Sayin' Stuff

A bit about Astrology:

Regular horoscopes are on pause. Sign up for my mailing list to get them in your inbox when they resume. Here are some general thoughts on time and creatures; astrology and you.

Time wouldn’t exist to us at all, creatures of matter that we are, without the velocity and mass of each planet in our solar system.

It doesn’t just quicken and slow with perspective. It sharpens and thrashes the flow of reality itself. It has storms of overlapping cycles.

The planets tug and shape the nature of experience inside the spiraling eddies of their dynamics.

Time is our environment. We live inside it. Just as with our living ecosystems, time relates back to us through many different qualities. Beyond Sun and Moon. Beyond clocks.

As above, so below. From the smallest cells of our individual mundane lives all the way up in scale, we respond within the confines of our own little (big!) universe at the time we were embodied. We hurtle along, our makeshift rudders navigating the changing rapids of the cosmic flow; positioned in different stretches of current.

Truly, the planets are just the largest most easily noted keepers of these massive cycles. The ingredients of meaning-making cluster around each planetary body. They already exist in every art form, in every way of knowing, in every healing modality.

If Astrology were just a way to help organize our minds as we strive to understand life, it would still have some value. But it goes far beyond that. The correlation of real events and planetary configurations brings information and insight. Planetary motion and the trails it leaves behind is a vast and practical divinatory tool.

There are parts of you that never forgot that time is full and alive and describable, not an empty mechanized thing. Parts of you feel its features and characteristics. There are mappable patterns and pockets of relative retreat. There are eras of craggy peaks where harshness and resolve are easier to find than softness. There are eddies of confusing emptiness and distracting mirages. There are times where grief is easy and comfort comes through. There are moments of relief and times of action. Time can teem with life and richness and pleasure-inducing capabilities. It can also dry and harden and close things down. It is organic and breathes with spirals of elegance and imperfections and change.

And you. You were born into this shifting stream at a very particular point. You are part of it, made of it and from it. The push and tugs of the moment you were independently embodied is your baseline, the footprint of your reality. A natal chart maps your entire universe. Your footprint in the world is a gangly thing. Every person you’ll meet, every condition you’ll experience can be seen broadly sketched out.

Astrology charts are maps, symbolic graphs of reality.

Your lived experience is the source of your knowing and it’s filled with the miraculous specificity of life. And even through all those details, you HAVE mapped your invisible web. You know how your world works. Astrology brings timeline to things we’re already working on. It doesn’t do the work for us. But it does light up the pattern. It helps us to name the shape of the work we’re already doing.

You wear the weather of the time you were born without trying, already dressed for the warmth and the challenges that you carry within you into each room you enter.

You belong. We all do. The world weaves with us and we are woven into the world. You may not recognize the traits and channels that are unique to you. You have expertise. You are always unfolding, always living out the potential shapes of the universe you carry within you.

Because it’s an organic shape, these qualities flex and change and cycle back in spirals. Like your projects. Like your patterns. Like your quest towards you-ness. And of course, we do not move through time alone.

There are others around us with their own shapes and footprints. And there is always the big river of time itself. The events and people who arise around us when Venus squares off against Mars in the night sky are different from those described by Venus and Jupiter alignments. Desire hits differently when Venus rises as an evening star; or when she is at her brightest or her most dim, or when she is completely obscured by the light of the Sun, or when she’s moving more quickly or slowly in relation to us on Earth.

It has taken centuries of violence to separate and mechanize this many peoples out of a close relationship and felt sense of the planet we live on; all the lives we’re entwined with, all the relationships where we live out cause and effect, chance and synastry.

In different and specific ways, we are givers and exploiters and exploitable, along with our beloved Earth. Historically, separation from the simple magic of natural cycles was a key tactic to this end:

“Eradicating these practices was a necessary condition for the capitalist rationalization of work, since magic appeared as an illicit form of power and an instrument to obtain what one wanted without work, that is, a refusal of work in action.. Magic, moreover, rested upon a qualitative conception of space and time that precluded a regularization of the labor process. How could the new entrepreneurs impose regular work patterns on a proletariat anchored in the belief that there are lucky and unlucky days..? The revival of magical beliefs is possible today because it no longer represents a social threat. The mechanization of the body is so constitutive of the individual that, at least in industrialized countries, giving space to the belief in occult forces does not jeopardize the regularity of social behavior. Astrology too can be allowed to return, with the certainty that even the most devoted consumer of astral charts will automatically consult the watch before going to work.” (Federici, Silvia; 2014)

Astrology continues to function, reflecting our day-to-day mundane existence as well as our higher ideals. Yet, it’s only as reliable as the astrologer who translates it. Astrology can only speak on subjects an astrologer has encountered.

Astrology has been used to advise dictators and presidents, slavers and eugenicists. It drips with bias. It is a tool and a language, not radical by nature. As below, so above.

But it can be radical. You belong to rhythms beyond the polarized world. You are a unique and embedded miracle. Let’s calibrate your inner compass.

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