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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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Beauty and Bert. Transitioning Animals With Respect

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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My BF has a loyal, good-hearted friend named Bert.  Bert owns an excavator.  This is a very big deal for anyone who needs ditches dug, sewer systems put in place, or whatever requires heavy-duty digging. 

Sometimes Bert takes on odd jobs.  And when I say odd…it can be.  Can you imagine being called upon to burry a beloved animal?  That’s what Bert did.  He got a plea to dig a grave that would accommodate a horse who had recently passed on into the afterlife. 

Now, consider this:  Excavators take high cost diesel.  Plus, there is the cost of fuel to haul the excavator to the site.  Then there is potential time away from other work Bert could be doing.  Did Bert buckle?  Nope.  He was there on the scene to take care of this sweet horse-soul who had gone to romp in better pastures.

As my BF was telling me the details of the story, it wasn’t  just Bert accepting the call of duty that impressed me.  What really set me free was Bert’s kind, thoughtful attention to the way things should be done in sending a beloved soul into the other-world of life.

To explain…Bert came upon the scene.  He excavated a proper grave.  But that’s not all he did.

When the digging was done, Bert asked the owners of the horse for enough sweet, soft-smelling hay that would layer the bottom of the grave.  He lovingly padded the site with the hay so this horse could receive a welcome bed upon which to lay the last remnants of his bones.

But that’s not all.  Bert craned the beautiful beast into the grave.  Can you imagine?  I shudder to think what most contractors would do in these situations.  But I know Bert lovingly weaved nylon straps around the horse, and gently placed him into his last resting place.   Once rested, Bert lovingly repositioned this (very heavy) regal beast so his head, legs and tail were displayed in proper order.

Once he did this, the horse owners brought him horse blankets, and Bert proceeded to cover the magnificent beast with his best, favorite coverings.  A gesture of comfort, kindness, love and tenderness.  If that doesn’t jerk tears from your eyes, then I pity you.  That’s worthy of waterworks, in my realm.

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Now in my mind, Bert went far beyond the call of duty for what was asked of him.  Did he get paid for his work?  Sure he did.  Did he get paid to go the extra mile to inter the spirit of this glorious animal?  Nope.  You cannot put a price on what Bert did.

Why did he do that?  Why didn’t he just dig a hole, and be done with it?  That’s what he was hired to do.  Why not just dig and move on?

Well…I believe there are those among us who realize the spirit of things.  There are humans who know that a horse is not just a horse…it is a symbol, a representative of fine, pristine value.  Furthermore, some of us (including Bert) realize that the animals we dearly love are far more than just animals.  They are our kin.  Our kind.  Our clan.  Our family.  That’s worthy of respect, and Bert knows this.  That’s why he chose (voluntarily) to create a magnificent resting space for this horse.

You know…in my stint in anthropological studies, I’d put Bert in shamanic class.  Why?  Because our ancestors used to adorn their treasured, most beloved creatures with blankets, and special bedding – just as Bert did.  Our ancient’s believed their precious beasts should be laid to rest properly in order to live a prosperous life in the next level of soulful living.

Keep in mind, Bert didn’t even know this horse.  Bert just knew to extend kindness and pay tribute.  It was instinct, that’s a shamanic vibe.  I love that about Bert, and I think we could all learn from his actions. 

What made Bert do what he did?  I can’t say, but I have a feeling he acted so respectfully to this horse, because he knows the value of love and loyalty.  I suspect Bert inherently knows the gift of faithfulness our animals offer us.  I think he also knows what it means to be connected to our animal kin, and felt it necessary to pay respect to that familial connection.

Do I think our animal-family recognize the time and effort we put into their passing moments in this life?  Absolutely.  Indubitably.  You betcha.

Consider:  If you’ve spent a decade or more with an animal…you know each other inside and out.  That’s going to be true in the afterlife too.  When an animal soul ascends to the next great level of existence, they will absolutely remember how they were interred and put to rest.  That reflects upon their well-being.  This will also reflect upon their human counterparts.

Respect your elderly animal kin.  Give them proper resting spaces.  Give them honorable, heart-felt words of parting so they may move into the afterlife with ease, and peace.  Give them grand passage so they may live grandly in the great beyond.

I know most of you who read this would do this instinctively.  I just wanted to share with you the benevolence and kindness Bert showed as an example of how parting with our animal family can be done with class, awareness, and reverence. 

Thank you, Bert, for being a mentor and a reminder of the respect we should all pay to our animal spirits. 

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Do the Sham-ROCK!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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Meaningful Shamrocks and Playing with Natural Inspiration


Every day, I have an exchange with these ridiculously perky shamrocks.

I watch while ‘patiently’ waiting for the java to brew (“whaddya mean the coffee isn’t ready yet!?!?!” lol), and I get lost in these deep amaranthine beauties.

These shammy gems encourage me to view Nature with dream-eyes.  By doing so, limitless morphing ensues.  For example, these shamrocks set me upon wonderfully odd dreamy-scenes like…

• Seeing whale tales slapping high seas while en route to acres of plankton yummies.

• Spying pterodactyl wings slicing through crazy pre-dawn mists & fog.

• Viewing airplane propellers that spin me into exotic realms.

• Counting sacred trinities and getting lost in the promises these triads hold.

• Picturing hearts crudely cut from construction paper & waiting to be given to a secret love.

You get the idea.  Nature has a magnificent way of making our creative bits go whirly-twirly if we are open to the spin cycle of soulful contemplation.

These sassy shamrocks suggested I share with this you….to invite YOU to dive into Natural pools of wonder…to ask YOU to observe Nature with dreamy eyes and be suspended in a daze of bliss.

Why?

Because Nature knows best that the most vital productivity comes from plugging in to natural realms of reverie.

So, let these shams ROCK your world!

What do you see? Where will they take you? How will they shape your day?

PS: Am I one of those hopelessly cheerful ‘morning people?’ Hardly. But the shamrock and other Natural lovelies set me free to the joys proffered by Nature and all Her unfolding glory.

And by the way:  If you don’t have a shamrock in your windowsill. No sweat! You’re not limited to the shamrock to get your groove on.

Nature offers an infinite array of stuff to electrify our hearts, minds and souls.

This post is just an elementary note…passed from my school desk of Nature to yours…with x’s and o’s…to remind you that Nature loves you…and all She asks in return is your love in return.

So get your Nature on, and jump-jive in Her resplendent awesomeness! :)

Other Links of Interest:

Shamrock Symbolism – Shamrock Meanings

Month of March Symbolism and Meaning

Getting Messages and Inspiration from Nature

Symbolic Meanings from Nature

 

 

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