Gemini/Gemini Rising* (May 22-June 20): Hello, polliwog. As you make your way to becoming an adult frog, what awareness must you possess of possible hazards. The growth process is an organic one, but there are frenemies all around. A frenemy knows your weaknesses best. Sometimes it is a thin line between a BFF and a frenemy. Youre like a sailor who hasnt crossed the equator for the first time (also known as a polliwog). Its rumored that you must cross-dress as you cross the equator. The evolution? Taking on the garb of the opposite sex can be liberating, no? (I suppose we could ask RuPaul or go to his University on LOGO) Drag queens (or kings) aside, a major part of your psychic evolution as the Twins includes integrating your inner male (if female) or inner female (if male). As you age, dear polliwog, you will soften your strict adherence to the rules of what is appropriate behavior. If only for one night, receptivity in male or assertiveness in female can make your identity complete itself internally. Then as fully grown, you no longer search for your other half, you search for your other whole. Then too, just like those sailors (excuse me, polliwogs) who cross the equator for the first time, you need a ritual initiation to symbolically mark your growth from one mental/feeling state to another, and back again ...
Cancer/Cancer Rising* (June 21-July 21): For the past couple of months there have been a gaggle of planets gathered in Aries, the only initiating fire sign to challenge your initiating water sign. Cant say something nice, then say nothing at all. This may have been the wisdom of our great-great grandmothers, yet, you have had to starve your beast of whats appropriate to get to the root cause of why you are the way you are. Aries insures you, hell, even demands you fight or flight, show us how to please you. Do not automatically think that through withdrawal, we will wonder whats wrong, because there is not enough emotional intelligence in most of us. However, if youre traveling with or to family this weekend, take the new found and hard won confidence with you. Teach them how to treat you. After all, if no one is saying anything nice about you, then what have you done for them lately, um, without expecting something in return? Sometimes you have to convince others to care more.
Leo/Leo Rising* (July 22-Aug 22): Growing up is not the easiest thing to do. First of all, you must learn to not only see, then feel, but live the difference between responsibility and accountability. No, I am not, I repeat, not, suggesting you live from a hackneyed position of original sin. Jesus aint judging (period). (However, we can have long discussions about what his organized followers are judging.) You are just correct (much like forward is to straight for some diligent gays), not right. Being true (or correct) to yourself and acting from integrity and excellence (even when it hurts anothers feelings) makes you responsible. You become accountable when you are off path, playing to other folks expectations and mooching. To mature is to know and appreciate what your support system gives to you from their collective hearts. Verbally expressing gratitude begins the short jaunt from accountability to responsibility. I be guaranteeing it.
Virgo/Virgo Rising* (Aug 22-Sept 22): Afraid of Medusa and any entity that personifies disorder? Chaos and String Theory, Quantum Physics abound. Right now, the will of the planets wander through the area of your sky that requires a re-mixing of sorts, combining your resources in a fresh and unique manner. What you do not know, try to sense. What remains a mystery, try to accept. Then let go of trying, just exist. Medusa was conjured and written by some very frightful men. Men afraid of the power of the feminine, vow to destroy as well as create life, to bleed but not to die. Some men examine their feces as an act of creation (although not a bad idea, if you think you may be getting ill). You are poised to increase your fertility, but you must leave behind the ideas of how your creations are to come into being. Whats that you say, oh the willing suspension of disbelief? It cant be that easy, can it? Realize there other ways to ascertain the truth beyond words, logic and words. Check in with your inner Medusa, that place of welcoming the unnerving or imperfect into your life.
Libra/Libra Rising* (Sep 23-Oct 22): Slowly withdrawing into an excellent fantasy where there is no beginning or no end, thats you. Let it happen. Maybe youll go back with Mariah and pacifiers along with the Tom-Tom Club. The only place where Id recommend second opinions is with medical authorities. Other than your physical health and wealth that you have no greater gains. Often your guardian angel (Venus) allots you at least one attracting asset. How you use said asset (and others) is entirely up to you. Whether youre going to be turned upside down or not remains entirely up to you. Check in with your inner Presbyterian Priest, please. Consistently you search for that elusive balance between being the party girl or manwhore with depth of true give and take. Maybe the fantasy begins with what is truly possible in whats you take for granted within yourself.
Scorpio/Scorpio Rising* (Oct 23-Nov 21): How do you come out, that is, how to do you show more of your inner self? This process is beyond the closet; it has been called living out loud. There are lots of planets representing different frequencies. Giving and receiving love comes in many formats and relationships. Let me be hoping so for a whole lots of ways to have groove be goin on. From now until June 4 you get a free pass within your mind regarding how you hide the ways and means and manners of showing physical affection. Period, allow yourself to soften and molt into a self that is so magnetic that love is a feeling beyond words. Law notwithstanding. Set yourself up (or those who carry your inner rebellious ways) to be the one to challenge our collective inner repressed mannerisms. This is not some tribute to politically correct realities, it is about coming out in a harming none safe space vibe.
Sagittarius/Sagittarius Rising* (Nov 22-Dec 19): As an adaptable fire sign, your enthusiasms vary with the amount of people trending towards your interests. Huh? Well, the younger do it my way soul version of your sign can be superficial and given to succumbing to peer pressure. However, as your soul ages, your interests deepen and flesh out. Presently, your passions lean towards health, diet, nutrition, simply operating from a more efficient place. Watch out for frustration at coworkers whom you perceive to not be working as hard as you. Use your humorously blunt self to get your point across without coming off as bitter, petty or self-congratulating. Call on those ancient spirits you have a sense walk with you.
Capricorn/Capricorn Rising* (Dec 21-Jan 19): Youve been made so miserable, youve been considering slitting your wrists the long way, that is from wrist to elbow. That serious about bleeding out, huh? What about bleeding through into another dimension or reality? Until the end of spring, you are to elect yourself the leader of pleasure. No pain allowed unless you have communicated your safe words. Court the hedonist inside of you. Use no knives to cut yourself physically or mentally. End any and all masochistic tendencies, you are better than that, better than your parents thought. Imagine you are living your life under your own terms with minimal interference from your demanding superego. Im not suggesting you ignore all your messages from your frontal lobe, only to let your freak flag fly proudly, you were born this way ala Lady Gaga.
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising* (Jan 20-Feb 19): Mark Whitwell writes in Yoga of Heart There abounds a spiritual toxicity, communicated and driven through the commercial exploitation of gullible people who are suffering. Questions and ambitions are put in us that are not our own. With your revolutionary ruler, Uranus in the new beginnings sign of Aries, you are ready to transform, not allowing others to pigeon hole your self-expression. You wont be chilled in speech or provoked to overreacting, you are charged to act within the bounds of your self-examined internal spirit. It is a know thyself time for you. You are certainly not gullible, but you are given to suffering of idiots, fools who behave as lemmings or sheep, content to live quietly desperate lives ala Thoreau. Yet, you know your rewards come from true detachment from outcomes of all kinds, placing you in a superior negotiating position. Remind yourself of the better possible futures to come. Enjoy your life of a mind married to an active heart. Without heart, your coldness can become legendary, off-putting, and even cruel. Want reform? Begin in the mirror.
Pisces/Pisces Rising* (Feb 18-Mar 20): Along with Cancer folk, you could remember your intrauterine experience, pre-birth as it were. Or you fantasize about what heaven or nirvana must feel like. It is important part of your development as a soul to bring this awareness into conscious focus. Accessing the contents of your unconscious, giving labels to hidden parts of life can make the difference between healthy enlightenment and a sullen reactive existence. Addictions abound in direct proportion to your lack of investigation into the intangibles aspects of life and living. Some find it in church, yoga, a whiskey bottle, food, sex, art or any other escapist activity. The point is to search for a lofty reflections of the unity you remember, desire and even, yearn for on the physical plane. What of the heavens happening on earth, well, how about it? More likely to occur once you set your heart and energy on integrating the higher and lower without judging either.
Aries/Aries Rising* (Mar 21-Apr 19): Actively seek equality in your closest partnerships, not too much you and not enough you, but the Goldilocks mean, that just right factor. Deep, intense and bursting at the seams can make you seem to be like the child who plays with the box the toy came in, yet, uninterested in the toy. That could be an unfair characterization (unless you are bored which says more about your relationship to yourself than to us). Simply, you have to be made aware of the importance of others perceptions. Sometimes, we have to repeat ourselves, ignore your instigations or the constant changing of subjects. Headstrong or stubborn? Is there a true difference in how it plays out from a behavioral standpoint? Allow time to consider ideas you havent thought of, to dismiss them out of hand is a mistake. Compromise doesnt have to be a bad word.
Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): Until June 20, warrior and pioneering Mars blazes his way through your sign. Normally laid back when your comfort is being threatened, you will find yourself wearing red as well as showing signs of passion without being concerned what the end result may be. Caution is still your middle name, yet, there are forces compelling you to self-actualize. This cycle happens once every 2 years. What did you begin in June, 2009 that commands more attention and purpose now? A particular temptation of yours is complacency. The yang/masculine Mars does not allow for inaction (seen any Aries people lately?) If red doesnt fit your color palette, try eggplant. These colors are to remind you to get your potentially couch potato butt moving and inspired.
*The Rising Sign, aka Ascendant represents your approach to life and the mask you wear. Read that sign as well to get additional information on whats in store this week. (If you don't know your Rising sign, send your birth date, time (within 15 minutes either way, city/county to Quan @ www.beliefisnotrequired.com)
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