Things I want to share (and your horoscope) November 2018


It feels like a most autumn autumn in Washington. May we nourish ourselves with nature and warming things.   

I hope to see you at some of the events below. Please email with any questions or feedback.




"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities," wrote Shunryu 
Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, "but in the expert's there 
are few."

FABUM documentary screening: "Magic Pills"

I am thrilled that filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More has authorized me to host a screening of her documentary "Magic Pills" on Monday, November 26th at 7 PM at the Arts Club of Washington. The film explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, which propelled More to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives.

Conversation will be welcomed and encouraged afterwards and refreshments will be served. More information and RSVP at

FABUM Bossa Nova Party December 2nd! 

On Sunday, December 2nd at 4:30 PM, FABUM will be hosting a cultural event In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Bossa Nova music. Join us for an evening of Brazilian food, music and more, featuring the JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective.

The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective—spearheaded by drummer Julian Berkowitz— is a new project paying tribute to Brazil’s unique contributions to jazz music. The JGB Brazilian Jazz Collective is comprised of DC’s top Brazilian jazz artists, including bassist Leonardo Lucini, guitarist Dani Cortoza, saxophonist Michel Nirenberg, and vocalist Elin Kathleen Melgarejo.

From the music of Tom Jobim to Vinicius de Moraes, this program will stimulate the senses and highlight the golden age of the Brazilian songbook. Tickets and more information at

Restorative Yoga Thursdays and Saturdays in DC: 

Thursday evenings at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place NW) from 6:30-7:30 PM, free admission. Please RSVP to . Saturday mornings at the Arts Club of Washington (2017 I (Eye) Street NW) from 10:00-11:00 AM, $10 donation to the Arts Club. Please RSVP to or 202-331-7282

I keep an online calendar at

DTSBDC Brought Silhouettes to Life at NPG...
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company premiered "Silhouettes" at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery October 27th and 30th, a dance inspired by the "Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now" exhibition by Asma Naeem, currently on display through March 2019. The performances and imagery were thrilling, and it is a unique and beautiful dance. Read Arielle Ostry's review in Dance View Times:; and see Jeff Malet's beautiful photos in The Georgetowner:

Below is your horoscope. 

Week beginning November 8
Copyright 2018 by Rob Brezsny 
Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I am not currently a wanderer or voyager or 
entrepreneur or swashbuckler. But at other times in my life, I have had 
extensive experience with those roles. So I know secrets about how and 
why to be a wanderer and voyager and entrepreneur and swashbuckler. 
And it's clear to me that in the coming weeks you could benefit in 
unforeseen ways from researching and embodying the roles of curious 
wanderer and brave voyager and savvy entrepreneur and prudent 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "The best thing one can do when it is 
raining is let it rain." That brilliant formulation came from poet Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow. Does it seem so obvious as to not need 
mentioning? Bear with me while I draw further meaning from it, and 
suggest you use it as an inspiring metaphor in the coming weeks. When it 
rains, Sagittarius, let it rain; don't waste time and emotional energy 
complaining about the rain. Don't indulge in fruitless fantasizing about 
how you might stop the rain and how you'd love to stop the rain. In fact, 
please refrain from defining the rain as a negative event, because after all, 
it is perfectly natural, and is in fact crucial for making the crops grow and 
replenishing our water supply. (P.S. Your metaphorical "rain" will be 
equally useful.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "Every true love and friendship is a story 
of unexpected transformation," writes activist and author Elif Shafak. "If 
we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we 
haven't loved enough." I bring this to your attention because you're in a 
phase when your close alliances should be activating healing changes in 
your life. If for some reason your alliances are not yet awash in the 
exciting emotions of redemption and reinvention, get started on 
instigating experimental acts of intimacy.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suspect you will be an especially arousing 
influence in the coming weeks. You may also be inspiring and disorienting, 
with unpredictable results. How many transformations will you unleash? 
How many expectations will you dismantle? How many creative 
disruptions will you induce in the midst of the daily grind? I hesitate to 
underestimate the messy beauty you'll stir up or the rambunctious gossip 
you'll provoke. In any case, I plan to be richly amused by your exploits, 
and I hope everyone else will be, as well. For best results, I will pray to the 
Goddess of Productive Fun, begging Her to ensure that the commotions 
and uproars you catalyze will be in service to love and kindness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson wasn't 
always a wild and crazy writer. Early in his career he made an effort to 
compose respectable, measured prose. When he finally gave up on that 
project and decided he could "get away with" a more uninhibited style, he 
described it as being "like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a 
pool full of mermaids." I foresee a metaphorically comparable 
development in your future, Pisces.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In 1994, Aries pop diva Mariah Carey 
collaborated with an associate to write the song "All I Want For Christmas 
Is You." It took them 15 minutes to finish it. Since then it has generated 
$60 million in royalties. I wish I could unconditionally predict that you, 
too, will efficiently spawn a valuable creation sometime soon. Current 
planetary alignments do indeed suggest that such a development is more 
possible than usual. But because I tend to be conservative in my 
prophecies, I won't guarantee anything close to the $60-million figure. In 
fact, your reward may be more spiritual in nature than financial.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An interactive post at asked 
readers to write about "the most underrated feeling of all time." One 
person said, "When you change the sheets on your bed." Another extolled 
"the feeling that comes when you pay all your bills and you've still got 
money in the bank." Others said, "dancing under the rain," "physical 
contact like a pat on the back when you're really touch starved," and 
"listening to a song for the first time and it's so good you just can't stop 
smiling." I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect that the 
next two weeks will bring you a flood of these pleasurable underrated 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "Beer makes you feel the way you ought to 
feel without beer," wrote Gemini author Henry Lawson. Do you have any 
methods for making yourself feel like you've drunk a few beers that don't 
involve drinking a few beers? If not, I highly recommend that you find at 
least one. It will be especially important in the coming weeks for you to 
have a way to alter, expand, or purify your consciousness without relying 
on literal intoxicants or drugs. The goal: to leave your groove before it 
devolves into a rut.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Study the following five failed predictions. 1. 
"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom." —
Robert Millikan, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1923. 2. "This 'telephone' has 
too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of 
communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." —Western 
Union internal memo, 1876. 3. "Rail travel at high speeds is not possible 
because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia." –
Dionysius Lardner, scientist, 1830. 4. "There is no reason anyone would 
want a computer in their home." —Ken Olsen, president of Digital 
Equipment Corporation, 1977. 5. "Most Cancerians will never overcome 
their tendencies toward hypersensitivity, procrastination, and fear of 
success." —Lanira Kentsler, astrologer, 2018. (P.S. What you do in the 
next 12 months could go a long way toward permanently refuting the last 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): German scientists have created cochlear implants 
for gerbils that have been genetically modified, enabling the creatures to 
"listen" to light. The researchers' work is ultimately dedicated to finding 
ways to improve the lives of people with hearing impairments. What might 
be the equivalent of you gaining the power to "hear light"? I understand 
that you might resist thinking this way. "That makes no sense," you may 
protest, or "There's no practical value in fantasizing about such an 
impossibility." But I hope you'll make the effort anyway. In my view, 
stretching your imagination past its limits is the healing you need most 
right now. I also think that doing so will turn out to be unexpectedly 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Here's useful wisdom from the poet Rumi. 
"Our defects are the ways that glory gets manifested," he said. "Keep 
looking at the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you." 
Playwright Harrison David Rivers interprets Rumi's words to mean, "Don't 
look away from your pain, don't disengage from it, because that pain is 
the source of your power." I think these perspectives are just what you 
need to meditate on, Virgo. To promote even more healing in you, I'll add 
a further clue from poet Anna Kamienska: "Where your pain is, there your 
heart lies also." (P.S. Rumi is translated by Coleman Barks; Kamienska by 
Clare Cavanagh.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Artist David Hockney is proud of how 
undemanding he is toward his friends and associates. "People tell me they 
open my e-mails first," he says, "because they aren't demands and you 
don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure." He also enjoys giving 
regular small gifts. "I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends 
so they get fresh blooms." Hockney seems to share the perspective 
expressed by author Gail Godwin, who writes, "How easy it was to make 
people happy, when you didn't want or need anything from them." In 
accordance with astrological omens, Libra, I suggest you have fun 
employing these approaches in the coming weeks.


Homework: When they say "Be yourself," which self do they mean? 
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