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TS chart

Jan 19, 1994 09:34 AM
by K. Paul Johnson

With apologies for the typos in my posting on HPB's chart,
here's part one of the section on the TS chart.

     The natal chart of the TS is usually erected for the
inauguration of Col. Olcott as President in New York at 8 PM,
11/17/1875. This is somewhat arbitrary, as the Society
actually adopted the final draft of its by-laws on October 30,
following a series of preliminary meetings lasting some weeks.
Thus any number of dates could be used.
     The November 17 chart is very unusual in the overwhelming
predominance of fixed signs and challenging aspects. Every
planet is placed in a fixed sign, and every planet is included
in one of the two most difficult aspect patterns: a T-square
and a Grand Cross. The overall impression of the chart is
therefore that of irresistible forces encountering immovable
objects in many different directions.
     The fulcrum of the chart is a stellium in Scorpio in the
fifth house. Mercury, Venus and Jupiter are conjunct between
6' and 15' with the Sun widely conjunct at 25'16". This
configuration suggests an organization the purpose of which is
to provide a field of creative expression for communication of
ideas of a religious/philosophical/educational nature, in an
esthetically pleasing manner. The Scorpio placement qualifies
these energies as intense, compulsive, and drawn to unknown or
secret realms. Scorpio combines fascination with tradition and
inheritance with contempt (sometimes hidden) for conformity and
social approval. Thus the intense and compulsive drive to
express the ideas valued as profound and lasting is likely to
produce harsh criticism of all that is perceived as sham and
superficial. The combination of Mercury as lead planet in the
stellium with Venus and Jupiter suggests a balance between
critical, analytic energy and emotional expressiveness.
     The relation of the rest of the chart to this stellium can
be understood as indicating the aids and obstacles to
fulfillment of the Society's purposes. In this chart, every
other planet is placed so as to challenge the harmonious
expression of the potentials given in the Scorpio stellium.
The simpler of the two aspect patterns is the T-square, with
Mercury squared by the Moon in Leo in the first and opposed by
Neptune in the tenth. This suggests that every effort to
communicate ideas will face obstacles of leadership
personalities and/or mysterious and inaccessible sources of
authority and governance. The outward appearance (first house)
of the organization will be dominated by personalities,
especially female, which can be willful, histrionic, and
insensitive to others (Leo at its worst) but also magnanimous,
creative, generous, energetic and persevering (Leo at its
best). The Moon/Mercury square suggests erratic communication
of ideas in which personality conflicts will interfere with the
stated goals of religious, philosophical and scientific
exploration. The third point of the T-square, Neptune in
Taurus in the tenth, is retrograde. With the ultimate
authority structure (tenth house) behind the visible
personalities (Moon, Leo, first) being elusive, mysterious,
invisible and intangible (Neptune) we have a source of constant
tension. The Taurus placement suggests a certain stablity and
solidity to the authority structure despite its elusiveness.
This T-square, then, describes the relationship between the
Society, the Founders, and the Masters as a source of endless
conflict and struggle. The midpoint is the focus of the
tension, so we find that the struggle of the visible leaders,
especially HPB (Moon/Leo/1st) to communicate formerly unknown
ideas (the Scorpio stellium) under the inspiration of a hidden
and mysterious yet stable and reliable source of authority
(Neptune/Taurus/10th) weighs heavily upon the leadership. HPB
and Olcott were under immense strain as mediators between their
Masters, who had sworn them to secrecy, and a skeptical
public. But this may also be seen from the Masters point of
view as the difficulty of expressing their teachings to the
world through such volatile personalities. Finally, we can
also see the struggle for the world to understand ideas being
communicated from such mysterious sources via such problematic
and difficult personalities.

Tomorrow-- the Grand Cross

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