Every February, you go through a phase when it’s easier to see your life’s big picture. If you take advantage of this invitation, it’s like being on a mountaintop and gazing into the vastness. Every August, however, you’re more likely to see the details you’ve been missing.
Don’t just be smart and articulate. Dare to be wildly wise and prone to unruly observations. Don’t merely be kind and well-behaved. Explore mysteries of healing through benevolent mischief. Don’t buy into the all-too-serious trances. Break up the monotony with unpredictable play and funny curiosity. Don’t go along with the stories everyone seems to believe as if they were the Truth and the Way.
Breve orazione penetra, an old Italian idiom, is translated as “short prayers pierce” or “concise prayers penetrate.” Extrapolate from that to come up with the meaning that “God listens best to brief prayers.
“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,” said British author G.K. Chesterton, “and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” In my astrological opinion, no one can possibly give you accurate counsel in the weeks ahead. Your circumstances are too unique, your dilemmas too idiosyncratic for experts to understand, let alone those who think they own a piece of you. It might be useful to hear what everyone has to say about your situation, though. Knowing their mistaken or uninformed perspectives helps you get clarity.
Near the end of his career, painter Henri Matisse created a paper-cut composition, Le Bateau, or The Boat. It’s an abstract piece that does not depict a literal boat. That’s why the Museum of Modern Art in New York may be forgiven for mistakenly hanging it upside-down in 1961, upon first acquiring the piece. Fortunately, after a month and a half, a knowledgeable person noticed, and Le Bateau was corrected. Is a comparable phenomenon going on now? Is it possible a part of your life got inverted or transposed? If so, are you sharp enough to see the goof and brave enough to fix it?
Kintsukuroi is a Japanese word that literally means “golden repair.” It refers to fixing cracked pottery with lacquer blended with actual gold or silver. Metaphorically, it suggests something may become more beautiful and valuable after it’s broken. The wounds and healing of the wounds are integral parts, not shameful distortions to be disguised or hidden. Does that sound like your current experience? Call this the kintsukuroi phase of your cycle.
As a journalist for the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, Simon Eroro wanted to interview a group of indigenous rebels in a remote jungle. He was willing to do what was necessary to get the big scoop. After a difficult journey through rough terrain, he was told he would be given the information he sought on one condition: that he be circumcised with bamboo sticks as part of a cleansing ritual. Eroro agreed, got the story and won a prize for his report. I don’t recommend you go quite that far in pursuit of your current goal. On the other hand, it’d be wise to consider making a sacrifice.
A teenage Pakistani boy decided he wanted to help his country’s government clean up the local Internet. Ghazi Muhammad Abdullah made a list of over 780,000 porn sites and sent it to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Big job! Hard work! I’d love you to summon similar levels of passion and diligence as you work on behalf of your favorite cause. The weeks ahead are prime time to get excited about changes you’d like to help create.
If I’m reading astrological omens right, bells are about to ring for you. Festive lights will flash, celebratory anthems throb. It’s like you’re going to win a fortune on a TV quiz show; or get an A+ on your final exam; or be picked as homecoming king or queen. It’s possible I’m a bit off, and your success will be subtler. Maybe you’re about to accomplish the healing of the year, or discover the secret of the decade.
The literal meaning of the Swedish word smultronställe is “wild strawberry patch.” Metaphorically, it refers to a special place that feels like your private sanctuary. It may be hard to find or unappreciated by others, but for you it’s a spot that inspires you to relax deeply. You may have had a life-changing epiphany there. When you’re there, you have a taste of what it’s like to feel at home in the world. Do you have a smultronställe? If not, time to find one. If you do, spend more time there next week.