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Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences

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Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences
By Nicholas Theo

For the past several years, some alarmists have warned of potential widespread cataclysms that await us as we live through the long-running dance of the “Pluto in Capricorn-Uranus in Aries” square from 2010-15. Recently, this aspect last touched exact during the holidays; and in April, several other planets will make exact aspects to this same square. As a result, there is energy for a reshuffling in economic and social conditions. However, there is a flipside to the energy contained within this square that is frequently overlooked: it offers the added benefit of momentum for inner change and direction. If there ever is a period when you want to make lasting change in your life, then now is the time to harness this energy to your benefit.

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One of the greatest insights that the Cayce readings offer to astrology is that at its core astrology’s prime purpose is meant as a guide or road map for our individual potential soul growth rather than as a mere method of prediction. Therefore, we are not meant to be helpless spectators in a world that is subject to the fixed effects of the planetary motions within our solar system. We specifically incarnate Earth for the purpose of enacting our will and direction within this dimension. The readings remind us that,

“Astrological urges are not existent because of the position of the Sun, Moon, or any planet at the time of birth, but rather because the soul-entity is a part of the Universal Consciousness and has dwelt in those environs. Thus they yield, or wield, an influence upon individual application of spiritual or mental truths or laws, as they are brought into material manifestations.” (Edgar Cayce reading 2132-1)

The readings go on to state that through free will, we have the ability to harness these energies: “Yet no influence of any nature—astrologically, hereditary or environmental—surpasses the will of the entity, the birthright of each and every soul.” (Reading 2505-1)

Looking at astrology from this viewpoint, it is clear that every person has the ability to use the planetary energies to direct change and movement of activity within their respective lives. Specifically, as we look at the Pluto in Capricorn/Uranus in Aries square, it generally represents a tension in striking the balance between holding onto the status quo (Capricorn) while there is revolutionary change (Aries), and we are witnessing this tension on a grand scale as we project it into our political and popular cultures. The tension of the Pluto-Uranus square then seems overwhelming. Yet, remember that all soul growth and understanding is internal, and it is as Cayce frequently stated that “mind is the builder.” Through meditation and prayer and our attitudes and emotions we can set our intentions.

The energies of this square bring changes and sometimes upheavals into our lives. However, we are amply shown by the world around us that change is a constant: observe nature as the flora and fauna adjust and thrive through the ever-changing tides and seasons. So, we too, need to learn to observe the energy that is activated in the current season, and then make appropriate actions that improve our situation.

Pluto and Uranus -Hubble Photos
Pluto and Uranus
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Probably the greatest benefit of this square is that it plainly shows us where in our lives we outgrew a situation, and there is then a need to set our sights on a better foundation. When we experience long-running tension, it is a sign that we are afraid to welcome this new energy space. It is akin to wearing old clothes that no longer fit you. It may be your favorite shirt, but if it is too small or threadbare, what is the shirt’s true worth to you? It is the same thing with our beliefs. Sometimes we get so used to a belief or thinking pattern that we forget to step back and see if that belief is still useful to us. Circumstances, at times, then force us to focus on what needs to be changed so we are better able to meet our highest good.

If you find yourself in a circumstance that is stressful or at an impasse, remember to use your inner tools at hand: meditation, prayer, and dream analysis. By going within and listening, you connect with a deep wisdom that gives you the means of transformation from that situation and into creating the movement and momentum necessary for you to meet your right place.

At the very least always bless where you are and the people in your life, since criticizing or condemning your situation only ties you to it negatively and stagnates your movement. When you bless, you not only free yourself from the tension generated from an internal impasse, but indirectly you also lessen the perceived negative impact of the Pluto-Uranus square in our politics and culture by no longer projecting your restricted energy into the mix. Instead you now come from a point of peace, a centered and directed agent who uses the energies generated from the Pluto-Uranus square for positive change.

Nicholas TheoNicholas Theo is an operations and strategic manager and has done work for organizations including A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980.


Astrology vs. Free Will

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Astrology vs. Free Will
By Raye Mathis

In the Astrologer's Corner of the Oct-Dec 2012 issue of Venture Inward magazine, I noted the following:

Here we go again. Mercury will change direction, turning retrograde (Rx), on election day, November 6, 2012. Remember the Bush-Gore election in 2000 with the "hanging chads" and vote recounts? Mercury also changed direction on election day 2000. ... In the 2012 election there could be a possible breakdown in communications, even recounts, or irregularities that might eventually have some court involvement (Mercury will be in Sagittarius, ruler of the courts).

Well, the 2012 election is over, and the public did not see recounts or court involvements, but does that mean Mercury Rx was not an influence?

There was some definite confusion on Election Day, with long lines and some delays—especially with Florida's returns. David Letterman cracked a joke after the election about a 98-year-old woman who had voted for the first time in this election...but she had been in line since she was 78.



In addition, a little published fact about the actions of Mitt Romney provides an excellent example of how the use of the free will can change and negate the influences of astrology (although I assume that Romney had no knowledge of the Mercury Rx).

The Cayce readings emphasized over and over that the study of astrology can be helpful to everyone, but it never supersedes the power of free will. In the words of astrologer Dennis Harness PhD, "astrology is a 'choice revealer,' not a 'choice maker.'" Astrology shows influences only, but we still retain our free will to look at the choices that are revealed and make the most constructive choice we can.

An article titled "The Moment When Mitt Romney Knew He Had Lost" by Josh Voorhees was spotted by one of my clients and sent to me after the election. An excerpt from the article goes like this:

"Late Tuesday night, Karl Rove made quite the show of challenging Fox News' 'projection that President Obama had won Ohio, and thus a second term in office. Mitt Romney's staff was likewise ready to deploy to the Buckeye State and a trio of other battleground states to challenge the election-night tallies. For a moment, however brief, a prolonged political and legal fight over who had won the election appeared well within the realm of possibility... But then, Mr. Romney quietly decided it was over. 'It's not going to happen,' he said.'"

mercury in retrograde blogThe possibility for this election ending up in court was clearly indicated in astrology by Mercury Rx in Sagittarius, and according to this report, the option was presented to Romney by Carl Rove and his staff. But Romney, using his free will, as the Cayce readings so often emphasized as the only way to work with astrology, made a different choice.

No matter what our own personal political beliefs are, we can recognize that an astrological influence was present, but the free will of a human overrode it.

Raye Mathis Blog 81x104RAYE MATHIS is a faculty member at Atlantic University where Transformational Astrology is among the courses she mentors. She has a BA in mathematics, a Master's degree in clinical social work, and has completed post-graduate work at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling practice for almost 40 years. Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine available exclusively to Members by mail or online at EdgarCayce.org/members. Beginning Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Raye Mathis will be mentoring a 4-week online eGroup titled Discover Your Life's Purpose Using Astrology as Your Guide. For more information, visit EdgarCayce.org/egroups.

You can read the entire article at Slate.com's blog.

Reuniting Astrology and Astronomy Part 2: Astrological Influences

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Reuniting Astrology and Astronomy
Part 2: Astrological Influences
By James Mullaney, FRAS

sundial blog11.02.2012Let's next see what the readings actually do have to say about astrological influences, while reinforcing all of the foregoing:

(Q) Would it be well for me to make a study of astrology?

(A) Well for everyone to make a study of astrology for, as indicated, while many individuals have set about to prove the astrological aspects and astrological survey enable one to determine future as well as the past conditions, these are well to the point where the individual understands that these act upon individuals because of their sojourn or correlation of their associations with the environs through which these are shown—see? Rather than the star directing the life, the life of the individual directs the courses of the stars, see?.... It may be said that the line of thought in the present is towards a change in the Aries age from the Pisces, or from the Aquarius, or to those various activities, see? (Edgar Cayce Reading 311-10)

(Q) Every astrologer erecting a chart for …

(A) (Interrupting) We have little or nothing to contribute to the interest self evinces in astrology. Not that there are not definite helps to be attained from astrology, but those who live by same the more oft are controlled rather than controlling their own lives and their destinies. Astrology is a fact, in most instances. But astrological aspects are but signs, symbols. NO INFLUENCE is of greater value or of greater help than the WILL of an individual. Use such directions as steppingstones. Do not let them become stumblingstones in thy experience. (Edgar Cayce Reading 815-6)

Astrology and Nightsky 11.02.2012 blog

As to astrological sojourns themselves, the following readings provide insight to what the actual astrological influences are:

In giving that which would be helpful from the interpretations of the records here, it would be well for the entity to bear in mind that the sojourns in the environs about the earth have as much to do with the place and time of birth as the position of a planet, star or element has upon the entity in the earth's plane—or more. Sojourns in environments are those innate activities, while sojourns in the earth are those of the emotional natures; yet each one is under the influence more of the will—or what an entity does about an urge— than merely the position of a sojourn of the entity. Although there are influences from the astrological angle, they are as signs, omens and impulses; not as destinies, for the destiny of each soul is in what the entity does about the application of creative influences and forces in its own experience in any environ. (Edgar Cayce Reading 820-1)

That those influences from astrological aspects are arising as urges is true. Not because of the position of a star or planet, or any sign of the zodiac, but rather because of what one has done about what each of those planets or environs represents in the existence, in the consciousness of the individual entity, as related TO the whole of the Creative Force in the entity's experience. (Edgar Cayce Reading 1562-1)

Hence there ARE urges, or influences,—not as astrological aspects but from sojourns through which the entity has passed—or experiences during the interims between earthly manifestations. These become manifested in the dreams, the hopes; while the earthly sojourns find expression in the emotions of the body; and not because a star, a constellation, or even any phase of the zodiac sign, was in such and such a position at the time of birth. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2549-1)

In interpreting the urges latent and manifested as we find them here—there are urges arising from astrological aspects—or the sojourns during the interims between earthly incarnations. These are not always easy to interpret into material words, yet these may be indicated for this particular entity. The astrological urges are not existent merely because of the position of the planets, or any phase of so called astrology, but because of a consciousness in an environ interpreted in the name of planets,—that are as companions with the earth in its journey through this particular phase of the universe, or universal consciousness. Here, for this entity, we find Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus as the names, or environs, or consciousnesses, in which activities are indicated. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2437-1)

And now here's a key point: dealing solely with the physical characteristics of these other worlds as astronomy does is looking at only one aspect of their significance in the grand cosmic scheme of things. It's also essential to look at them through the spiritual eyes of the soul to grasp their full wonder and importance. Again—the need for astrology and astronomy to work together!

A replica of Isaac Newton's
second reflecting telescope of 1672

Let me conclude by stating that as an astronomer I still do have doubts about many of the tenets of astrology as it's practiced today. However, I'm open-minded enough to recognize that there are some important truths to be found within astrology—as clearly demonstrated by both the Cayce readings themselves, and the no-nonsense approach to the subject by practitioners like Steven Forrest mentioned in Part I of this blog article. My personal suspicion is that maybe planets, stars, constellations, and other celestial objects act as "psychic anchors" in much the same way as do tarot cards, crystal balls, and palms for gifted psychic readers in general. And perhaps support for this view by Cayce can be found in the following reading:

The entity then was a sand reader, or one who interpreted the sands in the capacity of what might be called a soothsayer, or a crystal gazer, or a star addict. (Edgar Cayce Reading 3356-1)

James Mullaney is author of nine books including Edgar Cayce and the Cosmos and the forthcoming Celebrating the Universe! (Hay House). A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, he (with telescope!) appears at many A.R.E. conferences, including Our Ever-Changing Planet in March of 2013.




Reuniting Astrology and Astronomy Part 1: The Great Disconnect

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Reuniting Astrology and Astronomy
Part 1: The Great Disconnect
By James Mullaney, FRAS

Astrology and AstronomyThe well-known rift and resulting controversy between astrology and astronomy, or rather, between astrologers and astronomers, has raged for centuries. The latter totally dismisses the subject matter of the former as sheer folly and charlatanism—despite the fact that the famed astronomer Johannes Kepler was also an astrologer. Likewise, the former typically ignores even the most basic astronomical facts, such as precession of the equinoxes shifting the positions of the zodiacal signs, and the possible physical or other influences on us of such bizarre energetic objects as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars, and quasars.

Bringing the two together would combine the best each has to offer. Astronomy's physical characteristics of other worlds and their significance in the grand cosmic scheme of things, and astrology's uniquely spiritual perspective and the significance it places on the relationship of celestial objects to one another.

ECSmilingIn an attempt to foster a dialog between these two subjects, Steven Forrest—one of the world's best-known and respected astrologers, having backgrounds in both physics and astronomy—and I proposed a conference at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in Virginia Beach on the theme of "Reviving the Natural Unity of Astrology & Astronomy" in March of 2004. Also participating was Raye Mathis, another gifted astrologer and regular contributor to A.R.E.'s membership magazine, Venture Inward. Numerous astrologers and those interested in astrology from all across the country and abroad attended. However, I was the only astronomer willing to speak at or even attend this landmark gathering! Such can be the closed-mindedness of the astronomical community. Obviously, the need for a dialog still exists.

Because of the Cayce readings, the A.R.E. is uniquely poised to play a pivotal role in reuniting these two ancient and once-intertwined disciplines. Many of Edgar Cayce's readings have to do with various astrological aspects of a person's past and present lives, including their astrological sojourns. Cayce's readings indicated just what planetary environs an entity (the person for whom the reading was being given) had visited between earthly reincarnations, stating that it was not the position of the planets that influenced their lives but rather the lives they had lived in previous sojourns that determined the position of the planets at their birth here on Earth.

Cayce also repeatedly stated that the stars and planets and other celestial bodies do not control or determine our lives! Here's a sampling of such remarks (the capitalized emphases here and elsewhere being his):

… BUT LET IT BE UNDERSTOOD HERE, NO ACTION OF ANY PLANET OR THE PHASES OF THE SUN, THE MOON OR ANY OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES SURPASS THE RULE OF MAN'S WILL POWER, THE power given by the Creator of man, in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself. (Edgar Cayce reading 3744-4)

It is not then because an entity was born at a certain season, or a certain phase of the moon, or a certain period of the sun's position to the earth, or any of the planets, or the position of this or that phase of the outer consciousness. But it is because of the entity's application of SELF IN RESPECT TO WHAT these planets or constellations bring by association of its activities. And thus the relative relationships may become a part of the awareness of the entity. (Edgar Cayce reading 1776-1)

Astrological urges are not existent because of the position of the sun, moon or any planet at the time of birth, but rather because the soul-entity is a part of the Universal Consciousness and has dwelt in those environs. Thus they yield, or wield, an influence upon individual application of spiritual and mental truths or laws, AS they are brought into material manifestations.
(Edgar Cayce reading 2132-1)

As to the influences from the various zodiacal signs,—these are not because the sun or the moon or any of the planets are in a certain position, but because of the soul's activity there, and what the entity has done about TRUTH as truth! (Edgar Cayce reading 3084-1)

Though unusual and rarely given in the readings, it is also possible that a person's astrology be in opposition to what is typical of astrological signs:

As for astrological aspects,— the entity's experience in the present has been and would be almost contradictory to any of those aspects accorded to the activities of the entity because of the position of this or that planet or star, or this or that phase of the astrological aspects. (Edgar Cayce reading 2185-1)

One of the best discourses by Edgar Cayce on the relationship between astrology and astronomy is found within the following reading:

The beginnings of the understanding of these [Sun and planets], and their influences upon the lives of individuals, were either thought out, evolved or interpreted by those of old, without the means of observing same as considered today necessary in order to understand.

Astronomy is considered a science and astrology as foolishness. Who is correct? One holds that because of the position of the earth, the sun, the planets, they are balanced one with another in some manner, some form; yet that they have nothing to do with man's life or the expanse of life, or the emotions of the physical being in the earth. Then, why and how do the effects of the sun SO influence other life in the earth and not affect MAN'S life, Man's emotions? (Edgar Cayce reading 5757-1)

AtlasJames Mullaney is author of nine books including Edgar Cayce and the Cosmos and the forthcoming Celebrating the Universe! (Hay House). A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London, he (with telescope!) appears at many A.R.E. conferences, including Our Ever-Changing Planet in March of 2013.




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