Monday, July 28, 2014
With today's Venus (aesthetics) and Pluto (deep change) opposition, we may be inspired to make deep aesthetic changes. With the Moon moving into Virgo later (the obsessed housekeeper's sign) a thorough cleaning of barn and environs might be better choice than, er, body art ...
Thursday, July 17, 2014
In their book _The Big Disconnect_ by Catherine Steiner-Adair and Theresa Barker, the authors make the insightful observation that "When we hand a child a smart phone when he's screaming in the grocery line--because it's easy, because it works--what we're teaching that child is the way you handle frustration, the way you handle anxiety, is to stimulate the brain rather than calm it." Their point being, it's the exact opposite of what we want to teach. Today's trick will be calming our brains under an overload of stimulation. Might be a good day to take a walk, bicycle ride, or visit the public library (though if you're like me, the library is overly stimulating ...)
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
ARIES (Mar 21-April 19): “It’s traumatic, it’s hard on them, they don’t understand it,” says beekeeper John Miller about modern beekeeping methods. We’ve been feeling this way about life in general lately Aries. Stars say cheer up: at least no one smokes us then raids our pantry.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity,” say the Ferengi, Star-Trek’s race of über-capitalist aliens. We were born knowing that, Taurus, what we want to know is what do the Ferengi say about family standing in front of the tv set?
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Talking vs action is a constant dilemma for Gemini. It’s highlighted this week as a partner wants to talk about finances while we’d rather keep exercising that cash. It’s not our fault our partner can’t talk and spend at the same time like we can, is it?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stars say problematic old decisions return to haunt us Cancer. Which usually beats having problematic past lovers return to haunt us, though stars can’t guarantee that won’t happen as well.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22): According to recent studies, the single, best indicator of whether or not a person becomes a criminal is if their mother doesn’t like them. Stars say the kids are driving us crazy right now but even so, make sure they know they’re loved. That, or find out what they serve in the local lock-up and imitate it to make the transition easier.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): One of the downsides of being a Virgo is that you spend your life fighting dirt, all the while knowing that when you die, they’re going to bury you in it. Stars say making peace with the contradictions of life are on our current “to do,” list.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Studies suggest that women who watch a lot of romantic comedies have unrealistic expectations of relationships. Stars say that male or female it won’t take romantic movie watching to make us feel unsatisfied in love right now Libra. If we’re generally happy in our love life though, we’re clearly not watching enough tv.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): On certain roads in Nepal a traveller passes road signs unlike those found elsewhere: “Give Beer to those who are Perishing of Thirst,” “We Need More Passion than Fashion,” “Quiet Please, No Politics,” “Safety First, Speed Next,” and, for a particularly bad stretch of road, “After Whiskey, Very Risky.” Stars say obey Nepalese road signs at this time Scorpio. Yes, all of them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Ancient Roman law suggested that being a thief was preferable to being a banker; the law required a thief to repay his victim double while it charged a banker who lent money at interest to repay victims fourfold. What we have and where we got it is in the spotlight at this time Sadge.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Carl Linnaeus is famous for inventing the system whereby plants and and animals are scientifically named. Seems very rational and science-ey. Less well known is that he gave ugly or poisonous plants the names of his enemies. We’re tempted to personalize something that shouldn’t be Cappy. Stars say find something better to do. Study taxonomy maybe.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Henry David Thoreau is one of literatures most famous stay-at-homers. Ironically, Thoreau thought of himself as a traveller. Who-we-think-we-are and reality aren’t matching up right now Aquarius. Find a way to reconcile the contradiction like Thoreau did when he wrote, “I have travelled a good deal in Concord.”
PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch observed that conservation has failed, being nothing more than prudent exploitation. Stars say our prudent exploitation of a situation is drawing attention Pisces. What the heck, as long as that’s happening might as well exploit it with careless disregard.