We are re-posting this lecture by JWG. God Bless, Rad
MARS: THE NATURE OF PERSONAL EVOLUTION:
THE MARS AND PLUTO INTERFACE
By Jeffrey Wolf Green
This morning's lecture is called The Nature of Personal Evolution, and it is probably a pretty heavy topic to deal with this early in the morning. I don't know if I can deal with it! This topic is actually a spin-off on the Pluto material (Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul), and we are going to make it quite specific to the planet Mars.
The first thing that we want to consider is the phenomenon of evolution itself. I think most of us would agree that through empirical observation we can notice that life seems to evolve. All forms of nature evolve including the human species. Is it not true that all of us, as a life experience, are in a continuous state of becoming ? Is that not an experience that we all share ? This seems to infer beyond debate the phenomenon of evolution. If we examine the nature of evolution we will in fact find that there are two types of evolution. There is Darwin's notion of uniformity, i.e., slow yet progressive change which does not of itself imply cataclysm; it is slow yet progressive. Darwin's theory, based upon observation, manifested in the early 1800's when there was a series of super conjunction is Pisces.
Then there is the other kind of evolution which is cataclysmic. This is observed and experienced as earthquakes, volcanoes, political cataclysms, and individually as emotional shocks associated with loss, betrayal, etc. A quick example of this would be ex-president Nixon in the U.S. and the Watergate Affair which led to the specter of impeachment and the ultimate resignation by Nixon from the presidency. These are types of cataclysms. So the obvious question becomes: what is the casual factors of a cataclysmic event ? Why would it occur ? Why not just have non-cataclysmic evolution ?
The clear answer is that cataclysmic evolution has two causal factors. Once cause is resistance to necessary change. Now why would one resist necessary change ? The reason is that sometimes when changes are necessary they intrinsically threaten our existing state of security. The essence of security in most people is based on the need for self-consistency. So that when our self-consistency is challenged we tend to resist. The essence of self-consistency is familiarity: that which is already known. That which is familiar and known correlates with the past as the past continues to shape and define our present relative to the yet unknown future even though that future attempts to also define the present. Anytime an unknown challenges the known a dynamic state of stress occurs because the unknown causes a real sense of insecurity in most of us. As a result, we tend to resist the evolutionary forces that are reflected in the future because most of us do not want to feel insecure. Now my point is that if the event is necessary in order for the evolutionary factor in life to occur, then a cataclysmic event will occur in order to enforce the change. The nature and intensity of the cataclysm will be in direct proportion to the degree of resistance to the necessary change.
The other cause of cataclysmic events is karma. Karmic requirements. Let's try to remember that there are all kinds of karma. Most of us in this type of culture tend to think that karma is just an inherently negative thing, that karma is somehow always negative versus a positive thing. But the fact is that there are all kinds of karma. As an example, there can be the karma of disillusionment. The point here being that if you are living a certain period of years in your life and if you have created a reality that you have thought was true, and yet perhaps it is actually based on your own illusion, at some point in order to grow you will have to experience events associated with disillusionment. And this becomes a karmic/evolutionary requirement in order to become realigned with actual reality. Karma is simply the net results of prior actions, and it is the law of every action having a proportionate reaction. If I go out and kill somebody this very moment, I myself will be killed either in the next moment, two months from now, or in another life for example. If it occurs in another life, and I do not remember the life in which I was the one doing the killing, then you can imagine how I, and those close to me, would be shocked if I were killed for no apparent reason. It would seem cataclysmic.
So the next question becomes: What is the actual mechanism, at least linked with the human being, that creates and leads to growth, evolution ? Of course this starts with the Soul. The Soul in astrology, at least in our astrology, correlates with Pluto. Most of us have learned that Mars is a lower octave of Pluto. Why is this ? If we look at it very, very deeply we will find that within the Soul there is a dynamic that correlates with the evolutionary progression of the Soul. That dynamic is based on a dual desire nature within the Soul itself. One desire is to separate away from that which creates us; we can possibly call this God. And the other desire is to return to the Source of that which creates us. Of course these desires are inherently antithetical, and they go in diametrically different directions. This simple dynamic is the basis of what psychologists call free choice, or free will.
Anything that you desire, at least 90% of it, will translate inevitably into an action, an action based on desire. THE VERY NATURE OF THAT DESIRE DETERMINES KARMA. It is that simple. The evolution of the Soul, then, is simply based on the progressive elimination of all separating desires to the exclusion of only one remaining desire, and that is the desire to reunite with the Source of the Soul itself. That is clearly going to take a long time for most of us. My point, by braking it down to Mars, is that Mars simply acts instinctively upon the desires emanating from the Soul - Pluto. Mars, of itself, does not have conscious forethought. There is no pre-plan. It is simply instinctual action. An instinct means just that: without forethought, without conception. It is an impulse. A lower octave is a denser vibration of something else. in this case, a denser vibration of Pluto. Mars allows us to be conscious on a subjective, personality level of the desires emanating from the unconscious: the Soul.
Again, all of us are in a continuous state of becoming. A state of becoming simply means to act upon desires; grand ones and not so grand ones. The knowledge that we seek by way of Mars is gained through the reaction to the initiated action. It is very analogous to a baby touching a hot stove; the baby did not know th thing was hot until it touched it. The reaction to the initiated action thus produces knowledge. Similarly, we all carry on our lives in this way. We act upon desire in order to gain, through reaction, a progressive body of knowledge about ourselves and the universe in which we live on an ongoing and continuous basis.
Let us remember that even though Mars as a planetary archetype embodies and reflects these desires emanating from Pluto, your are also going to have the sign Aries in your chart somewhere. you are going to have a sign on your Ascendant, i.e. the natural archetype of Mars and Aries. You are also going to have a planetary ruler ruling that Ascendant. All of these factors are probably forming aspects to other planetary energies and archetypes. My point in illustrating all of this is that the entire dynamic in total operates at once in your life in such a way that we intinctually act it out. To act upon the core desires emanating from Pluto thus correlates with personal evolution which is experienced on an ongoing and continuous basis.
The point is that the desires that emanate from Pluto by way of Mars, etc, more often than not correlate with the need to separate yourself from everything that you are not. By separating yourself from everything that you are not, this progressively gains to yourself everything about the distinctiveness and uniqueness of your existing personality, so much so that most people overly identify with their current personality and the egocentric structure which defines it. Most people, believe it or not, live in such a consciousness. For those who have studied esoteric and metaphysical things you may have come across the Vedantic notion of maya, i.e. the illusion of separateness. How many have had no familiarity with such a thought ? Some of you ? Well, guess what: it exists. What this means is that from an egocentric point of view many people feel that they are in fact quite distinct and separate from the cosmos or universe that they live within. This is typically linked with people who are living in a state of separateness. They can not see the interrelatedness of themselves to the rest of life around them: the over-identification with the ego.
How many are familiar with the word ego ? How many know what it is ? Here is a classic example of words that fly around in this kind of culture in which most people don't really know what it means. Most of you, especially those who have studied spiritual things, have probably been subjected to the thought that somehow to spiritualize you have to get rid of your ego. How many have heard such an insane consideration ? Quite a few, eh !! The fact is that you can not do such a thing. If you look at the essence of the ego, its actual phenomenon, its actual structure, it is non-material in nature. It is not like you can open the brain and find an ego. You can't open the brain and find thought or ideas either, and yet they obviously exist. So what is an ego ? An ego very simply is a vortex of energy, a concentrated vortex of energy. It is very analogous to the lens in a movie projector. you can have a movie projector with the film on the back reel, and a screen in front of the projector. But unless you have a lens in the projector you will have no defined images on the screen. Similarly, the ego in consciousness generates an image of self which correlates to this sense of individuality, this sense of separateness, personal identity, a necessary dynamic in consciousness which generates a distinct self-image of your current subjective identity. Even the great teachers of all time had to have an ego in order to be able to even utter their own names. So it is not a matte of getting rid of the ego, it is a matter of re-identifying the ego with a larger ego, and we can all that the ego of God. Water moving through the faucet, so to speak.
It can be illustrated this way. If I draw a wave on this blackboard which originates from the ocean most of us would agree that the wave has not generated itself. Most of us would probably see that of course the wave is emanating from the ocean. My point is that through the sheer law of physics the wave which is emanating from the ocean will have an upward momentum for a while. This upward momentum creates a natural resistance to returning to the sea in which it emanated. From the point of view of the wave, subjective egocentric identity, the appearance or illusion of separateness from the Ocean, God, can exist. most egocentric beings get used to this momentum, become overly identified with it, and thus resist returning or identifying with the Source of that which created them. Yet, by the same law of physics, the wave must move, dissolve, back and into the ocean which created it. Similarly, the individualized ego must realign itself, identify itself, merge with the Source of itself: the immutable Soul which itself has been generated or created by the Ultimate Source - God. In the end, for most, this occurs at the time of physical death of the body.
The issue here is that when you look at the nature of evolutionary development, at some juncture for all human Souls this point is arrived at. This admittedly is a long journey for most people. Would it not seem clear that if my consciousness and sense of identity is centered in the ocean I can now simultaneously and consciously participate in my state of existence as a separate entity, yes, but whose consciousness is defined by and linked to that which has created us. So I have a simultaneous experience, don't I ? The deeper issue, for those who are concerned about emotional stability, is that if I am centered in the wave I can be buffeted this way and that by all the crosscurrents called life. This can create periodic states of clarity, confusion, feeling good, depression and the rest of it. On the other hand, if I am centered with the Ocean I can not be disturbed by anything, can I ? I in fact am calm. Centered in the Soul. So the point of view taken, the interpretation made, the reaction based because of, are entirely different than if in fact I am centered in the ocean versus the wave. So the nature of personal evolution, in the last analysis, is based on this simple analogy. So this is what the nature of personal evolution is from life to life; in that at some point we arrive in the center of that ocean.
When we break this down to Mars and Pluto, you will have Pluto in a house somewhere, and it will be in a sign, and you will have Mars somewhere, and it will be in a house and sign. My point is that, again, these evolutionary desires are emanating from Pluto and become instinctively acted out through the Mars placement by house and sign. What this means is that if you look at where your Mars is - house, sign, and the potential aspects that it is making - this can now actually be linked to the leading edge, in every single moment, of your evolutionary development. The desires you are acting out, what types of desires, and the kinds of experiences they generate, and what kinds of reaction occur in order for you to learn from them. Now let us make an example. Let's put Pluto in Virgo in the First House, and Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House. I would like some free flow here. I am tired of just being a lecturer, a completely boring role believe me. So if you have a core complex of desires symbolized by Pluto in Virgo with the First House, how are they going to be instinctively acted upon by way of Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House ? Who can make an analysis here ?
Class: Workaholic, driven by money.
Let's make a very simple analysis. Let us agree that typically First House Pluto people instinctively feel that they have a special destiny to fulfill, something out of the ordinary, something other than just a mundane task. And let's say that this particular instinctual feeling is incredibly intense within their Soul which thus requires, at least cyclically, periods of independence and/or freedom in order to find out about this special destiny. This creates a subconscious fear - Pluto - of becoming overly involved with somebody else's need patterns, i.e. the polarity point of the Seventh House. The need patterns of another are perceived - Pluto - as potential detours and/or weights that undermine this person's sense of special destiny. So you have an in built emotional conflict right away between the need for independence and relationship: an emotional paradox. Let's say we just isolate on the simple desire for a special destiny, and how this desire instinctively manifests through the Tenth House Mars in Taurus. How are these desires, by way of Pluto, going to be instinctively acted out through the egocentric personality of the incarnating entity ? The pointer in now the Tenth House and Mars and Taurus. What is a potential signature wherein this special destiny could be fulfilled ?
Class: They will want to be their own boss, to carve out a special role within society.
So you are saying that these instinctive desires will manifest through their Mars function in such a way as to figure they have a special social role - Tenth House - career/position to fulfill within society. Okay, let's agree that that is a Mars in the Tenth House statement. Now where does the Taurus come in ? And the fact that Pluto is in Virgo? It means that the Mars in Taurus must learn how to identify inwardly its own intrinsic resources - Taurus; that which is already within them from birth, and once that identification is made then they can instinctively act upon those resources in order to define - Tenth House - the specific form or role that reflects their sense of special destiny. In order for this identification of inner resources to occur the individual must cyclically withdraw from his or her external commitments, duties, and obligations. This type of withdrawal through the Tenth House equals reflection and/or depression. Reflection or depression creates an inverted state of consciousness in which the person can focus upon, and become progressively aware of, the intrinsic resources that he or she possesses so that the evolution of the social role, career, that reflects the sense of special destiny can occur over time: the Tenth House equals the phenomena of time and space: the finite. The problem now becomes, ultimately, Pluto in Virgo.
The structure of the Soul with Pluto in Virgo can be self-critical, too self-analytical, too aware of its imperfections, lacks, too aware of that which it is not, and by way of Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House can unnecessarily compare itself to external authorities - Tenth House - for which it would have an instinctive respect. This comparison reinforces the state of inner inferiority, generating the inner feeling and/or thought of never feeling quite ready and/or good enough to do what it instinctively senses that it could do, or become. The point is that this kind of self-critical, self-analytical focus within the Soul can generate crisis - Virgo - ; a crisis based on not actualizing into concrete form the sense of special destiny or purpose. Pluto in Virgo Souls have a compulsion to create crisis. One form of this crisis is self-denial, or self-undermining activity. Why is this?
The reason for this, in the largest possible sense, is that Pluto in Virgo focuses upon the archetype of atonement or perfection. This focus is based upon the evolutionary need to adjust or realign the egocentric structure of personality, to readjust how the ego is defined by linking it to ultimate principles, values, ultimate rights and wrongs, to what we call God itself: the polarity point of Virgo being Pisces. This Soul focus infers a deep sense of guilt based upon the ego acting out of itself, of overly identifying with itself: egocentricity. Thus to evolve from this egocentric focus the Soul creates a crisis of egocentric self-denial, or self-sacrifice, based upon the awareness of lack, imperfections, etc. The resulting crisis that is created produces, and is the source of, the compulsive self-analysis that is the signature of this generation; each person within the generation included. The dynamic of crisis linked with self-analysis thus produces self-knowledge. Is it not true that when we are in a crisis state that some degree of self-knowledge results as we attempt to figure out what the crisis is about, why it is happening, and to become aware of some sort of strategy to deal with it ? And does it not seem that when a personal or collective crisis is occurring that "larger forces" are operating that are beyond the control of the individual or collective ego ? It is this sensing of larger forces - Pisces - that reflects the evolutionary need of Pluto in Virgo to identify with those forces in such a way that the individual or collective ego is in alignment with those forces. It is the Virgo/Pisces archetype that also correlates to masochism for the reasons just mentioned. There are two types of masochism. One type can be called religious masochism, and the other type can be termed psychopathologic masochism. In both types the core dynamic is to experience humiliation, self-sacrifice, annihilation, atonement, and the hoped for purification of the ego as a result of these orientations. The ultimate symbol or religious masochism is Christ on the Cross. The ultimate form of psychopathologic masochism is reflected in extreme sado-masochistic sexual acts.
Linking this to our example of Pluto in Virgo in the First House, and Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House, we can now see where this sense of guilt/atonement is occurring for the individual. We can see where the experience of crisis and self-denial could occur. We can see where and how, and for what reasons, the necessary realignment of ego must occur. In essence we would have a person at birth who would have unconscious guilt patterns based upon a misuse or misapplication of power and ambition linked with the Soul's desire for positions of social stature, and the means used to obtain these desired ends. Because there is a need to atone for this guilt coming into this life the individual would typically undermine itself from achieving these ends in this life until the necessary egocentric adjustments occurred.
Class: The image that you are pointing out is that, in this case, Pluto has a generational effect which can be like the slow hand on the clock, and Mars is like the fast hand on the clock moving through the twelve different positions that are expressing the evolutionary impulse. Wouldn't that be a little bit general; that all people born in that large time frame who all have picked Pluto in Virgo to work out these same things ? Or could you be more specific about that ?
To answer your question, it is true that all Pluto in Virgo people have this guilt, and a simultaneous need to atone for it. The reasons or causes of the guilt are specific to each person. As in this case that we are using as an example, with Mars in the Tenth House, it is a guilt based on the misapplication of ambition via the desire for a special social role or work. This is my point. You can make it very specific by locating the planet Mars, in this case. Combined with Pluto in the First House this also creates a guilt based on not meeting others needs, others needs perceived to be undermining their own sense of individual purpose. Thus, a person who has placed career and social position above the needs of those closest to them. And beyond this, there are twelve houses, yes, but also twelve signs, and many possible aspect combinations that could occur relative to both Pluto and Mars, i.e. Pluto in Virgo in the First House in opposition to Venus in Pisces in the Seventh House, or Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House inconjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius in the Fifth House, and so on. The various combinations/possibilities are almost endless. The point is by having these linkages through aspects you also have other dynamics that contribute to the very specific nature of the underlying archetype that wold be true for all people with Pluto in Virgo, or Pluto in any sign or house.
Class: The point I would just like to make is that I don't view Virgo, or Pluto in Virgo, necessarily as only a function of inferiority. It may be that those same individuals have come in, in fact, to bring an experience of the etheric Christ through Virgo which is another more positive experience of that which then leads to their Mars function for them to externalize that in what field of activity that they choose.
First, I did not say that Virgo is ONLY a function of inferiority. Second, your understanding of Christ may need to be examined. The fact is Jesus himself felt inferior: simply remember the words he himself spoke while hanging on the Cross: " Father, take this cup from me". What do these words suggest to you ? They suggest a man who was not perfect, despite Christian revisionism to the contrary, a man who felt he was not totally equal to the task given to him by the Father. I would also suggest that as a generation the majority of such people are not manifesting the etheric Christ in a conscious, conceptual way. A very small percentage would be based on their won evolutionary development. I would say in a more pragmatic, realistic, and practical way that for the majority of the generation - because as we project into the future this generation will be in positions of social power maybe twenty years from now - this group of people will have a major role in the proper use of all kinds of technology in order to purify its application. They will also have an incredibly important role in health technologies, and medicine because the nature of the Earth upon which we live will become progressively more contaminated including the mutation of viruses and bacteria’s in which three or four will become life threatening to the species once they mutate and become airborne. In a de facto sense this might be the etheric Christ, but I would doubt that the majority would be conceptualizing themselves, at an egocentric level, in this way. And what about the millions of Souls who have Pluto in Virgo who live in other cultures that have no connection to Christianity, or Christ ? You may wish to reexamine your question/statement, yes ?
Another way of looking at this, using our own example of Pluto in Virgo, is that at the time that Christ was on the planet, whatever birth chart you might agree or disagree with, all charts will have Pluto in Virgo for him. Now he himself said that he was here to usher in a new age which is called the Piscean Age. So you see the polarity point for this generation, including himself as an individual within the generation, as Pisces. Is this coincidence or synchronicity ? Or take the Pluto in Leo generation. Most of us would agree that somehow we are moving toward the Aquarian Age, or have already just moved into it. Progressively, the Pluto in Leo generation is going to have positions of social power as we already begin to see in our time. The polarity point for the generation is Aquarius. So, sure, we have this generational application, but we also have each person as an individual living in that generation: generations are comprised of individuals. Each individual has their individual framework within that generation in order to, as an individual, develop, to cooperate with and/or resist their own evolutionary requirements. My point is that if every individual in their generation simply cooperated with their own individual lessons, then that generation would be in a state of harmony, and the evolutionary requirements of the planet would operate in a uniform way versus cataclysmic ways. but I think most of us would agree that most individuals do not consciously cooperate in total with their evolutionary requirements. The fact is that most people react to their evolutionary requirements in a very minimal way. We do a little bit each time. If you read metaphysics, this is why the story of incarnation seems to be so tragically long, i.e., the typical statement that we incarnate millions of times. This is because most of us do a little bit each time versus the whole ball of wax, so to speak.
Coming back to this example, can you now see through the illustration how this mechanism works ? Pluto/Virgo/First House and how it was manifested through the Mars in Taurus in the Tenth House ? Do you see this linkage ? Was it clear to you ? My point is that you can take this method and apply it to any chart. All of you are going to have Pluto in a house and sign somewhere, and it is going to have a generational and individual application. And you are going to have Mars somewhere; by house, sign, and aspects to other planets and the signs and houses that they are in. This is the leading edge of your own individual evolution on a day to day, minute to minute basis. How you by the way of Mars instinctively act out the evolutionary desires and requirements emanating from your Soul. The natal signature and requirements operate throughout life. The transiting movements of Mars, progressed planets forming aspects to natal Mars, Mars through progression forming aspects to other planets, and Pluto's movement through transits, and other planets forming aspects to Pluto through transits or progressions all correlate to the evolutionary development and requirements through Time in this life. These developments through time are referred to, and understood in the context of the intent reflected in the natal signature of Mars and Pluto. Thanks for coming this early in the morning, and God Bless.