Well Mercury Retrograde is winding down, ending on the 15th of this month. I (we) have had that time to communicate inwardly and not outwardly. I write a blog so I have to write, go ahead, tweak my nose I guess. I've spent the better part of the last half of the year trying to salvage my old blog even with some downtime in the holiday, to this new URL before I redirect the old one. Bleep-Blop-Bloop, nerd talk, yes.
Boring? Maybe. Necessary? Absolutely.
It's been rubbing a sore spot in my mind since my lovely MacBook "Baby" crashed and I lost all of my information. I'm a soft-techie, I get that there is a massive amount of information that I don't know but I do have some pride in finding my way through these things with some good old fashioned exploration. It didn't work to save all of my hard work and information this last time around, but I've done my best to save what I can. It all works out in the end.
Anyway, new year, new site, re-direct the old in these last few weeks. Going back over, isn't that the Retrograde motion?
Communication, as ever, has been the cornerstone of the last few weeks. Not just with myself, but through the lens of self, watching as what should be communicated, finally comes out, or what was tucked away unfurls. It's been the "good, the bad, and the ugly" a few times just today but under the aspect of a regressing planetary influence, these things can come to the surface.
Keep the inner path in focus and a journal handy to record and reflect on what is being given at this time. That's my advice. There are gems in the moment that to garner. Truths served for the ready...
Part of me thinks that I just shouldn't be spilling any beans but there is an element of revelation that seems to be peaking for me in this turn of the planet of communication (among other things), and that is Truth with a capital "T".
Randomly I did a Google search with the word "Truth" in the search bar and the Catholic Encyclopedia popped up with an interesting definition.
"Truth (Anglo-Saxon tréow, tryw, truth, preservation of a compact, from a Teutonic base Trau, to believe) is a relation which holds (1) between the knower and the known — Logical Truth; (2) between the knower and the outward expression which he gives to his knowledge — Moral Truth; and (3) between the thing itself, as it exists, and the idea of it, as conceived by God — Ontological Truth. In each case this relation is, according to the Scholastic theory, one of correspondence, conformity, or agreement (adoequatio) (St. Thomas, Summa I:21:2)."(Referring link).
Though I am not an initiated and therefore practicing "Catholic", I found the paragraph compelling. Especially #3, "between the think itself, as it exists, and the idea of it..." seems to pop right into the front of my mind.
Perked. Sounds like what IS and what one BELIEVES it IS. hrm.
That tangent brings up a quote from a series of books I really enjoyed, "The Sword of Truth", by Terry Goodkind. In the series there are Wizards Rules, the first being one of the most poignient to me at this time:
|Wizard's First Rule: "People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it's true, or because they're afraid it might be true. Peoples heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool." (Chapter 36, Page #397 US Hard Cover)|
The Truth as we believe it and the truth that is, and the difference between. Gives my brow a little furrow. Chest fills with breath I, "Hmm..." at that. Ned (the Wizard spelling out the First Rule in the quote above), tho gruff, brings the issue of Truth to mind. Three issues of truth/communication that have been dropped on my desk. Beneath the microscope of the mind I'm thinking, "but wasn't that the way it was always going to play out / be told / come out?". Yet I ask myself, if Truth -from the Teutonic base Trau- is to "believe" then is there A Truth and The Truth?
If what I've personally perceived and journaled was correct, is that truth or just reality? Is reality the Truth and what is Reality? Is it mine, yours, or all of ours?
I said that three issues of communication and truth landed on my desk, they did figuratively speaking and they rolling around in my head. Energetically speaking I'm tasting each, sensing for what feels right, listening for when the bell tolls.
And it has... I hear the gong.
I don't kiss and tell, nor do I tell all unless it's life threatening, and only then usually to those who can most affect the situation, so this part of the blog is omitted. Thank you. Drive through. Come again. What I can say within all of these experiences is that when we really investigate the reality of a situation, above and beyond the telling of things, there is a flavor of Truth / Reality that is tangible to the mind.
Fear is a good precursor to a lie. Fear of discovery, fear of revelation, fear of the Reality as it happened versus what one wants to believe, to cement and make real over the earthy smell of what happened. In times before I think I could have been confused but as we grow and age, and for some of us as we take the inner path, feel and know, the trickster has less of a chance to pull the wool over our eyes and send us on a wild goose chase.
I also think that there is a benefit in knowing ones self. Through inner work we are teaching ourselves to trust our natural instinct versus the persuasive jangle of a ominous bell. Hearing the ring of Truth becomes clearer, a distinct sound that resonates with the deepest parts of our being. When we hear a cover up, a falsehood, a fabrication that attempts to cover "the Reality as it is", this vibration becomes smothering.
Ned, in the Wizards First Rule, says "people are stupid" then, "people will believe a lie because they want it to be true" and I think (regardless of the name calling) that this is true as well. Sometimes folks just don't want to face what has or is happening and they find comfort in an illusion, painting over the "what is" with "what I want you to believe" because their actions, thoughts, words or deeds were less than desirable to the beliefs they want to uphold.
And belief. Well that isn't Truth. To believe is not to know, it is to hope.
Truth isn't believing, it is seeing. Seeing what IS happening. What IS said. What IS known.
For me this is Truth enough, big T or little t, and I'll stick with that.
Stand in your truth. Stand in thoughts, actions, words, and deed. Watch as all other things are illuminated.
-- - - - Be well,
- Venus Retrograde: December 21, 2013 (starsbysam.wordpress.com)
- Full Cold Moon: Awakening & Integrating Truth (Dec. 17th, 2013) (revannika.wordpress.com)
- NorthPoint Astrology Journal: Your Guide to Planetary Energies for December 16-22, 2013, by Pam Younghans (jhaines6.wordpress.com)