The Spell of Animism. Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus

Metaphorcast 11/15-21, 2021

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.

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The Mysteries of Plasma

The three commonly known states of common matter include solid, liquid and gas.  But did you know that there is a 4th state?  This state is Plasma, and it makes up 99.99999 % of matter in the visible universe.

On earth we can see it as lightning or the Northern Lights.  Not to mention our Sun and all the surrounding stars are giant balls of plasma.  Plasma also makes up much of the spaces between the stars in space.  It’s everywhere up there.

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Man-made plasma as found in neon signs by energizing a gas until the electrons break free from, but still travel within the nucleus.  A spark in a gas will create a plasma.

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Plasma was discovered in 1879 by Sir William Crookes.  He called this substance “Radiant Matter”.  It wasn’t until 1928 that it was renamed “plasma” by american chemist and physicist, Irving Langmuir.

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Langmuir was raised in Brooklyn by parents who encouraged him to carefully observe nature and keep a detailed record.  His brother was also a chemist, and further encouraged curiosity in nature.

Langmuir was one of the first scientists to work with this “radiant matter”.  He noticed that the way this electrified fluid (the “radiant matter”) carried electrons, ions and impurities reminded him of the way blood plasma carried red and white corpuscles as well as germs.

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This is a vile of blood after it has been spun down, and thus the components are separated.  The yellow substance on the top is the plasma.  The red is the red blood cells and the thin section in the middle is the white blood cells.

So even though our current mainstream scientific thought maintains that there is no connection between the plasma in space and the plasma in our blood, there is room to wonder.  After all, the scientist who himself named it saw a direct observational connection.

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Does our own blood contain this “radiant matter”?

Plasma as a substance is also described in a more ancient way as Aether, or Ether the fifth element.

What is Aether?

The ancient Greeks described Aether as “the high-reighning and ever indestructible power of Zeus” as well as “the best element” and “the life-spark of all creatures”

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Here is Zeus wielding his “ever indestructible power”, that is lighting.  Lighting is plasma.

The greeks also saw Aether as a god who is the personification of the “upper air”.  That is, the air that god breathes as opposed to the air bellow breathed by mortals.

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Here is a pretty picture of that “upper air”

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Is the upper air already within us as blood plasma?

One very brilliant scientist who is most famous for studying this mysterious Aether is Nikola Tesla.  In fact, Sir William Crookes was Tesla’s mentor!

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“All matter comes from a primary substance, the luminiferous ether” -Nikola Tesla

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Here he is hard at work with his famous Tesla coil (made of copper which is associated with Venus).

In a previous post entitled “Venus and the Virtues of Negativity” we explored how lightning emits negative ions, which are calming and restorative to the human body.   Think about how calm the air is after a thunderstorm.  There is a certain stillness.

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Does the plasma circulating our blood also work to keep our energy fields calm and restored?

The above shape of the energy field is that of a TORUS.  A torus is a self-regulating system with a vortex on either end (head and feet in this case) and a VERTEX in the middle.

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Here is another torus example.  In this case the vertex is the seed.

A vertex is a spot where ALL of the lines of the energy system meet but it is ZERO DIMENSIONAL.  That is, perfect stillness.

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A TORnado is another torus shape.

In 1928 a farmer named Will Keller actually experienced being inside a tornado and lived to tell about it.  He described it as “still as death” and he could see all the way up to the top which he estimated was about a half mile away.  The visibility was because of the constant flashes of lighting all inside the walls.

If Tesla was able to harness this aether by using Venus (the copper wire) are we able to better connect with OUR own aether by centering ourselves in stillness?

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Could it be that connecting with our zero dimensional center also connects us with everything?

I am not much of a meditator myself but I’m thinking about trying it out now, even if it is only for 10 seconds a day.

In the meantime, let’s all glow with the plasmic flow!

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