I feel I need help here because, knowing myself as I do, I’m totally capable of vengeful acts as a result of perceived injustice and perhaps I need rescuing from myself in this situation. Perhaps I need to shoot the shit with you and get it out of my system safely. I have Mercury in Scorpio on the I.C. It makes no aspect to anything else but it is my chart ruler and I don’t know what to do with it sometimes.
I have a question that is about whether to communicate or not communicate.
I recently discovered that an ex-colleague of mine has claimed work as her own and declared this publicly. It’s a poem. The poem can’t actually be attributed to a single person, it is a folklore poem. It was presented in a work environment, with her saying she’d written it. She’s now left this place of work, but this thing is hung on the wall, which makes my hackles rise. Now, I know this is not on a level with someone claiming to have written Moby Dick or whatever but I will tell you the reason it has gripped my shit so much. I am not saying I am right for having my shit gripped, and I’m quite open to be told I need to make like a Pisces and let her experience her own karma or whatever, you get the picture. But I have this Mercury in Scorpio and I discovered this plagiarism around the Mars/Pluto conjunction. I am also a triple Libran. This is a potentially hazardous combination like oil on water.
This woman is an out and out bully, and was also, unfortunately, my boss. She created a culture of fear and intimidation and shame, not only with her staff but with clients. She’s creating similar waves in her new job, which I know about as my close friend works there. She ridiculed me publicly in front of clients and other staff on a couple of occasions. The environment has improved since she left. The only reason I didn’t blow my stack then is because I always knew she was leaving. We are all so happy now.
So why am I hell bent on getting my own back? I discovered the poem totally by accident on the internet (I was looking for songs and I came across this poem of hers). You know, hers, or some Cherokee chieftain on the plains back in 1816. The sheer mathematical impossibility of this is weird. Of course I shared this with my other colleagues and we all fell about laughing, which rapidly changed to snorting and crying and having to hold ourselves up and not looking at each other for the rest of the day in case we set it all off again. Another lie she has been caught out in. Why can’t I leave it there? Clients are increasing, all is good.
So Mystic, why have I kept the screenshot of the poem and why do I feel myself twitching to text it to her saying all innocently “Hey, how weird, I saw this on the internet today”. I am so fake to her out of self-protection when I see her, randomly, in the city. I am snarky as fuq though, usually over exaggerating how epic work is just to see her eyes go flinty. I know she is a full blown qi vamp. Something in me wants her to know I know.
Why, when shaming someone is bad and I know this, why do I fantasise about it? Is it just a fantasy? What would you do? Or in a broader and more long-term sense, how do I get over feeling the need to be a bit of a bastard right back? I want to fight all the wars. However, I would also like to get on with my knitting and whatever.
Love to you and the culture you are fostering online.
The Plutonically Afflicted One
Dear Plutonically Afflicted One,
This is a really interesting dilemma on a number of levels. Because you know, you are correct. Why NOT let her crap values, her current co-workers and the Cherokee spirits or whatever deal with her? But i can also see why this is grabbing you. Plagiarism infuriates the fuq out of me – usually when it is my work, but still.
In fact, i once spent a solid week obsessing over some ripped off material i found attributed to an extremely well-known author whom i admire. It was a text that i knew to be super-ancient and there it was, professing to be hers. I don’t know if your example being from someone you have no regard for anyway makes it easier or more difficult.
So I get it. I have Mercury in Aries and a loaded 8th house. But do you really want to send cortisol coursing through your lovely system over this? No. You have to do two things. First: sit down and write a not-to-be-sent letter to her, releasing how you feel about her management style, the petty injustices, all of the Everything. Then burn and release. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for your present happy workplace and colleagues. And for your ability to craft original work or at least, not be a content thief.
Then, it may be politically incorrect but i would turn on the Triple Libra with this and send a lovely, scented passive-aggressive note to her.
Say something along the lines of “Dear X, i was just thinking of you as (something flattering) and wondering how you are getting along at X-Corp. They are so fortunate to have you and your expertise. Oh and by the way, i saw (the poem) you put up/posted and while it is so beautiful and such a fabulous thought, i thought you might want to know that you did not attribute it correctly. It is actually by (Cherokee chief dude) and was written on the occasion of (you will have done your research.) Knowing what a stickler for detail you are, i asked everyone here at the office and they all agree that it is definitely the work of X….”
Or is Step Two not necessary? Should there just be a thorough workplace sage session and compulsory aura cleanse? Is it ME being too Plutonic? Thoughts?
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