Tapestry of the Gods
by Michael D. Robbins (c)
Virgo & Capricorn
Important Foundational Relationships
Important Foundational Relationships
Virgo In Comparison With Capricorn 1. The Virgin 1. The Goat, the Unicorn 2. Esoteric Mantrams: I am the Mother and the Child, I, God, I matter am. Christ in you, the hope of glory. 2. Esoteric Mantram: Lost am I in light supernal, yet on that light I turn my back. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let matter reign. 3. Exoteric/Evolutionary Mantram: And the Word said: Let ambition rule and the door stand wide. 4. Quality of Light: The blended dual Light. 4. Quality of Light: The Light of Initiation 5. Element: Earth Sign 5. Element: Earth Sign 6. Mutable or Common Cross 6. Cardinal Cross 7. Transmits R2 and R6 constellationally 7. Transmits R1, R3 and R7 constellationally 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) Capricorn transmits R3 and R5 through Saturn and Venus—its two planetary rulers on three levels—exoteric, esoteric and hierarchical. 9. Color: yellow (Mercury rulership). Blue-green is an additional reasonable possibility. 9. Color: green 10. Creative Hierarchy number II (manifested) and VII of 12. Divine Builders conferring Soul; the Burning Sons of Desire 10. Creative Hierarchy number V (manifested) and X of 12. Human Personality; the Crocodiles; Makara the Mystery 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. Associated with the first five initiations: the soul/Self-revealing, soul-law-imposing, Christ-birthing first; the emotion-controlling, ‘un-capsized’, ‘water-crossing’ second; the soul-illumined, personality-transfiguring, three-aspect-synthesizing third; the isolation-inducing, world-renouncing fourth; and the supernally-lighted, mountain-peak-revelatory fifth. Saturn (ruling Capricorn) does not follow a man onto the Cardinal Cross.
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. Capricorn can be reasonably associated with the clear-seeing, forcefully-penetrating, powerfully directing ajna and brow centers, and the ‘dominating’, all-controlling crown center. Capricorn must be connected to the magically materializing throat and sacral centres via the third and seventh rays (resonant to both centers). The humility-inducing centers at the knees are also indicated. Also associated with Capricorn are the central “jewels” in all the chakras. 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 Capricorn causes the Monad (even in immersion) to be guided by Shamballic and Logoic Law. There are lines which the Monad may not cross as it ‘super-vises’ its own Self-extension. It must leave its fragment ‘free within limits’; free-will (of a relative kind) must not be violated. The initiatory power, flowing through Monad from Capricorn, endows the Monad-in-extension with the power to face every obstacle and re-ascend to its source. This re-ascent is initiation. 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—Capricorn is most associated with atma (first triadal aspect) and higher manas (third triadal aspect). Capricorn transmits the first ray which relates it to the will and law emanating from the atmic plane. Capricorn transmits the third ray, as well, which relates it not only to higher manas but, again, to atma, for the atmic plane is the third systemic plane, and is a plane of both law/will and mind—the atmic mind—God’s mind as directly expressive of God’s will/law. Capricorn is less related to buddhi, though it is the sign admitting (via hierarchical Venus) into the buddhic dimension known as Hierarchy. 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—Capricorn can be understood as the will of the Solar Angel to master its personality, through total soul-infusion leading to transfiguration and subsequent crucifixion. Karmic confrontation with residual darkness is enforced from ‘above’, and the power to transcend matter bestowed. The will aspect of the Solar Angel is strongly asserted, leaving the responsive personality no choice but elevation. (cf. EP II 174) 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—Capricorn can be identified with the concretizing, regulatory and disciplining processes of the lower mental nature; with processes which focus, control and deepen the astral nature; with organizational and co-ordinative processes within the etheric vehicle; and the with maintenance and survival of the dense physical vehicle—of which Capricorn represents the density. (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: Initiation 18. The Crisis of the Birthplace characterized by the process/quality of Initiation 18. The Crisis of Initiation characterized by the process/quality of Expansion.
Wider Relationships: Cosmic and Systemic
Virgo In Comparison With Capricorn 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 primarily of the first and third aspects of divinity. “CAPRICORN. This is the constellation by means of which comes the conquering will which releases from form life and initiates the man into the kingdom wherein the will aspect (not the soul aspect) of divinity expresses itself.” (EA 620) Capricorn is the major transmitter of the seventh ray which is related to the first aspect. “The seventh ray is, in the last analysis, the focussed differentiated energy of Ray One as it expresses the will of the first aspect of divinity on earth…” (EA 138) “the third and fifth rays work pre-eminently through this sign, embodying the third major aspect of divinity, active intelligence plus that of its subsidiary power, the fifth Ray of Mind.” (EA 164) 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. Related cosmically to the Pleiades. “…from these three (The Pleiades, Capricorn, Mercury. A.A.B.) Man takes a nature which is his today. Son of the Mother, born from the tomb and showing after birth the light which he has taken from them all.” (EA 433, also 427-428) Capricorn is necessarily related to the Great Bear because, like Aries, and Leo, it transmits the first ray. (cf. EA 417) Capricorn, the “great sign of initiation” (EA 173) is almost certainly related to Sirius, “the great star of initiation.” (EA 197) Venus completes a triangle. 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 Capricorn: a) Sagitta—the Arrow; b) Aquila—the Eagle; c) Delphinus—the Dolphin (LOH 175-176)
Relationships Between Three Levels of Planetary Rulers,
and Planets in Exaltation, Fall and Detriment
Virgo In Comparison With Capricorn 1. The Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo. 1. The Moon is in detriment in Capricorn. 2. Vulcan is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo. 2. Vulcan is powerful in Capricorn, especially in the third decanate. 3. Neptune is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo. 3. Neptune falls in Capricorn. 4. Jupiter is the hierarchical ruler of Virgo. 4. Jupiter falls in Capricorn. 5. Venus falls in Virgo. 5. Venus is the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn.
Subtle Relationships Between Rays,
Zodiacal and Planetary Energies
Virgo In Comparison With Capricorn 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. Venus, the hierarchial ruler of Capricorn, is “pure love-wisdom”, and hence, transmits the second ray. (EA 281) 2. Virgo transmits the sixth ray constellationally. 2. Venus, the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, transmits the sixth ray, probably monadically. (EA 595). Mars (exalted in Capricorn) transmits 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. Capricorn transmits the third ray, constellationally. In addition, Capricorn is the third sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel, beginning number with Pisces. This numerical fact reinforces the relationship of Capricorn to the third ray. Saturn is the exoteric and hierarchical ruler of Capricorn and transmits the third ray monadically (EPI 421), and, probably, through its soul. Mars, exalted in Capricorn, participates as the astral body in the constitution of a great third ray Entity (EPII 99). 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 seventh ray. 5. Capricorn transmits the seventh ray constellationally. Saturn has strong seventh ray associations through that fact that it is the “logoic physical permanent atom” in relation to the cosmic physical plane (TCF 406), hence strongly involved in the manifestation of the cosmic physical plane. As well, Vulcan is powerful in Capricorn (third decanate) and transmits the first ray. 6. Virgo is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the clockwise wheel and hence is related to the Christ—Whose number is “eight” (EA 37)—and to Mercury—the “Messenger at the eighth gate.” 6. Capricorn is the eighth sign of the zodiac on the reversed wheel (numbering by polarities (Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio, etc.), and hence is related to the Christ, Whose number can be understood as eight. 7. Mercury is the exoteric ruler of Virgo (and also exalted) and transmits the fourth ray. 7. Capricorn is the fourth sign of the zodiac on the clock-wise wheel—hence, resonant with the fourth ray (especially through its rulership over ‘for-m’ and establishment). Venus, the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, may have some higher fourth ray associations—harmony and beauty. Mars (exalted in Capricorn) is a major planet of conflict, so it is difficult not to think that Mars has some strong fourth ray association—perhaps within its personality vehicles. “The theme of that ray is "Harmony through Conflict" and it is the lower aspect of the ray energy, producing conflict which has hitherto controlled, and is climaxing now through the impetus of the new incoming Shamballa force.” (EA 328) 8. Mercury has a close relation to the third ray. (EA 280) 8. See #3 above. 9. 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)
9. Capricorn may, in some subtle matter, transmits the fifth ray (independently of its hierarchial ruler Venus). Ray 5.—Concrete Knowledge or Science, under the influence of Capricorn, focussed through Venus, which will enable the man to take initiation.” (EA 357) Also, “Capricorn is an earth sign and because the third and fifth rays work pre-eminently through this sign, embodying the third major aspect of divinity, active intelligence plus that of its subsidiary power, the fifth Ray of Mind. These pour through Capricorn to Saturn and to Venus and so reach our planet, the Earth.” (EA 164) Note the word, “through.” Venus, of course, is the hierarchical ruler of Capricorn, and transmits the fifth ray. Saturn is associated with the concrete mind (concretion pertains to the fifth ray). Mars, exalted in Capricorn, rules “science” and the “five senses) (EA 215) and, therefore, is related to the fifth ray, transmitting it, conceivably, through its Monad.
10. The Moon is the esoteric ruler of Virgo, and transmits the fourth ray. 10. See #7 above. 11. 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. 11. See #3 above. 12. 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. 12. See #5 above. 13. Vulcan is a veiled esoteric ruler in Virgo and transmits the first ray. 13. Capricorn transmits the first ray, constellationally. Capricorn is also the tenth sign on the reversed wheel, hence numerologically associated with the number one and, by numerical affinity, with the first ray. Saturn, the exoteric and esoteric ruler, is a strong transmitter of the first ray. (EA 450, 621). Mars, exalted in Capricorn, teaches “those whose work lies along the lines of the destroyer”, hence must transmit the first ray. (TCF 1179) 14. .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. 14. See #7 above. 15. Vulcan has an association with the second ray, as Vulcan is connected to the “heart of the sun.” (EA 393) 15. See #1 above. 16. Vulcan has associations with the fifth ray through concretion and the seventh ray, through the mineral kingdom and the principle of rhythm. 16. See #9 above. 17. Neptune is a veiled esoteric ruler of Virgo and transmits the sixth ray. 17. See#2 above. 18. Neptune also transmits the second ray monadically. (EPI 421) 18. 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 #7 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 Capricorn 1. God, the Mother 1. God, the Father 2. God as feminine—the goddess 2. God as masculine—the god 3. Matriarchy 3. Patriarchy 4. The Disciple as Mother and Child in Virgo: The disciple, “on the wings of aspiration” [Taurus] proceeds towards Virgo and being both the Mother and the Child enters into the House of Labour.” (EA 380) 4. The Disciple Triumphant in Capricorn: “From that house, the disciple in due time arrives at Capricorn where he finally subdues matter, form or concrete expression to divine uses and purposes, and thus demonstrates the triumph and the potency of the Christ life.” (EA 380) 5. The Christ—“born of a Virgin” 5. Sanat Kumara—the “Father”—the Teacher of the Christ 6. The “fall” of the Solar Angels and their immersion in matter 6. The triumph and ascension of the Solar Angels and the glorification of matter by their means 7. The Will-to-Serve 7. The Will-to-Liberation 8. The Planetary Kingdom—the Sixth 8. The Kingdom of Souls—the Fifth 9. The Elemental Lives 9. The Solar Angel 10. The Vegetable Kingdom—the Second 10. The Mineral Kingdom—the First 11. The Disciple 11. The Master 12. The Humble Candidate 12. The Initiator 13. The Apprentice 13. The Master Craftsman 14. The Laborer 14. The Taskmaster 15. Virgo—the soul sign, or Rising Sign of the Jews. (EP I 394) 15. Capricorn—the personality sign, or Sun Sign of the Jews. (EP I 394) 16. The Nurturer, the Cherisher 16. The Disciplinarian 17. The Slave 17. The Master 18. The Servant 18. The Ruler or Governor 19. The Serving Class; Labor 19. The Ruling Class; Government 20. Functionary 20. The Executive 21. “Downstairs” 21. “Upstairs” 22. The Clerk 22. The Judge 23. The Foot Soldier 23. The High Command 24. The Social Critic 24. The Politician 25. The Tenant 25. The Land Lord 26. The Farmer 26. The Land Owner 27. The Serf 27. The Lord of the Manor 28. The Proletariat 28. The Power Structure 29. Fire by Friction and Solar Fire 29. Fire by Friction, Solar Fire and Electric Fire 30. The Angel of Purity 30. The Devil (binding the soul to earth) 31. The Angel of Birth 31. The Angel of Death (the “Grim Reaper”) 32. Associated with the germination and nurturing of the Christ spirit 32. Associated with the birth of the Christ Child, after a long embryonic period 33. Associated with the germination and nurturing of the Christ spirit 33. Associated with one phase of triumph of the Christ Force—the soul 34. “Virgo.—Incentive behind discipleship (Goal). Desire for expression, spiritual desire. The Hidden Light of God (EA 259) 34. “Capricorn.—Incentive behind initiation (Service). Desire for liberation. Service desire. The Light of Life (EA 259) 35. Virgo is the guardian of the “light of wisdom” (EA 260) 35. Capricorn is the representative of the “light of initiation” (EA 260) 36. In response to Virgo, the disciple “being both the Mother and the Child enters into the House of Labour.” (EA 380) 36. In response to Capricorn, the disciple “subdues matter, form or concrete expression to divine uses and purposes, and thus demonstrates the triumph and the potency of the Christ life.” (EA 380) 37. Virgo in relation to the Cancer-Virgo-Scorpio-Capricorn-Pisces Quintuplicity: “In Virgo, the Christ life or consciousness is hidden and the Christ Child is as yet embryonic in the womb of matter and of time, and during this stage, the emphasis is upon the form which veils and hides the reality. The human soul and the divine soul (the essential duality) are there but their presence is not easily detected.” (EA 318) 37. Capricorn in relation to the Cancer-Virgo-Scorpio-Capricorn-Pisces Quintuplicity: “In Capricorn—as a result of the effects of the influences of Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio—the disciple begins to demonstrate the capacity to express the life of two kingdoms, at least in some measure, and is a developed human being and also a citizen of the kingdom of God.” (EA 318-319) 38. Virgo—for the Undeveloped Man: “The germinating energy. The Mother.” (EA 332) 38. Capricorn—for the Undeveloped Man: “The earthbound soul.” (EA 333) 39. Virgo—for the Advanced Man: “The creative force. The Protector.” (EA 332) 39. Capricorn—for the Advanced Man: “The one who crosses the water. Fluid.” (EA 333) 40. Virgo—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Christ activity. The Light.” (EA 332) 40. Capricorn—for the Disciple/Initiate: “The Conqueror of death. Initiated.” (EA 333) 41. 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) 41. Yearly Opportunity in Relation to Capricorn: When the Sun is in Capricorn, an individual may cultivate achievement and mastery over all that opposes that achievement with respect to a selected task. 42. 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) 42. The Life of the Christ from a Capricornian Perspective: “This sign marks the point of concretion and of crystallisation which results eventually in the death of the form. This we see happening today. In His triumph over death and in His resurrection into life, Christ indicated the deep mystery of Capricorn.” (EA 567) 43. Representing the lunar realm 43. Representing the solar realm 44. Gestation (of the Christ) 44. Birth (of the Christ) 45. The purification of the personality 45. Soul-mastery; empowerment 46. The first initiation and sometimes the second: initiations of the threshold 46. Focus upon the actual solar initiations, though the planetary initiation are also included 47. Christ in the heart 47. Worldliness 48. Humility 48. Temporal Powers 49. Subjugation of the individual will to the higher will 49. Express, in power, of the higher will 50. Particulars 50. Principles 51. The view from the immediate foreground 51. The view from the mountain top 52. The revealing light 52. The blinding light 53. The Job 53. The Career, Dharma, Vocation 54. Associated with the slow emergence of the Christ Life 54. Dense materialism unpermeated by the quality of love 55. Matter and materialism 55. The domination of matter by the soul 56. Form and formal processes 56. The power of will which liberates 57. Practice 57. Performance 58. Practice 58. Perfection 59. Preparation 59. Consummation 60. A sign of Mind and Love 60. A sign of Mind and Will 61. The processes of democracy 61. The processes of monarchy and autocracy 62. Gradual growth 62. Fulfillment, expression and achievement 63. Patience 63. Speed 64. The servant, the menial worker 64. The administrator, the governor, the ruler 65. The processes of nourishment 65. The processes of crystallization and atrophy 66. Life in form 66. The death of form 67. Fertility 67. Barrenness 68. The plenty of high summer 68. The desolation of winter 69. The “cave” of initiation; the “caves” (EA 284) 69. The “mountain” of initiation; “rock” (EA 284) 70. The valley; sacred valleys 70. The mountain; sacred mountains 71. The particular of execution 71. The general outline of the law 72. Food production 72. Food distribution 73. Representing the countryside 73. Representing the city 74. Subdued 74. Subduing, masterful 75. Christianity 75. Brahmanism and Old Testament 76. Skillful micro-management of relationship 76. Power struggles 77. The duality of the subject-object relationship 77. The synthetic vision as seen from the mountain top 78. One’s job, task or immediate duty 78. One’s career, calling or vocation Similarities and Points of Cooperation Between the Influences
Similarities and Points of Cooperation
Between the Zodiacal Influences
A. Virgo and Capricorn are both earth signs and again both relate to the Christ process, Virgo to the birth of the Christ and Capricorn to the relative apotheosis of the Christ principle.
Both are practical signs and can be seen as relating to the lunar realms. Virgo through its esoteric rulership by the Moon relates to all the Lunar vehicles and Capricorn through its connection to the tenth creative Hierarchy rules the human personalities or the dominant Lunar Lords.
Both are signs suited to the handling of the material element, such as is found in business pursuits. Both have ample intellect of a practical nature and are well suited to planning. The analytical mind of Virgo is well developed, via Mercury and Capricorn via Saturn is always associated with the concrete mind as well as to a much higher level of mind.
B. Both signs are strongly involved in the initiatory process, Virgo especially in the preparation for initiation as is often found within the caves of the earth or the cave of the heart. And Capricorn the transfiguration process where the fruits of initiation are reaped. Both signs may be considered extremely materialistic in their lower expressions, Capricorn ruling the earth bound soul and of Virgo it being said, let matter reign. So both represent materialistic repressions upon the human soul and spirit.
Both signs can be seen as associated with the law, though perhaps Virgo is more involved with observing the details of the law, the letter of the law to which Capricorn as well is no foreigner. But the general principles are more emphasized. Both signs can be considered exacting and importantly they are both signs of discipline and rigor. It is possible to achieve austerity and even a degree of aridness under either of these signs. Neither of them is a sign which allows indulgence of the form especially in the middle to later stages of evolution. Naturally indulgence of the form is always possible with any sign of the zodiac in the primitive days.
Therefore, these are signs in which the lunar vehicles are disciplined. The Moon is in detriment in Capricorn and Neptune, a planet related to astrality, is also in its fall. While the Moon and Neptune are esoteric rulers of Virgo, no wide latitude for indulgence is given and emotion is rendered subservient to material and mental demands. Neither of these signs is preeminently an emotional sign and hence the control of the emotional body can be effected in both. The Moon in fact ruling the emotional body although there are other rulerships as well.
C. It could be said that both of these planets are related to concrete mindedness and are therefore not philosophic in temperament, but more pragmatic in temperament. They are particularly good at appreciating the processes of intelligence in matter rather than in the abstract. Though it must be said that exceptions can be found to any statement made. These are both performance signs as well.
The seventh Ray comes powerfully through Capricorn and Virgo although the seventh Ray is not distributed through it as a constellation, is interestingly associated with the perfectionism associated with the seventh Ray. I’ll straighten that sentence out later.
There are some signs which are adapted to bringing through an idea upon the physical plane, to materializing the idea and Virgo and Capricorn are two such. As a matter of fact, the second of the unliberated Creative Hierarchies is ruled by Virgo. Its energy is Kriyashakti and the commented appended by the Tibetan is “Materializing ideal.” This fits in very well with Capricorn which is at this time, the primary distributor of the seventh Ray.
Interestingly, the Virgo Hierarchy is the seventh, counting down when the liberated Creative Hierarchies are included in the count. So these are signs of polish. They are also closely associated with the mineral kingdom, both being earth signs. Although, Virgo extends that association to the vegetable kingdom through its two and six rulerships, the Rays two and six.
The concept of the jewel is very closely related to these two. Capricorn, because it rules all crystallizing processes and Virgo because of the attention to detail which is required for the perfecting of any process including a mineral process. Again, both of these are signs of reserve and of caution.
There is in both a respect for the form and a realization that the form must be preserved and cherished. Although Capricorn in other phases can be involved with the destruction of the form. Nevertheless, these are both signs of preservation and can be considered therefore, conservative.
D. Progress made in both instances is along a tried and accepted lines rather than along revolutionary lines. And so both of these signs can represent materialistic obstruction. Let matter reign and the earth bound soul. In philosophy, they tend towards positivism and can easily get stuck in rationality. Of course all of this is changed as the soul proceeds to develop and both indeed are associated with the culture of soul consciousness.
Both signs are involved with the following of the rules which promote soul consciousness. And both signs are closely involved with entry into the Spiritual Hierarchy via the initiatory process of course. But in a more psychological sense, both of these signs are destroyers of the ego. Interestingly Leo can represent the dominant self conscious ego and Virgo is the sign neighboring Leo, hence producing a contrary effect and contributes to the analysis of the ego, the analysis of its false position as a dominating influence.
Capricornian energy simply shatters the ego through the liberation of impersonal energies. That is, the ego is liberated into impersonality and then the truer ego, consciousness within the causal field, is established. So both of these signs can be considered as powerful in the manifestation of soul consciousness within the material forms. And both are therefore extremely important in establishing the kingdom of heaven. Both are related to the Will also because Virgo has the attitude of the servant or of the disciple to the Master and in Capricorn, the true Will energy is contacted and there develops an appreciation for the Will of the father in heaven which is followed with a degree of resignation and humility. Therefore, both of these signs are related to the process of humility. In Virgo, it can be easily seen and in Capricorn it is learned, for Capricorn does rule the knees and the mountain top vision is humbling.
E. Another important commonality comes through association with Vulcan, Vulcan being the veiled decanate ruler of the third decanate of Capricorn and the esoteric ruler of Virgo. And Vulcan rules the glorification of matter. Both of these signs participate in that process. Virgo perfects matter until it shines with the Christ light and Capricorn so closely associated with the transfiguration rules the glorification of matter which occurs at the third initiation. So although both of these signs are materialistic on the lower levels of expression, they control along with Taurus, the processes of the coming of soul light into matter. In fact, both signs are closely related to the third aspect of divinity and this can be seen in their special relationship to the Pleiades the Pleiads being a powerful source of maternal energy, extremely active in the first Solar System, when Virgo was also with Cancer powerfully active and there exists a triangle between the Pleiades born and Mercury showing Capricorn as an agent in the distribution of intelligent energy to our Solar System. So they do have a strong Pleiadian connection and the rulership of these two signs by Mercury and Saturn respectively, both planets being planets of the third Ray, reinforces their association.F. It must be realized that just as human beings are versatile and capable of handling many different kinds of apparently contradictory energies skillfully, so the great entities such as solar logoi and constellational logoi are equally capable of polychromism and can serve as lines of transmission for diverse energies. For instance, we have seen that Capricorn and Virgo are associated with the intelligence aspect of Matter coming from the Pleiades, but equally they are associated with the energy of the Christ. And the Pleiades as a source is responsible not only for manasic energy which it shares with the heavenly men, but acts as a source of buddhic energy as well, the energy which relates more specifically to Hierarchy and indeed Capricorn and the Pleiades both have been shown to relate to the process which introduces the human consciousness into the spiritual hierarchy of our planet.
Missing or Weak Links Between Virgo and Capricorn