Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
December 31, 2014
EXPLORE THE BIG PICTURE OF YOUR LIFE
with my EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES for the Coming Year.
What new influences will be headed your way in 2015? What fresh
resources will you be able to draw on? How can you conspire with
life to create the best possible future for yourself?
Beginning this week, and for the next two weeks as well, I'm
exploring the BIG PICTURE of your life in my Expanded Audio Horoscopes.
If you slip into a philosophical, visionary mood at the end of
each year, you might appreciate my perspectives on your long-term
To listen to your BIG PICTURE horoscopes online, go to RealAstrology.com.
Register and/or log in through the main page, and then click
on the link "Long Term Forecast for 2015."
You can also listen over the phone by calling 1-877-873-4888.
The cost is $6 per sign on the Web (discounts available for bulk
purchases), or $1.99 per minute by phone. Each forecast is 7-9
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Even if you don't call yourself an artist, you have the potential
to be a dynamic creator who is always hatching new plans, coming
up with fresh ideas, and shifting your approach to everything
you do as you adjust to life's ceaseless invitation to change.
It's to this part of you -- the restless, inventive spirit --
that I address the following: Unleash yourself! Don't be satisfied
with the world the way it is; don't sit back passively and blankly
complain about the dead weight of the mediocre status quo.
Instead, call on your curiosity and charisma and expressiveness
and lust for life as you tinker with and rebuild everything you
see so that it's in greater harmony with the laws of love and
more hospitable to your soul's code.
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"Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings
of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you
personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers
who unknowingly speak to your condition."
- Sam Keen
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Homework: Think of examples to illustrate the differences between
trivial, useless "pleasure" and smart, life-exalting
MORE PRONOIA RESOURCES:
In my book Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, I wrote
We at the Beauty and Truth Lab are willing to let the news media
fill up half their pages and airwaves and bandwidths with poker-faced
accounts of decline and degeneration, misery and destruction.
We can tolerate a reasonable proportion of movies and novels and
TV dramas that revel in pathology. But we also demand EQUAL TIME
for stories about integrity and joy and beauty and bliss and renewal
and harmony and love. That's all we ask: a mere 50 percent.
Now here's an update: Our demand has been partially met. In recent
years, there has been a proliferation of news sources reporting
the other sides of the story. Here are some of the best:
Good News Network
Great News Network
Good News Daily
Good News Blog
Good News Economist
The Intelligent Optimist
Talks by great thinkers
(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 January 1
Copyright 2014 by Rob Brezsny
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Even in normal times, you are a fount of regeneration. Your ever-growing
hair and fingernails are visible signs of your nonstop renewal.
A lot of other action happens without your conscious awareness.
For example, your tastebuds replace themselves every two weeks.
You produce 200 billion red blood cells and 10 billion white blood
cells every day. Every month the epidermis of your skin is completely
replaced, and every 12 months your lungs are composed of a fresh
set of cells. In 2015, you will continue to revitalize yourself
in all these ways, but will also undergo a comparable regeneration
of your mind and soul. Here's my prediction: This will be a year
of renaissance, rejuvenation, and reinvention.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
"Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight
of all the lives I'm not living," says a character in Jonathan
Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
If you have ever felt that way, Aquarius, I predict that you will
get some relief in 2015. Your bones won't be straining as much
as they have in the past because you will be living at least one
of the lives you have wanted to live but haven't been able to
before. How you will handle all the new lightness that will be
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
"Erotomania" is a word for the erroneous fantasies
people entertain when they imagine that a celebrity is in love
with them. Laughable, right? Just because I have dreams of Game
of Thrones actress Lena Headey texting me seductive notes
doesn't mean that she genuinely yearns for my companionship. And
yet most of us, including you and me, harbor almost equally outlandish
beliefs and misapprehensions about all kinds of things. They may
not be as far-fetched as those that arise from erotomania, but
they are still out of sync with reality. The good news, Pisces,
is that in 2015 you will have the best chance ever to become aware
of and shed your delusions -- even the long-running, deeply-rooted
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Most salamanders reproduce by laying eggs, but the alpine salamander
doesn't. Females of that species give birth to live young after
long pregnancies that may last three years. What does this have
to do with you? Well, I expect you to experience a metaphorical
pregnancy in the coming months. Even if you're male, you will
be gestating a project or creation or inspiration. And it's important
that you don't let your the incubation period drag on and on and
on, as the alpine salamanders do. I suggest you give birth no
later than July.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Maybe you have had a dream like this: You're wandering around
a house you live in, and at the end of a long hallway you come
to a door you've never seen before. How could you have missed
it in the past? It must have been there the whole time. You turn
the knob, open the door, and slip inside. Amazing! The room is
full of interesting things that excite your imagination. What's
more, on the opposite wall there's another door that leads to
further rooms. In fact, you realize there's an additional section
of the house you have never known about or explored. Whether or
not you have had a dream like that, Taurus, I'm betting that in
2015, you will experience a symbolically similar series of events
in your waking life.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
The Greek god Zeus had seven wives. Themis, Leto, Eurynome,
and Hera were among them. Another was his older sister Demeter,
and a sixth was his aunt Mnemosyne. Then there was the sea nymph
Metis. Unfortunately, he ate Metis -- literally devoured her --
which effectively ended their marriage. In 2015, Gemini, I encourage
you to avoid Zeus's jumbled, complicated approach to love and
intimacy. Favor quality over quantity. Deepen your focus rather
than expanding your options. Most importantly, make sure your
romantic adventures never lead to you feeling fragmented or divided
against yourself. This is the year you learn more than ever before
about what it's like for all the different parts of you to be
EXPLORING YOUR LONG-RANGE FUTURE
Would you like some inspiration as you muse and wonder about
your upcoming adventures in 2015?
In this week's EXPANDED AUDIO HOROSCOPES, I offer you a long-term,
in-depth exploration of your destiny in the coming months. This
is Part One of a three-part series.
Part Two and Part Three will be available in the next two weeks.
Access them online at RealAstrology.com.
Register and sign in.
They are also available by phone at 1-877-873-4888.
The cost is $6 per sign on the Web (discounts are available for
bulk purchases), or $1.99 per minute by phone.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Here are three of my top wishes for you in 2105: You will have
a clear, precise sense of what's yours and what's not yours .
. . of what's possible to accomplish and what's impossible . .
. of what will be a good influence on you and what won't be. To
help ensure that these wishes come true, refer regularly to the
following advice from Cancerian author Elizabeth Gilbert: "You
need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you
select your clothes every day. That's a power you can cultivate.
If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the
mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control."
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Author Robert Moss has published 27 books. When he talks about
the art of launching and completing big projects, I listen attentively.
There's one piece of advice he offers that would be particularly
helpful for you to keep in mind throughout the first half of 2015.
"If we wait until we are fully prepared in order to do something,
we may never get it done," he says. "It's important
to do things before we think we are ready." Can you handle
that, Leo? Are you willing to give up your fantasies about being
perfectly qualified and perfectly trained and perfectly primed
before you dive in?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
The fish known as the coelacanths were thought to have become
extinct 66 million years ago. That was when they disappeared from
the fossil record. But in 1938 a fisherman in South Africa caught
a live coelacanth. Eventually, whole colonies were discovered
in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and near Indonesia.
I foresee a comparable phenomenon happening in your life during
the coming months, Virgo. An influence you believed to have disappeared
from your life will resurface. Should you welcome and embrace
it? Here's what I think: Only if you're interested in its potential
role in your future, not because of a nostalgic attachment.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
"Nothing brings people closer than business," said
composer Arnold Schoenberg. You could be living proof of that
hypothesis in 2015, Libra. Your drive to engage in profitable
activities will be at a peak, and so will your knack for making
good decisions about profitable activities. If you cash in on
these potentials, your social life will flourish. Your web of
connections will expand and deepen. You will generate high levels
of camaraderie by collaborating with allies on productive projects.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Deathwatch beetles have a peculiar approach to the mating game.
Their seduction technique consists of smacking their heads against
a hard object over and over again. This generates a tapping sound
that is apparently sexy to potential partners. I discourage you
from similar behaviors as you seek the kind of love you want in
2015. The first rule of romantic engagement is this: Sacrificing
or diminishing yourself may seem to work in the short run, but
it can't possibly lead to lasting good. If you want to stir up
the best results, treat yourself with tenderness and respect.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was a German composer whose
organ music is still played today. He was a major influence on
a far more famous German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
When Bach was a young man, he decided it was crucial for him to
experience Buxtehude's music first-hand. He took a leave of absence
from his job and walked over 250 miles to the town where Buxtehude
lived. There he received the guidance and inspiration he sought.
In 2015, Sagittarius, I'd love to see you summon Bach's determination
as you go in quest of the teaching you want and need.
Send me a list of your top five New Year's resolutions. I'm at
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