MOVEMENT SONG by AUDRE LORDE
Do not remember me
nor as the keeper of secrets
I am a fellow rider in the cattle cars
you move slowly out of my bed
saying we cannot waste time
Aries, this week you may feel a little disconnected from someone or the someones you love. Perhaps you are even physically uncomfortable by close proximity right now and worry that, more than time, you are wasting yourself. Resist the impulse to run up the mountain alone. Consider the thickness of your skin right now which has perhaps grown slightly more callus in proportion to the emotions you may be trying to protect underneath. The only way in which you might be “wasting yourself” is by not sharing yourself with the ones you love.
(2 of Cups Rev/ Coat of Shellac- Ava Luna)
LOVE ME LITTLE, LOVE ME LONG by ANONYMOUS
Love me little, love me long,
Is the burden of my song.
Love that is too hot and strong
Burneth soon to waste:
Still, I would not have thee cold,
Not too backward, nor too bold;
Love that lasteth till ’tis old
Fadeth not in haste.
You Taurus’ are known for your dependability, which on the surface may sound dull or boring, but it is nothing of the sort. In love you may be capable of holding the flame longer than anyone without letting it burn out. Some of my oldest friends are Taurus’ because over the years, even with all my ups and downs and costume changes, they don’t flinch. This week however, Taurus, you may find your love light wavering. This could be a sign that there is something else you need, something to feed the fire. You may be tempted to point to some sort of physical disturbance in your environment, but it is likely something less apparent. Perhaps it is time to let someone else hold the flame steady for a little while.
(Son of Cups Rev/ Unable- Antena)
WILD NIGHTS- WILD NIGHTS! by EMILY DICKINSON
Futile- the winds-
To a Heart in port-
Done with the Compass-
Done with the Chart!
Gemini, as I mentioned before, Venus is currently out of bounds in your sign. You may feel more impatient about the materialization and manifestation of your desires at this time. Dreaming up these desires may happen in rapid succession, but they take more time to manifest on the physical plane. Don’t throw out all your navigational devices just yet, especially when you are so close to “port.”
(9 of Cups L/ Wild Wild Life- Talking Heads)
I WROTE A GOOD OMELET by NIKKI GIOVANNI
I wrote a good omelet…and ate
a hot poem…after loving you
Buttoned my car…and drove my
coat home…in the rain…
after loving you
Cancer, this week you are likely trying to assimilate a change, which may not be easy especially for you. Cancer is the sign which represents comfort and home and this week the unfamiliar will probably out weigh the familiar. Be willing to trip, to make a fool of yourself, to drive your coat home or write a good omelet. Comfort will surface again, but right now try to enjoy the oddities and peculiar feelings that arise in this moment.
(Daughter of Discs R/ We’re All Water- Yoko Ono)
LOVE LETTER (CLOUDS) by SARAH MANGUSO
The act of falling happens in time. That is, it takes long enough for the falling to shear away from the moments before and the moments after, long enough for one to have thought I am falling. I have been falling. I continue to fall.
Leo, this week time may feel a little distorted. Something that you would normally describe as happening in a matter of seconds could happen slowly enough for you to stop and observe the process. Conversely something which you would typically expect to unfold over several days, may happen in less than half the time. Now is probably not a good time to make firm decisions, but it is good time to take note of the shifts, fast and slow, as they reveal themselves.
(7 of Discs/ Barracuda- Miho Hatori)
EXCERPT FROM GRAPEFRUIT by YOKO ONO
Mirror becomes a razor when it’s broken. A Stick becomes a flute when it’s loved.
Virgo, this week something in your life which you, with the support of others, have been nurturing and watching grow, may now be reaching a stage of completion. This finish is also a new beginning as the change takes shape, it moves from stick to flute. Don’t look too long in the mirror, but send the love you feel back out to those who helped shape the change in you.
(10 of Discs/ The Golden Flute- Yusef Lateef)
SOMETIMES WITH ONE I LOVE by WALT WHITMAN
Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear I effuse unreturn’d love,
But now I think there is no unreturn’d love, the pay is certain one way or another
(I loved a certain person ardently and my love was not return’d,
Yet out of that I have written these songs).
This week, Libra, you can expect to find yourself looking at an old situation or yourself from a new angle. You may be more comfortable expressing yourself, as you are less concerned with trying to pigeon-hole or corral the way in which your expression is received. And you will likely get a positive response anyway, even if it is in a form which surprises.
(8 of Swords Rev/ Combination of the Two- Yuya Uchida & The Flowers)
ONE HUNDRED LOVE SONNETS: XVII by PABLO NERUDA
I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
Scorpio, as sign associated with the seedy underbelly of things you are also certainly familiar with what exists “between the shadow and the soul.” This week however, something, a gift of sorts or something which provides a platform for new growth, may soon surface in even your blindspot.
(Ace of Discs L/ Yeah- The Alarm Clocks)
LOVE SONG by DOROTHY PARKER
My love runs by like a day in June,
And he makes no friends of sorrows.
He’ll tread his galloping rigadoon
In the pathway of the morrows.
He’ll live his days where the sunbeams start,
Nor could storm or wind uproot him.
My own dear love, he is all my heart,—
And I wish somebody’d shoot him.
The free spirit, Parker describes here in Love Song, could easily be a Sagittarius. Even more than her writing, fellow fire sign, Dorothy Parker was famous for, as Wikipedia says, “her wit and wisecracks.” In many ways her biggest contribution to society or the society in which she circulated was her personality, just being completely and utterly herself. Sagittarius, as a mutable sign, you may understand yourself best in context and this week the context may be the company of friends who appreciate the contribution of your personality the most.
(3 of Cups/ Lady With The Braid- Dory Previn)
[LOVE IS MORE THICKER THAN FORGET] by E.E. CUMMINGS
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
Capricorn, this week it may require effort to see the difficulties currently facing you for what they are, in context and in proportion. It may be important to overemphasize the love you feel where you feel it because, as cummings states, “love is less always than to win” and “less litter than forgive.”
(3 of Swords/ Bridge Over Troubled Water- Aretha Franklin)
WHEN YOU ARE OLD by W.B. YEATS
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
Traditionally, the Aquarian shadow-side has been described as a tendency to detach from emotion and a desire for approval at the cost of your principals. This week, Aquarius, however they reveal themselves to you, you may have some run-ins with some old devils. While you may be tempted to say, “You again!” and turn your back, it might be better to think of these difficult confrontations on friendlier terms. It is your struggles who know both your “changing face” and the “pilgrim soul in you.”
(XV Devil L/ Since Yesterday- Strawberry Switchblade)
YOU’RE by SYLVIA PLATH
Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
Gilled like a fish. A common-sense
Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,
Trawling your dark as owls do.
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth
Of July to All Fools’ Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf.
I haven’t read Sylvia Plath in a long time, but I don’t remember her poetry being so joyful. Maybe that’s because I only read it when I was feeling moody and introspective and I only read the poems that matched my mood. This week Pisces, you may find yourself feeling “Clownlike” and “happiest on your hands.” You may have recently made a change or transition and you may now be experiencing the joy of that choice. Keep moving with this mood, O high-riser, my little loaf.
(4 of Wands/ U Got Me Up- Dajae)