Posted in Astral field, subtle anatomy, tagged astral field, emotions, endocrine, feelings, healing, memories, nervous system, spiritual awareness on October 22, 2011|
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The astral body can be thought of as a field of energy occupying roughly the same space as the aura, but constantly shaped and reshaped by patterns of thought and feeling. All images, words, and sensations affect this body, and are affected by it in turn; it interacts freely with the astral level of the cosmos, and with the astral bodies of other human and non-human beings. It contains most of those parts of the self we normally think of as “mental” or “inner”— intellect, emotion, imagination, will, and memory, the instruments of concrete consciousness — and it is also the basis for the individual personality.***
The mental body can be thought of as the essential pattern of the Soul. It can be described as a subtle “body” only in a highly metaphorical sense, and cannot be located in a spatial sense at all. This body is the instrument of abstract consciousness — that is, thought that does not involve forms and images of the sort we perceive with our senses — and thus makes it possible to perceive the core ideas or structures of experience, which exist outside of space and time.
The etheric, astral and lower mental bodies, all correlate with our physical existence on earth. Each one of us is a unique human being, with particular personality characteristics and a spiritual essence or soul.
The astral reacts to emotions, feelings, and memories that are recorded and triggered in and from the etheric field, which impregnates every cell, tissue and organ in the physical body. The etheric field, apart from the astral body has it own nervous system which is composed of a vast network of energy lines colored with violet or gray forces of light that surround and interpenetrate the body anchoring itself in the heart, the brain, and spleen of the physical body. Every cell within the human body is permeated and enclosed by this etheric matter. The tiny vessels called nadis are similar to the nerves of the body except that they are exposed and vulnerable to the slightest vibration. As these webs of energy known as the nadis or etheric nerves criss-cross one another they form major cross-over points that look similar to the hub of a wheel. These major crossover points connect and breathe life into the 7 major chakras, which also underlie and control the endocrine glands.
The astral body, (called the desire body or field of senses) is not only a reflector of your feelings and emotions, it is also your relations to people, animals, plants, your environment and the universe. The astral field surrounds and envelopes the etheric field, extending as far out as a foot or so from the physical body, it is filled with colors, textures and shapes, constantly expanding and contracting, depending on a person’s mood and emotional state. If we could see the emotional richness of this field, it would be a wondrous display of flowing colors, changing at the slightest shift in one’s mood and behavior.
Have you ever thrown a small stone into a pool and watched as it gently disturbed the surface the water? It sends out waves of ever-increasing circles, radiating out in all directions…..If more than one stone was thrown, the waves would splash in all directions….anyone close to that particular shore would have a good chance of getting wet. This is one example the astral can affect others energy. But there is another way too. The waves from the water also sends out sounds or vibrations ….concentric circles resonating through the air. If the sound of the stone was loud hitting the water, the vibrations in the air would be fast and erratic…a whirlwind of energy. Just imagine how far those vibrations could go!
The astral field can be cluttered with passions, experiences, worries, regrets, negative self-images, memories, actions, reactions, emotions, analyses, hopes and fears. From the time we learnt to express ourselves verbally, we have struggled to find words that would express our feelings that would be ‘acceptable’ to our friends, parents and teachers. We began to wear masks to disguise our true feelings from others, to protect ourselves from criticism and disapproval. Every time we do or say anything or have anything done or said to us, we add another distraction and our true self gets buried deeper and deeper. The more we hold in and hold back our thoughts and feelings, this flux of energy can have a direct affect on the body’s nervous, endocrine, muscular and immune system.
(Interestingly, the word endocrinology comes from the Greek words meaning ‘within’ and ‘I separately’ and this truly explains the role it plays in our lives. Each of these centers has a symbolic meaning….looking at the seven endocrines from the top of the head down, the pituitary is considered the ‘master gland’, the pineal is known as the ‘third eye’, the thyroid represents ‘our power to choose’, the thymus is ‘the director of the immune system’, the adrenals are called the’ fight/flight center’, and the testes (male) and ovaries (female) continue our existence as a species.
“It is…known that the most powerful chemical created in the body come from..[the] endocrine glands. Likewise, it has been found that each is a neurohormonal transducer—able to convert electrical energy in to hormonal energy, and vice versa. A neuro-hormone is a hormone that affects nervous system function or a hormone released due to nerve stimuli.” William A. McGarey, M.D.
“Whatever electricity is to man, that’s what the power of God is. Man may in the material world use God-force, God-power or electricity…..” Edgar Cayce
I’m getting a little ahead of myself here in regards to the nervous system, endocrines, chakras and aura, which we will look at in detail later. But I felt it was important to have some understanding of the endocrine glands, which are both physical and spiritual ‘beings’. These 7 spiritual/glandular centers have a consciousness of their own and each is related to the other 6 through our nervous system and the hormones in the blood. Each one of us has a ‘group’ of amazing consciousnesses inside our being….each with its own history and experiences. And, each center has its own attitude, responses, feelings and works differently in any given situation. It is the nervous system and these seven areas of consciousness that make each of us unique, showing how we’ve communicated with spirit flowing through our bodies. Carl Jung was one the first to see and understand this, birthing the concept of ‘the archetypes’.
“….the easiest way to work with the chakras physically and through their associated endocrine glands. Each chakra is affiliated with a specific gland. Endocrine glands produce hormones, substances that stimulate growth and development. There are nearly 100 known hormones in the body. Working with a chakra through diet, intentional healing, holistic processes, and other means can create optimum function for the related gland and the entire region related to that chakra.” Cyndi Dale
As well, clairvoyants, healers and those developing a greater spiritual awareness are aware of the subtle fields and energy patterns that reflect what may be happening or what’s about to happen to a client’s physical and emotional levels. Just as an illness can manifest in the subtle bodies, healing too often comes through the subtle fields before it can manifest in the physical, which is why many healers work, at least partly in the aura, without laying their hands directly on the physical body. Sensing the subtle fields gives us a clue of problem areas that are excessive, weak, tense, blocked or held in by the client. Healing relaxes, de-stresses and unclutters the mind.
Most of us are awkward in expressing our feelings at one time or another. The reason is that we rehearse in our minds what we want to say before we say it. The complexity involved with talking this over within ourselves is happening so fast we’re not even aware of it. The problem with this is that we usually lose touch with the original, basic feeing that emotionally motivated us in the first place. So when we express something different than what we originally felt, a split occurs between the body, mind, and our feelings and expressions.
When two people interested in each other, come together, they immediately create and project hair-thin threads of auric energy. These threads connect the two auras, feeding emotions and data from one to the other. All communication between the connected individuals is accomplished through the subconscious mind and telepathy. But when we are not expressing our true feelings, we are not being real, authentic, other people can feel this on a subtle level though they don’t interpret the feeling consciously.
“The electromagnetic field that surrounds your Earth and moves through the entire universe is continually adjusted and affected by your every move, thought, and action. Thus you are part of the intricate web of energy that flows through the entire cosmos. As you can effect the energy of the entire cosmos, so too you can effect the energy of each other. You have the ability to send love to the farthest reaches of creation and at the very moment that you send the energy, your intention makes it so. Therefore in this way you move in unison with each other co-creating harmony or discord within the turning cycles of creation.” http://www.newagevillage.com/wiki/index.php/Healing_As_Energy_Transfer
This puts you right smack in the intricate web of energy that flows through the entire cosmos. Something so simple as an act of kindness will pulse along this intricate net of connections, sending and spreading positive feelings in all directions.
*I still remember when I was in the ER with my oldest son who had accidentally stepped on an old rusty nail. The wound had been cleansed and we were waiting for the nurse to give him a tetanus injection. On the other side of the room was a woman crying and sitting all alone. I felt so sad that I couldn’t do anything for her. On impulse I sat beside her and held her hand. I still remember the smile that arose upon her face, her eyes all watery. The woman seemed so relieved, so happy. I thought, I would cry too. Words simply cannot explain what happened that day. All I can say is that I’ve never looked upon simple touch as so simple after all. When I spoke of this to my healing teachers and friends, they said healing energy was being transferred to the woman. But I see it differently. We are all energetically interconnected, there is no separation. Energy is what we are and when we learn to dance with the energy and share it with others, this is what truly makes us what we truly are. So don’t be afraid to ask others if they need a hug. And don’t be afraid to ask if you need one. And even beyond touch, don’t be afraid to smile and say hello to strangers walking past. As a society we need to move beyond the fear we have toward each other.
Emotions are what God used when creating the Universe. Without emotions, art, music, the stars, singing birds, earth, angels and you would not exist. The word emotion comes from the Latin meaning ‘to move out from’. Energy must be free to flow in order for love to exist. Just as the blood in your veins needs to flow in order to keep you alive, energy, e-motion, needs to flow to keep your soul qualities of love, health, abundance and creativity alive within in you.
If you think about it, everything you desire is tied up in your emotions. All the joy, all the abundance, all the love and all the peace, energy, enthusiasm and playfulness are all part of emotion. When you suppress your feelings of sadness, grief, anger and pain, you also suppress the love and joy along with them. Emotion is the key to creation and an important step in becoming your higher self.
Suppressing your emotion will not make it go away. The stagnated emotion will reside in your auric field, in the muscles and cells of your body…and begin to make up your energy. This core energy has a resonance, and this will in turn begin to resonate with similar energy patterns. These energies can be events or other people. So no matter how you try you will not succeed in escaping the pain…you’ll take it with you wherever you go and possibly increase the load as years go by.
I have learned that as soon as something starts to go ‘wrong’ in my life, it means that I am no longer in the upward spiral. Almost every time something isn’t working for me it has lead to a release of something, and mostly it meant forgiving someone else and myself in the process. I’ve also learnt that the release and expression of emotion is the key to allowing more love, joy and abundance in my life, I have also learned there is a fine balance between delving into my past and staying in it.
One of the issues that everyone faces when clearing up their emotional debris is how to let go of the situation and the beliefs surrounding it. To do this we have to understand the ‘mind’ and the mind isn’t just in the brain but in every part of the body. It is constantly recording stimuli and input and experience. The mind is the seat of all our beliefs, perceptions, experiences, memories and aspirations. It is the most powerful tool we have in our possession and also the most difficult one to control. A portion of the mind, is also connected to the autonomic nervous system which is always active, even while asleep, giving us the gift of life by keeping our organs and systems working together, by controlling our circulatory system, breathing, heart-rate, blood pressure, etc. The autonomic is also the domain of your unconscious mind, your dreams and all your memories of present and past lives. We’ll explore all this in Part IV of the Subtle Anatomy, the Causal Body.
Within the soul and higher self lay all the answers as to why an event, relationship or circumstance happened and the reason why.
“The key to healing lies in the unconscious. If we can become aware of the memories stored in our bodies and bring them to mind, we can gain a different, nonrational understanding of how the past influences the present and our conscious minds and actions. We can do it if we learn to tap into what I call the intuition network, to help us envision and create healthier lives, instead of allowing old memories and patterns of behavior to continue re-creating painful experiences.” Mona Lisa Schulz
*The skin really is the body of the soul. It is actually one of the richest sources of all the hormones found in the body. So when we stimulate the skin we can cause a shower of healing chemicals into our blood stream. One of the most important of these are growth factors or growth hormones. By simply stimulating the skin we can produce these growth factors or hormones right into our blood stream. Like the other organs, the skin is also the seat of emotions. When we are deeply moved we say we were deeply touched. We describe situations as sticky, ticklish or thorny, all these have to do with sensations in our body. Therefore the experience of touch or sensation linked to a thought is really what an emotion is. Once again, we can influence emotions, feelings and desires through our skin as a result of the release of these hormones.)
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Posted in Astral field, Lower Mental Body, tagged Alice Bailey, astral field, ego, emotions, etheric, lower mental body, lower self, personality, subconscious, thoughts on August 1, 2011|
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From the time you were born, you never had to learn how to breathe, circulate your blood, digest your food, eliminate toxins or heal your body because the etheric field and/or life force within and around us carries all these complex processes out until we die. This vital field speaks to us through the sympathetic nervous system, our intuition and our inner sense of knowing. Its main purpose is to protect and buildup the physical body. But this isn’t its only function. Not only does it integrate the mind/body connection, it guides us to our most subtle expression, the spirit within us.
“……man moves in a whirlpool of forces of all types and qualities and is related to all other energies in the universe. This connection is made by what is called his etheric body, which is of much less dense physical matter, and is a mould and surround to the physical body itself. It has many functions in relation to its denser counterpart. It stores up radiatory light and heat for controlled transmission to the physical body; it forms a barrier between the physical and the dangerous astral planes which can only be transcended when consciousness is sufficiently developed to permit escape. The dense physical body composed of atoms, each with its own energies, light and force, is held together by and is expressive of the energies which compose the etheric body. It is therefore not unexpected that disorders of the etheric body have dire physical consequences. Indeed etheric congestion may lead to many forms of disease and of mental illness……The etheric body is really composed of a network of fine channels or lines of force, and there are points where these lines cross one another and thus form centres of energy. Where many such lines of force cross each other is a large centre of energy, and where great streams of energy meet and cross, as they do up the spine and in the head, there are the seven major centres.” ALICE BAILEY
We are and have been discovering the etheric field is a powerhouse of energy. It stores up radiatory light and heat and feeds this to the human form in an even and controlled manner. The body’s crystallized form is composed of atoms, each with it own energies and is held together by and through the make-up the etheric body. It governs and functions all our organs and respiratory, circulatory, digestive, glandular, endocrine and nervous systems. Etheric congestion can lead to disease and mental illness. Therefore, everything that affects the body must pass through this field first. Some of the information contained in this field enters our awareness through our senses, thoughts and intuition. But some of the information stays hidden, affecting the choices we make and our physical body.
“The unfoldment of the human consciousness is a gradual process of the accumulation of many lifetimes that are recorded and stored within the etheric body; an overlay of life after life, of being after being, and the realization that these lives are in themselves the sum total of all the energies body, mind and spirit intermingled into one whose main intent is to create and to manifest on the earth plane. These energies and forces, are activated and remembered through the universal archetypes and through symbolic forms.” ravenstar
The potential for everything we are meant to be is already imprinted into our etheric body at the moment of conception.
“Conception is the bridge between the absolute and the relative, between that which is beyond time, space and matter and that which is in time, space and matter. Crossing this bridge demands a commitment to being here and to participate full in life.” Debbie Shapiro
Once the fetus begins to grow, the spine in the etheric and physical world is the first to develop, which is followed by the rest of our skeletal structure. Robert St. John states, “Our bones portray the primary pattern of that with which we started life at conception…containing the inherited traits, karmic patterns and all other factors which are imposed or drawn into the new life. The spine is the centre of this structure.”
In the beginning, the interplay of these energies were hard for me to understand and I couldn’t help wondering how anyone would be able to functionor even integrate such an erratic barrage of information. Then one day I watched a friend gift-wrap a present and with a finishing touch, add a lovely ribbon. I saw the force of these energies come intoplay. Symbolically, when we gift wrap a present and tie it with a ribbon we are taking the lines of force and bringing them together. What we have done is formed a cross with a bow in the center that sets into motion these contrary forces. It also resembles the soul’s journey through the elements of life. It is the dual motion of spirit and matter, the journey of the soul into human life.
Now take this same analogy and apply it to the web of a spider upon a branch of a tree. Instead of seeing the web lying flat upon its surface see thethreads surrounding and engulfing its foundation. To protect its home from the elements of life the spider weaves and joins the opposite sides together in an orderly manner, joining them at different intervals of the branch. These lines of force would travel up the spine or center of the branchbut not within it and would create several stages of force and energy that would bind and hold the web and branch together. These centers of force would be tested again and again throughout the various seasons and the spider would have to time and time again make adjustments to these lines of force synchronizing and balancing them to the raging winds, pouring ran, and electrical storms that threaten to tear it from its foundation.
The etheric field then acts as a receiver, assimilator and a transformer. As a transformer it steps down these highly charged currents of energy, interpreting and intuitively guiding us on our own personalized path of healing and well-being. This vital field, ‘hears’ things, ‘knows’ things, and ‘senses’ what should come next. It knows your hopes and wishes for the future and an accumulation every lifetime and everything you did in the past. It is the outer expression of our being and a direct reflection of our inner experiences. All this remains with us, good and bad until
we choose to change the balance of our present and future thoughts.
“In every created thing on earth there is an internal and an external; one of these is not given without the other, so there is no effect without a cause…..The external is estimated from the internal and not the reverse.” Emmanuel Swedenborg
THE LOWER SELF OR PERSONALITY
Every person on the earth adjusts and reacts to the inflowing energies from the universe in a manner characteristic with the make-up (persona) of his or her own personality, according to their level of awareness or consciousness.
Your basic personality is influenced by the first three subtle fields, the etheric, astral and lower mental body. These fields do not represent the ‘real’ human being, they are reflections of it. Though these three distinct fields interpenetrate each other, they vibrate at different frequencies, each one vibrating a little more than the last, creating a graphic expression or mould of the physical body. This crystallized design steps down the electrical vibration of the cosmic world and prevents the full expression of the soul.
The shape of your human form reflects an array of basic behaviors (habits, thoughts, feelings, actions) from your past and present life. It mirrors your subconscious needs for security, safety, nourishment and bonding and manifests in the real world for the need of logic, order and structure in your life, as well as orienting you to a specific time and place and the development of your five senses.
Your inner life, feelings and responses to others are all formed in the ego’s struggle to maintain control. As well, creative energy and ambition have motivated you to take risks and explore new ideas. Courses of interest excite and expose you to new ideas and theories; they stimulate your plans for the future. So you can see, with the ego, it reflects both sides of the coin.
So the three lower energy fields are the driving force of your life, their desire is to guide, control or direct and all of this is usually happening below your level of awareness. They are, what was mentioned a moment ago, as the ego. I’ve refrained from using this word (ego) because of our misunderstanding of it. I remember going to a spiritual retreat in the mid 90’s. The overall chant of the class was ‘abolish the ego’. Somehow this didn’t sit right with me. Our ego represents our identity, our ability to make decisions and reach our personal and full potential. The lower self truly is very complex and needs to be strongly in place before the higher subtle fields can be understood and explored. Without an identity, the foundation upon which it sits would crumble.
Each of us possess the identity of an individual soul that agreed to the arduous task of a long and ultimately triumphant journey towards the Light/God. In order to make the journey we were given freewill to choose our own way. Any suffering along the way is either caused from our lack of awareness, our ravaging thoughts or karma.
THE POWER OF THOUGHT
Your thoughts are just that, your thoughts. They knowing nothing for themselves because all that they are is just movements and patterns. And these movements and patterns can distract us, especially when we are confused by pain and fear. Our thoughts are by their very nature, restless and searching, when in this state they can prevent the mind from seeing the truth objectively and from making the right decisions. A ceaseless barrage of thoughts can pull us apart, criticize and put us down.
This past article on my blog may interest you. If the link doesn’t work, go to October 2010, Counting Your Thoughts,
“Hopefully this exercise will help you to realize you are not these thoughts and feelings. Your undivided attention gave you power over them…..These needs, angers, desires, delights, guilt’s, don’t own you. You own them and you can easily learn to watch them with interest and let them go.” ravenstar
THE POWER OF EMOTIONS
The astral field has to do with our emotions. Very often we cannot express our feelings to those closest to us because we are afraid of their reactions. We fear being misunderstood and misinterpreted. We fear being hurt, ridiculed, criticized, judged and we fear being wrong. This is when we either close down and pull away or find someone else, a third party, to complain to.
Yet how often are we able to listen to others without judging. How often do we start by listening then jump in with our own reactions, defences and justifications? How often have you been able to hear a person out, letting them express what their feeling, before making a comment? We’re all guilty of it.
“If you really want to hear someone when they trust you enough to talk to you, don’t listen to the words, hear how the words are spoken. All too often, we cannot hear the words because we come to the conversation with our own ideas about who people are. At the same time, we are determined not to let them see who we are. In order for effective and valued communication to occur, you must believe that you are safe, and you must offer that same safety to the other person.” Iyanta Vanzant
We’ve actually begun to tap into the the higher subtle vibrations or mirror of the physical body. But before we go any further, we need to understand our connection to Earth and the place we were born or feel a bond to. Stay tuned to the next article “The Earth and You”
To be continued……
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Posted in breath awareness, healing the body, meditation, tagged beliefs, body wisdom, Brian Luke Seaward, chronic illness, emotion, emotions, feelings, healing, immune system, instinct, intuition, medical intuitive, meditation, Mona Lisa Schulz, sensations, symptoms, thoughts on January 16, 2011|
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“Many medical intuitives believe the initial stage of illness develops outside the body and filters down through the layers of the energy. Each layer is associated with an aspect of consciousness (e.g. instinct, intellect, intuition, emotions) Each layer of consciousness in the human energy field is considered a harmonic vibration. Like keys on a piano keyboard, the frequency of the body’s vibration and those of the emotional, mental and spiritual fields are set at different octaves yet are within the harmonic range of each other. If a thought coupled with an emotion is left unresolved, it can cause an imbalance within the layers of energy in the body.” Brian Luke Seaward, Achieving the mind-body-spirit connection.
We are now reaching a new level of consciousness that is forcing us to look at reality and, to feel things about it. We are discovering that emotion is a largely unexplored dimension of our lives. We are learning that when we feel something deeply enough, we can bring it to life, give it form and substance, and prosper from it in ways we’ve never dreamed before. We are learning that our main responsibility lies in learning how to listen to the body and to its reactions.
Confronting our beliefs, doubts, confusion and emotions/feelings, is an important step in our journey towards wholeness. With this realization comes the hope, strength and opportunity to step forward and create ourselves anew. Healing is all about participating in our own process. We all have body/medical intuition, it’s just developing the framework to help us understand what it means. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, the body knows what to do, it has a tremendous capacity to repair and heal. All that’s required is your commitment and motivation to heal.
All different kinds of illness whether their aches or pains, chronic illness, or even illnesses that are life threatening are teaching and showing us that something we are doing, thinking, or saying or acting on, is comprising who we truly are. What illness is really trying to tell you is STOP! STOP and look at where you are! Stop and look at the quality of your thoughts and beliefs. Are they in alignment with who you are and are they driven by the intentions of the heart and soul?
Thoughts have energy, emotions have energy and your beliefs have energy. If there’s something you’re feeling guilty about or wish you hadn’t done, you’re unknowingly beating yourself up and this can overtime, manifest in some form of energy congestion and then ultimately land somewhere in the body. The whole process of our human existence is to create thought that is reflective of our own individuality, authenticity, and truth. It is not about trying to live by someone else’s thoughts and beliefs. If we eat ourselves up or talk poorly to ourselves or allow childhood wounds and traumas to run our life, ultimately these will show up in the physical body.
Everything that affects you must first pass through your aura and then through the chakras or wheels of energy that surround and interpenetrate your physical body. Chakras literally mean ‘wheels of fire’. They appear to the psychic as rapidly turning pools of light. Though not actually in the physical body the main 7 chakras are radiated from the spinal region, each flaring at the front of the body like great flowering trumpets. Information received through the aura and chakras enters into your awareness through your senses thoughts and intuition. These centers are constantly recording and downloading your emotional experiences. So the aura and the body are in constant communication with one another.
Few of us understand what our body is feeling at any given moment. Tension, pain, illness, hiccups and goosebumps are all bodily words. When we feel these bodily sensations, we usually ignore them or take a pill and carry on with what we were doing….unaware that these bodily signals are our teacher and guidance system.
“The inability to talk about emotions that you feel intensely will usually get transformed into a symbolic language of symptoms and eventual illness in the body.” Mona Lisa Schulz
Physical symptoms are never the first signs of illness, but the last…they can sound/feel similar to the whining of a tired and irritable child…these are your body’s cries of distress…something you can’t ignore. But remarkable things can happen if you can get beyond the irritating demand for attention and reach out to the wounded child underneath, who so desperately needs your understanding and unconditional love.
The following exercises are designed to initiate a dialogue with one’s body. Hearing what the body is trying to tell you requires great patience and practice. The intention is not to make your pain go away. Pain as mentioned, is actually your body’s guidance system ‘showing’ you a situation that needs to be taken care of. When we acknowledge pain, it can be transformational, creating new attitudes towards ourselves and others, increasing our spiritual understanding, deepening the feeling side of life, producing changes in our relationships, our careers and even society itself.
The seventeenth-century philosopher Spinoza once wrote: “Suffering ceases to be suffering as soon as we have formed a clear and precise picture of it.” When we shed light on our emotions, energy floods into the body allowing us to review things.
ENERGY CLEANSING OF THE PHYSICAL AND SUBTLE BODIES
As you lie in bed, before you go to sleep, take time to feel your physical body. How does it feel? Are there any parts that you are particularly aware of? Are these parts still connected with any events of your day?
Take time to feel your emotional body. Are there any feelings in it that disturb you? How are they connected in the events of the day? Be aware of what you need to learn, so that these emotions can be released.
Take time to feel your mental body. Are there any thoughts running through your mind that are connected with the events of your day? Finish them and let them go…..good night and pleasant dreams.
DIALOGUE WITH YOUR BODY ABOUT ILLNESS AND HEALTH
(It’s probably best to read this over, make it your own and tape with your own voice…you may want to have a pad of paper and pen close by during or after the meditation)
Let your body relax and sink into the chair you are sitting on….letting your eyes close or keeping them focused on one particular spot in order not to be distracted by anything going on outside you….letting the sound of your voice guide you gently into the center of your inner being….attuning yourself to the world within….becoming aware of your breathing as the natural rhythm of your body…breathing in…and breathing out…moving ever deeper to the center of your being…listening to the voice of your body….letting all the voices that have been demanding your attention fade into the background until they are no more than distant echoes. (Pause for 20 seconds).
As you move more and more deeply into the region of your inner self, become aware of seeing your body from within rather than without….like when you look in a mirror. As you become aware of your body within, pay attention to your breathing, breathing in and out in a natural regular rhythm. Your breathing is you. Feel a unity with your breathing. Feel a unity with your body. (Pause for 30 seconds)
Feel the solidness beneath you for miles and miles. Shift your attention to the top of your head….Sense with your head the space between you and the ceiling to the infinite edge of the universe. Come back now to the room and notice the space around you…the forms, the colors the people. Pay attention now to the sounds around you, the sounds outside. Now pay attention to the sounds within you…sense your heart beating. (Pause for 30 seconds)
Now move your attention throughout your body, checking your sensations all through your body beginning with the top of your head. Notice first your scalp, the feeling of your hair on your head. Now pay attention to your forehead; experience any tension there. Focus on your eyelids against your eyes, your nose, your tongue, your lips, your neck, the back of your neck, right shoulder, left shoulder, your back against the chair. Notice the sensations in your chest, your breast, your stomach, your lower back, your hips, your genitals, your thighs, your knees, your calves, the feel of your feet on the floor, your right arm, your left arm, you hands in your lap….(Pause for 30 seconds)
Now move your attention through your body at your own pace. Stop and pay attention to any place where there is special tension or discomfort or lack of ease. Focus on the sensation in this special place or places in your body. Hold your attention there. Hold. (Pause for 30 seconds)
Now become the sensation in that part of your body. Identify yourself with it. Amplify it. If it is tense, allow it to feel even more tense. If there is an ache, let the ache increase. You want to hear the body’s message loud and clear. Amplify it; experience it clearly and unmistakably. (Pause for 1 minute)
This sensation is your friend and it’s telling you something. Now put some questions to it. It may not answer verbally. Perhaps when you question the sensation, some images will come to mind, and you’ll have a feeling related to the sensation, or it will connect with something in your life, our you’ll have an intuition. (Pause for 1 minute)
Now get into that sensation and ask: Why are you feeling like this? What’s your concern? What’s on your mind? If I changed something in my life, would you change your tune? (Pause for 2 minutes)
Amplify the sensation again. And beware of images that come to mind or connections and feelings related to your life and experience. Amplify and have your radar out for the over-tones and what your body is telling you. (Pause for 1 minute)
Again, direction your attention methodically to the sensations throughout your body from head to toe, until again your attention is stopped by a special sensation that summons your detailed attention to the message your body is sending you. Don’t try to force anything, just be aware of what is there. (Pause for 1 minute) Is there anything that surprises you? Listen to what your body needs from you in the future…let the dialogue flow freely.
When you are finished, take a deep breath, relax your focus and when ready, come back to the room you are in and slowly, gently open your eyes. You may want to write what you saw or heard or felt …letting your pen simply record what is there without censoring or interpreting.
*Pain is your friendly messenger bringing you very important news about your life situation. The goal of this exercise is to magnify the voice of that friend so that you truly hear it, and so that it won’t have to shout even louder to get your attention.
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This is a continuation of the prior two articles “How Venus Influences Your Life” and “Diabetes, The Imbalance of Sweetness in Your Life”. We are focusing on hard aspects to the Moon and Venus, related to your self-esteem, self-worth, emotional self and deep-rooted past.
Re-visited from the recent article “How Venus Influences Your Life”
“We can understand Venus as describing what we like, sort of what tastes good to us. But like sweet sugar in the mouth, the pleasure it gives is nice, but might not be very fulfilling. The Moon describes what feeds us. Therefore, it is important that we understand the relationship between Venus and the Moon in our natal charts. If the two are in conflict, extra attention may need to be paid to make sure that pleasure feeds us, rather than leaving us undernourished. by Jeff Jawer
In this particular post, we are looking at an astrological study of two natal charts, focusing on the Moon and Venus. Both individuals were born with Juvenile Diabetes. Both natal charts are years apart.
It was interesting when looking at these charts that each individual’s Moon was situated in Gemini. The choice choosing the charts was totally at random, my brother Leonard, and a young woman Aleisha (not her real name).
Aleisha’s Moon is situated in Gemini, her Venus in Aquarius. Interestingly, both Leonard’s Moon and Venus sit in Gemini. Gemini is a masculine, mutable airy sign, whereas the Moon, associated with Cancer is feminine, cardinal watery sign.
The instability of Gemini coupled with the fluctuating nature of the Moon can show a mom who is a little too changeable and nervous. Aleisha mentioned her mom always seemed to be in a hurry, going this way and that, never slowing down enough to play with her children. “In fact, her mind at times, seemed scattered, hyper….it drove us crazy and made her irritable, antsy or upset. She’d pick a fight with us for no logical reason other than to release some of her pent-up tensions.”
Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo Sagittarius, Pisces) of the zodiac can have their lives filled with sudden and unusual events and opportunities. If they can flow with this energy great! But if not, it can easily make one feel scattered, confused or frightened of it.
With Aleisha’s chart there are no hard aspects with her Moon, however Venus is a different story. Venus conjuncts Mars as well as squares Pluto. Aleisha suffers from ADHD a disorder that influences the way she learns, moves, relates to others and feels about herself. She’s also a diabetic.
Leonard had many hard aspects to his Moon as well as Venus, which we’ll look at shortly. In the past article we already looked at the influence of Venus in one’s chart. Now let’s take a quick look at how the Moon and the mother are directly connected.
Do you believe in past lives? If you do, then you’ll also believe that at birth you inherit, bring or carry over certain patterns, expectations and beliefs from other lifetimes. The Moon therefore represents our unconscious which houses memories and experiences from past lives and memories, experiences already gathered in this lifetime as well.
To get here and take your first breath, you need to spend a certain amount of time nestled and nurtured inside your mom- two souls simultaneously living in one body. All her thoughts, feelings, angers, fears, joys, inspirations and intimidation’s will have an effect on the health and welfare of your body – in fact your whole genetic structure!
From the moment of birth, the developing nervous system experiences and records our first major imprints, our most frightening profound (heart pounding memories of conditional love and intimacy. The Moon therefore is our emotional self, our deep rooted past that extends back through childhood, through the maternal (mothering) influence and deeper into the cellular memories of your unconscious.
The Moon represents your unconscious instinctive behaviors that govern your basic habits and patterns (eating, sleeping, drinking, smoking, nutrition, etc.). It represents everything that happened to you before this moment and how you feel about yourself now.
Now before I go any further, I don’t want all the mom’s out there to feel that this article is targeting them. After all, I’m a mom too! We aren’t just motivated by mom but our father (Sun) and family as well. It’s just that mom is who we spent most of our time with and who we’re focussing on at this time.
Every experience, every reaction etched into your nervous system and into your personality will come back to haunt you later on in life. Without an awareness of these, our daily energy could end up tangled in past routines and behaviors. Our minds are often driven by our past, our feelings, our needs, our hungers, and basic instincts. Each lifetime is suppose to build on and evolve from what has happened before.
In a natal analysis, all signs, planets, aspects and houses should be considered to get a complete picture. In this case we are looking at old patterns and unconscious responses that influence your emotions/feelings and self image about yourself…which also affects the pancreas…your emotional center that thrives on being understood, accepted and loved. When the pancreas is functioning at its fullest, we feel good about ourselves….at its worst we feel emotionally sad, isolated or lonely. Perhaps from an experience of losses in our lives. To compensate for the lack of love, we overeat which forces the pancreas to produce more insulin. So the pancreas’ main job is to maintain the right balance of sweetness/love in your life.
If you tend to look at yourself unlovingly or beat yourself up when things go wrong, take a look and see if there are any hard aspects to your Moon and Venus.
WHAT ARE HARD ASPECTS
Hard aspects are your best friend! They force you to look at and break old molds of the past, to conquer your fears and redeem and evolve your spirit. They force you into action. But to do this we each have to fight for our lives by separating from our families (for a time) and the influence of the woman who gave us life. Individually we each have to figure this out for ourselves. And one way of doing this, is looking at and studying our birth chart.
Aspects, especially hard aspects contain deep within their core a hidden gift or treasure. The truth is available to you if you open yourself to it. And opening to it can stop the vicious cycles you’ve been creating by understanding how to use their energy positively.
A QUICK LESSON ON CONJUNCTIONS SQUARES AND OPPOSITIONS
A conjunction is when two or more planets are in or very close to the same degree. The planet(s) involved have no means of escaping the colors, qualities and characteristics of the other(s) which creates an unbreakable bond with each other. An example of this could be likened to Siamese twins….what one twin wants, wills or desires will impact the other. If they don’t agree, a struggle ensues until they compromise OR one or both surrenders to the other.
A square is an angle between two plants of approximately 90 degrees…..the planets are approximately at right angles to one another within a person’s natal chart. This difficult and challenging aspect can block, impede, frustrate and hinder the planet(s) expression. It’s kind of like two people constantly aggravating, pushing and pulling each other because of their values and needs are different……they just don’t get along.
From studying different charts, I’ve seen two distinct types of squares emerge in a natal chart (and there’s probably more). The first one seems to originate from an individuals family history, background, habits and self image which is, in most cases poorly developed. The individual finds him/herself having to perform under pressure; he/she can’t just be themselves. Fear holds them back from exposing their true feelings…..fear of ridicule, judgment and isolation. Therefore, he/she will tend to “overcompensate” the energies involved by being vain and grandiose on the one hand, and touchy and combative on the other to defend their boundaries.
The second type of square deals with the outer world and what drives and pressures us to make a name for ourselves socially and publicly. Depending on what planets are involved, reveals how far we will go to fulfill this need. In some instances we will create conflicts, struggles and scraps with others to acquire the honor and prestige we crave.
Squares and conjunctions are usually seen expressed too forcefully, abruptly and often rooted in feelings of resentment and vulnerability. We discussed resentment and vulnerability in the segment on Diabetes and in the one prior on how Venus influences our lives.
However, these aspects can be very dynamic and productive as well, if we constantly and continually work at it. It is like having to work with a handicap, of having to constantly run uphill. Both squares and conjunctions aren’t comfortable to have and they aren’t meant to be either. They challenge you to the core.
An opposition is an angle between two planets of approximately 180 degrees where the planets literally oppose one another in your chart. This aspect deals with difficult and challenging relationships as both planets strive to parade their own individual wares and won’t think twice about ‘shooting each other in the foot’ to prove it!
If you have oppositions in your chart, then you’ll find yourself dealing with relationship issues as oppositions have a tendency to release certain aspects of ourselves that we learned to repress as child. We did this of course to be accepted and loved by others. Oppositions are where we befriend our shadow side, the undeveloped and rejected aspects of ourselves. Oppositions also force us to compromise as each planet involved must be willing to accept each other on their own terms, without judging or trying to change the other.
What all this means is that oppositions will attract to you, people who seem to be overly independent or dependent, , selfish, whiny, fretful, anxious, insecure, restless, paranoid, jealous, possessive and the list goes on and on.
What this challenging aspect wants is to develop empathy and compassion for another. The opposing planets wants to awaken and integrate what we have denied in ourselves.
When we can do this, we’ll no longer need to get what is missing in ourselves from our relationships and we’ll no longer see each other as the enemy.
Aleisha has always been plagued with self-doubt and self-worth….at least that’s what she believes to be the case. Her mind is always going, thinking of new and exciting ways to do something….she gets all enthused then bam, worries how mom will respond to these new ideals and finds herself at a crossroads. What Aleisha is doing is seeing how mom will react before she makes any decisions. How could Aleisha even predict her mom’s response?
VENUS SQUARE PLUTO
One attribute I’ve seen with this aspect is being afraid of authority figures and feeling or being over-powered by them. This aspect also cries of not feeling loved while growing up. This placement can be cold and harsh at times.
Some people with Venus square Pluto remember mom and dad punishing them not because they did anything wrong but because the parent(s) displaced their anger on them. Growing up in this kind of atmosphere the child developed a sensitivity and lack of trust to others and their immediate environment. These children learned to scan people and their surroundings for threatful conditions that they believed could harm and embarrass them. It was also their way of staying clear of powerful people.
Stimulated by fear, Aleisha confuses caution for control. Coupled with self-doubt and fear she soon loses sight of her goal. This also explains the many projects never finished and dreams, insights unrealized.
Venus/Pluto aspects relate to power, abuse, threats to relationships, betrayal, rage, jealousy, and possessiveness. Aleisha has difficulty trusting others because she was so deeply hurt when young and her love/innocence manipulated.
When a child senses rejection by a parent they start to reject certain aspects of them self. This creates weaks spots in their development , buried needs and wants become split off from our emotions….they become wounds which aren’t healed but bandaged over.
Some people attract very controlling personalities with this aspect. Robert Hand wrote PLANETS IN YOUTH (an astrologer’s bible) and explains this aspects superbly and mentions we may even choose friends who act destructively towards us. “If this happens, it is only because you have a destructive attitude toward yourself. Your inner psychological drives may also push you into unpleasant situations that you want to get out of but seem unable to. This is why it is so important to understand yourself and not lose your perspective. You always have a choice of walking away from a situation; you aren’t forced to be with anyone.
Some people who master the energies of this aspect turn around and act destructively toward others, just as they were treated badly. You should avoid that course because it will isolate you from others, and eventually you will be alone.”
Robert Hand also notes that this aspect “signifies that you will work out many of your most important psychological problems through your relationships with others.”
VENUS CONJUNCT MARS
Similarities rang true with Venus square Pluto and Venus conjunct Mars. Robert Hand explains that this particular aspect (Venus conjunct Mars) and relations with the opposite sex are important for our development. He also mentions ‘parent of the opposite sex’ but in this case Aleisha’s natal chart seemed directed right at the mother.
“It’s almost as if they reversed roles”, Aleisha said, “my mother exhibits and displays alot of male energy, my father’s appears more feminine.”
Reversing the parents roles, helps us to understand Robert Hand when he writes….
“The patterns of your relationship with that parent will be the basis of your relations with the persons of the opposite sex as you get older. Unfortunately this aspect often means that you have mixed love-hate feelings for that parent. If that is the case, you will run the risk, as an adult, of being drawn to people whom you know are not very good for you, but who fascinate you.”
Oh my god”, exclaimed Aleisha, “this is so true!”
Venus conjunct Mars square Pluto can make a person sexual alluring or sexually attractive to the opposite sex. People with these aspects know they have this magnetic quality about them and they aren’t afraid to flaunt it. But the feminine quality of Venus can be burned up by the masculinity of Mars. For instance, Aleisha longs for a love that is secure but when she finds it, she either rebels against it or become too possessive, jealous and demanding, then she loses it.
All this is very confusing to Aleisha, it makes her frustrated, irritable, restless and dissatified with her life. Binging on sweet foods, comfort and help to control her feelings from exploding, but it creates another problem, her body is suffering. The more sweets she eats the more insulin the pancreas must produce and the more it produces the more her body stores fats.
Eating disorders are connected to issues of love, self-love, self denial, rejection, abandonment and loss. Let’s look at hard aspects to the Moon and how these can affect our life.
Venus Square Jupiter
This aspect shows someone who is extravagant and overgenerous, in everything they do. They have a relentless and strong will that won’t back down possibly which could cause them to be in trouble with the law or authority figures. Leonard used to have fist fights with my dad.
Because of Jupiter’s tendency is to enlarge and expand, your emotions lack depth, feelings are definitely a distraction, as they tend to interfere with your ability to function. Professional success is how you value yourself; you can be stubborn and inflexible; and a bit careless and indulgent. You may have trouble with your weight as you are addicted to rich food and a very sweet tooth.
You are competitive and afraid how others see you, this can cause you to submerge your feelings even further as you work even harder to make a good impression on everyone. You fear being rejected and can be obsessed as to how you come across to others and what they think of you. Issues of being successful enough, competent and attractive enough continually replay in your mind. Thinking everyone is eyeing you, you find it hard to express your own genuine feelings and even knowing what your own feelings are. Acting to maintain an image but not your own real needs and wants, you are constantly adjusting your image to suit the moment. One thing you are very good at is adapting easily into an environment. You are extremely efficient at work and would do well in advertising and fashion. Both these industries know how to package themselves and put together the ‘right look’.
Leonard had diabetes .. he expended way too much energy trying to be someone he was not. Although outwardly it looked like he had it all together, inside there was a inner emptiness. I’m sure that if he had lived passed his thirties, Len would of learned the rest of his chart and how to get in touch with his inner wisdom/child.
Venus Square Neptune
Neptune makes us extremely sensitive, our empathy and sympathy can wear down our emotional defenses and invites others in, leaving us very vulnerable to such things as bullying. Plus Venus square Neptune is always looking for the perfect friend/lover (fantasy) and this can overwhelm others…it’s like you want to get under their skin…to mesh with them. This can create tenseness in a relationship where at some point both people will need to reestablish themselves to get a sense of self by pulling away. But when someone pulls away, the Venus square Neptune sees this as a rejection who has all but given of themselves to the other and now feels taken advantage of or even stabbed in the back.
Hmm self-negation…What do we do when others reject us….we try even harder for someone to like us. We forget who we are and do what makes others happy so they’ll love us. We suppress our feelings because we’re afraid of disapproval/rejection. There is a tendency to misuse alcohol, making our desire to merge with another/others, even more intense.
People with this placement are easily deceived in love and may for example, marry an artist or someone ‘way out there’ without emotional stability or money. This reflects the Venus Square Neptune’s lack of perspective around emotions, finances and self-worth. If you own this placement, you also tend to be drawn to people who need extra love and care. It is your hope that if these people appreciate your love, they won’t run away from you.
“People with Venus-Neptune contacts are inspired by beauty and peace. Commonly, they do not want to know about ugliness or discord. This applies to art, to music and to relationships.
The Venus-Neptune individual is invariably very romantic and idealistic about relationships. They are in love – so much so that there can be great difficulty in maintaining interest in, and commitment to, an ordinary person and the rigours and (let’s face it) unromanticism of the everyday domestic and habitual living with someone. Sue Tompkins ~ Aspects in Astrology
Famous people with Venus Square Neptune http://astrologyforthesoul.com/billstreett/vennep.html
“This aspect is often found in charts of spiritual students. An important incarnation for the individual has to turn deep desire for personal affection into a universal sense of love and compassion. Often personal affections bring disappointment or heartache. Person comes into life with a depleted spirtual bankbook where love is concerned. Does not attract love until his dues are paid. To overcome this aspect there must be a relinquishment of the desire for love; it must be replaced by being Love. In financial sense individual must learn practicality and caution. Could be loss through deception and by giving wrongly.” Isabel M. Hickey ~ “Astrology A Cosmic Science
Venus Square Chiron
My brother Leonard had three hard aspects to the planet Venus; the last one being “Chiron’s wound”. The wound centered around abuse that started when he was a child, which seemed to cause problems in relationships as he grew older. Any kind of abuse can make a child abandon their Inner Self – abuse as well can make any person or child more aggressive and extremely hostile. I wish I would have known him better; being 8 years apart, we were practically strangers to one another.
Looking at the many different different interpretations of Chiron square Venus, I came across one by Barbara Hand Clow who believed a person with this aspect has a ‘Gender Identity Crisis’.
“Chiron square Venus sets up the maximum stress between finding a value system which will enhance spirituality, or just giving oneself over to one emotional high after another. Also, Chiron square Venus usually signals heavy duty past life karmic pressure having to do with gender identity. In the esoteric teaching, we are taught that we choose a particular gender identity to balance male/female polarity, anima/animus polarity. Life is no more than an opportunity for experience so that we can become more evolved. And part of being able to become developed involves experiencing both sexes. Often when we are moving into a gender we are unused to there is a lot of stress, and Chiron square Venus indicates this type of stress. Thus, a person with many male past lives may be bom a female this time or vice versa, and this is often shown in the chart with Chiron square Venus. We also see this frequently when Mars is conjunct Venus in the natal chart. This client may be essentially male trying to cope with being female or vice versa, and astrologers can help the client with in depth Mars/Venus counseling. Often this native will cop out of sexual balancing by becoming gay or lesbian, although he or she might accomplish more by switching genders completely. Or, this native may appear to be gay or lesbian while actually being asexual and adjusting to the situation. In all cases, counseling on Mars/Venus energies in the chart will be most enlightening. The astrologer of Chart 22 has experienced deep emotional conflicts and a great struggle with her powerful animus within. The conflict will tend to resolve at the Uranus opposition. It is very likely she has powerful male past lives and that she is learning to use power with female or Venusian means this time.” Barbara Hand Clow ~ Chiron-Transforming Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets
My brother was in a mental institution when I was only twelve years old .. I had no idea if he suffered a ‘gender crisis’. I know he couldn’t hold down a regular job or cook or clean for himself and was in a group home for many years. He wanted nothing to do with parents which unfortunately also involved the whole family, myself included.
“Chiron-Venus people need to first heal their own deep fears of not being “good enough”. They need to learn to love themselves and to make sure their partners are meeting them halfway. They might also be attracted to partners who need help, but with the hard aspects, it might be hard to get back the same kind of attention or appreciation.”
The last time I spoke to Len was a month before he died from a diabetic coma. He told me he was angry at himself for what he had done to himself. He realized he had wasted precious time, missed opportunities and fallen behind others, personally, socially and professionally. He felt ashamed and noted his withdrawal from life was not a way to find himself. He was terribly upset and full of self-doubt. Leonard’s Chiron was located in Libra on the 9th house. Perhaps if he hadn’t died so young he would have healed his wound with Chiron and even found himself as a counselor, helping other couples heal relationships…thereby channeling Chiron’s energy in a more objective/productive way.
HARD ASPECTS TO THE MOON
The Moon’s role is to sustain and to nurture. Its purpose is to protect and accept new experiences, new seeds for growth, new concepts for living. It represents the archetypal mother whose sole aim is to embrace, nurture and protect. In your natal chart the moon describes your early experience with maternal energy (your mother) the emotional impact she had on your life and how her presence or absence has shaped your concern for safety and protective boundaries. Messages delivered early in your life have become the foundation upon which all future emotional responses are based. Emotional fantasies as well as fears have been instilled here. These fantasies and fears can save your life or hinder your progress – trapping you in habits of the past, you no longer accept new challenges our of fear of the unknown. The moon in your natal chart is like a watchdog, always on guard to protect, and always needing to adapt according to your development level at the time. The role of the mother is not to retard growth but protect without inhibiting development. The moon can inhibit growth in its attempt to protect. An attitude based on “what worked then will work now” may feel safe, but if you believe that, you stagnate. The moon is concerned with instinctive emotional survival, yet survival is not growth. A life built around survival becomes a life of stagnation, a cesspool of inactivity.
Harsh aspects to the moon suggest the difficulties you have accepting experiences or changes presented by the slower planets due to unpleasant memories from the past or lack of information. Squares and oppositions will make you confront difficult experiences in order to help you accept change with creativity and to teach you to let go of old patterns. These aspects challenge you to break out of your old ways of responding and to accept the NEW challenges being introduced by the slower planets. These planets and aspects want you to deal with the past and learn, adapt and evolve from this experience.
“Very commonly with these transits, you deal with others doubting your character in your love life, and you could feel like you’re forced into a position of proving yourself. Your first reaction is to do just that prove yourself to a partner or lover. However, you eventually realize how fruitless this effort is. If this transit comes at a time when you are single, it can be a period in which new people in your love life are unable or unwilling to commit to you, who fail to see you as worthy of partnership material.”
“1) Aspects to the Moon colour the anima image and what we experienced via the mother or caretaker. For instance, do we meet Jupiter or Saturn through the Moon (through females or mother)? Are we owning our anima image or projecting it”
2) Planets aspecting the Moon generally describe childhood conditioning, and further define our feeling nature. Are we open, closed, defended, quick or slow to react? The nature of a planet aspecting the Moon describes our instinctive responses to life as well as what we tend to meet in the emotional sphere. The Moon’s aspects will also colour how we care for and nuture others, or how we liked to be cared for.
3) Aspects to the Moon describe something about our domestic life.
4) Planets aspecting the Moon can come out through the body and the way we move. In particular, aspects to the Moon will describe a woman’s relationship to her own body.” Liz Green & Howard Sasportas – THE LUMINARIES MOON CONJUNCT MERCURY
Moon Conjunct Venus
“Different expressions of this aspect can include people who constantly feel the need to adapt to others, those who use roundabout ways to charm others into getting what they want, or people who do everything they can to avoid conflict. The mother or mother figure may have herself displayed these tendencies–using charm rather than directness to get what she wanted, or she may have been submissive and adaptable, always tiptoeing around others so as to avoid conflict. Or she may have been susceptible to charm–the child may have discovered early in life that to get what he or she wanted (attention, generally) from the mother, the most effective vehicle was charm, pretense, and other indirect tactics.” http://www.cafeastrology.com/natal/moonvenusaspects.html
I think too this aspect has artistic if not poetic gifts where a person would express their most deepest feeling through writing or some kind of art form. When hurt the Moon conjunct Venus would be quite panic/anxious about any situation and probably tends to take things way too personally where the heart is involved.
“[Moon Conjunct Venus] In most instances, childhood brought a feeling of abandonment and a noticeable lack of affection, hugging, stroking. The touch becomes especially sensitive and the need for touch quite profound. In some instances a strong mothering, nurutring quality emerges that is beyond objective necessity. It becomes a way of assuring love in return on a very subconscious level. At times the individual may be hurt when he feels he gives affection but does not receive the same measure in return. When this aspect is turned to positive expression, the individual touches the hearts of humanity through his artistry, sense of fair play, and love nature. ~ Astrological Aspects ~ Jeanne Avery
I love the cafeastrology description and agree of the submissive mother – as my mom always seemed to tip-toe around my father who was very jealous of the time and attention she gave my diabetic brother.
Leonard was good-looking, a charmer and loved people, especially women because he felt and understood them. This seems to tie in with Chiron square Venus, where it states he may of struggled with his own physical gender. However, the more I think of this, Len was extremely spiritual/philosophical which tends to be feminine in itself and could describe his difficulty living in a predominately male world.
Another thought, Len was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only 8 years old. The moon rules the stomach and Venus describes the pancreas and kidneys,… together they show wanting something sweet to candy coat hurt or empty feelings. Even abandonment issues.
“Our earliest experience of food and safety, and our first encounter with the lunar principle after birth, is mother’s breast. Although the Moon is really inside us, we first meet it exteriorized in the person who has given birth to us, feeds us and protects us. If mother goes away, then the dark of the Moon has come, and we are overcome with terror of the abyss of extinction. “ Liz Greene The Illuminaries
Moon square Mars ~ This indicates a lot of inner tension and frustrations when trying our best to express our feelings, especially when our instincts are in conflict with them. This may cause us to have angry outbursts when we can no longer take the inner pressures.
Pent-up emotions can later manifest as arguments and confrontations – we may enjoy them as an excuse for self assertion, though they may really be a release of held-in energies. If these emotions become dominant in our life we can suffer from psychosomatic health disorders through repressed anger – espeically affecting the intestine and stomach areas. This repressed energy needs to be released through constructive channels; perhaps self-help techiques, relaxation or meditation.
Moon square Saturn
“The square between your Moon and Saturn indicates that you find it difficult to let go of the past and anyone associated with it. Because of your early conditioning, you are overwhelmed with guilt when you express disloyalty toward someone you have known for a long time. Family matters are therefore very important to you, and you forget few birthdays or other commemorative events. These tendencies show that you are emotionally trapped; it is difficult for you to establish your independence outside the confining circumstances of the home and family.
…The most likely fields of work for you are those that serve the needs of the elderly. Such fields as nursing, physical therapy, housing, geriatrics, food, and public assistance programs are some possible avenues of expression. These areas of endeavor emphasize domestic circumstances or identification with individuals who bring to mind your parents. You could perform excellent work and be amply rewarded for your efforts, and at the same time know that you are filling an important need.” Robert Pelletier
Leonard had this aspect which also contributes to isolation. Usually with this placement we like to keep most people at a safe arm’s distance .. we appear more serious .. we need our space. This may be rooted in one’s upbringing as the moon also represents the “emotional blanket” that is related to the emotions and sense of security that a mother gives us. With this aspect chances are this didn’t happen and if you have this aspect, may of had a sad and love-lacking upbringing, . Of course this will have an impact on a person’s adult life.
Leonard was quite argumentative growing up in the home this too may signify a mother’s coldness. To heal this square you have to trust yourself, trust that you deserve to love and be loved, believe you’re a good person; accept that this is how you grew up and that this has nothing to do with you, and accept that your family did the best they could.
You maintain tensions and frustrations by refusing to release behavior patterns formed during childhood and within your parental relationship. it is your choice, if you wish, to continue limiting your life, but it is not inevitable; limitations are only imaginary parameters which we draw around ourselves as a barrier; they can be erased or expanded. Your creativity is blocked by emotional repression. If you dissolve the barrier and redirect the energies toward positive and constructive channels, then much could be achieved. Finding additional interests and stimulation would be beneficial, showing that the world has much to offer if you open to its riches. Becoming involved with children could reveal new ways to see things; their enthusiasms and sense of wonder could be transmitted to you. With contemporary self-help techniques, visualization, meditation, affirmation, and the availability of numerous ways to release blocked energies, you can transform your life to face the future with positivity and optimism. Once freed from past restrictions, you can uncover your latent potential. ~ Paul Haydn
With this aspect in particular, it makes us very sensitive and fearful of criticism. This could be due to the fact that the mother has or had criticised us for all the things we did wrong (in her eyes). My mother was very hard on her children especially in regards to our success in school. It always made me feel like I was walking on eggshells around her … and this carried over into our adult life too. It’s taken me a long time to understand that there is a difference between constructive criticism and controlling criticism. I think too this aspect also reflects a mother who did very little hugging and kissing with her child/children.
“The Moon-Saturn child generally gets the message very early on that it has to be emotionally self-sufficient. The child receives early messages that they will be loved only if they behave in a certain kind of way; responsible and unobtrusive, staying in the background, not getting under people’s feet…The ramifications of this are that in adulthood, the individual finds it very difficult to react and respond in a spontaneous kind of way because there is a constant, very often barely conscious expectation of criticism. People with hard contacts, and the conjunction too, tend to express their feelings with great caution and a certain defensiveness.” Sue Tompkins
to be continued……
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