Influence of Changing the Name
HE USE of the name as a divinatory instrument is the use to which it is put in
the various systems of numerology. And because divination may be
approached from so many angles and yet give good results it does not follow
that any of the different systems of numerology in use are valueless. Themethod we have found to give the best results is set forth in the next chapter.
But the use of the name as a vibratory influence that affects the individual wearing it
in a particular way is not related to divination. Nor can there be more than one
interpretation which is correct, of the vibratory force exerted by a particular name as
affecting a given individual. The vibration of a name, or of a number, is a positive
thought-force of a definite quality; as much so as that light-vibrations of a certain
frequency give rise to the color blue. You can not correctly call blue red, yellow,
green or some other color. Such is the difference between the system I am now
explaining and numerology.
A name has a definite thought-vibration quality which is radiated to the individual by
everyone who thinks of him by that name. If different people think of him by
different names, they thus bombard him with different types of thought-vibration.
But because an individual usually thinks of himself by the name he customarily uses
as his signature, and because the thought-vibrations of the person wearing the name
probably have more influence upon him than the combined thought-vibration of all
others who think about him, the way an individual signs his name becomes very
important as a vibratory influence in his life.
If such a signature were something unalterable this would be an interesting but not
very useful fact. But as a matter of observation, it is quite common for people in all
walks of life to use a different signature at different periods in the life: using an initial
instead of a given name, dropping the use of a middle name or initial, or even
changing the spelling of the name. A woman when she marries, and therefore
coincident with a marked change in her fortune, commonly changes her name.
Others, also, who change the spelling of their name, or alter the signature, are
discerned to change in fortune coincidentally. A change in name is nearly always
accompanied by a change in the life.
Writers quite commonly use a pen name, and actors, more frequently than not, use a
stage or screen name. And these names by which they are known to the public not
only influences them according to the key of the name, but also from a divinatory
standpoint often markedly differentiates their public life from the private life in
which they are known by another name.
The practical application of the knowledge of thought-vibrations, character-vibrations and astrological-vibrations is in selecting those invisible influences which assist
to bring into the life the things which are desired, and which prevent attracting
events and conditions which are undesirable.
The Positive, Scientific Method
–Yet one can not know, by a positive method, what types of astral vibrations will
prove beneficial and what types detrimental, and in what way this benefit or
detriment will manifest, without a map of the astral body, such as is furnished by the
astrological birth-chart. But with the astrological birth-chart at hand, it can at once be
seen just what the effect will be upon the life of stimulating into unusual activity any
particular section of the astral body, or any particular center of energy in the astral
body. Even the connecting aerials, or aspects, between such centers of energy are
there clearly shown, so that the effect upon other departments of life through
secondary influences can also be determined in advance.
A scrutiny of an astrological birth-chart will reveal to anyone who has even a slight
acquaintance with astrology just what zone of the astral body, or what thought
structure, it is advisable to give added force. If the individual wishes to attract
favorable conditions in some special line, a glance at the birthchart will reveal what
influence there shown most pronouncedly is beneficial to it. Then by stimulating this
influence, by using a name having the same key-tone, and by having things in the
environment which radiate the same key-tone, the activities of this favorable
influence can be built up in a manner that will markedly attract the condition desired
into the life.
The changing of the name, it will thus be seen, if the change causes the name to
vibrate to a different key, adds the thought- energy of all those who think of this name
in connection with the individual, to some different section or center in the astral
body, and this causes a change in the fortune commensurate to the transfer of energy
Unless the individual wishes especially to stimulate some one thing in his life in a
favorable manner, the best plan in selecting a name or the objects and people of the
environment, is first to find what influences in the birth-chart are more fortunate.
This can be determined in a general way by inspecting the house positions and
aspects of the planets. But by calculating the harmodynes and discordynes of the
chart the relative harmony and discord of each planet and sign can be precisely
It may be desirable to give the added intensity to a section of the astral body not
occupied by a planet because the department of life it rules may be deemed more
important. When this is the case, the favor or disfavor that may be expected from
such stimulation is determined by the harmony of the planet ruling the sign
governing the zone thus selected. The common thought-cells of the astral body are
mapped by the signs, and the dynamic thought-cells by the planets. The power and
harmony or discord of an unoccupied sign is one-half that of the planet ruling the
In seeking the influence that will conduce most to the general good fortune the best
planet and the best sign in the chart should be located. Then, if possible, the name
should be spelled, abbreviated, or otherwise altered, so as to have the same key as the
best planet or best zodiacal sign. If a sign is occupied by a planet, or planets,
accentuating the sign also accentuates the planet, or planets, in the sign. As a planet
has twice as much influence as the unoccupied sign it rules, the harmony or discord of
a planet, or planets, in a sign may be more important than the harmony or discord of
the planet ruling the sign elsewhere located. Thus in selecting the best zodiacal sign,
the harmony or discord of any planet, or planets, in it must be given due
Usually without much alteration a name may be given such spelling or abbreviation
as to cause it to vibrate to the key which has been selected as most desirable. A long
name, however, can not vibrate to Key 1, and thus accentuate the influence of
Mercury in the astral body; for to get this key the number of the name must be either 1
or 100. A name vibrating either to the number 99 or the number 198 gives key 18; but
to get key 19 the number of the name must be either 19, which is low, or not less than
199, which is quite high for the ordinary run of names.
Yet when it is desired to get a special type of vibratory key in the name–for there is
no number above 21 which gives key 21 until 399 is reached, and thus it is
impractical to accentuate the Sun thought-cells in the astral body through using key
21–often almost the same result may be had by accentuating the sign the Sun
occupies in the birth-chart. Thus if the Sun were the only planet in Virgo, the number
101–1 plus 0 plus 1 gives 2 (Virgo)–would accentuate key 2, and because the Sun
thought-cells are in Virgo, it would be the influence chiefly accentuated. Of course,
Mercury, as the ruler of Virgo, would be somewhat stimulated, wherever located; but
the most pronounced influence would be the energy thus added to the Sun structure.
To illustrate by a personal example: When the author was selected to write the
various lessons and other publications issued by The Brotherhood of Light, he felt it
advisable to use a distinct name for these publications that would indicate that
whatever appeared under this name had the sanction of The Brotherhood of Light,
and was, therefore, in this respect authoritative.
In addition to his occult interests he is also a naturalist, writing and lecturing on
natural history subjects. He also has, as does everyone, a private life. And while it is
unlikely that any of his private opinions would differ from those of The Brotherhood
of Light, he did not wish to carry the responsibility of having any chance utterance he
might make in an unguarded moment quoted as a Brotherhood of Light doctrine. So
he decided he would select a pen name, that whatever appeared under that name
should have the weight and careful thought of a Brotherhood of Light teaching; and
that he would retain the name Elbert Benjamine for business purposes and for such
writings as he did on other than occult subjects.
Now as he had entered into an agreement with The Brotherhood of Light to write a
series of courses of lessons, each of the 21 occult sciences to be treated in a separate
course, and ultimately to be published as a separate book, he felt that the chief
requisite of the name should be to stimulate the tendency and ability to study and
write about occult subjects. The announcement of the titles of these 21 courses to be
written was made in the Declaration of Principles published early in May, 1915.
In his birth-chart the author has the sign Aquarius on the cusp of the third house, the
house of writing. Its ruler, Uranus, is the most elevated planet in the chart. The
aspects it receives are not all beneficial; but some of them are strongly harmonious,
and those that are not, tend to attract just such discords as any person must attract who
ventures to write and publish ideas that are as yet unaccepted by the vast majority of
the race. So to give an impetus both to writing and to the acquisition of occult
knowledge (for Uranus as ruler of Aquarius governs occultism) he decided that the
chief thing to add energy to was the zone of his astral body ruled by Aquarius. The
name, therefore, must vibrate to key 9.
Because the ability to gain information from the inner planes is chiefly ruled by the
planet Neptune, and because it is the best planet in his birth-chart, it was thought
advisable also to accentuate key 11. This could be done, although only in a minor
degree, by using the initial C.
There were other considerations also of a symbolic nature. Zain (or Z) is the seventh
letter of the Egyptian alphabet, and not only means victory, but corresponds to the
sign Sagittarius, which is the natural ruler of the house of religion. And the writing
and work to be accomplished was of a religious character; the re-establishment of
The Religion of The Stars. Z also is a very peculiar letter, representing two 7’s, one
above and one below. Also 7 is an open trine, indicating giving out rather than
receiving; and it was the author’s purpose in issuing The Brotherhood of Light
lessons to give as wide dissemination, both to material facts and to spiritual
doctrines, as possible.
Furthermore, the author is a double Sagittarian; that is, he has Sagittarius both for a
rising sign and for a Sun sign. So that not only were the vibratory ends sought gained
by the use of C. C. Zain as a pen name–C-11, C-11, Z-7, A-1, I-10, N-14: 11 plus 11
plus 7 plus 1 plus 10 plus 14 gives 54; 5 plus 4 gives key 9 adding energy to the
section of the astral body ruled by Aquarius–but it is an accurate translation of the
strongest influences in his birth-chart into letters combined in a name. Whoever,
therefore can read this name aright, can know the source from which these writings
come, the motives prompting their expression, the method by which the information
they contain was gained, and much about the inner life of the author.
The name in full, given as a tarot chart is–IX–XI–XI–VII–I–X–XIV–VI.
This may be read as Wisdom (9), and early Spiritual Power (11), followed by Psychic
Strength (11), leading to Victory (7) over obstacles. Will and Intelligence (1), after a
time dictate a Change of Fortune (10) and this brings Regeneration (14) and still
other Trials (6).
Changing a Name
–At first thought it may seem that using a name in business other than that conferred
at birth is exceptional other than in a few professions. But a little reflection will
indicate that most people in business abbreviate, or otherwise alter the name, in using
it as a signature.
And because people become familiar with this signature, it becomes more strongly
associated in their minds with the person using it than any other name. The person
signing himself in a given way, because he writes his name thus, and both makes and
sees the signature, comes to think of himself according to the signature as written.
And the name by which an individual thinks of himself, because his own thoughts are
more powerful to influence his life than the thoughts of others, is commonly the most
important name of all.
Therefore, because the business signature determines the thought-vibrations sent
him by those who see this signature, and the thought-vibrations which he generates
when he thinks of himself by name, it should be selected with an end in view of
stimulating some department of life as desired, in a favorable manner. This is done by
selecting for a business signature a name the vibratory key of which corresponds to
the sign or planet in the birth-chart most favorable to the department of life it is
wished to strengthen.
The Sage–Arcanum IX
–Letter: Egyptian, Thela; Hebrew, Teth; English, Th. Number, 9. Astrologically,
the zodiacal sign Aquarius. Color, the lighter shades of blue. Tone, high G. Occult
science, mental alchemy. Human function, clairaudience. Natural remedy, such
herbs as myrrh, frankincense and spikenard. Mineral, the talismanic gem, sky-blue
sapphire, and such stones as obsidian and black pearl.
Th–9, expresses in the spiritual world, absolute wisdom.
In the intellectual world, prudence, director of the will.
In the physical world, circumspection, guide of actions.
Remember, then, son of earth, prudence is the armor of the wise. Circumspection
enables one to avoid snares and abysses and to foresee treason. Take it for thy guide
in all thy actions, even in the least. Nothing is indifferent here below. A pebble can
overturn the chariot of the master of the world. If Arcanum IX should appear in the
prophetic signs of thy horoscope, keep in mind that speech is silver and silence is
In Divination, Arcanum IX may briefly be read as Wisdom or Prudence.
Arcanum IX is figured by an old wanderer leaning on a staff and carrying before him a
lighted lamp which he half conceals behind his mantle. This sage personifies experience
gained in the journey of life. The cloak is of square form, symbolizing the physical world
in which man may acquire knowledge of good and evil. That this knowledge has been
gained is signified by the man having partially removed the cloak of material limitations,
and by the lamp, emblem of intelligence, shedding its rays over the past, present and
future. The lamp being concealed by the mantle symbolizes discretion, and also
expresses the truth that if we are ever to know the real nature of anything we must delve
deep beneath the cloak of external appearances.
The staff, which in form is the sixth letter of the Egyptian and Hebrew alphabets,
indicates that man progresses through struggle, alternately overcoming obstacles and
being vanquished by them, and that when finally he realizes he only develops his abilities
through recurrent efforts to triumph over difficulties, this knowledge becomes his staff of
prudence supporting him in all his endeavors.
–Nine is the Deific number, the highest digit, which possesses the unique property
that it may be multiplied by any number and the digits so obtained when added
together always resolve into 9. On the inner-plane, where thought-vibrations and
astral-vibrations of all kinds become effective, 9 is the perfect scale, even as 7 is the
perfect scale of physical form. Such vibratory rates, consequently, are measured by
decaves instead of by octaves.
As the multiples of 9 resolve, when their digits are added, into 9, it is the symbol of
manifested Deity whose different manifestations may all be reduced to the one primal
source. It is the figure unlocking the cycles of the ancients, and as composed of 3 times 3
indicates action on all three planes. As composed of 4 plus 5 it represents man realizing
all earth can teach, and thus is the number of wisdom. As consisting of 7 and 2 it adds
polarity, intuition and wisdom, to the union of man and woman, giving knowledge of
good and evil, or wisdom gained through union. As 8 and 1 it is death, mortality and
stagnation overcome by will and intelligence; hence new action, life, immortality.
–The zodiacal sign of the Sun, Leo, is represented by the symbol of a serpent. This
serpent, natural ruler of the fifth house of a birth-chart, and thus of pleasures and
love-affairs, is the symbol of desire.
And while the Man of the zodiac, Aquarius, is represented commonly by the two
wavy lines representing water from the urn, these wavy lines were also depicted in
ancient times as two serpents, or two desires, one traveling in either direction.
Desires thus kept in equilibrium through knowledge gained in experience with good
and evil are true wisdom. Hence the serpent is sometimes referred to as the tempter
and sometimes as the essence of wisdom. Math. 10:16; “Be ye therefore wise as
serpents and harmless as doves.”
This is a clear statement of the import of Arcanum IX. The love nature is signified by
doves, which are sacred to Venus; and the power of Aquarius to properly direct the
love nature is indicated by the reference to wisdom. Aquarius astrologically
represents the highest form of intelligence, expressing progressively in scientific and
occult interests, such as are depicted in the arcanum of the Sage.
–The highest wisdom, such as symbolized by the Sage, comes both from within and
from without. Experience with good and evil is garnered in the external world and
stored together with the experiences garnered in the interior realms. The two sources
of knowledge are thus symbolized by the two wavy lines, anciently also depicted as
two serpents. The Sage thus not only has listened to the teachers in the external
world, but he has also been guided by those speaking from the inner plane; and to
hear them he has developed the faculty of clairaudience, which thus corresponds to
–In alchemical processes of any kind, danger is sure to be present if the conditions
are forced. Transmutations, for instance, can not be made to take place instantly.
They require time. To try to alter a condition too quickly is apt to result in an
explosion. Whatever energies are present must be taken care of through gradually
diverting them into those channels which will promote the object sought. More
failure in alchemical work results from undue haste and impatience for results than
from any other cause. The prudence which alone enables the alchemist to be
successful in his endeavors is depicted by Arcanum IX.
–In the Bible we find that the tempting serpent of desire denied the word of God that
man would die when he should eat of the forbidden fruit.”
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened;
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:4).
But it is true that when spirit descended into matter it died to its celestial nature and
was no longer pure and innocent. Yet through yielding to Temptation (Arcanum VI)
and entering into material incarnation, the words of the serpent also were verified:
Gen. 3:7; “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
That is, after partaking of the Tree of Good and Evil they gained knowledge and
immediately put forth an effort to overcome matter and Triumph over circumstances,
as indicated by Arcanum VII.
After the Judgment (Arcanum VIII) of the transgression–8 expressing
crystallization–we learn: “Unto Adam, also, and to his wife, did the Lord God make
coats of skins and clothed them.” In other words, they had spiritual bodies while
living in the realm of spirit, but upon descending to the material plane they were
clothed with physical bodies. The result of incarnation through the various lower
life-forms is symbolized by coats of skins, verifying the wisdom of the serpent, and
in the final result being depicted by Arcanum IX. Gen. 3:22; “And the Lord God said,
behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.”
Still another reference to Arcanum IX is Solomon’s choice of Wisdom instead of
–The Select Master degree of Masonry is founded upon Arcanum IX. It signifies the
ninth arch of the secret vault of Solomon’s Temple, where are stored exact copies of
all that is contained in the sanctum sanctorum above. It is what might be called the
lowest degree of adeptship on the physical plane, being the Intellectual degree in
which man has recognized the correspondence between the heaven above and his
soul. Arcanum IX corresponds also to the three triangular tables arranged in a row
with a triangular plate of gold in the center of each and a lighted candle at each corner.
It corresponds likewise to the three times three of the ritual.
–In Magic, Arcanum IX corresponds to the various magical methods of obtaining
information about occult subjects.
In such endeavors there are two chief methods which are followed. One is to leave the
physical body and travel in the astral form. Through this process it is possible to visit
the homes of the dead, to sit at the feet of the wise in the Halls of Learning on the
astral plane, and to gather information through personal contact and observation,
while the physical body slumbers on earth.
The other method, which is beset with far fewer dangers, is to tune in on the plane
from which it is thus desired to gain information. In this tuning in process the proper
astrological conditions are usually observed, and often it is assisted by an appropriate
–In the soul’s pilgrimage, Arcanum IX indicates the attainment of cosmic
Upon arriving at this state of his upward ascent the neophyte is able to discern the
proper relations of the various entities in the universe, both to himself, and to each
other. This is not merely an intellectual conception, but is borne home to him also
through tuning in on the universal organism. He recognizes that each soul is being
trained to perform a work which the expansion of the cosmic organization makes
As a result of this higher state of consciousness he comes to recognize quite clearly
the nature of his own function in universal work, and thus sets about his task with the
knowledge that he is a valuable factor in the scheme of things, with a certain and
definite mission to perform. And upon his faithfulness in performing what he comes
to recognize as his present task in contributing to cosmic welfare, depends his future
opportunities for progression.
Quite important in arriving at this higher state of consciousness, wherein he
perceives his cosmic work, is the development of his affectional relations. That is,
the power to tune in on either higher or lower states is chiefly regulated by the
emotions. Passion and gross expression, therefore, must be supplanted by more
exalted expressions of love. That which is gross and degrading tends to tune the mind
in on lower states. But acts which engender strong emotions of tenderness, and
kindly feelings that are so expansive as to embrace all, and which uplift the energies
in intense desire for noble work, are the most effective agents known to tune the
individual in on higher realms and to develop cosmic consciousness.
Cosmic elementals–sylphs, salamanders, undines and gnomes–as well as
magnetic elementals such as fauns, elves, nymphs and fairies, have relation to man;
but they are not dependent upon him for intellectual and spiritual force, as are the
so-called degrees of life. Yet his thoughts and desires do arouse them into activity,
and may enlist them in the performance of such work as is within their special
province. His proper relation to all such life-forms, and the work he should do aiding
cosmic progression, are revealed to him when he attains cosmic consciousness.
—-Mental alchemy treats of the mental factors and how they may be made most
effective to attract into the life just the conditions required. The process consists
largely in transmuting discord into harmony and in providing the proper flux to annul
Under Arcanum V we found that four signs express the absolute and are in turn
explained by a fifth. And now, rather paradoxically, we find that 9 symbolizes the
absolute in expression. But if we use the lamp of the Sage to look beneath the surface
of this apparent contradiction, we find that 5, or intelligent man must have a medium
through which to express; a place in which to move and work, as signified by the
square mantle of the Sage. This universal medium, of course, is symbolized by the
number 4. Thus Arcanum IX sheds much light upon how mantrams, suggestions and
the processes of mental-alchemy bring about their results.
For those with a penchant for symbolism to add further light upon their researches,
this whole subject will be given clarity through a study of the diagram, page 19 of
chapter 1. The square marked 1 should be colored yellow; 3 should be colored green;
5 should be colored purple; 7 should be colored red, and 9 should be colored violet.
These are the five odd, or active, numbers. The colors yellow and red signify power
(love) and motion (life).
However, activity must take place in a medium, which is represented by the four
squares marked with even numbers, which should be colored the other primary, blue.
Then the squares 5 and 3 represent the reaction of yellow and red on blue, and as
stated are purple and green. And the central square, representing the highest
vibration, the evolution of all below, should be colored violet.
Finally, the border around the whole figure, the solar combination of power and
activity, should be colored orange.
–The sign Aquarius is general significator of friends, associates, hopes and wishes;
therefore the nines in their more common divinatory significance must relate to one
of these things, according to the particular department of life signified by the suit. But
in their higher application they reveal the influence of, and can be interpreted by, the
ninth decanate of each zodiacal triplicity, starting the count from the movable signs.
The divinatory significance of the Nine of Scepters is a wise and profitable
friendship; its inner interpretation is ILLUMINATION.
The divinatory significance of the Nine of Cups is that the hopes will be realized; it is
the WISH-CARD; its inner interpretation is VICISSITUDES.
The divinatory significance of the Nine of Coins is money spent on associates; its
inner interpretation is REASON.
The divinatory significance of the Nine of Swords is a quarrel resulting in enmity; its
inner interpretation is RENUNCIATION.
The Wheel–Arcanum X
–Letter: Egyptian, Ioothi; Hebrew, Jod; English, I–J–Y. Number, 10.
Astrologically, the planet Uranus. Color, dazzling white, like snow in the sunshine.
Tone, the astral chimes. Occult science, natal astrology. Human function, intuition.
Natural remedy, electricity and mesmerism. Mineral, uranium.
I–10, expresses in the spiritual world, the active principle which vivifies all being.
In the intellectual world, the governing authority.
In the physical world, good and evil fortune.
Remember, then, son of earth, that for power thou must will, that is, will strongly;
thou must dare, and to dare with success thou shouldst know how to be silent until the
moment of action. If the Wheel should appear in the prophetic signs of thy
horoscope, know that to possess the Key of Power you must learn to will persistently
only for what is good and true. And in order to maintain thyself upon the heights of
life, shouldst thou reach them, thou must have learned how to sound with a look, and
without dizziness, the vastest depths.
In Divination, Arcanum X may be read as Change of Fortune.
Arcanum X is figured by a wheel of eight spokes suspended by its axis upon a dual
column. At the right Hernanubis, genius of good, strives to mount to the summit of
the circumference. At the left, Typhon, genius of evil, is precipitated. On a circular
platform in equilibrium on the Wheel, is poised a sphinx, holding in its claws a
javelin. At the foot of the dual column two serpents raise their heads.
This is the wheel of destiny. The circular platform upon which the sphinx stands
represents the zodiac; and the sphinx, as a composite of the four constellations
marking the zodiacal quadrants–Eagle, Lion, Man and Bull–signifies the passage
of time.It holds a javelin in its claws to indicate that time is always fructifying events and
ever ready to strike to right or left as the wheel turns under its impulsion, raising the
humble and lowering the proud.
The eight spokes of the wheel, eight being the number of justice, symbolize that time
and opportunity, in the course of divine providence, are justly meted out to all. The
dual column supporting the wheel indicates that all nature is polarized into positive
and negative. The serpents signify that the law of all action is that of sex.
–The number 10 represents the completed cycle, and therefore the starting point of
another. It thus indicates transition to a new phase, or plane, of existence.
The absolute having expressed itself through all the various manifestations up to and
including 9, which signifies perfection of consciousness in addition to perfection of
form, commences a new gamut. 1 is the absolute unmanifest, and 9 is the perfection
of its manifestation.
In humanity, as composed of two 5s, 10 indicates the whole man to consist of both
man and woman, and that their union commences a new and higher phase of
existence; that is, that it enables them to contact a higher plane of endeavor. 1
symbolizes will and intelligence, and 10 shows that they are now used by both in a
new and higher field of endeavor.
–Uranus is the octave expression of Mercury, even as Arcanum X is the second
decave of Arcanum I, ruled by Mercury. The unsexed quality of Uranus is depicted in
Arcanum X by the two serpents in equilibrium.
Uranus transits one sign of the zodiac in about 7 years, and the whole zodiac,
completing the circle through the 12 houses of a horoscope, in about 84 years. That is,
it corresponds to perfection of form in each department of life, its complete cycle
coinciding with the present natural life of man. More than any other planet it gives
sudden changes of fortune, either for good or for evil, and sudden change of the
–In natal astrology it is found that those individuals who have Uranus prominent in
their birth-charts have the ability to short-cut their reasoning. Instead of the ordinary
slow mental process of the objective mind, the processes are carried out by the
unconscious mind which has more complete data at its disposal, and which acts
almost instantly in drawing conclusions from them. These conclusions thus arrived
at then rise into the objective consciousness as intuition.
–No matter what the plane of alchemical procedure, it is a decided aid to observe the
astrological conditions which are operative at the time. The energies of the planets
have an influence upon all processes, and it is easier to perform a given type of work
when the astrological influences favor it. Of course, alchemical work of many kinds
can not await favorable conditions. But the knowledge that astrological influences
are hindering at certain times, both incites to more careful and energetic effort and
prevents discouragement when it is observed that small progress is being made.
–Arcanum X depicts the Wheel of Ezekiel. Ezek. 1:15; “Now, as I beheld the living
creatures, behold, one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four
faces.” These faces were the composite symbols embraced in the sphinx; the Lion,
the Eagle, the Man and the Bull.
The geni on the wheel of Arcanum X are mentioned thus: Ezek. 1:13; “As for the
likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and
like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down amid the living creatures: and the
fire was bright and out of the fire went lightning.”
The change in the fortune of Solomon also has to do with Arcanum X. I Kings, 2:3;
“And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his
wives turned away his heart.”
–The Super Excellent Master degree of Masonry is based upon Arcanum X. Its
ritual depicts the fate of Zedekiah, who did evil in the sight of the Lord, and
underwent a sudden and extreme change of fortune.
–In magic, Arcanum X represents the orbit of action of the blessing and cursing
energy of the human soul. This orbit is elliptical, with a periodic action of its own,
sure to react upon the individual; for to cause a condition in another one must create
within himself the matrix of that condition.
It is quite useless to fight a discordant emotion or a discordant thought sent to one by
another. To fight it merely draws the attention to it and thus tunes in on its vibrations
and enables them to gain a still greater potency. Thinking about either a harmony or a
discord adds energy to it and gives it more force.
Whether it be events, the thoughts and emanations of people who think discordantly
but without malice, or the actual malicious attempt to injure one by black magic; in
all cases anxious attention feeds the undesirable condition. And except to recognize
that it has an existence and should be thwarted, the discord and its source should be
ignored. And in addition to this judicious indifference, the attention should be given
as enthusiastically as possible to something harmonious. A discordant vibration can
not live in the same place as a harmonious vibration.
–As the soul progresses up the spiral ascending way of attainment, it gradually
refines its organism to the end of living a richer life. On both planes, however, there is
always the impact of environment; and some of the conditions contacted are sure to
If, therefore, the life-form occupied by the soul becomes sensitive without at the
same time developing the power of control there may be actual danger. No matter
how sensitive it becomes, so long as the soul has the power to direct the thoughts and
attention, no other entity can gain control of the organism or do it injury from the
inner plane. But if sensitiveness becomes greater than the power of control, other
entities or discordant conditions are able to hold the attention and can cause the
individual to suffer.
Yet as abilities are developed only through the effort to overcome such obstacles as
are shown by progressed afflictions in the birth-chart, at the state of progress here
considered, astrological afflictions are viewed as opportunities to develop ability,
and astrological harmonies are viewed as opportunities to use the abilities thus
developed in assisting universal progression.
–Natal astrology is the science of discerning the character from a map of the mental
factors within the astral body as pictured by the birth-chart; and of determining when
certain events will have a tendency to be attracted due to the stimulation of these
mental factors by energies from the planets.
Here also should be mentioned the doctrine of the Ten Emanations of the Sephiroth.
The kabalistical scheme of three pillars is given in most works on the kabala, but
someone a hundred or more years ago inserted a blind by placing Hod on the left and
Netzach on the right, knowing that real intimates would discern that Netzach is the
victory of woman. Yet this error has been copied by kabalistical writers ever since.
The correct astrological correspondences of each emanation has not been placed in
writing before, but the chart on page 132 of chapter 6 gives the emanations in proper
sequence and relations.
Above all is the Limitless Light, Ain-Soph-Aur (1). Pluto, is Kether, or Crown, the point
of differentiation, where soul-mates separate and where ultimately they must again
rejoin. (2) Neptune is Chocmah, or Wisdom. (3) Uranus is Binah, or Intelligence. (4)
Jupiter is Chesed, or Mercy. (5) Saturn is Geburah, or Justice. (6) Venus is Tippereth, or
Beauty. (7) Mars is Netzach, or Victory. (8) Mercury is Hod, or Splendor. (9) Moon is
Yesod, or Foundation. (10) Sun is Malkuth, or Kingdom. And below all is the region of
Benefic planets, of course, are on the tree of good, and malefic planets on the tree of
evil, while Pluto, Venus, Moon and Sun form the Shekinah, or Tree of Life.
The upper story of the diagram is Atziluth, or Emanation; the next lower is Briah, or
Creation; below this is Yetzirah, or Formation; and the lowest of all is Assiah, the
realm of Action.
Of course, the river that waters the garden of Eden and parts into four heads is the
planet Venus in the diagram and the four lines radiating from it. Each of the 10
emanations manifests in all four kingdoms, and the 12 triangles of the circumference
are the 12 houses of a birth-chart; the 32 lines in the circumference representing the
paths of wisdom.
The ten emanations operating through the four kingdoms, or suit cards of the tarot,
are expressed in verse by Mr. A. E. Waite admirably, thus:Four signs present the Name of every name.
Four brilliant beams adorn his Crown of flame. Four
rivers from his Wisdom flow. Four proofs from his Intelligence we know. Four benefactions
from his Mercy come. Four times four sins avenged his Justice sum. Four rays unclouded make
his Beauty known. Four times his Conquest shall in song be shown. Four times he Triumphs on
the timeless plane. Foundations four his great white throne maintain. One fourfold Kingdom
owns his endless sway. As from his crown there streams a fourfold ray.
–The planet Uranus is general significator of uncommon pursuits, of sudden
changes of fortune, of inventions, discoveries, and of unconventional relations and
actions; therefore the tens in their more common divinatory significance must relate,
according to their suit, to one of these things. But in their higher application they
reveal the influence of, and can be interpreted by, the zodiacal triplicities.
The divinatory significance of the Ten of Scepters is an invention or discovery; its
inner interpretation is ENTHUSIASM.
The divinatory significance of the Ten of Cups is a decidedly unconventional
affectional interest; its inner interpretation is EMOTION.
The divinatory significance of the Ten of Coins is alternate financial loss and gain; its
inner interpretation is ASPIRATION.
The divinatory significance of the Ten of Swords is sudden loss of employment; its
inner interpretation is PRACTICALITY.
Spread of the Kabala
–When the influence and outcome of anything is sought, the cards may be dealt on a
diagram similar to the one on page 120, one after the other, until 10 cards are laid out
according to the sequence there indicated.
The cards of the Tree of Good are on the right, and indicate favorable events. The
cards of the Tree of Evil are on the left, and indicate unfavorable events. The four
cards in the middle are on the Tree of Life, and represent the outcome.
Card 1 signifies the spiritual result, and card 10 the material result. 6 is the result
concerning life and love, and 9 the result as affecting the home. The cause of the
influence exerted by each card is signified by its kabalistical name. Thus if on 2,
Wisdom is the cause; if on 3, Intelligence is behind it; if on 4, Mercy has an influence;
if on 5, there is a desire for Justice. 6 indicates love of Beauty, 7 desire for Victory, 8
Splendor and show, 9 home conditions, and 10 physical power as distinct from
spiritual aspirations signified by 1.