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There is no difference in practicing fast or slow. There is no force at all. The misconception is caused by the mind. The mind conceives of the result as based in two different states, hard and soft, as well as fast and slow. As long as the mind clings to this dualistic model, the student will break everything into two. But the moment of experience is only one.
originally posted by: Egoismyname
"No astrologer can read a chart at a higher level than they themselves have attained."
That's paraphrasing, and I don't remember who said it originally (maybe Dane Rudyar?), but it was one of the many gems I found in Stephen Arroyo's book. What intrigued me most about Mr. Arroyo's approach to the "karmic" nature of the planets and angles and aspects, was the productive and proactive perspective to each planet's energy. NOT the punishment and penalty perspective. Every planet, its placement by sign and by house, angles, aspects, transits, etc., all provide tools to be used for good or nil -- it all depends on us and how we view it and use it. The karmic factor may be related to past lives, or to cell memory or genetic memory -- it doesn't matter! It is about what we do with it.
One of the best treatises I've read regarding the nodes explained them in similar terms to the new and full moons, with the south node representing the inner work to be done, with the north node representing the outer expression of the inner work -- not in terms of "good luck" or "bad luck," nor in terms of virtues and vices, etc. The nodes represent the balance we must find in all things, and especially between who we have been, who we are, and who we can become.
All are tools. It all comes back to what we do with these energies.
Thank you for the link! I will check it out. I enjoy reading different approaches and perpsectives, which -- even when I do not agree or relate to it -- can always show me a new perspective, approach or angle to any situation.