Why do we fall in love? Why don’t we climb in love or sprint? Is love something below us that we fall into? And then why can it make us feel like we walk on clouds?
When planets fall they fall towards the sun; a central and most luminous source. In their orbits they are perpetually falling. We are perpetually falling too. We are pushed up by the floors that we stand on and the chairs that we sit upon.
Gravity is the mysterious force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall towards the center of the earth. In the center of the Earth fire burns like a second Sun.
R. Buckmister Fuller called love “metaphysical gravity”.
The center of the earth in a psychological sense points to the center of your earth; an elusive Self that is born of nature and is nature. Is this where we fall towards when we fall in love? Are we put into an orbit that pivots around something bright and brilliant and born from within?
Light makes vision possible. Light born from love extends vision farther; both outwardly and inwardly. Out to the day and into the night, behind one’s eyes and back into the next day. Love can extend and deepen another’s worldview.
Valentine’s Day always falls in the far-out season of Aquarius.
Serious Saturn will join the Sun. Seriousness is like gravity, a force that anchors. Towards what does this force make you fall?
The star-player, Venus will be in her best gown; floating in Pisces near the divine planet of Neptune. Whatever your plans, add some ruffles and a string section.
Groundhog’s day is on its way this week, featuring the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, one of the most unusual celebrities. Aside from being a groundhog, his fame rests upon a one simple yearly question: will he see his shadow or not? To this answer is ascribed an outlook for the rest of us as to whether or not we can soon ditch our coats and open some windows. Although Phil receives much publicity on his special day, his fame is centered on a most private thing: what he sees in a moment.
Time is ultimately a flow of moments. Continuous and forward reaching. In each moment there are things to be seen, thought about, anticipated and reflected upon.
A couple years back I was in love with the show, This Is Us. The plot was driven by one dramatic theme, a father’s love. The show was made powerful by dramatizing the flow of time, in other words, rendering the flow of time more real. Continuous flashbacks support the character’s present moment sense of direction. The drive they find inside is born of something real and authentic. The audience has special seats into their lifetimes of subjective responses slowly magnetizing them towards a sense of destiny.
I say it rendered the flow of time more real because in reality, the flow of time is dramatic. The past is charged, the future is free! And the only thing that is real is now. (What!?)
Time is more bizarre than anything, even famous groundhogs. Yet it is also fundamental. You are never not in a moment in time. The moment and you are perpetually flowing, like the wavy lines of Aquarius’ glyph. I see time’s drama to be a hint that time is rooted in something immeasurable. No one can quantify the dramatic performance of Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. Because drama is not a measured thing. Although it is measured in many ways, time is ultimately something dramatic and immeasurable. Its essence must be in spiritedness and creativity.
A full Moon in dramatic Leo lights our stage on Sunday, providing a glowing limelight for anyone who sees it.
Will you see it?
Will Winter be gone soon?
Do you remember what you did last groundhog’s day?
Even though the 5th dimension said it best over 50 years ago, this is still the dawning of the age of Aquarius.
With a New Moon today in Aquarius just as Aquarius season kicks off, and a powerful join up of Venus and Saturn in this sign as well, it is a good time to consider ‘the mind’s true liberation’.
50 years ago, the Aquarian Age was celebrated as a hopeful future of ‘harmony and understanding’. The year the song was released was 1969, a most momentous year of change.
Every time I hear that song on the radio I prepare myself. If it’s raining I even remove myself a bit from the song by not turning it up too loud. For I can’t help but sing along with tears streaming. Maybe it’s the images of Treat Williams marching off to war, bewildered, while the peace protesters storm Washington (as depicted in the end scene of the movie ‘Hair’). Maybe it’s that simple suggestion; “let the sunshine in”. Above all it is the momentum of the song, and a reminder of the momentum of 1969.
I didn’t even live through this time. Yet, like anyone else who loves Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, I am deeply connected to this time. There was awful stuff happening like Vietnam and the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King, but there was a momentous unity emerging that was undeniable. And the music reflects this as perfectly as water reflects moonlight.
Now in 2023, the idea of the future is dissipating into anyone’s best guess. We will need to go deeper into the archetype of Aquarius in order to get a grasp on this new age, and perhaps even attain a “mystic crystal revelation”.
Aquarius is not only the sign of future, innovation and change, it is also the sign of the individual. Not everyone loves the song that drives me to tears in traffic. The reason for this is that each individual has their own subjectivity.
The philosopher F.W.J Schelling saw human subjectivity to be the highest potency of nature.
The momentum of the changing times are easily recognized in a song. But what about the momentum of an individual’s changes? The changes that generate measurable changes in one’s chemistry? Is there a sense of future here?
Aquarius is the waterbearer, the subjectivity-owner, the one with a capacity to be moved, changed and affected. As the song chants towards the end “you’ve got to feel it”.
Heraclitus said “it is the tension between each opposite end of a harp string that allows us to hear the music”.
Time is also a kind of tension between ‘the times that are a changin’ and the changes that occur within you. Instead of Woodstock we have the world wide web. It is a bit harder to hear the music that unites us, but the uniting capacity of ideas and people across the globe has never been more robust.
New moons are more quiet than full moons. The introspective tone that they emit is similar to the harp player tuning her strings. She needs quiet, she needs focus, she needs to establish her correct tension.
Aquarius wavy lines are like the vibrations on a string. Will the tension be right to produce music? Can you find the right tension between the changes within you and the changes of the times ? The Age of Aquarius might still become an age of ‘harmony and understanding’, but not if we don’t establish this first as individuals.
Today’s new moon might as well be a new moon for the ages. This is to say, a new respect for ‘the highest potency of nature’; human subjectivity. We bear this potency, and with it comes responsibility. The evolution of nature is the evolution of human nature. The ‘mind’s true liberation’ is the liberation of nature and its freedom to create and build.
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!
Ladies and gents we are about to explore the mysterious functions of Venus, a.k.a Aphrodite. Alchemically she is linked to the metal copper. Her reputation revolves around love and beauty.
First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
In the last post we talked about how Mars, a.k.a iron is what makes the blood red when it combines with oxygen (iron as hemoglobin). It is this oxygenated red blood that travels through the arteries and nourishes all of our organs.
Quite simply the blue blood is now WITHOUT oxygen because the organs have used it all up. It now travels through the veins back to the heart where it will become oxygenated again through our breath (and that hemoglobin!)
Let’s start with her name, Venus. Quite similar to the word VEIN is it not? And for that matter Mars sounds more like ARtery.
Back to the blood.. it seems to be an intuitive understanding that Mars and red blood go hand in hand. Less intuitive is Venus’ blue blood, the blood that is WITHOUT oxygen.
Venus is introducing the principle of PASSIVITY and RESTORATION (negativity without it’s bad connotations). It seeks balance by being passive. It trusts in nature and knows there is an order more divine here than anything we could actively cook up ourselves (leave that to Mars!).
Let’s talk a little more about it’s signature metal, Copper.
So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.
Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns. Where else do we see blue and green?
Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus). National Parks are an excellent example of this.
Venus knows how to let nature BE her order. She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.
Our bodies are constantly sending electrical messages from our brain to various body parts. Electricity is needed to make anything happen, from blinking our eyes to making ourselves a sandwich. Electrical signals happen when the cells switch from a negative charge to a positive charge.
Once again I will bring in the Wizard of Oz because I simply can’t help it. The Emerald City looks a lot like the northern lights married the Statue of Liberty. Not only that but like the North Pole, it serves as center of attraction of which our heroes and heroine are pulled towards.
But what happens when they get there? What does the Wizard say?
In closing, Venus teaches us the virtues of negativity and how non-doing can restore and bring back balance. It is a side of life that is often ignored, especially in our fast paced modern society. We can consciously feel the blissful effects of negativity by sitting by running water and soaking up those negative ions, or noticing the peace that is felt after a rainstorm. Another fun tip, beeswax candles also emit negative ions.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
So the color beyond red is where infrared energy begins.. Let’s take a quick look at 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.
What about the other guys? Can we find a place for them of Dorothy is Aquarius? Let’s see…
And the final clue that Dorothy is related to Aquarius (and thus Uranus)…….
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a simian crease on my dominant hand. For those who don’t know, that is one line across the palm of the hand instead of two. It’s a blending of the head and the heart line. Every now and then I zone out on it and certain questions start to percolate.
Does my mind blend well with my heart? Do my feelings always match my words? It’s a lovely idea that the head and the heart should be so entwined. I would guess that life would feel like a waltz that you knew all of the steps to. In astrology the Sun rules the heart and Mercury rules the mind. It’s interesting that Mercury is never 28 degrees farther away from the Sun. Therefore many people have their Mercuries in the same sign as their Sun. Is it easier for these people to find that happy balance between mind and heart?
My Sun is in Leo but my Mercury is in Virgo and I definitely feel the little tug of war between these energies within me. I have an early memory that echoes through my soul where I was so eager to show off (Leo) that I knew the word that the teacher was writing on the board. “I know what that says! I know what that says!” and the teacher said “Tess, don’t—” because she wanted the other kids to sound it out, but I didn’t heed her warning and blurted out “JILL!”. The teacher let out a sigh of frustration and that’s when my Mercury in Virgo took over. In my head I was mortified at my know-it-all behavior. Where’s my humility?? My Virgo mind needed that I maintain humility but my Leo heart wanted to go for the gold! This is a theme that has repeated itself many times over in my life.
Mercury also rules the lungs. This ties mind into speech as well as connectivity with all living things. The air we breath today is the same air that was breathed by Nostradamus and Shakespeare. In the human body the lungs and the heart are VERY intimately connected just like the Sun and Mercury. As I learned in my Medical Assistant training class, the blood is blue when it enters the heart’s first chamber because it has no oxygen. After it fills up the first two chambers of the heart it goes directly into the lungs where it becomes oxygenated and RED (!) then back into the heart’s last two chambers where it is sent through the aorta to deliver this oxygen to the rest of the body. Pretty amazing…
Is your natal Mercury in the same sign as your natal Sun or in a different one? If understanding these relationships better can help facilitate a lighter heart, I think that is reflection well spent.
What is it about Leslie Nielsen that can render a person so powerless against any efforts to not laugh? How does he destroy us so, with gags that often in and of themselves, aren’t that funny. What does he do? What is happening to us in the process? Why are we rolling around on the floor gasping for breath with our sister? Okay- maybe that last part is more just me…
Where did I first see Leslie Nielsen? It was “Airplane!” – where he played Dr. Shirley Rumack — “Surely you can’t be serious!” “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”. This is where many of us first saw Nielsen because this was his pivotal role that launched his career in comedy.
His deadpan delivery is what sent him soaring into popularity as a comedic actor. And he had over 30 years of experience as a serious actor beforehand, starring in such films as “The Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” along with lots and lots of television performances.
But it’s his straight face, his deadpan look in the midst of total absurdity that gets us. With “Airplane!” his niche was made and many hilarious spoofs followed, like “Police Squad” and “The Naked Gun” series.
So let’s look at his chart.
Can we see anything at play here? We are looking for an energy that can best express DEADPAN humor. In other words, EMOTIONLESS in it’s delivery. What sign is the most detached from emotion? That would be AQUARIUS. Aquarius needs to be detached from the murky weight of emotion. It doesn’t have time to dwell in peoples moods and feelings because it seeks a larger framework in which to be effective. It can’t afford to have intensely hurt feelings when he doesn’t fit into a certain crowd because it is NOT SUPPOSED TO FIT IN. It wants to embrace it’s uniqueness and the freedom that brings so it can find it’s rightful, true place in society. This is AIR, light, detached, and maybe a little strange…
Nielsen has just about everything in Aquarius and mostly all in the first house of self-projection. These roles come naturally to him because he literally has great ease in turning off the emotional switch, much to our delight. With out the emotion some lines are much funnier, like, “Well, we shot a lot of people together. It’s been great. But today I retire, so if I do any shooting now, it will have to be within the confines of my own home. Hopefully an intruder and not an in-law, like at my bachelor party”
I love Leslie. It was sad to say goodbye to him a couple years ago. But then it was pretty funny to see what he did with his tombstone…
James Dean, the epitome of cool. Let’s have a look at some key components that carve out this coolness, shall we? #1. You never know what he’s going to do. Dean has Uranus tightly conjunct his Ascendant, fusing his identity (Ascendant) with a rebellious and contrarian spirit (Uranus). He’s just DIFFERENT (Uranus again) than the other actors of his time- or anytime! Watching him brings about an awareness of a wild unpredictability (Uranus). I remember seeing a scene from “East of Eden” (my favorite of his 3 movies) where James Dean and the other actor are in a locker room discussing the lucrative prospective of growing beans. The one actor is very focused on what he is saying, meanwhile Dean is kind of hopping all around the locker room, climbing up on benches and down again and at times zeroing in close on the other actor’s personal space. At one of these invasively close moments the other actor exclaims (in a very natural reactive way) “don’t get so close I’ll get all hot again!”. I would put good money down saying that that line is NOT in the script. I could be wrong but I doubt it. The point being that Dean doesn’t care. He doesn’t care if he is making the other actor uncomfortable, or jeopardizing the script, or coming across a little looney. He is being natural to his own whims, like a child, without being irritating (maybe a little bit to that actor).
#2. He knows his influences. Before Dean was famous he was writing letters upon letters to Marlon Brando. He was enchanted by Brando in every way. Brando rode a motorcycle so Dean rode a motorcycle. Brando dressed in jeans and white T-shirts so Dean dressed in jeans and white T-shirts. Brando played the bongos so Dean played the bongos. The emulating got to be so much that Brando wrote HIM a letter saying “You have to be YOU, not ME”. But Dean knew that what Brando was doing was starting a new wave in human culture (Brando is a double Aries, a pioneer). James Dean has an Aquarius Sun in the eleventh, which is the house naturally associated with Aquarius. Aquarius seeks to identify itself by challenging the status quo, and seeking other like-minded people. The eleventh is the field of life where those like-minded relationships take place. It’s interesting to wonder if there would have been a James Dean had there been no Brando.
#3. He shows his vulnerable side. As stated in a previous post “The Crying Game: Water planets and the comfortability in expressing emotion” James Dean has his Moon in deep and mysterious feeling-oriented Scorpio. When he cries, the audience FEELS it. It’s REAL. The beginning of “Rebel Without A Cause” features Dean falling down drunk on the street next to a wind-up toy monkey. As the credits roll, he plays around with the monkey and it quickly becomes a deep emotional connection between the two of them. The monkey amuses him with it’s wind-up talents and then Dean tucks him in with a ratty newspaper “blanket” and a party ribbon trash thing for a pillow. He makes sure the monkey is comfortable and then he snuggles up as close to it as he can get. The sweetness comes across SO genuine! It’s the first 5 seconds of the movie and he’s already won our hearts!! And yes, he improvised the whole bit, as the cast and crew stared on with admiration.
#4. He shows a strong sense of personal authority. Astrologer Caroline Casey, author of “Making the Gods Work for You” (get it get!!) talks about how the word “cool” is derived from the Yoruba word which originally meant “responsible”. “Cool-headed” meant that that person took care of what he should. Like Babe Ruth with his leaf of cabbage under his ball cap. Keeping cool-headed so he can hit the home runs. This is Saturn talk. Saturn is authority, which starts with inner authority. Self composure, steadiness, a sureness in what you say and do. James Dean has a very powerful Saturn in the 10th house of career (the house naturally associated with Saturn). It is in Capricorn (the SIGN naturally associated with Saturn) and it is opposed (bringing in a full awareness of) the powers of Pluto. Anything Pluto touches in empowered, or it is wounded UNTIL it is empowered.
Happy Birthday, James Dean. A true rebel with a deep and mysterious heart, forever cool.
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 look at the energy of Air.
Air energy is detached, mental and social. Detached in the way that it doesn’t take things so personally. Mental in the quickness of it’s associations. Social in the need to reach out and relate what you know with others. Air connects us. The air we breath now was once breathed by Shakespeare (or anyone you can think of!)
Cardinal Air: Libra. Cardinal energy does what? It INITIATES. Mental and social initiative energy brings up the image of a conversation starter. It’s one person seeking a balance with another. We may achieve this balance not only with another person but also with our own reactions to what we find beautiful, such as art and culture.
Fixed Air: Aquarius. If we apply the concept of MAINTAINING to this connective and social energy an image that comes up is one of protecting social rights and uniting together in groups that identify with the same ideas. It can also conjure up the character of the non-conformist, who stays put with his own ideas amidst the pressures of society and it’s status quo.
Mutable Air: Gemini. What happens when this light and communicative energy seeks to CHANGE, REFINE and ADAPT itself? There is a ton of curiosity, and versatility as information is constantly turning into something else. The hunger is for diversity and mental stimulus.