FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Week beginning February 14
Copyright 2013 by Rob Brezsny
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “All these years I’ve been searching for an impossible love,” said French writer Marguerite Duras late in her life. The novels and films she created reflect that feeling. Her fictional characters are often engaged in obsessive quests for an ideal romance that would allow them to express their passion perfectly and fulfill their longing completely. In the meantime, their actual relationships in the real world suffer, even as their starry-eyed aspirations remain forever frustrated. I invite you, Aquarius, to celebrate this Valentine season by taking a vow of renunciation. Summon the courage to forswear Duras’s doomed approach to love.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): To avoid getting hacked, computer tech
experts advise you to choose strong, hard-to-guess passwords for your
online accounts. Among the worst choices to protect your security are
“123456,” “iloveyou,” “qwerty,” and, of course, “password.” Judging by
the current astrological omens, Pisces, I’m guessing that you should have
a similar approach to your whole life in the coming days. It’s important
that you be picky about who you allow into your heart, mind, and soul.
Make sure that only the most trustworthy and sensitive people can gain
access. Your metaphorical password might be something like this:
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Afrikaner author Laurens van der Post told a
story about a conversation between psychologist Carl Jung and Ochwiay
Biano, a Pueblo Indian chief. Jung asked Biano to offer his views about
white people. “White people must be crazy because they think with their
heads,” said the chief, “and it is well-known that only crazy people do
that.” Jung asked him what the alternative was. Biano said that his people
think with their hearts. That’s your assignment for the week ahead, Aries:
to think with your heart — especially when it comes to love. For extra
credit, you should feel with your head — especially when it comes to love.
Happy Valentine Daze, Aries!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Have you ever sent a torrent of smart and
elegant love messages to a person you wanted to get closer to? Now
would be an excellent time to try a stunt like that. Have you ever scoured
the depths of your own psyche in search of any unconscious attitudes or
bad habits that might be obstructing your ability to enjoy the kind of
intimacy you long for? I highly recommend such a project right now. Have
you ever embarked on a crusade to make yourself even more interesting
and exciting than you already are? Do it now. Raise your irresistibility!
Happy Valentine Daze, Taurus!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Happy Valentine Daze, Gemini! After careful
meditation about what messages might purify and supercharge your love
life, I decided to offer suggestions about what *not* to do. To that end,
I’ll quote some lines from Kim Addonizio’s poem “Forms of Love.” Please
don’t speak any of them out loud, or even get yourself into a position
where it makes sense to say them. 1. “I love how emotionally unavailable
you are.” 2. “I love you and feel a powerful spiritual connection to you,
even though we’ve never met.” 3. “I love your pain, it’s so competitive.”
4. “I love you as long as you love me back.” 5. “I love you when you’re
not getting drunk and stupid.” 6. “I love you but I’m married.” 7. “I love it
when you tie me up with ropes using the knots you learned in Boy Scouts,
and when you do the stoned Dennis Hopper rap from *Apocalypse Now!*”
CANCER (June 21-July 22): This Valentine season, I suggest you consider
trying an experiment like this: Go to the soulful ally you want to be closer
to and take off at least some of your masks. Drop your pretenses, too.
Shed your emotional armor and do without your psychological crutches.
Take a chance on getting as psychologically and spiritually naked as you
have ever dared. Are you brave enough to reveal the core truths about
yourself that lie beneath the convenient truths and the expired truths and
the pretend truths?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Sex is a substitute for God,” says writer Cathryn
Michon. “When we desire another human being sexually, we are really only
trying to fill our longing for ecstasy and union with the infinite.” I agree
with her, and I think you might, too, after this week. Erotic encounters will
have an even better chance than usual of connecting you to the Sublime
Cosmic YumYum. If you can’t find a worthy collaborator to help you
accomplish this miraculous feat, just fantasize about one. You need and
deserve spiritual rapture. Happy Valentine Daze, Leo!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Lately you’ve been doing exemplary work on
your relationship with yourself, Virgo. You have half-convinced your inner
critic to shut the frack up unless it has a truly important piece of wisdom
to impart. Meanwhile, you’ve managed to provide a small but inspired
dose of healing for the wounded part of your psyche, and you have gently
exposed a self-deception that had been wreaking quiet havoc.
Congratulations! I’ve got a hunch that all these fine efforts will render you
extra sexy and charismatic in the coming week. But it will probably be a
subtle kind of sexiness and charisma that only the most emotionally
intelligent people will recognize. So don’t expect to attract the attention
of superficial jerks who happen to have beautiful exteriors. Happy
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The coming days could be an animalistic time
for you, and I mean that in the best sense. I suspect you will generate lots
of favorable responses from the universe if you honor the part of you
that can best be described as a beautiful beast. Learn fun new truths
about your instinctual nature. Explore the mysteries of your primal urges.
See what you can decipher about your body’s secret language. May I also
suggest that you be alert for and receptive to the beautiful beast in other
people? Happy Valentine Daze, Libra!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): For the French Scorpio poet Paul Valéry,
swimming had an erotic quality. He described it as *fornication avec
l’onde,* which can be translated as “fornicating with the waves.” Your
assignment this Valentine season, Scorpio, is to identify at least three
activities that are like sex but not exactly sex — and then do them with
glee and abandon. The purpose of this exercise is to educate and
cultivate your libido; to encourage your kundalini to branch out as it
intensifies and expands your lust for life.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This Valentine season, meditate on the
relentlessness of your yearning for love. Recognize the fact that your
eternal longing will never leave you in peace. Accept that it will forever
delight you, torment you, inspire you, and bewilder you — whether you are
alone or in the throes of a complicated relationship. Understand that your
desire for love will just keep coming and coming and coming, keeping you
slightly off-balance and pushing you to constantly revise your ideas about
who you are. Now read this declaration from the poet Rilke and claim it as
your own: “My blood is alive with many voices that tell me I am made of
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): According to physicists Yong Mao and
Thomas Fink, you can tie a necktie in 85 different kinds of knots, but only
13 of those actually look good. I encourage you to apply that way of
thinking to pretty much everything you do in the coming week. Total
success will elude you if you settle on functional solutions that aren’t
aesthetically pleasing. You should make sure that beauty and usefulness
are thoroughly interwoven. This is especially true in matters regarding
your love life and close relationships. Togetherness needs a strong dose
of lyrical pragmatism. Happy Valentine Daze, Capricorn!
Homework: Confess, brag, and expostulate about what inspires you to
love. Got to freewillastrology.com and click on “Email Rob.”
Editor’s Note – While Crossroads is still waiting to get a formal agreement from Rob Brezny, we are taking on the French proverb that “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.” We have been looking for a local astrologer for the site for quite some time, without any satisfactory matches. While he is not local (although he once worked as close as Santa Monica,) reading Brezny always brings me pleasure, joy and insight. We are sharing this today knowing that it might be a one-time deal, or it may be the beginning of a lasting relationship. Kinda like life.