I usually write something vaguely romantic and full of longing for birthdays—especially for Asher’s—but this year, I’m so caught up in my own…I’m not even sure if “fears” is the right word…that I wrote this instead.
Not a fan of the title (see above), but I don’t have anything better.
I’m not a shallow girl,
I’m no imitation
I’ve been to hell and back.
You’d best believe.
I don’t trust
the Guardians of the Gates—
one wrong tone
and it’s too late.
They think they can help,
but they don’t know
the power they wield.
They see smiles and
I see flashes
of razor-bladed kindness
and the end of hope.
They don’t know
that their words
are a paintbrush.
Choose rightly and
I am depicted as my true self:
tested and annealed;
repeatedly thrown into the fire
and not perished.
Choose wrongly and
I’m a cute little girl,
constructed of maple cream
and pastel swirls.
A two-dimensional princess
who has never been hurt,
or wondered if death
would be preferable to life.
A pillow of sweet fluff,
oblivious to pain.
turn your gazes aside.
If you cannot reveal to him
the me that I am,
I’d rather keep to myself
It is better to be alone
than to be coupled
Warning: I'm new to the astrology game, but I wanted to try this because it involves some things I've been studying and I wanted to treat it like a school assignment.
The word goes out that Kim and Kanye are headed for Splitsville. You're a newbie astrologer who only understands a few divorce signs on a transit chart and got a 55% on your zodiacal releasing quiz. What do you do?
Use both methods to come to a conclusion and publish it on Twitter, of course!
(That and keep studying to improve my score, of course. *chuckle*)
Okay, the first thing I did was check Astro's databank for birth information for both of them. Since Kim is the only one with a birth time, I chose to work only with her, so the next thing I would do is erect a chart for her in Solar Fire. (Below is how Astro has it, with her chart adjusted to whole house signs. Click to make it bigger.)
Usually, I'd be concerned that the subject (known in the art as the "native") has moved since birth when working with transits, but I'm going to guess Kim hasn't strayed too far from Los Angeles, so it's going to be easy to erect the transit chart. I'm setting the time for 6:45p my time, because I saw the tweet before I laid down for my nap. Here are the transits (also clickable):
I found this guide back in November, and (lucky for me), there are a handful of things Psychic Scoop mentions that even a newbie like me can handle. The first thing they suggest looking for is,
1. Transits or progressions through the 1st or 7th house by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto.
The first house is empty, but the seventh house contains Jupiter and Saturn, which gives us a point.
But we're not done with the seventh house, because the second step I can handle is:
2. Jupiter believe it or not tends to bring on divorce – this is due to its expansive nature and if one has been in what they feel is an oppressive situation, they will feel optimistic enough to “break free” at this time – this would be seen by transits to the 7th, ruler of the 7th.
On one hand, I like finding the evidence I'm looking for. On the other? Poor Kim! (Two points.)
Clue number three reads:
3. Dual bodied signs on the 7th cusp (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces)
6/7 cusp is Aquarius, but I consider both and 7/8 to be valid, and what do we have on the latter? That's right, Pisces. (We're 3/3.)
Then in number four:
4. Ruler of the 7th in a dual bodied sign
Here's our first loss—the seventh is ruled by Aquarius. (But we're still 3/4.)
In five, we read:
5. Venus in aspect to Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus or Pluto
This one gives us a lot of leeway, as it doesn't say what kind of aspect, just "an aspect", and four planets to choose from. Since charts of any sort are invariably a web of lines, I turn to the list of aspects, which has really tiny font. (Alas. There's probably a way to fix that, but I'm too lazy to ask about it.) This one moves us to 3/5, because the only aspects Venus has in this transit are to Selene (the moon), Mercury and Mars.
Actually, we end up washing out totally, because six and seven say:
6. Moon in the 7th house can make one “restless” in relationships, especially if it aspects Uranus
7. Many planets in the 7th house
Moon's in three and there are only two in the seventh, so the final score is 42%. Dismal.
Even though I'm still not the best at ZR, I'll give it a shot. The calculators at Astro Seek tell us that the formula for the Arabic Part of Divorce is Ascendant + Venus – 7th House, which in Kim's chart gives us Aries in the fifth house. Since calculating parts beyond level two is tricky, I'll setup Solar Fire to release from Aries and see what happens. (Clickable, as usual.)
Since the object of this game is to release as close as possible to the present without going over, I clicked 23 June 2003, and discovered that the nearest level 2 hit 21 October of last year and it's a loosing of the bond.
Oops! And what does Professor Brennan say about LBs?
"[They are] a major transition/change in trajectory." (from his ZR keyword list in unit 13 of his Hellenistic Astrology program)
I probably didn't need to go beyond level two once I saw that bond marker, but I wanted to see how close I could get to today's date, so I clicked on 20 November in level three and…do you see that blue mark in the picture?
You got it: a second loosing just arrived Sunday morning at 9:46a.
Which means that even though she scored badly in the transit department, Kim definitely has the indicators of major life changes right now. The door's open for her departure—whether she walks through it is up to her.
(Astrology school, of course, not grad.)
I haven’t done anything. (*sigh*)
Partially because I’m lazy and forgetful (wonderful side effect of depression, that last one) and partially because I think I’m hoping in the back of my mind that we get another stimulus check in the next few months. Why start up with the cheap program at the Centre of Excellence if I can hold on a little longer and get the money I need for Chris Brennan’s program?
Oh and apparently because I also said last time that I was going to wait. (*facepalm*)
Very Important Question: why is it “Hellenistic” instead of “Hellenic” astrology?
Fiverr clients? Nope. But I got a…well, I don’t know if you want to call it a job offer…it was a “we’re looking for people like you!” message.
A site wanted someone to work for them as a full time astrologer doing general and love horoscopes, earning a decent fee per month.
That’s great, but you really need to read the listings before you message people, or you’ll completely miss, “I’m doing software-generated reports to earn money for astrology school” and that I can’t yet do what you want.
(Not to mention that amount of money might start making SSA ask Awkward Questions About My Disability, since Fiverr is actually doing tax reporting now.)
I mean, if you want me to fake it for a few weeks while you pay for me to go to school…? (*snicker*)
That’s okay. I did the right thing by telling the truth, so hopefully an opportunity that works better for me will come around when I’m actually ready for it.
“It is the Wheel of Fortune that can throw you up very high, or bring you down very low.
Its message is to be indifferent to victory and defeat, as they both come on the turn of the wheel.”
~Jacquetta St. Pol, The Lady of the Rivers (Pippa Gregory)
Megan Thee Stallion is apparently my bitcoin bae. (I don’t usually like that word, but it seemed appropriate here.)
Last night, she was handing out $1m in bitcoin through Twitter and CashApp to encourage people to invest
I chose this one because it has the original tweet + her talking about bitcoin being a good investment
and since my amount matched what I was seeing on trending topics
I figure I was one maybe 100,000? And who knows how many people asked!
Turns out there was an astrological precedent for that! (I didn’t just stick this in here to brag…though my Leo side is probably making me do it! Haha)
Let’s hear from Geminihilist about what the planets were doing last night:
My mom says, “What are you going to do with all that money?”
Yodel if you hodl!
(That’s not a spelling error, by the way–it’s a legit crypto term.)
(One of the commenters said that the gal in the video no longer likes yodeling, because America’s Got Talent pigeonholed her and that’s all people want to do these days.)
I don’t hold as long as I probably should, but for a little, anyway, as I’m following an astrologer specializing in crypto on Twitter and he(?) said prices are probably going to go up in the next few months. So Meg’s little munificence will be stowed in a crypto wallet as soon as CashApp releases it and I’ll add a little more (and some ethereum) in a few days.
We’ll see what happens.
My best work?
But it fulfills the goal of writing a poem for him on his birthday, and writing is always good exercise, no matter how neutrally you feel about the outcome.
I can no longer find
the passion I once felt;
but in the bigger picture,
I imagine it doesn’t matter.
As long as one part
of my heart
remains faithful to you—
one part of one part—
you are there,
that is all that is needed.
Life moves on, and
I admit that I’ve lost track,
that I have to rely on others
to do my tracking for me.
But as long as I have a friend
who finds joy in the hunt,
I’ll never lose you at all.
You were my knight
I always called you to the fight
but now I stand and fight alone.
As long as we have
the Valley of Sweet Memory,
I hope you’ll remember me
and know me as one ever loyal.
Or: No, The Patriot is Probably Not Hexed—People Tend to Die in Twenty Years
I’ll explain my method of calculation for that in a minute.
Una Candelaria bendita para ti y a todos sus amigos! As you’ll remember from “Steal Me a Holiday”, Candelaria (or Candlemas, as I called it there) celebrates the earliest signs of spring and the blessing of the fields. Since I’m a follower of Kali-ma, the Hindu Goddess of Death and Rebirth, I thought it might be interesting to mark the arrival of spring with…dead people.
Yeah, okay, maybe I didn’t think that out very well. (*giggle*)
But My Lady would remind us that there is no rebirth without death to fertilize the ground. After all, what is a compost pile but dead food and vegetation?
Maybe it would be better if I just skipped to the meme that inspired me to post:
(It used a different picture, but I like this one better.)
I keep thinking that only three people associated with the movie (directly or indirectly) had passed, but I remembered a fourth that was almost as big as Heath’s.
Before we get into the sad stuff, though, allow me to toss in a picture of Matilda Ledger (and her mommy!) for some cheer: