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Sky Scrying and a Devotional to My Friend Ruth…

Sunday, June 1st, 2014


When I was a kid, I had the luxury and pleasure of running into a unique woman named Ruth.  She was regal, eccentric, highly intelligent and an over-all colorful being.  I’m grateful fate brought us together.  She gave my young, impressionable mind lots to ponder.  Many of the insights you see on whats-your-sign.com were inspired by Ruth.

Ruth passed away about a decade ago.  Luckily, her tutelage and installations of wonder stuck in the awkward kid (me) she chose to befriend.  Thank you, Ruth for your kindness and for taking me under your wing.

This blog post is a bit of a homage to Ruth.  Today is her birthday.

This post is also about sky-scrying.  Ruth taught it to me.  Sky-scrying is a fancy word for looking up into the heavens and letting our imagination’s seek something wondrous.  Ruth and I would spend hours looking into the skies.  We’d point and say: “Oh lookie!!!!  A donkey! An elephant! A salamander!”

All clouds look like dragons or phoenix’s to me….but Ruth saw all manner of elegance and life.

Ruth…I love you.  Every time I look into the skies and see clouds, I think of you.  Thank you for all you taught me…especially sky-scrying.

Look into the skies.   Do your own sky-scrying.  Maybe say a good word for my fond friend while you’re up there in the ethers. :)

May all your cloud formations be beautiful and inspiring,



Other Articles of Interest:

Cloud Dispersions and Symbolic Cloud Meaning

Cloud Tattoo Ideas and Meaning

Sylphs…Energies of the Air

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Pictograms and Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


Pictograms and Interpreting Symbolic Meanings

Stumped about a symbolic meaning? It happens. Sometimes, symbolic phenomenon crops up in our awareness, and we might become confounded about its meaning, or how it applies to our lives. Through my own personal interpretations, I found a neat, simple tool that can help with getting unstuck when interpreting symbolic events. Pictograms.

A pictogram is nothing more than a simple picture that represents a physical object. Similarly, an ideogram is an image that represents a concept or idea. Either way, both are useful in the practice of puzzling together a symbolic episode. Why? Because pictures convey far more gravitas than words or mental concepts.

Often, when we keep seeing something that may be a symbolic message – we tend to hold the concept in our mind. This is an ephemeral place for symbolic concepts to live. But when we sketch out the event on paper, we essentially pour it out from the ether (our mind) and let it spill into the material realm. This allows fluffy concepts to concretize, galvanize and prompts solid conclusions.

Our ancient ancestors knew this. Consider Egyptian hieroglyphs. Or cave drawings. There’s a reason pictograms pre-date the written word. Pictures are an “in-your-face” expression of important concepts and messages.

So how do we use ideograms and pictograms to interpret symbolic meanings? Simple.

Here’s how: Draw a picture of your symbolic phenomena on a piece of paper. Put a plus sign (+) after your initial symbol-picture. Next, draw any other surrounding elements that caught your awareness surrounding the symbolic event. For each picture you’ve drawn, assign one word that sums up a meaning for the symbol. For example, if you’re wondering why those crows are following you everywhere…what’s one word that represents crow-energy to you? Write that above your picture of the crow.

When you have a string of pictograms, write an equal sign (=) at the end. Here’s an example of a pictogram equation that can help interpret symbolic meaning:



Ideally, the process of drawing engages the creative centers of the brain which allow for a more fluid process of interpretation.

In the above example, a friend of mine designated one word for each of the elements she kept seeing in her dreams and even in her daily routine. By just simply jotting these items down along with a basic meaning for each, she was able to piece together a symbolic dialogue.

In this example, my friend determined she needed a little more freedom (horse) in order to grow (tree) and feel more light-hearted (sun).

This may seem like an oversimplified method to interpreting our symbolic meanings. Nevertheless, I’ve found that some of the most basic approaches gain the biggest insight…especially if our symbolic encounters seem vast, obscure or overwhelming.

Give it a try. Just break down your symbolic observations into simple icons. Assign one word to each of your symbols. Then let your awareness meander upon your pictogram. I’m betting your equation will offer you insightful solutions to your symbolic questions.

Happy pictogramming!

Other Articles of Interest:

Using Symbolism for Guidance

Symbolism vs. Superstition

Creating a Personal Symbol




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Solar Flare Symbolism

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Solar Flare Symbolism


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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