ARIES (March 21-April 19): “There is ecstasy in paying attention,” writes Anne Lamott, author of Aries. It’s still true for everyone, but it’s even more true for you, Aries. And this will be extra ultra especially true for you for the next 20 days. I hope you will devote yourself to celebrating and improving your perceptual abilities. I hope you will resolve to see and record everything as it is in the present, fresh and unprecedented moment, and not as it was in the past or will be in the future. For best results, banish any preconceptions that might interfere with your ability to notice what is raw and real. If you practice these noble arts with exhilarating diligence, you will be rewarded with influxes of ecstasy.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your guiding wisdom comes from the author of Taurus Annie Dillard. She writes, “I think it would be fine, proper, obedient and pure, to grab your one need and not let it go, limp away from it wherever it takes you. I suspect that Dillard’s approach will allow you to maintain a fair pace and make all the right moves over the next few weeks. If you agree with me, your first crucial step will be to identify the nature of your “only need”. Not two necessities. Just the most important.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Everything I want to be is normally crazy,” actor Marlon Brando said. Ouch! I have a different point of view. i would never want to be normally crazy because this state often tends to be gloomy, hopeless and miserable. My favorite goal is to be pretty abnormally insane: with exuberance, robustness, creativity without the toxic adjustments our society tells us to be necessary. I want to be happily mad in the sense of not being tyrannized by conventional wisdom. I want to be pro-actively mad in the sense of obeying my soul’s impulses rather than conforming to people’s expectations. I draw your attention to this, Gemini, because I think the coming weeks will be a fruitful time for you to be my kind of fool.
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): “It’s one thing to make a mistake, it’s another to bind to it,” advised author Irena Karafilly. Let’s make this one of your key truths in the coming weeks. Now is a good time to offer yourself forgiveness and to get past any wrong turns you have made. Here’s a second key truth, courtesy of composer Igor Stravinsky: “I have learned throughout my life as a composer primarily through my mistakes and researching false assumptions, and not through exposure to sources of wisdom and knowledge. Third Key Truth, from Sufi Professor Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan: “Do not worry about being disloyal to your pain by being joyful.
LEO (July 23-August 22): According to my analysis of astrological omens, the number of perfect moments you will experience over the next two weeks could break all of your previous records. And what do I mean by “perfect moments”? 1. Times when life brings you interesting events, new and unique feelings or thoughts. 2. Pivot points when you feel you are undergoing a fundamental change in attitude or a new way of understanding the world. 3. Jump out of your own mind and into the mind of an animal or another person in order to get a clear view of what their experience is like. 4. An absolute appreciation of yourself as you are right now.
VIRGIN (23 August-22 September): “There is a strong shadow where there is a lot of light”, wrote the author of the Virgin Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). It’s a good metaphor for you these days. Since I suspect that you are currently shining as brightly as possible, I urge you to be fully aware of the shadows you are casting. In other words, try to catch a glimpse of the unripe, unformed parts of your nature, which may be more easily seen than usual. Now, while you are relatively strong and vibrant, study the aspects of your inner world that may need to be improved, healed, and healed.
BALANCE (September 23-October 22): According to physicists, it is impossible for a human to suck water through a straw over 34 feet long. So please don’t even try to do it now or ever. If, however, you have a good reason to try sucking water out of a 33-foot straw, this would be a great time to do so. Your physical strength should be at its peak, as should your ability to complete amazing and Herculean tasks. How else could you direct your splendid abilities? What other ambitious feats could you achieve?
SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): Scorpio poet Ezra Pound had character flaws that bothered me. But he also had a quality that I admire: generosity in helping friends and colleagues. Among the writers whose work he enthusiastically championed and promoted included 20th century literary icons James Joyce, TS Eliot, Marianne Moore, Hilda Doolittle, William Butler Yeats, Ernest Hemingway, William Carlos Williams and Robert Frost. Pound edited their work, arranged for them to be published in periodicals and anthologies, put them in touch with patrons and publishers, and even gave them money and clothes. In keeping with astrological omens, I encourage you to be like Ezra Pound in the weeks to come. Go the extra mile to support and boost your allies. Help them do what they are good at. Doing so will be in your own best interest!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): Poet Tess Gallagher praises those moments “when desire has strengthened our bodies.” I want you to have an abundance of these moments over the next few weeks. And I think cultivating them will be a great healing strategy. So here is my advice: do whatever it takes to invoke and celebrate the strong desires that will strengthen your body. Tease them in a generous presence. Cherish them, respect them, and wield them with joyful passion.
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CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): “Living is so surprising that it leaves little time for anything else,” observed the poet Emil Dickinson. It’s the truth! Given how demanding it is to adapt to the challenges, distractions and non-stop opportunities of the daily rhythm, I am impressed that each of us is doing a job. According to my astrological analysis, you, Capricorns, are currently experiencing a great epidemic of this phenomenon. Getting the job done is probably even harder than usual, just because life continues to bring you interesting surprises that require your ingenuity and ingenuity. The good news is that these bursts of ingenuity and resourcefulness will come in handy when the hubbub subsides a bit and you start working again.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): August Strindberg (1849-1912), born in Aquarius, was a masterful and influential playwright. He also liked to indulge in painting and photography. His approach in these two areas was different from the polish he cultivated in his writing. “I am an amateur and I intend to remain so,” he testified of his approach to the visual arts. “I reject any form of professional skill or virtuosity.” For now, Aquarius, I recommend that you experiment with this latter attitude in your own realm. Your skill and seriousness will benefit from doses of playful innocence, even calculated naivety.
PISCES (February 19-March 20): Which of the zodiac signs has the deepest feelings? I say it’s you Pisces. You are connoisseurs of deep feelings, as well as specialists in mysterious feelings, multi-splendor, bordering on infinity. And right now, you are in the deepest feeling phase of your personal cycle. I won’t be surprised if you feel a little overwhelmed by the richness of it all. But above all it’s a good thing you should be grateful for: a privilege and a super power! Now here’s the advice from author Pearl Buck: “You can’t make yourself feel something you don’t feel, but you can force yourself to do well despite your feelings. “