Astrology of the Soul
by Linda Brady
Weight Off Wholistically
In order for us to be happy, we have to work long and hard to integrate mind, body and soul. People are diverse and complicated with many conscious and unconscious aspects. The parts that are unconscious tend to have power and control over our daily lives until we make them conscious. The inner child is a good example of the unconscious at work, as he or she often wrecks havoc on our health (and other areas of our lives) through poor choices. When we as adults become good parents to the inner child, we are able to live healthier, more conscious lives. The integration of child and adult resolves the mind – body paradigm. There is another piece to the integration, which is our connection to our divine power source, or soul. Listening to and following our inner guidance is the key to having the will and the determination to change our lives.
The Saturn in Virgo Journey
The Saturn in Virgo transit began on September 2, 2007 and will be in still be in effect through 2009. We have time to continue to create a healthy lifestyle, and to solidify what we have already planned and begun. This is also the time to create a positive relationship with our divine inner mother and our divine child.
We do not gain excessive weight and eat badly as adults. We know better. We eat badly when we eat unconsciously as children eat: “I want what I want, when I want it.” The Saturn in Virgo transit, if we use the opportunity to connect with our Divine Feminine, will enable us to discriminate the child’s voice from that of the rational adult, and it will also help us set boundaries that will help our inner children be healthy and happy.
Emotions are contained within the body and need to be accessed on a regular basis. The five basic emotions – mad, glad, sad, scared and ashamed – need to be recognized and appropriately expressed. We overeat when our feelings remain subconscious, like the feelings of children, especially children who are taught to repress their feelings. We grow up with the bad habit of denying how we feel, and in order to be healthy we need to unlearn that.
I tell my students, “Feel it before you eat it.” We eat to push down our feelings, and therefore we eat automatically and unconsciously. In essence, we are allowing our inner children to control our eating. If we take the time to feel and understand what we are feeling, we may still eat the candy, but we will know why we did it, and it is less likely to become an addictive pattern. Nurturing our inner children with love and compassion allows them not to want to be filled up with bad food, but to enjoy the occasional treat.
Virgo: Our Divine Mother
In ancient times the word Virgo, or virgin, implied an independent, fertile, self sufficient woman, which is quite different than the Christian definition of purity and celibacy. Virgo represents the inner Divine Feminine and the Divine Mother who springs forth from the earth. The time of Virgo is early fall when the harvest is reaped. She is the goddess of wheat and is usually seen holding a sheaf of wheat in her arms. In the form of Isis, Virgo lived amongst the common man as the goddess of agriculture and medicine. She was the epitome of sacred service, which is the natural calling for Virgo.
My Virgo Prayer
Every day I spend a few minutes saying my prayer to Virgo. I would like to share it with you. “Welcome to you, blessed Virgo, Divine Mother of the Divine Son, and Goddess of the Harvest to your sacred earth, as Saturn continues its journey through your constellation. It is through you that the intentional uniting of spirit and matter occurs. Through this marriage we are witnessing divinity planting its seed in Virgo. The results are sacred form and ultimately the manifestation of the kingdom of heaven on earth. It is through you, Virgo, that we become vessels of sacred service. It is through your connection to the sacred earth that we more clearly understand the mind, body and spirit aspects of the holistic Age of Aquarius.”
I have no planets in Virgo in my astrological chart. I have never been a healthy eater. I existed on cheeseburgers, French fries and Pepsi. I topped out at 267 pounds on a 5 foot five inch frame. I was obese and inactive with back problems and a cholesterol count over 330. I had trouble fitting into a size 24. It took everything I had to walk up stairs. I was 60 years old and looked older; in essence, I was dying and I knew it. Now, six years later, I weigh 140 pounds, walk up to 10 miles a day, line dance every week and can fit comfortably into a size 6 jean. I have dieted before in my life and lost over 200 pounds through my life, and I always gained it back with interest! Weight Off Wholistically – WOW- is the program that I developed six years ago that saved me on every level. I learned to bring Virgo into my life and was thrilled when Saturn, my personal karmic teacher, moved into this sign. Virgo is an earth sign, so this particular placement of Saturn is very much at home. Earth signs want to master the physical world. Earth rules the function of the five senses, which are sacred to the physical body. I wanted to honor my physical body as my sacred temple, so I got serious about creating a weight loss program that would actually work, and work long term.
A WOW Assessment
• Do you have a relationship with your inner child?
• Do you know why your inner child needs to eat?
• Have your embraced your adult self to create good boundaries for your inner child?
• Have you created healthy alternatives for your inner child?
• Have you integrated your mind, body and spirit?
• Do you celebrate your inner and outer beauty?
• Do you want to eliminate your addictions?
• Do you know how to channel spiritual power to augment your will and determination?
• Do you love exercise?
• Are you able to label, embrace and express the emotions that you eat to repress?
• Have you integrated your conscious and unconscious mind?
• Can you be empowered by proper breathing?
• Do you know the power and the use of mantras?
• Have you created a vision for your future self?
• Can you identify your unhealthy food habits?
• Do you make healthy food choices?
• How will you create and maintain conscious eating habits?
• How will you transform old belief systems that keep you fat?
If you answered NO to a majority of the above questions and you want to create a holistic life style, I invite you to join me on a new teleconference call dedicated to supporting you in creating a healthier, holistic life. I am a healthy, slim, joyful woman who is authentically and happily ready to share my strategies and techniques with you. I will use your astrological chart to discover old beliefs, karmic unconscious fears, and also assist you in discovering your soul mission and so much more. You will also have an opportunity each call to have a past-life hypnotherapy session with my husband, Michael Brady. He is a gifted and empathetic individual who can help you clear out past life garbage that is holding you back.
The two-hour class will begin on March 19, 2009, from 7- 9 PM. The teleconferencing class will continue on the third Thursday of each month for a year. If you would like to register, please do so before February 25, 2009 by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling me at 802-988-9664. I want to spend time with each caller during the week of the teleconference to create personal goals and objectives before the monthly calls begin. There will be a _ hour individual session per month for each caller included in the $90 a month fee. Tele-conferencing calls are archived for your use at any time. I will pay for the monthly calls. Call information will be given to you at registration.
Comments or Questions
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Linda Brady is an internationally recognized author, teacher and karmic astrologer with over thirty years in practice. She is the President of Creative Choices, Inc. Her first book, “Discovering Your Soul Mission: How to Create the Life You Want” was published in November of 1998 by Random House and has been reproduced in four languages. Linda’s second book, “No More Goodbyes – A True Story” was released in March of 2004. Linda has a Master’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University. Her web site isCreativeChoices.com