Liquid Light (part 2)

The liquid state of light is exemplified by the four mutable astrological signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Gemini is the Twins. They are the monad from which duality is born and so hold all possibilities within their embrace. They are the balance of two within one, the male and female aspects of one Soul, and carry the power of the sacred Twins who are song and dance, Light and movement, particles and waves, embodied in the two who are One. And so the airy twins are adaptable, changeable, and, ruled by Mercury who manifests as both childish trickster-thief and ancient keeper of occult wisdom, Gemini has a remarkable spontaneity and quickness that seems breathtaking and dramatic. Virgo is the lady of the harvest and priestess of the earth Mother. Ruled by Chiron1, the wounded healer-priest, she follows the rhythms of her own wounds to determine the medicines that others may use to heal themselves. As the virgin she is autonomous and complete unto herself yet those within her embrace are cleansed, nourished, and warmed. Virgo is the servant-queen who offers food for body and soul to the weary travelers who stumble into her heart. Sagittarius is the archer who sends his fiery arrows from the darkest winter into the heat of the Stars. He is the centaur who reaches beyond his animalistic instincts to explore uncharted territories as guide to those who would explore the world as travelers to exotic lands and philosophies. Yet while he fixes his eyes on the skies beyond he is tethered to his horse-body and draws from the powerful fortitude of his physicality. He is the perfect blend of strength and intellect with the driving instinct to explore the realms beyond the ordinary. Pisces is the fish who surrenders himself to mystical union with the All. He is the dreamer, the mystic, the sacrifice who becomes whole when he gives up everything. He is the end of all things who drowns in the original ocean from which he was once born only to realize water cannot kill him. Mystic, madman, and saint. Ruled by Neptune, the great god of the Sea, Pisces absorbs everything, dreams everything, and is everything. He is the mystic who finds Truth by losing himself.

Individuals with a great number of planets in these signs tend to be aligned with the liquid state.2 Mutability indicates natural gifts for dreaming, empathic linking, translation or “mediumship,” astral travel, and journeying. A drawback of too much mutability can be a generalized discomfort within the physical body. When one is adept at walking realms in liquid forms it can sometimes be uncomfortable to fully inhabit the temple. However that cannot be an excuse to neglect the temple body since we are meant to masterful navigators of all the states of light. While the heart is the connecting point of all consciousness the navel is the one point that keeps our bodies: temple, shifter, and glowing, linked together. The navel is where the Soul entered the physical body and where all our aspects and lifetimes link. When you feel disconnected, out of “phase”, or drifting from your body rub your navel a few times in a clockwise direction to pull your forms together and link back to your physical self.

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2My ascendent, Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, north node, and midheaven are all mutable so I have as many mutable placements as cardinal and fixed combined. This manifests as flexibility in most circumstances but also a tendency to bend too far. Such extreme liquidity potentially allows others to fit me into the vessel they think most appropriate, which can be a danger if I do not define myself well enough. 

The Solid State of Light

The first level of Reiki focuses on the solid state of matter, which is the physical or temple body. In order to share Reiki with others we must be very aware of our own bodies. The first attunement level lifts our awareness from the mundane understanding of the body as its basic physiological functions and mechanistic anatomy to the acceptance that we are Light embodied in solid form. Our Mother as solid Light is the

Earth herself and we as solid Light are our physical Earthy existence. Solid light (fixed) is naturally very in-tune with the body and brings an innate understanding of how to heal oneself from the inside-out. This sort of Light intuitively understands the workings of sensation in the body. Mastery of solid light helps us become great diagnosticians and healers from the inside-out.

The fixed astrological signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquari- us. Taurus, the bull, is solid Earth. She is the bounty of nature and the sensuality of all things physical.

Taurus is ruled by Venus, goddess of Love and earthy femininity. She is the sacred cow who is protected at
all costs because she is love incarnate and makes life worth living.

Leo, the lion, is solid fire. Leo is celebration of the great I, the individual ego exalted and brought into creative service to the All. He is ruled by the Sun himself with his all-seeing eye and tireless enthusiasm. He is kind and benevolent and knows his power is born not from prideful hubris but rather from sincere, and equally balanced, celebration of his own whol-
ly unique glory and the brilliant magnificence of others.

Scorpio, the dragon, is solid water. Scorpio lives in the dangerous depths of emotional realities that those more timid may never touch. The dragon is a creature of caves who rises to soar the skies. Scorpio guards the deepest secrets and woe to the uninitiated who stumbles into his lair. Scorpio is ruled
by Pluto who is the god of death, the underworld, and wealth. No mortal can avoid him and wisdom is gained by confronting him before there is no choice and we must face him in the dark.

Aquarius, the water bearer, is solid air. Aquarius is humanity exalted, who carries the gift of water (cleansed emotion)1 to the All. Aquarius listens for voices beyond the humdrum of daily noise and translates them for the whole. Visionary, prophet, and humanitarian Aquarius defies the rules and brings the gifts of enlightenment to the uninitiated and pours holy water over the heads
of those below. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the quirky eccentric, the unpredictable. Aquarius navigates the group mind and rules the arts of Knowing.

Individuals with a significant number of planets in these fixed signs may find this first level very natural and comfortable. They have the ability for deep understanding of solid reality, density, and the magic in form. Gifts of the solid (fixed) Light are self-healing, medical intuition, diagnostics, and an understanding of physical mechanisms, anatomy, nutrition, and the science of bodily energy.

The States of Light (part 3)

First observe how many planets are in which element. The Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. The Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The number of planets you have in each element will clarify your elemental make-up. Consider each of the four classical elements as you explore your chart. Fire is creativity, passion, catalytic change. Air is intellect, inspiration, quickness. Water is spiritual pursuit, deep emotions, the subconscious. And Earth is foun- dation, solidity, rootedness. If you have, as I do, most planets in Earth and Fire you may be practical and grounded with great passion in all you do and create. But you may also need to slow down, foster an emotional life, and learn how to relax and breathe. Someone who is dominant in Water signs with very little Earth may be easily lost in emotions and not know how to naturally feel rooted and solid. Another person with a great deal of air may seem spacey and out of touch. While a Fire person may be able to get things started it is difficult to complete tasks. Some lucky individuals are well balanced. A very brief snapshot of your elemental make-up will give tremendous insight into the areas of life that may need further development.

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After studying the elemental breakdown you will next look at the predominant states of matter: fixed (solid), mutable (liquid), and cardinal (gas). These three states of matter are of primary importance in the three Reiki initiations as each one explores a specific state.

The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. Fixed signs are the least likely to move. They are solid, steady, and focused. This is the solid state of matter and it is reflected in the physical body, which is called the temple body. The first Reiki attunement focuses on this solid, fixed state.

The mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. Mu- tables are fluid, easily adaptable, and, like water, they fill the space they are given. This is the liquid state of matter and it is the shifting body. This is the part of ourselves we send out in shamanic journeys, astral trav- els, and dreams. The second Reiki attunement explores the liquid realms.

The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. These signs are primary, catalytic, and pure. This is the gaseous state of mat- ter and the auric or Glowing body. This is the part of us that connects outside of localized forms and can move completely energetically. The third Reiki attunement aligns us with this pure energetic state.

As within, so without. Just as each one of us is composed of the multiple states of matter so is the macrocosmic reality. Our physical form is solid as is the body of the Earth. Our liquid self sends out in dreams and interacts with the avatars and archetypes of the collective Heart-mind. Our auric field dances with the glowing Light body of all creation.

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The three bodies exist in an interconnected way yet they are all distinct. When we are incarnate we are in a temple body. When we dream we are in a shifter body. When we pass on and between lives we are pure auric light. All three bodies exist simultaneously and as we work with awareness we learn to maintain a balance between them, which leads to an expanded understanding of the nature of reality.

The States of Light (part 2)

There is a Hermetic2 law that says: As above, so below. The laws that rule the Heavens are the same laws that rule the Earth so the macro- cosm is reflected in the microcosm. This law informs the astrological arts in which the night sky at the moment of birth becomes the map of the in- dividual life. We extend this law to say: As within, so without. The natu- ral world offers a template for our inner worlds. Nature is reflected inside ourselves and our interior is viewable externally in the world around us. Everything we experience outside is reflected inside. This approach is very simple and we do not have to stretch too far to understand. We come closer to our natural instincts and heal.

Nature offers us templates to understand our natures.3 Stone, like our bones, is the skeletal structure of the earth that supports her form and maintains memory. The waters of the Earth, oceans, rivers, and lakes, are her circulatory system that wash, cleanse, and purify her emotions just as our own rivers of blood do as they flow through us. The Sun shines
his benevolent rays to celebrate his own existence just as our inner sun generates heat and digestive warmth through the body, stimulating our en- ergy and provoking internal processes. The Green of the Earth: the trees, grasses, plants, and surface dwellers, communicate through their root systems and speak through their leaves, connecting and sharing nourish- ment through the soil just as our Hearts link together in intricate interper- sonal and empathic connections that nourish and support us. The Earth’s Mists are the sounds carried on the winds, the voice of all of Creation. The microcosmic Mist is our voices, the exhalation of Breath that passes our unique Songs into the world via the sound of our own names. We are

made of Light and animated by Breath. We are tied together by our very substance.

Observation shows us there are three phases of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Ice, water and steam. Theology offers the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Psychology has id, ego, and super-ego. Holistic healing teaches harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Yoga balances the three gunas.4 The riddle of the Sphinx teaches us the stages of life are childhood, adulthood, and old age.5 Like the rest of nature we exist in tripartite ways with three phases.

Astrology follows this pattern and breaks us down into three states of matter: fixed, mutable, and cardinal. The astrological chart, our per- sonal navigation map of the stars, tells us what our elemental and chemi- cal make-up is and whispers the secrets of our personal mechanisms as a guide to a healthy journey through life. It can also point to which element and state of matter is our most “natural” and illuminate what gifts may be easier and where we may need to develop more energy and focus. Find a chart for your birth. You will need to know your day, time, and place of birth.

Astrology of the Shadow (part 2)

Now, after reviewing the sun sign positive aspects we look to their shadows, which are opposite the bright signs of native birth. We cannot look to the brightness of our opposition signs but to their dark, hidden sides (of which each one has plenty!).

Aries – The shadow of Aries (the shadow of Libra) is unbridled rage, who rails at the injustices of their world and of their lives without effecting positive change. Childishness, unbridled egotism, and selfishness run free in the shadow of Aries.

Taurus – The shadow of Taurus (which lives in Scorpio) is sensuality for its own sake and without sacred context. Using and abusing for one’s own purpose shadows Taurus’ value on the body and its pleasures. The shadow Taurus accumulates pleasures and wealth for its acquisitive purposes without regard for the ethics surrounding gain. Greed and jealousy reign.

Gemini – The shadow of Gemini (which lives in Sagittarius) is avoiding responsibility while always searching out the next greatest experience. Without care or commitment for those it touches the shadow of Gemini is fickle, insensitive, and purely whimsical in love and life. Refusing to commit, love em and leave em, the shadow never learns to feel enough to care.

Cancer – The shadow of Cancer, which lives in Capricorn, cares more for security and safety than it does for anything else. Greedy, filled with avarice, secrets, and controlling, this shadow side refuses to budge unless it feels innate gain for itself. It derives security from getting its own way and controlling those within its influence.

Leo – The shadow of Leo lives in Aquarius. It exalts itself in its isolation, discrimination, and self-reliance. It refuses to connect and so keeps itself in a state of egoic being in which no one can truly touch it because it finds itself so superior to others as to not even speak the same language. Such a being truly would enjoy its own company more than the love of others.

Virgo – The shadow of Virgo lives in Pisces. This shadow is the co-dependent, addict, and delusional person who divides so far into others that she can no longer find herself. She loses track of her own individualizing characteristics and drowns in a madness of her own making. She cannot offer herself as healer-priest to others because she has not found the instruments of her own healing.

Libra – The shadow is Libra is Aries. This shadow is insecure and frightened of anyone’s initiative but his own. His creative power is spilled into his own hand rather than into the possibilities of a shared space. Childish and egoic he is prone to tantrums, self-serving dramas, and bruised egos. He is punishing to those who “wrong” him and demanding of attention.

Scorpio – The shadow of Scorpio is in Taurus.  This shadow is stubborn and refuses to bend no matter what its intractability is doing to those around it.  It allows its obsessions to filter its experiences of everything and simply will not let go.  It feels misunderstood and that the world is against it and so it can fall into a pit of rage, despair, and torment.

Sagittarius – The shadow of Sagittarius is Gemini. Fickle and quick moving he refuses to commit to anyone. He spreads himself so thin he has nothing left for those who love him. He moves faster than light but becomes an excuse for never completing anything and for fear-ridden behavior. He jumps at the shadows he creates in his own mind.

Capricorn – The shadow of Capricorn is Cancer. This shadow finds a hole into which he falls in order to feel safe. He secures his borders, builds a fall out shelter, and buries himself deep within. He allows nothing into his space that has not been poison-tested, purified, and Good Housekeeping approved. If he cannot control it, it does not exist. And so becomes trapped in his own safety.

Aquarius – The shadow of Aquarius is Leo. Rather than connecting to the All and holding the greater good as primary she sinks into pure egotism. If she is not the best than she refuses to play, taking her toys and running home. She is insufferably arrogant, refusing to see her own flaws in any way. She is the homecoming queen gone wrong.

Pisces – The shadow of Pisces lives in Virgo. Extremely judgmental, analytical, and simply bitchy she thinks she knows what is right for everyone without actually looking within to her own foibles. He is arrogant, frustrating, and small minded. The world is only as large as he and his own have experienced and everything else is suspect and wrong.

As sun sign natives we must be wary of falling into the negative aspects of our sign but they will present themselves in fairly obvious ways through our lives. The shadow is more subtle. We are less inclined to look at the negative aspects of another sign for our own traits. Really delving deep into the shadow of our opposites will illuminate secrets we have readily kept for ourselves. Interestingly you may well notice some of the shadow traits are things you have secretly feared about yourself. Doing an honest assessment of where you allow the shadow part power will also allow you to feel the power of healing.

Astrology of the Shadow – The Sun Sign (part 1)

Shadows are cast in the opposite direction of the light. And so when we shine a light the shadow falls behind it. In the natal chart the Sun is the light source and the shadow falls opposite the sun sign. In Western astrology the sun sign has assumed extraordinary importance. When someone says: “what’s your sign?” this is generally what they’re asking. What sign was the sun in the moment you were born? While I see it only as one of many important aspects of the chart it does show us where are shadows lay and allows us to unpack them. Also important is the house in which our shadow exists (also opposite the sun sign).

The Sun sign is our inner star and central power source. It fuels, energizes, and shows us where and how we shine. It is the paternal inheritance, which speaks to the ancestral imprint of our father’s line. As such it is a gateway to our power and how it is expressed through our lives. Most people have a cursory understanding of the sun sign significance. To find the shadow of the sun look to the sign in opposition of your sun. For example my sun sign is Virgo in the 12th house. Therefore my opposing sign is Pisces in the 6th house.

Aries is opposite Libra

Taurus is opposite Scorpio

Gemini is opposite Sagittarius

Cancer is opposite Capricorn

Leo is opposite Aquarius

Virgo is opposite Pisces

 

Below are Sun sign descriptions, just for fun, before we look at the shadows!

Aries – Aries, ruled by Mars, is the first sign of the zodiac and the fiery initiator. A cardinal sign, it is fire in gaseous form. Amazingly authentic, when Aries appears something (anything!) is about to begin. Aries, mythologically the god of war, is the classic archetype of the hero and warrior. Aries is filled with energy, extremely active, spontaneous, and temperamental. Anger burns hot and fast and is occasionally explosive. So does passion. Aries will fight for a cause to the death and is protective of those he loves and of the things that matter.

Taurus– Taurus, ruled by Venus, earths the Arian energy into solid earth. Taurus is slow and steady, will not rush, and solidly holds space until the proverbial meteorite strikes. The Venusian sensuality lives deep in Taurus along with an appreciation of things earthy. Taurus is the earth mother with an impulse towards the joys of incarnation and the finer things of life. Taurus values security, stability, and is tenacious in achieving these qualities in herself.

Gemini – Gemini, ruled by the messenger god Mercury, is liquid air, quicksilver and transformative. Gemini processes quickly, almost magically, and shifts from face to face with a blink of the eye. Gemini are the twins and as such holds all possibility within its whole. Both male and female, dark and bright, Gemini is undifferentiated possibility. Because of this innate wholeness Gemini can process all options quickly and move before the more methodical signs have even begun.

Cancer – Cancer, ruled by the feminine Moon, is cardinal water. She is the tides and the ruler of tides. Cancer is the mystical mother who holds sacred spaces within her, carrying her home on her back. She is the collective unconscious and keeper of memory. She is empathic and dreamy yet protects her soft underbelly with a hard protective shell. She ebbs and flows on the waves and makes her home among the creatures of the sea. Cancer is supremely vulnerable yet holds her space with the fierceness of a queen.

Leo – Leo, the lion, is ruled by the Sun. He is fixed fire, burning bright and steady as the star after which he is named. Leo is the inner star, vibrant and confident. He shines unapologetically thus allowing everyone else around him to bask in his generous light. He is so supremely confident that he is humble in himself and lives to give. He is the energy giving battery of the zodiac, fueling the fires of all those around him and radiating with the warmth of ego elevated.

Virgo – Virgo is the healer priestess, ruled by wounded healer Chiron. She is mutable earth, liquid stability. She is refinement, compassion, and precision. Virgo’s domain is the diagnostic terrain of maps, whether they be geographical, theoretical, or philosophical. She sees the trees of the forest and loves each one for their uniqueness and listens for the individual voice of everyone she meets. She sees through the clutter, clears the spaces around her, and offers wisdom born from generous observation.

Libra – Libra, the scales, is ruled by Venus. Libra seeks balance, beauty, and refinement in all things. The diplomatic, artistic, and supremely fair Libra must create harmony in his spaces. He is aware of his place in the world and seeks to make it one of importance and balance. He will not abide imbalance and seeks to hold the teeter totter still. He holds an elegant space between Virgo’s keen observation and Scorpio’s deep exploration.

Scorpio – Scorpio, the dragon, is ruled by the King Pluto, guardian of the underworld. Scorpio is the darkness. She is the queen of the Underworld and Mistress Death. She holds the hand of those who dare to look into the shadows and face the dark in themselves. Scorpio is untimely and challenging and forces us to look at death in our own faces. She rules the kind of sex that scorches the soul (rather than Taurus’ physical sensuality), the power wealth brings, and the transformative that comes from dying while still alive.

Sagittarius – After emerging from Scorpio’s depths Sagittarius looks up into the sky and shoots for the stars. He points his arrows up to all the places he will some day travel and charts a map to the heavens. He navigates the heavens in his brilliant mind and follows the pathways of philosophy, thought, and explores them through every kind of travel he can imagine. He pushes the edges of understanding, charting new territory, and pushing the edges of possibility.

Capricorn – Capricorn, ruled by taskmaster Saturn, pulls the Centaur’s possibilities back into the cardinal Earth’s probabilities. Capricorn says: “Yes, interesting idea! Now how do we make it work!” Capricorn creates in the concrete, the practical, the manifestation of dreams. She is the builder, the maker, the craftsperson who turns everything she touches into gold. Mistress of manifestation, she builds not for the moment but for posterity.

Aquarius – The mysterious Uranus ruled Aquarian is the weaver of the webs of the group mind. Aquarius takes the craft of Capricorn and weaves it towards the higher good of the All. Aquarius is the prophet, visionary, internet developer, astrologer, and visionary. To Aquarius nothing is good until it profits humanity as a whole. No one exists in isolation and the Aquarian mind is intricately aware of the highways and byways of shared space.

Pisces – Pisces, the fish, lives in Neptune’s deep water seas. Pisces is the mystic, the dreamer, the madwoman, who only lives when she dies in the Oneness. She knows that death is an illusion and that dreams are closer to reality than the daily life so many others find themselves grinding through. She is the psychic, the sacrifice, and the communion blood seeping into the ocean’s accepting waters. She is suffering and joy in the same grail.

 

Learning from Chiron, the wounded healer (part 1) (by Heather Eggleston)

The archetype of the wounded healer is one that we must eventually confront if we intend to be authentic healers. Chiron, the ruler of Virgo, is the prototype of the wounded healer. Chiron was a priest from the tribe of Centaurs, mythological half-human and half-horse creatures. The Centaurs were wild, untamed, and dangerous yet Chiron was held apart as a brilliant scholar, teacher, and healer. He took a poisoned arrow to his thigh and although he was able to heal the wounds of all others he was never able to heal his own. Because of this failure he gave up his immortality and became a constellation of stars who continues to guide others to their own healing. Astrologically the asteroid Chiron shows us where we are wounded and how to heal those wounds through service. Anyone who is heavily aspected in Virgo, has Chiron and/or the north Node placed in Virgo, or has significant planets or aspects in the sixth house must confront his wounded healer as part of the life path. All those who are drawn to a healer’s path must do the same. Truly anyone who dares step into the labyrinth to heal himself must ultimately find peace with Chiron.

The wounded healer shows up in many ways. The shadow of Chiron is someone who wishes to fix everyone else while blind to her own flaws and inconsistencies. Someone who judges others while refusing to make healing changes in his own life is working the shadow side of this archetype. In therapist relationships the unaware wounded healer may alternately see himself as completely healthy and the guest as diseased or only sees her own disease thereby losing perspective on the guest’s needs. The wounded healer may feel her pain deeply reflected in the pain of her guests, which blurs the boundaries and triggers her to act out her own unresolved wounds. Oftentimes the unaware wounded healer seems extremely benevolent but is busily absorbing the fears of his guests rather than allowing them to make their own changes and truly heal. This creates not only a karmic imbalance but also a saturated healer who ultimately loses track of where he ends and his guests begin. It is in these ways that unhealthy healer/guest attachments begin, healers end up taking on the illnesses of their guests, boundaries are breached, and energetic binds are formed. Another danger of the unaware wounded healer archetype playing out is the healer who is so consumed with her guests’ problems that she ignores or minimizes her own. She may dream of feeling healthy and well but delays her self-care because someone else “needs” her. This may make her feel somehow important and worthy but it ultimately leads to a depleted and sick individual. Perhaps one of the most dangerous manifestations of the wounded healer archetype is when the healer feels ultimately responsible for the health and well being of his guests. This is too great a burden for anyone to bear and it is not karmically responsible. We are here to learn to be authentic and whole human beings, not to suffer for others. We have enough to explore and heal in our own lives! When we presume to take on the sufferings of others we ill-will them to be weaker, smaller, and inadequate. This suffering on the behalf of others, which on the surface may seem noble, is ultimately cruel and demeaning. Our job is to show people how strong and brilliant they are through our own honest example. It is our job to be relentless in our own authenticity and to encourage others to do the same. In this way we join Chiron in the Stars as beacons shining our brilliant lights.