24 May

500fullMay you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung.
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young.

Bob Dylan, born 24 May 1941, Sun in Gemini, Moon in Taurus, Ascendant in Sagittarius.

You lose yourself, you reappear You suddenly find you got nothin’ to fear Alone you stand with nobody near When a trembling distant voice unclear Startles your sleeping ear to hear That somebody thinks they really found you. Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The hand made blade, the child’s balloon, Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying. While one who sings with his tongue on fire Gargles in the rat race choir Bent out of shape from society’s pliers Cares not to come up any higher But rather get you down in the hole That he’s in But I mean no harm nor put fault On anyone that lives in a vault But it’s alright, Ma, if I can’t please him It’s life and life only.


Other personalities born today:

Iosif Brodskij, born 24 May 1940, Sun in Gemini and Moon in Capricorn, Russian American poet and essayist.

The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even — if you will — eccentricity. That is, something that can’t be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn’t be happy with. Something, in other words, that can’t be shared, like your own skin: not even by a minority. Evil is a sucker for solidity. It always goes for big numbers, for confident granite, for ideological purity, for drilled armies and balanced sheets. Its proclivity for such things has to do with its innate insecurity, but this realization, again, is of small comfort when Evil triumphs.

For darkness restores what light cannot repair. There we are married, blest, we make once more the two-backed beast and children are the fair excuse of what we’re naked for.