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Rising above our Astrological signs

I’ve been talking about Astrology this week and thinking about it nonstop. I’m using natal charts to help me work through some past trauma and to help me understand myself as well as the relationships in my life.

A few months ago I was exploring the Kundalini Yoga website, 3HO.org, and found a teaching from Yogi Bhajan. He said that Astrology is our nature, our starting point. It’s what we’re given at birth but it’s our job to rise above it. To learn to be kind and loving to everyone around us, no matter what our nature is.

I think of Astrology like the great cosmic lottery. It’s possible that we chose our exact moment of birth based on what was written in the stars, but it’s also possible that’s it’s only a game of chance. Especially for all the babies that were induced and didn’t have a choice in the matter.

For me, I ended up being a lunar Pisces. Had I been born later in the same day, I would be a lunar Aries (yes, the exact personality I was complaining about). I can’t even imagine how different my life would be if I was not constantly subject to the ebb and flow of my powerful emotions. If instead, I was headstrong and didn’t care what people thought of me. If my feelings weren’t hurt so easily and I could run at my goals with that awesome energy.

We’re all so different. As a tender personality I am hurt easily but I can learn to get over that. By learning Astrology I am understanding people’s behaviors. As a big personality, one can hurt the tender personalities but if they were just a little more mindful of how their behaviors were being received, then they could prevent a lot of heartache. We can all rise above our nature.

Our natal charts define the ego. Through meditation and living mindfully, I’ve discovered that I am not my ego. I am pure consciousness and a creator of my reality. If I can let go of ego I can create my reality consciously and not through the filter of the finicky personality traits that were assigned to me at my moment of birth. I’m so much more than that. YOU are so much more than that.

I also feel that it has been an important part of my journey to discover Astrology and use it to help me. By knowing my ego I can let go of my ego. But I cannot immediately transcend my nature and the people around me probably won’t be doing so either. Especially those that are not even aware of their own behaviors and natural instincts or those that don’t care to go down a spiritual path or learning about their true Self.

All my spiritual lessons lead me back to the same place. LOVE. Love is all we really are and love is the only thing we should be projecting out to the universe. We must find balance and through that balance we can rise above ego, manage the negative emotions of ourselves and those around us. We are all capable of this even if it is constant work. If we all put a little effort into projecting love everyday, the world would surely be a more loving place.

Namaste.

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A Letter to my Tomato Plants

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Dear Tomato Plants,

Today your first fruit is ripe and ready for picking. As I look at this beautiful organic heirloom tomato, I can’t help but feel an immense amount of gratitude. We have been through a lot together. It makes me so happy to see you all thriving.

I planted you from seed earlier this year. Or rather, my 3 year old planted you from seed. Oh the joy and sense of accomplishment he felt from putting those tiny seeds in the ground and burying them. The thrill he and I felt when you all sprouted and began your ascent to become the large beautiful plants that you all are today.

Remember when I began meditating in the vegetable garden? As I felt the raw ground beneath me and the energy from the garden plants around me something amazing happened. I felt a divine connection to Nature, to Mother Earth herself. Everytime I meditated in the garden, I felt pure bliss and fell into altered states of consciousness. It seemed to me that when I began these adventures in meditation in the garden, something magical happened to all the plants. They began to thrive. To really thrive. I felt an energy exchange with you all, and it appeared to me that you did as well.

In my meditation spot, you, my dear tomato plants, were seated right in front of me. As I would begin to focus my attention inward, I was drawn to you. To observe even the most minute detail of your forms. It was you, tomato plants, after some time of repeated meditation that would begin my journey into trance state. Of all the plants in our vegetable garden, I felt a very deep and intimate connection to you. And an intense fondness.

This past month we had to move. Most of the garden was done producing but you all were not ready yet. You had not even had one fruit ripe yet. With my deep love for you, I knew I couldn’t just dig you up and throw you away. That felt like a crime. So I did what I could and gently scooped you up, roots and all, and put you in a 5 gallon bucket. I remember the drive to the new house with you, my lovely tomato plants in the front seat. It may have just been me, but I felt a sense of excitement like you were the source of this excitement. As we went over bumps, you blasted that wonderful smell of live tomato plant into the confined space of the car. That trip was simply magical.

Now you all reside in your buckets on our new deck in the back yard. A few days after transplant, you really scared me. All your leaves began to droop, some turned yellow and fell off. I was so sad that it looked like you weren’t going to live. It’s one thing to transplant a tiny tomoto plant start in the spring. It’s something completely different to transplant a fully mature plant heavy with green fruit right before the fruits begin to ripen. I knew it was a risk, but I loved you too much to leave you.

Then one day something magical happened. I went outside, and all my beautiful tomato plants were healthy again! Your leaves were a healthy green and very stiff. I was so proud that you pulled through. That you survived this move with us, and that you are now thriving.

The porch is sunny, you share your electromagnetic fields with the plum tree who has a very maternal presence. The backyard itself is bursting with life and a feeling of calm happiness. It’s very tranquil back there. Now even moreso that you are thriving.

Today, your first fruit is ready. It’s red, warm, waiting to be picked. As I look at this beautiful organic heirloom tomato, I can’t help but feel a sense of deep gratitude. Thank you, tomato plants. Thank you for sharing your life’s journey with me.

I love you.

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