Theseus and Hippolyta are to wed at the new moon, and Philostrate has been ordered to have a revel prepared for the wedding. Several local craftsmen agree to write and produce a play for the revel. Egeus brings his daughter, Hermia, to Theseus for judgment since he is convinced that her choice of husband, Lysander, has bewitched her into choosing him. According to Athenian law, a father may decide who his daughter marries; if she does not obey, she may be put to death or ordered to a nunnery for the rest of her life. As she is well aware, her father has chosen Demetrius. The craftsmen repair to the woods to rehearse at the same time that Lysander and Hermia meet there to plan their elopement. Hermia and Lysander confide in Helena, who has previously been jilted by Demetrius and wants to win him back. Helena, in turn, tells Demetrius of the young lovers’ meeting.
Fairies have come from India to bless Theseus’ wedding and are haunting the same wood where the craftsmen and lovers plan to meet. Oberon is quarreling with Titania over her continued possession of a changeling; in retaliation for his wife’s actions, Oberon sends Puck to gather the flower necessary to make a love juice. This love juice will cause the one who has it squeezed into his/her eye while asleep to fall in love with the first being seen upon waking. Helena follows Demetrius into the wood as he attempts to find the lovers, thereby disturbing Oberon who then orders Puck to squeeze the love juice into the eye of the youth who disturbed him.
and so on and so forth...
What is Evolution?
“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns towards a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
— Rumi, 13th Century
Mercury in Retrograde
From September 6th until September 29th the fair planet Mercury will be in retrograde.
No wonder I've been feeling so conflicted lately!
Basically, Mercury being in retrograde means that it has appeared to stop and now be moving backwards. This happens 3 to 4 times a year.
Astrologically speaking, Mercury being in Retrograde has quite a few consequences here on earth.
Mercury rules communication and so being in retrograde causes communication to become befuddled. So you can imagine what I might be going through in a country where everyday communication is a feat!
Furthermore, this miscommunication that comes hand-in-hand with Mercury in Retrograde had me thinking about one of my favourite Shakespeare plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream.
With Puck and Bottom and all their antics.
Yes I was an English major so yes of course I have a certain affinity towards old English Literature. Plus, Shakespeare is one of my favourite writers. To be as talented as he was is my greatest wish as an aspiring writer.
Anyhoo, for those of you who are not familiar with the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream,
GUH HOL A CLIFF'S NOTES! Jooooke! lol. Ok here's a synopsis:
*sigh* Stories of unbridled and unrequited love never get old do they?
In any which case, Mercury being in retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and to look back. Which is exactly what I am doing on this long weekend (also known as 'Silver Week' in Japan).
Something from the past might return in a different form. This can mean people, ideas or buried insights that need to surface for you to move forward. Often it's felt as a contemplative time, depending on the sign, a chance to go over old ground again, to claim what you missed the first time.
There's also a long-held belief that it's best to avoid making set plans during the Mercury Retrograde. This means being cautious about things like signing contracts, and forming partnerships and corporations. What gets put in writing at this time may turn out to need serious revising after Mercury goes direct. But since tying up loose ends is the domain of retrograde, this type of finalization might fly.
Lately I've become really interested in astrology and the effects the heavens have on our behaviours here on earth. It's a tool that can help us all be more aware of patterns, like those that occur during Mercury Retrograde. Ofcourse these patterns also depend heavily on which sign Mercury Retrograde is cast.
It's all pretty informative really.
This Retrograde I think I'm gunna take the time to reassess my place in life. I'm feeling quite confused about where I am and what my purpose is here.
Yet still I persevere, with no sign of love or passion in my near future. My heart grows weary.
should really be writing a book
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be?You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine, as children do.We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."