Free Will As­trol­ogy


In my opin­ion, you need to bask in the glo­ri­ous fury of at least one brain­storm— prefer­ably mul­ti­ple brain­storms over the course of the next two weeks. What can you do to en­sure that hap­pens? How might you gen­er­ate a flood of new ideas about how to live your life and un­der­stand the na­ture of re­al­ity? Here are some sug­ges­tions: Read books about cre­ativ­ity. Hang around with orig­i­nal thinkers and sly provo­ca­teurs. Insert your­self into sit­u­a­tions that will strip you of your bor­ing cer­tain­ties. And take this vow: “I hereby un­leash the pri­mal power of my lib­er­ated imag­i­na­tion.” VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): When you were a child, did you play with imag­i­nary friends? Dur­ing your ado­les­cence, did you nur­ture a fan­tasy re­la­tion­ship with a pre­tend boyfriend or girl­friend? Since you reached adult­hood, have you ever en­joyed con­sort­ing with muses or guardian an­gels or an­ces­tral spir­its? If you an­swered yes to any of those ques­tions, you are in a good po­si­tion to take full ad­van­tage of the sub­tle op­por­tu­ni­ties and cryptic in­vi­ta­tions that are com­ing your way. Un­ex­pected sources are poised to pro­vide un­likely in­spi­ra­tions in un­prece­dented ways.

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): When you were born, you al­ready car­ried the seeds of gifts you would some­day be able to pro­vide — spe­cific in­flu­ences or teach­ings or bless­ings that only you, of all the peo­ple who have ever lived, could of­fer the world. How are you do­ing in your quest to ful­fill this po­ten­tial? Here’s what I sus­pect: Your seeds have been ripen­ing slowly and surely. But in the com­ing months, they could ripen at a more rapid pace. Whether they ac­tu­ally do or not may de­pend on your will­ing­ness to take on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties— in­ter­est­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, to be sure—but big­ger than you’re used to.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): I sus­pect that you will soon be cul­mi­nat­ing a la­bor of love you’ve been nur­tur­ing and re­fin­ing for many moons. How should you cel­e­brate? Maybe with some cham­pagne and caviar? If you’d like to in­clude bub­bly in your rev­els, a good choice might be 2004 Belle Epoque Rose.

Its flo­ral aroma and crispy mouth-feel rouse a sense of ju­bi­la­tion as they syn­er­gize the fla­vors of blood or­ange, pome­gran­ate, and straw­berry. As for caviar: Con­sider the smooth, aro­matic, and el­e­gant roe of the al­bino bel­uga stur­geon from the un­pol­luted ar­eas of the Caspian Sea near Iran. But be­fore

I fin­ish this or­a­cle, let me also add that a bet­ter way to honor your ac­com­plish­ment might be to take the money you’d spend on cham­pagne and caviar, and in­stead use it as seed money for your next big project.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Some species of weeds be­come even more ro­bust and en­trenched as they de­velop re­sis­tances to the pes­ti­cides that are de­signed to erad­i­cate them. This is one ex­am­ple of how fight­ing a prob­lem can make the prob­lem worse—es­pe­cially if you at­tack too fu­ri­ously or use the wrong weapons. I in­vite you to con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity that this might be a use­ful metaphor for you to con­tem­plate in the com­ing weeks. Your de­sire to solve a knotty dilemma or shed a bad in­flu­ence is ad­mirable. Just make sure you choose a strat­egy that ac­tu­ally works.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Your as­sign­ment, if you choose to ac­cept it, is to com­pose an es­say on at least one of the fol­low­ing themes: 1. “How I Fed and Fed My Demons Un­til They Gorged Them­selves to Death.” 2. “How I Ex­ploited My Night­mares in Ways That Made Me Smarter and Cuter.” 3. “How I Qui­etly and Hero­ically Trans­formed a Sticky Prob­lem into a Sleek Op­por­tu­nity.” 4. “How I Helped My­self by Help­ing Other Peo­ple.” For ex­tra credit, Capricorn— and to earn the right to trade an un­holy duty for a holy one—write about all four sub­jects. ev­ery­thing I just de­scribed will be es­pe­cially apro­pos for your clos­est re­la­tion­ships. Are you in­ter­ested in re­defin­ing and re­con­fig­ur­ing the ways that to­geth­er­ness works for you?

PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20): If you’re play­ing the card game known as bridge, you’re lucky if you are dealt a hand that has no cards of a par­tic­u­lar suit. This en­ables you, right from the be­gin­ning, to cap­ture tricks us­ing the trump suit. In other words, the lack of a cer­tain re­source gives you a dis­tinct ad­van­tage. Let’s ap­ply this metaphor to your im­me­di­ate fu­ture, Pisces. I’m guess­ing that you will ben­e­fit from what may seem to be an in­ad­e­quacy or deficit. An ab­sence will be a use­ful as­set.

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): Can you imag­ine feel­ing at home in the world no mat­ter where you are? If you even­tu­ally master this art, outer cir­cum­stances won’t dis­tort your re­la­tion­ship with your­self. No mat­ter how crazy or chaotic the peo­ple around you might be, you will re­main rooted in your un­shak­able sense of pur­pose; you will re­spond to any given sit­u­a­tion in ways that make you both calm and alert, amused and cu­ri­ous, com­pas­sion­ate for the suf­fer­ing of oth­ers and de­ter­mined to do what’s best for you. If you think th­ese are goals worth seek­ing, you can make dra­matic progress to­ward them in the com­ing weeks.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): As I tried to med­i­tate on your horo­scope, my next-door neigh­bor was wield­ing a weed-whacker to trim her lawn, and the voices in my head were shout­ing ex­tra loud.

So I de­cided to drive down to the marsh to get some high-qual­ity si­lence. When I ar­rived at the trail head, I found an older man in ragged clothes lean­ing against the fence. Nearby was a gro­cery cart full of what I as­sumed were all his earthly be­long­ings. “Do­ing noth­ing is a very dif­fi­cult art,” he croaked as I slipped by him, “be­cause you’re never re­ally sure when you are done.” I im­me­di­ately rec­og­nized that his wis­dom might be use­ful to you. You are, af­ter all, in the last few days of your recharg­ing process.

It’s still a good idea for you to lie low and be ex­tra calm and veg­e­tate lux­u­ri­ously. But when should you rise up and leap into action again? Here’s my guess: Get one more dose of in­tense still­ness and si­lence.

GEM­INI (May 21-Jun 20): My read­ers have a range of ap­proaches for work­ing with the coun­sel I of­fer. Some study the horo­scopes for both their sun signs and ris­ing signs, then cre­ate do-it-your­self blends of the two. Oth­ers pre­fer to wait un­til the week is over be­fore con­sult­ing what I’ve writ­ten. They don’t want my or­a­cles to in­flu­ence their fu­ture be­hav­ior, but en­joy eval­u­at­ing their re­cent past in light of my anal­y­sis. Then there are the folks who read all 12 of my horo­scopes. They refuse to be hemmed in by just one fore­cast, and want to be free to ex­plore mul­ti­ple op­tions. I en­cour­age you to try ex­per­i­ments like th­ese in the com­ing days. The mo­ment is ripe to cul­ti­vate more of your own unique strate­gies for us­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the in­for­ma­tion you ab­sorb—both from me and from ev­ery­one else you listen to.

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22): Have you been drink­ing a lot of liq­uids? Are you spend­ing ex­tra time soak­ing in hot baths and swim­ming in bod­ies AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): I sus­pect that in of wa­ter that re­ju­ve­nate you? Have you been the com­ing months you will be drawn to wan­der­ing open­ing your soul to raw truths that dis­solve your through the fron­tiers and ex­plor­ing the un­known. fix­a­tions and to beauty that makes you cry and Ex­per­i­men­ta­tion will come nat­u­rally. Places and to love that moves you to sing? I hope you’re sit­u­a­tions you have pre­vi­ously con­sid­ered to be rev­er­ently at­tend­ing to th­ese flu­idic needs. I hope off-lim­its may be down­right com­fort­able. In fact, you’re giv­ing your deep­est yearn­ings free play it’s pos­si­ble that you will have to es­cape your safety and your fresh­est emo­tions lots of room to un­fold. zones in or­der to fully be your­self. Got all that? Smart, well-lu­bri­cated in­ti­macy is a lux­u­ri­ous

Now here’s the kicker. In the com­ing weeks, ne­ces­sity, my dear. Stay very, very wet. HOME­WORK: What’s the sit­u­a­tion in your life where it’s hard­est for you to be lov­ing? Prac­tice be­ing a master of com­pas­sion there in the com­ing week.

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