What a hellacious year it’s been. The coming year is a Rabbit Year, and I’m a rabbit so hopping (see what I did there?) for better things. The Chinese part of me says, “What did you expect from a Tiger?”
Good point. A tiger is a tiger is a tiger and a rabbit? Dinner? A snack? An hors d’oeuvre? I’m prey until January 22 when, I hop, I can come out of hiding…
The featured photo is an illustration from my China book. The fan was painted by Ma Yue who was an artist in a small studio/shop in the Fragrant Hills near Beijing. I spent my very best day in China (that says a LOT) with him and his associate. Here is the OTHER side of the fan on which Ma Yue had painted the zodiac figures in the ancient style.
I don’t know much about any horoscope but I do know that in the Chinese zodiac, I am a Metal Rabbit. In the western zodiac, I’m a Capricorn with Venus rising and a lot of stuff in Sagittarius. You cannot be part of the “What’s your sign?” generation without a little knowledge about this stuff whether you want it or not. At one point someone drew my chart and let me know there are a lot of “squares” in it. Squares, apparently, mean things aren’t going to work — what’s not going to work according to their reading of my sign? Luv’, career, and other similarly minor things. BUT according to my chart I’m going to be a restless person and a deep thinker.
In the Castello Sforza in Milan is a room in which the ceiling is covered with the signs of the Zodiac. I remember what it looks like, how really beautiful the green is up there and the gray and white signs. I learned a little more about it today looking for a photo.
I realized last night how much I have missed traveling. It’s funny but now the places I want to visit are places I’ve already been. I would really like to return to Verona and pay attention to the Roman elements. When I was there 18 years ago I was all Medieval all the time. Now? Not really. Last night I learned that Catullus was from Verona, not that I know much about Catullus or his poetry, only that a looooonnnnnnggggg time ago I had a friend who was a Classics major at the University of Colorado. For his mom for Christmas he’d translated some of Catullus’ poems, but he didn’t think his translations “sounded” like poetry, so he gave them to me for “poetification.” It was fun and the poems were beautiful. I don’t know how well I did, but he was happy and I really liked the poems.
Well, enough about me. What’s YOUR sign?
37 thoughts on ““So, uh, what’s your sign?””
My sign is “Merging Buses.”
My sign is, “Will Work for Food.”
I’m a Capricorn Dragon!
Whoa… I’ve have been the same if I’d been born just three weeks later!
I think I’m a goat…according to the placemats at Chinese restaurants anyway. Born in ’67. I always wish I had been born a Dragon or maybe a Phoenix (is that one of the signs?) something exotic. So, perhaps that is why I loved to travel to faraway places too. I love your retelling of your adventures and the pictures you share. Do you have samples of your Catullus poetry anywhere to share with us?
Oh, Kiri, the Catullus poetry project was 50 years ago… well 49 but you get the idea. Goat are good. They’re whimsical, playful, imaginative and, according to George Schaller, one of the most intelligent and adaptable species on the planet. 🙂
Years ago, I knew someone whose pickup line was a variation on “What’s your sign?” He would guess first before asking, in hopes that a correct guess would reveal the depth of his character and get him into bed with his subject. (Usually, he showed confidence with his guesses, along the line of “Capricorn, right?” If other men were present he would at some point realize that his focus on a woman or women in the room would reveal a bit too much about his character, so he would eventually guess the men’s signs. While he was my acquaintance for years, he was always wrong in his guess of my sign. So which was it? Was he a bullshit artist, or just not interested in peering deeply into the souls of those with whom he didn’t want to have sex?
Yeah — I had a few guys try that on me. Usually they posited Aquarius… My vote goes for bullshit artist.
Hehe! I was born in the Year of the Dog. Not sure I fit the description but loyalty is a major component of my makeup. I never got into the astrology thing as astronomy was more interesting. But I do remember far too many guys using the “What’s your sign” line as well as the “What’s your major” inquiry. I remember that people (especially the guys) stopped asking me how my classes were going when my answer was “Oh, today I learned how to castrate pigs!”
Probably born in the year of the pig…
Ha! Your “castrate pigs” line reminds me of a surgeon friend of mine who joined a sewing group. They asked her if she had much sewing experience and she answered “only on human flesh.” They all moved away from her 😉
I think I’m a rat, but not sure
There’s a link in the post so you can find out. 😀
I didn’t see it… Must be a bit dopey today x
I’m a scorpio (who feels more like a Sagittarius) rooster
I looked, if it repeats every twelve years then I am a rat. It doesn’t go back far enough! I’m too old x
Use this. https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/calculator.htm 😃🐀
I am a Sagittarius–through and through.
Many of my best friends through the years have been Sagittarius. Someone re-did the whole astrology thing correcting for changes in the movement of the Earth through space and in THAT schema I’m a Sag which, honestly, I fit better but whatev’
sheep and virgo., baaa.
Virgo! You and Goethe. 😃
Taurus Rooster, but my birthday is on the cusp of Gemini.
Aside to MAK: some of my favorite posts are the ones you take down.
I realized my neighbor reads my blog and I don’t want to deal with this with her. Could you email it to me? I liked it, too. And now it’s totally gone.
I just tried two different ways. Let me know if one of them worked.
I just got it. Thank you. I may add the edits I did later and post it again. I don’t think it’s automatically sharing to Facebook any more.
Monkey Pisces, different than Monkey pieces, I about miss texted.
Couldn’t comment on your later post, as is was no longer available. Great job.
Thank you. I realized it would have an audience that I don’t want to talk to about that. BUT I wish I had saved it somehow. OH well.
I haven’t deleted it yet, Looks like I can copy it and send it to your email, possibly?
Thank you! I got brave and reposted it. Another reader sent it to me. I also checked to be sure stuff wasn’t going automatically to Facebook, and it isn’t.
Metal ox and my daughter is also an ox. I forget which one she is.
I’m a Tiger and a Libra.
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