Free Will Astrol­ogy


LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): Here’s my trans­la­tion of a pas­sage from the an­cient Gospel of Thomas, a gnos­tic text about the teach­ings of Je­sus: “If you do not awaken and de­velop the po­ten­tial tal­ents that lie within you, they will dam­age you. If you do awaken and de­velop the po­ten­tial tal­ents that lie within you, they will heal you.” Whether you ac­tu­ally awaken and de­velop those tal­ents or not de­pends on two things: your abil­ity to iden­tify them clearly and your de­ter­mi­na­tion to bring them to life with the grace­ful force of your willpower. I call this to your at­ten­tion, Libra, be­cause the com­ing months will be a highly fa­vor­able time to ex­pe­dite the ripen­ing of your tal­ents. And it all starts NOW.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): You can’t com­pletely elim­i­nate un­help­ful in­flu­ences and triv­ial sabo­teurs and de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­trac­tions from your life. But you’re en­ter­ing a phase of your as­tro­log­i­cal cy­cle when you have more power than usual to di­min­ish their ef­fects. To get started in this gritty yet lofty en­deavor, try this: De­crease your con­nec­tion with any­thing that tends to de­mean your spirit, shrink your lust for life, limit your free­dom, ig­nore your soul, com­pro­mise your in­tegrity, dis­honor your rev­er­ence, in­hibit your self-ex­pres­sive­ness, or alien­ate you from what you love.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Work too much and push your­self too hard, Sagittarius. Eat corn chips for break­fast, ice cream for lunch, and French fries for din­ner — ev­ery day, if pos­si­ble. And please please please get no more than four hours’ sleep per night. If you have any ex­tra time, do ar­du­ous fa­vors for friends and in­ten­sify your work­out rou­tine. JUST KID­DING! Don’t you dare heed any of that ridicu­lous ad­vice. In fact, I sug­gest you do just the op­po­site. Dream up bril­liant ex­cuses not to work too much or push too hard. Treat your­self to the finest meals and best sleep ever. Take your mas­tery of the art of re­lax­ation to new heights. Right now, the most ef­fec­tive way to serve your long-term dreams is by hav­ing as much fun, joy, and re­lease as pos­si­ble.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): I pro­pose that you and I make a deal. Here’s how it would work: For the next three weeks, I will say three prayers for you ev­ery day. I will ask God, Fate, and Life to send you more of the recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion you de­serve. I will coax and con­vince them to give you rich ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing seen for who you re­ally are. Now here’s what I ask of you in re­turn: You will rig­or­ously re­solve to act on your core be­liefs, ex­press your no­blest de­sires, and say only what you truly mean. You will be alert for those times when you start to stray from the path with heart, and you will im­me­di­ately get your­self back on that path. You will be your­self three times stronger and clearer than you have ever been be­fore.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 19): If you loosen your­self up by drink­ing an al­co­holic bev­er­age, don’t drive a fork­lift or ride a uni­cy­cle. If you have a hunch that your luck at gam­bling is peak­ing, don’t buy lot­tery tick­ets or play the slot ma­chines. If you’re drawn to ex­plore the fron­tiers of in­ti­macy, be armed with the an­cient Latin maxim, Pri­mum non no­cere, or “First, do no harm.” And if you re­ally do be­lieve it would be fun to play with fire, bring a fire ex­tin­guisher with you. In pre­sent­ing this cau­tion­ary ad­vice, I’m not say­ing that you should never push the lim­its or bend the rules. But I want to be sure that as you dare to ex­per­i­ment, you re­main savvy and eth­i­cal and re­spon­si­ble.

PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20): I in­vite you to ex­plore the heal­ing power of sex. The com­ing weeks will be a fa­vor­able time to do so. You are also likely to gen­er­ate good for­tune for your­self if you try to fix any as­pect of your erotic life that feels wounded or awk­ward. For best re­sults, sus­pend all your the­o­ries about the way phys­i­cal in­ti­macy should work in your life. Adopt­ing a be­gin­ner’s mind could lead you to sub­tly spec­tac­u­lar break­throughs. (P.S. You don’t nec­es­sar­ily need a part­ner to take full ad­van­tage of this big open­ing.)

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): Even if you are a wild-eyed ad­ven­ture-seeker with ex­trem­ist views and melo­dra­matic yearn­ings, you’ll ben­e­fit from tak­ing a mod­er­ate ap­proach to life in the com­ing weeks. In fact, you’re most likely to at­tract the help and in­spi­ra­tion you need if you adopt the strat­egy used by Goldilocks in the fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”: nei­ther ex­ces­sive nor un­der­done, nei­ther ex­trav­a­gant nor re­strained, nei­ther bawdy, loud, and in-your-face nor de­mure, quiet, and pas­sive—but rather just right.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): Some of my read­ers love me but also hate me. They are drawn to my horo­scopes in the hope that I will help re­lieve them of their ha­bit­ual pain, but then get mad at me when I do just that. In ret­ro­spect, they feel lost with­out the fa­mil­iar com­pan­ion­ship of their ha­bit­ual pain. It had been a cen­ter­piece of their iden­tity, a source of sta­bil­ity, and when it’s gone, they don’t know who they are any more. Are you like these peo­ple, Taurus? If so, you might want to avoid my horo­scopes for a while. I will be en­gaged in a sub­tle cru­sade to dis­solve your angst and ag­i­ta­tion. And it all starts now with this magic spell: Your wound is a bless­ing. Dis­cover why.

GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): In my dream last night, bad guys wear­ing white hats con­strained you in a can­vas strait­jacket, then fur­ther wrapped you up with heavy steel chain se­cured by three pad­locks. They drove you to a weedy field be­hind an aban­doned ware­house and left you there in the pitch dark. But you were in­domitable. By dawn, you had mirac­u­lously wrig­gled your way out of your con­fine­ment. Then you walked back home, free and un­daunted. Here’s my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the dream: You now have spe­cial skills as an es­cape artist. No cage can hold you. No rid­dle can stump you. No tan­gle can con­fuse you. (P.S.: For best re­sults, trust your­self even more than you usu­ally do.)

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22): The next four weeks will be a fa­vor­able time to come all the way home. Here are nine prompts for how to ac­com­plish that: 1. Nour­ish your roots. 2. Strengthen your foun­da­tions. 3. Med­i­tate about where you truly be­long. 4. Up­grade the way you at­tend to your self-care. 5. Honor your liv­ing tra­di­tions. 6. Make a pil­grim­age to the land where your an­ces­tors lived. 7. Deepen your in­ti­macy with the earth. 8. Be in­ge­nious about ex­press­ing your ten­der­ness. 9. Rein­vig­o­rate your com­mit­ment to the in­flu­ences that nur­ture and sup­port you.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): What tools will work best for the tasks you’ll be in­vited to per­form in the com­ing weeks? A sledge­ham­mer or tweez­ers? Prun­ing shears or a sewing ma­chine? A mon­key wrench or a screw­driver? Here’s my guess: Al­ways have your en­tire tool­box on hand. You may need to change tools in mid-task—or even use sev­eral tools for the same task. I can en­vi­sion at least one sit­u­a­tion that would ben­e­fit from you al­ter­nat­ing be­tween a sledge­ham­mer and tweez­ers.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): I’m con­fi­dent that I will never again need to moon­light as a jan­i­tor or dish­washer in or­der to pay my bills. My gig as a horo­scope colum­nist pro­vides me with enough money to eat well, so it’s no longer nec­es­sary to shoplift bread or scav­enge for dented cans of beets in gro­cery store dump­sters. What ac­counts for my grow­ing fi­nan­cial luck? I mean be­sides the fact that I have been steadily im­prov­ing my skills as an or­a­cle and writer? I sus­pect it may in part have to do with my de­ter­mi­na­tion to cul­ti­vate gen­eros­ity. As I’ve be­come bet­ter at ex­press­ing com­pas­sion and be­stow­ing bless­ings, money has flowed to me in greater abun­dance. Would this strat­egy work for you? The com­ing weeks and months will be a good time to ex­per­i­ment.

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