Noviles and Novile Triangle Interpretation

The novile family (“Nineness”) is like a trine but to the third power

As I first described in Aspects on Steroids, noviles appear to have an ethereal character, but this falls away once one steps outside one’s incarnated reality. Noviles become quite matter-of-fact because their essential characteristic is joy from acceptance of the world as it is, joy from “loving it anyway,” finding the beauty in it. The novile family (“Nineness,” thank you David Hamblin!) is like a trine but to the third power. Unlike quintile and septile people, novile people do not try to change the world; they accept it as it is. And where Threeness—trines—harmonizes with the world subjectively and instinctively, Nineness perceives the diversity of the world, accepts the apparent chaos of it all, and feels love and joy.

As Zorba says, Nineness loves “the whole catastrophe.”

Joy only results when one acts spontaneously from a spirit/soul place. The mind cannot conjure joy. So Nineness acceptance is far from resignation, in case you were wondering. The joy, for me, anyway, results from seeing the pain, beauty, incongruity, immensity of the universe, our incarnated “world,” feeling it according to our values, which cause us to love some things and hate other things. I associate this kind of earthly “love” and “hate” with ego energy because it is vibrant and lacks detachment.

For example, in Life and Death, I shared the surprising joy I had discovered by realizing that I was already dead, that I saw so clearly that time only existed within the incarnated world. I discovered so much freedom from the lack of fear of death. I felt more alive than ever. I associate this kind of ethos with Nineness.

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On Physicality and Aging

Goals are about destinations, not journeys.

Today I am reflecting on my motivation for “working out” and being active, and I suspect that these reflections may help you rethink how you relate to your body as they have me, so here we go.

Here’s some context: since entering “middle age” several years ago, I have had many conversations and other interactions having to do with people’s motivations and attitudes toward their bodies, and many of these emerged during ethnographic research engagements in which I studied people online. Most of the stereotypes and ideas I encountered are not useful to me because they miss the whole point of what the body is, what its significance is. So let’s follow this and see where it leads. Continue reading “On Physicality and Aging”

Pain

Did you know that pain can diminish you, or add to you, and its effect is totally based on how you experience it?

How do you bear pain?

For me, if I experience pain from an Ego place, I feel anger or self pity (“Fuck you! Why me?”).

If I experience pain from Spirit, I feel gratitude (“Wow, I can feel this pain, but I need not take it personally; what can I learn?”).

In the first case, I feel that pain takes something from me. In the second, it adds to me.

This feels so weird to say, but I experience that pain I experience from a Spirit place is a kind of ecstasy (tears, sobs).

Yes, ‘tis true for me.

Why are sadness, pain, and ecstasy so close to each other?

I imagine it’s because pain comes from Ego, realizing that he really has no consequence, and joy comes from Spirit who rejoices in the wholeness and connection of all.

So, Ego is truly an illusion, a wonderful temporary illusion. So Ego is diminished in pain, but Spirit feels no pain because it is the whole. It knows pain doesn’t really exist.

So, experiencing them both, in stereo, is exquisite.

How Valentine’s Day Ends up Killing Love

The way commercial cultures “celebrate” Valentine’s day ends up killing love, sweetly and surely. The good news is, we can prevent this by learning how the killing works and how we can disrupt it.

We begin by examining love—because love is quite different from what we grow up thinking it is. Read on for your guide to disrupting the 21st century Valentine’s day massacre that occurs every year. Continue reading “How Valentine’s Day Ends up Killing Love”

Decoding Quintiles [Astrological Aspects]

Did you know that every family of astrological aspects has a certain characteristic vibration and meaning?

I see them as colors: as every wavelength produces a distinct hue when interacting with light, each family of aspects has a vibration and meaning when it connects planets to each other (and angles). If you’d like to see how astrological aspects work, I wrote Aspects [Angles] for you!

I do extensive work with quintiles, the family of aspects that is based on dividing the circle into five, so multiples of 72 degrees. I have been studying and interpreting them for a few years now—in self-defense because I have eleven of them in my natal chart. I had to get to the bottom of that! Continue reading “Decoding Quintiles [Astrological Aspects]”

Freedom from the Known/Jiddu Krishnamurti

freedomknownHave you ever read a book that feels so clear and familiar that its thoughts felt like your own? This is my experience of Freedom from the Known, which expresses thoughts and practices I have been developing for some time, but in a much more elegant, powerful and simple way than I could ever do. The small book is truly revolutionary, and I think you can use many of its suggestions to make profound change in your life.

Krishnamurti communicates so simply and cleanly that I think the book is accessible to anyone who is interested in confronting his/her ideas. At various points in the book, I felt myself objecting and creating mental friction, but that is about my reaction, not the book. Its ideas and observations are very clear to an open mind. If you are used to reading philosophy, it will probably be easy for you to grasp (although perhaps not easy to practice, at least it isn’t for me). Here, I’ll summarize each chapter before attaching my reflections at the end. I will also share how I am practicing some of the book’s suggestions.

If you are curious and feel mental resistance to the chapter summaries, try skipping to my interpretation and reflections where I’ll discuss how I think this works from a practical perspective and how I have been using the concepts. Continue reading “Freedom from the Known/Jiddu Krishnamurti”

Unpacking the Hidden Power of Curiosity

I have learned that being curious is one of the most powerful and overlooked forces that a person can have, at least I have noticed how it makes a huge difference in my life. It enables me to learn, to change, and to be present in my earthly and spirit lives. I have also noticed that curiosity increases intimacy in relationships because, along with observation, curiosity enables learning.

Most interesting of all is that anyone can increase his/her curiosity by following a few practices as I shall outline here. You can improve your relationships with people and groups of people, and your ability to learn new things. Continue reading “Unpacking the Hidden Power of Curiosity”

Reframing the “Good” and “Bad” of Daily Life

This Spirit/Body series on living earthly and spirit channels while incarnated has been pretty abstract thus far, and today I’m pleased to get down to some day-to-day practicality! You may appreciate this post more if you check out its progenitors, The Body as Avatar and On Being Incarnate. The big idea in this series is that one can live more fully by experiencing one’s incarnated life on two levels, the body and the spirit. I am learning how to do this, and I’m sharing my insights in case they give you some ideas to create your life with more purpose. Continue reading “Reframing the “Good” and “Bad” of Daily Life”