Astrology of Now: Taken At The Flood
“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”
— Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
According to the Greeks there were two types of time: Kairos and Chronos. The latter: the boring hours and minutes and seconds that we know, the days ticking past in an orderly fashion. The former describes the quality of time, the ripe moment, opportunity.
Chronos is Father Time, an old man, stooped over a stick. In astrology, he is Saturn.
Kairos is quite another matter, depicted as a runner with a ridiculously long forelock. Kairos races towards you, you have to pounce, ready to grab that flowing forelock as he flies by, because if you miss the moment, you find that the back of his head his bald, smooth as a billiard ball. There’s nothing to grab hold of.
Sometimes, the Kairos moment is obvious. Everything seems to work together to make a special opportunity flower. You miss the bus, you trip as you get on the wrong one, you look up into the eyes of a stranger and find that it’s your true love. This really happened to a friend of mine, and reader, she married him. But if she had not said hello, Kairos would have run past her on his winged feet and the moment would have gone.
How many such moments have we all missed in our lives? Who knows. You get to a certain age, you’ll have regrets. Maybe small ones — I hope so. Or maybe big ones: usually why didn’t I say yes? Or turn back just once? Or wait a moment?
One of the uses of astrology has always been to point out the times when Kairos is running towards you.
Right now, we have a spectacularly scary month — two eclipses and violent Cardinal Cross at Easter — the air is fizzing with electricity. Things look worrying on the world stage, but the fact is there’s little most of us can do except pray that our leaders make some good decisions. However, in our own lives we have some free will. With planetary energies this powerful, there are bound to be opportunities.
If Kairos comes running towards you this month, grab his forelock and don’t let go.
Of course, things went a bit pear-shaped for Brutus — but at least he lived his destiny.