If you use too much force, you’ll kick up all kinds of trouble, Bully, and there’s no good in that. No matter how brilliant your current plans, check in with yourself and use some discernment. (SFBG)
You’ll probably dream of falling off a cliff, or plunging out of a hot-air balloon, or skydiving without a parachute. I’m very disappointed in your unconscious mind’s decision to expose yourself to such unpleasant experiences, even if they are pretend. APRIL FOOL! I told you a half-truth. While it is likely that you will dream of diving off a mountaintop or tumbling out of a hot-air balloon or flying through the big sky without a parachute, your unconscious mind has arranged it so that you will land softly and safely in a giant pile of foam padding and feathers next to a waterfall whose roaring flow is singing your name. Despite the apparent inconvenience in the first part of the dream, you will be taken care of by the end. (Free Will Astrology)
How can you share your gift with the world without sacrificing your personal life? There is no easy answer. There is only the tried and true method of trial and error, coupled with an ever-increasing trust in your own abilities. (Aquarium Age)
I used to drink to bring the house down, just because I saw a few cracks in the wall. But Truth is not an earthquake, it is only a crack in the wall and the house might stand for another hundred years.
'Let it come down,' I would say, perhaps a little too loudly. 'Let it come down.' The others knew what I meant alright, but the house stayed still.
I gave all that up. We each have our methods. I am good at interior decoration. I have a gin and tonic before dinner and look at the wallpaper. I am only drunk where it is appropriate. I am only in love where it stays still. This does not mean that I am polite.
”—"The House of the Architect’s Love Story", Anne Enright
Relationship dynamics are super-complicated, and there are always at least three sides to every story. Do some soul-searching — without judgment — into your connections so you can look honestly at your self. Avoid blame games. (SFBG)
It’s my opinion that everyone has a duty to periodically check in with themselves to make sure they still are who they say they are. Over time, there’s a tendency for all of us to fall into the habit of believing our own hype. We get entranced by the persona we project. We’re tempted to keep capitalizing on our past accomplishments in ways that lull us into complacency and give us unconscious permission to stop growing. You, Taurus, are in no worse danger of doing this than any of the rest of us. But the coming weeks will be an excellent time, astrologically speaking, for you to do an intensive check-in. (Free Will Astrology)
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Not every desire will be satisfied, but the clarity of knowing what you want and why, will have a positive effect. (Aquarium Age)
“You show your age when you drown your rage (but I see past those laughter lines). So baby, let’s split tonight. I got a tank of gas ‘til light. We could drive for miles and miles. But you just say not for all the love in the world.”—
(tonight I hear the wind swell up against the now covered porch that adds onto my tiny back room, swollen on bad beers, smiling, aching lungs, carrier pigeons on poking digits, this puzzle too half-finished to be figured out. I guess that everybody went to a better party—)
You are able to start something meaningful this week, so check in with yourself to see what feels most deserving of your awesomeness. Don’t waste energy seeking approval. (SFBG)
Some people are here on the planet to find success, while others are here to find themselves. In the big scheme of things, I’m not sure which category you fit into, Taurus. But I’m pretty sure that for the next few weeks you’ll be best served by acting as if you’re the latter. Even if you think you’ve found yourself pretty completely in the past, it’s time to go searching again: There are new secrets to be discovered, in large part because you’re not who you used to be. So for now at least, I encourage you to give your worldly ambitions a bit of a rest as you intensify your self-explorations. (Free Will Astrology)
While it feels as if your center is destabilizing, you’re actually in the midst of a significant transition from one level of understanding to another. Give yourself time to adjust to the new view. (Aquarium Age)
In other news, I make really good pupusas. All the arepa practice. Mm. You have no idea how happy this development makes me. Take that, Tia! Lean, mean, pupusa king!
Truong says that he’s coming back into creativity via food. I have all these theories about the legitimacy of art, and identity as not average middle class white humanities types, and maybe I’ll get into them at some point. For me, food is about survival, and creation, and discipline, patience, practice. The act of serving and eating is always met with validation. At least these days.
In the past three days I’ve made a coconut cream pie with homemade custard, pizza with spinach and garlic, two loaves of bread, and pupusas. They have all been freeform and thoughtful and wonderful.
At the end of the show, the magician goes home. And so does the girl who was sawed in half. She changes out of her costume into her jeans and sneakers and leaves by the back door, crushing a cigarette under her foot as she goes.
It is a low form of performance, and a tawdry metaphor for any kind of affair. And yet shows are wonderful. Even for jaded performers, they have a sheen of glamour, no matter if the sheen is threadbare and collecting dust. And in that sheen, there may be hidden, in the sparkle of some stray rhinestone or store-bought glitter, the true magic that will, as the synthetic curtain opens, reveal a glimpse of something more real than one’s strange and unreal life.
Be a straight-shooter, no matter which team you play for. Don’t mince words. Instead, be bold enough to stand up but wise enough not to rush into needless battles. (SFBG)
You might have to use primitive means to accomplish modern wonders. It may be necessary to hearken back to what worked in the past in order to serve the brightest vision of the future. Take your cue from Luis Soriano, a saintly teacher who carries a library of 120 books on the back of a donkey as he meanders around the back country of Colombia, helping poor kids learn how to read. (Free Will Astrology)
Several situations need your immediate attention, and the good news is that you have the energy to multitask without even breaking a sweat. Enjoy your expanded capacity to produce results. (Aquarium Age)
Belle and Sebastian - The Stars of Track and Field
What’s with all the weird music reblogs? My iTunes sucks. Because my computers have sort of all sucked and also, my little brother sucks for ruining all my awesome CD’s. This is life. Apparently it is beautiful out and Google tells me a balmy fifty. Last night the fog was absurd, fog like a lion, or a lynx, not little cat paws. Hence the picture. But today? I’m waiting for rain.
The moral of it is Spring makes me think of Belle and Sebastian; tambien, Mariel; tambien, and wait for it, a little optimism.
they never know it, because you never show it, you always get your way
A few mornings, I’m not going to lie, I wake up with this in my head. Nina Simone always comes as my morning music. Makes me feel buzzing and productive no matter where I am, a little more optimistic than the too-recent night madness that’s been keeping me up at and asthmatic. So, of course, good morning, kids.
A crisis of confidence is no small matter. Put yourself in as supportive an environment as you can so things don’t go form bad to worse. Seek nurturing and security. (SFBG)
Two-thirds of people surveyed said they would rather look good than feel good. I hope you’re not one of them. The ironic fact of the matter is that if you put the emphasis on looking good in the coming week — creating favorable impressions, acting dishonest in order to curry favor, wearing uncomfortable but attractive clothes — you will end up feeling sub-par and looking mediocre. On the other hand, if you put the priority on feeling good — treating your body like a beloved pet, seeking out encounters that nurture your secret self, and hanging out in environments that encourage you to relax — you will look good and feel good. (Free Will Astrology)
A full social calendar has you longing for more than a few moments of solitude. So rather than saying “yes” to every invitation, be discriminating and only attend those functions that will bring you joy. (Aquarium Age… you’re about a week off)
One: I am, actually, happy to see the cable t.v. go. It was getting a little… oh, how to say, Poltergeist-y in that house. Maybe I’ll be more productive. However, Carlos was frantically scrolling through the music videos to get his last hours worth and I did make him watch Bad Romance with me because that shit is great on a big screen with big speakers. He was humming, ra ra, ooh la la, for ten minutes. SUCCESS.
“Because she was a rational person, she was sure that her feelings were illusory. Because she was a proud person, she was determined that she should not act on her feelings and call him. Rational and proud, she controlled her feelings by categorizing them in terms of obsession and projection. “I don’t even know him,” she said. “I’ll get over it.” And she waited for it to pass, much as she might wait for the end of a flu.”—Mary Gaitskill, "Mirror Ball"