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.

Riding the Wave of Desire, Weekly Horoscope for Tuesday August 30th, 2011 through Monday September 5th, 2011

The Hermit Card, Marseille Tarot, L'hermite

The Hermit Card

While the heat of summer is waning, and the prospect of autumn glimmers on the horizon, we are all riding a steady and balanced wave of planetary energy forward, reaching our goals and realizing our visions. The planets are tumultuous, brash, and even unforgiving, but they are also tender and ready to bend to the desires of those who pursue their own course, those who map their own terrain and do not bow to the power of control. WS Burroughs posed the question, “If control’s control is absolute, why does control need to control?”

The planets do not control our instincts, our intuitions, our thoughts, or even our actions. But the sum of these processes of the body and mind and soul all occur within the space of time. And it is in this sense that our instinct and intuition and thought and action relate to the planets. The planets function to “seize, lay hold of, obtain” (from the Sanskrit, graha) the destinies of humans in the terrain of terrestrial time – and thus they are implicit in the function and operation of time, and time’s relationship to human experience. They are also “signs of recognition and perception.” Their continual and exacting and perpetual orbits around the central Sun, and their transit through the zodiac, both reveal their quality of control – regimented and regulated movement, predictability, anticipation and expectation of results based on these transits.

The response to the question posed by Burroughs is simply, “Control needs time,” which is countered by the next question, “Is control controlled by our need to control?” The planets are sign posts of time, marking the natural rhythm and cycles that are found on Earth – day and night, seasons, the maturation experienced in all stages of life, death, birth, the cyclical experience of the mind and mood and menstruation, celebration and the emergence of festal time. To pursue this rhythm, which also expresses itself in a variety of inexplicable natural phenomena, from the mating cycles of horses and other fauna, to great boiling cauldrons of gathering crustaceans in the oceans, to the flowering and eventual death of all living things, is to engage directly with time and partake in its splendor.

To know the planets and their transits is nothing more than to know the flow of time related to our engagement with it. Society is reflected in the planets only because society has geared itself around their markings and characteristics. This is a point that while being assumptive does not need much explication, for do we not follow a seven day week, each day ruled by a planet? Are our months not the result of solar and lunar observation? While engaging with the planets as they relate to time, society has rendered itself into civilization, which codifies control and determines the individual’s experience of time itself. And it is from this conclusion that I analyze the planets and their transits, not to bolster the belly of the beast of control, but to slice it open to reveal the potential of time outside of the space of death, the great nothingness devouring the land.

To get to the horoscope, then. On Tuesday August 30th we begin with certainty and balance in the skies. While Mercury will no longer be retrograde this week, Jupiter will begin its movement retrograde on Tuesday, in the sign of Aries. Last week I mentioned that engaging with Jupiter’s bounty would be a fruitful endeavor if done with the passion of Mars, and this week I will still say the same. However, Jupiter retrograde will put up a stifling, almost overabundant and excessive energy that must be cut down with the fire of Mars. Too many opportunities and paths, without focus, can result in empty action. Be aware of spreading your energies and concentration too thin. Instead, seize singular, manageable opportunities that will build your potential step by step, planting seeds for your new tomorrow.

The Moon will be conjunct Saturn in the sign of Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, on both Tuesday and Wednesday. This is a combination of intense and disparate planets. While the Moon rules the more subtle, internal dimension of the mind and emotion, Saturn governs the hard, real manifestation of the body and the world. When the Moon and Saturn are together, one’s own feelings and thoughts that are often harbored silently within, find expression and come out to shape your current environment. This can be difficult if one’s internal life is in dysfunction, as the internal is, in part, a reflection of our environment. Thus, issues that need addressing or clarification will be at the fore, especially on Wednesday. This day can also be perfect for solidifying plans and desires that have been developed in harmony with one’s environment and the people within it. Devote yourself both to the soft reflections of the Moon’s light, and also the reality and strength of Saturn, and there will be balance.

Seeking this sort of balance will be easy, especially when the Moon transits into Libra on Thursday and Friday. That potent mixture of the Sun and Venus, which was mentioned last week, will find their place in your thoughts and desires these two days, as the Moon passes through Venus’s sign. Letting go a little bit and enjoying the last leg of summer seems to be what the Moon wants most at the tail end of the week, and one will find happiness in social activity, love, and intoxication. Enjoy yourself as the Moon, and the strong creative energy emanating from the Sun and Venus in Leo, all create a space of well being, contentment, and joy.

On Sunday and going into Monday, the anticipated arrival of Mercury in Leo, which will then be conjunct both Venus and the Sun, will give fuller expression to the creative potencies and juices that are dwelling there. Mercury’s addition to the mix lends to discovering the best medium and tools for your pursuits and pleasures, as it carries the technical and mediated qualities that are needed to realize a strong creative ambition. Writing, conversation, and reading will all be simple and effective ways to process the potential of Venus and the Sun. Seek out new ideas and people, and there will be much to learn the next few weeks, as these three planets flourish in space of Leo.

And all the while the Moon waxes, ascending the arc of light, reflecting the Sun at every turn. As we ride the wave of desire across the duplicitous and tumultuous ocean of creation and destruction, we remain full and replete and content. Our consensus is found within as an individual, bearing the reflection of a whole array of planetary drives and directions. To abandon control and the regiment of time-as-death, we find that a beautiful and colorful spectrum of light is woven in the world around us. Let us pursue that fabric of reality, without reserve.