These pages are synchronicity- izing nicely with my other reading, The Soul's Code by James Hillman. Kudra's yearning to transcend (read escape) her societally ordained fate (a pretty shitty one in most religious societies) leads to one of Tom's greatest quotes:
"You may protest that it is too much to ask of an uneducated fifteen-year- old girl that she defy her family, her society, her weighty cultural and religious heritage in order to pursue a dream she doesn't really understand. Of course, it is asking too much. The price of self-destiny is never cheap and in certain situations, it is unthinkable. But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable which must be thought." Robbins
And she does gradually develop her escape routes. This is why when multi-culturalism accommodates too much to repressive religious and cultural practices it angers me, because the very idea of freedom is an escape route for many repressed women and to dangle Western values in front of young people and then tell them they have to obey their religion is a cruel thing. It's like "Welcome to the west, you still have to get your clit scraped off with a rusty tool, you still have to be stoned to death for getting raped, your father and brothers can still murder you for not marrying whom they say. But enjoy freedom!" I really hate repressive religions and societies and their enablers.
Ranting aside, Kudra is following her nose to her destiny. And god love the Kama Sutra.
Some relevant quotes from the Preface of The Soul's Code:
"In the final analysis we count for something only because of the essential we embody and if we do not embody that, life is wasted," Carl Jung
"One always learns one's mystery at the price of one's innocence." Robertson Davies
"There is neither beginning or ending to the imagination, but it delights in its own seasons reversing the usual order at will." William Carlos Williams
"Adolescents sense a secret, unique greatness in themselves that seeks expression. They gesture toward the heart when trying to express any of this, a significant clue to the whole affair." Joseph Chilton Pearce
Reluctantly, he dropped the satin coconut." What an evocative term. It gives me new appreciation for Hawaiian hula girls and the meat inside their rough coconuts. "So round, so firm, so fully packed," oh wait that's a cigarette commercial.
Booties. Bootes. It seems to be a theme today. First, we find Alobar's fumbling attempt at the seduction of Kudra on page 93 of Jitterbug Perfume. Booty's on his mind, Kudra's not so sure, though things are heating up and... sparks ignite.
The stars are aligned, and celestial Bootes are poised for action. Tonight the Quadranids meteor shower pays a visit to constellation Bootes.
Typically, 40 or so bright, blue and fast (25.5 miles per second!) meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, some blazing more than halfway across the sky. A small percentage of them leave persistent dust trains. This shower usually has a very sharp peak, usually lasting only about an hour. ( http://www.theskyscrapers.org/meteors/ )
Here's where to look from the northern hemisphere (for those down under, check your local skymaps):
Locate the Big Dipper and follow the handle to Bootes. The Big Dipper is always visible if you live in the northern latitudes. It is to the north and looks like a giant ladle, with a handle and a bowl. Follow the handle in an arcing curve until you come to the first bright star. This is the key component of Bootes, Arcturus. [Latin for Alobar?]
Gaze at Arcturus. This is the fourth brightest star of the night sky and is just 36 light years away from Earth. Arcturus means “bear watcher,” which is a reference to Ursa Major and Minor. There is no star visible from Earth north of the celestial equator that is brighter. Twenty-five times larger in size than our own sun, Arcturus is located at what would be the waist of Bootes.
Look up from Arcturus and see the shape of a kite. If Bootes were being named today, it would surely be called “the kite.” A large diamond-shaped assembly of stars forms the upper torso and head of Bootes and is easily identified. Below Arcturus are the legs of Bootes: much dimmer stars that make the herdsman appear bowlegged.
Watch for the meteor shower in Bootes that occurs each year. The Quadranids seem to be coming out of the upper part of Bootes every December into January. This meteor shower is always worth a look as there can be dozens of meteors each hour. Bootes will be visible in winter, just not in the same spot you saw it in the spring. In the early morning hours, you will be able to find it using the Big Dipper, and then watch for the meteors. The best time for you to observe this meteor shower is during the nights of January 3rd and 4th, as these dates always have had the peak meteors per hour. http://www.answerbag.com/articles/How-to-Find-and-Identify-the-Constellation-Bootes/ae04781f-2aa6-086d-ad0c-6466b2dff60d
If you see the Quadranids tonight, remember to tip your hat to our hero, Alobar. That man sure knows how to impress a girl.
Love and celestial blessings of the universe~
Jan 5, 2009