Hindsight and Foresight, A Full Moon on a Cold Night!

Metaphorcast 12/28/20- 1/3/21

The Mohawk Native Americans would call this week’s Full Cancer Moon, the Full Cold Moon, falling in the cold month of December.  A New Year will find us before the weekend, allowing for the phrase Hindsight is 2020 to not only be a viral meme, but also a re-wakened dream.  If myth’s are indeed, as Joseph Campbell said, public dreams (as opposed to dreams being private myths) there is indeed a pertinent myth to reflect as the new twenties gain their stride.  That is the myth of Prometheus and Epimetheus.  Foresight and Hindsight.

It was both Prometheus and his brother Epimetheus who sculpted all living creatures with clay.  Epimetheus sculpted the various animals and beasts, with their horns, scales, wings, feathers, teeth and fur.  But it was Prometheus that sculpted the humans last.  He had no special gift to give them, as Epimetheus had already given these specialties to the animals, so Prometheus decided to make human beings walk upright like the Gods, and he gave them fire.

Epimetheus, in hindsight, can see the deep seated desire of the tiger, with his sharp teeth and powerful reflexes.  In hindsight he can see the spacial craving of the bird, with it’s delicate and aeordynamic wing.  He can see the swamp king’s alpha dream in the crocodiles scales teeth and giant jaw.  But what of the human?

Prometheus made the human, not in hindsight, but in foresight.  The human, with no horn, wing, or giant jaw, no beak or fur or retratctable claw, no antlers, scales or stinging tails, nothing special here to see, except that speical quality, of vision and fire, from eyes heart and mind, we can be in two different places at the same time.

The past and the future, who’s dividing line is so slight, it makes each tiny moment it’s own fire to ignite.

As Albert Camus said, “With rebellion, awareness is born.”

Tuesday night we will see the Cold Moon, December’s Full Moon, in Cancer during this Capricorn Season.  A Cancer Full Moon is the Moon at it’s Moonest.  Whatever the Moon does for you, it does it more on the Cold Moon, the Full Cancer Moon, in this start of the Winter Season.  

To have foresight is also to have hindsight. To grasp a future is to understand it’s roots.  In the Cold Moonlight of the Ocean of Memory, that forms an endless chain back to the place of myths themselves, can you feel your reality in it’s full mythic sense? Your own private myth of dreams, and your resonance to certain public dreams of myth? What would an Epimethean set of glasses tell you about yourself.  And when Prometheus hands you that burning fennel stalk, in which way would you point it?  What would you hope to illuminate?  

As the Cold Moon begins to wane, it will still be bright and beautiful, weather permitting for New Years Eve, in the sign of Leo, the quintessential party animal.  Though parties will be at a minimum this year, the Leo Moon lights any stage with a healthy dose of drama.  A realistic re-rendering of any setting, living room, hallway, sidewalk, kitchen, as the stage that dramatically swaps out an old year for a new one.  

The newfound Aquarian energy in the sky, with the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, is a giant twinkly wink from Prometheus and his gift of foresight.

Foresight can make way for important paradigm shifts, like the one that happened in the 16th century, when the Ptolemic Earth-centered model of the universe was replace by the Copernican Sun-centered one.

There is a very interesting article written by astrophysicist Peter D Usher that sees Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a dramatization of this paradigm shift. Hamlet symbolizes the awakening to a new infinite and Sun-centered universe. He is ultimately responsible for the death of the old king, Claudius, who shares Ptolemy’s first name.

Portrait of an Astronomer (Nicolaus Copernicus?) Marco Basaiti
Date 1512 (funny that he also looks like Shakespeare!)

The sky during this time in history shared a key characteristic as it does now, as Jupiter and Saturn go into what’s known as a “grand mutation”, shifting from 200 years of Earth conjunctions to a new 200 years of Air conjunctions. These Jupiter Saturn conjunctions are known as trigons. The full trigon cycle is 800 years, as it passes through each of the four elements.

In Shakespeare’s time the shift was from Water to Fire, and the fire of the Sun indeed became the new center.

Now it is from Earth to Air, as the Aquarian Age truly begins.

Hindight may be 2020, but that’s old news.  Another year over and a new one just begun.  Will we see another paradigm shift in 2021?

Happy New Year all the same!  

And Happy Astro Pondering!

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Jupiter Saturn Great Conjunction 2020!

The week begins with a lively event, as the Winter Solstice will present, the shortest day and the longest night; look to the sky for a fantastic sight.  For Jupiter and Saturn will align, and form a shining star so divine, and while this occurence happens every 20 years, they have not been this close since the days of Shakespeare!  And even then it’s predicted to have not been well-seen, for that we are looking at the early 13th century! 

Needless to say, take advantage of the extra evening darkness tonight.  Look just above the Southwestern or Western horizon after sunset.

Saturn, the planet of tangible reality, fused together with Jupiter, the planet of far-reaching possibility.

What does it mean for these two planets to unite, on this special first day of Winter, when the Sun enters Capricorn, the sign of reality. 

Is there a place, where reality and possibity unite, to form a different type of reality?

Maybe.

German physicist Werner Heisenberg was born under a Jupiter Saturn conjunction.  Known for publishing the Uncertainty Principle in 1927, he made staggering discoveries in the strange quantum world of potenitalities and possibilities.  He discovered a strange physical world, a probability wave that lived between reality and possibility.

He said, “Revere these things beyond science which really matter and about which it is difficult to speak.”

Born on the same exact day as Heisenberg was another reality-possibilist, Walt Disney.  He famously said “Fantasy and Reality often overlap” and maintained that his films were made for the child in everyone.  He spoke to children matter of factly because he saw that they were “always reaching”.  He also saw children to be “born blessed with vivid imaginations”, and he admitted that he resented the limitations of his own imagination.

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle speaks of a certain fuzziness to reality.  It states that the position and the velocity of an object cannot both be measured exactly at the same time, even in theory.

It’s like knowing that your car is at this exact location, and having no idea what speed you are going, or vice versa.

A strange world where reality meets possibility, shining symbolically in the sky on this darkest night.  As a New Year approaches and an old and challenging one comes to an end, what a good time it is, to get cozy with uncertainty itself!

It is uncertainty that brings about expectation, and investigation.  Lively things, alive with a sense of future.  Things that keep us reaching, and re-vivify our imagination! This Great Star in the sky, a glimmer of the Aquarian age, as both of these planets just went into Aquarius last week, the sign of future and innovation.

While certainty may seem to quell stress and fear, uncertainty, with it’s dynamism, is a reason to cheer.  As psychologist Erich Fromm said, “The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.  Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”

Mercury is now in Capricorn, along with the Sun- perception is sharp- tuned in.  Perfect for beholding that briiliant night star.

Venus is in Sagittarius- celebrating the enthusiastic love of knowlege, which historian and mathematician, Jacob Bronowski saw as “an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.”

Mars moving onward in Aries- the most daring of planetary signatures.  Oh where would we be without the ability to dare.  Walt Disney said he like to dream, then test his dreams against his beliefs, then dare to see them through.

There it is again- that strange world- alive between reality and possibility.

Uranus in Taurus, the body electric, supporting by trine aspect the energy of the Sun and Mercury.  See the star and be the star.  The merging of the near and the far!

Neptune in Pisces – dreaming before daring

The Moon

The Moon will begin the week in Pisces, the sign of imagination and fuzziness.  Get cozy with that fuzzy aspect of reality, and let your imagination seek out peritinent avenues that slowly come into focus.

By early evening Monday, as we begin to look for that brilliant night Star, the Moon will wax into Aries, and the atmosphere comes alive with anticipation.  Though you will be able to enjoy the beauty of this “star” for the whole week, tonight when these two planets are the closest.  Its the Winter Solstice, with drama at it’s mostest!

The Aries Moon will continue through Tuesday and Wednesday- make room to dare, and do it with flair.

By Thursday, Christmas Eve, we have a larger Taurus Moon, the sign associated with nature.  Now that we have meditated on nature’s fuzzy little secret, pour some eggnog and turn the fire on the TV- these warm fuzzies are like wormholes to that world between worlds.  Where possibility and reality snuggle.  Where possibilities glisten, and reality listens.

Enjoy this Big and Fuzzy Moon for Christmas night as well, after the cookies and mistetoes have cast their spells.  Hold close the things certain, like the warmth of love, and give tidings to uncertainty that twinkles from above. 

By evening on Saturday the Moon grows quite large in Gemini, the sign of facts.  Like little pixels that continue to accumlate, and make our world a knowable place, less fuzzy.  The last timet the Great Conjunction Star was this visible was when religion held the answers, whereas now it is science.  

Heisenberg always held a strong curiousity towards where these two worlds might unite. He said, “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

If there is a world between reality and possibility, where waves behave in the most mysterious ways, and sharpness bottoms out into more of a blur, this is surely the realm where blood starts to stir.

Enjoy this chrystaline first week of Winter, in all of its uncertainty.

as always, happy astro pondering!