Taurus New Moon & Mercury Retrograde

Originally posted on embodiedastrology:

Weekend greetings warriors.

Today our Patron of War, Mars, stands full frontal opposition to the Lord of timely resistance, Saturn. Mars in Gemini cuts to the chase, says what it means, and brings up many questions about truth and immediacy. Saturn in Sagittarius answers those questions with more questions about the bigger picture, and how long it takes for stories to unfold. This opposition is a reminder that personal experience is subjective, that the tests of time often turn our truths into hard lessons learned and create foreboding mythologies around those moments when we insisted upon our righteousness instead of biding our time.

Mars opposite Saturn is ALSO a call to speak to truth to power; to invoke fearless friendliness (Gemini) in the face of austerity, and idealist exclusions (Sagittarius); to remember that we must take action to build bridges of connection between ourselves and others; and that holding ourselves at arms length…

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The Tell-Tale Hairs of Edgar Allan Poe

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

A reporter for the Baltimore American was there when the coffin was first re-opened, where it was inspected by a small gaggle of curious onlookers. According to him, the skeleton was “almost in perfect condition, and lying with the long bony hands reposing one upon the other,” while the skull had “some little hair…still clinging near the forehead.”

– In the 19th century, hair from loved ones was clipped as a sort of “memento mori,” a secular relic. Around the country, Edgar Allan Poe’s hair has turned up in attics and libraries. Is it all legitimate? Elon Green writes about it at Atlas Obscura.

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How To Get a Narcissist to Love You

Robin Dalton:

Such a fabulous post.

Originally posted on An Upturned Soul:


The title of this post comes from a query which keeps cropping up in the search criteria in my stats which informs me of what has led someone to my blog.

Since I’m fairly certain that I haven’t written a post about this, I thought I would address it so as not to disappoint those who end up here looking for an answer to that question.

But I am going to end up disappointing you if you’re looking for a magic formula to extract love from a narcissist.

There is a fundamental problem with the question.

There are several problems with this question.

But one stands out to me as being crucial.

Can you see what the problem is?

No, it’s not you, you’re not the problem.

Others versus self worth

There is absolutely nothing wrong with you.

Wanting someone to love you is not the problem.

That is natural.

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Just Keep Walking, Girl

I think a lot
I hurt a lot

I think a lot
About how
Not to think a lot

I plumb my depths
To look for a way
To not hurt so much

I love a lot
I hurt a lot

They whisper
They taunt

I try to love
A lot
I try to forget
A lot


I’m grace under pressure
Soft elegant movements
When I want to rip the walls
Down with bloody hands

A whirling dervish
Who feels too much
Crazy, manic, fucked up
Silly little gypsy girl

Just stop, girl
And start walking
Feel the earth push
Against your soft soles

Just keep walking, girl
Worship the moon
Fall in love with you
Just keep walking, girl



The truth is
I was terrible at geometry
I was not great 
At math
In general

There are reasons
But they’re ugly
And involve 
And abuse
And bad parenting
Let’s not go there

But geometry 
Is almost

Which should be good
For someone like me

I prefer to think
It just wasn’t
Explained properly

So geometry is still
Such an elusive thing
I can’t quite grasp

But triangles
I loved triangles
They made music
Could make music

I thought I had
A secure grasp
On triangles


And her
And me

But we made
A clangy sound
It was not pretty

It was ugly

And finally

I’m not fond
Of triangles now

I wanted to take
My point off to a
Bohemian Street Faire

Find some slow dancing
Brown eyed boy
Who would make me
Forget how to breathe

You could be
Point A
To her Point B

But you said
No one leaves
We love this through

I believe in love

I don’t know 
If I believe 

In triangles

when dreams turn to nightmares

When dreams
Turn to nightmares

And navel gazing
Turns to searching

Rifling through
Fears and cracks
In a weakened spirit

It isn’t light I see
Trying to break free

But the darkness
Of too many failures

Home Again


, , ,

Tonight he lays his head
On my naked breast
It has always been a
Place of refuge for him

My need to protect and defend
Is also fed by that simple action
His head on my warm breast
His hand cupping one round globe
Until his breathing matches mine

And I think that for one
Moment of pure magic

We are God and Goddess
Clinging fast to one another

Our breaths creating
The entire Universe

Every falling star
Every tiny flower
Every hopeful heart
Every child’s smile

Into exquisite existence

And this is how
We continue
To love each other

Love each other
Home again

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Courageous Seeds

Originally posted on embodiedastrology:

Planting seeds is not just for farmers or windowsill gardeners.

With every thought, and with the thoughts before the thought, we plant seeds.

New moon days are auspicious days for planting seeds. The darkness of the sky allows the seed to settle into the richness of the Earth. To just be in the unknown potential of growing.

On the dark moon the most auspicious seeds for planting are the wishing seeds. The seeds that hold some kind of magic potential that only comes with wishing; with not having a plan of how something will happen; with pouring our hearts, desires, and longings into our hands; throwing our hands to the heavens and offering our hunger as ceremonial sacrifice. With wishing we admit our humanness and desires. When we intend, plot and plan we somehow think we can manage it all. A sincere wish does not have any idea of how…

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Let’s go search for vivid and thrilling beauty.


“I wish we talked more about…” Part 1: Women and Sex

Originally posted on rockstar dinosaur pirate princess:

dinosaur_sexEarlier this week one of my fellow humourless killjoy feminist friends came up with the idea of a list of “Things we wished people spoke more openly about”.

The conversation that ensued lead to several revelations amongst the group and numerous exclamations of “I am SO glad we’re talking about this” and “OMG I thought this was just me” and “why don’t we talk about this stuff? This is GREAT.”

So this is the first blog of what I intend to be an ongoing yet occasional series themed around “Things we we we talked about more openly.”

Before we go further, I am going to add a content warning. This blog, and indeed probably the whole series, will feature talk of things like sexual acts, body parts, bodily functions and fluids and other things that often make people (right across the gender spectrum) feel uncomfortable. It’s almost certainly going to make my…

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