Juggling with Paradox

Juggling with Paradox

Life is a balancing act! Fortunately, we can look to the Signs of the Zodiac for guidance. Offering us rich symbolism for living the full cycle of life, the Signs illuminate a path of self-actualization for the seeker. This wheel of wisdom is composed of six pairs of opposite and counterbalancing Signs. Each of the six axes represents the interplay of life principles in our quest to live in an integrated, meaningful way. We become skillful “jugglers of paradox” as we face the inevitable dilemmas and contradictions in our experience, and learn to allow other points of view to balance our perspectives and initiate fresh approaches. It is through our struggles to reconcile these polarities that we develop a healthy psyche and a coherency for authentic expression. Mirroring the brain’s emphasis on hemispheric synthesis, we learn integration through expressing attributes of both sides. Allow reciprocating dialogues, inner and outer, to expand your awareness. We are hub and spokes on this wheel.
Explore your various positions on each axis. Muse on the reminders below to enchant your journey. Juggling clue: When another “ball” comes into view, relax and connect with the field.

Aries~Libra—Boldly, we come into life through Aries, open and full of fire energy, our “chi.” Very early we puzzle: how am I changed by my positions as self/other and subject/object? We are dependent upon the gaze from “another”—to witness, for love, as shadow or as the beloved. Libra symbolizes this mirroring and projecting dynamic. Play “hide and seek.” Enjoy being found.

Taurus~Scorpio—Our hunger for growth and regeneration defines us on this axis of embodiment. How do we meet our needs for sustenance both physically and emotionally? What feeds us? How do we feed others? While Taurus retains, Scorpio relinquishes: food, possessions, values, people, life itself.

Gemini~Sagittarius—Our curiosity fuels mental/physical explorations, and stimulates the interplay of learning from, and teaching one another. Gemini loves intellectual connections and values among friends and peers, and a close association with the environment. Sagittarius takes the wide view, allowing opinions and categories to factor into allegiances and philosophies of belief. How can we simultaneously think globally and act locally?

Cancer~Capricorn—Along this axis we develop in kinship groups, growing a sense of belonging in our Cancerian private/home/family space, and in the Capricornian hallways of our public/work/service life. What is our commitment to standing strong on the foundations of our forbearers and the traditions they built? Who decides who belongs? The answers mean everything to the next generation.

Leo~Aquarius—Here the balancing act is between expressing a potency of heart as our unique Self, Leo, and a potency of Mind as a member of a unique group, Aquarius. Does our creativity serve both our sense of personal value and the collective common good? How do we share consciousness?

Virgo~Pisces—Conscious and unconscious motivations can transfix us, and at times hold sway over our freedom of expression. How can Virgo’s devotion to order and duty help keep our practical affairs in control, while attending with trust and compassion to the “mysterium tremendum” of Pisces’ soulful longings? Hold the other in highest esteem. Serve the sacred.
Sandra Pastorius © Mother Tongue Ink 2013

Sandra Pastorius Astrologer

We present to you the collection of essays written annually for We’Moon by vintage astrologer, Sandra Pastorius.  Using her unique blend of the playful and the profound, Sandra highlights current planetary events with the We’Moon theme each year. She pays special attention to the roles the outer planets play in the unfolding Mythic Theater of Life.  Each essay offers illuminations and inspirations from these heavenly “characters.”

Sandra has been a practicing astrologer since 1979.  She mentored with astrologer Robert Cole for several years. In the 1980s she wrote an astrology column for the California Bay Area Plexis and Matrix women’s newspapers, and for WomanSpirit Magazine. She then published The Lunar Muse: A Monthly Moon Calendar for ten years. Sandra produced several Astrological Forums in Santa Cruz, California in the 1990s. She has been writing for We’Moon as a featured astrologer since 1990.
 Sandra currently offers Astrological consultations in person or by phone (mention We’Moon for a special discount). Email her about readings, lectures and workshops.

 



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