The Planets Align, But How Are They Mine? Quadruple Formation in Aquarius.

Have you ever experienced the sublime satisfaction of tidying up a room? Have you ever been near-mystified by the way things just “worked out?”, or how things just, “fell into place?”

This Wednesday evening, the sky display a pretty pattern of order and meaning. Three planets will line up perfectly in an ascending diagonal line, with the Crescent Moon nearby.

The faintest light on the bottom will be Mercury, followed by Jupiter, the brightest. At the height of the diagonal will be Saturn. All of them, and the Moon, will be in the existential sign of Aquarius.

Writer philosopher Colin Wilson said that existentialism was a “philosophy of intuition”. Unlike Sartre and Camus, he saw the world as inherently meaningful, with the only thing blocking us from such meaning being our own “sensory blinders”. Ultimately, his existentialism was based on optimism just as much as realism. He saw the “feelings of inner freedoms” to be intimately bound with an effective “grasp on reality”.

“It is as impossible to exercise freedom in an unreal world as it is to jump while you are falling.”

Colin Wilson, The Outsider

With the planet of optimism and intuition blazing the brightest in the center of the lineup, its a perfect evening to ponder the vital hunches of a cheery existentialist.

Our perceptions are Mercury, the faintest light at the bottom. Faintest by design, for they keep the chaos of stimulus ordered for us. We can walk down the street without feeling bombarded by sounds, sensations and sights. Our selectivity saves us, yet it also keeps us away from our full reality.

For full reality, we have to find places of correspondences; how our physical reality corresponds to us in a personal, meaningful way. In this way we can sense our interior power, which Wilson also refers to as our reality.

Sensing our interior power is to abolish the notion that we are passive creatures. In fact, he correlates passivity with an increasing sense of unreality. If we can, for a moment, embrace his maxim that “perception is intentional”, we can begin to see how passivity really can blur reality.

“The sense of order and meaning is a direct stimulus of the will, and even mere perception springs from a will to perceive .”

Colin Wilson, Existential Criticism, The Chicago Review 1959

What does this twinkly display of order correspond to in you?

Can you feel an interior power arise in recognizing this correspondence?

Can you feel… your reality?

Saturn the planet of reality winks from the top of the line.

Happy star-gazing and as always, happy astro pondering!

Astro art by Johnnie Day Durand.

The Promise of Tomorrow; Aquarius Season Begins

Tomorrow, tomorrow. I love ya, tomorrow,  it’s only a day away… that a new president steps into office. It was only a day ago that we gave tribute Martin Luther King, a great leader who believed in the promise of tomorrow.

Aquarius Season has begun.  The promise of tomorrow.  The creative life of the future that is always accessible in the present moment.  A shift in perspective.  A shift in momentum.  A whole lot of shaking going on.

The word future stems from the latin root fu which means “to grow” or “become”.  This puts the magic of the future more directly in the body, and renders it less of an abstraction.  The warm glow of optimism that floods the body would be Annie’s sun of tomorrow.  As the 5th dimension sings: Let the sun shine in.

To put the emphasis on growing and becoming is to welcome all experience as a learning tool.  The current buzzword for this is growth mindset, but Goethe would have called it bildung; education from life experience.

Aquarius is the water bearer.  An air sign that refers to water.  Experience that refers to feeling. Experience ultimately is subjectivity, the feelings that arise in each moment, the emotions that arise in us and signal what is good or bad for our survival and flourishing.

Aquarius is the evaporated air (thoughts) of our water (feelings), as they descend into the past, making facts from which we will reflect on in the future.  These “facts” will inform our behavior through the subconscious mind.  Wouldn’t it be best to oversee what “facts” make it into the fabric of our being?  

Aquarius has the solution with its gift of awareness and foresight.  Awareness can dawn (there’s that inner sun again) on you in any moment and cause a shift, or a rift, in the steady sea of the subconscious mind.  Writer and philosopher Colin Wilson would call this steady sea the robot,  an evolutionary life-hack that allows us to drive a car or type without much thinking after we’ve learned it.  The robot steps in and does it for you, freeing you to tend to other thoughts, or do other things.  The problem is the robot becomes over active, and in its tendency to take over, it also de-values the moment, by making it overly familiar.

Although it is associated with technology, Aquarius is weary of over-mechanization.  The robotic mindset stands in opposition to the urge to be free.  The awakening of that urge, is awareness, Aquarius’ first step.

Though associated with technology, Aquarius is not robotic!

The next step is to tie in the future through foresight.  It’s not enough just to be aware of the moment, there must be a commitment to cultivation.  There must be a reverence for the fleeting shimmer of water (real feeling) that is active only in the present moment.  This is the sunlight dancing on the water, sparkling in the snow, shimmering in the heart.  The joy and freedom of becoming and growing. 

The evaporated facts that come from shimmering water are quite different from the evaporated facts of stagnant water. They are healthy with electricity, supportive of the life urge to flourish. Knowing this is Aquarius’ foresight, a path for cultivation.

Aquarius reveres the water that it bears, listening to it and cultivating it. 

The promise of future lives moment to moment! 

All art by Johnnie Day Durand

Metaphorcast 12/7-13, 2020

Wings are things for bugs bats and birds, but they are also for hearts, souls, minds and words! Wings have always been waiting in the wings, so to speak, persuading our senses to hunger for peaks.  Peaks of experience, when all is affirmed, lucid mountain-top-moments where true wealth is learned.

William Blake famously said, “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”

With Sagittarius’ totem planet in Capricorn, the sign of authenticity, and conjunct Saturn, the author of authenticity itself, there is extra attention to the authentic integrity of these wings.  Pluto has been nearby as well for quite some time, as a stirring of kundalini enlivens these wings. And don’t tell me that you have no wings, I’ll just refer you straight to Muhammad Ali who said, “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”

What are these wings of yours that vibrate to such a particular voice, and animates a world of choice, appealing to those higher ceilings, and cheering on those freeing feelings.

Peter Pan and Mary Poppins seem to agree that the secret of flight lies in the heart’s delight.

What are these wings, and what song must they sing?  What heights of true home claim these wings as our own?  As the artist William Holman Hunt said, “The door of he human heart, can only be opened from the inside.”

Mercury, with winged sandals and winged helmet, flies in the upward nitrogen-rich air of Sagittarius.  Approaching a square with Neptune the God of the Sea, he expands his zest for higher ceilings, to incorporate delicacies of ephemeral feelings. Perception is gleaming with the phenomena of sun mixed with sea.  Rimbaud’s sense of eternity.

Venus in Scorpio, in a dramatic state, awakening like she did when she first met the snake.  Have her senses been dormant?  Has her pleasure been sleeping?  Higher ceilings in question, fuller senses are creeping, upward as pre-flowering roots.

At the hub of this spirit to fly and soar, travels Mars in Aries, as the Will gets restored.  The precious Will, with such high determination.  Awakened senses and commitment to creation.  

Uranus in Taurus- waking up a natural instinct, of flight through delight.

Neptune in Pisces, in dreams we reunite with our wings- but only with some deliberate intent.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week waning into it’s 4th quarter in Virgo, the simple maiden of leisure and cultivation.  In practical-Moon-fashion, she nudges us towards new habits, that favor these Sagittarian instincts.  With a nurturing humm, she cultivates the treasures that put horse power in our soul;  Laughter, anticipation, elevation, and the appetite for learning.

By mid-evening on Tuesday, she continues to wane now into Libra, and there is at last air in the sky.  The air of what’s fair, in both sense of the word.  The balance and also the beauty of a bird.

The Sun, near perceptive Mercury, comes into an exact square with Neptune Wednesday.  Look a moment longer in any place that glimmers, feel in your heart a true signature of shimmer.  

By later evening Thursday, a Scorpio Moon continues to slighten- and an earth magic is heightened.  The next day the Sun goes into trine with Mars, carpe that diem for it truly is ours.  Just like those vital things that give life to our wings- Be wakeful today, in the Warrior’s way.

The Scorpio Moon grins slimmer through Saturday.  Slighter still by evening, as into Sagittarius it slips- to be New on Monday for a Full Solar Eclipse!  

Unless you are in South America you won’t see it- but nonetheless- quite an event is headed our way!  A mystifying sky, prompting that question of why?  An upcoming wonder, who’s skies we stand under.  

A staggering phenomenon to behold, seemingly unreal, yet governed by natural laws.  Writer philosopher, Colin Wilson believed that peak experiences are also governed by natural laws.  Laws that govern the structure of our consciousness.  Are positive responses more intentional than negative ones?  Can an active and purposive state of mind help you, in Wilson’s words, “sense the magnetic north of [your] existence”?   

In the Season of the horse, this is the course.  An altitude of attitude aiming straight for the source.  Lucid-mountain-top moments, when all is affirmed, to be honored in memory as true wealth that’s been learned.

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!