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March 23, 2011


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Much as it pleases me to see astrological discussion take place outside the ghetto of astroblogging, I have some concerns about this post.

I don't understand how it is instructive to cite, as examples of the Aries character, figures that have no connection to the astronomical realities in question.

Similarly the author gave us many reasons why W. H. Auden was "Aquarian", only then to tell us he was actually a Pisces. Either explain the seeming paradox, or the discussion seems inconsequential, and undermines an interest in the subject

I believe it sheds some light to point out that the fictional character Elizabeth Bennett is quite Sagittarian in character, but only because Jane Austen was herself a Sagittarian.

Moreover, although any heroic figure might be said to partake of some Aries characteristics (say valor and force) Odysseus is particularly and importantly singled out for transcending these primitive traits, for being a man of the mean, of diplomacy and self-restraint.

I don't mean to be censorious, but I am concerned when astrology is treated with such vagueness.

Mark Shulgasser

Mark, I appreciate the close reading, and I am sure the author of the post does too, and in her defense I would say that the spirit in which it was written is more whimsical and, so to speak, irreverent in its appropriation of astrological ideas as poetic conceits. Your own comments are always valuable. -- DL

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