Category Archives: Reincarnation

About Carol and Silk Road Visions

Carol At Home

This is the online home of Carol Leigh Rice, MA,  devoted mom, semi-retired psychic and astrologer, solitary shaman, and former academic (political science).

I am also an Aquarian, and very typical indeed of this Sun Sign. I work best alone, though my focus tends to always be on others – whether indivdiuals, nations, societies or communities…

With Uranus as the ruler of Aquarius, I shock and surprise myself as much as others with my interests, choices and decisions. Having Libra Rising, however, makes Venus the ruler of my chart, and these influences soften – over time – much of the drama which predictably but unexpectedly comes into my life. I write a lot about Aquarius and its dramatic Age here on Silk Road Visions.

I am blessed – and deeply challenged – with a Balsamic Moon in my birth chart, and I discuss this extraordinary life influence in one of my most detailed and popular posts.

In fact, this whole blog is really my book, the one I have yet to write, the one everyone has told me to write for most of my life.  Somehow, though, it seems more natural to let the chapters on all these different dimensions of spiritual life simply unfold here – so much is channelled – for each visitor to find what appeals to them at this moment in their lives.

And, like the Silk Road, over which travelled everything from silk and spice to books, philosophy and medicine, my blog here covers many topics, from astrology to shamanism, personal healing and the political world which we all share…

I have explored and self-trained in a new shamanism which seems to bridge both East and West; the vital link between psyche, symbol and transformation was first shown me in meditation and further revealed in the life readings which followed.

I have worked for psychiatrists and psychologists as an office manager/secretary; as a mature student and single mom I obtained a BA and MA in political science; along the way I spent over 30 years in part-time and  full-time work as a medical transcriptionist – in hospital or online –  immersed in the medical world of surgeries, consultations, hospital admission and discharge reports for all disciplines within medicine.

So I see myself as  a Life Counsellor with special credentials and from time to time I still offer Silk Road Astrology Readings – highly personalized, hand-and-soul-crafted for each person who consults me.

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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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The Mysterious Powers of Pluto * Death, Regeneration, and Transformation

In some scientific circles, Pluto is still considered, despite recent controversy, a legitimate planet. You can see it in the image here, the farthest planet out, and very tiny. Yet I find it to be one of the most intriguing of the planetary influences in the Birth Chart.

Jeff Green, founder of Evolutionary Astrology, has built an entire theory, and school, of astrology, around Pluto in the Birth Chart as the key to reincarnational history.

Pluto is not used in Classical and Medieval Astrology in the West, nor in Hindu Astrology in the East, based on the belief that Pluto has never been part of traditional astrology. There is some evidence, however, that the so-called Outer Planets – Pluto, Uranus and Neptune – were indeed known in ancient times, such as in Sumer.  Sumerian tablets translated by Zecharia Sitchin tell of a cosmic event within our solar system which – among other great happenings –  knocked Pluto from its orbit sending it into its present cold, outermost location.

Other texts describe the remarkable events leading to Uranus’ turning almost onto its side – a state which still mystifies modern physicists; and how Neptune became the “tranquilizer” of our planetary system, somehow holding all the planets within their given orbits.

The key words to Pluto are:  Extreme Experiences, Fear, Betrayal, Sexuality, Mysteries and Mystery, Transformation, Power, Death and Regeneration.

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Libya Dreaming * Far Memory and the Sands of Space and Time

Sigh…In modern times Libya makes  news headlines for its wars and struggles to find a place in the world.  It was not always so…

Sometimes I find myself Libya Dreaming, following a trail of old maps, histories, and feelings, till I arrive, at last, in the golden sands of Far Memory…

There is – there was – a Libya I know better than the city I have lived in for 45 years.

Archaeological Site of Cyrene (Libya)

A pillar of ancient history, it was a jewel in the crown of the Roman Empire from 146 BC to 640 AD. It was prized even earlier by the Greeks, who founded Cyrene – the Athens of Africa – in Cyrenaica in Eastern Libya from which modern eastern Libya and Libyans still take their name.

The site of Cyrene was chosen – most wisely – on the advice of the Oracle of Delphi and the city would become one of the largest in the Mediterranean. The area is now a World Heritage site and is rich in mythology and history.

There is a strong possibility that the invading Greeks built their temple to Apollo for protection from Libyan Amazons and over artefacts of an earlier, more advanced culture.

In the beginning, though, it was the home of the Berbers. The earliest name given them – Libu – appears to be the origin of the word Libya, the name for most of the African continent in classical Egyptian, Greek and Roman times.

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