Saturday, 4 October 2008

Snail signs

Keith Bradnam the geneticist the Mystic foretells the week ahead* for you in the Molluskan Zodiac, which has its roots in the ancient belief ' that certain mollusks are watching over sailors and can influence their fate'. Among those molluscs is the barnacle, the inclusion of which has already yielded some discussion and — Coleridge scholars rejoice! — a lost verse from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which supports the unusual taxonomic arrangement.

Mind you, Coleridge also regarded slugs as poem-worthy harbingers of spring, so I'm not sure how reliable he was.
All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair –
The bees are stirring – birds are on the wing –
And WINTER slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring !
Work without Hope, 1825

And then there's the laudanum ...

*Because it's difficult to foretell the week that's just passed.

HT: The Other 95%


Denis Wilson said...

My, my , you Snail enthusiasts view the world differently from the rest of us who do not walk upon our bellies.
In Keith's Zodiac, I am a Mussel. I prefer being a Saggitarian. Why 10 signs? Do the tides work differently on the stars?
Hmmm - Interesting.

Snail said...

I think there's more than a touch of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' about that zodiac.

I'm a clam, apparently, and "... will never say a bad word about any other mollusk." Ha! He hasn't heard me on the subject of charopids.