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Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

Copyright © 2019 Daniel Lally and Jeff Baugher. All rights reserved.

Abridged, re-edited and previously published under the title, The Temple of the Zodiac.

Special Thanks to Lonna Smith for cover photograph and playing the role of Meresankh in this book’s
video prequel available at AstrologicalTaiChi.com.

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But so far, no one has succeeded
in singing an epic of peace.

What is it about peace that keeps


its inspiration from enduring?

–Wim Wenders
Wings of Desire
Table of Contents

Prologue…………………………………………………………………………….7

Afterword by Jeff Baugher..………………………………………………….…..163


Afterword by Daniel Lally………..………………………………………….…..166

Appendix…………………………………………………………………….…...171

About the Authors….……………………………………………………….…….199


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Mediterranean Sea

Alexandria

Lower
Egypt
Heliopolis
Giza
Saqqara
Memphis Sinai

EGYPT
132 A.D.
N ile R
iver

Upper
Egypt
Dendera Re
dS
Western ea
Desert Karnak
Luxor

Philae

Nubia
Lake Nasser
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Prologue

The free video prequel of this tale is available at AstrologicalTaiChi.com.

Our tale continues in the year 132 C.E. at the Temple of Hathor in Philae,
Egypt. Like the Greek and Roman goddesses of love Venus and Aphrodite,
the Egyptian love goddess Hathor was one of the most beloved of the Egyptian
deities. She was a personification/deification of the ideal wife, mother and lover,
so naturally, many men and women prayed to receive her blessings. Hathor was
also the goddess of music and dance and, as such, her priests and priestesses were
adept at integrating dance and movement into their rituals.
Our tale continues one moonless night at the Temple of Hathor in Philae,
Egypt, as Nefertiti—a priestess of Hathor—awakens from a strangely familiar
dream.
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Nefertiti took a deep breath and relaxed, savoring the dream imagery as she had been taught.
Something about the dream felt so familiar...and while it still lingered, she resolved that after
morning worship she would seek out the high priestess of her temple—the Temple of Hathor at
Philae—to delve deeper into the dream’s meaning.
Named at birth for the radical former queen of Egypt, Nefertiti had always been an ideal
priestess of Hathor. She was very sensitive and intuitive, and at sacred gatherings her dancing
was somehow both sensual and otherworldly. Her name, which meant “the beautiful one has
come,” couldn’t have been more appropriate: she was indeed irresistible.
In private audience with her high priestess later that morning, Nefertiti confided that she had
dreamt of an ancient queen sitting on a throne. Then as the image faded, a cool wind arose and
swept into their temple at Philae, swept Nefertiti off her feet and spirited her down the Nile to
the Dendera temple complex. And there in a misty secluded temple, a pair of gracefully moving
figures slowly danced before her, and then faded as she awoke.
The high priestess was intrigued by Nefertiti’s dream. Although it was common for priests
and priestesses of Hathor to have dreams rich in symbolism, something was telling her that
Nefertiti’s dream would prove mysteriously prophetic. So after several questions to help
clarify the symbols of her dream, the high priestess then bid Nefertiti to journey to Dendera
to explore the meaning of her dream, for after all, it was a priestess of Hathor’s duty to delve
into such mysteries. With a smile of joy and gratitude, Nefertiti bowed reverently to her high
priestess, and after a mutual sacred gesture, she quietly exited the private chamber.
Upon completing her sacred duties, Nefertiti secured passage with one of the Philae river
merchants who was happy to support her quest, and after a several day boat journey down the
Nile, Nefertiti arrived at Dendera. Once inside the temple complex, she sought out Dendera’s
high priest to explain the intention of her visit. The high priest welcomed her, then blessed her
quest and had her shown to a private room that would be hers for the duration of her stay.
Nefertiti was relieved that the room was near the baths, for it had been a long, hot journey down
the Nile, and she wanted to bathe and refresh.
More than a religious center, Dendera’s temples were surrounded by lush, beautiful trees
and gardens—Taurean expressions of the goddess. Nefertiti smiled as she heard the breeze
whispering in the trees surrounding her quarters, and as she finished dressing and freshening up,
she stepped outside to commune with nature and explore the complex. Following a winding
path through the temple gardens, to her delight she found a water garden adjacent to the sacred
lake and sat down to enjoy the sunset and take in her surroundings.
Dendera—Nefertiti recalled from her neophyte training—was a central location for honoring
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not only Hathor and Isis, but also the celestial wisdom of the Zodiac. She also remembered how
rich in history the temple was: sacred buildings at Dendera dated at least as far back as the 26th
century BCE and the Pharaoh Khufu—builder of the great pyramid of Giza. And most recently,
building at Dendera had been resumed by queen Cleopatra (69-30 BCE) and had continued by
the Roman emperors Tiberius, Nero, Domitian and Trajan.
It was a soft, quiet evening, and Nefertiti remained in the water garden until sunset, taking in
the beauty of her surroundings. Then, in the gathering dusk, she retraced her steps back to her
quarters to retire, hoping for a good night’s sleep and more inspirational dreams.
Before dawn the next morning, she put on a simple linen dress for sunrise worship with the
other priests and priestesses, and when the rituals were complete, she silently toured the Temple
of Hathor, reverently reading the sacred hieroglyphs and contemplating the celestial wisdom.
In the shadows of a large column, she noticed a priest lighting incense at one of the temple
shrines. As he did not appear to be performing a ritual per se, she approached quietly, caught
his eye, and in soft whispers inquired about the temple she had seen in her dream. He nodded,
knowing the place—the old temple they called it—but because it had no inscriptions
whatsoever, he admitted that no one really understood its true purpose. The priest then pointed
her in the direction of the old temple, and thanking him, Nefertiti returned outdoors.
Nefertiti could always feel more energy out in nature. But as she moved through the gardens,
she began to feel a different sensation, a tingling or vibration in her body and an almost
involuntary impulse to move forward, like a gentle wind at her back. She smiled, recognizing
the familiar sensation from her dream, of being carried or guided by a benevolent, invisible
force.
She followed the meandering path through trees and ornamental grasses and, moments later,
the path opened to reveal a small temple nearly hidden by palms and other lush greenery.
Entering the temple, Nefertiti bowed reverently then made her way through the dimly lit
corridor into the inner sanctum. To her surprise, the inner sanctum was not a dark room
honoring a deity, but a spacious circular chamber lit by indirect sunlight. And painted on the
surrounding walls among the columns and arches were twelve mysterious, life-size images.
Nefertiti toured the inner sanctum with slow, pleasurable steps, examining the images in detail.
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When Nefertiti came full circle, her gaze shifted to the floor, revealing lines carved a half inch
into the smooth stone surface. She noticed that the lines formed a circle whose perimeter
stopped about three feet from the life-size images on the surrounding wall, and inside the circle,
perfectly straight lines divided the circle in twelve equal parts. Nefertiti immediately guessed
the meaning of the floor’s design—a horizontal depiction of a horoscope chart wheel, used to
map the planets and twelve signs of the Zodiac!
And at the center of the circle was a large ankh symbol like she had seen in her dream!
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I can’t see you, but I know you’re here. I feel it.

–Peter Falk in Wings of Desire

Mesmerized, Nefertiti lingered for a few moments, marveling at the design and beauty of
the temple. In its openness and simplicity, she saw infinite possibilities of creativity. But she
was puzzled by the connection between the horoscope floor, the ankh, and the twelve enigmatic
images.
She knew from her earlier discussion with the priest that no one could offer any insight into
its purpose. But from experience, she also knew that when the outer world couldn’t offer any
answers, it was time to turn to a deeper source of inspiration and notice what her body wisdom
had to say about the subject. So she returned to the quiet water garden she had found the
previous evening, and seated herself to reflect and listen to her inner voice.
As the breath was an important component of her spiritual practices, for a few moments
Nefertiti closed her eyes and simply allowed her body to let go of tension as she exhaled.
With one breath, her mind and body relaxed. A few exhales later, she began to feel a calm
settle into her eyes, forehead and brow. Gradually, her thoughts and feelings became peaceful
and, over several minutes, Nefertiti’s mind became as serene and still as the reflecting pool
before her.
A few moments of serenity later, out of the stillness came a sudden flash of intuition: in her
mind’s eye, Nefertiti saw an image of a hieroglyphic tablet, buried near the old temple on the
far side of the temple complex. “Could it be related to my dream?” she thought excitedly.
Her heart gently pounding, Nefertiti said a prayer of thanks, opened her eyes, then slowly
stood and retraced her steps back to the secluded old temple. And as she moved back through
the gardens, she felt the familiar guiding force grow stronger with every step.
When she reached the old temple, she felt the magnetic tingling of the benevolent invisible
force gently guide her to the steps and gently downward until she was kneeling beneath a tall
palm near the left side of the entrance. Only then did it occur to her that—when the temple was
originally uncovered and restored—what if the priests had not dug deep enough in their
excavations! She hurriedly began clearing away the sandy soil at the base of the palm.
A few inches below the sandy topsoil, Nefertiti began to unearth handfuls of sand that must
have blown in from the western desert long ago. And as the mounds of sand grew around her,
about arms length beneath the surface, her hand struck stone!
Nefertiti hurriedly traced around the edges of the stone and discovered it was about four feet
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tall and three feet wide. And as she brushed the remaining sand from the upper face, to her
delight she saw that she was unearthing a large stone tablet with tiny images and meticulously
inscribed hieroglyphs!
She quickly returned to the main astrological temple and searched for Dendera’s high
priest to tell him of her discovery. At first he was unimpressed, stating that ever since the Old
Kingdom, temples had been built and rebuilt at this area, and there was bound to be some left
over masonry. But his curiosity got the better of him and he agreed to follow her back to the old
temple to see her find.
When they reached the old temple, Nefertiti and the high priest lifted the inscribed tablet to
its proper position—it had evidently slipped off its base from the weight of the blowing sand—
and cleaned away the remaining sand and soil. As they worked side by side, Nefertiti told the
priest of the vision she had just had and how she thought it could possibly relate not only to the
dream that brought her to Dendera, but to the actual purpose of the old temple.
As she spoke, she noticed that the high priest could barely take his eyes off the tablet.
“He’s only half-listening,” Nefertiti thought. But when she finished speaking, his response
surprised her.
“Priestess of Hathor,” he turned to her, smiled and said, “you have been given a gift. You
have been brought down the Nile to Dendera...guided to this temple...given a vision of this
buried tablet...and guided to the spot where it lay hidden for centuries.”
“I trust that more will be revealed to you,” he continued, his smile fading, “but I also sense
that my presence will only delay any further revelations you may have.”
So the high priest blessed her and bid her continue her work at the old temple, reassuring her
that she was welcome to stay as long as she liked and that he was only moments away if she
needed anything.
He did ask, however, that whenever Nefertiti completed her investigation, that she share her
discovery with everyone at Dendera, for the benefit of all. Nefertiti agreed, and with a mutual
bow of reverence, the high priest returned to the main temple area.
It had been a long morning and the Egyptian sun was bright and directly overhead. Even
though there was a cluster of palms nearby, they offered little shade at this angle of sunlight.
Feeling overheated and thirsty from her exertions, Nefertiti decided to retire to her room to
freshen up and rest, resolving to return to the old temple in the early evening.
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Dendera is an astronomical temple. It stands on the foundations


of a series of much earlier temples. Continuous rebuilding on ancient sites
meant that very old ideas were constantly being re-expressed in new forms.

–Graham Hancock
Quest for the Lost Civilization

That evening, as the cooler winds rose out of the west, Nefertiti returned to the old secluded
temple on the far grounds of the Dendera complex. She sat down and, taking a deep breath,
gazed upon wisdom lost for untold centuries.
The top of the stone tablet was engraved with a large image of an ankh—the symbol of
life—and the lower portion was divided into five main sections of hieroglyphs and tiny images.
“Welcome to The Temple of Peace, built in the twenty second year of the reign of Pharaoh
Khufu.” Quickly doing the math, Nefertiti realized that the temple was nearly 3000 years old!
“This temple is a monument to peace, but peace is more than an absence of violence,” the
hieroglyphs continued. “Peace also comes from being fully human, from feeling the depth of
one’s humanity and full of the beauty and lushness of life.”
Then the hieroglyphs discussed how the temple was a monument to the stars as well, but in
a way that Nefertiti had never heard before. They claimed that instead of starting up in the head
with analysis and intellectualization to understand the constellations of the Zodiac, that one
could also start down in the body to understand them as an expression of human nature and the
beauty and lushness of life. “It is like building a pyramid,” they claimed. One starts from the
ground up, not from the top down.” The hieroglyphs then suggested that both the beauty of
nature, human nature and the deeper meaning of the collection of stars known as the Zodiac
could easily be understood through relaxed, fluid movement.
Nefertiti felt a thrill as she read this ancient holistic wisdom, for movement and dance were
her forte as a priestess of Hathor!
“Like the base of the pyramid,” the hieroglyphs elaborated, “first and foremost, the
constellations of the Zodiac represent building blocks or parts of human nature. And to that end,
all around the walls of the inner sanctum are life-size images that represent movements for
these parts of human nature, esoterically known as Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo,
Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. And when these movements are
performed slowly and fluidly, they bring more of you to life and help you to know thyself and
make peace with various aspects of your human nature.
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“As you become more conscious of and free up these parts of yourself,” they continued,
“you also free up energy, filling the mind and body with a great peace and joy.”
And as this energy—this life force as the hieroglyphs called it—builds and is freed up, they
claimed that the energy can literally become palpable, and when people feel that life force in
their hands and bodies, it permanently altars their perception of life and the material world.
The hieroglyphs then offered simple step by step instructions for each of the twelve
movements and other details about the temple. Nefertiti eagerly read through the information
and, to the best of her ability, committed it to memory.
“These slow, relaxed fluid movements, combined with natural rhythmic breathing,” the
hieroglyphs continued, “unify the body, mind and soul. And when you feel that unified rhythm,
you will naturally know how many movements to do and when you have done enough. “It is
like knowing when you are full.”
As the hieroglyphs continued, they extolled the virtues of the breath, claiming that the breath
is the gateway to the body, and the body the gateway to the heart.
“Over time,” they said, “as you move slowly and fluidly, breathe naturally, notice how each
movement feels and feel the life force, mysterious body wisdom—thoughts, associations,
emotions, sensations and memories—will also begin to bubble up in your body and heart,
informing you about your life in ways that the brain alone cannot.”
The hieroglyphs then made another extraordinary claim: that if enough people were familiar
with these movements, it would usher in a new golden age of peace on earth.
When Nefertiti reached the end of the section, the hieroglyphs concluded simply with an
invitation to enter the temple’s inner sanctum to experience the movements, step by step.
Nefertiti felt both exhilaration and skepticism. The claims the hieroglyphs made felt both
like a dream come true...and almost too good to be true! But she took a few breaths to relax
and center herself, and with great anticipation, she moved to the inner sanctum of the ancient
temple to perform movements that no one had seen or done in thousands of years.
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Aries

Like the hieroglyphs indicated, Nefertiti moved to the first part of the circle and paused for a
moment, looking up at the painted image of Aries the ram and recalling its characteristics.
“Aries is the life theme that is about inner warrior and the instinct to fight for survival,” she
recalled. “It’s about pushing forward or pushing back, not backing down, overcoming, and
winning.”
“But instead of putting our head down and charging like the ram, for the most part, our
instinct is to move forward to strike with our hands.”
Then she considered the Aries image again. It was posed, as if pushing or striking
something. Following the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti mirrored the pose, stepping
forward with her right foot, and pushing her right palm forward. She then slowly stepped
forward with the other foot, repeating the movement on the other side while bringing her
opposite hand to waist, a push-pull movement she had seen warriors do to generate more power.
After repeating the movements several times, her head and upper body felt incredibly
powerful and she felt the power of pushing forward, not backing down and the thrill of victory
in some area of her life.
And as she completed the movements, it occurred to Nefertiti that the Aries movement was a
great reminder to set boundaries and be assertive.
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Taurus


Feeling complete with the Aries movement, Nefertiti moved to the second section of the
circle and paused for a moment, recalling the characteristics of Taurus the bull. She knew that
Taurus is associated with the alimentary canal from the lips all the way down to the stomach,
and that Taurus is the instinct for fulfillment in all its forms.
Then following the movement instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti bent her knees and
shifted her center of gravity down toward the earth. Then with hands below the waist, she
reached out and up in front, as if she was taking something with both hands, and drew it up and
toward her mouth. She then turned both palms down, moving the hands down along the throat
and chest toward the stomach, as if placing that valuable item in a treasure chest just below the
waist.
As Nefertiti repeated the Taurus movement several times, she experienced that it had a
circular quality, almost like breathing: drawing a breath in, taking it down into the body, and
then letting go or exhaling to bring in more air. And then as she did the movement again, she
realized that the movement also mirrored eating or reaching out for more of anything!
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Taurus movement was
a great reminder of receiving in all its forms.
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Gemini



Feeling complete with the Taurus movement, Nefertiti moved to the third part of the
circle, and paused for a moment, recalling the characteristics of Gemini, the sign of twins.
“Gemini is the instinct for communication and intelligence,” she recalled, “to gather clues or
bits of information, and then pass them on and scan the environment for more.”
Following the movement instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti widened her stance,
brought one hand to her waist with the palm up, and imagined reaching down and taking a
message from that palm. Then reaching out to the side, she feigned giving or relaying the
message to someone else.
She then released her hand down and back in and, changing hands and shifting her weight,
she repeated the same movement to the other side.
Flowing side to side in the Gemini movement several times, Nefertiti couldn’t help but
smile, recalling passing notes in the schools of her youth, and how it took two people to do it.
And it was in the context of passing notes that she could really understand how the message-
bearing quality of Gemini is so associated with the lungs for the voice and with the arms, hands
and fingers for delivering messages.
And as she completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Gemini movement was a
great reminder of communication in all its forms.
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Feeling complete with the Gemini movement, Nefertiti moved to the fourth section. She
paused for a moment, recalling that Cancer the crab is about vulnerability and the instinct for
gentleness and sensitivity.
Then following the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti stepped forward with her right
foot and imagined lovingly drawing a child to her breast with her right hand, cradling it from
below with her left. Relaxing her arms, she drew them a bit closer to her as if to cradle a child
and relaxed her head down toward her breast. She then slowly rocked forward and backward
like a rocking chair.
And as she continued, the more she rocked, the more nurturing she felt. And she could feel
in her body—and from the placement of her hands—how the Cancer is associated with the
breasts and lap—the nurturing parts of the body.
After a few movements forward and backward, like the hieroglyphics indicated, Nefertiti
stepped backward and changed the position of her hands and legs, repeating the movements to
the other side. But as she changed sides, she remembered what the hieroglyphs said: that
nurturing doesn’t happen in a vacuum and that at times we all want support and nurturing. And
she realized that Cancer is also the deeper part of us that wants to step back and receive support.
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Cancer movement was
a great reminder to nurture and be nurtured.
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Feeling complete with the Cancer movement, Nefertiti moved to the fifth part of the circle
and paused for a moment, recalling that Leo the lion is the instinct to take a part of us—a part
that is brilliant and uniquely beautiful—and to express it out into the world, and then receive
back the wave of applause or appreciation (hopefully.)
Then following the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti slowly stepped to the side and
opened her arms, as if, like the sun, radiating light from her center outwards. She couldn’t keep
from smiling, because the pose reminded her of being on stage and performing for an adoring
public.
But she also remembered that this was only the first part of the movement: the second part of
the movement was to bring her feet together and bring her hands back to her heart, taking a
bow, as if she was receiving a standing ovation back from an adoring audience.
She repeated the movements again several times, each time feeling as if she was shining her
light and being herself in all her glory, and then receiving back a wave of cheers or round of
applause. Nefertiti felt as if she was glowing and really understood how Leo is associated with
the heart.
And as she completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Leo movement was a great
reminder to be yourself with no apologies.
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Feeling complete with the Leo movement, Nefertiti moved to the sixth part of the circle and
paused for a moment, recalling that Virgo is about having an instinctive eye for detail, and be-
ing willing to serve in a practical way.
Then following the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti mirrored the pose and
immediately felt like she was holding up a mirror to checking her appearance. Then continuing,
she crossed her arms and brushed her palms past each other toward the right side of her body—
in a scissoring motion—and relaxed the left hand down to the side and below her waist. The
movement was very distinctive and felt sort of like ‘separating the wheat from the chaff.’ She
then returned to her center, drawing her right hand in close to her eyes. And then she did the
same movement to the other side.
“The Virgo movement also feels like cleaning or hygiene, where undesirables are removed,”
she thought. And as she continued moving, she realized how washing, scrubbing, wiping,
brushing, deodorizing, shaving, plucking, showering and freshening up were all symbolized by
the Virgo movement.
It also dawned on her how Virgo is associated with the small intestine, the organ responsible
for extracting the good from the bad.
And as Nefertiti completed, it occurred to her that the Virgo movement was a great reminder
of humility, hygiene, being meticulous and having an eye for detail.
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Feeling complete with the Virgo movement and having completed half of the circle, Nefertiti
moved to the seventh part of the circle carved into the stone floor of The Temple of Peace.
She paused for a moment, recalling that Libra is the instinct for balance, rapport, attraction and
relationship.
Remembering the instructions of the hieroglyphs and gazing at the Libra image for
inspiration, she fluidly stepped backward with one foot and extended her opposite hand forward
with the palm up. She immediately felt a sense of yielding out of respect for—or deference to—
someone coming toward her. And with her hand extended backward, it felt like scales moving
into balance—one going down as the other went up.
She then slowly stepped back with the other foot, and reversed her arms—almost like a
backstroke movement—and noticed that with her front hand it felt as if she was beckoning to or
inviting someone in her direction!
As she repeated the movements several times, she noticed how keenly aware she had to be
of grace and balance and it dawned on her that Libra is associated with the kidneys and the fluid
balance of the body.
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Libra movement was a
great reminder of the instincts for partnership, relationship, courtesy and the social graces.
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Feeling complete with the Libra movement, Nefertiti moved to the eighth part of the circle
and paused for a moment, remembering that Scorpio is the instinct for intensity, intimacy
and peak ecstasy when all sorts of ecstatic fluids are injected into the bloodstream. She also
remembered that Scorpio is associated with the sexual organs and the large intestine.
Then remembering the instructions of the hieroglyphs and gazing at the Scorpio image for
inspiration, Nefertiti widened her stance and brought her hands down and toward her body
below her waist, as if plunging her hands into an imaginary treasure chest. Keeping her hands
close to her body, she then moved her hands up near the throat and extended her arms forward,
with palms up.
Releasing her hands down and toward her body again, she repeated the movement several
times, noticing that the circular movement felt like giving from a deep place of fullness. And, as
she extending her hands forward, “giving” what she “brought up,” she recognized the
importance of letting go in both biological elimination and intimacy.
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Scorpio movement
was a great reminder to give and let go.
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44 Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

Sagittarius



 

 
 

Feeling complete with the Scorpio movement, Nefertiti moved to the ninth part of the circle,
and paused for a moment, recalling that the lower half of Sagittarius—the horse—is the deep
impulse for a change in scenery, to travel, and to not be fenced in. And that the upper half—the
archer—represents high ideals, higher education, knowledge, philosophy, meaning and reli-
gious beliefs.
Nefertiti also remembered that Sagittarius is associated with the thighs, the large muscles
which help you to go the distance.
She began in prayer position—just like the Sagittarius image. Then, following the
instructions of the hieroglyphs, she stepped out and shifted her weight to the right side and,
drawing an imaginary bow, she aimed high up into the sky to her left. Then once again she
brought her feet and hands together, returning to the prayer position.
She then repeated the same movement to the other side and then several times to each side,
alternating between the archer position and the prayer position. At times, she felt impressed to
close her eyes, as if she was going within to find answers. Other times she sensed that she
should look up, as if she was looking to something much higher-minded or ideal than the physi-
cal world.
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Sagittarius movement
was a great reminder of higher thought, deeper truth, and the wisdom of experience.
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46 Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

Capricorn

 

 

 
 

Feeling complete with the Sagittarius movement, Nefertiti moved to the tenth section of the
circle. Having completed three quarters of the circle, she paused for a moment, recalling that
Capricorn is the instinct to think long term and build toward a mighty destiny of accomplish-
ment. She also recalled that Capricorn is associated with the knees, bones and teeth —the
structures of the body.
Then remembering the instructions of the hieroglyphs, she took a very slow step forward
with her left foot and placed her right hand down as if touching the earth below or a foundation
or starting point.
She then slowly took another step forward with the other foot and placed her left hand
above the right hand, as if to build. Taking another step forward, she brought the hand from
the bottom and placed it directly above the other hand, as if building higher.
After a few repetitions of the Capricorn movement, Nefertiti noticed that inch by inch she
was progressing forward and her hands were gradually rising higher.
And after a few more movements, as her arms reached their maximum extension upward,
she realized that it felt like reaching a mountain top and achieving success!
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Capricorn movement
was a great reminder of discipline and perseverance.
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48 Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

Aquarius

 
 

 

 
 

Feeling complete with the Capricorn movement, Nefertiti moved into the eleventh part of the
circle and paused for a moment, recalling that Aquarius is associated with the lower legs and
ankles, and that Aquarius is known for making waves. But she remembered that it is also about
joining others on a similar wavelength.
Then recalling the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti did the Aquarius wave-like
movement, starting with stepping sideways and mirroring the image with her arms and legs.
Drawing her feet back together, she then changed arms, bringing the top arm down and the
lower arm up.
As she continued the movement, moving further and further from her starting point, she
realized that this part of the movement mirrored the part of Aquarius that is about being off-
center or going against the grain. After a few repetitions toward the left, she then felt impressed
to move back toward the right. As she slowly moved back to center, she had an insight—that it
would be even more Aquarian to do this movement in a group, all on a similar wavelength, all
together in a circle!
She also realized that the opposing arm movements—one side moving up and the other
moving down—expressed the Aquarian tendency to be innovative or way ahead of the curve.
And as Nefertiti completed the movements, it occurred to her that the Aquarius movement
was a great reminder of unity and diversity.
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50 Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

Pisces

 
 
 

 

 
 

Feeling complete with the Aquarius movement, Nefertiti moved into the twelfth and final
part of the circle and paused to consider the characteristics of Pisces, especially as it related to
The Temple of Peace.
“Pisces is the sign of the two fishes connected,” she thought. “Fish glide effortlessly through
the darkness of the deep blue sea, their otherworldly eyes wide open as if in a trance. They have
virtually no boundaries, are at one with their environment, and can feel something happening by
the stirring or vibration of the water around them.
“Pisces is also associated with the bodily fluids and the feet,” Nefertiti remembered. “The
bottom of the feet are the farthest from the sky and are like the roots of a tree, extending deep
into the dark earth, accessing all its rich resources. Highly sensitive for most people, the feet
represent the connection to the rhythms of the earth, the unconscious mind, and all things
unseen. And like the fish’s watery environment, the bodily fluids represent life itself and
remind us that our bodies are mostly water.”
Then remembering the instructions of the hieroglyphs, Nefertiti let her eyes go soft, relaxed
her hands down toward her abdomen and immediately had a sense of drawing inwards to listen
to her inner voice or feelings in her gut. She then slowly raised her head and hands and
imagined parting a veil with her hands, and turned her palms forward, elbows relaxed down. It
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52 Astrological Tai Chi—an Ancient Tale of Peace

felt immediately as if she was radiating a subtle healing energy through her hands or sending a
blessing. She then relaxed her hands down toward her lower abdomen and repeated the
movement several times.
And as she completed her movements, it occurred to Nefertiti that the Pisces movement was
a great reminder of intuition and the inner voice.
As she came full circle, completing all twelve movements, Nefertiti somehow felt both
relaxed and energized. The movements felt very natural and familiar to her, and she was also
aware that, unlike lengthy Egyptian rituals that she had experienced, these movements were
short and sweet and didn’t seem esoteric at all. On the contrary, they were quite simple and very
grounded, reminding her of the sensual dances she learned in her youth.
She also realized that one of the benefits was that, with just a few simple movements, she
could remember each sign and, like the hieroglyphs had promised, the movements brought the
twelve signs of the Zodiac to life.
And what’s more, the movements could be done so slowly and quietly that she could pay
attention to her feelings, thoughts, memories and other internal cues.
Feeling complete for the moment, Nefertiti began to relax and stretch briefly. “A dream
come true,“ she thought, smiling, remembering the events that had inspired her to come to
The Temple of Peace in the first place. Yet she also sensed that this first section of hieroglyphs
was an initiation—a going within—and that she had only scratched the surface of the deeper
meaning of the movements.
Knowing that less is sometimes more, she decided to return to her room to rest, reflect and
absorb what she had just experienced. But she also resolved to return to The Temple of Peace
again that evening, trusting that more would be revealed in the next section of the hieroglyphs.
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Astrology represents the summation of


all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.

-Carl Jung

When Nefertiti returned to the temple that evening, she read the second section of the
hieroglyphics, much shorter than the first.
The hieroglyphs encouraged taking time to become familiar with all the movements, until
they could all be experienced easily and without effort or thought.
“But the more slowly you experience these movements,” they cautioned, “the more
connected the mind and body become. And as that happens, your body wisdom may give you
mysterious glimpses of the extremes of each sign of the Zodiac.”
So Nefertiti returned to the inner sanctum, where she continued to experience the
movements for the next several days. And as she moved, her body gave her a much fuller
understanding of each sign.
As she slowly danced the Aries movement, at times she felt the impulse to tighten her fists to
punch. And she realized that if you get stuck in Aries you can come on too strong or become
abusive or violent.
And as she slowly reached out and drew her hands toward her mouth in the Taurus
movement, she had flashes of stuffing her face and belly—overeating. And she realized that, if
you get stuck in Taurus, you may have trouble with gluttony or hoarding.
And as she danced the Gemini movement, there were times when she had fun imagining
herself as the winged messenger or hummingbird, flitting about at lightning speed. And she
realized that one extreme of Gemini could be hyperactivity.
And as she danced the Cancer movement, there were times when she felt so much heart-felt
tenderness that it brought tears to her eyes. And as she kept rocking and imagining a baby
cradled to her heart, it also occurred to her that one extreme of Cancer is tending to baby others
or yourself.
And while extending her arms out and radiating like the sun in the Leo movement, she felt
completely mesmerized by the feeling of the bright glow within herself and the waves of
appreciation coming back from others. And she realized that extremes of Leo could include self
-centeredness, arrogance or entitlement.
And once while performing the Virgo movement, when she brought her hand in front of her
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eyes, she couldn’t help noticing flaws in her skin and nails, and she realized that an extreme of
Virgo is being overly critical or a perfectionist to a fault.
And as she stepped back, extending her hand forward with palm up in the graceful Libra
movement, she really had the sense of yielding and being courteous, polite and
hospitable….and even magnetically attractive. But once as she did the movement, it occurred to
Nefertiti that her extended hand was symbolic of giving power away and that another extreme
of Libra is backing down to the point of being a doormat.
And once, as her arms rose and extended forward in the Scorpio movement, she thought
about what happens when emotions build up inside. And it occurred to her that one extreme of
Scorpio is taking it out on someone, whether they deserve to be stung or not.
And as she danced the Sagittarius movement, it occurred to her once, as she brought her
hands together in the prayer position and closed her eyes, that one extreme of Sagittarius is
closing your eyes to other belief systems to the point of fundamentalism or religious fanaticism.
And as she stacked her hands at an angle and slowly but surely built upwards in the
Capricorn movement, at one point it occurred to her that Capricorn can be so focused on
protocol and the long-term that one Capricorn extreme is being rigid, insensitive or numb.
And one time, as she raised one arm and relaxed the other downward in the wave-like
Aquarius movement, in her mind’s eye she saw an image of waves capsizing ships at sea. And
it occurred to her that one extreme of Aquarius is rocking the boat or undermining the status
quo.
And once, as she was turning her hands toward her lower abdomen and relaxing her head
and eyes downward in the Pisces movement, it occurred to her that one extreme of Pisces is
listening to the inner voice to the point of being out of touch with reality. And as she arose from
the lower pose of Pisces and turned her hands forward and looked up with dreamy eyes, it
occurred to her that another extreme of Pisces is doing anything to get high or reach an altered
state.
When she had become aware of extreme examples of all twelve signs of the Zodiac, instead
of feeling elated at all this new information, Nefertiti felt depressed. It was hard to look at the
extreme sides of the twelve signs, particularly those of her own birth sign: Scorpio. She felt
discouraged too, because she knew that she had not only just scratched the surface to
understanding the extremes of each sign, but she also didn’t have a clue how to prevent a sign
from going to an extreme. “And even worse,” she groaned, “with a movement, I could be
reinforcing a sign’s extreme.”
But she kept hoping that more would be revealed in the next section of hieroglyphs.
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—


I took the road less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

The next morning, still puzzled by the extremes of each sign of the Zodiac, Nefertiti
returned to read the third section of hieroglyphs, which was amazingly wise and simple.
They claimed that peace is balance, and indicated that there are actually six pairs of signs,
and each sign can only be fully experienced in the context of its opposite. Moreover, fluidly
experiencing the movements for a pair of signs helps you to balance the extremes of the
signs of the Zodiac and helps you become more peaceful and even-keeled. The best thing
about it, they claimed, was that to move into a peaceful balance, all you had to do was
perform the movements for a pair of signs, like exercising pairs of opposing muscle groups.
At that point, tiny images similar to those on the temple walls depicted the concepts that
the hieroglyphs had revealed:

Aries Libra
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Taurus Scorpio

Gemini Sagittarius
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Cancer Capricorn

Leo Aquarius
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Virgo Pisces

“The goal of cross-training these signs,” the hieroglyphs concluded, “is to be able to move
easily between the two sides of each polarity. And like a set of scales, to move into balance.”
Nefertiti was thrilled at the concept of using pairs of movements to prevent a sign from
going to an extreme, and also began to think of people she knew who could really benefit from
the pairs of movements.
And for the next several days, she practiced the pairs of opposite movements, feeling more
balanced and centered with each passing day.
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When you can see yourself in all of them,


you’re really working toward integration.

-Deepesh Faucheaux

After becoming comfortable and familiar with the all six pairs of movements, Nefertiti
returned to The Temple of Peace to resume reading the fourth section of hieroglyphs.
“We move in and out of each of these life themes all day long,” the hieroglyphs began, “so
starting the day by awakening each sign helps you to remember the beauty and lushness of life
and respond to whatever life asks with grace and ease.”
Furthermore, they indicated that if you perform the movements in the sequence of the
astrological year—beginning with Aries and ending in Pisces—that you will not only empower
the various roles you play, but that you will also gain a deeper felt-sense of the life cycle itself.
The hieroglyphs called this series of ritual movements the Dance of Life.
The hieroglyphs also gave instructions about other movements to include in the ritual and a
suggested number of movements to awaken and remember each theme.
When Nefertiti completed memorizing the instructions, she returned to the center of
the inner sanctum and stood in the inner circle of the ankh—as a gesture of bringing all twelve
of these aspects of human nature to life—as the hieroglyphs indicated. And following their
instructions, she began the dance.
She started with palms together in prayer position, then extended her right palm toward the
sky and her left palm toward the earth, as if she was connecting with both heaven and earth.
Then, she turned her palms to face each other, then fluidly positioned them so that they were
facing each other about a foot apart, aligned with the breast and navel. Like the hieroglyphs
said, it was as if sperm and egg—and spirit and body—were coming together to create life.
Then, she rotated her hands forward like a wheel and Nefertiti understood with her felt-sense
that this movement symbolized cycles set in motion at birth, and the blending together of sperm
and egg/body and spirit, when life is set into motion.
And then, Nefertiti slowly and fluidly performed the next series of movements of the Dance
of Life:
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Two Aries movements to remember to push forward and not back down...
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...and 1 Taurus movement to remember to receive...


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...and 4 Gemini movements to remember communication...


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...and 4 Cancer movements to remember nurturing and being nurtured...


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...and 2 Leo movements to remember to be herself with no apologies...


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...and 2 Virgo movements to remember to see the small stuff and improve...
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...and 2 Libra movements to remember courtesy and the social graces...


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...and 1 Scorpio movement to remember to give and let go…


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...and 2 Sagittarius movements to remember to be a seeker...


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...and 8 Capricorn movements to remember that discipline and perseverance pay off...
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...and 4 Aquarius movements to remember team spirit & diversity...


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...and 1 Pisces movement to remember intuition.


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Completing the Pisces movement, Nefertiti drew her palms back toward each other and
positioned her right palm turned down toward the left palm like the beginning of the dance, but
this time, as the hieroglyphs suggested, she rotated her hands backward, like a wheel, toward
her body. She smiled, really understanding with her felt-sense how the spirit is unwound from
the body as life ends.
Then once again she extended her right palm toward the sky and her left palm toward the
ground, as if separating body from spirit.
She then returned her palms together in a prayer position at the heart, then slowly bowed
forward, as if to honor the earth beneath her, the body, and the lower or unconscious self.
She then rose and brought her hands, still in prayer position, up until they were touching her
forehead, as if to honor the mind or conscious self.
A few seconds later, with hands still in prayer position, she extended her hands upward and
looked up to heaven, as if to honor the spirit or higher, super-conscious self.
And as she brought her hands—still in prayer position—back down in front of her heart,
feeling exhilarated, Nefertiti closed her eyes and savored that sensation in her body for a
moment.
She then reviewed the entire series of movements in her mind: sperm and egg/spirit and
body coming together and blending to set a new life cycle in motion, a life cycle which
included each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. And the end of the dance, she understood,
indicated that at the end of life spirit is unwound from the body and ascends into a higher
vibration, while the body descends to the earth. And the final three bows were a way of
honoring and acknowledging the trinity of life: body, mind and spirit, or unconscious,
conscious and super-conscious.
As she completed the Dance of Life, Nefertiti knew that the dance was not only an
exhilarating way to start the day, but it was also an amazing way to give her spirits a lift any
time, day or night.
Nefertiti then returned to the last section of these hieroglyphs, which concluded with
an invitation to also experience an evening form of movement called the Dance of Peace,
incorporating the pairs of opposite movements. This form was intended to help people to move
into balance and feel a deep sense of peace and tranquility, especially when performed at day’s
end. And for the next several days, Nefertiti practiced both dances, and as she completed each
form she would smile, feeling a deep peace and joy in her heart and soul.
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Believe nothing, no matter where


you read it or who has said it,
not even if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.

- Buddha

(To which I would add, with your own body wisdom. - D.L.)

When Nefertiti was able to experience the Dance of Life and Dance of Peace easily and
effortlessly, she returned to the hieroglyphs to read the fifth and final section on the tablet.
The hieroglyphs, Nefertiti read, suggested that once you are familiar with all twelve move-
ments, the six pairs of movements and are regularly doing the Dance of Life and the Dance of
Peace, then you may wish to begin using these healing movements to meditate on the sacred
wisdom you know and love. This way of combining movement with your beliefs creates great
peace in mind and body.”
“Deep at the heart of any written or spoken word or phrase,” the hieroglyphs said, “is one or
more of the themes of the twelve themes of the Zodiac.” The hieroglyphs then suggested that
you could create a moving form of prayer or meditation by choosing a word or words that really
stand out in an inspirational prayer, quote, or sacred scripture, and finding a corresponding
movement to match.
“And the good thing about this form of body prayer or sacred movement the hieroglyphs
indicated, “is that there is a lot of room for personal interpretation in translating words or
concepts into movement.
“For example,” the hieroglyphs continued, “consider the theme of resurrection: to rise from
the dead and return to life. A great way to embody that theme would be the Pisces movement,
where you rise from the lower position to the higher. Or, for some individuals, the Leo
movement might feel better, as you move from bowing with hands to heart in the lower
position, to rising and opening like a flower to the sun in the higher position. Still, a third
possibility is the Scorpio movement, where you could imagine bringing something back up
from the depths.
“So having matched a word with a corresponding movement, then, in a private or sacred
setting, you may choose to reflect on or speak out loud the words as you experience the
movement. In this way,” the hieroglyphs said, “inspirational words can be slowly integrated
into the ways you move and think.”
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“What’s more, the hieroglyphs said, “this method of combining movement with inspirational
words or sacred scripture may also be incorporated into sacred rituals.” This last and final
section of the entire hieroglyphic tablet ended with an invitation to enter The Temple of Peace
to experiment with combining sacred wisdom and movement.
Nefertiti felt both delighted and puzzled. It was strange how the hieroglyphs had stopped
almost mid-sentence. Although she understood now how The Temple of Peace was used in
worship and the concept of moving meditation was compelling, she also had a sense that there
was so much more to be learned there.
Nevertheless, setting aside her questions, Nefertiti took the rest of the day to reflect on the
sacred wisdom that deeply inspired her and then experimented with finding a movement to
match. Of course, there was some trial and error in this process. But she began to gradually feel
confident that she could translate words and typically intellectual concepts into movement and
begin to embody virtually any sacred wisdom.
She also noted that sometimes it felt better to say the words silently to herself as she moved
and sometimes it felt more appropriate to actually speak the words. The former, she noticed,
made her more contemplative and prayerful; the latter, more motivated to take action out in the
world based on the ideals of the scripture.
As Nefertiti practiced embodying sacred wisdom, she was amazed at how ecstatic she felt
as she did these moving meditations and felt that she was literally becoming what she was
meditating on.
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As Nefertiti continued performing the movements she had grown to know and love, she also
began to imagine teaching the movements to others. She saw herself back at the Temple of
Hathor in Philae, waiting prayerfully in a small chapel, and as someone would enter and ask for
support, Nefertiti saw herself listening compassionately to their thoughts and feelings and, with
their permission, she would help them find the perfect movement to support their life, dreams
and goals. But as the days passed and this thought became her deepest desire, Nefertiti began to
feel the invisible guiding force around her gradually wane, and she could feel that her time at
Dendera was coming to a close.
She returned to the gardens and, closing her eyes, said a reverent prayer of thanks at The
Temple of Peace at the hieroglyphic tablet...at the garden paths...at the quiet area with the
reflecting pool...and at the main temple complex. She said a deep prayer of gratitude to the be-
nevolent guiding force that she had felt with her every step of the way...to the goddess Hathor
and all the Egyptian deities, and to the great spirit beyond names and forms that had made it all
possible.
She returned to see the high priest of Dendera, to thank him for his hospitality and to share
with him everything she had learned, only to find that he and the whole temple staff
were preparing for the arrival of members of the Roman royal family. And with so many
preparations to make, he unfortunately had only a moment for discussion.
He was astounded by her experiences, and humbly begged her forgiveness for not being
available to hear her full story. But he asked her to return to Dendera as soon as possible to
share with him the details of her discoveries.
Nefertiti agreed and he promised to send her a formal invitation by messenger as soon as
possible. But for now, they said their goodbyes and, bowing reverently to each other, Nefertiti
returned to her room to prepare for the journey back up the Nile to her home.
When she arrived at the Philae temple several days later, she was greeted by the High
Priestess of Hathor who, once she heard Nefertiti’s story, encouraged her to begin teaching the
movements as a special form of ministry...amid all her other priestess duties, of course.
Once she had settled into a rhythm at the temple again, Nefertiti offered to teach the
movements to the priests and priestesses and felt a thrill seeing the movements performed en
masse. Once sufficient numbers of people were familiar with the movements, with their
permission, Nefertiti slowly began introducing the movements into their sacred rituals.
As she had imagined at Dendera, she also began offering a private healing ministry to help
people experience, understand and make peace with the themes of the Zodiac through
movement. When villagers and pilgrims would arrive at their island temple and come to her for
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healing or prophecy, when she would feel guided, she would also invite them to learn the
movement for their sun (birth) sign. After they were confident and comfortable performing the
movement, then she would also teach them the opposite movement to help them keep their sun
sign in balance. Then she would teach them to alternate fluidly between the movement for their
sun sign and its opposite as a way to keep either sign from going to extremes. And if they were
eager to learn more, she would teach them the movements for their moon sign and rising
signs—which Nefertiti also considered some of the most important movements of your life.
To those who appreciated the wisdom and beauty of this form of movement, she taught how
to combine the movements with prayer and sacred scripture as a moving form of meditation.
True to the path of Hathor, she would invite them to perform the movements mindfully and
notice where the movements felt good in their bodies. In private areas of the temple where
people would not feel conspicuous, she invited them to meditate on words and prayers that they
held sacred—with movements to match—while noticing the sensations, memories, feelings and
other thoughts that came to mind as they moved. And through these experiences, she helped
people not only deepen their beliefs, but also deepen their understanding of the beliefs they held
about themselves.
Several months later, feeling peaceful and invigorated after morning worship, Nefertiti
received a message from the high priest of Dendera. He had humbly requested that she return as
soon as possible, for he had dreamt that there were other sacred hieroglyphs buried in the
sand—“just waiting to be discovered,” he said—near the entrance of The Temple of Peace.
And Nefertiti smiled...for last night she had dreamt the very same dream.
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Expressing gratitude to Philae’s high priestess—who had once again granted her leave to
return to Dendera to explore the dream of the high priest—Nefertiti bowed reverently and left
the temple to arrange passage down the Nile with one of the local river merchants.
The journey down the Nile was a long one, but Nefertiti loved every minute of it. There was
something about the flow of water that made her feel very relaxed and intuitive—in a word—
Piscean. On the boat, as the sun rose each morning, she would stretch, breathe deeply and
invoke the presence of her spiritual guides. Then she would perform the Dance of Life,
awakening each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac and her spirit-mind-body connection. After
this simple ritual—even on a small boat with little space—she would feel refreshed and
energized, ready to respond to whatever life would ask.
Although the breeze was often cool and refreshing, by mid morning the sun was scorching
hot, so as the vessel was carried northward by the Nile, the boatmen insisted that Nefertiti
remain beneath the boat’s woven canopy, shaded from the hot sun. But at sundown, as the cool
mists rose off the water, she would emerge from the shelter and perform a sunset ritual
including the Dance of Peace, incorporating the pairs of opposite movements for the twelve
signs of the Zodiac. The dance and its preliminary stretches gave her not only a deep sense of
peace and tranquility, but also helped her to move into mindfulness—her preferred state of
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mind at day’s end.


One evening as the full moon was rising, the intrigued boatmen watched her perform her
unique movements and inquired about the meaning. Nefertiti smiled and explained that the
movements represented the six pairs of signs of the Zodiac, and briefly recounted their recent
rediscovery at Dendera.
Most of the crew were Egyptian by birth, but one of the boatmen—Chang—confided that in
his homeland, people did similar movements to build and balance the mysterious energy they
call chi. He thought that her astrological movements were especially intriguing because they
naturally embodied the principle that his countrymen called yin and yang. She thanked him for
sharing his thoughts, and bowing, he retreated to the shadows, returning to his duties.
The evening before they arrived at Dendera, she watched as night fell and the stars began to
twinkle in the darkening sky. On nights like these, prior to her prayer time, she would lean
against the rail, breathe in the cool night air and reflect.
She thought back over the important events of the last year: the dream that inspired her
to journey to Dendera; the discovery of the lost hieroglyphs and The Temple of Peace; the
movements for and how to use the six pairs of movements to move into a peaceful balance and
to help prevent extremes; the Dances of Life and Peace; and finally, how to combine the
movements with sacred wisdom or prayer.
The sky completely dark now, a gust of wind tossed Nefertiti’s long hair about her face. And
as she smoothed her hair, she closed her eyes and gave thanks to the winds of change that had
been blowing in her life this past year, subtly influencing the ways she moved, felt and thought.
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The next evening as they were nearing the Dendera shoreline, Nefertiti thanked and blessed
all aboard for their courtesy and hospitality. The men crossed their arms over their chest and
bowed their heads, taking her sacred words to heart. A moment later they arose, and with smiles
of appreciation they silently prepared for Nefertiti to disembark. Once ashore, Nefertiti turned
and waved to the boatmen and then paused to send them a final blessing for their journey.
When the curved sail was but a silhouette against the red and purple sunset, Nefertiti turned
and ascended the stairway up to the Dendera temple complex, arriving at the temple’s stone
pillar gateway adorned with images of the goddess Hathor.

Nefertiti would always smile whenever she saw that particular depiction of Hathor, as the
cow ears framing the uterine-shaped face were such a clever expression of the Taurus and
Cancer aspects of the goddess. Nevertheless, as she gazed at the face on the pillars, she
remembered that the word “Dendera,” means “She of the divine pillar” and referred not only to
the adornment of most of the pillars in the temple complex with the image of Hathor, but also
to the dedication of the whole complex to the goddess.
She closed her eyes and took a breath to center herself, and feeling the sacred energy of the
place gathering around her, Nefertiti made an invocation to the goddess. “She of the divine
pillar,” the priestess silently prayed, “guide, guard and protect my spirit, mind and body. Open
my heart to receive your divine peace and wisdom, that I may share it lovingly with others.”
Opening her eyes, she stepped through the gateway and, with slow, pleasurable steps,
followed the meandering path to the cluster of administrative and residential buildings. She
sought out the Dendera high priest to inform him of her arrival, but was told that he was
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performing a private ritual in the inner sanctum of the Temple of Hathor. However, the
attending priest—who remembered her from her last visit—informed Nefertiti that the high
priest would be speaking in an hour or so at a special assembly and that she would be welcome
to attend and see him then.
In the meantime, Nefertiti was shown to the private room they assigned to her in the
residential area. Once in her room, she bathed and relaxed for a few minutes, then put on her
usual cool white linen dress for the evening’s sacred assembly.
As the time for the assembly was drawing near, Nefertiti proceeded to the Temple of Hathor,
but wanting to see the temple façade in all its glory, she followed the path she took earlier back
past the pillar entrance to the long causeway that led to the temple façade.
As always, this view of the temple was breathtaking, especially in the deepening twilight.
Nefertiti relaxed her palms downward to feel the energy of the place, and with her hands in that
position she began to slowly walk toward the temple. As she passed the water garden and
continued toward the temple, the familiar face of Hathor—embossed high up on each of the six
temple pillars—was growing increasingly visible. And Nefertiti smiled, for every step she took
she felt more connected to she of the divine pillar.
Arriving at the entrance, Nefertiti was greeted by a priest and priestess, and upon exchanging
sacred gestures, they welcomed her and invited her to enter. And amid the light and shadows
cast by the torches, she silently made her way through the temple pillars to the sacred assembly,
which, by the sound of it, had just begun.
Aware of the impact of arriving late to a sacred gathering, Nefertiti silently found a seat in
the shadows of one of the supporting pillars at the back of the chamber. She did not want to
draw attention to herself, especially as the sacred bell had just been sounded, its vibrations still
resonating throughout the temple for a long moment.
“Welcome,” the high priest said as the resonance of the bell faded. “Welcome priests and
priestesses...astrologers and dancers in our sacred temples...mid -wives of our birth
houses...healers and caretakers of our sanatorium...gardeners of the grounds and lush greenery
surrounding our temple...and administrators of the temple complex. The ministries of Hathor
are many and loving, and you all express and model love in your own special way.”
He paused and bowed his head, and Nefertiti could feel energy gathering all around him.
“As I sat quietly in contemplation last night,” he resumed speaking, “it occurred to me that
just like we minister and love in many ways, each sign of the Zodiac is also a way to love.”
The high priest paused again as a soft murmur filled the room, and Nefertiti sat up,
intrigued. When the murmuring ceased, the high priest continued.
“For example, Aries loves taking on challenges. Aries says, ‘I will fight for what I love.’”
The priests and priestesses were slowly nodding, Nefertiti noticed, taking it in.
“The next sign of the Zodiac in sequence—Taurus—loves feeling good in its skin, and
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savoring anything it loves. Taurus says, ‘I want more of this person, place or thing I love. It’s a
keeper.’
“Similarly,” the high priest slowly continued, “Gemini loves perception and communica-
tion...Cancer loves nurturing… and being nurtured...Leo loves being itself in all its glory and
feeling the wave of appreciation coming back from others...Virgo loves perfecting and being of
service...Libra loves beauty, the social graces and relationship...Scorpio loves giving and letting
go from a deep place…Sagittarius loves seeking wisdom and new experiences...Capricorn
loves thinking long term and doing whatever it takes...Aquarius loves innovating and joining
like-minded others. And Pisces,” he concluded, “loves compassion and altered states.”
With this, the high priest closed his eyes and, in silence, paused to savor the altered state
feeling of the divine guidance, and Nefertiti smiled, appreciating the Taurean and Piscean
moment he was experiencing. A few moments later, he slowly opened his eyes, took a deep
breath, and returned to normal waking consciousness.
“With this in mind,” he resumed, “I invite you to feel compassion for all people, for each
sign of the Zodiac that they express—albeit misguided or extreme—is still an expression of
love.
“Take a moment to reflect on these words, and notice what rings true to you,” the high priest
of Hathor said. Then, at his signal, the sacred bell was rung again, and everyone took a moment
to turn inward and reflect on his words. Several moments later when the bell sounded again, the
assembly was brought to a close and the priests and priestesses rose from their seats and quietly
dispersed from the temple.
Nefertiti waited patiently, and as Dendera’s high priest was preparing to leave the sanctuary,
she emerged silently from the shadows, smiling. When the high priest stopped and looked up, at
first he gazed at her blankly, but then slowly, a smile of recognition spread across his face.
“Welcome priestess,” he said, making a sacred gesture. “You and I have much to do.”
Although Nefertiti was longing to tell him about her own dream about the hieroglyphs, she
sensed that the moment wasn’t right, and instead he asked her about her trip and then they
briefly discussed the concepts that he had just shared.
As it had already been a long day for both of them, they agreed to meet the next morning
after sunrise worship to visit The Temple of Peace, and with a parting sacred gesture, they
returned to their quarters to rest and prepare for the secrets that would soon be revealed.
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After sunrise worship the next morning, Nefertiti walked to the water garden where she had
agreed to meet the high priest. Seeing that he had not yet arrived, she sat down to enjoy a few
moments of tranquility as the rising sun filtered through the palms surrounding the water
garden.
She remembered being told last year that centuries ago The Temple of Peace had been
covered by a sand storm and only recently uncovered and restored. By then, unfortunately, the
details of the temple’s original use were no longer known and it had only been maintained as a
quiet reflection area. After she had visited the mysterious temple and discovered the twelve
feminine images in the inner sanctum representing the twelve signs of the Zodiac, she remem-
bered lingering for a few moments, marveling at the design and beauty of the temple. In its
openness and simplicity, she had seen infinite possibilities of creativity. But she had felt
puzzled by the connection between the horoscope chart wheel-inscribed floor, the ankh, and the
twelve enigmatic images.
She remembered returning to this same water garden to quiet her mind and to seek insight
into the temple. And out of nowhere had come the intuitive flash about the buried hieroglyphs
which she had returned to the temple to unearth.
At that moment, she heard the quiet, approaching footsteps of the high priest. Opening her
eyes, she rose to greet him, and they exchanged a mutually reverent gesture. He then motioned
to the stone bench where she had been sitting, as if to ask, “May I join you?”
She smiled and made space for him on the stone bench, and for a moment they sat together
in silence.
The high priest took a deep breath and slowly looked around, appreciating the beauty and the
soothing sounds of the water garden. Then he sighed, and Nefertiti guessed that he rarely had
time to enjoy this lovely spot.
“Priestess of Hathor,” he turned to her and said, “I am delighted that you accepted my
invitation to return and explore the mystery of my dream. But if we are to work together I’d like
to dispense with formalities. My name is Amenhotep. And may I call you Nefertiti?”
Nefertiti nodded and smiled, feeling herself relax at his invitation. And for a split second,
she felt the wonderful resonance of his name, which meant God (Amen) is at peace.
“Well Nefertiti, as my messenger shared with you, I dreamt that there are more hieroglyphs
buried in the sands near The Temple of Peace, hieroglyphs that relate to the secrets that you
discovered here last year.”
As he took a breath, Nefertiti felt the energy shift to her.
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“Amenhotep,” she said slowly, savoring the feel and sound of his name, “the night before
your messenger arrived at Philae, I also dreamt that there were more hieroglyphs buried there!”
Amenhotep looked at her in amazement. “Then it must be true,” he exclaimed, standing and
looking as if he wanted to run to The Temple of Peace to begin searching. But then he relaxed
and reseated himself. “Forgive me,” he smiled and said. “But I have been so looking forward to
this moment!”
“But first things first,” he continued.“I know in my heart that I must learn all I can about the
first set of hieroglyphs before we search for any others. It is for that reason that, until you
arrived, I avoided reading the hieroglyphs altogether, because I wanted to experience them first
with the master,” Amenhotep smiled, making a grand gesture to Nefertiti.
Nefertiti smiled but lowered her eyes, feeling a bit embarrassed at his deference. But she
agreed to introduce The Temple of Peace and the hieroglyphs to Amenhotep before they
searched for anything else, and in accord, they stood and took the path that led to the north side
of the temple complex.
As they moved through the gardens, Nefertiti began to feel the exhilarating, familiar tingling
or vibration in and around her body that she felt last year. And she guessed—by the look on
Amenhotep’s face—that he was having a similar experience, of being guided by a benevolent,
invisible force.
In this near-blissful state, they followed the meandering path through the palms and other
lush greenery to The Temple of Peace on the far side of the Dendera complex. Entering the
ancient temple, Nefertiti and Amenhotep bowed reverently then slowly made their way to the
inner sanctum.
Although Amenhotep had been to the temple many time years before when it was being
restored, at that time no one had known its true purpose, and as he had so many other duties and
restoration projects to oversee, he hadn’t paid the ancient temple much attention. But now as
Nefertiti watched in silence, he again toured the temple, taking in its twelve enigmatic images
with new eyes.
When Amenhotep came full circle, his gaze shifted to the floor, where he noticed the lines of
the horoscope chart wheel with its twelve equal parts. And after he inspected the ankh at the
center of the circle, he looked around at each image once more, then turned to Nefertiti and
smiled as if to say, “It was well worth the wait!”
After their inspection of The Temple of Peace, Nefertiti invited Amenhotep to step outside
the temple to read the hieroglyphic tablets nearly hidden by the lush greenery to the left of the
entrance. With the hieroglyphs as an introduction, she planned to return to the inner sanctum
and teach him the movements for each sign.
For the remainder of their time together that morning, one by one, Amenhotep read over the
first three sections of hieroglyphs and then returned to the inner sanctum with Nefertiti to learn
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the corresponding movements for each sign and the six pairs of signs. Using the concept in the
second section of hieroglyphs, Nefertiti also demonstrated to Amenhotep how the movements
could be exaggerated to experience the extremes of each sign.
Amenhotep was amazed at the power and simplicity of the movements, and how his body
wisdom could teach him about the twelve signs of the Zodiac in ways that the brain alone could
not. And day by day, as the movements became more familiar to him, Nefertiti also taught him
the Dance of Life and how to integrate the twelve movements with sacred wisdom.
Several days later, as they approached the temple one evening, they both began to feel the
old familiar benevolent guiding force grow stronger with every step. And like last year when
she was guided to the hieroglyphs on the left side of the entrance to The Temple of Peace, this
time both Nefertiti and Amenhotep felt that they were being guided to the right side of the en-
trance, where the energy waned as if to signal they had reached their goal.
Nefertiti told Amenhotep how she had been guided in a similar way last year, and that it had
been a clear message to begin digging at the place where they were led. So they both knelt and
began clearing away the sandy topsoil.
As they dug in silence, Nefertiti felt irritated at herself for not continuing to dig near the
entrance last year to look for additional hieroglyphs. But on the other hand, she also realized
that at the time she really had no reason to believe that there were any more hieroglyphs, and
even if there were, they could have been buried anywhere. In any case, Nefertiti knew that at if
she had been intended to find more hieroglyphs last year, she would have been guided to them.
“And of course,” she said to herself, “These hieroglyphs were meant for Amenhotep too!”
As they continued working side by side, clearing away the rich topsoil, they began to sift
through layers of sand that had blown in centuries ago from the desert and buried the chapel and
much of the temple complex. And a few moments later, at about the same depth as the
hieroglyphs that Nefertiti uncovered last year, Amenhotep discovered a large stone!
Exchanging excited glances, they hurriedly traced around the edges of the stone and
discovered it was about the same size as the other hieroglyph-inscribed stone tablet on the left
side of the temple entrance. And indeed, as they brushed away the remaining sand, to their
delight they saw that the stone was engraved with tiny images and meticulous hieroglyphs...just
as they had hoped...and their mutual dream had foretold.
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As Amenhotep and Nefertiti were righting the stone hieroglyphic tablet back onto its base,
a cool, refreshing breeze arose out of the north, as if nature was blessing and rewarding them
for their discovery. And as they took a moment to enjoy the breeze, Nefertiti noticed that, like
the set of hieroglyphs she had unearthed last year, this tablet also had an ankh inscribed at its
heading…

...followed by five sections of hieroglyphs. And as they scanned the tablet, the high priest and
priestess discovered that the hieroglyphs on the right side of the temple picked up exactly where
the hieroglyphs on the left side of the temple had left off.
“Once you have become adept at integrating sacred wisdom with the healing movements for
the twelve signs of the Zodiac,” the new tablet of hieroglyphs began, “and are comfortable
using the movements to know thyself and move into a peaceful balance, the next step would be
to experiment with another possible variable: timing.
“To illustrate this principle, consider the symbol at the center of the inner sanctum—the
ankh.
“There is great wisdom in the ankh—the symbol of life. And the secret of the ankh is also
the secret of peace...hidden in plain sight, for the ankh is actually a combination of two symbols
representing the feminine and masculine sexual organs.”

Nefertiti was stunned at the revelation. The symbol was so obvious...so natural...she
wondered why no one had ever pointed it out to her before!
“It is the fluid union,” the hieroglyphs continued, “and intimate cooperation of these
two opposites that generates the spark of life. And like the sexual organs, there are times for
individual opposites to be separate, and other times to be joined.”
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“The ankh inscribed at the center of the inner sanctum is a reminder that these movements
evoke the beauty and lushness of life. And it is also a reminder of the importance of sometimes
performing the movements separately—with little input from others—and at other times
together with a friend or partner.
“Both enhance life. And there are optimal times for both.”
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As the sixth section of hieroglyphs was primarily an introduction, Nefertiti and Amenhotep
agreed to continue reading the seventh section.
“Although you may perform the movements for the twelve signs of the Zodiac at any time,”
the hieroglyphs continued, “the new moon is one of the best times to do so with the intention of
tuning into your inner voice.
“The new moon, the darkest time of the lunar cycle, is in many ways like winter, where life
hibernates or returns inward to its roots. Large amounts of energy move inward to the core, and
the inner life is highlighted. And like walking into a completely dark room for the first time, not
knowing what treasures or hazards lie therein, the new moon is also the most subjective time of
the lunar cycle.
“Also at this dark time, your energy draws in to your core, and notwithstanding all the other
variables in your life, it is easier to allow your mind to grow quiet and to listen to your inner
voice, intuition and body wisdom. That is why keeping the focus on yourself is optimal at the
new moon. Of course, you may want to experience the movements in a group at this time, but it
is preferable to do so with minimal interaction with others so that you can keep your focus on
yourself.
“Furthermore,” the hieroglyphs continued, “the sign of the Zodiac that the new moon falls in
is very important. At the new moon, the sun—representing the conscious mind—and the
moon—representing the unconscious mind—align in the same sign of the Zodiac. As the body
is the unconscious mind, this alignment suggests that the movement for the new moon’s
corresponding sign of the Zodiac will help you to turn inwards and become more aware of what
may be bubbling up about the sign through your body and into your conscious mind.”
The seventh section of hieroglyphs went on to suggest specific new moon rituals for the sign
of the Zodiac corresponding to the new moon. The suggested rituals—which, in addition to
movement, included mindfulness, candles, incense and invoking your sacred ideals —were
intended to help bring the signs of the Zodiac—and parts of the self—to life.
“From the new moon until the full moon, perform the movement for the corresponding sign
of the Zodiac as often as you like. By the full moon, you will have so empowered the sign of the
new moon that you will be ready to take the next step.
The hieroglyphs made one final comment about the new moon: that you could experience
the movements anywhere you like and anytime day or night, but that it can feel especially
powerful out under the new moon and stars.
As it was actually the day before the full moon, Nefertiti and Amenhotep knew that it was
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not the optimal time to do a new moon ritual, so they decided to wait to do a new moon ritual at
the next new moon. But they stopped reading the hieroglyphs for a few moments to discuss and
integrate the ideas they had just read. Neither Amenhotep nor Nefertiti had ever thought of the
darkness of the new moon as analogous to the darkness and hibernation of winter, but it made
perfect sense to both of them. And they wondered if it was perhaps due to the phases of the
moon that some times were easier than others to retreat, meditate or pray.
But after a few moments of discussion, eager to learn more, they began reading the next
section of hieroglyphs, which truthfully did not come as a surprise to either of them.
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“Although you may perform the movements for the twelve signs of the Zodiac at any time,”
the eighth section of hieroglyphs began, “the full moon is one of the best times to experience—
and move into a peaceful balance—pairs of opposite movements with a friend or partner.
“The full moon is the brightest time of the lunar cycle, and in many ways it is like summer,
where relative to the other seasons, life expands and turns outward. Like walking into a bright
room for the first time, a room whose treasures or hazards are perfectly visible, the full moon is
the most objective time of the lunar cycle, where the focus is on seeing and taking notice of
people or things outside of yourself. And notwithstanding all the other variables in your life, the
full moon is the easiest time to move into balance with a friend or partner.
“Furthermore,” the hieroglyphs continued, “at the full moon, the sun is on one side of the
earth in one sign of the Zodiac and the moon is on the other side of the earth in the opposite
sign. This alignment suggests that the sun and moon are pulling out two opposite signs into
your awareness and challenging you to balance them. With this alignment, through movement
you may gain new insight or awareness into yourself, especially if a friend or partner performs
an opposite movement with you.
“For a full moon ritual,” the hieroglyphs elaborated, “first pick a friend or partner that
you can trust, and explain to them the purpose of this ritual. Make sure they know and feel
comfortable with the movements for the two signs of the full moon.
“Next, “go to the inner sanctum and stand in the circle of the ankh, representing the two
opposite signs. Decide which sign of the Zodiac you want to embody first, and have your
partner agree to embody the other sign through movement. Try doing the pairs of movements at
the same time face to face—like the sun and the moon—the amount of space between you
depending on your personal preference.
“If possible, synchronize your movements with your partner. For example, as the person in
the role of Aries steps forward and pushes, at the same time and face to face, the other person
embodying Libra steps back and yields. Synchronizing your movements—where one person
moves in rhythm and harmony with the other—may give you an awareness of the experience of
the pair of signs that you may not have had before.”
Similar to the third section of hieroglyphs on the other tablet that illustrated the opposite
pairs of movements, below these words were images that depicted the six possible partner full
moon rituals.
What was new—and especially intriguing—was the introduction of a new masculine figure,
depicting a new social component to these new rituals:
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Full Moon Ritual for Aries/Libra


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Full Moon Ritual for Taurus/Scorpio


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Full Moon Ritual for Gemini /Sagittarius


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Full Moon Ritual for Cancer /Capricorn


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Full Moon Ritual for Leo/Aquarius


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Full Moon Ritual for Virgo/Pisces


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“If you come prepared and centered, this ritual for moving into a peaceful balance could take
only minutes to do.”
One important point the hieroglyphs made was that all you had to do was to perform the
movements a few times each. Like bodybuilding or working opposite pairs of muscles, a few
repetitions of a movement can revitalize or strengthen a sign, and help them to move into a
peaceful balance.
Another important point the hieroglyphs made was how beneficial it was for one partner to
hold the energy of one sign in order for the other partner to let go of conscious or unconscious
preoccupation with it. In this way, they said, one can fully experience the signs.
“However,” the hieroglyphs indicated, “when the time comes to do the opposite movement
that your partner just performed, bring the movement to a close first in a way that feels clean
and clear to you. Changing sides of the room—in effect, trading places with your partner—is a
simple and clean way to do this.
“Likewise, after you complete both pairs of movements, there is something very powerful
about gathering the energies of both signs with a balancing movement* before you complete the
ritual. That way, you send a message to your body, mind and spirit that you embrace both signs,
and are inviting them to move into a peaceful balance in your life.
“And as the full moon is one of the most social times of the lunar cycle,” the hieroglyphs
suggested, “after you experience the movements and take time to notice the thoughts, feelings
and memories that may be bubbling up, you may also want to take some time to discuss your
experience with a friend or partner.” This suggestion stood in contrast to the new moon rituals,
where input from others is minimal so as not to disturb the connection with the inner voice.
“Although these rituals can be done at any time,” the eighth section added, “weather
permitting, they are especially powerful out in nature—or in the inner sanctum at the ankh—
under the full moon.
“Perform this pair of movements alone or with a partner as often as you like until the next
new moon, when, by then, you will be ready to move on to ritual movements for the next sign.
“Rest assured,” the hieroglyphs concluded, “twhether or not it is the full moon, it is
perfectly acceptable to perform these rituals alone. At times we all want more solitude or
privacy, and you are invited to honor your intuition in that regard.”
Nefertiti and Amenhotep were amazed at the wisdom brought to light by this section of
hieroglyphs, and as the full moon would be in Aries/Libra tomorrow evening, they made plans
to return to The Temple of Peace the following evening to experience for themselves the peace
and power of the full moon ritual.
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The next evening, Nefertiti and Amenhotep met at the water garden and walked to
The Temple of Peace to prepare for the full moon ritual in the ways that the eighth section
of hieroglyphs suggested. As it was growing dark, they lit lamps in the hallways and inner
sanctum of the temple to create a ritual ambiance.
As the sun had just set, the full moon in Aries/Libra was on the rise and had just peaked over
the edge of temple wall. Soon, Nefertiti thought, moonbeams would be shining down through
the windows into the inner sanctum, making their lamps almost superfluous.
Amenhotep called to Nefertiti from the entrance corridor, stating that the full moon would be
exact shortly. She stepped back out into the corridor and faced the smiling Amenhotep, who bid
her welcome to the ritual. Then holding a stick of incense about a foot away from her body, he
silently moved the incense stick around the contour of her body in a clockwise direction from
head to toe to head again. Having come full circle, he tapped her shoulder—indicating for her to
turn around—and again traced the contour of the back side of her body with the sacred smoke.
He once again tapped her shoulder, inviting her to turn and face the front. He smiled and
handed her the incense, and she in turn welcomed him in the same way, helping him feel
purified, focused and in touch with the sacredness of the moment.
Extinguishing the burning incense, Amenhotep rang a bell, which resonated with a soft,
vibrating tone throughout the temple. Then they moved to the inner sanctum to begin the ritual.
Led by Nefertiti, they did some gentle stretching, then to welcome the energies of all twelve
signs of the Zodiac, they performed the Dance of Life as the hieroglyphs suggested. Then as
they had discussed on their walk over to the temple, they moved into the inner circle of the ankh
and continued their ritual.
Nefertiti had asked to do the Libra movement first, and Amenhotep agreed to do the
corresponding Aries movement. So Nefertiti went to the part of the inner circle of the ankh that
was contiguous with the Libra image at her back, and mirroring her, Amenhotep stationed
himself across from and at arms length from her in the part of the inner circle with the image of
Aries at his back. Then they stood there on the ankh for a moment, focusing on their chosen
signs and letting the energy of the signs and their intention build for a moment. Nefertiti felt her
body becoming relaxed and responsive—the way she would feel when she experienced sacred
dance—while Amenhotep felt himself growing more powerful and muscular.
Then when they were both ready, Amenhotep slowly stepped forward toward Nefertiti in the
Aries movement, and following his lead, Nefertiti fluidly stepped backward in the Libra
movement. As he stepped forward again with his left foot, pushing forward with his left palm,
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Nefertiti mirrored him, stepping backward with her right foot, extending her right hand to him
as if extending him an olive branch or her hand in friendship. And simultaneously, with her left
arm she did a relaxed backstroke movement.
As they continued moving, Nefertiti and Amenhotep kept the focus on themselves as the
hieroglyphs suggested. As Amenhotep was embodying all the Aries energy for both of them,
she was free to explore the Libra energy that she felt, and noticed the feelings, thoughts and
sensations that she was experiencing in her body which she could attribute to the Libra
movement. The Libra movement felt perfectly natural to Nefertiti, as Libra was the dancer of
the Zodiac and was her forte and love as a priestess of Hathor. But the Libra movement felt
even more natural because she was responding to Amenhotep’s Aries movement, as if
following his lead in a couples dance!
And as Nefertiti embodied all the Libra energy for both of them, Amenhotep was free to feel
all his Aries energy come up, which for him he knew was difficult at times, being in the role of
a peace-loving priest. But he could feel the energy rise up through his body with each step and
pushing motion, and he could feel power and determination move into his face and limbs. It
was as if each step was affirming the part of Amenhotep that had the power to make a stand,
take charge, overcome, win, and not back down. But the Aries movement felt even more
powerful to Amenhotep, because as Nefertiti yielded he had the felt-sense that he was winning!
A moment later, as they had moved forward to the point of reaching the temple wall and its
image of Libra, they stopped their movements and stood for a moment in mindfulness, noticing
the feelings, sensations, thoughts and memories—whatever had bubbled up. But not wanting to
diffuse the process, they kept their thoughts to themselves to discuss at the end of the ritual.
Trading places, Amenhotep stepped into the Libra movement while Nefertiti performed the
Aries movement. The process was similar for both of them, but having already completed one
movement, they could really feel the difference—and contrast in their own mind—of the
previous movement.
Having now experienced both sides, they then alternated back in forth, taking two steps with
Amenhotep in Aries and Nefertiti in Libra, and then two steps with Nefertiti in Aries and
Amenhotep in Libra. It was, like the hieroglyphs had suggested, as if they were reclaiming both
signs.
They then paused for a moment to notice what was coming up for them around this full
moon ritual, and with each other’s permission they sat down to discuss their experience of the
movements and of the ritual in general.
As a way of concluding, Nefertiti and Amenhotep did the balancing movement * that the
hieroglyphs suggested, then as a way of integrating their experiences into their entire body, they
once again performed the Dance of Life, followed by a prayer of thanks to the founders of The
Temple of Peace and all its wisdom. Blowing out the ritual lamps, they returned back to the
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main temple complex under the bright light of the full moon.
As it was indeed the full moon—the most social time of the lunar cycle—as they walked
they continued their discussions. Amenhotep said that he particularly appreciated the spiraling
in effect of the rituals, moving from the outer world to the inner:

→ Sacred candles, incense ritual and bells


→ Light stretching to get back in touch with the body
→ The Dance of Life for invocation
→ The specific movements corresponding to the full moon and the feelings, sensations
and memories evoked

And then, the spiraling back out into normal waking consciousness:

→ Discussion of their inner experiences


→ The balancing movement
→ prayer of thanks or moment of silence
→ The Dance of Life for integration and completion
→ Extinguishing the incense, candles and lamps, and conclusion

As they talked, both Nefertiti and Amenhotep were excited about the potential for sharing
these peacemaking rituals and movements with other priests and priestesses at Dendera—and
beyond.
But while they were talking, in the back of Amenhotep’s mind, secretly, another plan began
to form. But he decided to keep his plan to himself until they had experienced the final sections
of hieroglyphs.
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The hieroglyphs that Nefertiti and Amenhotep had recently unearthed seemed to be all about
timing: when to do the movements alone or with little input from others—at the new moon—
and when to do the movements with a partner and to connect socially—at the full moon.
It stood to reason—they discussed as they returned to The Temple of Peace the next day—
that the rest of the hieroglyphs would in some way also relate to timing, and as they read over
the ninth section of hieroglyphs, in a roundabout way they discovered that they were right.
“It is important to work with the short-term lunar cycles in order to connect with your body
wisdom through movement. However, you may also want to remember to periodically cross-
train your sun sign’s movement with its opposite movement, for it will provide a context for
your sun sign to operate. After all, Taurus—receiving—happens in the context of Scorpio—
giving. Like flip sides of a coin, you don’t have one without the other, and the pair of move-
ments can help you to move into a peaceful balance. So both movements—the sun sign and its
opposite are two of the most important movements of your life.
“Moving the natal sun sign into a peaceful balance, however, is about balancing your
core—who you are your whole life through—and will therefore not change this lifetime.
However, one of the other most important movements of your life does change. It is the
movement for the very long-term 29.6 year cycle that we all are living.
“The 29.6 year cycle is the major overarching cycle happening in a person’s life in which all
other personal cycles, transits and progressions occur. Understanding this cycle could be
likened to a bird soaring overhead, peering down on a traveler journeying through unknown
territory. With a single glance, the bird can see where the traveler is now, the original starting
point and the future destination. The bird can even see the unique terrain the traveler may be
experiencing at that moment, and what steps the traveler should take next.
“The natal astrological chart is the starting point for understanding this higher perspective.
We are all born at a certain moon phase that can be identified in the birth chart. By considering
the precise positions of the sun and the moon in the 29.6 day lunar cycle that was occurring at
birth, an astrologer can then do a series of calculations that translate the pattern into an ongoing
29.6 year cycle.
“Depending on how long you live, you could experience three or more 29.6 year cycles. And
based on the signs of the Zodiac in which these 29.6 year cycles occur, your life’s journey
would then be framed by three or more primary themes that happen in sequence. For example,
if one cycle began in Leo, the next 29.6 year cycle would most likely be in Virgo...and the next
one most likely in Libra...and those three cycles would provide a grand context for all the other
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events of your life.”


The hieroglyphs then described in detail how to calculate the 29.6 year cycle and its eight
distinct phases*.
“With all of this in mind,” the hieroglyphs concluded, “the 29.6 year cycle can help you
remember and make peace with the phase of life’s journey that you are currently in. It’s as if
you are living or dancing one particular theme for 29.6 years of your life, so the movements for
the sign of the Zodiac corresponding to your 29.6 year cycle—and the particular 3-4 year phase
you are in at the moment—will engage your body wisdom to help you make better, more
conscious choices throughout your entire cycle.”
Needless to say, Nefertiti and Amenhotep were thrilled by these new and intriguing ideas.
Being a master astrologer, Amenhotep quickly assimilated the information, and shortly after
they returned to the main temple, he calculated the 29.6 year cycles for both himself and
Nefertiti. And with this information, they began to look back over the significant events in their
lives and understand them from this novel perspective.
As Nefertiti thought about her life in terms of these bigger cycles, it slowly dawned on her
that her experiences at Dendera were fitting in perfectly with her current 29.6 year cycle. And
from this perspective, she began to frequently perform the movement for the sign of her 29.6
year cycle as a reminder of why she had come to Dendera at this time in her life.

* see Appendix
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It took some time to digest and integrate the knowledge expressed by the ninth section of
hieroglyphs, but when they were ready, Nefertiti and Amenhotep returned to The Temple of
Peace to read the tenth and final inscription, which they discovered was short and anything but
expected.
“I am Princess Meresankh (She Loves Life),” the hieroglyphs announced proudly, “beloved
daughter of Pharaoh Khufu, Priestess of Hathor and High Priestess of The Temple of Peace.
While my father’s greatest achievement is his pyramid at Giza, this temple is my labor of love
and gift to the world.”
The hieroglyphs continued with the story of how Meresankh and her half-brother—Prince
Khafre—had wandered into an old abandoned healing temple in Heliopolis, where they not
only rediscovered and grew adept at these movements, but they used them to help re-energize
and restore the spirits and well-being of the builders of Pharaoh Khufu’s pyramid. And in
gratitude, Khufu had rewarded Khafre with a pyramid of his own and the Sphinx monument,
and Meresankh with this temple and the old healing temple in Heliopolis, which she was
permitted to restore.
“Khafre and I rediscovered these special healing movements together, and the images are of
he and I performing the ritual movements as we and our priests and priestesses do so often.
May these movements help you to love the beauty and lushness of life, deeply know thyself,
move into balance and bring great peace to yourself, your relationships and the world.”
The hieroglyphs then reiterated that with these types of movements and practices as a
foundation—like the foundation of a pyramid—that they would help bring greater meaning to
higher wisdom, learning, philosophy and even spiritual experiences...represented by the
“higher” parts of a pyramid. But still, it would always be important to never lose touch with
your body...and how you feel.
“All the ways the movements may be used here, however,” the hieroglyphs concluded, “are
not written in stone. With the strong foundation that you have learned here, in time you will
intuit other ways to use these movements and build upon these foundational movements and
forms. And as these movements are practiced and shared with others, in time may they spread
through the world, and help bring about a true golden age of peace on earth.”
Here, the hieroglyphs ended.
Nefertiti and Amenhotep silently re-read the hieroglyphs, stunned at this final revelation.
Then they re-entered The Temple of Peace to gaze on the depictions of Meresankh with new
eyes.
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She thought back to everything she had experienced at The Temple of Peace, and marveled
at Meresankh’s wisdom in building such a unique structure for worship. She also marveled at
the image in the hieroglyphs of the young prince Khafre, who also later went on to become a
great pharaoh.
When Nefertiti turned to face Amenhotep, they looked at each other knowingly for a
moment in silence, then he spoke. “Nefertiti, may we talk as we stroll through the gardens?”
Nefertiti felt an inexplicable sadness, and found it hard to pull herself away, but reluctantly
agreed, and after making a reverent gesture to the hieroglyphs and The Temple of Peace, they
took the winding path that led back toward the main temple complex. As they walked, they dis-
cussed princess Meresankh and her temple, and with every step, Amenhotep felt the subtle en-
ergies of the invisible guiding forces gathering around him, and with that feeling came words.
“Nefertiti,” he slowly said, “this past year with you has been the most amazing of my life,
and my hope is that the blessings and all the possibilities for healing and creativity at The
Temple of Peace will continue for the benefit of all.
“Meresankh went on to become queen of Egypt,” Amenhotep continued. “And this temple
was her true labor of love...but it’s yours too! And who among us is best to carry on
Meresankh’s legacy, to continue to share these movements with others? You have truly earned
that authority. So although it is a long journey, I invite you to return to Philae to tell everyone
that you have been offered the position of High Priestess of The Temple of Peace.”
Nefertiti was stunned. Still mesmerized by the final revelation of the hieroglyphs, his offer
had taken her completely by surprise.
As she took a breath and quietly regained her composure, she immediately felt torn between
her love for her home, friends and simple life at Philae being a “lowly” priestess. But on the
other hand, she was thrilled and honored by Amenhotep’s offer, and knew that it was an
opportunity of a lifetime.
Indeed, Nefertiti was at a crossroads in her life’s journey. She asked Amenhotep for some
time to reflect, which he graciously granted her. But later that night, when it occurred to her to
pause, reflect and slowly perform the movement corresponding to her current 29.6 year cycle,
from the feelings in her body, it suddenly became clear to Nefertiti which road to take.
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As Amenhotep had hoped, Nefertiti accepted his offer. When she explained that the deciding
factor had been how his invitation had corresponded perfectly with her current 29.6 year
cycle—Capricorn and its themes of achievement—he smiled and shook his head, amazed at
how quickly she had assimilated the wisdom she had learned.
Shortly thereafter, Nefertiti returned to Philae to tell her high priestess of her decision, to
thank them for all their kindness and to tie up loose ends. Although the high priestess, the
priests and the priestesses were sad to see her go, they understood and fully supported this new
opportunity for growth.
Before she returned to Dendera, however, Nefertiti worked with several priests and
priestesses to help them feel empowered to teach the movements for the twelve signs of the
Zodiac to others and to continue integrating the movements into temple worship. When they
completed their training, she asked that they journey to Dendera someday soon to visit her and
to learn the new ways to use the movements that she hoped to devise. They promised they
would, and as finding successors to teach her movements was her last piece of unfinished
business, she soon made arrangements for her departure to Dendera.
The day she left was filled with tearful hugs and goodbyes, and as she traveled down the
Nile by barque, at times she felt both sad about leaving and apprehensive about the responsibili-
ties of being a high priestess. But as the wind whistled through the sails and she felt the cool
breeze and mists after sunset, she again relaxed and remembered her 29.6 year cycle and the
destiny in store for her that was slowly playing out. With that in mind and with the support of
Amenhotep—not to mention the support of the benevolent, invisible guiding force—she knew
that it all was a dream come true.
Her ordination ceremony at Dendera’s Temple of Hathor was beautiful but simple. After an
invocation, Amenhotep introduced Nefertiti to the entire assembly of priests and priestesses of
Dendera and summarized everything that they had experienced at The Temple of Peace. He
announced that, with Nefertiti as high priestess, together they would not only continue the well-
established traditions at Dendera, but would also help create a new peace ministry, similar to
the one that they believed had been practiced centuries ago at The Temple of Peace. Amenhotep
then turned to Nefertiti, made a sacred gesture and presented her with an exquisite red rose as a
symbol of Hathor, their goddess of love and peace. Then, in a simple ritual consisting of in-
cense and a sacred blessing, Amenhotep asked Nefertiti what she had chosen as her sacred
name. She paused for a moment, looking out over the mass of priests and priestesses, then

quietly announced, “In honor of its founder, Princess Meresankh...who went on to become
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Queen Meresankh,” she said with emphasis, “I claim the title, High Priestess of The Temple of
Peace.”
A bell was struck, its deep note resonating throughout the temple for a long moment. But
Nefertiti barely noticed, for she was feeling the impact of her sacred name on her mind and
body. But as the bell grew silent, she opened her eyes and said aloud the prayer that had
centered and attuned her over the years: “She of the divine pillar, guide, guard and protect my
spirit, mind and body. Open my heart to receive your divine peace and wisdom, and to share it
lovingly with others.” And, from that deeply attuned place, Nefertiti spoke for a few moments
about the wisdom Meresankh had recorded for posterity.
When the ritual ended, the priests and priestesses formed a reception line to welcome and
bless Nefertiti. Some looked forward, they said, to experiencing her new way to worship.
That night, after thanking Amenhotep for the honor he had bestowed her, Nefertiti returned
to the gardens alone. Feeling the cool wind in her hair and hearing it whisper in the greenery all
around her, she closed her eyes and slowly brought her palms together. She then performed the
three bows from the Dance of Life, and said a prayer of thanks for all the gifts she had received
at Dendera. Similarly, she thanked Meresankh...Khafre...The Temple of Hathor...the
hieroglyphic tablets...the garden paths...the quiet area with the reflecting pool...and of course
The Temple of Peace...for all their gifts. And last but not least, she said a prayer of deep grati-
tude to Hathor and the benevolent guiding forces that had been with her every step of the way.
When Nefertiti settled into a rhythm of her new station, time permitting, she—and at times
Amenhotep—began inviting small groups of priests and priestesses to The Temple of Peace to
begin learning the movements described by the old hieroglyphs. Just like she had experienced at
Philae, she felt a thrill seeing the movements performed en masse. And once sufficient numbers
of people were familiar with the movements, Nefertiti slowly began introducing them into
Dendera’s sacred rituals.
But Nefertiti and Amenhotep didn’t stop there: at The Temple of Peace they began offering
new moon and full moon rituals and Amenhotep also began consulting with people privately to
understand and make peace with their 29.6 year cycles. In time he grew adept at using what he
learned to help people navigate the territory of their 29.6 year cycle and support them in con-
sciously choosing the next step in their life’s journey. And as word of his wisdom reached
Rome, Amenhotep was called there to consult emperor Hadrian about his 29.6 year cycles and
how they would impact his rule of the Roman Empire.
While Amenhotep was gone, Nefertiti began to intuit other ways to experience the
movements...just like the hieroglyphs had predicted. It felt strangely familiar but natural to
create two variations of a partner Dance of Life. The first version was facing a partner while
performing the same movements, and in the second version, partners perform opposite
movements. And to help people remember the sequence of movements, she had a temple scribe
copy the images of Meresankh and Khafre onto sheets of papyrus, similar to the following:
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Aries
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Libra
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Taurus
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Scorpio
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Gemini
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Sagittarius
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Cancer
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Capricorn
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Leo
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Aquarius
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Virgo
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Pisces
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Libra
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Aries
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Scorpio
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Taurus
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Sagittarius
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Gemini
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Capricorn
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Cancer
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Aquarius
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Leo
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Pisces
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Virgo
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To learn the partner dance, Amenhotep first studied the images, and then began physically
learning the pairs of movements with Nefertiti. At the outset, he found the partner dance to be
quite challenging, but over time he relaxed and got into the flow. And together, he and Nefertiti
soon mastered the dance and began teaching it to others.
And after all, as many priests and priestesses of Hathor were adept at dance, Nefertiti also
commissioned special music for the Dance of Life and for each sign’s movement. The
drumming and other rhythms helped evoke a deeper experience of each sign.
In time, as the movements were slowly introduced into the rituals at Dendera, Nefertiti also
began intuiting movements to represent the lunar cycle and other aspects of astrology.
Her next inspiration came one day while gazing up at a column decorated with four faces of
Hathor, each facing the cardinal points of north, south, east and west. It occurred to her to
create a movement representing each of the four elements of fire, earth, air and water and to
combine those movements with the movements for the twelve signs of the Zodiac. For example,
she would face the direction of the south—corresponding to the element of fire—and after
opening with the movement for fire, she would do the movements for the three fire signs: Aries,
Leo and Sagittarius. She would then close that direction with the movement for fire again, and
then, turning to the next direction, she would open with the corresponding element and do the
movements for its three corresponding signs. When she had completed the movements in each
of the four directions and come full circle, she would close the whole ritual by doing the
movements for all four elements and her three bows representing body, mind and spirit. This
elemental approach to the Zodiac and its twelve movements, she discovered, was not only fun
and easy to learn but was also therapeutic in many ways.
Furthermore, month by month Nefertiti and Amenhotep intuited new ways to experience the
movements for the twelve signs of the Zodiac, especially in small groups of priests and
priestesses.
One summer night when the full moon was in Aquarius/Leo, they created a special full
moon ritual at The Temple of Peace. After explaining to those present the intention of the rit-
ual—and giving everyone the opportunity to not participate—they formed a circle in the horo-
scope chart wheel and invited everyone to do the Aquarius movement in a circle. It felt and
looked amazing—everyone moving in sync on a similar wavelength. But then, one person at
a time was invited to step into the center of the circle and do the Leo movement for a moment
while the Aquarius movement was being performed all around them. This created a feeling of
an adoring audience or entourage for the person doing the Leo movement. Then, after everyone
had a chance to step into Leo and the process was completing, the priests and priestesses were
invited to notice which movement—Leo or Aquarius—felt more familiar and comfortable...or
unfamiliar and uncomfortable. And once confidentiality had been established, everyone was
invited to share—or listen—and privately reflect on the experience of the ritual movements.
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Some priests and priestesses did not feel comfortable stepping into the center of the circle,
preferring to blend in and resonate with everyone in the circle, suggesting that—for them—
Aquarius was the more comfortable sign of the pair and Leo the less comfortable. Many
nodded, understanding that they typically prefer to remain behind the scenes and a team player.
Others felt absolutely comfortable at the center of the circle, and in fact, once they were in
the center, some felt reluctant to leave for they enjoyed the feeling of radiating to others and
being the center of attention or star.
Still, others felt perfectly comfortable in either Leo or Aquarius, and could easily flow back
and forth between the two movements, which was the intent of the whole full moon ritual in the
first place: to move into a peaceful balance.
Month after month, Nefertiti and Amenhotep continued to create similar rituals for each of
the new moons and full moons that could be experienced alone, in a group or with a partner,
rituals that yielded great energy, peace and insight. And just as the hieroglyphs promised, they
began to intuit ways to use the movements that had never been written in stone.
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The Moon is above all emotional.

-Steven Forrest
Yesterday’s Sky

Dark clouds were forming one July morning in 136 C.E. The exact new moon in Cancer
had occurred overnight, and following the custom, all the priests and priestesses had been
encouraged to sleep in, as dreams at the time of the new moon were believed to be inspirational.
Nefertiti loved such mornings, especially at the dark of the moon. She had indeed slept in—
savoring her dream imagery in her soft bed—and then took time to record her dreams upon
fully awakening. But as there were no rituals planned until the evening, upon bathing she left
her quarters and followed the path to the Temple of Hathor. She climbed the stone staircase to
the roof, slowly turned to feel the morning breeze whispering in the surrounding palms, then
closed her eyes to feel the soothing presence of her spiritual guidance all around her. A few
moments later, she slowly opened her eyes and beheld the vista of the entire temple complex.
Besides the Temple of Hathor and its over two dozen shrines and worship rooms, there were
the other structures within the walls of their 40,000 square meter complex: the birth houses...the
sanatorium...the sacred lake...the well...the grotto...the sacred gardens…the living quarters of
the priests and priestesses...and, of course, The Temple of Peace.
As it was the new moon in Cancer, Nefertiti’s gaze came to rest on two crucial features of
Dendera that were so Cancerian in nature: the protective gate and the high walls around the
entire complex. Those walls—and the priests and priestesses who watched over them—
provided privacy and prevented disruptive patrons from disturbing the sacred activities at
Dendera. From her own experiences, Nefertiti understood how disturbances must be minimized
—if not eliminated entirely—when entering the inner sanctum of the heart.
At that moment Nefertiti felt—as much as heard—soft footsteps behind her, and turning, she
saw Amenhotep approaching. They greeted each other with a sacred gesture, and after social
courtesies, she told him that she was especially appreciating the walls surrounding Dendera.
Amenhotep nodded and shared his wisdom on the subject.
“As we enter the gate and pass through the walls of the Dendera complex, whether we know
it or not, a deeply sensitive part of us looks out and notices the outer gate...the walls...and all the
other structures that create privacy and safety. Once inside the walls and at the worship location
of our choice, that sensitive part of us also notices the doors, the degree of quiet, the sense of
separation from the outside world, the ambience and the amount of light in the space. And the
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more protected we feel externally, the more that deeply sensitive part of us breathes easier,
trusting that we can be vulnerable and become more sensitive to our inner life.”
Nefertiti marveled at Amenhotep’s wisdom that she instinctively knew but had never quite
put words to. She was aware that there truly was a part of her that was constantly vigilant,
noticing the surroundings and the people around her.
Amenhotep then noted that it was the new moon in Cancer, and asked her if she would be
willing to walk with him to The Temple of Peace so he could share his vision for the new moon
in Cancer with her, a vision that he believed could create great peace and healing. Intrigued,
Nefertiti agreed, and together they descended the stone stairs and crossed the complex to The
Temple of Peace, entered the building and moved to the inner sanctum.
Amenhotep shared that, near the time of the new moon in Cancer that morning, he had
intuited a new healing ritual that could be used with the north and south nodes of the moon. He
then reminded Nefertiti that in the birth chart, the sign of the Zodiac of the south node of the
moon represents a predominant theme, tendency or pattern of past lives. On the other hand, he
said, the sign of the Zodiac of the north node of the moon represents the ‘road less traveled’ or
even shunned—in previous lifetimes, and is therefore unfinished business in this lifetime.
“So there is a polarity,” he said, “a pair of opposite themes that our north and south nodes
represent. So as I reflected on this polarity—and the new moon in Cancer—it occurred to me
that, in the past, people would have been emotionally attached or one-sided in favor of their
south node, in this lifetime, life would present them opportunities to be more even-keeled.”
Intuiting where he may be going with this, Nefertiti smiled as he continued.
“At this temple,” he continued, “I have learned to cross-train both sides of a pair of signs
and to learn to easily move back and forth between the pair. So it occurred to me that if this was
true about the full moon, then the same principle would apply to the north and south nodes of
the moon. Like cross-training the biceps and triceps, our movements could be used to learn to
move easily and gracefully between one’s north and south nodes of the moon, to balance and
make peace with both sides of this core dynamic.”
He pointed to the lined The Temple of Peace floor and its central ankh, and then walked to
one side of the circle and stood in one of the twelve sections.
“Just like in our full moon rituals, the person participating in this ritual would perform the
movements for their south node for a few moments on this section, and then,” he paused and
moved to the opposite side of the circle, “in this opposite section they would do the movement
for the north node. Then they would then literally move back and forth between the nodes to
experience moving easily back and forth between the two signs.”
for Nefertiti loved the idea, and had a better understanding of how her temple would play a part
in Amenhotep’s vision.
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“And if it were me experiencing the ritual,” he said, eyes twinkling, “as I would go back and
forth between the signs, houses and movements, I might just have something to say about my
feelings or memories that arise, especially my likes and dislikes of each sign.”
Amenhotep continued describing his vision of the ritual. Again, Nefertiti loved his ideas,
and flashed on how the process might look for her.
“The goal” Amenhotep continued, “would be to use the ritual and the movements to become
more aware of how this core dynamic plays out in your life, and after the ritual, to use the
movements to integrate your experience. And remember, these are the nodes of the moon we
are talking about—the feelings of comfort and familiarity—so ideally, going forward, you
would feel more safe, peaceful and comfortable with either sign as needed. And that in itself is
very healing.”
Nefertiti, deep in thought, nodded in agreement.
“Although this temple is open to the sky and is not totally soundproof,” he admitted, slowly
turning and looking around the inner sanctum “it is still secluded and far removed from our
more frequented main temple. And we really need a completely safe and private place—where
we can trust that we won’t be interrupted—to explore the beliefs and feelings that could
possibly surface as a result of this process. So in terms of privacy, this temple is our best option.
“And so, Nefertiti,” he said with finality, “for the new moon in Cancer, my vision is to
create a healing ritual for the north and south nodes of the moon...in the inner sanctum of this
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temple.”
Nefertiti marveled at and enthusiastically agreed to support Amenhotep’s vision of this new
healing ritual, and they began to discuss ways to prepare for the ritual for the north and south
nodes of the moon. She did ask, however, if the intent of the ritual was to try to change
someone’s mind, to convince them that both sides are good/neither side is bad.
“If I am skillful in how I conduct the ritual,” the high priest said, “perhaps just one new
thought will occur to you—maybe the first time you have ever thought it—one new insight that
will make it easier to flow back and forth between the nodes. But the intent of the ritual per se
is not to try to convince you of anything in particular...just to invite you to make peace with
both sides and be open to whatever naturally emerges in the ritual.” His response satisfied
Nefertiti, who resisted being forced to do anything.
Amenhotep then invited Nefertiti to experience the ritual with him while he facilitated.
Taken a bit off guard, Nefertiti asked for a moment to tune into her body wisdom to make sure
that it would be a good time for her. A few moments later she slowly opened her eyes and
smiled and agreed that it was.
While he would be gone for a few minutes to the main temple to instruct the priests and
priestesses that they were not to be disturbed, Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to relax, stretch,
perform the Dance of Life and think about her experience of her south and north nodes. When
he then returned to The Temple of Peace, Nefertiti felt centered and was outside waiting to
begin.
Like the other rituals that they had performed since her stay at Dendera, they began this
ritual with candles, incense and invocations outside the main door of The Temple of Peace.
Amenhotep added another layer to their preparations, however. He made sure that he communi-
cated to Nefertiti that this would be an inner ritual—focused on her spirituality—and that what-
ever she said or did throughout the experience would be held in strictest confidence. Nefertiti
nodded, understanding and trusting that Amenhotep would honor his agreement.
They then once again entered the temple and moved to the inner sanctum, closing and
barring the door behind them for privacy. And between the comfort she felt inside The Temple
of Peace, the trust she had in Amenhotep, the confidentiality agreement that was in place and
the sound of the door being barred so that no one could enter, Nefertiti felt her body become
relaxed and fluid and open to whatever would emerge.
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Like a ball batted back and forth,


a human is batted by two forces from within.

-Yogabindu Upanishad

As they entered the inner sanctum, Amenhotep positioned himself on the outside periphery
of the chart wheel, and invited Nefertiti to do the same. Here, he once again asked Nefertiti if
she would be willing to participate in this new ritual. When she agreed, Amenhotep invited her
to step onto the central ankh and then established the boundaries of the process.
“So as we begin this ritual for you, first of all,” he said, gesturing to the circular the
horoscope chart wheel with the ankh at its center, “for this moment in time and in ritual space,
this circle will represent your life. And because this circle represents your life, Nefertiti, I will
not step into the circle unless I am invited.”
Nefertiti felt herself relax even further at the boundary that he set, and felt even more safe
knowing that she would not be intruded on even by Amenhotep, her trusted associate.
And second, he emphasized that Nefertiti was in charge of this process, and that she could
pass on any of Amenhotep’s invitations.
Nefertiti closed her eyes and took in Amenhotep’s words, and a moment later, opened her
eyes and nodded her head, indicating that she fully understood and was ready to begin.
“So Nefertiti,” Amenhotep said, “just like the ankh here in the center,” he motioned to the
chart wheel, “this circle represents your life. And as you know, in this lifetime, your south node
is in Sagittarius. So to access your body wisdom and to bring your south node into awareness,
would you be willing to step into the Sagittarius section and experience the movements for
Sagittarius?”
Nefertiti agreed, and stepped from the central ankh into the part of the circle that was in
front of the depiction of the figure of princess Meresankh, the founder of The Temple of Peace,
performing the Sagittarius movement.
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As she settled into the prayer position of the Sagittarius movement, Amenhotep also softly
invited her to notice what happened in her body as she experienced the movements.
Nefertiti leaned to the right and extended her left hand high toward the sky, as if to reach
beyond this world for the divine. Then she slowly lowered her left hand, brought her feet and
hands together in front of the heart, returning to the prayer position as if to connect with her
inner wisdom, and closed her eyes. She then did the Sagittarius movement to the right, and
slowly continued alternating sides.
As Nefertiti moved, some of her favorite philosophers and sages came to mind, and how
they went beyond the superficial to connect with the higher mind...and deeper wisdom.
After several more repetitions, she began to feel tingling, a sense of exhilaration in parts of
her body. It was as if, as she slowed down and tuned into the Sagittarius part of herself, that in
certain areas, her body was saying “yes, I love this, I want more of this!”
With palms together in front of her heart, she savored that sensation for a moment, and then
when she was ready, opened her eyes.
Amenhotep gave her a moment to relax and gather her thoughts, then invited Nefertiti to
share what the movements were like for her. She shared the thoughts and sensations that she
had experienced, pointing to and describing where in her body she had felt them. And as she
shared and pointed to those body parts, she felt the truth of her experience being anchored. It
was as if the truth of what she experienced was becoming richly tangible.
When she felt anchored and complete with her south node, Amenhotep invited her to move
back to the central ankh, and pause for a moment. And when she was ready, he asked her if she
was willing to experience the opposite side: the north node.
They went through a similar process with the north node. Nefertiti then stepped into the part
of the circle that was in front of the depiction of the Gemini movement.
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When she had completed the Gemini movement and felt fluidly intuitive and anchored in
her awareness of Gemini, Amenhotep then invited Nefertiti to move back and forth between the
sign/movements, in order to get the feel of moving easily between the two. When she had,
Amenhotep then asked her if she would be willing to answer some questions about the nodes.
Nefertiti agreed and he invited her to step into the Sagittarius section to experience her south
node first.
“Nefertiti,” he said, “what does Sagittarius mean to you?” Nefertiti responded that for her,
Sagittarius represented beliefs, wisdom, knowledge, higher education, religion, basically
everything that she experienced as a priestess.
Amenhotep repeated back to her what she had said, and then asked her if she would be
willing to share what she loved the most about Sagittarius. She beamed at his invitation.
“I love being a priestess of Hathor, Nefertiti said. “I love being able to feel truth and wisdom
in my body, in the Hathor tradition, and not just intellectualizing about it. I love being able to
close my eyes and connect with my body wisdom, my intuition and the divine. I love to feel
divinity all around me, guiding my thoughts and actions. I love being able to come into this
quiet place—with lush greenery and fresh air all around me—and close my eyes and feel my
body, mind and spirit move in a unified rhythm. I love nature, astrology, philosophy, religion
and history, and having the opportunity to experience and study them. Life is a deep ocean, and
I want to dive in and experience it fully,” she said. She thought for a moment, and then said,
“yes, that’s in essence what I love about Sagittarius.”
Amenhotep again repeated back to her what she had said, and invited her to relax and feel
the truth of what she had just said. She closed her eyes and felt the truth of her love for Sagittar-
ian themes and settings for a moment, and then when she opened here eyes and nodded her
head, Amenhotep motioned for her to return to the central ankh.
When she was once again standing on the ankh, he then asked her if she would be willing to
step over into the Gemini part of the circle and answer some questions about Gemini. Nefertiti
nodded and responded to his invitation.
“So I heard how much you love Sagittarius,” Amenhotep said. So I invite you to share what
Gemini means to you...especially what about Gemini that you dislike?”
Nefertiti was surprised by his question, but took a breath and thought about the main theme
of Gemini: communication. Upon reflection, it occurred to her one of the things that bothered
her most when she was trying to center and pray: people whispering or outright talking in
worship. She named that for Amenhotep, who repeated her words back to her. Hearing her truth
welcomed and encouraged, she remembered that, several years before she had taken vows as a
priestess, in temple worship one day she had turned around and glared at a woman who had
been talking. The ironic thing, she told Amenhotep, is that the woman hadn’t even noticed her
glaring at her because she was so busy talking. “How dare you disturb this sacred space,”
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Nefertiti had thought. “And how dare you be so thoughtless!”


Amenhotep noticed Nefertiti’s body language as she expressed her anger. Yet he held the
space for her, allowing her to feel the truth of what she was feeling without intervening.
“Thoughtless,” he echoed, and she nodded, feeling understood. And as Nefertiti talked about
the extremes of Gemini that she disliked, it occurred to her that incidents such as those had in
part motivated her to explore becoming a priestess, for she had wanted to be able to safely
worship in sacred spaces without fear of interruption or being surrounded by thoughtless,
shallow people.
Amenhotep smiled, and again, reflected back to Nefertiti what she had said. “You’ve got a
good reason to not like that part of Gemini, huh?” Amenhotep smiled, stating matter-of-factly.
Nefertiti nodded, and Amenhotep invited her to feel the truth of what she had said.
When she felt complete with this aspect of Gemini, Amenhotep again invited her to return
to the center and rest in the balance of the two nodes for a moment...to feel the power and truth
of both nodes...and to hold the opposites.
When she opened her eyes, Amenhotep looked at her for a moment with a slight smile.
That was a big awareness, huh?” he said. Nefertiti looked at him and nodded again, but
otherwise remained quiet. He held out his hands, palms up. “So on one side, you love the parts
of Sagittarius that are about being a priestess, connecting body wisdom and spirit and going into
quiet places to center and meditate. That part of you loves astrology, philosophy, religion and
history.
“On the other hand,” he said, glancing at his other hand and moving slightly up and down to
draw attention to the other side, “there is a part of you that really dislikes when Gemini chatters
mindlessly, and is thoughtless. That was part of your motivation for becoming a temple
priestess in the first place. Does that sound right Nefertiti?” She nodded in agreement,
marveling at how well he had listened.
“Well Nefertiti, with all of this being said, would you be willing to continue this process?”
Nefertiti thought about it for a moment and agreed, stating that she wasn’t sure where he was
going with this, but that she was fascinated by the process.
So Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to return to the Sagittarius side and experience that
movement again for a moment, and to stop when she had the felt-sense of Sagittarius again.
When she stopped, Amenhotep gave her a moment to center, and then asked her another
question.
“Nefertiti, is there anything in particular about Sagittarius that you dislike?” Nefertiti
thought about it for a moment, and then spoke her mind. “You know, one of the things I like
about The Temple of Peace is that what we do here is often short and sweet. I can immediately
connect with spirit, center or re-energize and then go about my day…as opposed to many of the
rituals that I have experienced...so many of them are seem unnecessarily complex and long,”
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Nefertiti said, drawing the vowel sound out and laughing. “I think spirituality can be fun and
light-hearted too, and too often, that isn’t the case for me. Thank goodness I am a priestess of
Hathor...I like the serious forms of worship, but at least sometimes we also get to do fun things
like this!
“So what I particularly dislike about Sagittarius is that sometimes worship can be very time-
consuming and even boring.. I mean, if I already feel connected to spirit, isn’t continuing to talk
counterproductive?
“And,” she paused a moment and then added, frowning, “sometimes when I talk to those
who have very strong religious beliefs, they often present their beliefs as facts and they can be
so up in their head that they have lost touch with their body and the world around them. I often
see a faraway look in their eyes and notice that they are not listening to what I say about my
beliefs, and that they are subtly trying to convince or convert me to believe what they believe.
In truth, I am often offended by the religious fanatic and holier-than thou sides of Sagittarius.”
As she finished her statement, without Amenhotep saying a word, Nefertiti paused, taking a
moment to feel the truth of what she had said about an extreme of Sagittarius, and then opened
her eyes and moved back to the ankh.
“So, Amenhotep, I suppose that you are going to invite me to move over to the Gemini side
now, and to talk about what I like about Gemini, huh?” Amenhotep nodded and smiled a yes,
and she returned once again to the Gemini section of the circle, closed her eyes a moment, and
then performed the Gemini movement to get the feel of Gemini again.
“So what is one thing I like about Gemini?” Nefertiti asked out loud as she moved. And
then her eyes sparkled as she quickly smiled. “Well, the Gemini movement says it all. I like
teaching. I like these simple, short and sweet teachings that life is a polarity, with sometimes
experiencing one thing, and other times its opposite. I like to be able to teach its wisdom to
others...even if it’s just a little bit at a time. And like the movement indicates, I like to move
back and forth between the pairs of signs, cross-training the pairs of opposites. So like the
Gemini movement, I guess I really like to be able to see—and teach—the two sides of things.”
“The two sides of things?” Amenhotep echoed.
“Yes,” she nodded. “Even this ritual, where we are experimenting with the north and south
nodes. I find it so exhilarating and empowering to move back and forth between the two sides,
and I love how peaceful it makes me feel. I absolutely love it!”
Amenhotep repeated her words back to her, smiling as Nefertiti nodded.
“So you know what to do here Nefertiti. Either continue to move or slow down….notice
what you need to do to feel the truth of that,” he said. And her eyes were closed before he even
finished his statement.
“And as before, when you are ready, return to the center...to the ankh.”
So after she did, and took another moment to rest in the balance, Amenhotep spoke.
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“Again, on one hand,” he said, raising his left hand, “there is a part of Sagittarius that you
don’t like—the part that is long and time-consuming, and at times boring. And you really don’t
like when people live up in their heads or are religiously fanatic, and seem oblivious to other
people around them. Those parts of Sagittarius you can do without, huh?”
Nefertiti nodded in agreement. “However, the parts of Gemini you like are the short and
sweet rituals like those at The Temple of Peace, and you like to really be able to see two sides of
things, and move back and forth to cross-train the pairs. And you really like this two-sided as-
pect of this north and south node ritual, of moving back and forth between the nodes. Is that
right?”
Nefertiti corrected a few of his words, but said yes, essentially, that was what she liked
about Gemini.
He paused, and then once again held out his hands, to the side, with palms up. “So in this
circle that represents your life...on one side,” he said, moving his left hand, “you like the parts
of Sagittarius that are about being a high priestess, connecting with spirit and going into quiet
places to center and meditate. However, you dislike the lengthy rituals and when people lose
touch with their body and the world around them and become fanatic about their beliefs and
philosophies.
“On the other hand,” he said, shifting his weight to the right and moving his right hand for
emphasis, “there is a part of you that really dislikes Gemini’s mindless chatter and thoughtless-
ness. But, you like the polarity/duality aspect of Gemini, keeping things light and fun, and cross
-training the opposite signs of the Zodiac. Does that sound right Nefertiti?” he said, slightly
moving both hands. She nodded in agreement, again marveling at how well he listened, and
took a moment to close her eyes and feel the truth of both sides, the south and the north node.
“So,” Amenhotep said very slowly, slightly moving his left hand, “your south node in
Sagittarius suggests that for lifetimes—and even during this lifetime, obviously—you have
loved Sagittarian themes. What if your prayer life was interrupted for lifetimes by mindlessly
chattering people,” he said smiling, “and you may have chosen to become a priestess over and
over again to have sacred experiences in sacred settings. Life after life, what if you have had a
tremendous thirst for knowledge and for sacred settings because you love them so much?”
Amenhotep paused and took a breath, allowing a moment for that thought to sink in.
“However,” Amenhotep resumed, slightly moving his right hand, “in this lifetime, with
your north node in Gemini, you are being challenged to combine Gemini and Sagittarius. It
sounds like you have found that way, for you have rediscovered Sagittarian forms of worship
expressed through short and sweet Gemini-like movements at The Temple of Peace.
“Like you said, Nefertiti, you are already balancing the scales of the north and the south
node. You are already learning to—literally—move easily back and forth between the two. In
fact, this whole process that we are doing right now with the north and south nodes is an
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expression of your Gemini north node, because we are moving back and forth between the
nodes. What happens inside when you hear that, Nefertiti?” Amenhotep said, smiling and
looking at her closely.
Nefertiti beamed again at his words and stood a bit taller, having a sense of pride and
“mission accomplished.” And she took a moment to close her eyes and bask in the truth...and
the relief... of the whole ritual.
When she opened her eyes again, Amenhotep asked if there was anything that she wanted to
do or say to anchor or integrate what she had experienced. “Yes,” she said, and then reaffirmed
the truth of the ritual for herself by sharing how for the last four years she had in fact been
teaching all she had learned from The Temple of Peace to as many people as were interested—
which was again an expression of her Gemini north node. And as she did spoke her truth,
Amenhotep continued to invite her to feel the truth of her words in her body.
“And beyond this ritual,” she concluded, “I commit to continue to teach, and, as a way to
keep this awareness alive in me, I will continue to practice my north and south node movements
and pay attention to what my body has to say about this process. I believe I am on the right
path, but I also feel that I have a lot to learn about my north node in Gemini.”
But other than that she said that she felt complete for now.
Understanding that it was time to bring the ritual to a close, Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to
take a breath, and after her long, slow exhale, he then asked her to step out of the circle when
she was ready and asked her to think about what she wanted to do to neutralize the energy of
the space. They both knew that in order to not walk in and constantly see the chart wheel as an
expression of Nefertiti’s life and her north and south nodes, that they needed to “clean” the
energy of the space in some way. Nefertiti smiled, and with her hands imagined brushing away
the energy from the space, as if she was brushing away sand. She brought her hands to a prayer
position and exclaimed, “this circle no longer represents my life.”
Amenhotep smiled and nodded, recognizing the wisdom of her statement, especially that it
had been said by her, not him.
Nefertiti thought too that it would be a good idea to bring in the candles and incense into the
inner sanctum, to use the flame and smoke as a way of resetting the space...even if it was just
for her own peace of mind.
When Nefertiti had completed shifting the energy, Amenhotep stood in front of her and
deroled as her facilitator, and she as his client. He explained that this finishing touch would
returned them to a level playing ground, and released any sense of pressure or sense of
obligation to continue in the same roles beyond where the ritual had completed. Before
Amenhotep deroled, however, he once again reminded Nefertiti that he would hold in
confidence everything that was said and done in her ritual. She nodded, feeling relaxed and
grateful at his commitment.
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Once resetting the space was totally complete, they said a prayer of thanks and extinguished
their ritual candles before exiting and returning to the main temple area.
On the way back to the main temple, Amenhotep cautioned Nefertiti to take some time to
relax, savor her experience, reflect and let her awareness settle. As it would be new moon for
the next three days, they then set a time to meet sometime after the full moon to further discuss
their experience of the ritual. That amount of time—Amenhotep reasoned—would give
Nefertiti plenty of time to contemplate her experience.
Before falling asleep that night, Nefertiti reflected on her experiences and Amenhotep’s
ingenious new healing ritual, and as she did, she truly began to believe that for her north node
to be truly integrated, it would be important for her to continue to communicate her Sagittarian
wisdom to others using short and sweet Gemini words and fun experiences.
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Nearly three weeks later, during the disseminating phase of the lunar cycle, Nefertiti and
Amenhotep met at an appointed time one morning in the water garden to discuss her experience
of the north node/south node ritual, and the impact on her life and thoughts since then. As they
were alone, they both could relax and speak freely.
Amenhotep inquired how she was feeling, and invited her to share—if she was willing—her
experiences since the ritual. Nefertiti shared the thoughts and feelings that she had experienced
since the ritual, and that several time—when she was alone and could tune in to her body
wisdom—she had at times performed the movements for her north node and south node as a
reminder of her core challenge this lifetime.
Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to elaborate, which she did, and when she had shared
everything about her own experiences since the ritual, he invited feedback about the steps of the
ritual itself...from everything including the candles, incense, promise of confidentiality and
asking permission at the beginning of the ritual, to the deroling and moving the energy at the
end. Nefertiti expressed how important each one of those steps was, and how she had relaxed
and felt more comfortable and familiar with each step.
Amenhotep said that he had thought very carefully about each step of the ritual, as he would
be dealing directly with the moon—the comfort zone of the unconscious mind—that everything
done must be done with the intention of helping her feel more safe and comfortable so that she
could tune into her inner life.
When asked if she had other feedback for him, Nefertiti nodded and continued told him that
she thought that the experience of the ritual would depend on the person: some people may
need to go through it several times, just a little at a time, while others may get it all at once. So
she thought that it would be especially important that the facilitator be really sensitive and
attuned to each individual person who does the ritual, and that they be very compassionate and
gentle. She then thanked Amenhotep, for he had exhibited all those qualities in her ritual.
“So, again, thank you, Amenhotep, for giving me the opportunity to make that choice. I can’t
tell you how important that was to me...and how it helped me to trust that it was safe to bring
more of myself into the space.”
“My pleasure,” the high priest replied, smiling and bowing his head in acknowledgement.
Once they had completed discussing her experience of the ritual, Amenhotep thanked
Nefertiti for her feedback, then asked her if she would be willing to hear some of his thoughts
and some other possibilities about the north/south node ritual. Just like in the ritual itself, he
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said, he wanted to be sensitive to how she was feeling and if she was in a frame of mind to hear
more about his vision—especially since she had recently experienced the ritual and was, in
truth, still processing it. So he asked her that if she got to a point in their discussion where it
was too much information—especially if she really needed to first experience the next layer of
ritual instead of talk about it—that they would stop and set a time at a later date to continue the
ritual. She agreed, and Amenhotep began to share some of his thoughts about the ritual.
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“In your particular north/south node ritual,” Amenhotep admitted, “by the time you had gone
back and forth and experienced both sides, your ritual already felt so full and complete that I
chose to save the next layer of depth until the next time...hoping of course that there would be a
‘next time.’”
Nefertiti’s nod indicated that she indeed would like to experience the ritual again. Seeing her
response, Amenhotep continued.
“Now it makes sense to me,” he thought aloud, “that based on your experience, in most
cases this ritual should absolutely be done in layers. The first layer should only be about the
signs of the north and south nodes—and stop there to give people plenty of time to integrate.
But if someone gets a lot out of the first time ritual...and really values it and wants to spiral in
deeper next time...then the next layer of ritual would be an invitation to go even deeper.”
He then shared his vision of a fascinating new layer to the ritual: combining the
corresponding houses with the signs of the north and south nodes.
“The south node’s house,” Amenhotep said, “represents the context or places where the
south node lives took place, over and over, life after life. So to help the person begin to
associate those houses/places with their lunar nodes, the idea would be to invite the person to
bring to the second ritual two special items: one representing the house of the south node, and
one representing the house of the north node. And during the ritual, I would invite them to place
those objects in the part of the chart wheel that corresponds to their north and south node…and
leave it there during the ritual as a kind of ‘prop’ and subtle reminder of the house.”
Nefertiti slowly nodded, seeing Amenhotep’s vision.
“In general,” Amenhotep thought aloud, “I think it would be unnecessary to talk about any
specifics of the second ritual in advance. In my mind’s eye, I imagine, after debriefing from the
first ritual and several weeks before the second ritual, inviting the person to bring those two
special items the next time we meet. Of course, from their astrology chart, I know in advance
what their houses and nodes are, so I invite them in advance to bring those items without any
further explanation other than that they will be a part of the next ritual. But on some level, I will
have aroused their curiosity and they will—consciously or unconsciously—begin to think about
the themes of the houses.
“At the second ritual,” Amenhotep concluded, “the special items—and another unique idea
that you will have the opportunity to experience later—will help me to engage the imagination
and add another layer of depth and meaning to their first north/south node ritual.”
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Again, Nefertiti said that she loved the idea of being able to do the ritual again, and was
intrigued by this new layer of ritual that he alluded to. She even asked him for more details, but
Amenhotep said that it would be better for her to focus on the special items she would like to
bring for her particular south node in the tenth house of career, fame and public visibility, and
for her north node in the fourth house of home, family and vulnerability.
Once Nefertiti was clear about the types of objects that she was to brainstorm about
bringing, Amenhotep suggested that they wait until after the next new moon to experience the
next layer of north/south node ritual.
So amidst all her other high priestess duties, when it intuitively felt right to her, Nefertiti
took time to do the movements to anchor her awareness of her north node in Gemini and south
node in Sagittarius—which she also began to understand were also two of the most important
movements of her life. When she would feel so moved, she would journal, reflect and talk about
what she was slowly learning about herself and her north and south nodes. She also selected
two special objects for the next ritual. And when the day arrived, Nefertiti found that she was
indeed ready for the next layer of ritual.
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The core point is simply that the story doesn’t


have to be “factual” for it to be “true.”

-Steven Forrest
Yesterday’s Sky

On the chosen day, Nefertiti brought two special objects representing her fourth house and
tenth houses to The Temple of Peace. After they had done their usual preparations and paused to
center themselves, Amenhotep and Nefertiti once again followed the steps of the north/south
node ritual, with Nefertiti stationing herself on the central ankh, holding the special objects,
and Amenhotep positioning himself on the outside of the chart wheel.
He invited her to take a moment and close her eyes—if she wanted—to center herself, and
when she was ready, to open her eyes. And when she was ready, she did so.
“So you have brought some special objects I see, Nefertiti,” Amenhotep said invitingly. “So,
since your north node is in the fourth house*, the special object you have brought is…..”
He prolonged the sound, inviting her to finish his sentence.
“A doll, “ Nefertiti replied, smiling and holding out the doll for him to see. “A little baby
doll. And then she produced from behind her back in the other hand a small depiction of a
home, to represent home and family. “Sorry,” she apologized, “but I really needed both objects
to—in my mind—fully represent home and family. It needed to be both the location and those
who live in it.
“No need to apologize, two objects are fine, Nefertiti,” Amenhotep said. “So, since your
north node is in the fourth house—which for you is Gemini—would you be willing to place the
doll and the drawing of the home in the Gemini side of the circle, over near the outer edge?”
Nefertiti nodded, and with slow, pleasurable steps, moved to place the objects under the figure
of Meresankh performing the Gemini movement, near the outer line of the circle and just a few
feet from the wall.
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When she had placed the object on the floor and returned back to the ankh, Amenhotep
invited her to breathe and notice how she felt, and when she was ready, to open her eyes.
When Amenhotep saw that she was ready to continue, he smiled and asked her what special
object she had brought as a representative of her tenth house.
“A coin, to represent career, fame and public visibility,” Nefertiti said, again smiling and
offering it to Amenhotep. “See, here is Caesar’s picture on it. If that is not a symbol for fame
and visibility, I don’t know what is!”
“I see,” he said, smiling and examining the coin she held up for a moment. He then carefully
handed it back to her, and invited her to place the coin under the picture of Sagittarius to
represent her south node in her tenth house of career, fame and public visibility.
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Nefertiti agreed, and as before, returned to the central ankh, closed her eyes and felt into the
ritual that was beginning to unfold.
With the stage set, and when she was ready, Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to once again step
into the Sagittarius part of the circle and perform the Sagittarius movement. After she
performed the movement, from the notes he had taken after their last ritual, he gradually
reminded her of all the reasons she had stated for liking and disliking Sagittarius. Then, in a
very gentle way, he invited her to consider that in previous lives she had been a truly prominent
Sagittarian, perhaps—at times—as famous as Caesar on the coin she brought. It really wasn’t
much of a stretch, he pointed out, as she was not only a priestess now—as Sagittarian as you
can get—but also in this life a high priestess—as tenth house as a priestess can get. And
because the tenth house is so publicly visible, he suggested that it would have felt very familiar
to be exalted in some way, on the altar, on a high seat, on top of the temple, places where she
would be looked up to. ”Or,” he said smiling, “what if it was your face on some coin?”
Nefertiti just breathed and noticed how she felt as Amenhotep spoke. But with his last
words, she felt her head subtly recoil, responding to his words. Amenhotep noticed her subtle
movement, and then invited her to tune in to what was happening inside. What he had said had
rung so true for her. She liked being in charge, because she knew she would “do it right” and
treat people right—with kindness, justice and compassion. And although it was never her goal
to be a high priestess, the title had come to her effortlessly as a result of just paying attention to
her dreams, intuition and body wisdom.
Amenhotep asked her if she would be willing to perform the Sagittarius movement just one
more time as she held the coin of fame to anchor her experiences. And after she finished
moving, anchored in the experience of south node in Sagittarius in the tenth house of fame,
Nefertiti took a breath, rested with her hands together in front of her heart, and then returned to
the ankh at the center of the chart wheel and closed her eyes to let all those awarenesses sink in.
After a few moments in the central ankh, feeling the truth of her south node in Sagittarius in
the tenth house, Amenhotep asked Nefertiti if it would be helpful to share anything else about
what was happening inside, anything else about her experience of her south node in Sagittarius
in the tenth house. Once she did, Amenhotep reflected back to her what she had said and, after
pausing to feel the resonance of his words—feeling that he had indeed heard her—Nefertiti
nodded her head, bright-eyed, and looked at him as if to say, “OK, what’s next?”
Amenhotep, seeing that she wanted to waste no time in continuing the ritual, then invited her
to—when she was ready—step into the Gemini part of the circle and perform the Gemini
movement. Once she was feeling the essence and felt-sense of Gemini, Amenhotep then read
back to her all the reasons she had stated why she liked and disliked Gemini. Then, once he had
seen that Nefertiti had accepted all that he had stated, Amenhotep began to invite her to
consider the significance of the fourth house of home, family and vulnerability. But as the north
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node territory is generally unfamiliar, uncomfortable, he proceeded very gently and with the
intention of paying extra close attention to her responses to this next layer of the ritual.
Amenhotep invited Nefertiti to talk about and show him the special items she had brought.
She retrieved them from under the Gemini image, and then turned to show them to Amenhotep,
who had taken a few slow steps around the chart wheel to be nearer to her. She showed him
once again her fourth house symbols—the doll, representing family—and the drawing of a
home—representing the actual structure that people lived in. Amenhotep then asked her to tell
him more about her recent past, and what she loved about home and family, especially about
the home and family that she grew up in. Nefertiti thought a moment, and then shared that since
she had been looking for her special items for the ritual, she had also been thinking about her
mother’s loving presence.
“I was an only child,” she said, “and she was always there when I needed her. Even if she
didn’t say anything, I felt her warm and tender presence. It was almost as if I was always
cradled when I was with her.”
Sadly, she said, her mother had died when she was fourteen, and it was about that time that
Nefertiti was feeling drawn to become a priestess of Hathor and soon left home. She still saw
her father occasionally, she said, but they were most often stilted conversations. Truthfully, she
said, although she had had an intellectual understanding of emotions, she had never really
learned how to communicate feelings or to talk about what was happening inside her until she
had become a neophyte priestess of Hathor, where emotional intelligence and articulating
feelings were part of the basic training.
As Nefertiti spoke, Amenhotep saw that there were a lot of tender feelings just beneath the
surface, and again, proceeding very gently, he carefully invited Nefertiti to feel the truth of
what she had said. A few moments later, he reflected her words back to her, and then named the
the core theme he was hearing.
“So Nefertiti,” Amenhotep said slowly, “it sounds like the pattern in your home with—not
so much your mom, but with your dad, was that important feelings were felt...but often left
unsaid?”
Again, Amenhotep was being very careful, wanting her to feel what she was feeling, but also
wanting to begin to introduce how the theme of her north node in Gemini—the sign of
communication—was expressed in her fourth house of home and family.
Nefertiti nodded.
“So if your north node is in Gemini,” Amenhotep said when he was certain Nefertiti was
open to input, “and how it played out so far in this life could be how it played out in past lives
too. Communication of deep seated feelings—especially in the home and family—may not have
been welcomed or permitted or even safe. But this time around, Nefertiti,” Amenhotep said,
“what if you could continue to talk about your feelings in private, safe places with safe people?”
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Nefertiti brightened visibly at that idea.


“In fact, again, what if you added an element of communication about feelings and
sensations in your rituals here at The Temple of Peace? What if you could combine your north
and south nodes that way?”
Nefertiti nodded enthusiastically, loving the suggestion. Then after a moment, Amenhotep
invited Nefertiti to perform the movements one final time to anchor her awareness of both north
and south nodes, and then take a moment to center herself and then retrieve her sacred objects.
They then deroled, ended the ritual as usual and departed, and Nefertiti thanked Amenhotep for
his wisdom and kindness.
As they returned along the garden path to the main temple, Nefertiti told Amenhotep that
during the ritual she had felt deep peace and balance within, but she had also become aware of
some anger toward herself for life after life being a career Sagittarian. She shared her feelings
with Amenhotep, who offered her words of comfort.
“Nefertiti,” Amenhotep replied slowly, looking at her compassionately, “remember that we
are talking about the moon, and the emotions that we carry for lifetimes. We cannot see the
circumstances of the past, but our hearts know why we do what we do. So I invite you to
breathe, relax and above all, be gentle with yourself. The nodes of the moon are about comfort
zones and preferences, and everyone has preferences. So again, your lifetime is an invitation to
experience the best of both worlds, the best of both nodes. In other words, you have to learn to
combine the two.”
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There was one final layer of the north/south node ritual that Amenhotep intended to invite
Nefertiti to experience, but he was unexpectedly called to Rome again. As the emperor’s health
was declining, he wanted to consult Amenhotep about the timing for selecting an heir for his
throne.
By default, Nefertiti became high priestess of all of Dendera. While maintaining all their
longstanding rituals and traditions, she continued to also offer rituals in The Temple of Peace
and attempted to share body wisdom with all the priests, priestesses and pilgrims. As the
months turned into years, Nefertiti began to notice a significant decrease in the number of pil-
grims coming to Dendera, and for those that did, it was obvious to her that they were losing
touch with their body wisdom. They wouldn’t want to relax, slow down and breathe, and pre-
ferred to look outward to the priests and priestesses to be the sole authorities over their inner
life and the answers to their life questions. Often, when she offered her truth or invited people
to slow down and listen to their body wisdom, she found that she was just wasting her time,
energy, wisdom and breath.
Although the trend was disturbing to Nefertiti, she realized that she was powerless over it.
All she could do was to continue to offer safe spaces for people to experience the wealth of
their body wisdom. And as the number of pilgrims diminished, she realized that she was
becoming less tenth house...and more fourth house. But although she realized that teaching
to the few was her pathway to growth, she hadn’t imagined that she would ever be
unpopular...especially when she had so much to give.
As she reflected on that trend in spirituality, she also realized that some priests and
priestesses often enjoyed an inflated side of Sagittarius—telling people what to believe...as op-
posed to helping people explore their deeply-held beliefs. And as time passed, she realized that
her forms of body wisdom were becoming more than unpopular: they were threatening to
priests in those positions of power and external authority. In regional gatherings, she began to
sense that some of the priests and priestesses of other orders felt uncomfortable with the
approaches that had developed at Dendera, and began to issue delicately veiled insults...often
hidden by condescending smiles and holy gestures.
One evening as she watched the sun set across the Nile from the Hathor statue gateway, she
saw a familiar figure alight from a boat and begin climbing the stairs toward her, and to her
delight she recognized the smiling face of Amenhotep! Emperor Hadrian had recently passed
away, he said, and after a period of mourning, the new emperor Antoninus Pius had made it
quite clear that he had his own advisor, and that his services would no longer be needed.
Nefertiti and the other priests and priestesses welcomed Amenhotep home and they resumed
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their daily rituals and routines at Dendera. But rumors soon reached their ears that some of the
priests and priestesses in their area—who had felt threatened by the very idea of body wisdom
and inner authority—had used their influence with Antoninus Pius to have Nefertiti and
Amenhotep exiled from Egypt, never again to set foot anywhere in the Roman empire.
Sadly, the rumors were true. Within a month, a contingent of Roman soldiers arrived from
the north with the imperial order and a warning that Nefertiti and Amenhotep would be
executed if they had not surrendered all the temple’s resources and wealth and vacated Dendera
within seven days.
Amenhotep and Nefertiti were devastated, but had no time to grieve. Together with the few
remaining priests and priestesses of Hathor at Dendera—who had agreed to accompany
Nefertiti and Amenhotep wherever they would go—they tied up all the loose ends at Dendera
and surrendered its wealth to the commander of the Roman soldiers. But while they worked
furiously to meet the soldiers demands, Amenhotep also quickly secured passage on a barque
that would soon arrive and carry them to the Mediterranean and beyond the Roman empire.
Before departing, Nefertiti and Amenhotep carefully scribed everything they had learned
about Meresankh, Khafre and The Temple of Peace, placed the papyri in several large jars and
buried them near the hieroglyphs at the temple entrance, in the hopes that they would be pre-
served and discovered by future generations.
On the morning of the seventh day, once they had completed all the temple business,
Amenhotep, Nefertiti and the remaining priests and priestesses performed one more ritual
beneath the astrological ceiling the main temple of Dendera and its smiling Hathor columns.
They then proceeded through the gardens and said a prayer of thanks at all the beautiful places
where they had lived and worshiped.
Amenhotep watched with compassion as Nefertiti tearfully walked through The Temple of
Peace and said her thanks and goodbyes to the hieroglyphs, the inner sanctum...and the images
of Meresankh. Then as the Roman soldiers looked on with disinterest, the small contingent of
priests and priestesses gathered their personal items and proceeded to the gate and steps that led
down to the Nile. But as Nefertiti passed through that gate for the last time, she placed her hand
on the image of Hathor that had always made her smile, and said a silent prayer of thanks:
“Beloved She of the Divine Pillar—known by many names to many people...invisible,
benevolent presence ever at my side...powerful life force that surrounds and binds us...and
beloved Meresankh and Khafre, builders of The Temple of Peace...thank you, thank you, thank
you for all your love, guidance and blessings. May I always feel your presence wherever I go,
and in my heart may I always remember the wisdom of Dendera. As we leave this ancient
place, I ask that you guide, guard and direct us to a new home, a place where people welcome
movement and body wisdom, a place where people value deep peace and the inner life. And
there, in a safe place with a well-protected inner sanctum, may we share all we know with those
kindred spirits who can appreciate what we bring, that peace, love, joy and healing may spread
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through time.”
Then Nefertiti took a deep breath, bowed deeply and made a final sacred gesture. And
although she doubted that she would ever see her beloved Dendera again, deep in her heart she
also knew that nothing loved is ever lost.
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The heart’s memory is stronger than death;


the mind’s memory is not.

-Steven Forrest
Yesterday’s Sky

As Nefertiti, Amenhotep and a handful of priests and priestesses made their way down to
the Nile, there was an Egyptian barque moored at the landing, and Nefertiti was surprised to
recognize the familiar face of the captain—Chang—the boatman she had met years ago on the
voyage to Dendera. But now he looked older, wiser and wealthier. Nefertiti greeted him with a
smile, and he welcomed her and their entire contingent aboard.
Chang explained that he had fared well in commerce and had recently purchased his own
vessel. “By a strange coincidence,” he said mysteriously, he had also provided Amenhotep
passage back from Rome, and that he had still been moored nearby when Amenhotep sought
him out to explain their predicament. Chang had agreed to provide them all safe passage, and he
assured them that he knew a place that would welcome their understanding of energy, peace,
body wisdom and fluid movement. And when they reached the Mediterranean, Chang set a
course for the south, around the horn of Africa and to the far east, where their movements
would gradually come to be known as Astrological Tai Chi.
The ancient The Temple of Peace temple at Dendera sat eerily silent for decades, gradually
being reclaimed by the desert, until it was once again lost to the sands of time. But memories of
it would live on in the hearts and dreams of the few, where its wisdom would live forever.
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Afterword by Jeff Baugher

The Astrological Tai Chi movements represent archetypes, a term that is often mentioned
without much explanation. So here’s my definition of archetype: as human beings, we all have
built-in potentials—inner software if you will—to play certain roles in life.
For example, maybe one life role is to be a mother, which I would relate to the archetype of
Cancer. A woman may biologically have a child or adopt one, raise it and take care of it until
it grows up. But Cancer is not just a woman’s archetype. For example, you could start your
own business, and there’s a time period when that business isn’t mature enough to take care of
itself, and you have to “baby” it and “mother” it by providing all of the essentials (staffing,
infrastructure, financial resources) until it can function independently. And like an app on your
phone or an icon on the desktop of your computer, the movement for Cancer is a shortcut to that
inner archetype, helping you to tap into the role and inner energies and “program” that Cancer
represents.
Another archetype is Aries, which represents the warrior in you. There may be times in your
life when you need to be in warrior mode, being very fierce and setting boundaries, taking on
new challenges and creating an identity for yourself. And the movement for Aries can help you
to tap or log into and embody that archetype.
You may be comfortable with some of these archetypes and uncomfortable with others. An
astrologer can look at your astrological chart and recognize that, and tell you that you’re going
to be really strong in this one and that one, but some of these other archetypes could be a real
stretch for you. A good astrologer will also be able to tell you when life may ask you to
function as a mother (whether biologically or symbolically) or ask you to step into your inner
warrior to handle a major life battle. So these archetypes are powerful, they are in us all—closer
to us than our own skin—and we’re all familiar with them to a greater or lesser extent.
There are many different ways to learn, understand or experience these archetypes. Our
western culture tends to emphasize one type of learning - the intellectual - over all others. In
astrology, however, the signs are divided into four elements (fire, earth, air and water) and
point to ways (or styles) of learning. For example, this book’s intellectual/informational/
storytelling approach corresponds to the air element as you think about or imagine these
concepts.
Another important learning style, corresponding to the fire element, is more about personal
experience, where in the process of doing or striving, you actually grow or change or learn
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something about yourself and your world.


With that in mind, Astrological Tai Chi falls into the category of the fire element. When you
feel inspired to, we invite you to put this book down and begin to experiment with
“understanding” these archetypes by performing each of the twelve movements. But when we
say perform, we don’t just mean the outer movement—we mean the inner experience of the
movements, the corresponding inner response, thoughts, memories and whole being’s response
to the movements. So we hope that this fire element approach will help you to understand these
archetypes in a very real and powerful way, and if you experiment with the movements, that a
body awareness will seep up into your mind that you just don’t get when you move more
quickly. For I know that it’s true in my everyday life, the more frenetic or masculine the pace is,
the less in touch I am with myself, my body and my true self. So one other valuable benefit of
these movements is that—when you slow them down—you have much greater access to an in-
nate peace and body wisdom, which we consider to be primarily an expression of the right
brain, feeling or feminine aspect of life. And so it is no mistake that the primary characters in
this tale are both women, as our book embodies a predominantly feminine, integrative and heart
-centered approach to life and personal growth.
As our tale progresses, we present ways of combining the movements with a sensitivity to
timing and moon cycles. My work with the moon really began after studying Buz Myers’
teachings on the 29.6 day Sun-Moon cycle. His book, Getting On Time With Your Life is an
excellent reference. I discovered that combining this cycle with a forecasting technique called
Secondary Progressions resulted in the 29.6 year cycle. This “Most Important Cycle of Your
Life” offers an amazingly accurate way to comprehend the larger thrust occurring at any given
time—the bird’s eye view of a life’s journey. Because this cycle is based on the Sun and
the Moon—the two lights—the two primary points in the horoscope, it therefore describes the
subtle interplay between the inner and the outer, the conscious and the subconscious. It allows
the process of understanding one’s life to move beyond a strictly external discussion (“What is
going to happen to me?”) into a discovery of how beliefs and emotional patterns (the internal)
are influencing life’s events (the external), and vice-versa. This cycle ties a thread between the
past, present and future, and elegantly maps the territory a person will move through in his or
her lifetime. You can listen to a fascinating free audio presentation about this cycle—and
examples of it in the lives of Christopher Reeve and Adolf Hitler—at www.archetypalarts.com.
Once you have learned more about it, feel free to schedule an appointment with me to delve
into your 29.6 year cycles.
This section also introduced a fundamental concept of evolutionary astrology: that each of
the archetypes of the Zodiac loves or wants something; each has an agenda and a desired
endpoint. Steven Forrest’s work on the subject has influenced our thinking in so many ways,
and in the conclusion of his extraordinary book, Yesterday’s Sky, Steven also invites others to
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further develop evolutionary astrology, so in the latter part of this book, we accepted his
invitation and combined our body/mind approaches with some of his stellar wisdom.
Reading and experiencing these ideas is one thing; having a place to experience them is
another. There are often so many outer distractions that at times it can be very difficult to be
sensitive to our inner life. Like Cancer the crab, we all have layers of emotional or psychic
protection that we carry with us at all times. In public settings, we generally stay safe behind
our layers of protection. But in private settings—whether they are temples, family rooms,
therapy rooms or otherwise, as we start to feel comfortable, we may let down our guard and
take off a layer of protection. And when we feel even more comfortable, we may gradually take
off another layer...and then another. And as we become more vulnerable, we also become more
open and receptive to whatever is emerging from our depths and to whoever and whatever is
around us.
So to experience any depth or something that has an inner quality to it, it is much easier to
do if we consciously set up our surroundings to be private and safe enough to make ourselves
vulnerable. But like our characters experience, it takes more than a wall around a temple
complex: it requires a familiar area behind closed doors with few windows and the agreement
that the people therein are not to be disturbed. Because when we are disturbed or sense a
disturbance is near, we put those layers back on because we don’t know what is coming toward
us from the outside and if we are going to have to talk or to verbally fight or defend ourselves
from danger.
I want to be clear, though, that these layers of protection that we put on and take off are a
good thing. We don’t want to walk around in public wide open to anything and everything,
because we don’t know who is there or what their intention is. In other words, it is appropriate
to have defenses in relationships and in unsafe or unpredictable settings. And, it’s also
important to have safe, private places—and safe people—with whom we can peel off those
layers of protection.
In one of the places I go to access my inner life, I enter through the outside door, go up a
flight of stairs, go through a second door, turn, and then go through a third door into the sacred
space. There is something very important to me about those layers of separation...outer,
intermediate and inner...and as each door closes behind me, I feel myself gradually letting down
my guard, sensing that I am one more door removed from who knows what out there in public.
But it really didn’t matter what is out there, because I am safer in that inner space and don’t
have to think about the outer world.
To some degree, we all have an instinctive awareness of the levels of safety and the impact
that physical spaces have on taking off our layers of protection. There is something about
having your back to people and to open doors that both gangsters and feng shui practitioners are
sensitive to. Loud, bright public areas are not the ideal setting for letting down one’s guard.
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Familiarity with the space, the shape of the room, the seating arrangements and the amount of
light also affect that process, as well as the amount of noise and the sense of separation from the
outside world. To create that separation, it is often better to have two or three doors between
you and the outside world. In fact, when you move from an outer area to an ante room and an
inner room, there is an unconscious process that happens in which you understand that you are
crossing a threshold into a space where there is more potential for a deeper connection with the
self and others.
So as you reflect back on the settings and the layers of depth that our priestess experiences,
we invite you to think about the relationship between the inner and the outer world as well as
your own experience of the inner sanctums, sanctuaries or sacred spaces that you frequent. Are
those places structured—and are there agreements in place—to truly support you being
sensitive to your inner life? And in those places, are you invited to pay attention to your body
wisdom?
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Afterword by Daniel Lally

As I began to study acupressure years ago, I read that in ancient China there was no word
for evil: the closest word they had was extreme. That echoed the insight into extremes and the
“middle way” of Buddha: “if the string is too tight, it will break. And if it is too loose, it will
not play.” Both of those perspectives rang true to me then, and still do today: that peace is
not either/or, it is both/and: it is a dynamic balance or cooperation of opposite/complements,
like cross-training opposite muscles groups. And to share that concept, in 1999 Jeff and I began
creating simple, fun and easy to learn healing movements called Astrological Tai Chi or
Astrolo-Chi® that celebrate the beauty and lushness of life, invite you to move into peace and
balance, make friends with aspects of your inner universe and feel the right brain phenomenon
known as chi, ki, prana or the force. And to this day, I still look back with great gratitude and
wonder at how it all began.
Growing up, I occasionally had intuitive, zen-like moments and intuitions that were difficult
to fathom much less get an explanation for: receiving answers out of thin air; taking off running
to catch a ball before it was even hit...intuiting a ball would be thrown and intercepting it. We
all have had such instances, ways of knowing that are difficult to put into words...just having an
impulse or feeling that something was going to happen. And there were many instances that
some call a “victory for the chi.”
At the age of 14, I was forced to wrestle the best athlete in our class. But from out of
nowhere, power, energy, strength and speed—that I didn’t know I had—erupted from my body,
and I more than held my own against a very powerful opponent. That felt like a victory for the
chi.
In French class as a freshman at St. Xavier High School, out of the blue Paul Kopp in the
next row told me about a pressure point in the hand that could relieve headaches. Doubtful but
curious, I pressed the point and instantly felt all pain and fullness drain downward from my
head, neck and shoulders. That experience—that feeling—really got my attention.
As the years rolled by, my life often seemed guided by the invisible hand of luck, intuition
and divine intervention. When I was sixteen, I broke my wrist while playing football, and the
fracture later disqualified me from a college military scholarship. And I believe that that was
the universe’s way of telling me that no one would ever die at my hand. Coincidentally, that
hand was the first place that I ever felt chi.
At Notre Dame, I was greatly influenced by my studies in France and several mystical/
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eastern books: Richard Bach’s Illusions and John Heider’s The Tao of Leadership that
Marianne (Herb) Wells lent me; my dad’s copy of Michael Murphy’s Golf in the Kingdom and
Living Your Dreams by Gayle Delaney. I remember being entranced by the old Kung Fu TV
series with David Carradine on summer evenings as a growing fascination grew for all these
new feelings and eastern ideas. Then in my junior year, I remember having to guess on the last
twenty questions of a multiple choice final exam. At first I panicked, but then a strange feeling
came over me that whispered: “put down ‘B’ for all of them.” I did, and as it turned out,
“coincidentally,” 19 out of 20 answers were B. That truly felt like a moment of both divine
intervention and a victory for the chi.
After graduation I slowly began moving in the direction of holistic healing, beginning
with learning how to feel, identify and express my emotions. I felt great relief as I began to
“breathe my way through it” and experience those emotions as literal energies that rise and fall.
I remember feeling eight feet tall—literally—the first time I did some deep healing anger work
in a therapeutic setting: I felt like I was looking down at the room and that I had just “freed the
genie.” Therapeutic experiences such as that, inspirational books, music, water aerobics and
mysterious and powerful dreams were my deepest nourishment at that time. Then in 1990, I met
Michael Whiting, who became my meditation and tai chi instructor, and ever since then I have
been deeply nourished by those disciplines. The funny thing was that at that time I didn’t even
know what chi was, nor that feeling it was even possible. I was just fascinated by the
movements, and for some compelling reason I wanted to learn them for myself.
In November 1992, I felt the astonishing electromagnetic sensation of chi between my hands
for the first time, and that feeling and sensitivity has never left me. And with that experience, I
knew I had found my calling—working with chi and healing movement—and began learning
acupressure and other energy therapies with Carl Thomas, Debby Day, Steve Schumacher,
Robin Tucci and Patti Hutt. Debby Day lent me The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield, and
excitement grew in me as the story mirrored my own journey of experiencing energy and
personal growth.
As I grew in sensitivity over the years, I began to both feel and at times see energy,
and often felt that as I moved that I was being overshadowed by a benevolent, invisible force,
especially as I moved. And as I performed these movements that were often about building chi
and connecting to nature through movement, a thought began to creep into the back of my
mind, “What if there was a way to connect to human nature through movement?”
In 1997 I was introduced to Jeff Baugher, who invited me to his new moon workshops.
Instead of telling us what would happen or what to believe, Jeff invited us to vision and really
tune into our intuition at the new moon, and notice what was bubbling to the surface from
the inside, especially what could be concerning the themes of the archetype of the new moon.
And after several months of paying attention to my intuition, one night I was inspired to begin
creating movements for each of the twelve archetypes of the Zodiac as a way to tune into, know
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and make peace with various aspects of our human nature. By December 1999, Jeff joined me
in co-creating these movements—and partner movements—that are so simple, fun and easy to
learn. And around that time this tale began to slowly percolate in the back of my mind,
especially as I began to see a correlation between the yin and yang symbol and the male/female
aspect of the ankh.
The year 2000 was a big year, as Jeff and I began teaching these movements for the first
time and I also began a three year training in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy. Over the
years, I have grown adept at inviting people to move into mindfulness and tune into their body
wisdom as they experience these movements. And while I was learning Hakomi, out of the blue
I also began to feel a huge, powerful chi energy that would well up and overflow out to the
person in front of me. And I love to share that feeling of chi and all of these experiences—these
right brain phenomena—with those open to personal growth and knowing thyself...with those
who are on a healing path, clean and sober, and able to turn off and step away from portable
electronic devices and social media.
Astrological Tai Chi is a labor of love that is written on three primary levels. The first level
is holistic magic that speaks to the power of rhythm, movement, balance, breath, polarities and
timing. If you can move you can do this! And if you are having difficulty moving at the
moment, we invite you to breathe and imagine performing these movements.
If these movements interest you but the astrological paradigm does not, there are ways of
experiencing these movements pure and simple. In other words, instead of Cancer, for non-
astrological audiences I often call the movement Nurturing, or Rocking Chair or Rocking a
Child, and invite people to imagine holding a child gently to your breast and rocking it back and
forth like a rocking chair, which—as you might imagine—has a powerful soothing quality no
matter what you call it. And of course, there are the unique forms of body prayer that these
movements can be used for (see appendix), as well as combining them with affirmations,
mission statements and memories.
However these movements can support your life, dreams and goals, for the reasons that
Jeff discusses in his afterword, our experience has taught us that it is best to perform the move-
ments in a private area. For unless you have the consensus of everyone in the area with a similar
intention—like the parks in China teeming with people doing mind-body exercises—there may
be too many distractions or people who feel uncomfortable with your movements, and a part of
them may try to sabotage your efforts. And when you are aware of those external forces—even
on a subtle level—much of your energy and focus may be consciously or unconsciously
projected outward in defense. “All power to the shields,” as Captain Kirk might say.
To that end, the second level of this book ties into the first: we hope to inspire into being
a new type of center or temple devoted to movement, peace and personal growth—like Jeff
specifies in his afterword—that is consciously designed for safety, experiential learning and to
support the experience of chi, archetypes, core beliefs, body wisdom and the inner life.
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As I practice all the above possibilities in my own life, my understanding of how to move
into balance also continues to deepen. And whenever I have the opportunity to teach, it is truly
an honor and a blessing to help people connect with their body wisdom. Perhaps—in time—you
and I will experience this together. But regardless of how much interest there is in this work, in
my heart I know that through these movements and all the possibilities in this book that I
have offered a great gift of peace to the world, and in return I have received a comforting and
powerful new core belief: that nothing loved is ever lost.
A few final thoughts: from the moment I grew acquainted with Dendera through Graham
Hancock’s work, I felt a growing fascination with the mysterious temple complex: in the back
of my mind, something kept whispering to me about it as the years passed. It was over a decade
later when I learned that the main Dendera temple was actually called the Temple of Hathor and
would have been staffed by her priests and priestesses. And as I looked beyond the ruins
and imagined the temple in all its glory, this story began to gradually take on a life of its own,
drawing me back to the fourth dynasty of Egypt, to Meresankh and the meaning of her name:
She Loves Life. Over the years, I have come to believe that the material in this book is far more
than I originally intended, and that it is indeed holistic wisdom whose time has come…again.
And as dreams and inspiration keep coming about it, this tale has continued to evolve into a
movie whose final chapters are set in modern times and circumstances. I even dream of
particular actors and actresses playing the roles of Meresankh, Khafre, Khufu, Nefertiti,
Amenhotep and the high priestess, all intended to bring forth a stunning new epic of peace that
is both inspirational and entertaining...an ancient tale for the modern world that brings
feminine/integrative/right brain wisdom to the forefront and speaks to the power of peace,
healing movement and the heart’s memory.
Time will only tell if these dreams will come true in our lifetime. In the meantime, we invite
you to delve into these ideas and movements further by watching our unique videos on our
website, and to contact us to experience these movements with us in the flesh. And as you do,
we invite you to notice what happens in your body as you breathe and move, and as you
complete, to take some time to be still, reflect and notice how you deeply feel.
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Appendix

The following pages offer examples of the concepts found in this book and additional
resources, including possibilities for the lunar cycle, movement rituals and unique forms of
body prayer through combining movement with sacred wisdom, east and west. For other
resources or to contact us to hold a workshop about any of these possibilities, visit
AstrologicalTaiChi.com.
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Aries, assertiveness, setting boundaries,
taking charge, overcoming, winning


Therefore, fight for your right as your duty, O Arjuna.
The Spirit is neither born nor does it die at any time.
Bhagavad Gita

...nothing is better than water,


for overcoming the hard and rigid,
because nothing can compete with it.
Tao Te Ching

...making this thought firm like a fortress,


one should attack Mara (the tempter)
with the weapon of knowledge,
one should watch him when conquered,
and should never rest.
Buddha


Whoso is an enemy to God or his angels,
or to Gabriel, or to Michael,
shall have God as his enemy
The Koran

 David and Goliath


The First Book of Samuel

 Jesus drives the merchants from the temple


The Book of Mark
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Taurus, abundance, prosperity, receiving,
the reward, feeling good in your skin, the finer things

Acquiring a new body


See Bhagavad Gita

...the more she gives to others,
The more she has for herself.
Tao Te Ching

Health is the greatest of gifts,


contentedness the best riches;
trust is the best of relationships,
Nirvana the highest happiness.
Buddha


Whoso doeth good shall have reward
beyond its merits, and whoso doeth evil...
shall be rewarded only as they shall have wrought.
The Koran


He that trusts in his riches shall
fall; but the righteous shall
flourish as a branch.
The Book of Proverbs


But seek you first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you
The Book of Matthew
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Gemini, communication, information,
spreading the news, teaching


I shall reveal to you, who do not disbelieve,
the most profound secret transcendental knowledge
together with transcendental experience.
Bhagavad Gita

What is a good person but a bad person's teacher?


What is a bad person but raw materiel for his teacher?
Tao Te Ching

If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought,


pain follows him, as the wheel follows
the foot of the ox that draws the cart.
Buddha


He sendeth a messenger to reveal, by his permission,
what He will…Thus have we sent the Spirit
Gabriel to thee with a revelation...
The Koran


These are the commandments,
which the Lord commanded Moses for
the children of Israel in Mount Sinai.
The Book of Leviticus


Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, and preaching
the gospel of the kingdom...
The Book of Matthew
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Cancer, nurturing, caretaking, soothing,
mothering, gentle fathering


I personally take care of both spiritual and material welfare
of those ever-steadfast devotees who always remember
and adore Me with single-minded contemplation.
Bhagavad Gita

Love the whole world as if it were your self;


then you will truly care for all things.
Tao Te Ching

He who takes refuge with Buddha…


that is the safe refuge, that is the
best refuge; having gone to that refuge,
a man is delivered from all pain.
Buddha


...and if Guidance shall come to you from me,
whoso shall follow my guidance, on them shall
come no fear, neither shall they be grieved...
The Koran


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads
me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…
The Book of Psalms


Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest…
and you shall find rest for your souls.
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Leo, shining your light, being yourself
with no apologies, visibility, magnificence


Whatever is endowed with glory, brilliance
and power, know that to be the manifestation of a
very small fraction of My splendor.
Bhagavad Gita

Because she isn't self centered, people can see the


light in her. Because she does not boast of herself,
she becomes a shining example.
Tao Te Ching

The sun is bright by day, the moon shines by night,


the warrior is bright in his armour,
the Brahmana is bright in his meditation;
but Buddha, the awakened one,
is bright with splendour day and night.
Buddha

 Verily, God beholdeth his servants...


The Koran

 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord


The Book of Proverbs


Let your light shine before all,
that they may see your good works,
And glorify your Father in heaven.
The Book of Matthew
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Virgo, eye for the small stuff, analysis,
sifting through the good and the bad


...meditation is better than scriptural
knowledge; renunciation of selfish attachment to
the fruit of work is better than meditation;
peace immediately follows renunciation of selfish motives.
Bhagavad Gita

The Master is whole because she sees


her illnesses and treats them,
and thus is able to remain whole.
Tao Te Ching

Like irrigators lead water wherever they like,


like archers shape their arrows,
like carpenters shape wood,
the wise shape themselves
Buddha


Verily, God will not change his gifts to men,
till they change what is in themselves...
The Koran


The eyes of the Lord are
in every place, beholding
the evil and the good.
The Book of Proverbs


...cast out first the beam out of your own eye,
and then shall you see clearly to pull out
the mote that is in your brother's eye
The Book of Luke
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Libra, yielding, courtesy, rapport,
the social graces, relationship


When one beholds one and the
same Lord existing equally in every
being, one does not injure anybody...
Bhagavad Gita

It is better to retreat a foot


than to advance only an inch.
Tao Te Ching

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time;


hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule.
The world does not know that we must all
come to an end here;—but those who
know it, their quarrels cease at once.
Buddha


...between us and you
let there be no strife:
The Koran


He that is slow to anger
is better than the mighty
The Book of Proverbs


Whoever forces you to go one mile,
go with him two miles
The Book of Matthew
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Scorpio, giving from a place of fullness;
intensity; letting go; transformation; resurrection

Death, casting away the old body, and rebirth


See Bhagavad Gita

The Tao works to use the excess,
and gives to that which is depleted....
Tao Te Ching

Clinging is never kept within bounds,


It is sure to go the wrong way;
Quit it, and things follow their own courses…
Seng-tsan

God is open-handed
with supplies
to whom he will...
The Koran 

When he prayed for his friends...
the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
The Book of Job

The death and resurrection of Jesus


All the gospels in the New Testament

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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Sagittarius, wisdom, knowledge, beliefs, prayer,
higher education, philosophy, religion, meditation


Therefore, focus your mind on Me, and...dwell upon
Me alone through meditation and contemplation.
Thereafter you shall certainly attain Me.
Bhagavad Gita

Who can make the muddy water clear?


Be still, and the mud will settle.
Tao Te Ching

All that we are is a result of what we


have thought. We are formed by our thoughts,
we are made up of our thoughts.
Buddha


On Him do I call,
and to Him shall I return.
The Koran

 Be still, and know that I am God...


The Book of Psalms


Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and you shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened.
The Book of Matthew
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Capricorn, structure, discipline, rules, laws,
long-term, discipline, perseverance, achievement

1. Moral Commandments


2. Self-Purification Disciplines 3. Poses
4. Breath/Energy Control 5. Sense Control
6. Concentration 7. Meditation
8. Super Consciousness/Absorption
Patanjali's 8-limbed Yoga

A journey of a thousand miles


starts with a single foot step.
Tao Te Ching

...1. Right Understanding,


2. Right Mindedness, which
together are Wisdom. 3. Right Speech,
4. Right Action, 5. Right Living, which
together are Morality. 6. Right Effort,
7. Right Attentiveness 8. Right Concentration
Buddha’s Eightfold Path

The Five Pillars of Islam


Faith, Prayer, Alms, Fasting, Pilgrimage

The Ten Commandments
The Book of Exodus

The Two Greatest Commandments
The Book of Matthew

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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Aquarius, unity, the same wavelength,
connectedness, the future of humanity


Those who see Me in everything and see everything in Me,
are not separated from Me and I am not separated from them.
Bhagavad Gita

The nets of Heaven are wide,


but nothing escapes its grasp.
Tao Te Ching

One in All, All in One—


If only this is realized,
no more worry about
your not being perfect!
Seng-tsan


God will make us all one:
and to Him shall we return.
The Koran

 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is


for brothers to dwell together in unity!
The Book of Psalms


That there should be no schism in the body;
but that the members should have the
same care one for another…
The First Book of Corinthians
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Wisdom combined with movement


as a unique form of body prayer
Themes: Pisces, intuition, altered states, right brain
phenomena, imagination, inspiration


He is inside as well as outside all beings, animate and
inanimate...He resides in one's inner psyche
as well as far away in the Supreme Abode.
Bhagavad Gita

Looked for, it cannot be seen.


Listened for, it cannot be heard.
Reached for, it cannot be touched
Tao Te Ching

Him I call indeed a Brahman


who knows his former abodes,
who sees heaven and hell,
has reached the end of births...
Buddha


It is not for me to change it
as mine own soul prompteth.
I follow only what is revealed to me…
The Koran

Moses parts the Red Sea


The Book of Exodus

...the kingdom of God is within you.


The Book of Luke
The Gifts of the Spirit
The First Book of Corinthians
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Moon Cycles

As our tale unfolds, we present ways of combining the movements with a sensitivity to
29.6 day moon cycles, and in a later chapter, 29.6 year moon cycles. We believe that the lunar
cycle impacts energy in our body much like the rise and fall of sap in plants in trees during the
changing seasons. Crescent and First Quarter phases are like early and late spring: energy rises.
Gibbous and Full phases are like early and late summer: energy peaks. Disseminating and Third
Quarter phases are like early and late fall: energy overflows, releases outward and downward
and lets go. Balsamic and New phases are like winter: energy sinks down and inward. On the
following pages, the hands and arms indicate how the energy predominantly flows during each
phase. If you choose to experience the lunar cycle through movement and slowly move from
pose to pose, you will have a clearer sense of how the lunar cycle and each phase energetically
feels. Likewise, over time as you grow more familiar with the phases of the cycle, you may
begin to notice how you feel as the cycle waxes and wanes.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The New Phase - VISION (0 - 45 degrees)

ADVICE: The Zodiac sign of the New Moon symbolizes the theme of the entire cycle. During
this phase, you may notice yourself moving in a new direction, not knowing where it may lead.
This requires courage and a new mindset. Consider journaling during this time. Pay attention to
both your inner experience (thoughts, feelings, memories, inner voice, body wisdom and
intuition) and your outer experience (the important events of your life.) You may not know the
clear direction of the entire cycle until the end of the phase.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Crescent Phase - GATHERING RESOURCES (45 - 90 degrees)

ADVICE: During this phase, stop visioning and start to focus on the plan, setting priorities
and being willing to invest time and energy for proper preparation. Carefully lay a solid
foundation now. During the last part of this phase, don’t ‘jump the gun’ about moving forward.
Keep in mind that later on when the First Quarter hits, you may be too busy to go back for
additional training or developing more resources.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The First Quarter Phase - TAKING ACTION (90 - 135 degrees)

ADVICE: During this phase, now, more than any other time during the entire cycle, gamble
on what you want to create. There are no guarantees here, and you can’t really know where
your actions will eventually lead you. Go forward anyway, and don’t get bogged down now by
excessive feedback from others. If ever there was a time to follow your heart, this is it.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Gibbous Phase - SHIFTING TO RECEPTIVE (135 - 180 degrees)

ADVICE: During this phase, to keep moving forward, you can no longer do it alone (this
is the first of the four feminine phases). Involve others, take on partners, join a group, and
welcome outside advice about what you are doing. Step into helping others get clearer about
their needs - this will help you with your vision. You are now receiving this new input only
because you were willing to break away from the past during the First Quarter.
Appendix 189

The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Full Phase - FULFILLMENT (180 - 225 degrees)

ADVICE: This phase begins a period of reaping, and results are coming in from your actions
since the new phase. Time for standing back and recognizing what has been created, as well as
the importance of others in your life’s efforts. Make contacts; create partnerships; let others
bring the missing perspective or needed ingredients.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Disseminating Phase - DISSEMINATION (225 - 270 degrees)

ADVICE: During this phase, open to a larger audience and working with groups. Your
expertise (wisdom of your cycle’s experience) is now more valuable than “doing”. How can
you spread word of your interests? Is there an educational or marketing opportunity appearing
on the horizon?
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Third Quarter Phase - INTEGRATION (270 - 315 degrees)

ADVICE: This phase is a period of culmination, where you manifest what you envisioned
during the new phase. Important to complete your efforts and integrate into something larger,
so that your efforts live on beyond you. Tie up loose ends of the cycle. Act responsibly.
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The 29.6-Year Progressed Sun/Moon Cycle

The Balsamic Phase - DETACHMENT (315 - 360 degrees)

ADVICE: Establish a sanctuary during this phase. Take time off for reflection, inner work,
retreat. Invest in processing feelings from entire cycle, so that unnecessary baggage won’t be
carried into next cycle. Allow the seed for the next cycle to form by letting go. Become more
self-focused (this is the 1st of the four masculine phases.) Get quiet enough to fully hear your
inner voice.
Appendix 193

Movement Rituals

We believe that rituals are a powerful way to connect with the inner life, especially in ritual
space and when performed mindfully and consciously.

New moon rituals are ideally done in solitude or with minimal input from others. The new moon
is a 3-4 day period of darkness and window of opportunity for becoming more aware of your
dreams, visions, inner voice and intuition. And because the body is the unconscious mind,
engaging the body in slow, relaxed, fluid movement is very powerful at the new moon, when
the moon (the body and the unconscious) and sun (the mind and the conscious) come together
in one sign of the Zodiac. Full moon rituals are ideally done with a partner but may also be
done in solitude. With the sun on one side of the earth in one sign and the moon on the other
side in the opposite sign, this 3-4 day period is ideal for moving into balance through partner
movement. We suggest that before you do any of the rituals that you consider the steps below:

Step 1—Choose the right time and place


Notice what sign the new moon or signs the full moon is in. Choose a room or place where
there is little or no risk of being disturbed, ideally a space where you do not feel self-conscious
and have enough space to move about freely. For privacy, behind closed doors is often best.

Step 2—Cleanse the space


Clear the room of clutter, and if possible, light a candle, and let it burn for several minutes
before beginning. If safe and healthy to do so, keep the candle burning throughout the entire
ritual.

Step 3—Create the right atmosphere


Put on any ritual music that is appropriate for you, preferably something that feels meditative or
sacred. If possible, light sage or incense, and carefully cleanse yourself in ways that are sacred
to you. Extinguish the sage or incense if it inhibits breathing fully. As a final touch, ring some
type of meditation bell or bowl, or a pair of tingshas to signal the beginning of the ritual.

Step 4—Invite your spiritual ideals to guide, guard and support the ritual.

Step 5—Continue with the suggestions on the following page.


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Before the Rituals

Optional—Do some light stretching and the Dance of Life to welcome all twelve energies

Give the ritual some thought. Notice if you have come to the ritual with an intention related to
the sign. It may be helpful to think about who your heroes are for the sign. Whether real or
fictional, who/what comes to mind that really lives/embodies that sign’s energy?
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Do you have any memories of yourself ideally embodying the sign? Be specific.
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Where in your life are you wanting more of the sign’s energy—to be more like your heroes
above? At home? At work? In a relationship? Be specific.
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After the Rituals

Take some time to savor your experience. Stay with the feeling of the movement. What do you
notice happening in your body? Any sensations? Where in your body do you feel it? Are you
feeling more energy? Less energy? Comfortable? Uncomfortable? Where in your body?
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What memories, thoughts or emotions are coming to mind?


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Do you feel more like your heroes? With whom or in what context would you like to put these
qualities into practice as you move forward? Has your intention changed any?
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It may be helpful to perform the Dance of Life and perhaps some other movements or stretches
as a final integrating step...and then pause and give thanks and “move the energy” before
blowing out the candles and completing your ritual.
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The Balancing Movement


Any time you perform a pair of opposite movements, afterward we invite you to consider
performing what we call the balancing movement. It is as if you are embracing both signs with
your spirit, mind and body, by bringing the hands together above your head, moving them down
the midline of your body from head to toe and then returning to center and resting in a peaceful
balance of both energies.

1. 2.

3. 4.

5. 6.
Appendix 197

The Houses

The themes of the houses are very similar to the themes of the signs. Each house has an
opposite, and your north and south nodes are a unique polarity of one of these pairs of houses.

1st House—physical appearance, strong sense of self and identity, the body
7th House—relationships, partnerships, attraction

2nd House—values, personal wealth


8th House—shared wealth, intimacy, resources shared in common

3rd House—communication, intelligence, neighborhoods


9th House—knowledge, wisdom, long-distance travel

4th House—private, safety, refuge, home, the few


10th House—public, fame, career, the many

5th House—fun, entertainment, creativity, children


11th House—friends, people on same wavelength

6th House—health, work routines, services performed for others


12th House—altered states, unconscious, hospitals, prisons and institutions
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About the Authors

Jeff Baugher (left) is a Shadow Work® coach, professional astrologer and co-creator of
Astrological Tai Chi/Astrolo-Chi®. In 1996, he left a career in engineering to create an
archetype and astrology-based business, utilizing the study of patterns to help clients understand
the archetypes and cycles of their lives and businesses. Jeff is a member of The Mankind
Project, The Organization for Professional Astrology and is past president of The Astrological
Society of Kentucky, and his gift with astrology is the ability to present information in a simple,
down to earth way. His unique specialty is the 29.6 year progressed sun/moon cycle, and a free
audio download about it is available at ArchetypalArts.com.

After a decade of tai chi practice and holistic studies, in 1999 Daniel Lally began to create
unique holistic movements including Astrological Tai Chi/Astrolo-Chi® and all the possibilities
in this book. He is a graduate of the Hakomi® body-centered psychotherapy training and is also
certified in yoga, water exercise and acupressure. Daniel is also a member of The Mankind
Project, and his gift is helping you to tune into your body and connect with your body wisdom.
Daniel teaches various forms of movement combined with mindfulness as a body-centered
approach to wellness and spirituality.

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