If after death is the same as before death our life is bookended by “nothingness”. If our longevity is 84 years, our life is as a grain compared to Earth’s age. So, taking a planetary point of view our grain life is bookended by “nothingness”. However, within that grain are infinite worlds within worlds within. Who knows if going within will show “nothingness” is the All is the One?
When I go on my daily walk I’m becoming aware of a whole new world that appears in the slow pace I take at times. I become aware of my breath and the sensation of each step on the ground. As I do this I become aware of a silence within me which makes space and allows the sounds of birds singing , the sensation of the breeze touching my skin, the smell of recently mowed grass to enter.
Of course my “monkey mind” is still climbing and jumping around in the space within my skull but somehow because of the slow walk and the effort to “be” in the moment of the walk makes the monkey appear like a distant shadow puppet. Yes, my walk is a meditation.
Walking is a journey both on the road and its side gutters and beneath my skin between breaths and sighs of wonder at what is around me.
A journey is going from point A to point B via the whole alphabet of being. The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of a journey is where the snake bites its own tail, a gentle ouraboros.
It all depends on one’s awareness. So, one can make a journey from one’s lounge room and go across the borders marked by a door into a kitchen. It is no different to travelling in time by simply dipping a biscuit in a cup of tea as Proust did in his “Remembrence of Things Past”. A journey can also be a trip across the planet on a boat or a plane, a train or a bus, on foot or a bicycle. It can also be a journey to the Moon or to Mars in a space ship, or a trip to Saturn and Jupiter or Andromeda in one’s mind.
Star Gazing is not only looking up at the night sky and seeing how small we are in the midst of all the galaxies and stars. It is also seeing into the meaning of those star gazing moments, those moments that coincide with a particular configuration of planets, Sun, Moon and stars. Yes, Star Gazing for me exists in that space between Astronomy and Astrology. I look up into the night heavens and I see the stars above and I wonder why am I here looking and living.
I look at a horoscope ( I also call it a Sky Map) and I see the symbolic language of these same stars. When I say Stars I also mean the planets and the Sun and Moon. It is an easy shorthand. Star gazing becomes communing….communicating in star language. Astrology for me is a language, a way of communicating with the deeper parts of my and your nature for I believe that we all are ultimately made of star matter. While I look up at the Stars and gaze at the light that departed from its source billions of years ago, I recognise that I gaze at old, old light and in a way time travelling. The youngest light, including sunlight is only 8 minutes old when it touches my skin. Alpha Centauri light, the closest star to us, is only about 4 years old. Star light has journeyed a long time to arrive through my eyes into me and you.
However, strange as it may sound, when I speak of astrology, I’m not really talking about the balls of rock and gas that orbit our Sun – Sol as planets or about the physical stars and galaxies that surround us. The stars and planets I speak of astrologically have nothing to do with those we know astronomically and through a telescope. The only connection astrology has with the astronomical stars is the coincident time of happening. Carl Jung coined a term to explain events that happen with no apparent physical causal connection – synchronicity. This word is made of two Greek words syn – same and chronos – time...synchronicity…things that happen at the same time. The important addition that Jung makes with this is that the connection between events is subjectively meaningful for the person. I think of a person and I hear a song with the person’s name in it and then almost simultaneously, the person rings me on the phone. This is very meaningful for me because I haven’t seen or heard from this person in a long time. The song, the thinking of the person and the telephone call are not connected in any physical scientifc way, but they do connect in a very meaningful way in my mind and heart. This is synchronicity. Astrology for me is synchronicity written in Sky Script. The physical stars are connected to the stars within my inner universe, my deeper intuitions and feelings that struggle to find a way to speak. The star language of astrology gives these promptings a voice.
In “Journeys and Star Gazing” there will be stories that on the surface have nothing to do with star gazing but later posts will show where the star matter is embedded. Other times, there will be lyrics, poems, some quotes I like, pictures I like and just stuff I like. Here you will find stories about various human rights campaigns that I have been involved in, including the Cultural Stomp, 1997, the Woomera at Easter, 2002 and Baxter at Easter, 2003 Actions. There is also an extensive coverage of the Flotillas of Hope Journey to Nauru in 2004.
In “Journeys and Star Gazing” you may read posts that include both a journey and an astrological reading of the journey. All in all, diverse alchemies of serendipity in an ambience of astrological allusion and reference.
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