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Do You Really Know Who You Are?

Do You Really Know Who You Are?

In my life, I have explored many tools, techniques, systems and methods to gain insight into the individual person that I am. What constitutes the details of my individuality, my authenticity, my destiny, and so on? In this journey, I have learned 5 main things:

 

  1. I am and people are far more complex and interesting than is commonly assumed.
  2. People rarely know who they are or anyone else is, not truly and fully.
  3. Western Astrology is the most insightful tool I have ever found when it comes to insight into who I am and what constitutes the fine details of my destiny, and I have explored many systems. Many are very good and some better yet none are as precise as what can be gleaned from the Tropical Zodiac as recognized by Western Astrology.
  4. Astrology sought or practiced purely for the sake of predicting the future is the detriment of astrology, not the crown and glory as is all too often assumed.
  5. The wisest people are the humblest people.

 

First, I am and people are much more complex and interesting and creative and wonderful and full of potential than I might have thought otherwise. I realized that what I thought were accurate interpretations fall short. I increasingly recognized blind spots and superficial interpretations that were a mix of inner and outer impressions, experiences, opinions, and projections. I discovered and, to a lesser degree now, continue to discover, that gaining a deep and full appreciation of what constitutes authenticity in terms of my individuality and choices to realize self-actualization and the realization and true success is not a given. I realized that my success is unique. It is not necessarily something I cannot share with others both in the processes of achieving it and the enjoyment of the realization of it, in fact, just the opposite. Yet, it remains unique, personal and distinct even. I also recognized that this is true for others, even amidst other common denominators that we all share.

It is not simple and straightforward and pat and merely commonsensical. Such is what labels and SIN numbers and so on can do. They can turn a person into a materialistic consumer and little more. By extension, and I will call this 1B, I discovered that in our world the game of monopoly is taken much more seriously by some than others and that they are deeply invested in winning this game. So invested are they that the ends begin to justify the means, at any cost. In this, I recognized a clear indication of imbalance, of obsession, of insanity and even what may be described as evil. I also recognize that these ‘people’ have worked long and hard to win and that their success seems to not hold my success or that of the larger population as a priority, if at all. Thus we see the human condition at its current state: power and the ambition for power more often than not, it seems, supersedes wisdom.

Second, I do not truly KNOW anyone else not does anyone else truly know me. We often assume we know people. But, what do we know? Just as with ourselves, we know our name, where we live, what we do, who we are related to, perhaps, but not necessarily, we generally know what another looks like, at least superficially and 99% of the time, with their clothes on. We know what we like and what we do not, usually. Of course, all of the above are subject to change, some certainly, others probably or at least possibly. There is nothing static. But, do we truly know what is good for us? We may, often. But the question itself can evoke much deeper and better answers than we may realize. And if what we think is good for ourselves’ remains somewhat uncertain, how sure are we about what others need? Deciphering what we and others truly want and need is subject to a deeper consideration, one that is seldom asked these days it would seem. Thus the ancient adage, ‘Know thyself’.

Third, there are many tools available to support me to greater self-awareness and understanding. These range from the wide spectrum of metaphysical tools available to a growing list gleaned from modern psychology and the many other branches of knowledge which each contribute to a growing body of knowledge that largely at my disposal to access, thanks to libraries, schools and, of course, the internet. Yet amidst all of these tools which include various systems of Astrology and Numerology, none are as powerfully insightful as Western Astrology. It is the only system of Astrology in the world that continues to evolve.

It, in combination with other systems such as I Ching, and so on, has and continue to spawn new systems. But these too appear to be rather static. The insights and knowledge they contain are sound and useful, even genius, but the system itself is ultimately static in and of themselves. The main exception is if and when they are brought to the fore to support the insights available from a deep analysis of one’s Natal Chart and the many subsequent interpretation techniques available in Western Astrology. But, on their own, they are limited and static as a system or, at least, they fall short of what is possible in Western Astrology.

All systems of Astrology are based on the dynamic of planets in motion, it is true. This is not so true of these new systems that again are the child of the genius of synthesis of various other systems and, in that respect, these systems are wonderful and beneficial, it is true. Yet, it remains that only Western Astrology is designed to continue to incorporate new factors. It has a flexible design that allows for and even invites a progressive, evolutionary process.

It is for this reason that I strongly encourage a deep and, if necessary, prolonged process of investigating and learning what your Natal Chart indicates. If it took 3 sessions or 5, and it easily could due to the time required to digest the deeper implications indicated. But, in some cases, it might just require 1 good, deep session of perhaps 2 hours, but probably 3, so profound is the knowledge available. What is so important about it is that it supports a genuine state of authentic self-awareness of yourself, a soul incarnate. What this implies is that your life represents an important stage in an evolutionary journey.

By extension, our Natal Chart reveals what constitutes our destiny and our karmic strengths, challenges, and liabilities. Further, due to the fact that free will and the exercise of it is nothing short of a cornerstone of our life’s journey, and that it can both support us to overcome obstacles, to beat the odds and manifest what may be deemed miracles and it can also be exercised in such a way that we not only miss valuable opportunities of many kinds, but that we are also free to sabotage our efforts, to bring ruin to ourselves and others.

It is for this reason that I strongly encourage a deep and, if necessary, prolonged process of investigating and learning what your Natal Chart indicates. If it took 3 sessions or 5, and it easily could due to the time required to digest the deeper implications indicated. But, in some cases, it might just require 1 good, deep session of perhaps 2 hours, but probably 3, so profound is the knowledge available. What is so important about it is that it supports a genuine state of authentic self-awareness of yourself, as a soul incarnate. What this implies is that your life represents an important stage in an evolutionary journey.

In combination with other systems such as I Ching, and so on, Western Astrology has and probably continues now and will continue to spawn new systems. But these two appear to be rather static. The insights and knowledge they contain are sound and useful, but the system itself is ultimately static. All systems of Astrology are based on the dynamic of planets in motion, it is true. This is not so true of these new systems that again are the child of the genius of synthesis of various other systems and, in that respect, these systems are wonderful and beneficial, it is true. Yet, it remains that only Western Astrology is designed to continue to incorporate new factors. It has a flexible design that allows for and even invites a progressive, evolutionary process.

It is for this reason that I strongly encourage a deep and, if necessary, prolonged process of investigating and learning what your Natal Chart indicates. If it took 3 sessions or 5, and it easily could due to the time required to digest the deeper implications indicated. But, in some cases, it might just require 1 good, deep session of perhaps 2 hours, but probably 3, so profound is the knowledge available. What is so important about it is that it supports a genuine state of authentic self-awareness of yourself, as a soul incarnate. What this implies is that your life represents an important stage in an evolutionary journey. By extension, our Natal Chart reveals what constitutes our destiny and our karmic strengths, challenges, and liabilities. Further, due to the fact that free will and the exercise of it is nothing short of a cornerstone of our life’s journey, and that it can both support us to overcome obstacles, to beat the odds and manifest what may be deemed miracles and it can also be exercised in such a way that we not only miss valuable opportunities of many kinds, but that we are also free to sabotage our efforts, to bring ruin to ourselves and others.

Fourth, the objective of simply predicting the future is not the true art of astrology. It is a feature of it, to be sure. The prospects of practicing astrology for the mere sake of the pride of bing able to predict certain outcomes or the desire to go to an astrologer or anyone else for that matter in hopes that they may do that for us may well be considered the detriment of astrology. The main issues include assumption and auto-suggestion and the dismissal of free will choices to other overcome, produce alternatives or even to sabotage by way of the application of free will choices, what will happen. Ironically. ‘The future is probable but it is not certain’. it is what most people assume astrology is about and for and many of these people are astrologers themselves.

Fifth, the wisest people are the most humble. Humility is the realization that whatever I think I KNOW, there is always so much more to know. Further, humility is what leads us to want to truly see and know other people. Humility also leads us to want to make a meaningful contribution to others and to the world in general. Humility supports us to trust the flow and to recognize that there are always powers and forces both human and divine that are greater than us as individuals and yet to which we are intimately related to and are an extension of, as well.

The Life Reading incorporates the Natal Chart, if briefly. Seeking insights and guidance without at least a quick review of the Natal Chart is not advised because it reveals what can be described as your authentic self and destiny. It is not about telling you who you are in absolute terms, but by way of a rich conversation, coming to a deeper realization of what is important to you both in terms of the short and long-term.

Many of our desires are socially conditioned, and may not be as authentic as we may believe or feel. People often assume they ‘know themselves’. This is probably true in varying degrees. But imagine you went to the doctor and you did not have any knowledge of physiology, anatomy, biology and chemistry and so on. The diagnosis by the doctor might render knowledge and insights that you were not aware of, that might even lead you to a whole new realization, attitude, and action that is for your highest good. They might encourage changes of diet, lifestyle and, if they were holistically inclined, they might even refer you to other actions and resources based on what they recognize to be an imbalance or a potential issue that will be much more costly in the near future if not addressed.

Now imagine that you are talking with a car mechanic and you were told that if you do not address certain issues, you are running the risk of much greater expense and perhaps even danger. Do you think you would open your mind and listen and perhaps take action, even if an investment is implied? You probably would and most people do. They take their auto mechanic more seriously than they take their astrologer. In so doing, what is revealed is a materialistic conclusion about life, at least, subconsciously, and often consciously, as well. Yet, it is this very conclusion that perpetuates insecurity and anxiety, worry and doubt and so despite having every material need met or easily available.

The operative word, here is need, not want or desire, which are certainly fine, valid, good, even wonderful, yet they are not needs. This can also be interpreted as confusion between ends and means, between process and outcome. Both are valid and natural parts of life. Yet, if given the task of deciphering which is more important or even true. The answer would have to be, process. And, let’s say we fairly gave to process 51% and to outcome 49%, for example. Well, if we subtracted the latter from the former, we would be left with 2%. And if we were to also recognize that this 2% is all that remains, well, we would quickly recognize that it might as well be 100%.

Having a Natal Chart Reading is not a pre-requisite, but at least an overview of the Natal Chart is advised. Yet, a deep review of the Natal Chart is even better. Consider it akin to visiting a Naturopathic doctor. They will require an entire appointment or two or even three perhaps on occasion, if necessary, to render a deep diagnosis. A Chinese Medical Doctor would aspire to the same as would any other doctor who genuinely held your best interests in mind and with whom you might build a lasting relationship to not simply heal wounds and clear diseases and so on…. They would be focused on helping you prevent disease and even injury where possible based on sound thinking and balanced intentions and they would further be sincerely focused on supporting you to not only perpetuate the good health you are already experiencing but perhaps even guide you to increase your overall level of health. After all, that is what they are trained to do and, furthermore, that is also why they are doing what they are doing if their intention to be a doctor was truly to be a doctor versus simply opting for a profession that will allow them to make a lot of money, for example They would want to help you increase your overall awareness of what constitutes healthy choices and actions and they would do so from the standpoint of recognizing you as the individual that you are. They would approach every patient, case, and client… on its own ground. In doing so they would be expressing their authenticity, their sincerity, their passion for being who they are: a person trained and dedicated to supporting you to be the individual person that you are, fully, authentically and optimally.

On a final note here, if you went to a doctor and said, well, I have been to other doctors so we do not need to go through the examination process. You may well be met with some measure of bewilderment and perhaps even frustration since you probably do not have the full knowledge, capacity and, what may be accurately deemed, authority, to share the knowledge gleaned from the other doctors. Thus, the doctor would be placed in an awkward position of both acknowledging the fact that you have gone to other doctors and have gained various kinds and levels of knowledge and insight, but the doctor him or herself would not have access to it.

The choice could be made to enter into a discussion about what you have experienced and learned, but again, due to your lack of background and subsequent lack of authority, the conversation would likely enter into a conversation riddled with assumptions and miscommunications and might even produce information that leads in another direction altogether due to the many various styles of approach and the complexity of the human body itself. Thus, you might both come to the realization of the value and importance of going through a diagnosis process again, one conducted by the doctor you are seeing. After all, if you had received the results you were seeking with the other doctor(s), if you were completely satisfied, you would probably not be seeing the new doctor in the first place, unless the other doctor(s) were no longer accessible for whatever reason. If this was the case, starting with a fresh diagnosis process would probably prove wise, so the wise choice, here, remains the same.

 

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