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July 16, 1999

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
You can say a lot of things about sex and relationships these days, and you can make a lot of money doing it, but one thing is clear to me, and it will take about three sentences to get the idea across for free. We take the whole relationship business way too seriously. All the complications with which we burden ourselves, all our crazy notions of commitment, possession, loyalty, attachment, disease, fear, security, insecurity and the rest of it, pretty much guarantee that just having fun with one another, enjoying one another's company and feelings and bodies, is impossible. The time has come to lighten up. The time has come to hang loose. Do your thing, let people do theirs, speak your truth, and let's get together when it feels good.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
I'm in the mood to make things blatantly simple this week, and fortunately for Taurus the charts support my cause quite nicely. You can take all the self-improvement workshops and embark on all the spiritual paths in the universe, but the key to enlightenment is simply learning not to hate yourself. Okay, maybe I'm not Buddha, but who knows, maybe I am, and I've thought this over for three thousand years. Take it easy on you. Easy on the fine psychological details. Easy on the guilt. Easy on the judgments about what you should be. You're alive, you're a good person, and you're seeking a decent life. It's okay to be here, and it's just fine to love yourself just as you are. I mean, do you have a choice?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Let's face it, you were born to change your mind. I think I said this last week, and I'm pretty sure you've changed your mind about sixteen times since then, so that was a quite long time ago. While you may feel like a flake sometimes, if you take a careful look at the pattern of these mind-changes, you'll notice that there's something that... makes sense! They are not as random or haphazard as some people would make you think. Those folks who meticulously plot out every minute of every day are usually too busy clenching to existence for anything especially fun or creative to manifest in their lives. Anyway, your higher power has things under control. All you really need to see is how amazing it all is, and is becoming.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You may be getting the feeling that some very important task or mission awaits you. And it surely can be a joy to know that your purpose is, in some strange way, set for you. Yet it may also seem that you still have a few minor points of preparation to take care of before the big mission starts, but they're actually points of mental and emotional readiness rather than physical details. So just stay in the flow of the changes of your life and really pay attention. Give every moment the mindfulness it deserves. Give your needs and feelings the attention they deserve. And if some nagging voice keeps saying 'you're not ready', I suggest not worrying.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
In a short time, so much will seem so much more clear. Yet in truth, you have access to all the information you need to fully size up one particular emotional situation and your role in it. Yes, it may seem complex. Yes, the whole thing may require making peace with certain realities you would prefer were not so, or were not expecting to be present. But such is life, and you have to admit that whatever is happening is leading you to make changes that are doing you quite a bit of good, and in reality, were long overdue. And this is just a warm-up; the real fun has yet to begin.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Do you even know what you really think about a certain matter of great importance to you? Have you spaced out on connecting what you know somewhere deep down in there with what you know, plain and simple? It's strange what we can just ignore or "fail to notice." Denial is an awfully powerful trick of the mind. But this is a great time to give denial the old cancel-cancel-cancel, and really notice-notice-notice. While certain developments may seem too amazing or obvious for you to somehow miss, I would not put any mystery past your mind these days. Anyway, the scenery is always more beautiful with your eyes open.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22)
I get the sense that you are being put in an uncomfortable position, but let's see if we can work it out right now. Remember, first, that beauty does not hold up well under scrutiny. Furthermore, life is a process of change, and what was obviously true yesterday or last week can seem awfully pale today, especially under a barrage of cross examination. So you might want to put a moratorium on answering questions. And if you're annoyed with someone or something, you might want to go or do something else. And most of all, it would be fabulously helpful if you let go of all that internalized criticism from know-it-all idiots you've been carrying around since who knows when.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may be finding it exceedingly difficult to get a clear reading on someone, and even more difficult to get a clear reading on your feelings about this person. What may have recently seemed like a resounding yes may now feel like a lot of doubt or ambiguity coming at you, or from within you. But it would be unwise to let someone else's ambivalence dampen or limit your own otherwise quite bold sense of adventure. In reality, the less you buy into someone else's doubts, the less they will matter. The more you hold onto remembering that what you desire is good and true, the more likely you'll be to have a chance to experience it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
If we limit what we know or believe to "scientifically observable phenomena," or heaven forbid, that which is proven, we would actually be working with very little information. For example, theoretical physicists think they know the history of the universe back to the first few nanoseconds when everything in all existence was about the size of a flea egg, but they have very little to say about the meaning of life because it can't be scientifically proven. And there is nothing more pathetic than a scientist giving you a dumb look when you bring up that little subject. So like, who needs science? Stick to mysteries, especially the big one about how we all feel.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
You are subject to being challenged, and that does not mean you are wrong. You would, though, be in a far stronger position if you challenged yourself, and decided there may indeed be new solutions to certain problems that you had not considered possible, much less likely. I recommend this highly if you are interested in taking a leadership role, or maintaining your leadership role. This is a fine time to admit that certain things about the past need to be adjusted, and declare it a good time to turn a corner. Almost inevitably, this will lead to much better circumstances.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
There may be no accounting for the actions of close partners, but like, who really cares? Don't you have more important or creative things to think about than why people are they way they are? Especially during this really wild time in human history when you get to wonder why you are the way you are, which, I assure you, is a far more intriguing mystery. You are personally quite less comprehensible that you think. You do a fine job playing this off; you can actually seem quite normal for a few minutes here and there; but I dare suggest you not deprive yourself of the deep inner tour of your own magnificent eccentricities that embarks in about three minutes.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
You may feel under intense pressure to make a decision, or to unify a division you feel within yourself. But you are, in reality, under no such pressure. No split within you really exists. It is all a matter of perspective. So I suggest you examine your life from as many perspectives as possible in these weeks. Imagine how the diversity of people around you perceive you, or better still, ask. Then try things like climbing a ladder and looking down at your room. Rearrange all the mirrors in your living space. Peek in the windows of your house from the outside. Notice what you feel and what you see. Make the obvious connections.

Yes folks, all the rumors are true, Mercury is indeed retrograde and will be till August 5th. By the power vested in me by whoever vests power in me, I declare one full week of it being okay that we have no clue what anyone is trying to get across to anyone else, much less what anyone is really feeling, or what they want. That's right, a I am declaring week dedicated to glorious miscommunication and getting a good laugh out of the notion that we don't really stand a chance at really, I mean really, understanding one another even under the best of circumstances, much less now, when the planet of mind and communication is doing loops and swirls. What a fine time to practice unconditional acceptance.++

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