You can never go home again, but the truth is, you can never leave home, so it’s all right.
~ Maya Angelou
We continue to explore the components that are associated with the Fourth House of the astrological chart. The Fourth House rules our domestic life, our inner security, and our deepest sense of rootedness, hearth and home.
As I noted yesterday, when we wish to change or improve certain realities in our lives, we obviously need to examine and perhaps adjust our core beliefs, habits and assumptions.
But it is also true that we can change our outer reality first, and our inner one will change as well. This is the premise of behavior modification. The idea is that when you act “as if,” the change you desire will eventually solidify into fact.
For example, after properly preparing your speech materials, you can act as if you are not afraid of public speaking. As you pretend you are confident, your acting will become the reality.
This same principle can apply to the home environment, impacting and shaping changes in your personal life.
Our home is where we are at our most open, authentic and vulnerable. It is where we are rested, fed, healed, and shaped, in both body and spirit.
Thus, it creates in us an “energy template,” as author Denise Lynn describes it in her book, Sacred Space. By examining our homes and adjusting its contents, order, and energy, we profoundly affect our own personal interior.
There are many ways to understand and work with this nest magic. Are you a person who treasures antiques and family heirlooms, or do you prefer a more sleek, modern style? Perhaps you are handy with turning found objects and flea market bargains into unique, even quirky treasures.
How does your home reflect this? Does it amplify and enhance your sense of being At Home? Or does your home currently fight with your own sense of taste, beauty and comfort?
Perhaps you are an artist, so your home is filled with creative works from your own imagination, as well as those of your colleagues and friends. Some people are passionate collectors, and others need spare, Zen-like empty spaces to feel at home.
Naturally, we will change over time. The cluttered, eclectic jumble that felt cozy and fun when we were fresh out of college may no longer reflect who we are anymore. If this is the case, it would not be surprising to discover there are also areas in one’s non-domestic life that feel stuck, stale or ill-fitting.
Whatever your tastes and style, it is helpful to be aware that your home makes a very clear statement about who you are. In turn, it echoes and reinforces your beliefs about this in subtle but powerful ways.
As the environment over which you have the most control, it is the first place beyond the auric body that you impact the world. It is in your home that your core beliefs, your dreams, and your fears all can first manifest as physicality.
By being more conscious about our own most intimate environment, we can affect how and what we manifest in the more outer, public world.
Tomorrow, I’ll offer some ways to help you look at this in more detail!