A Last Look!

Does a book ever find you? Have you walked into a bookstore and had a book drop down right in front of you? Have you found books while traveling or in friend’s bookshelves that end up exact matches for what you were thinking or feeling at the time?
While down in Moab Utah this month I found Terry Tempest Williams’ book, Refuge in the window sill of my sister’s house. This book found me. I had read it years ago, but thought it a good idea to read it again.
From my astrological calculations TTW wrote Refuge during her own Saturn Return in Scorpio. The book was about the flooding of the Bear River Bird Refuge simultaneous to her mother’s struggle with cancer. I couldn’t help thinking of Saturn in Scorpio all throughout my reading of her book. Saturn entered Scorpio for all of us on October 6, 2012. In December 2014 it switched signs and entered Sagittarius, but will have one final foray/retrograde into Scorpio now until September 18th.
Williams put her struggle on paper, linking her story to the world so that we could relate. She spoke about grief, rage, and what seemed unfair in her life. But she also spoke about her family, friends, ancestors, and everyday happenings that kept her searching for meaning in her turbulent world. Saturn asks us to come home to our bones while Scorpio acts as a deepening agent. Williams spoke of it as bedrock. This is the place where the mundane world IS the most beautiful of all. There is no artifice here. Authenticity is implicit. Fear is gone. It is a kind of coming home to some deep, real place inside.
Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner—what is it?
if not intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with winds of homecoming.
                                                --Rainer Maria Rilke
What would you pare down to make more room for authentic living?
What role does nature play in your life?
What in your life do you recognize as bedrock?
Are there any fences that need to be mended?
What role does constructive boundary making play?
What needs to be transformed NOW, not tomorrow?