“What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands and carry it with dignity and strength.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Aries and Aries Rising
“Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength may we dance in the face of our fears.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
The week begins with the first light of the new moon and depending on how Sunday’s eclipse affected you you’ll either be picking up the pieces or putting them together. This week Mercury changes direction, moving forward once again (“stations direct” in astrologer speak) which gives us pause, when Mercury does this little one, two in the sky it usually reveals something to use about the retrograde period itself, for you this still has something to do with death, or letting go and from the looks of it it’s more about letting go of naïve thinking than anything else. It’s necessary to have hope but it’s detrimental to our existence to live in denial. This is a great time for you to be eliminating things from your daily life that cause you to get off course and distract you from what you really want to do. This week put first things first like Love, laughter, and joy, being present and enjoying your life, the rest of it is just a trap.
Taurus and Taurus Rising
“Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
I don’t believe in a “soul mate”, as in one sole person supplying us with all we need. I do however believe in “soul mates”, as in I have many relationships that all fulfill different needs. I believe in loving all friends as deeply as romantic partners, and it usually comes with less baggage. It can be clearer to understand our roles and expectations of each other don’t get in the way as much. The reality is that the most of the prototypes for romantic love that we were handed by our cultures and our society are simply blueprints for massive disappointment. What can be much more rewarding to focus on (instead of fulfilling some insane Cinderella/Prince Charming complex) is what’s real, solid and in front of us, considering how we can connect with those around us with greater sincerity. Fantasy is fun, if lived-out inside the container of a real relationship (one where both parties agree on the parameters). While some of you will be dealing with these issues, others will be coming up against this energy in another way, namely feeling limits placed on you by others, as if some outside boss, authority figure or judge that is frustrating, confining or momentarily unfair to you. But hasn’t this past year been all about understanding your limits and everyone else’s as you try to move through the world in partnerships with others? Relationships demand commitment, commit to the process with the person/people you are currently with, you’ll know when to move on if you need to. Relief can come through temporarily “giving up” on trying to solve any problems and instead changing your scenery, when all else fails, get out of town and see something new.
Gemini and Gemini Rising
“Do work that matters. Vale la pena” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
You’ve certainly been schooled in terms of what your health will and will not tolerate lately, your body has limits and this is a very important week to pay attention to them. This is especially so because it seems like you may be moving about a bit more, or feeling less rooted than usual. Relationships and finances may also take a bit of a dive this week, which isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s not the easiest either. The thing about it is that most of what is happening in your life right now is hard to understand because it’s not right out in front of you, it’s like the problems are just past your peripheral vision. You’ll have to rely on much more than your usual standby’s in terms of information gathering. After Sunday there’s some relief, so until then polish off your night vision goggles, your x-ray glasses and dusk off your rabbit ear antennae and tune into some other sources of input. One great way to work with this energy is through images, imprints and sounds. If you are trying to bring something into your life with this next new moon cycle keep imagining it-see the pictures of what you want over and over and over. Draw them, collage them and look for them outside of you. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that as your ruling planet turns direct this Sunday there is an unusual moment of magic that it’s surrounded in-but it’s sensitive in nature. It’s the kind of sensitivity that makes us open to the impressions of others (especially governments, corporations and other greedy beasts) keep your mental pictures free from outside parasitic forces that are too lazy to find their own source of power and instead want to steal yours.
Cancer and Cancer Rising
“I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world’s soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself,
I change the world.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Say it with me, “ I have a deep and unbinding faith that my life loves me because I love it and I hold these things to be self-evident: 1) I have a purpose on this planet by the mere fact that I was born. 2) No one else can perform this purpose but me; therefore it is my sacred duty. 3) It is my divine birthright to enjoy the process of my life. 4) I manifest the glory of Creation in every act I perform. 5) I no longer hide from my fate; I willingly step into the unknown by remembering that every time I step out of bed in the morning I have no idea what the day will hold. 6) I am a joyous creation of the universe that is experiencing life through what my mind sees as “mistakes” and “successes”. 7) I dream my life into being by taking my dreams seriously. 8) I take my desire seriously know that as I do so I am validating Universal Desire and Universal Desire wants to expand, grow and be engaged with what is happening around me. 9) I allow myself to be moved, in body, mind and heart. 10) I have faith that everything is working out for the best.
Leo and Leo Rising
“I write to record what others erase when I speak, to rewrite the stories others have miswritten about me, about you.” Gloria Anzaldúa
Clarity is important, especially in terrain that is mostly diluted with others feelings, desires and misunderstandings of who we are and what we are here to do. This week asks you to define your space in a more overt way than you perhaps are currently comfortable doing, but trust me; if you do you’ll feel immediately better about every situation in your life. Even in situations where we feel fairly unclear it’s important not to get too attached to being confused. If you find yourself in such a conundrum, regularly say to yourself, “I am clear, confident and responsible for how I react to life. I have faith that answers come to me at precisely the right moment. I am confident that I am doing the right thing and if not, I will be shown what that right thing to do is and have the wisdom to listen to the advice and adjust accordingly.” This week and in the coming ones there may be a need to adjust your work schedule so you can have a happier home life, or many of you are becoming more grounded in your inner life so that you’ll be more firmly rooted to deal with your schedule and day to day routines. It looks like something there is coming to an end, or undergoing some massive construction, not a bad thing at all, but a difficult one if you are unclear about what it is you need.
Virgo and Virgo Rising
“The act of writing is the act of making soul, alchemy.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Say it with me, every morning: “Every dream I hold dear to my heart is the divine spark of the cosmos dreaming its way through me. I serve these dreams and they feed me in unexpected and beautiful ways. These dreams are sacred whispers of my potential and mere starting points for the kind of life I am meant to experience. My Universe is a compassionate one that manifests its Love through my actions, so today my actions will reflect this and there is no greater verity than the beauty that works through me. I halt for truth and I praise it. I celebrate the small victories, because success is just a million little triumphs appearing as one event. The small events that will lead me to success are happening now, success is happening now. Divinity moves through me here and now and nowhere else. This moment is my life and I show up for it with my entire being. I purify as a ritual act, my beauty shines forth because I am willing to clean out the old. I do not hold onto resentments or fears, I have too much to do and I need a clean machine in order to do it. I have no time for my clutter or anyone else’s. I Must. Move.” And then every night write about how all of this occurred during the course of your day.
Libra and Libra Rising
“In trying to become ‘objective,’ Western culture made ‘objects’ of things and people when it distanced itself from them, thereby losing ‘touch’ with them.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
With great determination and an undaunted heart anything can be realized in this realm. To do this it may take all you’ve got, it may test you in ways you never knew you needed to be tested, it may awaken a drive, an ambition in you that becomes a force beyond anything you have ever known about yourself. This week bears witness to what you have manifested, be it helpful or unhelpful, it will be clearly defined and will inspire you to either keep going on the path that you are on, or you will get the message that this is not your path and it’s time to move it or lose it. This week the Pope said, “free market capitalism had created a ”tyranny” and that people were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.” I must say I am vibing with this vicar on more than one issue. When our worth is boiled down to our place on the latest poll of product purchase we miss the very essence of our incarnation, which is to be in creative cahoots with the Cosmos! So the full meal deal for you right now is to understand just how seriously you take your creative capacity to bring forth the things you wish to in all of their fantastic form. This astrology is about our creative capacity within the bounds of time and space. Dream big and then get busy bringing it into the boundaries of this realm.
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising
“Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar.
(Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks.)” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Before you move forward, I want you to dream about where you want to go. I want you to actively build a bridge between what is and what you wish to be. You will do this by understanding the walls that you are up against as mere illusions that appear very real. Know that in the throws of emotion we see nothing in its right size, we must wait until the raging infant inside of us has accepted our humble offerings of self-love before we can find our way to tackling the tumultuous terrain that terrestrial bodies like Saturn has laid down for us. May I suggest some of the bricks to your bridge? They can be the inspired words that work out the details of your dreams and/or images made from colors only you know. Write love letters to your day before you get out of bed, draw pictures of what you want to feel like today and then take note every time it comes true. You imagination is more powerful than you may be aware of and this week especially so. You are building a bridge, but you may want to look for clues from days gone past for inspiration. You walk in the footsteps of the millions that have come before you, yet you must make your own strides to get to the other side. Can you hear everyone cheering you on? Can you sense the spirits rejoicing with every effort that you make?
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising
“Bridges are thresholds to other realities, archetypal, primal symbols of shifting consciousness. They are passageways, conduits, and connectors that connote transitioning, crossing borders, and changing perspectives. Bridges span liminal (threshold) spaces between worlds, spaces I call nepantla, a Nahuatl word meaning tierra entre medio. Transformations occur in this in-between space, an unstable, unpredictable, precarious, always-in-transition space lacking clear boundaries. Nepantla es tierra desconocida, and living in this liminal zone means being in a constant state of displacement–an uncomfortable, even alarming feeling. Most of us dwell in nepantla so much of the time it’s become a sort of “home.” Though this state links us to other ideas, people, and worlds, we feel threatened by these new connections and the change they engender.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
You’ve had enough intensity lately to understand what’s really important, and what’s really not. One of the things that’s really not that important in and of itself is money, but it looks like some kind of financial friction may be occurring. It’s not lasting though, not in the larger scheme of things but it will be an issue that you’ll need to contend with and one we talk about at length next week. What’s more important right now is what has been happening on a spiritual, emotional and psychological level for you. You’ve gone through quite a transformative portal on the way to your yearly rebirth and it looks like this week starts to shape you into some sort of substantive prescience. And while you are motivated to get a lot of work done quickly (good idea as this is the window to do so) whatever is taking shape in you is still somewhat private or withheld. There are many ways in which you are being a translator for all of your different worlds and the key to not losing yourself in all of the back bending that is being required of you is to keep your spiritual center. This doesn’t have to be a lengthy, drawn-out process of chanting, meditating, pondering your third-eye or reciting ancient texts (although if you have the time…) but it does need to be a required part of your daily diet. Make conscious contact with the Creative Force/Higher Self of your understanding, everyday, preferably all-day.
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising
“At some point, on our way to a new consciousness, we will have to leave the opposite bank, the split between the two mortal combatants somehow healed so that we are on both shores at once and, at once, see through serpent and eagle eyes. Or perhaps we will decide to disengage from the dominant culture, write it off all together as a lost cause, and cross the border into a wholly new and separate territory. Or we might go another route. The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
There could be many opportunities in the coming weeks to see others as opponents and to feel like your only option is to separate, annihilate or eliminate the threat that intimacy poses. This is one way of being in the world. There will be many opportunities for you to sit with, question, be curious about and meditate on what life would be like if self-reliance wasn’t a denial of self-as-other. You’re a weighty influence on the world right now and even though your demeanor may be a little more self-contained your ways of seeing the world, and what it could be are immensely helpful to those around you if you have the discipline that it takes to put those glorious ideas into some sort of form. We are all playing at being our own broadcasting station these days, and I think in many ways it’s a wonderful experiment of self reflection, revealing and definition while still being playful. Right now you have both the serpents and the eagles eye to see through, give us your grounded perspective with that wry straight to the point wit that only you posses.
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising
“Adjectives are a way of constraining and controlling. ‘The more adjectives you have, the tighter the box.’ Marking is always marking down…my labeling of myself is so that the Chicana and lesbian and all the other persons in me don’t get erased, omitted and killed. Naming is how I make my presence known, how I assert who and what I am and want to be known as. Naming myself is a survival tactic” Gloria E. Anzaldúa
As I have belabored lately, at the end of the day you are in charge of defining yourself and making sure that you never hold yourself in too tight a parameter. I want you to continue with all of the work we have been talking about in terms of showing up for your career/professional life as the responsible leader that you are, but also this week I want you to share with everyone the kind of creative inspiration that moves through you. Do not be afraid to go out on limbs and to follow muses into the forest because the real truth is that no matter how you choose to define yourself, and reveal yourself through those definitions, they can’t actually hold the entirety of you-so lead with all the ones that fit you today and then grow beyond everyone’s limited notions of what those labels are. You are holding a place in the world while at the same time being able to slip in and out of being tied to it. In this way (and many more) you are showing us the power of shape shifting while still remaining true to yourself. No one defines us without our permission, and you were just voted least likely to give permission to let anyone tell you who you are.
Pisces and Pisces Rising
“So if we won’t forget past grievances, let us forgive. Carrying the ghosts of past grievances no vale la pena. It is not worth the grief. It keeps us from ourselves and each other; it keeps us from new relationship. We need to cultivate other ways of coping.”
Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Water holds memory, especially when frozen. Generations from now it looks as though ice may be a thing of the past, only temporary I am sure, but our world is thawing out at a rapid pace. As this happens we are sure to uncover and also lose great amounts of information stored for millions of years in the icy caps of our planet. Water holds memory, tears well up as we re-member a piece of our past, a part of our humanity and the unyielding testament to the human spirit that is our ability to forgive great transgressions. Water holds memory, the memory of our ancestors, their wisdom and their pain, their past and their wishes for our future. Like the orca whales that joyfully surrounded a Washington state ferry carrying ancient artifacts back to their rightful home, that of legendary Chief Seattle, the water and its creatures know which way justice flows. Water holds memory, and when a memory resurfaces it’s for the sake of our healing as water also washes wounds clean. Water holds memory, but it also distorts our vision, at least until it has evaporated from our lenses latest washing. Honor the memories by seeing them, releasing them and renewing your commitment to the present moment, resisting nothing that arises.