The Object Changes Me. Full Moon in Libra.

The first Spring Full Moon comes Sunday, March 28th , in the romantic sign of Libra.  Opposed by the Sun with lady Venus, both in the seasonal sign of lively Aries, let’s wake up our senses and engage in a romantic pondering!

When Libra illuminates the night there is a growing awareness of the reality of relations.  As it turns out, the reality of relations is the reality of ourselves.  This is the interesting viewpoint of neuroscientist, Antonio Damasio.

In his book The Feeling of What Happens, he talks about the relational nature of consciousness itself.  The two players of consciousness are the organism and the object.  The organism relates to an object and the object changes the organism. 

The organism is our body, our brain.  The objects are sensory (out there in the world) or mental (thoughts, memories).  What emerges from this relationship, is what he calls core-consciousness, and from that, the core-self.  

“Because of the permanent availability of provoking objects, it is continuously generated, and thus appears continuous in time.”

He also speaks of two other forms of self: the proto self, which we are unconscious of, and the autobiographical self, which is constructed from memories and future anticipations.  But the core self emerges as a “transient entity, ceaselessly re-created for each and every object with which the brain interacts.”  

When the object changes the organism, the organism then brings the object into better focus.  It is “set out” from other, less important objects.

“Attention is driven to focus an object and the result is saliency of the images of that object in mind.”

The Carlotta Valdez painting ‘changing’ ‘Madeleine Elster’ in Hitchcock’s classic, Vertigo.

The objects hold half of the deck.  Who knew!  When it comes to a sense of self, we are as much other as we are not other.  Things, people, scenery, thoughts, smells, memories all cause changes in us.  And these changes are what construct our senses of self!  

Watch a child delight at what he/she sees.  It becomes obvious that there is no end to stimulus.  As we get older, a lot of the stimulus is more under wraps, in streams of thought, and private feelings.  But it is amazing to think that any object causes a change.  Opening a window, tilting your head to see the blue sky for a moment, indulging in a nice memory or a plan for the future.  Changes.  Re-creation of self!

Though this is a Full Worm Moon, it speaks to the most human part of us. If we can know that objects change us, and that we constantly re-create ourselves from these changes, we can attempt to navigate a bit, and make the most out of this relationship. We can learn to listen to our changes and respect that they are trying to keep us on track, and towards a place of balance. We can seek out stimuli that treat us well, like a glorious Full Moon in Spring.

It’s the romantic story of the organism and the object. Aren’t they cute!

Happy changes and as always, Happy Astro Pondering!

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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! 

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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!  

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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!

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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!

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October Horoscopes are Here!

It’s Libra Season!  The swelter of the summer is gone, and the icy wind has yet to come.  There is a beautiful relief in the neutralness of the air.  And there are apples everywhere!  A nod to Venus, the Goddess associated with Libra.

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Eve, aka Venus had a thing for apples.

Libra Season encourages us to find a harmony in our lives by nurturing a middle path.  In Ancient Greek Philosophy, Aristotle saw the mathematical Golden Mean (the divine proportion of 1.618 to 1 seen in much of the ancient art world) as representing the “golden middle way”.  This was a way that favored the desirable middle between two extremes, that of excess and that of deficiency.

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The famous Venus Di Milo adheres strictly to the Golden Mean proportions.

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Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 4- Air

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 take a look at the energy of Air.

Air energy is detached, mental and social.  Detached in the way that it doesn’t take things so personally.  Mental in the quickness of it’s associations.  Social in the need to reach out and relate what you know with others.  Air connects us.  The air we breath now was once breathed by Shakespeare (or anyone you can think of!)

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A radio tower’s airwaves demonstrate this element’s ability to connect people

Cardinal Air: Libra.  Cardinal energy does what?  It INITIATES.  Mental and social initiative energy brings up the image of a conversation starter.  It’s one person seeking a balance with another.  We may achieve this balance not only with another person but also with our own reactions to what we find beautiful, such as art and culture.

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Sting is a double Libra with his Moon conjunct Neptune in the 4th. He credits his mother (Moon and 4th house) for teaching him that the mark of maturity in a man is to accept that a part of yourself is woman (Libra balance). Yoga also compliments his very open spiritual (Neptune) approach to achieving balance.

Fixed Air: Aquarius.  If we apply the concept of MAINTAINING to this connective and social energy an image that comes up is one of protecting social rights and uniting together in groups that identify with the same ideas.  It can also conjure up the character of the non-conformist, who stays put with his own ideas amidst the pressures of society and it’s status quo.

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Rosa Parks is a powerful example of Aquarius energy with her Moon in the social service 6th house, and her Sun right on the Descendant which represents equal partnerships. Her defiant words inspired millions to unite, giving rise to an enormous civil rights movement.

Mutable Air: Gemini.  What happens when this light and communicative energy seeks to CHANGE, REFINE and ADAPT itself?  There is a ton of curiosity, and versatility as information is constantly turning into something else.  The hunger is for diversity and mental stimulus.

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Who could represent this element better than double-Gemini Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices” (literally!!). Interestingly enough, when in a coma after a horrendous car accident, after two weeks of no response one of his neurosurgeons tried a different approach and asked, “how are you feeling today Bugs Bunny?”. Bugs answered, and Mel came out of the coma.