Wu-Tang Wisdom and Saturn's Hard-Earned Fruit

Saturn is the archetype of burden, pressure, hardship, isolation, limitation and work. The archetype of Saturn also includes everything that comes from facing these challenges, such as discipline, perseverance, rigor, responsibility, and maturity. Saturn is a great archetype for showcasing the homeopathic nature of astrology and of the universe in general...

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What is Nirvana?

Nirvana, or Nibbana, are two words from the lexicons of ancient India that refer to the state of experience discovered by the Buddha. In this state a human being experiences the cessation of suffering. The words literally mean to extinguish, or "no burning."

To understand a bit more about the nature of Nirvana we have to first understand the nature of perception...

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How to Recognize Gifts From the Universe

An amazing thing happened to me. I was concluding a meeting and had a long bike ride in the hot sun ahead of me. I had no water on me. I was returning to where I had locked my bike and considering where I could buy water or a sports drink. Then I noticed on the handlebar of my bike a bag with two big cold bottles of Gatorade in it. A construction worker saw my approach, claimed the bag of Gatorade and apologized. I joked, "I was wondering how someone knew I wanted a Gatorade." The construction worker said, "You know what..." and he handed me one of the bottles...

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Growing Old Rocks!

Movies and books these days are highly entertaining but not that memorable. The U.S. is striving to create and sustain a golden era of story telling (such as that of ancient Greece or 19th century Russia) but failing. Why is this?

The culture of the United States is obsessed with youth and staying young. No one wants to get old. Yet we love it when a character in a story comes to a crossroads and makes a hard choice that shows how they've matured over the course of the story. They've reached a new level of growth. This is literally character growth. It feeds our subconscious and makes a great story.

Remaining obsessed with youth is resistance to growth. Growth is good. Growth is life...

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The Universe is Sending You an Evite

Dear Beloved Child,

I am sending you this Evite to invite you to step up and meet your full potential. I have actually sent you this Evite many times. You know how, when you don't reply to an Evite, it gets sent to you again and again. Those Evites I sent you could have been in the form of the relationship breakups, the sadistic bosses, the angry road ragers, the judging authority figures, the addictive behavior patterns. I have sent so many Evites. In fact, that's mostly what I do: send Evites to graduation parties. I love celebrating when you graduate to a new level of realizing your potential.

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The Buddha Had a Mowhawk

The Punk movement began in the mid-1970's, when Saturn and Uranus were in a particularly tense angular alignment known as a "square" (I was born under this very alignment). Saturn's archetype symbolizes authority and conservative values, as well as traditions and austerity. Uranus is in many ways the opposite of Saturn. It is the archetype of rebellion, disruption, revolution and freedom. Since the two planets, and thus their archetypes, were combined in a tense square angle in the mid-1970's we saw them struggling against one another, yet embodying one another...

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We Are Our Stories, But They Are Not Us

Every single human life, no matter what the content, from the most trauma-filled to the most boring, is merely a story. Not only is every human life a story, but it is a story telling itself to itself; there is no fixed underlying main character in the story. This is the aspect of reality that allows every human life equal access to freedom. By freedom I do not mean a mundane freedom involving physical, political, and/or economic freedom. No. That is more story. I mean freedom from the past, freedom from trauma, regret, remorse, depression, anger, negativity, in short: freedom from suffering...

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How Astrology Compliments Therapy and Meditation

Have you ever had a behavior that is causing you and those around you to suffer, yet is proving resistant to change? Since the advent of Freud and the birth of psychology at the start of the twentieth century, therapy has become the go to method for addressing these kinds of stubborn and destructive behavior patterns. I will here invent a hypothetical scenario to illustrate a point...

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Resourcefulness=Nonviolence

Tony Robbins likes to say that when things don't go your way it's not due to a lack of resources, but rather a lack of resourcefulness. For instance, it's easy to say, "Things would have worked out differently if I'd had more time, money, help, approval, etc." You fill in the blank. I like to point out a similar realization using different wording. For instance, I sometimes use the word nonviolence...

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Learn to Dance with Your Life

Picture two dancers conquering a partner dance on the dance floor. I know you've seen it. Maybe they were dancing swing, salsa, tango, whatever. But they were good. They were a marvel to watch. Wow. They push off each other, they pull in each other. One leads, the other follows. They move as if they are two, yet one. They appear so natural that they literally are the music...

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Heart of Stone: The Weeknd and Venus/Saturn

Popstar The Weeknd was born with a tight conjunction of Venus and Saturn. Venus is the archetype of love, pleasure and art. Saturn is the archetype of negation, restriction and the tests of time.

In The Weeknd's recent video for his song "I Feel it Coming" he is on a barren planet singing to his lover, who appears before him...

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