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The Seven Pointed Star – Revisited

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The Seven Pointed Star – Revisited

 

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The Seven Pointed Star and the Seven Paths was explored in an earlier article.

Meditation on this symbol has formed part of my reflections over the last few months and I’d like to share some further thoughts – maybe none of them original, but all of them with relevance to my learning.

The layout of the star above suggests that we can move along the pathways defined by days of the week.

So if we start on SUN(day) we can move towards MOON(day) and so on… the pattern of creation of the lines of connection this go from…

  • Sun to Moon
  • Moon – Mars
  • Mars – Mercury
  • Mercury – Jupiter
  • Jupiter – Venus
  • Venus – Saturn
  • Saturn – Sun

Some basic astrology allows us to derive keywords for each of the planets

  • Sun – I integrate – self, will, energy, power
  • Moon – I react – dream, emotion, imagination
  • Mars – I assert – passion, drive, lust, express will
  • Mercury – I communicate – intellect, mind, inform
  • Jupiter – I expand –  spiritual and intellectual exploration
  • Venus – I harmonise – feelings, emotions, love, social attitudes
  • Saturn – I control – structure, limit, discipline
  • Sun – I integrate – self, will, energy, power

In terms of self learning, acquiring knowledge and experience on the path towards wisdom we can find a pathway from any point of our lives within the elven star.

I seek to manifest my will (SUN) so I use my imagination to dream of possible courses of actions (MOON).

I assert my will and considered course of action (MARS) and in doing so communicate my ideas to myself and others (MERCURY)

In doing so I explore and expand my awareness (JUPITER) and make changes by bringing my feelings and emotions into balance (VENUS).

I accept the need to plan and structure in order to achieve (SATURN)

I integrate the changes into myself (SUN)

Another way to consider these paths would be…

I take CONSCIOUS action (Sun) and recognise that I am being driven by UN CONSCIOUS energy (Moon).

I direct my actions (MARS) and communicate myself, my desires, my thoughts to the world (Mercury).

I expand my understanding (Jupiter) engage my emotions to fuel and check my actions (Venus) so accepting and creatively challenging limitations (perceived or otherwise) (Saturn).

I am conscious of may actions and the consequences thereof.

Speaking as a transpersonal therapist these seven stages of change and development provide an interesting framework for discussion, exploration and movement in personal coaching work.

In the Gnostic Gospels of  Didymos Judas Thomas, Jesus is quoted as saying,

“If those who lead say to you,’see, the kingdom is in the sky.’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’  then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, you  will then become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who is that poverty.”

(The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas : The Nag Hamadi Library)

Meditation on symbols, especially complex symbols with layers of meaning and subtlety, is about self-discovery and in self-discovery we can recognise any elements of self-sabotage..

So that …

The Sun – Moon path can be seen as the ‘battle’ between the conscious and the unconscious and the other planets could be taken, in negative aspect, to identify patterns of limiting self-talk…

Mars – I don’t have enough energy : it’s dull : it’s boring

Mercury – I can’t : If only : Someday I’ll : I wish I’d ...

Jupiter – I’m not that lucky : It’s too restricting : It’s all too limiting

Venus – I don’t care : It doesn’t matter that much

Saturn – Yes … BUT !!!!

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Food for thought perhaps …

Alan /|\

 

Published: August 10, 2014

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