The Buddha Spotlight introduces you to Astrologer, Mark S. Husson!
Goddess Mena Love: What attracted you to the world of astrology?
Mark S. Husson: The world of astrology was brought to me by way of being a psych major. I was on a quest; I’m a Cancer with all this scorpio in my chart, and we’re just always seeking, wanting to understand, and feeling so victimized from the world. I remember looking through Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, and feeling like, “Oh my god”, I can really forgive myself! I was just so grateful that I was in a time where most psychologist were studying astrology. I’m like you, I was shy, and was thinking that there was no way I would put myself in the spotlight of anything! That’s how astrology suddenly gave me a key to forgiving myself for not being able to be like somebody else outside of me. It changed my life!
Goddess Mena Love: Do you have to be “gifted” or have “special powers” to learn astrology?
Mark: Ha! That man came to me once and transferred some energy…..no, no, no! You have to have a LOVE for learning a new language, thats all it really is. When we say, “I’m a Cancer” or “my moon is in Leo”, we’re talking a language. For some people, that’s daunting! I think that if someone can make you LOVE it by showing you the joy of it within them, sometimes it’s contagious! You’re gonna want that! So, to answer your question, no you don’t need any special powers to learn astrology!
Goddess Mena Love: What’s the most common question you get when doing readings?
Mark: “Oh my god, what’s going on with me”! I think astrology helps you to not become a victim. In a way, you realize, it’s not just you being messed up, there’s a planet sitting on your sun, and the astrologer translates that for you!
Goddess Mena Love: I keep seeing the numbers 722, which is my birthday, every where I go! Can you give me insight on what that means?
Mark: I wish my birthday would show up! Seriously, I think the oracle is personal for us. I think that when you have that the number in your head and you happen to see it, and it’s like your eyes subconsciously catches it over and over, either it’s something (at that time) that reminds you of you, your birth, or your history, possibly a past life memory. I think it’s important to take that with you into meditation and ask for clarity of why those numbers keep showing up.
Goddess Mena Love: When I see my special numbers, I try to relate it to the exact situation I’m in. For example, If I’m listening to a song and I see my numbers, I kind of look for the answers within that song.
Mark: Yes, it’s your personal oracle! I read one of your blog posts, it was a posting of John Mayer’s song, Clarity, and you put “this song was in my head”! That’s such a sweet song! I thought, I’m like you in that way where I like to bring spiritual meaning to things that happen. There are certain songs that I hate, that replay in my mind all the time, you know, the ear worms, and I listen to it live, and when I really study the lyrics I find that there is a little message for me. I think we can do that with all of life! I also think that we forget to search for the spiritual meanings for things that occur in our lives. Those of us that remember to do it, are lucky! Let’s learn to be in tune to using our personal oracles to find the spiritual meanings of our life!
Goddess Mena Love: Speaking of being in tuned with our personal oracles, I pull my own cards when spirit guides me.
Mark: I LOVE it! I’ll turn off the radio, ask a question, turn the radio back on and whatever song comes on next is the answer to my question! And I have to accept that song as my answer!
Goddess Mena Love: I’ve done that! I’ve so done that with seeking spiritual signs of being in a relationship with my boyfriend! And the next song always has a special phrase, catch word, or something that jumps out at me to give that specific answer!
Mark: Brilliant! I LOVE that! See, that’s you trusting life, LOVING you! Trusting life to give you what you need, not to hurt you, I LOVE that! SO yes, using oracles in your everyday life is such a joyful thing to do! We forget sometimes to do this, I forget, too, but we’re all here to be LOVED, not hurt! Let’s take a minute to listen to what message is trying to get through to me. See, the fact that you pull cards, use intuition while listening to the radio or watching a movie, there’s just so much crazy coincidental stuff that goes on that makes you like, “WHAT?”, and I LOVE that kind of stuff because it reminds me that there’s something so much bigger than us.
Goddess Mena Love: What’s in your playlist right now?
Mark: I have some really eclectic music in my playlist! There’s this song called Opulence by Brook Candy, Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne,
I got some Lily Allen, I’ve just discovered Jessie Ware and I LOVE her, Joan Armatrading from way back in my past, a group called Walk The Moon, I even downloaded some RuPaul recently! I LOVE and adore music that moves me! I can tell you LOVE music and it’s just so sweet. When you played that song from John Mayer, I thought about a comment that he made about being sexually racist, and a part of me thought that was like a part of you that went beyond that personality and got into the artist to soley just enjoy the music, or you didn’t know. Either way, it was a moment for me to contemplate that moment on what he said. I thought that was kind of cool on your part!
Goddess Mena Love: All sorts of music just pops up in my mind! I have a mental library full of great eclectic music from all genres. It’s so funny, because when I was younger, I was totally raised around different types of music. Around the age of 5 – 12, I would sing songs from eras I wasn’t born in, to being in utero, or as a baby and toddler, and people would always ask “How do you know that song? You weren’t even born, you were too little!”. The music is just in me!
Mark: I LOVE that, and I LOVE people with that because that is, to me, such a testament to what your life force is floating on, it’s floating on music, and its timeless!
Goddess Mena Love: The only time I can remember things about my childhood, is if it’s associated with a particular song.
Mark: Pharrell has, what he calls a dis-ease, but I think it’s a deformity, that doesn’t allow him to see in images. He can only see with music and colors. It reminds me of that, because when he did an interview he talked about that being the reason he came up with Happy, the song kept getting rejected. He re-wrote Happy 13 times. Once he started seeing the music coming together in images, he knew he nailed it, all in how the colors landed. But, yes, it’s a similar thing to me that music brings you to a place where it allows the synapses to come into the memory. So, that’s really cool, and it does suggest that you’re extraordinary creative!
Goddess Mena Love: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned on your spiritual journey?
Mark: I am madly in LOVE with A Course in Miracles! A Course in Miracles taught me that nothing out here is my salvation, and that this is the illusion that we get separated from God.
I’m about to get a little technical….
So, what the course did for me, was teach me that we live in a place of guilt that we actually pulled off this separation from the most LOVING force, which is our CREATOR. We created this world so that we can kind of hide from God. And that story made so much sense to me because I realized that there’s no such thing as working back towards my spirituality, there’s no such thing as being able to break that connection, it’s all a lie that we’ve told ourselves and buy into. We spend most of our lives trying to cover up that guilt that we think we did the impossible, that’s the beauty of the course. I also learned that whenever I’m hurt or disappointed, here, in the world, it reminds me that this isn’t my end place. This is my illusionary place of guilt that I created while I’m sleeping this dream of separation, I’m gonna be okay, and I’m gonna wake up.
A Course in Miracles talks a lot about the way you wake up, being forgiving, to try to see yourself in every single person you talk to. To me, that seemed to be the most LOVING thing. It reminded me that my salvation isn’t out here! So, when I needed Hay House to really LOVE my book, or to ask me to be a part of I CAN DO IT, I realized when I got this message really LOUD and CLEAR that my salvation wasn’t really out here and the truth that I’m seeking isn’t out here, it totally took that pain away. What does matters is, there’s a way to heal your guilt. This is not a religion, there’s not just a way, I just do it by example. People like who I am, and they know that it’s possible for them, too. The biggest lesson was that I can’t break the LOVE from where I cam efrom.
Goddess Mena Love: What is your view on soul mates and karmic relationships?
Mark: You know, I don’t really believe in them in the way people talk about them. I’m not a big fan of the word, karma. I think karma is our excuse to judge and feel good that we judge being better than someone else. I understand karma in it’s purest sense, however, I don’t like what we’ve done with it. We’ve turned it into a “I’m better than you” kind of thing, and that makes me a little nervous. Soul mates are contradictory to the idea that we all came from the same source. I do think there are certain people in this reality that reflect the wound I must take care of in myself, soul mates bring that up, and those are my real heroes. Some of the most difficult relationships I had, have pointed to me the deepest pain I carried. On the flip side, I don’t think the other person does anything, we project it all. I think that we pull in the people, we pull in what part of ourselves they are going to affect, and then we release them when we’re done. I think that as a projection, people are tools in our own evolution. Soul mates don’t have to just be our LOVERS, sisters, or brothers, they can be anybody in any form.
In the personal sense, people say they found their soul mates and I wink at that. I wink at that because I know that it’s validation of their idea of being separate from the source. My belief is that we did come from the same source, so identifying one source as my soul mate sort of invalidates that idea. There are people here that are more important for my development in this physical reality than others because I have wounds that that fit it perfectly. Psychologist, Carl Young said, “we bring in relationships for one thing only, so we can see our shadow“. You can’t see it otherwise, unless its reflected it back to you by somebody else. That’s a reflection of our yin and yang, a reflection of our ability to hold for our inner feminine. If you happen to hold the space of the feminine with your boyfriend and he seems more detached from you at times, if you took a moment and saw him and said, “what part of me is judging my attachment?”, you bring it back to yourself. It’s an incredible facilitator of healing.
Goddess Mena Love: If two particular sun signs are not compatible does that mean that the relationship won’t evolve into something beautiful?
Mark: First of all, there is no such thing as incompatible, truly. A lot of the great psychologists would say, unless you have some elements of friction, you can’t have passion. The inherent part of sexuality and passion is that friction! Otherwise, we all would be looking for our brothers and sisters energy. Its in that reach of what’s different for us that we just want that creates sexuality. So, no such thing as incompatible, however, there are certain signs, as you probably know, that might rub you the wrong way because they do life differently.
Astrology tells us how to make the most out of what we’re getting from the other person. So, when you took your first breath, you were imbued with ten planets, each in a different sign or maybe some in the same sign, but that’s your map that you’re walking around with. Let’s say you meet another person, they did the same thing, took a breath at a certain time, and walking around the universe with their ten planets. They collide when you both meet. Now, some of those planets are holding hands and laughing, and some of those planets are like “you make me sick”. Over time, once you see and get a hold of their map, you understand and you steer clear of the parts of their life you don’t want to be a part of. Imagine knowing what you could do different just by knowing the personal maps of LOVED ones. Imagine we had that wisdom for every sign of the zodiac, that is crazy cool, and that means that any relationship can work, especially if we take the ones that hurt us or are difficult, and look within ourselves to see if there’s a way to get some deeper understanding.
Goddess Mena Love: I’ve been reading a lot and practicing the use of a word I recently learned, equanimity. Because I know certain traits (that I don’t particularly like) about my Virgo LOVER, it alerts me to stay in a state of calmness when he’s roller skating on my last nerves. My ego wants to go dead off on him and I do sometimes, but like I said because I know spiritual information on him and myself, I can take better care of the situation.
Mark: That’s right! I always say don’t ever argue with a Virgo! Just agree that they’re right about everything! What they’re usually defending against is you’re going to come back at them with an even smarter viewpoint of where they were wrong, and that messes with them! The other part of it is, I believe in the theory of Velcro, which requires two pieces. What he’s doing wouldn’t stick to you if didn’t have some layer of guilt on it.
This is where my big fantasy thing is.
Imagine that you have a part of your mind that is saying the very things he is saying to you. Imagine that you woke up with that critic, with that fear of this part not feeling good to you. You go to him for validation that this is not true, unconsciously, and then he throws something at you that sort of takes you back, that makes you want to attack, right? All forms of attack are to defend ourselves from our own attack. This is what we do as humans, we want to get it off of us by putting it on someone else. So, if you could take his word, and look at yourself and say, “what part of me agrees with this, what part of me believes him, what part of me said that very thing to myself and now I’m going to project it to him as if he brought it to me?” Figure out why what he’s said to you, stuck to you in the first place. Figure out why you both have a psychic agreement that he could say that and it would hurt. There’s something that’s trying to emerge, just like the number 722 for you. Something in your consciousness is trying to emerge that your subconscious mind is trying to get you to see. It’s a wound that needs healing! A Course in Miracles taught me to ask for help! Ask for guidance in seeing a situation differently, that you’re bothered by. Has he accused you of trying to manipulate him or control him?
Goddess Mena Love: He hasn’t really accused me, however I have brought it up in a way that sounds like, “I’m not trying to control you”.
Mark: Gotcha! You’re good and you’re so aware! You’re awake and that makes such a difference in the world. The same behavior when you’re asleep has a very different effect than when you’re awake. Cancers do manipulate, and their extraordinary with it! Cancers nudge!
Cancer brings in the sign of summer, which makes it the aggressor in a way. Cancer also rules emotions. You understand feelings! You know how to make someone feel bad for what they did without even saying it. That’s power, and Cancers get to own that! Cancers can make you feel bad, and make you feel really good! Understand that everyone manipulates, it’s not a big deal, it’s just that Cancers are freakin’ good at it, because that’s the nature of Cancer. It’s how you get to be a mom! You make the kids do what you want them to do by nudging and coercing the emotional environment, and they follow.
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