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An evening with Pluto

Saturn is slowly retrograding and its square to Pluto will be exact in some time. Jupiter is breezing through Pisces and applying a sextile to Pluto. And the fickle Moon will soon quincunx the Dark Lord.

My evening has been rife with Pluto peeking at me: a non-astrological reference in a conversation, a poem that kept whispering in my ear and then a chance click on a link that led me to another very Plutonian poem.

Oh, and Salinger is dead. The full moon today opposes his natal Mars exactly. Franny, Zooey, Buddy, Boo Boo and her little boy, Seymour, and all the people in the other stories: we love you.

Death, darkness, desire. Yes, very Pluto. I believe he was the inspiration for these poems:

The Sick Rose

O Rose, thou art sick!
The Invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

- William Blake

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Death the Leveler

The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armor against Fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings:
Scepter and Crown
Must tumble down,
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade.

Some men with swords may reap the field,
And plant fresh laurels where they kill:
But their strong nerves at last must yield;
They tame but one another still:
Early or late
They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath
When they, pale captives, creep to death.

The garlands wither on your brow,
Then boast no more your mighty deeds!
Upon Death’s purple altar now
See where the victor-victim bleeds.
Your heads must come
To the cold tomb:
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.

- James Shirley

But running parallel with all of this is Paul McCartney’s very sweet Hope of Deliverance. And then, there is the Leo Full Moon…

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I’ve been thinking about disillusioned Neptunians. Well, really about disillusioned and bitter Neptunians and this comes to mind:

Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.
-Shakespeare’s Sonnet XCIV

The Bard has something for everyone, no? I don’t know the nitty-gritty of the iambic pentameter or the blank verse, but that hasn’t hampered my enjoyment of Shakespeare. His soliloquies in Hamlet and Julius Caesar contain gems: not just because of their wisdom, but because he makes love to your mind with words.

But I love his sonnets the best. Here’s one of my favorites:

In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But ’tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote;
Nor are mine ears with thy tongue’s tune delighted,
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:
But my five wits nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unsway’d the likeness of a man,
Thy proud hearts slave and vassal wretch to be:
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin awards me pain.
- Sonnet 141

I just looked at his chart on the Astro-Databank and it shows his Venus in Gemini was conjunct Neptune. Not only that, Neptune very obligingly trined his Moon in Libra. Not for him the song that goes, “You say it best when you say nothing at all…” This Venus in Gemini, he loved the way Geminis do, through words.

Let’s clear away some of this Neptunian fog of love and romance and poetry (and possibly cigarettes) because I have something to tell you. The Astro-Database also shows that his chart has the Rodden Rating of “XX.” That means, “Data without a known or confirmed date.” Another song comes to mind, “He’s a mystery to me…”

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, check out Julie Demboski’s new ezine Eclipse. I’ve been going through it this evening and, I believe, we have a winner here. Not only does it list information on the coming new moons and full moons, but it also has some excellent astrology articles. I’m going to subscribe and save every copy.

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