The Archetypal in Astrology

According to Richard Tarnas, the archetypal is the spiritual and energetic. It was originally experienced by human people as “Gods” and “Goddesses,” and described in terms of mythologies. The archetypal is about the essences and qualities that transcend the human. These ideas were later expounded upon in Ancient Greece, with the philosophies of Plato andContinue reading “The Archetypal in Astrology”

The Dance of Sulfur

After the Bellows Breath, you may want to follow up with another practice called the Dance of Sulfur. Sulfur is a yellow powder which the alchemists believed symbolized the active masculine principle of fire. It was often used in laboratory alchemy in the form of sulfuric acid (also known to them as vitriol). The DanceContinue reading “The Dance of Sulfur”

Bellows Breath

Bellows Breath is an active meditation that can be used to increase conscious awareness and raise energy in the body. Practitioners of Kundalini Yoga may recognize this as what they call the “Breath of Fire.” It can be used to release stuck energy in the body, oxygenating the blood, and expanding lung capacity. HOW TOContinue reading “Bellows Breath”

Roasting Cinnabar

A good Calcination ritual to start with is known as Roasting Cinnabar. This meditative process is related to the work done by alchemists in the laboratory, working with real chemicals. In this process, alchemists would would roast the mineral known as “Dragon’s Blood,” or Cinnabar, which is a red-colored sulfide of mercury. When roasted overContinue reading “Roasting Cinnabar”

The Maze & the Labyrinth

Many of us consider a maze and a labyrinth to be one and the same thing, but there is actually a subtle difference. LABYRINTH is the term used when there is only one fixed, or unicursal, path to the center. A MAZE, on the other hand, refers to a multicursal path that may contain deadContinue reading “The Maze & the Labyrinth”

Feel It to Heal It

To truly heal your past, you need to be able to fully feel and embody your emotions. We often deny or repress our emotions for a wide variety of reasons. By far the most common is that painful feelings are uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s easier for us to pretend that everything is “fine” and nothing isContinue reading “Feel It to Heal It”

We are often confused about what we must do to begin holding ourselves and others accountable. We have this idea that in order to create change, we must prove how someone has been wrong and demand immediate punishment. This is a roadblock to our change. This is what blocks us from being better people. WhenContinue reading

A Buddhist Approach to NVC

I’m grateful to have been able to attend a daylong program over at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the Bay Area this weekend, “Skillful Speech in Difficult Situations.” Essentially, it focused on a mindfulness-based approach to Nonviolent Communication skills. The speaker, Oren Jay Sofer, brought Buddhist principles to his knowledge of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s ideasContinue reading “A Buddhist Approach to NVC”

What Makes Alchemy Work?

Why has the practice of or interest in alchemy endured for so long? Many would say it’s because of what is now known as the “perennial philosophy.” This term was first used by Leibniz to describe the eternal philosophy underlying all religions, and it was later popularized in the 20th century by Aldous Huxley. ItContinue reading “What Makes Alchemy Work?”

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