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.

Caught Up in the Four Winds, Horoscope for Sunday April 10th, 2011 to Saturday April 16th, 2011

Beginning with your pinkie, count from the outside of your hand – pinkie finger, one; ring finger, two; middle finger, three; index finger, four – and stop precisely there at your pointer digit, holding the four stretched and enumerated digits out and open and exposed, contemplating them in the earthy light. A rustling dawn of hidden correspondences can be revealed within these four fingers – not with any direct physiological implications of the human body’s occult significance, but rather our four fingers – and, in a way, our opposable thumb – are ripe symbolic outgrowths of the very architecture of the body of the universe itself. Riding the winds of last week’s esoteric derive, let us wander aimlessly further down the path of four, that overlooked but power pregnant digit.

We find ourselves enraptured and entrapped in a terrain of civilization that spews itself without restraint in the wind’s four directions. Nothing, in itself, can contain the monstrous outpouring of control and systemization that has swallowed nearly every crevice of space and time, suffocating the the globe’s resources and bodies and minds. To encounter free space, untainted by the tendril feelers of State or Capital, that work to rout out any trace of land that cannot be marked with their signs, is impossible; and to abide in free time, untouched by the regimentation and numerical codification of Calendar, has been forgotten in the mists of history’s ascent.

But our task of freeing up space and time, to reveal the potentials of what could be, rather than swallow the meat of what is, is not one devoid of hope. The complete, and seemingly final, domination of the Control virus has at its root very simple and readily comprehensible elements. The original two culprits in the spread of this disease, name and number, carry with them the weight of defining the total landscape of civilization, and this is apparent by the appropriation of language to stratify the social, and the appropriation of numbers to regulate time. The past fifty years have been replete with arguments and methods for the deterritorialization of language and the realm of the social – to negate the whole castle of concrete alienation, built by the bricks of our own making. These methods are unnecessary to repeat here. Let us instead come back to the pleasure of our hand, with its four digits, and follow a line of playful thinking that could reveal a new strategy.

Relevant strategies come in many packages, sometimes overlooked for their obvious or seeming inconsequential natures. To prove this, we can look at something as simple as a deck of cards. Nothing much there – four suits, a king, queen, jack, ace, and a series of numeral cards. However a very casual reading and tracing of the evolution of the modern deck of playing cards reveals a plethora of detailed and forgotten symbols that can be used in our project. The modern deck is, of course, linked directly to the long winding history of theTarot, and carries with it emblems of the Tarot in its veiled nature. The four fold arrangement of the suits within the deck point to useful and egalitarian potencies found in both the individual and social territories.

On face value, the spontaneous appearance of the Tarot can be correlated with the late medieval and early Renaissance culture of royal and court power, and the figures on the cards are the players in that social realm. Even so, the artists and seers that crafted the Tarot worked with symbols that traveled deeper than the faces of the forces of power. The suits compose the hidden narrative of the cards and can be understood when exposed to a Hermetic light. We can begin with the suit of swords, the dynamic and piercing set, clearing a path in the dense and overgrown land of the civilized. It is the destructive power, clean, singular, spontaneous, the will that is realized and submitted to action – of the alchemical elements, it is air. What follows is the suit of wands, the ascensional and dreamy set, intent on the commencement of construction and knowledge. It is the will power, soothing, enchanting, variegated, independent, and necessary for rebirth and magic – of the alchemical elements, it is fire. Continuing this logic, we have the suit of cups, the receptive and nurturing set, holding the totality within itself, embracing the contradictions of imposed striations. It is the power of consent, the agreement and harmony of the multitudes in relation to each other, the centrifugal dispersal and dissolution of control – of the alchemical elements, it is water. Finally, we land on the suit of coins, the stabilizing and foundational set, crafted and borne from the body itself. It is the power of the real, the space without word and time without number, a glimmer of truth as it is in the great desert of illusion – of the alchemical elements, it is earth.

The appropriation of the suits throughout history to signify warfare, production, or other symbols of control is a reality that can be reversed through these contemplations. What has been passed down and given to us in the playing deck is a set of veiled liberating potentials that have survived under multifarious guises. In later posts we can work to reterritorialize each of the cards in the Major Arcana, those looming and strong personalities and objects. We might even venture further into the number four, and find ourselves bearing witness to the appearance of chess, and its strange relationship to the Tarot.

For now, let us leave our speculations and look directly into the sky. Monday April 11th will reveal itself as a positive day for the lunar natured folks out there. The Moon will exit the chaotic shadow of the south node – Ketu – and enter into its own sidereal sign, Cancer. The Moon’s cool rays radiate naturally from the calm, shallow waters of Cancer, and these will be amplified by the fact that it will be the eighth night of the waxing phase, the half-Moon, which is a turning point in positive lunar expression. Couple this with it being on the Moon’s very own day – Monday – and it should turn out to be a pleasurable evening. Go outside to encourage the absorption of lunar rays in the body, and healing will commence, indeed. This lunar and planetary arrangement continues through Thursday.

The last two days of the week, Friday and Saturday, prove themselves to be the showcases in planetary flux, however, as the Sun exits the crowded and confounded sign of Pisces, and Venus fills the void that the Sun has left. On Friday, the Moon enters Leo, that regal sign of the Sun, and the Sun itself becomes exalted in the sidereal sign of Aries. This is a great time for renewal and celebration, and the lean and unimpeded glow of the exalted Sun will shine encouraging light on our personal endeavors and desires. As the seasons change, and we do begin to see more Sun, the movement of the Sun into Aries represents a shift that will form the basic dynamic of the year to come. Make the most of it – get out there into the world, relish in the Sun, and harness its limitless potential. Saturday shows us that the independent and cloistered nature of our recent creative endeavors, with Venus walking alone in the dreamy sign of Aquarius, is coming to an end as the morning star moves into Pisces. When Venus unites with a retrograde and confuddled Mercury, a comfortable and expansive Jupiter, and the fiery and unpredictable Mars, there is good reason to believe that our creative passions will unite in collective and joint efforts. All can benefit from this transit.