Free Will Astrol­ogy


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “It seems that the whole time you’re liv­ing this life, you’re think­ing about a dif­fer­ent one in­stead,” wrote Lat­vian nov­el­ist Inga Abele in her novel “High Tide.” Have you ever been guilty of that, Aquarius? Prob­a­bly. Most of us have at one time or an­other. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the com­ing months will bring you ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties to grad­u­ate for­ever from this habit. Not all at once, but grad­u­ally and in­cre­men­tally, you can shed the idea that you should be do­ing some­thing other than what you’re do­ing.

You can get the hang of what it’s like to thor­oughly ac­cept and em­brace the life you are ac­tu­ally liv­ing. And now is an ex­cel­lent time to get started in earnest on this project. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): ““Even nightin­gales can’t be fed on fairy tales,” says a char­ac­ter in Ivan Tur­genev’s novel “Fa­thers and Sons.” In other words, th­ese mar­velous birds, which sing sub­limely and have long been in­voked by po­ets to sym­bol­ize lyri­cal beauty, need ac­tual phys­i­cal sus­te­nance. They can’t eat dreamy stories. Hav­ing ac­knowl­edged that prac­ti­cal fact, how­ever, I will sug­gest that right now you re­quire dreamy stories and ram­bling fan­tasies and imag­i­nary ex­plo­rations al­most as much as you need your daily bread. Your soul’s hunger has reached epic pro­por­tions. It’s time to gorge.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do you know Emily Brontë’s novel “Wuther­ing Heights”? At one point, the hero­ine Cather­ine tells her friend about Edgar, a man she’s in­ter­ested in. “He wanted all to lie in an ec­stasy of peace,” Cather­ine says, “and I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glo­ri­ous ju­bilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine.” If you’re a typ­i­cal Aries, you’re more aligned with Cather­ine than with Edgar. But I’m hop­ing you might con­sider mak­ing a tem­po­rary com­pro­mise in the com­ing weeks. “At last, we agreed to try both,” Cather­ine con­cluded, “and then we kissed each other and were friends.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Peo­ple turn to you Tau­ruses for help in stay­ing grounded. They love to soak up your down-to-earth prag­ma­tism. They want your stead­fast­ness to rub off on them, to pro­vide them with the sta­bil­ity they see in you. You should be proud of this ser­vice you of­fer! It’s a key part of your ap­peal. Now and then, though, you need to demon­strate that your stal­wart de­pend­abil­ity is not static and stag­nant—that it’s strong ex­actly be­cause it’s flex­i­ble and adapt­able. The com­ing weeks will be an ex­cel­lent time to em­pha­size this as­pect of your su­per­power.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When winter comes, pine trees that grow near moun­tain­tops may not be able to draw water and min­er­als from the ground through their roots. The sus­te­nance they re­quire is frozen. Luck­ily, their nee­dle-like leaves ab­sorb mois­ture from clouds and fog, and drink in min­er­als that float on the wind. Metaphor­i­cally speak­ing, Gemini, this will be your pre­ferred method for get­ting nour­ished in the com­ing weeks. For the time be­ing, look UP to ob­tain what you need.

Be fed pri­mar­ily by no­ble ideals, big vi­sions, di­vine in­spi­ra­tion, and high-minded peo­ple.

CAN­CER (June 21-July 22): We all go through phases when we are at odds with peo­ple we love. Maybe we’re mad at them, or feel hurt by them, or can’t com­pre­hend what they’re go­ing through. The test of our com­mit­ment is how we act when we are in th­ese moods. That’s why I agree with author Steve Hall when he says, “The truest form of love is how you be­have to­ward some­one, not how you feel about them.” The com­ing weeks will be an important time for you to prac­tice this prin­ci­ple with extra de­vo­tion—not just for the sake of the peo­ple you care about, but also for your own phys­i­cal, men­tal, and spir­i­tual health.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Af­ter fight­ing and killing each other for years on end, the Ro­man and Per­sian ar­mies agreed to a truce in 532 A.D. The treaty was op­ti­misti­cally called “The End­less Peace.” Sadly, “end­less” turned out to be just eight years. By 540, hos­til­i­ties re­sumed. I’m happy to an­nounce, though, that your prospects for ac­cord and rap­proche­ment are much brighter. If you work dili­gently to ne­go­ti­ate an end­less peace any­time be­tween now and March 15, it re­ally is likely to last a long time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “I shiver, think­ing how easy it is to be to­tally wrong about peo­ple, to see one tiny part of them and con­fuse it for the whole.” Author Lau­ren Oliver wrote that, and now I’m of­fer­ing it to you, just in time for your Sea­son of Cor­rec­tion and Ad­just­ment. The com­ing weeks will be a fa­vor­able time for you to get smarter about eval­u­at­ing your al­lies—and maybe even one of your ad­ver­saries, as well. I ex­pect you will find it rel­a­tively easy, even plea­sur­able, to over­come your mis­im­pres­sions and deepen your in­com­plete un­der­stand­ings.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In June 1942, the U.S. Navy crushed Ja­panese naval forces at the Bat­tle of Mid­way. It was a turn­ing point that was cru­cial to Amer­ica’s ul­ti­mate vic­tory over Ja­pan in World War II. One mil­i­tary his­to­rian called it “the most stun­ning and de­ci­sive blow in the his­tory of naval war­fare.” This mile­stone oc­curred just six months af­ter Ja­pan’s dev­as­tat­ing at­tack on U.S. forces at Pearl Har­bor. To com­pare your life to th­ese two events may be bom­bas­tic, but I’m in a bom­bas­tic mood as I con­tem­plate your ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. I pre­dict that in the sec­ond half of 2016, you’ll claim a vic­tory that will make up for a loss or de­feat you en­dured dur­ing the last few months of 2015. And right now is when you can lay the ground­work for that fu­ture tri­umph.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Play­wright Ed­mond Ro­stand (1868-1918) had a lot of friends, and they of­ten came to visit him un­in­vited. He found it hard to sim­ply tell them to go away and leave him alone. And yet he hated to be in­ter­rupted while he was work­ing. His so­lu­tion was to get naked and write for long hours while in his bath­room, usu­ally soak­ing in the bath­tub. His in­tru­sive friends rarely had the nerve to in­sist on so­cial­iz­ing. In this way, Ro­stand found the peace he needed to cre­ate his mas­ter­piece “Cyrano de Berg­erac,” as well as nu­mer­ous other plays. I sug­gest you con­sider a com­pa­ra­ble gam­bit, Scorpio. You need to carve out some qual­ity alone time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I opened my mouth, al­most said some­thing. Al­most. The rest of my life might have turned out dif­fer­ently if I had. But I didn’t.” The pre­ced­ing rem­i­nis­cence be­longs to a char­ac­ter in Khaled Hos­seini’s novel “The Kite Run­ner.” I bring it up in hopes that you will do the op­po­site: Say the words that need to be said. Ar­tic­u­late what you’re burn­ing to re­veal. Speak the truths that will send your life on a course that’s in closer alignment with your pure in­ten­tions.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ac­cord­ing to some tra­di­tional as­trologers, you Capri­corns are vig­i­lant to avoid loss. Old horoscope books sug­gest that you may take elab­o­rate mea­sures to avoid en­dan­ger­ing what you have ac­cu­mu­lated.

To en­sure that you will never run out of what you need, you may even ra­tion your out­put and limit your self-ex­pres­sion. This be­hav­ior is rooted in the be­lief that you should con­serve your strength by with­hold­ing or even hid­ing your power. While there may be big grains of truth in this con­ven­tional view of you Capri­corns, I think it’s only part of the story. In the com­ing weeks, for in­stance, I bet you will wield your clout with un­abashed au­thor­ity. You won’t save your­self for later; you’ll en­gage in no strate­gic self-suppression. In­stead, you will be ex­pan­sive and un­bri­dled as you do what­ever’s re­quired to carry out the important foun­da­tion work that needs to be done.

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