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Aquarians: Get help from Librans

Librans - and many Librarians - are discerning and clever, regularly diplomatic and urbane, romantic and charming, easygoing and sociable, idealistic and peaceable - or perhaps, at times, indecisive and changeable, gullible and easily influenced, flirtatious and self-indulgent.

Consider how people with the dragon's tail in the constellation of Aquarius can draw strength from people and phenomena (happenings, etc) characterised by Libra guts, insights, and so on. A Libran - sometimes also a Librarian - could feel into it and tell you things like: We are:

  • The most desirable of zodiacal types
  • Good harvesters
  • Marked by a mellowness and sense of relaxation in the air
  • Of the most civilized
  • Often good looking
  • Of elegance, charm and good taste
  • Naturally kind, very gentle
  • Lovers of beauty, harmony (both in music and social living) and the pleasures that these bring
  • Of good critical faculty
  • Able to stand back and look impartially at matters
  • Far from tolerating argument from anyone who challenge our opinions
  • Once we have reached a conclusion, its truth seems self-evident to us
  • Among our faults: an impatience of criticism and a greed for approval
  • Our characters should on the whole be balanced, diplomatic and even-tempered
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Having the gift, sometimes to an almost psychic extent, of understanding the emotional needs of (some of) our companions
  • Meeting companions with our own innate optimism - being the kind of humans of whom it is said, "They always makes you feel better for having been with them."
  • Very social human beings
  • Loathe cruelty, viciousness and vulgarity
  • May detest conflict
  • Eager to compromise, but it is not always feasible
  • Hold unity dear as an ideal - for our own circle and for society and so on
  • Our cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual, though we are usually too moderate and well balanced to be avant garde (vanguard-like) in any artistic endeavour.

If this long list be true for all with their horoscope's South Node in the astrological sign of Scorpio and in the constellation of Libra, a great many persons should be like that - those born with their North Node between 20 Aries and 20 Taurus, very roughly. Who would not like to get helped by such cultivated persons? That could be those who see that those qualities help an Aquarian to manifest or express or externalise himself, and thus lose more of himself. Add "perhaps" yourself.

Three yogis you may have read about, and who belong to this group of persons - "the Librans within" - are the guru of Yogananda, Yukteswar, Yogananda himself, and - eh - me. The South Node in its constellation is a very old Indian concept, and hardly ever tackled in Western astrology. What is given in Western astrology, though, is the North Node placement in sign. In Yogananda's case his North Node is in Taurus (chart).

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Birth Chart of Paramahansa Yogananda, born 5 January, 1893, at 8.14 PM in Gorakhpur, India. With his North Node in Taurus 5.03, the placement of his South Node is opposite it, Scorpio 5.03.

His South Node in constellation is about 20 degrees earlier (= anticlockwise), that is, he is a Libran "at bottom". In node horoscopy the placements of sun, moon and ascendants are considered of much less weight than the Node placements in constellations, signs and so on. That is a nudge.

Judged from birth chart markers, young Yogananda was fit for desiring to be a flamboyant monk of a sort, which he soon became. He became an orator in an orange silk robe and set up the Self- Realization Fellowship in 1920. It is still around. He could easily get his way with women and supporters and tell suggestively well, even diplomatically.

Yukteswar

Yogananda's guru was born on May 10, 1855, in Serampore, India. The time is here set to 12 AM, for his Day Horoscope.

It shows up that Yukteswar's node placements (his depths) in the constellations are those of a south-node-Libran and north-node Taurean.

Then, his sun is in 1900' Taurus - he should be an "easy-going partner" accordingly.

His Moon is in ca. 4 Pisces, give and take up to seven degrees. So it may be in Aquarius or Pisces.

Some typical sentences for someone with his horoscope markings:

During middle age he might have the most important event of his life.

Willpower is a characteristic of his personality.

A determined but retiring individual.

It could be beneficial for him not to be so candid and frank.

Many Librans may like to say:

  • We are able to view our own efforts as well as those of others; it gives our work integrity
  • We like the opposite sex to the extent of promiscuity, and sometimes indulge in romanticism
  • Our marriages stand a good chance of success because we are frequently the union
  • We are the continuing people and the most empathetic of all the zodiacal types
  • We feel very ready to tolerate the beloved's failings, for otherwise we would not know what to do
  • We are at large easygoing, and seldom angry
  • We two can shock everyone around
  • We are human calculators
  • Our love is a pleasure
  • We espouse well
  • We can see other points of view
  • We can succeed as administrators
  • We have an endearing sense of balance and laughs
  • We are fond of devising new cosmetics
  • Libran financiers sometimes make good speculators
  • Marked by naturalness and a deep and sense of sharing, conviviality, and gentleness, we dislike being slaves to fashion
  • We may see things below that really strike home
  • We sometimes get trapped in situations that have no depth and little value - if so we may try to bluff to our advantage.
  • Unable to please everyone, we have to learn to look before we leap.
  • Some of our delicate actions may frustrate less fortunate others.
  • We go for self-esteem by positive steps, very little redundance, and good shows - such things.

Some Librans become sex therapists. Others, like Brigitte Bardot and Yves Montand, as actresses and actors. Still others become presidents, like Dwight Eisenhower (USA), and education work as that of John Dewey's, is not impossible either.

If you have got "obsessed" with the idea that success in the world is a danger, there is more to say about it. Integrity, or uprightness is good, and moderate success may not hurt and harm too badly. Besides it is possible to add to one's assets too, not just lose assets. It is in the art of living, and I won't tell how here. Peanuts:

Linus van Pelt: "You win some, you lose some, Charlie Brown."

Charlie: "That would be nice."

Further Teachings

Q: You seem to have confirmed my reality for me.

Maybe - that depends on the interpretations.

Q: When I asked you whether God has planned salvation for humans on earth, you told me to ask Gott that question. . . . It would, essentially, be like asking myself that question, and the honest answer I can give is that I do not know. How you suppose I am to ask Gott this question?

You can do the regulated amounts of yogas, sit in deep contemplation and fold your hands. Then use prayer, that is, mental prayer. Focus and pray then. Repeat as often as needs be . . .

YOGANANDA Never pray . . . with a sense of hopelessness, thinking that God will not listen to your prayers. The . . . way to know God through prayer is by persistency, regularity, and depth of . . . effort. - Paramahansa Yogananda, in Inner Culture, September 1939.

Real prayers . . . can bring conscious response from God, must be offered in meditation, intensely . . . until divine response comes. - Paramahansa Yogananda, in Inner Culture, 1936.

Q: Isn't Gott far too far away from me (on the other side of the Channel) for me to be able to ask Him?

Why should we think that? We can pray. Distance does not seem to matter at all with telepathy either, professor Jessica Utts sums up.

Q: Life is a grand paradox, so I would only be asking myself this question, and I honestly do not know the answer. Yet you say that my path is awakening. How can I awaken?

Patanjali's yoga terminology refers to the states of mind (consciousness). Pratyahara, dharana (focus), dhyana (meditation), samadhi, and further.

Compare waking state, dreaming state, deep sleep state, turya (the fourth) state of ancient works, including Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

Awakening (a Buddhist term too), refers to becoming increasingly conscious of deep mind - into Essence.

Q: Maybe I am . . . a glorious being . . . too much for a conscious mind to take. I was closer to this thing before, when it all started.

Hm . . .

Aquarian Girl

Q: I was born . . .

The South Node near the beginning part of the constellation Aquarius at the time of birth, my Aquarian girl might be someone who could appear as "philantropic of extreme temper", or, still from the list below, "fond of learning, in a process of learning, faithful, and liking adequate teamwork":

  • Up-to-date, open-minded.
  • An honest intellectual.
  • Prepared to learn from many sources, as the case may be.
  • Serious sometimes.
  • Spiritually awakening.
  • Having philanthropic ideals, even to the point of exhaustion.
  • Fond of music and art.
  • Intensely magnetic, and at times seen as cold.
  • Emotionally faithful.
  • With progressive tendencies.
  • Extremely dogmatic.
  • Secretive.
  • Of extreme temper.
  • Capable of enlarging things.
  • Likes good companions.
  • With an inborn dislike for the ordinary and the dogmatic too.
  • One who becomes amazed at negative jerks with too many faults in themselves.
  • Teemwork should work well for her.
  • Expressing feelings adequately.
  • Fondness for pointed statements may be observed.
  • Psychoanalyst thinking should go well for her.
  • She might even be able to do good work from such outlets.

Quite Old New Age versus Now Age

So many men, so many opinions. [British proverb]

Q: New Age stuff is full of crap. What more could I ask for?

I have had the blessings to come across a lot of rewarding things. And there is no good reason to throw out the baby (good methods and possibly good methods and so on) with the dirty bathwater.

Q: I applaud you . . . Just know that I am in full support of what you do.

New Age is like a conch shell . . . I am a delicate . . . old baby . . .! Also I abhor religions. I think my definition of New Age would be anything that contains a hint of SUPERNATURAL . . .

I see.

Q: You know, New Age is not really New is it?

Yogananda says in The Master Said [1952:84] that "all is a part of the eternal Now".

Some more on New Age in the Now Age of Yogananda:

"New Age" is a complex concept, and perhaps not so very interesting to most people today. The Encyclopedia Britannica tells that by "By the mid-1990s, it was evident that the movement was dying". [EB "New Age"].

The term 'New Age' first entered the dictionaries in the 1950s. New Age is or has to do with a social movement that spread in the 1970s and 1980s. The movement draws on old concepts from the East and Native American traditions, and includes holism, care of nature, spirituality, and metaphysics. says the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Calming instrumental music has been included too.

THE AQUARIAN AGE. Not a few imagined that New Age had come "because" the Aries point (an astronomical constant) had reached the the star sign Aquarius. That depended on a severe miscalculation. Kriyananda tells about the miscalucation farce too in one of his books. [Kriyananda 1971], and asserts that the Aquarian Age is not to come for many hundred years yet. This stands to reason, for The "Aquarian Age" is supposed to be linked to the precession of the Spring vertinox (a technical term, another is "the Aries point"). That great point moves slowly anticlockwise within the zodiak. It moves one degree in nearly seventy-two years, and is presently estimated by Astrodienst (in Zürick) to be in Pisces 5' 10" - give or take a bit - Accordingly, the Aquarian New Age is due in just 370 years, when in the fullness of time the Spring point (Aries point) enters the star sign Aquarius at its rear, and another looming mentality makes it way, sets in, becomes loomingly influential as compared to the Piscean in your life-time. It's a matter of belief attached to old astronomy and interpretations to it.

GENERAL IDEA. But there is more: The "Spring point" and its slowly counterclock-wise movement has a corresponding "Autumn point" movement right opposite to it, as they are two ends of one and the same axis. Hence, the Aquarian Age is also a Leo Age by polarity. Let us talk of the coming Leo-Aquarian Age, focusing on its Leo sides, since almost nobody else does it: Aspects of this polarity are presented in Sri Yukteswar's book The Holy Science, Kaivalya Darshanam. [Yukteswar 1972]. We present more material on such doubtful calculations and some miscalculations here: [Link]. Below we suggest many implications of the general ideas at bottom, or premises:

While the Aries point talks of singulars (separate persons or things, single instances, individuals), the Libra point relates to "dear, bare bodies" and "of the kind" some way or other. The "bare and dear kind" - apes have it too - will have certain characteristics and features prominent. These hallmarks should tell about frames of reference, then. On of more of these factors may rise and dominate, depending on the calibres of those involved, presumably. Such traits and mixtures of traits will hover over the culture and be prominent in it too. And the singulars (of the Aries point) are embedded in that "environment" and its situations.

THIS STAGE. To furnish an example; this could be what an astrologer might assert, along with "You can believe this": If the Aries point is now in Pisces 5.10 (2006 AD), the Autumn equinox point is in Virgo 5.10, which could be marked by these features, among others: Finding that the situation keeps returning to the same without progress, quite without perspective, quite like sailing around and around; and there can be a delusion of being "chosen" through lack of true perspective; merry-go-round opportunities. Health-care and fitness tend to abound, and buttocks. Diagnoses tend to get increasingly instant, and sacrifice is hardly in. These hallmarks should tell of frames of reference, then, and singulars are embedded in that.

NEXT STAGE: To fill in through one more example: The Aries point in Pisces 4.59 is due some time after 2015 AD, and will have its complementary Libra point in Virgo 4.59. The most prominent, shared marks might well be: Getting overshadowed by intuitive thoughts and feelings, bringing messages, perceiving subtler phenomena in the environment, overcoming prejudices against making the same mistakes, and lacking true perspective - However, there should be fair play through good perceptions and through strategic smartness. Demands for fiendish shows may lead to the worst indiscretions, and couples are vulnerable, as the worst do not really like fair play and that others are healthy. And singulars are embedded in that.

A RELIGIOUS SIDE OF NEW AGE. It can be awfully hard to ascertain tenets like the ones above in the light of the Danish gentleman Storm P's saying: "It's hard to foretell, especially about the future."

People tend to believe and disbelieve when there is lack of matter-of-fact (sachlich) information. Astrologically related ages are derived from mathematical calculations and structural divisionings of the zodiac, that is, the "path of the sun" through a year. When structural calculations go into constellations and their whereabout, they become somewhat vulnerable and shaggy, but do not let it stop you (the link above), and do not discard the gold with the dross.

It is best not to live with severe errors and screw-ups. If you have to live in the Age of Pisces without the claimed higher consciousness and intuitive, precious Aquarian integrations, you are hopefully still free to study astrological polarities and the like, tarot, I Ching, contemplation and delicate yoga: They have been included in "New Age" (in this Piscean Age), but are in fact ancient, not new, like firm belief in karma ("giving-back"), rebirth (reincarnation), and much else.

This survey is to suggest that "New Age" is complex, and that the Age of Aquarius (that New Age) is still to come, astronomically and astrologically speaking. As for the social movement that is called New Age, it waned throughout the 1990s:

By the end of the 1980s, the New Age movement had lost its momentum. Although primarily a religious movement, it was derided for its acceptance of unscientific ideas . . . By the mid-1990s, it was evident that the movement was dying, and New Agers in Europe began to speak of the move from "New Age to Next Stage." [EB "New Age"]

Despite that, in after-New-Age times like ours, there are New Age elements in book stores, papers, and organisations. New Age concepts blend in with concepts of holistic health, and of "acupuncture, alternative childbirth, astrology, biofeedback, chiropractic, faith healing, graphology, homeopathy, macrobiotics, megavitamin therapy, naturopathy, numerology, nutrition, osteopathy, psychocalisthenics, psychotherapy, self-massage, shiatsu (or acupressure), touch encounter, and yoga." [EB "holistic medicine"]

It would serve us to discard unclear, blurred and over-generalising concepts like "New Age". In the arena of religion, the division is between silly religion versus clever enough religion, rather, and not old versus new.

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EB: Encyclopaedia Britannica: Britannica Online.

Kriyananda, Swami. Your Sun Sign as A Spiritual Guide. Nevada City: Ananda, 1971.

Speake, Jennifer. The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Master Said: A Collection of Paramhansa Yogananda's sayings and Wise Counsel to Various Disciples. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship Publishing House, 1952.

Yukteswar, Swami. The Holy Science. 7th ed. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), 1972.

Note

Yogananda's magazine was first called East-West, then Inner Culture for many years, and later Self-Realization Magazine. It is published by Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles.

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