by Rob Brezny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): To define the essentials at play in a typical Aries’ agenda, I’m not inclined to invoke the words “sometimes” or “maybe.” Nor do I frequently use the words “periodically”, “if” or “ordinarily”. Instead, my main identifying term for many Aries characters is “NOW!!!” with three exclamation marks. Referring to your sign’s experiences, I also lean heavily on the following descriptors: pronto, presto, push, direct, why not?, engage, declare, activate, venture, undertake, grasp, deliver, and wield. You are allowed to fully activate and unfold these qualities within the next three weeks.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I like Joan Didion’s definitions of self-respect. When you enter a favorable phase to deepen and improve your self-esteem, they can be useful. Didion said that self-respect is a “sense of one’s intrinsic worth” and added: “People who respect themselves are willing to accept the risk that the company will go bankrupt, that the affair will not turn out to be the one in which every day is a public holiday. They are ready to invest something themselves. And perhaps the most essential thing about self-respect, according to Didion, is that it is “a discipline, a habit of mind that can never be faked but can be developed, trained, encouraged”.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “The reality is not just there; it just doesn’t exist,” said author Paul Celan. “It must be sought and earned.” I think this is great advice for you right now. But what does this mean concretely? How can you search and win reality? My first suggestion is to put your personal stamp on every situation you encounter. Do something subtle or strong to make each event serve your specific interests and goals. My second suggestion is to discern the illusions that others are projecting and avoid believing these misunderstandings. My third suggestion is to act as if it were always possible to make life richer, more alive and more meaningful. And then figure out how to do that.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Wilma Mankiller was the Cherokee Nation’s first female senior chief. She said: “The cow runs away from the storm, while the buffalo charges straight at it – and runs through it faster.” Political analyst Donna Brazile explained Mankiller’s strategy: “Whenever I’m faced with a difficult challenge, I don’t prolong the torment. I become the buffalo. I recommend Mankiller and Brazile’s approach for you and me in the days to come, my Cancer friend. Now please excuse me as I run in the direction of the gust I see rumbling in the distance.

LEO (July 23-August 22): the new yorker is an influential Pulitzer Prize-winning magazine that features witty writing and impeccable fact-checking. In 2017, her stories exposed the extensive sexual misconduct committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – and helped lead to his prosecution. How did the magazine come into being? It was co-founded in 1925 by Harold Ross, who had dropped out of school at age 13. He edited every issue for the next 26 years. I sense the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Leo. In the months to come, you might get involved in a project that seems to be beyond the reach of your official abilities or your official credentials. I urge you to proceed as if you could and would succeed.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Born in Virgo, Jocko Willink is a retired naval officer and author. In his book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual, he lays down his manifesto: “Become the discipline — embrace its cold and implacable power. And it will make you better and stronger and smarter and faster and healthier than anything else. And most importantly: it will set you free. While I don’t expect you to adopt Willink’s rigorous ethics with the same fanatical sway, I do believe you will benefit from doing your best. The cosmic rhythms will support you if you make a fun and serious effort to cultivate liberation through discipline.

LIBRA (September 23-October 22): “Some nights you are the lighthouse, some nights the sea,” writes Libran author Ocean Vuong. According to my astrological analysis, you are more apt to be the lighthouse than the sea in the days to come. You have been completely embodying the sea lately, and it has prepared you well to provide enlightenment. You have learned new secrets about tides and waves. You are attuned to the rhythms of the undercurrents. So I hope that you will now assume your beacon role, Libra. I expect people to look to your outreach to guide and inspire them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Movie people are possessed by demons, but a very low form of demons,” observes author Edna O’Brien. She should know. She has hung out with many big movie stars. Since you’re probably not into movies yourself, your demons can be much higher quality than those of famous actors and directors. And I suspect that in the weeks to come, your demons will become even finer and more interesting than ever – even to the point that they could even become helpers and advisers. For best results, treat them with respect and be willing to listen to their ideas.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): I’m all for you getting what you crave. I have no inhibitions or caveats as I urge you to unleash all your ingenuity and hard work in pursuit of your beautiful goals. And in the hope of inspiring you to improve your ability to realize those sacred insights, I offer some advice from Sagittarius author Martha Beck. She wrote, “To attract something you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you.”

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): According to author Caroline Myss, “You should view everything about your life as a lesson.” Wow! Oh good? Every trip to the grocery store should be a learning opportunity? Myss says yes! For example, let’s say you’re in the snack aisle and you’re tempted to put Doritos Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips and Lay’s Barbecue Potato Chips in your cart. But your instinct is screaming at you, “This stuff isn’t healthy for you!” And yet, you decide to ignore the advice of your instincts. You buy and eat both bags. Myss would say you wasted a learning opportunity: “You hurt yourself by blocking your intuitive voice,” she writes. Now, in accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, here is your duty: consider each coming event as a chance to learn to trust your intuition better.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): An Aquarius poet was troubled when a suitor told her, “I really love you.” She replied, “I don’t like sweets. It sounds like something you would say to a dog. Give me love, or nothing. Throw your love in a pond. I’m not advising you to adopt a similar attitude anytime soon, Aquarius. In my oracular opinion, you should wholeheartedly welcome affection. You should honor and celebrate it. In itself, it is a rich and complex attitude. And it can also lead, if you welcome it, to even more complex and deep interweavings.

PISCES (February 19-March 20): “I need a playlist of all the songs I loved but forgot,” wrote Tumblr blogger Yuyuuyuyuu. I think you could also use such a playlist, Pisces. In fact, I’d love to see you receive loads of memos reminding you of all the things you love and need and care about – but have forgotten or overlooked. The next few weeks will be a great time to recover what has been lost. I hope you will re-establish ties and restore past glories that deserve to accompany you in the future.

Homework: Is there a postponed dream that you might be able to pick up the work to do? What is that?


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