Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
Rob Brezsny's Astrology Newsletter
March 15, 2017
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My book *PRONOIA IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR PARANOIA*
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Below is an excerpt. You can listen to a podcast of it here:
PROCEDURE: Act as if the universe is a prodigious miracle created for your
amusement and illumination. Assume that secret helpers are working
behind the scenes to assist you in turning into the gorgeous masterpiece
you were born to be. Join the conspiracy to shower all of creation with
HYPOTHESES: Evil is boring. Cynicism is idiotic. Fear is a bad habit. Despair
is lazy. Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is your
birthright. Receptivity is a superpower.
DEFINITION: Pronoia is the antidote for paranoia. It's the understanding
that the universe is fundamentally friendly. It's a mode of training your
senses and intellect so you're able to perceive the fact that life always
gives you exactly what you need, exactly when you need it.
OBJECTIVE OF PRONOIA: To explore the secrets of becoming a wildly
disciplined, fiercely tender, ironically sincere, scrupulously curious,
aggressively sensitive, blasphemously reverent, lyrically logical, lustfully
compassionate Master of Rowdy Bliss.
GUIDING QUESTION: "The secret of life," said sculptor Henry Moore to
poet Donald Hall, "is to have a task, something you devote your entire life
to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your
whole life. And the most important thing is -- it must be something you
cannot possibly do." What is that task for you?
UNDIGNIFIED MEDITATIONS TO KEEP YOU HONEST: Brag about what you
can't do and don't have. Confess profound secrets to people who aren't
particularly interested. Pray for the success of your enemies while you're
making love. Change your name every day for a thousand days.
TOP-SECRET ALLIES: Sacred janitors, benevolent pranksters, apathy
debunkers, lyrical logicians, ethical outlaws, aspiring masters of curiosity,
homeless millionaires, humble megalomaniacs, hedonistic midwives, lunatic
saints, sly optimists, mystical scientists, dissident bodhisattvas, macho
feminists, and socialist libertarians who possess inside information about
the big bang.
DAILY PRACTICE: Push hard to get better, become smarter, grow your
devotion to the truth, fuel your commitment to beauty, refine your
emotional intelligence, hone your dreams, negotiate with your shadow,
cure your ignorance, shed your pettiness, heighten your drive to look for
the best in people, and soften your heart -- even as you always accept
yourself for exactly who you are with all of your so-called imperfections.
TO HEAR OR READ THE REST, go here: http://bit.ly/xROwHE
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YOUR HOLIEST DESIRE
I invite you to devote five minutes to visualizing the fulfillment of your
holiest desire, followed by five minutes of visualizing the fulfillment of a
loved one's holiest desire.
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A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an
authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal
juggernaut of history.
"On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual
and psychological self-awareness will only perpetuate the problem it is
trying to solve, however righteous its intentions."
- Andrew Harvey
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"Psychological work focuses more on what has gone wrong: how we have
been wounded in our relations with others and how to go about
addressing that." So says psychologist John Welwood.
He continues: "Spiritual work focuses more on what is intrinsically right:
how we have infinite resources at the core of our nature that we can
cultivate in order to live more expansively. If psychological work thins the
clouds, spiritual work invokes the sun."
P.S. We need both!
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MORE PRONOIA RESOURCES:
17 Goals To Build A Better World:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong
learning opportunities for all.
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all.
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable
industrialization and foster innovation.
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
for sustainable development.
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial
ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt
and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,
provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and
inclusive institutions at all levels.
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global
partnership for sustainable development.
(Note: I endorse these because I like them. They aren't advertisements,
and I get no kickbacks.)
Please tell me your own nominations for PRONOIA RESOURCES:
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning March 16
Copyright 2017 by Rob Brezsny
Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Would you like some free healing that's in
alignment with cosmic rhythms? Try this experiment. Imagine that you're
planning to write your autobiography. Create an outline that has six
chapters. Each of the first three chapters will be about a past experience
that helped make you who you are. In each of the last three chapters, you
will describe a desirable event that you want to create in the future. I also
encourage you to come up with a boisterous title for your tale. Don't
settle for *My Life So Far* or *The Story of My Journey.* Make it
idiosyncratic and colorful, perhaps even outlandish, like Piscean author
Dave Eggers' *A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.*
ARIES (March 21-April 19): The more unselfish and compassionate you
are in the coming weeks, the more likely it is you will get exactly what you
need. Here are four ways that can be true: 1. If you're kind to people,
they will want to be kind to you in return. 2. Taking good care of others
will bolster their ability to take good care of you. 3. If you're less
obsessed with I-me-mine, you will magically dissolve psychic blocks that
have prevented certain folks from giving you all they are inclined to give
you. 4. Attending to others' healing will teach you valuable lessons in how
to heal yourself -- and how to get the healing you yearn for from others.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I hope you will consider buying yourself some
early birthday presents. The celebration is weeks away, but you need
some prodding, instigative energy now. It's crucial that you bring a dose
of the starting-fresh spirit into the ripening projects you're working on.
Your mood might get overly cautious and serious unless you infuse it with
the spunk of an excited beginner. Of course only you know what gifts
would provide you with the best impetus, but here are suggestions to
stimulate your imagination: a young cactus; a jack-in-the-box; a rock with
the word "sprout" written on it; a decorated marble egg; a fox mask; a
Photoshopped image of you flying through the air like a superhero.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many Geminis verbalize profusely and
acrobatically. They enjoy turning their thoughts into speech, and love to
keep social situations lively with the power of their agile tongues.
Aquarians and Sagittarians may rival your tribe for the title of The
Zodiac's Best Bullshitters, but I think you're in the top spot. Having
heaped that praise on you, however, I must note that your words don't
always have as much influence as they have entertainment value. You
sometimes impress people more than you impact them. But here's the
good news: In the coming weeks, that could change. I suspect your
fluency will carry a lot of clout. Your communication skills could sway the
course of local history.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your world is more spacious than it has been
in a long time. Congrats! I love the way you have been pushing yourself
out of your comfort zone and into the wilder frontier. For your next trick,
here's my suggestion: Anticipate the parts of you that may be inclined to
close down again when you don't feel as brave and free as you do now.
Then gently clamp open those very parts. If you calm your fears before
they break out, maybe they won't break out at all.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I like rowdy, extravagant longing as much as
anyone. I enjoy being possessed by a heedless greed for too much of
everything that feels rapturous: delectable food, mysterious sex,
engrossing information, liberating intoxication, and surprising
conversations that keep me guessing and improvising for hours. But I am
also a devotee of simple, sweet longing . . . pure, watchful, patient
longing . . . open-hearted longing that brims with innocence and curiosity
and is driven as much by the urge to bless as to be blessed. That's the
kind I recommend you explore and experiment with in the coming days.
YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT MORE HELP AVAILABLE THAN YOU IMAGINE
What do you want to be when you grow up? Is it possible that you will
eventually develop beautiful capacities and sublime understandings that
you can't even imagine right now?
I might be able to help you move in the direction of becoming more of the
person you were born to be.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know that forbidden fruit you've had your
eyes on? Maybe it isn't so forbidden any more. It could even be evolving
toward a state where it will be both freely available and downright healthy
for you to pluck. But there's also a possibility that it's simply a little less
risky than it was before. And it may never become a fully viable option.
So here's my advice: Don't grab and bite into that forbidden fruit yet.
Keep monitoring the situation. Be especially attentive to the following
questions: Do you crave the forbidden fruit because it would help you flee
a dilemma you haven't mustered the courage to escape from? Or because
it would truly be good for you to partake of the forbidden fruit?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I expect you will get more than your usual
share of both sweetness and tartness in the coming days. Sometimes one
or the other will be the predominant mode, but on occasion they will
converge to deliver a complex brew of WOW!-meets-WTF! Imagine chunks
of sour apples in your vanilla fudge ripple ice cream. Given this state of
affairs, there's no good reason for you to be blandly kind or boringly
polite. Use a saucy attitude to convey your thoughtfulness. Be as
provocative as you are tender. Don't just be nice -- be impishly and
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "I want to gather your darkness in my hands,
to cup it like water and drink." So says Jane Hirshfield in her poem "To
Drink." I bet she was addressing a Scorpio. Does any other sign of the
zodiac possess a sweet darkness that's as delicious and gratifying as
yours? Yes, it's true that you also harbor an unappetizing pocket of
darkness, just like everyone else. But that sweet kind -- the ambrosial,
enigmatic, exhilarating stuff -- is not only safe to imbibe, but can also be
downright healing. In the coming days, I hope you'll share it generously
with worthy recipients.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Saturn has been in your sign steadily
since September 2015, and will continue to be there until December
2017. Some traditional astrologers might say you are in a phase of
downsizing and self-restraint. They'd encourage you to be extra strict and
serious and dutiful. To them, the ringed planet is an exacting task-master.
There are some grains of truth in this perspective, but I like to emphasize
a different tack. I say that if you cooperate with the rigors of Saturn,
you'll be inspired to become more focused and decisive and disciplined as
you shed any flighty or reckless tendencies you might have. Yes, Saturn
can be adversarial if you ignore its commands to be faithful to your best
dreams. But if you respond gamely, it will be your staunch ally.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Born in the African nation of Burkina Faso,
Malidoma Somé is a teacher who writes books and offers workshops to
Westerners interested in the spiritual traditions of his tribe. In his native
Dagaare language, his first name means "he who befriends the
stranger/enemy." I propose that we make you an honorary "Malidoma" for
the next three weeks. It will be a favorable time to forge connections,
broker truces, and initiate collaborations with influences you have
previous considered foreign or alien.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): EVERY relationship has problems. No
exceptions. In the beginning, all may be calm and bright, but eventually
cracks will appear. Here's the corollary to that rule: EVERY partner is
imperfect. Regardless of how cool, kind, attractive, or smart they may
seem in the early stages, they will eventually unveil their unique flaws and
troubles. Does this mean that all togetherness is doomed? That it's
forever impossible to create satisfying unions? The answer is HELL, NO! --
especially if you keep the following principles in mind: Choose a partner
whose problems are: 1. interesting; 2. tolerable; 3. useful in prodding you
to grow; 4. all of the above.
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