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April 15, 2013

The Secret Language Name for this date,
and for those born during it, is...

INTROSPECTIVE HUMAN DEFINITION

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DAY Human Definition

The Day of Human Definition
Traits of this day...

DOMINANT
ORGANIZED
CONSEQUENT
JUDGMENTAL
SELF-INVOLVED
RESTRICTED

Meditation...

Getting out of the way and letting things happen is sometimes the very best thing we can do

Health...

    Often because of intense matters at hand, April 15 people neglect their body’s condition. This may come as a surprise to others, who know April 15 people to be knowledgeable about health, and concerned with keeping their life running smoothly. It may also be the case that April 15 people know much more about health than they do about disease. It sounds strange, but those born on this day should perhaps at times give in to minor illnesses, to the periodic need of their body to readjust or even break down, without becoming frantic about immediately getting well. April 15 people should beware of fanatic approaches to fitness. Since their appetites are usually good, they would do well to eat a highly varied diet.

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Personality of this day...

    Realistic to the extreme, April 15 people are definers of life as they see it. It is the human condition which interests them and which they must measure, describe and delineate in everything they do.

    On the everyday level, April 15 people are busy structuring, giving shape to the needs of family and friends. Those born on this day are involved with what others are eating, wearing, thinking and doing. Often they become over-involved, and this is where the trouble starts. Those close to April 15 people can come to resent this close observation and begin to hanker for both privacy and independence. If April 15 people go one step further and begin to impose their moral judgments as well, they will certainly face resistance. However, for more dependent personalities that need the guidance of a strong hand, April 15 people will fill a necessary role.

    The inspirational qualities of April 15 people can indeed be great. Thus, those who are touched by their brilliance may come to worship them, becoming passive in their presence and receptive to their wishes. Unfortunately, the less highly evolved April 15 person may have little or no interest in the welfare of others; therefore, in instituting personal moral beliefs he/she may act the role of petty dictator.

    It is a challenge to April 15 people to define clearly their relationship with those around them, and to be able to back off, both leaving others free to choose for themselves and situations to go as they will. For example, sometimes an enterprise or endeavor which has not been going well is better left to dissolve. If the April 15 person tries to hold it together out of ideological stubbornness he/she may be doing everyone a great disservice. Openness and acceptance are important lessons for the April 15 person to learn.

    Those born on this day are remarkably adept at planning and founding new structures, organizations or institutions. Generally it is best, however, that they relinquish command of them and thus be free to move on to new pursuits. Alas, their talents for maintenance may tie them to their creations, resulting in a repetitious existence in which they are unable to grow.

    April 15 people should beware of apprehending their environment too literally. Their bent is so practical, efficient and down-to-earth that they may fail to fathom direct expressions of the human heart. April 15 people sometimes neglect youthful fancy in themselves by demanding an adult approach to all things. In their definition of what is human they should consider the embryonic, childlike and irrational aspects of humankind as well as the more mature ones. Also, it is important for them to remember the value of humor, of playing the fool once in a while, and not taking themselves so seriously.

WEEK Pioneer

The Week of the Pioneer
Traits of this week...

PROTECTIVE
GENEROUS
FEARLESS
UNREALISTIC
UNYIELDING
SELF-SACRIFICING

Energy of the week...

    

Personality of this week...

    Those born during the Week of the Pioneer are quite social in nature. They must interact dynamically and regularly with their fellow humans, particularly with regard to bettering their living and working conditions. They are often true leaders, more concerned with doing good for their followers than with their own glory. Pioneers, they are often idealistic types who follow their visions fearlessly. Needless to say, they cannot exist side by side for long with another dominant personality, particularly one who challenges their authority. Such struggles may confuse or bewilder them since they believe they are acting for the good of all.

    They sometimes fall victim to their own desire to help out. Because they often look to “do good,” and can be overly generous with their resources, these giving individuals can easily be taken advantage of. Guests invited to visit for a few days wind up staying for weeks, months or years. Small loans or donations to good causes may be granted with increasing frequency, turning into major financial support. A few minutes given each day to visit an invalid or to do volunteer work can lengthen to hours. Such largesse can put intolerable strain on the family of which they are a member.

    They may also choose the path of sacrifice, which their family or social group is usually expected to share. If their ideology calls for a certain type of health diet, say, or for a drastic reduction in the importance of food altogether, then so be it. Adults born this week can engender rebellious attitudes in their children or other young people under their sway, from whom they constantly demand sacrifice.

    Both iconoclasts and traditionalists, these people sometimes change roles when they move from one activity to another, or from one period of life to another. It is because they know the rules so well that they are able to break them. Their often high degree of creativity may express itself in the discovery, development or sale of useful products, particularly those that improve on methods used in the past.

    These people do not do well living alone, while going out into the world to work. Neither can they give themselves easily to simple one-on-one conjugal relationships. They need to surround themselves daily with children, family and communal or social groups, which they invariably seek to infuse with their dynamic idealism.

    They are passionate about more than just their ideas: sexual energy runs high in this group, and their mates and lovers may be kept busy in satisfying them or living up to their needs and will not hesitate to find satisfaction elsewhere if it is denied at home. They sometimes see having children as a way of creating their own following, and this view of parenthood demands an agreeable, understanding and capable mate. Such a partner will inevitably be called upon to shoulder enormous responsibilities, and without complaint.

    In relationships, their principal problem is the habit of forcing their ideas on others, putting abstractions ahead of personal considerations. Their children can have special problems in this regard; they sometimes hurt children’s feelings, either by overlooking them or by refusing to recognize them. Such attitudes can apply also to their mates, who may be left at home feeling neglected while their partners are off challenging the world. Should these males choose to apply their ideas to their living space, their wives or lovers may come to feel completely disenfranchised and lost.

    The protectiveness of these people toward their friends and family is generally valuable as long as it does not smother, or run out of hand. Better on defense than offense, they know how to disable an unreasonable opponent effectively with only a few words, or even a swift physical counterattack, though their proficiency in the fine art of diplomacy usually forestalls such out-and-out confrontations. Indeed, they will see the storm clouds gathering miles off, and will prepare for them well in advance of their arrival.

    Another problem for their intimates is that, although they are usually ready to listen, and are generous with their energy for fixing things, they may be unable to express true sympathy or to empathize. Due to their intensely positive attitude they have little time for nagging or complaining. Such “negative” expressions, however, can be highly useful in a relationship for blowing off steam and, if denied, can result in a buildup of frustration. In their lack of sympathy for complaints, they may only be postponing a problem that may one day bring their partner to a depression, or a volcanic explosion of anger, or even, eventually, may end in the breakup of the relationship.

    The benefits of involvement with a person born during the Week of the Pioneer, on the other hand, can be great. They have much to teach, and since they do so by example, they leave little doubt about their honesty—they put it on the line each time. They also convey a nobility and a depth of conscience and commitment that are highly admirable. Finally, they are not solemn moralists but truly fun-loving people who revel in activities like cookouts, summer vacations, outings and parties of all sorts.

PATH Introspective Pioneer

Icon, week, way...
The Week of the Pioneer traveling The Way of Introspection

The Week of the Pioneer
travelling
The Way of Introspection

Their challenge...

NOT SURROUNDING THEMSELVES WITH PEOPLE SIMPLY TO AVOID BEING ALONE WITH THEMSELVES

Their fulfillment...

DEVELOPING THEIR DEPTH OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Personality of this configuration...

    Those during the Week of the Pioneer who travel the Way of Introspection must be especially aware of the danger of becoming too involved in teamwork or group activity. Naturally social and quite dynamic, they will nevertheless encounter periods in their life’s journey where they are “thrown upon themselves” and forced to reexamine their goals and direction. Marked by a positive attitude and great optimism, they will nevertheless have to avoid viewing the seeming setbacks in their lives as frustrations and instead see them as opportunities to explore the frontiers of their lively inner world. Though introspection does not come naturally to them, they will find the rewards more than worth the effort. If they keep in mind that self-knowledge is the best road to real independence and personal freedom, their fearlessness and dedication will serve them well as they work to establish themselves not only in the eyes of the world but in their own.

Notable...

    IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM (EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER)

WAY Introspection

Teacher to Depth...
The Way of Introspection
Traits of this way...

STUDIOUS
STEADFAST
CARING
RIGID
DIDACTIC
PLEASURE-SEEKING

Their goal...

TO DEVELOP A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF ONE’S OWN INNER PROCESS AND THAT OF OTHERS

They must release...

THE NEED FOR AN AUDIENCE

Their reward...

THE JOY OF A DEEPER VIEWPOINT FROM WHICH TO SEE OTHERS

Their balance point...

SOCIAL LIFE & SOLITUDE

Personality of this way...

    Those born during the Way of Introspection must explore the deeper aspects of themselves and others fearlessly and fully. Because they are naturally attracted to social involvements and causes, they must periodically withdraw from the world in order to touch base with their unconscious, reflect on its workings, and use what they learn in the development of a greater understanding of their fellow human beings. Only then will they be able to renew their societal contacts in a more meaningful fashion. Born with a naturally helpful nature, these people too often neglect themselves and their own personal development by devoting themselves to others. At some point they must learn to place themselves first and to put their energy in service of their own spiritual growth. Introspection can be an extremely painful and difficult process for them. However, it is usually only after they learn how to do battle with their inner demons and to periodically check in on their inner life that they can unlock the true source of spiritual power within themselves.

    These individuals can be characterized as rigid in their viewpoints. They tend to be didactic, and much of the way they approach others takes the form of expressing strictly held opinions rather than engaging in an easy give­and-take or an exchange of ideas or feelings. Their core lesson is to broaden their own views and opinions and to become less judgmental of others and, most important, themselves. Otherwise they will tend to become self­condemning as soon as they begin to examine their own inner workings. Loosening up is imperative for these men and women, since it is important for them to get in touch with their own humanity in order to accept differences in others. They present a certain inflexibility, and therefore they must strive to remain open to change. Standing steadfast must not be confused with refusing to acknowledge other viewpoints. Ultimately, they will learn that truly caring for others is less about imparting what one considers to be the truth than it is about taking the time to peer into the depths of someone else’s being in order to understand what might be true for them.

    Another important lesson that must be learned is how to take the time to be alone and to key into a quiet, meditative state. In addition, they must actually discover and believe in the value of such a process. Divesting themselves of social contact is not easy. They love surrounding themselves with others, not only to partake with them of all the good things life has to offer but to use them as an audience, as a medium through which they can express their ideas. These people are happiest seated at a crowded, noisy dinner table consuming the finest food and wine and enjoying a lively debate. Natural teachers and lecturers, they must learn to be their own teachers, to teach themselves what they need to know. This knowledge, locked within their hearts, can be revealed only in the peace and quiet of solitude. This struggle to turn the teaching process around will lead to self-knowledge, of course, but also to the ability to tune in to the hearts of others and to learn from them. One of their great gifts is their propensity for reading and study, as well as physical self-discipline and sports. All these activities serve to encourage they to spend more time alone.

    These folks tend to be interested not only in causes, both political and social, but also in cultures different than their own. Often, those who become mired in their preoccupation with the plight of others will have difficulty proceeding further in their spiritual development since focusing on someone else is far easier and more comfortable than turning the spotlight on themselves. This, however, should not be confused with gaining a deeper understanding of others. Frequently, these men and women can spend their lives wrapped up in one involvement after another—without giving it too much thought. Often, only a crisis such as an illness, the death or loss of a loved one, or some other serious disappointment or rejection will throw them back onto themselves, forcing them to look to their inner resources for answers. However, they are strong and can withstand much, so ultimately they always emerge from any dark night of the soul more self­assured and fulfilled. But for these individuals one major life experience of going deeply within is not enough. Once they have gotten to know themselves, continuing to touch base with their deepest self is imperative, and so periods of solitude become a necessary part of their lives.

    The home is usually the arena in which the process of introspection takes place. Only here can these individuals find the serenity they need. Should their domestic situation in early life be chaotic, or their parents or siblings unduly repressive, they will either fight to establish their own private space or wait until a bit later in life when they are able at last to establish privacy. In school or at work, they initially tend to become involved in teams, projects, and other group endeavors and because of their gifts can achieve substantial social success. At some point, however, they will feel the call to turn away from these activities and find a quiet place where they can be alone. Perhaps only one single friend will prove to be their link to the world, often an outgoing type of person who is sensitive to their needs.

    Although some see these as quite serious individuals, others may view them as riotous types who love to have fun. Humor is their saving grace and they usually prefer to spend time with lighthearted types. However, those are exactly the type of people who seduce them away from their work. Thus, not only must they learn to be alone, they must also learn not to indulge their more fun-loving or superficial friends. Cultivating friends who are more sensitive, spiritual, or involved in psychology is important. These friends will often play the role of a sounding board or mirror when they run into a rough patch in their spiritual process. However, care must be taken to be sensitive to the viewpoints of such friends. Usually they haven’t much patience with what those who are unlike them have to say, particularly if it contradicts their already established worldview. They must learn to accept the help of such friends gracefully, with full consideration for the feelings of others.

    A family that can understand their need to be alone can be particularly helpful, but even more helpful would be a single person, perhaps an aunt or uncle, cousin, or grandparent, who is sensitive and responsive to their needs. When they have a large or energetic family of their own, often the workplace can be the place of retreat they require. Choosing a life partner is something they do not jump into quickly, particularly once their process of introspection has begun. They do not trust easily and know enough about themselves to be extremely careful about choosing a partner.

    What is generally best for them is to find a life activity that can absorb them completely. Such work not only complements them but also allows productive use of their more solitary nature and, ultimately, may allow them to emerge as an expert in a field—something that will also satisfy their need to teach. Whether through academia, the arts, writing, product development, or other business endeavors, they will be able to use what they have taught themselves to become highly influential members of society. Therefore, they would do well to specialize and avoid going into too many areas of interest or spreading their energy too thin.

    Those born during the Way of Introspection bring to mind the butterfly, which must isolate itself from its fellows and create a cocoon within which its metamorphosis can take place. Only after its successful emergence will it again be free to take part in the life around it. Inevitable as it is, this process cannot be rushed or hurried in any way since without undergoing it and giving it the necessary time, no real development is possible. Likewise, although it is highly restrictive, this ultimately leads to greater freedom, strength, and self-sufficiency.

Suggestion...
  • Open yourself to all that resides within not with fear but with love.
  • Once there, reserve all judgment.
  • MONTH Dynamo

    The Month of the Dynamo
    Their motto...

    I am

    Personality of this month...

        The Month of the Dynamo is the first and most elemental of the twelve months in the Personology year, representing the beginning of all things. People born during this month are primal in nature and resist divisiveness, analysis or attempts to explain them. They represent the ego and the will in their purest form.

        Energetic and forceful, these people are fiery, prodigious and dynamic. They wish to exist for their own sake, rather than to understand themselves through objective comparison. These positive people strive for the purest manifestation—they simply are. As such, they do not take kindly to being misunderstood or mistaken for something which they are not.

        People born during the Month of the Dynamo month transmute diffuse, watery and otherworldly energies into fixed, earthy and practical ones.

        Their personality can be likened to the human organism which must be nurtured in order to survive but soon undergoes a series of developmental steps which help it to understand its surroundings. This new being also starts to impact on its environment—gaining language, perception, socialization and other survival skills in the process. Like young children, people born this month tend to be spontaneous, frank and open, but also self-centered and willful.

        Still innocent, they apprehend the world with awe and wonder. The urge to be the star and to shine is strong in them but equally so is the impulse to explore. Generally speaking, they do not seek approval to bolster their egos but rather demand that others pay attention to them, since they know the value of what they have to offer. Self-doubt is poison to them, but unless they learn the value of introspection they run the risk of breakdowns when their high self-confidence is undermined.

        These people need to explore their physical limits, much as children do, in order to develop properly. They tend to prefer action to contemplation—for them, the best way to deal with a situation is not to ruminate on it at length but to do something about it promptly. These people can suffer acutely when their attempts to act are thwarted or delayed. For this reason, they may have to learn to withdraw from life periodically in order to gain objectivity and study problems from a distance.

        People born during the Month of the Dynamo often display a strong desire to lead. Those who manifest this need to be first yet lack the necessary executive or leadership skills to do so will find themselves frustrated, even prone to self-pity. At their best they can be truly original and idealistic pioneers but at their worst only novelty-seeking, unfeeling egotists.

    SEASON Initiation

    The Season of Initiation
    Their mode of thought...

    INITIATIORS

    Initiators who begin the whole process; starter-uppers who get things going.

    Concepts of this season...

    Renewal, Power, Energy

    Their motto...

    I Am, I Have, I Communicate

    Elements of this season...

    Fire, Earth, Air

    Personality of this season...

        The beginning of the Personology year is March 21st. On this spring equinox, which symbolizes rebirth, days and nights are of equal length.

        As spring wears on, the days grow longer and the nights shorter. Spring is the first quarter of the yearly cycle. It extends from the spring equinox to the summer solstice.

        Springtime is traditionally a period of new growth. As the earth and air heat up, the fire of the sun melts the winter ice and snow. Spring rains coupled with swollen rivers bring water to the earth and new life bursts forth. Planting of crops and vegetables begins once the nights become shorter and all danger of freezing is past. Seeds germinate in the earth, plants sprout and quickly begin to grow. The first flowers blossom, and in combination with the birds and animals, perhaps newly-born, returned from migrations or awakened from hibernation, add beauty and liveliness to this quadrant of the year.

        Analogously, people spend more time outside and wear fewer but more colorful clothes as the days lengthen and the average temperature rises. More daylight means more time available for recreation and the enjoyment of natural surroundings.

        Generally speaking, those born in the springtime manifest an enthusiasm for life. Their energy is prodigious where initiating projects is concerned, and their ability to survive and/or adapt is noteworthy. Often more extroverted than introverted, springtime people tend to impact heavily on their environment. However, their capacity to dutifully or doggedly stick to one activity is not necessarily great.

        Springtime people like to share what they think, create and produce, and they are, more than those born in other seasons, in need of fairly constant appreciation and approval for what they do. A desire to be free characterizes many born in this season, and they may not react well to having restrictions imposed on them. Springtime people need to grow, expand and make their mark on the world.

        Those born in the spring often carry a childlike air about them their whole life long. Innocence, spontaneity, impulse—these are all characteristic of springtime people. Generally positive in their outlook, they may be put off by highly serious attitudes and have little patience for those with negative orientations.