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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Creating Characters

I’m not very good at this blogging thing. It just doesn’t fit. Or perhaps it’s me? The things I want to talk about - unless I’m writing a story - are basically forbidden so I’m at a quandary. What I am . . . how I see things is spiritual. The arts I practice require I know the ‘invisible’ side of life, a prerequisite so to say.

It doesn’t matter what faith – or lack of – one is; it’s the lessons one came to learn while in the physical form that’s important. And it’s different for each of us. That’s why tolerance is implored. We all have the right to believe the way we do.

Karma really exists, or as I call it: reaping what you sowed. It’s happened to me - and to many others over my lifetime. It’s not something you pay for later. You pay for it in the here-and-now somewhere along the line. As a researcher of Astrology, Tarot and Numerology, - that is how I got into them in the first place – I’ve witnessed many testimonies of the truth lying within if one only has the eyes to accept. The wisdom gained is phenomenal. This wisdom is what I use when I ‘create’ my characters, the people I become when writing.

The story itself - that just flows out of me, like I’m remembering . . . perhaps reliving? - another life. There are no outlines, no synopsis, nothing, just the feel of events are committed to paper. Excuse me- computer and cd now. It only becomes paper when it’s printed!

Editing is a must with me. My novels are long so I had to learn how to tweak them . . . big time! Eternity is Forever, when first typed, was 1100 pages long. And yet, it was only a segment of a life, a moment in time frozen on paper much like photography.

I use what I know in my novels. People are more tolerant then because it is ‘a story’, fiction and not real. Plus it adds spice. Prophetic dreams, intuition, gut instincts, the vibes, just knowing: we all get them. And if we’re smart we’d listen to them. First impression is so important. That’s why you start the story with a grab. Lure them to bite like a fish on a hook and then reel them in.

Understanding the spiritual side of life - and I want to impress that this is my opinion and I am not shoving it down your throat, that I don’t know everything but I am human just like you. We all have a standard by which we live. I live mine, and you live yours, which is as it should be.

Anyway, knowing helps me get the message across in a way that’s acceptable. Values are important, ethics upon which one should build their foundation. Life would be simpler if people treated others as they’d want to be treated.

That’ll never happen. Earth is the negative of Heaven, or Home as I call it. We came from perfection to imperfection in order to learn and that’s why it’s temporary. This is where the Tarot comes in.

The Scared Tree of Life (life paths of The Mystery Tradition of the Kabbalah) offers thirty-two paths, each corresponding to a card in The Major Arcana (as well as the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet). They start with The Fool, man and the choices he must make, and end with The World. They represent hurtles one will face in one form or another, and, like a natal birth chart, these hurtles are different for everyone. Whether they turn out positive or not is up to Free Will. We all come here for a reason, a purpose. Whether we live up to that purpose or not is up to us and the choices we make. We really are in charge of our own destiny and we don’t even know it!

The scenarios and personalities created by using such wisdom are endless. Health issues are in the natal birth chart making me know which parts of my hero’s or heroine’s body are vulnerable. Believe me, just from studying my own natal birth chart, knowing what I have faced, and will forever in one ailment, is enough to make me a believer. I know where to add drama for a life-threatening situation.

It also gives me insight into what ‘arena’ the ailment, or hardship, will play out in: Mother, Father, home, career, self, if the injury will be physically or mentally inclined. Unforeseen circumstances – they do exist – come into play. So does psychic ability, those unseen forces we feel. Fears are defined; any spirituality my character may, or may not, possess is also within the chart.

An Astrological natal birth chart really is a psychological tool, the numbers adding to it. In my thirty-eight years of research, the natal birth has never failed to provide me with an accurate picture of the personality available to the person it represents. Nothing is preordained but depends upon the choices one makes with what is offered. Free Will.

Like I said at the beginning, I am not much at blogging. I had to tone my thoughts in how I convey the intensity with which I feel. Must be one of the paths I chose to conquer.

Or – with the limitations impressed upon us in what we can blog about, maybe it’s yours?

As Carl Jung said: “We are born at a given moment, on a given day, and at a given time. And, like the vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the season into which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”

March 24, 2011

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