Merry Christmas Everyone! Thanks for all of your support this year and I hope I meet more and more of you and your friends and get to read your charts. What an honor.
I love and appreciate both Yogananda and Christ and wanted to share this Christmas message from Paramahansa Yogananda from back in 1935 which of course holds true today...I hope it finds you all at peace physically, emotionally and spiritually and ready to birth Christ within again.
By Paramahansa Yogananda
Written from India in 1935, shortly after his visit to the Holy Land, to all students and friends of Self-Realization Fellowship
From Jerusalem and India, reinforced by the perception of the Great Ones, I bring unto you a new message of Spirit. Blessed is my soul to be thus an instrument of the Divine.
The pen of thought writes on the dark page of ether and makes the Spirit-Truth invisibly visible, and my fountain pen makes the unseen thoughts visible. So on this page I am painting God—with ink, thoughts, and Self-realization—that all may behold His glory.
As Truth peeps through the window of thoughts and words, so God manifests through Christ Intelligence and vibratory creation. When the beads of nations are not held together by the thread of universal perception of Christ Consciousness, ofChrist Peace, they fall apart, knocking and scattering on the rocks of selfishness. The Christ of Christmas must be celebrated in the hearts’ love of all races for one another.
I pray Christ be born in the cradle of a new international understanding; that out of the dark night of war, the star ofChrist Love may illumine a new United World. I pray Christ be born in all nations as love of unity, in all men as spiritual ambition, in true friends as the Divine Friend, in students of this path as Self-realization, and in all deep devotees as eternal, ever new Joy and perpetual Wisdom.
Earth-bound possessions and glory all fade away, but God-bound possessions hold through eternity, serving with supreme usefulness. Why worship material comfort on the altar of change? Learn to adore spiritual comfort in the temple of indestructibility. The best way to convert earthly accumulations into imperishable heavenly treasure is to use them for spiritual service. Christ must be lived to be known. In all good actions, in every material and spiritual service, and in the manger of meditation, the immortal Cosmic Christ is born anew.
None can know about that Christ by reading books on theology; one must feel his presence in the bower of deep meditation. In the cradle of meditation-tuned thoughts, woven with tender twigs of devotion, behold the newborn Christ, lulled by the cooing dove of inner peace.
In these twenty centuries Christmas has been celebrated 1,935 times—yet how few have realized the true significance of the birth of Jesus! Every year, God and the angels recognize this occasion with celestial celebrations for the good of all. So let each one of you, by prior weeks of deep meditation, prepare his consciousness to celebrate this coming Christmas. The arrival of the newborn Christ Consciousness in the hamlet of your meditation will be indescribably fascinating, uplifting, and expanding to your soul. Prepare for Christ by decorating the spinal Christmas tree* of your meditating consciousness with many new perceptions of the divineChrist, with ever-twinkling stars of wisdom and lotus blossoms of divine love. At the foot of this inner Christmas tree lay all your material desires, to be presented once and forever to the Christ Joy within you.
Then, on awakening Christmas morn, Christ will draw near the many-branched Christmas tree of your consciousness to receive your presents, and to give unto you his imperishable gifts of Omnipresence, Omniscience, Divine Love, Cosmic Light, Ever-Wakefulness, and Ever New Joy, bound with golden strings of eternity.
This is an image of my transit chart for later this evening which shows a Mercury "return", that is, Mercury returning to the position (14 degrees Sagittarius) it was at my birth.
I like looking at these charts for insights into how certain life dynamics may function for the next trip around the zodiac and their evolution over the course of my life. In this case, Mercury generally takes 10-11 months, and will offer insights into how I may think, communicate, write, and strategize.
In pondering the Mercurian function in this chart I would look at aspects natally (Mercury squares my Moon) and at the return, as well as 2nd House experiences, and the states of Gemini and Virgo.
Where's Mercury in your chart? When is your Mercury return? Request a birth chart and we can find out!
By the way, check out the sudden burst of writing (for good or ill) that I've suddenly displayed...
The moon will enter Aries in about an hour or so from now creating a reigning need to assert, to be number one. Combined with Luna's pass of Uranus in the early morning hours may prove a hectic commute. No need for the extra cup of coffee in the morning...
This time period also marks the First Quarter moon phase adding to the tension of the day. Lots of energy to catalyze intentions and with Mercury/Jupiter loosely opposite and in mutual reception, blending/utilizing/integrating intellect and intuition. Notice all of your surroundings, catalogue perceptions, reason carefully these days however, listen to your gut and involve your intuitions.
How do you know that you know what you know? Do you just believe?
There are theories that address knowledge in philosophy, psychology, and religion that have existed or been discussed for thousands of years and yet there is still no consensus on a definition. Most of the definitions of knowledge have to do with experience, recognition, acquaintance with information, and familiarity with facts, data, and bodies of knowledge. Of course you can take any one of these descriptors and still ask the questions at the top of this page...
Definitions for belief are only marginally different than those for knowledge. Belief according to this dictionary cites feelings more: confidence, trust, opinion, conviction that something is true. Belief does have more to do with faith in something while knowledge more with recognition of something however, with little doubt, they are closely entwined.
This month will be a useful time to reflect on these matters and find a way to communicate the intangible. Sagittarius and Jupiter (its planetary ruler) carry with them the fire of intuition and the security of faith. At the time of the New Moon Jupiter and Mercury are in mutual reception (meaning they are each in the sign associated with the other) showing a sort of communing. Mercury is associated with communication making this an essential part of the energy. Mystifying matters more is Mercury's square to Neptune. As if it isn't hard enough to deal with matters of knowledge, faith, belief, and truth but there also has to be the power of cosmic, all-oneness of creation drifting into the equation.
But could there not be a better time to consider all of this? Is this not part and parcel of a "shift" that is necessary for our world and so talked about these days? I'm always ready to
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