The Copernican revolution restored the sun to its rightful center as a stable nucleus to our solar system. The previous Geocentric model held the earth at the center. The paradigm shift upon us now is in acknowledging the existential truth of TWO CENTERS; the earth and the sun.
The earth is not only a planet, it is also the physical body, deep in which there is another sun.
This other sun is experienced. It is a sun that rises in our bodies and affirms our existence. It is the feeling of yes.
Our task is in recognizing a true center inside the body, where earth and fire meet. This paradigm shift is a return to the powers of our own individual natures, unique and separate yet united and part of the whole. Such an orientation honors the laws of quantum physics which says you cannot take the observer out of the observed!
The two centers of fire and earth meet high in the heart, building thymos, a spiritedness. Thymos is time that matters. It is experiential and biological, real and spiritual. This time is not wasted. It is stored inside, reversing the law of entropy. The most basic quality of life is its ability to reverse entropy, to store order instead of losing it. All of us can learn to build thymos, a spiritedness, and in doing so restore order to our unique and beautiful natures.
The thymus gland shrinks when our bodies stop growing. Our spirits, our thymos, should never stop growing. We must learn to practice growing it.
Venus, the planet of connectivity is floating with fiery exuberance in the sign of Sagittarius until early November. With Jupiter, the planet of enthusiasm providing a supportive trine to the Sun and Mars in social Libra, it seems a good week to ponder the effect of enthusiastic connection.
Picture a dog, your dog if you have one, running towards you with tongue out to the side, eager to connect with you, eager to embrace a tussle. This is the spirit of enthusiastic connection.
Thoreau called enthusiasm a “supernatural serenity”. Finding the things that awaken this supernatural serenity stirs a special energy. It is similar to lightning striking a rock to make a magnetic lodestone. Once the rock is magnetized it knows where true north is. Enthusiastic connections strengthen one’s magnetic field, making it easier to navigate life in general.
What do you like? It wasn’t always that this word triggered the image of a blue thumbs up icon. What you like has to do with your own mystery. It has to do with your own mysterious road map. It has to do with your free-will as it combines with your dynamic calling. What you like opens up your future. What you like is your own romantic path. What you like is a special clue to who you are, your spark of individuality as it reaches a steady glow. Serene and supernatural.
If you are not in touch with what you like you won’t pencil what you like into your day. Lightning goes wasted. Landscapes shrink. You will forget all about your powers of enthusiasm. And this week, that will make the Goddess of beauty weep!
William Blake said “Exuberance is beauty”. Venus’ connectivity is most natural when a bubbling up of enthusiasm is present. Just imagine a fun party as compared to a boring one, or a first date with sparks versus awkward moments. Enthusiasm and connectivity are peas in a pod. Snuggle bugs in a rug. They make things easy for eachother but this easiness is also dynamic like lightning. As long as some logic mediates their passions, connectivity and enthusiasm will consistently perk up the heaviest parts of the soul. Supernatural and serene, lightning sometimes strikes twice, 3 times or 50!
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.
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.
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 .
What does it mean when you identify yourself (Ascendant) with your words (Mercury)? Let’s ask Taylor Swift! She is famous for writing songs about the highs and lows of her own personal experiences in the dating arena. She achieved such a strong reputation for this that she actually swore off dating for a whole year, favoring more time with her girlfriends.
Taylor has Mercury in Capricorn, the sign of ambition and making a mark in the world. Unlike other singers her age, she has the patience and discipline (Capricorn) that is needed to be a successful songwriter. And identifying so personally (Ascendant) with her songs is also unique.
There is more to the story with the Mercury however! Most of her material comes from life experiences in dating, and it comes as no surprise that Jupiter is conjunct the Descendant (relationships) and exactly opposite this ambitious Mercury. Jupiter gives us that feeling of enthusiasm and faith in life. Her Jupiter is in Cancer, so her faith is instilled in situations that give her emotional security. Being on the Descendant, these situations mainly play out in her close relationships. Sweetness with someone one day, and then boom! A breakup and in comes the tidal wave of emotional inspiration!
As a Sagittarius, inspiration is the primary fuel that she runs on, so this Jupiter is further elevated. And on the opposite end, Mercury is surrounded by Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Uranus intensifying her drive to work hard (Saturn) and incorporate her imagination (Neptune) in her writing pursuits.
Her Moon is in Cancer as well (conjunct that powerful Jupiter), which really drives home that need for emotional “rightness”. She is famous for having a lot of friends, one of which is writer, Lena Dunham, a very mercurial girl! There it is again: faith from emotional bonding solidifying an identity as a words girl, with another words girl!
Taylor grew up on a Christmas tree farm. I love that detail with her Sun Moon combo: Sagittarius exuberant spirit serving a sweetness-craving Cancer Moon. Can we not practically see a lit up Christmas tree take form?
Your Sun sign keys you into understanding the fundamental energy that you run on. There are four basic different categories of this energy: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Start with understanding your element and then move on to understand it’s specific qualities within your sign.
Today we are taking a look at the energy of Fire.
Fire energy is excitable and motivating. There is dramatic charge with Fire. Fire energy needs inspiration and action to get moving. It is the most outward (yang), it needs to express.
Cardinal Fire: Aries. Cardinal energy as we have learned is all about INITIATION. With initiative fire we arrive at the archetype of the pioneer. Boldly going where no one has gone before. One who embraces new beginnings with courage and gusto.
Fixed Fire: Leo. Leo is naturally associated with the Sun. The Sun is Fixed Fire, a.k.a Fire MAINTAINED and burning bright. Leo energy basks in the limelight, exudes a natural confidence and celebrates it’s own radiance with play and spontaneity.
Mutable Fire: Sagittarius. If inspirational and excitable Fire energy is constantly ADAPTING, REFINING and CHANGING itself we may be looking at a person with strong and impassioned beliefs and opinions, based on what they’ve learned along life’s path. Sagittarius wants to learn, and identify itself with what it’s learned. But in the Mutable spirit- always continue learning, changing and evolving- hence we get the archetype of the free-spirited traveller, the student, or one who seeks more and more knowledge/ life experience.
The next post will wrap up this Sun Sign series as we will explore the light and socially-inclined element of Air.