Mars into Taurus- the Will to Stabilize

In the light of recent events, this title’s concept will likely be quickly felt. Felt in the right spot too. That is the mysterious space of the internal mileu, where good and bad are physiologically known.

It is through the avoiding of what’s bad, and the seeking and assimilating of what’s good that keeps us in a state of homeostasis. Just imagine what would happen if we always ignored that good drink of water when we were thirsty, or took no precaution to step out of the way of that bad oncoming city bus.

These value judgments are constantly at play, in every moment. They make themselves known to us through feelings.

Feelings are, according to neuroscientist and author, Antonio Damasio, “mental experiences of body states”. He talks about certain feelings as “basic homeostatic feelings”, in that they help to regulate the stability of our internal milieu. Homeostasis, as he talks about it, is a two-sided process. One side is the automatic unconscious physiological side, where the heart goes on beating, etc. but the other side is conscious. It is conscious by means of these basic feelings. These feeling can include hunger, thirst, malaise, wellbeing, pleasure and certain types of pain. These are feeling that can become known to us.

He makes a point not to confuse feelings with emotion. Feelings are the mental experience, the awareness of what you feel. Emotions are, as implied by it’s name, all about motion. There is a stirring in the body, you can see the anger on someone’s face, or the joy in a smile. Feelings may also cause stirrings within the body, but they are, by nature, more reflective. And they serve to keep us on track with “managing life”, or in other words homeostasis.

An interesting point that Damasio makes about homeostasis is that it is not only meant for survival, but also for flourishing.

He says , “life is regulated within a range that is not just compatible with survival but also conducive to flourishing, to a projection of life into the future of an organism or a species”.

Taurus is this fascinating mystery of homeostasis. The management of life that happens from within an internal mileu in a relationship of constant response and action to it’s world in which it lives.

This past week, television all over the US displayed shocking video of violent disregard for our own nation’s right to stability. Stability not just understood as surviving but a chance to flourish as well. Such flourishing can only occur by listening to the promptings of our moral understandings. Understandings, as Damasio suggests,. are deeply embedded in our very physiology. In our internal mileu. Where we respond to our world, in each and every magic moment.

Mars went into Taurus on January 6th, after 7 long months in Aries. It will move into Gemini on March 3rd.

Happy astro pondering!

The Mysteries of Plasma

The three commonly known states of common matter include solid, liquid and gas.  But did you know that there is a 4th state?  This state is Plasma, and it makes up 99.99999 % of matter in the visible universe.

On earth we can see it as lightning or the Northern Lights.  Not to mention our Sun and all the surrounding stars are giant balls of plasma.  Plasma also makes up much of the spaces between the stars in space.  It’s everywhere up there.

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Man-made plasma as found in neon signs by energizing a gas until the electrons break free from, but still travel within the nucleus.  A spark in a gas will create a plasma.

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Plasma was discovered in 1879 by Sir William Crookes.  He called this substance “Radiant Matter”.  It wasn’t until 1928 that it was renamed “plasma” by american chemist and physicist, Irving Langmuir.

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Langmuir was raised in Brooklyn by parents who encouraged him to carefully observe nature and keep a detailed record.  His brother was also a chemist, and further encouraged curiosity in nature.

Langmuir was one of the first scientists to work with this “radiant matter”.  He noticed that the way this electrified fluid (the “radiant matter”) carried electrons, ions and impurities reminded him of the way blood plasma carried red and white corpuscles as well as germs.

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This is a vile of blood after it has been spun down, and thus the components are separated.  The yellow substance on the top is the plasma.  The red is the red blood cells and the thin section in the middle is the white blood cells.

So even though our current mainstream scientific thought maintains that there is no connection between the plasma in space and the plasma in our blood, there is room to wonder.  After all, the scientist who himself named it saw a direct observational connection.

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Does our own blood contain this “radiant matter”?

Plasma as a substance is also described in a more ancient way as Aether, or Ether the fifth element.

What is Aether?

The ancient Greeks described Aether as “the high-reighning and ever indestructible power of Zeus” as well as “the best element” and “the life-spark of all creatures”

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Here is Zeus wielding his “ever indestructible power”, that is lighting.  Lighting is plasma.

The greeks also saw Aether as a god who is the personification of the “upper air”.  That is, the air that god breathes as opposed to the air bellow breathed by mortals.

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Here is a pretty picture of that “upper air”

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Is the upper air already within us as blood plasma?

One very brilliant scientist who is most famous for studying this mysterious Aether is Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Sir William Crookes was Tesla’s mentor!

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“All matter comes from a primary substance, the luminiferous ether” -Nikola Tesla

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Here he is hard at work with his famous Tesla coil (made of copper which is associated with Venus).

In a previous post entitled “Venus and the Virtues of Negativity” we explored how lightning emits negative ions, which are calming and restorative to the human body.   Think about how calm the air is after a thunderstorm.  There is a certain stillness.

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Does the plasma circulating our blood also work to keep our energy fields calm and restored?

The above shape of the energy field is that of a TORUS.  A torus is a self-regulating system with a vortex on either end (head and feet in this case) and a VERTEX in the middle.

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Here is another torus example.  In this case the vertex is the seed.

A vertex is a spot where ALL of the lines of the energy system meet but it is ZERO DIMENSIONAL.  That is, perfect stillness.

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A TORnado is another torus shape.

In 1928 a farmer named Will Keller actually experienced being inside a tornado and lived to tell about it.  He described it as “still as death” and he could see all the way up to the top which he estimated was about a half mile away.  The visibility was because of the constant flashes of lighting all inside the walls.

If Tesla was able to harness this aether by using Venus (the copper wire) are we able to better connect with OUR own aether by centering ourselves in stillness?

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Could it be that connecting with our zero dimensional center also connects us with everything?

I am not much of a meditator myself but I’m thinking about trying it out now, even if it is only for 10 seconds a day.

In the meantime, let’s all glow with the plasmic flow!

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