All the smart people are social distancing before they’re being ordered to, says The Atlantic. That’s because it’s an effective plague deterrent and well, to many people it’s a thrill. Nobody wants to say that as it’s crashingly insensitive to people whose job demands face-to-face contact or to those who count seclusion from society as a stress event.
But the situation – scary as it is – is secretly delighting some people. They’re trilling their apologies into the phone – “yes, no, I know, it’s terrible...” while browsing bathrobe options and calculating the yield, sorry, harvest on their micro-heirloom tomato plants. Would it be perhaps truly Uranus in Taurus to somehow make your own loo paper? From, I don’t know, activated chia seeds? Necessity is the Empress of Invention, and where there are threats, there are opportunities.
Actually, I have always had too much toilet paper. It’s a Mars in Virgo thing. One bout of running out over a weekend with a cyclone, a break-up and a hangover was enough. Not that I’d knife-fight in a supermarket for it but it’s an understandable syndrome.
Consciously or not, people remember that the biggest-ever pandemic, the Black Death, was so lethal because it arrived pre-sanitation.
No flushing loos, no toilet paper and people simply threw their buckets of excrement into the streets below. They bathed about once a year. To hit the hygiene section in the chemist and buy s**t loads of loo paper is an affirmation. Who cares if it is rational? Who wants to be morally tut-tutted at by the same people who bought us budget cuts for science, schools, hospitals, ecological imperatives and bush fire prevention?
What the Atlantic article and others like it are really saying is that public regard for politicians has sunk so low if one of them says ‘stay calm’ – many people don’t believe it. A contemporary politician’s “nothing to worry about” is a reverse indicator. It says ‘fire up 10,000 browser tabs starting from whether canned or dry chickpeas are more nutritious to ‘does Dyson make a portable generator?’
But Uranus in Taurus was always going to be more reclusive. The promise of Uranus in Aries has spluttered out. We didn’t get jet-propelled back packs. Brotopia is distinctly on the nose these days, and Silicon Valley over-valued unicorns are looking more like something future economics students will study and think is a textbook error. The gig economy is more feudalism than an exciting opportunity to create your own time frames.
Staying in to garden, read ancient classics, test for yourself whether orgasms raise your immunity, work in gray marle track pants – perhaps changing into a fluffier pair for dinner – and perfecting house witchery – it all is so Uranus in Taurus.
Naturally, it could go awry. You may start out aiming for a more organic and easeful lifestyle –
And then ease off the perfectionism by about day six –
So my theory is that Earth and Water signs will mind any bunkering imperative the least, Fire signs will resent the hell out of it and for Air signs, it will depend on the internet staying fast, stable and connected.
And, I posted this in the Daily Mystic + social media but again for reference, if nothing else, this could inspire some people to become insanely productive.
So, how are you going with it?
Image: Chuck Jones – Broomstick Bunny.