Your emotions are running wild and fast like a waterfall, rushing from one part of your heart and spilling into the rest of your life. Don’t fight it, Taurus. Go with them instead. Support yourself by noticing what sets you off so you don’t get dragged down every time. (SFBayGuardian)
In my ideal version of Halloween, we wouldn’t scare ourselves with images of ghoulish skeletons, eyeballs floating in cauldrons, and hissing, three-headed snakes. Rather, we’d confront more realistic fears, like the possibility that the effects we have on the world are different from our intentions … or that we have not yet reached our potential … or that people we like might completely misread and misunderstand us. Then Halloween would serve a more spiritually useful purpose. It would bring us face-to-face with actual dangers to our psychic integrity, whereupon we could summon our brilliant courage and exorcize the hell out of them. Costume suggestion: exorcist. (Begin by exorcising yourself.) (Free Will Astrology)
Saturn will stimulate a desire to make tangible progress, particularly when it comes to work and the sacrifices made for success. Contemplate how you can realign certain habits to produce a better result. (Aquarium Age)
It seems my interpersonal connections and communications are abso-goddamn haywire right now. Typically I’d blame this on Mercury retrograde, but it seems the planet is direct right now. So either I need better excuses, or get a hold of my life. Because I am:
forgetting birthdays, unable to make plans, sleeping too much, unable to make major life decisions, cannot speak with Christine because we’ve tried almost every day, and generally spacing.
But I’m going to blame this on the fact that I talk to many people on the phone every day and as an introvert, my communication just bottoms out. Hooray for cop-out apologies.
Oh, Taylor Mali. I had a whole rant about you. Suffice to say, I listened to WAY too many of your poems during my tenure as a (if I do say so myself) awesome yet unruly forensics (speech, not CSI) team member. I have a feeling this was pandering to the often employed as teachers speech judges. Maybe if I’d encountered your poetry on the page, I wouldn’t feel this way. But as it was, it was a bit trite, and the forced idealism in their eyes, it just felt wrong, Taylor Mali. And then here’s this: I’m sure you’re a fine teacher. I really am. But here you are, DEF Poetry Jamming it up! Maybe I’m just shitting on a fine parade, but you know, maybe you could be giving these kids the tools that you seem to love using. Because you’re using them in your toolbox, just a little, don’t you think? Maybe instead of speaking for them, you could let them speak for themselves? Finally, yes, I’m gonna say it—you’re a bit trite. Make room for the YouthSpeaks kids coming up. The fame parade you led got tired. I think a classroom needs you somewhere.
(Yes, I may be going to slam poetry hell, but that’s okay, I had a good run with spoken word.)
Watch your defensiveness right now, because it’s not likely to protect whatever you are trying to keep safe. Feeling indignant or blocked by others may be valid, but if you act from those feelings, you’ll only be feeding the fire. Get in touch with your emotions and find a way to support yourself. Be open to the support all around you.
My friend Alcea, the pagan priestess who leads group rituals, is a responsible sort who has humble respect for the power of the spirit realms. She thinks there can be value in seeking help from the beings who dwell on the other side of the veil, but you’ve got to be careful. They can be as clueless and misguided as the less evolved characters who live on the material plane. That’s why Alcea is especially impeccable around this time of year, when the veil between the worlds is thinner and our dimension is more accessible to the spirits. Having said all that as a caveat, Taurus, I want to let you know that this would be an excellent time for you to call on the help of your most intelligent, interesting, and loving ancestors. (Free Will Astrology, GOD ROB BREZSNY, why are you always so nutty?)
Moderation is the key to handling the transition into the next phase. So rather than hurrying the process, take your time; a steady pace will yield lasting results (Aquarium Age).
No, we don’t. We are women who like to be with women. Who said anything about men? So guys have penises, so what? It’s not like I can’t walk six blocks and buy one of my own. Plus, I don’t have to worry about being too small or any other “sexual dysfunctions” of which many men are concerned. If anything, men want to be lesbians.
9. I am totally cool with lesbians, I just think two guys hooking up is gross.
Do you really think that makes us feel good to hear that? While many lesbians might also be less than excited about two men hooking up, we are still a part of the gay community. We don’t care about your approval, and you are not any less homophobic just because you like the idea of two women together. You know what I think is gross? Your impudence and stupidity.
8. You’re too pretty and feminine to be a lesbian.
If you think all lesbians have crew cuts and wear flannel shirts and combat boots, then you have obviously had your eyes closed for pretty much your whole life. If you think all lesbians are ugly women who just can’t get a man, then you are an idiot. Lesbians come in all types, shapes, hairstyles, clothing, sizes, hot and not, fat and skinny, girly and not so girly. Don’t say stupid things like that—women are never too pretty and feminine to be lesbians … I bet you a hundred bucks my girlfriend is hotter than yours.
7. How do you have sex without a man?
Very easily actually. If guys didn’t have penises, I am sure they would find something to do in bed with a woman. Contrary to assumptions made during the Victorian era, women can and do have sex without men all the time—and very well I might add.
6. Why do you have to flaunt your sexuality and shove it in our faces?
Every day of my life, I see heterosexual people holding hands, kissing each other, and wearing their heterosexual clothes. I see advertisements and movies; I watch TV shows and read magazines; everything I see celebrates and flaunts the lives and loves of heterosexuals. If anything, you shove your sexuality in my face all the time. If I hold hands with my girlfriend, I am not shoving anything into your face; I am just holding hands with my girlfriend. Not everything is about you.
5. Lesbians can’t raise kids, especially boys. Children need a mom and a dad.
Are you living in the 1950s? At least half of you reading this have divorced parents and of that group, nearly 80 percent of you lived with your mom after the divorce. Are you saying that you are screwed up because you only lived with your mom? Kids need love and security, and besides, all studies have shown that children raised by gay parents are no different from those who grow up in heterosexual households … so shut up.
4. Are you hitting on me?
Ummm … probably not. This may come as a surprise to you, but not all gay people want you. Do you want every heterosexual person you see? Don’t you have taste? Discernment? Get over yourself—you’re not that hot.
3. Hello sir (or dude, or bro, or son …)
Do you have eyes? Can you not see that I have breasts? Just because I have short hair and wear men’s clothes does not mean that I am a guy, that I want to be a guy, or that I hate guys. It’s just hair and clothes—get over it.
2. Being a lesbian isn’t biological, it’s a choice.
Do you have a choice about who you are attracted to? If things were reversed, could you be convinced to become gay just because the majority of people are? The only choice we have is whether we want to be true to ourselves or not. End of story.
1. Can I watch?
No! And please stop asking. Life is not a porno movie. Would you want some dude watching you? I don’t think so.
the only part i wish this person didn’t add was ‘and wearing their heterosexual clothes’.
clothes don’t have genders, it’s really up to the buyer how they want to wear it.
i mean i’m a straight girl who likes to buy men’s shirts and accessories.
WOAH. I was JUST listening to this on my train ride in and wanting to audio it, but had no music on my work computer. Dunno about the marriage thing. I think it’s bitter adaptability is useful for ALL KINDS of situations.
I hope it stays dark forever, I hope the worst isn’t over, I hope you blink before I do, and I hope I never get sober.
The fattest egos are often found on the saddest sacks. So much hard-nosed behavior comes from people being too hard on their own damn selves — and you are no exception, Taurus. Don’t be a bully with yourself or the people around you just ‘cause you don’t want to feel sad or vulnerable. Substitute aggression with assertion. (SFBG Psychic Dream)
Right now you’re like a sulking cherry tree that hasn’t bloomed for years but then inexplicably erupts with pink flowers in mid-autumn. You’re like a child prodigy who lost her mojo for a while and then suddenly recovers it when her old mentor comes back into her life after a long absence. You’re like a dormant volcano that without any warning spurts out a round of seemingly prophetic smoke signals on the eve of a great victory for the whole world. (Free Will Astrology)
Saturn’s challenge to your creative process had the potential to restrain your self-expression. On one hand, it cramped your style, but on the other, Saturn may have turned raw talent into expertise (Aquarium Age).
Saturn moving out of VIRGO? Shifting out of patterns that started two years ago? VERY interesting.