9.23.2004

Water From The Rock

There is a fable I always remember, though I don't recall where it came from:

A group of scientists once found themselves at the foot of a Mountain, and they decided to climb it, to see what was at the peak. They did a few experiments to figure out the best way to go about it, threw their energy into developing innovative ways to scale the rocky surface, and at long last began to climb. It was not easy...sometimes they had to fix their equipment, or come up with new answers to unexpected problems. It was also often quite dangerous, and not all of the scientists made it. But along the way and through those hardships they all learned much about the Mountain, and found reason in the way it worked, and discovered the logic of what it really was and what it meant.

Finally, at long last and with triumph in their hearts, the group of scientists climbed over that final ledge. And to their surprise they found a group of holy men sitting there, furiously debating the true nature of the Mountain, as they had been all along.

Earth and Water are the polar elements that represent the body of existence, just as Fire and Air represent the continuity of it. On the one hand (Earth's) there is the sensual reality we know. On the other hand (Water's) there is the existence of the spirit.

In contrast, they might be easier seen, for in being polar they can sometimes come into conflict. Like the eternal struggle between science and faith. Or physical needs versus emotional ones, morality versus pragmatism, imagination versus actuality...the defined versus That Which Cannot Be Defined.

Earth is tangible, and so it tends to be more easily recognized. I often lean towards physical descriptions to illustrate things, like writing about pencils and planets when what I'm really discussing is energy and interaction. Earth qualities are basically sensual...you can feel, touch, taste, hear, and see them. They are also quantifiable and knowable reality, defined reality, whether you are quantifying sound in decibels, or using visible symbols in MS Sans Serif font to communicate, or calculating a person's psychology through the pattern of degrees in a natal chart.

Or feeling pain when you accidentally cut yourself.

A broken heart feels pain too. But that is Water's side, not Earth's. Quantify your sorrow or your happiness for me, would you? Where's the insta-scale for measuring your faith in yourself, or in a higher power? And even though those that are scientifically minded often scoff at what they see as the fantasies of religion and beliefs, they should not. Those "fantasies" have impacted our existence through countless passions, held up millions with its strength, and illustrated the actual meaning and point to being alive, rather than merely rendering us biological organisms just a few steps up from plankton. If Earth is everything starkly defined in reality, Water is everything that is not.

There is no greater proof of the balance between these two than our own existence. We feel, and yet we are flesh. We must obey the needs of both, or we are off balance, crumbling. While you can notice the biological changes of emotion, can witness them in the flashes of the brain's synapses, these physical things simply are. There is no depth of meaning. They are only physical representations of a greater emotional reality.

So is art. And countless other things. Physical manifestations compelled by the spirit, to represent that spirit.

And the same goes for spiritual manifestations compelled by the physical. The satisfaction of a good meal, the sensation of your lover's kiss or caress, the thrill in the rush of adrenaline when a song you love reaches that perfect tempo. Like a rock thrown into a pond, the physical resonates through our emotions. Our emotions and our faiths, in turn, push us to mark reality with beauty and comfort and all the possiblities of living, and to defend and uplift our human spirit through the use of very physical means.

Both elements make up reality, and together they represent existence.

8 Comments:

Blogger Horus said...

Hey, I really liked your blog. Just sort of stumbled over it as I ambled aimlessly through cyberspace. Thanks for making me think about something other than work.

10:31 AM  
Blogger VW said...

Ok, you are making me really work hard (thanks). I am starting to see and understand more of your posts. Then I read a post like this and remember when I use to meditate in front of a stream at work, and think about how the water went around the rocks and what that meant... it is very similar to me in defining physical and emotional. Yet you said it much better in written words, than I would ever be able to do. Thanks again.

Side note: Thank goodness you put out astro.com (it made life a little easier getting a free chart) but it certainly has me working harder at putting all the planet information together correctly. Fun but demanding.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

Hey Horus - I'm glad to do it, and thanks for letting me know!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

VW - I'm glad you're enjoying this. It's not always simple, that's for sure. It's a good thing there's no timeline (and that there are blog archives).

The free charts from astro.com are nice, even though they are total cut-and-paste descriptions without any real context. I still go there because they show the latitude and longitude for a location, as well as calculating the Daylight Saving Time of the place. DST is absolutely, hands down, the bane of my existence. Different places adopted it at different points, and they even changed the days it affected in the early 80's, so it used to be that I'd have to go all over researching whether or not that particular location did or didn't use DST at that specific point in time, for pretty much everyone born between April and October. Either that, or risk getting the Houses messed up.

Oh well...nothing worth doing is easy, it seems.

1:11 PM  
Blogger VW said...

I am using it to cheat with my Parker's Astrology. I get it to do the calculations and now I'm working on the understanding of the Birth Chart. Like when it says things like "the Moon sign will dictate the extent..." when you are looking at the Moon in the seventh house. So many of these things relate back to something else. I should get a huge table and lay it out versus trying to keep it straight with notes on paper. :-)

Side note: The only thing I have found worth doing and easy was s.x with my husband. ;-) ;-) That's one of the reasons we have an OOPs (#2 Son). ha ha ha.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

It's not cheating :P That's like saying using a calculator to do math is cheating.

One of the vague parts about looking at a chart and studying astrology is figuring out where to start. There's no clearly defined methods, and so the path taken will be different for each person depending on their comfort, even though the same ground is being covered. The important thing is to take it slow at first (and later never hurts either). It is perfectly normal to not get it right away.

Heck, it took me four years to even entertain the idea that it could work.

6:02 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Wow! What a great post. I felt every word, especially those in the last few paragraphs. I mean that. Finally, something I can fully understand, in a completely visceral rather in just cognitive way.

There is another(!) huricane heading to Florida. I hope you are out of the path of this one! Either way, thankfully, it's not a monster like the last few.

12:14 AM  
Blogger jon said...

village horoscope info is so cheesy but we were looking at it anyway...why i dont know. I guess it is fun to play around online. Anyway, I saw your village horoscope posts and though it was cool...Alright, well...have a great night, I am back to village horoscope surfing LOL : )

Jon

11:17 PM  

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