Belief Is Not Required 

Air Element

In our world, moving between the end of spring (Gemini) to summer's beginning (Cancer), we go from the lofty dragon, his fire and light, to the temptation of our feelings. In one ancient Chinese text, the summer solstice represents the return of darkness, the perennial yin/feminine force. In some cases, this return of the yin was compared with a maiden who had five suitors. Imagine her power to obtain what she wanted, given the nature of competition embedded in the yang/masculine force. Exactly, what are your mind and spirit focused upon? What are you longing to create?

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

The longest day means less light until the winter solstice that marks the start of Capricorn. You feed Capricorn with your refusal to grow up. You see, the initiating of winter thrives on your imaginative and youthful ways. Being with you is like being plugged in to the evolution of communication, what or who is trending. After all, one of your twins is consistently awake to the new happenings in the world, rapidly able to process and synthesize inventive connections. These last days of your sign bring to my mind the overkill of negative thinking brought on by living a clever life, thinking you can outthink everyone with whom you meet. Resist the temptation to treat those who are mentally slower than you as less bright. Remember who won the race of the tortoise and the hare? The child knew better than the emperor. Flash-forward six months to this winter solstice. Whom do you want around you? How can your heart be wise while your countenance remains young?

Libra, September 23-October 22, initiating intellectual, starting relationships

Last week I talked about love possibly not being enough to solve your relationships. Hopefully, you used your argumentative ways to prove me wrong. Now that your ruling planet, Venus, has emerged as the morning star (arising before sunrise), you can fight for what you want. You know the correct words to utter. You know when to be silent and just how gold it can be. A rolled eye causes silence to be valued like silver, but a metal nonetheless. Venus centers on what we collectively agree upon as valuable. Please remember that you are part of the collective. Change in society can begin with one voice. One-to-one relationships are also a part of society. It is through your receptivity that you charge and transform the atmospheres in which you are a part. This weekend is tailor-made for you to objectively examine yourself and our reactions to you. Have those conversations, deep and otherwise; just don't begin them with "We need to talk." Want all you want; need less.

Aquarius, January 20-February 18, concentrating intellectual, the futuristic mind

Your life, as much you live for freedom, improves after your heart connects to one individual. Sure, your lofty and sometimes arrogant self can believe that you settle for the closest human project, but age can bring you wisdom. With both of your rulers (Saturn and Uranus) being on the personal-relationship axis (Libra and Aries, respectively), you are learning how to communicate to those closest to you without any premeditated mean-spiritedness. Yes, you think so much that we'd rarely believe anything out of your mouth hadn't been thought of before. But trust us. More importantly, trust you. Let this Venus slowdown do what it does best: Get you to create new mental pathways to bliss, joy and happiness. These three virtues require not belief (pun intended, remember the name of this column) but an open heart with an involved mind. Love does not demand that you dumb down. Simply be aware of that which cannot be rationally explained. Make like Grace Jones who sang, "Love Is the Drug."

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