I am a Spam Magnet

This is what passes for spam these days in my email account.  Did I sign up to a “quietly domesticated home-owner interested in becoming a keen gardener” discussion list? Did I once give B&Q my email? Are sheds the new black market?

Whatever the reason, whatever the source, I can’t help but feel faintly insulted.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have both a poetic and a cosmic
license to stretch yourself further. It’s best not to go too far, of course.
You should stop yourself before you obliterate all boundaries and break
all taboos and smash all precedents. But you’ve certainly got the
blessings of fate if you seek to disregard some boundaries and shatter
some taboos and outgrow some precedents. While you’re at it, you
might also want to shed a few pinched expectations and escape an
irrelevant limitation or two. It’s time to get as big and brave and brazen
as you dare.

From Rob Brezsny

Things may escalate quickly.

Proceed; Old School

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): NASA used whale oil to lubricate the
Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager spacecrafts. There was a good
reason: Whale oil doesn’t freeze at the low temperatures found in outer
space. While I certainly don’t approve of killing whales to obtain their oil, I
want to use this story to make a point. It’s an excellent time for you, too,
to use old-school approaches for solving ultra-new-school problems.
Sometimes a tried-and-true method works better, or is cheaper, simpler,
or more aesthetically pleasing.

So.  Old-school. What accepted approach can I adopt that I am not already taking?  And to what end, to what should I apply it?

I have a feeling that Oblique Strategies may be called for.

I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

-Neil Gaiman (via impeccableblahs)

Neil Gaiman has been a bit of a hero of mine for years. Ever since I picked up the 3rd issue of Sandman, in fact. Class.

In order that the unborn might still be added to the born, nature has inspired man with the wild delusion that the bodily companionship of the lover and the beloved is desirable above all things, and so, by the false show of pleasure, the human race is chained to vanity, and doomed to an eternal thirst for the non-existant.

Arthur Machen