Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
What a joy to prepare another episode in our Carpe Diem journey along the Zodiac. I hadn't thought that this could be so inspiring to do and I have read wonderful haiku written by you all, my friends. As I 'travelled' along the last posts to comment I stumbled in to all your wonderful congrats for my wedding anniversary. There were even a few post especially written for me ... really your posts are all gifts to me and I hope that every episode of Carpe Diem is a gift to you all.
Today we share haiku on Virgo (The Maiden) our next stop on our Zodiac journey. As I started to prepare this episode the first thing I thought was that I would like to use another source of information than I did in the first five episodes of Carpe Diem's Zodiac journey. No astrology today but 'Maidens' out history. (Maybe a short astrology item at the end).
|St. Joan of Arc|
The first Maiden which came in mind was Joan of Arc (French: Jeanne d'Arc, IPA: [ʒan daʁk]; ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans" (French: La Pucelle d'Orléans), is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born a peasant girl in what is now eastern France. Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of "insubordination and heterodoxy", and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old.
guided by God's Hand
she leaded her French army -
burned a witch
burned a witch
guided by God's Hand
she became a Saint
|Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ|
Another Maiden was of course Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to religious tradition, Mary (Aramaic: Maryām; 1st century BC—early 1st century AD) was an Israelite Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee and the mother of Jesus. Among her many other names and titles are the Virgin Mary or Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and Saint Mary in Western churches, Theotokos in Orthodox Christianity, and Maryam, mother of Isa in Islam. She is identified in the New Testament[Mt 1:16,18-25][Lk 1:26-56][2:1-7] and in the Qur'an as the mother of Jesus through divine intervention. Christians hold her son Jesus to be Christ (i.e., the messiah) and God the Son Incarnate (see Trinitarian monotheism), whereas Muslims regard Jesus as the messiah and one of the most important prophets of God sent to mankind.
becoming Mother of God's Son -
a maiden conceives the Seed of God -
Mary, Mother of God
I am on a role with this one. Another (self proclaimed) Virgin you all know as Madonna (the singer). I don't know if she was a maiden when she became famous, but she has a wonderful song 'Like a Virgin' which I love to share here.
As I sought for this video I remembered that OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) once made a song about Joan of Arc. I couldn't help it, but I had to share that video also here.
|Virgo (The Maiden) August 24th - September 22th|
With a Mercury as the ruling planet, people born under this sign are quick thinking and observant. They define pure modesty; they can't bear to be taken care of, they prefer to take care of others.
People who were born in this period are as a rule generally successful in life. They have keen, good intellects, are very discriminating about those with whom they associate, and in all business matters they have good judgment, and are not easily imposed upon or deceived.
Virgos are usually fastidious about their personal appearance, have a great respect for rank and position, and are great supporters of the law and the law's decisions. They usually develop this skill to improve themselves and their surroundings as they place great pride in tangible achievements. These people may spend part of their lives heading off on detours and then suddenly emerge as someone with a remarkable sense of direction. They can adjust easily to change once they find a way of fitting the new situation into their routine.
They are inclined to become wrapped up in themselves and their own ideas, and often become selfish in the close pursuit of their aims.
In love they are the most difficult to understand, the very best and the very worst of men and women being born in this part of the year. To people born under this sign love is not dramatic, emotional, or sentimental. Love for them is devotion and will include love of family, friends, and those less fortunate than he or she. There is no pretense involved in how they act or what they say. Marriage is a major commitment; they value their union as both a love relationship and a working partnership. A warm relationship brings out the best in anyone born under this sign because basically they are kind, devoted and very loyal.
Disappointment, however, can harden them into a cynic and a skeptic. Virgos consequently become quite critical with themselves as well as with circumstances, due to the effect of such disappointments on a sensitive and discriminating nature.