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Wednesday, 22 December 2010
CAPRICORN, CORINTHIANS & ACANTHUS
“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” - Arthur C. Clarke
Well, today was my last day at work and it was a busy one too. Of course I didn’t finish half the things I intended to finish, so there is some homework I took with me… I was very grateful to receive quite a few emails and personal greetings from staff that thanked me for the year and for my support. It is good to do something and have that recognised. I think one of the gravest and commonest sins that we as humans can guilty of is that of ingratitude. It is so easy to thank people and quite often it means so much to them. I always do it (but it supports my argument that gratitude is all too common), but I often get a stunned look as I say “thank you”, or “I appreciate what you said, …or did, …or your support”.
I was thinking today, as the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn, that Jesus Christ is a Capricorn! I looked up the traits of capricornians and lo and behold, there is something in thie astrology business! LOLLL
CAPRICORN THE GOAT: December 23rd - January 20th. Ruled by Saturn. A cardinal, feminine, negative, earth sign. Polar or opposite sign is Cancer. Fixed Star: Algiedi.
The Capricornian may be summarised with the verb: “I utilise”. A mountain top, a great father figure, the boss, the executive. A Capricornian quote: “I will be lord over myself.”
The Capricornian character is marked by being practical and self-reliant. Patience and persistence, especially in achieving success through constant hard work are the person’s trademarks, as well as having faith in oneself and ability to handle all the difficulties of life. Although they are warm and friendly to close friends, they are somewhat aloof and closed to strangers. Being somewhat self-centred, Capricornians are eager to sacrifice themselves for others in order to receive sympathy and appreciation from those they respect or from those in authority. They show a great respect for wisdom and age and generally they will work well within the limits set by their supervisors. They value security and success much and they tend to work doggedly in order to progress upward in a steady and sure pace rather than a risky rapid rise.
In personal relationships the Capricornians rarely show their innermost feelings and this makes them difficult to approach. They may be loners and may not form lasting relationships easily. Once in a relationship, the Capricornian is usually very loving and caring, the persistent and understanding person who gets through their defences being rewarded with a fine and enduring partnership.
The Capricornians tend to be perfectionists and they are clever, determined, sensible, play fair and expect the same treatment. They can devote much time to study in order to advance themselves and they have a talent for facts and figures, finance and also appreciate the arts. They make good bankers, lawyers, statisticians, mathematicians, financiers and businessmen. They appreciate the finer things in life and attach much importance to social status and prestige. They can be very charming and can be good company.
Acanthus, Acanthus mollis is the birthday flower for today. It signifies in the language of flowers “love of art” and that nothing will separate the giver and the receiver. The astrologers say that acanthus is ruled by the moon. Acanthus leaves served as the inspiration of the Corinthian order of Greek column capitals.
acanthus |əˈkanθəs| noun
1 A herbaceous plant or shrub with bold flower spikes and spiny decorative leaves, native to Mediterranean regions.
• Genus Acanthus, family Acanthaceae: many species. [ORIGIN: via Latin from Greek akanthos, from akantha ‘thorn,’ from akē ‘sharp point.’ ]
2 Architecture A conventionalised representation of an acanthus leaf, used esp. as a decoration for Corinthian column capitals.
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