Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ephemeris - anybody else a little bit psychic?

Just now I closed my eyes and guessed Uncle Toni's sign, from all I know about him and his coaching/family relationship with his nephew, Rafa Nadal.
I settled on Pisces strongly.
2nd option Libra.  But also possibly Virgo or Scorpio.
I have the hypothesis that Rafa the Gemini has been 'not himself' having grown with the strong influence of a person so unlike him.  He will change when that influence ends, or is possibly already quite different when he is outside of that influence (which is almost never).
And the hypothesis that the uncle is repressed in some way.  This feeds such loyalty and humble dedication to another person. 
Then I asked google, and got February 21, 1961 for his birthday.  I said, yeah baby, that's Pisces, right?  So I searched and it IS Pisces.
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Why is this important?  Because nowadays I'm trying to understand Rafa (who is my one and only esposo, as y'all know ;) but why Gemini, of all signs that don't naturally harmonize with me?) 

But also, I'm suggesting that astrology is not crap.
I use it in my life; it helps me understand people.
Further, I can sometimes guess the sign of a person after some interaction.  I just get a sense.  Then it turns out that it's correct.  This test makes it unlikely that one's sign is just random, since then I'd have less than a 1 in 10 chance of guessing.

I sometimes try to guess what the strong influences are in my sisters who are twins and both Scorpio.  I think one is quite the Cancer, absolutely, in addition to her real scorpio Sun Sign.  What's left after the water signs (Pisces too, so all three) done filled up her days with moon and mood and drowning, is a tiny hint of air: Aquarius, Libra, maybe THERE is her room for expression.  But it's such a tiny window.
The other twin has an active Aries in her somewhere, and a little Leo that keeps us from locking horns as I normally would with Aries.  If you know any Leos, she has their heart - not a very involved/engaged heart, but a heart big and capable and able to give without lacking, especially to their 'subjects', the ones younger or weaker, and indeed all the rest of us - the fans that adore the Leo.   

The astrology thing is great for relationship advising.  Once I 'finally' went out to lunch with a guy I'd been really eyeing (trust me, you'd eye him too - sweet GoD!) and while the place was beautiful, ...our chemistry was rubbish.  That lunch he told me he was Sagittarius, I basically told him 'no wonder' and explained that emm, it would be easier not to try to make our natures harmonize.  He liked another Taurus girl, they went out for a few years, it must have been harrrrd work.

Definitely, I'm not satisfied to simply separate the world into those I "flow" with, and those I don't; I try to learn how to love everybody; and as we know, anti-flow itself is an important energy/force.

Still I usually choose the easy, lazy, boring way.  The Taurus/Taurus relationship for instance, two mounds of sand side-by-side is what I read, and indeed it was in my experience with one darling Taurean.  We were completely content, feeding each other fat, sorting out money matters, forgetting to 'do it' really for months, never needing to argue, complain or explain.  We argued by saying Honey this or Babe that, practically laughing underneath.  Like honey why do you want to go to that dangerous place alone, you could wait so I can take you.  Basically saying "I care about you."  Or babe that's a lot of rice.  Basically saying I know how your body works. 

There was one Taurus/Taurus relationship that till today makes me wonder when someone will tell him his real birthday because he's "at least" a Sun Sign Gemini, switching this way and that, probably even Aquarius, considering the hectic asynchronicities between us, the excesses of excitement and of stress.  I vote Aquarius: he was even good friends with the Sagittarian.  And I said once to him: you have to choose one way OR the other, but he'd throw another curveball thinking it was such fun and so I chose 'one way, or the other' because I (we Taureans) are just not that nimble.  We need a steady, plodding sort of direction.

Once I met an angel on a train and her sister.  I think she was a brunette or red, I think her sister was blonde.  I can't even remember which train - California?  East Coast?  The ladies were neither - they were from somewhere in-between I don't remember - Midwest or South. She advised me that one does need some tension in a relationship, otherwise "nothing gets done."  I know now what she means.  But give me just a tiny little dose of the tension, OK? 

I met somebody last month that I really really badly like.  I got home and was like: Pisces.  Checked his facebook and I was wrong: his sign is Cancer.

But I have to say that is sort of like being right, since
1. both signs are quite alike; and quite alike to me, being two months away from Taurus either way, and
2. maybe I don't have enough experience with both (esp Cancer, I had just an officemate and a PhD adviser with that sign) to tell the difference easily.
So what's he like?  Well, definitely takes softness, sweetness, patience, and sensitivity for him to try peeking out of that shell; I haven't seen the crabby moodiness although I've been prepared for it; and for us as a pair it's completely easy to click, like a very easy sibling relationship.  Really, Pisces and Cancer to a Taurus are like the flowiest friends ever. Like Aqua and Sag. Like any so-called 3-11 pair (two signs apart)

Conversely, another friend of mine is a source of education and a distant curiosity for me.  He's a bit like an alien complete with antennae and all sorts of ideas that I never hear anywhere.  Yep, Libra.  But instead of the differences being too great for us to get along, I can just access (in small doses) that which is far from my experience.  We're supposed to meet this week.  Which may end up being next month or next year.  I think I'm growing, because five/ten years ago, me and a Libran would have hit a wall.  My Libran officemates eeew.  They gave me very bad vibes.  Come to think of it, even this year me and a Libran hit a wall.  I just didn't know "how" to apologize in a way that he would understand.  I wonder where he's hiding now.  

Maybe one day I'll tell you where these characters go in my writing, they're everywhere, and one day too, insha'Allah, you'll read THE NOVEL in which the quarks, the signs sort of show their properties and make their music(s).

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Action. Action film and making things.

I've been watching IRIS.  Not sure how at one point while in bed focused on the images of this spy movie on my little screen (it's a little like 24, Bourne, even NUMB3RS sometimes), I got this vision of a doughnut, big enough to advertise a donut shop, big like a car tyre; and rough, aged, contoured on the skin, extremely doughnut-like in texture.  I want to make something, sculpt with my hands with foam or some plasticine thing and colour it.  The sad part is that I/we generally don't know how.
Now I know:  Get tyre.  Coat with something.  Colour with something. Till it looks like this
Nowadays I'm obsessed (in my mind only) with sculpture.
It doesn't help seeing these interesting buildings in the Korean films I've been watching.
Contrast with how I don't go out and even if I did, there isn't so much attention to art in the spaces called Lagos.  It's a beautiful city in its own weird way, but I wish for a new weird way.
I wish everything wasn't so "practical" and copied.  
Italian-labelled and imported
I wish architects actually had new designs.  
I am pleased with the creativity in some music videos around here...maybe objects and spaces are next.  Who knows how to interact with materials?  Who cares, unless the material is money, around here?
At least I can interact with words and the internet.  But now I want to touch and mould stuff beyond cooking (rare) and sewing (pinning or mending at least not the whole so many yards...)

You know who makes things all day long?
 My sister.

   And this Lagos artist.
How about you?

I may not make the big crinkled O right now, but what I shall do is use poster colour to draw/write some Chinese words in my sketch book.  Not sure why I think that's so exciting.
IRIS is a very good film.  I kept thinking it's not nearly as good as some of the other Korean films I've been gorging on, but hey I still went out to buy parts 2-4 and finished part two (10 hours +) in one day.

A Thousand Kisses is also good yet not as utterly captivating as some of my first K-drama.  I even managed not to hunt like mad for more episodes/seasons after about 20 hours.

Sea God (or Emperor of the Sea) was quite an education.  They could have condensed the fifty-something hours into ten hours, but ok, I lapped it all up.  By the time I'd finished I'd watched like 200 hours of Song Il-Gook.  He is a very very like really very good actor.  I can spell Song Il-Gook. 

Before I got to the point where I could actually take my eyes off the screen for five seconds with K-Drama, without rewinding to catch the all-important subtitles or wistful stare that I might have missed, I had watched these:
- Jumong 
- Kingdom of the Winds 
These are the early founding stories of the Korean people.  (Yoruba : Itan isedale awon omo Korea) A bit like the Bible; they have everything - poetry, power, birth, death, slavery, archery, murder, jealousy, travel, ambition, kingdoms, gods, costume, myth, ... and a swordfight every twenty minutes.
- Personal Taste
- Coffee Prince 
A pair of cheesy captivating romantic comedies.  Made me laugh, cry, wish, understand, forgive, reach out... Only about twenty hours each.  Slightly gender-bending and the more adorable for that fact.
Those were some absolutely wonderful movie marathons. 

Holidays end in two weeks.  What to do?  Because I still have: Boys Over/Before Flowers, (parts of) Yi San, GRACHI: Playful Kiss, MIDAS, Nine-Tailed Fox (action), My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed fox (comedy) , Full House, The Fugitive Plan B, Viral Factor, Master of Study (maybe a little boring) , and Unchained Love.  That's more hours than I have in the month.  I know: I can prioritize.  Midas+PlayfulKiss is doable in a week.  But first finish IRIS?