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Scorpio 2018

"The year ahead is in many ways a banner year for you, dear Scorpio. You are finding more personal joy and opportunity, and you’re projecting yourself with increased confidence, humor, and authority. Somehow, you’re managing to express yourself both warmly and authoritatively. It’s a year for feeling more respected.

At times, you may be guarding what you communicate a little too closely to the point of self-censorship, but in moderation, this may very well work well for you now with two heavyweights, Saturn and Pluto, in your communications sector. You’ll also want to watch for a tendency to come across scathingly or to think negatively or cynically at times when these planets are clashing with others in your chart.

You’re challenged to do some critical streamlining and simplifying in your daily life. You may be working harder or smarter now, and have less time for idling, personal interests, and the like. You tend to have less time for acquaintances in 2018 and perhaps even for …
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Playing Catch-Up

I write to you now from my parents' house, where I'm waiting for a block of croissant dough to chill and transcribing a lot of old recipes into a tiny new water-resistant "Rite in the Rain" notebook with a yellow cover. Hi! I'm brimming with stories about this spring, and so far behind on actual events that I feel caught in a perpetual game of catch-up, but the summer season is bearing down on me with a vengeance.

I MUST WRITE SOMETHING. Done is better than perfect, right?


In March, Drew and I drove from Idaho to northwestern Arkansas--yes, Arkansas! Home of Walmart, Tyson Foods, and Drew's aunt Bonnie--and thru-hiked the Ozark Highland Trail, which in its most continuous manifestation stretches about two hundred miles from Lake Fort Smith State Park to the tiny town of Gilbert on the Buffalo River. And we had a marvelous time. The trail is just the right length, in my opinion; rough but well-marked, blazed every few hundred feet, with resupply options at co…

Strategies for Strange Times

I think we can all agree that we're living in strange times.

Shortly after I published the last post--the one that I actually wrote in my own words, back in the fall--several significant-to-me things happened in rapid succession.

First I bought an honest-to-god smartphone--a new one, deliberately purchased, not a hand-me-down from my sibling or my friends. MOMENTOUS, I tell you. It's great fun, having a sleek, speedy computer-slash-camera in my pocket. But I continue to treat it with a measure of Luddite suspicion--I can remember the contents of a to-do list I write on paper, for instance, but not one I write as a digital "note" in my phone, is that weird? Does anyone else experience this? Am I just an old woman? And while the device certainly enables me to read more internet content, it doesn't provoke me to write any, lacking a proper keyboard. I find that very disappointing, you can imagine.

Then, just before Halloween, I drove a thousand miles from my parents&#…

Amor Fati

Little soul,
you have wandered
lost a long time.

The woods all dark now,
birded and eyed.

Then a light, a cabin, a fire, a door standing open.

The fairy tales warn you:
Do not go in,
you who would eat will be eaten.

You go in. You quicken.

You want to have feet.
You want to have eyes.
You want to have fears.

(Jane Hirshfield)

Questionnaire

How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security;
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.

(Wendell Berry)

Scorpio 2017

This year places a special emphasis on your career. While 2016 might have made some financial matters difficult or downright baffling, 2017 brings with it an abundance of inspiration for you to use in all the work you do. Come October, Jupiter, planet of expansion and growth will enter your sign. This will provide an end of year boost to look forward to. In the meantime, keep growing your relationship with what feels both life-sustaining and fulfilling on the deepest, most internal levels.

The first eclipse in February sets your career ablaze. It is encouraging you to make the most creative strides forward that you can. This flare can help you garner the attention that you need so make sure that you start the year off with a firm dedication to what you most want to see flourish here. The second eclipse of the month points back to the issues that you spent much of 2016 working out in regards to your creative projects and energy. Use this eclipse to use all you have learned from the pas…

Prescription for the Disillusioned

Come new to this day.
Remove the rigid overcoat of experience,
the notion of knowing,
the beliefs that cloud your vision.

Leave behind the stories of your life.
Spit out the sour taste of unmet expectation.
Let the stale scent of what-ifs waft back into the swamp
of your useless fears.

Arrive curious, without the armor of certainty,
the plans and planned results of the life you’ve imagined.
Live the life that chooses you,
new every breath, every blink of your astonished eyes.

(Rebecca del Rio)