Personal Planets and the Elements
CONGRESSO INTERNACIONAL DE ASTROLOGIA -2
MARCH 23 2019
Shamanic Astrology and the Outer Planets.
South Melbourne Community Centre Sept 16.
Over the past twenty -five years I have been developing a method of astrology that I have come to call Shamanic Astrology.Shamanic Astrology is a type of astro-therapy. This work is not about a one off astrology sessions; working with astrology from a Shamanic perspective requires a client to commit to ongoing sessions.
When we speak of our aspects we are telling others the piece we are integrating; the parts of the chart that we are bringing into awareness, but those pieces will be connected to other planets that can tell us how we can expand our awareness of the cycle we are actually bringing to focus and thus unblock our energetic flow. It is one thing to know what the aspects of your chart are; and a totally different perspective to want to change them.
Astrological Temples is an intensive Shamanic Astrology program focused on the four outer planets of Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These four planets colour how we express our personal planets. Within each of these planets are held filters of how we view things. They are archetypal expressions of energies that are common to all of us. They also define the learning patterns of each generation.
Astrological Temples is based on visioning technique. The concept of creating inner temples and correlating data found in them is a path-working technique. In these path workings I explore each planet as a unique temple.
The concept of the temples is to work with the outer planets in a dissecting framework. Most inner temple work uses a centre to hold the space and the directions expand awareness to make things broader.
The layout of the temples that I am using comes from the work of Lynn Andrews Power Deck. This layout further unfolds the visions by using the
- South is placement of the child self; trust and innocence and fire
- West is adolescent; sacred dream and water
- North is adult; strength and wisdom and earth
- East is ancestor; place of illumination and air.
In these path workings we are looking at the energies of the outer planets with regard to specific developmental aspects of our lives and through an elemental lens.
- We begin to create the temples one by one.
- Creating an inner altar space for each of the four outer planets we are working with.
- Discussing the expression of the planet with regard to process within growth cycle.
- Experiencing personal reaction to each of the four processes of the growth cycle by visioning each direction of the temple.
- Concluding by reframing your knowledge of outer planets in your circuit in the birth chart.
The Astrological Temples gives us a place to reflect and vision how our outer planets affect our personal birth charts and us as a generation. It takes the time to experience and perceive these energies from a perspective of process. It allows us to see the enlightenment they offer and the shadows they camouflage. The Temples also allow us to view our stages of development giving us approval and awareness of how we are both young and old in our perceptions of life.
FOR DETAILS OF THIS COURSE
CONTACT LYNDALL MCQUINN 0428 425 923
IN THINE OWN IMAGE.
Life can be a balance between being centered and being bombarded by the shadows often presented to us by projections in our interactions. We are all coming at each other with facades based on the images we want others to see and the aspects of ourselves we think we have to hide. We spend our lifetime creating images of who we think we have to be, as opposed to being clear and contented with who we are.
The trilogy I am writing on today is about the trilogy we build within ourselves; the images we work with to create us.
Firstly there is the image of who we aspire to be. The best we think we can become or the connection to the ideals of other that we would love to emulate be they true to us or not. In other words what we perceive to be cool and wish we were like. Often we scrutinize groups within society to see if that is where the tribe sits. These aspirations that we hook onto another who we think has it all; are symbolic of the goals and the ideals we want to create. The more aligned to our truth these ideals become the clearer this image reflects.
The second image is the one that houses the parts of us that we censor. They may be censored because we have had a particular interaction with someone who doesn’t like us for a particular reason or who doesn’t like an aspect of us. If we give our power over to them we begin to hide that trait in us. Sometimes our hidden pieces can be from our childhood where our family has censored aspects of our behaviour. In fact most parenting is about moulding into shape the images they want for their offspring.
These aspects can become so hidden that we forget they even existed; we do such a great job of hiding them we too leave them lurking in the shadows. The behavior that we think of as bad and maybe it is inappropriate is placed underground.
Our third image is the one we hold of us in everyday life. Just doing our day. And this one has a combination of both. “I am not where I aspire to be but I’m definitely not showing my shadow.” This one is in the now and although most of the time we are in control of it and maybe it’s a little mundane but it does have those moments when it cracks and something surfaces that makes you cringe and think holy fuck was that me that burst through there.
Then along come the others. All the ones we attract into our lives to play out with our images. The conversations or accusations others present are coming out of their facades, built upon their system of projection. They are performing just like us and there is a two-way duality happening between all three-image spaces.
How intense is this, no wonder we don’t relax and have so much stress.
It is great to listen to the words of others but if you can’t relate to them then they are not your issues; they are telling us how they see the world. We don’t have to buy into it. Often we become offended or try to change because of how someone else has seen us but that is conforming to his or her images or projections of who they think we are. We may not even be close to their view.
The important thing is to listen to the words that come out of your mouth because that is built on your projections and often what we can’t see in ourselves will be bounced back at us by the other. This can be a harsh reality to work with because it means we have to be prepared to own our projections. Often portrayed via our words.
Others are our reflections; mirrors for us to piece back the mirrors of our own essence. When we love someone we can see us in them but the pieces of us that we haven’t owned. We need their beauty to recognise our own. On the negative we may need the difficult interactions with others to see what we have hidden. They challenge us to rethink and relook at our actions and the words we speak and our motivations to be clear about what messages we are sending out to the universe.
It takes time to balance these three phases of our being. We often enjoy the projection forward to the aspiration of who we would like to be and envisioning the wonders of how that will unfold. The difficult shadowy interactions hold us up because they need us to do some awareness work. If we refuse to do it we can just keep on bringing in the same old structures to undo over and over again.
The everyday us, trying to be in the now is a balance between the two. Sometimes we are weighted more one way than the other.
Lyndall McQuinn 2017.
I found the Shamanic Astro Journey with Lyndall deeply transformative. For 6 weeks Lyndall held the space as I journeyed through my natal chart. Her friendly face and caring nature allowed me to open up and explore the deep recesses of my psyche. Every week we explored my chart, shining a light on the source of deep seeded unconscious patterns. I cried, I laughed and every week my session concluded with a mantra to assist me through the week ie. “I am not my mother” “I attract loving partners.” My perspective towards certain situations began to change and more importantly my relationship to myself got real! This journey has been profound. I have a long way to go but it’s nice to know I’m on my way. Thank you for your wise council Lyndall.
What a gift it has been to work with Lyndall and her Shamanic astrology. Lyndall has brought light into the darkest corners of my natal chart, shining awareness into places I did not want to go in the past and had often rejected. Now I am growing into the potential of my chart as Lyndall assists me to embody the magic of all the planetary power within. Janice Jones.
Astrological Circuits contemplates the attributes of the Outer Planets from three perspectives. It begins with considering the vibrational effects of each planet concluding with a path working. I then discuss the circuit the planet is involved in, highlighting the whole integration of the planet in a pattern. The conclusion to this piece is identifying and interpreting the difference between generational and personal circuits within a chart.
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THE ZODIAC AS AN ENERGY MATRIX.
There are twelve basic raw energies in the signs which make up the zodiac. Each of which has an elemental flow and a mode or way the energy expresses. There are four possible elements and three ways of movement.
Thus 4 elements x 3 modes=12 basic sign structures.
The four elemental flows are:
This realm sets us in the physical. It concentrates on our physical bodies and how to keep them healthy. The concerns of how to survive in society and the provision of our physical needs are earth based. Earth issues draw on our responsibilities and our role in the communities we live in. This is where we manifest our existence.
The fire realm deals with creating and interacting with others and within us.
This element is sexual by nature and drives us to our sources of passion and inspiration. Fire’s challenge centers on our use of will and our expression of instinctual drives in their creative and destructive phases. The fire element consumes, driving forcefully before it burns out or recreates into a new form.
Elemental air vibrates in our minds and thoughts. What we think and how to communicate our wisdom are its mysteries. The secret to mastery of this element is breath; the use of breath to order our thoughts and discipline the activity of the mind. Speaking and communicating clearly to others also draws from the air component within us. Our perspectives on life and philosophies of living are formulated in this element. How we think is like the wind, from gentle breeze to blowing gales.
This realm centers on our feelings, intuition and imagination. Usually these energies are nebulous and difficult to hold in focus. How we feel, like water has ebbs and flows that are changing constantly. Our truths form in feelings or visual images that hold briefly then alter. To know this element is to allow emotions to bubble to the surface and to trust the visionary qualities of our imagination and dreams.
Our lives flit in and out these elemental flows. We experience them during our days in all our functions. Dealing with finances is an earthly matter; our conversations draw from air, all we feel is water and we act from fire. Our whole existence is the dance of these elements within us. They are not static but constantly flowing from one to the other.
TABLE OF ELEMENTS
THE WAY ENERGY EXPRESSES.
The way energy expresses is threefold; these modes are termed, cardinal, fixed and mutable.
CARDINAL energy begins with a central core. From this core energy radiates outwards. A person expressing energy in a cardinal mode is focused on impact and the change that can be created within the environment. The energy of self is held in a body centre and through actions and the reciprocal energies flowing back, determines the changing definitions of self. The life themes of people expressing cardinally are often about controlling themselves and others by their actions and their willfulness.
FIXED energy works in reverse. There is a central energy core. This time energy draws inward to the core. The experiences of life are met and energy is contracted back into the individual. Working in this mode the personal presence is dense, and strong because these people become literally a vessel to hold energy. Whatever is valued as a definition of self is embodied and held within; others, coming into contact with people expressing in this mode, feel and sense the essence of who they are. This energy storage often creates conflicts involving power, worship or dictatorial stances.
MUTABLE energy has a central core but energy doesn’t build up in it. Rather the energy moves around this centre in a swirling type of pattern. A thought, action or emotion begins as a seed then swirls and whirls around gathering momentum, spiraling onwards and upwards or downwards depending on the mental state of the person. The tendency here is to expand and expand, the difficulty being to ground, focus and maintain a sense of central core. Energy begins as a small seed, fans out to maximum expansion then collapses, usually into exhaustion.
As with the elemental flow we are not limited to expressing our energy in one mode. We can shift our ways of expressing according to what effects we are trying to achieve. Particular modes and elements will be most comfortable to us because they are our natal prevalence, however we can consciously choose to explore different modes of operating if we understand how energy moves
TABLE OF MODES
|cardinal||ARIES LIBRA||CANCER CAPRICORN|
|fixed||TAURUS SCORPIO||LEO AQUARIUS|
|mutable||GEMINI SAGITTARIUS||VIRGO PISCES|
THE INDIVIDUALITY OF SIGNS.
If we study the twelve astrological energies we can see they break down into groups of elements and modes. This breakdown is what gives each sign its individuality as well as its commonality to other signs.
The fire signs speak of will, earth of form, air of thought and water of feelings.
The energy within the cardinal signs moves outwards, in the fixed signs it moves inwards and with the mutable signs it spirals.
However there is only one sign that has
cardinal movement and fire element = Aries
cardinal movement and water element = Cancer
cardinal movement and air element = Libra
cardinal movement and earth element = Capricorn
fixed movement and earth element = Taurus
fixed movement and fire element = Leo
fixed movement and water element = Scorpio
fixed movement and air element = Aquarius
mutable movement and air element =-Gemini
mutable movement and earth element = Virgo
mutable movement and fire element =Sagittarius
mutable movement and water element = Pisces
Even though it is very simple, it can take a moment to understand the uniqueness of every sign, and once you’ve grasped that, you will understand the commonality that each sign has with the other signs.