Free Will Astrology

Des­tiny is call­ing, Tau­rus, says ROB BREZSNY

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Aquar­ius

(Jan 20-Feb 18) “When one door closes, an­other opens,” said in­ven­tor Alexan­der Graham Bell. “But we of­ten look so long and so re­gret­fully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened.” Heed his ad­vice, Aquar­ius. Take the time you need to mourn the lost op­por­tu­nity. But don’t take MORE than the time you need. The re­place­ment or al­ter­na­tive to what’s gone will show up sooner than you think. Pisces

(Feb 19-Mar 20) Gil­bert Stu­art painted the most fa­mous por­trait of Amer­ica’s first pres­i­dent, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton. It’s the im­age on the US one-dol­lar bill. And yet Stu­art never fin­ished the mas­ter­piece. Be­gun in 1796, it was still a work-in-progress when Stu­art died in 1828. Leonardo da Vinci had a sim­i­lar type of suc­cess. His in­com­plete paint­ing The Vir­gin

and Child with St. Anne hangs in the Lou­vre in Paris, and his un­fin­ished

The Ado­ra­tion of the Magi has been in Florence’s Uf­fizi Gallery since 1671. I pro­pose that Stu­art and da Vinci serve as your role mod­els in the com­ing weeks. Maybe it’s not merely OK if a cer­tain project of yours re­mains un­fin­ished; maybe that’s ac­tu­ally the pre­ferred out­come. Aries

(Mar 21-Apr 19) Many Amer­i­can women did not have the right to vote un­til Au­gust 18, 1920. On that day, the Ten­nessee Gen­eral Assem­bly be­came the 36th state leg­is­la­ture to ap­prove the Nine­teenth Amend­ment, thus seal­ing the le­gal re­quire­ments to change the US con­sti­tu­tion and en­sure women’s suffrage. The bal­lot in Ten­nessee was close. At the last minute, 24-year-old leg­is­la­tor Harry T. Burns changed his mind from no to yes, thanks to a let­ter from his mother, who asked him to “be a good boy” and vote in favour. I sus­pect that in the com­ing weeks, Aries, you will be in a piv­otal po­si­tion not un­like Burns’. Your de­ci­sion could af­fect more peo­ple than you know. Be a good boy or good girl. Tau­rus

(Apr 20-May 20) In the com­ing weeks, Des­tiny will be call­ing you and call­ing you and call­ing you, invit­ing you to an­swer its sum­mons. If you do in­deed an­swer, it will pro­vide you with clear in­struc­tions about what you will need to do ex­pe­dite your ass in the di­rec­tion of the fu­ture. If on the other hand you refuse to lis­ten to Des­tiny’s call, or hear it and refuse to re­spond, then Des­tiny will take a dif­fer­ent tack. It won’t pro­vide any in­struc­tions, but will sim­ply yank your ass in the di­rec­tion of the fu­ture. Gem­ini

(May 21-Jun 20) Looks like the Sea­son of a Thou­sand and One Emo­tions hasn’t drained and fraz­zled you. Yes, there may be a pool of tears next to your bed. Your al­tar might be filled with heaps of ashes, mark­ing your burnt of­fer­ings. But you have some­how man­aged to ex­tract a host of use­ful lessons from your tests and tri­als. You have sur­prised your­self with the re­silience and re­source­ful­ness you’ve been able to sum­mon. And so the en­ergy you’ve gained through these gritty tri­umphs is well worth the price you’ve had to pay. Can­cer

(Jun 21-Jul 22) Ev­ery re­la­tion­ship is unique. The way you con­nect with an­other per­son ‒whether it’s through friend­ship, ro­mance, fam­ily, or col­lab­o­ra­tive projects‒should be free to find the dis­tinc­tive iden­tity that best suits its spe­cial chem­istry. There­fore, it’s a mis­take to com­pare any of your al­liances to some sup­pos­edly per­fect ideal. Luck­ily, you’re in an astro­log­i­cal pe­riod when you have ex­tra savvy about cul­ti­vat­ing unique mod­els of to­geth­er­ness. So I rec­om­mend that you de­vote the com­ing weeks to deep­en­ing and re­fin­ing your most im­por­tant bonds. Leo

(Jul 23-Aug 22) Dur­ing re­cent weeks, your main tasks have cen­tred around themes of­ten as­so­ci­ated with strain and struggle: re­pair, work­around, re­assess­ment, jury-rig­ging, ad­just­ment, com­pro­mise. Amaz­ingly, Leo, you have kept your suf­fer­ing to a min­i­mum as you have smartly done your hard work. In some cases you have even thrived. Con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing so in­dus­tri­ous and stead­fast! Be­gin­ning soon, you will glide into a smoother stage of your cy­cle. Be alert for the invit­ing signs. Don’t as­sume you’ve got to keep grunt­ing and grind­ing. Virgo

(Aug 23-Sep 22) Nor­we­gian artist Ed­vard Munch (1863-1944) cre­ated four ver­sions of his iconic art­work The Scream. Each de­picts a per­son who seems ter­ri­bly up­set, hold­ing his head in his hands and open­ing his mouth wide as if un­leash­ing a loud shriek. In 2012, one of these im­ages of de­spair was sold for al­most $120 mil­lion. The money went to the son of a man who had been Munch’s friend and pa­tron. Can you think of a way that you and yours might also be able to ex­tract value or get ben­e­fits from a neg­a­tive emo­tion or a dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence? The com­ing weeks will be a favourable time to do just that. Li­bra

(Sep 23-Oct 22) “I think I like my brain best in a bar fight with my heart,” says poet Cle­men­tine von Radics. While I ap­pre­ci­ate that per­spec­tive, I ad­vise you to do the op­po­site in the com­ing weeks. This will be a phase of your astro­log­i­cal cy­cle when you should def­i­nitely sup­port your heart over your brain in bar fights, wrestling matches, shadow box­ing con­tests, tugs of war, bat­tles of wits and messy ar­gu­ments. Here’s one of the most im­por­tant rea­sons why I say this: Your brain would be in­clined to keep the con­flict go­ing un­til one party or the other suf­fers ig­no­min­ious de­feat, whereas your heart is much more likely to work to­ward a win-win con­clu­sion. Scor­pio

(Oct 23-Nov 21) When he was 24 years old, Scor­pi­oborn Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398) was a novice monk with lit­tle money who had just learned to read and write. He had spent years as a wan­der­ing beg­gar. By the time he was 40 years old, he was the em­peror of China and founder of the Ming Dy­nasty, which ruled for 276 years. What hap­pened in be­tween? That’s a long story. Zhu’s ad­ven­tur­ous­ness was a key as­set, and so was his abil­ity as an au­da­cious and crafty tac­ti­cian. His mas­ter­ful de­vo­tion to de­tailed prac­ti­cal mat­ters was also in­dis­pens­able. If you are ever in your life go­ing to be­gin an as­cent even re­motely com­pa­ra­ble to Zhu’s, Scor­pio, it will be in the com­ing ten months. Be­ing brave and en­ter­pris­ing won’t be enough. You must be dis­ci­plined and dogged, as well. Sagit­tar­ius

(Nov 22-Dec 21) In 1892, the in­flu­en­tial At­lantic

Monthly mag­a­zine crit­i­cized Sagit­tar­ian poet Emily Dick­in­son, say­ing she “pos­sessed an ex­tremely un­con­ven­tional and grotesque fancy.” It dis­missed her po­etry as in­co­her­ent, and de­clared that an “ec­cen­tric, dreamy, half-ed­u­cated recluse” like her “can­not with im­punity set at de­fi­ance the laws of grav­i­ta­tion and gram­mar.” This dire diss turned out to be laugh­ably wrong. Dick­in­son is now re­garded as one of the most orig­i­nal Amer­i­can po­ets. I of­fer this story up as a pep talk for you, Sagit­tar­ius. In the com­ing months, I sus­pect you’ll be rein­vent­ing your­self. You’ll be re­search­ing new ap­proaches to liv­ing your life. In the course of these ex­per­i­ments, oth­ers may see you as be­ing in the grip of un­con­ven­tional or grotesque fan­tasy. They may con­sider you dreamy and ec­cen­tric. I hope you won’t al­low their mis­un­der­stand­ings to in­ter­fere with your play­ful yet se­ri­ous work.

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