shape our destinies

Anakin, the most difficult trial a Jedi must face is to look inside oneself.
Often we see things we don’t like -but these aspects are not set in stone.
It is our decisions that shape our destinies
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―Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker : The Clone Wars

namaste~
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a light in dark places

May I introduce a very talented young gentleman who has been playing mandolin since the tender young age of 5.

Pisces Chris Thile formed the band Nickle Creek with members of his family when he was 8.  Winning the national mandolin championship at the age of 12, Chris was well on his way to fame and fortune in music well before he was old enough to drive a car. Pictured below is his solar chart, which remember, means there is no specific time of birth, so pay attention to the planets in signs, not the houses.
Chris is a life path number 5, he is here to face the challenge of many changes throughout his life.  His will be a life of freedom and adventure and finding personal balance.

One of the first things that jumps out at me is the Saturn (discipline, older people) tightly conjunct Jupiter (teachers) which rules Sagittarius where Neptune (string instruments) is placed.  This speaks to me of being under the tutelage of all the great musicians Chris has had the privilege of jamming with at festivals across the country since he was very young.  (Saturn and Jupiter in Libra, ruled by Venus which rules art)  Pluto is working overtime transforming Mercury Rx (communication, rules Gemini, which rules the hands, dexterity, and young people) and Venus (his art) and his Sun (ambition) in Neptune -ruled Pisces.  Chris also has Sun in the first decan of Pisces which is Neptune-flavored.  Mercury Rx conjunct Venus shows me that he will only continue to improve with age as his Mercury retrograde fully blooms.
Mars, the planet of action conjunct Sun in Pisces is an aspect par excellence for musicians.
Check the solo below, it’s smokin’ hot !

Moon in perfection-driven Virgo squaring (internal conflict) Neptune gives him the passionate drive to learn (Sagittarius of higher learning) his craft (Neptune) until he is the very best he can be.  Creativity and self-expression is his life path with North Node in creative, flamboyant Leo.  If you have heard him play, you know he is frisky and playful, a bit quirky and he loves to have fun ! (Individualistic Uranus square Sun, Mercury Rx, and Venus from Sagittarius)
I give the love of Star Wars and Tolkien to Mercury conjunct Venus in the sign of science, Aquarius (love of reading, science) sextile Neptune (film, fiction) in Sagittarius of philosophy.  Chris is not only very driven (Mars/action conjunct Sun), but he also loves baseball (Mars ruled) and is the great-great grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer, Sam Thompson (Sun along with Saturn can indicate males in the natal chart-and Sun rules Fame).
  Also of note is Sun (creativity, spirit) quintile (spiritual gifts) Venus ruled Chiron (wounded healer, herbalist and philosopher) which indicates generosity of heart and a willingness to help and inspire others via the arts. 
Thank you, Chris for your beautiful song in Elks Park.
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo.

Be mindful

If you can control the Prana you can completely control all the forces of the Universe, mental and physical. The Yogi can also control the Omnipresent manifesting power out of which all energies take their origin, whether concerning magnetism, electricity, gravitation, cohesion, nerve-currents, vital forces or thought-vibrations, in fact the total forces of the Universe, physical and mental. *
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Two Vayus (air) : Prana (sun-inhale) and Apana (moon-exhale)
 Astrologically
Sun = life spirit, ego, the conscious
Moon= soul, instinct, emotions, the unconscious.

Astrology is the study of the relationship between the macro and microcosmos.  Hermetic law of correspondence states, “As above, so below, as within, so without.”  As vast as the numbers of stars in the sky, are the number of atoms in our bodies.  Concentrate and focus on the manifesting power you hold in each thought and breath and use them wisely.

“You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack. ”  ~Yoda


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The sage has the sun and moon by his side and the universe under his arm.
He blends everything into a harmonious whole.  ~Chuang Tzu
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The study of traditional Chinese medicine centers on the concept of the vital force or Qi as being not only within the human body, but in all living things. This Qi flows through the meridians of the human body to exchange, via the acupuncture points, with the Qi in the environment. Thus, the Qi of humans (the human energy field or HEF), and all living things, the earth,and the unified field are constantly exchanging. **

*source:   http://www.yoga-age.com/asanas/prana.html
**source:
 http://twm.co.nz/energy2.html