You are a Nature

This is an excerpt from Toroidal Astrology; The Future of the Zodiac coming in Summer 2022.

Neitzche revolted wholeheartedly against the philosophical invitation to ‘be one with nature.’  He saw humans to be above nature, superior to it.  Returning to nature, for Neitzche meant a turning away from personal power, and the blazing unique chemistry of the human being.  

This is a classic problem, one that politics runs into very frequently.  It is the battle between the whole and the individual.  

When too much emphasis is put on the whole, nature threatens to swallow us and an over-coddled worldview robs us of healthy individualistic debate.  The flipside is worse.  When too much emphasis is on the individual, nature is threatened to be defeated and so is all that we have built over history to defend human decency and fairness.  

The idea of returning to nature, must involve the whole and the individual.  Returning to nature must also mean returning to your nature, because you are a nature. 

Your nature is as awe-inspiring as the nature that you marvel at in the world.  It is also as capable of growing bountiful beauty, and as vulnerable to insults of its integrity.  Artemis, the lunar goddess, represents a fierce protection of one’s own nature.  It is only by lunar means that we can enter our own natures.  Lunar means are reflective of inner life and mindful of our responses and feelings.  

You can’t know your nature unless you can feel it.

You can’t cultivate your nature unless you pay attention to what makes it grow.  To be a nature is the most natural thing.  To wake up to your nature, and to begin to think about it is to come home to yourself, and radiate a sense of purpose.  

This is a kind of yoga to make time matter.  

When time turns into time that matters it becomes thymos, a spirited biological time.  This time is not to be wasted.  On the contrary it is to be stored.  Thymos that is stored in the body is your nature embracing its evolution.  A chain of memories supports one’s aspirations.  A flow of imaginative vision galvanizes the will.  A familiar feeling floods the body when purposeful activity is embraced.  

Time does matter, it is only a giant delusion to think that it doesn’t.  Making time matter more is a return to truth.  

A delicious and conscious ‘waste’ of time, like sitting by the dock of the bay, still makes time matter more because it celebrates leisure.  

It is only in the unconscious waste of time that thymos doesn’t build upon itself, a tuning out, a killing of time.  When tuning out becomes too sustained, thymos doesn’t build and there is spiritual fatigue, which results in a sense of powerlessness.  

Colin Wilson said that “all power is really spiritual power.”  

Spiritual power, or psychic power, is simply the power of one’s feelings that have managed to organize themselves into a sustained motion.  There is a viable outlet for them, through meaningful and regular activity, thus they support a spiritual and purposive flow.  

Water itself has no shape, it needs ideas and activities to give it definition.  Power itself is also shapeless, it needs routines and actions that are true to one’s nature to build it into something real.  

You are a nature that is powerful and capable of great bounty.  You matter, your time matters, and you can make both you and time matter more and more.  You can bring new heights, depths and texture to yourself and your time.  At the most ultimate level, you are time as a building of spiritedness, a thymos.  

People say time is money, and money is connected to the symbolism of the moon.  The moon represents feeling, so in this sense, time is feeling. Feelings change the body in all sorts of biochemical ways.  Time is feeling that changes the body.  

If time is feeling that changes the body, then why not cultivate time into something healthy?  This is the essence of thymos: a conscious awareness of yourself as time.  The most natural response to this awareness is to make your time matter more by making it more meaningful.

A very effective ad campaign for the American Express credit card was to display a bunch of items and their prices followed by a very meaningful moment that was ‘priceless’.  Meaningful time transcends wealth into its highest and most distilled essence.  

In his days at Walden Thoreau wrote, “for I was rich if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly.”

How many priceless moments can you recall?  Don’t you want to do better than an ad campaign?  The bank that stores this wealth is your body.  The flow of currency is your electromagnetic field.  There is opportunity everywhere to add to this bank, even in trying circumstances, as a Dostoyevsky novel will show.  

Meaning and time are a match.  They belong together.  The marriage of meaning and time is the same marriage of matter and light.  Light descended into matter to create and produce meaningful bounty.  It is the romantic story of evolution.  We are lucky to be conscious of this gift. 

Thymos! Building Spirit in The Body.

There is a new paradigm shift a brewin’. 

​The Copernican revolution restored the sun to its rightful center as a stable nucleus to our solar system.  The previous Geocentric model held the earth at the center.  The paradigm shift upon us now is in acknowledging the existential truth of TWO CENTERS; the earth and the sun. 

The earth is not only a planet, it is also the physical body, deep in which there is another sun. 

This other sun is experienced.  It is a sun that rises in our bodies and affirms our existence.  It is the feeling of yes.

Our task is in recognizing a true center inside the body, where earth and fire meet.  This paradigm shift is a return to the powers of our own individual natures, unique and separate yet united and part of the whole.  Such an orientation honors the laws of quantum physics which says you cannot take the observer out of the observed! 

The two centers of fire and earth meet high in the heart, building thymos, a spiritedness.  Thymos is time that matters.  It is experiential and biological, real and spiritual.  This time is not wasted.  It is stored inside, reversing the law of entropy.  The most basic quality of life is its ability to reverse entropy, to store order instead of losing it.  All of us can learn to build thymos, a spiritedness, and in doing so restore order to our unique and beautiful natures.

​The thymus gland shrinks when our bodies stop growing.  Our spirits, our thymos, should never stop growing.  We must learn to practice growing it.  

​The toroscope can help reveal ways to do this.  

Visit toroidalastrology.com for a reading!

Toroscopes for March 2022

Aries

It’s that time of year again, Aries, when life renews itself by beginning again.  At your most infinitesimal level you are, by nature, a self-renewer.  You are a self-renewer in your commitment to beginning again.  Such a commitment is grounded in the ultimate reality, a reality that extends farther and deeper than science and perception.  It is the reality of the spirit.  The only thing that really matters in this reality is that the spirit keeps growing, come whatever may.  It grows by embracing all experience through the grace of love, and it aims to build something truly substantial.  By the 20th, spring will be here, with you as its cosmic ambassador.  Just lead the way!   

Taurus

Agents Mulder and Scully followed the belief that “The Truth is Out There”, and this month, Taurus, you would be wise to follow suit.  Your totem planet Venus is fired up with Mars, and by the 6th, these passionate seekers will leave the earth-born reality of Capricorn for the air-born reality of Aquarius.  The air-born reality of Aquarius says that the truth is indeed out there.  The truth is not in your head.  The truth is not relative to other things.  The truth is not subjective.  The truth is not an opinion.  The truth is out there, in the world, for all to share.  You may think something is a certain way but unless you investigate its reality, out there in the world, in your town, down your street, in your backyard, it remains unverified.  What truth are you hungry for?  Can you go out there and find it?

Gemini

Important events have likely demanded serious attention from you this year, Gemini.  The New Moon at the beginning of this month marks a crescendo of serious attention, as your planet will join serious Saturn in Aquarius, the sign of far-reaching possibility.  If you can manage to be serious about expanding your ideas of possibility, this next month will be ripe with rapid exchanges of new information.  By the 9th, your planet will be in Pisces, and information will come by means of rich feeling, you must allow yourself to be moved.  By the 20th, you will be ready to act on something, as your planet moves into Aries.  Turn your moments into momentum, Gemini, information in and information out! 

Cancer

It’s funny to compare the inner life of a person to the outer expanse of the universe, but for Cancers, this is a most natural association.  Sometimes, in the right conditions, with the right people perhaps, or the right smells in the air, or the right type of lights twinkling, an immensity is felt; an inner immensity that confirms life’s bigness.  The New Moon on the 2nd and the Full Moon on the 18th will be excellent opportunities to stretch rich moments from your innermost beholding to the outermost reaches of the universe.  Go big and go home.

Leo

Vacations don’t only restore by providing a space to rest and relax, they also restore by providing a space that is different and other than what you are accustomed to.  Your personality gets a vacation too as it basks in the otherness of a different environment.  A new street inspires a stroll instead of a hustle, a new breakfast ritual inspires a savoring instead of an uneventful hour.  This month, divert as much as you can from your norms, and take as much in as you can from opportunities that offer you fresh roads and routines.  By the arrival of spring, your engine, having received its tune up, will be ready to roll.                                             

Virgo

As experts of breaking down complex topics into smaller parts, Virgos manage to simplify and strategize like no other sign.  The astrophysicist knows how to work with outer space, which for most of us is a baffling infinity, and does so by breaking down the immensity into smaller, more understandable parts.  But what about the grand sweeps of innerspace?  The baffling infinity of the self?  How might one break that down without losing a sense of wholeness?  The answer is this:  Virgo must self-analyze only with the intention of re-creating the self.  This is the most basic principle of existentialism, the examined life that is very worth living.  A Full Moon on the 18th might provide some more light    for such potent analysis.

Libra

Yours is the sign of the keen observer whose still waters perfectly reflect the world around it.  You take people as they are, and build off of what they give you, in other words, you have the ability to be quite charming.  But lately, there are ripples in these waters.  There is heat in the kitchen.  There is a bursting forth to meet reality on a higher level, where sunflowers blaze like a Van Gogh painting, words carry their mysterious histories, and people’s souls shine bright through their eyes.  No need to lose your footing with such intensity of course, just let the beauty renew you, so you can renew others as well in your oh-so refreshing Libra way.

Scorpio

Honest to goodness, Scorpio, have you bit the proverbial gold coin lately just to find that it was indeed authentic?  And not to say that you are now rich, but rather in the immediate presence of something real.  When things are undeniably real, and important, energies are awakened from the deepest reserves, and this is where you shine, Scorpio.  Yours is the sign of summoning slumbering vital energies.  Your body is renewing in a direct relation to the reality that you grasp.  Make sure you remember your role and reality’s role though; you are the hero and it is the landscape.

Sagittarius

Allen Ginsberg said that the poignancy of a photograph comes from “looking back to a fleeting moment in a floating world.”  Your high-flying tendencies have been on the frequency of a buoyant float ever since your totem planet Jupiter entered Pisces at the end of last year.  Perhaps this has to do with a maturing, more reflective attitude, a more in depth awareness of time fleeting.  With such an awareness, a floating world is not a world in which you have less control, but a world in which you are more open to its width and depth.  It’s a world that you gladly relinquish a constant flexing of control so that you may be influenced best where to turn next.  The New Moon near Jupiter on the 2nd might provide some clues.  

Capricorn

What is the difference between the words true and real?  Is a true statement the same as a real one?  A real sandwich the same as a true one?  It is said that in general, ‘real’ pertains to things that exist physically and ‘true’ applies more to concepts and facts that can be verified by ‘real’ things.  But for you Capricorn, at the turn of this Season of winter, I encourage you to experiment with using true and real interchangeably.  Look earnestly at your situation, and see what is real about it, what is true about it, and how you may have been fooling yourself with false beliefs.  If you have to start with a hard look at your sandwich and the meaning of its existence, that is fine.  

Aquarius

Ever since your totem planet Uranus entered Taurus in 2018, your aspirations seem to be building on eachother like legos with a lofty blueprint.  This transit will last until 2026, and in the meantime, other transits will play with that ultimate elusive dance of timing.  As spring charges in this year, so does the dynamic duo of Mars and Venus, as they will enter your sign together on the 6th of March.  This is a passionate affirmation of Aquarius’ gift, which is the gift of seeing patterns that exist in the world and holding them as true in your heart.  The sun rises each day.  Birds sing in the spring.  Blossoms bloom and then leaves fall off.  Light makes shadows which better enhance the nature of the light.  Welcome these relations with all the poetry in your heart and you will see a clear path ahead of you.  

Pisces

Don’t be surprised if you find others looking to you for guidance this month.  It is a most spectacular time of year, with Jupiter the planet of expansion and Neptune the planet of dreams both in the soft atmosphere of your cosmic hometown that is Pisces, the season we find ourselves in now. Not everyone knows how to recieve things with an open heart, or intuit things without a sense of being an imposter.  Not everyone knows how to, in the words of Sir Paul McCartney “let it be.”  Your naturalness will be in demand for sure, but also, open yourself to gathering more trust in this sacred flow state of the fish.  An important feature of this is to never forget to register, realistically, the feedback that finds you from the actions you take.  Gather clues  from a special New Moon in your sign on the 2nd.       

The Spell of Animism. Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus

Metaphorcast 11/15-21, 2021

If the season of the witch has yet to cast its spell on you, this week’s Full Moon Eclipse in earth-magic Taurus might just do the trick. The longest lasting partial eclipse of the century will captivate its audience in the predawn hours of Friday, November 19th. The earth’s shadow will slowly cast over the Moon for a duration of nearly 3 and half hours, with its peak coverage around 4am Eastern Time. The cast of this shadow will likely display a deep red hue and be visible across the Americas, much of Asia, parts of Europe and West Africa.

If you happen to sleep through this wondrous event, let’s hope that your dreams may connect with this widespread magic. There is another kind of sleep however, non-rejuvenating and devoid of dreams. This sleep is one to be wary of. It is the ‘sleep of the senses’ that the Earth spirit warns Faust about. It is a closing off to the expressiveness of the natural world.

In his book, “The Spell of the Sensuous”, David Abram describes the human experience of magic as “our ancestral animistic awareness of the world as alive and expressive.” He says that everything ‘speaks’, and it is only through our creation of the written word that ‘the stones fall silent.’ What once was some grooves on a rock expressing meaning to us has become a paragraph in the New York Times. The alphabet and the written word is entirely human-constructed, not even the spirit of breath shapes it, the way the spoken word does. Far from saying that the written word is ‘bad’ he simply emphasizes what the written word really is: magic. This is why one can ‘cast a spell’ and ‘spell a word’. He says, “As non-human animals, plants, and even ‘inanimate’ rivers once spoke to our oral ancestors, so the ostensibly ‘inert’ letters o n the page now speak to us! This is a form of animism that we take for granted, but it is animism nonetheless- as mysterious as a talking stone.”

Even if you sleep through the Full Moon eclipse, be sure to rouse your senses enough to realize something important; the world is magical and we have the capacity to be magicians!

As always, happy astro pondering!

For more on David Abram, here is a wonderful interview where he talks about animism, magic and the senses.

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9lbWVyZ2VuY2VtYWdhemluZS5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw/episode/OTA4NDk3MjQtY2QzZS0xMWVhLWIxOTEtMjMyZjFmOWE5ZTIz?ep=14

Narrow Your Focus to Unlock Latent Powers

Metaphorcast 11/8-14, 2021

We had two significant planetary shifts at the end of last week.  Mercury’s stream of thought had been scanning the broadest horizons of Libra, and then vortexed into Scorpio in search of deeper meanings.  Venus had been preferring Sagittarian heights and big-picture orientations, but then switched her fancy to Capricorn’s goal-oriented, hard-working point of view.  We have moved from broad and high to deep and narrow.  There is a theme of focus, more specifically a narrowed focus, to unlock latent powers.

Teilhard de Chardin says that man evolved in such a way with narrowed eyes and freed up limbs so that he could bring his hands to his face in deep concentration.  Thus reflective thought was born and the rest is a very interesting history.

But what if when Galileo brought his telescope to his face he saw, among the glittering stars, a pop-up ad for a Chevrolet.  What if Thoreau brought an ipad to Walden pond, or Shakespeare concerned himself with a number of ‘follower’? What if candlelight never once bounced upon a word as its ink began to dry?  

Modern devices come with a slew of distractions and a narrowed focus becomes ever the more challenging.  

On the other hand, imagine if some of these ancient thinkers, scientists and artists had, at their fingertips, a whole library of the noosphere, like we do.  Our virtual world is a skeleton key to all kinds of knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

The question becomes how can we use our tools without being used by them?  We sure have become adept at bringing our hands to our face but how can we ensure that the original goal of doing this doesn’t get lost in the sauce? This planetary shift is an invitation to find a way back to an evolutionary drive.  An awakening of latent powers through the phenomenon of focus.

As always, 

Happy astro pondering!  

Power, Personal Power.  A Scorpio New Moon. 

Metaphorcast 11/1-7, 2021

A New Moon in Scorpio emerges this week on Thursday, November 4th.  New Moons are darkened nights of tidal risings, as feelings rise and communicate things to you in a private way.  Inner truths swim about waiting to be discovered.  In Scorpio these truths have to do with power, and what that means to you on a personal level.  Opposing the New Moon is the Great Awakener, Uranus.  Travelling through Taurus, a ‘great awakening’ has been happening since 2018, and it has to do with finding stability.  At the most basic level this stability is body-wisdom.  It is knowing who you are and what you like.  It is a sense of self-possession and composure; a prerequisite to power.

As any James Bond movie shows, power and composure go hand-in-hand.  Just think what would happen if Bond ever leaked out a nervous laugh, or went back and forth with his decisions.  Inner-consistency and power are two sides of the same poker chip.  

Consistency is key when it comes to a steady flow of power.  Whether it’s a signature style, (shaken not stirred), or a habit of treating people with grace and decency, power needs a steady framework where it can move around with a charged velocity.

If this steady framework isn’t true to who you are, your power won’t flow freely.  Call it your values, your taste or your authenticity, this knowledge comes from the inside.  When things from the outside world inspire you, it is because your body-wisdom is responding with a resounding ‘yay’.  The trouble sets in when you look to others’ yays and nays to inform your own set of values.  Your powers become scattered.  Your wits are no longer collected.  Now it is other people that hold the power instead of you. 

Bond would never let that happen, and neither should you!  Your composure, whether maintained or regained will introduce you straight back to your power if it is true to your values.  Your values are informed from the inside.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feel your power by keeping in touch with what really matters.

As always,

Happy astro pondering!  

Free Beneath the Surface; Jacques Cousteau and Scorpio Season

Metaphorcast 10/25-31, 2021

Scuba diving pioneer, filmmaker and inventor, Jacques Yves Cousteau fell in love with the sea.  His ambition was to be a pilot, but his learning was interrupted by an automobile accident.  Part of his rehabilitation involved swimming in the sea.  And that’s when he found his raison d’etre.

 He said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”

In this last week of October, the air is foggy, saturated with mist, ocean-like and mysterious.  Jack-o-lanterns appear on doorsteps like sea urchins on the floor of the sea.  Scorpio Season has just begun with strange sights to be treasured by everyone.

You know what question the trick or treaters will ask.  But do you know who’s behind your own mask?  Or his mask or her mask?  Beneath the surfaces?  Beneath the words?  

Cousteau famously said, “From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”  Scorpio is this essence exactly; a freedom that only exists beneath the surfaces. 

Imagination comes alive at Halloween, an ocean for everyone to behold.  As we sink below the surface of what is usually deemed acceptable, robot cats eat peanut butter cups for dinner and nobody is alarmed by distant cackling.  

And now let’s come back to that question we asked; who is it behind your mask?

Beneath the surfaces, real motives swim like fish.  Whole schools of motives, not yet identified by science, not yet even considered in your conscious mind.  Motives that are only glimpsed in strange moments, or dreams.  

This week. Mars, the planet of motivation will be squaring Pluto, the planet of hidden motivation.  You must ask yourself;  is your day-to-day will even the least bit aware of your hidden will?  Have you given yourself permission to shake off the gravity of your perceived situation for enough of a minute to feel the freedom in discovering what might swim beneath the surface?  Who knows, you may catch a glimpse of some very interesting, highly motivated fish!   

Happy Halloween and 

As always,

Happy astro pondering! 

A new documentary on Jacques Cousteau hit theatres last week!  I can’t wait to check it out.

https://films.nationalgeographic.com/becoming-cousteau

A Bigness: Jupiter moves direct today with Mercury

More than twice as massive as all the other planets combined, Jupiter can be felt as a bigness.  After 4 months of retrograde, the bigness moves forward today in Aquarius, the sign of future.  Also moving forward today is Mercury, the planet of mind, in the open air of Libra.  Will you open your mind to find a bigness worth getting excited about pertaining to your future?  Your future could be an evening plan or a distant dream- just so long as it is ahead. If you can make this dream/plan big, you will be in swift step with the gods! 

I would love to hear what big dreams or plans you are thinking! Write yours in the comments!

#jupiterdirect #mercurydirect #bigness #existentialastrology #metaphorcast

O Sole Mio! An Aries Full Moon Comes This Way

Metaphorcast 10-18-24, 2021

“O Sole Mio”,  the beloved Neapolitan song written by Giovanni Capurro, translates as “My Sunshine.”  The first verse salutes a sunny day with the freshest air that follows a storm.  But the chorus, the dramatic turn, the part that really gets us, speaks of a different sun.  

“But another sun, 

even more beauteous, oh my sweetheart,

my own sun, shines from your face!

This sun, my own sun,

shines from your face!

It shines from your face!

A Full Moon finds us this week in the sign of Aries, the primordial spark of life, the mystery that motivates, in other words, that other sun.  When it shines it is ‘even more beauteous’ and larger than life.  

It should come as no surprise that Luciano Pavarotti, who won a grammy for this song in 1980, was born under a Full Aries Moon.  His lunar substance of soul is made up of this other sun, one’s own sun.

O sole mio!  Such a beautiful and private light.  It rises like an epiphany when it sees its own brightness reflected back from others, reflected back from the otherness of the world.  

As most operas show, it is love that moves the atmosphere; obscuring or revealing these brilliant and more beauteous rays.  Grab your earphones, or hear it with your heart! O Sole Mio! Your own sun and its spark!  

From where will it shine, this spark so divine?

Mars will oppose this Moon, expect emotional crescendos!  Pluto squaring from the depths adds alluring innuendos!  The drama of this full moon  reminds us to be in touch with what lies beneath the surface; a powerful swirl of lava that animates the soul and determines what really matters.

Such a reminder will come in handy as we transition into beneath-the-surface Scorpio season on Saturday!

As always,Happy astro pondering!

Supernatural Serenity; Venus in Sagittarius

Metaphorcast 10/11-17, 2021

Listen to this episode here

Venus, the planet of connectivity is floating with fiery exuberance in the sign of Sagittarius until early November.  With Jupiter, the planet of enthusiasm providing a supportive trine to the Sun and Mars in social Libra, it seems a good week to ponder the effect of enthusiastic connection.  

Picture a dog, your dog if you have one, running towards you with tongue out to the side, eager to connect with you, eager to embrace a tussle.  This is the spirit of enthusiastic connection.  

Thoreau called enthusiasm a “supernatural serenity”.  Finding the things that awaken this supernatural serenity stirs a special energy.  It is similar to lightning striking a rock to make a magnetic lodestone.  Once the rock is magnetized it knows where true north is.  Enthusiastic connections strengthen one’s magnetic field, making it easier to navigate life in general.

What do you like?  It wasn’t always that this word triggered the image of a blue thumbs up icon.   What you like has to do with your own mystery.  It has to do with your own mysterious road map.  It has to do with your free-will as it combines with your dynamic calling.  What you like opens up your future.  What you like is your own romantic path.  What you like is a special clue to who you are, your spark of individuality as it reaches a steady glow.  Serene and supernatural.  

If you are not in touch with what you like you won’t pencil what you like into your day.  Lightning goes wasted.  Landscapes shrink.  You will forget all about your powers of enthusiasm.  And this week, that will make the Goddess of beauty weep!

William Blake said “Exuberance is beauty”.  Venus’ connectivity is most natural when a bubbling up of enthusiasm is present.  Just imagine a fun party as compared to a boring one, or a first date with sparks versus awkward moments.  Enthusiasm and connectivity are peas in a pod.  Snuggle bugs in a rug.  They make things easy for eachother but this easiness is also dynamic like lightning.  As long as some logic mediates their passions, connectivity and enthusiasm will consistently perk up the heaviest parts of the soul.  Supernatural and serene, lightning sometimes strikes twice, 3 times or 50!  

As always, happy astro pondering!