Phoebe, the new writer-astrologer of our horoscope column, has decided to try out a different format. The article Astrology with Osho explains her aims, and the playfulness of the new comic glyphs she chose to illustrate the signs, are to remind us not to take horoscopes, or anything in life, too seriously.
Illustrations by Barbara Schaaf, Alamy
Relevant Planetary Positions: Mars in Aries. Moon in Aries 12th-14th Jan. Uranus in Aries.
Major Aspects for Aries: Moon in Aries conjunct Mars, square Mercury on 13th. Mars trine Venus, and Mars square Saturn in 3rd week Jan. Mars trine Jupiter in 4th week Jan.
“It is one of the most beautiful experiences to have a pure longing, not knowing for what. The moment you know for what the longing is, the longing becomes a desire – and a desire is a hindrance, a blockage. But a pure longing, a heartache, not knowing at all for what, no objective in vision, no goal to reach, but just pure fire – it burns all the hindrances. It burns all the rubbish that centuries have put around you … burns everything that is not you. And out of this fire comes your 24-carat gold character – you in your authenticity.”
Osho, Satyam Shivam Sundram, Ch 20, Q 4
Relevant Planetary Positions: Venus in Scorpio 1st week Jan. Venus enters Sagittarius on 7th. Moon in Taurus 14th-17th Jan.
Major Aspects for Taurus: Venus conjunct Moon on 1st. Venus trine Mars on 20th. Venus square Neptune on 21st. Venus conjunct Jupiter on 22nd.
“Outward power and prosperity can never eradicate one’s sense of want, one’s insecurity or one’s fear … All external wealth, power and security are but shadows of the real riches that exist within you. The basic reason for this feeling of poverty is not the non-attainment of anything external, it comes from having turned away from the self. And so this feeling cannot be eradicated by anything outer, it can only be erased from within. The nature of the self is bliss.”
Osho, The Long and the Short and the All, Ch 6
Relevant Planetary Positions: Mercury in Sagittarius 1st-5th Jan. Mercury enters Capricorn on 5th. Mercury enters Aquarius on 24th. Moon in Gemini 17th-19th.
Major Aspects for Gemini: Mercury trine Uranus on 4th, Mercury square Mars on 7th, Mercury conjunct Saturn on 13th and conjunct Pluto on 18th. Moon in Gemini opposition Venus on 17th, Moon in Gemini opposition Jupiter, square Neptune on 18th.
“When you are out of the mind, watching it, being aware of it, just being a witness, you are intelligent. Your intelligence is discovered. You have undone what society has done to you. You have destroyed the mischief, you have destroyed the conspiracy of the priests and politicians. You have come out of it, you are a free man. In fact you are for the first time a real man, an authentic man. Now the whole sky is yours.”
Osho, Guida Spirituale, Ch 12, Q 4
Relevant Planetary Positions: New Moon (eclipse) 6th Jan in Capricorn. Full Moon (eclipse) 21st Jan. Moon in Cancer 19th-21st.
Major Aspects for Cancer: Moon conjunctions: conjunct Venus 1st, conjunct Jupiter 3rd, conjunct Mercury 4th, conjunct Saturn 5th, conjunct Pluto 6th, conjunct Neptune and Chiron 7th, conjunct Mars 12th, conjunct Uranus 14th.
“Life is constantly a resurrection. Every moment it dies, every moment it is born anew. But you go on carrying the old mind. You will never fit anywhere and you know it – you never fit anywhere, you never fit with anybody. Wherever you are there is some trouble, something is always missing, lacking. The harmony never comes out of your relationships – because the harmony is possible only if you are a flux-like phenomenon, changing, moving, merging into the new.”
Osho, Until You Die, Ch 3
Relevant Planetary Positions: Sun in Capricorn until 20th. Sun enters Aquarius on 20th. Moon in Leo 21st-23rd. Full Moon on 21st in Leo with partial solar eclipse.
Major aspects for Leo: Sun conjunct Saturn on 2nd and Pluto on 11th. Sun square Uranus on 19th. Moon in Leo trine Mars on 22nd, and trine Uranus on 23rd.
“Ambition is the result of an inferiority complex. Inside himself every individual feels weak, ineffectual. Inside he feels shallow and empty, as if he is nothing. He feels a kind of non-existence, an emptiness. And it is this emptiness he is trying to escape … The man who does not try to escape from himself but becomes aware of himself finds he has entered a whole new world … The moment you become the sun there is nothing like darkness to be found anywhere.”
Osho, The Long and the Short and the All, Ch 2
Relevant Planetary Positions: Mercury in Sagittarius 1st-5th Jan. Mercury enters Capricorn on 5th. Mercury enters Aquarius on 24th. Moon in Virgo from 23rd-25th.
Major aspects for Virgo: Mercury trine Uranus on 4th, Mercury square Mars on 7th, Mercury conjunct Saturn on 13th and conjunct Pluto on 18th. Moon in Virgo trine Pluto on 24th. Moon in Virgo square Jupiter, Venus and Neptune on 24th.
“To be extraordinary is a very ordinary desire. To be ordinary is not an ordinary desire; it is extraordinary. And to relax into one’s ordinariness is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the world. The moment you relax into your ordinariness and you start enjoying the ordinary small things of life – in the early morning a cup of tea, a walk in the woods, a swim in the river, listening to the birds or just sitting under a tree – doing nothing, sitting silently, spring comes and the grass grows by itself – or cooking food or cleaning your house.”
Osho, Theologia Mystica, Ch 2
Relevant Planetary Positions: Venus in Scorpio 1st week Jan. Venus enters Sagittarius on 7th. Moon in Libra 25th-27th.
Major aspects for Libra: Venus conjunct Moon on 1st. Venus trine Mars on 20th. Venus square Neptune on 21st. Venus conjunct Jupiter on 22nd.
“To relate is one of the greatest things of life; to relate means to love, to relate means to share. But before you can share you must have. And before you can love you must be full of love, overflowing with love. Two seeds cannot relate; they are closed. Two flowers can relate; they are open, they can send their fragrances to each other, they can dance in the same sun and in the same wind, they can have a dialogue, they can whisper. But that is not possible for two seeds. Seeds are utterly closed … Man is born as a seed. He can become a flower; he may not, it all depends on you.”
Osho, The Book of Wisdom, Ch 27, Q 1
Relevant Planetary Positions: Pluto in Capricorn. Moon in Scorpio 1st-2nd. Venus in Scorpio 1st week Jan.
Major aspects for Scorpio: Moon in Scorpio conjunct Venus, trine Neptune on 1st. Moon in Scorpio trine Chiron on 2nd. Moon conjunct Pluto on 6th. Mercury conjunct Pluto on 18th.
“When your love is not just a desire for the other, when your love is not only a need, when your love is a sharing, when your love is not that of a beggar but that of an emperor, when your love is not asking for something in return but is ready only to give – to give for the sheer joy of giving – then add meditation to it and the pure fragrance is released, the imprisoned splendour is released. That is compassion.”
Osho, Zen: Zest Zip Zap and Zing, Ch 3, Q 1
Relevant Planetary Positions: Jupiter in Sagittarius. Moon in Sagittarius from 2nd- 4th. Mercury in Sagittarius in 1st week Jan, Venus enters Sagittarius on 7th.
Major Aspects for Sagittarius: Moon conjunct Jupiter on 3rd and Mercury in Sagittarius on 4th. Mercury trine Uranus in 1st week Jan. Jupiter square Neptune in 2nd week Jan. Venus in Sagittarius trine Mars in 3rd week Jan. Mars trine Jupiter in 4th week Jan.
“Life is very short. If there is a goal to be achieved there is bound to be hurry and there is bound to be worry … My vision is that of a goalless life. That is the vision of all the Buddhas. Everything simply is for no reason at all. Everything is simply utterly absurd. If this is understood then what is the worry, and for what? Then you start living from moment to moment. Then this moment is given to you, a gracious gift from God, or the whole or whatever you want to call it – Tao, dhamma, logos.”
Osho, The Book of Wisdom, Ch 18, Q 1
Relevant Planetary Positions: Sun in Capricorn, moving into Aquarius 20th Jan. Moon in Capricorn 4th-7th Jan. New Moon 6th Jan in Capricorn. Mercury enters Capricorn 5th Jan.
Major aspects for Capricorn: Sun and moon conjunct Saturn in Capricorn 1st week Jan. Moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on 6th. Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn on 11th. Mercury conjunct Saturn 13th. Mercury conjunct Pluto in Capricorn 18th Jan.
“Challenge shapes life. Those strong winds that hit hard are not really enemies. They help to integrate you. They look as if they will uproot you, but fighting with them you become rooted … The soul arises only through struggle. If things are very easy, you start dispersing. By and by you disintegrate, because integration is not needed at all, you become like a pampered child. So when it happens, live it courageously.”
Osho, The Cypress in the Courtyard, Ch 1
Relevant Planetary Positions: Uranus retrograde in Aries turns direct on 6th Jan. Moon in Aquarius 7th-9th Jan.
Major aspects for Aquarius: Mercury trine Uranus on 4th. Moon conjunct Uranus on 14th, Sun square Uranus on 19th. Mercury square Uranus on 23rd.
“Every revolution … has failed. Persons change but the structures remain the same, because the idea of freedom from is basically wrong … If you react to the past, you are determined by the past. If you forget the past and look at the future, you are still driven by the past, just you are not aware of it. Looking at the future you dream beautiful dreams but they can’t change reality … The first, freedom from, is a reaction. The second, freedom for, is revolution. The third, just freedom, is rebellion. It is present-oriented … being here-now, just living moment to moment with no ideology, no utopia.”
Osho, The Book of Wisdom, Ch 25
Relevant Planetary Positions: Neptune in Pisces. Moon in Pisces 9th-12th.
Major aspects for Pisces: Moon conjunct Neptune on 11th, Venus square Neptune on 21st, Jupiter square Neptune from 3rd -27th Jan.
“Mind thinks in terms of hope, dream, imagination. Accept the reality as you are and the world is. Don’t try to change something, and there is enlightenment – and then everything changes because now you are no longer the same. If you change anything, nothing will change. If you accept, everything is transformed, it becomes luminous with an unknown light. Suddenly a music which you have never heard before is heard, a beauty is revealed – it was hidden. A door opens – darkness disappears, a sun has risen.”
Osho, Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of Nothing, Ch 6
Phoebe was gifted the name Phoebe in Pune One; it means ‘pure radiance’. It is still her guiding light. Long-time astrologer and writer, she wrote the Osho Times horoscope back in the nineties. She has published several astrology books, in which her experience as a meditator shines through (see Agnes Liebhardt’s review of Inside the Cosmic Mind), and an oracle board game. www.astrophoebe.com
Illustrations by Barbara Schaaf, Alamy