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“The Sweet Art of Doing Nothing and Doing it Well Says 20 Aires 40 New Moon on Apr 10th 2013”

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As we approach the first new moon after the spring equinox, the aspects in the night sky appear to me like the calm before the storm, that is about to descend upon us. It seems to be giving us a breather space to get our house in order. Allowing us a quiet-time in order for us to concentrate to get what we will need, done. We may be surprise what it is asking us to do. In this atmosphere the 20 Aires 40 New Moon at 2:35 am PDT on April 10th 2013 is telling us to practice the sweet art of doing nothing (il dolce far niente) and doing it well, as the foundation for a better future. The action we need to take is no action at all, but the action of being. This thought, in my opinion is expressed to the fullest by the Italian culture in their love of life, beauty and of course, in their enjoyment of food. Is it actually telling us to do nothing, or is it is telling us to have a busy-free moment, just to be in that space and to live it to the fullest?

With much of the activity of the aspects being concentrated in certain areas, much of the noise and chatter to vie for our attention is lessen at the moment. The question that comes to mind, is the Universe telling us to make a concerted effort to get what we want done at this time? Or is the Universe telling us that we need to begin to experience the moment as it is, and to see the moment for what it is? With the busy and the complicated world of cyberspace, having some time to oneself is a luxury, and something we need to cultivate. Allowing oneself time to do nothing, is one actually being in a void, or is nothingness more difficult than we can imagine in achieving it? By being in the moment, even if we are supposedly doing nothing, we are feeling and experiencing the moment as the Universe has created for us. In that instance we are in communion with gratitude with our maker and in appreciating the gift of we are given.

“The Sabian symbol for the 21st degree of Aries is taken from “The Sabian Symbols in Astrology by Marc Edmund Jones”, and what follows are my comments.

Aries 21 A pugilist entering the ring This is a symbol of a complete lack of personal sensitiveness. There are here the raw elements of experience, primarily on the side of self-realization as man exhibits full confidence in his own powers and seeks the support of that audience the world will always provide for the spectacle when anyone is willing to risk major fruits of achievement. Implicit in the symbolism is a need to be up and at the business of life. The keyword is exertion. When positive, the degree is a mobilization of the self’s capacities in a concentrated attempt at self-establishment, and when negative, blind rebellion and a willingness to squander every resource on pseudo values.

This symbol is timely as it speaks to us, reminding us that when we achieve expertise in a chosen area, one gains the sense of self confidence to take risk and criticism. It also alludes to a need to be actively involved in life or where the action is or where it supposedly is not. On one level of existence, this symbol indicates one who enjoys controversy and challenge. What more of a test and a hullabaloo can come about when one appears to others to prefer the sweet art of doing nothing. Especially at this point in time, it seems one need to stride and to achieve for one’s happiness to prove one’s standing among one’s peers. This New Moon is reaffirming that we need to take action, but the action we need to take may be the very action that requires us to be in the moment. Allowing us to do nothing, but to be where we are. This New Moon with the Universe is allowing us some busy-free moments in supporting us in creating the foundation to face the challenges ahead of us.

“Discovering the Thesis of the Natal Chart and Concentrating on it will Astound”

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I have always had the belief that everything created in the Universe is in synch to each other like the microcosm, which reflects what is happening in the macrocosm. Another example is what happens in the mineral or the animal kingdom is reflected in the human kingdom. So, I wasn’t too surprise, when I decided to take a writing class emphasizing the importance of sticking to the thesis of the essay in order to make a point that I would learn something that I would be able to apply in another area of interest, such as astrology. What did surprise me was how significantly it would affect my thinking in delineating charts. I think I was always aware of the fundamental process, but to have it spelled out for me, had an impact I didn’t expect, like a domino’s effect.

The following definition is found in the American Heritage Dictionary for the word thesis: 1.) a proposition that is maintained by argument. 2.) A dissertation advancing an original point of view as a result of research, especially as a requirement for an academic degree. 3.) A hypothetical proposition especially one put forth without proof. In class, in order to construct the perfect and compelling article, one needed to follow the proper outline to stay on course without too many side trips, which may weaken one’s position. The essay would have an introduction which would encompass the general thoughts with a short concise statement of one’s thesis. The body of the essay would be composed of paragraphs that included a topic sentence to support and maintain one’s position. The last paragraph was your conclusion, reinstating or summarizing the main points and one’s final comment.

How simple was that? Having not been in a class room for more years than I can remember, I had the attitude that this was going to be as effortless as gobbling down my favorite foods. What followed for me and my fellow classmates was humbling to our egos and our understanding of human psychology. Staying on course without veering was more difficult than any of us realized at the moment. What we thought was supporting our argument was actually weakening our point. Too many ideas brought up questions that were not actually related to what was being discussed. What I noticed in the class exercises, the essays that did not sway from the main theme, not only was more convincing, but the most interesting to read. Being concise and to the point is more difficult if one is not consciously aware of doing it. If we were to present a convincing proposition, we needed to discipline our choices, and stick to the topic.

It was mind boggling to me that as an astrologer I was doing the same thing. There was so much to see in delineating any chart that unconsciously I was running around the main points without concentrating on what really matter at the moment. Although I am capable to discern the thesis of the chart, which is usually the ruler, I would become sidetracked by all the other interesting aspects and planets along the way. A case in point is my own chart, where the ruler of the chart is Mercury, and had I concentrated on this planet as if I was writing an essay, I might have seen things differently in my life. Once I stuck to the topic that I was concern with the interpretation of my own chart became much clearer, more interesting, more exciting and more meaningful to what was important to me. Staying and concentrating on the theme, the chart expressed what was essential, without the frills that would usually confuse the issues. Hindsight is such an incredible teacher, but what is important is that I learn and grow from them.

In conclusion this has taught me a lesson that once we find the thesis of an essay, a dissertation, an argument, an astrology chart, et cetera, we need to support it without any unnecessary side excursions. Concentrating and sticking to the topic will ensure a better understanding of what we are trying to get across. This is not to say that there not many other important points to any situation or subject matter that need to be considered, but by concentrating on one idea at a time, we do justice to it. By staying true to the topic we have chosen, we will discover facts we may have consider as being insignificant, to be the clinching statements of our thesis. Being aware that as humans we tend to unconsciously embellish, it is imperative that we make sure the embellishment is essential to the issue, as it is critical in successfully conveying the thought. This is very true when delineating a chart, to stay with the thesis in order to make the delineation more alive, interesting, and accurate, and to the point.

“Is Mercury in our Natal Charts our Personal Guardian Angel to help us in this Life?”

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During any religious celebration, especially Christmas, the attention given to the parties, and the gifts, give way to our thoughts about the angels, who are the heralds of the good news on this day, so long ago.  So, it was very appropriate that my local Public Broadcasting Channel showed a program dealing with the origin and the myths of angels.  Every culture, no matter what its religious affiliation is, believes in some form of angels.  Our present western concept of what an angel looks like comes from paintings by the great masters of the renaissance.  The documentary implied that the word angel meant messenger or the bearer of news, either good or bad.  This made quite an impression on me at this time, in that I wonder what planet in our natal chart was like an astrological angel in our lives that was the bearer of news.

At the same time I was wondering if there was any difference between angels and the guardian angel, and the duties of each.  Was one the angel, a messenger, and the other besides being a messenger, the one that personally watched over us?  That our Guardian Angel might be our inner voice and our conscience that seems to make itself known, when we are in doubt of our actions?  Is it the same inner voice that keeps us on the narrow path of right and wrong?  Is it the voice that reminds us that sometimes we need to take a chance on our hunches and intuitions?  Is it the same voice that we thank God for that we were open enough to listen to, when all seems fruitless?  However we see Angels or how we think of them, it seems to me with all the facts presented, that the Angels, whatever there extra duties are, and how they appear to us, they are messengers.

We have the freedom of choice of listening to the message and whether we will respond to it is our option.  The job of the angel is done once the message is related, and whether we understand, and whether we believe or whether we accept the message or not, is our responsibility.  How we respond will determine the outcome and how we perceive it.  Their responsibility is the communication, our accountability is being open to hear and understand what is being said.  Understanding and deciphering correctly is essential.  In relating this to the natal chart, I can see Mercury as our personal Guardian Angel, who is the messenger, who gives us the gift to understand what is being said.  Comprehending and accepting the role of the planet, gives us clues to how and if we will react.  Mercury not only gives us the gift to hear, but at the same time, the gift of freedom to choose.

Perceiving the conditions our Mercury is in our natal chart by the sign, the house and the aspects it makes, gives us the clues and the keys to how well we receive the message, and whether we will understand and will heed it.  By accepting the conditions the planet is in, in connection to the whole chart, we begin to realize our assets and liabilities we are working with in dealing with any situation.  In this way we will understand what we need to compensate for, and what we need to hold back on.  This awareness gives us the advantage in achieving the dreams and wishes we are working towards.  As we study our own charts, it will become clearer to each one of us, how Mercury may be our Guardian Angel as the bearer of messages, and being the instrument to allow us to understand and to choose the direction we will need to take.

“The Sextile and Trine Aspects ▬ Use it or lose it”

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The adage “Use it or loose it” is not use as often as it once was.  I think it is due to the world of electronic technology ever moving forward, and our need to have the newest gadgets.  We are so immersed in the technology, that the human aspect of life, the need for human contact is replaced by texting or instant messaging.  The necessities to have expressions of joy or sadness are not needed as it can not be conveyed in the text message.  Our abilities to react to others are determined by our ability to be comfortable by all the gadgets one can become proficient at.  Our wishes to be on face book or YouTube is more important then a great dinner and conversation with a few close friends.  The sad thing is that our ability to be creative and innovative is determined by our need for something to entertain us, rather then the need to improve our lives.

The requirement to have gadgets to make our life simpler has also made us lazier in trying to work out the difficulties we face in our daily lives.  This makes the Trine aspect in our charts a Bermuda Triangle, a disruptive danger point in achieving our goals.  These days we want to make life as easy and carefree, with as little effort as possible.  The aphorism “No pain, no gain” is not the flavor of the day, and would be looked down on today. We have all kinds of gadgets to take the pain for us and give us the benefit without the effort.  The miracle pill that will reduce your waistline and weight, and you still can eat all you want with no exercise or effort.  If you don’t like the look of your face, just have plastic surgery or a face transplant. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love the new world we live in, and I am like the next guy, looking for the newest advance in technology, but I have observed that we have lost our way when it comes down to our direction in life.  We no longer seem to experience the moment as much as we go towards tomorrow for the next excitement or entertainment.  When one looks around, one sees a rebellion with small groups seeking to return to a simpler lifestyle.  We see groups, like the slow food movement, the return of ballroom dancing and the return to vinyl records with all the clicks and pops, etcetera.

It is also happening in astrology where small clusters of astrologers everywhere are studying the old traditional classics to bring more substance to their delineation of the charts.  We need to understand how we got to where we are, and to use what we have to achieve our desired goals.  To keep things simpler and to experience the moment should be our new saying of the day (“Live the Moment”).

We need to understand, that the aspects are an integral part of our makeup and how we use or not use them, determines how well we function in this world of ours.  Our success in this life is not what assets and talents, or lack of these we came into this life with, but how we put them to good use, for our benefit.  The squares and opposition are hard to ignore as they push their problems right into our faces, and we can choose to ignore them by pushing then aside, or decide to correct the situation with new solutions.

Unfortunately the sextiles and the Trines are not as aggressive, and their presence is not at all as noticeable.  In this twenty first century world these aspects get lost with all the new fancy gadgets.  The talents and assets these aspects have given to us, lie hidden in this fast paced world until we uncover and use them.  It isn’t easy to discover them unless we go looking for them.

“Don’t judge a book by it’s’ cover”, is the proverb we should apply in judging ourselves.  Unless we look into the pages of the book, we won’t discover the essence of our true self.  After discovering our self, we must nurture it and let the whole world see and reap the benefits from it.  The bad thing is if we hide the light under a bushel, we loose the benefit of its presence.  So take heed, to try to understand what kind of magic the beneficial aspects are providing for you, so that you may use their gifts before you lose them.  Once gone, they are gone forever.

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