Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Cancer & Aquarius
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Cancer In Comparison With Aquarius 1. The Crab 1. The Water-Bearer 2. Esoteric Mantram: I build a lighted house and therein dwell. 2. Esoteric Mantram: Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word Said: Let isolation be the rule and yet the crowd exists. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let desire in form be ruler. 4. Quality of Light: The Light within the form 4. Quality of Light: The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea. 5. Element: Water sign 5. Element: Air Sign 6. Cardinal Cross 6. Fixed Cross 7. Cancer transmits R3 and R7 constellationally. 7. Transmits R5 constellationally. Secondary and subtle transmissions of R3 and R1 are possible. 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively), Cancer transmits R4 and R6, through the Moon and Neptune—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Aquarius transmits R7, R2 and R4 (with R1, R6, and R7), through Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon, veiling Vulcan, Neptune and Uranus—all these are its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 9. Color: violet 9. Color: turquoise 10. Creative Hierarchy number V (unmanifested) Mass Life, Veiling the Christ 10. Creative Hierarchy number XII (manifested) and XII of the twelve. Elemental Lives; the Baskets of Nourishment; the Blinded Lives 11. Cancer has no specific relation to the first three initiations. Since Neptune (inducing love and inclusive idealism) is so important at the second initiation (EA 71, 297-298), Cancer must be implicated. After the third initiation, the Cancerian can become “the Crab, who clears the ocean of matter which flows around the soul of man” (EA 62) In subtle ways Cancer must be related to the fourth (EA 218) and eighth initiations (relating to unmanifested Hierarchy V—eighth from below). 11. Association with refuse-flushing, fire-cleansing, fellowship-inducing second initiation; the ego-negating, light-pervading, soul-inspiring third initiation; the personality-renouncing, life-energizing fourth initiation; and, conceivably, with the abundant life of the beneficently organizing fifth degree. 12. Cancer can be reasonably associated with the protective and nourishment-giving centers in the breasts and, particularly, with the instinctual, bi-polar, emotionally sensitive solar plexus center. The disease, cancer, is strongly associated with a disturbed, congested solar plexus; the sign and the disease are, in fact, related. The sacral center (involved in form-building) cannot be ignored. The chakras in the ‘gripping’ hands are related. When Neptune (the esoteric and hierarchical ruler) functions buddhically, the sign Cancer can also be related to the compassionate, humanity-embracing heart center.
12. Aquarius can be reasonably associated with the entire abundantly-radiating, synthetic crown center, and the united radiation of the chakra centers as a whole. When the ajna center responds to the universal mind, the envisioning of the archetypally-destined future appears. Aquarius transmits the third ray, and thus relates to the throat center (through ruling Saturn, Uranus and Vulcan as well). Aquarius, is esoterically ruled by Jupiter, the planet controlling the group-inclusive heart center. The evolving Aquarian is subject to many emotional highs and lows, thus connecting Aquarius to the solar plexus center. (EA 141-142) Also, through Uranus, with the form-creating sacral center which generates “waters of life” in a more material sense. As well, seventh-ray Uranus is numerically related to the seventh or basal center, bringing Aquarius into the relation.
13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Gemini makes it possible for the “Brother” who is the “prodigal son” to go forth into a “far country” (as the Monad-in-substantial-immersion), and yet, remain ‘at home’ within the Father’s House as the “elder Brother” Who did not go forth (i.e., as the Monad undiminished upon its own level of consciousness). Thus is the Monad “in the world yet not of the world”. Gemini endows the Monad with its all-pervasive omnipresence relative to the human energy system. “Having pervaded the entire Universe with a fragment of myself, I remain.” 13. The zodiacal signs influence the Monad of every human being (EA 411, 637, TCF 1191); the influence from Aquarius governs the large monadic groups or ‘monadic ashrams’, which aggregations exist upon the monadic plane. The universal awareness of the Monad is inspired and enhanced by the Aquarian energy. The Monad is a ‘center of synthesis’ and a ‘center within synthesis’. The Aquarian energy stimulates the universality and synthetic awareness of the Monad. 14. Within the Triad—Gemini, the third sign, is related to higher manas (the third aspect of the Triad). Higher manas formulates into abstract thought the revelations of the ‘idea-patterns’ to be found upon the buddhic plane. Gemini, as its dualistic symbol reveals, is also related to the divine love, pure reason and intuitive revelations of buddhi, the second aspect of the Spiritual Triad. 14. Within the Triad—Aquarius is related principally to higher manas and to atma as both of them reflect, to differing degrees, the Universal Mind (EA 241, 322, 495). Aquarius transmits the third ray constellationally (EA 138), and has rulers or sub-rulers which do the same. Aquarius “expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear” linking it to atma, in yet another way. The energy of Aquarius, as well, stimulates and blends with buddhi, principally by inducing loving group-cohesion. The Tibetan speaks of “universal love of the truly developed Aquarian.” (EA 136) This is an expression of buddhi. 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Gemini can be seen as governing the pulsations of Solar-Angelic thought and vitality which rhythmically stimulate the personality. Gemini can be associated with the attempt the Solar Angel to ‘communicate’ with the personality. 15. In relation to the Solar Angel, and the soul-consciousness (and causal body) through which it expresses—Aquarius represents the dowering of the personality with all super-human, transcendental gifts which the Solar Angel may safely bestow. Aquarius represents the patient service of the Solar Angel to its long-developing personality, and the consequent elevation of the human soul from the human to the super-human state of the fifth kingdom—the Kingdom of Souls. Aquarius rules the generous distribution of beneficent Solar-Angelic radiation to (and through) its personality 16. Within the Personality—Cancer can be identified with the memory and retentiveness of the lower mental nature; with the sensitivity and receptivity of the astral nature; with the de-vitalization or insufficient vitalization of the etheric nature; and, with the tenacity of the physical elemental as it seeks to perpetuate the integrity of its life. In general, Cancer (through the Moon) is especially associated with the dense physical form as a first solar system ‘residue’, and with the fourth or personality elemental (arising from the lesser three). (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 16. Within the Personality—Aquarius can be identified with the power to vitalize, unify and synthesize thought, which eventually develops within the lower mental nature; with the cleansing, drying, and eventual distributive radiation of the love-responsive astral nature; with the electric vitalization of the etheric nature; and, in general, with the nervous animation of the dense physical form. Aquarius “is eventually connected with the physical permanent atom.” (EA 302) (The vehicular focus and its degree of prominence, depends upon the stage of evolutionary development.) 17. Stage within a Preliminary Fourfold Meditative Process: Incarnation, Embodiment 17. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Pervasion 18. The Crisis of Incarnation characterized by the process/quality of Individualization 18. The Choice of the Mode of Service
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Cancer In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Expressive principally of the third or Intelligence aspect—in relation to matter. (EA 351)The incarnation process under the rulership of Cancer “is initiation into the creative third aspect, the matter aspect and the world of intelligent activity.” (EH 144) Since ruled by Neptune and related to the Pleiades, Cancer is correlated to buddhi (TCF 1162), and thus, also, is linked to the second aspect of divinity. 1. Expressive, principally, of the third divine aspect “…the third ray expresses itself powerfully through this sign” (EA 138)—strongly connected, however, with both the first and second aspects. “At this time and in a peculiar manner, the initiate-consciousness sees the Hierarchy as primarily energised by life, and by the energy of Aquarius, carrying a hitherto unknown aspect of the life energy of deity.” (R&I 229) Aquarius rules Hierarchy. “…our Hierarchy [is] (an expression of the second aspect of divinity)…” (EA197) 2. Cosmically associated primarily with the Pleiades. “Pleiades—Cancer—Venus—Humanity” (EA 416) 2. Strong cosmic association with the Pole Star, Alcyone, also an invisible constellation, and the Great Bear: “The influence which emanates from the Pole Star and which is such a potent factor in our solar system reaches our planet via the sign Aquarius.” (TCF 1263) “Aquarius, Alcyone and Humanity constitute a most interesting triangle of force. Alcyone is one of the seven Pleiades and is called the ‘star of the Individual’ and sometimes the ‘star of intelligence’.” (EA 200) “The source of energy to which they respond may be regarded as the Pole Star. It should nevertheless be pointed out that this star serves only as a blind for a constellation which lies behind,—a constellation which exists only in etheric matter. It is consequently ignored by astronomers, though its influence is exceedingly potent within our system.” (TCF 1262) Also, “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear.” (EA 349) 3. Three Constellations Connected (symbolically) with Cancer: a) Ursa Major—the Great Bear; b) Ursa Minor—the Little Bear; c) Argo—the Ship. (LOH 90-92) Another constellation Connected with Cancer is Praesepe—the Beehive. There are eighty three stars to be found ‘within’ this constellation. (LOH 87-88) Tradition connects both Ursa Major and Minor with “flock(s) of sheep” and “sheepfold(s)” 3. Three Constellations Connected with Aquarius: a) Pisces Australes—the Southern Fish; b) Pegasus—the Winged Horse; c) Cygnus—The Swan (LOH 189-190)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Cancer In Comparison With Aquarius 1. The Moon is the exoteric ruler of Cancer. 1. The Moon is the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. 2. Neptune is the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer. 2. Neptune is a veiled hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. 3. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. 3. Jupiter is the esoteric ruler of Aquarius. 4. Is ‘material’ Vulcan the energy behind the exoterically ruling ‘material’ Moon in Cancer? 4. Vulcan is one of the veiled hierarchical rulers of Aquarius. 5. Saturn is in detriment in Cancer. 5. Saturn is considered my many astrologers to be a co-ruler of Aquarius. In any case, it is powerful in the first reversed-wheel decanate
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Cancer In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Cancer transmits the third ray constellationally. 1. “The third ray expresses itself powerfully through” Aquarius constellationally. (EA 138). Aquarius is also the third sign of the zodiac on the clock-wise wheel, therefore having numerical affinity with the third ray. Uranus transmits the third ray (probably through its personality) as does Saturn (considered an alternative ruler in this sign) through its Monad, and probably, also, its soul. The Moon-veiled Uranus also transmits the third ray. 2. Cancer transmits the seventh ray constellationally. Cancer is also the seventh sign if one numbers by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), and thus has a further resonance with the seventh ray. 2. Uranus transmits the seventh ray. Saturn has strong seventh ray associations. Jupiter (esoteric ruler) transmits the seventh ray. 3. Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number four and with the fourth ray. 3. The Moon (hierarchical ruler) is the veiling transmitter of the fourth ray. Moon-veiled Vulcan is closely related to the fourth ray, the fourth kingdom, and the fourth initiation. Neptune ( a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) is associated with the fourth ray through its relationship to buddhi, and to the fourth , or buddhic, plane. 4. Cancer is the tenth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number one and with the first ray. This is not a strong representation of the first ray. Only the presence of a generically veiled Vulcan, which could be described as the ‘will asleep in matter’, would bring in the first ray—mostly from the angle of resistance. However, a great first ray power is indicated as latent—inured in matter. 4. Aquarius, itself, may have implicate first ray associations. “Aquarius—expresses the universal consciousness of the Great Bear” (EA 349) The Great Bear (as a whole) transmits the first ray. (cf. TCF 146). Aquarius, is the tenth sign on the reversed wheel, numbering by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.) and thus has numerical resonance with the first ray. Uranus, the exoteric ruler, transmits the first ray monadically. (EPI 421) Saturn, a possible alternative ruler in Aquarius, transmits the first ray probably in its personality, but perhaps its soul. (EA 450) Moon-veiled Vulcan and Uranus both transmit the first ray—the first as the monadic ray, the second, probably, as the soul ray. 5. The Moon, the exoteric ruler of cancer, transmits the fourth ray. 5. See #3 above. 6. The Moon is closely related to the third ray. (EA 280) 6. See #1 above. 7. The Moon is closely related to the seventh ray, through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy, and its general association with dense physical matter. 7. See #2 above. 8. Neptune, the esoteric and hierarchical ruler of Cancer (and exalted, with Jupiter, as well), transmits the sixth ray. 8. Neptune (a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) transmits the sixth ray. Enthusiastic Jupiter has a probable connection to the sixth ray. 9. Neptune also transmits the second ray, monadically. (EPI 421) 9. Aquarius is the eleventh sign on the reversed wheel. Since eleven sums to two, Aquarius has numerical affinity with the second ray. Jupiter, the esoteric ruler of Aquarius, transmits the second ray. Neptune, a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler, transmits the second ray monadically. Vulcan (a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) is associated with the “heart of the Sun” (EA ), and Uranus (exoteric ruler) is placed in a line of second ray transmission from Sirius, and participates in the three lower vehicles (probably as the mental body) of a great second ray Entity (EPII 99) 10. Neptune is associated with the fourth plane, the buddhic plane, and with the energy of buddhi. “”No man begins to coordinate the buddhic vehicle until he comes under the influence of Neptune…. When this happens, his personality horoscope will show this influence as dominant” (TCF 899) 10. See #3 above. 11. Neptune, as “God of the Waters” is associated with “matter” and, hence, with the third ray. “Neptune is as you know, the God of the waters, and the term “water” covers many angles of the esoteric wisdom, such as: The whole concept of matter—universal and itemised….” (EA 275) 11. See #1 above. 12. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the second ray. 12. See #9 above. 13. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer and transmits the seventh ray through “ritualistic worship.” (EA 660) 13. See#2 above. 14. Jupiter (exalted in Cancer) through its enthusiasm and aspirational nature has defensible connections to the sixth ray. 14. See #8 above. 15. There are no direct fifth ray transmissions through Cancer. 15. Aquarius transmits the fifth ray constellationally. Uranus, the exoteric ruler, (and a veiled hierarchial rulers) can stand for “exoteric science” (EP 149) and, hence, has fifth ray associations. Saturn, a possible alternative ruler, is associated with the concrete mind and, hence, with the fifth principle. Vulcan, (a veiled hierarchical ruler) relates to the concretion and physical precipitation, as does the fifth ray. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Cancer In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Humanity 1. Hierarchy 2. The Preserver 2. The World Server 3. The Ashram/Hierarchy as Refuge 3. The Ashram/Hierarchy as a Group-Conscious Creator 4. The Parent 4. The Friend 5. The Traditionalist 5. The Futurist 6. The Restorer 6. The Inventor 7. The Preserver 7. The Innovator 8. The Isolationist 8. The Group-Integrated Individual 9. The Loyalist, the Adherent 9. The Revolutionary, the Renovator 10. The Nuclear Family (conventional) 10. The Extended Family (unconventional, with many ‘imports’ and role changes) 11. “Blood”; Family consists of those who are related by “blood” 11. “Water”; Humanity as family; family consists of those who are related by affinity and by soul/spirit—the “water of life” 12. Family Values 12. Progressive Values 13. “Cancer—physical Sun—3rd aspect—intelligent activity of the Whole.” (EA 351) “In Cancer, you have the intelligent synthetic consciousness of the mass, viewing it from the consciousness of matter itself and the awareness of all forms and atoms;…” (EA 351) 13. “Aquarius—central spiritual Sun—1st aspect—the will of the Whole.” (EA 351) “…in Aquarius, you have the results of the activity of Cancer and Gemini, producing a higher synthesis and a universal group awareness.” (EA 351) 14. “Instinct, governing desire—Cancer. Mass unevolved consciousness. I desire” (EA 178) 14. Inspiration, governing service—Aquarius . Group consciousness. I go forth” (EA 178) 15. “Cancer—Mass awareness—Instinctual consciousness.” (EA 61) 15. “Aquarius—Group awareness—Intuitive consciousness.” (EA 61) 16. “Cancer—physical Sun—3rd aspect—intelligent activity of the Whole.” (EA 351) 16. “Aquarius—central spiritual Sun—1st aspect—the will of the Whole.” (EA 351) 17. In Cancer: “Focussed impulse. Incarnation” (EA 221) 17. In Aquarius: “Group impulse. Service” (EA 221) 18. Cancer is the “open door.” (EA 173) For him there remains now no goal but service. He therefore passes back through the gate of Cancer, but with his consciousness held steadily in the sign Aquarius. 18. Aquarius represents “the incarnated world server.” (EA 173) 19. Service in Cancer after Achievement in Capricorn: “For him there remains now no goal but service. He therefore passes back through the gate of Cancer, …” (EA 174) 19. Service Impulsed from Aquarius after Achievement in Capricorn: “…but with his consciousness held steadily in the sign Aquarius.” (EA 174) 20. Cancer governs “expression upon the physical plane.” (EA 219) 20. Aquarius, and Service upon the Physical Plane: “…in Aquarius the disciple emerges on the physical plane into the position of a world server; all world servers are decentralised workers and are governed by the need and the reactions of the mass or group.” (EA 219) 21. Difficulty in Understanding Mass Consciousness: “It is also as difficult and hard for the average student of modern times to grasp the mass-consciousness of Cancer…” (EA 322) 21. Difficulty in Understanding Group Consciousness: “…as it is for him to grasp the group-awareness or the universal consciousness of Aquarius…” (EA 322) 22. Cancer—the sign of “mass consciousness” (EA 321) 22. Aquarius—the sign of “universal consciousness” (EA 321) 23. “In Cancer, you have the intelligent synthetic consciousness of the mass, viewing it from the consciousness of matter itself and the awareness of all forms and atoms;…” (EA 351) 23. “…in Aquarius, you have the results of the activity of Cancer and Gemini, producing a higher synthesis and a universal group awareness.” (EA 351) 24. In Cancer—“the slow unintelligent sub-consciousness of the herd” (EA 496) 24. In Aquarius—“the super-conscious divine man…” (EA 496) 25. Cancer—for Undeveloped Man: “The blind unit is lost. The mass.” (EA 332) 25. Aquarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “All things to all men. The burden of the self.” (EA 333) 26. Cancer—for Advanced Man: “The unit awakens to that which is around. The House.” (EA 332) 26. Aquarius—for the Advanced Man: “Dedication to the soul. The burden of humanity. (EA 333) 27. Cancer—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Whole is seen as one. Humanity.” (EA 332) 27. Aquarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Server of all men. The burden of the world.” (EA 333) 28. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Cancer: When the Sun is in Cancer the disciple may attempt to increase his power to manifest (to em-‘body’), his intuitive faculties, and cultivate the sense of wholeness. 28. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Aquarius: When the Sun is in Aquarius, an individual should focus upon improving the quality and scope of his group service. Further, he may cultivate group conscious attitudes while improving his ability to contribute to group-life and group-purpose. 29. The life of the Christ from the Cancerian perspective: “The potency of this sign is expressed for us by Christ in the oft misinterpreted words: ‘Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring.’ This refers to the mass consciousness in contradistinction to the initiate consciousness of His disciples. Cancer is a mass sign. 29. The Life of the Christ from an Aquarian Perspective: “The expression of this influence has been beautifully given to us in the story of the Last Supper. Christ sent His disciples into the city to find the man ‘bearing a pitcher of water’ upon his shoulder. This is the symbol of the sign Aquarius—the sign in which the universality of the water of life will become a factor in human consciousness; then we shall indeed all sit down eventually to the communion of bread and wine. He referred indirectly to the same idea when He spoke of Himself as the ‘water of life,’ assuaging the thirst of humanity.” (EA 566) 30. Orientation towards the past 30. Orientation towards the future—just as Sagittarius, another Jupiterian sign, is associated with projection into the future. 31. A regressive influence 31. A progressive influence 32. Loyalistic 32. Revolution 33. Conservatism 33. The overthrow of that which the conservative seeks to preserve 34. Carrying the energies of matter 34. Carrying the energies of will (EA 349) Yet, Aquarius also influences that Hierarchy which is composed of the most material lives. 35. Imprisonment within the form 35. The liberation of the Spirit 36. Encapulsation 36. Unity leading to Synthesis 37. Engaged with lunar life 37. Engaged with lunar life, but leading to the full expression of solar life. 38. Mass consciousness 38. Group consciousness 39. The instinctual nature 39. The realm of the liberated consciousness. 40. The bound lunar nature 40. The redeemed, transformed, liberated lunar nature. (Aquarius is ruled hierarchically by the Moon.) 41. Instinctive knowledge of how to provide for survival 41. Consciousness knowledge of how to provide for the survival and opimization of the larger group; ecology. 42. Reliance upon tried-and-true methods 42. Eccentric experimentalism (MC) 43. Subservience to sanctioned methods 43. The misguided assertion of superficial independence (MC) 44. Preserving the values which history has taught 44. Throwing out tried and established approaches 45. The realm of personalities 45. The realm of individualities 46. The intuitive nature—associated with buddhi. (FC, LFC) 46. The rulership of “desire in form” under the influence of the “inert lives”. (MC) 47. The tribe, the clan, the family 47. The group—an united Humanity. 48. Association based upon hereditary ties. The family member. 48. Association based upon soul union and true friendship. The friend. 49. The family unit (a small hereditary group) 49. Society—the larger group 50. Family values 50. Deviant values (MC, LMC) 51. Insistence upon privacy (veiled) 51. Communal living (more open and exposed) 52. The “blood” 52. The “life” 53. Biological 53. Metaphysical; relationship based upon subtle energy 54. Persistence of the traditional 54. Radical change 55. Preserving the best of the old (LMC, FC) 55. Failing to consider established values; “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” 56. Isolativeness 56. Total-relatedness; universalization 57. Insular 57. Communicative 58. Shy 58. Overly extroverted 59. Grasping (MC) 59. Distributive, sharing (LMC, FC) 60. Providential (LMC, FC) 60. Wasteful, scattering energy (MC) 61. The influence which reaches few 61. The influence which reaches many 62. The purposeful embracing of humanity (FC, LFC) 62. Superficial diffusion of force 63. Selfish limitation of the principle of circulation 63. Selfless encouragement of the principle of circulation (FC) 64. Respect for that which is natural, bearing the sanction of tradition 64. The touting of unnatural, cranky solutions which will not work 65. Devotion to those in need of special attention: “Hunger Project’; “Save the Children” (LMC, FC) 65. The lavishing of available energies upon the isolated selfish self. (MC) 66. A caring attentiveness 66. The attitude of a science which releases knowledge but does not really care about its application 67. The first incarnation (in a group sense) 67. The last incarnation (in most cases) Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
One of the key connections between Cancer and Aquarius is the field of consciousness itself. Consciousness is a measure of sensitivity and contact between subject and object. Cancer initially rules mass consciousness and Aquarius, group consciousness.
Eventually Aquarius moves towards universal consciousness and even the sign Cancer itself can be spiraled upward to include the consciousness of the cosmic astral plane. But consciousness is one and that which distinguishes one category of consciousness from another, is merely the range and sensitivity of contact.
With respect to receptivity, and both Cancer and Aquarius are both very receptive signs, the Moon and Neptune are powerful in their influence for the Moon is the orthodox ruler of Cancer and hierarchical ruler of Aquarius where is veils Neptune and Neptune of course is powerful in Cancer.
Neptune is the planet of consciousness, consciousness is the 2nd aspect, the relation between subject and object and Neptune is the premier 2nd Ray planet, the planet both of touch and sensitivity and of impression.
Even though I have divided the emphasis of Cancer and Aquarius, to pertain to different spheres of activity, mass consciousness and group consciousness, there is a sense in which they both pertain to the consciousness of matter, and both pertain to group consciousness.
For Cancer is related to mass life and directly to matter via the Moon, the symbol of the material element and Aquarius has a hierarchical rulership by the Moon and rules the 12th Creative Hierarchy or the 1st, counting from below upwards, the baskets of TAPE NO. 6
Nourishment - the hierarchy most associated with the energy of matter. It is curious that with respect to the Cosmic astral plane, or the most material aspect of that plane, the Cancerian hierarchy rules (ie on the 7th sub-plane of the Cosmic Astral plane) and thereby presides over what might be called materialization (number 7) through the agency of desire (no. 6, ie the Cosmic astral plane, the 6th Cosmic plane) and interestingly enough, Neptune itself is not only associated with the Sea of Light but with the great ocean of matter. Matter can be considered the 2nd, the 3rd or 4th.
At first it is the 2nd because there is a polarisation between Purusha and Prakriti, between spirit and matter. Later it is associated with the 3rd aspect of Divinity because the Sun, which normally comes 3rd, occupies the place of the 2nd and if an even closer division is created among the parental triad, making it a parental tetrad, we can differentiate between etheric substance and material substance and matter becomes the 4th.
At any rate, Neptune is not only a planet of sublimity but has its material counter-part, the great sea of passive, receptive substance, undifferentiated actually for it has not yet been divided into discrete units by the entrance of spirit and this is interesting because Neptune is a planet associated with a force which denies differentiation.
So Aquarius and Cancer, through their association with Neptune, are associated with Mulaprakriti (receptive substance, undifferentiated), that through which the consciousness aspect must pour, pervading matter, sensitizing matter. All of the planets have their higher and lower correlations.
This we have seen in relation to Vulcan as well and even Uranus could be connected with the atomic energy of matter, the bound electricity. Any sign which has both Neptune and the Moon as prominent rulers will be involved in telepathic receptivity. The book Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle demonstrates how important is the etheric body in the receptive and transmitting process.
The unit of etheric/physical body can be seen as the wedding of Aquarius and Cancer, rendering consciousness upon the physical plane, sensitive to all the etheric body receives just as Aquarius and Gemini can be considered counter-parts through the number 3, so can Cancer and Capricorn through the number 4 -- always numbering from Aries.
In this way the duad Aquarius/Cancer is very much like the duad Gemini/Cancer and the 2 signs Aquarius & Cancer together with their Neptunian rulership makes the physical plane, both etheric and dense physical, increasingly responsive to subtle impression via the planet Neptune which is the great receiver.
In certain respects, Uranus is the great sender with its assertive wilfull nature whereas Cancer is suited only to receive, Aquarius can either receive or send. I have also noticed that the combination of Aquarius/Cancer, considered in a more down-to-earth and personal way, gives a facility for understanding human nature.
Perhaps for understanding the relationship of the individual, lunar unit to the larger whole for both signs are ruled by the Moon and the Moon represents everything personal.
When the Moon is prominent, that which is personal can be responde.d to and understood. This of course is the province of Cancer but where Aquarius exists, not only can the lunar aspect be understood but it can be related to the larger whole and put into perspective.
Frequently, Aquarians have a great facility as humanitarians and as those who have something in common with everybody. Of course the combination of Cancer and the Moon also represents the common touch.
So here we can see both Aquarius and Cancer in touch with the masses. Both of them naturally have higher reaches and it would be a mistake to consider Aquarius as the only ruler of a universalized consciousness for Cancer via Neptune gives access to the great ocean of consciousness because it rules the hierarchy which is simply on the verge of liberation but not quite liberated.
It shows that with respect to our consciousness, Cancer can represent a very high influence indeed, perhaps the highest with which we can still be somewhat in touch, giving us entry into that level of sensitivity which we have called the Cosmic astral plane and making of the Christ, who through the 7th initiation, is now able to approach the Cosmic astral plane, making of him the good shepherd and the protector of human and angelic lives upon the Cosmic physical plane.
It is interesting how Ca ncer can represent the greatest sense of entombment and concealment of consciousness upon the physical plane and also the point at which consciousness can be released altogether from the Cosmic physical plane. In this respect, Cancer represents a still higher gate than Capricorn which liberates into the life of Hierarchy. Cancer is indeed the sign where both land and water meet and land can be considered the entire Cosmic physical plane whereas water in this case, relates to the Cosmic astral plane.