In this lifetime the Hero within makes many journeys to the metaphorical mountaintop; first descending into hell, and eventually ascending toward the light, all in search of something lost while gathering shattered pieces of the Self that have been forgotten or cast aside. This is the process of Individuation, Awakening, and Authentic Differentiation.
Using astrology and alchemy we can give this internal expedition a frame of reference to bring to light that which we have met along the road so far, and that which we may meet soon again as we voyage out into the chaotic unknown called Life. Ever is the call to know thy Self and fulfill our destiny and find the Inner Gold (Sun).
This call to reclaim our honor and live our given birth-rite demands that what we must awaken from is our unconscious base condition (Moon) which includes our story, familial psychic inheritance, security attachments, and dependency/learned helplessness that keeps us small and ego-driven.
The Hero must challenge society (Uranus) and the accepted fate of immortality (Saturn) and begin to face fears and dismantle the contained self-view and ego-personality structures. These internal walls of security for self-preservation are where one submits to the status quo, suffering and ignorance, all the while feeling limited and alone but seemingly protected from outside harm.
At the threshold we meet saboteurs and enemies (internal & external) who block paths and expose our weakness as we flail in the abyss and are disillusioned (Neptune). We will eventually meet guides and mentors who assist us in slaying inner dragons, clearing paths and finding a way toward integration, an Initiation. Through the darkness we can finally see the light/value of an inner death and re-birth (Pluto).
With the path clear the Hero returns transformed with perfected eyes and a new view of Life: a clear vision and understanding of ‘Who we are’ in the Collective Consciousness and a sense of eternal immortality (Spirit). The Hero is Reborn- whole and holy and is free to wander again, believing in life’s special destiny as a quest to be pursued with courage, always in the face of ever-present uncertainty.
Written by Corey Gilbert-Astrological Counselor/Mentor