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This is a post about taking stock of my life. Where am I at? How content am I? What can I change to manifest my needs?
As an astrologer, there is a nice structure already created, which represents a person’s life – a birth chart. Therefore by going thru the areas of life represented by my chart, or more specifically by its houses (each astrological house represents a broad area of life), I can become clearer about where I am content and where I’d like to make some changes.
Let’s get started:
1st represents relationships, inner hidden personality, conditioning from our parents, etc. This is a very complex area for some people as it is difficult to change fundamental aspects of ourselves (like inherited health). Personally I think it is possible to change these areas, but it takes time and dedication. So let’s move on to an area that is more “outside” of us.
2nd house is what we value most. This is a very subjective category – but in our materialistic culture, most people value money, so that is included here. Personally I value my family, and more, I value my sangha and community of supportive friendships. I also value intimate relationships, so I have already mentioned several things potentially “outside” of myself which I want to change in this new year.
First, I am tired of being lonely and of waiting for my karma to manifest an appropriate partner for me. Therefore I am considering using a Buddhist online matchmaking service. Second I want to be able to be more joyfully social this upcoming year, so I really need to look at whether or not I can keep my 40 – 50 hr / week job. If I am too exhausted to meet any of my extracurricular needs, then I may need to change!
3rd house has to do with several things, like our non-parental family members, our community (neighbors, our neighborhood, our city) but mainly the strangers around us – friends show up later. The third house has to do with our local transportation as well – our cars and other vehicles. Finally, this is the house of communication, including dreams (here is a subconscious communication). How am I doing here? Pretty good, although I would love to be in a monthly process dream group. Here again though we come back to time.
4th house is our parental family (usually mother), our feelings and needs around domestic wants, and this is the most hidden of houses (midnight of the soul), which means any planets in residence in our 4th houses need to be analyzed carefully. This is generally the house of the maternal lineage. Am I content here? My family (mother and step-father really) are doing some incredible healing work right now, so I am quite pleased here.
5th house is self expression, creativity, children, speculation and love affairs. I’m doing okay here except I don’t have time for creativity. But if I did, what would I change? And love affairs are fun, but I am looking more for an appropriate partner. Therefore no more need for any “love at first sight” craziness. I’d rather gradually build trust and lovingness.
6th house is work, discipline, personal choices about health / exercise, and service. This is where a lot of my energy is these days, so I am working tons. I would prefer to not feel a sense of deprivation though which tends to cause me to stick with a job even if it is time to move on… need to ponder that one.
7th house is the capital “R.” Relationships! I want an appropriate one. appropriate age, appropriate life experience, appropriate grounding and practicality, appropriate vocation. But if I have to wait another year, it’s okay. 🙂 goodness knows I easily distract myself from feeling my heart’s yearning.
8th house is extremely complex for some people (including me) but I feel I am doing a good job of changing, transforming and purifying my negative karma. It is also the house of our partner’s money, and it represents an underworld journey of sorts. No problem! (says this ascetic yogi)
9th house is higher education, learning foreign languages, cultures and traveling to new worlds. It represents stretching the mind. This is where I need to persevere and not waiver about. It is my intention to attend JFK University in the fall, so I need to get that application in the mail. Then once I have an advanced degree, then other goals are more realistic.
10th house is giving back to the tribe, our vocation, our profession and our reputation before the public. At present I am working a ton, but I would like to offer more astrology interpretations to paying clients, as well as more bodywork treatments. So I’d like to work smarter not harder.
11th house is a closer community than the third. This is friendships, sponsors, patrons and community organizing. It is a very progressive, interconnected area of our lives. I think I’d like more time to cultivate this domain but otherwise I am doing just fine.
12th house is service and work with charities or large institutions (prisons, working with mentally disabled or physically disabled people, hospitals, etc). This is also the house of self undoing – do we work against ourselves in any way? How are we our own worst enemy? Finally this is also the house of inappropriate fears. My only inappropriate fear as far as I know, besides my fear of heights, is my feeling of deprivation or my sense of lack. Do I have a fear of making an easy, sustained income? Who did I inherit this from? How can I change it? I’m working on it and I have some good leads – someone recently recommended the book, “The Artist’s Way” which I am looking forward to getting into.
So all in all I am doing okay, but I hope some of my intentions for 2013 come true (and I am dedicated to making real changes to ensure they do). Yay! 🙂
Thank you for reading.