Southwestern "Yoga Tour", upcoming FABUM events, horoscopes

Here are some updates and invitations from me to you, and below those, your horoscope:

Southwest "Yoga Tour"

Tomorrow I'll be heading to Boulder, Colorado for a new-yoga-friend's birthday celebration and to do a Kaiut Yoga workshop at the newly opened studio there with the technique's founder, Francisco Kaiut, after which I'll be driving south and teaching a couple Empathic Restorative Yoga practices in New Mexico:

Friday, September 20th at the University of New Mexico, (5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m., many thanks to the Department of Theatre and Dance for hosting at the Carlisle Gym / the Elizabeth Waters Center).

Sunday, September 22nd at the Eldorado Community Center (10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1 Hacienda Loop, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87508). 

The practices will utilize breathing, body awareness, postures and gentle activation/release techniques to connect with one's own healing energies, amplified by the shared group energy and environment. If you're local and available - feel free to come.

#freeinDC Yoga Classes

Today's (Thursday, 9/12, 6:30 p.m.) Free Restorative Yoga class at the Palisades Recreation Center in NW DC will be the last one of September. We'll restart on Thursday, October 3rd at the usual time.

Fall FABUM Events 
(we have a supercool line up)

"New Music for the New World"
at DC Arts Center (2438 18th Street NW), October 16t, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring all-new songs from the otherworldly duo Tabla for Two. We are thrilled to present Abigail Adams Greenway and Masood Omari (whose videos have had over 1.1 million views on YouTube), their tabla drums, harmonium and uniquely transformative music. Tickets available through Eventbrite.

"Room: 27 Minutes; You as empath"
at DC Arts Center (2438 18th Street NW),
Wednesday, October 9th and 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 3rd and 10, 3:00 p.m.
An experiment in self-realization; a combination of meditation practice, empathic connecting and performance art. You are the being in the room.
Tickets available through Eventbrite

"Good Vibrations Tibetan Sound"
at Smith Center for Healing Arts (1632 U Street NW, Washington, DC)
Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m.
This is our third Sound Bath this year (!) with Crystal Ashram. You can come relax and enjoy this uniquely designed sound and meditation program, and allow the ancient frequencies from a variety of ancient Tibetan singing bowls to wash over us and nourish mind, body and spirit. If you haven’t attended one before, this is a great opportunity. Please get there early to park and find a good place to sit or lie down inside. The event is free. RSVP through the Smith Center website or by calling 202.483.8600

"The oldest, shortest words -- "yes" and "no" -- are those which require the most thought."

Below is your horoscope. 


Week of September 11–17
Copyright 2019 by Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21–April 19): Hi, I'm your sales representative for UnTherapy, a free program designed to provide healing strategies for people who are trying too hard. Forgive me for being blunt, but I think you could benefit from our services. I don't have space here to reveal all the secrets of UnTherapy, but here's an essential hint: Every now and then, the smartest way to outwit a problem is to stop worrying, leave it alone, and allow it to solve itself.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20): People in Northeast India weave long, strong suspension bridges out of the living roots of fig trees. The structures can measure up to 150 feet and bear the weight of hundreds of people. In accordance with the astrological omens, let's make these marvels your metaphors of power for the coming weeks. To stimulate your meditations, ask yourself the following questions. (1) How can you harness nature to help you to get where you need to go? (2) How might you transform instinctual energy so that it better serves your practical needs? (3) How could you channel wildness so that it becomes eminently useful to you?

GEMINI (May 21–June 20): If you climb to the top of Mount Everest, you're standing on land that was once on the floor of a shallow tropical sea. Four-hundred-million-year-old fossils of marine life still abide there in the rock. Over the course of eons, through the magic of plate tectonics, that low, flat land got folded and pushed upward more than five miles. I suspect you Geminis will have the power to accomplish a less spectacular but still amazing transformation during the next 10 months. To get started, identify what you would like that transformation to be.

CANCER (June 21–July 22): In 1996, when Garry Kasparov was rated the world's best chess player, he engaged in a series of matches with a chess-playing computer named Deep Blue. Early on in the first game, Deep Blue tried a move that confused Kasparov. Rattled, he began to wonder if the machine was smarter than him. Ultimately, his play suffered and he lost the game. Later it was revealed that Deep Blue's puzzling move was the result of a bug in its code. I'll encourage you to cultivate a benevolent bug in your own code during the coming weeks, Cancerian. I bet it will be the key to you scoring a tricky victory.

LEO (July 23–Aug 22): American hero Harriet Tubman escaped slavery as a young woman. She ran away from the wealthy "master" who claimed to "own" her, and reached sanctuary. But rather than simply enjoy her freedom, she dedicated herself to liberating other slaves. Nineteen times she returned to enemy territory and risked her life, ultimately leading 300 people out of hellish captivity. Later she served as a scout, spy, and nurse in the Union Army during the Civil War, where her actions saved another 700 people. In 1874, the US Congress considered but then ultimately rejected a bill to pay her $2,000 for her numerous courageous acts. Don't you dare be like Congress in the coming weeks, Leo. It's crucial that you give tangible acknowledgment and practical rewards to those who have helped, guided, and supported you.

VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): Novelist Wallace Stegner wrote, "Some are born in their place, some find it, some realize after long searching that the place they left is the one they have been searching for." I hope that in the last nine months, Virgo, you have resolved which of those three options is true for you. I also trust that you have been taking the necessary actions to claim and own that special place—to acknowledge it and treasure it as the power spot where you feel most at home in the world. If you have not yet fully finished what I'm describing here, do it now.

LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): Earth's species are going extinct at a rate unmatched since the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago. Among the creatures on the verge of being lost forever are birds like the cryptic treehunter and Spix's macaw, as well as the northern white rhino and the vaquita, a type of porpoise. So why don't we clone the last few individuals of those beleaguered species? Here are the answers. (1) Cloned animals typically aren't healthy. (2) A species needs a sizable population to retain genetic diversity, so a few individuals aren't sufficient. (3) Humans have decimated the homes of the threatened species, making it hard for them to thrive. Conclusion: Cloning is an inadequate stopgap action. Is there a better way to address the problem? Yes, by preserving the habitats of wild creatures. Inspired by this principle, Libra, I ask you to avoid trying halfway fixes for the dilemmas in your personal sphere. Summon full measures that can really work.

SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): Though patched together and incomplete, the 2,200-year-old marble sculpture known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace is prominently displayed at Paris's Louvre Museum. It's a glorious depiction of Nike, the winged goddess of victory, and is regarded as one of ancient Greece's great masterpieces. For hundreds of years it was missing. Then in 1863, an archaeologist discovered it, although it was broken into more than a hundred pieces. Eventually it was rebuilt, and much of its beauty was resurrected. I see the coming weeks as a time when you, too, could recover the fragments of an old treasure and begin reassembling it to make a pretty good restoration.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): "I've learned that I must find positive outlets for anger or it will destroy me," said actor Sidney Poitier. That can be a dynamic meditation for you during the next three weeks. I think you will derive substantial power from putting it into action. If you're ingenious and diligent about finding those positive outlets, your anger will generate constructive and transformative results.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): In 1905, at the age of 30, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the novel Anne of Green Gables. It was a tale about an orphan girl growing up on Prince Edward Island. She sent the manuscript to several publishers, all of whom rejected it. Discouraged, she put it away in a hatbox and stored it in a closet. But two years later, her ambitions reignited when she reread the story. Again she mailed it to prospective publishers, and this time one liked it enough to turn it into a book. It soon became a best seller. Since then, it has sold more than 50 million copies and been translated into 36 languages. I figure you Capricorns are at a point in your own unfolding that's equivalent to where Montgomery was shortly before she rediscovered the manuscript she'd put away in the hatbox.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): The Toxorhynchites are species of large mosquitoes that don't buzz around our heads while we're trying to sleep and will never bite our skin or suck our blood. In fact, they're our benefactors. Their larvae feast on the larvae of the mosquitoes that are bothersome to us. In accordance with the astrological omens, I propose that you be alert for a metaphorically comparable influence in your own life: a helper or ally that might be in disguise or may just superficially seem to be like an adversary.

PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): Audre Lorde identified herself as a writer, lesbian, librarian, mother, feminist, civil rights activist, and many other descriptors. But as ardent as she was in working for the political causes she was passionate about, she didn't want to be pigeonholed in a single identity. One of her central teachings was to celebrate all the different parts of herself. "Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat," she testified. These approaches should be especially fun and extra meaningful for you in the coming weeks, Pisces. I encourage you to throw a big Unity Party for all the different people you are.