Sign Spotlight Sundays: Rambunctious Aries

Aries – March 21st through April 19th

Aries represents the beginning of the creative act and we see this best in the Spring Equinox. Aries is an initiation of electric fire and a dynamic nature of God which bestows nourishing heat and a fire that transmutes other energies.

Aries acts as the beginning of manifestation where all souls as unique individual entities emerge. This birthplace of ideas is in actuality a spiritual impulse subjective and objective which has taken shape. We call this the will to incarnate.

Aries as the most ancient initiation is one with which all of humanity has already undergone or will undergo. The soul mantra of Aries is:

“I come forth and from the plane of mind I rule.”

From within esoteric Judaism and Christianity we see this best in the month of Nissan. Kabbalah indicates an emphasis here on the power of speech and our right foot so some see this also as the idiom to put one’s best foot forward first. It is also a time to work on letting go of emotional baggage we have lugged around such as deep unresolved emotional wounds still bubbling up. We should release our anxieties, fears, doubts, anger, frustration, guilt, jealousy, and envy from our pasts.

Another way to look at this is through the Wheel of the Year. Spring/Summer are considered heaven, hot, life, and light while Autumn/Winter is considered hell, cold, death, and darkness. Equinox in fact means equal nights or twilight when light and dark are mingled best seen in symbols such as the Yin Yang.

Aries marks a time when growth and fecundity emerge from the cold and dark days of Autumn/Winter. Greenery has returned, birds are singing or building nests, animals return from hibernation and are mating, and food is abundant.

As a spirit animal the ram also acts as an aspect of Mars or the spirit of warriors. This spirit animal will help you to suppress your weaknesses while you elevate your strengths inspiring you to exude power and energy necessary to provide your community with quality leadership. The ram affects your life in a number of ways. For example, the ram enters your life to encourage you to set high spiritual standards for yourself. Grab life by the horns and move outside of your comfort zone to seek new experiences.

You will find Aries in everyone’s natal chart even if it is not their Sun sign. Mine happens to be in my 6th House and is empty, however, Chiron is presently transiting Aries in retrograde. So my mission should I accept it is working with the Universe to understand any emotional pain we carry then embrace it and release old negative tapes or habits which we utilize to keep this pain alive. Chiron here acts as a significant cleanse of our shadow selves and any negative energy we still harbor. Within the 6th House this can be found within two places usually; work and pets.

One may desire to professionally embark in the fields of: folk crafts, jewelry, medical (physiotherapist, ultrasound, doctor with combined knowledge of official science alongside oriental medicine, energy healing such as Reiki and cleansing the aura, herbalist, psychology, and animal husbandry). Here one gets along well with the service oriented professions and has openness in communication as well as intuitively understands animals making it easy to communicate with them telepathically.

Where is Aries in your natal chart?

Self Examination Saturdays: A Forest Bath Meditation

Forest Bathing Also Known as Shinrin-Yoku

This is an inner journey to reacquaint one’s self with their own wild side and equally this is an outer journey into the wilderness. Connections to nature connect us with ourselves.

In this space we are able to notice our dreams, feelings, fears, and any images or other emotions that arise.

Begin the practice of listening to your heart by simply putting your hand over it and asking, “How are you today, heart?” and wait patiently for the answer. Approach the process in a way that feels true to you.

Take a moment to share a commitment to Earth. For instance, you may say something akin to:

“I commit to the beauty and joy of communing with Earth and coming into harmony with all of Nature. Dear Earth, I offer myself to you for these purposes.”

Many start their journey into the wilderness by going green at home. Eat natural, drink water, and nourish your body. Many people prefer to wear organic clothes like cotton, wool, and hemp for nature meditation. You do not have to go into the meditation with any goal. Just remain open.

Aim for a minimum of 20-30 minutes.

Ideally you should have the sounds of water and birds around you. Meditating in nature really means meditating where we are exposed to sensory information that reminds us of nature (bird’s singing, the feeling of the wind as it hits your face, etc.)

Tune-in to your body. Breathe in the forest!

Practice what is called the “5 Senses Meditation.” Meditating on your senses one at a time is the ideal way of meditating on nature because this attenuates your senses to the natural world around you.

Thich Nhat Hanh says “Walk as though kissing the Earth with your feet.”

Here is one of my favorite videos from Tokyo Explorer to assist with this prompt using binaural sounds (headphones recommended):

https://youtu.be/ynP2euNwxw8

Fun Quote Fridays: Something Short Sweet and Simple

Be Inspired Today

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.

  • Georgia O’Keeffe

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

  • Joseph Campbell

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

  • George Burns

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

  • Abraham Lincoln

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

  • Buddha

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

  • Mary Dunbar

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tarot of the Day Thursdays: The Empress

The Empress from The Hermetic Tarot – Daughter of the Mighty Ones – Daleth (Door)

The sign of Venus appears above the Empress with the sign of Libra ruled by Venus at the top of the card. The Empress is the Greek figure Aphrodite Urania. The spiraling flames at her side represent her birth from water. The 12 stars overhead represent the zodiac that surrounds her. The Empress has wings and is clothed in the Sun.

 

The Empress is the center of the Emperor. She has a black eagle at her feet which is the counterpart of the alchemical eagle in the Emperor card. Above the eagle at the Empress’ knees is the inverted crescent moon.

 

All forms in our universe contain within them spiritual light thus we see here an expression of spiritual light within that has manifested onto the physical plane. The divine feminine principle receives the divine masculine force. She nurtures this force in her womb and delivers it transformed into the universe via universal love.

 

The Daleth is the door where all souls are to be sent out and then return akin to the processes of birth and death. This door refers to the space between the state of unity and the manifested states below which are commonly found with duality, polarity, and division.

 

The four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are in perfect balance. Here this card implies a need to recognise that the doorway to spirituality is via universal love. Any spiritual path is not one of the mind whose works are through separation and comparison versus works of our heart. The Empress is a lesson to practice acceptance through transcendence.

Wisdom Wednesdays: Ganas

Bali island, Indonesia – Ancient Statue of Fighting Kumbakarna Rakshasa

Continuing from Teach Me Tuesdays I thought we would look a little more at the Vedic lunar mansions or nakshatras. Did you know they come with three ganas or energies that correlate to the three worlds of heaven (swarga where God resides), Earth (abode of human beings), and hell (Mrityu Loka where demons reside) respectively.

 

The lunar mansion I was born into, Magha, is of Rakshasa gana. This gana can illustrate the shadow or dark side of humanity. Those who belong to Rakshasa Gana commonly are rigid and stubborn. We may pick fights over minor issues and be difficult to deal with. However, this does not make us all bad. On the flip side we also have exceptional intuitive power. Our personalities are given to consuming vast amounts of food, drink, and we may be a wee bit more interested in sex. Likewise we fall under Tamasic guna.

 

Manushya Gana have a human nature which means the person will have mixed qualities. Occasionally they will be kind and other times they will be vindictive. There is a hint of creativity and spirituality found in them. Manushya is Rajasic guna.

 

The personality of Deva Gana is generous, kind, and humble. They will have a good temperament and will follow cultural traditions appreciating the good traits of other people. One will never find these people being envious of anyone else’s success and happiness. Deva guna is Sattva.

 

Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas are the qualities of this Universe. Sattva is pure intelligence, Rajas is velocity, acceleration, action, and Tamas is rest, inertia, and darkness.

 

As soon as our Universe was formed energy condensed to matter while taking its million forms. Each form arrived with a native intelligence to guide it’s action, life cycle, and final dissolution

 

Guna means quality, a positive aspect, or a property that just is. It is neither good nor bad. Sattva is pure intelligence without polarity and symbolized by the color white. Rajas is for fiery transmutation, passion, and attachment thus the color will be red. Tamas for darkness, rest, sleep, inertia, and ignorance (literally being in the dark yet not knowing it) is the color black.

 

When the tri-guna combines with the tri-dosha a total of sixteen distinct personalities emerge. This helps a physician make a thorough diagnosis of the patient’s bio-psycho-somatic or mind-body-energy state.

 

The Rajas of action and the Tamas of rest is essential for our world to function correctly. Sattva exists only as is remaining neither positive nor negative like the Divine qualities of truth, love, and God.

 

Ayurveda likewise can help you understand how this plays a role in diet. Sattvic food is lightly cooked food without any heavy handed use of spices, onions, garlic, or other vegetables that grow underground in the Earth and have dense earthen properties. This is the essence of food which we know as Space and Air element predominant. This means the food creates lightness and a subtle intelligence required for a yogis way of life, fulfills a monk’s daily nutritional requirements, and is ideal for any poet, any Sufi, and any philosopher.

 

Rajasic food is a more hearty food required for athletes, warriors, administrators, and leaders of the world who are called to be active, who are required to take decisive actions in life, and who work hard with their bodies and minds while living as enjoyers of sensual attachments. 

 

Such food is heavy with sharp and pungent vegetables, meats, all manners of meaty seafood, and a robust selection of vegetables and lentils. These foods are Pitta raising food and helps increase the bodies’ temperature and detox the liver to counter the effect of excesses in drinking or eating.

 

Tamasic food is eaten by those who labor in the fields or the construction sites as well as those who till our land or fish for a living. Such food is usually copious portions of grain with fermented broths and beverages, jerky of meats and fish, an excess of spices, and rich stews of organ meats. Most peasant fare would come under this category.

 

Tamasic food is Kapha producing and bulk producing since hard labor requires the body to regain lost vitality through nutritious or energy dense foods. Tamasic is also attributed to food that is old and has had a longer shelf life as it is devoid of prana and harder to digest. Food influences our subtle channels and the subtle intelligence that guides our thoughts and actions.

Teach Me Tuesdays: Astrology Degrees

Working With the Degrees in an Astrology Chart

If you have ever looked at your natal wheel  for your placements and wondered about the degrees there are a variety of ways to expand an astrology chart through the study of degree placements.

These include:

  • Sabian Symbols
  • Kozminsky Symbols
  • Chandra Symbols
  • Fixed Stars

Sabian Symbols comprise short descriptions which are associated with the 360 degrees of the zodiac in a manner that each degree has its own symbolic meaning. The symbols were developed by the astrologer Marc Edmund Jones. Jones has said that he discovered them in 1925 with the help of clairvoyance. Dane Rudhyar had a primary role in marketing the symbols to a wider public audience.

Example:

My natal Sun Sign is at 3 degrees of Leo in the 10th House. The Sabian Symbol is as follows.

PHASE 123 (LEO 3°): A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN, IN HER LONG HAIR FLOWING OVER HER SHOULDERS AND IN A BRA-LESS YOUTHFUL GARMENT.

KEYNOTE: The will to meet the challenge of age in terms of our modern society’s glorification of youth.

While the original reading of the symbol over fifty years ago spoke of the mature woman having dared to bob her hair, today a similar kind of rebellion against aging and the customs of late middle age would manifest itself in different ways. The meaning of the symbol can be extended to any desire an individual woman would have to claim her right to experiences of youth which may have been denied to her, especially when according to the fashion of the day such experiences are considered highly valuable.

This third stage symbol implies a reorientation of one’s ideal of action in relation to the collective mentality of the social environment; more particularly, a refusal by the individualized consciousness to be bound by biological or social standards. The Keyword: INDEPENDENCE

This degree really points to one called to work on their individual need to people please. It is indicative of an unconscious pattern of caring what others think and doing what society expects. One may go so far as to present well their marriage, home, and life on the outside yet they may be keeping up a facade.

If not made conscious what occurs is that whether one wants to or not he/she is driven and action-oriented to whatever this symbol means for them personally. Even if he/she didn’t want to be life will put them around people who were driven to push them to preserve superficial appearances.

You can locate these symbols via this website:

http://mindfire.ca/An%20Astrological%20Mandala/An%20Astrological%20Mandala%20-%20Contents.htm

One of Australia’s most important yet lesser acknowledged occultists, Isidore Israel Kozminsky., held a deep interest in the lore and properties of precious metals and stones. This gave him a good knowledge of astrology, numerology, and similar arcane arts. He wrote numerous books including Zodiacal Symbology and its Planetary Power which concerns esoteric symbolism of each of the 360 degrees of the tropical zodiac. This is preferred by many to the Sabian Symbols.

Kozminsky Symbols consist of simple static images of an allegorical nature. They are non traditional and mostly mediumistic in origin.

Example:

My natal Moon Sign is at 1 degree of Virgo in the 11th House. The Kozminsky Symbol is as follows.

1º Virgo: A traveling pilgrim leaning on his staff, which he holds in his left hand, addressing a small band of men & women.

Denotes one whose early life is threatened by the elements and who will be compelled to endure sufferings, hardships, and trials as an atonement for remote past acts. If his destiny is to live, his destiny is to overcome, and he will be a wise instructor and guide to his fellow-men. It is a symbol of Repaying

This degree tells one that their intuition is very strong and often psychic. They may believe that they visit other realms while sleeping. Having a strong interest in how and why things work the way they do one is likely to be drawn to spiritual studies and philosophical topics. Very independent in their own beliefs it is wise to be careful not to brush off the beliefs of others as this would be unfavorable.

One should try to accept other points of view. In addition it is imperative to be open minded to listening to others rather than insisting that you are correct.

You can locate these symbols via this website:

http://cornerstone-astrology.com/kozminsky_symbols.php

Ellias Lonsdale provided a different take on degree analysis with symbols that are useful in elaborating a personal birth chart via studying the place of a transiting or progressed planet by degree at a given time. This kind of astrology study reveals collective as well as personal timings. 

These zodiac degrees also act as an oracle where a person can open the collection anywhere for a given day or in response to any question they may have. The degrees reveal what is happening now and what is required of each of us. If we use this to also compare charts of friends and famous people who are known for certain qualities we can gradually learn about one another in a more profound way.

Example:

My natal Venus Sign is at 24 degrees of Cancer in the 9th House. The Chandra Symbol is as follows.

CANCER 24 

A single crumbling Corinthian column. 

The inward temple held in tune. Sitting in celestial juices. Beheld by the Gods as a pillar of light. Defiant of time’s cycles. Invested with the life-pulse immortal. As serene and effortless as it is constant and true. Making way for what cannot be foreseen. And giving voice to a sensibility that is entirely pregnant with worlds within worlds held intact, and offered up upon the altar of the world stage.

This degree reminds me of esoteric Christianity. Regardless many faiths share this common precept in some form or another.

We can experience an inner treasure where no experience is more valuable. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” Jesus declared, “and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Via an interior plane of consciousness we gain all that is necessary.

All seek an inner temple and the aura of the sublime can be found in temple ruins which evoke a knowing that the temple within ourselves awaits our return to it. The real and eternal temple that we seek might be ignored and neglected yet will never fall into ruin.

You can locate these symbols via this website:

https://aquaorfire.net/astrology/inside_degrees/inside_degrees.html

Fixed Star Regulus is of particular merit within my natal chart.

Example:

My natal Regulus is at 29 degrees of Leo in the 10th House. This fixed star is one of countless studies for me because of it’s importance to recent astrological theories on precession. It is also an area of study as my Vedic lunar mansion in Magha connects back to Regulus and Ketu. Some information on Regulus is as follows.

Regulus acts as a benefic fixed star in our charts. Some say this star speaks of being born with a sort of metaphorical blood of royalty in one’s veins. In times past Regulus was seen as the fixed star of royalty as well as the giver of great riches and success. Nicknamed the heart of the lion this star is fierce yet fair, magnanimous, loyal, and deeply respected. 

Anyone with strong aspects in their natal chart to Regulus may be tempted by ego allowing it to get the best of them. A common shadow quality being arrogance. Reaching the heights of glory and allowing this to get to one’s head by ignoring Jupiter’s goodwill or pushing boundaries too far leads to a fall from grace. One can avoid this by being true to their heart and using their passions for the benefit of others instead of feeding the ego.

As previously mentioned Vedic utilizes Regulus via their lunar mansions or nakshatras. Magha is bound to a group of six stars the brightest of which is the star Regulus which literally means power or wealth. This lunar mansion is ruled by the Pitris or ancestors and Daksha who is the leader of the Prajapatis. The Prajapatis are our original ancestors over all mankind. Magha is very strongly influenced by the past deeds, traditions, and beliefs of the ancestors.

For more information on this fixed star look below:

http://www.librarising.com/articles/archives/regulus.html

https://cayelincastell.com/planets-with-regulus-heart-star-of-the-lioness/

https://medium.com/vedic-astrology/magha-nakshatra-5b7d2ec7ccab

Manifestation Mondays: Shadow Clearing Prompt

Befriending Our Inner Dragon

To begin I thought clearing the energy with a Shadow Clearing Prompt would be good. An out with the old and in with the new start to our day.

For some, shadow work can be a little daunting because you are dealing with dark emotions and thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts and memories can make things worse.

If you have a history of depression or serious deep trauma that you know needs professional help it’s probably not a good idea to do shadow work necessarily all by yourself. It’s totally okay to have help!

Should you find yourself doing shadow work and things seem to be getting worse please get the help you need.

Shadow Clearing Prompt:

What events spark discomfort, anger, or despair inside of you? How and why do you think this is?

For me personally lately it has been propaganda. This comes in many forms, but I do not like being manipulated. We find this all over. Some examples:

  • Political Party Propaganda
  • Fashion Propaganda
  • Religious Propaganda
  • Health Propaganda

And that is a tip of the iceberg. Humans are heavily socially and behaviorally engineered creatures. I enjoy critical thinking, mental sparring, and freedom to choose. I am more than willing to hear opinions, but I love to do my own research and do my own risk based assessment.

I get angered when I lose ability to do this. Propaganda to me produces limited thoughts around various topics. Political propaganda can be used to severely divide and conquer good friends and family in some of the most destructive ways often times it totally becomes so heated we lose people we have cared the most for instead of respecting the beauty of choice.

And I know many claim the very idea of choice is an illusion. And I many times also have been considering this. However, lately I have noticed a strange resurgence of viral media from previous periods in time regarding political propaganda that is the source of extremism and genocidal or totalitarian regimes which indicates some serious concerns we as humans need to discern for truth versus falsehoods. Led down the wrong path some very miserable outcomes could manifest into our reality. So we should guard against that form of darkness.

Fashion propaganda bothers me for it’s body shaming and image consciousness since it can have a polarizing effect. It has slowly become more inclusive with time by not just placing a focus on the waifs yet I will not deny the Photoshop and other special effects can be damaging to the self esteem of some of the everyday men and women. And this is actually I think a marketing device. It propels people into plastic surgery, eating disorders, or depression. This is not me harping on anyone or pretending this is a truth for everyone. Each person has domain and choice over their body. If they want plastic surgery I won’t make the choice for them. This is not about that. It is about fashion realizing how it defines what a society subjectively rather than objectively views as beautiful in life. Perhaps another issue I see here particularly is that this form of propaganda can really teach us to compare ourselves. And many a good life coach has told me we should avoid this. At the very least competition should perhaps be more about challenging ourselves to meet a personal best.

Religious propaganda is also touchy for me. I have never liked being pressured to convert to any faith. In fact, I made it a priority to study esoteric and exoteric teachings with regards to the Bible, Quran, and Tao. The Vedas would be next on my list as I have not put time in there as of yet. I believe we should respect individual right to choose. I also believe we need to respect those who for their own reasons are agnostic or atheist. Any one’s walk in life is a personal journey unique unto them to discover/explore in this Universe.

Health propaganda became huge in 2020-2021 globally. And what surprised me most was that in this the focus was on one issue. Suddenly there was less talk about getting outside in the sun or enjoying time in nature to ground, nutrition as healthy diet is a major component to well being all but vanished including the need for vitamins or supplementation, and finally exercise also got cast aside and anyone by now should know an active lifestyle is beneficial any day over becoming sedentary. I think for a time in certain nations what I personally saw was a lot of fear propaganda as well, and I think globally the last couple of years for many in certain areas of the globe suffered harm physically, psychologically, and emotionally which was draining.

So as I close this Shadow Clearing Prompt I think it is important to remember we watch what we allow to influence us in life especially since we are also continuously dealing with this via viral social media. As I said above one of the greatest things we can also do is unplug for a bit. Take time to self reflect and detox from life’s myriad distractions. Potentially I think for myself what I am saying triggers me is the loss through social or behavioral engineering with the mediums we have today for us to truly be ourselves instead of a cookie cut out of someone else only acceptable to the normative subjective reality of others. Because within this we also strive to people please and a byproduct of this too is our recent obsession of cancel culture. We are spending a lot of time not forgiving our mistakes and flogging ourselves for simply recognizing that to be a human having spiritual experiences we came here to grow and learn which is actually best done by learning from previous errors.

I also really want to acknowledge another shadow trigger for me regarding propaganda. A great many people who push certain types of misleading information do so both willing and unwilling. By this I mean some people legitimately know no better and truly believe in what they share with others. However, some know better and may even be paid to influence or engineer societies towards a certain desired outcome making them akin to a study that is not unbiased. Perhaps now others will see why I insist that more people be allowed to do their own risks based assessments and critically think for themselves not be coerced into any one way of rationality. Feel free to comment below any thoughts you have or would like to share with me regarding your own Shadow Clearing. And if I have triggered you my sincere apologies for I greatly empathize and understand.