2016: labor of love [#StarsAndSymbols]

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it takes 9 months to carry a human child. before the pregnancy reaches full term, there is a process that mother and baby must mutually undergo during which each passing interval is as conducive as it is crucial to a healthy delivery. from conception to labor, everyone has an idea of what it’s going to be, but one never truly knows until the infant comes forth in its big debut. funny how a debut can double as a grand finale. there’s a thin, thin line between the two, and it blurs. i don’t mean to trigger a contraction, but if you look down, you might be surprised to find how close you have come to that line.

as with the developmental stage of any creation, names can change from moment to moment, shifting the vibration of the still-gestating entity. even after it has been christened, the consciousness of the creator must ascend to a certain height in order to finally behold the essence of the precious life that is being fostered in the totality of its glory.

in numerology, the study of numbers as metaphysical symbols, the goal is reduce every amount to a single digit through the mathematic process of addition. for example, the number 39 would be broken down to 3+9. Since 3+9= 12, the next task is to add 1+2, which leaves us with a single digit sum of 3. Now that we’ve arrived at a single digit number, we can start to explore the characteristics inherent in this number, as each of the single digits have their own individual traits and connotations.

now, let’s practically apply this little numerology lesson, shall we? take this new year, 2016. 2+0+1+6 = … 9! That makes 2016 a year that vibrates in alignment with the number 9, the highest and final single digit number. what does it all mean you ask? it might be in our best interest go explore the symbolism of 9 in numerology.

number-9-on-ocean-floorsince 9 is the highest number [excluding, of course, double digits and beyond] there is a lofty quality associated with this symbol. imagine reaching the mountaintop and taking in the elevated view. even the air breathes differently up here. it’s not quite heaven, but it’s feels close enough to rub off on you and change your perspective from one of rugged individuality [in the vain of the number 1] to one of universal awareness. 9 is a heightened state of mind and the insights that one brings down to earth when aligned with this number are sure to be enlightening.

as 9 oversees everything from above, it relates to global affairs and matters that concern the masses. this number endows a respectable degree of leadership unto anyone who invokes it. because of this, popularity is an attribute of people [9 life paths], places [buildings with addresses that equal 9], and things [the year 2016] that resonate with this 9 energy.

as with the high stakes, “ready-to-pop” ninth month of pregnancy, the frequency of the number 9 is one of inspiring excitement. ruled by the action-packed planet mars, 9 is a zealous energy. when this number is in effect, the people of the world are motivated by the promise of big projects, especially if the endeavor is attached in some way to a humanitarian cause. speaking of attachment, the shadow side of 9 is its propensity to be aloof, ungrounded in the present reality, and disconnected from one on one relationships. just like the mother who could go into labor at any minute, there are simply bigger, more urgent concerns with which the number 9 concerns itself. usually those concerns are driven by visionary idealism and utopian desires. remember, too, that mars is known in the occult world as the warrior god, so it wouldn’t be farfetched this year to witness intensified strife on an international level. sometimes, it has to get worse before it gets better.

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in the traditional tarot deck, the hermit [card 9]  follows strength [card 8]. after conquering our fears, weaknesses, and insecurities with strength [2015 = 8], this archetype comes to a place of inner confidence, assured spiritually by the all the tests it has passed. like the hermit card, 2016 might be the year during which you reflect on the past through a lens that has never been as wise and all-seeing as it is now. no matter how dark it was and no matter how dark it could be in the future, there is an inextinguishable fire inside of everyone that burns as a guide to illuminate the path to deliverance, stoked by the love of ancestors and dearly beloved family members who have passed in the past 9 years or so. in this immortal light, everything that was a mystery starts to make a whole lot more sense.

an assignment of sorts:

make a mental note everything of significance that you remember from 2008. better, write down a physical list. now take that list and notice how many of the major themes of your life in the present moment made themselves apparent way back then in 2008. finally, if any of those ‘themes’ are still unsettled, make a wish for and visualize your ideal resolution in 2016. think of these resolutions as mantras. how can you can claim them if you don’t name them?

if nothing from 2008 rings a bell, make a list instead of 9 unresolved issues from any period of time that you would like to finalize. wish, visualize, mantra, same as above.

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2016 is the year to wrap up all loose ends to reach enlightenment. 2016 is the year to come to a conclusion, because every beginning requires an ending [which is just another beginning in disguise]. 2016 is the year to reveal the labor of love that has been growing in the faceless, yet fertile darkness, finally!

focused force: mars in aries [astroloco]

“Don’t try to do two things at once.”

That was probably the best advice I ever received. This moment alone made my internship worth every stress clench, migraine, and early morning subway ride.  Thank you Dramatists Guild. Thank you.

I was downtown, somewhere in the village, running an errand with one of the girls from my internship/college, Melissa. Errands were my favorite part of the internship, because I actually got to leave the Times Square office and venture out into the city, on my own time with no direct supervision. Just the way I like it. Our mission? To pick up a few boxes of plays from John Guare’s apartment.

Little did I know John Guare was the playwright responsible for Six Degrees of Separation,  a famous play that had been recommended to me in 2008 by an acting teaching I studied with in California. Little did I know John Guare’s apartment was full of a ridiculous amount of boxes. Little did I know.

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To expedite the process, I attempted to pick up two boxes at a time. Accidentally, I knocked over another box in the process, which damn well could have started the Downtown Domino Disaster 2012. It might as well have, because he cussed me out.

“No, no, no! Please don’t make this place more of a mess than it already is!” He exclaimed before giving me the best advice of my life that I can recall.

After we corralled all the boxes downstairs, he proceded to help us find a taxi. Well, he tried anyway. None of the cabs would stop for us and our ridiculous amount of boxes. He eventually gave up, flamboyantly, and decided to retire into his luxurious, but cluttered high-rise apartment. First, he shook our hands and told us it was nice to meet us. He smiled at me for what I perceived as an extra nanosecond, which I took as a sign that I will play the role of Paul in a Sex Degrees of Separation revival. Typical.

Although I thought he was a little over the top in his reaction, I couldn’t get mad at his snappy tone. He was right. I would be lying if I said I didn’t scatter my energy. I start off doing one thing, but then something else catches my interest, which often results in a downward spiral of non-productivity and wasted time. I believe an angel came in the form of this famous playwright to tell me to stop spreading myself so thin in order to maximize my potential.

With Mars in Aries, the energy we exert is not only forceful, but focused [not unlike the phallic symbols that represent this astrological pair].

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Both Mars and Aries have a similar sort of tunnel vision, which helps them to win against any odds, especially when these energies are combined for this transit. Some may call this selfish or inconsiderate, but it is what it is. If you want to cross the finish line first, you might just have to skip the water break.