is it possible to "become" buddhist? i haven't been buddhist all of my life because that isn't how i was raised
Dear One, Buddhism isn’t about becoming or converting, it’s more about practicing and being. You don’t have to “become” anything, you already are. No matter what faith or creed you belong to or follow, you still can practice buddhist teachings and philosophy. Just be open to it; start small, read some books, attend some teachings and meditate (if you can), try being kind and compassionate. Do try it. It’s really nice. Just find your peace and be happy. Peace and love to you Dear, take care. I’m not wise really, lol, just trying to help.
We are all well aware that Saturn is known as a “Malefic” planet that “weighs and restricts” down upon where it sits or aspects. However in my opinion Saturn is the greatest teacher available to you if you open your mind to growth through time. While restriction of the house it’s placed in occurs before the age of 30 Saturn opens doors to new paths in life in the second part of life.
After the age of 30 you will come to respect, become more attuned and have more integration of the matters of the house Saturn is placed in your Birth Horoscope.
When you have :
Saturn in 1st House : More confident, Hard working, Dedicated and responsible overall. Well educated and wise risk taker. Protects reputation and understands how to appear before others in public. Becomes a strong authority somewhere in life where someone applies them-self. Serious attitude and ambitious can be how others perceive someone with this position.
Saturn in 2nd House: Wisdom associated with responsibility with assets. Great understanding of financial value. Knowledge and ability to save money and make money work for them. Can be structure minded and independent. Coming to understand comfort and stability comes with hard work.
Saturn in 3rd House: Becomes good at organizing thoughts to be communicated. Disciplined learning ability which helps boast retaining ability. Strives for mental excellence and learns the value of opinions and communication in general. Becomes an authority on the local area and neighbors.
Saturn in 4th House: Becoming an authority on family. Showing love with responsibility. A need to provide for the family, heritage or community. Honoring the birth culture or having pride in the birth country. Understanding the value of emotional security. Coming to terms with vulnerability.
Saturn in 5th House: Becoming a stronger authority and shining brighter. Disciplined in taking risks. Mature love affairs that are long lasting. Having children when they are more established and well off in life. Being a more mature and responsible parent. Understanding the practicality and purpose of fun and hobbies.
Saturn in 6th House: Becoming an authority over health. Understanding the body and how to be healthy and more efficient. Learning the value of working more practicality. Becoming an authority on doing quality work. Amassing wisdom and understanding of how to deal with anxiety and depression. Realizing the importance of pets and small and animals in life.
Saturn in 7th House: Marriage comes later in life to promote a longer lasting marriage based on understanding personal needs. Ending up with a more fitting marriage and loyal partner. Understanding the responsibility of marriage. Attaining business partners who are reliable, have integrity, down to earth and understand the importance of reputation. Gaining more wisdom over contract signing and negotiation sessions. Becoming and authority on dealing with open enemies.
Saturn in 8th House: Understanding the practicality of letting go and changing oneself to move forward. Becoming an authority on how to properly utilize other people’s resources. Coming to terms with sexuality, it’s place and dealing with intimacy. Becoming a serious researching and looking below the surface to understand what secrets or hidden information exist. Become an authority on the occult and understand metaphysical matters. Growing wisdom pertaining to psychology, it’s impact on one'e self and how it can be favorably used.
Saturn in 9th House: Learning the value of having an open mind. Being religious but not close minded. Growing an ambition to study and attain higher learning credentials. Focus their education on a concentrated area so they can become a master of a subject. Learn to become an authority on teaching. Gain wisdom and attain practical philosophies that have a place in life that promote growth and help their public image. Becoming an authority on foreign culture and places and becoming widely known for being well traveled. Being widely known as a published writer.
Saturn in 10th House: Learning the value of what time can do for one’s self. Establishing ambitions and working towards them to bring success in life. Overcoming fear of failure towards the path to success. Not letting other people distract you from what you want. Becoming successful by creating structure, routine and taking goals seriously. Being an authority only comes through hard work and determination. Not letting one’s self down because of excuses. Becoming widely known as a success because of being responsible.
Saturn in 11th House: Overcoming rejecting and seeing the worth of persistence in finding a place in society. Valuing groups that are tailored towards your ambitions. Not letting fear distract oneself from having friends. Building a structure in friendship with trust and time. Becoming an authority of a group to bring it disciplined structure. Learning that not everyone has to be well liked in life. Merging ambitions with hopes and wishes and following personal goals. The practicality of creating and inventing something useful.
Saturn in 12th House: Coming to terms with pain and suffering. Ease the pain and suffering of others but know one’s limits. Understand you can lead a horse to water but can’t force them to drink. Facing reality and knowing you have to exist in life with no choice. Accept responsibility and realize escaping life benefits no one. The only way to change anything is put effort in one step at a time. Understand there are greater things in the universe at work then just one’s self.
It is by speed and slowness that one slips in among things, that one connects with something else. One never commences; one never has a tabula rasa; one slips in, enters in the middle; one takes up or lays down rhythms.
Ask box is empty? Well if you insist... I have this 'universe' per se that I've somehow developed 3 different stories for 3 different characters within it. I decided to keep them all their own separate stories, but I thought it would be fun to have them crossover with each other. 2 of them are good friends and the 3rd is a complete stranger to them. How could I go about crossovers without worrying about 'spoiling' the other story or how I could add 'hints' to make the reader go 'OMG IT'S THEM!!'
I think this could loosely be termed an ‘anthology series’, where setting, lore, and world are host to a series of relatively connected stories that may or may not cross paths. I’ve seen two general uses of the term anthology series: in this sense, different stories with different characters taking place in the same setting, or a series of stories with a similar feel or theme created as a set by the same artists (think Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy, or the American Horror Story tv series).
As to how you might go about fitting your stories together, there are many ways that you might approach it. If you’re worried about ‘spoiling’ one or the other, think about how interconnected your stories are. Is there any reason for the events of one story to be rehashed in the other? If it’s simply a matter of one character moving from a protagonist role in one story to a secondary role in the next, then it probably won’t be an issue. You could squeeze in sneaky references to the events of the other story if you like, but going overboard on that sort of thing can feel a little ‘on the nose’ as a reader.
An example: I’ve recently read a couple of stories set in the same universe. In the first book a character is reading a philosophical treatise written by a well known lawyer in that world, and discusses his philosophies with another character. The lawyer character is mentioned by name, but he lives in another country and essentially is just a celebrity-esque person in this world, and very tangential to that particular story.
In the second novel in the series, the lawyer character is the love interest of the protagonist and his philosophies, and personal struggle between his opinions and the law that he practices are central to the plot.
This character’s philosophy and opinions are central to his character, they are what he’s famous for in that world, but having two other characters discuss them and him doesn’t spoil the plot of the second book, because the plot isn’t simply ‘this character has a philosophy and practices law’, it’s ‘this character’s philosophy clashes with his law practice and he is struggling to rectify those differences by changing the system from the inside’.
As well, when I read the first book I wasn’t aware that this character would feature in the second, he seemed very much like a nice background detail that fleshed out the world, coming into the second book and having him walk onto the page in the second chapter, I felt exactly that ‘OMG IT’S HIM’ jolt that you described. He was integrated into the world, the characters had a reason to discuss him, and later when he took centre stage, those details I already knew about him became much more complex and fraught.
Another example I can think of is the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Several of his works converge on this hub of fictional realities, and are linked by characters. Most notably, I think, is the villain Randall Flagg. He was also the main antagonistic figure in the book The Stand, and takes on a greater role in The Dark Tower.
You can read The Stand with no knowledge of The Dark Tower, and vice-versa. But if you read both, then the links between them and the meaning behind some of Flagg’s actions take on a greater dimension. It’s not only having the ‘ahah, there he is!’ moment, it’s recontextualising what the reader knows of this fictional world, and opening up the question of how far it goes, how many worlds might Flagg be sticking his nose into, and where might he turn up next?
A final example is Holly Black’s books, Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. The three make up a trilogy of urban fantasy novels, but only Tithe and Ironside share a cast and a continuous plot. Valiant has a number of characters who ‘cross over’ from the other two novels, but it is essentially a stand-alone in the middle of the trilogy, set in a different city and focusing on a different major conflict.
So, in creating ‘cross-overs’ seamlessly in your universe, I’d suggest thinking about the following things:
Where in their timelines do the characters interact? Has one character’s plot concluded when they meet up with the other? Or are their plot timelines intersecting in the middle of the action?
Why are the characters meeting up? Is one doing the other a favour? Are they just running into each other accidentally? Are they minor background characters appearing in a scene?
Treat the crossover character appropriately for the role that they occupy in the plot they’re visiting. Your protagonist doesn’t know that this other character is the protagonist of their own story, they will think of them in terms of their relationship: friends, lovers, allies, enemies. Conceptualise the crossover character in personal terms, not in regard to their outside narrative.
You shouldn’t need to ‘hint’ that there’s a crossover going on, simply show the character as they are, in the context that they’re occupying, and when they shift into the main focus in their own narrative, the readers will make the connection themselves. It’s much more satisfying to go ‘wait, I remember them!!’ than to have the author go ‘by the way, you’ll remember them from …’
Seriously, it has helped me so much on my path. I record everything in it – significant dreams, omens/signs, spells and other practical things, personal philosophy, sigils, lore, divination readings, you name it. This has had several benefits for me:
1. It gives me the ability to look back and see the results of spells and readings so that I can develop my craft.
2. It allows me to look back on things like omens or signs in the context of a timeline to see if those things actually had significance or if they were just one-off chance encounters. I see a lot of asks on other blogs from people who wonder if such-and-such a thing meant anything and, if so, what it meant. Journaling allows you to hone your own intuition and keep track of significant things so that you can figure out what things mean on your own. I recommend writing down what you saw, how you felt, any information you’ve discovered through research, and what you think it means. Later (days, months, or even years), you can go back and confirm or disprove what you’ve written – either way, you’ve learned something valuable.
3. It’s cathartic. When I have something on my mind, it doesn’t leave until I write about it. It’s an outlet for all of my ideas and questions that wouldn’t otherwise have an outlet (either because they’re not quite developed enough to share or are just too personal).
I’ve been keeping journals since I first started crossing the hedge, and there’s nothing like it in terms of providing comfort and reassurance, catharsis, and wisdom.
Recently, I’ve been tapped on the shoulder by a deity (I know this because I’ve learned what the signs of a calling are for me based on past experiences I’ve written about), and as I think about the connection(s) between us more and more, it seems like this has been a long time coming. I am noticing the breadcrumbs that have been laid on my path up to this point, and my journal has been a huge help in tracing those crumbs to specific dates, ideas and messages. For example, readings that didn’t make sense before now make perfect sense in this new light. It’s coming at a significant time, too, and I’m noting it in my journal so that I can look back on it later and see what clues lay in the present in order to make sense of future events.
So, yes, journaling has been invaluable to me. I highly, highly recommend it.
I always had an issue with seeing the Earth Kingdom united over a cohesive value. Like Zuko said they were resilient and capable of withstanding anything. Iroh mentions they are diverse, strong and enduring. But are these qualities really distinct from what we see in the other nations (outside the diverse portion). As a nation they aren't really united under one value.
I think it’s safe to say the endurance and stubbornness stand
out enough among the Earth Kingdom people that we spend the most time with to
count it as a shared characteristic.
Toph, the Earth Kingdom citizen we get to know best, built her
whole bending philosophy on this concept:
Toph: The key to earthbending is your stance. You’ve got to be steady and strong. Rock is a stubborn element. If you’re going to move it, you’ve got to be like a rock yourself. Aang: Like a rock. Got it.
Bumi introduces to Aang the concept of neutral jin, waiting and
King Bumi: Well, technically there are eighty five. But, let’s just focus on the third. Neutral jin is the key to earthbending. It involves listening and waiting for the right moment to strike.
He puts theory into practice when he holds out until the
eclipse, and then liberates Omashu. And even villains like Long Feng practice this philosophy:
Dai Li Agent: Dinner.The Council of Five and the military are loyal to the Earth King, but the Dai Li remains loyal to you, Long Feng, sir.
He waits patiently until he has the opportunity to regain power.
Most of all, there’s Ba Sing Se: not just a city, but a
representation of the Earth Kingdom as a whole. The city has a rigid caste
system, enforced by its physical walls, but it also never gave in to outside
pressure. It was brought down from within. Even Iroh, with all of this military
might and power, could not get through to the city.
Iroh: Where are you taking me? Captain: We’re taking you to face justice. Iroh: Right. But where, specifically? Captain: A place you’re quite familiar with, actually. You once laid siege to it for 600 days, but it would not yield to you.
There’s no rule in the Four Nations that every inhabitant of a country has to be a walking stereotype of all national characteristics at all times. Instead, there is a current of a different philosophy running through each nation, and this affects the inhabitants in certain ways depending on their personality.
Me: I honor and love you, but I shall obey God rather than you. And as long as I have life and strength, I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy
Wherefore, O men of Athens, I say to you
Therefore, acquit me or not. But whichever you do
I shall never alter my ways, never adjust my approach to this maze
Never reform ‘til the end of my days
Even if I have to die many times
The important thing is to understand life, each living individuality, not as a form, or a development of form, but as a complex relation between differential velocities, between deceleration and acceleration of particles. A composition of speeds and slowness on a plane of immanence. In the same way, a musical form will depend on a complex relation between speeds and slowness of sound particles. It is not just a matter of music but of how to live: it is by speed and slowness that one slips in among things, that one connects with something else. One never commences; one never has a tabula rasa; one slips in, enters in the middle; one takes up or lays down rhythms.