Metaphorcast 11/2- 11/8, 2020

November has begun with the thinning of the Sun.  The gloaming of a very strange year, what new new normals might appear? 

This week marks a sweep of change- a tango of the normal and the strange.  Over the weekend we changed the sequence of time, setting our clocks back before to bed we climbed.  The birth of daylight’s extra hour, puts 60 more minutes in your power, to get out there and cast your vote, but like many others you may have voted remote!  Which in case, good for you!  As Thomas Jefferson said, “We do not have government by the majority, we have government by the majority who participate.”

Changes of time and changes of government- two structures of order changing within days of each other.  Scorpio, the current Sun-King, is delighted.  The tango of order and change lies at the core of it’s dark matter heart, as does the waltz of normal and strange.  Ray Bradbury said, “Time is strange and life is twice as strange.” 

Normal and strange, order and change.  The renewal from that which is rearranged.

In the Season of change-relishing Scorpio, its totem planet, Pluto, continues a long journey through the atmosphere of Capricorn, the sign of time, order and normalcy.  As we know, normalcy is now something new.  Jupiter and Saturn are also in Capricorn- bringing in themes of hope and structure.  What structures might we hope to see emerge as new, in your personal life as well as in the world?  How can we bring these structures into existence?   

Socrates said “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  Bucky Fuller’s idea was to “build a new model that makes the old one obsolete”.  

Mars, Scorpio’s other totem planet, is championing the “new”, in Aries, the dawn of a new day.  What new worths have been unearthed that you’d like to pursue?  What rings out in the dark as profoundly true?  A blueprint of that model new, to build and put your energy into!  And don’t limit yourself to what you see as possible.  Use the full power of the Scorpio’s  strange quantum-verse.  Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.  Mark Twain saw this to be true because “Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities [and] Truth isn’t.  

Mercury, the planet of perception moves direct on Tuesday, election day, in social-minded Libra.  Forward with decisive social action.  

Venus also in Libra- making absolutely sure that you are a part of this process!  Participating, in the life of change and order.  As Pete Seeger said, “Participation- it’s what’s gonna save the human race.”

Uranus the planet of future in bountiful-building Taurus.  Building that new model that makes the old one obsolete.

Neptune in Pisces- the emergence of truth in a sea of darkness.  

The Moon

The Moon will begin the week big in Gemini, a curious mood thirsty for new information.  Your clock may set itself back, but don’t rely much more on autopilots- a curious mood requires engagement! 

By early evening on Wednesday she continues her gibbous wane into Cancer, the sign of response.  To respond to change as an explorer of that dark matter- seeking the true in the strange- the profound in the outer bounds.  The poet Paul Valery saw this type of exploration to be philosophy’s purpose; “to return from the familiar to the strange and, in the strange to confront the real.”

By the weekend a Leo Moon wanes into its 4th quarter, playful and spontaneous.  Its getting late in the year, and winter will soon be here.  Leo Moons inspire self-creation, to which maturity bears much relation.  To mature is to, in the words of philosopher Henri Bergson “go on creating oneself endlessly.”  

Order and change, normal and strange, preserving each other with progressive exchange.  In participating we anticipate

the mountain range of the Aquarian Age!

As always, happy astro pondering!

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Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 10/12-18, 2020

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree”.  Lovely words of appreciation from Emily Bronte as onward we move through Libra Season, the sign of appreciation itself.  

But what if all those tree leaf hues where all the same ‘gainst that sky of blue?  Would the scenery speak such bliss?  What’s that element that we’d miss?

Not only the lover, Libra also represents the other. The one who is different from you, of whom you do not share a point of view.

As our Libra Sun moves into deeper degrees, she finds herself in quite a bit of tension. Her lover Mars baits her from the opposite end, stirring up conflict, and reveling in the spirit of disagreement.  Saturn and Pluto now in a tight conjunction in Capricorn putting a squeeze on her as well, battering her appreciative instinct down with hard-knocks reality, with struggle, and the depths of despair.

Good things these energies are designed to interact.  In the spirit of conflict, Libra’s treasured perspective is widened.  As Carl Jung said “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”  In the spirit of struggle, when all control seems to be lost, the one place that it always has the chance to be regained is in perspective, Libra’s gift of distance.  

Above all else, what Libra abhors is narrowness.  She beckons us from outside the swampy marshes of narrow-mindedness into an open channel, with plenty of space and fresh air.  Plenty of opportunity to appreciate other viewpoints.  In the words of American activist Pauli Murray, “When my brothers try to draw a circle to exclude me, I shall draw a larger circle to include them.  Where they speak out for the privileges of a puny group, I shall shout for the rights of all mankind.”

Mercury the planet of perception moving through the mysterious waters of Scorpio- Aldous Huxley’s doors of perception between things known and unknown.  Question your assumptions, like a good gumshoe.

Venus the Seasonal planet moves through Virgo, in grace and humility.  With humility we discover, the viewpoint of another, with grace we put our eyes on, a glorious shared horizon. 

Jupiter, the planet of morality marching forth in Capricorn, the sign of striving.  A striving for a better summit of moral reasoning and understanding.  An elevated place,  where minds actually meet.  And conflicts birth fresh new dawns.  Conflict, which comes from the latin roots “struck together”, can clue us in on its importance.  Fists can strike, but so can emotional chords, ideas, and realizations.  Like lightning, like love!

Uranus in Taurus- lightning in the body

Neptune in Pisces- ever widening circles of understanding

The Moon

The Moon begins in Leo, waning crescent in its final quarter.  Though the moonlight be slight, the Lionbeams pack a lot of might.  Lend yourself not only to an open mind but also to an affirmative mood.  Alive with the fire of presence and action.  As William James said “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”

Tuesday and Wednesday host a Virgo Moon, slimmer and slimmer.  Gentle Earthlight of tolerance and leisure.  A thinking mood of mind that has no other place it would rather be.

By Thursday she is in Libra and by Friday she has vanished, into the essence of Libra, as Sun and Moon come together and the tides rise in their honor.  Where are these lessons of tolerance and open-mindedness finding you?  How can you widen your own circle of understanding, and see the moral strengths of others who’s opinions differ from your own?  There’s no Moon tonight, but there is open air.  Plenty of space.  Plenty of chords that haven’t been struck, plenty of ways to become unstuck.   

By the weekend, a Scorpio Moon peaks out from the darkness.  Rebirth of Moonlight in the sign of rebirth.  Emerging out from the marshes and into a fresh atmosphere of better understanding.  An atmosphere that hints at a world we can truly breathe in.

As always, happy astro pondering! 

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Weekly Astrology Metaphorcast 10/5-11, 2020

Into the middle of Libra Season, the sign that celebrates the middle itself.  The riddle of the middle, balancing extremes, that quantum pinpoint between reality and dreams. 

Libra’s sword divides the mind, separating the hemispheres to create more awareness.  In the creation of new awareness life strives onward and upward to better understand itself.  Libra is romantic reality, the relational nature of consciousness itself.

Writer philosopher Owen Barfield sees consciousness evolving with a shift from the outside to the inside.  Primitive man’s thoughts were, as he called it an “original participation”, an immediate experience inside the world’s unity, where as we are now outside of it.  When we think now, we think about something, and the very definition of about is “to be outside of”.

Libra and her liberty thrives on this outsidedness- from here she is free to find new connections and form new thoughts.  Yet, ever the romantic, there is a longing.  A longing to be embedded once again with nature.  A longing to return to the world’s unity.  Barfield saw this only to be possible through metaphor.  What was once the “principal of living unity” now lives in the poetic vision of the individual, with all it’s romantic yearning.

As the poet Yeats said, “Nothing that we love over-much Is ponderable to our touch.”

As Mercury moves through the powerful currents of Scorpio, the mind is aware of the power that comes from synthesis.  The rebirth of new life into the present moment from the synthesis of memory, sensation, thought and reflection.  The wealth of memory in your bank, from which vital currents can emerge, as new, as powerful, as magic?

Venus, the Seasonal planet in Virgo, the sign of the scientist.  In the Season of relational synthesis, she sees herself as incomplete, and yearns to unite her science with art.  As Einstein said,  “After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.”

Mars still retrograde in the late degrees of Aries and coming into a square with Pluto later this week.  As Libra weighs her options Mars finds a way.  With subterranean pressure, explosive outbursts may occur- Unite your science with your art, and transcend any despair, find the facts of your heart and the love in the air.  With such balance, you’ll find a way. 

Jupiter Direct along with Saturn in Capricorn- inspiration and ambition moving forward in the sign of natural law.  A further look into the nature of human evolution, with it’s own laws.  Laws that by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s definition are anti-entropic.  These laws march uphill, with the aid of the Sun’s energy, producing increased variety and a higher degree of organization.  At this advanced state, awareness becomes the most important characteristic of life.  

Uranus in Taurus- awareness at the heart of evolution.

Neptune in Pisces- the growing value of what is within.

The Moon 

The Moon begins the week waning gibbous in Taurus, the sign of Earth beauty.  A mood of holding, a craving of attainment.  Put that wallet away, the only bank you need is that of your memory! To synthesize with sensation, and lovingly attain a dose of new awareness.  

Tuesday and Wednesday host a Gemini Moon, with Mercury opposing Uranus.  Quaking trickster energy, like the bubbling up of a laugh.  Follow your silly side during these two days, it just might lead you to your genius.  As Libra-extradinaire Arthur Rimbaud said, “Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.”

By Thursday midday we cozy up to a Cancer Moon that sails us into her last quarter by Saturday.  A family Moon, a memory Moon, formative with the magnetic pull of the past.  A living water that loves to be reshaped.  An anchor made of water.  Changeable, electric, healing and refreshing.  With Libra’s joy of choice, how will you reshape this water into matter, that is, moments that matter?

By Saturday night a Leo Moon wanes on, illuminating the power of the affirmative.  In Libra’s power of choice she structures an an ultimate attitude, that follows her like a love-struck atmosphere.  Will she look for the way, or be weighed down by dismay?  Will she be alive in the striving, or just passively surviving?  

Once a part of the apple, she had to go ahead and bite it. Once on the inside looking out, she is now on the outside looking in- deep deep within- to that uncharted terrain- of the imagination. 

As always, happy astro pondering!  

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