Taurus (4/20 – 5/20): I was telling a story to a few people the other day, and someone joined the group after I'd started. "Wait," she said. "I missed the beginning. Is the guy who wears the camo blood pressure cuff all the time someone you're dating, or a customer?" Taurus, I wish it were way more obvious which category that person falls into. But anyway, have you checked your vitals lately? It might be time.
Gemini (5/21 – 6/21): I just finished this book. It was a sweet and predictable little read, but the gimmick that made it more fun than the "girl meets boy, drama, disappointment, she's blind to what's in front of her but then realizes, followed by eventual happily ever after" is that they communicate with flowers, each flower with it's own precise meaning: betrayal, passion, remorse, etc. It made me want to make up a language of my own and incorporate it into the planting plans I make for people. Right? Secret messages in mitigation plans? The guy who lost a son and has a deep sincere gentleness that seems carved out of grief: cedar. For the guy who, as soon as his wife left, told me his secrets and showed me the backhoe he built from scratch: cedar. That anxious woman who calls every day because she wants to get her remodel done before the baby comes: cedar. Oh wait. I guess I'd just give everyone cedar anyway, because it seems like that's what we all need more of. At least I do. Gemini, western red cedar is probably the best thing we have going here, and that's saying something. Enjoy it even more than usual this week.
Cancer (6/22 – 7/21): I've heard that some of the young girls are soaking tampons in vodka and inserting them. Um, is it just me, or is that really, really sad? "Hey, don't mind me, I'm just getting drunk in the privacy of my own vagina." Cancer, for the most part, I don't think we should regulate what goes on in women's vaginas, but I will cop to wishing for better things than that.
Leo (7/23 – 8/22): A friend of mine was reading a 1965 edition of the Boy Scout Manual the other day and reminiscing, and it caused me to wish we could still work on merit badges. Remember that? How about this for a business plan: Merit Badges Aren't Just For Kids.com We'd list out proficiencies, and you'd get your neighbor or your cat to sign that you did it, and there'd be an actual badge, or probably an e-mail that you could sew onto a sash. Leo, are you in?
Virgo (8/23 – 9/22): Here's the deal. It could be a way to develop apocalypse skills. Maybe Cabellas would advertise, making this a very lucrative endeavor. I explained this to R., who said, "You know what you just invented? xBox Achievements. You accomplish things, and then get prizes."
"But R, there are no prizes! That's the big difference here."
"Ok. So you know what you just invented? Every video game ever."
"But there is no video!"
"Do you see my point, Mom?"
Virgo, your week will be about trying to see the point when everything looks pointless.
Libra (9/23 – 10/22): The badges could be for things like fire starting, snaring rabbits, catching crabs and squid, making salt, making friends. Basic survival things that we don't know how to do anymore.
Scorpio (10/23 – 11/21): I've had about three men from The Past recently contact me to say they were so sorry for their behavior. My sister thinks that's good, like, wow, who does that, you must have really made an impression. Me, I think it's kind of hmm, what's the word? to be the apologize-ee. They're all about the same: "I'm so sorry I lashed out at you x years ago, I acted poorly and you didn't, and I'm in a great relationship now, I learned a lot from you, so thanks." I could probably start a very tiny museum of apologies. Which isn't really such a bad idea for a museum, but it's tiring to be in the role of museum curator. Scorpio, this week apologize when you need to, but more importantly try to accept all apologies with grace.
1. It never has a "but" in it. "I'm sorry for being a jerk, but ..." Yeah, that's not gonna fly.
2. It's best if you really mean it, and don't find yourself apologizizing for the same stuff again and again. Although sometimes, that's the best we can do.
Sag, see if you can get through the whole week without a need to apologize. Be kind, be strong, be funny when you can. I heard that on the radio the other day, and thought it was a good motto. Funny when you can, Sag, not funny at all costs.
|Magical salt lamp|
Capricorn (12/22 – 1/19): Last week I had dinner with an old friend whom I haven't seen in 20 years or so, and it was fun and within moments we were laughing as though not a minute had passed. But she told me that her mother, who suffers from a bunch of maladies, things like lymphoma and gout, is always saying, "I'm so lucky! I've never been sick a day in my life." So I guess denial isn't so terrible if you're the one in it. I keep thinking it's a good practice to be as honest and vulnerable as is humanly possible, but denial looks like more fun, in the short term anyway.
|This is the most beautiful hand made lion|
puppet from the best local puppeteer.
The Empathy Badge, where you learn humane ways to kill your mother if needed. I mentioned this to R., who said, "I could take you out right now. Just say the word and I could choke you to death."
We'll want to be sure the merit badge develops the skill of knowing that it's absolutely the right time. Aquarius, speaking of the right time? This is it! This week is your time! Enjoy it.
Pisces (2/19 – 3/20): I was at my booty call work job today, and as soon as I arrived, E-bro offered to poke me with a sharp needle and tell me my blood sugar level. Of course I said yes. I know. Yes! Please do minor surgery on me for no reason at all, because I'm curious what my number will be. Turns out it was 92. That's your lucky number for this week too! See if you can do 92 of everything. Or maybe count 92 blessings.