Full Moon, 18 October, 2013
Gratitude is the attitude that changes every thing!
We have the second full moon constellation in the Virgo/Pisces axis now. Uranus is in the half sum (in between) of the two full moon constellations. This has a significance, especially with his trine to Venus in Scorpio, in respect to the understanding of what love is all about.
Still a lot of people identify love with and emotion or feeling. Love is beyond both. It is more a kind of contentment and acceptance of all that is, if we try to use words to describe it. For each word we use we have some kind of definition, otherwise we would not know what it means. Many definitions have changed over time and the meaning of love especially.
In the Greek language there are 4 words for love, which are much more clear than the way we use this word and change the meaning in so many ways. “Love” is used for every thing from loving ice cream, good food, the sunset etc. to loving someone. It is mostly connected clichés and with expectations, we love people if they do what pleases us and if not anymore, we “fall out of love”.
But in fact, love has nothing to do with any thing emotional or circumstances around us but is a level of consciousness. Let me cc here the description from the Wikipedia encyclopedia, this is very helpful to understand the topic.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are a few Greek words for love, as the Greek language distinguishes how the word is used. Ancient Greek has four distinct words for love: agápe, éros, philía, and storgē. However, as with other languages, it has been historically difficult to separate the meanings of these words. Nonetheless, the senses in which these words were generally used are given below.
- Agápe (ἀγάπη agápē) means love in a “spiritual” sense. In the term s’agapo (Σ‘αγαπώ), which means “I love you” in Ancient Greek, it often refers to a general affection or deeper sense of “true unconditional love” rather than the attraction suggested by “eros.” This love is selfless; it gives and expects nothing in return. Agape is used in the biblical passage known as the “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13, and is described there and throughout the New Testament as sacrificial and spiritual love. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit). Agape is also used in ancient texts to denote feelings for one’s children and the feelings for a spouse, and it was also used to refer to a love feast. It can also be described as the feeling of being content or holding one in high regard. Agape was used by Christians to express the unconditional love of God.
- Éros (ἔρως érōs) is “physical” passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. Romantic, pure emotion without the balance of logic. “Love at first sight”. The Modern Greek word “erotas” means “intimate love;” however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” In the Symposium, the most famous ancient work on the subject, Plato has Socrates argue that eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth, the ideal “Form” of youthful beauty that leads us humans to feel erotic desire – thus suggesting that even that sensually-based love aspires to the non-corporeal, spiritual plane of existence; that is, finding its truth, just like finding any truth, leads to transcendence. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth through the means of eros.
- Philia (φιλία philía) is “mental” love. It means affectionate regard or friendship in both ancient and modern Greek. This type of love has give and take. It is a dispassionate virtuous love, a concept developed by Aristotle. It includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality and familiarity. In ancient texts, philos denoted a general type of love, used for love between family, between friends, a desire or enjoyment of an activity, as well as between lovers.
- Storge (στοργή storgē) means “affection” in ancient and modern Greek. It is natural affection, like that felt by parents for offspring. Rarely used in ancient works, and then almost exclusively as a descriptor of relationships within the family. It is also known to express mere acceptance or putting up with situations, as in “loving” the tyrant.
If we would use different words like above, things could come be expressed clearer too and maybe with this differentiation we could avoid so many misunderstandings.
In this respect here we talk about the understanding of “agape” that is here represented by Venus in Scorpio. It is the call to transform our love from the Uranus point of view and understanding which is clearly spiritual.
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