What’s In Store?

January 2, 2011

Somewhat brittle and a touch prickly but still oh, so beautiful. Spotted on a path at the Evergreen Brickworks.


There is a great James Baldwin quote, from his novel, Go Tell It On The Mountain (which I read years ago. Loved it.) that says,

People pay for what they do and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simple, by the lives they lead.

How true. I really do believe we are solely responsible (once we are of age) for how our lives unfold and that it is up to us alone to make it happen. That’s not to say we can’t ask for help when you need it or that it is easier for some and more difficult for others. True, circumstance plays an enormous role in how it all plays out, and some us us, due to those very circumstances may have an easier go than the other guy. But when trying to cultivate our own lives, is the other guy really our concern? I’m not suggesting we turn our back on others but when we’re attempting to “get our shit together” I find making comparisons can really get in the way. I say keep your eyes on your own garden and let your neighbor worry about theirs. The seeds of life you sow are your sole responsibabilty. How you chose to weed, water or landscape will depend on your style, your knowledge of gardening and how deep you willing to dig in order to get the job done. It will be up to you to find the right teachers to help you if your thumb is not green enough. And up to you again to select the perfect plants to bloom in the various conditions you’ve been supplied with. But remember, if you don’t have enough sunshine for your needs, or if the soil is to dry where you’re standing, you can always cut down a tree or move to a climate more suitable. It’s up to you to decide.

Of course, you could always look up to the stars to see what’s twinkling on the horizon. Here are a few astrological aids to help you determine what’s in store for 2011. If you’re a Cancerian like myself all you need to do it read on. If not, just click on one of the links to see what 2011 has on your agenda.

Now Magazine says

Cancer Jun 21 | Jul 22 Decades ago, the U.S. built a network of sleek expressways to make it fast and easy for cars to travel between cities. But like many of America’s impressive engineering feats, this one took little account of what the human soul might enjoy. Ugly buildings or empty spaces surround many of those roads. Visually, the difference between I-95 in Georgia and I-74 in Illinois is negligible. “The Interstate highway system has made it possible,” said Charles Kuralt, “to go from sea to shining sea without seeing anything.” You cannot afford to let this be your operative metaphor in 2011, Cancerian. Your potential for rapid, extensive progress is sizable, but it would be a mistake to barrel along with your eyes fixed on the prize in the distance as you neglect what’s happening along the way. Be both global and local; romance the details as you revel in the big picture.

The Globe and Mail says:


You must start as you intend to continue this year – and that means being proactive rather than reactive, as appears to have been the case recently. With the first eclipse of 2011 falling in your opposite sign, you will achieve more by working with other people than going it alone. The solar eclipse in your birth sign on July 1 will mark a turning point, reminding you that success and commitment go hand-in-hand. Even so, if you focus too hard on the glittering prizes, you will simply end up dazzled. As someone once said, “the important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.”

Eye Weekly says:

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You’ve been hurtling along at a breakneck pace this year, Cancer, and you’ve actually done a pretty good job of keeping up. An inventory of your accomplishments makes you sound like a bit of a big shot. Why, then, do you feel so hollow? Resolve to take more time to feed your soul this year.


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