A Glowing Conflagration in Our Night Sky, Horoscope for Sunday May 8th, 2011 to Saturday May 14th, 2011

A strange week indeed, where we have seen a certain flare and outburst of long hidden and latent energies – of misplaced fear and ignorance that reared its ugliness on May Day, symbolically subverting the true meaning of the day that communally belongs to the people, the day that marks, in time, a collective desire asserting its independence from control. That astrology could, perhaps, serve as a tool to break the spell of the intricate ordering and machination of control, is something that we can investigate – to explore the immediacy of the planets in relation to our lives. We abide in a territory of both reality and unreality, of an immediate naturalness and a mediated artificiality. Peppered throughout the landscape of this duality are bodies and specters. These bodies are composed of a varied composition of the natural world’s four elements – earth, water, fire, and air – and are as diverse in identity as can be imagined: the human body, the animal body, the plant body, the celestial body, the body of the earth. And the specters have their origin in the long-standing lineage of civilization and its institutions, which has culminated in this greater spectacle, and which perpetually consumes the bodies in its territory and offers them back to us not as bodies but as images, phantoms, apparitions. 

To begin, then, with a line of thinking and investigation that takes us back to the reality of bodies and the elements, we can start a process of demarcation. The virtues of human passion – love, loyalty, wisdom, understanding, health – arise not out of a nothingness, of a void in the self, but rather through the direct communion between multiple bodies. The special and unique communication between two bodies – two lovers in a sweet night, the farmer’s hand and the soil, the astronomer’s eye and a newfound star – is what defines these passions, and the unique individuality of the bodies narrate the character of the same passion. There is, then, a recognition that the territory of bodies and the immediate attraction between them, are perpetually diverse and never replicated. There cannot be a systematization of passion or virtue – for it only originates in the dialog of distinct entities. Any work to replicate, systematize, or order the passions of bodies results, without fail, in mediation, exploitation, and illusion – and this can be seen easily in a variety of social realities: food has taken an unrecognizable form, absent of anything that can be found growing from the earth; the passion of love or lust can be consummated remotely, through screens and speakers, never once mingling the touch or breath; battles can be waged for a people who only digest its image, and the melancholy of witnessing death, face to face, breath to breath, never need take place.

As an astrologer, it is my prerogative not only to divine the workings of fate, but also to communicate the reality of the celestial bodies, and their relation to our own. To bring all of this together, I will relate a small portion of knowledge that pertains to the esoteric, or hidden, region of astrology. We can raise the question, “How do the bodies of the planets commune with the human body?” And this question is the crux of astrology, for without it we could simply relegate the planets to be alone, cold, inert in their lofty abode, only serving us as objects of visual contemplation. One response to this question, which I have through my own introspection found to work in experience, is that the human body has within it centers of consciousness that commune directly with, and reflect the movements of the planets. They are known in the body of knowledge of Tantra as chakras, from the Sanskrit, “wheel, circle, discus”. In the classical outline of the chakras there are said to be in total seven. Further, it is said that each of the seven physical planets preside over one of the seven chakras – so that each chakra is a nexus, or point of communion, between the planets and the body (note: I will provide, as an appendix, a full chart of correspondence between the human body and the celestial bodies, with details on the chakras, on this site soon).

This nexus, or link, has physical attributes – as the planets transit through the signs of the zodiac, they immediately affect the body and its consciousness through these chakras, resulting in unique actions and circumstances that can be read through the astrology chart. But also they share more essential qualities, or psychical attributes, in the sense that the planets are bodies and have characteristics and a personality that is their own, just as any being, and that these are reflected in part in each of the chakras of the human body. Thus, the personalities and passions of the planets can be observed in the immediacy of human society – the planets, literally, walk amongst us. And just as the planets traverse through the sky, and its diverse regions of elements and natures, so do we travel through the same.

It is in this sense that we begin our weekly horoscope. We begin the first three days of the week – Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday – with a strong presence of planets in Aries, the first fiery sign. Jupiter, Sun, and Mars – three of the four masculine planets – are here, and this intimates a period of tumult and change, that can take place with a rapid or sudden event. The Moon will be drifting alone in Cancer, its own sign and watery abode, and this will provide a temporary cooling effect to the heat building up in Aries. Mercury and Venus are still paired together in Pisces, and their conjunction always represents a time for creativity. Thus we start the week with a lot of conflicting but strong conjunctions and transits – watch out for overzealous attitudes or outbursts of destructive emotions; but also look to cultivate the natural and cooling lunar energy that will abound, and the present creative condition of Mercury and Venus in Pisces.

But it is in the middle of the week, Wednesday and Thursday, that we see a great movement of planets into fiery signs, in a way bursting into a “glow of conflagration”. Not only does the Moon find itself in the fire sign of Leo, that independent and fierce domain of the Sun, but Mercury and Venus, which formerly were in Pisces, now transit into Aries, conjunct the masculine retinue of Mars, Jupiter, and the Sun. Just as last month we found these same five planets in the dreamy and watery depths of Pisces, we now have them in energetic and unpredictable fires of Aries. Thus it can be said that Wednesday and Thursday will be marked by these flames – you will feel the heat rising, and you will witness the power of fire and the changes it can exact around you. Temper the flames if you must, or add your own fuel to the massive fire – either way, the middle of the week will allow for destruction, renewal and clearing, both internally and externally. In the immediate sense, the planets congregating in such a display in the fiery signs can give us a great amount of power to effect the changes that can only happen with a decisive and one-pointed will. Spare no old habit or pattern, no vestige or specter, that remains in your consciousness that inhibits your growth as a free being – burn it all.

The week ends with Friday and Saturday, and the Moon transits into an earthy conjunction with retrograde Saturn in Virgo. This will naturally temper the flames of the middle of the week, and ground the mind in more realistic but difficult pursuits. While Saturn remains retrograde, our actions are all seemingly marked by an inherent difficulty, as if even with great ambition and purpose we follow our pursuits there are small impediments in the way. The Moon’s conjunction with this difficult Saturn will make us aware of the small things that we can work on – the nuts and bolts of our projects and desires – so that we can pursue them with the smoothest course.

Certainly this week will demonstrate, with palpable examples, the immediacy of the planetary bodies as they move through the signs and the elements. It only takes a small amount of awareness to awaken these perceptions. And, to me at least, they provide more satisfaction than the spectacle that is commonly offered.