My dears, I have had a dream.
It started with Inspector Lewis. My roommate and I were binge-watching the first series or three, and came to the episode “Dark Matter.” Among other things, it features forensic pathologist Laura Hobson playing clarinet in a university orchestra performance of Holst’s “The Planets.”
This percolated in the back of my mind, emerging as a pun: “If I ever got into hotel management, you can bet your bottom dollar there’d be a really dramatic room option called the Planets Suite.”
When Em responded “I want the Jupiter room!” it spawned all manner of thoughts. Mainly: what if, instead of a hotel suite, this were a house? Imagine a house featuring:
Mars, Bringer of War – Entryway / bathroom / bedroom closet – It’s where you suit up for the day and prepare to go out and take on the world. Hidden speakers blare forth the exhortation of drums and trumpets. Featuring red colors, iron hooks or handles or accents, and a coat of arms on the foyer wall. Be sure to get some coffee before you start a war.
Venus, Bringer of Peace – Kitchen / bedroom – Bringing peace can be done by foodstuffs…or by sleep et cetera. Copper accents, a Botticelli print or two, windowboxes of plants, maybe green paint or flowered wallpaper.
Mercury, the Winged Messenger – Living Room – Here, like quicksilver, we meet and we part. Here, we practice the counterpoint of the mind, and words fly about like birds. This is the place to sit and talk, read, or perhaps go online to read or write. There should be a lot of words or stories within arm’s reach. Mirrors, corresponding colors, and symmetry in the decoration would be appropriate; these echo the same-but-sundered nature of mercury.
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity – Dining room – For those of us without a throne room, the dining room is probably the next best place to sit in tranquility and resplendence (though a den or family room may also suit). Here may we sit and let our hearts be eased after the weary winter of our work. Let the room be well-lit, the chairs comfortable, and fear not if anyone happens to spill a bit of wine, for it is but the wound of King Pelles. Oak furniture, emblems of eagles or lions, ruddy walls or fabric are all appropriate here.
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age – Office / study / library – Traditionally, Saturn is associated with philosophy and other such weighty matters. Here you can also keep your tax returns filed, plan for retirement, and prepare your last will and testament. It’s the place for any globes, maps, and hourglasses. Lead-colored walls with a stripey accent.
Uranus, the Magician – Basement or garage workroom / Craft room – Astrologically, Uranus is associated with ingenuity, invention, and radical new ideas. So this is where some kind of magic is worked, be it ever so tangible in nature. Blue-gray walls.
Neptune, the Mystic – Garden / in-house chapel / attic – I don’t know where you keep your mystics and mysticism, but if you don’t have a handy tower, hermitage, or folly…I…guess the attic is the place? I don’t know, I’m picturing Trelawney and her room full of poufs and tea cups. Or, at the least, blue walls and wind-chimes hung out the window.