9 March

I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.

Vita Sackville-West, born on 9 March 1892, English poet, Sun in Pisces, Moon in Cancer, Ascendant in Capricorn

All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held
Reality down fluttering to a bench.

“Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
When no one comes to disturb my inward peace,
When no one comes to take me away from myself
And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle,
A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection,
Being so contrived that it takes too long a time
To get myself back to myself when they have gone.”

If I had only loved your flesh
And careless damned your soul to Hell,
I might have laughed and loved afresh,
And loved as lightly and as well,
And little more to tell.


Amerigo Vespucci (12.3.4) Sun Pisces, Moon Gemini, Ascendant Cancer (Florence, Italy,  March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) Italian explorer and cartographer

Josef Mysliveček  (12.3) (Prague, March 9, 1737 – 4 February 1781) Czech composer

Taras Shevchenko (12.7) Ukrainian poet  ( Moryntsi, Kiev, March 9 [O.S. February 25] 1814 – March 10 1861)

Samuel Barber (12.11) American composer  (Pennsylvania, March 9, 1910 – January 23, 1981)

Ornette Coleman (12.4) American musician (Texas March 9, 1930)

Yuri Gagarin (12.9.11) Soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space  (Klushino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union March 9, 1934 – 27 March 1968)

John Cale (12.9) Welsh musician (The Velvet Underground) (Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales March 9, 1942)

Ornella Muti (12.7.6) Italian actress (Rome March 9, 1955)

Juliette Binoche (12.10.4) French actress.  (Paris March 9,1964)

Stefie Shock (12.8) Canadian singer and songwriter (Montreal March 9, 1969)

Shannon Leto (Louisiana,  March 9, 1970) American drummer and actor (30 Seconds to Mars)

Umberto Saba, 1883, Italian poet.

Haniel Long, 1888, American poet “All poets and story tellers alive today make a single brotherhood; they are engaged in a single work, picturing our human life. Whoever pictures life as he sees it, reassembles in his own way the details of existence which affect him deeply, and so creates a spiritual world of his own.”

Mickey Spillane, (9 March 1918 –17 July 2006), American author of crime novels.

Keri Hulme, 1947, author, New Zealand.

Henri Cazalis, 1840, French poet, Danse macabre.

Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking a tomb with his heel,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin.
The winter wind blows, and the night is dark;
Moans are heard in the linden trees.
White skeletons pass through the gloom,
Running and leaping in their shrouds.
Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking,
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers.
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights.
Zig zig, zig, Death continues
The unending scraping on his instrument.
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked.
Her partner grasps her amorously.
The lady, it’s said, is a marchioness or baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright.
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him,
Like the rustic was a baron.
Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles.
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The king dancing among the peasants.
But hist! All of a sudden, they leave the dance,
They push forward, they fly; the cock has crowed.
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!


ACIM:  68. Love holds no grievances.

Roman: Liberalia, held two days after the full moon, the festival of Liber Pater (Bacchus) and his consort Libera, celebrating the maturation of young boys to manhood.

Saints: Saint Frances of Rome, religious – Optional Memorial. Catherine of Bologna, Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, Gregory of Nyssa, Pacian

Gospel of Thomas: (60) <They saw> a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to Judea. He said to his disciples, “That man is round about the lamb.” They said to him, “So that he may kill it and eat it.” He said to them, “While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a corpse.” They said to him, “He cannot do so otherwise.” He said to them, “You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be eaten.”

Concise Epitome: 7.7 This latter option was still regarded as cretin and devoid of any sense. Rather than implementing it, most Handorians were ready to let go of the Game of the Sacred Cone and either return to their traditional games or devise something else. Yet a minority were extremely devoted to the Sacred Cone and would do whatever in order to preserve the Game. (Quest’ultima era considerate cretina e priva di senso. Piuttosto che attualizzarla la maggior parte degli handoriani era disposta a lasciar perdere il Gioco e a ritornare ad attività più tradizionali. Tuttavia una minoranza era estremamente devota al Gioco ed era pronta a tutto pur di preservarlo).