What matters is always changing…

9 February 2020
Ayampe, Euador

I was recently asked “What’s the significance of my progressed moon going into my ninth house.”

Most astrologers would respond with something about ‘it’s time to travel, study, learn” – and that’s true, albeit , a bit shallow.

I’m posting my response now because I’m travelling for a while, living in a foreign country – which would be a perfect response for my friend.

Here’s what I answered. It’s a bit rough, and that’s partly what I’m learning here, in Eucador. Life is simple here. Roosters crow at all hours of night (not just dawn). People accept imperfections – the food is fresh, but has spots. Eggs are’t refrigerated. the roads are dirt. And the sunsets are magnificent, the waves glorious, and I’m hoping to learn to surf well enough while I’m here to be able to enjoy the waves outside my window. In the spirit of easy-going Ecuador, I’m not editing what I wrote for perfect punctuation. Heart , here, is what counts, not the perfect glossy finish of endless polish.. I hope you enjoy my writing.

Dear R.,

I’d say that you are being called to first catalog, and then make sense of, the powerful feelings you have been having for a few years as the moon went through your eighth house. That is, having allowed yourself to feel a lot of intensity , w/o judging it, just noting it all, now it’s time to take a years to make sense of it all, and to revise your ideas and philosophies about life to account for what you’ve been through.

Your ‘heart’, then, would be starting to crave new frontiers, to seek a different understanding ,and to question whatever it is you think you know, as your belief systems (would have become) outdated .. you need a fresh perspective on what you ‘know’ to be true. Asking ‘how do other cultures answer the questions that my experience has brought up in me” is a good plan. As an example, here, no grocery stores. Fruit, eggs and vegetables come from a guy in a beat up truck who honks at the front door every few days. He comes when he comes, and you buy what he’s got…. if he has it. No hot water either. We use soap. No toilet paper in the toilet. you wipe, put it in a trash can, and wash really well with soap and cold water… a different life-style – lower cost, maybe lower sanitation.

I’d think of reconfiguring my life to allow some form of ‘travel’, or consciosly seek out strangers, museums, new religions, … and challenge your beliefes, whenever you notice you ‘believe’ something, ask yourself ‘why do i believe this ? “ what agenda might that belief serve ? And to deliberately run many, many thought experiments, that look like “If I actually believed something differently than I do, how would that change my experience of the world, and what I think it all means

In a sense, you’ve reached a point where you have come to believe your own propaganda about your emotions. Life is asking you to take a few years to examine the roots of what you believe, and reshape those understandings. If you do so with intention, your world will open, and you will find a new faith in life, coming from making sense of the last few years of powerful feelings. If you don’t take charge of challenging your beliefs , life will happily put you in places where you are forced to confront what no longer works.

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