Free Will Astrol­ogy

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“It isn’t nor­mal to know what we want,” said psy­chol­o­gist Abra­ham Maslow. “It is a rare and dif­fi­cult psy­cho­log­i­cal achieve­ment.” He wasn’t re­fer­ring to the ques­tion of what you want for din­ner or the new shoes you plan to buy. He was talk­ing about big, long-term yearn­ings: what you hope to be when you grow up, the qual­i­ties you look for in your best al­lies, the feel­ings you’d love to feel in abun­dance ev­ery day of your life. Now here’s the good news, Libra: The next ten months should bring you the best chance ever to fig­ure out ex­actly what you want the most. And it all starts now.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Are you able to ex­pand while you are con­tract­ing, and vice versa? Can you shed medi­ocre com­forts and also open your imag­i­na­tion to gifts that await you at the frontier?

Is it pos­si­ble to be skep­ti­cal to­ward ideas that shrink your world and peo­ple who waste your time, even as you cul­ti­vate op­ti­mism and in­no­cence about the in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges ahead of you? Here’s what I think, Scorpio: Yes, you can. At least for right now, you are more flex­i­ble and mul­ti­fac­eted than you might imag­ine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): The com­ing weeks will be one of the best times ever for wrestling with God or tus­sling with Fate or grap­pling with karma. Why do I say that? Be­cause you’re likely to emerge tri­umphant! That’s right, you lucky, plucky con­tender. More than I’ve seen in a long time, you have the po­ten­tial to draw on the crafty power and un­ruly wis­dom and re­silient com­pas­sion you would need to be an un­am­bigu­ous win­ner. A win­ner of what? You tell me. What dilemma would you most like to re­solve? What test would you most like to ace? At what game would you most like to be vic­to­ri­ous? Now is the time.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): Are you grunt­ing and sweat­ing as you strug­gle to pre­serve and main­tain the gains of the past? Or are you smooth and cagey as you ma­neu­ver your way to­wards the re­wards of the fu­ture? I’m root­ing for you to put the em­pha­sis on the sec­ond op­tion. Para­dox­i­cally, that will be the best way to ac­com­plish the first op­tion. It will also en­sure that your mo­ti­va­tions are pri­mar­ily rooted in love and en­thu­si­asm rather than worry and stress.

And that will en­able you to suc­ceed at the sec­ond op­tion.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Do you believe that you are mostly just a prod­uct of so­cial con­di­tion­ing and your ge­netic make-up? Or are you will­ing to en­ter­tain a dif­fer­ent hy­poth­e­sis: that you are a pri­mal force of na­ture on an un­pre­dictable jour­ney? That you are ca­pa­ble of ris­ing above your ap­par­ent lim­i­ta­tions and ex­press­ing as­pects of your­self that might have been unimag­in­able when you were younger? I believe the com­ing weeks will be a fa­vor­able time to play around with this vi­sion. Your knack for tran­scen­dence is peak­ing. So are your pow­ers to es­cape the past and ex­ceed lim­ited ex­pec­ta­tions.

PISCES (Feb 18-Mar 20): In one of your nightly dreams, Robin Hood may team up with Peter Pan to steal un­used trea­sure from a greedy mon­ster— and then turn the booty over to you. Or maybe you’ll meet a talk­ing hedge­hog and singing fox who will cast a spell to heal and re­vive one of your wounded fan­tasies. It’s also con­ceiv­able that you will re­cover a magic seed that had been lost or for­got­ten, and at­tract the help of a fairy god­mother or god­fa­ther to help you ripen it.

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19): At a re­cent party, a guy I hardly know ques­tioned my au­then­tic­ity.

“You seem to have had an easy life,” he jabbed. “I bet you haven’t suf­fered enough to be a truly pas­sion­ate per­son.” I didn’t choose to en­gage him, but mused to my­self, “Not enough suf­fer­ing?

What about the time I got shot? My di­vorce? My five-year-long ill­ness? The man­ager of my rock band get­ting killed in a he­li­copter crash?” But after that ini­tial reaction, my thoughts turned to the ad­ven­tures that have stoked my pas­sion without caus­ing pain, like the birth of my daugh­ter, get­ting re­mar­ried to the woman I di­vorced, and per­form­ing my mu­sic for ex­cited au­di­ences. I bring this up, Aries, be­cause I sus­pect that you, too, will soon have

ex­pe­ri­ences that re­fine and deepen your pas­sion through plea­sure rather than hard­ship.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): It’s the Frank and Fo­cused Feedback Phase, Taurus—prime time to so­licit in­sight about how you’re do­ing. Here are four sug­ges­tions to get you started. 1. Ask a per­son who loves and re­spects you to speak the com­pas­sion­ate truth about what’s most im­por­tant for you to learn. 2. Con­sult a trustworthy ad­vi­sor who can help mo­ti­vate you to do the cru­cial thing you’ve been post­pon­ing. 3. Have an imag­i­nary con­ver­sa­tion with the per­son you were a year ago. En­cour­age the Old You to be hon­est about how the New You could sum­mon more ex­cel­lence in pur­su­ing your essen­tial goals. 4. Say this prayer to your fa­vorite tree or an­i­mal or meadow: “Show me what I need to do in or­der to feel more joy.”

GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20): Many of my read­ers re­gard me as be­ing ex­cep­tion­ally creative. Over the years, they have sent count­less emails prais­ing me for my orig­i­nal ap­proach to prob­lem-solv­ing and art-mak­ing. But I sus­pect that I wasn’t born with a greater tal­ent for cre­ativ­ity than any­one else.

I’ve sim­ply placed a high value on de­vel­op­ing it, and have worked harder to ac­cess it than most peo­ple. With that in mind, I in­vite you to tap more deeply into your own mother lode of in­no­va­tive, imag­i­na­tive en­ergy. The cos­mic trends fa­vor it. Your hor­mones are nudg­ing you in that di­rec­tion. What projects could use a jolt of pri­mal bril­liance? What ar­eas of your life need a boost of in­ge­nu­ity?

CAN­CER (Jun 21-Jul 22): Love wants more of you. Love longs for you to give ev­ery­thing you have and re­ceive ev­ery­thing you need. Love is con­spir­ing to bring you beau­ti­ful truths and poignant teases, sweet dis­pen­sa­tions and con­found­ing mysteries, ex­act­ing bless­ings and rid­dles that will take your en­tire life to solve. But here are some cru­cial ques­tions: Are you truly ready for such in­tense en­gage­ment? Are you will­ing to do what’s nec­es­sary to live at a higher and deeper level? Would you know how to work with such ex­trav­a­gant trea­sure and wild re­spon­si­bil­ity? The com­ing weeks will be prime time to ex­plore the an­swers to th­ese ques­tions. I’m not sure what your an­swers will be.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22): Each of us con­tains a mul­ti­plic­ity of selves. You may often feel like there’s just one of you rum­bling around in­side your psy­che, but it’s closer to the truth to say that you’re a com­mu­nity of var­i­ous char­ac­ters whose agen­das some­times over­lap and some­times con­flict. For ex­am­ple, the needy part of you that craves love isn’t al­ways on the same wave­length as the am­bi­tious part of you that seeks power. That’s why it’s a good idea to pe­ri­od­i­cally or­ga­nize sum­mit meet­ings where all of your selves can gather and ne­go­ti­ate. Now is one of those times: a fa­vor­able mo­ment to fos­ter har­mony among your in­ner voices and to mo­bi­lize them to work to­gether in ser­vice of com­mon goals.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22): Pike’s Peak is a 14,115-foot moun­tain in Colorado. It’s not a sim­ple task to trek to the top. Un­less you’re well-trained, you might ex­pe­ri­ence al­ti­tude sick­ness. Wicked thun­der­storms are a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence dur­ing the sum­mer. Snow falls year-round. But back in 1929, an ad­ven­turer named Bill Wil­liams de­cided the task of hik­ing to the sum­mit wasn’t tough enough. He sought a more de­mand­ing chal­lenge. Wear­ing kneepads, he spent 21 days crawl­ing along as he used his nose to push a peanut all the way up. I ad­vise you to avoid mak­ing him your role model in the com­ing weeks, Virgo. Just climb the moun­tain. Don’t try to push a peanut up there with your nose, too.

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