NOW Magazine - - ASTROLOGY - By Rob Brezsny

ARIES Mar 21 | Apr 19 In her poem “Shed­ding Skin,” Har­ryette Mullen com­pares her own trans­for­ma­tion to the ac­tion a snake pe­ri­od­i­cally car­ries out to re­new it­self. Since you now have an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take your own molt­ing process, you may find her thoughts help­ful. ( I’ve ren­dered them in prose for eas­ier read­ing.) “Pulling out of the old scarred skin – old rough thing I don’t need now – I strip off, slip out of, leave be­hind. Shed­ding tough­ness, peel­ing lay­ers down to vul­ner­a­ble stuff. And I’m blink­ing off old eye­lids for a new way of see­ing. By the rock I rub against, I’m go­ing to be ten­der again.” Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: snake slough­ing its skin.

TAU­RUS Apr 20 | May 20 “Only the young and stupid are con­fi­dent about sex and ro­mance,” says 49- year- old au­thor Eliz­a­beth Gilbert, who has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about those sub­jects. I agree with her. I’ve de­voted my­self to study­ing the mys­ter­ies of love for many years, yet still feel like a rookie. Even if you are smarter about these mat­ters than Gilbert and me, Tau­rus, I urge you to adopt a hum­ble and cu­ri­ous at­ti­tude dur­ing the next few weeks.

The cos­mos has pre­pared some in­ter­est­ing lessons for you, and the best way to take ad­van­tage is to be ea­gerly re­cep­tive and open- minded. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: sex re­searcher, love ex­plorer, in­ti­macy ex­per­i­menter.

GEM­INI May 21 | Jun 20 “My way of learn­ing is to heave a wild and un­pre­dictable mon­key- wrench into the machin­ery,” wrote Gem­ini au­thor Dashiell Ham­mett. But I rec­om­mend that you use his ap­proach very rarely, and only when other learn­ing meth­ods aren’t work­ing. Most of the time, your best strat­egy for get­ting the lessons you need is to put lu­bri­cat­ing oil into the machin­ery, not a mon­key­wrench. That’ll be es­pe­cially true in the com­ing weeks. I sug­gest that you turn the machin­ery off for a while as you add the oil and and do some main­te­nance. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: re­pair per­son; com­puter techie; ma­chine whis­perer.

CAN­CER Jun 21 | Jul 22 The great Swedish film­maker Ing­mar Bergman was a Cance­rian like you and me. One of the fac­tors con­tribut­ing to his suc­cess was that he put his demons to good use, “by har­ness­ing

them to his char­iot.” He also tes­ti­fied that he gained con­trol over his demons by tak­ing long walks af­ter break­fast. “Demons don’t like fresh air,” he said. “They pre­fer it if you stay in bed with cold feet.” I sus­pect that now would be an ex­cel­lent time to adopt his ad­vice. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: walk your de­mon on a leash, or make it into a pup­pet, or har­ness it to your char­iot.

LEO Jul 23 | Aug 22 Through­out the Hal­loween sea­son, I en­cour­age you to fan­ta­size ex­ten­sively about what your dream home would look like and feel like if you had all the money nec­es­sary to cre­ate it. What colours would you paint the walls? Would you have car­pets or hard­wood floors? What would be your per­fect light­ing, fur­ni­ture and decor? As you gazed out your win­dows, what views would you see? Would there be na­ture nearby or ur­ban hotspots? Would you have an of­fice or mu­sic room or art stu­dio? Have fun imag­in­ing the sanc­tu­ary that would bring out the best in you. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: the ul­ti­mate home­body.

things are al­ways hid­ing in places peo­ple never think to look,” writes novelist Jodi Pi­coult. That’s cru­cial for you to med­i­tate on dur­ing the com­ing weeks. Why? Be­cause your su­per­power is go­ing to be the abil­ity to find ex­tra­or­di­nary things that are hid­ing in places where peo­ple have al­most never thought to look. You can do both your­self and those you care for a big favour by fo­cus­ing your in­ten­sity on this task. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tions: sleuth, trea­sure hunter, pri­vate eye, Sher­lock Holmes.

LI­BRA Sep 23 | Oct 22 “There is a sea­son for wild­ness and a sea­son for set­tled­ness, and this is nei­ther. This sea­son is about be­com­ing.” Au­thor Shauna Nieq­uist wrote that. In ac­cor­dance with the astro­log­i­cal omens, I en­dorse her per­spec­tive as true and use­ful for you. You’ve zipped through your time of fer­tile chaos, con­jur­ing up fresh pos­si­bil­i­ties. When Jan­uary ar­rives, you’ll be ready to work on sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity. But for now, your as­sign­ment is to blos­som. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tions: beau­ti­ful crea­ture hatch­ing from an egg; strong sprout crack­ing out of a seed.

SCOR­PIO Oct 23 | Nov 21 “He be­lieved in magic,” writes au­thor Michael Chabon about a char­ac­ter in his novel The Amaz­ing Ad­ven­tures Of Kava­lier & Clay. “Not in the so- called magic of can­dles, pen­ta­grams and bat wings,” nor “dows­ing rods, séances, weep­ing stat­ues, were­wolves, won­ders or mir­a­cles.” Then what kind? Chabon says it’s the “im­per­sonal magic of life,” like co­in­ci­dences and por­tents that re­veal their mean­ings in ret­ro­spect. I bring this to your at­ten­tion, Scor­pio, be­cause now is a favourable time to call on the spe­cific kind of magic that you re­gard as real and help­ful. What kind of magic is that? Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: ma­gi­cian, witch, wiz­ard.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS Nov 22 | Dec 21 “If ad­ven­tures will not be­fall a young lady in her own vil­lage, she must seek them abroad.” Sagit­tar­ian au­thor Jane Austen wrote that in her novel Northanger Abbey, and now I’m pass­ing her mes­sage on to you, slightly al­tered. My ver­sion is, “If ad­ven­tures will not be­fall Sagit­tar­ian peo­ple of any age or gen­der in their own neigh­bour­hood, they must seek them abroad.” And where ex­actly is “abroad”? The dic­tio­nary says it might mean a for­eign coun­try, or it could sim­ply mean out­side or in an­other place. I’d like to ex­tend the mean­ing fur­ther to in­clude any­where out­side your

known and fa­mil­iar world. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: trav­eller on a pil­grim­age or ex­plorer on a holy quest.

CAPRI­CORN Dec 22 | Jan 19 PR ex­ec­u­tives at a beer com­pany of­fered to pay me a lot of money if I would sneak a prod­uct place­ment ad into your horo­scope. They asked me to pre­tend there was a vi­able astro­log­i­cal rea­son to rec­om­mend that you im­bibe their prod­uct in abun­dance. But the truth is, the ac­tual plan­e­tary omens sug­gest the op­po­site. You should not in fact be loung­ing around in a haze of in­tox­i­ca­tion. You should in­stead be work­ing hard to drum up sup­port for your labour of love or your favourite cause. Very Im­por­tant Peo­ple will be more avail­able to you than usual, and you’ll be wise to seek their in­put. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: the Ul­ti­mate Fundraiser; Net­worker of the Year; Chief Hob­nob­ber.

AQUAR­IUS Jan 20 | Feb 18 “What kind of idea are you?” asks au­thor Sal­mon Rushdie. “Are you the kind that com­pro­mises, does deals, ac­com­mo­dates it­self, aims to find a niche, to sur­vive; or are you the cussed, bloody- minded, ram­rod- backed type of damn fool no­tion that would rather break than sway with the breeze?” I pose this ques­tion to you, Aquar­ius, be­cause I think you could be an ef­fec­tive ver­sion of ei­ther idea in the com­ing weeks. If you’re the lat­ter – the cussed, damn fool no­tion – you may change your world in dra­matic ways. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tions: rev­o­lu­tion­ary; cru­sader; ag­i­ta­tor; rab­ble- rouser.

PISCES Feb 19 | Mar 20 “There is no beauty with­out some strangeness,” wrote Edgar Allen Poe. Fash­ion de­signer Rei Kawakubo ven­tured fur­ther, declar­ing, “Strangeness is a nec­es­sary in­gre­di­ent in beauty.” She also added an­other nu­ance to her def­i­ni­tion: “For some­thing to be beau­ti­ful, it doesn’t have to be pretty.” I’ll of­fer you one more seed for thought: wabi- sabi. It’s a Ja­panese term that refers to a kind of beauty that’s im­per­fect, tran­si­tory and in­com­plete. I bring these clues to your at­ten­tion, Pisces, be­cause now is an ex­cel­lent time to re­fine and clar­ify your own no­tion of beauty – and re- com­mit your­self to em­body­ing it. Hal­loween cos­tume sug­ges­tion: the em­bod­i­ment of your def­i­ni­tion of beauty.

Home­work: What part of you is too tame? How can you in­spire it to seek wilder ways of know­ing? Write Freewil­las­trol­

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