Metaphorcast for 10/4-10, 2021
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William Burroughs wrote, “nothing exists until or unless it is observed.” He said “an artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it.” Burroughs called this “creative observation” or “creative viewing.”
There is a New Moon coming in Libra this week, on Wednesday October 6th. Libra is the sign of the artist but what too soon gets overlooked with Libra is how much her artistry centers on keen observation, or how much her wit centers on impeccable listening. Her receptiveness is active, and it brings things into existence.
To highlight her activeness, Mars will be snuggled into the New Moon. The artist Eugene Delacroix said “Seeing artistically does not happen automatically. We must constantly develop our powers of observation.”
Did you ever notice how there is a certain time of evening, call it dusk, when the powers of observation seem to rush back to you as a divine gift? Photographers and filmmakers call it “magic hour”, John Steinbeck called it “the hour of pearl” when “time stops and examines itself.” There’s an odd suspension of duality as day and night blend. What is observed on the outside seems more intimately connected to what is felt on the inside.
Dusk comes with extra magic this week as it will be the best time to view the Draconid Meteor shower which will peak just an evening after the New Moon. Unlike most meteor showers that are best viewed near dawn, the Draconids are best viewed at dusk. These fiery bits emanate from the constellation of Draco, a dragon that wraps itself around the North Pole.
Draco’s constellation is in the shape of the sign of Leo, the light of the Sun. It hugs the north pole which, symbolically is a Lunar place, as they are both connected to the mysteries of magnetism and navigation.
He also goes by the name Ladon, which backwards spells Nodal, the intersection of the Moon’s path and the apparent path of the sun which is the ecliptic.
Draco seems to symbolize a merging between the creative and conscious qualities of light and the magnetic, subconscious pull of the Moon. He seems to be a blend of day and night, a creature of the dusk.
Let’s consider for a moment that fine feeling we feel at dusk, when a magic bridge seems to connect the outside world to the inner. In that moment, with that feeling, we are also creatures of dusk. The powers of observation are keen as can be and a certain creative fire stirs inside. There is active receptiveness, a blend of day and night.
There is a sense that meaningful change can be brought about, as the deep subconscious seems to be registering important new conscious observations. A close cooperation is taking place between the conscious light of day and the subconscious dark of night. There is a hope that our habits might shift into ones that better serve our futures as we begin to remember a mysterious sense of purpose.
Venus has been in the depth of the subconscious in the latest degree of Scorpio but will begin her ascent back to the light of day on Thursday, the day after the New Moon in the fiery confidence of Sagittarius. The artist arises full of renewed life.
Van Gogh said “art demands constant observation”.
The same could be said for the art of living.
Until next time,
Happy astro pondering