Keynotes for the Full Moon
Full Moon Times and Dates
New Moon Meditation
The Great Invocation
Cancer Full Moon
By Phillip Lindsay
Cancer and the Birth of Humanity
Cancer and the Number 4
Cancer, the Moon Chain and Sex
Energy Centre Effects during Cancer
Bill Gates: Cancer Rising Soul Purpose
Cancer and the Birth of Humanity
Cancer is one of the oldest signs of the zodiac, relating to
motherhood, birth, ancient survival instincts - as well as the study
of the past: history; hence this period may be appropriate to explore
some of the past. Humanity was annointed with the ‘spark of mind’ or
soul whilst the Sun was in Cancer in ancient times; this was the period
of the true emergence of the Human Kingdom from the Animal Kingdom.
The Human Kingdom became the bridge between the Kingdom of Souls and
the Animal Kingdom. There were less zodiac signs in those ancient times:
“In Lemurian days, during the early period of animal man and before
humanity appeared on earth, in the interim period of development, eight
signs influenced the planet and the kingdoms of nature found upon it.
There was no response to the influences of Leo and Virgo. The mystery
of the Sphinx did not exist and these two signs were not then part of
the zodiacal wheel. Then individualisation took place and the seed of
Christhood was planted in man and these two signs began to influence
humanity, and gradually that influence was recognised and the zodiac
was then known to have ten signs.”
Leo is of course the sign that bought Humanity into self-consciousness
yet Cancer had a long influence during the initial individualisation
period. This fact can be deduced from the following:
"I earlier gave a hint upon which definite astrological computation
could be based when I gave the time of the "Great Approach"
of the Hierarchy to our planetary manifestation when individualisation
took place and the fourth kingdom
in nature appeared. I placed that stupendous event as happening 21,688,345
years ago. At that time the Sun was in Leo. The process then initiated
upon the physical plane and producing outer physical events took approximately
5,000 years to mature and the Sun was in Gemini when the final crisis
of individualisation took place and the door was then closed upon the
Naturally the Sun makes its astronomical precession backwards
through the zodiac, hence Leo, Cancer, Gemini. As there were ten zodiac
signs at Individualisation, the cycle may have been around 2,500
years, if of course, to use an astronomical term, there was a similar
‘obliquity of the ecliptic’ that exists now. For three signs to be covered
in 5,000 years, Cancer must have gone through a whole cycle of 2,500
years, whilst Leo and Gemini would have made up the remaining 2,500
years. Hence the influence of Cancer was paramount, acting as the great
‘gate’ into incarnation for the millions of humans appropriating ‘souls’
for the first time.
There are many questions that may come up for the reader at this
point and indeed this period of human history is one of the most obscure,
complex and mysterious. Who decreed or ‘added’ the extra two signs?
The short answer is that these forces were made available by the guides
of the Human race and that in fact the signs are living entities, just
as the planets are inhabited by great ‘lives’. Another question is ‘what
is a soul’” Who are the ‘solar angels’ who ‘loaned’ themselves to the
Earth evolution? Unfortunately space does not permit an exploration
in this newsletter.
Cancer and the Number 4
Number four is an important consideration as it is the number of
matter, foundation and the square. The ‘city which stands foursquare’
is a term for Humanity or the personality. The ageless wisdom teachings
enjoin us to invoke our ‘spiritual triplicity’, ‘which "hovers
over the square and radiates the energy of light into this waiting field
of active thought.’
Cancer was and still is the fourth sign; the fourth kingdom is
the Human and we are currently in the enormous cycle of the fourth round
(616,896,000 years); this is occuring in the ‘fourth planetary scheme’
(the Earth), during its ‘fourth chain’ of seven ‘globes’ upon the ‘fourth
globe’ or incarnation of that evolution. There is also the ‘fourth cosmic
path’ that Humanity takes once it has liberated itself and this is the
Path to Sirius, the ‘higher self’ to this solar system. (In the western
zodiac, Sirius is currently found in Cancer.)
The Fourth Ray of Harmony through Conflict (also called the ray
of art and beauty) is of course related and is the ‘ray of Humanity’.
Just as Humanity is the ‘middle kingdom’ between spirit and matter,
so the fourth ray is the ‘middle ray’ of seven. The fourth ray is co-ruled
by the Moon which is also the exoteric ruler of Cancer. The fourth chakra
is the heart and the fourth plane is the buddhic, the goal for Humanity
to achieve that consciousness.
The 'Moon Chain' was the previous (third) chain to our
Earth Chain in this ‘Earth Scheme’. Hence its presence
through rulership of Cancer at Individualisation shows the
link between the two chains, though the actual ‘Moon Chain souls’ came
through several million years later in Atlantis.
Neptune is the soul ruler of Cancer (and Leo, interestingly) and
'replaces' the failed Moon chain:
"Had we been given the charts embracing pre-Lemurian days, and
extending back a distance into the (humanly speaking) unfathomable past,
we would have seen the moon chain portrayed with the Neptune chain omitted."
Speculatively, even though Neptune is the ruler of the sixth ray
of Devotion and Idealism, it could be considered as being ‘veiled’ by
the Moon as ruler of the fourth ray. Neptune is closely associated with
the arts, media and mystical visionary experience – all relating to
the fourth ray. Both the Moon and Neptune are connected to the emotional
or astral body, from where much artistic inspiration derives; the astral
body for many is the point of least resistance for inspiration reflected
down from the higher self.
The 5,000 year period from 21,688,345 to 21,683,345 years ago (counting
back from around 1931 CE), saw the major impetus of human Individualisation
utilising androgynous or hermaphrodite bodies. This is the basis
of Adam and Eve in the Old Testament, a text that derives from the most
ancient Hindu teachings. Adam and Eve were originally one - Adam-Eve
(Jod-Heva, male-female); ‘Adam-Eve’ later separated into two separate
sexes. Cancer the Mother reproduces both sexes, it holds within it the
archetype of both as well as their reunification in hermaphrodite forms
in the very distant future.
It is interesting that the Individualisation process started in
the 'male' sign of Leo, saw its longest period in Cancer, and finished
in Gemini - also a somewhat androgynous sign - the twins. Yet the separation
of the sexes took place gradually, culminating three million years later,
coinciding with the registering of the spark of mind that had been implanted
earlier; this interim period also saw the individualisation of other
Taking the esoteric symbolism of the Old Testament further, the
‘twins’ Cain and Abel are the so-called ‘separating hemraphrodite’,
the fifth subrace of the Lemurian or Third Rootrace (3.5); they produce
the Fourth or Atlantean Rootrace (Seth-Enos) ‘which had tasted from the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil—Wisdom
united already to earthy, and therefore impure, intelligence—had
consequently to acquire that Wisdom by initiation and great struggle.’
Cancer, the Moon Chain and Sex
Delving a little further back into the night of time, we find
that the Moon Chain evolution (that occurred untold aeons before this
Earth Chain), holds clues to the mysteries of our Moon and sex:
“The moon chain is in process of disappearance, and only a decaying
body is left …The Moon chain has in itself a curious occult history
… wherein a systemic failure was to be seen. It is connected with the
lower principles … The sexual misery of this planet finds its origin
in the moon failure … The progress of evolution on the moon was abruptly
disturbed and arrested by the timely interference of the solar Logos.
The secret of the suffering in the Earth chain, which makes it merit
the name of the Sphere of Suffering, and the mystery of the long and
painful watch kept by the SILENT WATCHER, has its origin in the events
which brought the moon chain to a terrific culmination. Conditions
of agony and of distress such as are found on our planet are found in
no such degree in any other scheme.
The misuse of the vibratory power of a certain centre, and the perversion,
or distortion of force to certain erroneous ends, not along the line
of evolution, account for much of the moon mystery.
Certain results, such as the finding of its polar opposite, were
hastened unduly on the moon chain, and the consequence was an uneven
development and a retardation of the evolution of a certain number of
deva and human groups.
The origin of the feud between the Lords of the Dark Face and the
Brotherhood of Light, which found scope for activity in Atlantean days,
and during the present root race, can be traced back to the moon chain.”
Evocative stuff! Interesting phrasing, ‘sexual misery’, ‘agony
and distress’. The Moon is of course connected to all plant, animal
and human biological cycles but the spiritual principles that once inhabited
it have been withdrawn. The lunar cycle for the female is of course
related to conception and sex, hence Cancer’s connection to birth and
also to that other water sign Scorpio:
“Scorpio is also most interestingly connected with the constellation,
Cancer, through the influences of the sixth ray, for it should be remembered
that that ray is also expressing itself through Neptune, but in a spiritual
and esoteric manner. Neptune governs Cancer esoterically. The significance
is therefore clear, for Cancer is the sign of birth; it is the door
into incarnation and the sign of generation. Scorpio is the sign of
sex and of regeneration, and birth is ever the intended result of the
sex relation. Father-spirit and Mother-matter when brought together
produce the Son. The tests and difficulties and
pains of this era are symptoms or indications of the "entering
into manifestation" of the new civilisation and culture. They
portend the birth of the new era for which the entire world waits. This
will happen if—speaking esoterically—the sixth ray energy of Mars is
transmuted into the sixth ray energy of Neptune, for the one is "objective
and full of blood" and the other is "subjective and full of
A great mystery is veiled and hidden in the above relationship,
for Cancer-Neptune is expressive of the seventh ray … At the same time
it is closely connected with the mind principle as it works out through
the solar Angels … it is in the connection between the sixth and seventh
rays that that potent "desire for incarnation" was aroused
which resulted in the fall of the angels in primordial times.” [i.e.
is much to explore in this passage but just a few points will do for
a. ‘The tests and difficulties and pains of this era’ and ‘the new civilisation’
point to the beginning of the Aquarian Age that we are entering. This
period comes not long after the global conflict of the world wars, esoterically
a recapitulation of the Atlantean war mentioned above. Hence we are
still dealing with the results of causes initiated in Atlantean times
and even earlier on the Moon Chain; this is all connected with the ‘sexual
revolution’ of the past 40 or so years since the end of those world
wars and largely occupies the process that Humanity is still going through.
b. The seventh ray comes through Cancer (as does the third ray), yet
no where else in His writings does DK associate Neptune with the seventh
ray; this is a great mystery worthy of deep reflection. The seventh
ray of ceremonial order or magic is the manifesting ray, somewhat like
and related to the third ray, the ‘mother ray’, appropriate for its
relationship to Cancer.
c. The third ray of active intelligence that pours through Cancer was
one of the primary forces which helped bring about Individualisation
and the development of the mental principle. Taking the ‘3’ symbolisim
further, Individualisation most likely started in the third subrace
of the Third Rootrace (3.3), culminating in the fifth subrace (3.5)
over a period of three million years. This 3.3 numerical vibration is
of course related to the third chain previous to the Earth Chain and
most likely the so-called ‘third globe’ of that chain.
Centre Effects during Cancer
What centres would we expect to see activated while the Sun is
in Cancer? For those upon the mutable cross in particular, the sacral
and solar plexus. The sacral because it is about survival needs and
Cancer is the mother who provides the first basics of food, shelter
The solar plexus because of the watery nature of Cancer, its astral
sensitivity, fear etc. For those more firmly rooted upon the fixed
cross, the heart centre, with which God of the Waters Neptune is closely
associated. The unconditional love of the mother for her child becomes
the unconditionality of the open-hearted server/nurturer/midwifer
of the Plan.
However, even for most upon the path the main effects whilst
the Sun is in Cancer will probably be in the solar plexus. This
is because of the plain fact that most aspirants and many disciples are
focused in the solar plexus most of the time. It is interesting to note
that Cancer's soul ruler Neptune is one of the main rulers of the
solar plexus centre. One could intuitively associate Neptune with
the 'higher light' of the solar plexus that DK discusses in White Magic,
and that it somehow acts as a bridge to the heart centre.
During Cancer with the Moon rulership there can certainly
be expected that which relates to the dweller and the unconscious: roller coaster
emotions, being 'crabby', hanging on to the past, clinging to 'beliefs',
distorted mystical perceptions, looniness, worrying about money
and resources, being 'tight' with money etc. Many of these traits are
driven by fear:
"It will now be clear to you why the Moon and Neptune, transmitting
the energies of the psychic nature and of form, plus the tendency to
achieve through the medium of conflict [fourth ray], rule Cancer so
potently, both directly and indirectly. They control the form and the
lower psychic nature and produce the battle ground (later to be transmuted
into the burning ground) whereon these two "face in the final conflict"
their higher correspondence, the soul and spirit, for matter is spirit
at its lowest point and spirit is matter at its highest."
Positively, during Cancer one may have intense experiences generally
in the feeling nature, vivid dreams, a retrospective on the
past to clarify the present, a time to reflect and go within.
DK says that a 'reaction to sensitive emotion-feeling has played
an active and an educational part in the awakening of the mind'. This
is interesting as the two rays 3 and 7 are the only ones to pour
through Cancer and are on the mental ‘odd ray line’ - yet they
are distributed by the ‘even ray’ planets on the heart line; hence Cancer
possesses an unique synthesis and expression of love and mind.
Planetary centres that may be affected during this period could
be New York as it is ruled by Cancer. It is interesting that 'the waters
have broken' throughout that state and adjacent regions during
Cancer 2006. Washington and Tokyo are also ruled by Cancer as is Scandinavia's
personality. Two of the five major planetary centres have a Cancer influence
and there may be significant developments there during this period.
Bill Gates: Cancer Rising Soul Purpose
The worlds’ richest man, Bill Gates, intends to stand down from
Microsoft and concentrate on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation set
up with his wife. He not only intends to donate his fortune to developing
nations, but wants to make sure that the money is well spent. Not only
that, but his stance has created an extraordinary magnetic potency that
has resulted in the second richest man on the planet Warren Buffet,
donating some thirty billion dollars to the Gates Foundation. One is
reminded of the following injunction about Cancer:
“This sign can carry deep meaning to all. You are in process of incarnation;
you are following your chosen way. Is the house you are building yet
lit? Is it a lighted house, or is it a dark prison? If it is a lighted
house, you will attract to its light and warmth all who are around you
and the magnetic pull of your soul, whose nature is light and love,
will save many.”
Buffet and Gates have made extraordinary gestures and for Gates it is
certainly indicative of the soul potential of his Cancer ascendant by
nurturing the world. Ceres, the asteroid goddess of the grain, sits
opposite his rising sign of Cancer, further strengthening the theme
Sun, Venus and Saturn in Scorpio, Gates has been a shrewd and tough
businessman and along with his company Microsoft, has been widely criticised
for monopolising the market and vigorously exercising a ruthless competition.
Yet he always maintained that he would give it away one day and now
he is doing just that, but in a way that is setting a precedent and
is somewhat revolutionary.
Planet of revolution and change is Uranus, sitting in Gates’ first
house, on the cusp of the second house of money and finance. Uranus
is closely related to money and of course rules the seventh ray. Uranus
exoterically rules computer technology and communications and is no
doubt a major player in this horoscope.
at the rulers of the Cancer ascendant will give us some clues about
Gates’ soul purpose and destiny. Thus his Moon is in Aries, sitting
as the most elevated planet in chart with wide public appeal, dominating
the tenth house of career and profession. The Moon gives an added martial
expression to his Scorpio Sun and the aggressive leadership and trail
blazing qualities he has exhibited thus far. However the Moon opposes
Mars in Libra, somewhat ‘pacifying’ the Scorpio Sun and Aries Moon –
they are not nearly as martial in their expression as would otherwise
be the case. Nevertheless, the Moon-Mars opposition provides a potent
point of tension for Gates to work from.
at the soul ruler of Cancer, Neptune, we find it in Libra conjunct his
Scorpio Sun giving him great vision and high idealism. The reader may
recall the earlier reference to the relation of Mars and Neptune and
the sixth ray - all those ingredients are here in Gates’ chart. There
is probably also a Neptune/seventh ray connection as well.
his progressed Sun lies in late Sagittarius, a sign known for
vision and a single-minded one-pointedness to achieve the goal. Transiting
Pluto is sitting on this progressed Sun and they will follow each other
right through to the end of 2007. Both these potencies are also activating
his natal Pallas-Athena, the asteroid goddess associated with politics,
social causes and a particular type of thought that is related to visioning
and visualisation. Pluto will provide Gates’ Scorpio personality with
plenty of drive during this period - to relentlessly follow through
in achieving some major goals that he has set himself; both planets
occupy his sixth house of service and health.
the full moon of Cancer 2006 the Sun will fall directly upon Gates’
Cancer ascendant, potentising even further the soul purpose that has
been already set in motion.
Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p.159.
Discipleship in the New Age II, Alice
A. Bailey. p.134.
The Secret Doctrine II, H.P. Blavatsky.
p.134. See also Hidden History of Humanity by Phillip Lindsay.
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Alice A. Bailey.
Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey.pp.217-8.
Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey. p.340.