I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why you must beat the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
~ Jessie Belle Rittenhouse
I’ve long believed that many poets and song writers tune in to and channel messages from the universe. I also believe words don’t teach. We learn from our own experiences. But someone’s words can cause us to reflect on our experiences and, if we’re ready, to see ourselves in a new light.
Desire is the starting point of everything
I chose Rittenhouse’s poem as a jumping off place for this post because it expresses a powerful truth, which is that thoughts turn to things. In other words, You get what you think about and ask for and expect from life. The concept of thoughts turning to things, or your thoughts become your reality, is not my own. Many, including Napoleon Hill, who published Think and Grow Rich (1st edition in 1937), Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Proctor, Norman Vincent Peale, and Abraham Hicks, have spoke and written about this. It’s the Law of Attraction.
In astrology, the Moon represents DESIRE and change, thought and communication are represented by Mercury, and Venus signifies how we ATTRACT what we desire; for example, a relationship or income. These planets generally signify short-term events of a day-to-day nature. But the day-to-day creates a foundation from which we expand into the world, and that’s where we take action and encounter limitations.
Longer-term developments are signified by Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars shows where and how actions are likely to occur, Jupiter signifies expansion, laws and morality; and Saturn represents limits and endings.
The Sun stands at the center of your personal universe; it’s the heart of your life.
So, what do you want in you life? Wealth, health, relationships, a new job, more fun? What is standing in your way? If you’re not sure about what you want, or you’re not getting what you want in your life, analysis of the planets in your birth chart may offer some insight so you can decide what to do next.
What the planets indicate about Jessie Belle Rittenhouse and what she wanted
Jessie Belle Rittenhouse was the daughter of a farmer. The nature of the home of origin and the father are indicated by the fourth house, which is a Gemini house with Mercury as its ruler. Curiosity and communication are Gemini strengths. Mercury is up in the Sagittarius tenth house, along with the Sun and Saturn. Mercury in Sagittarius has a thirst for knowledge. People with this placement are noted for having an “expansive” mind. The mother is represented by the tenth house. What can be assumed, based on the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius, is that both of Rittenhouse’s parents supported her life goals. The Sun in Sagittarius is a strong indicator of someone who is on a quest for knowledge and new experiences. They see opportunities where others see boundaries.
Rittenhouse was born in rural New York state in 1869. What are the chances that she would obtain higher education and break boundaries? Professional opportunities for women were rare in the late 1800s. Churches had developed missionary roles that women could fill. Some women worked in Settlement houses that aided immigrants and the underprivileged. Others worked as nurses. But most young women left school by the eighth grade. By 1900, when Rittenhouse was 31, gender boundaries were still very much in place. She defied the odds however and attended college with her aunts help and generosity.
The third house represents siblings and close relatives, such as cousins, aunts, and uncles. Jupiter, the Sun’s ruling planet, is located in the third house. Jupiter in Taurus often indicates financial good fortune and success with money. Many people with this placement amass fortunes and increase the odds of earning more by acquiring more education. It’s not surprising then to know that Rittenhouse’s aunt supported her through college.
After she graduated, Rittenhouse taught school until she moved to New York City, where she began her literary career. She helped found the Poetry Society of America, many of her friends and acquaintances were contemporary poets, and late in her life, she was a lecturer in poetry at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Thoughts turning to things
The Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius, representing an expansive worldview and INDEPENDENT THINKING (Mercury) that centers around (Sun) an INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE, are reinforced by DESIRE to be free to explore interests (Venus) and the EMOTIONAL ENERGY (Moon) to get ahead and achieve success in the world where strong friendships (AQUARIUS) are very helpful.
As far as I know, Rittenhouse did not have children. Her poetry was her creative achievement.
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