Tuesday, July 10, 2007

An Easy Stroll

Yesterday with the Moon and Mars both in Taurus, my world relaxed for one moment. There was a gorgeous, deep, captivating summer sunset and I went to the great park in the center of town, which has a small fire station on one end. Four firemen were seated outside in front of the engine in what looked like an impromptu arrangement of chairs, watching the people and dogs enjoying the evening. I was stopped in my tracks by the sensation of relaxation emanating from these gentlemen. I think they know how to do it in between emergencies. The alarm could ring at any moment. Relaxation is preparation, all part of the job.
This is why I love astrology. The transit of Mars was exactly on my 10 degree north node in Taurus. I've had many transits of this point but none like this. Could I actively be cultivating this experience of calm and pleasure? Is the knowledge encouraging this? I will continue and see what develops. An easy stroll in between challenges might encourage me to do the best job possible. I love doing my best.
Photo: Luca Invernezzi Tettoni

24 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

One gorgeous picture deserves a few in return. And talk about relaxing... it was very hard to leave that place.

One

Two

Three

10/7/07 1:56 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Oh my god in heaven, joe.

And you took these?

OMG. I see exactly what you mean about this place and you. You, especially.
The power of pictures.

Thank you. This makes everything worth it.

10/7/07 2:14 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This is really really amazing. Professional quality.

The first one intrigues me. It's perfect in its initial impact and I was always told that one was not supposed to cut the picture in the middle. But the line of the water is just about there and it couldn't be more pleasing to the eye and in turn the whole body. It made me sigh in relief.

Is this rule incorrect? Maybe the slight slant makes the difference. The slant is everything in this photo. Beautiful feeling of balance and rhythm. The solitude of man with the nonsolitude of the sun and earth. The line of the water sets off the line of the sunshine and I can feel it coming into me. I also wonder if framing and capturing the beauty adds drama.

I'm so impressed.

10/7/07 2:42 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Ahhhhh, sigh.
the stress just rolled off.
man, these are great Joe.

10/7/07 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Yes indeed, I took these. :o) I am an amateur shutterbug. My only gripe is I left the date/time option enabled, and the second photo is off-kilter just a bit. But maybe that's a subtle reminder of my balance issues. :o)

10/7/07 2:45 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I agree Jm that first photo is great.

I don't know anything about rules.
I've been told i break all of them.

What i've found is the European ones (mostly Italian) and the Asian ones are at complete odds with each other.

10/7/07 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

jm, the first one was taken on a moving boat, so I am amazed that it came out that well.

Tseka, the stress just melted away the closer I got to the place. :o)

10/7/07 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Here's my favorite from last year.

Let's go!

10/7/07 2:50 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't know anything about rules.
I've been told i break all of them.


You could be on to something.

What i've found is the European ones (mostly Italian) and the Asian ones are at complete odds with each other.

Very interesting. I think much of the Asian has more movement and sweep.

Moving boat????? No!

There is magic, one of our favorite words, in the photo. The first impact tells the story, and I got it bigtime. Breadth and depth. Unmistakable beauty. I wonder if this would get almost universal response and what defines this.

Have your skills improved lately? Or is it alwys hit or miss.

10/7/07 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

And finally... the thunderhead after the Sun set. We thought a storm was in the offing but it dissipated.

Four

10/7/07 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I've always been good at spotting something that will be dramatic. :o)

Now I gotta figure out how to airbrush the timestamp out of the best of the photos.

And thank you. *bow* :o)

10/7/07 3:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

OMG!!!!!

The empty chair. Perfectly exquisite. I feel myself in it. The chair is alive.

You are talented joe. Every artist I know is talented in many areas.

10/7/07 3:02 PM  
Blogger jm said...

These are thrilling joe. I feel a side of you I didn't know before. I remember your verbal description of the place and it was a knock-out. But now the "picture" is complete.

Please post your phtots whenever the impulse strikes. You know I'm a photo devotee..:-)

This has made my day and my Mars in Taurus transit. I know what it's about.

Thank you once again. Another bow, and hearty applause.

10/7/07 3:06 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Those are wonderful photos, Joe. I especially like no. 1 and no. 4. No question that's a marvelous place to be - it radiates peace & tranquility, at least in your pictures.

Thanks for sharing them!

10/7/07 3:39 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Could I actively be cultivating this experience of calm and pleasure?

A resounding YES!!

Those firemen are a great example for you too - how to relax in between sprints . . . :-)

10/7/07 3:41 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Neith. You are so right. I've always loved firemen and firehouses. They live in a cacoon of intimacy, cooking for one another, sleeping together, and sharing heightened experience. The togetherness to fight fires is a necessity. Those four guys yesterday were brothers.

The astrology group I met with for years held their meetings in a community center above the firemen. I always felt good in there. And the 24 hour presence is reassuring.

I think this is the lesson of my node with the Aries. I always wondered how to pull this off, and the "relaxation between sprints" is the answer.

10/7/07 3:53 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Four firemen were seated outside in front of the engine in what looked like an impromptu arrangement of chairs, watching the people and dogs enjoying the evening."

Mars in Taurus represented by firemen relaxing -- yup, that's a great illustration! :-)

10/7/07 5:17 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Great work, joe! I feel very comfortable with photo number Two.

10/7/07 5:20 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Mars in Taurus represented by firemen relaxing

Of course.

I noticed something. In photo #2, the rock stands alone and reminds me of the comfort of solitude reminiscent of the boat and the chair in the other photos. The non-loneliness of aloneness. The promise of fulfillment.

Right now, Mars is transiting joe's Taurus in the 12th house. Active capture (Mars) of solitude (12th) and beauty (Taurus).

So interesting, our diverse experiences with the same transit.

10/7/07 5:41 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Wow, isn't that amazing, about the Mars transit. I captured a ton of these kinds of photos this past weekend.

Thanks for the kind words, Neith and Kadimiros. :o)

10/7/07 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I forgot these two. They, too, capture the solitude theme nicely.

Five

Six


If only I had turned off the stupid timestamp! :o(

10/7/07 6:22 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"Of course."

I particularly like it because it makes me think of picture books. :-) Where's Mars?, or something like that.

10/7/07 8:16 PM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

"If only I had turned off the stupid timestamp!"

There's a YouTube video tutorial demonstrating how to use Photoshop to remove timestamps from several types of photos, if that helps.

10/7/07 8:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

This has been a great treat, joe. Lots of beautiful earth around.

Maybe after this you'll never forget to turn the timestamp off!

Don't you love this instant connection and response?

10/7/07 9:34 PM  

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