Saturn’s Way

I mentioned that it is all too easy to overemphasize the lunar and the solar in accord with the prominence of the sun and moon, suggesting that there is value in recalling the other forms of communication. Well, here is perhaps the essence of Saturn:

Alles ist austragen und dann gebären. Jeden Eindruck und jeden Keim eines Gefühls ganz in sich, im Dunkel, im Unsagbaren, Unbewußten, dem eigenen Verstande Unerreichbaren sich vollenden lassen und mit tiefer Demut und Geduld die Stunde der Niederkunft einer neuen Klarheit abwarten: das allein heißt künstlerisch leben: im Verstehen wie im Schaffen.

(All is gestating and then birthing. Each impression and each germ of a feeling comes to completion, wholly in itself, in the dark, in the unspeakable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience one waits for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone signifies the artistic life: in understanding as in creating.)

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (German/Another English translation)

Rilke speaks so elegantly, I hesitate even to gloss it. Still, let me situate this in reference to spiritualism. We can talk about the fires we receive, the messages given to us, but we also ought to consider the messages that we are and contain in our very being.

There are forms of communication, forms of initiation if you will, that vitalize and activate what is already within us. These often entail a (painfully) slow work, one that begins with feeling and presentiment and grows to become an integral part of your being. These are not the sorts of messages from someone. Rather, in pursuing certain sorts of spiritual work, your warm and nourish the seed within so that its branches begin to grow into your own consciousness.

That sort of work is about becoming the tree, becoming the spiritual purpose that you carry.

Rilke’s insight brings us back to art, to the daemon, poetry…

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