Fibonacci Patterns and the Metabolism of Time

Libra and Saturn introduce the seasons of Fall and Winter. The leaves on the trees turn red, orange and yellow. they no longer recede into the distance like they did while green in the summer. They come forth, into our focus. We are inspired to pick up a fallen leaf and look closer at it. Winter is cold. We draw our energies in, stay inside, cook hot food and hunker down. Winter is a time of collecting our vital energies inward.

The Seasons and the wheel of the zodiac introduce a ‘time that turns’. In knowing the seasons we come to better know ourselves.

But there is another kind of time. A ‘time that burns’. A metabolism, so to speak. By transforming the zodiac wheel into a torus shape, we convert cyclic time into metabolism.

What does the Fall and Winter show us in terms of ‘time metabolism’. What happens when we draw our energies in? What kinds of things come forth, and prompt us to bring them closer yet?

What happens when we focus our energies into something we deem very worthy of our focus. With the brilliant colors of Fall and the sobering chill of Winter we peer into a beautiful relationship: the beckoning of beauty and the endeavor of effort.

Have you picked up a leaf this year to get a closer look?

Nature is capable of displaying great works of beauty. The complex design of a butterfly wing is also simple with divine laws of proportion. It is not a ‘loud shirt’ with random color schemes and mechanical patterning. It is ordered. Ordered by something wonderful that underlies all creation. The beauty of the butterfly wing is like the beauty of our own bodies with our seashell-like ears and our galaxy-like eyes. Artists were quick to recognize a kind of sacred pattern to nature in its beautiful expression. It became known as the golden ratio; nature’s divine signature of proportion.

Artists like Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo would work the precision of nature’s mathematics into their masterpieces. The divine beauty that emerged was rooted in natural law. Heaven, as they could prove, is here on earth, by grace of these sacred proportions and relations. In knowing the formula of nature, with all of its divinity, one has the capacity to create natural divinity, or real beauty.

The golden ratio, otherwise known as phi or the fibonacci sequence, shows the pattern of nature as it grows. One plus one brings us to two. Two plus one to three. Three plus two to five and so on. The relation between each step is one of accumulation. The next step marries itself to what has come before it. The growth pattern is a spiral. Nothing is wasted, it all is incorporated into the design.

For a rose, there is no doubt about a ‘decision’ to continue growing and expanding. There is no confusion of a sense of self. The result is nothing short of a visible and tangible divinity.

Human beings are sometimes blessed with plenty of beauty. For some of us, the ratios are Boticelli-like, and we can thank the mysteries of our genetics.  But a pretty face will soon disappoint if an attitude non-supportive to growth reveals itself, such as cynism and shallowness.

Before birth, we are perfect little seashell swirls in our mother’s womb. After we are born our bodies continue to grow, in the divine spirit of nature. And then they stop growing. What does this mean in terms of this divine process? Do our own ‘masterpieces’, the sublime work of our living bodies stop dancing to this catchy mathematical beat?

What does growth become when it is no longer the growth of the body?

Michelangelo studied the laws of growing in order to produce beauty. If we want to produce beauty in our lives we too must learn these laws of growth. This is the essence of Libra and Capricorn. This spiral deals with learning nature’s laws, so that you can produce more nature, more beauty and more bounty.

We are the rose that grows by ‘marrying itself to what has come before.’ The rose delights in the full affirmation of the sun. Within the unity of nature there is no ‘agency of future’. Future is only biological growing. The future of the rose is the same thing as its growingness, or its health.

“A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” Gertrude Stein

But we are free agents in a world that includes a vision of the future. We can envision ourselves in this future and we can reflect on ourselves in the past. This is how we are infinitely more related to our own capacity to grow. We share the same laws of the rose, but our world is wider and deeper. We can apply these laws to vision, reflection, and planning. We can encourage a healthy fibonacci pattern by being honest enough with what came before so we can consciously marry some freedom into something new.

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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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