Last year I dropped a post on one of my favorite artists, Ian Brown, born 0 degrees Pisces (same as Kurt Kobain). I love Brown, aka “King Monkey.” This old video recently washed upon the shore of my awareness and it’s absolutely perfect for The Sun/Uranus conjunction at 26 degrees. In the final degrees of Pisces, Elsie Wheeler invokes The Moon on Sabian Symbols 26-28, starting with one of Wheeler’s mini-epic titles; “WATCHING THE VERY THIN MOON CRESCENT APPEARING AT SUNSET, DIFFERENT PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO GO AHEAD WITH THEIR DIFFERENT PROJECTS.”
It feels like anytime, Dane Rudhyar interprets Wheeler’s symbols, he does so with an almost dismissive tone, in fact he never refers to her by name in “An Astrological Mandala.” In that regard, he reminds me of Bill Parcells when Terrell Owens was with The Cowboys. Parcells never called Owens by his name with the media, only referring to Owens as “the player” or “him.” Rudhyar does the same with Wheeler, calling her “The Author.” My favorite Wheeler diss comes with the Sabian Symbol for my rising, 28 degrees Scorpio; “THE KING OF THE FAIRIES APPROACHING HIS DOMAIN.” Here “Great Dane” takes a real whack a dear old departed Elsie, “This rather peculiar image tell us perhaps a good deal about the limitations of the mind of the clairvoyant who saw it.” Dane Rudhyar was the Simon Cowell of astrology! But I digress.
Here’s the basic lyrics for “Dolphins Were Monkeys.”
“I could be the next to see/That there’ll be nobody there/If you feel excited throw your hands into the air/No one can judge you baby/That don’t live your life/I need the resistance/Held by your astrological sign/Now I’m caught in the middle/
You’re next to me/I swim with the fishes/You come from the sea/The dolphins were monkeys that didn’t like the land/Walked back to the water/Went back from the sand.”
It’s playful, polymorphous and slightly perverse. It hints at hybrids and chimeras. Notice all of the water imagery, the sign for Pisces tattooed on Brown’s wrist, the co-mingling of some sort of weird science and espionage with a touch of light S&M going on. Sun in Pisces conjunct Uranus in Pisces; anything goes. Put it in the test tube and shake it like a Polaroid. High art, high camp, high strangeness. By the way, the album version is far superior to the single, which is represented here in the video.
I’ll be on FAR today from 9:30AM to 11:30AM “Navigating The Astrological Matrix.” I’ll be doing free mini-readings after the first half-hour, when the coffee kicks in.