Spiritual Diagnosis Points to the Stars
and direct information comes quickly with SPDX just by taking the
cards, laying them out and considering them by location one at a time.
But more can be gained by comparing and correlating adjacent centers or
polar ones. All manner of patterns may be recognizable - thus making
for the SPDX Mandala. The Big Picture is the larger goal.
Greatest benefit may require the use of a printout of the session and
study - contemplation - of the chart over time. Then too, it may be
useful to do a repeat chart some months later to see how life and
experience move through us.
Only two concerns come to mind when doing an SPDX for self or others.
Jumping to the easiest and most self-serving interpretation. I remember
sharing SPDX at a New Year’s Party many years ago. A few people sat and
worked with their symbols for extended periods. When the hostess took
her turn, she literally ran through the whole process in a few minutes.
She knew exactly what every symbol meant and would brook no other
suggestions. I recall her choosing the closed fist symbol for the
Dis-Ease Center. Her immediate response was something like, “Oh, that
means I need to hold on tight to the ways I am doing things. I can’t
let them be changed.” She took the card to be an affirmation of her
apparently ‘controlling’ ways rather than as an opportunity to reflect
on it. What she needed to learn may have been otherwise.
A friend did an SPDX with her mother who chose a Lesson Card which most
people view as a hand holding a bar of soap. The mother was sure it was
a bar of gold and used it to validate her actions. Maybe this woman
needed to give rather than “get gold.”
Following on the above observations:
While an outsider can often see some of the symbols more clearly, it is
difficult or even impossible for the reader to be SHOWN what to see. No
matter how true, accurate or on-target an observer may be, it is hard
for the insider “to see what he doesn’t want to see.”
Again, we can read into things what we WANT to see as well. This may be
the case for some SPDX readings I did for myself not too long ago as I
was slowly developing the concepts and approaches for READING THE
STARS. You decide.
The two layouts above
which I did by myself almost a YEAR apart certainly suggest major
similarities in my life and work over that period. If you look closely
at the two mandalas, you will see that they are identical for many of
the symbols. And, some of the others are not much different.
For me, the keys to these two charts are Dis-Ease (Point of Tension)
and Way Centers. In the first, the Zodiac is depicted which I took to
represent my study of the stars and and their symbology. Diagonally
across the charts is to be found an old alarm Clock with the time of
2:21. That is of interest for a couple reasons, but most particularly
because that time corresponds to the Scorpio Rising Chart of the United
States of America.
There are numerous
charts for the USA because strangely no one knows with certainty the
birth time of our country. It is generally agreed that the US was born
on the 4th of July 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of
Independence in Philadelphia. (A few astrologers use dates such as the
ratification of the US Constitution  or the signing of the
Articles of Confederation ).
Rising Chart has long held sway as the horoscope for our country. But,
the rub is that it places the country’s birth at 2 o’clock in the
morning. A rather unlikely moment for a convention of public figures to
sign an official document. Other supposed birth times for the USA give
charts with rising signs of Sagittarius, Virgo, etc.
During my astrological studies, I ran across Michael O’Reilly’s book
Political Astrology and was introduced to the Scorpio Rising Chart
based on the nation’s birth at 2:21 PM. Having my own rising sign in
Gemini, I was predisposed to go along with the traditional USA Chart.
But, the more I read and studied the O’Reilly chart and worked with it
in the context of great events in American history, the more I had to
believe it to be correct.
So, the zodiac
and the time of 2:21 appear in my own SPDX twice at a year’s distance.
Does that prove the Scorpio Rising Chart to be accurate? What is proof?
No, it is hardly proof. But, it sure was impressive and quite
unexpected. It definitely got my attention seeing these symbols in my
SPDX layouts. And kept me pondering.
(20 May 2011)