Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Mad Inventors and the
Current Pickle

Andre Citroen, the greatest of European car-makers, was known for his commercial flair and inventive genius. Who would have thought that the creative imagination of modern homo sapiens would get us into so much trouble? Just tinkering at the table with with his toys.
This is a 1902 Oldsmobile Curved Dish, the first mass produced car in the world. And so it began. I remember just recently how joyously we sped along the roads burning fuel to our hearts' content without a worry. The cars got bigger and grander, the speed faster and faster, the trips more extensive, and the gas more expensive until man's genius led to the dilemma in which we find ourselves today. Not uncommon really. Many inventions are notorious for this.
What amazes me is that it only took a little over one hundred years to get to the thick and sticky wicket we're presently in. This makes me think we could get out of it just as fast, using the same imaginative genius. That would be a good dill for everyone. Alternative barrels.


Blogger Neith said...

This is quite unrelated but as I was reading up on the Full Moon in Scorp on May 2nd I noticed it falls exactly at 11 Taurus . . . and I recall my experiences with the Full Moon falling the Nodes as really getting my attention! So batten down the hatches . . . :-)

Oh yes . . . congrats on a successful though lengthy transfer to New Blogger! Perhaps that does relate to mad inventors and the current pickle . . . :-)

10/4/07 10:00 AM  
Anonymous chrispito said...

I love pickles so much, my family nickname is based upon the word. And I have to seriously control myself and not drink all of the vinegar in one go. Like, the whole jar.

On that note, I need to go buy some pickles and rye bread so I can make a kick-butt tuna sandwich and have a little slurp.

10/4/07 1:38 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Thanks neith! I'll be on the lookout. A lot is happening on this issue right now.

I'm unhappy about the transfer. It happenend while I was out, and will slow things up (takes forever to load), but I'm getting involved in other things anyway.

Pickles, crispito!!!

10/4/07 2:59 PM  
Blogger jm said...

NOT because I expect you to major in Dance.
NOT because I expect you to Dance all your life.
NOT so you can relax or have fun.

But so you will be human,
so you will recognize beauty,
so you will be sensitive,
so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world,
so you will have something to cling to,
so you will have more love,
more compassion,
more gentleness,
more good,
in short more life...

...That is why I teach Dance

This is from the website of Gwen Bowen who has had a dance school here forever. She's very old now and the school is still thriving. Really nice site. I was surprised at its elegance, along with its popular charm.

Invitation to the Dance

10/4/07 4:40 PM  
Anonymous chrispito said...

What a beautiful link, Jm! Do you dance?

10/4/07 5:00 PM  
Anonymous juno jones said...

Hi jm, and all!Here's a little sag in the last throes of pluto for ya's...enjoy...


10/4/07 5:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Chrispito, I love love love to dance. I've been wanting to take tap for ages and never got around to it, but now is the time.

I plan to get into community theater a little later. I've always wanted to do a musical. I love vaudeville. My NN in Taurus can't wait to kick the floor with those heavy shoes!
Jazz is on the schedule too.

Now on to Huffpost. Can't wait to see!

10/4/07 5:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Juno, the whole thing is coming into home plate. The rest of the year should be interesting, to say the least. I've been waiting patiently for this.

9/11 happened when Pluto and Saturn were on the USA ASC. Just like the Tower card in the Tarot. The effects are coming in.

10/4/07 5:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

One of the most wonderful experiences I ever had was a summer in the chorus of a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. The singing and staging were enjoyable every single time we rehearsed. I want to do more.
The most profound feelings I get are when I walk into an empty theater with the stage lit. Soft lighting on the walls. All my dreams are in those theaters...all my longings. It's the other side of the drama that goes on in daily life. The negative like in a photograph. The REAL drama, to me.

10/4/07 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

The Tower card, most definitely so. That was my first thought when 9/11 happened. That, and "Inside job."

10/4/07 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Chrispito, a kindred spirit! I make my own sauerkraut and pickles when the cabbage and cukes are in season. They go so well with rye bread, don't they! I swear I must have been a Russian or a Ukrainian or a Slav in a past life.

10/4/07 7:01 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Speaking of Moons... I see the New Moon is in Aries on 4/17/07. New Moon, first sign of the zodiac. ooh! Are we starting with a fresh slate? Does this happen every year? Is the Moon that regular?

10/4/07 7:15 PM  
Anonymous juno jones said...

I thought the same things, Joe. I had watched a movie called 'The Damned' the night before. One of the main events the plot turns on is the reichstag bombing. I couldn't help think it. It was weird, That and being woken up about 6:00 AM PST by a loud explosion in my dreams.

Chiron was direct on my sun and moon. There's some sort of healing process symbolized by that, I guess.

10/4/07 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, JM, you are such a kindred spirit! How I miss my days in the theater...There is nothing nothing nothing like that space, that magical arena where the archetypes are in full bloom and there is alchemy in the exchange between the players/dancers and the audience. A sacred place in time and out of time. Some of the most magical and transforming experiences I have ever had have been on the stage. It has been on my mind so much lately that I am tingling right now too much to be coherent.
Yes, the longing, the dream, the transcendant.
I crave the transcendant with my whole heart and being right now.
And i tingle with the synchronicity of your words...


10/4/07 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Chrispito!
I love the pickle juice too! Mom would never let me drink it. Whatever is it about pickle juice?

10/4/07 7:58 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I drew the Tower that weekend, and I knew then that everything would be all right.

It probably was an inside job, but in the big picture, it doesn't matter. In fact, it's better that we did it to ourselves. The solution is within too.
I get an image of falling illusions with that card and what happened. That mixed with Katrina. The Towers being hit from above, and then the waters rising from below.

We got a lot of strikes these years, so we should be paid up a bit.

Amazing, juno. Your experience.

I think collectively this society knows on some level what our government did, and has become a little more savvy about these things. Even people a few years ago in my world, who refused to look clearly at it, are doing so now. If only they could understand the deeper issues that bring about these cause and effect events.

10/4/07 9:48 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Meristem, that was a beautiful description of the the theatrical experience.

There is nothing nothing nothing like that space, that magical arena where the archetypes are in full bloom and there is alchemy in the exchange between the players/dancers and the audience. A sacred place in time and out of time.

That does say it well. It's always there, in every society.

10/4/07 9:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe, in most cases, the New Moon falls in the Sun sign every month, followed by the Full Moon in the opposite sign. Sometimes the full is out of phase, though, as it has been for the last several months.

The NM is when the Moon is conjunct the Sun, and the FM is when it is opposite.

The Moon travels through all the signs in a month, so wherever the Sun is, it gets a conjunction...the New Moon.

The lunation sets a tone for the month. In Aries, people often want to go off and do their own things and togetherness is less important. By the time the FM (usually in Libra) comes, they are ready to relate again. But this time the Full is in Scorpio. Different. Aries-Scorpio is often the surgical lance of release and letting things go from your life. Aries gives the courage or sometimes the desperation needed to make the cut.

10/4/07 10:02 PM  
Anonymous AcousticGod said...

I like black olive juice, though, to be honest, I've stopped drinking it. Black olives are a strange family passion in our house.

10/4/07 11:36 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Black olive juice??????

Straight? No chaser?

11/4/07 1:10 AM  
Anonymous chrispito said...

Juno, what a fright to wake up like that! Amazing!

Jm I love dancing, too. I have ALWAYS wanted to take tap. I love the stomping. I love wearing my army boots to clubs downtown and stomping my head off! With all that noise, no one notices!

Joe I live for pickled things! I am sure my whole family was Slavic once. I overdosed on cabbage last year though, after I discovered a wicked organic sauerkraut made with juniper berries. Ouchy.

Meristem, I spoke of drinking the pickle juice with a friend the other day and he told me that his aunt died of kidney failure and it was caused by drinking pickle juice every day. I am not sure what to make of it. I just keep the jar and drink no more than a few good gulps a day until it is gone. Or I make hard-boiled eggs and let them soak for a day or two...

11/4/07 9:36 AM  

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