Featured Sign – Sagittarius

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Sagittarius is one of those Signs which really points out the differences between traditional and esoteric astrology. For one thing, the Earth is its planetary ruler; traditional astrology doesn’t even use the Earth. How can we not use the planet upon which we live and move and have our being? And what of the astrology of the future? When an astrologer is living on – oh, say Mars for example – a colony of folks are already signed up to land there in 2023 – is that astrologer supposed to look out into the vast sky full of stars and planets and say, “Oh, I think I’ll just ignore the Earth!” This really is an astrology for the future.

Sagittarius rules Travel, but not just that form of travel; it is the Inner Journey it is most concerned with. Sagittarius rules the Seeker on the Path. The horse – ruled by Sagittarius – is a common theme in dreams when one is “on the move.” It is a symbol of travel, movement, nobility and a wild, free spirit, all of which Sagittarius is about. Doug Hays’ sculpture is a beautiful example of the sense of both nobility and movement, the movement of wind through the hair when one is on the move, wind through the Soul.

Sagittarius also rules the Native American culture – those who revered and lived on the Earth as a Mother, as something to be respected and cared for, not to be owned or abused. I do not suggest that “The Noble Savage” was/is a perfect human being – they are as human as any other – only that they were indeed connected to the Earth in ways that European cultures had forgotten. They would understand well James Lovelock’s theory (today quite accepted) of Gaia, a living Earth. Today, many are hungry for the Ancient Wisdom of shamanic and native ways; luckily there are some who are willing to share the knowledge.

Worrell, shaman sculptureBill Worrell’s Sculpture on Stone is indicative of one who incorporates everything about him/her as part of a belief system. Deer, Birds, Sun and Stone – we are all One and part of the One. Mitakye Oyasin – We are all One, is a common mantra we could all live by. Mother Earth is failing due to modern man’s concept of Dominion over the Earth. She needs our help, now.

I leave this dialogue with the thoughts of 2 different Wise Men:

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

– Chief Seattle, 1854

and . . .

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell, And I understood more than I saw; For I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must Live together like one being.

– Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks

Featured Sign – Scorpio

 

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Scorpio is the sign of tests and tribulations, to which I can attest even when creating this blog!! But I won’t bore you with the details of how none of this – pictures or text – would line up as desired. I did, however recognize it as the perfect metaphor for Scorpio! Do I give up and go on? Well, eventually I did yes, because I did want to get this post out before it was the season of Sagittarius!!! So what you see is what you get . . . which is not necessarily true of Scorpio!

This is the sign into which we incarnate when we have already proven strength and durability in previous signs. Our Souls of course, do not wish for us to fail even if it does give us many hurdles to overcome and battles – inner or outer – to fight. This is the time when we are given the most delicious of senses and made very aware of them. And just when we most wish to succumb to all of those driving urges and sensuous desires – why else would we be given such experiences? – we realize that they, like the material world, are also part of the Grand Illusion. This is when the Dweller on the Threshold faces the Angel of the Shining Presence to do battle.

Hence the artwork above. Brenda Heim’s abstract work on the left makes me think of a warrior leaping out to do battle with his/her mighty sword. Mars is the planetary ruler of Scorpio and is often thought of as the God of blood and battles. But it is the battle within which the Disciple must fight. And of course it is the Angel, like this beautiful bronze sculpture by Peter Chinni, which we hope will win this battle of the senses, of Evil against Good, of Reality against the Grand Illusion.

The trials of Hercules as depicted in “The Labours of Hercules, An Astrological Interpretation,” by Alice Bailey depicts a particular trial every one of the signs is meant to undergo. But in fact, because Scorpio is all about testing and trials, the whole book could be said to be Scorpion literature. Yet, I choose the tale particularly aimed at Scorpio to quote here:

“Hercules was told to find the nine-headed hydra that lived in a stench-drenched bog.” This is a metaphor for the caverns of the mind. “The burning arrows of flaming aspiration must be discharged before its presence is revealed.” Hercules finds the hydra and attempts to cut off one head at a time, but in each destroyed head’s place grow two more. By chopping at bits of the beast, he only aided in its becoming stronger. “As long as Hercules fought in the bog, amid the mud slime, and quicksand, he was unable to overcome the hydra.”

“Then Hercules remembered that his Teacher had said, ‘We rise by kneeling.’ Casting aside his club, Hercules knelt, grasped the hydra with his bare hands and raised it aloft. Suspended in mid-air, its strength diminished. On his knees then, he held the hydra high above him, that purifying air and light might have their due effect. The monster, strong in darkness and in sloughy mud, soon lost its power when the rays of the sun and the touch of the wind fell on it . . . But only when they lifeless lay did Hercules perceive the mystic head was immortal. Then Hercules cut off the hydra’s one immortal head and buried it . . . ‘The victory is won,’ the Teacher said. ‘The Light that shines at Gate the 8th is now blended with your own.'”

Featured Sign – Libra

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Libra is an extraordinary Sign in that it is a Sign which evolves dramatically when we move from the traditional to the Esoteric Astrology. On the Zodiacal Wheel, it is the first Sign above the horizon line. The first 6 houses are below the line and the 7th house is our first step over the line, into the sky, the Higher Levels of Consciousness as it were. It is the equinox today, and the perfect Balance is between night and day, spring and fall, 1st 6 houses and the last 6 houses . . .

It is the first Sign which looks around and recognizes there are others in the world and that we might want to relate to those others in a new and committed way. Partnerships, such as portrayed in the lovely picture above become possibilities. So is the recognition of the fact that Laws hold not just our planet together, but all of Creation. Libra rules Laws and how we use them. The letter of the Law or the Spirit of the Law, which shall we obey? The Law of Balance and the Law of Attraction are just 2 of the Laws which provide the very foundations upon which our Spiritual lives can be built.

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Brenda Heim’s painting, “Wings” is indicative to me of what can happen once we have spiritual foundations and when the Law of Balance is obeyed. A bird – birds are associated with Libra – can’t fly until it has learned how to balance those fingers of feathers thrusting out from the sides of its body, attached to delicate, fragile, hollow bones. It needs a solid foundation on which to perch until it is stable enough to fly. Then, Balance becomes the Joy of Flight, the Attraction of touching the stars, the Moon and the Sun and soaring back to Earth again. Libra is the one Sign which has one leg well planted right on the horizon and the other poised to fly, to run, to join with others in the true joy of Life.

“God is Law. We enter the Divine through the consistency of Law. If you violate the laws of your body, you will die. Everything is law; that’s why God is in everything. I am governed by the nature of the Divine, by law. What is law? It is the Law of Balance. God is always going to try to bring you back to balance.” Carolyn Myss, Lecture on SoulFood

 

Featured Sign – Virgo

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Virgo is such an interesting Sign! We have come all the way around the Zodiacal Wheel and now, after the birth into Aries, recognition of Form in Taurus, the discovery of Mind, Family and Ego through Gemini, Cancer and Leo, we now recognize that actually, we are two; body and Soul. The germination of this Idea is something to be cared for, nurtured, protected. Here is the first sign where the relationship between matter and Spirit is approached.

Brenda Heim’s painting, above makes me think of embryos, seeds in various stages of growth, expanding cells and developing eyes, a lovely plethora of all that goes into growing a living Being. The painting itself nurtures the Viewer on one hand, yet gives the impression of Life roiling about in its rich soup of Initiated Creativity.

Everything begins as a Seed, be it form, idea or project. Peter Chinni’s series of The Seed bronze sculptures show an evolution from small and simple to larger and more complex, even as we grow spiritually.

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When we realize that inside of us is a spark of the Divine we realize that Mother Mary, also known as Virgin Mary, or Virgo is a symbol for us all. The Tibetan, who sent the New Astrology back into the minds of men through Alice Bailey said it well:

“It is said that from some aspects, Virgo is the oldest of the Zodiacal signs. Down through the ages, be it Lilith or Isis, Eve or the Virgin Mary, all portray the Mother of the World, but it is Mary who at length bears the Child in her arms.”

 

Featured Sign – Leo

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Leo is all about Love, the Heart and the Circle of Life. SO many things come to mind when I think of the Circle of Life, thanks to my Native American training and affection. What a Universe that Idea encompasses! My artist friend, Bill Worrell www.worrell.com gains much of his inspiration for artwork like the Spiral above from the petroglyphs and pictographs found on cave walls the world over. On a recent trip to Tibet, I discovered that it really is the world over. Similar images are found on the Roof of the World as well as in the caves of our lowest deserts here in America, transcending cultural differences in favor of our human similarities. Indigenous people recognized that life is not linear, as modern day society tends to think, but circular.

Leo – a Fire Sign – is about all things circular, including our very breathing, the pumping of our rich, red blood, Life – Death – Life again; the never endingness of it all. . . Fire and Air – the winged ones, circling together all come to life in Brenda Heim’s painting below. www.heimart.com. I am fortunate enough to be an owner of both of these remarkable pieces of art. They touch me so deeply, evoking such visceral response that it can take my breath away . . . but never fear . . . it will cycle back again. 🙂

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With artwork like this feeding my Soul on a daily basis, I can face just about anything in the world. I encourage you to find those pieces which nurture you. They are priceless in one’s life.

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles and tries to be round. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours . . . Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”  — Black Elk, Oglala Sioux holy man

Featured Sign – Cancer

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When I think of Cancer, I have the sensation of flowing, rounded, silky, dreamy waters. Cancer is the Dreamer and as such, the World is her Oyster; we can dream anything. In our dreams we can fly, look beautiful, be successful on whatever level we most aspire to: physical, spiritual, emotional. . . fall in love. Brenda Heim’s painting (www.heimart.com) evokes just such a feel, soft, dreamy, sensual. Here we see the swirling fog, the hint of lavender dreams and barely-forms. Cancer’s job is to lift the veil, tear aside the fog, find the True Form within the Unreality. The name of this painting is “Grace Unfolding.” Totally appropriate for Cancer.

abstract-Landscape-metal-sculpture 92wx38 This abstract sculpture is by my friend and artist, Doug Hays. www.doughaysart.com. This too, feels Cancerian. One of the powers of Cancer is to use dreams as a tool for spiritual communication. I see the small circles as man/woman starting at a point of consciousness that is of this world; then as he/she falls asleep, gradually going into a deeper realm, until suddenly an explosion of Higher Consciousness is possible; the higher Self in Communion with the All in One. The 3 large concentric circles could be the Trinity. It can all also represent an out of body experience – from the small to the great. A lovely expression.

Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast. — Macbeth

Featured Sign – Gemini

Welcome to the new website for SkyDance Astrology!

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We are excited to share our thoughts and ideas regarding Esoteric Astrology and its myriad connections to all Esoteric subjects. Astrology is so much more than a language of symbols and glyphs which many people find confusing. The Signs,  Planets and Rays express themselves – as we are doing here – through Color and Artwork, Song and Poetry.

I am fortunate enough to be acquainted with several artists whose work is a deep, visceral expression of their own spiritual journeys. Abstract American Artist, Brenda Heim – www.heimart.com – calls her work, “Soul of the Brush!” Her painting on the homepage, “Flying Cyan” forms the backdrop behind the stained glass panels, suggesting a depth and complexity  which transcends mere human existence.

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This painting, “Indigo Abstract” offers the indigo blue color of the 2nd Ray and, the lightness of Air and Being. Both this painting and the sculpture, “Pod” seen above by revered Master Sculptor, Peter Chinni, www.peterchinni.com – suggest not only the duality of Gemini, but the  idea that everything in our existence is all about us. When we look for the cause of what is going on around us, whether it be problem or blessing, the disciple soon realizes that the Source is inside. “The World is a Reflection of Me,” is not a statement of ego, but a recognition. The Venus glyph even looks like a hand mirror:

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“For now we see through a glass darkly; but then, face to face.
Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”