To me astrology is a tool, a process. It is not a fixture of thought. It is an exploration, a territory to examine, an inner plane enacted in a temporary outer cosmic world. _Ka
I just wrote an email reply to a friend who asked me a question about evolutionary astrology. I am grateful to her for her question because it had me thinking about something that I do love to think about and rarely like to use words for. Probably because to me, astrology is an art, like poetry. Astrology aims to describe something that really is not describable, because it is on the level of symbol and not words. True, words are symbols but they are the “map and not really the territory,” to use a quote that some may be familiar with from NLP.
To me poetry is like adoration, affection, and it’s about a love affair with some level of mystery. I will potentially change my mind about this, and I reserve the right to speak about it as well as edit my words.
A little while ago I said that I was going to write a book. Honestly, I figured it’d be a good exercise for me. As it turns out while attending a professional graduate school, I am using my mind as I need to for that goal. I have put that project (writing a book) on the back-burner because I have been cramming my mind with information that is new. Theories that I am currently simmering in are like a new aroma of thought–traveling in some mysterious density toward my awareness (along with the wind).
I have been memorizing and learning a lot of theory. Also, I’m reviewing again and again all the anatomy and working with biology (yes, I already have some massage therapy experience, and have had classes in chemistry…etc. but there will be many many more, add herbs and latin names, acupuncture points, Chinese…); and, also I have been practicing Tai Ji recently which is different from the Kung Fu I was doing previously. I may or may not continue with that.
According to a text that I read for my Tai Ji class, the first stage takes about 5 years. Then, the second about 10. I’m not going into all of the details here. I already did that for my test.
All of my schooling is a dedication for me to be of service in a way that is harmonious with my personal energy. Some of you may be familiar with the fact that I have received the Reiki attunements and have been practicing with energy. My entire physical body has been part of many over-hauls, shall I say for now. I personally am slow with my digestion. It’s just the TAO of my body. It’s just what it is. In Chinese medicine, the spleen is the Yi- the intellect. The Spleen is closely tied to the Stomach. Out of respect to this sacred art, I will not be writing about what I am learning until (and maybe never) these teachings have become a part of me. This is out of respect for myself, too.
Anyways, back to astrology, what I was writing to my friend about was how I see the astrological signs as symbols as well as archetypes. I also think that even though we as a society operate with ideas such as Virgo means “insert keywords” and Leo means, “insert keywords,” etc that we as astrologers create our own relationship with the archetypes. For those who are not familiar, please refer to some of Carl Jung’s writings, as well as anthropological works.
Even people who are not astrologers have their own personal relationship with what the signs mean. They’ve been hearing/learning about it since they were little (especially if the farmer’s almanac was involved). This level of individual interpretation is what I aim to work on with my clients in the future. That means that when I work with my clients, I like to *not* practice prediction. Setting limitations sometimes helps bring focus to the area of greater impact.
Wow, isn’t that a challenge when astrology is historically linked to this idea of prediction? However, some psychologists have been using astrology for years because of the archetypal bridge that’s been created along with the enneagram as they have been used for introspection in upper level spiritual circles according to a devout Catholic friend.
Back to what I am doing:
In the past I had also made artwork in the form of an astrological interpretation for a client. I’m being vague about it because it was personalized and took a whole lot of time and I’m not sure I want to do it again in the same way. She said that I had given her “A LOT” to work with, and it made her feel special.
I am rethinking where astrology fits into my life right now – while it also still on the back-burner. I’m rethinking how I want to work with people. I’ve been mentioning this and hinting at this and I have not changed my ‘About’ section because it’s good to have something ‘in place.’ I believe, and I told this to one of my clients that it’s a good thing to re-write your own story as much as you want.
I also wrote a little bit about my ideas about truth in my email to my friend. I don’t really feel like going into that here. That’s a philosophical discussion about reality and ultimate reality in my opinion. I love that people can really use WP as whatever they want it to be…
Some people are here to make friends, some people to find clients, some people to explore ideas, some to promote their book, and others to share their art freely, no price, no expectations. WordPress is a medium. Right now, I’m using it as my soapbox.
One more thing: I believe that belief is the most powerful thing and it influences (not always dictates) but influences a person’s experience of their reality. Therefore I believe astrology is to be used with the utmost caution and respect for a person’s freewill. Here is an excellent link to evolutionary astrology as Steven Forrest has outlined: http://www.forrestastrology.com/about-us/about-evolutionary-astrology
This has been one of my dominant paradigms – albeit it, however, it is not the complete story.
Thank you to my readers, my friends, and my unfoldment