Free Will Astrol­ogy

The Coast - - FREE WILL ASTROLOGY - Feed your soul, Gemini, says ROB BREZSNY

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

You may feel quite sure that you’ve got­ten as tall as you’re ever go­ing to be. But that may not be true. If you were ever go­ing to add an­other half-inch or more to your height, the near fu­ture would be the time for it. You are in the midst of what we in the con­scious­ness in­dus­try call a “growth spurt.” The bloom­ing and ripening could oc­cur in other ways, as well. Your hair and fin­ger­nails may be­come longer faster than usual, and even your breasts or pe­nis might un­dergo spon­ta­neous aug­men­ta­tion. There’s no doubt that new brain cells will prop­a­gate at a higher rate, and so will the white blood cells that guard your phys­i­cal health. Four weeks from now, I bet you’ll be no­tice­ably smarter, wiser and more ro­bust.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

You come into a del­i­catessen where you have to take a num­bered ticket in or­der to get waited on. Oops. You draw 37 and the counter clerk has just called out num­ber 17. That means 20 more peo­ple will have their turns be­fore you. Damn! You set­tle in for a te­dious vigil, putting down your bag and cross­ing your arms across your chest. But then what’s this? Two min­utes later, the clerk calls out 37. That’s you! You go up to the counter and hand in your num­ber, and amaz­ingly enough, the clerk writes down your or­der. A few min­utes later, you’ve got your food. Maybe it was a mis­take, but who cares? All that mat­ters is that your op­por­tu­nity came ear­lier than you thought it would. Now ap­ply this vi­gnette as a metaphor for your life in the com­ing days.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

It’s one of those bizarre times when what feels re­ally good is in close align­ment with what’s re­ally good for you, and when tak­ing the course of ac­tion that ben­e­fits you per­son­ally is prob­a­bly what’s best for ev­ery­one else, too. I re­al­ize the on­slaught of this strange grace may be dif­fi­cult to be­lieve. But it’s real and true, so don’t waste time ques­tion­ing it. Rel­ish and in­dulge in the free­dom it of­fers you. Use it to shush the med­dling voice in your head that in­forms you about what you sup­pos­edly SHOULD be do­ing in­stead of what you’re ac­tu­ally do­ing.

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

You may get richer quicker in 2018, Aries—es­pe­cially if you refuse to sell out. You may ac­cu­mu­late more clout—es­pe­cially if you treat ev­ery­one as your equal and al­ways wield your power re­spon­si­bly. I bet you will also ex­pe­ri­ence deeper, richer emo­tions—es­pe­cially if you avoid peo­ple who have low lev­els of emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. Fi­nally, I pre­dict you will get the best sex of your life in the next 12 months—es­pe­cially if you cul­ti­vate the kind of peace of mind in which you’ll feel fine about your­self if you don’t get any sex at all. PS: You’d be wise to start work­ing on these projects im­me­di­ately.

Taurus

(Apr 20-May 20)

The mem­bers of the fungus fam­ily, like mush­rooms and molds, lack chloro­phyll, so they can’t make food from sun­light, water and car­bon diox­ide. To get the en­ergy they need, they “eat” plants. That’s lucky for us. The fungi keep the earth fresh. With­out them to de­com­pose fallen leaves, piles of com­post would con­tinue to ac­cu­mu­late for­ever. Some forests would be so choked with dead mat­ter that they couldn’t thrive. I in­vite you to take your in­spi­ra­tion from the heroic fungi, Taurus. Ex­pe­dite the de­cay and dis­so­lu­tion of the worn-out and ob­so­lete parts of your life.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20)

I’m guess­ing you have been hun­grier than usual. At times you may have felt vo­ra­cious, even in­sa­tiable. What’s go­ing on? I don’t think this in­tense yearn­ing is sim­ply about food, although it’s pos­si­ble your body is try­ing to com­pen­sate for a nu­tri­tional de­fi­ciency. At the very least, you’re also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a height­ened de­sire to be un­der­stood and ap­pre­ci­ated. You may be aching for a par­tic­u­lar qual­ity of love that you haven’t been able to give or get. Here’s my theory: Your soul is fam­ished for ex­pe­ri­ences that your ego doesn’t suf­fi­ciently value or seek out. If I’m cor­rect, you should med­i­tate on what your soul craves but isn’t get­ting enough of.

Can­cer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

The brightly-coloured birds known as bee-eaters are es­pe­cially fond of eat­ing bees and wasps. How do they avoid get­ting stung? They snatch their prey in mid-air and then knock them re­peat­edly against a tree branch un­til the stinger falls off and the venom is flushed out. In the com­ing weeks, Cance­rian, you could per­haps draw in­spi­ra­tion from the bee-eaters’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to get what they want. How might you be able to draw nour­ish­ment from sources that aren’t en­tirely be­nign? How could you ex­tract value from in­flu­ences that you have be care­ful with?

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22)

The com­ing months will be a ripe time to re­vise and re­work your past—to re­con­fig­ure the con­se­quences that emerged from what hap­pened once upon a time. I’ll trust you to make the ul­ti­mate decisions about the best ways to do that, but here are some sug­ges­tions. 1. Re­visit a mem­ory that has haunted you, and do a rit­ual that re­solves it and brings you peace. 2. Go back and fi­nally do a cru­cial duty you left un­fin­ished. 3. Re­turn to a dream you wan­dered away from pre­ma­turely, and ei­ther re-com­mit your­self to it, or else put it to rest for good.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

The astro­log­i­cal omens sug­gest that now is a favourable time to deepen your roots and bol­ster your foun­da­tions and re­vi­tal­ize tra­di­tions that have nour­ished you. Oddly enough, the cur­rent plan­e­tary rhythms are also con­ducive to you and your fam­ily and friends play­ing soc­cer in the liv­ing room with a ball made from rolled-up socks, pre­tend­ing to be for­tune-telling psy­chics and giv­ing each other past-life read­ings, and gath­er­ing around the kitchen ta­ble to for­mu­late a con­spir­acy to achieve world dom­i­na­tion. And no, the two sets of ad­vice I just gave you are not con­tra­dic­tory.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22)

In ac­cor­dance with the long-term astro­log­i­cal omens, I in­vite you to make five long-term prom­ises to your­self. They were for­mu­lated by the teacher Shan­nen Davis. Say them aloud a few times to get a feel for them. 1. “I will make my­self em­i­nently teach­able through the cul­ti­va­tion of open­ness and hu­mil­ity.” 2. “I won’t wait around hop­ing that peo­ple will give me what I can give my­self.” 3. “I’ll be a good sport about the con­se­quences of my ac­tions, whether they’re good, bad or mis­un­der­stood.” 4. “As I walk out of a room where there are many peo­ple who know me, I won’t worry about what any­one will say about me.” 5. “I will only pray for the things I’m will­ing to be the an­swer to.”

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

To dis­cuss a prob­lem is not the same as do­ing some­thing prac­ti­cal to cor­rect it. Many peo­ple don’t seem to re­al­ize this. They de­vote a great deal of en­ergy to de­scrib­ing and an­a­lyz­ing their dif­fi­cul­ties, and may even imag­ine pos­si­ble so­lu­tions, but then ne­glect to fol­low through. And so noth­ing changes. The sad or bad sit­u­a­tion per­sists. Of all the signs in the zo­diac, you Scor­pios are among the least prone to this dis­abil­ity. You spe­cial­ize in tak­ing ac­tion to ful­fill your pro­posed fixes. Just this once, how­ever, I urge you to en­gage in more in­quiry and con­ver­sa­tion than usual. Just talk­ing about the prob­lem could cure it.

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