The Collective Zodiac
by Shari Zollinger
Illustrations by Holli Zollinger
AN ARDOR OF ARIES
March 21 to April 19
Collectively, the color red. Expressed as rage, righteous. Expressed as love, poppy fields, miles and miles. At epicenter, sweat, battleground, readiness.
A TEMPTATION OF TAUREANS
April 20 to May 20
Collectively, grapes in a vineyard. Rustic stone steps lead to a table in the courtyard. All that is lovely sits, chilling, warm, breathing. There is a familiar bird and blue sky.
A JUXTAPOSITION OF GEMINIS
May 21 to June 21
Collectively, bookends. Between solid structures, everything that isn’t solid. All words are lies, all words are truth. It matters. But when it doesn’t matter, liberation.
A KINDRED OF CANCERS
June 22 to July 22
Collectively, family reunions with red and white gingham tablecloths, watermelon. Relational matrix. Memories disintegrate to dopamine. The substance of bonding.
A LIAISON OF LEOS
July 23 to August 22
Collectively, affection remastered with new instruments. Instruments for synesthesia. When two mediums cross to become one. What color is the letter L?
A VERNACULAR OF VIRGOS
August 23 to September 23
Collectively, vowels, nouns, personal pronouns. Skin-slough gives new meaning to old, tired vocabularies. Intimate communications for the chosen ones.
A LUSTER OF LIBRAS
September 23 to October 22
Collectively, libraries of light where books are shelved by hue. Grand staircases with symmetry satisfied. Auras not withholding. Rainbows subsume cliché.
A SEDUCTION OF SCORPIOS
October 23 to November 21
Collectively, matters of the underworld. Styx real as the Mississippi. Rapids beget eddies. Hang your coat on any hook, they will find your scent. Don’t be surprised.
A CIRCUMAMBULATION OF SAGITTARIANS
November 22 to December 21
Collectively, old leather boots meant for walking. Pilgrimage. Ten miles of metaphor, or ten miles of track. Horizon as muse. Sunset is the accomplishment.
A CORNERSTONE OF CAPRICORNS
December 22 to January 19
Collectively, atlas-weight. Turning the word dependable inside out. Utterly upend-able. It is time to pay attention, and then it is not. Time, a-frame-a-minute.
AN ALGORITHM OF AQUARIANS
January 20 to February 18
Collectively, data, when analyzed as images or ideas. Trend trekking, a march through X’s and O’s. Marks. Heights that explain. Patterns in chaos.
A PREMONITION OF PISCES
February 19 to March 20
Collectively, subconscious brews. Drafts with heads thick as thieves. When you get lost in faery minutes become years. Drink like you mean it. See time bend.