Sagittarius: Can they be too dogmatic and ride rough-shod over feelings?
This is the December 2013 Starwheel Newsletter from Michael Conneely: Out every month, my start of the month Newsletter focusses on Astrology – especially the ‘Happy Birthday Sign’: This month it’s Sagittarius.
But watch out, also, for my mid-month Newsletter which focuses on Earth spirituality including Shamanic Healing, Ogham and Runes, as well as general astrology issues.
SUN IN SAGITTARIUS
November 22 – December 21
Qualities: Mutable – Fire
Key Phrase: I see
Key Word Freedom
Defect: Dogmatic. Rides rough-shod. Non-discriminating
Rules 9th House
Myth Zeus/Jupiter and Chiron
Sagittarian qualities: are freedom-loving, good fortune, abundance, optimism, lack of discrimination, given to hunches, drawn to things ‘foreign’, philosophical, spiritual, idealistic, humorous, honest and straightforward, love of liberty and freedom, frank, outspoken, chatty, knowledgeable, freedom-seeking, restless, unreliable, changeable, optimistic, good-humoured, quick-tempered, does not respond well to the imposition of orders from others. Needs to be mobile. The more alien the culture, the more he or she is drawn to it. Will want to find the meaning to everything: whether this be spiritual or an academic analysis of social constructs. Irony, insight. An intuitive, speculative intellectual. A dashing wandering soul, stimulating, exciting, dynamic, a tease.
Sagittarian defects: are narrow-mindedness and bigotry (especially if associated with a social, ideological or religious group with limited vision), spiritual/ideological dictatorship, religious fanatics, blind adherents to the dogmas of established religions, a stubborn tendency to deal with people ideologically rather than with a love that is emotionally authentic, a tendency to soar above authenticity to emotional truths (even to the point of persecution of self or those near and dear), bluntness, an unsubtle approach to life, lack of tact. They can be chronically upsetting to sensitive people around them. Unmerciful to enemies, or to those who don’t match their ideological/religious criteria. They can jump to conclusions without taking all the factors into consideration. Over-optimism can cause problems
Nakshatras: As is ever the case, the Deep-truth guidance to the nature of the western Sun-sign is given by understanding which of the three Vedic Lunar Signs, the three Nakshatras that lie behind the western sign of Sagittarius. See my fascinating separate Blog on these: http://wp.me/p179Ad-iu
This Blog on the Nakshatras also tells you about Galactic Centre around 27 deg Sagittarius and the Gandanta Zone leading up to 24 deg Sagittarius:
These three Nakshatras are:
Anuradha (19 November -2 December)
Jyeshta (2 December – 15 December) Mula (15 December -28 December) (Galactic Centre is in the sign Mula).
Also, have a look at my fascinating other Blog just posted on the question: What does the Sun represent in your astrological birth chart? And what is its most spiritual meaning? http://wp.me/p179Ad-is
But back to Western Astrology and Sagittarius:
Sagittarians are generally independent and usually dislike domestic tasks. They are energetic and naturally outgoing, achieving their goals through the ‘power of positive thinking’. Help may often appear when they need it – albeit at the 11th hour. They are serious thinkers, concerned with the well-being of society as a whole. There is a ‘prophetic’, forward-looking quality about their vision. There is an innate sense of fair-play and justice. They tend to make intuitive mental leaps. Life is an adventure: a journey to be made as interesting, expansive, and informative as possible. For the more extraverted Sagittarian, life is the adventure, the mystery, the unattainable goal, the one that got away, the fear of missing something, the new, the exciting and the trendy. This quality can manifest as insatiable sexual passion. The more introverted Sagittarian will be more into the new novel or new film or new philosophy or higher teaching, &c. There’ll have the nerve to try one’s luck. Easily gets bored. Dislikes doing the same thing twice. Loves to play roles: Jupiter was a shape-changer. Explosive temper. Not one to hold a grudge. Can be gullible – especially to flattery. The world of safe secure serene unchanging domesticity horrifies Sagittarius. Heavy displays of emotion disturb him/her – He’s more into friendship.
Sagittarian interests include religion, death, philosophy, law, medicine, books, publishing, giving advice. They travel far and fast, either geographically, or in thought, or both. They like people to acknowledge their qualities and work, and since the creative urge is strong, they expand their egos through creativity.
Home and family evoke sentimental reactions and they can adopt an image of self-sacrifice for their benefit. They can express fixed and assertive opinions at home, and while they attempt to create a free liberal atmosphere, simultaneously they can act against this by your extreme opinions or dogmatism. Needs conviction: can be opinionated.
They need mental stimulation and a variety of company – and this can create a pattern of restless physical and mental activity. The Sagittarian’s partner needs to understand his/her need for freedom, sharing his diverse interests and not attempting to limit or restrain him.
A Sagittarian may not always be fully honest with himself: self-enquiry may reveal two sides to his nature: one that is bright and amiable; the other that is broody and insecure.
Sagittarians may need employment which offers them considerable variety and independence, and the opportunity to organize their own job. Interest areas are listed above: but avoid any arena where devastation can be done due to authoritarian or patronizing attitudes.
SHADOW SAGITTARIUS SUN: Not valuing people for who they are, but only if they fit into the social circle/ideology that the Sagittarian moves in. The name dropper, the groupie, the esoteric initiate, politically in the know, ethnic glitterati.
Using people: using a sexual relationship, making a career out of basking in someone else’s limelight.
Sagittarius over-extends himself, therefore promises far more than he will deliver: materially, spiritually or emotionally – enthusiastic and out to impress and convince.
Mean a shrewd commercial nose behind a ‘front’ of nobility and a great heart.
Difficulty in adjusting to the limitations of reality. Lacking the maturity and discipline to finish what he starts. Frightened of making any commitment to the material/tangible world, profligate and strutting; fails to allow people to love him for his own sake, rather than for the sake of his fantasies/ideologies.
SAGITTARIUS LOVER: Reluctant to commit. Restless and hungry for experience. Loves the new and exciting – this can be inhuman. Even if Sagittarius remains with one person, he/she dislikes being caged (psychologically or sexually). Needs to be able to soar off into philosophical speculation or imaginative fantasy, or to travel. It’s tragic to see an Archer bound and gagged by someone who won’t let him exercise his spirit. Needs to believe in something and needs to have goals, even if they aren’t realistic. He/she can’t bear anyone who belittles his dreams. Needs to be able to communicate. Needs belief in love, otherwise life wilts: perhaps almost never ultimately loses hope for the future: a believer in the value and vitality of life. He/she can be generous, but can’t give on demand – has to be spontaneous. He’s a self-centered soul – can be insensitive (even if hopelessly in love). Sagittarius has a problem making the bridge from romantic fantasy to fleshly reality. Some Sagittarians despair of ever making a successful relationship, and so they roam through life leaving a trail of broken affairs behind them: unfinished business and unlived life. There’s often a frightened child behind this person: cynical or ideological, but afraid of being hurt or convinced of unlovability. Given a feeling he can be himself, Sagittarius gives freely, and no one is so entertaining or stimulating a partner, full of excitement and new possibilities. Sagittarius hates the person who reminds him he needs to grow up and be more responsible. A state of non-marriage superficially suits a Sagittarius, because he/she thinks he can exist as he wants to with the minimum of fuss. Likes ‘open relationship’. Will sometimes do anything rather than admit to responsibilities emotionally. Not a constant home-bound person. Sagittarians are not domestic and Sagittarian woman can be happy to dispense with partner and rear the child as a travelling companion, perhaps remaining a socialite or a careerist. Driven to pursue his/her romantic fantasies. Often has a wishful vision of love, full of fiery drama and perfection and even ‘spiritual union’. Could go in for the ‘pursuit of the eternal feminine’, or ‘the pursuit of the puer aeternus’. If a Sagittarian denies himself exploration in love when young, he will usually break out of his conventional bonds in middle age.
There’s possibly a special link to healing with part of this Sun Sign. The constellation Ophiuchus overlaps Scorpio and Sagittarius in part and this has erroneously been identified as a 13th sign, but traditionally was associated with the healer Asclepius who learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. To prevent the entire human race from becoming immortal under Asclepius’ care, Zeus killed him with a bolt of lightning, but later placed his image in the heavens to honor his healing works. Also the constellation Sagittarius, itself, has been believed to represent Chiron (the teacher of Asclepius), where the position of Chiron in your natal chart represents a special fated wound you have to deal with, and in healing it, you become able to heal others.
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Sagittarius: The Vedic Lunar Signs (Nakshatras) that lie behind the western sign of Sagittarius
Deep-truth guidance is given by understanding which of the three Vedic Lunar Signs, called Nakshatras that lie behind the western sign of Sagittarius. These are:
Anuradha (19 November -2 December)
Jyeshta (2 December – 15 December)
Mula (15 December -28 December)
Nakshatras and Love Astrology: Vedic Astrology uses a powerful system of 27 Lunar Signs called Nakshatras as well as the familiar 12-sign zodiac. (The Nakshatras are the basis of the very sure and accurate Vedic astrology of relationships, where the Nakshatra the man’s Moon falls in in his birth chart is compared to the Nakshatra the woman’s moon falls in in her birth chart.)
The Gandanta Zones: Importantly the boundary between Jyestha and Mula is one of the three Gandanta zones, which are quite dangerous for earthly life, and can mean mother or a parent will not be there for you, but out of these hard experiences, awareness of the truths beyond the material realm can be gained. This dangerous zone is around 24 degrees western Sagittarius.
Galactic Centre: Importantly also, the sign of Mula contains the gravitationally powerful ‘Galactic Centre’ currently centering on 27 western Sagittarius, and this was identified by the Vedic Sages as the source of spiritual illumination: a very confrontative energy, and it was Sun’s passage across Galactic Centre on winter solstice 2012 that marked a once every 25,800 year peak in the influx of spiritual illumination available for the human race.
Anuradha – The first Vedic Lunar Sign behind the western sign of Sagittarius is Nakshatra No 17. Anuradha (Sun is in Anuradha from 19 November -2 December)
Power animal: The Female Deer
Orientation: Deva – to the Divine
In the Vedic sign 3°20′ – 16°40′ Scorpio
Symbol: a lotus flower
Deity: Mitra, god of friendship and daylight
Keywords: leadership, moving from one place to another, courage, inspiring, amicable
Translation: disciple (anu) of the (divine) spark (radha)
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Favorable: Outwardly buoyant and fun-loving; attractive, hearty, popular; spiritual seeker, interested in ancient knowledge; capacity for astrology; devoted; enjoys social life and organizations; brave; benefits more if they live away from their place of birth.
Unfavorable: Tries too hard to get enlightened; grieves; secretive, isolated, ethical according to the circumstances, dishonest; obstructed by envious people; doesn’t understand their impact on others—especially their marriage partners who may eventually ask for a divorce; needs constant nourishment—both in terms of food and drink and in terms of their emotions; defiant; progress is hurt by submitting to bad advice.
It is the task of Mitra, the god of daylight, to reveal everything what has remained in the dark. During the night forms fade away, but the daylight makes everything visible again. Mitra turns the unconscious into consciousness. Our true origin can no longer be ignored.
Mitra reveals to us that we all carry divine sparks within us which are mutually connected and which form part of the entire cosmos. This is why friendship can develop. You and I form part of the same cosmos, so we can only feel friendship and love for each other – everything in the Universe is connected. It is understood that this consciousness does not just originate by itself. It takes lots of effort before one can actually feel this. Unfortunately, life is not just about friendship and love.
The lotus, the symbol of the constellation of Anuradha, is a plant that grows in the swamp. The seed of the lotus is rooted in the mud that forms the bottom of a small lake. The mud represents the unconscious mind. Subsequently, the lotus finds its way through the water (water symbolises the emotional life and the feelings of a person) and finally reaches the surface. Influenced by the sun’s rays, which represent the True Self, the lotus grows into a magnificent flower. The flower greets the sun and thus the True Self.
People whose horoscope is dominated by this constellation are courageous people who dare to face things that once were unconscious and bring them into the light of awareness. They live intensively and they often make spiritual and physical travels in order to discover themselves.
The spiritual path of Anuradha is practising dynamic meditations. In the first stage of these meditations, everything that is unconscious is brought to the surface and expressed. The subsequent stages are serene stages in which the unconscious can cherish itself in the light of silence. When the mud has been left behind and the emotions have calmed down, it is possible to reach the True Self. In addition to dynamic meditations, psychotherapy goes well with this constellation. Psychotherapy brings the unconscious to the surface, so it can melt away, cherished by the sun (consciousness).
Jyeshta – The second Vedic Lunar Sign behind the western sign Sagittarius is Nakshatra No 18 Jyeshta (Sun is in Jyestha from 2 December – 15 December)
The Power Animal is the Stag
Symbol: a circular amulet (charm).
Deity: Indra, king of the gods.
Keywords: wealth, courage, the eldest or founder.
Translation: the eldest.
Symbol: A hanging earring
Presiding Deity: Indra (Chief of Gods)
Location: Scorpio 16°40′ to Scorpio 30°
Dasa-Ruling Planet: Mercury (17 years)
Favorable: Most successful of their family; keeps friends and builds a good support network; generous, self-reliant, eventually wealthy; takes charge of the family; passionate response to love; acts respectable;
receives fame and honors; takes control; gets things done when they want to.
Unfavorable: Angry; has family frictions; too intense to keep friends; hides their feelings and intentions; religious or peaceful on the surface while impatient or immoral underneath; acts religious to get regard; scheming; makes others dependent on them to gain control in the relationship; dramatizes illnesses and troubles to gain sympathy; subject to many illnesses
Jyeshta may bring a lot of wealth. The amulet represents the protection the person in whose horoscope Jyeshta plays an important role receives from Indra, king of the gods. Indra is a god who fights demons and represents justice. He fights for the fulfilment of noble goals and has the character of a solar god – extrovert, willing to act and leadership.
In ancient Vedic religion, Indra was one of the most important gods. Later that position was taken over by Shiva and Vishnu in particular. A notable characteristic of this constellation is that a person in whose horoscope Jyeshta is vividly present, often plays the role of “the eldest” (the eldest brother or sister for example). This may also be taken metaphorically; a Jyeshta person may hold an authoritative position in the board of elders for example.
The name “Jyeshta” means the eldest. It is related to Sattva – motivated to do good things or seek truth. The temperament of Jyeshta is Rakshasa – demon eccentric and individualistic and its sex is Female. Each Nakshatra has a special power or Shakti, the power of Jyeshta allows for rising or conquering and gaining courage in battle. Its heavenly basis emanantes for attack, which results in defense, through which one becomes a hero.
The spiritual path belonging to this constellation is that of the warrior and the acceptance of authoritative positions.
The Gandanta Zone: the boundary between Jyestha and Mula is one of the three Gandanta zones in Vedic Astrology, which are quite dangerous for earthly life, and can mean mother or a parent will not be there for you. There can be terrible issue of not being valued. But out of these hard experiences, awareness of the spiritual truths beyond the material realm can be gained. The three Gandanta zone are at the end of the water signs in the Vedic sidereal zodiac: they are in the last few degrees where water dissolves into the Void, across which can be glimpsed the first flicker of fire on the waters, where a Fire sign is born. Here, it’s the transition from sidereal Scorpio to sidereal Sagittarius, situated around 24 degrees of wetstern Sagittarius.
Mula – The third Vedic Lunar Sign behind western Sagittarius is No 19, Mula (Sun is in 15 December – 28 December)
The power animal is the Male Dog
Symbol: roots tied together – getting to the roots of things
Deity: Nirriti, the the goddess of death and destruction.
Keywords: going to the bottom, scientific, intelligent, inquiring, medicine. Dog- loyalty, friendship, slinking, holing up
Translation: the root.
Location: Sagittarius 0° to Sagittarius 13°20′
Dasa-Ruling Planet: Ketu (7 years)
Favorable: Skillful in persuading or manipulating people to serve their goals and objectives; politician; tactful, clever, able to live a comfortable life with all the amenities; good fortune; determined to succeed; learned
Unfavorable: Takes with little thought of return; unstable; tells people what they want to hear to get what they want; speaks logically but makes others suspicious; too goal-focused; lacks sufficient appreciation for others; arrogant, self-destructive, willful, sabotages their own love; has many affairs and/or marriages that don’t work out
In Vedic astrology, particular value is attached to the centre of the Milky Way. This centre symbolises a point of special spiritual power. It is located in the lunar constellation of Mula. Mula may therefore be the most spiritual lunar constellation. However, spiritual development is not about hanging around and pretending you are so spiritual. The spirituality of Mula involves the cleansing of the soul by means of confrontations with the unconscious. How deep the spirituality actually goes will only become clear in confronting situations. It is not difficult to be meditative when everything is going as planned; to have faith in the love of the divine when everything goes wrong is the real test.
Mula people are prepared to undergo such tests. They go the bottom, are intelligent and they know that tests have a reason. A problem will have to be tackled by its roots. It is only then that true healing can take place. The expression “desperate cases call for desperate remedies” will probably have been invented by someone with a strong influence of Mula in his horoscope.
The temperament of Moola is Rakshasa – demon, eccentric and individualistic. Each Nakshatra has a special power or Shakti, the power of Moola allows for ruining or destroying. Its heavenly basis emanates for breaking things apart, which results in crushing things, through which there is the power to destroy (can destroy destruction).
The spiritual path belonging to Mula is related to intensive psychotherapy and other intense therapeutic methods (bioenergetics, encounter therapy etc). The purpose is to overcome fear and to learn to accept challenges. Mula stands for an intense way of living, which consists of gaining many different experiences.
The Sun is the Charioteer who drives our Chariot of Self
What does the Sun represent in your Birth Chart? And what is its most spiritual meaning?
I thought it would be good to offer some pointers about what the Sun means in your astrological birth chart.
SUN: The Inner Light, cosmic intelligence, consciousness, life and love, the father, power and authority. The Sun is the Charioteer who drives our Chariot of Self. He hold in his hands the reins that go to the horses that pull the chariot of self: the other planets. There are problems if the horses are stronger than the charioteer.
In Vedic Astrology, the Sun stands for Father (as does the 9th House) and Sun stands for your egoic self. But Sun is also your individual spark of the Divine.
I would welcome comments on this discussion.
The true understanding of the Sun is to look at the relationship between our egoic self and the vastness of Source. But how do you name what cannot be named? But the discussion is useful and so please do comment on what I have tried to write. We need to have a sense of ego in order to be able to function in this life, but our ego is not real. It is a construct. It is the boat that gets us across the river, but it is not the other dies of the river. The other side of the river is our true self which is oneness with God and with everyone and everything else.
As I understand it, the Astrological Sun in our Vedic birth chart is our Soul (our individual spark of Jiva Atman). Our soul is eternal, but it takes incarnation over and over again.
Jiva: In the Bhagavad Gita, the jiva, our soul, is described as immutable, eternal, numberless and indestructible.
The Jiva is said not to be a product of the material world, Prakrti, but of a higher ‘spiritual’ nature. It is a refraction of the Atman.
At the point of physical death the jiva takes on a new physical body, chosen depending on the karma that you have collected and the individual desires and necessities of the particular individual spark of jiva in question.
The Jiva is the empirical ‘self’, the ‘self’ determined by the body, the external sense-organs, mind, intellect, and egoism.
But when/if the Jiva breaks the shackles of Prakrti (the material world), it becomes the transcendental self.
Atman: By contrast, the Atman is the ‘self’ which is devoid of empirical cognition, merit, demerit, and other mental modes; this is the transcendental Atman. Atman is the true self of an individual beyond identification with phenomena; it is the essence of an individual.
In order to attain moksha/salvation (liberation), a human being must acquire self-knowledge (atma jnana), which is to realize that one’s true self (Atman) is identical with the transcendent self, Brahman.
If Atman is ‘Brahman in a pot’ (pot=the body), then one need merely break the pot to fully realize the primordial unity of the individual soul with the plentitude of Being that is the Absolute.
Isvara: Atman is sometimes referred to as Isvara (= Lord). Isvara is the ruler and the impeller; Jiva is the ruled, the one who is impelled.
SOURCE: the Universal Atman is the universal life-principle, the animator of all organisms. The Universal Atman is the ‘ground of all being’. Atman is ‘source’. This is a spirituality of immanence and is thus pantheistic.
Paratman: this Universal Atman which is the all-pervading aspect of Brahman is the Paratman, which is different from individual Atman and claims reality for both a God functioning as the ultimate metaphorical “spirit” of the universe, and also for actual individual “spirits” as such.
Ahamkara: the ego is ahamkara, rather than the Atman, and thus it is the cause of pleasure and pain. When one’s mind is in a state of ahamkara, one is in a state of subjective illusion, where the mind has bound up the concept of one’s self with a created thing.
The created thing is usually a phenomenon which can be thought of as external to the self. It could be tangible or conceptual or habitual, and our perception of it comes through to us from our previous life.
Due to our Ahamkaras, the ego is involved in constructing the illusion: the illusion of self – also the illusion of external experiences and realities (we attract according to our state of consciousness and mind; we attract the scripts we need to learn from and grow out of).
The mind has created a state of illusion, but it seems very real to the person: objectivity and reality are obscured. This deeply illusory state is what can often cause people to do adharmic things. Once awareness of the nature of ahamkara arises (this is similar to the Saivite doctrine of Bandhattva), then, for the first time, individual will, determination, sense of morality and ethics, all begin to come into play – which is the first step on the path to moksha/enlightenment.
Removing the “walls that contain human consciousness” to create a “union” of the individual self, i.e. removing the barrier between Jivatman with the supreme self, Paratman, is the goal of yoga consciousness.
The Astrological Sun: is not Atman. The Sun basically depicts egoic sense of self. Atman is Pure Consciousness Itself.
Our ‘Mind’ (as The Astrological Sun) borrows its light, from time to time, from its source, the Universal Atman, the Light of lights, or the ‘Sun of Suns’ and our mind then glitters temporarily like reflection of universal consciousness.
Our Mind is Jada or non-intelligent, but appears to be intelligent by borrowing light from Brahman, just as water exposed to the sun borrows heat from the sun.
Mind is finite (Parichhinna). It is Jada. It is the effect (Karya) of Sattva Guna. It is Vinasi (perishable). It is Chanchala (ever-fluctuating). It is a bundle of ideas/scripts/habits which are Samskaras: i.e. the imprints left on the subconscious mind by experience in this life or previous lives, which then colour all of life, colour one’s nature, responses, states of mind, etc, colour our habits, impulses and emotions.
Mind borrows light from the Adhishthana or Brahman. You can learn to control the mind. The thinker is different from thought. Therefore, mind is not the self-shining Atman. The mind is full of impurities; it is full of Vasanas and Trishnas (cravings). It gets puzzled during anger. In fear, it trembles. In shock, it sinks. It is not pure Self.
By contrast Isvara has full consciousness. At the same time as Isvara has full cosmic consciousness, He knows what is going on in every mind. Bhagavan is a synonymous term for God.
A footnote about the Moon in the Astrological Birth Chart:
MOON: The mother, the past, our roots – and consciousness arising therefrom.
This, the Moon is mind, daily communication, how we receive, feelings and emotions.
In Vedic astrology, the Sun is not regarded as the most important planet in the horoscope. The Sun is a symbol for the soul. Although it is important, the power of the soul can only be realised on earth by making use of the reflected light of the Moon. We cannot look straight at the Sun, but we can look straight at the Moon. The Moon is responsible for making the power of the soul manageable, so that we can use it on earth. The Moon is the most important planet in Indian astrology. This is because astrology is all about how we develop and shape our soul during our life on earth, The Sun comes second. When an Indian astrologer asks what sign you are, he is asking for your Moon-sign.
Read this footnote about what it means to have a weak Sun.
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This is the mid-monthly November Starwheel Newsletter from Michael Conneely. It also contains two book reviews, and news of my forthcoming novel Druid.
But also look out for my usual Astrology-focussed start of the month Newsletter, the next coming up is December: ‘Sagittarius Individuals: Can they be too dogmatic and ride rough-shod over feelings?’
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Maggie Pashley has worked as a healing practitioner and workshop facilitator since 1985, and brings to her work Munay Ki initiation and quite exceptionally wide ranging healing modalities in the field of intuitively-based energy healing. Her training includes Body Code and Emotion Code Healing, the clearing of Heart-walls, Metamorphic Technique, hypnotherapy and shamanic healing and kinesiology. Maggie is a practitioner of the prestigious international Institute for the Psychology of Eating and also has a background as a teacher of languages in French and German as well as English. Maggie’s websites are www.changeforlife.co.uk www.bodycodehealing.co.uk and www.metamorphicwings.com. Our specialist website for Munay Ki initiations and courses is: www.munaykiempowerment.com.
Carol Michael (second from left) has written three lovely chapters in this book: Bereavement Counselling, Past Life Regression and Relationship Counselling. The love and healing wisdom that pervades Carol’s work is such food for the soul. Check the website for the dates when Carol is available for distance counselling.
In this ground-breaking book, the paths and healings of our time come alive. This is not just a passive ‘academic style’ review of them. It is a practical demonstration of how you can use and combine these paths, healings and counselling approaches – combine them in an authentic and genuine way, that is right for you, a way that is untrammelled by straightjacketing groups, centres or orders etcetera, a way that is freed from the ego-trips and the control dramas that can so often disempower you in those places. This wonderful body of information is offered to you, so that you can chart your own chosen pathway across the new spiritual landscape, and make that journey in a way that will enable you to become the special and unique luminous being you actually incarnated to be.
And the book’s aim is to show how the different pathways and healings are actually all connected, and how each can in fact contribute and inform the other. This is because the most powerful of the spiritual and healing forms are all linked to the ‘Vastness’. The most powerful healings and readings all come from the highest form of ‘Connection’. They are not separate; they are linked.
This book is therefore the ideal guide for the sincere spiritual seeker who wants to study the Chapters with an intelligent open mind. It is the ideal guide for the seeker who wants to follow the linked Courses and Healings or Counselling sessions: who wants to follow them and be supported in a way that is careful to honour all spiritual paths. This way, you can be sure your quest that is supported by us, is authentic: authentic to your own very special essence, able to always walk in your own authentic power and light.
The biggest truth we discovered is that if love is missing from any spiritual path, then do not follow it. If you feel love is missing from any spiritual teacher, then do not follow him or her. But a word or two also about Power: the need for you to follow the spiritual or healing path that will allow you to come into your own power, to be in your own power. A problem is that contemporary spirituality is mainly transmitted through groups and centres or organisations, even cults. This is one of the main reasons why I have set up this program, because it allows you independent and authentic learning and authentic growth and healing that is connected to Source. It allows you to find your own way. So often the alternative is depthless instant identity, or rigid hierarchy, or inauthentic rigid models of practice. Or it’s the feuding, gossiping hurtful groups
The foundation stone of this book is a five-year social-anthropological field study I completed, an Ethnography: a study of spiritual forms new to the modern West. I therefore spent periods of time over five years at Skanda Vale, the Hindu ashram that is the centre for the UK Tamil community. I attended two Buddhist Dharma centres and lived in a couple of Tibetan Buddhist Gompas. I joined a Wiccan Coven. I attended shamanic training by John and Caitlin Matthews. I belonged to a shamanic journeying group and a Druid ‘hearth’ within a Druid Order. I also did a vision quest and trained in sacred Sweat Lodge ceremony. I developed my own lovely and wonderful organisation called Glastonbury Ritual Tours and I undertook a historical study of the ways in which Glastonbury had been seen as a sacred land over the centuries.
Three ‘power animals’ can be called on to conclude this review of the book are Eagle, Serpent and Phoenix: Eagle because of the book’s great gift of ‘Big Picture Vision’; Serpent, because Serpent sheds his skin, just as we have to shed the past: the past that we have to let go of; Phoenix because of our need for discriminating rebirth. It is through relinquishing our past and our limiting scripts that we can achieve and walk in our true power and beauty, and this is the best way of helping others.
Now for an Astrology Snippet
Did you realise that according to Vedic Astrology rules, the ‘Mercury Retrograde effect’ does not actually end until Mercury regains its pre-retrogradation position? It does not end just at the moment the planet Mercury ceases to have retrograde motion. It ends when Mercury arrives back at the position where it started to go retrograde. So, a western definition of the most recent Mercury Retrograde is: 21st October 2013 to 11th November 2013 in the western astrology sign of Scorpio. But according to Vedic Astrology, the Retrograde effect will still be offering us its divine learning until 27th November 2013. And of course Mercury was caught up in the two recent eclipses on October 18th and November 3rd, so there has been really big Mercury learning offered to our consciousnesses. Mercury Retrograde time is really good learning for us on communication issues and good use of speech, so this will of course make you pleased! We often have to learn through hard challenges in life. During Mercury Retrograde periods, letters go astray, accounts get snarled up and people say twisted horrible things to us. But all this can be good solid learning for us if we perceive the phenomena in the right way!
Now for two Book Reviews: the work of US Druid, Ellen Evert Hoffman:
I read Ellen’s novel `Priestess’ of the Forest which is Part 1 of a Trilogy, and then her ‘Druid Isle’ which is Part 2, while I was in Ireland a month ago. I look forward to getting round to read Part 3: Priestess of the Fire Temple.
‘Priestess of the Forest’ is such a valuable and learned novel. It describes the life of an early Irish Priestess and Healer born at the time of the rise of Christianity in Ireland: a Druidess called Ethne. Ethne’s progress and her spiritual path is movingly and very humanly presented. The reader can’t help but be drawn into the spiritual worldview of the Druids, its connections to the Earth and to the spirit realm. And I have to pay tribute to Ellen Hopman’s erudition about Irish Society. It is impressive, fascinating and invaluable, woven as it is throughout every strand of the book. But more than that, Ellen Hopman is herself a master herbalist and healer, and this sensibility breathes through every line of the novel. At the outset of the story, Eithne has brought to her for healing, a gravely wounded Irish warrior, Ruadh. Part of the healing is a moving chant: `In the name of Brighid; bone to bone, Flesh to Flesh, sinew to sinew, vein to vein,’ sung as she bathes his forehead and chest with cool water, and their love grows as the spread of Christianity begins remorselessly to replace the whole spiritual basis of ancient Druid path in Ireland. Michael Conneely
‘The Druid Isle’ is a fascinating and wisdom-provoking study of the lives of two young people living when Christianity and the Roman Empire are conquering the North of Britain. They grow up apart in two utterly different cultures, but are destined to meet. Aife is the adopted daughter of Ethne, the heroine of Part 1; she grows up in the wisdom and healing serenity and spiritual connection of the Druid Forest School. Lucius, by contrast, grows up in the flesh-denying inauthenticity of a new Christian monastic school. However Lucius finds by chance – or by destiny – the ritualistic beauty and reverence for life, of the ‘Festival of Summer’ of the local pagan people – only for this to be shattered by the Roman slavers, but he ends up finding his destiny and the truth of his birth, on the Druid Isle. Lucius is prepared for the dangerous journey by sea to the Druid Isle by the mystery, peace and joy of a ritual in the fogo of the Mamm an Byss. There, in the most supremely beautiful passage in the book, Lucius is granted a vision of the Sky and Water Mother who has protected him since the day he was born which connects him to his essence and prepares him as the preserver of the Druid wisdom.
Past Life Skills – and my new upcoming novel, DRUID:
Lastly an interesting point about the Vedic astrology of past lives and past life skills and the writing of my 5th novel ‘Druid’ which I am furiously focussing on at present:
As a background to this, note that when Saturn transits over the South Node of the Moon called Ketu in your Vedic Birth Chart, this can be associated with the arising and activation of past lives and past life skills. Saturn does this once every 29yrs on its slow orbit round the Sun.
This activation is because the Nodes of the Moon are the indicator in our Vedic birth chart of our Incarnational Destiny in this life. Ketu, the South Node of the Moon is the indicator of our past, where we are coming from and what must often dissolve. Its energy is sharp and unpredictable. Rahu the North Node of the Moon always opposite Ketu is the indicator of our future: the indicator of what we will be obsessionally drawn to try to become. Its energy is ambitious and full of torsion, but in learning to handle our spiritual future direction in this life, we have the opportunity to make needed spiritual perception and growth.
The Western astrology of the Nodes of the Moon is desperately poor by comparison to their interpretation in Vedic Astrology, this is partly because so much was lost to western astrology’s methods and wisdom due to two thousand years of church persecution, and partly because of Western astrology’s use of the tropical zodiac which is sun-sign and ‘egoic’ rather than the surer sidereal zodiac of Vedic Astrology.
So western astrology usually uses an astrology of ‘connections/associations’ for interpretation of the Nodes of the Moon, although Martin Schulman’s Nodal interpretation goes far beyond that, albeit vitiated by his use of the tropical zodiac.
Now, in my Vedic Birth chart, Ketu, the South Node of the Moon is in Libra in the 4th House of my Vedic Birth Chart, and the 4th House is to do with ‘mother (and consciousness arising therefrom), home and roots’. Whereas Rahu the North node of the Moon is in Aries in the 10th house of career and standing in the world in my Vedic Birth Chart.
This is often interpreted as ‘due to mother not valuing him, he will seek illusory sense of value through career’, though with its customary declarative sureness, the Vedic astrologer will also say: ‘will be denied his maternal heritage and birthright’ (and it can also mean at one of the other levels, ‘the home that is riddled with damp &/or full of holy pictures’, by the way).
My birth mother is Irish and she was blackmailed to put me in an orphanage and give me up for adoption exactly in the manner of the films ‘The Magdalene Sisters’ Laundry’, and the new film on the Irish Catholic Church’s Convent Orphanages’ child-stealing just out: Philomena.
Now, what has arisen for me, as Saturn has been making his slow transit over my natal Ketu the South Node of the Moon, since before last Christmas in 2012, was first that I started teaching a lot of Ogham then, the Celtic Druid Tree Alphabet, but also I did a lot of teaching of the Runes at this time which I had been offering for a long time. Ogham and the Runes were of course anciently used in the land of my blood: Ireland.
But then I found myself very much caught up in understanding the impact of St Patrick on Ireland, and I feel I have developed a really deep understanding of the man. But what he did was to wrench Ireland from its heroic spirituality of the Druids and impose on it by methods very interesting to learn about, the flesh-denying, earth-denying and hierarchical one-size-fits-all Roman Catholic Church that was, in 5th Century Europe filling the power vacuum left by Alaric the Goth’s destruction of the City of Roman and therefore its Empire on August 24th 410AD.
And by strange means I learned so much about St Patrick’s fight with the ‘she-demon’ Corra on the top of Croagh Patrick Mountain a few miles from my family’s farm, and how he felt she engulfed him in her jaws and so he bested her and consigned her to lough na Corra at the foot fo the mountain. But she was the Goddess of that Land: the spirit of that Sacred Earth. And Croagh Patrick is sacred to the Sun God Llugh and on two days a year at the beginning and the end of the harvest sequence, the Sun does not set behind the mountain but rolls down its side, unifying with its energies, when seen from the Druid’s ‘Bohea Stone’ which is four miles distance from the summit and carved with 250 mysterious Petroglyphs. here is a photo:
And when I was in Ireland last month, I was blessed to receive visions about what St Patrick’s trashing of Corra means, and what can be done to restore the sacred feminine to Ireland. I saw into St Patrick’s heart: how his life was haunted by fear of the discovery of the ‘Sin of His Youth’ committed in the space of only one hour when he was aged fifteen – the revelation of which finally discredited him 29 years later (the orbital period of Saturn!). I saw how he fitted into the power-seizing dogmatic and episcopal developments in the Catholic Church at that time.
And of course, there is also the personal interest: my own mother was given the penance of climbing Croagh Patrick the ultimate rough Mountain summit, for giving birth to me outside marriage, and I was devalued, and so the fate I was born to understand and vanquish was set in place!
But for more about this and for deep understanding of the effect of Christianity on Ireland and its men and women over the last 1,600 years, and the wisdom of the Druids, and much, much more: look out for my visionary love story novel, due out as soon as I can: ‘Druid’.