Narrow Your Focus to Unlock Latent Powers

Metaphorcast 11/8-14, 2021

We had two significant planetary shifts at the end of last week.  Mercury’s stream of thought had been scanning the broadest horizons of Libra, and then vortexed into Scorpio in search of deeper meanings.  Venus had been preferring Sagittarian heights and big-picture orientations, but then switched her fancy to Capricorn’s goal-oriented, hard-working point of view.  We have moved from broad and high to deep and narrow.  There is a theme of focus, more specifically a narrowed focus, to unlock latent powers.

Teilhard de Chardin says that man evolved in such a way with narrowed eyes and freed up limbs so that he could bring his hands to his face in deep concentration.  Thus reflective thought was born and the rest is a very interesting history.

But what if when Galileo brought his telescope to his face he saw, among the glittering stars, a pop-up ad for a Chevrolet.  What if Thoreau brought an ipad to Walden pond, or Shakespeare concerned himself with a number of ‘follower’? What if candlelight never once bounced upon a word as its ink began to dry?  

Modern devices come with a slew of distractions and a narrowed focus becomes ever the more challenging.  

On the other hand, imagine if some of these ancient thinkers, scientists and artists had, at their fingertips, a whole library of the noosphere, like we do.  Our virtual world is a skeleton key to all kinds of knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

The question becomes how can we use our tools without being used by them?  We sure have become adept at bringing our hands to our face but how can we ensure that the original goal of doing this doesn’t get lost in the sauce? This planetary shift is an invitation to find a way back to an evolutionary drive.  An awakening of latent powers through the phenomenon of focus.

As always, 

Happy astro pondering!  

The Full Buck Moon; Seeking the Periphery

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.

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Human hair also grows faster during this time of year, all because of the behavior of keratin; the tough and fibrous proteins that give structure to epithelial cells.

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Structure– at it’s peak growth, during the Season of the Moon, the Season of Home.

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.

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The horns of a ram grow spirally.  They start at the periphery and seek a center.

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The deer’s antlers grow vertically. They begin at the center and seek the periphery.

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Moon Goddess, Artemis, with her hands on the periphery-seeking antlers.

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.

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The meaningful journey is inward.

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.  

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The meaningful journey is outward.

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.

— Rudolf Steiner

 

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Moon Season plays with the mirror-aspect of reality 

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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“Don’t need a weathervane…”

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Venus and the Virtues of Negativity

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.

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All aboard!

First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.

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Hmm.. strange first stop but okay.  In this picture of the human circulatory system we see that we are all red and blue inside.

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.

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What is all the blue then?

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!)

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Ok but where does she fit in?  This is a post about Venus?

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.

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In the same way, Adam uses Mars’ letters and Eve uses Venus’ letters

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Ram is practically the word Mars backwards (as well as it’s zodiac-associated symbol)  And EWE is Eve with a small middle letter adjustment!

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Eve, ewe and now ELE.  ELEctricity is conducted most often through Venus’ signature metal, copper.

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MAgnetism is found in MArs’ signature metal iron by means of the magnetized iron ore attracting to it more iron.

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.

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ELEctric lightning produces NEGATIVE ions in the air.  Negative ions are said to produce numerous health benefits mostly by relaxing the body and bringing it back into balance

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Ah.. back into balance.  This is beginning to sound like me.

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Water falls and infrared saunas are other places where negative ions are found.  Can you not feel the affects just by looking at this image?

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.

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Here is our Lady of Liberty displaying copper in all it’s beauty when it oxidizes in salty air and turns green.  For the Ellis Island immigrants she looked shiny and bright copper-colored.

So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.

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Therefore we can see her strange and mysterious signature here in the Northern Lights.  Mars’ lodestone will point towards this.  Mars being attracted to Venus.

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Here she is in a firefly

Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns.  Where else do we see blue and green?

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Everywhere on our home planet Earth!

Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus).  National Parks are an excellent example of this.

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Venus doing what she does best: nothing.

Venus knows how to let nature BE her order.  She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.

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She knows how to befriend by not imposing any will upon the other.  This photo is from Argentina’s extreme and controversial petting zoo.  In 2 decades there have been no reports of the animals lashing out to the humans.  The zoo owners claim that all they do for these animals is make sure they are comfortable and well-fed.

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.

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The natural resting state of your cells is negativity, a.k.a Venus.  Leave the action to Mars (positivity)

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.

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We’re off to see the Wizard!

But what happens when they get there?  What does the Wizard say?

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He tells them they already have what they are looking for.  They don’t need to do ANYTHING except realize it.  Venus has spoken.

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.

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To the bees, thank you for being a friend.

 

 

 

 

The Tao Te Ching and the mysterious number 4

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.

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And there it is- a Y shape – the symbol for Aries. The symbol for the “ONE”

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.

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The family is represented as the number 3- after the union of one and two. Aries plus Libra equals Cancer.

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.

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People get born and population constantly increases. Man plus Woman equals Family equals Society. Society is the 4th number. The number that represents “all numbers”

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!

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The symbol for Saturn looks like an upside down four.

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Jupiter looks like a four! And symbolically Jupiter represents all things OPPOSITE Saturn. Jupiter EXPANDS while Saturn CONTRACTS.

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.

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Makes me want to reread the entire Tao Te Ching!

The close relationship of the heart and mind (Sun and Mercury)

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.

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The simian line

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?

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Mercury, aka Hermes is the winged messenger in mythology. Does a healthy balance of mind and heart result in a genuine lightheartedness?

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Babies don’t have their minds working enough yet to struggle with that imbalance so they are naturally light-hearted.

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The challenge is to get from being a light-hearted baby to here, after all that life throws at you.

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.

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These guys want peace not war!

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…

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The veins bring the blue blood back into the heart, where the lung dance happens and the arteries deliver the red blood back through the body.

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A closer look at the blue and red heart. The pulmonary arteries and veins connect the heart and lungs. Major organ intimacy!

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. YakYucks

Here comes the Sun: Knowing your life energy. Part 1- Earth.

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.

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Earth is physical, tangible, and everywhere we look.

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.

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Double Capricorn James Earl Jones has both these planets in the first and Saturn on the ASC (Saturn is the planet associated with Capricorn). His identity (first) is composed of authoritative, self composed energy (Capricorn).

Fixed Earth: Taurus.  Fixed signs MAINTAIN.  With Earth energy now add the concept of MAINTAINING to better understand Taurus.

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Sex-kitten dancer/actress, Ann Margaret has everything in sensual, body oriented Taurus and in the 12th. She seeks an ideal (12th) in celebrating her body and her physicality (Taurus)

Mutable Earth: Virgo.  Mutable signs ADAPT, CHANGE and REFINE.  Add these concepts to Earth energy to better understand Virgo.

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Like Jones, Sean Connery also has Saturn on the ASC (authoritative identity) but his Sun and Moon are in Virgo and in the 8th. He has been very valued by others (8th) in playing the most iconic of all the James Bonds with his appealing and unassuming (Virgo) style that embraces neatness and precision (Virgo)

In the next post we will explore the Sun signs that run on Water energy.