While there may be something to our love language, particularly the way our parents emphasized their love for us, it just seems too simplistic. SeemedWhile there may be something to our love language, particularly the way our parents emphasized their love for us, it just seems too simplistic. Seemed to be a bit repetitive. ...more
This book contains some very powerful and original ideas about the process of our personal growth through life. I didThe Lunation Cycle – Dane Rudhyar
This book contains some very powerful and original ideas about the process of our personal growth through life. I did not give it 5 stars because at times it can be dense and a bit difficult to read. However, it is well worth slogging through those difficult parts. When you reach the (third) eye opening and mind illuminating parts about the Lunation cycle and the relationship of the Moon to the Sun and how each stage reflects a very specific part of our growth – it makes it all worthwhile. I give the concepts in this book 5 stars all the way.
On a number of levels this book is very personal to the current stage of my growth at the time of reading which is April 18, 2015. I just recently read “Born to Win” about Transactional Analysis and the three ego types within ourselves; Inner Child, Adult and Parent. I have been working to integrate all 3 ego aspects particularly making room and respecting the need for the Inner Child to express himself while still having the Adult be in charge. (See my review of Born to Win for more details). In this light its fascinating to see Rudhyar’s exploration of the relationship between the Sun (Adult) and Moon (Inner Child) and the necessity of integrating the two.
Additionally my Progressed Full Moon is happening next year on April 9, 2016. It is a particularly powerful Progressed Full Moon because it is trining and sextiling my Natal Neptune to the exact degree. The descriptions of the Full Moon in this book, some of which I have excerpted below, is very helpful and feels very true to my experience of it. -----------------------------------------------
The following three examples are my attempt to break down the archetypes of the Sun and Moon and is relevant to the first excerpt that I quote below.
Male and Female: The Moon is – Female archetype The Sun is – Male archetype
Emotions and Logic: The Moon is - instinctual, emotional, experiential and subjective. The Sun is - cerebral, intellectual, cognitive, logical and objective.
(One can argue that my description of the Sun may be more accurately ascribed to Mercury. Perhaps. The Sun may be the sum total of all our parts. This particular description is the best I could come up with to denote and expand upon the commonly used description of the Sun as the “Core-self”. I must say that I was startled to see Rudhyar use the moon to describe the mind. I think the “heart” would be a more appropriate usage. He also uses the “spirit” to describe the sun. I can hear that, but it is as vague as the “core-self”.)
Transactional Analysis: The Moon is – Inner Child The Sun is – The Adult --------------------------------------------------
The following excerpts are to me some of the most powerful ideas of this book:
Relationship of Sun and Moon “That the sun and moon represent two definitely antagonistic and irreconcilable orders of life is the great illusion. It is the illusion of separateness which sets the mind (moon) against the spirit (sun), the ego (a psychic structure whose evolutionary purpose is to develop objective clarity of consciousness through individual differences) against the spiritual self (a power of integration seeking the fullest possible inclusiveness). This illusion of separateness destroys the vital essence of relationship, even if the outer forms remain as shells. It is the denial of relatedness. And the mind which becomes pervaded with it only able to see the sun and moon as two unrelated alien and forever conflicting factors – each with its own independent “cycle of positions” – instead of as joint participants in a true “cycle of relationship,” the lunation.
…It is at the symbolic “full moons” of human evolution that these two approaches are seen in the clearest possible contrast. But this contrast is not to be considered as a glorification of the sun and a depreciation of the moon, opposing the solar to the lunar, in the sense of there being an irreconcilable enmity between the two. The negative approach is that which believes in such an irreconcilable enmity between solar and lunar forces, and even more in the utter lack of relationship between them. The positive approach, on the other hand, stresses constantly the relatedness of sun and moon within their cycle or relationship (the lunation cycle), as it also seeks to build within man (psychologically speaking) the power of forever relating the lunar character of the psychic structures of consciousness (mind-ego) to the solar power of the spiritual will and purpose of the self. It is only the result of such a relationship that creative meaning develops within the truly individualized and integrated human person.” – Pgs. 30-31 ---------------------------------------------------------------
Lunation Cycle of the Moon – Full Moon “If a positive attitude of growth and of liberation from the remains of the past has prevailed during most of the waxing period, the full moon brings to the earth-organism (at the physical or psycho-mental level) some sort of fulfillment, illumination or revelation. The new solar image – the new message from the creative spirit – is received in clear objective consciousness.
It assumes a state of concreteness; that is, of full perceptibility or intelligibility, as the case may be. This state implies some sort of contrast – a black-and-white, dark-and-light dualism without which no objective realization of form is possible for man. This means, in practice, that some new factor is given a high valuation, and that, as a consequence, an old value is either altogether repudiated or placed under a new light in contrast to the new realization.
This, in turn, may produce a definite re-orientation of everyday activities or a new statement of purpose – a man’s “purpose” being the result of the nature and quality of his response (positive or negative) to the images released within him by the spirit of the “sun”. – Pg. 29
“During the last half of the lunation, man has to do consciously what spirit accomplished in the unconscious darkness of the new moon phase. Man, as conscious individual, is to fecundate [make fruitful] society. He is to disseminate the seed of the future civilization. He is to build the form of tomorrow. He is now the sun-illumined moon, the creative Two-as-One. He has to shed his light in order to satisfy the need of his people, his race, humanity as a whole. As the moon wanes in the sky, so the illumined individual vanishes into his spiritual progeny. The civilizer’s light is being absorbed into the fabric of the new civilization – the new earth.
…The keynote of the first half of the cycle is spontaneous and instinctual action; the keynote of the second half is conscious growth in meaning and immortal selfhood – and the only true kind of conscious growth implies sharing meaning and value with others by means of adequate formulation, for no individual can gain real immortality (personal or social) except as a participant in the activity of an immortal Whole.” – Pgs 32-33 -------------------------------------------------------
“Progressed Full Moon: This marks a time of fulfillment, but also a climax which may mean the beginning of some kind of end. It is above all a crisis of clarification of life-purpose, of personal desires and aims. It may witness a sudden conversion or illumination; but more often it is simply a high tide period during which life seems to oscillate to and fro, between past and future. Some type of energy or behavior seems to have run its course, and it may give the person a sense of weariness or satiety. It should above all force him to face all the basic issues of his life and to start seeking for a clear meaning. Success of a sort may be reached at the progressed full moon, but it may also appear as a culmination beyond which no further growth is possible; and the question arises insistently: “Then what?”
In any case some kind of concrete limits have been reached. There must be a translation of the center of selfhood and consciousness to a new level - whether it be height or depth – or else the gradual ebbing away of all vitality, spiritual as well as physical, is bound to begin.
Much depends obviously upon the age at which the progressed full moon occurs. When it comes in early youth what is being “fulfilled” is not the individual selfhood, but instead the collective nature of family or race. Inherited characteristics reach a climax.” - Pg.108
[When it comes later in life] “The yearning for a more “spiritual” consciousness was becoming insistent.” - Pg. 110
“The path of the full moon is the “Conscious Way”; the way of the ancient TAO [combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order.] reformulated for our modern minds. At full moon, there can be a birth of light, a birth of meaning. From then, one goes on. Even though the body is beaten with pain, even though men die by the millions and the structures of the past crumble, as leaves wither under the blasts of the north wind, nevertheless the Conscious Way can be trodden with the warmth and radiance of “personality,” with the creative joy that wells up from the depths of conquered unconsciousness and assimilated instinct.” – Pg. 138 ------------------------------------------------------
Part of Fortune “The Part of Fortune may refer to the individual’s wealth and “good fortune” but this is not its most significant meaning, certainly not its primary meaning.” – Pg.73
…It is because the man who reaches the object of this search actually radiates a mysterious something which attracts success to him, that the name “Part of Fortune” was given to the index of the soli-lunar relationship. For as New Thought has taught us wealth, success, health, happiness are the varied results of a deep sense of ease, which in turn indicates a rhythmic flow of life-energy. There can be no such flow where there is not a vibrant, steady and uneradicable faith (instinctive or conscious) in the abundance of that infinite potential of life which, to the astrologer, is the sun, and to the religious soul, G-d.” – Pgs.79-80 ------------------------------------------------------------------ ...more
An excellent book for intermediary astrologers. I completely agree with his methodology of how to interpret synastry charts between people. He has manAn excellent book for intermediary astrologers. I completely agree with his methodology of how to interpret synastry charts between people. He has many great insights into what to look for. I also like the format as it initially was an interactive lecture and the feedback from the audience adds a lot to it.
Had I read this book a few years ago I may have rated it higher. At this point I am familiar with most of the ground he covered. I dont know of too many accurate books out there on synastry (outside of Liz Greene) so I do recommend this book to anyone who is a step beyond beginner and knows the lingo and what each planet represents. Its an excellent book to take your knowledge and learn how to make sense of the dynamic between people, particularly how to interpret complex aspect interactions. Like when an opposition in your natal chart is interacting with the other persons T-Square etc. Overall a good book....more
I just started reading this book and am only up to page 51 but I am absolutely loving it so far!! It really breaks down our growth process in a way thI just started reading this book and am only up to page 51 but I am absolutely loving it so far!! It really breaks down our growth process in a way that is very relateable and understandable. In my opinion its theory's fit so well with the dysfunction of some people that I know and I love that it pinpoints exactly what part of the growth process went awry and may have become stuck.
It also helped me on a personal level be more accepting of my attempts of separation from ego. Right from the get go on page five it describes the necessity of Ego Self Separation in order to grow and self individuate. It writes how the first half of life is focused on this aspect and once it is achieved then there can be a an Ego Self Union in the second half of life. Very much what I am attempting to do now. -------------------------------------------- Update 3/21/15: I am only at page 96 but this book has already blown my mind! It is incredibly profound and one of those rare books that shockingly seems to have the answer as to how the world, humanity, psychology and G-d all fit together beautifully! Tremendous amounts of food for thought. I suspect I will be rereading this book a few times. The only caveat I would put on it is that it is probably most beneficial when one is in the right space in their self development to be open and to process the ideas in this book. It is very much like the (movie) Matrix's no going back choice of either taking the blue or red pill. It may alter forever the way you view the world. I know it already has for me. -------------------------------------------
Update 3/27/15: So much for jumping the gun and writing a review on a book before I finished the book. This book has four sections. The first section is about 100 pages. I cant rave enough about the first section. Everything I said above, plus I will try to add to it, once I reread the first 100 pages again.
The rest of the book is a complete different story. I had to force myself to slog through it. It almost has nothing to do with the first 100 pages. I wanted to read it to make sure it did not expand or delve deeper into the area he covered in the first section. He did not. Its worth buying the book for the first section - its that eye-opening. Feel free to skip the rest of the book - unless the chapter titles appeal to you....more
This is my second of three books that I have recently purchased on Transactional Analysis (TA). I find the concept invigorating and freeing. When someThis is my second of three books that I have recently purchased on Transactional Analysis (TA). I find the concept invigorating and freeing. When someone asks me how I feel about something, rather than struggle to make sense of my mixed feelings, I can clearly respond from three different places within myself. I can explain how my Inner Child feels about it. I can explain how my Inner Parent feels about it and how my Adult feels about it. In my opinion this helps incredibly to avoid hurt feelings or people taking how you feel in the wrong way when they know its your Inner Child talking and that your Adult recognizes the more objective truth. More importantly it helps me work through ALL of my feelings about an issue or incident. Incredibly helpful!
Its really amazing to look at a heated thread on Facebook about any controversial topic and you can clearly see this dynamic playing out. People are responding to each other at cross-currents with Adult trying to reason with Inner Child or Inner Parent scolding another persons Adult.
I liked this book much better then Games People Play, as that was much more about the title of the book and scripts that stay with us from childhood. The basic three levels of TA speak to me much more then the games aspect, although I am sure if you are familiar with people who utilize such games, it may be rewarding to read as well.
I am looking forward to reading the third book I bought on TA, I am OK, You're OK, which received very high ratings on Amazon....more
A tale of two halves of a book. The first half I really enjoyed as it went through the basics of Transactional Analysis. I particularly was provoked bA tale of two halves of a book. The first half I really enjoyed as it went through the basics of Transactional Analysis. I particularly was provoked by its description of the common procedures and rituals we practice with people we are acquainted with and politely greet upon meeting them. It completely felt true to my experiences and even, as I mentioned, provoked me to internally react with "I can't believe we are such zombies in our interactions!!!" But it feels very true to me as I participate in them as well. Its the normal social structure that we have set up and live in. I really liked the first half which went till page 69.
Part 2 was titled A Thesaurus of Games which went till the end at page 189. It cataloged all the psychological games (many!) that people play with each other on a subconscious level. I found this section tedious and could not really relate to them. We all have a certain level of dysfunction and areas we need to work on. However, these games really implied a much stronger dysfunction. I am sure it is very prevalent in the human race and would be useful for someone familiar with people who utilize these games. It just did not speak to me....more
Great Book! Tackled all the tough issues that they won't really discuss in Yeshiva with you. There was one discussion that really through my head forGreat Book! Tackled all the tough issues that they won't really discuss in Yeshiva with you. There was one discussion that really through my head for a spin (in a wow, I can't believe they just brought that wild, wild example in a Torah context!!!) It was about a very sensitive area, so I won't mention it here.
This is not an halachic book, just one to give you some thoughts to mull over in sensitive areas that are rarely discussed publicly. Great resource to look further into many of these tough issues.
I currently am a huge fan of Jeff Brown as I feel he really gets personal growth and is able to cut through a lot of the chaff that has expanded throuI currently am a huge fan of Jeff Brown as I feel he really gets personal growth and is able to cut through a lot of the chaff that has expanded through the personal growth industry. In this book he chronicles his own path to growth and his internal battles with ego, practical monetary concerns versus his focus on his soul growth.
I feel like he is a soul brother and I agree with 95% of his outlook and approach to life regarding personal growth. ...more
I love Jeff Brown! He really understands personal growth and learning to be present and conscious with ourselves and others. This book was great. PerhI love Jeff Brown! He really understands personal growth and learning to be present and conscious with ourselves and others. This book was great. Perhaps I liked his other book, "Love it forward" slightly more. ...more
Each issue tends to have a theme (along with other, random, unrelated articles as well) where Rav Feldman and a few other writers discuss a major issuEach issue tends to have a theme (along with other, random, unrelated articles as well) where Rav Feldman and a few other writers discuss a major issue confronting Orthodox Judaism. This issue dealt with some of the controversies surrounding Open Orthodoxy and YCT (Yeshiva Chovevey Torah).
I thought the articles were okay, and I do agree with some of the points being made. However, I think that the best written article I have read about the controversy is by Yoram Hazony (which was referenced in this issue).
"Is Open Orthodoxy an approach whose aim is the critical engagement with non-Jewish ideas and culture? Or is it just a euphemism for accepting the authority of non-Jewish ideas and culture in an ever-growing number of areas? If the latter, then it’s hard for me to escape the conclusion that Open Orthodoxy is on its way to becoming yet another assimilationist movement."
I love the way he is able to narrow down all the back and forth to a simple question. Is Open Orthodoxy a critical engagement with, or accepting the authority of, secular culture? It seems Hazony and many, including myself, were hoping that it was a critical engagement. Unfortunately, many of us were very disappointed by the statements and values being espoused by Open Orthodoxy and sadly it seems that its more about accepting as unimpeachable MOST of the values of secular culture....more