How to Align With Planetary Energies
Astrology is one of the world’s oldest sciences. It’s brushed off by many as nonsense, but many more believe that our lives can be enhanced by the positions of the stars. One way this can be accomplished is by tuning our minds into the planetary energies. Each planet holds a different energy aspect, and we can strengthen our own resolve by focusing in on each.
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Meditate on the Planets
With meditation, we focus on calming our mind and opening ourselves up to the knowledge of the universe, yet if we take a few moments and focus in on a certain planet, we can reap the benefit of the energy or aspect that it represents. We can influence everything from our thoughts, to transforming ourselves, to our beliefs, but it won’t happen overnight. As with most processes where our aim is to change or enhance our life, it takes time.
I’ve found that meditating for just a short period of time while focusing on our planetary body is sufficient.
To start, meditate as you normally do. If you’ve never tried to meditate, I suggest getting some practice in first before attempting this exercise. Having a focused mind is essential.
Learn to meditate on Gaia with the Here & Now: Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
When you are in a calm state, envision the planet above your head orbiting in space. Picture it in your mind. I’ve used a photo on my laptop to get a clear image in my mind. See the planet in all its glory as it shimmers and pulses with energy. Each planet has a corresponding colour. See the planet shimmer and pulse with that color as well. Now, picture a beam of light in the corresponding color shoot out from the planet and shine down on you. Feel the energy of the planet cover your body. Sit in this glow for five or 10 minutes. When you’re ready, see the beam of light rise back up toward the planet.
How to Harness Planetary Energies
To keep the planet’s energy with you throughout the day, carry a small trinket of some kind that represents the planet. Crystals are very good for reinforcing the planetary energies.
Over the next few articles, I will introduce you to the planetary energies and provide you with information on how to use them. In this first article, let’s talk about the Sun and Mercury.
The giver of life, the sun is at the heart of our lives on a daily basis. We cannot live without the sun, and it’s no surprise that it represents the vitality of life. It is the center of our world, and when we welcome the sun’s energy, we are welcoming our own strength, vitality and personal power.
To keep the sun’s energy with you all through the day, consider carrying or wearing a stone or crystal associated with this planet.
Crystals associated with the Sun
- quartz crystal
- tiger eye
Orange stones are also associated with the sun.
Note: sunstone (while aptly named) is used more to enhance sexual energy.
The sun is also associated with the third or throat chakra.
The closest planet to the Sun, Mercury is the fastest of the celestial bodies, taking just 88 days for one whole rotation around the Sun. Seen as the messenger of the gods, Mercury represents communication in all aspects. If you wish to communicate with someone, focus on Mercury’s energy. If you cannot find the proper words to express yourself, use the energy of Mercury to clear the fog and say what is on your mind. For any and all forms of communication, you will find the words to express yourself with the Mercury’s energy.
Crystals associated with Mercury
- mottled jasper
Yellow stones are associated with communications and can be used to help to channel Mercury’s energy.
Mercury is also associated with the fifth or solar plexus chakra.
If you wish to enhance planetary energies even more, there are certain times of the day that are best suited for each planet. It’s different for each part of the world. There are helpful charts available online to determine the planetary hour. You can edit the city, country and time to your specific area.
Welcome to the 2019 Earth Pig Year
On February 5, we leave the Earth Dog and enter the 2019 year of the Earth Pig, closing a major 60-year cycle in the Chinese calendar — it takes 60 years to roll through every animal sign and element in both yin and yang aspects. 2019 brings us Ji Hai, the Yin Earth Pig. The last Ji (yin earth) Hai (pig) was 1959, so those born in that year are celebrating their 60th birthdays.
Characteristics of the altruistic Pig are optimism, gentleness, kindness, and honesty. The Chinese believe that the barnyard pig’s temperament is much like humans, as pigs enjoy listening to music, and are highly intelligent. Zodiac Pigs also enjoy luxury, comfort, and good food.
Ten Heavenly Stems, Twelve Earthly Branches
Ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, in combination with the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, determine the qualities of a given year. The heavenly stems are derived from the elements of the Chinese quinary, or five-element system. Each element has a “yin” and “yang” aspect — passive and active — that make up the ten heavenly stems. For example, yin water (gui water) is represented by gentle rain, clouds, mist, dew, fog, and small streams and rivulets. Yang water (ren water) is lakes, oceans, and rivers. Yang water is in continual motion. The 12 animals are the earthly branches.
In 2019, the yin earth element (think of nurturing garden soil — gentle, maternal, supportive) combines with the pig or boar, associated with water; yin earth over water. While earth over water would normally be conflicted, the yin aspect of earth softens the relationship, bringing more harmony. That said, this is still an unstable combination (earth over water), so harmony is tenuous and delicate. The Pig’s water below can break through the flimsy yin earth above.
Some experts believe that the combination of fragile, yin earth over water could bring earthquakes, landslides, flooding — even sinkholes. The last time this heavenly stem (yin earth) and earthly branch (pig) met was 1959, when an historic earthquake (7.2) in Yellowstone Park permanently altered the regional landscape. A 7.9 earthquake in Kamchatka, Russia devastated that region, and the Malpasset Dam in Southern France collapsed. Taiwan and New Zealand had major 7.2 and 7.3 quakes. Chinese astrologers would suggest keeping your seatbelts fastened if you live in earthquake-prone zones.