I’d never heard of charity gifts as Christmas presents, but apparently there are such things. You give something to someone in Africa, and your present to Aunt Agnes is a card telling her that this is what you have done on her behalf. Presumably you have to find an original cause to give to, rather than something old hat like starving children, to make the present interesting. Actually I’m not that cynical about it.
The hypothetical example that the BBC website used was giving a goat to a tribesman in the Sudan. This was perfect for Jupiter’s (generosity) recent entry into Capricorn (goats).
Actually the main point they were making was about how to be polite when you open a present you don’t want, and that however hard you try, your first response will give you away.
Speaking of goats, they are a symbol for the devil. With Pluto entering Capricorn, maybe we will see a resurgence of Satanism. Maybe, at last, the anti-Christ will come.
The other day I went into an Ann Summers shop – this is a chain of sex shops that you find in the UK. I hadn’t been in one before, and I wanted to see what they had at the back, beyond all the lacy lingerie. Sure enough, it was full of vibrators, handcuffs, whips etc, which still slightly surprised me, as it was a high street chain store. What interested me, apart from all the paraphernalia, was that it was full of people, and none of them looked furtive – unlike if you’re looking at the porn mags on the top shelf at the newsagents, where no-one wants to be seen. They were acting like they were in any other shop. One middle-aged woman pulled down a large, dead-flesh coloured vibrator and showed it to her daughter, who must have been in her early twenties. “This one’s good,” she said knowledgeably. There was no exhibitionism or coyness around it, it was like she was showing her a can of baked beans, and no-one else took any notice. This was in Taunton, the heart of yokel country.
So it seems that sex and its taboo side (Pluto) is now normal (Capricorn).
Happy Christmas everyone!