Week beginning July 4

Copyright 2013 by Rob Brezsny

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Thomas Gray was a renowned 18th-century

English poet best remembered for his “Elegy Written in a Country

Churchyard.” It was a short poem — only 986 words, which is less than

the length of this horoscope column. On the other hand, it took him

seven years to write it, or an average of 12 words per month. I suspect

that you are embarking on a labor of love that will evolve at a gradual

pace, too, Cancerian. It might not occupy you for seven years, but it will

probably take longer than you imagine. And yet, that’s exactly how long it

should take. This is a character-building, life-defining project that can’t

and shouldn’t be rushed.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The 18th-century German philosopher Georg

Christoph Lichtenberg accepted the possibility that some humans have

the power of clairvoyance. “The ‘second sight’ possessed by the

Highlanders in Scotland is actually a foreknowledge of future events,” he

wrote. “I believe they possess this gift because they don’t wear trousers.

That is also why in all countries women are more prone to utter

prophecies.” I bring this to your attention, Leo, because I believe that in

the coming weeks you’re likely to catch accurate glimpses of what’s to

come — especially when you’re not wearing pants.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Were you nurtured well by caring adults in the

first year of your life? If so, I bet you now have the capacity to fix

whatever’s ailing your tribe or posse. You could offer some inspiration

that will renew everyone’s motivation to work together. You might

improve the group communication as you strengthen the foundation that

supports you all. And what about if you were NOT given an abundance of

tender love as a young child? I think you will still have the power to raise

your crew’s mood, but you may end up kicking a few butts along the way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Summing up his experiment in living at Walden

Pond, naturalist Henry David Thoreau said this: “I learned that if one

advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live

the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in

common hours. He will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and

more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him;

or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more

liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”

Given the astrological factors that will be impacting your life in the next

12 months, Libra, you might consider adopting this philosophy as your


SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Thirteen thousand years ago, lions and

mammoths and camels roamed parts of North America. But along with

many other large beasts, they ultimately became extinct. Possible

explanations for their demise include climate change and over-hunting by

humans. In recent years a group of biologists has proposed a plan to

repopulate the western part of the continent with similar species. They

call their idea “re-wilding.” In the coming months, Scorpio, I suggest you

consider a re-wilding program of your own. Cosmic forces will be on your

side if you reinvigorate your connection to the raw, primal aspects of

both your own nature and the great outdoors.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Who was Russia’s greatest poet? Many

critics say it was Alexander Pushkin, who lived in the 19th century. His

abundant creativity was undoubtedly related to his unruly libido. By the

time he was 31 years old, he’d had 112 lovers. But then he met his

ultimate muse, the lovely and intelligent Natalya Goncharova, to whom he

remained faithful. “Without you,” he wrote to her, “I would have been

unhappy all my life.” I half-expect something comparable to happen for

you in the next ten months, Sagittarius. You may either find an

unparalleled ally or else finally ripen your relationship with an unparalleled

ally you’ve known for a while. One way or another, I bet you will commit

yourself deeper and stronger.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s Grease Week — a time when you need

to make sure everything is as well-oiled as possible. Does your car need a

quart of Castrol? Is it time to bring more extra virgin olive oil into your

kitchen? Do you have any K-Y Jelly in your nightstand, just in case? Are

there creaky doors or stuck screws or squeaky wheels that could use

some WD-40? Be liberal with the lubrication, Capricorn — both literally and

metaphorically. You need smooth procedures and natural transitions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Two years into the War of 1812, British

soldiers invaded Washington, D.C. They set fire to the White House and

other government buildings. The flames raged out of control, spreading in

all directions. The entire city was in danger of burning. In the nick of time,

a fierce storm hit, producing a tornado and heavy rains. Most of the fires

were extinguished. Battered by the weather, the British army retreated.

America’s capital was saved. I predict that you, Aquarius, will soon be the

beneficiary of a somewhat less dramatic example of this series of events.

Give thanks for the “lucky storm.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Like the legendary Most Interesting Man in

the World who shills for Dos Equis beer, you will never step in gum on the

sidewalk or lose a sock in the coming weeks. Your cereal will never get

soggy; it’ll sit there, staying crispy, just for you. The pheromones you

secrete will affect people miles away. You’ll have the power to pop open a

pinata with the blink of your eye. If you take a Rorschach test, you’ll ace

it.  Ghosts will sit around campfires telling stories about you. Cafes and

restaurants may name sandwiches after you. If you so choose, you’ll be

able to live vicariously through yourself. You will give your guardian angel

a sense of security.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his book *The Fisher King and the Handless

Maiden,* Robert Johnson says many of us are as much in debt with our

psychic energy as we are with our financial life. We work too hard. We

rarely refresh ourselves with silence and slowness and peace. We don’t

get enough sleep or good food or exposure to nature. And so we’re

routinely using up more of our reserves than we are able to replenish.

We’re chronically running a deficit. “It is genius to store energy,” says

Johnson. He recommends creating a plan to save it up so that you always

have more than enough to draw on when an unexpected opportunity

arrives. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to make this a habit,


TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the course of your long life, I estimate you

will come up with approximately 60,000 really good ideas. Some of these

are small, like those that help you decide how to spend your weekend.

Some are big ones, like those that reveal the best place for you to live. As

your destiny unfolds, you go through phases when you have fewer good

ideas than average, and other phases when you’re overflowing with them.

The period you’re in right now is one of the latter. You are a fountain of

bright notions, intuitive insights, and fresh perspectives. Take advantage

of the abundance, Taurus. Solve as many riddles and dilemmas as you


GEMINI (May 21-June 20): No one knows the scientific reasons why long-

distance runners sometimes get a “second wind.” Nonetheless, such a

thing exists. It allows athletes to resume their peak efforts after

seemingly having reached a point of exhaustion. According to my reading

of the astrological omens, a metaphorical version of this happy event will

occur for you sometime soon, Gemini. You made a good beginning but

have been flagging a bit of late. Any minute now, though, I expect you will

get your second wind.

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