1-Eb: On the Road again (6 May 2016)

Born on this day: Friedrich Nietzsche, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Albert Pujols, Ban Ki-moon, Julius Erving, William Shakespeare (baptized 1-Eb), George R. R. Martin

On the Road again

“Many people are obstinate about the path once it is taken, few people about the destination.” – Friedrich Nietzsche (1-Eb), taken from ‘Human, All Too Human’ (1878) section IX

“Every day is a winding Road” sings Sheryl Crow (5-Kan), and this is the main message of 1-Eb. Every day a winding road is taken, while countless other roads are inevitably forsaken. The sun-sign Eb is called “the Road of Life” and it stands for abundance through humility, stewardship and simplicity. Another famous saying which applies to this day is “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path”.

This trecena accentuates the presumed conflict between trying to make everyone happy and dwelling on the compromises that result from such expectations. This is the day when I begin walking the path and knowing it.

When I surrender completely to Billie Holiday (1-Eb)’s voice, without any distractions whatsoever – it can make me cry every single time. This is especially true when listening to the following song, which is about the difference between knowing what time it is and having a good time with someone you love.

I didn’t know what time it was, then I met you
Oh, what a lovely time it was, how sublime it was too
I didn’t know what day it was, you held my hand
Warm like the month of May it was,
and I’ll say it was grand
Grand to be alive, to be young, to be mad
to be yours alone
Grand to see your face, feel your touch, hear your voice,
say I’m all your own
I didn’t know what year it was, life was no prize
I wanted love and here it was
shining out of your eyes
I’m wise
and I know what time it is now

Under the hood

1-Eb is a southern trecena, since it begins with a southern sun-sign (Eb), and it has more southern sun-signs (4) than any other direction (3 of every other). The southern sun-signs in this trecena appear on the days 1, 5, 9, and 13, and they are contrasted by 3 northern signs on the days 3, 7, and 11.

Being a southern trecena, 1-Eb’s theme is abundance: plenty of Roads (1-Eb), plenty of Wisdom (5-Cib), plenty of Suns (9-Ahau) and plenty of Seeds (13-Kan).

The absent southern sun-sign is the sign of the Star (Lamat). This means that the plenty on offer in this period is more grounded and realistic.

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