Belief Is Not Required 

"Live long and prosper" is a science-fiction saying from Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek. It describes the Vulcan race, Earth's first alien contact in the sci-fi lore. These purely logical people represent our left hemisphere divorced from the right one, therefore showing the politically conservative brain at its earthly worse.

Fortunately, we have Venus (planetary signature of values, be they conservative, liberal or mixed) appearing to move backward until June 27. Label your reality carefully. Be willing to change your mental direction, especially when facts contradict an unexamined viewpoint.

Along with Venus on a reverse walkabout in an around-way neighborhood, we have a partial eclipse in Gemini on Sunday, May 20, at 6:47p CDT. This first day of the perpetually negotiating twins demands that you get in touch with your inner contra-sexual self. Carl Jung called it the anima (soul) in men and the animus (spirit) in women.

Women are from Venus, but each woman has Mars (her masculine self), too. Men are from Mars, but each man has Venus (his feminine self), too. Transgender, fluidly queer types are at least 25 to 50 years ahead of their cultural and social times.

Gemini allows us to experience our internal, allegedly opposite, self through our biggest sex organ, the brain. In ancient Greco-Roman mythology, the union of Venus and Mercury created Hermaphroditus. A hermaphrodite is a child born with both genitalia. Let's get our minds out of the physical world, and let's stay mental, emotional and spiritual. So, how do you think, feel and act from an orientation?

Air Element

Gemini, May 21-June 20, adapting intellectual, the changing mind

All our eyes are on you. We look to you to bring the fresh and original perspective to love and sex. Beginning with being the zodiac's true flirt (you compete with Libra, but for different reasons; read that message for further understanding), you desire feedback from those you consider attractive. The current Venus turnaround hits unique places within your soul that ask for a renewed definition of what is or who is attractive. If you cannot explain another's magnetism, then maybe you've rushed to judgment like a sexually suppressed male in 19th-century San Francisco who married a prostitute in leisure only to repent in a bathroom. I could be talking about Sen. Larry Craig and his wide stance in the Minneapolis International Airport, too. Just seize the day or dance to the rhythm of the night. How about both day and night? Joy integrates both like the progeny of Venus and Mercury.

Libra, September 23-October 22, initiating intellectual

On June 5 at sunset, we get to see Venus transit across the Sun. We will see this astronomical phenomenon again in 2117. I invoke my higher guidance to deliver Kansas City a clear and sunny day. As owner of the scales, you are learning to balance the opposites: night and day, female and male, soul and ego. After your mental self accepts how opposites complement each other, you self-actualize, dazzling your best detractors. Detractors are those who did not pass your frenemy experiment. Oh, c'mon, you are the one who said (and made it stick), "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." That's the progenitor of the frenemy relationship. Go back to history to glean which larger, inclusive and, therefore, higher philosophy to act on. Any alienation to those closest to you? Check whether you have asked for this time through nonverbal clues first before there is discussion.

Aquarius, January 20-February 18, concentrating intellectual

"Beef. It's what's for dinner." But what if you're a vegetarian or someone who eats no four-footed animals? Then, what's for dinner? Let's use dinner as a symbol for the ability to enjoy and reflect upon what made your day worth living. I live communally. It is basically unheard of to not ask, "How was your day?" at sunset. After ingesting the Puritan work ethic malaise throughout the day, it is increasingly important to take deep breaths to relax. Love and support are all around you. Refine your sensitivities to recognize how many people conspire to do your bidding. Is love finite? Only if your ego has built up impenetrable defenses, so either we've been worn down or we've lost interest. The good dinner depends upon the company with whom you eat. See first what's going well in your eating partners. There's usually time for constructive criticism later.

Water Element

Cancer, June 21-July 22, initiating feeling (soul)

Just know that I am going to be talking about Venus and Gemini and siblings and negotiating so much until around your birthday. At last, my time has come. Oh, you came around, and it's over. Help me! Etta James has taken over my consciousness, like a Republican senator from Oklahoma has had more than his share of Jee-sus. Let Venus have her do. Be that an unusual hairdo, do-do or shu-be-do-be-do-doo. Rhythm rules ... as well as confronting your worst nightmares of who will not accept you as you show who you really are. No watching your feet while you move. Hear the beats. Let love top. Huh? No ego allowed, only your awareness of the immediate intimacy promised as shared surrender tops.

Scorpio, October 23-November 21, concentrating feeling (soul)

A person I love and respect told me that last week's column was "understated." Like Goldilocks, it was "just right." Not too confrontational but not with a standing spine, we work. The joy of your passionate expression because you have an acute awakening of loss, you inspire! Your knowing moderation and, even better, your living your excesses makes you beautiful and wise. It is important at this time of your life to must demonstrate how you are not a caricature. You have substance that Goldie Hawn (Scorpio Sun/spirit and Gemini Moon/soul ) exhibited in Private Benjamin when she quipped, looking at Army greens, "Do they come in any other color but green?" That's you in a nutshell. You have to choose, please, how to use your critical mind to improve constructively what's already there. Gemini time of year (NOW!) demands that you utilize your mind to allow your soul even more than you knew.

Pisces, February 19-March 19, adapting feeling (soul)

Choosing to see any glass as half-full creates a healthy atmosphere for you in your relationships, particularly those at work. Optimism is not the same as being delusional. I'm not suggesting that you become a zealous magical thinker. And, no, you will not lose your mind this time. Unlike Scorpio (probably in the way that causes you the most psychic disturbances), you believe in your excessive exaggerations. For a period of time, you have behaved like a grifter or the prostitute with a good heart. Translation: While in emotional/sexual need, you rule. But in Gemini time of year (now), rational thinking rules for you. Through more thought, you can play with and learn from the extreme aspects of your nature. Just be honest with those you can easily hurt if you choose not to think and only follow your gut.

Fire Element

Leo, July 23-August 22, concentrating spiritual (building your identity)

Gemini time of year activates your ability to come out of the proverbial closet to see what we humans can be at least 19 to 38 years in the future. Pay especial attention to your visions that enter your mind's eye (ajna chakra). You have an amazing ability to realize your individual limitations that have been tested in the polling areas of your well-developed mind. You are healthily self-aware in direct proportion to your honesty about what does and does not work in your life. You are transiting from an Athena (wise with a major skill set of joining logic and feeling) in Pisces (doubting what you know and how) to Aries (hey, yeah, I will freaking ask for forgiveness b4 permission, bee-at-chezz-us). Please be authentically connected to your heart, and "all's well that ends well."

Sagittarius, November 22-December 21, adapting spirituality, wise adviser
Aries, March 20-April 19, initiating spiritual (fire, visionary)

Hell, please acknowledge that you started (in your infinite wisdom in which you take so much pride) the phrase seeing is believing. In your younger soul ages, you are a Protestant fundamentalist preacher with lipstick on his pinga. Hypocrisy can be an easy image for you to project these days. You are learning how to play a humble role when unavoidable conflict asserts itself. With the goddess of love and protocol sitting shiva in your seventh house of marriage, open enemies and advocacy, realize how to simplify your visions of multiple perspectives. Make your mantra be (until August 7) "live and let live, unless harm is imminent" ... period. Mourn what you know no longer works in your life.

Aries, while Venus retraces her steps like a fox that can confuse trackers, you are to speak to what you want to have happen in your closest unions. Civil, religious or not, be the pioneer you were born to be. Tell us when we lack authenticity, where our deeds and words seem like they are from different solar systems. Even when you feel like you are not being heard, speak anyway. Don't always desire a measurable response, then there will be less misunderstandings.

Earth Element

Virgo, August 23-September 22, adapting earth (physical)
Capricorn, December 22-January 20, initiating earth (physical)

Both your signs have strong perfectionist tendencies. At your best, you inspire us to do better at work and to take more responsibility than we originally planned. At your worst, you cannot be pleased or you begin discussions with what's gone wrong. Put yourself back in order; tell the good news first. The goddess of unions (Venus) has a score to balance out within your families.

Virgo, it is all about sharing the responsibilities. You cannot continue to make others feel guilty because you decided to do more than we did. Speak up when you begin to resent what you consider to be lackadaisical behaviors in others. How will we know that you want more from us if you keep your insights to yourself?

Capricorn, the world will not stop if you take a day or two off from work. Relax. Retreat. Restore. Recreate. Recreate is an excellent goal because it requires that you re-create yourself. But in whose image? Yours. You were born to be your own authority. Kneel to no one.

Taurus, April 20-May 20, concentrating earth (physical)

If you're a bit more obsessed with money than usual, then so be it. Being solid, you tend toward the expression of your values, your way of doing things. It is not as if you come from the school of "those who can't do, teach." You come from the old school of "I worked for mine; you can do the same." However, when value-laden Venus moves backward in the skies, you cannot trust your unexamined instincts. Refuse to be like an old grumpy man who pines for days past, when life did not ask anything of him that he did not want to give. It can be too simple to live when everyone agrees with you. Sometimes those closest to you give up telling you how they really feel because they know the consistent resistance you display. Shock us and listen with an unbiased mind and open heart. Then, everyone's life can improve.


Text or call Quan at 816-931-0010 or check out his website at beliefisnotrequired.com.

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