Check out this fun piece from Nightlight guest blogger Edward Warner!
To start with, let’s just acknowledge that all people are unique individuals, and that relationships are complex animals. What is it that makes two people get along so well? When one studies astrology and the various characteristics and complex relationships between the signs, we regularly pick up on recurring traits that help us answer some of these questions.
Before I drank ayahuasca for the first time, almost a decade ago now, my understanding of astrology was that it was a prescriptive and superstitious occult subject. It was about fortune tellers and palm readers and people who took your money to say generic things about your psychology. But within only a few cups of the Amazonian potion, the subject of astrology was suddenly intensely interesting and clearly multi-dimensional. After having several undeniable "planetary" experiences through ceremonies, I knew that I needed to look much deeper in order to understand the ancient art of astrology. What I found got me so excited that within a few years the subject became a life calling and now my full time profession.
I wish that I was a historian so that I could answer this question with lots of facts and examples from Greece and Rome, or Persia. The problem is that while I'm an avid reader of history, especially the history of magic and mythology, what I come away with when I read history books is a feeling, rather than a set of facts. I just don't seem to retain information in the same way academics do. As I'm writing this there are probably more readers than not who know what I'm talking about. The reason I'm bringing it up to begin with is because this fact about myself as a "reader" is also exactly why and how oracles are attractive and "work" for most people, especially myself. Oracles speak to us at a level that goes beyond facts and "yes or no" answers or intellectual intelligence. Oracles speak to us at the level of our feelings, which is the well that reaches down to our soul.
The planets don't make these things happen. We do, and it's time to wake up.
This past weekend, almost by accident, I went cave exploring in Virginia with my girlfriend. We were driving through the countryside on our way to a weekend retreat in the mountains, and my girlfriend spotted an advertisement for the Luray caverns and suggested we stop off. Going into a cave sounded cool, so I said, "sure, why not?" I wasn't expecting that the experience of touring the caverns would also be a strange immersion into the subject of our current Mars/Saturn square, which turns exact this morning right as the Moon in Scorpio conjoins Saturn.
Earlier this summer when the planet Mars was conjoined with Jupiter and opposing Pluto, I went to the movie theater and watched a documentary called "Black Fish." The movie was about the terrible plight of orca whales in the show business industry. But even deeper than a movie about animal cruelty, "Black Fish" was a movie about the loss of sacred, maternal wisdom on our planet. Orcas, commonly called "Killer Whales," have a lot to teach us right now. As the subject of war looms in the astrological background at this new moon time, and fleets of warships gather on distant oceans, poised to attack, it's a good time to pause and reflect upon the spirit wisdom of orcas.
The recent carefully planned suicide of the famous sports columnist, Martin Manley, was an incredibly clear example of planetary symbolism and timing, and yet Manley's entire suicide efforts and elaborate website were devoted to the subject of his free will. What does Manley's birth chart have to say about his motivations and what can astrology make of this unique metaphysical conundrum?
One of the most important lessons we can learn in life is how to be a good loser. Think about it. Can you name anyone who has had tremendous personal victories on any level without simultaneously carrying a deep respect for the experience of losing or loss? When we imagine Michael Jordan winning six NBA championships after not making his high school team, or JK Rowling writing her first Harry Potter books from abject poverty, isn't it their initial losing that makes their eventual winning so sweet to us?
On the day of this midsummer new moon, we are beginning a new lunar cycle and we will be setting new intentions for the month. It's an especially important time to consider our intentions, and to unpack them on a deeper level, because we are approaching the most anticipated astrology of 2013 this moon cycle, and the decisions we make now will be working with us for quite some time to come.
How often do we hear people use the word "energy" to describe something spiritual? This person has "good energy," the place/event/workshop was flowing with "good energy!" Or, in the negative, "I don't eat such and such food because it has "bad energy." Under this full Moon, in our astrology classrooms, I've been asking students to consider the idea that the word "energy" should be temporarily suspended from our vocabulary. It's not that there is anything inherently wrong with the word energy, it's just that all too often our favorite spiritual adjectives become meaningless clichés or dead spots in our language. It's kind of funny to think about it; the word energy nowadays is often very lifeless and empty. So why does this happen and what can we learn from it? And why, at this full moon time, should we pick on the word "energy" in particular?