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We have moved into Gemini season this week! From the earth (Taurus) to the sky (Gemini) - we need both to be nourished as humans. Air - wind - spreading the seeds that Taurus produced. Gemini holds us in connection - identity is experienced through connecting ideas and people. We can learn from this energy, even if we don't have Gemini in our own make-up, just like we learn from the physical seasons. 

What is air? You can't see it, but we can't live without it for more than a few moments! It's the precious, underrated medium in which we live, exchange, connect, with other humans and all other life. 

I'm teaching classes lately on decision-making, something that can be hard for Gemini and air signs especially, and for all humans as we navigate the onslaught of influences we're subject to on a daily basis. The home base of what I'm teaching in these classes is reconnecting to your own free will. And Gemini can be an energy guide in doing this! You might be surprised to hear this, because Gemini sometimes has a reputation for being all over the place, fickle. But the beauty of this energy is that it sees all sides. It doesn't get caught up in a version of identity that's an illusion of consistency. At its best, Gemini embraces impermanence and the truth that identity has nothing to do with our beliefs, thoughts, or momentary preferences. It lets itself change as quickly as the winds do. If we are paying attention, we see that this constant change is just the truth. And! If it is true that we aren't our thoughts or beliefs, then we can use ideas and beliefs as tools to help us on our path, instead of rigid pillars to cling to, which causes us lots of pain.

So use air energy and Gemini as a metaphor and guide this month to loosen up your own relationship to identity and free will. You don't have to effort in reconnecting to your free will, to your ability to make decisions - in fact efforting is often the thing that disconnects you from your free will! It's simply a matter of remembering that your free will exists, waiting to take you where you need to go. Your job is to relax and listen. That's it. It's very simple.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When is your energy going out, and when is it coming in?
Meditation - the tides.
Assignment - Conceive of your energy like the tides, and remember that it has a rhythm like any other phenomenon of nature. Aries is fire, typically outward-facing, so consider the balance of when your tide is going out and when it's coming in. What needs to happen to bring this into balance? Sometimes your energy turns into a white out because there's too much going out - especially when you are stressed! Do an energy check on yourself and take note if this is happening. What colors can you bring into your field that allow you to reconnect with the nuance of give and take? You don't have to be the leader all the time (and in fact you can't be anyway)! You don't have to output all the time! Everything will still work beautifully. Bring this tide flow of your energy into balance with simple, gentle, kind noticing. 

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - When do you embrace ideas?
Meditation - Gemini.
Assignment - Let this shift of season work on you this week. Gemini is about embracing ideas for their own sake, as their own little lives! Let yourself be freed of the weight of practical concerns for a minute. Ask yourself how you would live, what you would do, if practical concerns weren't in your mind. Perhaps this is really different from how you live, or not even imaginable to you. Choose one small thing you can incorporate, one manageable experiment, where you release yourself from the weight of being 'practical' and see what happens. Don't effort, just let it choose you. So much of free will is actually getting out of the way of ourselves!

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What if you just didn't need to be different from how you are?
Meditation - sameness!
Assignment - For your birthday month I encourage you, mutable sign, to not worry so much about changing. Changing is second nature to you! Adaptability comes so easily to you. So what if you just stayed the same for a minute! What if you just let yourself be how you are? It seems easy but that's the point! Reflect this week and month on what you want to stay steady this coming year, more than what you want to change. What was working last year? What was easy? Write about this, reflect on it, so that you don't drift away from it in your constant changing. Root down into what felt easy, what comes to you in the flow. You can be your same self, through all the change. (And don't apologize for being a Gemini. Just let people know the truth about you, then you'll feel much calmer.)

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - When is relaxation on your schedule this coming week?
Meditation -  the location where your feet touch the earth.
Assignment - If relaxation is not written into your schedule, get it on the calendar right now. There's new space for calm in your zone, as Uranus moved into Taurus, out of square with your sun, so your job is to take advantage of this, and not put relaxation off. You can be less lit, but you have to take the steps to allow this to happen! Relaxing doesn't have to mean going unconscious, and cultivating this art is a lifetime achievement, especially in the USA, (which shares a Sun sign with you, btw). Translate your emotional plan (which you always have) into a physical plan (sometimes comes a little harder) for caring for yourself this week.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What is the difference between your free will and self-defense?
Meditation - listening!
Assignment - Sometimes exercising your own free will means just listening. When you're in a defensive mode, you can get confused about what is your free will and what is your reactionary self-defense. When you allow yourself to see the ways that life is already nourishing you, then your generosity to yourself and others flows much freer. This might sound paradoxical - most truths do. The point is, pay attention to the difference between your free will and your self-defense this week, and see what you notice. Discern with your vibrant intuition what is truly in your highest good and what is fulfilling a surface recognition that will ultimately leave you dissatisfied anyway.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What is true helping?
Meditation -  helping yourself is enough this week.
Assignment - You're used to helping, to being helpful, it's a comfortable identity for you. Which is why I challenge you this week to notice the impulse to help, even just one or two times this week, and see what happens if you DON'T HELP. Try to just notice what happens! If this involves another person you feel okay talking to about it later, ask them about the experience after the fact. This is about decoupling your impulse (and at times, habit) to help from your free will. They sometimes go together, but don't have to. The more awareness you bring to this, the easier it will be to actually be helpful, and to actually be calmer.

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - When do you lie to yourself?
Meditation - Let it be messy.
Assignment - Let your relationships be messy, let your house be messy, let yourself be with the truths of however your life is. Libra wants harmony so much that sometimes it lies to itself about what is happening. Freedom waits in letting things be as they are, whatever that looks like, in the moment. This doesn't mean that you don't act to change things, it just means you slow it down, pause, let the mess be there for a minute, before acting. So that you can really see what actions might actually clean it up, instead of covering over on the surface and exhausting yourself. When you notice something that makes you uncomfortable this week, any kind of mess, practice letting it be messy for a minute or two, or ten, or a week (!), before acting.

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - What is the motivation behind your curiosity?
Meditation - letting the secrets be.
Assignment - Scorpio tends to be curious about the secrets of life, the taboos, the emotional vulnerabilities of others. This week, look into your own curiosity - when does it arise? When does it fade? When does it feel obsessive? When does it feel light? How and when does it control your decision-making? What is the difference between your curiosity and your free will? If you notice that any part of your curiosity is draining you, try on not following all of the threads. See what happens. Take special care of your precious life right now, and give yourself the gift of not having to follow every impulse of your curiosity.

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When do your high standards lead to intolerance or insensitivity?
Meditation - Letting everyone be as they are.
Assignment - You can let go of your ideals for a minute and see what happens when you do. You don't have to worry about maintaining high standards, you just will! This is a capacity of yours that you don't have to try at. But when you do let go of it as an identity, even for a short time, there is new space for perceiving the beauty of what IS happening to arise. For the appreciation of what IS to bloom in you. The more space that's in you, the more room for your true free will to exist, and the less alienation you and others will feel because of those high standards you can sometimes have about how people should be. Anytime you notice a 'should' involved in your thinking this week, look at it, and ask more questions about it. 

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What are the laws of nature you are resisting?
Meditation - animal instincts
Assignment - Observe how animals make decisions. What kind of practicality do they exhibit? How can you learn from this? Notice how they don't think about following societal rules, they follow laws of nature. How can you follow their lead and move into alignment with these laws of nature also? Where are your instincts, and when do you listen to them? What happens when you do?

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - When do you feel alienated from your self?
Meditation - an internal home.
Assignment - Encouraging you to spend time doing things that help you return to your internal home this week. Whatever that means to you. Maybe it's breathing, or moving in some physical way, or talking to a friend. Ask yourself what feels like home, and let yourself be guided back to this energetic place as many times as you can. It's a gentle touch, just about asking questions, What feels like home to me? Where is home base in my body? Who in my life and what in my life also gives me this comfort? Prioritize this feeling this week.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What practices, people, or places give you fresh perspective?
Meditation - walk out of the ocean onto land to breathe air. 
Assignment - The Sun in Gemini is square your Sun in Pisces this month - a square being an aspect that includes tension or resistance. This is why the meditation is about embracing air! As a life-giving force. Instead of resisting the Gemini season, practice embracing it. This means allowing yourself to flow with new connections and spending time on the surface of the water or even on land so that you can get fresh perspectives! Whatever this means to you - spending time in a way that allows you to breathe fresh new air and maybe even feel a little out of your element, on purpose. 

 

 

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When we get confused and think that we can't take care of ourselves - as in, we can't let nature take care of us - or that somehow taking care of ourselves comes at the expense of others, we suffer. 

The new moon in Taurus happens this week - a beautiful invitation for integration of sensory pleasure, for self-care. 

Each horoscope here is a weird suggestion of a ritual for your sign, for this week of the New Moon. Adapt accordingly. If these are not for you, I encourage you to make up your own rituals - the New Moon is a good time for this and especially so in the Earth sign of Taurus. Embodiment! This is what we are doing on Planet Earth, so it's never not necessary as a practice. It's never not necessary to remember this. 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - How do you visualize your own learning process?
Meditation - walk in circles.
Assignment - For this New Moon, find a meaningful object in your life, and put it on the ground. Take at least three laps walking or moving around this object, as the Moon moves around planet Earth. Ask three questions, and take a lap around the object to receive the answer for each question. Wear something important while you do this.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - What will you do to connect with planet earth this week?
Meditation - PLANET EARTH.
Assignment - Taurus on Taurus on Taurus! New moon of Taurus + + Sun in Taurus + you Taurus! All the Taurus! Embodiment. Pleasure! What can this New Moon mirror for you? What can it show you about yourself? What kind of listening to the Moon do you do? If you don't, maybe now is a good time to start. What can the Moon teach you about living on planet earth? Reconnect to the pleasure of being alive on planet earth this week. Try this out without consuming anything, or changing your circumstance in any way, just whenever you think of it, in your body, exactly the way it is, on planet earth, exactly the way it is, both of you in full permission to exist, together. Touch your forehead to the ground and breathe into your precious lungs. Do this many, many times.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - When do you use the symbol of the twins to your advantage?
Meditation - healing through the imagination.
Assignment - Imagine a duplicate of your body in front of you. Ask this duplicate questions about your health - spiritual and physical. Ask it to show you where the blocks or struggles are. Then gently heal your body duplicate in front of you, with effortless intention, while sitting quietly. You can brush it off, warm it up, cool it off, slide things around, break things up, shift, shake, blow air into, etc. Whatever is needed. Then rotate this duplicate so that it turns around and faces the same way you face, and pull it back into your body, so that the two merge into you, this you, right now, present moment you.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What do your friends know about you that you might not yet see?
Meditation - inside a garden. 
Assignment - Get a friend to go to a garden with you. Sit in the garden cross-legged and hold hands. Close your eyes and read each other. What does your friend see and feel about you in holding your hands? What do you see and feel about them in holding their hands? Read each other and then make promises to each other about how to heal yourselves based on what you see. 

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - How often do you devote time to nurturing your own sustenance and money?
Meditation - a bowl for offering and receiving.
Assignment - Put a bowl in front of you, one that feels good to you, looks good to you. Put it at your feet, and put a few things in it that feel good to you. Maybe a feather or a stone or a flower. Maybe all of these things. Consider this your collection bowl, and bless it before you set it somewhere visible in your everyday space, so that you can remember it as a symbol for the space you make to receive money and nourishment.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What do you do with your hands and wrists in one day?
Meditation - hands and wrists.  
Assignment - Do a task that you normally do each day, brushing your teeth, cooking, chopping vegetables, writing, or typing, picking up your bag, etc, but at least three times this week ritualize it. Focus as much of your attention as possible on your wrists and hands and notice what life is like for them. Notice what they are doing, and how they are feeling, and how aligned they feel with whatever the task is. Ask them how you can treat them well. Ask them what feels best, how you can nurture them.

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - What happens when you give it away?
Meditation - giving what you want to someone else. 
Assignment - Get in the kitchen. Make some food that's really elaborate and good - that you want to eat. And ask someone to eat it with you. Before you eat, each say what you want the most, and then let your eating on this special occasion be a way of consuming what you want right then. Don't wait! Make it, share it, give it away, while you also consume it. Don't over think it. Just be willing to let the inexplicable happen more often, and it will.  

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When do you let water heal you?
Meditation - water as healer.
Assignment - Soak your feet at least once this week, in a healing foot bath that you make yourself. Let this water, and whatever your intuition tells you to put in it, heal you. The New Moon in Taurus is significant for you because you're always in deep conversation with Taurus whether you want to be or not. So what can this darkness of the New Moon and the stoic, pleasure- and ease-oriented Taurus remind you of right now? Ponder this while your feet are soaking in water, your original home element.

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - How can your values energize you?
Meditation - embodying values.
Assignment - Write 5-10 of your values on little slips of paper and put them in a jar that you sleep next to. Set the intention that you want to absorb them during sleep. Keep them there as long as you need to. This is a way of living with your values right now, no matter what happens to you.

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you touch yourself?
Meditation - faith in your own self-healing.
Assignment - Massage your own body this week. Use oil and give yourself a quiet period of time (ideally on Tuesday, the New Moon) to do this. Ask your body the stories it is trying to tell you as you massage it. What are the messages the material of your body is trying to give your spirit? What can your spirit do to respond to these messages? Spend time on the places that call to you that they need healing, and as you massage, remind yourself that your own self-healing is possible. 

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where is your body in relation to other bodies and space?
Meditation - the ten directions.
Assignment - Find a quiet few minutes in your week. Sit in a chair or on a cushion and locate your body. Do this by contemplating, picturing, saying hello to each direction. First North, South, East and West. Then Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest. Then Up and Down. Don't effort, just do this until you feel your energy located in your own body, as you perceive it in relation to the directions. When your energy is present in your body, what do you notice? What do you hear about your next step? Let the answers rise up slowly, from this located place in your body.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What questions do you want to ask your future self?
Meditation - running in a straight line. 
Assignment - Move your body, or your imagination, from where you are right now toward whatever horizon is in front of you. If you move ahead of your body, way way out, as far into the future as you can project, what do you see around you? What fruits of the present come to your life in the future? What do you see about your possible future inheritance that can help you alter current painful behaviors? From this future vantage point that you imagine as physical, when you turn around to see yourself, what do you see? What can your future self tell you about how to act? What symbol can you take with you from this visualization to remind you when you come back to the present? Is it a color? Is it an object? Is it a word or words? Bring wisdom back from your future self to your present right now - you can be your own guide. 

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YALL! This is the first in a series of Existing Together Interviews, that will serve as the introduction to the horoscopes once a month. Each interview features a writer whose birthday is during that month - someone who is an inspiring expression of that sign. Astrology is best understood by seeing it embodied / enacted, so this is another way to learn about the signs. It's a way to include the perspectives of each sign that I couldn't provide myself and it's a union of this horoscope / astrology project with my other life project of interviewing and publishing other people's writing and thinking.

We, you and me, are THE LUCKIEST because Virgie Tovar responded to questions right here. I could not be a bigger fan of what she does. Here's her bio:

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. She pens a weekly column called Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (August 2018; now available for pre-order <<< www.feministpress.org). Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.

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Follow her in all the ways, read what she writes, take Babe Camp even if you don't think of yourself as someone who is invested in diet culture, it thoroughly exposes an oppressive sea of thoughts you've inherited that you might not even have known you can cast off! Watch her ted talk, read her prolific online publishing, buy her book!

On an astrology note, Virgie, as I see her, embodies an incredible mix of Taurus, Aries, and Gemini - the embodied, practical, pleasure-seeking earth energy of Taurus, the quick-witted intellectual magic of Gemini and the confidence-spreading tendencies of Aries! Read this interview to see what I mean.

 

1. Under what conditions do you experience the most joy?

Imagine my thinky face here. Well, the first thing that comes to mind is when I get to have a snowy plover from Andytown. For anyone who lives under a goddamn rock, a snowy plover is (1) a beach bird that is cute and chubby, but (more germane to this question) it is also (2) a drink comprised of espresso, brown sugar and bubbly water and topped with homemade whipped cream. First, I love the, like, Marxist queer worker-centered vibe of Andytown. And that kind of vibe also brings me incredible joy. Like in general, any human-centered, artistic, bohemian place filled with fat people and gay people and feminists who don’t smile and people of color is going to bring me joy. Tiny, ridiculous hats bring me joy. Talking about how liberals are actually not the awesomest people – contrary to popular belief (lulz) - brings me joy (on that note, a friend of mine just introduced to me to the song “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” and everyone should listen to it). Talking loudly about dicks in a café filled with tech bros brings me joy. My feet touching the grass or the sand brings me joy. Also: tiny dogs or any dog in a dog wheelchair, babies waving at people or eating, seashells, finding huge earrings for under $5, the feel of a new pedicure, a stranger’s kiss, gaudy necklaces, tiny dresses covered in flowers, lipstick on coffee mugs, having pie with my lady friends, talking shit, Nutella, the way my legs feel right after I shave them and put oil on them, the way jasmine smells, seeing a new place, buying the last amazing-looking cookie, inscrutable high theory, swimming pools and hot tubs, rose quartz, finding someone the perfect gift, sending postcards, putting on butterscotch scented Prada perfume.

2. Do you ever feel that your personal needs are somehow in tension with larger social justice needs?

In general, no. I’m a huge proponent of adopting an activist/justice practice that nourishes you and my own practice mirrors that. I’m a brown fat woman and so taking care of my needs *is* justice work. If you’re marginalized and/or traumatized taking care of ourselves is sometimes the only justice work we have capacity to do, and that’s more than enough, I think. I will say that sometimes I feel like I’m not challenging my worldview or privilege blind spots enough – and I can’t tell if this is a moment for self-compassion or if I need to push through because this is work that I need to really do.  

3. If you do feel this tension, how do you deal with it? What helps? (If not, what advice would you give to people who do feel something like that?)

I encourage people to look beyond traditional modes of activism and see what they already do well and are naturally drawn to. That’s the heart of your justice work – what already makes you thrive. I want to tell this little story about something that inspired the shit out of me the other day. I was in Waterbury, Vermont at the Ben & Jerry’s factory. I went for the ice cream, but I discovered on the tour that they are actually a rad company. They are politically involved with issues like climate change and LGBT rights, they work to create better lives and work practices for people who provide their ingredients (like being conscious about the impact on farmers who source their cocoa powder and hiring low income people who need jobs to make their, like, 30 tons of brownies), and they even mix all their discarded ice cream with manure in order to make clean energy! Their guiding question as a business is: “How can we make the world better with ice cream?” And I mean, this is the power of the human heart, right? Like, two dudes thought this up. To me, this means ANYTHING (even, like, Chubby Hubby) when done with loving intention can be part of our justice work.  

4. Describe how you see your "spiritual life." What does that phrase mean to you and what are your favorite expressions or practices of it?

Well, I’m super woo. I talk to plants. I listen to Stevie Nicks. I talk to rocks. I see and hear, like, mystical truths in unexpected places (like when I’m listening to music that has no lyrics). I touch trees because they are obviously full of wisdom. I know that we are all connected – plants, animals, rocks, trees, the ocean, humans, the stars – and made of the same material. I believe the universe naturally moves energy pragmatically and ever toward a universal synchronicity and healing. Lately I have been doing more witchy work than ever before, strengthening my work with stones (my favorites right now are rose quartz, smoky quartz, citrine, and selenite). I keep them near my bed with my flowers and my tiny cactus, Lumpy. I spend a lot of time looking at the sky, the moon in particular. I’m very connected to nature and I’m finding more and more space to see other people – like, really, see them (their hopes, dreams, fears, why they do or say weird things, what I can do to make them feel safe and loved). This is about intuition and trusting your body even when your head doesn’t understand something.

5. Who or what makes you laugh the most and why?

My friends make me laugh the most – they’re so weird and observant and smart and introspective and vulnerable and witty and real. We talk about our lives and our feelings constantly – like, before we’ve even processed the feeling we’re talking about it (often we’re talking in order to process a feeling) and it’s done with such art even though we’re dealing with really hard stuff. Like my friend whose life advice to me almost always starts with “you’re really being a heterosexual right now” and ends with “what might this situation look like if you were less invested in heternormativity?” Like my single friends who literally can’t meet a normal human to save their lives, I love their stories about dealing with a Tinder date who talks about being attracted to their mom or the humiliation of getting ghosted by someone who hosts a podcast about marijuana or trying to hide a Coffee Meets Bagel alert after just having had the monogamy talk or what happens when someone who has spent an hour bragging about making 6 figures asks them to go dutch on their duck fat croquette sandwiches while in the BiRite checkout line. Just today I was texting with a friend who was telling me that he’s decided not to go on the tenure track market when he finishes his PhD (which is a really hard decision after dedicating so much time to one discipline) and then we started comparing academia to being in an abusive marriage with a rich dude. Or, like, my friend is going through so much right now trying to raise two kids and so the other night we got together at Mission Pie, smoked weed and talked about the people we’d dated who loved our butts. Or the other night my friend came over to help me clean my closet and she always makes up phrases and then tries to popularize them. This month’s is “toking the daffy,” a reference to when your co-worker smokes too much to do his job properly.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When do you notice your mind obsessing?
Meditation - a field with a slight breeze.
Assignment - What methods do you have for moving your attention to and away from things? Write about these, give them more credit, give them more space. If you feel at a loss for methods to move your attention from something you don't want to focus on, to something you do, seek this out. Ask questions about how others do this. I'm not talking about avoiding, I'm talking about shifting the attention when that is called for. This is important for you to develop.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - When are you overly quiet?
Meditation - getting loud.
Assignment - Are there things you don’t say because they seem obvious to you? Do you assume that people will know you are there because you are physically? The physical is so real to you, sometimes you need to remember that you have to say things for others to know what you are feeling. Take note of when you’re quiet this week, or when you’re assuming that something you’re feeling doesn’t need to be said. Especially if it’s feelings of love, or if it’s things you are struggling with. There’s power in speech, and your verbal expression in particular.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What is the opposite of thinking?
Meditation - just go back to the feet.
Assignment - You keep thinking that thinking will solve it. You keep asking why. It's not that why isn't important, it's just that it's the question we ask first, when we need to be asking it much much later. You don't have to worry about losing your ability to analyze - it will always be with you. So you can hold it so lightly and experiment with other methods at arriving at what is needed. The mind is just so compelling, it sucks you into its proliferation. But you don't have to do this! Your breath and your feet are calling to you to come back home.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - When do you say everything is okay when it’s actually not? 
Meditation - permission to include everything.
Assignment - Sometimes you are such a good mimic, and learn so much through absorption that you can psychically pretend yourself out of certain feelings. I’m not suggesting wallowing, I’m just encouraging you to speak the truth this week, to be honest with yourself and others about exactly how you are feeling. The more honest you are, the more any challenging emotions can be freed and released. The less you try to resist seeing your own pain, the more benefit is possible. Be honest about how you are feeling, whatever it is. Speaking the truth is a great way to express your faith that this, too, is passing.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What images do you regularly consume?
Meditation - input versus output.
Assignment - Look deeper into your image consumption this week, and how that relates to your creativity. What do you filter when it comes to media, photos in your domestic space, art, and other visuals? How intentional are you about this? Consider the relationship between this input, and what you creatively output. Write about this. When do you feel most creative, and least creative, and how does this relate to your media and image consumption? Give yourself the gift of more conscious intention when it comes to this, whatever you decide. Your creative vitality will thank you.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - When do you give yourself a chance to play? 
Meditation - playfulness.
Assignment - Put play on your to do list if you have to, but allow time to do it. Notice the use of the word ‘allow’ instead of make, or use. Just simple allowing, not too much effort. Sometimes you can even lose touch with the feeling of play, and this is a very human, essential aspect of life. Less obligation-fulfilling, more play. Purposelessness serves a very important purpose.

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - What story would your feet tell if they were narrating your life?
Meditation - moving awareness from the sky to the earth.
Assignment - I mean this question sincerely - what story would your feet tell about your life? What perspective would they bring, what secrets would they reveal? How might they illuminate what you prioritize in a way that you couldn’t in your conscious mind? What might they ask you to change about your life? How do they ask to be taken care of? How do they feel? What shoes are they put in? Have a long conversation with your feet and see what they tell you. 

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When do you notice and connect to the in between moments?
Meditation - routines of the body.
Assignment - Let yourself notice your own body more during in between times. Like the times when you are walking from the bed to the bathroom, or work to your car, or from the stove to the sink. The small movements that our actual lives actually consist of. Scorpio can focus on the big dramas, or the aspects of life that feel more intense, but what might you miss if this is always your focus? What big dramas might be taking place in the small movements you make every hour, every minute? What intensity and aliveness and nourishment and simple appreciation might arise when you just look more deeply into your body and what it is doing when it seems like it’s not doing anything?

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When and how do you listen to your body's messages?
Meditation - your body is full of messages to you.
Assignment - Let yourself be tired, then take a nap. Let yourself be sad, then cry. Let yourself be anxious, then expel energy. Let your body tell you what to do. Any stories that disagree with it - be gentle with them and disagree right back. Key word: allowing.

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What does the flow of money look like to you?
Meditation - the intricacy of a spider's web.
Assignment - Focus on the web of connection this week, and examine stories that deny this web or omit it or brush over it. You don't have to do it all yourself. The less you effort to do it all yourself the more independent you will feel, or the less independence or being taken seriously will matter to you. What is something you can ask for help with, and let yourself receive it? How does this relate to your money flow and how more accepting from others might change your money flow?

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where is happening with your home right now?
Meditation - a nest.
Assignment - The moon is moving through Aquarius right now, which brings up questions of domestic space, comfort, safety, your home. What is your literal home, what is your emotional and spiritual home? What level of comfort do you have in these places / spaces? What can you do this week to give yourself more comfort? Take care of the places you inhabit right now, as a way of taking care of yourself.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What would happen if you refused to adjust? 
Meditation - a smooth stone.
Assignment - How good a stone feels in the hand, one that is worn down by water. You're so adaptable, sometimes I want to tell you to not adapt. To see what happens if you don't. To let everyone else deal with it. To let it fall around you and see how you feel. To breathe and be smooth like the stone you have washed with adaptability all this time.

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Full Moon in Scorpio opposite Sun in Taurus yesterday, and this Moon in Scorpio is conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio today. 

The moon - a circle of women, singing around you, rooting for you in the most luminous quiet way.

Jupiter -  expansion affects us all when Jupiter is on top of this full Moon, both in those deep Scorpio waters. Jupiter asks us to get BIG, to EMOTE, to receive its inspiration or end up feeling bludgeoned. Our comfort level with expansion has a lot to do with whether we experience this influence as overwhelming or exhilarating. 

We can say yes to transformation, to being awake, together, right now. We can just do that. 

The moon - a circle of women, singing around you, rooting for you in the most luminous quiet way.

The earth asking you to let it take your weight, asking you to remember gravity.

When does your body expand, when does it contract? What conditions correspond with this? What do you notice about your life and mood as the moon moves through its cycles? 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When and how do you honor your past experiences?
Meditation - saying thank you to transformations.
Assignment - Uranus is leaving Aries mid-May and heading into Taurus! It will be back briefly in the fall but the movement is happening. At some point in the past seven years (probably many times) you've had a visit to your Sun of Uranus, and this means major changes, transformation, sudden shifts, etc. It means all sorts of things. And usually we are very aware of these intense changes as they are happening but tend to forget them pretty quickly when we move through them. So the cue for this week is (as always with Aries) slowing down, and while you slow down this time, look to the past. Look into what has happened for you in this cycle of Uranus being in your sign, and what has happened in your life. What can you thank nature for? What have you learned? What do you want to take with you?

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - How do you stay grounded through sudden changes?
Meditation - allowing gravity to support you, no matter what.
Assignment - Uranus is moving into Taurus for the next 7 years or so, starting mid-May. So at some point during this time, it's likely changes will occur for you, often feeling sudden. There is no need to stress about this. Instead, you can invite, in a conscious way, the winds of change to meet your life in a manageable way. You can ask nature to share all of the tools you need for these changes. You can ask for perspective and awareness and poise and love during the unending 'transit' that is actual life. You don't have to dig our heels in and resist change, although that can be a Taurus tendency. You can open to all that life has to bring, and use your innate connection to the earth and gravity to keep you connected, through anything.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - When do you put your body in restful shapes?
Meditation - child's pose.
Assignment - Do child's pose this week. It's likely you'll get sick of me telling you to do these kinds of things, but I can't help it. Gemini calls out to me, telling me to recycle the message to you to rest, to power down more. As often as possible, child's pose this week, or whatever your restful equivalent is.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What's your relationship to shore?
Meditation - the rejuvenation of the shore / land.
Assignment - You've been on a boat, maybe your whole life, maybe just the past while, and it's time to step onto land for a minute at least, to get some nourishing foods and press your feet into the earth. You don't have to worry so much about carrying all of the past. It is always there, you don't need to try. You can turn your back to it from time to time, just like the ocean, and replenish, and then turn around again and it will still be there! Notice where your attention is this week, and keep gently putting it back toward your own nourishment. 

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - When do you consciously generate your own heat?
Meditation - body movements!
Assignment - I'm picturing you doing push-ups this week. Or swinging your arms, or breathing exercises. Something that involves you generating your own heat. Especially if you are feeling depleted. But even if you are not. Building a reservoir for the future - making your own fire to be warmed by in future times when you might not have as much energy to generate it. When you have impulses to do weird things like this, especially body movements, don't hold back so much. Embrace it. This is life asking you to let it move through you!

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - When do you pull back your awareness of time?
Meditation - the long, forgiving arc of time.
Assignment - Patience is almost always a helpful virtue for you to cultivate. You're so good at working hard but when do you allow time to work for you, and by time I mean nature - they are so connected. They want to help you. Time and Nature want you to let them help you move all the things through, like a sponge in the ocean. Practice turning your attention away from daily time this week. Maybe this means not knowing what time it is for as long a chunk as you can pull off. Or meditating on a longer arc of time, as long as you can imagine. (Contemplating geology helps.) What does this do to your perspective, how does it re-position what you are consumed with in the moment?

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - What materials are you surrounded by?
Meditation - materials as living.
Assignment -  Your material life, what materials are in your home, in your clothes, in your car, surrounding you. Which ones bring you life, which ones feel dead? How does this affect your vitality? Which ones can you introduce and or minimize? Get textures and physical textures into your field that positively affect your body and well-being this week. Give yourself this gift which will help you feel full of more of your own inherent effervescence. 

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - What activity feels the most gentle to you?
Meditation - drinking tea.
Assignment - Practice acts that involve no problem solving, no becoming, this week. Drinking tea is one idea, but whatever feels like drinking tea to you. And by that I mean, things that you do that are not to get through, not an activity built for completion, but an activity built for pleasure. For existence itself. What feels like this to you? It's so important that you do this, because when you do, you say yes to life. Especially with the Full Moon in your sun sign! Gentle, very gentle acts of simply being.

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When was the last time you called a spiritual guide in?
Meditation - calling in the heavens.
Assignment - Use your humor, your playfulness, to call in a guide. Maybe this means calling someone who helps you breathe easier on the actual phone. Maybe this means praying to nature or life itself for help. This isn't selfish, this is actually the reciprocity that the earth asks us, over and over, to participate in. Maybe this is calling the plants and life forms around you silently and saying, I see you, Thank you for contributing to my well-being. It feels good to do this. Remember you don't have to do it all by yourself, in fact you actually can't anyway, so you'll be able to relax much easier when you stop fighting this truth, and get your spiritual guides on the phone.

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you let your emotions guide you?
Meditation - water as teacher to help you find your emotional life.
Assignment - Find the best water and drink it, drink so much. Each sip, remember that you're nourished, that life, in the form of this water, is trying to give you everything you need, and your job is simply to remember what you already have. This water. Every day, every hour, drink a sip of water, let this be everything you need to do, and everything you need.

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - When do you feel safe enough to be open?
Meditation - dancing.
Assignment - I picture you doing cartwheels this week. Your body extended, in all directions, because you feel safe enough to be open. Write down past experiences where you felt safe enough to be open. What were common elements of those experiences? What can you bring into this moment, with what you have right now, that can help you feel safe enough to be open? Write about these things and breathe and do your electric dance, internally or externally, and hesitate less.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What structures support your emotional connections?
Meditation - density as a buoy.
Assignment - The amazing thing about concrete is that even though it seems so solid it's still porous! It still absorbs water. I say this to remind you that you can be boundaried in a very beautiful, functional, structural way, and still stay open and permeable! The structures of your life only help you be more free to move and let all the feeling and falling move right through you. Who helps remind you of structures and/or serves as a structural element in your life? What can you learn from them about adopting supportive structures? Continue to remain open to how structure can help you. Listen when others are trying to offer this wisdom to you. It won't be your first impulse, it might be a bit counter-intuitive, but it will help so much.

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We move from the initiatory energy of Aries, the beginning of the zodiac, the flint that starts the fire, into the earth (wood) that keeps the vision going. Taurus is an earth sign, the most slow-moving, steady energy of the zodiac. Trees, roots, work, orienting, chores, chopping wood and carrying water. 

How can we use this energy as a metaphor and a guide - a blueprint for an approach to life right now? We could think of it as one way of Nature asking us to enter the flow of change and try on this energy. If you have planets in Taurus this way of being might be familiar to you and take the shape of digging your heels into the earth, resisting change and newness. 

The daily heart. The steady, daily energy of Taurus can remind us of our daily hearts. Especially in remembering that we need connection to the divine, the unnameable, EVERY DAY. And not just that but it needs to come through the physical, through the tangible, through the everyday itself. When we don’t get this, we lose the heart part of life, and if we lose this, then the chores become emptied out, just reinforcing our place as a cog in the capitalist wheel. What are our work, our efforts, our earth embodiment and manifestations - what ways are we living as earth bodies on this actual earth? These are the questions Taurus can help us access - what is your daily heart and what does it need right now? How can you nurture it. When we live our lives in the everyday while we notice what is alive, what is divine, not waiting for some imagined future, we claim the power of a daily heart. 


 

ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - What about beginning again even when you’re doing the same thing?
Meditation - every moment is a beginning, and an end.
Assignment - Look to Taurus as the sign that follows yours, after your birthday. Each sign is said to be a response / reaction to the one before it. Which is why there can be tension between these signs next to each other but also much to learn. Taurus can teach you about: roots, your feet, peace and pleasure at slowness instead of frustration! Study Tauruses this week. What do you notice about them? What does it feel like to imagine their perspective? What does it feel like to try to get this in your body?

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - What patterns and habits do you want to invite in during your birth month?
Meditation - the sun returning to you.
Assignment - Reclaim your birthday as a moment not to be missed - as a celebration of the present as the seed of all past and future time. This is when the sun comes back to the place it was at the moment you were born - this is a time not to be missed out on. Nothing big needs to happen but don’t let it go by without some reflection on what you are doing. And what you are not doing. And your mortality and how this can be awakening, not depressing. What can the passing of time awaken you to? Give yourself the gift of time this week, to not miss the celebration of your existence. 

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What is beyond your conceptualizing of everything?
Meditation - sand as physical time.
Assignment - A step toward earth in the form of air - the space between sand. Sand as all the particles of stone which used to be a wall. A canyon. A volcano. These earth energies as worn and changed by air and water. I want you to put down your thinking and connecting and scrolling for 4 minutes each day. Just put it down and let go of connecting anything to anything else, including yourself. Be a grain of sand. See what it feels like. 4 minutes. Sand. All of time contained in each element, each moment. Let yourself let go of the burden of logic for a moment. Arrive already.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What are your assumptions about what information you need to take in?
Meditation - a still lake surface.
Assignment - Give yourself permission to limit your intake of media, and of information in general. There’s a lake, and you’re standing next to it, and you get to decide if and when you dive into it. It’s still and beautiful and full of life. Remember that you can go in, and you can also come out. This is so important - differentiating! You do not have to receive information without meaning to. It just involves intention, and giving yourself permission to not receive it. This is not about blocking out or turning away. It’s just about discerning. When you are discerning, you’re much more effective because what is yours is clear, and you feel so much better.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - When do you notice the season and what does that noticing do for you?
Meditation - spring green. 
Assignment - There’s a flow of the brightest neon green, all the greens actually, just flowing through your field, especially around your heart. Don’t miss spring (or fall) because you are getting stuff done. I repeat: don’t miss the magic of the change of season! You’re a fixed sign so the change can be hard, but if you get into the dynamic color of it, the movement as evidence of life, you will love it. And it really is all about love for you, dramatic brimming spring green love. Ground your not missing of this season in at least one hour this week when you go outside and appreciate whatever evidence of life in transition is available. 

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - When do you give yourself permission to be a troublemaker?
Meditation - rules are made to be broken.
Assignment - If you’re wondering if your perspective is skewed toward always thinking you need to improve more than you do - it is. And when you realize this, don’t go up in your body toward your brain and more thinking - move down, toward less thinking and more feeling. Not emotional feeling but physical. As the most mentally-focused earth sign, you need reminders to bring your busy mind back down to earth. Put your mind in your feet. Then ask it questions about what to do next. Your feet are better at listening to the earth than your mind, your feet are much closer to the earth. Nothing needs to be fixed, it’s just a matter of changing the order - instead of thinking first and then perceiving, perceive with your feet and then see what thoughts arise. Another way of saying this would be: let yourself break your own rules this week. It’s imperative to your breathing in the long term. 

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - When is your curiosity real and when is it fake?
Meditation - turquoise.
Assignment -  There’s a softness that arises when you are asking questions, when you are in a space of not knowing. And this softness is like water, because when you’re uncertain you can move in all sorts of directions, in any direction that is necessary, and that is real power. The turquoise arises for you as a guide this week - the soft coolness of the color and the power of its stone hardness. It’s sort of like water, slowed down enough to appear as a color. Remember it’s not the answers to the questions that matter, or we don’t want to get too sucked into finding the answers - and Libra likes to know! It’s the magic of the stance - the position itself - in which asking questions places us, that is true power. 

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - Where can you go for perspective?
Meditation - a view with a horizon line.
Assignment - This week your figure appears at a wild cold beach, standing in the wind. The wind doesn’t bother you in this dream, because you understand the very human and very natural experience of roughness. Textural roughness, emotional roughness, human roughness. You are comfortable in intensity. Standing in the wind, looking magnificent, letting your hair be anywhere, letting your clothes be a mess. In this dream, do you sink your feet into the sand further? Do you lean back and sit down? Do you lie on your back, not caring that you’ll get sandy? What is the body position which will be most conducive to you connecting to your own true knowing? How does your body connect to the horizons you look at? Find the body position that allows you to feel most open, and from this place, let your knowing about your next move come in.

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - What are you dreaming lately?
Meditation - soft and light and bouncing.
Assignment - Color keeps arising for you, this week it’s pink. The soft, the light, as in light in relation to gravity, asking this color about how to be soft and light and bounce. You can be so loud / big in your approach (not necessarily volume). So this color is a guide for an approach that’s not a direct opposite (quiet / small) but instead just less subject to gravity. What would a soft and light and bouncing approach look like for you? What would that do to your thoughts especially? What would it do to waht you do with your hands? If you don’t understand, if the lack of rationality here is frustrating, just roll your eyes (in a pink and light and bouncing way) and move on. I’m not talking to your brain. 

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - How consciously are you choosing ‘rationality’?
Meditation - color as life.
Assignment - So much of the time you can’t see the ways your ‘practical’ thinking forecloses on possibility. Let yourself perceive as if your vision is a bit blurred, so that you can see the colors - the emotional and spiritual landscape - instead of getting so sucked into the content of the physical. Often for Capricorn the problem is seeing with too much rational clarity. It’s too wed to rationality. Make a list of five things you would be doing if you weren’t being ‘practical’ and then make a promise to yourself that you’ll do at least one of them this week.  

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What is your relationship to time?
Meditation - stone as congealed time
Assignment - Hold stones this week. Contemplate geologic time. Geology is congealed time. Consider this in relation to the timeframe of your own body. How do they relate? What kind of time is beyond your scope of awareness? How might it change your life to include geologic time, the time of stones, the time of rock walls, of land plates? What would this kind of time, as a thought experiment, do to your daily life, your daily decisions? Contemplate this, and then ask your intuition to give you a daily practice to perceive time through in a new way this week. 

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - Where is your intuition located in your body?
Meditation - the relationship between feeling and seeing.
Assignment - Sometimes you rely on your intuition so much that your intuition itself gets fatigued. Sometimes you need to experiment with moving your awareness up in your body, from feeling to seeing, as a way to practice not having all of the feeling run through your body. What are the practices that help you still perceive with your intuition but not rely on it to do all of your work? This is where earth energy can be a helpful guide for you. Setting up rhythms, a regular schedule (of something! At least one thing per day!) which you can rely on to do every day, instead of having to access your intuition to make every decision. That is a lot of energy for the body to run. Earth rhythms and plans can be helpful because they are grounding. We set them using our intuition as if setting up a system, and then let them run.

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Yesterday was the New Moon in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, a sign of beginnings. So the Sun and the Moon are in the same sign, this sign of beginning, this sign of reset, a feeling of spring (in the northern hemisphere) and its fits and starts, how intense it can be, how good and how hard, keeping up (by letting go) with the flow of change. Uranus is also in Aries, blasting us out with sudden changes and electric energy for a bit longer, before it moves into Taurus in May. Pluto is in Capricorn, and so is Saturn, and so is Mars. One of the things I’m saying here is that the Cardinal signs - Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn - are getting a lot of motivating nudges towards change. Take all the breaths and drink all the water.

But if you are down with being awake and not missing your life, it probably feels like you’re getting these nudges almost all of the time, whether you are a cardinal sign or not, and I am here to say, hey, I feel you. Being awake and not missing your life means that you stay connected to the truth that we’re changing every moment, and it’s intense to be a person living on planet earth. I can’t emphasize this enough. I probably write it every week. Can we at least give ourselves permission to acknowledge that it is intense being a person living on planet earth?

People ask me about transits and specific dates a lot, and I keep bringing the focus back to birth charts, which in Astrology is considered basic. More and more, I feel that Astrology and/or any divination tool can give us so much when we use beginner’s mind and re-see the simplest aspects of it. We don’t need more astrological (or other) information - we are so saturated! - we can just use one or two astrological truths as cues for our own intuition about our next moves.

If we just focus, for example, on Aries - on the energy of Aries, which is where the Sun is right now, this offers us so many cues about this time and what is going on. A time of dynamic change. A time of transition. Aries loves to start things. This principle shows up in humans who also have the Sun in Aries, but also in the weather, and in other species at this time, etc. Just that basic information is enough to affirm our experience, to remind us to go with it, resist the energy of this time less, relax into the moment. 

These horoscopes are about connecting with a moment of stillness this week, so that you can be there with yourself and all of your own basics enough to intuit your next move. This is what Astrology is - a language of Nature, asking you to listen to yourself, since you are also nature. 


 

ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - How often do you make your own food?
Meditation - Food as connection to slowness.
Assignment - This Aries energy, this Aries time, you’re probably lit a.f. And/or exhausted from being lit. Make some food for yourself this week. Make something that takes time, and involves small tasks like peeling potatoes or other root vegetables, etc. Food that is slow enough that you have to pay attention to the food itself, where it came from, what its properties are, how it nourishes you. Listen to the food, let it tell you things you might be too loud to listen to lately. (And by loud I mean a particular kind of vibration of movement that you have.)

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - When do you notice clouds?
Meditation - Air and the sky. 
Assignment - Do legs up the wall at least three times this week. By this I mean, lie on the ground, and put your legs against a wall. This allows you to look up, which it is very important that you do more often, and it allows you to be rooted while also letting in more lightness, more air. Let the air circulate through your body and mind, bringing in freshness.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - How conscious are you about your sensory input?
Meditation - sensory sensitivity!
Assignment - Gemini tends to be curious about everything! What are you bringing in. Discernment is so important. What do you let through - your nervous system gets so lit! How often do you notice this, and what do you do about it? You are the boss of a lot of what comes in. Not all of it, but a lot of it. So give yourself at least two times, even for 3-5 minutes this week, of sensory deprivation. Set a timer. Find the location in your life that allows you to have the most silence and physical calm as possible. Put it on the calendar if you need to. I’m being bossy because I think this is really important for you. Don’t just think about doing it, actually do it. 

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What can your joints tell you about your next step?
Meditation - the magnificent joints of your body.
Assignment - Listen to your joints this week. Specifically the ones of your lower body. Do at least one meditation where you ask your joints questions about what they need. What they can offer you about what your next moves are. Think of it as a divine job, this kind of listening to these magnifcent joints.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What is your mind doing when you are doing chores?
Meditation - domestic chores as time for divine listening. 
Assignment - When you do the dishes this week, or any domestic task, give yourself an assignment by asking a question. So the question can be something you want to know about, something you might ask an astrologer or psychic. Hold this question gently when you arrive at the dishes, and see what happens. Use this time where you are attending to yourself and your home to reveal the answers you are needing.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What counts as doing and what doesn’t, in your mind?
Meditation - noticing as doing.
Assignment - Lie on the ground as much as possible this week. Look up. While you are lying down, notice what stories arise about the things you need to be doing instead. While you are reading this, notice the stories that arise about why you don’t have time to lie down. Let your body teach you new stories about what doing might include. Let your body remind you how to be creative about what doing is. How did you think about doing as a kid? What did your body feel like as a kid? Use these answers as cues if it’s helpful.

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - When do you re-read important things?
Meditation - learning is a spiral.
Assignment - Return to something you used to love this week. Perhaps this is a book, or an email, or some other communication from another that inspired you. Return to it for the inspiration again, and also to see how you have changed. What do you notice about what has changed? What do you see that you didn’t before? Reflect on your own growth through this process. Tell yourself good job, just for existing, and for noticing your own growth, not to be taken for granted.

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - What noise or sounds help you?
Meditation - Sound as emotional cue.
Assignment - What sounds do you notice that occur regularly around you that help you? By help I mean, maybe there are sounds you find annoying, which contrast to your own sounds - and the difference between the two helps you discern your next step, and the boundary between what is yours and what is another’s. Or I mean, if there are sounds (on all levels / any level) that consistently arise that don’t serve you, what can you do to receive less of this input? How can you care for yourself in this way? Think of sounds as communications, noise, language, music, weather, and more.

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - What role does color play in your life right now?
Meditation - Red - blood, growth, life, movement.
Assignment - Spend some time meditating with color this week. Maybe that means contemplating a color that feels good to you, putting it around you, noticing it when it comes through. Allowing color to work as a metonym for what you want to introduce in your life. Invite life in, invite what is needed in, in the form of color. I see red in your field right now. How does this connect for you? How do you interpret this?

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - How would a child respond to what you are dealing with?
Meditation - childlike responses.
Assignment - You’ve been an old soul your whole life, so getting older is a way for you to get younger. It’s a paradox, as most of life is. Return to any part of you that ever did feel like a child, and ask this child questions about how they would live right now. What would your childhood self prioritize in this moment? What would your childhood self suggest about your next step?

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What is your level of distance from / to your own pain?
Meditation - walking into the center of your life.
Assignment - Let yourself shed this purple bruisey energy by walking from the outside of your life to the inside. Aquarius can be distant from its own pain. Sometimes we need to move closer to it in order to let it move away from us. What does it mean to you to be embodied? This is what I mean by moving to the center of your life. When do you feel most embodied? Ask yourself this question in a moment of quiet. Let the answer tell you about what to spend your free time on this week. 

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What energy is dispersed in your field that you can collect back up?
Meditation - Collecting seeds into a basket.
Assignment - The image this week for you is drawing in, collecting what has been dispersed of your own energy. It’s a huge hand moving from opened to closed, in a graceful, precise gathering motion. This doesn’t mean your heart closes. This means you return to your rightful place as the boss of your own energy, and don’t conflate giving your energy away with compassion. The way to be most effectively compassionate and connected with others is to collect your own energy and guard it with great respect. This is called for so that your energy can not be depleted, so that you can actually have love to offer!

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Yall. A few weeks ago a person died. As people do. But this person was a life-long best friend of mine. One of the things about this person is that probably 300-700 people also felt he was their life-long best friend, and the other thing about this person is, he actually was the 300-700 people’s best friend. This person had really crusty, calloused feet. Because his feet touched the actual earth probably every single day. He was best friends with the earth, and he was best friends with 300-700 people at least, and he was, in his truest moments, also best friends with himself. 

It still seems fake to me that he died. It probably always will. I still expect him to show up unannounced, as he liked to do, and insist that I leave this computer and go jump in the ocean with him. I comprehend rationally that everyone dies but when the most alive person you know dies instantly one day, it doesn’t register.   

I want to write about how his voice sounded like the desert itself. About the messages he left in the form of tiny drawings in secret corners of any house I lived in. His ridiculous voicemail songs, how much more beautiful his face and hair got as they wrinkled and greyed, how even in his bouts of consuming heartache and confusion he still made art, drank coffee with me, and went outside to climb all kinds of trees. How he gave himself fully to whoever he happened to be with in the moment, which was why he was everyone’s best friend. How anyone I told him that I loved, he then loved too, and added to the list of stops on his perpetual migration, kept writing to and drawing for and tattooing. I want to keep writing all the things about him, to linger in the magic of his presence, which I conjure in such an inadequate and incomplete way here. How a life (and goddamn, especially his life) cannot be described or summarized, and yet it’s all I want to write about. At the same time I have not wanted to say anything about him, as an irrational and selfish way of somehow keeping him. But this is not what he would have wanted! He would want his life and anything useful left of it to be shared with everyone. If Tobe were here right now, sitting on my bed, I’d ask him what horoscopes to write this week, because nothing I could say seems important enough to u-load to the internet right now. First he’d make a nasty joke, because he loved the thrill of shocking you and making you laugh in spite of yourself.

Then he’d probably say,

touch your feet to the earth,

remember that your heart is beating,

ask the earth what she’d do if she were you right now, and then do that. 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When do you hide things about yourself for the sake of appearing “together”?
Meditation - unraveled as powerful
Assignment - Notice when you deflect this week. When you feel the need to present something externally that is different from what is present internally. Sometimes, with Aries, this can happen so completely that the internal gets completely obscured, even from you! You don’t have to worry about losing power, in fact as soon as you reveal your own unraveling to yourself, you regain your power. Consider this when / if you set intentions for this coming year during your birthday month. 

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - When do you notice your brain gets cloudy?
Meditation - asking the earth questions.
Assignment - Touch the earth, with your feet, with your hands. Don’t bother with metaphors this week, just keep it literal. Tidy up your surroundings. If you’re in your car, touch the car itself. If you’re in a plastic chair, touch that. Ask the earth, in all of its physical forms, questions about your next step. Ask through touch, gently remind your mind to please step aside so you can listen to the answers with your body.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What aspect of your life could benefit from more humor?   
Meditation - cosmic jokes.
Assignment - Witness the cosmic jokes, expressing themselves in your life and the life around you this week. Write down the jokes you hear. Write down the aspects of your life you wish you could bring humor to, and don’t know how to yet. Say prayers for each of these things, that you will one day be able to tell jokes about them, to laugh. There’s a way that even noticing the things we can’t laugh about as such, can bring a bit of new freedom.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - Are you expecting yourself to be good at everything?
Meditation - the learning process is the most human process.
Assignment - Cancer’s method for learning usually involves a lot of osmosis, so it can be hard for Cancers to identify when and how they are learning. Because this learning process is so intuitive, it can be hard to even realize what has been learned! As a result, you can harbor unrealistic expectations of yourself, that you should be better at something than you are, when maybe this doesn’t make any sense! So take note of if you’re expecting too much this week, and chill. Look at the expectations in front of you, conjure them as words or images. Then imagine lifting a weight off of the words or images. They can still be there, but let them be a bit lighter. The paradox is, the lighter you hold them, the closer you can get to fulfilling them.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What is happening in your heart chakra right now?
Meditation - blooming.
Assignment - Each day this week, focus on your heart chakra. If you don’t know what that is, or ‘believe’ in it, focus on your heart, the front and the back of it. What color is it right now? What is it learning? What is it afraid of? What is it holding that can be shed? What does it want? Ask these questions and any others that arrive by focusing on this area for a few minutes each day. Build a tiny fire of compassion for whatever is present there, as you look. 

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What is happening in your pelvic bowl?
Meditation - pelvis as energy container.
Assignment - Apply your frugality toward your own energy this week. Keep a tally of when you feel energized, and when you feel drained. If you know that an activity is going to drain you and you don’t have to do it, then don’t do it! Apply your own efficiency to how you are dispersing your own precious life force. It’s good for other people, it’s good for you, it’s important. Remember, Beyonce is a Virgo. She dropped Lemonade with no advertisement (no unnecessary energy) and I think it was like the best selling something of all time. That’s a good example of what I’m talking about. 

 

LIBRA | September 23-October 22

Question - When do you get perspective on your situation?
Meditation - sweeping, beautiful vistas.
Assignment - Get yourself to a view of nature. To a location where you can see far into the physical distance away from your body. Let your ideas of yourself and other people become small for a moment. Just look and take pleasure in beauty itself, something you are good at doing. 

 

SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - What are the ways you regularly let yourself experience art?
Meditation - art as embodied transformation.
Assignment - See some art this week, in whatever form you have access to it. Look at your calendar right now, find the time, choose the medium, and commit. Let your deep connection to being human bloom in the center of your body as you experience this art. 

 

SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When do you experience your body in new ways?
Meditation - proprioception.
Assignment - Get your body into new positions this week. Maybe it’s sex, maybe it’s a new type of movement or sport. Maybe it’s just a position in which to observe yourself. Children spend a lot of time experimenting with the feeling of doing a new thing with their body. This experimentation comes easily to the young - remind yourself of your youthfulness by doing this too. Just let yourself feel what it feels like to exist in a body, which becomes easier to do when you are moving it in a new way!

 

CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you embrace things / yourself being a mess?
Meditation - messiness as divine.
Assignment - Capricorn likes order. But order only exists with its cosmic partner, chaos, or in more human every day terms, messiness. The word ‘salty’ keeps coming to mind for you this week. What would it look like if you let yourself be messier, if you let yourself be salty? What assignment arises in order to enact and embody this suggestion? This is about freedom. This is always about freedom and love.

 

AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What is happening in your legs?
Meditation - lower body.
Assignment - I want you to touch your legs a lot this week. Get someone else to touch them. Bring your awareness into them. Meditate on them. Thank them for all the work they do. Bring your attention from your thoughts down into your body, down down down into these beautiful important limbs. Anytime you notice yourself spinning out, bring the awareness back to the lower body, especially those legs.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - In what ways are you connecting to / remembering spring?!
Meditation - spring as new life
Assignment - Give yourself some time this week to observe the blooms and dynamic activity of spring. Actually put it on the calendar, give it a designated section of time and a title. Then when you’re in the time you set aside, just let your watery ability connect to the essence of anything / everything, and be full of life, living.