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.
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
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
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
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.
Greetings from a yogashram outside Mysuru, India...