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Another KSFR Radio Broadcast on the Moon Phases

KSFR, Santa Fe’s NPR station, broadcasts a show called “MOONWISE” that is organized by an old friend of mine, Merrylin LeBlanc. I joined Merrylin on a number of her broadcasts of MOONWISE this summer. We mostly spoke about, what else . . ., the MOON. I shared with her the system of interpreting the MOON based on its 28 day cycle, called the DAY PHASES OF THE MOON, while Merrylin shared her expertise in the EIGHT phase system perfected by Rudhyar. This one is on the last 14 days of the Moon’s cycle, called the “waning” half of her cycle. Click the link to access the podcasts. You can stream them or download them for later listening.

http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-august-20-2016-waning-moon-cycle-with-kilaya-ciriello

 

I will be doing one more show with her on my most favorite topic of all: THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE! As some of you might know, I wrote a book with this title on the sign of SCORPIO and its significance to all of life everywhere (not just birth chart Scorpios). I hope to expound on some of the concepts I wrote about in that book in my next show with Merrylin.

You can buy this book on AMAZON either in print or KINDLE form or you can download a SAMPLE for free! Check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Scorpio-Ring-Fire-Astrological/dp/0988801507/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1419013271&sr=1-1

 

Some Recent Radio Broadcasts on Astrology

I have spent a beautiful summer in Santa Fe and got the chance to be on a local radio station as well. KSFR, Santa Fe’s NPR station, broadcasts a show called “MOONWISE” that is organized by an old friend of mine, Merrylin LeBlanc. Merrylin and I met years ago when I lived in Santa Fe and we were both members of the now-defunct Santa Fe Astrologers’ Forum. Merrylin and I used to run a clinic where we (along with other professional astrologers) gave readings to anyone who came. The unique thing about this was that we all collaborated on the readings. What a great experience that was! Normally, astrologers are completely alone (like psychologists) when they give readings which I think is somewhat limiting. It is better to collaborate! Especially when you are collaborating with such a top-notch experienced astrologer as Merrylin!

Anyway, I joined Merrylin on a number of her broadcasts of MOONWISE this summer. We mostly spoke about, what else . . ., the MOON. I shared with her the system of interpreting the MOON based on its 28 day cycle, called the DAY PHASES OF THE MOON, while Merrylin shared her expertise in the EIGHT phase system perfected by Rudhyar. So we had loads of fun! Enjoy. Click the links to access the podcasts. You can stream them or download them for later listening.

8/6/2016  http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-august-6-2016-waxing-phases-of-the-moon-with-kilaya

6/25/16   http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-june-25-2016-moon-phases-with-kilaya

6/11/16   http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-june-11-2016-28-moon-phases-with-astrologer-kilaya

2/27/16   http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-february-27-2016-moon-phases-with-kilaya-ciriello

 

These two shows focused on interpreting the current new moons of the summer so they are a bit less interesting after the fact, so to speak:

7/30/16  http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-july-30-2016-leo-moon-cycle-with-kilaya

7/2/16   http://moonwise.libsyn.com/moonwise-july-2-2016-cancer-moon-cycle-with-kilaya

 

I will be doing one more show with her on my most favorite topic of all: THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE! As some of you might know, I wrote a book with this title on the sign of SCORPIO and its significance to all of life everywhere (not just birth chart Scorpios). I hope to expound on some of the concepts I wrote about in that book in my next show with Merrylin.

You can buy this book on AMAZON either in print or KINDLE form or you can download a SAMPLE for free! Check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Scorpio-Ring-Fire-Astrological/dp/0988801507/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1419013271&sr=1-1

 

A Spiritual Warrior has to believe! Another tribute to Don Juan’s teachings.

“The trump card of the warrior is that he believes without believing. But obviously a warrior can’t just say he believes and let it go at that. That would be too easy. To just believe without any exertion would exonerate him from examining his situation. A warrior, whenever he has to involve himself with believing, does it as a choice. A warrior doesn’t believe, a warrior has to believe.” -Don Juan

from “The Wheel of Time” pg. 141, by Carlos Castaneda.

I think that Socrates would have liked and got along well with Don Juan. They both believed that an essential task in life was to become paragons of reason. They both held logical thinking to be their religion. And ironically there conclusions about how to live life were remarkably similar. Both of them are only known to us through the reports of their disciples, neither of them having been interested in posterity.

This above quote from Don Juan is central to the teachings he gave Carlos Castaneda over a ten year period. It is a very interesting take on faith, for those of us with some experience studying and examining faith within religious milieus. Don Juan’s faith is logical; that is, he asserts that if one truly is a deep thinker one will come to the conclusion inevitably that to have faith is the only logical choice in life. A human really has no other logical choice than to believe in life, as fully as possible, because the opposite is to believe in death and to believe in death makes no sense because it is definitely coming anyway.

A warrior doesn’t believe, he has to believe, Don Juan teaches. I believe this is another way of describing the perspective of the mahatma. Krishna gives a description of the mahatma within the Bhagavad Gita and I believe it is congruous with Don Juan’s statement about faith. Krishna describes the mahatma to be someone of infinite care, concern and attention but with no preferences. I believe that is the same thing as saying that the mahatma “does not believe, he or she has to believe.” In other words the mahatma doesn’t believe because believe would involve giving the ego an importance that it doesn’t have but a mahatma has to believe because he or she is made up of love.

Faith, if we have it, is somewhat blind for most of us. We believe in something that seems right and good but is really beyond our capacity to understand. The warrior, in Don Juan’s descriptions, doesn’t however make anything out of his or her lack of capacity to understand. He knows that his lack of mental facility is inherent to his condition as a human and so doesn’t think he or she will ever have the capacity to understand so deeply that his belief will ever not be blind. But at the same time the warrior concludes that belief or faith is a fundamental component of true living. There is no way that a warrior can engage life fully without encountering what is beyond his intellectual faculty and so faith must be invoked or else he becomes a convention person, willfully denying the existence of what doesn’t fit his fixed world view. No, a warrior refuses to deny anything because that is death and so a warrior recognizes that he or she must believe. But because he or she will never have sufficient knowledge to truly believe (without a doubt) the warrior chooses to believe knowing that he or she cannot ever fully believe. Thus the warrior admits his or her limitations but pledges him or herself to the side of truth and goodness.

As I describe in detail in my book, THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE, this type of logic made sense to me when I came to an impasse in my life over 20 years ago. I knew then that I didn’t believe because I didn’t understand. I also saw that my lack of faith translated directly into self-destructive behavior and that self-destructive behavior, even when it was small and minor, was cumulative in life and would lead prematurely to death. Acknowledging, as Don Juan teaches, that death was the only certainty in life, I saw that my lack of belief was the height of foolishness and ignorance. From that point on I didn’t believe but I made the decision to believe because there really isn’t another logical choice in life. I didn’t really think that I could make something positive of my life, something that would make a difference somehow on this planet, but I knew that I had to act as if I did. Giving lip service to a faith is not enough, I realized. In fact, I didn’t actually have to believe but I did actually have to live as if I did. I had to live a life of faith despite my doubt because maybe, just maybe, I was wrong and miracles can happen.

 

“Death is the indispensable ingredient in having to believe. It is only because death is stalking him that a warrior has to believe that the world is an unfathomable mystery.
Having to believe in such a fashion is the warrior’s expression of his innermost predicament.”  -Don Juan

“The Wheel of Time,” pg. 142.

“Can any of you add an hour to life by fretting about it?” Matthew 6:27

This quotation from Jesus in the gospel of Matthew has been read countless times but how many times has it really been pondered? It’s a deceptively simple sentence but like Morpheus, in the movie THE MATRIX, tells Neo, it’s actually a rabbit hole that many of us fear falling into.

My book, THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE, is based upon my efforts to truly consider this line from Matthew. What I ended up with after many years of deep (and often dead-ended) reflection and meditation was a question. It was a question that when first asked caused an epileptic-like spasm through my body. It was a question that was to become the guiding focus of my life:

What if death is the most important part of life?

In that same section of Matthew Jesus says more:

“Don’t fret about your life–what you’re going to eat and drink–or about your body–what you’re going to wear. There is more to living than food and clothing, isn’t there? Take a look at the birds of the sky: they don’t plant or harvest, or gather into barns. Yet your heavenly father feeds them. You’re worth more than they, aren’t you? . . .”

“Why worry about clothes? Notice how the wild lillies grow: they don’t slave and they never spin. Yet let me tell you, even [King} Solomon at the height of his glory was never decked out like one of them. If God dresses up the grass in the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into an oven, won’t God care for you even more, you who don’t take anything for granted?”

“So don’t fret. Don’t say, ‘What am I going to eat?’ or ‘What am I going to drink?’ or ‘What am I going to wear?’ These are all things that un-spiritual people seek. After all, God is aware that you need them. You are to seek God’s side and his justice, first, and all these things will come to you as a bonus. So don’t fret about tomorrow. Let tomorrow fret about itself. The troubles that this day brings are enough.” Matthew 6:25-34

My meditations on these teachings ended up slamming me into my attitude on death. I was trained to put my death first. I was conditioned to protect, provide for and ensure the future of my body, first. Isn’t that what my bank accounts, my 5 year career plans, my retirement plans and my frequent credit checks were all about?

But, what if I lived with an acceptance of death instead of an antagonism towards it, surrendered towards the certainty that death will at some point come and with a different focus on life as a result?

What if I lived accepting that death is the most important part of life? What if life is just time that I have to surrender to death and to learn how to live life richly from that place of surrender? What if life only really begins when I have fully pre-accepted (intellectually, emotionally and physically) my death? What if death is truly my greatest friend on the matt of life? How do I develop a healthy relationship to this friend? These are the questions that produced THE SCORPIO RING OF FIRE.