MAGIC OF WISDOM
Australia Occidental, 1951 - 1952
24th of September 1950
verbatim record of Dr. Raynaud de la Ferrière’s lecture
delivered under the auspices of the Theosophical society, 182, 49th.
Street, Rangoon, on Sunday 24th.
Astrology has for its
basis mathematics and philosophy. Mathematics are required for
astronomical purposes. By “Astronomy”, we mean the study
of the stars and the planets so far as density, speed, orbit, etc.
are concerned. By learning philosophy we know the difference between
macrocosm and microcosm, the purpose of life, where we come from and
were we are going, and, with the help of astrology we are able to
know exactly what is going to happen to a particular man, what has
happened to him and why.
Astrology has now
been recognized as an important science in the western countries.
When a student has finished his course in the higher mathematics, he
is usually taken on to the study of astrology, which is a deeper
science. At present some Universities are giving Diplomas for passing
in Astrology. Astrology is, therefore, not a science to be learned in
a few months or a few years. I shall, however try and give you a
general idea of the subject today.
First of all, here is
the sun, which is the center of our Universe. You must know that in
mathematics and physics, we have certain signs to represent certain
things. For instance, when we want to refer to gold or silver, we
refer to them by certain definite signs. In the same way, the planets
and the constellations, which go round our Sun are represented by
certain signs. These all astrologer knows.
The distance of the
planets from the sun is approximately as follows. The figures
represent the distance in million kilometers.
Earth-150; Mars-225; Jupiter- ; Saturn 1 milliard 200; Uranius- 2
mil. 840; Neptune - 4 mil. 480; Pluto- 6mil. 170.
the older days, there were no telescopes, and hence they were able to
observe the planets with their naked eyes only. Thus, they were able
to observe only Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Beyond
Saturn only the initiates were able to see. They were even able to
reveal the existence of the 12 constellations known as the Zodiac.
With the aid, however, of scientific apparatus, people have seen the
other stars beyond the Saturn. Uranius which is 2
milliard 840 million kilometers away from the sun, was discovered by
HERSHELL in the year 1781. Neptune was discovered in 1845 by a French
Astronomer LEVERRIER. And Pluto was discovered in the year 1930 from
an American observatory by (LOWELL).
Between the Sun and
MERCURY there is a meteorite known as Vulco. Though it is not yet
recognized by Science, yet the occultists know of the existence at
one time of a planet called “Vulco” (Vulcain).
Around the Venus is
some matter which looks somewhat like a fog. There is a satellite
near the Earth known as the Moon, which revolves round the Earth,
coming back to its original position on the 28th day. Mars has two
such satellites. Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter are the
Asteroids. They are actually not Stars. They are sparks from the
planet Juno. Juno exploded at certain period, and when this happened,
the continent of Atlantis go submerged. This big cataclysm occurred
some 15.000 years ago.
asteroids exist the 4 big moons known as the “GALILEE-MOONS”.
Further on is Jupiter with 5 satellites which can sometimes be seen.
Then there are Saturn with 10 satellites and Uranius with five (one
being discovered recently). The Neptune has one satellite which is as
big as our Earth. Then finally comes Pluto, the last planet that we
It takes 8 minutes
for the light from the Sun to reach our Earth. We therefore calculate
the speed of light to be 300.000 kilometers per second. Calculating
at this rate, we find that light takes 3 years and 8 months to reach
the Wolf Star No. 424 (34 trillions 700 Milliards- KMS). It must be
noted here that our Sun with the 10 planets and 20.000.000 stars
makes our Universe-System. There are many such systems. We have
catalogued some 2.000 galaxies and 375 thousand different systems.
How big is this Universe! And yet, man thinks no end of himself!
Coming back to the
distance from the Suns of other systems, we know that the light of
our Sun would take 9 years to reach Sirius, 16 years to Altair, 26
years to Vega, 41 years to Arcturus, 57 years to Aldebaran, & 362
years to Antares, 32 milliard Stars composed Milky Way and it takes
85.000 years light speed to go from one end of the Milky Way to the
other. This is the white line that we see in the sky. And then there
is the Andromeda Triangle that is 800.000 light years away from the
Earth. Then we have other Constellations (NEBULOUSE). This gives you
a very vague idea of what Astronomy is. We have to know all this
before we study Astrology.
different Stars, these different Planets have their own vibrations,
their own magnetism, and we are all affected by them. There are
different materials, some attractive and some repulsive. This is
known in physics and biology. We know
we are composed of different materials and, when we have too much of
one material and very little of another, we know that we are
physically or psychologically defective.
What we call “Karma”
in oriental philosophy can be said to be the result of the influence
of the different stars and planets. In fact, karma can be easily
understood by a student of Astrology and Astronomy, by long study and
observation, the scientists of old found that when one star or planet
is in conjunction with another, it brings good or bad results. So is
the case when they are in opposition or in other aspects (Sectil,
square, triangle, etc…).
The planets travel in
their own orbits, but sometimes there is an incursion. We know that
the Mars made such incursion in 1914 when it came very close to the
Earth. The consequence was the World War of 1914-18. Similarly in
August 1939, the same phenomenon appeared. The result was World War
The Mars is composed
of certain metals that are injurious to the nerves of the human
beings. Hence, when there is an influence upon the Earth, we find the
people excited, every little incident makes the people fight and
difference of opinion makes them come into conflict.
If the Mars can give
us wars and excitements, Venus and Mercury can give us peace. So,
when Mercury and Venus are in conjunction, we can say exactly that
there is going to be peace. In the same way, different planets have
different influences upon the earth. In short, we can say the Sun
gives us vitality; Mercury intellectuality and equilibrium; Venus
gives love, sympathy affection and arts; Mars gives the fighting
spirit, Jupiter gives personality and wealth; Saturn deep knowledge
and meditation and also difficulties. The Uranus is the ALTRUIST
planet, and her influence is there when there are volcanic eruptions
and earthquakes. The Neptune gives us occult and psychic powers and
gives us sea voyages. The Pluto is a new planet and we know very
little about it, but we know that she is there when new things are
found inside the earth and also when there are wars. In this
connection see my article on “Mathematic of Buddhism”.
She is also present when there is success in Yoga practices and in
Stars and the Planets affect not only the Earth as a whole but also
the lives of individuals. So, by looking at the positions of these,
we can say what is going to happen to any human being. The Star chart
of an individual is called the horoscope. It comes from the word
“Horro”, hour, and “Scope”, chart. Also
(HOUR) = time and (scopie = writing, history). By looking at this
chart we can say exactly what the characteristics of a particular man
happening to him and what is likely to happen in the future. But in
order to get a correct reading it is important to know the exact hour
There is also the
influence of the Zodiac. Further on beyond the planets are the groups
of stars known as the “constellations”. There are several
constellations, but twelve of these are important so far as we are
concerned. The names of these constellations and their corresponding
signs are well known to you. They are also shown clearly in the
blackboard. (RAM, BULL, TWINS, CRAB, LION, VIRGIN, BALANCE, SCORPIO,
CENTAUR, GOAT, WATER-CAREER, FISH).
As you already know,
our planet is not standing straight, but is inclining 23 1/2 degrees.
It rotates on its axis once in 24 hours. It is for this reason that
we see the Sun in the east in the morning and in the west in the
evening. Though it appears that the Sun is moving, as I have
explained, it is actually the Earth that is rotating on its axis.
The Sun is in the
center of our Universe, and our Earth, like our other planets and
constellations, goes round the Sun, on its own orbit. That means that
when the Earth has made one rotation in 24 hours which we call a day,
it also has moved one degree on its orbit round the Sun, because the
Earth takes 365 ¼ days to revolve round the Sun.
orbit of the Earth comes under the influence of the 12
constellations. One the 21st
March she enters the Aries; on the 22nd
April she enters the Taurus; on the 22nd
May, the Gemini; on the 22nd
June the Cancer; on the 23rd
July the Leo; on the 23rd
August, the Virgo; on the 22nd
September the Libra; on the 22nd
October the Scorpio; on the 22nd
November, the Sagittarius; on the 22nd
December the Capricornus; on the 21st
January, Aquarius; and on the 22nd
February the Pisces.
Thus the Earth makes
one round of the Zodiac in one year. While making this round, the
other planets are at various distances, because their orbits are
different. The Mercury takes 28 days to go round the Sun, the Venus
225 days, our planet 365 days, Mars 687 days, Jupiter 11 years 315
days, the Saturn 29 years 157 days, Uranius 84 years 8 days, Neptune
164 years 281 days, & Pluto 248 years. These different aspects
influence the life of man. Hence by looking at the position of the
stars and the planets at the present time and their position at the
time of birth, we can say what is going to happen to any individual.
We see here the
working of the law of cause and effect. We are the result of the
influence of the various stars and planets. We are as it were,
limited in our lives by the forces outside our control. For instance,
when a man is born in the sign of Aries with stars in good aspect, we
know that he will be possessed of good strength and also a taste for
fighting; but on the other hand, if he has Cancer as a strong aspect,
he will be strong yet passive.
believe in Karma is to believe in astrology. A man who is good will
be born under the good
influence of the stars and a man who is bad under bad influence. To
work out any particular Karma, he will be born under that particular
constellation that is favorable to him for the purpose. In this way
he will have to be born again and again under different
constellations till such time as he is strong enough to counteract
The parts of the body
are also governed by different signs of the Zodiac. The head is
governed by Aries, the neck by Taurus, the stomach by Cancer, the
backside and heart by Leo, the intestines by Virgo, the kidneys by
Libra, the sexual organs by Scorpio, the thighs by Sagittarius, the
knees by Capricornus, the legs by Aquarius and the foot by Pisces.
If each part of our
body is governed by a sign of the Zodiac, we must realize the
limitations of our selves. Yet, as I have said, we can overcome the
evil effects by our own effort of the will and by careful living. We
can even transmute evil effects to good purposes if we understand how
to do it. Astrology, therefore, teaches us that though the stars give
us some predispositions, yet we can counteract them if we wish to do
so. We already know that when Mars is near the earth, there is likely
to be a war. It is true that the influence of this planet infuses the
people with thoughts of ill will and strife, but if people realize
the futility of war, if they are bent on bringing about peace, if
they work for brotherhood, then the war that could otherwise have
occurred would be avoided. You must, however, understand that
cooperative effort is necessary to avert the influence of Mars. In
other words, if the balance weighs heavily towards spiritualism, the
currents of materialism could be retarded.
It all comes to this
that though the body is limited to the influence of the stars, the
spirit is not, because spirit soars higher than the Zodiac. It is in
the psychological plane. So long as we live in the physical and
emotional plane, we are subject to the limitations of karma and the
astrological influences. Once we rise up above the mental plane, we
are in the absolute plane where the law of karma and the influence of
the stars and the planets can lay no hold on us.