I recently had an epiphany as the result of a correspondence with a friend, which lead to me analyzing a certain complementary dynamic that seems to exist between two energies. Before offering up any names, I'd like to just describe this dynamic first...
My latest pondering has called me to explore the relationship of time as it relates to the four basic elements (earth, air, fire, water) and then more specifically through the 12 signs. Let’s dive in…
Each of the four elements has a strong correlation to a period of time:
You know, I can totally see how, as Stephen Morgan wrote in an article for Digital Journal this month, “future events determine what happens in the past.” It sounds all confusingly quantum and whatnot, but that concept turned something on for me…
Here's some existential pondering that's spawned from a morning epiphany ...with "spiritual aspiration," as with many other things, there can be a spectrum of possible participation that ranges between the extremes of:
To get a feel for how you, or someone else, relates to others interpersonally, consideration of their Mars and Venus planetary placements are important. These two planets respectively emphasize our personal drive and tastes for ourselves and when dealing with others, as well as how those complementary dynamics interact. I've gone ahead and run through some generalities present for Mars or Venus in a certain element and sign’s energy. Also consider what house the planets are in, as the sign associated with that house will also flavor the energy.
The nature of the four elements (earth, air, water, and fire) is endlessly fascinating when observed from the standpoint of a cycling process. Broken down into active/yang elements (fire and air) and passive/yin elements (water and earth), it becomes possible to view an elemental “breathing” pattern as energy moves in and out in a natural rhythm.
Can I just be astrologically superficial for a moment and say that I’m kinda ready for Mars to go ahead and get out of Gemini? LOL…I KNOW there’s no such things as a “bad” placement, and Mars in Gemini has a lot of useful energy to offer, especially for learning new things, writing, communicating, etc….but it also implies communicative arguments, confrontations, battles of will, or stubbornly adhered to ideas and opinion that can selfishly lead to problems….It’s still right at the sun pretty much too, so it’s even more ego-charged with more potential to become individually inflaming!
In consideration of a book I’ve read on the four elements as they apply to astrology and psychology, I started considering the various ways that certain zodiac sign energies are apt to express their love. Let me start by reiterating the basics of how a certain element (earth, air, fire, or water) is likely to express love/affection in general, and then I’ll briefly zone in on the specific signs.
I got it! Astrology definitely has a practical use as a tool for self-understanding, as one’s natal birth chart provides a lot of information pertaining to one’s life circumstances, psychology, desires, and unfolding through consideration of the “flash frozen” moment in time when we drew our first breath. In addition though, the energies represented by the signs, planets, and houses are continually in motion. That’s why we can also use such information to “look into” different time periods of one’s life, like the upcoming month, year, etc.
Today has called for me to share something rather personal, that I’m curious to know if anyone else out there experiences and might be brave enough to verify. Does anyone else out there ever find that something moves them into a state of existential tears over something that seems akin to “collective suffering?” Not often, but from time to time, something wells up from within that seems to touch some sort of transpersonal/collective vein, and I end up crying over something that doesn’t directly have anything to do to me, and it’s a rather complex matter to get at the “root” of it.