Mentored by: Raye C. Mathis, MSW, LSW
July 23 - August 19, 2014
This is a beginner eGroup. You do not need to have any previous
astrology knowledge to benefit from this eGroup.
"He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool."
Hippocrates (460BC - 380 BC), Father of Medicine.
Today you are hearing more and more about holistic medicine and the importance of treating the “whole” person. Edgar Cayce (1877 - 1945) is considered by many to be the father of holistic medicine and his psychic readings recognized the interrelatedness of mind, body, and spirit.
“…the spirit is life; the mind is the builder; the physical is the result."
Edgar Cayce Reading #349-4
According to the Cayce readings, it is difficult to be physically healthy over the long term if the spirit, the mind, or the emotions are dis-eased in some way. Good health is a combination of many actions in life, including the ideal you set for your life and the way you go about living that ideal every day; prayer and meditation; your attitudes and emotions; your behavior toward others and toward yourself; the food you eat, etc. Since there are several levels of interpretation in astrology (just as there are several components to good health), the astrological influences may express at any one or more of these levels of the psyche.
The themes or archetypal patterns in your birth chart indicate your needs, wants, and also the talents and skills with which you have to work this lifetime. They also indicate karmic issues you have, often as unconscious or undeveloped traits in yourself that you need to develop for your highest spiritual growth. If these influences do not have a constructive way to express in your life, then they may, at some point in your life, manifest in your physical health.
It is much better to prevent an illness (of spirit, emotions, or mind) from manifesting at the physical level. This means you must develop ways to monitor your spiritual, mental, and emotional health. If your attitudes and emotions are expressing in negative or destructive ways, you will need to find other options for using your energies. There are ALWAYS positive and healthy ways to express the energy patterns symbolized by your birth chart, and exploring these can help you remain healthier as you grow older. Learning more about your birth chart is one way to begin the process toward a more healthy life.
Every sign in the zodiac rules a part of the body. In this eGroup you will be learning about some of the areas of your body that are highlighted by the planets and signs in your astrological birth chart. These areas are more energized during your lifetime and therefore are areas where you may need to focus on preventive maintenance so that you can live into your elder years with good health.
At the beginning of each week, you will have the opportunity to view a short PowerPoint presentation introducing the topics to be covered that week. Each week you will be provided with a list of preventive maintenance suggestions from the Cayce readings along with other sources. The following is a summary of what you will be learning each week during this eGroup.
Summary of the 4-week Experience
Week One: Sun
You will be introduced to the Sun, how it's function is represented in the body and its meaning with regard to physical health. You will explore your Sun Sign and the parts of the body associated with that Sign.
Week Two: Moon
You will examine the Moon, it's general meaning in astrology as well as how it is applicable to health issues. You will look at your Moon Sign, what it symbolizes in the physical body and will learn ways to keep those areas healthy.
Week Three: Your Ascendant
You will investigate the Ascendant or Rising Sign in general and your Ascending Sign in particular. You will also consider any planets that might conjunct your Ascendant and how they may reflect health issues.
Week Four: 6th House
You will identify the 6th house in your chart and its general connection to health. You will study the Sign that rules your 6th house, along with any planets located in your 6th house and delve into how these influences may impact your physical health.
You will be provided with (online)
- A copy of your own birth chart.
- All the information you will need. (i.e. written materials, audios and videos)
- Questionnaires and inventories to complete, along with some experiential exercises to enable you to understand your unique astrological symbols in a more creative and non-verbal way.
You will (online):
- Read and/or listen to the information and explanations and work through the exercises provided.
- Respond with your reactions, feelings, and questions on the community bulletin board. Directions for doing this will be sent to you.
- Receive responses to your postings by Raye Mathis.
Testimonials from courses taught by Raye:
"You are a great teacher and are very clear in your explanations. I also enjoyed seeing the breakdown of our planets and signs as a group. Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge."
“I didn't want to miss the opportunity to THANK YOU, Raye, for this wonderful class. I have learned a great deal, with more to come as it sinks in, I'm sure. I look forward to your next e-class, maybe on Relationships?
Hint, hint. :-)”
“You are an excellent teacher! Thank you for all your clear and easy to understand information. I have a better understanding of where I need to look for my next "life" after retirement.”
"This class has opened up a whole new world for me and I plan to continue astrology studies on my own now, when time allows…Finally, thank you Raye, for a wonderful learning experience. You are appreciated!"
"Thank you for the course, it has been a treat. The time flew by."
"What a journey! You really did do such a masterful job of leading the group - thank you ever so much for offering this "course." I knew next to nothing when we began, and although I'm certainly still no expert, there is SO much more that's understandable to me now! Thank you for facilitating that."
Raye Mathis is a member of the faculty at Atlantic University where, among the courses she mentors, are her Spiritual Crisis and Symbols and Mythology courses. Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine. Raye is an experienced teacher, workshop presenter and has over 35 years as a conference speaker. She is a former member of the A.R.E. and the AU Boards of Trustees. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling practice for almost 40 years.
What's an e-Group?
Your A.R.E. eGroup will meet on an Internet discussion board. This discussion board has been created especially for A.R.E. by BulletinBoards.com, a secure Internet site that makes learning online easy. In Internet terms, your eGroup is called a "discussion board", a virtual meeting room where you will join with other like-minded people and your mentor, Raye Mathis, in a discussion on Maintianing Your
Health Using Astrology as your Guide.
In the virtual meeting room, you will have access to the written and audio materials prepared for you by Raye. Every Wednesday, she will post a lesson along with exercises for you to practice during the week. Posting is very similar to sending an e-mail, except that all the e-mails are viewed within your virtual meeting room. You may post your thoughts, questions, and experiences on the site for Raye and the other participants to read and respond to. In this way, everyone will benefit from one another's experiences and insights and the coaching offered by Raye to individuals.
Once you register for your A.R.E. eGroup, we will send you an e-mail from eGroups@edgarcayce.org detailing how to access and navigate our discussion board for the eGroup Maintianing Your
Health Using Astrology as your Guide. Then, you're in! You will be able to visit your eGroup any time you desire. The meeting room is accessible 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week and you may participate at your convenience from anywhere in the world. There are no specified times that you have to be in the room. You decide when and how often you wish to participate.
In this personalized reading with Raye you will receive an interpretation of your natal chart, along with current patterns (transits and progressions) for the coming year. The natal consultation illuminates your potential talents and skills in all areas of your life, as well as the major life issues and karmic patterns you chose to work on this lifetime. Current patterns are based on the cycles of the planets and provide you with the timing and transformational nature of the transition periods in effect during this moment in your life. A personal discussion allows us to clarify specific problem areas as well as synthesize the many facets of your horoscope. The consultation is by phone and a CD recording of the conversation will be mailed to you afterward.
Astrology eGroup Members only- $99
Once you register for this eGroup, you will receive instructions for scheduling your astrology appointment with Raye by e-mail.
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