Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Astro Download Part 2

Read part 1 here. 

I'm just going to jump in assuming that you have read the previous posts.

A typical natal chart looks something like this. Ignore the ad (I don't endorse that yellow jar-headed guy.):

It's a blueprint of the exact position of all the constellations and planets at the moment of your birth from the exact latitude and longitude of your birth. That's pretty cool if you ask me. It involves some pretty complex math so be grateful for apps and software that can do it for you. 

It usually comes with a short had explanation that looks sort of like this.

The most important things in there for now are the Ascendant (also known as your Rising sign), and the Moon. We covered the sun sign yesterday. It is determined by your month of birth--only in the Hebrew calendar, which is a Lunar-Solar Calendar. So everything on the above table is correct except the sun sign. In the above picture, the sun sign is not shown because it is scrolled up top, but it says it is Libra. But in actuallity for that date of that year, it happened to fall on the Hebrew calendar under Scorpio instead of Libra. 

Your rising sign (Ascendant) is determined by what constellation the sun was in at the moment of your birth. In this chart it is in cancer. Your moon is determined by what constellation the moon was in at the moment of your birth. In this chart it is in Scorpio.

Your sun sign as we discussed gives you a lot of general personality traits about a person as well as their weaknesses and challenges.

The Rising Sign is important because it indicates the tools that the universe has given you to deal with your sun sign, though it can also affect your personality in negative ways and comes with warnings if you don't use your tools.

Your moon sign is your reactive system. It indicates how a person will react to things. 

So for example, if you are a Taurus with Cancer rising, you will have the emotional, nurturing nature of cancer to help you be more caring, as well as Cancer's legendary intuition to help you face reality. If you have Aires rising, the fire of Aires can help Taurus get out and take more risks. 

If you are Taurus with Taurus rising, basically the universe is not giving you any tools. Ha! But don't despair. There are other tools within the chart. That's for a more advanced course. 

There are certain combinations of signs that can be very favorable and others that seem to clash and that person will usually have a very difficult life and a very intense personality. For example, a Scorpio moon is a very difficult moon to have because Scropio is so intense and complex. It is a water sign but its internal energy is fire--two opposite elements. Scorpios are mighty warriors, and intuitive, but they can also be very critical and not give second chances. Famous Scorpios include Biblical King David. 

As I learn more about each sign from a spiritually based standpoint, I am learning so much. I used to dabble in astrology and I could tell people who were certain signs (Geminis are easy to spot, for instance.) But now I can spot most of the signs quickly and I have an understanding of what motivates this person, what they came here for, and how I can help them, and how I should talk to them. This helps me as a teacher because I am here to elevate people. 

Which brings me to the good stuff. The above natal chart is actually mine. Or used to be. I always thought I was a Libra, which I fancied. But it turns out I was a Scropio with a Cancer Rising and a Scorpio Moon. That is a lot of the water element, and one of the most intense moons. 

But as I wrote in an earlier post, Yogi Bhajan said we could rewrite our natal chart and change our destiny through Kundalini Yoga. I never got how this exactly could happen until I got into Jewish Astrology, which goes back to Abraham. But in truth LDS scholars and astronomers like John Pratt know that the Zodiac was fist given to Enoch, but let's start with Abraham because his story is most interesting.

Abram was a master of both astrology and astronomy. He knew the stars planets and how they were formed and he understood their internal energy. He also knew his own chart and knew that having children was not in his destiny, nor Sarai's. But God said to him, Abram, "go outside" and count the stars, and such will be the number of your seed. (I paraphrase.) By "go outside" God is not just inviting him to step out of his house/tent. He is inviting him to go outside of human consciousness and expand it to the reality where you can influence the stars.

And then he told him, from this day forward you shall be known as Abraham. And Sarai got a name change to Sarah. The name change basically created a rebirth and a new identity. God also invited him to go outside and look at the stars because as of that moment, Abraham had to make new natal charts for both he and Sarah.

 Name changes are used many times throughout the scriptures to rewrite a person's destiny.

For example, Hoshea was renamed Joshua
Saul was renamed Paul
Simon was renamed Peter
Abram became Abraham
Jacob became Israel
Eliakim renamed Jehoiakim
"The woman" became known as Eve

And there are loads more. Some changed by God, Jesus, apostles and their King.

 Of course, just going to the courthouse and changing your name is not going to do it. Courts on earth mean nothing to God. And just applying for a spiritual name doesn't guarantee anything either. A new name has to be earned through spiritual upleveling.

When I put all this together, I realized what has happened in my own life. I never felt that I wanted a Kundalini Spiritual name in 7 years of practice, but last year I suddenly felt that it was time. God told me I needed to be someone new and to go ahead and get one. So I requested a spiritual name and it came a few days later. I loved it and started using it immediately, but only recently do I realize just how important that was.

I went back and looked at the date stamp on that email and made a new natal chart. I still don't understand it all, but the good news is that I went from having one of the least favorable moons to having a very favorable moon in Libra. My Sun Sign now is Cancer, which is one of the most intuitive signs. The intuition of a Cancer is legendary. My rising sign is now Scorpio, which makes sense that since I had so much Scorpio before I'd have the corrected Scorpio now as my tool kit. The corrected Scorpio, by the way, is compared to an eagle, who sees everything, but flies high above it and doesn't get involved in drama. They are also very intuitive. So that is a double bonus.

I looked back in my journal to see what I was doing the day I received my spiritual name and I found that I had just started a new journal the day after I got my name. The entry said:

Had dreams last night. I woke before my alarm feeling very refreshed despite a late bedtime. The feeling was that something wonderful has happened in me. I'm not sure what. The angels definitely worked on me last night....

Looking back, I see that since that date in June I have a whole new life. "Charmed" is not the right word for it, but it is amazingly better than before and much different than most people I know. My friend Robyn says I live like the apostles of old. Ha! Well, I still have to take out my own garbage and put gas in my car and I am not impervious to heat or hunger or cold or headaches (yet), but I don't worry or fear. I am full of love and most days, I walk with grace.

seven-ish years ago
A few months after my name change. Can you see the difference? It's in the eyes.
They used to look inward. Now they look outward and are full of light! Amazing. 

I don't think that getting a name change is part of everyone's destiny. Some people just need to be corrected under the sign they are. But just so you know--if your life has been really intense, you can elevate yourself through meditation and loving your neighbor, and get a totally different life. You can create a destiny where there was none.

That's all for now. More to come. Sat Nam.

Post Script:

Some people want to know if the new name people get a part of religious ceremonies could be a kind of rebirth. My answer is that I can't speak for everyone. It is possible, but that name has different purposes and and it is not something you go by from then on. Abraham was told "from now on you shall be known as..."Of course, there could be way more here for some people, but not for all. I'm leaving it to you to do your own investigation and praying about it.

The other question is about marriage. Marriage sometimes includes a name change for women, and sometimes for men too. It definitely involves a title change, but whether this corresponds with spiritual upleveling is something to be examined.

Sat Nam.

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