Critical Trilogy

a critic's millennial journey

Sagittarius Full Moon: Dark Horse


I am immortal! I know it! I feel it!
Hope floods my heart with delight!
Running on air mad with life dizzy, reeling,
Upward I mount, — faith is sight, life is feeling,
Hope is the day-star of might!”



The shrine is vowed to freedom, but, my friend,
Freedom is but a means to gain an end.
Freedom should build the temple, but the shrine
Be consecrate to thought still more divine.
The human bliss which angel hopes foresaw
Is liberty to comprehend the law.
Give, then, thy book a larger scope and frame,
Comprising means and end in Truth’s great name.

Margaret Fuller

Sagittarius 7 Cupid knocking at the door This is a symbol of the unimpeachable resources of life on the side of social self-renewals and psychological self-fulfillment.  Implicit in the symbolism are the incurably romantic leanings of mankind, and the consequent willingness of the individual to refine or alter every aspect of his own being as a means for entering into self-quickening relations with others.  He associates with his fellows and then breaks his ties he makes with them, but in time he achieves a spiritual integrity.  The keyword is allurement.  When positive, the degree is an insatiable appetite for enlarged experience and highly self-consummative intimacies, and when negative, self-exaltation and unbridled desire.

Gemini 7 An old-fashioned well This is a symbol of the unimpeachable source of life on the side of personal self-renewal and simple organic integrity.  Implicit in the symbolism is the purity of everything adding up to any individual character, and the curios capacity of man to remain himself whenever he enters into relationship with others and encourages the assimilation of their reality into his own.  He draws in and gives out the substance of himself continuously, and is rewarded by nature as he expends himself in this process of continuing to be.  The keyword is recompense.  When positive, the degree is absolute self-reliance and uncompromising faithfulness, and when negative, insensibility and ineptness in all human contact.

Margaret Fuller Progressed Chart on her Bicentennial; May 23, 2010

“It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.”

– Margaret Fuller, Notes from Cambridge, Massachusetts (July 1842) published in Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli (1852), Vol. II,

This Full Moon triggers Margaret Fuller’s progressed Neptune, her free spirit.  Her progressed chart for her bicentennial reveals Neptune in Sagittarius applying to an EXACT conjunction of Mercury with the Sun and Saturn.  Her long buried communication (Mercury) regarding the Truth of Universal Law (Saturn in Sagittarius) reflected by her life’s goal — to grow.  The ultimate freedom that Fuller’s indomitable spirit experiences under this Full Moon is the successful bid for immortality she made in her lifetime.  Misunderstood by her peers, she knew her tireless weaving of timeless symbols into every form of her writing — criticism, autobiography, essays and poetry — would be greeted by more affable company in a later age.

Like a Mason building the Templar symbols of the lost feminine into the very structure of a temple, or the secular building transformed into shrine via such eternal markings, Fuller  achieved an internal freedom by imbedding her knowledge of universal law into her works.  Like the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer, they were buried deep in the consciousness of her nation, to be excavated when the time was ripe for her beliefs.

The human bliss which angel hopes foresaw
Is liberty to comprehend the law.
Give, then, thy book a larger scope and frame,
Comprising means and end in Truth’s great name.

As a result, she achieved her wish, to be immortal, and rediscovered in the proper order of things.

“I accept the universe.”

— Margaret Fuller quoted in The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) by William James

“Gad! She’d better.”

— response of Thomas Carlyle


May 29, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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