Day 12 – Astrology vs Astronomy… hmmm.

I have been signed up for this Astrology Newsletter for years now.  There is something about the vagueness of many of the weekly readings that I am drawn to.  This one is also packed full of very interesting and affirming quotes and ideas. I do not read the entire newsletter every week but I will always read my horoscope.  It comes out on Wednesdays and this week sort of nailed my emotional state.
Years ago I was required to take an astronomy (not sure at that time that I knew there was a difference) class and the professor started asking all of us about our astrological signs.  We all proudly shared “what” we were and he started laughing and jokingly started chiding us.  To be honest, he started, most of you do not really know what you are.  In order to be exact, you would need to know the exact second of your birth and then you would need to go to a special book or website and search to find the exact star alignment at the time of your birth to determine the exact astrological sign.  It’s likely you are the sign ahead or behind the one you think you are.
At that point I decided to simply start claiming 5 star days as my own.  It’s worked out nicely for me.  However, sometimes my exact sign really puts out a reading that speaks to me… in it’s utter vagueness as if it was actually written for me .. and only me.
I give to you a sample of my flavor. Maybe it’s just the tons of quotes that are spread throughout this rambling newsletter.  So here is one of my habits and I think if you read it, you will either think I am a loon.. or you might actually go on to the site and sign up.
See a pretty version of this newsletter:
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the
old, but on building the new.”
—Dan Millman.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
—Buckminster Fuller
ARIES (March 21-April 19): An anonymous blogger on Tumblr writes
the following: “What I’d really like is for someone to objectively watch me
for a week and then sit down with me for a few hours and explain to me
what I am like and how I look to others and what my personality is in
detail and how I need to improve. Where do I sign up for that?” I can
assure you that the person who composed this message is not an Aries.
More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Rams want to *be* yourself,
to inhabit your experience purely and completely—not see yourself from
the perspective of outside observers. Now is a good time to emphasize this
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Imagine that the whole world belongs to you. The birch trees in New
Hampshire’s White Mountains are yours, and so are the cirrus clouds in
the western sky at dusk and the black sand on the beaches of Hawaii’s Big
You own everything, my dear sovereign — the paintings in all the
museums of the world, as well as the Internet and the wild horses and the
eight-lane highways.
Please take good care of it all, OK? Be an enlightened monarch who treats
your domain with reverent responsibility.
And make sure you also enjoy the full measure of fun that comes with such
mastery. Glide through life as if all of creation is yearning to honor and
entertain you.
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Dear Gorgeous Genius: You possess exceptional capacities that are
absolutely unique. You’re a masterpiece unlike any other that has ever
lived in the history of the world.
Furthermore, the precise instructions you need to ripen into your genius
have always been with you, even from the time before you were born. In
the words of psychologist James Hillman, you have a soul’s code.
You might also call it the special mission you came to Earth to carry out;
the divine blueprint that contains the open secret of how to be perfectly,
unpredictably yourself; the master plan that is your heart’s deepest
Would you like help in deciphering it? The Divine Intelligence Formerly
Known as God is always on call, ready to help. It’s your birthright to ask
Her a specific question every day about what you need to do next to express
your soul’s code; it’s also your birthright to receive a response.
The divine revelation may not be as unambiguous as a little voice in your
head. It might appear in the form of a TV commercial, an odd dream, or an
encounter with a stranger. It could be demanding and difficult, delivering
information you’d rather not have to deal with. Or it might show up as a
clear and simple feeling of knowing exactly what to do, and it could be easy
and fun.
What question will you ask the Divine Wow today?
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“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through
you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this
expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other
medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it.
“It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it
is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to
keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
—Martha Graham
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Like all of us, you have desires for things that you don’t really need and
aren’t good for you. But you shouldn’t disparage yourself for having them,
nor should you conclude that every desire is tainted.
Rather, think of your misguided longings as the bumbling, amateur
expressions of a faculty that will one day be far more expert. They’re how
you practice as you work toward the goal of becoming a master of desire. It
may take a while, but eventually you will get the hang of wanting things
that are really good for you, and good for everyone else, too.
“The only way anyone is ever cured of desiring nonsensical things is by
getting the nonsensical things and then experiencing the unpleasant but
educational consequences.”
—Ann Davies
“When I hold you, I hold everything: crones praying in the foamy sand at
low tide, a shocked waterfall gracing a new housing development, the
foxglove by the fence sipping the fragrance of distant blue straggler stars,
my dream of the white crow dreaming of me. In your eyes I see everything
that lives.”
—mash-up of Pablo Neruda and Rob Brezsny
Imagine it’s 30 years from now. You’re looking back at the history of your
relationship with desire. There was a certain watershed moment when you
clearly saw that some of your desires were mediocre, inferior, and
wasteful, while others were pure, righteous, and invigorating.
Beginning then, you made it a life goal to purge the former and cultivate
the latter. Thereafter, you occasionally wandered down dead ends trying to
gratify yearnings that weren’t worthy of you, but usually you wielded
your passions with discrimination, dedicating them to serve the highest
and most interesting good.
The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
Two dangers threaten the universe: order and disorder.
—Paul Valéry
Without order, nothing can exist. Without chaos, nothing can evolve.
—Oscar Wilde

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