The stars my destination…

Astro-Tree of LifeWhen it comes to my studies of the occult and the esoteric — or when it comes to almost anything in my life, come to think of it! — I tend to be a bit all or nothing.  If I’m not interested in something, I am utterly, absolutely not interested in it.  Like, down to the cellular level.  I simply cannot force myself to care.  Take professional sports, for example.  No, really, go ahead: take them.  I won’t miss them…

But when I do become interested in something, though, and especially if I feel like I’m arriving late to a particular party, then I dive in head-first, plunge as deep as I can go, as fast as I can go, and only when I’m many fathoms underwater and far from shore do I even begin to think about things like making it back home, or…you know, breathing

That’s how it was with Tarot (and still is at times).  That’s how it was with Runes (ditto).  Crystals, too (you get the point).

And so now: Astrology.

I’ve known about the art/science (sci-art?) of Astrology for nearly my entire life.  I remember learning of the signs of the Zodiac at a very early age, and being thrilled that I ended up being born with my Sun in a sign (Scorpio) that I found to be thoroughly cool and mysterious.  And occasionally I’d chat with someone about Astrology, although just in the most surface-level of ways…

Only when I began to more fully and consistently immerse myself into the metaphysical, though, did I begin to realize just how deep and intensely complex Astrology really is.  It’s like calculus in that sense — far more fascinating to me than calculus, of course, and a lot more applicable to my daily life in ways I can more easily connect with, but every bit as complicated.

I made a first real pass at learning Astrology last year, and I cruised along okay in a sort of wobbly, bicycle-with-training-wheels kind of fashion for a while…until I hit a mental wall.

You see, I’m pretty great when it comes to symbols.  I really am — symbols are kind of my jam (or, one of my jams, anyway).  I love a pantheon, too, a collection of characters that make up a sort of celestial roll call.  Astrology offers several rosters that arguably fit either of those bills.  You’ve got your signs…you’ve got your planets…you’ve got your houses…

That’s about where my brain started to break last year: the houses.  I think it was one set of symbols too many for me to process all at once.  I tried for a while, but then with my head throbbing, my gray matter resisting all attempts to force new knowledge into it beyond a certain point, I withdrew from my studies for a while, and shifted my attention elsewhere.  A few months went by…

But then, as it always seems to happen with something I’m meant to explore, Astrology came calling again.  I can’t even say exactly what it was that reignited the need to know.  It just fired itself up a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been up to my neck in birthcharts ever since…

I’m riveted by everything I’m learning, and I’ve already made it further with my current phase of scholarly zeal than I did last time around, and I don’t feel any sense yet of me starting to run out of steam, either.  I’m not nearly ready yet to try to offer birthchart analysis at the professional level, and giving you advice on how you match up with your partner or on what the current transits occurring right now up in the sky will spell for you in your daily life are still things that remain (for now…) well beyond my present capabilities…

Check back on me in a couple of months, though, and see where I’m at then!  Meanwhile, I can already feel all this new Astrological knowledge beginning to help inform my understandings of Tarot and the Tree of Life in rich and exciting ways.  “It’s written in the stars” has never seemed less like a cliche to me, and more like a pure fact of life…

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