Speaking with the Stars

Now it’s October, and there’s a dynamic cosmic positioning happening all month. Mercury just resumed direct motion, and soon Saturn will follow suit. In the tropical zodiac, Jupiter will slip back into the sign of Pisces, while Venus is being swept up in the light of the Sun and is now journeying to its other side.

This month’s Full Moon occurs in the very spot where the Sun will be in six months, so it’s getting things ready there, in advance. This is significant because when the Sun gets there in six months from now, the Moon will be Full again, and it will be the first Full Moon of the Spring, which sets up all the high holy days in the festivals calendar.

Not to be left out, Mars begins its once-every-two-years retrograde, just as October ends.

But I want to consider just Sun and Earth for a moment. In their relationship they continually exhibit stillness and balance, solstice and equinox, as steady as our breathing. In fact, the rhythm of our breathing is deeply rooted in the cosmic harmony between Sun and Earth.

The Earth wobbles on its axis relative to Sun at a rate of one degree every 72 years, so it takes the Earth 25,920 years to complete one wobble. The human being breathes an average of 18 times each minute, so we breathe about 25,920 times in every 24-hour cycle.

This is a remarkable harmony, but not too surprising if we really stop to consider that we’re part and parcel of the cosmic whole.

The planets also exhibit their own stillness and balance relative to Earth, but not in the same rhythm as our breathing, but it’s just at the point where these planetary rhythms enter our breathing that the ancients believed the cosmos gives rise to speaking in human beings. So what words will you choose amidst all this dynamic planetary motion this month?

Image above: October finds all of the naked-eye planets making remarkable moves, including Jupiter, now in its retrograde, moving westward against the background of stars. Image from Sky&Telescope.

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And the word is love,