You have been chosen.

Moon into Libra 12:35pm

Last night I watched Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and found myself wanting  deeper character and script development.  It was a good story but many things I was curious about were abandoned, never explored in the depth I hoped for. 

Raise the Red Lantern (above) still clocks in as my fave after years.  Visually rich, each scene framed to perfection – even the sounds of the lanterns being hung sticks with me. The women in the movie are emotionally rich, passionately breathing their solitary viewpoint into a tangled viper’s nest of multiple wives, jealousies, friendships and betrayals.

Each wife eagerly awaits the nightly lantern lighting and the loving attention it signals.  You have been chosen.  Food, wine and sex is forthcoming…
Is very Moon into Libra, yes…?
Emotional fluctuations between a house of wives, all revolving around choice.


I wanted to explore the concept of Laotong or bonded kindred sisters that Snow Flower described.  Chinese women, the Laotong or “Old-Sames” relationship was the most precious friendship bond. This was a more rare and formal relationship between women. A woman could only have one Laotong, and the bond was for life. (wiki)

Chinese astrological profiles of the girls were used for matching them, followed by the signing of a sealed legal contract.  Laotong often created a shorthand written language called Nu shu to communicate through written correspondence, a language only their sister could understand.   Fascinating !

I have Merc in Libra at MC and tons of Scorp energy, so secret signals and communiques are obviously way cool.  In fact, the sisters in Snow Flower wrote messages on the reverse folds of a fan.  Fans were once commonly held by fashionable women, and were an extension of body languageFlipping your fan closed meant irritation while fluttering was flirtatious.

Snow flower was married well due to her tiny lotus feet, a creepy Chinese tradition of foot binding that was at one time very attractive and desirable for the upper class Chinese.  I looked up the pictures and numbers – freaks me right out ! 

In the 19th century, some 40–50% of Chinese women had bound feet; for upper class women, the figure was almost 100%.   It is estimated that more than one billion Chinese women had their feet bound from the late 10th century to the mid-20th century.  Thankfully that torture was banned long ago, click on the link for more.

Horrifying – makes my Neptuner square Venus /Jupiter cringe !
Mars in Sag too – ugh !

Happy Libra Moon . . .