From the 22nd of December to the 19th of January
- Rules: The Knees and the Skin
- Metal: Lead
- Stone: Onyx
- Perfume: Pine Extract
- Plant: False Plantain
- Flower: Lotus
- Planet: Saturn
- Color: Black
- Element: Earth
- Keyword: Obstruction
- Day: Saturday
- Ruler: Orifiel
Through this course we have arrived now at the constellation of Capricorn.
This constellation is the house of Saturn, the elder of time. Saturn is the most distant planet of the Earth’s solar system [Editor: In esoteric terms, not physically]. The moon is the closest satellite to Earth. Mercury follows and then, in order of distance, follows Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, in orderly intervals of distance.
The very ancient calendar is based on this natural and cosmic foundation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The Roman Catholics adulterated this legitimate calendar, and based on this falsification, a modern astrology of arithmetic has been erected. It is logical then that modern astrology, which is sustained on a false foundation, is a true failure.
Now it is our responsibility to restore the authentic ancient astrology, and for this, it is of necessary and essential urgency to return once again to the legitimate archaic calendar.
All the astrological works of Max Heindel and Alpherat are based on a false calendar; they do not have a fundamental basis, and are mistaken.
We, the Gnostics , are the restorers of the esoteric wisdom.
I, Samael Aun Weor, am the great Avatar [messenger] of Aquarius. I am the initiator of the new era.
I am the messenger of the superior worlds of Consciousness and I have come to bring the culture for the new era. I have come to form a new race of Gods, and I want you to listen to me. Ask and it shall be given thee, knock and it shall be opened. This is what the sacred scriptures state.
I have taught you the unutterable mystery of the Great Arcanum, and I want you to learn how to manipulate the spark of the stars to govern Nature.
Listen to me properly:
The planetary hours, as they come in the astrological annuals and texts of astrology in general, are false and absurd because the present calendar is false and absurd. Ancient people did not use the much boasted about and curious hours of modern astrologers.
The ancient sages considered the day as a cross within a perfect circle. These old contemplators of the stars, with their scrutinizing eyes, penetrated profoundly into the mysteries of the stars and received the enlightenment of the planetary Gods. Those old astrologers learned from the Gods that the day is divided into four parts, like a cross within the perfect circle.
They knew that each day was governed by only four out of the seven planets (according to the old order): Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
The first quarter of the day is governed by the planet of the day that carries its name, and the second, third, and fourth quarters of the day develop according to the order of the planets: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
So, Monday corresponds to the modern Sunday, and the present Saturday is the seventh day.
The following illustration presents the authentic planetary order:
For those who do not know the planetary signs, we explain them to you as follows:
- Moon: ☽
- Mercury: ☿
- Venus: ♀
- Sun: ☉
- Mars: ♂
- Jupiter: ♃
- Saturn: ♄
In this manner, the twelve hours of the day are divided into four parts, each of them lasting three hours.
This simple, fast and easy method lets us know exactly which planet is ruling space at any given moment. This was the system that the great ancient astrologers knew, which they learned from the sidereal Gods.
Here, one does not need the famous calculations of the mathematical astrologers. Here, the only thing required is a little practice and good sense to know the sidereal time.
This very simple and sublime system can be learned by anyone; we do not need to be so complicated, nor do we need so many “logarithms” or “tables of houses” or a voluminous astrological “ephemeris,” or that complicated “jargon” of the pseudo-wise mathematical astrologists.
A new progeny of astrologers, the enlightened of the “new era,” the paladins of Aquarius, have now been born. We no longer need the mathematical horoscopes; we can now converse with the Gods to know the destinies of men.
Shake the dust off your heads, old astrology professors, because the first bells of Aquarius have resounded, singing about the Easter of Resurrection.
Leave us in peace, mathematical astrologers, we are already tired of your errors; burn all that jargon of logarithms, ephemeris, tables of houses, etc.!
Now, we are only interested in the paladins of the new era, the enlightened astrologers who know how to talk with the sidereal Gods. We are already bored with so much theory, and we are going to the “grain,” to what is “effective,” to what is “real.” We do not want more blind astrologers, sustained by the crutches of numbers!
We are now only interested in the clairvoyants of the stars, the priests of the sidereal temples, the sages of Aquarius.
The disciple must choose the hours to work with the stars.
In the hours of the Moon, one can work with the Moon, in the hours of Mercury, one can work with Mercury, etc. Saturn is the abode of the green hierarchies. These hierarchies gave man the “animal-soul,” or Mental body.
The mind must free itself from all kinds of schools, religions, sects, beliefs, etc.
All those “cages” are obstacles which render the mind incapable of thinking freely. It is necessary for the mind to become free of the illusions of this world and to instead become a fine and marvelous instrument of the Inner Being.
We have to free the mind of all kinds of cravings for reasoning.
It is important to Christify the mind, to attain the “Christ-mind.”
We need a mind that knows only how to think with the heart. We need a mind that knows only how to listen to the intuitive voice.
We need a mind that does not reason when the heart commands!
The mind that only obeys intuition is a “Christ-mind.”
The mind that does not reason and only acts under the commands of the heart is the “Christ-mind.”
The mind that does not react before external impacts is a “Christ-mind.” The mind must become the instrument of the heart.
What is reasoning? Reasoning is a painful process of the mind, based on the illusion of external things.
Reasoning does nothing but divide the mind between the struggles of the antitheses. The decisions of reasoning are children of ignorance that always bring pain.
The new humanity will be the humanity of intuition.
The intuitive only act with the voice of the silence.
We must expel all kinds of earthly thoughts from the mental temple.
Master H.P.B. says the following in the The Voice of the Silence:
Thou hast to reach that fixity of mind in which no breeze, however strong, can waft an earthly thought within. Thus purified, the shrine must of all action, sound, or earthly light be void; e’en as the butterfly, o’ertaken by the frost, falls lifeless at the threshold -- so must all earthly thoughts fall dead before the fane.
Behold it is written:
“Ere the gold flame can burn with steady light, the lamp must stand well guarded in a spot free from all wind.”
Reasoning is of the “animal-I”; intuition is the voice of the Inner Being. Reasoning is external, intuition is internal.
The fourth degree of power of fire converts us into Arhats.
We have spoken about the mind in Capricorn because this sign is in the house of Saturn, and in such a planet live the green Hierarchies that gave humans the Mental body.
Capricorn is the door of heaven because it is in the house of Saturn.
When the soul disembodies, following the “post-mortem” states, it reaches the ultra-Saturnian sphere, submerges itself within the infinite and feels the sensation of having the entire infinite within it. This sensation continues until the soul feels bound to a new physical body, which allows it to return once more to the painful school of life, in order to continue its ascent through the spiral of life.
Saturn, Lord of death, finds his house in Capricorn. Capricorn influences the knees and the human skeleton. The currents that rise from the earth, upon reaching the knees, become charged with the lead of Saturn. Lead gives strength and constancy to those currents.
The knees possess a marvelous substance which allows them the free movement of such a simple and marvelous osseous gear. “Sinovia” is the substance which means “with” (sin) and “egg” (ovia); “substance with egg.”
The egg is truly a marvelous substance. Esoteric experiments, highly scientific, in relation to the unfolding of the human personality, prove that the shell of the egg has certain occult powers that facilitate astral projection.
The key consists in reducing an eggshell to powder. The disciple will apply these powders over the chest and armpits; he will then lie down on his bed, and cover himself properly with his blankets. The student will then lull himself to sleep, pronouncing the mantra FARAON, like this: Faaaaaaaaa Raaaaaaaaaa Onnnnnnnnnn
This can be pronounced mentally, and when the student feels that he has become numb, he should rise from his bed and head towards the Gnostic Church.
The first syllable “Fa” corresponds to the Chinese gong, or the musical Fa which resounds within all of creation. We have to pronounce this note to become attuned to Mother Nature.
The second syllable “Ra,” corresponds to a very ancient mantra that vibrates all the chakras of the Astral body; this mantra is not pronounced with “r” but with “rr” instead, like this: rrrrrraaaaaa. [Editor: a rolled r.]
And the last syllable “On” corresponds to the “Hindu” mantra Om, but is here pronounced as: Onnnnnnnnnnnn.
This mantra FARAON can be vocalized with the mind or, better yet, with the heart.
Therefore, the powerful Egyptian mantra FARAON serves to “project” the Astral body.
The following exercise should be practiced during the sign of Capricorn:
The disciple must walk over an imagined coffin located on the floor (imagine that the coffin is located between the legs). With bent knees he will then walk (as if to clear an obstacle), while rotating his knees from left to right. This is done with the intention that the knees become charged with the lead of Saturn, such as our great guru “Huiracocha” taught us.
It is also urgent to practice the exercises of internal Meditation daily, praying to our Innermost to transport himself to the sidereal temples in order to bring the principal genii of that constellation before us, so that they may awaken the chakras and powers of the knees.
The natives of Capricorn are as melancholic as the willow. They have a great sense of their own moral responsibility. They are pessimistic and always have a Judas in their lives.
They are practical and are always very much preoccupied with tomorrow. Their principal worry is about the economic aspect of life. They suffer much in love, and must always pass through a great amorous deception.
Their metal is lead.
Stone: black onyx.
Color: gray and black.
The teacher of your class,
Samael Aun Weor
This chapter is from The Zodiacal Course (1951) by Samael Aun Weor. It is included in the print and ebook editions of Practical Astrology by Glorian Publishing (a non-profit organization), which are illustrated to aid your understanding, and include features like a glossary and index. Buy the book, and you benefit yourself and others.