12 Astrological Koans for the New Year

OKAY, ONE YEAR UNTIL 2012. As the astro-predictions fly, remember this:

1) “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.”
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

2) All twelve signs are flashing neon inside you.

Actionable insights are more likely to come from a personal reading. In light of this, I encourage you to milk each of these simplistic, one-size-fits-all pieces of astrological gossip for all the self-inquiry you can get. Here ya go:

Aries (March 21-April 20)
You see the answer. You have the guts to pull it off . And you do. But now things get fuzzy. Is there such a thing as a Spirit-inspired fight for acknowledgment? What’s the difference between creative confrontation and polarizing stress?

Taurus (April 21-May 21)
Holding on is unpopular. Steadiness is stodgy. Your tenacious, grounded spirituality goes unappreciated. Still, be responsible-ask: When is reliability just a subtle fit of possessiveness?

Gemini (May 22-June 21)
Your movement away from boredom has become as robotic and boring as the very things that bore you! Still, there is continuity in your zigzag style. Ask: With what, and with whom, is my interest naturally sustained? Remember: Uncontrived commitment is self-liberating–even when it sucks.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Life is a shredding wind. Swaying violently, the nest of love may or may not make it through another winter. Either way, it’s time to inquire: What is the solitary equivalent of mud and twigs?

Leo (July 23-August 23)

Praise: You can only go so long without it. Then something breaks. But the candle of personality was not designed to survive the flickering flame of love. Could disappointment be an initiation into a more spacious sense of worthiness?

Virgo (August 24-Sept 22)
There is nothing completely pure or right about anyone. Your ego is as unruly as your diet is pure. Finally unglued–your stress unrelieveable–a presence steps in. What if the subconscious force that drives the car when you space out is who you are?

Libra (Sept 23-Oct 23)
The light half of you is so disarming it’s hard to fathom the need for exposing the other half. Of what possible benefit could a naked ego be to another? Better question: when is the experience of being fully seen more desirable than kindness?

Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
The world consumes itself. Personality- a dancing conflagration. Meditation: your one remaining move. Still, others are offended when you penetrate kindly. If that’s not okay, why breathe?

Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
From body to body, spirit roams. Beliefs and opinions: a backpack full of rocks. Still, we refuse to unbuckle ourselves. Why? Since when did this line of huffing hikers ever offer more than twisted camaraderie? What are the words that undo us?

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20)
The book of life is unconvincing. The author, despicable- distracting us with meaningless suspense. Still, we keep reading. A friend looks over our shoulder and asks, what a beautiful book of blank pages. When does ambition become egoic entertainment?

Aquarius (Jan 21 to Feb 19)
A genius, you are, when nothing preconceived is expected. You call this “being in the present.” Still, life nails you to a role. The iconoclast sells out. Freedom–a self deception. Pure now in your insignificance, how will you lead?

Pisces (Feb 20-March 20)

Admit it: you dominate others with your sensitivities, then make up for it with secret shame. You feel the collective suffering as your own, yet you’re often too overwhelmed to ground your caring. Which will it be: tepid transcendence or a magnificent, contagious zero-hood?

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