By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Do you know what insomniac
dyslexic philosophers do?" asked one of the 20th century's great thinkers,
Terence McKenna. "They stay up all night wondering if dog really exists."
That just happens to be your assignment, Aries—whether or not you're an
insomniac dyslexic philosopher. It's time, in other words, for you to intensify
your exploration of life's deepest questions—even as you remember to do
so with sparkling good humor and the intention not to take yourself too damn
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
tradition, bodhisattvas are seekers who put their service to others above their
personal goals--even above their quest for the supreme peace that comes from enlightenment.
In the eight-century prayer "The Bodhisattva Path," poet Shantideva
wrote, "May I be the doctor and the medicine/ for all sick beings in the
world/ until everyone is healed." That's a high standard to live by. In
asking you to try it out for a limited time, I'm not expecting perfection. But
my analysis of the astrological omens suggests that the people in your life
fervently need you to be a source of strong medicine. More than that, you need
to initiate the changes in your life that will ensue if you make yourself into
a soothing balm, a potent remedy, a love tonic.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When East Timor gained its
independence from Indonesia after a long, bloody struggle, the United Nations
temporarily took control of the new nation, inundating it with aid and support.
But the international agency's work was short-lived, lasting just three years,
and ultimately became known as Quickfixville. The errors resulting from its
hurried efforts have been hard to undo. Don't make a similar gaffe in the
coming weeks, Gemini. It's not enough merely to have good intentions. Be
deliberate and thorough as you undertake your corrective actions.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): It's almost time to bring an end to
your phase of resting and recouping. The self-protective mode has served you
well, but if you stay in it much longer it'll begin to backfire. Soon you'll
need a wake-up call, an inflammatory summoning. If I were there with you, I
might even sing you the opposite of a lullaby—a disturbing yet inspiring
rant designed to rouse and agitate and excite you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I was sitting in San Francisco's Cafe
Gratitude, meditating on your horoscope. In my notebook I'd doodled a giant
hand reaching down to earth from the clouds. It was holding a silver platter
that bore a book whose title was "Fresh Instructions." This gift was
being offered to a half-lion, half-human creature that represented you. Shortly
after I finished this drawing, a woman came through the front door of the
restaurant and sat at a nearby table. Her T-shirt had a message that was the
perfect caption for the image I'd made: "Maybe God has bigger plans for
you than you have for yourself."