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“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to
do with your state of consciousness.”
– Eckhart Tolle

T. Harv Eker:

“In every forest, on every farm, in every orchard on
earth, what’s under the ground creates what’s above the ground. That’s
why placing your attention on the fruits you have already grown is futile.
You can’t change the fruits that are already hanging on the tree. But you
can change tomorrow’s fruits. To do so, you will have to dig below the
ground and strengthen the roots.”

“The secret of being a bore is to tell
everything,” said French writer Voltaire.

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you
select your clothes every day. That’s a power you can cultivate. If you
want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the
only thing you should be trying to control.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert

“The whole point of Jesus’s life was not that we should become exactly
like him, but that we should become ourselves in the same way he
became himself. Jesus was not the great exception but the great
example.”

– Carl Jung

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So far it has been a gentle, systematic, and interesting introduction into the new world of astrology.

First I was presented with an overview, the unsatisfactory Astrology: The Space Age Science by Joseph Goodavage. I had intuited a strong need to learn astrology, but that book did little to convince me further.

Then I was led to Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas’ lectures on astrology. This was akin to being thrown in the deep end, with only an emergency vest (my background of psychology and familiarity with Jung principles) to keep me afloat. Yet it was the best thing that could’ve happened because it tied astrology to overarching principles and patterns: myth, symbols, the unconscious, and obviously psychology. It helped implant the foundations of astrology in my head: it is not just an indication of fate or destiny, but a composite of art and science, equal parts dialectic and intuitive.

Dr. Michael Newton’s Destiny of Sousl has given me a further unconventional look upon things, by eliciting the insight that the individual maturation and evolution of a soul has a tremendous impact in how a life unfolds, in how “negative” or “positive” contexts are perceived and can be utilized as  tools for growth or treadmills of mediocrity.

Linda Goodman’s books and the Internet have offered good primers on interactions between signs, and the roles of the planets and houses: what they symbolize and rule. A more nuanced mastery of the houses, planets and signs is needed, but that shall come in time; for now I am well served.

How to Be A Great Astrologer fulfills a critical missing puzzle piece: what words like “trine,” “opposition,” and “square” really signify.

The book’s layout is simplistic, almost to the point of redundancy: Planet X is Conjunct/Square or Opposite/Trine or Sextile with Planet Y, and here is how they interact. Wash and lather. Rinse and repeat.

I have, however, resisted the urge to glaze over things. Obviously there is no way the human brain can intake so much, so quickly, but if you stick with a seemingly monotonous task long enough, you eventually begin to realize the insight unearthed.

For now I only have been hinted at it; more practice is needed. So I have decided to use this book, while I have it (it’s on loan from the library), to begin interpretating the aspects of those closest to me, beginning with myself. That will be for future blog posts. In this one I just want to write down my favorite quotes from the book.

One of the most useful features of the book, and one I wish was featured in every relational aspect, is the mentioning of famous people who had this aspect, and to a lesser extent the malefic/benefic properties of the planets. The former is awesome because it’s really fleshing out the background of James Braha for me. Jiddu Krishnamurti! Alan Watts! Carlos Castaneda! Hey, this guy’s been around the block. Neato.

The latter I can largely figure out. My understanding: Jupiter, Venus are certainly benefic. Saturn and Pluto are malefic. I would guess that Mercury is more benefic and Mars is more malefic, although Mars could go either way. Sun and Moon are benefic. Uranus and Neptune… should they even be called malefic or benefic? They are dissolving, imaginative, mystical effects.

He’s only began to mention them late in the book, but it’s been extremely useful. I feel he lapses too often into seemingly generic statements — generic because of the impersonality; if I don’t have those aspects, or know people with those aspects, or have some narrative of those aspects, it is hard to commit the things to memory — but when he attaches overarching qualities — the benefic Jupiter, the malefic Saturn — I latch on more easily.

It helps that the planets in the latter part of our solar system are much more interesting to me. Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are straight up bosses, and seem unimaginably important in a chart. Obviously you can quickly run into some specious logic when you start trying to label one planet as the most important — they are all extremely important — but I sense that Saturn is particularly important, as well as Pluto.

They provide the major challenges in a chart. Saturn is about authority, career, discipline, routine. Pluto is about complete and total transformation, rebirth, life and death.

Anywho, let’s get on to the quotes. Only a few made the cut!

In the beginning as the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God. – The Bible

If you do not change your direction, you are likely to end up where you are headed. – Ancient Chinese Proverb

My personal favorite:

For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” – Alfred D’Souza

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” – Luke 12:48

“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Powell

“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, has a cubic centimeter of chance that pops up in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between the average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting so that when his cubic centimeter pops out, he has the necessary speed, the prowess to pick it up.” – Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan

“When all the knots in the heart are unloosened, then even here in this human life, the mortal becomes immortal. This is the whole teaching of the scriptures.” – Upanishads

To risk is to ri0sk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.  To expose feelings is to risk exposing our true self. To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To try at all is to risk failure.

But to risk we must. Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The man, the woman, who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. – Emerson

Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than you think. – Disraeli

We may not know what is right, but we always know what is wrong. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The reasonable man adapts himself ot the circumstances that surround him. The unreasonable man adapts the surrounding circumstances to himself. All progress depends on the unreasonable man. – George Bernard Shaw

The first step to having what you really want is the removal of everything in your environment that represents mediocrity. – Stewart Emery

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain of its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. – Nicholai Machiavelli, from his Tombstone

Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is withini you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. – From the Introduction of the Mystic Gospels, Elaine Pagels

The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness; it is always urgent, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point blank. – Jose Ortega y Gasset

Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequ0ence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness. But it is greatness. – George Bernard Shaw

The more you love, the more you can love—and the more intensely you love. Nor is there any limit on how many you can love. If a person had time enough, he could love all of that majority who are decent and just. – Robert A. Heinlein

Nations endure only as long as their topsoil. – Henry Cantwell Wallace

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe–a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. – Albert Einstein

A search for knowledge drives out the search for love. – Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace. – Buddha

As we move into the era of computers and electronics, intelligence rather than territory is the central concern of government.Timothy Leary

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind,
Suffering followers,
As the wheel follows the hoof of an ox pulling a cart.

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a serene mind,
Happiness follows,
As surely as one’s shadow.

“He abused me, mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.”
Harboring such thoughts keeps hatred alive.
“He abused me, mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.”
Releasing such thoughts banishes hatred for all time.

Animosity does not eradicate animosity.
Only by loving kindness is animosity dissolved.
This law is ancient and eternal.

– The Dhammapada: The Path of Truth translated by Ananda Maitreya

The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can’t, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re “made” of star stuff. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. The journey for each of us begins here. We’re going to explore the cosmos in a ship of the imagination, unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies. It can take us anywhere in space and time. Perfect as a snowflake, organic as a dandelion seed, it will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts. Come with me. – Carl Sagan, Universal Mind

If you believe certain words, you believe their hidden arguments. When you believe something is right or wrong, true or false, you believe the assumptions in the words which express the arguments. Such assumptions are often full of holes, but remain most precious to the convinced. – Robert A. Heinlein

The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and it has no place in the endeavor of science. – Carl Sagan

It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only made by those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even if it be a scientific one.  – Sigmund Freud

There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error. Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together. – J. Robert Oppenheimer

“Many people have claimed to have received messages via interstellar telepathy. Saul-Paul Sirag, a physicist, has said that over a hundred scientists in the United States have had this experience, but are reluctant to admit it publicly, for obvious reasons. Buckminster Fuller, renowned scientific philosopher, has stated that he sometimes thinks that he has received messages from interstellar telepaths. Dr. John Lilly, psychoanalyst, neuro-anatomist, cyberneticist, mathematician, and pioneering dolphin researcher, has made allusions to contact during the early seventies from interstellar entities he terms the “Cosmic Coincidence Control Center”.” – Source

“You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.”  – Morpheus, The Matrix

The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can’t, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re “made” of star stuff. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. The journey for each of us begins here. We’re going to explore the cosmos in a ship of the imagination, unfettered by ordinary limits on speed and size, drawn by the music of cosmic harmonies. It can take us anywhere in space and time. Perfect as a snowflake, organic as a dandelion seed, it will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts. Come with me. – Carl Sagan, Universal Mind

Once you have glimpsed the world as it might be, it is impossible to live anymore complacent in the world as it is.    – Unknown

If you want to learn something, read about it.
If you want to understand something, write about it.
If you want to master something, teach it.Yogi Bhajan

Common to all these types is the anthropomorphic character of their conception of God. In general, only individuals of exceptional endowments, and exceptionally high-minded communities, rise to any considerable extent above this level. But there is a third stage of religious experience which belongs to all of them, even though it is rarely found in a pure form: I shall call it cosmic religious feeling. It is very difficult to elucidate this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it, especially as there is no anthropomorphic conception of God corresponding to it. The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvelous order which reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. Individual existence impresses him as a sort of prison and he wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole. – Albert Einstein

Therefore a nature person is considered to be extremely important. That person knows the book of nature in such a way that they have the key to the evolution of our consciousness. The jungle is itself a decipherable book. When you look at nature it appears to be chaos, but you can perceive patterns in the chaos. If you only see chaos in nature it is a reflection of the chaos inside yourself. There is a very perfect order in nature. Understanding this kind of order is understanding the cosmic phenomenon. This is why, more often than not, indigenous people want to keep nature the way it is. Modification of it deletes an opportunity to decipher a very potent hieroglyphics. Perhaps this is why the modern world looks upon the indigenous as people who are not evolved, people who are primitive. In this context primitive is a reductionist word which does not depict the reality as it is, only the importance of being called primitive. – Malidoma Somé

Jesus:

If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) 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 (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.

When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.

Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods?’

Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him. – Robert A. Heinlein

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. – Marcel Proust

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. –  Henri Bergson

Albert Einstein:

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

When we all think alike no one thinks very much.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

In light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course, and any intelligent student can grasp it without too much trouble. But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alterations of confidence and exhaustion and the final emergence into the light — only those who have experienced it can understand it.

Evelyn Underhill:

All creation has purpose. It looks towards perfection.

It is far easier, though not very easy, to develop and preserve a spiritual outlook on life than it is to make our everyday actions harmonize with that spiritual outlook. For though we may renounce the world for ourselves, refuse the attempt to get anything out of it, we have to accept it as the sphere in which we are to co-operate with the Spirit, and try to do the Will.

Mohandas K. Ghandi:

The way of peace is the way of truth.  Truthfulness is even more important than peacefulness.  Indeed, lying is the mother of violence.  A truthful man cannot long remain violent.  He will perceive in the course of his search that he has no need to be violent and he will further discover that so long as there is the slightest trace of violence in him, he will fail to find the truth he is searching.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.  I believe that they are all God-given and I believe that they were necessary for the people to who these religions were revealed.  And I believe that if only we could all of us read the scriptures of the different faiths from the standpoint of the followers of these faiths, we should find that they were at the bottom all one and were all helpful to one another.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. – Confucius

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. – Daniel Boorstin

What is the first business of philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows.- Epictetus

Do not speak unless you can improve upon silence. – Proverb

The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. – John Ruskin

The oldest, shortest words – “yes” and “no” – are those which require the most thought. – Pythagoras

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. – Buddha

George Santayana:

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

We are not told that jihad has many definitions, that in general it means struggle, and that the highest form of jihad is the struggle against self.
The Wisdom Fund, April 28, 1995

Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point. – Arthur Schopenhauer

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein

Man’s will and God’s grace rise and fall together. – Evelyn Underhill

First you make habits, then habits make you. – Yogi Bhajan