by Robert Wilkinson
Astrology and love have been linked since the beginning of time. Astrology shows us what we love and need, what we are attracted to and why, as well as when we might find our true love. Astrology is the most useful tool I've found to help us grow into our greater Self, and as we grow we find our possibilities of who we might love and who might love us changing, growing, and become more the perfect image of our heart's desire.
Love in the greater sense is both mystical and magical, as is astrology. Love shows us our "brokenness" and our wholeness, as does astrology. There are infinite ways to explore both, and in both we must “romance the Beloved“ if we would see the object of our search come forth. The beloved is within us, as an image close to our heart. Astrology, like love, requires a tremendous focus of our attention if we would develop the inner and outer relationships that show us our connectedness and our uniqueness.
Absolute and ideal Love is an eternal and infinite uniting Force, and Astrology shows the timing on how Love expresses itself in all its manifestations. Our innate “Urge to Merge” drives almost everyone on Earth forward through many relationship experiences, sometimes more strongly, sometimes more quietly, sometimes more passionately, sometime more gently. Through how we respond to the timing on what we agree to and who we dance with, we set a swirl of multi-level karmas into motion, creating consequences that reverberate across space and time.
Sometimes our karma creates pleasurable experiences and relationships, while other times we grow through the pain of not so wise choices in partnerships. We do learn from both, and they all offer us ways to create new future karmic connections and experiences that could manifest to our future benefit through what we think, feel, do, and say. It all depends on our point of view and our responses to what is pleasurable and painful, and how we greet our opportunities to grow beyond old desires into a greater, truer love.
There is no separation between the inner and outer forms of Love that we make manifest. To the degree we allow our subconscious and unfulfilled desires to seduce our mind, we bring forth the people who teach us that they are not our Soul mate. Everything in our subconscious brings forth images, because whether we know it or not, we out-picture these images in our interactions. We learned much of this when we were not very aware of what would be an appropriate versus an inappropriate way of loving and being loved. We seldom question whether these desires and attachments are good, or true, or useful.
The key to finding our true love is to learn how to image our heart’s desire without playing to the seductions of our subconscious mind that set us up to take a fall into pain and suffering. The good thing is that we learn from these as well, and in overcoming the tendencies to desire that which is painful, we learn to examine what we want and why we want it. This eventually leads us to relationships that are much better for us.
Our perfect and ideal mate is shown in our astrological birth chart. Everyone I know is searching for their perfect mate, and here it's useful to have a blueprint or roadmap showing us what we need to learn about that being, based in who we are and what we're able to recognize and accept in the way of love. That’s why I created my “Mojo Love Reports.” In them I've tried to offer a way to get beyond the guesswork involved in wondering who you should be with, and try to offer you a clear picture of their character traits based in the “perfect mate” who already resides in your own consciousness.
In astrology, the Moon and Venus are associated with love and romance, what we need and like, and the experiences we learn as we dance intimately with others. In our charts, they show our family tendencies and our sense of beauty that affect our relationships. The Moon and Venus also show us how to be at ease with others, caring and concerned without giving up our strength, values, or ability to take care of ourselves. Learning how to recognize and know our likes and needs helps us to appropriate ways to play with our Moon and Venus energies, and shows us the way to some very pleasurable life experiences. Through knowing these parts of our inner nature we know how to care and be cared for, and how to be open to others without attracting hurtful experiences. I'll discuss more about these important planets and how to use their energies wisely in future articles.
(Originally published 8 June 2004)