Free Will As­trol­ogy

Gig­gle and guf­faw freely, Cancer, says ROB BREZSNY

The Coast - - FREE WILL ASTROLOGY -

Virgo

(Aug 23-Sep 22)

Your key­note is the Ja­panese word shizuka. Ac­cord­ing to pho­tog­ra­pher Masao Ya­mamoto, it means “cleansed, pure, clear and un­tainted.” One of his artis­tic prac­tices is to wan­der around forests look­ing in the soil for “trea­sures” that em­anate shizuka. So in his def­i­ni­tion, the term isn’t about be­ing scrubbed or san­i­tized. Rather, he’s in­ter­ested in pris­tine nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena that are un­spoiled by civ­i­liza­tion. He re­gards them as food for his soul. I men­tion this, Virgo, be­cause now is an ex­cel­lent time for you to get big doses of peo­ple and places and things that are cleansed, pure, clear and un­tainted.

Li­bra

(Sep 23-Oct 22)

Li­bran blog­ger Ana-Sofia Cardelle writes can­didly about her re­la­tion­ship with her­self. She keeps us up to date with the ever-shift­ing self­im­ages that float through her aware­ness. Here’s one of her bul­letins: “Stage 1. me: I’m the cutest thing in the world. Stage 2. me, two sec­onds later: no, I’m a freak­ing goblin. Stage 3. me, two sec­onds af­ter that: I’m the cutest goblin in the world.” I’m guess­ing that many of you Li­bras have reached the end of your own per­sonal ver­sion of Stage 2. You’ve ei­ther al­ready slipped into Stage 3, or soon will. No later than Oc­to­ber 1, you’ll be pre­par­ing to glide back into Stage 1 again.

Scor­pio

(Oct 23-Nov 21)

“There’s no such thing as love,” says Scor­pio painter Pablo Pi­casso, “there are only proofs of love.” I’m tempted to be­lieve that’s true, es­pe­cially as I con­tem­plate the cur­rent chap­ter of your life story. The ev­i­dence seems clear: you will thrive by en­gag­ing in prac­ti­cal demon­stra­tions of how much you care. You’ll be wise to tan­gi­bly help and sup­port and en­cour­age and in­spire ev­ery­one and ev­ery­thing you love. To do so will make you el­i­gi­ble for bless­ings that are, as of this mo­ment, still hid­den or un­avail­able.

Sagit­tar­ius

(Nov 22-Dec 21)

Ac­cord­ing to a Pew Re­search Study, nearly 75 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say they talk to god, but only 30 per­cent get a re­ply. I’m guess­ing the lat­ter fig­ure will rise dra­mat­i­cally for Sagit­tar­ian Amer­i­cans in the next three weeks, how­ever. Why? Be­cause the as­tro­log­i­cal in­di­ca­tors sug­gest that au­thor­i­ties of all kinds will be more re­spon­sive than usual to Sagit­tar­i­ans of all na­tion­al­i­ties. Help from higher pow­ers is likely to be both more pal­pa­ble and more forth­com­ing. Any com­mu­ni­ca­tions you ini­ti­ate with hon­chos, di­rec­tors and lead­ers have a bet­ter-thannor­mal chance of be­ing well­re­ceived.

Capri­corn

(Dec 22-Jan 19)

One day in Oc­to­ber 1926, au­thor Vir­ginia Woolf in­scribed in her diary, “I am the usual bat­tle­field of emo­tions.” It was a com­plaint, but also a brag. In fact, she drew on this con­stant tur­moil to fuel her sub­stan­tial out­put of cre­ative writ­ing. But the fact is that not all of us thrive on such on­go­ing up­roar. As per­versely glam­orous and ap­peal­ing as it might seem to cer­tain peo­ple, many of us can do fine without it. Ac­cord­ing to my anal­y­sis, that will be true for you in the com­ing weeks. If you have a diary, you might jus­ti­fi­ably write, “Hal­lelu­jah! I am NOT a bat­tle­field of emo­tions right now!”

Aquar­ius

(Jan 20-Feb 18)

An­thro­pol­o­gist Mar­garet Mead had def­i­nite ideas about “the ways to get in­sight.” She named them as fol­lows: “to study in­fants; to study an­i­mals; to study In­dige­nous peo­ple; to be psy­cho­an­a­lyzed; to have a re­li­gious con­ver­sion and get over it; to have a psy­chotic episode and get over it.” I have my own list of ways to spur in­sight and in­spi­ra­tion, which in­cludes: to do walk­ing med­i­ta­tions in the woods on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, no mat­ter what the weather; to en­gage in long, slow sex with a per­son you love; to spend a few hours re­view­ing in de­tail your en­tire life his­tory; to dance to mu­sic you adore for as long as you can be­fore you col­lapse from de­lighted ex­haus­tion. What about you, Aquar­ius? What are your re­li­able ways to get in­sight? I sug­gest you en­gage in some of them, and also dis­cover a new one. You’re in the Flood of Rad­i­cal Fresh In­sights Phase of your as­tro­log­i­cal cy­cle.

Pisces

(Feb 19-Mar 20)

Stan­ley Kubrick made mas­ter­ful films, but most of them bore me. I re­gard John Ash­bery as a clever and in­no­va­tive poet, but I’ve never been ex­cited by his work. As for painter Mark Rothko, I rec­og­nize his tal­ent and in­tel­li­gence, but his art leaves me empty. The mu­sic of Nora Jones is pretty and tech­ni­cally im­pec­ca­ble, but it doesn’t move me. In the com­ing weeks, Pisces, I in­vite you to make the kinds of fine dis­tinc­tions I’m de­scrib­ing here. It will be im­por­tant for you to be faith­ful to your sub­jec­tive re­sponses to things, even as you main­tain an ob­jec­tive per­spec­tive about them and treat them with re­spect.

Aries

(Mar 21-Apr 19)

Au­thor Anne Car­son de­scribes part of her cre­ative process in this way: “Some­times I dream a sen­tence and write it down. It’s usu­ally non­sense, but some­times it seems a key to another world.” I sus­pect you might be able to ben­e­fit from us­ing a com­pa­ra­ble trick in the com­ing days. That’s why you should mon­i­tor any odd dreams, seem­ingly ir­ra­tional im­pulses or weird fan­tasies that arise in you. Al­though they may not be of any prac­ti­cal value in them­selves, they could spur a train of thought that leads you to in­ter­est­ing break­throughs.

Tau­rus

(Apr 20-May 20)

“The idea of lib­er­a­tion through the sup­pres­sion of de­sire is the great­est fool­ish­ness ever con­ceived by the hu­man mind,” wrote philoso­pher E. M. Cio­ran. I agree that try­ing to deny or sti­fle or ig­nore our de­sires can’t eman­ci­pate us. In fact, I’m in­clined to be­lieve that free­dom is only pos­si­ble if we cel­e­brate and hon­our our de­sires, mar­vel at their enig­mas and re­spect their power. Only then can we hope to re­fine them. Only then can we craft them into beau­ti­ful, use­ful forces that serve us rather than con­fuse and un­der­mine us. The com­ing weeks will be an ex­cel­lent time for you to en­gage in this spir­i­tual prac­tice, Tau­rus.

Gem­ini

(May 21-Jun 20)

“Re­mem­ber that some­times not get­ting what you want is a won­der­ful stroke of luck,” says the Dalai Lama. Ain’t that the truth! When I was 22 years old, there were two dif­fer­ent women I des­per­ately yearned for as if they were the Muse Queens of Heaven who would trans­form me into a great artist and quench my in­fi­nite pas­sion. For­tu­nately, they both re­jected me. They de­ci­sively set me free of my bondage to them. Later, when I was older and wiser, I re­al­ized that blend­ing my for­tunes with ei­ther of them would have led me away from my true des­tiny. I got lucky! In a sim­i­lar but less melo­dra­matic way, Gem­ini, I sus­pect you will also get lucky some­time soon.

Cancer

(Jun 21-Jul 22)

Don’ts for Boys or Er­rors of Con­duct

Cor­rected was an ad­vice book for boys pub­lished in 1902. Among many other stric­tures and warn­ings, it of­fered this ad­vice: “Don’t gig­gle. For the love of de­cency, never gig­gle.” There was ad­di­tional coun­sel in the same vein: “Don’t be noisy. The guf­faw evinces less en­joy­ment than the quiet smile.” Another ex­hor­ta­tion: “Don’t tease. Be witty, but im­per­sonal.” In ac­cor­dance with as­tro­log­i­cal omens, I hereby pro­claim that all those in­struc­tions are ut­terly wrong for you right now. To sweetly align your­self with cos­mic rhythms, you should gig­gle and guf­faw and tease freely. If you’re witty—and I hope you will be—it’ll serve you well to be af­fec­tion­ate and per­son­able.

Leo

(Jul 23-Aug 22)

“Sim­plic­ity is about sub­tract­ing the ob­vi­ous and adding the mean­ing­ful,” writes de­signer John Maeda. “The abil­ity to sim­plify means to elim­i­nate the un­nec­es­sary so that the nec­es­sary may speak up,” says artist Hans Hof­mann. “Sim­plic­ity strips away the su­per­flu­ous to re­veal the essence,” de­clares a blog­ger named Cheo. I hope these quotes pro­vide you with help­ful point­ers, Leo. You now have the op­por­tu­nity to cul­ti­vate a mas­ter­ful ver­sion of sim­plic­ity.

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