Astrology GEMs & REMs
in STAR SIGNS Astrology Zine (c)1997

GEMs of Wit and Wisdom
REMs of Remarkable Writers

GEMini-Type Trivia for enquiring minds and insatiable intellects, plus re-quoted REMarks by Respected Writers.

| GEMs: Trivial Topics | Planetary Poetry |
REMs: by Remarkable Writers | Carl Jung | Kahlil Gibran | Joseph Campbell | Bartholomew Next Week | Random Quotes |

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GEMs and REMs is a regular feature of the STAR SIGNS Zine.
This section will include little GEMs of information of which Gemini types are so fond, and also various REMarks and commentaries from the mercurial mind of Michael Star. Your contributions of interesting gems of arcane trivia will be welcomed, and the appropriate claim to fame (or shame) for the contributor will be noted in hypertext as appropriate.

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GEMs and Trivial Topics

Q: How many Taureans does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: None. No Taurean would do it in such an uncomfortable place!
Oh, you mean DO WORK? But if a Taurean puts it off long enough, a Virgo will come along and do it for him!

Q: What sun-sign type is most likely to lose her bikini top while surfing?
A: LiBRA-less!

Q: What sun-sign is most likely to get lucky in a singles bar?

Q: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder which you are... a Star or a Planet?
A: Stars appear to twinkle, but the brightest "stars" are actually the nearby Planets reflecting the light of the Sun. Planets appear to give a steady light, and do not twinkle. Twinkle, twinkle, little planet? -- hey, no way! Wouldn't rhyme, and has no reason -- planets shine, and shift by season.

Q: What's the Morning Star and Evening Star?
A: The brightest "star" in the night sky is actually the Planet Venus, and it's BOTH! For about half the year, it rises in the East shortly before Sunrise, and is called the Morning Star (Eosphorus in Greek mythology). For about half the year it sets in the West shortly after Sunset, and is called the Evening Star (Hesperus in Greek mythology).

Hey, it's all I've got to work with right now... send your own contributions if you can do better (or worse)! Use the word GEMS as your topic header in your E-mail message.
-- Michael

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Watch this section for more Planetary Poetry (but not "Vogon Poetry") in the weeks to come. You're hereby invited to submit your own stuff, as long as you're not so sensitive you'll feel rejected if your poem is. If it's bad, but it's funny, it might make it onto these pages anyways! You get your work on the Web, and your name up for fame or blame. Just remember that it has to have SOMETHING to do with ASTROLOGY.
-- Michael

(Why I Ditched the Damn Degree)

When Jung and Gestalt leave you weary
And you can't take another theory
Move the goalposts, learn the art:
Interpreting a natal chart!

You really do not stand much chance
Your life's decided in advance.
No need to worry what you lack
So think of England and lay back...

Enjoy yourself between the crises
If your Sun resides in Pisces.
If you're overweight and bore us
Tantamount it's due to Taurus.
Libra's shopping, Virgo's prissy,
Scorpio won't be a sissy.
Leo's bossy, Aries wins,
(That Aquarius never sins).
Seagoat's serious, Twins are light
Cancer can't quite get it right.

If you accident'ly smother
Your delightful little brother,
If you're overcome with lust,
Or cannot earn an honest crust,
Accountability's null and void --
Blame the Planets, bugger Freud!

(c)1996 by Sue Armitage, London, England


If horses haven't got a soul
That really puts me in a hole.

What's the point of being good
And always doing what I should,
If when I reach the Pearly Gate,
Saint Peter says "I'm sorry, mate!
Your horse is only bones and hair,
And if he's dead, he isn't there.
But anyway, no need to cry --
Why ride, now you have learned to fly?"

After thoughtful meditation,
My bet's on reincarnation!

(c)1996 by Sue Armitage, London, England

| GEMs: Trivial Topics| GEMs: Planetary Poetry|
REMs: by Remarkable Writers| REMs: Bartholomew| REMs: Carl Jung| REMs: Kahlil Gibran| REMs: Joseph Campbell| REMs: Next Week| REMs: Random Quotes|

REMs from REMarkable Writers NOV 25 1996

[All material in quotation marks is original text COPYRIGHTED by the author and publisher, which is included here FOR REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY.]

This week's emphasis is on the wisdom of Bartholomew (as channelled through Mary-Margaret Moore).

The following passages are quoted from the book:
Bartholomew (Mary-Margaret Moore), FROM THE HEART OF A GENTLE BROTHER,
(Taos NM: High Mesa Press, 1987)

"For many centuries you have been living in your world with a powerful symbol. It is the symbol of the balanced cross. Long before the advent of Christianity, the symbol of this cross has been observed as one of the most strengthening symbols the world has to offer. Its explanation is very simple. You have at your disposal two constant streams of energy and the balanced cross is a reminder of this. One of them is a horizontal stream of energy. It is the one that connects you with all of the manifest world. It connects you with other people's egos, with the material plane, the emotional field, and with the mentalizations of life. The horizontal stream is what is constantly before your physical eyes. Since it is this stream that has fed you throughout centuries and lifetimes, the second, vertical stream of energy has been forgotten. Therefore, you have a very weakened balance point within you because it is through the forgotten vertical you connect with the Divine."
-- Bartholomew, p.65

"Understand the basic law from which everything arises -- ENERGY FOLLOWS THOUGHT. Put another way, energy follows visualization, and put another way, power follows what you visualize. If you create a visual and thoughtful link with the vertical stream of energy, you will begin to manifest it daily in your life. Many of you are looking for a centering device. THE DEGREE TO WHICH YOU WANT TO BE CENTERED IS THE DEGREE TO WHICH YOU WILL BE. The degree to which you enjoy the horizontal is the sense of motion you experience when your ego energy moves out and blends with other similar energies, now side to side, now backward and forward. It makes you feel alive, as though you are `doing' something."
-- Bartholomew, p.66

"The power of the vertical is so much stronger than the small, horizontal motions you make. But you continue to think those small back and forth motions are life. Eventually you must realize even the more frantic of the horizontal motions are not enough. What you are longing for are the vaster sweeps of energy that you have all sensed moving through you on occasion. It is the incredible power of the vertical stream of energy that gives you a feeling of groundedness. The horizontal can't contain too much of that energy because you would simply fall right over. You have to begin to empower yourself in a totally new way."
-- Bartholomew, p.66

[In astrological terms, the cross described by Bartholomew is called the "Cross of Matter" and the horizontal line represents Earth's horizon line. The vertical line points to "the Midheaven", the place where the Sun appears when it reaches its highest point in the sky at noon and gives the most light and heat to the Earth. Do you see any symbolic connections between the astrological symbolism and Bartholomew's? -- Michael Star]

REMs from REMarkable Writers NOV 04 1996

This week's emphasis is on the great Swiss psychologist, Dr Carl Jung.

"But he [Carl Jung] recognized that man, the symbolic animal, could resolve even the deepest divisions within him upon the symbolic plane; and he invented a technique of psychotherapy by which this could be accomplished."
-- Anthony Storr, JUNG, (Glasgow: Fontana/Collins: 1973), p.105

"He does offer a method of understanding dreams which is unmatched by psychoanalysis. Moreover, he understood the difference between a sign and a symbol in a way which Freud did not. When Freud alleged, as he did in `The Interpretation of Dreams', that all weapons and tools are used as symbols for the male organ, he might equally well have used the word `sign' instead of symbol. In Jung's view, a symbol was more than this. A true symbol always possesses overtones, so that its full significance cannot be grasped intellectually, at least immediately, if it becomes fully definable in rational terms, it is no longer a living symbol. ...A work of art is a true symbol in the Jungian sense, in that it is pregnant with meaning, partakes of both `conscious' and `unconscious', yet cannot be sharply defined in intellectual terms."
"...Yet parts of the body can be used to signify something other than their usual function. The male genitals, for example, were used by the Romans and others as a magical charm to ward off intruders, and may be seen on Hadrian's Wall pointing towards the enemy. It is alleged, probably apocryphally, that Jung once stated: `After all, the penis is only a phallic symbol.'"
"...sexual intercourse can signify [symbolize?] the integration of the personality and the experience of the irrational union of opposites."
-- Anthony Storr, JUNG, (Glasgow: Fontana/Collins: 1973), pp.112-113,115


"The sign is always less than the concept it represents, while a symbol always stands for something more than its obvious and immediate meaning."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.41

"What we properly call instincts are physiological urges, and are perceived by the senses. But at the same time, they also manifest themselves as fantasies and often reveal their presence only by symbolic images. These manifestations are what I call the archetypes."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.58

"But if we are to see things in their right perspective, we need to understand the past of man as well as his present. That is why an understanding of myths and symbols is of essential importance."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.45

Jung on DREAMS

"In dreams, symbols occur spontaneously, for dreams happen and are not invented; they are, therefore, the main source of all our knowledge about symbolism."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.41

"It [dream analysis] is not so much a technique that can be learned and applied according to the rules as it is a dialectical exchange between two personalities."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.44

"Thus, if you want to understand another person's dream, you have to sacrifice your own predilections and suppress your prejudices."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.50

"Learn as much as you can about symbolism; then forget it all when you are analyzing a dream. order to check the flow of my own associations and reactions, which might otherwise prevail over my patient's uncertainties and hesitations."
-- Dr Carl G. Jung, MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS, Part 1, (1964), p.42

REMs from REMarkable Writers OCT 28 1996

This week's emphasis is on philosopher-poet-artist Kahlil Gibran


"Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content with our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness."
-- Kahlil Gibran, SPIRITS REBELLIOUS, t.255

"God has made many doors opening into truth which He opens to all who knock upon them with hands of faith."
-- Kahlil Gibran, SECRETS OF THE HEART, t.138

"Truth calls to us, drawn by the innocent laughter of a child, or the kiss of a loved one; but we close the doors of affection in her face and deal with her as an enemy."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE VOICE OF THE MASTER, st.47

"To be modest in speaking truth is hypocrisy."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THOUGHTS AND MEDITATIONS, st.95

"You may deprive me of my possessions; you may shed my blood and burn my body; but you cannot hurt my spirit or touch my truth."
-- Kahlil Gibran

"Great truth that transcends Nature does not pass from one being to another by way of human speech. Truth chooses Silence to convey her meaning to loving souls."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE VOICE OF THE MASTER, st.75

"They tell me: If you see a slave sleeping, do not wake him lest he be dreaming of freedom.
I tell them: If you see a slave sleeping, wake him and explain to him freedom."
-- Kahlil Gibran, MIRRORS OF THE SOUL, p.72

"He who does not seek advice is a fool. His folly blinds him to Truth and makes him evil, stubborn, and a danger to his fellow man."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE VOICE OF THE MASTER, st.67


"How unjust to themselves are those who turn their backs to the sun, and see naught except the shadows of their physical selves upon the earth!"
-- Kahlil Gibran, SECRETS OF THE HEART, t.130

"Man is empowered by God to hope and hope fervently, until that which he is hoping takes the cloak of oblivion from his eyes, whereupon he will at last view his real self. And he who sees his real self sees the truth of real life for himself, for all humanity, and for all things."
-- Kahlil Gibran, SECRETS OF THE HEART, t.140

"How ignorant are those who see, without question, the abstract existence with SOME of their senses, but insist on doubting until that existence reveals itself to ALL their senses. Is not faith the sense of the heart as truly as sight is the sense of the eye?"
"...How strange is the one who dreams in truth of a beautiful reality, and then, when he endeavours to fashion it into form but cannot succeed, doubts the dream and blasphemes the reality and distrusts the beauty!"
-- Kahlil Gibran, SECRETS OF THE HEART, t.148

Is of naught but clamour and woe
And strife. She is but the web of
The spider, the tunnel of the mole."
-- Kahlil Gibran, T, p.376

"The appearance of things changes according to the emotions, and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE BROKEN WINGS, st.51

"Man's eye is a magnifier; it shows him the earth much larger than it is."
-- Kahlil Gibran, MIRROR OF THE SOUL, p.71

"How small is the life of the person who places his hands between his face and the world, seeing naught but the narrow lines of his hands!"
-- Kahlil Gibran, SECRETS OF THE HEART, t.150

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REMs from REMarkable Writers SEP 30 1996

This week's emphasis is on philosopher-poet-artist Kahlil Gibran


"Love is the offspring of a spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created in years or even generations."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE BROKEN WINGS, p.42 (recommended reading!)

"The heart's affections are divided like the branches of the cedar tree; if the tree loses one strong branch, it will suffer but it does not die. It will pour all its vitality into the next branch so that it will grow and fill the empty place."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE BROKEN WINGS, st.93

"For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so he is for your pruning."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE PROPHET, (1970), p.11

"Every young man remembers his first love and tries to recapture that strange hour, the memory of which changes his deepest feeling and makes him so happy in spite of all the bitterness of its mystery."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE BROKEN WINGS, st.12

"Limited love asks for possession of the beloved, but the unlimited asks only for itself."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE BROKEN WINGS, p.106

"Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, `God is in my heart,' but rather, `I am in the heart of God.'
And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE PROPHET, p.14

"And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."
-- Kahlil Gibran, THE PROPHET. p.9

"Gibranism does not inhibit Eros, he simply subordinates it to Agape. Also, authentic love is not a love that 'reckons' and 'sorts out' for personal interests, such as financial purposes, social prestige. On the contrary Gibran has all reasons to believe that a calculative love is a self-love that neurotically has never transcended the Freudian primary narcissistic stage of a masochist child."
-- Andrew Dib Sherfan, in A THIRD TREASURY OF KAHLIL GIBRAN, 1975, p.286
(quoting from Gibran's SPIRITS REBELLIOUS, p.17-20)

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REMs by REMarkable Writers SEP 23 1996

This week's emphasis is on mythologist Joseph Campbell

"In later traditions where the cosmic order has been recognized -- the round of the stars -- very often the planetary dieties are regarded as tricksters because they introduce disorder. They move a different way and anything that is a disordering principle is associated with a trickster -- the diabolical as opposed to the demonic.
...Our interpretation of the word demon as meaning the demonic is a very interesting thing. The demonic comes from the Greek, and it refers to the dynamic of life -- your demon is the dynamic of life. In our tradition we are so against the dynamic of life that we've turned it into a devil. Demon has negative meaning in our tradition. This is fantastic.
Similarly, the serpent, which also represents the dynamic of life, has been turned into a negative principle in our tradition. The serpent can shed its skin to be born again and so represents the power of life to throw off death and represents the bondage of life to time. It's the dynamic of life and consciousness in the field of temporal pairs of opposites, birth/death, and all that, and life goes on through it. It's as though our tradition is against life. Even our diety himself is against life. We have a diety who talks about supernatural grace and virtue but life itself is something to be despised instead of celebrated, and a body is something awful rather than awesome. It's a strange world."
-- Joseph Campbell

"...Man had eaten fruit from the forbidden tree and had thereby gained knowledge of the duality of all things. So he was thrown out of the garden. And God said, `Now if man should eat of the tree of immortal life, he would be as we are. Therefore keep him out.' And he placed the guardian figures, the two cherubim at the gates into the garden. Now the Buddha says, `Don't be afraid. Come on through. The tree's right here. Don't be afraid of those boys.' Jesus went through and hangs on the tree of immortal life. Jesus and the Buddha are the same figure. The Buddha sits under the tree and says, `Don't be afraid.' Christ hangs onto that tree and says, `Come, die as I've died to immortal life.' It's wonderful the way these great images play across the ground."
-- Joseph Campbell

"Are you affirmative enough with your relationship to life to say `yes' no matter what? The extent of your power to say `yes' is the extent of your power to love, and when you begin to have hates, and when you begin to knock people down, and say `No! No! This one, this Hitler, or Stalin, they're monsters!', then you have lost your bliss. They are manifestations of life too. Your limitation and understanding and experience is measured by the boundary of your love."
-- Joseph Campbell

"The purpose of the first part of your life is to give you the experiences out of which you can draw your spiritual realizations."
-- Joseph Campbell

The Joseph Campbell quotes are taken from a Canadian book of transcripts of some of his interviews before his death in 1987. I regret I have lost the title of the book. For the best of Joseph Campbell, see:

(New York NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1991)

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REMs by REMarkable Writers NEXT WEEK

Next week's emphasis is on the insights of "Kriyananda" (J. Donald Walters.

Random REMs - NOV 04 1996

"Our word PLUTOCRATIC is derived from Pluto, and means power of domination through wealth derived from sources other than one's own labor. Such wealth is within the jurisdiction of the eighth house, the natural zodiacal position of Scorpio. It stems from inheritances, legacies [things which go on "living" after death --MS], bonuses, windfalls, insurance, and similar sources. It has been earned in a previous incarnation and comes from hidden sources as an inheritance in the present life."
-- Max and Augusta Heindel, THE MESSAGE OF THE STARS, p.728
(Rosicrucian Fellowship, A.M.O.R.C.)

"There is an ancient saying in occultism, namely that until the tongue has lost the power to wound, it can never utter the truths of the spirit."
"The regular utterance of falsehood, blasphemy, criticism or sarcasm designed to hurt others literally erects a wall about the person responsible, through which no light of spiritual truth can enter. This effectively prevents that person from ever giving voice to the truths himself."
"When the words one speaks are cleared of all negativity, then the door is opened to allow the great inspirations from higher planes to come through."
-- Hilarion, OTHER KINGDOMS, p.31

"You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace...The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love."
-- St. Paul, GALATIANS 5:4, 5:6 (NIV)

"For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you will find disaster and every evil practice."
-- St. Paul, JAMES 3:16 (NIV)

"People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
-- St. Paul, I TIMOTHY 6:6-10 (NIV)

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