Louanne Ellis writes about: “The Spring Equinox” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 76, Spring 2012:
The Spring Equinox marks the birth of a new year for the Northern Hemisphere. The sun’s rays are perpendicular to the equator, creating equal light and dark for the planet. The Sun enters the sign of Aries initiating its annual passage through the astrological signs in what we call the Order of 12 Organ Manifesting Functions, from Mary’s “Answer Sheer.”
A New Birth/Identity and the expanding of consciousness follow each water sign (the Toe Flows) phase. The water signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces represent different “death” aspects of our lives. Out of each “death” we emerge to develop the next phase of our growth and identity, represented by the fire signs, commencing in the Chest Flows with birth represented by the Lung Function Energy.
The Three Chest Flows – Lung, Heart, and Diaphragm – correspond to the fires signs in astrology: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. These signs reveal through natural progression the growth of our identity and consciousness in the three distinct phases of our lives: youth, middle, and elder ages. The subtle and significant words associated with these ages illuminate the specific nature of three different qualities and functions of the Breath as represented in the Spiritual Fire of the Chest Flows.
Aries corresponds to Birth, the Lung Function Energy, and the physical aspect of our spiritual identity, remembering that “matter is the lowest form of Spirit, and Spirit is the highest form of matter.” The physical body is supported by RESPIRATION, the keyword describing this particular function of the breath.
Leo initiates midlife and corresponds to Heart Function Energy. The keyword describing the function of the breath sustaining our Spirit on a mental level is INSPIRATION. It nurtures our individual creativity and the peak of our ego development. Mary taught us that 80% of our “breath” goes to the brain.
Sagittarius initiates elder age and corresponds to the Diaphragm Function Energy. The awareness of our spiritual identity expands through this learning phase of exploring higher consciousness. The keyword describing the function of the breath supporting our spiritual identity is ASPIRATION.
Aries, corresponding to the Lung Function Energy, is the first fire sign and represents our physical body and instinctual nature. The corresponding time of life is birth to seven years. The lung literally provides us with the breath that enlivens our being. We come into this life as a spiritual being. We come into the present incarnation as a result of selecting the “refresh” mode for experience on the physical plane to continue our individual spiritual evolution. When the lung is in harmony we experience the natural spontaneity of youthful exuberance as we discover who we are, the development of ego consciousness. We are instinctively driven to act, to explore, to discover “Who am I?” – as a result of interaction with the unlimited potential of this new unfolding opportunity – the “refresh’ button in action.
The attributes of Aries, when out of balance or out of phase, are evidenced by the time of life that Aries rules, birth to seven years. As infants and children, Aries expect the world to revolve around them, which it literally does in their infancy. They can be self-serving, selfish, hardheaded, and often will act without thinking – hyper-independent and “thoughtless.” Their positive attributes are also independence, bravery, and adventurous pioneering natures. They are instinctively intelligent and spontaneous. They are natural warriors and explorers. The connection to the lung will manifest in disharmony when an individual is experiencing fear of life, as an overlay to the subconscious sense of loss and disconnect. This could be seen as asthma, bronchitis, or any lung ailment. When the lungs are strong, a person is supported with the physical energy to engage in life spontaneously and fearlessly.
To be continued…