Attuning with The Moon Energy

In astrology, the Moon represents emotions. In this article we are going to talk about how we can attune with this planetary energy, in order to better understand them; we are also going to see how to find out our unmet needs through their help.

First of all, most people consider emotions as a pain in the neck. They think that if anxiety, anger, fear, etc. didn’t exist the world would be a better place. They would like to switch them off, so they believe they can “get back to normal”—whatever it means. Substance abuse is the new “don’t think about it”, and it has become the main cause of emotional illiteracy in the western world. Instead of looking at emotions as a resource, we anesthetize them—throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Why? Because they carry precious information we should at least consider; because emotions are on our side and are trying to tell us something; because they are like a second brain, thinking for us for free (interestingly enough, the Moon rules both the stomach and the brain).

The Emotional Message

Let’s have a look at the top three unpleasant emotions that usually go unheard, and let’s see what they are trying to say.

Anxiety Anxiety is telling us that something bad might happen. If your second brain intuitively perceives a threat maybe it’s right. Maybe you should pay attention and check it out. Sometimes you are right—there is nothing to be afraid of. But other times—unlike you—your second brain gets the bigger picture, so it is rightfully trying to warn you. Learn to trust your gut.
Anger Anger is the emotion of injustice. It’s telling you that “this should not be happening” or “that’s not right”. This is definitely the best emotion we’ve got to explore our belief system. Basically, by paying attention to your anger you can discover your unconscious morals and ethics (what’s right/wrong for you) which have been encoded by your education. Anger can become a way to know yourself.
Anguish Anguish is a form of suffering, grief, or pain. Some people use it as a synonym for anxiety—I personally don’t. I think that anxiety is mainly anticipatory (the possible danger is lying ahead). On the contrary, we grief for something that has already happened. In my opinion, anguish is the emotional perception of death—which is essentially change. Anguish is telling us that things have changed: what gave us life once, no longer exists. It’s a request to go on—turn the page—and start looking for that life we have lost, but elsewhere.

As you can see each emotion bears a message—they always do. If you listen to them you can use them to your advantage; if you don’t—well—you risk to go to war with yourself. Emotions are just like a sonar—or a litmus paper: they enable you to perceive the world on a deeper level. But if you pay them no attention they are going to increase the volume.

It is literally like having to do with a baby: the only thing they can do is to cry louder until you don’t understand what they want. In other words the archetype of your inner child—again, the Moon—has been triggered. This is critical, especially for emotional people.

Meeting your needs

The word emotion comes from the Latin emovere, “to move out”. This means that emotions require you to do something about it. Once you have understood their message most of the work is done. You now know what you have to do to meet your needs. Anxiety is asking for caution; anger is asking for justice (balance); anguish, that you need time to grief and to move on, and so on.

They are always a request of some kind—I can’t stress this enough. Mastering emotions is a long journey and sometimes is difficult to understand them. But in the end I think it is the only way to fully achieve happiness in life. In fact if you leave behind the weakest and most sensitive parts of yourself—your inner child—you will never feel truly complete.

Balancing the Elements

In this article we are going to talk about the Elements within the human psyche, and their correspondences to the four temperaments. Mainly, we are interested in deepening the way we can balance them in order to achieve a healthy equilibrium in our personality. We are going to consider their imbalances as well, to better understand how each element is able to lead us astray.

As you may know, in ancient medicine illness was caused by the imbalance of the humors—fluids of the human body which carry specific qualities. In Western medicine, they were related to the four elements: yellow bile carries fire; the blood, air; phlegm carries water; black bile, earth. According to this school of thought, the excess of each humor in the body determines a different temperament in the psyche.

So, what is a temperament? We can think of it as a basic personality type which is able to connect the psyche to the body. In fact humors affect not only the physical body but also the ancestral part of the psyche—the part connected to our basal instincts—through hormones and other psychosomatic mechanisms. In other words it is the foundation of the personality on which everything else is built. In this way, a dominant temperament is determined.

We can say that every person has a dominant temperament, and a possible secondary temperament. Reading this list you are probably going to easily recognize yours:

temp_fireCholeric It’s the temperament produced by yellow bile, related to the fire element. Choleric people are strong, fiery, proud, prone to anger, easily provoked, stubborn, cocky, reactive, loyal, and generous; they always speak their mind, they are natural leaders, and they want things to go their way.
temp_airSanguine It’s the temperament produced by the blood, related to the air element. Sanguine people are lively, funny, sociable, talkative, always smiling, carefree, fickle, prone to laugh, joke and gossip. They get bored easily, so they are always looking for new ideas and stimuli.
temp_waterPhlegmatic It’s the temperament produced by phlegm, related to the water element. Phlegmatic people are good hearted, calm, compassionate, sensitive, emotional, patient, silent, good listeners, lazy; they love to stay in their comfort zone, enjoying good food and company; they are creatures of habit.
temp_earthMelancholic It’s the temperament produced by black bile, related to the earth element. Melancholic people are serious, responsible, pessimistic, realistic, negative, cautious, reliable, efficient, and steady. They are easily discouraged and they tend to be conservative.

Too much, too little

Problems come when we’ve got too much, or too little, of an element. The point is that you can’t have too much fire without having too little water; and you can’t have too much air without having too little earth (and vice versa). This because opposite elements naturally balance each other.

Since we talked about temperaments as the result of a natural excess of an element in the body, we are going to discuss the matter from this perspective. This means that choleric people are mainly going to face issues coming from an excess of Fire; Sanguine people, from an excess of Air, and so on.

Also consider the other side of the coin: choleric people tend to lack water; sanguine people, earth; phlegmatic people lack fire; melancholic people, air. In addition, your secondary temperament might naturally balance the main one.

el_fireAnger Too much Fire leads to anger issues. The dominant thought here is: “nothing is as it should be”. You are easily irritated, and you are not able to restrain yourself. The result is a cocky temper which is unable to relate peacefully with others. You may also experience heartburn and blurred vision.
el_airAnxiety Too much Air causes anxiety. Your thoughts are chaotic and you bounce around from one thing to another. You are overstimulated and stressed—you can’t catch your breath. This slowly wears you down until you burn out. You may experience anxiety attacks or worse: panic attacks.
el_waterApathy Too much Water leads to apathy. You don’t feel like doing anything, and nothing really interests you. You feel stuck and isolated in this stagnant and boring feeling. You passively contemplate the world around you with a hypnotized gaze. You feel like a zombie and nothing really makes sense.
el_earth_Melancholy Too much Earth causes “melancholy”. It is a sad feeling of being trapped in a world of duty and responsibility. You are efficient—you do our job—but you are not able to find joy in life anymore. You feel like a robot: you work rather than live. Together, apathy and melancholy leads to depression.

Let’s see now what we can do to balance the elements within.

Tempering the Temperament

First of all, you can’t simply get rid of an element. Statements such as “don’t be angry!” or “cheer up!” are useless—they are only proving that people around you don’t understand how you feel. Actually they are a form of denial; we don’t want to go that way. Instead we want to recognize our dysfunctional mood as a form of elemental imbalance.

Let’s say for example you have a sanguine temperament and you face anxiety on a regular basis. This means you are not able to balance the air element. Actually you have so much air energy that even your body inhales much more (physical) air than it exhales (hyperventilation is an interesting physiological reaction related to air and anxiety issues).

The first thing you want to do is to “consume” the element in excess; then—and only then—you can proceed by introducing balancing activities related to the opposite element.

So, in the case of anxiety you want to use your air, to consume it. A good way to do that is to go outside, hang out with your friends, chatting and laughing (social interaction belongs to the air element). This is going to dispel the air in excess. Instead, sitting still at home is only going to bring that air energy totally in the head—as a result you are going to be overwhelmed by thoughts. Don’t even try to say to yourself “don’t think about it” because that air energy has to go somewhere. If you can’t go outside you may want to consider Mantra Repetition, which is also a good way to dispel that kind of energy.

The opposite element of air is earth, so any grounding activity will work. In fact, many people instinctively overeat or work hard to overcome their anxiety. Instead of doing that unconsciously, you can choose the grounding technique you prefer.

Here’s a list of consuming and balancing activities related to each element. Obviously any balancing activity will be element-consuming for the opposite one, and vice versa:

 

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Fire / Choleric / Anger

Element-consuming activities Balancing activities
  • Sports / Going to the gym
  • Sunbathing
  • Challenges
  • Making Love
  • Spiritual Development
  • Sleeping / Resting
  • Cocooning
  • Intimacy / Emotional interaction
  • Arts / Crafts
  • Escapism

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Air / Sanguine / Anxiety

Element-consuming activities Balancing activities
  • Shopping
  • Chatting / Social interaction
  • News / Social Media
  • Reading / Writing
  • Laughing
  • Gardening
  • Walking in Nature
  • Eating
  • Manual labor
  • Planning

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Water / Phlegmatic / Apathy

Element-consuming activities Balancing activities
  • Sleeping / Resting
  • Cocooning
  • Intimacy / Emotional interaction
  • Arts / Crafts
  • Escapism
  • Sports / Going to the gym
  • Sunbathing
  • Challenges
  • Making Love
  • Spiritual Development

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Earth / Melancholic / Melancholy

Element-consuming activities Balancing activities
  • Gardening
  • Walking in Nature
  • Eating
  • Manual labor
  • Planning
  • Shopping
  • Chatting / Social interaction
  • News / Social Media
  • Reading / Writing
  • Laughing

Usually we tend to naturally express our temperament, so we find it hard to behave according to the opposite one. Choleric people for example are not able to rest: they have so much fire energy to funnel in their projects that they simply forget to do it, they even forget to eat sometimes! On the other hand, for phlegmatic people competitions or challenges are a pain in the neck. In the end it’s just a matter of perspectives: we can evolve only if we learn to look at things from another point of view.

The Seven-Pointed Star

This article will deepen the symbolic meaning of the seven-pointed star from the astrological point of view. As you may know the number seven carries several esoteric symbologies: the seven colors of the rainbow, the seven notes of the major scale, the seven deadly sins, the seven days of Creation, etc. We are going to see how the seven planets of the classical septenary relate to one another when they are arranged according to this sacred-geometry shape.

The first thing we want to do, is to build the seven-pointed star. Let’s take the seven planets, from the fastest to the slowest, placing them evenly along a circle. We will have: the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This was also the sequence of the celestial spheres according to the Ptolemaic system. By connecting a point every three—another number full of meanings—we have the seven-pointed star.

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Now, let’s see what we have found here. If you go through the star—starting from the Sun, going down left to the Moon—you’ll get another sequence: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. You may not recognize it immediately, but this is the sequence of the days of the week: Sunday, day of the Sun; Monday, day of the Moon; Tuesday, day of Týr—germanic god of war (Mars); Wednesday, day of Wodan—which corresponds to Mercury for his trickster aspect; Thursday, day of Thor—germanic god of thunder (Jupiter); Friday, day of Freya—germanic goddess of love (Venus); Saturday, day of Saturn. Please note that in Latin, these correspondences are far more obvious since each day is dedicated to a god who bears the name of the planet.

So the first thing we can say about the seven-pointed star is that—from the astrological perspective—it is the esoteric foundation of the weekly cycle, that we can also call the Wheel of the Week.

The Wheel of the Week

The Wheel of the Year is a well known concept, especially in neo-paganism. But what we call here the Wheel of the Week is a pattern which is followed unconsciously and ritually by practically the whole world. We all go around and around, endlessly following this circle without knowing its meaning.

So, how does this sequence make sense? Let’s see now how the planetary forces connect to each other, to better understand the astral pattern we are going through on a weekly basis (click on the planet name for further details).

s4_featThe Sun The Sun is the beginning and the end of every life cycle. It represents our spiritual homeland, the place where we belong. When we attune to this force we can experience Love as an expression of our higher self. Here, we are golden. We feel invincible, and for this reason we are able to completely give ourselves to others, without expectation. Every person in need is like our child.
m1_featThe Moon But sometimes we are that needy person. The Moon represents indeed our inner child, the part of us humble enough to receive love and help from others. The Sun is the source of that love. By reflecting its rays, the Moon shares it with other people. But what happens when that love is denied us? What if our needs are not met? Emotions arise, and with them the impulse to action.
m5_featMars This is when Mars—the warrior within—kicks in. It is the force of our self-affirmation that not only makes us do something to get what we need, but also enables us to achieve our goals. It is the burning matrix of our desires and the source of our willpower. But you don’t always have to start a war, so to speak: the simplest way to affirm yourself is to speak your mind.
m2_featMercury Mercury is the lord of communication and eloquence. It represents both the way we speak and think: it is the force which builds our mindset. We can say it is the mind itself—our most dangerous weapon. We can use it to our advantage or to harm us, it is both misleading and clarifying. Mercury enables us to solve concrete problems but also to enter the world of intellectual speculation.
j6_featJupiter Obviously this world belongs to Jupiter—our inner philosopher. It is the part of us that wants us to grow and mature by making experiences. It guides us through life with powerful ideals which—from the spiritual perspective—are what we value most. That’s why in ancient times it was called Fortuna Major, whereas Venus was known as Fortuna Minor.
v3_featVenus Venus represents indeed what we value generally speaking: usually what gives us pleasure and satisfaction. It doesn’t necessarily have to be spiritual or elevated. On the contrary, Venus’ task is to seek balance in all forms, especially between the spiritual realms and the world of the senses (Saturn). Art is one of the her ways, as well as Justice.
s7_featSaturn Saturn is the cold force that structures and consolidates the material world, based on the balance of opposites achieved by Venus. Basically, it is the down-to-earth part of us that enables us to be alone and responsible—both qualities we need in order to be independent. Saturn makes us strong, tenacious and steady. When you stop thinking only for yourself, when you become a solid foundation for others, the Sun starts to dawn in your soul.

The Four Levels

In addition to the circular pattern (planetary sequence according to their speed; the celestial spheres order) and that of the seven-pointed star, we have a third pattern based on four levels. Starting from the bottom of the star we rise from the lower to the higher instincts, getting closer and closer to our spiritual homeland (the Sun).

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To Survive
Together, Saturn and the Moon represents fear and survival. At this level the main goal is to stay alive or, in another words, to preserve your physical body. For this reason this is the lower level of the star—its foundation. Building boundaries (Saturn), finding a place to rest and feeling safe (Moon) is key.
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To Feed
When you are feeling safe you can move on to the next level. Here, the joined effect of Mercury and Jupiter represents the way you process (Mercury) and introject (Jupiter) things into your system. In other words the way you feed on a physical level (nutrition), psychological level (social interaction) and spiritual level (education).
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To Reproduce
Mars and Venus represents reproduction. When an organism feels safe, rested and satiated it has the urge to reproduce itself. They not only represents reproduction on a physical level (sex, having children), but also on a psychological (making love, intimacy) and spiritual level (teaching, disciple-master relationship).
s4_featTo Rise When all previous levels have been attained, the ultimate need is “to rise”. This means achieving a totally new level of awareness, action and meaning in life. It is what they call enlightenment or reintegration in the spiritual realms: Life and Death become two doors that we can cross freely, acting by a higher plane of existence.

In conclusion, we can say that the seven-pointed star is a symbol so rich that it can be considered as a stand-alone tool for self-knowledge. It is also a valid alternative to the eastern chakra system, without necessarily relate each planet to a body part (if you want to do it, follow the planet-organ correspondences). It can also be compared to the Enneagram by matching each planet with a psychological type—and this without even considering the zodiac. In another article we will explain how it can be used as a compass to consciously navigate through the psyche.

Karma vs Providence

The Law of Karma and the Divine Providence are two different ways of understanding the laws that rule human destiny. In this article we are going to consider them from an astrological perspective, in order to understand how they are affecting us on a subconscious level. We don’t need to believe in them: they represent nevertheless two different ways of seeing the world and making decisions.

Karma and Providence are two completely opposite concepts—even geographically speaking. They are part of two vast belief systems, far too complex to face in a single article. So, let’s clear up what we mean here when we speak of Karma and Providence respectively.

Karma and Saturn

With the term “Karma” we mean the general belief that good intent and good deed contribute to future happiness (good karma), while bad intent and bad deed contribute to future suffering (bad karma). It is a law of cause and effect, so everyone is responsible for what’s happening to him. It is also a law based on reward and punishment—equally applied to everyone.

You don’t need to believe in reincarnation to have this kind of mindset. If you are a down-to-earth, responsible, self-made person with a strong sense of individuality, you are probably going to resonate with this law which—from the astrological perspective—corresponds to Saturn.

Justice is the moral compass of this law, so to speak, since the point here is to balance back a broken equilibrium. It is also a linear way of thinking, based on moral judgement—good brings good and bad brings bad. From this perspective the Universe is a predictable place. This makes us feel we are in control, that we are the makers of our own fate.

Providence and Jupiter

In Christianity, Providence is generally speaking God’s intervention in the world. As such, what happens to you is always inherently good—even though it’s hard and senseless. As they say, God has a plan for you but from your human, limited perspective you can’t get the bigger picture yet. He may be tough, but God gives you nothing you can’t handle. He knows what he is doing:  you just need to trust the process.

Again, you don’t need to believe in God or be a Christian to embrace this mindset. People who consider life as a learning experience—a journey always able to give them teachings—are on this wavelength. They know that whatever happens they will be enriched, because they value their experience more than their material achievements. They are led by a form of wisdom, which in astrology corresponds to Jupiter. They know how to face uncertainty.

Faith is the moral compass of Providence. You just have to trust this force to provide you with everything you need in order to make the experience you are supposed to do. If currently you are not getting something in your life it means that at the moment you don’t need it to make that experience.

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Giving a meaning to the Law of Attraction

In the spiritual community the most famous law which describes how destiny works is the Law of Attraction—technically ruled by Venus. From a psychological point of view this law can be summed up by this C.G. Jung’s sentence: “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” (please read the Venus page for further details).

The truth is that the law of attraction doesn’t come with a moral compass: it’s just a vibrational—or unconscious—mechanism. What’s gives this law a direction is the fact we resonate with a saturnian or jovial mindset which are able to give meaning to what we are going through.

Let’s say for example your car broke down. The law of attraction says that you are resonating with this experience, therefore you are attracting it in your life. But this still doesn’t make any sense. It’s like saying: “you are going to Berlin by plane because it can fly”. Describing a mechanism doesn’t necessarily give us an answer.

So why has your car broken down? A Saturn person would react by saying:


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How could this happen? Who is responsible for this?

What have I done wrong (in my past/previous life)?

If I’m  attracting this into my life, it means I’m wrong

If you are attracting this into your life, it means you are wrong

How can I prevent this from happening again?

You should do this to prevent it from happening again


As you can see this way of thinking follows a punishment/reward mindset with a strong sense of justice and responsibility. Saturn people unconsciously believe in “Karma” because in the end they believe they are causing what’s happening to them.

A Jupiter person would react in a totally different way, by saying:


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What am I supposed to learn?

Did this happen before? What do I still have to learn?

If I’m  attracting this into my life, it means I need it to grow as a person

If you are attracting this into your life, it means you need it to grow as a person

If it were to happen again it means that I have not learned the lesson yet

I am going to benefit from this experience


They believe in “Providence” because they think the Universe is always going to provide them with what they need in order to make the experience they are supposed to do. Their ultimate goal is expansion and growth which are strong jovial symbologies.

Now you should be able to discern whether you are following a Saturn mentality or a Jupiter mentality in your life, and better understand how they are affecting the way you react to certain situations. This is extremely helpful because it reveals your hidden belief system and allows you to expand your inner awareness.

Facing the Unknown

We live in a time of great uncertainty. Forgetful of our past, we are more than ever projected into an indefinite future. The Brexit referendum outcome is just the last manifestation of the way we perceive the world of today. Since this lack of security makes us feel vulnerable and frightened, we close ourselves—as the United Kingdom did.

We seek comfort in the analysis and forecasts of the experts, or worse: we believe the false promises of populists and demagogues to send evil—yet another scapegoat—away. We want to know, so we think we can take control of the situation and dispel our insecurity. Ultimately, we just don’t want to feel that way.

As a great tool for making accurate predictions, Astrology is no exception. We can misuse it to convince ourselves we are in control of what’s going to happen. Actually, to a certain level we always are; still, we have to surrender to the fact we are not able to control—nor to predict—everything. We might be the captain of our ship, but the weather is never certain.

From the astrological perspective, all we have said so far falls under the saturnian symbology : fear, being closed, feeling lonely, building boundaries, scapegoats (the goat refers to Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn), taking control, be independent, and so on. For this reason I don’t feel that giving an astrological analysis of Brexit is—at least right now—of any help because it would only strengthen our desire for prediction and control.

In response to the new uncertain European scenario (I am based in Italy, by the way) I’d like to respond by focusing on the force which enables us to face and deal with uncertainty: Jupiter . This is in my opinion the best thing to do at the moment, especially because the planet of trust and confidence is currently debilitated (detriment in Virgo).

This means that right now Jupiter’s intervention doesn’t come for free, but requires us to make some efforts. Remember that we are always able to make a difference in our “inner sky” (our soul or psyche). We may not be able to change a situation we are stuck with, but we can always change the way we react.

How do we face the unknown?

If you are analyzing and making predictions you are not accepting the unknown. You are rather trying to change it into the “known”. So the first thing we must learn in order to face it—is just to face it. You can’t do it if you are running away from it. Just surrender to the truth that the unknown is part of life and embrace the fact that sometimes you are going to feel vulnerable and insecure because of it. It’s perfectly fine to feel that way. Just stop analyzing.

This way of thinking is going to release your emotions: you are going to feel them instead of trying to avoid them by telling yourself you shouldn’t be there. By doing so, you’re also going to stop feeding them: every time you run away from your fears you just make them stronger. Now that we have cleared this up, we can move on and develop Jupiter—the bearer of our higher trust and faith.

Trust and faith () are indeed all we need to face the unknown. It is as simple as that. The hard part is to develop them without lying to yourself or being naive. We all know that bad things happen—the world is a place full of misery and tragedy. We just can’t pretend that “everything is going to be alright”. How could we, after all that happened to us? The saturnian force easily becomes a temptation difficult to resist. We want to stay closed to protect ourselves. We are scared of the future.

So how do we shift our perspective from Saturn to Jupiter? How do we turn fear into confidence? Mainly, by stop focusing only on the outcome—the outward result of our actions and decisions—and start giving more importance to our inner growth and experience ().

We live in a materialist society obsessed with results, to the point we are more concerned about our children’s school grades rather than their learning experience. I am not saying results don’t matter, they do. But if you focus too much on them you will eventually forget that—whatever happens—you are going to make a valuable experience on the path of your personal, spiritual growth. This way of thinking allows you to make mistakes—even to fail—simply because the outcome is not the point anymore.

They say experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. I think experience is what you get—anyway. This is why in astrology Jupiter is the planet of optimism: it puts you in a win-win situation. Actually, from this perspective only if you keep doing always the same things you are losing. You know them already, so you are not learning anything new. The unknown is no longer the place where to project your worst fears and insecurities: it becomes the symbol of your unexpressed potential. So you start to long for it.

As you can see we have reached a totally different point of view. Here’s some sentences to help you resonate more with Jupiter’s vibration and shift your perspective.


Am I overanalyzing because I’m scared?

What are the fears I am projecting in this situation?

What kind of experience would I gain from the worst case scenario?

How would this make me grow as a person?

How did I handle a similar situation in the past? What did I learn?

If I was to fail, what have I learned so far?


There’s no need to answer these questions. What’s effective is to let them resonate within you, allowing them to change your mindset. It is also important to understand that we are not trying to eradicate Saturn’s point of view: it is key when it comes to get tangible results. But only Jupiter can be your guide in facing the unknown.