- "Hi Kagen! Here is your Daily Chinese Horoscope for Thursday, November 25 - Your fire-breathing personality might be overbearing to some. While you certainly don't intend to be intimidating, you have a powerful demeanor that can overwhelm even strong personalities. Take it down a notch and you'll still get your point across."

................What, I don't intend to be intimidating....?

Oh, and what was it that Rob Breszny had for me most lately.....

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): British engineer John Reid wants to translate
dolphins' speech into human language. For years, he has been working on
the Cymascope, a machine that will help him analyze the basic patterns of
dolphin grammar and vocabulary. I encourage you to be inspired by his
efforts, Libra. It is now an excellent time for you to devote your ingenuity
to improving the way you communicate with alien species like black
sheep, fallen angels, feral mavericks, your mother-in-law, odd ducks, co-
workers who resemble raccoons and bears, and zombies who don't share
your political views.

Hmm....I really don't consider black sheep and fallen angels to be alien species per se.....nor feral mavericks, for that matter.  Zombies who don't share my political views - now that is a challenge....

This just added while checking my email before dinner.  We decided not to go with a tablecloth afterall, but I did take out my tall amber pressed-glass goblets from storage, seeing as we have no full set of eight conventional wineglasses.  And I don't care what nature of beverage gets put in them - it's for the inevitable Thanksgiving toasting, and we are damn well going to have a set of glasses that match for once.

My cousin Josh is in town with us - he's a theatrical lighting designer, so we've been talking a bit of shop - I just had to run and get out my set design models for Medea (set in late 19th-century London with Medea as an Irish firebrand) and The Chalky White Substance (little-performed post-apocalyptic Tennessee Williams), not to mention my "nightmare" concept assignment of a completely surreal and absurdist 'bathroom at the end of the universe'...hmm, that almost bears some philosophising, now that I think about it, but I'll save that for its own topic.

As I was commenting on Facebook, I'm extremely pragmatic about holidays, and Thanksgiving is something that requires a lot of gleaning the positive social+interpersonal wheat from the religious and self-centered nationalist/cultural chauvinist crap...I mean, chaff.  It's bloody arrogant to assume that everyone in this country ought to be thankful to their (assumed) deity on one official day, when this nation is not even supposed to have an established state religion.  And apart from that - Turkey Day?  Seriously?  Stuff-yourselves-like-gluttons-and-watch-football day followed by go-out-and-consume-mass-commercial-quantities-as-offering-to-the-Almighty-Economy day?  It's disgusting....and the only justification for it lies simply in whether it actually serves a positive social purpose, humanistically and without regard to either conventional or capitalistic relligion.  Is it good for the heart and soul, or is it stress and sanctimoniousness?  Are you truly glad to be in present company, or is it a trial or a war?  One should not have to lie and profess thankfulness for what is friction or oppression or ill-fortune - at the same time, sorting out what is good in one's life...is good.  But it should be true - and to have it assumed as a duty compromises truth.  So as an official national holiday, it is a topic where I have a great deal of ambivalency - especially since I can't stand Puritans and was fed up at a very early with extolling the "stern impassioned tread" of the Pilgrims as any rightful part of the beauty of this land - I'd much rather they'd left the wilderness alone and kept their fanaticism to themselves, without any compulsion on nonbelievers or internal dissenters.  Because anything else is really unethical - and the internal force of orthodoxy exerted to maintain social cohesion is a matter of politics that pollutes through its coercion the still-desired/demanded authenticity of faith. 

And that is my diatribe for the nonce....though be assured, I will get vocal later on regarding the pernicious and outright murderous atrocity known as "Black Friday"....


Has someone been filling Rob Breszny in on my personal life.....? )


Someone has irritated me by being a bloody self-absorbed wanker.... )

Ginsus emerging......there's some aging and rather cowardly business that needs attending to, just to give it an answer, in that same line of invalid privilege and overweening prerogatives.  Think anyone'll see it coming?


Libra Horoscope for week of October 1, 2009....

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Is there a big difference between your current job and your beloved career? Do you suffer from the unsettling feeling that your calling hasn't called you yet? Are you under the impression that your main reason for being here on Earth may reveal itself at some unknown time in the future, but not anytime soon? If you answered no to all those questions, congrats! You are more than halfway toward living a victorious life. But if you answered yes to at least one question, it's high time to take action. Start by formulating an intention to find out what you need to know in order to deal with the problem more aggressively. The cosmic forces are arrayed in such a way as to reward you for doing so.


Not that my calling hasn't been at least partially revealed already, or been calling and nudging me along for awhile now.  Could use some practical triage and clarification, though.


[ "Ils sont indignes de vous!" ]

Verticle Oracle card Libra (September 23-October 22)
Against all odds, you are finally finding a way to quit that nagging "addiction." You're shedding a dependency that isn't worthy of you. You're weaning yourself from a passion that hasn't brought out the best in you. Congratulations on your hard, meticulous work, you epic hero, you. In the aftermath of your exacting struggle, please don't immediately initiate another obsessive relationship with a new mania. Enjoy the benefits of being blank and clean and empty for a while.



Verticle Oracle card

Interpretations and current thoughts... )
Though, you know....I don't think that I'm ever really "blank and clean and empty" -- it just isn't quite the impression for me.  I'm always teeming with something, and the only positive emptiness in my mind is the lack of repression and internalized guilt/constraint -- a clear channel for whatever is to flow through it unimpeded.

I could certainly use to clarify my thoughts/interpretations on a lot of things, but this is a pretty direct challenge:

 Verticle Oracle cardLibra (September 23-October 22)
It's the Power-Gathering Season for you, Libra. A good way to energize your efforts would be to define clearly and imaginatively what power means to you. I've got two riffs to get you started. First, here's one from a famous French ruler whose name I'll withhold so as not to distract you from the riff itself: "I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies." Here's the second definition, from poet Dennis Holt in his newsletter "Quincunx": "Power is what sends the woodpecker down from his tree to poke for worms in the muddy road one morning after all-night rain on a ridge above the Pacific within earshot of the surf." 

Well, those who know me the best will understand why this has some definite purpose....

Libra Horoscope for week of June 12, 2008

Verticle Oracle card Libra (September 23-October 22)
"I've been all over the world and have lived among every kind of culture," wrote Dan Liebert on mcsweeneys.net, "and I can say, without any hesitation, that the most ignorant, rude, selfish, and self-centered people on Earth are babies." I agree with him, though I've got to add that it's senseless to get mad at babies for being such jerks. Their brains simply aren't sufficiently well-developed to be any different. This line of thought can be applied to a whole range of bad behavior by people who have technically reached adulthood: They engage in ill-advised actions not out of evil intent but because they're emotionally immature. Keep that in mind as you deal with anyone who's doing unreasonable things. Be the composed adult who's in charge of leading the big babies.


So, Mr. Breszny's basically telling me to act my age.......?  Oh boy.

Though, I do tend to be really absentminded about that sometimes.  Funny how being around ultramundane people and stresses can drag you down to their level and make for a really depressing tunnel vision.  Call it ego if you like, but I do have to invoke self-awareness of nobility and being born for higher things in order to engage the grace of noblesse oblige.

(Aurey <= Has a historical tendency to claim divine parentage.....:-|)

Addendum:  Here's the card that was on the main (all signs) horoscope page....

Verticle Oracle card

Hmmm.......ya know, idol hands are the devil's playground....... :-|
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] schnee....

Comment on this entry, and I will:

Tell you why I friended you.
Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, a word etc.
Tell you something I like about you.
Tell you a memory I have of you.
Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.

In return, you must post this in your LJ.

And here's my Harry Potter horoscope...I'm inclined to say that I'm a blatant Gryffindor on this one, seeing as I'm pretty obsessive about justice and always have been that way....anyhow, check it out:

Harry Potter horoscope -- [Libra].... )

So, I guess Aurey'd make a good Auror, then....? :-|
....afterall, who the hell goes around wearing masks in this day and age...?

Hmm.....okay, I'm trying to parse what the inimitable Mr. Brezsny has to say in my horoscope:

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Happy Valentine Daze, Libra! After careful meditation about what
advice might help you expand your experience of intimacy, I've
decided to offer you the following meditation. "Love sometimes gets
tired of speaking sweetly. It wants to rip to shreds all your
erroneous notions of truth that make you fight within yourself,
and with others." So writes Daniel Ladinsky in his translation of a
poem by Hafiz. Love, he continues, "sometimes wants to do us a great
favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out." That's a
pretty good description of where I think you are in your current
relationship with love, Libra. I hope you're brave enough to
cooperate with its gift.

I don't know. I'm not altogether sure that it's erroneous notions of truth that make me fight within myself, unless they're most definitely the negative kinds of erroneousness....now those, sure, they're a bitch and a half. If love can shake those out of me, and me out of that subtle rut, then fine, great, yay. But those erroneous notions aren't necessarily something I wanted in the first place, so love had better do that shaking carefully so far as my own truth is concerned....as that's taken quite enough beatings already.

So no more on that....I'm pissed off about Valentine's Day in that I can't celebrate it quite as completely as I'd like, my love being stuck in Indy 'cause her bosses have to travel and can't let her go for the weekend. So I wouldn't have been getting the holiday itself with her anyhow, but it would have been close, it would have been nice, it would have been...Chinese New Year....but no, even that was not to be. So, another half a month more before we finally get to be together on the physical plane, with all its mundanely sensual delights....*sigh*

So, anyhow, here's a fairly accurate description of my romantic style, in case you're morbidly curious....and it's relatively safe from kinkiness, seeing as I didn't even write it...:P

Amorous Untamed Romeo Exchanging Arousing Necking and Thrilling, Erotic Stimulation

Get Your Sexy Name

Than again, maybe not.......:-|
Week beginning September 14

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
"The time has come to declare the war on terror over," wrote James
Fallows in September's *The Atlantic.* "Al-Qaeda's mistakes, and our
successes, have sharply reduced the terrorist network's ability to
harm the United States. Its threat now rests less on what it can do
itself than on what it can trick, tempt, or goad us into doing. Its
destiny is no longer in its own hands." In a similar way, Libra, one
of your personal enemies has mostly lost the power to hurt you. Its
remaining threat resides in what it can trick, tempt, or goad you into
doing. To say safe and sane, all you have to do is refuse to get
sucked in by your weakened enemy's ruses.


Thank you, Mr. Brezsny....that's some very useful information.

Oh, and I have so many personal enemies, don't I. Well, no...I don't call 'em enemies, just annoyingly shallow and vicious people at worst....but enough to spur a semi-thorough ginsu-thrashing from me every once in a while. Somehow, though, I think that those types are more petty and insignificant than what's intimated here....:-?

Things are good.

Verticle Oracle card Libra (September 23-October 22)
If you own a Jaguar luxury automobile, it's an excellent time to redo the leather interior. If you live in a trailer park on the other side of the railroad tracks, the moment is right to cover up the faux wood paneling with fancy wallpaper. And if you don't fall into either of those categories, meditate on how you might redecorate the inside of your world, from the physical environments you frequent to the interior walls of your imagination.


Well, I can think of a few places I frequent and/or have created entire that could use a good ambiential overhauling.  Such as my cluttered home where I want to throw things out the windows.  

And also, such as the many groups I have where people somehow don't seem to have an idea why the thing exists, much less understand its "mission" enough to share it, participate more and take some of the load off of me sustaining the damn things.  Agenda for groups and life in general: CLARIFY CLARIFY CLARIFY......the old wallpaper is a bit too subtle to be taken in by most (not that most is always good) -- what we need is a big bold and unabashed mural to show exactly what these visions are, if indeed worthy visions they be for me to spend the time and energy on them atall.

But carefully, though, let's not be too hard on the poor souls who know not what they do....afterall, powerful weapons my ginsus are, keen and honed by the years...

Verticle Oracle card Libra (September 23-October 22)
If you have been experiencing some form of injustice, it's an excellent time to stage a protest, strike, or boycott. The astrological omens don't necessarily guarantee you'll get all your demands met, but they do make it likely you'll be able to harness your anger with maximum lucidity. For best results, don't just fight for your own rights, but for the rights of others as well. You should also make sure that in fighting the disrespect you've suffered that you yourself don't disrespect anyone.


Well, I do try to be fair....afterall, being a Libra means trying to balance everything absolute-justly, even if you wind up condemning your very existence....though, I will say I've been trying a bit harder to avoid that sort of ....well, negative and self-undermining attitude, in a nutshell.  No way to count yourself a king of infinite space, if you can't forgive yourself -- which makes it a good deal harder to forgive anyone else as well, if there's any doubt atall that you can afford to let an offense be laid to rest.

In other divinations, the I Ching had also previously  endorsed my need to argue for my personal rights and views and needs....and considering that it's generally rather discouraged to assert difference and initiate conflict, that's a definite kick in the superego.....



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