I was born eight hours before the sun moved from Cancer into Leo. When I discovered this as a young girl, it brought me no surprise because I already knew that I had a pretty evenly split personality. The archetypes observers of the stars have whittled down into twelve astrological signs over the years only confirmed to me what I already knew from experience: that I have a sensitive, introspective, watery timid Veronica coexisting within me alongside an outgoing, social, fiery loud Veronica.
Truthfully, I think we are all microcosms of the cosmos meaning that everything outside of us can be found within; materials, processes and reactions we study outside our bodies occur within us physically and energetically. I’m sure you have felt moments of flow and moments of fiery passion in your life as well as sensed the feeling of a soaring heart or grounded stillness. These are archetypes — basic patterns recognizable across time and space — and they represent particular strengths which we can all call upon in moments of particular need.
Today I was reflecting on this duality and how it manifests directly in my life. After a few exercises in free writing and listing this poem came out. I hope you enjoy it.
You are FIRE:
Everything fuels your transformative blaze.
You rush through obstacles,
defying gravity and leaving in your wake
offerings of destruction.
Your actions create by subtraction
the potential to begin anew.
Your power is a burst of simplification.
You care not for blockages and erase them,
shining enlightenment outwards where
it falls upon all those in your path.
You are the one who manifests change,
the one who initiates alchemical reactions
and generates newness and growth
by the nature and force of your will.
You are WATER:
Your patient and gentle persistance
transforms the most ancient of obstacles,
revealing what is long-hidden and
polishing imperfections with your eternal flow.
You are the bringer of life,
the kindest lover who nurtures indiscriminately,
integrating and assimilating
everything in your path.
Your power is passive,
deceptively receptive yet nothing can stop you.
All of life thirsts for your inspiration and
your life-giving substance gathers at the lowest points on Earth
where you gather as the one great body
which ebbs and pulses with the graceful union
of the womb from which life first sprang.
P.S. I tagged this “Yoga” because yoga means union and we can bring our selves to union by naming the parts that make up our whole. What parts create the sum that is your whole being? How do you manage your personalities? Ever found the mood swings a bit of a challenge? Tell us!