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Mandala * Sacred Vessel of Consciousness, Healing, and Evolution

Carl G. Jung, depth psychologist, was known quite simply to his friends as “the Shaman”. To Jung we owe a vast debt for his exploration of consciousness, including his own early bouts with what appears to have been borderline psychosis. He discovered, from Eastern philosophy, the Mandala, and used it extensively in his own seal-healing journeys.

Above all, Jung discovered the extraordinary role of the Mandala, in containing the Psyche within safe boundaries which made its creative life possible, and which also facilitated healing processes – within his own shamanic journey and in therapeutic sessions with his patients.

Here, I explore further the Mandala as a sacred vessel within which we gather our experiences here on Earth and then move them towards a Center – all this orchestrated by the Higher Self.  As we gather in experience, we grow, learn, and transform in ever-higher stages of spiritual evolution.

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William Duke of Cambridge Birth Chart * Destiny or Freedom Calling?

Prince William sits with his father and the Royal Heir Prince of Charles in Parliament, under the Act of Regency on May 10, 2022.

The birth chart of Prince William, also known as the Duke of Cambridge, is intriguing and has a rather commanding presence. I say this because of several striking features which, given the present state of the British Monarchy, could swing into play in the near future.

A major question for me, as an observer of Royal Astrology, is whether or not William will actually sit on the British Throne, or if, in some way as yet unforeseen, he will find a different path, perhaps one of freedom, his true dream…

The future is murky here. William is presently second in line to the throne, but it is clear that the Queen, and much of England, would prefer William to be the next king, meaning that Williams’ father, Prince Charles, the present heir, would be passed over in the line of succession.

This has been the speculation in recent years, but what is emerging now, in 2022, may be another, quite different framework of succession, desired by the Queen herself and possibly already underway. Because under the Act of Regency, which is currently invoked to allow Prince Charles to act in his mother’s name for the official opening of Parliament, Prince Charles and Prince William, his son, were both present “acting for the Queen.”

This sets up the scenario whereby Charles accepts that a newly envisioned British Royalty will be strongest, and most likely to edure (certainly this is the Queen’s opinion) if it is somehow expanded in form to embrace Prince William (and I suspect Prince Harry) in a dual or even tripartite monarchy.

Such a new monarchy would, in a way, hearken back to the days when the British Empire was tripartite – with one part of the Crown in London, one in Cairo, Egypt, and one in Delhi, India.

Jupiter, King of the Gods, King of the planets, ruler of kingship on Earth.

Jupiter (which rules, among other things, Kingship) movied into Aries (New Beginnings) on the very day – May 10, 2022 – that Prince William joined his father Prince Charles, formal heir to the throne, in representing the Queen.  I find Prince William’s presence – apparently at the wish of the Queen – to be a signal that the Queen has found a way, symbolically at least, to pass the Crown to both Charles and William; if true, this would be a brilliant compromise, and may pave the way for more royal innovations.

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Shamanic Astrology * The 12-House Mandala Of the Birth Chart

In Shamanic Astrology, we see the Birth Chart as a Mandala, drawing all elements of Life and Psyche toward the Center. The Center is the Temple we find ourselves in when we meditate on the Chart.

The Mandala as key to evolution of consciousness and self-understanding. At the center is the Higher Self. Spiritual and psychological growth unfolds within a mandala pattern and process. Psychiatrist pioneer Carl G. Jung discovered this as part of his “shamanic” personal explorations”.

The Mandala reminds us also of the Journey around the Circle, which is where the Experience and Explorations occur. Without such creative activity, there could be little to draw towards the Center.

So the Mandala is a mystical symbol of the Philosophy of Going Out and Returning, and the Wheel is not, therefore, a burden, but a gift.

The Circle and the Cross
The birth chart is divided horizontally by the equator or Ascendant-Descendant Axis, and vertically by the Midheaven-Nadir Axis. These divisions make it that most ancient of symbols – the Circle enclosing a  Cross which divides it into the four sacred quadrants.

The cross inside a circle is said to symbolize the Self (as Ego and Personality) in the crucible of matter, time and space, journeying through the mystical cycles of life, death and rebirth. The Soul – in the form of the Higher Self, stands at the Centre of the Mandala, exchanging energy with the Ego/Self as it moves through the four quadrants.

As the Wheel turns, the Higher Self distills and integrates the fruits of each phase through which the Ego passes. This whole process is enfolded within an even larger version of the Higher Self – the Soul. Thus as it moves through life experience, the Ego receives sustenance and illumination from the Higher Self which, in turn, is the point of Light emanating from the Soul.

What follows is a delineation of the twelve houses and their life themes understood through the lens of a planet and the Sign it is said to “rule”…

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Connor McDavid’s Birth Chart * Uranus In Aquarius, Jupiter and Neptune Presiding

It’s that time of the year – the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the Edmonton Oilers are going to the Western Conference Final.  All the buzz is about the Oilers’ captain, Connor McDavid – widely acclaimed as the “best player on the planet” and his phenomenal accomplishments.

CaveatWhat We Don’t Have For This Birth Chart

First, I have used the public information as to Connor McDavid’s month, day and year of birth so my analysis is only as accurate as that information.

Second, as we do not have his exact time of birth, McDavid’s birth chart below has been calculated using “Noon”.   So we don’t have the true Rising Sign or Ascendant which would mark off the First House in one of the Signs of the Zodiac, at the left, on the horizontal axis.  With a true Ascendant and its Sign on the First House, the computer then sets up the chart with the next 11 Houses each assigned a Zodiac Sign in the usual sequence we see in popular astrology beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces.

Third, my approach to a birth chart involves past lifetimes and karmic patterns, and this is known as Karmic Astrology.  I also engage in Shamanic Astrology depending on what I see and am inspired to do.  Here, with Connor’s birth chart, I would not attempt to discuss “karma” except in a very tentative manner, since we don’t have the exact time of birth.

Here is the 12-House, 12-Sign, 12-Planet “Natural Zodiac, Natural Birth Chart”. It is the template for understanding the meaning of Signs, Houses, and Planets as they “rule” each other. Each person’s chart is usually a variation of this template. It is a guide to the astrologer for the “Code”.

Finally, when we don’t know which Planets and Signs go with which Houses, we lose something very interesting to a Life Plan – whether or not the bulk of one’s planets are above or below the horizontal axis (the horizon).

Nor do we know if they are largely in the left- or righ-hand side of the chart.  Both these features give important insights as to a client’s efforts to “put themselves out there” in terms of a career, for example.

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Venus * Goddess Of Love and the Law Of Attraction

In my work as an astrologer, I have come to see Venus as surprisingly central to the Web, with all its colorful threads, which forms the Mandala of the Birth Chart.  One of my most surprising findings has been that Venus may represent the love life of the client’s mother, while also representing the love life of the client themself.

Here we see how the “Spiritual DNA of the Birth Chart” can actually be seen arising from the psychic or physical line of family/clan.  Even if one is adopted, the DNA of the birth chart is attuned to the psychic, or spirit line of the family one is adopted into, as well as to that of the biological parent(s).

Venus Goddess of Beauty, Love and All Forms of Attraction

The Lady Venus (Greek Aphrodite) may seem to need no introduction when it comes to love expressed as romance and sensuality, but it turns out this area of life is a bit of a mystery to most people. Astrology has a lot to say about all this, providing an extremely varied and nuanced look at gender and sexuality through the prism of several Archetypes.

Astrology locates the sexual and gender spectra of experience within the larger framework of psyche in which these are embedded. Venus does not appear as a solitary figure in the Chart, but as part of a Web of energy.

In The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human Expression (A Seth Book) Seth, as channeled by Jane Roberts, spoke of the “tree of human sexuality” to describe how unique and complex our sexuality really is and how people express their sexual reality in subtly different ways.

Each person, in a way, is actually his or her own unique gender, for we blend our spiritual, psychological, cultural and physical dimensions as we mature into an expression of sexuality quite unique. We could say that there are as many genders, then, as there are people on Earth at any given moment. 

The power of Venus spreads out in our Birth Chart and in our lives through the Sign it was in at our time of birth, through the House it is placed in, and the relationships which Venus forms in various angles with the other planets in the chart.

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