This past week Venus entered Capricorn, the sign of the real world. Capricorn is the mythical SeaGoat. We can find a goat in the world and we can find a fish in the world, but we can’t find a SeaGoat in the real world.
Or can we?
Perhaps what is necessary is to examine what is meant by a real world.
In his book, Leisure as the Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper says that a world is a “field of relations”. To have a world is to “be the center, the coordinator, of a field of relations”. He gives the example of a plant using its surroundings; absorbing the air, the sunshine, and drawing nourishment from the ground. `
If the world is defined by our relations, of our inner life to our outer life, then a human’s world would include all the many relations of the mind and heart. The world becomes deeper and wider.
Imagination, philosophy, dreaming, these are the things that extend the boundaries of our world into the reality of wholeness. This, as Pieper saw it, is the real world. The world as a whole. For us to be at peace with ourselves, we must not mistake our environment with the real world of wholeness.
"The really human thing is to see the stars above the roof, to preserve our apprehension of the universality of things in the midst of the habits of our daily life, and to see "the world" above and beyond our immediate environment." Joseph Pieper- Leisure The Basis of Culture
For the rest of this month, as Venus moves through the Capricorn, don’t forget to see those stars amidst your daily habits.
Over the weekend we had a Seasonal shift, from Scorpio’s realm to Sagittarius’ lift. What did we learn in the profound outerbounds, in the deep zone of our bones where truth hangs around? What comes next? After an encounter with such mystery?
French surrealist artist Yves Klein said, “At first there is nothing, then there is a profound nothingness, after that a blue profundity.”
At the age of 19 Klein and his two friends, the artist Arman and composer Claude Pascal, lay on a beach in Southern France. They decided to divide the world between themselves. Pascal chose words, Arman chose the Earth, and Klein chose the sky.
What ensued was a life-long obsession and devotion to the color blue. Signing the sky with his hand, he committed to a quest to reach the far side of the infinite. He saw that unlike other colors that arouse specific associative ideas, blue at most suggests the sea and sky, and thus is “beyond dimension.”
Sagittarius Season celebrates this sense of blue. Beyond dimension. A place to dream, and feel a full sense of vitality. Though it’s true that November is known more for it’s falling temperature, the horse insists on acknowledging this place of blue space; this high of open sky.
Goethe, in his theory of colors, saw the blue sky to be the darkness of space, lit up by the presence of sunlight in our atmosphere. The deep space of beyond lit up before our eyes, with each waking day under the blue of the skies. But what of the deep space that exists from within, does it too become lightened, a blue sky built-in?
An inner blue sky, lightened with optimism, hope and acknowledgment. Beyond just a knowing, a showing of knowing.
You know the music is good, from the depths of the dark, but nodding your head acknowledges this spark. That joke is funny says the depths of you, but laughing acknowledges this fact to be true! Darkness made light, in the truth of the blue. From knowledge to acknowledgment, a major breakthrough!
With Thanksgiving on thursday, acknowledgment will rise, with appreciation to those we have loved for so long. The spirit of appreciation, the sweetest of songs. William James saw the craving of appreciation to be the deepest principle of human nature. Be generous with it in this skyward Season.
The planets are short on air this week. Social and connected air. Holidays for most will be celebrated remote. With both Mercury and Venus in Scorpio, communication and relating is not short on depth. Over the phone or online, connection is primed, to make up for these distances of space and timezone, with a sense of belonging, Scorpio’s powerful lodestone. And even if no socialization occurs, tune into a place, that makes your blood stir. Earth magic abounds from its depths and yours too, from a profound nothingness to the profundity of blue!
Venus will oppose the great awakener Uranus in the bountiful earth of Taurus. William Blakes thankful receiver who “bears a plentiful harvest.”
Mars moving onward from the middle of Aries, no other direction better for such energy. Must be the Season of the horse, with those wide open plains, the galvanized Will grips gladly the reigns!
Ready to check him are Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, who continue in Capricorn a most hyper-real pattern. Empowered hope and strong practicality, looming threats and good news in the same actuality. As Robert Frost said, “the best way out is always through.”
Neptune in Pisces, the sea-chariot that navigates a blue inner-sky.
The Moon begins the week waxing gibbous in the later degrees of Pisces. Saturated with imaginative potential, be open to nuance, suggestion and subtlety- new roads of dreams are paved with discovery!
On Tuesday, original day of Mars, she will grow into Aries by mid morning. In the Season of Blue skies, a redness bursts forth. The connection of action to a home-base of hearth. As Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.”
This kindred fire of Moonlight grows through most of Thanksgiving day. Big and bold this Aries Moon, singing in red a mysterious tune; of memory, family, belonging and desire. Towards what does your wolf-like yearning aspire? Joyce Carol Oates called the blood “memory without language.”
By Friday as Venus receives her strongest electric wave from Uranus, the Moon, moving into luxurious Taurus, wants in on the act. A sensual relaxing yet altogether lively signature, much like the way Goethe described the color blue. In his words, “This color has a peculiar and almost indescribable effect on the eye. As a hue it is powerful- but it is on the negative side, and in its highest purity is, as it were, a stimulating negation. Its appearance, then, is a kind of contradiction between excitement and repose.”
Perhaps it is this blue energy that prompts Neptune to finally station to move direct, on Saturday, after nearly 5 months of retrograde. The stimulating negation, the effortless creation, of a dream.
By Sunday midday she waxes extremely gibbous in Gemini, and there is at last, air in the planetary line-up. Perspective and ease of rationality, a lightness perhaps or just some good old fashioned fresh air. She moves towards being not only a Full Moon, but a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, in sparkling Gemini, the dance of the Twins. This event will be exact the following Monday, at 4 am, so both nights will be excellent opportunities to view it.
As a Lunar Eclipse, the earth will be in between the Sagittarian Sun and the Gemini Moon, casting an earth Shadow, darkening the light, likely casting a coppery-red tone. In the Season of lightened darkness, we have a darkened brightness. The Twins laugh with delight. Use the youthful energy of Gemini Moonbeams, to acknowledge possibilities that are yet to be seen. Shine the light on just one and create something new. And Gemini loves words, especially the ones that need to be heard. Acknowledge another, with a kind-hearted word, it may kindle music from happiness’ blue bird.
From granted to gracious, life gets more spacious.
Yves Klein wrote his name on the sky, painting monochrome surfaces to see with his own eyes- an “absolute freedom” (his words exact). For the horse, it’s a wide open space that attracts.
Remember the last time you looked up at a full Moon? Did it do what it usually does (at least for me) and fill you with a flash of mystery? At the same time a sense of comfort? Maybe a small strange feeling of yearning?
That mysterious Moon.. only showing us ONE side.
The Moon is forever elusive, always changing, yet oh so soothing. Moonlight feels like magic does it not? It produces a PULL within us, similar to the influence it has on the tides. It awakens the dreamer in us. We become more inward and reflective. The Moon itself reflects the Sun and is also reflected in the many lakes and puddles of our world. It’s a two way reflection. Very Orson Welles…
“The Lady of Shanghai”‘s shoot out scene in the house of mirrors keeps us in suspense, not knowing who’s real.
The question is, what does the Moon represent in our psyches? As I said before, I am HIGHLY influenced by my favorite astrologer, Alice O. Howell. She speaks of the Moon as the “matrix of consciousness” having the capacity to “give birth to those limitless little or big attacks of insight through which we turn experience into empiric knowledge”.
The matrix eh? What and who is real? Very “The Lady From Shanghai”. Reflection upon reflection. Moon as mystery.
She draws symbolic parallels between the stories of “the virgin births” and an inner psychological process of uniting our egos to our Selves (capital S as Jung speaks of the Self). The “Self” is the “divine guest” within us. From this union of ego and Self comes the “spiritus renatus” or the “twice born Self”. It is a virgin birth because it all happens within you. The “ego” is how we attempt to live in our worlds, feel comfortable and make sense out of it. Over identifying with the ego cuts us off from our divinity, but ignoring the ego cuts us off from our world. We need both.
We are the mothers (our center of consciousness) and the fathers (the divine spark within us) or our reborn Selves.
O. Howell sees this concept symbolically represented by the inner marriage of the Sun and Moon. She puts the Moon more on the frequency of the ego and the Sun more on the frequency of the Self, although she says the Self is so vast it is really more the unfolding of the entire chart over a lifetime.
An alchemy drawing depicting the sacred marriage of the Sun and Moon.
On a more immediate level, the Moon represents our emotional nature, and the emotional current that really drives us in life. Is it along the lines of going forward towards new experience (Aries Moon)? Or maybe to feel safe and secure emotionally (Cancer Moon)? Or to feel that you are efficient and useful in the world somewhere (Virgo Moon)?
What kind of emotional pull does your Moon have?
By the same token these signs will flavor our natural REACTIONS to what life throws at us. The Moon is connected to the stomach in the body (as well as the breasts and womb). Those knots in our stomach when we are stressed our the butterflies when we are elated put us in touch with this fact. If we are not conscious of how our Moons operate we may become a slave to our emotions, letting them run wild and boss us around! On the flip side if we cut ourselves off from our Moon entirely our emotions grow hungry. We are like an undernourished child inside in desperate need of comfort and cut off from the beautiful mysteries of life. We need to give ourselves permission to retreat to an inward HOME where we are safe and secure.
Snoopy gets it
The sign of Cancer is the sign related to the Moon. Cancer is represented by the crab. This creature more than any other that I can think of embodies the concept of HOME. It IS it’s own home in a sense. The hermit crab literally carries it’s home on it’s back. But all crabs have that hard exoskeleton, which serves as a strong barrier, a “shelter from the storm” of life. They also need to always be near water (another home) because the breath through gills on their legs. Their little leg gills must always be kept moist. The hermit crab even carries back up water in his shell! Crabs can be solitary creatures (Cancer is also related to privacy) or they can live in groups. When they are in groups they work hard to provide food and protection for their families (a very Cancerian way of life!).
The crab is also a very mysterious character. Who else walks sideways?
The crab is at home near the sea, which is all about the Moon and Cancer. 90 percent of the creatures in the deep sea are bioluminescent, meaning they glow. Very Moon-like.
The ancient Glastonbury Zodiac that stretches over miles of land depicts the sign of Cancer as a dog instead of a crab! It’s ear is illustrated by a lake, and for years people around the area never knew why it was called “Ear Lake”. I remember being stupefied by a move my dog pulled one Christmas eve. My sister and I had bought my mother a concertina as a gift. She pulled it out and my little dog came running in and began howling to the music. He had never howled before that! Concertinas, at least to me evoke a stroll along a Moonlit road in some romantic place, there is a connection there..