Does it matter what sign of the Zodiac you are?

All of us are born into a certain astral juncture, but can we change the sign we’re born under?

I will answer with an anecdote from Noipap, A Soul Story:

“A young lion was asked by a lioness what sign he was. The lion replied:

“I was a Libra!”

After the young lioness explained to him, laughing, that all of us are born into a certain astral juncture, and that you can’t change the sign you’re born under, the young lion replied calmly:

“Okay, but I inquired everywhere about my sign’s characteristics, until I learned everything I could about them, and I carved all the qualities, good and bad, into a mountain cliff, thanking nature and God for every single gift. Then I carved all my faults into the bark of the tree where I usually sleep. I decided to choose each fault in turn, and I didn’t give up until I overcame them one by one, so I could cross them off. The years have passed, and on that list there is not one negative characteristic left.

Now, tell me, please, what sign am I?”

This is strange

With all the technological evolution… people are still manipulated like 2400 years ago!

I’ll quote a dialogue between Plato’s brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates written by Plato within The Republic, Book VII:

“[Socrates] And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: –Behold! human beings living in a underground cave, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the cave; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.

[Glaucon] I see.

[Socrates] And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.

[Glaucon] You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.

[Socrates] Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?

[Glaucon] True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?

[Socrates] And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?

[Glaucon] Yes, he said.

[Socrates] And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?

[Glaucon] Very true.

[Socrates] And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?

[Glaucon] No question, he replied.

[Socrates] To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.

[Glaucon] That is certain.

[Socrates] And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error. At first, when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive some one saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion, but that now, when he is approaching nearer to being and his eye is turned towards more real existence, he has a clearer vision, -what will be his reply? And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them, -will he not be perplexed? Will he not fancy that the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to him?

[Glaucon] Far truer.

[Socrates] And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?

[Glaucon] True, he now.

[Socrates] And suppose once more, that he is reluctantly dragged up a steep and rugged ascent, and held fast until he ‘s forced into the presence of the sun himself, is he not likely to be pained and irritated? When he approaches the light his eyes will be dazzled, and he will not be able to see anything at all of what are now called realities.

[Glaucon] Not all in a moment, he said.

[Socrates] He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the water, and then the objects themselves; then he will gaze upon the light of the moon and the stars and the spangled heaven; and he will see the sky and the stars by night better than the sun or the light of the sun by day?

[Glaucon] Certainly.

[Socrates] Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere reflections of him in the water, but he will see him in his own proper place, and not in another; and he will contemplate him as he is.

[Glaucon] Certainly.

[Socrates] He will then proceed to argue that this is he who gives the season and the years, and is the guardian of all that is in the visible world, and in a certain way the cause of all things which he and his fellows have been accustomed to behold?

[Glaucon] Clearly, he said, he would first see the sun and then reason about him.

[Socrates] And when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the cave and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would felicitate himself on the change, and pity them?

[Glaucon] Certainly, he would.

[Socrates] And if they were in the habit of conferring honors among themselves on those who were quickest to observe the passing shadows and to remark which of them went before, and which followed after, and which were together; and who were therefore best able to draw conclusions as to the future, do you think that he would care for such honors and glories, or envy the possessors of them? Would he not say with Homer:

“Better to be the poor servant of a poor master, and to endure anything, rather than think as they do and live after their manner?”

[Glaucon] Yes, he said, I think that he would rather suffer anything than entertain these false notions and live in this miserable manner.

[Socrates] Imagine once more, I said, such an one coming suddenly out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation; would he not be certain to have his eyes full of darkness?

[Glaucon] To be sure, he said.

[Socrates] And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the cave, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.

[Glaucon] No question, he said.

[Socrates] This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison-house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief, which, at your desire, I have expressed whether rightly or wrongly God knows. But, whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally, either in public or private life must have his eye fixed.

[Glaucon] I agree, he said, as far as I am able to understand you.”

 

[1] REPUBLIC, BOOK VII. TRANSLATED BY BENJAMIN JOWETT.  PUBLIC DOMAIN

 

 

This sound familiar?

What do you think?

 

 

My brothers and sisters, please, never ever give up on your dreams!

As a first blog post I will share with you a dialogue from Noipap, A Soul Story and this is dedicated to all the people who have a big dream, for the dreamers who want to make the world a better place.

My brothers and sisters, please, never ever give up!

“I can give you advice only because I was wrong and I learned from my mistakes.

-You certainly didn’t do as much nonsense as I did! You know too many things to be as stupid as me!

-I know, thanks to my experience! And you know what? You’re right! I didn’t make as many mistakes. I made lots more! When you fall and get up, you learn something from the fall. If you keep falling and getting up, at some point you learn to stand on your own feet and become an example.

Anyone who is able to give good advice does so because they have learned from their mistakes. They don’t see them as failures but as experiences they needed in order to fulfill their dream.

-But how can I learn to fly if I don’t know and don’t understand what’s going on with me? Why can’t I fly?  That is my question; I’d like to understand it so much… Why am I not able to do something good from beginning to end? This is all I think about…

-If you only think about the reasons you can’t do something, your mind will show you all your weaknesses, and will show you why you can’t. That is one of the brain’s tasks, to find answers.

-I’ve heard that before, Noipap said.

-Then you should also learn from it!

If you think you can do something, even when everyone tells you you’re wrong, your brain will look for answers and solutions to succeed.

But you should really believe it! This is the secret.

Stop worrying about what you can’t understand. Behind each breath there should be a thought, and that is I can!!! And you need something else: Exercise. You must put it all into Practice or your thoughts will remain only dreams. Just think a little: If your dreams become real, your reality wouldn’t become a dream one?

If you believe and act on whatever you decide to do in order to succeed, nothing will stand in your way! Everything around you will fill in your deficiencies and help you fly. Life doesn’t help you accomplish what you want, but what you really believe you can do. What you privately think makes the difference between success and personal failure.

It’s not enough to want. You need to believe that you can and that you deserve what you want. As for mistakes, learn from the past and understand:

Today’s mistakes are tomorrow’s lessons.

Now, you know what? Both of us are talking a lot and you’re still not flying. There is a time for everything, and now is the time for you to do something more. Skip this last barrier. Don’t let the fear of failure flap your wings, and remember:

If you fall get up and keep trying until you succeed !”