Zodiac in Translation
Aries or Aries Rising: March 21– April 19
Shunryu Suzuki wrote the classic mediation primer, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. This book has me thinking about you this month Aries, as you’ve been wondering about how to relieve yourself of the useless chatter and may I say clutter that’s running rough shod through your mind. Suzuki thinks there is something to using a meditative discipline to relax our minds. He also encourages us to take the role of the beginner every now and then; you know that place where you feel most curious and most willing to learn? This is the perfect time to bring a new idea into the world. Let your mind work for you!
Taurus or Taurus Rising: April 20 – May 20
You may find yourself at a proverbial crossroads this month Taurus as the question of where to go keeps popping into your mind. When we are faced with a choice of direction our first instinct is to ask everyone around us for advice. I encourage you to remember Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey when she tells us to leave other peoples voices behind. You will be gifted with a strong sense of intuition all month, use this inner voice to help you find the road that is solely and wholly, your own.
Gemini or Gemini Rising: May 21 – June 21
When I was first in the bookselling business I used to stay at the bookstore after hours and read self-help books. Does this make you smile or cringe Gemini? Either way, this is a month of true self-inquiry. Honestly I have a million questions for you as you most likely feel the ground swell of curiosity under foot. Keep curious. Let the questions guide you rather than the answers. Find a way to give yourself a break, as you start to see yourself more clearly. Make sure to find a friend this month to chat about these things, as this kind of inquiry will make more sense if you can talk about it.
Cancer or Cancer Rising: June 22 – July 22 xx
There has been much said about C.G. Jung’s term, synchronicity. Webster defines synchronicity as the simultaneous occurrence of events, which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. With the Sun illuminating the 12th house for you this month, Cancer, your curiosity for the unexplainable will be off the charts. You may want to keep a dream journal, meditate, plan a weekend spiritual retreat, or simply read a book on something indulgently esoteric. Keep looking at the patterns in the chaos for personal messages. These are for you and you alone.
Leo or Leo Rising: July 23 – August 22 xx
This may prove a social month for you Leo, as friends from past and present suddenly want to chat. You may find yourself in long phone calls, late night dinners, or sudden connections with grocery store clerks. See, there is a playful uptick happening for you and it feels really good. Your past dedication to building a network of friends seems to be paying off. This networking has you asking even deeper questions about community and time. Who do you want to spend your time with? Where do you want to devote your energy? What kind of influence do you want to have?
Virgo or Virgo Rising: August 23 – September 22
The mountain climber is the clear motif for you this month Virgo as you are undoubtedly on an upward climb in your professional life. When two climbers find themselves on a rock face, the communication between them is paramount. Communication IS paramount for you all month. Say what you mean, mean what you say. Don’t let small resentments turn to big ones. This kind of clear word-smithing will make you smile; maybe even get you over the next horizon. Stay prepared, take it slow.
Libra or Libra Rising: September 23 – October 22
Infamous Haiku poet, Basho wrote deceptively simple poems about nature, seasons and elements. In honor of Summer Solstice Libra I want to remind you of the simple joys of life and ask you to find a day this month dedicated wholly to celebration. You may be tempted to complicate things, what with your incredible, systems-oriented brain. There is nothing to prove, only just remembering to take a day or two in the world, in nature, under the clouds, over a rainbow, on your knees in a garden, or out on a rocky crag with a sunset.
Scorpio or Scorpio Rising: October 23 – November 21
I believe in movement, Patti Smith told us in her recent book, M Train. A great quote for you this month Scorpio as you find yourself tossed to and fro, perhaps even on other peoples schedules. This has you thinking more deeply about where you spend your time, and with whom. You may have some downright interesting travel opportunities that have you on planes, trains and automobiles, maybe even into the underground of subways. In pure Patti-esque fashion keep a keen eye on the world. Take out pen and paper and write an observation or two. Feel this freedom. Stay conscious.
Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising: November 22 – December 21
It is clear, Sag, that this month you will accomplish a great deal. You are on fire, full of optimism and expansive energy! In fact, this has been a year of excellent growth for you. Relationships will have your attention and focus in the coming days as you are synching with another person in interesting ways. Bring all this exuberance and generosity of spirit to this relationship. How can you ask another person to take a leap of faith if you are not also willing to do the same? Give your loved one the space they need to join you on this amazing ride.
Capricorn or Capricorn Rising: December 22 - January 19 xx
When is the last time you’ve received a pep talk Capricorn? Yeah, I mean someone, hopefully a friend, come just to cheer you up, tell you it will be okay, and help you see clearly once again. Consider this a pep talk. We can all agree that you’ve been on a transformational path of late, one fraught with life changing decisions. Tom Robbins told us in Jitterbug Perfume that to survive we had to lighten up. In the midst of such deep tectonic shifts Capricorn, your goal this month is to find an activity that helps you feel lighter, more playful, and re-invigorated.
Aquarius or Aquarius Rising: January 20 – February 18
Have you ever read the book Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery? Of course he was made famous for his book, The Little Prince. His memoir has become a personal favorite of mine, a book that catalogs his adventures as a pilot in the early 1900’s. Saint-Exupery says that he flies because it releases his mind from the tyranny of petty things.This quote is to inspire you this month Aquarius as you can feel your creative juices flowing. You get to leave behind the small earth, the known planet and extend yourself into the heavens. Bring down the big thoughts. Expect to see the stars.
Pisces or Pisces Rising: February 19 – March 20
You could say that genealogy is the study of ones ancestors. Some of us want to do this work and others do not. Dear Pisces, there is something down in the family story that interests you this month. Something you’ve been curious about for some time. You may have put off doing the research and I can see no better time than the present for taking that dive into the ancestral pool. These family stories may have a surprising affect on your current sense of belonging. Give those that have come before a personal nod and a vote of thanks. They got you to where you are today.
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Books referenced in June’s Horoscope
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
The Journey (Poem), Mary Oliver
Collected Haiku, Basho
M Train, Patti Smith
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupery