Scuba diving pioneer, filmmaker and inventor, Jacques Yves Cousteau fell in love with the sea. His ambition was to be a pilot, but his learning was interrupted by an automobile accident. Part of his rehabilitation involved swimming in the sea. And that’s when he found his raison d’etre.
He said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
In this last week of October, the air is foggy, saturated with mist, ocean-like and mysterious. Jack-o-lanterns appear on doorsteps like sea urchins on the floor of the sea. Scorpio Season has just begun with strange sights to be treasured by everyone.
You know what question the trick or treaters will ask. But do you know who’s behind your own mask? Or his mask or her mask? Beneath the surfaces? Beneath the words?
Cousteau famously said, “From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” Scorpio is this essence exactly; a freedom that only exists beneath the surfaces.
Imagination comes alive at Halloween, an ocean for everyone to behold. As we sink below the surface of what is usually deemed acceptable, robot cats eat peanut butter cups for dinner and nobody is alarmed by distant cackling.
And now let’s come back to that question we asked; who is it behind your mask?
Beneath the surfaces, real motives swim like fish. Whole schools of motives, not yet identified by science, not yet even considered in your conscious mind. Motives that are only glimpsed in strange moments, or dreams.
This week. Mars, the planet of motivation will be squaring Pluto, the planet of hidden motivation. You must ask yourself; is your day-to-day will eventhe least bit aware of your hidden will? Have you given yourself permission to shake off the gravity of your perceived situation for enough of a minute to feel the freedom in discovering what might swim beneath the surface? Who knows, you may catch a glimpse of some very interesting, highly motivated fish!
Happy Halloween and
Happy astro pondering!
A new documentary on Jacques Cousteau hit theatres last week! I can’t wait to check it out.
Into the umbra of the umbra we go, as the Season progresses in Scorpio. Passions run hot as fiery stars as Pluto squares both Venus and Mars. Pluto, Scorpio’s planet, on the outer bounds of our solar system, lives in the shadows as books won’t even list him. His other location is so deep down inside, that integrity crumbles if he’s too long denied. He is the pre-life of life and it’s regeneration, the wakeful hum of a lively vibration.
Venus and Mars traveling as true opposites now, in their native signs of Libra and Aries. In their polarity, they evoke a fight for peace. Venus paints a concept of rest, and fairness, in the sweeps of the horizon for all to see and behold. Mars reddens the blood with instinct to take risks and go forth in the name of what was beheld in that horizon. Passions are unleashed. Unhinged.
Galileo Galilei called Passion “the genesis of genius”. Voltaire said it was “the winds which fill the sails of the vessel”. Van Gogh said that he “would rather die of passion than of boredom.”
Van Gogh’s passion burned bright, as a painter and seer, but it also propelled him to cut of his ear! For balance in times of a passionate season, its good to make room for the role of reason!
Benjamin Franklin said “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Spirited Jupiter and rule-abiding Saturn join Pluto in Capricorn’s pragmatic gift of reason. This is the sign that knows how to steer, making sure that our passions don’t lopsidedly veer. With reason on our side, passion maintains its stride. As Emerson said “passion though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.”
The trickster of mind, Mercury, moves into the Seasonal vortex of Scorpio on Tuesday after a heady trek in Libra. Seeing now is more infrared-based, like the night vision of cats. We steer with poise and mysterious confidence.
Uranus in real and texturized Taurus, the Aquarian Age will not be trivialized.
Neptune in Pisces trines our Seasonal Sun, the heart of the dreamer in everyone, the pre-life of life and its regeneration.
The Moon begins the week in Virgo, waning crescent with maturity. Her spirit of improvement channeling the fires of passion into an avenue of strategy. A moonlit path for her bare feet to touch.
By Wednesday she wanes slighter in Libra, tipping the scales of passion towards the scales itself, that world of otherness. More you less me, but in you I see, me in ways I could not before see! As Rimbaud said “I is another.”
By Friday midday, she wanes on into Scorpio, where she will vanish as New in the earliest hours of Sunday morning. As the tides rise she deepens into her treasured abyss. The umbra of the umbra, the prelife of life and its regeneration. The stardust that makes the life of a nation. Who’s passions collide like the stars in the sky, the same stars that a captain must fix his eye.
The very next day Mars at last moves direct- full speed ahead and all hands on deck!
The Moon will wax crescent in Sagittarius by midday Sunday. The thinnest smile in the sky hinting at the power of optimism. A sturdy optimism, pragmatically wed, between passion and reason, the heart and the head.
November has begun with the thinning of the Sun. The gloaming of a very strange year, what new new normals might appear?
This week marks a sweep of change- a tango of the normal and the strange. Over the weekend we changed the sequence of time, setting our clocks back before to bed we climbed. The birth of daylight’s extra hour, puts 60 more minutes in your power, to get out there and cast your vote, but like many others you may have voted remote! Which in case, good for you! As Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate.”
Changes of time and changes of government- two structures of order changing within days of each other. Scorpio, the current Sun-King, is delighted. The tango of order and change lies at the core of it’s dark matter heart, as does the waltz of normal and strange. Ray Bradbury said, “Time is strange and life is twice as strange.”
Normal and strange, order and change. The renewal from that which is rearranged.
In the Season of change-relishing Scorpio, its totem planet, Pluto, continues a long journey through the atmosphere of Capricorn, the sign of time, order and normalcy. As we know, normalcy is now something new. Jupiter and Saturn are also in Capricorn- bringing in themes of hope and structure. What structures might we hope to see emerge as new, in your personal life as well as in the world? How can we bring these structures into existence?
Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Bucky Fuller’s idea was to “build a new model that makes the old one obsolete”.
Mars, Scorpio’s other totem planet, is championing the “new”, in Aries, the dawn of a new day. What new worths have been unearthed that you’d like to pursue? What rings out in the dark as profoundly true? A blueprint of that model new, to build and put your energy into! And don’t limit yourself to what you see as possible. Use the full power of the Scorpio’s strange quantum-verse. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Mark Twain saw this to be true because “Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities [and] Truth isn’t.
Mercury, the planet of perception moves direct on Tuesday, election day, in social-minded Libra. Forward with decisive social action.
Venus also in Libra- making absolutely sure that you are a part of this process! Participating, in the life of change and order. As Pete Seeger said, “Participation- it’s what’s gonna save the human race.”
Uranus the planet of future in bountiful-building Taurus. Building that new model that makes the old one obsolete.
Neptune in Pisces- the emergence of truth in a sea of darkness.
The Moon will begin the week big in Gemini, a curious mood thirsty for new information. Your clock may set itself back, but don’t rely much more on autopilots- a curious mood requires engagement!
By early evening on Wednesday she continues her gibbous wane into Cancer, the sign of response. To respond to change as an explorer of that dark matter- seeking the true in the strange- the profound in the outer bounds. The poet Paul Valery saw this type of exploration to be philosophy’s purpose; “to return from the familiar to the strange and, in the strange to confront the real.”
By the weekend a Leo Moon wanes into its 4th quarter, playful and spontaneous. Its getting late in the year, and winter will soon be here. Leo Moons inspire self-creation, to which maturity bears much relation. To mature is to, in the words of philosopher Henri Bergson “go on creating oneself endlessly.”
Order and change, normal and strange, preserving each other with progressive exchange. In participating we anticipate
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 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?
Sometimes the best way to meditate on what a New Moon may mean for you is to see what if you can sense what it means for someone who was born under that configuration.
So what are the some deliciously dark and lunar inspirations we can take from this brilliant woman? And how can we apply these inspirations to our own lives to celebrate the coming of the New Moon in Scorpio this Sunday, 10/27 ?
Inspiration #1- Being afraid and standing still in your tracks don’t mix
This is Mars talk (Scorpio’s original ruler), the planet of adrenalin and motive, with the kernel of it all being in the word motion. Call it shark-mentality, or being highly motivated, the message here is to keep moving. Even if you are “absolutely terrified”, don’t let that get in the way of you and your goals.
Inspiration #2- Unlearning can be as important as learning
Stripping away and starting anew is where Scorpio thrives. When something is learned that isn’t healthy for our spirit, sometimes this goes undetected for decades, as our dutiful robotic subconscious mind sees to it that we continue to repeat bad habits that re-enforce a false sense of self. Scorpio seeks to blow the lid off of this conspiracy. Life is too short.
Inspiration #3- Don’t cheapen your sense of reality with too much “reality”
Being a realist is a good thing. But being too much of a realist at the expense of the unheard poetry behind something significant, or the subjective stun of bright moonlight, or the signatures of spirituality embedded in every natural creation, this is a catastrophe! Especially for the artist! O’Keefe also famously said “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.” Scorpio understands the reality of feeling. It is not some bit of subjectivism waiting to be activated. These are the undercurrents of reality.
Let’s see some more of O’Keefe’s reality as she experiences it:
I hope these inspirations serve you well to plant some healthy Scorpionic seeds of intention into the fertile soils of your New Moon subconscious mind!
Do you hear the rattle of the leaves in the trees and the ground? Do you also hear the rattle of the Shaman that lives within, beckoning you to awaken to your misplaced power?
This is the Season that encourages us to wake up from our own self-imposed hypnosis. Scorpio is ruled by Mars, just like Aries is. But part of Scorpio’s make-up is that it is hidden. Mars it the great motivator, in Scorpio, these motivations are hidden. We are both the hypnotist and the hypnotized.
Witches, goblins, night creatures all serve a wonderful purpose of cutting through our comfort zones. A little fright to ignite where we feel real, and alive. Such emotions give an opportunity to reacquaint with an aspect of the Self that may have been pushed away. Living in secrecy.
This is the Season to be your own gumshoe in a misty film noir. Where the fog and the sexy soundtrack reveal more and more of a mystery personal to you. In your stillness, in your contemplation, you start to put the pieces together. And you do so with impeccable style.
Scorpio Season asks you to swim deeper into your own waters. Let yourself explore your feelings with a ruthless honesty. Purify them by releasing what isn’t true and honoring what is. Nourish the truthful currents. Emerge with a clearer understanding of yourself that is more ready to share intimately with others.
Enjoy the labyrinth of the Season of the Witch. Thank the jack o’lanterns for the kindly metaphorical service of waking us out of self-imposed sleeps. Listen for the shaman’s rattle in the leaves!
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To say he is an enigma is quite the understatement when it comes to Johnny Cash. “The Man in Black” without a doubt lives up to his mysterious nickname. His words come out straight, with no extraneous descriptive poetics, yet they hit us deep within our soul by way of emotional accuracy. This man knows pain and suffering, and he strides through that dark territory like the outlaw that he is.
On to his chart!
The fist theme that jumps off the page here (always a good place to start) is the EXTREME Neptune/ Pisces energy. He has his Sun (life energy) conjunct his Mercury (speech and mind) and Mars not far behind (what makes him tick) ALL in sensitive Pisces and all in Pisces’ natural house, the 12th. The 12th house brings Pisces types of issues into your world- issues like times when you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, or weak.
On the higher end this could be times/places that bring feelings of rapture or interconnectedness with all of life. But suffering is no stranger to the 12th house, and Pisces energy feels everything more sensitively. Let’s add the very important detail that Neptune itself is EXACTLY opposite his Sun/Mercury- adding one more POWERFUL thrust of vulnerability to this equation. It’s really unbelievable this set up. This man is either walking with God or walking with his demons.
Instead of cowering in a corner in the face of pain and suffering, Cash puts on a headlamp and marches straight in to the dark trenches of sorrow in search of something true. This is the spirit of an 8th house Scorpio Moon. Scorpio is emotional energy that goes deep and craves REALNESS. The 8th house is the place in life where those things happen, like intimate relationships or offering values (like the messages in his songs) that can be truly SHARED by others.
But there’s more to Cash’s approach. He’s an outlaw. Which brings us to his guns-blazing Venus Uranus conjunction. Venus (personal charm) is fused with Uranus (the rule breaker/ outlaw!) and they are in fiery courageous Aries in the first house (personal style/identity). This piece of dynamite is squared by Pluto, which blows it up even bigger with empowerment from the 5th house (the house of self expression).
His Jupiter is in Leo, bringing a restoration of faith through play and spontaneous fun (Leo). Humor wedges it’s way into the tumultuous terrain of emotional bullets with songs like “A Boy Named Sue”.
So Happy Birthday to The Man in Black! Hello, he’s Johnny Cash! Thank you a million times over you beautiful man!
James Dean, the epitome of cool. Let’s have a look at some key components that carve out this coolness, shall we? #1. You never know what he’s going to do. Dean has Uranus tightly conjunct his Ascendant, fusing his identity (Ascendant) with a rebellious and contrarian spirit (Uranus). He’s just DIFFERENT (Uranus again) than the other actors of his time- or anytime! Watching him brings about an awareness of a wild unpredictability (Uranus). I remember seeing a scene from “East of Eden” (my favorite of his 3 movies) where James Dean and the other actor are in a locker room discussing the lucrative prospective of growing beans. The one actor is very focused on what he is saying, meanwhile Dean is kind of hopping all around the locker room, climbing up on benches and down again and at times zeroing in close on the other actor’s personal space. At one of these invasively close moments the other actor exclaims (in a very natural reactive way) “don’t get so close I’ll get all hot again!”. I would put good money down saying that that line is NOT in the script. I could be wrong but I doubt it. The point being that Dean doesn’t care. He doesn’t care if he is making the other actor uncomfortable, or jeopardizing the script, or coming across a little looney. He is being natural to his own whims, like a child, without being irritating (maybe a little bit to that actor).
#2. He knows his influences. Before Dean was famous he was writing letters upon letters to Marlon Brando. He was enchanted by Brando in every way. Brando rode a motorcycle so Dean rode a motorcycle. Brando dressed in jeans and white T-shirts so Dean dressed in jeans and white T-shirts. Brando played the bongos so Dean played the bongos. The emulating got to be so much that Brando wrote HIM a letter saying “You have to be YOU, not ME”. But Dean knew that what Brando was doing was starting a new wave in human culture (Brando is a double Aries, a pioneer). James Dean has an Aquarius Sun in the eleventh, which is the house naturally associated with Aquarius. Aquarius seeks to identify itself by challenging the status quo, and seeking other like-minded people. The eleventh is the field of life where those like-minded relationships take place. It’s interesting to wonder if there would have been a James Dean had there been no Brando.
#3. He shows his vulnerable side. As stated in a previous post “The Crying Game: Water planets and the comfortability in expressing emotion” James Dean has his Moon in deep and mysterious feeling-oriented Scorpio. When he cries, the audience FEELS it. It’s REAL. The beginning of “Rebel Without A Cause” features Dean falling down drunk on the street next to a wind-up toy monkey. As the credits roll, he plays around with the monkey and it quickly becomes a deep emotional connection between the two of them. The monkey amuses him with it’s wind-up talents and then Dean tucks him in with a ratty newspaper “blanket” and a party ribbon trash thing for a pillow. He makes sure the monkey is comfortable and then he snuggles up as close to it as he can get. The sweetness comes across SO genuine! It’s the first 5 seconds of the movie and he’s already won our hearts!! And yes, he improvised the whole bit, as the cast and crew stared on with admiration.
#4. He shows a strong sense of personal authority. Astrologer Caroline Casey, author of “Making the Gods Work for You” (get it get!!) talks about how the word “cool” is derived from the Yoruba word which originally meant “responsible”. “Cool-headed” meant that that person took care of what he should. Like Babe Ruth with his leaf of cabbage under his ball cap. Keeping cool-headed so he can hit the home runs. This is Saturn talk. Saturn is authority, which starts with inner authority. Self composure, steadiness, a sureness in what you say and do. James Dean has a very powerful Saturn in the 10th house of career (the house naturally associated with Saturn). It is in Capricorn (the SIGN naturally associated with Saturn) and it is opposed (bringing in a full awareness of) the powers of Pluto. Anything Pluto touches in empowered, or it is wounded UNTIL it is empowered.
Happy Birthday, James Dean. A true rebel with a deep and mysterious heart, forever cool.