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Random Thoughts: Writing Process/Astrology

Observations make it to my little notebook to be returned to later. There are days when I come back to my observations to bring them to the page, and they lift off; other times, they just sit there staring at me. They sit there like a dog that doesn’t like bath time, “Come on, boy,” I say, as I yank on his leash. He won’t budge. It’s as though the moment has gone; whatever it was that I was feeling compelled about—that feeling has left—and when I go to write about it, I simply can’t because whatever little light was there, has vanished. I have the words, the observation, that was interesting to me at the time in my memory; I begin typing—no it’s not working, whatever I felt then, I’m not in that space. Perhaps it needs time to sit—perhaps as the days go on, it will resurface and find its way onto the page. 

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I’ve come to accept that I’m a dabbler when it comes to certain activities. It sometimes makes me feel bad that I don’t stick with something long enough to become an “expert,” but I’m ok with that because I don’t want to be an expert anyway. A subject that has been dear to me ever since I can remember is Astrology. I have dabbled much, though I still feel a slight reticence, in talking about it. I have several books on the subject, but of course, I have not read them all the way through. It has always been playing in the background and has offered itself as yet another window in which to view myself and the world (and I may share an experience or two along the way in future blogs).

I uninstalled my astrology software off my computer a year ago or so. I don’t know why exactly. A few days ago, I started to re-read a book called Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche by Caroline W. Casey. What I especially appreciate about his book is that she emphasizes the idea that there is nothing to believe; astrology is a language. She says, “We do not need astrology. But it is an exquisite language by which to bring alive all the different facets of our natures.” She also has devised seven “Visionary Activist Principles,” that she describes as “…derived from my own years of serious whimsy and musing, and their spirit suffuses the text of the book.” My two favorite principles are:

Principle 0 (Zero): Believe nothing, entertain possibilities. Therefore everything hereafter is offered playfully.

Principle 7: Creativity comes from the wedding of paradox. “We aspire to be disciplined wild people who are radical traditionalists.”

And how appropriate with the emphasis on astrology as a language, that she would have a chapter titled, Astrological Grammar.

This time I’m hoping to go a little deeper, to try and learn more about the transits (movement and angles created), which has always been a little difficult for me to stay on top of. It’s also great fun and grounds me in my little spot in humanity and emphasizes my connection to all of humanity.

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When I began writing, I had no intention of writing about astrology, and didn’t realize it was going to come to the page today. The process itself—and of what comes out and when forever amazes me.

 

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Carry what you wanted to

Carry what you wanted to write with you and allow it to resurface at all times as if you are, in a way, a receptor for the words and not the other way round. Make sense? m

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Yes, I think that does make

Yes, I think that does make sense. In fact, while I was reading a book, my mind did unintentionally keep coming back to it and I watched. I wasn't quite ready yet, still letting it stew at that point. Come to think of it, I used to have an easier time of doing this—being a receptor and allowing the ideas to resurface—when I rode my bike, but the weather is not quite to my liking just yet. You’ve just reminded me of that…riding my bike was/is a daily part of my ritual, but it hasn’t been with these chilly days. Funny how we can forget…and then remember. Thanks, m.

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Laughable analogy on target...

"...like a dog that doesn't like bath time." I had to laugh when I read this, but oh it rang so true. I too go back and find notes I have written and wonder what in the world I was thinking back then. Now I will be tempted to say, "Come on, boy."

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I'm glad you got a laugh out

I'm glad you got a laugh out of it, Sue--that's great! I guess we never quite know when those notes will come in handy and take on a life of their own.

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Hey, man, what’s your sign?

Of course I loved the bit about the dog, Rebbecca. Well said.
Actually, when I retrieve my own scaps and scrids of barely-recognizable gibberish, rather than typing, I transcribe them by hand, which for me tends to focus my mind closer to its original intent. Or not…

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That's a great idea, Mara. I

That's a great idea, Mara. I think I need that focus and the physical grounding of the pen in my hand. I started to realize too that I think I needed to connect more with what I observed. I'll be curious to see what happens. It may end up a jumbled mess or nonsense, but I'm going to keep working with it.  

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Like a bubble

That special moment with that special effects; the ambience, the feelings they never return. The soul touching feelings that gives you the best expressions they vanish, Like a bubble it bursts even before one can touch it.One must pen it down then and there, catch them before they evaporate. Sometimes I feel I have lost fortunes because I did not record those exceptions. Recollection is like filling in life and blood to a skeleton. I have written many gibberish and thrown them away. Then it was a vent to my hurt that I could not discuss with anyone, my rantings.
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Astrology as a language is an interesting perception indeed. Just like how today people accept Yoga for the body unlike yesteryears when it was connected to Hindu religion and the domain of the Yogis. In my teens I got deeply involved with Astrology and Palmistry, intriguing subject. It was interesting to read the lines and try to find out what my future would be. I have seen the lines growing and disappearing as the time changed. There were lines too which I had wished to erase and never could.
Lovely quote" Creativity comes from the wedding of Paradox." So very true!

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You're right, Sumi. I must

You're right, Sumi. I must write in the moment. It wasn't entirely convenient, but I suppose I could have stepped away. I thought by writing a few brief sentences I could recapture whatever it was that inclined me to write anything in the first place. I will remind myself next time: Write it down, write it down, write it down now--everything that will possibly come out.**I've look at the lines on my palms from time to time and wonder...but I have not had my palms read, nor do I know how. Perhaps one day if I happen upon a palm reader, I will see.