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Aries 18: An empty hammock

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c o m m o d it y , mo d e st , m o de l , m o d e r a t e , me d i c i n e , m o d e r n , m e t e (t o a l l o t o r m e a s u re ) a n d m e e t ( fi t t i n g a n d p r o p e r ) . A h a m m o c k i s a h a n g i n g , e a s i l y sw u n g l e n g t h o f c a n v a s o r h e a v y n e t t i n g s us p e n d e d b e t we e n t w o t re e s o r o t he r s u p p o rt s a n d u s e d a s a s e a t o r b e d . 2 T h e w o r d d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e S p a n i s h ha m a c a a n d h a s n o I n d o - E u r o p e a n r o o t . A s e c o n d d e f i n i t i o n i s a s a v a ri a n t o f h u m m o ck , namely a tract of forested land that rises above an adjacent marsh in t h e s o u t he r n U n i t e d S t a t e s. 3 T H E M E S : I n p a r t i cu l a r , w e c a n e a s i l y i m a g i n e a n i n d i v i d u a l h a v i n g l e d a n i m m o d e st , im m o d e r a t e , o r e v e n sw i n g i n g li f e s t y le , p e r h a p s i n v o l vi n g a l o t o f h a n gi n g ou t i n a n u r b a n c e n t e r . P e r h a p s i t i s a f a s h i o n mo d e l o r a c o m m o d i t ie s t ra d e r o r b o t h w ho s e e k s a r e t r e a t a n d r e sp i t e f r o m t h a t hi g h l i fe a n d f i n d s i t i n a f o re s t e d a re a i n t h e r u r a l S o u t h. O n ce t h e r e , h e o r s h e e x c h a n g e s t h e e x ce s s e s a n d t r a p p i n g s o f m o d e r n it y f o r m e d i t a t io n , h o li s t i c m e d i c a l t r e a t m e n t , n a t u ra l r e m e d ie s , a n d r e l a x a t i on i n a ha m mo c k n e a r a h u mm o ck . H e o r s h e g i v e s up t h e d i e t o f m e a t a n d m e e t in g s f o r t h e l i fe s t y l e t ha t i s b o t h m e t e d a n d m e e t . P e r h a p s he o r s h e e v e n m e e t s s o m e on e sp e ci a l. T h e re i s a s t o r y he r e t h a t a l m os t w r i t e s i t s e l f a s t o r y a b ou t s o m e o n e w h o r i g h t s h i m - o r h e r se lf .

1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 52 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dicti onary/entry/hammock 3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry?id=H0322600 Starling Hunter 2011 1