Metaphysical Matrix

Back to the Garden, pt. 2

“Why didn’t you list that among our assets in the first place? What I wouldn’t give for a holocaust cloak.”
– Westley, The Princess Bride

We left the last article (available here) with a brief reference to Saturn and the root chakra. Here, we’ll look at the other planets and chakras and see how they relate. Like Westley in The Princess Bride, we should understand our assets and our liabilities before we embark on our task, which in our case is a journey back to the garden, back to the source.

There have been two major streams of astrological knowledge that have survived the ages. The Indian system commonly known as Vedic astrology and the Western astrology that sprang from Hellenized Egypt. Both share substantial common philosophies, including a vision of how the human Spirit incarnates into the body.

Prior to incarnation, we are said to exist in a relatively undifferentiated state. In a holographic/fractal fashion, we fall from Grace during each incarnation, re-enacting on an individual scale what the entire human race experienced during the grand Fall from Grace that is reflected in the Bible stories and the Sumerian texts.

During this “fall” – let’s call it a descent – our perfected Being fragments, or gets filtered, as it  leaves the rareified Spirit worlds and enters into the greater density of the astral worlds, not unlike laser light reflected through a prism. The dominant forces of the astral worlds are called the planetary forces. They govern the planetary motions and are responsible for all of the dynamics that get played out in in the denser worlds. They are archetypal forces.

If we take the chakras in order starting from the bottom – root, sacral, will, heart, throat, eye, crown – and overlap the planets in order from the slowest to the fastest, as seen from the Earth – Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sun, Moon – we find some very interesting correspondences.

chakra planetsSaturn, as described in the previous article, governs boundaries and structure like our skin and bones. It is what initiates our incarnation process, providing the framework and differentiation from the formless space we left behind. It is our reference point in the material world and what we protect in our quest for survival in the material world. It rules the root chakra.

Jupiter rules the sacral chakra. The second chakra is traditionally known as related to sexuality and passionate emotions. Left unchecked, sexuality and passionate emotions produce children and future generations. Jupiter rules fertility and expansion/growth/abundance.

Mars governs the third chakra. We all know that we can frequently, intuitively sense danger as a feeling in our gut, the location of the chakra. Mars is in charge of protection. It is the force that fights. It is common in all of the martial arts (Mars arts) to try to find and fight from your center in the belly – called the hara, or the dan tien ‑ which is recognized as the center of power.

With Venus as the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty, no additional explanation should be required to reveal the appropriateness of her connection to the heart chakra. Likewise with Mercury being the planetary archetype ruling all communications, what chakra could be more appropriate than the throat chakra? None.

The upper chakras and their planets play out a bit differently. The Indian rishis/seers recognized a certain primacy of the crown chakra, which belongs only to the Divine, not to be influenced by forces in the astral spheres. Further, leaving both the Sun and the Moon with the ajna/third eye chakra aligns perfectly with the ida and pingala correspondences.

Caduceus

The ida and pingala are two channels where  prana or qi/life force flows, running alongside the spine. The sushumna is the channel running along the center, with the spine. These three channels correspond to the central pole and snakes of the caduceus, the classic Western symbol of knowledge and science/medicine. The rishis see the Moon governing the ida and the Sun governing the pingala, which meet at, and govern, the third eye center, illuminating balanced vision when awakened properly.

When we properly awaken our planetary forces – when we are secure in our personal structure/boundaries, striving for abundance, with focused power, Love and Beauty, integrated with others through communication and balanced vision – we have gathered our assets. Now, about that holocaust cloak…

Kevin Leonard, L.Ac. is a licensed healthcare provider with the Texas Medical Board. He is available for walk­-in appointments most Sundays at Centerpoint, and available on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Call for other availability. 832­-477­-7887

Back to the Garden, pt 1

All of the major cultures of antiquity shared one thing in common. The Greeks, the Egyptians, the Sumerians, the Chinese, the Indians, the Persians – all of them – gazed to the stars to seek to understand their place in the world. The allure is understandable. Who does not intuitively grasp that the answers to the mysteries are reflected between the Heavens and ourselves?

The Chinese mystics – the early Taoists – paralleled the Hermetic maxim of “As above, so below” in their own teachings. They viewed the world as a holographic construct – just as many modern philosophers – even though they used different language. They considered the Heavens to be the Macrocosm, or the Greater Heaven, and they considered the human to be the  Microcosm, or Smaller Heaven. What was in the heavens was reflected in body. One was an image of the other. This imaging system goes deeper, as revealed in systems like reflexology or auricular acupuncture where the entire human body is shown as a map of the sole of the foot or the surface of the ear.

Taoist creation philosophy says, “The One becomes Two [yin & yang]; the Two become Three [balance/connection]; and the Three becomes the Myriad of All Things.” Every substance of the earth is a both a product of and a reflection back to the source of all. This idea is found in near identical form during the time of Hellenized Egypt, from where the Hermetic writings – the Corpus Hermeticum – containing the core of what is called magic or occult knowledge in the Western world, and also containing the seeds of modern science as developed through Alchemy.

chakra planetsThe Hermetic principle says that, during incarnation, the undifferentiated human Spirit steps down through the “planetary spheres” of 5 planets and 2 luminaries (Sun and Moon) and becomes individualized. The Taoist recognize the 5 planets as the 5 Elements. The 5 planets move through the 12 astrological houses in the sky every day. Likewise, the 5 elements move through the 12 acupuncture channels in the body every day. The Sun and Moon are mirrored in the Chinese Medicine/ Taoist concept of vitality and essence, qi and jing.

Hindu and Vedic cultures, especially through yogic spiritual practices and Ayurveda, also viewed the body as a mirror of the heavens, with the heavens leaving its imprints in the human energy system. Chakra correspondence systems map the planets to each of the chakras, essentially creating a planetary rulership over each chakra.

Saturn, for instance, is said to rule the root chakra – the muladhara chakra. This makes perfect sense, knowing that Saturn is the first of the planetary spheres the human Spirit encounters during the incarnation process. It is here that we take on our first level of physicality – what becomes our skin and bones –  our boundaries with the world and the structure with which we navigate the same world; survival parameters, in other words. If you know chakra correspondences, you know that Ganesha, Hindu deity of new beginnings, rules the chakra, which is often called the survival chakra.

All of these cultures, across the globe and across time, agree that the sky map overlays the body map. The map is large and diverse and the implications are enormous for health and for the integration of the mind/body/spirit complex. It is this integration which is at the center of true healing. One simply cannot get more holistic than viewing the body as a map of the entirety of the cosmos.

The Whole Body Astrology approach is toward holism. Mind, body, Spirit and emotions do not exist separate from each other. It is against holism and health (they share same root word) to view the body any other way. Whole Body Astrology treatments work on the acupuncture meridian system and the chakra system with sound, qi, essential oils and dressing oils, and herbs – all in the context of the client’s astrological birth chart.

Kevin Leonard, L.Ac. is a licensed healthcare provider with the Texas Medical Board. He is available for walk-in appointments most Sundays at Centerpoint, and available on Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Call for other availability. 832-477-7887

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