Free Will Astrol­ogy


GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): ”What­ever you’re meant to do, do it now,” said nov­el­ist Doris Less­ing. “The con­di­tions are al­ways im­pos­si­ble.” I hope you take her ad­vice to heart, Gemini. In my astrological opin­ion, there is no good ex­cuse for you to post­pone your grat­i­fi­ca­tion or to pro­cras­ti­nate about mov­ing to the next stage of a big dream. It’s sense­less to tell your­self that you will fi­nally get se­ri­ous as soon as all the cir­cum­stances are per­fect. Per­fec­tion does not and will never ex­ist. The fu­ture is now. You’re as ready as you will ever be.

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22): French painter Henri Matisse didn’t mind be­ing un­moored, be­fud­dled, or in-be­tween. In fact, he re­garded these states as be­ing po­ten­tially valu­able to his creative process. Here’s his tes­ti­mony: “In art, truth and re­al­ity be­gin when one no longer un­der­stands what one is do­ing or what one knows.” I’m rec­om­mend­ing that you try out his at­ti­tude, Cance­rian. In my astrological opin­ion, the time has come for you to drum up the in­spi­ra­tions and rev­e­la­tions that be­come avail­able when you don’t know where the hell you are and what the hell you’re do­ing.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): Pro­posed ex­per­i­ment: Imag­ine that all the lovers and would-be lovers you have ever adored are in your pres­ence. Re­view in de­tail your mem­o­ries of the times you felt thrillingly close to them. Fill your­self up with feel­ings of praise and grat­i­tude for their mys­ter­ies. Sing the love songs you love best. Look into a mir­ror and re­hearse your “I only have eyes for you” gaze un­til it is both lu­mi­nous and smol­der­ing. Cul­ti­vate fa­cial ex­pres­sions that are full of ten­der, fo­cused af­fec­tion. Got all that, Leo? My pur­pose in urg­ing you to en­gage in these prac­tices is that it’s the High Sexy Time of year for you. You have a li­cense to be as erot­i­cally at­trac­tive and wisely in­ti­mate as you dare.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): “Con­sider how hard it is to change your­self and you’ll un­der­stand what lit­tle chance you have in try­ing to change oth­ers,” wrote editor Ja­cob M. Braude. Nor­mally I would en­dorse his poignant coun­sel, but for the fore­see­able fu­ture I am pre­dict­ing that the first half of it won’t fully ap­ply to you. Why? Be­cause you are en­ter­ing a phase that I re­gard as un­usu­ally fa­vor­able for the project of trans­form­ing your­self. It may not be easy to do so, but it’ll be eas­ier than it has been in a long time. And I bet you will find the chal­lenge to reimag­ine, rein­vent, and re­shape your­self at least as much fun as it is hard work.

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): “Never turn down an ad­ven­ture with­out a re­ally good rea­son,” says au­thor Re­becca Sol­nit in her book “The Far Away Nearby.” That’s a thought she had as she con­tem­plated the pos­si­bil­ity of rid­ing a raft down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon. Here’s how I sus­pect this med­i­ta­tion ap­plies to you, Libra: There have been other times and there will be other times when you will have good rea­sons for not em­bark­ing on an avail­able ad­ven­ture. But now is not one of those mo­ments.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Rus­sian poet Vera Pavlova tells about how once when she was us­ing a pen and pa­per to jot down some fresh ideas, she got a pa­per cut on her palm. An­noy­ing, right? On the con­trary. She loved the fact that the new mark sub­stan­tially ex­tended her life line. The palm­istry-lover in her cel­e­brated. I’m see­ing a com­pa­ra­ble twist in your near fu­ture, Scorpio. A mi­nor in­con­ve­nience or mild set­back will be a sign that a sym­bolic re­vi­tal­iza­tion or en­hance­ment is nigh.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Nor­way is moun­tain­ous, but its neigh­bor Fin­land is quite flat. A group of Nor­we­gians has launched a cam­paign to par­tially rem­edy the im­bal­ance. They pro­pose that to mark the hun­dredth an­niver­sary of Fin­land’s in­de­pen­dence, their coun­try will of­fer a unique birth­day gift: the top of Halti moun­tain. Right now the 4,479-foot peak is in Nor­way. But un­der the pro­posed plan, the bor­der be­tween coun­tries will be shifted so that the peak will be trans­ferred to Fin­land. I would love you to con­tem­plate gen­er­ous ges­tures like this in the com­ing weeks, Sagittarius. It’s a highly fa­vor­able time for you to be­stow ex­tra imag­i­na­tive bless­ings. (P.S. The con­se­quences will be in­vig­o­rat­ing to your own dreams.)

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): I be­lieve that ev­ery one of us should set aside a few days ev­ery year when we cel­e­brate our gaffes, our flaws, and our bloop­ers. Dur­ing this crooked hol­i­day, we are not em­bar­rassed about the false moves we have made. We don’t de­cry our bad judg­ment or crit­i­cize our delu­sional be­hav­ior. In­stead, we for­give our­selves of our sins. We work to un­der­stand and feel com­pas­sion for the ig­no­rance that led us astray. Maybe we even find re­demp­tive value in our ap­par­ent lapses; we come to see that they saved us from some painful ex­pe­ri­ence or helped us avoid get­ting a sup­posed trea­sure that would have turned out to be a booby prize. Now would be a per­fect time for you to ob­serve this crooked hol­i­day.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 19): Some­times the love you ex­pe­ri­ence for those you care about makes you feel vul­ner­a­ble. You may worry about be­ing out of con­trol or swoop­ing so deeply into your ten­der­ness that you lose your­self. Giv­ing your­self per­mis­sion to cher­ish and nur­ture can make you feel ex­posed, even un­safe. But none of that ap­plies in the com­ing weeks. Ac­cord­ing to my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the astrological omens, love will be a source of po­tency and magnificence for you. It will make you smarter, braver, and cooler. Your words of power will be this dec­la­ra­tion by Syr­ian poet Nizar Qab­bani: “When I love / I feel that I am the king of time / I possess the earth and ev­ery­thing on it / and ride into the sun upon my horse.” (Trans­lated by Lena Jayyusi and Christo­pher Mid­dle­ton.)

PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20): In Novem­ber 1916, at the height of World War I, the Swedish schooner Jönköping set sail for Fin­land, car­ry­ing 4,400 bot­tles of cham­pagne in­tended for of­fi­cers of the oc­cu­py­ing Rus­sian army. But the de­liv­ery was in­ter­rupted. A hos­tile Ger­man sub­ma­rine sunk the boat, and the pre­cious cargo drifted to the bot­tom of the Baltic Sea. The story didn’t end there, how­ever. More than eight decades later, a Swedish salvage team re­trieved a por­tion of the lost trea­sure, which had been well-pre­served in the frosty abyss. Taste tests re­vealed that the bub­bly al­cholic bev­er­age was “re­mark­ably light-bod­ied, ex­traor­di­nar­ily el­e­gant and fan­tas­ti­cally fresh, with dis­creet, slow­build­ing toasty aro­mas of great fi­nesse.” (Source:­yaro­mas.) I fore­see the po­ten­tial of a sim­i­lar res­ur­rec­tion in your fu­ture, Pisces. How deep are you will­ing to dive?

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): To con­vey the best strat­egy for you to em­ploy in the com­ing weeks, I have drawn in­spi­ra­tion from a set of in­struc­tions com­posed by apho­rist Alex Stein: Scrib­ble, scrib­ble, erase. Scrib­ble, erase, scrib­ble. Scrib­ble, scrib­ble, scrib­ble, scrib­ble. Erase, erase, erase. Scrib­ble, erase. Keep what’s left. In other words, Aries, you have a man­date to be in­no­cently em­pir­i­cal, ro­bustly ex­per­i­men­tal, and cheer­fully im­pro­vi­sa­tional — with the un­der­stand­ing that you must also bal­ance your fun with ruth­less edit­ing.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): “One must think like a hero to be­have like a merely de­cent hu­man be­ing,” wrote Taurus mem­oirist May Sar­ton. That’s a daunt­ingly high stan­dard to live up to, but for the fore­see­able fu­ture it’s im­por­tant that you try. In the com­ing weeks, you will need to main­tain a heroic level of po­tency and ex­cel­lence if you hope to keep your dreams on track and your in­tegrity in­tact. Luck­ily, you will have an ex­tra­or­di­nary po­ten­tial to do just that. But you’ll have to work hard to ful­fill the po­ten­tial — as hard as a hero on a quest to find the real Holy Grail in the midst of all the fake Holy Grails.

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