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Solar Flare Symbolism

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Solar Flare Symbolism

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I’ve been thinking about solar flare symbolism in the aftermath of a few major solar flares we’ve experienced this month.

In classical symbolism (sourced by the ancient Greeks) the sun is a symbol of:

  • Life
  • Action
  • Energy
  • Initiation
  • Passion
  • Illumination

Our ancient Asian ancestors recognized the Sun as distinctly yang in its essence, with symbolic implications similar to the Greeks, and adding attributes such as: Maleness, assertion and forceful expression.

Astrologically speaking, the sun is a representative of the Self – specifically, the self we choose to show publicly, the side of ourselves exposed to the light of the world.

It’s important to note these symbolic ideals about the sun in order to gain deeper meaning about the solar flare phenomenon. Why?  Because it helps to answer the question ‘what does this mean?’ from a deeper, more thoughtful level.

The geeky-science explanation of solar flares deals with pressure release.  Solar flares are caused by tremendous magnetic shifts in the three layers of the sun’s atmosphere (photosphere, chromosphere and corona). Opposing magnetic forces manifest gargantuan battles within the sun’s atmospheric layers.  These opposing forces eventually produce mammoth expulsions of plasma – hence, a solar storm (or flare – the terms are synonymous).

As a metaphor for life, solar flare symbolism provides an illustration of catharsis after a period of turmoil. All of us experience inner conflict, and release of that conflict is vital. Often, our inner energies are forceful. Sometimes our conflicting emotions feel just as volatile as the energy we see blaze-dancing on the surface of the sun.

Am I suggesting we all explode into raging fire-fiends to release our inner turmoil? No. But, I am encouraging deeper contemplation of releases in Nature (such as seen in solar flares) as an example of the dangers of stuffing our conflicting emotions. If the sun were unable to release the tumult of opposing magnetic forces, damaging implosions would occur, wreaking long-term havoc on itself as well as the Earth.

In short, this solar phenomenon is a perfect example of conflict leading to release which leads to renewed balance. 

Cool video from NASA of the solar flares that took place 4/2/14

An interesting symbolic correlation is that sun storms occur at the peak of a solar season, as the sun goes through an active cycle every 11 years. Numerologically speaking, the number 11 represents an initiation with a goal to achieve balance.

In this light, all life experiences conflict which prompts action to seek balance. That renewed balance has tremendous rewards.

How so? Well, a large solar flare produces an array of energetic particles that showers down to the Earth’s atmosphere to create an aurora (like the borealis).

That’s a sweet ending to a solar spat, isn’t it? From a spiritual perspective, we all can experience the glimmery afterglow of an aurora within our lives when we soulfully seek ways to release inner tumult with the expectation of renewed balance.

I’ve written a few more articles about sun symbolism. Click ‘em if you’re interested:

Sun Meanings and Meditation

Native American Sun Symbols

Sun Symbolism

You can catch up on current solar flare activity on the official NASA site here: Solar Flare Activity – April 2014

Image of solar flare used with permission from NASA.

 

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Behaving Outside The Norms

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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Have you ever exerted extraordinary, almost inhuman displays of behavior?  Perhaps in times of extreme distress, high violence, and/or  moments of threat…have you ever shifted into a person you couldn’t recognize as yourself?  In these dire moments, I believe we all pull out pieces of energy that lay dormant within us.  As humans, we are multi-faceted.  There’s really no telling what we can conjure in a moment of intense duress.

I remember times when I have exerted strength way beyond my tiny frame in order to pull a buddy out of a bad situation.  I remember times when I have spoken so vehemently about human rights in support of the underdogs of this world.  I remember moments when I have fiercely defended my loved ones, full-on, with teeth bared, and claws at the ready.

Acquaintances have retold stories about my behavior.  I listened in disbelief. I have no knowledge of what I spoke or how I behaved the day after these events.   I can’t believe someone like me could conduct such severity of word or action.  It’s a bit of a head-trip.  Almost an out-of-body experience.   I never hurt anybody, but according to accounts, I was a frightening force to be reckoned with in the heat of the moment.  Witnesses said I didn’t even look like myself, it was as if I was someone else defending, snarling, protecting.

When recounting these experiences, I am flummoxed about the source.  Looking back, it feels as though it was not me who acted or spoke in these situations.  Rather, it was as if I was being channeled by something greater, grander, more powerful than myself

Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying here. I’m not some crazy nut-job. Never have been. However, there are times that beg us to pull out of our normal structure to defend, to make right, to establish authority.  I’m talking about extraordinary, unusual, even diabolical circumstances here.

Now, normally, I believe there is no need to be vicious to get our point across.  Grace and eloquence are far better contenders in the race for getting our notions known to others.

But there may be extreme moments in each of our lives that punch at our need for justice.  Moments in which we are yanked out of our personalities,  out of our bodies, and it seems we become the “other”.  In these moments, we become primal archetypes.  In my case, it seems other-wordly entities have taken over to present a much bolder, fiercer persona in an effort to protect and preserve that which is sacred to me.

When those moments come upon us, I urge you to consider…where does that concentrated power come from?  What about the words you utter in the heat of defense for a loved one?  Where do they come from?  How about you mother’s out there who have exerted inhuman feats and efforts to protect your cubs?  Where does that come from??

Sometimes we cannot delineate.  Sometimes the need for ferocious protection and defense is so strong, we cannot discern the consequence of our actions.  Through experience, I urge you to try the peaceful path before getting to the point of no return.  Before you start “seeing red” – give peace a chance

Having said that…there are trigger-finger moments that exact extreme reactions from us humans.  I pray these moments never arrive at your doorstep.  But when they do, conjure the force of dynamic , capable, ancient energies that are more-than-willing to hurl their energy into you to squelch out the fires in your life.

For me, I’ve found several animals and ancient deities have bombarded my faculties in times of crises.  This invasion (in retrospect) is welcomed an necessary.

In short, I believe archetypal energy is ancient and ever-ready to inject us with the energy we need to act appropriately when necessary.

Thankfully, this energy is available to us in times of stress as well as in times of peace.  Ancient energy of our ancestors can enter our hearts in times of tranquility with as much profoundness as when we are in high anxiety.

Let’s not rely on our powerful, knowing ancestors solely in times of duress.  Let’s open ourselves to their wisdom in times of silence, solace, stability, and tranquility too.

Just thoughts.

 

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Skepticism About the Enchantment of Life

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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Skepticism and the Enchantments of Life

I get tons of emails filled with great questions.  I got this inquiry from Roger (name used with permission), and had to share it with you.  Roger writes:

‘All of this stuff you write here is very entertaining, but is that all it is? Entertainment? For example, is there proof of earth elementals, magic, and anything else you describe that is out of the norm? I am very interested in knowing this stuff, but I don’t want to delve deeper if I am going to be let down in the long run.’

I think this is a great email.  It appeals to my innate skeptic, and it smacks of a willingness to go beyond the mundane – to reach out for more – even if tentatively.

Well, Roger…I’ll be honest…it takes a certain amount of belief and faith to encounter elementals, or enchantment in life. It takes attitude, that’s for sure.  This is not to say we all frolic willy-nilly into fairy land.

Too much dreaming without substance is all fluff.  That’s why I appreciate healthy skepticism. It’s necessary to question.

In my experience, I’ve encountered things that logic cannot explain, and so my inquiries persist. Science comes close to explaining the enchantments of life, but it cannot fully explain the human-element which deals with attitude, perception and the dynamism of mind/spirit.

So, I guess my answer is circumventing the question, in that I’d say the realness of magic would be dependent upon your perception and reality.

I once wrote: ‘Magic is inherent in every inhalation of life.’ and that really is true. From a studious stance,  science and metaphysics can track down logical, organized connections within energetic phenomenon taking place in every moment of our conscious existence.  From a creative, imaginative stance…magic just “is”.  It’s in every atom, every cell, every nook and cranny of life.  It doesn’t have to be explained, or shoved under a microscope – it’s just present – at all times, and in all things.

It’s the glimmering sword of reason humans must wield in an effort to slice away doubt. But we’ve got to be able to suspend our doubt long enough to marry logic with imagination.

Life requires balance, and living a conscious life represents an endless Q&A between provable tangibles and intangible mysteries.  It’s healthy to be skeptical.  I certainly am.  Believe it or not, I’m hugely suspect of most things I encounter that deny logic.  But I think that makes me a great intuitive.  Why?  Because I’m not mindless.  I pick apart the unexplained.  In that process of picking, I usually come across a loop I can hook my psychic claws into.  Once hooked, I can suspend my analytical mind just long enough to peer into an opening of magic, wonder and wisdom. 

Plus, I can’t help but revert back to my ancestry – and the ancient lineage all humans share.  Native Americans, Vikings, ancient Celts, Aborigines, etc….all the Old People of the Old Ways.  They had old school psychic chutzpah.  They knew stuff that went deep into the core of what it meant to live and be alive.   We can argue they didn’t have the science to explain stuff as we do today.  But does that make their wisdom any less significant?  I don’t think so.

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Take sympathetic magic for example.  This is a kind of practice that sees corollaries in nature, and mimics them in ritual to bring about a similar, binding effect.  An illustration of this is the Celtic Druid approach to mistletoe.  Science tells us mistletoe is a parasite on the oak tree.  Druids saw it as a snuggly, symbiotic partner to the oak.  As such, Druids harvested mistletoe and used it in sacred ritual to bind their community.  It was used as an omen or a symbol to keep marriages together, and bind the clan together.  Mistletoe in ritual was used to imitate a clinging, a kinship, a glue to that which is deeply rooted and strong like the oak.  Were the binding rituals effective?  I can’t say.  But I’m certain the divorce rates of ancient Celts were far less than that of the population today. Am I suggesting that all marriages end in divorce because a hand-fasting or a mistletoe ritual wasn’t employed?  Certainly not.

What’s relevant here is the connection and collaboration with nature.  I wholeheartedly feel (and have experienced) the effects of natural energy when profoundly, respectfully connected to it. 

I guess I’m saying we can’t put all our eggs in one basket.   Yes, indeed, there is such a thing as magic.  Look around at the miracle of Earth and our galaxy…that’s proof enough of magic.  Yes, magic can be conjured too.  Is it the end-all-be-all of an outcome?  No.  I don’t think so.  I think magic requires fortitude.  I think tapping into the enchantment of life requires intellect, imagination and a willingness to believe while still maintaining an even mind. 

I rarely make guarantees.  But I promise you this:  There is absolutely a superior, enchanted life taking place beyond our bills, our jobs, our kids crying, and long lines at the grocery store.  There is more to this life than what we see day-to-day. 

There is a gossamer veil that divides common experience from uncommon experience.  Luckily, that veil is translucent and ephemeral. Luckily, if we want to, we can venture behind that veil to access otherworldly experiences.  It takes an altered perception, and a balanced perspective to straddle the common and the uncommon.  Am I saying it’s easy?  No.  But I am saying it’s doable. 

Other articles of interest: 

Fan Mail From the Devil

Tapping into Nature’s Energy

Earth Meditation

Moon Meditation

 

 

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