~ WEEKLY HOROSCOPE ~

ARIES

March 21-April 19

Happy Holy Daze, Aries! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic item might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? And the answer is: \”The Daughter of Jacob Meyer,\” one of Vincent van Gogh\’s first drawings. He did it when he was 27 years old. That\’s right: The celebrated painter didn\’t even begin his life\’s work until then, having failed in his careers as an art dealer and preacher. In recommending this as a present for you, I hope you\’ll be inspired to realize that no matter what you\’ve done up until this point, the coming year will give you a chance to start fresh on a new quest–maybe even a calling that will sustain you for decades.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Happy Holy Daze, Taurus! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What symbolic items might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? And the answer is: several full-length mirrors that you can arrange in such a way so as to study what you look like from behind and from the side as well as from the front. What\’s my reasoning? I believe you should get to know yourself much, much better in the coming months. You should gaze into your own mysteries far more frequently than you ever have before, and try to see yourself with as much compassionate objectivity as possible.

GEMINI

May 21-June 20

Happy Holy Daze, Gemini! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What symbolic items might stimulate you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? The answer is: a lot of beautiful, comfortable shoes suitable for a variety of moods, from hiking to working to traveling to dancing. I recommend this dramatic upgrade in footwear because I think it would help drive home the single most important task you have ahead of you, which is to come all the way down to earth. This is the year you\’ve got to become as well-grounded as you\’ve ever dared to be.

CANCER

June 21-July 22

Happy Holy Daze, Cancerian! I\’ve decided that the best possible gift you could give yourself this holiday season is this: a promise that you will love yourself with more wild abandon, reverent devotion, and unpredictable ingenuity in 2006. If you agree with my idea, then I suggest you make formal pledge to do just that, preferably written out on a piece of paper and placed in a prominent place in your home. To carry out your vow, you might want to commit to a regular schedule of thoughtful gestures, like buying yourself a dozen roses or getting a massage twice a month–or handing yourself a compliment and putting yourself in the presence of awesome beauty once a day.

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Happy Holy Daze, Leo! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What symbolic items might stimulate you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? Here\’s my answer: a skateboard or snowboard or bongo board. If you developed your proficiency on one of these, you\’d be cultivating the same capacity you should build in your psyche: really good balance. In the coming months, I hope you will become a master of maintaining your equilibrium, seeing all sides of every story, and taking the middle path between two extremes.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

Happy Holy Daze, Virgo! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What symbolic offerings might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2006? I\’ve decided on a pair of binoculars, a microscope, and sunglasses with mirrors in the corner of each lens that allow you to gaze on the reflections of things behind you. These, I hope, would give you the message that you should try hard to see further, deeper, and more clearly; you should become more greedily eager to notice details you\’ve been blind to in the past.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Happy Holy Daze, Libra! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What symbolic items might stimulate you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? The first thing that comes to mind is a bar of gold bullion or a stack of gold coins. It might stir up your financial imagination and motivate you to take aggressive steps to increase your income, which would be right in line with the scenario that the astrological omens suggest is possible. What might be even more effective, though, is a photo or image or drawing that captures the invigorating experiences you\’ll be able to buy yourself when you have more money.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Happy Holy Daze, Scorpio! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic offering might inspire you to be in closest alignment with the cosmic currents in 2006? I\’ve decided on a magnesium firestarter, a metal tool with a striking rod that\’s guaranteed to kindle a flame even when conditions are wet. This would, I hope, send you the message that your job in the coming months is to be constantly ablaze–to ignite passions, burn down obstacles, and be a source of intense light and warmth and energy wherever you go.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Happy Holy Daze, Sagittarius! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What would best get you ready for 2006? What symbolic offering might motivate you to take maximum advantage of the astrological opportunities? And the answer is: the biggest, baddest vacuum cleaner ever made–a sleek, chic cleaning machine with turbocharged suction power, a hundred different attachments, and a very long reach. Such a gift would, I think, be an inspiring metaphor as you dive into the coming year\’s most important project: to purge every last bit of messiness and chaos and karmic dirt that have accumulated in your life during the last ten years.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Happy Holy Daze, Capricorn! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gifts for you. What items might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? And the answer is: anything that makes you laugh harder, deeper, faster, and more often. For me that would be something like DVDs by comedians Margaret Cho, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Sarah Silverman, but you might need different stimuli. The point is, you\’ve got to significantly raise your Laugh Quotient in the coming months. The astrological omens say it\’s the only strategy that\’s guaranteed to make you an expert problem-solver, increase your intelligence, and keep you in peak health.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Happy Holy Daze, Aquarius! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What symbolic item might inspire you to take maximum advantage of the cosmic currents in 2006? I\’ve decided it would be a fortune cookie inside of which was an oracle based on an old Sufi saying: \”I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known.\” This would serve as your motto and mantra in the coming months, a reminder that it\’s high time for you to come out of every closet, throw off all your disguises, and reveal the curious, beautiful truths about yourself. Even if you don\’t do that, I bet you\’ll still become better known in 2006; not necessarily famous, but certainly more accurately perceived and more deeply understood.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

Happy Holy Daze, Pisces! I\’ve been meditating on the perfect holiday gift for you. What would best get you ready for 2006? What symbolic offering might motivate you to take maximum advantage of the astrological opportunities ahead? And the answer is: a roundtrip plane ticket to the mysterious frontier or thrilling sanctuary or provocative paradise you\’ve been fantasizing about off and on for a long time. Why? Because this is the year you really need to escape the insidious comforts that have been sapping your ability to be the brave dreamer you were born to be.

WEEKLY HOROSCOPE

ARIES

March 21-April 19

It\\\’s possible there\\\’s still enough oil buried in the earth to sustain our civilization\\\’s exorbitant appetite for material comforts for another 100 years. Or it may be true, as some researchers suggest, that global reserves of black gold are rapidly dwindling, and 20 years from now we\\\’ll all be farmers and hunters sitting around campfires at night telling stories. Whichever scenario comes to pass, Aries, you\\\’ll be happiest and smartest and healthiest if you cultivate a simple and earthy relationship with luxury–maybe something akin to poet Omar Khayyam\\\’s notion, which was \\\”a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me singing in the wilderness.\\\” The coming week is a perfect time for you to practice this approach.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Your self-image is too small, in my opinion. You\\\’ve crammed your identity into a few pigeonholes, and it\\\’s dying to escape. To launch you on the path to expansion, let\\\’s stimulate your imagination with some exercises. Start by visualizing yourself as being the opposite gender. What would your name be? Now picture yourself as being a different race and having an alternate ethnic background. How would that affect your philosophy of life? Imagine yourself working at a job or career other than the one you actually have, and living in a different city, and making $20,000 more a year than you actually do. Now dream up some more fantasies about other selves who might be lurking within you.

GEMINI

May 21-June 20

I\\\’ve lived in the same house for ten years, but it was only yesterday I noticed that the top of my kitchen sink had a word engraved on it: *Lustertone.* The discovery was embarrassing, since it revealed how unperceptive I can be. But it was also a sign that maybe I\\\’m waking up from my everyday trance and ready to register details that have been invisible to me before. I believe that a similar development is imminent in your life, Gemini. You\\\’re primed to start gathering in the open secrets that have been hidden in plain view. Here\\\’s your word of power: *lustertone.*

CANCER

June 21-July 22

Cancerian hero Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a South African jail as a political prisoner. Once he was released, he became his country\\\’s first democratically elected president, helped abolish its system of apartheid, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. You, my friend, are at a point comparable to the one Mandela was at right before he was freed. Although your confinement hasn\\\’t been nearly as dire or as long as his, your release will be pretty glorious. I hope that in the ensuing weeks you will demonstrate at least a fraction of his ability to triumph over the adversity you\\\’ve had to endure.

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

Kiss the back of your hand and remember a moment in childhood when you felt the perfect joy of being at home in the world. Give a gift to a river, lake, or ocean. Treasure the unique shape and contours of your beautiful face. For just 48 hours, be inflamed with the hypothesis that your soul will live forever. Imagine that your place of power is where the tree joins the earth. Playfully lower your expectations all the way down to the bottom, and tune in to the shattering sweetness of life exactly as it is. Put yourself under the protection of the raw elements. Write an epic three-page autobiography while sitting in the pitch dark. Seize the power to create magic that has always seemed impossible before.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

A while back you heard a commotion coming from behind the door of opportunity. It momentarily buoyed you. But the silence since then has been disheartening. Now you may even be on the verge of giving up. But here\\\’s my advice to you: Start knocking on that door and don\\\’t stop until it opens. Keep knocking patiently and politely for an hour, for a day, for three weeks or six months–for as long as it takes. I don\\\’t know if the answer you\\\’ll receive when the door opens will be exactly the one you want, but it will provide you with the precise information you need to decide what to do next. And you\\\’ll never get that insight if you walk away now.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

When T.S. Eliot wrote the first draft of his famous poem \\\”The Waste Land,\\\” it was about a thousand lines long. Wondering if maybe it was too sprawling, he asked another poet, Ezra Pound, to edit it. Pound crossed out more than half of the original, and Eliot published it in that slimmed- down form. I encourage you to locate your own personal equivalent of Ezra Pound right now, Libra. You need help in extracting your future masterpiece from the dross in which it\\\’s still half-buried.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

This is prime time for you to burn away delusions that cripple your ability to act with maximum freedom. There are two particular misconceptions that you have special power to eradicate. The first is the belief that you can help someone else by diminishing yourself. The second is the notion that you can somehow benefit from the losses of other people. The truth in both cases is exactly the opposite: If you really want to contribute to anyone\\\’s well-being, you have to do it in such a way that you, too, thrive. And vice versa.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Greenland is literally covered with rubies. \\\”You can\\\’t set foot anywhere without stepping on five or six rubies,\\\” says gemstone hunter Andrew Lee Smith, quoted in *Discover* magazine. This omnipresence of valuable beauty is an apt metaphor for your fate in the coming week, Sagittarius. Everywhere you turn, you will see treasure. You may find the abundance hard to believe. Ironically, your incredulity is the only possible obstacle that could interfere with you gathering up and enjoying the riches.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

The British edition of *Cosmopolitan* still provides women with practical, no-nonsense advice like \\\”How to love yourself after a pig-out\\\” and \\\”8 sizzling sex lessons your man needs to learn,\\\” but it has also added a spirituality column. \\\”I\\\’ve come to the painful realization that men and shoes are not enough to make me happy,\\\” wrote Hannah Borno, introducing the new section. \\\”The key to true contentment lies elsewhere.\\\” Cosmo readers now get helpful tips on consulting their guardian angels, tapping into the wisdom of dreams, and trying out various meditation techniques. If this renowned hotbed of the sensual approach to life has finally acknowledged the subtler dimensions, maybe you Capricorns, traditionally the hard-core materialists of the zodiac, might also be inspired to expand your spiritual perspective. I hope so. It\\\’s a perfect moment for you to get delightfully zapped with a sacred epiphany.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

A friend gave me a live rosebush in a planter for my birthday last June. After a few weeks, its five red flowers withered and turned brown but didn\\\’t fall off their stems. I left them there, perversely fascinated by the dead blooms that wouldn\\\’t let go. Months later, in late November, five new flowers blossomed, and now the bush displays a mix of the living and the dead. It sort of reminds me of you, Aquarius. But I suggest that you do what I haven\\\’t done yet: Start plucking off the dried-up old parts of your life today. Give the fresh parts more room to grow and shine.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

\\\”No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible,\\\” wrote French philosopher Voltaire. I hope you will contradict him, Pisces, both in the coming weeks and throughout 2006. To be in alignment with the most exalted astrological possibilities, you should be the snowflake that at least tries to question the avalanche, and even makes an effort to stop it or reroute it. Maybe you don\\\’t realize how much power your seemingly little crystalline self has to change history, but I\\\’m here to tell you it\\\’s more than you imagine.

Homework: Imagine that you get three wishes on one condition: They can\\\’t benefit you directly, but have to be wished on behalf of someone else. What would they be? Write www.freewillastrology.com.

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