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Chapter 1
How to Gauge
The Natural Aptitudes
How to
Select a
As this book is the outcome of 18 years continuous work by
The Brotherhood of Light Astrological Research Department,
to prevent possible misapprehension, it should be stated right
at the start what we have endeavored to do and what we have
not attempted. The Church of Light maintains three vigorous
research departments to acquire more information about as-
trology, about extra-sensory perception, and about how to ex-
ercise control over the life, not for academic or theoretical pur-
poses, but to be able to give people instructions of a practical
nature which will help them develop the highest possibilities
of their own souls, enable them to contribute their utmost to
universal welfare, and thus aid in the furtherance of God's Great
Evolutionary Plan.
Our interest in astrology is not to try to prove that every
incident of life is predetermined by the positions of the stars.
Instead, it is to find out to what extent and in what manner,
astrological forces influence life--be it much or be it little--to
the end of :earning how these forces can best be utilized, di-
verted, or otherwise handled to attain the ends just set forth.
How much or how little astrological energies actually influ-
ence human conduct and the events which are attracted into
human lives has already been determined by the laws of Na-
ture; and instead of trying to prove some preconception about
how much life is thus influenced, or in what manner, our in-
terest lies in finding out and utilizing the facts.
On the one hand we find the scholastic dictators who, be-
cause they cannot explain that influence, proclaim that the plan-
ets cannot have any influence over human life. On the other
hand we have astrological zealots who, carried away by en-
thusiasm, must account for every trivial action and every in-
consequential event of their lives, by either a progressed as-
pect or a transit. These ignore the possibility that the individual
ever does anything due to his own character, or that anything
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ever comes into his life as the result of the inner-plane activity of his
own character, except as planetary aspects releasing energy at the time
influence him. They imply that man is an automaton which never makes
the slightest gesture except at the instigation of an appropriate plan-
etary aspect.
In so doing they ignore not only the individual's ability to a, with-
out some planetary prompting at the time, but also that the physical
environment has a power to modify both behavior an the events at-
But if we consider human life as reacting not to one plane alone,
but both to inner-plane forces from the planets and to the pressure of
the conditions found in the physical environment, is logical to assume
that physical environment may be more powerful in its influence over
the individual at some particular time than weak astrological energies
which then are operative. But whether logical or not, our extensive case
history studies c the events and conditions in the lives of people with
aim; identical birth-charts when the same progressed aspect formed, in
their charts prove conclusively that either the physical environment, or
the conditioning by events that have happened in the past, does actu-
ally modify, in so far as the importance of the event, its fortune or mis-
fortune, its specific nature, and the time when it happens, even those
events indicated by powerful major progressed aspects.
A few of these case history studies were published in the ten issues
of The RisingStar commencing with the April 7, 1940, issue. Others will
be published in due time. They relate chiefly to the influence of pro-
gressed aspects in their power to attract events. But they are mentioned
here because they also show what the birth-chart does and does not
map. It does no nap SPECIFIC events. But it does map PREDISPOSI-
TION: toward the types of conditions and events which will affect each
of the 12 departments of the individual's life.
Now for astrology to perform the function in human affair which it
should, all the factors of real importance as affecting human life need to
be retained and used. Yet not only to avoid error in judgment, but to
make it possible for astrology to be based on the vast scale its value
warrants, it should be kept as simple as possible and all the factors not
of marked significance ignored. There is not much use considering as-
trological factors which have less power to influence the life than any
one of a dozen things the individual encounters every day in his outer-
plane environment. To give over-emphasis to the insignificant; is to place
not enough emphasis on the really significant.
To decide just how much emphasis should be placed on each factor
-- astrological, conditioning, physical environment -- requires great
experience and delicate weighing. And to decide just where precision
ends careless work, and needless time-consuming hair-splitting begins,
requires keen discrimination. No doubt some difference of opinion will
be held in each of these matters, due to variations both in temperament
and experience; but to find out these matters is one of the jobs of The
Brotherhood of Light Astrological Research Department.
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Our ideal is not to present to the public something so difficult and
complex that only a few individuals can master it; and not to present to
the public something that is simple, but so unreliable as to be worthless.
It is to be able to present to the public something which sets forth all the
factors--astrological, conditioning, physical environment--in their cor-
rect relation of importance to each other, and in such a manner that any
person of ordinary intelligence can, by a moderate amount of study, use
it in his own life to become happier, more successful and more spiritual
by far than he could have been without using it.
We want to see astrology as universally used as is the simple arith-
metic by which the housewife pays her grocery bill. And for her to use
astrology to benefit her life should take less effort than she used in school
to acquire the knowledge of simple arithmetic which now she could ill
do without.
The Brotherhood of Light Astrological Research Department be-
gan in April 1924 to solicit from as many persons as it could reach, the
birth-data, including the hour of birth, of people following the various
vocations, and the birth-data, including hour of birth and date the event
happened, of people who had experienced some particular disease or
event. We should have liked to have had a thousand or more charts of
each, but after a few years in which we strained our financial resources
sending out questionnaire blanks to be filled in, we became convinced
that without resources far beyond our reach, it would be impossible to
count on getting more than 100 timed birth-charts of each. In 18 years
during which we have spent many hundred dollars each year for that
purpose, we have been able to collect 100 timed birth-data each of those
who follow only the 30 different vocations considered in this volume.
In the endeavor to ascertain the constant astrological factors for
each vocation we were faced with two problems; the problem of acquir-
ing the timed birth-data of those following each vocation, and the prob-
lem of locating the constant, and therefore significant, factors in the
erected charts of those following each vocation. Not because we de-
sired to limit ourselves to 100 charts of each, but because we found it
beyond our ability to obtain them, we came to use 100 timed birth-charts
as the basis of all our statistical work. In some of the vocations we have
eventually obtained many more data and erected the charts. But in no
case have we found such additional charts materially to alter the values
already found in the analysis of the original 100. And as the result of the
experience not merely of ourselves, but of numerous other Church of
Light astrological students, we have full confidence that the values will
be very much the same as those here given for each vocation irrespec-
tive of the number of additional timed birth-charts used.
During the first few years of our research work we tried out innu-
merable methods of tabulating the factors of the birth-chart. In fact, we
exhausted our ingenuity in the endeavor to find a suitable method of
applying the statistical method to astrology. What we were searching
for were the constant, and therefore significant, astrological factors. From
these constants to be found through statistical analysis of timed birth-
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charts and progressed aspects The Brotherhood of Light contemplated,
and The Church of Light still contemplates, compiling a ready refer-
ence series which should include reports on all vocations, all events
and conditions, and all diseases, which have a significance in human
The first few years of work convinced us that the signs occupied by
the planets were not the constants we sought. We early found, instead,
that the prominence of certain planets, and later that the activity of cer-
tain houses of the birth-chart, were usually the constant factors. Occa-
sionally an aspect between two planets stands out. And in the analysis
of charts, we have not sought to confine our attention to the promi-
nence of planets and the activity of houses. We have invariably tabu-
lated the signs occupied by Sun, Moon and Ascendant, and if these were
of any significance have mentioned them. Likewise we have tried to
discover aspects between specific planets, or any other factors that seem
rather constant. And when we have found them we have tabulated and
made mention of them.
It took us five years to become satisfied we could discover no bet-
ter method of tabulating the birth-chart and progressed factors than the
one we have since used. When we felt thus satisfied we worked up and
published our first report. It was published June 1, 1929, and since that
date we have been able to publish in The Church of Light Quarterly,
one new report each three months, based on the analysis of 100 birth-
Lenora Conwell has erected all the 5,800 birth-charts so far used in
these reports, which cover the 30 vocations analyzed in this book. the
20 different events analyzed in When and What Events Will Happen,
and the 7 different diseases and Length of Life so far analyzed in pre-
paring the book, Body Disease and Its Stellar Treatment. The report on
Length of Life did not require progressed aspects to be calculated. But
in each of the 2,700 charts relating to the time when a given event took
place or a given disease developed, Lenora Conwell calculated and
placed around the outside of the erected birth-chart, the progressed
places of the planets, M.C. and Asc. for the date of illness or other event.
Both the chart work and the tabulation in reference to the 3,000 charts
used as a basis for the material in this book were done by Lenora Conwell.
What These Statistical Analyses Do Not Attempt to Do
In addition to the statistical work with charts we had then been doing
for 14 years, early in 1938, because of unfair and unwarranted attacks
on astrology by a certain group of orthodox scientists who seek to be-
come the dictators of the intellectual life of America, we commenced
work having for its object the finding of a mathematical method through
the application of which the tenets of astrology could be proved or dis-
proved in a manner rigorous enough to satisfy even those who, because
they have been emotionally conditioned against it by their schooling
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and their desire for significance, are prejudiced against astrology.
Such a method, to prove anything after the rigorous manner de-
sired, must rest upon first finding the probability that the astrological
condition investigated is present through chance. For instance, in the
ESP work of Dr. Rhine, as there are 5 cards marked with each of the 5
symbols in the pack of 25 cards, the chances are one in five that a certain
one of these symbols will appear by chance when a card is turned. But
in a birth-chart the factors are tremendously more complex. The move-
ments of the planets are not uniform. Sometimes they move faster and
sometimes slower, sometimes direct in motion, sometimes retrograde.
The number of aspects formed within a given period of time is variable.
And in addition to aspects, the house position is of equal importance in
giving prominence.
Aspects are more powerful when close than when more distant,
being most powerful when the aspect is perfect. The degree of promi-
nence is not the same in different houses, and in any house the planets
exert their influence more powerfully the nearer they are to the cusp of
the house. Thus are the degrees of influence so variable that, although
they can be appraised through inspection well enough for practical pur-
poses, in which refinement of weighing influences is not required, they
present a complexity that makes the accurate determination of the chance
probability that a certain astrological condition is present not possible
by any method we have thus far been able to find, or that to date has
been presented by the astronomer mathematicians.
At the time we undertook this investigation we had among our
active membership several young men of outstanding mathematical
ability who were willing to devote themselves to the solution of this
problem. They started immediately to work, and at our annual conven-
tion on November 10, 1938, became formally The Committee to Formu-
late Mathematical Methods to Be Used in Statistical Studies of Astrol-
ogy. These young men made themselves familiar with probability math-
ematics, including the latest published in mathematical journals. When
J. A. Hynek, Assistant Astronomer at Perkins Observatory, wrote us
December 15, 1938, of his plan to tabulate the 22,000 names in the Ameri-
can Men of Science, list the aspects of Mercury and apply Poisson's Law,
they gave it as their opinion that such procedure would prove abso-
lutely nothing. In the first place, they pointed out, Poisson's Law, except
for special problems, was in discredit by up-to-date mathematicians,
and in the second place it could not with validity be applied to this
We had decided, cost what it might in labor, to do whatever tabu-
lating and mathematical work might be necessary to test out certain
astrological tenets, providing an unassailable formula could be found.
The amount of work these young men put in on this problem was stu-
pendous. But in spite of that effort they did not produce a formula which
they felt would stand up, and truly prove or disprove any of the out-
standing astrological tenets, against the anticipated attacks of profes-
sional mathematicians.
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They pointed out that with such a simple problem as the probabil-
ity that a certain symbol of Dr. Rhine's ESP cards would be drawn--
where there were only 5 characters, and each of these present only 5
times in a pack of 25--there has been a squabble lasting half a dozen
years as to the validity of the probability mathematics employed; and
that finally, to determine whether the probability mathematics were or
were not sound, an actual run of half a million chance selections were
made and recorded at Duke University. If in such a simple matter the
mathematicians failed to agree, they felt there was small hope they would
agree on the validity of any formula they had found, in a matter where
prejudice was equally great, and the complexity of possible factors in-
volved was tremendous.
I relate these facts here for two purposes: One is to point out that
our tables based on the statistical analysis of birth-charts and progressed
aspects, while suitable as a basis for astrological judgment, were not
compiled, nor are they suitable, for the purpose of proving the validity
of astrology. While we had hoped to compile tables by which such va-
lidity could be tested, after four arduous years, due to the demands of
the war on the members of our mathematical committee, this effort has
now been abandoned for the duration of the world conflict. The other
point is that, up to the present time, no statistical work has been done
which disproves the validity of astrology.
Those interested in discrediting astrology point to the studies of
Farnsworth and Hynek. Dr. Farnsworth had found it stated in certain
astrological books that persons born under Libra should have musical
ability. But looking up the birth-dates of 1,498 musicians, he found that
fewer were born under this sign than any other except Scorpio. There-
fore he held astrology was wrong. These findings were published in
TIME magazine, issue of May 16, 1938.
Now it is possible to take books published twenty years ago on any
material science and show by the findings of scientific men since then
that certain statements in these books are incorrect. We do not know
what astrological books Dr. Farnsworth consulted, but certainly not any
B. of L. text book; for in Brotherhood of Light Report No. 2, published
September 1, 1929, the signs were tabulated in which the Sun, Moon
and Ascendant were found in the birth-charts of 100 instrumental mu-
sicians. Virgo, Aquarius and Pisces were highest, Leo next highest, Tau-
rus lowest and Capricorn next lowest. Among vocal musicians Leo was
highest and Capricorn lowest. Among none was Libra a high sign; and
if Sun sign alone had been tabulated it might have been lowest. This
Report, reproduced in this book, had so wide a circulation that I am
sure it was not generally held by astrological students after 1929 that
Libra gave musical ability. Dr. Farnsworth merely set up a straw man,
and then knocked it down.
As to the Hynek so-called investigation, not only did our math-
ematicians decide before he used them that his probability mathemat-
ics were invalid when applied to the problem as he used them--a deci-
sion since upheld by non-astrological mathematicians--but he started
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on the assumption that Men of Science --to which group he belongs--
are the intelligent people. No doubt it does take brains such as are
mapped by a prominent Mercury to make a scientist, but so does it to
give the kind of brains used in a wide number of other pursuits. There
are other factors which turn the mind to science, other planets also promi-
nent no doubt, but we will not know what they are until we have the
timed birth-charts of 100 men of science. As I wrote Hynek on Decem-
ber 21, 1938:
`"As among the 19 vocations we have so far covered we have not
yet analyzed 100 birth-charts of scientists. I can not say whether or not
Mercury is prominent in their charts. It was thus found prominent in
the charts of writers and school teachers, and strangely enough to a
somewhat less degree in the charts of movie stars and telephone opera-
tors, these latter requiring an alertness of intelligence. . . .
"Until we analyze the charts of 100 scientists, I would not know if
Mercury is prominent in their charts, or what other planets are promi-
nent in their charts. We have made it a point not to speculate on such
matters, but to get the 100 charts and find out from them."
Thus not only is the mathematical method used by Hynek unreli-
able, but he has assumed that Mercury is the special planet of scientists,
and having set up a straw man, has used his unreliable mathematical
method to knock it down.
I am pointing out that so far no valid mathematical formula has
been used in any real test of astrology, because the assumption that it
has may deliver a blow to true astrological investigation, as faulty math-
ematics thus retarded for many years the investigation of extra-sensory
In 1917 Professor John E. Coover of Stanford University published
a 600-page volume reporting the conclusion that thought transference
was not present in the many subjects he tested. Because of the size, de-
tail, and apparent exhaustiveness of his work, and that it was done in a
university of good standing, it was regarded as an authoritative scien-
tific treatment of the subject. Professor Coover used an elaborate statis-
tical evaluation of his results that gave an impression of finality. As a
result the impression in university circles was that telepathy had been
exploded and there was no use investigating it further. And this atti-
tude persisted until Dr. Rhine published his experiments at Duke Uni-
versity many years later.
Dr. Edward B. Tichener, of Cornell University, many years ago also
wrote a paper which discouraged investigation along this line. He re-
ported tests carried out to ascertain if people could tell reliably when
they were being stared at from behind. He concluded not. Also that
there was nothing to telepathy. Dr
Tichener was a well-known psychologist, but unfamiliar with the
methods for statistical evaluation. One of his graduates reports that on
a certain occasion a percipient called almost entirely correctly down
through a pack of playing cards, naming both suit and rank. Yet Profes-
sor Tichener was disappointed because the percipient failed to name
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every one of the 52 cards correctly. He held that if thought transference
were a reality the percipient should be able to get a perfect score.
Such reports from university professors as those of Coover and
Tichener for many years blocked further investigation of telepathy. It
created a prejudice which exists even now after a great many other uni-
versity professors have demonstrated telepathy to be a fact. It almost
enabled the materialists completely to suppress such investigation. Yet
at least five persons familiar with probability mathematics and duly
qualified for such work have, in view of present-day findings, gone over
the statistics of Professor Coover's experiments in thought transference,
and they are unanimous in the conclusion that Coover was mistaken,
and in fact his experiments can not be explained by chance alone, but
are in reality outstanding evidence of thought transference.
Unintentionally Professor Coover, Dr. Tichener, and some other
investigators whose names carried weight, almost placed the investiga-
tion of what is now called ESP permanently in its grave. And I call at-
tention to the fact that so far there has been no valid mathematical for-
mula used in any real test of astrology, so that the danger will be less-
ened that other well-meaning persons, and some who are not so well-
meaning, will not through similar faulty procedure lay astrology per-
manently to rest in the opinion of academic minds.
Our Attempts to Refine the Method Used
The chief factor in determining the natural aptitude for a given voca-
tion is the relative prominence of the various planets in the timed chart
of birth. And for 14 years we had been judging this relative prominence
by inspecting the chart and applying certain general rules which will be
explained later. But in 1938 we set our group of mathematical young
men to work on the problem of finding formulas by which the personal
equation of the astrologer should be eliminated, and the volume of en-
ergy mapped by each planet in a chart should be determined with pre-
cision in relation to the volume of energy mapped by each of the other
planets in the same chart. Also we set them to work on the problem of
finding mathematical formulas which should determine with similar
precision the relative harmony or discord of the planets in a chart due
to the aspects they receive. This so-called Luck factor is the other im-
portant element in selecting a vocation. Furthermore, we sent out a call
to our teachers in various places to help solve these two problems.
Will P. Benjamine and Lawrence R. Dunsmoor put much work into
finding the mathematical method desired, and some of their conclu-
sions were published in the December, 1938, and January and February,
1939, issues of The RisingStar. A definite mathematical formula for de-
termining prominence to be expressed in star-force units, called Astro-
Dynes, was presented. And in the June, 1939, issue, a formula was pub-
lished for determining the harmony of a planet.
With no knowledge of the work done by W. P. Benjamine and
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Dunsmoor, very similar formulas for determining prominence and har-
mony of planets were worked out by Mrs. H. S. D. Starnaman and Mr.
Honsberger of Toronto, Canada, and mailed to us on February 13, 1939.
Attempts to solve these problems were also made and submitted by a
number of other students.
These systems of determining precise prominence must of neces-
sity start from assumptions based upon experience that certain house
areas represent definite volumes of energy in relation to various other
house areas in the chart, that each aspect represents definite volumes of
energy in relation to the other nine possible aspects, and that within the
orb of its operation each degree the aspect is distant from perfect di-
minishes the energy it maps by a specified amount. And when all these
different factors are dealt with in the detail necessary to secure preci-
sion the amount of work required to handle them quite precludes their
being used in the statistical analysis of series each of which include 100
charts. Furthermore, the detailed labor and mathematics involved also
precludes their being used by the ordinary astrological student.
Both for the sake of the statistician doing research work, and for
the sake of the ordinary astrological student who wishes to apply the
findings of the statistician to the charts of those who consult him, to be
of practical value, the method of prominence determination and har-
mony determination must be not only as precise as possible, but quickly
and easily applied.
But before indicating the method of chart inspection which we have
used in all the statistical work done by us to date, and which, because
up to the present time we have found more satisfactory, we continue to
use, the real source of natural aptitudes should be explained.
The Real Source of Any Natural Aptitude
Astrological energies have an influence over human life because man
and every other physical thing exist both on the outer plane and the
inner plane. The inner-plane organization is the pattern which the physi-
cal form tends to fill in, and does so to the extent physical materials and
the outer-plane environment permit. It is common to express this thought
by saying that every physical object has an astral counterpart. But in the
case of man, the inner-plane organization may also embrace energies
finer than the astral, called spiritual. Substance that attains a velocity
greater than that of light is no longer either physical or electromagnetic,
but inner-plane. If the velocities exceed that of astral substance, the con-
ditions and properties exist which are those of the spiritual plane.
Man has a physical body composed of substance which has the
velocities which we associate with matter. Interpenetrating this physi-
cal form is the electromagnetic body composed of Boundary-Line ener-
gies, such as have approximately the velocity of light and other electro-
magnetic phenomena. And interpenetrating both of these lower-veloc-
ity forms is the astral body, whose substance has velocities in excess of
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those of light. The inner-plane body can affect the physical body, and the
physical can affect the inner-plane body, only through the Boundary-Line
energies which contact both outer-plane and inner-plane substances.
The inner-plane organization of man is identical with what the psy-
chologists call the unconscious mind. What is generally referred to as
the subconscious mind partakes in varying degrees of Boundary-Line
organization. But what the psychologists call the unconscious mind is
identical with the soul.
The inner-plane form has been built of inner-plane substance by
states of consciousness. If we use the term thought to embrace feeling,
emotion, and perception as well as the cerebral processes of man, we
are correct in saying the inner-plane body of man is entirely built by
thought. It has, in fact, been organized by all the states of consciousness
which the soul has experienced in its evolution. The soul has evolved
through many lower forms of life, from mineral up to man; and its vari-
ous experiences have, through the states of consciousness accompany-
ing them, organized progressively a more complex inner-plane form.
When the soul is born into the human form, its inner-plane body has
within its organization the sum total of those past experiences in lower
forms, those from the astral regions between successive incarnations
where assimilation and reorganization occur, those derived from con-
tact with the hereditary germ-cells of its physical parents, and those
acquired through the mother during the period of gestation.
Astral substance which has been organized by states of conscious-
ness forms the basic psychoplasm of the finer form, even as the physical
body is composed of protoplasm and its secretions. But all protoplasm
is not the same, and all psychoplasm is not the same. The chemical com-
position on the one hand, and the thought composition on the other,
vary. Also, as the body is composed of cells of protoplasm organized
into definite structures, so is the psychoplasm composed of thought-
elements of different kinds, organized in the finer form into thought-
cells and thought structures. Because these partake of planetary quali-
ties, and are mapped by the planets, they are also called stellar-cells
and stellar structures.
The planets in their movements through the heavens form definite
patterns with their interlocking fields of force. The soul of an individual
before birth also has a pattern composed of thought-cells and thought
structures definitely organized by its past experiences. If the thought-
cell pattern which is the real character of the individual is widely differ-
ent than the pattern of astrological force present at the time of its physi-
cal birth, the child does not live. The rule is, however, that when the two
patterns closely coincide it is easy for the child to be born, and most
children are born when the two patterns do rather closely coincide.
It should be repeatedly emphasized that what the planets map in
the birth-chart are not events or conditions of life, but states of con-
sciousness which have been organized as the thought-cells and thought
structures of the soul by experiences in life-forms lower in the scale of
evolution than the human. The positions of the planets at birth do not
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cause the individual then born to possess the characteristics they indi-
cate. Instead, the positions of the planets at any given time indicate the
direction in which their energies are flowing and combining with other
planetary currents. And the sum total of these energy streams and their
convergences form an inner-plane energy pattern.
Now a pattern of steel is quite rigid, and anything of size to pass
through its apertures must rigidly conform in outline to them. Asimilar
pattern of rubber is more elastic. A glove of rather heavy rubber, for
instance, may be made to conform to average size hands which vary
rather widely in detail, even if not elastic enough to permit entry of a
large hand, or to fit a small hand. Nor will such a glove adapt itself to
the foot or head. Likewise a pattern of swiftly flowing water as from the
perforations in a nozzle, can be deflected within limits without splash-
ing and spoiling the general design.
The exact amount of rigidity and the limit of elasticity afforded by
an astrological pattern as an opportunity for a soul to be born into hu-
man form remains yet to be determined. Yet actual observation of people
born with almost identical birth-charts indicates considerable elasticity
does exist. It seems that, when proper physical conditions also are
present, souls can be born in human form who correspond in the broader
features of their thought-cell organization to the planetary pattern, but
who vary considerably from it in detail.
Now experiences, whether of lower life-forms or of man, naturally
fall into ten different categories, each category being of a type which
gives it the same general quality as that of one of the ten planets. The
more experience a soul has had, or the more intense it is, of a given
planetary type, the greater amount of the corresponding thought-ele-
ment is built into the structure of the soul, and the more energy the
thought-cells thus possess. And thought-cell activity is the real source
of any natural aptitude.
The planets of a birth-chart, by their prominence, map the degree
of thought-cell activity of each of the ten different thought-element fami-
lies. Where the planet is actually located maps the group of thought-
cells belonging to this planetary family which are most active, and have
been organized into a dynamic stellar structure. The houses which a
planet rules through the signs on their cusps, but which it does not oc-
cupy, map the less active common thought-cells belonging to the same
planetary family.
Thus does the prominence of a planet in a birth-chart measure the
thought-cell activity of one definite kind. And this thought-cell activity
not only indicates the volume and intensity of the experiences of that
type which formed the thought-cells, but also the natural aptitude for
expressing ability of a corresponding sort.
It should be remembered, however, that the natural aptitudes at birth
have as yet been given no special vocational trends. They are the raw
thought-cell energies of definite volumes and types which can be diverted
into any channels not inconsistent with their nature, but they are not de-
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veloped abilities. They must be conditioned, educated by experience or
training, to flow into such special channels.
Even as in human life, the soul while animating lower life forms,
has had experiences which in many respects were not identical. These
experiences have been of the Mars type, the Saturn type, or of some
other planetary type, and they have been brought together in certain
intensities of harmony or discord, as shown by the birth-chart aspects,
and relate more pronouncedly to definite departments of life, as indi-
cated by the houses the planets rule. But they have not been human
experiences. They have not been experiences in bookkeeping, in finances,
in trading, in conventional relations, in driving automobiles, in cook-
ing, in studying books, in writing, lecturing or science.
The Mars experiences may have been such that given a proper hu-
man environment they easily are developed to give mechanical ability,
or ability as a surgeon or soldier. The Saturn experiences may be such
that given a proper human environment, they readily give aptitude in
organizing and buying. The Jupiter experiences may have been such
that given a proper human environment they develop salesmanship
ability. But until conditioned by physical environment they remain
merely natural aptitudes and not abilities ready for exercise.
Measuring the Natural Aptitudes
Every aspect a planet makes in a birth-chart indicates a stellar aerial
stretching across the astral body and picking up planetary energy of
the types indicated by its terminals and adding it to the thought-cells of
the soul. The more powerful the aspect, the more energy it picks up,
and the more activity given to the thought-cells mapped by the planets
which form its terminals. Thus do aspects reveal thought-cell activity.
As the Sun rules electrical energies and the Moon the magnetic
energies which together comprise the electromagnetic form, the plan-
etary energies of the Sun and those of the Moon have direct access to
this boundary-line body. And as the planet Mercury rules the nerves
and the electric currents which flow over them in response to thought,
its planetary energies also have direct access to the electromagnetic body.
Now the energies of the soul which reach and have an influence upon
the physical body, must use electromagnetic energies as a conductor.
And as any other planet in aspect to the Sun, Moon or Mercury thus
also has direct access to electromagnetic energies, it is able to make its
influence felt more markedly in the physical world than if its stellar
aerial did not thus connect up with these electromagnetic energies. Yet
even aside from its aspects, any planet in an angle indicates that its en-
ergies in reaching the finer body and the thought-cells it maps, meet
little resistance, and that therefore, more of its energies reach and influ-
ence the individual than were it not so located.
When a planet receives very powerful aspects, especially if a heavy
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aspect is not more than one degree from perfect, it must be considered
prominent irrespective of not being in an angle and aspecting Sun, Moon
or Mercury. But such prominence constitutes an exception to the general
rule that only such planets in a birth-chart as are in an angle, or which
aspect Sun, Moon or Mercury with a reasonable degree of closeness, are
to be considered prominent. Determining the relative degree of promi-
nence of a planet is important, because the amount of its prominence is
the measure of the thought-cell activity of the type the planet maps.
In astrology, even more than in most sciences, because it deals with
that very complex whole known as the human character, there are ex-
ceptions to nearly all general rules. That which usually indicates one
thing, may not indicate it in special cases where some other set of fac-
tors is present which pulls strongly in a different direction.
Because any mechanical method so far advanced for the precise
determination of the relative prominence of each planet in a chart of
birth rests solely on assumptions derived from observation, and is too
cumbersome for general use, all the analyses of the 3,000 timed birth-
charts presented in this book have considered planets prominent when
in angles and when in reasonably close aspect to Sun, Moon or Mer-
cury, with only an occasional planet considered prominent otherwise
because its aspects were too powerful to be ignored, or because in addi-
tion to weakly aspecting Sun, Moon or Mercury it was also powerfully
aspected otherwise.
The analysis of 100 birth-charts of people who follow a given occu-
pation, and whose hour of birth is known, reveals that certain planets
are almost invariably prominent in all these charts. They may be con-
sidered the birth-chart constants of those occupations.
We may be confident, therefore, that any other person who has the
same birth-chart constants, has the groundwork for similar abilities, and
an aptitude for the given kind of work. We may even go further, and
feel sure that the natural aptitude of any person for a given pursuit,
relative to his other aptitudes, can accurately be measured by the promi-
nence of the birth-chart constants of that vocation in his birth-chart. That
is, the greater the activity of the thought-cells which statistical analysis
has revealed to be the most essential in following the occupation, the
more aptitude for that occupation the individual possesses.
We have published the birth-data of many of the series of 100 charts
used, and when the facilities are present will finish publishing the bal-
ance of the 3,000. It may be that those using other methods of determin-
ing prominence, or who have a different personal equation in using this
one, in analyzing these charts will get quite different percentages. But
we are confident that if they use any valid method of determining promi-
nence, they will find the same planets prominent for each vocation as
those here given. Therefore the student who has a little experience, and
can gauge even roughly the relative prominence of the planets in any
chart, also from the analyses here presented will be able to determine
the relative degree of natural aptitudes of an individual for following
each of the different vocations.
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How to Select A Vocation
What we have attempted to do in applying the statistical method
to these birth-charts, is to use the ordinary method of inspection as-
trologers everywhere employ to gauge the influences in a birth-chart,
and to present findings based on methods already familiar to almost all
astrologers; which will enable them, or any astrological student who
has learned to judge a birth-chart, readily to determine the best voca-
tion an individual can follow. We have striven for practical results, and
the letters which have been coming in over many years from astrolo-
gers and astrological students lead us to believe in this we have been
Harmony or Discord of a Planet
Has Little Significance Relative to Ability
There is a decided difference between having ability of a certain kind
and good fortune in its use. The aptitude for using energy of a certain
type depends primarily upon experiences in the past in using that type
of energy. The natural aptitude for the use of each of the ten types of
energy, as shown by the birth-chart, depends upon the pre-human ex-
periences in using those kinds of energy; and the amount of such expe-
rience, and the activity of the thought-cells resulting from such experi-
ence, are mapped in the chart of birth by the prominence of the planets
whose energies are of the same type as those experiences.
One who has followed the analyses of the large number of birth-
charts of outstanding people published in the various astrological maga-
zines by The Church of Light, from this alone will have become con-
vinced that an afflicted planet indicates quite as much ability of its kind
as a planet well aspected.
As a regular part of the class-work each week since 1915, the stu-
dents of The Brotherhood of Light lessons in Los Angeles have been
analyzing the birth-charts of prominent people. And this work has dem-
onstrated quite conclusively that a heavily afflicted planet indicates
outstanding ability of its kind quite as often as does a more harmonious
In other words, it is the AMOUNT AND INTENSITY of the experi-
ences of a definite type which have accumulated in the thought-cells of
the soul, rather than the harmony or discord of those experiences, which
determine the natural aptitude for a particular kind of work. Therefore
to the extent the relative degree of activity of each group of thought-
cells mapped by the ten planets can be precisely determined, to the same
degree of precision can be determined the amount of natural aptitude
of each of the ten types relative to the same individual's other natural
aptitudes. But for reasons later to be explained this gives only the de-
gree in which the aptitudes are present relative to each other, and not
necessarily the degree of aptitude which the individual possesses in
comparison to some other individual.
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House Activity Has Aptitude Significance
Experiences in lower forms of life have been associated with the vari-
ous departments of life in varying degree. That is, they have been expe-
riences in mating, ruled by the seventh house, in home building, ruled
by the fourth house, in short journeys, ruled by the third house, in ac-
quisition, ruled by the second house, with the offspring, ruled by the
fifth house, etc. In fact, every experience belongs to one of the twelve
departments of life the thought-cells pertaining to which are mapped
by the twelve houses of the birth-chart.
As distinct from the dynamic stellar structure mapped by the ac-
tual position of a planet in the birth-chart, the less vigorous and less
well organized thought-cells mapped by a house of the birth-chart are
called common thought-cells. The volume of activity they possess, and
therefore their ability to direct the behavior and the thoughts into chan-
nels related to the department of life mapped by the house, and their
ability to attract events relative to this department of life, are shown by
the prominence of the planet ruling the house-cusp.
While a planet actually in a house represents thought-cells more
active than those of the vacant house whose cusp it rules, a planet actu-
ally in a house, but having a few and weak aspects, may not map thought-
cells as active as the common thought-cells of some vacant house whose
planetary ruler is powerful by position and makes powerful aspects.
Thus in judging the thought-cell activity of a given house, not only the
aspects of any planet in the house must be considered, but also the as-
pects and prominence of the planet ruling the cusp of the house; for it
maps the volume of activity of the common thought-cells.
If the thought-cells mapped by the second house are not active, the
individual has not been conditioned by pre-human experiences to at-
tract many important human events in which money is involved. If the
thought-cells mapped by the sixth house (illness) and the twelfth house
(hospitals and confinement) are not quite active it is unlikely the indi-
vidual will make a good doctor or a good nurse, because he has little
power to attract events and conditions with which a nurse or doctor
must constantly associate. If the thought-cells mapped by the third house
are weak, he will find accountancy a bore; for it takes active third-house
thought-cells to make a person enjoy long hours writing down figures
in a book. To attract one to the land as a successful farmer should be
attracted, the fourth-house thought-cells should be active. And as a fi-
nal illustration, no matter how much dramatic talent an individual has,
unless he also has active fifth-house thought-cells he is unlikely to at-
tract stage or screen experiences often enough to excel as an actor.