This week’s Main Players: Mars conjunct Saturn and Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Mars conjunct Saturn August 22 – 26, 2016
Youth/Mars and Adult/Saturn. This is back to school time in most places and the skies align with the sign of impulsive, immature Mars meeting closely with stable, mature Saturn. Both signs are in Sagittarius which is generally thought to be the sign related to optimism, growth and also education. As above, so below. It seems pretty clear to me! We would all sense the effect of this transit through the first 7 to 10 days of September.
Generally, we would all, in some way, likely be considering some new philosophy or belief (Sag) and some way to apply it to some new discipline or work (Saturn). It may feel exciting and we may feel great passion about it (Mars).
In every sense, this is a positive aspect, unless you have been much too unruly and out of control–the “Lord of Karma” i.e. Saturn will be implementing the law of cause and effect. You will receive what you deserve one way or another.
Sustained growth through patient endeavors — that’s one theme for the week! If you are able to Continue reading →
What is the purpose or benefit of knowing the houses in astrology and which house your Moon is in at any given time of the month? Divination and Divine Timing — to know astrology is to have a handle on that, as least to some extent. Yes, the Moon moves quickly and goes through each house once a month. What is a house? It’s an area of life. And the Moon relates to our sense of happiness, feelings of security. If we work in harmony with astrology, we know ourselves and what times of the month are typical for particular feelings to surface or to be more prominent or prevalent than other times. Why not work with that knowledge—be in cooperation with the natural energy of the Moon and the Psyche and Life Itself?
Examples? Why try to deal with money issues when the Moon is in your 11th house? You natural inclination would be to perhaps visit with friends or do other 11th house things. Suppose you have a health issue and you want to know what day this month would be good to make the doctor appointment? When the Moon transits the 6 house would be typically the best time because the emotional/feeling nature will be in harmony with that.
I found this system valid for myself when beginning to notice one time of the month—every month—when I wanted to just disappear and not speak to anyone! Whenever this happened, this feeling, I’d look to see where the Moon was. Each and every time it was in my 12th house. Yeah, I began to see a pattern. So why not work with it more consciously? Thus, my reason for these posts on the Moon’s monthly transits through the houses!
Now that the method behind this madness has been revisited, my 2nd and 3rd house have recently had a visit from the transiting Moon.
We look first of all to the archetype of the house itself. The 2nd house (ruled by Venus and Taurus) relates to money, what is valued, self-worth, self-reliance and the 3rd house (ruled by Mercury and Gemini) relates to communication, conversation, left brain activity, thinking, business, short trips, correspondence, neighbors and siblings.
As mentioned in the previous post about the 1st House, there are other influences affecting how that Moon is going to express—namely, the other planets and signs in your particular house and aspects the Moon may be making to other planets in the chart. But let’s stick with the basics for the purpose of this blog post.
MOON TRANSIT OF THE 2ND HOUSE
When the Moon transits through your 2nd house, it’s a good time to pay attention to money concerns and where you stand with your monthly budget. If you deal with that, you will find it to be very satisfying and boost your feelings of security. This is a good time to come up with ideas to bring in extra cash as well—the Moon’s energy will naturally be focusing your psyche in this area anyway, so go with it.
A 2nd house lunar transit is a good time to review why you are worthy and contemplate what it is you really value and how you offer value to the world—this type of pep talk will enhance your feelings of security and happiness.
Review your resources, think of all the opportunities you have to provide for your self and how you are doing so; this, too, will help your mood. Remind yourself how you have proven yourself ‘to’ yourself, no matter what others may think. Think of everything you have achieved and then pay your bills knowing whatever you send out returns to you multiplied—make this the mantra.
Personal Note: When the Moon moved through my 2nd house a few days ago, I looked at my own money situation and this is something that is always on the mind anyway. Why? Because my BIRTH MOON is in my 2nd house so this is a life-long consideration for me. My work was busy on the 2nd day that the Moon moved through my 2nd house money came to me from another source as well.
MOON TRANSIT OF THE 3RD HOUSE
What makes you happy at this time? What brings you feelings of security and comfort? Well, it has to do with learning something, teaching something and speaking, finding the voice somehow. You may be sensitive to tones in other people’s voices at this time and the tone of your own voice may be very self-revealing when Luna visits your 3rd house. Your curiosity could be high and you may find that Google is your best friend and your mood would promote research of some kind—data collection. Those things could be very satisfying and the Moon energy would encourage that. Speaking up for yourself, saying what’s on your mind—this too would be comforting for you. This is the time of the month to do it—it will feel great to say it like it is!
You may feel inclined to make phone calls and answer Emails and connections with neighbors or siblings would be gratifying at this time.
Personal Note: My curiosity involved something more or less physical—I wondered if I could start jogging but the Moon was right on top of Mars and it activated my inner warrior who wanted to “Run, Forrest, Run”. [Quote from movie: Forrest Gump/Tom Hanks] Also, I did communicate via Email at length with several students. I’ll also mention that I did receive more than usual amount of Emails from people asking about the psychic class. Also, I felt very drawn to go to the library several times as the Luna ran through my 3rd house, but just never made it there. If I had, I’d have really enjoyed it or the Moon would have supported that emotionally. Then again, I’m always happy at the Library. A reason for that is that my birth Mercury, ruler of the 3rd is IN the 3rd–so library ‘stuff’ is strong with me anyway, all the time. See how this works?
I hope my sharing my own lunar transits are helpful to the reader and that my posts of the Moon’s monthly movement through the houses are helpful and have piqued the reader’s interest in the valuable subject of astrology.
It is, in my opinion, such a valuable thing to know to aid in self-understanding but also in understanding others and working in harmony with them.
The Moon is currently in my 4th house for the next day or so… but that’s for the next blog post. Yay! I’ve now caught up with my own Moon!
Imagine standing at the edge of a forest, and that you want to reach the other side.
Would you walk a straight line through it? Or, might the path meander in every possible direction, around boulders, between trees, along a stream, feeding the deer, conversing with the owls, and roasting marshmallows?
Yeah, every possible direction, because this is how things are in a forest.
Tree! The Universe
[the clever lines above received by email this morning from tut.com]
I’d just been thinking such a similar set of mental phrases. I sure am going the long way around wherever I’m going — and I quit trying to second-guess the ultimate destination a while back. I adapted the attitude of one of my teachers who said, “… you go where you’re sent in life.”
Today I am also thinking of the Bodhisattva vow: May I attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. May my action bodhichitta grow
Yeah, okay. I’m doing my best–so don’t laugh! And I seem to be meandering around a few boulders in the forest of life this year in general and this week most recently, but as my grandmother used to say “little by little” progress is made. So T-minus 4 days to take off! The next move is in 4 days and some final cleaning took place here in the kitchen yesterday and the skin on my fingertips are a bit raw to prove it. Never have gotten used to cleaning using rubber gloves. Clumsy and too much time taking them on an off as I’m pulled in other directions while cleaning–take answering the phone for one example.
Where is the ultimate destination? I don’t know! But I’m willing to let that be okay. I’ve located a number of possible paths and applied for the hiking permit (so-to-speak, speaking symbolically) and we’ll see what opens up.
Meanwhile, I have two small mirrors to un-anchor from the wall and some things to drive over to storage before the end of the week, aside from that, I don’t know what more I can do as I’ve always applied that girl scout motto: BE PREPARED
My trip to the rental office yesterday was productive in that I was able to tie up the loose ends and end the confusion about final notices and paperwork: there was a change of staff right in the midst of the apartment change. (Long story–don’t ask.) All’s well that ends well and I’m ending my association with this particular apartment about as well as I can do it.
So on to the next adventure, around this boulder here in 4 days. Maybe then I will see more clearly what’s ahead. I think sometimes my vision is blocked for good reason–perhaps I’m being spared in some way and that’s a blessing.
As I sometimes do, let me pull a card and ask (reaching for my tarot cards)… let me ask what is ahead around this current boulder, perhaps the card will show me? (I do love divination! but then I’m a psychic after all and should, right?)
For clarity sake, the boulder represents the current move into the new apartment with my sister. What is beyond that? At least for the near future–this is my question. Near future representing let us say the next 6 months. So here we go… asking for just one card, just to get a feel for the energy beyond the T-minus 4 days….
Well, it’s the 7 of Swords. Well first thing I get here is “confrontations being avoided” — and that may be a good thing. The herb associated with this card is WOOD BETONY which some wear to avoid evil spirits. That’s a bit dramatic. Let’s just say that Wood Betony can help one release fearful visions of the future… that I’ll go with. It helps with one’s nerves when used medicinally. There’s some reference to hidden intentions and deceptions. Sounds like honesty all around will be important on the other side of this boulder.
The affirmation for this card [according to the book] is: “With a peaceful heart, I gather information and truth for my plans and goals.”
This card involves “keeping something to yourself” and being a loner–like those blackbirds who keep to themselves and bow and then fly away when they see other birds. (Just this past week many blackbirds have been coming to the feeder–highly unusual) Blackbirds stay to them selves so much that it is said when you actually see two blackbirds together at once, it’s a good omen.
So this “keeping to one’s self” sounds like blackbird medicine advice. This card is also about preferring solitude–and that of course is no secret about me. This will likely not change is what the card is indicating. This card involves “separation from others”. And further, this card relates to self-reliance and using one’s own wits to solve problems and resources.
Boy O boy! The feeling that I’m getting here is that my life won’t really change all that much from what it is now. That “loner” and “self-reliant” energy that I carry (that blackbird energy) will not change. That’s a comfort to me.
This card also carries a meaning that relates to “running away” in some way—and that has to do with confrontations being avoided in this case (or so it feels). There’s a testy teenager who will be part of the household and since this card applies to my question about what is around the corner for me, the avoidance of confrontations (bow and fly away; blackbird energy) may be what this card indicates. (Astrologically speaking: If you’re an astrologer, this girl is a Leo Moon and Aries Sun with Saturn (in Aries) in the 7th, Virgo rising–3rd house Pluto. My Sun and Moon are in her 1st house within orb of her Chiron. Her Moon is on my 12th house Mars/Pluto/Saturn stellium. My sister is an very early Leo Sun and Aquarius Moon affecting her daughter’s 5th House Uranus.) Yeah, that 7 of Swords and Blackbird loner stuff …. probably good advice. A big message of the 7 of Swords has to do with the need to be calm and to keep things to yourself–I so get that.
I may re-evaluate my plans or goals once I get on the other side of the boulder too but meanwhile, I will meander just as I have been through the forest of life and enjoy whatever is beyond the boulder or around the curve in the path. Meanwhile, I will do my best to hold to my Bodhisattva vows and the 37 Practices.
I also may totally plan a get away camping trip for a week or so in the mountains too, providing I have the increase in $$ to do so. Anybody want to order a reading or sign up for my class? 🙂 Help! LOL
Part of the Vow:
Just as all the previous Sugatas, the Buddhas
Generated the mind of enlightenment
And accomplished all the stages
Of the Bodhisattva training,
So will I too, for the sake of all beings,
Generate the mind of enlightenment
And accomplish all the stages
Of the Bodhisattva training
This includes practice the “six perfections”: giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom in order to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings.
Just a few thoughts here while contemplating the energy of oppositions this morning with this month’s full Moon nearly upon us (Full Sunday March 16, 2014, approx 1 PM Eastern time). We know that when the Moon is full it is opposing the Sun–the Suns light shining fully on the Moon.
In astrological terms, oppositions (planets opposing each other in the chart) can be challenging–or that is one view point. Two forces fighting one another; however, one can energize the other like the energy of the Full Moon.
Did you ever have a conflict with some energy or oppose it (person, place or thing) only later on to find yourself empowered by it? Oppositions can be like that–at first challenging and then empowering. Or at least the empowering potential is there. Life is like that.
I also think of the middle path when considering oppositions, meeting half way and blending.
I took a look at my grandson’s chart this morning. He is going to open the performance of Guys and Dolls in the school play singing the song, “Sit down you’re rocken’ the boat”.
His birth chart holds a South Node in the very public and “on stage” 10th house where the rather large performing Jupiter resides natally as well along with Mars. The growing Full Moon is moving over all that energy now through opposition, triggering his past (South Node) and the evolutionary intention for this lifetime (North Node).
His emotions (Moon) over these next few days while he’s on stage will be energized by the opposing Jupiter, Mars and South Node. Said another way, his past life energy (South Node) and natal Mars and Jupiter will energize his Moon, his emotions. That should help empower his performance in the school play.
When I picked him up from the play practice yesterday, he loaded his things into the trunk of the car while singing his song! He seems energized and excited about the start of the play right upon him. His natal planets opposing his transiting Moon now energize him and I’d venture to say that an intense time for him will be tomorrow night’s performance as the Moon in transit squares is birth Pluto in the mutable (flexible) signs of Virgo/Sag. My guess is that he will rise to the challenge–his chart seems wired for it! Let your those inner stars shine kiddo!
The Older Spiritual Warrior and Virgo Sun mid-degrees intensifies character formation to refine identity
–AND– dealing with obnoxious people
–ALSO– Inner Patterns and Emotional Work Redefining Character and Re-evaluating Spiritual Warrior Energy
In reading a book by a Buddhist monk recently therein was a reference to the energy of frustration, aversion and yes that other uncomfortable “a” word, anger, relating to a dog that you tell to “Stay!”
Being in the center of the fire–the flame–is also used as an example. We want to strike back, react, seek safety and security in either fight or flight types of reactions.
I’ll tell you what helps with this—being an old warrior (such as me). The temptation to fight and react is there but one finds the opponent or that which incited the emotion to be totally not worthy and many times that adversary (the source of the anxiety, aversion or anger) is actually downright laughable.
It’s just that one remembers the foes and enemies that were fought and conquered in the past and suddenly one can tell the inner dog whose lips are drawn back, teeth showing poised to attack to “sit!” and to “stay!”
Self-discipline and inner-mastery cannot be achieved by shelling out dollars to have someone do it for you—obviously this type of discipline and mastery is achieved only through one’s own personal efforts.
And what comes to mind is that line from whatever movie that was: “Are YOU talking to me?” Let me save my breath for my creative endeavors, pursuits and the enjoyment of the life that remains.
I’ve learned to step away from obnoxious humans and move toward the gentle, peaceful side of life as often as possible—it takes focus to deal with obnoxious humans. I’d rather use my efforts engaging in creative and enjoyable activities. Who needs to or better yet wants to be telling the energy within to “stay!”—there’s no longer a need or desire to prove warrior energy or self-mastery once a certain level is reached.
It’s a fairly mild day here today with the clouds covering the sunshine presently. There are a number of activities that I have in mind for my afternoon. The Sun is at the mid-point of Virgo now while Mercury is reaching its final degrees through Virgo.
Blain Bovee, in his Sabian Sage Forecast, wrote that the major themes of this degree of the Virgo Sun illumines character formation and themes of doing deep inner work on emotional patterns to refine identity occur. I totally feel the truth to that.
I was having a lunar return around the time that my downstairs neighbors began to heave their hearty voices and slam the walls after midnight last night. I had all the white noise going too! Honestly! I told the dog to “stay”–we were both too tired–and I pulled the pillows closer to my ears and turned over. Again they were at it this morning with the yelling and banging and then I laugh with the Universe remembering all the important battles that I’ve fought and won and how unworthy it would be to give this notice. Again, I say, “Stay!”
Obnoxious, nasty humans getting you down? Tell the emotions this way: “Stay!” (And then take the resulting inner power and “walk away” from those obnoxious people however and whenever possible.) If you can’t do that, turn on the music (mp3 players and ear buds help!) or squeeze the pillows tighter to your ears, find the tunnel of light and let yourself drift in and sleep!
There are so many helpful phrases from the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva AND various Lojong Training Phrases that could be called upon here with this post –once one’s had that training, sometimes just one word and in this case for me lately, keeping it real and simple, the word “stay!” says it all.
FEED YOUR SUN TO ENHANCE YOUR LIFE FORCE AND TO FEEL STRONG, HAPPY, ENERGIZED
The Sun Sign is like a key which enables us to turn it to reach a particular channel of consciousness that vitalizes our essence physically, mentally and spiritually. A weak Sun enables us to fall apart easily, feel physically weak, disoriented and depressed. We need the Sun, the Light to energize our heart–our spirit here. When our Sun is healthy we feel strong and able to handle the challenges of life. We should each know what it is that nourishes us and helps us feel our own power—and astrology can help us. We should know and study the sign of our Sun and that’s the reason for today’s post!
I will list each Sun sign and a line or two about what you need to nourish your body, mind and soul to keep yourself healthy and energized—we should know how to feed our Sun; how to bring more Light into our body, mind and spirit so that we can feel happy here!
The Sun is thought to be Male energy—the animus as Jung called it. Our Sun is our Life Force (as above, so below)–it’s our Prana and it helps us with our creative expression here. More basically it is what produces our will to live and so we should know how to nourish it.
Nourishing (feeding) our Sun is what helps us to feel confident and it is different for each of us, based on our birth data.
Almost everyone knows their Sun sign but if you don’t, I will include the list of signs with dates below. This list isn’t intended to be all inclusive—this is just off the top of my head so-to-speak mentioning some of the key points that come to mind about each Sun which my own Libra Sun needs to do in order to feel energized an purposeful i.e. “relating”. Anyway, here we go…
SUN IN ARIES (born March 21 – April 20)
You need fire and to express courage and a pioneering spirit and be out front or first in anything you do. Any activity that encourages such things will feed your Sun and help your life force sparkle and shine brighter. You need excitement and to try new things—as many as you can even if you don’t follow up with everything you start, you need those exciting “new starts” often and in some form in order to feed your Sun and help you feel confident and alive .
SUN IN TAURUS (born April 21 – May 20)
You need earth and to express your very practical ideas in any way that you can. You are good at handling resources and expressing this skill helps you to feed your life force and feel confident. When you work with money/finances you shine just like you do when you express your strong tastes in creating beauty with earth resources. When you care for your physical needs and comforts, you energize your body, mind and spirit.
SUN IN GEMINI (born May 21 – June 21)
You need air, mental, thought to energize your sense of dualism—and when you can hold two views at the same time or unite two sets of opposites, this helps you to feel confident and powerful. When you allow yourself to use your natural born gift of observation and combine that with words in any way—shazam, you are really rocking and feeling your light grow brighter. Mental stimulation in any way, shape or form energizes you and when you talk about things this too helps body, mind and spirit unite—expressing yourself does it for you and helps you feel vital and alive.
SUN IN CANCER (born June 22 – July 22)
Water, emotions and security are the key words here that feed this Sun and help people in this sign feel strong and vital. Home, family and tradition and things to do with the past help you feel a sense of purpose that enlivens your body, mind and soul. Building a sense of home and doing that groundwork for that purpose feeds your sun and helps you feel more powerful, confident and alive – you take the past and create a self-image from that making an identity that helps you feel more yourself. When you care for others and protect and nurture them, this feeds your own Sun—your life force. If you don’t use your deep feelings to care for others, you feel more vulnerable and loose energy; however, if your home or security are threatened this enables you to find your Sun and call upon your own natural inner strength making you aware of it and this ultimately enables you to feel more alive, confident and purposeful.
SUN IN LEO (born July 23 – Aug 22, 23)
This person needs fire, passion and awareness of self and feels enlivened when in any kind of central position or at the core of anything that is going on. If this type of individual is not feeling popular with others, it can dampen the spirit and it’s like put a blanket over their life force. The person born under this Sun will feel the need to reach the pinnacle of achievement in some area but must also remember to have fun so that work and pleasure are in equal measure—if not, the life force depletes and the Sun is not being fed. There is a susceptibility to flattery from others until this individual can learn how to nourish their own Sun by self-acceptance and true self-awareness.
SUN IN VIRGO (born August 23, 23 – September 22, 23)
Humility, compassion and modesty and an urge to be of service and make a significant difference in the world in a hands-on and grounded way that is practical and useful; this is what feeds and nourishes the body, mind and spirit of those born under the Virgo Sun. Other Sun signs can take advantage of the service oriented Virgo nature who likes to work behind the scenes. Satisfaction comes from giving attention to details and by pursuing a natural interest in healing—those activities feed the Virgo Sun helping this individual feel confident and vital.
SUN IN LIBRA (born September 23, 24 – October 22, 23)
The emphasis here is on non-self or the ‘other’ and on anything air related such as writing, speaking and in any way ‘relating’. When the person born under this sign is uniting with others in some way there comes a feeling of wholeness and balance and harmony. A person born under this Sun has a consideration of other people’s feelings, such as even if this person is expressing anger it is on behalf of another rather than self. The Libra soul really has a strong need to justice and fair play and working for the benefit of others is what enables this soul to be energized and feel confident and vital.
SUN IN SCORPIO (born October 23, 24 – November 22)
The person born under this Sun has an urge to fight an conquer foes whether real or imagined and the need is to slay a dragon of some type and so here feeling the power of tenacity makes on feel alive and vital. There’s an innate need for passion and sometimes engaging in activities to the point of obsession but this level of intensity is needed in order to feed body, mind and soul. If the person can dig deeply for the truth even to the point of doing research in some way to find the deep bottom-line answer, then the life force is energized. Anything involving psychology and learning about the motivations of others helps the person born under this sign to feel vital, alive and generally purposeful which feeds their life force.
SUN IN SAGITTARIUS (born November 23 – December 21, 22, 23)
Expansion of the solar forces to their fullest potential happen with those born under the Sag Sun and there needs to be a wide field or area for this person to express their life force energy. Here we have individuals who have a huge abundance of tolerance naturally and when this is being expressed, the Sag person feels that sense of purpose being fulfilled. Honesty, freedom and optimism and cheerfulness need to be allowed expression in order for the person born under this Sun to feel confident and vitally alive. The naturally restless spirit of the Sag Sun individual is soothed by experiencing some type of adventure and having an expression of freedom in their life in some way. Teaching helps someone born in Sag to feel vitally alive, purposeful and thus feeds that life force, their Sun. Travel or planning a trip is also something that a Sagittarius can do in order to feed their Sun!
SUN IN CAPRICORN (born December 22, 23, 24 – January 20)
The Sun’s rays are usually weaker during these months but inside this individual there is a quiet drive that is powerfully present and needs feeding. Anything requiring tenacity and determination will feed the body, mind and spirit of this individual. This person needs a goal and something to master in some field or endeavor and has what it takes to endure hardship and to overcome obstacles and when these hardships and obstacles are overcome, the life force is revitalized. There is purpose on the path of overcoming life that feeds this person’s body, mind and spirit. This Capricorn Sun needs responsibility and can thrive on it!
SUN IN AQUARIUS (born January 21 – February 19)
The person born under this Sun thrives on cooperation with others; and without it their life force fades and wanes. Personal satisfaction comes from considering others first and in fact self-promotion diminishes one’s feeling of power and confidence. Sharing with others and humanitarian concerns rule this individuals deepest inner desires and help one feel the life is being well-lived and furthers the feelings of brotherhood and friendship that keep this Sun fed. Technology is also a place wherein a person born under this sign can shine and feel confident and purposeful; so developing technical skill helps one feel like shining even brighter especially if the technology enhances other people’s welfare.
SUN IN PISCES (born 2/20 – 3/20)
The solar forces are probably the weakest here in those born under this sign. Yet, in times of adversity, the solar spark ignites and inner strength asserts itself. Here we can see folks who can be very resistant but in a very passive way but the resistance can be arduous and formidable. The person born under this sign feels confidence and life force grow when expressing adaptability, tolerance and compassion. If the person born under a Pisces Sun works on behalf of those less fortunate this generally motivates their life. So, therefore, charity work and healing work are of benefit in feeding the Sun of those born under Pisces. The thing here is that the individual is basically very kind but others perceive this as weakness and then take advantage; therefore, boundaries are crucial for those born under this Sun Sign. If anything in the arts using imagination are pursued (music, dancing, etc.) this can feed the Sun here since those born with a Pisces Sun have a strong imagination. Grounding, naturally, is something that should be balanced with the imaginative nature.
I hope this little list will help you to know how to feed your own Sun and also for you to know a bit about how to help your family and friends enhance their life force as well.
PERSONAL INTENTION AND PRAYER:
May this information reach the right people and the right time in order to make a positive difference in their life and may their life force be energized beyond measure for the good of all.
IMHO a mistake or error that some “new age” spiritual thought systems or philosophical systems make has to do with denying emotion. Attempts to “white light” and escape from areas of the psyche (soul) or consciousness without going ‘into’ deep feelings or old wounds to determine their core prevents evolutionary growth by skipping over or omitting examination of one’s role in emotional dynamics. Many wish to wave their wand of light and “not go there”, preferring to escape or avoid the necessary work that supports growth and evolution. Take, for example, a situation of a tumultuous or difficult relationship—perhaps even one in which some type of abuse took place. Without going deeply into the dynamics of that relationship at some point, one avoids seeing how one may have contributed to the problem or the difficult dynamic. Essentially, we escape into the Light when we drop our body and cross to the other side; yet, we realize that we did not really “get it” and then come back again to go back into it so that we can see what needs to be healed, repaired or cleaned up or repaired within our own self. When we say things like “let me stay in the light and not deal with dark feelings”, many times we defeat the purpose of being here—growth and evolution. We have to “go there” in order to be able to recognize our own patterns and to repair them.
Today’s cosmic communiqué is inspired by Kua 18 of the I CHING called “Correcting Deficiencies” or “Work That Has Been Spoiled”.
We must first understand the cause of our suffering before we can do away with them and without going deeply into that area and examining it, we cannot ever know. Without knowing and understanding, release cannot happen. Negative emotions are not to be feared – they are to be understood and traced back to their source so that they can be corrected, re-worked, understood, repaired, restored, cleared up, so that we are in future able to respond differently, living a life in which old wounds are healed and balanced.
Old beliefs that we hold about victimization or neediness and the like have an opportunity to come to light and be corrected and that is why we’re here but we cannot make those corrections if we are unwilling to look/examine or if we are focused on spaceship brothers/sisters coming to “save us” or some sort of ascension scenario whisking us off to some heaven in the sky. No matter where we go in the cosmos, we take the same consciousness; there’s no real escape without the clean-up and correction work.
Behavior patterns that come from patterns of thinking that do not benefit us create problems lifetime after lifetime until we have enough courage and determination to feel and recognize the pain or negative emotion, go into it and make the necessary adjustment or correction. The deep soul-searching and psychological uncovering reveals what requires attention so that we can live in The Light; yet, so many run away from this work.
As Ma Deva Padma says, “If you put your dinner leftovers in the fridge where you don’t see them for days on end, eventually they start to grow moldy and stink. The same thing happens with mistakes and difficulties that we refuse to deal with. We can pretend we don’t know about them, or disguise them with fragrance.” But all our mistakes and difficulties are learning experiences and while it is easier to assume we are victim rather than examining our role, we avoid facing reality and only delay the moment of truth in which we must become honest with ourselves.
Looking within the self without denial or embellishment to see what part we have played is of utmost importance; otherwise, nothing changes and patterns repeat.
BOTTOM LINE: Past problems and issues should be examined so that future progress is not hindered. Don’t deny emotions; allow them and trace them back to their source and make necessary corrections to erroneous or victimization-type thinking
ASTROLOGICAL AND TAROT ARCHETYPE KEYWORD ASSOCIATIONS:
SCORPIO: allow yourself to go deeply into your psyche and examine your emotions (water; Scorpio is a water sign; water is associated with emotion)
SAGITTARIUS: ruled by Jupiter, the planet associated with expansive views and the BIG PICTURE; truth—to thine own self be true
LEO: lack of ability for self-reflection; a need to create the ability to self-reflect; being “child-like” or emotionally immature; the drama-queen of the zodiac; desire to Play ‘god’
VIRGO: victim; victimization; lack of using discernment; desire to escape into the Pisces polarity
HEIROPHANT/HIGH PRIEST: going within; turning inward; inner teacher; learning from Life; need for clarity of thought; that which stimulates an inner awakening
TEMPERANCE: healing after a death experience; being aware of what needs healing
HIGH PRIESTESS: going deep into the psyche; being in a state of silent equilibrium; looking to the unconscious/subconscious mind for answers; tapping into deep parts of the mind to understand one’s life; looking for the “why” behind all events/feelings/emotions/thoughts/circumstances; paying attention to moods and cycles and learning from them
MAGICIAN: transmutation of energy; turning the “lead” of negative emotions into the”gold” of love through transmutation that comes from self-understanding
HERMIT: going within; need to withdraw and examine one’s heart and mind; inner seeking; solitude; the opposite of trying to escape; facing one’s inner self; NOT looking outside one’s own psyche for answers
STRENGTH: the ability to overcome one’s own resistance and blockages; controlling emotions rather than allowing them to control her; breaking through one’s own personal blockages; releasing tendency to control others
A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.
Denying one’s own feelings and thoughts is no way to create unity with one’s spirit or have a reunion with higher self. This is similar to shutting down and disconnecting. Is every feeling and thought we have going to be saintly or light-filled? And is it supposed to be? Look around. If we’re human living on planet Earth, probably not every thought and emotion is saint-like; but to suppress or deny what we think or feel is tantamount to separating from ourselves. It also creates a state of living in denial—a false world, an illusion. The religious fundamentals will try to tell us we should only have “pretty thoughts” and anything short is some sort of dirty angel or devil at work or there’s something wrong with us. Yes, there it is, they’d say, we are all imperfect sinners and then they spew their whoopla, which is usually what their preacher told them to say while out evangelizing.
But back to the conditioning that indoctrinates us into an idea that we must always be a particular way—a way in which we deny our own soul. That’s the start of the delusion which left unchecked can lead to a superiority complex or fundamentalism that is dangerous. If we bypass the opportunity for self-reflection that self-acceptance of our thoughts, feelings and tendencies can provide, we close the door to our own self-improvement and evolution and move into the fanaticism realms of life.
When we have a feeling or thought (pretty or not) that comes up, and we allow ourselves to examine it, trace it back to where it began, we can take our first step to healing and true self-improvement (and empowerment)—not suppression or repression.
Whatever is repressed becomes distorted.
I’ve been thinking about all of this today and it wasn’t until now, early evening, that I’ve had the opportunity to do an I-CHING draw. Its Kua 59 called “Dispersion”. It is about dissolving and disintegrating energy through uniting with it and understanding it for the purpose of restoring harmony. Ho! And that’s exactly what I’ve been contemplating today. My Moon is transiting my 12th House today closely approaching my Mars/Pluto/Saturn stellium — translation: my mood is very deep and esoteric. I’m having to dig deeply to attend to this blogging task because almost all of me wants to withdraw, escape and disappear. 🙂 THINK TAROT: The Hermit. Moving right along anyhow….
A few things came to mind as I typed those last sentences in that paragraph above. One has to do with a smile and the other with some wisdom from Carl Jung who said that we don’t reach enlightenment by envisioning beings of light but rather by bringing light into dark places. That light or knowledge-of-self is able to enlighten; but one has to be fearless and willing to look deeply into one’s self. Yeah, and into those dark places—fearlessly. And when I write the word “dark”, it refers to the places of ignorance or unconscious-ness that self-knowledge can lighten — shed light upon.
That seems to epitomize (to me anyway) the meaning of today’s message inspired from Kua 59/Dispersion. One could say to disperse rather than to repress. To repress is to live a life of delusion; one risks living a distorted life which comes about through an unwillingness to allow and understand one’s own feelings and thoughts in favor of playing a people-pleasing role in order to be accepted.
It makes me think of the planet Mars and the sign it rules, Aries, which is impulsive energy; it learns from its reactions. That archetypical energy evolves through understanding its reactivity. If we don’t allow ourselves to have a reaction and then examine it, how can we possibly ever… ? Well, think of it as the doorway into the unconscious–to the soul. That’s the message from and the lesson of Mars/Aries.
I’m not supporting a wild idea that we all run around taking everyone’s head off; I’m only suggesting that we not beat ourselves up if we allow the thought or feeling room enough to surface so that we can examine it and learn from it. Besides, sometimes we just need the release—it’s not all that unhealthy once in a while after all.
Another part of this idea of dispersion has to do with lightening up and that’s where that smile that I was thinking of a moment ago comes into play with today’s message. Here’s what I mean and by the way I’m talking about a smile that is sincere, not one stemming from smugness or one that has grown out of a distorted reality or feelings of superiority. I’m talking about one of those ‘home-grown’, down-to-earth, true-to-life types of “I know who you are and I know who I am and I love us both” kind-of-smiles that has nothing whatsoever to do with ego.
Talk about dispersion! When you’ve received one of those smiles from another, you know it and lighten up immediately. This Kua is about lightening up as well as dispersion. The unity of a smile can restore harmony, dissolve divisions and revitalize you, can’t it? How many smiles like that have you given and received lately? Many, I hope! Keep up the good work says Kua 59 of the I-CHING and stay true to that energy within you and others!
That kind of smile comes out of us spontaneously when we know who we are; but we will never know unless we allow ourselves to understand our thoughts, feelings and reactions—something we can’t do unless we allow them. That’s how we grow and evolve and it’s why we’re here in the first place—at least this is my truth for today. Know Thyself!
THE ASTROLOGICAL AND TAROT ARCHETYPE CORRELATION KEYWORDS FOR KUA 59/DISPERSION
Leo – you are the center of your own universe but avoid forcing your reality onto others; avoid living a theatrical life for the purpose of getting people to like you; avoid the tendency to become the actor in someone else’s creation for the purpose of attention; realize you cannot play god in someone else’s life
Virgo – be willing to “discern” your own thoughts and emotions
Libra – avoid people –pleasing and projecting onto others or allowing others to project onto you
Scorpio – become the psychological detective to your own thoughts and emotions; probe deeply into your thoughts and emotions for the purpose of self-awareness and evolutionary growth
The Magician — employ the power of creative transmutation
The Hermit – reflect on your life experiences; find your answers within
Strength — have the courage to face challenges and face fears; using your inner power
The Tower – this card relates to Mars/Aries (see above); experiencing an inner awakening by releasing old defenses and delusions; being willing to be socially unacceptable in order to be true to self; awakening to one’s inner truth; sudden self-awareness
The Devil (Pan) – looking at self to see where we are not in harmony with nature and natural law; the need to lighten up (Pan) and not be too serious; ability to face one’s self
Wheel of Fortune (Medicine Wheel) — restoring harmony; being natural; bringing spirit into flesh (not separation of spirit and flesh which is a patriarchal christian fundamentalism issue)