The Way of Zen Cats
To bathe in the waters of ecstasy, the inner soma of the essence of inner ecstasy, is different for each of us. For one person, the inner waters of ecstasy in a particular moment, on a particular day, may hold the image of riding horseback through fields of greenery. For another it may be the experience and expression of driving at high speeds around the curves of a mountain roadway. Yet for another, it is to design and decorate a room which reflects their inner most peace, the tranquility of quiet solitude. We can all experience each of these at different times, and each simultaneously experiencing their inner bliss, nirvana, or samadhi. One’s own inner self-awareness and intelligent self-realization is following one’s bliss without being dependent on another. This is the way and the essence of mood and choice.
To drink of one’s inner soma, the nectar of inner delight, one feeds one’s inner strength by this power. The multitudes of different simultaneous expressions and activities by each around the world is the unity of the world. We each are the expression of part of this unity. We all partake of the soma, the nectar of inner ecstasy at various levels of personal evolution and awareness.
With this new Chinese Lunar New Year, The Year of the Sheep or Ram, Aries the Ram is fire, the prana, chi, energy of identity in relation to our individual and collective relationships. We come to understand who we are within, through the yoga of Libra, the air sign of relationships. Conflict, an expression of inner fire, assists each to express their inner mood and inner being in the moment in relation to others. The moments change with the movement of the Moon, Sun and all of the planetary bodies which express themselves through each of us. This is the spiritual physics of the unity of humanity.
Though we are each different and have different tastes, values, intentions, motivations, desires, and pursuits, our individual identity is reflected in our mood. How it is that we design, create and maintain our home, our inner being, our physical home, our bodies and the home wherein our bodies and our spirit reside are the reflection of this personal essence.
Therefore, each will express themselves through their personal yoga of relationship. Their relationship to their environment will be a reflection of their inner being. The Sun is now residing in the yoga of Pisces and Virgo, the inner unconscious elements of Pisces are expressed through Virgo, the highly critical sign of health and service to others.
The Chinese metaphysical science of Feng Shui, the science of the elements, direction, placement and color give a clue to the health of one’s particular environment. This also applies to the colors of the fresh foods one ingests which also contain the soma, the precious nectar of essences which maintain the yoga of good health represented by Pisces (fish) and Virgo (vegetation).
This yoga is the prelude to the coming Spring Equinox, when the latent forces that have been nourished through the winter activities and resting, prepare each (or not) for the emergence of the Solar new year which begins new activities through the yogic expression in the signs of Aries and Libra.
The year of the Sheep, or mountain sheep, is symbolic of the Ram, the first house of identity in the age-old natural constellations of the Zodiac. The age of the Ram in sculpted structures throughout Egypt and various archeological sights can be quite informative. Just by viewing its nature in it’s climb up rocky mountain heights to the top gives you a sense of your own inner identity in several particular areas of your chart in comparison to others’ charts with whom you have relationships (Libra is the polarity sign, or yoga of relationships ruled by Venus).
If you have ever hiked up various mountainous terrains, you have seen that there are paths created by various animals. Not only the sheep or Aries the Ram, but other creatures, utilize these age-old worn paths of security that wind zig-zag up the slope of the mountain, just as a snow skier glides on the snow in a zig-zag fashion to the bottom in a rhythmic, systematic and enjoyable journey down a slope.
Aries, the Ram or the sheep, rules the head. You have heard the question, “Why doesn’t that person use their head?” Interestingly, the nature of the Ram is to use its head to “butt” its opponent. The smart person utilizes intelligence as a defense.
Aries is a fire sign (and is shared also with the other two fire signs, Leo and Sagittarius) ruled by Mars, the warrior. The way one expresses one’s defense will be indicated in one’s chart by what sign is in the natural place of Aries, the first house of identity. The second place will be which house in one’s astro chart one’s actual Aries sign is located. The third indicator of Mars expression will be where Mars is located in ones astro chart and where one’s Scorpio (also ruled by Mars and Pluto are located). These will all also affect one’s response of where one’s other two fire signs are located.
Therefore, we can adapt this “technique” this year to utilize a rhythmic and systematic climb to the heights of our individual personal inner call that will emerge from the universe as April, the true new year of the zodiac, approaches. We can take note, that Capricorn, the goat, also a mountain-climber, in all of us, is indicated by where it is located in one’s personal astrology chart. The natural cosmic zodiac of the constellations of Capricorn has been the natural 10th house of the zodiacal constellations of the zodiac. Each of us has a particular sign for the time of our birth, marriage, residence, employment date, etc. within this natural cosmic area.
If you have Capricorn on the rising of your chart, it will be in the natural sign of Aries, so you are keen on rising to the top with persistent effort. Capricorn is also the sign of the “parent”, therefore one will have a tendency to be the parent in relationships.
So, you will have your own individual house in the natural 10th house which will confirm for you, and assist you with greater understanding about your particular career, what one makes of oneself. You will have The house of Capricorn (sign of the goat), somewhere in your particular chart, which will give you additional information about how and what it is that you do to earn your particular place in the world.
Uranus is moving through Aries, therefore you have probably experienced “unexpected ” changes in your relationships this past year. This has an impact on one’s identity, for one’s relationships have a great deal to do with how it is that one expresses oneself.
Wherever the above-mentioned placements are within your chart will be the area wherein you will experience the most change for the next three years.
I had my 7th graders start a creative writing assignment today about the life of their pet, from the animal’s point of view. As an example, I wrote one from Felix the cat’s perspective.
I often wonder what my cat is thinking when she does certain things. Her behavior continues to baffle me, but if I had to guess, this is what must be going through her mind on a daily basis:
6:58 a.m. My food bowl is empty. I’m going to die in this place. There is no hope for me anymore. Goodbye sweet world. Meow.
7:21 a.m. That Julia girl finally put more Meow Mix in my bowl. I crept into her bedroom while she slept and stared a hole into the side of her head until she finally woke up and fed me. I’m saved. At least until the bowl is empty again.
7:45 a.m. She’s left me…
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