March 23, 1895, Paris, France, 00:42 AM,. (Source: from his wife,
L. Rael, taken from a given time of “midnight to 1:00 AM”, and used
by Dane Rudhyar, himself.) Died, September 13, 1985,
San Francisco, CA
Sagittarius; MC, Libra; Sun and Venus in Aries; Moon in Aquarius; Mercury
and NN in Pisces; Mars, Pluto and Uranus all conjunct in Gemini, with
Mars/Neptune conjunct the seventh house cusp, and Jupiter also in Gemini;
Saturn and Uranus in Scorpio)
Rudhyar was a pioneer (Sun in Aries) in the field of transpersonal astrology,
also known as “Humanistic Astrology”. He was deeply interested in the
psycho-spiritual meaning of astrology (evidence of his second
ray soul and his Rising Sign, Sagittarius), focussing far less upon
the event level of astrology — though he was surely capable of
doing so (offering significant rectifications of the charts of many
important individuals, including the chart of Alice A. Bailey his close
friend and, presumably, ashramic brother). His search was for the archetypal
patterns (second ray and Sagittarius) which caused and gave significance
to outward manifestations.
wrote voluminously (expansive Jupiter, exoteric ruler of his Sagittarian
Ascendant in verbal, thought-filled Gemini) on astrology and related
psycho-spiritual fields. Mars, exoteric ruler of his Aries Sun, conjunct
both Pluto and Neptune in Gemini, promotes intensity and depth in the
expression of thought. A high note of idealism sounds through his writing
as a result of this Mar/Neptune conjunction—both planets of the sixth
ray. Additionally, the Sun is found in the third house of mind,
and also the house of the writer and thinker. Further, the North Node
(indicating a focus to be applied) is also placed there.
was a mind of unusual subtlety, sensitivity and depth (Mercury, the
esoteric ruler of the Sun sign—valid in the chart of initiates—in Pisces,
exoterically disposited by Neptune, and exoterically by Pluto, both
conjunct in Gemini). His depth of psychological insight is indicated
by the planet of transformation, Uranus, and the planet of realistic
assessment, Saturn, both in Scorpio.
is interesting to note the position of Chiron on the MC, conjunct the
Earth (heliocentrically considered). Chiron, at its higher level of
expression, is a second ray planet, a healing, guiding planet—and indeed
Rudhyar was the wise guide (Chiron) to more than a generation of progressive,
spiritually-inclined astrologers and spiritual seekers. Chiron, the
“Quest Guide” (though placed, for Rudhyar in Libra) is naturally associated
with Sagittarius, his Ascendant, and thus the indicator of soul-direction
in this particular incarnation. The Earth is the esoteric ruler of Sagittarius,
and is conjuncted to Chiron, indicating a practical dharma for Rudhyar
as one who indicates the Path, and the wise (Sagittarius) and
balanced (Libra) manner of treading it.
which is governed esoterically by Mother Earth, produces those conditions
whereby the Path itself achieves glorification.”(EA 130)
Rudhyar had great versatility—as a thinker, artist, philosopher, poet,
metaphysician, astrologer and composer. He was a modern Renaissance
man. This universality is reinforced by his four Gemini planets, with
Jupiter among them trine his eclectic Aquarian Moon. More deeply, it
indicates the inclusiveness of his second ray soul. He was a
good friend of Alice A. Bailey (who considered him a brother in the
second ray Ashram). They held each other in the highest respect. Dane
Rudhyar(according to the Tibetan in unpublished writings — a “world
disciple”) was one of the few people (not a member of the Tibetan’s
Groups of Nine) to receive the installments of the book on Esoteric
Astrology which A.A.B. and the Tibetan were in process of writing.
In Rudhyar’s classic Astrology of Personality, there are a number
of tabulations taken directly from the Tibetan’s books—notably A
Treatise on Cosmic Fire and Esoteric Astrology.
there can be no certainty in such matters, a reasonable ray chart for
Dane Rudhyar might be conceived as follows: III 2 4-367.
great fundamental intelligence suggests a monad upon the third ray (as
is the case with at least seventy five percent of disciples in the world
today, having come from the “Moon-chain”:)—a third ray which, interestingly,
would find expression through the ‘Earth Point’ (considered as the Monadic
Point) in third ray Libra. That his soul is focussed upon the second
ray—wise and full of loving-understanding seems clear. Second ray Jupiter
in second ray Gemini would be the planet and sign through which this
second ray could most powerfully express, aided by intelligent, intuitive
Mercury in second ray Pisces (a most intuitive placement). An artistic,
expressive, versatile fourth ray personality is likely—expressing, of
course, through the entire chart, but finding special points of expression
through the circulatory fourth ray Aquarian Moon (the sign of which
it is the hierarchical ruler) and fourth ray Mercury in intuitive, synthesizing
mind is hypothesized to be conditioned by the third ray of “Creative
Intelligence”. Its great powers of abstraction and synthesis and its
fluidity seems to suggest the third ray—reflective of a hypothesized
third ray monad. (The mind, archetypally reflects the monad, just as
the astral nature reflects the soul and the physical nature, the personality
as a whole). As for the idealism or devotion of the sixth ray, this
is much supported by the Mars/Neptune conjunction, both of them important
sixth ray planets. This two/six line expressed very much through his
Gemini planets, and thus through his writing. His physical appearance
suggests a seventh ray body.
Dane Rudhyar is, presumably, linked to the second ray Ashram, and was,
in fact, quite closely connected with the Tibetan Teacher, and because
he was a psychologist of such depth, his rays may shine through more
clearly than is the case with many well-known persons. He would be an
excellent subject of study (as is Roberto Assagioli) for those interested
in understanding the way of the modern, second ray disciple-initiate
in the modern world.
Rudhyar, like Alice Bailey, was a “world disciple”. The profundity of
his thought and his commitment to the reformulation of the astrology
(and especially the ‘philosophy of astrology’) indicates that he was
certainly involved with the expression of the Divine Plan, the
requirement for those who have passed through the second portal. The
mere fact that the Tibetan considered him a “world disciple” would be
an indication that he had passed the third portal or was on the verge
of doing so. Of such intimate matters we cannot be the judge, nor should
we be. We can only recognize that if the “Revelation of Unity” is the
task of the third degree initiate, Rudhyar was (at least in terms of
his thought) seemed to fulfill the requirement.
was not necessarily an easy author to understand and assimilate (perhaps
the result of a profound third ray). His writing was abstract (Mercury
in Pisces trine generalizing Jupiter) but also clear (Mercury trine
Saturn). He was celebrated by thousands of astrologers and spiritual
seekers who understood perhaps very little of the real depth and subtlety
of his thought.
when the author [Robbins] was a young man, he attended a national astrological
convention in Houston, Texas and had the good fortune to speak with
Marcia Moore (an excellent astrologer who was closely associated as
a young woman with Alice Bailey and even moreso with the groups which
carried on after her passing). The author, being relatively new to esoteric
astrology, was in search of a “real esoteric astrologer”. He
put the question to Marcia Moore: “Who do you know that is a real esoteric
astrologer”? The answer came back without hesitation: “Why Dane Rudhyar.
He is the most esoteric astrologer I know”. The author now appreciates
the truth of her statement.
his first great astrology book, The Astrology of Personality,
(dedicated to Alice A Bailey) Rudhyar referred openly to the esoteric
astrology of the Tibetan, Whose astrological instructions he was receiving
at the time. Later he discontinued reference to what students of Alice
Bailey usually regard as esoteric astrology. In fact, he said directly
to the author during a visit in 1975, when asked about AAB’s approach
to esoteric astrology, “It’s not astrology as I know it”.
if one reads very carefully between the lines, one understands that
astrology, as Dane Rudhyar wrote it and practiced it, was the result
of a deep rootedness in the Trans-Himalayan Wisdom, as that wisdom is
expressed through the second ray Ashram. It is simply that he had the
originality and comprehensive understanding to restate the astrological
wisdom of the ages in his own distinctive terminology with the inevitable
effect of concealing, for some, its roots.
brief sketch can do no real justice to the life of a great astrologer
and great man. His expression was so diverse and so comprehensive, that
one could write a book about the significance of his astrological thought
alone, not to mention his philosophical and psychological writings and
his musical compositions and theories.
Rudhyar was reticent about his astrological chart. He did not want his
exact time of birth given out and was disappointed when it was. Occasionally
he referred to various factors within his chart. It is known that he
was married five times and many have wondered at it. He once referred
obliquely to the conjunction of Neptune, Mars and Pluto at the seventh
house cusp, and especially to the transcendental nature of Neptune.
He seemed to be explaining a subtler, educative purpose for those marriages.
importantly, however, he referred to his Ascending degree in Sagittarius
(“The Great Pyramid and the Sphinx”. The enduring power of occult
knowledge and of its quasi-divine Custodians, ‘Seed men’ of a
previous cycle of existence”. The Power of Spiritual Ancestry”).
These are his own words and in them he was writing about his own
essential identity, for he considered the Ascendant the most distinguishing
point in the astrological chart and most indicative of an individual’s
root-pattern of being.
is the ‘sign of the seed’ and Rudhyar promoted the concept of the “Seed
Man” (one who seeded the world with the true archetype of his identity).
It would seem that Dane Rudhyar fulfilled this high ideal remarkably