Being a mystic, it is very easy for me to have spontaneous shifts of consciousness that pull me into a broader perspective. From that viewpoint – the crow’s-eye view, which is my blog’s official name – I am able to appreciate the multiple dimensions and parts that comprise each aspect of life.
The Crow's-Eye View
With this blog, I want to get the reader -- and me -- thinking about what it is that we believe and take for granted as "the truth." After nearly six decades of life, I've concluded that "truth" is in the eye of the beholder. Read Full Introduction
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As a practicing astrologer for close to 40 years, I have become adept at the language and symbology of this ancient lens on life. I am not here to argue with anyone who might question or challenge me to explain why the movements of the planets, sun, and moon in our solar system have an influence on life on earth, both collectively and individually. I only know from my own long experience that this particular lens on life is remarkably synchronous with what actually transpires in the course of a person's life.
The psychological profile and personality analysis that a well interpreted natal chart affords (calculated using date, time, and place of birth) can provide as much -- or more -- insight in a much shorter period of time than psychotherapy. Clients often remark on this after they have had their first chart reading with me.
Is astrology my only lens on life? Absolutely not. But when I find myself or loved ones experiencing a more-than-average amount of stress, anxiety, challenging events, or even "happy accidents," out of curiosity I will see what transits (the angles or aspects the planets as they are currently positioned make in relation to the person's natal chart) are occurring. Invariably, there is a synchroncity where the circumstances mirror the transits.
The real gift of astrology, other than the insights it offers, is that it provides remarkably accurate timing. In other words, both positive and challenging periods (both of which provide opportunities for psychological, spiritual, and emotional growth) are of a limited duration, and astrology can tell one what that duration is and how best to use those opportunities.
As with most systems constructed by humans, astrology is but one lens to help us make sense of an overwhelmingly complex world and our place in it. I, and many others, find using this lens incredibly helpful as we navigate this mystery called life.
Posted on September 1st, 2014 (1 Comments)
Last night I remembered that today is Lily Tomlin's 75th birthday. Many of my generation remember her from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, but her body of work over the years has shown her depth and breadth as a character actress.
What always struck and strikes me about her performances, especially her one-woman shows written by her creative and life partner, Jane Wagner, is her ability to project the humanity of each of her vast array of characters. Even if some of them sit in judgment of themselves or others, they are written and portrayed without judgment. Wagner's writing is the perfect vehicle for Tomlin's ability to fully inhabit the characters. Both Wagner and Tomlin compassionately find the essence of these characters, even as the humor (sometimes black humor) and absurdity make us laugh out loud.
A gifted author or actor does not have the exclusive ability to enter into the mystery of the human condition as experienced by different individuals across a broad spectrum. Each of us has the capacity to "get" another individual, to empathize (barring a mental illness that erases the capacity for empathy), despite how much "us-vs.-them-ness" has clouded the lens rhrough which we habitually look at fellow members of our species.
The oftentimes unconscious judgments that we direct not only at others but also ourselves are a good reason to make a conscious decision to look at everyone experiencing the roller coaster ride of being human through the lens of the heart (which some call the eyes of Source).
Thank you, Lily and Jane, for using your creative gifts and art forms to remind us how it's done.
P.K., Jamaica Plain, MA -- energy balancing client