Stars scribble in our eyes the frosty sagas
The gleaming cantos of unvanquished space — Hull Crane
If you believe in stars (even if your belief is like a faint sensation), if you believe that the wanderers of the cosmos influence your destiny on Earth then it’s time to rejoice. The year 1985 Juts been termed by astrologers as opportune for women.
The New Year began on a happy note when I came to know of the findings of a Pakistani astrologer. He says women are going to make remarkable headway in 1985. The progress will be made in the realm of education; knowledge will expand. The chart he has calculated, indicates that on March 20, 1985, Mercury will enter the Heaven’s at 9:17 PM and thence of will be the ruling Planet.
Though I am not an astrology buff and wouldn’t know for certain which heavenly constellation the planets are in at a certain moment, profoundly influencing us earthlings, yet I find no harm in believing in things good and beautiful. There are times in your life when you have an impelling need for hope, for faith. Just as Vincent van Gogh once said: “I have…. a terrible need…. shall I say the word?…. of religion. Then I go out and paint the stars”.
And I don’t know why of all planets, Mercury is a good omen for women! I only know of the eight planets. Mercury is the closest to Sun — the life-giver. And Mercury is a small planet shining with a pale bluish light. And it has no moon. Oh yes. Its orbit is the most eccentric one: its deviation is greater than 20% while the norm is 7%! But eccentric or otherwise, three cheers for our fiery little, moonless Mercury!
So we can look forward to the New Year after all. Despite the setbacks we have to face in this land of ours — a literacy rate of 13%, for women; a spate of discriminatory legislation; a drastic cut in the budget for women’s development in the sixth 5-year plan. And yet we can still dream and hope for a better tomorrow. And every dream that doesn’t come true, gives us a new lease of struggle, a new ounce of strength.
The UN decade for women which comes to an end this year (1976-85) has proven to be a decade of awakening for women around the world. Women are better aware of their rights, better knowledgeable of their potential, better assured of their personhood, and better able to cope with the conflict, to fight the pain that has resulted from centuries of subjugation.
A grim past wouldn’t refrain us from dreaming the impossible dream of equal opportunity in education. Because education is the most effective channel for achieving equality between men and women and ensuring full participation of women in development.
And come to think of it, who came to facilitate our struggle? Who came to celebrate our dreams? Not the religious who claim religion to be the saviour of all souls, panacea of all evils. Neither the radicals who think science can do the trick. But the astrologers who read portents in the stars and are disavowed by both!