Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 9/21-27, 2020

Sealed with a kiss, it is time to say goodbye to the summer.  Tuesday marks the first day of fall. The Sun goes into Libra the lover, with all the mystery of the other.  The equinox brings the phenomenon of equal day and night- will you try to stand an egg?  9:30 am is the official time for here in the  Eastern part of the US, if you care to give it a go.  Only during the equinox is the Earth’s axis not tilting toward or away from the Sun.  It is very bizarre to think of this only coming down to two moments of each passing year.  Egg or not it’s worth a pause of receptivity.  What will you notice during this rare World event?  Every other moment we stand upon a tilted Earth.  In her style of leaning, she blesses us with the Seasons!  In her spirit of duality she is leaning.  Instead of perfection there is a striving.

Fall has begun!  That “Second Spring” in the words of Albert Camus, “where every leaf is a flower.”  People are drawn from all over to get a literal peep.  Better get out those sweaters, and favor those flavors, of cinnamon, clove, apple and spice!  After all the primordial apple is wrapped up in the Fall- be it the fall of gravity on Newton’s dozing head, or the fall of innocence in a paradise garden.  Snow white took a fall when she bit her apple, into a deep slumber, only to be awakened by true loves kiss.  The crisp snap of an apple is the bold outline of Romantic Reality.  To acknowledge a Fall, and rise from it.  Falling down on the ground?  Well you must rise up again.  Falling asleep?  Well you must rise in the morning.  Falling in love?  Well, you must rise to cultivate that love and help it grow.  To Fall is to anticipate a rise.  Choose a course of action.  Make distinctions about what will and won’t work. This is the esoteric root of Libra’s freedom in decision-making.  Decision which means to “cut off” one route from another.  Perhaps that’s why King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged in Avalon, the island of apples.

Mercury the planet of perception in it’s final week of Libra- the apple of the eye used to mean the pupil; the zero-index blackness of in-drawing images.  A place where the world is translated upside-down. Cutting-edge and romantic.  Apples have always had a knack for being cutting edge, whether of the eye or the iphone.  As Cezanne declared, “give me an apple, and I will astonish Paris!”

Venus, the love Goddess, who makes pretty pentagrams in the sky, like the ones found in apples.  Wouldn’t it be she who took the first forbidden bite.  Now in Leo, the sign of the Sun, she imitates as a Morning Star. Rising like a true Romantic, who first had to acknowledge a fall.

Mars, the red hot planet in red hot aries and retrograde.  Fire.  The terror and the power.  Days of hazy skies.  The fire behind our appled eyes.  The principal of action, behind every moment of perception.   

Jupiter, the planet of heights, stationed direc in Capricorn, the sign of the world.  Serious-Saturn and Metamorphosis-Pluto also in Capricorn, its easy to feel as though the world really is upside-down.  Good thing the Fall favors Romance, which lives on heights, and chooses hope in spite of despair.  As Abraham Lincoln said, “Teach hope to all, despair to none.”

Uranus, the most leaning of all planets, in bountiful Taurus.  Leaning with awareness, and learning from the seasons of your own life.

Neptune in Pisces, the low-dose poison in the center of the apple rendering its beauty all the more sublime.

The Moon

The Moon will be in Scorpio for half of Monday the last day of Summer, sprinkling some last bit of secrets into the wide open air.  Look for mist and nature winking back at you.

By 3:30 and through most of Wednesday she will be waxing crescent in Sagittarius- the high flying horse.  Fond of apples, the Horsey Moon welcomes in the Autumn Equinox on Tuesday and the air contains the potential for major lift off.  Lift off of spirits that is, if the right perspective is gleaned.  Fall, with all of it’s associations with melancholy challenge our powers of optimism.  As Emerson said “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

By 7pm Wednesday and a new Season in full swing, the Moon waxes into it’s first quarter in Capricorn through Friday.  Learn to love those bold outlines of your life.  Those boundaries that allow you to create more freedom.  The crisp snap of apple otherness– that keeps you from sinking into too much subjective seawater! 

The weekend hosts a waxing gibbous Aquarius Moon, always potent for breakthrough as it is the sign of the times.  Strong winds are likely- crescendoing the song of the trees.  Changing in color, escalating in song, what can trees tell us that we’ve known all along, about our true nature, as artist and seer, evolving this way to be ever more freer.

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for 9/14-20, 2020

It’s the final full week of Virgo Season and a New Moon is approaching.  The night sky at the beginning of the week will show the New Moon in the Old Moon’s arms- so to speak-as the dark New Moon sits in the welcoming light of the waning crescent.  This is perceived thanks to the phenomenon of Earthlight; the diffuse reflection of sunlight from the earth’s surface and clouds.  Also known as the Moon’s “ashen glow” Earthlight is quiet with potency, similar to a certain seasonal archetype we might know.  Yes Virgo, the quiet maiden, an earth sign, who’s light is the thoughtful and wholesome one of contemplation.  Absorbed in contemplation, she is undivided in wholeness and vibrant in the long-forgotten true spirit of leisure.

In his book, Leisure, the Basis of Culture, philosopher Josef Pieper points out that the ancient Greek word for leisure was schole, which produced the latin word scola, where we get our english word school.  This was also their word for learning institutions.  Schools were more settings of leisure, contemplation and celebration, then competitive deadlines and hurried eating.  Their word for work was “aschola” meaning “not at leisure”.  Nowadays leisure is looked at more as an unlikely indulgence if we are lucky enough to nab a few moments of free time- and even then- did we really immerse ourselves in that nice Virgo Earthlight of oneness-with-the-universe, by choice of delicious contemplation?  Did we manage to sit by the dock of the bay, watching the clouds roll in?  

After all it is these moments, as Pieper points out, that great discoveries are made, be it Galileo watching the pendulum swing in a cathedral or Archimides screaming eureka in the bathtub.  Virgo connects to the widest reaches of the all, in her quite joys of leisure and contemplation.  

Pieper explains that leisure is not the mere absence of activity.  He says, “it is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness.”

Virgo’s peace comes from this very alive place, of total absorption and immersion into a moment.  Delicious and golden.  Electronegative as the earth, or a waterfall.  Exquisite and simple.  As children’s author Dodie Smith said, “contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”

Mercury, the seasonal planet of perception sails through the open airs of calming Libra. Soft eyes towards the wider skies, as the serene trickster makes a dynamic square to Jupiter, the limitless wide open blue of optimism.  

Venus the romantic sweetheart in Leo, the sign the Sun, who’s rays reach out to all of life with bountiful joy and affirmation.  Josef Pieper said that “Leisure lives on affirmation”.  and further that “the most sublime form of affirmation of the world as a whole is the fountainhead of leisure.”

Mars retrograde deep in Aries, the sign of the dawn.  Here in the Eastern part of the US, the dawn makes for the best chances to catch a glimpse of the Moon’s Earthlight. The retrograde red hot will, in a rare moment of contemplation, where is the action best directed after all?  And what’s that other gorgeous sparkling light in the morning sky?  Why it’s Mars’ true love, Venus, winking back at him, reminding him of the cohesive powers of fire, that hold everything together from above.  An eagerness transforms into a fiery trust of intuition. 

Jupiter direct approaches Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn– a pragmatic optimism marches forth towards a summit of transformative self-reliance.  As Pieper said of the contemplative person, “he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing.” 

Uranus in Taurus– The restorative electronegativity of the earth

Neptune in Pisces- An ocean of emotion efficiently absorbed in moments of leisurely contemplation.    

The Moon

The Moon begins the week waning crescent in Leo, the sign of the child.  A young and innocent sign in an old wise Moon.  The wealth of knowledge that children can teach us about the true spirit of leisure.  As Heraclitus said long long ago, “time is a game played beautifully by children.” 

Tuesday and Wednesday host an ever slimming Virgo Moon.  The New Moon in the old Moon’s arms.  Can you see the ashen glow?  And feel a love-inspired need to know?

By 7am Thursday morning the Moon is New in Virgo.  Moon, Sun and Earth align with all of their gravitational forces joining together.  The tides rise, pulling the waters of our dreams and feelings upward, all in the contemplative key of Virgo.  With a supportive trine from Saturn, the planet of world.  Virgo’s earth lit mind taking the world in as a whole.  An orientation towards the whole of existence, from where you are now, in this very moment.  Nothing else needed.  Just an attentiveness, a loving attainment of awareness.

By 3pm she begins to wax the thinnest crescent in Libra, the sign of balance.  In a day whose primary engine is in making a living, a balance must be struck to, in Pieper’s words “reclaim our human dignity”. His manifesto for leisure was published a mere year after the term “workaholic” was first coined in Canada.  See what balance you can begin to cultivate, with eyes turned upward towards the wide open blue.

By Saturday afternoon she waxes crescent in Scorpio, the sign of power, and we have an Old Moon in the New Moon’s arms.  New with a profound sense of power.  Philosopher Colin Wilson says that all real power is spiritual power, or feeling-power, just as all experience is feeling-experience. Human dignity reclaimed and a crisp breeze through the trees, reoriented to wholeness, a mind finally sees, how its growing, in knowing and loving to know, in the Aquarian age, lets see where this goes! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for 9/7-9/13, 2020

On the heels of a Labor Day weekend, Virgo Season is in full swing.  Labor Day appropriately falls on the Season of the Maiden, herself deeply associated with work. But her work continues just as well off the clock.  Her work is motivated by objective feedback, and most importantly a growth mindset, a mindset that embraces failure as useable information to find new ways of succeeding.  She worries less about appearing to be smart and puts more energy into learning.  As Michelangelo said at 87 years of age “I am still learning.”

Whether at home or in public, students are now preparing their brains to stretch and change as lessons are grappled with and new abilities are formed.  The humility of the Virgin is truly an evolutionary strategy- always with an eye turned towards improvement, she understands the true dynamic plastic nature of the brain, and it’s natural evolution that supports further freedoms.

Cerebrum and cerebellum have a root prefix of Ceres, the grain goddess, a character who in Greek myth went through profound spiritual an emotional change through the challenging turns of her life.  Ceres is latin for wax, a synonym for growth, as well as a precious substance that furnishes the leaves of an evergreen tree- keeping it forever young and vital.  Ceres motto may as well be resilience through change!  Which brings us to another word for education, a German word, popularized through the writings and lifestyle of Goethe.  Its a fantastic word that is fun to say.  The word is: Bildung! 

Bildung means learning and education but also implies a maturity that comes from the cultivation of self.  The classroom is the arena of life, that teaches through experience.  It is existential and poetic!

Just as grapes that struggle produce the finest wines, brains that struggle and embrace learning produce the finest minds!  As Voltaire said, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”  Sticking with something, despite it’s challenges or difficulties actually changes the game! New pathways are constructed and new neurons are born.   

New and true as the wide open blue.  Not a feeling, an objective truth!  The brain is like wax.  

Growth is inevitable- but because the brain is like wax, there is an invitation to intentionally sculpt this growth- and begin your Bildung!  As Goethe said, “By seeking and blundering, we learn.”

Mercury, the sign of perception is moving into new air this week, in the harmonizing sign of Libra.  It’s a fresh breath of air, a call to a harmonizing of the mind,  alluring and intriguing.  As Marcel Proust wrote, “My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.”

Venus moving through the early degrees of Leo, the love Goddess in the warm sign of the heart.  The togetherness of growth, be it an herb or a thought- that which grows together goes together, and that which fires together wires together!  The romantic reality of cultivated growth!  Goethe said, “Love does not dominate, it cultivates.” 

Mars in the late degrees of Aries and taking a turn for the retrograde on Wednesday.  The warrior of will, headstrong with intent, taking another look at the map- is his forward true forward? 

Jupiter the sign of education, moves direct  on Saturday, after being retrograde for 4 months!  In real-world Capricorn, the Archer will wait no longer, to turn setbacks into learning opportunities.  Discontentment has a purpose- and that is to feel that urge to grow!  

Let the Bildung continue!  As it will soon come into conjunction with both cold-snap Saturn and underground Pluto- a growth mindset is key!  As an African proverb goes, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

Uranus in Taurus- the widening awareness of your abilities, from the Maiden’s growth-oriented viewpoint.

Neptune in Pisces- the sea of subjectivity, often un-smooth, to make for skillful sailors, on their paths of Bildung.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week in Taurus, waning gibbous like a luxurious sigh- complimenting Labor Day with it’s heavy earth vibes.  Enjoy the education of doing nothing if you can!  As the Italians call it, Il Dolce Far Niente!  The sweetness of doing nothing. 

Waning still in Taurus on Tuesday, by the early evening she shape shifts into Gemini, sparking curious subconscious questions that move about like fireflies.  The forest of subconscious mind is open and a glitter in the sign of the whimsical Twins through Wednesday and Thursday.  Some of these fireflies might stand out, and seek integration into the Bildung.  GK Chesterton said “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid.”

Friday and Saturday host a thinner yet Cancer Moon, the sign of Mother, the original teacher.  Patience and sensitivity are her best tools, tuning-in to her children to best support their budding individuality.  A tuned-in Mood will accompany Jupiter’s forward movement on Saturday.  Tuned-in to a burst of optimism, that knows the brain by its true name- Ceres!  Wax!  Resilience through growth!

Sunday midday we have a waning Leo Moon, cozying up to Venus.  A real Sunday.  Bright with appetite.  An appetite to know and grow.  Unlike the Moon, the Sun never wanes. Unlike a mood, life always remains- devoted to growing, and learning and knowing.  From this perspective, a Bildung starts flowing! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for the week August 31- September 6, 2020

Summer days are numbered to the tune of 3 more weeks as we head into the month of September- the question arises, can we make it a September to remember?

Perhaps this week’s Full Moon might get us started.  This Full Corn Moon will enchant in Pisces- watch for its signature hue of mystical indigo!  Indigo, cobalt, azure and even turquoise find their expression in the  Corn of the Hopi Native Americans. The Hopi’s tradition of planting Corn is truly deep rooted.  For 2,000 years they have brought their children out to the fields to teach them the ways of cultivating corn in the hot and dry Southwestern climates.  They plant their corn deeper, to catch the moisture from the winter’s melted snow, which lies further below the surface.  The Hopi corn has learned to shoot one strong root downward, searching for water.  

Perhaps its this deep and forgotten water in which the Piscean fish swim that bestows in it that gorgeous blue– that health of blue- those anthocyanins that bring about new neurons in the mind- new life into life.

The daily ways of the Hopi are more than routine- they are ritual.  Seeing the world as a gift, and time as experienced, not used.  They are rich with ceremony- Stable in their existence- united in community and in harmony with their environment.

Virgo Season is a time of paying more attention to the day in and day out.  Her strength is in knowing what is of significance- so the mundane can be transmuted to the magnificent.  So roots can learn to plunge ever the more downward in search of water- and existence can be stable and purposeful.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy.” 

Mercury moves through its final days in Virgo- perception is hungry for simple significance- keys that fit into the right locks- and open doors to a lifestyle more sturdy, that ultimate integrates the farthest yearnings of the heart.  As Muhammad Ali said “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”

By Saturday the trickster trades in its notebook for a colorful scarf, and glides into Libra- the sign of conceptual beauty.  Look for synchronicity in places of complimentary relationships.

Venus, the Love Goddess in her final week of Cancer- and in tense relationship to serious Saturn and fiery Mars.  As a truck I recently spotted displayed in big bold letters “Feel your feelings baby”- Don’t miss the opportunity for deep water to reach that downward root- nourishing a life more sturdy.  The Hopi have a proverb: “Don’t be afraid to cry.  It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.”

The Goddess just wants you to hear her song- that speaks in Ocean about where you belong. By Sunday, water dries on sunny rocks as the Goddess ingresses golden Leo.  Refreshed, renewed, and ready to be seen.

Mars in the latest degrees of Aries, The alpha of the A- the A in the day- the beginning as well as the centrality- the Life of the day in the daily ritual.  As the Hopi have said “Take a breath of the new dawn and make it a part of you.” 

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto retrograde and near each other in Capricorn- Learning from the past to make room for rebirth.  

Uranus in Taurus and trining the Sun- a stable existence, a day rightly begun!

Neptune in Pisces- the new life in the blue

The Moon

The Moon starts the week off in Aquarius, where it spent most of the weekend.  Bigger now with its prized gift of awareness, this Moon sheds light where light seldom gets shed.  Eyes wide open, it bids adieu to August!

By Tuesday our Mother Moon waxes towards fullness- exact on Wednesday 1:22 am, which makes both Tuesday and Wednesday’s night sky an excellent backdrop.  The Full Corn Moon- Full in Pisces, the sign of the Mystic.  A wealth of ancestry as experience continues to accumulate into what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious.  Consider putting a bare foot to the Virgo ground one of these nights, and even if this ground is as landlocked as can be, see if you can, in Van Morrison’s words “smell the sea and feel the sky”.  The Hopi have a proverb, “all dreams spin out from the same web.”  There’s that sturdiness again.  Sturdy with life and connectedness, we can sail into the Mystic with barefoot on solid fertile ground.

By Thursday, a young Aries Moon raises it’s head, a bit wobbly with its sea-legs, but eager to get started on the day, and choose a ritual that supports his dynamic state of becoming.  

By Sunday, the same day that Venus enters Leo, we have a stable Taurus Moon.  Love is in the Sun and the Moon grows with slowness.

Slowing down to spot those places of magnificent significance!  The mystical simplisticty of the day in day out.  

Will it be a September to remember?  And were we borne before the wind?  

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for the week of Monday August 24th through Sunday August 30th

Virgo Season has begun, with its specific charm so homespun.  In the evenings you may notice an increase of space between the crickets chirps as the temperature starts to drop.  Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add 37- the number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.  The complexities of nature become astonishingly simplified by Virgo and her science.  From her close-up and studious vantage point, she peers into eternity.

Teilhard de Chardin describes evolution as process that leads to increasing complexity, and with this increase of complexity also comes an increasing of the “within”, a certain interiority, which forms the basis for all our knowledge- a consciousness, a spirituality, call it what you may.  On Virgo’s opposite end swim the fish of  eternity- the place of poetry and dreams.   Science measures the treasures of mystery- and the complexity finds its unity in simplified understanding.  Poetry does a similar thing but in reverse- as it takes the likeness of a moment, simple as it may be, and elevates it to what feels like a rightful divine status.  From mundane to miraculous.

Virgo Season is ripe with moments- small little droplets of time- measurements of life itself.  As novelist Cesare Pavese wrote “We never remember days, only moments.”

Moments are absorbed into memory, as sure as nutrients are absorbed into the body.

Moments are classified by the most authentic of scientists, who are in touch with the sacred privacy of their own interiority – their own inner space- constantly expanding as an appetite for learning increases.

Virgo days are comprised of complexity and simplicity.  In the most modest of moments may come floods of understanding- in the most complicated of scenes may come tranquility of thought.  Simple and complex- she wouldn’t have it any other way.  As Virgo Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said “Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.”

The science of that space between the crickets chirps may measure the temperature, but the poetry of the space elevates the moment- as the silence caresses a busied mind.

As Rumi said “In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

Mercury, the planet of mind is strong and adaptable in its seasonal sign of Virgo.  Moving into a supportive trine aspect with the great awakener Uranus- a flexible outlook may lead to a breakthrough in understanding- as you make headway with the powers of Virgo-adaptability.  As writer Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand wrote “Like a kingfisher I have made my nest on the waves.”

Venus moving deeper into the waters of Cancer and receiving supportive aspects from both Jupiter and Neptune- the Goddess supported by Sky and Sea- is there nothing that love can’t do or be?  Chardin saw Love to be the agent of universal synthesis- and that with every increasing evolutionary complexity comes the growing unity of Love and consciousness.    

Mars representing the only fire in the sky- burning hot in the late degrees of Aries and making a dynamic square to Saturn.  An eager Will in a barroom brawl with Time itself.  Who will win? Maybe time will tell.  Maybe will will will.  Will ultimately comes out pretty strong over the dominion of time as long as we hold true to the power of the moment.  As Abraham Maslow said “I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act.”

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto all in Capricorn and retrograde- Pattern, Law, and Transformation all in the sign of Standards. A growing human race of complexity, a growing center of compassionate unity- Laws and Patterns that are in need of timely transformation.

Uranus in Taurus- the value of a moment

Neptune in Pisces- the growing space of within.

The Moon

The Moon starts the week off a waxing crescent in Scorpio, the sign of magic.  In the Season of the Maiden, this is simple magic, everyday magic, the beyond-logic realm of connectedness- encircling everyone with its web homespun.  Choose a thread, any thread, look at it but don’t tell anyone!

By Tuesday the Moon reaches its first quarter in Sagittarius, the high-flying horse of zest.  The sense of unity that comes form these elevated vantage-points, when patterns are perceived in full, and the business and noise seem so far away.  Such  a lifted perspective encourages optimism and sense of unity- The upward nature of fire and the cohesive nature of Love. 

By Thursday afternoon the Moon continues to wax gibbous in Capricorn, the sign of time and mastery.  Thomas Mann said “Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject.”  In these late days of Summer, Virgo lights our sight with a snap of attentiveness- deeply absorbed in her orderly instincts- she flows naturally towards a goal of mastery, just as water molecules form beautiful hexagons under the influence of the cold.    

By Saturday night the Moon goes into Aquarius- the only air in the astrological line up!  The sign of Man- the water bearer- the consciousness sharer- the awakening awarer- Separating from the crowd while at the same time merging with a greater humanity- Complex with originality, simple with a shared human flame- As an interiority increases so does a range of response, an expanding spontaneity, a freedom of vision. Maybe in moments, we can experience shifts towards the Aquarian Age, as Consciousness grows and unites.

As Colin Wilson wrote, “Man does not yet exist.”

As Always, happy astro pondering

Metaphorcast for the week of Monday August 17th through Sunday August 23rd

The poet Robert Graves famously said “theres no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.”

Leo Season will be coming to a close this week- but as the Lion looks back over his shoulder, and a New Moon approaches, the eternal Cat comments; there used to be at least a little more poetry in money- 

For money used to by tied to gold- before Nixon abandoned the gold standard in ’71- and gold possesses a poetic and lustrous authenticity that has captivated hearts for centuries. The soft reflections of gold seem to light up from within itself- mimicking the Sun- hinting at the divine- gleaming like eyes do when love is being shown.

Graves himself was a Leo- owning the heart of a Lion, a heart that is clear on its need for authenticity.  Gold is authentic, unless its not, in which case its fools gold that a fool must have bought. But to be real it must be authentic.  To be truly valuable it must be true to itself.  It must be known to itself, as echoes the words inscribed above Apollos Temple of Delphi. 

The dimming of Leo Season is the brightening of a New kind of Light- that of Virgo- the sign of humility, who’s Season begins on Saturday!  With Humility, true authenticity can rise- like a good leader, like an open heart.

Humility invites transparency- with nothing to hide- the light of the gold is shining forth from within- like Truth itself- wholehearted and sincere- effortless in its radiance.   

Gustav Klimt, who’s gold-infused painting The Kiss will continue to steal countless hearts into the future, said “Truth is like fire; to tell the truth means to glow and burn.”

Throughout history people have trusted gold to be worthy..

To trust in your own heart is an investment like no other, as you humbly listen to the authenticity of your dreams, the soft-glow of your heart’s truth.

Virgo Season knows that behind the Lion’s loud roar is an inner voice of the heart- gold with authenticity- just needing to be listened to.

As Leo Tolstoy said “Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

The truth of gold finds real meaning in experience- and thus has the capacity to transform the past into something of real worth.  In this way, the future can change the past. 

Sometimes the luster of meaning can’t be readily seen in an experience.  It may take looking at it from another angle to catch that dashing gleam of light.

As Emerson said “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.”

Mercury will be conjunct the Sun early in the week, with the Moon closing in as well.  In Leo, The planet of mind in the fire of the heart. William James said “Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says ‘This is the real me’ and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”

With a trine to Mars in Aries, the mind is enthusiastically supported by the root in tooting Will- the true warrior of the Sun- the devotion to motion- no matter how small- your own shining dawn- that presides over all.

By wednesday- the trickster trades in it’s Mane for a farmers hat- and with humility, finds constructive work for the golden appetite of that inner voice.

Venus Swims on into the matrix of Cancer, the matrix of the matrix itself, the mother of the mother, origin of origin, gentle because there is no other way to get in touch with such sacred truth- The Silver of Cancer longs to trust the Gold of Leo- the subconscious of mind longs to be lead but the bright consciousness of day.

Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all near each other in Capricorn and retrograde- a revisiting on our faith in standards- are they tied to the gold>?  Is there authenticity behind the rules we live by?  Are the most authentic of voices being heard? 

Uranus in Taurus- a revolution of value- led by the quiet and resonant inner voice-

Neptune in Pisces- New visions of currency

The Moon

The Moon will be waning the smallest crescent on Monday, in Leo and by Tuesday it will turn transparent into novelty.  The New Leo Moon is the ability of gold to become transparent- as it is the most malleable of all metals.  The alchemists vision to turn lead into Gold- is the same vision to turn 11Time into something malleable- The lustrous lamp of Leo Light does just this- as it allows meaning to be unearthed- and seen- at the right angle- and thus transform time itself into a new history- one that supports the vision of the future- where the past is actually worth something- and the state of becoming is held lovingly in the maternal arms of the past.

By Wednesday, the same day that Mercury goes into Virgo- the Moon will as well- as the Season readies itself for the Maidens new Light.  The traditional color of Leo yellow turns yellow Green for Virgo- as, with humble eyes, the focus now shifts to the earth and its bounty- the keeper of the Sun- the breezy leaves that digest the Gold- for our starry senses to behold.  As Quaker leader William Penn said, “Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility.”

Friday welcomes a Libra Moon, which will continue to wax crescent through Saturday- the first day of Virgo Season.  Libra Moons bathe the subconscious in a thirst for aesthetics- Use the simple light of Virgo consciousness to quench this thirst with natural ease.  Get outside- of the house- of your head!  As Walt Whitman wrote, “A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.”

By Sunday, a Scorpio Moon grows with intensity and sets Virgo Season off with a potent earth-magic atmosphere!  Look for the hidden signatures of eternity- the digestion and recreation of the Sun’s precious light- the fibonacci of relational power- as life allows itself to be influenced and inspired to create itself again, a little different, but with ultimate reverence to the Sun- a lustrous tune which must be sung!

As always happy astro pondering!

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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