I have noticed this dynamic so often in my life and was commenting on this very theme to David last week. The times in my life of greatest restriction — my extremely isolating brain injury, the nine months post divorce spent in my Hyde Park (Chicago) ninth floor tower apartment with just me, my growing collection of painted portal doors and Lake Michigan, and most recently, this complete hermit mode in Goshen, a kind of voluntary house arrest in which I rarely leave the two houses or gardens due to the vibrational shock and hangover that arises unless when I leave the properties I completely leave town — each of these times has resulted in the most intense and delightful esoteric study and practice.
I cannot imagine my life without these rich periods of simultaneous restriction and expansion. The expansion clearly arises as a direct result of the restriction — a narrow portal to the Otherworld not unlike Odin hanging on the wind and storm swept tree only to discover the secrets of the Runes from his upside down position and altered state. Once he grasped them, he hopped down and claimed them as his own.
If you find yourself in a kind of Saturnine and Neptunian initiation, take heart as you Break on Through (to the Other Side): the water’s fresh and free!
Thank you, Jamie! ❤️
A Tree Grows From Rock, Wittenoom Gorge, Australia. Image courtesy of Public Domain Images.
You’ve probably had those moments or passages — the ones where you feel like someone or something has suddenly put shrink-wrap or a straitjacket on your life (and in your mind), making it hard to breathe and offering what seemed little ‘wiggle room’?
It occurred to me very recently, as I was immersed yet again in one of those ‘shrink-wrap’ or ‘between a rock and a hard place’ moments, that there is a very real practicality to what we call ‘spiritual practices’ (whether we practice them within or outside of a particular tradition).
While it’s actually very intuitive and sensible, in ‘dominant thinking’ of our culture this would seem counter-intuitive or ‘woo woo’.
In astrological language, this would be the essence and qualities of experience linked withNeptune (Expansiveness and Big Love) and Saturn
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