Hashtag No Filter:  The True Beauty of A Fall Sunset

Metaphorcast for 9/20-26, 2021

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The first day of Fall arrives this week on Wednesday the 22nd, as the Sun takes its symbolic fall in Libra, whose glyph shows a setting Sun.  Sunsets are known to become more vivid as the weather cools due to the air becoming drier.  Less water vapor means less haze, and the pure array of lilac, peach and scarlet hues reach the eye in all of their splendid purity.  

It is similar to the phenomena of dry humor.  The absence of  emotion in one’s expression allows the full dose of the humor to come charging forth.  Buster Keaton, a Libra himself, discovered this as a child on the Vaudeville stage.  He realized the audience responded better to his stony expression than if he smiled.  

The power lies in the contrast.  The lack of emotion contrasts with the absurdity.  With the cooler weather sunsets, the lack of haze contrasts with the intense beauty that finds us anyway.  It is nature’s version of a hashtag-no-filter.  Of course, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.  A hazy sunset is more beautiful to some, but it isn’t more vivid.  Vivid images are strong and clear, in real life and also emerging from dreams, memory and imagination.

Speaking of dreams and imagination, an enchanting Harvest Moon will begin the week in the sign of Pisces.  Spin some records, light some candles, whatever comes to mind. In Pisces, this moonlight is of the softest variety.  See how you might soften your own mood to better embrace such a special glow.

Softness, dreams and imagination have a certain superpower to restore mystery to the mundane.  Reality becomes enlarged as false filters are lifted.  Here we have the inner life’s version of a hash-tag-no-filter.  The eye becomes vivified and vision is vitalized.  This is the reason why dreams and imagination have such potential to be vivid.  The challenge is to flex the muscle of the imagination and try to answer this question posed by Da Vinci:  “Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?”

Vivid images vivify.  Clear and sharp images are like crowing roosters, stirring up an inner dawn.  These images can be found anywhere, in life, dreams, memory, and imagination.  All that we need to do is relate to them.  

DH Lawrence wrote, “we must get back into relation, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos and the universe.”        

The vivid beauty of a fall sunset will find you despite your mood.  Sharp and brilliant, showing a beauty that exists beyond one’s preferences.  A very alive and vital beauty that exists beyond the “eye of the beholder.”  A nourishing wink from the cosmos.  An invitation to relate to it, and vivify your soul. 

This beauty is like a truth, that will also find you if your inner atmosphere is clear enough.  If the doubts, and false beliefs can evaporate, leaving you with nothing but the dry air of observation and a willingness to relate to what comes forth.  

The clearer the atmosphere, the farther you can see.  On the clearest day if you look out at the ocean, your eye will take you about 3 miles out as the Earth begins to curve.  On a clear day, city buildings can be seen from 50 miles away.  But think of this: the planet Saturn can also be seen on a clear night.  Saturn is 746 million miles away.  

A clear atmosphere, be it an autumnal sky or our consciousness freed from swampy moods, will allow for a greater distance of view.  With a greater distance of view comes a wider network of relations.  A wider network of relations opens up possibilities.  And possibilities that open up vivify the future.  A vivified future brightens the present, the place where life and love live, in all of their lively ways.  

Happy Fall and as always,

Happy astro pondering 

Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 9/28-10/4, 2020

’Tis the Season of the Sunset, as the leaves turn warm and harmonious one by one.  Libra is the sign of the setting Sun, a theme of rest when the day is done.  Too see a sunset not only inspires rest, it also inspires a special type of union, between yourself and the wider world.  Illuminating the horizon, that wide dividing line, the stretch becomes contagious- our own minds stretch with it, in question and dream.  As Lord Byron wrote, “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.”

In the Season of the Setting Sun, a Full Moon becomes a night of Dawn.  Eyes wide open on the horizon this week, as the Harvest Moon approaches.  Low in the sky for days surrounding the event, the Moon will appear huge and likely tinted orange.  Like a pumpkin, to celebrate the first day of October.  Like a Sunrise, as it will be in Aries, the sign of the Dawn, at the time of Dusk.  Twilight skies and bright Moonrise.  Eyes wide open, to the horizon.

Expect nothing less than these type of paradoxes during Libra Season.  Her scales are balanced yet always scaling new heights, in order to view wider horizons.  Balance is not static, in her spirit of rational thought, she is aware also of infinity.  The numbers that never stop.  The imagination that is wide like the horizon.  The Moon River that is wider than a mile.  To cross it is to cross it in style, someday.   

The horizon is the sense of the beyond, which is bound up in the nature of reality itself.  As theoretical physicist Brian Greene says, “Sometimes the true nature of reality beckons from just beyond the horizon.”

Mercury, the planet of perception has moved into the intensified waters of Scorpio.  Seeing is more like seeing-through.  A twilight week, a Full Moon with high tides, perfect for detective work to see where meaning hides.

Venus the Seasonal planet in the dramatic sign of Leo until Friday.  Trining her lover Mars in Aries, passions are a brewin’,  and what will you be doin?  Good thing that giant Moon will be tracking you down, in case you forget to leave room for Romance.  As the world widens so does the Lions stride.  Funny how much more powerful we can feel in the presence of such beauty.  Must be that dawn on the other side of the dusk, the true relationship with the Will.

Jupiter has been moving direct in Capricorn for a couple weeks,  Faith found its forward groove in a temperament of pragmatic striving.  But what’s this, after 6 months of retrograde, both Saturn and Pluto will be moving direct as well.  Saturn, the planet of perseverance will go forth on Wednesday, just before that full Moon, and Pluto the planet of empowerment moves forward on Sunday.  These strong archetypal characters will be Scaling new heights with fervorous momentum, to see wider vistas.  Not only can the SeaGoat scale, he owns scales himself!  As a creature of the Sea, who can see the importance of imagination in this worldly endeavor.   Imagination that stretches, like the sea, like the horizon.  As Michelangelo said “Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”

Uranus in Taurus, the energizing of our own abilities.

Neptune in Pisces, the romantic essence of what’s so far away.

The Moon

The Moon will briefly be in Aquarius on Monday before it slips into Pisces midday.  A potent morning ripe with sudden understandings.  She will wax more and more gibbous in Pisces, and likely cause traffic to slow for the next few days with her arresting beauty.  In the spirit of Pisces, this low-sitting Moon is all illusion in size, as our eyes trick us by comparing her to familiar surroundings.

Wednesday night she slips into Aries and by the following evening she is Full with the promise of a new Dawn, and traffic comes to a full stop.  Likely tinted red or orange as we perceive her through a thicker atmosphere.  As you surrender to the romantic atmosphere of this year’s Harvest Moon, do you feel within you, your vital forces strengthening?  Moon-illusion or not, which world is real?  That of this moment, or any given Monday afternoon, when these forces may get scattered about?  Is the world of the Full-Moon-moment more real as we perceive ourselves whole in such surroundings?  e.e. Cummings was born under a Harvest Moon. He said “One’s not half of two, two are halves of one.”  

She will begin to wane in Aries through Friday, carrying all of the energy of a new dawn in her midst, and by the weekend we have a Taurus Moon.  A Taurus Moon in Libra Season is a double dose of Venus energy.  The world is wide, in dream, in aroma, in time, in truth.  Venus will newly be in Virgo, the sign of the Harvest.  The Romance of the Harvest shines on.  Bounty in the width of life!  The serenity of a sunset!  The invigoration of a new dawn!  New heights bringing wider widths.  Maybe that’s how the smile was born.

As always, happy astro pondering!

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