“O Sole Mio”, the beloved Neapolitan song written by Giovanni Capurro, translates as “My Sunshine.” The first verse salutes a sunny day with the freshest air that follows a storm. But the chorus, the dramatic turn, the part that really gets us, speaks of a different sun.
“But another sun,
even more beauteous, oh my sweetheart,
my own sun, shines from your face!
This sun, my own sun,
shines from your face!
It shines from your face!
A Full Moon finds us this week in the sign of Aries, the primordial spark of life, the mystery that motivates, in other words, that other sun. When it shines it is ‘even more beauteous’ and larger than life.
It should come as no surprise that Luciano Pavarotti, who won a grammy for this song in 1980, was born under a Full Aries Moon. His lunar substance of soul is made up of this other sun, one’s own sun.
O sole mio! Such a beautiful and private light. It rises like an epiphany when it sees its own brightness reflected back from others, reflected back from the otherness of the world.
As most operas show, it is love that moves the atmosphere; obscuring or revealing these brilliant and more beauteous rays. Grab your earphones, or hear it with your heart! O Sole Mio! Your own sun and its spark!
From where will it shine, this spark so divine?
Mars will oppose this Moon, expect emotional crescendos! Pluto squaring from the depths adds alluring innuendos! The drama of this full moon reminds us to be in touch with what lies beneath the surface; a powerful swirl of lava that animates the soul and determines what really matters.
Such a reminder will come in handy as we transition into beneath-the-surface Scorpio season on Saturday!
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.
This post is a continuation of the last post about the Cardinal Cross and Venus’ function within that. In the post below we went over the idea that Libra and Aries are related to each other symbolically by both celebrating symmetry. The difference is that Aries likes to fight and be number one. Aries has to be number one because it just IS number one. It is the first day of spring when the leaves push through the pavement.
The Tao Te Ching states: “one produced two, two produced three, three produced all numbers”. If one is Aries then 2 must be Libra. Libra is opposite Aries. Libra is female and Aries is male. Libra introduces the concept of partnership, and the “other”. In the last post we explored the phenomena that Capricorn (the Sea Goat), the 4th sign on the Cardinal Cross, seems to be a marriage between Aries (the Ram) and Cancer (the Crab).
A man (Aries) marries the woman (Libra) and makes a family (Cancer). It looks a lot like Cancer is number 3, symbolically, in terms of the Tao Te Ching.
In these terms then “all numbers” as stated by the Tao Te Ching would then be society, everyone else in the world. Families multiply the population of the world and we have a thriving planet of constant expansion.
So the 4th number is the Capricorn, the Sea Goat, and it represents “all numbers”. Interestingly enough Capricorn’s planet, Saturn, is displayed as an upside down 4. In the last post we discussed how the imaginary Sea Goat representing the planet of concrete reality (Saturn) was a bit of a paradox. But that might make sense because it came out of the magic of Venus (marriage) and Venus to begin with represents opposites and paradox. And here again, the Tao Te Ching coincides with Capricorn being the 4th number and voila- there it is- just upside down!
Psychologically, the ONE could be “I” and the TWO could be “anything I am noticing” making the 3 “my connecting what I notice to some internal truth” and then the FOUR “experiencing the unus mundus, or the one world” where we realize that duality is an illusion. This is the place of synchronicity that Carl Jung talks about. It is a “time out of time”. It is “once upon a time”.
So perhaps that is what lies behind the double paradox of Capricorn, as number four. The imaginary Sea Goat and the upside down number 4 points to stepping back into a place, even if just for a moment, where we experience the one world. It is there that we become momentarily disillusioned. Libra wants to take us there. The number 2 (Libra) beckons the number one (Aries) to make the number 3 (Cancer) from where we can experience the number 4 (Capricorn).
Libra is also the artist. Let’s look at how Art can perform this magic.
Art (#2 Libra) beckons the onlooker (#1 Aries) to make an inner connection (#3 Cancer) in which you experience a momentary glimpse of the interconnectedness of everything (#4, “all numbers” Capricorn).
Today I indulged upon at least 8 straight episodes of Leonard Nimoy’s “In Search Of”. To anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, I highly recommend it. Very interesting subject matter with constant fun visuals and best of all, the man, the ultimate anchor to hold on to during these mysterious quests for meaning, Leonard Nimoy. His narration is profound, his data precise, his style impeccable, and beneath it all is some warm and cuddly thing that is totally elusive.
This impression that I gained from these episodes are not unlike the impressions that endear us to the legendary Spock. In fact, it’s often hard to separate this man from his infamous t.v. character on Star Trek. When Nimoy wrote a memoir entitled “I Am Not Spock” fans reacted in such a disturbed manner that he responded with the sequel “I Am Spock” to ease their pain.
On to his chart!
Well– there is a problem with the chart. The astro data bases, and a quote from his own mother in a magazine have him born at 8:30 am making him a GEMINI rising– and that gives him a Gemini Moon. BUT– In the episode of “In Search Of” that covers Astrology, in the first few minutes he says “I am an Aries with Scorpio rising”…. This would put him born in the evening with most likely a CANCER Moon….
Frustrating… well, at least we can look at some of the energies we KNOW are there..
Nimoy is MOST associated with MIND stuff. Spock is MIND. What is the energy of Nimoy’s Mercury? It is INTENSIFIED by it’s conjunction with Uranus. These planets are in fiery and assertive Aries along with his Sun (his life energy). Aries is the pioneer of the zodiac, “boldly going where no man has gone before!” Uranus is a lighting bolt. His mind is lighting bolted into something more intense. Uranus also brings in a sense of being DIFFERENT… of being… ALIEN?
This Uranus/Mercury is also conjunct the North Node which brings in a theme of fulfilling his destiny. Evolutionary Astrology views the nodes as a point of necessary tension: the South Node being the habit that by default you slip into, perhaps causing some life problems, and the North Node being the excellent idea to embrace and move beyond those old played out problems. In psychological astrology the nodes often point to the mother. I couldn’t find out too much about Nimoy’s mother in my research but I DID find a pretty interesting quote that tied his parents to these Uranian (alien) themes…
“My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.”
On Star Trek, Spock related to his peers in a non-emotional way. Isn’t it apt for Nimoy to have his Venus in the emotionally detached sign of Aquarius, seamlessly pulling off such Spock quotes as “If I seem insensitive to what you’re going through Captain, understand- it’s the way I am”…
But no amount of character development can fool the viewers that Spock has a soft spot somewhere, and is ultimately more emotional than his lineage permits. It’s that elusive warm and cuddly quality of his!! Where’s the water…?
Nimoy has Jupiter, Pluto and Mars (and maybe his Moon!) all in watery Cancer. The cuddliest of all the Water signs. Cancer also brings in a strong tie to the past and a tendency towards nostalgia. It’s interesting to note that the infamous “live long and prosper” hand salute was initiated by Nimoy in recalling a childhood memory. He was in church during a ceremony where everyone was told to shut their eyes. He broke the rules and peeked, seeing the ministers holding their hands up in that WAY, is it stood for a hebrew letter that tied into the word for God. He brought that memory impression (Cancer) way into the future (Uranian themes!!) and the rest is history!
Thank you, Leonard Nimoy, for shining so bright during your stay here on planet Earth. LLAP!!!!!
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.
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 are taking a look at the energy of Fire.
Fire energy is excitable and motivating. There is dramatic charge with Fire. Fire energy needs inspiration and action to get moving. It is the most outward (yang), it needs to express.
Cardinal Fire: Aries. Cardinal energy as we have learned is all about INITIATION. With initiative fire we arrive at the archetype of the pioneer. Boldly going where no one has gone before. One who embraces new beginnings with courage and gusto.
Fixed Fire: Leo. Leo is naturally associated with the Sun. The Sun is Fixed Fire, a.k.a Fire MAINTAINED and burning bright. Leo energy basks in the limelight, exudes a natural confidence and celebrates it’s own radiance with play and spontaneity.
Mutable Fire: Sagittarius. If inspirational and excitable Fire energy is constantly ADAPTING, REFINING and CHANGING itself we may be looking at a person with strong and impassioned beliefs and opinions, based on what they’ve learned along life’s path. Sagittarius wants to learn, and identify itself with what it’s learned. But in the Mutable spirit- always continue learning, changing and evolving- hence we get the archetype of the free-spirited traveller, the student, or one who seeks more and more knowledge/ life experience.
The next post will wrap up this Sun Sign series as we will explore the light and socially-inclined element of Air.