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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Zodiacal shades of Marilyn

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Where to start with such an enigmatic woman!  How about the Sun?

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At her heart-center, she is a Gemini!  Her solar purpose infused with mental stimulation.  She thrives when in a state of curiosity and wonder.

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With Leo rising and Neptune near her Ascendant, she identifies with feline power, symbolically seen in her confident look and the solar-gold color of the dress.  Neptune exudes mystical and intangible vibes through the power of yin energy.

 

Her Aquarian Moon in the 7th links her subconscious to a larger network of people (Aquarius) through socializing (7th).  Without even trying (Moon) she becomes a social icon, threaded through many different networks (the mob, the presidency,  baseball, hollywood, Warhol art..).  If the Aquarian subconscious stays unaware of it’s associations, she is likely to feel isolated at times.  Feeling isolated in the house of relationships can be particularly difficult.

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Aquarian moons also like to push boundaries.  Her moon is near Jupiter, tying a larger social role (Jupiter) into one of a rule-breaker, a freedom-seeker.  She inspires others to become more free.

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Venus in Aries is a go-getter in matters of the heart.  There is much motivation to put on the charm and get involved with other people, often A-lister (Aries) types.

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Mars in Pisces sizzles with the yin energy.  Absolute passivity ramps up her drive.  Located in the 8th and near the unpredictable Uranus, it is even more electric and sexual in it’s nature.  This can be problematic when healthy boundaries need to be set.

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With her mother, Gladys

With the planet of obstacles, Saturn in deep psychological Scorpio and in the 4th house of home, much of Marilyn’s mountains (Saturn) will pertain to transcending early home emotions.  Her mother was mentally unstable and her father absent.  She spent her childhood moving from many foster homes and orphanages.

Finding a renewed sense of home would be of enormous healing to her.

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Social life is so big that alone time would likely serve to balance a lot of chaos.  Pluto in Cancer in the 12th shows renewed power (Pluto) that is restorative (Cancer) in places of seclusion (12th).  Aligned with her solar purpose (Gemini sun), a book stimulates her beautiful thoughts.

Of course, there are so many more lovely shades to this gal.  XO Marilyn.

The Sun as the king of the chart

The Sun is naturally associated with the sign Leo.  Leo is the lion, the king of the jungle.  Our Sun in our chart is the king of our own jungle (our psyche- which can be very jungle-like!)

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Someone needs to rule this place!

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He may be the ruler but he also knows how to chillax! Sun bathing is an absolute must. Likewise, when we are in touch with our Suns we tend to worry less, and enjoy ourselves more.

My favorite astrologer these days is the great Alice O. Howell.  In her book, “Jungian Symbolism in Astrology” she goes into great depth in describing the natural hierarchy of the natal chart, with the Sun as the rightful ruler.

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This book is top notch!

She explains that this is because the Sun is the only true STAR of the chart, therefore it is the natural “king” and it deserves to sit on the throne.  Problems can arise when another planet tries to usurp that throne.  A strongly placed Saturn or Uranus (or any planet) can run wild and attempt to be the king but it will never truly be the king because it is not a STAR.  Thus we have the many myths about the king in exile.  A look at the natal chart can attempt to find the guilty archetype.  Who is trying to steal the throne?  Venus (too much focus on pleasing)?  Mercury (the forever-child)?

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Here is an image of the king in exile. Symbolically, the lion is the heart, and the king of the psyche. He needs to break out of this cage and resume the throne.

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O’Howell also cites the cowardly lion as an archetype of a thwarted Sun.

Leo is the sign associated with hollywood and it is no wonder that we call famous people “stars”.  We tend to project these stars “out there” in hollywood as we do the Sun “out there” in the sky.  The beautiful reality is that we are ALL stars when we tune inward towards our hearts and let our spirits shine.  The Sun isn’t only “out there”, it is “in here”.  The heart is ruled by the Sun, and Leo.  It functions in our bodies as does the Sun in the sky.  It is central, life giving and constant.  Our hearts are “warmed” as the Sun warms us.

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The MGM lion looks a lot like a sun here. The archetype roars out the idea of man as star.

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell imprint their hands on Hollywood Boulevard. The hands are pentagrams (five pointed)

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Da Vinci’s Vituvian man shows the notion of man as a “star”. The pentagram.

O’Howell also talks about how children are much more aware of their inner Suns than adults.  Leo also rules children, and the child in all of us.  She says this fact is abundantly clear when we look at children’s drawings.  They seem to ALWAYS include the Sun somewhere.  They intuitively understand it’s true centrality.  Don’t you remember drawing in those Suns?  Maybe in the corner, or in the middle.  Long rays short rays.  Maybe a smiley face on it?

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Are you letting YOUR Sun shine?

Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 3- Fire

Your Sun sign keys you into understanding the fundamental energy that you run on.  There are four basic different categories of this energy: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.  Start with understanding your element and then move on to understand it’s specific qualities within your sign.

Today we are taking a look at the energy of Fire.

Fire energy is excitable and motivating.  There is dramatic charge with Fire.  Fire energy needs inspiration and action to get moving.  It is the most outward (yang), it needs to express.

Cardinal Fire: Aries.  Cardinal energy as we have learned is all about INITIATION.  With initiative fire we arrive at the archetype of the pioneer.  Boldly going where no one has gone before.  One who embraces new beginnings with courage and gusto.

Double Aries Marlon Brando was wearing jeans and white t-shirts way before everyone else. He embodied a style of rock n roll before rock n roll was even happening! This is the spirit of Aries.

Fixed Fire: Leo.  Leo is naturally associated with the Sun.  The Sun is Fixed Fire, a.k.a Fire MAINTAINED and burning bright.  Leo energy basks in the limelight, exudes a natural confidence and celebrates it’s own radiance with play and spontaneity.

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Double Leo Halle Berry visibly exudes the Leonine confidence in the manner she carries herself and communicates. It’s no wonder that she often lands roles in which she is supposed to show this kind of energy, whether it’s as a Bond-girl or a sly and stealthy “Catwoman”.

Mutable Fire:  Sagittarius.  If inspirational and excitable Fire energy is constantly ADAPTING, REFINING and CHANGING itself we may be looking at a person with strong and impassioned beliefs and opinions, based on what they’ve learned along life’s path.  Sagittarius wants to learn, and identify itself with what it’s learned.  But in the Mutable spirit- always continue learning, changing and evolving- hence we get the archetype of the free-spirited traveller, the student, or one who seeks more and more knowledge/ life experience.

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Double Sagittarius, Jon Stewart’s fire burns strong as he explores all sorts of different structures of belief and opinion in response to current events. In the true spirit of Fire, he makes sure to always add a sparkling sense of humor to these thoughtful expeditions.

The next post will wrap up this Sun Sign series as we will explore the light and socially-inclined element of Air.