Haphazard Observations of the Everyday

And a little fiction by Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal

Miguela Holt y Roybal
New Mexico, USA
March 10
Monarch of All She Surveys
Miguela Holt y Roybal is my maiden name en Espanol. I am a retired schoolteacher and aspiring author looking for crumbs of beauty among the ruins. My novel has been a work in progress for longer than I care to admit. It is a postmodern pastiche of magical realism and about a young woman from New Mexico who goes to work in Washington, DC during the 1980s. She has been a longtime witness to the secret rituals of the Penitente culture in her home state and learns about herself and redemption as she sallies forth on her quest for novelty and adventure. I claim fair useage of images found on the internet that illustrate some of my posts. All contents copyrighted by the author unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.


MARCH 9, 2012 8:28PM

Astrology and Me

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What I Am
          Who's Mar10?  Me.  I am a Mar10--a member of the little club I made up as a child when I noticed that my birthdate looked like the Spanish boy's name, Mario.  It is very exclusive because only those who are born on March 10th can be a part of it.  I have noticed a couple of Mar10s here at the Open Salon and so I also wish them a happy birthday. 
         This is a post just for fun because I do not believe in the supernatural at all; however, I am a seeker like everyone else and so naturally I explored my horoscope when I was young person eager for self-knowledge.  I first learned about the meaning of the stars from a dear lady who ran the art school I attended as a child in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Her name was Ruth Dexter Sellers and in addition to art, she introduced me to many lifelong interests such as vintage jewelry, the sonnets of William Shakespeare, the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, India, and astrology. 
          Mrs. Sellers was very old probably in her late eighties when I met her in 1964.  The little art school was in the basement of her house on Flower Avenue and the famous Domenican artist Mariano Eckert was our instructor.  On Saturday mornings, after our studio time and lessons about the old masters (and moderns), she invited me upstairs for tea served by her Cuban maid Maria Luisa. 
          My heart was beating hard the first time I went upstairs to meet her for tea.  Usually, I just dropped off the check for the lessons or sold her some Girl Scout cookies, but Mr. Eckert told me one morning that she wanted to talk to me.  I was afraid of her because she was so horribly old.  She dressed in black and sometimes wore a black lace cape around her dowager's hump.  Her hoary head was bowed forward and when she looked up at me with her shriveled eyes her bottom eyelids, red and sagging, were filled with tears.
Tea, Sympathy, and Poetry
           The parlor where she received visitors was crowded with the furniture from another age, dark stained and ornately carved.  The light filtered into the room through lace curtains but it was still hard to see into the more remote corners.  I could dimly see books on nearly every surface.  The fireplace mantel had a clock that curved gracefully and struck the hours with Westminster chimes.
          She fascinated me with her stories of being a struggling actress in New York and about the voyages around the world that she made with her sister, Caroline.  I began to look forward to our tea that she poured from a real silver service and didn't mind when she chided me for wanting two spoonsful of sugar in my cup.  I was a sad child at home and she knew it.
          "You are Pisces the fish," Mrs. Sellers told me.  "You are an old soul.  A dreamer."  She made me feel very special indeed and gave me an old book so I could learn more, a pale beige thing, that sat on my shelf for many years until someone stole it.  When she died, my father quit paying for the art lessons and I never went there again.  Mrs. Sellers left me a watch, an Asian silver bracelet, pottery and brass bookends of a Hindu goddess for small faded blue sets of books about foreign lands and English artists but most importantly she made me understand who I am and not just my zodiac sign--she made me into an artist, a reader, an appreciater of other cultures.  I still have the jewelry but the bookends were lost one by one and the books crumbled until they are now but distant memories.
Astrology and Me
 sun signs
           Linda Goodman's Sun Signs replaced the ancient volume that Mrs. Sellers gave me and it was a fun and modern interpretation of astrology that used quotes from one of my favorite books, Alice through the Looking Glass, for guidance.
          Years later, at Northern Illinois University, I saw a flyer for the Free University.  Looking back, I am not exactly sure what this organization was but I noticed that one of the subjects offered was astrology.  A New Mexican on scholarship, I knew absolutely no one so I went alone to the meeting that was held at a private home off campus.  The class was led by a husband and wife whose names I don't remember and they took the four students' dates and times of birth.  This was the first time I had a full horoscope cast.  I learned that I had a Virgo ascendent, the moon in Gemini and Venus in Pisces.  They proclaimed that I was a true Pisces.  I think it was the Venus in Pisces that nailed it.
          What brought my interest in astrology to a screeching halt is that all the others there had interesting charts with complicated configurations called trines and various stuff I don't remember and am too lazy to research.  My chart was evidently lack luster and so the instructors and other students pretty much ignored me the rest of the evening as well as the next meeting and so I quit the class.  It was hard to believe that those people would dismiss me because of a paper with interpretations.  What superstition!  I understand that now.
Famous Mar10s
          Still, when people reveal their signs to me, I try to see if they are like them.  Perhaps the traits are general enough that I would have to agree with what they say and if not, I attribute the differences to the placement of planets in the other houses of the Zodiac.
          I have always noted people who share my birthday, as I said, and consider them to be fellow Mar10s.  We make a very interesting group and I would like to point out some whom you may know. 
          There are numerous actors in our club such as:
Sharon Stone,
Shannon Tweed,
Chuck Norris,
Jasmine Guy,
Jon Hamm,
and Emily Osment.
gary owens
Laugh In announcer Gary Owens.
          Music seems to be a talent that we display:
Tom Sholz of Boston,
Carrie Underwood,
Neneh Cherry,
and Edie Brickell.
          There are royals among our numbers:  King Ferdinand II,
 Prince Ed
 Prince Edward.
          And a pioneer lady politician, Clare Booth Luce who in addition to being a U. S. Congresswoman was also a playwright, ambassador, and journalist.
           We also make dastardly villains:  Disgraced Speaker of the House Carl Albert, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin James Earle Ray,osama-bin-laden
and the infamous Osama Bin Laden!
           Happy birthday to all the Super Mar10s!

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What a delightful history you recount. Your life is full of colorful characters that have helped shape you into the awesome woman that you are!
Great post!! Happy birthday, gurrrllll.
Happy birthday. Look at all the pretty women--just like you.
Nice to take a visit with you to your mystical past in Silver Spring, Maryland. And beyond. Far beyond.
I saw `Sir Robert rated you . . .
I thought the Post must be You.
Happy Birthday to all humanity. Yea!
I know a veterinarian in Silver Spring, Md.

She's a Friend & a 'dog & cat city vet woman.
Linda B.
She castrates barn cats & help goat's breast.
Goats are irritated if the breast are enlarged.

Milk breast goat problems need professionals.
I hope you do tell your DC's GOP experiences.
I believe Nature do lures folk into dark abysses.

I am only popping-off a personal theory-a-Life.
My best lessons have been ref: Meet the Devils.
Folk become inner-dark-delusional. So Darken.

You two would fit in nice anywhere. Even Pluto.
I winder how many Moon Pluto has? A`Zillion?
Humans sure Enough need less Hubris. I agree.
Great photos . . .
Sir Bob do thee
'cut and paste' or
You do that skill?
Oh my! Osama bin Ladin too. What on earth does he have in common with Jasmine Guy and you? Iwas thrilled to learn that Bob Dylan and Queen Victoria shared my birthday, but I'm sure a bunch of creeps do too. Ms. Eckert sounds wonderful.
Happy Birthday, dear Miguela !
Happy Birthday from a fellow Pisces, although not (sadly) a Mar10. I do have a coworker who shares your birthday. We discovered recently that he looks exactly like Rick Santorum in high school. We printed out the yearbook photo and taped it to his office door with the subtitle "Luke's Evil Twin." I hope your day tomorrow, and your year, are filled with similar joy!
the good, the beautiful, the bad and the ugly ;)
you must be first two. happy birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mar10! Looks like you're in good company.
Hapy birthday my friend..
I knew Shannon Tweed in Ottawa and she sucked someone into opening her a bar called Shannon's.. She may share your astral route but you are so kind and nothing like that she devil hahahaha
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Congratulations on another orbit around the sun.
Very clever, Birthday Girl! ~r
I like the idea that you are an Old Soul. I feel that about you too. But what do I know? I like astrology. It is too ancient to just dismiss but it has to be taken with a grain of salt. I have found it helpful in relationships. Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your day. You have a lot of interesting people to share it with. :0)
Happy birthday, mommy dearest.
"Mrs. Sellers was very old when I first met her; probably in her late eighties. I was afraid of her because she was so horribly old." [Hope I've quoted you right; forgive me if I didn't. ;-)]

Well, Happy Birthday indeed, Mar10!! ... but you know Pisces is supposed to be a sign of Great Wisdom, and how can any of us know what Great Wisdom is without Aging? Me, I'm only a few years (3 or 4?) younger than your so frighteningly old Mrs. Sellers but hey, my mother was also a Pisces (though nine days earlier in the month than you) so let me assure you dear lovely young Mar10, you will doubtless outshine all of us as to knowing how to "grow old gracefully". ;-) Meanwhile, Many Many Happy Greetings to you today!!

P.S., Miguela, I am, yes, both very old and VERY frightening, but I'm lightening up right now by reading some more of your wonderful posts! So thank you for that!! [My Pisces mother always taught us kids that on our birthdays we should each of us prepare a gift for everyone else coming to the party so they wouldn't feel "left out". Now who but a Pisces would have thought of that?! ;-)]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY...From one old soul to another.
What a prestigious club to be a member.
I have always been fascinated by astrology and find it truly mystical how many times the basic characteristics really fit the person.
Have a magnificent birthday!
rated with love
I read my horoscope everyday but never went beyond into all that much detail. Fasinating! I love the mermaid sign for Pisces. Happy Birthday to youu. R
Miguela, a super Happy Birthday to you and I had no idea how many well known people share the day with you!

Great story about your experience with Astrology, too!!
Happy Birthday, Miguela! No one is going to ignore you here, that's for sure. My first cousin Mike was also born on this great day. I hope all of the Mar10 clan have a wonderful time celebrating.

Happy Birthday Miguela!
Happy Birthday Mario~~(I still love to say Miguela Holt y Roybal). I was born a Gemini on June 11, so I have Junii's. Not as cool as Mario's, but still.., Have a good one my friend~
happy b day! my mom was a pisces. so was my
first girlfriend. they were both into
serious astrological pride
of that sign.

positions of stellar & heavenly events
is but an indicator, a metaphorical device God has made
to REFLECT our human doings. NOT determine.
happy birthday Miguela :)
Happy birthday, Miguela. What an imagination! We all came back to earth with the picture of Osama Bin Laden. It is all coincidence, but it's fun to imagine.
This is obviously about so much more than astrology. I love the way you explain this imaginary idiosyncratic "club" of Mar10s in a way that makes it meaningful to everyone else, too. I remember when a friend of mine revealed that I was "a member, albeit unwittingly, of my Club Bohemio" which, Borges-like, existed only in her imagination...