True nobility: assuming one’s uniqueness
In the collective imagination, noblemen are distinguished by their head carriage. A light neck, stretched towards the sky, which shows a form of serene detachment from the things of this world… a deep certainty of not being affected by the vagaries of life, a consciousness that seems to be preoccupied with higher things. I have been able to appreciate this attitude in certain “fallen nobles”, blue bloods for many generations, but no longer having a fortune: an amused, almost dandyish look from the observation of the circumstances of their lives.
Indeed, the cervicals are the most “elevated” part of the Sovereign’s family (high lumbar, dorsal, cervical), i.e. the most connected to the energy of heaven, of the world above. It is a delicate, subtle passage between the torso and the head. A passage between what is instinctive and emotional in us and this mysterious cranial box, connected to the senses, to information, a true case of our brain, precise and tender like the stars.
Seven in number, not only in humans, but in all mammals whatever the size of their neck (including the giraffe!), the cervicals are the ladder that raises us above ‘basic’ humanity. It also happens that seven is a number traditionally associated with spirituality!
With all this, one could say that the cervicals remind us that we are spiritual beings in this body, that each of us is a unique star incarnate… and that in this lies our true and only nobility!
Combined with the notion of the legitimacy of the ruler’s family, we could say that the cervicals remind us that we are legitimate to exist in this world as a singular person… and that this right to exist is “by divine right”: it should not depend on any action or justification on our part.
The Archetypal Strategist: choosing from within
When this certainty of being a person of value is established within oneself, it becomes possible to make real choices. Not choices based on fitting in with others, or proving anything! Choices of a person who assumes to be a unique person, who can take a panoramic look at the territory he/she visits, who takes the time to feel where he/she belongs… and who knows that whatever his/her choices, his/her person, his/her essence, will not be questioned.
For this reason, we have called this archetype linked to the cervicals : Strategist. Like a general posted on a high ground who takes time to observe the terrain and the troops before deciding to act or not.
Remarkably, these cervicals are one of the most mobile areas of the body and in particular of the entire spine: thanks to them, we can turn our head, look to the right, to the left, up, down. Anatomically, therefore, the cervicals are indeed that part of us which can consciously make choices!
The Central Teaching of Cervicals : The Essential
By reminding us that we are unique, the Strategist reminds us of the essential.
This is particularly evident at the hinge with the cranial cavity with two vertebrae singular in their anatomy: Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2), which are an astonishing representation of an absolute feminine (Atlas is an almost perfect ring) and a supportive masculine (Axis has an appendage (tooth) that penetrates the ring of C1 and stabilises it).
A union of yin and yang that concludes the unfolding of the entire spine, before entering the sanctuary of the skull!
Moreover, during the French revolution, it was by cutting the necks of the nobles that royalty was put to an end… a symbolic way of telling this social class that the people no longer recognised the singularity it had granted itself by force in the distant past!… and of telling it that it was no longer essential to society.
You can cut off an arm, but not the head…
This is perhaps the essential lesson of the Strategist : the essential is your essence. If you make choices that forget your natural nobility, then you diminish yourself, and in a way, you cut off your head!
With all that has been said, it is easy to make sense of neck pathologies.
They mainly concern a loss of flexibility.
The simple stiffness, so common, is perhaps a sign of the many “you must, you ought to” and other devaluations that weigh on us, which we have internalised since childhood because of an education collectively based on “never good enough” and not on the curiosity of what each unique person has to reveal to the world. These tensions, we know, are many and insidious.
Fractures are a more advanced stage of tension… or even, if it doesn’t lead to paralysis of the body, an opportunity to get out of this system of tension without a solution.
Settled vertebrae are another form of collapse that shows how hard we have struggled to make ourselves feel worthwhile!
Sadly, many of us live « with our noses to the grindstone »… any loss of lightness in the neck should be used as a reminder to breathe and gain height.
The message of the Strategist
The energy of the Strategist is particularly active towards the middle of April.
This is probably a good time for all of us to take a deep breath and ask ourselves what we really want. To really look around us, to take stock of what is there, our strengths, our weaknesses… to dare to look at our life and the projects that may be taking shape before us with the height of a general who has to decide whether and how he is going to take action… in a way that does not take us away from our essence, but brings us closer to it!
This is the general message of the Strategist: “Take the high ground, take the time to feel what honours you before committing to action! “
I wish you an April full of delicate and just nobility!
More about this symbolism (in French) : “The Cards of the Body“.
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