Rob Brezsny's Weekly Horoscope
- FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning February 2
Copyright 2012 by Rob Brezsny
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you go to California's Yosemite National
Park this month, you might get the chance to witness a reddish gold
waterfall. Here's how: At sunset, gaze up at the sheer east face of the
rock formation known as El Capitan. There you will see what seems to be
a vertical river of fire, also known as Horsetail Fall. I nominate this marvel
to be your inspirational symbol for the coming weeks. According to my
reading of the astrological omens, you will have the power to blend fire
and water in novel ways. I encourage you to look at the photo here --
http://bit.ly/fluidicfire -- and imprint the image on your mind's eye. It will
help unleash the subconscious forces you'll need to pull off your own
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): After singer Amy Winehouse died, actor
Russell Brand asked the public and media to scale back their derisive
opinions about her struggle with intoxicants. Addiction isn't a romantic
affectation or glamorous self-indulgence that people are too lazy to
overcome, he said. It's a disease. Would you mock a schizophrenic for his
"stupid" propensity for hearing voices? Would you ridicule a victim of
multiple sclerosis for not being vigorous? I'm of the opinion that all of us
have at least one addiction, although it may not be as disabling as
Winehouse's weakness for liquor and narcotics. What's yours, Pisces?
Porn? Sugar? Internet? Bad relationships? The coming weeks would be a
very good time to seek help in healing it.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sad but true: A lot of people seem to be
perpetually in a state of wanting what they don't have and not wanting
what they actually do have. I'm begging you not to be like that in the
coming weeks, Aries. Please? I'll tell you why: More than I've seen in a
long time, you will have everything going for you if you want precisely
what you do have -- and are not full of longing for what's unavailable. Do
you think you can you manage that brilliant trick? If so, you will be
amazed by the sublimity of the peace that will settle over you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Of all the signs of the zodiac, Tauruses are
the least likely to be arrogant. Sadly, in a related development, they're
also among the most likely to have low self-esteem. But your tribe now
has an excellent opportunity to address the latter problem. Current
cosmic rhythms are inviting you rather loudly and dramatically to boost
your confidence, even at the risk of you careening into the forbidden
realm of arrogance. That's why I recommend Taurus musician Trent
Reznor as your role model. He has no problem summoning feelings of self-
worth. As evidence, here's what he confessed when asked about whether
he frequents music social networks: "I don't care what my friends are
listening to. Because I'm cooler than they are."
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "If Mark Twain had had Twitter," says humorist
Andy Borowitz, "he would have been amazing at it. But he probably
wouldn't have gotten around to writing Huckleberry Finn." I think you're
facing a comparable choice, Gemini. You can either get a lot of little
things done that will serve your short-term aims, or else you can at least
partially withdraw from the day-to-day give-and-take so as to devote
yourself with more focus to a long-range goal. I'm not here to tell you
which way to go; I just want to make sure you know the nature of the
decision before you.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): You now have a special talent for helping your
allies tap into their dormant potentials and latent energy. If you choose to
use it, you will also have a knack for snapping lost sheep and fallen angels
out of their wasteful trances. There's a third kind of magic you have in
abundance right now, Cancerian, and that's the ability to coax concealed
truths out of their hiding places. Personally, I'm hopeful that you will make
lavish use of these gifts. I should mention, however, that some people
may resist you. The transformations you could conceivably set in motion
with your superpowers might seem alarming to them. So I suggest that
you hang out as much as possible with change-lovers who like the strong
medicine you have to offer.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "Publishing a volume of poetry is like dropping a
rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo," said author
Don Marquis, speaking from experience. Something you're considering,
Leo, may seem to fit that description, too. It's a project or action or gift
that you'd feel good about offering, but you also wonder whether it will
generate the same buzz as that rose petal floating down into the Grand
Canyon. Here's what I think: To the degree that you shed your
attachment to making an impact, you will make the exact impact that
matters most. Give yourself without any expectations.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Comedian Louis CK told a story about his
young daughter. She had a fever, and he gave her some Tylenol that was
bubble gum flavored. "Ewwww!" she complained. Louis was exasperated.
"You can't say 'ewwww,'" he told her. What he meant was that as a white
kid in America, she's among the most privileged characters in the world --
certainly far luckier than all the poor children who have no medicine at all,
let alone medicine that tastes like candy. I'm going to present a similar
argument to you, Virgo. In the large scheme of things, your suffering
right now is small. Try to keep your attention on your blessings rather
than your discomfort.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I stumbled upon an engineering textbook for
undergraduates. There was a section on how to do technical writing, as
opposed to the literary kind. It quoted a poem by Edgar Allan Poe: "Helen,
thy beauty is to me / Like those Nicean barks of yore / That gently, o'er
a perfumed sea, / The weary way-worn wanderer bore / To his own native
shore." Then the book gave advice to the student: "To express these
ideas in technical writing, we would simply say, 'He thinks Helen is
beautiful.'" Don't take shortcuts like that, Libra. For the sake of your
emotional health and spiritual integrity, you can't see or treat the world
anything like what a technical writer would.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Are you ready to start playing in earnest with
that riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma? Are you looking
forward to the rough and tumble fun that will ensue after you leap into
the middle of that sucker and start trying to decipher its impossibly
interesting meaning? I hope you are primed and eager, Scorpio. I hope you
can't wait to try to answer the question that seems to have no answer.
Be brave and adventurous, my friend -- and be intent on having a blast.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Lessons could come to you from
unforeseen sources and unanticipated directions during the next few
weeks, Sagittarius. They will also come in expected forms from all the
familiar influences, so the sum total of your learning could be pretty
spectacular. To take maximum advantage of the opportunity, just assume
that everyone and everything might have useful teachings for you -- even
people you usually ignore and situations that have bored you in the past.
Act like an eager student who's hungry for knowledge and curious to fill in
the gaps in your education.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "The consuming desire of most human
beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other
person," said British writer Quentin Crisp. If you harbor even a small
tendency in that direction, Capricorn, I hope that in the coming days you
will make a concentrated effort to talk yourself out of it. In my
astrological opinion, this is a critical moment in the long-term evolution of
your healthy self-sufficiency. For both your own sake and the sake of the
people you love, you must find a way to shrink your urge to make them
responsible for your well-being.May The Magick Of The Merlins Bless Each & Everyone Of You - Talie
- FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning October 31
Copyright 2013 by Rob Brezsny
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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What if you had the power to enchant and
even bewitch people with your charisma? Would you wield your allure
without mercy? Would you feel wicked delight in their attraction to you,
even if you didn't plan to give them what they want? I suspect these
questions aren't entirely rhetorical right now. You may have more mojo at
your disposal than you realize. Speaking for your conscience, I will ask you
not to desecrate your privilege. If you must manipulate people, do it for
their benefit as well as yours. Use your raw magic responsibly. Halloween
costume suggestion: a mesmerizing guru; an irresistible diva; a stage
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I had a dream that you were in the film
*O Brother, Where Art Thou?* You were like the character played by
George Clooney after he escaped from a prison chain gang. Can you
picture it? You were wearing a striped jailbird suit, and a ball and chain
were still cuffed around your ankle. But you were sort of free, too. You
were on the lam, making your way from adventure to adventure as you
eluded those who would throw you back in the slammer. You were not yet
in the clear, but you seemed to be en route to total emancipation. I think
this dream is an apt metaphorical depiction of your actual life right now.
Could you somehow use it in designing your Halloween costume?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I invite you to try the following exercise.
Imagine the most powerful role you could realistically attain in the future.
This is a position or niche or job that will authorize you to wield your
influence to the max. It will give you the clout to shape the environments
you share with other people. It will allow you to freely express your
important ideas and have them be treated seriously. Let your imagination
run a little wild as you visualize the possibilities. Incorporate your visions
into your Halloween costume.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the course of earning a living, I have
worked four different jobs as a janitor and six as a dishwasher. On the
brighter side, I have performed as a songwriter and lead singer for six rock
bands and currently write a syndicated astrology column. According to
my analysis of the astrological omens, you Aquarians are primed to
cultivate a relationship with your work life that is more like my latter
choices than the former. The next eight months will be a favorable time
to ensure that you'll be doing your own personal equivalent of rock singer
or astrology columnist well into the future. Halloween costume
suggestion: your dream job.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Author Robert Louis Stevenson loved the
work of poet Walt Whitman, recommending it with the same enthusiasm
as he did Shakespeare's. Stevenson also regarded Whitman as an unruly
force of nature, and in one famous passage, called him "a large shaggy
dog, just unchained, scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the
moon." Your assignment is to do your best imitation of a primal creature
like Whitman. In fact, consider being him for Halloween. Maybe you could
memorize passages from Whitman's *Leaves of Grass* and recite them at
random moments. Here's one: "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am
untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Once when I was hiking through Maui's rain
forest, I spied a majestic purple honohono flower sprouting from a rotting
log. As I bent down close, I inhaled the merged aromas of moldering wood
and sweet floral fragrance. Let's make this scene your metaphor of the
week, Aries. Here's why: A part of your life that is in the throes of decay
can serve as host for a magnificent bloom. What has been lost to you
may become the source of fertility. Halloween costume suggestion: a
garbage man or cleaning maid wearing a crown of roses.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What don't you like? Get clear about that.
What don't you want to do? Make definitive decisions. What kind of
person do you not want to become and what life do you never want to
live? Resolve those questions with as much certainty as possible. Write it
all down, preferably in the form of a contract with yourself. Sign the
contract. This document will be your sacred promise, a declaration of the
boundaries you won't cross and the activities you won't waste your time
on and the desires that aren't worthy of you. It will feed your freedom to
know exactly what you like and what you want to accomplish and who
you want to become. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of who
you really are.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are you up for an experiment? Not just on
Halloween, but for a week afterwards, be scarier than your fears. If an
anxious thought pops into your mind, bare your teeth and growl, "Get out
of here or I will rip you to shreds!" If a demon visits you in a nightly
dream, chase after it with a torch and sword, screaming "Begone, foul
spirit, or I will burn your mangy ass!" Don't tolerate bullying in any form,
whether it comes from a critical little voice in your head or from
supposedly nice people who are trying to guilt-trip you. "I am a brave
conqueror who cannot be intimidated!" is what you could say, or "I am a
monster of love and goodness who will defeat all threats to my integrity!"
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Are you ready to be amazed? Now would be
an excellent time to shed your soul's infantile illusions . . . to play wildly
with the greatest mystery you know . . . to accept gifts that enhance
your freedom and refuse gifts that don't . . . to seek out a supernatural
encounter that heals your chronic sadness . . . to consort and converse
with sexy magical spirits from the future . . . to make love with the lights
on and cry when you come. Halloween costume suggestion: the
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some people in your vicinity are smoldering and
fuming. The air is heavy with emotional ferment. Conspiracy theories are
ripening and rotting at the same time. Hidden agendas are seeping into
conversations, and gossip is swirling like ghostly dust devils. Yet in the
midst of this mayhem, an eerie calm possesses you. As everyone else
struggles, you're poised and full of grace. To what do we owe this
stability? I suspect it has to do with the fact that life is showing you how
to feel at home in the world no matter what's happening around you.
Keep making yourself receptive to these teachings. Halloween costume
suggestion: King or Queen of Relaxation.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unification should be a key theme for you in
the coming weeks. Anything you do that promotes splicing and blending
and harmonizing will get extra help, sometimes from mysterious forces
working behind the scenes. The more you work to find common ground
between opposing sides, the stronger you'll feel and the better you'll
look. If you can manage to mend schisms and heal wounds, unexpected
luck will flow into your life. To encourage these developments, consider
these Halloween disguises: a roll of tape, a stick of Krazy Glue, a wound
that's healing, a bridge.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What do you think you'd be like if you were
among the one-percent-wealthiest people on Earth? Would you demand
that your government raise your taxes so you could contribute more to
our collective well-being? Would you live simply and cheaply so you'd
have more money to donate to charities and other worthy causes? This
Halloween season, I suggest you play around with fantasies like that --
maybe even masquerade as an incredibly rich philanthropist who doles out
cash and gifts everywhere you go. At the very least, imagine what it
would be like if you had everything you needed and felt so grateful you
shared your abundance freely.