If the season of the witch has yet to cast its spell on you, this week’s Full Moon Eclipse in earth-magic Taurus might just do the trick. The longest lasting partial eclipse of the century will captivate its audience in the predawn hours of Friday, November 19th. The earth’s shadow will slowly cast over the Moon for a duration of nearly 3 and half hours, with its peak coverage around 4am Eastern Time. The cast of this shadow will likely display a deep red hue and be visible across the Americas, much of Asia, parts of Europe and West Africa.
If you happen to sleep through this wondrous event, let’s hope that your dreams may connect with this widespread magic. There is another kind of sleep however, non-rejuvenating and devoid of dreams. This sleep is one to be wary of. It is the ‘sleep of the senses’ that the Earth spirit warns Faust about. It is a closing off to the expressiveness of the natural world.
In his book, “The Spell of the Sensuous”, David Abram describes the human experience of magic as “our ancestral animistic awareness of the world as alive and expressive.” He says that everything ‘speaks’, and it is only through our creation of the written word that ‘the stones fall silent.’ What once was some grooves on a rock expressing meaning to us has become a paragraph in the New York Times. The alphabet and the written word is entirely human-constructed, not even the spirit of breath shapes it, the way the spoken word does. Far from saying that the written word is ‘bad’ he simply emphasizes what the written word really is: magic. This is why one can ‘cast a spell’ and ‘spell a word’. He says, “As non-human animals, plants, and even ‘inanimate’ rivers once spoke to our oral ancestors, so the ostensibly ‘inert’ letters o n the page now speak to us! This is a form of animism that we take for granted, but it is animism nonetheless- as mysterious as a talking stone.”
Even if you sleep through the Full Moon eclipse, be sure to rouse your senses enough to realize something important; the world is magical and we have the capacity to be magicians!
As always, happy astro pondering!
For more on David Abram, here is a wonderful interview where he talks about animism, magic and the senses.
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.
Today we are looking at a comparison between the chart of Carl Jung and that of Sigmund Freud. I felt compelled to look further into their similarities and differences when I noticed that they both had 7th house Suns. The 7th house stands for “the other”, and it often gets it’s reputation on the “marriage house”. But “the other” is also so entirely bound up in our projections, which both of these men spent much of their lives studying. Does having a seventh house Sun put you in an easier position to accept this concept of projection because you are less bound up in your own identity (1st house)? Perhaps there is more wiggle room in the seventh, and you can see through the facade of your own illusions when it comes to how you perceive another person.
It stands to reason that such a comfortability in this could bring about much curiosity. Curiosity would be no stranger to Freud’s Gemini Moon, and again no stranger to Jung’s third house Moon (the house naturally associated with Gemini). These men have questions that seek answers.
Freud was very focused on sex, seeing it as the ultimate reason why anybody does anything. He has Scorpio rising (the sign most associated with sex) and an eight house Moon (the house most associated with sex, and death, and psychotherapy!). His Moon is in Gemini, so he seeks a lot of stimulus, and wants facts. His Taurus energy will stand behind these facts like a Sumo wrestler. Just look at the expression on his face!
Jung saw the libido as not just a means for sexual gratification (as Freud saw it) but rather as a well of psychic energy that could be used in a variety of ways, including the creative drive. Jung’s Mercury (mind) is in inward Cancer and conjunct Venus (creativity). This is a quieter mind, a mind that is naturally more in touch with the feminine (Venus) and therefore more attuned to mystery and things hidden (feminine). His Leo energy vitalizes this standpoint, blazing a well lit path into the unknown. This mission seems to fill him with visible delight. His ultimate emotional drive is a sense of solid ground (Taurus) in matters of the mind (third house).
In the natal chart, the libido is represented by the planet Mars. Both of these men have Mars in the eleventh house, which is a Succedent (security seeking) house that is naturally associated with the sign Aquarius (the most intellectual of the air signs). Thus, the eleventh house represents where we seek intellectual security. For both of these men, the libido is very involved in their intellectual pursuits.
Jung has his Mars in far reaching ever-philosophizing Sagittarius. It is naturally associated with his Jupiter which is in Libra (balance and beauty-seeking) and in the 8th house (in places hidden, the occult). Sagittarius is a mutable sign, and it will seek to change and reinvent itself again and again. Jung famously studied alchemy, and astrology to a lesser extent, incorporating the metaphors of these occult practices into his therapeutic work. He also commonly had patients make their own personal mandalas, a practice used by many ancient cultures including Buddhism, Hinduism and Native American, to better understand their emotional disorders and put them on a path towards inner wholeness.
Freud’s libido is another story. It is in the sign of balance-seeking Libra, which is associated with the planet Venus. Here is where it gets interesting. Freud has QUITE a lot of Venusian themes in his chart. He has all that Taurus (ruled by Venus) in the 7th house (also associated with Venus) and now we see that he has a Libra Mars. Taurus is related to Venus in a visceral, carnal way, as in “this cake tastes good” or “nice legs!”. Libra is related to Venus in a more social and graceful way, as in “shall we have some cake?” or “thank you for that compliment”. Ok, so what we want to know now is WHO is Freud’s Venus???
Freud is famous for introducing the Oedipus complex, where a patient has sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex. His Venus is conjunct the North Node and in the service-oriented 6th house. The North Node is connected to our dharma, the things that we do in life that feel like we are traveling on our rightful higher path. However, the Nodes are ALSO highly connected to the concept of MOTHER. Freud’s Venus (projections of women) is naturally bound up in the concept of mother! The Oedipus complex likely has an exceptional resonance with this man. His Venus is in Aries, which ties it right back to his libido (Mars)!
Jung has Aquarius rising, which is associated with strong intellect as well as breaking rules. His dabbling with esoteric teachings made him somewhat of an outcast (Aquarius) amongst his peers. He has Saturn (the planet of inner authority) in the first house (identity) in Aquarius. His intellectual inner authority is blown up with empowerment as it is squared with Pluto. It is also very connected to the 12th house (because Capricorn is on it’s cusp), which is the house of mystical realms. The collective unconscious, a concept introduced by Jung, represents a vast well of psychic material that connects us to all of humanity. The 12th house is that very deep oceanic territory of the collective unconscious.
Hope this was a fun little jaunt into the behind the scenes of some very mysterious men! ‘Til next time!
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.
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 take a quick look at Earth energy.
Earth energy is practical and sensual. It is naturally tuned into solid reality. It is also more body conscious. With Earth energy comes a likely ability to stay grounded in the face of chaos. There is often a need to make things manifest on a physical level. Like Water, Earth is Yin, so there is a natural inwardness to it.
Breaking the Earth signs further down into their modes we get:
Cardinal Earth: Capricorn. Cardinal INITIATES. Think of the above description of Earth energy and add the concept of INITIATION to better understand Capricorn.
I will give examples with some “doubles” below (Sun and Moon in same sign). Doubles are fun to study because the archetype of the sign is often made more visible.
Fixed Earth: Taurus. Fixed signs MAINTAIN. With Earth energy now add the concept of MAINTAINING to better understand Taurus.
Mutable Earth: Virgo. Mutable signs ADAPT, CHANGE and REFINE. Add these concepts to Earth energy to better understand Virgo.
In the next post we will explore the Sun signs that run on Water energy.