The Pond: May 28, 2021
Five reflections for your weekend. WAIT! Maybe you're a king or queen! Astrology as an open-ended aperture in time, the language of emojis, and my interview on Scott's SubPub.
1. A William Stafford poem
A Story That Could Be True
If you were exchanged in the cradle and
your real mother died
without ever telling the story
then no one knows your name,
and somewhere in the world
your father is lost and needs you
but you are far away.
He can never find
how true you are, how ready.
When the great wind comes
and the robberies of the rain
you stand on the corner shivering.
The people who go by —
you wonder at their calm.
They miss the whisper that runs
any day in your mind,
“Who are you really, wanderer?”—
and the answer you have to give
no matter how dark and cold
the world around you is:
“Maybe I’m a king.”
2. Mike Harding’s definition of astrology is everything
“[T]he chart shows how we have Time in common with others. It shows those points of contact that might be called instinctive, or essential, where we are orientated around common ways of experiencing and being.”
“The power of astrology for both exploring and picturing the human condition seems to lie in the fact that it is not a model that reduces, but one that opens up. We need not return to infantile desires or the archetypal matrix. It is something like a map of the time in which we all participate, a map that shows our specific openness to events, the points where we may make most clearly our contact with the world of others.”
“But however it may be personalised within our own culture and language, it is not a map of us, but of the temporal landscape we inhabit.”
From Garry Phillipson’s cogent interview with astrologer Mike Harding on Skyscript.
3. 🤓 My friend Michael on the phenomenon of emojis:
“Funny how after thousands of years we've returned to hieroglyphics…The endless, inescapable circles of life repeat and repeat and repeat.”
🙌🏼 👠 🐸 🌟 🌈 🎯
4. A recent SubPub interview with yours truly
“Two worlds dominate my imagination, pop culture, and the occult—subjects like astrology and the Tarot. Finding ways to blend them up for the reader fascinates me.”
Subscribe to Scott’s Substack here.
5. June Horoscopes for Moderns debut this weekend!
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