Okay so i don’t usually read Kennedy memoirs and even less so Addict memoirs and Symptoms of Withdrawal is both but fy.i. it is fantastic, hilariously written & insightful. The author grew up in this glamorous pisshead world where his father was a Rat Pack Hollywood idol of a certain era and his mother the sister of Jack Kennedy, who was to become president. Having been raised for a life of “world-saving” CKL instead descends into a Hunter S Thompson style epic drugs & booze mania from which he eventually emerges clean and a recovery activist/advocate.
How he pulled off his transformation is an incredible story – super Phoenix – and the anecdotes are insane; such as when he became a teenage confidante to Elizabeth Taylor during her umpteenth divorce and introduced her (unwittingly) to the “world of dating marginal men.”
CKL is an Aries but he doesn’t mention that – however he does mention Grand Trines and his belief that they help you get sex. I nearly choked on my nettle tea reading that. Yes i am at a retreat still. Nettle tea is my beverage of choice this week. Anywhere here is the passage about Grand Trines – he is talking about his druggie era a long time ago. But still.
The Whisky A Go-Go was a few blocks from my father’s house on Cory Avenue and I used to hang out there getting high, listening to the great bands of the seventies and trying to get girls to come home with me. Most nights all I got was good music and drunk enough to throw up in the parking lot but tonight was different. This was one of those nights where everything seemed to be going my way. One of those nights when ease and grace combine to make anything possible. This can happen when all you have in mind are the more base pleasures in life. It’s a waste of universal beneficence, but when it occurs the drugs are good and free and every girl in the joint is checking you out.
For those of us with two grand trines in our astrological charts, anything is possible – even twins. Bill Clinton has two grand trines in his chart and look what the universe gave him, Paula Jones notwithstanding. From the moment i walked into the Whiskey, they were on me. First with their eyes – then with more specific intent. We drank, danced and snorted, the three of us, inseparable until the obvious movement to a place more private could not wait a moment longer…
Yes, yes it reads like a Penthouse Forum letter from the olden days but hey the tryst turns out disastrously lol AND what about the Grand Trines reference? I wanted to read more of this thoughts on astrology but so far, nada. So he has no astro insights into how being a headstrong, narcissistic young Aries male in a family chock-a-block of Alpha men might have helped to shape his destiny but he pontificates on Grand Trines? This mystifies me.
So a trine is an aspect between two planets of 120 degrees and it is considered an easy, gracious and flowing aspects. The two planets (or Sun, Moon, whatever) are in harmony and usually of the same element. A Grand Trine is just three of these and they look like a big triangle on the birth chart.
So, for example, Mars in Capricorn trine Pluto in Virgo trine Venus in Taurus is a Grand Trine – right? And you presumably would be effortlessly having menage a trois with twins all the time. Leaving aside the question of whether or not this actually that desirable (CKL is a baby boomer Aries who came of age in the Hugh Hefner era) are Grand Trines really all that?
I don’t actually have any Grand Trines unless i throw in really obscure astro points (cheating) but can those of you blessed with Grand Trines please share your, um, success in these areas? Any other thoughts?