Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
PRONOIA IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA
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Here's an excerpt.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LOVED?
Have you ever been loved? I bet you have been loved so much and
so deeply that you have become nonchalant about the enormity of
the grace it confers.
So let me remind you: To be loved is a privilege and prize equivalent
to being born. If you're smart, you pause regularly to bask in
the astonishing knowledge that there are many people out there
who care for you and want you to thrive and hold you in their
thoughts with fondness.
Animals, too: You have been the recipient of their boundless
affection. The spirits of allies who've left this world continue
to send their tender regards, as well.
Do you "believe" in angels and other divine beings?
Whether or not you do, I can assure you that there are hordes
of them beaming their uncanny consecrations your way. You are
awash in torrents of love.
As tremendous a gift it is to get love, giving love is an equal
boon. Many scientific studies demonstrate that whenever you bestow
blessings on other people, you bless yourself. Expressing practical
compassion not only strengthens your immune system and bolsters
your health, but also promotes self-esteem, enhances longevity,
and stimulates tranquility and even euphoria.
As the scientists say, we humans are hardwired to benefit from
altruism. (To read more about the subject, go here: tinyurl.com/lyyd46.)
What's your position on making love? Do you regard it as one
of the nicer fringe benefits of being alive? Or are you more inclined
to see it as a central proof of the primal magnanimity of the
universe? I'm more aligned with the latter view.
Imagine yourself in the fluidic blaze of that intimate spectacle
right now. Savor the fantasy of entwining bodies and hearts and
minds with an appealing partner who has the power to enchant you.
What better way do you know of to dwell in sacred space while
immersed in your body's delight? To commune with the Divine Wow
while having fun? To tap into your own deeper knowing while at
the same time gazing into the mysterious light of a fellow creature?
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It is called 'compliment battle' whereby the competitors have
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praise each other's skills and success. The winner of this battle
is measured by the skills, wit and also their sincerity of respect."
Renewables will continue to be the fastest-growing energy source,
supplying a bigger share of the world's needs than nuclear by
The Milky Way and Venus above Rural New South Wales, Australia
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning February 6
Copyright 2014 by Rob Brezsny
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Back in 2002, three young men launched Youtube, in part motivated
by a banal desire. They were frustrated because they couldn't
find online videos of the notorious incident that occurred during
the Superbowl halftime show, when Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction
exposed her breast. In response, they created the now-famous website
that allows people to share videos. I foresee the possibility
of a comparable sequence for you, Aquarius. A seemingly superficial
wish or trivial interest could inspire you to come up with a fine
new addition to your world. Pay attention to your whimsical notions.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil."
That's what 20th-century author Truman Capote said about his own
writing process. Back in that primitive pre-computer era, he scrawled
his words on paper with a pencil and later edited out the extraneous
stuff by applying scissors to the manuscript. Judging from your
current astrological omens, Pisces, I surmise you're in a phase
that needs the power of the scissors more than the power of the
pencil. What you cut away will markedly enhance the long-term
beauty and value of the creation you're working on.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
"You know it's Saturday when you are wiping off vodka stains
from your face with a marshmallow," testifies the woman who
writes the Tumblr blog "French Fries Absinthe Milkshakes."
I really hope you don't even come close to having an experience
like that this week, Aries. But I'm worried that you will. I sense
that you're becoming allergic to caution. You may be subconsciously
wishing to shed all decorum and renounce self-control. To be clear,
there's nothing inherently wrong with relaxing your guard. I hope
you will indeed give up some of your high-stress vigilance and
surrender a bit to life's sweet chaos. Just please try to find
a playful and safe and not-too-insane way to do so.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
What is the single best thing you could do to fulfill your number
one desire? Is there a skill you should attain? A subject you
should study? A special kind of experience you should seek or
a shift in perspective you should initiate? This is a big opportunity,
Taurus. You have an excellent chance to identify the specific
action you could take that will lead you to the next stage of
your evolution. And if you do manage to figure out exactly what
needs to be done, start doing it!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
When songwriters make a "slant rhyme," the words they
use don't really rhyme, but they sound close enough alike to mimic
a rhyme. An example occurs in "The Bad Touch," a tune
by the Bloodhound Gang: "You and me baby ain't nothing but
mammals / So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel."
Technically, "mammals" doesn't rhyme with "channel."
I suspect that in the coming week you will have experiences with
metaphorical resemblances to slant rhymes. But as long as you
don't fuss and fret about the inexactness you encounter, as long
as you don't demand that everything be precise and cleaned-up,
you will be entertained and educated. Vow to see the so-called
imperfections as soulful.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
"Almost," writes novelist Joan Bauer. "It's a
big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy.
Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe."
I'm sure you know about that feeing yourself, Cancerian. Sometimes
it has seemed like your entire life is composed of thousands of
small almosts that add up to one gigantic almost. But I have good
news: There is an excellent chance that in the next 14 to 16 weeks
you will graduate from the endless and omnipresent almost; you
will rise up and snatch a bold measure of completeness from out
of the ever-shifting flow. And it all kicks into high gear now.
EXPLORING THE BIG PICTURE OF YOUR LONG-RANGE FUTURE
Would you like some inspiration as you muse and wonder about
your upcoming adventures in 2014?
You can still listen to my long-range, in-depth explorations
of your destiny in the coming months. Each report in the three-part
series is 7 to 9 minutes long.
Go to RealAstrology.com
to sign in and access the EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES.
A new short-range forecast for this week is also available.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
One of the chapter titles in my most recent book is this: "Ever
since I learned to see three sides to every story, I'm finding
much better stories." I'm recommending that you find a way
to use this perspective as your own in the coming weeks, Leo.
According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it's crucial
that you not get stuck in an oppositional mode. It would be both
wrong and debilitating to believe that you must choose between
one of two conflicting options. With that in mind, I will introduce
you to a word you may not know: "trilemma." It transcends
a mere dilemma because it contains a third alternative.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
In 1984, Don Henley's song "The Boys of Summer" reached
the top of the Billboard charts. "Out on the road today /
I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac," Henley sings wistfully
near the end of the tune. He's dismayed by the sight of the Grateful
Dead's logo, an ultimate hippie symbol, displayed on a luxury
car driven by snooty rich kids. Almost 20 years later, the band
The Ataris covered "The Boys of Summer," but changed
the lyric to "Out on the road today / I saw a Black Flag
sticker on a Cadillac." It conveyed the same mournful contempt,
but this time invoking the iconic punk band Black Flag. I offer
this tale to you, Virgo, as an encouragement to update the way
you think about your life's mythic quest . . . to modernize your
old storylines . . . to refresh and refurbish the references you
invoke to tell people about who you are.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Food aficionado Michael Pollan says that Americans "worry
more about food and derive less pleasure from eating" than
people in other countries. If you ask them what their association
is with "chocolate cake," they typically say "guilt."
By contrast, the French are likely to respond to the same question
with "celebration." From an astrological perspective,
I think it's appropriate for you to be more like the French than
the Americans in the coming weeks -- not just in your attitude
toward delicious desserts, but in regards to every opportunity
for pleasure. This is one of those times when you have a license
to guiltlessly explore the heights and depths of bliss.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
In the Inuktitut language spoken among the Eastern Canadian
Inuit, the word for "simplicity" is katujjiqatigiittiarnirlu.
This amusing fact reminds me of a certain situation in your life.
Your quest to get back to basics and reconnect with your core
sources is turning out to be rather complicated. If you hope to
invoke all of the pure, humble clarity you need, you will have
to call on some sophisticated and ingenious magic.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
"What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree?" asked
environmentalist Edward Abbey. His answer: "The purpose of
the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse."
I suggest you meditate on all the ways you can apply that wisdom
as a metaphor to your own issues. For example: What monumental
part of your own life might be of service to a small, fragile
part? What major accomplishment of yours can provide strength
and protection to a ripening potential that's underappreciated
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
"To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest
punishment we can bring on ourselves," wrote the poet Federico
Garcia Lorca. I urge you to make sure you are not inflicting that
abuse on yourself in the coming weeks, Capricorn. It's always
dangerous to be out of touch with or secretive about your holy
passions, but it's especially risky these days. I'm not necessarily
saying you should rent a megaphone and shout news of your yearnings
in the crowded streets. In fact, it's better if you are discriminating
about whom you tell. The most important thing is to not be hiding
anything from yourself about what moves you the most.
What place do you belong, but you're not there? Confess all.
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