The Astrological Houses of Air & The Word of God

In the beginning was the Word.” (Prologue to the Gospel of John, The Bible).

With the ‘Word’, God created the universe from the formless dark.  He tamed chaos through organization of matter into a blueprint of His ‘idea’.  Once named, things can be identified as separate from us and accordingly, can be experienced.

Plato believed that timeless archetypal ‘ideas’ format our everyday experience of reality.[1] This is good ‘air stuff’.  Not surprisingly, air folks operate through ‘preconceived ideas’ of the ‘perfect’ world.  It is in air houses (3rd, 7th, and the 11th), that you manifest your ideas even if you are often disappointed when they don’t accord with ‘reality’.

How might this work in practice?

In the 3rd house, you learn about the ‘word’.  Planets here must inform your ‘idea’ (i.e. blueprint plan) of how the world turns.  In the 7th house, you meet the ‘other’ and go crazy when he/she doesn’t comply with your plan.  Planets here must polarize, contrast, and compare.  Expect debate and disagreement as you discover the world doesn’t turn quite as you’d planned.  In the 11th house, you bring your ideas to a wider audience.  Through association, you give voice to your idea of how the world should turn.

Air house planets are often restless and unhappy.  They regularly generate a good deal of sense ‘chatter’ rather like a group of kids on a school trip.  However with focus, planets in the air houses can tap into the primal energy of the ‘first cause’ and personally experience the ‘will of God’. [2]

Magicians know that the pure ‘Will’ of every man is already in perfect harmony with the ‘divine will’ and in face they are one and the same.[3] Will however is not the same as the Ego.[4] Call it what you like – Tao, Platonic Ideals, Divine Will, or ‘just the way things are’ – you are part of a greater cosmic plan and you prosper when you act in harmony with that plan.  You are a magician when you consciously work to effect change rather than reacting unconsciously to external events.

“Magick is the Science and Art of causing change to occur inconformity with Will” (Magick in Theory and Practice, Paris: Lecram press, 1929, Reprint, New York: Magickal Childe Publications, 1990.

It would seem that the air houses are where you can best practice Magick.   It is here that you experience the feminine giving ‘manifest’ form to the ‘intention’ of the masculine.  Within ‘her’ you keep from being lost in the fog as you take form, grow, and achieve fulfilment.

In the air houses you manifest the ‘Word” of God.

[1] Timothy Freke, The Illustrated Book of Sacred Scriptures, Quest Books, Illinois (1998), p. 22.  Actually this concept is older than Plato.  According to the Hermetica, the word is the primal vibration through which the universe manifests – it is ‘the idea of beautiful order’.

[2] The Cosmological Argument, also known as the First Cause Argument, is one of the most important arguments for the existence of God.  This is not only because it is one of the most convincing, but also because it is the one most used.  The idea that everything that happens must have a cause, and that the first cause of everything must have been God, is widespread.

[3] Lon Mil Duquette, The Magick of Thelema, Samuel Weiser, Inc. York Beach, ME (1993), p. 3.

[4] The Ego has a hero-like mantle that does violence against nature; killing and maiming are standard Ego/hero activities.  Action is a modern Egocentric mantra – i.e. must ‘make it happen’.  Contrast this with ‘Will’, which, as I understand it, is expressed in complete harmony with nature and with faith and trust in life.  The story of the Velveteen Rabbit is a good example.  Here a toy rabbit becomes a ‘real’ rabbit by states.  First he learns about the power of ‘love’s as he becomes the treasured to of the Boy.  Later, when as the result of an outbreak of scarlet fever he is to be destroyed, he sheds a ‘real tear’ as he remembers the magic of his special relationship with the Bly.  At this point, a fairy turns him into a real rabbit because he has earned it. Conscious acceptance of the pain of living rather than knee-jerk struggle against it, allowed The Velveteen Rabbit to become truly alive.


Astrological oppositions & the Gateway to the Garden of Eden

What I’m going to do is split every single one of them into two halves (regarding Zeus’ solution to the overambitious human androgynies, Plato, Symposium)

Astrological oppositions are dynamic.   They pull us off balance to catch our attention.  They force growth.  They require psychological projection, conflict & challenge, confrontation, and finally (hopefully) compromise.  Apparently there is no way to avoid oppositions.  Like castor oil, they are good for us – like them or not.

Oppositions divide the circle of unity by two.  God created man in his own image; the God-image lodged in a creature of earth is both a (1) union of oppositions (matter and spirit), and (2) disunion with the divine. [1] In Judeo-Christian traditions Eve and the snake get the blame for this because the tree of knowledge gave awareness of dichotomy (i.e. good & evil – life & death).  Paradoxically, this awareness is what signals our birth of consciousness into earthly existence.  We are no longer at one with God.

Although dichotomies, dyads, and duality are central to every aspect of life, they have a bad reputation.  Polarization, splitting, and blame are popular remedies.  It’s as if we must go completely off balance and experience the extremes before heading for middle ground.  Have a look at the newspapers; this certainly seems to be the case.

Alternatively, as a solution I suggest détente; I envision this as a Mercury/Venus function.[2] Mercury facilitates intercourse between the opposing parties like a shaman realigning the relationship between body and spirit.  It is interesting that Alice Bailey considered Mercury  – not Mars – to be the esoteric ruler of Aries (the sign of ‘action’).  One might then suggest that ‘thought’ is the basis of ‘action’ and should precede it – not the other way around.    While Mercury does his realignment thing, Venus diplomatically smoothes ruffled relations long enough for each to get in touch with his own values and make choices accordingly.

Many religions focus on the reunification of the ‘two’ with the ‘one’.  My Judeo-Christian legacy bequeathed me a jealous and angry God who is, himself, split between the halos of heaven and the eternal fires of hell.  Perhaps it is through a positive attitude (Mercury – the alchemist) and a between relationship with the ‘tree of knowledge’ (Venus – living with our choices) that we can find our way back to ‘The Garden’.

[1] Edward, F. Edinger, The Bible and the Psyche, Individuation Symbolism in the Old Testament, Inner City Books, Toronto, (1986), p. 21.

[2] The key to détente (a phrase coined during 1965-1972 as a solution to the US/USSR Cold War/ Arms Race) may be demonstrated by Henry Kissinger (who was heavily associated with the concept).  He has a heavy Venus/Mercury influence (Gemini/Libra) and Chiron in Aries opposite Saturn/ Moon in Libra that runs across his 3rd/9th houses.  He also has Sun/Mercury (conjunct) in Gemini in the 10th house.

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