The Planets Align, But How Are They Mine? Quadruple Formation in Aquarius.

Have you ever experienced the sublime satisfaction of tidying up a room? Have you ever been near-mystified by the way things just “worked out?”, or how things just, “fell into place?”

This Wednesday evening, the sky display a pretty pattern of order and meaning. Three planets will line up perfectly in an ascending diagonal line, with the Crescent Moon nearby.

The faintest light on the bottom will be Mercury, followed by Jupiter, the brightest. At the height of the diagonal will be Saturn. All of them, and the Moon, will be in the existential sign of Aquarius.

Writer philosopher Colin Wilson said that existentialism was a “philosophy of intuition”. Unlike Sartre and Camus, he saw the world as inherently meaningful, with the only thing blocking us from such meaning being our own “sensory blinders”. Ultimately, his existentialism was based on optimism just as much as realism. He saw the “feelings of inner freedoms” to be intimately bound with an effective “grasp on reality”.

“It is as impossible to exercise freedom in an unreal world as it is to jump while you are falling.”

Colin Wilson, The Outsider

With the planet of optimism and intuition blazing the brightest in the center of the lineup, its a perfect evening to ponder the vital hunches of a cheery existentialist.

Our perceptions are Mercury, the faintest light at the bottom. Faintest by design, for they keep the chaos of stimulus ordered for us. We can walk down the street without feeling bombarded by sounds, sensations and sights. Our selectivity saves us, yet it also keeps us away from our full reality.

For full reality, we have to find places of correspondences; how our physical reality corresponds to us in a personal, meaningful way. In this way we can sense our interior power, which Wilson also refers to as our reality.

Sensing our interior power is to abolish the notion that we are passive creatures. In fact, he correlates passivity with an increasing sense of unreality. If we can, for a moment, embrace his maxim that “perception is intentional”, we can begin to see how passivity really can blur reality.

“The sense of order and meaning is a direct stimulus of the will, and even mere perception springs from a will to perceive .”

Colin Wilson, Existential Criticism, The Chicago Review 1959

What does this twinkly display of order correspond to in you?

Can you feel an interior power arise in recognizing this correspondence?

Can you feel… your reality?

Saturn the planet of reality winks from the top of the line.

Happy star-gazing and as always, happy astro pondering!

Astro art by Johnnie Day Durand.

Metaphorcast for the week of Monday August 24th through Sunday August 30th

Virgo Season has begun, with its specific charm so homespun.  In the evenings you may notice an increase of space between the crickets chirps as the temperature starts to drop.  Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add 37- the number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.  The complexities of nature become astonishingly simplified by Virgo and her science.  From her close-up and studious vantage point, she peers into eternity.

Teilhard de Chardin describes evolution as process that leads to increasing complexity, and with this increase of complexity also comes an increasing of the “within”, a certain interiority, which forms the basis for all our knowledge- a consciousness, a spirituality, call it what you may.  On Virgo’s opposite end swim the fish of  eternity- the place of poetry and dreams.   Science measures the treasures of mystery- and the complexity finds its unity in simplified understanding.  Poetry does a similar thing but in reverse- as it takes the likeness of a moment, simple as it may be, and elevates it to what feels like a rightful divine status.  From mundane to miraculous.

Virgo Season is ripe with moments- small little droplets of time- measurements of life itself.  As novelist Cesare Pavese wrote “We never remember days, only moments.”

Moments are absorbed into memory, as sure as nutrients are absorbed into the body.

Moments are classified by the most authentic of scientists, who are in touch with the sacred privacy of their own interiority – their own inner space- constantly expanding as an appetite for learning increases.

Virgo days are comprised of complexity and simplicity.  In the most modest of moments may come floods of understanding- in the most complicated of scenes may come tranquility of thought.  Simple and complex- she wouldn’t have it any other way.  As Virgo Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said “Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.”

The science of that space between the crickets chirps may measure the temperature, but the poetry of the space elevates the moment- as the silence caresses a busied mind.

As Rumi said “In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”

Mercury, the planet of mind is strong and adaptable in its seasonal sign of Virgo.  Moving into a supportive trine aspect with the great awakener Uranus- a flexible outlook may lead to a breakthrough in understanding- as you make headway with the powers of Virgo-adaptability.  As writer Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand wrote “Like a kingfisher I have made my nest on the waves.”

Venus moving deeper into the waters of Cancer and receiving supportive aspects from both Jupiter and Neptune- the Goddess supported by Sky and Sea- is there nothing that love can’t do or be?  Chardin saw Love to be the agent of universal synthesis- and that with every increasing evolutionary complexity comes the growing unity of Love and consciousness.    

Mars representing the only fire in the sky- burning hot in the late degrees of Aries and making a dynamic square to Saturn.  An eager Will in a barroom brawl with Time itself.  Who will win? Maybe time will tell.  Maybe will will will.  Will ultimately comes out pretty strong over the dominion of time as long as we hold true to the power of the moment.  As Abraham Maslow said “I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act.”

Jupiter Saturn and Pluto all in Capricorn and retrograde- Pattern, Law, and Transformation all in the sign of Standards. A growing human race of complexity, a growing center of compassionate unity- Laws and Patterns that are in need of timely transformation.

Uranus in Taurus- the value of a moment

Neptune in Pisces- the growing space of within.

The Moon

The Moon starts the week off a waxing crescent in Scorpio, the sign of magic.  In the Season of the Maiden, this is simple magic, everyday magic, the beyond-logic realm of connectedness- encircling everyone with its web homespun.  Choose a thread, any thread, look at it but don’t tell anyone!

By Tuesday the Moon reaches its first quarter in Sagittarius, the high-flying horse of zest.  The sense of unity that comes form these elevated vantage-points, when patterns are perceived in full, and the business and noise seem so far away.  Such  a lifted perspective encourages optimism and sense of unity- The upward nature of fire and the cohesive nature of Love. 

By Thursday afternoon the Moon continues to wax gibbous in Capricorn, the sign of time and mastery.  Thomas Mann said “Order and simplification are the first steps towards mastery of a subject.”  In these late days of Summer, Virgo lights our sight with a snap of attentiveness- deeply absorbed in her orderly instincts- she flows naturally towards a goal of mastery, just as water molecules form beautiful hexagons under the influence of the cold.    

By Saturday night the Moon goes into Aquarius- the only air in the astrological line up!  The sign of Man- the water bearer- the consciousness sharer- the awakening awarer- Separating from the crowd while at the same time merging with a greater humanity- Complex with originality, simple with a shared human flame- As an interiority increases so does a range of response, an expanding spontaneity, a freedom of vision. Maybe in moments, we can experience shifts towards the Aquarian Age, as Consciousness grows and unites.

As Colin Wilson wrote, “Man does not yet exist.”

As Always, happy astro pondering

The Value of Existence and the Existence of Value:  Uranus in Taurus

It’s an interesting time both above and below.  Three slow moving planets are in their natural signs: Jupiter in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Capricorn.

Jupiter is Sagittarius hails in a new thirst for meaning.

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Give me more meaning!  I need fuel to move forward!!

Neptune in Pisces gleams a hint at divinity here on earth in the day to day.

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The All in the Many, the divine in the day to day.

And Saturn in Capricorn says “If it isn’t useful, what good is it?”.

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Let’s get pragmatic, yo!

All of these planets in their homegrown signs-  the mythic actors speaking “on the nose” (no subtext).  The grand plot with metaphors that children can grasp.

Uranus is the Great Awakener.  When it touches a sign, the revelation that comes about may be an: “Oh…OH… yes of course” type of thing.  You view something from a fresh angle, and all at once it becomes something NEW.

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For the next 7 years, the awakening has everything to do with Taurus- our VALUES.

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Basic assumptions come into question with Uranus.

Uranus is the planet that deals with the concept of Existence.  Philosophers have been exploring this concept for ages.  The mid 50s brought about Existentialism, a philosophy entirely devoted to what it means to exist.

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Life and Existence seem to be the same thing at first glance- but they certainly are not.  For instance how could T.S. Eliot’s phrase “Where is the Life we have lost in living?” make sense?  And it does seem to make a whole lot of sense.

Enter a new literary voice in my life: Colin Wilson, a man who deems himself an Existentialist, yet with a much more cheery outlook than most of his contemporaries.  In fact he calls his Existentialism a “New Existentialism”, one that acknowledges a need for objective meaning in life.  Meaning to fuel our Will, and find purpose.

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Colin Wilson became famous overnight when his first book, “The Outsider” was published in 1956.  He went on to write over 150 books, all the while contemplating and crafting an incredible life philosophy that celebrates optimism.

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The Outsider is a non-fiction book exploring a character who isn’t sucked into the values of the world around him, such as creature comforts and career status.  Therefore he is an Outsider.  “He sees too much and too deep”.  He explores the writings of famous Outsiders such as Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Hemingway and many others.  He sees the Outsider as a kind of “evolutionary throw-forward”.  Very Uranian.

Here is a fantastic interview with Wilson from the 80s television show, “Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove”.

 

Uranus speaks to existence and Taurus speaks to values.  Both of these concepts are very worthy of contemplation (or meditation if that is your preferred way!)

What is the value of your existence?

Hard to pinpoint as you sit here and read this I bet.

But what if the situation were a bit more.. terrifying?

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You might feel the value of your existence pounding in your throat.

And it is likely that, once the bear decided you weren’t worth the trouble and receded into the distance, your world may appear brighter.  More beautiful.  More dear.

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LIFE!!!!!  The WORLD!!!!

Wilson says that crisis (like the bear) has a way of lowering one’s “indifference threshold”, and thereby revealing all of the beauty and meaning that surrounds us.

This meaning is vital to our well-being as it fuels our will (no small thing!).

And now what about the reverse: what is the existence of value?

What are the values that exist in the world around you?

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Voila The Joneses!

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And the rat race.

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And the latest iphone.

So these are some values that exist in the world, but here is the question: do they accurately reflect your values?

In some ways maybe they do.  But odds are if you have been reading this astrology post all the way up until this point there are other values that might not be so reflected here.

Again let’s look to the current sky (and simultaneously within ourselves):

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Jupiter in Sagittarius:  the value of MEANING as suggested here by Michelangelo’s The David.  (Meaning=food for the will!)

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Neptune in Pisces: the value of magical BEAUTY as displayed by Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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Saturn in Capricorn: finding these values in the here and now of REALITY.

With that, enjoy your cup of Uranian java and nurture the instinct to WAKE UP to new VALUES!

Happy Astro Pondering.