This week marks the transition from Aries to Taurus. See what you can do with this renewed, earthbound energy with the Keys Weekly’s…
March 21 – April 19
As we transition from the infernal power of your ruling season into the earth bound energy of Taurus you may find yourself feeling stagnant, holding on to a large, woven basket of unspent frustrations and directionless ire. I have an earthly outlet for you Aries, exercise. Whether its sex or sport or sporty sex, sweat it out to let it out.
Notable Aries: Andrei Tarkovsky/ April 4, 1932
April 20 – May 20
In her poem “How To Keep Going In Antarctica,” poet and fellow Taurus Bernadette Mayer advises: “Do not be afraid of your own heart beating/Look at very small things with your eyes & stay warm /Nothing outside can cure you but everything’s outside.” I offer you Mayer’s words and the humble suggestion that you too could do well with some time spent out of doors and in the fearsome dark of your own solitary company.
Notable Taurus: David Byrne / May 14, 1952
May 21 – June 20
You operate at two speeds Gemini, relentless and utterly spent. The challenge is not amending this modality but properly preparing for it. When the energy is there, spend it wisely by directing it towards worthwhile pursuits. When it’s not, allow yourself the grace of A reboot. Lay in the dark with your phone turned off with no mind for anything but quiet. The only way to balance the extremes you operate between is to honor them through intentional, honest surrender.
Notable Gemini: Judith Wright / May 31, 1915
June 21- July 22
The sun is illuminating your eleventh house of friendship and collaboration. The time is nigh to aim high and widen your circle. Be on the lookout for strangers interested in your professional elevation and personal evolution. You need the energy of others to support your far flung, star reaching, possibly even delusional schemes and dreams. It took a proverbial “we” for Jefferson Airplane to build their city on rock n’ roll, dig?
Notable Cancer: Lucille Clifton/ June 27, 1936
July 23 to August 22
Former Poet laureate and fellow lion Stanley Kunitz wrote, “When you think of what has been given to the world by your fugitive presence, you think of your art whatever it may be, as the gift you have made. That work is not an expression of the desire for praise or recognition, but the deepest manifestation of your gratitude for the gift of life.” In regard to your own fugitive presence Leo, give thanks for and through everything that you do.
Notable Leo: Herta Müller/ August 17, 1953
August 23 to September 22
This week, Venus, planet of silk sheets and boxed chocolate, enters Taurus and your ninth house of philosophy and mind expansion. This energy encourages you to investigate the way you love and the language you use to define it. Is the way you love the way you are? What archetype do you perpetuate when it comes to love? Are you interested in expanding your personal definitions of gender and sexual attraction? Que the questions, cut loose the inhibitions and cast wide the net of possibility, Virgo.
Notable Virgo: Claude McKay / September 15, 1889
September 23 to October 22
Le sigh, Libra, when the going gets tough you go backwards, looking to the past, and those in it, for support. I want you to repeat after me, “there is nothing behind me.” I understand that this is a terrifying notion but it is also a wildly liberating one. I beseech you, if you want to move forward, stop holding yourself back.
Notable Libra: Sherman Alexie / October 7, 1966
October 23 to November 21
With Mercury illuminating your seventh house of intimate partnerships, there’s never been a finer time to express your feelings via an old fashioned love letter. Write it to an ex, the person closest to you, those you want to be closer to, or perhaps the partner you have yet to find but know you deserve. If you’re looking for a place to start, follow the advice of 18th century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.”
Notable Scorpio: Amy Levy / November 10, 1861
November 22 to December 21
Eager to learn and never at a loss for enthusiasm, you’re a natural student, archer. Yet, the lesson you may find hardest to learn, and the one you need to master now more than ever, is stillness itself. The knowledge you need lives on the other side of forced focus and rapt observation. Follow the lead, and the eyeline of American photographer Walker Evans, “Stare. It is the way to educate you eye. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.”
Notable Sagittarius: DMX /December 18, 1970
December 22 to January 19
As a newborn, writer and fellow Capricorn, Paul Bowles’ tried to kill him by leaving him exposed on a NYC windows-ledge during a snowstorm. Unsurprisingly, the relationship between the two remained chilly for its entirety. I bring you the story of Baby Bowles as a reminder that our greatest traumas can become the foundation for our best stories. What doesn’t kill you makes you interesting.
Notable Capricorn: Alfred Stieglitz / January 1, 1864,
January 20 to February 18
With a mess of planets in your sixth house of structure and daily routines the time is now to get right with your life and get rid of physical and psychic debris. You need less than you think and could be served by a stripping down and cutting back. To quote Kiwi poet Hone Tuwhare, “people who walk around in the rain naked don’t get wet: they get washed”
Notable Aquarius: Melvin Tolson / February 6, 1898
February 19 to March 20
Now is not the time for restraint, Pisces. Silence the doubts that keep you from making, being, doing, progressing. It is fear and it is beneath you as soon as you recognize that you are above it. If you waver in your confident commitment to creating, heed the words of Romanian sculptor and fellow fish Constantin Brâncuși “You are as good as you ever will be at the moment.”
Notable Pisces: Sasha Grey / March 14, 1988