society of the sun

A guide to being an apathetic Byronic aristocrat vampire in the 21st century
  • If the sun is up return to bed and wait until nighttime. There are not enough hours in the night to spend them sleeping. Once it is dark you can be all Dante Rossetti about it and stroll about some darkened woodland or else lay amongst Chinese patterned pillows in the nude reading Marcel Proust. 
  • In fact do a great many things naked. Or if you insist do them naked under a silk robe which trails after you as you stalk the halls of your estate.
  • And since everyone is fated to die anyway smoke cigarettes while you can. Be blasé about death in general. Or lament it constantly – incessantly – until all who know you associate it with your presence. That is what being a Romantic is all about.
  • And in the spirit of Byron take such bad care of yourself – by eating badly and drinking copiously – that you might at any moment pass into that lamented great beyond. The best ways to die are in a battle or in a Revolution as well as from sloth – simply laying about wasting away transfixed by a beautiful painting or the memory of a lost lover – or finally simply succumbing to an illness procured from exposure to the harsh elements of nature. The last is the most probable since you will often find yourself standing on mountaintops above mist-laden seascapes shouting Nietzschean quotes into the frosty air and heralding your own impending doom in the process.
  • Read many books. Watch Orlando by Sally Potter for immortal style tips.
  • Become a sensual creature (as opposed to a sexually satisfied one) so that you may either conquer a harmen of lovers wherein you can loose yourself for hours on end in a kind of Delta of Venus scenario or else live as an Dionysian hermit finding solace entirely in literature, flowers and moonlight.
  • Be not strictly woman or man but rather an amalgamation of femininity and masculinity. Embrace bisexuality. 
  • Keep strange pets. Anything besides a dog or cat or gerbil. Or if you must have a dog then choose a Borzoi or Wolf Hound. And if you must procure a cat then name it Lassitude or Nothing as Jean Paul Sartre did. Raise peacocks and keep a menagerie of exotic fauna and flora in an otherwise overgrown rose garden.  
  • Half of what you say ought to be a quote by John Milton, Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Either that or nothing. If you are not reciting – either the work of others or your own – then be quiet. Observe and consider, but rarely speak.
  • Drink red wine. And white wine. And champagne. Do not however drink vodka unless you find yourself in the Russian Winter Palace filial roaming pale and crazy-eyed down halls with a fur coat whipping behind you and a novel by Tolstoy in your pocket. 
  • Life is a feast. Eat oysters for breakfast and decorate your dinner table – and the food itself – with flowers. Hannibal is the go to cooking program for culinary flair.
  • In fact Hannibal ought to be the only tv show you watch besides Penny Dreadful. 
  • Wear chokers. All your jewelry ought to be heirlooms. 
  • Keep a much younger lover – if you are a woman – or a much older one – if you are a man – and have them rip the choker from your pale neck as you fall together in a passionate throw onto a 17th century ottoman.
  • Dress in shrouds of velvet and silk. 
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • A moushe – a painted-on beauty mark – is entirely appropriate, as is a Jacobin ruff.
  • From now on sex shall be referred to as Making Cattleya.
  • Appropriate venues for socializing are cafés which do not play music or serve cappuccinos, theaters built before 1960 and opera houses not built after 1930. Jazz clubs which refrain from fusion or acid. Libraries and old cinemas in general. Family estates and parental mansions, abandoned houses in the country side, churches and cemeteries, woodland openings and castle lawns, museums and – of course – small apartments where you can sit on the floor smoke cigarettes and discuss the collective sense of ennui you share with your friends.
  • Inappropriate venues are shopping malls, franchise coffee shops and anywhere where reading a novel or smoking might seem out of place. In fact stay clear of any place built after 1980. Avoid food courts, gyms, sports or hotel bars and clubs with more than one dance floor as the plague.
  • Refer to your circle of friends as your Family. Be religiously devote and romantically involved with them. When it comes to your actually family a cool somewhat distanced relationship is the most appropriate. Or if so inclined consider a more obsessive cloistering constellation that will inevitably lead to rumors of past inbreeding – the French aristocratic kind – and scandal. Refer to your parents by their first name or not at all and thus have them remain an elusive periphery to your life. 
  • Instead declare Richard Wagner as your emergency contact.
  • Descend stairwells slowly.
  • Express yourself through Greek axioms and lyrical poetry or lingering secretive stares. Consider perfume as a means of communication. 
  • Remember that the only respectable means of transport are the Oriental Express, steamships across the Atlantic or long boats along the Nile. You may also travel by foot if you do so in a languid fashion. As far as tourism goes the primary vehicle of experience ought to be stargazing and kissing. 
  • Consider yourself eternal
  • And eternity meaningless. 
The day I left the moon for the sun,
an eclipse sucked the light from
my throat. I choked on stardust,
spat out tiny universes the moon
would never dream of orbiting.
The sun told me I was the brightest
thing she’d ever seen. The moon
sighed when I told him, saying he
knew the craters in his surface
were enough of a flaw to send me
rocketing across the galaxy.
I think the moon is jealous. He has
always wanted her rays to warm
him but they could never reach
quite close enough. Maybe that’s
why he settled for my hands
instead; tender, quiet things that
fill the holes in his surface.
The sun commends me for trying
to heal him, but promises me
eternal shine, a wine I cannot
refuse. Sometimes I look up from
my home on her fiery flesh, a solar
flare amongst many, feeling sorry
for the moon. I know he blocks
her beams so I can take note of
the dark he feels now. Halos the
light around his frame so I can
see every curve and scar shaping
his being. I tell him, I’m sorry, but I
can no longer see my reflection
mirrored off his reflecting light.
Maybe I never did.
—  how i fell in love with space // Haley Hendrick
Songs for sun+moon combos

Aries

Aries sun, Aries moon: Greek Tragedy-The Wombats
Aries sun, Taurus moon: Lisztomania- Phoenix
Aries sun, Gemini moon: I Can Talk- Two Door Cinema Club
Aries sun, Cancer moon: Mountain At My Gates- Foals
Aries sun, Leo moon: Waste a Moment-Kings Of Leon
Aries sun, Virgo moon: You’ve Got Something- The Jungle Giants
Aries sun, Libra moon: Indigo Puff- Sundara Karma
Aries sun, Scorpio moon: Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes
Aries sun, Sagittarius moon: The Fire- Bishop Briggs
Aries sun, Capricorn moon: XXX 88- MØ
Aries sun, Aquarius moon: Time To Pretend- MGMT
Aries sun, Pisces moon: A Dustland Fairytale- The Killers

Taurus

Taurus sun, Aries moon: Gold- Sir Sly
Taurus sun, Taurus moon: Anchor- Novo Amor
Taurus sun, Gemini moon: Unbelievers- Vampire Weekend
Taurus sun, Cancer moon: The Love Club- Lorde
Taurus sun, Leo moon: Electric Love-BØRNS
Taurus sun, Virgo moon: Tessellate- alt-J
Taurus sun, Libra moon: Strong- London Grammar
Taurus sun, Scorpio moon: Grave Digger- Matt Maeson
Taurus sun, Sagittarius moon: Live For The Moment-The Sherlocks
Taurus sun, Capricorn moon: The Funeral-Band of Horses
Taurus sun, Aquarius moon: What You Know- Two Door Cinema Club
Taurus sun, Pisces moon: Dark Matter-Andrew Belle

Gemini

Gemini sun, Aries moon: Tyrants- Catfish and the Bottlemen
Gemini sun, Taurus moon: Spirits- The Strumbellas
Gemini sun, Gemini moon: Diet Soda Society- The Maine
Gemini sun, Cancer moon: Round and Round-Imagine Dragons
Gemini sun, Leo moon: Gold- Marina and the Diamonds
Gemini sun, Virgo moon: How Do You Feel?-The Maine
Gemini sun, Libra moon: Rose-Colored Boy- Paramore
Gemini sun, Scorpio moon: Young & Unafraid- The Moth & The Flame
Gemini sun, Sagittarius moon: Broken vow- The Kooks
Gemini sun, Capricorn moon: Something Good Can Work- Two Door Cinema Club
Gemini sun, Aquarius moon: Junk of the Heart (Happy)-The Kooks
Gemini sun, Pisces moon: Kids- MGMT

Cancer

Cancer sun, Aries moon: If U Love Me Now- MUNA
Cancer sun, Taurus moon: True Care- James Vincent McMorrow
Cancer sun, Gemini moon: It Works Itself Out- Half Moon Run
Cancer sun, Cancer moon: Cherry Wine- Overcoats
Cancer sun, Leo moon: Into The Black- Chromatics
Cancer sun, Virgo moon: Mother & Father- Broods
Cancer sun, Libra moon: Empty hands- Mother Mother
Cancer sun, Scorpio moon: Nothing to No One- Gin Wigmore
Cancer sun, Sagittarius moon: Young Blood- Noah Kahan
Cancer sun, Capricorn moon: The Wreck- Delta Spirit
Cancer sun, Aquarius moon: Life on Mars- AURORA
Cancer sun, Pisces moon: Matilda- Alt-J

Leo

Leo sun, Aries moon: Fire rides- MØ
Leo sun, Taurus moon: Ready- Kodaline
Leo sun, Gemini moon: Greetings from Califournia- The Neighbourhood
Leo sun, Cancer moon: Pink+White- Frank Ocean
Leo sun, Leo moon: Lets Dance To Joy Division- The Wombats
Leo sun, Virgo moon: Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene- Hozier
Leo sun, Libra moon: Piledriver waltz- Alex Turner
Leo sun, Scorpio moon: Feeling Good- Muse
Leo sun, Sagittarius moon: Always Where I Need To Be-The Kooks
Leo sun, Capricorn moon: Chelsea Dagger- The Fratellis
Leo sun, Aquarius moon:  Jungle- Tash Sultana
Leo sun, Pisces moon: Learn To Let Go- Kesha

Virgo

Virgo sun, Aries moon: Sensible Heart- City and Colour
Virgo sun, Taurus moon: Chasin’-Cub Sport
Virgo sun, Gemini moon: The Draw- Bastille
Virgo sun, Cancer moon: Unbearable Light- DAUNT
Virgo sun, Leo moon: 17-Youth Lagoon
Virgo sun, Virgo moon: Towers- Bon Iver
Virgo sun, Libra moon: Opera House- Cigarettes After Sex
Virgo sun, Scorpio moon: Small things-Ben Howard
Virgo sun, Sagittarius moon: Dreamer- Adna
Virgo sun, Capricorn moon: Smile Like You Mean It-The Killers
Virgo sun, Aquarius moon: Sleepyhead- Passion Pit
Virgo sun, Pisces moon: Buzzcut Season- Lorde

Libra

Libra sun, Aries moon: I Dare You- the xx
Libra sun, Taurus moon: Soul to Squeeze- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Libra sun, Gemini moon: Jilted Lovers & Broken Hearts- Brandon Flowers
Libra sun, Cancer moon: A Dream of You and Me- Future Islands
Libra sun, Leo moon: Someday- The Strokes
Libra sun, Virgo moon: It’s Alright- Fractures
Libra sun, Libra moon: Whistle For The Choir- The Fratellis
Libra sun, Scorpio moon: Misunderstood- Youth Club
Libra sun Sagittarius moon: Little Wanderer- Death Cab for Cutie
Libra sun Capricorn moon: Four Walls- Broods
Libra sun, Aquarius moon: For What It’s Worth- Liam Gallagher
Libra sun, Pisces moon: R.I.P 2 My Youth- The Neighbourhood

Scorpio

Scorpio sun, Aries moon: Aint No Rest for the Wicked- Cage The Elephant
Scorpio sun, Taurus moon: Suck It and See-Arctic Monkeys
Scorpio sun, Gemini moon: A Little Death- The Neighbourhood
Scorpio sun, Cancer moon: I Follow Rivers- Lykke Li
Scorpio sun, Leo moon: What Am I Becoming?-POP etc
Scorpio sun, Virgo moon: Black Mambo- Glass Animals
Scorpio sun, Libra moon: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out- The Smiths
Scorpio sun, Scorpio moon: Dark Necessities- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Scorpio sun, Sagittarius moon: Arsonist’s Lullabye- Hozier
Scorpio sun, Capricorn moon: Off She Goes- Bad Suns
Scorpio sun, Aquarius moon: Graveyard Whistling- Nothing But Thieves
Scorpio sun, Pisces moon: Sleep Forever-Portugal. The Man

Sagittarius

Sagittarius sun, Aries moon: Leather Jacket- Arkells
Sagittarius sun, Taurus moon: Habits Of My Heart- Jaymes Young
Sagittarius sun, Gemini moon: Dug My Heart- BØRNS
Sagittarius sun, Cancer moon: Mt. Washington- Local Natives
Sagittarius sun, Leo moon: You Only Live Once-The Strokes
Sagittarius sun, Virgo moon: Entropy- Grimes, Bleachers
Sagittarius sun, Libra moon: Cigarette Daydreams-Cage the Elephant
Sagittarius sun, Scorpio moon: Reptilla- The Strokes
Sagittarius sun, Sagittarius moon: Edge of Town- Middle Kids
Sagittarius sun, Capricorn moon: Houdini- Foster The People
Sagittarius sun, Aquarius moon: Magnetised-Tom Odell
Sagittarius sun, Pisces moon: Midnight City-M83

Capricorn

Capricorn sun, Aries moon: UGH!- The 1975
Capricorn sun, Taurus moon: Feel Something- Jaymes Young
Capricorn sun, Gemini moon: Fake Happy- Paramore
Capricorn sun, Cancer moon: To Be Alone-Ben Howard
Capricorn sun, Leo moon: Life Itself- Glass Animals
Capricorn sun, Virgo moon: $ting- the neighbourhood
Capricorn sun, Libra moon: Winter- Pvris
Capricorn sun, Scorpio moon: Cruel World- Phantogram
Capricorn sun, Sagittarius moon: Train- Brick+Mortar 
Capricorn sun, Capricorn moon: Shattered & Hollow- First Aid Kit
Capricorn sun,Aquarius moon: Oh No!-Marina and the diamonds
Capricorn sun, Pisces moon: Bloom-The Paper Kites

Aquarius

Aquarius sun, Aries moon: Black Butterflies and Deja Vu- The Maine
Aquarius sun, Taurus moon: California Numb- Cloves
Aquarius sun, Gemini moon: Driving- Wanderer
Aquarius sun, Cancer moon: Your Life Your Call- Junip
Aquarius sun, Leo moon: Second Guessing Games-Colony House
Aquarius sun, Virgo moon: Made Of Stone- Daughter
Aquarius sun, Libra moon: Sing of the Moon-The Collection
Aquarius sun, Scorpio moon: Narrow Margins-Half Moon Run
Aquarius sun, Sagittarius moon: Beautifully Unconventional- Wolf Alice
Aquarius sun, Capricorn moon: She Moves In Her Own Way- The Kooks
Aquarius sun, Aquarius moon: 10,000 Emerald Pools- BØRNS
Aquarius sun, Pisces moon: Simple Song- The Shins

Pisces 

Pisces sun, Aries moon: Deadcrush- alt-J
Pisces sun, Taurus moon: Overthinking- Adna
Pisces sun, Gemini moon: Set Me Free- Charli XCX
Pisces sun, Cancer moon: Naive-The Kooks
Pisces sun, Leo moon: Sedona- Houndmouth
Pisces sun, Virgo moon: Blush- Wolf Alice
Pisces sun, Libra moon: Loveless- Lo Moon
Pisces sun, Scorpio moon: Empty- Pvris
Pisces sun, Sagittarius moon: Be Who You Are-The Kooks
Pisces sun, Capricorn moon: Half- Pvris
Pisces sun, Aquarius moon: Nitesky- Robert Koch
Pisces sun, Pisces moon: The Forgotten- Greenday

Self-Improvement with Astrology -☉Sun
  • The ego, life force, identity, who we are to become, our core energy
  • Ruler of Leo, exalted in Aries, fall in Libra, detriment in Aquarius

Stressful aspects to the sun can indicate issues with the father or the energies of the other planet(s) can be perceived as a threat to the individual’s identity and ego and they can display negative traits of the sign or appear immature. Sun in Libra/7th house or in Aquarius/11th house can have a harder time trying to establish their identity, Libra only having an image of the self in the presence of others and Aquarius finding themselves in groups and society. Aries/1st house and Leo/5th house, being strong placements for the sun, may not have as much difficulty. Aries has no trouble establishing and asserting their identity while Leo could never let anyone forget who they are. However, in understanding where positive aspects help and harsher aspects challenge, astrology can be used as a guide to grow and evolve.

Harmonious, soft aspects = talents, gifts, laziness
(sextiles, trines, conjunctions to benefics) 

Harsh, hard aspects = challenges, blocks, diamonds in the rough
(squares, oppositions, conjunctions to malefics)

Sun/Moon: Soft: Nurturing figure supports identity, emotions align with who they are Hard: the nurturing figure doesn’t hold a consistent presence or influence, what they feel is at odds with who they are

Appreciate the nurturing figures in your life, whether it be your mother or a friend. Understand that receiving emotional support and expressing emotion does not make one weak or lesser of a person. 

Sun/Mercury: The only aspect the sun can make with Mercury is the conjunction (sun and Mercury can only be 28 degrees apart at most). With the conjunction, thoughts and ideas are infused into and define the identity of the individual. If this person feels as though they are not being heard or truly listened to, they can take it as an offense or threat to who they are.

Understand that your voice is important and makes a difference whether or not you are speaking or are being heard directly. Resist the urge to analyze, define, and criticize every aspect of yourself.

Sun/Venus: The only major aspect the sun can make with Venus is the conjunction (max 48 degree distance between both planets). Here all of the qualities of Venus join with the identity of the individual. The individual can be all of the grace and charm typical of Venus, but requires love, affection, and attention to feel validated.

Love yourself and afford yourself the attention you might otherwise (negatively) seek from others. Avoid laziness and use your ability to harmonize to solve issues peacefully rather than ignoring them. 

Sun/Mars: Soft: Easy assertion of the will, their desires and instincts align with who they are and who they strive to become Hard: Identity/Ego is asserted in situations where it may not be necessary, forceful nature and short temper can run roughshod on others

Assess situations before taking action. Know that putting down the sword can be more honorable than fighting to the death. Understand that roadblocks are put in to be driven around, not through (you’ll still reach your destination).

Sun/Jupiter: Soft: Ego is wise, identity easily grows and develops, individual naturally draws positive things to them Hard: Ego inflates like a cheap balloon and is just as fragile, they might get themselves in over their head and get out of trouble just by the skin of their teeth

Appreciate the fortunate nature of your life and every good thing that comes your way. Avoid pushing the limits just to see how far they go. Repay debts and stay in good character regardless of how you know people will treat you.

Sun/Saturn: Soft: Slow and steady growth of ego and formation of identity, although the identity may take a long time to form it is relatively peerless to the individual Hard: Ego tries to form either before it faces necessary lessons or it is met with debilitating situations before it can handle them, individual is constantly held in check

Listen to and acknowledge each lesson Saturn has to teach. Understand that Saturn will ultimately refine you and polish you with the finest grit. If you push, Saturn will push back, so roll with what life brings.

Sun/Uranus: Soft: The identity changes easily and quickly, the ego alters and adjusts in order to adapt and survive Hard: Difficulty handling change, individual may act out in shocking ways or dramatically alter some aspect of themselves, identity shifts suddenly as a result of being denied change by the father figure

Accept and find ways to handle and appreciate change. Understand that it is okay to change and to stand out. Being “unique” is not an uncommon thing. Life is never steady, let Uranus teach you how to maintain your balance.

Sun/Neptune: Soft: Ego is colored, but not defined by, the suffering and dreams of others, identity centers around artistic expression and higher vibrations of love Hard: Life feels too mundane, ego shaped by the issues of others, escapist tendencies, takes on issues they cannot handle

Understand that at the end of the day you have to close your eyes and go to sleep and let other people’s issues be their issues– not yours. Offer what of yourself that you can to help and guide people, but understand your own capabilities and limits.

Sun/Pluto: Soft: Individual transforms as necessary in their life, Ego is powerful and holds immense depth Hard: Ego refuses to change and grow without catastrophic event, individual does not face their deeper issues or is in a constant clash with them

Understand that true transformation comes when the things we refuse to face are looked at straight in the eye. The world is not out to get you and there is a generation of people who can benefit from your insight or learn something from you. Pluto will destroy what’s faulty if something better will be able to be put in its place.

The signs while stoned

aries: “this is stupid, where’s the alcohol”
taurus: *opens fridge and eats everything*
gemini: “this stuff smells, but it makes me feel good so idk”
cancer: “wow did I just laugh for once” “am I actually happy” “what is this feeling”
leo: *plays video game without blinking for hours*
virgo: “why did I do this” “why do I feel like this” “I feel funny” “guys when will this end”
libra: doesn’t stop talking (probably about something they love)
scorpio: “I really want to have sex right now”
sagittarius *doing something weird (but funny) af in the corner of the room*
capricorn: chillin, randomly giggles
aquarius: *thinks of some complex theoretical idea* *blows mind of person sitting next to them*
pisces: *scrolls through social media quietly laughing*

cold hands

the sun
slowly climbs
the tallest buildings
of my skyline,
as I sink
below the bustling
city,
and on windowsills
and corners
there are flowers,
that will fade someday
growing untamed
in bursts of yellow now,
just like the sun.

I spend
enough time looking up,
to feel the
warming
essence surround me,
and forget cold thoughts
like cold hands
still hanging loose
around my neck.

© SoulReserve 2017

The Man in the Moon

The man in the moon was falling in love
With the woman who lived on the sun
He counted the stars while she was away
Dancing to lullabies during the day
And when it was the moon man’s time
He accompanied her and began to shine
His singing made the sun siren swoon
For he was the man in the moon

zodiac facts ☆

Aries: hates you, but loves you
Taurus: lazy, but will do anything for that money
Gemini: fake, but super sweet
Cancer: smiling, but depressed
Leo: thinks they’re right, but they’re really wrong
Virgo: prude, but really wants someone to rip their clothes off
Libra: harsh, but supportive
Scorpio: angry, but protective
Sagittarius: mean, but always kidding
Capricorn : nice, but judgemental
Aquarius : silly, but very intelligent
Pisces: friendly, but secretly wants to murder you

  • Sun in the 11th: Theatre club
  • Moon in the 11th: Mother's group
  • Mercury in the 11th: Book club
  • Venus in the 11th: Scrapbooking club
  • Mars in the 11th: Competitive sports club/RSL club
  • Jupiter in the 11th: Mile-high club
  • Saturn in the 11th: Future Business Leaders group
  • Uranus in the 11th: Online group/protest group
  • Neptune in the 11th: Healing support group
  • Pluto in the 11th: Secret society
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