Father of Humanistic Psychology,
the Psychology of “Self-Actualization”
(April 1, 1908, New York City,
Died, June 8, 1970, Menlo Park, California, of a heart attack).
A proposed rectification has been offered based upon a speculative time
of 10:31:51 AM)
Whether or not this rectification is strictly accurate, much
can be derived simply from the planetary positions independently of
the Ascendant and the house cusps(Proposed Ascendant Cancer. Neptune and Vesta are rising in
Cancer; proposed MC in Pisces, with Mercury in Pisces at the MC; Sun
and Moon in Aries; Saturn also in Aries; Venus and Mars in Taurus; Jupiter
in Leo; Uranus in Capricorn conjunct; Pluto in Gemini; Chiron in Aquarius)
Abraham Maslow was the “Father of Humanistic Psychology”. He
introduced, first, the concept of the Third Force in psychology—Humanistic
and Existential Psychology, and then, towards the end of his life, the
concept of the Fourth Force in psychology—“Transpersonal
Psychology”. Many of us involved with the Ageless Wisdom and the New
Age Movement, owe a great debt of gratitude of Maslow’s creative thinking
and to the unrelenting positivity which developed in his consciousness
once he realized that possibilities connected with the “farther reaches
of human nature”, the title of a collection of his writings published
His early work in psychology was conventional enough; he was
in a way a laboratory psychologist studying primate behavior (a good
opportunity to use the fifth ray!). Later, after leaving the University
of Wisconsin where he did all his undergraduate and graduate work, he
became a member of the psychology faculty of Brooklyn College (where
he served from 1937 – 1951). During this time he developed one of his
key concepts—the “Hierarchy of Needs”.
Briefly, Maslow noticed (largely as a result of his studies
with baby rhesus monkeys, that some needs were more pressing than others.
Certain relatively basic needs are quickly forgotten if even more fundamental
needs are unfulfilled. He transferred the concept to human behavior
and elaborated it into a five-leveled construct. The following diagram
illustrates these needs:
Maslow sought to understand human neurosis in terms of the
non-fulfillment of needs. If, in childhood, a certain level of need
was poorly met, the consciousness may “fixate” upon it and obsess over
meeting such needs long after the needs have actually been met! For
instance, those who have spent their childhood in a war situation without
sufficient food and safety, may continue to worry about sufficiency
of food and their personal safety long after they have enough food and
are actually safe. He sought to help people understand and meet their
lower-level needs so that they would be freer to pursue the fulfillment
of progressively higher order needs. Those who have fulfilled the four
lower categories of needs and are at work on the triangle which caps
the pyramid are involved in the process of “self-actualization” (a process
innately self-satisfying and virtually endless).
During the 1930’s Maslow met many illustrious people who were
fleeing the Nazi regime. Some of these people were the “crème of European
Jewry”. Maslow found in them special qualities which were not abnormal
but ‘super-normal’. He admired such people and began studying them,
noting the qualities which distinguished them from more ordinary individuals.
He noticed the following qualities in self-actualizing people:
were reality centered
were problem centered
had a different perception of means and ends
had a need for privacy
were relatively independent of culture and environment
had democratic values
enjoyed intimate personal relationships
had an unhostile sense of humor
accepted themselves and others
had spontaneity and simplicity
had a certain freshness and appreciation of life
had more peak experiences than other people. (A peak experience is
an experience of exaltation, union, great joy, happiness, profound
compassion, etc. As esotericists we would say it is the result of
a very full soul-infusion with even a touch of the spirit/monad)
Maslow found that self-actualizing people also had certain
needs upon which their happiness depended. In order to be happy they
needed the following:
Truth, rather than dishonesty.
Goodness, rather than evil.
Beauty, not ugliness or vulgarity.
Unity, wholeness, and transcendence of opposites,
not arbitrariness or forced choices.
Aliveness, not deadness or the mechanization
Uniqueness, not bland uniformity.
not sloppiness, inconsistency, or accident.
Completion, rather than incompleteness.
not injustice and lawlessness.
Simplicity, not unnecessary complexity.
Richness, not environmental impoverishment.
Effortlessness, not strain.
Playfulness, not grim, humorless, drudgery.
Self-sufficiency, not dependency.
Meaningfulness, rather than senselessness.
was Maslow’s estimate that perhaps only two percent of the world’s population
was truly self-actualizing.
these thoughts in mind, we can undertake an astrological study of Abraham
Maslow. First, there are justifications for using the chart here proposed,
as certainly other charts are possible.
strictly qualitative study of the chart (though useful) is often dangerous
as astrologers can “read into the chart” qualities which they know to
exist in the individual. A study of cycles is, therefore, indispensable.
It is in relation to transits, progressions, directions and eclipses
that a chart can be reasonably confirmed, and then the qualitative approach
may be more confidently pursued. This is not to say that a qualitative
analysis may not be useful and an indication of the correctness of a
rectification even before there is relative certainty; only that the
dynamic or cyclic factors in the chart should make sense, otherwise
the chart may well be fallacious.
we succeed to bring the angles of a chart to within a degree or two
of correctness, we shall have succeeded in our rectification.
the first thing we do is look at the picture of the client. In this
case you can study the three pictures above. The face should reveal
the signs. In Maslow’s case we notice a slightly diamond shaped
face which is commonly found with strong Cancer and Capricorn. Both
signs are represented in his chart even without the proposed Cancer
Ascendant. We note the lips are large and the mouth wide; these
are indications commonly (but not exclusively) found when Cancer
is strong in the chart. We note the eyebrows are faint—a Cancerian
indication. The nose is outstanding. It is very broad as in the
case of those who have strong Taurus and sometimes strong Leo (the
flattening of the Lion’s nose—not in all decanates). Mars is the
ruling planet of his Aries Sun, and Mars is placed in Taurus, thus
accounting, partially, for this feature. The Sun is also in the
Lion decanate of Aries (the second decanate ruled by Leo), and thus
the broadening influence is strengthened. Venus is there too. Venus
rules Taurus and thus disposits Mars.
strengthens the obvious Taurean features of the face, including
the lowering of the forehead—a Taurus/Scorpio trait in many instances.
But there is such an unusual emphasis upon the nose that one begins
to suspect another influence—that of Cancer, which frequently enlarges
the nose, especially the area around the nostrils. Maslow’s nose
is unusual for its size and Cancer can often give the so-called
bulbous nose. We notice also a cleft at the tip of the nose. This
is Cancerian or Capricornian in nature. Either of those two signs
will give this distinguishing feature, as will the influence of
Capricorn or Cancer as zodiacal decanate rulers. Not only do planets
rule decanates (ten degree sections of third degree signs), but
whole signs rule decanates as well. In this case, Maslow has his
exoterically ruling planet Mars (ruler of the Aries Sun-sign) in
the Capricorn decanate of Taurus, and Venus is also there.
This may be enough to give the cleft in the nose, but Cancer could
also be involved—especially because of the size of the nose. We
also notice that the chin is not strong. Whereas Capricorn does
give a strong chin, Cancer weakens the chin generally. The chin
associated with Aries is neither large nor small. So again, given
all other factors, we suspect the Ascendant as Cancer.
physiognomic analysis like the one above is a good place to start.
Obviously it is only a beginning. A chart can be erected on the
basis of appearance and then checked for conformity with the general
Cancer-rising chart seems neither necessary nor unnecessary in the life
of an eminent psychologist, so by itself, it will not provide sufficient
indication. There is, however, a great emphasis on professionalism (with
the Sun/Moon conjunction in the tenth house and Saturn there as well.
Also Mercury is on the MC, a good placement for an author and theorist.
Interestingly, Neptune and Vesta rise. This must be significant if the
chart is accurate and we shall see as we proceed why they may be so.
the method of rectification chosen for Maslow, eclipses (especially
solar eclipses) played a very important role.
not that, for instance, in 1951, Maslow became head of the psychology
department at Brandeis University, after some fourteen years of teaching
at Brooklyn College. This would represent a significant elevation in
status and authority. We first look for the eclipses which occurred
around this period, granting them a possible year of influence after
the event and with a noticeable effect occurring even six months before
the eclipse. We find the following.
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Sep 12 1950 12:38 18°Vi49'
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Mar 8 1951 05:53
There is a solar eclipse in on the IC (home)
on September 12, 1950 and an even more significant solar eclipse on
the MC on Mar 8, 1951.
we examine the chart above for the period, we shall notice that transiting
Jupiter is at the MC and moving towards a conjunction with the Sun/Moon
conjunction. Presumably by this time in March, he was notified of his
new appointment at Brandeis. The eclipse on the MC puts a tremendous
emphasis there and the transit of Jupiter only adds to the elevation.
well, and it is startling, we see transiting Uranus crossing the Ascendant
bringing a great change in life which would promote soul purpose. One
could set the chart on the indications above and be relatively confident.
But let us go further.
will not consider the time of Maslow’s death, June 8th, 1970.
It is just about one “draconic cycle” later. The Moons nodes have completed
a cycle and therefore eclipses will be approximately the same as they
were nineteen years earlier in 1951. We find the following:
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Sep 12 1969 04:58 18°Vi54'
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Mar 8 1970 02:37
that, indeed, the eclipses are very similar to the 1951 eclipses. They
occur on the IC (the “end of life”, as it is called, about nine months
before the death, and on the MC in Pisces about three months before
Maslow’s final heart attack). Solar eclipses on important points in
the chart will often be found before or shortly after important events.
Towards the later part of life, solar eclipses on the angles or the
“lights” (Sun/Moon) can signal death. It often works this way.
addition to these two potent eclipses, we find transiting Saturn as
16° plus Taurus on the progressing MC at 17° plus Taurus. The Moon had
entered Leo, the sign of the heart, and Maslow had been ailing for some
time. Transiting Uranus is conjuncting SA directed Jupiter, the planet
ruling the heart. But most importantly, and confirming the chart almost
beyond any shadow of a doubt, we see SA directed Uranus exactly conjunct
the proposed MC, bringing the career to a sudden end through death.
Uranus is directly associated with the heart and is a planet implicated
in heart attacks. Planets directed by solar arc do not retrograde. They
simply move as the Sun moves, about one degree per year. The author’s
astrology teacher, Charles Jayne, said of Uranus that it was an excellent
timer and could be depended upon to be exact. One would be tempted to
move the time of birth by almost exactly two minutes to make SAD Uranus
coincide with the MC. This would have to be tested, but then the Sabian
Symbol for the degree of the Ascendant would we less appropriate. As
it stands “A Large Uncut Diamond” is the symbol for the 10th
degree where as for the 9th degree the symbol is “A Tiny
Nude Miss Bends Over a Pond Trying to Catch a Fish”. Clearly the 10th
degree is most appropriate for one so interested in the refinement of
character called “self-actualization”
could stop here thinking that we had done enough, and probably we have
done sufficient work to be quite confident in the chart we have. But
the author tried one or two other things and was rewarded with direct
confirmations. The solar eclipses were active again.
first major book was published in 1954, Motivation and Personality.
His next very important book was published in 1962, Towards a Psychology
of Being. Checking the solar eclipses for these two years we find
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Aug 10 1953 00:55 16°Le45'
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Jan 5 1954
11:31 14°Cp13' D
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Jun 30 1954
21:32 08°Cn10' D
first eclipse in August of 1953 is within four degrees of his progressing
Ascendant (the progressing soul-indicator). This is interesting and
indicative but not conclusive. The next eclipse occurs within one degree
of his natural Uranus. This is important, but not conclusive, because
that eclipse would have occurred on Uranus no matter what the Ascendant
had been. The last eclipse in 1954, however, occurred within less than
a degree of his proposed Cancer Ascendant and even closer to it if we
move the time of birth back two minutes to accommodate the “death transit”
of Uranus. Note the chart below.
next eclipses, along the same line, occur in 1961 and 1962 as follows.
They coincided with the publication of Toward a Psychology of Being.
SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Aug 11 1961 19:46 18°Le31'
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Feb 5 1962
09:11 15°Aq43' D
Sun SEcl (X) Tr-Tr Jul 31 1962
21:24 07°Le49' D
the August 1961 eclipse, we find it conjuncting the progressed Ascendant
at 18° plus of Leo, and the progressing Ascendant is very time-sensitive.
The next eclipse in February of 1962 is conjunct the progressing Descendant
within three degrees. This conjunction is as good as a conjunction with
the Ascendant, because the progressing Descendant is dependent upon
the degree of progressing Ascendant. The third eclipse is important
as it conjuncts progressing Jupiter, but progressing Jupiter is not
time-sensitive. Nevertheless, we again have the necessary confirmation
and can proceed with confidence with the interpretation of Maslow’s
A Summary of Essential Points to
Bear in Mind
when Interpreting the Astrological Chart Of Abraham Maslow
a. The soul ray of Abraham Maslow is undoubtedly the second ray of Love-Wisdom.
This ray advances through the “attainment of positivity” (R&I 507) and Maslow’s psychology was precisely that—the
‘psychology of positivity’, the study, not of abnormal and pathological
cases, but of the very best human beings to find out what made them
the best. Even in his list of qualities that characterized the self-actualizing
person, one can see a slight bias towards second ray virtues (but, after
all, we do live upon an essentially second ray planet in a second ray
b. The astrological conduits for the second ray are as follows. Two of the three
signs which transmit the second are tenanted. Pluto is placed in Gemini
(this in itself is not much of a second ray indicator) and Mercury,
the esoteric ruler of the Aries Sun-sign is placed in second ray Pisces.
This elevated Mercury is a very important placement.
c. The Sun and Moon are conjuncted in Aries in which sign the second ray Sun is
exalted. This could be an important and radiant transmitter in the chart
of a soul focussed upon the second ray.
d. Most importantly perhaps, Jupiter the primary second ray planet, what we might
call the ‘planet of the soul’ because it is a sacred planet transmitting
the soul ray is in Leo in the second house, esoterically the ‘house
of wisdom’, and is found in Leo, the sign of the heart. In an
advanced soul such as Maslow, this is a very positive second
ray indicator and accounts significantly for his search for positivity
through the Psychology of Self-Actualization.
e. We cannot ignore the rising Neptune, esoteric ruler of the proposed Cancer Ascendant.
It has a deep resonance with the second ray, even though in this instance
it may be more connected with the undoubted idealism, reverence and
veneration for “wonderful people” which stimulated Maslow’s search.
find Venus and Neptune within a degree in the parallels of declination.
This is like a conjunction and sensitizes the love nature.
g. As long as we are mentioning Neptune, we may well find that this rising planet
of aspiration and transcendence, indicates a sixth ray personality,
determined to ‘rise above’ the sickening perspective on human nature
presented by abnormal psychology. If one looks closely at Maslow’s eyes
(in the photographs provided) one can see both kindness and aspiration—veneration
for those of noble character. Neptune confers the power to tune in on
the really good things about the human being. This is the planet of
“rose-colored glasses”, found in those who are naïve. It cannot be said
that Maslow was naïve, however. He was, in his early years, a hard-headed
scientist, focussed significantly, so it would seem, on the fifth ray.
He also had enough Pluto expressing in his life (Pluto in the twelfth
house of the subconscious mind) to understand the dangers of the Neptunian
attitude—avoidance of the unpleasant. In fact later, after cataloguing
the virtues of self-actualizers, he also catalogued their unexpected
liabilities. So it was a realist. No, this Neptune was tuning in on
something very real, present in the higher reaches of human nature.
The place where bliss can be found.
h. Maslow gave us the term “peak experience” to express the inexpressible happiness,
joy and bliss of those who have transcended their lower nature (as we
esotericists would say). Neptune is the plane of bliss and transcendence,
and Vesta (another partially sixth ray indicator) conjuncting it only
intensifies the search for transcendent states. The sixth ray wishes
to rise into ideal states. In Maslow’s case, through hard study and
much research, he paved the way for what we might call a ‘legitimate
sixth ray indicators are devoted Vesta very highly elevated by declination,
and a very close and enthusiastic Mars/Jupiter parallel of declination.
fifth ray seems prominent in his makeup—at least given the early research
performed, and, in general, his interest in research, per se. The only
fifth ray sign/constellation transmitting the fifth ray and holding
one of the normal planets is Leo in which Jupiter is placed. This is
hardly a fifth ray indication. However, Venus the planet of the fifth
ray is in its own exoteric sign, Taurus, and is conjunct the partially
fifth ray ruler exoteric ruler of Aries, Mars. Mars rules exoteric science
and the five senses we are told. They are both placed in a very material
though knowledge-oriented sign, Taurus. Interestingly, there is an aspect
of 72° between the usual mental indicator, Mercury, in Pisces, and the
Venus/Mars conjunction. This aspect, the “quintile” is formed by dividing
the 360° circle by five. Thus, the aspect itself, containing three
planets intimately associated with the mind—Venus, higher mind;
Mars, lower mind; and Mercury all phases of mind (though more intuitive
here)—is a strong indictor of the possible presence of the fifth ray.
This aspect probably made possible Maslow’s work with primate research
and his later researches into sexuality (as Taurus is one of the sexual
signs, and sexual Mars is placed therein).
k. Not having known Abraham Maslow personally, it is not easy to determine his
possible astral ray. Aspects of both ray six and ray two are suggested.
One can feel him moving ever closer to a second ray manifestation in
the astral body as his life proceeded.
ray of the physical body cannot also be easily determined. In his photographs
he does not appear fastidious, yet there are many indicators which involve
seventh ray signs—Saturn in Aries, Cancer rising and holding Neptune
and Vesta and seventh ray Uranus in the sign which most strongly expresses
the seventh ray at this time—Capricorn.
m. The ray chart, then, would look something like this: 26-5 6/2 7?
n. The Sun/Moon conjunction (a new Moon conjunction, really) made of Maslow a pioneer—though
hardly an offensive pioneer who ran over others as more first ray individuals
might tend to do. Instead he eagerly advanced new and progressive ideas,
founding two major psychological movements: Third and Fourth Force Psychology
(i.e., Humanistic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology). Can we say
that the study of esoteric psychology based upon the seven rays, esoteric
astrology and the chakra system, will constitute a Fifth Force
in psychology? There is good reason to believe so.
o. We can see in him the great enthusiast, driven in relation to his work. The
Sun and Moon conjuncted in a sign which knows little restraint and in
a house which relates to professionalism, tells of his dedication to
p. It is perhaps fortunate that serious, restraining Saturn is so elevated in the
chart, checking impulsiveness with purposefulness, and “applying the
brakes” when necessary. It would also confer ambition and point to the
way in which Maslow sought to satisfy his parents by pursuing education
so seriously and orienting himself at first towards lines of education
which they promoted. When he discovered psychology, an indifferent student
changed into an ardent student, as might be expected with so much Aries
and a personality proposedly on the sixth ray.
q. We do see an opposition to the Sun/Moon conjunction from caring, nurturing Ceres
in Libra the sign of peace and right human relations. Maslow, it would
seem, was not an offensive Aries, having so much second ray, and in
general, so much of the soft line in his makeup. This Ceres position
could only add the agreeableness of his nature and his hope for nurturing,
cooperative relationships. It is placed in the fourth house which is
a strong placement for a planet of its nature.
The concept of the Hierarchy of Needs seems related to
his two earth signs and the planets they contain. Taurus is ever aware
of that which is missing and must be acquired. The orthodox ruler of
the Sun, Mars is placed there, conjunct the natural ruler of Taurus,
Venus. Maslow knew intimately, what man desired and the relative importance
of those desires. Perhaps Uranus in Capricorn, really a very seventh
ray combination, gave him the notion of Hierarchy. It was a very
original concept (for twentieth century psychology) and yet very ancient.
It allowed him to conceive of this hierarchy as a transformational ascent
towards the fulfillment of ever higher needs. He took it upon himself
to teach people how to ascend that hierarchy by fulfilling lesser needs
so that they could be liberated (Uranus) to fulfill greater.
s. Uranus is closely square to the Sun/Moon conjunction showing Maslow to be a
true agent of transformation. Aries people do not easily accept the
status quo sometimes associated with Libra. They demand the new and
change; we can see how Maslow’s Uranus position, focused in the house
of relationships, would further this demand for the new.
Maslow did an unconventional thing, against the wishes of his parents.
He married his cousin (Uranus conjunct Juno—part ruler of the fourth
house of family). They had two children and an apparently happy married
life. As another confirmation of the Cancer Ascendant, those influenced
by that sign are liable to seek for a partner someone who seems ‘familiar’,
for instance a member of the family. Cancerian men often marry those
who remind them of their mother.
u. The elevated Mercury position in the sign of its fall but conjunct the proposed
MC is very powerful. Mercury, already in an intuitive sign, Pisces,
is trined by one of the rulers of Pisces—Neptune, the planet of intuition.
Whatever may have been his concrete mental abilities (and the Mars/Venus
conjunction in Taurus shows them a sufficient to academic psychology),
his intuitive sense of the sublime must have been very refined.
This aspect, Mercury/Neptune, involving the two signs in which Neptune
rules (Cancer and Pisces), puts him directly en rapport with the buddhic
plane, the plane of harmony and of unitive love. It would seem that
he received great inspirations from that higher world and saw that some
human beings had achieved a real access to that world. He wondered why
more people could not touch it, and thus be happier, more fulfilled,
v. The healing potentials of Mercury, the ‘caducean god’ should not be ignored,
as Mercury is placed in a healing sign, Pisces, and very closely parallel
the planet of healing, Chiron. Maslow must have been possessed of what
Master D.K. calls a very high psychic power—the ability to sense a brother’s
w. The Jupiter position in Leo is also extremely important, as Jupiter is a ‘soul
ray planet. The second house is the ‘treasure chest’ of the astrological
chart. It speaks of gifts, talents and resources—in this case, spiritual
resources. The accumulated contents of the causal body are found indicated
in this house. Leo is the sign related to the expression of the
causal body, and Jupiter indicates the fulness of the causal
body and the full expression of that repository of garnered quality.
x. So much of Maslow’s psychological philosophy can be seen in this Jupiter position.
We all have gifts. Some can express these gifts. The more fully these
gifts can be expressed, the more integrated and self-actualized, self-fulfilled
the individual becomes. He was interested in seeing more people come
to fulfillment through the full expression of their higher (and often
hidden) abilities. We can see this position as a position of abundance.
The abundance relates to quality. Maslow studied the spiritual
qualities in the ‘treasuries’ of highly developed people. He studied
the reason for their happiness, their joy, their occasional bliss. He
sought to show less fulfilled people how they might become more fulfilled—just
like the exemplary people he studied.
y. He, himself, was in the process of becoming fulfilled. He must have realized
his own deficiencies yet sensed that there was something “very good”
within his own nature and in that of many people. Like a true second
ray individual, he tried to draw that forth, creating, in fact, a psychology
of joy rather than of pathology and despair.
z. The fixed stars tell an unusual story with Venus conjunct the deadly star Algol
and both nodes and the Ascendant parallel the forceful, even brutal,
star Hamal. Perhaps these parallels conferred great independence of
thought and the ability to go forward with one’s theories despite the
disbelief and scorn of one’s colleagues. The Venus/Algol conjunction
may have been involved in the study of sexuality which interested him,
just as the Mars/Venus conjunction in sexual Taurus surely would be.
aa. A very beautiful conjunction between Neptune and Sirius is prominent. Many people
both near the date of Maslow’s birth would have had this indication,
but let us remember that Neptune is Maslow’s rising planet and is also
the esoteric ruler of his Ascendant—the point in the chart that is supposed
to be oriented toward soul fulfillment.
bb. Those who tread the Path to Sirius are known as “blissful dancing points of
fanatical devotion”. They are possessed by “cosmic rapture” and “rhythmic
bliss”. Could we not say that the “peak experiences” that Maslow saw
as points of great inspiration, were reflections of these blissful
cc. We can be sure that Abraham Maslow ‘saw’ some of the higher possibilities of
human nature. He admired them, and the people who demonstrated them.
We can see, in fact, that he sought to emulate them and to encourage
more human beings to become as the best of human beings.
dd. Maslow’s is a psychology of elevation—elevation to the “mountain top”.
We can say that Abraham Maslow saw the mountain. Perhaps, like
Martin Luther King (though on a different ray) he, too, had “been to
the mountain”. Surely, as time progressed, the peak experienced induced
by great love were not unfamiliar to him.
ee. The title of one of his most famous books is of real interest here: “Toward
a Psychology of Being”. True being is only met on the “mountain
top” where peak experiences occur. True being is the prerogative of
the monad and it is Aries that leads one into contact with that monad
as an aspect of pure being. The Tibetan says the following:
The secret of Aries is the secret of beginnings, of cycles and
of emerging opportunity. At the third initiation, the initiate begins
to understand the life of the spirit or the highest aspect; until that
time, he has expressed first the life of the form and then the life
of the soul within that form. This experience is of so high a nature
that only those who have passed through it could in any way comprehend
anything I might say”. (EA 387-388)
We can see that Maslow aspired towards being, which he knew he
could meet upon the “mountain top”. This is definitely aspiration towards
the third initiation.
ff. It is not possible to tell whether he experienced the “mountain top” in any
more permanent way, and thus became a true third degree initiate, but
we can see that his mind and consciousness were oriented in this direction.
gg. As well, he had the necessary astrological qualifications. Aries was powerfully
present. Saturn, the esoteric ruler of the sign of initiation, was placed
in Aries. Uranus (representing the Hierophant met as a “star” at the
time of the third degree) is placed in Capricorn, the sign of initiation.
And Cancer, the sign which represents the willingness to take the mountain-top
revelation deep into the substance of humanity (and thus redeem) is
also present as the Ascendant, directing toward soul fulfillment.
hh. Certainly, Maslow had developed the emotional positivity required of the second
degree. He valued all that was good and high about emotional expression.
Buddhi had made its way into his astral body.
ii. Maybe the “mountain top” remained a distant and flickering reality. Maybe he
experienced it now and then and continued to aspire towards it. Or maybe,
he achieved some stabilization at that high point of tension required
of those who are capable of revealing unity.
jj. In a way, he certainly did reveal the possibility of experienceable unity.
He knew what peak experiences were; he justified them, placed them within
an academically respectable context and popularized their nature and
existence. He, thereby, brought people closer to the heights
of their own human nature.
kk. This is, after all the task of the Capricorn/Cancer individual who had see the
“light supernal” and can say, from the mountain top, “The Whole is seen
ll. We see that initiates of the threshold and true initiates are active in all
disciplines and present their revelations along all rays. Abraham Maslow’s
revelation was a second ray revelation. He was one of the leading proponents
of what became the “Human Potential Movement” and what is this movement
but a way of releasing the inner content of the soul—the “Christ Principle”
his work can be understood as directly related to the Divine Plan—especially
as its focus was in a country, the United States, which has a second
ray soul and whose responsibility it is to express the mantram, “I Light
nn. Maslow and others of his kind opened the way more wisely into the vision and
experience of the soul. For that we owe him a debt of gratitude—probably
one of the foremost qualities of a truly self-actualizing individual.