Good Vibrations in the Aquarian Age

The other day I had the pleasure of experiencing an infrared sauna.  Infrared saunas are different from other saunas as the heat that they give off is “the same as the heat of the sun” and it warms you up more gently and brings out toxins more effectively.  I was very curious in the fact that it was the same as Sun heat.  You mean SUN heat?  Spark of life heat?  How great is this thing going to make me feel?

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Short answer: VERY GREAT!!

Not only did it make me feel great it had this other little strange side effect while I was sitting in it.  I instinctively really wanted to bring my hands together- as if in prayer, but not to pray- just to hold them flat against each other.  That felt really right weirdly.  I didn’t think much of it at the time.  But later that night I had a dream about staring at a giant fossil from high up on a roof and seeing infrared energy in the fossil.  I woke up and googled “ancient infrared” and found that infrared energy is the stuff used in Qi Gong.  That energy that is transferred through the hands, the Qi, is infrared energy.

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This is the heat generated from the hand of a Qi Gong master. Infrared heat, just like the sauna!

So let’s bring in the man who discovered infrared light, Sir William Herschel.  This is a very interesting man.  He also discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.  Uranus is considered the planet of the “common man” and Herschel himself was considered to be a relatively common man as he was an amateur astrologer who built his own telescopes and spent even more time composing music.  He discovered infrared light nearly twenty years later when he conducted a simple experiment.

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Herschel first took a prism, separating the light into the 7 different colors of the spectrum (established by Newton).

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Then he put thermometers in each color and measured their individual heats. He found that red emitted the most amount of heat and it went down steadily with each following color. But as you can see from this picture that wasn’t where he stopped. He decided to put another thermometer in the space next to the red where there was “no” light. That proved to emit the most heat. Thus, the discovery of infrared radiation.

So here is this eccentric (Uranus) man who has made two discoveries that are not entirely dissimilar symbolically.  Uranus is associated with Aquarius and what is the symbol of Aquarius?

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That’s right- those wavy lines.

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Light waves resemble that same symbol, and so do the wavy lines of sound for that matter. The infrared waves are there too- just beyond the red, longer and invisible to the naked eye (for some of us!)

Certain animals see more of the spectrum.  Bees for example can see ultra-violet colors.  These colors are displayed very noticeably in the flower’s buds to show the bee what pollen is where.

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What we see vs. what the bee sees.

Aquarius is the sign that is opposite Leo which rules the Sun.  Oppositions are said to be like two heads of the same coin.  Here we have one portrayal of that with Leo (the Sun) and Aquarius (the Sun’s vibrations, or the waves of light).  As we enter into the Age go Aquarius we are certainly experiencing more and more use of invisible energy waves (wifi, cell phones, etc).  Some say that all of these airwaves are confusing the bees by interfering with their navigations system.  I find bees to be a very Leo/Aquarian symbol.  For one they worship their Queen and make golden honey (LE-O!) and for two they work in colonies and make buzzing sounds (the electric-associated and group oriented Aquarius).

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As we enter the Age of Aquarius- the bee: a true symbol of our times today?

So the color beyond red is where infrared energy begins..  Let’s take a quick look at the rainbow.

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The color red finds itself at the top of the rainbow.

All of a sudden I have Dorothy Gale in my head, singing “Somewhere OVER the rainbow.”  Could she be referring to this invisible energy in some way?  I would be tempted to leave this thread alone if it where not for some VERY strong Aquarian associations with her character.

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Dorothy is clearly the most “human” element of this quaternity. In the zodiac all Air signs are representative of the human. What is Dorothy’s last name?

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That’s right, it’s GALE. As in “strong wind”. In the zodiac it is Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) that represents such a strong wind. The “winds of change”- that is Uranian territory.

What about the other guys?  Can we find a place for them of Dorothy is Aquarius?  Let’s see…

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A no brainer. Looks like Leo. And now we have the first arm of the fixed cross. Dorothy as Aquarius and Cowardly Lion as Leo.

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Scarecrow is very similar to Scorpio, starting with the name themselves. He is set on fire and destroyed only to come back to life- very Scorpionic, as in phoenix from the ashes (another Scorpio symbol). Besides he looks halloweenish which is totally Scorpio. Great- so now all we need is Taurus to complete the Fixed Cross!

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Tinman… Ok, so it starts with “T’ like Taurus, but here is another association. As long ago as 2870 B.C., at the dawn of the Bronze Age, tin mining was a well developed industry in the Central TAURUS mountains of Turkey.

And the final clue that Dorothy is related to Aquarius (and thus Uranus)…….

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She’s the WATER BEARER!!!! (Aquarius) She throws water on the witch to make her melt!

All of these symbolic connections of the Wizard of Oz to the Fixed Cross is the work of my twin sister.  She went on such a stretch of these associations one day.  Well done Johnnie!  It may seem that I am going on a wild Wizard of Oz tangent, but I am going to try and tie up all of these themes.  As we find ourselves in the Age of Aquarius, I think we could use some tips from this Aquarian heroine, Dorothy Gale.

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Our Western society tends to see fulfillment as something to be accomplished “out there”, “beyond the rainbow”.

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The fact that there is a Wicked Witch of the WEST supports this skeptical take on Western perspective.

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Dorothy needs all the help she can get from her animal instincts, a.k.a Toto to follow her heart (yellow brick road as we talked about in the last post) and get home (to her true sense of self).

The dangerous side of Aquarius is de-personalization.  With so much technology it becomes easier to forget that we are human beings beholden to wondrous moments that can easily be missed.

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I love my cell phone, but when I see giant crowds of people ALL looking down into their hands I have to admit I get a little spooked.

Invisible vibrations are around us and inside us.  Let’s not forget the message of the East, to seek fulfillment also on an INNER level, like Dorothy ends up doing in the end when she says “I don’t have to look any further than my own back yard”.  Let’s not forget the powerful energy that comes from within and how that connects to a  staggering potential for connectivity.

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When we experience touch our bodies produce the stress-lowering hormone of oxytocin. This hormone basically strengthens all that makes us human, such as feelings of love and belonging.

We are entering the Age of Aquarius and It’s an exciting time to tune in.  Both on the outer and the inner level.  It is an exciting time to reach out as well as reach in.

Fade out with the helicopter spin sound effect of Brian Wilson…..

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Meet the Parents: Papa Sun and Mama Moon

Many astrologers will equate the Sun with consciousness and the Moon with unconsciousness.  The waking hours of daylight (consciousness) bring us out of our dreamlike state (unconsciousness).  It is pretty impossible to argue that obvious symbolism, it speaks loudly and clearly. The thing that doesn’t sit right with me personally is when the Sun is therefore associated with the ego, i.e. the center of consciousness, and further more the Moon just cast out into her own sea of irrational emotions. There seems to be so much more going on here…

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Mr. Sun

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and Mrs. Moon

Let’s start with looking at the days of the week that these two represent.  Sunday for the Sun, and Monday for the Moon.  There certainly is a big difference between these two days for most of us.

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Some go to church while others may indulge in a mimosa. The principle is similar though, taking a break from busy life to honor yourself.

On a Sunday we generally are doing what we want to do and enjoying ourselves.  In latin, the word for Sun is sol, and in french soleil, thus we have a connection with the word soul, and the other “s” word spirit.  Spirit is associated with breath, as in respire. The Sun rules the heart in the body which is intimately connected with the lungs.  And in nature, fire (Sun) needs air to grow.  Sundays are the time for us to reconnect to spirit, to tune back into ourselves and let the world pass us by a bit.

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Quite a contrast from the general associations with Monday. Scrape yourself out of bed and get back to work, back to busy life.

Monday not by accident sounds similar to the word MUNDANE, defined by the dictionary as “of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.”  This derives from the latin word mundus, meaning “world”.  The french call the world “monde”.  The moon brings in an earthly element.  Monotonous mundane Mondays where we tend to earthly matters.  We go to work to make money, another Moon sounding word.  In fact, the words for ‘silver’ (the element associated with the Moon) and ‘money’ are the same in fourteen languages or more.

Silver is the metal associated with the Moon and gold is for the Sun.  Let’s look closer at the properties of these metals.

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All that glitters ain’t GOLD!

The elemental symbol for gold is Au, derived from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means “shining dawn” or “glow of sunrise”.  Gold is the most malleable and ductile metal of all.  Malleable as in it can be pounded out into the thinnest piece of paper, and ductile meaning it retains it’s strength.  Webster’s definition for ductile is “able to be deformed without losing toughness; pliable, not brittle.”  So with gold comes immense flexibility without sacrificing it’s strength.  Because of its resistance to heat and acid it’s also a symbol for immutability.  Sounds a lot like an allegory to the heart and it’s capacity to love again after hardship and inevitable changes.

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As the Neil Young song goes..

Gold is the only metal that is yellow or “golden”. Other metals may appear yellow, but it’s just because they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals. Follow the yellow brick road, a.k.a follow your heart?

Silver’s elemental symbol is Ag, derived from the latin argentum which means “grey” or “shining one”.  Silver is the most reflective metal of them all.  What other metal could better represent Mother Moon who’s main function is to REFLECT the light of the Sun.  Carl Jung talks about how the ideal job of the ego is to reflect that nature of the Self (the radiant totality of our beings that dwells in the unconscious).  This is why I can’t get cozy with the idea of the Sun being the ego.  It seems to me that ego is more in the realm of the Moon.  We can reflect our own Selves, as well as the Selves of others.

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Who the heck is that Groucho??

Children seek reflection in the mothers (Moon) in order to learn certain rules of conduct to get along in the world (Moon).

Another interesting fact about silver is that it conducts electricity better than any other element.  There are some theories out there these days of us living in an electric universe, with the Sun being a giant force of electric energy.  What if the Moon not only reflects the Sun but also conducts it’s energy toward Earth?  I am no scientist– just a fun idea.

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There’s  nothing mundane about mysteries!

So if the Moon is all matter and the Sun is the “spark” of spirit, what would one look like without the other?

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Without Moon’s matter, the Sun’s spirituous light would have nothing to land on and illuminate.

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Without the Sun’s spark we have this

Aside from the Sun, we don’t see much fire in nature.  The spirit remains hidden.  We can’t look at the Sun too long without burning our eyes.  We can only look at it reflected in EVERYTHING around us.  Perhaps this is why things like fireworks are so mesmerizing.  They fill our hearts (Sun) with a joyous feeling (most of us!).

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ahh! LIFE! Bravo!

Warmth on our bodies and warmth in our hearts

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Light finds it’s way out of our bodies through our eyes. Think about how much more they shine when they are in love (the heart, i.e. the Sun)

So to bring this all back home, literally let’s go to mom and dad.  When reading a chart I find that an excellent beginning is to discuss the client’s parents with regards to the Sun as the father and the Moon as the mother.  Ultimately these perceptions are deeply infused into who we are, and getting at these routes can be enormously helpful.  If for example someone has a Sun that is squared with Uranus, we would be looking for what in the father has a challenging Uranian element.  Issues of emotional detachment or mental superiority perhaps.  Or strangeness, not fitting in somehow.. these are all shades of a challenged Uranus.  The first step is to have the client see it in the parents, the second step see how they’ve integrated that into themselves.  Or how about Moon conjunct Saturn.  How is the mother an authority somehow or how might she be restrained?  Or how is she the symbol of hard work and perseverance?  Have you set that bar too high for yourself?  It can really open up a well of dialogue.  We can’t escape our beginnings and we certainly can’t dwell in them, but they can teach us a ton.

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At their core, this is Mom and Dad. The spark and the world.

Happy astro practicing!

The Sun as the king of the chart

The Sun is naturally associated with the sign Leo.  Leo is the lion, the king of the jungle.  Our Sun in our chart is the king of our own jungle (our psyche- which can be very jungle-like!)

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Someone needs to rule this place!

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He may be the ruler but he also knows how to chillax! Sun bathing is an absolute must. Likewise, when we are in touch with our Suns we tend to worry less, and enjoy ourselves more.

My favorite astrologer these days is the great Alice O. Howell.  In her book, “Jungian Symbolism in Astrology” she goes into great depth in describing the natural hierarchy of the natal chart, with the Sun as the rightful ruler.

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This book is top notch!

She explains that this is because the Sun is the only true STAR of the chart, therefore it is the natural “king” and it deserves to sit on the throne.  Problems can arise when another planet tries to usurp that throne.  A strongly placed Saturn or Uranus (or any planet) can run wild and attempt to be the king but it will never truly be the king because it is not a STAR.  Thus we have the many myths about the king in exile.  A look at the natal chart can attempt to find the guilty archetype.  Who is trying to steal the throne?  Venus (too much focus on pleasing)?  Mercury (the forever-child)?

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Here is an image of the king in exile. Symbolically, the lion is the heart, and the king of the psyche. He needs to break out of this cage and resume the throne.

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O’Howell also cites the cowardly lion as an archetype of a thwarted Sun.

Leo is the sign associated with hollywood and it is no wonder that we call famous people “stars”.  We tend to project these stars “out there” in hollywood as we do the Sun “out there” in the sky.  The beautiful reality is that we are ALL stars when we tune inward towards our hearts and let our spirits shine.  The Sun isn’t only “out there”, it is “in here”.  The heart is ruled by the Sun, and Leo.  It functions in our bodies as does the Sun in the sky.  It is central, life giving and constant.  Our hearts are “warmed” as the Sun warms us.

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The MGM lion looks a lot like a sun here. The archetype roars out the idea of man as star.

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Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell imprint their hands on Hollywood Boulevard. The hands are pentagrams (five pointed)

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Da Vinci’s Vituvian man shows the notion of man as a “star”. The pentagram.

O’Howell also talks about how children are much more aware of their inner Suns than adults.  Leo also rules children, and the child in all of us.  She says this fact is abundantly clear when we look at children’s drawings.  They seem to ALWAYS include the Sun somewhere.  They intuitively understand it’s true centrality.  Don’t you remember drawing in those Suns?  Maybe in the corner, or in the middle.  Long rays short rays.  Maybe a smiley face on it?

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Are you letting YOUR Sun shine?

The close relationship of the heart and mind (Sun and Mercury)

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.

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The simian line

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?

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Mercury, aka Hermes is the winged messenger in mythology. Does a healthy balance of mind and heart result in a genuine lightheartedness?

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Babies don’t have their minds working enough yet to struggle with that imbalance so they are naturally light-hearted.

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The challenge is to get from being a light-hearted baby to here, after all that life throws at you.

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.

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These guys want peace not war!

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…

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The veins bring the blue blood back into the heart, where the lung dance happens and the arteries deliver the red blood back through the body.

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A closer look at the blue and red heart. The pulmonary arteries and veins connect the heart and lungs. Major organ intimacy!

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. YakYucks