Oak is quietly present. Majestic but unobtrusive.
Oak was one of the first plants I really felt. When Viridian, my daughter, was just a toddler we used to go to Piccolo Park in SE Portland. There are 3 ancient Oak trees surrounding the playground. I would find myself sitting under the tree leaned right up against the trunk, which is at least 4 feet across. Under the tree my thoughts were calm and clear, focused and grounded. But it was a cool day, so I moved out into the lawn past the edge of the shadow and quickly my thoughts found their way back to their busy, anxious trails contemplating all I had to do. I was so struck by this contrast that I moved back and forth, in and out from under the tree until I was certain that the tree itself had altered my thoughts, my feelings and my whole way of being.
After that I would frequent the park just to bask in the calm, cool, steady feeling under the oak. It wasn’t until years later that I found a similar effect from other plants. But the particular flavor of Oak peace is one I am always drawn back to.
Today I found myself on Mount Talbert wandering through the Doug Fir forest looking for a place to sit. As I rounded the NW corner of the hill I caught sight of the sun and veered off the path towards a patch of ferns. Then this massive Oak caught my attention and I just had to go to it. What a blessing.
Neptune is considered to be the great dissolver in astrology. In my chart Neptune sits right in the middle of my house of relationships (the 7th house) and opposite Mars.
My Mars is in Gemini in the first house, the house of the self. I enjoy communicating, am impulsive and start many projects. I am very energetic and self-assertive and I rarely retreat from a conflict. That’s a rough paraphrase of some key points from astro.com, a great site for free charts. I know it is more complex than that. But I’m sure this blog is in part sponsored by Mars in Gemini.
Neptune is in Sagitarius in the 7th house, the house of the reflected self or intimate relationships. The sign of noble Truth. That’s like a big, fat, stormy, foggy, ocean cloud sitting in front of God. All I want is to love and know God but first I must swim through the mist and dissolve all that stands in the way. In the meantime there are things that I just don’t understand.
“In front of something you can’t understand the easiest thing to do is to accuse the other… the most difficult ~ to love”
- Stray Birds, Harvey Freeman based on the teachings of Rabindranath Tagore
I read this passage today. I believe it was written just for me. I have found myself so many times in front of something I could not understand in my most intimate and precious relationships. And that Mars jumps right in, jumps to some great intellectual conclusion and points its finger at someone.
To learn to breathe deep and trust in that Divine Guidance through the veils of fog. That is what I am dancing with these days. Oh Neptune, help me to dissolve my arrogance and find Truth.
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I am a reflection of you.
You are a reflection of me.
It doesn’t matter which is ‘first’
I’ll keep shining love on the mirror
for both of us.
mayan greeting : “I am another yourself”