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Seekers of the Divine Plan

with Bill Streett

Under rare circumstances and in rare times, individuals are born that go beyond merely being classified as intellectually bright or brilliant. Rather, for exceptionally gifted individuals we reserve other figures of speech exploiting light: “illuminated” and “enlightened.” The illuminated mind that enters into the disciplines of science uses their faculties to explore the empirical world of the senses. These individuals are heralded as the great geniuses that uncover and reveal the secret mechanisms of nature, systems and structures in nature that are not readily accessible through simple observation but through extraordinary powers of insight and perception.

Another type of illuminated mind uses their gifts not to shed light on the natural world of the senses but of the world of inner space and consciousness itself. More controversial and misunderstood than the celebrated explorers of the natural world, these geniuses of the inner dimensions—metaphysicians, gnostics, esotericists, occultists, and theosophists—claim to have discovered the realities of the invisible world, the world beyond the five senses.

An astrological signature often found in the birth charts of esoteric seekers involves aspects between Jupiter and Uranus. Acting synergistically, Jupiter and Uranus in combination in a birth chart is often the symbolic referent of the metaphysician, the spiritual seeker who eventually stumbles across the keys that open up and reveal the architecture of the mind of God and the greater mysteries of the universe: Why are we here? Where are we going? Are there higher realities other than the earthly plane? What’s out there, anyway? What’s our relationship to God?

Uranus, the higher octave of Mercury, is often affiliated with the higher mental faculties, intellectual powers that go beyond analytical reason and rationality. The faculty of intuition is particularly associated with Uranus. Intuition is simply the immediate apprehension of an idea or concept that is not received through the physical senses. All of us utilize intuition everyday, and more significantly, we often make our more important decisions in life based on intuition rather than our senses or analytical reasoning. Intuition is what allows us to conceive of notions like archetypes, Ideal Forms, Pythagorean numbers, and sacred geometry. Intuition can allow us to envision our own personal future, or it can be used to gain insight into the workings of the archetypal realm, the invisible realm, or cosmic system that orders and structures the visible universe.

Where Jupiter is in our birth chart gives us a good sense of what our orientation in life is, what our biases are, and what gives us meaning in the world. Jupiter is the part of our psyche that allows us to philosophize, to take a portrait of the grand scheme of things. Mythmaking, storytelling, and higher education are all thought to be Jupiterian because, simply stated, they help us make sense out of the chaos that is our world and help us to find an orientation and meaning in the larger scheme of things. As a psychological drive, Jupiter is associated with the part of us that quests to broaden our horizons. Certainly, Jupiter is affiliated with academic learning—as this might be the most obvious way to increase our awareness of the world around us—but, generally speaking, Jupiter is closely aligned with that drive to take in more and more experiences so that we can accrue wisdom.

When Jupiter aspects Uranus in the birth chart, it tends to amplify or increase the intuitive faculties. Jupiter, for better or worse, simply expands and dilates anything in the birth chart it aspects. Thus, genius or mental plebian, being born with a prominent Jupiter-Uranus aspect in the birth chart is a good indication that one’s intuitive faculties are heightened and wide open (even if one is aware of this or not). On a deeper level, however, Jupiter aspecting Uranus tends to orient our ‘inner philosopher’ to Uranus’s realm of archetypes, the causal plane, and that which lies behind the world of form and phenomena.

Thus, being born with a Jupiter-Uranus aspect usually implies that our orientation in this world is going to be guided by a sense of intuition and a belief that there is a latent potential for ever-increasing levels of good, truth, and beauty to manifest in this world. The die-hard belief in the unfaltering goodness of progress is often a key notion to the person born under Jupiter and Uranus in aspect. Finally, the drive of Jupiter’s archetype to believe in something is going to be aligned with the Uranian concept of an ordered, principled, evolving, and systematic universe.

Uranus aspecting Jupiter gives the philosophical quest excitation and sporadic stimulation. The revelatory ‘aha’ experience associated with Uranus—the brainstorm of mental creativity that is the hallmark of the planet—joins forces with the broad, expansive vision affiliated with Jupiter. Thus, Uranus aspects to Jupiter can translate in the sudden, if not shocking, illumination of the larger overview of things, the big picture. Quite suddenly, a possessor of a potent Jupiter-Uranus aspect can receive something akin to a revelatory experience, whereby a grand vista of the human project is given full-blown illumination. With very little effort, a sudden bolt of intuition can flood one’s experience, widening our normally small perspective on human experience to create a vast diorama of meaning.

The following represents a small sample of explorers born with important Jupiter-Uranus aspects that have mapped the terrain of the inner dimensions of experience. The common denominator between these explorers is that they are futurists, they believe in the progressive evolution of humankind, and believe in hidden forces latent within nature and humans that can be uncovered and developed through systematic disciplines. Many of their ideas are controversial because they cannot be tested through empirical means (at least not currently). However, their popularity and staying power through the decades suggests that they tapped into ideas and profound truths of our world that are accessible to all of us.

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)

Although as a child and early adult Swedenborg was concerned with spirituality and the nature of the soul, the Swede’s primary vocation was as a scientist, inventor, and philosopher. In 1744-1745, Swedenborg received visions of the spiritual world and devoted the last phase of his life to writing the results of his investigations of the spirit realm After receiving visions and visitations, Swedenborg became a cartographer of the spiritual realm, and, in a sense, lived between two worlds as he went about his daily business.(1)

As Uranus formed a trine to a Jupiter-Mercury conjunction by birth, Swedenborg used the powers of his inventive and intuitive mind in the realm of Enlightenment era science,
establishing himself as a pioneering scientist and inventor. (2) Although his discoveries and designs had practical application in his own time, Swedenborg’s intuition led him into territory that was unprecedented and which could often only be applied or confirmed by twentieth century science.

A great transition in his work occurred in late mid-life as Swedenborg became disturbed by extremely powerful visitations and visions of the spirit world. From these initial visitations, Swedenborg developed the belief that he was designated as the great revelator of God’s plan for humanity and the nature of the spiritual realms. Much of Swedenborg’s focus as spiritual revelator could be called thoroughly esoteric, as he confirmed the belief that the nature of the spiritual world corresponds thoroughly with the design and form of the earthly world; his visions confirmed the age-old metaphysical belief that “As Above, So Below.” Moreover, Swedenborg placed tremendous emphasis on the spiritual world’s ability to influence the worldly sphere, believing that all thoughts, feelings, and actions ultimately had origin and were caused by the realm of spirit. From this vantage point, the realm of humanity was simply the outer realm of effects reflecting the spiritual realm’s causes. Finally for Swedenborg, like the spiritual realm, earthly existence was comprised of hierarchies of being. To progressively evolve through these hierarchies, one must actively engage life, not renounce life through ascetic withdrawal.

Swedenborg was a devout Christian and yet controversial especially in his native Sweden because of his exploration of the esoteric side of his religion. We see his Jupiter-Uranus aspect noticeable through his philosophical journeying into the unmanifest, invisible realm of archetypes (to divest his explorations from religious nomenclature). Moreover, Swedenborg thoroughly renounced the concept of Original Sin. Rather, Swedenborg embraced a much more evolutionary conception of the relationship between humanity and God. This belief in the progressive betterment of humankind is surely a characteristic conviction of those that possess Jupiter-Uranus aspects, for Jupiter grants faith to the Uranian belief that humanity possess the ability to transcend initial conditions and to become more Godlike.

H.B. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

Certainly one of the most well-known and controversial metaphysicians remains to be Helena Blavatsky, founder of the modern day Theosophical Society. Blavatsky’s influence is broad and goes well beyond her arcane school of metaphysical teachings. Blavatsky and Theosophy were primary conduits for introducing Eastern ideas and teachings into the West in the nineteenth century. Through her influence, concepts like karma and reincarnation—concepts that are in mainstream American discourse—became popularized in the West. Moreover, Blavastky’s stress on the common core of wisdom at the heart of all the world’s religions gave considerable momentum to the current popularity of ecumenical societies and organizations. Finally, much of what we consider New Age can be directly traced to Blavatsky’s writings, and she herself believed that she was simply a recipient of ancient wisdom.

Blavatsky was born with her Sun opposite a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction and was certainly an embodiment of the truth-seeking pioneer that the Jupiter-Uranus combination can manifest. Born to aristocratic parents in Russia, Blavatsky was expected to conform to social standards of the day and marry within the privileged class; however, her penchant for seeking wisdom was to override any societal imperative. She traveled widely throughout her young adulthood, developing her budding occult powers through the knowledge of spiritual teachers. It was in Tibet where she apparently met the Masters, a small group of self-realized beings who incarnated to assist in humanity’s evolution and awakening.

Blavatsky was to impart her teachings and act as a mouthpiece for ancient wisdom at a time when the Western world was thirsting for alternatives to Christianity and scientism. Europe and America were to go through a renaissance in spiritual awakening at the end of the nineteenth century. Movements that countered the prevailing materialism, such as Christian Science, the Society for Psychical Research, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn were flourishing at the time. Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society quickly took hold in the spiritual foment, establishing theosophical branches with swelling memberships throughout the world.

Arguably no know in the history of metaphysics mapped such a vast expanse and convoluted—often contradictory—spiritual territory as Blavatsky. The hierarchies, cycles, races, planes and sub planes she introduces in her masterwork, The Secret Doctrine, were excessive as they were dazzling. A great synthesizer, Blavatsky borrowed liberally from modern science, Neoplatonism, nineteenth century occultism, Eastern religions, and Hermeticism. However, Blavatsky was also an innovative thinker in her own right, adding new lexicon and concepts that had influence well beyond the confines of the Theosophical Society.

Through her life’s work, Blavatsky displayed both the benefits and problematic consequences of a highly potent Jupiter-Uranus aspect. The creative fire of Uranus and the search for meaning associated with Jupiter were indefatigably strong for Blavatsky, pushing her to the extreme limits in a quest for esoteric truth and assisting her in constructing one of the most stunning maps of the geography of the inner dimensions we have. However, the vastness of her work and the propensity for brilliance may be proportional to some of the weaknesses. The overabundant detail of the “meaning of it all” —the Rococo metaphysics displayed in Blavatsky’s larger works—is certainly a signpost of Jupiter’s fondness for excessiveness and overindulgence. Where a ‘less is more’ philosophy may have made much of Blavatsky’s metaphysics more enduring and more applicable, Blavatsky instead preferred to create an elaborate system that boggled the mind and captivated the imagination but toppled under the weight of its own grandeur.

Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Truth, above all else, was paramount in the life of Annie Besant. With a very tightly aspected t-square involving Jupiter, Mercury, and Uranus, Besant was consistently restless in her pursuit for ever-higher meaning and wisdom. Abandoning Christianity for secularism but ultimately choosing theosophy, Besant was motivated for truth in a way that most of us cannot comprehend.

In her young adulthood, Besant was a radical freethinker who cared very little of what other people thought, pushing the envelope against the Victorian morality of her day. A secularist who devoted much of her life to women’s rights, Besant was a tireless worker who helped advance the more liberal social causes of her day. However, during her Uranus opposition transit around the age of forty, Besant got ‘turned on’ and became transfixed by much of the spiritual phenomena and ideas manifesting in the United States at that time. Before the turn-of-the-century, Besant joined the Theosophical Society and would ultimately become a very close friend and confident to Blavatsky. By 1907, Besant would become President of the Society and served the position until her death in 1933.

Like all theosophists, Besant spent much of her energy devoted to the esoteric architecture of the cosmos, and, similar to Blavatsky, she elaborated a highly complex version of levels and energies that permeate the universe. Before her death, Besant would write nearly forty books on spiritual topics, elaborating Blavatsky’s metaphysics with a particular emphasis on spiritual concepts borrowed from the East.

The aforementioned t-square between Uranus, Jupiter, and Mercury can be seen through Besant in her tireless, restless, and highly productive mind but also in her extraordinary intuitive capacity, assisting her in elaborating the invisible structures of the universe. This intuition allowed Besant to penetrate into the nature and essences behind the visible world. Chakras, thoughts, vibration, energy, and spiritual laws were as bedrock to Besant as material reality is to the majority of us. As seen through the t-square, Besant’s awakened mind was wide open but the force and tension of the aspect pushed her ceaselessly to manifest something tangible through her writings.


Throughout the remaining months of 2003 and well into 2004, Jupiter and Uranus will form an opposition. Just as the Jupiter and Uranus aspects in the birth charts above mirrored an increased intuitive capacity for those individuals, collectively, the intuitive capacities of the Anima Mundi will be heightened and more accessible to us culturally. This heightened intuition—this immediate apprehension of ideas and concepts beyond the physical senses—can translate into the aha experience that allows for scientific and technological breakthroughs and innovative theories. This heightened intuition can also allow us to peak into the true nature and essence of things, into the archetypal nature of reality.

Individually, you may encounter ideas and theories at this time that seem ‘far out’ and test the limits of your analytical, rational mind. Some of these ideas may indeed be truly absurd and nonsensical. However, some of these ideas may lead you into new levels of truth about the world and your place in it. Theories and ideas that we take for granted and form the foundation of our worldview—evolution, the heliocentric solar system, the law of universal gravitation—were the result of scientific investigation but also very much the result of insight and intuition. With the intuition of the global mind running high over the course of the next several months, you may just stumble upon the controversial theory or idea that forms the cornerstone of the worldview for new generations. Use your intuition to judge what is truth from what is false.

(1) It should be stated that Swedenborg was born with his Sun at the midpoint of Jupiter and Neptune. More than theosopher or revelator, Swedenborg was a medium in the sense that he claimed to have visitations from the other side. As Uranus may be correlated with the sense of intuition, Neptune is more symbolic of actual spiritual phenomena.

(2) Often Jupiter and Uranus aspects are signatures of pioneering scientific minds as well as metaphysical speculation—or, in the case of Swedenborg and others, both. Einstein, born with a Jupiter opposition to Uranus was reported to keep a copy of Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine at his work desk at all times. Newton, born not only with a trine between Jupiter and Uranus but possessing his Sun at the Jupiter-Uranus midpoint, devoted as much, if not more, of his time dabbling with metaphysics than his scientific investigations.


(1) Emanuel Swedenborg
January 29th, 1688 (New Style)
12:00 PM
Stockholm, Sweden
(solar chart)

(2) Helena Blavatsky
August 12th, 1831 (New Style)
2:17 AM
Ekaterinoslav, Russia

(3) Annie Besant
October 1st, 1847 (New Style)
12:00 PM
London, England
(solar chart)