Mark Twain said “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus”.
Saturn, the planet of focus, moves into the imaginal realm of Pisces today on March 7th, 2023. Are you ready to get your vision checked?
The transit occurs at the height of a Full Moon, ensuring that no magic goes wasted on such a potent shift. Saturn had been focused for the past 3 years in Aquarius, the sign of networking, future, and individualism, seeing the growth of the web and the rise of new existential questions about how we are to live in a blooming digital age. Now the focus shifts into the imagination.
How sharp can you see with the eyes of your heart? How much reality can you discern in the clear sweeps of a fairy tale that has diligently been taking shape all of your life yet remains cocooned in the galaxy of your dreams?
Concentration is such a powerful gift, as are all of nature’s powers. Concentration is like tossing a stone into the waters of your mind and allowing the concentric circles to radiate outward. No matter how big these circles get, how far they travel into a larger sense of self and a bigger sense of nature, they share the same center. Your concentration is that center, surrounded by coherence in a large and poetic natural world.
There is sight to be brightened by the sea of dreams. Saturn will swim through these waters until May 2025, and again with the retrograde from August 2025 to February 2026.
Einstein said “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.”
Pisces Season begins next Saturday, February 18th.. Einstein was an ultimate Pisces, giving primacy to wonder and awe over knowledge and understanding. Like the fish, he could in a sense breathe underwater, that is to say he could rely on his creative imagination to nourish and sustain himself and his pursuits.
The imagination does something very strange. It makes whatever you imagine an ‘other’ to which you can relate. Just as the words you read right now are something ‘other’ to which you relate and try to make sense of, the images in your imagination are an ‘other’. Just as the person who rang up your coffee this morning is an ‘other’, so is the heroine you aspire and imagine yourself to become.
With every varying ‘other’ there is a potential for renewed wholeness. A certain phrase or melody, a person’s charm, a place, even a flavor can evoke a ‘thou’ experience; where whatever you are relating to makes everything bigger and more real. This is because you are enough of an artist to let your skills of relating generate a certain amount of awe and undeniable resonance.
It’s easy to picture a “thou” experience while standing before the Grand Canyon. Less intuitive is seeing the potential of generating such reverence for your own archetypes that swim about in potentia. With an active imagination, pertinent narratives and myths take shape and offer guidance. Not only do they offer guidance, they offer energy through their archetypal charges. One gets a taste for something; a way of living, a way of getting something accomplished, or in Einstein’s case, a way of solving seemingly impossible abstract problems.
Imagination is free, as are you to use it well. That is, if you are enough of an artist.
Why do we fall in love? Why don’t we climb in love or sprint? Is love something below us that we fall into? And then why can it make us feel like we walk on clouds?
When planets fall they fall towards the sun; a central and most luminous source. In their orbits they are perpetually falling. We are perpetually falling too. We are pushed up by the floors that we stand on and the chairs that we sit upon.
Gravity is the mysterious force of attraction by which terrestrial bodies tend to fall towards the center of the earth. In the center of the Earth fire burns like a second Sun.
R. Buckmister Fuller called love “metaphysical gravity”.
The center of the earth in a psychological sense points to the center of your earth; an elusive Self that is born of nature and is nature. Is this where we fall towards when we fall in love? Are we put into an orbit that pivots around something bright and brilliant and born from within?
Light makes vision possible. Light born from love extends vision farther; both outwardly and inwardly. Out to the day and into the night, behind one’s eyes and back into the next day. Love can extend and deepen another’s worldview.
Valentine’s Day always falls in the far-out season of Aquarius.
Serious Saturn will join the Sun. Seriousness is like gravity, a force that anchors. Towards what does this force make you fall?
The star-player, Venus will be in her best gown; floating in Pisces near the divine planet of Neptune. Whatever your plans, add some ruffles and a string section.
It is said that all rivers flow to the sea, but what about those rivers of thought that run through each person’s mind. Do they also flow to the sea? Some place that one would rather be? A world that is ideal, a place of dreams?
When was the last time you said the words “there is no place I’d rather be?”. What beautiful illusion surrounded you then?
This week Neptune, the planet of dreams and illusion will not only be the closest to earth this year, the Blue Giant will also be fully illuminated by the Sun. Though it will be but a small blue dot in all but the most powerful of telescopes the fact remains, bright and beautiful illusions are within reach.
Now don’t go thinking I’m talking of flat trickery. The Mona Lisa is an illusion, its fake would be a delusion. Illusions are the arts, the beauty in life that points towards the divine, the places where creativity is breathed back into existence. Cast aside those delusions, those fakes, those things that cheapen the reality of true illusion.
True illusion expands hope and creates a kind of inner buoyancy. True illusion finds you on a sunny day in a garden as a kind of veil seems to be lifted to reveal a new layer of crisp beauty. Delusion on the other hand throws up more veils and narrows the view. Somewhere beyond the sea, the real me spots a liar.
Mark Twain said “Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
Einstein himself called reality a very persistent illusion.
The question becomes, which illusions are worth your time? Which illusions do you bond to as tightly as sodium might bond to chlorine? Which places or ideas in your mind stir an electricity that sparks action at the most intimate and quantum level? There is nothing delusionary about a sequence so sacred as this.
Mars, the planet of action, moves into artistic Libra on Tuesday, the same day that the fully illuminated Neptune will reach its closest proximity to earth. Art in action at the height of illusion! Bob Dylan said that “art is a never-ending dance of illusions”. The stage is set for an epic performance!
It is art, with its never-ending dance of illusions which ultimately gives order to the chaos of existence, just as science does to the natural world.
Never delude yourself into ignoring your most worthy illusions.
Ladies and gents we are about to explore the mysterious functions of Venus, a.k.a Aphrodite. Alchemically she is linked to the metal copper. Her reputation revolves around love and beauty.
First stop, the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
In the last post we talked about how Mars, a.k.a iron is what makes the blood red when it combines with oxygen (iron as hemoglobin). It is this oxygenated red blood that travels through the arteries and nourishes all of our organs.
Quite simply the blue blood is now WITHOUT oxygen because the organs have used it all up. It now travels through the veins back to the heart where it will become oxygenated again through our breath (and that hemoglobin!)
Let’s start with her name, Venus. Quite similar to the word VEIN is it not? And for that matter Mars sounds more like ARtery.
Back to the blood.. it seems to be an intuitive understanding that Mars and red blood go hand in hand. Less intuitive is Venus’ blue blood, the blood that is WITHOUT oxygen.
Venus is introducing the principle of PASSIVITY and RESTORATION (negativity without it’s bad connotations). It seeks balance by being passive. It trusts in nature and knows there is an order more divine here than anything we could actively cook up ourselves (leave that to Mars!).
Let’s talk a little more about it’s signature metal, Copper.
So some of Copper’s themes have to do with electricity, and this rather pretty light green tint.
Venus points to the blue blood and the green color that copper turns. Where else do we see blue and green?
Earth demonstrates magnificent beauty especially when it’s left alone (Venus). National Parks are an excellent example of this.
Venus knows how to let nature BE her order. She knows to listen, to notice, to meet and behold.
Our bodies are constantly sending electrical messages from our brain to various body parts. Electricity is needed to make anything happen, from blinking our eyes to making ourselves a sandwich. Electrical signals happen when the cells switch from a negative charge to a positive charge.
Once again I will bring in the Wizard of Oz because I simply can’t help it. The Emerald City looks a lot like the northern lights married the Statue of Liberty. Not only that but like the North Pole, it serves as center of attraction of which our heroes and heroine are pulled towards.
But what happens when they get there? What does the Wizard say?
In closing, Venus teaches us the virtues of negativity and how non-doing can restore and bring back balance. It is a side of life that is often ignored, especially in our fast paced modern society. We can consciously feel the blissful effects of negativity by sitting by running water and soaking up those negative ions, or noticing the peace that is felt after a rainstorm. Another fun tip, beeswax candles also emit negative ions.
When we say the word genius, Einstein is easily one of the first people that enters most of our minds. In this post we are going to examine the possible signatures of “genius” in Einstein’s chart as well as look deeper into what that word really means. In astrology, one of the first planets that jumps in to be associated with “genius” is Uranus. Uranus is the lightning bolt that infuses us with electricity, intensifies what it touches and is considered the higher octave of Mercury (mind).
Basically, the planets that serve as higher octaves take PERSONAL drives (inner planets) and make them TRANSPERSONAL drives (outer planets). Venus the planet of love finds it’s higher octave in Neptune, the planet of DIVINE love. Mars the planet of the will finds it’s higher octave in Pluto, the planet of DIVINE will. Mercury the planet of mind finds it’s higher octave in Uranus, our DIVINE mind. The universal mind. The vast reservoir of knowledge that we are all connected to as human beings.
Another planet that needs to be mentioned when we talk about a genius is Jupiter. Jupiter is associated with learning, as is the 9th house. Jupiter (and Sagittarius, which it rules) is built to take leaps of faith and connect different concepts together to find MEANING. Einstein has a strong Jupiter because it is in the 9th house and it rules his Sagittarius Moon. So Einstein’s driving need in life (Moon) is to connect certain dots and find meaning. His Jupiter takes on a strong Uranian tone (genius) as it is in Aquarius (which is ruled by Uranus) AND opposed by Uranus. Uranus is intensifying his planet of faith and broad leaps of understanding.
Einstein’s Mercury (mind) is in forward moving Aries and conjunct Saturn, the planet of seriousness and hard work. His mind is built to take on a lot. It’s ready for hard work.
His Sun (life energy) is in Pisces, the sign that is tuned like no other into SUBTLETIES. Pisces energy feels and intuits. It seeks to flow with the internal rhythm of nature and surrender to it. To run effectively it seeks divine beauty.
Remember, Pisces is ruled by Neptune, DIVINE beauty, the higher octave of Venus, beauty. Einstein is famous for playing the violin when he found himself stumped by his studies. The immersion into the right brain of creativity (Venus and Neptune) by playing his music would lead to a breakthrough (Uranus) of understanding (Jupiter). It’s interesting to note that the only aspect his understanding-seeking Sagittarius Moon makes is a trine (support) from his violin-playing Venus.
In it she talks about the fact that in ancient Greece and ancient Rome people believed that creativity came from a divine source and was not something wired into the individual themselves. The relationships that you cultivated with this source led to your ability to express creativity. People used to say I “have” a genius, and it wasn’t until the Renaissance came, where all of the attention was placed on the individual being the center of everything that people started saying I “am” a genius. She speaks about the advantages of keeping that psychological distance between you and your “genius” when it comes to our own creative endeavors. She explains that the myth of the genie in the lamp is representative of this truth. Setting your genie (genius) free, as in not identifying with it leads to it working better. I recommend watching the full TED talk, very interesting IMO..
Einstein sure seemed to have this sacred distance established within himself. Here are some more quotes:
“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
Happy Birthday to you Einstein, and your radiant genius!
I have a simian crease on my dominant hand. For those who don’t know, that is one line across the palm of the hand instead of two. It’s a blending of the head and the heart line. Every now and then I zone out on it and certain questions start to percolate.
Does my mind blend well with my heart? Do my feelings always match my words? It’s a lovely idea that the head and the heart should be so entwined. I would guess that life would feel like a waltz that you knew all of the steps to. In astrology the Sun rules the heart and Mercury rules the mind. It’s interesting that Mercury is never 28 degrees farther away from the Sun. Therefore many people have their Mercuries in the same sign as their Sun. Is it easier for these people to find that happy balance between mind and heart?
My Sun is in Leo but my Mercury is in Virgo and I definitely feel the little tug of war between these energies within me. I have an early memory that echoes through my soul where I was so eager to show off (Leo) that I knew the word that the teacher was writing on the board. “I know what that says! I know what that says!” and the teacher said “Tess, don’t—” because she wanted the other kids to sound it out, but I didn’t heed her warning and blurted out “JILL!”. The teacher let out a sigh of frustration and that’s when my Mercury in Virgo took over. In my head I was mortified at my know-it-all behavior. Where’s my humility?? My Virgo mind needed that I maintain humility but my Leo heart wanted to go for the gold! This is a theme that has repeated itself many times over in my life.
Mercury also rules the lungs. This ties mind into speech as well as connectivity with all living things. The air we breath today is the same air that was breathed by Nostradamus and Shakespeare. In the human body the lungs and the heart are VERY intimately connected just like the Sun and Mercury. As I learned in my Medical Assistant training class, the blood is blue when it enters the heart’s first chamber because it has no oxygen. After it fills up the first two chambers of the heart it goes directly into the lungs where it becomes oxygenated and RED (!) then back into the heart’s last two chambers where it is sent through the aorta to deliver this oxygen to the rest of the body. Pretty amazing…
Is your natal Mercury in the same sign as your natal Sun or in a different one? If understanding these relationships better can help facilitate a lighter heart, I think that is reflection well spent.
To say he is an enigma is quite the understatement when it comes to Johnny Cash. “The Man in Black” without a doubt lives up to his mysterious nickname. His words come out straight, with no extraneous descriptive poetics, yet they hit us deep within our soul by way of emotional accuracy. This man knows pain and suffering, and he strides through that dark territory like the outlaw that he is.
On to his chart!
The fist theme that jumps off the page here (always a good place to start) is the EXTREME Neptune/ Pisces energy. He has his Sun (life energy) conjunct his Mercury (speech and mind) and Mars not far behind (what makes him tick) ALL in sensitive Pisces and all in Pisces’ natural house, the 12th. The 12th house brings Pisces types of issues into your world- issues like times when you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, or weak.
On the higher end this could be times/places that bring feelings of rapture or interconnectedness with all of life. But suffering is no stranger to the 12th house, and Pisces energy feels everything more sensitively. Let’s add the very important detail that Neptune itself is EXACTLY opposite his Sun/Mercury- adding one more POWERFUL thrust of vulnerability to this equation. It’s really unbelievable this set up. This man is either walking with God or walking with his demons.
Instead of cowering in a corner in the face of pain and suffering, Cash puts on a headlamp and marches straight in to the dark trenches of sorrow in search of something true. This is the spirit of an 8th house Scorpio Moon. Scorpio is emotional energy that goes deep and craves REALNESS. The 8th house is the place in life where those things happen, like intimate relationships or offering values (like the messages in his songs) that can be truly SHARED by others.
But there’s more to Cash’s approach. He’s an outlaw. Which brings us to his guns-blazing Venus Uranus conjunction. Venus (personal charm) is fused with Uranus (the rule breaker/ outlaw!) and they are in fiery courageous Aries in the first house (personal style/identity). This piece of dynamite is squared by Pluto, which blows it up even bigger with empowerment from the 5th house (the house of self expression).
His Jupiter is in Leo, bringing a restoration of faith through play and spontaneous fun (Leo). Humor wedges it’s way into the tumultuous terrain of emotional bullets with songs like “A Boy Named Sue”.
So Happy Birthday to The Man in Black! Hello, he’s Johnny Cash! Thank you a million times over you beautiful man!
Let’s begin with his Sun, which is in Sagittarius. His solar energy runs on inspiration, bigness, and optimism. “If I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere” packs an extreme punch coming from the mouth of this man. It seeps into our souls and makes us BELIEVE in ourselves and our potentials. His Mercury is conjunct the Sun, so his words carry forth this uplifting energy. This conjunction is in the 2nd house of his own values and talents.
Now let’s look at his Moon. It’s in dreamy Pisces. His reigning need is to merge with the mysteries of life. In this quest he emits a dreaminess. It’s hard not to immediately call up the Looney Tunes version of him, where he is depicted rail-thin on a stage with all sorts of animals swooning “Frankie!!” and falling to the ground. They are under his spell. His Moon is in the 5th house of creative self expression.
To emphasize this dreamy component, there is Neptune at the Midheaven. His public role wrapped up in an ethereal “je ne sais quoi”. And then there is Jupiter (always highlighted for a Sagittarius) squaring (giving structure to) his Sun, in what sign? Pisces! His own optimism and faith (Jupiter) restored by feelings of divine beauty and mystery.
Don’t we want to know about his Venus? With all that charm he displays? Well let’s talk about it. It’s in Capricorn AND opposed Saturn, which basically just amps up that Capricorn. His charm is CLASSIC (Capricorn). He is threaded into society (Capricorn), as reflected by his MANY connections to politicians (also a Sagittarius theme), mobsters, and hollywood stars. This Venus is in the third house of communications, putting that charm right where it’s needed, on that golden voice of his.
Pisces Moon’s can be very sensitive people. This may explain him converting to be a republican overnight when JFK snubbed him by choosing Bing Crosby’s house to stay at during a convention instead of his. He had built a helipad and everything!! Turns out Bobby Kennedy insisted that John not stay there because of all of Sinatra’s ties to the mob. Sinatra ended up tearing apart the helipad with a sledgehammer.
On an ending note, Sinatra displays such a gorgeous balance of his Sun and Moon energies, which is something we all strive to do. There’s a reason why the apparent size of the Sun and Moon are the same from where we stand on Earth. He has this balance. His Sagittarius larger than life, filled with inspiration, his Pisces dreamy as the day is long. That’s why I would like to dub him Frank Sinatra, Piscittariun .
I was thinking about scenes in movies when I didn’t quite feel the emotion that was being portrayed. The big one that came to mind was the ending of “Seven” when Brad Pitt is in the cornfield asking Kevin Spacey “what’s in the box??” knowing full well that it is Gwyneth Paltrow’s severed head.
Believe me, I am not knocking Brad Pitt. I think he is a tour de force of an actor. But this scene got me thinking about how some actors seem very natural and easy with expressing vulnerable emotions while others maybe not as much.
Brad Pitt’s chart shows no Water planets (except Neptune). He is runs mostly on Earth and Fire. My latest favorite movie with him was “World War Z”, and you better believe he was (in my opinion) EXTREMELY effective at displaying a courageous (Fire) hero who gets the job done (Earth).
I also think Brad Pitt is very effective conveying deep emotions BUT, usually this is done by an UNDERSTATED approach. A subtle look, or a quick tear up, but NOT a prolonged cry-fest. A prolonged cry-fest is hard to make look authentic, UNLESS you have some Water planets to help you out.
Everyone has emotions, just like everyone has a Moon their natal chart. Water planets don’t give people more emotion but they DO (ideally) make EXPRESSING emotion a bit more comfortable and natural. This is especially true with Scorpio, because Scorpio is all about emotional power and control.
Compare these Scorpio cry-looks to some Cancer cry-looks.
And finally some Pisces…
Actors who do not have Water planets, when faced with a role that needs to display emotion will often naturally take a SUBDUED approach.