Metaphorcast for the week of Monday August 10 through Sunday August 16

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Leo Season strides on- the way a Lion does- with it’s heel not touching the ground-

fire is upward- it goes all the way up- up up up like a laugh, like a golden moment, like love, joy and creativity-

Creativity is what mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead saw to be the ultimate principle of the universe- with even an electron showing creativity as it has some range of possibilities to choose from in any given moment.  Although the electron may not have consciousness of such a decision- the freedom is still there – and Whitehead came to see life itself ultimately as “a bid for freedom”.

Creativity exists in each moment of awareness- as we continue to rise out of the past, which confines us only to a certain extent- with a bid for freedom, we create ourselves new out of this irreversible past.

A new you out of the blue- who knew!   

Constantly becoming is the message of fire- that element that goes all the way up- with enthusiasm, and joy.  Always in motion to show off it’s lively ways-  Fire, can’t be held- it must only be marveled at.  As William Blake said “He who binds himself to a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses it as it flies lives in eternity’s sunrise.”

After coming up with his theory of Evolution, Darwin spent 8 years of his life studying barnacles on a daily basis.  Originally thinking that variance, the tendency for a species to change was an occasional occurrence, he was surprised to see that these barnacles could not keep still.  They were constantly changing and variation was the norm, happening before his very eyes!  He wanted to know why this happens.

Researcher and author Henri Bortoft noticed the restless physicist-nature of Darwin needing an answer as to “why does nature do this”- and how this differs from Goethe’s approach to science- which would see such dramatic right-before-the-eyes demonstrations of variance as the phenomena of livingness itself! The quality of livingness – and that for life to remain life it has to continue to become different in order to renew itself.

The bid for freedom- setting everything in motion.

The Perseid meteor shower is underway- with its peak activity on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 11th and 12th of August.  The night sky usually not displaying such shimmery variance will be like Darwin’s Barnacles- changing before our very eyes- sparking more creativity to those onlookers who stay up past bedtime.  Marveling at the fire- kissing the joy as it flies. 

With Mercury in Leo- perception is geared toward the creative- as the mind needs to experience the shimmery qualities of change and becoming. Squared by the great-awakener Uranus- sunny with a chance of epiphany!

Venus treads water in Cancer- the oceans of memory and feeling.  If fire goes all the way up, water most certainly goes all the way down- to the root of things- to the essence- to the truth- and at the bottom of the ocean- a fish learns to light its own way.

Mars, the planet of novelty in it’s own sign of Aries- squaring underworld-ruler Pluto- to become is also to perish, as we emerge out of the past as new.  Also trining the Sun, this dance of becoming and perishing exhibiting that ultimate shimmery quality- of life itself.  As the poet Robert Browning said “My sun sets to rise again.”

Jupiter the planet of heights in Capricorn the sign of limits-  Height-loving creativity getting what it needs out of limits- which is a clarification of whats important.  Through the chrystaline lense of the goat- that which is important takes shape- like a single wish on a shooting star.

Saturn and Pluto nearby also in Capricorn- embracing new structures made through the experience of profound change.

Uranus in Taurus- awakening to the evocative qualitites of nature

Neptune in Pisces- the seeds of creativity blowing through the breeze of the imagination.

Monday and Tuesday will behold A Taurus Moon- the earth goddess steady and comforting as she reaches her last quarter with maturity. The solid ground of the earth, the past, the world- every comforting and not-so-comforting sense of the familiar- from which, with awareness, we spring forth as new.  Beautiful little changes occuring with  awareness of the solid ground in which we stand.  As Leo Tolstoy said “True life is lived when tiny changes occur”.

By late morning Wednesday- a twinkling Gemini Moon wanes crescent- where it will remain through Friday. Twinkling with options, engaging in preferences and references- being active in the game of this not that- the voice of choice- rejoicing in its bid for freedom.

By mid evening Friday a Cancer Moon emerges- where it will continue to slim slighter through the weekend.  The slightness of a Cancer Moon is the delicate nature of the past- seemingly gone forever but seemlessly weaved through our essence of living- the marriage of reflective silver and untarnishable gold- memory and becoming- shimmering variance-Rimbaud’s eternity of sun mixed with sea-

All the way up

and all the way down

inherit the past

but dont forget to look around

For if theres one thing Leo

knows to be true

Its that many things under the Sun

Are new.

 

Dont forget watch for those after-hours Perseids- give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness-

As always- Happy Astro Pondering!

Celebrating Wholeheartedness in the Season of the Sun!

It is the Season of the Sun!  Leo Season!  The Season of the child!  The Season of the heart!  The romantic fire of life itself.

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The Season of the Sun is a time to find coherence in your experience!

The Sun pulls the planets into orbit, just as a worthy solar purpose, or a joy pulls your many habits and behaviors into a healthy state of flow.

The Sun is undivided with purpose, joy, bliss, delight.  The heart of the Sun is undivided, whole…woman-holding-baby-smiling-1116050..just as a child laughs and plays wholeheartedly!

Reality is experience- but experience is always an experience of something, and that something constitutes the experience itself.  The experiencer is changed by the experience and influences the experience itself and so on and so forth.  This is the inhale/exhale of the toroidal flow of reality!

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” Unity is plural and, at a minimum, is two.” -R Buckminster Fuller                                                         *collage by Johnnie Day Durand

To find that center, that warm infrared glow of purpose, or joy, or delight, is to strengthen the toroidal field of reality- of experience.  Finding that center brings coherence to experience.

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“Creativity is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct.” -Carl Jung.

Happy Leo Season.  As always, happy astro pondering!

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Meet the Parents: Papa Sun and Mama Moon

Many astrologers will equate the Sun with consciousness and the Moon with unconsciousness.  The waking hours of daylight (consciousness) bring us out of our dreamlike state (unconsciousness).  It is pretty impossible to argue that obvious symbolism, it speaks loudly and clearly. The thing that doesn’t sit right with me personally is when the Sun is therefore associated with the ego, i.e. the center of consciousness, and further more the Moon just cast out into her own sea of irrational emotions. There seems to be so much more going on here…

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Mr. Sun

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and Mrs. Moon

Let’s start with looking at the days of the week that these two represent.  Sunday for the Sun, and Monday for the Moon.  There certainly is a big difference between these two days for most of us.

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Some go to church while others may indulge in a mimosa. The principle is similar though, taking a break from busy life to honor yourself.

On a Sunday we generally are doing what we want to do and enjoying ourselves.  In latin, the word for Sun is sol, and in french soleil, thus we have a connection with the word soul, and the other “s” word spirit.  Spirit is associated with breath, as in respire. The Sun rules the heart in the body which is intimately connected with the lungs.  And in nature, fire (Sun) needs air to grow.  Sundays are the time for us to reconnect to spirit, to tune back into ourselves and let the world pass us by a bit.

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Quite a contrast from the general associations with Monday. Scrape yourself out of bed and get back to work, back to busy life.

Monday not by accident sounds similar to the word MUNDANE, defined by the dictionary as “of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.”  This derives from the latin word mundus, meaning “world”.  The french call the world “monde”.  The moon brings in an earthly element.  Monotonous mundane Mondays where we tend to earthly matters.  We go to work to make money, another Moon sounding word.  In fact, the words for ‘silver’ (the element associated with the Moon) and ‘money’ are the same in fourteen languages or more.

Silver is the metal associated with the Moon and gold is for the Sun.  Let’s look closer at the properties of these metals.

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All that glitters ain’t GOLD!

The elemental symbol for gold is Au, derived from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise”.  Gold is the most malleable and ductile metal of all.  Malleable as in it can be pounded out into the thinnest piece of paper, and ductile meaning it retains it’s strength.  Webster’s definition for ductile is “able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.”  So with gold comes immense flexibility without sacrificing it’s strength.  Because of its resistance to heat and acid it’s also a symbol for immutability.  Sounds a lot like an allegory to the heart and it’s capacity to love again after hardship and inevitable changes.

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As the Neil Young song goes..

Gold is the only metal that is yellow or “golden”. Other metals may appear yellow, but it’s just because they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals. Follow the yellow brick road, a.k.a follow your heart?

Silver’s elemental symbol is Ag, derived from the latin argentum which means “grey” or “shining one”.  Silver is the most reflective metal of them all.  What other metal could better represent Mother Moon who’s main function is to REFLECT the light of the Sun.  Carl Jung talks about how the ideal job of the ego is to reflect that nature of the Self (the radiant totality of our beings that dwells in the unconscious).  This is why I can’t get cozy with the idea of the Sun being the ego.  It seems to me that ego is more in the realm of the Moon.  We can reflect our own Selves, as well as the Selves of others.

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Who the heck is that Groucho??

Children seek reflection in the mothers (Moon) in order to learn certain rules of conduct to get along in the world (Moon).

Another interesting fact about silver is that it conducts electricity better than any other element.  There are some theories out there these days of us living in an electric universe, with the Sun being a giant force of electric energy.  What if the Moon not only reflects the Sun but also conducts it’s energy toward Earth?  I am no scientist– just a fun idea.

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There’s  nothing mundane about mysteries!

So if the Moon is all matter and the Sun is the “spark” of spirit, what would one look like without the other?

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Without Moon’s matter, the Sun’s spirituous light would have nothing to land on and illuminate.

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Without the Sun’s spark we have this

Aside from the Sun, we don’t see much fire in nature.  The spirit remains hidden.  We can’t look at the Sun too long without burning our eyes.  We can only look at it reflected in EVERYTHING around us.  Perhaps this is why things like fireworks are so mesmerizing.  They fill our hearts (Sun) with a joyous feeling (most of us!).

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ahh! LIFE! Bravo!

Warmth on our bodies and warmth in our hearts

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Light finds it’s way out of our bodies through our eyes. Think about how much more they shine when they are in love (the heart, i.e. the Sun)

So to bring this all back home, literally let’s go to mom and dad.  When reading a chart I find that an excellent beginning is to discuss the client’s parents with regards to the Sun as the father and the Moon as the mother.  Ultimately these perceptions are deeply infused into who we are, and getting at these routes can be enormously helpful.  If for example someone has a Sun that is squared with Uranus, we would be looking for what in the father has a challenging Uranian element.  Issues of emotional detachment or mental superiority perhaps.  Or strangeness, not fitting in somehow.. these are all shades of a challenged Uranus.  The first step is to have the client see it in the parents, the second step see how they’ve integrated that into themselves.  Or how about Moon conjunct Saturn.  How is the mother an authority somehow or how might she be restrained?  Or how is she the symbol of hard work and perseverance?  Have you set that bar too high for yourself?  It can really open up a well of dialogue.  We can’t escape our beginnings and we certainly can’t dwell in them, but they can teach us a ton.

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At their core, this is Mom and Dad. The spark and the world.

Happy astro practicing!