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Belief Is Not Required



Let's deconstruct the statement "the more, the merrier." It is the quality of the merry that truly matters, not the quantity. This sentiment becomes especially important because we have entered into the concentrated earth (physical) sign of Taurus. Leaving the headstrong fire of Aries, now we all learn the lesson of what truly matters. What lasts? We can stubbornly adhere to false hopes or more money, but security lies within, for sure. This time of year teaches each of us how to find the meaning of our lives and manifest said meaning for everyone to see.

Earth Element

With self-assertive Mars, self-transformative Pluto and generous Jupiter staking claim in your element, you've got much going on. You cannot afford to be a scrooge or behave from a pompous perspective. Give of yourself until it almost hurts, and do this cheerfully.

Taurus, April 20-May 20, concentrating earth (physical)

On one level, you do not realize how much you have to offer those closest to you. Sometimes you allow yourself to count the cost too much. For the next six weeks, cease keeping score of what you've received from us. It is beyond time to clean the slate. Decisive Mars makes mean moves in compatible and adaptable earth sign of Virgo. Take the lead in any endeavor that means a lot to you. Do not be afraid to demonstrate about what or whom you possess real passion. You will not regret taking the lead toward making your life over in your own image. Whatever you give freely returns to you tenfold. Saturday's New Moon accentuates your positive self-assertion and the basic joy of simply being your best self. After all, we are called human beings, not human doings.

Virgo, August 23-September 22, adapting earth (physical)

For the past four years, introspective Pluto has been hanging out in mutually reserved and common-sense-oriented Capricorn. Imagine that your life has been like a group of citizens wanting to form their own government. Self-determination has been a must for you. You can no longer afford to accept other people's values as if they were your own, no matter how much you love them. It is more important for you to stand up and be counted than to fall for any ol' smoke and mirror trick from those who sell snake oil. Pluto demands an exacting price of authentic behavior based on reflection upon your highest potentials. Immense creativity is your birthright. Get to using it in every area of your life, please.

Capricorn, December 22-January 20, initiating earth (physical)

If you haven't been singing, If I can't have you/I don't want nobody else, baby, then I don't know what to tell you. Move beyond what your life is supposed to look like and move into what your life is supposed to feel like. I know, I know that feelings are to be suppressed for the greater and common good. But not all feelings, all the time. Benevolent Jupiter is taking one for your pragmatic team in sensual Taurus. Huh? Accept that you are a physical human being (read Taurus' message, if you haven't already). You are not a cloistered nun or feeble priest. Cease placing should over your life like fertilizer onto a needy garden. Start being the outgoing self you have scarcely allowed yourself to imagine you are.

Air Element

Earth time of year takes you out of the realm of theories and your mind. You become a real person grounded in what you can really manifest. The less abstract you behave now, the more attractive you are to everyone, including yourself.

Gemini, May 21-June 20, adapting intellectual

I asked an oracle what to tell you. Your future is so malleable. You can go in so many different directions. Here's what it said: This New Moon (Saturday, April 21 @ 2.20a), put your knowledge to good use. Honor and fame do not have to be mutually exclusive. Someone in your early childhood gave you messages that those who have more have cut corners or are unethical. Imagine that the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and Compassion (Quan Yin) enlightens you in every moment of conscious living. She categorically states that "without compassion and the desire to serve others, you are less the animals of the field and the sand on the beach." You are better than you realize or accept within yourself.

Libra, September 23-October 22, initiating intellectual

Last week, I wrote that your life is based upon the choices you make. Well, deep duh for me. Sometimes this claptrap is full of BS. Act like a court reporter and take this down. It's from the Chinese Goddess of Compassion and Mercy, Quan Yin. This bodhisattva hears the cries of the world. She speaks to you when you leave your mind chatter that emanates from the left hemisphere of your brain. Here's her dope wisdom: Must you be like careless birds caught in the nets of ceaseless activity and ambitious behavior? You do not need to give those backstabbers the satisfaction of watching you squirm. Instead, wake up and, until the Full Moon (May 5 @ 1036p), sow only what you want to reap. Do nothing to no one that you wouldn't want done to you. Live by the sword, die by the sword (symbolically speaking, of course).

Aquarius, January 20-February 18, concentrating intellectual

Like Elvis sang, You're in love/and you're all shook up. Without love, you have no reason to live. And, let's squarely face facts, you live to reason. Even when you lose your considerable cool, you strive to be thought of as the last of the smart and reasonable people. So much so that you'll ignore the dictates of your considerable heart to keep your considerable cool. Well, I say to you, "Shake it up, baby." You need a dose of wisdom from Quan Yin (you could go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and see her in what's called, "The Royal Pose"). Out of 100 possibilities from the oracle, you received the same message as Gemini (yes, really, no need to make this stuff up, I be having too much integrity for that, didn't ya hear?). Use your knowledge, Mr. or Ms. "I know." Resist your well-developed instinct toward seeing the worse future possible. This New Moon on Saturday gives your war-weary spirit a well-needed rest. If you do not garden, act like you do within your soul. Seeds do not have to literally be planted, but seeds need to be planted.

Water Element

After the tormenting fires of the preceding fire sign, you can now exhale. Fruitful and earthy Taurus is a welcome diversion for you. Pisces, relax your mind and forgive yourself for obvious mishaps. Cancer, join that volunteer group or connect with a childhood friend. Scorpio, become even more relationship-obsessed (if that's possible).

Cancer, June 21-July 22, initiating feeling (soul)

Like the air signs (which you should read when you want to behave from a more objective motivation), I ask Quan Yin for help in delivering this week's message. I use a mantra to call her, then I search the 100 possibilities of certain ancient verses. These verses are public domain in other parts of the world. Here's what this merciful goddess has to say to you: After braving the storm, you have found your way home (shades of Dorothy). Begin again with the hard-earned knowledge that you can almost effortlessly turn into wisdom. Like water when it meets an obstacle, pause and increase your volume to overcome it. Success is around the corner, but you must have a resolute and joyous spirit in order to meet it. After May 5, you will begin to see that your efforts to create a better nesting place have not been in vain. Patience, you cute turtle, you.

Scorpio, October 23-November 21, concentrating feeling (soul)

After the last couple of months of dealing with immature and spiteful people, you need a salve placed on your soul's wounds. When I legally changed my name from Paul to Quan, there were multiple spellings I could have used. However, I chose to spell it this way because in numerology, vowels symbolize our soul. Being a concentrated soulful sign (hello, fellow Scorpios), it was very important to send a message that my inside self had not transformed, only how I wanted to be seen. Here's your soul-filled dose of this wise goddess's wisdom: This Dark of the Moon (New Moon is a dark moon, Saturday, April 21), realize how you've had numerous signs from heaven that you threw away to listen to foolish folks. Keeping a cool mental state gives you the ability to restore any significant relationships. Find your hidden creative energies and, above all, listen to your inner voice, even when the "facts" seem to contradict what it says. When you set out to please everyone, make sure that includes you, too, OK?

Pisces, February 19-March 19, adapting feeling (soul)

You've been called to the carpet of late like a puppy in need of home training. Dogs are the priestly servants of humanity. However, we must honor our four-legged people. Yet, I find that in our entitlement, we can show compassion for animals in ways that we ignore in people, particularly when said people look differently than we do. (And that is one of the major reasons I've been so hard on you lately.) When you refuse to self-reflect, you are not learning your basic lesson of how to give compassion and mercy to every living being. Here is the message from Quan Yin: There's nothing wrong with extending a pre-orgasmic state (aka foreplay or exceptional banter). Your life cannot afford to resemble any internal emotional masturbation. You need a partner to achieve the best results inside and outside of bed. Search for advisers to aid you in the long (sometimes tedious) journey of self-discovery. Know yourself first in the similar manner of placing the oxygen mask upon yourself first in case of an emergency (unless you see yourself as the child, which means you must wait for the mask to be placed upon you).

Fire Element

You live for the possibilities in each moment. It has not been called "heaven on earth" for nothing. How would heaven look here?

Aries, March 20-April 19, initiating spiritual (fire, visionary)

Quick, new and improved: These are some of your basic lures. Once we leave your heady and insistent fire, we come down to earth. That is, what can we realistically expect to manifest? Taurus time of year stretches out your patience like a Victorian suitor of a sexually ambiguous woman. Fortunately, this week's message has been coming to me via Chinese Goddess Quan Yin. She stands for compassion and mercy, so she won't fall for mean-spirited energy. Your message has been illuminated with a burning candle throwing off an unsteady light. This symbol requires you to live in a retreat mode. No matter how much you may not want to, let those who have not proved themselves to guess your motivations. In other words, act like your sibling sign of Scorpio: Be inscrutable. Tell no one of your brilliant ideas (at least until they are patented).

Leo, July 23-August 22, concentrating spiritual (building your identity)

You tend to live your life as if it were a theocracy (from God's laws). Therefore, these messages from a goddess are right up your heavenly alley. You can easily display compassion for those in obvious need of it (children, the infirm, the aged). However, how is the compassionate quotient for your peers or mates? The oracle responds: If you want to do it all out of a motive to control, no one is going to help you. Hold back just a bit and see what others are willing to offer you. You must make the effort to create your life through your own vision. But no one is truly successful as an island. All help is not visible.

Sagittarius, November 22-December 21, adapting spirituality, wise adviser

The world awaits. It is through seizing each day that you gain power and confidence. Walking that fine line between taking the long view and living in the now makes you sought-after and extremely attractive. You probably were at Delphi when the wisdom was "everything in moderation." They were talking to you. The New Moon in Taurus accentuates the temple of work, service and creating healthy daily routines. Your oracle says: Constantly searching for better news resembles looking for greener pastures. Your current lawn serves you well. Why behave like a person who tries to polish a mirror using a rock? Surprise yourself and settle into a pattern that serves you and others. Sure, it's more predictable, but there's very little wrong with something or someone upon which to rely.

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