Metaphorcast 11/16-22, 2020

Abe Lincoln said “Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.”

As thinking and social creatures, we are often reminded of the merits of a flexible mind.  It is good to be open minded, and curious about another viewpoint, and willing to learn from others as well as our mistakes.

Its good to be flexible in body- and grab a stretch where we can, take in some yoga or a brisk walk in the Autumn air.

But flexibility ceases to be of value when it comes to our principles.  For any progress to be made, principles are to be fixed upon a north star of truth.  As Henry Ward Beecher said “We cannot afford to build on the shifting sands.”

True to form, this Scorpio Season has been intense with passion.  The Seasonal planet Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008, and will continue its voyage until 2024.  The profound realizations of Pluto has a generational impact, as a deep sense of knowing slowly grows.  Capricorn is the most inflexible sign of the zodiac.   The Sea Goat strives to secure our principles, and see them rooted in a real place of truth.  Principles must be strong just like our bones, like the ancient Pyramids made out of stone!

And its not enough just to know our principles.  As children of the Sun we must love them as well.  They must be built into our hearts, and give coherence to our lives. And this too isn’t enough, we must then go on to build these loving principles into the hearts of our children.  As FDR said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future.”

Within our fabulous inflexible bones there exists a strange and mysterious zone, where our very blood is born again new, in the depths of our bones, where we know what rings true. This is the space of Scorpio, oh what a season it’s been.  Come the weekend we’ll shift into a more spirited light, the blood becomes trained to be strong and fight.  In the Thymus, the Thumos, Plato’s spirited white horse; the energy of hope, a strong electrified force!  

What truth became clear in this Scorpio Season.  Will it give spirit to Thumos in this New Horsey Season?

Those inflexible bones, the backbone of integrity.  A most welcoming wholeness and strong undividedness.  A spirited hopeful and thoughtful uprightedness.  In the Aquarian-age, the body part of the ankles truly comes into light.  Beyond an instinctive kick that found its way in the womb, the Aquarian-ruled ankles support us, when that early-life magic moment is right.  To take a chance, stand and walk upright.

The torch of the Sun will be passed from truth-seeking Scorpio into the lift off of Sagittarius’ strong fiery spirit come the weekend.  There two respective planets at last separating, as Jupiter moves onward away from Pluto.  Guided by profound and spirited connection to principle.  Moving on and up. 

Mercury, the thinking planet, in the throws of Scorpio, and opposite the Great Awakener Uranus.  Seeing in the dark, yet with the Promethean light, of foresight and awareness.

Venus in the latest degrees of Libra, and receiving squares aspects from Pluto Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn.  A sense of fairness and rest coming only with a clarification of principle.  As the poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote “We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude, and bond.”

By the Weekend, with that new Sagittarian Sun, she’ll rebirth into Scorpio, with a glow that will stun.  

Mars at last stationed to move direct- after a two-month-long retrograde.  Forward movement coming slow sure and steady – authentic like gold, in a holding heart, the genius of bold and the instinct to start.

Neptune in Pisces, John Keat’s unheard melodies sweeter than those that are heard.

The Moon

The Moon begins the week growing eagerly in the later degrees of Sagittarius.  A preview of the incoming Season.  A mood that hardly needs a reason to feel that magical spark of hope.  When from the flint the spark is free, it takes on it’s horsey tendencies, to run wild with zest in a fire-blast of spirit- dashing in a distance so vast, can you hear it?

By Tuesday late morning she’s still young in first quarter, in Capricorn, those dear principles that give your life order! A time opportune to commune with this mood- William Wordsworth’s “Inward eye/ The bliss of solitude.”  

By Thursday later afternoon she grows on in Aquarius- just to make sure that the last days of Scorpio are to the backdrop of a mood of Freedom-seeking.  Are any more foundations in need of a shaking?  Anything deep down inside still a-quaking?  Bob Dylan’s ghost of electricity howling in the bones of her face- let it revive and find a new open space!

With bold electricity the Aquarius Moon welcomes in the new Sagittarian Sun King on Saturday late afternoon.  Zeus abounds with lighting bolt in hand, applauding our spirits as they expand.  A brand new day in every way.  From depths to the heights, the true to the blue.  

By late evening, a Pisces Moon grows with finesse, with sweet unheard melody that yearns to express- a wholeness of spirit in these upright of creatures, as artists and scientists, lovers and teachers!

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast 10/26-11/1, 2020

It’s the week of Halloween in the Spooky Season of things unseen.  By Halloween night, we have a rare sight!  A Full Moon for the whole world to view.  An event that’s not happened since World War 2!   

A Halloween Full Moon is always blue, for the month of October would need to have 2!  Blue green might better describe the glow of exoskeletal Scorpio.  Whether you’ll be working late in the lab, or pricking your thumbs, a Full Halloween Moon this-way comes!

Scorpio Season celebrates intensity, and the supercharge of subjectivity that it rebirths.  As the hairs come alive on the arched back of a cat, so too do those “finer fibers” that Tesla talks about, that enable us to perceive truths.  Kierkegaard said “Truth is subjectivity”.  What is this growing sense of knowing as the Moon increases it’s glowing?

It is the exoskeleton of the Scorpion that glows.  We do not possess such a coat of armor, the closest thing would be our skin. The poet Pablo Neruda affectionally said, “The Moon lives in the lining of your skin”. Is the Werewolf that seeks escape from its human cage the Moon itself, unable to stay behind those boundaries when Full.  As philosopher John Searle said, “Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed.”  Scorpio succeeds, in its urge to merge two worlds.

With intensity, a certain “secret life” is strengthened, as consciousness pushes past its mechanical tendencies.  Fresh awareness is born to an infinitely interesting and complex existence.  Re-enchanted instead of taking things for granted, as a certain spiritual appetite grows.  An appetite for more response, more subjectivity, to feel so much that your skin starts to glow!  “We loved with a love that was more than love” quoth Poe.

Mercury, the planet of perception is inching away from those deep Scorpio waters, moving back into Libra by Tuesday.  If such intensity of atmosphere is brewing, a balanced head the trickster’s pursuing.  I’ll keep my distance says perception, to maintain control over my reception.  And anyway, the times of late have certain social rules to adhere to! 

As if under some secret pact, Venus also will go into Libra on Tuesday, moving forward from Virgo.  Its as if the mind and the senses agreed to go into this week as detached and balanced as possible, to offset such a surge of Scorpion power.  Of course, Libra’s art ultimately aspires to such power.  As John Keats said “The excellence of every Art is its intensity.”

Mars still retrograde in the trailblazing sign of Aries- the power of the Will seemingly going back on itself.  Coiling up on itself, like a snake as the tensions of internal freedoms begin to rise.  Does anyone feel a howl coming on?

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto still near each other in Capricorn, the sign of boundaries.  Knowledge, reality and secrets of boundaries.  Beyond the more than whats skin deep.  The secret Moon within our skin.  The on-going growing of whats within?

Uranus, the planet of experience in bodily Taurus will conjunct that full Moon.  Nearly two-billion miles away, the planet Uranus we still might say, is within the skin, just like the Moon, as internal freedoms arise in you! 

Neptune in Pisces, a re-enchantment with your neighborhood street.

The Moon

The Moon, on its way to electric destiny, will begin the week waxing gibbous in Pisces, the sign of yin and what’s within.  Use metaphor to open new doors, of understanding, beyond which lies “the known” expanding.

Wednesday at dawn greets an Aries Moon, a growing willful warrior.  Catch up to its fast-running currents.  Use your “finer fibers” to tune into the true names of your obstacles, so the warrior can do his job! 

By Friday evening she is big in Taurus on her way to the following night’s spooky stage.  And then here we go.  It’s Halloween night with a globe of full Moonlight!  The werewolf Moon that lives in the skin, wants out, wants more, wants all, wants in!  Electrified appetite roams the Earth, hungry for subjectivity’s rebirth.  As exoskeletons harden and glow, a strengthened experience also grows.  A place beyond complacency, the creative act of how to see!  An attunement to the undertones, a drop box for the questioning soul.  As Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein, “There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”  

Cauldrons may bubble and troubles may toil, but the secret life prefers to coil.  

By the glowing of your skin, something tells me- your alive!! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

Metaphorcast for 9/14-20, 2020

It’s the final full week of Virgo Season and a New Moon is approaching.  The night sky at the beginning of the week will show the New Moon in the Old Moon’s arms- so to speak-as the dark New Moon sits in the welcoming light of the waning crescent.  This is perceived thanks to the phenomenon of Earthlight; the diffuse reflection of sunlight from the earth’s surface and clouds.  Also known as the Moon’s “ashen glow” Earthlight is quiet with potency, similar to a certain seasonal archetype we might know.  Yes Virgo, the quiet maiden, an earth sign, who’s light is the thoughtful and wholesome one of contemplation.  Absorbed in contemplation, she is undivided in wholeness and vibrant in the long-forgotten true spirit of leisure.

In his book, Leisure, the Basis of Culture, philosopher Josef Pieper points out that the ancient Greek word for leisure was schole, which produced the latin word scola, where we get our english word school.  This was also their word for learning institutions.  Schools were more settings of leisure, contemplation and celebration, then competitive deadlines and hurried eating.  Their word for work was “aschola” meaning “not at leisure”.  Nowadays leisure is looked at more as an unlikely indulgence if we are lucky enough to nab a few moments of free time- and even then- did we really immerse ourselves in that nice Virgo Earthlight of oneness-with-the-universe, by choice of delicious contemplation?  Did we manage to sit by the dock of the bay, watching the clouds roll in?  

After all it is these moments, as Pieper points out, that great discoveries are made, be it Galileo watching the pendulum swing in a cathedral or Archimides screaming eureka in the bathtub.  Virgo connects to the widest reaches of the all, in her quite joys of leisure and contemplation.  

Pieper explains that leisure is not the mere absence of activity.  He says, “it is rather like the stillness in the conversation of lovers, which is fed by their oneness.”

Virgo’s peace comes from this very alive place, of total absorption and immersion into a moment.  Delicious and golden.  Electronegative as the earth, or a waterfall.  Exquisite and simple.  As children’s author Dodie Smith said, “contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”

Mercury, the seasonal planet of perception sails through the open airs of calming Libra. Soft eyes towards the wider skies, as the serene trickster makes a dynamic square to Jupiter, the limitless wide open blue of optimism.  

Venus the romantic sweetheart in Leo, the sign the Sun, who’s rays reach out to all of life with bountiful joy and affirmation.  Josef Pieper said that “Leisure lives on affirmation”.  and further that “the most sublime form of affirmation of the world as a whole is the fountainhead of leisure.”

Mars retrograde deep in Aries, the sign of the dawn.  Here in the Eastern part of the US, the dawn makes for the best chances to catch a glimpse of the Moon’s Earthlight. The retrograde red hot will, in a rare moment of contemplation, where is the action best directed after all?  And what’s that other gorgeous sparkling light in the morning sky?  Why it’s Mars’ true love, Venus, winking back at him, reminding him of the cohesive powers of fire, that hold everything together from above.  An eagerness transforms into a fiery trust of intuition. 

Jupiter direct approaches Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn– a pragmatic optimism marches forth towards a summit of transformative self-reliance.  As Pieper said of the contemplative person, “he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing.” 

Uranus in Taurus– The restorative electronegativity of the earth

Neptune in Pisces- An ocean of emotion efficiently absorbed in moments of leisurely contemplation.    

The Moon

The Moon begins the week waning crescent in Leo, the sign of the child.  A young and innocent sign in an old wise Moon.  The wealth of knowledge that children can teach us about the true spirit of leisure.  As Heraclitus said long long ago, “time is a game played beautifully by children.” 

Tuesday and Wednesday host an ever slimming Virgo Moon.  The New Moon in the old Moon’s arms.  Can you see the ashen glow?  And feel a love-inspired need to know?

By 7am Thursday morning the Moon is New in Virgo.  Moon, Sun and Earth align with all of their gravitational forces joining together.  The tides rise, pulling the waters of our dreams and feelings upward, all in the contemplative key of Virgo.  With a supportive trine from Saturn, the planet of world.  Virgo’s earth lit mind taking the world in as a whole.  An orientation towards the whole of existence, from where you are now, in this very moment.  Nothing else needed.  Just an attentiveness, a loving attainment of awareness.

By 3pm she begins to wax the thinnest crescent in Libra, the sign of balance.  In a day whose primary engine is in making a living, a balance must be struck to, in Pieper’s words “reclaim our human dignity”. His manifesto for leisure was published a mere year after the term “workaholic” was first coined in Canada.  See what balance you can begin to cultivate, with eyes turned upward towards the wide open blue.

By Saturday afternoon she waxes crescent in Scorpio, the sign of power, and we have an Old Moon in the New Moon’s arms.  New with a profound sense of power.  Philosopher Colin Wilson says that all real power is spiritual power, or feeling-power, just as all experience is feeling-experience. Human dignity reclaimed and a crisp breeze through the trees, reoriented to wholeness, a mind finally sees, how its growing, in knowing and loving to know, in the Aquarian age, lets see where this goes! 

As always, happy astro pondering!

The New Normal; Saturn in Aquarius

Saturn.  Father Time.  The planet of normalcy and status quo.  In the stirred up airy waters of Aquarius- the sign of the times.  This can only mean one thing- that we are entering a New Normal.

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Oh I don’t know, what’s new with you?

Saturn and Mars have trudged through the cold and merciless Earth of Capricorn- and now they both have emerged into the sign of the Future.  As curves are seen to be flattening- yet tragedies ever more on the rise, a compelling cry for FORESIGHT echoes through the infinite canyons of consciousness itself.

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Aquarius’ totem Greek God, Prometheus, a name that means “Foresight.”

With a desired future in mind- foresight comes naturally.  With a responsibility towards such a future, real change can happen.

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Abe Lincoln, an Aquarius- with his Sun conjunct the Ascendant.

The New Normal.  Saturn in Aquarius.  The new standards to live up to.  On a personal level as well as on a social one.  New standards like new laws.  Laws that allow nature to flourish and thrive.

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Because she’s worth it and so are you!

As Taurus Season begins this Sunday- the heart moves into a fire of homeostasis-craving Earth.  A Beauty-thirsty Season- that needs to quench its aching heart with bounty.

In the New Normal- the bounty is not taken for granted.  We have grown.  There are new responsibilities to be shared and honored.  The air in the world of the New Normal is a wake up call to true Interdependence.

Uranus- the Great Awakener, Aquarius’ ambassador planet, is also in Taurus- and for the next 6 years.

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To protect our bounty, our life and liberty, we have to take a tip from the bees!  And work together!  Fairly!  

The New Normal- emerging out of a dark time- may turn a grocery clerk, or bus driver wage into one of a Government job!  Or guarantee a health care worker that they will never be unprotected by lack of protective gear ever again!

Who knows- maybe even health care itself will be a human right not a privilege as a wise man says.

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Reality as it stands, is bizarre, and for many quite traumatic.  The future is all bound up with every churning of every gear.  Yet the power of Aquarius- is in its realization of interdependence.  The interdependence depends wholly- on the power of the individual.

The individual who, with perfect foresight, can take responsibility of the future.  Even if it’s just their own personal future, they can lead by example.  For the leaders that seek a better future for everyone- let’s hope their eyes are wide open- to the New Normal.

As Always, Happy Astro Pondering.

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Pluto: the hidden physics of power

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Minoan serpent goddess.

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the continual twist

Latest podcast is all about reclaiming lost power.  The planet pluto, the 8th house, or scorpio in the chart points to where we assess our relationship to our own sense of power.  The serpent wisdom is a healing, renewing and all-pervading one.  Join me in a jaunt to hell, to learn what we can from myth, a dash of science, cultural icons and of course, astrology.

PODCAST —  then scroll down to find “Pluto, the hidden physics of power”

 

Neptune podcast: the song and the memories of the sea

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Back! Back beguiling sirens!

The latest podcast is all about the seductive beguile of the planet Neptune.  Wherever Neptune is found in the birth chart is a place where the beauty and the spell of the sirens live within.

The collective unconscious is the ocean that lives within each one of us.  During dreamtime, Poseidon’s chariot is literally navigating us through an ancient world of memories, connecting to more memories.

Tune out and tune in!

PODCAST    –then scroll down to find the episode “Neptune, the song and the memories of the sea”.

Cultivating Your Inner Cary Grant: Natural Order and Integration

The word “integrity” sure has  a good vibe to it doesn’t it?  If someone were to compliment you on your integrity would you not feel fantastic?  It feels to me that it’s one of the best things to compliment a person on.

When I think of a famous archetype of a person with a lot of integrity my mind migrates towards Cary Grant, or at least his screen persona.  His feathers just refuse to be ruffled and his moral standing seems very difficult to become compromised.

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He himself recognized the enviable attributes of his on-screen persona.

His characters embody that of charm and effortless problem solving.  Being socially graceful is of utmost importance, even when it would seem out of the ordinary.  In this way he comes across as more alive then the other characters, more awake.

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He seamlessly embraces paradox (Venus) which heightens his romantic (Venus again) disposition.

 

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Even in times of panic the look on his face is focused, even somewhat serene.  Not to mention his clothes and hair are perfect.

Venus is very apparent here.  Calm cool and collected.  Let’s examine the word “integrity”.  It comes from the notion of integration which is another very Venusian concept.  Increasing the strength of something by bringing things together.

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Like the dude’s rug that “really tied the room together” integration puts us in tune with vital energies, and strengthen our sense of self

There is a longing for us all to find order in ourselves.  Chaos happens when our energies are attuned to disintegrating qualities such as jealousy, anger, hatred etc.  The solution is assuredly not to suppress these natural forces within us but to gently get back towards SOME kind of natural and integrative mode of conduct.

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This is a famous alchemical sign pointing out that a shift in perspective can  transmute chaos into order

Instead of letting these disintegrating emotions and thoughts become deconstructive to us we must gently put ourselves back in line with CONSTRUCTIVE tendencies.  Con-(with) structure (structure) puts order back in our lives, and order is naturally in tune with INTEGRATIVE energies.

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Robbie Hart, the wedding singer, was wise to CONSTRUCT a song to channel his DECONSTRUCTIVE feelings of anger that had been brewing ever since Linda left him at the alter

Back to Cary Grant for a moment.  Social grace, integrity, personal order, how might these look symbolically in a natal chart?

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 Without knowing a thing about astrology one can see the clump of planets at the bottom of the chart.  What is the feeling that conveys?  Perhaps the feeling of anchoring?

These planets are in the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius which are both affiliated with Saturn.  Saturn itself is at the very bottom of the chart.  What planet in astrology best signifies ORDER?

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SATURN!!!

Now keep in mind, Aquarius, although co-ruled by Saturn welcomes in the bizarre.  Could this be saying that order in the natural world IS bizarre yet still orderly?

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No argument here..

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Nor here!

And what about that social grace?  The wit, the charm?  In other words, what is happening with Venus?  Well, it is in the sign of Sagittarius which embraces larger than life essences and enthusiasm.  It is squared by Jupiter which only EXPANDS it further and is opposite Pluto which serves to EMPOWER it.  OF course this is if he is working well with his own energies, and he sure seems to do that.

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The virtues Cary Grant embodies on screen speak so loud to people because they are resonant with natural laws.  Social harmony and order are birds of the same feather.

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They flock together

Personal order can be cultivated by practicing and making room for these things within ourselves.  By doing so we unite with nature and our fellow humans.

Was Archie Leach this schooled in the craft?  Archie Leach was Cary Grant’s birth name.  In a bizarre (Aquarius!) moment in the film “His Girl Friday” Grant says this.  Talk about embodying his new persona!  Watch it- it’s only 7 seconds.

That’s pretty wild right?  He isn’t who he was, he’s who he is becoming.

On a final note I want to celebrate the fact that we can all learn to tap into our inner Cary Grant in times of trouble and chaos.  With a little cool-headed grace can come a little more order and vice versa.  Constructive choices bring put us in better reception to INTEGRATING energies which keep us more settled in nature’s natural order.  Letting deconstructive choices block integration, working more to dis-integrate ourselves.  It is always possible to balance it a bit more in the natural direction.

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Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

When we say the word genius, Einstein is easily one of the first people that enters most of our minds.  In this post we are going to examine the possible signatures of “genius” in Einstein’s chart as well as look deeper into what that word really means. In astrology, one of the first planets that jumps in to be associated with “genius” is Uranus.  Uranus is the lightning bolt that infuses us with electricity, intensifies what it touches and is considered the higher octave of Mercury (mind).

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What lightning bolt?

Basically, the planets that serve as higher octaves take PERSONAL drives (inner planets) and make them TRANSPERSONAL drives (outer planets).  Venus the planet of love finds it’s higher octave in Neptune, the planet of DIVINE love.  Mars the planet of the will finds it’s higher octave in Pluto, the planet of DIVINE will.  Mercury the planet of mind finds it’s higher octave in Uranus, our DIVINE mind.  The universal mind.  The vast reservoir of knowledge that we are all connected to as human beings.

Another planet that needs to be mentioned when we talk about a genius is Jupiter.  Jupiter is associated with learning, as is the 9th house.  Jupiter (and Sagittarius, which it rules) is built to take leaps of faith and connect different concepts together to find MEANING.  Einstein has a strong Jupiter because it is in the 9th house and it rules his Sagittarius Moon.  So Einstein’s driving need in life (Moon) is to connect certain dots and find meaning.  His Jupiter takes on a strong Uranian tone (genius) as it is in Aquarius (which is ruled by Uranus) AND opposed by Uranus.  Uranus is intensifying his planet of faith and broad leaps of understanding.

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“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it Intuition or call it what you will, the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.” Spoken like a true Uranian-Jupiterian!

Einstein’s Mercury (mind) is in forward moving Aries and conjunct Saturn, the planet of seriousness and hard work.  His mind is built to take on a lot.  It’s ready for hard work.

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His mind is up for the task with Saturn conjunct Mercury in fiery Aries.

His Sun (life energy) is in Pisces, the sign that is tuned like no other into SUBTLETIES.  Pisces energy feels and intuits.  It seeks to flow with the internal rhythm of nature and surrender to it.  To run effectively it seeks divine beauty.

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Pisces seeks to absorb vast beauty and grow from it.

Remember, Pisces is ruled by Neptune, DIVINE beauty, the higher octave of Venus, beauty.  Einstein is famous for playing the violin when he found himself stumped by his studies.  The immersion into the right brain of creativity (Venus and Neptune) by playing his music would lead to a breakthrough (Uranus) of understanding (Jupiter).  It’s interesting to note that the only aspect his understanding-seeking Sagittarius Moon makes is a trine (support) from his violin-playing Venus.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. What else does a man need to be happy?” -Einstein

Finally I would like to tie in a wonderful insight provided by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love” in her TED talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”. http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius?language=en

In it she talks about the fact that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people believed that creativity came from a divine source and was not something wired into the individual themselves.  The relationships that you cultivated with this source led to your ability to express creativity.  People used to say I “have” a genius, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance came, where all of the attention was placed on the individual being the center of everything that people started saying I “am” a genius.  She speaks about the advantages of keeping that psychological distance between you and your “genius” when it comes to our own creative endeavors.  She explains that the myth of the genie in the lamp is representative of this truth.  Setting your genie (genius) free, as in not identifying with it leads to it working better.  I recommend watching the full TED talk, very interesting IMO..

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Free your genius from the captivity of yourself! Let it resume it’s rightful place OUTSIDE, where you can establish a relationship with it.

Einstein sure seemed to have this sacred distance established within himself.   Here are some more quotes:

“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.”

“I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious”

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

Happy Birthday to you Einstein, and your radiant genius!

A look at some elements that appeared at the Oscars

Fire excites.  Water makes you feel.  Here are two examples of those energies in action taken from the Oscars this past Sunday.

Patricia Arquette stoked the flames in the audiences hearts when she used her acceptance speech to command attention to the need for equal wages and equal rights for women. Meryl Streep was so excited that she stood up and pointed “Yes!”.  Patricia is a double fire sign, with her Sun in Aries and her Moon in Leo.  Not to mention that at the time of her speech transiting Venus and Mars were in Aries (fiery passion) and stimulating her natal Aries Mercury in the 9th house (her fiery mind naturally tuned into 9th house matters, like politics).

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Patricia started the political fieriness off early in the night, bringing excitement to the audience

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The excitement brought Meryl to her feet shouting “Yes!”

Common and John Legend’s performance of “Glory” stirred up a lot of emotion in the audience.  Tears continued to flow as they took turns with the acceptance speech after winning the award moments later.  Common is a double Water, with both his Sun and Moon in compassionate all-embracing Pisces.  The last line of the speech, in reference to the “spirit of the bridge” at Selma couldn’t sum up the Pisces energy any better: “This bridge was built on hope, welded with compassion and elevated by love for all human beings”.

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Common and Legend made a point to have their acceptance speech tie directly into the important themes equal rights for all human beings prolonging the high emotions in the audience.

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David Oyelowo has Venus in Pisces as did Martin Luther King. Relating to others (Venus) in an all-accepting compassionate way (Pisces). MLK also had a Pisces Moon which puts those themes even more centered into his soul.

All in all a very enjoyable Oscars!

Astro Oscar preamble! Best Actor

The Oscars are almost here!  Let’s have a quick look at some astro observations having to do with the best actor nominees..

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Eddie Redmayne and Bradley Cooper both have the same big transit happening for them this year.  Pluto is conjunct their natal Suns, as they are born one day apart from each other.  Their natal Suns being in achievement-oriented Capricorn are being blown up BIG (Pluto) and perhaps transformed.  Redmayne clearly already transformed himself as an actor in the public eye showing how he can seemingly shape-shift directly into Stephen Hawking with all that realism.  I have yet to see “American Sniper” but it’s safe to say that both of these chaps could stand to welcome more BIGNESS into their years by picking up an Oscar.

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Redmayne definitely transformed (Pluto) himself in this role

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Cooper has been very open about the deep transformative effect (Pluto transit) taking on this role has had on him by learning about the struggles that military families take on.

I would love to see Benedict Cumberbatch win if not for his speech alone.  On Oscar night Mars and Venus will be together in Aries (passionate fire-cracking energy) and making a perfect trine (supportive influence) on his natal Leo Mercury (dramatic confident style of speech).

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Speech! Speech! Speech!

If Carell wins, the transiting Sun will be right on his natal Moon in Pisces, highlighting his other-worldly way.  We can perhaps expect to see something strange and mysterious in his speech, or maybe a speech of real compassion (all Pisces things).

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Visible mystery or compassion likely with his speech

I couldn’t find reliable birth data for Keaton, but good luck to him.

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“Birdman” was awesome IMO..

May the best man win!