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    Mitra-Sauwelios
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    To ruminate.

    Post by Mitra-Sauwelios on Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:28 am

    While sitting in pitch darkness (or as dark a darkness as my tripped-through mind's eye will allow), listening to the Holosync "Dive" while high on cannabis indica, I remembered Nietzsche calls the Buddhist "the perfect Hornochs". LEO translates this as "blockhead, idiot" (compare Nietzsche's calling Jesus a Buddhist and an idiot in The Antichrist); my Dutch dictionary already comes closer to the literal German with its "stupid ox, ass [donkey]"; but literally, it means "horn-ox, horned ox". And yes, in an important sense I'm an ox, or a capricornus--in any case a Saturnian. If I don't bump into the same stone multiple times, as we Dutch say even asses do not, I repeat my not bumping into stones. For, as Nietzsche also says:

    "Humanity must live in cycles, sole form of duration." (Nachlass; dunno the exact source.)

    My German teacher, who also gave me Zarathustra, always emphasised the need for repetition--"rumination", as he (and Nietzsche!) called it. And indeed, in my first two years of German I got mostly three-minuses--the lowest grade (out of ten) he would give (and he gave up to a thirteen and a half, with bonus questions), but in my last two years I usually got around a nine (without the bonus questions, for which I didn't study). Then I graduated high school and discovered Nietzsche, which started a whole new kind of rumination, though still in German--in fact, far more so than before, when I had at least six other classes as well. But wait, I suddenly remember Nietzsche called the Stoic the perfect horn-ox--doh!


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    Re: To ruminate.

    Post by Zoot Allures on Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:16 pm

    ... but remember, saully...

    "for once i don't want to know too many things. wisdom sets limits to knowledge, too"- N

    and i thought you were a leo. what's this about being saturnian? as a capricorn myself, i can tell you that being ruled by saturn is not something to play with.

    perhaps you are ready for the power of Saturn... but first you must make a choice, saully.

    when Saturn ascends, choose one or ten. hang on or be humbled again...
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    Re: To ruminate.

    Post by Barracuda on Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:56 am

    "as a capricorn myself, i can tell you that being ruled by saturn is not something to play with. "




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