Each month, the Moon passes through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac, spending two and a half days in each one. Every sign is particularly suited to a specific domain of activity and style of working. Like our fluctuating moods writ large, the sign of the Moon can describe the temperament or feel of a current period of time.
The lunar cycle’s been used for centuries for planting, scheduling, and even manifesting. As the Moon completes a full revolution of the Earth during its 28 day cycle, it passes through eight phases or angular configurations with the Sun. Each phase is a part of the continuum of the cycle, and has a distinct character […]
The Chakra System, a metaphysical understanding of anatomy, was once familiar only to practitioners of yoga. In the past few decades, though, the Chakra System has risen to comprise a niche industry in its own right. T-shirts, scents, and a host of other products are available in the New Age marketplace for those wishing to bring their chakras into alignment. Conceived of as seven centers of energy located along the spine, chakras have recently been understood by the medical community as corresponding to the seven glands of the endocrine system as well as lining up with the “seven major nerve ganglia that emanate from the spinal column” (Judith 11, 22). The adoption of the Chakra System by holistic healing practitioners is just one of the latest conceptual frameworks to assimilate the ancient chakra doctrine. In tracing the textual history of the Chakra System, it becomes clear that this science has developed alongside a number of branches of metaphysics, including astrology, weaving in and out of a number of historical and cultural contexts.
In her 2005 memoir, “Love My Rifle More Than You,” linguist and former intelligence specialist Kayla Williams described her military experiences near the Northern Iraq-Syria border. The work is unique because it provides Western civilization an accessible yet brief glimpse of the Kurdish-speaking group, the Yezidi. The Yezidi, a Kurdish religion with ancient Indo-European roots, […]
Claudius Ptolemy and Vettius Valens both studied the art of astrology around 200 CE. Though contemporaries, there are nuances to the ways the two men present their understandings of astrology. A close reading of their descriptions of the planets points to a few key differences in their views of the solar system resulting from their […]