confronting sublime beauty

Week beginning December 29
Copyright 2011 by Rob Brezsny

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In Botticelli’s painting The Birth of
the goddess of beauty and love is shown arriving on dry land for
the first time after having been born in the ocean. Naked, she is trying to
cover her private parts with her hand and thigh-length hair. Her
attendant, a fully clothed nymph, is bringing a cloak to cover her up.
Analyzing this scene, art critic Sister Wendy suggests it’s actually quite
sad. It symbolizes the fact that since we humans can’t bear the
confrontation with sublime beauty, we must always keep it partly hidden.
Your assignment in the coming year, Capricorn, is to overcome this
inhibition. I invite you to retrain yourself so that you can thrive in the
presence of intense, amazing, and transformative beauty.


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