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So I can tell you about the sky. That in the sky there is a moon. That’s full in Gemini on Sunday. That Mars and Uranus (planets of dynamic change) are opposite each other today. That Mercury goes retrograde on Sunday, through the 23rd. Often during these cosmological events - which never stop happening, by the way - we feel a sense of pressure, as if from the outside. This is just nature, acting on nature. “Spirit worshipping Spirit,” as Vivekananda says. From a spirit perspective there isn’t an inside and an outside, these distinctions are conceptual. The conceptual is useful, but its reach is limited. The point is that we can see these events as cause to clench and effort our way through, or we can see them as Nature changing Nature, and open to the sensations of being pulled or pushed. We can ask questions. What is to be learned. Where is the place of ease. We can seek the place of ease, and breathe and be gentle with ourselves even when we can’t find the place of ease! The full moon gives us an opportunity to open to what is beneath the surface. Oppositions like Mars and Uranus give us the gift of change sweeping through, like a wind. (Remember, wind cleans and spreads seeds even when it feels rough!) Mercury being retrograde (moving 'backwards') can be a chance to slow down - as the light of our days continue to shorten the next few weeks, everything in nature is asking us to slow down, to get comfortable in the dark, because we too are nature, which sometimes includes darkness, and slowness. 


ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Question - What fruits might be waiting beyond the exciting beginning of something?
Meditation - Steadiness is bright and full.
Assignment - Act as slowly as possible for a certain period of time each day. One minute to one hour. It doesn’t matter the activity. Just commit to doing it slowly, and commit to doing it everyday through the week. Commit to noticing your relationship to commitment.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Question - What is accessed in the heavens that you might be missing while rooted so closely to the tangible, to what is perceived via the senses? What might be available beyond the senses? 
Meditation - The opposite of doing.
Assignment - Do something which involves discomfort at least once this week. Or notice when you are uncomfortable, even if unintentionally. What does discomfort feel like? What new information might it connect you to? Also, see if there is any comfort available within the discomfort.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Question - Which curiosity sustains, which curiosity drains? How is variation addictive and culturally supported, and what might it cause you to miss out on?
Meditation - Stillness as vibration.
Assignment - Lie on the ground at least once this week at sunrise or sunset. Outside on the earth, lie there in silence and listen to the sun come and go. Investigate stillness.


CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Question - What or who are caregivers in your life? How do they orient you? How do you let them care for you?  
Meditation - Receiving care. 
Assignment - Cook your feelings into food at least once this week. Then eat them, and share them with a friend or lover in the form of this nourishment. Talk about the feelings, how they taste, how they are digested.


LEO (July 23-August 22)

Question - Where are you hesitating to apply your creativity? How does this hinder a solution, or an opening?
Meditation - Creating as divinity.
Assignment - Look up rhizomes, their images, their definition. Contemplate yourself as within the web of interconnection that is embodied in rhizomes, and contemplate how creative expression is necessary to the bigger life which your life sustains. Allow the necessary risk to reveal itself, then take it immediately.


VIRGO (August 23-September 22) 

Question - What would happen if you gave up the concept of earning? 
Meditation - The dignity and divinity of imperfection.
Assigment - Stand or sit next to a fire and feel the heat this week, feel what heat is. Let the heat burn up criticism and analysis. Go beneath the mind with someone else. If imperfection leads to learning it’s not imperfection. Stay with the heat long enough to melt a little. 


LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

Question - What exists in the quiet beautiful landscape beyond the crowded city of accommodating others? 
Meditation - In the center.
Assignment - Do the thing that feels ‘selfish’ instead of the thing that feels ‘kind’. Take note of what happens. Explore the results, and by doing so explore your definitions of ‘selfish’ and ‘kind’.


SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

Question - What energy would be available if you weren’t probing? 
Meditation - Levity.
Assignment - On the surface of the ocean, there is lots of air. Scorpio can swim the deepest of all, but you’re still human, you still need air. Breathe air this week, and know that you are breathing air, and that air is light and without effort and necessary to life. It’s not Scorpio’s tendency to be at the surface, so take on a practice of investigating the surface.


SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21)

Question - What purpose do your beliefs serve? When is the last time you examined them? Which ones are outdated?
Meditation - The vibrant sounds of silence.
Assignment - When you feel uncomfortable in any way this week, ask yourself, What am I believing right now that is contributing to my suffering? What   would it feel like to not have that belief? What belief could replace it?


CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19)

Question - When do you feel warm and easy and open? How does that relate to what you call ‘practical’ or ‘realistic’?
Meditation - Warm and alive.
Assignment - Break three rules this week. The way you can know if you are breaking a rule is if it’s doing something that makes you uncomfortable. Practice gentleness all the way through.


AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18)

Question -  What rebellion or righteousness are you still employing that is outdated?
Meditation - Connection between ideas and people. 
Assignment -  Practice something other than thinking for 5 minutes a day this week. Something that doesn’t feel hard.


PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

Question - Where are you located? What do you need to dry out on shore?
Meditation - How all oceans need shores to exist.
Assignment - Do a ceremony where you bury your feelings in soil, just to try out another way. They transmute into water to nourish seeds of life. Then notice what happens. Tell someone about it.