As Boulder’s wildfire wraps to a close, consider the following Robert Penn Warren poem.
Fear and Trembling
The sun now angles downward, and southward.
The summer, that is, approaches its final fulfillment.
The forest is silent, no wind-stir, bird-note, or word.
It is time to meditate on what the season has meant.
But what is the meaningful language for such meditation?
What is a word but wind through the tube of the throat?
Who defines the relation between the word sun and the sun?
What word has glittered on whitecap? Or lured blossom out?
Walk deeper, foot soundless, into the forest.
Stop, breath bated. Look southward, and up, where high leaves
Against sun, in vernal translucence, yet glow with the freshest
Young tint of the lost spring. Here now nothing grieves.
Can one, in fact, meditate in the heart, rapt and wordless?
Or find his own voice in the towering gust now from northward?
When boughs toss–is it in joy or pain and madness?
The gold leaf–is it whirled in anguish or ecstasy skyward?
Can the heart’s meditation wake us from life’s long sleep,
And instruct us how foolish and fond was our labor spent–
Us who now know that only at death of ambition does the deep
Energy crack crust, spurt forth, and leap
From grottoes, dark–and from the caverned enchainment?
The terrible fire/wind event is so raw that I can’t even speak of it now, but perhaps this poem will allow something in, something out; some movement whereby we may paradoxically dream.
For you who are interested in astrology charts, consider this one, of the time and place when and where the fire probably started: 9/6/2010, 10:01:45 am, Boulder, CO, USA, according to news reports.
Some components of it are
I’m glad most people got their horses out. I have not heard reports of any pets deaths, but we cannot help but wonder about the wildlife, too. It is probable that benefic Jupiter’s aspect (strong, in its on sign now) on Saturn, may have saved the animals and many of the homes that were saved, actually.
The Ascendant of this chart is Libra, an Air sign. Libra, and the planets sitting in this first house, Mars with Venus, Lord of the chart, were also getting an aspect from malefic Ketu, positioned in the Air Sign Gemini, in the Ardra nakshatra. The symbol of Ardra is the tear drop and this lunar constellation is often associated with pain. Ketu from this position was capable of inflicting more damage on the situation, and even something tricky. Perhaps the cause of the fire is reflected by this astrological influence as well, as the local rumors are that some RV vehicle hit a propane tank up in the Gold Hill area.
The Ascendant was 0 degrees, 24 minutes of Libra; Mars was 0 degrees, 30 minutes into Libra. Both were in the Nakshatra of Chita, whose Lord is MARS, and this lunar constellation is in the Rakshasa (demon) group. Nakshtras are divided into either rakshasa, human or deva groupings. The negative qualities of Ketu were stronger due to sitting in this Rakshasa constellation.
There were 8 of us in a hiking group that day and we saw the huge plume of smoke billowing high in the sky at approximately 10:30 a.m. I posted the 2 photos I took of that on Facebook that day. The winds were incredibly ferocious that morning and in fact put an end to our hiking plans. So the condition of “the air” (i.e. fierce winds) served to burst the calamity into many locations, carrying embers all over.
The air was polluted by this sudden, unexpected event (Ketu influence) and the wind whipped the fire to run in many directions, I understand. That Mars (representing fire and accidents) was just barely into this air sign Libra, right on the degree of the Ascendant speaks volumes to me as well. To me, it is like this sign was “overwhelmed” by a disturbed Mars, made even more tricky by Ketu’s aspect! Ketu represents hindrance and degradation.
Renay Oshop - teacher, searcher, researcher, immerser, rejoicer, enjoying the interstices between Twitter, Facebook, and journals.