Off The Clock. Secrets of Toroidal Time.

The biggest difference between the original wheel of the zodiac and the toroidal zodiac lies in how we approach the matter of time.

The wheel of the zodiac shows the horoscope: a snapshot of the planets and luminaries at a given moment in time.  Horo is Latin for hour.  The clock is also a wheel and shows the cyclic nature of time.  The wheel turns round and round with time’s ‘circle games’ as Joni Mitchel sings.  The horoscope puts emphasis on the cyclic, or repeated, patterns of time.  

The wheel is the shape of cyclic time.  In understanding cyclic time, we can better grow; crops, wellness, knowledge and consciousness.

In other words, the horoscope puts an emphasis on time for the sake of growth.

The toroscope simply does the opposite; it puts emphasis on growth for the sake of time. 

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When I say that the toroscope puts emphasis on growth for the sake of time I am not referring to the time of calendars and watches. The time I am speaking about is closer to the circadian rhythm found in the body, but with more nuance. Nature’s biorhythms may wake you up with the rising sun but your own nature’s rhythms get more personal. Your own nature’s rhythms respond to things like getting back on track with an important project, or taking a stand for something that matters.

Rhythms don’t even get close enough to the crux of what this ‘time’ is. A better word is momentum. One’s momentum moves forward just like time. We can’t own time, but we can own our momentum. This kind of time is called thymos. It is a spirited connection to our own momentum. It is the only kind of time that is truly free.

The wheel of the zodiac shows our complex use of the knowledge of time. Whether it serves to plant a sturdy crop or reflect on symbolic inner changes, the wheel of time is used as a map. Just like a watch or a calendar, this moving map allows us more control over the lives we lead.

The North American Railway adopted a standardized way of keeping time in 1883.  Finally someone could plan to take a train and arrive at the ‘right time’. If you are late, that is the wrong time and you will have to try again later.

Nowadays it is hard to conceive going about your day with no idea of what the ‘right time’ is. Your phone, your car, your watch, that clock all stare back at you, locking you into a truthful and agreed upon ‘right time’.

        But what about your own ‘right time’? What about the idea of rightness mixed with momentum? How often do you consider this question?

        With a clock, you pinpoint a right time that will cycle back to be ‘right’ again twelve hours later. With momentum this isn’t the case. Momentum, like true time, only moves forward. A question of ‘rightness’ when it comes to momentum can only ask about ‘right direction’. There is only one ‘right direction’; forward. Evolution marches uphill.

        Clocks and calendars are tools. We connect to their meanings and use them to gain more control. Though we can control showing up to a train on time, we can’t control time itself. Unless it is our own “time”; our own momentum. Momentum is the only kind of time we can control. To be in better and better control of our own momentum is what we are after. Toro is Latin for bull, the archetype of Taurus.  Toro also means “to steer”.

        We are powerhouses of electromagnetism. Momentums swirl beneath the surface of everyone you meet. There are lifetimes of information stored within these powerhouses largely forgotten but never lost. Momentum guides us all, half asleep.

At any moment on any day, our chemistry is in flux. Something as basic as the weather outside will cause a shift in our momentum and influence our behavior. Consciousness is what enables us to grapple with the future. It provides the potential for better control over one’s momentum in the right direction, which is forward, Times’ arrow moves forward.

        In the zodiac, the sign that is represented by the arrow is Sagittarius, the centaur. The true center (centaur) of a torus field can only be an ‘aim’. Life doesn’t build itself in any other way. Life centers on aiming and aspiring. There is no foundation sturdier than this. Time is an arrow, like evolution. It moves one way, and makes that one way known as ‘right’. Forward is right. Forward is evolution.

It seems a good idea to strive to relate to one’s own momentum as if it were a favorite watch. There is much more nuance to momentum’s version of forward, but when we lock in on that feeling it can be as true as the bell of London’s Big Ben.

        Some time moves in cycles. It circles back to where it was as the seasons continue to turn, turn , turn. But another kind of time asks you to make the turn, and commit to steering your own momentum. Your readiness to accept this challenge is your thymos.

You are a Nature

This is an excerpt from Toroidal Astrology; The Future of the Zodiac coming in Summer 2022.

Neitzche revolted wholeheartedly against the philosophical invitation to ‘be one with nature.’  He saw humans to be above nature, superior to it.  Returning to nature, for Neitzche meant a turning away from personal power, and the blazing unique chemistry of the human being.  

This is a classic problem, one that politics runs into very frequently.  It is the battle between the whole and the individual.  

When too much emphasis is put on the whole, nature threatens to swallow us and an over-coddled worldview robs us of healthy individualistic debate.  The flipside is worse.  When too much emphasis is on the individual, nature is threatened to be defeated and so is all that we have built over history to defend human decency and fairness.  

The idea of returning to nature, must involve the whole and the individual.  Returning to nature must also mean returning to your nature, because you are a nature. 

Your nature is as awe-inspiring as the nature that you marvel at in the world.  It is also as capable of growing bountiful beauty, and as vulnerable to insults of its integrity.  Artemis, the lunar goddess, represents a fierce protection of one’s own nature.  It is only by lunar means that we can enter our own natures.  Lunar means are reflective of inner life and mindful of our responses and feelings.  

You can’t know your nature unless you can feel it.

You can’t cultivate your nature unless you pay attention to what makes it grow.  To be a nature is the most natural thing.  To wake up to your nature, and to begin to think about it is to come home to yourself, and radiate a sense of purpose.  

This is a kind of yoga to make time matter.  

When time turns into time that matters it becomes thymos, a spirited biological time.  This time is not to be wasted.  On the contrary it is to be stored.  Thymos that is stored in the body is your nature embracing its evolution.  A chain of memories supports one’s aspirations.  A flow of imaginative vision galvanizes the will.  A familiar feeling floods the body when purposeful activity is embraced.  

Time does matter, it is only a giant delusion to think that it doesn’t.  Making time matter more is a return to truth.  

A delicious and conscious ‘waste’ of time, like sitting by the dock of the bay, still makes time matter more because it celebrates leisure.  

It is only in the unconscious waste of time that thymos doesn’t build upon itself, a tuning out, a killing of time.  When tuning out becomes too sustained, thymos doesn’t build and there is spiritual fatigue, which results in a sense of powerlessness.  

Colin Wilson said that “all power is really spiritual power.”  

Spiritual power, or psychic power, is simply the power of one’s feelings that have managed to organize themselves into a sustained motion.  There is a viable outlet for them, through meaningful and regular activity, thus they support a spiritual and purposive flow.  

Water itself has no shape, it needs ideas and activities to give it definition.  Power itself is also shapeless, it needs routines and actions that are true to one’s nature to build it into something real.  

You are a nature that is powerful and capable of great bounty.  You matter, your time matters, and you can make both you and time matter more and more.  You can bring new heights, depths and texture to yourself and your time.  At the most ultimate level, you are time as a building of spiritedness, a thymos.  

People say time is money, and money is connected to the symbolism of the moon.  The moon represents feeling, so in this sense, time is feeling. Feelings change the body in all sorts of biochemical ways.  Time is feeling that changes the body.  

If time is feeling that changes the body, then why not cultivate time into something healthy?  This is the essence of thymos: a conscious awareness of yourself as time.  The most natural response to this awareness is to make your time matter more by making it more meaningful.

A very effective ad campaign for the American Express credit card was to display a bunch of items and their prices followed by a very meaningful moment that was ‘priceless’.  Meaningful time transcends wealth into its highest and most distilled essence.  

In his days at Walden Thoreau wrote, “for I was rich if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days, and spent them lavishly.”

How many priceless moments can you recall?  Don’t you want to do better than an ad campaign?  The bank that stores this wealth is your body.  The flow of currency is your electromagnetic field.  There is opportunity everywhere to add to this bank, even in trying circumstances, as a Dostoyevsky novel will show.  

Meaning and time are a match.  They belong together.  The marriage of meaning and time is the same marriage of matter and light.  Light descended into matter to create and produce meaningful bounty.  It is the romantic story of evolution.  We are lucky to be conscious of this gift. 

New Moon in Scorpio and Inspirations from Georgia O’Keefe

Sometimes the best way to meditate on what a New Moon may mean for you is to see what if you can sense what it means for someone who was born under that configuration.

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A human embodiment of a New Moon in Scorpio:  Georgia O’Keefe.

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The signature is so close to her Ascendant (who she identifies as) with Mercury and Jupiter nearby (mind and sense of meaning) and opposite Pluto Neptune (transcendental  spirituality).

So what are the some deliciously dark and lunar inspirations we can take from this brilliant woman?  And how can we apply these inspirations to our own lives to celebrate the coming of the New Moon in Scorpio this Sunday, 10/27 ?

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  • Inspiration #1- Being afraid and standing still in your tracks don’t mix

This is Mars talk (Scorpio’s original ruler), the planet of adrenalin and motive, with the kernel of it all being in the word motion.  Call it shark-mentality, or being highly motivated, the message here is to keep moving.  Even if you are “absolutely terrified”, don’t let that get in the way of you and your goals.

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  • Inspiration #2- Unlearning can be as important as learning 

Stripping away and starting anew is where Scorpio thrives.  When something is learned that isn’t healthy for our spirit, sometimes this goes undetected for decades, as our dutiful robotic subconscious mind sees to it that we continue to repeat bad habits that re-enforce a false sense of self.  Scorpio seeks to blow the lid off of this conspiracy.  Life is too short.

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  • Inspiration #3-  Don’t cheapen your sense of reality with too much “reality”

Being a realist is a good thing.  But being too much of a realist at the expense of the unheard poetry behind something significant, or the subjective stun of bright moonlight, or the signatures of spirituality embedded in every natural creation, this is a catastrophe!  Especially for the artist!  O’Keefe also famously said “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”  Scorpio understands the reality of feeling.  It is not some bit of subjectivism waiting to be activated.  These are the undercurrents of reality.

Let’s see some more of O’Keefe’s reality as she experiences it:

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 Head with Broken Pot, 1943

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Ladder to the Moon, 1958

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Music Pink and Blue, 1918

I hope these inspirations serve you well to plant some healthy Scorpionic seeds of intention into the fertile soils of your New Moon subconscious mind!

Happy astro  pondering!

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