Taurus: (21 April - 20 May): The Great Pyramid at Giza. Astronomic temple and stone monument built approximately 2170 BC. Served as burial chamber for the Pharoach Cheops, and also functioned as an initiation temple, astronomical observatory, calendar determinant, and as a standard for ancient Egyptian surveying, wights and measures. The square and circle determine its form, location, and the position of its passageways and internal chambers.
Sorry, Pluto but there’s a new kid in town. On Wednesday, two scientists published a report
in the Astronomical Journal about newly discovered evidence of the
ninth planet, dubbed “Planet X” or “Planet Nine,” in our solar system. Scientists have observed odd behaviors of six small orbiting bodies far away on the Kuiper Belt, an elliptical plane that houses celestial bodies like Pluto. The planet may be 20 billion miles away and much bigger than Earth.
My grandmother taught me to sew and my mother taught me to cook and clean; my father taught me to build a fire and budget and my girl scout troop leaders taught me to hold a hammer and use power tools, and never once did they sit me down and say “this is something you need to learn this is how you do this”
but I watched them—-I spent years and years watching them, and the end result is I can make a home for myself and there’s a very specific pleasure in that, not just the work of one’s hands but…I will always be able to make a home, wherever I go. I carry it inside me.
Virgo: (23 August - 21 September). Sri Yantra, Hindu Tantric Yantra. Hindu mandala of the Seventeenth Century. The divine powers and their interrelationships are shown as linked trinangles surrounding the mysterious matrix point in the center. The lack of images allow the initiate to distill and concentrate his being in preparation for unification with the Godhead
Plot: Who knew that fire dragons coughed smoke wheh they were sick?
Lucy coughed as she tried to block out the smoke that had enveloped her entire house. The celestial mage fanned herself, before trying to make her way through the smoke to the fire dragon slayer.
“Natsu! How many times have I told you that you have to cough and sneeze OUT of the window?” The blonde glared fiercely at her partner who was lying on her bed. Lucy’s hands were firmly placed on her hips, before she sighed and settled a bowl of water beside Natsu.
“Sor-wee,” Natsu tried to say but his runny nose made his pronunciation funny. The fire dragon slayer sniffed a little while Lucy backed away, fearing another blast of smoke.
Lucy sighed again as she watched Natsu retreat deeper into the bed. The celestial mage wrung the towel in the bowl, before gradually dapping it on her partner’s head as she tried to remove any beads of perspiration.
“Maybe you’ll think twice before jumping into a fountain of cold water again.”
“It wasn’t my fault! Asuka told me to!” The dragon slayer gave his partner a puppy face as he recalled back to how the little raven haired girl had commanded him to jump sideways into the fountain.
“Didn’t you dry yourself? Guess you aren’t so strong after all, huh?” Lucy teased as she grinned sideways at the dragon slayer.
Natsu fiercely glared back, taking the opportunity to let out a breath of smoke at his partner’s face.
“EW NATSU! Your germs!” Lucy groaned as she fanned the smoke away.
Natsu chuckled, and simply grinned widely when Lucy continued to clean him. He felt Lucy pause, and realised that she was glancing at his muffler.
“It’s okay, you can take it off. I trust you.”
Lucy smiled smally at her partner, before carefully sliding off the muffler from his neck and neatly folding it. She left it right beside Natsu’s pillow.
The celestial mage felt happy that Natsu trusted her enough to hand her his most prized possession. Sure she knew that Natsu always trusted her, but she still appreciated every little action that was an indication of it.
Lucy simply smiled again. “Well, it’s the most I can do for Papa.”
Natsu stared at Lucy, while Lucy, who had not been aware of what she had just said, was still mindlessly cleaning her partner. Realising that all had became silent, Lucy processed what she had just said, before turning all beet red.
“N-no! I didn’t m-mean it that way! All I meant is that you were a great father model to Asuka,” the celestial mage quickly corrected herself.
“I am great, aren’t I?” Natsu grinned.
“I actually doubt if you’re really sick since you’re still so high-spirited,” Lucy glanced sideways at her partner.
And as though on cue, the fire dragon slayer coughed fiercely, letting out clouds after clouds of smoke.
“NATSU! One more time and you’re taking care of yourself!” Lucy shrieked, much to Natsu’s amusement.
“B-but… I’ve been a great dad! You have to take care of me!”
“Don’t get so full of yourself,” Lucy half-pouted, as she got up from the bed, preparing to put away the bowl.
But Natsu grabbed her wrist, and stopped her. “This great dad hasn’t gotten his kiss though.”
“W-what?” Lucy blushed fiercely, while Natsu simply gave her a fanged grin. “Asuka’s not even here!”
“Whatever,” Natsu casually retorted. “My conscience won’t be fulfilled if I don’t follow Asuka’s instructions. It’s not like it would kill you.”
And before Lucy could even answer, Natsu was already pulling her down.
Lucy gasped as she felt his warm breath on her, and they were just so, so close… Part of Lucy wanted to back away as she thought of how she was going to kiss her best friend, but a larger part of Lucy wanted to let him proceed.
Any time now…
Lucy’s thoughts were clouded and she just couldn’t think straight anymore.
Literally clouded because Natsu had just sneezed right at her and Lucy felt as though the smoke had coursed through her veins.
“Aye!” Natsu squeaked and quicky retreated under the blanket. It was a total screw-up on his part, no doubt, and he obviously had not intended for that to happen.
Lucy, on the other hand, was coughing profusely, causing Natsu to peer out from under the blanket and feeling a sense of guilt well up inside him.
Lucy simply shook her head. It couldn’t be helped that the dragon slayer was sick, much less that he couldn’t control his sneeze and coughs.
“It’s alright, Natsu,” Lucy sighed, picking up the bowl before bending down to press a kiss against the dragon slayer’s cheek. “There, now you can have your conscience fulfilled.
And the celestial mage wasted no time in spinning around to walk off to the kitchen while Natsu was left in a daze, holding onto his cheek.
Maybe being sick wasn’t so bad after all, even with all the smoke.
Saggitarius: (21 November - 20 December): Aztec Calendar Wheel, Precious Fire Serpents. Stone carving thirteen feet in diameter from Fifteenth Century Mexico. The Sun disk is both a calendar and a historical-mythological record of the Aztec Indians. The Sun is the center and is surrounded by four seasons and eras, twenty day names, penetrating rays, and two great fire snakes recalling the cosmic energies.
Leo (22 July - 22 August). Figura Intellectus, Magicosmic Mnemormandala. Based upon a diagram by Giordano Bruno in 1588, this meditation figure synchronzes the operations and structure of the mind with the divine astrological order of the cosmos. It provides a matrix for information which indicates their magical correspondences and permutations.
Cancer (21 June - 21 July). Jambudvipa World Diagram, Jaina Cosmos. Western India Jaina diagram from the Seventeenth Century. This schematic representation of the universe shows the regions through wich the individual passes in approaching his liberation at the center, Mount Meru. The positions upon the diagram are the layers of space, time and matter which determine our fates, and indicate the proper actions necessary for release.