“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake in the middle of the night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world around you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.” Theodore H. White, The Once and Future King
Years ago in listening to a tape of Liz Greene talking about Pluto, I recall her saying something to the effect that the only way through difficult times/transits is through art. I don’t think she was saying that art saves lives or that we should all run to our canvases (what canvas? I can’t draw a straight line!).
But what I got from that taped lecture was that it is art that allows us to see the unseeable, think the unthinkable and be with mystery. Art as antidote to fear.
It is in writing, in color, in music and in the art of conversation, and even in finding images for a blog (from tape to blog?) that I find an antidote to the fears. In addition to practical actions (note to self: get more water to have on hand, listen to Rachel M. explain radiation, be informed), I search for writings and pictures and music so I can ‘be’ present to life and suffering and joy and compassion.
The Japanese people are being a work of art in and of themselves. No looting. Much sadness. Days of being with the tragedies and now being with each other. I’m learning so much from them.
Below is an article I found this morning that appealed to me. More to come.
To quote Astrologer, Len Wallick:
Over uncounted millions of years, life on this planet has become as a cycle in rhythm and harmony with the seasons. Our own kind, humanity, became as a part of those cycles. We developed a story to account for the rhythm, mythology. We also formulated a method to keep track of the harmony, astrology.
We, at Skydog Institute, are listening for the stories to account for the rhythm and using the method of astrology to keep track of the harmony–and we’ll share these with you–dear client and friend and family.
By Len Wallick
Music is immediate, it goes on to become.”
– W.H. Auden
The Sun calls on us to become. We reach the Vernal Equinox at about 7:21 pm EDT this coming Sunday. Earth is reaching one of the two points in its orbit where the axis of rotation is not tilted either towards nor away from the center of the solar system. When that happens, the direction of Sol’s incident light is perpendicular to the equator. At that time the entire surface facing the Sun is exposed to the light equally. Equator, equal, equinox.