11 Dec Non Finito ~ December 12th-18th, 2016
Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro’ me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This week is remarkably quiet in terms of astrological aspects. The only significant planetary event will be Tuesday’s Full Moon in Gemini. This Full Moon will be a powerful culmination of all your mental labors this year.
Because the air signs, rulers of the ethereal and intellectual breezes, will be enlivened! The Moon in Gemini’s trine to Mars in Aquarius and Jupiter in Libra will bring a powerful December wind to blow the dry leaves from the trees.
Release whatever wearies you.
As the Moon wanes and the December winds blow, let this week be a time to become inspired by a glimmering vision of the New Year!
Because the planets are only offering a fragment of their music this week, it is necessary to find the purpose and the beauty in that.
Much like Coleridge’s fragmentary poem, this week’s Full Moon represents an ascending spiral of magnificent velocity which is then abruptly cut off.
In the subsequent stillness and the silence, a dizzying inertia will continue to draw you upward into the heavens of imagination.
This is the beauty of unfinished art, for whatever is left to the imagination blooms with rare colors and intoxicating fragrance.
In sculpture, this phenomena is termed, non finito (unfinished). Michelangelo himself is known for leaving many non finito pieces that are faceless and vague, still struggling to emerge from the marble: a poetic expression of the continuum of metamorphosis.
Eternal Shadow of the finite Soul,
The Soul’s self-symbol, its image of itself.
Its own yet not itself–
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In truth, unfinished fragments of art are beautiful because the artistic process itself is fragmentary. The creative flow often comes in a staccato rhythm. Therefore, in fragmentary poems and non finito sculpture, there is the resonance of truth!
In his Defense of Poetry, Percy Shelley described the poetic process as:
“The mind in creation is a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness…”
Expect this week to feel like a fragment of a poem: a falling star that illuminates truth briefly, only to trail off into the infinite!
Monday/Tuesday: Thou Bleak December
On Monday, the waxing Moon in Gemini will engender a diverse mind that seeks to know!
On Tuesday, the Full Moon in Gemini will inspire you to float high upon the intellectual breezes in search of the soul.
Wednesday/Thursday: Wind and Blow
In the middle of the week, the waning Moon will travel through the sign of Cancer. As the Moon trines Neptune in Pisces, you will find beauty in dissolving, diffusing and dissipating all that has become too rigid.
On Thursday, as the Moon opposes Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn, expect to feel how to soul emanates from the body and the body from the soul. How interesting it is to feel multidimensionally alive!
As the year 2016 continues to fade into obscurity, a solemn contemplation of life and death may be called for.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Flash, Like a Love-Thought
The waning Moon will travel through Leo over the weekend, opening your heart to a fuller expression of love.
Late into the night on Friday, the Moon will oppose Venus in Aquarius, a moment to embody your ideals of beauty in one long ecstatic sigh.
On Saturday, as the Moon trines the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius, as well as with Uranus in Aries, there will a transitory brightness of spirit that will call forth an exultant joy!
This expression of the holiday spirit is made even more intoxicating by the sextile between the Moon and Jupiter in Libra.
Gather friends and loved ones to fully enjoy this sparkling night.
On Sunday, all is quiet.
The Moon moves into Virgo and the necessity of diligence returns. This will be the last day before Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn, so use this as a time to prepare for the three week journey into the underworld, where linear conceptions of time and language will fragment into fractal waves.
“This world of imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation is finite and temporal.”
– William Blake