Mythology, Metaphor, and Fundamentalism


A “Fundametalist” is someone who takes their metaphors literally.  The news is that the Universe is a tad larger than yer brainbone, and yer brainbone ain’t near big enough to be able to afford to take any metaphor literally.  As within so without notwithstanding.  On this metric, most of the Scienterrrific types among us are as bad as or worse than the Religios who are famous for investing enormous quantities of Belief and Identity in their metaphors.  It’s all mythology, not a drop of it is True.

Which of course means that they’re all True – all mythologies are useful in one situation or another, just a matter of tuning your metaphors to your situations.  Sciences and Religions both have some very useful and powerful metaphors – doesn’t mean they’re True.  The more metaphors/mythologies we know, the better we’re able to grok what’s going on and respond effectively to it.  If you haven’t noticed your Reality pixelating a bit lately, Mr. Jones, you might want to PIAVA an increase in your span of Awareness.  Used to be, the person whose Ego was strong enough to hold steady in any degree of trauma was considered the most “sane.”  But it’s really the other way around; it’s flexibility that yer Ego needs when Reality is changing rapidly, and you get that by flexing yer metaphors.

Which brings us to why we’re writing this, here on the eye of a Solstice New Moon.  Short of Joseph Campbell, nobody I know of knows as many mythologies as thoroughly as Steve Nelson, so I trust his work enormously…

This is a good one too…

And I want to thank Sherri Burch for pointing out that a Solstice is the latitudinal equivalent of a Station – I had never thought of it that way, but it certainly is, and it’s important.

A Station is when a planet stands still in the sky, because (from our perspective) it’s about to stop moving forward and start moving backward (“Stationary Retrograde”), or stop moving backward and start going forward again (“Stationary Direct”).  But that’s all relative to longitude – that is, a planet will stop moving east and start moving west (“Stationary Retrograde”), or stop moving west and start going east again (“Stationary Direct”).  It’s the rotation of the Earth that makes the planets appear to move always westward; you have to take a snapshot every night at midnight to see the planets themselves move east (Direct) or west (Retrograde) relative to last night’s snapshot.

The Sun, which (we hope) never goes Retrograde longitudinally, moves back and forth from the Tropic of Capricorn (23 and a half degrees south of the equator – near Rio de Janeiro and Brisbane) at the mid-June Solstice to the Tropic of Cancer (23 and a half degrees north of the Equator – near Havana and Hong Kong) at the mid-December Solstice.  So the Sun too is Stationary, exactly so at nine past 4pm PDT on Wednesday, a day andahalf after the New Moon.  And the Sun remains within one minute of arc of the Tropic for two days on either side of the Solstice, so we’d have to consider it Stationary for several days.

The Moon will also be Latitudinally Stationary shortly before the New Moon, as it turns around and heads back south, a few degrees shy of the Tropic of Cancer – recall that the Moon left it’s 11-year Outabounds Cycle last May, and no longer goes norther than Havana or souther than Rio.  The other planets will also have their Latitudinal Stations – for instance, Mercury stood still on June 8-9, two degrees north of the Cancer Tropic.  At the New Moon, it’s just dropping back Inbounds.

In other words, the Sun (which represents our Life Force) is Strong (Stationary), and so is the Moon (which represents our relationship to our Life Force).  And while Mercury (which represents the left brain and the mouth) has been Strong since May 31, it’s now dropping back into a more balanced perspective.

One of the differences you’ll find between the astrology that Steve Nelson usually uses, and the astrology that I usually use, is that Steve often pays close attention to the inner planets (as do most astrologers), while I pay more attention to the outer planets.  I do that because one of the metaphors I find to be often useful, is that our Conscious Ego (inner planets) has little control over our Lives relative to our Unconscious (outer planets).  So I try to use astrology to help interpret what The Boss (the Unconscious) is up to.  Steve uses his extensive catalog of mythologies to do the same.

In the Unconscious, there are no heads or tails, only coins.  That’s because it’s only the human left brain that sees the World dualistically.  To the rest of the Universe (more or less) it’s all one fabric.  In other words, when outer-planet astrology says that the “Sun (Life Force) is Strong,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that we all feel vigorous and athletic.  It means that all of our Life-Force issues are lit up.  So for instance, if our personal history or our past/parallel lives and Karma leave us wondering whether it’s really all worthwhile, or why it’s all so hard, or just whose side our immune system is on, anyway, those potential interruptions to Life Force could be lit up.

If they are, of course, and you been there before, remember the difference between Release and Re-Lease.  Whenever our Karma revisits, our natural reaction is Oh shit, here we go again!  When we allow that reaction to remain center stage, we basically sign up to renew our Lease on that sorta Karma.  But by recognizing that we been there before, and recognizing that each Karmic revisit is also an opportunity to ascend beyond it, it’s possible to actually make a step toward Letting It GoKarma, recall, is inertia – a body in motion tends to continue to move in the same direction until some force causes it to change direction.  That force can be as simple as

I Wonder what it will be like when events evolve differently this time!

There’s nothing quite like Curiosity to banish inertia!  Just ask any Puppy.

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One Response to “Mythology, Metaphor, and Fundamentalism”

  1. Barbara Says:

    An old dear friend, Miz Mary Margaret Kaitlin Vittitow, now passed on, used to say (in a very deep, slow Southern drawl), “If religion is the opiate of the masses, then fundamentalism is the amphetamine.”

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