"Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air." - Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1
Oh I have loved me some Shakespeare in my life.
As an impressionable English student and burgeoning young poet, I knew that no other writer came so scintillatingly close to actual perfection. Not Homer, not Dante…not even Virgil. Without question, for me Shakespeare was the master.
So much so, in fact, that it took many years to fully understand the lyrical irony and wisdom of the trochaic tetrameter spoken by many of his supernatural characters. The dropped syllable, the reversed rhyme with emphasize on the second syllable and the dropped third syllable; all cleverly forcing a dramatic, suggestive pause… these things have become commonplace techniques in modern poetry. But, as with many things, Shakespeare did them first.
In Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1 the Weird Sisters actually reveal the totality of Macbeth's destiny and hint at its dastardly beginnings. Shakespeare, as you know, loved astrology. Clever man.
When history is willfully changed - the hovering hags chant out in their wispy, diabolical rhythm -- and lies are said to be true, so begins a terrible downfall into insanity, corrosive jealousy and human evil. It was true then and it is true now.
This week the very deep, psychological conflict of a friend or relative may become unexpectedly obvious. Areas of prime concern may involve ethical decisions, family dynamics or controversial power struggles in the workplace. Listen for the mistruths, listen for reversals…they will all likely point to the inevitable outcome or the 'destiny' of a very complex situation.
Oh and, if you happen to see three really ugly women floating near a boiling, fetid caldron….run. Don't ask questions, just run.
CancerFor December 12, 2013 (June 22-July 22)
Image: "A new bicycle, a patient father and a thick assembly manual"
Team accomplishments and new projects will now captivate the attention of key officials. Late this afternoon expect complex instructions, revised agendas or fast exchanges of information. Research, news, communication systems or technical services are accented. Stay alert.
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