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How to
Select a
Vocation
There are just five things which should receive consideration
in selecting a vocation in the following order of importance: I.
The natural aptitudes as indicated by the prominent planets
and active houses of the birth-chart. 2. The luck attracting power
of the associations amid which the aptitudes may with advan-
tage be employed, as indicated by the aspects of the various
planets. 3. The previous conditioning, including education and
training, of the individual. 4. The environmental conditions
under which he will be compelled to follow the vocation. 5.
The progressed aspects operative in his chart during the time
he follows the vocation. The first two have already been dis-
cussed. So now let us consider the other three and any minor
matters that have a bearing upon vocational selection.
The positions of the planets at any given time indicate the
direction in which their energies are flowing and combining with
other planetary currents. The sum total of these streams and their
convergences form an inner-plane pattern. And 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 at that time, although
they may vary considerably from this pattern in detail.
But to fit the birth-chart pattern it is only necessary that
the thought-cell organization resemble the astrological pattern
in the relative activity of each thought-cell group to other
thought- cell groups, relative to the harmonies and discords of
the thought- cells, and relative to all other structural propor-
tions in the astral form. It is not necessary that there shall be
any particular volume of thought-cell activity in the astral form
considered as a whole. In other words, while the relations and
comparative volumes of the energies are shown by the birth-
chart, the total volume of energy acquired from experience may
be several times as much in one individual's astral form as in
another's, even though they are born at the same moment and
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practically the same place.
No one can determine from looking at a chart whether it is the birth-
chart of a mollusk, the birth-chart of a reptile, the birth-chart of a bird,
the birth-chart of a dog, or the birth-chart of a man. But on its own evo-
lutionary level each of these creatures will exhibit the traits and attract
the events signified by its birth- chart. At least horses, dogs and cats do;
as we have experimented rather extensively with their charts.
But our researches have not stopped there. We have compared the
lives of astrological twins, born of different parents, but with almost
identical birth-charts. And we have compared the accomplishments of
different people with the significant planet, so far as we could deter-
mine, equally prominent in their charts, and having similar aspects. And
while relative to the accomplishment signified by other planets in the
same chart there is apt to be a close parallel, the amount of accomplish-
ment of one may be several times that of the other.
The student need only compare the birth-charts of people in his
own community with the birth-charts of famous people, to find charts
quite similar to those of famous persons, of people who have exercised
similar talents and attained some local prominence, but who have gone
not nearly so far.
The chart of a draft horse may show him to be very speedy. But
even so, he will be outdistanced in a race by almost any horse of the
racehorse strain. The draft horse is speedy only in comparison to other
draft horses. And thus it is also with men and women. From the birth-
chart alone can only be determined the amount of natural aptitude an
individual has of a particular type in comparison to his other natural
aptitudes; and not the extent of the success he can make using this natu-
ral aptitude in comparison to the success some other person can make
in the same vocation. To appraise how great a success he can make rela-
tive to some other person with similar birth-chart positions, it would be
necessary to know the evolutionary level of both. This factor, which is
not shown astrologically, has been given the letter (G) on the Astro-
Physical Interaction diagram.
However, this evolutionary level (G) is of no significance in the se-
lection of a vocation. In selecting the best vocation which an individual
can follow, we are not trying to determine how great a success he can
make in the vocation. Instead, we are determining, relative to such abil-
ity and fortune-attracting thought- cells as the individual has, in which
particular vocation he can be more successful than in other vocations,
be that success large or be it small.
But there are two factors, other than those mapped in the birth-
chart (A) or indicated by progressed aspects (C and D), that are of great
significance. They are the special conditioning by events since birth, and
the resistance offered by physical environment, indicated by letters (B)
and (E) on the Astro-Physical Interaction diagram.
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The Influence of Environment
As the thought-cells have been built by the states of consciousness re-
sulting from experiences with environment; and as the desires of these
thought-cells and therefore what they strive to do has been determined
by the pleasure or pain of such experiences; it is apparent that contact
with environment in pre-human life-forms is largely responsible for the
inner-plane organization mapped by the chart of birth, and that experi-
ences after human birth continue to add energy which builds thought-
cells in the astral body, to add energy to existing thought-cells, and to
change the desires of thought-cells that already form a part of the soul.
This giving direction to the desires of the thought-cells is called
conditioning. And as soon as it occurs, every experience with environ-
ment has an influence upon the way some of the thought-cells are con-
ditioned. That is, it tends to modify their desires and consequently the
manner in which they try to influence the behavior and the events that
come into the life. Thus we cannot separate conditioning from the influ-
ence of environment. But, at least before the individual has reacted to it,
we can separate environment from conditioning. Also we can consider
environment apart from the energy it adds to certain thought- cells as
affording facilities for certain events and offering resistance to others.
And it is a grave mistake to overlook environment in the selection of a
vocation.
Age is a portion of the environment. After the vocation has been
selected, it is never too early to begin to think about the best method of
conditioning--training--the individual for the occupation. But environ-
mental demands make it impossible for those too young to follow cer-
tain vocations, and make it difficult, or perhaps impossible, for those
beyond a certain age to obtain employment in them. And environmen-
tal demands may make it very difficult for a person of one sex to gain
employment in a vocation on which the opposite sex has a virtual mo-
nopoly. Both the age and the sex are indicated by the data furnished for
the chart of birth.
But quite aside from such data, during some periods there are en-
vironmental demands for those who follow certain vocations that are
not present during other periods. During the first fifteen years of the
present century, for instance, there was a constant and vigorous demand
for teamsters. But the demand for those with ability to handle work
horses has since given way to the demand for those with ability to drive
motor trucks. No matter how much natural aptitude for teaming birth-
charts may indicate, few people at the present time should be encour-
aged to become teamsters.
At the time this is written the United States has become the arsenal
of democracy, and has committed itself to all-out production of war
materials. For the time being it is difficult to get employment in any-
thing that does not contribute to the war effort. But there is a tremen-
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dous demand for those skilled in the use of machine tools. And to my
personal knowledge there are those drawing big wages in the aircraft
industry, doing routine work well enough after a period of training,
who have very little natural aptitude for mechanics. They have far greater
ability for some other vocation; but the demand for aircraft workers at
present is so great that they are making more money, and serving their
country better, than if they engaged in any other type of work.
When the radio became popular it decreased the demand for a cer-
tain type of musician. The Federal Housing Project created a special
demand for carpenters and plumbers during the half decade before the
U. S. entered World War II. But for the whole decade previous to this
war there was a repletion of white collar workers which persists to the
present time. The demand has been for those who can work with their
hands. However, automobile workers are not in demand just now, and
hundreds of thousands of those previously engaged in the auto facto-
ries are out of employment while undergoing training to fit them for
war production work. Furthermore, there is usually a constant demand
for those following certain vocations, such as telephone operators and
salesman, and an uncertain demand for those following others, such as
professional athletes and professional dancers.
In selecting the vocation, therefore, due to environmental condi-
tions, it may be better for the individual to train to follow some occupa-
tion for which there is a demand, even though he has a little more apti-
tude for some other, than to follow the special one for which most suited.
I am not implying that the great poets, musicians, writers and inventors
who have almost starved to death that they might contribute something
of high value to society, should have followed some other work. Merely
that the price which an individual must often pay to work at something
for which there is no commercial demand should not be overlooked.
Progressed Aspects Should Receive Consideration
Referring to theAstro-Physical Interaction diagram, in selecting the best
vocation to follow, (A), (B) and (E) are all factors that require attention.
And if there is also a time element for its commencement, or for its prac-
tice, we must also consider factors (C) and (D).
What I mean is that if at a particular period in an individual's life
he desires to take up some vocation for which his birth-chart indicates a
natural aptitude, it is well to examine the progressed aspects at the time
to determine how such work, or the attempt to get into it, will affect
him at this particular period. It may be that, due to heavy progressed
afflictions at the time which would find in the vocation full opportunity
to attract disaster, it would be unwise for him to enter a vocation at one
particular time of life in which he would be unusually successful at other
times.
We have made a point of collecting the birth data of pilots and oth-
ers who have cracked up in airplane disasters. In all we have obtained
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up to the present time, there was a heavy progressed aspect to Mars at
the time of the crash. Often a pilot has flown a commercial plane for
years without accident, and then when exceptionally heavy progressed
afflictions have formed in his chart, including a heavy aspect to Mars,
he has run into the top of a mountain, or made a disastrous forced land-
ing. During some special period in the life of an individual whose chart
normally shows great success in aviation, there may be such progressed
afflictions to Mars, Uranus and Saturn that aviation during this period
would have a high probability of disaster by accident. Such conditions
would be shown by (C) and (D).
On the other hand, the progressed aspects operative during a given
period of the life may well so favor following a specific vocation that
there would be greater gain from it during this period than from some
other vocation for which there is better natural aptitude, but toward
which the progressed aspects at the time were highly unfavorable.
Only under certain unusual circumstances is an individual war-
ranted in following a vocation for which he has no natural aptitude; but
there are often indicated in the birth-chart a variety of natural aptitudes
which are less outstanding than those indicating the best vocation. And
if either the physical environment (E), or the progressed aspects (C and
D), or both, during a given period of the life specially favor a vocation
for which there is some aptitude, even if it is not the one for which there
is most aptitude, it may be better during this period to turn the atten-
tion to the vocation thus favored.
In the selection of vocations for children, (B) often can largely be
controlled; that is, the child can-be conditioned in the direction which
will most aid him in making a success of the chosen vocation. But even
in selecting a vocation for a child, the progressed aspects (C and D)
which will be operative at the time he can be expected to commence
following it on his own, should not be ignored; nor should (E) the de-
mand for such services and the hazards or other conditions they will
stimulate in the life be left out of consideration. A vocation when it is
actually practiced, or the attempt made to practice it, comes under all
the rules that are generally applicable to events.
Employer or Employee?
It frequently happens that a person who is unusually successful in han-
dling a business for another is able to earn a very nice salary; but as
soon as he goes into business for himself he loses all he has. On the
other hand, a person who makes very little success in the employ of
others often is able to make a marked success when he breaks away
from such servitude and establishes himself independently. This is im-
portant in vocational matters, and is determined chiefly by three birth-
chart indications.
1. The first of these is the tenth house. I have already indicated that
the thought-cell activity mapped by the tenth house affects the busi-
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ness, credit and honor, and that the line marked by the M.C. acts as an
amplifier. Any thought-cells mapped by the tenth house have ready
access to this amplifying device, and thus get publicity.
As a general rule, the more elevated a planet is in the chart, that is,
the closer it is to the cusp of the M.C., the more readily the qualities
represented by the thought-cells it maps get publicity. But as affecting
the honor and business in particular, any planet aspecting the cusp of
the tenth, or aspecting a planet in the tenth, and thus mapping a stellar
aerial reaching to the amplifier, is more important than a planet elevated
and not in the tenth.
If, therefore, the ruler of the tenth house, and the cusp of the tenth
(the amplifier), are well aspected, it is an excellent indication that the
person can make a success in business for himself. But if planets in the
tenth, the cusp of the tenth, or the ruler of the cusp of the tenth, receive
discordant aspects, it indicates difficulties that tend to hamper an inde-
pendent business.
2. An individual may be in business, or may follow a profession,
without the aid of employees. Even so, as he is the center about which
the business revolves, it is well to have the Sun thought- cells powerful.
If these are weak and discordant, as indicated by a Sun not prominent
but afflicted in the birth-chart, his power of control over the business
tends toward disorganization and failure. But this is more important in
proportion as the activities of other persons must be directed in the busi-
ness, especially if such direction must be made through personal con-
tact. To boss others successfully the Sun needs prominence, and if well
aspected there will be less difficulty attracted in this effort.
3. From the purely financial angle, the two business planets, Jupi-
ter and Saturn, are of more importance than the Sun. Where buying,
selling, bargaining and sound business judgment are concerned, the
thought-cells mapped by these two planets must be relied upon. If they
are weak and discordant they indicate lack of business ability; but to
the extent they are active and harmonious do they indicate both judg-
ment and the so-called luck which contribute to financial success.
When these three factors of business success--the tenth house, the
Sun, and the two business planets--are weak and much afflicted, it is
better for the individual to follow his vocation in the employ of others.
As there seems to be no limit to the salary it is possible to command, if
the abilities are pronounced enough, this need be no hardship. But if
the three factors mentioned are favorable, he can with advantage go
into business for himself.
The Best Vocation
The general rule for selecting the best vocation is first to determine the
most pronounced natural aptitudes. This is done by noting the most
prominent planets and the most active houses, without regard to whether
the aspects involved are harmonious or discordant. Vocations employ-
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ing the natural aptitudes thus determined have been ascertained statis-
tically, and can be selected from the vocational analyses given in this
book. And from the requirements of these vocations which have actu-
ally been analyzed, and from the type of ability indicated by each of the
planets as hereafter shown, it should not be difficult to select the natu-
ral aptitudes and the birth-chart positions mapping them, for almost
any other vocations.
After having selected the natural aptitudes--for an individual can
use only the kind of ability he possesses--the next thing is to determine
amid what associations he should employ these aptitudes to attract the
most good fortune. The harmony or discord of a planet determines the
luck attracted in an environment ruled by it. The best planet in the chart,
which means that it must be prominent as well as harmoniously
aspected, indicates the most fortunate environment. And the house
whose ruler, or rulers, is harmonious, indicates a department of life in
which good fortune is easily attracted.
As an ideal, the best vocation for an individual is one which per-
mits his greatest natural aptitudes to express amid the surroundings
ruled by the best planet in his birth-chart. But often conditioning (B) or
environment (E), and sometimes even the progressed aspects at a given
time (C and D) make it advisable to compromise on something a bit
short of this ideal. An individual may find it expedient to neglect the
use of some one of his outstanding aptitudes, or to use his greatest apti-
tudes amid associations that are not as harmonious as those indicated
by his best planet and best birth-chart houses.
The Influence of Conditioning
It has already been indicated that as soon as the consciousness of the
individual reacts to it, every experience with environment adds energy
to some of the thought-cells within the astral body, giving them more
energy and influencing the direction of their desires, and therefore how
they will affect the behavior and how they will strive to attract events
into the life in the future. This, however, is only part of the story. The
balance of it shows indisputably that two people with practically iden-
tical birth-charts, if reared amid environments which afford facilities
for different kinds of events, have their thought-cells so conditioned by
this divergence of experiences that they have quite different destinies,
and the events attracted into their lives under the influence of the same
progressed aspect may be different in the department of life chiefly af-
fected, in their importance to the individual, and in the amount of for-
tune or misfortune; although in each instance the events will bear the
characteristics of the planets making the aspect and belong to a house
ruled by one of the planets involved in the aspect.
Professional psychologists have found that identical twins reared
in separate homes have different I.Q's. The University of Iowa's Child
Welfare Research Station, investigating the result of orphans born of
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feeble-minded parents being adopted by highly intelligent families,
found their average I.Q. was 115, well above normal (100). Not one was
dull. Concluded the Station's director, Dr. George Dinsmore Stoddard:
"With good upbringing even a dull child may become bright."
Our CASE HISTORY STUDIES of Identical Twins, Natural Twins
and Astrological Twins who have almost identical charts also indicate
that the environment is a powerful factor in conditioning the thought-
cells to desire certain events of their planetary type rather than other
events of the same planetary type, and that the reaction to these events
which the environment affords with facility, also tends to influence the
importance of the events attracted later, and the relative degree of good
fortune or misfortune.
As an illustration, we published such a CASE HISTORY, embrac-
ing the analysis of 25 astrological influences, chiefly progressed aspects,
as affecting the lives of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and his Astrological Twin,
in the seven issues of THE RISING STAR commencing with the August
3, 1940, issue. Fairbanks had 17 Aries on the M.C. and 1 Leo 13 rising.
The Twin had 19 Aries on the M.C. and 4 Leo 12 rising. The only planet
in a different house was the Moon.
Of the 25 events which coincided with the same progressed aspects
or other astrological influences in both lives, the planetary characteris-
tic was the same in each pair of events; the house rulership was differ-
ent in only 16% of the events, although the events in all cases belonged
to a house ruled by one of the planets involved in the progressed as-
pect; there was a difference in the fortune of the events in 32%; a differ-
ence in their importance in 28%; and the specific events differed in 68%.
Of these differences in the events attracted in these two almost identical
birth-charts by similar progressed aspects, we attributed 12% to the dif-
ferences that existed between the birth-charts; 32% due to an additional
progressed aspect operating in one chart at the time of the event which
was not present in the other; 32% due to difference in the physical envi-
ronment at the time the event took place; and 60% due to different con-
ditioning by earlier environment.
All the 25 events or conditions were similar enough to demonstrate
to an unprejudiced mind the power of progressed aspects to attract events
characteristic of the planets involved and the houses these planets rule.
But what we are interested in here is that such differences as have been
found to exist in their lives were 6o% due to differences in earlier envi-
ronment. And CASE HISTORY studies of the charts and events in the
lives of natural twins and identical twins show a similar power of early
conditioning to divert the life and change the specific nature, the impor-
tance and the harmony or discord, of the events attracted.
In the case of Natural Twins of Opposite Sex, in which 15 similar
sets of astrological influences were analyzed in the five issues of The
RisingStar, commencing April 7, 1940, the differences in the events at-
tracted were 67% attributed to conditioning, which was half again as
much as that attributed to birth- chart differences including sex, which
is part of the birth-chart.
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Fairbanks' father was a lawyer who habitually declaimed
Shakespeare in the home. Fairbanks became saturated with drama in
his childhood. The Astrological Twin was reared in an atmosphere of
mechanics. His father and uncle owned a blacksmith shop. One ex-
pressed his tenth house Mars in daring and athletic acting, the other
chiefly working with machines.
Education and training, whatever it may be, is conditioning. A per-
son who has not become familiar with a musical instrument at maturity
will never become famous as a pianist, because his fingers have become
too inflexible. A job requiring a college education is not suitable to a
person who without getting it has passed the years for acquiring such
an education. Always, in selecting a vocation, the background of train-
ing and education should be considered.
I believe the most important knowledge astrology affords is that
while the type of energy of the thought-cells mapped by a given planet
cannot be changed, it can be diverted into any one of numerous chan-
nels of expression. No one can make Saturn thought-cells influence the
behavior to become aggressive, or to work to attract the Mars type of
events; but it is possible to train Saturn thought-cells that have influ-
enced the individual to be self-centered and pessimistic, and have re-
peatedly attracted loss into his life, to influence him to find satisfaction
in system, order and organization, and to attract responsibility. And it
is possible to train Mars thought-cells that have influenced the indi-
vidual to be irritable and belligerent, and have repeatedly attracted ac-
cidents, so that they will influence him to think constructively, and work
to attract constructive enterprises into his life.
After the thought-cells have expressed their particular type of en-
ergy in a certain trend of thought and behavior a few times, they form
the habit-system of expressing in a similar way. At any stage of life such
habit systems, due to conditioning, can be changed. But the earlier in
life such effort is made the easier it is. To enable such conditioning to be
attempted intelligently, especially in reference to vocational matters,
before taking up in alphabetical order the actual analysis and require-
ments relating to each of 30 vocations, it seems well to point out some
of the experiences that formed the thought-cells mapped by each planet
in the birth-chart, and to indicate channels through which each can be
trained to express by conditioning after human birth.
SUN: Throughout its evolutionary past the soul has had some con-
tact with other life-forms and the members of its own species. And at all
stages before human birth, as well as after being born into human form,
the ability to exercise authority has carried with it certain advantages.
In the animal world, for instance, ability to exercise authority en-
ables a creature to dominate territory and thus more adequately secure
a supply of food. It enables it to secure the mate of its choice, and to
prevent the mate being stolen by a rival. And when community life is
established, this Drive for Significance becomes more than the mere seek-
ing of food and reproduction. It becomes the desire to have the respect
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of, and to be obeyed by, others. Thus a herd of wild horses is ruled with
tyranny by some stallion which has vanquished all rivals, and migrat-
ing geese look to some wise old gander for leadership.
All experiences which have been associated with the exercise of
authority have built Power thought-elements into the finer body. The
normal degree of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by
the prominence of the Sun in the chart of birth. And only those with
these Sun thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for work
where the exercise of authority is essential.
These Sun thought-cells cannot be too active; but it is easy for them
to become so discordant they cause endless trouble. Properly to condi-
tion them, the individual should early learn that undue assumption of
superiority really weakens his authority, and that consideration of the
opinions of others and sympathy with their views will tend toward get-
ting better service. In other words, he should learn to find satisfaction
in getting people to want to do as he desires them to do, rather than in
forcing his will upon them.
Not only a politician, but a shop foreman, a floor walker in a de-
partment store, the head of a department, and others under whose su-
pervision people work, need active Sun thought-cells.
MOON: To provide sustenance and comfort for the young is one
of the most commonly observed activities among most forms of life.
Plants exercise the utmost ingenuity to see to it their seeds are carried
by wind, or water, or in the fur of animals, to a place where the environ-
ment will favor their growth. Birds weave intricate nests, and. animals
construct dens and lairs, to secure safety for their offspring; and all will
fight to the death, and endure amazing hardship and peril, for them.
Such experiences in housing and rearing the progeny built the Do-
mestic thought-elements into the finer body. The normal degree of ac-
tivity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the prominence of
the Moon in the chart of birth.And only those with these Moon thought-
cells quite active have a natural aptitude for music, for contacting the
common people, or for caring for the weak and helpless.
Some people with the Moon prominent take to music as naturally as
do some birds and some insects. But to become successful as a musician,
the individual needs training, and the earlier this conditioning is started
the better. By maturity the fingers are usually too inflexible to start be-
coming an instrumental musician. Professional dancers also, who express
the domestic melody in rhythmic motion, need to start training early.
Cosmetician, waiters, store clerks and telephone operators must
have the Moon thought-cells active to enable them to meet the general
public; and should condition themselves to find pleasure in giving all
types of people satisfactory service.
Farmers and nurses and others whose success depends on their
ability to care for the young or the helpless, need a prominent birth-
chart Moon. And they should early condition these Moon thought-cells
to get their highest satisfaction from bringing young plants or animals
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to sturdy maturity, or from bringing back to health those who are ill.
MERCURY: Insects, birds and mammals find it of advantage to be
alert, to perceive enemy or food quickly, to remember where their homes
or sources of food are, to be able to select proper material for home
building, and to do whatever they need to do with dexterity.
Such experiences in the exercise of alertness, dexterity, memory and
perception built the Intellectual thought-elements into the finer body.
The normal degree of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indi-
cated by the prominence of Mercury in the birth-chart. And Mercury--
because it is never over 28 degrees from the Sun, and Venus is never
over 45 degrees from the Sun, and consequently Mercury is frequently
conjunction Sun or Venus, and moving faster than the other planets,
makes many other aspects--is prominent more often than any other
planet. Also the Mercury thought-cells are important in more vocations
than any other thought-cells.
They are needed in setting down lines, words or figures by archi-
tects, artists, draftsmen, bookkeepers and stenographers; in problem
solving by some of these and by astrologers, chemists, electricians, ma-
chinists, and radio technicians; in giving ability to talk or otherwise ex-
press ideas clearly by lawyers, movie stars, politicians, salesmen, teach-
ers and writers; to give memory or dexterity to dancers, dentists, store
clerks, telephone operators, and waiters; to give alertness to such of
these as serve the public; and the intelligence to be versatile and adapt-
able where these qualities are required.
But as cleverness with figures, writing, practicing law, etc., are not
abilities of lower life-forms; the adaptability of the individual at matu-
rity to follow such a vocation depends largely on the channels into which
during early life the energy of the Mercury thought-cells have been con-
ditioned to flow. They may have been conditioned to neglect mathemat-
ics and find satisfaction in the use of language, or they may have turned
their energy chiefly into channels of alertness. In other words, at a given
period of life, the specific trend of ability given by the Mercury thought-
cells largely depends upon the previous education.
VENUS: Some plants bear staminate and pistillate blossoms on dif-
ferent individuals; yet other plants, such as those of the primrose fam-
ily, have male and female associated in a single flower. Some animals
have no social life except at mating time, and others, such as the eagle
and the ostrich among birds, and the lion and the beaver among mam-
mals, mate for life.
Experiences with companionship and mating, in lower forms of
life have built Social thought-elements into the finer body. The normal
degree of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the
prominence of Venus in the chart of birth. And only those with these
Venus thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for work where
neatness, harmony, grace, beauty, or artistic expression is essential.
Even those with active Venus thought-cells need proper condition-
ing early in life to divert the Venus energy into artistic expression. Birds
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of some species build artistic homes, and dance at mating time. They
also posture and display themselves, and give forth joyous music. But
even so, to express beauty as an architect, artist, cosmetician or even the
taste required by a dentist, needs considerable training, as does the neat-
ness of a draftsman.
The musician needs to cultivate the Venus sense of harmony, the
professional dancer must add grace of movement to harmony, the mu-
sician must train his muscles and his ears, and the movie star must learn
to increase the Venus attractiveness of his personal appearance. With-
out an environment which affords opportunity for training the thought-
cells to express in channels giving vocational ability, the Venus thought-
cells, however active they may be, are apt to express nearly all their
energy in affectional and social channels.
MARS: Every life-form, if it is to survive, must be able to meet and
defeat enemies from which it cannot escape. To acquire food there must
be incessant activity, and to overcome obstacles imposed by changing
environment rather than perish, requires initiative. The demand to re-
produce the species develops amativeness.
Experience with combat, with overcoming obstacles, with taking
the initiative, and with love making in lower forms of life have built
Aggressive thought-elements into the finer body. The normal degree of
activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the prominence
of Mars in the chart of birth. And only those with these Mars thought-
cells quite active have a natural aptitude for outstanding muscular ac-
tivity, for combat, for hand,- ling machinery, for taking the initiative, for
mathematics, for building, or for creative work of any kind.
Whether the Mars thought-cells when active give a talent for math-
ematics or mechanics, for soldering or doctoring, for quarrelsomeness
and combat, or for constructing bridges and buildings, depends largely
on the facilities of early environment to condition them to find satisfac-
tion in one of these expressions. The same individual with Mars and
certain other planets prominent may become a movie star or a good
mechanic.
The athlete, the dancer and the waiter need the muscular activity
of Mars. The bookkeeper, chemist, engineer and architect need active
Mars thought-cells for mathematics. The aviator, mechanic, radio tech-
nician and electrician need them for mechanical ability. The doctor, nurse,
architect, draftsman, dentist, artist and cosmetician must have the Mars
constructive ability. The policeman must have Mars daring, and the
movie star must have the Mars initiative to beat down obstacles.
JUPITER: Even many lower forms of life place implicit faith in their
parents. And among gregarious animals the confidence in the leader to
protect and find ample for their need becomes the beginning of hope. Rev-
erence and veneration develop through obedience to such ruling author-
ity, and looking to such higher power for guidance, protection, and satis-
faction of wants. To acquire the favor of the leader, or higher authority, the
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spirit of tolerance toward other members of the group is cultivated.
Various experiences in lower forms of life, in which tolerance and
good will have taken part, and in which there was confidence in higher
authority, have built Religious thought-elements into the finer body. The
normal degree of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by
the prominence of Jupiter in the chart of birth. And only those with
these Jupiter thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for such
professions and occupations as depend on the patronage and good will
of others.
To become a professional athlete these good fellowship thought-
cells must become conditioned to find satisfaction in sports. The den-
tist, the doctor, the lawyer and the politician must have them condi-
tioned to find satisfaction in professional activity, and in their power to
attract patronage and good. will. The store clerk and the salesman should
have them so conditioned that he finds great satisfaction in inducing
people to like him well enough to come to him for purchases.
SATURN: One of the outstanding abilities of all life-forms which
survive is that which enables them to avoid harmful conditions and
consequent destruction. Deer flee when pursued by wolves, and squir-
rels and bees store food for winter.
Experiences with fear, caution, acquisition, greed, system and self-
ish wants in lower forms of life have built Safety thought- elements into
the finer body. The normal degree of activity of the thought-cells so
formed is indicated by the prominence of Saturn in the chart of birth.
And only those with these Saturn thought-cells quite active have a natu-
ral aptitude for' those vocations requiring persistence, system, order,
organization, management, shrewd buying, planning, or painstaking,
routine or laborious work.
The architect and engineer need Saturn thought-cell activity for
planning structures. The lawyer needs them to organize his evidence
and plan the most effective presentation. The bookkeeper needs them
to enable him to give system to his work. The store clerk and the police-
man need them to enable them to follow routine duties without becom-
ing restless. The dentist needs them to attract teeth, which Saturn rules;
and the machinist needs them to enable him to do painstaking work.
The musician needs them to enable him to stick with the long hours of
practice, day after day, which are required to become skilled, and the
farmer needs them to hold him to the plodding and laborious work of
his occupation.
Early conditioning them to find satisfaction in responsibility and
effective management is a help when these qualities must be used later
in some vocation.
URANUS: As environment is constantly changing, the ability to
make marked departures from previous customs has enabled many
species to survive that otherwise would have become extinct. When the
ordinary food supply became exhausted through flood or drought, for
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instance, ability to depart radically from the old food habits were highly
advantageous. And when the authority exercised by the flock leader
restricted opportunity for reproduction, rebellion against authority may
have been beneficial.
Experiences with ingenuity, with original conduct, and rebellion
against precedence and authority in lower forms of life have built Indi-
vidualistic thought-elements into the finer body. The normal degree of
activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the prominence
of Uranus in the chart of birth. And only those with these Uranus
thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for powerfully influ-
encing the conduct of others, or for work where originality, inventive-
ness, the use of new ideas or radical departures from established cus-
tom is required, or the use of electricity.
The electrician, telephone operator and radio technician need ac-
tive Uranus thought-cells to attract them to electricity and handle its
gadgets. The lawyer, politician and salesman need them to be able to
influence others. The aviator, engineer, chemist and machinist need their
inventive ability, and aptitude in handling gadgets. The architect and
movie star need them for originality. The stenographer needs them to
enable short cuts to be made, and the astrologer needs them to attract
him to an unusual pursuit, and to give an interest in the influence of the
stars.
If the Uranus thought-cells are early given opportunity for con-
structive original work this usually prevents them from expressing in
rebellion and eccentricity later.
NEPTUNE: All creatures draw from their inner-plane experiences
certain impulses which cause them to strive for a more satisfying type
of life. Animals other than man also have dreams, and many creatures
gain information through feeling extrasensory perception.
Such experiences, in which mental escape has been made from the
harsh restraining walls of reality to a realm devoid of hardship, have
built Utopian thought-elements into the finer body. The normal degree
of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the prominence
of Neptune in the chart of birth. And only those with these Neptune
thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for work which re-
quires promotion, unusual schemes, psychic work, impersonal friend-
liness, dramatization, great imagination, or the handling of poisons.
The professional athlete, dancer, cosmetician, movie star, musician
or artist must be able to dramatize his own personality, the personality
of others, or the work he does. The extra-sensory perception given by
active Neptune thought-cells are a pronounced aid to the psychic and
the astrologer. The aviator must have them to attract him to aviation,
which is ruled by Neptune. The policeman must have them if he is suc-
cessful in laying traps for law breakers. The waiter needs them to give
the necessary impersonal friendliness and attitude of servitude. The
architect and draftsman need them to the extent imagination is required
in their work, and the chemist must have them to attract him to the
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poisonous chemicals he handles.
As active Neptune thought-cells give the individual the inclination
to seek the line of least resistance, their energy readily is conditioned to
express in day dreaming, in idealistic visions about which nothing is
done, in futile dramatization of schemes which are impractical, and in
various forms of escape from reality. It is essential, therefore, that the
individual with active Neptune thought-cells should, as early as pos-
sible, be trained to express their energy through the use of imagination
or the dramatic talents in channels that bring concrete results. That is,
all introspective and negative processes should be discouraged, and the
individual trained to find satisfaction in creative imagination, that is, in
the use of imagination for actual accomplishment.
PLUTO: Specialization of parts and division of labor are to be found
not only among the cells and organs of each organic creature, but among
the members of many plant and animal communities. The colorful flow-
ers, for instance, display gorgeous petals or sepals as advertisements to
attract insects to the nectar secreted by certain cells, and thus insure the
pollination and reproduction which are the work of other specialized
parts. Bees and ants and beavers co-operate for the welfare of the com-
munity in home building, and in storing food for use during winter.
Experiences which have been associated with co-operation, with
coercion, with group activities or with invisible forces have built Uni-
versal Welfare thought-elements into the finer body. The normal de-
gree of activity of the thought-cells so formed is indicated by the promi-
nence of Pluto in the chart of birth. And only those with these Pluto
thought-cells quite active have a natural aptitude for working with
groups, for co-operation, for understanding hidden forces, for mass
production, or for universal welfare work.
The astrologer, the electrician, the chemist, the occultist and the
radio technician need these thought-cells active to enable them to un-
derstand the invisible forces with which they work. The dancer and the
policeman need them active to give ability for co-operation. The waiter,
the store clerk, the telephone operator and the politician need them ac-
tive to enable them to handle people in groups or many people in a
short time. The farmer, the statistician and the production line manu-
facturer need them active to give ability in mass production. And the
nurse needs them active to give the desire to work for universal welfare
in the care of those ill.