October 23rd, a knight appears, leaning back on his steed, showing us an uphill road lined with electricity and fires. He has a message for us about traveling up the hill, but it’s hard to hear today: we’re bombarded by a bottleneck of other messages, transmitting themselves in the tone of early millennial instant messaging, but all with their thoughts cut off at the end. Sentences cease to reach completion; the messages’ essences are obscured because they represent uncomfortable jolts to the system.
Our boxes, beds and temples reveal a habitual determination to remain the same in structure—the go-to objects for our daily activities assume a pattern of chronically recurring symptoms. Numbness and tingling shoot down our kneecaps, yet another electric indication of fresh shift, departing from the enduring sameness to which we cling. Our bed frames and mattresses collapse on heaps of tangled wires. Shocks feel inevitable.
To the past facets of self, all of this feels like descent and regression. But it’s not for nothing we’ve walked down a road with grim reapers nuzzling pigs at the sides, meeting that knight with the necessary teaching: “you’re coming from the underworld today into a place of higher reckoning—not as in judgment, but more having your ducks in a row, moving up the road to discover more road and not staying stuck.” His horse goes “neigh!” and we mustn’t say nay, but go forth through the turbulent static.
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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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