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Our Lives Are An Exercise in Synergy Illuminating Our Shadow Material

Our Lives Are An Exercise in Synergy Illuminating Our Shadow Material

There's a lot of upheaval in many lives right now. Many are looking within and seeing that they cannot do the old things the old way. I know quite a few who are changing jobs, or want to change their profession, and wondering if they should be doing something differently than they are. As I was in the same situation many times when younger, today I'll share some ways I’ve approached what is, and what could be.

I last gave this to you about 4 years ago, and it seemed relevant to what so many are going through today. All of us, at one time or another, have been forced to do something differently than we did before. Today we revisit a small sliver of my autobiography, since we can all learn from each other’s experiences.

I've found over the decades of doing what I do that whether I've known it or seen it or not, it seems almost everything I've ever done has served the whole of what I bring to my craft. Though I started doing astrology many decades ago, I've also done many other things along the way.

I used to wonder why I had accomplished a certain set of tasks and skills only to move in a different direction into a new set of skills and tasks seemingly unrelated to the previous set. As the years rolled on, I noticed the pieces falling into place, often not the way I suspected earlier in life.

I've been thinking about these things, since many friends and clients have remarked that some of what I say and analogies I use are perfect to convey practical understanding of astrological terms, as well as human challenges. Much of this is synthesized from the many things I've learned and done throughout my life.

For example, I have been a vegetarian chef for about 45 years. I used many cooking analogies in the article “Making Life is Like Making Soup – The Purpose of the “Minor” Aspects in Life in which I explain how the so-called minor aspects are like the herbs and spices we use when we make soup. As I offered there,

You might say the key points in our cooking process are symbolized by the 12 classic aspects, those being the waxing and waning semisextile, sextile, square, trine, quincunx, and opposition. Those show us what “soup of life” we’re cooking in that period of time, and represent the points where we add the primary vegetables and turn the heat up or down, cover it or uncover it, as well as add other secondary vegetables to make it clear what type of soup we’re actually making.

The so-called "minor aspects," including the novile, octile, septile, and quintile series aspects (9th, 8th, 7th, and 5th harmonic series respectively), represent the points where other special vegetables, herbs, and spices are added into our “soup of life.” Added at key points in the process, they transform what was into something different and unique. Our life is more than just basic elements cooking over time. We do add micro-flavors, as well as things that are oily, pungent, sweet, sour, tart, or bitter at key points in our soup.

In another example of my life yielding metaphysical insights, in the mid to late 1980s I spent a few years producing, directing, and editing many types of television shows. I did thousands of hours in studios and on locations, as well as hundreds of hours in editing bays, training in set design, lighting, camera and sound setup and balancing, signal routing in control rooms, character generating, and all the other minutia of the craft.

I got into it quite by accident as a result of a temp gig I almost turned down, which is a strange story in itself. The magic of how I came to be an accomplished producer, director and editor allows me to say that we should never overlook an opportunity simply because it doesn't conform to our vanity, short-sightedness, or assumptions about what we should be earning or doing. Even a very low paying temporary job can lead to a very fulfilling career in television!

The synergy part of this example comes in what I learned about lighting a studio set. Without boring you with details, when interviews are done on a set, each figure is lit from three angles so that there are no shadows on their faces. There is a key, fill, and back light, which fill the space in ways that almost all shadows are dispelled. This is related to the meditation I give you at the end of the Full Moon articles each month.

Before learning these things, I hadn't understood some principles about working with what we call "the human shadow." To understand how my knowledge of light and shadow relates to my ability to "shine a light" on personality problems, a little background is in order.

When younger, I had explored (and experienced!) a tremendous amount of difficulty, suffering, and frustration when dealing with human shadows, both my own and others, even if that term didn't exist back when I got my BA in Psychology. Carl Jung hadn't been "rehabilitated" in those ancient days, and the concept of "shadow material" was not taught in universities.

What I didn't learn from my psych studies about my life questions led me to explore astrology, starting that chapter of the adventure my life has become since then. While finishing college and embracing astrology, I also kicked around learning practical skills like cooking, making good coffee, even running restaurants, then wound up having a bookstore and school of astrology, holistic health, and metaphysics while producing a lot of concerts and cultural events from the mid-1970s through the mid-80s.

However, all good things come to an end. Bad ones too! I was done with producing and promoting concerts by the mid-80s, and didn't really know what I wanted to do next. I couldn't go back, didn't see clearly how to go forward or even where to put my energies, but still needed to make money somehow. So I did pickup gigs for over a year, mostly word processing. (That led me into being a feature film consultant for some of the biggest movies of the time, another story in itself.)

After countless temp gigs, it segued into the television work I've described. After some years, that too ended, but I've never forgotten what I learned when I did set lighting, as it's the perfect analogy for dealing with human shadows.

The analogy is specific and applicable. Usually when we confront shadow material in ourselves or another, we understand it from our pre-set point of view. That's one way to see things, and can be illuminating to some degree, but it still leaves other areas in the shadow.

That's the reason when we're dealing with our own or others' intellectual shadows, or emotional shadows, or interpersonal shadows, it's good to find our own angles of illuminating the dense object of thought and/or feeling which is creating the shadow. And if we can find the right angles to illuminate shadow material from multiple light sources, we dispel those shadows resulting from viewing things from only one point of view.

Illuminating anything from multiple light sources requires us finding enlightening views about whatever is shadowed. If we find enough enlightened views of a thing and have lit that thought, feeling, or action from key, fill, and back light angles, we dispel shadows and can see anything in its "unshadowed" state.

That's also why it's often not enough simply to know what we know. We are forever challenged to keep learning different angles of approaching human experiences on this dense Earth, so that we can view things from multiple angles. And because none of us individually is as aware or knowledgeable as we all are together, often if we wish to find a different way to illuminate something we must learn how others might view that particular shadow material.

The added benefit to this is found in something our old friend the I Ching has to say about learning. From the Wilhelm/Baynes translation, a piece from Hexagram 58, The Joyous:

Knowledge should be a refreshing and vitalizing force. It becomes so only through stimulating intercourse with congenial friends with whom one holds discussion and practices application of the truths of life. In this ways learning becomes many-sided and takes on a cheerful lightness, whereas there is always something ponderous and one-sided about the learning of the self-taught.

It's always good to share insights with others on our spiritual wavelength to come to insights which help us to help others. I've lived that principle for decades, and over the years and many diverse experiences in many crafts and skills, I've learned how to use insights and knowledge from any number of crafts and interactions to apply them to my work as an astrological and spiritual counselor.

I suppose it comes with 49 years' practice of astrology, since it's given me many opportunities to blend multiple practical experiences I've developed, including the writing and speaking skills I've cultivated over decades. My experiences as an astrologer have helped me understand the overview of my life experiences, just as my life experiences have contributed to my astrological interpretive abilities. Everything in our lives can contribute to all we do if we open to the spirit of learning and applying the knowledge we find in ways that we like.

At the very least I can say that having lit my life from so many different angles of experience, I'm not as beset by shadow material as I used to be. And that helps me put spotlights on the charts and lives of my clients so that they also can view their mythos, or movie of their life, from different angles of vision.

Never give up learning and seeing how what you've learned can be applied in other ways, other fields, and other angles of understanding. If we are in fact the stars of the movie of our lives, then it's important to light ourselves in the right way so that we and the audience don't wonder what's in the shadows.

© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.

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© Copyright 2020 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com

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Robert WilkinsonRobert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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