Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
October 22, 2014
PRONOIA IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA
is available at Amazon: bit.ly/Pronoia
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Below is an excerpt.
I invite you to consider making these pledges:
to push hard to get better and smarter,
grow my devotion to the truth,
fuel my commitment to beauty,
refine my emotions,
hone my dreams,
wrestle with my shadow,
purge my ignorance,
and soften my heart;
even as I always accept myself
for exactly who I am,
with all of my so-called foibles and wobbles.
to wake myself up,
never hold back,
have nothing to lose,
go all the way,
kiss the stormy sky,
be the hero of my own story,
ask for everything I need
and give everything I have,
take myself to the river
when it's time to go to the river,
and take myself to the mountaintop
when it's time to go to the mountaintop.
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Unconditional, a poem by Jennifer Welwood:
Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the universe;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed
Into its radiant jewel-like essence.
I bow to the one who has made it so,
Who has crafted this Master Game;
To play it is purest delight;
To honor its form -- true devotion.
More poetry from Jennifer Welwood: jenniferwelwood.com/poetry
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An interviewer urged the Dalai Lama to discourse on how to cultivate
loving kindness. His Holiness said, "That may be too much
to ask. How about if we just work on getting the 'kindness' part
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Aldous Huxley was the renowned 20th-century intellectual who
wrote the book Brave New World, a dystopian vision of
the future. Later in his life he came to regret one thing: how
"preposterously serious" he had been when he was younger.
"There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,"
he ruminated, "trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity
and despair. That's why you must walk so lightly. Lightly, my
darling . . . Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly
even though you're feeling deeply."
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Are you in quest of an Intimate Ally? A Soul Friend? A Wild Confidante?
Check out Match.com via Free Will Astrology's link: bit.ly/SoulMatch
Look for a Co-Pilot, Co-Conspirator, or Collaborator . . . an
Agent to represent you or a Disciple to worship you . . . a Secret
Sharer who'll listen better than anyone or an Amazing Accomplice
with whom you can practice the Art of Liberation.
MORE PRONOIA RESOURCES:
The coming era of unlimited -- and free -- clean energy.
"Solar power has been doubling every two years for the past
30 years -- as costs have been dropping. Solar energy is only
six doublings -- or less than 14 years -- away from meeting 100
percent of today's energy needs. Energy usage will keep increasing,
so this is a moving target. But inexpensive renewable sources
will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20
years. Even then, we will be using only one part in 10,000 of
the sunlight that falls on the Earth."
A message from comedian and prophet Bill Hicks:
At the Cloud Appreciation Society, you can vote for Cloud of
the Month and see the gorgeous art that Gaia creates on a regular
More lovely, turbulent, unpredictable clouds: tinyurl.com/mz7ej82
(Note: I endorse these because I like them. They are not advertisements,
and I get no kickbacks.)
Please tell me your own personal nominations for PRONOIA RESOURCES.
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning October 23
Copyright 2014 by Rob Brezsny
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
"Children are the most desirable opponents at Scrabble,"
declares Scorpio author Fran Lebowitz, "as they are both
easy to beat and fun to cheat." I don't wholeheartedly endorse
that advice for you in the coming days, Scorpio. But would you
consider a milder version of it? Let's propose, instead, that
you simply seek easy victories to boost your confidence and hone
your skills. By this time next week, if all goes well, you will
be ready to take on more ambitious challenges.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
You are entering a phase when you will have more luck than usual
as you try to banish parasitic influences, unworthy burdens, and
lost causes. Here are some projects you might want to work on:
1. Bid farewell to anyone who brings out the worst in you. 2.
Heal the twisted effect an adversary has had on you. 3. Get rid
of any object that symbolizes failure or pathology. 4. Declare
your independence from a situation that wastes your time or drains
your resources. 5. Shed any guilt you feel for taking good care
of yourself. 6. Stop a bad habit cold turkey.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Are you ready to be as affable as a Sagittarius, as charismatic
as a Leo, as empathetic as a Cancerian, and as vigorous an instigator
as an Aries? No? You're not? You're afraid that would require
you to push yourself too far outside your comfort zone? OK, then.
Are you willing to be half as affable as a Sagittarius, half as
charismatic as a Leo, half as empathetic as a Cancerian, and half
as inspiring an instigator as an Aries? Or even a quarter as much?
I hope you will at least stretch yourself in these directions,
Capricorn, because doing so would allow you to take maximum advantage
of the spectacular social opportunities that will be available
for you in the next four weeks.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
In the coming weeks I hope you will find practical ways to express
your new-found freedom. All the explorations and experiments you
have enjoyed recently were fun and provocative, but now it's time
to use the insights they sparked to upgrade your life back in
the daily grind. Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I
love it when you are dreamy and excitable and farseeing, and would
never ask you to tone down those attractive qualities. But I am
also rooting for you to bring the high-flying parts of you down
to earth so that you can reap the full benefits of the bounty
they have stirred up. If you work to become more well-grounded,
I predict that you will be situated in a new power spot by December
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
The heavy metal band known as Hatebeak broadened the definition
of what constitutes music. Its lead singer was Waldo, an African
grey parrot. A review by Aquarius Records called Waldo's squawks
"completely and stupidly brilliant." For Hatebeak's
second album, they collaborated with animal rights' activists
in the band Caninus, whose lead vocalists were two pitbull terriers,
Basil and Budgie. In the coming weeks, Pisces, I'd love to see
you get inspired by these experiments. I think you will generate
interesting results as you explore expansive, even unprecedented
approaches in your own chosen field.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
The driest place on the planet is the Atacama Desert in northern
Chile. It gets about a half-inch of rain per year. And yet in
2011, archaeologists discovered that it's also home to a site
containing the fossilized skeletons of numerous whales and other
ancient sea creatures. I'm detecting a metaphorically comparable
anomaly in your vicinity, Aries. A seemingly arid, empty part
of your life harbors buried secrets that are available for you
to explore. If you follow the clues, you may discover rich pickings
that will inspire you to revise your history.
LOVE YOUR LIFE
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages
must show." So begins Charles Dickens' novel "David
Copperfield." So let me ask you: Are you becoming the hero
of your own life? Are you figuring out the secrets of how to create
your destiny -- and not just waiting around for destiny to happen
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Businessman Warren Buffet is worth $65.5 billion, but regularly
gives away 27 percent of his fortune to charity. Microsoft co-founder
Bill Gates owns $78 billion, and donates 36 percent. Then there
are the members of the Walton family, owners of Walmart, where
100 million Americans shop weekly. The Waltons have $136 billion,
of which they contribute .04 percent to good causes. You are not
wealthy in the same way these people are, Taurus. Your riches
consist of resources like your skills, relationships, emotional
intelligence, creative power, and capacity for love. My invitation
to you is to be extra generous with those assets -- not as lavish
as Buffet or Gates, perhaps, but much more than the Waltons. You
are in a phase when giving your gifts is one of the best things
you can do to bolster your own health, wealth, and well-being.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
You have two options. You can be in denial about your real feelings
and ignore what needs to be fixed and wait for trouble to come
find you. Or else you can vow to be resilient and summon your
feistiest curiosity and go out searching for trouble. The difference
between these two approaches is dramatic. If you mope and sigh
and hide, the messy trouble that arrives will be indigestible.
But if you are brave and proactive, the interesting trouble you
get will ultimately evolve into a blessing.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Astronauts on the International Space Station never wash their
underwear. They don't have enough water at their disposal to waste
on a luxury like that. Instead, they fling the dirty laundry out
into space. As it falls to Earth, it burns up in the atmosphere.
I wish you had an amenity like that right now. In fact, I wish
you had a host of amenities like that. If there was ever a time
when you should be liberated from having to wash your underwear,
make your bed, sweep the floor, and do the dishes, it would be
now. Why? Because there are much better ways to spend your time.
You've got sacred quests to embark on, heroic adventures to accomplish,
historical turning points to initiate.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
What are those new whisperings in your head? Are they messages
from your inner teacher? Beacons beamed back through time from
the Future You? Clues from the wise parts of your unconscious
mind? Whatever they are, Leo, pay attention. These signals from
the Great Beyond may not be clear yet, but if you are sufficiently
patient, they will eventually tell you how to take advantage of
a big plot twist. But here's a caveat: Don't automatically believe
every single thing the whisperings tell you. Their counsel may
not be 100-percent accurate. Be both receptive and discerning
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
In the English-speaking world, a sundae is a luxurious dessert
that features ice cream topped with sweet treats like syrup, sprinkles,
and fruits. In Korea, a sundae is something very different. It
consists of a cow's or pig's intestines crammed with noodles,
barley, and pig's blood. I expect that in the coming week you
will be faced with a decision that has metaphorical similarities
to the choice between a sundae and a sundae. Make sure you are
quite clear about the true nature of each option.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
The average serving of pasta on a typical American's plate is
almost 480 percent bigger than what's recommended as a healthy
portion. So says a research paper titled "The Contribution
of Expanding Portion Sizes to the U.S. Obesity Epidemic,"
by Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle. Muffins are 333 percent larger
than they need to be, the authors say, and steaks are 224 percent
excessive. Don't get caught up in this trend, Libra. Get what
you need, but not way, way more than what you need. For that matter,
be judicious in your approach to all of life's necessities. The
coming phase is a time when you will thrive by applying the Goldilocks
principle: neither too much nor too little, but just right.
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