Earth Astrology – Snake

Snake is the totem animal
within Sun Bear’s Earth astrology that corresponds
with the Sun Astrology sun of Scorpio.

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Just off the top of your head, what do you know about snakes?

Snakes, with their bellies so close to the ground, teach us how to align our heart beat and energies with Grandmother Earth’s, to be grounded, to gather knowledge with all of our senses, to slither gracefully and sensually (with our full body) through life, and to not worry about danger unless it is right in front of us.

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Snake, especially the rattlesnake, is the teacher of the nagual (spiritual) enemies of fear and death, protector of all the teacher plants and the healing herbs, and holds the secrets of spiritual sexuality, of Quodoushka. Snake, along with the raven and crow, is a teacher of the Twenty Count, in that the sigils of the Twenty Count and the four Worlds are carried on its back. Along with communicating telepathically with other animals, snake is the protector of women’s lodges, and warns when you are out of alignment with the plant and mineral world. Snake is also the keeper of alignment with Grandfather Sun as it sheds its skin yearly.  And, they are very adaptive to their environment.

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Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, and on most smaller land masses; exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, the Hawaiian archipelago, and the islands of New Zealand.  Most species are nonvenomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense.

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Autonomy

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A couple of days ago, we posted about Freedom, one of the three primary tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path focuses on fostering.

In addition to what was posted earlier, if you look up “freedom” in Webster’s Dictionary, the definition states:

Freedom – the quality or state of being free: such as

  1. the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
  2. liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
  3. the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
  4. the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
  5. boldness of conception or execution
  6. the power or condition of acting without compulsion

The Oxford Dictionary references two philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jean Paul Sartre: “‘Freedom for Hegel is not freedom to do as we please; it consists in having a free mind.’; ‘For Sartre the necessity of freedom is paramount in his thinking.’”

FREEDOM, within the SMSD Path, is the letting go of constricting beliefs, the shedding of all our barriers and reservations, and the diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER. This is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment.

Let’s look at the importance of Autonomy.
Interestingly, there are not a lot of quotes about autonomy.

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” ― Daniel H. Pink

“The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one’s own path, not that of the crowd.” ― Nicholas Tharcher, Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” ― Madeline L’Engle

“There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

According to the Webster Dictionary, autonomy is the quality or state of being self-governing especially, the right of self-government, or the self-directing freedom and especially moral independence.  Oxford Dictionary, referencing Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, defines autonomy as the capacity of an agent to act in accordance with objective morality rather than under the influence of desires.

When a student embraces the Warrior’s Path, the journey must be approached as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. We must hold in our hearts the knowledge that there is only one true way or route to this shrine — COMMITMENT and DISCIPLINE.  We take to the road with certainty and strong Will and Intent to reach the goal. As we proceed, however, other roads that seem to be more attractive, more enjoyable, more socially acceptable, more physically (economically) rewarding or merely easier or shorter will always appear. In our confusion, it may soon appear as though the other roads better match the superficial appearance of what we think the path “ought” to look like. Instead of following our “true” route to the “shrine”, we then find ourselves wandering in all directions with our energy scattered, racing after what entertains us at the moment and losing the possibility of reaching the shrine.

Embodying autonomy, our ability to be self-governing agents in, of and for our own lives, provides the strength and fortitude to follow our internal moral compass and to stand resolute rather than be influenced by the desires of others or even our own fleeting whims.  We become leaders, positive image-makers, and sacred humans who are part of the solution.

By committing to walking the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home.

Are you ready to discover your own inner spiritual warrior?
Discover how at http://www.dtmms.org

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Freedom

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What does freedom mean to you?  Here’s a few thoughts from others…

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”  Pope John Paul II

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”  John F. Kennedy

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ― Jim Morrison

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”  ― Bob Dylan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  ― Ronald Reagan

Freedom is one of three tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path focuses on fostering. Embodying freedom requires the dedication of a warrior’s commitment to personal excellence and collective change.  Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, this process involves taking the student far from the comfortable, familiar environment she/he is used to and exposing her/him to experiences that demand resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to find and establish the proper weapons/tools of success.  These tools support balance in the five aspects of being human (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual).

Ironically, submitting oneself intentionally to the potential of frustration and stress is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment. Because the wandering Warrior must face new, strange and sometimes startling differences in daily living, all comfortable habits and ruts must be given up for more appropriate behavior to meet the new circumstances.  Stepping into the unknown in this way provides opportunities for the warrior to see what is in front of them, to assess what resources (both inner and outer) are available, and to free-think a solution.

It is the shedding of all our barriers and reservations and diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER that is the Warrior’s goal during this quest. It is a time for letting go of constricting beliefs to gain FREEDOM.  The Warrior’s Way is exactly what the name implies; a way of directing the days of our life to better produce the likelihood of encountering those experiences that will lead to the enlightenment sought.

By embracing the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home. We discover our Inner Heart.

Are you ready to discover your own inner spiritual warrior?
Discover how at http://www.dtmms.org

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