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Cayce Astrology as a Tool for Self-Understanding

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Cayce Astrology as a Tool
for Self-Understanding
By Nicholas Theo



 

When the Edgar Cayce readings spoke about astrology, the view was far different than those of traditional astrologers who saw astrology as a method only used to describe fixed traits and destinies. It is only in the past 20 years that the greater astrology community has caught up with Cayce’s perspective. Cayce explained how astrology could be used as a tool to gain self-understanding. His view of astrology was that its goal was for us to gain soul growth from understanding the use and direction of our free will in expressing our drives, goals, and energies. 
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Astrology is a way for us to see that we are an integral part of the ecosystem within our solar system. In 1936, in a life reading for a woman from Canada, Cayce clearly explained astrology’s objective in relation to our own soul experience, “Considering then life, a soul, an entity as a continuous stream of experience—and the activities in the earth's plane as a lesson that is learned by the entity—the experiences through the astrological sojourns become rather as a digesting or an assimilating of that which has been experienced or gained in the lesson.” (Edgar Cayce reading 1230-1) 

 

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An astrological birth chart then becomes a useful and active tool of learning and guidance when an astrologer interprets the chart from this vantage point. An astrologer trained in this method offers others a reason and a goal for understanding their life purpose. A trait of short-temperedness shown by a planetary aspect from Mars to Uranus, for example, as seen from this perspective gives the native an insight on why their soul chose this energy to experience, and from that conscious realization, they then have an active role in deciding how to work with anger in their current life. Through exercising free will this individual may choose to consciously work on directing their anger into productive channels, or may decide to do nothing at all, and thus meet the events of daily life with ever a short temper.

Cayce consistently reiterated that we control our own destiny because of free will. In one of the first readings Cayce gave on the subject of astrology in 1923, he stated: “…but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or phases of the Sun, the Moon or any heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power, the power given by the Creator of man, in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself.” (Edgar Cayce reading 3744-3) It is within this statement that Cayce presents us with the blueprint of our existence: when we choose to live actively self-aware, we acknowledge our relationship with the Creator, and consequently we approach our potential for the expression of our creativity and will.

DirectionReflecting Cayce’s view on astrology, in recent years there is an ever widening circle of astrologers whose focus is to ensure that an astrological chart is interpreted from the understanding that the human soul is eternal, and thus the current life is but a chapter within its experience, and that the soul exercises free will. Astrology is a language of the subconscious mind where its symbols reflect the tendencies and drives of the person, but it is in no way rigid and fatalistic in its interpretation. British therapist and astrologer Mark Jones eloquently states this in, Healing the Soul, “The natal chart is not a cage from which we must be released. It is not a reality imposed upon us from without. The natal chart is the symbolic expression of the infinite field as it has been translated into human form and it is the expression of our karmic potentiality as held within that field. That potentiality emerges from the nature of who we really are.”

When you choose to use your astrology chart as a means for self-discovery, make sure that the astrologer reading your birth chart adheres to the two basic principles that Cayce instructed us on astrology: a guide for soul growth and free will choice. In the weeks after the reading, allow time for your insights and understanding to surface into your consciousness. Take the information and guidance from your chart analysis, and then actively apply it to your life.


Nicholas TheoNicholas Theo is an operations and strategic manager and has done work for organizations including A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980.


To order your personalized Astrology Chart, visit ARECatalog.com.


References
Astrology Part 1, The Edgar Cayce Readings (Vol. 18, p. 522, 551). (1985). Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E./Edgar Cayce Foundation (all Edgar Cayce Readings are available to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. Visit EdgarCayce.org/join to join.

Jones, M. (2011). Healing the Soul (p. 13). Portland, OR: Raven Dreams Press.

 

Cayce Astrology as a Tool for Self-Understanding

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Cayce Astrology as a Tool
for Self-Understanding
By Nicholas Theo



 

When the Edgar Cayce readings spoke about astrology, the view was far different than those of traditional astrologers who saw astrology as a method only used to describe fixed traits and destinies. It is only in the past 20 years that the greater astrology community has caught up with Cayce’s perspective. Cayce explained how astrology could be used as a tool to gain self-understanding. His view of astrology was that its goal was for us to gain soul growth from understanding the use and direction of our free will in expressing our drives, goals, and energies. 
AstrologyPlanets


Astrology is a way for us to see that we are an integral part of the ecosystem within our solar system. In 1936, in a life reading for a woman from Canada, Cayce clearly explained astrology’s objective in relation to our own soul experience, “Considering then life, a soul, an entity as a continuous stream of experience—and the activities in the earth's plane as a lesson that is learned by the entity—the experiences through the astrological sojourns become rather as a digesting or an assimilating of that which has been experienced or gained in the lesson.” (Edgar Cayce reading 1230-1) 

 

 Puppet
An astrological birth chart then becomes a useful and active tool of learning and guidance when an astrologer interprets the chart from this vantage point. An astrologer trained in this method offers others a reason and a goal for understanding their life purpose. A trait of short-temperedness shown by a planetary aspect from Mars to Uranus, for example, as seen from this perspective gives the native an insight on why their soul chose this energy to experience, and from that conscious realization, they then have an active role in deciding how to work with anger in their current life. Through exercising free will this individual may choose to consciously work on directing their anger into productive channels, or may decide to do nothing at all, and thus meet the events of daily life with ever a short temper.

Cayce consistently reiterated that we control our own destiny because of free will. In one of the first readings Cayce gave on the subject of astrology in 1923, he stated: “…but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or phases of the Sun, the Moon or any heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power, the power given by the Creator of man, in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself.” (Edgar Cayce reading 3744-3) It is within this statement that Cayce presents us with the blueprint of our existence: when we choose to live actively self-aware, we acknowledge our relationship with the Creator, and consequently we approach our potential for the expression of our creativity and will.

DirectionReflecting Cayce’s view on astrology, in recent years there is an ever widening circle of astrologers whose focus is to ensure that an astrological chart is interpreted from the understanding that the human soul is eternal, and thus the current life is but a chapter within its experience, and that the soul exercises free will. Astrology is a language of the subconscious mind where its symbols reflect the tendencies and drives of the person, but it is in no way rigid and fatalistic in its interpretation. British therapist and astrologer Mark Jones eloquently states this in, Healing the Soul, “The natal chart is not a cage from which we must be released. It is not a reality imposed upon us from without. The natal chart is the symbolic expression of the infinite field as it has been translated into human form and it is the expression of our karmic potentiality as held within that field. That potentiality emerges from the nature of who we really are.”

When you choose to use your astrology chart as a means for self-discovery, make sure that the astrologer reading your birth chart adheres to the two basic principles that Cayce instructed us on astrology: a guide for soul growth and free will choice. In the weeks after the reading, allow time for your insights and understanding to surface into your consciousness. Take the information and guidance from your chart analysis, and then actively apply it to your life.


Nicholas TheoNicholas Theo is an operations and strategic manager and has done work for organizations including A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980.


To order your personalized Astrology Chart, visit ARECatalog.com.


References
Astrology Part 1, The Edgar Cayce Readings (Vol. 18, p. 522, 551). (1985). Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E./Edgar Cayce Foundation (all Edgar Cayce Readings are available to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. Visit EdgarCayce.org/join to join.

Jones, M. (2011). Healing the Soul (p. 13). Portland, OR: Raven Dreams Press.

 

Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences

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Dealing with Difficult Astrological Influences
By Nicholas Theo



For the past several years, some alarmists have warned of potential widespread cataclysms that await us as we live through the long-running dance of the “Pluto in Capricorn-Uranus in Aries” square from 2010-15. Recently, this aspect last touched exact during the holidays; and in April, several other planets will make exact aspects to this same square. As a result, there is energy for a reshuffling in economic and social conditions. However, there is a flipside to the energy contained within this square that is frequently overlooked: it offers the added benefit of momentum for inner change and direction. If there ever is a period when you want to make lasting change in your life, then now is the time to harness this energy to your benefit.


Astrology Predictions


One of the greatest insights that the Cayce readings offer to astrology is that at its core astrology’s prime purpose is meant as a guide or road map for our individual potential soul growth rather than as a mere method of prediction. Therefore, we are not meant to be helpless spectators in a world that is subject to the fixed effects of the planetary motions within our solar system. We specifically incarnate Earth for the purpose of enacting our will and direction within this dimension. The readings remind us that,


“Astrological urges are not existent because of the position of the Sun, Moon, or any planet at the time of birth, but rather because the soul-entity is a part of the Universal Consciousness and has dwelt in those environs. Thus they yield, or wield, an influence upon individual application of spiritual or mental truths or laws, as they are brought into material manifestations.” (Edgar Cayce reading 2132-1)

The readings go on to state that through free will, we have the ability to harness these energies: “Yet no influence of any nature—astrologically, hereditary or environmental—surpasses the will of the entity, the birthright of each and every soul.” (Reading 2505-1)

Looking at astrology from this viewpoint, it is clear that every person has the ability to use the planetary energies to direct change and movement of activity within their respective lives. Specifically, as we look at the Pluto in Capricorn/Uranus in Aries square, it generally represents a tension in striking the balance between holding onto the status quo (Capricorn) while there is revolutionary change (Aries), and we are witnessing this tension on a grand scale as we project it into our political and popular cultures. The tension of the Pluto-Uranus square then seems overwhelming. Yet, remember that all soul growth and understanding is internal, and it is as Cayce frequently stated that “mind is the builder.” Through meditation and prayer and our attitudes and emotions we can set our intentions.


The energies of this square bring changes and sometimes upheavals into our lives. However, we are amply shown by the world around us that change is a constant: observe nature as the flora and fauna adjust and thrive through the ever-changing tides and seasons. So, we too, need to learn to observe the energy that is activated in the current season, and then make appropriate actions that improve our situation.


Pluto and Uranus -Hubble Photos
Pluto and Uranus
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Probably the greatest benefit of this square is that it plainly shows us where in our lives we outgrew a situation, and there is then a need to set our sights on a better foundation. When we experience long-running tension, it is a sign that we are afraid to welcome this new energy space. It is akin to wearing old clothes that no longer fit you. It may be your favorite shirt, but if it is too small or threadbare, what is the shirt’s true worth to you? It is the same thing with our beliefs. Sometimes we get so used to a belief or thinking pattern that we forget to step back and see if that belief is still useful to us. Circumstances, at times, then force us to focus on what needs to be changed so we are better able to meet our highest good.


If you find yourself in a circumstance that is stressful or at an impasse, remember to use your inner tools at hand: meditation, prayer, and dream analysis. By going within and listening, you connect with a deep wisdom that gives you the means of transformation from that situation and into creating the movement and momentum necessary for you to meet your right place.


At the very least always bless where you are and the people in your life, since criticizing or condemning your situation only ties you to it negatively and stagnates your movement. When you bless, you not only free yourself from the tension generated from an internal impasse, but indirectly you also lessen the perceived negative impact of the Pluto-Uranus square in our politics and culture by no longer projecting your restricted energy into the mix. Instead you now come from a point of peace, a centered and directed agent who uses the energies generated from the Pluto-Uranus square for positive change.


Nicholas TheoNicholas Theo is an operations and strategic manager and has done work for organizations including A.R.E. and Atlantic University. He was raised with the Cayce materials and his interest in astrology started as a teenager. Because the Cayce readings on astrology consistently emphasize the importance of using astrology as a tool for self-discovery and understanding rather than as a primarily predictive system, over the years, his interest in astrology evolved into a side vocation with research on the application of soul astrology (Soulastrologer.com). He has been doing astrology readings since 1980.

 

Astrology vs. Free Will

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Astrology vs. Free Will
By Raye Mathis




In the Astrologer's Corner of the Oct-Dec 2012 issue of Venture Inward magazine, I noted the following:

Here we go again. Mercury will change direction, turning retrograde (Rx), on election day, November 6, 2012. Remember the Bush-Gore election in 2000 with the "hanging chads" and vote recounts? Mercury also changed direction on election day 2000. ... In the 2012 election there could be a possible breakdown in communications, even recounts, or irregularities that might eventually have some court involvement (Mercury will be in Sagittarius, ruler of the courts).

Well, the 2012 election is over, and the public did not see recounts or court involvements, but does that mean Mercury Rx was not an influence?


There was some definite confusion on Election Day, with long lines and some delays—especially with Florida's returns. David Letterman cracked a joke after the election about a 98-year-old woman who had voted for the first time in this election...but she had been in line since she was 78.

 

 


In addition, a little published fact about the actions of Mitt Romney provides an excellent example of how the use of the free will can change and negate the influences of astrology (although I assume that Romney had no knowledge of the Mercury Rx).


The Cayce readings emphasized over and over that the study of astrology can be helpful to everyone, but it never supersedes the power of free will. In the words of astrologer Dennis Harness PhD, "astrology is a 'choice revealer,' not a 'choice maker.'" Astrology shows influences only, but we still retain our free will to look at the choices that are revealed and make the most constructive choice we can.


An article titled "The Moment When Mitt Romney Knew He Had Lost" by Josh Voorhees was spotted by one of my clients and sent to me after the election. An excerpt from the article goes like this:


"Late Tuesday night, Karl Rove made quite the show of challenging Fox News' 'projection that President Obama had won Ohio, and thus a second term in office. Mitt Romney's staff was likewise ready to deploy to the Buckeye State and a trio of other battleground states to challenge the election-night tallies. For a moment, however brief, a prolonged political and legal fight over who had won the election appeared well within the realm of possibility... But then, Mr. Romney quietly decided it was over. 'It's not going to happen,' he said.'"

mercury in retrograde blogThe possibility for this election ending up in court was clearly indicated in astrology by Mercury Rx in Sagittarius, and according to this report, the option was presented to Romney by Carl Rove and his staff. But Romney, using his free will, as the Cayce readings so often emphasized as the only way to work with astrology, made a different choice.


No matter what our own personal political beliefs are, we can recognize that an astrological influence was present, but the free will of a human overrode it.


Raye Mathis Blog 81x104RAYE MATHIS is a faculty member at Atlantic University where Transformational Astrology is among the courses she mentors. She has a BA in mathematics, a Master's degree in clinical social work, and has completed post-graduate work at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. She has maintained an on-going astrological counseling practice for almost 40 years. Her column, The Astrologer's Corner, appears in the A.R.E.'s Venture Inward magazine available exclusively to Members by mail or online at EdgarCayce.org/members. Beginning Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Raye Mathis will be mentoring a 4-week online eGroup titled Discover Your Life's Purpose Using Astrology as Your Guide. For more information, visit EdgarCayce.org/egroups.


You can read the entire article at Slate.com's blog.

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