Is this all there is?
A playful riff on Pisces, excerpted from the Pisces chapter of my book Signs of the Zodiac: Clothing of the Self
The final sign in the cycle of the zodiac, Pisceans often find themselves asking ‘Is this all there is?’ and, depending on whether they’re feeling happy or sad at the time, they may find themselves answering their own question with, “If that’s all there is, then let’s keep dancing.” They may then, if they are that kind of fish, go onto the next line of the song, “Let’s bring out the booze, and have a ball.” They feel to the depths of their very soul ‘there’s got to be more to life than this’.
Channelling Pisces, let me continue. ‘Ah woe is me .. I must have been born under a bad sign. Shakespeare was right. Life really is just “a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury signifying nothing”. Pass me another drink please .. Suzuki Roshi said it even better: “Life is like setting sail on a boat we all know is someday going to sink”. What kind of God is running this show? God is dead! Long live God! One day I’m going to write a book and expose God for the sham he is .. Ah what the heck, better not get too serious now .. [laughs quietly to himself] .. Another drink please .. One for the road, just to help me make it through the night ..
“All of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”
– Oscar Wilde
Ah yes, ‘tis true, I do love to imbibe and wax lyrical. Wasn’t it Homer who said: “Wine can of the wits the wise beguile / Make the sages frolic and the serious smile ..” And what about Oscar, dear Oscar Wilde, what a tragedy, a terrible tragedy – no, not a tragedy, a crime, a shocking crime! .. I drink to you Oscar, even as I quote you, for you were a supreme talent [drink] and spoke the truth so eloquently, to wit: “You mustn’t mind that a poet is a drunk, rather that drunks are not always poets” .. and furthermore, and to the truth of which I whole-heartedly concur: “Work is [indeed] the curse of the drinking classes”. [Drink]
Better stop there or it could be a long session, but I’m sure you get the drift. Before doing so however, I simply must offer another take on the state of intoxication so beloved of Pisces. This is by the Indian mystic Ramakrishna, a Sun sign Aquarian with strong Piscean influence in his chart: “Taste God’s Love. A few sips of the precious wine of Love will thoroughly intoxicate you. Why leave the full glass untouched on the table while inquiring how the wine was produced or estimating how many gallons may exist in the intimate wine cellar? .. Do not become distracted by attempting to analyse Divine Mystery”