Pisces season, a time of heightened emotions and gentleness, but also of creativity and trusting too much, is coming to a close this week. The new moon was in Pisces this past weekend, bringing a time for being compassionate with yourself. Carry this through the week as we ramp up into the always exciting, impulsive Aries season, beginning on March 21.
Usually you write with a pen, deliberately, when you want to. You can always cross something out. This week, use a pencil instead. It’s softer. You can still do what you need to do, and also remember that you don’t need to be the boldest one on the page. Your time for that is coming, anyway.
This week, read “The Mothers” by Brit Bennett.
It’s hard to remember to turn off the lights. But once you do remember, you can enjoy the ritual. Make it a priority and take joy in it, and other small gestures. Soon they will become mindless, in a good way, and you can make other small moments matter.
This week, read “Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward.
Texture is overlooked but it is so important. Try to imagine what the surface of a brick feels like on your hand. Then find one and confirm that you were maybe wrong, maybe mostly right, but make note of what you forgot. Think of all the times you have touched a brick. Why did you forget so much?
This week, read “Look at Me” by Jennifer Egan.
Untie something you forgot you had. Tie something new to it. Do you know how to tie interesting knots? There are several methods to learn, choose your favorite, use it more often. Make sure you, and your new knots, are secure. When they are meant to come apart, they will.
This week, read “The Nix” by Nathan Hill.
Locking things up sounds so negative but in reality is just something that must be done. What else sounds negative to you but really has no meaning? You can choose how you feel about most things. Even if it feels like they choose you. Words are easy to dismiss. Does “dismiss” sound negative?
This week, read “In the Country” by Mia Alvar.
You should feel free to decorate yourself. Add ribbon, add color, add structure. Let yourself decorate more things too. Decorate your notes. Decorate your sentences. Decorate your friends. Decorate your order. Spring is the perfect time to make things pretty, and more importantly, make things fun.
This week, read “The Vegetarian” by Kang Han.
It is always a question of perspective. Craving balance is natural, but other people need balance too. Your perspective should account for this. Some people are everyday people, some are once-per-week people, some are less frequent, and this will always be in flux. Balance is not about structure it is about how you handle a lack thereof.
This week, read “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson.
Sometimes you want to rip your heart out but other times you want to shrink it to be miniature. Miniature maybe so you would feel less, but maybe because things that are small are very cute. Cuteness can be dismissed in service of trendiness, sexiness, beauty… but cute is where you thrive. Strive for cute this week.
This week, read “The Tsar of Love and Techno” by Anthony Marra.
Something that could be fun this week is just to mention things really briefly, in passing, that sound outlandish to others. Not lies, per se, but details that complicate things. Small talk can be so boring it is a mission for you to change this. Offhand remarks and non sequiturs that usually occur only mentally should be spoken.
This week, read “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante.
The sound made when you zip up a coat has a really nice rhythm and tone. Make music for yourself when you walk around. Maybe you prefer movies. Make a movie for yourself where you are thinking about making music for yourself when you walk around. How many layers can you find with it?
This week, read “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
This is the part of the year where days either sneak up suddenly or linger outside of time. Allow yourself to slow down the fast days and speed up the slow ones. Keep the extremes, but reverse them. Wednesdays and Sundays should fly by. Thursdays and Fridays should spill out of their sides.
This week, read “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides.
Enjoy the final days of your season. If you sometimes feel like you are on a ferris wheel looking down at your life, sometimes getting really close to it, almost as if you’re living in it, and then feel yourself floating back up and observing, take the time to understand what makes you grounded.
This week, read “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley.