Emancipate Your Passion

Commune with your art and emancipate your passionate urges.

Five planets cluster in a section of sky associated with Sagittarius. Like fiery magnets marking time on our calendar, an event queues up for our attention.

What is the nature of this event and what can we gather now?  To put it simply: this Sagittarius new moon has seeded the wild horses of the cosmos into the gardens of our personal experience. Like migrating animals passing through, they stop to graze in the fields and meadows, and our planted gardens.

 Helios

Helios

How have we readied ourselves for a wild herd's arrival? Do we have tempting forages to bring them close and experience their passing? Are the fences sturdy where they shall not tread?

This herd carries the energy of mythological centaurs, noted for their sexual desire, wild and frenzied passion, they are instinctual. They bring enthusiasm and gusto. Is it a drunken brawl? Or is it reclaimed passion?

The center of our galaxy resides in the late degrees of Sagittarius, this is where we commune with God*.  Saturn entered Sagittarius three years ago, he is now at the final degree.  Like an employee at the end of a project, Saturn sits in his final evaluation. Saturn’s job is to keep us on task, structured and disciplined, here at the galactic center, he is faced with nothing less than bringing heaven to earth and testing the philosophical underpinnings of that plan. No small task. How has he done?  Structures that are so old and rickety that they can no longer bear the weight of a dynamic world do not pass this test. Old world testaments about the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence may have crumbled uselessly. Have your own long-held beliefs not survived this testing period? After the horses have trampled your garden, you may find yourself in a stunned internal silence.

Take heart! Now that we clearly recognize the horseshit of these old beliefs, we can use this fertile manure for new and vital growth. Horses represent our life force, contact it through ecstasy and passion. Your heart can lead the way.

In our sky, a persistent square from Chiron in Pisces has created internal friction and angst. The higher we reach, the more our doubts, grief, and old pain froth to the surface. How can moments of rapture bring tears? How is the “passion of Christ” also suffering and death? We are mortal and failed and injured, small and helpless but we are also eternal. Chiron is the wounded healer, in Pisces, he is the Christ: “through my wounds, you are healed.”  When we remember our own eternal nature, we become whole; we heal ourselves and we heal others by accepting failures of the past as what they are: nothing compared to eternity.

Do you remember the play Equus by Peter Shaffer,  1970's?  It has a psychiatrist character who attempts to understand a troubled boy who has blinded a barn of horses. To the boy, the horses are to be worshiped as incarnate gods. But when the boy's sexual urges play out with a girl in the barn, his self-damning socialized self can not resolve the apparent conflict. The conflict, of course is internal, because c'mon a horse is not offended by urges of the flesh.  The boy, however can not resolve the supposed inferiority of his passion with the superiority of the horse deity, and thus externalizes conflict through the violence of blinding them. 

As the psychiatrist combs out an understanding of the situation, he starts to come to grips with his own jealousy of the boy’s passion. In the following quote the repressiveness of society is essentially on trial as the psychiatrist sits in his library lamenting:

“I sit looking at pages of centaurs trampling the soil of Argos - and outside my window, he is trying to become one, in a Hampshire field! ... I watch that woman knitting, night after night - a woman I haven't kissed in six years - and he stands in the dark for an hour, sucking the sweat of his God's hairy cheek! Then in the morning, I put away my books on the cultural shelf, close up the Kodachrome snaps of Mount Olympus, touch my reproduction statue of Dionysus for luck - and go off to the hospital to treat him for insanity. Do you see?”

Peter Shaffer, Equus

Social structures have their purpose and utility, but do not allow an oppression of your instincts and passions.  Your heart can lead you,  reach out and don’t pull back!  A long road lies behind you and great tasks lie ahead. Arrogance and inferiority are mere complexes, drop them and focus on your work. You have a task. Relax and concentrate.

*    The word “God” creates a problem of defining an infinite set. "The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao". Old Testament “forbids” speaking the name YHWH. Logic forbids counting the infinite set.

 Robert Dutesco

Robert Dutesco