May 3, 2010

Out of Time

I have often thought, dear friends, that my spark of life was ignited a few decades late. Statistically, I am either late Baby Boom or early Generation Jones. Stylistically, I feel like neither. If I had access to a reliable time machine and a good alibi for my absence in the present, I would set the birth dial to the mid-30’s of the last century.

There I would be hitting my adult stride having missed the rigors of the great depression and the horrors of the greater war, slap-dab in the middle of the fat and happy 50’s. Jazz had yet to go off the rails, and drinking at lunch was encouraged. A quick course of Penicillin would get you past the worst class of STD you might happen upon. Dacron polyester fibers were still locked up tight in the laboratories of DuPont in this peak time for Couturiers and their clientele. And hidden just beneath the full, flared cocktail dresses and harmlessly hobbling pencil skirts of the day glimmered the Golden Age of Foundation Garments.


Some of the very earliest posts here on Voyages en Rose were reveries to this not so distant past. The historically inclined of you might like to read them
here and over here. The hysterically inclined however are encouraged to hang around here for a question of time with less sweep to it for a few moments.

You see, earlier on today I was busy hammering and sawing a Gemini reference into a different bit of writing. I failed. But then I started thinking about Gemini on its own terms. As little as I know (and truthfully care) about Astrology, I wondered if the heavenly twins might have a special message for people who express and experience as male and female.

Research bore fruit quickly. Here are the opening words of the # 1 ranked Google return for “Gemini characteristics”:

Gemini go everywhere together, hand-in-hand, symbolizing your dual nature. Our world comes in pairs: good and evil, male and female, in and out, yin and yang -- and you Geminis are living proof. Some might say Gemini are an entanglement of paradoxes, but the truth is that Gemini have an easy acceptance of opposites. Gemini world is one of duality. Gemini can like this and that, one thing and its opposite.

Well, that all sounded lovely, and there is more that rings true. You might want to read up on just how ambi Gemini is here. In any event, this skeptic was now paying full attention. Clearly, I am Gemini.

Except that I am not.

I just celebrated my birthday which makes me Taurus. I must tell you that I have never felt comfortable or natural in the constellation of my birth. If there was such a thing as Zodiacal Reassignment Surgery I would take a part time job to pay for it. I suppose I will just continue to live the lie. Alas.

But there is something that will make living that lie easier for me, and this I what I request of you as a belated birthday gift: Take a second, please, to answer this weeks poll. What is your sign?

We should be evenly distributed across the calendar, but we might not be. The more of you that participate in the poll, the more evenly we should be distributed. But, again, we might not be. Would it not be an interesting thing to find a larger than expected number of us gathered in the Third House, under Mercury, dualities and all?

I would not ask except in the furtherance of science. Or sceance. If you happen to write a lovely and popular blog catering to the CD/TG set, would you mind posting a link there and helping me jack the numbers a little? The more the merrier and the more accurate. Results and observations this time next week.

Comments, as always, desired and greatly appreciated.


lynnd said...

Dear Petra,

Fun post, and I did vote. I predict you will not get equally distributed results. My bet is for more Leos, Virgos and Taurus.

As for your wish for astrological reassignment, I don't think there is any need. If you read more about Taurus you will see it worthy of being and probably rings true to you. Taurus are not just stuburn. They are ruled by Venus, place tremendous value on love, have unwavering loyalty, are calm, dependable, practical, funny, intelligent and yes, they are firmly planted in their beliefs. But if you don't feel in total alignment with it, check out your moon sign, it will tell you more about yourself then your sun sign.

Have fun, can't wait for the results. And I wonder, what is Mrs. B's sign?

Treacle said...

Happy Birthday! And I'm a Cancer...what does that mean for my personality? :-)

Petra Bellejambes said...

Hey Lynn! Glad I touched on an area of interest for you. I realize I am just skimming the surface here, and I know that there are Taurean things I have that I cannot and do not want to shake. Will check my moon sign for more fun.

Mrs. B is Cancer btw... any observations?

Hey Treacle! Thanks for the birthday wish. I will send a note your way on Cancer stuff...

Lynn Jones said...

Many happy returns, you sun sign dodger ;-)

Perhaps certain signs do offer a push / interest towards blogging, and will that taint the results?

Anonymous said...

What an interesting read (as usual)
Im actually a pisces (a dual sign) and a gemini moon sign (another dual sign) so I guess you could say I have ten million personalities! (my boyfriend calls it bi polar hhaha but eh to each its own)

Youre a taurus! that means your bday must have passed or is coming soon!

(Happy whenever birthday! =)

Couture Carrie said...

I think I would time travel to the same era, darling!


P.S. I'm a classic Scorpio...

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

how interesting that you feel you don't fit your sign. i'm a virgo and fit every characteristic of my sign so well...i can't imagine what other sign i could be. maybe you have a gemini rising, or whatever the extended version of your horoscope may be.
i will vote in your poll!
xoxo alison

Tights Lover said...

I was once told that Virgo's have many fetishes...

...I'm not going to argue.

Couture Carrie said...

P.S. Hope you have a glittery weekend, too, darling Petra!


Leah said...

Happy belated birthday my dear friend! xoxo

Melissa C said...

Happy (belated) birthday from another Taurus (also recently incremented by 1) :) My bet is that we're all over the board as far as birth dates/signs.

Mel ;)

Leslie Ann said...

Petra, to my lasting regret, I managed not to drop into your fine establishment during the polling period. I only saw it after closing time.

Two things I woulda done: posted a nice link (returning a frequent favor) and putting a vote for Aries. I noted that no one claimed Aries. Is it that all of us are time challenged and failed to show up at the designated time? Or just proof of my singularity among many?

Cool idea, well executed.

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