The Astrology of Fungi
A speculative look at one of the Earth's most vital systems
Just beneath the soil lives one of Earth’s most complex living organisms. Connected by sometimes miles of silky hyphae, the mycelium network of a fungus serves several important functions in the natural world. Information exchangers, nutrient supporters, and decomposers, just to name a few roles, fungi serve as nature’s nervous system. But wait, this newsletter is about astrology right? As above, so below (or the reverse in this case), how can we see astrology reflected in one of Earth’s most brilliant marvels? Let’s explore and get our hands in the dirt.
One of the most obvious ways fungi connects to astrology is through a mycelial network’s systemic and communicatory functions. I mean, it’s right there in the name: mycelial network. And you know what planet loves a complicated network? The solar system’s chaotic bad boy, Mercury.
Mercury, the planet of information and communication, rules the systems that we both create and live by. This includes things like the internet, verbal & written communication, social networks, and the regulatory systems of nature.
Mycelial networks not only sustain themselves, but also sustain and help other plants and organisms communicate with each other. In exchange for vital nutrients, mycelial networks deliver information amongst the trees and plants that are also rooted in the soil. If one tree in a forest is in need or nutrients, the network can send nutrients from other trees in the area to bring it back to life. Alternatively, if a tree falls, the network knows it’s time to begin the process of decomposition. Then, the whole forest takes on the life of the fallen tree.
This leads me to the next most obvious astrological connection - that of Saturn. As the solar systems’ ruler of death and time, it’s practically obvious why I see this planet in the functions of fungi.
Decomposers are an integral part of the natural world, breaking down rotting material that, left unchecked, would poison the ecosystem. Eventually, everything decomposes - it’s only a matter of time. As nature’s most famous decomposer, fungi keep energy recycling and moving where it needs to be as members of its ecosystems die.
Similarly, Saturn acts as the regulator of time in astrology. We can find the natural cycles of birth, life, and death in Saturn’s lore and influence. While some may find this connection morbid, it’s important to remember that death is just as important as life. When something in nature dies, it isn’t fully gone. Fungi breaks death down, and recycles it into life for the world around it. What’s more beautiful than that?
Of course, these are just my ruminations. There could be just as many astrological reflections in the fungal world as there are people appreciating it. What about you - what astrology do you see in the world of fungi? Let us know in the comments, or share on social media by clicking the button below!
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