Free Will Astrol­ogy


LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22):

Let’s as­sume, for the sake of ar­gu­ment, that you do in­deed have a guardian an­gel. Even if you have stead­fastly ig­nored this di­vine helper in the past, I’m ask­ing you to strike up a close al­liance in the com­ing weeks. If you need to en­gage in an elab­o­rate game of imag­i­na­tive pre­tend­ing to make it hap­pen, so be it. Now let me of­fer a few tips about your guardian an­gel’s po­ten­tial pur­poses in your life: pro­vid­ing sly guid­ance about how to take good care of your­self; qui­etly re­mind­ing you where your next lib­er­a­tion may lie; keep­ing you on track to con­sis­tently shed the past and head to­ward the fu­ture; and kick­ing your ass so as to steer you away from ques­tion­able in­flu­ences. OK? Now go claim your sub­lime as­sis­tance!

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22):

Al­though you may not yet be fully aware of your good for­tune, your “res­cue” is al­ready un­der­way. Fur­ther­more, the so-called hard­ship you’ve been lament­ing will soon lead you to a trick you can use to over­come one of your lim­i­ta­tions. Maybe best of all, Virgo, a painful mem­ory you have cod­dled for a long time has so thor­oughly de­cayed that there’s al­most noth­ing left to cling to. Time to re­lease it! So what comes next? Here’s what I rec­om­mend: Throw a go­ing-away party for ev­ery­thing you no longer need. Give thanks to the se­cret in­tel­li­gence within you that has guided you to this turn­ing point.

LI­BRA (Sep 23-Oct 22):

Here comes a spe­cial oc­ca­sion—a rad­i­cal ex­emp­tion that is so rare as to be al­most im­pos­si­ble. Are you ready to ex­plore a bless­ing you have per­haps never ex­pe­ri­enced? For a brief grace pe­riod, you can be free from your press­ing ob­ses­sions. Your ha­bit­ual at­tach­ments and un­quench­able de­sires will leave you in peace. You will be re­lieved of the drive to ac­quire more pos­ses­sions or gather fur­ther proof of your at­trac­tive­ness. You may even ar­rive at the re­lax­ing re­al­iza­tion that you don’t re­quire as many props and ac­ces­sories as you imag­ined you needed to be happy and whole. Is en­light­en­ment nigh? At the very least, you will learn how to de­rive more joy out of what you al­ready have.

SCOR­PIO (Oct 23-Nov 21):

In the com­ing weeks, I sus­pect that Life will at­tempt to move you away from any in­flu­ences that in­ter­fere with your abil­ity to dis­cern and ex­press your soul’s code. You know what I’m talk­ing about when I use that term “soul’s code,” right? It’s your sa­cred call­ing; the blue­print of your des­tiny; the mis­sion you came to earth to ful­fill. So what does it mean if higher pow­ers and mys­te­ri­ous forces are clear­ing away ob­sta­cles that have been pre­vent­ing you from a more com­plete em­bod­i­ment of your soul’s code? Ex­pect a break­through that ini­tially re­sem­bles a break­down.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS (Nov 22-Dec 21):

Maybe you know peo­ple who flee from the kind of Big Bold Blank­ness that’s vis­it­ing you, but I hope you won’t be tempted to do that. Here’s my coun­sel: Wel­come your tem­po­rary en­gage­ment with empti­ness Cel­e­brate this open­ing into the un­known. Ease into the ab­sence. Com­mune with the vac­uum. Ask the noth­ing­ness to be your teacher. What’s the pay­off? This is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess valu­able se­crets about the mean­ing of your life that aren’t avail­able when you’re feel­ing full. Be grate­fully re­cep­tive to what you don’t un­der­stand and can’t con­trol.

CAPRI­CORN (Dec 22-Jan 19):

I placed a wa­ger down at the astrol­ogy pool. I bet that some­time in the next three weeks, you Capri­corns will shed at least some of the heavy emo­tional bag­gage that you’ve been lug­ging around; you will tran­si­tion from pon­der­ous plod­ding to cu­ri­ous-hearted saun­ter­ing. Why am I so sure this will oc­cur? Be­cause I have de­tected a shift in at­ti­tude by one of the most talk­a­tive lit­tle voices in your head. It seems ready to stop tor­ment­ing you with cranky re­minders of all the chores you should be do­ing but aren’t—and start mo­ti­vat­ing you with sunny prompts about all the fun ad­ven­tures you could be pur­su­ing.

AQUAR­IUS (Jan 20-Feb 19):

What you are most afraid of right now could be­come what fu­els you this fall. Please note that I used the word “could.” In the style of astrol­ogy I em­ploy, there is no such thing as pre­des­ti­na­tion. So if you pre­fer, you may refuse to ac­cess the rich fuel that’s avail­able. You can keep your scary feel­ings tucked in­side your se­cret hid­ing place, where they will con­tinue to fes­ter. You are not ob­li­gated to deal with them squarely, let alone find a way to use them as mo­ti­va­tion. But if you are in­trigued by the pos­si­bil­ity that those murky wor­ries might be­come a source of in­spi­ra­tion, dive in and in­ves­ti­gate.

PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20):

Are you ready for your mid-term exam? Luck­ily I’m here to help get you into the proper frame of mind to do well. Now study the fol­low­ing in­cite­ments with an air of amused re­bel­lious­ness. 1. You may have to act a bit wild or un­ruly in or­der to do the right thing. 2. Lov­ing your en­e­mies could mo­ti­vate your al­lies to give you more of what you need. 3. Are you suf­fi­ciently au­da­cious to ex­plore the quirky hap­pi­ness that can come from cul­ti­vat­ing in­trigu­ing prob­lems? 4. If you want peo­ple to change, try this: Change your­self in the pre­cise way you want them to change.

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19):

Us­ing scis­sors, snip off a strand of your hair. As you do, sing a beloved song with up­lift­ing lyrics. Seal the hair in an en­ve­lope on which you have writ­ten the fol­low­ing: “I am at­tract­ing di­vine prods and un­pre­dictable nudges that will en­lighten me about a per­sonal puz­zle that I am ready to solve.” On each of the next five nights, kiss this pack­age five times and place it be­neath your pil­low as you sing a beloved song with up­lift­ing lyrics. Then ob­serve your dreams closely. Keep a pen and note­book or au­dio recorder near your bed to cap­ture any clues that might ar­rive. On the morn­ing af­ter the fifth night, go to your kitchen sink and burn the en­ve­lope and hair in the flame of a white can­dle. Chant the words of power: “Cat­alytic rev­e­la­tions and in­sights are ar­riv­ing.” The magic you need will ap­pear within 15 days.

TAU­RUS (Apr 20-May 20):

This would be a good time to have a master craftsper­son dec­o­rate your head­quar­ters with stained glass win­dows that de­pict the cre­ation sto­ries of your fa­vorite in­dige­nous cul­ture. You might also ben­e­fit from hir­ing a feng shui con­sul­tant to help you de­sign a more har­mo­nious home en­vi­ron­ment. Here are some cheaper but equally ef­fec­tive ways to pro­mote do­mes­tic bliss: Put images of your he­roes on your walls. Throw out stuff that makes you feel cramped. Add new pot­ted plants to calm your eyes and nur­ture your lungs. If you’re feel­ing es­pe­cially ex­per­i­men­tal, build a shrine de­voted to the God­dess of Ec­static Nest­ing.

GEM­INI (May 21-Jun 20):

You Gem­i­nis are as full of long­ings as any other sign, but you have a ten­dency to down­play their in­ten­sity. How of­ten do you use your charm and wit to cloak your burn­ing, churn­ing yearn­ings? Please don’t mis­un­der­stand me: I ap­pre­ci­ate your re­fined ex­pres­sions of deep feel­ings—as long as that’s not a way to hide your deep feel­ings from your­self. This will be an es­pe­cially fun and use­ful is­sue for you to med­i­tate on in the com­ing weeks. I ad­vise you to be in very close touch with your pri­mal urges.

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22):

Be vul­ner­a­ble and sen­si­tive as well as in­sa­tiable and ir­rev­er­ent. Cul­ti­vate your rig­or­ous skep­ti­cism, but ex­pect the ar­rival of at least two freak­ing mir­a­cles. Be ex­tra nur­tur­ing to al­lies who help you and sus­tain you, but also be alert for those mo­ments when they may ben­e­fit from your re­bel­lious provo­ca­tions. Don’t take any­thing too per­son­ally or lit­er­ally or se­ri­ously, even as you treat the world as a boun­ti­ful source of gifts and bless­ings. Be sure to re­gard love as your high­est law, and laugh at fear at least three times ev­ery day.

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