A Quest For Knowledge: Part One: The Beginning
As a child, I remember hearing the story of Adam and Eve in Cathecism. They were punished for eating from the tree of Knowledge in the garden of Eden. It was very scary, especially the way the Nuns told it. I had so many questions that I wanted to ask about this tale. A few questions I attempted to ask and I was always told that it wasn’t my place to question the teachings of the Bible. I was not to request any additional knowledge beyond what was presented to me.
As an adult, I know that the stories of the Bible are parables and are not meant to be taken literally. Even though the Nuns were scary, they were not using the story of Adam and Eve to stop me from asking questions–were they? I mean, we want our children to have a thirst for knowledge, a desire to learn–isn’t that why we send them to school for 13 years? (more if they seek higher education). We want them to ask questions, right?
I often got in trouble for asking so many questions in Cathecism. My young mind was so filled with questions. My mind is still filled with questions. Except now, I have the power to look beyond what others want me to learn and look for answers in any manner of my choosing.
Generally, I quench my thirst for knowledge through books and documentaries. Anyone who knows me, or has helped me move, knows how important my books are to me. My books range from “Anne of Green Gables” to “Shakespeare’s Complete Works” to “The Ultimate Adult Joke Book.” I have very ecclectic taste. I have moved all over the country and my books have been my one constant–I never leave home without them. I can get rid of furniture and clothes but never my books. The books contain something that I will always need throughout my lifetime–answers.
Despite the hundreds of books I own, it is never enough. I want to learn more. While working as a photojournalist, I once covered a lecture where a woman spoke about how we have two purposes in life: One is to be a student to gain knowledge and the Second is as a teacher, to teach what we have learned. I am literally a teacher but I feel that I will forever be a student as well. There is still so much left to learn, so much left to explore. My bucket list is very long.
But right now, I have begun a new quest. I want to learn more about myself. Recently, someone whom I care about a great deal pointed out my lack of knowledge in certain areas, specifically relationships and communication. This person, without realizing, forced me to look at myself in a different light. I guess this was an awakening of sorts, forcing me to enlighten myself–look within. Coincidentally, I was also reading Dan Brown’s “Lost Symbol,” a book talking about finding the “god within,” looking past the obvious and digging deeper.
So now I have set a mission for myself, to find our more about myself. And for some reason, I am drawn to looking at the spiritual aspects of my being. Now this could be in response to the fact the Endometriosis is flaring up big time and I am currently struggling physically from the pain. But nevertheless, I am going to focus on my spiritual mind and deal with my physical body another time.
So, first step, find a place to start. That’s fairly easy and logical–start with birth. I was born on October 21st into the Libra Sun Sign, but on the Scorpio Cusp. According the astrology.com, a Libra/Scorpio cusp has the following characteristics and personality traits:
01. Libra/Scorpios strive to create balance and harmony between self and other through investigation and probing.
02. They are often strongly intuitive and penetrating. They have a need to be liked.
03. Libra/Scorpios are diplomatic and cooperative; they are skilled at initiating group projects. They can be stubborn, refusing to give up when others have long since become bored and abandoned a project.
04. Libra/Scorpios get things done when no one else thought it possible. In this way, the fixed quality of Scorpio is expressed.
05. When Libra/Scorpios set goals for themselves, they are determined to succeed. They have their own agenda and work to achieve their desires.
06. Cultural awareness and a talkative nature help them shine in the social situations they so enjoy.
07. Libra/Scorpios are skilled at communication and abstract reasoning, and their intelligence combines with their interest in others to become an intellectual exploration of those around them.
08. They may repress their emotions, but underneath they are lusty and perceptive.
09. Libra/Scorpios are motivated and loyal, but they are often misunderstood and may be seen as dictatorial or sarcastic. If they have an ulterior motive, they can be overbearing, but in a subtle, sly or manipulative way.
10. Libra/Scorpios are both mystical and scientific, a combination that makes them very aware of what is happening around them; they are a sign of great depth. If they aren’t careful, though, their passionate nature may lead them into self-indulgence or compulsion.
11. Libra/Scorpio-born is in their drive for peace and harmony and their determination to see things through to the end. Their skill at seeing all sides of a situation with great passion and strength makes them one of the most powerful characters of the zodiac.
OK, I am a bit more Libra than Scorpio but I can’t deny that the majority of these traits and characteristics are true! But there is still so much more to look at.
To Be Continued . . .