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Alice A. Bailey - the Amanuensis of the Tibetan Master, D.K.

by Marguerite dar Boggia

Alice BaileyAlice A. Bailey, esotericist, lecturer, and author, was the amanuensis of the ascended Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul. She was the founder of the Arcane School, which has branches worldwide. She was born on June 16, 1880 in Manchester, England. 

What can be gleaned from the chart?

Almost all of the planets are in the southeastern quadrant of the horoscope. This suggests that her work might be related to the public; that she has a strong personality with Mars conjoining the ascendant and with the planets in the eastern half of the chart, she is determined to be in control of her life.   

Sun conjoining Venus, plus Jupiter in a sextile aspect to Venus, suggest that she was born into a family of wealth and social aristocracy. Her father was an engineer in the firm of his father, who was responsible for the many municipal water systems in Great Britain.  Saturn on the Midheaven signifies a prominent parent with great organizational skills.  Work and organizational abilities (Saturn) will be essential to her.

chartAt the age of six, when the progressed Sun (1:07 Cancer) was in a square aspect to the Moon (00:32 Libra) and the progressed Midheaven (25:22 Aries) almost conjoined natal Saturn (26:30 Aries), her mother died of tuberculosis. Two years later when the progressed MC (27:17 Aries) conjoined Saturn her father died of tuberculosis.2 Saturn quincunx the Moon and the Sun in a square aspect to the Moon denote the distressing aspects relating to her parents' death and the change in the family (Moon) relationship.

The Moon (00:32 Libra) semi-square the part of fortune (16:01 Scorpio) and Venus (17:52 Gemini) and Jupiter (15:16 Aries) both quincunx the part of fortune in the 4th house of family and home, were some of the aspects that suggest her unhappiness during her childhood.     

     
She was not a very nice child. Mars on the ascendant in Leo and in a semi-square aspect to the Sun signifies her tendency to anger.  One time, when she was fourteen, she  threw all of her governess's jewelry: rings, brooch, wristwatch, in the toilet and then flushed the toilet.3

She had many governesses. Every twenty minutes of her life was arranged for.  Until she was twenty years old, her life was disciplined by people or by the social conventions of the time. Inwardly she rebelled at the restriction and discipline.   Her Sun (25:29 Gemini) is in the Aquarius decanate4. It is in a semi-square aspect to the ascendant (11 Leo).  She inwardly yearned for FREEDOM (Aquarius). Mercury, the ruler of the 3rd house of learning, is in a SQUARE aspect to Jupiter (religion). She had been taught the narrowest type of Christianity. Unless people thought as she did, they could not be saved. Neptune, the ruler of the 9th house of education and religion, is also in a SQUARE aspect to her ascendant.

When she was fifteen, a tall gentleman with a turban, visited her. She was so petrified at the sight of the turban, that she could not make a sound or ask what he was doing there. He told her there was some work that was planned that she could do in the world, but that it would entail her changing her disposition. She would have to give up being such an unpleasant little girl and must try to get some measure of self-control.5  (Progressed Venus conjoined the So. Node of the Moon and progressed ascendant (20 Leo) trined the MC) Later she learned his name.  He was the ascended Master Koot Hoomi.

To be of use to the world, at the age of 22 she became an avid evangelist working with the YMCA and the British army in India. She was deeply religious and had a need to SAVE PEOPLE. Mars in a square aspect to Neptune; Neptune square her ascendant and semi-square the Sun are the aspects of a "world savior fanatic religious preacher".  She gave sermons to 300 to 500 soldiers.  When she lectured on 'hell', one by one her audience left. After a half hour, none were left, except the bible thumpers.6

CrossThe troops in Quetta, India had taken possession of the Soldiers' Home. A gang of them, night after night, tried to break the place up. They would go into the coffee shop, order cocoa and fried eggs and then spend the rest of the evening shying jugs of cocoa and fried eggs at the walls.  When she had discovered just who the ring leaders were, she sent an orderly up to the barracks, to ask those of them, who were not on duty, to come down to the soldiers' home at a certain hour. She loaded them into native carriages, put in, all the makings for a picnic, and drove to a place that was lovely. They made tea and told silly stories. They asked riddles and never once did they talk 'religion' and never once did she refer to their iniquities.  The next afternoon, the coffee shop manager asked her to come to the coffee shop for a minute.  She found all these men cleaning the walls and painting them, scrubbing the floors and making the place nicer than it had ever been before7. Saturn on the Midheaven taught her how to use her authority (Saturn) with diplomacy.

In 1906 her health began to break down. The migraine headaches had increased. She was shouldering too much responsibility for her years.  Progressed Sun (20 Cancer) was in a square aspect with declination equivalent Saturn6a(20:31 Aries). She was worn to a frazzle. She was also undergoing a psychical disturbance. For the first time she was in LOVE with Walter Evans. He was exceedingly good looking, had a brilliant mind and was highly educated; BUT he was a private in a Hussar Regiment. She knew a relationship was impossible, because of his social status and told him so.8 (Progressed Venus (19:31 Aries) was in a square aspect with declination equivalent Saturn. Progressed ascendant formed a square aspect to Pluto.) She was so ill with constant migraine headaches, that the doctors sent her back home. She cried all the way from Bombay to Ireland, where she had been stationed.9

Eventually a marriage was arranged. Walter Evans became a rector of a church in the United States. Her duties as his wife in America were boring. There were endless calls upon her time.  She had to attend the Ladies' Aid, had to hold Mothers' meetings and always had to go to church and ceaselessly had to listen to her husband's sermons.  For the first time she was left alone with a small baby and all the housework to do. Up to that time she had never boiled an egg or washed a handkerchief.10

She started a bible class which was a huge success. Numerically it outnumbered her husband's Sunday morning congregation. This may have added to the trouble which  was steadily growing worse. He was jealous. He was developing an APPALLING TEMPER. (Mars opposition the descendant.) She was unhappy. There was disharmony in the home. Saturn, the co-ruler of the 7th house of relationships is quincunx the Moon, ruling family. The part of fortune is in the 4th house of family and home. The Moon semi-squares it. Venus the ruler of the 4th house, quincunxes it. 

When her second daughter was born she had been exceedingly ill. She woke up to the astounding fact that it was not the people of the place who were wrong, but that it was she. She had been so occupied with the problems of herself, Alice La Trobe-Bateman, who had made an unfortunate marriage, that she had forgotten to be Alice Evans, a human being10a.

When she was pregnant with the third child, he threw her down the stairs. The baby when born was "blue" and had a leaking heart valve.11 The Bishop and the people of the city, learned of his vicious temper. 

The Bishop transferred him to a small town in the west. They lived in a shack with no bathroom and no indoor toilet.  She collected wood for the fire in the surrounding woods. She kept chickens and sold eggs. She felt she was deserted by God and man. After six months, when she reported to the Bishop that he had changed, her husband was given church work in Montana, with the understanding that part of his stipend would be sent monthly to Alice.12  This was in 1915. She never saw her husband again.  He sent her no moneys, only abusive letters.

To earn a living to feed her three children, she worked in a sardine factory in Pacific Grove, California packing sardines in a can. (Venus, the co-ruler of the 10th house formed a sextile aspect to the Moon.) There, she met two English women, with the same social background as herself.13 Through them she learned of the Theosophical Society in Pacific Grove. From then on, her whole life changed. Progressed Sun (28 Cancer) was in a trine aspect to declination equivalent Part of Fortune (28 Scorpio).

After the war, in 1919, she obtained a divorce. At that time she was working with Foster Bailey in the Theosophical Society. Progressed Jupiter (19:17 Aries) conjoined the Midheaven (19:43 Aries). They married the following year14 when progressed Venus conjoined Mars. He became a loving father to her three daughters.

In 1920 the Theosophical Society held a convention. This was a time when the liberals and progressives in the organization were in conflict with the conservatives.  The liberals believed that anyone who joined, did not have to sever their relation with other organizations and pledge loyalty to the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society.15

Foster Bailey founded and organized a Committee of 1,400 in New York City to swing the Theosophical Society to its original purpose, to wit: to teach the public16.  Progressed Mercury (19:20 Leo) (teaching) was in a trine aspect to the Midheaven. 

mystic bridgeIn November, 1919, the ascended Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, asked Alice Bailey if she would work with him. She said "No." When her own Master, Koot Hoomi, suggested that she do so, she agreed. She was assured that it would be through mental telepathy. She would not be a medium.17 Progressed Midheaven (27 Taurus) conjoined Pluto (27 Taurus); Progressed Mercury (19:20 Leo) (writing) was trine the Midheaven and progressed Jupiter (higher knowledge) conjoined the Midheaven. Together they wrote about nineteen books. The Tibetan Master proofread all that was written. Alice wrote seven books on her own.

Inquiries were being received from people who read her books. Ten Thousand letters had to be answered. They learned how to organize the work, send out the lessons, and train the staff. This was the start of the Arcane School in April 1923.18  Progressed Midheaven (00:40 Gemini) trined the Moon (00:32 Libra) and progressed Venus (10:38  Leo) conjoined the ascendant. Progressed Mars (5:07 Virgo) conjoined Uranus (5:24 Virgo) in the 2nd house of finance. They were on the way to success.

References:
1Alice A. Bailey was born on June 16, 1880 in Manchester, England at 7:42 AM. Lois Rodden says that Rudhyar's corrected chart has 11 Leo Ascendant and 20 Aries MC, with 0 Gem on 11, 11 Can on 12, 28 Leo on 2, and 19 Virgo on 3 (rounded degrees only). This is consistent with a birth time of 7:42 GMT.
2Bailey, Alice A. The Unfinished Biography, 1951, Lucis Publishing Co. p. 16
3Ibid p. 30
4A decanate or decan is one third (10°) of a 30° arc of a sign. It has a sub-influence according to the trilogy or element it is in. If a planet is at 9:50° Gemini, the first decanate of the sign, Gemini, has an influence. The second decanate 19:50° in the air element, going counter-clockwise, is Libra. The third decanate in the air element 29:50° going counter-clockwise, would be Aquarius..
5Ibid, Bailey pp. 34,35
6Ibid, Bailey p. 84
6aA declination equivalent planet is one whose degree in latitude above or below the celestial equator, is converted into degrees of longitude. The software does this for the astrologer.
7Ibid, Bailey pp 73,74
8 Ibid, Bailey, pp. 86, 87
9Ibid, Bailey p. 93
10Ibid, Bailey p. 110
10aIbid, Bailey pp. 111-112
11Ibid, Bailey p. 114
12Ibid, Bailey p. 124
13Ibid, Bailey pp. 133, 134
14Ibid, Bailey p. 180
15Ibid, Bailey p. 173
16Ibid, Bailey p. 188
17Ibid, Bailey p. 162
18Ibid, Bailey p. 198    

Image sources:
A. Bailey: By Kwakin1 (из личной коллекции) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Cross: By Boris23 (talk · contribs) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bridge: CC0 Public Domain, by Larisa-K via pixabay.com

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