We had two significant planetary shifts at the end of last week. Mercury’s stream of thought had been scanning the broadest horizons of Libra, and then vortexed into Scorpio in search of deeper meanings. Venus had been preferring Sagittarian heights and big-picture orientations, but then switched her fancy to Capricorn’s goal-oriented, hard-working point of view. We have moved from broad and high to deep and narrow. There is a theme of focus, more specifically a narrowed focus, to unlock latent powers.
Teilhard de Chardin says that man evolved in such a way with narrowed eyes and freed up limbs so that he could bring his hands to his face in deep concentration. Thus reflective thought was born and the rest is a very interesting history.
But what if when Galileo brought his telescope to his face he saw, among the glittering stars, a pop-up ad for a Chevrolet. What if Thoreau brought an ipad to Walden pond, or Shakespeare concerned himself with a number of ‘follower’? What if candlelight never once bounced upon a word as its ink began to dry?
Modern devices come with a slew of distractions and a narrowed focus becomes ever the more challenging.
On the other hand, imagine if some of these ancient thinkers, scientists and artists had, at their fingertips, a whole library of the noosphere, like we do. Our virtual world is a skeleton key to all kinds of knowledge, ideas and inspiration.
The question becomes how can we use our tools without being used by them? We sure have become adept at bringing our hands to our face but how can we ensure that the original goal of doing this doesn’t get lost in the sauce? This planetary shift is an invitation to find a way back to an evolutionary drive. An awakening of latent powers through the phenomenon of focus.
Venus will drift into Pisces on Thursday, February 25th, following her trek in Aquarius. Joining the Sun in the most elusive of Seasonal signs, she re-frames her ultimate questions to the key of the fish.
Her questions are always those of relating. In Pisces she confronts the whole universe! Its mystery, her own mystery. Though Pisces represents the whole universe, it is the innermost of signs. Its notion of wholeness comes with a large dose of mystique.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said “Fuller being is closer union.” He goes on to say,
“union increases only through an increase in consciousness, that is to say vision. And that, doubtless, is why the history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen.”
Venus in Pisces radiates with the essence of something more to be seen. It is her original gift of je-ne-sais-quoi. As she opens her heart to a cosmological guarantee of always more she strengthens her own sense of allure, and her relationship with a true sense of wholeness.
Goethe’s Faust ends with the line: “the eternal feminine draws us upward.” Certainly a mysterious statement. It seems to elude to an energy worth contemplating on.
Chardin saw all energy to be psychic energy, falling into two distinct categories: tangential and radial.
Tangential energy is related to physical energy; the way fire burns wood, water erodes rock, etc. This is a force that always leads to entropy. The things lose their order.
Radial energy, on the other hand draws elements “towards ever greater complexity and centricity- in other words forwards.” He called this energy “the force of union, drawing elements onward and upward, and manifesting itself ultimately in love.” (my italics)
This is starting to sound a lot like the eternal feminine!
Radial energy operates from center to center. If we look again at the sign of Pisces, it is easy to see this as a possible hint of radial energy.
And perhaps the reason it isn’t two full circles is because that is the dynamic part: to relate to someone or something or a place, from your very center in hope of finding a sense of wholeness.
To relate to something from your center, is then, to anticipate a sense of wholeness, eternal mystery and all! Sounds like Venus has her happy work cut out for her. And you do too!
Venus will be in Pisces until March 21st, when she will burst forth in Aries.
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 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.