Free Will As­trol­ogy

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PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20): ”I wish I knew what I de­sire,” wrote Pales­tinian poet Mah­moud Dar­wish, born un­der the sign of Pisces. “I wish I knew! I wish I knew!” If he were still alive to­day, I would have very good news for him, as I do for all of you Pis­ceans read­ing this horoscope. The com­ing weeks will be one of the best times ever— EVER! —for fig­ur­ing out what ex­actly it is you de­sire. Not just what your ego yearns for. Not just what your body longs for. I’m talk­ing about the whole she­bang. You now have the power to home in on and iden­tify what your ego, your body, your heart, and your soul want more than any­thing else in this life.

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): ”He in his mad­ness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace,” wrote Leo Tol­stoy in his novella “The Death of Ivan Ilych.” The weird thing is, Aries, that this seem­ingly crazy strat­egy might ac­tu­ally work for you in the com­ing days. The storms you pray for, the tem­pests you ac­ti­vate through the power of your long­ing, could work mar­vels. They might clear away the emo­tional con­ges­tion, zap the angst, and usher you into a pe­riod of dy­namic peace. So I say: Dare to be gusty and blus­tery and tur­bu­lent.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): Quot­ing poet

W. H. Au­den, au­thor Maura Kelly says there are two kinds of po­ets: ar­gu­ment-mak­ers and beauty-mak­ers. I think that’s an in­ter­est­ing way to cat­e­go­rize all hu­mans, not just po­ets. Which are you? Even if you usu­ally tend to be more of an ar­gu­ment-maker, I urge you to be an in­tense beauty-maker in the next few weeks. And if you’re al­ready a pretty good beau­ty­maker, I chal­lenge you to be­come, at least tem­po­rar­ily, a great beauty-maker. One more thing: As much as pos­si­ble, un­til April 1, choose beauty-mak­ers as your com­pan­ions.

GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): To have any hope of be­com­ing an ex­pert in your cho­sen field, you’ve got to la­bor for at least 10,000 hours to de­velop the nec­es­sary skills—the equiv­a­lent of 30 hours a week for six and a half years.

But ac­cord­ing to au­thor Wil­liam Dere­siewicz, many young graphic de­sign­ers no longer abide by that rule. They re­gard it as more es­sen­tial to cul­ti­vate a net­work of con­nec­tions than to per­fect their artis­tic mas­tery. Get­ting 10,000 con­tacts is their pri­or­ity, not work­ing 10,000 hours. But I ad­vise you not to use that ap­proach in the com­ing months, Gemini. Ac­cord­ing to my read­ing of the as­tro­log­i­cal omens, you will be bet­ter served by im­prov­ing what you do rather than by in­creas­ing how many peo­ple you know.

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22): ”I sit be­fore flow­ers, hop­ing they will train me in the art of open­ing up,” says poet Shane Koy­czan. “I stand on moun­tain tops be­liev­ing that avalanches will teach me to let go.” I rec­om­mend his strat­egy to you in the com­ing weeks, Cance­rian. Put your­self in the pres­ence of nat­u­ral forces that will in­spire you to do what you need to do. Seek the com­pan­ion­ship of peo­ple and an­i­mals whose wis­dom and style you want to ab­sorb. Be suf­fi­ciently hum­ble to learn from the whole wide world through the art of im­i­ta­tion.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): The marathon is a long-dis­tance footrace with an of­fi­cial length of over 26 miles. Adults who are phys­i­cally fit and well-trained can fin­ish the course in five hours. But I want to call your at­ten­tion to a much longer run­ning event: the Self-Tran­scen­dence 3100-Mile Race. It be­gins every June in Queens, a bor­ough of New York, and lasts un­til Au­gust. Those who par­tic­i­pate do 3,100 miles’ worth of laps around a sin­gle city block, or about 100 laps per day. I think that this is an apt metaphor for the work you now have ahead of you. You must cover a lot of ground as you ac­com­plish a big project, but with­out trav­el­ing far and wide. Your task is to be dogged and per­sis­tent as you do a lit­tle at a time, never risk­ing ex­haus­tion, al­ways pac­ing your­self.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): In old Viet­namese folk­lore, croak­ing frogs were a neg­a­tive sym­bol. They were thought to re­sem­ble dull teach­ers who go on and on with their bor­ing and point­less lec­tures. But in many other cul­tures, frogs have been sym­bols of regeneration and res­ur­rec­tion due to the dra­matic trans­for­ma­tions they make from egg to tad­pole to full-grown adult. In an­cient In­dia, cho­ruses of croaks were a sign of win­ter’s end, when spring rains ar­rived to fer­til­ize the earth and be­stow a prom­ise of the growth to come. I sus­pect that the frog will be one of your em­blems in the com­ing weeks, Virgo—for all of the above rea­sons. Your task is to over­come the bor­ing sto­ries and mes­sages so as to ac­com­plish your lively trans­for­ma­tions.

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): “Your anger is a gift.” So pro­claims mu­si­cian and ac­tivist Zack de la Rocha, singer in the band Rage Against the Ma­chine. That state­ment is true for him on at least two lev­els. His fury about the sys­temic cor­rup­tion that in­fects Amer­i­can pol­i­tics has roused him to cre­ate many suc­cess­ful songs and en­abled him to earn a very good liv­ing. I don’t think anger is al­ways a gift for all of us, how­ever. Too of­ten, es­pe­cially when it’s mo­ti­vated by petty is­sues, it’s a self-in­dul­gent waste of en­ergy that can lit­er­ally make us sick. Hav­ing said that, I do sus­pect that your anger in the com­ing week will be more like de la Rocha’s: pro­duc­tive, clar­i­fy­ing, healthy.

SCOR­PIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): “Even now, all pos­si­ble feel­ings do not yet ex­ist,” says nov­el­ist Ni­cole Krauss. In the com­ing weeks, I sus­pect you will pro­vide vivid ev­i­dence of her dec­la­ra­tion, Scor­pio. You may gen­er­ate an un­prece­dented num­ber of novel emo­tions— com­plex flut­ters and flows and gy­ra­tions that have never be­fore been ex­pe­ri­enced by any­one in the his­tory of civ­i­liza­tion. I think it’s im­por­tant that you ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate them as be­ing unique—that you re­frain from com­par­ing them to feel­ings you’ve had in the past or feel­ings that other peo­ple have had. To har­vest their full bless­ing, treat them as mar­velous mys­ter­ies.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): ”Look at your­self then,” ad­vised au­thor Ray Bradbury. “Con­sider every­thing you have fed your­self over the years. Was it a ban­quet or a star­va­tion diet?” He wasn’t talk­ing about lit­eral food. He was re­fer­ring to the ex­pe­ri­ences you pro­vide your­self with, to the peo­ple you bring into your life, to the sights and sounds and ideas you al­low to pour into your pre­cious imag­i­na­tion. Now would be an ex­cel­lent time to take in­ven­tory of this es­sen­tial ques­tion, Sagittarius. And if you find there is any­thing lack­ing in what you feed your­self, make changes!

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the jour­nal Science, most of us de­vote half of our wak­ing time to think­ing about some­thing be­sides the ac­tiv­ity we’re ac­tu­ally en­gaged in. We seem to love to ru­mi­nate about what used to be and what might have been and what could pos­si­bly be. Would you con­sider re­duc­ing that amount in the next 15 days, Capricorn? If you can man­age to cut it down even a lit­tle, I bet you will ac­com­plish small feats of magic that sta­bi­lize and in­vig­o­rate your fu­ture. Not only that: You will feel stronger and smarter. You’ll have more en­ergy. You’ll have an ex­cel­lent chance to form an en­dur­ing habit of stay­ing more fo­cused on the here and now.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 19): One of the le­gal fi­nan­cial scams that shat­tered the world econ­omy in 2008 was a prod­uct called a Col­lat­er­al­ized Debt Obli­ga­tion Squared.

It was sold widely, even though noted econ­o­mist Ha-Joon Chang says that po­ten­tial buy­ers had to read a bil­lion pages of doc­u­ments if they hoped to un­der­stand it. In the com­ing weeks, I think it’s cru­cial that you Aquar­i­ans avoid get­ting in­volved with stuff like that—with any­thing or any­one re­quir­ing such vast amounts of home­work. If it’s too com­plex to eval­u­ate ac­cu­rately, stay un­com­mit­ted, at least for now.

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