When I explain astrology to people who don’t have much background in it, I sometimes use a baseball metaphor. Almost everyone knows the basics of baseball — which is all they need to know to get the metaphor.
Sometimes I’ve used football metaphors. Or dinner party metaphors.
These are all different languages I can use to explain a concept that otherwise feels very esoteric to people.
This is the power of metaphor.
Metaphor is a bridge that helps you explain concepts or ideas to other people in a language that they can understand.
That’s, in fact, what “metaphor” means: to cross over.
If you want to convey and idea or concept to someone who has no familiarity with it, you must speak to them in their language.
Metaphor can make the esoteric tangible, the implicit explicit. Metaphor gives you an image, a visual, a frame of reference that you can understand. It makes concepts relatable and accessible. Metaphors take something specific and personal and make them universal.
Everything has a language to it. Astrology is a language. Yoga is a language. Weightlifting is a language. Gymnastics is a language. There’s a language of houses, cars, traveling, sports, photography, cooking, baking.
The more languages you know, the easier it is to translate your ideas to new audiences.