On the 18th August as Fixed Fire (Leo) Venus continues to Transmute and Mars enters Mutable Earth (Virgo)
In a world that is moving at light speed, the fine line between discernment and judgement is often blurred. As technology opens up so many things, it also closes things off. For example, is it possible to gauge, through the lens of digital correspondence, where some really is in themselves, what sort of emotional state they are writing within and what sort of process they may be dealing with, especially if you have had no physical contact with that person? Is it not judgemental to make assumptions based on what you perceive is being said, when there is no emotional texture to what you read, as you project your own inner process onto what you think the person has or hasn’t said? Or is this discernment, based on what feels right or wrong for you?
Discernment may seem like judgment but the difference between these two approaches to life is significant. Judgment offers an opinion, criticism or censure and feeds your ego’s deception of being better (or worse) than someone or something else, usually coming from a reactive place within you. Discernment, however, is a more personal and conscious approach, reflecting your cognitive ability to distinguish what is appropriate or inappropriate or to see things as you perceive them to be.
As your heart begins to move through this maturing time, what you truly value is brought to the fore of your spiritual development and lessons of judgement and discernment rise more powerfully for you to deal with. Listening to your gut, without judgement has never been more important, as your ego struggles with learning the difference between reaction and reflection. Are you offering an opinion when one is not sought or are you merely using an emotionally intelligence assessment, based on whether what you read, hear, or experience resonates for you, is a question that is foremost in your awareness over the coming days.
Andrew Smith © 2019