Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Buzzy on a Neptune Transit

This is one of Zelda's pals, you know, Myrtle Rae's chicken. He's an astrologer so he should have been prepared. The whole barnyard is abuzz, actually, on account of the added Uranus. I hope you are enjoying the Saturn/Neptune opposition. It will be separating shortly.
Illustration by Michael Glenn Monroe

22 Comments:

Blogger Kadimiros said...

Buzzy Wuzzy was a bee.
Buzzy Wuzzy hummed, you see.
Buzzy Wuzzy wasn’ t buzzy, was he?

No! He was hummy wummy!
Hummy wummy wummy!
Hummy wummy wummy


                --Between the Lions

28/2/07 12:06 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Hey! I thought Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a bear!!

28/2/07 2:36 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Wuz he?

But not Buzzy! Heheh.

I guess Fuzzy and Buzzy are both fuzzy if not buzzy.

28/2/07 3:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Ha! They're both fuzzy, yes. And buzzy on account of the Uranus. Add that to Buzzy's natural buzz, and you have superbuzz.

But Fuzzy is still coming out of hibernation so his buzz is subdued.

28/2/07 4:09 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Superbuzz"! Sounds like a great superhero name. I can picture Buzzy with a costume with a big yellow letter "B" on it.

I guess I better not offer the bear some buzzy beer.

28/2/07 5:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

HA HA!

Superbuzz. It really is a great concept! I love the "B" idea. This culture would adore it. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Hey, kad. Would you like to be a millionaire? I think you just stumbled on the formula.

Buzzy Beer. We'd be in hog heaven. I mean bee heaven. I mean bear heaven.

28/2/07 5:40 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

LOL! I don't try to own ideas, but I guess I wouldn't mind having some nice shares in a good business.

28/2/07 6:08 PM  
Blogger jm said...

60/40 on this one since I came up with the original idea.

Deal?

28/2/07 6:24 PM  
Blogger jm said...

These folks are with us.

28/2/07 6:27 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Very cool! :-)

28/2/07 7:08 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Some fun bee stuff. :-)

* * *

Aristaeus, a keeper of bees who lost his hives to disease, compelled Proteus, a shape-changer who was also the wise god of the sea, to tell him how to avoid such a loss in the future. ("Some honey bee lore")

Hmm, bees have been mysteriously vanishing across the country, alarming beekeepers.

* * *

Near delphi there is an "omphalos" center--a navel of the Earth. Where the priestesses used to be sought as oracle to tell of the future and past. They sat on tri-legged stools near a spot where supposedly vapours rose from the Earth's warm heart. The omphalos is marked by beautifully carved domed artifacts. These are dome-hive shaped and decorated with carvings of Bees. ("Bees in Antiquity and Medieval Thought")

* * *

The Temple of Neith in Sau is traditionally known as the House of the Bee -- or "Hoot-Bit" in Egyptian. ("Symbolism of the Bee in Occult Tradition")

28/2/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger jm said...

These are great. Will delve.
Bees are fascinating in their organization too.

28/2/07 10:05 PM  
Blogger jm said...

You know, it just dawned on me why Buzzy is so freaked out. he's Virgo busy bee stuck in a Neptunian trance.

28/2/07 10:08 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Aha. That explains the big eyes. :-) Maybe he had a taste of some of that hypnotic honey described in one of the articles. Gives alcohol extra kick. Could be a good secret ingredient for Buzzy Beer.

The Aristaeus story could have esoteric subtext. Excerpt:

The river at her command opened itself and let him pass in, while it stood curled like a mountain on either side. He descended to the region where the fountains of the great rivers lie; he saw the enormous receptacles of waters and was almost deafened with the roar, while he surveyed them hurrying off in various directions to water the face of the earth.

Arriving at his mother's apartment he was hospitably received by Cyrene and her nymphs, who spread their table with the richest dainties. They first poured out libations to Neptune, then regaled themselves with the feast, and after that Cyrene thus addressed him: "There is an old prophet named Proteus, who dwells in the sea and is a favorite of Neptune, whose herd of sea-calves he pastures. We nymphs hold him in great respect, for he is a learned sage, and knows all things, past, present, and to come. He can tell you, my son, the cause of the mortality among your bees, and how you may remedy it. But he will not do it voluntarily, however you may entreat him.

"You must compel him by force. If you seize him and chain him, he will answer your questions in order to get released, for he cannot, by all his arts, get away if you hold fast the chains. I will carry you to his cave, where he comes at noon to take his midday repose. Then you may easily secure him.

"But when he finds himself captured, his resort is to a power he possesses of changing himself into various forms. He will become a wild boar or a fierce tiger, a scaly dragon, or lion with yellow mane. Or he will make a noise like the crackling of flames or the rush of water, so as to tempt you to let go the chain, when he will make his escape. But you have only to keep him fast bound, and at last when he finds all his arts unavailing, he will return to his own figure and obey your commands."

So saying, she sprinkled her son with fragrant nectar, the beverage of the gods, and immediately an unusual vigor filled his frame and courage his heart, while perfume breathed all around him.


Proteus, of course, already knew of Aristaeus and all that would transpire.

28/2/07 10:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Hypnotic honey. That's it! what a marketing angle for our beer, and other products. Superbuzz with hypnotic honey.

Oh that Proteus.
I've never understood why he capitulates under these circumstances. What's that saying about perseverence and grip? Chaining the changeable.

Good prose in the telling of the story above.

28/2/07 11:24 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Aristaeus is an image of the human capacity for industry and diligent service. He is not really a hero, for he faces no dangerous quests, and his greatest challenge is the healing of sick bees. But he is powerful and creative nonetheless. Although his aims are limited--Aristaeus could not be accused of the grandiose pride which afflicts so many Greek heroes and which is the cause of their glory and ultimate downfall--he is kind and dependable, willing to work long hours for the matters which concern him.
Thus Aristaeus embodies that side of us which is humble enough to relate to the smallest forms of life. He is capable of great contentment because his achievements are always circumscribed by realism and modest aims.


Mythic Tarot.

28/2/07 11:39 PM  
Blogger jm said...

To summarize, we have associated the bee with service, diligence, the right use of creative imagination and desire, and the collection of wisdom from the experiences of life. From the association with the Egyptian goddess Neith, we have linked the bee to the discernment, and consequent use and administration, of the veiled laws and patterns of Nature, as well as the process of coming to know our own inner divinity as a spiritual fact. Finally, we have seen the bee as a symbol of spiritual royalty and the development of fine character.

28/2/07 11:46 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Thus Aristaeus embodies that side of us which is humble enough to relate to the smallest forms of life. He is capable of great contentment because his achievements are always circumscribed by realism and modest aims."

Aristaeus is the good manager who, unlike many other tragic figures, does not rise to his level of incompetence. He tends to his workers, and he gets help and advice.

It need not mean that one's overall achievement must be small, for diligent labor accomplishes much, but long-term effectiveness comes from a good match to means and resources. In application, he is a practical idealist.

"I've never understood why he [Proteus] capitulates under these circumstances. What's that saying about perseverence and grip? Chaining the changeable."

Seeing all possibilities vividly, to Proteus perhaps all are of equal value or of equal reality, or perhaps he has already made his selection for a potential unknown to us. He appears to act humanly in trying to escape, but the appearance could be deceptive. Why would any farseeing power that must co-exist with us allow us to act freely on Earth? And there would be quite a run of the lazy -- and those who cannot follow good advice handed to them -- to his cave if he was easy.

Surrender may offer something in return that we don't foresee. Or maybe he lacks long-term self-regulation. But entertaining as these musings may be, maybe we'll get more from looking beyond the literal level.

The escape attempts are a test for the quester. Typically, the mythical quester meets with obstacles and challenges.

Perseverance tells us of the power of concentration which is the basis for solid achievement.

In that context, it seems to me that Proteus represents distractions, changeability that prevents significant change. Craving, aversion and delusion typically would sway the unwary quester from the authentic goal. The steady mind is not overly reactive to them, but knows they will fade as their energies are expended.

Then, deeper levels of insight and information open to the focused, clarified consciousness.

In the long term, concentration properly directed grows the capacity for serenity, for happiness in the present, and it alleviates self-inflicted mental suffering. Life appears more real, more vivid to the senses, and contentment becomes more attainable.

1/3/07 10:03 AM  
Blogger jm said...

In application, he is a practical idealist.

That sounds wonderful.

Why would any farseeing power that must co-exist with us allow us to act freely on Earth?

Exactly.

In that context, it seems to me that Proteus represents distractions, changeability that prevents significant change. Craving, aversion and delusion typically would sway the unwary quester from the authentic goal.

Excellent answer.
He must know when the focus is adequate in the seeker, and that's when he reveals his knowledge. Almost like a puzzle and that requires a maze to get to the answer. Maybe in that chase, more information applicable to the goal is picked up. Then when ready, problem solved.

No wonder I love Proteus so much, being extremely fond of distraction, "changing" now as Pluto heads in.

In the long term, concentration properly directed grows the capacity for serenity, for happiness in the present, and it alleviates self-inflicted mental suffering.

That's quite a benefit.

My theory is that all problems come with a solution and we spend our lives matching this up. One solution, of course, leads to the next dilemma.

It could be that Proteus represents this process as the answer eludes us in the distractions, but are necessary to come to the moment of focus and grasp.

1/3/07 2:47 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"It could be that Proteus represents this process as the answer eludes us in the distractions, but are necessary to come to the moment of focus and grasp."

Proteus is of the sea, and a symbol of nonlinear depths of knowing. It seems to me that his knowing is inseparable from experience. There is a quality of active, directed attention to penetrate its mysteries.

1/3/07 7:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

That's where we are with the Saturn/Neptune. As I suspected, there is an atmosphere of nothingness out there now. No disasters, just the same thing but an eerie other worldliness to it. The sorrow level is high, the despair between all the Pisces squaring the hope of Jupiter in Sag, is at a head right now.

It's very intersting. The restaurants were packed on an off-night, indicating insecurity.

There is a definite lull in the mundane agony and I think this is a prelude to a little joy just ahead. I try not to get euphoric since a crash follows, but I'm not usually successful at this.

There is something specific happening right now as the opposition separates. The Protean timelessness and illusory material grasp, indicated by the stock market as well.

Very interesting that they try and predict specifics on this vague Neptune. Didn't work this time. Lots of confusion looking for the next clue. Maybe we really are progressing. when people can face the nothingness, they are getting there.

1/3/07 9:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

It's truly interesting.

I have a huge and highly unusual event occurring in my life tomorrow. But in reality, it's nothing. My reality, that is. So I'm not even getting excited. I usually do, but this time I'm treating it as another day. Part of the continuum.

There are times when the heightened sensations are appropriate, but I think under this influence it's wise to drift in the timelessness and lack of forced drama so common in everyday experience. Part of the Leo theatrics opposite the Aquarian detachment. Letting life happen for a moment rather than trying to make it come alive more than it already is.

1/3/07 10:15 PM  

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