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The Astrology of the Near Death Experience ~ Part 1
by Kari Noren-Hoshal
Ask anyone born between 1960 and early 1965 (when Chiron in Pisces opposed Pluto in Virgo) whether they have had a brush with death, or know someone who has, and the answer will be a resounding affirmative. It was during a session with a student of mine that nearly did not live to see her 23rd birthday, that I began my research on the near death experience. The feeling of connectedness that she felt at the moment she thought she might not live, brought back the simultaneously painful and euphoric memory of my own near brush with death at age fifteen. What I discovered as I continued my research both surprised me and made perfect sense. People born in the early 1960s and other time periods when Chiron made close hard aspects to Pluto, Neptune, Uranus or Saturn had either had a brush with death of their own or had a profoundly life-changing experience relating to the death of someone close to them. Additionally, those who had had a near death experience had gone on to make that experience a stepping stone to the development of significant healing and human service.
A U.S. News and World Report poll published in 1997 estimated that more than 15 million Americans have had a near death experience (or NDE). An NDE is described as a situation usually evolving from a sudden accident or life threatening illness in which the person becomes aware that their death is imminent. In other studies, more than 30 million Americans have reported having had an out of body experience, or OBE. OBE’s are often confused with NDE’s. An OBE is an experience of feeling separated from or of floating above the body. While the OBE experience is often reported as having happened when the person was under extreme stress, it is not experienced as a result of a life threatening accident or illness. In children, for example, the OBE is often experienced as a result of wanting to escape from a difficult or unsafe family life.
The term “near-death experience” (NDE) was coined in 1975 in the book Life After Life by Raymond Moody, MD. The near death experience can be of several types and levels. The two most common types are near death by accident and near death by sudden, life-threatening disease. Once the individual has lost consciousness or remains conscious but has determined that he or she is definitely going to die, there are a series of common experiences characteristic to the NDE.
Moody spells out these basic experiences and NDE levels in his book Life After Life and other subsequent texts: (paraphrased)
1. Feelings of peace and quiet. Many people describe extremely pleasant and euphoric feelings such as “Pain was gone.”
2. The Dark Tunnel. Reports of a black, utterly void, narrow passageway.
3. Out of Body. Often finding oneself viewing one’s own physical body from a point outside of it, and feeling disconnected or unfamiliar with his body. Floating, passing through walls, floors, etc.
4. Meeting Others. Awareness of other spiritual beings nearby. Relatives, friends, feelings that they had come to protect or guide one. Sensing guardian spirits.
5. Meeting the Being of Light. There is an encounter with a very bright light of unearthly brilliance that does not hurt the eyes. Light is seen as a Guiding Spirit.
6. The Life Review. Extraordinarily rapid. Vivid and real, incredible in detail, three dimensional and in color.
7. Revelations. Facts about future events and futuristic inventions not yet existing on Earth are revealed.
8. Enhanced psychic skills. Psychic awareness and clairvoyance manifest after the Person returns “to life.”
9. The Border. A fence, large body of water or a line is seen. One is warned that if one crosses the border they cannot return to life. Often a choice of whether to live is given. Often one is told “There is something you need to return to do” or “It isn’t time yet.”
Common to All Levels:
10. The Return. Coming back is often painful. There is a sensation of squeezing back into the body or having difficulty identifying one’s own body due to disassociation.
11. Telling Others or not telling others. Feelings of lack of sympathy or credibility from others. Difficulty talking to peers, relatives or ministers.
12. Reorientation. Effects on lives range from depression and reticence to becoming more reflective and concerned with philosophical issues. Sometimes new psychic abilities manifest even when not welcomed.
13. New Views on organized religion and Death. No longer afraid of death. Feeling of having a mission or a lot of work to do.
In the interviews I have conducted with about twenty experiencers of NDEs another characteristic was common:
1. Feeling a heightened intrinsic sense of spirituality. No longer feeling a need to belong to an organized or traditional religion. Feeling that one is able to communicate directly with the Source. Feeling that one can absorb useful spiritual guidance from a variety of spiritual traditions, nature and everyday life.
At present, a number of large scale statistical studies are being conducted by researchers in the U.S. and abroad. I have personally participated in a study conducted by Bruce Greyson, PhD of the University of Virginia. This study has been conducted over the past 20 years.
Compiled results below from studies from the 1980s show the percentages of NDEers who experienced varying stages of the NDE experience:
Kenneth Ring Study Evergreen Study Green & Friedman Study
(102 respondents) (49 respondents) (less than 100 respondents)
1980 1981 (year?)
Feelings of Peace 60% no data % 70%
Bodily Separation 37 70.9 70
Passing Thru Tunnel 23 38.2 66
Seeing the Light 16 56.4 62
Entering the Light 10 34.5 18
Editor's Note: Kari Noren-Hosh's well researched and facinating information on "The Astrology of the Near Death Experiance" will be presented in a series of 5 articles published on consecutive Fridays. The last article will be published on 07/30/2010.
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About the Author
Kari Noren-Hoshal is a counseling astrologer in Baltimore, Maryland. She became interested in sacred traditions of world cultures at an early age living in Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua and Egypt between the ages of 7 and 21. She teaches an internship program in astrology and publishes a monthly astrology column in the Baltimore HealthQuest Magazine which can be viewed through her website: www.karmaspace.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-662-4676. Kari first presented the information included in this article at the Northwest Astrology Conference in 2007.