Metaphorcast for the week of Monday August 10 through Sunday August 16

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Leo Season strides on- the way a Lion does- with it’s heel not touching the ground-

fire is upward- it goes all the way up- up up up like a laugh, like a golden moment, like love, joy and creativity-

Creativity is what mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead saw to be the ultimate principle of the universe- with even an electron showing creativity as it has some range of possibilities to choose from in any given moment.  Although the electron may not have consciousness of such a decision- the freedom is still there – and Whitehead came to see life itself ultimately as “a bid for freedom”.

Creativity exists in each moment of awareness- as we continue to rise out of the past, which confines us only to a certain extent- with a bid for freedom, we create ourselves new out of this irreversible past.

A new you out of the blue- who knew!   

Constantly becoming is the message of fire- that element that goes all the way up- with enthusiasm, and joy.  Always in motion to show off it’s lively ways-  Fire, can’t be held- it must only be marveled at.  As William Blake said “He who binds himself to a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses it as it flies lives in eternity’s sunrise.”

After coming up with his theory of Evolution, Darwin spent 8 years of his life studying barnacles on a daily basis.  Originally thinking that variance, the tendency for a species to change was an occasional occurrence, he was surprised to see that these barnacles could not keep still.  They were constantly changing and variation was the norm, happening before his very eyes!  He wanted to know why this happens.

Researcher and author Henri Bortoft noticed the restless physicist-nature of Darwin needing an answer as to “why does nature do this”- and how this differs from Goethe’s approach to science- which would see such dramatic right-before-the-eyes demonstrations of variance as the phenomena of livingness itself! The quality of livingness – and that for life to remain life it has to continue to become different in order to renew itself.

The bid for freedom- setting everything in motion.

The Perseid meteor shower is underway- with its peak activity on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 11th and 12th of August.  The night sky usually not displaying such shimmery variance will be like Darwin’s Barnacles- changing before our very eyes- sparking more creativity to those onlookers who stay up past bedtime.  Marveling at the fire- kissing the joy as it flies. 

With Mercury in Leo- perception is geared toward the creative- as the mind needs to experience the shimmery qualities of change and becoming. Squared by the great-awakener Uranus- sunny with a chance of epiphany!

Venus treads water in Cancer- the oceans of memory and feeling.  If fire goes all the way up, water most certainly goes all the way down- to the root of things- to the essence- to the truth- and at the bottom of the ocean- a fish learns to light its own way.

Mars, the planet of novelty in it’s own sign of Aries- squaring underworld-ruler Pluto- to become is also to perish, as we emerge out of the past as new.  Also trining the Sun, this dance of becoming and perishing exhibiting that ultimate shimmery quality- of life itself.  As the poet Robert Browning said “My sun sets to rise again.”

Jupiter the planet of heights in Capricorn the sign of limits-  Height-loving creativity getting what it needs out of limits- which is a clarification of whats important.  Through the chrystaline lense of the goat- that which is important takes shape- like a single wish on a shooting star.

Saturn and Pluto nearby also in Capricorn- embracing new structures made through the experience of profound change.

Uranus in Taurus- awakening to the evocative qualitites of nature

Neptune in Pisces- the seeds of creativity blowing through the breeze of the imagination.

Monday and Tuesday will behold A Taurus Moon- the earth goddess steady and comforting as she reaches her last quarter with maturity. The solid ground of the earth, the past, the world- every comforting and not-so-comforting sense of the familiar- from which, with awareness, we spring forth as new.  Beautiful little changes occuring with  awareness of the solid ground in which we stand.  As Leo Tolstoy said “True life is lived when tiny changes occur”.

By late morning Wednesday- a twinkling Gemini Moon wanes crescent- where it will remain through Friday. Twinkling with options, engaging in preferences and references- being active in the game of this not that- the voice of choice- rejoicing in its bid for freedom.

By mid evening Friday a Cancer Moon emerges- where it will continue to slim slighter through the weekend.  The slightness of a Cancer Moon is the delicate nature of the past- seemingly gone forever but seemlessly weaved through our essence of living- the marriage of reflective silver and untarnishable gold- memory and becoming- shimmering variance-Rimbaud’s eternity of sun mixed with sea-

All the way up

and all the way down

inherit the past

but dont forget to look around

For if theres one thing Leo

knows to be true

Its that many things under the Sun

Are new.

 

Dont forget watch for those after-hours Perseids- give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness-

As always- Happy Astro Pondering!

Celebrating Wholeheartedness in the Season of the Sun!

It is the Season of the Sun!  Leo Season!  The Season of the child!  The Season of the heart!  The romantic fire of life itself.

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The Season of the Sun is a time to find coherence in your experience!

The Sun pulls the planets into orbit, just as a worthy solar purpose, or a joy pulls your many habits and behaviors into a healthy state of flow.

The Sun is undivided with purpose, joy, bliss, delight.  The heart of the Sun is undivided, whole…woman-holding-baby-smiling-1116050..just as a child laughs and plays wholeheartedly!

Reality is experience- but experience is always an experience of something, and that something constitutes the experience itself.  The experiencer is changed by the experience and influences the experience itself and so on and so forth.  This is the inhale/exhale of the toroidal flow of reality!

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” Unity is plural and, at a minimum, is two.” -R Buckminster Fuller                                                         *collage by Johnnie Day Durand

To find that center, that warm infrared glow of purpose, or joy, or delight, is to strengthen the toroidal field of reality- of experience.  Finding that center brings coherence to experience.

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“Creativity is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct.” -Carl Jung.

Happy Leo Season.  As always, happy astro pondering!

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The Full Buck Moon; Seeking the Periphery

The Full Buck Moon comes this weekend, rivaling whatever fireworks may show in the sky.  The Full Moon during Cancer Season is the most Moon a Moon can get.  Artemis sees to it that her magic is alive and scientifically measurable at this time.  The Buck Full Moon gets its name from the curious fact that a buck’s antlers grow the fastest during this time of year, due to the daylights effect on its hormones.

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Human hair also grows faster during this time of year, all because of the behavior of keratin; the tough and fibrous proteins that give structure to epithelial cells.

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Structure– at it’s peak growth, during the Season of the Moon, the Season of Home.

In your hair, in the air and everywhere, structure is eager to shape- eager to grow and change to the changing needs of it’s internal compass.

Rudolph Steiner commented that the horns of a ram and the antler of a deer are very different in the direction that they take as they grow.  He said that they essentially grew in the way that Goethe described a plant grows- spirally and vertically.

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The horns of a ram grow spirally.  They start at the periphery and seek a center.

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The deer’s antlers grow vertically. They begin at the center and seek the periphery.

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Moon Goddess, Artemis, with her hands on the periphery-seeking antlers.

The horns of a Ram begin at the periphery and seek a center.  This is symbolic of someone beginning with a head full of world-knowledge, yet little understanding of his own soul.

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The meaningful journey is inward.

The deers of an antler begin at the center.  That is to say, a person begins with a heart full of soul-knowledge, yet little understanding of the outside world.  

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The meaningful journey is outward.

Steiner also had a great quote about the ultimate mirror-relationship of the external and internal terrain.

To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.

— Rudolf Steiner

 

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Moon Season plays with the mirror-aspect of reality 

This weekend’s Full Buck Moon is an opportunity to seek the periphery!  Take real interest in the world around you, your immediate surroundings, that are full of meaning as they always are.  Reach for this external meaning, as those fast-growing deer antlers do.  Let them show you more of who you are!

Your internal compass will mysteriously guide your attention to these rich sources of external meaning.

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“Don’t need a weathervane…”

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Romance Loves Heights, Full June Moon in Sagittarius!

The Full June Moon Friday will make you SWOON- in Sagittarius-, the high flying horse.  Heights are romance’s true love- and the horse knows the secret of flight- the secret of lightening the heart and mirroring the beauty that surrounds you-

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Perception is a mirror not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

This Full Strawberry Moon will occur on June 5th, a Friday- original day of Venus.  Venus herself will be opposite it- conjunct the Sun, wearing strawberry-colored lipstick on her smile!

The Sun and Venus in Gemini- the sign of the living silver- the reflective magic of mirroring felt most easily in the presence of a smile.

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“A smile is the best makeup a girl could wear”- Marilyn Monroe, Gemini.

This Moon will be in square with Mars in Pisces- adding much beguile to the smile.  Some ocean to the potion!  Soften those eyes and look upon the Full Moon- listen for the waves!

Know as the Strawberry Moon, or the Rose Moon- with Strawberries being a member of the Rose family- one more reason to admit- that this June Moon is ready to make you SWOON.

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Happy Astro Pondering!

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The New Normal; Saturn in Aquarius

Saturn.  Father Time.  The planet of normalcy and status quo.  In the stirred up airy waters of Aquarius- the sign of the times.  This can only mean one thing- that we are entering a New Normal.

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Oh I don’t know, what’s new with you?

Saturn and Mars have trudged through the cold and merciless Earth of Capricorn- and now they both have emerged into the sign of the Future.  As curves are seen to be flattening- yet tragedies ever more on the rise, a compelling cry for FORESIGHT echoes through the infinite canyons of consciousness itself.

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Aquarius’ totem Greek God, Prometheus, a name that means “Foresight.”

With a desired future in mind- foresight comes naturally.  With a responsibility towards such a future, real change can happen.

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Abe Lincoln, an Aquarius- with his Sun conjunct the Ascendant.

The New Normal.  Saturn in Aquarius.  The new standards to live up to.  On a personal level as well as on a social one.  New standards like new laws.  Laws that allow nature to flourish and thrive.

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Because she’s worth it and so are you!

As Taurus Season begins this Sunday- the heart moves into a fire of homeostasis-craving Earth.  A Beauty-thirsty Season- that needs to quench its aching heart with bounty.

In the New Normal- the bounty is not taken for granted.  We have grown.  There are new responsibilities to be shared and honored.  The air in the world of the New Normal is a wake up call to true Interdependence.

Uranus- the Great Awakener, Aquarius’ ambassador planet, is also in Taurus- and for the next 6 years.

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To protect our bounty, our life and liberty, we have to take a tip from the bees!  And work together!  Fairly!  

The New Normal- emerging out of a dark time- may turn a grocery clerk, or bus driver wage into one of a Government job!  Or guarantee a health care worker that they will never be unprotected by lack of protective gear ever again!

Who knows- maybe even health care itself will be a human right not a privilege as a wise man says.

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Reality as it stands, is bizarre, and for many quite traumatic.  The future is all bound up with every churning of every gear.  Yet the power of Aquarius- is in its realization of interdependence.  The interdependence depends wholly- on the power of the individual.

The individual who, with perfect foresight, can take responsibility of the future.  Even if it’s just their own personal future, they can lead by example.  For the leaders that seek a better future for everyone- let’s hope their eyes are wide open- to the New Normal.

As Always, Happy Astro Pondering.

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A Hunger for the Classic. Jupiter enters Capricorn.

Jupiter made it’s move into Capricorn on Monday, December 2nd, after a year in it’s natural sign of Sagittarius.  Quite the energetic shift.  The reins are being pulled back on the riled up horses.  A new enthusiasm has set in, just in time for Sagittarius Season.  A new enthusiasm for the restraint, cool-headedness, and everything classic.

Walking bass line please.

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Let’s let Jack host this intro.

My words would be so much better here if you picture it being spoken by Jack Nicholson (He has a strongly place Jupiter in Capricorn).

Jupiter in Capricorn is a wild enthusiasm that is cool, calm and under control.  Just beneath that surface is an unbridled gaiety that is just waiting to break out into dance.  But that surface is cool, calm, still and pristine.  What really comes forth is the glimmer.  The glimmer that hints to the wild gaiety within.

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The glimmer of life through the pristine of winter.

What is classic?

What is classic is what is of lasting worth.  What is classic is timeless.  Capricorn is the most classic sign of the zodiac.  It may be bound of in rules and restraint, but it is precisely these rules and restraints that illustrate it’s timeless beauty.  The order of the planets is astounding, yet it is order.  Finding actual order in the life you lead can be of the same profound realization.

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Well me-ow.  Some things do make total sense.

When Jupiter is in Capricorn, finding order provides a healthy dose of spiritual zest.  Rising up to the task at hand to see that it gets done.  Restraining the emotions when they become overdone and vitality-depleting.  Capricorn is cool, calm, detached.  Jupiter in Capricorn is cool, calm, detached and in possession of a wild gaiety (Jack).  We all have an opportunity to tap into our inner Jack Nicholson and cultivate our cool and collected side to kindle the flame of the wild horse within.

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The wild horse within hungry for structure and rules that make sense.

To further see into the archetype of Jupiter in Capricorn here are some other famous people with this natal placement.

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Often described stylistically as bringing old hollywood back, Scarjo gives us look into the classic.

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Timeless beyond words, Charlie Chaplin.  Also a certain seriousness that really let his art of comedy sail high.

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Classic, and similar to Jack with his wild horses of gaiety under cool, calm restraint.

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Walt Disney had Jupiter in Capricorn conjunct Saturn.  His creations are classic and his dreams are on the actual map! 

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Classic Jupiter in Capricorn talk.

The take home message for this new year of Jupiter in Capricorn? 

You are classic, timeless, and joyously solitary (on one level).  Your solitariness puts you straight to your own source of inner-direction.  Find that place of wild gaiety, that crazy horse, and give it some well-structured rules.  Rules that are meant to see it grow responsibly and with a goal in sight.

Delight in the cold snap of reality.  Delight in your own autonomy.  Delight in places where you need to pull back the reigns and establish more order.  Delight in the order and the beauty of the order.

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“The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.”       -Aristotle

Happy astro pondering!

 

 

 

 

3 Ways to Jumpstart your Sagittarius Season!

Sagittarius Season has commenced.  The smell of pine trees find their way into your local shopping mart.  Glimmering lights are beginning to sprout up in the neighborhood.  It’s cold outside, but the inner hearth is warming up.

Here are 3 things you can do to actively engage with the spirited archetype of the Archer!

1. Fire your arrow of attention at positive targets.

When you find yourself in a tailspin of repetitive negative thoughts, the happy horse is here to remind you of your superpower.  You can aim your arrow of attention at another target, one that provides you with a better emotional response.  This is not denial of feeling, this is true maturity.  This is choosing what feelings you would like to see recede into the distance, and what feelings you would like to see come forth.  This is your birthright as a conscious human being.

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The Centaur has immense strength and skillful aim.

2. Soak up the sights of a grand vista!

No other sign knows the importance of wide open spaces like the eager-to-run horse.  Grand open spaces are a release from the pesky details of the day to day that diminish the deeper meanings of life as a whole.  Standing out in an open field, or up on a mountain, or even just outside instead of inside refreshes the mind with an intuition of a greater meaning to life.  Don’t forget to soak up some vista sights!

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Where did those troubles go?

3.  Say yes to the zest!

Eat your food!  Your food for life, which is the zest of living.  If things are becoming too mechanical and meaningless- take a day off!  Your soul needs spiritual food just like your body!

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There you have it.  Onward with the Season of the Horse!

As always, Happy Astro Pondering!

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Claim Your Riches! Full Moon in Taurus on Tuesday, Nov 12th.

The Moon will be full on Tuesday, November 12th in Taurus, the sign in which the Moon is said to be..

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..exalted!

And why is the Moon known to be exalted in this sign?  The sign of earthy abundance?  The sign of storing, of keeping, of holding, of having?

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Taurus is the Torus field.  A self-regulating system of energy.

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Here is a Sunflower going about it’s toroidal flow.

Plants store the energy of the Sun for food.  In this way, it is the holding of the Sun that gives them life.

Taurus is the sign of riches and wealth as well as health and well-being.

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It is no wonder that the image of the Caduceus, seen in doctor’s offices and the dollar bill is none other than a nod too..

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..toroidal flow.

The Torus field of the body is the real wealth.  And who is it that holds the Caduceus again?

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Mercury!  The thinking mind.

And what does the Torus want to store?

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Gold for wealth.

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Gold for health.

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True Gold (joy) for wealth and health!

So on this Full Moon in Taurus- reclaim your riches.  Use your thinking mind to identify the joy in your life and then let yourself really feel it.  If you have to break out into a “yay” definitely do so!  Your Torus forcefield will surely strengthen, and there will be Mooney in your bank!

As always, happy astro pondering!

An Affinity for Lightning! Venus enters Sagittarius!

After a deeply saturated Scorpionic Venus graced our Halloween- she is now ready to hang up her witches hat in favor of untamed electricity!  In fond favor of the freedom to expand this way and that in a flash of brilliance.  The Goddess.. is getting giddy!

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Giddy– up!

Venus is that part within us that says “I prefer this instead of that”.  It is the aesthetic preference always at work, largely operating on a subconscious basis.  The judgement that takes place in our minds at any given moment of the day.  Venus is part sensual (Taurus) and part mental (Libra).  She is not a slave to her preferences because she can think about what is truly best for her, even when it is not the sensual winner.

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“Mmm yes, very nice.. but maybe not for breakfast” -Venus.    *note or maybe YES if she finds good reason!  The scales are always balancing out the rationale!   

When aesthetic preferences inhabit the domain of the Archer, you can expect a leaning towards things of an enthused, optimistic and morally aware nature.  The aesthetics that are looking extra good right now are ones that promise the soul a LIFT.

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It feels good to feel good!

Sagittarius is definitely the high-flying spirited archetype.  The bubbling nature that begins somewhere inside and breaks out into laughter, catching on to others in a wildfire of contagion.  The fire of Sagittarius is a fire that lifts the spirit, as well as gently encouraging it to rise, as with a good spiritual and moral awareness.  To be in tune with the Sagittarian vibe is is to be in tune with a spiritual appetite.  An appetite that is hungry for meaning and real knowledge.

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Sagittarian enthusiasm and learning have always gone hand in hand.

The zest that comes about with Sagittarius joy is a zest that wants more zest.  The fire of the Centaur is the fire of the visionary.  The power of the visionary is to increase an understanding of what is truly vital.  At it’s most central teaching, the visionary understanding is an understanding of life itself.  Something that will never be uninteresting!

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This kind of education can strike in a flash- like lightning!

So pay attention to where your preferences are leaning this next month!  Can you help steer your faithful steed into places of spirited learning?

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The sky is the limit!          (Rene Magritte has Venus in Sagittarius).

Happy astro pondering!