Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Journaling with Aquarius and The Star
As the Sun makes it's yearly journey through the sign of Aquarius, we may all find a little bit of "The Water Bearer" in ourselves. Whether we are faced with challenges that encourage us to be more innovative, visionary, or humanitarian... or whether we are faced with issues involving a need for tolerance, individuality, or even rebellion... we are sure to somehow feel the effects of this Fixed Air sign upon our lives. Here are some tidbits about Aquarius, and it's related Tarot card; The Star, followed by some suggested journaling questions.
<- The Star from The Celestial Tarot by Kay Steventon and Brian Clark
Aquarius Key Characteristics;
Humanitarian, Emotionally Cool, Innovative, Rebellious, Independant, Disruptive, Friendly, Uninvolved, Visionary, Impractical, Tolerant, Perverse, Unusual, Individualistic
"The Star is related to the sign of Aquarius, which symbolizes the idea of the individualas a cooperative member of the larger whole, fostering the understanding that all humanity is one coherent family, a concept which can be grasped only intuitively. Brotherhood - or Sisterhood - is the prime concept, for Aquarius sees everyone in the humanitarian spirit of friendship. Aquarius is the 11th sign of the Zodiac, the Fixed Air Sign. It is related to stability and stanima, is ruled by Uranus, and rules the 11th House, he House of Friendship and Hopes & Wishes. Aquarius takes as it's purpose the experimentation with all established structures. It freely crosses all man-made boundaries in order to experience the new and unusual. It is related to reform within the structure of a group, bringing innovative ideas."
~ The Everything Tarot Book by M.J. Abadie
The Legend - Aquarius, The Water Bearer
The astrological symbol of Aquarius is the human figure carrying a jar or receptacle from which water pours out in a stream. Contrary to what you would think, Aquarius is not a water sign, but an Air sign. The stream of water flowing from the jar represents spiritual knowledge and purification.
"In Greek Literature the constellation of Aquarius was called the Water Pourer, and is thought to represent the God Jupiter, who at command could cause the waters to pour from heaven. It also commemorates Deucalion, the only man to come through the great flood unharmed. At the beginning of creation, gods and men lived in harmony during an era called the Golden Age. The earth produced food without man tilling the soil, there was no sickness or disease, the awters flowed with wine and honey. Then Pandora opened her box of evils, and plagues of sickness of mind and body were released on the Earth. The great God Jupiter looked down and decided to rid the world of people and create a new race worthy of life. With the help of his brother Neptune, Jupiter covered the earth with water. Only 2 people were saved; Deucalion and his wife, Pyrrah, who were pious and just and worshipped the Gods faithfully. They took refuge on Mount Parnassus, and when Jupiter saw them he remembered their exemplary lives and caused the waters to recede. Duecalion and Pyrrah were commanded to cast the bones of their mother behind them. Duecaliaon interpreted "bones of your mother" to mean the stones of the earth, and he and Pyrrah began to pick up stones and cast them behind themselves as they walked. These stones slowly turned into human beings; the ones Duecalion threw became men, and the one Pyrrah threw became women, thus Duecalion and Pyrrah became the Father and Mother of a new race of mankind."
~ The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need, by Joanna Martine Woolfolk
The Star from The Fey Tarot by Mara Aghem -->
"Aquarius and The Manna of Heaven"
" To the ancients, Aquarius was the power of the flowing, often flooding, water. The Star represents both strands of Aquarius; it heralds the revolutionary new way of being after a period of turmoil or suppression and is also representative of a wellspring of hope and renewal. Aquarius' innovative and craetive new vision pours forth like manna from heaven, a welcome downpour after the disruption and chaos of The Tower (card 16). In the Celestial Tarot, Hebe pours forth the invigorating waters recycled from the abundant springs of life over mankind. She symbolizes renewal, hope, bright prospects, inspiration, and spiritual guidance. The Star is the light of the higher self and it is Hebe the heroic anima who illuminates inner darkness and heralds the dawn of a hope filled future."
~ From the Celestial Tarot (Photo Above) by Kay Steventon and Brain Clark
Journaling can be an excellent tool for self discovery and very therapeutic! Using Tarot Cards to focus on a specific area in our life for journaling can help us search deeper inside ourselves. Here are some ideas for journaling with card 17, The Star;
Key Questions Relative to the Star Tarot Card Meanings:
When contemplating the Star Tarot card meanings, ask yourself the following questions:
Do I allow my higher source to be my guide?
How can I nurture myself and those around me more?
Do I emit a presence of peace and harmony to others?
What can I do to allow more tranquility into my day?
Am I allowing peace and relaxation to flow through my life?
What can I do to be more at ease with myself and my surroundings?
(From www.tarotteachings.com )
What aspect of your life is being purified or cleansed?
What is being renewed?
What are you inspired to do?
For what are you receiving recognition?
What are your ideals in the matter?
( From - "Tarot For Yourself" by Mary K. Greer)
As always, thanks for stopping by, and Happy Journaling! If you choose to post your journal on your blog or journal, please include a link to this post, and leave a comment below with the link to your journal. If you choose to keep your journal private, that is fine too, but your comments are appreciated!