Don’t Look Back ~ May 16th -22nd, 2016

“ What thoughts I have of you tonight Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.

        In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations! . . .”

A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

This week begins in a bittersweet Venusian haze, a state of mind that listlessly shops for exquisite pleasures and dolefully ruminates upon bygone golden ages. With the Sun in Taurus (ruled by Venus) and the waxing Moon in Libra, (also ruled by Venus) these days will be characterized by a slow unveiling of essential truth.

Something you have long remained ignorant of will now emerge in a subtle form, attractive enough to encourage your receptivity and acceptance. This is a time to find the implicit beauty in the conditions of your era, despite the innumerable catastrophes and immoralities that persist and continue to dominate.


“(I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel absurd.)

        Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade, lights out in the houses, we’ll both be lonely. . .”  

– A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

On Friday, the Sun will leave stable sensual Taurus and travel into Gemini, an air sign best represented by a vision of eternal exponents, fractal waves replicating their beautiful forms ad infinitum. As a result, this shift in solar concentration tends to abruptly stimulate your curiosity and sense of ingenuity.


“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. . .”

– Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman

The weekend will be a vivid time where the world seems to open up to you. This widening of perspective is defined by the opposition between Sagittarius and Gemini, which will be illuminated by the Full Moon in Sagittarius, as well as Mars’ opposition to the Sun.

The axis of Sagittarius and Gemini represents the collaboration between intellectual processes (Gemini) and philosophical pursuits (Sagittarius).  If one becomes too polarized in Gemini, there is a risk of becoming lost upon a sea information, bereft of wisdom and without food for thought. (as seen in the multitudinous taxonomies of internet nerd-dom)


Likewise, if one becomes too polarized in Sagittarius, fanatical beliefs take over that ask for very little philosophical inquiry, resulting in ever hardening dogmatism. (as seen in the cult of  political correctness)

When there are astrological oppositions between Gemini and Sagittarius, you are given an opportunity to make more use of the balance between these energies, increasing your curiosity and deepening your yearning for wisdom. Flexibility of the mind, body and spirit is essential for exploration and evolution.

“Now I re-examine philosophies and religions,

They may prove well in lecture-rooms,

yet not prove at all under the spacious clouds and

along the landscape and flowing currents.”

– Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman


View in the White Mountains by Cole Thomas (1827)


On Sunday, Mercury finally stations direct in Taurus, adding to your sense of open roads and new possibilities. With the Sun in Gemini opposing Mars in Sagittarius at this time, a hurried sense of impatience may attempt to overtake Mercury’s newly direct motion.


However, when in Taurus, Mercury is best left to tread its path carefully and methodically. Imagine the futility of speeding down a street and then getting stopped by the same red light as everyone else. In other words, whatever your aspirations may be, there is no need to race towards them right now.

“(All is a procession,

The universe is a procession with measured and perfect motion.)…”

– I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman



I. The Fool II. The 8 of Cups III. The Chariot


Monday/Tuesday – The Fool

At the beginning of the week, in a state of luminous receptivity, you will experience the convergence of many different realities. Paradoxical ideas will merge, writhing up and down each variation like a snake that eats its own tail. The co-mingling of past, present and future will leave you dazed and dumbfounded. Your job is to yield to humility and devote yourself to the discovery beauty. This is the blessed state that the Fool is allowed to occupy, where no conclusions need to be made.

The Fool’s humble reminder is that, “Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.”


Wednesday/ Thursday – The Eight of Cups

The Moon in Libra will be void of course on Wednesday, offering a calm time for judicious contemplation. On Thursday, the Moon moves into Scorpio which may darken your dreams. The Eight of Cups describes a moment where you decide to finally turn your back upon emotional disease. As in many old stories, once you leave something behind it is not recommended that you turn back to look at it again. Whatever it is that you would like to disconnect from, do so with absolute dedication. There will be much better things ahead if you stop wasting your time looking back.


Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday – The Chariot

The Chariot is the card that represents the freedom of the open road! This weekend will certainly offer a magnificent sky to stimulate imagination of the wanderer. With a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Saturday and Mercury stationing direct on Sunday, there will be a boundless and liberated feeling in the air. 


This weekend, find a sense of adventure in your life and have faith in your courage to meet that adventure with zeal. Know that you have everything you need to feel overjoyed and enthusiastic about your life right now.

“. . .Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road. . .”

– Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman