My Patroness is a Star Goddess, a Goddess of Fate and Destiny. She is The Keeper of the Silver Wheel of Stars. I had always avoided the study of Astrology because of its complexity, but during the work of my first degree, it finally occurred to me that Arianrhod might have lessons for me and that there might be clues to those lessons in my natal chart.
And so I began to study the basics of the language and began learning my chart. I have been learning about myself through this endeavor for four and a half years and I am still a novice. I suspect that I will be a novice at this art for the rest of my life.
Fortunately I have an Elder, Priest and Friend who is an adept at this stellar language and at interpreting it and helping me to navigate through the currents of my life, through the currents of energy that affect me, through the lessons, and through the opportunities. He also helps me to learn the language a little better and therefore to understand myself a little bit better.
I went to see my Elder the day after my second degree initiation. He read the star charts for the coming year and helped me to plot a course. He told me what to pay attention to and what to look out for and what opportunities would present themselves for me to accomplish the work that I needed and wanted to accomplish this year.
Seven months have passed and they have been full of lessons and growth and transformation. And all of it has been easier to navigate and been more productive because I have not been fighting against but, rather working with and accommodating the energy currents affecting me.
Monday is my birthday and I am taking 9 days off of work (required vacation time). I am taking the time now, because my birthday is a time when I evaluate and make plans and because my body has settled into the changes from the initiation and I can begin to make long term plans. But mostly because the currents affecting me right now make me more likely to light something or someone on fire, myself or someone I love. It seemed prudent to take time away from any external source of pressure.
Because of my current energetic predisposition, my Elder advised me to take particular care of my body, and I am following his advice. I am getting plenty of sleep, more than I normally would (and I regularly get eight hours a night). I am paying close attention to my blood sugar and being more disciplined and thoughtful about eating regularly and better than I normally do. I am drinking less coffee everyday (and if I have never mentioned it, coffee is my favorite vice of all time). And I am avoiding alcohol for now as well (although I drink very seldom, at times like these it is best to not drink at all).
My point in all of this is that, it helps. This past Saturday evening I had a small storm of self-doubt. It was not fun but it was short lived because I was aware of the external energy possibly affecting my emotional state and because my body was well grounded thanks to the advice I was given. Last night when I turned out the lights to go to sleep, I was bombarded by anger and the desire to set fire (verbally) to someone I love. It was painful and lasted about an hour but, it did not last longer than that and I did not act on the impulse because “if it is important enough, it will wait”. I recognized the affects of the energy again and let it go. It was easier to do that having been given fair warning and having taken good care of my body.
In the next few months I will have a great deal of work to do regarding my initiation and I have worked very hard to be ready to face all of the lessons about to visit themselves upon me. I will face them when they come but before that, I have an opportunity to create changes in the structure of my daily life that will be lasting.
So I will, with purpose, change the way that I eat, the amount of coffee I drink, and I will rid myself of a life-long addiction. (My coming grandchild gives me the reason and the coming transit will give me the assistance I need to give up my smoking habit). I will replace that habit with a new one, yoga. I will strengthen my daily practice by restructuring my daily and weekly routine.
I have a vision for my future and I will do the work I need to do to allow it to happen. It helps to have the stars and a really good navigator to help chart the course. Blessings upon my Elder, Priest and Friend, Ivo Dominguez Jr.