The Astral Plane
Mystery Schools
Cosmic Astrology
Life Stages of Consciousness Development

The Astral Plane

Our soul can simultaneously experience itself on the material dimension through a physical body.. and on the astral dimension through a dream body. Everyone has some recall of a fantastical or nightmarish dream that seemed all too real. Such "dreams" may possibly be the unfolding of events that were or are now occurring on alternate planes of existence.

"Are we humans dreaming of being a butterfly
or a butterfly dreaming of being a human?"

Our waking life is deeply impressed by our dreams:
be it residuals of a nightmare that haunts the day, or the touch of a dream't lover awakening longing and searching, or an artist communing with a phantom “muse” dredging subconscious images for hidden meanings. A soul who denies their dreams is limited and trapped by the confines of this harsh reality, being subject to the world as it is idealized, envisioned and created by others.

We spend a 1/3 of our life sleeping, and in a good part of that we are dreaming. It is a scientific fact that if we don’t get enough sleep (and dream), we will go mad. Perhaps it is in the dream state (where the physical veils are lifted), can we replenish our sanity by experiencing the truth of who we really are as the images and stories that live on the other side. In any event, we are all affected and influenced by what happens in the dream worlds, whether we do or do not know, believe, or remember.

Déjà Vu and Prophesy
All that is created on the physical plane first occurs in the etheric planes of consciousness, which then cascades to the astral as imagination, dreams and desire... which gathers around it energy... then density... to finally land/manifest as a thing or event in the material world. This is the process whereby the astral self grounds or "manifests" the dream or vision it wishes to create into physical density. In a way it's like watching a movie on TV (astral) verse seeing it as a live play on stage. The difference is tangible, yet the story line is basically the same. When the physical manifestation jars the remembrance of the astral event, this is called “déjà vu”.

Souls who are able to foretell events to come are called prophets or prognosticators. There have been many such prophets: Jesus, Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, even Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Making sense of their prophesy ("The Book of Revelations" for ex.) is another matter, but at least the ideas are out there.

 Like the law of physics that says a body in motion will tend to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force, Prophesy is based on the ability to read what has been set in motion on the causal etheric and astral dimensions... before it eventually lands or manifests in the physical. Such a prophesy will likely come true unless there is some Divine Intervention (or healing event) that acts to change the course of such a projection. I believe some prophets can also look at the future “Life Lines” of an individual or the collective “Life Lines” of a society, and from these trends make an informed guesstimate of where they are heading.

The Other Side
Throughout differing cultures and times, a repetitive wealth of symbols and story lines emerge and repeat, over and over. Are they simply a figment of our imagination... or could there be some basis of fact? Are there other worlds beside (or behind) this one from which ancient and modern man drew the same memories and fantasies?

Consider the diverse imagery of such mythic creatures as unicorns, dragons, goblins, ogres, yetis... and such magical beings as fairy godmothers, goddesses, witches, fairies, elves... and such strange alien races as the reptoids, insectoids, the grays... and such technologically advanced vehicles of transportation as interstellar space ships and star gates.... None of these things have been found to exist on this physical plane (as of yet) but stories and images of them have perpetuated throughout time and are still with us now. Is this a sort of mass hallucination or a glimpse into another reality? Could this be where we get our fantastic ideas and creative endeavors, our arts and sciences? For something to become real on this earth plane, it must first be plucked out of the air... imagined... then we can harness our will and the material forces to make it happen. But what comes to our imagination must exists somewhere... if it’s not on the physical then it must exist beyond on some spiritual realm.

Real or imagined, all that exists within the intangible and invisible world of our sub-conscious... all our fears and dark fantasies, our hopes and bright dreams... all this still continues to run our everyday life (whether we are consciously aware of it or not).

Astral Planets

Our physical body is connected to, co-exists, overlaps and intermingles with our astral body. So too are the physical planets connected to, co-exist, overlap and intermingle with their astral counterparts – their astral planets. And as our physical bodies reside on a physical planet, so too may our astral bodies reside on and even travel to and from any one of these astral planets... even now, some of those astral bodies may be living simultaneous lives on these astral planets (experienced by you in the dream state).

Before, during and after our sojourn here on this planet, our different dimensional bodies exist on these different dimensions and planets, experiencing some very unique aspects of creation. Each planet is very different in its orientation in what it offers, in its energy, the predominant colors, sounds and vibrations, types and appearances of the beings that live there. Most planets even have a head ruler or counsel of beings who are designated as leaders (different but similar in ways to what we have in this physical dimension). Many souls who find themselves on these planets are there for the special healings and teachings offered in their varied "Mystery Schools".

Mystery Schools

There are a number of these schools on each of the planets, even including the sun. Like schools in our world, there are particular lessons that must be grasped before one can graduate to the next level. In order to completely imbibe what each planet and its schools offer, this process may take a very long time. In between, ones physical incarnations become grounds to practice homework assignments. And when training is complete on all the planets in this solar system, one is allowed to journey to other schools in other solar systems, galaxies and dimensions. Such learning of the soul may potentially go on indefinitely.


"Rather than have the stars rule the life, the life should rule the stars. The work of man is to combine mind and emotions, awareness and consciousness with will and purpose in becoming again at one with the creator. Until that time, we as individuals remain earthbound within the confines of astrological influences. Ever present stumbling blocks to this at-one-ment are the ego or self-interest, self-indulgence, self-purpose-fullness...."
Edgar Cayce

Life Stages of Consciousness Development

The following chart of the "Life stages of consciousness development” (author unknown) generally describe some of the things taught on these planets (on the astral dimensions). This is why some psychics and astrologers ("astro-logy"= the study of the astral) can read your past, see into the future and know what your lessons and strengths are - they read your astral school records. Like any school, some subjects you excel, others you fail or not complete. The Mystery Schools are no different: what you excel at you teach to others, what you fail at you repeat, what areas you have gaps in you work on till you complete. Even with help, such training takes a very long time to finish (if there is a finish). As the universe is constantly evolving there are always new things (especially in the spirit worlds) that are being created for the first time (Even the oldest, wisest, most powerful soul can learn a new trick or two).

 Moon - Mercury - Venus - Earth - Mars - Jupiter - Saturn - Uranus - Neptune - Pluto
In this order, these ten planets represent the ten "life stages of consciousness development". Each stage has its own musical notes, colors, vibrations, attributes... some of which need to be cultivated or weeded (via the healing work).

The Moon
(1 to 7 years)
The Moon, the nearest body to the Earth, is treated as a planet. It has always signified the mother, rhythms, water and all other life-giving liquids. It reflects the dual nature of the evolving human spirit, part conscious, part unconscious. It is itself the unconscious side of the personality, bound by instincts, involuntary responses and momentary urges. It is passively receptive to outside influences. So the child begins its life in a psychologically fluid state, taking its early egotistical shape from the maternal mold. Although an individual with distinct characteristics that will later become conscious, the infant experiences helplessness and vulnerability, and is unable to act for itself except in blind or dim responses. Throughout these first seven years, the child registers the effects of its environment and in so doing displays the acutely impressionable nature of the moon.

The Mercury Age
(7 to 14 years)
Mercury is the intellectual force that governs speech, writing, communication and the mental functions in general. It also rules common sense. It is adaptable, versatile, quick, restless, irresponsible, logical, inquisitive and fast moving. The early years are when the child learns the mechanics of communication, how to write, to speak, to express him or herself as a mental being and not just as a collection of clamorous desires. He discovers he can contradict the voice of authority sometimes and assert his ideas so that others will listen and pay attention. He makes innumerable connections and contacts, developing a casual attitude toward responsibility and a flexible sense of morality. He moves around incessantly with inquisitive purpose, loses interest as quickly as he gains it, and begins to control aspects of his environment through the advancing power of his mental processes.

The Venus Age
(14 to 21 years)
Venus is the influence of love, art, culture, sympathy, social relationships, and evaluation. All emotions that have a sexual basis begin here, including the love of beauty. Creative activities - poetry, acting, music, dancing - come under the Venusian force. It aims to unify. This is the time when the mental enthusiasms of the Mercurial Age turn to love, when intense emotions come and go with brief but remarkable impact. It is the age of fads and crazes that develop in various ways into mature and admirable tastes. The adolescent learns to discriminate, to assess people and situations, to test values, to experiment with the feelings of others, to observe the power of his or her physical presence. The value of cooperation, the social advantages of popularity, the deeper meaning of friendship and the conduct that society demands are also learned. The adolescent prepares for adult life.

The Earth Age
(21 to 28 years)
In geocentric (earth-centered) Astrology, the Earth is not considered a planet, so this period of development is one of self confrontation. Having come of age, the individual must adjust to material living and all its attendant responsibilities. As the Earth is in the center of the planetary lineup between the extremes of pliability and rigidity, so is the person during the Earth age. The lessons of the past, ideally, have produced in him of her a sense of balance, proportion and moderation. Other factors not so easy to define may now become influential. Normally the young adult will endeavor to establish himself in a career or particular occupation - put roots down and set about justifying his existence. The end of the Earth cycle frequently produces a crisis. This is the time when the individual realizes life is not what he thought it was, when he must decide what he is going to make of it and face the person that he really is. The talents he has uncovered (or covered up) in himself will not easily be denied self-expression. The young man or woman may have to make one or two painful decisions that will mean considerable reorientation. The end of this phase marks the return of the restrictive planet Saturn to the position it occupied in the horoscope at the time of birth, which signifies a new beginning.

The Mars Age
(28 to 35 years)
Mars is the planet of energy, activity through enterprise, self assertion and leadership. This is a strenuous period when the individual, now stabilized in character, endeavors to make a personal imprint on his or her community. He or she becomes a dynamic influence, responding with vigor to challenges, competing for leadership and acclaim. Ambition is usually the first consideration, money the second. The need to accomplish at almost any cost is paramount. Physical strains are ignored or overcome by aggressive determination to succeed. Those who have laid sound foundations in the previous age now build their edifices with relentless energy. On these, they must now stand or fall.

The Jupiter Age
(35 to 42 years)
Jupiter represents expansion - by growth, material acquisition and understanding. It signifies law, banking, philosophy, religion, moderation, reason. It also stands for foreign affairs, including distant journeys. Now the individual begins to profit from earlier efforts and experiences. He or she assumes some authority as a counselor of others, and becomes established in his or her chosen calling. This is the prime of life when the person expands financially, becomes an established citizen, a respectable and reliable member of the community. It is also a time associated with middle-age spread. The growth process reflects itself in a psychological maturity; the person develops an inner sense of law, order and morals. Religious convictions become more certain, and the mature adult reflects the type of person that has been formed through the earlier ages and anticipates future development. Since the direction of life is now probably fairly well fixed, the individual must look for ways of modifying his of her underlying attitudes and illusions in order to experience the deeper fulfillment of self-progression.

The Saturn Age
(42 to 49 years)
Saturn is sometimes symbolized as Father Time, the old man with the hourglass and scythe. It represents the formative principle through restriction, discipline and rigidity. It stands for gravity, profundity, prudence, caution and organization. It is the symbol of the limitation of the physical, through which the human spirit, evolving as mind, must penetrate to go on. This is the period when the person learns the lessons of self-discipline. The formative years, physically, are over. He or she is now a fixed and determined entity. If mistakes have been made in the creation of the self, this is the age when they are apt to be revealed and demand rectification. Here is where the habitual person finds himself heading off the abyss of decline and depression. But the individual who has fulfilled the earlier stages, it marks the way up, a different kind of path, a compensation for growing old. This Saturn Age teaches the need for realistic, practical and responsible handling of life's affairs, as distinct from expediency and the habit of self-interest. By the end of the Saturn period, the person has almost concluded his first 50 years. He knows the difference between right and wrong. If he has had to pay, he understands the reasons why. By obeying the community's laws, he upholds these laws and is capable of performing as an authority within the social system. His own endeavors to affect order within himself can now be used to create order in his surroundings. As society once helped to shape him, so now he can help to shape society. And having learned to serve, he may now himself be served. But for the ordinary man or woman, it is difficult to withstand the constrictive and ossifying influence of the Saturn Age. It usually ends in hardening of the arteries, brittleness of the skeleton and a fixation of views that can only be dissolved by the grave.

The Uranus Age
(49 to 56 years)
Uranus stands for independence, drastic change, revolt, anarchy, genius, intuition. It also represents Astrology, metaphysics, telepathy and events of a curious or wondrous nature. This is the age of the second flowering for those who can allow the old self to die. It is the time that the young man or woman at the end of the Earth Age is unconsciously striving toward as the greatest good, but seldom attains. For here is the chance to leap forward, not with enthusiasm, but with wisdom, into a new state of consciousness. This is the age that offers the person the power to break away from the rigidly controlled norm. Here is the realization that uniqueness lies not only in being safe, sober and reliable. Within each individual is the power to be exceptional, if only he can reach it, and this is the stage where he discovers that instead of reaching up, he must reach within to unlock the spontaneous force that will free him from the cyclic rut of accepted limitations. From this renewing impulse springs originality, creative inspiration, scientific thought and inventiveness. Here men and women can produce their most valuable and original work.

The Neptune Age
(56 to 63 years)
Neptune symbolizes the evolving human spirit as mind transcending the physical condition. It stands for refinement - through dissolution, subtlety and immateriality. The Neptune function, like the sea with which it is traditionally identified, has no material roots. It is a dissolver of form. The fully developed person now begins to withdraw from inordinate attachments to the world. His values have a deepening spiritual content that goes beyond the dogma and ceremony of orthodox religions. He meditates without concepts, places less and less dependence on memories of the past and yearns to empty himself of his egotistical cravings. By rising above the Saturnian need for psychological security and continuity, the ripe man or woman finds both, either in enlightenment or death.

The Pluto Age
(63 to 70 years)
Pluto is the last known planet in the solar system. As the Sun represents the beginning of the person, so Pluto symbolizes the cyclic return through experience to the beginning. It is said to be the deliverer. As the Sun is the unexpressed potential at the center, so Pluto, as the final state of mans' progression, represents the seed - a new crystallized beginning. The fully developed person at this stage knows himself, and in knowing that, comprehends the last mystery.

Cosmic Astrology - The Yugas

Throughout the entire history of human habitation on this planet, there have been numerous cyclic ages of darkness and light called "Yugas". These cycles are influenced by forces way beyond those of this provincial solar system....

Yuga in Hindu philosophy is the name of an 'epoch' or 'era' within a cycle of four ages. These are the Satya Yuga, the Treta Yuga, the Dvapara Yuga, and finally the Kali Yuga.../ The cycles are said to repeat like the seasons, waxing and waning within a greater time-cycle of the creation and destruction of the universe. Like Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn, each yuga involves stages or gradual changes which the earth and the consciousness of mankind goes through as a whole. A complete yuga cycle from a high Golden Age of enlightenment to a Dark Age and back again is said to be caused by the solar system's motion around another star. (Wikipedia)

In his book, The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar (guru of Paramahansa Yogananda) explained that the descending phase of Satya Yuga lasts 4800 years, the Treta Yuga 3600 years, Dwapara Yuga 2400 years, and the Kali Yuga 1200 years. The ascending phase of the Kali Yuga then begins, also lasting 1200 years. The ascending phase of the Kali Yuga began in September of 499 AD. Since September 1699, we have been in the ascending phase of the Dwapara Yuga, according to Sri Yukteswar.

Sri Yukteswar explained that just as the cycle of day and night is caused by a celestial motion (the earth spinning on its axis in relation to the sun), and just as the cycle of the seasons are caused by a celestial motion (the earth with tilted axis orbiting the sun) so too is the Yuga cycle (seen as the precession of the equinox), caused by a celestial motion. He explained this celestial motion as the movement of the whole solar system around another star. As our sun moves through this orbit, it takes the solar system (and earth) closer to and then further from a point in space known as the "grand centre" also called 'Vishnunabhi', which is the seat of the creative power, 'Brahma', [which]...regulates...the mental virtue of the internal world." He implied that it is the proximity of the earth and sun to this grand centre that determines which season of man or Yuga it is.

 Quoting from The Holy Science, Sri Yukteswar states that our sun revolves round a grand center called Vishnunabhi, which is the seat of the creative power, Brahma, the universal magnetism. Brahma regulates dharma, the mental virtue of the internal world. Sri Yukteswar states: ...the sun, with its planets and their moons, takes some star for its dual and revolves round it in about 24,000 years of our earth.... Essentially, When the sun in its revolution round its dual comes to the place nearest to this grand center, the seat of Brahma...the mental virtue, becomes so much developed that man can easily comprehend all, even the mysteries of Spirit." Further, ...when the sun goes to the place in its orbit which is farthest from Brahma, the grand center...the mental virtue, comes to such a reduced state that man cannot grasp anything beyond the gross material creation.

Paramahansa Yogananda, devotee of Sri Yukteswar, dates his forward in the book as 249 Dwapara (1949 AD). The period of 2400 years during which the sun passes through the 2/20th portion of its orbit is called Dwapara Yuga. Dharma, the mental virtue, is then in the second stage of development and is but half complete; the human intellect can then comprehend the fine matters of electricities and their attributes which are the creating principles of the external world.

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