Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Virgo & Aquarius
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Virgo Hides the Light which Irradiates the World in Aquarius (EA 332)
Aquarius Releases Virgo from her Load (EA 333)
Virgo In Comparison With Aquarius 1. The Virgin 1. The Water-Bearer, the Water Carrier 2. Esoteric Mantram: I am the Mother and the Child, I, God, I matter am.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
2. Esoteric Mantram: Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let matter reign. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let desire in form be ruler. 4. Quality of Light: The blended dual Light. 4. Quality of Light: The Light that shines on Earth, across the sea. 5. Element: Earth Sign 5. Element: Air Sign 6. Mutable or Common Cross 6. Fixed Cross 7. Transmits R2 and R6 constellationally 7. Transmits R5 constellationally. Secondary and subtle transmissions of R3 and R1 are possible. 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) Virgo transmits R4, R4, R6, R1, and R2 through Mercury, the Moon, the veiled Neptune, the veiled Vulcan, and, also, Jupiter—all these are its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 8. Secondarily, (assuredly, but not exclusively) transmits R7, R2 and R4 (with R1, R6, and R7), through Uranus, Jupiter and the Moon, veiling Vulcan, Neptune and Uranus—all are its planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 9. Color: yellow (Mercury rulership). Blue-green is an additional reasonable possibility. 9. Color: turquoise 10. Creative Hierarchy number II (manifested) and VII of 12. Divine Builders conferring Soul; the Burning Sons of Desire 10. Creative Hierarchy number XII (manifested) and XII of the twelve. Elemental Lives; the Baskets of Nourishment; the Blinded Lives 11. Associated with the stages immediately preceding the ‘birthing’, form-regulating first initiation (EA 67, 471); then, with the cleansing, purifying second initiations, and possibly with the decisive, Monad-establishing sixth (introduction to true monadic living) 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. Virgo can be reasonably understood as influencing, particularly, the cherishing, patient, maternally-loving heart center (through the second ray), and the persistently devoted solar plexus center (through the sixth). In addition to its influence upon a number of smaller, sub-diaphragmatic centers associated with the solar plexus, Virgo must have an influence upon the ajna center—as an organ of discrimination and discernment. The mysteries of generation are ruled by the Moon, which rules Virgo esoterically; a sacral center association is, thereby, reasonable. The six of the sacral center leads to the twelve of the heart.
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 Virgo is powerful in monadic life because the second manifested Creative Hierarchy (Who are the “prototypes of the Monads”—TCF 1197) are ruled by Virgo and its hierarchical ruler, Jupiter. One motivation of the descending Monad is the perfection of matter (in this case, the substance of the first solar system). With this mission, Virgo is intimately concerned. 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—Virgo ( esoterically ruled in part by Neptune, and hierarchically by second ray Jupiter, and transmitting, itself, the second ray), is related primarily to buddhi (the second aspect of the Triad), bestowing as it does the second ray and a higher correspondence to “mother love”—a divine, maternal compassion. Virgo is also associated with the third ray, and the third divine aspect, and hence, even if indirectly, with higher manas, the third triadal aspect. 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—Virgo, like Cancer, can be seen in the ‘mother’ role—with Virgo providing a nurturing and discriminatively cleansing energy, utilized by the Solar Angel to improve the quality of its personality manifestation. Virgo, as the Solar Angel expresses it, is the will to manifest love intelligently through matter, until the Christ energy pours successfully through the personality-form and a relative perfection is reached. 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—Virgo can be identified with the discriminative, analytical, and selective processes of the lower mental nature; with the cleansing and purification of the astral nature; with the magnetic purity of the etheric nature; with the general health and nutrition and of the dense physical vehicle. Virgo, via the Moon, is particularly related to the dense physical vehicle and to all personality substance as a whole. (EA 194) (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 of Meditative Consciousness: Meditation proper. “Virgo—Meditation—Soul life, as sensed in man, the gestation period. The stage of the hidden Christ. Intelligent man. Personality, as hiding the Christ life.” (EA 228) 17. Stage of Meditative Consciousness: Pervasion 18. The Crisis of the Birthplace characterized by the process/quality of Initiation 18.
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Virgo In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Expressive of both the second and third aspects of divinity, but especially well-rooted in the third. “Virgo is the focal point for the expression of the third aspect, that of active intelligence. In that sign the highest function of matter is symbolised.” (EA 194, also 280) 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 principally with the Pleiades. “One of the most esoteric cycles is based upon certain conjunctions and respective positions of Virgo and the Pleiades.” (EA 657) “Virgo is inseparable from Leo and the Pleiades and the Hyades.” (EA 679) Virgo is related to several feminine constellations which figure importantly in the astrology of the form. “There is Cassiopea, Venus, Coma Berenice, Andromeda and one or two others, as well as Virgo, the Virgin, the most important of them all.” (EA 400) 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 with Virgo: a) Coma Berenice—the Mother of the Form Only; b) The Centaur—Half Man/Half Horse; c) Bootes—the One Who is Coming (LOH 120) 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
Virgo In Comparison With Aquarius 1. The Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo. 1. The Moon is the hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. 2. Vulcan is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo. 2. Vulcan is a veiled hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. 3. Neptune is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo. 3. Neptune is a veiled hierarchical ruler of Aquarius. (cf. EA 321, 322) 4. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo, and in exoteric detriment in this sign. 4. Jupiter is the esoteric ruler of Aquarius.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Virgo In Comparison With Aquarius 1. Virgo transmits the second ray constellationally. Virgo is also the eleventh sign of the zodiac, counting by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini-etc.), which reinforces its resonance with the second ray. 1. 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) 2. Virgo transmits the sixth ray constellationally. 2. Neptune (a Moon-veiled hierarchical ruler) transmits the sixth ray. Enthusiastic Jupiter has a probable connection to the sixth ray. 3. Virgo (the second oldest of the constellations) is associated with the third ray—the ray of the previous solar system. “…it might be said that Cancer is an expression (in the stage of great advancement) of the first half of the life cycle in solar system one, whilst Virgo is an equally advanced expression of the second half” (EA 256). 3. “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. 4. Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel and, hence, has numerical affinity with the number six and with the sixth ray. 4. See #2 above. 5. Virgo is the seventh sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel, IF one begins numbering from Pisces (which the Tibetan does in relation to the sign, Leo). This seventh position reinforces Virgo’s relationship to the sevnth ray. 5. Uranus transmits the seventh ray. Saturn has strong seventh ray associations. Jupiter (esoteric ruler) transmits the seventh ray. 6. Mercury is the exoteric ruler of Virgo (and also exalted) and transmits the fourth ray. 6. 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. 7. Mercury has a close relation to the third ray. (EA 280) 7. See #3 above. 8. Mercury has a close relation to the fifth ray, through its relation to the fifth scheme, the fifth round, the fifth race and sub-race. “The fifth race is born under Mercury.” (EA 663) 8. 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. 9. The Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo, and transmits the fourth ray. 9. See #6 above. 10. The Moon is anciently related to the third ray, being associated with dense physical “matter” and with the Moon Chain and the first solar system in which the third ray was dominant. 10. See #3 above. 11. The Moon is also associated with the seventh ray, through its rulership of the seventh manifested Creative Hierarchy and its rulership of the dense part of the seventh plane. 11. See #5 above. 12. Vulcan is a veiled esoteric ruler in Virgo and transmits the first ray. 12. 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. 13. Vulcan, a veiled esoteric ruler in Virgo, has a close relation to the number four—to the fourth kingdom (the Human Kingdom), the fourth kingdom from the human (the Mineral Kingdom) and to the fourth initiation. 13. See #6 above. 14. Vulcan has an association with the second ray, as Vulcan is connected to the “heart of the sun.” (EA 393) 14. See #1 above. 15. Vulcan has associations with the fifth ray through concretion and the seventh ray, through the mineral kingdom and the principle of rhythm. 15. See #8 above. 16. Neptune is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo and transmits the sixth ray. 16. See #2 above. 17. Neptune also transmits the second ray monadically. (EPI 421) 17. See #1 above. 18. Neptune is associated with the fourth ray through its rulership of the fourth or buddhic plane, and with the third ray through its associations with the “waters” which are “matter.” (EA 666, 275) 18. See #6 above. 19. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo and transmits the second ray. 19. See #1 above. 20. Jupiter also transmits the seventh ray through its association with “ritualistic worship.” (EA 660) 20. See #5 above. 21. Jupiter has a possible connection with the sixth ray through its exoteric rulership of Sagittarius and its enthusiastic nature. 21. See #2 above. 22. It is hard to conceive that Virgo, as a constellation, has no relation to the seventh ray because of the traits demonstrated by so many Virgoan individuals. In any case, Virgo is the ruler of the seventh Creative Hierarchy (if the unmanifested Hierarchies are included in the numbering). 22. See #5 above. General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts and Pragmatic Descriptors
General Qualitative Comparisons, Contrasts
and Pragmatic Descriptors
Virgo In Comparison With Aquarius 1. “Christ in you the Hope of Glory” 1. The Risen Aquarian Christ 2. The Christ Force 2. the “Universal Mind”—the unification of all levels of the mind (cf. EA 241) 3. Monadic Origin (at least upon the cosmic physical plane) (cf. TCF 1197) 3. Monadic Focus (EA 176) 4. The Deva Kingdom 4. The Human and Deva Kingdoms Combined, Synthesized 5. Individual Christ consciousness 5. Group Christ-consciousness 6. The Matter of the First Solar System 6. The Lowest Lives in the Second Solar System 7. The Matter Vitalized by the Holy Spirit 7. The Vitalizing Holy Spirit 8. The Light within the Form 8. The “Rising Light” (DN 149) 9. Hierarchy as servant of Shamballa 9. Hierarchy as a creative, benevolent, distributive force 10. The Hierarch as Nurturer 10. The Hierarch as Friend 11. The combined forces of the personality elemental, considered as the ruler of the three lunar vehicles 11. The combined energies and forces of the Hierarchy 12. The Workers in the Ashram: their “division of labor” 12. The Ashram as a Creative Society 13. The Hermit 13. The ‘Societist’ 14. The Servant 14. The Server 15. The Specialist 15. The Universalist, Polymath, Genius 16. Rational, Logical Man (cf. EA 118) 16. Intuitive Man (EA 176) 17. The Technician 17. The Inventor 18. The Perfectionist 18. The Innovator 19. The ‘Improver’ 19. The Utopian 20. The ‘Presentist’: “…Virgo ‘involves the service of the immediately present’ or in other words that God immanent evokes reaction from the form side and is thereby served.” (EA 258) 20. The Futurist 21. The Social Critic 21. The Revolutionary 22. The Worker 22. The Socialist 23. The Assistant 23. The Associate 24. The Critic 24. The Comrade 25. The Laborer 25. The Burden-bearer 26. Virgo is the sixth sign of the zodiac, indicating that it is part of the number twelve, thus linking it to Pisces, the twelfth sign of the zodiac. (cf. EA 286) 26. Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac, indicating that it is the double of the number six, thus linking it to Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac. (cf. EA 286) 27. Virgo—for the Undeveloped Man: “The germinating energy. The Mother.” (EA 332) 27. Aquarius—for the Undeveloped Man: “All things to all men. The burden of the self.” (EA 333) 28. Virgo—for the Advanced Man: “The creative force. The Protector.” (EA 332) 28. Aquarius—for the Advanced Man: “Dedication to the soul. The burden of humanity. (EA 333) 29. Virgo—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Christ activity. The Light.” (EA 332) 29. Aquarius—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Server of all men. The burden of the world.” (EA 333) 30. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Virgo: When the Sun is in Virgo, an individual “will know that opportunity to bring the form more under the influence of the hidden Christ is possible…” (EA 564) 30. 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. 31. The Life of the Christ from a Virgoan Perspective: “The Virgo aspect came into expression in His twelfth year when He said: ‘Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business,’ thereby indicating the subordination of the form life to the will of the indwelling Christ; this was consummated when ‘divinity descended upon Him’ at the Baptism. (EA 564) 31. 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) 32. Fire by Friction and Solar Fire 32. Fire by Friction, Solar Fire and Electric Fire 33. The soul as nurturer of the personality 33. The entire Hierarchy as inspirer of the group personality 34. The purified individual personality 34. The liberated Christ Energy flowing through the purified personality 35. Focus, specificity 35. Synthesis, universality 36. Particularized vision 36. Wide, inclusive vision 37. Particularization within Diversity 37. Unity-in-Diversity 38. Cherishing the one or the few 38. Valuing the many 39. More analytical (MC, LMC) 39. More synthetic, inspirational and intuitive 40. Mental mediumship (EA 124-125) 40. Inspiration (EA 178) 41. Pedestrian achievement 41. Magical achievement 42. The feminine element 42. Blend of masculine and feminine elements 43. Instinctual consciousness 43. Liberated consciousness 44. The value of the individual’s function—man valued for his task 44. The value of the individual—man valued for himself 45. Sense-bound, materialistic (MC) 45. Super-sensuous, ‘etherialistic’(LFC, MC) 46. Soul culture 46. The basic force of matter—the “Blinded Lives” are ruled by Aquarius. 47. The cleansing of the lunar lords: purification 47. The irradiation of the lunar lords: transformation 48. The cleansing of the personal sphere 48. The cleansing of the societal sphere 49. Feeding through nutrition 49. Feeding through subtle energy 50. Material energy 50. Relational energy 51. More cautious and conservative 51. Experimental, innovative 52. Innate modesty 52. Given to exhibitionism: “all wares in the window” (EA 136) 53. Restrained 53. More liberated and spontaneous 54. Focus and concentration 54. Scatter 55. Cultivation 55. Distribution 56. Localization 56. Dispersion, diffusion 57. Respect for the past coming from association with the first solar system 57. Disrespect for old forms 58. “Mother Church” 58. Energy of the experimenting individual and experimenting group 59. Devotion 59. “Free-thinking” or scientific skepticism 60. Devotion to sectarianism 60. Ecumenism—the synthesis of religions 61. Harsh criticism of qualitative deficiency or discrepancy 61. Wide toleration of diversity 62. Nourishment through “bread” 62. Nourishment through the liberated energies of all levels of nature 63. The home and domesticity 63. Family structure based upon more subjective relations 64. Normal domesticity 64. The Extended Family (unconventional, with many ‘imports’ and role changes) 65. Construction 65. Re-construction 66. Faithfulness to tradition paradigm 66. Finding or inventing the new paradigm 67. Depth and sincerity 67. The superficial attitude of “all things to all men” (EA 333) Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
A. Majorly Virgo and Aquarius are both signs of service. And on the chart on p.333 in Esoteric Astrology, “for it said the Virgo hides the light which irradiates the world in Aquarius” And that Aquarius releases Virgo from her load.
So they both represent different stages of the Christ consciousness. Virgo in some ways represents the earlier phases of the consciousness, Aquarius- the later phases when the Christ love is widely distributed for the utilization of many.
B. Both signs are habituated to the burdens of service. Duties and responsibilities are the common lot of the conscientious Virgo and interestingly the law of service, the third law of the soul is ruled by Pisces, the sign opposite Virgo.
And Aquarius clearly is the burden carrier. The shoulders receive great pressure. And the water pot is carried upon the shoulders. So both signs are bowed under the weight of service.
C. Curiously, we see that these two signs are ruled by similar planets distributed in different ways. Jupiter is a common ruler to both. So is the Moon, ruling Aquarius hierarchically and Virgo esoterically.
And Neptune is one of the veiled planets of the Moon. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo and the esoteric ruler of Aquarius. This means that both signs are related first of all to the elemental lives via the Moon.
The so called "baskets of nourishment" (the 12th, or lowest creative hierarchy) is ruled by the Moon, and partially by Uranus. We can see that this is logically the case, as Virgo has so much to do with the material element and with those aspects of the material element which are the servants of the higher deva lives and the servants of humanity, namely the elemental lives.
And of Virgo it is said, let matter reign. And we also see the sign Aquarius place in the position of the lowest hierarchy and thus associated with these elemental lives. Now clearly these lower lives are in need of service and in need of lifted.
Being low is a relative state and not only are Virgo and Aquarius concerned with lifting these lives, but with lifting all lives which are embedded in matter including the members of the various kingdoms, animal, mineral and vegetable. Part of this lifting process is the process of purification and both of these signs have an ecological consciousness and are involved in cleansing.
Virgo has long been involved with the process of self perfecting through cleansing, through sorting things out so no confusion exists towards removing items which do not belong together and essentially the state of the mess or the state of dirtiness is one of confusion, of inappropriate elements being mixed together.
We remember that counting from the highest of the Hierarchies down that Virgo is the seventh and hence associated loosely with the seventh Ray.
This theme of cleansing and purification continues in Aquarius which rules the seventh of the manifested Hierarchies and is through the labors of Hercules associated with the cleansing of the Augean stables.
Aquarius cleanses through the process of circulation whereas Virgo cleanses more through the process of discrimination. In any case, both of these signs are involved in redemption through cleansing.
D. Another similarity shows us the Christ consciousness being born in the heart in Virgo and the Christ consciousness begin born in the group in Aquarius. This is taking place under the influence of Jupiter and Neptune, two of the planets most associated with the second Ray.
Although the Rays being distributed through Virgo and Aquarius are very different—two and six in the case of Virgo and five in the case of Aquarius—both have a strong focus in relation to the concrete mind. Virgo as a whole and especially through Mercury rules the analytical processes of the concrete mind and Aquarius through its ruler Uranus and through the fifth Ray which passes through it, has a natural connection with science and with the concrete mind.
The natives of both signs are capable of sharing a kind of practical objectivity and a degree of cool detachment. It is natural for both to stand back and apart and to consider that which is under view from an objective point of view.
E. Both signs are in a way, signs of birth. The birth conferred in Virgo is the birth into the Christ consciousness. The birth conferred in Aquarius or shall we call it an entry is an entry into a more universal state of consciousness.
It should be observed that both of these signs through their association with the second Ray, via Jupiter and veiled Neptune and with the seventh Ray via their position on the scale of creative Hierarchies are much involved in the healing process, almost inescapably so. Virgo is perhaps associated to heal by more conventional means and through the administering of herbs and medicines.
Aquarius, on the other hand, heals much more in relation to the etheric body and using the processes brought forward in vibrational medicine. In this case, we see Virgo perhaps more related to the physical body and Aquarius more related to the etheric body. Aquarius is in fact one of the major signs associated with the etheric body.
It also seems likely that Vulcan with its rulership over the power of vibration would be connected with vibrational medicine. And interestingly Vulcan is, again, one of the veiled rulers in both Virgo and Aquarius.
In Esoteric Healing, page 143, "The etheric vehicle from the circulatory angle, is governed by the Moon, as it veils Vulcan.) — So Vulcan is one of the rulers of the etheric body and considering its relation to the life force and the force of will and the relation of Taurus to Prana, Taurus being ruled esoterically and Hierarchically by Vulcan, we do see the reason for this connection.
It might also be said that those born in or under Virgo and Aquarius have strong opinions, are in fact opinionated, Aquarius being a sign of fixed air and Virgo perhaps the most logical and rational of the signs given the rulership and exaltation of Mercury in Virgo. So opinions that are arrived at are well reasoned and held firmly.
There is also a strong critical streak found in both of these signs for essentially they are signs of perfectionism, Virgo being able to detect all the flaws in any system and to set about the process of correcting them, that process of flaw detection, often turning into criticism and Aquarius a sign in which the new and better way in contrast to the older way is always seen. And so we find ourselves involved in the over throw of the old. And its replacement by that which is more radical, more archetypal, more related to the truer pattern of things.
One of the most material connections between these two signs is their relation to matter in general. Virgo clearly relates to the Virgin mother, matter as mother, and to Mulaprakriti which is the great matrix out of which all forms are born. Aquarius, interestingly, is associated with the great waters of space even though in fact it is an air sign. Interestingly, the constellations Pisces and Aquarius do seem to have stars which overlap emphasizing the fluid nature of the Aquarian sign.
F. In one way Aquarius, in its relation to Uranus, Ouranos is related to space in general and to the great ocean of energies. Another similarity is through the process of nurturance. For Virgo is the great mothering, nurturing sign which sustains the subjective entity in matter through providing the sustenance that it needs.
And Aquarius being the sign which at least at present governs the spiritual hierarchy, the same nurturing function is found, for Hierarchy nurtures humanity with wave after wave of useful subtle energy.
Missing or Weak Links Between Virgo and Aquarius