Sharing from an Ashram in the New Year

Greetings from a yogashram outside Mysuru, India...


“Vast indeed is the scope of the greatness of the creative basis. All things and all beings originate from it, so it sums up the totality of Nature.”
~ #1 from the I Ching (The Book of Change)

It is 2019, I have some internet access, and I wanted to share a blog post from India. And as usual, your (first 2019) horoscope is below.

Recent post to my blog: “An Ace at the Gate”

“We all have our daily Karma Yoga here, which is our assigned chore. I clean the toilets and showers in our dormitory. Admittedly, when our Karmas were announced at orientation, bewilderment was followed by hope that this was a rotating assignment...before I gulped acceptance.” Read the full post here

Family Birthaversary:

Today is my little (now taller) brother’s birthday. Happy birthday, Little Bro. In this life, I’ll always have a higher number of years. 


+Food and drink should always be warming when the weather is cold. 
+Relaxation is essential to a stable sympathetic nervous system...physical and mental health. 
+Know that honesty repels fear. 

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om

With sincerity,

Week beginning January 2
Copyright 2019 by Rob Brezsny
Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What themes and instruments do people 
least want to hear in a piece of music? Composer Dave Solder determined 
that the worst song ever made would contain bagpipes, cowboy music, 
tubas, advertising jingles, operatic rapping, and children crooning about 
holidays. Then he collaborated with other musicians to record such a 
song. I suspect that as you head into 2019, it'll be helpful to imagine a 
metaphorically comparable monstrosity: a fantastic mess that sums up all 
the influences you'd like to avoid. With that as a vivid symbol, you'll 
hopefully be inspired to avoid allowing any of it to sneak into your life in 
the coming months.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In Canada, it's illegal to pretend to practice 
witchcraft. It's fine to actually do witchcraft, however. With that as our 
inspiration, I advise you to be rigorous about embodying your authentic 
self in 2019. Make sure you never lapse into merely imitating who you are 
or who you used to be. Don't fall into the trap of caring more about your 
image than about your actual output. Focus on standing up for what you 
really mean rather than what you imagine people expect from you. The 
coming months will be a time when you can summon pure and 
authoritative expressions of your kaleidoscopic soul.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin 
was a Founding Father who played a key role in getting the United States 
up and running. He wasn't happy that the fledgling nation chose the bald 
eagle as its animal symbol. The supposedly majestic raptor is lazy, he 
wrote. It doesn't hunt for its own food, but steals grub obtained by 
smaller birds of prey. Furthermore, bald eagles are cowardly, Franklin 
believed. Even sparrows may intimidate them. With that as our theme, 
Pisces, I invite you to select a proper creature to be your symbolic ally in 
2019. Since you will be building a new system and establishing a fresh 
power base, you shouldn't pick a critter that's merely glamorous. Choose 
one that excites your ambition and animates your willpower.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): No one has resisted the force of gravity with 
more focus than businessman Roger Babson (1875–1967). He wrote an 
essay entitled "Gravity - Our Enemy Number One," and sought to develop 
anti-gravity technology. His Gravity Research Foundation gave awards to 
authentic scientists who advanced the understanding of gravity. If that 
organization still existed and offered prizes, I'm sure that researchers of 
the Aries persuasion would win them all in 2019. For your tribe, the 
coming months should feature lots of escapes from heaviness, including 
soaring flights and playful levity and lofty epiphanies.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The night parrots of Australia are so elusive 
that there was a nearly six-decade stretch when no human saw a single 
member of the species. But in 2013, after searching for 15 years, 
photographer John Young spotted one and recorded a 17-second video. 
Since then, more sightings have occurred. According to my astrological 
vision, your life in 2019 will feature experiences akin to the story of the 
night parrot's reappearance. A major riddle will be at least partially solved. 
Hidden beauty will materialize. Long-secret phenomena will no longer be 
secret. A missing link will re-emerge.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Millions of years ago, Europe, Asia, Africa, 
Australia, Antarctica, and North and South America were smooshed 
together. Earth had a single land mass, the supercontinent Pangea. 
Stretching across its breadth was a colossal feature, the Central Pangean 
Mountains. Eventually, though, Europe and America split apart, making 
room for the Atlantic Ocean and dividing the Central Pangean range. 
Today the Scottish Highlands and the Appalachian Mountains are 
thousands of miles apart, but once upon a time they were joined. In 
2019, Gemini, I propose that you look for metaphorical equivalents in 
your own life. What disparate parts of your world had the same origin? 
What elements that are now divided used to be together? Re-establish 
their connection. Get them back in touch with each other. Be a specialist 
in cultivating unity.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): 2019 will be an excellent time to swim in 
unpolluted rivers, utter sacred oaths near beautiful fountains, and enjoy 
leisurely saunas that help purify your mind and body. You are also likely to 
attract cosmic favor if you cry more than usual, seek experiences that 
enhance your emotional intelligence, and ensure that your head 
respectfully consults with your heart before making decisions. Here's 
another way to get on life's good side: cultivate duties that consistently 
encourage you to act out of love and joy rather than out of guilt and 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are four key questions I hope you'll meditate 
on throughout 2019: 1. What is love? 2. What kind of love do you want 
to receive? 3. What kind of love do you want to give? 4. How could you 
transform yourself in order to give and receive more of the love you value 
most? To spur your efforts, I offer you these thoughts from teacher 
David R. Hawkins: "Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is 
a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself 
and others."

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): "Most living things begin in the absence of 
light," writes Virgo author Nancy Holder. "The vine is rooted in the earth; 
the fawn takes form in the womb of the doe." I'll remind you that your 
original gestation also took place in the dark. And I foresee a 
metaphorically comparable process unfolding for you in 2019. You'll 
undergo an incubation period that may feel cloaked and mysterious. 
That's just as it should be: the best possible circumstances for the vital 
new part of your life that will be growing. So be patient. You'll see the 
tangible results in 2020.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Many plants that modern Americans regard as 
weeds were regarded as tasty food by Native Americans. A prime example 
is the cattail, which grows wild in wetlands. Indigenous people ate the 
rootstock, stem, leaves, and flower spike. I propose that we use this 
scenario to serve as a metaphor for some of your potential opportunities 
in 2019. Things you've regarded as useless or irrelevant or inconvenient 
could be revealed as assets. Be alert for the possibility of such shifts. 
Here's advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What is a weed? A plant whose 
virtues have not yet been discovered."

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The slow, gradual, incremental approach will 
be your magic strategy in 2019. Being persistent and thorough as you 
take one step at a time will provide you with the power to accomplish 
wonders. Now and then, you may be tempted to seek dramatic 
breakthroughs or flashy leaps of faith; and there may indeed be one or 
two such events mixed in with your steady rhythms. But for the most 
part, your glory will come through tenacity. Now study this advice from 
mystic Meister Eckhart: "Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you 
have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it."

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian polymath Piet Hein wrote a 
poem in which he named the central riddle of his existence. "A bit beyond 
perception's reach, / I sometimes believe I see / That life is two locked 
boxes / Each containing the other's key." I propose that we adopt this 
scenario to symbolize one of the central riddles of your existence. I'll go 
further and speculate that in 2019 one of those boxes will open as if 
through a magical fluke, without a need for the key. This mysterious 
blessing won't really be a magical fluke, but rather a stroke of well-
deserved and hard-earned luck that is the result of the work you've been 
doing to transform and improve yourself.