To Dance or Not To Be

Posted by Len Wallick


If there is one constant in the universe, it is continuous motion. Even so, natural motion does not resemble clockwork so much as it resonates with dance. Today, Len Wallick suggests you think of astrological motions as a dance you can choose to emulate by simply moving as you never have before: a first step.

Things move. In the sky, and on Earth, there is constant motion. Even a rock that appears to be standing still for centuries will be revealed (with a simple shift of perspective) to be moving on top of a continental plate. In addition, most (if not all) forms of motion resemble one of the most beautiful and creative human activities: dance.


Dance is both simple and complex at the same time. On the one hand, all you really need is your body. On the other hand, there appears to be no limit to the number of dance moves that can be made — particularly in combination. Movements in the sky are like that.

Every day, the combination of even a limited number of astronomical bodies represents a tableau never before duplicated. Just as no two days are precisely the same in your life. It is, of course, possible to see broad patterns and cycles (such as the seasons), but the details within a perceptible continuum will vary. The same principle is true of any accomplished dancer, and other creative artists as well. There is no reason the same cannot be true for you.

One of the basic ideas behind astrology is to see the long-term trends and the daily uniqueness at the same time. Take the dance of Mercury and Venus as just one example.

By this time on Monday, both Mercury and Venus will have changed signs. Later today, Mercury will move from Aries to Taurus in direct motion. As the weekend draws to a close, Venus will retreat from Aries and return to Pisces in retrograde motion.

Think of the impending movements of Venus and Mercury as a combination of dance moves. Mercury has moved from Aries to Taurus many times before, and it has done so with relative regularity. Venus retrograding from Aries to Pisces has also undoubtedly happened before, but not as often, and with a far more complex periodicity.

But it is almost certain the precise timing and other details that both Venus and Mercury will combine to demonstrate this weekend has never occurred before. And that’s just two planets. It’s also just the first step of a longer-term dance that will eventually see Venus return to Aries in direct motion while Mercury goes there (to Aries in retrograde) and back again (a second time into Taurus after the retrograde is over) — all during the course of just one season (as determined by the Sun).

Then there is everything else. The Moon, for example, moves from Taurus to Gemini today — and on to its dominion in Cancer on Sunday.

Then there is you, wondering (with reason) what it all means, and where you fit in. As with dance, it’s probably best to begin by keeping things simple. The essence is simply to move. The specific movements (separately and in combination) and their timing relative to each other are the details that can be broken down and analyzed separately before being reconstructed and interpreted.

But the essence is to move. If, during this weekend you can simply move in a way you have never done before, you will have successfully emulated Mercury and Venus by taking a first step in a longer-term dance.

So, break your routine a bit. Put your shoes on in a different order. Go into that little shop you have never entered. Use your other hand to eat with. The possibilities are practically endless. Only you, with your free will, can choose to do the same thing at the same time, and in the same way, over and over.

And those are just the possibilities of physical motion, but also your proof that nothing is impossible in a universe that must certainly be endless in all its combinations as well. Only you can choose to make it otherwise. If nothing else, it would be a lot more fun to dance instead.

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Len Wallick

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Besides endeavoring to be of service to all of you here at Planet Waves, Len strives to live in Seattle while working as a professional astrologer. To contact him for an astrology reading you can send an e-mail to: His telephone number is 206-356-5467. In addition to his profession, Len contributes to the Seattle community without monetary compensation by serving as a Reiki practitioner and teacher through classes and outreach offered by the Seattle Reiki Mastery Series modality.

4 thoughts on “To Dance or Not To Be

  1. LizzyLizzy

    Thank you for this beautiful piece, dear Len! It’s funny, because I posted this beautiful quote about dance by Rumi on my FB page yesterday, taken from a post by a wonderful Lebanese woman, who helps women and child refugees in Beirut find their way back to balance and joy through dance and yoga:
    “Our souls are only created to dance;
    it is their nature to dance …. and it is
    the tragedy of life …. when the soul is kept from dancing.”

  2. Michael MayesMichael Mayes

    We do a little something in Somatics called “Aimless wandering”. It basically involves just sensing & feeling the body, and then moving in response. It can take any form, non-form, pace, amount of rigor, etc. It’s all subjective, but the big idea is to stay responsive & MOVE.

  3. Glen Young

    The Eagle is used as a symbol for Scorpio, for its higher level of expression than the Scorpion. As the love dance with Scorpio can be a deadly affair. I doubt if President Trump is consciously aware of Secretary Clinton energetic ability as such (although he felt it), since he is still reacting negatively (fearfully) from this Scorpionic encounter.

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