Aries: why I love being one

<April 22/11.>

Aries is the astrological sign of people born between the dates of March 21st & April 19th. (In the Earth Medicine system, Aries corresponds to Falcon.)

Not everyone “believes in” astrology. I didn’t used to either. After reading two Linda Goodman books, Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs & Linda Goodman’s Love Signs, though, & learning the extraordinarily accurate ways in which she describes people & relationships, I signed on! (It’s eerie, even, at times, how much she pegs certain astrological combinations! I also sometimes find Rob Brezsny’s horoscopes eerily prescient – not to mention gorgeously written. & fun!!)

Aries people are said to be the “infants of the zodiac.” It’s a rather fun sign to be!

When we are happy, like an infant, we smile. When pricked, we scream. Our moods change quickly, & we're unable to stay mad for very long. Bad temper is always gone quickly, like a summer storm. (It may be pretty intense – but it passes fast!)

Infants (& Aries people) live in the moment. We don’t spend our time (for the most part) lingering over past events, resentments & hurts. We don’t put off living today because we’re dreaming about some imagined future, good or bad, either.

We are, in general, right here, right now. It isn’t always fun – & it’s often intense – in a good way, I think.

We are very easy to please! (Not always, of course. Like anyone, we can take situations & people “for granted.” But we can also be – like a child – easy to make smile, & laugh. We’re kids! We can fly by the seat of our pants & enjoy the unpredictable ride while we’re at it.)

I’d been considering writing an essay called “Planning Sucks.”

I know (& love) people who spend so much time planning every move from here to next Tuesday, that they fail to notice a beautiful flower, or birdsong, or cloud formation, or a laughing child, or … almost anything, really, they’re so busy making methodical plans for everything they’re going to do today & next week & next year – meanwhile risking pretty much missing out on every moment that is actually taking place here & now. (Well, I’m exaggerating a wee bit, of course. For sure, though, over-thinking does seem to be a fairly widespread disease.)

Now, if you’re an engineer &/or are in the business of building bridges & nuclear plants & such, I definitely definitely DO want to feel certain you are a very good planner!! ‘Cos if you screw up, we won’t all just have a bad day, we could lose our lives or compromise the DNA of millions of people currently alive on the planet (& all future humans, too).

Actually, this is why I do anti-nuclear work. No one has yet figured out a) how to build a nuclear plant that can be absolutely 100% relied upon not to blow up & b) how to keep nuke plants’ deadly wastes safeguarded for a million years.

Since most of us are unable to keep our own lives “on track” for even half an hour (the GO train I'm currently travelling on, as I write these words, could de-rail, the bus I plan to take after the train ride may crash; who really knows what lies ahead???), I am rather grateful to be an Aries person whose very nature seems to consist of being right here, right now – sucking up the good stuff (& the “bad”), & not missing most of it because I’m somewhere else, past or future-surfing.


p.s. Gotta admit, I haven’t always been as good at just letting things happen as I am now! Couple of things have helped. One was having my life pretty much blow up in my face (an unexpected divorce). When you learn that you really don’t run even your very own “show,” new perspective has a miraculous way of dawning. Secondly, a lot of years went by. Nothing like age to soften the edges!!

‘Quote of the day’: “…the goal of all spiritual life is to get your ego out of the way – outwit the sucker; dissolve it; shoot it; kill it. Silence the incessant planning, organizing, running, manipulating, possessing, and processing”… because these activities "preclude awareness of the Divine.” – Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his book I’m God, You’re Not (reviewed in Tikkun Magazine, Winter 2011 issue, their 25th anniversary issue!! Theme: ‘Transforming the World’)