Esoteric Astrology is a fascinating branch of astrology. Not as much is known about it compared to Exoteric Astrology (which is personality-centered or traditional astrology) but for anyone who wants to take astrology to a deeper, more spiritual level, Esoteric Astrology may be for you.
Today, we’re exploring this topic that is unknown to many. Let’s dive a bit deeper into what exactly Esoteric Astrology is, and how it can work to transform the way you look at your own life.
What is Esoteric Astrology?
Simply put, Esoteric Astrology is the astrology of the Soul.
While traditional astrology focuses on the personality and aspects of our lives such as relationships, money, career, character traits, and more, Esoteric Astrology focuses on the reason we come to earth, and the important spiritual lessons we are here to learn. It is mysterious and complex, but the more you delve into it, the more fascinating it becomes.
Explaining Esoteric Astrology
In this branch of astrology, the Rising sign is actually the most important sign of a person because, it is the sign that represents the Soul’s purpose on earth. It tells us the reason that the individual incarnated in this body, in this time, and in the situation they find themselves in.
In short, the Rising sign represents the Soul’s intention of coming to earth. It is the Higher Self of the individual.
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The Sun sign is also important, just as it is in traditional astrology. The Sun sign represents the personality of the individual. It is worth noting that in Esoteric Astrology, the Sun sign must be tamed so that it can submit to the Rising sign.
Meanwhile, the Moon sign is considered the nemesis of the Rising Sign.
This means that the Moon sign represents obstacles and blockages that prevent the Rising sign from expressing itself fully. The Moon sign is also associated with past lives where these obstacles have been picked up, and moved into the current incarnation.
The challenge of the Moon sign is to understand it fully, and find a way to overcome the obstacles so that the Soul can fully express itself. This involves facing the negative aspects of the Moon Sign and strengthening the positive aspects to assist the Soul in spiritual growth.
All three signs play a key role in the development of the Soul.
The Sun sign’s negative qualities must be tamed, and its positive qualities nurtured so that it can assist the Rising sign in its full expression. Meanwhile, the Moon sign must be understood and analyzed so it can be fully directed towards the betterment of others.
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The Planetary Rulers of the Zodiac Signs
In Esoteric Astrology, the planets that rule each sign differ slightly from traditional astrology, and are listed below:
- Aries – Mercury
- Taurus – Vulcan
- Gemini – Venus
- Cancer – Neptune
- Leo – Sun
- Virgo – Moon
- Libra – Uranus
- Scorpio – Mars
- Sagittarius – Earth
- Capricorn – Saturn
- Aquarius – Jupiter
- Pisces – Pluto
The Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation
In Esoteric Astrology, there is a principle that all creation is based on seven streams of energy. These are known as the Seven Rays of Divine Manifestation, and their energy pours into all life on the planet, and the solar system.
Each ray has its own unique and individual purpose and they enter the planet through the twelve signs of the zodiac. Some signs transmit just one ray, while others may transmit two or three. Below is a list of the seven rays, and the signs that channel them.
Ray 1: The Ray of Divine Will & Power
Aries, Leo, Capricorn
Ray 2: The Ray of Love & Wisdom
Gemini, Virgo, Pisces
Ray 3: The Ray of Abstract Intelligence & Activity
Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
Ray 4: The Ray of Harmony through Conflict
Taurus, Scorpio, Sagittarius
Ray 5: The Ray of Concrete Knowledge & Science
Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Ray 6: The Ray of Idealism & Devotion
Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Ray 7: The Ray of Ceremonial Order & Magic
Aries, Cancer, Capricorn
Your Soul Purpose Based on Your Rising Sign
You may have found yourself asking a number of times throughout your life: “What is my purpose?”
Esoteric Astrology can provide clues to that. Below is a list of each Rising sign, and its primary purpose here on earth. This can help to inspire you in your own life, and potentially guide you on a path that you can feel satisfied and fulfilled with.
If you are an Aries Rising, your soul purpose is to inspire others with ideas and develop a strong sense of independence within the Self.
If you are a Taurus Rising, your soul purpose is to learn how to bring the spiritual into the physical world.
If you are a Gemini Rising, your soul purpose is to communicate with truth and bring all sides together in harmony.
If you are a Cancer Rising, your soul purpose is to love and nurture others responsibly.
If you are a Leo Rising, your soul purpose is to learn to love yourself without needing the approval of others.
If you are a Virgo Rising, your soul purpose is to learn to improve the Self and heal others without being over-critical.
If you are a Libra Rising, your soul purpose is to learn balance in your relationships without losing your sense of Self.
If you are a Scorpio Rising, your soul purpose is to transform darkness into light and submit the Lower Self to the Higher Self.
If you are a Sagittarius Rising, your soul purpose is to uplift humanity through teaching and spiritual growth.
If you are a Capricorn Rising, your soul purpose is to direct your ambitions towards the highest good.
If you are an Aquarius Rising, your soul purpose is to use your personal energies to serve humanity.
If you are a Pisces Rising, your soul purpose is to sacrifice the Self through compassion and service to humanity.
If any of this has resonated with you, then Esoteric Astrology is definitely something for you to delve deeper into!
Understanding your soul purpose can be extremely helpful, especially when you are going through challenging and difficult times. It helps to remember why we are here and to view things from a higher perspective, especially when we feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening in the world.
With Soul Astrology, we are able to analyze ourselves from a deeper perspective and remind ourselves of what lies within us. We are able to connect the dots and realize why certain things happen to us, and the lessons we are supposed to learn from them.
Understanding ourselves at a soul level can be transformative in more ways than one. What does your Rising sign tell you about you?
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