Right up there with God and ghosts in the pantheon of things I don’t believe in is Astrology. Horoscopes.
Thing is there is this one guy who writes horoscopes that never cease to amaze me.
Here in Sacramento, we have an alternative newsweekly called the Sacramento News & Review. For years, they have featured a horoscope column on the back page, after all of the marijuana dispensary ads, the risque personals, the ads for sex sites, and the rest of the flotsam of modern society, on the last page of the paper, they have their horoscope feature.
I don’t believe in horoscopes.
But there was a period of time awhile back when I was going through something, and then that other thing, when I read the horoscope column in the News & Review regularly and was amazed at how many times the author spoke to me. Somehow he knew, far too frequently, what I was experiencing and what I needed to see in the words he wrote about my sign — Scorpio.
At some point I stopped reading the News & Review very often, but I still pull it out at moments when I have a few minutes to spare.
Tonight I stopped at Roma’s, the pizza place where they know my name because I’ve been going there for 30+ years now and Maria, who opened the place more than 35 years ago, is still behind the counter on a Friday night. Just stop and think about that for a moment.
I ordered a pizza to go and Maria said, “Go have a Peroni.” And I responded, “Of course.” And towards the end of my second Peroni, I hit the horoscopes on the back page of the News & Review, which I was reading because I hadn’t planned on stopping at Roma’s and had no other reading material other than the free copies of the news rag that are ubiquitous in Sacramento. And here’s what Rob Brezsny, author of Free Will Astrology had to say:
Fourteenth-century author Geoffrey Chaucer produced a collection of stories known as The Canterbury Tales. It became a seminal text of English literature even though he never finished it. The most influential book ever written by theologian Thomas Aquinas was a work he gave up on before it was completed. The artist Michelangelo never found the time to put the final touches on numerous sculptures and paintings. Why am I bringing this theme to your attention? Because 2016 will be an excellent time to wrap up long-term projects you’ve been working on — and also to be at peace with abandoning those you can’t.
If anything describes the state of my writing life and my hopes for 2016, that’s it. I want to finally put to bed my half-completed projects, which means either finishing them or giving up on them for good. I’m ready to be at peace with the outcome, whichever side of the equation that outcome ends up being.
This is one of the things I’m working through my head as I explore the things I’ve set out to explore and try to figure out what lays ahead for me. I have these great, incredible projects that I began over the past few years and for whatever reason I have been unable to complete. Maybe, it’s time for me to kill my darlings and move on. It’s time and Rob Brezsny, purporting to write a horoscope column, hit the nail on the head. It is most definitely time to fish or cut bait. To wrap these projects up … or be at peace with the alternative.