Waking up on this day, I was greeted by Steffi's shoulder in the morning sun. Some of you, with your puritan genes, may be gratified that I restrained myself from crossing the room for a closer inspection, but I was not thus gratified, nor would I ever be. Death bed confessions usually do not begin or end with regrets about too much sex. More likely the opposite is true — remorse for opportunities missed. Steffi was one of my remorses, but then again, she was Tom's woman, not mine. The Lefebvre pornography above does not do justice to the moment in my memory. The blanket of modesty I placed on his Odalisque is closer to the actuality, although Steffi was probably a blonde like so many other German girls. Steffi was also a To best understand the sensitivity of the Pisces-Libra combination, listen to how Chopin, being one, describes them with a piano. Pisces born when the moon was in Libra.

And now for some astrobabble about sexual relations.

But first: when I mention a sign, I refer not to a constellation, but to a 30 degree slice of celestial longitude measured from the vernal equinox. At one time around 2000 years ago, the two coincided, but no more. We need new constellations for our millenium that replace the old mythological ones:

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo
Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces

Let's redraw the Zodiac with corresponding fun images that befit a consumer society, and moreover, would really piss Heidegger off.

Call it the Gadgetac :

Bic Lighter, Big Mac Hamburger, iPhone, Coke Bottle, Light Bulb, Hammer,
Ice Cream Cone, Universal Coin, Handgun, GPS Watch, Drone-Cam, Pills

In short: opposites attract. I once owned a pair of Mickey and Minnie magnets. When Mickey and Minnie were both aligned positively, they pushed each other away. But when oppositely charged, they clung tightly together. When we are young, we tend to seek out our narcissistic self in others. Chances are high we will be repulsed by any emotionally healthy individual. Thus, born under a Cancer sun and a Libra moon, I sought out ladies who were likewise Being heavily endowed means, at least in my case, that the sun, moon, or ascending sign of my prey was Cancer or Libra. Your ascending sign is the sign that was rising on the horizon when you were born. It should be called your earth sign since it is determined by the daily cycle of the earth divided into 12 sections of time. heavily endowed with Cancer and Libra vibes. Most of the time, I was rejected just as the Minnie magnet would push away Mickey. Perhaps because they mature emotionally before men do, women tend to naturally seek their opposites before men have a clue what nature intended for them. Little did I realize that ladies born under suns and moons of Aries and Capricorn, my opposing vibes, were waiting for me to rock their world.

New & Old Zodiacs













I noticed these same patterns also in others' relationships. Your patterns of same and opposite occur almost exclusively among the signs of your sun, moon, and ascendant. The probability of randomly meeting
someone who has an opposing sign to
either your sun, moon, or ascendant is:
P(opp) = 1 - 11/12 x 11/12x 11/12 = .23,
or approximately 1 in 4 people.
The same probability holds for randomly
meeting someone with the SAME sign as
your sun, moon, or ascendant.
Sometimes people settle for like signs because it is more comfortable and familial than what mother nature wants. Look at your Of course, all this may simply be a figment of my imagination — seeing patterns where there are none. So tell me more about stock market gurus, the Higgs boson, and all the equations that describe this vast Universe, whatever that is. Where will your stories be in a hundred years? relationships and see how many sun, moon, and ascendant signs among your friends and lovers are the same and how many are opposite. Usually there is a compromise between same and opposite signs. I did not realize that Libra moons were my sisters, not my lovers. Although I was incestuously drawn to females born under Libra moons, they instinctively went for the Aries guys. My lovers Are you ready for bio-rhythms and soul mates?
Later, dude...
were those with their moon sign in Aries or Capricorn. Thus, Steffi was meant to be a sister as were all the other Libra moon ladies in my life. Mother nature frowns on incest, most likely with a giggle or two.

Although we will have few regrets on our deathbed about having had too much sex, we will have many regrets about the way the sex ended. A relationship with our opposite, however exciting, is stressful. That stress is difficult to live with. Chances are we won't. So we break up. Lovers should not live together. That's for brothers and sisters. Abbey was born under a Capricorn sun and an Aries moon. She was my direct opposite. Living together was stressful. We should not have. We broke up. I felt guilty. Still do. Thus I learned about opposites attracting. My Narcissus sank, and thereafter, searching for myself in others ended. Thank you, Abbey.

Stolpersteine Project

Steffi and I went out for an evening walk. Along the way we came to a Jewish memorial, probably the one that reminds everyone a synagogue once stood there near the university and now across the street from McDonalds. In memory of the November 9th, 1938 desecrating destruction of the synagogue and of the murdered Jewish fellow citizens. Since 1994, Gunter Demnig has been planting individual plaques for victims of the Holocaust throughout Germany. He calls them Stolpersteine, or stumbling blocks. Marburg has 28 Stolperstein plaques. Although Steffi was not born till after WWII, she right there on the spot elected herself representative penitent for the entire Germanen people, and asked for my forgiveness. Descended like most Americans from Teutonic warriors, I did not feel quite right acting as a representative of the American people who allowed the Vietnam war to linger on for 10 years, but on behalf of the humanity that Heidegger expressed, albeit hypocritically, I accepted for the Universe, whatever that is. Consequently, whatever lusts I may have felt for Steffi instantly melted away as Steffi rose to angelic heights. Sins of the fathers weigh heavily on their offspring.

angel and book

Anselm Kiefer's holocaust images best express the collective Germanic guilt. What generation of Americans will express our collective guilt over Vietnam and Iraq, and who knows what unneccesary wars to follow?

Surely all this is not without meaning. And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.

—Herman Melville