Rick Mercer (October 17, 1969)
We all wonder why someone takes the ‘road less traveled’. I bought this book (for my birthday) to see if it would give me a clue or two about Rick Mercer. Did it? In spades, people, in spades (and with humour).
On this day, as the story unfolded, one after another of the characters mentioned emerged from behind the colourful curtain. Some of them danced a jig, one did a handstand, one shook his fist and bared his teeth. In due time we met our hero Jack, his greedy mother, a brave princess, a benevolent king, a band of pirates, an insane horse and one hell of a devious cat.
I was hypnotized. This was better than anything I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe these actors could make a story like this come to life. It was also the funniest thing I had ever seen. And the scariest thing too. Uncle Val made us fall over laughing and then jump out of our skin with fright. And who were these actors? If this was what it meant to be a hippie in a van, sign me up. The hell with being a firefighter, a nurse, a doctor or an astronaut. I wanted to live in a van with a bunch of people with long hair and travel around the Avalon Peninsula.
I thought my head would explode and my heart would burst. I didn’t know what it was I was experiencing but I knew I wanted more. Is this how Tommy felt about trains? That explained a lot. Transfixed, I heard myself whisper, “That should be me up there.”Talking to Canadians (page 22)
He was just eight years old.
I was initially suspicious of this birth time that only a couple of astrology sites had for him. It seemed that they were going for sunrise. But the rating was given as “A” – from memory. OK. I’ll go with that and see what pops out at me, especially for the age of 8, when he got turned on to his life’s career.
See that North Node @ 19° Pisces 17′? That’s the marker for age 8. Can you bloody believe it? I can.
There are two inconjuncts.
Mercury Inconjunct Saturn
This aspect can have several different meanings. First of all, you may have hidden fears that are difficult to express, but they cause you to do things that others can’t understand. These may include fear of the dark or of certain places or people. Or this aspect can mean that you often feel depressed and sad for no apparent reason. You tend to see the serious side of life, and it weighs on you more than on most people.
On the plus side, this aspect can make you a very careful thinker. You may not attempt anything beyond your capabilities as you see them, but whatever you do attempt will be done very well. You are a neat and careful thinker.
Saturn Inconjunct Uranus
This aspect indicates a serious tension in your life between freedom and restriction. Many people have this conflict, but in your case the tensions may be so severe that you express them physically as muscle tension and possibly nervousness. You feel that somehow you must keep everything in your life under tight control, that if you let go, the whole structure will fall apart. In a very real and direct sense, even while you are young, you must learn to relax.
On the positive side, if you can learn to live with this tension a bit and express your feelings and emotions before they reach the breaking point, you can be extremely patient and persistent. You will be able to accomplish many tasks that others would give up on, if you do not hold in all your feelings and desires for freedom.
Want an Example or Two?
Is He Still One of the Hippies in a Van?
No, not anymore. But you knew that already, didn’t you?
Read the book: you’ll have at least a laugh or two on every page, but probably much, much more.