Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
July 7, 2010
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There's a new release from the soundtrack for my book PRONOIA
IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA.
It's called "Lucky Number"
You can access it here: bit.ly/LuckyNumber
The revised and expanded version of my book PRONOIA IS THE
ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA is available at Amazon: bit.ly/Pronoia
and also at Powells: bit.ly/PronoiaPowells
Below is an excerpt:
Change yourself in the way you want everyone else to change
Love your enemies in case your friends turn out to be jerks
Avoid thinking about winning the lottery while making love
Brainwash yourself before someone nasty beats you to it
Confess big secrets to people who aren't very interested
Write a love letter to your evil twin during a lunar eclipse
Fool the tricky red beasts guarding the Wheels of Time
Locate the master codex and add erudite graffiti to it
Dream up wilder, wetter, more interesting problems
Change your name every day for a thousand days
Exaggerate your flaws till they turn into virtues
Kill the apocalypse and annihilate Armageddon
Brag about what you can't do and don't have
Get a vanity license plate that reads KZMYAZ
Bow down to the greatest mystery you know
Make fun of people who make fun of people
See how far you can spit a mouthful of beer
Pick blackberries naked in the pouring rain
Scare yourself with how beautiful you are
Simulate global warming into your pants
Stage a slow-motion water balloon fight
Pretend your wounds are exotic tattoos
Sing anarchist lullabies to lesbian trees
Plunge butcher knives into accordions
Commit a crime that breaks no laws
Sip the tears of someone you love
Build a plush orphanage in Minsk
Feel sorry for a devious lawyer
Rebel against your horoscope
Give yourself another chance
Write your autohagiography
Play games with no rules
Teach animals to dance
Trick your nightmares
Relax and go deeper
Dream like stones
Mock your fears
Drink the sun
MORE PRONOIA RESOURCES:
PRONOIA LOOKS AT THE BIG PICTURE
The process of cumulative innovation has doubled life span, cut
child mortality by three-quarters, and multiplied per capita income
nine-fold world-wide in little more than a century.
GOT MORE? GIVE MORE!
Two Billionaires Ask Other Billionaires To Give Half Their Fortunes
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAS A MISSION
Ordinary "angel" has saved 160 lives so far
(Note: I endorse these because I like them. They are not advertisements,
and I get no kickbacks.)
Please tell me your own personal nominations for PRONOIA RESOURCES.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning July 8
Copyright 2010 by Rob Brezsny
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Have you ever observed the rising moon with such a steady gaze
that you've actually seen it move? Have you ever sat yourself
down in front of a rose bud during the hour it exploded into full
bloom? Those experiences have resemblances to a slow-motion burst
of graceful growth that's unfolding in your own sphere. I hope
you have the patience to give it your full attention, because
that way it's more likely to express its potential completely.
To enhance your chances of nurturing the subtle magic, remember
and ruminate on the images your nightly dreams give you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
I'm not necessarily saying that you have superhuman levels of
courage these days, Leo, but you do have more than usual. What's
even more important for the task at hand is the fact that you
have an exceptional capacity for identifying the fantasies that
frighten you and finding fresh and practical ways to deal with
them. That's why I say that you now have an excellent opportunity
to achieve a major victory over your fears . . . to outwit them,
outflank them, and even dissolve them. To get started on this
glorious quest, chant the following ten times: "I am a crafty,
compassionate warrior who finds amusement in every challenge."
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
One of my Virgo readers, Mariann Grace, is conducting a research
project. It's rooted in two assumptions. The first is an idea
of mine: that everyone alive has an inalienable right to a steady
supply of fresh omens. The second assumption comes from the writer
Angus Stocking: "Always interpret every omen favorably."
With these two ideas as her theses, Mariann is testing the following
approach: "Interpret absolutely everything that happens as
a favorable omen." This would be an excellent game for you
to play in the coming week, Virgo. Synchronicities are about to
rain down upon you, flood toward you, and bubble up from below.
Judging from the astrological configurations, I'd say it really
does make sense to regard every one of them as meaningful, useful,
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
It's high time to banish the excuses you think you have for not
doing your best. There is no longer any valid reason to hide from
your true calling or deny yourself more profound happiness. You
are ready to see that the supposed "obstacles" to your
success are actually instrumental to your success -- prods that
will make you so much smarter and stronger that you cannot be
defeated by circumstances. Why is this happening now? It's because
a force working behind the scenes -- you can imagine it as God
or destiny or karma if you like -- is clearing away the illusions
that have held you in thrall to false ideas about who you are.
If I were you, I'd shout "hallelujah!" as I pinch myself
in the butt and pat myself on the head.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
For the foreseeable future, it's fine with God (and with Nature,
too) if you put all your eggs in one basket -- as long as the
basket is well-woven and beautiful to behold. You've also got
cosmic permission to forget about all but one of the tempting
targets in your field of vision -- as long as the bull's-eye you
choose is very worthy of your sacred longing. To sum up, Scorpio,
be single-mindedly focused almost to the point of manic obsession
-- as long as you're reasonably sure that the object of your devotion
is your personal version of the Holy Grail.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
In the next few weeks, the odds are higher than usual that you'll
inherit an amusement park or a tropical island or a profitable
pig farm. There's also a slight chance that you will win a Dutch
lottery, find a diamond ring on the sidewalk, or be picked to
star in a new reality TV show, "How Would You Use a Gift
of Ten Million Dollars?" But what's far more likely than
any of those possibilities is that you will be able to capitalize
on a legacy whose cash value is hard to estimate. Is there any
birthright you've been neglecting to exploit? Any part of your
heritage that may be ready to bring you a boost?
WHAT'S TO COME?
BRAINSTORM ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE OF YOUR LIFE
with my Expanded Audio Horoscopes for the Second Half of 2010:
What will be the story of your life during the rest of 2010?
How can you exert your free will to create the adventures that'll
bring out the best in you, even as you find graceful ways to cooperate
with the tides of destiny?
If you'd like a high-octane boost of inspiration to fuel you
in your quest for beauty and truth and love and justice and meaning,
tune in to my meditations on your long-term outlook.
Go here: RealAstrology.com
Log in and click on the link "Long Term Forecast for Second
Half of 2010"
You can also listen to your short-term forecast for the coming
week by clicking on "This week (July 6, 2010)."
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
So it turns out that the "blemish" is actually essential
to the beauty. The "deviation" is at the core of the
strength. The "wrong turn" was crucial to you getting
you back on the path with heart. I have rarely seen a better example
of happy accidents, Capricorn. You may not realize it quite yet
-- although I hope this horoscope is bringing it all into focus
-- but you have been the beneficiary of a tricky form of divine
intervention. One good way of expressing your gratitude is to
share with friends the tale of how you came to see that the imperfections
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Your anger is potentially a valuable resource. At least in theory,
it can be a motivating force that gives you the clarity and stamina
you need to make constructive changes. But how can you make sure
that your anger serves your generous urges? What should you do
to keep it from being just a self-indulgent thrash that leads
to no productive action? Here's one thing you can do: Express
your rage very selectively; don't let it leak all over everything.
Here's another thing: Cultivate loads of empathy, joy, and appreciation
for beauty. Then when you do unleash your rage, it will be conditioned
by love. Now would be an excellent time to try out these ideas.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Have you fallen in omnidirectional love these past few weeks?
Are you swooning with such reckless splendor that at times you
feel like you're swimming in mid-air? By my reckoning, you have
an urgent need to be caught up in a vortex of free-form affection.
Your receptivity to being tickled and spun around by an almost
insane outpouring of libidinous empathy is crucial to your education.
If for some reason this has not been the case, please find out
what you've been doing to obstruct the boisterously tender feelings
the cosmos is aching to fill you up with.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Have you added some bulk and stability to your foundation any
time recently, Aries? Have you grown your roots deeper and asked
for more from your traditional sources and recommitted yourself
to your primal vows? I hope so, because this is a perfect time,
astrologically speaking, to strengthen your link to everything
that sustains you. You have a sacred duty to push harder for access
to the stuff that builds your emotional intelligence and fuels
your long-range plans.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
I like the way you've been contradicting yourself, Taurus. I
appreciate your ability to be inconsistent, paradoxical, and upside-down.
It has allowed you to wriggle free of the rut you had been stuck
in. You've stirred the affections of people who had been frustrated
about your narrow focus. Yes, it's true that you have also sown
a bit of confusion in a situation that had formerly been clear
and concise, and that may have rankled the sticklers. But in my
opinion, this is a fertile, healthy confusion that will ultimately
lead to an unexpected breakthrough.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
"We're all in 'sales,' selling our personalities, our accomplishments,
our charms." That's a quote from Richard Grossinger's new
book 2013. I share his view of human nature. Is there
any interaction between people that doesn't involve a bit of hustling?
The subtext of every encounter includes at least one of the following:
1. "I want you to like me." 2. "I'm trying to get
you to believe I am who I say I am." 3. "I'd really
like you to see how interesting and important and unique I am."
Given the fact that this is a ubiquitous phenomenon, there's no
need to be shy or embarrassed or secretive about it. That's especially
true for you these days. So get out there and sell yourself, Gemini.
With brazen innocence and relaxed enjoyment, show the world who
you are and why you matter.
What's the single thing you could do right now that would change
your life for the better? Testify by going to FreeWillAstrology.com
and clicking on "Email Rob."
WANT TO GET YOUR CHART DONE?
I'm not doing personal charts, but I highly recommend my astrological
colleague, RO LOUGHRAN. Her approach closely matches my own. In
our many discussions about astrology over the years, we've had
a major influence on each other's work.
Ro utilizes a blend of well-trained
intuition, emotional warmth, and
degree of technical proficiency
in horoscope interpretation; she
at exploring the mysteries of your
life's purpose and nurturing your
connection with your own inner
Ro is based in California, but
can do phone consultations and
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Ro's website is at YourSoulJourney.com
She can also be reached at email@example.com
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