Rosalind Pape is the artist of the mandala on the 2015 Sojournal cover. Rosalind’s life passion is to create numerology mandalas (personalised commissioned), with her steady hand and extensive knowledge we are honoured share her gift in the Sojournal.
2015 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 8 YEAR.
KEYWORDS: ENERGY, STAMINA, STRENGTH, BALANCE, KARMA, RESPONSIBILITY, ABUNDANCE.
With 8’s energy guiding us through 2015, everything will increase, and that means your responsibilities, your stamina, your energy, your bank balance and your desire to be a success on all levels, in your work, your business, your relationships, everything, and this has a lot to do with the infinite cycle of energy that the vibration of 8 generates: the symbol of the 8 is the INFINITY symbol, after all!
And symbolically, the 8 also reflects the spiritual axiom of AS ABOVE –SO BELOW. 8 is constructed from an upper and a lower circle, with the upper circle representing the heavens or spiritual consciousness, and the lower circle representing objective, 3D consciousness and the earth plane. The symbol of 8 shows that the material realm is a reflection, the polar opposite of the Spiritual world. While under the influence of the 8 we must keep our energy cycling between the two realms to feel truly successful and fulfilled.
The karmic cycle is what keeps us focused on the earth plane, and underpins the physics of gravitational attraction, something the figure 8 displays graphically. But 8’s energy also pulls us out of density on her magnetic slipstream and gives us a glimpse of the cycles of cause and effect that give us a clearer and deeper understanding of how our thoughts and actions, our karma, create our experience.
8 often highlights where our energy is trapped, usually in a web of karma and ingrained habits. Pythagoras called 8 the Light and the Darkness: too often it is the lower half of the 8, the gravity of materialism and craving that is most apparent, the upper half, the higher, non-physical aspect seems out of reach or invisible to us. So we continue reacting to thoughts, actions and feelings with the same ego-driven responses, creating more sticky karma for ourselves, and remaining ignorant to the deeper meaning of events and our response to them.
This is a year to find and utilise your inner strength to overcome your ego-driven desires, that is the main message with 8’s energy. Take total responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions, go deep within and observe how you react to things, often without thinking first. This is going to change. You are being urged to use your feminine receptivity to become aware of and control and conquer any ego-driven impulses. All these messages are revealed in the 8th card of the Tarot, Strength:
This card depicts a woman standing over and grasping the open jaws of a lion. She is calm and in control, and has power over the lion without being forceful or aggressive Most decks have 8’s symbol of Infinity pictured above the woman’s head. The lion symbolises our wild side, our animal-instinctive self that must be tamed by the intuition, or the seeker within us, which is symbolised by the woman or the feminine, receptive side of our nature (the Goddess).
The calmness she displays tells us that we must seek to tame or focus our animal instincts with a gentle attitude, rather than a severe one. Through calm and focused discipline, we can balance our minds and develop the ability to consciously create and take responsibility for our reality.
The Lion is the Ego, the Solar Plexus centre, our individualized will. When we act according to our animal desires, we become entrapped in the dense suffering of materialism. Rather than trying to ignore, avert or go to war with our ego-selves, 8’s ebbing and flowing energy reminds us of the continuous flow of water, working away at the stone, in a calm, patient but very assertive way, which is the correct approach in the transformation of the ego self into spirit self.
The word responsibility adds up to 8! So it is a year to take responsibility for your total existence and experience of life, and once you do, abundance is yours! Once we let go of ego-driven attachments, the Universe can cycle her energy towards us for us to use without any impediment, and so no obstacle will deter us, that is the gift of the 8! Enjoy the year ahead everyone!
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