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in this issue…
- GRATITUDE WORKS BOTH WAYS >>>>>>>>>> by Bob Romero
- MARCH 2022 ASTROLOGY UPDATE >>>>>>>>>> by Roy Neal
- REFLECTED FORCES WITHIN THE TAROT >>>>>>>>>> by Bruce Johnson
- IN HONOR OF PISCES, THE FISHES >>>>>>>>>> by Roy Neal
GRATITUDE WORKS BOTH WAYS
by Bob Romero
A few years ago, I wrote an article on lifting your vibration, and one way to raise one’s vibration, was to express gratitude for all that you have. Recently, during an alternative healing session, I was told to list everything that I was grateful for. I didn’t list any material possessions, just all the wonderful people in my life that I am truly grateful for, starting with my immediate family, all my relatives, all my friends, and everyone who was praying for me, or helping me heal. I also thought of people who have impacted my life.
Then I thought of how many lists would I be on of people that were grateful for me being in their life. My family and friends came to mind but are there any others whom I’ve been a positive influence in their life. Have I impacted other people in a positive manner? Have I brought positive energy and joy to them? Am I someone who others want to be around and are glad to see me? Does someone say to me that I’ve made their day? How about sending healing energy instead of just receiving it?
My pastor gave a homily on St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and the famous lines of “Love is Patient, Love is Kind”. He said that we should reverse it to “Patience is Love” and “Kindness is Love”, especially when we’re not in a good mood, and we still show patience and kindness to others, then that is love. But I would like to take it even further and have them feel grateful for us. I’m not saying that we have to go around like Pollyanna’s or be obnoxiously cheerful. A gentle smile or a sincere compliment will make someone feel good. Making a person laugh or smile will give healing energy to everyone including ourselves. I decided that while I may have not thought of it before, today is a good day to make a conscience effort to reverse gratitude. Now more than ever, our world needs this. Gratitude will raise our vibration, but being a reason for gratitude, will raise it even higher.
Bob Romero has been a diligent student of esoteric spiritual subjects and metaphysics for many years, with a life-long quest for answers. He has submitted new and original articles that focus on life lessons and experiences he wishes to share with our readers and the world.
MARCH 2022 ASTROLOGY UPDATE
by Roy Neal
We begin the month of March with a New Moon in the sign of Pisces on Wednesday, March 2. Pisces is a water sign so our ability to be sensitive to the needs of others will be necessary to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This is likely to include our friends and family members also.
Mars and Venus both enter the sign of Aquarius on Saturday, March 5. Aquarius is a sign of independence and originality. It will be interesting to witness the impact on our motivations involving our personal and social relationships. Group activities involving shared interests will become more popular.
Mercury enters Pisces on Wednesday, March 9. We may need to practice mindfulness and meditation to avoid confusion and misunderstandings in our communication with others.
The emphasis on clarity with others is enhanced as we approach the First Quarter Phase Moon in Gemini on Thursday, March 10. All personal, social and business relationships will be facilitated by skill in the art of communication.
A Full Moon in the sign of Virgo on Friday, March 18 invites us to seek out practical ways of increasing productivity in our work and financial affairs.
A more dynamic and proactive approach to our actions and activities starts to assert itself as the Sun enters the sign of Aries on Sunday, March 20. This event is known as the Spring Equinox. I will be sending out an article addressing the significance of the Spring season later in the month.
A Last Quarter Phase Moon occurs in Capricorn on Thursday, March 24. New commitments to our personal and business goals are favored. Success occurs through patience, persistence, creative problem solving and overcoming challenges.
Mercury enters the sign of Aries on Sunday, March 27. Assertive and authentic communication will promote clarity in our relationships with others. Healthy confrontations and differences of opinion will be common.
Roy Neal is a professional astrological counselor with a private practice in the Denver area. If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.
REFLECTED FORCES WITHIN THE TAROT
by Bruce Johnson
The theme of duality, and balanced opposition is intrinsic to many current Tarot decks, especially those decks rooted in the symbolism of the Egyptian Mystery Schools. The first duality separates the deck’s 78 cards into the Minor Arcana containing 56 cards, and the Major Arcana with 22 cards. The second duality is represented by dividing the Major Arcana into two complementary pairs of 11 cards each. All 22 cards of the Major Arcana in the Rider-Waite deck have artwork clearly indicating dualism. Egyptian temples had hallways with 11 mystery paintings positioned on one wall, plus another set of 11 pictures balancing them on the opposite wall.
The mystically oriented Egyptians, like the Occultist or Kabbalist, began with the infinite unmanifest reality or Ain-Soph, and proceeded downward through progressively denser levels of manifestation. The Ain-Soph corresponds to no- thing, or 0, making The Fool card the beginning point for the initial 11 cards. The initial group of 11 Major Arcana cards represent the solar Mysteries of Osiris, and are linked with the mental plane. The subsequent 11 cards designate the lunar Mysteries of Isis, and relate to the secrets of the astral plane.
The initial 11 cards in the left column depict the Greater Mysteries of Egypt, and the white pillar of Solomon’s Temple. The right column shows corresponding cards associated with the Lesser Mysteries, and the black pillar of Solomon’s Temple. Each combination of cards demonstrates an odd and even number, a balance of positive and negative polarities, as well as an interaction between two specific ruling planets.
|1. The Fool #0 [Ain-Soph] …. Negative aspect of the Sun||12. The World #21 [manifested universe] …. Neptune|
|2. The Magician #1 …. Positive aspect of Uranus||13. The Tower #16 …. Negative aspect of Uranus|
|3. The Emperor #4 …. Mars||14. The Empress #3 …. Venus|
|4. The Hierophant #5 …. Jupiter||15. The High Priestess #2 …. Moon|
|5. The Lovers #6 …. Mercury||16. The Devil #15 …. Pluto|
|6. The Chariot #7 …. Mars||17. Strength #8 …. Venus|
|7. Wheel of Fortune #10 …. Neutral aspect of the Sun||18. Death #13 …. Pluto|
|8. The Hanged Man #12 …. Neutral aspect of Uranus||19. The Star #17 …. Neptune|
|9. Temperance #14 …. Jupiter||20. Justice #11 …. Saturn|
|10. The Sun #19 …. Positive aspect of the Sun||21. The Moon #18 …. Moon|
|11. Judgement #20 …. Mercury||22. The Hermit #9 …. Saturn|
This writer believes that the traditional position of the black and white columns in The High Priestess card and the Sephirothic Tree is a reflection of their true location, which places the solar white column on the left side of the temple, and the lunar black column on the right side. Modern versions of the Major Arcana, although good, useful and beneficial, are a dim reflection of the Wisdom contained in the original Alphabet of Thoth.
The 22 cards of the Major Arcana show a non-identical correspondence to the 22 stages of the secret Alchemical Process used to achieve the creation of the Philosophers Stone. The 22 stages of this arcane procedure are arranged with the initial 11 stages followed by 11 reflected stages. All 22 steps are illustrated on exquisitely colored plates in the 1582 alchemical manuscript Splendor Solis, by Salomon Trismosin.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
IN HONOR OF PISCES, THE FISHES
by Roy Neal
February 18 to March 19
The Sun enters the zodiac sign of Pisces on Friday, February 18.
Pisces is a water sign ruled by the planet Neptune. Neptune in Greek mythology is known as Poseidon, god of the sea. Pisces symbolically represents the ocean of our subconscious mind; that which lies beneath our conscious awareness. Carl Jung was the famous psychologist who explored the many facets of the individual and collective unconscious.
The twelfth house of the astrology chart is the domain of the subconscious and super conscious mind; it represents the invisible forces that interface with our conscious everyday reality. Dreams, intuition, music, prayer and meditation are ways that we can access the experiences and insights that lie under the surface of our conscious awareness.
If we are willing to cultivate a daily spiritual practice we may be able to strengthen our intuition and develop psychic abilities. These abilities can act as an internal guidance system to assist us in successfully navigating the emotional highs and lows of our everyday life experience. Our ultimate goal is to keep trusting, surrendering and strengthening our faith so that it is stronger than our fear.
Roy Neal is a professional astrologer with a private practice in the Denver area. If you would like to know more about how this month impacts you personally, call Roy at 720-962-4633 and schedule an update of your individual birth chart.