Sunday, September 6, 2020

"Go change your skin color, then." Open Letter to Flourtown Country Club

 




Dear Flourtown Country Club Management,

I am a pool member and a (white) Black Lives Matter activist. I want to report an upsetting interaction with the woman who seems to manage the pool. She is a white woman of medium build, fit, with short sandy-blond hair. Today when I was entering the pool area I was upset to see this person standing proudly in front of a “blue lives matter” flag. I hoped there was a misunderstanding, I know that not everyone knows this flag is often used as fascist/white supremacist iconography.

 

Her response to my alarm made it clear that she did, in fact, hang the flag for violent, racist reasons. When I told her that the flag might make Black members and guests feel unsafe, she told me to “Get lost.” When I told her that police had aimed their cars at my friends during the Uprising, she said “Well, were they in the road?” This implies that protesters deserve to be killed or injured simply for crossing the street. When I asserted that everyone who stands for white supremacy is a bad person, she then said “Go change your skin color, then!” But I don’t need to be Black to be against murderous police, to be against the white supremacy this woman clearly espouses.

 

I am horrified by both the display of white supremacist iconography and the rude, aggressive way I was treated. I think that this woman needs to be fired and that the pool staff needs a serious structural overhaul to subvert the current near-segregation of the membership and staff. Black members and anti-racist members should be welcomed, not implicitly threatened.

 

As you know, both country clubs and pools have a violent white supremacist history in America. It’s within your power to change that, to work towards inclusion and healing. Firing this racist staff member would be a great start.

 

Best,

Sharon Wiedmann

Pool Member

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Birthday Heart Inventory for Turning 46

 


45 was a good age, but I’m happy to leave that cursed number behind. As I wrote the first draft of this inventory, I was in a shocking sense of well-being. A lot of the time, there’s a magic in the resignation and hardship of 2020 that translates to calm. Other times, I have to go back to bed and play Merge Dragons until the panic subsides. This morning I’m somewhere in the middle.

 

Like the world (and so, SO much less than so many people in the world) my heart is trying to heal from so, so much loss and pain. Business suffered, but more importantly, there was fear in every breath. There was grief in every breath too, mourning the very many who had their breath stolen from them by the violence of police, the violence of white terrorism, and the violence of national medical neglect. It’s hard to write about my heart while we’re all in an ongoing, unfathomable trauma.

 

On May 31st, I watched the Philly riots start, I saw the first police car catch fire in a moment when I didn’t know where several of my friends were. Two friends were pinging me from where they were boxed in by the police near the flames, but some I worried were dead for days. The streets where my friends live were under police and military occupation for weeks. I saw my regular Target getting looted on the national news, and for all the people-over-property, it hurt. I still see people whose bodies and whose ancestors’ bodies have been looted by America for centuries selling good from those weeks on the sidewalk, and that part makes me glad.

 

This year my heart learned that you can reject someone and feel abandoned by them at the same time. Some of my family members seem to have been swept into the slimy Russian internet sea forever. I’m trying partial estrangement with my mom and some extended family because I just couldn’t make room in my psyche for all of the gaslighting. The loss is real, painful, and the culmination of lifelong political abandonment. Even though I’ll be 46 tomorrow, I’m still a little kid who wants to scream WHY WON’T YOU JUST TAKE MY SIDE?! I’m realizing to a deeper and deeper degree that you can’t both fight white supremacy and keep all of the familial amenities it provides.

 

The mental and emotional space I gained by blocking Mom’s facebook made room for so much new community connection. Whether it’s marching, stopping by the daily 8:46 vigil in my neighborhood, or offering support to liberal friends stranded in more hostile places, the community of the Movements feels like true love. It feels like what my life means.

 

I’m still mourning the loss of John Lewis. Though he’ll be a source of advice in my head forever, I miss sharing the planet with him. I can feel the warmth and generosity of his handshake when I met him in September of 2016, and that’s a big part of what keeps me going. What keeps me, most days, hopeful.

 

To counteract the bitterness, hurt, and self-recrimination of this hard hard year, I chose MERCY as my word for this new birthday year. Mercy is more badass even than lovingkindness because it asks me to recognize the power I have and asks me to wield that power with benevolence and discernment. That’s a pretty tall order, but I’ve got a year to work on it.

 

 

 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Poetic License Horoscopes for Aug 3-? (Last Ones for a While, the Stars Have a New Old Project)



Leo: The mayor’s office is negotiating with our homeless settlements, that’s good. Our city has enough, has MORE than enough (#defundthepolice) to give rooms and doors and beds and windows and Covid-19 testing and dignity and love. We should be a city (a nation, a world) that keeps all of our citizens sheltered and loved. Do what you can to provide shelter and care, both within yourself and without. Stay inside if you’re able, stay close, and care for everything living within and around you. Water the plants. Pet the cats. You’re always within our care.

Virgo: Your word for the coming birthday year is windfall. You wanted abundance but it’s been destroyed by every evil“law of attraction” charlatan. Still, please accept the richness already washing over you, already filling your bookshelves and paint pots and fridge. Your refrain, which you’ll find in almost any given moment is true: I have everything I need. Accept every gift: A stack of graduated-from second-grade games, a smile from the driver next to you at the light, the sunset over your blessed evening swim. The windfall may not be what you’ve expected, but it’s already here.

Libra: There are always houses you’ll want to go back to, more projects to complete, more streets you might someday park in again. It’s okay to let mourning and gratitude wash over you like gently disagreeing waves. The stars can feel the cool wash and magnetism of the paragraphs and paragraphs you’re ready to make, natural and sympathetic as breath. You’re the gentle clockwork of the tides, the moon that hides the brief comet. What you’re building is a telescope that will help us discover, cry, and change. Set a timer for twenty minutes and start your pen moving—we know it will work.

Scorpio: Imagine November! Better yet, join https://postcardstovoters.org/  and practice sharing hope and determination with strangers. You’ve got a built-in excuse to skip Thanksgiving if you need it, but hopefully you won’t need it. Your mantra is peaceful transfer of power. Your mantra is Vice President Harris. Voter suppression is a monument build on blood and fists and billy clubs and centuries; drag it from its pedestal and sink it in a lake. May Fannie Lou Hamer visit you in dreams and teach you how to textbank. May a million righteous angels guard your ballot and the ballots of all the future children. Also, here’s a really cute podcast: https://www.vote.org/podcast/

Sagittarius: When the weekly grocery store roses start to wilt or I just get tired of the cats trying to eat them, the stars like to gently take apart the petals and strew them outside the front door. It’s good to give a welcome even if only neighborhood cats are coming to visit. Give bright welcome to essential workers and their gifts, welcome neighbors with everyday questions, welcome even the landlord, unless that’s not your thing. Sometimes you can’t even help but to welcome the unwelcome lanternflies. See who and what else you can beautifully, delicately, and wholeheartedly welcome this week. Masked and six-feet-apart, of course!

Capricorn: Whatever projects you’ve started (painting a flowered fence, turning vines into blank-limbed sculpture, choosing new carpet, somehow surviving the Zoom age with (mostly) humor and grace, reading a serious book for ten minutes a day, actually getting up when the alarm goes off, weeding the garden, printing out your newest batch of Postcards to Voters addresses, filling out tedious and fruitful forms, reaching the elusive Laundry Zero, writing a poem just for you or for everyone, etc.) will flourish and grow every day, even when it doesn’t seem so. What you’re making, what you’re living, is beautiful and lasting, delicate and precious. Keep going and remember! The stars love you.

Aquarius: The stars are with you in feeling the scramble of September, the seismic Zoom-shudder of “What even IS school anyway?” We will be jangled-ly delighting in college bookstore chitchat soon enough, stacking books, remembering the radio, filling envelopes. It’s tempting to push ourselves for growth, but please be gentle: This is still survival mode. Let your work just keep you alive, occasionally giving you faces to see and tasks to complete. But! Until it’s time for vaccine days and predictable hours, set yourself a timer for 20 minutes. Draw something little, write a verse or two, sing in the car, call Congress, call a friend. Take good care with sleep, except staying up for meteors. We promise, you will have your ease.

Pisces: Holy Jeepers! The Initial Friend! The stars have thought for all these years that Take Offs and Landings aas Rilo Kiley’s first album but no! Guess what!!! There’s a whole other debut! So, like, the stars’ favorite band, long-broken-up, has a whole record I didn’t know about and it’s coming out later this year?! https://nerdist.com/article/rilo-kiley-rereleasing-rare-1999-first-album/ Whaaaaaaaat?!?! Expect more of these kinds of weird windfall miracles! In the coming months, you’ll find long-lost diamonds under the couch cushions. Your garden will overflow with volunteer flowers. And maybe, maybe, MAYBE, our bodies will welcome the glittering magic of a new vaccine, so Jenny and Blake can tour again.

Aries: Miracle of miracles, the stars returned our library books yesterday afternoon! The drop box was right there, unlocked! There’s even, in some places, curbside pickup for reserves! Make your library list long and thorough, everything you’re even flirted with reading. If you can’t library yet, remember it’s still a public service to support your local independent bookstores! (Libro.fm for audiobooks, Bookshop.org for paper books!!!) Now is your time to collect without guilt, even Marie Kondo will bless and approve your shelves.
Taurus: Turn up the sir conditioners and pretend it’s spring cleaning! Change the bedding. Vacuum and mop. Empty the wastebaskets and cross your fingers that the recycling truck will come. (That we’ll treat our essential workers fairly and safely!) Upend the bins that have gotten out of control and sort them meticulously, see what you can reclaim and what you can leave behind. Thank hole-y things for their help and send them on their way. Mend what you can. Glue gems back onto necklaces, ship stray beads away to whoever can use them anew. Save all the glass jars as vases—You’ll never not want to hand out flowers! Make room for the comfort and safety that is surely coming your way some day.

Gemini: Oh, the PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, not Pick-Up Artist) Stimulus, oh, sweet, sweet Nancy Pelosi money! The stars are grieving it with you. Whether you’ve used it to hang on by a thread or weave an unlikely and precious cushion, we praise it with you. The stars can certainly promise you more stimulae, more soft places, more gently tended paths for what comes next. This isn’t about resumes, not really. For now, sleep is free, peaches are cheap in some places, and evening walks are (sometimes sweatily) possible. The moon is in line with Saturn and Jupiter, and we promise you will always have friends who are just as astronomical.

Cancer: At a certain point, the herb garden just became a flower garden. The stars should really cook something. Look at what you already made that’s free and delicious and not TOO gnawed by baby caterpillars. Pick and smell the sage-y goodness. Chop it up into whatever mix. It’s a fantastic time to make Mojitos with all this mint!

Monday, July 27, 2020

Poetic License Horoscopes for July 27-Aug 3 (How About We Don’t Name Things After Grand Wizards Edition)




Cancer: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false

Leo: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Virgo: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Libra: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Scorpio: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Sagittarius: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Capricorn: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Aquarius: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false
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Pisces: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Aries: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false


Taurus: The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false

Gemini:  The stars really miss sharing the world with John Lewis. Not only was he a Civil Rights leader who sacrificed his safety in service of voting rights and other racial justice goals, he also cared for us as a nation by serving as a congressman for thirty-three years! AND he helped keep the Movement alive by authoring the March Trilogy graphic novels https://bookshop.org/books/march-trilogy-slipcase-set/9781603093958 which serve to bring the civil rights struggle vividly to life for the next generations of activists. For these reasons and so, so many others, the stars feel that the Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed after Representative John Lewis. Kindly sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://www.change.org/p/public-renaming-the-edmund-pettus-bridge?use_react=false



Monday, July 13, 2020

Poetic License Horoscopes for July 13-19 (Made Up and Always Taking Requests)



Cancer: “When I talk about owning eloquent rage as your superpower, it comes with a clear caveat that not everyone is worth your time or your rage.” --Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage (https://bookshop.org/books/eloquent-rage-a-black-feminist-discovers-her-superpower-9781250112880/9781250112880) If you’ve already tried and tried, turn away from your sheltered and unwilling cousins, your lost-to-Russian-interference mom and give your ears to people who might actually listen. Or even better, turn to yourself, see what you can learn!

Leo: You’re already doing the best first step: See what you can grow. Admire the emphatic voices of the echinacea and bee balm, who put roots down in every single available sunny place. They’re reaching up, just like you. Taste the sweet savory of your own tomatoes and breathe in the spicy scent of the little marigolds whose roots are standing guard. Cultivate your team, tap deep into the soil, and grow wildly.

Virgo: When the time comes, you’ll remember how to person, I promise. Your fears and resentment won’t leave, don’t worry, but they will agree to pipe down for a few days. Then, there’ll be nothing but birdwatching, careful hugs, and precious confiding. You’ll leave with your inheritance of silk flowers ready for laundering, honey from your bee siblings, and the spoils of a Thrifty Shopper splurge. You didn’t forget how to accept love. You’ll never forget.

Libra: It’s there waiting for you, the farm in the hills. The peacocks stroll the grounds singing disco jams instead of screams. The strawberries grow as big as your head. The ground is gently watered by the healing tears of non-problematic Rose Quartzes. Assemble your plant march. Gather all the loud and loving seeds. Reuse everything you can and turn the rest into worms and butterflies. You’re already living according to the weather, so you’re doing just great.

Scorpio: The stars found an envelope of photos at the bottom of a pile of inherited silk flowers. There were pictures of two different exes at Grandmom’s house. (The stars have exes, obvs.) Miss your past characters but savor the connections, the warmth, the copious food they were fed. It’s amazing the number of friends, family, and loves who could inhabit one couch in a lifetime. They all came and went and you’re still here, even though that couch is gone. All the loves are still in your bloodstream, still with you, and they will never leave.

Sagittarius: The kids are doing ziplining for their birthdays because it’s possible to social distance while thrillingly distancing oneself from the ground. Find a similarly invigorating safe risk and put it on the calendar, just maybe not for today. You still need some kind of modified leaping, some bright-sky way to raise your pulse, but please, please, please make sure you land in pillows and safe hugs.

Capricorn: “Take a break! Get away with us for the summer, let’s go Upstate!” –from Hamilton. John Adams may not have a real job anyway, but you do! You’ve been doing so, so much! Maybe not fifty-one essays (Or maybe! The stars don’t know everything about your life!) but still, you’re so prolific in love, beauty, and forbearance. Count up all the ways you’ve sacrificed and then find a way to clock out. Your heart and sleep will thank you.

Aquarius: This week, the stars bought Aldi-roses that match my niece’s first set of D&D dice: the color of sunset. You too can build order out of beauty and random connections. Build serendipitous chimes of love and fate in the wilderness. Shae will dice with her friends and make stories that didn’t exist before and the roses will sit quietly on the home altar, telling me the world still sort of makes some kind of  sense.

Pisces: Writer, teacher, and certified non-humbug Shannon Maney asks: “Hey! What’s working really well for your survival right now? Businesses that are crushing contactless service? Humans that are linking you to great resources for concrete anti-racist work? Favorite mask patterns? I’ve been bringing the humbug on here lately, but there is so much good! What’s good?” Leave your answers in the comments here and everywhere. Good is real.

Aries: Watch the first season of the anthology series Cake and think about any of the following things: The varying textures of cake and frosting, as well as how those would feel if used as a pillow. The place of a sensitive person in the world. The wistfulness inherent in dating-app swiping. The motivational nature of dinosaurs. Binge if you can, then maybe write!

Taurus: “Part of my anger is always libation for my fallen sisters. Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change.”-- Audre Lorde. The stars are always telling you, but it bears repeating: Your anger is sacred and worthy. It is yours to offer up to Sandra Bland and every other bright spirit we don’t get to share the planet with. Make it loud, make it bright, and broadcast it in every beautiful way. The stars promise, we’re practicing our listening.

Gemini:  Until she was murdered by police in her home, Corryn Gaines was a revolutionary artist-treasure. She rewrote the license plates on her car because she felt beautifully and rightly entitled to drive and speak. The front plate said “Free traveler” and the back said “Any government official who compromises this pursuit of happiness will be held criminally responsible and fined, as this is a natural right and freedom.” (Read more in Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper: (https://bookshop.org/books/eloquent-rage-a-black-feminist-discovers-her-superpower-9781250112880/9781250112880) Honor Corryn by doing something 1/10 that courageous. (Paging Lin-Manuel Miranda! Corryn Gaines musical please!)




Monday, July 6, 2020

Poetic License Horoscopes for July 6-12




Cancer: Get all of your advice this week from Carly Rae Jepsen! Cut through the clouds, break the ceiling! Wake up in tangles, oh! You don’t have to avoid dizzy love or a hope-comedown, Cancer, just get some pretty craft scissors, the kind with fancy scalloped edges, and cut to the feeling.

Leo: “That strange feeling of being there and not being there came back. One line led to another and a story slowly formed under my hands.”—Lynda Barry in the amazing magical creativity book What It Is. Set a timer for 20 minutes and do the thing. Let the interruptions of your inner censors fall to the ground like seeds. Disregard their voices until the vines grow up though your feet, grow up your arms, and move whatever you make to (your) nature’s own whims.

Virgo:  Get you somebody who looks at you the way Christian Cooper listens to birds. Take everything else you need, heart, soul, and song, from this best piece of video ever recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qd2XyGFTzk

Libra: You’ve dedicated your art to helping repair the world, good! As you go into new clarity and purpose, take care of your best resource: you! What new flair can you bring to sleep? A couch nap for no reason? A dadlike snooze in the chair with the TV on? You must be able to get the sound of baseball somewhere! Practice hearing the thrum of the fan, the conversations of the birds, the dispatches from your very own overflowing heart. (See also: Leo)

Scorpio: Undistracted by footprints, the waves leave a beautiful, studied, regular pattern on the sand. With prisms in all the windows, the order of all things becomes clear: the rainbows swim and dance all around like a cosmic clock. (Because that’s what they are.) The angle of the sun is dependable. So are the tides! And so are you.

Sagittarius:  The stars chose “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo as our handwashing song and we sincerely regret it—it’s sad that such a good song just reminds us of soap! But on the other hand, let’s consider the MIRACLE of soap! What a gift that 20 seconds is! To have warm running water and a clean towel. Even in this new wave of pandemic, there are new ways to find the luxury! Unless today’s just not that kind of day for you, then fuck it!

Capricorn:  Remember your breath and praise it! Give it every reward for continuing to keep you alive. Guided meditations about rainbow chakras! (Trigger warning for pseudoscience though!) Smell the sweet smells of strawberries, lake water, green grass, and wine. Breathe the rhythm of the waves, the angle of the sun, the sound of your feet on the pavement and your fast songs turned all the way up and the sweat pouring down—your breath deserves every gift and luxury, every pretty, embroidered mask.

Aquarius:  After you’re done helping the stars throw all of the confederate statues in the river, let’s get the founding fathers next! One of the reasons the colonies declared independence was that they felt like England was getting too abolotiony! Be VERY abolitiony this week, Aquarius, both within and without. What symbols of terrifying old structures can you dismantle? Who is the real protagonist in the story? Not George Washington! Not Benjamin Franklin! Not even Alexander Hamilton! But probably Lin Manuel Miranda.

Pisces: Today is a good day to arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor. Today’s a good day to say all the names. Write them on every light post, every dusty window, ever breath of condensation, ever sparkler trail, on every chalk-decorated sidewalk, across your own face. It won’t bring them back but it will honor them. Today’s a good day to honor them.

Aries: Duolingo, if you get behind on your language practice, will change all of your Level Five badges into golden little broken mirrors. It’s very sad. You have to fix them by practicing, but you don’t have to start all the way over, so that’s good! Take your time, Aries, but start repairing gently whatever it is you let fall away. A little green owl in a yellow tracksuit will praise you for your effort, and so will the stars.

Taurus: It’s a good week for mending. If you can’t figure out how to patch a given tear, sew on a little silk flower. Stitch the petals as much as you need and save a few extra, the way you might save the extra buttons that came with your favorite clothes. Give them their own little box marked “Special little things for mending.” Thread your needle, join an enriching Zoom, and get to work.

Gemini: “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.” sings George Washington as he gets ready to resign in Hamilton. Give it a listen and think about saying goodbye, about peaceful transfer of power, and about what you can do today to teach the current monster-in-chief to say goodbye. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEqnXNsAFL8




Monday, June 29, 2020

Poetic License Horoscope June 29-July 5




Cancer: As Pete and Frank sing on 30 Rock, “It’s never too late for now.” Still wishing you’d started a quarantine hobby? Go ahead! Need to re-fall in love with the One that Got Away and get all Sliding Doors-y? Why not, as long as you have your unfollow button handy! We all need muses. Even if your Shiny New Thing is extreme napping, go for it with your entire heart! It’s not like we can go to the movies. (I mean, we can, but there’s that whole not-wanting-to-die thing.)

Leo: No matter WHAT claustrophobia or commentary comes your way, the stars think you’re doing GREAT! How can a person with an entire apron collection possibly do any wrong?! Your family is well-loved, if not always well-slept. There’s sunshine coming in all the windows all the time. I assume your ceiling fans have been installed against the insidious humidity. If you can, fix up a gentle drink and go read outside for a while. Or just look at leaves and listen for birdsong. Do yourself one favor after another. You’ve been doing a WONDERFUL job.

Virgo: The stars keep dreaming roadtrips home from California, even though we’ve been gone for sixteen years. We know what it means. Random visitors keep joining the trip—a problematic aunt, a student and her family, a dear former massage therapist who once came with us on a hunt for fairy houses. The dreams are like The Muppet Movie in reverse—retracing our steps, dropping off friends, forgetting to say goodbye. It’s okay, other adventures await you. For now, rest and write.

Libra: “We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable.”—Bayard Rustin. Listen to the unsung king who planned the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom! Fly in the way of every racism you see. Carry every policeman (literal and metaphorical) away into the clouds. Sing and scream glitter and blessings at every pedestal until all the bad statues are in the sea where Aquaman can punch them.

Scorpio: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”—Angela Davis in 2014. You don’t have to steal vibranium artifacts from museums, but you can if you want to! Whatever is glowing around the purple edges of possibility, smash the glass and take it. The stars have been told by therapists that we have to work on our locus of control, but it really is up to every one of us to reorder the world and make it glowing, make it just.

Sagittarius: We’ve been too sheepish to Google it yet, but the stars are in the market for a beautiful fly swatter in rose gold. This is because we are tired of taking off a shoe every time we see a spotted lanterfly nymph getting ready to eat the garden. What beautiful and absolute solution can you find to an invasive, ravenous annoyance? How can you decorate unpleasant necessity?

Capricorn: There are lots of different theories about the too-many-fireworks-lately. It’s even been suggested that they’re provided by the government and meant to deprive activists of sleep! Maybe! More likely, fireworks are fun and sparkly, a loud and mostly safe release. Either way, either way, don’t call the police! Find a way to gaze up in wonder, even now that the the surge and spark is commonplace. You’re alive, after all, if you’re reading this! I hope you’re reading this!

Aquarius:  THE STARS WANT TO SEE MORE PICTURES OF YOUR QUARANTINE OUTFITS!  We CANNOT get enough of fancy-for-no-reason or of pajamas outside! Go for both at once, why not?! We’re a little freakish and ghoulish for enjoying this magical moment in fashion history, but nonetheless: You are soft, sweet, ruffled, and comfy, trimmed with tiny bows. You never, ever have to wear shows that hurt. Sure, get wistful for eye makeup and showing your whole face, but make up for it in mask style and Zoom glamour. This is a time, as all times should be, of making beautiful room for ourselves.

Pisces: Season Two of Homecoming stars Janelle MonĂ¡e! Who would you be if you woke up on a boat having forgotten your own name? What friends would you make to save you or be saved? What hotel-key spoilers? What surprising reveals. Check your “Previously ons” and see what might be next!

Aries: Maybe, I hope, things have calmed down enough in your heart and mind that you might be able to catch up on Welcome to Night Vale! (Remember how chilling it was in that one episode when the sirens had stopped?) Listen to Cecil calm and gaslight, spin suspicion into peace.  Find out and follow the proverb of the day. Listen on the way home from the beach where DEFINTELY not enough people wear masks or just while you’re home folding your mask collection into neat little Marie Kondo tubes. Sometimes there’s order, even just in a story that rings in your ears.

Taurus: This week, the stars returned to Longwood Gardens, wearing a dress that made it look like we should be hitting on Duckie at the prom. (Though you know we’re a Blaine girl…) There were so, so many new flowers, new angles, new light—it was like guided meditation in a dream. In the waterlily garden, a blue dragonfly had alit on nearly every lily’s metal nameplate. Find something that steady, that sustaining, and rest.

Gemini: OMG the Hamilton movie comes out on Friday!!! We’ll be watching with my sister’s family who live five and a half hours away, linked by a group text and five years of car-singing. Y’all! We will get to watch David Diggs play Lafayette AND Jefferson, at least one of whose statues should be taken down and thrown into the sea. Remember “Tomorrow, there’ll be more of us.” At the March for Our Lives? Remember “Love is love is love is love’? In a hundred years if there’s still an America, it will be 80 percent because of Hamilton. It’s better than we deserve.