Friday, April 13, 2007

I'm only lucid when I'm writing songs

This is Just a Modern Rock Song
- Belle and Sebastian
Do you read your horoscope? I do; it's my guilty pleasure, and if you tell anyone, I shall have to kill you. I have no idea why I do this, as I hold absolutely no stock in it. It's just part of my morning ritual, tucked in there with scanning the headlines while finishing off my cup of coffee, a ploy to put off having to haul my ass off the kitchen chair to get dressed.
Of course one can read anything into horoscopes, which is why people continue reading them, I guess. But today, I was struck by what I read.
Your mind creates your world: First comes the thought, then comes the word.
From the word springs the deed; and the deed soon becomes habit.
Eventually habit hardens into character. So you are your thoughts!
This year your thoughts are optimistic. You're dreaming big!
I chose to interpret this as referring to my dreams of changing careers from science to the arts - specifically writing about the arts. And I guess anything that lights a fire under your ass and encourages you to continue pursuing your dreams has got to be a good thing.
From where do you get your directions in life?
Are you ever tempted to follow the words of those who claim to have supernatural insight into your life?
Meanwhile, I know that spring is finally here because those bloody woodpeckers have started eating our house again. We are considering putting scaffolding and netting around the entire house so that the cat can easily climb up and dispatch the devils.
On the other hand, I am totally in love with my Friday Random Playlist this week:
take your carriage clock and shove it - Belle and Sebastian
the beach - New Order
life is a song - Patrick Park
p.c.p. - Manic Street Preachers
i'm the man who loves you - Wilco
i wish i was the moon - Neko Case
exiles among you - the Weakerthans
smoke baby - Hawksley Workman
vegetable - Radiohead
god only knows - James
May the sun shine sweetly on you this weekend, may the varmints that plague you remain quiet until you have had enough sleep, and may your horoscope tell you what stocks to buy.


Will said...

I do enjoy reading horoscopes and I find them rather fascinating. It's hard to put much stock in them, but part of me really wants to. My cousin reads tarot, so I like having readings done. I guess I'd like to be more spiritual, but sometimes my common sense gets in the way.

Jas B said...

I go thru phases of reading horoscopes. I get them in my email daily! Off late I just trash them. And at times that I did read them, I was thinking..."what a load of crap"!

Although I do believe in the predictions based on indian horoscopes made with the time, date and place of birth to some extent.

Allison said...

I go through phases of reading horoscopes too, really depends on my mood. I find the most fun is reading older ones, say from a week ago, to check if anything rings true. Even if some of them are dead on, they're also so vague and could relate to anything its hard to take them that seriously. Its also sometimes fun to read your friends and families ones.

I have had both a tarot and numerology reading done once and they were strikingly accurate, it freaked me out a bit.

That is a great random list, almost too good ;)

mellowlee said...

I read my horoscope for fun most every day. It's usually full of good general advice, you know things to think about. Sometimes they can be downright spooky. I think that's more coincidence than anything. My sister is right into Sylvia Brown's books.

BeckEye said...

One time in high school, I mentioned briefly something about my horoscope to this girl in my science class. As it turned out, she was a born again Christian and went on a 5 minute tangent about how horoscopes are a gateway to Satan worship. I just sat there and stared at her. I wasn't as much of a smart ass then as I am now. Otherwise I would've said something like, "My horoscope doesn't tell me to worship Satan; I read my horoscope because Satan tells me to." And then I would've made devil horns out of my fingers and growled at her. Man, now I wanna go back to high school.

Anonymous said...

I only read the horoscope on my birthday. My horoscope from last years birthday said "you will meet a bunch of Canadians soon" and man, that was dead on the money. :)

I would say your friday playlist is great just cause there's a little Wilco in the middle.

justacoolcat said...

I'll occasionally read my horoscope, but it never mentions the falling piano or the well placed banana peel.

What a sweet random ten list it makes me want to break our some old Belle and Sebastian and get mellow.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i usually read them when i'm working. not so much when i'm not. probably because i don't have access to a paper regularly if i'm not working.

i ended with a james song too!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Common sense has never gotten in the way of anything, Will. Too many people use spirituality as a crutch, as far as I am concerned. And yes, I am going straight to hell.
I could never figure out the part about not buying anything between 9:45am and 1:00pm that they always seem to put into the horoscopes. That is suspiciously specific, if you ask me.

People email you horoscopes, Jas? What?
I had one of those very specific ones done once and it said I am not as nice as people think I am, which pleased me inordinately for some reason.

Are you calling me a cheater, Al? Why, you.....!
I was pretty pleased with the playlist this week too, and it has that pretty Patrick Park song you gave me. Nice!
I had someone read my palm for a lark once and although she initially thought I have three kids, she did say some intriguing things which I would like to believe.

You're right, Mel, most of what is said is in the general advice category, think before you speak etc. And I guess it never hurts to be reminded to mind our manners occasionally.
Who is Sylvia Brown?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha you win, BeckEye - you are more than making up for any lack of smartassness in high school.
Damn, there's a few people I wish I could go back to and smack around a bit as well.

You had all that warning, Fearless, and yet you chose to do nothing about it? It'll be your own fault when your place is overrun by Canadians.
It never hurts to squeeze a little Wilco in the middle of something.

Those bastards always leave out the important details, don't they Just A?
And mellow is the last thing you need right now, for crying out loud! You just got back from holiday, you've had your fair share of mellow already.

You get a paper at work, 668? Lucky! I get to read all the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism that I want, but that's hardly the same thing.
James is a super nice way to end something, I think.

Allison said...

Blast! The semi colon got me again! Regular smiley face intended...although now that I'm looking...I kid!

mellowlee said...

Oh, this psychic lady who has written a gazillion books. I will email you the link :O) My sister just loves her, which I find HILARIOUS concidering her previous studies and current line of work. I just got in from a dinner/drinks and now too tipsy (loaded) to play friday random ten

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those sneaky emoticons, Al, I don't trust them. Just when you think you've got them under control, BLAM, they change their meaning in a minute but nefarious manner.

You sure type and spell well for a tipsy and/or loaded person, Mel! More skills you've got!

Malnurtured Snay said...

I read my horoscope and it says "LUCKY IN LOVE" and I scream "LIAAAAR!" at it and go do other things.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Perhaps your horoscope meant you should be placing wagers on your love life, Mal Snay. It's all in the interpretation.

Joe said...

I haven't read my horoscope in years, but I love reading my fortune cookies

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Bubs, lately I've been getting fortune cookies with multiple fortunes in them. Talk about confusion!