The other day I had the pleasure of experiencing an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas are different from other saunas as the heat that they give off is “the same as the heat of the sun” and it warms you up more gently and brings out toxins more effectively. I was very curious in the fact that it was the same as Sun heat. You mean SUN heat? Spark of life heat? How great is this thing going to make me feel?
Short answer: VERY GREAT!!
Not only did it make me feel great it had this other little strange side effect while I was sitting in it. I instinctively really wanted to bring my hands together- as if in prayer, but not to pray- just to hold them flat against each other. That felt really right weirdly. I didn’t think much of it at the time. But later that night I had a dream about staring at a giant fossil from high up on a roof and seeing infrared energy in the fossil. I woke up and googled “ancient infrared” and found that infrared energy is the stuff used in Qi Gong. That energy that is transferred through the hands, the Qi, is infrared energy.
This is the heat generated from the hand of a Qi Gong master. Infrared heat, just like the sauna!
So let’s bring in the man who discovered infrared light, Sir William Herschel. This is a very interesting man. He also discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. Uranus is considered the planet of the “common man” and Herschel himself was considered to be a relatively common man as he was an amateur astrologer who built his own telescopes and spent even more time composing music. He discovered infrared light nearly twenty years later when he conducted a simple experiment.
Herschel first took a prism, separating the light into the 7 different colors of the spectrum (established by Newton).
Then he put thermometers in each color and measured their individual heats. He found that red emitted the most amount of heat and it went down steadily with each following color. But as you can see from this picture that wasn’t where he stopped. He decided to put another thermometer in the space next to the red where there was “no” light. That proved to emit the most heat. Thus, the discovery of infrared radiation.
So here is this eccentric (Uranus) man who has made two discoveries that are not entirely dissimilar symbolically. Uranus is associated with Aquarius and what is the symbol of Aquarius?
That’s right- those wavy lines.
Light waves resemble that same symbol, and so do the wavy lines of sound for that matter. The infrared waves are there too- just beyond the red, longer and invisible to the naked eye (for some of us!)
Certain animals see more of the spectrum. Bees for example can see ultra-violet colors. These colors are displayed very noticeably in the flower’s buds to show the bee what pollen is where.
What we see vs. what the bee sees.
Aquarius is the sign that is opposite Leo which rules the Sun. Oppositions are said to be like two heads of the same coin. Here we have one portrayal of that with Leo (the Sun) and Aquarius (the Sun’s vibrations, or the waves of light). As we enter into the Age go Aquarius we are certainly experiencing more and more use of invisible energy waves (wifi, cell phones, etc). Some say that all of these airwaves are confusing the bees by interfering with their navigations system. I find bees to be a very Leo/Aquarian symbol. For one they worship their Queen and make golden honey (LE-O!) and for two they work in colonies and make buzzing sounds (the electric-associated and group oriented Aquarius).
As we enter the Age of Aquarius- the bee: a true symbol of our times today?
So the color beyond red is where infrared energy begins.. Let’s take a quick look at the rainbow.
The color red finds itself at the top of the rainbow.
All of a sudden I have Dorothy Gale in my head, singing “Somewhere OVER the rainbow.” Could she be referring to this invisible energy in some way? I would be tempted to leave this thread alone if it where not for some VERY strong Aquarian associations with her character.
Dorothy is clearly the most “human” element of this quaternity. In the zodiac all Air signs are representative of the human. What is Dorothy’s last name?
That’s right, it’s GALE. As in “strong wind”. In the zodiac it is Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) that represents such a strong wind. The “winds of change”- that is Uranian territory.
What about the other guys? Can we find a place for them of Dorothy is Aquarius? Let’s see…
A no brainer. Looks like Leo. And now we have the first arm of the fixed cross. Dorothy as Aquarius and Cowardly Lion as Leo.
Scarecrow is very similar to Scorpio, starting with the name themselves. He is set on fire and destroyed only to come back to life- very Scorpionic, as in phoenix from the ashes (another Scorpio symbol). Besides he looks halloweenish which is totally Scorpio. Great- so now all we need is Taurus to complete the Fixed Cross!
Tinman… Ok, so it starts with “T’ like Taurus, but here is another association. As long ago as 2870 B.C., at the dawn of the Bronze Age, tin mining was a well developed industry in the Central TAURUS mountains of Turkey.
And the final clue that Dorothy is related to Aquarius (and thus Uranus)…….
She’s the WATER BEARER!!!! (Aquarius) She throws water on the witch to make her melt!
All of these symbolic connections of the Wizard of Oz to the Fixed Cross is the work of my twin sister. She went on such a stretch of these associations one day. Well done Johnnie! It may seem that I am going on a wild Wizard of Oz tangent, but I am going to try and tie up all of these themes. As we find ourselves in the Age of Aquarius, I think we could use some tips from this Aquarian heroine, Dorothy Gale.
Our Western society tends to see fulfillment as something to be accomplished “out there”, “beyond the rainbow”.
The fact that there is a Wicked Witch of the WEST supports this skeptical take on Western perspective.
Dorothy needs all the help she can get from her animal instincts, a.k.a Toto to follow her heart (yellow brick road as we talked about in the last post) and get home (to her true sense of self).
The dangerous side of Aquarius is de-personalization. With so much technology it becomes easier to forget that we are human beings beholden to wondrous moments that can easily be missed.
I love my cell phone, but when I see giant crowds of people ALL looking down into their hands I have to admit I get a little spooked.
Invisible vibrations are around us and inside us. Let’s not forget the message of the East, to seek fulfillment also on an INNER level, like Dorothy ends up doing in the end when she says “I don’t have to look any further than my own back yard”. Let’s not forget the powerful energy that comes from within and how that connects to a staggering potential for connectivity.
When we experience touch our bodies produce the stress-lowering hormone of oxytocin. This hormone basically strengthens all that makes us human, such as feelings of love and belonging.
We are entering the Age of Aquarius and It’s an exciting time to tune in. Both on the outer and the inner level. It is an exciting time to reach out as well as reach in.
Fade out with the helicopter spin sound effect of Brian Wilson…..
For anyone in the area looking for an infrared sauna session, I recommend Avellino Organic Esthetics Day Spa in New City, NY.