Saturday, September 25, 2010


I wonder what astrologers do when in need of a lift out of the doldrums? We ordinary mortals often reach for chocolate, apple pie, ice cream, or a bottle of booze. I'm not insinuating that astrologers aren't ordinary mortals, of course, perish the thought! But they are in a position to know more about themselves, the future, and their future than the average woman and man on the street. So do they have an antidote for the blues? I ask because reading articles and comments on current events I still feel as despairing, as I did when I posted in similar vein in 2007, in spite of a change of president and "party in power" in the USA, and, for that matter, in the UK. Our communal ship of fools seems still headed straight for the metaphorical iceberg.

So what can astrology offer as a pick-me-up of the non-fattening , non-inebriating kind?

As a non-astrologer but a woman on the street (if you know what I mean) who has some knowledge of astrological lore, this comes to mind: nothing stays the same for long, everything changes. Just as the planets move in regular cycles, so does life. A bad patch is followed by a good patch, and vice-versa. Some patches take longer than others to give way to the next stage. "The bad times" and "the good times" alternate in nature and in our lives. Enjoy the latter while you can and during the former resign yourself to putting on weight and drinking more than you should.

Influential American author, editor and public speaker, Marilyn Ferguson, best known for her 1980 book The Aquarian Conspiracy (died in 2008) unknowingly described the uneasy situation we appear to be experiencing at this time:

It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear.... It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to.

Apple pie, anyone?
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. (Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Suess)

The voice of Francis Bacon comes down through the centuries with his theory that:
"Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly."
In which case, a current voice, Jon Bon Jovi's reminds us that We Weren't Born to Follow.....


Lyrics, for passers-by who are unable to see the video:

This one goes out to the man who mines for miracles
This one goes out to the ones in need
This one goes out to the sinner and the cynical
This ain't about no apology

This road was paved by the hopeless and the hungry
This road was paved by the winds of change
Walking beside the guilty and the innocent
How will you raise your hand when they call your name?

Yeah, yeah, yeah

We weren't born to follow
Come on and get up off your knees
When life is a bitter pill to swallow
You gotta hold on to what you believe

Believe that the sun will shine tomorrow
And that your saints and sinners bleed
We weren't born to follow
You gotta stand up for what you believe

Let me hear you say yeah, yeah, yeah, oh yeah

This one's about anyone who does it differently
This one's about the one who cusses and spits
This ain't about our livin' in a fantasy
This ain't about givin' up or givin' in
Yeah, yeah, yeah.............


Gian Paul said...

A Chinese person, well versed in esoteric matters of East and West once told me one of those things we casually hear and which then "stick for life". And that was before I started dabbling with astrology. He said: never worry about being in the doldrums or feeling down. That will change anyway.

What you need to be concerned about is the moment you sense that you are "flying high". It won't last, so prepare at least for a soft landing!

anthonynorth said...

My philosophy is simple: expect the worse, then all the surprises are good ones :-)
There, optimism through pessimism ;-)

Anon said...

The reality of this spread too spread feeling of being neither flesh nor fish is due not to change, but to the **apparent** change, to the change of façade that was and still is offered and/or imposed to people at large everywhere and in every part of human life today...

That is...

No problem is really faced today...

They all speak of facing it but quite no one wnats to arrive at their roots...

Twilight said...

Gian Paul ~~~ Yes, it's probably one of life's greatest truths - everything changes. I was given the advice too, some years past when going through a particularly nasty patch, and the thought "stuck". Of course there's the opposing quote/idea

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

But I'm not going to mention that one....Oops! ;-)

Twilight said...

anthonynorth ~~~ That's a good way to go, AN. I tend to go that way myself a lot of the time.

Twilight said...

Anon ~~~ I fully agree, Anon - there's not enough "puting one's money where one's mouth is", too much talk and not enough action.
As you said, it brings about a peculiar atmosphere and condusion leading to still more inaction.

Don't know how to make a difference though. I guess that is how most people feel.

Wisewebwoman said...

I was brewing a bit over this very topic in the last few days, still not 'there' but I was thinking more on the perception and the skewing of reality we are faced with on a daily basis and how to see the truth in the murkiness of it all.
I'm trying to focus on the local but the big picture affects us all.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ coincidentally, speaking of perception, I spent some time yesterday drafting a couple of posts with the word in the titles.
Not sure, yet, whether they make any sense though - will have to re-read and maybe re-hash.

What truth there is in the murkiness of it all isn't going to come to light in the near future. I guess, maybe it never will, because whoever gets to write history will have their own set of axes to grind.

All we can sensibly do is keep a pair of cynic-eyeglasses handy to examine and re-examine every statement and picture presented to us, attach a variety of possible interpretations/sub-plots, then use Occam's Razor to decide the simplest explanation.....which isn't always the one "they" want us to see.