Zodiac in Translation

July 2019

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Aries or Aries Rising: March 21– April 19 

Nostalgia, in the words of Webster, is a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past. I tell you this Aries, not because you generally long for anything from the past but because this month you might trip over a memory or two that’s asking for you to listen. Is this forgotten memory reminding you of a part of yourself you’ve forgotten—a part that you love and want to retrieve? Make sure you have plenty of personal time this month so that you can integrate this recollection. At months end you’ll find yourself fully fired up and ready to face the future!

 Taurus or Taurus Rising: April 20 – May 20

As summer ramps up in the Western Hemisphere Taurus you feel the desire to spend time with your chosen tribe. This is a time for you to enjoy reunions with friends, weekends with family, down time with pals. It is a thing to trust a friend with your innermost heart, your thoughts, even conflicted feelings. Remember the days of the sleepover when we were young? This is a little bit of the feeling. Spending time together in fun, yet nurturing ways. This will fill your soul right now like nothing else. Open your heart and receive.

 Gemini or Gemini Rising: May 21 – June 21

Coco Chanel was credited with liberating women from the corset. Gemini you’ve been thinking for some time about the way in which you make your money and whether or not it fits with your personal politics. Do you feel restricted or liberated at work? Are you able to share your values and ideas liberally? Is your work a place that nurtures you and respects your input? Reevaluating what’s most important to you right now will be your first step toward casting off that thing that holds you bound.   

Cancer or Cancer Rising: June 22 – July 22 xx

Marianne Williamson, contemporary spiritual guru, has put her hat in the ring of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls. Long before she waxed political, she wrote a book called, Return to Love. This is your clarion call this month Cancer with one small addition, return to self-love. Williamson would say that when people behave unlovingly they’ve forgotten who they are.This is your month to figure out exactly what nurtures you and especially to give an ear to the less heard voice living deep within you. Take some time with nature, soak in a bathtub—indulge in a hammock and book. 

 Leo or Leo Rising: July 23 – August 22 xx

Paul Verlaine wrote the poem Clair de Lune based on the Debussy’s movement of the same name. One line of the poem stands out this month Leo. It says, simply, that your soul is a chosen landscape.This may feel strangely abstract but you may find yourself thinking about the kind of landscape that sets your soul on fire. By landscape we mean place, but place could be anything from forest or desert to mediation or dream journal. Whatever the place or case, identifying when your soul sings and when it doesn’t is your job right now. Hint, it has to feel really, really good. I mean, like warm chocolate and croissants in Paris kind-of-good. 

 Virgo or Virgo Rising: August 23 – September 22

Famous Virgo poet Hilda Doolittle (known as H.D.) was alive for both world wars. She was known for birthing the Imagist movement alongside luminaries like Ezra Pound. What was less known about H.D. was that she was a fierce example of someone who courted both the left and the right brain, science and art, exoteric and esoteric knowledge.  She spent her life trying to get these two parts of her in sync. This is the landscape of your quest this month Virgo as you put your hands creatively into the material world with but sights set on the metaphors of the magical and metaphysical realm. Good luck!

Libra or Libra Rising: September 23 – October 22

Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic says that we should do whatever brings us to life, to follow our own fascinations, obsessions and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. This month Libra you are thinking about the big picture, your purpose, path and direction in life. You have the opportunity this month to take a gigantic and exciting step in both your professional and personal life. Does it seem too cheesy a question to ask, I mean really ask you what your heart wants? Cheesy or no it is the exact question that you’ll be presented with. Let your heart leap toward a revolution!

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: October 23 – November 21 

Marcel Proust’s most infamous inspiration came while eating a Madeleine cookie dipped in tea. From that single visceral experience he downloaded the beginning of his famous book series, In Search of Lost Time. You may find yourself thinking about loftier things this month Scorpio, memory, philosophy and inspiration. Proust says of wisdom: We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. What is your Madeleine dear Libra? Find your inspiration.

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: November 22 – December 21

Our dear Sagittarians have always prided themselves on their direct, no-nonsense way of working with in world. Sag’s are always in hot pursuit of the truth. This month you may find yourself moving out of character in your interactions with others. By hook or by crook Sag you’ve got a strong streak of empathy coming your way. Yes it may cloud your ability to get to the bottom of things, but this kind of mirroring for others will have you feeling a healthy doses of feel good emotions! Lean into the world just a little bit, with a generous outpouring of kindness, patience and care. 

 Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: December 22 - January 19 xx

We are fascinated by artists and writer’s daily rituals and mundane tasks—what do they do to prepare themselves for doing their art every day? Do they wake up and make coffee, sharpen ten pencils, walk the dog, bathe, shower, listen to classical music? This month Capricorn it seems that you’ll be honing in on the daily rituals you’ve constructed with a loved one. Have you gotten out of sync with this relationship? Do you break bread together? Do you share in daily habits that strengthen your union both individually and collectively? Is there a new routine that could be changed to enliven your connection? Go for it!

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: January 20 – February 18

This might seem counter to all that you value Aquarius but there was a poem once written by Pablo Neruda that was written as an ode to laziness. No, I am not trying encourage laziness but perhaps promote a better word for you during this wonderful summer season. Might we try, langourus, that pleasant feeling of hot summer and earned tiredness that allows us to linger a little longer in the stillness. This will be a time of making cold drinks and letting your to-do list fall onto the freshly cut grass.

Pisces or Pisces Rising: February 19 – March 20

I’ve been in many conversations lately about what it means to be creative. We are often mislead by this word, and will not claim it for our own lives unless we are out painting wild, yellow sunflowers. This month I want our Pisces friends to define what creativity means to them. Please be sensitive to your gifts and talents in looking for a definition that suits your individuality. Isn’t creativity simply making something out of nothing? I will admit it takes work to be original, might even be hard to muster authenticity, but all this spins in your world to help you manifest your dreams in amazing and magical ways.

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Books referenced in June’s Horoscope

  1. Return to Love, Marianne Williamson

  2. Clair De Lune (Poem), Paul Verlaine

  3. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

  4. In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust