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Week of April 27th, 2023

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Mercury is retrograde until May 14. Astrologer Donna Cunningham tells us why this is a good thing, and gives us suggestions on how to take maximum advantage of its unique opportunities.

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"The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words," said Terence McKenna, "and that if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish."

Here's my version of that hypothesis: What world you end up living in depends at least in part on your use of language.

Do you want to move and breathe amidst infertile chaos where nothing makes sense and no one really loves anyone? Then speak with unconscious carelessness, expressing yourself lazily. Constantly materialize and entertain angry thoughts in the privacy of your own imagination, beaming silent curses out into eternity.

Or would you prefer to live in a realm that's rich with fluid epiphanies and intriguing coincidences and mysterious harmonies? Then be discerning and inventive in how you speak, primed to name the unexpected codes that are always being born right in front of your eyes. Turn your imagination into an ebullient laboratory where the somethings you create out of nothings are tinctured with the secret light you see in your dreams of invisible fire.

P.S. "The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words," wrote Philip K. Dick in his essay, "How to Build A Universe That Won't Fall Apart in Two Days."

Listen to "Magic Secret" with a musical backing.

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"How does my spiritual practice and daily life serve the earth? How does my spiritual practice and daily life affect the poorest third of humanity? How will my spiritual practice and daily life affect the generations to come in the future?"

~ Starhawk

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My new book, to be published in five weeks, is ASTROLOGY IS REAL: Revelations from My Life as a Horoscope Columnist.

Here’s an article about it.

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Here’s the lowdown:

During my career as a creative artist, I have published over 2,000 astrology columns — weekly horoscopes that have appeared in newspapers all over the world as well as on my website and newsletters.

I have also published a poetry book, a novel, and two editions of my uncategorizable joyride, Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings.

Now, for the first time, I am gearing up to publish an astrology book. The title is ASTROLOGY IS REAL: REVELATIONS FROM MY LIFE AS A HOROSCOPE COLUMNIST

It's a blend of a memoir, essays about the art of astrology, and a whole lot of oracles for YOU, dear reader.

The new book will emerge this spring. In the meantime, I am serializing it in one of my Substack newsletters for paid subscribers. Excerpts are available as a bonus newsletter once a week.

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You can wait to buy ASTROLOGY IS REAL until it arrives full-blown sometime in late May or early June. Or you can get sneak peeks before it officially arrives.

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