Monday, April 30, 2007

Monday Morning History Class

Hairstyles are important. Here we have some historical examples, clockwise from the upper left.

The sleek bob
. In the mid-'20s, the head-hugging, sometimes shingled bob was popular -- a perfect match for the cloche.
The sculptured roll. Longer hair, rolled close to the head in assorted formations, like this forward roll, was well groomed but chic for the more serious '30s.
The poodle. This casual curlyhead style of the '50s was set with 125 curlers and required frequent permanents.
The bouffant. The thick pageboy, the bouffant, was set on large rollers, teased to create fullness, and sprayed heavily. Regular salon visits were a must.

Au naturel. Emancipted from all care, except perhaps a permanent, the tousled look of the '80s and '90s was achieved by washing the hair and simply letting it dry uncombed.I'm not sure if today's style is an improvement.


Anonymous meristem said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the bob! On Miss Clara Bow especially.
Makes me wanna do the Charleston and laugh in a bubbly, insouciant way...

tee hee!

30/4/07 9:51 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I love the bob too!!

Insouciant is a great word, and funny you should mention it. The root is "undisturbed", and several years ago I asked the universe for a stretch like this, hoping, but, of course, not demanding or even expecting, in this not-so-nice madcap worldly environment. Not at all effervescent.

Last night the I Ching reminded of the importance of this natural bubbling and bobbing, so here I go!!! Or there I go!!
I love to dance. A perfect use of the Aries oroborous.

The serpent or dragon eating its own tail has survived from antiquity and can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, circa 1600 B.C.E.

It escaped my memory that the dragon is also involved.

The 19th century German chemist named Kekule dreamed of a snake with its tail in its mouth one day after dosing off. He had been researching the molecular structure of benzene, and was at a stop point in his work until after waking up he interpreted the dream to mean that the structure was a closed carbon ring. This was the breakthrough he needed.

I wonder if all dreams are this telling, but we miss most of it. Too much information to process.

30/4/07 2:52 PM  
Anonymous meristem said...

Your Aries placements seemed orobouric because Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. Rising equals going out into the world and the NN on a simplistic level is where to aim. At least in my very basic and fundamental understanding of it. Asc is earthly, NN is high spirit? Beginning and ending in the same place?
I think you got that and no further explanation was needed from me, but I think I just wanted to check in about my line of thinking. It was an intuition rather--the image of oroborous just flashed in my mind--so I guess higher wisdom was making itself known..... ?

Too much info indeed!

Like for me when reading your exchanges with Tseka (where has she gone?) and being totally unable to keep up with the astrology, but totally groovin on the energy wave, the fire and sparks of clicking in the higher realms of symbol and perception. I could totally appreciate it though the technical aspects were lost on me. Made me dearly miss the fecund and high-flying inspired conversations I had with an old friend. What a space to travel in!

30/4/07 4:09 PM  
Anonymous meristem said...

...and go on with your bubblin an bobbin' self!

I'm in a place of trying to let go of the classically trained, technique focused dancer in me and just let myself groove like no one is watchin'!
Look out for the Aries Amazon Dancin' Queen!

Shall we?
I'll crank up the music....

30/4/07 4:11 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Shall we?
I'll crank up the music....

OMG yes!

Last night I leapt up and started dancing spontaneously to some swing music that came on the radio. Twice. I knew then that it was going to be fine. Dancing is the tell tale heart.

I, too, enjoy the conversations with tseka. She checked in at Jazzrap last weekend and said that she was doing the work of three people so time is an element. And she's been studying healing techniques diligently.

The oroborous image is perfect. Circulating the energy back to the self, a lifelong challenge of mine.

I'm on the verge of going back into circulation in town and that's why this hit the spot. The start is self circulation. the only way I can make this work. It will be done. The dragon circulating fire.

30/4/07 4:55 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Aries is involved with many great dancers. Venus in Aries, especially.

Aries rules the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and everything in the body concerned with physical motion. The disciplined warrior in perfect condition, never even having to go into bloody battle, but reveling in the magnificence of the human machine. Excercise is vital to the well being of Aries. The older I get, the better physical shape I'm in. Aries likes no fat, just a lean and mean machine. Muscle and skin. The pure physical response to stimuli.

The Aries is designed to move in an instant, so she remains always primed and ready for action. The hardest part is finding the action to fit the feeling. Dance is a great one.

30/4/07 5:01 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Here's an Aries illustration.

I once lived in an apartment with an Aries below. His car was parked on the street in front of us. All year, winter included, when he got in the car and turned the key in the ignition, I swear there was no interval between the start and the wheels going down the street. I never knew how he did that. When he even put it into gear.

One New Year's Eve, the Dragon, the Aries, and I had a party. What did the Arians do? We danced to a tape of my singing. Good party, even though there was some John lee Hooker, which I feel lukewarm about. The finale was us.

30/4/07 5:37 PM  

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