We are all driven by ten or twelve year cycles. If you look back over your life you will be able to pinpoint big events to these larger cycle points. They are not exact, to the day. This is nature, but this is the estimate. Once you pass the threshold of 7 years you start to enter selfhood. The 8th year you are trying out the things you have learned from your family, your peers, your groups that have had an impact on you and trying to figure our how you fit into it. This is the time that you start to experience yourself as separate from your parents and siblings. As you sweep out forward 18 ish is another threshold, then the Saturn return around 28-30 years of age. And so goes the march of time. If by 31 you have failed to mature, failed to step over the threshold, you are doomed to experience the karma of your astrology chart. Not because of fate, but because you are not doing anything to change yourself, to mature and grow.
If on the other hand you have a system that you are working, you surpass the karma in your chart, to a degree. What is a system? It is a guiding foundation from which you make yourself accountable. Everyone needs a system. If you don’t have one, see above. There are many systems, and they are all based on some set of virtues. Being honest, not lying, not stealing, not being a shitty human being, being selfless, etc. The benefit of these systems is they hold you accountable. The key is it must be a daily practice.
I just passed my 55th solar return, aka birthday. I have been about 3 years in a media blackout. This means no newspaper, news programs, podcasts, YouTube or anything else. In this last year I finally cut out Facebook and Instagram. Not that I had been very attentive to it.
This is what I know. I am not a democrat or a republican. I am not liberal or conservative. I am both of those things and everyday I draw from each centered from my heart. Sometimes I must lay down a boundary, conservative. Other times I must open my heart and be compassionate, liberal. The unending drum beat to keep the populace divided by choosing sides is evil. I refuse to be put in a box, labeled and sorted. Every human being I know wants the same thing and has both liberal and conservative qualities. I refuse to see others as enemies, deluded, or catastrophizing their process.
There are two biological sexes. But there are probably millions of sexualities. If we look to nature, we see plants have thousands of sexualities. We see animals have multiple sexualities. I don’t care what your sexual identity is, I just don’t want to see anyone’s private life in my face. I don’t like graphic sex, graphic violence or behavior of any kind to excess. It’s not my thing, but I don’t mind if you want to flaunt it. Sometimes it is fun to watch. Other times I just don’t have the energy. Long and the short of it, be with the one you love and love your neighbor like you love yourself. Although that doesn’t turn out to well if you don’t love yourself…
Climate change and over population. We are guessing. We don’t know anything. It is all a working hypothesis. What we do know is we have become conscious to the fact that what we do to Mother Earth we do to ourselves. I still think She is more powerful and has her unruly children under control. She will smack us if necessary. Read history, every single generation has said the world is going to end or going to hell in a handbasket. It hasn’t happened yet. It is all a guessing game. Overpopulation has been debunked and now we are in a crisis of not enough working people to support the larger system. Look at China, that tells the story of what happens when you limit childbirth. They have are in crises and have an unsustainable future with not enough people coming up to support their future. Other governments are paying women to have babies (Japan).
Reality check, life marches on and gets better and better for most people in spite of our stupid politics. There is less poverty in the world, there is less ignorance, more education for all. Life spans are longer. Honestly, I think we have an inbred self-loathing that perpetuates this shitty worldview of some version of the apocalypse. Hollywood loves this theme.
Here is another one, ascension, the planet is ascending, and I am a light worker. Nope, sorry, you have just swung to the other end of the apocalypse and the other side of self-loathing. Now we are all super special, or those of us in the know are. We are dissociating from messy existence and not participating, not getting our precious feet dirty, holing up in ashrams or yoga communities or our homes and being so smug and zen and better than those filthy humans who are deluded. Same story as the liberal conservative bullshit. Everyone is special. Everyone is an expression of God. Everyone has a capacity to be of service to humanity and uplift this world.
There is a book I like to recommend to my clients called “What is Lightbody”. I recommend it with the precaution to flip past the whole beginning and just use the tools. Why, because the tools work, but the whole first part is about the planet ascending. I recently went back an read it again. Nothing it says has come true. The book was written in the 80’s and republished in the 90’s.
Channeled material should be taken with a grain of salt. There might be some information that feels good in your gut, leave the rest. Channeled material relies on the human being it is coming through and it will be colored by that human’s belief system. Whatever it is. This is where Christians have visions of Christ or hear Christ’s voice, Hindu’s see Krisna, Kali or Shiva, Buddhist’s see Bodhisattvas. They are going to use your beliefs to talk to you. You need to use your discrimination and test everything for practical application and results.
I work with angels. Do I know they are angels. Nope. I can’t see them. When my brother told me he was concerned I was opening myself up to demons, because that’s where many Christians go, it gave me pause. I prayed and they said to me, you know us by our works. Then I thought about that. Since working with angels, I have made incredible progress as a human being. It has been harder. I have been put through my paces more. I have had to take 100% responsibility for every part of my life. But I have matured and become a better human being. What is more, my clients have been able to clear tremendous hurtles and are beaming joy. They are right. I know them by their works. Practical application, not wishful thinking. It has not been all magical by the way. If you are really working with angels, they are going to make you face your karmas and work through them. If you do that, you become a better human. If you are all blissed out all the time and floating around, you are ungrounded and not getting anything accomplished practically and most likely not being of service to our human family.
That’s the thing. Once we progress and get it, it is part of the mission to reach back and lift others up too. This is a primary tenant in all the world’s religions. We are all connected.
I had to get that all off my chest. I made it a practice to not respond when friends and family try to get me on their side, or espouse their beliefs thinking, well everyone thinks like I do. I don’t. I don’t like anything that makes enemies, picks side, that separates people from each other and certainly not anything that calls others deluded, stupid or uneducated. Not that I don’t get worked up about things sometimes. But I know that anytime I get upset about something, that says more about me and my issues than the thing I am upset about. Anytime I see enemies, it is because I have enemies within. Psych 101.
I have been blessed in my lifetime to have ecstatic, fantastic events and hard, painful, gut-wrenching times. And many boring, mundane days in-between. The best thing I do for my clients is help them reframe their reality so it is more serviceable to a happy future. My birthday wish for humanity is to reframe our worldview to one of wonder, delight, grit and determination. Let’s try to love each other and have compassion for our brothers, sisters, she, her, them, we and everything in between. It is a messy, beautiful life we are blessed to get to have. Even the angels envy us.
I hope everyone is getting a chance to play, relax and unwind. I have been very busy with not enough time in the day. I am going to try to squeeze in a beach day sometime soon...
But I love my "work". I have been studying the Avasthas again. The thing with yoga-ic Astrology that derives from yoga philosophy, is that there are so many layers. It would take many lifetimes to master this stuff. I came back around to the avasthas after in meditation one day my muses told me to look at the state of one of my clients avasthas. Avasthas are a classification of planets based on the sign they are in and some other stuff. I took a look and was blown away at something I hadn't noticed before. The majority of her planets are in the deep sleep state, Sushupti. This certainly can create sleep problems, but it also makes it hard to make things conscious. The positive is that planets in this state create a psychology that can change pretty quickly. We just apply remedies and figure out how to bring consciousness to psychology that is always running around in another world! Then of course, I spent the next week looking at many charts in my files to see how this has played out for people. It has been fascinating re-visit to this topic. I plan to continue research on this topic in anticipation of our next class on the topic. This class will be different. I will be teaching and then we will go on guided meditations regarding each person's avashta issue. IIt will be exactly on the full moon, so our minds will be bright and receptive. No knowledge of astrology is necessary. We will MAP, Shamanic journey, and reiki different issues. You will require some pre-training if you don't know those techniques. You can register to learn them on this website main page.
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Laura Hamilton is a certified Vedic Astrologer who bows to both Eastern and Western Zodiac traditions. She is a certified Yoga teacher and practitioner for 20 years. Laura uses many tools to guide people into balance with nature. She helps you view your life as an organic whole to be mastered joyfully.