Conversations With My Higher Self
I have been using the Claregate Method and a Spiritual Diary for many years.
I recently had an interesting experience while doing so, and I thought it might be of interest to share it.
I will begin by saying a little bit about how I use my diary at present.
When I first learned about these techniques I recorded every single dream I had.
After a number of years I had about seven heavy books full of dreams. I found the material indigestible. I now feel that in those days I wasn’t very discriminating about which dreams needed recording.
However recording every dream was very good experience because apart from anything else the discipline of doing so greatly assists the ability to remember dreams, and the ability then to interpret dreams, which is an art in itself.
These days however, I spend at least an hour and usually two or even more every single night remembering and attempting to understand my dreams in a state of Hypnopompia, or waking sleep.
Sometimes this occurs in the middle of the night, sometimes in the morning.
However these days I don’t record most of my dreams. I decide whether to do so or not by asking my Higher Self! I always get a prompt indication by way of a feeling of urgent confirmation or a feeling of ‘not necessary’.
My sense is that mostly the dreams I record are ones I can’t understand. My experience is that sometimes these dreams refer to experiences still in the future, as I discover when I read through the diary months or years later.
As far as the Claregate Method is concerned, I use it whenever I am working on someone’s horoscope. Although I am an experienced astrologer, I would not dream of writing a report on someone’s natal chart without submitting all the major aspects to my diary.
There are two ways of doing this. One is to submit the aspect in the approved fashion before going to sleep and to record any dream which occurs.
The other is to submit the aspect in a waking state, or in a state of Hypnopompia, and record images which then present themselves in my mind.
I also, quite frequently, submit aspects from my own chart, or charts of close friends or members of my family, in an effort to help me understand something that is going on in my world at any given time.
For me the integration of the personality, ruled by Saturn, continues to be a major ongoing concern, and over time I have become familiar with which aspects in my chart relate to which aspects of my personality, and the different ways the soul, through the Rising Sign, tries to energise my efforts to achieve integration.
Therefore these days, in comparison to when I started using the Claregate Method, my decisions about which aspects to submit are perhaps more likely to be deliberated, in an effort to shed light on particular difficulties.
Recently I submitted a series of aspects from my own chart, and found that I could submit one aspect when I went to bed, and would typically wake up after three or four hours with a dream. I would write that down, and continue to meditate on the aspect in a state of Hypnopompia. I would then over a period of half an hour or so receive a further four or five vrittis, or brief dreamlike scenarios, which I would also write down.
I would then select another aspect and repeat the process, finding on more than one occasion I was able to get through up to three aspects in one night, with a total of about fifteen dreams or vrittis.
In case it is of interest I will list some of the results of this process.
All aspects from chart with Scorpio Rising.
My soul’s purpose is Moon conjunct Mars in Virgo 11. However these planets are also conjunct Saturn and square the Sun. This is a very complex and difficult aspect so I am trying to deconstruct it by posing different bits of the aspect in succession and then the whole thing.
First aspect: Sun, (9,10) intercepted Sag 1, Scorpio on cusp, trine Pluto retrograde, (4,5) in Leo 10.
responsible for the army flag with black writing on it which he carries around at a festival in a large town
(I have recently been responsible for helping distribute DB’s war memoirs in South Africa, the country where he was brought up, and in whose army he served).
mother, anxious about her daughter, makes sure every soldier who visits her house in this busy army town states his name and business
civic office sited in a bottleneck in an old English market town with resplendent black paintwork and brass door furniture takes advantage of annual festival to represent the army favourably especially to interested children
Saturn, (2,3) conjunct Moon (10,11) Virgo 11
racing down a hill on a home-made go kart
(image absorbed from recent reading of “Cannon Fodder” by Douglas Baker)
explaining to comrades after a conflict situation the importance of accurate language, but half aren’t listening.
using political deceit to gain advantage
the convention of mutually agreed losses
not wearing a diamond, which would have been an agreed sign, in a negotiation
carrying a tote bag
3rd Aspect: Saturn (2,3) conjunct Moon (10,11) conjunct Mars (12,1,2) Virgo 11
Michael kills Snoop
These are characters from the TV series The Wire. Both are drug dealers, Snoop (a lady with beautifully combed tails (is that the right word?) is the senior in the gang, and has told Michael to meet her somewhere to carry out a hit, but not to bring his gun as she will provide it. Michael is suspicious, gets there early, and somehow realises he is going to get hit, so as they drive together to the backlot he takes out his gun and threatens Snoop. Snoop asks “How did you know?” and Michael explains. Knowing she is going to be shot, Snoop then asks, “How’s my hair look?” Michael tells her it looks great.
Nathan – Amy Winehouse’s drummer.
On a live set, Amy always looks to Nathan to check the band is ready for the next number before beginning a song. Most numbers start with Nathan clicking his sticks.
Greek government defy the odds (in staying the course and stabilising things)
4th Aspect – the whole can of worms!
Saturn (2,3) conjunct Moon (10,11) conjunct Mars (12,1,2) Virgo 11 square Sun (9,10) intercepted Sag 2 Scorpio cusp
abandoned military airstrip on Pembrokeshire coast
wiretap in wartime
using a foreign language as a code in wartime
For example the Americans used Navaho language to communicate in the war in the Pacific. There’s a film about this, I forget the name.
Miro was a Spanish painter, contemporary of Picasso, who had some difficult decisions to make, as did many Spanish artists, around the time of the Spanish Civil War. He made his feeling clear through his paintings, which were expressionist/surrealist in style. He is also noted for his use of bright colours and vibrant, airy landscapes and skyscapes.