Consciousness

The astrological Hero’s Journey

A friend posted this article on Facebook, and since I use the archetype of the Hero’s Journey in my client consultations I found it quite interesting.

The great spiritual teachers, culture bringers, warriors, and saints: these are examples of Heroes who obey a Call to Adventure to descend into the depths of the time and of themselves, fight the dragon (whatever its form), obtain the great treasure it guards, and bring it back to the dayworld. This heroic Monomyth fleshes out the archetype of Initiation:

Separation > Initiation > Return

It is a dangerous path. Heroes can die or go mad walking it. They do it under compulsion, for they bring new ways of seeing and being that nourish their cultures of origin and, through story, humanity as a whole. . . .

As I’ve studied myth I’ve pondered what model might surface from tales that deal with how non-Heroes journey, struggle, and with a bit of luck find fulfillment.

I call this The Journey of Reenchantment.

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The author then goes on to outline the stages of this journey::  Childhood Magic, Disenchantment, Alienation from the Magical, Rupture and Underworld Descent, Seeking, Re-emergence, More seeking, Finding the Magic Door, Living in Both Worlds, Opening the Door for Others.

From an astrological perspective, the Hero’s Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell, the famous historian/philosopher of myth, is probably best suited for individuals with difficult charts – those who have had tremendous challenges in their lives which have forced them to seek understanding and healing.  The Journey of Re-enchantment as described above, which this author describes as being for non-Heroes, is perhaps more applicable for those who have not felt that their lives were full of […]

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By |2019-06-20T08:56:39-04:00June 20th, 2019|Consciousness, Favorite posts|4 Comments

Some scientists agree…the Universe is a conscious being

Since the beginning of time, humans have debated the source of consciousness.  Is it all in the physical brain?  Are we just a pack of neurons in a physical body?  Is the sum total of all that we experience contained in the physical body?

A recent article in Aeon Magazine postulated:

Some consciousness researchers see the hard problem as real but inherently unsolvable; others posit a range of options for its account. Those solutions include possibilities that overly project mind into matter. Consciousness might, for example, be an example of the emergence of a new entity in the Universe not contained in the laws of particles [emphasis added].

read more here

Panpsychism is the theory that consciousness is the root of all things – a universal feature that links all beings and things.  This kind of theory is a part of nearly all eastern religions as well as most ancient philosophies, but fell out of favor with the emergence of the scientific method which required empirical proof rather than speculation.

With Neptune, the planet that inspires in us the direct experience of divine consciousness, in its own sign of Pisces, it’s not surprising that there is a bit of a resurgence in the idea of pantheism and the idea that the Universe is itself conscious.  Scientist Gregory Matloff has hypothesized that

humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware.

read news article here and original research paper here.

I myself have always felt it to be true that there is a Universal […]

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By |2019-01-09T15:36:25-04:00January 9th, 2019|Consciousness, Wonders of the universe|2 Comments

Neptune in Sagittarius and the astrology of the 1970s cults

RajneeshpuramI recently watched the Netflix documentary “Wild, Wild Country” about the town created by the followers of Baghwan Shree Rajneesh that began as a utopia of blissful cooperation and devolved into madness and unimaginably bizarre crimes of attempted murder and fraud.

The conjunction of Uranus (radical change) and Pluto (destruction of the old and transformation of the new) in the late 1960s took place in conservative Virgo, and the established morays of the previous decades were blown apart to smithereens.  Women began fighting for the right to be equal citizens.  People of color refused to sit in the back of the bus and demanded to sit at lunch counters and use any damn water fountain they pleased.

Religion was another arena that saw a radical transformation as the dogma of established religion was questioned and many began exploring other religions, including Eastern mysticism.  The acid experiments of the 1960s led to the spiritual seeking of the 1970s, symbolized most prominently by the conversion of Richard Alpert, colleague of Timothy Leary in the search for psychedelic enlightenment, who transformed into Ram Dass in 1971.

Neptune is the planet of spiritual experience and humanity’s search for an authentic connection with the divine.  Where Jupiter creates theologies and religious belief systems, Neptune says “forget all that nonsense and come directly to me.”  Neptune traveled through Scorpio between 1956 and 1969-1970 and inspired a desire to release sexuality from the shackles of marriage (Neptune in Libra) and eventually, in the 1960s, to experience sexuality as a pathway to bliss.  Neptune in Scorpio also generated a renewed interest in the occult, with the release of the Rider-Waite tarot deck to the general public in 1959.

Neptune moved into Sagittarius in 1970, bringing the Sagittarian interest in […]

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By |2018-03-29T11:17:21-04:00March 29th, 2018|Consciousness, Life|5 Comments

“Stay Woke” and the Aquarian Age

Some of this content may be controversial to some readers. I welcome comments as long as they remain civil and add to an intelligent discussion. 

“Stay Woke” is a slang term defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “Deriving from “stay awake,” to stay woke is to keep informed of the shitstorm going on around you in times of turmoil and conflict, specifically on occasions when the media is being heavily filtered- such as the events in Ferguson Missouri in August 2014.”  While most of us white people just started hearing the phrase recently, it was first listed in a glossary of African American slang back in 1962 and then  popularized by Erykah Badu in 2008 before it spread through African American communities after the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The idea of being “woke,” or awake, is in my view a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius.  During the Age of Pisces there has been a sense of sleep.  Pisces teaches us to go with the flow – to connect with our dreams, to seek comfort in transcendence and the bliss of losing one’s self.  Under the Piscean influence humans relinquished control to the religious institutions which have dominated the power structures of the past 2,000 years.  Aquarius is the sign of awakening – of rational thinking.  Neither is better, and both have their dark sides.  But the idea that we need to wake up – keep our eyes open and see behind the curtain of Piscean illusion – looks to me like the transition between the Piscean Age and the Aquarian.

The meme of “Stay Woke” often edges into conspiracy theory.  As someone with a healthy amount of suspicion myself, this seems normal in a world where you are […]

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By |2017-07-19T08:07:31-04:00July 19th, 2017|Consciousness, Popular Culture|12 Comments

The role of the Ascendant in defining ourselves

56602076 - what's your story written on the road sign with valley backgroundThe Ascendant and the Sun sign are often confused and I blame this on Sun sign astrology (so-called “horoscopes” that you see on the web and in newspapers which claim to predict the future based on the sign your Sun was in at the time you were born).  Sun sign astrology claims that the Sun describes your personality but this is actually the job of the Ascendant (also called the rising sign because it was rising on the horizon at the time you were born).   The Sun sign reflects our soul’s purpose this time around – astrologer Liz Greene calls the Sun sign the Hero’s Quest.   I like to think of the Sun sign as the “mission” that we were assigned when we came to earth.   This is not always visible to others, but the Ascendant, since it reflects our personality and the way we appear to others and the way we live our life, IS visible.

An acquaintance of mine popped into my office the other day.  She had always thought that she was born in the morning, but she found her birth certificate and discovered that she was born at night! So instead of her Ascendant being the sign of Cancer, which she had always believed, it apparently was Sagittarius, a very big difference.  This mind blowing discovery coincided with a big change in this person’s physical appearance which had inspired numerous personality changes such as becoming more outgoing and confident, both Sagittarian traits.

Not only that, as a result of this increase in confidence she has begun to make changes in her personal relationships (the Ascendant is the cusp of the First House of […]

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By |2016-08-02T07:31:49-04:00August 2nd, 2016|Consciousness|2 Comments
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