Worthy Illusions; Neptune’s Never-Ending Dance

Metaphorcast 9/13-19, 2021

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It is said that all rivers flow to the sea, but what about those rivers of thought that run through each person’s mind.  Do they also flow to the sea?  Some place that one would rather be?  A world that is ideal, a place of dreams?

When was the last time you said the words “there is no place I’d rather be?”.  What beautiful illusion surrounded you then?

This week Neptune, the planet of dreams and illusion will not only be the closest to earth this year, the Blue Giant will also be fully illuminated by the Sun.  Though it will be but a small blue dot in all but the most powerful of telescopes the fact remains, bright and beautiful illusions are within reach.

Now don’t go thinking I’m talking of flat trickery.  The Mona Lisa is an illusion, its fake would be a delusion.  Illusions are the arts, the beauty in life that points towards the divine, the places where creativity is breathed back into existence.  Cast aside those delusions, those fakes, those things that cheapen the reality of true illusion.  

True illusion expands hope and creates a kind of inner buoyancy.  True illusion finds you on a sunny day in a garden as a kind of veil seems to be lifted to reveal a new layer of crisp beauty.  Delusion on the other hand throws up more veils and narrows the view.  Somewhere beyond the sea, the real me spots a liar.  

Mark Twain said “Don’t part with your illusions.  When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”

Einstein himself called reality a very persistent illusion.  

The question becomes, which illusions are worth your time?  Which illusions do you bond to as tightly as sodium might bond to chlorine?  Which places or ideas in your mind stir an electricity that sparks action at the most intimate and quantum level?  There is nothing delusionary about a sequence so sacred as this.  

Mars, the planet of action, moves into artistic Libra on Tuesday, the same day that the fully illuminated Neptune will reach its closest proximity to earth.  Art in action at the height of illusion!  Bob Dylan said that “art is a never-ending dance of illusions”.  The stage is set for an epic performance!

It is art, with its never-ending dance of illusions which ultimately gives order to the chaos of existence, just as science does to the natural world.  

Never delude yourself into ignoring your most worthy illusions.  

Beautiful dreamers, 

Happy astro pondering

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Understanding Venus. Part one of two.

There are many words used to describe Venus, the planet of Love.  Wonderful words such as;  harmony, balance, beauty, enjoyment, romance, magic, peace, pleasure, kindness, fairness, etc…. the list can go on.  But there is ONE word that I think gets to the root of understanding the real meaning of Venus.

RELATING…..

How we relate to others.  How we relate things to other things and find beauty.  How we relate flavors in our mouth for optimum deliciousness.  We are constantly relating and seeking peace in these relations.  This is the realm of Venus.

Everyone has their own personal Venus in a sign that shows their best way of relating.  Relating to others…  relating things to other things and finding beauty, such as in art or their own personal style.

Let’s take a look at some examples!

Bear in mind that each example shows one of MANY shades of the sign’s archetype.

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Katharine Hepburn has her Venus in Aries. She was a pioneer (Aries) in setting forth a new style (Venus) for women to dress more like men (Aries). Not to mention her way of relating to others (Venus) in a very assertive and straightforward energetic way (Aries).

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Documentary-maker, Michael Moore does best relating to people in a stubborn way (Taurus). None of his movies would have ever happened if it weren’t for this quality. His passion is in creating physical security (Taurus) for people.

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Bob Dylan’s Venus is in Gemini. He finds beauty in words (Gemini) and is a master at assembling them into works of art (Venus). Gemini is as much about LISTENING as it is about talking. People that know him well report that he didn’t say much in his first few years hanging around Greenwich Village. Instead he listened. He took things in, from his surroundings, from other artists (like Woody Guthrie). And when he finally started talking he had ALOT to say!

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Angelina Jolie has Venus in Cancer, the natural mother archetype. Relating to others comes with an instinctive protectiveness (Cancer). Motherhood is clearly extremely important to her, as is providing support to other people in need. With Venus on the Ascendant, her identity is very tied into this principle of relating to others with care.

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Alfred Hitchcock has Venus in Leo, and shows a deep love (Venus) for the dramatic (Leo). He is known for doing spontaneous (Leo) tricks to his actors, like making the water go ice-cold at the moment that the curtain opens in “Psycho’s” shower scene to make Janet Leigh’s face truly shock-believable. And as you can see from the above photo, he is notorious (no pun intended!) for his sense of humor (Leo).

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Jimmy Fallon’s Venus is in Virgo. He does best when he relates to people with humility and modesty. This is one of the things that helps him be such a grand success with his talk show. He never seeks to intimidate, or overshadow his guests. Even when certain guests (ahem- Jay Leno) are a bit insulting he will take the high road and not feed into it. He is humble and respectful. Such a class act!

We will take a look at the next 6 sign examples in the next post!

Where’s your Venus??