Oahu Island News
War, peace and standstill exist in our own unconscious feelings and
thoughts, not just in Iraq. In our inner lives, war or peace is a choice.
Astrology helps make it a conscious choice.
Astrologically, Mars governs war or work. Venus governs peace. The
trans-Neptunian planet Admetos governs standstill, or changing standstill
Three thousand years ago, the Chinese oracle “I Ching” taught that
peace and standstill are opposites, and two completely different hexagrams
describe war. War, according to the “I Ching,” is the expression of
force, cunning or guile. In modern terminology we would call this
“having a private agenda.” In is instinctual, reactive, not
contemplative and primarily concerned with dominance, even if the reason
may be for a collective higher good.
Conflict can be avoided if rights and duties are exactly defined at the
beginning of an undertaking, whether that enterprise is an international
economic or political activity or a children’s summer camp. If Mars in
your birth chart is expressing as brute force, power-tripping or
withholding assistance that is necessary to create solutions (known in
psychology as “passive-aggression”), the chances are that you are not
yet in touch with your higher Mars potentials.
Passive-aggressors are covert anger cases, lying to themselves and others
about their inner war. Passive-aggression leads to standstill.
Tantrum-throwers are overt anger cases, lying about others to get their
way, definitely causing war. The evolved Mars choice is to be pro-active
in eliciting cooperative solutions for issues at hand.
Peace, on the other hand, requires even
more effort than war. Peace needs conscious cultivation of the Venus
potential from your birth chart. It tends to be fair, unselfish,
interested in the well-being of others and its own, creating beauty and
harmony within, and projecting these vibrations out into its environment.
It subsequently prospers. But if Venus gets lazy, it creates standstill.
If Venus gets greedy or self-indulgent, it creates war.
Some people try to compartmentalize genders into sexist roles, but it
serves both to harmonize our individual masculine (Mars) and feminine
(Venus) potentials. Since both planets have higher and lower options,
cultivating sensitive respect for our impact on others will yield better
results. Self-effort will replace war, love will replace fear, modesty
will replace competition and humanitarianism will replace selfishness.
Jade Emory holds degrees in
psychology and education, has taught at American and Canadian colleges and
has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 429-2411.