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Do you imagine the universe is agitated?
Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars.
This practice should answer the question.
The superior person settles her mind as the universe settles the stars in the sky.
By connecting her mind with the subtle origin, she calms it.
Once calmed, it naturally expands, and ultimately her mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.
From Hau Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu by Brian Walker
I even love the word…..festival. There’s so much potential for fun, laughter, hugs, smiles & generally good vibrations. It’s gonna be a great day!
There’s so much astrology happening these days I don’t quite know where to start. It all points to new beginnings even though Mercury has chosen to move backwards for a while. Oh, so what! Let’s be daring and keep ourselves moving forward….step, by conscious step.
So, the last time we discussed Eris we were talking about strife, discord, and chaos; looking for where in our lives those circumstances are showing up.
For me, Eris lands smack in the center of my tenth house which is also populated by an Aries North Node.
Eris in the tenth seems to be showing up by placing me in circumstances where I must ‘publicly’ assert myself in ways that are habitually uncomfortable. Hmm, that deserves a portion of my meditation time.
Today had been March 31, 2007 and I can honestly say that there’s an awful lot of ‘strife’ in the world. My observations lead me to believe that the root cause is not Eris, or any other thing that is ‘outside’ of ourselves. Heal the strife within…..
April 9, 2007……thought I’d check in with Eris, the goddess of strife, discord, and struggles. Philip Sedgewick gives the astronomical position of Eris as 20AR46 as of April 2. When you have an orbiting planet/asteroid as far away as Eris is it helps to have some kind of reference/resource to help us understand. The Sabien Symbol for 21AR is ” A Pugilist Enters The Ring”. (I am refering to Dane Rudyhar’s book titled The Astrological Mandala) When Eris reaches 22AR, the forecast lightens up tremendously…..we then get to experience “the gate to the garden of all fulfilled desires.” Wow! Sounds special, doesn’t it? Let’s check back in and see when it’ll reach the twenty-second degree of Aries? …..April 30, 2007……enjoy it while it lasts because in Oct it develops retrograde motion and returns to the stance of the pugilist.
Webster defines the pugilist as: ___________________ (Fill in the blank)
Time passes slowly sometimes. Now it’s May 30, 2007 and Eris hasn’t budged. Continuing strife, discord and chaos……. and I can see the light, too.
Moving thru this kind of Eris energy for decades without end can be really, really, stressful.
May all beings be peaceful.
If you have landed on this page looking for information on time & time management you have found it. However, be prepared. You may not find what you expect.
My fascination with time might have started here. It was only a few years after that I came across my first astrology book. It always made good sense to me that the sky represented a big clock.
For over 20 years I practiced my skills as an astrologer while working in the real estate industry. I worked as a Broker/Agent, Office Manager, and Trainer. Time Management was a favorite for new agents/managers. After all the typical stuff of goal setting, etc., I always included the recognition of cycles as part of the training. I taught them how to set up their appointments to maximize their time aligned with the soli/ lunar cycle. Many reported back to me thru the years how helpful my training was and how it continues to help them even today. My time-skills expanded into other area’s of work, quite naturally and effortlessly………of course I was practicing everything that I preached, otherwise, what’s the point?
So, please feel free to float around this blog and discover all sorts of time tips, techniques, and tidbit’s of information. In this post the discussion continues.
Last week we experienced the Taurus New Moon…….a time for persistance, patience, and tending to the earthly, practical concerns of life. Food. Shelter. Water.
Now it’s time to Do Something….there’ll be time enough later for talking.
Today at 5:02pm EDT the moon will be in a 90 deg. angle relationship with the sun.
DO IT………………. NOW!
You gotta break some eggs to make an omlette.
ps. I have a great article to post here on the First Qtr. Phase. I’ll try to get to it asap.
Today & tomorrow all of us will be experiencing the balsamic phase of the moon ending on Wednesday at 3;27 EDT when the New Moon cycle at 26Taurus begins. It’s time to dive in again and clean out the internal clutter.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet Wayne Muller who is an ordained minister, therapist and author of Sabbath, Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives. He definitly understood the symbolic meaning of the balsamic phase of the moon. He agrees that, without this time of introverted activity we are doomed to remain a stressed out, disease-ridden, self-centered culture showing little compassion or understanding for others. Whew. It stressed me out just writing that sentence!
The balsamic phase of the moon as I have previously written about here and here is the time to direct our attention to our inner world and our inner life. Many people don’t have a clue what that means which illustrates the need to educate and encourage this practice. Wayne Muller writes about Sabbath from both the Jewish & the Christian perspective. One celebrates this restful time on Saturday, the other on Sunday. I have personally discovered as an astrologer/yogini that using the balsamic time of the moon for my inward journeys to be extrodinarily auspicious.
We on this planet Earth are intimately connected to the cycle & phases of the Moon, our closest neighbor in the sky. We know that the moon affects the tides thru it’s gravitational pull on Earth. We know that we are more than 80% water. It’s not a gigantic leap to realize that we too are affected by that same gravitational pull. And, finally, we know that since the dawning of mankind we have watched and scheduled our lives by the consistent rhythms of the sun & moon. Afterall, isn’t that where our calendar came from? But, I digress.
It does make it somewhat challenging to withdraw from our daily lives if the balsamic phase falls on a Monday & Tuesday! Our contemporary worklife does not have a flexible enough schedule to accomodate the fluctuations of the lunar cycle. We are a solar based society, unlike some of the other cultures on our planet. (See this article on East vs. West astrology)
However, where there’s a will there’s a way. One of the ways I make sure that I acknowledge my balsamic tasks is to step up my yoga & meditation practice during these days. You might want to do the same and attend a class or two. Taking time out to be in nature is another way to celebrate this time. Journaling, napping, day-dreaming, are some other ways to honor yourself and build up your internal bank account. Practice ‘not doing’ as the yogi’s would say. Just Be. You will find that you are even more productive when the new moon comes back around if you take out some time for yourself now.
Saturn is currently squaring my natal Sun. Ugh. It feels like being trapped within concrete walls with only a small little penknife to chip my way out. I suppose there is a postive side to this transit, there always is a good side. However, today I just feel stuck.
Just before the transit came to exactitude I spent a week at Kripalu Center attending the Symposium on Yoga Therapy. It was wonderful to be with a community of yoga professionals who are focused on using these ancient practices towards health & wellness. There are some really good things happening out there! I learned a lot. And, I also realized how much I already know…………..it’s always good to be validated!
Yoga Therapy is definitely an up and coming modality that is beginning to receive recognition from the medical establishment. In my own practice a few of my clients are getting reimbursed by their insurance companies for their sessions with me. And, their doctors are writing prescriptions for Yoga Therapy!
What sets my practice apart from most of the other yoga therapists is the use of astrology in my analysis. Looking at a clients natal chart along with current transits & progressions can provide a lot of information that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. As soon as this concrete wall crumbles I hope to complete some of the articles on this and post them here or on my website. But until then……….I’ll continue to practice procrastination!
………………dharma and karma and how that plays out in my life. The last time I pondered this polarity was here, in Arjuna’s tale in the Bhagavad Gita. Destiny, fate, call it what you will. We have ALL recognized the appearance of such events in our lives. Some of us recognize these synchronicities in their personal lives, and neglect to see same in their public lives. Others vice versa. Are you thoroughly confused now? You might be……..that’s the nature of polarities ( and dualities, too). It’s enought to make your head spin! Then you throw into the mix all the air sign people( Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) with whom duality & polarity are a daily/minute-to- minute struggle/agony they live with. Whew………………enough all ready. The futility of pondering duality is immeasurable.
Time to sit.