“I am the one who chooses my boundaries, beliefs and promises.
I am the one who upholds my faith, values and morals.
I am the one responsible for my anger, outbursts and mistakes.
I am sovereign over my life, the ultimate authority over myself and my actions, incomparable to any other.
I am the one responsible for my appetites, affections and relationships.
I am responsible for my words and the one to speak for myself, my words are valuable and deserve to be heard and remembered for good or ill.
I am the one responsible for my body, caring for it, accepting it and loving it.
As my soul descended through the chain of being, from ultimate Godhood, to physical form, I took on these gifts of the planets and bring them with me from my celestial journeys into my embodiment here and now.
I am. I was. And I will return.”
These seven affirmations are inspired by the nature and virtue of each of the seven classical planets. They are written with the intent of observing a moment of mindfulness through the lens of astrology and Hermetic religious beliefs. I wrote these hoping to give myself something I could use alongside the skills of dialectical behavioral therapy to promote the use of the mindfulness skills especially when dealing with black and white thinking and other cognitive distortions. It is also inspired by the belief that when we are born we descend through the various celestial sphere, from the first moved, to the fixed stars, to the planets and then to our body, here on earth, bringing along certain gifts and lessons and sometimes hardships to be overcome during life. I have personally found adopting this belief system to help me feel more at home in my body and accepting of myself, traumas and all. I hope others find it helpful too and even if you don’t I hope you keep healing in the ways best suited for you.