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Whimsical as a butterfly or wise as a fool? – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

Is whimsical always bad? Let us explore

Nature has so many diverse and beautiful manifestations. One of its most whimsical expressions is the butterfly. Almost every child must have experienced the amazement of this colourful creature suddenly changing direction in patterns sometimes difficult to grasp.

A young girl I know call them flower-fly instead of butterfly.

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Imagine the plant stretching itself up through evolution, taking its first hold on land, learning to transport water within itself, developing leaves and then flowers with coarse sepals to culminate with silky soft colourful petals that take off and fly as a flower-fly. It is not difficult to imagine, lying their in the summer field with summing bees and cumulus clouds with all kinds of shapes that the butterflies are flowers flying.

Skjermbilde 2018-07-15 kl. 22.07.36.pngEvolutionary speaking the butterfly can be seen as the flowers of the insects. Insects where stuck on the ground before some developed the ability to fly. Of all the flying insects the butterfly represents the latest stage of evolution with its beauty and colour variations not to speak about the silky soft wings reminding of flying flowers.

Metamorphosis
The butterfly is also a beautiful expression of transformation; the egg turning into a larvae or caterpillars that then pupate in a chrysalis. When completely metamorphosed the butterfly comes out expands and dries its wings and flies off.

The egg can be compared to Carl Gustav Jungs first stage of human development, The Athlete Stage. Here we just look at what is inside the egg, we just look at how we look like, our body and how we dress up. The mirror and selfie are our best friends, we do not see outside the wall of the egg of our ego.

The next stage Jung calls The Warrior Stage, here we can compare it with the larvae or caterpillar working its way through the fields conquering life. At this stage humans try to do the best, get the best, compete for possession and position.

The third stage is The Statement Stage and we will compere it with the chrysalis. You realize that the external things did not make you happy you are not satisfied or fulfilled. You now want to take from inside yourself and give to the world to make the world a better place. You know it is not about the external values. You have become a grown up soul that want to guide the younger souls in the right direction. It all is a question of what you have cultivated inside yourself that can be given to others.

In the final stage of Jung, The Stage of Spirit, you transcend the body and the physical reality and you realize your true spiritual nature. You experience being a spiritual being in the physical world rather than a physical being with spiritual experiences. This is the stage of the butterfly with the spirit free flowing in the sea of light in a state of truth.

Being a butterfly
Homeopathy has explored substances from all kingdoms and so many parts of nature. A homeopathic scientific proving reveals the inner nature of things through its effects on the human mind. The last three decades also the butterflies have been investigated telling us a bit about how it would be to be a butterfly, or which human personalities that can improve and realize their potential from getting a butterfly remedy.

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A state of being whimsical, light, careless and gay is absolutely present in the butterfly. Looking at it deeper it is a conflict between; going with the flow, what gives joy, ones intuition or desire for freedom as opposed to duty, convention and rules. Butterflies let you learn to surrender and let go of control.

This learning experience can be described as seeing things from another level, letting the metamorphosis take place stage by stage. Solutions are there and have always been there you just needed to perceive things from a higher level or a more spiritual plane.

What seemed fragmented, erratic or whimsical belongs to a higher level of order, law and care. What seemed to be a loosing of direction or track turn into a deep trust and assurance of being on the right path. A state nicely portrayed in the Tarot card The Fool or the film Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.

Archetypical whimsical
Let us look at the planetary archetypes of whimsical as we can see in typology, astrology, and mythology.

Whimsical can be out of lack of direction or lack of grounding or anchoring.

The lack of direction is just a step of evolution where you are still young and need to experience things again and again to start to see patterns and eventually the bigger picture. Young children and teenagers have this as a natural step in their evolution. Just think about a little child learning to walk about, going here and there, suddenly doing something different and then again and again. This is exploring, learning and training by repetition.
This is the archetype of Mercury slowly approaching and uniting with Jupiter. The young lightly fanciful searching Mercury is stretching towards the overview of the bigger picture in Jupiter. “Should I go here or there, to get to everywhere?”

The other aspect is the lack of grounding making it capricious or over reactive. That can be out of lots of stress or chaotic circumstances getting towards neurotic or hysterical reactions. Here there has not been enough grounding or calming experiences and activities. The emphasis is too strong on the exterior world and there is a huge need to turn inwards. They need to create inner pictures rather than pictures fed from a screen as well as perceiving and dwelling with your own inner state rather than being a victim of exterior impressions.

Both of these represent challenges with the early stages in the life cycle, a kind of immaturity and something that need to grow and be developed. Both represent a lack of either direction or substance.

There is also a whimsical variation that comes from excess. When the emotional waters are running and overflowing or turn into fog then they make the objective structure misted and unclear. People in such states can easily appear whimsical. This aspect is not so erratic, but appears more confused. Here the archetypes of Moon and Neptune are manifesting. This whimsical person is more distant, like in a dream or fantasy world or under the influence of drugs.

The last archetypical aspect of whimsical we will address is a strong Uranus that with its active mind get sudden abrupt impulses and ideas. Here the balance is to be able to stay centred and not become a victim to all intuitive or genius glimpses and insights that comes to mind. Also to be able to meet the others where they are at in their own journey in life and adjust to their needs and not overload them with ones own cacophony of cosmic insights is an important lesson.

The solution to whimsical will depend on the kind. The young Mercury needs to explore and experience to get the bigger picture. The un-rooted need to cultivate the Moon and a feeling of inner peace. The foggy Moon/Neptune needs to dry out with intellectual wind or spiritual heat or purity and Uranus needs to find the balance between ego-centre and periphery.

At the other end of the cycle
The zodiac or circle of signs progressing through the year can be seen as a sequence for any cycle or project. Early astrological signs representing early stages of cycles in life as Aries or Gemini can be seen as whimsical, but so can also the last two; Aquarius and Pisces. As the young inexperienced can be whimsical so can old people, particularly women appear whimsical. With old woman it is also a lack of the anchoring forces in life, the yin or contact with the inner spiritual nature. As woman grow older it is important to connect with the inner life as their anchor. (Read here; Woman evapourate and men burn out ).

But also the highly evolved soul in contact with the higher realms can appear whimsical. You sit with a master asking him questions and realize he is reading your thoughts. He suddenly say; “do not worry about that” addressing your last though. This will abrupt you and could appear whimsical. But here the last polarity of Uranus of being centred is manifesting itself as acting out of an awareness of the present moment and the actual thought present here and now. For the observer it seems sudden, abrupt and erratic for the master it is a single bull eye statement as an act of least intrusion.

Also a soul living with the flow or being in deep connection with the collective unconscious or spiritual realms seeing through the veil of illusions in this world could appear whimsical for the person that is not connected to the higher realms.
Both these cases represent the qualities in the last two signs of the zodiac.

Lao Tzu in Dao Te Ching;

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

 

 

 

Amethyst – 2.nd holonistic gemstone exploration

Amethysts are amongst the most famous gemstones. A gem most people are familiar with.

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We decided to explore it Thursday 05-02-15 with a holonistic approach (Read more about holonistic knowledge here).

The name A-methyst comes from the Ancient Greek “ἀ” a- (“not”) and “μέθυστος” méthystos (“intoxicated”), not-intoxicated. The Greeks believed it to relieve or help from drunkenness.

When you try to understand the knowledge base of amethyst in a unified way, you will see that the qualities of Kether (The Crown) in Kabbalah or the qualities associated with Neptune have many strong analogies.

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(The picture:  Here you see the sun rise on the day of the holonistic experiment, there was two circles around the sun. We only managed to capture the inner circle with the 3 extra “sun” like centres forming a cross. You see the one on the top forming a crown, almost like a Neptune trident, a fork with three spears, and the one on the right you also see. The sun in the middle had a strong beam straight up, adding to the trident association. This phenomenon is called sundogs and is formed by minute ice crystals. We could even see them floating in the air reflection the brilliant sunlight. We perceive this as a synchronicity.)

Priests used amethyst to get in touch with the highest spiritual energy. It was also used to help in celibacy, to calm the nerves as well as in most issues of love. This use came to a unified understanding through our holonistic exploration.

Amethyst connected us to the spiritual love of a deep unity with God, The All. It was like becoming one with the universal sea of the God Neptune. This is a good way to understand the most important aspect of celibacy. Without that love to the highest aspects of reality celibacy becomes suppression. Amethyst connects you with a higher love, with a sea of love, a love to the unity of The All. Doing that you are completed with yourself and celibacy the obvious result.

Amethyst also helps you understand the mistaken addiction of alcohol or drugs as a replacement of unconditional love or connection with others. It helps to manifest the aim of the priest being a source or channel where the highest aspect of the universe can manifest through. That is why priests used Amethyst rings. So from a perspective of Amethyst having the ability to convey universal unconditional detached love we can understand its traditional use.

The participantsNeptune_1 in the experiment even felt the calmness like you would imagine it would be to be a crystal if you could. This could confirm the calming effect on the nerves that amethyst is believed to give.

Neptune is the ancient “God of the Sea”, be it the universal sea, or the wordily sea, even the sea of intoxication. Sea in hebrew Maim, is part of the hebrew word Shamain meaning Heaven or “sea of fire”. Etymologically we can see the connection with Marum (lat.) or Mer (fr.) and Mar (sp.). I suspect an etymological connection to the Egyptian Mer, meaning love.

So Neptune is both connected with the wordily sea of emotions and intoxication as with the universal sea of sublime unconditional love. You can drown or dissolve in both.

Where you see solve (solve, free, unfasten, loose, dissolve) you see coagula (coagulation, materialisation, fixation). Where you see Neptune look for Saturn. Everything in life has a quality due to the reduction of its opposite. Everything is manifest due to an underlying polarity that makes it come forward from its original united but hidden source. Reconnecting the opposites is like solve, dissolving the manifestation into a hidden “nothing”. This is also an aspect of Neptune, the intoxicated, foggy, unclear side that on the highest level of awareness is letting go of your ego to connect to a higher spiritual state of submission to the heavens like Christ said hanging on the cross “thy will be done”.

Amethysts can help you if you feel closed towards your loved ones or distant to the universal sea, to God the omnipresent unconditional love is remedied through the Amethyst.

Amethyst gives you the ability to get in touch with the “sea of fire”, the Shamain and hence substitute the reason behind getting intoxicated. The highest love is pure and gives clarity, it is detached and gives freedom, it is unconditional and spiritual. When you submerge yourself in Amethyst the need for drugs or addiction is resolved and you get into a stable crystalline state of deep connection.

When love life is troubled and you feel cut off, or separated, with no connection, or even have a desire to close off from avoiding being hurt or offended, Amethyst helps you to dissolve the crystalline structure that isolates you from the sea of love. It creates a balance between solve et coagula. To dissolve or to crystalize. (Read more about solve et coagula under Agate)

Both closing off (coagula) or getting intoxicated (solve) is cured or healed by Amethyst. The closing off or coagula is reunited with solve. They become integrated through a connection with the highest, or a love to the highest.
The solve or intoxication becomes a reconnection to a place where there never was any separation, the spiritual coherent love we all are submerged in. It is like an island realizing the sea that connects it with the whole world always was there around it, as it dissolves it floats into a connection with it all. That is also why Amethyst helps to reconnect with persons you have been apart from for years.

This reunion is a clear pure unconditional reunion, a reunion from high above, from long ago, an eternal reunion. It can be compared with the reunion that you have when you reconnect with those you meet when you die. The closest of your soul peers, your soul family. A reconnection with a connection that was always there, even if you were in a delusion of separation.

If you have gone astray, a castaway or shipwrecked person in the sea of love, not letting yourself dissolve, a coagulated state, like the cubic salt crystals on the sea shore, dwelling on the past loss, grieving or becoming cold and hard, Amethyst can let you dissolve that island so you again can swim, drink, wash and purify yourself with the sea of love.

On the other side if you drown in Neptunian abuse, intoxication escaping into a foggy delusion of reality, substituting connection with the real love, with delusional indulgences in passion or addiction, Amethyst can help you get dry on shore and find your integrity in a stable state, like a crystal that realizes its grid of connection with the universal love.

With amethyst those two extremes are dissolved or focused. It creates a balance of solve & coagula. The frozen isolated island coagula lets itself dissolve and the foggy floating solve, retains its focus and reconnects with the stable crystal of eternal love.

empress_top-e1307602549358The analogy with Neptune should be obvious.

Kether, the Crown in the Tree of Life is also associated with Neptune, in the Kabbalah. Kether represent the first manifestation from the “nothing” or Ain, a coagula or a solve depending on the direction.

This meeting point of solve and coagula at the highest point in the Tree of Life is described as a face in profile. One side is manifested the other hidden. This represents the solve et coagula of the face of God, the divine countenance. You can think about the creation in the Bible and the spirit of God moving over the surface of the waters a state where darkness was over the surface of the deep and the earth was formless and void. This is the state just before God creates light.

Kether is also manifested as Reshit ha galgalim or the first swirling, the first stirring of the cosmic sea, the magic stick which God turns around to make it all move, the primum mobile. The meeting point between the unformed endless limitless eternal cosmic sea and the first manifestation, the first movement or intention.

Kether is where the Hayot Ha Kodesh The Holy Living Animals dwell. They are the four-faced beings representing the spiritual quint-essence of the four elements, the stable fixed principle of solid manifestation, coagula. We see here that Kether and Neptune both describe the quality in Amethyst in a good way.


The Egyptian God, Banebdjet, is a ramheaded God with four heads. He was central to the delta area in Egypt.
Old Egypt has been regarded as a micro-cosmos in the macro-cosmos, the land was a man with the head in the north and the nile as the spine. The delta was the crown, and this God being allocated in this area reflects their understanding of the qualities of Kether. (North is crown of the body and hence Kether).
Banebdjets four heads is an analogy to the Hayot Ha Kodesh with the four faces of a bull, lion, eagle and man. He was the main God of Mendes in the Delta.

His name is written Ba-neb-djedet and he represents The All, all that is, that was and will be, even all that is not. The meeting point of solve and coagula, of the created and not-created.

The resolution of the all and nothing in the same way as the Hebrew letter Aleph in the understanding of Carlo Suares “The resolution of the paradox of all and nothing” Ba-neb-djed literarily means Ram/soul-lord/gold-stability. A name containing the Universal Soul, the primum mobile, the ram or Lam of God, the soul of gold, all connected in eternal stability (djed).

The Amethyst did opened up an understanding of a love so sublime, so high, so free, so unconditional, so detached, so cold and warm at the same time, that it is like light and darkness, connection and disconnection, all and nothing completely united.

 

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