August 4th, with Mars squaring Jupiter, a mutant hen-owl with blazing, severe eyes looks upon us mortals from mountain ridges exclaiming that the situation is dire but there’s no need to panic. “Panicking and rejoicing are two sides of the same coin, too-hoo, tee-hee!”
A view of the ground reveals the world’s impulses as men laced in blood, shields and knight’s helmets, clashing spears together and shouting at each other. At the end of each collision, those knights melt into a huddle like a snuggling family.
Today’s possibilities are bursting, bloody, with the occasional splash, fanfare and ambiguous boundaries between agony and celebration. One knight mounts a platform, holding mead in one hand singing a victory song; others’ spears fall with their tears.
The sovereign leaders look upon their warriors sweating bullets under an impossible pressure to answer an irreconcilable tension: championing the individual passions on the one hand and upholding the balanced powers necessary to create civilization on the other.
But we are more than the extremes of following our wants or being loyal to a past foundation-there’s a middle way that lets the inner head of state sweat out the anger, release, and know that those spears clash finally because of their love for the sharp friction of differentiated souls coming together.
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Nate Speare is an astrologer, vocal artist, storyteller, mythologist, and educator. He comes from a line of astrologers and sound/music composers who used natural environmental sounds and the connection between sound, the natural environment, and the characters within the earth and sky. He offers consulting sessions, writes essays, tells stories and uses his voice in videos and live performance as an active representative of the world to re-ignite a sense of magic in every client. It is his aim to connect each person to the idea that they are not blank slates, but that they entered the world with their own "daimon" and irreplaceable style of talented genius with inspiring and definite directions in life.
As an astrologer, Nate has studied under Jungian psychological and evolutionary astrologer Montgomery Taylor, and is influenced by Archetypal, Shamanic and Renaissance schools of astrology. Nate directs Mythopoetic Astrology, a consulting practice that integrates experiential therapy of astrology through Astro-Drama, voice, sonic art and client consulting. His teaching credits include Salem Summer Symposium (Massachusetts) Myth and Theatre Festival (France), and Jung Institute NYC. Nate is a collaborator of PanTheatre, the France-based cultural organization that researches the relationship between contemporary performance, mythology, and the archetypal psychology of James Hillman, the company's Honorary President.
He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where he is also the co-artistic director of Nekyia Theatre.
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