Philosopher Bertrand Russell said “What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.”
Taurus is the sturdiest sign in the zodiac. It is life’s way of building upon something certain. As inventor, cosmologist Arthur M. Young says, “life can only start at the molecular level” because “molecules obey laws.”
A new Season begins on Monday, April 19th, with the Sun and Mercury moving into sturdy Taurus.
Have you ever asked yourself, in a good grand sweep of a way, what it is that you are building?
Young sees purpose to be synonymous with light and absolute freedom. The problem is, with absolute freedom it can’t fulfill any goals. It must then descend into matter where it loses its freedoms in various stages until, at the molecular level it has none. Having no freedoms it responds perfectly to natural laws, and therefore becomes something one can count on. It becomes certain and definite in a universe built on uncertainty (freedom). It becomes the means in which a goal can be carried out.
He talks about the particular point, when light’s involution becomes life’s evolution. This happens at the molecular level right before plants learn to grow. Rocks can’t grow. The plants have managed to recapture a freedom. Young calls this transition “the turn”, and says it is essentially a remembering of purpose.
Colin Wilson said, “We all instinctively turn towards meaning, towards situations that will stimulate us, as a flower turns to the sun.”
Just like these daydreaming sunflowers we must turn our heads towards the “sun” this Season, towards the stable nucleus of a sense of purpose. If we can’t do this, we will be building something anyway, but our blueprints are vulnerable to the secret ownerships of others whose opinions we deem way too valuable.
The Lyra meteor shower will also occur this week with its peak activity on the 22nd and 23rd. The shooting stars will have to compete with some bright moonlight, and will emanate from the constellation Lyra, which represents Orpheus’ lyre of Greek mythology. The most famous myth of Orpheus is his descent to the underworld to free his lover Eurydice. After charming Hades and Persephone with his music, they allowed them to leave together, back up to the world of the living on one condition: that he not look back until they were in the full daylight. Of course, moments before they reached the light he did look back, and she disappeared forever. Orpheus, in his doubt, lost everything he had worked so hard for.
Voltaire said “Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.” Heisenberg eradicated certainty from the measurable world. Yet, at some level, certainty is needed. Just as life builds on the law-abiding molecules, people build upon the certainties of meaning.
Do you know what you are building?
Happy building and happy astro pondering!
Astro Art by Johnnie Day Durand