What I'm entering here is the result of that "moment that changed my life." The "result" did not come in an instant. It took long hours of research--and I loved it all. Here's part 2.
Cancer/ the Cook Only one thing in the figure is noteworthy--a cluster of stars called the Manger. The Cook's appearnce is not described. Chaucer tells only of his talent in "making" tasty dishes--until the last two lines. Attention, then, is drawn to the running sore on his shin--a sure indication of cancer. That unpleasant fact is immediately followed by telling of his reputation as an expert at making blankmanger. That white (blanc) manger "made" by the Cook refers to the star cluster of the sign of the Crab.
Leo/ the Monk Three stars represent three oddities in the Monk. The first magnitude star, Regulus, is called "the Lion's Heart." Chaucer presents the brilliant Regulus as a golden ornament under the Monk's chin. A second prominenrt star, Denebola (Arabic, "the Lion's Tail"), is said to be the "love-knot in the greater end." A third star, Algieba (above Regulus) is named "Brow of the Lion." Chaucer indicates Algieba by describing the Monk's glowing eyes. The lion image is expressed with details of being a hunter after game and words like pricking, and being of good point.
Virgo/ the Wife Virgo has many ancient asssociations with the thousand-named goddess--who spilled grain to form the Milky Way. There is only one outstanding feature in the figure--Spica, a blue star of the first magnitude. That name refers to an ear of corn, so Virgo is sometimes called "the corn maiden." Only one line about the Wife is needed to confirm her as Virgo--And on her feet a pair of spurs sharp. Chaucer, here, points to Spica. The Latin word, spica, means spike, and it also means an ear of corn: spike for the star, ear of corn for the myth. As the Mother of the gods in the ancient Roman world, her statue received a ritual cleansing annually. And as the goddess Hera, a cleansing bath each year renewed her virginity. Of great significance, then, is the name the poet gave her--The Wife of Bath. The bath is essential to her identity.
In part 3 we'll cover Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius.
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