“It can all become a bit of a muddle, the line between compromise and defeat, the line between mutability and losing your self. You forget that a river will change its banks and the land will yield, and neither loses its essential self in the process. The wind blows through the trees and those trees will bend to avoid toppling, and yet the oak does not become any less grand. And so you leave. And you comfort yourself through another round of loneliness, another round of feeling totally lost in the world with, well, at least I have my dignity.”—The Seven of Swords by Jessa Crispin | ohio edit
“His apartment, a shared two-bedroom in Stuyvesant Town, is partly subsidized by the university, but Mr. Trout isn’t impressed with the $1,100 a month in rent that comes out of his own pocket. “The fact that people think it’s a good deal makes me think people here are brainwashed,” he said.”—Student Loans Make it Hard to Rent or Buy a Home - NYTimes.com
“Since Betelgeuse lies at the heart of our Mercury journey, I think the theme of this retrograde is about the process of evolving from the young naive prince to overblown tyrant to wise wizard. It is about the development of the sacred masculine within us all, whether we are male or female. We may have to go through a stage of beating our chests and being overtly hormonal. There may be a few artistic tantrums, but none that cause lasting resentments. Mercury generally makes harmonious aspects throughout the whole period, apart from cutting the umbilical cord to mummy moon when it turned retrograde. Mercury trines to the North Node are about setting out on the right path with a portfolio of ideas under your arm, which have been created during the retrograde phase.”—Mercury Retrograde June 2014.