ARIES: March 21 – April 19: The poet Joshua Jennifer Espinoza writes: “I name my body the girl of my dreams / I name my body proximity / I name my body full of hope despite everything”. I like his idea that we can give our bodies funny names, titles and descriptors. In accordance with current astrological omens, I suggest you do just that. It’s time to take your relationship with your beautiful organism to the next level. What if you called it “Exciting Love River” or “Perfectly Imperfect Thrill” or “Amazing Maze”? Have fun imagining other possibilities!
TAURUS: April 20 – May 20: The English language, my mother tongue, does not assign gender to its names. But many languages do. In Spanish, the word for “bridge” is stink, which is masculine. In German, “bridge” is Brücke, which is feminine. A blogger named Tickettome explains that this is why Spanish speakers can describe a bridge as solid or sturdy, while German speakers describe it as sleek or beautiful. I encourage you to meditate on the bridges which have the full range of qualities, including Spanish and German notions. In the coming weeks, it will be wise to build new metaphorical bridges, fix broken bridges, and put out fires on all burning bridges.
GEMINI: May 21 – June 20: The Académie Française is an organization dedicated to preserving the purity and integrity of the French language. One of its permanent missions is to resist the casual incorporation of English words, which the younger generation of French people are inclined to do. Among the anglicisms which do not have the accreditation of the Academy: podcast, clickbait, chick-lit, deadline, hashtag, marketing, timelapse, and showrunner. The ban doesn’t prevent anyone from using the words, of course, but simply avoids giving them official recognition. I appreciate the Academy’s noble intentions, but I view its crusade as a losing battle with minimal impact. In the coming weeks, I advise you to refrain from behaviors that resemble those of the Academy. Resist the temptation of chimerical idealism. Be realistic and pragmatic. You Gemini people often thrive in environments that welcome idiosyncrasies, improvisation, informality, and experimentation, especially now.
CANCER: June 21 – July 22: Cancer author Vladimir Mayakovsky wrote a poem about how one morning he went half mad and conversed with the sun. At first, he called the supreme radiance a “lazy clown”, complaining that he floated in the sky for hours on end while he, Mayakovsky, diligently worked at his daily job painting posters. Then he dared the sun to go down and have tea with him, which, to his astonishment, the sun did. The poet was restless and worried – what if the close approach of the brilliant deity proved dangerous? But the visitor turned out to be sympathetic. They had a pleasant dialogue, and in the end the sun promised to provide further inspiration for Mayakovsky’s future poetry. I invite you to try something so lyrical and daring, dear Cancer.
LION: July 23 – August 22: A blogger named Bunny-Gal writes: “I almost completely forgot who I was there for a while. But then I dug a hole and felt the fresh earth and now I remember everything and I’m fine. I recommend that you follow his example, Leo, even if you haven’t totally lost touch with your essence. Communicate with Mother Earth in the most direct and graphic way to remind yourself of everything you need to remember: the wisdom you have lost track of and secrets you have hidden too well and the pressing intuitions that simmer. just below the surface of your consciousness.
VIRGIN: August 23 – September 22: I cannot understand the self-help gurus who advise us to live relentlessly in the present moment – to let go of all awareness of the past and the future and focus on the eternal NOW. I mean, I appreciate the value of doing such an exercise occasionally for a few moments. I’ve tried it, and it’s often rejuvenating. But it can also be downright foolish not to think about yesterday and tomorrow. We need to assess how the circumstances will evolve, based on our past experience and our future projections. It can be a stifling and exhausting act of trying to strip ourselves of the rich history in which we are still steeped. Either way, Virgo, I advise you to be fully aware of your past and your future in the days to come. To do this, you will improve your intelligence and soul in the right way to make good decisions.
BALANCE: September 23 – October 22: Psychotherapist and author Clarissa Pinkola Estés poetically refers to the source of our creativity as “the river under the river”. It is the deep primal energy that “nourishes everything we make” – our “writing, painting, thinking, healing, doing, cooking, talking, smiling”. This river below the river does not belong to any of us – it is potentially accessible to all – but, if properly harnessed, it works in a very personal way, fueling our unique talents. I bring this to your attention, Libra, for you are about to gain abundant new access to the power of the river below the river.
SCORPIO: October 23 – November 21: In formulating personal goals, Scorpio author Brené Brown urges us to focus on growth rather than perfection. Trying to improve is a healthier goal than striving for flawless mastery. Bonus benefit: This practical approach makes us much less susceptible to shame. We’re not as likely to feel like a failure or to give up on our plans prematurely. I warmly endorse this strategy for you right now, Scorpio.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22 – December 21: In a letter to Jean Paul Sartre, author Simone de Beauvoir described how she faced a lot of difficult memories: “I saw him street by street, hour by hour, with the mission of neutralizing him, and transforming him. into a harmless past that I can keep in my heart without denying or suffering it. “I LOVE this approach! It’s full of emotional intelligence. I recommend it to you now, because it is high time to argue and arguing with parts of your life story that need to be alchemically transformed and redeemed by your love and wisdom.
CAPRICORN: December 22 – January 19: In one of his poems, Kenneth Rexroth, born in Capricorn, complains of having “a twisted guide in the twisted path of love”. But in my opinion, a crooked guide is the best type. It is not wise to enlist the services of an accomplice in love who is always looking for the easiest and straightest path, or who imagines that intimacy can be nourished by easy and obvious solutions. To cultivate the most interesting intimacy, we need influences that appreciate nuance and complexity – which thrive by navigating tricky puzzles and unpredictable answers. The next eight weeks will be a great time for you Capricorns to heed this advice.
AQUARIUS: January 20 – February 18: Aquarius singer Etta James (1938-2012) won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame. She testified, “Most of the songs I sing have that bluesy feeling. They have that sad feeling. And I don’t know what I’m sorry about.” Wow! I am surprised to hear this. Most singers draw on their personal life experience to infuse their singing with authentic emotion. In any case, I urge you to do the opposite of Etta James in the weeks to come. It is important for the future of your healing that you identify exactly what you are sorry about.
PISCES: February 19 – March 20: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn,” writes Piscean self-help author John C. Maxwell. His statement is useful, but it has a problematic implication. This suggests that you can win or learn, but not both – that the only time you learn is when you lose. I do not agree with this presumption. In fact, I think you are now in a phase where it is possible and even probable for you to both win and learn.
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