Issues in this month’s edition are:
Preview month August
Lobster or crab, both come from the water
Light on the path & through the gates of gold (6)
Astrology and astronomy in daily practice
Astrology AD 1910
Coincidence in our solar system
The journey of the soul (book review)
Wisdom of Lao Tse
Our existence is insecure from many of our points of view.
It is difficult for us to deal with this, and we try to control every possible thing in our lives.
As such, this is a natural behavior, provided we do understand that we are part of something greater and unknowable. This is the real source and need for our understanding and becoming aware.
When we are born, we have chosen a mission for this life. It is laid down in the energetic blueprint, presented by our birth chart.
However, the circumstances we select, our body, our social environment, are of importance.
They offer us a part of the challenges we will meet on our path through life.
To be aware of the mission in our lives, and to live it conscious and aware, even where the external guide, guiding us the way, is not available, can help us to come to fulfillment.
The understanding there is not a simple recipe or solution for every simple problem can also be helpful. This will enable us to find the answers we look for, in ourselves.
Also, here the adagio: “Look and thou shall find”, can be helpful.
Underneath painting from Janneke Hillenaar: “Window to the future” gives a special impression of this.
I wish you all a month with important contributions in becoming more aware of the objectives and mission in your life.
Who knows, we will meet somewhere on our path.
Preview for the month August
The energy at the beginning of August is positive and helpful. We can become assistance in new endeavors from unexpected side.
About August 4th our thinking and communication becomes more precise. We also can become more helpful.
About August 7th, we can have the encounter of our dreams, at the same time we can feel somewhat inhibited.
About August 9th, the encounter of our dreams can turn out not to meet our high expectations.
About August 11th we are more creative and innovative.
It is a good energy for the implementation of ideals.
The Full Moon on August 12th is on Aquarius 20th degree. This can give emotional experiences with friends.
About August 14th we may feel worked against and not understood.
In most cases these are messages, reflecting our own actions. Try to understand them and to learn your lessons. The better you understand them, the easier it will be to achieve the objections you have planned.
Also add enough awareness to your actions, it will be helpful to get support.
About August 16th we are creative and inventive. We can harvest valuable insights.
About August 18th everything flows, all your actions might be carried out without any problem.
When on August 20th Mars enters Gemini, our discussions may become fiercer.
Be careful in your communications, you might not be fully understood. Sometimes you also may express yourself in a way your intentions are not recognized.
Try to be pure in your communication and take the time to check whether your intentions are really understood.
On August 23rd the Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo. We become less royal, our tendency to take things for granted disappears. We become more helpful and directed to our fellow-people.
On August 24th we can have special thoughts. Sometimes you even can doubt on what you have thought of.
From August 26th and on, we are more directed to the partner.
The New Moon on August 27th is on Virgo 5th degree.
According to the astrological mandala this degree is symbolized by:
“A man becoming aware of nature spirits and normally unseen spiritually agencies”.
This symbolizes the opening of new levels of consciousness.
It is supposed to be the degree of Imagination.
This New Moon also brings difficult energies, possibly leading to irritations.
It will be good to let them flow off in a meditation.
Against the end of the month, our relations can cool down somewhat. We also could find out we have been acting too exaggerative in our expenses.
The astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar
Important energies for August
This month, the following important energies will be present. They will be the explanation for significant events during this month. Time used is GMT.
1 Sun trine Jupiter, Mars conjunction Northern Lunar Node
2 Mars conjunction Uranus, Venus sextile Uranus
3 Venus sextile Mars
4 Mercury enters Virgo (08.58)
7 Venus trine Neptune, Mars square Saturn
9 Venus opposition Pluto
11 Sun square Uranus, Venus enters Leo (20.30), Mars sextile Neptune
12 Full Moon (03.36) on Aquarius 19.21
14 Sun opposition Saturn, Mars trine Pluto
16 Mercury trine Uranus
18 Venus trine Jupiter
20 Mars enters Gemini (09.56)
21 Mercury opposition Neptune
22 Mercury trine Pluto
23 Sun enters Virgo (05.16)
24 Uranus turns retrograde (15.54)
26 Mercury enters Libra (03.03)
27 Venus square Uranus, Sun square Mars, New Moon (10.17) at 04.04 Virgo
28 Venus opposition Saturn
Lobster or Crab, both come from the water
On July 21st the Sun was in Cancer and the Moon in Pisces, a day with plenty of water.
According to the Moon-agenda, we should pay special attention to our feet.
As far as concerns Sun in Cancer, what is supposed to be the difference between the lobster as picture on the card of Barbara Walker (the Moon) and the crab pictured on the card “the Moon” of the Rider Waite tarot?
Symbolically there is no big difference; Crab or Lobster it is both from the water and related to emotions. On the card of Barbara Walker, we see the Full Moon in the evening sky and a green colored lobster rises from the depth of the water. The Moon washes and wains, in a cycle of dark to new, to full and back again to start a new cycle.
However, on the card of Rider-Waite we see a crab leaving the water. The animal where Waite talks about it symbolizes our fears in the depth of the soul, deeper than the animal.
Waite about this in his book: ‘The Pictorial Key to the Tarot’ p. 140: “that which comes up out of the deeps the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower than the savage beast”.
Also, the crab comes near and withdraws, in relation to the tides of the Moon, and depending on the type it shuffles backwards, sideward or forward.
Moon and crab are related to the mother, the night, the water, and the feeling and with the ever changing and inconstant mood.
In Greek mythology, the origin of this star sign is explained by the second work of Heracles, where Heracles fought against the Hydra, the water snake with many heads.
The Hydra was consecrated to Hera, the wife of Zeus. The lobster took a bite in Heracles heel and made his attack more difficult.
During the fight Hera sent a giant crab to help the Hydra. However, Heracles stood on it and destroyed it. Hera put the crab in the skies as the star sign Cancer, as it has given his life to help the Hydra.
The myth also tells us about giant lobsters causing ships to sink.
They represent the catastrophic character and deep regression pulling us downwards or backwards in our deepest feelings.
However, regression is not only negative. The dark Moon proclaims a new phase, the dark of the unconscious brings the psychological rebirth in the womb of the sea mother.
The protecting harness of the crab can be a metaphor, for defensive reactions to protect deeper emotional insecurity and vulnerability.
In western astrology the lobster is the symbol for the fourth sigh of the ecliptic, Cancer.
Cancer is ruled by the Moon. Cancer time begins with the summer solstice when the Sun is on the moth northly point and starts her journey back to the south, indicating the shortening of the days.
At one side this is the defeat of the Sun hero and the lobster like power, pulling on the life has gained a maximum. At the other side it is the balance of crab between progression and regression and the solution of Sun’s activity in the increasing darkness.
In astrology, Cancer corresponds to the fourth house, the home. Here the lobster, crab or cancer sign represents the attunement with natural rhythms and cycles we are at home.
It recalls the instinct of refugee and recovery, how we return every day to our homes.
The star sign Cancer relates to our need to be apart and to share our most intimate memories as well. It also recalls protective reactions against unwelcome penetrations in our most hidden feelings. In the hard armor of the lobster lies its defense mechanism.
Figural it is about the power to overcome difficult situations.
Cancer is related to birth and give live, the mothership, and a deep believe in life itself.
The brightest star of this sign is the fixed star Acubens, a white and red double star, position in the left “leg” of the animal. This name comes from the Arab word Az Zubana, meaning claw or scissors.
A lobster uses its scissors to collect food. Some types use them also to carry eggs in.
It will also use the scissors to defend itself, however, it will never use them to attack, unless his eggs or children are in danger.
The theme Acubens represents, is related to all processes around the giving and protection of life, as for instance motherhood and for instance the end of live and palliative processes.
They could be important issues especially when your Sun or MC is on this degree.
Also, the passing away process from life could be an important task.
Acubens gives you a lot of respect and a deep belief in the power of life, both on a spiritual and material level. It is a possibility in your life to take care for other people and you also can give a lot for all your loved ones.
A strong will to survive and a feeling of optimism allow you to overcome possible problems.
Your belief in life itself is your most important source to empowerment.
Actually, Acubens is on Leo 14th degree (13 gr. 57 min.).
By: Eleonore Oldenburger
What stars tell you; Willem Beekman and Bart Brandsma. (Kosmos Z&K-Utrecht)
From Achilleus to Zeus; Eric Moormann & Wilfried Uiterhoeve. (Sun-Nijmegen)
The stars of your life; Adrie Byen & Ria Borst. (A3)
The Tarot as a key to insight parts III and IV: Eleonore Oldenburger. (Ankh Hermes)
Light on the path & through the gates of gold (6)
This booklet of author Mabel Collins had been published in the first issue in 1887.
When the lessons from the former articles have been understood, a clear inner voice will direct itself to you and say:
You have been harvesting, now it is time to saw
While you know this voice comes from the deepest silence itself you will listen.
Now you are a student, able to stand upright, able to hear, to see, to speak, having overcome desire, having seen your soul blossoming, has recognized this and have heard the sounds of silence, go to the Hall of Lessons and read:
Lesson 1: Abstain from the coming fight and although you fight do not be the warrior
Lesson 2: Look for the warrior and allow him to fight in you
Lesson 3: Receive his orders to fight and obey them
Lesson 4: Do not obey as if he were a general, but as if he were yourself, and his spoken words the expression of your inner secret desires: as he is in yourself but endlessly wiser and stronger.
It is an expression of the struggles in all lives. A struggle where in silence and the middle of all there is the fight takes place against the self and the ego.
It also is the fight to be learned from the rules of life of Panjali, an old Master of Yoga and written down in the Yama (moral refusal: violence less – truth loving – do not steal – refrain – desire less)
and Niyama (laws: pureness – confidence – tolerance – study of the self – total surrender)
Light on the path, Mabel Collins
Yama and Niyama, Ajata Stam
Astrology and astronomy in daily practice.
During the month of August and also the coming months, Venus will not be visible, the planet is too close to our Sun, these months.
This month the planet Mars will be visible at sunrise in the South.
Jupiter and Saturn are rising in the Southeast at sunset.
On August 12th the Full Moon is close to Saturn, on August 15 and 16 the Moon is close to Jupiter and on August 20 the Moon is close to Mars.
About the end of June Neptune was station before going retrograde. Many times the moment where the energy of Neptune can be felt strongest. I have felt it being somewhat dizzy and having many dreams and sudden messages. I also received from other people messages of encounters with animals. I had an experience with a merle who passed me and entered the house, having a look inside. After a while she came out again and flew to a tree. Others reported swallows, harmalines, doves and crows. All symbols of signification in related lives.
From one of the readers of this newsletter I received a booklet about coincidence in our solar system. It was sent to me at a moment she had not yet received the newsletter of July and Neptune had turned retrograde. It gives information fitting very well to the preface in the July newsletter.
Cosmic knowledge is one of the deeper significations of Neptune. Very special!
A couple of days later and after a meditative walk I got handed over a set of ancient astrology books with the message: “possibly something for you”. Indeed, this was the case, a special set of books I will gratefully use to get knowledge from in this newsletter, as for instance the next article.
Astrology AD 1910
This booklet with the title “Astrology for everybody” written by the (by this time) well known astrologer Alan Leo was edited in 1910.
In the introduction I found the following text of the journalist M. de Blowitz (from his Memoires).
“I believe in the never-ending interference of a highest power, not only guiding us in general, but also in our actions. When I see, nothing in nature has been left to a chance, that irresistible laws govern every motion, that the tiniest spark, appearing in the heavens and disappearing again in an exact rhythm, I cannot suppose that whatever is related to mankind happens by accident”.
In his preface Alan Leo writes:
“For the astrology is without doubt one of the most challenging studies helping us to understand. It is not only illuminating the ratio, but it also gives solutions for many societal and other questions mankind has to deal with”.
Nothing new under the sun at first sight and when we for instance relate this to the discoveries in the following article “Coincidence in the solar system”, we have a view on the developments we are gone through.
The basic thought however remains intact.
Apparently (and thanks to the availability of telescopes and IT) we have added a lot of new knowledge.
I will, because on August 1st midnight Sun is in Leo and Moon is in Virgo, add some texts from this booklet of application of astrology in 1910 related to this as an example of the further development in astrology.
I will translate the Dutch text:
The sign of Leo is the fifth sign in the zodiac, a fixed sign and royal.
All people born with the Sun in this sign are powerful, leading, self-controlled, determined, noble, ambitious, and trustful. When developed morally, they show an attractive and sympathic character.
They are special in their skills for compassion, and to be in harmony. However, when not developed morally, they are passionately and always in a hurry being too sensitive for the own emotions.
Sun in Leo and Moon in Virgo.
This is a good combination and clarifies the practical side of the Leo character. It gives the skills to be selective and to analyze and to adapt to any environment.
The person concerned is self-confident, however in some cases a broader scope and a better understanding would be necessary. For those who are not developed morally it will give a tendency to deceitfulness.
It promises success in trade.
Two days, after I had written this text there was a special event in my life.
We got a message of the passing away of somebody in the family. From the mourning chart and the date of birth on it, I could find out this person was born with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Virgo.
Coincidence in the solar system
Already for many centuries, mankind is occupied in trying to understand the dynamics in our solar system. We already have understood many insights, however we still are looking for more.
Recently, I received a very interesting booklet as a present and was struck deeply by the special contents.
The booklet was about the order in our solar system and how they are presented to us on earth.
Figure: the journey of our Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars through the universe.
In the figure above the journey of the kernel of our solar system through the universe has been depicted. The movement of the whole is like a corkscrew. Keep also in mind that our Sun (with all planets in our solar system) orbits around the fixed star Sirius and all planets have an own orbit around the sun and turn around their own axis.
Another example is about the orbits of Mercury and Venus.
In the upper part of the figure underneath we see a picture of their orbit around our Sun, Mercury inside and Venus outside.
When we draw the orbit of Mercury in her average distance to the Sun as a circle, and we add 3 other circles with the same radius around the center, taking care these circles touch each other, then it comes out that the orbit of Venus exactly fits the outside of these 3 circles and also touch them.
See the result in the lower part of the following figure.
Figure: the coincidence in the orbits of Mercury and Venus
In a similar way relationships between other planets in our solar system can be depicted.
I will give other examples in the next edition of this newsletter.
John Martineau: A little book of Coincidence (Wooden books):
Wisdom of souls (book review)
This book from author Michael Newton gives insight in the world of souls.
It is based on experiences with clients under hypnosis in case studies.
From this all a consistent picture is presented from the world of the souls, the area giving a view on the existence between different lives.
It gives insight in the structure and events taking place in the world of the souls and how they are presented to us in daily lives.
We also get an insight in the why and when of the selection of upcoming incarnations.
I, myself, had in the past some experiences in this area (I almost was drowned at the age of 4, and also had the experience under hypnosis of a session going back to earlies lives).
I was pleased to recognize these experiences in what Newton has written down in this book.
We also have contacts, during our lives, with guides, entities from the world of the souls, being permanently available in our lives to assist us, in many cases without even becoming aware of it.
At het end of the book the author refers to a message he once received from a Buddhist monk in Thailand.
“Life is presented to us as a means of self-expression and only brings us when we have learned to listen to the heart. The highest expressions of this are acts of friendliness. Our soul maybe travelling, far from home, but we are not tourists. We bear responsibility for the evolution to a higher level of awareness from ourselves and people around us. As such our journey is a collective journey”.
An intriguing book and advisable to read for all who like to have more insight in why we are here and the modus operandi in the world of souls.
Michael Newton Wisdom of souls
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