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Esoteric astrology is a branch of Astrology that focuses on the spiritual evolution of a person or groups of persons.[1] Mundane (or classical) astrology focuses on the personality, or one's individual identity. Esoteric astrology focuses on the soul, or one's higher purpose.[2]

Esoteric astrology is based on Alice Bailey's Ageless Wisdom teachings, as relayed by her Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul.[3][4] "The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, has provided a significant foundation for a more Soul-oriented approach to astrology and to the Life it seeks to symbolize and interpret."[5]

Esoteric astrologers typically base their work on Bailey's five-volume series, Treatise on the Seven Rays. The third book in the series, Esoteric Astrology,[6] is considered to be the foundation for esoteric astrologers world wide."[7]

Esoteric astrology's system of planetary rulerships differs from that of conventional astrology, involves planets not conventionally used, and replaces the house system with a system of crosses with highly individualized meanings and multiple levels of interpretation. Esoteric astrology incorporates many layers of study, dovetailing into other levels of astrology and the Seven Rays.[8]

According to Djhwal Khul (Alice Bailey), here are the houses and their planetary rulers.[9]

Personality (Mundane) Soul (Esoteric) House
Aries Mars Mercury First
Taurus Venus Vulcan Second
Gemini Mercury Venus Third
Cancer Moon Neptune Fourth
Leo Sun Sun Fifth
Virgo Ceres Moon Sixth
Libra Venus Uranus Seventh
Scorpio Pluto Mars Eighth
Sagittarius Jupiter Earth Ninth
Capricorn Saturn Saturn Tenth
Aquarius Uranus Jupiter Eleventh
Pisces Neptune Pluto Twelfth

"Esoteric astrology specifically addresses the substructures underlying one's belief systems, attitudes and life processes; it is thus more concerned with causes (energies and forces) than with effects (events)."[10]

H.P. Blavatsky (founder of Theosophical Society), Rudolf Steiner, and others have helped to develop the mystical tradition of esoteric astrology.[3][4]


  1. Baker, Douglas (1998). Esoteric Astrology: A New Astrology for a New Millennium, Vol. 1 (Seven Pillars of Ancient Wisdom). Dr D M Baker. p. 314. ISBN 0906006015. 
  2. Baker, Douglas (1982). Esoteric Astrology, Part VIII The Soul's Purpose. Dr D M Baker. p. 178. ISBN 0906006678. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leo, Alan (1978). Esoteric Astrology]. Destiny Books. p. 318. ISBN 0892811811. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Leo, Alan (2005). Symbolism and Astrology: An Introduction to Esoteric Astrology. Cosimo Classics. p. 88. ISBN 1596056142. 
  5. Oken, Alan (1990). Soul-Centered Astrology. The Crossing Press, p. 14. 
  6. Bailey, Alice A. A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Vol 3: Esoteric Astrology. Lucis Trust. 1951
  7. Oken, Alan (1990). Soul-Centered Astrology. The Crossing Press. 
  8. Alan Leo (1989). Esoteric Astrology. Inner Traditions / Bear & Company. p. 21. ISBN 0892811811. 
  9. Bailey, Alice A. A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Vol 3: Esoteric Astrology. Lucis Trust. 1951
  10. "What is Esoteric Astrology?", Bonnie Wells, retrieved April 7, 2008.

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