My is in Gemini - so it should not be too much of a surprise that you will find such a variety of interests and thoughts on this page . . . from the wonderful 'child-like' animated gifs to serious astrological and esoteric data. But isn't this what we are all about . . . serious adults as well as little imaginative children . . . all within the same person we know as "Self". I have not changed this page much (but it has been updated to some extent - year '2004') as I feel that the information it brings is timeless.
Karma - Crossing the Bridge to Your Future Happiness - Building Your House of Joy - Prayer of Spiritual Consciousness - How to Attain Spiritual Consciousness - Merging with your Higher Self - The Chakras and Healing - Exercise for Healing - Angels - Messengers of the Divine - Self-help tapes & how to order- Reflections Carol's Esoteric Readings - Gemstones - The Sun - The Moon - Saturn - Astrology vs. Religion
The word "karma" is used in many ways by occultists, astrologers, and others concerned with the universal laws that guide our lives. Basically it refers to "the law of cause and effect", identical with the biblical idea that "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." The law of karma assumes that life is a continuous experience and that we live many incarnations in the material world in an attempt to achieve and maintain universal justice and equilibrium. It is inseparable from the theory or law of reincarnation.
Each one of us, by agreement and by contract, has incarnated on Earth many times. Through these incarnations of being born, dying, and coming back again, we create energy that we call karma. The karma is played and acted out over and over - and becomes a set of instructions, or a "play" of how our next lifetime will be presented. The attributes we each carry now as humans walking the Earth in lesson are a direct response to the things that have happened in the past. It is the reason for our existence so that we may work through these lessons and raise the vibration of our planet and humanity.
Each energy attribute of karma has a "black bubble" or "phantom" that may come to you cloaked with fear, terror and/or anxiety. They were created especially for you as a life lesson and require that you face them and walk through them in which case they will "pop" and disappear forever from your life's lessons. The end result is freedom for you and a transmutation of negative to positive energy for the planet thus raising the vibration.
. . . . Kryon as channeled by Lee Carroll:
"Let me explain more about these phantom fears. All of them directly respond to how you lived your past expressions . . . if you were male or female, if you were aggressive or passive, what you did while you were here, how you died, and the interaction of other humans in lesson around you. The Universe does not stand in judgment of anything you have done. It does not stand in judgment of anything you are doing, for you are each a spark of God walking the Earth in lesson and are responsible to yourselves and the system of karma for what takes place in all appropriateness. Everything you do has consequence. This has nothing to do with cause and effect - guilt or punishment. The Universe is literal and sees the things you do as either lessons learned or setups for new lessons to be learned, both of which generate energy of some type."
We all have many fears and anxieties: fear of being alone, the fear of abandonment, the fear of poor health, the fear of failure and poverty and mostly - the fear of death. And how about the anger and sadness we feel towards others who have hurt and mistreated us? We carry this baggage around with us which results in our future actions and feelings. What can we do to eliminate these negative energies? We can become aware and forgive. For example - is it not conceivable that those who have harmed us the most, who have given us the grief, the anxiety and sorrow - just may have agreed to do so in pure love by contract before we came to this life? Did they love us so much to agree to play the negative role to make us stronger and help us overcome our negative karma just as we may have agreed to do so for them? We are all brothers and sisters in Spirit. We must learn to forgive and love one another in this ongoing drama of life. Love those who hate you and you will dissolve the karma. Learn to love with compassion and understanding and detach from all the negativity. The reward will be the realization of your power . . . . our souls are purified through The Ring of Fire . . . . and the meek shall inherit the Earth.
Let fear become your ally . . . fear has a great deal to teach you. Fear is the experience of being disconnected from who you truly are; it is the opposite of love. Just say to yourself - "I'm afraid" and by continually doing this, you begin to see you are not really afraid of fear itself - but you are feeling fear. This is a reaction of holding feelings you believe are coming too fast. Your feelings are based on many assumptions of what might happen or what might be. If you are able to stay in the moment, fear will not find you. Do not project something that has happened in the past into the future. Say out loud what it is that you fear and this will bring you into the moment and thereby out of fear.
Crossing the Bridge to Your Future Happiness
Have you ever heard of the Cosmic Lattice? This is the missing piece of energy we have all been searching for. It is the energy of Love. It is the energy of Spirit. It is the energy of the Universe. The Cosmic Lattice is the common denominator of the unified energy source of the Universe. All things emanate from the Cosmic Lattice. It is everywhere as it encompasses the entire Universe and more. We might call it the Consciousness of God and yet it is physics and it is energy and it contains conscious love. The Cosmic Lattice allows the mechanics for co-creation, for synchronicity, for what we have called Love. It responds to physics and it responds to consciousness. It is the channel for Spirit to manifest. It is now responding to something it never did before on our planet . . . energy is being created and time is being altered through Human Intent and Love. Creativity and joy are related to Intent. We all posses the power of Intent which is connected to the Universal power source called the Cosmic Lattice.
Building Your House of Joy
Foundation - The foundation for your house of joy is Self-worth. You cannot begin to experience joy until you understand your worthiness. You are very special - part of a grand plan to which You consented to participate in before Your individual incarnation. Yes, we all have contracts that we agreed to fulfill to help expand the consciousness of the planet. Our lives are a mixed bag of happiness and sorrow, frustration and accomplishment, fear and courage, creativity and stagnation. All our experiences contribute to our growth and awareness and are responsible for the expanding consciousness of our beloved Gaia and her inhabitants.
Walls - Metaphorically, the walls are going to support the interior of Your house. They will supply protection from the elements. And they are built with Your verbalization. Are the concepts You speak perfect magnificent words coming from a being of pure intent. Or do You have a negative verbalization habit? Make Your verbalization your reality!
Mortar - This is what holds everything together . . . the foundation, the walls, the ceilings, the windows and the door. The mortar of Your house is everywhere and it is Your humor and laughter! It is the only attribute that passes intact through the veil to humans from Spirit.
Windows - Metaphorically it is through the windows of Your house that you view Your world . . . and how the world views You. The attribute that best describes Your windows is wisdom. Wisdom of Spirit is the connection to the Lattice, for it involves Love. It is the Mantel of Spirit which allows You to look upon the world in a wise fashion and allows You to be patient and slow to anger. It is instrumental in generating peace and is gentle and quiet. It is the Mantle of Spirit and the connection with the Cosmic Lattice that keeps You in check when it is easy to demean another, or to feel important because of it. When the world looks into Your windows, they see the wisdom of God.
Door - The greatest power in the Universe and on the planet presently is human intent. It is intent that will open the door to Your House of Joy. It is the intent to have Love that will get You over the threshold and that will allow You to enter into Your House of Joy where You can laugh and have peace and be joyful with who You are. You are inviting the Cosmic Lattice, the power that is beyond all power. It is profound.
Roof - There isn't any roof - Your joy is unlimited!! . . . and can never have a lid. The lack of a roof in Your house is the metaphor of the open connection to God . . . the overflow of joy . . . such is the love of God.
Kryon - channeled by Lee Carroll
Prayer of Spiritual Consciousness
Dear God, we acknowledge that you are our Creator,
our Father and our Mother, and we love you and are grateful
for the gifts you have given to us. We are honored that you blessed us
with immortality by anointing us with your Spirit.
Jeshua, we acknowledge you as our Father's beloved son,
our brother and as our spiritual guide.
We love you and are grateful for the example that
you provided us through your life while on earth.
Our loving angel guides, we acknowledge that you are
the Messengers of God who watch over us,
protecting us and inspiring us.
We ask you dear Lord, Jeshua and our angels, in your
unbounded love, that you guide us each day and cleanse
our spirits and our souls with your love and light.
Nick Bunick - The Great Tomorrow
What Can You Do To Attain Spiritual Consciousness?
You must first accept responsibility for your life . . . whatever it encompasses. Before you incarnated on the planet, you agreed to work through various challenges and lessons. Your life may be compared to a drama or play in which You are the author, actor, and audience. Accept this fact and stop blaming others for your sorrow, discomfort, failures and disappointments.
Realize that you can change. For every problem or obstacle - there is also a solution. You must go within and ask your spiritual God-Self for guidance and love to help you to overcome all negativity and obstacles. Each one of us can tap in on the mind of God as we are all God sparks. Believe it. It is true.
Become aware that we have entered a new era on the planet in which we have been blessed with a new spiritual vibration that will be responsible for many new wonderful possibilities . . . healing, spiritual enlightenment, peace and power. Through our past endeavors and accomplishments, we have succeeded in raising the vibration of the planet. Every one of our own spiritual accomplishments benefits the "whole" and raises the vibration of the planet.
It is now the belief of some metaphysical and spiritual teachings that the word "Ascension" has taken on new meaning. While death and reincarnation were formerly thought to be the process, very briefly, it is now assumed that we are able to discard our present and future Karma with our intent and become enlightened Avatars released of all obstacles and lessons - even those indicated by our present astrological birth sign and chart. However, if one so desires to do this, one must be aware that his/her karma involves other people who share in his/her karma - and the intent to be relieved of all karma may also remove these people from the life. It is something to think about very carefully. While I have not completely embraced this new teaching about karma - I am open to its possibilities and will probably do so in the near future. The information I have been fortunate enough to receive is very convincing. This same information is available to everyone from many sources but you must seek it. However, the most profound information you may ever receive - no matter how much information reaches you - is that which Spirit has revealed to you through meditation and prayer. If you are able to embrace it in your heart, it is your truth.
Be aware that if you choose to detach from old karma and aspire towards spiritual mastership, you will probably encounter a period of what some call "the dark night of the soul". It is during this time (different for each individual) that you will experience a period of depression and a sense of aloneness. This is because your spiritual guides that have been with you since birth are leaving you. As you await your new spiritual master guides to come in - you will feel detached from Spirit and your prayers may seem as if they are ineffective and not heard. It is best to indulge in different earthly projects that will be helpful distractions until your new guides are with you and your new energy vibration becomes balanced.
Heal yourself . . . mind - body - and soul. It is your responsibility to heal your biological body and give yourself spiritual nourishment. Mind and body are closely intertwined - so eliminate all your negative thinking, habits, foods, and addictions. Take responsibility for your good health. You can transform most illness. This is the promise of the future. The ability to heal the Self and others is possible with human intent and love. Seek help and information via tapes, books, lectures.
Use discretion. There are many people who claim to be channeling Spirit. Some people think it is weird or sinful. Do they realize that most of our sacred scriptures (all religions) were inspired by God and channeled to us by the ancients? Authentic channeling is the divine inspired words or energy of God (Spirit). So why is there still a stigma today concerning modern day channeling. Has God stopped talking to us? I do not think so. Instead, I think that we are worthy of continued communication with God and many people have the gift. However, not all channeling is given with pure Intent Therefore, some of it is real - and some of it is not. You should be able to tell the difference when you hear or read it. Ask yourself - "What is the Intent of this human who is speaking?" As you know, numerous books, tapes, lectures, etc. are available. Use discretion. It is authentic when it is: useful information for everyone, uplifting, does not compromise your integrity, does not ask you to give up your free will, does not claim to be the only source of the information, is new information and lastly, has spiritual solutions presented.
Merging with Your Higher Self
"You are all high entities walking on this planet, disguised as simple biological beings . . . and the disguise fools everyone . . . even you. This is the basis of the duality. You are really two people. The "real you" is the high entity, whose power and knowledge each of you owns, and the "phantom" is the shell of humanism in lesson . . . (your contract). The irony is that you perceive the phantom as real, and the real you as the phantom. Many of you don't perceive the real one at all!
Your biggest successes in growth are based on the understanding of how the duality works, and finally, gaining realization of the reversed "real" and "phantom" roles. Although you cannot truly see your Higher Self, you can gain a working knowledge and understanding of the reality of who you are. When this occurs, then you can take your power . . . and not before. Therefore, your area of discovery is that of self-awareness and the truth of the duality within you, and how to enhance it.
It is the intent of Spirit, at this time, to generate peace in your hearts through the knowledge of the changes taking place on Earth. You are not victims of these changes although many of you feel you are victims of the waves of the planet. You do not understand your new power . . . it sits in front of you . . . awaiting to be given. All that is needed is intent. Show your intent to Spirit. Take your power! Claim the guides (angels) that you have, and recognize them. Ask Spirit for co-creation of what you need. And part of what you need is the ability to ask, and to marry to your Higher Self, in order to be at the right place - at the right time."
Kryon as channeled by Lee Carroll
THE CHAKRAS AND HEALING
The Heart Chakra
The chakra system is an archetypal depiction of individual maturation through seven distinct stages. The chakras are vertically aligned running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, suggesting that we ascend toward the Divine by gradually mastering the seductive pull of the physical world. At each stage we gain a more refined understanding of personalized spiritual power, since each chakra represents a spiritual life-lesson or challenge common to all human beings. As a person masters each chakra, he gains power and self-knowledge that becomes integrated into his Spirit advancing him along the path toward spiritual consciousness as in the classic hero's journey. But before one can attempt to heal others - one must first heal his/her self.
There are many schools of learning that teach the art of intuitive healing . . . emotional as well as physical. However, there are three important guidelines one must adhere to before attempting to practice his/her intuitive skills:
One must balance the chakras. Misdirecting the power of one's Spirit will generate consequences to one's body and life.
Every person will encounter a series of challenges that tests his allegiance to heaven. These tests can come in the form of the disintegration of one's physical power base such as: the inevitable loss of wealth, family, health, or worldly power. The loss will activate a crisis of faith, forcing one to ask - "What or Who do I have faith in?" . . . or "Into whose hands have I commended my spirit?". Having the rug pulled out from beneath one's feet and standing on shaky ground will impel us to seek deeper meaning to our life.
To heal from the misdirection of one's Spirit, one has to be willing to release the past, cleanse one's spirit, and live in the present moment.
Exercise for Healing
Close your eyes and imagine that your Spirit is a brilliant pulsating star. Now in your mind's eye, place this brilliant star on any part of your physical body or any part of the physical Earth that needs healing. Imagine that this perfect reflection of your Spirit is pulsating with love and is pumping this healing love into that organ or part of the body in distress or into that country or that hurting place on Earth.
Imagery is effective in moving the energy of love to various needed locations. You can perform this exercise any time you see someone or something that needs help (including yourself). Call up this image of divine perfection and unconditional love to support your healing efforts.
If you are experiencing a crisis or time of indecision in any area of your life . . . career, love, marriage, health, etc. - I can help you reach new awareness and objectivity to deal with your problem. Using my combined expertise in astrology, numerology, hypnotherapy, and psychic ability, I am able to zero in on your circumstances and offer you different options.
Reflections . . .
One may spend a lifetime
turning over stones on the beach
looking for diamonds.
How sad to find near the end
that every stone was a diamond.
David K. Benson
Gemstones: Nature's gifts
Since early times, mankind has been fascinated with the beauty and power of gemstones and crystals. The Druids used them for healing as well as for their religious rituals. Medieval Europeans ground them into powders for medicinal purposes. Gem encrusted seals were used to seal the letters of rulers. The Tibetans regarded Quartz Crystals as one of the seven most precious substances of Buddha. For thousands of years, South American Indians have used a variety of gemstones and minerals to insure the excellent growth of their crops, burying them in the fields at strategic points. Medical practices of many ancient cultures included wearing talismans and amulets around the neck. Depending on the ailment, specific stones were worn to bring about t the desired effect.
The oldest legends and lore of crystals lead us back to the ancient continent of Atlantis. It is supposed that the evolved inhabitants of this advanced race used crystals to channel and harness the cosmic force. This legendary civilization of advanced science would use crystals as beacons of light that would serve as a telepathic communicator to their universal forefathers. It is believed that one of the reasons this great continent was destroyed was because this sacred knowledge was abused and the awesome power misused for egocentric purposes!
The survivors of Atlantis began anew and continued to perpetuate the knowledge of crystals in Egypt, South America, and Tibet. They built pyramids using crystalline theories and patterning them after the great temples in Atlantis. The pyramid's perfect geometric form duplicated the laws of crystal physics and channeled high frequency universal energy onto the planet. It is believed that the Great Pyramid in Egypt was originally capped with a giant crystal to assist in the grounding and utilization of this cosmic force.
As the root civilizations rose and fell, the latent knowledge of the power and potential of crystal energy was hidden from those who were corrupt in their motives.
It is recorded in Exodus in the Bible that a breast plate made of twelve precious jewels, combined specifically together in four rows, and worn over the heart, would endow Aaron with the power of God.
Throughout history gems and stones have been associated with royal blood and were worn (and still are) in crowns and jewelry, embedded in thrones, laid in swords and used as decorations in other treasures. Many deceased royalty were laid to rest with elaborate collections of gems and stones. When the tomb of King Tut of Egypt was found , the array of riches astonished the world!
Kings in ancient India were advised to collect the very best gems to protect themselves from harm. Early works on Astrology, written in Sanskrit and dating back as early as 400 B.C., make elaborate observations on the origin and power of stones.
Interest in gemstones and minerals was intensified in our culture several years ago and although we have seen this fascination for crystals fade to some extent, gemstones continue to hold the interest of many people. Healers use them for metaphysical purposes while our scientific and technical communities find other uses for gemstones : Rubies are used for lasers, Diamonds for cutting tools, and Quartz Crystals for electronic equipment. However, most of us enjoy them for their wonderful aesthetic properties.
Angels . . . Messengers of the Divine
Angels have always been with us, in every time and culture. All three major religions in the Western world . . . Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as well as virtually all of the world's other systems of religious belief, include celestials in their cosmologies. Their scriptures all contain references to angelic interventions. All angel writers agree that there are many different kinds of heavenly beings that bridge the spiritual and physical realms. (The word angel itself is used both as a generic term to refer to all heavenly beings, and as a specific term to refer to the members of the Third Sphere - (those closest to the physical.) The orders of Angelic Beings include:
The First Sphere - Angels who serve as heavenly counselors . . Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones
The Second Sphere - Angels who work as heavenly governors . . Dominions, Virtues, and Powers
The Third sphere - Angels who function as heavenly messengers . . Principalities, Archangels, and the Angels
When we are despondent and afraid, we should turn to these master teachers and guardians of our lives and our planet. Their unfailing wisdom and grace enlighten and empower all living things . . . if we just ask.
Angels talk to us through various vehicles; one of which are flowers. Flowers have a physical presence that we are all familiar with because they grace our gardens, homes, and celebrations. Flower essences have been used for years by many people to help restore their inner balance and emotional harmony.
There is a transcendent quality to flowers that helps us touch our own inner joy and exquisite nature as part of God. Flowers are the angelic messengers in our lives, helping us to understand that we have something unique to contribute to life even if we are not exactly sure as to what that is. The angels guide us through their flower messengers to help us become more sensitive and accepting of the innate creativity and profound wisdom that we hold within us.
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The Sun which is the heart of the solar system and the single most important symbol within the birth chart, reflects the individual's urge to become himself. Although this may sound simple enough - it is a lifetime's task! Like any other living symbol, the Sun on the birth chart cannot be reduced to a few well-chosen keywords. It does however, suggest the path which the individual must follow to fulfill his basic urge for a sense of identity. So we can say that the Sun symbolizes the urge for: self-realization, self-expression and self-awareness.
The Sun may be considered a reflection of the same principle which is expressed in myth and fairy tale as the Hero. The Hero's quest is the same journey that is expressed through the symbolism of the birth chart; and the Hero always seeks first his other half, so that he may be whole, and then his source, so that he can truly recognize his parentage and his purpose.
The Sun is a symbol of the ego and the urge within the individual to recognize that life force or center of which his conscious ego, his personal "I", is a reflection. It is important to see the Sun not as a mere catalogue of character traits, but that which one is striving to become, and what one is in potential, in essence. The symbol of the fully integrated ego is rarely attained before the first thirty years of life are over; and the dawning of some real self-questioning usually follows on the heels of the 29-year crisis point called the Saturn return.
The Sun-sign does not make you anything in particular; rather it symbolizes those energies - that particular myth of which you are trying to learn how to become conscious - and trying to express in a creative way. It is each individual's task to make conscious and bring through the channel of his own unique individuality the meaning of the Sun-sign symbolism, so that it is stamped with the mysterious essence of one's own Self:
Aries - Must cultivate a sense of the vitality of life.
Taurus - Must relate to the earthy world and build a sense of permanent worth in it.
Gemini - Must learn to develop his powers of intellectual discrimination so that he may learn more about the world around him.
Cancer - Must learn to open the flow of his feelings to others so that he can nurture the budding consciousness of those he loves.
Leo - Must learn to recognize through his creative efforts that center within himself which is the true creator and to which he must offer allegiance.
Virgo - Must learn to perfect and refine himself as a vessel of service so that he can take his part in the transmutation of all that is base or undifferentiated in life.
Libra - Must learn how to recognize the opposites within his own nature and balance them so that he can relate to others.
Scorpio - Must learn to love and integrate his own darkness so that he may heal the darkness around him.
Sagittarius - Must learn to see the underlying consistency in all human aspiration so that his sense of the meaningfulness of life experience can be taught to others.
Capricorn - Must learn to master his environment and then himself, so that he shines as an example of the power of the human will.
Aquarius - Must learn to become conscious of the group life of which he is a part, so that he can offer his share in the growth of collective consciousness.
Pisces - Must learn how to offer himself as a gift to the larger life, so that he can perform the work of salvaging what has been lost.
For millions of years the Moon, a bare, spherical chunk of rock, solitary and unwavering, has circled the earth - our home. Its gravitational force affects every human being, animal, plant, and atom on the planet. It has been proven to regulate the tides of the ocean and our own body fluids.
On the day of the new Moon, the body's capacity for detoxification is at its highest. Anyone who makes it a rule to fast at the new Moon will assist in the prevention of many diseases of the body. Similarly, this day is very favorable to start a new project or undertaking or perhaps begin a diet, quit smoking or streamline an excessive consumption of alcohol or coffee - or both!
The waxing Moon is the time of regenerating, absorbing and supplying. The waxing Moon supplies, plans, absorbs, builds up, breathes in, stores energy, gathers strength, prompts to rest and recovery. The closer to full Moon, the more effective the force.
It is also advantageous to fast for a day at full Moon because the body absorbs all kinds of substances so well - including the numerous artificial additives that turn up in our food. Water accumulates quicker in our body tissue and many of us experience a weight gain. In the course of a complete circuit from one full Moon to the next, the two main impulses are the waxing and waning moon, while in addition, the few hours of the full and new Moon are characterized by special forces. During the period of roughly fourteen days in which the Moon travels from full to new, there is a force at work on the body which supports certain intentions and preventive and curative measures, and at the same time, acts as a brake and an unfavorable influence on others.
The waning Moon detoxifies and washes out, sweats out and breathes out, dries, consolidates, prompts to action and the expenditure of energy. The closer to new Moon, the more effective the force.
The Moon (as reflected in the individual horoscope) symbolizes the image of oneself that a person sees reflected in his or her dealings with the public. Hence, a stressfully aspected moon can show an inability to project oneself harmoniously so that others respond in a positive way. The individual hasn't a clue as to what others expect of him. A harmoniously aspected moon however, often shows that one can express oneself harmoniously with others and that they in turn, will respond to him favorably.
A stressfully aspected moon often shows a markedly inaccurate self-image, for how the person feels about Self will be based on past patterns and identity behavior and will not be an accurate description of the person's true nature in the present. This inaccuracy of self-image is often reflected in such behavior as: taking things the wrong way; being oversensitive; over-reacting to trifles; dressing in way that doesn't suit the inner nature and true personality; and being too defensive.
The Moon sign shows how we defend ourselves instinctively:
Moon in fire (Aries, Leo Sagittarius) reacts with anger
Moon in air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) with rationalization, discussion, or argument
Moon in water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) with retreat or emotional outpourings
Moon in earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) with endurance
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Saturn has a bad reputation astrologically as he usually is representative of pain, restriction and discipline. But he is also a symbol of the psychic process, natural to all human beings, by which an individual can utilize these feelings of pain, restriction and discipline as a means for greater consciousness and fulfillment. Saturn is connected with the educational value of pain and with the difference between external values - those which we acquire from others - and those which we have worked to discover within ourselves.
Traditional astrology presents Saturn as a malefic planet - even his virtues are rather dreary - self-control, tact, thrift, caution and his vices are particularly unpleasant as they operate through the emotion we call . . . fear. By his sign and house position Saturn denotes those areas in life in which the individual is likely to feel thwarted in his self-expression, where he is most frustrated, and where he will meet with difficulties. He is known as the "Lord of Karma" because in many instances Saturn seems to correspond with painful circumstances which appear not to be connected with any weakness or flaw on the part of the person himself but which merely happen.
Most ailments that manifest are usually associated with Saturn and whatever sign Saturn is found in at birth might determine what organ, tissue or area of the body is potentially hypo functioning - that is, sluggish and not working up to normal expectation. Proper maintenance with vitamin C will help fight any of these tendencies. In medical terms, Saturn rules the skin and bones that serve as our frames as the bones hold the muscles in place and the skin acts as a wall or container.
Astrology vs. Religion
No thornier topic exists than astrology and its relationship to religion and spirituality - and yet - now is the moment to examine their conflicts and connections, even if only sketchily. Not only has Pluto entered Jupiter's Sagittarian domain, reviving the debate between astrology and religion, the past conjunction of Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn was a necessary precursor to set off this long debate. Perhaps it is time to ask ourselves this question: "Why does orthodox religion condemn astrology? If astrology cannot be reconciled to orthodox religion, can it constitute a spiritual path in itself, in the way that Jungian psychology has become a spiritual path for many?
You might also find it interesting that in the Book of Genesis, it is stated that God created Light on the first day. Then in Chapter 1, Verse 14, God is said to have made the sun and moon and stars "for signs" on the fourth day of Creation. For thousands of years, Astrologers have been doing just that - looking "for signs" in the heavens as a way of understanding of what is happening in the human psyche and the outward external affairs of Earth. This is what Astrology is all about - interpreting the signs and the aspects of the sun, moon and the planets. This is why Kings and Popes have consulted Astrologers (also called Magi or wise men) or Chaldeans (from the land of Chaldea) throughout the entire recorded history of mankind.
As we all know (or should) the Three Wise Men were Astrologers. In Luke - it is stated that God spoke to these foreign astrologers in a dream and told them to pay their respects and give gifts. They then obediently followed the Star of Bethlehem to find and worship the infant Jesus. This star was actually two planets - Jupiter and Saturn (which were conjunct) and which accounted for the two planets to appear as one "bright star". Ancient prophecy postulated that when this "star" appeared . . . it would be a sign of the arrival of a Messiah and since the Sign of Pisces was associated with the Hebrews, the magi would interpret that as the arrival of a new Messiah or King for the Jews. Ironically, this same conjunction is also an indication of the death of the most powerful leader who is reigning at the time of the conjunction (as we have witnessed in more contemporary times.)
Was Jesus trained in Astrology? The city of Alexandria in Egypt was the site of the world's largest library and where the greatest scholars were to be found. Astrology was studied and taught by learned men who considered it part of the Wisdom of the Ages. It is possible that Jesus was trained in Astrology and other ancient arts, for the New Testament quotes Jesus as prophesying that when he came again - there would be signs in the sun and the moon and stars.
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