Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Hymn to Time”

An ode to the eternal “let there be” between death and chance.


Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Hymn to Time”

“The moment is not properly an atom of time but an atom of eternity,” Kierkegaard wrote in contemplating the paradoxical nature of time half a century before Einstein forever changed our understanding of it. As relativity saturated the cultural atmosphere, Virginia Woolf was tussling and taffying with time’s confounding elasticity, the psychology of which scientists have since dissected. We are beings of time and in time — something Jorge Luis Borges spoke to beautifully in his classic 1946 meditation on time“Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

That riverine dimension of being is what Ursula K. Le Guin (October 21, 1929–January 22, 2018) explores with spare words and immense splendor of sentiment in “Hymn to Time” from her final poetry collection, Late in the Day (public library) — a poem embodying her conviction that “science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside, [and] both celebrate what they describe.”

In this recording created as a warmup for our second annual Universe in Verse, astrophysicist Janna Levin — who has written beautifully about the nature of time herself — brings Le Guin’s poem to life in thirty-five transcendent seconds:

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Time says “Let there be”
every moment and instantly
there is space and the radiance
of each bright galaxy.

And eyes beholding radiance.
And the gnats’ flickering dance.
And the seas’ expanse.
And death, and chance.

Time makes room
for going and coming home
and in time’s womb
begins all ending.

Time is being and being
time, it is all one thing,
the shining, the seeing,
the dark abounding.

Complement with Hannah Arendt on space, time, and our thinking ego, then revisit Le Guin’s feminist translation of the timeless Tao Te Ching and Levin’s splendid reading of “Planetarium” by Adrienne Rich from the inaugural edition of The Universe in Verse.


Translation  is a 5-step system of syllogistic reasoning using words and their meanings and histories to transform the testimony of the senses and uncover the underlying timeless reality of Being/Consciousness.

Translators:  Hanz Bolen, Melissa Goodnight, Richard Branam, Mike Zonta.

Sense testimony:  I desire to be more truly at home.


1)  I/Consciousness/Truth/God am the master of my domain and my domain/my home is Heaven.
2)  One Infinite, Consciousness Beingness, That I AM, is unceasingly expressing the implacable Cosmic Intention that is always already present and dwelling in my Heart.
3)  Truth is I am I Sound Androgynous intimacy Being Infinitely Consciousness Awareness, its own Kingdomly Paradisiacal enchantment, exponentially determined surety Estate of its own Home-Worthy affairs.
4)  To come.

The Sunday Night Translation Group meets at 7pm Pacific time via Skype. There is also a Sunday morning Translation group which meets at 7am Pacific time via  See Upcoming Events on the BB to join, or start a group of your own.

What is Metacognition?

Learning about what Metacognition is, is itself a form of Metacognition.

Learning about Metacognition is valuable to Prosperos students because “becoming aware of one’s awareness” is considered to be the foundation upon which the edifice of Metacognition is based.

The linked discussion about Metacognition in Wikipedia is a good start in understanding what it is, how it can be used, and its relationship to the foundational concepts and practices of The Prosperos.

Don’t Be Afraid to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

By Lorraine Ferrier, Epoch Times

April 25, 2018

Scorpio Full Moon, April 29, 2018 at 5:38 pm PDT at 10 degrees

Wendy Cicchetti

The intensity and transformative potential of the Aries New Moon (April 15) peaks at the equally powerful Scorpio Full Moon. The New Moon sparked significant new beginnings, and now the Full Moon reveals what we need to release so that we can bring our ambitious dreams to fruition. Scorpio represents the phase in the creative process that looks more like destruction, but ultimately serves new life. The Moon is in fall in Scorpio, opposite Taurus, her exaltation. While Taurus the Earth Mother brings fertility and abundance, Scorpio is the Dark Mother who clears out what no longer serves us.

Scorpio rules the subconscious, and this Full Moon opens access to the deep inner workings of our psyches. Whatever we’ve been avoiding or suppressing is likely to surface, and we can see what’s undermining our intentions and efforts. This is not a comfortable Full Moon, and we might feel raw, vulnerable, and easily triggered. But the emotional truths and core desires that come to light open doors to greater aliveness and increased intimacy with ourselves, each other, and life itself. Where are we stuck in survival mode, instead of thriving? What is the risk we need to take?

The Moon is moving toward a conjunction with Jupiter, amplifying all Full Moon themes and feelings. We’re called to stretch our hearts wider to feel our full emotional range and love all of ourselves, light and shadow. Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio (March 8 – July 10) takes us on a quest to uncover and reclaim buried treasure — the parts of us that we’ve hidden and that hold our greatest power. Jupiter is almost halfway through its retrograde cycle and more than halfway through Scorpio. This Full Moon sheds light on what we’ve purged, regenerated, or healed during this transit and what we still want to transform.

Despite the discomfort, there are several signs that we can harness these Full Moon energies in a productive and positive direction. Mars and Pluto, the co-rulers of Scorpio, are conjunct in CapricornSaturn, ruler of Capricorn, is strong in its home sign and rewards us with material manifestation when we’re willing to take responsibility and do our work. Saturn forms a harmonious trine to the Sunand sextile to the Moon, helping us to stay grounded and focused on our priorities.

Neptune in Pisces is also a helpful influence at this Full Moon, trining the Moon and Jupiter and bringing in softer, gentler energies to balance the Martian intensity. Neptune opens us to greater love, compassion, and acceptance. When we accept what is and love ourselves exactly as we are, we facilitate the process of transformation. The ongoing Jupiter–Neptune trine heightens our sensitivity to the unseen and brings opportunities to advance our spirituality to the next level. The higher potential of Jupiter–Neptune is especially available now, as this is the Wesak Full Moon, when Buddha returns to the Earth with a blessing for humanity. We can increase our receptivity to this influx of healing and enlightening energies through meditation, prayer, or quiet time in or near water.

Written by Emily Trinkaus for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine

Full Moon symbolizes the fulfillment of the seeds planted at a previous New Moon or some earlier cycle. Each Full Moon reminds us of the seeds that may be coming to maturity, to their fullness, to fruition, to the place where the fruits or gifts are received. It may seem that fulfillment of our goals takes a long time. Some intentions may manifest within the two week phase prior to the next New or Full Moon. Some however, depending on their complexity, may take a much longer time. Just remember that our thoughts and emotions set Universal Action in motion and much work takes place behind the scenes as everything is orchestrated for fulfillment. Keep visualizing your goals as though you have already attained them and they will eventually manifest. Do not concern yourself with current conditions or worry about controlling it. The universe takes care of those details. Just keep seeing what you want, and move in that direction with your actions, and give no energy to what you don’t want. Patience is required.

‘It’s the next big thing’ Male sex robots COMING in 2018 as demand SKYROCKETS

MALE sex robots will be “the next big thing” in 2018, a world leading AI cyborg maker has revealed.

By Joshua Nevett /

Sex robot pioneer Matt McMullen, CEO of Realbotix, unveiled his Harmony artificial intelligence app and robotic head system to the world in 2017.
His app allows users to synchronise a bespoke AI personality with his robotic head, creating an eerily life-like android companion that talks, learns and satisfies sexual desires.At present, only female versions of Harmony avatars and robotic heads are available to download and pre-order for around £11,000 ($15,000), depending on customisations.In 2018, Matt exclusively told Daily Star Online he is aiming to release a male version of Harmony which he is yet to name.
male sex robotREALDOLL/GETTYCOMING SOON: Mat McMullen, founder of Realbotix, is aiming to release a male sex robot in 2018
“We’re working on a male version of the robot AI,” he said.“We’ll eventually have a male and a female platform available.”Matt, whose firm is based in San Diego, California, previously told Daily Star Online of blueprints to create a male sex robot with a bionic penis “better than a vibrator”.Talking about its functionality, Matt said users will be able to “plug the robot in” allowing it to go “as long as you want”.Referring to its manhood, Matt said the male sex robots will come in all shapes and sizes – meaning the “sky is the limit”.
male sex robot realdollREALDOLL REALISTC: Matt McMullen said a male version of his AI app will be available in the future


Now he hopes to bring these plans to fruition in 2018, alongside the female model of his sex robot, Harmony.

Describing how it will differ from Harmony, he said: “It’s the obvious, the gender; both in the personality and the voice then obviously the male physicality of the robot.

“There’s rebuilding that needs to happen on both fronts to create a male platform.

“We’re working hard on that and that’s one of the next big things we’re looking to get up and running.”

male sex robot realdollREALDOLL LIFE-LIKE: Realbotix sex robot can be bought for around £11,000 ($15,000)
Dr Cathy O’Neil, a Harvard University mathematician, has claimed that sex robots could rending men obsolete.In an interview with Bloomberg, she said it is ‘”entirely possible” that women could choose to live “dashing menbots” instead of human males.Speaking to Daily Star Online, world leading AI researcher Dr David Levy suggested male erotic cyborgs could be more popular than sex toys such as vibrators and dildos.He said: “I’m sure women will find robots equally appealing as men.”If women are that interested in getting satisfaction from a vibrator, imagine how the same women will feel having a robot they can put their arms round them and having the robot squeeze them.”

male sex robot realdollREALDOLL VARIATION: Matt said the male sex robots will come in all shapes and sizes
In 2017, Matt said he came under fire for “objectifying women” by creating a female sex robot with big breasts and porn star features.Defending his company, Matt said his customers want to use sex robots – male and female – “not necessarily in a sexual way”.“We have equal interest in male and female versions of what we’re doing,” he said.“I feel it’s important to offer both. We get a lot of people gravitating to the fact that we’ve just made a female robot so far.“People have accused us of objectifying women, but it’s important that people know that this is more than a sex toy.“We have a lot of female customers interested in buying male robots as companions to talk to and interact with.”Download the app exclusively from the official Realbotix website at

Full Moon April 29 2018 ~ Hungry Kali

The full moon April 29 falls at 9º Scorpio decan 1. The full moon April 2018 astrology is the most complex web of aspects I have seen in a long time! There is a T-square with Ceres conjunct the north node at 10º Leo. Two learning triangles connected in what the Hubers call a trapeze and the Moon forms the base of a Yod to Venus also. Not only that, but if you look carefully in the chart below, there is also a pentagram buried in that lot also.

This means there are many factors pulling the strings in most situations at present and there are no simple solutions to problems. Pull one corner of the puzzle and surprisingly another seemingly totally unrelated area will quiver. This Moon could re-ignite the effects of the Blue Blood Lunar Eclipse that occurred back in January. Ceres (now direct) revisits the North Node and the eclipse point once again. Ecological themes come to the fore, and with the Yod pointing to stormy Venus on Hyades, watch out for freak weather and geoengineering in the news.