Credit: NASA/JPL

 

 

In astrology, the sun represents the Self (your personality and how you show up in the world). And the moon and the planets are representative of the other aspects of who you are. 

 

For example, the moon signifies your emotions and internal world, Venus represents love, luxury, and beauty, and Mars: your sexuality, drive, and ambition.

 

In short: the solar system is a big ol’ macrocosmic metaphor for your personal life.

 

Your sense of Self (sun) will determine the quality of the other parts of your life that orbit it (planets, dwarf planets, and other small celestial bodies).

 

You might be wondering why any of this matters on your journey to becoming an effective witch, magician, occultist, etc. But I promise it is. So below, I’m going to answer this question for you in 3 parts.

 

1. The sun is the centre of our solar system. You are the centre of yours.

 

In astrology, the sun represents the Self (your personality and how you show up in the world). And the moon and the planets are representative of the other aspects of who you are. 
 
 
For example, the moon signifies your emotions and internal world.
 
 
Venus represents love, luxury, and beauty.
 
 
Mars is a symbol of your sexuality, drive, and ambition.
 
 
In short: the solar system is a big ol’ macrocosmic metaphor for your personal life.
 
 
Your sense of Self (sun) will determine the quality of the other parts of your life that orbit it (planets, dwarf planets, and other small celestial bodies).
 
 
You might be wondering why any of this matters on your journey to becoming an effective witch, magician, occultist, etc. 
 
 
But I promise it is. 
 
 
Here are 3 points to consider as you begin your magickal journey:
 

1. The sun is the centre of our solar system. You are the centre of yours.

 

Don’t worry: this doesn’t mean that you have to become a narcissistic, self-absorbed arse hole. 
 
 
What it means is that you recognise that the structure of your life is held together by the gravitational pull of your Self. 
 
 
Your love life, your emotions, your finances, and your physical health aren’t going to rest in a state of equilibrium if you don’t have a sense of your own identity.
 
 
Addictions, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and toxic relationships often result from 1) trauma 2) not knowing the Self and 2) not doing the necessary healing work. 
 
 
I’m not pointing fingers here because I’m working through elements of this shit myself.
 
 
You and I: we have areas where we’re strong, and areas where we’re weak. 
 
 
Areas where we possess great light, and others where we are full of darkness.
 
 
This is natural and normal and not ONE of us is exempt from it.
 
 
And no surprise: the healing, deconstructing, rebuilding, growing, and healing are a lifelong endeavour.  
 
 
It’s a spiral winding inward; we pass many of the same issues over and over again in varying degrees. 
 
 
New layers that need to be held, healed, appreciated, and celebrated. 
 

2. The only thing you can control is you

 

This is one of the most important truths I’ve ever learnt on my personal healing journey.

 

We need to process the pain of traumas we’ve experienced, but we also need to take responsibility for how we proceed.

 

I used to work for an organisation that supports survivors of abuse. And someone wrote a disgruntled person wrote this to our director: “I didn’t pay to be traumatised so why should I have to pay to heal?” 

 

On the surface that makes a lot of sense. The director and I sat with it; taking the sentiment quite seriously.

 

But we also decided that our CEO and benefactor had been putting so much of her personal finances into the organisation that we needed to make sales in order to get to a point where we could be self-sufficient.

 

While we understood, and felt for, this woman, she was also making her healing our responsibility.

 

There were several times in the past when I couldn’t afford food because I was -$27 to – $200 in the red. I used to have to go to The Salvation Army for food parcels I was so poor.

 

There were so many courses and resources I wished I could access at the time. But being an artist and aspiring entrepreneur I knew that
the creators of these resources needed to make money to survive, too.

 

So I opted for reading self-help books I had on my shelf but hadn’t read yet.

 

I opted for utilising the 10 free sessions with a psychologist through the public mental health care plan available here in Australia.

 

I opted for journaling and doing meditations on YouTube. Because I knew that every little bit could help me.

 

All this to say: if you want something, do what you can with what you have.

 

Don’t make your well being, happiness, etc. somebody else’s
responsibility.

 

Does this mean you shouldn’t ask for help? Of course not! We need each other.

 

During that time, my mum, siblings, and friends helped me out with material and financial support where they could.

 

And I received with gratitude.

 

What I AM saying, though, is that having an entitled attitude is the absolutely wrong way to go about living your life.

 

3. If your Self isn’t the centre, something else will take its place.

 

If you don’t have a well-developed internal locus of control, other areas of your life will become disproportionately large in terms of the importance they have.

 

For example, if you don’t have a strong, loving relationship with your Self, you could outsource your craving for love to others and walk around hoping for other people to fill you up. 

 

Which never works (I know from experience). Still do it occasionally (still doesn’t work lol).

 

I’ve spent the last two years working on my mind-body connection:

 

You and I need to lovingly and gently stop outsourcing our needs to the external world in ways that are self-destructive.

 

This is the source of our power.

 

YOUR power.

 

And YOUR power is the witches brew that will set you on the path to making your life magickal.

 

How are you going in terms of keeping your Self at the centre of your universe? Where are you outsourcing your power and love? Where can you develop a stronger internal locus of control?

Share with me in the comments below.

 

Much love,

 

Carrie xo