VIRGO: Aug. 7-13


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): African-American jazz singer Billie Holiday was the great-granddaughter of a slave. By the time she was born in 1915, black people in the American South were no longer "owned" by white "masters," but their predicament was still extreme. Racism was acute and debilitating. Billie wrote in her autobiography: "You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation." Nothing you experience is as oppressive as what Billie experienced, but I wonder if you suffer from a milder version. Is any part of you oppressed and inhibited even though your circumstances are technically unconstrained? If so, it's time to push for more freedom.

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