From “What You Need to Know”
How to Use This Book
Astrologers can enjoy this book as a readout on each degree of the zodiac that provides an alternative feel for what is possible in human destiny. The Star Sparks give us a way of tuning into a given degree that stimulates the imagination and inspires the mind to see in new, fresh ways.
If we want a prophetic intimation of what is happening in our lives, we could open this book at random, or enter into the silence and ask to be shown what we most need to know or live into at this juncture. With full-spectrum vision opening up in these pages in oracular fashion, we can allow them to speak from deep inside.
If we need to tune into cycles, Star Sparks lends guidance, accuracy and precision into getting inside to the heart of a planet as we experience eclipses, a planet turning retrograde or direct, an outer planet in one degree for a long time, or a current cycle that is more personal and impactful. Or, we may be called to research the past to find what was, why that special time was so very unusual and distinctive. Star Sparks yields what it might say to us now.
If we are struggling mightily and lack perspective altogether, we can surrender into the moment and allow the book to open to the answer to our prayers, or to the confirmation of our intuition, or to the passage through and beyond a given cycle. This is what Spirit has to say to us through the medium of the degree frequencies and their symbolic power.
SAMPLE STAR SPARKS
Chandra Symbol: A man repairing and extending a stone wall in the spring.
He sticks to the task. He stays in the here and now. He does not want to know anything about the past, or anything about all the complex connections you can make between one thing and another. He is intent on freeing himself from the mind and becoming a will being, an effective agent of change.
He will seek the most straightforward and outwardly unremarkable of contexts and ways to do it. He is allergic to complications. He wants to get to work. He wants to see results. He wants to stay naïve to the overall factors that others insist upon.
He has this notion and he is right on it. His notion is that somebody around here should do what is needed, get down to it and shut up. He has heard enough to last forever. All he can believe in now is what works, what advances things, what moves the energy somewhere interesting.
His skills, focus, and aim are incredible. When you’re this intent upon one thing only, you get it straight. And he loves that sensation of getting it right, of being on.
Yes, he does like others to notice. Yes, he does feel fervor. He’s got an attitude. There are lots of things he doesn’t like. This is someone who has a very particular point of view and a very particular direction in life.
When you are a rough, straight arrow and not very sensitized to the nuances, you can indeed get yourself in lots of trouble. But when you are willing to work hard and are good at second winds and taking it to the next level, you can easily outlive your own folly. Bangs on the head are nothing here.
Chandra Symbol: Old stone steps descending into darkness.
The heavy tread of the karmic past leads us to places we do not want to go, but where we need to go. Somebody got left behind somewhere. We need that aspect of ourselves now. We can’t really get anywhere without this one.
So, we seek out shadows and are magnetized to the depths. We subconsciously generate what we consciously prefer to avoid. The process draws us through spaces which can be consuming and painful and quite extended before they can ever turn into liberating and fresh directions.
We have to go back to get on with it. We have to get under our disguise to find our way through. We cannot shrug off the inner demand that we hunt ourselves down and flesh ourselves out, that we get in touch and in tune with everything that’s elusive and hard to reach.
This particular pathway is one of the least attractive, reinforcing, and rewarding of frequencies to move through. It is trouble. There is no way to minimize the factor of risk and menace. This is no place to play.
Yet, in the ultimate reckoning, this can well be the beginning point-the spark for taking a new direction that needs to have its root structure unearthed along the way. We get down to essentials honestly, candidly, and with a sense of every moment counting.
The possibilities of getting lost in this realm are multiple. The likelihood of doing it in too rough and crude a fashion is very great. When doing shadow work, you tend to constellate the shadow and to make it all happen from a place that is shadowed itself.
We can ask of ourselves here for the foolish willingness to go where we are called and to surrender gracefully, or at least without pulling back and away. What we can look toward is raw primal recovery of soul in startling depth.