Metaphorcast 11/23-29, 2020

Over the weekend we had a Seasonal shift, from Scorpio’s realm to Sagittarius’ lift.  What did we learn in the profound outerbounds, in the deep zone of our bones where truth hangs around?  What comes next?  After an encounter with such mystery?

French surrealist artist Yves Klein said, “At first there is nothing, then there is a profound nothingness, after that a blue profundity.”

At the age of 19 Klein and his two friends, the artist Arman and composer Claude Pascal, lay on a beach in Southern France.  They decided to divide the world between themselves.  Pascal chose words, Arman chose the Earth, and Klein chose the sky.  

What ensued was a life-long obsession and devotion to the color blue.  Signing the sky with his hand, he committed to a quest to reach the far side of the infinite.  He saw that unlike other colors that arouse specific associative ideas, blue at most suggests the sea and sky, and thus is “beyond dimension.”

Sagittarius Season celebrates this sense of blue.  Beyond dimension.  A place to dream, and feel a full sense of vitality.  Though it’s true that November is known more for it’s falling temperature, the horse insists on acknowledging this place of blue space; this high of open sky.

Goethe, in his theory of colors, saw the blue sky to be the darkness of space, lit up by the presence of sunlight in our atmosphere.  The deep space of beyond lit up before our eyes, with each waking day under the blue of the skies.  But what of the deep space that exists from within, does it too become lightened,  a blue sky built-in?

An inner blue sky, lightened with optimism, hope and acknowledgment.  Beyond just a knowing, a showing of knowing. 

You know the music is good, from the depths of the dark, but nodding your head acknowledges this spark.  That joke is funny says the depths of you, but laughing acknowledges this fact to be true!  Darkness made light, in the truth of the blue.  From knowledge to acknowledgment, a major breakthrough!

With Thanksgiving on thursday, acknowledgment will rise, with appreciation to those we have loved for so long.  The spirit of appreciation, the sweetest of songs. William James saw the craving of appreciation to be the deepest principle of human nature.  Be generous with it in this skyward Season.  

The planets are short on air this week.  Social and connected air.  Holidays for most will be celebrated remote.  With both Mercury and Venus in Scorpio, communication and relating is not short on depth.  Over the phone or online, connection is primed, to make up for these distances of space and timezone, with a sense of belonging, Scorpio’s powerful lodestone.  And even if no socialization occurs, tune into a place, that makes your blood stir. Earth magic abounds from its depths and yours too, from a profound nothingness to the profundity of blue! 

Venus will oppose the great awakener Uranus in the bountiful earth of Taurus.  William Blakes thankful receiver who “bears a plentiful harvest.”

Mars moving onward from the middle of Aries, no other direction better for such energy.  Must be the Season of the horse, with those wide open plains, the galvanized Will grips gladly the reigns!  

Ready to check him are Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, who continue in Capricorn a most hyper-real pattern.  Empowered hope and strong practicality, looming threats and good news in the same actuality.  As Robert Frost said, “the best way out is always through.”

Neptune in Pisces, the sea-chariot that navigates a blue inner-sky.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week waxing gibbous in the later degrees of Pisces.  Saturated with imaginative potential, be open to nuance, suggestion and subtlety- new roads of dreams are paved with discovery!

On Tuesday, original day of Mars, she will grow into Aries by mid morning.  In the Season of Blue skies, a redness bursts forth.  The connection of action to a home-base of hearth.  As Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.”

This kindred fire of Moonlight grows through most of Thanksgiving day.  Big and bold this Aries Moon, singing in red a mysterious tune; of memory, family, belonging and desire.  Towards what does your wolf-like yearning aspire?  Joyce Carol Oates called the blood “memory without language.”

By Friday as Venus receives her strongest electric wave from Uranus, the Moon, moving into luxurious Taurus, wants in on the act.  A sensual relaxing yet altogether lively signature, much like the way Goethe described the color blue.  In his words, “This color has a peculiar and almost indescribable effect on the eye.  As a hue it is powerful- but it is on the negative side, and in its highest purity is, as it were, a stimulating negation.  Its appearance, then, is a kind of contradiction between excitement and repose.”

Perhaps it is this blue energy that prompts Neptune to finally station to move direct, on Saturday, after nearly 5 months of retrograde.  The stimulating negation, the effortless creation, of a dream.

By Sunday midday she waxes extremely gibbous in Gemini, and there is at last, air in the planetary line-up.  Perspective and ease of rationality, a lightness perhaps or just some good old fashioned fresh air.  She moves towards being not only a Full Moon, but a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, in sparkling Gemini, the dance of the Twins.  This event will be exact the following Monday, at 4 am, so both nights will be excellent opportunities to view it.  

As a Lunar Eclipse, the earth will be in between the Sagittarian Sun and the Gemini Moon, casting an earth Shadow, darkening the light, likely casting a coppery-red tone.  In the Season of lightened darkness, we have a darkened brightness.  The Twins laugh with delight.   Use the youthful energy of Gemini Moonbeams, to acknowledge possibilities that are yet to be seen.  Shine the light on just one and create something new.  And Gemini loves words, especially the ones that need to be heard.  Acknowledge another, with a kind-hearted word, it may kindle music from happiness’ blue bird.  

From granted to gracious, life gets more spacious.  

Yves Klein wrote his name on the sky, painting monochrome surfaces to see with his own eyes- an “absolute freedom”  (his words exact).  For the horse, it’s a wide open space that attracts.

As always, happy astro pondering

Metaphorcast 11/16-22, 2020

Abe Lincoln said “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”

As thinking and social creatures, we are often reminded of the merits of a flexible mind.  It is good to be open minded, and curious about another viewpoint, and willing to learn from others as well as our mistakes.

Its good to be flexible in body- and grab a stretch where we can, take in some yoga or a brisk walk in the Autumn air.

But flexibility ceases to be of value when it comes to our principles.  For any progress to be made, principles are to be fixed upon a north star of truth.  As Henry Ward Beecher said “We cannot afford to build on the shifting sands.”

True to form, this Scorpio Season has been intense with passion.  The Seasonal planet Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and will continue its voyage until 2024.  The profound realizations of Pluto has a generational impact, as a deep sense of knowing slowly grows.  Capricorn is the most inflexible sign of the zodiac.   The Sea Goat strives to secure our principles, and see them rooted in a real place of truth.  Principles must be strong just like our bones, like the ancient Pyramids made out of stone!

And its not enough just to know our principles.  As children of the Sun we must love them as well.  They must be built into our hearts, and give coherence to our lives. And this too isn’t enough, we must then go on to build these loving principles into the hearts of our children.  As FDR said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future.”

Within our fabulous inflexible bones there exists a strange and mysterious zone, where our very blood is born again new, in the depths of our bones, where we know what rings true. This is the space of Scorpio, oh what a season it’s been.  Come the weekend we’ll shift into a more spirited light, the blood becomes trained to be strong and fight.  In the Thymus, the Thumos, Plato’s spirited white horse; the energy of hope, a strong electrified force!  

What truth became clear in this Scorpio Season.  Will it give spirit to Thumos in this New Horsey Season?

Those inflexible bones, the backbone of integrity.  A most welcoming wholeness and strong undividedness.  A spirited hopeful and thoughtful uprightedness.  In the Aquarian-age, the body part of the ankles truly comes into light.  Beyond an instinctive kick that found its way in the womb, the Aquarian-ruled ankles support us, when that early-life magic moment is right.  To take a chance, stand and walk upright.

The torch of the Sun will be passed from truth-seeking Scorpio into the lift off of Sagittarius’ strong fiery spirit come the weekend.  There two respective planets at last separating, as Jupiter moves onward away from Pluto.  Guided by profound and spirited connection to principle.  Moving on and up. 

Mercury, the thinking planet, in the throws of Scorpio, and opposite the Great Awakener Uranus.  Seeing in the dark, yet with the Promethean light, of foresight and awareness.

Venus in the latest degrees of Libra, and receiving squares aspects from Pluto Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn.  A sense of fairness and rest coming only with a clarification of principle.  As the poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude, and bond.”

By the Weekend, with that new Sagittarian Sun, she’ll rebirth into Scorpio, with a glow that will stun.  

Mars at last stationed to move direct- after a two-month-long retrograde.  Forward movement coming slow sure and steady – authentic like gold, in a holding heart, the genius of bold and the instinct to start.

Neptune in Pisces, John Keat’s unheard melodies sweeter than those that are heard.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week growing eagerly in the later degrees of Sagittarius.  A preview of the incoming Season.  A mood that hardly needs a reason to feel that magical spark of hope.  When from the flint the spark is free, it takes on it’s horsey tendencies, to run wild with zest in a fire-blast of spirit- dashing in a distance so vast, can you hear it?

By Tuesday late morning she’s still young in first quarter, in Capricorn, those dear principles that give your life order! A time opportune to commune with this mood- William Wordsworth’s “Inward eye/ The bliss of solitude.”  

By Thursday later afternoon she grows on in Aquarius- just to make sure that the last days of Scorpio are to the backdrop of a mood of Freedom-seeking.  Are any more foundations in need of a shaking?  Anything deep down inside still a-quaking?  Bob Dylan’s ghost of electricity howling in the bones of her face- let it revive and find a new open space!

With bold electricity the Aquarius Moon welcomes in the new Sagittarian Sun King on Saturday late afternoon.  Zeus abounds with lighting bolt in hand, applauding our spirits as they expand.  A brand new day in every way.  From depths to the heights, the true to the blue.  

By late evening, a Pisces Moon grows with finesse, with sweet unheard melody that yearns to express- a wholeness of spirit in these upright of creatures, as artists and scientists, lovers and teachers!

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast 11/9-15, 2020

Into the umbra of the umbra we go, as the Season progresses in Scorpio.  Passions run hot as fiery stars as Pluto squares both Venus and Mars.  Pluto, Scorpio’s planet, on the outer bounds of our solar system, lives in the shadows as books won’t even list him.  His other location is so deep down inside, that integrity crumbles if he’s too long denied.  He is the pre-life of life and it’s regeneration, the wakeful hum of a lively vibration.

Venus and Mars traveling as true opposites now, in their native signs of Libra and Aries.  In their polarity, they evoke a fight for peace.  Venus paints a concept of rest, and fairness, in the sweeps of the horizon for all to see and behold.  Mars reddens the blood with instinct to take risks and go forth in the name of what was beheld in that horizon.  Passions are unleashed.  Unhinged. 

Galileo Galilei called Passion “the genesis of genius”.  Voltaire said it was “the winds which fill the sails of the vessel”.  Van Gogh said that he “would rather die of passion than of boredom.”

Van Gogh’s passion burned bright, as a painter and seer, but it also propelled him to cut of his ear!  For balance in times of a passionate season, its good to make room for the role of reason! 

Benjamin Franklin said “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”  Spirited Jupiter and rule-abiding Saturn join Pluto in Capricorn’s pragmatic gift of reason.  This is the sign that knows how to steer, making sure that our passions don’t lopsidedly veer.  With reason on our side, passion maintains its stride.  As Emerson said “passion though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”

The trickster of mind, Mercury, moves into the Seasonal vortex of Scorpio on Tuesday after a heady trek in Libra.  Seeing now is more infrared-based, like the night vision of cats.  We steer with poise and mysterious confidence.

Uranus in real and texturized Taurus, the Aquarian Age will not be trivialized.

Neptune in Pisces trines our Seasonal Sun, the heart of the dreamer in everyone, the pre-life of life and its regeneration.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week in Virgo, waning crescent with maturity.  Her spirit of improvement channeling the fires of passion into an avenue of strategy.  A moonlit path for her bare feet to touch.

By Wednesday she wanes slighter in Libra, tipping the scales of passion towards the scales itself, that world of otherness.  More you less me, but in you I see, me in ways I could not before see!  As Rimbaud said “I is another.”

By Friday midday, she wanes on into Scorpio, where she will vanish as New in the earliest hours of Sunday morning.  As the tides rise she deepens into her treasured abyss.  The umbra of the umbra, the prelife of life and its regeneration.  The stardust that makes the life of a nation.  Who’s passions collide like the stars in the sky, the same stars that a captain must fix his eye.  

The very next day Mars at last moves direct- full speed ahead and all hands on deck!

The Moon will wax crescent in Sagittarius by midday Sunday.  The thinnest smile in the sky hinting at the power of optimism.  A sturdy optimism, pragmatically wed, between passion and reason, the heart and the head.  

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast 11/2- 11/8, 2020

November has begun with the thinning of the Sun.  The gloaming of a very strange year, what new new normals might appear? 

This week marks a sweep of change- a tango of the normal and the strange.  Over the weekend we changed the sequence of time, setting our clocks back before to bed we climbed.  The birth of daylight’s extra hour, puts 60 more minutes in your power, to get out there and cast your vote, but like many others you may have voted remote!  Which in case, good for you!  As Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate.”

Changes of time and changes of government- two structures of order changing within days of each other.  Scorpio, the current Sun-King, is delighted.  The tango of order and change lies at the core of it’s dark matter heart, as does the waltz of normal and strange.  Ray Bradbury said, “Time is strange and life is twice as strange.” 

Normal and strange, order and change.  The renewal from that which is rearranged.

In the Season of change-relishing Scorpio, its totem planet, Pluto, continues a long journey through the atmosphere of Capricorn, the sign of time, order and normalcy.  As we know, normalcy is now something new.  Jupiter and Saturn are also in Capricorn- bringing in themes of hope and structure.  What structures might we hope to see emerge as new, in your personal life as well as in the world?  How can we bring these structures into existence?   

Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Bucky Fuller’s idea was to “build a new model that makes the old one obsolete”.  

Mars, Scorpio’s other totem planet, is championing the “new”, in Aries, the dawn of a new day.  What new worths have been unearthed that you’d like to pursue?  What rings out in the dark as profoundly true?  A blueprint of that model new, to build and put your energy into!  And don’t limit yourself to what you see as possible.  Use the full power of the Scorpio’s  strange quantum-verse.  Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.  Mark Twain saw this to be true because “Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities [and] Truth isn’t.  

Mercury, the planet of perception moves direct on Tuesday, election day, in social-minded Libra.  Forward with decisive social action.  

Venus also in Libra- making absolutely sure that you are a part of this process!  Participating, in the life of change and order.  As Pete Seeger said, “Participation- it’s what’s gonna save the human race.”

Uranus the planet of future in bountiful-building Taurus.  Building that new model that makes the old one obsolete.

Neptune in Pisces- the emergence of truth in a sea of darkness.  

The Moon

The Moon will begin the week big in Gemini, a curious mood thirsty for new information.  Your clock may set itself back, but don’t rely much more on autopilots- a curious mood requires engagement! 

By early evening on Wednesday she continues her gibbous wane into Cancer, the sign of response.  To respond to change as an explorer of that dark matter- seeking the true in the strange- the profound in the outer bounds.  The poet Paul Valery saw this type of exploration to be philosophy’s purpose; “to return from the familiar to the strange and, in the strange to confront the real.”

By the weekend a Leo Moon wanes into its 4th quarter, playful and spontaneous.  Its getting late in the year, and winter will soon be here.  Leo Moons inspire self-creation, to which maturity bears much relation.  To mature is to, in the words of philosopher Henri Bergson “go on creating oneself endlessly.”  

Order and change, normal and strange, preserving each other with progressive exchange.  In participating we anticipate

the mountain range of the Aquarian Age!

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast 10/26-11/1, 2020

It’s the week of Halloween in the Spooky Season of things unseen.  By Halloween night, we have a rare sight!  A Full Moon for the whole world to view.  An event that’s not happened since World War 2!   

A Halloween Full Moon is always blue, for the month of October would need to have 2!  Blue green might better describe the glow of exoskeletal Scorpio.  Whether you’ll be working late in the lab, or pricking your thumbs, a Full Halloween Moon this-way comes!

Scorpio Season celebrates intensity, and the supercharge of subjectivity that it rebirths.  As the hairs come alive on the arched back of a cat, so too do those “finer fibers” that Tesla talks about, that enable us to perceive truths.  Kierkegaard said “Truth is subjectivity”.  What is this growing sense of knowing as the Moon increases it’s glowing?

It is the exoskeleton of the Scorpion that glows.  We do not possess such a coat of armor, the closest thing would be our skin. The poet Pablo Neruda affectionally said, “The Moon lives in the lining of your skin”. Is the Werewolf that seeks escape from its human cage the Moon itself, unable to stay behind those boundaries when Full.  As philosopher John Searle said, “Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed.”  Scorpio succeeds, in its urge to merge two worlds.

With intensity, a certain “secret life” is strengthened, as consciousness pushes past its mechanical tendencies.  Fresh awareness is born to an infinitely interesting and complex existence.  Re-enchanted instead of taking things for granted, as a certain spiritual appetite grows.  An appetite for more response, more subjectivity, to feel so much that your skin starts to glow!  “We loved with a love that was more than love” quoth Poe.

Mercury, the planet of perception is inching away from those deep Scorpio waters, moving back into Libra by Tuesday.  If such intensity of atmosphere is brewing, a balanced head the trickster’s pursuing.  I’ll keep my distance says perception, to maintain control over my reception.  And anyway, the times of late have certain social rules to adhere to! 

As if under some secret pact, Venus also will go into Libra on Tuesday, moving forward from Virgo.  Its as if the mind and the senses agreed to go into this week as detached and balanced as possible, to offset such a surge of Scorpion power.  Of course, Libra’s art ultimately aspires to such power.  As John Keats said “The excellence of every Art is its intensity.”

Mars still retrograde in the trailblazing sign of Aries- the power of the Will seemingly going back on itself.  Coiling up on itself, like a snake as the tensions of internal freedoms begin to rise.  Does anyone feel a howl coming on?

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto still near each other in Capricorn, the sign of boundaries.  Knowledge, reality and secrets of boundaries.  Beyond the more than whats skin deep.  The secret Moon within our skin.  The on-going growing of whats within?

Uranus, the planet of experience in bodily Taurus will conjunct that full Moon.  Nearly two-billion miles away, the planet Uranus we still might say, is within the skin, just like the Moon, as internal freedoms arise in you! 

Neptune in Pisces, a re-enchantment with your neighborhood street.

The Moon

The Moon, on its way to electric destiny, will begin the week waxing gibbous in Pisces, the sign of yin and what’s within.  Use metaphor to open new doors, of understanding, beyond which lies “the known” expanding.

Wednesday at dawn greets an Aries Moon, a growing willful warrior.  Catch up to its fast-running currents.  Use your “finer fibers” to tune into the true names of your obstacles, so the warrior can do his job! 

By Friday evening she is big in Taurus on her way to the following night’s spooky stage.  And then here we go.  It’s Halloween night with a globe of full Moonlight!  The werewolf Moon that lives in the skin, wants out, wants more, wants all, wants in!  Electrified appetite roams the Earth, hungry for subjectivity’s rebirth.  As exoskeletons harden and glow, a strengthened experience also grows.  A place beyond complacency, the creative act of how to see!  An attunement to the undertones, a drop box for the questioning soul.  As Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein, “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”  

Cauldrons may bubble and troubles may toil, but the secret life prefers to coil.  

By the glowing of your skin, something tells me- your alive!! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for 10/19-25, 2020

Libra Season comes to an end this week, the colorful leaves just past their peak- The first half of the week, in a major key, sings a blissful autumn symphony.  But by Thursday at the strike of dusk, a new seed emerges from it’s husk, hungering to become more free, the music shifts to a minor key.

Scorpio, the 8th and most enigmatic sign is not satisfied to be just the minor side of the piano- it will take all 88 keys.  What more could a power-loving water sign want following Libra, the sign of duality.  What has Scorpio learned?  Surely not to settle for half of the piano!

Scorpio is hungry for power, it’s consciousness is a merging one, deep waters hold an emerging sun, providing more light from which to see, beyond the scope of just two keys.

Libra’s 7 is bound up in the objective world- in the 7 days of the week, the 7 notes of a scale, and its general airy feeling of luck and openness.  Libra lets the scenery do the talking, what does the world speak to you, onlooker?  And do you see it’s refreshing sense of order in it’s shapes and patterns?

Armed with the wide and refreshing perspective of Libra, Scorpio scuba dives down into the depths of the innermost life, with an intent, to merge two worlds.  

During this Seasonal shift your Libra hot cider sip co-mingles with a glimpse of a giant spider plastered on a door- altering the sweetness to a place more sublime.  We are entering the realm of all 88 keys, how might we navigate this terrain with ease, this terrain of infinite possibilities?

French Physiologist Claude Bernard said “Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”  The shift is from the 7 to the 8.  From the everyday world of otherness, to an unknowable realm of possibility.  The minor key signals the fear of the unknown, as does the eight-legged spider on the door.  But we didn’t dive down to the depths to constrict the known- we dove down to expand it.  

Relaxing into the abyss, the vision expands. Two worlds.  The life of the imagination and the life of the world outside.  How can they better serve each other, better enhance each other.  What new life can emerge?

Mercury the planet of mind treads mysterious water in Scorpio’s realm of the unknown.  Rene Magritte said “The mind loves the unknown.”  The trickster is somewhat at home in the unknown.  With stream of consciousness magnetized the energy gets galvanized!

Venus moves deeper into Virgo, that second brain called of the gut, the most regenerative place in the body.  Her full body thinking is one of leisurely contemplation.  She makes a friendly trine to a trio of Capricorn planets; Jupiter Saturn and Pluto.  This trio has been hanging near each other for quite some time, perpetuating serious themes of hope, striving and transformation.  With the bigger questions and concerns this upcoming week, don’t forget to consult the constantly refreshing oracle, of your gut!

Mars in Aries approaches that Cappy trio with tension instead of ease, making a square aspect, and in retrograde.  The Will is likely frustrated and feeling blocked.  Remember to train those eyes to synthesize your creative vision with the life your livin’!  Build some imagination into your world.  As architect Frank Gehry said “You’ve got to bumble forward into the unknown.”

Uranus in Taurus, reawakening to the flow of known to unknown to known

Neptune in Pisces- the churning Seas of what’s unseen

The Moon

The Moon begins the week a waxing Crescent in spirited Sagittarius, who’s knowingness comes from the heights of enthusiasm.  A growing Sagittarius Moon is an invitation to feel that spirited sensation of heights, whether in the moment, in the memory, or in the imagination, and become accustomed to it, as your faith-filled steed! 

By Wednesday she matures into Capricorn, the planet of constriction, of focus and maturity.  This Moon, at dusk will welcome in the New Scorpion King.  Confront any troubles with the wisdom of all 88 keys.  As Niels Bohr said, “Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.”

By Friday and through most of the weekend, an Aquarian Moon browns beyond its first quarter.  The Aquarian Age upon us in the Season of infinite change, this Moonlight will highlight that full piano range.  How can you get started, on expanding the known?

By Sunday evening, as Mercury closes in on the Sun, a Pisces Moon sets sail.  The trickster of mind lit up with Neon Scorpio Sunshine, and the Pisces Moon is blissfully happy to make poetry of whatever it finds.  Beyond the land of opposites, into the realm of something else.  Do you know anything of this realm?  Isn’t that you at the quantum sea ship’s helm?

As always, happy astro pondering! 

Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 10/12-18, 2020

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree”.  Lovely words of appreciation from Emily Bronte as onward we move through Libra Season, the sign of appreciation itself.  

But what if all those tree leaf hues where all the same ‘gainst that sky of blue?  Would the scenery speak such bliss?  What’s that element that we’d miss?

Not only the lover, Libra also represents the other. The one who is different from you, of whom you do not share a point of view.

As our Libra Sun moves into deeper degrees, she finds herself in quite a bit of tension. Her lover Mars baits her from the opposite end, stirring up conflict, and reveling in the spirit of disagreement.  Saturn and Pluto now in a tight conjunction in Capricorn putting a squeeze on her as well, battering her appreciative instinct down with hard-knocks reality, with struggle, and the depths of despair.

Good things these energies are designed to interact.  In the spirit of conflict, Libra’s treasured perspective is widened.  As Carl Jung said “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”  In the spirit of struggle, when all control seems to be lost, the one place that it always has the chance to be regained is in perspective, Libra’s gift of distance.  

Above all else, what Libra abhors is narrowness.  She beckons us from outside the swampy marshes of narrow-mindedness into an open channel, with plenty of space and fresh air.  Plenty of opportunity to appreciate other viewpoints.  In the words of American activist Pauli Murray, “When my brothers try to draw a circle to exclude me, I shall draw a larger circle to include them.  Where they speak out for the privileges of a puny group, I shall shout for the rights of all mankind.”

Mercury the planet of perception moving through the mysterious waters of Scorpio- Aldous Huxley’s doors of perception between things known and unknown.  Question your assumptions, like a good gumshoe.

Venus the Seasonal planet moves through Virgo, in grace and humility.  With humility we discover, the viewpoint of another, with grace we put our eyes on, a glorious shared horizon. 

Jupiter, the planet of morality marching forth in Capricorn, the sign of striving.  A striving for a better summit of moral reasoning and understanding.  An elevated place,  where minds actually meet.  And conflicts birth fresh new dawns.  Conflict, which comes from the latin roots “struck together”, can clue us in on its importance.  Fists can strike, but so can emotional chords, ideas, and realizations.  Like lightning, like love!

Uranus in Taurus- lightning in the body

Neptune in Pisces- ever widening circles of understanding

The Moon

The Moon begins in Leo, waning crescent in its final quarter.  Though the moonlight be slight, the Lionbeams pack a lot of might.  Lend yourself not only to an open mind but also to an affirmative mood.  Alive with the fire of presence and action.  As William James said “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”

Tuesday and Wednesday host a Virgo Moon, slimmer and slimmer.  Gentle Earthlight of tolerance and leisure.  A thinking mood of mind that has no other place it would rather be.

By Thursday she is in Libra and by Friday she has vanished, into the essence of Libra, as Sun and Moon come together and the tides rise in their honor.  Where are these lessons of tolerance and open-mindedness finding you?  How can you widen your own circle of understanding, and see the moral strengths of others who’s opinions differ from your own?  There’s no Moon tonight, but there is open air.  Plenty of space.  Plenty of chords that haven’t been struck, plenty of ways to become unstuck.   

By the weekend, a Scorpio Moon peaks out from the darkness.  Rebirth of Moonlight in the sign of rebirth.  Emerging out from the marshes and into a fresh atmosphere of better understanding.  An atmosphere that hints at a world we can truly breathe in.

As always, happy astro pondering! 

Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 10/5-11, 2020

Into the middle of Libra Season, the sign that celebrates the middle itself.  The riddle of the middle, balancing extremes, that quantum pinpoint between reality and dreams. 

Libra’s sword divides the mind, separating the hemispheres to create more awareness.  In the creation of new awareness life strives onward and upward to better understand itself.  Libra is romantic reality, the relational nature of consciousness itself.

Writer philosopher Owen Barfield sees consciousness evolving with a shift from the outside to the inside.  Primitive man’s thoughts were, as he called it an “original participation”, an immediate experience inside the world’s unity, where as we are now outside of it.  When we think now, we think about something, and the very definition of about is “to be outside of”.

Libra and her liberty thrives on this outsidedness- from here she is free to find new connections and form new thoughts.  Yet, ever the romantic, there is a longing.  A longing to be embedded once again with nature.  A longing to return to the world’s unity.  Barfield saw this only to be possible through metaphor.  What was once the “principal of living unity” now lives in the poetic vision of the individual, with all it’s romantic yearning.

As the poet Yeats said, “Nothing that we love over-much Is ponderable to our touch.”

As Mercury moves through the powerful currents of Scorpio, the mind is aware of the power that comes from synthesis.  The rebirth of new life into the present moment from the synthesis of memory, sensation, thought and reflection.  The wealth of memory in your bank, from which vital currents can emerge, as new, as powerful, as magic?

Venus, the Seasonal planet in Virgo, the sign of the scientist.  In the Season of relational synthesis, she sees herself as incomplete, and yearns to unite her science with art.  As Einstein said,  “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

Mars still retrograde in the late degrees of Aries and coming into a square with Pluto later this week.  As Libra weighs her options Mars finds a way.  With subterranean pressure, explosive outbursts may occur- Unite your science with your art, and transcend any despair, find the facts of your heart and the love in the air.  With such balance, you’ll find a way. 

Jupiter Direct along with Saturn in Capricorn- inspiration and ambition moving forward in the sign of natural law.  A further look into the nature of human evolution, with it’s own laws.  Laws that by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s definition are anti-entropic.  These laws march uphill, with the aid of the Sun’s energy, producing increased variety and a higher degree of organization.  At this advanced state, awareness becomes the most important characteristic of life.  

Uranus in Taurus- awareness at the heart of evolution.

Neptune in Pisces- the growing value of what is within.

The Moon 

The Moon begins the week waning gibbous in Taurus, the sign of Earth beauty.  A mood of holding, a craving of attainment.  Put that wallet away, the only bank you need is that of your memory! To synthesize with sensation, and lovingly attain a dose of new awareness.  

Tuesday and Wednesday host a Gemini Moon, with Mercury opposing Uranus.  Quaking trickster energy, like the bubbling up of a laugh.  Follow your silly side during these two days, it just might lead you to your genius.  As Libra-extradinaire Arthur Rimbaud said, “Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.”

By Thursday midday we cozy up to a Cancer Moon that sails us into her last quarter by Saturday.  A family Moon, a memory Moon, formative with the magnetic pull of the past.  A living water that loves to be reshaped.  An anchor made of water.  Changeable, electric, healing and refreshing.  With Libra’s joy of choice, how will you reshape this water into matter, that is, moments that matter?

By Saturday night a Leo Moon wanes on, illuminating the power of the affirmative.  In Libra’s power of choice she structures an an ultimate attitude, that follows her like a love-struck atmosphere.  Will she look for the way, or be weighed down by dismay?  Will she be alive in the striving, or just passively surviving?  

Once a part of the apple, she had to go ahead and bite it. Once on the inside looking out, she is now on the outside looking in- deep deep within- to that uncharted terrain- of the imagination. 

As always, happy astro pondering!  

Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 9/28-10/4, 2020

’Tis the Season of the Sunset, as the leaves turn warm and harmonious one by one.  Libra is the sign of the setting Sun, a theme of rest when the day is done.  Too see a sunset not only inspires rest, it also inspires a special type of union, between yourself and the wider world.  Illuminating the horizon, that wide dividing line, the stretch becomes contagious- our own minds stretch with it, in question and dream.  As Lord Byron wrote, “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.”

In the Season of the Setting Sun, a Full Moon becomes a night of Dawn.  Eyes wide open on the horizon this week, as the Harvest Moon approaches.  Low in the sky for days surrounding the event, the Moon will appear huge and likely tinted orange.  Like a pumpkin, to celebrate the first day of October.  Like a Sunrise, as it will be in Aries, the sign of the Dawn, at the time of Dusk.  Twilight skies and bright Moonrise.  Eyes wide open, to the horizon.

Expect nothing less than these type of paradoxes during Libra Season.  Her scales are balanced yet always scaling new heights, in order to view wider horizons.  Balance is not static, in her spirit of rational thought, she is aware also of infinity.  The numbers that never stop.  The imagination that is wide like the horizon.  The Moon River that is wider than a mile.  To cross it is to cross it in style, someday.   

The horizon is the sense of the beyond, which is bound up in the nature of reality itself.  As theoretical physicist Brian Greene says, “Sometimes the true nature of reality beckons from just beyond the horizon.”

Mercury, the planet of perception has moved into the intensified waters of Scorpio.  Seeing is more like seeing-through.  A twilight week, a Full Moon with high tides, perfect for detective work to see where meaning hides.

Venus the Seasonal planet in the dramatic sign of Leo until Friday.  Trining her lover Mars in Aries, passions are a brewin’,  and what will you be doin?  Good thing that giant Moon will be tracking you down, in case you forget to leave room for Romance.  As the world widens so does the Lions stride.  Funny how much more powerful we can feel in the presence of such beauty.  Must be that dawn on the other side of the dusk, the true relationship with the Will.

Jupiter has been moving direct in Capricorn for a couple weeks,  Faith found its forward groove in a temperament of pragmatic striving.  But what’s this, after 6 months of retrograde, both Saturn and Pluto will be moving direct as well.  Saturn, the planet of perseverance will go forth on Wednesday, just before that full Moon, and Pluto the planet of empowerment moves forward on Sunday.  These strong archetypal characters will be Scaling new heights with fervorous momentum, to see wider vistas.  Not only can the SeaGoat scale, he owns scales himself!  As a creature of the Sea, who can see the importance of imagination in this worldly endeavor.   Imagination that stretches, like the sea, like the horizon.  As Michelangelo said “Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”

Uranus in Taurus, the energizing of our own abilities.

Neptune in Pisces, the romantic essence of what’s so far away.

The Moon

The Moon will briefly be in Aquarius on Monday before it slips into Pisces midday.  A potent morning ripe with sudden understandings.  She will wax more and more gibbous in Pisces, and likely cause traffic to slow for the next few days with her arresting beauty.  In the spirit of Pisces, this low-sitting Moon is all illusion in size, as our eyes trick us by comparing her to familiar surroundings.

Wednesday night she slips into Aries and by the following evening she is Full with the promise of a new Dawn, and traffic comes to a full stop.  Likely tinted red or orange as we perceive her through a thicker atmosphere.  As you surrender to the romantic atmosphere of this year’s Harvest Moon, do you feel within you, your vital forces strengthening?  Moon-illusion or not, which world is real?  That of this moment, or any given Monday afternoon, when these forces may get scattered about?  Is the world of the Full-Moon-moment more real as we perceive ourselves whole in such surroundings?  e.e. Cummings was born under a Harvest Moon. He said “One’s not half of two, two are halves of one.”  

She will begin to wane in Aries through Friday, carrying all of the energy of a new dawn in her midst, and by the weekend we have a Taurus Moon.  A Taurus Moon in Libra Season is a double dose of Venus energy.  The world is wide, in dream, in aroma, in time, in truth.  Venus will newly be in Virgo, the sign of the Harvest.  The Romance of the Harvest shines on.  Bounty in the width of life!  The serenity of a sunset!  The invigoration of a new dawn!  New heights bringing wider widths.  Maybe that’s how the smile was born.

As always, happy astro pondering!

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!