‘To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness.
Human beings came out of that wholeness’.
Gary Snyder, poet and author
There are informative nature based psychological templates that help to navigate this internal terrain. The map I felt drawn to was the astrological birth chart, that blueprint of our cosmic legacy that has been so poorly represented in our culture; we are not very good at providing encouragement for the inner journey of soul. Nor are we very good at paying reverence to knowledge systems that sit too much outside our rationalised ego driven frameworks. And it is these we need so much at this time.
In my studies of the early psychoanalysts, the map was clear: make the unconscious conscious. Now can be a harrowing journey, depicted in many of our stories, fairy tales, sagas, science fiction tales, and frames up this search for oneself. A very simple and well known one is Superman. Growing up on a farm with two loving simple parents, after finding him abandoned, they adopt him and he spent his life helping out on the farm ploughing fields and soon his parents realised his super strength and other powers. They encouraged him to use them for altruistic endeavours, to help his community. Soon, it became time for him to know his real identity, his real parentage and ultimately his destiny. This happened in a very dramatic way, there he was leading the life of a farm boy and then he learnt about how he crashed to earth in a time capsule!! Sound familiar? There are times in life we wake up to our own sense of who we are and what we need to do. Our parents no longer know the answers, or can intuit what we need; for our identity is being forged by something much deeper and greater than just our immediate family and parentage.