NOW Magazine - - CONTENTS - By Rob Brezsny

ARIES Mar 21 | Apr 19 “To dis­obey in or­der to take ac­tion is the by­word of all cre­ative spir­its,” said philoso­pher Gas­ton Bachelard. This mis­chievous advice is per­fect for your use right now, Aries. I be­lieve you’ll thrive through the prac­tice of in­ge­nious re­bel­lion – never in ser­vice to your pride, but al­ways to feed your soul’s lust for deeper, wilder life. Here’s more from Bachelard: “Au­ton­omy comes through many small dis­obe­di­ences, at once clever, well thought- out and pa­tiently pur­sued, so sub­tle at times as to avoid pun­ish­ment en­tirely.”

TAU­RUS Apr 20 | May 20 Con­grat­u­la­tions! I ex­pect that dur­ing the next three weeks, you will be im­mune to what psy­cho­an­a­lyst Joan Chodorow calls “the void of sad­ness, the abyss of fear, the chaos of anger and the alien­ation of con­tempt and shame.” I re­al­ize that what I just said might sound like an ex­ag­ger­a­tion. Aren’t all of us sub­ject to reg­u­lar en­coun­ters with those states? How could you pos­si­bly go so long with­out brush­ing up against them? I stand by my pre­dic­tion, and push even fur­ther. For at least the next three weeks, I sus­pect you will also be avail­able for an inor­di­nate amount of what Chodorow calls “the light of fo­cused in­sight” and “the play­ful, bliss­ful, all- em­brac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of joy.”

GEM­INI May 21 | Jun 20 The com­ing days would an ex­cel­lent time to cel­e­brate ( even brag about) the amus­ing idio­syn­cra­sies and en­dear­ing quirks that make you lov­able. To get you in­spired, read this tes­ti­mony from my triple Gem­ini friend Alyssa: “I have beauty marks that form the con­stel­la­tion Pe­ga­sus on my belly. I own my own ant farm. I’m a cham­pion laugher. I teach sign lan­guage to squir­rels. Late at night when I’m horny and over­tired I may chan­nel the spirit of a lion god­dess named Sekhmet. I can whis­tle the na­tional an­thems of eight dif­fer­ent coun­tries. I col­lect spoons from the fu­ture. I can play the pi­ano with my nose and my toes. I have for­ever ban­ished the greeneyed mon­ster to my closet.”

CANCER Jun 21 | Jul 22 Your ed­u­ca­tion may take un­usual forms dur­ing the com­ing weeks. For ex­am­ple, you could re­ceive crunchy les­sons from vel­vety sources, or ten­der in­struc­tions from ex­act­ing chal­lenges. Your cu­rios­ity might ex­pand to enor­mous pro­por­tions in the face of a noble and el­e­gant tease. And chances are good that you’ll find a new teacher in an un­likely set­ting or be prod­ded and tricked into ask­ing cru­cial ques­tions you’ve been ne­glect­ing to ask. Even if you haven’t been par­tic­u­larly street smart up un­til now, Cance­rian, I bet your abil­ity to learn from un­cat­e­go­riz­able ex­pe­ri­ences will blos­som.

LEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 “If you love some­one, set them free,” said New Age au­thor Richard Bach. “If they come back, they’re yours; if they don’t, they never were.” By us­ing my well- ed­u­cated in­tel­lect to trans­mute this hippy- dippy thought into prac­ti­cal advice, I came up with a wise strat­egy for you to con­sider as you re- eval­u­ate your re­la­tion­ships with al­lies. Try this: tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend any com­pul­sion you might have to change or fix these peo­ple; do your best to like them and even love them ex­actly as they are. Iron­i­cally, grant­ing them this free­dom to be them­selves may mo­ti­vate them to mod­ify, or at least tone down, the very behaviour in them­selves that you’re semi- al­ler­gic to.

VIRGO Aug 23 | Sep 22 In 1892, work­ers be­gan build­ing the Cathe­dral of St. John the Di­vine in New York City. But as of Au­gust 2017, it is still un­der con­struc­tion. Ren­o­va­tion has been and con­tin­ues to be ex­ten­sive. At one point in its his­tory, de­sign­ers even changed its ar­chi­tec­tural style from neo- Byzan­tine and neo- Ro­manesque to Gothic Re­vival. I hope this serves as a pep talk in the com­ing weeks, which will be an ex­cel­lent time to eval­u­ate your own progress, Virgo. As you keep toil­ing away in be­half of your dreams, there’s no rush. In fact, my sense is that you’re pro­ceed­ing at pre­cisely the right rate.

LI­BRA Sep 23 | Oct 22 In ac­cor­dance with the astro­log­i­cal omens, I hereby de­clare the next two weeks to be your own per­sonal Amnesty Hol­i­day. To cel­e­brate, ask for and dole out for­give­ness. Purge and flush away any non- es­sen­tial guilt and re­morse that are fes­ter­ing in­side you. If there truly are hurt­ful sins that you still haven’t atoned for, make a grand ef­fort to atone for them – with gifts and heart­felt mes­sages if nec­es­sary. At the same time, I urge you to iden­tify ac­cu­sa­tions that oth­ers have wrongly pro­jected onto you and that you have car­ried around as a bur­den even though they are not ac­cu­rate or fair. Ex­punge them.

SCOR­PIO Oct 23 | Nov 21 How many coun­tries has the United States bombed since the end of World War II? Twen­ty­five, to be ex­act. But if Amer­ica’s in­ten­tion has been to prod these na­tions into form­ing more free and egal­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ments, the ef­forts have been mostly fruit­less. Few of the at­tacked na­tions have be­come sub­stan­tially more demo­cratic. I sug­gest you re­gard this as a valu­able les­son to ap­ply to your own life in the com­ing weeks, Scor­pio. Me­taphor­i­cal bomb­ing cam­paigns wouldn’t ac­com­plish even 10 per cent of your goals, and would also be ex­pen­sive in more ways than one. So I rec­om­mend us­ing the “killing with kind­ness” ap­proach. Be wily and gen­er­ous. Cloak your coax­ing in com­pas­sion.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS Nov 22 | Dec 21 You know about the Ten Com­mand­ments, a code of ethics and behaviour that’s cen­tral to Chris­tian­ity and Ju­daism. You may not be fa­mil­iar with my Ten Sug­ges­tions, which be­gin with “Thou Shall Not Bore God” and “Thou Shall Not Bore Thy­self.” Then there are the Ten In­dian Com­mand­ments pro­posed by the Bird Clan of East Cen­tral Alabama. They in­clude “Give as­sis­tance and kind­ness when­ever needed” and “Look af­ter the well- be­ing of your mind and body.” I bring these to your at­ten­tion, Sagit­tar­ius, be­cause now is an ex­cel­lent time to for­mally for­mu­late and de­clare your own covenant with life. What are the es­sen­tial prin­ci­ples that guide you to the high­est good?

CAPRI­CORN Dec 22 | Jan 19 Here’s a def­i­ni­tion of “fan­ta­siz­ing” as ar­tic­u­lated by writer Jon Car­roll. It’s “a sort of ‘ in- brain’ tele­vi­sion, where in­di­vid­u­als cre­ate their own ‘ shows’ – imag­i­nary nar­ra­tives that may or may not in­clude real peo­ple.” As you Capri­corns en­ter the High Fan­tasy Sea­son, you might en­joy this amus­ing way of de­scrib­ing the ac­tiv­ity that you should cul­ti­vate and in­ten­sify. Would you con­sider cut­ting back on your con­sump­tion of movies and TV shows? That might in­spire you to de­vote more time and en­ergy to watch­ing the sto­ries you can gen­er­ate in your mind’s eye.

AQUAR­IUS Jan 20 | Feb 18 In 43 car­toon sto­ries, the coy­ote named Wile E. Coy­ote has tried to kill and devour the swift- run­ning flight­less bird known as the Road Run­ner. Ev­ery sin­gle time, Wile E. has failed to achieve his goal. It’s ap­par­ent to as­tute ob­servers that his lack of suc­cess is partly due to the fact that he doesn’t rely on his nat­u­ral preda­tory in­stincts. In­stead, he con­cocts elab­o­rate, overly- com­pli­cated schemes. In one episode, he cam­ou­flages him­self as a cac­tus, buys ar­ti­fi­cial light­ning bolts and tries to shoot him­self from a bow as if he were an ar­row. All these plans end badly. The moral of the story, as far as you’re con­cerned: to reach your next goal, trust your in­stincts.

PISCES Feb 19 | Mar 20 You tem­po­rar­ily have cos­mic per­mis­sion to loi­ter and goof off and shirk your du­ties. To be a lazy bum and me­an­der aim­lessly and avoid tough de­ci­sions. To sing off- key and draw stick fig­ures and write bad poems. To run slowly and flirt awk­wardly and dress like a slob. Take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity, be­cause it’s only avail­able for a lim­ited time. It’s equiv­a­lent to push­ing the re­set but­ton. It’s meant to re- es­tab­lish your de­fault set­tings. But don’t worry about that now. Sim­ply en­joy the break in the ac­tion.

Home­work: What thing do you yearn for that would also ben­e­fit other peo­ple? Tes­tify at

The Au­gust 24 edi­tion of Freewill As­trol­ogy will ap­pear on­line at now­toronto. com/ lifestyle/ advice

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