Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pleasure

As Pluto, famous for pain, finishes its opposition to my Venus, known for pleasure, a choice is being made. Never has it been more clear. My destiny is concerned with forgoing pain and experiencing pleasure for its own sake. Not everyone is like this. Some people find satisfaction in surmounting pain and seek it repeatedly. I've mastered this and it's time to move on.
What perplexes me is the almost exclusive bonding with pain by people in my environment. Experiments have revealed that the human mind is wired to respond more to bad news, threat, and fear. Pain is part and parcel. It could be evolutionary as the human is learning how to survive. Maybe when he is more comfortable he will be less apt to prefer these harsh experiences.
I'm not waiting. The pleasure receptors are already in place. I will drink in the cool moist air of the woods, put my feet in the cold clear water, and breathe in the pleasures of life as much as I am able. Looks like coins in the stream. I could use some of those too.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Juju said...

the last bit of pink sky is still edging the dark mountains here. New snow on the ground and clear cold air, like the clear water you describe jm. I haven't had time to check in here in a while, but this place always feels warm and welcoming and deliciously nourishing. I'm exhausted at the moment and haven't much time, but I did go back and catch joe's breathtakingly gorgeous egg and dipped into the idea of serendipity. can't wait, though I may have to, to read more...

18/10/06 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Juju said...

(by this nourishing place I of course meant this blog )

18/10/06 6:08 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Ooooh - I want to dip my feet in that water too! Never could figure out why most folks wait until they are in extreme pain to make the necessary changes either . . do not seek it out, no I don't. Doesn't mean I've avoided it - just see no point in choosing that route to learning.

Coins will start falling into your hands with the move of Jupiter into Sag!!! :-)

We are just having a very, very cold wind - no snow at this elevation yet. And I'll be happy to wait longer thank you very much.

18/10/06 6:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Juju, how funny. Here you are. The perfect moment.
Pleasure. Artistry. The genuine search for the great parts of our self expression. Confidence. Inspiration. What this blog is really about. Always glad to read your words, the perfect combination of self interest and interest in the other. Internal and the environment. A beautiful delicate balance as an artist knows.

18/10/06 6:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Coins will start falling into your hands with the move of Jupiter into Sag!!! :-)

OMG, neith. I hope you are a prophet. With your 9th house transit this is definitely a possibility now.

18/10/06 6:25 PM  
Blogger jm said...

As a Venus in Gemini in the 3rd house of communication, one of my greatest pleasures in life is good conversation.

They say that the first split second in an encounter with a new person tells the story of the whole relationship. Plots its future.

When I read neith's first post at Astroworld, a place teeming with bad writers expressing repetetive fearful personal thoughts, unaware of the art of discourse, I knew I was in the presence of someone gifted in this area. Her post made me want to know her and continue the conversation. Which we did.:-)

The same with juju when we met. The conversation was as good as it gets and I knew we would always have this easy way with words together. The mutual interest in each one of our little monologues entirely connected to what the other was saying is heaven to me. And the speed perfect. I think writers are like this. They have so much interest in the nuance of conversation.

So it's really simple. Surround myself with people I like, who talk in a way that interests me. I do admit to a love of larger than life topics.

Easy, eh?

I do love most of all the attention to detail in what the other says and the ability and desire to respond. And the time given to make it full.

18/10/06 6:46 PM  
Blogger jm said...

kj, that's beautiful. I have one to post later that I love. This reminds me.
Thank you.

18/10/06 6:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

the old moon wrapped
in the new moon’s arms


This so beautifully expresses the continuity and inherent security of the rhythms of life.

18/10/06 6:50 PM  
Blogger jm said...

when you can still barely see the outline of the old moon, here, I'll go find a picture.

I know exactly what you mean. Never heard it expressed like this.

18/10/06 6:55 PM  
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18/10/06 6:55 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Birth within the remnant of the fullness. The Moon and fertility. Can't be tampered with. So good kj.

Hopefully more and more we will follow these clear and simple cosmic guidelines.

18/10/06 6:59 PM  
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18/10/06 7:00 PM  
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18/10/06 7:06 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

kj, I don't know why, but your poetry always hits so deeply for me. Moves me to tears . . . and I'm so thrilled you have stories bubbling up again!!!! That is the VERY best feeling in this life . . . to feel the creative drive waken within! Thank you so much for being so generous & sharing w/us.

18/10/06 7:11 PM  
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18/10/06 7:18 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

By the way, jm - I was very taken with what you had to say long before I found the courage to start posting occasionally . . . and now we both have blogs that express our unique voices!!!!

Say, kj, are you going to start a blog of your own to post your writings on?! If you do, please let us know . . . or the consequences will be dire . . :-)

18/10/06 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Juju said...

Thank you jm, for recognition and your warmth, and that quickness, which must be Mercury. I have a memory of a line that I think is something out of a Beckett novel "Pleasure in his mind was such pleasure that pleasure was not the word." And now there is pleasure in all your minds here. I read the previous posts on Strength and Leo, and want to reread them and take them to heart.

Thanks for asking about my writing kj. I'm trying to make a shape for it -- lots of doubts coming in of course -- and also some pleasure.

I loved the idea of the moons interlaced.

And now I too am to bed.

18/10/06 8:49 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Wonderful comments. Ambrosia.

I'm thrilled too about the stories. Feeling better inside, less stressed about thinking everything needs to be written all at once

I think this is most important.

18/10/06 9:40 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I read the previous posts on Strength and Leo, and want to reread them and take them to heart.

I feel that way too. I think they're especially for us.

It amazes me that these things are available all the time if let them in.

18/10/06 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

What a balm to read all this after a bout with the old fears about the future! As the "election" draws near, people are whipping themselves into a froth and it's hard not to be influenced by it.

19/10/06 4:24 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

This
is what I was referring to. Excellent piece, deals with the fear and the necessity of action we are now facing.

We have lived as if in a trance.

We have lived as people in fear.

And now - our rights and our freedoms in peril - we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing.

Therefore, tonight, we have become the true inheritors of our American legacy.

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.


Bravo Keith Olbermann!

19/10/06 5:05 AM  
Anonymous -pd- said...

What a refreshing interlude in my work day this has been.
jm, I too have recently been through the Pluto opposition to Venus, and decided that I'd had enough of the addiction to pain. (Though some habits die hard for this Scorpio rising/Pluto on the MC guy.)
I find more pleasure now, in work as well as play, including wordplay (good ol Venus in Gemini, eh?). That's why I just had to comment, a few threads back, on a "Dylanesque" rhyme. And why I've been listening, with headphones on, to some of Dylan's more poetic songs.

19/10/06 8:52 AM  
Anonymous casey said...

I have to echo both neith and jm...I discover Pat's blog through Mountain Astrologer and I was at my wit's end with the whole icky mouth thing. The mouth pain did not end until the very end of August. Plus the loss of my cyberfriend. You guys were like a life-rope for me. What a horrific summer it was.

Bright lights in the darkness. you guys.

19/10/06 11:08 AM  
Blogger jm said...

What a balm to read all this after a bout with the old fears about the future! As the "election" draws near, people are whipping themselves into a froth and it's hard not to be influenced by it.

So right joe. I'm going to do everything I can to keep the cosmic in mind. It's sad, but it will take a trillion lifetimes to see any change on a large scale I'm afraid. But so what. This helps us realize we can live our own ways within.

19/10/06 1:09 PM  
Blogger jm said...

jm, I too have recently been through the Pluto opposition to Venus, and decided that I'd had enough of the addiction to pain.

Pd! I didn't know. Another Venus in Gem that's been through the fires.

I mean it this time and whenever you're in the mood for decent conversation with soul, drop by. From the sound of your comments, the Pluto transit worked!

Bright lights in the darkness. you guys.

It gets challenging at times to keep it lit, but that's when it's most real and necessary. This is my grand experiment. I've been talking about this for a long time and now I want to try to put it fully into action. To stay universal, grateful, and in love with life no matter what others say and do. It's my responsibility. And my life is my own, my destiny unique.

Life will treat you exactly like you treat IT. So I can no longer follow the path of pain, hate and bitterness. Not to deny it, just reroute.

This Pluto transit led me there to experience enough to leave it behind for good. Mass hysteria has always repelled me and I feel like I'm getting out just in the nick of time.

Fear is part of everybody's experience but this kind is useless. It's not connected to one's own reality where there is a possibility of doing something about it. This mass hook is the biggest escape I've seen. And has a hopelessness to it.

One by one people will separate from this dangerous umbilical. Birth and freedom are always an option.

19/10/06 1:24 PM  
Blogger jm said...

In all my incurable optimism I wanted to mention this. Try not to let it get to you too much.

The Scorpio elimination coming up will tell the tale. This could be a prelude to letting go of some of this massive paranoia. But most important are the things in our own lives we want to eliminate for good.

Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will be in Scorpio, squaring the Neptune/Saturn. It's a chance of a lifetime. The more we keep in mind the possibility of change and the less we get caught up in the mass fear, the better our overall chances.

No matter what the underlying problems, if the Democrats get control of the House, the fear will lift for awhile.

19/10/06 1:35 PM  
Anonymous -pd- said...

In all my incurable optimism I wanted to mention this. Try not to let it get to you too much.
SO glad you're incurable. I need/want more incurables in my life.
All for now. I'm going out for some MUSIC tonite!

19/10/06 1:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.


Don't forget that this is part of the fear package too. The emotionalism. It's manipulative as well, as much as I like some of the things Keith says. It's no mistake that this developed just at this time as part of the cosmic lesson. How do we know for certain how dangerous our government is? Isn't it better to have these things revealed?
How long will this public torture game last? People have always liked to watch it. Is our freedom really at stake? If someone has the answer outside of emotional melodrama, that would be great. Haven't found this yet. As disturbing as it is, until the truth is known, I will hold my fear in reserve. One day of an Act doesn't equal the end of democracy.

This Act could easily fizzle in due time. How much is staged drama, how much is real threat to us individually?

It always good to keep in mind that no one has power. The collective has it all and whatever happens politically is part of our collective destiny, good and bad. No one can control it. Fortunately.

Don't be afraid of the Military Commissions Act. I come from a family that survived political oppression infintely worse than this. Survived it well.

19/10/06 2:03 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Pd! Music! The great cure-all!

19/10/06 2:07 PM  
Anonymous -pd- said...

Oh yeah, jm, so good. A 2-band CD release party billed as the marriage of heaven and hell: gypsy jazz (I love Reinhardt & Grappelli), then Felonious Bosch (fnbosch.com) decked out initially in capes -- love the combination of fiddle, bouzouki, bass sax/flute. During FB, some intriguing video on the side: closeups of the famous Bosch painting along with recordings of various traditional and erotic dances. A full multimedia evening, a counterpart to my first encounter with FB on my birthday this year.
[Venus at almost 22 Gem]

20/10/06 8:43 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I just saw a movie about gypsy dance and music. Strong medicine.

20/10/06 1:37 PM  

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