ARIES: March 21 – April 19: Author Albert Camus advised everyone to "steal some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self." That's excellent advice for you to heed in the coming days. The cosmos has authorized you to put yourself first and grab all the renewal you need. So please don't scrimp as you shower blessings on yourself. One possible way to accomplish this goal is to go on a long stroll or two. Camus says, "It doesn't have to be a walk during which you'll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter." But I think you are indeed likely to be visited by major epiphanies and fantastic new meanings.
TAURUS: April 20 – May 20: Robert Mugabe was Zimbabwe's leader for 37 years. In the eyes of some, he was a revolutionary hero. To others he was an oppressive dictator. He was also the chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, where his wife Grace received her PhD just two months after she started classes. I suspect that you, too, will have an expansive capacity to advance your education in the coming weeks — although maybe not quite as much as Grace seems to have had. You're entering a phase of super-learning.
GEMINI: May 21 – June 20: "We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry," wrote author Umberto Eco. Judging from astrological omens, I suspect you're now capable of accomplishing comparable feats in your own sphere. Converting a chance encounter into a useful new business connection? Repurposing a seeming liability into an asset? Capitalizing on a minor blessing or breakthrough to transform it into a substantial blessing or breakthrough? All these and more are possible.
CANCER: June 21 – July 22: "I was so flooded with yearning I thought it would drown me," wrote Cancerian author Denis Johnson. I don't expect that will be a problem for you anytime soon. You're not in danger of getting swept away by a tsunami of insatiable desire. However, you may get caught in a current of sweet, hot passion. You could be carried for a while by waves of aroused fascination. You might find yourself rushing along in a fast-moving stream of riled-up craving. But none of that will be a problem as long as you don't think you have something better to do. In fact, your time in the cascading flow may prove to be quite intriguing — and ultimately useful.
LEO: July 23 – August 22: In my opinion, psychology innovator Carl Jung, born under the sign of Leo, was one of the 20th century's greatest intellects. His original ideas about human nature are central to my philosophy. One of my favorite things about him is his appreciation for feelings. He wrote, "We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only half of the truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy." I bring this to your attention, Leo, because the coming weeks will be a favorable time to upgrade your own appreciation for the power of your feelings to help you understand the world.
VIRGO: August 23 – Sept. 22: For the indigenous Ojibway people, the word Adizokan means both "story" and "spirit." In fact, story and spirit are the same thing. Everything has a spirit and everything has a story, including people, animals, trees, lakes, rivers, and rocks. Inspired by these thoughts, and in accordance with cosmic omens, I invite you to meditate on how your life stories are central elements of your spirit. I further encourage you to spend some tender, luxurious time telling yourself the stories from your past that you love best. For extra delightful bonus fun, dream up two prospective stories about your future that you would like to create. (Info about Adizokan comes from Ann and John Mahan at SweetWaterVisions.com.)
LIBRA: Sept. 23 – Oct. 22: Author Asl Erdoan writes, "It had been explained to me from my earliest childhood that I would know love — or that thing called 'love' — as long as I was smart and academically brilliant. But no one ever taught me how to get that knowledge." I'm sorry to say that what was true for her has been true for most of us: No one ever showed us how to find and create and cultivate love. We may have received haphazard clues now and then from our parents and books and movies. But we never got a single day of formal instruction in school about the subject that is at the heart of our quest to live meaningful lives. That's the bad news, Libra. The good news is that the rest of 2021 will be one of the best times ever for you to learn important truths about love.
SCORPIO: Oct. 23 – Nov. 21: Before he journeyed in a spaceship to the moon in 1971, Scorpio astronaut Alan Shepard didn't think he'd get carried away with a momentous thrill once he arrived at his destination. He was a manly man not given to outward displays of emotion. But when he landed on the lunar surface and gazed upon the majestic sight of his home planet hanging in the sky, he broke into tears. I'm thinking you may have similar experiences in the coming weeks. Mind-opening, heart-awakening experiences may arrive. Your views of the Very Big Picture could bring healing upheavals.
SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22 – Dec. 21: Sagittarian author Clarice Lispector observed, "In a state of grace, one sometimes perceives the deep beauty, hitherto unattainable, of another person." I suspect that this state of grace will visit you soon, Sagittarius — and probably more than once. I hope you will capitalize on it! Take your time as you tune in to the luminescent souls of the people you value. Become more deeply attuned to their uniquely gorgeous genius.
CAPRICORN: Dec. 22 – Jan. 19: Trailblazing Capricorn psychoanalyst Ernest Jones (1879–1958) said, "There is no sense of contradiction within the unconscious; opposite ideas exist happily side by side." In other words, it's normal and natural to harbor paradoxical attitudes; it's healthy and sane to be awash in seemingly incongruous blends. I hope you will use this astrologically propitious time to celebrate your own inner dichotomies, dear Capricorn. If you welcome them as a robust aspect of your deepest, truest nature, they will serve you well. They'll make you extra curious, expansive, and non-dogmatic. (PS: Here's an example, courtesy of psychologically savvy author Stephen Levine: "For as long as I can remember the alternate antics of the wounded child and the investigations of the ageless Universal played through me.")
AQUARIUS: Jan. 20 – Feb. 18: Aquarian guitarist Django Reinhardt was a celebrated jazz musician in occupied France during World War II. Amazingly, he was able to earn good money by performing frequently — even though he fit descriptions that the rampaging Germans regarded as abhorrent. Nazis persecuted the Romani people, of which he was one. They didn't ban jazz music, but they severely disapproved of it. And the Nazis hated Jews and Blacks, with whom Reinhardt loved to hang out. The obstacles you're facing aren't anywhere near as great as his, but I propose we make him your role model for the next four weeks. May he inspire you to persist and even thrive in the face of challenges!
PISCES: Feb.19 – March 20: Piscean author Richard Matheson believed we've become too tame and mild. "We've forgotten," he wrote, about "how to rise to dizzy heights." He mourned that we're too eager to live inside narrow boundaries. "The full gamut of life is a shadowy continuum," he continued, "that runs from gray to more gray. The rainbow is bleached." If any sign of the zodiac has the power to escape blandness and averageness, it's you Pisceans — especially in the coming weeks. I invite you to restore the rainbow to its full vivid swath: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Maybe even add a few colors.
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