First Red Rose of the year
Yes, I recognize a pattern of escaping/avoiding via booze, girls and drugs, and I’m working to eliminate the instinct to react to stress by escaping, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to hole up with a bottle of Jim Beam, a kinky redhead and a giant jar of hash just for fun once in a while.
— Nick Cave—Jubilee Street
“[T]his is an eclipse that tends to present you with either [the temptation] to eat forbidden fruit, or the consequences of having already eaten it…
There is an opportunity in this eclipse that’s characteristic of eclipses in general and Scorpio eclipses in particular. It’s the opportunity to transform yourself into something even more formidable than a crafty serpent: a fire-breathing dragon. […] Scorpio energy in its lowest expression is a cunning snake in the grass, but Scorpio energy in its highest expression is a dragon. […]
There is a snake rustling through the grasses of your garden. Something that wishes you ill, that wants you to fail, or just some free-floating spirit of malevolence that takes an impersonal delight in seeing a good person brought low. […]
The work of this lunar eclipse is to stare that serpent down. To summon every unshakable, sensible, life-affirming impulse you possess. To call on that dragon you carry around, just behind your breastbone—the one that breathes fire, straight from your heart.”