Chironic Time and Dancing Photons
SATURN SUN, CHIRON MOONSATURN SUN, CHIRON MOONSATURN
SUN, CHIRON MOON
This newsletter is a little late due to travel
complications and, perhaps, a dash of Mercury
This July Full Moon highlighted one of the key turning
points of the year. A till in Cancer at the Full Moon,
the Sun cozied up to Saturn, conjunct on Saturday, the
23rd. The Full Moon in Capricorn edges in on Chiron,
crossing it right away.
SATURN entered Leo just a week ago, inaugurating a new 2
1/2 year cycle. Its opposition with Chiron, exact on the
Full Moon, shifts the change to another level, altering
our time-space experience.
KAIROTIC, CHIROTIC OR CHAOTIC TIME
*Chiron sculpture by Ben Fryman
This is an incredibly kairotic time in history....we
have extraordinary access to the sacred principles,
powers and creations that are yearning at the crossroads
of existence to enter into time. --Jean Houston
Kairos means "the loaded time" or "the time of bursting
potential," according to ancient Greek usage. In honor
of Chiron, let's call it Chirotic time. Saturated with
synchronicity and serendipity, kairotic time opens the
door to timeless eternity.
"Eternity has nothing to do with time," said Joseph
Campbell in The Power of Myth. "Eternity is that
dimension of here and now which thinking in time cuts
out....The experience of eternity right here and now is
the function of life."
These are moments when something extraordinary catches
our breath, reminding us of the universal life source.
These are the "thin places" of Celtic mythology, places
where the veil of illusion between the visible and
invisible is most transparent.
The experience of time is variable, highly individual
and related to our state of consciousness. On the
threshold of a consciousness shift or when synchronistic
circumstance takes us by surprise, our sense of time is
altered. We pass through a membrane of awareness, where
time-space and soul meaning are aligned. Time curves
from the gravity of meaning, bending around the curve of
the spiral that alters our experience momentarily or
Each time the world surprises us with its twisting
a shiver runs through our soul...time bends to meet the
curve of our souls....parallels for a fleet, poignant
moment. Either we meet it half-way or we don't.
Chiron seeks fusion of psyche with soma, infusing the
here-and-now with psycho-spiritual immediacy. Let's take
the time and space apart from our "normal" lives to
allow a new level of consciousness to manifest in the
immediacy of our daily lives. It is the quantum leap
that evokes synchronicities as it brings our
multidimensional bodies into alignment. Chiron is
shamanic in its capacity to alter/altar time/space
reality--to render it universal and sacred.
FIRE IN THE SKY
Time stood still, caught between the Pole Star, the
Great Bear and the Southern Cross--though I do not know,
for it is not my job to know, whether such in fact were
the constellations, so numerous their vertices, their
sidereal fires, mingled and combined, shuffling the
allegories they symbolized. And even now the brightness
of a full moon paled beside the whiteness--how
portentously renewed at that moment!-- of the Milky Way.
At the Full Moon, Mercury/Venus in Leo, Pluto in
Sagittarius and Mars in Aries form a fire triangle, a
positive energetic pattern, full of vitality and
motivation. Mars in Aries also square the Moon, taking
center stage, strong in its own sign. Uplifting the
pushy Martian aggression, we can use this energy with
clear Aries integrity, freshly ready to step forward in
We witness the difference between Power vs. Force. In
his book of that name, subtitled The Hidden Determinants
of Human Behavior, Dr. David R Hawkins writes about high
and low energy patterns that influence our actions,
based on what vibration we choose. Power supports life;
force exploits life. Power is principled, attracting,
unifying and serves others. Force is defensive,
divisive, aggressive and egoic, coming from weakness and
has a superficial illusion of power. Power is
self-evident and heart-centered. Force must justify
itself. Power expresses beauty and grace; force is
Power moves with the universe, as the planets circle the
Sun, forming a coordinated, choreographed system. The
Sun itself is part of a larger galaxy of billions of
stars. The summer season is the best time to see the
thickest, creamiest section of the Milky Way river.
There we gaze to the impenetrable mystery of the
RETRO MERCURY & VIRTUAL PHOTONS
Basically right on the Full Moon, yes, here we go again
with another 3-week session of Mercury retrograde, the
Trickster in action. If you feel like it has already
been retrograde, you're tuned in. The full round of a
retrograde period starts when the planet comes to the
degree that it revisits when retrograde and lasts until
it passes by the degree it got to before stopping. That
span is called its shadow. So, the full retro Mercury
cycle started on July 4 at 9 degrees Leo, stops at 21 on
July 22, back to 9 degrees and turning forward on August
17, then up to 21 out of its shadow on August 30.
With Mercury in Leo, for an extended time this can be a
very creative period. Diving to the heart of chaos, in
what can feel like a regressive state, one can tap a
highly creative impulse, the dance of photons.
At the center of an atom is the nucleus, composed of
protons (positive charge) and neutrons (neutral charge).
Around the nucleus dance electrons, rather like the
planets revolve around the Sun. These three types of
particles emit energy called photons, which are minute
packets of light. Electromagnetic force is mediated by
these photons. We are all electromagnetic beings. So
this following discussion is all about human
An electron is constantly emitting photons, called
virtual photons because they are re-absorbed too fast to
become "real." Photons (i.e., light) can become real.
There is an uncertainty principle in the relation of
time to energy. The more precise we can be about time,
as in the above timing of the photon emission, the less
able we are to measure the energy level. The more
precise we are about energy level, the less we know
about the time. This is a major clue about how Chirotic
time works. Chiron can change our experience of time
perhaps because of its heightened energy level. An
excited electron emits a real photon.
An excited electron is in a higher energy level than its
ground state--its lowest energy level where it is as
close to the nucleus of an atom as it can get. An
electron considers the ground state to be its home. It
doesn't like to leave home. In fact, the only time it
leaves its ground state is when it literally is pushed
out of it with extra energy. In that case, the
electron's first concern is to get back to its ground
state (provided that it hasn't been pushed so far from
the nucleus that, in effect, it becomes a free
electron). Since the ground state is a low-energy state,
the electron must lose its excess energy before it can
return to it. Therefore, when an electron is at an
energy level higher than its ground state, it jettisons
its excess energy in the form of a photon.
Electrons are always emitting photons so they have an
aura-like swarm of virtual photons around them. If
electrons come close enough to each other, their
virtual-photon fields overlap and they exchange photons,
absorbing each others virtual photons. The closer the
electrons come to each other, the more this happens.
Because electrons are all of negative charge, this will
cause them to repulse each other, the closer they get
the stronger the repulsion. (Doesn't this sound like
Like charges repel, so this happens with protons in the
nucleus as well. They emit photons and exchange them as
well and repulse each other. They are held together in
the nucleus by a much more powerful force field called
the strong force (karma or destiny?) that keeps the
protons together in spite of the urge to repulse each
other-- so the nucleus remains intact. On the other
hand, when an electron and proton exchange photons, they
attract each other because they are of opposite charges.
Opposites attract--we've heard that before. Also, a
proton can emit a little energy packet called a pion and
temporarily change its identity. It can also interact
with a neutron in a way that they exchange identities.
Interactions happen when one thing influences another.
An electron interacts with another particle when that
particle absorbs a virtual photon emitted by the
electron. If the electron re-absorbs that photon, it is
interacting with itself. "Self-interaction makes the
world of subatomic particles a kaleidoscope reality
whose very constituents are themselves unceasing
processes of transformation." That's us!
We can learn a lot about human interactions and the
dynamics of our own unconscious processes from this
On the edge of transition, there is higher excitement,
often accompanied by anxiety. There is more energy that
can propel our virtual photons to spin off freely,
becoming real thereby changing reality as the light is a
form of new consciousness. And we can exchange more
virtual photons with each other, subtly changing our
energy fields and our inner substance. Shared photons,
shared light, shared imagination, shared visions. We
unite to awaken soul and re-weave reality through
bringing virtual reality into form. This creative
process happens in Chirotic time/space.
You don't really need to understand all this, you're
doing it anyway. With the extraordinary solar flares
coming into our atmosphere and charging it up, we're all
dancing with the electrons!
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