Monthly Archives: February 2018

Pisces 10 ~ “Single-eye the body light.”


“Single-eye the body light.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 340

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 10° An aviator in the clouds

This is a symbol of man’s transcendental powers of comprehension, emphasized here in his exploratory genius and his gift for creating the endless hypotheses he needs for solving the problems of a modern world. He is able to take a perspective superior to any involvement or pattern of limitation, and to examine any special complex of human affairs with a consistent thoroughness of over-view. The inner and outer realms of reality are brought to a point of effective revelation of each other.

The keyword is OBSERVATION

When positive, the degree is special competence in whole judgment and long-range planning, and when negative, insensate otherworldliness or irresponsible isolationism.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-social-inspired.

“Fear, belief, love — phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue after we perish.” Cloud Atlas

Sonmi 451’s Final Speech

Who is seated in the command chair? Is it the male or the female perspective that is observing? Pisces, you realize, is a feminine sign. Somni 451 brought forth an amazing feminine perspective. Now then, let us turn to another, a male, even Spock, the archetypal male observer of humans, serving perfectly as our other half of this great observer prototype.

“I have been, and always shall be, your friend.” Spock

Of his many cherished lines, my favorite is his concluding observation, said three times; last, as his dying words, first, as his fully conscious words by recalling the previous conversation, and third, after rebirth in the alternate reality. (This was after recognizing that the young human he’d just saved from a hengrauggi in that alternate timeline/reality was none other than James T. Kirk.

A few more for good measure:

“I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.”

“A curious creature. Its trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the Human nervous system. Fortunately, of course, I am … immune … to … its … effect…” – Spock, while petting a tribble


“Live long and prosper.”

Together, Somni and Spock sound something like this:

“If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of Light.”

“Single eye the body light.” Saijin

Spock in the Captain’s seat:

Pisces 9 ~ “Remember the way we loved.”


“Remember the way we loved.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 339

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 9° A jockey

This is a symbol of the eagerness for life an individual must show in any true revelation of himself, and of the concern he must have for the struggles and competitions of everyday experience. It is only through thoroughly consistent performance of his skills and talents that man establishes himself among his fellows, and as this develops in excellence he is under increasing obligation to be successful in exhibiting them. Implicit in the symbolism are very harsh penalties for any failure to drive the capabilities of self to the limit.

The keyword is PRACTICE

When positive, the degree is a spectacular gift for rising to any occasion, and when negative, witless gambling of every resource and potentiality.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-social-responsible.

The Way We Were ~ Itswaypastmybedtime

We rise to the occasion of life! We come to practice it and to get it as close to right in an imperfect world as we possibly can. One thing we all quickly find out is that it’s the moments filled with love that make life worth the living. So, if death be guaranteed, then go for the gusto—go for love. This wondrous, fast-paced and exciting chance to give life our best, our love. Closer, ever closer, to our own understanding of just how we might do that. Noticing errors—broken relationships, words we wish we could take back, hard lessons learned from actions we wished we’d never taken–correcting these as best we can and ever trying to get it right. But in the end is death, no matter what. Today’s jockey talks to us about practicing well, riding life as close as possible, to the goal of loving better. And one of the things we know about jockeys is about how they and their race horses must ride as if one…


Our oneness is the wrestlers’, fierce and close,
Thrusting and thrust;
One life in dual effort for one prize,–
We fight, and must;
For soul with soul does battle evermore
Till love be trust.

Our distance is love’s severance; sense divides,
Each is but each;
Never the very hidden spirit of thee
My life doth reach;
Twain! since love athwart the gulf that needs
Kisses and speech.

Ah! wrestle closelier! We draw nearer so
Than any bliss
Can bring twain souls who would be whole and one,
Too near to kiss:
To be one thought, one voice before we die,–
Wrestle for this.

Louisa S. Bevington (b.1845)

Steve Jobs said this: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

The Oracle

The truth is that a jockey is very rarely in the saddle and that “making a living as a jockey is a dangerous proposition. While riding these speed machines, a jockey doesn’t sit in the saddle. He stands poised on toes that are pinched into stirrups, the rest of his body hovering over the horse in a stance…a situation of dynamic imbalance and ballistic opportunity. .. A jockey’s life off the horse is grueling and, at times, dangerous. The spectre haunting almost every rider is extra weight. In the trade, the scale is sometimes called ‘the Oracle.'”

“Remember the way we loved.” Saijin

Image credit: Champion Female Jockey


Pisces 8 ~ “Time is up. Are you ready?”

Angel blowing a trumpet

“Time is up. Are you ready?”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 338

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 8° A girl blowing a bugle

This is a symbol of the self-perfecting required for the many different forms of man’s participation in the experience of his fellows, illustrated here in his successful achievement and discharge of group responsibility. Life’s activities may have a myriad modifications, but human personality must make one of these its special charge as a basis for its own fulfillment. The individual challenges his fellows and is challenged by them in turn at each recurring point of special potentiality.

The keyword is SUMMONS

When positive, the degree is an eagerness for self-expression and an alertness to every opportunity for self-justification, and when negative, officiousness and delight in regimentation.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-social-receptive.

Amazing Rescue Moments

Did you hear the call for help?

Someone did.

A Clarion Call ~ A clear and strong request for people to do something. So, don’t just stand there, get moving!

Not to be confused with the boy who cried wolf. A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth:

Today ~ A clarion call to truth…

“Time is up. Are you ready?” Saijin

Art image: Angel blowing a trumpet


Pisces 7 ~ “Put your signature on it.”


“Put your signature on it.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 337

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 7° A cross lying on rocks

This is a symbol of withdrawal from reality in one aspect as means for regrasping it in another, here dramatized by a wholly unnecessary acceptance of the world’s common repudiation or neglect of an individual’s higher ideals. Implicit in the static symbolism is the need to be active in the cause of every standard or allegiance through which life has been made worth while, and the insistent stirring of an inner voice which seeks to quicken the soul to the paramount necessities of its existence.

The keyword is CONSCIENCE

When positive, the degree is a rugged independence of inner spirit and a courageous rejection of all outer compromise, and when negative, utter timidity of self-interest.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-social-sensitive.

Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison

Here’s your sign

Are you clear on that now? Have you got it all straightened out? We make our own messes, so we have to clean them up. No one else is going to do it for you. That’s engraved in stone, you can count on it. So, be about your business. Do the right thing. Do it now. Give yourself an order you can’t refuse. Make it so, then sign below.

“Put your signature on it.” Saijin

Image: Cross Rock by Nancy Griswold


Pisces 6 ~ “Time for a close inspection.”


“Time for a close inspection.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 336

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 6° Officers on dress parade

This is a symbol of a cyclic and necessary intensification of any personal being, as emphasized on the side of ritualized or ideal experience. Dignity and protocol always provide a dramatic and valuable rehearsal of cultural or group values, exalting each individual in some one respect for the strengthening of all in their total pattern. Here is an investment of selfhood for the long-range potentialities of life, made possible by some immediate and self-fulfilling demonstration of personal skill or capacity.

The keyword is DISCIPLINE

When positive, the degree is schooled self-assurance and absolute responsibility, and when negative, unimaginative exercise of special privilege.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-social-experimental.

The Fray – Over My Head (Cable Car)

Are you true to your word? Is your word good? Is it the Sword of Truth?

They’ve been through it, these officers, but now they are in their finest attire and on display. The two sides of war aren’t always us versus them, but the two sides of the stick of self, first in the trenches and now on parade. These are the finest, the bravest, the leaders… But “to whom” are they these two things? Are they this dichotomy unto themselves? Did they do the right thing in war or are these dress blues but a camouflage of the unspeakable things with which they had to deal and will have to deal the rest of their lives? Did they serve with honor, integrity and justice? Did they carry the sword of truth?

Can you judge a man or woman by their clothing, by what they wear when on parade? Today demands investigation. Is it WYSIWYG or is there some underlying truth behind these brass buttons and shiny shoes that would hide itself from any closer inspection? Do these emulate the common values that you cherish and hold so dear? If so, at what cost? Do the means justify the end?

Rise up, officer within, you are under inspection!

“Time for a close inspection.” Saijin

Image source: Worth a Thousand Words ~ Sunset Swords

Pisces 5 ~ “Hiding then seeking myself.”


“Hiding then seeking myself.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 335

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 5° A church bazaar

This is a symbol of the instinctive loyalties of life as manifest in community institutions, and of man’s ability to capitalize on the enduring allegiances he develops among his kind. Here is his everyday communion with the warmth of personality and its pyramiding powers of accomplishment, and his consequent instrumentation of every individual effort. He makes his over-all contribution to human achievement through his ever-revivifying contacts with his fellows.

The keyword is BENEFIT

When positive, the degree is a special genius for philanthropy and the organization of society’s real concern for the well-being of men in general, and when negative, social exclusiveness and smug self-satisfaction.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-physical-inspired.

Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
Can you hear me now?

Dobri Dimitrov Dobrev, better known as Grandpa Dobri, Elder Dobri .. or The Saint of Bailovo is a Bulgarian ascetic who walks several kilometers each day to sit or stand in front of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Sofia to collect money for charitable causes. Dobrev donates all the money he collects to charities, orphanages, churches and monasteries and he turned 100 in July 2014. In Bulgarian Language his name translates as good or kind.

.. His father died in World War I and his mother had to raise their children by herself. Dobrev does not remember his youth and school years. He decided to marry around 1940, which is around when Bulgaria joined World War II. In one of the bombings of Sofia a bomb fell near him and he lost almost all his hearing. Dobrev and his wife had four children, two of which he outlived.

Over the years Dobrev became detached from the material aspects of life and devoted himself entirely to the spirit world. Around the year 2000, he decided to donate all his belongings to the Orthodox church and now he lives very modestly in a small extension to the Saints Cyril and Methodius parish church in his native village of Bailovo. About that time he embarked on his mission to raise funds for the restoration of churches and monasteries across Bulgaria. It is this new direction in life and the example he gives with his asceticism that led many to call him The Saint of Bailovo.

Can You Hear me Now?

What if the story of the casting out of the tormented man’s many demons into the herd of swine has an even deeper and suggestive significance? What if the act of the swine throwing themselves into the sea was an act of karma’s balancing such that they might become the water-seeds of nourishment—the germs–that would hence forth become pearls? “Cast not thy pearls before swine?” Why not turn your demons into pearls? Maybe that was left out of the original story…Just a thought.

Get off the karmic wheel and create your own destiny!

“Hiding then seeking myself.” Saijin

Image source: Dobri Dobrev, the Saint of Baylovo

Pisces 4 ~ “Getting out of our own way.”


“Getting out of our own way.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 334

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 4° Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus

This is a symbol of the ultimate illimitability of human relationships, dramatized here in the more personal and ever-ramifying environment of everyday affairs. There are no potentialities of common self-interest that man cannot shape for the convenience and encouragement of a whole selfhood and a well-integrated community, but a high discipline is always necessary for both the individual and the group in each particular development of immediate reality.

The keyword is CONVERGENCE

When positive, the degree is an unusual gift for organizing all transient enterprise in patterns of a rewarding and overall effectiveness, and when negative, stubborn blindness to the general welfare.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-physical-responsible.

Power Wheels Bumper Cars Race 2

The kids did a great job of showing us how not to do it. Did we pick up any pointers? We treat life like a race. It’s not. If it is, then really it is only with yourself. Be nice to others , even when they aren’t necessarily being nice back. No room for road rage now! Especially now!

Let’s take the Defensive Driving Approach

This convergence of traffic is stimulated by the places people go, where they are willing to be in the crowded throng of traffic because there’s something there they are willing to wait-in-line for, some destination that is simply not optional. For me, that destination would only be of a spiritual nature, but that’s not the case for everyone. I realize that. It helps me to not ever have to race while I’m out there—no where worth racing to out there. I won’t wait in line for a new piece of technology or a concert ticket either. Just sayin’.

So go on after your dream now! But you don’t need to race. The world is just a reflection. You are the only perspective available. Steady as she goes!

“Getting out of our own way.” Saijin

Image source: Narrow Road Ahead

Pisces 3 ~ “Let us embrace our karma.”


“Let us embrace our karma.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 333

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 3° A petrified forest

This is a symbol of the absolute certainty which any individual may develop in the terms of his conscious knowledge, and of the power in human character which becomes the hallmark of his intellectual orientation. The static symbolism is a warning against any reliance on stabilities to which no immediate or personal contribution is made, and which in consequence may become obstacles to progress. Here rather is dramatization of an eternal stoutheartedness, and of its very practical dividends in spiritual continuance.

The keyword is SURVIVAL

When positive, the degree is effective continuity and breadth of resource in all human effort, and when negative, complete immobilization in superficial reality.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-physical-receptive.

Brave Heart’s Dream

What is more petrifying than looking into our own souls and seeing the karma there? A dark forest filled with our own creations, for good but also for ill—all that we are—where we have not only accomplished, but where we have fallen well short and have utterly failed. All must be traversed and made white as snow. But we would prefer to stay asleep, wouldn’t we.

Unfortunately, we cannot—not forever. We must eventually attend to the business of our eternal lives. We did come here for a purpose, some self-bestowed mission. It is the most petrifying thing to face that—to begin that—to believe that. It is so much easier, or so we think, to stay in slumber. But our dreams, as well as life itself, will only regress and become laden with burdens—nightmares, if you will—until we face ourselves and come to life and face the task before us. Only then will the way be made clear. This does not happen before, only after. Will and determination to face the unknown—that which we determined we would before we ever set foot upon this planet—only they can unlock the steps ahead—the path of the heart.

The Brave Heart

The pages of life engraved in stone or written upon the pages of petrified wood, now in a process of recension or critical re-editing to restore to pristine condition. Re-writing one’s own personal history through the karmic process of restoration. Healing invites. Courage is requisite. Abundance awaits. Where obstacles, seemingly unmovable,  shall meet with divine guidance, eternally unstoppable.

“Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” Isaiah 43:5-7 KJV

“Let us embrace our karma.” Saijin

Image: Petrified Forest Arizona


Pisces 2 ~ “This is no joking matter!”


“This is no joking matter!”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 332

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 2° A squirrel hiding from hunters

This is a symbol of the conscious conservatism through which man preserves his more enduring values, here emphasized by an uncompromising loyalty to his own self-interest. Implicit in the negative symbolism is a species of high courage in refusing to enter any phase of experience where the risks are out of proportion to probable rewards. A sense of illimitable self-adequacy is contingent on good judgment as the highest of human potentialities.

The keyword is CAUTION

When positive, the degree is an intelligent independence of spirit and a consequent real gift for setting the conditions for all personal participation in events, and when negative, self-debasing timidity.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-physical-sensitive.

More than One Way Home by Keb’ Mo’

Which Way Did He Go?

Be sure to follow your own path; that’s the only “right” path. And, you’ll know it because it has heart. Others will see what they want when they look upon you, but you know differently. You see from the inside out! An egg, when an external force is applied, brings death, but when that force comes from the inside of the egg? Watch out because that’s when the miracle of life takes place!

“Un camino entre cantidades de caminos.” Don Juan

“Anything is one of a million paths. Therefore you must always keep in mind that a path is only a path; if you feel you should not follow it, you must not stay with it under any conditions.

“To have such clarity you must lead a disciplined life. Only then will you know that any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you to do. But your decision to keep on the path or to leave it must be free of fear or ambition.

“I warn you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. …I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart?

Does this path have a heart?

“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush. In my own life I could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere. Does this path have a heart?
Does this path have a heart?

“If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.” Don Juan in The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda

“This is no joking matter!” Saijin



Pisces 1 ~ “Go now and do something new.”


“Go now and do something new.”

The Span of Innocence

Phase 331

Water Element

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones provides the official meaning of this Sabian symbol in his work, Sabian Symbols in Astrology:

Pisces 1° A public market

This is a symbol of full maturity in man’s social estate, with an emphasis on the group integrity which facilitates the development of each individual in his own special pattern. The common ideals of a community life are given their everyday manifestation through the willingness of each participant to do his part. Ambition has its effective refinement here as it combines a consistent generosity toward the aims of other with a real intensity of effort directed toward its own ends.

The keyword is COMMERCE

When positive, the degree is an exceptional capacity for organizing the converging and conflicting interests of many people in practical arrangements of mutual benefit, and when negative, complete insensibility to any over-all welfare.

The formula is: sustaining-practical-universal-specializing-physical-experimental.

The Slow Mo Guys

When new things start off, they may appear rather “goopy”, undefinable, unrecognizable, but stick with it awhile and watch that new thing grow into form, beauty and perfection! It’s how caterpillars become butterflies, you know?

Just My Imagination – Gwyneth Paltrow with Babyface

Imaginal Cells

“After a caterpillar buries itself inside its cocoon, it waits to morph into a butterfly. The caterpillar does not simply shrink a bit and sprout wings. Instead, it sort of disintegrates into a puddle of ooze within the cocoon. If we were to open the cocoon halfway through the process, we would not find a half-caterpillar half-butterfly type creature, but a blob of goop.”

Excerpt from Tomorrow’s Edge:
The painting I chose to represent this degree? Are you confused? Was it just my imagination running away with me? You might be surprised to know that there are many versions of astrological degree symbolism, the Sabian symbols being only one of them.

Here is Kominsky’s symbol for Pisces 1: A satyr sitting on a rock by a river which is running into the sea, holding a fish.

“Go now and do something new.” Saijin

Image: Satyr and Water Spirit×480/2012/Fantasy_Satyr_and_the_spirit_of_water_015999_29.jpg