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Horoscopes for January 2004 

 

 

Aries (March 20-April 19)
As you’ve just learned, a political solution is much easier than one involving conflict or force, particularly if you’re fighting yourself. The thing with political means is that they often involve compromise, and that which you’re most likely to compromise on at the moment is something that’s quite essential to whom you are. I suggest you set the terms of your negotiation in advance, with yourself, so you’ve got a short list of the issues you’re willing to trade and exchange. Meanwhile, there’s another factor involved of which no party to the discussion is likely to be aware at the moment, but you’re going to be the first to notice. It falls under the general heading of “why this discussion is so important,” and I trust you’ll recognize it when you see it.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Gradually, there are fewer external factors influencing your relationships. For a while there, it seemed like you could do nothing, say nothing, choose nothing that does not directly involve checking in with the reality of another person, even to the point of getting their permission. Now the question has shifted to the elusive idea of freedom, and discerning the illusion from the reality of freedom. Some would say that freedom comes from no commitments; others would say that it emerges from clear commitments. I take the second view. There’s no need to be hot and heavy about this. Strive for understanding, agreement in principle, and a sense of what serves the larger whole, and you’ve got your solution set.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Please pause and take in the vista of your life. Make a point of it; perhaps devote an entire day to the purpose, traveling far enough from your usual routine to be able to see and feel your experience of being consciously alive. You have a rare perspective right now, one unlike any you’ve experienced in this lifetime. I propose that it offers several beautiful opportunities. One is being able to see the world from the viewpoint of others. Another is being able to experience yourself as others experience you. There is a miracle involved, and perspective is the word that keeps coming to mind. Perception is a box and if you look, you’ll see that the universe is decidedly not a box.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
This is your year to learn about children, and taking care of them. Children are in one respect the forgotten people of the world, and in another, they are the pawns of the political system. Many people claim to have their best interests in mind, but instead are driven by precisely the opposite agenda. Parenting, or any contact with children, must invoke in the adult the experience of being a child: the vulnerability, curiosity, fear, and yearning for attention. This and only this is what can break the spiral of abuse in which Western culture is spinning so wildly. Given the world condition, we’re all in the position of needing to be that much more loving, protective, and aware. You’ve not only got something to learn about all of this, you’ve got a few things to teach.

Leo (July 22-August 23)
There are all kinds of wealth and riches lurking in the midst of the current darkness. This season (speaking to those in the Northern Hemisphere) is so contrary to the nature of your sign. Yet you carry the light within you, and as a result can illuminate spaces in the world that few others can see. Be on the lookout for opportunity. It may not appear as an enormous, overwhelming offer, but rather as a method of assembling many smaller resources into something significant. Developing your work and working patterns continues to be an increasingly important aspect of your growth process. So much of life is work, and while a decent employment situation doesn’t by itself give you a good life, it certainly helps, and help is certainly on the way.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)
There are many ways to handle—or not handle—the question of relationship, and it would appear these days that quite a few people attempt to cloister themselves away and cut off all contact with the world. There are many reasons for this, and most of them come back to fear: fear of being known, of being acknowledged, of being seen, and most of all, fear of changing. You can expect many knocks on the door as these weeks and months unfold. These will be visits from people announcing that it’s time to come out, to experience life in very different ways than you’re accustomed to, and most of all, to let your human encounters shake up your entire previously known reality. Imagine this: they have no other purpose, and it’s a good purpose, so you might as well have fun.

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