Today is the birthday of Triple (Sun, Moon, Venus) Sagittarius Joan Didion. An amazingly prolific writer, she was a New Journalism pioneer, fearless explorer of fragmented psyches and more recently a model for Celine, just a few years off her Uranus Return at age 84. In classic Sagittarius style, she drove a Corvette Stingray and flew to Honolulu in lieu of divorce. Her packing list (below) was kept permanently glued to the wardrobe door.
…her thoughts on self-respect seem super-Sagittarius, a reminder that the ethos of this sign is – at base – a quest for Truth & Autonomy.
“There is a common superstition that “self-respect” is a kind of charm against snakes, something that keeps those that have it locked in some unblighted Eden, out of strange beds, ambivalent conversations, and trouble in general.
It does not at all. It has nothing to do with the face of things, but concerns instead a separate peace, a private reconciliation.
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect.”
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