Augustina Semenko And Her Universal Cycle. Part 2
Introduction to the Universal Cycle
We have many different cycles in astrology. Lunar month and solar year are obvious examples, but also the movements of the planets and the rotation of the Earth are cyclical. We can imagine that the fabric of life is made of numerous threads, and each of those threads is a cycle.
Augustina Semenko believed that all cycles have something in common: they are reflections of a single universal cycle. If you know the universal cycle well, you will easily and deeply understand any of its reflections. This is why when beginning to teach newcomers to astrology, Augustina wouldn’t tell them about the signs of the zodiac (which are, in essence, just one of reflections of the universal cycle) or about astrological houses (another reflection). She would instead tell them about the universal cycle and start describing its structure, as if it was some abstract theoretical concept. At this stage, many of the students would begin to worry whether they chose something too complex for their understanding.
However, very soon after introducing the first portion of theory, Augustina would invite her students to apply the new knowledge to their lives and to see if it makes sense. This is where things would start getting interesting very quickly.
I am going to follow a similar approach, but to make things even easier for you, I will be introducing theory in very small portions, bit by bit, and every portion of theory will be followed by a practical application of the universal cycle.
Our lesson for today is to learn that the universal cycle has twelve phases.
The Twelve Phases of the Universal Cycle
If you know the basics of astrology, you will realise that the descriptions of the twelve phases of the universal cycle are very similar to typical descriptions of the twelve houses of the horoscope, and you might be wondering: what’s the difference? Well, the difference is in the approach to learning. In a typical introductory astrology course, students would probably be quickly exposed to the signs and the houses, and to the complex structure of the horoscope. Many of them would then struggle to digest a huge number of different terms and concepts. Augustina did it differently.
She started explaining the universal cycle to people who might have had no idea of astrology whatsoever. Her approach was: look, these are the twelve phases through which each and every cyclical process in nature goes. Just learn them as they are, make them a part of your thinking, and after some time you will start noticing that you understand much better how things are happening in your life. This way, when students eventually came to learning about the system of houses, they grasped it quickly and easily, it simply made a lot of sense to them.
Here are brief descriptions of the phases:
Phase 1: Self-Consciousness. Personal interests, new projects, state of health and energy level in general, appearance. Everything that characterises the person (or other subject of the cycle) as a whole.
Phase 2: Resources and Valuables. Material values (money, income, property), emotional values (attachments), intelectual and spiritual values. Earning ability, practicality.
Phase 3: Close Environment. Relatives (other than parents and children), especially brothers and sisters. Acquaintances, neighbours. Activities in the near environment: short trips, chats, contacts, lessons. Various things that facilitate everyday movement and communication: transport, phones, computers, paperwork.
Phase 4: Roots, Foundation, the Basis. Ancestors, parents’ family, father. Home, accommodation, motherland. Security, protection, vulnerability.
Phase 5: Creativity and Its Results. Love, all kinds of creativity, gambling, entertainment, hobby, recreation, competition, holidays. Children. Works of art, books, and other results of creativity.
Phase 6: Effective Functioning. In the society: work, service, employment. In the body: health or illness. Employees, servants, subordinates. Tools and appliances. Diet and healing.
Phase 7: Partnership. Marriage, relationships and competition in business. Any kind of official relationships that are bound with obligations. Also mutual understanding, ability to interact harmoniously.
Phase 8: Other People’s Resources. Loans, debts, taxes, inheritance. Also our values, as seen by other people. Ability to give and take in a wider sense.
Phase 9: Everything That Is High Or Far Away. Other countries, cultures and worlds. Higher education, philosophy, religion. Laws and rituals of the society.
Phase 10: Upper Level. Superiors, elders, authorities. Rank, position, career. Fame, popularity.
Phase 11: Group Interests. Friends, supporters, benefactors. Plans and hopes. Preparation for the next cycle.
Phase 12: Isolation. Everything secret or hidden. Selfless service, philantropy, sacrifice. Failure, frustration.
This is quite a bit of theoretical information which doesn’t seem to have any value at the moment. But let’s see if we can make some use of it. We are going to look at one of numerous reflections of the universal cycle, a year of life. We’ll be using the personal year, the one that starts on birthday and continues until the next birthday. So if you, for example, were born on the 10th of August, your personal year will begin on the 10th of August each year, and its last day will be the 9th of August next year.
The Key Days
There is a tradition to celebrate one’s birthday. Augustina taught that this tradition makes a lot of sense since the first day of the year is a very special day; as a mirror, it reflects the whole year ahead, it is symbolically connected with it. This is why it makes sense to be as happy, inspired and loving on the first day of the personal year as possible, this is why it is good to celebrate your birthday. It’s like an exercise in simple magic: we are trying to charge the coming year with positive energy.
But when does the first day start? Is it necessarily midnight, 12am? No, according to Augustina, it can start a little bit earlier or later, and it should be possible to notice when this happens, if we are attentive enough to what is happening in the world around us and inside our souls. There is usually some event — a phone call, a visit, anything — or a sudden change in the mood; what makes it special is a feeling that something new and important is beginning. That’s when the first day of the personal year begins.
Of course, each year has in it twelve months, and in the case of the personal year, it consists of twelve personal months. A personal day begins on the day with the same number as your birthday. Using the same example as before, the 10th of August is the first day of both the personal year and of the first personal month. The 10th of September will be then the beginning of the second personal month, the 10th of October - the first day of the third personal month, and so on.
These first days of personal months are called the Key Days. Like keys, they unlock for us new areas of experience during the year. Augustina believed that in the same way as the first day of the year usually reflects the whole coming year, the key day of every month also reflects the coming month, and it allows you to have a glimpse into which lessons you are going to learn during that month. There also exists a chance to influence the events of the coming month if you are able to control your emotions and your mood during the key day. Make sure you are happy, and optimistic, and loving, and even if you have a challenging month coming, you can massively improve your chances for success.
Okay — you might ask — but what if I was born on the 31st day of some month? Not every month has the 31st day; February doesn’t even have the 30th, and rarely has the 29th. So when will be my key days? The answer is the same as for the first day of the year: listen to what’s going on around you and inside of you. A new month is a new phase of your life, and chances are, something will tell you that a new phase is starting. It can be an actual event, or a major change in the direction of your thoughts, or in your mood. Something will definitely tell you that the future is entering your life at this very moment.
There is one more important detail in this story about the key days: the first 12 days of your personal year are also the key days, the precious windows through which you can glimpse your future and try to improve it. Using the same example as before, if you were born on the 10th of August, then the 10th of August every year will reflect both the whole of your individual year and the first individual month. The 11th of August will reflect the second individual month, the one which will start on the 10th of September, or close to it. The 12th of August will therefore be connected to the third individual month, and so on.
Augustina insisted that her students should have diaries, and they should record any significant events and experiences of every day. Those diaries were especially important for the first 12 days of the personal year; we were requested to record those days in a great detail and to compare them later to the corresponding months and the corresponding key days of the months.
But what’s the connection between the key days and the twelve phases of the universal cycle? Well, the idea is that the twelve individual months manifest the themes of the twelve phases, and it is easier to tune into the key days once you know what the themes are about. However, this is something I am planning to discuss in the next part of this article, hopefully to be published next week.