When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Resourceful

Scarlett O'Hara's curtain dress. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas is seeking donations to restore this costume and four others worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.

I’ve been scouring the news headlines daily for evidence of the cardinal T-square manifesting in real life. Goddess knows, there’s plenty to be found: floods in Pakistan, mudslides in China, a broken glacier in Greenland, and record heat and fires in Russia, compounded by the threat of radioactive smoke.

As if that’s not enough, Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses are on the brink of ruin. In tatters. So worn and fragile that they’re not fit to be seen in public. The Harry Ransom Center, owner of the collection, is trying to raise $30,000 to restore the dresses in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind in 2014.

There you have it, folks. It’s what happens when Venus (feminine beauty) conjoins Saturn (durability) opposite Jupiter (tradition, opulence, and the biggest anything), square Pluto (regeneration). We’d like to restore these dresses, but gee, where are we going to get the money? Uranus and Jupiter retrograde in Pisces ought to come in very handy for that, Pisces being the sign of the past and the collective unconscious.

Sarcasm aside, there’s some wonderful symbolism in this story. First, let’s take the character of Scarlett O’Hara, one of the most despicable heroines ever to come out of Hollywood. She is selfish, self-serving, spoiled, and vain. She steals other women’s husbands. And yet, we root for her. Despite her many flaws, we admire her iron will to survive when the world is collapsing around her and others lack the strength to carry on.

The curtain dress perfectly symbolizes Scarlett’s dual resourcefulness and deviousness. Faced with losing the family plantation unless she can come up with the cash to pay an enormous property tax, she resorts to her feminine wiles to land a man with money. Alas, she has nothing to wear!  Without a shred of sentiment, she tears down her dear, departed mother’s curtains and orders Mammy, her slave nursemaid from birth, to make her a dress. Her plot works, and her property is saved, at least for the time being.

Scarlett O’Hara and her curtain dress may turn out to be our inspiration as the global economy continues to languish under the T-square and society as we know it changes forever. Those of us with Scarlett’s pragmatism and resourcefulness will have a leg up. Those who don’t know they have it may discover it.

Unbearable stress can push us to grow in ways we never anticipated.

Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

P. S. Just for the heck of it, I looked up the birth data for Vivien Leigh, the actress who played Scarlett. Ironically, she has a cardinal T-square in her natal chart with Venus in Libra at the apex. Noted for her exceptional beauty, she considered it an impediment to being taken seriously in her profession.

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One thought on “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Resourceful

  1. kinja

    Pat,
    I read your blog religiously, however this one – I feel – particularly deserves a comment. I had goose bumps by the end of the post. I also have been following the news to see how the T-square is playing out globally, and though it’s all pretty obvious I was looking forward to hear YOUR summary of things.
    Also the news is so filtered that, for example, I only heard of the broken glaciers from Greenland through hearsay, not actually seen footage of it on the news. I did see footage however of floods in Pakistan and fires in Russia which -to me- are both manifestations of global warming at play.

    Anyway the information regarding Scarlett O’Hara’s dress is also very interesting and I would not have heard about this unless I red your blog. The astrological analysis is so interesting: I have had to think outside the box myself to find work and had to embrace my feminine side and realize the opportunities I was overlooking – retail! I’ll let you know where I end up, right now I only have interviews. ;)

    On another note, I just saw two post-apocaliptic movies 1) The book of Eli and 2) The Road. The second one I would not advise anyone to see alone, it is the most intense movie I’ve seen… ever I think. If you see any of these let me know what you think because they made me think of two astrological ideas: a) Nostradamus’ idea of “the three fates” that humanity will move towards depending on our choices. And b) I wondered what the age of Capricorn would be like, perhaps a destroyed world with very few people rising to the top of the mountain of human life on earth, by being the few to survive difficult conditions on earth…
    Thank you for your wonderful blog, and don’t worry about answering my strange comments above, if you don’t have time for it. I just thought I would like to know what you think about those ideas if/when you see that movie. Or if you had already thought about the Nostradamus predictions regarding the three fates, he had many hidden astrological signs embedded in his drawings.

    Take care,

    Kinja

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