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So, What’s Up with the Stars, Yo?

Updated: May 6

Okay, so what does that mean?


There comes a point in our lives where there’s a significant pause, and in that moment most of us are faced with an inner reflection of our being.


We desire to know our own personal path by asking questions like:


“What’s the true meaning of my purpose on this earth?”

“What is the meaning of life itself?”

“Why am I here?”

“What direction am I meant to head in?”

“What exactly am I meant to learn?”


And thus, the quest begins!


Most of us in this world find ourselves wanting to discover our own personal meaning and significance in life. Analyzing ourselves by taking an inventory of our spiritual beliefs, health, habits and addictions, our relationships, past experiences, etc. We also tend to view ourselves based on the insights and views that others have projected upon us, predominantly based on social constructs that have shaped us individually -- rather than how “we” as our own individual selves choose to shape our own values, ideals, and beliefs based solely from our own perceptions and experiences.


Sometimes, that can be a hard concept to obtain. Because most of us still adhere to things that we were taught, nor were we hardly allowed the freedom to explore “our” own truths. This makes it challenging to give ourselves permission to explore things outside of the social norms that were displayed to us since childbirth.


One of those ways I found to explore the “inner mechanical” world of the “self” is astrology.


How, do you ask?


I’m sure at this point you’re saying, “Really? I and so many others have the same zodiac sign. How does that make me unique and different?”


Well, did you know that the sign that most individuals associate with when they’re born is only the sun sign?


(Cue the cricket chirps…)


That’s right, y'all!


You have various placements other than the sun sign placement where you calculate them in what’s called a natal chart (birth chart). Now, according to Jan Spiller, author of Spiritual Astrology: A Path to Divine Awakening, a natal chart apparently is unable to duplicate within a timeframe of less than 25,000 years (Spiller and McCoy, 19)! This means that for the stars to realign the same as they did at the time of one’s birth, it will take more than 25,000 years for them to come together that same way again.


What?!!


So, here’s the thing -- I am not that person who tends to look at astrology as a tool to forecast or predict my future; this is because I believe in free will. That means that every person operates within their own autonomy by making personal decisions and actions. Obviously, our decisions and actions bring about consequences – good or bad. Call it karma, reaping what you sow, cause and effect…you get the point. But within the realm of our free will, I believe that we can change while also learning from those experiences. This too is amazing because it still proves that we all have the power to change in whatever way we want that serves our highest good – and that we’re not stuck or trapped in a frame of being.


What a blessing, right?


Just a side note…did you know it takes 21 days to establish a new habit?

But as I was saying, astrology is a tool that I’ve looked at for the ‘self ’ regarding the lessons, emotional constructs, and characteristics that have been acquired in past-life occurrences.


Yes, past-life occurrences – meaning, living in other lifetimes prior to the current one.


Some people believe in reincarnation, and others don’t. And that’s okay. It’s whatever your truth is in your belief and/or faith system. As we all know, our spiritual beliefs are very sacred and personal to each of us. But that’s also the beauty of this great mosaic of cultures and peoples that we live among in the world.


Does this mean that we’re meant to relive and continue what we did in other lives?


No.


Once again, you have free will. It's kind of like getting a class refresh from a previous course of ‘Past Life 101’ at the beginning of ‘Past Life 102’.


What we learned and experienced, applying those lessons, and then shifting the focus and asking ourselves, “How can we learn from the new lessons in this life?”


Many years ago, there was a man named Edgar Cayce who was known as the “sleeping prophet” in the early 20th century. He gave over 14,000 recorded readings in a sleep state of consciousness – where he gained access to what’s called the Akashic Record. The Akasha is kind of like a place where every event that occurred in space & and time is saved on a computer’s hard drive. Except, obviously the hard drive space is beyond measure that humans could ever comprehend, and the computer is the universe’s system holding all the data of well...like…everything?


Once again, another topic for another day, and that’ll be a good one to come – for sure!


Now, apparently, Edgar Cayce’s view of astrology is not so much the same as conventional astrology. In the “traditional” sense, the position of the luminaries at the time of our birth was a revelation of lifetimes past. In his readings, it’s mentioned that their placements were “signs”, or rather, “indications” of when, what, and where we had previously experienced learning in “consciousness” within various realms (Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment).In a nutshell, how the planets and stars were positioned at our birth was not something meant for foretelling potential events of our future, but more of our own personal accounts -- a glimpse of our personal past story of previous “sojourns and how our present life is influenced.


“Those periods of sojourn during the interims between the manifestations in materiality are indicated from the astrological symbols or signs. Not that the body (as known as a body, physical) sojourned in Mercury, Mars, Jupiter or any of the other planets of this particular solar system. But the use of the mental in the opportunities in relationships to the spiritual and physical is indicated by a sojourn of the entity in the environs accredited with such an influence.
“Thus, as we find here, these are the characteristics, as might be said, which arise as a composite of the mental or the spiritual and material aspects.” (Edgar Cayce reading 1664-2)

So, when we reflect upon what Cayce gave, it also seems to align with what the Greek philosopher Claudius Ptolemy claimed by stating, “The wise man rules his stars, the fool obeys them.” Astrologers often claim that “the sky is a ‘mirror’ of life on earth: as we gaze at it, we see our own reflection”. (Campion, 1)


According to the author of What Do Astrologers Believe, Nicholas Campion, the word astrology comes from Greco-origin ‘astro-logos’, which means “word of the stars.” Where logos translates as “mind” or “reason” – this is to suggest an “active intelligence” within the realm of the heavens (stars and planets). However, there is a profound distinction between astrology and astronomy.


And trust me when I tell you, I know. Take a class on it, and you’ll see what I mean. TOTALLY different animals, metaphorically speaking.


We all know stars and planets aren't animals...duh.


And again, deriving from the Greco-origin, ‘astro-nomia’, is known as “the law of the stars,” which indicates the “measurement and movement” of the luminaries.


Yeah…that was a lot in a big nutshell. But to conclude, within the world of astrology, YOU can discover your complete uniqueness. Now, there are many ways that an astrologer can interpret a natal chart because there are many various types of astrology out there.


But hey…I think that covers enough for today, and we’ll leave that topic for another time.


But I will leave you with a final thought…


When was the last time you looked at the stars?




Bibliography:


Campion, Nicholas. What Do Astrologers Believe? London: Granta Publications, 2006. Print.


Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment. Edgar Cayce's A.R.E: Your Body, Mind, Spirit Resource Since 1931. 2021. Web. 16 September 2023.


Edgar Cayce Readings Ó 1971, 1993-2007 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.

All rights reserved.


Spiller, Jan and Karen McCoy. Spiritual Astrology: Your Personal Path to Self-Fulfillment. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. Print.




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