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
amber carnelian citrine quartz crystal diamond pipestone sunstone tiger eye zircon
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
agate aventurine mottled jasper mica pumice
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.