originally published October 12, 1992
When I was twelve, I read many books and paperbacks which I purchased from the local drugstore and which, at that time were the only available “new” knowledge in my environment. Among my favorites which made the greatest impact, were the small paperback books about astrology, Betty Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique” and Edith Hamilton’s “Greek Mythology”.
What an eclectic assortment!! And what a lasting impression when you combine all three approaches of these books–the order of the universe as denoted through the signs of the zodiac, new views from a feminine perspective that were gleaned from the traditional and more patriarchally based Greek Mythology and literature !! What an impact these words had on me at the impressionable age of 12 through 14. It began a time for me that separated my thinking processes from everyone else in my environment. It was the beginning of independent thinking.
Even less known was the direction and the resulting magic seeds that were planted in me at that time. Those seeds grew into a career as an astrologer who interprets old stories and translates them into modern language and pictures. Each one of the books had their merits, but the one that most deeply impacted me was the book about Mythology.
I moved into a world of imagination beyond imagination–that fourth dimension, where suddenly everything is related to everything in the cosmos and one realizes there is a true pattern to everything.
It opened something up inside of me that I can only term “ancient memory”. This is something that we all have and what Carl Jung referred to as the “Collective Unconscious.” Continue reading →