April 25, 2013

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Let’s imagine ourselves near the snowy summit of Washington’s Mount Rainier. We’re in an unusual kind of cave. Volcanic steam rises from cracks in the rocky floor. Above us is a roof made of ice. As we stand between the heat and the chill, we find the temperature quite cozy. The extremes collaborate to produce a happy medium. Can you accomplish something in your life that’s similar to what’s going on in this cave? Metaphorically, I mean? I think you can.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “We cannot accept the world as it is,” remarked Belgian author Hugo Claus. “Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth from the injustice of things.” I don’t subscribe to the idea that each day should begin like this. On some mornings we should rise and greet the world singing songs of praise for the great fortune of being alive. But I do think Claus’s approach is precisely right on certain occasions -- like now, for you Sagittarians. The time is ripe to tap into your reservoir of righteous anger. Fight to right the wrongs that disturb you the most.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Your story begins the moment Eros enters you,” says Anne Carson in her book Eros the Bittersweet. “That incursion is the biggest risk of your life. How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside of you. As you handle it you come into contact with what is inside of you, in a sudden and startling way. You perceive what you are, what you lack, what you could be.” I want to extend Carson’s dramatic hypothesis. I’d like to propose that eros enters you again and again in the course of your life, and your story resets each time. How will you handle it when it makes its next incursion? Get ready, because here it comes.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I prefer by far warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness,” wrote Anais Nin in one of her early diaries. “Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.” I suspect that even if you normally love cold brilliancy, Aquarius, you will need an abundance of warmth and softness in the coming days. To attract the best possible embodiments of this influence, get clear about your favorite forms of it. Be picky! Don’t accept sloppy sentimentality.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ludwig Wittgenstein was a genius. His last book, which influenced many different fields of thought, is regarded as one of the most important philosophy tomes of the 20th century. And yet he was a big fan of foolishness. “If people did not sometimes do silly things,” he observed, “nothing intelligent would ever get done.” Another time he said, “Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.” Here’s one more of his opinions: “Don’t be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.” I hope that’s enough evidence to support my advice, Pisces, which is: Now is a good time for you to get both smarter and wiser. And a good way to do that is to play and play and play some more.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): How we react to the sound of the wind gives clues to our temperament, said philosopher Theodor W. Adorno. The unhappy person thinks of “the fragility of his house and suffers from shallow sleep and violent dreams.” But for the happy person, the wind sings “the song of protectedness: its furious howling concedes that it has power over him no longer.” I bring this up to illustrate a point about your life. There will be a strong and vivid influence coming your way that is like the wind as described by Adorno. It’s neither bad nor good in itself, but may seem like one or the other depending on the state of mind you choose to cultivate.

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