The final assignment:
The term “collective unconscious” was coined by Carl Jung in order to distinguish this part of the mind from the personal unconscious, or subconscious mind. The collective unconscious is also known as the universal unconscious. It contains all knowledge since the beginning of time, including every thought, idea, feeling, deed, intention, desire, event or experience that has ever occurred at any time in the history of creation. The collective unconscious is also known by other names including the Akashic Records, or “The Book of Life.” Each and every soul has its own personal book or record, which is but a page in the larger book which contains them all, the collective unconscious.
1) The natal location of the current life Neptune by house, sign, and aspects to it correlates to how the collective unconscious impacts on the individual's Soul consciousness in such a way as to stimulate and ignite the desire to individuate from it, and, in turn, how this will impact on the current state of the collective consciousness.
Neptune conjunct the Moon in Taurus and Chiron in Aries in the 9th House; semi-square Venus in Pisces in the 7th House; trine Mars and Jupiter in Capricorn in the 5th House.
Edgar Cayce was one of the world’s best known psychics (Moon/Neptune). He was also a medium and a channel. Cayce spent forty-three years of his adult life accessing the Akashic Records of individual souls and those of the world in general. Cayce claimed there were two sources of information from which he derived the information given in his readings. The first was the subconscious mind of the individual and the second was the Akashic Records, or collective unconscious. I believe that Edgar Cayce was Third Stage Spiritual.
With Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aries in the 9th House semi-square Saturn in Pisces in the 7th House, Cayce had the ability to tune into the physical bodies of other people and accurately diagnose their medical symptoms. He was also able to prescribe remedies to cure their ailments. When beginning a reading for an individual, Cayce would begin by saying, "We have before us the records of the entity now known or called _________." He would describe the individual’s state in complex biological and medical terms that he could neither remember nor comprehend upon awakening from his trance.
In addition to these individual readings, Cayce also brought back information about the nature of reality. He answered questions about health, illness, astrology, reincarnation, karma, war, ancient civilizations, the Bible, the life of Jesus and his previous incarnations, as well as many other topics.
In Reading 294-19 Report File from A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc.) Cayce describes what it was like when he journeyed beyond his own subconscious mind and into the realm of the collective unconscious:
“I see myself as a tiny dot out of my physical body, which lies inert before me. I find myself oppressed by darkness and there is a feeling of terrific loneliness. Suddenly, I am conscious of a white beam of light. As this tiny dot, I move upward following the light, knowing that I must follow it or be lost.
As I move along this path of light I gradually become conscious of various levels upon which there is movement. Upon the first levels there are vague, horrible shapes, grotesque forms such as one sees in nightmares. Passing on, there begin to appear on either side misshapen forms of human beings with some part of the body magnified. Again there is change and I become conscious of gray-hooded forms moving downward. Gradually, these become lighter in color. Then the direction changes and these forms move upward and the color of the robes grows rapidly lighter.
Next, there begin to appear on either side vague outlines of houses, walls, trees, etc., but everything is motionless. As I pass on, there is more light and movement in what appear to be normal cities and towns. With the growth of movement I become conscious of sounds, at first indistinct rumblings, then music, laughter, and singing of birds. There is more and more light, the colors become very beautiful, and there is the sound of wonderful music. The houses are left behind, ahead there is only a blending of sound and color. Quite suddenly I come upon a hall of records. It is a hall without walls, without ceiling, but I am conscious of seeing an old man who hands me a large book, a record of the individual for whom I seek information.”
With his Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Mercury in Pisces, ruled by Neptune conjunct the Moon in Taurus and Chiron in Aries in the 9th House, and Pluto sextile the Sun and quintile Mercury and Saturn in Pisces in the 7th house, Cayce’s other worldly journeys and power of creative visualization made a huge impact upon others for generations to come. This in turn had a huge impact upon the collective unconscious.
While tuned into the collective unconscious, Cayce learned a new interpretation of the Bible. According to Cayce, the Bible is the symbolic account of the fall and restoration of the human soul to its divine origins. Genesis is a symbolic story describing humanity’s fall from heaven and paradise, while Revelations is the symbolic story of humanity’s restoration to heaven and paradise.
Cayce was also introduced to a new way of understanding the relationship between God and humanity, relative to the cultural religious beliefs of his day and age. He learned, and shared, that human beings have three levels of awareness: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind and the superconscious mind. He revealed that an important goal in everyone’s life should be to awaken the superconscious mind within themselves and attain at-one-ment with God. This superconscious mind being the collective unconscious, which is also known as the Universal Mind, Christ Consciousness, Buddha Consciousness, Brahman, God, Allah, the Higher self, so on and so forth.
As we have seen, with his Neptune in Taurus in the 9th House, Edgar Cayce was able to journey to other realms within the collective unconscious. What he learned here, he brought back to “earth” and by sharing this information with others, he had a huge impact upon that very same collective unconscious.
Note that with his Moon in Taurus in the 9th house religion played a large role in Cayce’s life. Cayce was a fundamentalist Christian who was raised on strict 19th century Bible tradition and taught Sunday School for many years. With his 9th House Moon square Uranus in Leo in the 1st House, he is said to have suffered a great deal of mental and emotional shock when he discovered that the subconscious information he passed along to others while in a trance “declared the ancient mystic religions to be true and acclaimed Jesus as their crowning glory.”
According to Kevin Williams, the body of work that Cayce presented to others while in a state of trance can be described as “a ‘Christianized’ version of the mystery religions of ancient Egypt, Chaldea, Persia, India, and Greece. It fits Christ into the mystical tradition of one God for all people, and places Christ in his proper place, at the apex of the philosophical structure - the capstone of the pyramid.”
Edgar Cayce only had a 7th grade education and a fundamentalist Christian upbringing. He knew nothing of the subjects he spoke of while in a trace. It is said that he spoke at length about Christian Gnosticism. The Gnostic writings that are available today were not discovered until well after Cayce’s death. According to Williams,”Cayce affirmed that Christian Gnosticism is the type of Christianity that was taught by Jesus. Much of the information from Cayce has solved some of the greatest mysteries of humanity, some of which were later validated after the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the early Christian writings discovered in Egypt.”
Again, with Uranus square his 9th house Taurus Moon, discovering that this type of knowledge was coming from within himself, was a shocking and traumatic experience for Cayce. In addition, while in a state of trance, he focused on issues such as the evolution of man, reincarnation, past civilizations, as well as predictions of future events. This was all quite stressful for a fundamentalist Christian to acknowledge as true and accurate.
2) Where and how the collective unconscious has impacted or affected a soul.
Inherent to the Aquarius archetype is the desire to individuate from and within all other human beings in general, the very nature of the society that the Soul is born into, and the immediate peer group that it belongs too. Thus, the impact of all of these groups, and the collective unconscious ignite this desire to individuate. The S.Node of Neptune by house, the location of its planetary ruler by it's own house, sign, and aspects to it correlate how this was done in the lives leading to the current life.
The South Node of Neptune is 12 degrees Aquarius in the 6th House ruled by Uranus Rx in Leo in the 1st House. Uranus is bi-quintile the Sun in Pisces in the 8th House, square the Moon in Taurus in the 9th House and square Pluto in Taurus in the 10th House.
With Uranus Rx in Leo in the 1st House square his Moon in Taurus in the 9th house, which is conjunct Neptune, Edgar Cayce was able to “remember” several of his own past life identities by accessing the Akashic Records or collective unconscious. These past life memories (Uranus) of his various past life identities (1st house) reveal that he was King Asapha, Ra Ta (the messenger angel at Sodom), Uhjltd, Xenon, Pythagoras, Armitidides, Lucius of Cyrene, Arawak (an Indian), John Bainbridge I, John Bainbridge II, and Ralph Dahl (Civil War Soldier). Due to his ability to access the collective unconscious, Cayce has able to share quite a bit of information about his experiences as each of these past life egos.
Like everyone, these past life characters were affected by the collective unconscious, and in turn contributed additional information and memories to the collective unconscious as well.
With the South Node of Neptune at 12 degrees Aquarius in the 6th House, the collective past life ego of Cayce has been focused on serving others and on issues related to health, hygiene and care of the body. The soul has desired that its past life egos be different, or unique, from others who were also healers or who served others via the healing arts as well. With the South Node Ruler Uranus falling in Leo in the 1st House, Cayce’s past life personas, or identities were unique and different from others in the societies and cultures he was part of (Urn in 1st) as well as powerful and sometimes regal personalities (Urn/Leo/1st). In addition, with Uranus square the Moon in Taurus in the 9th House, these past life characters were capable of tapping into the collective conscious and possessed psychic abilities similar to those of Cayce. Uranus is also square Pluto in the 10th House which correlates to the soul’s past intention and desire to use these abilities in relation to his career or social role.
Cayce is said to have been Ra Ta (the messenger angel at Sodom). According to Cayce’s readings, Ra-Ta was born in a less-civilized area, ruled by the tribe of “Zu,” somewhere in ancient Sumeria. He was a very unusual child (Urn/Leo/1st) in that he had pale white skin and blue eyes. Most Sumerians had dark complexions and dark hair. It is said that tribal elders were very spooked by him. In addition, his mother did not have a husband, something that was frowned upon in their culture. She blamed the Gods for making her pregnant. (Sun in Pisces = missing father. Neptune conjunct Moon = delusional mother). The elders ordered that Ra-Ta and his mother be banished from the land. (Urn in Leo square Moon in Taurus).
As Ra-Ta grew up and matured, it became obvious that he had prophetic abilities (Urn sq Moon/Nep 9th) and could channel very accurate psychic information. When he was 21 he predicted that earth changes would destroy the land in which he was living and the neighboring land of Atlantis. He determined that the safest place to be was in Egypt. “When the Earth's poles shifted, Egypt would be the balance-point for their movement. Ra-Ta communicated this prophecy to the King's son Arart, and a pioneering group of 900 people led by Arart with Ra Ta as their spiritual leader made the journey from Turkey to Egypt. After a long and arduous journey, they arrived in the Egyptian city of Luz. Initially there was mistrust and scrutiny, but eventually the Egyptians accepted the Atlanteans and exalted them. Arart was proclaimed King and Ra-Ta was accepted as their high priest. Over a period of time, spiritual and moral reforms were instituted by Ra-Ta and he became beloved by the people. He built temples for self-healing and transformation, and was able to perform many miraculous acts.”
There is a lot more information about the Life of Ra-Ta but its beyond the scope of this assignment to go into all of the details. With Uranus in Leo in the 1st square Pluto in Taurus in the 10th house, it is no surprise that he experienced a sudden fall from grace. With Neptune semi-square Venus in Pisces in the 7th House, Ra-Ta made enemies with various others who kept their dislike of him hidden. Having instituted a moral code that included loyalty in marriage and communal living, (Jupiter in Capricorn in the 5th trine quintile Venus/Saturn/Mercury in Pisces in the 7th semi-square Neptune in the 9th), Ra-Ta created more than a few powerful, hidden enemies who sought to bring him down. They conspired against him and tricked (Mercury) him into breaking his own law. He was then banished once again.
It is said that “But wherever Ra Ta lived he carried his blessings with him, and the banishment only helped to further his soul evolution.” It is said that during his banishment, Ra-Ta met an earlier incarnation of the soul known as Hermes Trismegistus who the Egyptians hailed as “the scribe of the Gods” as he had prophetic dreams and could look "forward and backward" in time.
Hermes and Ra Ta were closely associated, and Cayce referred to Hermes as "the heart and the tongue of Ra."
Ra-Ta was eventually called back to Egypt and his banishment lifted. During this period the pyramids were constructed. Cayce credits Hermes as the architect and Ra-Ta as the second most significant collaborator. He claims that “By some esoteric means, the stones were levitated and set in place.”
Going back to the 6th House archetype (South Node of Neptune in the 6th House), Cayce also incarnated as Lucius of Cyrene, who is mentioned twice in the New Testament. According to Catholic Online, Lucius was Bishop of Cyrene in Ptolemais, Africa. He was one of the prophets and doctors mentioned in Acts.
According to the A.R.E., “The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, verses 1 to 20, introduces readers of the Bible to the group of Seventy disciples who were sent out in pairs by Jesus to preach, heal, and advise the local residents of His pending arrival in their area. Lucius was one of Jesus' disciples in this group.” There is speculation that Lucius was “Luke,” who Paul refers to as “Beloved Physician,” author of the Gospel of Luke in the New Testament, but in one reading Cayce states that Lucius was a nephew of Luke, not Luke himself. In any case, both Luke and Lucius were physicians and healers.
Again, with the South Node of Neptune in Aquarius in the 6th House, Lucius was “disregarded and questioned by those who were of the Jewish faith who were the close followers of the Master” due to his Greek and Roman parentage. The reason for this was because if he had been chosen as one of the Apostles, “there would have been a puffing up.” His true purpose in meeting Jesus and becoming one of the seventy was to “grow” through “lessons gained through” these experiences (6th house - self-improvement).
Cayce also incarnated as Pythagoras, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, who taught that the soul was immortal and merely resides in the body, survives death and goes through a series of rebirths until the soul is purified. Pythagoras is one of the great teachers in recorded history. He is said to have remembered all the details of his past lives and could even listen to the “harmony of the spheres” or the vibration of the planets orbiting in the solar system.
Cayce’s SN of Neptune in Aquarius in the 6th House is sextile Jupiter in Capricorn in the 5th House trine Moon/Neptune/Chiron in Taurus in the 9th House square the NNR Uranus in Leo in the 1st House. Together these symbols correlate to an ability to tap into the collective unconscious and give structure and form to what is learned, as well as an ability to grasp mathematics (Urn/Aq) and teach (jupiter/9th/Chiron) others.
Although Cayce appears to have had many “glamorous” lives in which he was endowed with psychic and healing powers, he also experienced several lives in which he expressed the other side of Neptune. In 18th and 19th century America, Cayce reincarnated two times as a man named John Bainbridge who was a gambler and a womanizer. It is said that Bainbridge’s escapist behavior was so strong that he drowned the first time and felt a need to return and do this particular life over, even taking the same name as before. At the end of this second life he redeemed himself by giving the last of his food to a starving child. In doing so, he saved the child’s life while sacrificing his own. “According to the Cayce Readings, such a selfless act of love alleviated a great deal of the karma that he had accumulated as Bainbridge.”
Uranus in Leo in the 1st square Moon/Neptune in the 9th trine Jupiter in the 5th and semi-square Venus in Pisces in the 7th sextile Mars in the 5th correlate to an escapist adventurer with a penchant for gambling and romance. Of course his Pisces stellium in the 7th house correlates with self-sacrifice for the well-being of others. With Neptune’s South Node in the 6th house semi-sextile this stellium, the self-sacrifice serves to purify the soul. I believe that these lives as Bainbridge were necessary in order to evolve from 2nd Stage Spiritual to 3rd Stage. This was accomplished when Bainbridge sacrificed his life by giving his food to the child.
These are just a few examples that show how what we have learned about Neptune, its South Node and the South Node Ruler, in relation to past life experiences, seems to describe Cayce’s past lives quite well. And we have only skimmed the surface.
3) The N.Node of Neptune by it's own house, and the aspects to it, correlates to how the Soul will actualize, give purpose too, and integrate both the current life Neptune relative to it's past which is, again, symbolized by the S.Node of Neptune.
Cayce’s North Node of Neptune is 8 degrees Leo in the 12th House. This shows that Cayce would apply all of the psychic skills he developed in previous lives in his current life as Edgar Cayce in order to continue accessing the collective unconscious and channeling metaphysical and health related information to mankind. Leo is ruled by the Sun in Pisces in the 8th House. Cayce’s creative purpose was to use his psychic energies and abilities to tap into the collective unconscious in order to answer essential questions pertaining to life and death and the mysteries of life and the afterlife.
With Neptune’s North Node Ruler being the Sun in Pisces in the 8th House, there is a desire for union with a superior being, as well as a desire for oneness and unity. In addition, there is an ability to tune-in to others and the collective unconscious. The occult, hidden mysteries, intuition, healing, transformation, psychology and death are all themes tied to this purpose. Cayce’s creative purpose was to enlighten people about these topics. In doing so, he helped people learn how to heal their bodies and what the cause behind their “dis-ease” was. He also helped people deal with grief. In addition, he revealed a lot of metaphysical information about the history of humankind, the evolution of the soul and other metaphysical realities that have been forgotten over the course of time. Cayce is now known as the “Father of Holistic Medicine” and one of the most prolific psychics of all time. Just about everything he brought into the collective awareness was recycled information derived from the collective unconscious.
The Sun in Pisces in the 8th House is semi-square the Moon in Taurus in the 9th House; square Jupiter in Capricorn in the 5th House; bi-quintile Uranus in Leo in the 1st House; sextile Pluto in Taurus in the 10th House; and semi-sextile Chiron in Aries in the 9th House. These are all the same archetypes that have been in play in the past. The sextile to Pluto in the 10th House shows that Cayce’s creative purpose would also be the greatest sociological role he would play in his life. The semi-sextile with Chiron in Aries in the 9th house shows he would instinctually teach people how to heal themselves. In addition, it may have been part of his purpose to reconcile the Christianity of his day with Natural Law.
4) In addition to everything discussed above, the North Node of the Moon is Pisces in the 7th House and part of the stellium that includes Mercury, Saturn, and Venus. Venus rules Taurus with the Moon, Neptune and Pluto in Taurus which correlate to his psychic abilities and the past intention and desire of his soul, as well as his sociological role/career. In addition, Saturn rules his 6th House, showing he was determined to do this work, which was his way of serving God or the Source. His Saturn is conjunct Mercury giving him the discipline needed to control his mind. This control is necessary in order to go in and out of a trance state at will.
In Reading 254-2, Cayce was questioned, and provided answers to these questions, about his own soul. This psychic reading given by Edgar Cayce in Selma, Alabama, on March 19th 1919.
“EC: We have the body here - we have had it before. In this state the conscious mind is under subjugation of the subconscious or soul mind. The information obtained and given by this body is obtained through the power of mind over mind, or power of mind over physical matter, or obtained by the suggestion as given to the active part of the subconscious mind. It obtains its information from that which it has gathered, either from other subconscious minds - put in touch with the power of the suggestion of the mind controlling the speaking faculties of this body, or from minds that have passed into the Beyond, which leave their impressions and are brought in touch by the power of the suggestion. What is known to one subconscious mind or soul is known to another, whether conscious of the fact or not. The subjugation of the conscious mind putting the subconscious in action in this manner or in one of the other of the manners as described, this body obtains its information when in the subconscious state.
As to the forces of this body, the psychical is obtained through action of Uranus and of Neptune, always it has been to this body and always will, just outside the action of fire-arms, yet ever within them, just saved financially and spiritually by the action of great amount of water - the body should live close to the sea, should always have done so. The body is strange to other bodies in all of its actions, in the psychical life, in all of its ideas as expressed in the spiritual life as to its position on all matter pertaining to political, religious or economic positions. This body will either be very rich or very poor.
(Q) Is there any other information that this body should have now?
(A) The body should keep close in touch with the spiritual side of life; with sincerity to the spiritual side of life, if he is to be successful, mentally, physically, psychically and financially.”
Here we see that Cayce himself, while channeling the collective conscious, names Uranus, the ruler of Neptune’s South Node, and Neptune itself, as the source of his psychic abilities. He states they have always been this source, and always will be.