Decoding Septiles [Astrological Aspects]

Septiles are another one of those astrological aspects that have been overlooked by most astrologers for centuries, and this omission is actually an element of their character! Septiles, the family of aspects that results by dividing the circle by 7, are special in many ways, and very revealing.

I am forever indebted to Dane Rudhyar for helping me discover septiles. His “Less Familiar Aspects” addresses all aspects, including common and uncommon aspects (“contacts”). One element of his genius is seeing things holistically, putting things in context. If you want to understand aspects at a totally new level, I highly recommend it. The aspect wheel below is based on Rudhyar’s discussion.

Septiles Are Mysterious

To approach septiles, it is best to put oneself into a detached space because they are like Neptune; they indicate links to non-earthly reality. Of course, one may divide the circle by any prime number, but 7 is the only number that does not divide the circle evenly; it results in an irrational number (one that doesn’t repeat and goes on to infinity). It shares this trait with other mystical numbers like π (pi), and the Golden Ratio.

Rudhyar interprets this irrationality as signifying that septiles cannot be “completed” in earthly terms; they cannot be understood in terms of earthly words, thoughts, or “rationality.” As when considering Neptune, one has to decouple from earthly grounding. I promise, I won’t do that here, but I just wanted to give you a background for how to work with them in astrological charts. Continue reading “Decoding Septiles [Astrological Aspects]”

Why I Rarely Listen to Popular Music

You may have noticed that the lion’s share of popular songs is about romantic love, whether rock, pop, folk, R&B, or other. For much of my life, I sang along with them, lamenting my own string of romantic windmills. The fact that I’d studied the development of romantic French literature and psychology did little to dissuade my own desire for the romantic ideal that pervades popular songs. The beloved is presented as an object to be adored, sought, kept, rejected, or hated, all too oft in that order. It’s a preoccupation of songwriters (and song buyers ;^), seemingly regardless of language or culture.

Then my Dark Night process changed everything. One of its surprising side effects has been a transformation of what I experienced as “love.” I love much more intensely than ever, but it’s a completely different thing than it was before, and here I’ll try to explain it in case it is helpful to you. Continue reading “Why I Rarely Listen to Popular Music”

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”

The Body as Avatar

Yesterday I wrote about my growing practice of living in stereo by being present in earthly and spirit worlds simultaneously, and I suggested how Ego is tied to the body and earthly life, and how Ego grounds me in the earthly world and crowds out my connection to the spirit world. Here I will delve further into my relationship to my body—from a spirit perspective—in case it helps you to reconsider your relationship to your body and ego. I have created a lot of joy and freedom through these relationships. Continue reading “The Body as Avatar”

Depth Astrology 101: Bodies [Planets Plus]

Solar-SystemI am provisionally calling the kind of astrology I practice “Depth Astrology” to differentiate it from the relatively superficial type that most of us are familiar with. So I ask myself, what are some understandable ways that I can explain how it works? This is the first of a series on the basic elements of a natal (birth) chart, which is the fundamental astrological tool.

Bodies encompass planets, luminaries (our Sun and Moon), and some asteroids. When someone asks you, “What’s your sign?” they are referring to your sun sign, which is the cornerstone of newspaper and magazine astrology. The constellations are a backdrop of our solar system, so when you were born, as seen from Earth, the Sun had one of those constellations (the zodiac signs) behind it. That is your sun sign. You have probably heard that you also have a moon sign, and it is determined the same way. And so on for the other bodies. Continue reading “Depth Astrology 101: Bodies [Planets Plus]”

A Universal Language

silver-stream1-editHave you ever discovered something that’s so immense, broad and deep, that you wanted to share it but didn’t know where to begin? This is how I have been feeling for many months now, and I have finally concluded that there’s no right or best way to do it; I just have to start and let it flow.

I think I’ve discovered one of the universe’s languages, and this discovery has enabled me to interact with the universe and its people much better. It has also connected me to the universe in a very actionable way. I will try to explain my discovery and how it came about as simply as I can, but please bear with me as I lay down the basics. I will also strive to make this short and simple, a true challenge, for me especially ;^). Continue reading “A Universal Language”