Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Off to the voting booth today, to make a choice between Scylla and Charybdis. Huh? Rock and a hard place! Frying pan and fire. Lesser of two evils, 6 of one half a dozen of t'other. Republican and Democrat. Almost Hobson's choice, but not quite - at least not on paper.

In the astrological chart for today Moon in Virgo sits opposite Uranus/Jupiter in Pisces. If we take the Moon as "the people" (as in horary astrology) symbolically the people are opposing significant change, represented by Jupiter/Uranus. Jupiter/Uranus in Pisces, sign of dreams and illusions, so in reality any chance of change is illusion. Politics itself is illusion in the USA - a show to distract us all while the real powers that be get on with their dirty work.

So....Scylla and Charybdis - thereby hangs a tale.

Scylla was a beautiful water-nymph, but she scorned Neptune's son, Glaucus, and angered the enchantress Circe, who made a mixture of poisonous plants and poured them in the water where Scylla bathed in the area we know as the Straits of Messina, the strip of sea between the toe of Italy's "boot" and the coast of Sicily. When Scylla went in the water up to her waist, she found herself surrounded by a brood of serpents and barking monsters. She tried to escape, but the serpents and monsters became a part of her. She would, forever after devour hapless sailors that came within her grasp. One version of the story tells that she had 6 heads on long necks, with 3 rows of teeth, her lower half made up of barking dogs.

Scylla lived in a cave located opposite to Charybdis, a dangerously strong whirlpool. Three times each day the water rushed into a huge chasm, then thrice was disgorged. Any vessel coming near the whirlpool when the tide was rushing in must inevitably be engulfed and destroyed.

Scylla and Charybdis are encountered in a story from The Odyssey. It concerns the voyage of Odysseus when he arrives with his crew at the Strait of Messina.

Ulysses had been warned by Circe of the two monsters Scylla and Charybdis. On approaching the area, the roar of the waters of Charybdis provided ample warning, but Scylla remained hidden. While Ulysses and his men watched, so to avoid the dreadful whirlpool, they were not equally on their guard from the attack of Scylla. The monster darted forth, caught six of his men, and bore them away, shrieking, to her den. However, he had avoided total destruction of his craft and crew by the whirlpool Charybdis. At a later stage in their journey, though, the rest of Ulysses' crew met their deaths... but that's another story.

Extending the myth of Scylla and Charybdis to the voting booth, which would be the better choice of candidates and responses to state questions, in order to avoid total destruction, while still being prepared to lose something important along the way? The answer might seem obvious to some voters. My preferred answer would be to turn the ship around and find a third route, an escape from illusion. That's not an option in our case though.

"Eeny, meeny, miny moe....... "


Wisewebwoman said...

I've predicted Republican Ruinz and I fervently hope I'm wrong, not that the Demz are any better being tools of the corporate machine.
What is desperately needed is a total cleansing of the house and the rights of corporations removed forever.

Astrology Unboxed said...

I am voting Democrat. To buy us as much time as possible before the debacle.
It is that simple.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ Getting the corporate $$$$$$ out of elections and out of politics is the only thing that'd make a difference. Not going to happen though - can't happen, because those who could make it happen are the ones deriving most benefit from it.

A third party of people of INTEGRITY and COMPASSION is the only answer, but, again, if one arose, with a supportive movement behind it, then the corporate-led media would see to it that it would be squashed - DOA.


Twilight said...

Astrology Unboxed - Hi Fabienne -

I've done so - not voting FOR the Democrats, but AGAINST the Republicans who have a stranglehold on Oklahoma. My vote is academic - won't make a spit of difference, but I couldn't do what I felt like doing - not voting - after struggling through the US immigration system to obtain the right to do so.

R J Adams said...

Fallin and Coburn? Scylla and Charybdis, indeed.

Twilight said...

RJ Adams ~~~ Yep! Every office, including dog-catcher, took a step further to the right also, and they were already far enough to the right to start with.

The Governor and Lieutenant governor, weak Democrats, but better than nothing, were the only dim glimmer of hope in this sad-assed state - now both posts filled by Rs.

I do not understand these people. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And in other states, the only half-decent Democrats in office (Feingold and Grayson) were booted out.