21 February

indexWe don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Anaïs Nin: born on 21 February 1903, with Sun in Pisces, Moon in Capricorn and Libra Ascendant, died 14 January 1977. Anaïs Nin is considered as the first writer of female erotica. As it is typical with Pisces plus Capricorn oriented folks, her books were and still are major bestsellers. In her alluring diaries she wrote about her incestuous relationship with her father, her passionate love affair and friendship with Miller and his wife, June, and her connections with artists and intellectuals. What follows is an excerpt from her diaries, describing female orgasm:

The entire mystery of pleasure in a woman’s body lies in the intensity of the pulsation just before the orgasm. Sometimes it is slow, one-two-three, three palpitations which then project a fiery and icy liqueur through the body. If the palpitation is feeble, muted, the pleasure is like a gentler wave. The pocket seed of ecstasy bursts with more or less energy, when it is richest it touches every portion of the body, vibrating through every nerve and cell. If the palpitation is intense, the rhythm and beat of it is slower and the pleasure more lasting. Electric flesh-arrows, a second wave of pleasure falls over the first, a third which touches every nerve end, and now the third like an electric current traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. There are times when a woman feels her body but lightly played on. Others when it reaches such a climax it seems it can never surpass. So many climaxes. Some caused by tenderness, some by desire, some by a word or an image seen during the day. There are times when the day itself demands a climax, days of which do not end in a climax, when the body is asleep or dreaming other dreams. There are days when the climax is not pleasure but pain, jealousy, terror, anxiety. And there are days when the climax takes place in creation, a white climax. Revolution is another climax. Sainthood another.

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.

It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.

 

Other celebrities born today:

Pierre Hadot, born 21 February 1922, Sun in Pisces, Moon in Capricorn.

Only he who is capable of a genuine encounter with the other is capable of an authentic encounter with himself, and the converse is equally true…From this perspective, every spiritual exercise is a dialogue, insofar as it is an exercise of authentic presence, to oneself and to others.

 

Mirra Alfassa, also know as The Mother, French mystic, born 21 February 1878, Sun in Pisces, Moon in Libra, Ascendant in Gemini

One need not leave the earth to find the Truth, one need not leave the life to find his soul, one need not abandon the world or have only limited beliefs to enter into relation with the Divine. The Divine is everywhere, in everything and if He is hidden, it is because we do not take the trouble to discover Him.

 

Hans Erni, Swiss artist, 1909

Tom Gehrels, Dutch astronomer (1925-2011)

Hubert de Givenchy, 12.7.3, French fashion designer  1927

Nina Simone, (12.10.11) American singer (1933-2003)

Margarethe von Trotta, 12.2 German actress and director, 1942

David Foster Wallace (12.6) American writer  (1962-2008)

Tiziano Ferro (Latina, (12.2) 21 February 1980) Italian singer. “Nego i ricordi peggiori, richiamo i migliori pensieri, vorrei ricordassi tra i drammi più brutti che il sole esiste per tutti.” “E il mio ricordo ti verrà a trovare quando starai troppo male, quando invece starai bene resterò a guardare, perché ciò che ho sempre chiesto al cielo è che questa vita ti donasse gioia e amore vero.”

 

Gospel of Thomas: (44) Jesus said, “Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven.”

ACIM:  52. (6) I am upset because I see what is not there. (7) I see only the past. (8) My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts. (9) I see nothing as it is now. (10) My thoughts do not mean anything.

Concise Epitome: 6.3 The situation was so tantalising that soon the game became one of the most popular in Handor. (La cosa era a tal punto dilettevole e vellicante che, in breve tempo, questo gioco addivenne uno tra i più in voga di tutto il sistema stellato di Handor.)

Saints: Saint Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church – Optional Memorial. Pepin of Landen, Peter Damian, Randoald