July 8, 2009
While visiting my family last Christmas, I managed to catch some spectacular land-and-sky-scapes while walking through a nature preserve near my house (yes, on the way to Starbucks, but still…). I’d always kind of disliked where I grew up, even after I’d moved away. To me, it was your stereotypical small-tow-where-nothing-ever-happens kind of place. I kept waiting for something to come and take me out of it, and when nothing did, I moved to New York (where I continued to wait for several years). Landscape-wise, it was all low, wet swampland. “Salinas” basically means “salt-marsh” in Spanish, and it felt like that to me, in every possible way: slow, stinky, damp, salty, stagnant… Definitely not the most stimulating place to grow up. But visiting last winter really brought me a new appreciate for the area and its moments of hidden beauty.
Of course, as it always goes, the place itself hadn’t actually changed much at all. But I had changed, immensely so, and it seems I’m still in the midst of those changes. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if they’re ever going to end, or even slow down a little… My horoscope says I am in the beginning of a “Uranus transits opposite Sun” which is apparently something that happens once every 84 years and will last until March 2011. And, lucky me, I get this right in the middle of my first Saturn Return as well!