In 2020, while I was time rich, I was guided to map the astrology wheel to the acupuncture points. Although these two systems may seem at odds, what emerged was a picture of the self that can help us to navigate our lives more consciously.
I work with Ellias Lonsdale’s Chandra Symbols for each degree of the astrology wheel. I find that these symbols resonate deeply with me and personally gave me a view of myself that I had never seen in other types of astrology and astrological symbols. I felt validated on a much deeper level when I read the symbols, which led to a greater acceptance of certain traits.
By looking at, and working with, the acupuncture points according to where they sit in our chart we can get a picture of the type of health issues that might emerge as a result of blocks in our path, progress or resistance to change. A Peace Space colour mandala relates to each acupuncture point and this can give us greater understanding of the spiritual change we might need to make in order to ease our passage through life and become more aligned with our soul purpose. Many points also have an essence as well, so we can also use the plant energies to support us through possible shifts.
Lately I’ve found myself waking at 5am. I’m not just a little bit awake where I can roll over and go back to sleep – I’m wide awake and getting up to do yoga. Yesterday I gave myself a balance. 5-7am relates to the large intestine, common emotions found here are grief, guilt and letting go. The emotion for me was grief. I’ve been aware of the grief, but was not able to release it. The point that tested up was large intestine # 6 Side Passage. This point relates to dryness (I’ve been very thirsty) and feelings of loss and grief. It is also the luo point to the lung meridian and can be seen as “providing an external vent through which lung stagnation whether it be emotional (grief) or physical (phlegm), can exit one’s being”. (Jarrett, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, p596)
The energenetic symbol that sits at this point is blue/amber, the other side of the coronavirus symbol amber/blue which I’ve written about here. ”With this experience you will be required to master the strength you carry so your authority and authenticity will have to be controlled with balance…The passing of this fear associated with past learnings will close out the shadow that walks with you, and allow new strands of hope and aspiration to rise up within you.”
After two years of living in limbo due to the virus and the restrictions we have been placed under, there is a lot of grief in need of release. Grief for the people we couldn’t visit, for the funerals we couldn’t attend, for the loss of our dreams, our jobs, our inclusion in society. For the people we are unable to talk to because our understanding and experience of this time are so vastly different. Grief for those affected by flood, war and now the constant sound of ambulances as more people succumb to the harm caused by a medical trial.
So, I’m back to placing my attention on The Key of Faith and trusting that “another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. “(Arundhati Roy). Part of me is already there.
At the moment we seem to be sitting at a pivotal time in history. I wrote about zeolite earlier in relation to yellow where we seem to have been working for some time, learning to stand in our truth with calm integrity. In the Peace Space work, zeolite actually sits on white ray with mandala # 5 The Cusp of a Coup.
This helps to move us out of the lower mental and into the higher abstract mental plane. Once we have moved through the soul/spirit connection in yellow/yellow, we can step into the clearer air of white – “the energy well of the free spirit”. The Cusp of a Coup…”will help you to travel safely through many levels of your awareness – the physical, the emotional, the astral, the causal, the mental and the psychological. It has a very strong shunting ability. It will shift you into change very quickly and then into a profound and far reaching spiritual growth. What has been waiting to emerge in your productive cause now opens like a curtain at the theatre. Once the lights are on and your creativity commences, this mandala will help you concentrate very fully on what your are to do and achieve.
The zeolite stone “absorbs and transmutes forms of calcification which block the flow of ethereal fluidium from your source of spiritualised energy and prevent it from reaching your cellular levels.” It cleanses on the physical and etheric levels, helping to shift viral and mental intrusion. The zeolite essence that I’ve made “allows for the release of toxins associated with the repression of soul/spirit connection and expression. In acceptance of self comes true healing. In softening the self we become the embodiment of soul expression.”
This mandala sits at Central Vessel # 21 Jade Pivot/ North Star, which helps to descend stomach and lung qi – yellow (the staircase to your spiritual sanctuary) and magenta (the ray of your will to unconditionally accept and love all universal life forms), respectively. Thus it is connected to the function of the triple heater meridian, the flow of spirit. The neck starts to turn from this point, perhaps freer movement here indicates a freer flow of spirit into action.
In astrological terms this sits at Aries # 21 the chandra symbol for this point is:
Pastel flags fluttering in the breeze. Calling attention to yourself, making a show of things, demonstrating a path to follow. Strongly urging that others move in the directions you are initiating. Persuasive, insistent, reiterative. Playful and twinkling on the outside but entirely intent on the inside. Pushing and pulling for optimal outcomes. Eloquent, ideological. You tend to be fanatical or zealous, pressing outwards, far outwards. Identified with a style, a sensibility, a progressive evolutionary wave, you are sharply on the spot of pivotal changes. Calling the collective attention to what comes next on the horizon. Greatly gifted with the talents of transmission. Nothing else distracts you from the leitmotif of making the new attractive and sparking encouragement, empowerment, and destiny momentum with elan and utter dedication. (Ellias Lonsdale, Inside Degrees)
I’m hoping we are entering a time now where we can begin to get a higher perspective on our world. If we can move out of the lower mental realm and into the higher abstract mental plane, then perhaps we can confront our shadow selves with honesty and move beyond that into a more productive and creative future.
For me, zeolite sits with the Peacespace Yellow/Yellow energenetic symbol which is about the “putting into practice your spiritual way of being.”
This symbol sits at Stomach 26 acu point, Outer Mound, which “can help nourish our spiritual journey as the acquired constitution is summoned to complement the innate constitution” (Jarrett, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, p.629). Here Jing (essence) and Ling (spirit) meet, fueling the expression of our purpose into the world.
The stomach is part of the middle burner – the transformative fire of the three heater meridian, the crucible perhaps. In the bigger picture of energy flow around the body, source energy (yuan qi) enters via the central and governing meridians and is stored at the mingmen, gate of destiny. Yuan qi is then spread through the body via the san jiao or triple heater meridian. This meridian is described as a sac that contains the organs of the body providing a protective barrier from invading pathogens. It exists in the interstitial spaces and links the interior and exterior body systems. It’s meridian pair, the pericardium or heart protector, performs a similar function for the heart. The two can be seen as “gateways to an energetic environment that is not limited by the boundaries of form and they don’t just intersect – they intertwine and become identical, leading to timelessness. This deep interior connection is a boundary where the particular human energies meet and become the more absolute energies of the cosmos.” (apologies to the author – I’ve lost the reference)
The lower burner is our elimination and discrimination, the upper burner is our inspiration, our breath and the middle burner is the transformative crucible where the fuel to drive our purpose lives. When this is compromised, and pathogens have invaded, our whole system can be weakened and thus our ability to function in the world is affected. When toxins or pathogens are expelled and our body nourished we can enter a more balanced expression of soul and spirit, and move into this sense of timelessness, connecting with the cosmos with greater fluidity and so stepping into a space where we can “become beyond”.
The solar plexus chakra – also yellow- is the seat of our personal power, power in the sense of our capacity of taking responsibility for ourselves (not power over others). This is perhaps best understood in the form of archetypes. The archetypes that sit at the solar plexus chakra are the Servant and the Warrior. (Ambika Waters, Chakras and their Archetypes). The dysfunctional archetype the servant is someone who “is not not rewarded appropriately for all it does…this archetype relinquishes its personal power and emotional needs in order to win acknowledgement and approval”. The functional archetype – the warrior-“focuses our strength and our ability to assert our right to be the best person we know how to be. This means doing what gives us joy and allowing ourselves to fully express our gifts and abilities and also to say “no” when necessary.”
With some (or all) of these tools described above, we can support ourselves to shift into a stronger expression of self in the world – one that allows us to stand in our truth with calm integrity rather than self effacement or aggression. In other words to stand in our personal power.
Over the last months of sitting with the amber/blue key of faith symbol I’ve observed in myself, and others, a big internal shift – a movement through old fears and towards stepping our own truth with greater authority and authenticity.
The next step that I’m being shown is the turquoise/magenta diamond.
The diamond helps to align personal will with divine intent. The turquoise/magenta diamond “will recreate your association with your original pattern of giving birth to your potential in the physical realm of your Earth existence.”
This symbol sits at Triple Heater # 8 meeting point of the small intestine, large intestine and triple heater meridians. “It helps mediate the functional relationship between assimilation and letting go as governed by the small and large intestine, respectively.” Working with this point can lead to a shift towards “clarity and sincerity as (his) communications become less tainted by bitterness and disdain.” (Jarrett, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, p.488)
The turquoise colour sits with Redemption, an essence that helps us when life has pushed us too hard and we seem to have lost our way. Where once we would have held back and hidden our light, now we can let its glow gently light up ourselves and the path ahead. The Memory essence sits with magenta and helps us to release negative emotions and memories from the past. At this point we need to remember, review and resolve these issues in order to gain fortitude – literally “a strength and firmness of mind” – the strength to continue. This resolution of the past will allow the movement forward to begin again, this time with greater depth and integration of experience.
In order to forge a new and more positive future for the world we need to ground our new understanding into a more positive expression of our own individual truth. This expression needs to be communicated with a genuine respect for the truth of another, a difficult thing when someone else’s truth seems to be completely opposed to our own. If we can discuss issues in a way that acknowledges difference and accept that different viewpoints lead to a richer cultural exchange, then perhaps we can create a less polarised world – sometimes both truths are valid.
The Amber/Blue symbol, “the key of faith”, is the symbol for coronaviruses in the Peace Space mode to healing that informs my work. It is about moving past the suffering we have endured in this or other lifetimes and pursuing our soul’s work with hope. It is about breaking through the fear that holds us back from becoming what we aspire to be. It says “if you close the door to the burdening pattern of these many lifetimes, you will begin to experience the enlivenment of one who, after a long journey, sees the lights of home in the near distance.”
This symbol sits on the Bladder 10 acu point. This point, Celestial Pillar, is a window to heaven point and meeting point of the bladder, small intestine, gallbladder and triple heater channels. Lonny Jarrett describes it’s virtues as follows:
Connects us to an inner pillar of strength.
Empowers the transcendence of fear.
“As a window point, Bl-10 can empower a healthy relationship to our fears by placing us in contact with a sense of strength at the very core of our beings. Hence, faith in ourselves, and in heaven as the ultimate support of our lives, can be restored. ” (Jarrett, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, p383)
The essence that sits here, at the occipital chakras, in my work is Clarity, which helps us to find the inner vision necessary for understanding our life path. It says “after the dross of the past has been released or cleared away the limits we impose on our power can be released from their suppressed state and brought to light. We can now turn to the future with renewed hope and joy.” It sits at the level of individuation where we learn to stand in our own personal truth.
If we can move past our fears borne of past suffering then perhaps we can step into our work, our true work, in a deeper way. The internal space that the virus has created has allowed me to bring the threads of my work together in a more complete way and given me the time to study and make new connections between themes in different healing modalities. I’ve also been experiencing fear of an unknown future and deep anger about arbitrary restrictions that don’t make much sense. And older, deeper anger about things I can’t even access. The key of faith symbol seems to be helping me to gain a higher perspective enabling me to move through this fear and anger, hopefully into greater clarity.
In my work the throat chakra is overlaid by the blue ray – the ray of your social cause. Blue is about what you are called to do spiritually with your life.
Blue aligns with the thyroid gland, so it supports our immune system and helps us to overcome viruses. I’ve been working with Blue Ray because of the sore throat issues and also persistent swollen glands. When I looked at the swollen glands using kinesiology I was taken back to distant relationships where I hadn’t spoken my truth – I’d suppressed anger, hurt and betrayal – I really didn’t know how to express these things at the time.
I started writing this post months ago, but never finished it because I’ve had unreliable internet since I was forced onto the NBN. I could not resolve this issue with the company I was with – they would not fix the line. They just sent me new modems, three in total. I repeatedly told them that this was not a modem problem it was a line problem. They wouldn’t listen. And I could not make myself heard, they only responded to complaints if I yelled at them (very stressful) and even then wouldn’t investigate properly. Anyway, I changed to another company and the problem was instantly resolved just by being connected to a different point at the node.
So I’ve been thinking more about the throat chakra, about feeling not heard and about pushing to get a result. Being assertive did not resolve the internet problem, sidestepping the issue and taking another route did. The change needed here was to find another way, not to fix the road I was on. This chakra is also about creative expression, purification, rhythm and the media as a forum for communication.
The throat chakra operates at the level of Divine Will, and aligns us with place and purpose. A balanced throat chakra allows us to move into the flow of Divine Will. By overcoming the demands of the childish small will we can move into a larger flow, we can stop pushing, trying, and allow things to materialise . “What many of us lack in our lives is this resonant rhythm, the integrating aspect that connects us from the very core of our being to the heartbeat of the universe. Consequently, we are at odds with the world and with ourselves . we lack co-ordination, cohesiveness and grace.”(Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith)
I hope I’m moving into more co-ordination now. It is such a relief to turn on my computer and instantly connect to the internet – a huge stress has been resolved. I can even write this post – an expression of my social cause and the blue ray.
It’s almost mid winter and we should be taking some time out in front of the fire and slowing down. My Winter post from last year can give you more information on the Water Element and the kidney and bladder meridians. Nurture yourself with warming winter soups and stews. Allow yourself to relax and regenerate, don’t keep pushing on when you are tired. Resting now will enable you to be ready for action in Spring.
This very simple technique is also very powerful and it’s something that you can easily learn to do for yourself and others. Quite simply, the points in the picture below are gently held, either with the whole hand (easier than exactly locating the points) or with two fingers on each point.
For your own personal use you can hold these points while focusing of any situation that you are finding stressful. Call the situation to mind, think of how it makes you feel, any colours, smells or sounds associated with the issue. Remember to breathe while you are holding the points. You could also put an essential oil on your fingertips for greater relaxation.
You could now imagine how you would like the situation to be. Continue holding the points until you lose focus on the issue.
Now revisit the original stressful situation and see how it feels. Has it changed? Has the emotional charge reduced?
I once did ESR for my small niece when she fell off a swing. I held the points (whole hand over the forehead) and said to her “what happened”, she gave me a blubbery, incoherent answer. I continued to hold the points saying “what happened” a few times, then she took a deep breath, calmed down and went back to playing. The stress of the incident had been released. It is great to use with stressed children.
The points we are working with here are Gall Bladder 14. This is a neuro vascular point for many muscles in the body, including muscles that relate to the Central, Stomach and Bladder meridians.
Over the last year I have been developing a chakra clearing and balancing technique for the major and minor chakras. I work with the chakras that relate to my essences, clearing the front and rear of the chakra and supporting any work with essences, tinctures and colour. This technique allows for greater groundedness, more connection to spirit and better flow of energy around the body. It is nurturing and relaxing.
I am now offering these sessions to clients. Please allow 1 1/2 hours for each session – we may not work for that long but I prefer to have ample time to work deeply and slowly.