Dance of the Elements |
excerpted from "Astrology:
The Wyrrd Way" (unfinished manuscript)
Deep within the "dance of the elements" lies the secret
symphony of Life.~ We are All One ~
If we can allow the ebbs and flows to guide us
through Life's natural rhythms, we
will find our lives to be truly
harmonious adventures, rather than dissonant catastrophes.
invited to imagine with me for a moment, how it all came to Be. Let us
drift back to
the Void, to the Nothing that is All, the All that is
Nothing. Back before the beginnings of
Time, before the formations of
Space, even before the Big Bang. As we resonate with the
Nothingness, we gradually become aware of a quieter birth. Out of the
is emerging a subtle pulse, as if the Void itself possesses a
Heart at its core - barely
perceptible at first, like the breath of a
baby on your cheek, yet it is coming
from everywhere, and nowhere, and
it is felt within, as much as without.
Waves of yin and yang, ebb and
flow, in and out,
slowly, gently, breathing Life into Life.
As the opposite polarities begin their dance, they choose their
costumes and prepare for
their debuts. Suddenly, out of nowhere, yang
bursts forth as Fire, the Spirit of God,
vitality, Life itself. It manifests into Earth, yin, the substance
Mother Nature, to anchor the consciousness into form. Out of
this union comes yang again,
this time as Air, communicating,
learning, noting the relationships between all things.
Once more yin
brings the balance, flowing in as Water, feeling the
gathering together, coalescing.
|Fire-Air = yang, Earth-Water =
Pain is inevitably a symptom of disharmony between the intention and
signaling an imbalance somewhere. Any one of the elements
can be used
to balance any of the others, particularly those in
Whenever we are frantic, hurried, careless,
agitated, getting ahead of ourselves,
angry, breathless or overheated,
our Fire is burning too hot. (This is often
when the "pot boils over"
and things go very wrong) A dose of Earth will
settle us down, Water
will cool us off, and Air will give us a breather.
Each element has its
valued role to play. Wholeness
is impossible without all of the
Fire is the ignition point, initial impulse, innocence, spontaneity,
rising to the occasion,
always at the centre of the Universe,
God-consciousness. If out-of-balance, however,
the impulses become rash
and sudden, ego-centered, lashing out at anything and
opposes or hinders its intentions. Fire seeks to know itself
"Self") through the thrill of the adrenaline rush, eternally
Life to support it. Playful, innovative and naive, the
childlike lust for life
lives within our fiery spirit, shown by our
Sun, Mars and Jupiter, and
any planets in Aries, Leo or Sagittarius or
the 1st, 5th or 9th houses.
Fire is candid, blunt and honest to a fault, so if we are denying any
of our Inner Truth,
deceiving ourselves in any way, we are bound to
attract a fiery friend or two into our lives
who will be more than
happy to act it out for us. Essentially shameless, raw Fire will
leap into the fray, no matter what the risk. Whenever we need a push,
walks a Fire-sign. Theirs is the role of the Sacred Clown, reminding
us all to
just "get it, and get ON with it," laughing all the way!
Every Fire sign in the zodiac is followed by an Earth sign, and for
very good reason.
The element of Earth provides the parameters of Time
and Space to the Life force of Fire.
Planet Earth was the destination
when Spirit chose to become manifest. Our physical bodies
chosen vehicles for our individual Souls. Our earthly sojourns embody the
of integrating Light and Dark, not choosing one, or the
other. The involution of Spirit
into Matter invokes the natural
reaction of Matter's evolution back into Spirit.
plane is "where the twain shall meet." We are living
cross-current, which is why balance is the key.
Fire sees Earth as heavy, dull, and slow, while Earth sees Fire as
and dangerous. When out-of-balance, any element can be
destructive. When gravity
is weighing us down, the levity of Fire is a
welcome relief. Likewise, when our fiery
energy is flying around
unleashed, we need boundaries, guidelines and discipline,
look for Saturn. We contain the flames of our campfires with dirt &
stones (Earth) in order to harness Fire's power and use it for heat,
or cooking. Without any constraints, Fire will burn-up
in sight, and then die. Earth (a la Taurus, Venus & 2nd
provides our food and shelter for survival and sensual
(via Virgo & 6th house) keeps our physical
in working order, and (by way of Capricorn & 10th
is responsible, organized and productive, teaching us
value of ritual, patience and consequence.
In the natural way of yin and yang, Earth will sink and Fire will rise,
in Hexagram 12 of the I Ching: "Stagnation." So, even
with Fire (yang) and Earth (yin)
working side-by-side, there is no
interaction, until the breeze of Air blows through.
As the flames of
Fire are fanned, and Earth's many seedlings are spread far and
communication has begun. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius folk are all
thinkers and coordinators. If they didn't connect-the-dots
for the rest of us, we
would all be lost. Just like 3rd, 7th and 11th
house placements, the Air signs
make contact, keep phone lists, share
ideas, encourage cooperation,
play Cupid or social director, and are
basically in the
business of information, education and alternatives.
Seeking to know the relationships between all things, Air floats in and
out of any space
with ease. Mercury (Hermes) is Air's primary agent, as
he inquires, investigates, observes,
and seems to be everywhere at
once. Air does not claim preference to either "side," but
focuses on the bridge across the chasm. Literal "space" gives us room to
time to think and provides a window of objectivity unavailable
through any other element.
Air can truly be the "pause that refreshes."
The earthen vessel is of little value without
the hollow space in the
centre. We can suffocate in our own self-indulgences, like the
"only child," if we don't leave any room in our lives for other people
fresh ideas. Air reminds us to keep things in perspective, to open
listen, to be flexible and willing to try a different angle.
Detachment is Air's claim to fame, spending most of its time travelling
the mental circuits,
translating the signals for the rest of us.
Detachment, however, can quickly become callous,
superficial. Falling victim to the hubris of "thinking we know better" is
common trap for our intellectual Air waves. Each element is a part of
the process, not the
final vehicle. Losing touch with our bodies, our
purpose, or our "brothers and sisters" can be
a fatal mistake. We can
become scattered, fickle, gossipy, phony, crass and even unreliable.
we allow ourselves to slip this far, we are inviting a deluge of Water to
engulf us. We are
likely to experience a "low blow" of some kind, in
order to bring us back down-to-earth.
Water is the elixir of Life, as well as the universal solvent. It
merges, softens, cleanses and heals. It unites us all through Soul.
Gathering together, soothing, nurturing, supporting and loving
unconditionally all merge into the psychic glue of the Water element.
Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces are the home-turf of emotions, feelings and
intuitions. Contrasts and comfort zones are immediately obvious to these
sensitive, loving, artistic people, as they automatically notice what is
"in common," and what makes us "family." Clan gatherings, photo albums,
memorabilia, churches, company picnics, clubs, and even web-rings are all
expressions of the watery needs in our psyches to belong somewhere. The
Moon, Neptune and Pluto all call on
us to reflect, remember and
empathize, to recognize kindred spirits in the eyes of strangers.
As the element of Soul, Water plays the last card. Our collective
journey began with Spirit coming into physical form, its goal to realize
Soul. Likewise, each mini-sojourn in our individual lives imitates the
bursting forth of fiery impulse to "in-volve" itself in Life,
concludes with the Soul's urge to "e-volve" back to Spirit. Spirit is the
Source of the original intent to incarnate, so we each feel
Fire as the urge of Self.
Soul, being the individual's speck of the
One, is what unites us all in our common
goal of evolution, where we
feel our deepest kinship, through profound humility.
If we continue to
deny our vulnerabilities, emotions, fears and "funny feelings,"
remain strapped to the same old wheel, with the same old problems
never understanding how we are continually recreating our own
The innate fluidity of Water is the perfect reminder that even the
ascribed to the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces)
(4, 8, 12) are not finite, but always in motion.
right into the next reality, Life suddenly pushes us
on, and we
emerge anew, sometimes still blinking our eyes,
what happened. To "emote" means to move, in an
direction, or to stir up. Whenever we
"stir the pot," we inevitably
things up to the surface (Fire). Thus, even if we
swallowed up in our personal dilemmas, that very
same Water sign or
house evolves into the newness of Fire,
and the cycle continues to
replay in our lives through endless spirals
of time. Integrity is the integral
component in the Dance of the Elements, as
it shares the same root
meaning as integrate. The secret of soul is the
of all the elements, as we weave
our ways through Life. The wholeness of Mother Nature
righteousness and bigotry and separatism.
Love is inclusive, not exclusive.