Metaphorcast 12/28/20- 1/3/21
The Mohawk Native Americans would call this week’s Full Cancer Moon, the Full Cold Moon, falling in the cold month of December. A New Year will find us before the weekend, allowing for the phrase Hindsight is 2020 to not only be a viral meme, but also a re-wakened dream. If myth’s are indeed, as Joseph Campbell said, public dreams (as opposed to dreams being private myths) there is indeed a pertinent myth to reflect as the new twenties gain their stride. That is the myth of Prometheus and Epimetheus. Foresight and Hindsight.
It was both Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus who sculpted all living creatures with clay. Epimetheus sculpted the various animals and beasts, with their horns, scales, wings, feathers, teeth and fur. But it was Prometheus that sculpted the humans last. He had no special gift to give them, as Epimetheus had already given these specialties to the animals, so Prometheus decided to make human beings walk upright like the Gods, and he gave them fire.
Epimetheus, in hindsight, can see the deep seated desire of the tiger, with his sharp teeth and powerful reflexes. In hindsight he can see the spacial craving of the bird, with it’s delicate and aeordynamic wing. He can see the swamp king’s alpha dream in the crocodiles scales teeth and giant jaw. But what of the human?
Prometheus made the human, not in hindsight, but in foresight. The human, with no horn, wing, or giant jaw, no beak or fur or retratctable claw, no antlers, scales or stinging tails, nothing special here to see, except that speical quality, of vision and fire, from eyes heart and mind, we can be in two different places at the same time.
The past and the future, who’s dividing line is so slight, it makes each tiny moment it’s own fire to ignite.
As Albert Camus said, “With rebellion, awareness is born.”
Tuesday night we will see the Cold Moon, December’s Full Moon, in Cancer during this Capricorn Season. A Cancer Full Moon is the Moon at it’s Moonest. Whatever the Moon does for you, it does it more on the Cold Moon, the Full Cancer Moon, in this start of the Winter Season.
To have foresight is also to have hindsight. To grasp a future is to understand it’s roots. In the Cold Moonlight of the Ocean of Memory, that forms an endless chain back to the place of myths themselves, can you feel your reality in it’s full mythic sense? Your own private myth of dreams, and your resonance to certain public dreams of myth? What would an Epimethean set of glasses tell you about yourself. And when Prometheus hands you that burning fennel stalk, in which way would you point it? What would you hope to illuminate?
As the Cold Moon begins to wane, it will still be bright and beautiful, weather permitting for New Years Eve, in the sign of Leo, the quintessential party animal. Though parties will be at a minimum this year, the Leo Moon lights any stage with a healthy dose of drama. A realistic re-rendering of any setting, living room, hallway, sidewalk, kitchen, as the stage that dramatically swaps out an old year for a new one.
The newfound Aquarian energy in the sky, with the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, is a giant twinkly wink from Prometheus and his gift of foresight.
Foresight can make way for important paradigm shifts, like the one that happened in the 16th century, when the Ptolemic Earth-centered model of the universe was replace by the Copernican Sun-centered one.
There is a very interesting article written by astrophysicist Peter D Usher that sees Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a dramatization of this paradigm shift. Hamlet symbolizes the awakening to a new infinite and Sun-centered universe. He is ultimately responsible for the death of the old king, Claudius, who shares Ptolemy’s first name.
The sky during this time in history shared a key characteristic as it does now, as Jupiter and Saturn go into what’s known as a “grand mutation”, shifting from 200 years of Earth conjunctions to a new 200 years of Air conjunctions. These Jupiter Saturn conjunctions are known as trigons. The full trigon cycle is 800 years, as it passes through each of the four elements.
In Shakespeare’s time the shift was from Water to Fire, and the fire of the Sun indeed became the new center.
Now it is from Earth to Air, as the Aquarian Age truly begins.
Hindight may be 2020, but that’s old news. Another year over and a new one just begun. Will we see another paradigm shift in 2021?
Happy New Year all the same!
And Happy Astro Pondering!