Supernatural Serenity; Venus in Sagittarius

Metaphorcast 10/11-17, 2021

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Venus, the planet of connectivity is floating with fiery exuberance in the sign of Sagittarius until early November.  With Jupiter, the planet of enthusiasm providing a supportive trine to the Sun and Mars in social Libra, it seems a good week to ponder the effect of enthusiastic connection.  

Picture a dog, your dog if you have one, running towards you with tongue out to the side, eager to connect with you, eager to embrace a tussle.  This is the spirit of enthusiastic connection.  

Thoreau called enthusiasm a “supernatural serenity”.  Finding the things that awaken this supernatural serenity stirs a special energy.  It is similar to lightning striking a rock to make a magnetic lodestone.  Once the rock is magnetized it knows where true north is.  Enthusiastic connections strengthen one’s magnetic field, making it easier to navigate life in general.

What do you like?  It wasn’t always that this word triggered the image of a blue thumbs up icon.   What you like has to do with your own mystery.  It has to do with your own mysterious road map.  It has to do with your free-will as it combines with your dynamic calling.  What you like opens up your future.  What you like is your own romantic path.  What you like is a special clue to who you are, your spark of individuality as it reaches a steady glow.  Serene and supernatural.  

If you are not in touch with what you like you won’t pencil what you like into your day.  Lightning goes wasted.  Landscapes shrink.  You will forget all about your powers of enthusiasm.  And this week, that will make the Goddess of beauty weep!

William Blake said “Exuberance is beauty”.  Venus’ connectivity is most natural when a bubbling up of enthusiasm is present.  Just imagine a fun party as compared to a boring one, or a first date with sparks versus awkward moments.  Enthusiasm and connectivity are peas in a pod.  Snuggle bugs in a rug.  They make things easy for eachother but this easiness is also dynamic like lightning.  As long as some logic mediates their passions, connectivity and enthusiasm will consistently perk up the heaviest parts of the soul.  Supernatural and serene, lightning sometimes strikes twice, 3 times or 50!  

As always, happy astro pondering!

Special Things; Blessed Be a Blue Moon

Metaphorcast for 8/16-22

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Many of us likely remember last year’s Halloween Full Moon.  It was a Blue Moon, the second of the month, and Mars was right nearby blazing its red fire.  

Maybe you remember where you were, and even who you were when your eyes met these wondrous sky events.  Were you a werewolf taking a breather on a back porch?  A unicorn handing out chocolates from your doorstep?  Reaching back into this memory it becomes clear how this unique event (a special moon on a special night) became a part of you.

It is the last week of Leo Season and there is another Blue Moon headed our way, on Sunday August 22, the same day that the Season will shift into Virgo.  This Blue Moon is of a different kind than last year’s; it is a Seasonal Blue Moon, the third full moon in a Season of 4 full moons.  A Season (from equinox to solstice) usually has 3 full moons.  But just like clovers, sometimes there is a 4th, making it special, unusual, set apart from the norm.

Think back again, do you have any memories of finding a four leaf clover?  Or seeing a shooting star?  A ball of lightning?  A double rainbow?  You likely, once again remember where you were, and also, in a sense, who you were.  Maybe not as clear cut a memory as a werewolf taking a breather on a back porch, but something is most likely still preserved of your surroundings and your inner life at that moment.  

This is how humans are all natural artists.  Special things and events that are set apart from the norm, somehow trigger us to become a part of them.  

A special day is set apart from the calendar year, so we can choose to be a part of it by cooking a big feast and hanging mistletoes.

In stories a special thing is searched for, be it a grail, a blue flower or a ring with magic powers.  That special thing, set apart from the norm, becomes a part of the hero the minute he embarks on the quest. 

At the beginning of this week Venus will go into Libra, the artist, the one who seeks to be a part of those special things that are set apart from the norm.

Picasso was born when Venus was travelling through Libra.  He famously said “Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Children have no trouble spotting those special things set apart from the norm.  Most things are special in fact, and the norm is but a vague abstraction.  For children, most things are special enough to want to be a part of, most things are interesting enough to join in on the fun; a stick, a pile of leaves, a bouncing ball, a sign post.  

As adults it becomes harder to get enthusiastic about these things and for good reason.  Our sense of significance, just like our bodies, has grown.  It reaches and reaches and continues to reach.  A satisfying feeling of meaning now needs more space- more width- a wider field to establish more and more relations.  We only encounter problems when we forget to reach.

Lucky for us both seasonal and calendar blue moons find us every 2 or 3 years, not to mention holidays, regular full moons, birthdays and rainbows.  Blessed be these special things, set apart from the norm, triggering the artist that lives deep inside all of human nature, to join in on the fun and be a part of it.

As always, happy astro pondering!   

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Who Loves the Sun?

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There is a romantic rendezvous in the sky this week as Mars joins Venus on Tuesday, July 13th.  The star crossed lovers will embrace in the sign of Leo, the Sun, stirring up a passion for something so universal yet so often overlooked.

The Egyptians worshipped Ra, the Sun God who was the source of life, power, energy, warmth and light.  For the Greeks it was Helios, who dutifully drove his chariot through the sky to create each day anew.  The Aboriginals worshipped Yhi, the Goddess of light and creation who lived in dreamtime before she opened her eyes, causing light to fall upon the earth.  The Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains would perform sun dances to renew the bond that man has with life, earth and the growing season.  

And here we find ourselves now, in this summer week of 2021.  How often do we consider the bond we hold with life, the earth and the growing season?  How often do we marvel at the wholeness of a day?  The new light that lifts us up again and again from our dreams?  What is this bond we hold with the Sun; with light, warmth and growth?

The great ideas that have shaped our history have come about with special and intimate bonds of light that flash across a person’s mind.  Even just the pretty good ideas that you may have had yesterday came from a special bond with light.  

A bond with warmth may come when our nervous systems register a delightful shift that melts away stress, as we share a hearty laugh with someone.

Laughter is especially special.  Philosopher Henri Bergson saw laughter to be an evolutionary strategy, a corrective force to keep us from falling into a trap of rigidity.  He said that in general, we laugh at ‘something mechanical encrusted upon the living.’  The classic example of someone falling down goes from what is living, flowing and moving with a certain ‘elasticity’ as he likes to call it, to a bumbling mishap likely due to a lack of awareness.  Maybe someone is on their phone and walks straight into a sign post.  Something mechanical encrusted upon the living.  The natural response of laughter keeps us rejecting rigidity, and distancing ourselves from robotic behavior.  

Laughter shakes us back into being truly human, which in truth, is part superhuman.  

A similar thing happens with wonder.  Philosopher Josef Pieper said “Wonder acts upon a man like a shock, he is “moved” and “shaken”.  In these times all that is taken for granted loses its obviousness as a sense of mystery deepens within.  Reality is rendered beyond understanding because “its light is ever-flowing, unfathomable, and inexhaustible.”

Artists who paint bond with light as it interplays with matter.  Musicians and songwriters bond with light as it makes itself known from within.  As Kurt Cobain said, “In the Sun, I feel as one.”  

The gold of the sun is a standard of true wealth; a suppleness of spirit that triumphs again and again over the most trying of challenges.  As Henry David Thoreau discovered, “I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days.”  

Rimbaud called the sun “the hearth of affection and life [that pours] burning love on the delighted earth.”

It was only a couple hundred years ago that people began to accept the idea that planets revolved around the sun.  But what if, as we continue to laugh and wonder and grow as a species, a second sun emerges?  A second place of unmistakable power, warmth and light.  A unity that only comes from a heightened intensity of individual sparks? What if the good fight of laughter and wonder to keep humans as elastic as possible comes under deeper challenges as the world of automation, with its tricks that play on the subconscious, begin to normalise over-mechanized behavior?

This week, the passionate lovers of Mars and Venus hail no!  Long live the sun.  Long live the quaking of the light!  

As always, happy astro pondering!

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To Everything Turn Turn Turn. Venus enters Taurus.

Venus will go into Taurus on Wednesday, April 14th.  Salvador Dali was born with Venus in Taurus (and was a Taurus himself).  He famously said, “I don’t do drugs.  I am drugs.”  Venus in Taurus loves a good embodiment.

Just like a Dali painting, Venus in Taurus has a far out side.  To the furthest reaches of the universe in fact.  

Last post we explored the ideas of inventor and cosmologist, Arthur M. Young and we will stick with him again in this post, namely his ideas about the torus.  

What makes the torus such an interesting shape? - Quora

Taurus is the 2nd sign of the zodiac, and the torus field is composed of two rotating circularities.  One rotation is edging around the donut, the other is through the middle and back up around the side. 

It is the rotation that is of importance with the torus, and only the rotation.  The rotation is what connects the inner most part of you (and any other creature) with the farthest reaches of the universe.  Are you beginning to sense a melting clock?

This is quite natural. As Young explains, in the “phase dimension” (theorized by Arthur Eddington) rotation is all that counts.  There is no time.  With this dimension Eddington discovered that the curvature of space-time is the same as the rotation that’s implicit in the photon.  The curve of space-time and the curve of uncertainty (that exists in each photon) appear to be the same thing. He did what seems to still be impossible today. He married quantum theory with relativity, merging the infinitesimally small with the grand expanse.

Young puts an extra spin to this when he said that the dimension of rotation is also the dimension of choice, a freedom always present in some capacity. He also discovered that the mathematical formula for the torus and the Einstein-Eddington hypersphere was the same.

Make it two. Eddington’s on his way.

Taurus then, is the shape of everything, a dimension of pure rotation, connecting us as separate and willful individuals to the farthest reaches of space by design.  By our use of choice, we embody this dimension.

Dali said “I dont do drugs.  I am drugs.”  In the toroidal universe, you don’t make choices you are choice. You are free-will (what Young equates with uncertainty).  It is uncertainty, or free-will that underlies all existence.  The photon and free-will are one and the same, rotating in sync with the great sweeps of space-time.  

Have you ever felt a certain good choice to strengthen you on a real bodily level?  How about the opposite?  Have you ever been so out of touch with your own power of choice that you felt somewhat outside of yourself?

With this transit it is time to get back in sync with the curve!  Trust in your body’s feedback when it comes to choices.  It’s, shall we say, well-connected. 😉

Venus will rotate in Taurus until May 8th when she will jump into Gemini!

Happy choosing, and as always happy astro pondering!

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The (Active) Art of Loving. Venus enters Aries

In the previous post, the very verdant verity of an inner spring was examined via Erich Fromm’s two existential modes of “having” and “being”.  It seems natural to stick with Fromm for this next transit on Sunday March 21st, as Venus, the Love Goddess goes into action-oriented Aries.

Fromm begins his very popular book, The Art of Loving (1956), with this question:

“Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Or is love a pleasant sensation, which to experience is a matter of chance, something one “falls into” if one is lucky?”

As the title suggests, he believes it is an art.  A “faculty” rather than a “feeling”.  A verb rather than a noun.  He sees love as an “activity” rather than a “passivity”, centering primarily on giving rather than receiving.  

For Fromm, we have it all wrong when we try to make ourselves more lovable to attract love.  Thinking this way turns ourselves into self-made commodities, looking for the commodity in others that fit the bill.  The problem becomes a passive problem of being loved, rather than an active affirmation of our capacity to love.  

Fromm himself was an Aries, born right around the time of the vernal equinox.  Spring is a clear display of life, and for Fromm, so is the art of loving.  The name of his book is The Art of Loving, not The Art of Love.  Love, like life, is not a noun, but a verb.

And what does the dedicated artist of love give to others, and to the world?

Fromm says, “he gives his life”.  This, however, is not a sacrifice. He further explains,

“he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness—of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him. In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person, he enhances the other’s sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness. He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy. But in giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him.”

Maybe this is why springtime birds sing so much.  They are skilled and knowing artists practicing the liveliest art.  The art of loving.  

How can you turn love into a verb?  Venus will delight in Aries until April 14th, when it will cozy up in Taurus.

Happy Astro Pondering!

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Fusing Fact and Value. New Moon in Pisces

A New Moon in Pisces is in store for us this Saturday.  New Moons “hide” from us, thus they hold a signature of privacy. With the archetype of Pisces, the most inward of all signs, the privacy dimension gains more depth.  Throw in the fact that harmonizing Venus and mystery-of-mysteries Neptune are right there too, and we have, what seems like, a romantic quest.  To the inner-most bounds!  A loving quest for the universe within! 

Psychologist, Abraham Maslow saw this quest to be paramount to discovering a person’s “isness”.  This “isness” is very important, because in knowing this, one can find their “oughtness”.  Maslow saw this as a crucial fusing of fact and value, is and ought. 

 In a storybook, this “is” would be the landscape, conditions, and basic reality of the hero.  The “ought” would be the hero’s desires and visions.  The ultimate question, or quest of the story would be: can the facts of reality merge with the value of the vision?  

Maslow applies this dynamic recipe for good ficiton straight to our own sense of well-being.  Of the person willing to look inward to his “isness” he says,

“The more he knows about his own nature, his deep wishes, his temperament, his constitution, what he seeks and yearns for and what really satisfies him, the more effortless, automatic, and epiphenomenal becomes his value choices… Discovering one’s own nature is simultaneously an ought quest and is quest.

This is celestial music straight from the effortless graces of Pisces and Venus.  A song that is no song at all, like John Cage’s 4:33.  

Notice that when he talks about discovering one’s inner nature he focuses on “deep wishes” as well as “temperament” and “constitution”.  It’s a balanced inventory- a real assessment, but an assessment of a hero/ heroinne, and all that he/she seeks and yearns for.

Don’t even think about taking the romance out of your “isness”!  And at the same time, two feet on the ground please. 

Will you indulge in the Fishes inner plunge tonight and alchemize some facts and values?  

Happy Astro Pondering!

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The Force of Union. Venus Enters Pisces.

Venus will drift into Pisces on Thursday, February 25th, following her trek in Aquarius. Joining the Sun in the most elusive of Seasonal signs, she re-frames her ultimate questions to the key of the fish.

Her questions are always those of relating. In Pisces she confronts the whole universe! Its mystery, her own mystery. Though Pisces represents the whole universe, it is the innermost of signs. Its notion of wholeness comes with a large dose of mystique.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said “Fuller being is closer union.” He goes on to say,

“union increases only through an increase in consciousness, that is to say vision.  And that, doubtless, is why the history of the living world can be summarized as the elaboration of ever more perfect eyes within a cosmos in which there is always something more to be seen.”

Venus in Pisces radiates with the essence of something more to be seen. It is her original gift of je-ne-sais-quoi. As she opens her heart to a cosmological guarantee of always more she strengthens her own sense of allure, and her relationship with a true sense of wholeness.

Always something more to be seen

Goethe’s Faust ends with the line: “the eternal feminine draws us upward.” Certainly a mysterious statement. It seems to elude to an energy worth contemplating on.

Chardin saw all energy to be psychic energy, falling into two distinct categories: tangential and radial.

Tangential energy is related to physical energy; the way fire burns wood, water erodes rock, etc. This is a force that always leads to entropy. The things lose their order.

Radial energy, on the other hand draws elements “towards ever greater complexity and centricity- in other words forwards.” He called this energy “the force of union, drawing elements onward and upward, and manifesting itself ultimately in love.” (my italics)

This is starting to sound a lot like the eternal feminine!

Radial energy operates from center to center. If we look again at the sign of Pisces, it is easy to see this as a possible hint of radial energy.

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Two outer edges of circles connecting from their centers?

And perhaps the reason it isn’t two full circles is because that is the dynamic part: to relate to someone or something or a place, from your very center in hope of finding a sense of wholeness.

To relate to something from your center, is then, to anticipate a sense of wholeness, eternal mystery and all! Sounds like Venus has her happy work cut out for her. And you do too!

Venus will be in Pisces until March 21st, when she will burst forth in Aries.

Happy Astro Pondering!

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Uncommon Common Sense. Venus Enters Aquarius

Voltaire said, “Common sense is not so common”. Venus, the Goddess of the senses glides into Aquarius today, the sign of the uncommon, but also the common, as in the common good.

Aquarius strives towards a universal brotherhood and also celebrates the uncommon qualities that makes an individual unique.

Your own uniqueness is, in a sense, your own otherness. What happens when Venus enters the scene, with her magic love potion?

Does a love for the otherness of yourself also inspire a love for the otherness of others? Is this part of the evolutionary recipe for universal brotherhood?

Evolution-savvy Aquarius is freely unique without ever losing sight of the humanity that unites.

Unique yet united in humanity. Seems like common sense.

Sometimes however, we forget to look for otherness. Our robotic selves tell us that there is no need for otherness, and just to look for ourselves in what we see, hear and read.

Fran Lebowitz said “A book is not supposed to be a mirror. It’s supposed to be a door.”

What uncommon common sense this is!

And so much more romantic!

A door opens one up to learning something new, a mirror shows you, yourself! A door opening is like a horizon resuming its stretch, a unique musical score uniting an audience! Where you are is different, but there is a mysterious warm glow of unity.

With so many planets already buzzing in Aquarius, Venus is fashionably late to the party. Her eyes wide and perfectly original. Like a salt-lamp disco ball, Aquarian-ruled Uranus puts a dynamic square on the party, upping the existential questions of what truly matters and strengthens us.

By the 25th of this month she will float into dreamy Pisces- but until then- it is the uncommon common sense that propels her look, listen and reach out for rejuvenating otherness.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire

Happy Astro Pondering!

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Venus in Capricorn- The World as a Whole

This past week Venus entered Capricorn, the sign of the real world. Capricorn is the mythical SeaGoat. We can find a goat in the world and we can find a fish in the world, but we can’t find a SeaGoat in the real world.

Or can we?

Perhaps what is necessary is to examine what is meant by a real world.

In his book, Leisure as the Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper says that a world is a “field of relations”. To have a world is to “be the center, the coordinator, of a field of relations”. He gives the example of a plant using its surroundings; absorbing the air, the sunshine, and drawing nourishment from the ground. `

If the world is defined by our relations, of our inner life to our outer life, then a human’s world would include all the many relations of the mind and heart. The world becomes deeper and wider.

Imagination, philosophy, dreaming, these are the things that extend the boundaries of our world into the reality of wholeness. This, as Pieper saw it, is the real world. The world as a whole. For us to be at peace with ourselves, we must not mistake our environment with the real world of wholeness.

"The really human thing is to see the stars above the roof, to preserve our apprehension of the universality of things in the midst of the habits of our daily life, and to see "the world" above and beyond our immediate environment."   Joseph Pieper- Leisure The Basis of Culture

For the rest of this month, as Venus moves through the Capricorn, don’t forget to see those stars amidst your daily habits.

Venus will move into Aquarius on February 1st.

As always, happy astro pondering!

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An Affinity for Lightning! Venus enters Sagittarius!

After a deeply saturated Scorpionic Venus graced our Halloween- she is now ready to hang up her witches hat in favor of untamed electricity!  In fond favor of the freedom to expand this way and that in a flash of brilliance.  The Goddess.. is getting giddy!

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Giddy– up!

Venus is that part within us that says “I prefer this instead of that”.  It is the aesthetic preference always at work, largely operating on a subconscious basis.  The judgement that takes place in our minds at any given moment of the day.  Venus is part sensual (Taurus) and part mental (Libra).  She is not a slave to her preferences because she can think about what is truly best for her, even when it is not the sensual winner.

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“Mmm yes, very nice.. but maybe not for breakfast” -Venus.    *note or maybe YES if she finds good reason!  The scales are always balancing out the rationale!   

When aesthetic preferences inhabit the domain of the Archer, you can expect a leaning towards things of an enthused, optimistic and morally aware nature.  The aesthetics that are looking extra good right now are ones that promise the soul a LIFT.

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It feels good to feel good!

Sagittarius is definitely the high-flying spirited archetype.  The bubbling nature that begins somewhere inside and breaks out into laughter, catching on to others in a wildfire of contagion.  The fire of Sagittarius is a fire that lifts the spirit, as well as gently encouraging it to rise, as with a good spiritual and moral awareness.  To be in tune with the Sagittarian vibe is is to be in tune with a spiritual appetite.  An appetite that is hungry for meaning and real knowledge.

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Sagittarian enthusiasm and learning have always gone hand in hand.

The zest that comes about with Sagittarius joy is a zest that wants more zest.  The fire of the Centaur is the fire of the visionary.  The power of the visionary is to increase an understanding of what is truly vital.  At it’s most central teaching, the visionary understanding is an understanding of life itself.  Something that will never be uninteresting!

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This kind of education can strike in a flash- like lightning!

So pay attention to where your preferences are leaning this next month!  Can you help steer your faithful steed into places of spirited learning?

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The sky is the limit!          (Rene Magritte has Venus in Sagittarius).

Happy astro pondering!