The following is an excerpt from VerDarLuz’s book, The Codex of the Soul, published by Evolver Editions.
Surfing the Chaord
Every moment is pregnant with meaning, if you are listening. This game of life is not random chaos, nor a strict order. You find yourself in between, riding the â€śchaord.â€ť As you surf this chaordic existence, you inhale personal purpose and interpret spiritual significance for your lifeâ€™s events in proportion to your level of consciousness. At the most cosmic and inclusive level of understanding, every person is an angelic messenger, every moment a sacred reflection of a spiritual lesson you came to learn. Astrology is a language which elucidates this process.
The astrological camera lens is both macro and telephoto. First, it widens your horizons of understanding, interdependently linking what may seem distant and disparate elements. Simultaneously, it microscopically magnifies the totality of your internal and external environment to reveal the rich and complex hologram of lifeâ€”the patterned systems of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors which synthesize to form your personal and collective Being. In utilizing an astrological framework for your earthly experiences, embodiment mutates into a magical education.
We are now urgently educating ourselves, teaching each other how best to imagine a new world, and how exactly to narrate the visionary dialogue of our shared evolution. In order to sing forth into being this emerging myth of human ascension and cosmic unity, you first need to understand the personal mythos breathing through you.
You feel a heroic calling, a spiritual warriorâ€™s invocation, pulsating from an internal depth of infinite potential. You wish to step out from behind any false masks, to unveil your true self behind any illusory outer identities. It is time to awaken to your mission. And so your personal alchemical opus beckons you.
To apply the astrological language in your life is an alchemical act: you learn how to transmute your base, shadow self, into a refined, golden work of art. This process was called the â€śGreat Workâ€ť by the alchemists. This â€śGreat Workâ€ť of your soul, and the healing of the Planetary Soul, begins with the contemplation of your sacred script. In the puzzle of life, where do your pieces fit and how do they shapeshift through time and space? How do you surf the chaordic edges of existence with clear intention? The word â€śsurrenderâ€ť means â€śto melt to the highest.â€ť So how then, do you melt the limited ego down in order to ascend and surrender to your soulâ€™s highest purpose?
When you first begin astrological exploration, you may feel intimidated by the journey into the birth-chart, afraid of what will be revealed there. This reaction to the astrological code, however, enslaves you to a disempowered and incomplete perspective of yourself. In this denial of your self-knowledge, you may find yourself drowning in avidya, the Sanskrit term for ignorance. You fail to accept the effervescent totality of your Being. And so you habitually play out the karmic patternsâ€”the egoâ€™s desires for pleasure and aversions to pain. Meanwhile, you sacrifice the fruitful presence offered to youâ€”the golden, effulgent revelation occurring in the perfection of the Now.
For you were born in response to a spiritual need in the universe. In every way, this was the most intentional of all possible acts in which the soul could participate. To bring the same intensity of intention to the realm of embodiment on earth, you are asked to remember this self-inscribed language of your soul. In the natal birthchart, you find a map which leads to the treasure of your essence. In the astrologer, you find a translator of the Codex of the Soul, a guide on the path to becoming the Astral Shaman.
Mindful Awareness and The Sacred Role of Astrology
Ye who seek, shall findÂ â€”Yeshua, the Christ
Â The Buddha teaches that ignorance clouds all true understanding. â€śIndividuals with mindful awareness,â€ť says the Buddha, â€śare free of harmful influence.â€ť In essence, the Buddha is stating that if you lack self-awareness, you cannot act wisely since you will be habitually and unconsciously responding to stimulus in your environment. Reactive behavior keeps you in the loop of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, never understanding the fundamental nature of reality, and the importance of appreciating anicca or impermanence. This reactive ignorance is how you become a product of fate. However, as you become aware of your soul-contracts and incarnation agreements, you can learn to steer the ship of your destiny as a co-pilot, not just ride the roller coaster as a passive passenger.
And so this radical self-awareness is the alchemical mission of the modern avatar such as yourself. Your role as an Astral Shaman is to transmute your base, unrefined, reactive self, into a vessel of luminosity, an enlightened bodhisattva who seeks to serve all beings on their path of awakening.
In many ways, it is far more challenging today than in any other point in history to remain mindful. From multiple online chats while writing an email, to texting while driving, to talking on the phone while watching the news, multitasking is a standard, expected, and sometimes necessary behavior. Yet the need for intentional, mindful relationship to yourself, to others, to the body of the earth, and to the sacred dimension of the heavens is essential for all of our continued survival.
The astrological language provides parameters for this mindful attention, and its application in your life actually increases free will as you apply and integrate the lessons of the birth chart. Past experiences are studied to gain wisdom and perspective to apply towards potential energetic expressions of your future circumstances. Past and future embrace in an enhanced and empowered present, as you compassionately strategize your life with evolutionary intention.
For more on VerDarLuz, visit his website at http://soulalchemyastrology.com.