The goddess of love and beauty is setting out to sea. She has danced to the offbeat drum of Aquarius long enough and now craves a deep serenity.
She wants to be moved in an all-encompassing way. She wants now to dance to the harmonies of the spheres and to feel the most exalted sensations.
Entering the realm of the sublime.
Sublime: of such excellence, grandeur or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. -Webster’s Dictionary
Edmund Burke was a statesman, political theorist and philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. He saw beauty and the sublime both as things that move us, the difference being that the sublime moved us more profoundly.
The Sublime, maintained Burke, moves us more profoundly because it is tied to the vast, the overwhelming, even the terrifying! He says that the possibility of pain triggers basic feelings of self-preservation, exercising nerves that could save our lives.
The totality of the ocean, or the whole of the universe for that matter, is not without these scary creatures, places and concepts. Venus is moving gently into the sign that looks at the totality of everything and sweetly says “yes, I am still love”.
And then, lo and behold, beauty becomes even more beautiful.
Because, as everyone knows, the sweet ain’t so sweet without the bitter.
The sublime is the intoxicating marriage of the bitter and the sweet.
Chocolate is one of the few foods that is both bitter and sweet. Other examples include coffee, wines, and teas. They have an extra hold on the public, with their intoxicating effects.
Fruit flies are discouraged from eating fruit when there is a bitter taste because it alerts them to toxins. These foods pictured above seem to say “oh hey, just a little bit of danger here.. but go ahead.. it’s so good!”
Poison is remarkably similar to the french word for fish, “poisson”, and of course, Pisces is the sign of the fishes.
The world of the sublime is one that balances sweetness with a taste of the bitter. Venus is exalted in the sign of Pisces because this is love’s highest task. In Pisces, love acknowledges the whole picture; the vast, serene, majestical, and sometimes terrifying.. and she still comes out on top.
Until next time, happy astro pondering!