|Posted on December 17, 2015 at 12:20 AM|
The following definition of belief system is from http://www.science20.com/gerhard_adam/science_faith_and_belief_systems-82211
“Belief systems are the stories we tell ourselves to define our personal sense of "reality". Every human being has a belief system that they utilize, and it is through this mechanism that we individually, "make sense" of the world around us.”
I had a thought the other day. It had to do with how belief systems impact us. For my purpose today, I’m going to distinguish between Belief Systems and belief systems. The capitalized version are those with labels… that a great part of the population adheres to … and calls themselves, oh say, Latter Day Saints, or Methodists, or Hindu, or agnostics. A Belief System is a label that defines a way of looking at the world and a whole method of living life.
Those of us who are watching world events play out are aware of a lot of Belief Systems. But we are also aware of a lot of belief systems. These are particular ways of being that are not necessarily defined by a broad Organized group. These belief systems are socially defined groups based on similar personal decisions made by individuals. This could be homeschooling parents or PTA volunteers. This could be those who radically reduce their carbon footprint or people who fund microloans. Plenty engage in these belief systems without any one particular Organization taking on all of those who believe and act.
We each have an amalgamated belief system that is unique to us. It can be made up of both a Belief System with which we are associated (if any, and I recognize that there are those who are not associated with any kind of organized spirituality), and it is made up of our belief system – those social groups we are aligned with that are not always highly organized.
The media is currently about the business of making money by polarizing people in Belief Systems and belief systems. Look at some of the issues around parenting, schooling, health, government, trade, climate, religion, etc. You do not have to look far to see that there are battle lines drawn EVERYWHERE. It is getting to the point where there are few areas that are safe to discuss and certainly it is not always clear which belief systems you can own comfortably.
It is my opinion that rather than hide in groups to build our walls around ourselves and our self-identified beliefs, we ought to be opening up to those who view things differently. This takes a significant amount of trust and requires people to get a hold on their fears and not allow fear itself to take control. I’m not sure we are all capable of this. Ironically, though, I would like to believe it is possible.
|Posted on December 8, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
The Moon is represented in a natal chart by a glyph we are all familiar with:
the crescent moon.
Although in astrology the Moon can be referred to as a ‘planet’, it is also acknowledged by astrologers as one of the two “Lights”, the other being the Sun. This is another reason why both the Sun sign and the Moon sign are weighted so heavily when looking at a birth chart.
The Zodiac sign which holds the moon at your time of birth influences how you express your emotions, how you nurture yourself or how you look to be nurtured. It also has to do with family, roots, home, and mother. Again, approach any interpretation of your moon sign with an open mind to the powerful symbols the moon represents.
For example: someone with an Aries Moon will be pretty fiery in both their way of processing emotion as well as their way of nurturing themselves. Example, they may express emotions quickly and easily, or loud and explosively, but they keep moving and don’t hold grudges. Also, an Aries moon may require activity to process their emotions, like working out, a punching bag, or for some of the more Earthy, grounded Sun signs with an Aries moon, yoga may be more appropriate.
Cycles of emotions are necessary for healthy everyday functioning. The moon cycles through the entire zodiac once every 28 days. This means it returns to the spot where it was when you were born once a month. It hits every planet in your natal chart once a month. Any emotional baggage generated by any planets that are feeling the impact of your developing personality and growth are picked up by the moon through the month.
Quite often a generic interpretation of the Moon sign will say specific things about what your mother is like. This is misleading. Although the moon is representative of mother, it is not usually that specific. And logically speaking it’s ridiculous to assign personality of your mother to where the moon is in YOUR chart. Rather, it may be that you looked for ‘mothering’ in a certain way. In fact, it may be that your mother’s personality did not match where your moon sign is at all. Sometimes this creates conflict, sometimes it shows up in other ways that has nothing to do with the woman who gave birth to you!
For today’s practical activity, look up your Moon sign. There are plenty of sites that will give interpretations on what the moon in each sign can do. After you have pinpointed your Moon sign, try to observe how you express emotions and what kind of things you do to help you FEEL better. If what you do to process emotions seems like it could use some help, try looking at your Moon sign for ideas. This is one way to consciously use the astrological information for your own benefit.
|Posted on March 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM|
Do you have a number of close friends/family members/key people in your life with birthdays at around the same time?
It could be that there is a point / planet in your astrological chart with which they connect. The sun is close to the same degree in the sky for those with similar birthdays. It's possible that this point is a connection in your chart ant that the 'light' that they shine in your life is attempting to show you something important about who you are.
Synastry is the name given to comparing two natal charts to each other in order to look at the many complexities in any relationship between two people. Although merely looking at someone's sun-sign is a simplistic comparison given that they are so much more, it's a great place to start for the beginner. Typically people want to look at dynamics with their significant other, however, this activity provides benefits for parent and child, siblings, coworkers, neighbors and any other relationship that you may wish to strengthen or understand.
I can help you understand the complexities of your own chart - before delving into how you may be interacting with others in your life.