Have you ever wondered what it is that exists at the utmost root of things? It was not long ago that science responded to this question with the atom, whose name means indivisible one. But as we know now, atoms can be split and there is a whole weird quantum world beyond it. So what is it then, that is most fundamental to our existence?
In his book, The Reflexive Universe, inventor and cosmologist Arthur M. Young sees this answer to be clear: it is action, not matter that is most basic to the universe we live in. He also sees this universe to be purposeful in it’s evolution.
“Science builds its edifice on mass, length and time. The suspicion of purpose only occurs in action, which combines all three. Is it possible that there is something present in the whole that is not in the parts?”
Who, if anyone, does not long for a sense of wholeness? Wholeness beckons us from grocery aisles with green marketing logos and from the bulletin boards on the way out that features happy yoga people in a moment of bliss. But have you ever considered that wholeness is what lies in your decision to drive to the store in the first place?
As Young points out; you can’t make a decision one and a half times. Actions come in wholes.
It was Max Planck who first came up with the notion that action comes in wholes, or quanta. He discovered the constant, an elementary quantum of action, which lead Einstein to discovering that light exists in discrete quantity of energy, or photons.
Unlike the atom, this quantum of action can’t be split apart. It’s a notion of true undivided wholeness, you might even say, the true atom.
Young explains that light itself is pure action because “light is not seen; it is seeing.” A photon can not be seen twice. It’s detection is it’s annihilation.
“Light is pure action, unattached to any object, like the smile without the cat.”
-Arthur M. Young, The Reflexive Universe
Emerson said “A right action seems to fill the eye and be related to all of nature.”
The Aries New Moon (Sunday, April 11th) is an invitation to ponder a “new atom”. A new answer to what exists at the utmost root of all existence. A new point of view that sees wholeness as inherent in the nature of action, decision, and purposive activity.
This New Moon receives a square from powerful Pluto in lawful Capricorn, empowering us to, as Young advises, “ use law instead of being blocked by it”. For Young, deterministic laws of nature are what is necessary for us to have means to achieve a goal. Rather than a question of determinism versus free-will, he sees determinism as the agency of free-will. How could you plan to start your car if you couldn’t count on the keys starting the ignition?
With goals and the means to carry them out, actions can vibrate stronger with purpose!
A New Moon, a new atom, a new you! On the most fundamental level, you are free as a photon! You are light and laughter! Beyond even time itself, for as Young points out, “clocks stop at the speed of light.”
Happy actions, and happy astro pondering!
Astro art by Johnnie Day Durand
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!
The Full Buck Moon comes this weekend, rivaling whatever fireworks may show in the sky. The Full Moon during Cancer Season is the most Moon a Moon can get. Artemis sees to it that her magic is alive and scientifically measurable at this time. The Buck Full Moon gets its name from the curious fact that a buck’s antlers grow the fastest during this time of year, due to the daylights effect on its hormones.
In your hair, in the air and everywhere, structure is eager to shape- eager to grow and change to the changing needs of it’s internal compass.
Rudolph Steiner commented that the horns of a ram and the antler of a deer are very different in the direction that they take as they grow. He said that they essentially grew in the way that Goethe described a plant grows- spirally and vertically.
The horns of a Ram begin at the periphery and seek a center. This is symbolic of someone beginning with a head full of world-knowledge, yet little understanding of his own soul.
The deers of an antler begin at the center. That is to say, a person begins with a heart full of soul-knowledge, yet little understanding of the outside world.
Steiner also had a great quote about the ultimate mirror-relationship of the external and internal terrain.
“To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.”
This weekend’s Full Buck Moon is an opportunity to seek the periphery! Take real interest in the world around you, your immediate surroundings, that are full of meaning as they always are. Reach for this external meaning, as those fast-growing deer antlers do. Let them show you more of who you are!
Your internal compass will mysteriously guide your attention to these rich sources of external meaning.
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Jupiter made it’s move into Capricorn on Monday, December 2nd, after a year in it’s natural sign of Sagittarius. Quite the energetic shift. The reins are being pulled back on the riled up horses. A new enthusiasm has set in, just in time for Sagittarius Season. A new enthusiasm for the restraint, cool-headedness, and everything classic.
Walking bass line please.
My words would be so much better here if you picture it being spoken by Jack Nicholson (He has a strongly place Jupiter in Capricorn).
Jupiter in Capricorn is a wild enthusiasm that is cool, calm and under control. Just beneath that surface is an unbridled gaiety that is just waiting to break out into dance. But that surface is cool, calm, still and pristine. What really comes forth is the glimmer. The glimmer that hints to the wild gaiety within.
What is classic?
What is classic is what is of lasting worth. What is classic is timeless. Capricorn is the most classic sign of the zodiac. It may be bound of in rules and restraint, but it is precisely these rules and restraints that illustrate it’s timeless beauty. The order of the planets is astounding, yet it is order. Finding actual order in the life you lead can be of the same profound realization.
When Jupiter is in Capricorn, finding order provides a healthy dose of spiritual zest. Rising up to the task at hand to see that it gets done. Restraining the emotions when they become overdone and vitality-depleting. Capricorn is cool, calm, detached. Jupiter in Capricorn is cool, calm, detached and in possession of a wild gaiety (Jack). We all have an opportunity to tap into our inner Jack Nicholson and cultivate our cool and collected side to kindle the flame of the wild horse within.
To further see into the archetype of Jupiter in Capricorn here are some other famous people with this natal placement.
The take home message for this new year of Jupiter in Capricorn?
You are classic, timeless, and joyously solitary (on one level). Your solitariness puts you straight to your own source of inner-direction. Find that place of wild gaiety, that crazy horse, and give it some well-structured rules. Rules that are meant to see it grow responsibly and with a goal in sight.
Delight in the cold snap of reality. Delight in your own autonomy. Delight in places where you need to pull back the reigns and establish more order. Delight in the order and the beauty of the order.
Happy astro pondering!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Back to Cary Grant for a moment. Social grace, integrity, personal order, how might these look symbolically in a natal chart?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Your Sun sign keys you into understanding the fundamental energy that you run on. There are four basic different categories of this energy: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Start with understanding your element and then move on to understand it’s specific qualities within your sign.
Today we take a quick look at Earth energy.
Earth energy is practical and sensual. It is naturally tuned into solid reality. It is also more body conscious. With Earth energy comes a likely ability to stay grounded in the face of chaos. There is often a need to make things manifest on a physical level. Like Water, Earth is Yin, so there is a natural inwardness to it.
Breaking the Earth signs further down into their modes we get:
Cardinal Earth: Capricorn. Cardinal INITIATES. Think of the above description of Earth energy and add the concept of INITIATION to better understand Capricorn.
I will give examples with some “doubles” below (Sun and Moon in same sign). Doubles are fun to study because the archetype of the sign is often made more visible.
Fixed Earth: Taurus. Fixed signs MAINTAIN. With Earth energy now add the concept of MAINTAINING to better understand Taurus.
Mutable Earth: Virgo. Mutable signs ADAPT, CHANGE and REFINE. Add these concepts to Earth energy to better understand Virgo.
In the next post we will explore the Sun signs that run on Water energy.