Thunder: The Sound of Light 

Metaphorcast  7/19-25, 202

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There is a Full Thunder Moon headed our way this week, on Friday, July 23rd.  As the season shifts from the mysterious electricity of Cancer to the bright and obvious light of Leo, it seems a perfect time to ponder the phenomenon of thunder: the electric rumble born out of light itself.    

The sound of light comes in two distinct forms: the long low rumble and the sudden loud crack.

The long and low rumble is heard when the light is far away.  Rumbling like the grumbling of hunger.  But this hunger is a spiritual appetite, a “hero’s call” for adventure.  The farther away the light the more the blood stirs.     

The sudden loud crack is when light is astonishingly nearby.  It’s what propelled Archimedes to jump out of the bathwater yelling “eureka”, which is Greek for “I found it!”.  Finding such a light can seemingly stop the flow of time.  It’s the nature of a peak experience; a bubbling over of sheer delight.  

In both instances, light is making sound, and in special cases, it is recorded to allow the sound to become a second birth of light.  

A record player is a perfect example: the light of Louis Armstrong is expressed through sound, which is captured on record, to be played for someone who enjoys it.  The record is like thunder, the sound of light, it may come again as a loud crack or distant rumble to the right set of ears.  One of those sets of ears belonged to the 12 year old Billie Holiday who, in between scrubbing the halls and kitchens of some neighborhood apartments, first heard Armstrong’s “West End Blues”.  Whether it was a low rumble or a sudden crack we may not know, but as her nickname Lady Day suggests, she rebirthed the light.

Rebirthing the light is a virgin birth.  As Joseph Campbell explains it, “The virgin birth has nothing to do with a biological accident,”.  It symbolizes instead “the awakening of spiritual life in the human animal.”

Our job then, is to tune in to those low frequencies of rumbling thunder that are so often unheard so that we can give attention to a faraway light that “calls”.   We must also be ready to seize the light if we are lucky enough to hear the sudden loud crack and yell Eureka, I have it!  I have in my possession the light that found me.  

Just like a record player, one can learn to get into the habit of recording light;  paying attention in those times of rich warmth and bright meaning, then committing them to a precious bank of memory within.  Letting these instances of warmth, meaning and light fill up a personal account.  Drawing from an inner currency that answers to the highest of gold standards; that of light itself.

Nikola Tesla famously said “Everything is the light.”

He said “I am part of a light, and it is the music.” 

When asked by the journalist interviewing him whether he heard this music he replied, “I hear it all the time. My spiritual ear is as big as the sky we see above us.”  

Make big your spiritual ears this week!  

As always, happy astro pondering

Metaphorcast 10/26-11/1, 2020

It’s the week of Halloween in the Spooky Season of things unseen.  By Halloween night, we have a rare sight!  A Full Moon for the whole world to view.  An event that’s not happened since World War 2!   

A Halloween Full Moon is always blue, for the month of October would need to have 2!  Blue green might better describe the glow of exoskeletal Scorpio.  Whether you’ll be working late in the lab, or pricking your thumbs, a Full Halloween Moon this-way comes!

Scorpio Season celebrates intensity, and the supercharge of subjectivity that it rebirths.  As the hairs come alive on the arched back of a cat, so too do those “finer fibers” that Tesla talks about, that enable us to perceive truths.  Kierkegaard said “Truth is subjectivity”.  What is this growing sense of knowing as the Moon increases it’s glowing?

It is the exoskeleton of the Scorpion that glows.  We do not possess such a coat of armor, the closest thing would be our skin. The poet Pablo Neruda affectionally said, “The Moon lives in the lining of your skin”. Is the Werewolf that seeks escape from its human cage the Moon itself, unable to stay behind those boundaries when Full.  As philosopher John Searle said, “Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed.”  Scorpio succeeds, in its urge to merge two worlds.

With intensity, a certain “secret life” is strengthened, as consciousness pushes past its mechanical tendencies.  Fresh awareness is born to an infinitely interesting and complex existence.  Re-enchanted instead of taking things for granted, as a certain spiritual appetite grows.  An appetite for more response, more subjectivity, to feel so much that your skin starts to glow!  “We loved with a love that was more than love” quoth Poe.

Mercury, the planet of perception is inching away from those deep Scorpio waters, moving back into Libra by Tuesday.  If such intensity of atmosphere is brewing, a balanced head the trickster’s pursuing.  I’ll keep my distance says perception, to maintain control over my reception.  And anyway, the times of late have certain social rules to adhere to! 

As if under some secret pact, Venus also will go into Libra on Tuesday, moving forward from Virgo.  Its as if the mind and the senses agreed to go into this week as detached and balanced as possible, to offset such a surge of Scorpion power.  Of course, Libra’s art ultimately aspires to such power.  As John Keats said “The excellence of every Art is its intensity.”

Mars still retrograde in the trailblazing sign of Aries- the power of the Will seemingly going back on itself.  Coiling up on itself, like a snake as the tensions of internal freedoms begin to rise.  Does anyone feel a howl coming on?

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto still near each other in Capricorn, the sign of boundaries.  Knowledge, reality and secrets of boundaries.  Beyond the more than whats skin deep.  The secret Moon within our skin.  The on-going growing of whats within?

Uranus, the planet of experience in bodily Taurus will conjunct that full Moon.  Nearly two-billion miles away, the planet Uranus we still might say, is within the skin, just like the Moon, as internal freedoms arise in you! 

Neptune in Pisces, a re-enchantment with your neighborhood street.

The Moon

The Moon, on its way to electric destiny, will begin the week waxing gibbous in Pisces, the sign of yin and what’s within.  Use metaphor to open new doors, of understanding, beyond which lies “the known” expanding.

Wednesday at dawn greets an Aries Moon, a growing willful warrior.  Catch up to its fast-running currents.  Use your “finer fibers” to tune into the true names of your obstacles, so the warrior can do his job! 

By Friday evening she is big in Taurus on her way to the following night’s spooky stage.  And then here we go.  It’s Halloween night with a globe of full Moonlight!  The werewolf Moon that lives in the skin, wants out, wants more, wants all, wants in!  Electrified appetite roams the Earth, hungry for subjectivity’s rebirth.  As exoskeletons harden and glow, a strengthened experience also grows.  A place beyond complacency, the creative act of how to see!  An attunement to the undertones, a drop box for the questioning soul.  As Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein, “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”  

Cauldrons may bubble and troubles may toil, but the secret life prefers to coil.  

By the glowing of your skin, something tells me- your alive!! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

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