Monthly Archives: May 2018

Gemini 8 ~ “Conviction at its best.”


“Conviction at its best.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 68

Air Element

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

Gemini 8° An industrial strike

This is a symbol of the necessity that man act in his own interest whenever his general situation fails to provide him with the creative outlets he needs, or proves inadequate for his relations with his fellows. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is an emphasis on the instabilities of life as a dynamic for accomplishment, calling on the human spirit for constructive reorganization. There is here the dignity of a personality which may be exalted but never exploited.

The keyword is PROTEST

When positive, the degree is undeviating self-assertiveness and a refusal to accept any lesser in lieu of a greater, and when negative, a dissatisfaction which surrenders rather than regrasps the self’s potential.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-social-receptive.

“We gotta be good before we can present good.” Astrological Anthropology

Wall of Voodoo – Ring of Fire

Strong silent type? In control? Gotta plan? Got strategy? Let er rip!

“By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement had gained strong momentum. The nonviolent measures employed by Martin Luther King Jr. helped African American activists win supporters across the country and throughout the world.

“On February 1, 1960, a new tactic was added to the peaceful activists’ strategy. Four African American college students walked up to a whites-only lunch counter at the local Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and asked for coffee. When service was refused, the students sat patiently. Despite threats and intimidation, the students sat quietly and waited to be served. The civil rights sit-in was born.”

“Conviction at its best.” Saijin

Image: Steaming hot and boiling mad ~ The Sun

Gemini 7 ~ “The rest is still unwritten.”


“The rest is still unwritten.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 67

Air Element

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

Gemini 7° An old-fashioned well

This is a symbol of the unimpeachable source of life on the side of personal self-renewal and simple organic integrity. Implicit in the symbolism is the purity of everything adding up to any individual character, and the curious capacity of man to remain himself whenever he enters into relationship with others and encourages the assimilation of their reality into his own. He draws in and gives out the substance of himself continuously, and is rewarded by nature as he expends himself in this process of continuing to be.

The keyword is RECOMPENSE

When positive, the degree is absolute self-reliance and uncompromising faithfulness, and when negative, insensibility and ineptness in all human contact.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-social-sensitive.

Taylor Swift – Drops of Jupiter

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” Maya Angelou’s last “tweet.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

“The rest is still unwritten.” Saijin

Photo Credit: Brett Poe, astrologer and minister. Don’t miss the point of the drive-bys that call you inward and onward. Inspired? So then, move, act, begin!

Gemini 6 ~ “Direction with intention.”


“Direction with intention.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 66

Air Element

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

Gemini 6° Drilling for oil

This is a symbol of man’s indomitable efforts to discover every last resource of the world in which he finds himself, and of his desire to endow his experience with every possible enhancement on the physical side of things. Here is his capacity for penetrating to the uttermost depths of whatever potentiality may be of immediate concern to him, and for opening new dimensions of being by his willingness to undergo every possible risk in pursuing even the most uncertain of objectives.

The keyword is SPECULATION

When positive, the degree is achievement through an exceptional concentration or specialization of effort, and when negative, long-range or foolish gambling and ill-considered self-exploitation.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-social-experimental.

Angels and Airwaves – The Adventure

Elly May: I reckon why they got two sets of steps?

Jethro: That’s easy! One’s for going up, and the other’s for going down!

Elly May: Oh.

So, will it be up or down? Which “set of stairs” do you figure you’ll take? Always easy to slide down the staircase. A bit more is required to ascend. Thing is, if you do slide on down there, then you’ve got a longer climb back up. Get my meaning? May as well start going up from where you are now and save yourself some time and energy. Not easy going up when you’re down. But not impossible either. Consider your options—speculate—then drill!

“Direction with intention.” Saijin

Image: The Beverly Hillbillies

Gemini 5 ~ “A mark to be remembered.”


“A mark to be remembered.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 65

Air Element

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

Gemini 5° A radical magazine

This is a symbol of the necessary element of change in human affairs, and of the extent to which the remote or the nonpossessed and entirely potential will have its full and functioning part in any immediate reality with which an individual may be seeking to come to terms. Here is the power of man to give high exaltation and dramatic force to whatever succeeds in stirring him deeply within himself. Emphasized in principal and important part is the supremacy of inner over outer compulsions.

The keyword is TANGENCY

When positive, the degree is personality in its highly effective capacity for putting its stamp on everything it touches, and when negative, a perverse determination to quarrel with everybody.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-physical-inspired.

Pitbull – I’m Yellin’ Timber

Got an axe to grind? Want to off somebody’s head? Fed up? Worn out? Had enough?

When things get so bad that they begin seeming surreal, something greater is being asked of you by you! But first, inspect the habitual, conditioned response…

Do you go off on a tangent?

Do you freak out?

Do you get violent, start yelling?

Now up the ante! Do it better! The difference between a hero and a superhero? Presentation. So, now consider how you might show up!

Get original! Give “them” something new to consider!

Tangency is a “put this in your pipe and smoke it” kind of energy, calling you to show up and provide that unique je ne sais quoi—that something they haven’t seen before stuff–that only you can provide.

Come on, tell me your story of when you go tangential! What did you do? How did that work out? Here’s where you break the mold. Here is where “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” ends! Sanity at last!

A Thousand and One Arabian Nights

“A mark to be remembered.” Saijin

Image: “Russian artist Vladimir Kush. This surrealist inspires by the works of Salvador Dali and you can see it in his paintings. According to experts, Vladimir perhaps is one of the most talented surrealists of our time.”

Gemini 4 ~ “Out of the darkness, I Am.”

Cutting the mistletoe

“Out of the darkness, I Am.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 64

Air Element

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

Gemini 4° Holly and mistletoe

This is a symbol of the maximum possible encouragement of human personality on the inner or subjective side, or of life’s continual stimulus to every resource of imagination and spiritual appreciation. Here is a universal richness of experience through which man may substantiate the dignity of his order and learn to share the magic of his own self-renewal on every occasion. He responds quickly and enthusiastically to the frequent and cyclic manifestation of life’s eternal overtones.

The keyword is RITUALIZATION

When positive, the degree is a gift for fellow participation in every rewarding expression of individuality on all levels of human relationship, and when negative, complete obsession with superficialities.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-physical-responsible.

Saturnalia by Wheat Fields

Four degrees into Gemini and two of them are of the December holidays—one of modern depiction, the other of the ancient days of the Norse, the Druids and the North American Indians. Curiosity obligates…


“Holly was the sacred plant of Saturn and was used at the Roman Saturnalia festival to honor him. Romans gave one another holly wreaths and carried them about decorating images of Saturn with it.”


“When Balder, the son of the Norse goddess Frigga, was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe by Loki, and evil spirit, she wept tears of white berries which brought him back to life. Overjoyed, Frigga blessed the plant and bestowed the kiss all who passed beneath it.

“Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids and the North American Indians. The Druid priests would cut mistletoe from an oak tree with a golden sickle. The branches had to be caught before they touched the ground. They then divided the branches into many sprigs and distributed them to the people, who hung them over doorways as protection against thunder, lightning and other evils.”

Holly and Mistletoe

“Druids wore sprigs of holly in their hair when they went into the forest to watch their priests cut their sacred mistletoe.” Read more:

“Out of the darkness, I Am.” Saijin

Image: The Holly King uses a golden sickle to cut mistletoe


Gemini 3 ~ “Spend today on tippy-toes.”

Etching referred to in Gem 3 - Louis XIV

“Spend today on tippy-toes.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 63

Air Element

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

Gemini 3° The garden of the Tuileries

This is a symbol of the self-confidence and authority which come to man through social position and wealth, and of his ability to bring all his capabilities to some graceful and exquisite self-expression. Here are the more exalted or immortal constants of everyday values, evident as they are given a solid foundation in human achievement or are preserved through a concern for them by people in general.

The keyword is LUXURY

When positive, the degree is the creative stability which enables each individual to participate in the full gamut of satisfactions developed and cherished by his fellows as well as himself, and when negative, complete selfishness and a joy in lording it over others.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-physical-receptive.

A Beautiful Mind ~ Nash’s Pen Ceremony

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

There’s always more than meets the eye. Did you know that Wordsworth changed the words to his famous poem to include reference to the Milky Way? Likewise, there is cosmic insight housed within the garden of the Tuileries symbol, but you cannot tie yourself to time and space if you would find it. Therefore….

“Spend today on tippy-toes.” Saijin

Image: Tuileries sketch

Gemini 2 ~ “Ready or not, here I come!”


“Ready or not, here I come!”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 62

Air Element

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

Gemini 2° Santa Claus filling stockings furtively

This is a symbol of the illimitable source of everything ever needed for life and experience, emphasized on the practical side of everyday rewards and individual compensations. Implicit in the symbolism is the necessity for complementing nature’s largess and society’s favors with high personal appreciation, as in helping maintain the enduring ritual by which spiritual values may be kept alive in human hearts.

The keyword is PRODIGALITY

When positive, the degree is an unusual capacity for bringing man’s possessions into a wide acceptance and for heightening every proper joy in worldly goods, and when negative, a childish or clandestine futility in seeking any normal richness of living.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-physical-sensitive.

Never Know

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent by 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who lived with her parents in Manhattan. Below is the full text of that letter and the reply by Sun editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church.

Dear Editor,

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon
115 W. 95th St.

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10 thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. [Source:

“Ready or not, here I come.” Saijin

Image: Virginia’s Letter to the Editor of the Sun, 1897; Language of Flowers by Alphonse Mucha, 1900

Gemini 1 ~ “The path of service starts here.”


“The path of service starts here.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 61

Air Element

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

Gemini 1° A glass-bottomed boat in still water

This is a symbol of man’s alertness to every ramification of experience open to him, and of the necessity that he take definite action on his own account if he is to capitalize on any particular opportunity. The emphasis is on an objective inactivity of value to the individual as it becomes a poise through which he is able to regrasp his destiny at each point of advantage, and as it gives him a readiness of touch with the transient stream of everyday affairs.

The keyword is CURIOSITY

When positive, the degree is high competence in the estimation of life’s potentialities, and when negative, a lack of effective participation in reality because of continual indecisiveness.

The formula is: manipulating-practical-ingenious-specializing-physical-experimental.

Roots: The scene of African Kunta Kinte’s birth ritual

And the Gods organized the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; with the lesser light they set the stars also;

And the Gods set them in the expanse of the heavens, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to cause to divide the light from the darkness.

And the Gods watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed.

And the Gods said: We will do everything that we have said, and organize them; and behold, they shall be very obedient. And it came to pass that it was from evening until morning they called night; and it came to pass that it was from morning until evening that they called day; and they numbered the sixth time.

The Book of Abraham, Chapter 4, verses 16-18, and 31

“The path of service starts here.” Saijin

Image: Francesco De Mura, Immacolata Concezione, coll. Private

Taurus 30 ~ “The way we do what we do.”


“The way we do what we do.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 60

Earth Element

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

Taurus 30° A peacock parading on an ancient lawn

This is a symbol of the proper dignification which can be given to superficial excellencies, and of the momentary elevation of the individual beyond his capacity or worth as he is able to exhibit the various ideals of others in his own person. There is an insouciance of vulgar display that serves a purpose here, encouraging men to strive for outer ornament when they are as yet unquickened to inner or eternal values.

The keyword is ALOOFNESS

When positive, the degree is a special flair for dramatizing the heritage of the race or for capitalizing on the lessons of history in some special fashion, and when negative, a wholly unrewarding if not destructive self-contemplation.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-inspired.

A commanding performance!

Eden Espinosa – Once Upon A Time

Through all of the strutting about—the outer flair and ornamentation—can you hear the majesty of the voices of the past making their dignified arrival into the present moment? Why get all dressed up if you’ve got nowhere to go! It’s not about showing-off; it’s about showing up, fittingly, for a very, very special occasion and purpose! The Peacock, symbol of Venus herself, is on display! A thing of beauty to be appreciated. Stop! Look! Listen! As she now struts into our presence.

“The way we do what we do.” Saijin

Image: A Paphos mosaic in the House of Dionysos (God of Wine) dating back to the second century A.D. The house most probably belonged to a member of the ruling Roman class or to a wealthy citizen of Paphos.

Taurus 29 ~ “The things that we come up with.”

2017-05-19_15-25-14“The things that we come up with.”

The Span of Enjoyment

Phase 59

Earth Element

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

Taurus 29° Two cobblers working at a table

This is a symbol of the cooperative wisdom by which men make their world their own, solving all its special problems through the simple communion of functions performed in a genuine division of labor. Here is emphasis on man’s discursive reason, or the balancing of the pros and cons in his mind as he works out his ideas with the general assistance of his fellows. There is high reward for the creative operations he is able to claim as peculiarly his own.

The keyword is CAPABILITY

When positive, the degree is a recognized integrity as an outer sign of exceptional talents, and when negative, a willingness to putter the years away at tasks devoid of all personal meaning.

The formula is: sustaining-ideal-efficient-generalizing-social-responsible.

Didjeridoo – An Australian Aboriginal Musical Instrument

Visualization precedes manifestation; function precedes form. And, most importantly, two heads are better than one!

Do it! Visualize until it becomes a real, living thing! Build it and it will come into being! Manifest! Start now! Don’t give up! Watch out! Here it comes!

1. Start with an incredibly small idea.

2. Allow your idea to expand through imaginative ways.

3. As you watch it coming to life, jot down the important “Aha!” moments of insight.

4. When the stream stops streaming, sit back and connect the dots. Who’s on first? What’s on second?

5. Be patient. Let the marionette marinate in the marinade of time and space.

6. Repeat as needed.

7. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Now, get to work—both of you!

“The things that we come up with.” Saijin

Image: Pinokkio & Gepetto by Patrick Elliott, Indie video-producer, filmmaker, culture addict, teacher,… Looking for new/forgotten ideas & ways to express in music, art, theatre, movies, theory…