Monday, December 17, 2012

IO! IO! IO! Merry Saturnalia!

I'm excited at the number of articles I've seen about Saturnalia this year. Even the Wild Hunt had something spiffy to say.  I don't want to repeat what's already out there, but I have a whole week of posts planned (insofar as I plan posts...)

Coming up this week:
Saturnalia is NOT the winter solstice celebration.  Saturnalia =/= Yule. Two different things. True? False? Yes. No.

Saturn as a distinct deity from Kronos, Etruscan in origin, only later conflated by the Romans?
I've read an interesting discussion on this and have gone to the source material to draw my own conclusions.

Keeping Saturnalia. The what, why and how of a modern, practice and a nod to the Reconstructionists who are keepin' it Roman.

My traditional list of every Saturnalia tradition which still survives in popular culture today! The first of which is the title of this post: Io! Say it 3 times fast... Ho ho ho bitches!

To kick things off here's a playlist to jam to during this festive week! There's something here for everyone. Add to it if you think of more.

Time: The Beginning -Megadeth
River of Time -Van Morrison
Big Time -Peter Gabriel
Rock & Roll -Led Zepplin
Wasted Time -Eagles
Time -Hootie & The Blowfish
Times Like These -Foo Fighters
Time in a bottle -Jim Croce
Does Anybody Really Know what Time it Is - Chicago
3 am eternal -Enigma
It's 3 am I must be lonely -Matchbox 20
Time After Time -Cindi Lauper
The Longest Time -Billy Joel
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets
Feels Like the First Time -Foreigner
Right Now -Van Halen
Time Warp -Rocky Horror Picture Show
Time - Pink Floyd
Good Riddance (Time of your Life) - Green Day
Closing Time - Semisonic
The Time's They Are a Changin' - Bob Dylan
Nothin' But A Good Time - Poison
Too Much Time on My Hands - Styx
I've Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Back in Time - Huey Lewis & the News
If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
Time of the Season - The Zombies
Turn! Turn! Turn! -Byrds
Time is on my side -Rolling Stones
Time (Clock of the heart) -Culture Club

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Retro Thoughts

How did Mercury's latest retrograde treat you?

I was somehow caught off guard by the timing and wasn't prepared. This has lead to several hundred words on the nature of time and Mercury as a Time Lord, but nothing I'm up for sharing  yet. This retrograde felt like an especial throwback to the previous ones of the year. Issues came up not only from the previous one in July/August, but also from March/April.

I have never taken note of a cyclical nature of the retrogrades, and if I did, what would define a cycle? A calendar year? That's as silly to me as assigning importance to a "blue moon" since this calendar is a modern invention based on no significant point in the earth's movement/cycle. Start at Spring when all is even? Start at winter when the potential energy is about to become kinetic and lead us into the equality of Spring?

Astrologically speaking, Mercury wasn't traveling over the same degrees, so why were the same issues coming up, and differently, too? Because the issues never went away, I just processed them differently and came to new conclusions and found a new understanding. The cycle was my own personal one- the time it took me to process and gain new perspective.

I should amend the above question: How did this retrograde change your perspective?