Sunday Surfing 05/06/16

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‘I think If you’re going  to choose a place to die, then Mars is probably, you know,  not a bad choice.’  – Elon Musk at the Code Conference.

 

Building Rapport

This is the article that sparked my last post as it inspired hope for an evolved Martian response in the individual as we all redress unfinished business in our Scorpio-house matters. Perhaps our methods earlier this year could be called, ‘How Not to Interrogate Suspects’.  Read it from an applied personal perspective (loosely speaking, of course!) and see what you come up with…

Reporter and author, Robert Kolker, in the magazine section of wired.com:

Police veterans aren’t exactly eager to be told they’ve been doing their job wrong for 30 years. “I think we can overcome that pushback by focusing on the younger guys in our division,” [Tim] Marcia [LAPD] says. There’s an entrenched culture behind that blue wall—and a new, labor-intensive technique based on “rapport-building” might not be the most likely thing to breach it. “Interrogation and interview is a very egocentric thing,” Stearns says. For some police departments, and for some interrogators, it may be a nonstarter to do anything other than treat a suspect with suspicion.

 

Sensory Experience

Lotje’s story was a timely find because one of my clients experienced a stroke this past April at the age of forty-four. While his was far less debilitating, it helped us and enhanced our conversations. Life becomes more meaningful for everyone close to the person experiencing a transit as metamorphic as this.

I still can’t read for more than a few minutes at a time (these words are brought to you courtesy of Siri), but I see more of the world; a world that may not always have left-to-right linear patterns, but is intuited instead through subtle sensory experience. I see my stroke as a kind of rebirth; unexpected and painful, but also more vivid, filled with purpose, meaning and potential. – Lotje Sodderland

Lotje includes a fascinating sketch she made of one of her visions and I immediately thought of the phoenix in its newly hatched and uncomely state…

 

Aligning Mental Models

Edge.org featured educator Howard Gardner says, ‘When I was working on The App Generation with Katie Davis, we realized that most kids nowadays growing up in the developed society have never gotten lost. If they don’t have some kind of a device, their parents do, and they can find them. Getting lost for all of human history was part of life. Nobody ever got lost permanently; you got found or, more probably, you found yourself. That simple thing is very profound…                .’

‘What questions am I asking?  Here’s one: Are the pre-conceptions I have about education at all being borne out by what we find out from the people on these campuses? I’m asking what are their mental models. How do the students think about higher education? How do their parents think, etc.? Another bit of social science terminology: we are interested in alignment and misalignment.

When everybody says the same thing, it’s not very interesting to us. But if all the heads of schools talk about the importance of training good citizens, while parents and students never mention that, that’s a misalignment. If parents talk a lot about getting jobs but faculty say, “It’s not our business to get people jobs”—that’s a misalignment.’

 

One for the Knuckle Draggers

This one just has baffled and frustrated and excited me all at the same time. This sounds so…I want to say precious… I want to know more but I also realize that what we will be able to confirm will barely scratch the surface.

Ed Yong reports in The Atlantic about a meeting place in a cave, 336 meters inside the earth, last used ‘176,500 years ago, give or take a few millennia’. Wow!

‘The discovery suggested that Neanderthals were more sophisticated than anyone had given them credit for. They wielded fire, ventured deep underground, and shaped the subterranean rock into complex constructions. Perhaps they even carried out rituals; after all, there was no evidence that anyone actually lived in the cave, so what else were the rings and mounds for?’  This is one unfolding story to keep track of.

 

Your Choice: Seeing Oppositions as Rooted in One and the Same

Spiritual realization does not consist in escaping the world but in seeing it as it is.

Of the metaphysical transparency of phenomena we can say this: Every phenomenon has a metaphysical root whose universal form is reflected in the phenomenon itself, so that the outward form is only an image or reflection of the inward meaning or essence. The manifest part of a tree, i.e. its trunk and branches, has the same form as the unmanifest part of the tree, its root. Thus, the soil, or that which separates earth from heaven, is really the plane of reflection through which the unmanifest essence projects itself into the manifest form. This portrays the universal architectonic of Reality which regenerates itself, much like a fractal, beginning from the Godhead and repeating itself all the way up to the most mundane aspect of any phenomenon. This universal form, i.e. the polarity of principle and projection, is the origin of all dualities: Essence and form, mind and matter, subject and object, ego and world, lord and the servant, heaven and the earth, creator and creature, up and down, north and south, wave and particle, the I and the other, happiness and misery, profit and loss, friend and enemy, union and separation, good and evil, with and without, inward and outward, light and darkness, life and death, mortality and immortality, here and there, now and then, right and left, me and you, etc. Now you get to make only two moves, either toward your root and principle, i.e. your first cause, or away from it, to become whole or remain a hole. To perceive in all these pairs the presence of one and the same principle, one and the same meaning; this is the metaphysical transparency of phenomena, that is, to see the painter in the painting.  

 Tomaj Javidtash, metaphysicist

 

Last but certainly not least, I am wishing you a notable Gemini New Moon!

– weaver

 

 

Sunday Surfing and a Follow-Up on Mars Retrograde

Every day, in relation to whatever I was going to explode about 2 or 3 days ago, I get new information or insight that alters what I would have let play out in that moment and I get to enjoy a moment of thankfulness and relief at sparing myself embarrassment. – weaver

 

Sunday Surfing 24/04/16

Sunday Surfing posts are inspired by articles that show up on my screen and their obvious nod to the energies at play.

I read a composite presentation by symbolreader that seems to me a perfect rumination on the transits in play; it touches on the ways of the mystic and on authenticity. This segment, in particular,  strikes me as a divine invitation:

III. “Below the surface-stream, shallow and light,

Of what we say we feel—below the stream,

As light, of what we think we feel—there flows

With noiseless current strong, obscure and deep,

The central stream of what we feel indeed.”

Matthew Arnold

 

Next up, a post on mindhacks by Vaughn Bell about the ‘trippy’ experience of moving from consciousness to sleep: ‘(the) hypnagogic state – the brief hallucinatory period between wakefulness and sleep – and how it is being increasingly used as a tool to make sense of consciousness.’

The link therein led me off wandering through The Atlantic…

The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans by Neal Gabler. My, but this is a wincingly honest self-analysis at how a seemingly successful person would find himself sharing, ‘I know what it is like to have to juggle creditors to make it through a week…I know what it is like to be down to my last $5—literally—while I wait for a paycheck to arrive, and I know what it is like to subsist for days on a diet of eggs. I know what it is like to dread going to the mailbox, because there will always be new bills to pay but seldom a check with which to pay them… And I know what it is like to have to borrow money from my adult daughters because my wife and I ran out of heating oil.

‘You wouldn’t know any of that to look at me. I like to think I appear reasonably prosperous. Nor would you know it to look at my résumé…I am nowhere near rich, but I have typically made a solid middle- or even, at times, upper-middle-class income…And you certainly wouldn’t know it to talk to me, because the last thing I would ever do—until now—is admit to financial insecurity or, as I think of it, “financial impotence,” because it has many of the characteristics of sexual impotence, not least of which is the desperate need to mask it and pretend everything is going swimmingly. In truth, it may be more embarrassing than sexual impotence… America is a country, as Donald Trump has reminded us, of winners and losers, alphas and weaklings. To struggle financially is a source of shame, a daily humiliation—even a form of social suicide. Silence is the only protection.’  This is an excellent exploration into the hows and whys.

Ever wonder about the average American 29 year old? ‘Forget media archetypes of older Millennials as college-educated singles living in cities. The typical 29-year-old is living with a partner in the suburbs—without a bachelor’s degree.’ Read the rest by Derek Thompson.

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Feedback and Follow Up on Mars (and Pluto) rx

Its pretty tough out there on the mind/body/spirit these days, I know well. I am hearing about it from clients and friends in a spectrum ranging from a dull aching frustration just under the veneer of daily living or a loss of being passionate about anything whatsoever to the full on trauma of a heart attack, the outrage at secrets discovered and deep, deep sadness with no specific trigger.

Hold steady if you can. Find the concrete in whatever form you can, no matter how meager and pause. Even as you feel internal heat rising – or icy-ness descending, remember this: the outcome is not yet revealed. You don’t have all the cards in the deck. This is not the end of a story that is prematurely prompting a reply from you. I think I must say this to myself a hundred times a day. And it’s working. Every day, in relation to whatever I was going to explode about 2 or 3 days ago, I get new information or insight that alters what I would have played out in the moment and I get to enjoy a moment of thankfulness and relief at sparing myself and others pain and/or embarrassment.

Don’t forget, I am marsy. As in, powering my daily affairs, general well being and a large part of my public persona…yikes. But I have foresight and a map and that is worth its weight in alchemic gold. I’ve got strategies. 🙂   I am holding my tongue and letting my brain race ‘til it’s tired and fizzles out. I am eating dried fruits and nuts when I want death by chocolate cake. I am hiking up and down the foothills every single day; I make space in my schedule for physical exertion. I’m not going to let this burst through the seams: I am celebrating how empowering it is to myself and the other when I actively listen: so much more can be said/revealed/developed in the space that I protect for them/from me.

I anticipated possible variations on several themes of Mars and Pluto rx (and potentials of the Venus/Uranus conjunction, stabilized Sun and Mercury) so what has happened *so far* has floored me on one or two fronts but NOT knocked me for a loop. And you know, sometimes that is truly the best that one can hope for. Grace is present even in the chaos, dear reader. And, for all of us, it is quite possible (I would even say probable) that this grace is in close range to the very issue that’s blazing away. And grace illuminates the way by which you can apply healthy power via the mind or body or spirit. Hang in there. I am thinking of you.

For more on this long Mars transit, see this recent post. I have listed some pointers that I think will help us stay on track.

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Heroes in Training

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Stoking the Forge

The archetypal trend front and center now is Mars. I’ve shared about the qualities of this Action Fire Element (Aries) and Fixed Water Element (Scorpio) in past posts listed at the bottom of the page. Currently, the focal experience is it’s retrograde through Sagittarius.

This indispensable force will take on interior-related forms which may be helpful to vulcan_PPRubensimagine one would find in a finery forge or smithy workshop: the hearth, the fire, the anvil, the hammer and tongs, the cooling vat and the blacksmith, who by blood, sweat and skill brings forth lasting, useful works. Mars will be spending an inordinate amount of time (its been decades since we last experienced this) hammering away on our psychosomatic state of Being. Between now and July, we’ll be on the anvil and swinging the hammer.

For a more modern cast and scene that highlights exterior-related forms, we can imagine ourselves as battle heroes in training…

‘Stand Down, Soldier’

Objectively speaking, this is good; subjectively speaking, this may feel like trial by fire. Just remember that Mars can be is egocentric: the sparks from your forge work should not catch your neighbor’s house on fire. In fact, the single most important feature of this span of time seems to me to be about how well you can contain your experience when appropriate. Until we get the hang of this energy and its effects, beware of being the cause of division and strife. Realize that your lessons are not someone else’s – unless they say so, too. (There could easily be group or network building involved.) More good news is that the energy is on tap for doing just that. If we will take the time to periodically de-clutter our minds, focus on our unique skills and receive what’s swirling around us as purifying rather than personal, we should come out the other side a veritable special ops Marine grad.

I imagine we’ll see all sorts of metaphors for what not to do with this energy playing out on the macro-level, but its vital (pun intended!) we take up arms with as much wisdom and foresight as we can muster on the micro-level. How this plays out for you can’t be addressed in a post (click here  and scroll to the Here and Now option for your personalized reading) but I can surely give you some pointers to come back to from time to time…

Battle Plan:

  1. Below is a by-no-means-complete list of Mars characteristics through the signs. Still, it should get the mind going. I tried to come up with a few higher and lower vibe examples. It’s a good starting point for thinking about how you use your life force. Just like your heart beats without you even thinking about it, Mars is a reflexive primal energy; civilization forces the individual to become conscious of and temper it. I recommend that you reflect on characteristics (and others that come to mind) from your earliest memories to the present. It’s quite telling and usually affirming to reflect on how you have learned to manage desire, how you differentiate between needs and wants, how you have evolved in going after what you want. (This list will work for fire sign suns, too: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius.)
  2. Note your Venus placement, too. Guess what? The highest vibes you’ve mastered in relation to material goods, ethics, morals and reciprocity will be outstanding tools for tempering the rage of an injured ego. What’s really personal and what’s just baggage that has nothing to do with you? (or them, if its you on the warpath)? What do you attract?
  3. Remember that the key to navigation throughout 2016 is flexibility. Through emotional floods or intellectual tornadoes, that which bends does not break. Whatever the goal or destination may be for you, expect to arrive via currently unforeseeable paths and turns and know that this is part of the grand plan. You shall still arrive. On that note, I want to add something I have found quite helpful: if you possess a great deal of mutable energy (and/or your sun sign is Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces), don’t assume you are so flexible. Does this energy govern an angular or succedent house? If so, it will necessarily carry some degree of that archetype. I have an 11th house mutable party going on all the time and rarely feel stubborn-ish in these matters – but I am!! Sure, (I think) my ‘bend arc’ is quite wide…but red lines are there, some for the good and some not at all. Awareness is an enlightening thing.
  4. Saturn, the Teacher and Taskmaster, is housemates with Mars. This can have a sobering effect. Think: commanding officer tells cadet, ‘Stand down, soldier’. There is something here for you to learn; learning requires a cool head and maturity. Muster as much of this as you can when someone starts pushing your buttons. Try to start each morning remembering this. This energy is on tap for every one of us. And Saturn guarantees concrete rewards upon graduation from boot camp.

 

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Mars through the Signs

Mars in Aries: survivor, explorer, unbridled sensory seeker, ‘no baggage’ pro-creative Ego; group dynamics-challenged, childish, discontented.

Mars in Taurus: in it for the long haul, dedicated/fixed, invested in concrete results; obstinate, inflexible, sluggish

Mars in Gemini: social instigator, team oriented, hungry for knowledge; prone to rivalries and competitions, overbooked, a forest rather than a few trees

Mars in Cancer: defender of the nation/tribe/family unit, warrior for feminine issues, powerfully intuitive; passive aggressive, hyper sensitive, invested in ‘traditional roleplay’

Mars in Leo: pro-creator extraordinaire, protective, magnanimous, a leader/champion; divo or diva, reckless, hot-headed

Mars in Virgo: champion for the underdog, employee of the year, service and reliability incarnate; self-made doormat, manic-depressive, blinkered

Mars in Libra: instigator, social networker extraordinaire, interpersonally bold; bickering, caustic, self-sabotaging

Mars in Scorpio: transformer/revealer, super concentrated/focused, magnetically oriented, seductive; winner take all, uncompromising, cruel

Mars in Sagittarius: fearless pioneer, adventurous, ‘wide open’, warrior for justice; lacking empathy/compassion, sharp-tongued/TMI, overcompensating

Mars in Capricorn: calculating, consistent/constant, charismatic; comparison-driven, dictatorial, ‘tradition-locked’

Mars in Aquarius: fighting for collective advancement, challenger of status quo, innovator extraordinaire; dare devil/fringe surfer, interpersonally insensitive, party of 1/aloof

Mars in Pisces: servant-warrior, master healer/energy channeler, purified Ego; lacking direction, defeatist angst, subject to exhaustion/illness

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Further related reading on Neptune and the Oak:Kepler_Mars_retrograde

Scorpio for Self Analysis

Thoughts on Will Power

Uranus in Aries: The Good Guys, Too

A Rebel for Your Own Cause (more Aries descriptors)

Between Stimulus and Response  (Pluto)

Psyche Analysis (Pluto, Mars, Psyche)