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Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Life Using Vedic Astrology
Written by: Akua Hinds
March 22, 2016
I recently had the wonderful chance to interview a most charming up and coming author. Christopher (CHARM) McCalla is working on an informative and exciting new book about astrology titled The Forces Within: Self Empowerment Through Archetypal Astrology. McCalla’s fascination with astrology is nothing new; it began when he was a child and it has steadily grown over time.
“Since I was a child, I was really interested in astrology. I studied it from when I was young. When I got older I started studying it more in depth. Recently, I started studying an ancient Indian form of astrology, and it revealed a lot more things to me about astrology. When I was younger, I studied the western part of it. And, not even that in depth because the western side has a very deep tradition also. I began with what most people know; the general descriptions of the normal twelve signs. You have Aquarius, Gemini, Virgo and the other regular sun signs. People don’t understand that there’s a lot more to it than the sun sign. You have your Venus sign, your Mars, where all the planets are placed and degrees. But the western and the Vedic systems are different in terms of the calculations involved. When I started to study the different traditions, it got me even more excited about it, ” McCalla explained.
People who are experienced with astrology know that there are different forms of it and there are also many different astrological tools that experts use to find answers. McCalla’s book will have a special focus on Vedic astrology.
“I found that it’s essentially a chart form of what’s going on in your psyche. It’s like a map of probabilities and influences working upon your psyche; the likely frequencies and vibrations that your mind and personality will tune to throughout your life. The Vedic birth chart is a blueprint and in that blueprint, there’s an infinite amount of possibilities you can manifest through your active will, ” McCalla said.
The most common topics people seek astrological advice are love, loss, career, and family. For some people, they feel comforted by the guidance that they receive from astrologers and intuitive counsellors. However, other people become addicted to contacting psychics and they end up lacking confidence in their own abilities to make decisions for themselves. McCalla said that his goal for his book is to empower others to assess their life paths using charts by themselves.
“I don’t really agree with the whole practice of someone telling you how your year will end up, or even worse, how each day will play out. The way I approach it makes more sense to me; to study the birth chart and see how the blueprint of the mind is structured, and what influences act upon someone’s personality, love interests, intellect, speech and other areas of life. That can tell a lot especially if you’ve taken time to know the inner workings of your mind and reasons behind your actions. I do readings, but they are based on my own watered-down Vedic chart interpretation system. I find that Vedic astrology can get very complex. It’s almost too much for the average person to take in. I wanted my astrology to be for the average person, where it’s not too complex or convoluted. It’s giving them a basic vision of what their psyche and influences are projecting from a Vedic astrology standpoint,” McCalla said.
Astrology is a very ancient practice that dates back before biblical times. With the advent of the Internet, it is easier now in this time period than ever before to access horoscopes, zodiac information, and intuitive counsellors. Some people have regular daily sessions with their preferred advisors on astrology phone services. Although many psychic advisors can provide clarity and comfort to clients, McCalla cautions people to pace themselves with regards to getting readings.
“It can become an obsession. It becomes a problem when someone wants to control their life that much. And that relates to the idea of someone having that aspect to them present within the chart. Someone might have a more controlling personality style, according to their chart, and they may seek more power or knowledge over what’s going on in their life. I think the people into general astrology, and even more so, the people into the deeper aspects of astrology kind of like that power. Anyone that’s looking at the spiritual aspects of life or wanting to develop themselves, people who read self-development and self-help books; I think they all have that element of wanting to control or alter how they behave or how their mind works. They want to better understand what is influencing themselves and others, or more precisely, understand life in a more esoteric way. But, there are some people who would rather just go with the flow and see where life takes them. There are a lot of people that I know who make fun of self-help books. They say ‘Why would people need that? Just do it on your own. You should be able to discipline yourself. You should have your own willpower.’ But, some people like to read and understand these techniques because they want that feeling of control and true ownership over one's life and actions. I see that somewhat in people who look at horoscopes or people who go to psychics all the time. That’s their way of trying to gain control over the more difficult aspects of their psyche, that has caused them pain and struggle. But often, the more you try to forcefully control the mind, the more it goes wild. Many spiritual traditions call the mind a beast because it is not easy to control, ” McCalla pointed out.
However, there are of course, many clues that astrology provides to explain the cycles of life. Some people feel at peace when they receive predictions about their futures and prepare to handle the situations. Other people feel anxiety from the answers to their questions.
“It depends on the mind and discipline of the person because if they are an anxious person generally, they may just make it more intense. But if they are someone who can look within, meditate, and they can discipline themselves naturally, then that knowledge may help them get through whatever issue they need to be getting through during that period. For instance, with the Saturn transit in Vedic astrology which is called the Sade-Sati, I realized I was currently in the Sade-Sati. When I studied it and saw what time I began that cycle, and its various highs and lows, it aligned with great changes in my life. Things started to happen and certain events occurred that really changed me during the time cycle. It was really enlightening for me to see that. I was like ‘Okay, that’s why that happened.’ It was almost reassuring. I no longer felt the insecurity of wondering whether I was going down a dark path in my life and I couldn't control it. I realized certain things occurred because the planetary influences were having specific affects. Their alignments and transits within this Sade-Sati cycle were pushing and pulling my spirit to act in certain ways. It can be really enlightening to tap into all these influences working on our psyche at any given time,” McCalla said.
McCalla’s book should be published and available in August 2016, and he hopes that it serves as a guide to empower people to develop their perception abilities and uncover their destinies.
“We all have that intuition built in. I think at the end of the day it should end up where someone trusts their own intuition. Like I said, some people like to be directed. But at the end of the day, it’s something that you should learn to do yourself,” McCalla said.
Christopher McCalla’s book is scheduled to be released on August 18, 2016. Please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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