Star Oracles Astrology Ken's Shamanic Astrology Story
A Spirit Guide Who Has An Amazing Knack for Stimulating A Vast Broadening of Perspective
Just after Uranus transited into the sign of Scorpio, the sign of mysteries and the esoteric, I ordered my first computer-made astrology chart. This took place on Leap Year Day in 1980, and wow, did I leap into something beyond my imagination! I was twenty four years old at the time, and with my personal star chart in my hands, my life took on a whole new direction. I began a quest for star knowledge and for the knowledge of who I really am. I pretty much hated myself at the time, so this was a blessing from the beyond.
Enamored by my astrology chart, I purchased and read every astrology book I could find, so that I could understand what the chart said. Whether it was a new or old and dust-covered book, I buried my head in it. On every page, I searched ferociously for what I could hang on to as truth. However, the truth seemed as elusive as a shadow. Was the real me my tropical Sun Sign? Or a combination of my Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs? How do I understand this chart when there is so much to contemplate in it? Which house system do I use? Is astrology really accurate?
Where did this quest lead? To overwhelm and confusion and feeling terribly lost in all the astrological concepts and techniques I read about! It was like every author's words were bouncing around in my head, swirling about with no place to land. Even though I was harboring a gnawing and growing sense of terrible disappointment, I did not give up. I knew that an astrology chart lead to something amazingly profound! But where? And how was I to discover it???
About fifteen years later, during my shamanic adventures, an event took place that completely changed my entire orientation to astrology and to myself. This is what happened.
I was on a spirit journey to a cave in South America, where shamans long have lead their apprentices for learning and healing. Just as I was entering this cave, I felt something very out-of-the-ordinary by my legs. When I looked down, I saw this very big jet black Raven strutting beside me, lifting his legs high into the air before him. He pretended to be quite overly serious, and I had the feeling that he purposely was mimicking me.
Amused by his antics, I couldn't help but laugh out loud, and how wonderful it was to do so! Momentarily freed of my over serious mindset, my heart swelled. I asked with a chuckle, "What are you doing?"
"Jaywalking!" he immediately quipped, looking at me with a gleam in his eyes.
Instantly, my mind did a loop de loop. "Oh my," I thought, "with one word, this ingenious Raven just revealed why I've been so dam stuck in my astrological search for reliable and inspiring truth and knowledge. Through all my excessive reading, I've trapped myself inside the traditional and contemporary rules, meanings, and ways of astrology, as expressed by all the "leading authority figures." I unknowingly have been playing out the slave-like role of an "obedient pedestrian," who hasn't dared to jaywalk and break out of the astrological box I've buried myself in,"
Raven steadily was watching me. I felt transparent. I shared with him, "I've avoided a venture for a fresh, new, and uplifting direction in astrology because I've been afraid of going it alone. I'm afraid of getting it all wrong. Fear and the belief that I cannot do it are keeping me stuck. I feel sick to my stomach at the thought of how I have been oppressing myself!"
Raven looked into my eyes, He was so there for me. So much pure love and wonder. He cocked his head this way and that way, making me laugh again. I felt my own curiosity grow exponentially!
As soon as I found my center again, Raven took flight. Not wanting to miss anything else he wanted to show me, I went with him. He soared like a master of fun and intrigue to the top of a mountain that mightily rose up into a starlit sky in the middle of the universe. There he landed on an astrological medicine wheel that was engraved into the granite top of the mountain. Here we were surrounded by a shimmering darkness that was as silent as the inner sanctum of a temple. Feeling deeply grounded as well as lifted to new heights of perception, the power of this sacred place with breathtaking.
Raven had this wonderful air of mystery about him. He looked at me while hopping around the zodiac of stone. With focused intent, he pointed his beak at each of the twelve celestial symbols, as if each one was a code that opened a portal to a storehouse of living knowledge. In the timelessness of this sacred place, I felt awakened to a new orientation to astrology. It was a very visceral experience, very different than being in my head. It was as if I had embedded in my body a new foundation, that was as solid as the stone zodiac circle, from which to further "fly into" and explore new and wondrous multidimensional aspects of star knowledge.
Raven's entry into my life as a Spirit Helper changed everything. He let me know that he came to me because we share similar gifts and ways. We both like being messengers in life and in the realm of astrology. He's very much a Gemini like Being and one can readily see this in antics and curiosity! He's so silly and has inspired me to let my silliness be openly expressed!
The story, of course, doesn't end here. This is just the beginning!
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