The Nature of Time

Years ago, back in my previous life working for a multinational corporation, I had a tense conversation with a workmate about time. He passionately believed that a minute was a minute and that every minute he worked was equally as productive as the next. No matter what. He clocked on and clocked off at exactly the same time each day. He took his lunch break at 12 o’clock on the dot and was back at his desk precisely one hour later.

He didn’t understand my argument that my productivity fluctuated throughout the day or the week. Some days, I flew through huge volumes of work, and other days I felt like I had achieved nothing. Sometimes lunch was quick; other days it was long. It all depended on… On what?

By this stage of the conversation, this question didn’t matter. My colleague had decided I was a lazy fruitcake who was taking her employer for a ride and I’d decided my colleague was a robot masquerading as a human.

What was going on here? We seemed to be talking about two completely different experiences of the same thing: a simple working day.

Time is a mysterious thing.

We all know there are 52 weeks a year, 7 days in a week, and 24 hours in a day.

This is chronos, the quantity of time. My colleague was obviously heavily committed to chronos, the objective, measured experience of time.

There is another kind of time: Kairos. This is the proper or opportune moment, the quality of time.

Every hour is more than just 60 minutes. It has a quality, an essence or signature, that colours your experience of each moment.

Astrology is a way of reading the quality of time.

The Sun and Moon work together to show us day and night – and are also very important in the astrological chart.

The moon is like the minute hand on a clock (or chronograph, a word directly derived from chronos). She is the heavenly body that moves the fastest in the sky. We see her changing face each night as she journeys from the horizon to horizon.

The sun is slower moving, so can be likened to the hour hand, providing seasonal information. Rising higher in the sky and shining for longer in Summer. In Winter, the days are shorter and the Sun’s arc from East to West is lower.

The other planets give us extra information that isn’t available on a regular clock, which only measures chronos. The astrological chart gives us great detail into the kairos. By studying the movements of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, you discover much more than a clock could ever tell you.

If you’d like to find out more about your own qualities, the characteristics and preferences you carry throughout this lifetime instilled in you from the moment you took your first breath, book in for a consultation. I’d love to tell you more.

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