The Field Beyond the Moon, Weekly Horoscope for Tuesday September 20th, 2011 to Monday September 26th, 2011

The Hanged Man

Le Pendu, the Hanged Man

As we contemplate the verities of astrology, our first path of thought should take us to the beginning, the point where the planets assumed their power and roles. Regressing the mind within the scope of time back to this point will take some free-form thinking: abandoning contemporary misconceptions on the art, even perhaps drifting away from the uncharted centuries it has had to develop into its own form. The most lucid insights into these origins, perhaps, are reflected in the ancient texts of Vedic astrology, and in this week’s post we will be exploring more of the magnificent opus, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra (BPHS):

Ch. 2, v. 3-4. The unborn Vishnu has many incarnations. He has incarnated, as the Navagrahas (nine planets) to bestow on the living beings the results due to their karma. He is Janardan, exciter of human beings. He assumed the auspicious form of planets to destroy the Asuras and sustain the Devas.

The creation story of Vedic astrology is revealed in the above excerpt. The unborn absolute, or an original state of consciousness prior to form and content, manifested itself in nine separate “spheres of power”, or planets, to facilitate the distribution of karma, or the results of action, to living beings. Moreover, the form of the planets “destroy the Asuras and sustain the Devas.” This directly attributes the quality of Vishnu, as the agent of maintaining order, to the planets – that the role of the planets is to keep the functional and anticipated processes of the cosmos, the world, society, and the individual in their natural step. Deviance to the natural order, or dharma, is the work of asuras – that class of beings throughout Vedic lore work to subvert and possess the power of the devas: Agni (Fire), Vayu (Wind), Apas (Water), Privithi (Earth), Indra (Storm/Lightning), Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Soma (Immortality), Rudra (Knowledge of the Forest), Savitri (Dawn). That all things follow a natural order is not the basis for a theological argument, but rather is used as an empirical and ontological assumption about reality, the field we find ourselves in.

To dig a bit deeper, and to shed a loftier light on this matter, our consideration turns towards a tricky excerpt from the BPHS:

Ch. 2, v. 8-13. The beings with more Jivatmāńś (identification with the limited, individual self) are mortal beings. The high degree of Paramatmāńś (identification with the infinite, universal self) from the planets – Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu/Ketu – facilitated the incarnation of the Avatars. After completing their roles on Earth, Paramatmāńśas of the respective Avatars again merge in the respective planets. The Jivatma portions from the planets take births, as human beings and live their lives according to their karma, and again merge in the planets. And at the time of Mahapralaya (universal destruction) the planets also merge into Vishnu. The one who knows of all this is versed in the knowledge of the past, present and future. Without a knowledge of Jyotish these cannot be known…

Enjoyable and informative in itself, the language of this excerpt could fare well with some distillation. The “light” of Vedic astrology is the same light that illumines the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Agamas/Tantras. Although the approaches differ in all of the texts, the result is the same: knowledge of the soul. Identification of consciousness with the limited, mortal body is integral to the process of karma and the field of action that we engage with. We find ourselves “wrapped up” in the engagements of life from the moment of birth to the time of death, for better or worse, and there is seemingly no reprieve. The endless process of action is perpetuated by the planets, as agents of karma, and not only is individual destiny bound to their grasp, but the expression or faculty of individuality itself “emerges from” their respective spheres. Humans enjoy only a limited portion of the total power of the planets, however, and this power is variable to a great degree. Limited identification of consciousness restricts the individual from fully blossoming into this power, and no matter how true or full a human embodies a planet’s energy, they will always be short of its full potential. At death, we are left with nothing, or possibly a trace of what we once were – but the planets remain. And at the great universal end, the planets themselves are nothing, and what remains is the Unborn. That our origin is planetary is a point of further consideration, to be sure, with the assumption that in reality, our source is nothing more or less than the infinite.

To come back to the reality of this week’s post, let us consider this point: that there are traditions that speak of “going beyond” the planets and their grasp. Assume for a moment that the language we are using is made modern, empirical to contemporary standards, and conceptually fit for a rational mind: that the totality of society, family, friendship, class, gender, species, even self-identification can be left behind, to posit that our true identity, before and after, and even amidst, all time and space and knowledge, is nothing but unborn consciousness. Further still, this unborn consciousness will live on, continuing even without name or form, through a continual cycle of universal creation and destruction – through innumerable Big Bangs and universal entropies. And that brilliant universal fire attracts us like moths to our own annihilation – and still, only the replete remains. To self-identify with this process, just for a moment, can unravel the gnarliest of karmic knots. From the Avadhuta Gita, the “Song of the Supremely Free”:

40. The absolute void and its opposite, all am I everlastingly.

41. Atman (Self) is not male or female, nor is It neuter; neither is It happiness or suffering. How dare ye pervert It?

42. Atman is not purified by the six methods of Yoga. Absence of the mind makes It no clearer. The teachings of a Guru reveal It not. It is all purity, in Itself, by Itself.

43. I am neither bound nor free. I am not separate from Brahman (Universal Self).

To come to this realization, and then act on it within the world, brings real change. Otherwise it is only fingers pointing at fingers pointing at the Moon. Our task is to shed more light on our dire situation, to think outside the confines of what has been grievously given to us, to accept that “nothing is true, and all is permitted.” We can step out from the field of planetary control, and through this come back with a clearer vision of what control is in a more exacting way.

To this week’s horoscope, then. On both Tuesday September 20th and Wednesday September 21st we see the Moon transiting through Gemini, Mercury’s duplicitous and airy sign. Mercury will be stationed at the tail end of Leo, the sign of the Sun, and the Moon will thus be eleven signs from there. This indicates that through clear and genuine communication and interaction, and engaging in constructive or healing actions, one will enjoy both gain and pleasure. The Moon and Mercury working together in this way will reveal insights into relationships with siblings and close friends, as well. Engaging with this dynamic is a two way street, like always, and whatever you contribute to your friendships, networks, or family will be rewarded duly.

Moving into the heart of the week, Thursday September 22nd, Friday September 23rd, and Saturday September 24th will be a three day block of planetary confluence and upheaval. Again we see four planets transiting through a single sign – the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all in the earth sign Virgo. Mercury, of course, is the lord of Virgo, and thus carries the most weight as he slips into the sign on Thursday, joining the other three planets. An incredibly lofty and brilliant mood, grounded in the strength of the world and the soul, will be manifest clearly on these three days. Coupled with the Moon transiting into its own sign, Cancer, and a fiery conjunction with Mars, these three days will certainly spell out intensity on all levels and spheres. Approach these days with a light and creative gait, and you will be rewarded. Emotions can definitely get the best of you if left unchecked, especially those that heat the blood.

To end this astrological week, we see the Moon coming into Leo, the sign of the Sun. All the other planets will be in their above mentioned signs. The Moon coming into Leo on Sunday September 26th is also imbued with the energy of the new Moon. This will be a night of processing, relaxation, and conversation. It will be a perfect night to set up for the next two weeks and one’s own projects, which will be strengthened and fueled by the four planets in Virgo. Set realistic goals and write them down on the new Moon night, and follow them with persistence and consistency. Anything is possible during these strange conjunctions, especially in effecting the “real world”. There is little to anticipate on the negative side of things, and only good can come from connecting with those that you care for and support you and your endeavors during this night. Tread lightly, still, as the sensitivity of the new Moon will be fully present.

Ultimately, of course, our true self lays just beyond the field of the Moon. But it is on these most curious of planetary and lunar nights that we can realize and embody this knowledge to its fullest degree.

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The Waning Cycle of the Moon and of Time, Weekly Horoscope for Tuesday September 13th, 2011 to Monday September 19th, 2011

La Force, the Strength Tarot Card from the Marseille Deck

La Force, the Strength Card

We begin this week on the second day of the waning phase of the Moon, as our bodies slow down and settle into repose. The invigorating nature of the past two weeks, as the Moon was waxing to fulness, revealed new directions and opportunities, to be sure, and also signs of where our focus and awareness should fall on. There were difficulties and triumphs both, and now there is the call to rest.

The nine planets are always ready to speak to us, if we are ready to listen. Cutting off the chatter of the mind, resting the flap of the tongue, our bodies can best approach the planets on their own terms. Letting go of the constant need to go, to produce, to know, is a rejuvenating practice that allows for the conduction of reality and what the planets are in themselves – not what they have to show or offer, or what we can gain or lose from them.

A strange thing occurs when allowing the world to operate and the body to be – control vanishes, yes, and a ground remains that has no label, or purpose, or form. This solid sphere spreads out below in infinite directions, silent and unmoving, ready to absorb the dust of our body into its form. It can be called death, but when our body falls into this ground of being, the accumulated fruits of our action disappear, and liberation remains.
And just as this takes place, a wind can sweep over the dust, and stir us back into the world and movement and knowing.

As the Moon begins its waning cycle this week, our bodies will desire the same. Aside from the liberating nature of this repose, we can also discover hidden forms and bodies that are not always apparent, but become so when our concerns come to a halt. The discoveries of Wilhelm Reich, a scientist devoted to understanding the mind and body in the context of Freudian analysis, shed valuable insights into what remains when silence prevails. To simplify the discoveries of Reich, the mind and body operate mutually and fluidly by way of an observable, glowing blue field of energy he labeled orgone. Further, orgone exists in the human organism and its emotional and sexual expressions, giving a visible makeup of what many can only contemplate through abstract concepts or analysis. And further still, Reich discovered that orgone is observable in unexpected places – enveloping trees, animals, and even “inanimate” bodies such as mountains. Most surprising however, is the observation of orgone in high vacuum, which lends to the idea that life is woven throughout all things, everywhere, and this web of energy is our link to cosmic interdependence. Much more can be said here, and will be explored in future posts for the benefit of reader and author alike, but for now let us rest in the abundance of life that envelopes us, and continue on with the horoscope.

On Tuesday September 13th and Wednesday September 14th, the Moon will be transiting through Pisces, nearing the end of the zodiac. Drifting through the depths of Jupiter’s watery sign, the Moon – and hence, the mind – will be incredibly receptive and sensitive to the energy around it. Quieting the mind will reveal the true nature and depth of the situations in your life currently, and insights will abound in relation to your emotions, relationships, and desires. There will be some tension as the lord of Pisces, Jupiter, is currently retrograde, but this is only apparent tension, and does not truly reflect the situation as it is. Taking care not to overreact or extend yourself past the boundaries of comfortable observation will be rewarded. Keeping a journal your experience will be helpful and useful, as you will be able to look back at these deep observations with further clarity and purpose of action.

Going further into the week, Thursday September 15th, will prove to be healing and nurturing, as the Moon transits into the first half of Aries, and through the Nakshatra or lunar mansion of Ashwini – the lunar sign of healers and the healing arts. The effect of Mars on the Moon will be incredibly powerful, as a special yoga or “planetary placement” will be happening known as parivartana yoga, or “mutual exchange of energy.” Mars is currently in the Moon’s sign, Cancer, and the Moon is in Mars’ sign, Aries. Fire and water, the self and what we love, the power of the will and the subtlety of the mind will all be flowing together in a stream of healing and new ventures. The Moon will also be conjunct the retrograde Jupiter, and thus there will be a perceived, but not actual, bounty within this process. Either way, approaching the environments and bodies that speak to the passions of your heart will be rewarding. Do not settle for the concerns or trivialities of others on this day.

On Friday September 16th, the Moon continues its journey through Aries and its relationship with Mars and Jupiter, but now unfolds under the light of Bharani – the lunar sign of destructive forces. Although this asterism does present difficulties due to its possession of and movement towards destructive energy, we can still find purpose within it. Cutting out toxic things from your environment, mind, and heart will be beneficial and easy, as the Moon will be receiving the powerful effect of Mars in its sign of Cancer. You will find that defining and dealing with the things in your environment – physical, emotional, spiritual – that are holding you back will be supported by this planetary arrangement. Use this day as an opportunity to clear house, and happiness will be sure to follow.

And finally we are brought to the tail end of our planetary week and analysis. On Saturday September 17th, both the Sun and the Moon make transits into new signs. The Moon will join Ketu, the south node, in the earth sign Taurus, and the Sun will be conjunct Saturn and Venus in the earth sign Virgo. A simultaneous bout of chaos and order will ensue, as the Moon’s conjunction with Ketu is sure to confound any scraps of rationality that may be found in the mind, but this will be countered with the strength of conviction and creativity that will be produced when the Sun moves in with Saturn and Venus. This planetary configuration continues on Sunday September 18th and Monday September 19th, as well. Expect the unexpected, as this is the nature of Ketu’s influence on the Moon. Revel in the confidence that this is the beginning of a new solar zodiacal month, and the Sun will surely possess purity and purpose in Virgo, with the conjunction of Saturn and Venus. Solidifying the means of achieving your goals and building fresh habits to engage with the world and your passions will both be within your reach. It only takes silence, and the rest is effortless.

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The Gravity of Planetary Bodies, Weekly Horoscope for Tuesday September 6th, 2011 to Monday September 12th, 2011

The Wheel of Fortune

La Roue De La Fortune, The Wheel of Fortune Card

While the gaze of the social and the individual converge on the attractive, but limited, permitted zones of being, there is a simultaneous rupture of the divergent in our midst. The spirit of the time eclipses our dreary past in its own dark light, and projects itself forward into a clean, clear, luxurious future – a future painted by the refined oils of civilization: brilliant hues of consumption, the fine tones of happiness, sleek and sexy colors of health and wealth. The invisible face of present time is smiling, and the whole world is smiling back at it.

And yet the streets are on fire, and nobody knows why.

Civilization and its subjects continue to redact into the incorporeal world of information, design, and marketing, while the world and its bodies have become heavy and toxic and bright with curious flames. A cultivated symptom of centripetal order and regiment in society is countered by the movement of bodies to the far out orbit of obscurity, defining trajectories on their own terms. Terrains that have been dematerialized, washed of the dirt and stink and taint of the body are being explored by the hands and feet of wistful rogues.

Defining the destiny of order has been the object of astrology for millennia. Within this, there is also the inverted knowledge that order is forever bound to chaos. The planets in themselves do not regiment our world, but on the contrary are only a reflection of our own individual and collective desire to do the same. There is immense power in the correspondence given between planets and roles in society – “The Sun and Moon are royal, while Mars is the army chief. Prince apparent is Mercury, and the ministers are Jupiter and Venus both. Rahu and Ketu (the nodes) are the army” – this is taken from the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, and reflects a general consensus in society as to what bodies rule and for what aim and purpose. The text digs deeper, however, and attributes the faculties and elements of the body itself to the correspondent bodies in the sky – “The Sun is the soul of all, while the Moon is the mind. Mars is one’s strength and will. Mercury is speech, while Jupiter confers knowledge and well-being. Venus governs semen (potency), and Saturn grief.”

The use of the body and its faculties, then, is what is important to our objective. You, dear reader, do possess a soul and a mind and a will, and strength and speech and knowledge, and potency and grief. How to use them, in whatever divergent and obscure fashion, is up to you. Explore without reserve, forgetting the sad confines of control, leaving the tainted luxury of society behind to contemplate and deal with itself.

To this week’s sky, then. On Tuesday September 6th the Moon transits through Sagittarius, the fiery sign of Jupiter, which is currently in retrograde. Our aims will be high, to be sure, but the follow through and release will be skewed. A lot of the ambition and drive that has been building up the past couple weeks will be realized, and this will also precipitate unanticipated changes in one’s sphere. What I mean by this is although the objectives that are within our scope of vision are in our reach, we are also ignoring other necessities and obligations that could be detrimental to the final goal. Cultivate awareness in a holistic way, and don’t focus too much on the particulars.

Wednesday September 7th sees the same sky as Tuesday, the Moon in Sagittarius, Jupiter retrograde in Aries, Mars in Gemini, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury pregnant in Leo, and Saturn in Virgo, but it is also the eleventh night of the waxing Moon – a night that is considered sacred to many in the world, and for good reason. As the Moon waxes on the eleventh night of its cycle, it is also the furthest away from Earth for that particular lunar month. This is a night of clearing, both inner and outer. It is the perfect night to relax the desire to perform and consume, and to simply be – and this can be facilitated by forgoing food and even conversation. Shine your own light on our body and mind on this night, and see what it reveals.

Moving into Thursday and Friday, September 8th and 9th, the Moon transits into Capricorn, the hard and rigid sign of Saturn, which is currently stationed in Mercury’s earth sign, Virgo. This flows perfectly from the calming lunar night on Wednesday, as the detailed and determined natures of Virgo, Capricorn, Mercury, and Saturn will all be projecting their character onto the receptive and open Moon. Working from a clear inner and outer space, which could be cultivated on Wednesday, these two days will prove to be productive and focused. Setting plans into motion, tackling difficult situations, and setting up a desirable infrastructure in one’s life will be rewarded.

We see more drastic changes, however, at the tail end of the week. On Saturday September 10th we will see the transit of the Moon into Aquarius, the airy sign of Saturn, and also Venus into Virgo, which will then be conjunct the ol’ man Saturn. A stifling blanket of ethereal passion and desire – difficult to define, difficult to ignore – could cover us all, or it could be a heady venture into realms of dedicated and realized visions. It is, of course, what you make of it, and much of the results of this transit and conjunction will be dependent on how well you prepare yourself for the task of creation. Expanding the scope of what that means could be aided with the Latin, “destruam et aedificabo,” or, “I destroy to build.”

And this leaves us to our night of brilliance, the much anticipated full Moon, on Sunday September 11th. There will be a collective resurgence of knotted and twisted emotions on this night, to be sure, teased out by the pallid light of the Moon. But our passion is too replete, brimming with possibilities and intrigues, to be sullied by the consensus of society. This night is yours, dear readers, and I only offer the simple advice of bathing the body and brain in the sweet light of the Moon. The rest is up to you.