Spiritual Astrology: Easter
By Elbert Benjamine 1940 Rising Star.

A Ray of Sunshine - A Message of Hope

Easter is the time when the benevolent forces of spring gather to themselves sufficient power to take the offensive against the cruel forces of winter, which strive to subjugate the whole earth to icy bondage. It is the time when the Sun and Moon cooperate to liberate the fertile vitality of seeds which under the grip of cold Saturn have so long lain numb within the soil. It is the time when the Great Teacher of the Piscean Age was released from the tomb where the enemies of kindness and tolerance had placed him, that there might be no-one left daring enough to question their teachings or dispute their dictatorial authority. And it is the time, at this transition into the Aquarian Age, when those possessing the facts of astrology, the facts of extra-sensory perception, the facts of induced emotion and the facts of directed thinking should unite in a mighty effort to roll away the stone of atheistic materialism which, now that mankind has been crucified on its doctrines of brutality and selfish greed, is in the process of imprisoning all the people of the world.

The doctrine of supermen who should enslave and lord it over others is a cunning Saturn doctrine. It is based on the belief that selfishness and greed is the all of physical life. It exalts the individual who is unscrupulous in the exercise of strength and intelligence. It knows no pity for suffering, and has no sympathy for the weak or those with moral scruples. And Saturn is one of the rulers, the cold and unfeeling ruler, of the sign Aquarius which will dominate this incoming age. Aided and abetted by the inversion of Lower-Pluto, it already has imprisoned a portion of mankind behind the stone of atheistic materialism.

But Aquarius, and therefore the Aquarian Age, has another ruler which should be more powerful, and which should displace the usurper, Saturn. That ruler is clear seeing, fact-finding Uranus, which brings out not the selfish, but the humanitarian side of the sign. And given the opportunity through your help and my help, even as a flood of blessings flows from the Aquarian urn down upon the earth, so will this influence of Uranus become like the angel of the Lord which descended from heaven, and who rolled back the stone from the door and sat upon it.

It will roll back the Saturn stone of atheistic materialism because, even as the biblical angel had a countenance like lightning, so has Uranus a penetrating light which exposes the shams on which the authority of the materialists are based, and which reveals how facts have been inverted to bolster up a doctrine which denies man a soul, and gives brutality the place of highest virtue.

Wherever a fact of nature can be found, provided it does not indicate there are inner-plane forces, or an all-pervasive Deific Intelligence, or life beyond the tomb, these materialists grasp it. But thus embracing it, they follow the time-tried policy of dictators through the past of suppressing all the inferences not favorable to the ideas which they wish the public to believe, and presenting only those implications that go to strengthen their theories and authority.

By way of example, let us take one of the facts they so repeatedly stress, evolution.

You would think, to hear them tell it, that evolution was merely the result of natural selection due to ceaseless strife and the ruthless elimination of the unfit. You would think that competition and the survival of the ruthless and strong, was practically the whole story of evolution. You would think, from the way they phrase it, that sheer struggle was the most important thing. And presenting only this part of the picture, we find Darwin's theory misused by dictatorial power to justify deliberate brutality and the adoption of violence as a national policy.

But they have suppressed the still more significant part of the picture; the part which shows that, as important as competition is in progress and evolution, the principle of cooperation is even more important. They have exalted one side of the influence of Pluto, the power of coercion, and have belittled the other side, the power of cooperation. One would think they had never heard of specialization of parts and division of labor. Yet they are using this very principle on a gigantic scale in the effort to enslave the rest of mankind.

Nature sets a limit on the size and unaided strength of any individual. The single cell, however great its struggle, and however great its competition can grow only so large and only so strong. And if this principle of brutal strife were the whole of evolution, physical life on earth would not be the complex thing it is today. But single cells found that they could gain mutual advantages by living and working together. And it was this principle of cooperation, stimulated no doubt by competition, which enabled organisms of many cells to come into existence.

In the human body, for instance, there are various types of cells, and various organs. Each type of cell does its own kind of work, and each organ, in return for the advantages it receives from the other organs and cells, performs its particular function. Through specialization, some cells and some organs do work that others cannot do, and do it more efficiently than were no such specialization present. To the extent each organ and each cell contributes to the welfare of the whole body is there proper division of labor.

But when, as takes place in certain diseases, some cells begin to compete with other cells, and forget that their ultimate welfare depends on the welfare of the whole, we have a similar state in the human body as exists in the world today. We have a selfish Saturn growth called cancer, which if permitted to become dominant, destroys everything.

In the evolution of civilization the family became a cooperative unit, with specialization of parts and division of labor, because through such cooperation every individual comprising the unit could gain advantages. The tribe was a still further extension of the Upper-Pluto principle of cooperation; and in time tribes joined cooperatively to become a nation.

And ants, bees and other social insects also have found this principle of one for all and all for one more effective than the extension of individual might. And modern industry proves its superiority by making the craftsman, no matter how skilled he may be, who can build a complex machine from start to finish, obsolete. The modern assembly line, on which mass production depends, is an exemplification of the benefits that may be derived from the Upper-Pluto principle of cooperation.

And Easter is symbolically an exemplification of this same principle. On this day the Sun, symbol of those in authority who have been chosen to direct the enterprises of a community, a nation or the world, is in the sign Aries, where it exerts its finest powers. Aries is the sign of leadership, and thus the Sun exalted in Aries represents, not brutal domination, but leadership of the most effective kind.

But before Easter can take place, the Moon, symbol of all the people, must move into Libra, the sign of partnership. Not only are the people partners in the great enterprise of life, but the full moon indicates they are partners with their leaders, represented by the Sun directly across the zodiac and shedding its rays not on part, but all the earth-turned surface of the Moon. Astrologically, Easter, which is the Sunday following this full moon, while having significance in reference to the resurrection of individual man and woman, also indicates the fruit when among the people of the globe leaders and workmen, and those gifted in various ways, join cooperatively to make this a better world in which to live.

But such humanitarian cooperation will never be permitted so long as the doctrine of materialism keeps much of the world in it icy grasp. This is spring, and seeds are waiting in the earth for the benevolent rays of the sun of spiritual truth to warm them into joyous growth. But so long as the winter of selfishness and the blizzards of unjust aggression prevent that Sun from shining through, the seeds will lay dormant, and may even rot in the ground.

What are these seeds? They are the germs of the harvest which will feed the New Civilization. They are the conviction that a civilization worthy of the name must provide all the people of the world with freedom from want, freedom from fear, freedom of expression and freedom of worship. These are the seeds which have been sown. These are the seeds which now await sufficient warmth from the Sun of truth to enable them to sprout, and grow, and mature into the four golden grains which will nourish the New Civilization, a civilization not built on the principles of competition and struggle alone, but which broadens the application of the principle that permitted life to become more complex than the single cell; which applies the principle of specialization of parts and division of labor to all the people of the world; which imbues all human beings with the desire to cooperate and contribute their Utmost to Universal Welfare.

Your materialist would have you think that such cooperation would nullify the principle of competition and struggle. Not so! No more so than the creature of multiple cells was able to avoid struggle. But the struggle then will not be to annihilate other people. It will not be the struggle to plunder from those who have produced. It will not be the struggle to impose an unjust and cruel will upon other men. It will be a struggle to contribute more for the benefit of the world as a single organic whole. The competition will still exist, but not the competition between man and man for food and clothing and shelter, but the competition with nature to compel her to provide more abundantly for all.

Those who preach the doctrine of competition to support their desire for predatory aggression fail to point out that the most valuable competition has been between man and nature. No person was made poorer when a new and drought-resisting strain of wheat was developed. No person was made poorer by the finding of the Comstock Lode or many other valuable deposits of metal. No one was made poorer when it was found gasoline could be made to drive an internal combustion engine. Nor was it at the expense of others when Edison produced the phonograph and motion picture, or Marconi the wireless telegraph.

Surely people want to struggle, and need to struggle. But there is nothing in biology, and nothing in evolution, to indicate that man should struggle to subject other men. On the contrary, there is every evidence that man's progress depends upon the Upper-Pluto principle of cooperation with all other men; and that this struggle should be, as all groups which persist have found, to adapt his environment to the needs of the whole. His struggle should be, and must be if he is not to sink into barbarism, to give increasingly of the four freedoms to all people.

The seeds of these freedoms have been planted. But the blizzards of unjust aggression still howl over all the earth. Icy Saturn still is supreme in its influence over Aquarius.

But this is Easter, the time when benevolent forces gain the power to take the offensive against the cruel powers of winter, and against the brutal dogmas which Saturn has encouraged. The grip of inhuman winter must be broken. The seeds of the four freedoms must be encouraged to grow. The stone of atheistic materialism must be rolled away so that the humanitarian side of Aquarius may find expression.

On the 21st of March when the Sun crossed the vernal equinox the Moon received on its earth-turned face the warming solar rays. The light of truth is on the increase, and it must be given opportunity to encourage the mentioned seeds to sprout and grow. The stone of materialism which imprisons man must be rolled away, that the whole world may be resurrected. And that stone can be rolled away only by giving the people, symbolized by the Moon with the light of the Sun on all its earth-turned face, the Uranian orders of facts. If they have these facts they will quickly roll the stone away.

They need the facts of astrology, not merely to guide their lives into the most effective channels of cooperative effort, but also to demonstrate to them that those who hold that material forces are all there is, are outrageously in error. They witness these materialists raging against astrology, urging its suppression, and misrepresenting it. And when after learning to erect and judge their charts of birth they find by their own lives that astrological forces actually exert a power, that progressed aspects actually operate from the inner plane to bring events into their lives at times which can be predetermined, they are able to correctly appraise the dogmatism of scholastic dictators.

When in their own lives they have experiences with extra-sensory perception that convince them that there is an inner plane of existence, and that life persists beyond the tomb, the pronouncements of so-called authorities that psychic phenomena are all faked will have only their proper weight. When the prayer of a friend, or a prayer of their own, is answered in an apparently miraculous manner, they will no longer heed the pronouncements of the materialists that prayers are ineffective. When through induced emotion they personally are able to tune in on the Supreme Intelligence, they no longer can be convinced no such intelligence exists. And when they have successfully used such induced emotion to change the course of their lives into more fortunate channels, they will regard it with adequate respect.

Those who hold to some constructive idea, and keep it clearly before their minds, and later find its full realization, will begin to recognize that on the inner plane thought is a potent force, and directed thinking can be made to aid man in every enterprise.

Yes, the Sun could cross the vernal equinox alone. But without the Moon it could not bring Easter. Its light had to be reflected from the full earth-turned face of the Moon before the resurrection could be accomplished. The Moon represents no special professional group; it represents all the people of the Earth. And for the light of truth, represented by the Sun, to do its appointed work, it must reach the people. Somehow the facts of astrology, the facts of extra-sensory perception, the facts of induced emotion and the facts of directed thinking, therefore, must be made to reach the people. And as soon as enough of them thus receive the light of these Uranian facts, they quickly will cooperate. Then, and only then, can we roll away the stone and witness the resurrection of the world.