|The Reader by Federico Faruffini. |
I found this on the wonderful blog Reading and Art.
We're all swamping around in a salty sea, with Sun, Mars, Neptune, Chiron and Mercury in Pisces, the final and most elusive sign of the Zodiac. Just as you feel you have defined it neatly (perhaps as the spiritual pilgrim, or Salomé), the meaning slips away, like water through your fingers.
But this is our chance to dive into that Pisces energy, wallow in it. Meanwhile Saturn, the lord of integrity and longevity, has just turned retrograde in Scorpio, the other water sign which seeks to connect with the unseeable.
With Mercury Rx (re-reading) in Pisces (fictions, dreams) plus Saturn Rx (classic, long-lived), it could be a good time to pick up one of those books that you've always meant to read. Use this Mercury retrograde to read one of the chunky classics.
|Cranford was on TV a few years ago. |
You could just get out the box set and the chox.
Victor Hugo wrote Les Miserables, a story of suffering and redemption, back then. Of course, you could go see the movie, or the play, which take up less time and have tunes.
Here are some great reads that I can recommend. These are all classics (homage to Saturn Rx) which will take you elsewhere, and that have both a real Piscean flavour and astrological connection. Feel free to add your own suggestions, since these just happen to be books that came to my mind this week.
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1. Moby Dick
2. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (b. Mar 1). For an in-depth discussion of it's astrology click here.
3. The Sheltering Sky. Paul Bowles novel about going losing your mind and identity in the desert. Desert is ruled by Pisces and the dissolution that happens to the main characters is perfectly Piscean.
4. The Tempest. Shakespeare's last play is set on a magical island, Pisces idea of paradise.
5. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
6. Henry and June: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin. Crazy lady, crazy times; both victim and devourer. Nin's voracious relationship with the Millers exemplifies the Dionysian aspect of Pisces. Her desire to actually become someone else shows a dark side of the fishes/twins combo in her chart. This requires a longer explanation, but she really lived her chart in her life (and not necessarily in a good way), and it's fascinating. (Pluto in Gemini and Gemini MC)
7. Madame Bovary (1856) - Emma Bovary's imagination kills her. Is she the Anais Nin of the provinces?
8. Oblamov (1859). A hero who can't get out of bed, the right place for a fish to float.
10. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee - Dee Brown (Feb 29, 1908). This'll make you cry, very Pisces. It's about the sweeping away of a whole people and culture
11. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (March 6, 1927). The most beautiful tale of endless love, which Pisces, at it's best, is all about.
I am going to have a go at The Phantastes - written and published during the lastt Neptune in Pisces. You may have read George MacDonald's more famous children's book The Princess and the Goblin. This is his first novel, written for adults and children, and arguably the first fantasy novel. It inspired both CS Lewis and Tolkien to dare to write fantasy.