Off The Clock. Secrets of Toroidal Time.

The biggest difference between the original wheel of the zodiac and the toroidal zodiac lies in how we approach the matter of time.

The wheel of the zodiac shows the horoscope: a snapshot of the planets and luminaries at a given moment in time.  Horo is Latin for hour.  The clock is also a wheel and shows the cyclic nature of time.  The wheel turns round and round with time’s ‘circle games’ as Joni Mitchel sings.  The horoscope puts emphasis on the cyclic, or repeated, patterns of time.  

The wheel is the shape of cyclic time.  In understanding cyclic time, we can better grow; crops, wellness, knowledge and consciousness.

In other words, the horoscope puts an emphasis on time for the sake of growth.

The toroscope simply does the opposite; it puts emphasis on growth for the sake of time. 

toroidal time

When I say that the toroscope puts emphasis on growth for the sake of time I am not referring to the time of calendars and watches. The time I am speaking about is closer to the circadian rhythm found in the body, but with more nuance. Nature’s biorhythms may wake you up with the rising sun but your own nature’s rhythms get more personal. Your own nature’s rhythms respond to things like getting back on track with an important project, or taking a stand for something that matters.

Rhythms don’t even get close enough to the crux of what this ‘time’ is. A better word is momentum. One’s momentum moves forward just like time. We can’t own time, but we can own our momentum. This kind of time is called thymos. It is a spirited connection to our own momentum. It is the only kind of time that is truly free.

The wheel of the zodiac shows our complex use of the knowledge of time. Whether it serves to plant a sturdy crop or reflect on symbolic inner changes, the wheel of time is used as a map. Just like a watch or a calendar, this moving map allows us more control over the lives we lead.

The North American Railway adopted a standardized way of keeping time in 1883.  Finally someone could plan to take a train and arrive at the ‘right time’. If you are late, that is the wrong time and you will have to try again later.

Nowadays it is hard to conceive going about your day with no idea of what the ‘right time’ is. Your phone, your car, your watch, that clock all stare back at you, locking you into a truthful and agreed upon ‘right time’.

        But what about your own ‘right time’? What about the idea of rightness mixed with momentum? How often do you consider this question?

        With a clock, you pinpoint a right time that will cycle back to be ‘right’ again twelve hours later. With momentum this isn’t the case. Momentum, like true time, only moves forward. A question of ‘rightness’ when it comes to momentum can only ask about ‘right direction’. There is only one ‘right direction’; forward. Evolution marches uphill.

        Clocks and calendars are tools. We connect to their meanings and use them to gain more control. Though we can control showing up to a train on time, we can’t control time itself. Unless it is our own “time”; our own momentum. Momentum is the only kind of time we can control. To be in better and better control of our own momentum is what we are after. Toro is Latin for bull, the archetype of Taurus.  Toro also means “to steer”.

        We are powerhouses of electromagnetism. Momentums swirl beneath the surface of everyone you meet. There are lifetimes of information stored within these powerhouses largely forgotten but never lost. Momentum guides us all, half asleep.

At any moment on any day, our chemistry is in flux. Something as basic as the weather outside will cause a shift in our momentum and influence our behavior. Consciousness is what enables us to grapple with the future. It provides the potential for better control over one’s momentum in the right direction, which is forward, Times’ arrow moves forward.

        In the zodiac, the sign that is represented by the arrow is Sagittarius, the centaur. The true center (centaur) of a torus field can only be an ‘aim’. Life doesn’t build itself in any other way. Life centers on aiming and aspiring. There is no foundation sturdier than this. Time is an arrow, like evolution. It moves one way, and makes that one way known as ‘right’. Forward is right. Forward is evolution.

It seems a good idea to strive to relate to one’s own momentum as if it were a favorite watch. There is much more nuance to momentum’s version of forward, but when we lock in on that feeling it can be as true as the bell of London’s Big Ben.

        Some time moves in cycles. It circles back to where it was as the seasons continue to turn, turn , turn. But another kind of time asks you to make the turn, and commit to steering your own momentum. Your readiness to accept this challenge is your thymos.

Cats, Dogs and a Spirited Response

Are you a dog person or a cat person?  Dogs and cats have been a roommate to mankind for millenia.  Why is this?  Do we see something in them?  Do they see something in us?

I think we do.  I think they do.  I think what is shared is a kindred affinity for play.  

Dogs and cats both play but they play in very different ways.  

As any cat owner knows, introduce something new, feathery and fast moving into its environment and the cat will seem at the mercy of its own spontaneous delight.  Eyes rapidly darting about, the paw starts swinging as if it feels the lord’s presence and before you know it, a full body slam into a wall because the cat can’t contain its own delight and joy.  

The cat is a solar animal.  Leo the lion is a solar archetype, with its golden mane portraying the rays of the sun.  To play like a cat or to play in a solar way is to play spontaneously with whatever is presenting itself into your field of experience.  This is the secret of a good actor who responds to the created circumstance of the stage, the changing existence that buzzes around him.  The audience is swooned in the presence of creative spontaneity.  When a comedian responds creatively to a heckler the audience often laughs the hardest because the spontaneity is so enlivening.

Philosopher Henri Bergson saw laughter to be an evolutionary strategy.  He said that in general we laugh at “something mechanical encrusted upon the living.”  A person walking down the street isn’t funny, but when their flow of vitality turns into a clunky mechanical breakdown of them slipping on a banana peel, we are cajoled into laughing.  Something mechanical encrusted upon the living.  

The cat guards against us becoming robots.  The cat in us will laugh at a robotic response, like those of a deadpan comedian because it recognizes something that it fundamentally does not identify with: a robot.  

The cat stays supple and stretchy because it refuses to become automatized.  The cat felt like sleeping on your bed last night but not tonight.  He came over when you called him today but won’t tomorrow.  The cat will not be automated.  The cat stays supple and spontaneous, and at the delighted mercy of bright fast moving feathers.   

Dogs play differently.  While a cat couldn’t care less about bringing you back the ball that you threw, a dog is overjoyed to complete the cycle of that game.  While a cat acts like he didn’t even realize that you came home after 8 hours, a dog is bubbling over with the joy of your return.  

Dogs love the rules of the game.  They love committing to them, learning them and mastering them.  Unlike the cat, rules don’t encroach upon the dog’s sense of freedom.  On the contrary, the rules allow their freedom to soar.  They become experts at fetch.  They become our faithful soulmates.  They enjoy the privileges of venturing out into the world because they follow a set of rules; don’t run away, don’t bite, don’t pee indoors. 

The dog is a lunar animal, as symbolized by the wolf who howls at the moon.  The moon is all about finding a sense of inner security, through the home, the family, but also your private inner life.  The moon is the subconscious, who plays just like a dog.

Before the dog of your subconscious knows the rules of the game, you struggle to stay balanced with the bike.  Falling down teaches your subconscious mind what works and what doesn’t.  Once the rules are learned you are able to ride effortlessly, without even thinking of it.  The loyal, rule-loving dog of your subconscious allows you to put your mind on other things while he rides the bicycle.  What a good dog.

The dog is skilled, effortlessly, and with each new skill he better navigates his world.

Everyone wants to be effortlessly skilled and everyone wants to have more fun.  But the time involved in learning a new skill often daunts a person away from even beginning.  Having fun is generally reserved for ‘free time’ on a rare Saturday afternoon, under the right weather conditions.

But the wisdom of the sun and moon declares that time, married happily to the body is free.  Learning and laughing are by-products of spirited time as a light builds inside.  

Fun and finesse are what come out of our most precious birthright: spirited response. 

With a spirited response, one builds light inside and stores energy.  This is the uphill march of evolution, a move against entropy.  Moving against the flow of entropy is the most basic characteristic of life. 

At some point in the grand evolutionary chain of life, a molecule wised up and decided to store energy instead of lose it. 

It is misdirected to place all of the capacity for the growth of spirit onto the growth of money.  This leads immediately to what philosopher Erich Fromm saw as a catastrophe, as humans begin to alienate from their true natures because they see themselves and others as commodities.  Love becomes a cheap transaction instead of an art.  A thing instead of a verb.  Life itself begins to turn to stone.  

This is not the way.  Growth has to be centered on the spirit, which is centered in the body, and relates to its world in search of truth.  

Growth of the spirit promotes unity in the complex fragments of personality.  It finds a worthy direction for a powerhouse of unknown energy deep within.  The powerhouse builds and builds based on all actions taken in the past, and the past stretches back until no one knows.  Nature has many secrets.  Not only does nature have secrets, its mystery is worthy of our deepest understanding and fiercest protection.  

Just as the very nature of our planet continues to be threatened, so too does human nature.  

We ignore listening to the needs of our planet just as we ignore listening to the needs of our natures.  

To underestimate the need for an individual’s growth of spirit is to turn our backs from the future of humanity.  

Discovering your place of spirited response seems at first so private, and maybe even self-indulgent, but it points true north towards a better tomorrow for everyone.

Finding that relationship where reality coaxes forth a spirited response readies one to find a rightful place in society.  This is not selfish at all!  In a world whose inhabitants are growers of spiritedness there is an important role for everyone.  

As Joseph Campbell put it “everyone talks about saving the world but you’re not here to save the world, you’re here to save yourself.  But in doing that you save the world.  A vital person vitalizes.”

Until next time, happy astro pondering!

Thymos! Building Spirit in The Body.

There is a new paradigm shift a brewin’. 

​The Copernican revolution restored the sun to its rightful center as a stable nucleus to our solar system.  The previous Geocentric model held the earth at the center.  The paradigm shift upon us now is in acknowledging the existential truth of TWO CENTERS; the earth and the sun. 

The earth is not only a planet, it is also the physical body, deep in which there is another sun. 

This other sun is experienced.  It is a sun that rises in our bodies and affirms our existence.  It is the feeling of yes.

Our task is in recognizing a true center inside the body, where earth and fire meet.  This paradigm shift is a return to the powers of our own individual natures, unique and separate yet united and part of the whole.  Such an orientation honors the laws of quantum physics which says you cannot take the observer out of the observed! 

The two centers of fire and earth meet high in the heart, building thymos, a spiritedness.  Thymos is time that matters.  It is experiential and biological, real and spiritual.  This time is not wasted.  It is stored inside, reversing the law of entropy.  The most basic quality of life is its ability to reverse entropy, to store order instead of losing it.  All of us can learn to build thymos, a spiritedness, and in doing so restore order to our unique and beautiful natures.

​The thymus gland shrinks when our bodies stop growing.  Our spirits, our thymos, should never stop growing.  We must learn to practice growing it.  

​The toroscope can help reveal ways to do this.  

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Toroscopes for March 2022

Aries

It’s that time of year again, Aries, when life renews itself by beginning again.  At your most infinitesimal level you are, by nature, a self-renewer.  You are a self-renewer in your commitment to beginning again.  Such a commitment is grounded in the ultimate reality, a reality that extends farther and deeper than science and perception.  It is the reality of the spirit.  The only thing that really matters in this reality is that the spirit keeps growing, come whatever may.  It grows by embracing all experience through the grace of love, and it aims to build something truly substantial.  By the 20th, spring will be here, with you as its cosmic ambassador.  Just lead the way!   

Taurus

Agents Mulder and Scully followed the belief that “The Truth is Out There”, and this month, Taurus, you would be wise to follow suit.  Your totem planet Venus is fired up with Mars, and by the 6th, these passionate seekers will leave the earth-born reality of Capricorn for the air-born reality of Aquarius.  The air-born reality of Aquarius says that the truth is indeed out there.  The truth is not in your head.  The truth is not relative to other things.  The truth is not subjective.  The truth is not an opinion.  The truth is out there, in the world, for all to share.  You may think something is a certain way but unless you investigate its reality, out there in the world, in your town, down your street, in your backyard, it remains unverified.  What truth are you hungry for?  Can you go out there and find it?

Gemini

Important events have likely demanded serious attention from you this year, Gemini.  The New Moon at the beginning of this month marks a crescendo of serious attention, as your planet will join serious Saturn in Aquarius, the sign of far-reaching possibility.  If you can manage to be serious about expanding your ideas of possibility, this next month will be ripe with rapid exchanges of new information.  By the 9th, your planet will be in Pisces, and information will come by means of rich feeling, you must allow yourself to be moved.  By the 20th, you will be ready to act on something, as your planet moves into Aries.  Turn your moments into momentum, Gemini, information in and information out! 

Cancer

It’s funny to compare the inner life of a person to the outer expanse of the universe, but for Cancers, this is a most natural association.  Sometimes, in the right conditions, with the right people perhaps, or the right smells in the air, or the right type of lights twinkling, an immensity is felt; an inner immensity that confirms life’s bigness.  The New Moon on the 2nd and the Full Moon on the 18th will be excellent opportunities to stretch rich moments from your innermost beholding to the outermost reaches of the universe.  Go big and go home.

Leo

Vacations don’t only restore by providing a space to rest and relax, they also restore by providing a space that is different and other than what you are accustomed to.  Your personality gets a vacation too as it basks in the otherness of a different environment.  A new street inspires a stroll instead of a hustle, a new breakfast ritual inspires a savoring instead of an uneventful hour.  This month, divert as much as you can from your norms, and take as much in as you can from opportunities that offer you fresh roads and routines.  By the arrival of spring, your engine, having received its tune up, will be ready to roll.                                             

Virgo

As experts of breaking down complex topics into smaller parts, Virgos manage to simplify and strategize like no other sign.  The astrophysicist knows how to work with outer space, which for most of us is a baffling infinity, and does so by breaking down the immensity into smaller, more understandable parts.  But what about the grand sweeps of innerspace?  The baffling infinity of the self?  How might one break that down without losing a sense of wholeness?  The answer is this:  Virgo must self-analyze only with the intention of re-creating the self.  This is the most basic principle of existentialism, the examined life that is very worth living.  A Full Moon on the 18th might provide some more light    for such potent analysis.

Libra

Yours is the sign of the keen observer whose still waters perfectly reflect the world around it.  You take people as they are, and build off of what they give you, in other words, you have the ability to be quite charming.  But lately, there are ripples in these waters.  There is heat in the kitchen.  There is a bursting forth to meet reality on a higher level, where sunflowers blaze like a Van Gogh painting, words carry their mysterious histories, and people’s souls shine bright through their eyes.  No need to lose your footing with such intensity of course, just let the beauty renew you, so you can renew others as well in your oh-so refreshing Libra way.

Scorpio

Honest to goodness, Scorpio, have you bit the proverbial gold coin lately just to find that it was indeed authentic?  And not to say that you are now rich, but rather in the immediate presence of something real.  When things are undeniably real, and important, energies are awakened from the deepest reserves, and this is where you shine, Scorpio.  Yours is the sign of summoning slumbering vital energies.  Your body is renewing in a direct relation to the reality that you grasp.  Make sure you remember your role and reality’s role though; you are the hero and it is the landscape.

Sagittarius

Allen Ginsberg said that the poignancy of a photograph comes from “looking back to a fleeting moment in a floating world.”  Your high-flying tendencies have been on the frequency of a buoyant float ever since your totem planet Jupiter entered Pisces at the end of last year.  Perhaps this has to do with a maturing, more reflective attitude, a more in depth awareness of time fleeting.  With such an awareness, a floating world is not a world in which you have less control, but a world in which you are more open to its width and depth.  It’s a world that you gladly relinquish a constant flexing of control so that you may be influenced best where to turn next.  The New Moon near Jupiter on the 2nd might provide some clues.  

Capricorn

What is the difference between the words true and real?  Is a true statement the same as a real one?  A real sandwich the same as a true one?  It is said that in general, ‘real’ pertains to things that exist physically and ‘true’ applies more to concepts and facts that can be verified by ‘real’ things.  But for you Capricorn, at the turn of this Season of winter, I encourage you to experiment with using true and real interchangeably.  Look earnestly at your situation, and see what is real about it, what is true about it, and how you may have been fooling yourself with false beliefs.  If you have to start with a hard look at your sandwich and the meaning of its existence, that is fine.  

Aquarius

Ever since your totem planet Uranus entered Taurus in 2018, your aspirations seem to be building on eachother like legos with a lofty blueprint.  This transit will last until 2026, and in the meantime, other transits will play with that ultimate elusive dance of timing.  As spring charges in this year, so does the dynamic duo of Mars and Venus, as they will enter your sign together on the 6th of March.  This is a passionate affirmation of Aquarius’ gift, which is the gift of seeing patterns that exist in the world and holding them as true in your heart.  The sun rises each day.  Birds sing in the spring.  Blossoms bloom and then leaves fall off.  Light makes shadows which better enhance the nature of the light.  Welcome these relations with all the poetry in your heart and you will see a clear path ahead of you.  

Pisces

Don’t be surprised if you find others looking to you for guidance this month.  It is a most spectacular time of year, with Jupiter the planet of expansion and Neptune the planet of dreams both in the soft atmosphere of your cosmic hometown that is Pisces, the season we find ourselves in now. Not everyone knows how to recieve things with an open heart, or intuit things without a sense of being an imposter.  Not everyone knows how to, in the words of Sir Paul McCartney “let it be.”  Your naturalness will be in demand for sure, but also, open yourself to gathering more trust in this sacred flow state of the fish.  An important feature of this is to never forget to register, realistically, the feedback that finds you from the actions you take.  Gather clues  from a special New Moon in your sign on the 2nd.       

Narrow Your Focus to Unlock Latent Powers

Metaphorcast 11/8-14, 2021

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.

As always, 

Happy astro pondering!  

Power, Personal Power.  A Scorpio New Moon. 

Metaphorcast 11/1-7, 2021

A New Moon in Scorpio emerges this week on Thursday, November 4th.  New Moons are darkened nights of tidal risings, as feelings rise and communicate things to you in a private way.  Inner truths swim about waiting to be discovered.  In Scorpio these truths have to do with power, and what that means to you on a personal level.  Opposing the New Moon is the Great Awakener, Uranus.  Travelling through Taurus, a ‘great awakening’ has been happening since 2018, and it has to do with finding stability.  At the most basic level this stability is body-wisdom.  It is knowing who you are and what you like.  It is a sense of self-possession and composure; a prerequisite to power.

As any James Bond movie shows, power and composure go hand-in-hand.  Just think what would happen if Bond ever leaked out a nervous laugh, or went back and forth with his decisions.  Inner-consistency and power are two sides of the same poker chip.  

Consistency is key when it comes to a steady flow of power.  Whether it’s a signature style, (shaken not stirred), or a habit of treating people with grace and decency, power needs a steady framework where it can move around with a charged velocity.

If this steady framework isn’t true to who you are, your power won’t flow freely.  Call it your values, your taste or your authenticity, this knowledge comes from the inside.  When things from the outside world inspire you, it is because your body-wisdom is responding with a resounding ‘yay’.  The trouble sets in when you look to others’ yays and nays to inform your own set of values.  Your powers become scattered.  Your wits are no longer collected.  Now it is other people that hold the power instead of you. 

Bond would never let that happen, and neither should you!  Your composure, whether maintained or regained will introduce you straight back to your power if it is true to your values.  Your values are informed from the inside.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to feel your power by keeping in touch with what really matters.

As always,

Happy astro pondering!  

A Bigness: Jupiter moves direct today with Mercury

More than twice as massive as all the other planets combined, Jupiter can be felt as a bigness.  After 4 months of retrograde, the bigness moves forward today in Aquarius, the sign of future.  Also moving forward today is Mercury, the planet of mind, in the open air of Libra.  Will you open your mind to find a bigness worth getting excited about pertaining to your future?  Your future could be an evening plan or a distant dream- just so long as it is ahead. If you can make this dream/plan big, you will be in swift step with the gods! 

I would love to hear what big dreams or plans you are thinking! Write yours in the comments!

#jupiterdirect #mercurydirect #bigness #existentialastrology #metaphorcast

Wascally Wetwogwade! Mercury Retrograde

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Metaphorcast 9/27- 10/3, 2021

Kierkegaard famously said, “Life can only be understood backwards: but it must be lived forwards.”  

Understanding things is the mind’s job, represented in the zodiac by Mercury, the quick-silvered Messenger of the Gods.  It moves forward very quickly, faster than any other planet in our solar system.  But 3 times a year, it gives the illusion of moving backwards and we find ourselves in the spell of Mercury retrograde for about 3 weeks.  Good thing Mercury is the planet of mind, which is good at understanding life in a backwards fashion.  Mercury goes retrograde at the beginning of this week on Monday, September 27th and will continue its moonwalk until October 17th.  As we continue to live forward, let’s also see how well we can employ our minds to look backwards, and better understand the lives we lead.

Looking back is synonymous with reflection.  When you look in a mirror, there you are as a reflection looking back at yourself.  As Bob Dylan sang, 

When you wake up in the morning, baby, look inside your mirror

You know I won’t be next to you, you know I won’t be near.

I’d just be curious to know if you could see yourself as clear

As someone who has had you on his mind.  

In this romantic instance, a lover’s reflection, far away from her, wagered to be stronger than the actual reflection looking back at her from a mirror right in front of her.  

Distance is of little importance when it comes to the power of mind.  The Extended Mind Thesis, created by philosophers David Chalmers and Andy Clarke states that the mind extends into the world by use of tools and other minds.  The idea is that just like a prosthetic limb can become part of a body, technology such as computers or even notebooks become part of our minds.  You say you know the time and then look at your watch, or that you know where something is then consult your smartphone.  Your mind extends into your environment.

And then there’s the matter of other minds!  Other people’s ideas allow us to think of thoughts that we never otherwise would have.  Just think how limited our minds would be if ideas were never shared!  Ideas are like oxygen, the air we share. 

Thinking and looking back has a wide network of assistance.  It isn’t just you alone in your head indulging in some “me time”.  It is your mind, out in the world, entangled with the ideas that have inspired you, shaped by the people who you love and admire, made more efficient by the tools you use. 

When you reflect, when you look back, certain things can happen that simply can’t happen while looking forward.  Threads show up and some declare themselves as common.  Dots appear that beg to be connected.  Patterns emerge.  Connections converge.  Before you know it, you are sitting in the middle of a movie that has a definite plot.  It is this kind of 4th wall shattering that credits Mercury as a bonafide trickster.  “Down in front” yells Bugs from the back of the theater.

That’s right, it’s a wascally wetwogwade, with you in the center of it.  

This year has been a year of air sign retrogrades for Mercury.  After retrograding in Aquarius through most of February, and Gemini through most of June, we are now looking into most of October with a Libra retrograde.  Above all, Libra is an otherness.  

No matter how much your reflection in the  mirror looks like you, it is still fundamentally not you.  The otherness of who looks back at you in the mirror is similar to the otherness of your mind as it extends into the world.  Silver provides the best reflection, and remember, Mercury is liquid silver.  It is fast moving silver, reflecting with a silly symphony of extensions from notebooks to neighbors.  It is you and not you.  The more not you it is the more you you may become. That is to say, the more you embrace the tools and inspiring ideas that surround you, the more you may come to understand the life you live, and feel a fuller sense of who you are.  

Maybe that is why we can see the rabbit in a Full Moon. 

That’s All Folks!

Until next time,

Happy astro pondering!

Timing is Everything; Virgo’s Magic

Metaphorcast for 9/6-12, 2021

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Labor Day comes this year on a New Moon in Virgo, a sign that like no other, knows the magic of timing.

If it weren’t for timing, no one would have ever figured out how to grow things from the ground.  Plant seeds at the wrong time and nothing will happen, harvest at the wrong time and the bounty is lost.  Through her diligent observation of nature’s timing, Virgo flourishes alongside her craft.  

Some say that timing is everything.  Miles Davis famously said, “Timing isn’t the main thing.  It’s the only thing.”  Some credit their success to being in the right place at the right time.  

One thing is for sure: nature has certain right times and right places.  What is also true is that human nature has the right times and places as well.

Rightness is embedded in our very anatomy, as feelings inform our moral reasoning.  It has been said that Pythagoras believed the entire cosmos to be constructed of right triangles.  

Time is cumulative, like character, like meaning.  It builds upon itself, like good music.  Just as a crowd can’t help but join in on the chorus, sometimes a time becomes so ripe that one can’t help but join in on its promptings, sing along, jump into a strong moving current, do that thing that your nature is screaming at you to do.  

Everyone longs for those right moments, when the stars align and things go right.  As a matter of fact, on Labor Day 6 planets will be in trine aspect, an aspect that favors easiness, smoothness, even luck!

Virgo has another key to the puzzle, however. In her natural humility she does what is so often forgotten to be done.  She listens.  Just like the original farmers listening to the land, she listens to what her surroundings are relaying to her own nature.  The right angles of the cosmos are the right angles of her body’s feedback.  The sphere of her surroundings include the cosmos.  The growing circle of her timing, which may also be called a spiral, includes what Emerson called “the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation.”

It’s not so much that she prays for luck, or right timing, but rather she enjoys a certain interplay; between the motions of her surroundings and how they speak to the motions of her inner life.  Her dance partner is the arena of life.  Her own control comes with her dominions over time.  She makes a humble pledge to cultivate timing, and thus cultivate her life, her character.

Timing is alive in the present which is beyond description. 

Timing is at your disposal at any moment.  Pause even a word in a sentence and you can  change a whole meaning, as any actor or comedian knows.  

There is power in timing, but it won’t come without listening.  True power is relational not dominating.  True power comes with listening as much as acting.

By Friday Venus will move into Scorpio where she will travel until October 7th.  Venus relates and in Scorpio she relates with power.  Use the gifts of this Virgo New Moon, and remember the power of timing.  A power that comes with listening- to the promptings of your surroundings as much as the promptings of your mysterious nature.  

If timing is everything then you must be timing too!  

From one timing to another,

Happy astro pondering   

The Only Certainty That Exists; Erich Fromm

Metaphorcast 8/2-8, 2021

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Have you ever thought about to what extent your doubts color your attitude towards life?  Or for that matter your faith?  

In his book Man For Himself, psychologist Erich Fromm makes a distinction between different kinds of doubt and faith: the rational kind and the irrational kind.

Irrational doubt iis tied to an uneasy feeling that “nothing is certain.”  For some it is an attitude of indifference, for others it is more compulsive.  Rational doubt on the other hand is how children learn to think for themselves, and how adults go on to further develop their personality.

Rational doubt is essential to modern thought, and all the discoveries that have contributed to what we know now.

Irrational faith, he says, is “rooted in the submission to a power”.  This type of faith has made a muck of many things, from witch hunts to the Inquisition.  It is easy to see why this is not a good idea.

Perhaps less easy, however, is to see the value of embracing a “rational faith”; a faith that is rooted in one’s own experience and in “the confidence of one’s own power of thought, judgement and observation.”    

Whereas irrational doubt gives a vague sense of nothing being certain, and irrational faith strips one’s power away, rational faith restores power by providing the only certainty that exists. 

Any guesses for what you think Fromm’s definition of “the only certainty that exists” is?

Remember this certainty is based on the powers that come from within, and a dedication to rationality.

Ok so here it is:  the only certainty that exists is the certainty growing from productive activity.

For Fromm, the basis of rational faith is productiveness, and to live by faith is to live productively.  In this way, we connect to our true powers and find certainty.

These are real powers; powers of reason, love, strength and potential.  In embracing meaningful and productive activity you can count on the certainty of your own growth, the certainty of your own powers.  There’s no denying them just as there is no denying the productive activity of an apple tree making apples.  

Henry Miller said that “the goal of life is not to possess power but to radiate it.”

Happy radiant Leo Season and remember: when in doubt, stay productive to revive your faith and keep in touch with the certainty of your own powers.

As always, 

Happy astro pondering!

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