I was running late to class and hobbling still on my sore ankle. I’ll remember Mars turning retrograde at 4 degrees Aquarius (ruling zodiac sign of ankles) for a long time! As soon as I got to the top stair and turned the corner to the studio I saw it, a large white shopping bag with a big pink post-it to Ida…and a heart drawn with red markers. It was sitting on the chair in the hall by the door to The Sanctuary. I looked in the bag and saw a bunch of books with a piece of paper on top. There was no note or card or any clue at all as to the giver of this gift. I grabbed the bag and hobbled some more into the studio.
My curiosity was stoked! The bag held a delightful assortment of astrology books, most very old, but well kept and well read with pages dogeared and jacket covers marking pages. I already had a few of them but some I’d never seen before.
In addition to the books was a piece of paper with what might be a natal chart but there’s no name or birthday or birthplace or any personal data at all. It didn’t look like any other natal chart or chart form I’d ever seen before, and I’ve been seeing charts since 1970 something.
The other item in the bag was an aspectarian, and that item lit me up like a firecracker! But, that’s another story.
Students began to arrive and I put the books away holding aside Dane Rudyhar’s, An Astrological Mandala – 360 Symbolic Phases. I have a yellowed paperback held together with a rubber band at home. I can use this hardcover one for sure. Usefulness is important when you have Mars and Saturn in Virgo like I.
Another Solar Eclipse was due on Aug 11 at 19 degrees of Leo. I look up that degree in Rudyhar’s book thinking it would be a good reading for the class and might offer some timely discourse.
Class begins. It’s a struggle, at first, to pull my mind away from the mysterious gift. But, by the time we got to “OM”, we were all centered, grounded, and ready for our yoga practices.
After class, we chatted some and I remembered how I wanted to share the page on 19 degrees of Leo, Instead, I opened the book to the page that was marked with the book cover. I looked and it read Phase 279, 9 degrees Capricorn. An Angel Carrying a Harp. Stunned, I looked from the page to the beige nubby carpet up to the creamy tan wall and over to the small, Wm Reese, fully levered, maple lapharp perched on her stand in front of me.
After they left I considered what to do with the bag. I pulled out the piece of paper and the aspectarian, packed the books up, and left it at the studio.
Later that night, I looked at what I brought home, and it does appear like a natal chart of someone born in the 40’s or perhaps early 50’s. Sun in Sag, Moon in Taurus (?) the symbols here are unclear, Capricorn is rising. I can’t think of anyone offhand that has that astrological signature. But, Scorpio’s love mysteries. Sometimes.
Is this a gift from a peer, an admirer, or a stalker, or someone who has found me on the internet and chooses to remain anonymous for nefarious reasons, or what?
I am well acquainted to what an imaginative monkey-mind can do. Yet, the bag was left anonymously, on purpose?
Anyway, if you’re still reading this and you know who left it, would you please let me know.
Meanwhile, the solar eclipse has passed and we can now try to make sense of all this summer has revealed…….so far.