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| mercoledì 11 agosto 2010

Week beginning August 12
by Rob Brezsny

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Paul, a fortune-telling octopus in Oberhausen,
Germany, had an amazing run of success predicting the results of World
Cup competitions a while back. His technique? His handlers gave him a
succession of choices between two tasty morsels, each representing one
of the teams in a given match. The treat he picked to eat was the team
whose victory he prophesied. I wish I could access his expertise to help
me sort out your upcoming decisions. It’s really important that you not
over-think the possibilities, but rather rely on simple gut reactions. Why
don’t you pretend you’re an octopus, and imagine that each choice you
have to make is symbolized by some food item. Ask yourself, “Which is

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Lewis Carroll’s sequel to *Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland* was *Through the Looking Glass.* As he wrote it, he invited
his illustrator John Tenniel to offer editorial advice. In response, Tenniel
tactfully suggested that Lewis cut out a certain chapter. Lewis agreed,
and so the story, as we read it today, doesn’t include Alice’s meeting with
a grumbling wasp who wore a bright yellow wig that sat disheveled on its
head like a clump of seaweed. Think of me as your version of Tenniel,
Virgo. As you finish up your labor of love, consider following my
recommendation to omit the part that resembles a wasp in a wig.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If you and I were sitting face to face and I
asked you, “What are the most important lessons you’ve learned these
last 11 months?”, what would you tell me? I think you need this type of
experience: an intense and leisurely conversation with a good listener you
trust — someone who will encourage you to articulate the major
developments in your life since your last birthday. Here are some other
queries I’d pose: 1. How have you changed? 2. What long-term process
needs to come to a climax? 3. What “school” are you ready to graduate
from? (And by “school” I mean any situation that has been a hotbed of
learning for you.)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The film *Avatar* hammers out such
vehement anti-military, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist themes that it
could have been endorsed by the leftist rock band Rage Against the
Machine. And yet it’s the highest-grossing film in the history of the world.
One critic marveled at its popularity in even the most conservative areas
of America, noting that it got “a theater full of people in Kentucky to
stand and applaud the defeat of their country in war.” Your assignment in
the coming week is to do what *Avatar* has done: Try to make sure that
your opponents and skeptics are entertained by your message — maybe
even excited and intrigued.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I recommend that you enjoy an
abundance of recreational time in the coming days, Sagittarius. But I hope
that you will favor a rigorous physical challenge over lying lazily on the
beach. I hope that you will read great literature instead of mass market
paperbacks, and that you’ll attend a brain-bending workshop rather than
being a spectator at a sports event. Catch my drift, Sagittarius? Say yes
to embarking on a vision quest that scares the fear out of you and pumps
up your spiritual ambition; say no to wasting away in a puddle of sluggish,
circuitous daydreaming.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sixty-nine percent of conservatives think
that hell is a real place, and over half of all liberals do. Shocking!
Ridiculous! I hope that you, Capricorn, give zero credence to the idea that
there is a realm of eternal damnation. In my astrological opinion, believing
in hell would grossly interfere with your ability to know the truth about
your life right now. So would an irrational fear of failure, an obsession with
enemies, or a tendency to define yourself in opposition to bad stuff.
Here’s the alternative: To thrive, all you have to do is accentuate what
you love, identify what you want, and focus on rewards.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This is an excellent time for you to get
more conscious and proactive about what images you bring into your life
and surround yourself with. It’s always important to monitor the pictures
flowing into your imagination, of course, but it’s especially crucial right
now. Your mental and physical health are unusually dependent on it. So
please do yourself a big favor and gaze upon as much uplifting beauty as
you can. Favor gardens over garbage dumps, soaring vistas over strip
malls, interesting faces over scowling mugs.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Every year smokers toss away over four
trillion cigarette butts, fouling the environment terribly. But recently a
few Chinese scientists embarked on the seemingly impossible project of
finding value in this noxious waste. Collecting up big piles of discarded
filters, they developed a process to extract chemicals that are effective
at preventing corrosion when applied to steel pipes. Your assignment,
Pisces, is to accomplish a comparable miracle: Turn some dreck or dross
into a useful thing; discover a blessing in the trash; build a new dream
using the ruins of an old pleasure.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When I studied method acting with David
Mamet, he taught us to develop such a vivid imagination that we could
taste the pretend coffee that we drank out of an imaginary cup. We’d feel
the heft of the cup in our hand and the steamy heat rising. We’d
hallucinate the bitterly flavorful smell, and the muscles of our face would
move the way they might if we were sipping the real thing. Pop star Lady
Gaga didn’t work with Mamet while she was maturing as an actress, but
she got similar teachings. Recently, she told *New York* magazine that
she can “feel the rain, when it’s not raining.” And more than that: “I can
actually mentally give myself an orgasm.” If you think that you will ever
want to have that strong an imagination, Aries, now is a good time to
start working toward that goal.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When they say “Go with the flow,” what
“flow” are they talking about? Do they mean the flow of your early
childhood conditioning? The flow of your friends’ opinions? The latest
cultural trends? Your immediate instinctual needs? When they say “Go
with the flow,” are they urging you to keep doing what’s easiest to do
and what will win you the most ego points, even if it keeps you from
being true to your soul’s code? I’m here to ask you to consider the
possibility that there are many flows to go with, but only one of them is
correct for you right now. And in my opinion, it is flowing in an
underground cavern, far from the maddening crowd.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “There would not be such a thing as
counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere,” says a Sufi
proverb. Why am I bringing this to your attention at this particular
moment in your life story? Here’s the bad news: You’re in possession of
some counterfeit gold that you think is authentic. Here’s the good news:
Within a short time after waking up to the truth about the fake stuff, you
will locate the real thing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Here’s a thought from the Cancerian
philosopher Gaston Bachelard: “He who listens to the singing of the
stream cannot be expected to understand the one who hears the singing
of the flame: They do not speak the same language.” While I mostly agree
with that poetic formulation, I think you’re about to be a temporary
exception to the rule. Normally you are acutely attuned to the singing of
the stream; your skill at reading its nuances are supreme among the
zodiac. But I expect that in the coming days, you will not only have the
power to appreciate the song of the fire; you’ll even be able to empathize
with and understand people who are entranced by the song of the fire.