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Week of June 27th, 2019

What do you want your life to be like in the coming months?


This week my Expanded Audio Horoscopes explore themes that I suspect will be important for you during the coming months.

What transformations would you like to bless yourself with in the coming months?

Could you use some inspiration as you mobilize your higher powers and deeper understandings?

Are there new ways of looking at your destiny that I might provide?

To listen to your BIG PICTURE horoscopes online, GO HERE. Register and/or log in through the main page, and then click on the link "Long Term Forecast for Second Half of 2019."

How can you dream and scheme to move yourself further in the direction of your heart's desires?

What actions could you take to dissolve your suffering and foster liberation?

How might you shift your attitudes and expectations so as to bring more joy and gratification into your daily rhythm?

Call on me! Let me help.


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You may also be interested in reviewing the long-term horoscopes I wrote for you early this year. They discuss your best potential destiny for all of 2019. To see them, GO HERE.

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I invite you to 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 longing."

Anything you want to add?

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There is no steady path,
no unwavering way forward,
no clear strong signal from the future
guiding us home.

Or is there?
And we just haven't learned yet
how to request new passwords
and decipher the trick questions?

Even the polestar is obscured by pretty clouds,
surplus eclipses,
flocks of night birds,
aurora borealis,
beloved and torturous memories
firing in our neurons.

Or maybe not:
if we could figure out
how to fool
the foolers.

What's the difference
between a maze and a labyrinth?
We can't tell.
We wander in the mess
of overlapping convolutions.
Forgetting to sing
the Escape Song.

—by me

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Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.

—author David Levithan

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If you want your personal chart done, I recommend a colleague whose approach to reading astrology charts closely matches my own. She's my wife, RO LOUGHRAN. Her website is here.

Ro utilizes a blend of well-trained intuition, emotional warmth, and technical proficiency in horoscope interpretation. She is skilled at exploring the mysteries of your life's purpose and nurturing your connection with your own inner wisdom.

In addition to over 30 years of astrological experience, Ro has been a licensed psychotherapist for 17 years. She integrates psychological insight with astrology's cosmological perspective.

Ro is based in California, but can do phone consultations and otherwise work with you regardless of geographic boundaries.

Check out Ro's website.

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What greetings and salutations do you use to bid welcome or say farewell? Here are some of my favorites:

* May your journey be fun.
* Good fortune and long life to you.
* Pleasant travels and calming thoughts.
* May your forge burn bright.
* To your health and joy.
* Sweet water and hearty laughter till we next meet.
* Guidance and clarity find you.
* Ride hard. Live free.
* May your soul live through many eras.
* Boomshakalaka flashbang!
* I wish you many beautiful things.
* The light in me recognizes the light in you.
* Do no harm but take no sh--.
* May the forces of evil never know how to find you.
* Live long and prosper.
* Give us what we want, exactly when we want it, forever, now, once upon a time.
* Have fun storming the castle.
* I see the divine spark within you.
* Nice shoes!
* Many bright blessings to you and yours.
* Happy eternal world orgasm!
* Sweet dreams.
* Marvels and wonders are coming your way.
* Be wild and free and mysterious.

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Therefore, dark past,
I’m about to do it.
I’m about to forgive you

for everything.

– Mary Oliver

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"The nirvana fallacy is the belief that because something is not completely perfect, it is deeply flawed or even broken. It is very common in economic and political discourse.

"The nirvana fallacy compares actual things with unrealistic, idealized alternatives. It can also refer to the tendency to assume that there is a perfect solution to a particular problem. A closely related concept is the perfect solution fallacy.

"By creating a false dichotomy that presents one option which is obviously advantageous — while at the same time being completely implausible — a person using the nirvana fallacy can attack any opposing idea because it is imperfect.

"Under this fallacy, the choice is not between real world solutions; it is, rather, a choice between one realistic achievable possibility and another unrealistic solution that could in some way be 'better.'"

- Wikipedia

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Nothing will tell you
where you are.
Each moment is a place
you’ve never been.

— Mark Strand, from "Black Maps"

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Relationship is a crucible for spiritual work.

The practical expression of kindness and compassion and ethical behavior is an essential spiritual practice.

A crucial element of spiritual practice is the empathetic intelligence we bring to the sometimes chaotic and messy details of being human beings in our daily lives.

Taking responsibility for and working to transform our own darkness is a prerequisite for all spiritual work.

Loving and caring for animals and plants and the Earth is a centerpiece of our spiritual practice.

Play and fun and humor are not diversions from "serious" spiritual work, but are at the center of it.

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Think of all the stories, images, and sounds you invite into your beautiful head. Do you absorb a relentless barrage of fear-inducing news reports and violent movies and gossipy tales of decline and degeneration? Does your diet consist primarily of repulsive memes that stimulate your revulsion?

If so, that’s the equivalent, for your psyche, of eating rotting bear intestines and crud scraped off the inner wall of a dumpster and pitchers full of trans fats recovered from the deep fryer in the kitchen at a Dunkin’ Donuts.

Maybe, on the other hand, you seek out, at least half the time, stories that loosen your fixations and riffs that stretch your understanding of the human condition and news about the things that are working pretty well. If so, you’re taking decent care of your precious insides; you’re fostering your mental health.

Nigerian writer Ben Okri: “Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.”

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1. The Master Codex is hidden in the wall between the Hall of Mists and the Soul Kitchen. When you find it, add graffiti and cartoons to it.

2. The Beasts of the Wheels of Time are quite ticklish. That’s one of the keys to rendering them harmless. Another key is to entertain them with the gibberish they love.

3. It’s OK to steal the celestial trumpet from the stingy angel if you use it to heal a broken soul.

4. At least once a year, dive into the sleep mirror and cleanse the water you find there.

5. Find an animal you trust, and persuade it to help you steal at least two Peaches of Immortality from the Queen of Shapeshifters. (One peach for you and one for an enemy you care for.)

6. Sing your way into the Magic Dumping Ground during a full moon and befriend the Holy Squirmer. She will give you the elegant dreamsquawk signs.

7. The Frost Worm will let you pass unscathed through the Forgotten Realm if you have learned to use your third eye to watch TV.

8. The Pearl of Great Price is much closer than you think. To get another clue about its whereabouts, tell jokes to the Caller in the Darkness.

9. You are the Chosen One, but then so is everyone else.

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"The entire universe contributes incessantly to your existence. Hence the entire universe is your body."

- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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"I call the high and light aspects of my being spirit and the dark and heavy aspects soul.

"Soul is at home in the deep, shaded valleys. Heavy torpid flowers saturated with black grow there. The rivers flow like warm syrup.

"Spirit is a land of high, white peaks and glittering jewel-like lakes and flowers. Life is sparse and sounds travel great distances."

—The Dalai Lama, as quoted by James Hillman in "A Blue Fire"

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"Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. Courage is the most desperate, admirable, and noble kind of love."

— Delmore Schwartz

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Everyone's my teacher. Everywhere I go, I'm a student.

Everyone is in some way my informant, my revelator, my healer, my direct connection to the Who-Knows-What.

The animals, too: They are my confidants, my beloveds, my spirit guides.

And yes, the plants! My godparents, my role models, my advisers.

Yes, too, to the wind and sun and sky and mountain and rivers and oceans and rocks: I greet them daily as my family members, my agent provocateurs, my fellow celebrants.

Playful, mysterious intelligences surround me in every direction. I'm available! I gleefully vow to shut up and listen reverently on a regular basis.

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Here's a link to my free weekly email newsletter, featuring the Free Will Astrology horoscopes, plus a bunch of other stuff, including good news, lucky advice, and tender rants. It arrives every Tuesday morning.

Read past issues of the newsletter.

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Pronoia doesn’t promise uninterrupted progress forever. It’s not a slick commercial for a perfect summer day that never ends.

Grace emerges in the ebb and flow, not just the flow.

The waning reveals a different kind of blessing than the waxing.

But whether it’s our time to ferment in the valley of shadows or rise up singing in the sun-splashed meadow, fresh power to transform ourselves is always on the way.

Our suffering won’t last, nor will our triumph.

Without fail, life will deliver the creative energy we need to change into the new thing we must become.

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While you commune with us here at the Conspiracy to Commit Insurrectionary Beauty and Smart Love:

Your favorite phrase might be "flux gusto"

The colors of your soul might be sable, vermilion, ivory, and jade

Your special emotion might be skeptical faith

Your magic talisman might be a thousand-year-old Joshua tree whose flowers blossom just one night each year and can only be pollinated by the yucca moth

The garage sale item you most resemble might be an old but beautiful and sonorous accordion with a broken key

Your magic verbs are dig, descend, and disclose

Your sweet spot might be in between the true believers and the scoffing skeptics

You have a secret name that will be revealed to you very soon

You have fire in your blood and sea salt in your tears

Your vision of power is the red-tailed hawk soaring over the shopping mall

Your sacred fungus might be yeast and your soil of destiny might be peat moss

Your lucky number might be 3.14159265

Your lucky phobia might be arachibutyrophobia, or the fear of peanut butter adhering to the roof of your mouth

Your holiest pain might come from your yearning to change yourself in the exact way you'd like the world around you to change

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How easy it is to make people happy, when you don't want or need anything from them.
― Gail Godwin

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Funky pagan scientists at Zen State University have found that the regular perception of perfect moments is an effective way to smooth jagged wrinkles on your attitude, scour away stains on your courage, and dispose of old psycho-gunk stuck to your karma.

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(by me)

Cushioned on each others' sighs
in a garden of reveries,
me sipping your streaming song,
you renaming my hymned blossoms,
we reweave the aftertaste of sun,
the fragrant glimmer of rising moon.

When I drench myself in your dream
and you adore my sweet shadows,
lotus petals flutter and surge from the mud
like childhood prayers,
remembering our resurrected breath,
reclaiming our holy bodies.

When I submerge myself in your eyes,
and you discover my lost secrets,
barely visible whirlwinds
erupt from the soaked roots
bearing our guts' primeval questions,
reviving the thunder in our blood,
retraining our future liberations.

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Novelist Tom Robbins: "I'm afraid I can't be counted among those who've latched onto the Goddess as a politically correct alternative to God the Father. The Transcendent Principle—the Divine, if you willis no more wholly female than it is wholly male.

"To be sure, the Divine has feminine aspects and masculine aspects, but its cumulative aspects transcend gender and, indeed, are so far beyond definition or description that they can't even be rationally discussed.

"It's the Mystery, baby, and the Mystery is ultimately unknowable. We can interface with it, we can marvel at it, we can connect to it and be elevated by it, but we can never comprehend it.

"What really interests me about the Goddess is the fact that while she was beloved and honored by our ancestors, was the central spiritual archetype and prevailing deity all over the globe for thousands of years, she has been so successfully eradicated by revisionist patriarchal spin doctors that most modern Christians, Moslems and Jews are totally ignorant of her massive and dominant historical presence.

"If someone or something of that enormous scope can be so thoroughly concealed from the masses, it can't help but call into question everything we've been taught by our various institutions.

"The subversion and repression of the Goddess is the Big Lie of the past two millennia —and as the dumbing down of America gains momentum, the duplicity is strengthening its grip.

"The good news is that a significant minority has recently become informed about the Goddess, and that has both revealed the essential spiritual foundation of feminism and inspired a growing distrust of traditional dogma and the meatballs who've propagated it."

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Wrestling and Negotiating with Our Shadows

The people I trust the most are those who are always tenderly wrestling and negotiating with their own shadows, making preemptive strikes on their personal share of the world's evil, fighting the good fight to keep from spewing their darkness on those around them.

Hear the song.

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