Ego / Persona

Month-End Moleskine Sketches

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Lotsa sketching this month.

After taking a six-month break, it’s nice to see that all I learned during my first year of learning has settled into my subconscious.  Now, rather than worrying that a drawing will suck, I just look at my subject, study its lines, and put it down on paper.  Sometimes, it does suck.  But I don’t worry so much anymore.

That’s a nice change.

 

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Mid-Month Moleskine Sketches

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Started drawing a couple years ago.  Had always wanted to but never thought I could.  I used to watch with envy as others put pen to page and re-created what they saw in front of them.

Truth was:  I couldn’t draw because I never did.  Wasn’t till I was willing to do it all wrong, to make mistakes and embarrass myself, that I was able to see how easily those mistakes can be corrected.

Of course, I’m no master artist.  I’m an amateur at best, one who does it for the love of doing it.  And what do I love most?  When I draw, my mind goes mute; words are abandoned, which prohibits self-criticism.

I just look at a thing and pay close attention, noticing its lines and shapes and shadows.  There’s no judgment involved, just a little love as I bring the image to life on a lined piece of paper.

 

Oprah, Empress of Everything

Empress Oprah of Everything

Oprah Winfrey’s yin-yang natal chart reveals a surprising inner-glimpse of the media queen’s artful ambiance.

On one hand, her Jupiter in Gemini keeps her talking talking talking while her Aquarian Sun, Mercury and Venus keep her heart and mind on humanity, on the betterment of ordinary lives.

On the other hand, beneath that light and airy altruism, a heavy dark Scorpio cloud schemes for power and control — masking emotions, manipulating others, all for the betterment of O.

May all the mice in her merry empire beware her shiny slice of — whack!    

 

Legacy of Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu Waterfall Scene

According to legend, Lao Tzu, an elderly 5th-century-BC archivist, tired of the Zhou dynasty’s increasing corruption and left the empire to live a more honorable, hermetic life in the far-west mountains.

Whether this tale is true — and whether it’s true that Lao Tzu, at the behest of the last mountain sentry, gave the guard his Tao te Ching, his poetic collection of ancient Chinese wisdom — is of no importance.

No matter the myth of the Tao‘s inception — though the more charming the myth the better — what matters is the Tao itself.

And if, despite any evidence, generations have believed this tale, we might as well follow the Tao and be like water, going with the flow, waving farewell to old Lao Tzu as he wanders off toward sunset.

 

Hearts for MLK

MLK Wedding Hearts

With his mighty Mars in outspoken Gemini and his vocal Mercury in humanitarian Aquarius, it’s no wonder Martin Luther King changed the world with words alone.

Stepping off the airy public stage, his Capricorn Sun found earthy private pleasure with his wife Coretta’s Taurus Sun.

Both shared a Moon in Pisces, making them two sensitive souls — to each other and all the world around them.

At home, Martin’s Gemini Mars found flirtatious fun with Coretta’s Venus in Gemini.  And her Cancer Mars provided a warm emotional family for his delicate Venus in Pisces.

Their downfall, sadly, was a shared Saturn in playful Sagittarius  — leaving them to rely too much on luck, too much on a circle of too-trusted dreams.

 

Rocket Man Turns 35

Rocket Man 2

Kim Jong-un, per his friend Dennis Rodman, was born today, January 8, in 1983.  If so, that makes Kim a Capricorn, a goat-like CEO in charge of his own one-party republic.

With three major planets in Aquarius – his Mercury, Venus and Mars – Kim must sincerely care about his caged, hermetic people.  His seemingly maniacal moves must be truly altruistic, all for the good of humanity.

But his Saturn shows up in Scorpio – same as his moon – making Kim an impassioned leader, an emotional (if not too touchy) decider.  He loves his friends deeply, same as he hates his orange-haired DC nemesis.

With his Jupiter, though, in Sagittarius, the goat goes centaur – having himself a blast at the transvestite basketball dance.

 

DJT: Taoist Non-Confucian

Trump & Qin

A common complaint about Donald Trump is his brassy, raw demeanor:  his flip remarks and dismissive one-liners.

“He doesn’t act presidential,” some say.

That’s a very valid Confucian concern – the preference for clear and expected social roles.

Tweeting at 3am is not the expected behavior of a world leader.

Still, his unstoppable impetus, his surprising inner drive, illustrate the Taoist urge of wu wei — the authentic, the real, the very heart of a beating Tao.

Trump is simply more Taoist than Confucian.  Buddhists simply breathe.