ruler of the seventh house of marriage and partnership, we have seen
the Sun and progressed Sun involved at significant relationship moments
in Jefferson’s life—his marriage to Martha, Martha’s
death and now, the beginning of a long ‘secret marriage’
with his mulatto slave, Sally Hemings.
As confirmation of the turbulent relationship developments he was experiencing,
we also note at this general time the progressing Moon in Leo having
conjuncted the seventh house cusp in the autumn of 1787 and, of course,
continuing its progress through the seventh house. Most indicative is
the transit of Uranus over the cusp of the seventh house. During this
period he was entering a most unconventional and very secret ‘marriage’.
We note that natally Uranus is in the secretive twelfth house. Its transit
at the seventh house began a forbidden relationship between the white
and black race (the kind of sexual relations which Jefferson had long
denounced). This explains why he never again remarried, and why, out
of all the many slaves he owned, the only five he actually freed were
members of the Hemings family.
Election as the Third President of the
United States in 1800-1801: Quite
a number of dates in Jefferson’s life coincide with the dynamics of
the proposed chart. We will examine two more—his election in 1800 and
his death in 1826. We will choose the date, March 4, 1801, the date
of Jefferson’s Inauguration. It was only on February 17, 1801, that
the much contested election was decided in Jefferson’s favor.
from this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Oct 18 1800 NS 08:51 24°Li45'
(X) Tr-Tr Apr 13 1801 NS 04:07 22°Ar45' D
These are familiar eclipses,
having last occurred just before the death of Jefferson’s wife. A solar
eclipse exactly on the natal Sun must work out in momentous happenings.
Again the seventh house is implicated, but this time in relation to
the public—public relation, not personal relations.
We also note during this
period, the position of transiting Jupiter, crossing and re-crossing
Venus, ruler of the fourth house of “home and country”.
At the time of the election, Jupiter has already entered the seventh
house indicating a favorable public and electoral attitude towards Jefferson.
We note as well his second Saturn Return occurring just months after
the inauguration. Thus, both his marriage and his election as president
were marked by “Saturn Returns”.
Thomas Jefferson’s Death,
12:30 pm, July 4, 1826: Jefferson (true to his seventh ray) was
always a master of precise timing. (In astrology the seventh ray planet
Uranus is considered to be an excellent ‘time piece’.) As
the main author of the Declaration of Independence, he could not have
chosen a more perfect time to pass from this world. And John Adams,
his old friend, rival and, again, friend, chose exactly the same day,
a few hours later!
from this General Period
(X) Tr-Tr Jun 16 1825 NS 12:19 24°Ge58' D
(X) Tr-Tr Nov 25 1825 NS 16:08 03°Ge10' D
(X) Tr-Tr Dec 9 1825 NS 20:21 17°Sg33' D
S un SEcl
(X) Tr-Tr Jun 5 1826 NS 17:39 14°Ge27' D
The solar eclipse in Gemini,
June 1825, was opposite the Moon position in the death chart. The Moon,
we know, represents the physical body. The lunar eclipse in late November
of 1825 conjuncted the progressing Ascendant in Gemini (a time-sensitive
point). The Ascendant can also indicate the physical body. The solar
eclipse in December of 1825 is occurring in exactly the same degree
as when Jefferson first conceived the idea of his beloved Monticello
; now he is leaving it. The solar eclipse of June, 1826, just one month
before he death, occurs opposite his natal Moon.
From the dynamic perspective, we cannot help but note his Uranus Return
(occurring in the eighty-third and eighty-fourth year), though this
cannot be used as a method of confirming the angles. Jupiter is making
its return during the few months surrounding the death, and Jupiter
brings release. By solar arc it has already reached the MC two years
earlier. Chiron, indicator of the “quest” and the “long
journey” is conjuncting the Sun. The Saturn/Node conjunction is
often an indicator of death, and solar arc directed Saturn is closely
conjunct the South Node opposed the North Node. Most impressively from
the point of view of timing, the solar arc directed Vertex (‘point
of fate’) is within ten minutes of arc of the MC. A climactic
time had come—a beautifully timed departure.
We have offered sufficient evidence to confirm the reasonable validity
of the angles proposed, and may with confidence pursue the interpretation
of the proposed chart without excessive fear of error.
of Thomas Jefferson’s Rays
The Ray of the
It is not necessarily to be thought that all presidents of the
United States (or for that matter, all who make
a career of politics) are first ray souls. Souls upon the first, sixth
and seventh rays are found working in the political arena. In the
United States , for instance, several of our recent
presidents have been upon the sixth ray: Woodrow Wilson (confirmed by
the Tibetan), Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush to name a few. Others
in American history like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin
Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon have been on the first
ray. Probably a few seventh ray presidents could also be found. Of these,
it is our impression that Thomas Jefferson was one.
Which would be more correct—to say that Thomas Jefferson worked in the
Department of the Manu or under the Lord of Civilization, the Mahachohan?
Seventh ray souls often transfer to the first ray, but Master R. (when
He was primarily focussed upon the seventh ray) took a number of his
advanced disciples with him onto the third ray when He became
Mahachohan. It seems quite clear that Benjamin Franklin was one such
and there is reason to think that Thomas Jefferson, Franklin’s successor
in France , was another.
Although Thomas Jefferson was working among many first ray disciples
a number of factors point towards the seventh ray as preeminent rather
than the first (although astrologically and, perhaps, in other ways
the first ray is strong).
He was never a soldier nor, does it seem, that he was inclined to be.
When governor of Virginia, a British attack took him by surprise and
his response was to flee—a tendency, perhaps, of the Sagittarian
Moon. He received much criticism for his flight and it was brought under
investigation. He was, however, exonerated.
Battle upon the physical plane was not his forte. Rather, under the
best seventh ray impulses, he was a reformer and a transformer. He set
his brilliant mind to reform, transform and reconstruct government (alchemical
Uranus, ruler of the proposed Ascendant in the governmental sign, Capricorn),
and as well, to design and redesign the physical environment. The seventh
ray disciple is forever designing and redesigning upon the physical
plane. Jefferson’s constant devotion to the building process at Monticello
is a graphic example of this tendency.
He was a great lover of the land, of agrarian society and of gardening.
These are strongly seventh ray signatures. He considered agriculture
to be “a science of the very first order”. He was, in fact,
the inventor of a special plough which would plough more deeply and
effectively than the ploughs then in use.
A lover of fine food and continental cuisine, Jefferson invented a macaroni
machine. Those upon the seventh ray are often fond of the good life,
and live in high style.
The seventh ray is always effective upon the physical plane. While inventors
are often found upon the fifth ray, the fifth and seventh rays work
in close alliance. Jefferson has many inventions to his credit. Among
i. the wheel cipher for coding and
decoding messages. Master R. throughout his recent incarnations, was
an expert an encryption. It is a seventh ray art.
an elaborate sundial
iii. a great clock, which dominates
the entrance to Monticello
a portable copying press
a polygraph—a letter copying device
bookstands, beds, double-doors and
It is clear that he displayed to a significant that practicality upon
the physical plane for which seventh ray types are well recognized.
He was a lover of music and other arts and, when a young man, practiced
his violin for three hours a day. This approach seems to be in line
with the Department of Civilization.
He was an excellent architect, not simply an amateur. His designs for
Monticello, for his architecturally distinctive (octagonal) mansion
at Bedford, called Poplar Forest, and for the University of Virginia,
have continued to receive praise from architects and architectural associations
to this day. As well, he helped to plan Washington, D.C. Constructiveness
on the physical plane is one of the noted accomplishments of those who
are focussed as souls upon the seventh ray. It is said that Master R.
in an earlier incarnation was Hiram Abiff (the architect of King Solomon’s
Jefferson ’s manner was shy and reserved rather than commanding. He
worked through the pen rather than the sword and preferred to communicate
and govern through the written word. The pen is the symbol of the second
ray, but we must also remember that Master R. (as Francis Bacon and
as the Comte de St. Germaine, was a master of the pen).
It might be appropriate to say at this point that whereas the other
rays of aspect show similarities to one or two rays:
the fourth ray blends into the second or third
the fifth ray blends into the first but has close affinities with
the sixth ray blends into the second or third
the seventh ray has
affinities with each of the rays of aspect. It usually merged into the
first, or perhaps the third ray, but has the same cohesive, constructive
and geometrical tendencies as the second ray. Really, the seventh ray,
as the ‘Ray of Consummation’ balances the tendencies of
the three rays of aspect and its disciples can merge into any of the
three higher rays.
This may seem an unusual idea, but Master DK has noted the following
pattern of ray transfers as invariable:
ray is the second ray and hence your soul, being on a minor ray, must
transfer to that line. As you know, the sequence of activity is ever
the transfer of the fourth and sixth rays on to the second and the
third, of the fifth and the seventh rays on to the first ray.” (EP
However, as stated, Master
R. and a number of his seventh ray disciples transferred onto the third
“When, for instance, the Master R. assumed the task of Mahachohan or
Lord of Civilisation, His Ashram was shifted from the seventh Ray of
Ceremonial Order to the third Ray of Active Intelligence; the majority
of those who have taken the second and the third initiations were transferred
with Him under what might be called a ‘special dispensation’; the rest
of the members of His Ashram remained for tuition and training in service
under that Master Who took His place as the central point of the seventh
ray Ashram.” (DINA II 383)
Further, the disciple E.E.S. was in process of transferring from a seventh
ray soul (against seeming probability) to the second:
“You have a first ray physical body. This is the only vehicle or energy
of expression in your equipment which is on one of the major rays. Curiously
enough, this fact indicates to those of us who watch on the inner side
that your monadic ray is the first and that later, in your next life,
it will be necessary for you to shift the centre of your egoic
or soul attention on to the second ray. [Bolding MDR] The shift
of emphasis has in it the main objective of this present incarnation
and hence your possession of a sixth ray personality and astral body.”
(DINA I 647)
We see, then, the relationship of the seventh ray to the three major
Rays of Aspect.
Jefferson had a great capacity to deal with detail. When serving as
Vice President of the United States from 1796-1800, he took little part
in the administration but presided over the Senate and wrote A Manual
of Parliamentary Practice (published in 1801). Rules of parliamentary
procedure are the special province of those with a pronounced seventh
ray. Roberts’ Rules of Order is another such manual.
Jefferson was also a man of regular habits. The hours of his day were
apportioned in a certain manner, and he adhered to his schedule.
His abilities upon the physical plane were numerous—a philosopher-statesman,
diplomat, jurist, brilliant author, architect, builder, inventor, scientist,
musician to name a few. The highly accomplished expression of such diverse
abilities upon the physical plane is reminiscent of Benjamin Franklin,
who was certainly a disciple in the Ashram of Master R. (the Count),
and links Jefferson directly to the most accomplished individual
of all when it came to intelligently expressing the attainments of civilization—Master
Seventh ray individuals make fine diplomats, more than do those upon
the first ray, and far better than sixth ray individuals who are quite
unsuited to the task. The Comte de St. Germain (even though his very
existence is doubted by some) was perhaps Europe’s greatest diplomat.
He was a significant figure in many European courts throughout the eighteenth
century and His task was ever to promote intelligent cooperation between
those in power. Benjamin Franklin (very reasonably His disciple) was
America’s foremost diplomat, sent to France on a mission of vital
importance to the emerging American Nation. It is perhaps no accident
that Thomas Jefferson was also chosen for a diplomatic role (also to
France)—a mission which lasted some five years. Though his mission
was not notably successful, He is one of those who strengthened the
links between France and the United States and who represented the fledgling
nation of America with tact and intelligence.
It is not confirmed whether Thomas Jefferson was, in fact, a Freemason
(as was Benjamin Franklin), but Jefferson succeeded Franklin as
America ’s foreign minister to
France , and would likely have been introduced
to Franklin ’s masonic contacts there. There is reason to believe that
Benjamin Franklin was acquainted in person with “the Count” (Master
R.) and this may also be true of Thomas Jefferson. We know the story
of the anonymous “old professor” who was so instrumental in inspiring
(through a passionate, impromptu speech) reluctant delegates to sign
the Declaration of Independence. When we think that Thomas Jefferson
was the major author of that document, we can understand the possible
linkage to R.
If the seventh ray was Jefferson’s soul ray, its conduits through his
astrological chart were impressive. Seventh ray Uranus as Jefferson’s
proposed soul-ray ruler was place in an angular position in Capricorn,
the sign through which presently expresses the seventh ray most powerfully.
Further, Jupiter, the esoteric ruler of the proposed Aquarius Ascendant
is a planet which also expresses the seventh ray, and is placed critically
near the Vertex (point of fate) in the sign Virgo, which seems to share
many qualities in common with the seventh ray energy.
The seventh ray constellations (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn) are all
tenanted with major planets just as are the first ray constellations
(Aries, Leo and Capricorn). Jefferson demonstrated much of the seventh
and first rays. We must remember that that seventh ray can be considered
a more concrete expression of the first ray and that many seventh ray
souls make a transition onto the first ray—though this is not
invariably the case.
Assuming the correctness of the seventh ray assignation of soul ray,
and assuming that transference to one of the Rays of Aspect would occur,
it would be interesting to speculate to which of the three higher rays
Jefferson , as a soul, would transfer.
Jefferson was a man known for his silence (the “silent member
of Congress”), his reserve, and was, in the words of the Encyclopedia
Britannica, “a man given to Herculean feats of self control”.
In matters touching on the “American Cause” he held is position with
a certainty bordering on inflexibility—“rock-ribbed certainty” it was
called. There was a firmness in his idealism which did not waver over
the long years of his life. He could live comfortably with contradiction,
it has been said (probably as a result o the fourth ray in his system),
but his position was known.
We must also consider the entire question if independence—a first
ray quality. Jefferson was passionate on the point (both for
himself, personally, and for his nation). It is the first ray impulse
to “go it alone”, to brook no imposition of control (other
than self-control), to rebel at all unjust presumption of authority.
Blended with these first ray characteristics, are the energies of Aries,
Aquarius and Uranus—three energies which feed the fires of revolution.
The presence of the first ray cannot be denied, as least astrologically,
because his Sun (considered as a major indicator of personality tendencies)
was placed in first ray Aries (the sign most powerfully expressing the
first ray), and the orthodox ruler of the Sun is found is first ray
Leo—a sixth ray planet in a first ray sign (with touches of the
fifth ray as well). As well, Saturn (which despite its third ray potency
strongly expresses the first ray) is also placed in Leo. Leo, we realize,
is the sign of kings and despots, with whom Jefferson took such issue.
Uranus is another deeply first ray planet (its monadic ray) and it is
placed in Capricorn which distributes the first ray as well as the seventh
and third. The Sun, Mars and Uranus are all potent and all are in signs
which distribute (among other rays) the first ray. The elevated
Pluto (a first ray planet) is placed in Scorpio, which, though a constellation
transmitting the fourth ray, can easily be linked with the first ray
through its association with Hercules.
The rays associated with the Sun-sign may be considered as subrays to
the personality ray. In the case of Aries, we have the first and seventh
We must not discount, however, the presence of the idealistic sixth
ray in Jefferson’s personality expression. He was a great idealist,
staunch and unwavering in his point of view. His tendency to polarize
and take adversarial positions (especially against the Federalists and
all those who promoted a strong central government) seems a blend of
the sixth and first rays. Mars in Leo is just such a blend, and it is
a powerful planet in the chart.
Jefferson has been seen as humorless and self-righteous, qualities which
suggest a strong sixth ray in his nature.
The personality seems very much a blend of the first and sixth rays,
with seventh ray tendencies making their way into the personality through
the soul, through the Sun in Aries and other astrological factors.
The Rays of the
Three Personality Vehicles
Soft-line energies must be found in the Jefferson ray structure, and
it is in the mind that we may first look. The fourth ray mind, loving
literature, the arts, music and architecture is a strong probability
for Thomas Jefferson. He was fond of metaphor as well (another fourth
ray characteristic). His words aroused the feelings of his countrymen
and his passionate ideals spoke through his thought.
Here is an example of some words he wrote at the very end of his life.
Note the vivid fourth ray imagery:
“The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs,
nor a favored few, booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately
by the grace of God.”
This is word-painting and touches the emotions as well as the mind of
the listener. The fact that Mercury is placed in imagistic Pisces cannot
be overlooked. Further, it is conjuncted to the asteroid of unwavering
devotion, Vesta, hence, ‘passion in the mind’.
We have to suppose that the fifth ray, with all its mechanical ability,
is either a subray of the mind or a legacy ray or both. Jefferson’s
mechanical inventiveness and the thought process by which he arrived
at these inventions, suggest the presence of the utilitarian fifth ray.
The fifth ray is astrologically augmented in Jefferson’s life
by the presence of Aquarius, transmitting the fifth ray, rising; both
Mars and Saturn (planets reasonably associated with the concrete mind)
in fifth ray Leo; and the Moon placed in Sagittarius which transmits
the fifth ray among others.
Jefferson’s capacity to live comfortably with contradiction—the slaveholder
who deplored slavery; a passionate advocate for the rights of man and
yet a racist; a man who gave the direst warnings against miscegenation,
and yet kept a mulatto mistress for decades; a man who loved the “good
life” and lavish living yet admonished others to avoid it as sinful—all
these may be the effect of a fourth ray mind. We could call it hypocrisy.
Jefferson was a complex individual, and the sixth ray in his nature
conferred high ideals which it was not always possible to fulfill. The
fourth ray mind gave him, perhaps, the power to harmonize the evident
contradictions of his life (as practiced) and to live with them.
When one thinks of Jefferson’s emotional nature, his idealism, devotion
and zeal are recognized immediately. He was passionate in all undertakings
and in his intimate relationships, easily infatuated by the beauty
of the fair sex (as is the case with so many Aries men). He was genuinely
devoted to his family and had strong paternalistic feelings for his
slaves. His response to criticism was sharp and touchy. We cannot say
that he displayed the emotional relaxation and tranquility of the second
The Moon (as archetypal ruler of the emotional word) is placed in Sagittarius,
the sign which transmit more sixth ray force than any other. This position
of the Moon certainly contributed to Jefferson’s visionary idealism.
The physical-etheric nature seems to express the seventh ray. Jefferson
was a man of order and regular habits. Appearance was very important
to him (a seventh ray, fourth ray trait). He loved good food and saw
that it was prepared perfectly and in style. He took great pains with
presentation on the physical plane. Under the present hypothesis,
his seventh ray soul would have an excellent instrument in a seventh
ray body and brain.
Summary of the
Hypothesized Rays of Thomas Jefferson
We may hypothesize the following
rays for Thomas Jefferson:
with Sun-sign contributing R1 and R 7
The monadic ray must necessarily
remain uncertain, but with his devotion to education, ray TWO may be
suggested. It is also possible that as he entered his later years, the
second ray may have begun to qualify his personality.
There are some who might
propose that Jefferson’s true soul ray is the first while his personality
should be seen as the seventh. Good arguments might be marshaled to
this end. Perhaps we should ask ourselves whether we can see Jefferson
in closer relationship to the Master M. or to the Comte de St. Germain
(the Master R.). If we were to consider this question in relation George
Washington, there would be no question concerning our conclusion. If,
similarly, we were to ask the same question about Benjamin Franklin,
the conclusion would be equally clear, though opposite. Benjamin Franklin
was certainly more related to the Master R.
Because Jefferson displayed
both seventh ray and first ray characteristics, the question
is more difficult, though perhaps his life could be contrasted with
that of Washington, another Virginia plantation owner, whose rays may
also have been the first and seventh, with the first confirmed as the
It is noteworthy to realize
that with respect to the rays proposed, Jefferson has:
A planet in every seventh ray sign: Aries, Cancer, Capricorn
A planet in every first ray sign: Aries, Leo, Capricorn
A planet in every sixth ray sign: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces,
A planet in every fourth ray sign: Taurus, Scorpio, Sagittarius
A planet or indicator in every fifth ray sign: Leo, Sagittarius and
Aquarius (the Rising Sign)
This is definitely unusual
and speaks to a certain universality and a balance among the demonstration
of these rays.
Of second ray signs, there
are two which hold planets: Virgo and Pisces
Of third ray signs, there
are two which hold planets: Cancer and Capricorn
No ray is left unrepresented
from the astrological-constellational perspective and a sense of general
Features—Esoterically and Exoterically Considered
The Ascendant in the first degree of Aquarius is a proposed position,
but reasonably justified above. This Ascendant is of defining importance
in Thomas Jefferson’s life, as an apostle of liberty, freedom
and of a New Order. Sir Francis Bacon another great thinker with Aquarius
on the Ascendant promised a “new order of the ages”. Jefferson
became an apostle of that new order. Bacon, of course, later became
the Master R.
The rulers of the proposed Ascendant are Uranus in Capricorn (breaking
down and reorganizing the outmoded forms of government) and, (esoterically)
Jupiter, placed in the sign Virgo, which it rules, hierarchically. This
Jupiter position gave Jefferson the capacity to organize a vast amount
of detail synthetically and contributed to his diversified practical
capacities upon the physical plane. If the monadic ray were the second,
and if Jefferson were approaching the point in evolution when some response
to that energy were possible, the Jupiter in Virgo position (in its
own right archetypally associated with the monad and the monadic plane—
EA 36 ) would be an excellent conduit for that exalted energy—the
dynamic energy of the second ray (“dynamic” because related to
The Sun is in Aries, the sign of its exaltation, and makes powerful
aspects to three planets which can be reasonably associated with the
first ray—Uranus (which squares it from Capricorn) and Saturn
and Mars which trine it from their positions in Leo. The Sun is quite
closely trine to the midpoint of Saturn/Mars.
If, as the astrologer Niklas Nihlen hypothesizes, the ray of the personality
may be determined by whether a planet or planets transmitting the personality
ray aspect the Sun, these three planets (all in signs which convey the
first ray) do significantly aspect the Sun. Of course, it is
realized that the rays usually associated with these three planets
are the seventh, the third and the sixth respectively.
The Sun in ardent Aries square to revolutionary Uranus, is one of those
aspects which made Jefferson the great individualist, non-conformist,
rebel and revolutionary advocate of a new socio-political order. The
trines from Saturn and Mars strengthen the vitality and given staying
power. All these aspects suggest considerable personality strength.
The normal ruler of the Aries Sun is Mars, which is found powerfully
positioned in the seventh house in stressful, dynamic square aspects
with Venus, Pluto and the Nodal Axis. These inharmonious aspects would
make Jefferson formidable in his desire nature; the intensity of his
ardor for women must have been considerable. Accounts of his life in
France seem to suggest this,
as do his “torrid affair” with Maria Cosway, and his passionate
and enduring ‘affair/relationship’ with his slave, Sally
From a higher perspective, Jefferson’s emphasis on personal liberty,
free from the intrusion of any government, can be understood partially
in terms of this T-square focusing on Mars, partially through the meaning
of individualistic Aries and partially through Uranus (planet of authentic
self-direction) so close to the Ascendant which it exoterically rules.
From a different perspective, the T-square between Mars, Venus and Pluto,
is a scientific configuration, giving powers of investigation
and practical application.
Mercury is the esoteric ruler of Aries, and in the case of the “initiate”
(including, presumably, the initiate of the first and second degree,
among which we can number Jefferson) it can be considered significant.
Mercury is placed in subtle Pisces contributing to the elusive quality
of Jefferson’s personality. This placement would promote imagination.
Its biquintile to Mars (since the quintile is a mental/creative
aspect) would contribute to Jefferson’s inventiveness, as well as Mercury’s
conjunction with the famous star of daring free-thinkers, Scheat.
Mercury plays an important role because of its sextile to revolutionary
Uranus and its trine to the MC placed in radical Scorpio. Jefferson’s
mental astuteness and subtle thought stirring presentation of thought,
awakened and inspired his compatriots, and promoted the revolutionary
The fact that Jefferson never became an accomplished public speaker
or orator can be understood as related to articulate Mercury’s
placement in Pisces (as sign which inclines toward indirection and work
behind the scenes). There are accounts also that Jefferson (like a number
of Aries people) stuttered.
One point touching on his aversion to publish speaking is worth considering.
When a chart is created placing the Sun on the Ascendant, elusive Neptune
and Chiron (the planet of pain with which Neptune is so closely conjuncted)
find their way into the third house of verbal expression (and also the
house of written expression). A painful shyness concerning speech may
thereby be indicated, but also great subtlety (Pisces) in thought and
the power to guide (Chiron) through the written word. The fifth house
(another area of the chart related to self-expression) is also emphasized,
showing both inhibition (Saturn in Leo) and more expansive expression
(Jupiter in Virgo). Such “Solar Charts” (with the Sun retaining
its proper degrees and minutes of arc, as at birth, and yet placed on
the Ascendant) are said to indicate matters which are more strictly
personality based—because the Sun is the center of focus).
The Moon is placed in idealistic Sagittarius, giving Jefferson his spirit
of adventure, his vision of westward expansion (greatly stimulated by
the Louisiana Purchase), his progressive spirit and his enthusiasm for
exploration (in response to which he commissioned the famous Lewis and
Clark Expedition for the exploration of newly acquired lands). This
position must also have contributed to Jefferson’s one pointed idealism,
and perhaps, occasionally, to escapist tendencies. It is also a freedom-loving
position and wishes to act without restraint. All of the fire signs
(with which Jefferson was amply endowed) carry this dislike of restraint.
Illuminating Venus in Taurus (the “mother of illumination”)
in the third house of mind is, for Jefferson, a strong mental indicator
blending the practical and aesthetic minds.
Saturn and Mars together in Leo say much about the authority (Leo) against
which Jefferson set up his life-long rebellion. There were clearly aspects
of his own nature which were imperious and autocratic, and against these
he fought by fighting them in the social and political arenas.
Saturn in Leo either hardens the ego, or subjects it to stern self-control
(especially since, in Jefferson’s case, it is placed in the final degree
of the sign—the ‘last chance’). Saturn in this sign is easily connected
with despotism and tyrannical rule. Placed conjunct the Virgoan Vertex,
it represents a confrontation with dictatorship which he could not avoid
(since, in a way, dictatorship was very much a part of his character).
The freedom loving, democratic Aquarius nature and the controlling,
dominating nature of Leo are very much in qualitative opposition in
It is interesting that his major battles were against centralized
government in any form. We realize that Leo is the foremost sign of
centralization, and can understand that he was battling
tendencies in his own nature. Indeed on a number of occasions he flew
in the face of his own principles, acting autocratically and without
respect for the freedom of expression of others. Contradiction again.
All those who study human psychology carefully will realize that the
forces against which we most strenuously fight in the outer world are
projections of those same forces within our nature.
Not much mention has been made of the sensitive Neptune position in
Cancer, conjuncted with Chiron (the wound, and the healing of the wound).
Neptune with Chiron speaks of susceptibility and vulnerability. We note
that it is in the house of service and servants, and could be a contributing
cause to the relationship with Sally Hemings into which he entered despite
his outspoken statements against exactly such relationships. When we
see the trine between Neptune/Chiron and Juno, the asteroid of relationships
placed in susceptible Pisces, we realize that a very soft and sensitive
dynamic in Jefferson’s life is thereby described. He was deeply wounded
by his wife’s death. It would be reasonable to think that his progressed
Ascendant was still ruled by Pisces when she died, indicating a rulership
by Neptune conjunct the planet of pain, Chiron). This would require
a time of birth some tens of seconds earlier.
The Midheaven is found in the radical sign Scorpio. Mars and Pluto are
the two rulers (both exoterically and esoterically) and they are in
square. Pluto, moreover, is conjunct the South Node. We cannot know
how Jefferson’s former lives prepared him for his role as ideological
revolutionary, but the positions make us suspect that bitter experiences
lay in the past—wrongs (done to him or by him) which he was redressing
in the present incarnation.
Pluto in the ninth house is a destroyer of the illusions of the mind.
In Jefferson’s case it was a dedication to the destruction of a world
view (monarchism, despotism, autocracy) which he considered to be the
enemy of human progress.
The quintile from Jupiter to Pluto however, shows that all intended
destruction could give way to the emergence of greater consciousness.
The IC is found in Taurus, the sign of light. With its normal ruler,
Venus, placed in the third house of mind, and with first ray Vulcan,
its esoteric ruler, placed there as well (or in the house to which it
is most attuned, the second) we can understand Jefferson’s role
in founding the University of Virginia as a kind of ‘station of
light’. Pluto wielded destruction in the upper part of the chart
and Venus and Taurus with Vulcan built a lighted foundation for the
future—once Pluto, Scorpio and the first ray had cleared the way.
Perhaps we should consider the Earth Point, the heliocentric placement
of Earth at the point opposite the Sun. This is hypothesized as the
‘Monadic Point’ and is the place where the influence of
the monad may be found to enter the chart if the individual concerned
is sufficiently advanced. Jefferson articulated a vision of spiritual
equality (“all men are created equal”) which Libra (perhaps
in conjunction with the second ray on the highest level of his energy
The great watchwords articulated by the revolutionary spirits of
France were “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”. Liberty
is an expression of Aquarius, Equality of Libra and Fraternity of Gemini
(the sign of the “Two Brothers”, and thus of brotherhood).
We can see that Jefferson’s soul point, the Ascendant, expressed Liberty
; the far more remote monadic point expressed Equality.
The high monadic call of human equality inspired him, but he was unable
or unwilling to apply it in any thoroughgoing way to his practical life.
His was the task of sounding the ideal, and articulating the vision.
As his life went on, he must have realized how very difficult it is
to apply these visions and ideals in a practical manner to one’s
own personal life.
of the Declinations
a. As we examine the parallels
of declination, we find that Mars (orthodox ruler of the Aries Sun-sign)
appears in strength. It is parallel the North Node, emphasizing the
necessity for its conscious use. As well, we find Mars, the IC and the
North Node contraparallel to the MC conjoined to the South Node. Jefferson
was a “builder of the foundation” and a staunch rebel (Mars) against
the “mother country” (represented by the IC). The IC also represents
his own “mother country” in relation to which he was a passionate patriot
insisting on the individual freedom (Mars in Leo) of its people.
b. We note that the Moon
(in Sagittarius) is extreme in its declination (“beyond the turn”
of some twenty-three and two-third degrees). Again this will emphasize
the theme of personal (Moon) freedom (Sagittarius). The Moon is contraparallel
to the Part of Fortune which is also “out of bounds” and
“beyond the turn” defined by the boundaries of the Tropics
of Cancer and Capricorn. Freedom (the Sagittarian Moon) and a happy
flow of personal energy (Part of Fortune) are closely related.
c. There are few parallels
involving asteroids and explaining Jefferson’s probable need for intimate
conversation (Mercury/Juno) and the rather unconventional care (Uranus/Ceres)
he offered his children after their mother’s death. He invited them
to France , then, sent them
to a convent! As well, the children he had with Sally Hemings were in
an unconventional situation with respect to him, and he with respect
to them. This situation must have contributed to yet another conflict
in his often paradoxical life.
of the Fixed Stars
a. With his Sagittarius Moon
closely parallel to the nebula Facies, he took aim at his ideological
enemies and destroyed their position with his brilliant revolutionary
spirit. We remember also that Pluto is placed in the Sagittarian house—the
b. Mercury is within a degree
of conjunction of the star Scheat which is often associated with misfortune
but also with mental brilliance, and with rapid and daring thought.
It produces the free-thinker.
c. Lighted Venus is very
closely parallel both Aldebaran (the “Eye of the Bull”)
and Denebola (a star which inclines those it influences to go against
convention and be out of step with customary views). Jefferson was a
major light-bringer in the field of political thought, clarifying men’s
minds regarding their freedoms and their rights. He certainly went against
the views of those who sought to remain loyal to the mother country
and its control over the colonies. Later as founder and architect of
the University of Virginia, the great illumination provided by the close
parallel between Venus and Aldebaran worked in way directly related
to the light of mind.
d. His Mars is contraparallel
to Mirzam, the “Announcer”, the star of one who makes a
statement, carries a message or brings new thought to the world. We
can understand the connection between courageous Mars and outspoken
Mirzam as related to the Declaration of Independence, and Jefferson’s
boldly-articulated views about individual freedom. Combined with the
truth-telling Sagittarian Moon, we see an individual who definitely
made his thought known in no uncertain terms.
e. Jupiter (the esoteric
ruler of his Ascendant) is within a degree of conjunction of Thuban,
the star which guards a treasure. We see Jefferson as a guardian and
nurturer of the “spirit of ‘76”, conducting his life
under the guidance of a “sacred trust”, protecting what
he considered to be the sacred value of the will of the individual and
the will of the people. While Jefferson was, himself, something of an
aristocrat, his highest ideals envisioned the elevation of “the
people” (through personal freedom and expanded educational opportunity).
His ideals (always ahead of his performance, were far more democratic
than his customary way of living.
While we must be carefully about interpreting the outer planets in too
personal a manner (for many people had these same aspects at the same
time) the close parallel of Neptune to Hamal (a rather violent star)
suggests the blows of fate to which the more vulnerable side of his
nature was subjected. Also, the ideal ( Neptune) of independence (Hamal)
would be promoted by this position, but the dichotomy between dependence
and independence would also be a feature of this position (for although
the star promoted independence, the sign Cancer and the planet Neptune
so not. Indeed, this dichotomy may have been a feature (somewhat hidden)
of Jefferson’s life. Apparently an independent individual in every way,
his emotional life may have illustrated dependencies which have not
been much explored.
g. The very close conjunction
between transformative Pluto and Zuben El Schemali (sometimes considered
as star of “negative social reform”) is highly interesting,
given the profound impact of the Declaration of Independence and the
manner in which it was perceived in England
. This close conjunction reinforces Jefferson’s role as an agent of
transformation and of severance from the old.
h. Interestingly, Chiron
is both conjunct Sirius (within less than a degree) and exactly contraparallel
to it. This close connection singles out Jefferson as a guide (Chiron)
towards all that Sirius represents; we remember that the Law of Freedom
emanates from Sirius. The Aquarian endorsement of Liberty, is itself,
reinforced by the Sirius/Chiron connection. As well, the price to be
paid for Liberty is made manifest to the consciousness.
The MC is opposed to Algol which means that Algol is conjunct the IC.
In a way, this can indicate one who “risks his head”, or
his “neck” (Algol) for his country (fourth house). The consequence
for all signers of the Declaration of Independence (had they been caught)
would have been death by hanging (a form of death over which Algol rules).
We can also interpret its position on the IC as the life and death matters
with which Jefferson was perforce involved. His document was a highly
significant factor in precipitating the Revolutionary War.
Finally, Deneb Adige (a most powerful star known as the “Emperor”)
opposes his Vertex very closely (in the slightly later chart for 1:53:48)
and is thus very closely, within five minutes of arc, conjunct the Anti-Vertex.
Great iimages of freedom arise when one contemplates the constellation
of the “Swan” (“Hamsa”, the “Bird outside
of time and space”).
The constellation signifies the Sun-God taking the guise of a Bird.
It inclines one to be powerful, clear and determined, combining a strong
will and a strong temper. The constellation as a whole has a first ray
quality, although the star itself is said to have a nature more akin
to Venus and Mercury in combination, conferring an ingenious nature
and a clever intellect which is quick at learning. Both interpretations
are true in the case of Jefferson.
The Anti-Vertex is an important point, hypothesized to be as significant
for freedom and unconditioned action as the Vertex is for fate and constraint.
To have one of the most powerful of our local stars (almost 40,000 times
brighter than our Sun) conjunct a point in the chart which signifies
unconstrained freedom must be significant in the chart of
America ’s foremost “apostle of freedom”.
New Ways to Understand
the Deeper Indications of the Astrological Chart
a. The Tibetan suggests that
charts may be superimposed upon each other to reveal unsuspected relationships.
In the chart below, Jefferson’s Sun-sign Aries, is moved forward about
278° so that it comes into exact conjunction with the Ascendant in Aquarius.
The Sun, therefore, in this superimposed chart (the outer chart) has
the same degree and minutes of arc as the Ascendant. All planets are
moved by exactly the same number of degrees which the Sun is moved.
b. Since the Ascendant directs
towards the soul, and the Sun stands, in the main, for the personality,
bringing the Sun to the Ascendant is like aligning the personality with
c. It is not always easy
to interpret such charts and much work remains to be done in this new
field of astrological research, but a few important indications may
d. In this chart, the advanced
MC is brought to the first degree of Virgo and therefore conjuncts both
the natal Vertex and the Jupiter position of the natal chart. We must
remember that Jupiter (the hierarchical ruler of Virgo) is the esoteric
ruler of the Aquarius Ascendant.
The suggestion may be that the disciple (Jefferson) must bring his dharmic
calling (MC) in line with the Virgo energy which he is fated (through
the natal Vertex) to encounter. The Jupiter in Virgo position, already
conjunct the natal Vertex takes on even more importance. These alignments
indicate Jefferson as a kind of ‘seed’ (Aries) for some future fulfillment
for humanity involving a broadened consciousness (Jupiter) which may
come to birth (Virgo) in the fulness of time (Virgo). Somehow his labors
were important for setting up conditions in the
United States (and eventually in the world) whereby
the Christ energy could come more fully to birth in human consciousness.
e. The Ascendant and Uranus
in the original natal chart have been advanced to the ninth house where
they are found in the sign Scorpio; from this we may see how important
it was for Jefferson to present an alternative world view based upon
freedom. Upon returning from the Continental Congress, Jefferson launched
into promoting reforms in his native state of Virginia. In addition
to promoting certain reforms attempting to correct antiquated methods
of inheriting property, he proposed a comprehensive plan of educational
reform designed to assure access at the lowest level for all citizens,
and state support at the higher levels for the most talented. He also
advocated a law requiring complete separation of church
and state. His “Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom” was finally
enacted only in 1786 when James Madison (ever the loyal Jeffersonian
disciple) was able to carry the project to completion (with a solar
eclipse at Jefferson’s seventh house cusp, just as when he successfully
stood for office in his youth some nineteen years earlier).
We can see, therefore, how significant is this new position for
the Ascendant and Uranus, for it is seventh ray, transformative Uranus
in the ninth that relates to the establishment of religious freedom
and later, to the founding of the University of Virginia which (unlike
any other universities of the period) had no religious affiliation and
imposed no religious requirement on its students. We would not see this
particular relationship of planets and houses without this new mode
g. When superimposing in
this manner the presence of the soul-ray ruler is most important by
house or arm of the chart. In this case we hypothesize it to be Uranus,
in the ninth house (though in the tenth arm). The chart can be read
significantly in either manner, for not only was Jefferson a reformer
in the area of religious freedoms and education (ninth house), but his
effect upon government (and later many national governments)
h. At least one other position
created by advancing the chart by this mode of superimposition is significant—the
arrival of the visionary Neptune/Chiron conjunction to the later third
house where is conjunct the Sun in Aries (natally on the cusp of the
third). From the perspective of the “arms” of the chart,
both Neptune and Chiron as well as the natal Sun are in the “third
arm” (having to do with the mental vehicle and all manner of writing
and communications). Neptune is the planet of idealism and Chiron the
“Quest Guide”. We can see that the Neptune/Chiron potencies,
to be properly used in a manner which promotes personality and soul
alignment, would promote in Jefferson the sense of a great, idealistic
( Neptune) quest (Chiron) to inaugurate the new (Aries)—especially
a new way of thinking (third house). It promotes that aspect of him
which is the visionary pioneer and accentuates the sixth ray factors
in his life.
Yet another type of even more advanced chart would bring the Ascendant
to the “Earth Point” with extremely subtle implications
for the alignment of soul with spirit
The implications of this chart or of any such chart are immense. The
hierarchical ruler of the “Earth Point”/Ascendant becomes
extremely important, and here we find it closely conjunct the Vertex
with the IC midway between the two.
k. We can interpret this
in terms of Jefferson’s founding and designing of the University of
Virginia—anchoring a station of light.
More on this same line is seen with Venus rising in Aquarius, shedding
the light of the soul throughout the group and emphasizing the light
of the mind and the light of science.
Where it is relevant (and we cannot fully say it is so here) the major
ray of the monad is of importance and may be traced in such a superimposed
chart. In the case of Jefferson it is almost certainly TWO or THREE.
Fortunately for this interpretation, they are both in Taurus very near
the IC. A great anchoring is occurring. Is it ‘spirit directed’?
We will have to reserve judgment.
of Discipleship: Soul Purpose and its Expression
a. Soul-purpose is a complex
matter; it cannot be contained by one feature or two of any possible
astrological chart. However we may look, as the Tibetan advises us,
to the Ascendant (in this case Aquarius) and to the degree of that Ascendant.
Jefferson ’s vision is that of a New World Order. If we consult the
Sabian Symbols for meaning of the degrees we find for the first degree
“An Old Adobe Mission”. The Keynote according to Dane Rudhyar is “The
power inherent in all great human works to endure far beyond the worker’s
life spans”. The essentialization of the degree is “ THE CONCRETIZATION
OF AN IDEAL ”. All this is most appropriate for one of the major revolutionary
reformers of the 18th century.
c. It was Thomas Jefferson’s
purpose to help humanity envision a “New World Order” based on democracy,
individual liberty and a type of governmental authority which existed
only through the consent of the governed.
d. If we think of the purpose
of Uranus, we can see how closely Jefferson is identified with transformative
nature of this revolutionary planet. The ideas he ‘declared’
in ’76 inspired revolutions against unjust authorities for more
than two hundred years. The impact of his vision of freedom has been
immense, reaching far beyond American borders.
e. Under soul impression,
he was to become a great democrat. However, the strong authoritarian
elements of his personality warred with soul direction and he never
fully succeeded in disciplining his personal life so it reflected the
Yet his efforts on behalf of humanity continued into his old age; he
began his founding work with the University of Virginia when he was
g. Humanity as a whole experienced
the benefit of his burning soul-impulse. Although the expression of
his ideals remained incomplete in his personal life, his inspiration
continues to live today.
The Place of
Thomas Jefferson in Relation to the Divine Plan
a. The Divine Plan can be
summarized as “the illumination of the mind, the revelation of
love and the evocation of the will”. In two of these areas, especially,
Jefferson excelled—the first and the third.
b. The author finds it impossible
to think of Thomas Jefferson without thinking of Sir Francis Bacon and
the Comte de St. Germain. Francis Bacon (now, in a later incarnation,
the “Lord of Civilization”) took a great interest in the
“New Atlantis”, his version of utopia to be established
on the American continent. As previously stated, Bacon’s Ascendant
(and Sun sign) were Aquarius; Jefferson’s Ascendant was Aquarius and
his Sun-sign Aries, the sign which inaugurates the New Age.
c. Can it be that Thomas
Jefferson (consciously or unconsciously) fit into the plans of the Count?
Can it be that he was truly a worker for the Divine Plan as the Hierarchy
sought to see that Plan enacted in the “ New World”? There are
strong reasons to think that this is the case.
d. Under Jefferson’s responsiveness
to greater minds than his own (influencing from the subtle planes) the
great seventh ray ideal of a “New Order of the Ages” began to unfold.
Jefferson’s heart was with this and in his finer moments he embraced
the vision of what humanity might be. It was only his stubborn, self-willed
and radically independent Aries personality which at times stood separatively
in the way of the manifestation of his highest ideals. This perspective
obviously argues for the seventh ray soul and a first ray personality
(with strong elements of the ray six present).
e. It is as if Jefferson
was commissioned to see to the ‘ideological overthrow” of
the old order—the “dead hand” of the past, the pall
of encrusted privileges which had to be torn aside in order to permit
the natural energies of individual citizens to flow freely. This is
an amazingly Aquarian ideal.
As an influential worker for the Divine Plan, he was obviously a disciple
of some standing. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin became a true initiate.
Was this the case for Thomas Jefferson?
g. There is a sense that
full illumination still remained a divine possibility but not
an actuality. The idealism which animates those whose consciousness
hovers about the second degree seemed to characterize him. No one can
question the purity of his idealism, but some integrative tasks yet
remained to be accomplished. The head was fully alive, and like a candidate
capable of taking the second degree he had “spiritual intelligence”
and an “illumined mind” (though he probably would not think
in such religious/philosophical/esoteric terminology). More remained,
it seems, to be done with the heart.
Jefferson ’s was one of the most resounding voices insisting on the
separation of church and state. (This separation, by the way, is one
of the firm convictions of the Masonic Order, even though it cannot
be established indisputably that Jefferson, like Franklin and Washington,
was a Mason.) He has no use for theocracy or “monkish ignorance
and superstition”. He was an utterly modern man, who anticipated
the Aquarian Age of Brotherhood in his idealism if not fully in his
The difference between a third degree initiate and one who exemplifies
second degree attainments is the degree to which high ideals may be
made a practical way of life. There is usually much failure in this
regard on the way to the third degree.
One thing seems clear: Thomas Jefferson, with his Aquarian Ascendant
and his initiating Aries Sun, belonged more to the Age of Aquarius
than to the Age of Pisces. Like Francis Bacon, he was an Aquarian
spirit planted in the latter days of Pisceanism, intent on forcing the
hasty retreat of the old Age (with all its ignorance and superstition)
and the founding of a new and enlightened order which would benefit
all men. Jefferson expressed ideals which still inspire those
who envision a freer and more enlightened human civilization. If we
think of him as a ‘beacon for the New Age’ (despite his
personal insubordination to his own ideals) we shall grasp something
of his historical importance not only for his country but for humanity.
k. It was the heart that
needed more development. It is probable that this was (will be) the
intent of the incarnation which followed (will follow) the one of which
we now speak.
Quotations By or About Thomas Jefferson
Astrological, Rayological and Character Implications
I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form
of tyranny over the mind of man. (From a private letter in the thick
of party conflict, 1800)
Here we see the fervent power
of the sixth ray, Aries and Mars combined. Jefferson had four major
planets in fire. We note that Jefferson is fighting for the light,
for it is tyranny over the mind of man which he abhors, even
more than over the body. Fifth ray Venus in Taurus, the sign of illumination,
and in the third house of mind, is of great significance.
For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized
armed militia is their best security.
Mars and Aries again speak.
From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood
of tyrants and patriots. (Thomas Jefferson: message to Congress, Nov.
We note the metaphoric approach
of the fourth ray, fueled by the idealism of the sixth and strengthened
by the first. The opposites are seen—both tyrants and patriots
must suffer. The fourth ray sees both sides.
War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and
multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
This is not a solider speaking
but one who seeks the contradiction (via the fourth ray) and stupidity
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
There is much of a forceful
nature in Jefferson’s chart, but he was loathe to use it coercively
on the physical plane. His forcefulness was in the realm of ideas which
were of tremendous potency (Mercury as the esoteric ruler of his Aries
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
This is one of Jefferson’s
great quotes and an inspiration to all patriots. The persistent first
and sixth rays are combined, and the alertness of Aries and Mars. Jefferson
is demanding that we live at a keen point of tension, alert to encroachments
on our freedoms. The idea again strikes that in immediately former incarnations,
he suffered much through tyranny.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be.
We find Jefferson again speaking
for the mind. One of his major wars was the ‘war against
ignorance’. George Washington fought a war of blood and iron on the
physical plane; Jefferson chose a different battle. It is interesting
that during his eight year administration there was no major war to
be fought. The focus was instead on reconstruction, on nation-building
and on commerce and finance.
Again we note the ability to see the contradiction and to point it out
in such a way that it makes its point, dramatically.
There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to
the whole world.
Here is the truly modern
spirit, breaking open the secretive withholding of the knowledge by
those who wish to preserve power for themselves. He speaks with the
spirit of the Enlightenment. This brave facing of the truth is the gift
of the first ray (which has the quality of “truth through fearlessness”).
The fifth ray component of his nature, aided by fifth ray Venus in Taurus,
and stimulated by Mars in Leo and Pluto in Scorpio emerges here.
A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
One senses Jefferson’s high
resolve and the essential identification of Aries with the spirit
aspect; Aquarius, too, can be identified with the limitless spirit.
There is an aspect of his character which seeks to rise above every
A superintending power to maintain the Universe in its course and order.
Here a belief in God is expressed
in terms of a divine supervision which provides order. The sentence
is filled with seventh ray code words.
too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of
the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must
be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal
law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
Again in Jefferson we see
the wedding of reason and will. When the words “sacred
principle” are invoked, we see a blend of the sixth and first rays:
“sacred” (the word of the sixth ray) and “principle” (the word of the
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience
to remain silent.
We have seen Jefferson ’s
outspokenness through the boldness of Aries, the declarative nature
of Mars, the forthright Sagittarian Moon, the strong presence of Mirzam,
the “Announcer”. There is much of the chastening first ray in this statement.
m. Bodily decay is
gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent
is body without mind.
It cannot be denied that
Jefferson was a brilliant individual (and so was/is the Count, Master
R. and His disciple, Benjamin Franklin). If one has to look for a touchstone
to distinguish seventh ray disciples from those on the first ray, it
will be the mental emphasis of the former and the emphasis upon
physical energy and force of the latter. We see that the factor
of “light” is of continual importance for Jefferson. We
do not, for instance, find Washington speaking this way nor many of
the great dictators, whose emphasis was not so much on enlightenment
as on control.
n. Delay is
preferable to error.
This is an amazingly revelatory
statement for an Aries individual. We see that agitative Mars and restraining
Saturn both aspect the Aries Sun. Perhaps any mature person in
government would say these words, but it seems especially related to
the cautious seventh ray rather than the first ray which specializes
in sudden actions which break through. There is a quincunx aspect between
Saturn and Uranus which contributes to caution. Also Saturn is conjunct
the Vertex. With all his emphasis on enlightenment and the light, does
Jefferson have second ray at a deep level, as can be presumed in the
case of Abraham Lincoln?
“The will which brings fulfilment demonstrates through the second ray
by the means of that driving force which enables the second ray soul
steadily to achieve its goal, relentlessly pushing forward, permitting
itself no let-up or leeway until the desired goal is reached. This is
a different expression to the will of the first ray which is dynamic
and which crashes forward in spite of all obstacles; the latter does
not require the slower methods of the steady drive.” (EA 624)
o. Do you want
to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define
Aries speaks! The caution
of the earlier quotation is thrown to the wind. We also see the blend
of the first and seventh rays, both of which pour through Aries constellationally.
p. Educate and
inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance
for the preservation of our liberty.
One suspects something of
a profound second ray nature in Thomas Jefferson. His idealistic concern
for the masses can be traced to the Aquarian spirit and its esoteric
ruler in Virgo (which provides for those whose lot it is to serve).
Through his Venus in Taurus (and whatever other factors of a second
ray nature may animate him—including the possibility of a growing
second ray personality) Thomas Jefferson is identified with the Forces
of Enlightenment (Taurus). From other perspectives we can see him identified
with the Forces of Restoration (Aries) and the Forces of Reconstruction
(Gemini, but allied also to Uranus).
q. Every citizen
should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and
must be that of every free state.
Aries, Mars and the first
and sixth rays!
Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath
This is the head
speaking and not the heart. With so much Mars, Aries and the fourth
ray represented, he has a fine sense of irony.
generation needs a new revolution.
Aquarius-rising, Uranus on
the Ascendant, Aries and Mars combine to create the enlightened revolutionary.
Jefferson is speaking here of the need for constant renewal,
which his two most prominent signs demand.
For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead...
Here are seen idealism and
courage in the service of the light.
u. Honesty is
the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
This comes from the Sagittarian
Moon, the fifth ray component of his mind, and his fearless first ray.
We note the invocation of the word “wisdom”, again aligning
him with the Forces of Enlightenment.
v. I believe
that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
This is one of the few statements
which is recognizable as coming from the heart.
w. I cannot live without
Usually, those who are fundamentally
upon the first ray will not say this. It is a second ray statement,
or comes from one who values the mind highly and seeks the light.
x. I hope
our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we
use our power the greater it will be.
This statement brings together
the first two aspects of divinity—Love-Wisdom and Will-Power.
There can be little question that, for Jefferson, the Wisdom Aspect
takes precedence over the power aspect. Power is a means to an end and
so are independence and freedom. The “pursuit of happiness”
is paramount, and it correlates to joy and bliss (both, essentially
upon the second ray).
y. I like the
dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Jefferson’s two major signs
(Aquarius and Aries) are both futuristic. The idealism of Aquarius is
here expressed, along with the visionary, dreaming Sagittarian Moon.
The third ray, per se, as ‘Lord of History’ was not Jefferson ’s preoccupation.
His only relation to tradition (Capricorn) was to shatter it (Uranus).
matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand
like a rock.
The seventh ray, first ray,
sixth ray aspects of his nature know how to stand. The fourth
ray, proposed as influencing his mind, is adaptable as is his Piscean
Mercury. However, he did a lot of standing.
aa. It does me no injury
for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
This is Jefferson insisting
upon religious freedom. His Pluto in the ninth house breaks up the old
religious illusions, and his Venus in Taurus mind in the third house,
far prefers light to superstitious belief. This is fundamentally a tolerant,
free-thinking Aquarian attitude.
is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing,
than to believe what is wrong.
The spirit of scientific
agnosticism emerges in this statement. Jefferson wishes to destroy illusion,
but is not eager to place yet another belief system in place of that
which has been eradicated (Pluto in the ninth).
cc. It is in our lives and
not our words that our religion must be read.
Thomas Paine said, ‘The world
is my church and to do good is my religion”. Among enlightened, free-thinking
individuals, there was at this time much rejection of conventional religious
approaches. Aquarius and Uranus, we realize, are hostile to the usual
sanctimony. We find Jefferson calling for action and an end to hypocrisy.
However, he, himself, had difficulty performing the task.
only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread
One wonders if that dread
came upon him in his later years, for his was a long life (ending in
the unhappy condition of massive debt).
ee. No occupation is so delightful
to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that
of the garden.
This is a classical statement
for those strongly upon the seventh ray. As well, we find Jefferson
with three sacred planets in earth signs—Venus, Jupiter and Uranus
(all of them involved in the life-expression of some great (and undisclosed)
second ray Entity.
Seventh ray types love their
garden and agriculture in general. The patterns in heaven come forth
through the fruitfulness of each.
ff. One man
with courage is a majority.
A bold Aries/Leo first ray
statement. Jefferson was not an orator of the voice but an ‘orator
of the pen’. Mars is in a strong, creative bi-quintile relationship
with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one,
he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded
A man of the Enlightenment
speaks again. God does not want to be worshipped. God values
those who approach Him with reasonable thought.
the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
Again, a statement identifying
him with the Forces of Enlightenment! It is unusual to hear leaders
speak so much of the mind and the light. For Jefferson , education comes
first. Force is a poor second and simply a necessity to protect the
kind of life in which education may be pursued.
May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner,
to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to
burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had
persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security
of self-government. All eyes are opened or opening to the rights of
men. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open
to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been
born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few, booted and spurred,
ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of God. These are grounds
of hope for others; for ourselves, let the annual return of this day
forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished
devotion to them.
Just before his death, Thomas
Jefferson mustered all his strength to pen these words. He had been
invited to deliver them in person on the July 4, 1826. He realize that
he was in no condition to travel to Washington, and instead, chose to
die on the day they were read (as did John Adams)—one of history’s
mightiest coincidences (no doubt engineered by the soul for its dramatic
The language is stirring
and colorful. Jeffersonian idealism shines through. God and man are
united in one mighty task. The major metaphor (that one man is not to
“ride” another) disposes of tyranny handily. He ends with
words of hope, ever-renewing life and “undiminished devotion”.
The sixth ray was strong.
We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that
to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of the governed.
These words are Jefferson’s
most famous and are distinctively “American” in the best sense. They
are ‘words of spirit’—literally, for they speak of monadic
perception as understood on that plane whereon, indeed, “all men
are created equal”. We remember Jefferson’s ‘Monadic Point’ in
the sign of equality, Libra, opposite his Aries Sun. One finds here,
also, the contributions of the spiritual triad, which, through buddhi,
intuitively reveals that which is “self evident”. The rights of man
come from the atmic plane. The monad lives and is free—thus
“life” and “liberty”. The pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of bliss—the
normal state of the free spirit, the monad.