Kim and Uranus in Wonderland
carpet sped along, I realized that the hair on the back of my neck
was standing on end. It made sense—traveling with the god of
electricity will do that to you. Strangely enough, however,
although my body was showing unmistakable symptoms of terror, my
mind was fascinated, and I wasn't at all worried. Okay, so I have an
Aquarian Moon. Is that why I felt comfy with being on a
"magic-motion" ride with a madman? Maybe—but it might
also have been the wonder of what I was seeing beneath my feet.
wasn't Kansas—or anywhere else I'd ever been.
flying over a distinctly surrealistic landscape that reminded me of
What Dreams May Come, that recent Robin Williams movie. The sky was
painted in vibrant Technicolor—and it may have been my
imagination, but I could swear I could taste and smell those colors.
For a split second, I wondered exactly what kind of wine I'd been
drinking back at the Café. Almost immediately, a huge field of
mushrooms appeared under us. I covered my mouth and giggled, and
glanced at the crazed sky-god at my side. He wasn't looking at
me—or that wild mushroom field my subconscious had conjured. He
was pointing over the horizon—a horizon that was pulsing and
seemed to be buzzing, too.
description includes "the future"—so was he about to
show me something that hadn't happened yet? Could be. As
unpredictable as he is, however, it could also be something that might
not ever happen—or something that was about to change. I ran down
the list of possibilities, trying to prepare myself—which, of
course, is out of the question with Uranus—as the carpet skidded
to a stop, just short of the edge of the horizon.
there, mid-air, and finally it hit me. Since Uranus was in Aquarius
at the moment, his favorite, most cerebral sign, I wasn't supposed
to be watching what was happening. Uranus transits are times when
sudden bursts of insight come along—if you're quick enough to
catch them. I closed my eyes and thought of where Uranus was in my
own chart at the moment. He was just a few degrees away from my
Aquarius Ascendant, the "front door" we open to the world.
Was it my appearance or personality that was about to change? And
why would this magic carpet ride be part of it?
spoke. "Make a wish," he said. "Don't think about it.
Just wish for what you want."
open my eyes. I wished for an appearance that would better reflect
my personality—which certainly had been rather unpredictable
he said. "But go a little deeper."
I wished for
total independence, for the ability to make my own schedule—and
maybe not to have a schedule at all. I wished for interesting and
unusual friends, and the gift of spontaneity.
good," he said. "Now do you realize that you've already
got all that?"
enlightenment. I "woke up" back at the Café on the
barstool next to Jupiter.
'do," he said, grinning. I fumbled for the small hand-mirror I
kept in my purse, took a look at myself, and couldn't believe what I
saw. My hair wasn't dark and straight any more. It was bright
red—Scully-red, you might say—and quite curly. I decided I liked
it—and I liked the way I felt, too. Different. Totally different.
And bold—as if the red on my head had set fire to my personality.
over at Jupiter, who sat with his chin on his hand, smiling at me.
"Have a good time, honey? You sure look great"
thanks. It was certainly "enlightening," Big Guy. So what's
out loud. "Jeez. Give the girl a taste of adventure, and she's
dying for more! Ain't you somethin', honey?"
him. "Thanks for giving me the guts to go—I would have missed
a wonderful trip."
problem, babe. I knew you'd be okay. And now the next time he shows
up, you won't be scared, right?" He lit another huge cigar, and
exhaled a cloud of smoke. "Still want to know what's
bet," I said. "But let's have a glass of wine first, shall
Besides, you might need it," he said, as Neptune appeared with
I was about
to ask him exactly what he meant by that when Mercury burst through
the door to the Café, cell-phone in hand. "It's for you,"
he said, then covered the mouthpiece of the phone and whispered,
"Just so you know—it's Saturn."