Free Will As­trol­ogy

You’ve been too rest­less, Can­cer, says

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(Sep 23-Oct 22)

“I’m feel­ing lost, but am also feel­ing very close to find­ing my new di­rec­tion. It hurts! It would be so help­ful if I could just catch a glimpse of that new di­rec­tion. I’d be able to bet­ter en­dure the pain and con­fu­sion if I could get a tan­gi­ble sense of the fu­ture hap­pi­ness that my pain and con­fu­sion are pre­par­ing me for. Can you of­fer me any free ad­vice?” - Lost Libra. Dear Libra: The pain and con­fu­sion come from the dy­ing of the old ways. They need to die a bit more be­fore the new di­rec­tion will re­veal it­self clearly. I pre­dict that will hap­pen soon—no later than Oc­to­ber 1.


(Oct 23-Nov 21)

Wel­come to Com­pose Your Own Or­a­cle, a spe­cial edi­tion of Free Will As­trol­ogy. De­part­ing from tra­di­tion, I’m tem­po­rar­ily step­ping aside so you can have the free­dom to write the ex­act horo­scope you want. Nor­mally, you might be in dan­ger of fall­ing vic­tim to pre­sump­tu­ous ar­ro­gance if you imag­ined you could wield com­plete con­trol over how your des­tiny un­folds. But in the days ahead, that rule won’t be as unyielding, be­cause cos­mic forces will be giv­ing you more slack than usual. Fate and karma, which fre­quently im­pel you to act ac­cord­ing to pat­terns that were set in place long ago, are giv­ing you at least a par­tial respite. To get the max­i­mum ben­e­fit out of Com­pose Your Own Or­a­cle, iden­tify three plot de­vel­op­ments you’d like to weave into a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy for your im­me­di­ate fu­ture. Then start weav­ing.


(Nov 22-Dec 21)

Al­most two-thirds of us con­fess that if we are alone, we might sip milk di­rectly from the car­ton rather than first pour­ing it into a glass. Fourteen per­cent of us have used milk as part of our sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties. One out of every five of us ad­mit that we have “bor­rowed” some­one else’s milk from the fridge at work. Most shock­ingly, four per­cent of us brag that we have blown milk out our noses on pur­pose. I ex­pect that in the next two weeks, you Sagit­tar­i­ans will ex­ceed all th­ese norms. Not just be­cause you’ll be in the mood to en­gage in mis­chievous ex­per­i­ments and play­ful ad­ven­tures with milk, but be­cause you’re likely to have a loosey-goosey re­la­tion­ship with al­most ev­ery­thing.


(Dec 22-Jan 19)

The com­ing weeks will be an ex­cel­lent time for you to raise funds in sup­port of po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers, or to vol­un­teer at a soup kitchen, or to do­nate blood at a blood bank. In fact, any char­i­ta­ble ser­vice you per­form for peo­ple you don’t know will be ex­cel­lent for your phys­i­cal and men­tal health. You can also gen­er­ate vivid bless­ings for your­self by be­ing ex­tra thought­ful, kind and gen­er­ous to­ward peo­ple you care for. You’re in a phase of your as­tro­log­i­cal cy­cle when un­selfish acts will yield max­i­mum self­ish ben­e­fits.


(Jan 20-Feb 18)

In his novel The Jun­gle, muck­raker Up­ton Sin­clair (1878-1968) ex­posed the abom­inable hy­giene and work­ing con­di­tions of the meat-pack­ing in­dus­try. The up­roar that fol­lowed led to cor­rec­tive leg­is­la­tion by the U.S. Congress. Sin­clair re­mained de­voted to serv­ing the pub­lic good through­out his ca­reer. He liked to say that the term “so­cial jus­tice” was in­scribed on his heart. Draw­ing from his in­spi­ra­tion, Aquarius, I sug­gest you de­cide what your soul’s main motto is—and imag­ine that it is writ­ten on your heart. Now is a per­fect mo­ment time to clar­ify your life’s pur­pose, and in­ten­sify your com­mit­ment to it; to de­vote even more prac­ti­cal, ten­der zeal to ful­fill­ing the rea­son you were born.


(Feb 19-Mar 20)

You know that “patch of both­er­some weeds” grow­ing right in the mid­dle of your life? Is it re­ally a patch of both­er­some weeds? Or is it per­haps a plot of cul­ti­vated blooms that once pleased you but has now turned into a puz­zling ir­rel­e­vancy? Or how about this pos­si­bil­ity: Is it a chunk of lan­guish­ing beauty that might flour­ish and please you again if it were cared for bet­ter? Those are ex­cel­lent ques­tions for you to pose in the com­ing days, Pisces. Ac­cord­ing to my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the as­tro­log­i­cal omens, it’s time for you to de­cide on the fu­ture of this quizzi­cal pres­ence.


(Mar 21-Apr 19)

Two an­i­mals are pic­tured promi­nently on Aus­tralia’s coat of arms: the kan­ga­roo and the large flight­less bird known as the emu. One of the rea­sons they were cho­sen is that both crea­tures rarely walk back­ward. They move for­ward or not at all. Aus­tralia’s founders wanted this to sym­bol­ize the na­tion’s pledge to never look back, to re­main fo­cused on ad­vanc­ing to­ward the fu­ture. The com­ing weeks will be a favourable time for you to make a sim­i­lar com­mit­ment, Aries. Is there a new sym­bol you might adopt to in­spire your in­ten­tion?


(Apr 20-May 20)

The Simp­sons is an an­i­mated sit­com that will soon be­gin its 29th con­sec­u­tive year on TV. Dur­ing its run, it has told over 600 sto­ries. The cre­ators of an­other an­i­mated sit­com, South Park, once did an episode en­ti­tled “Simp­sons Al­ready Did It,” which ref­er­enced their feel­ings that it was hard to come up with new tales be­cause their ri­val had al­ready used so many good ones. I bring this up, Taurus, be­cause I sus­pect your life story will soon be spin­ning out novel plots that have never be­fore been seen, not even on The

Simp­sons or South Park. You could and should be the Best Sto­ry­teller of the Month.


(May 21-Jun 20)

Love won’t ex­actly be free in the com­ing weeks, but there should be some good deals. And I’m not re­fer­ring to risky black-mar­ket stuff ob­tained in back al­leys, ei­ther. I mean straight­for­ward li­aisons and in­trigu­ing in­ti­macy at a rea­son­able cost. So if you’re com­fort­ably mated, I sug­gest you in­vest in a cam­paign to bring more com­edy and ad­ven­ture into your col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts. If you’re sin­gle, wipe that love-starved look off your face and do some ex­u­ber­ant win­dow-shop­ping. If you’re nei­ther com­fort­ably mated nor sin­gle, money may tem­po­rar­ily be able to buy you a bit more hap­pi­ness.


(Jun 21-Jul 22)

The cur­rent state of your fate re­minds me of the sweet con­fu­sion al­luded to in Oc­tavio Paz’s poem “Be­tween Go­ing and Stay­ing”: “All is vis­i­ble and elu­sive, all is near and can’t be touched.” For an­other clue to the raw truth of your life right now, I’ll quote the poet Wil­liam Wordsworth. He spoke of “fleet­ing moods of shad­owy ex­ul­ta­tion.” Is the aura de­scribed by Paz and Wordsworth a prob­lem that you should try to fix? Is it detri­men­tal to your heroic quest? I don’t think do. Just the op­po­site, re­ally: I hope you can hang out for awhile in this preg­nant mys­tery—be­tween the yes and the no, be­tween the dark and the light, be­tween the dream and the re­al­ity. It will help you learn what you’ve been too rest­less to tune in to in the past.


(Jul 23-Aug 22)

The im­mi­nent fu­ture will be a favourable time for re­fur­bished models and re­vived orig­i­nals. They are likely to be more fun and in­ter­est­ing the sec­ond time around. I sus­pect that this will also be an aus­pi­cious phase for sub­sti­tutes and al­ter­na­tives. They may even turn out to be bet­ter than the so-called real things they re­place. So be art­ful in for­mu­lat­ing Plan B and Plan C, Leo. Switch­ing over to back­ups may ul­ti­mately bring out more of the best in you and whisk you to­ward your ul­ti­mate goal in un­ex­pected ways.

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