Horrorscopes for July 2015
by Zack Kouns
Aries (March 21-April 19) -
You're sitting on an old wooden bench in a room that's on fire listening to Bach's Joy of Man's Desiring. Your husband brings you cold stew in a clay bowl and you eat ravenously. Your water breaks and a feral cat comes in from the darkness to lap up the Holy water from your loins. The conquering instinct of Life Eternal.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) -
Muddy poisonous water rushing by you. You're sitting on a hill that spits gravel from its thirsting mouth. In the distance, you hear the echoing sounds of people crying and throwing garbage around an abandoned factory. They're your mothers and your daughters. You're the water and tenderness, the gravel and the joy that tongues around the spaces between the sorrow.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) -
Boots criss crossing, crushing skeletons of wild flowers and allowing the hot desert sun to cast their shadow for miles. Remember now what it felt like to walk barefoot on the muddy earth.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) -
Somebody shot you in the stomach. Run your tongue along the asphalt and paint beneath you. Is this your home?
Leo (July 23-August 22) -
Lilies and horses grow forever under a light that only switches on during the darkest hour. Run your cheeks along the belly of the horse. Stick your nose into the womb of the lily. Your wife stands on the porch with a child crawling into her stomach.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) -
Clasped hands gracefully touching the black keys of a piano together as the light from early evening pours in from a stained glass window. Neither of you will need clothes or heat in the freezing winter woods anymore. The moon and the sun tend to follow you.
Libra (September 23-October 23) -
The child seems to be saying prayers in the upstairs bathroom but you can't understand him. What longing and emptiness bars you from hearing him? I think he's praying for the curly haired man with mud smeared across his chest in the pattern of a lightning bolt who tried to kill him.
Scorpio (October 24-November 21) -
Don't you worry that the woman who shrieks in pain in the crumbling house is you? That the people huddling in all that dark and cold and trying to not get killed is you? Running through dead grass and building a fire. Eating insects so you don't starve to death. Hands shivering, legs wobbling. Walking on soggy, barren earth. Find your joy there and it never leaves you.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) -
Taking blankets from the bed of a child that's passed from this world to carry warmth to a dying old man who sleeps in the blackberry bushes. The pasture is teeming with life
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) -
Who will take care of the termites and the menses while you tear your clothes and weep in the corner, banging your head against a broken harpsichord that chimes out of tune with each thud? Who will be out of breath and cough up your blood for you? Who will stare out the window at dusk and find shelter in a damp field? Who will sink their feet into mud and straw and climb into the earth with a lighter and a whisper of sunlight? You're neverending, how else can you be so?
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) -
Build a fire on the ridge. A man whose eyes have been plucked out by robbers on the highway (who were so afraid that you and God might see what they were doing) needs the climbing vine of flame to cook seeds he found in a snowy field that everyone had told him was lost to life.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) -
Hands with coursing veins sliding up a skirt while cellos and violins touch each other's tenderest place and bind together like a dying insect circling his first and last lover in the summer's deepest blue sky. Crouching over her lying on her back in a shift, the vegetation so thick that it crawls in through the windows of your bedroom. Who is the vegetation and who is the mouth on your thighs ecstatically spiraling toward the womb of our earth? The same mouth and the same womb touches the branch of the mimosa tree that delivers her flowers to you through the open window.