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IDENTITY AND RELATIONSHIP

Full Moon today! The Sun has moved into Libra, and the Moon is opposite in Aries today. The connection between relationship and individuality is foregrounded in this Full Moon. When things happen that are out of our control - which happens an infinite number of times per day - we have an opportunity to see how deep the relationship runs between what we perceive as ourselves and what we perceive as other people. This relational truth is what Libra is about at its best. It’s opposite, Aries, is expressed when we embody and enact our own agency. Opposites in the zodiac remind us of how dependent they are on each other, and this is one reason why Full Moons are so powerful - because they remind us of how these polarities need each other in order to exist. We can’t understand our own identities without the sense that something other than us exists. And we can’t understand relation to others without the sense that we have an identity of some kind. Where does your perception typically fall on this scale? How much do you think about other people? How much do you think about yourself? When might you be confused about what you are actually thinking about?

Use this Full Moon potency to reflect on what is asking for balance in your life. And for things that feel like they can’t be brought into balance right now - remember that balance requires imbalance to exist.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - How much do you practice deep listening with those you’re close to?
Meditation - listening.
Assignment - Spend as much time as possible not jumping to conclusions this week. Stay in don’t know mind. With your partner and really intimate relationships especially. There’s a tendency for you to be so quick in your judgments - it all happens very fast, and that serves you well. But it also causes you to miss a lot about others. Just come back to the present, to listening as attentively as you can to who is in front of you and what they are really communicating. This will contribute greatly to feeling more connected to those you love, and paradoxically, to getting what you need also.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - Who do you admire?
Meditation - sky blue.
Assignment - Meditate on those you admire this week - whether people you know or don’t know, and write about their qualities, what it is that moves you about them. What does this admiration reveal to you about what you value? Are there any gaps between what you admire and what you feel you can be or do? Write about that too. Don’t sell yourself short because of your practicality. There’s a way that admiration shows you about what you want your life to be! You can bring this in, you can cultivate this garden, your own.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What brings you back down to earth?
Meditation - moss green.
Assignment - Contemplate the image of pulling yourself back to earth, back into your own body. Where is your conscious awareness most of the time? Is it in your head, above your head, away from your body, in your belly? Practice bringing it down, toward your center, lower and lower, while breathing deeply. Uniting the mind with the body has much more to do with our happiness than our circumstances do.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - When and how do you use music in your life right now?
Meditation - yellow.
Assignment - Reflect on where and how you use music - is it an escape? Is it a buoy? Is it healing? Is it a way to connect to other people who love the same music? Is it a retreat or a return? Music can be all these things and more, and because sound and memory are so important to you, it probably is many of these things at different times. Just reflect and see what you find about how music shows up in your life. And see if you can bring more healing and presence into your life via music instead of just escape if you find that to be present often.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - How is your sexual life?
Meditation - sexuality and creativity.
Assignment - Reflect on your sexual life this week - what it has been in the past, what it is now, what you want it to be. How much you let yourself imagine what you want it to be. How it’s connected to your creativity. How do the two relate for you? Have you considered this before? Understanding the relationship in a deep way will likely help your fulfillment in both.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - When does your skepticism serve you and when does it hinder your connection?
Meditation - the opposite of skepticism
Assignment - Meditate on what is the opposite of skepticism. What does it feel like when you aren’t skeptical? Under what conditions do you find yourself not being skeptical? The opposite definition is along the lines of faith / trust / certainty. When do you experience those qualities? Are there ways you could let yourself practice those experiences more? What might that do to your connections with people?


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - When do you feel calmest?
Meditation - easy.
Assignment - There’s a tendency for you to try to control situations and not feel or look like that’s what you’re doing. The control you try to exert usually appears to you and others as trying to be nice or accommodating, to make sure people are happy. But this is a form of attempting to exert control. Letting people not be happy is a challenging practice for you Libra, but one to return to again and again, because paradoxically it will allow you and those in your field to have more space and permission to be as they are. And when we feel this permission, we are naturally more connected to each other! Practice this allowing, and noticing when you are trying to control someone else’s experience, even when it seems benevolent because you want them to ‘be happy.’


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - Who do you trust the most and why?
Meditation - trust as a practice
Assignment - The more you trust, the better you will feel, the more connection you will experience with others. And this doesn’t mean that you won’t also feel hurt! But your tendency is to expect others to earn your trust and this can feeling tiring for others to be the recipient of this energy. Your fear is that you will be duped, or somehow the last one to know, so you put up a gate that people have to earn entry through by a series of tests they often don’t even know they are subject to. The important thing to remember in this tendency is that whether you are the first or last to know, we are still out of control of our experience of pain in interpersonal love! So you can set this guard down a bit and not take on so much responsibility for this pain or preventing it. Everyone experiences it, whether they are intuitive like you or not! AND, you don’t have to give up your savvy intuition! Just try on trust as a proactive practice, so that you are meeting others in the middle more, and see what happens to your relationships.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - Who do you not listen to that you might benefit from listening to?
Meditation - what remains out of your view.
Assignment - Keep your eye out for the things you tend to NOT be curious about. This includes people, art, plants, etc - influences that you aren’t drawn to. What might be held in these areas and beings that you could learn from? This is not a suggestion for more restless seeking, you probably experience plenty of that! It’s a reminder that the quieter, less interesting realms and beings can often hold the most insight and new awareness. What happens to your perspective when you consciously open to the things you have previously rejected?  


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What embarrasses you?
Meditation - daring.
Assignment - One way you can continue to discover what public opinion you are still concerned about is to notice what embarrasses you. Instead of trying to avoid this feeling, you can look deeply into it and be with it. You can use it as information, as a bell to remind you that an opportunity has appeared to become conscious of an old fear that you don’t have to harbor anymore. What is embarrassment and when does it show up for you? Or when do you imagine it will, or fear it will? How can you use this information to open to life and become freer?


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What does your decision making process feel like lately?
Meditation - purple.
Assignment - What modalities / strengths do you draw on when you make decisions? How much do you trust your own decision-making process? When do decisions you’ve made feel good, and when do you doubt them? Are you trying to use your intellectual mind too much? Are you using your tendency toward extremism too much? When are your decisions reactionary, and when are they fully conscious, and how often do you notice the difference in real time? Give yourself some time this week to slow down and look at your decisions. Your life will benefit.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - In what ways does your intuition drain you?
Meditation - fullness
Assignment - Maybe it’s not the intuition itself, but it’s how you’re using it, or how aware you are of it. Often for people as psychic as you are, the intuition runs the show instead of you, so that you are unable to turn down the level of information you are receiving all the time - hence Pisces being known for wanting to escape, for good reason! But with awareness and practice you don’t have to escape so much. Take note of when you feel drained each day this week. Who were you with, what were you doing? When you connect feeling drained with a person or activity, it doesn’t mean you have to stop doing that thing or seeing that person (although that may be your medicine, at least for a while). But you can look a little deeper and see if there is some information input you can turn down. You don’t have to know what everyone is feeling and even more than that you don’t have to feel it yourself. Even just remembering this truth is a tool for maintaining more boundaries between your own psychic world and other people’s.

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WHO IS BRINGING YOU WATER?

The Fall Equinox happens this coming weekend on Saturday for those in the northern hemisphere This is the time of year when the amount of day light and the amount of darkness is the same. It’s a moment between the Summer Solstice, when there is the most daylight all year, and the Winter Solstice, when there is the least day light all year. So this is a potent opportunity to take note of the bodies we are in, the lives we are living, the location on the planet we find ourselves, its season, what is going on here.

What has your life been over this summer? What do you want your life to be during this fall?

As I’ve mentioned some in these past weeks, it’s been a challenging time for me. The other day I was in a pretty desperate place and I went to a restaurant. I sat down and the server gave me a glass of sparkling water without me even asking for it. This gesture made me weep. Something that he does every day at work, all the time, that most people probably don’t notice. He probably doesn’t notice! He had probably done it 43 times that day before I walked in. This is not even an occurrence in most of our developed-world days! But because I have been struggling and everything feels hard at times, I noticed. This is an unexpected gift of struggling, that arrives every once in a while. I thought, no one has ever appreciated this glass of sparkling water as much as I am right now. I can’t know if that’s true and it doesn’t matter, but I keep learning this truth over and over - our appreciation comes out of our suffering. Appreciation is about the places where we aren’t suffering, where someone or something helps us to suffer less. Shinzen Young suggests practicing meditation where you focus on parts of your body that DON’T feel bad, parts that feel at ease. What part of you feels at ease? In other words, what part are you likely not paying attention to because it’s not in struggle?

You can increase your own joy right this minute by noticing the places in your body that feel okay, or even good. You can increase your own joy right now by noticing when someone puts a glass of sparkling water down on your table for you to drink. It doesn’t matter if they notice, or even meant it to be kind. It’s still sustaining your life. You can notice that there are still plants living around you. That you have eyes that can read this. That you have a mind that can consider whether you agree with it or not.

Appreciation is not about flagellating yourself over what you have in life - this is why I sometimes avoid talking about it. It’s about not missing the nearly-impossible magic of what is conspiring toward your life in this very moment.

I’m not saying that the suffering people endure is “worth it.” I don’t think it is. But we don’t have control over that suffering. We have control over what we notice.

What will you notice in this hour? This day? This coming fall? What will you choose to see about how your life is unfolding?


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - What’s happening with your body in this space and time?
Meditation - laws of nature as protection, not a burden.
Assignment - Transition your diet into fall foods this week - warming, grounding, rooting. Moving from turbo summer energy to the beginning of the rest / composting / renewal cycle. Use the time you are eating this calming food to reflect on what the summer has been, and what you want the fall to be - especially the holiday time - you can set intentions now to help yourself stay more even through that time if you begin now!

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - When do you pray?
Meditation - prayer as locating yourself.
Assignment - Experiment with prayer this week. If that word is too much / negatively associated for you, try something that doesn’t feel like prayer. The point is to do something that puts you in contact with your smallness, among the vastness of the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, the universe. Sometimes the intention or even wondering what it would mean to pray can offer a new perspective on what is going on here, and take a break from the everyday practical material Taurean perspective.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - When do you let yourself compost?
Meditation - leaves composting back into the ground.
Assignment - Write about what needs to be composted this week. In your psyche, in your life, in your fridge, in your relationships. Reread what you wrote. Take note of it. Breathe while you take note of it. Then rest and let it happen. Effort is not what is called for here, it’s more the opposite of effort, an allowing nature to run through your life, work its magic. 

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What is health to you?
Meditation - health as connectedness
Assignment - When was the last time you thought about your overall health? When was the last time you actually asked yourself what your personal health looks like? Write about this. It’s not about judging yourself for not doing something or doing too much of something. It’s just everything shifts when we notice - so what needs attention to be noticed? Take some time to just reflect on what health means to you, and if there is a gap between that and what your daily life looks like. Do this with as much self-love and acceptance as possible!

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - When and where are your fallow times?
Meditation - fallow as life-giving.
Assignment - You need the sun and creative life force perhaps more than anyone. But part of this includes fallow times, and if you don’t make space for them, they will come in a more jarring and/or extreme way to force you into taking time to recuperate. Use this transition into fall as a time to reflect on when and how you will invite - cultivate even - fallow times. It will be a good practice for the steady burn of your fire, instead of big fires and burn outs.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - When do you cultivate your visionary self?
Meditation - vast vision.
Assignment - As we transition out of Virgo season, spend some time visioning new possibilities for yourself. Let your sense of possibility grow bigger, let yourself dream more. Instead of just keeping your head down working like you always do, take some time to name your dreams. What do you really want but don’t talk about? What do you want but feels out of reach? Channel your fire brothers and sisters and imagine the obstacles are not fixed - because they aren’t. They seem large because you have this tendency to look at them and forget WHO is doing the looking. Who is doing the looking is the one who can create something much better and more beautiful and more relevant than the problems or obstacles.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - What plants are in your life regularly?
Meditation - plants as allies.
Assignment - Return to your relationship to plants this week, or begin to cultivate one if you don’t already have one. This could be taking care of a plant, being next to plants, visiting botanical gardens, noticing street trees and plants, etc. Plants are everywhere, even in desolate parking lots! Plants find a way, they are resourceful, they heal our planet, they live in deep relationship with us. You are so relational, it will heal you to spend time with their nourishment, in any way you can. The more you do this, the more you will know what to do and not be plagued with indecision.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When do you expend unnecessary energy?
Meditation - conserving emotional energy.
Assignment - Let your exhaustion be a signal to you this week - if you find yourself tired, yes sleep and rest from activity when possible. But even more than this, take note of what emotional energy you are expending - and how much of this is habitual versus necessary. Can you relate to others, complete your tasks, and take on less of others’ feelings? This can happen through simple slow breathing, and remembering with intention - I don’t have to take on anyone else’s emotions. I can remember this. This is caring for myself and others the most. The clearer I am about what is mine and what is theirs, the better I can show up, and the more connected I will feel.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - What shines in your life right now?
Meditation - shining.
Assignment - Are you taking enough time to appreciate what is shining, what is alive? Are you doing too much so that you miss this? Or is your attention on problems so often that you miss it? So simple, keep it simple, but just notice, write down a few things every day this week - what is alive, what is working, what is shining, what is thriving. There are things - if it feels hard to find them right now, it’s an indication of how important it is to take the time to do so.  


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What forces are you in symbiosis with?
Meditation - vital green.
Assignment - What is helping you that you are also helping? How much do you pay attention to this mutuality occurring in your life? Give yourself time and space to see this, to be with it, to appreciate it, to RECEIVE. This is the main thing - to notice where you are offering, and especially to notice where you are receiving. And when and how you don’t let yourself receive, or aren’t really open to it. Don’t stress if you find this, just be gentle and see it, keep seeing it, and it will shift. Symbiosis is how the planet works, so it’s happening for you, and it brings so much more joy and peace to actively look for this in your life.


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - When and what do you do alone?
Meditation - aloneness as a way to remember togetherness.
Assignment - Spend some time alone this week. It doesn’t matter that much what you are doing but make sure that it’s not something you typically do to distract yourself. Just let aloneness happen, and see what you notice about yourself. Is it scary? Is it calming? Is it easy? What is your mind doing? How much does your mind think about the future or past when you were with people? What happens when you try to bring it back to the present? What does it mean to be in a relationship with yourself?

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - When do you stand in the wind?
Meditation - messiness.
Assignment - Let yourself be messy this week, don’t worry about cleaning up. You can do that next week. Let yourself feel what needs to be felt, let yourself be a Pisces all the way this week. Attend to your inner life. Attend to receiving. Attend to loving the mess itself, practice not wishing it were different. Allow, allow, allow.

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adrienne maree brown is:
– a writer
– a sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar
– an organizational healer
– a pleasure activist
– a facilitator
– a life/love/relationship/work coach
– a network weaver
– a speaker/singer (including wedding singer) and
– a doula
living in Detroit.

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adrienne maree brown wrote a book that continues to transform my thinking about so many things. It deepens connections between all of our locations and selves - it continues to help me rethink what activism and transformation looks like on the daily. Read Emergent Strategy! Read adrienne's blog! Follow her on instagram! Her work is a beautiful expression of Virgo energy - and so many more things - but it's so damn thorough, in such deep relationship with nature and life itself, so humble, smart, honoring and naming all the influences and resources from which she draws ... the principles she's collected feel essential in a million ways right now. So happy to share these words of hers below in this interview.

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1. When do you experience the most joy?

When I am facilitating a room full of history-makers and we break through societal blocks to experience freedom together. When I have a new idea and room to dream it out. When I am reunited with people I love. When I am anticipating pleasure. 

2. From engaging with your writing and speaking, I see the Virgo qualities of analysis and humility, awe of the natural world, fascination with and study of efficient processes and systems, etc. There’s so much practical, grounded material in your work - I wonder if you experience the typical Virgo struggles of overanalysis, self-criticalness, getting lost in the details? (It seems, in a way, that Emergent Strategy could be a self-help manual on how to manage and heal those tendencies!)

Oh for sure. Whenever something goes 'wrong' my first words/thoughts are still some variation of calling myself an idiot. I am able to catch it quickly now, or catch the perfectionist tendency, and move through to the work. But I am atypical in terms of the details - I like to work with people I trust and task out a lot of details, I give myself permission to obsess over details at the level of words and facilitation, because those are areas where I can see my unique offer most clearly. The rest I let go, sometimes to my detriment. The key is learning to trust - a lot of those traits are rooted in not trusting. Virgos who trust live fuller, less anxious lives.

3. What practices / people / places feel most alive for you right now in healing and transforming challenging patterns in your life? How have those practices / people / places evolved over time?

Meditation and therapy, especially somatic therapy, feel like necessary practices for me and for all people. It's hard for me to trust people who don't have a way to get quiet, to reflect on their lives, to take responsibility for their emotional states. That has been a big learning for me - there is the life that you get, and there is what you make of it. That second part is the space where art, beauty, grace, humor, humility, surrender, magic - all the good stuff comes in through the work you do to shape your life. I love that I am learning to listen to my body, listen to the memories there, listen to the present moment in me, listen to the future adjusting my current actions. 

4. How do you relate to urgency, when it arises, in your current life? When do you act on urgency? When do you not act on it? How do you decide how to respond to it?

Sometimes I ignore it. Sometimes it really motivates me into action. I am really not interested in urgency guiding my life except at a spiritual level. I believe we are in a time that needs our spiritual attention in an urgent way, needs us to wake up in an urgent way. I have an internal process though - I don't do things out of obligation - urgent obligation makes life feel falsely important or impossible. I really tune into my own passion, whether I can actually be useful. I don't give too much attention to things that I can't see a way to impact.

5. At the end of Emergent Strategy you talk about how the whole motivation of the book is love. Does the presence of this love feel persistent? Does it ebb and flow, or are there times it feels harder to connect to it? What do you do if / when it does feel more distant? And if it doesn’t ever feel distant, why do you think that is? 

Love is constant. My perspective gets shaped by my suffering and my practices. Struggle, suffering is also constant. I let my suffering be a measure of my love of life, freedom, connection. That shifting of perspective is a practice. It's one thing to know love is there. It's work to surrender into it. Life's work. 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - Where does your attention predominantly rest?
Meditation - mimicry.
Assignment - Look around to the natural world, the non-human species, and see what patterns and behaviors you want to integrate. What do you admire about plants and or animals? What do you notice about them that's different from us? What can you mimic of their behavior that might help your life? Slowing down to observe others a bit can change your life. So much information is available that you sometimes don't make time for. Make time for it this week.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - Where and when do you avoid going deeper because you are scared? 
Meditation - rooting further down.
Assignment - Don't resist the urge to connect to roots this week, whatever that means to you. To develop and deepen your own roots. You can be used to digging your heels in as an automatic aversion to change, but what happens if you try to root deeper instead of digging deeper? Rooting deeper is intentional, it's going with a natural process instead of resisting it. It's for a purpose, to strengthen life. Take note of the opportunities to go deeper for the purposes of strengthening your life and your community's life this week.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What does the opposite of distraction look like for you?
Meditation - this moment.
Assignment - You can be overly positive or negative depending on where your attention is. Take note of this tendency this week. Gemini loves to categorize and label and give language to everything - which serves you well, but it can be a distraction from directly experiencing what is happening. There is a difference between what is happening and naming what is happening. Play in this area this week, spend time attuning yourself to this difference and see what you notice. 

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - Where is your spiritual party and where are your spiritual friends?
Meditation - noticing spirit.
Assignment - Give yourself permission to nourish your spiritual life this week. I don't mean do new things, although that could be part of it. I mean take notice of what is already spiritually fulfilling in your life. It could be reading an article on your phone by a writer you are inspired by. It could be eating a food with a friend, sharing the love of this food. Spirit is everywhere, it doesn't not exist. It's just our awareness of it that fades and arises. If you're too caught up in your emotional hardships you might miss the miracle of spirit offering itself to you over and over. Look for this, cultivate this.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - Where are you steady and where are you pliable?
Meditation - grass in wind.
Assignment - Take stock of your fixed tendencies this week, along with the places you have more agility. This balance is so important! Make sure you aren't sticking to an idea or a plan that's outdated, that you're holding onto and confusing with a piece of your identity. The relief to remember here is that ideas have nothing to do with identity, even though we get confused and think they do all the time. So with a lot of gentleness, just review - where am I rigid? Where am I fluid? What does this moment ask of me? It feels so much better to be available to the moment instead of wedded to an old tired idea.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What do you admire about nature?
Meditation - believing in yourself like you believe in nature.
Assignment - Take note of how you judge nature, or don't judge nature. Practice applying the level of acceptance you have for trees, or ravens, or stars, and the ways that they are, to yourself. You are not separate from these beings, you are in fact made of the same materials, so why would you apply different judgments to yourself? Why would you isolate yourself in the exhaustion of self-inflicted harmful thoughts, instead of accepting that you are another facet of nature, being nature? Living this means loving yourself. It doesn't mean you have to force a particular feeling, it just means practicing a gentle acceptance. Here I am. This is enough. I am nature. I am not different from what is alive, therefore I am worthy of respect. 


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - What does it mean to make something more beautiful?
Meditation - balance and imbalance depend on each other.
Assignment - How often do you feel the urge or need to make something better? Different? Improved? What happens if you pause when that urge arises, what if you do nothing instead and see what happens? What new space might this open up for others to do something? What might this allow you to notice that is already improved, or beautiful, or thriving? Pause before you act on this improvement or beautifying impulse this week, and see what happens.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When and how do you give yourself permission to be sexual?
Meditation - sex as life.
Assignment - Experiment with your sexuality as not based on sex itself, or in relation to others this week. What sensations in your experience overlap or might feel related to sexuality on a more subtle level? What ways can you inhabit sex even if you aren't having it, or even if the sex you are having doesn't fulfill you completely. Connect to sex as aliveness, to your own body. Remember (over and over, as a practice) that your sex, your sexuality, is a vital life force that is not dependent on what sex looks like in your life.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When do you let things be small?
Meditation - small.
Assignment - Track your ups and downs this week. Notice your tendency to make things big. Bigness is a part of your default - what happens if you let things be small. Not diminished, but just small and quiet. Your emotional experience. Your language. Your conversations. Your movements. Wherever it feels that you might not have examined this tendency, pay attention and see what happens. You can feel all the things you feel and experience life fully without the bigness, and it will only free you up to experiment with this.  


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - Are you taking enough breaks?
Meditation - rest.
Assignment - What do the breaks you take look like? Are the breaks scrolling on your phone? Are they emailing? Are they getting a friend obligation out of the way? Are they still productive in some way in your mind? What is true rest for you? When is the last time you asked yourself that? When is the last time you practiced true rest? When was the last time you let yourself feel a little uncomfortable not doing anything (especially without your phone)?


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where is your thought circular, where does it eddy out?
Meditation - the space between noises.
Assignment - Listen for silence this week. In between your thoughts, in between the noises you hear in an hour, in a few minutes. Doing this means being quiet yourself sometimes, let's say at least three times, this week. Being quiet and listening for silence includes turning off your phone during that time. Internal noise, like in your mind, and external noise. See if you can try this out, this kind of listening, without any sense of shame or that things should be different in your life, just as a way to kindly notice sound and silence. It's a different thing to listen FOR silence, instead of to sounds. Where does the silence live? What happens when you put your attention on it?

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What basics in your life are not being attended to?
Meditation - the basics.
Assignment - You are such a dreamer, it can be hard to stay tethered to the earth. Or you can find it frustrating, and tend to neglect basic needs because they feel pesky or beneath you or a waste of time. But this is part of what you are here to learn - how to be embodied, how to live on earth, be subject to earth rhythms and laws, etc. You can still do this with your signature dreamscape overlay, and it's so beautiful when you do! But fighting with or trying to override your need for the basics like food, water, connection on a daily level, will only put you more frequently into resistance and struggle. Let these needs in and nurture them like you let in your dreams. 

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STRANGE FAITH

I’ve been noticing during readings with people how we try to do almost everything with our rational brains, when sometimes this is an overuse and misplacement of this capacity. It’s very useful! But it is overused. What happens if and when we try to use another type of ‘reasoning’ to move through our days, our lives? 

Are we ever asking the question - is this decision or situation really in need of my ‘rational’ thought?

What are we actually calling ‘rational’? 

Are we conflating ‘rational’ with ‘self-critical’ or with ‘harsh’? 

Have I exhausted rational thought in this area? Where has it led me? 

Perhaps it would be valuable to try out another kind of navigation from time to time, especially when you feel stuck or at a dead end. We forget that there are even other ways to be! But as soon as you name any of your thinking as habitual, you make room for a new way, because you see it as a type of thinking at all.

Sometimes writing feels hard. Because my self-critical ‘reasoning’ brain tells me I have nothing to offer, or I’m too tired or busy or can’t do it well enough, etc. But the beauty of any regular practice, is that it provides a constant for noticing what is different and what is the same. (I highly recommend practicing a constant of some kind as a way to deepen your understanding of yourself and life.)

This week writing horoscopes felt impossible. And then I realized I needed to let another part of my brain, or life, take over. I needed to connect to the energies of the signs again themselves, and just let it happen on the other side of rationality. I’m not sure exactly what that means but I’m sharing it because I think it’s worth exploring. 

So often getting ‘desperate’ is something we avoid, but it can be such an important place to be. It’s the place where you give up and think things are hopeless and that is exactly when you inadvertently create a new space for a new way. This is a part of the learning process! (This is something I continue to learn and re-learn.) But! We have to practice at least the smallest bit of faith during that desperation that a new way can come. Just enough to try to remember that desperation can lead us somewhere, and in fact it is often a part of the path to anywhere.

I’m with you in whatever strange faith we can muster right now.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - Who supports you?
Meditation - lavender
Assignment - Spend time writing or contemplating how you can allow more support into your life.

 

TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question -  What places in your life do you seek false security?
Meditation - peach
Assignment - Meditate and write on what is true security, what is truly secure.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What is your own unique offering?
Meditation - orange
Assignment - Pull back from your connections for a moment and contemplate what is your own offering, what no one else can contribute except for you. Find more ways to offer that.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - How much of your life revolves around a plan?
Meditation - lemon yellow
Assignment - Abandon the plan and sit under a tree. Abandon the plan and remember who you used to be before you started participating in and making plans. Give that person permission to live here and now.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - What if your creative expression depends on all the times in life when you don’t feel creative?
Meditation - violet
Assignment - Write about what it would feel like and look like to not be creative, to not create. See what you discover.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - Who would you be and what would you do if all the problems were resolved?
Meditation - royal blue
Assignment - If you know how to swim, and how to dive, dive into some water this week. If you don’t, find another physical way to dive into your very own life.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - When do you feel the most vibrant and at ease?
Meditation - fuchsia
Assignment - Just letting what you already did be enough for right now, minding your own business, giving yourself permission to shine just for existing, by yourself.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - When and how do you separate yourself from people or pull away
Meditation - silver
Assignment - Contemplate what it would look like to separate from people, in whatever ways you do, just a little less. Especially when you are feeling isolated, reach out.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - How conscious are you of the agenda you carry as you go through your day?
Meditation - purple
Assignment - Watch the birds. What are they doing? What do they care about? What are they communicating? What can you learn from them?


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you regret playing it safe?
Meditation - gold
Assignment - Write down three risks you want to take while it’s still 2018. Then take them.


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where and what do you have faith in, that you don’t typically call faith?Meditation - turquoise
Assignment - Meditate on your connection to strangers all across the world, human and other than human. Let your heart fill with this connection, even if your brain can’t get there.

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What evidence is life providing you that it is taking care of you?
Meditation - spring green
Assignment - Spend time surrounded by green, looking at trees or anything else that is green. Immerse yourself.

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NOT MISSING OUR LIVES

We miss so much when we're wishing it was going a different way, which is so much of the time. It seems so human to do this, to arrange our circumstances, or try to, and keep trying to, for an entire lifetime. As I wrote about in the newsletter last week, so much of our lives includes transformation, or at least opportunities for it. Nature is constantly inviting us to transform, on all levels. This is one thing Astrology names - the invitation of transformation on psychological and spiritual levels. 

When we wish someone wasn't dying who is, we miss out on being fully present with them for the life they have left. When we wish our bodies were different - thinner, differently-shaped, healthier, etc, we miss the overwhelming magic of how they are functioning, digesting, breathing, regulating temperature, moving us around in whatever way they can, etc. When we wish we had more money, when we wish Trump wasn't in the white house, when we wish it wasn't so foggy, we are missing a lot of what is in front of us. 

But, if we don't want things to be different, how will things ever change? If we're in full acceptance of the way things are, we are more clear-headed. Then we have psychic space to take action. And we are less likely to miss the marvel of what is taking place that is full of love and strength. 

It can be a relief to stop trying to arrange circumstances, to always be wishing things were different. It is exhausting to be wishing for life to be different from how it is! I encourage you to experiment with this yourself - to see what of it feels true to you.

I'm into not missing our lives, and I want to not miss it with you - all of it - the entire life, whether it lasts a few more minutes or a few more decades.


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When do you feel free to be generous?
Meditation - generosity.
Assignment - Sometimes you can get caught in unconsciously thinking you need to conserve your energy or resources in someway that makes you feel like you can't be generous. Like you can't give others your time or attention or some other resource. Practice holding both things to be true this week, that you can in fact be generous any time you want, while also containing / holding what you need. The more conscious you are of what your real needs are, the more you can fulfill those, and then you have more time and space for others. Look into what it means to be generous for you, and how it feels.


TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - What patterns serve you and what patterns hinder you?
Meditation - patterns
Assignment - Patterns are found in nature everywhere. We are made of patterns, patterns surround us. What are your patterns? What spaces do you move between or in throughout a day or week? Make a map of your movements this week. LOOK at what you are doing. Include things that feel really unimportant on the map. Just to be able to see what is going on here. Especially for things that feel unimportant because that is what constitutes a lot of our time. You tend to be a creature of habit, and that is not a bad thing, but habits are unconscious patterns. The more conscious you are of these, the more wellbeing you have access to.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What is the original source of your energy?
Meditation - the source.
Assignment - An image for how your attention often works is like the thousand ends of a firework almost landing in the water. It's beautiful and interesting and the light captures your attention. The spread of the light is the firework's power. But if you are feeling depleted, it can be because your attention is spread too thin, too often at too many tail ends of the light. Pull your energy back this week from spreading and diversifying. Get curious about how the energy is made for the firework itself, your own energy body. If you attend to this foundation, you can trust that your energy will spread in all the important ways. 

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What are your most prominent fears lately?
Meditation - fear as communication.
Assignment - Listen to your fears this week. Notice what they tell you. Write them down as they arise. Look back at what you wrote. What is your relationship to your fears? How often do you name them consciously? How often do you avoid them? Fear is a part of every psyche, it is not personal, it controls us less the more we look at it. Use this week as a time to look at your fears, as neutrally as you can - and try to befriend them. 

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - When is your entitlement serving you and when does it hinder you?
Meditation - flexibility.
Assignment - Leo - you're good at knowing your worth and demanding what you need and want. You understand that people are entitled to dignity, yourself especially! This helps you in your life. But sometimes the expectation of it can get in the way of your happiness. It can confuse you into thinking you can't be happy without a situation changing, someone understanding something about you, someone changing their lives, etc. This is not where your true happiness lies! It lies in remembering that your dignity is present whenever you remember that it is. It's not based on all these circumstances of other people understanding you or not. So when you remember that, you become instantly more flexible, and actually more able to be a friend to anyone around you, because you are no longer trying to get them to be a certain way. This is the magic of looking within for your own dignity and happiness.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - How much of your time is your own?
Meditation - uncompromising
Assignment - Sometimes you need to say no. You need to say, 'I'm not going to do that thing that you want me to do, that I usually willingly do." Sometimes you need to take back your own time, this could be from other people you have over-offered it to, it could be taking it back from your own outdated rules about productivity, it could be taking it back from self-critical thoughts. Don't think too much about where you are taking it back from, just let yourself do that.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - When do you pull your attention inward?
Meditation - inward.
Assignment - All the other people's thoughts and how they are feeling and if they are upset will be there if you take a break for a minute. Pull back from other people's thoughts, or rather, what you are imagining other people's thoughts to be, this week. This is always a good reminder and practice for Libra. Pulling back from thinking about other people and what they are thinking is not being selfish, it's aligning yourself with the law of right place - you are staying in your business and having enough faith in other people that they too are capable of staying in their own business. And in fact that is the only way any of us learn, is if we deal with our own business. 


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - How often do you assume the worst?
Meditation - letting the mind quiet.
Assignment - You understand so much about power and how it operates. This works to your advantage so much of the time. And sometimes it causes you to expect the worst of people, to assume, when there is a question about their motives, that the worst one is the only one present, or that's the place they are acting from. The developmental challenge for Scorpio is discernment - discerning what of your intuition is habitual and outdated assumptions that people will use power against you, and what of it is real. What if you discerned what to believe by going with what feels better? How does trust feel in your body? How does distrust feel in your body? Be very slow and gentle with this, don't rush anything. At the very least try to give yourself permission to not need to know everything about everyone's motives for a bit, and see what happens.   


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - When is your speech specific?
Meditation - specificity
Assignment - Get specific with your language, with your communication this week. You can be lofty and big-minded and focusing on specifics won't separate you from that. It will expand your reach of who and how you can communicate, and help you feel more connected to others instead of less. You might think you are already being specific, but look into this more, and see what you notice - see what feedback, direct or indirect, people give you about this. There is the power of intimacy in specificity, so try it out more.


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What do you eat that you love?
Meditation - nourishment.
Assignment - Returning to the body (always)! Letting the mind have a break. Insisting that the mind put its feet up. Go to the store, pick some foods that you love, that nourish you in any way. Don't overthink it, just let yourself get things that you love! That feel easy. That feel alive. Then eat those foods without looking at your phone. If you do it with someone else, just make sure that you aren't talking the whole time so that you miss the experience of eating your food. Ideally eating alone or in silence a few times, so that you let yourself experience the pleasure of it, and the nourishment. This is so important. 


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What's happening with your ankles right now?
Meditation - body as messenger
Assignment - Pay attention to your ankles, to how they connect you to the earth, how they work with your feet, how they connect your feet to your lower body. Bring your awareness down lower into your body, over and over this week. What information is there for you? What awareness, understanding, intuition is there that you might neglect by being up in your head so often? Attend and attune to your body, your lower body, your ankles. See what happens when you do this every day for a week.  

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - When do you harbor emotional wounds beyond their time?
Meditation - release
Assignment - Listen to music that helps you let go of old emotional wounds. Time is not linear for you so you might find yourself emotionally charged about something that seems too old to bother you. But emotional wounds don't work like that. They are present when our attention is on them, and then not. Over and over. Especially for water people like yourself. But just because emotional wounds arise, doesn't mean you have to do a lot of 'work' to release them. You don't have to look at them in some involved mental way, you can just acknowledge them fully and then say, Thank you for the lesson, you can go now. If music is helpful in this realm, to encourage your body to shed, then use it for that this week! 

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TRANSFORMATIVE WORK

We move into Virgo season this week. This is an opportunity to contemplate the Virgo qualities of humility, attention to detail, self-improvement, attending to health and well-being, humor and quit wit! Thriving on work, transformative work, healing work. Virgo is good at problem-solving. It's an earth sign but it's the most mentally focused of the earth signs. In struggle, Virgo can be overly critical, hard on itself, and use work for its unending obsession with improvement. While thriving, Virgo uses work to transform, to heal. Look into how you use and perform work of all kinds this month. What details need to be attended to in your life that have been neglected? What time and space can you devote during this month to reconnecting with the natural world, with your own version of well-being? What transformative work is waiting for you? How can you shift your perspective with humor? Reflect on these qualities and set some intentions this month for integrating this energy, going with it instead of resisting it. The Full Moon in Pisces at the end of the week is a good time to feel this shift, acknowledge it, and set some intentions. 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - When do you ask for help?
Meditation - asking for help
Assignment - When you feel isolated, especially when you have taken on too much, notice the stories you have about what you should be doing. Are you not getting what you need because you think you should be doing it all on your own? This concept is so strong culturally in the west and USA and Aries as the independent one, the initiator, tends toward this belief. Come back into connection when you ask others for help, it's a way of connecting and moving from isolation to inter-being. Sometimes the simplest way forward is just to ask.


TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - What do you do with your complete attention?
Meditation - totality.
Assignment - What compels you? What holds your attention easily? What do you become absorbed in, not checking out, but checking in. What activities and processes in your life lead you to a feeling of totality? Follow those. Take note of them. Write them down. Let them live by making a plan to be with them more of the time.

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What are you cultivating in your life right now?
Meditation - cultivation.
Assignment - When you move around too much, in your mind or in your body, it's hard to cultivate. Cultivation involves some conditions that are constants and some that are changing. What is changing in your life that you have no control over? What is changing that you do have control over? What are the constants in your life? How do you make space for them, so that you can cultivate what you want to? How might you neglect the constants? Write about and live with these questions this week so you can cultivate what you really want to.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - What does it mean to you to honor ancestors?
Meditation - bring the past into the present
Assignment - You are so connected to the past - how can you bring it into now? What memories haunt you, what places do you still hold guilt and shame and confusion? What does it look like to carry the past with you in a generative and loving way toward yourself? What does it look like to carry the ways that others have wounded you - to let it shift into your own new understanding that you can bring to the present, instead of feeling trapped in feeling wounded? We have to shape shift with the past. When you are struggling you can hold emotional grudges that keep you locked into pain. At your best you intuitively understand how to honor the past, ancestors, and all the wounds - folding them into a rich, alive, embodied, human present.

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - How often are your creative pursuits enacted in the present?
Meditation - right here, right now.
Assignment - Be a visionary for the present moment this week. Use your creative powers to bring yourself back to right here, right now. Every time you find yourself envisioning some new plan or idea or creative expression that feels out of reach at the moment, ask yourself how you can embody or practice a part of it right here, right now.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - What if you allowed yourself to be as you are?
Meditation - as you are
Assignment - As you already are. Being as you already are. How would your life look different if you did that? What might you see about what you are already that you don't see when you're trying to improve? What is freed up by not trying? You don't have to give up anything good here, just see what happens with the thought experiment, trying this on. It's all about the mind.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - What does your body need?
Meditation - nakedness
Assignment - Get naked this week, ideally outside somewhere. If this is not possible, get naked somewhere other than the shower. Maybe it's in your bed because you don't usually. Maybe it's in your living room, stretching. Don't get naked to have sex, although you can do that too, but do this on a separate occasion at least once - just feeling your body as it is, without clothes, and see what you notice. See what your body asks for.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - Are you giving your emotional depth enough space?
Meditation - thriving
Assignment - Just checking in here - the depths of the emotional realm is such an important part of your life force. You can be good at controlling what people see of them, even what you see of them, at times, if you feel it is safer to hide them. But no matter what you do with your job or your relationships, this is still a need. So review when and where you get to express and/or be with this depth, and give yourself new space for it this week if you haven't been, especially at the end of the week with the full moon.  


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - What brings you relief?
Meditation - relief
Assignment - Relief is the feeling of realizing you were carrying oppressive thoughts you might not have even known about, until something shifted and then they were gone. What gives you this feeling, what has given you this feeling in the recent past? What can you carry with you from that previous relief, into right now? Into the future when you need relief and might not get it? If you're finding a break in the intensity right now, use it to fortify your methods for accessing relief. If you're in the intensity without a break, give yourself the gift of reflection and creativity toward finding relief again.  


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - What is being transformed by forces greater than you?
Meditation - a spirit that is free
Assignment - Capricorn is actually quite spiritually open, underneath a certain skeptical approach. The skepticism serves you well, as long as you don't hold onto it too long. Consider what is being transformed in your life right now. It's probably a lot. 


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - What is being asked to change in your life?
Meditation - ocean blue.
Assignment - What might you be holding on to right now, resisting a certain change that you sense somewhere is needed? The color of the ocean changes all the time, but it's still the ocean. Channel this idea in relation to your self, that you have permission to change colors all the time, in fact that is what life is asking you to do! But as a fixed sign it's easy for you to get caught in keeping things the same (even the same rebellions). So look at this, and if what you see is changes that need to be made or at least not resisted by you, then be brave. Remember how easily the ocean is itself, and let yourself do the same, changing all the while. 

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - What are your feelings when they aren't attached to stories?
Meditation - complete feeling
Assignment - This Full Moon in Pisces opposite the Sun in Virgo this coming weekend is an opportunity for you to take note of your emotional state, its waves, how it moves lately. The Full Moon is an opportunity for opening, flooding even at times. Try to notice your feeling body with as little judgment as possible and see what you can learn about feeling itself. What happens when you get very curious about the sensations of feeling themselves? What happens if you pause your own story that overlays the feeling - what is then left? 

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TINY TINY FRAGILE BEINGS

I wrote an instagram post last week about judging a loud talker on a cell phone at a coffee shop. He was going on about his latte and stuff, and then at the end of the call he said, "See you at dad's hospital room tonight yeah?" 

It was the best reminder. It was the kind of thing I wished was happening more because obviously I need it. Like every time you judged someone suddenly the most vulnerable thing about them became visible, or audible. It's a very important cue that snapped me right back to the miracle of the everyday. I was confused for a moment (who knows how long), about what was going on. I thought that what was going on was a loud person who seemed entitled to take up a lot of space with his phone and voice. When what was actually going on was me just being really confused by carrying this idea of how the world 'should' be for me. I was silently demanding a lot of space, by insisting that everyone should follow my rules of quietly talking on their cell phones, or moving away from my body to talk on their cell phone. Maybe you would still insist he should have been quieter, but the only thing that happens in that situation is you are mad that he's not being quiet because you think it should be different. So nothing else is happening except you, being mad, which disconnects you from your life, which is a bummer. Which was what was happening to me.

This is what being on a spiritual path means to me, why I meditate, what all of this is about for me. What I'm doing writing horoscopes, doing astrology readings, teaching. It's about reminding myself and everyone else who is interested, in returning to our birthright as interconnected beings sharing a planet. I'm talking about staying connected to the truth of the immensity of every single being's vulnerability, because when I am connected to this, a strange joy is always available to me, because I am living very close to life. 

Suddenly this person sharing the details of his latte became an incredible luxury, a delight of mundane life worth sharing loudly over the phone! Who knows how many days and nights he had just spent at the hospital! Who knows who he was talking to, and how many days and nights they had spent at the hospital! The point is everyone's dad is in the hospital at some point, meaning every person on this earth will reckon with loss and heartbreak in some way, meaning everyone, no matter how much of an asshole they seem, is just a tiny, tiny fragile being and if remembering that is what it takes to demonstrate compassion, then let's do everything we can to remember that. Not because it makes us 'spiritual!' But because it makes our lives, my life, worth living. 


ARIES | March 21-April 19

Question - What have you done so far today?
Meditation - being while doing
Assignment - Make a list throughout the week of things you've done. Notice what you think of first as going on the list, and try to add things you don't normally even see that you do, like, sleep, or eat a bagel, or walked to the store, hugged my partner, cooked eggs, went to the bathroom, brushed my hair. Keep this list as a way of noticing, expanding your vision of what you do. How does this noticing change what you think about what you do? How does our hierarchy of tasks keep certain things out of our view? What comes into view with this way of seeing? 


TAURUS | April 20-May 20

Question - What in your life connects you to your purpose?
Meditation - purpose.
Assignment - Write about your purpose this week. Reconnect to it. What activities, people, experiences remind you of this purpose? How does it feel to be in it / with it? How does it feel to be disconnected from it? What ways can you bring it in, connect to it, more regularly?

 

GEMINI | May 21-June 20

Question - What are the simplest tasks you perform?
Meditation - simply alive.
Assignment - Connecting to the simplicity of being alive this week. Byron Katie says, you do three things in life, sit, lie down, and stand up. That's it! That's all that's actually happening! We make things very complex, all the time. So this week, keep it simple. Ask yourself, what am I doing right now? Am I sitting? Am I standing? Am I lying down? What is needed in this moment? Do what is in front of you, be what you already are, today.

 

CANCER | June 21-July 22

Question - How far does your vision extend?
Meditation - horizon lines.
Assignment - How often do you look far away? How far into the distance can you see from where you are right now? It's important for you to remember experiences and visions and lands far from yours, when you do this it helps you get perspective and keep yourself from being inside the cave of your own feeling for too long. Try out some views if you can get them this week, spaces where you can see into the distance, remembering you are small, in the best way, in the context of all the moving forces at place in the world. 

 

LEO | July 23-August 22

Question - When do you feel most invisible?
Meditation - seeing yourself.
Assignment - Invisibility can feel so painful to Leo, which is why the more conscious you are of when you feel this, the less you will feel it. When there's a gap between what others see and what you see, and it feels like you're not being appreciated, consider letting people into your world more. Instead of defending or feeling defeated or misunderstood, invite more connection. The more you invite people in with your warmth, the more seen you will be, and paradoxically the less you will feel the need to be seen.

 

VIRGO | August 23-September 22

Question - How do you relate to the morning?
Meditation - sacred morning
Assignment - If you don't have a ritual in the morning that grounds you, and gives you time to orient, and connect to something larger than yourself, find one for this week. It could be meditating, or lying outside on the ground, or writing for a period of time each morning, or drinking tea in a very focused way, etc. Don't look at your phone while you're doing this. Look around, be curious, be open, reconnect with yourself. If you already have a ritual, reconnect to it, ask about how to deepen it. We live our lives one day at a time, so it's important to not miss a day by not being awake to what is happening in it.


LIBRA | September 23-October 23

Question - What do you notice in the dark? 
Meditation - outside at night.
Assignment - If you don't typically walk around or at least sit around outside at night, try that out this week. See what it feels like to be outside at night, especially if you are in a city. It can be a way to connect to the natural world, if 'nature' isn't available to you as much where you live. See what stands out in the dark instead of the light, and how this changes your perceptions and feelings, your mood. Let yourself be open to new experience this week, do some weird things.


SCORPIO | October 23-November 21

Question - What does your breathing feel like right now?
Meditation - breathing is a divine life force
Assignment - Here we are again, still breathing. This is the most basic thing we do, that we are conscious of. Which is why it's so important to be connecting to it, daily, hourly. Just simple noticing of a miracle your body performs all the time. How does this put whatever is happening into your life into perspective, to reconnect to your breath? Someone wise said, it's much harder to feel stressed and anxious if you are consciously breathing. If you've strayed from your awareness of breath, return to it as an old friend. If you do this regularly, slow it down more and renew your commitment to this gentle awareness, as a way of healing your life, in this moment.


SAGITTARIUS | November 22-December 21

Question - What are you learning right now?
Meditation - a spiral
Assignment - Learning happens in a spiral - we get something at a certain level, or a certain amount, and then we encounter it again later, and see how much we really learned. How much we forgot. This is how it works, this is not a problem! So when you notice that you're relearning something, try to embrace that it's happening, not lament that it's slower than you'd like. Use your capacity for wide view to reconnect to the truths about how learning works, and practice patience. Take note of what you are learning now, not whether it should be faster or slower, so that you don't miss out on what is being offered to you right now!  


CAPRICORN | December 22-January 19

Question - When do you laugh the most lately?
Meditation - laughing
Assignment - You need it. More than you even know. Make it happen, put it on your to do list, This cannot be emphasized enough. It's not an addition to life, it's required. It's practical. You know this deeply, but you have to re-prioritize it over and over. Return to your spiritual home as a jokester, today. In other words, the more connected you are to your spiritual self, the more connected you are to laughter. The more connected you are to laughter, the more connected you are to your spiritual self.


AQUARIUS | January 20 to February 18

Question - Where are your new life influences?
Meditation - puppies and babies.
Assignment - That's right, get around some, if you aren't already. Include that new life energy in your world this week. It's so important. You might think other things are more important, but this is what needs to reframed at the moment. You don't have to leave all the other things, but you need to find ways to cultivate, to consciously bring in, this playful, easy, curiosity again. 

 

PISCES | February 19 to March 20

Question - How often do you exercise your capacity to balance?
Meditation - balancing
Assignment - Balance and imbalance go together, we need both to be able to identify balance. So remember that when you aren't 'in balance', it's information to help guide you to balance. And if the balance gets stagnant, life offers you imbalance to wake you up. But we can practice balance, be more conscious of it, with how we live but also with movement and body practices. This is the benefit of balancing exercises - to practice on a smaller scale what we want to embody in a bigger way in our lives. Start with the physical, the small, and eventually scaling up becomes easier.