Thursday, February 14, 2019

MANUEL IS AN IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY MAN


Manuel needs to be busy. If he is not, he thinks that his life has no meaning, that he’s wasting his time, that society no longer needs him, that no one loves or wants him.

     So, as soon as he wakes up, he has a series of tasks to perform: to watch the news on television (something might have happened in the night); to read the newspaper (something might have happened during the day yesterday); to tell his wife not to let the children be late for school; to take the car or catch a taxi or a bus or the metro, all the time thinking hard, staring into space, looking at his watch or, if possible, making a few calls on his mobile phone, and ensuring that everyone can see what an important man he is, useful to the world.

     Manuel arrives at work and sits down to deal with the paperwork that awaits him. If he’s an employee, he does his best to make sure that his boss has seen that he’s arrived on time.  If he’s a boss, he sets everyone to work immediately.  If there are no important tasks to be done, Manuel will invent them, create them, come up with a new plan, develop new lines of action. 

     Manuel goes to lunch, but never alone.  If he is a boss, he sits down with his friends and discusses new strategies, speaks ill of his competitors, always has a card up his sleeve, complains (with some pride) of overwork.  If Manuel is an employee, he, too, sits down with his friends, complains about his boss, complains about the amount of overtime he’s doing, states with some anxiety (and with some pride) that various things in the company depend entirely on him.

     Manuel – boss or employee – works all afternoon.  From time to time, he looks at this watch.  It’s nearly time to go home, but he still has to sort out a detail here, sign a document there.  He’s an honest man and wants to justify his salary, other people’s expectations, the dreams of his parents, who struggled so hard to give him a good education.

     Finally, he goes home.  He has a bath, puts on some more comfortable clothes, and has supper with his family.  He asks after his children’s homework and what his wife has been doing.  Sometimes, he talks about his work, although only to serve as an example, because he tries not to bring his work problems home with him.  They finish supper, and his children – who have no time for examples, homework, or other such things – immediately leave the table and go and sit down in front of the computer.  Manuel, in turn, goes and sits down in front of that piece of apparatus from his childhood called the television.  He again watches the news (something might have happened during the afternoon).

     He always goes to bed with some technical book on his bedside table – whether he’s a boss or an employee, he knows that competition is intense, and that anyone who fails to keep up to date runs the risk of losing his job and facing that worst of all curses: having nothing to do.

     He talks a little to his wife; he is, after all, a nice, hard-working, loving man who takes care of his family, and is prepared to defend it whatever the circumstances.  He falls asleep at once, and he sleeps knowing that he will be very busy tomorrow, and that he needs to rebuild his energies.

     That night, Manuel has a dream. An angel asks him: ‘Why are you doing this?’ He replies that it’s because he’s a responsible man.

     The angel goes on: ‘Would you be capable of taking at least fifteen minutes of your day to stop and look at the world, and at yourself, and simply do nothing?’ Manuel says that he would love to do that, but he doesn’t have time. ‘You’re lying to me’, says the angel. ‘Everyone has time to do that.  It’s just that they don’t have the courage. Work is a blessing when it helps us to think about what we’re doing; but it becomes a curse when its sole use is to stop us thinking about the meaning of our life’.

     Manuel wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. Courage? How can a man who sacrifices himself for his family not have the courage to stop for fifteen minutes a day?

     It’s best to go back to sleep.  It was just a dream; these questions will get him nowhere; and tomorrow he’s going to be very, very busy.


By Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chiron Stories – From Editor to Mosaic Artist – Interview with Eva Nagy


Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer, but Chiron is much more complex than that. In astrology, Chiron represents our initial wounding which if embraced, transforms into our greatest gift

You may wonder why we need to suffer in order to access this great gift that we are all born with. Think about all the masterpieces of this world. 

Great painters who choose art despite any health or financial difficulties, athletes that break their muscles – and world records – all the time, heroes who sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal.

None of these people were born that way. Van Gogh was not born a painter, the athlete was not born agile and the hero was not born courageous.

If you dig into their biographies, you oftentimes find that there were some difficulties these people went through early in their lives.

These difficulties became fuel for their later achievements. It’s in the struggle that we find a higher meaning, that we push the boundaries of what is possible, that we become better and better human beings.

Just like the flu gives our immunity system a boost, in the same way, our wounds are Universe’s loving way of helping us grow and evolve. If you look back in your life, you see that all the pain you’ve been through has been a blessing in disguise.
Instead of running away from problems, stay with them. Try to understand what the Universe is trying to tell you. Something amazing is waiting on the other side, if you don’t hide away from your wound.

In astrology, Chiron represents the process of identifying your wound (Wounded Healer), healing it (Shaman), and then transcending it and transforming it into a gift (Alchemist).

A wound remains a wound if you hide it. A wound becomes a gift if you embrace it.
But what is a gift? A special talent? An opportunity? Something you get by chance? Something you are born with? Or something that is cultivated?

The most common way we leave our mark on this world is through our work. We have a job, we contribute, we put in the effort, and eventually, we get rewarded – monetarily or in other ways.

In the past, when work was hard, the definition of work was “Something you do to get paid and earn a living, an effort you wouldn’t put otherwise”.
Although this definition still stands true for most of us, nowadays we also want to derive meaning from our work: we want to contribute, we want to create value, we want to know that what we’re doing matters.

Chiron And Our True Vocation – From The 6th House To The 10th House
In astrology, work is represented by the 6th house, while the career or the vocation is represented by the 10th house.

The 6th house is what you do for a living.

The 10th house is your contribution to the world, the highest expression of who you are.

It all makes sense if we understand the meaning of the houses relative to the position of the Sun.

The 6th house is where the Sun has set, is the dusk. In the 6th house is where you are literally – and metaphorically – giving away your light. When you’re trading work hours for money, that’s your 6th house.

The 10th house happens at mid-day, when the Sun is at the highest point in the sky, shining at its brightest. This is where you shine your light fully, and effortlessly.

The 10th house is our vocation, but we cannot find our vocation unless we put some work first (6th house).

This is how Chiron works too. If you want to shine your light, you have to give it away first, just like the Sun sets into the night.

There’s nothing wrong with the 6th house, on contrary, a strong 6th house shows a no-Ego, responsible and compassionate individual. But this doesn’t mean we have to ignore the 10th house, our vocation.

If you don’t shine your light, like the Sun does at mid-day, you will soon be left with no energy and zest for life. Too much 6th house type of work and your health starts to suffer. That’s why the 6th house also rules health!

We are all born to leave our mark on this world, to shine our light in one way or another.

Chiron Conjunct The Midheaven – The Artist’s Way

To illustrate the beauty of moving away from the 6th house into one’s true vocation, I would like to share with you Eva Nagy’s story. Eva is an absolutely brilliant mosaic artist, who has found her true vocation around the time of her Chiron return.

Eva’s Chiron is exactly conjunct her Midheaven. Chiron conjunct the Midheaven represents a calling to become Chiron, to shine our light through Chiron, to share our Chiron gift with the world.

Eva was not always a mosaic artist. Beforehand, she was an editor. And although she was very good at what she was doing, at some point she found it rather pointless in the big picture, and this is when she discovered she was drawn to mosaic art.

Eva is a Cancer rising with Sagittarius ruling her 6th house of work. Sagittarius rules publishing and foreign languages, so no wonder Eva’s work gravitated around this industry.

Moreover, the ruler of her 6th house, Jupiter is in Virgo in the 3rd house. The 3rd house is the house of communication, and Virgo loves to pay attention to details. This combination makes indeed for a great editor. That’s her 6th house story.
What about the 10th house? Eva’s Chiron is exactly conjunct her Midheaven (the 10th house) in Pisces. When Eva had her Chiron return, she felt compelled to embrace her true vocation in the fields of art and healing (Chiron in Pisces). This is when she discovered mosaic art.

If you’re approaching your Chiron return (around the age of 50-51) you may too feel compelled to embrace your vocation.

Once she has embraced her Chiron, her contribution to the world has become a masterpiece. Since then, Eva has produced numerous prize-winning mosaic sculptures.

When you look at Eva’s wonderful mosaic art sculptures you can sense Chiron’s gift at work.

This is one of her wonderful mosaic sculptures called “Shelter”. After Eva immersed herself into astrology, she has retitled it “Sun in the 4th house”. Eva’s Sun is in Libra and in the 4th house.

I’m sure you will enjoy this interview, and I hope it will inspire you to embrace your true vocation. Make sure you check out Eva’s amazing art (you can find her Instagram account at the end of the interview)

Chiron Story – Interview With Eva Nagy, Mosaic Artist

Astro Butterfly: What’s your story? Can you tell a little about yourself?

Eva: “I’m a Hungarian-born woman in my early 50s, a published author with an advanced degree in foreign languages who lost her identity built on words and found her true voice in art.”

Astro Butterfly: Chiron, the wounded healer, plays a very important role in your chart. What was your wounding experience?

Eva: “The wound first happened in college when I was told that the language degree I had been working so hard for was going to be useless by the time I got it.”

Astro Butterfly: What were your first attempts to heal the wound?

Eva: “My reaction was that after college I moved to the US with an American man I fell in love with. There, I was faced with a serious culture shock and wounds at work, which I always attempted to heal with a new relationship, working harder, and becoming a people-pleaser, all the while being less and less sure of myself. It all culminated in illness that severely affected my ability to speak, write, and think clearly. I hid from the world.”

Astro Butterfly: When did you have the breakthrough? How did you discover your creative vocation? How did you use mosaic art to turn the initial wound into something greater?

Eva: “When I was left with nothing, I could be anything. Caring people around me created a space in which I could change my view of myself. They showed me that you don’t need a degree or even words to speak from your heart. I had my hands and my imagination and a desire to connect with others. It manifested in a mosaic wall in our backyard that I made with broken tiles and a host of different objects that neighbors gave me. This was the first step.”

Astro Butterfly: Your Chiron is conjunct the Midheaven. The Midheaven is the highest point in our charts, and represents our vocation, our purpose in life. Chiron conjunct the Midheaven will ask the individual to “become” Chiron, to find a vocation or a career that is connected to healing or to the healing arts. How does this Chiron conjunct the Midheaven play out in your life?

Eva: “Over time I found that my mosaics, especially the ones I installed in homes, act like a hearth, something more than a piece of decoration. They seem to make people smile and wonder. Even in my darkest days, what I created spoke of sunshine and ease, and I wasn’t trying to achieve that.”

Astro Butterfly: What advice would you give other people who go through a wounding experience? How can others transcend pain and suffering and become an alchemist, just like you?

Eva: “My advice is not to get too attached to your identity. Be brave enough to fully experience your life, your ever-changing “self,” and when you stop being afraid to do that, when you stop trying to fix it, just observe it with compassion for yourself and others, you will find healing. Honesty is key. So is patience.”

Astro Butterfly: In 2018, you participated in “Your deepest wound, your greatest gift” Chiron course. The course inspired you to draw a girl in a wheelchair and no arms, painting with her lips. The dots are the true positions of the stars in the constellation of Centaurus. What’s the story of your sketch, and what does it symbolize?

Eva: “I like stargazing and always wondered how ancient cultures came up with the names for constellations when to me they looked totally different. I’m also moved tremendously by people who paint using their toes and mouth for hands. Finally, the life and death of Stephen Hawking must have been in my subconscious as well.”

“The Chiron course, among lots of aha moments, gave me an impetus to reimagine traditional myths and symbols such as Centaurus. What do I see in him? How am I him or he me? What do you do when you can’t walk and have no arms? What is your arrow that you send out then?”

By Astro Butterfly


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