The Pages Turn, The Fire Burns

“My World” is a children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. My son and I read this at night under a cactus light with a symphony of crickets out our window. The opening page shows a mother reading to her child by a fire. The words are “The pages turn, the fire burns.”

Maybe this is what got me thinking about the nature of time. Some time seems to turn, but some time seems to burn. Some time comes back around and some time trailblazes the future and celebrates the spirit. These two kinds of times blend together yet they are inherently different. One is bound to law and one is free. One is used to gain more control and one is lived to live as lively as possible. One is a clock and one is a flower. One is a wheel. What is the shape of the other? What is the shape of the spirited time that burns meaning deep into one’s soul? What is the shape of living?

The wheel of the zodiac turns. Its twelve archetypes carry the meaning of the seasons that turn. The meaning of the seasons is so charged that it goes beyond the snow and heat. It extends into the mystery of the seasons of life, and all the relations of living. The wheel turns and time folds in on itself. What emerges from this motion is the potential for more and more meaning. New meaning. Fresh meaning. Fresh light.

The wheel is really a generator. A maker of more light. The pages turn but the fire burns.

I began to think about the existential side of time. Some time is “heights” and some time is “depths”. Some time is more middle ground. The heights of time are the joys, the unbridled laughter, the perfection of a day. This time rushes over the body like a shower of effervescence. There is no possible way to deny the body’s ownership of such time. It is embedded. It isn’t turning on an abstract clock. It is burning in the heights of one’s heart.

“Depth” time carries a force of memory and a sense of belonging. Depth time can anchor you “home” or polarize you to “true north”. It can also sink you with despair. Depth time carries the echoes of your ancestors, and the echoes of your most desired dreams. Its gravity is also undeniably in the body. It can easily smolder with the blend of heights. It can threaten to dampen the fires of joy. It does best when feelings are interpreted truthfully, and handed off to the logic of the middle ground.

“Middle ground” time is for managing the business of living. Our bodies are blessed with the genius of nervous systems. All of the information and interaction that we encounter gets integrated into the “system” of the body. The world is wide and full of information. The body is deep and full of mystery. The middle ground is where these places meet. Biofeedback has evolved for centuries. Our systems are cutting edge. The middle ground time is the coolness of logic, the sureness of morality, the sensations of physicality.

My new question was: if time is a wheel that turns, how does this other “time” move? Is there any order to it? My instinct said yes.

You are a Nature

This is an excerpt from Toroidal Astrology; The Future of the Zodiac coming in Summer 2022.

Neitzche revolted wholeheartedly against the philosophical invitation to ‘be one with nature.’  He saw humans to be above nature, superior to it.  Returning to nature, for Neitzche meant a turning away from personal power, and the blazing unique chemistry of the human being.  

This is a classic problem, one that politics runs into very frequently.  It is the battle between the whole and the individual.  

When too much emphasis is put on the whole, nature threatens to swallow us and an over-coddled worldview robs us of healthy individualistic debate.  The flipside is worse.  When too much emphasis is on the individual, nature is threatened to be defeated and so is all that we have built over history to defend human decency and fairness.  

The idea of returning to nature, must involve the whole and the individual.  Returning to nature must also mean returning to your nature, because you are a nature. 

Your nature is as awe-inspiring as the nature that you marvel at in the world.  It is also as capable of growing bountiful beauty, and as vulnerable to insults of its integrity.  Artemis, the lunar goddess, represents a fierce protection of one’s own nature.  It is only by lunar means that we can enter our own natures.  Lunar means are reflective of inner life and mindful of our responses and feelings.  

You can’t know your nature unless you can feel it.

You can’t cultivate your nature unless you pay attention to what makes it grow.  To be a nature is the most natural thing.  To wake up to your nature, and to begin to think about it is to come home to yourself, and radiate a sense of purpose.  

This is a kind of yoga to make time matter.  

When time turns into time that matters it becomes thymos, a spirited biological time.  This time is not to be wasted.  On the contrary it is to be stored.  Thymos that is stored in the body is your nature embracing its evolution.  A chain of memories supports one’s aspirations.  A flow of imaginative vision galvanizes the will.  A familiar feeling floods the body when purposeful activity is embraced.  

Time does matter, it is only a giant delusion to think that it doesn’t.  Making time matter more is a return to truth.  

A delicious and conscious ‘waste’ of time, like sitting by the dock of the bay, still makes time matter more because it celebrates leisure.  

It is only in the unconscious waste of time that thymos doesn’t build upon itself, a tuning out, a killing of time.  When tuning out becomes too sustained, thymos doesn’t build and there is spiritual fatigue, which results in a sense of powerlessness.  

Colin Wilson said that “all power is really spiritual power.”  

Spiritual power, or psychic power, is simply the power of one’s feelings that have managed to organize themselves into a sustained motion.  There is a viable outlet for them, through meaningful and regular activity, thus they support a spiritual and purposive flow.  

Water itself has no shape, it needs ideas and activities to give it definition.  Power itself is also shapeless, it needs routines and actions that are true to one’s nature to build it into something real.  

You are a nature that is powerful and capable of great bounty.  You matter, your time matters, and you can make both you and time matter more and more.  You can bring new heights, depths and texture to yourself and your time.  At the most ultimate level, you are time as a building of spiritedness, a thymos.  

People say time is money, and money is connected to the symbolism of the moon.  The moon represents feeling, so in this sense, time is feeling. Feelings change the body in all sorts of biochemical ways.  Time is feeling that changes the body.  

If time is feeling that changes the body, then why not cultivate time into something healthy?  This is the essence of thymos: a conscious awareness of yourself as time.  The most natural response to this awareness is to make your time matter more by making it more meaningful.

A very effective ad campaign for the American Express credit card was to display a bunch of items and their prices followed by a very meaningful moment that was ‘priceless’.  Meaningful time transcends wealth into its highest and most distilled essence.  

In his days at Walden Thoreau wrote, “for I was rich if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly.”

How many priceless moments can you recall?  Don’t you want to do better than an ad campaign?  The bank that stores this wealth is your body.  The flow of currency is your electromagnetic field.  There is opportunity everywhere to add to this bank, even in trying circumstances, as a Dostoyevsky novel will show.  

Meaning and time are a match.  They belong together.  The marriage of meaning and time is the same marriage of matter and light.  Light descended into matter to create and produce meaningful bounty.  It is the romantic story of evolution.  We are lucky to be conscious of this gift. 

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!  

Sparks at Dusk; Libra’s Creative Observation

Metaphorcast for 10/4-10, 2021

Listen to this episode here

William Burroughs wrote, “nothing exists until or unless it is observed.”  He said “an artist is making something exist by observing it.  And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it.”  Burroughs called this “creative observation” or “creative viewing.”

There is a New Moon coming in Libra this week, on Wednesday October 6th.  Libra is the sign of the artist but what too soon gets overlooked with Libra is how much her artistry centers on keen observation, or how much her wit centers on impeccable listening.  Her receptiveness is active, and it brings things into existence.

To highlight her activeness, Mars will be snuggled into the New Moon.  The artist Eugene Delacroix said “Seeing artistically does not happen automatically.  We must constantly develop our powers of observation.”  

Did you ever notice how there is a certain time of evening, call it dusk, when the powers of observation seem to rush back to you as a divine gift?  Photographers and filmmakers call it “magic hour”, John Steinbeck called it “the hour of pearl” when “time stops and examines itself.”  There’s an odd suspension of duality as day and night blend.  What is observed on the outside seems more intimately connected to what is felt on the inside.  

Dusk comes with extra magic this week as it will be the best time to view the Draconid Meteor shower which will peak just an evening after the New Moon.  Unlike most meteor showers that are best viewed near dawn, the Draconids are best viewed at dusk. These fiery bits emanate from the constellation of Draco, a dragon that wraps itself around the North Pole.

Draco’s constellation is in the shape of the sign of Leo, the light of the Sun.  It hugs the north pole which, symbolically is a Lunar place, as they are both connected to the mysteries of magnetism and navigation.

He also goes by the name Ladon, which backwards spells Nodal, the intersection of the Moon’s path and the apparent path of the sun which is the ecliptic. 

Draco seems to symbolize a merging between the creative and conscious qualities of light and the magnetic, subconscious pull of the Moon.  He seems to be a blend of day and night, a creature of the dusk.

Let’s consider for a moment that fine feeling we feel at dusk, when a magic bridge seems to connect the outside world to the inner.  In that moment, with that feeling, we are also creatures of dusk.  The powers of observation are keen as can be and a certain creative fire stirs inside.  There is active receptiveness, a blend of day and night.  

There is a sense that meaningful change can be brought about, as the deep subconscious seems to be registering important new conscious observations.  A close cooperation is taking place between the conscious light of day and the subconscious dark of night.  There is a hope that our habits might shift into ones that better serve our futures as we begin to remember a mysterious sense of purpose.

Venus has been in the depth of the subconscious in the latest degree of Scorpio but will begin her ascent back to the light of day on Thursday, the day after the New Moon in the fiery confidence of Sagittarius. The artist arises full of renewed life. 

Van Gogh said “art demands constant observation”. 

The same could be said for the art of living. 

Until next time,

Happy astro pondering

The Stirring up of the Far Out (Mars is back in Aquarius).

Mars has been traveling through Aquarius through much of the summer.  It began in May, retrograded back into Capricorn for most of August, and now it’s back.  Back in the sign of the Water Bearer.  Making more waves.

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Cowabunga!  Uranus, the totem planet of Aquarius and wave-making made it’s big transition into Taurus back in May as well.  Taurus is the sign of the Bull, and relates to how we feel secure in our bodies and our livelihood.  The stirred up waves are likely linked to these types of issues in our human lives right now.  

Mars at it’s root is potent energy.  Energy that needs to be born, so it can become something.  It doesn’t just stir things up because it’s some kind of joker, it has destiny, hopes, purpose!  The problem is we are often blind to what the energy is after, and acting out it’s commands on a subconscious level.

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I know what I’m.. doing? 

Mars at it’s very core is the power of the will.  The dictionary defines the word, will as the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.  Right away the complexity of the will is apparent.  What is the faculty we use to decide something and initiate action?  Sometimes it’s logic, more often it’s driven by emotion, namely subconscious ones.

The will, is the spark of the complex matter of mind and emotion.  It’s like a newborn subatomic comet seeking it’s destiny somewhere.  Energy arises, we are motivated by it, decisions are made and actions taken.  Mars was the start of it, the eager little spark.

In Aquarius, the spark is under the influence of the far-out realm of what it means to even exist.  The Waters that the Water Bearer bears are complex streams of consciousness, intermingling, stretching over boundaries of time and space.  Aquarius, like no other sign, centers around the somewhat abstract concept of existence.

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Existence, what IS it? 

Is existence a phenomenon of material, mental or emotional substance?  What lies outside of existence?  More existence?  Is there an outside?  How small or big can it stretch?  How long has existence been around?  Is there anything that doesn’t exist if we include the mental reality of things?  What is our relationship to our own existence on a daily, meaningful level?

Welcome to the far side.  Aquarian town.  Matters that involve life’s abstractions which are so often mysteriously tied to the very root of humanity.

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When concepts of existence get stirred up (Mars influence), we may not be the slightest bit aware of it consciously, but a type of existential angst is likely to set in.  The next thing we know is we are agitated (Mars) by this abstract feeling that life, and our existence is without meaning.  The “what is it all about?  What is it all for?” type of angst.  We may feel like a hamster in a wheel, going round and round the motions of meaningless work and routine, with all sense of solar purpose lost, all sense of Solar Essence obscured.

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What am I???

The key to making Mars transiting Aquarius your friend and not your foe is to acknowledge your relationship with your daily existence in relation to your Solar Essence.  For example, if at your solar core (look to your Sun sign and it’s aspects), you are a true people person who gets a lot out of conversations and social interactions, yet your day to day existence is working the night shift alone stocking groceries, and then home to sleep all day with no contact with other people, this transit might seek to bust up your reality.  It has to!  Your daily existence is totally off balance with your Solar Essence!  Something’s got to give, even if it means you simply make sure to hang out with friends once every few days, brighten that inner Sun back up.  Often it’s the minor adjustments made that really take root and help grow your life back into better balance.

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Leo, the sign opposite Aquarius is ruled by the Sun.  This reflects the dual axis of Solar Essence balancing with Existence.  

Also under the rulership of Aquarius is the future.  Equally abstract and intrinsically tied to our deepest human nature is the concept of the future.  We can never know it, but we know of it.

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The future, like existence, is abstract! 

We can choose to think we have no say in our own future, or we can choose to commit to the future that we want.  Even though such a commitment could never guarantee it’s reality, it can still position us to live in the now, as a person becoming, as a person always being born, in direction that we have chosen.

This is true freedom!  Free-will if you will.  The will loves freedom, and the trick is to understand that freedom is not divorced from responsibility.  You are responsible for the commitment towards your future, and towards your commitment on who you are and who you are becoming.

In the meantime, happy astro-pondering!