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Astro Assistance

by Moon Zlotnick

 

Birth Data is confidential, but the source is birth certificate.

Chart uses Koch houses and the Mean Node.

Q: I am suddenly unhappy in my marriage of 25 years and wonder if you could shed any light on why this is happening and when things might resolve.

A: Let’s start with a look at relationship patterns in your birth chart. Juno is the asteroid that represents marriage in the natal chart, and yours is in Scorpio conjunct Saturn and your Ascendant. Both of these planets square your Moon and Pluto in Leo, creating tension between your emotional needs and the needs of the relationship. Juno on the Ascendant shows that relationships are very important to you, and to some degree, part of your identity is tied to your primary partner; also, because of your Pisces Sun, you have a tendency to merge with people you love. Scorpio rising, along with Juno, brings a need for a deep emotional connection with the partner, and the willingness to change and grow together.

Because the nature of Scorpio is to have very intense emotions and even hidden feelings, sometimes things can simmer deep inside for a long time before you recognize there is a problem. The conjunction of Juno with Saturn brings life lessons and karmic lessons through your primary relationships — making them a place where you’re forced to learn and grow — along with a desire for stability and permanence in those relationships as well. The square from Juno–Saturn to the Moon and Pluto adds weight to the tendency to hold emotions and needs inside, possibly based on early childhood patterns.

Part of the unhappiness you’re feeling comes from transiting Uranus, a planet of sudden changes and destabilization. Uranus will often feel like a wake-up call and stimulate a desire to break out of old patterns, leading you to want and need more freedom, autonomy, and self-reliance. Uranus in Taurus is currently opposing Juno, the marriage asteroid, and will continue to be within orb of opposition until January 2024. This is a symbol of you needing change in your marriage.

Meanwhile, Uranus beginning to make contact with your Descendant, another point symbolizing the significant other, and to oppose your Saturn, one of the symbols for permanence in the chart. This becomes exact in July 2023 and remains in effect until January 2025. I would anticipate that many unexpected thoughts and feelings are surfacing about your marriage and security in general (Saturn) and, because Uranus is so unpredictable, that you’re very uncertain about what to do. You may decide to leave, or to stay, and change your mind every week, or every day — at times wanting to maintain the status quo, while at others wanting to break free and change everything. Given the length of these transits, you may be in transition for a few years. Lessons associated with Uranus often teach people about staying in the present moment and watching things evolve until they become clear.

Additionally, in your birth chart you have Venus, the planet of romantic love, conjunct Chiron, the Wounded Healer archetype, in the sign of Aquarius in your 3rd house. Venus in Aquarius strongly values friendship with a primary partner and, in your case, also communication (3rd house) above all else. Being able to talk about what you’re going through with your partner is essential to your well-being. If that doesn’t happen, you may become unhappy. Chiron being so close to Venus suggests that you have been hurt in love, or that you are attracted to people who are wounded, so this adds another level of difficulty. Venus also squares both your natal Mars in early Taurus and Neptune in late Libra. The Venus–Mars square is associated with tension between the friendship part of love (Venus) and the physical attraction (Mars). After 25 years, you may feel that these two things are out of balance. Venus square Neptune will often put loved ones on a pedestal and overlook or minimize their faults.

All of these issues are coming to the surface because of a transit from the planet Pluto, the deepest, most revealing energy that unearths what has been hidden or buried. Pluto is often experienced as a deep dive into healing ourselves. In March 2023, Pluto will move into Aquarius and begin to activate your natal pattern about love relationships through January 2028, although you may be feeling this now. This Pluto transit can be a time of discovery for you, not only about your current relationship, but about all of your loves, and you may discover parts of your own psyche that have been previously unexplored. Pluto transits only happen once in a lifetime, are very slow and thorough, and are often associated with great internal changes — unlike Uranus, which often tends to bring external changes.

To answer your question about when things might resolve, I think that you will be in a transition about your marriage until the beginning of 2025, when Uranus finishes the transit to your Descendant. You may make decisions and changes before that time, but with regard to feeling like life is stable again, I think it will take until then. The Pluto transits continue for two years beyond that, but I think you will likely experience those internally, as deep changes in lifelong patterns of personal expression that bring you to wholeness.

Moon Zlotnick began practicing astrology in 1975 and received formal training in 1979 with Zipporah Dobyns through her Los Angeles school CCRS. Since then, Moon has worked with clients full-time, taught astrology to beginners and seasoned students alike, and participated on the boards of ProSig, OPA, and STARS. She has been certified through OPA and currently leads Peer Group Trainings. Her book, Star Sisters: An Astrologer’s Memoir of Twin Loss, is now available on Amazon Books. Website:https://astrologybymoonrabbit.com/

FORECASTS

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Libra New Moon — September 25, 2022

by Diana McMahon Collis

 

September 25, 2022 — 2:54 p.m. PDT

September 25, 2022 — 9:54 p.m. GMT

 

The lunations charts in this issue are all set on the natural wheel with 0° Aries rising. 

              A New Moon always has a sense of freshness about it, but this Libra New Moon has an extra dose of “newness,” due to it occurring within the first three degrees of Libra.

Aries Full Moon — October 9, 2022

 

by Diana McMahon Collis

 

 October 9, 2022 — 1:54 p.m. PDT

 

October 9, 2022 — 8:54 p.m. GMT

 

             The initiating and innovating energy of the Aries Full Moon brings a reminder of spring, and we may recall a particular project, journey, or relationship we began and consider whether we are satisfied with our progress.

ASTROLOGY NEWS & REVIEWS

Astrology News, Conferences and Events

 

A new astrology library is in the process of becoming. The Celestial Arts Education Library (CAELi), housed on the border of Olympia, Washington, contains thousands of publications on astrology and metaphysics, including the entire Maggie A. Nalbandian Memorial Library, which Kepler College sold in 2021. CAELi is a membership-based research library, not a lending library, open to all who wish to research important texts in our field. TMA Senior Editor Dr. Jenn Zahrt is the person behind this huge project. More details to follow regarding the opening of the library and how you can take advantage of this fresh resource.

September 23–25, 2022: Astrological Association of Great Britain (AAGB) 54th Annual Conference, ONLINE, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Info: www.astrologicalassociation.com

September 30 – October 2, 2022: Northern Stars Astrology Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Info:www.northern-stars.ca.

December 2–4, 2022: Breaking Down the Borders 6, ONLINE astrology conference. Info and Registration: https://astrologyconference.org.

March 3-5, 2023:  5th Annual Vibrational Astrology Conference, 2023, Gainesville,FL. Info: Phone: (352) 373-2023. Email: Kepler@astrosoftware.com.

March 31 – April 2, 2023: Congresso Internacional de Astrologia, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal. Info:www.congressointernacionaldeasrologia.com

May 25–29, 2023: 39th Annual NORWAC (Northwest Astrology Conference), Tukwila, WA, USA. This will be a HYBRID conference and will be simulcast. Info: nwastroconf@gmail.com;  Phone: (206) 930-7613; URL: www.norwac.net.

Watch for the date … Spring 2023: The 55th Annual AAGB Conference. This is set to be a HYBRID conference (residential and online) with the theme “Opening the Gateway,” to explore the new period ahead, as Pluto ingresses Aquarius.

 

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS

Our Features & Interviews section is where the most exciting minds in astrology today set their sights on the big picture. A resource and a retreat, our archives are a space to slow down and breathe deep with longform pieces to enliven your practice, expand your mind, and lift your knowledge to new heights.
 
Unearth the past with astro biographies, scholarship on the history of astrology, and studies of the transits that shaped our world. Explore the present with cutting-edge research, game-changing techniques, and conversations with leading and up-and-coming astrologers. Imagine the future with visionary forecasts, commentary on how we create community and culture, and meditations on the cosmologies that inspire our ever-evolving tradition.
 
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We are the Cosmos in Human Form:

An Interview with Rick Tarnas and Kenny Ausubel about the new documentary, Changing of the Gods

By Ray Grasse

 

 

Ray Grasse: There’s an idea that comes up in the documentary — the “arc of the moral universe.” Would either of you care to explain what that means to you, and how you see it as tied in to world transits, and to the historical trajectory of social movements?

Kenny Ausubel: Yeah, in constructing the film and looking at the narrative, a lot of my interest was with world transits, as in Cosmos and Psyche, and looking at these correlations across different cycles of Uranus and Pluto. And I saw a kind of historical arc, a trajectory. In the film, we go back primarily to the French Revolution and work forward from there, and each time it’s like jumping across lily pads; you see this radical kind of surge of this revolutionary energy in large-scale social transformations. And it’s not a kind of “Groundhog Day” of simple repetition, there’s clearly an evolution each time. There can definitely be two steps forward, one step back, or one step forward and two steps backward, but it’s moving, and moving in really big ways.

And as we were constructing the film, Rick really pointed out that, from his perspective, the overall character of Uranus–Pluto transits is indeed that the “arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” And of course, it all happens to coincide with the three main Uranus–Pluto transits where that beautiful quote recurs in three very prominent ways: it began in the 1850s with the abolitionist Theodore Parker, then, of course, with Martin Luther King Jr., and then, Obama repeated it, yet again, who topped it off by saying the arc doesn’t bend by itself, you have to put your hand on it and bend the arc.  Which happens to be my personal belief system, as well.

That was what I found really compelling. Even when you look at the footage we have of the 1960s and the different aspects of that period, you see how we have come so far in so many ways from that period, though in other ways, of course, we are regressing. You know, in the ’60s not only was being gay illegal but you could go to jail for it; it was just absolutely a taboo in society; people were loathed and reviled. And that’s just not the case today, not even close. And of course during this transit we see gay marriage and sexual revolutions involving transgender issues, and so forth. So I think it’s possible to live with a lot of cultural amnesia — particularly in the digital world we’re in today, what with the sound bite and the 15 seconds of fame and all the rest of it — so that we lose that long view. Certainly in mainstream and corporate media, the depiction of social movements is generally very stereotyped and kind of denigrating; you’re tagged as “do-gooders” and that it never really leads to anything good. I think that by seeing that historical arc there really is a moral arc of the universe and that it does bend towards justice. As to whether it’s bending enough, that remains to be seen.

RG: That brings up that interesting point, about how “history doesn’t repeat itself; it rhymes.” And that quote of Theodore Parker’s is a great example of that. It resurfaces at different times through history, under those Uranus–Pluto transits, but there’s a change in the context and inflection each time.

Rick Tarnas: Yes, it’s quite striking how that pattern played itself out in history. There has been a tendency, going all the way back to ancient astrology, to think in terms of ever-repeating cycles of the planets returning to the same point, coming back into a conjunction and beginning a new cycle. What was remarkable for me in writing Cosmos and Psyche was, I set out to follow cycle after cycle of each time Uranus and Pluto went through a major quadrature alignment, or each time Uranus and Neptune did, or Jupiter and Uranus, and so on — and I saw there was not only a cyclical activation of the same archetypal principles very visible through history, but there was also a very distinct evolution. This was something I hadn’t planned to track quite so vividly — that we’re really experiencing a spiral here, we’re not seeing a flat circle or cycle that keeps repeating itself. It rhymes archetypally; it’s the same archetypal principle, but it can be rhymed and inflected in a number of different ways. And that’s where freedom and courage of consciousness comes into the equation.

RG: Beautifully said. I know this could change, but as of this conversation your documentary is scheduled to premiere on February 22nd of 2022 — which happens to coincide with the first Pluto return for the US. Was that intentional, or just a scheduling fluke?

KA: It was not intentional. We had an earlier release date, but we had to change it because of COVID-19, actually, and we knew that for practical reasons it needed to be after the first of the year. So, I was looking for an approximate window that would be practically viable, and I conversed, of course, with Rick on the exact day, and it ended up being February 22nd. So that was sort of synchronistic.

RT: The whole process of doing the film took a number of years, so the Pluto return was not something we focused on at the time the film was being conceived. But I do see the Pluto return of the US as one of the really shaping archetypal factors in US contemporary political and social life right now, even its moral and spiritual life. And of course the Saturn–Pluto conjunction we’ve just gone through has played a huge role, as well, on many levels.

KA: Yeah, when I learned about that (the timing of the film’s release with the Pluto return), I felt that that was deeply karmic on some level. Because although the series deals with global events, it’s also very American, in that it’s centrally focused on the US. And we go into a lot of hidden history that is not necessarily in the history books or most of them. And one of the themes that Rick raises around Uranus–Pluto transits is the “return of the repressed,” and so just looking now, for example, at what’s happening with critical race theory — which was a rather niche, academic discipline, and is now on the front page everywhere — is really about the rewriting of American history.

What we do in the series is go back to the very beginnings of the founding of the country with a pretty serious analysis of what the constitution is. The series is not just the story of revolution, it’s the story of revolution and counter-revolution. In the American Revolution, there were revolutionary elements that we would consider to be very progressive and positive, but then there would be a countervailing movement to essentially recreate a property-based society that would secure the elites in place once again — but with American elites, rather than British ones. And we deal with similar issues related to the racial history of the country, and to the feminist history of the country — there’s just so much hidden history, much of which we often talked about at Bioneers. Very few people know that during the mid-19th century Uranus–Pluto conjunction, Seneca Falls happened. That was a seminal event in the women’s rights movement in the first wave of feminism. And very few people know that some of those women lived in New York state and ended up visiting the Iroquois, who actually had the only genuine democracy existing on the continent until that time, where women had truly equal standing in all ways with men; different roles, yes, but equal standing, politically. And that became a primary influence on the early feminists who all had been having this dream of “What would equal rights look like?” — and there it was, in their own backyard.

And so going back to the transits and tracing the evolution of that “arc of the moral universe,” these are the things that constitute a kind of a transmission; this is the history that people really need to know, and that has been largely neglected or repressed until this time. And I think in relation to the Pluto return coming full cycle now, in many ways you could characterize this as a contest between democracy and empire, the two multivalent poles of that Pluto return. And I think that is what’s up right now, that is the choice point that the country is at: Who are we, and who are we going to become? Are those founding ideals real, or are we, in fact, a tyrannical state and an imperial one?

RT: Regarding the Pluto return, I would include the importance of facing the shadow at the level of our national consciousness and conscience, and also the willingness to go through the purgatorial fire of transformation that is Pluto’s signature.

RG: Well, as you know, the U.S. not only has the Pluto return happening, but its third Uranus return will be firing as well, in 2027. So we’re in for some interesting times!

Rick: Yes, that’s right, both of these huge national transits will be active during this decade. And notice how that first Uranus return in the mid-1860s was both a Uranian disruptive event that went straight to the heart of the American experiment, yet was also bringing the possibility of what Lincoln called a new birth of freedom. This ideal had been prevented from being fulfilled by the very structures of the original Constitution, which had sanctioned slavery and given special powers to the slave states. The Civil War represented this enormous convulsion that helped set in motion a new birth of freedom.

And you can see perhaps some similar factors at work in our own time as we move into this next Uranus return. But the Pluto return of course is unique to this time, as it’s our first Pluto return. It’s a journey into the underworld and an activation of the collective Id within the US, yet at the same time it’s this transformational crucible of death and rebirth. I am hopeful that the United States may come through this in a deeply transformative and life-enhancing way.

 

Ray Grasse is associate editor at The Mountain Astrologer, and author of several books, including StarGates, Signs of the Times, and Under a Sacred Sky. His website is www.raygrasse.com

 

© 2022 Egregore, Inc. DBA The Mountain Astrologer – all rights reserved

 

To learn more about Changing of the Gods, including screening information, see ChangingoftheGods.com. For more information about Bioneers, see www.Bioneers.org.

 

Full interview is featured in our current “Aries Nox 2022” issue, available here!
 

 

WYRD ARTS & POETRY

Our Wyrd Arts & Poetry section is dedicated to the magical, intuitive side of astrology, and serves to celebrate all the different ways we can express this timeful language.

Plant Planet: MARS

by Paetra Tauchert

Editor’s Note: This column explores the relationship between plants and planets from a personal, experiential, and astrological perspective. As an elemental language, astrology plugs into other elemental systems, such as plants and herbs. The elements are the building blocks of all life, as every manifest thing expresses some mix of earth, air, fire, and water. All plants contain a unique blend of elemental compositions and, when studied, may be worked with to counteract conditions of excess or deficiency in the human being. This is the basis of herbal medicine.

Tobacco

I am an enthusiastically devoted grower of any and all species of Nicotiana, the genus of tobacco. In the modern world, tobacco has been commodified and somewhat bent into submission at the hands of big biz, and is largely pumped out into very questionable-quality packs of smokes, filled with pesticides, herbicides, sugar (carcinogenic when smoked), and other chemicals. In combination with nicotine, the active ingredient in tobacco, you have a potent cocktail of addiction and disease. It’s all packaged in very seductive marketing to make you feel like smoking will be the cherry on top of your stylish coolness. (Tommy Shelby’s chain-smoking in Peaky Blinders is enough to make anyone want to smoke lol.) But once you get past the glamour, there is a fierce addiction with which the seductive charmer pulls you in — and then there is a grumpy old man, demanding his pound of flesh, again and again.

My friend and teacher, Kat Harrison, says that there is something very ritualistic about tobacco smoking even when used unconsciously/habitually, in that it grants the user an excuse to step out of the fray and go to the edges and light up, taking a break and taking off the edge. She says that the way to properly smoke tobacco is to do it consciously, always in connection with a prayer, invoking the spirit of tobacco to send your prayer out into the ethers.

When people try to quit smoking, they lose not just the nicotine hit, but also the excuse to step out and away from normal routine. There is more of a war on smokers than there used to be, but for a long time, someone stepping out to have a smoke was recognized as having a respected need. Smoking tobacco for anyone with addiction tendencies is walking the knife’s edge, and Mars rules knives. The people I have known over the years who truly struggle with the addiction to tobacco are all what I call “lightning rod” people; they are very open and sensitive and tend to attract intense people and energies in their lives. I have seen that, for them, tobacco is the only thing that seems to protect and ground them. 

Like Mars energies in a chart, tobacco is a mixed bag of potential blessings and curses. Tobacco is used in ritual to exorcise and break hexes, also to send and reverse curses. The malefic qualities of tobacco are very evident in the cases of associated lung cancer; these days in my home state of California, tobacco smokers are vilified, and in many areas there is nowhere to go to smoke, even while cannabis smoking is generally now allowed in public places.

Mars is a provocative planet and this is evident in the ways tobacco is received in this world.

 
Full article available in our current “Aries Nox 2022” issue, available here!
 
 
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Plant Planet: Jupiter available in the Capricorn Sol 2021–2022 issue of TMA

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  • “Surely You Can’t Be Serious” Jupiter, Neptune, and the Astrology of a Seriously Funny Film
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Galactic Center: Astro-Rumination with Ross O’Brien

Welcome to our new TMA Tuesday Blog: Astro-Rumination with Ross O’Brien
The following piece reflects on the Dec. 14th 2020 Eclipse at 23 degrees Sagittarius. The day The Mountain Astrologer magazine was adopted by Egregore, Inc.
Galactic Center:
I’d like to preface that what I’m about to write  is not grounded in scientific research nor any kind of deep astrological understanding. As I write that, I realize that it may be superfluous because it should become painfully obvious the further you read into this blog, that I might actually not have any idea what I’m talking about. If I haven’t lost you already, I ask that as we embark on this brief journey together that we both accept that what is forthcoming is a collection of musing, meanderings, and personal reflections that have been sprinkled with a superficial understanding of astrology and a pinch of science, both of which were the result of about a thirty-minute Google search. If we can agree to those terms, then let us proceed and hopefully have some fun in the process.
The solar eclipse taking place on December 14, 2020 is doing so at around 23 – 24 degrees Sagittarius, which is just a few degrees shy of the designated center of our galaxy. As a somewhat embarrassing side note, it took me a long time as a child and perhaps a young adult, to realize that the candy bar was named after the galaxy and not the other way around. Since we’re on a tangent, it might be fun for you to know that the galaxy actually goes by different names in different cultures. China calls it the “Silver River” and in parts of Africa it is known as the “Backbone of Night.” Sorry (not sorry) if I just popped anyone’s ethnocentric bubble.
Are we having fun yet?
If you’ve never done an internet search on the galactic center, I highly recommend it. Among the mass of information that was probably conceived in a doomsday bunker somewhere in the “Emerald Triangle” region of Northern California, you will find some fascinating scientific and historical facts.
What is truly at the center of the galaxy is relatively new discovery. Though, it is fun to read through the centuries of educated guesses about where and what it was. It does seem, that with each educated guess the understanding of the center of the galaxy started to take clearer and clearer shape in the collective consciousness of the scientific community. That’s how it works, right? We get to assume that we’re right about something until someone proves us wrong and then the torch is briefly passed until the next person comes along and proves them wrong. I can’t wait to see what ends up being wrong about what we think we certainly know today.
I don’t think I’ve written a single word about the eclipse yet, have I? I wouldn’t get your hopes up. I’m not headed toward any clear destination here.
As best we know, the center of our galaxy is made up of a super massive black hole about 4 million times the mass of the Sun. That would be a staggeringly impressive statistic if my brain possessed the power to conceptualize it. Instead, when I try to picture a black hole 4 million times the mass of the Sun my mind goes pretty much black with nothingness. I don’t even know where to begin imagining. A swirling vortex of emptiness that has exceptionally large mass due to the way gravity works? Go ahead…. start drawing me a picture. I dare you.
Ok, so it turns out you can find a photo of it on NASA’s website but that’s not very much fun and I only promised you a pinch of science in this article.
I remember when I first met Rae Sapp from The Mountain Astrologer, she jokingly asked me what dark matter was. My very literal brain took the question seriously and I came back to her a week later with an answer. Obviously, it was not a scientific answer because this, as it turns out, is one of the currently unknown aspects of our reality. I realize that dark matter and black holes are two different things but because we don’t really know what dark matter is, I don’t know that anyone can definitively say that they aren’t the same thing. And in my mind, they sound a lot like the same thing so I’m going to draw a very weak corollary relationship between the two and then continue writing.
What I told Rae was that I thought dark matter was the part of myself that I didn’t have the capacity to access yet. I tend to think that I’m the center of the Universe, let alone the galaxy, so of course I made both the question and the answer about myself. Perhaps, we can chalk that up to my natal Venus in Sagittarius in the 1st house.
My narcissistic tendencies aside, I think there’s something worth discussing here. We always have aspects of ourselves that we haven’t yet come into contact with. We have blindspots. Put another way, there are many things about ourselves that we don’t even know that we don’t know. If you think you know yourself in totality, then imagine being dropped off naked in the middle of the Sahara desert with no money, no water, no food, and no idea how to find your way out. Whether we survived or not, we better believe that we would all discover new sides of ourselves in that scenario that were previously dormant due to the comfort of our modern lives. It wouldn’t even take a such a dramatic shift in context to get in touch those sides. For example, I know I have a lot of grief stored somewhere inside about some of the traumatic experiences I’ve been through in my life and yet I don’t often have access to those emotions unless they are triggered by some external stimuli that my nervous designates as similar to the conditions that were present during the moment traumatic impression. And yet through therapy, or some kind of contemplative practice, or even astrology, we can learn to access those dormant aspects of ourselves. We open up the aperture, so to speak, which enhances our potential as human beings to have a greater depth of understanding of our experience of reality, both individual and collective. That’s the lynchpin of empathy and compassion— understanding myself well enough to be able to relate and connect to others through shared experience of humanity. While we are on the topic of compassion, please forgive my proclivity to tackle some very large concepts with unjustifiable triteness.
Moving right along!
I find unlocking ourselves to be a fascinating proposition. It’s essentially the premise of every mystical tradition in the history of the human race. It’s also the premise of science, except applied outward rather than inward, metaphorically speaking.
We don’t currently know what dark matter is. Our current understanding of the galactic center, from a scientific perspective, is that it is a super massive black hole with a mass 4 million times our Sun. Those are snapshots into human observation and knowledge.  There are things we know. There are things we think we know. There are things we don’t know.  There are things we don’t even know that we don’t know. The same applies to the understanding of ourselves. As we continue to explore both our inner and outer cosmos, I find the galactic center to be poignant analogy for what we think we know and what might temporarily seem true only to be proven wrong at some future date. There is so little we truly understand about reality and outer space can serve as such a beautiful and humbling reminder of our own insignificance.
It’s an adage from somewhere that I’m too lazy to research right now but “they” say that what is true outside is also true within. And if there is any truth to that, then there must be a lot about the our inner cosmos that we have yet to learn. That is a truly thrilling hypothesis— that perhaps at the very center of our being is another super massive black hole 4 million times the mass of the Sun. And one day, we may learn to travel through it, or into it, or around it, or however one interacts with a black hole, to some other mystery lying beyond our current conceptions of reality. Who knows what is waiting for us in our future understanding of the Universe? But the thought of endless unsolved mysteries is enough to keep me filled with wonder and inspiration to plumb the depths of what might presently feel empty inside me, only to find that in fact something is waiting for me there that I have yet to understand.
I’ll end the same way that I began, with an easily Google-able fact: As a noun understanding implies comprehension, but as an adjective it is synonymous with compassion.
Sometimes, the truth can be poetic all on its own.
…Have I mentioned the eclipse yet?