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Nov 02, 1995 08:29 PM
by K. Paul Johnson
Looking again at the TS natal chart for 11/17/75 I see something that never dawned on me before. That Mars/Saturn opposition to Uranus I was talking about is one arm of a Grand Cross the other arm being the opposition of Pluto in Taurus in the 11th to the in Scorpio in the 5th. End of astrological jargon. What this says to me is that the Theosophical Society's fundamental purpose is to provide a field of creative expression for individuals interested in the mysteries of life and death esotericism etc. Scorpio in addition to ruling the occult is associated with sex-- which is creativity on the physical plane. The fifth house rules creativity and children so this underscores the same emphasis. But the the basic life urge of the group is opposed by Pluto which is the surest sign of power struggles. Especially since it is in the 11th house which rules collective progressive endeavors. To quote Robert Pelletier on this aspect: ..shows that you are defensive when challenged by others. In competition you may resort to extreme measures to guarantee winning. You generally assume that your opponent has more power than you and that your own position is insecure. If it becomes obvious that you cannot win you may turn your back on the threat and pretend it doesn't exist. Nothing bothers you as much as being unsure of a situation...The most persistent challenge you face is to recognize the right of others to assert themselves. Unless you allow this you will be constantly harassed by people who will refuse to support you...If you tolerate others rather than resent them for threatening you you will realize that you have the authority to accomplish your objectives independently. This rings a certain bell with me. But the main point is that the Theosophical movement-- not just the TS-- is extremely ambivalent about creativity in its members. On one hand it regularly attracts people with creative gifts in a variety of fields. Then it fosters their creativity encourages them nurtures them. Then all too often it spews them out when their creativity becomes a threat to somebody's power. William Butler Yeats was run out of the TS by some nonentity complaining about him I think-- JHE is the expert here. The list is so long from Anna Kingsford to Krishnamurti of people for whom the come-on was "we welcome you we want you your new ideas your energy" and the good-bye was "you don't belong we have no room for you here go away." The Sun-Pluto opposition seems very symbolic of this. My own experience has certainly been that the TS fostered and encouraged my creativity. Grace Knoche was the first person to suggest that I write about Theosophy 14 years ago. Virtually every one of the 30 or so periodical pieces I've published was in a Theosophical journal. And now... Pluto cannot tolerate my Sun any more. But how can one be resentful when the very creativity that gets one rejected would never have blossomed without the support initially given? My own creativity is mainly in the realm of new ideas rather than research or writing. It's really weird to have people sputtering now about new ideas I had in 1989 when I've had 3600 since then! Feels like a time warp. This leads back to the empty boats idea or the message from a good friend that THEY HAVE NO CHOICE but to react this way. I asked "Why me Lord?" and the Lord answered "It's not you doofus it's that railroad track you keep standing on!" The train can't go any other way-- you can. To close there's a wonderful quote in the Cayce material I'm working with right now that speaks to all of us who have been hurt in the Theosophical movement: Conditions that are disappointments continue to hurt continue to make for sorrow. Yet if there is held fast to that which has been given as to the purposes for the consciousnesses and the awarenesses the entity will know that these are ways means manners in which the soul the entity may find its way to its Creator; and are to be looked upon are to be used as stepping-stones-- not wept over or sorrowed about. But weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who do rejoice in the Lord! These will make for the non-effect of the disappointments the little hurts the little influences that have become rather as a pall or a shadow and made the entity in its experience and its use of those become as one doubting somewhat in self as to the abilities to keep or to hold fast to that ideal that purpose that desire. "Weep with those who weep" means to me personally that whatever hurt I have experienced as a result of my creative endeavors and Theosophical rejection is THE SAME hurt felt by many many others who have passed through the same vortex of Sun-Pluto opposition. And "rejoice with those who rejoice" is the recognition that for many who passed before this experience has been a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block as it can be for me and others who pass through the same portal in the future. Namaste.