~ FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

\\\”Here\\\’s how you can tell if you have a bad psychotherapist or counselor,\\\” says my friend Laura. \\\”She or he buys into all your BS, never questions your delusions, and builds your self-esteem even if that makes you into an a**hole.\\\” I agree with Laura\\\’s assessment, which is why I\\\’m going to spend our short time together today calling you on your BS, prodding you to get introspective about your delusions, and not pumping up the parts of your ego that really should be melted down. Next week maybe we\\\’ll get back to gazing adoringly into each other\\\’s eyes, but right now you\\\’ll benefit from some tough love.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

This will be an excellent time to read five books simultaneously, snack constantly on delicacies while avoiding heavy meals, climb a tree with an adventurous friend and make careful yet wild love right there, refuse to practice any form of meditation that doesn\\\’t involve laughing, buy ten cheap alarm clocks and smash them with a hammer out in the middle of a meadow, pretend to be a feral teenager who\\\’s allergic to civilization, and throw invisible stones at any god, angel, or genie who won\\\’t help you get the love you want.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

American poet William Stafford, winner of the National Book Award in 1963, wrote a poem every morning for 40 years. \\\”I keep following the hidden river of my life,\\\” he said. \\\”And I don\\\’t have any sense of its coming to a crescendo, or of its petering out either. It is just going steadily along.\\\” I\\\’d like to nominate Stafford to be your honorary role model, Gemini. Here\\\’s your assignment: Every morning for the next 20 days, carry out a brief ritual (no more than a few minutes long) that feeds your lust for life and engenders a blessing for yourself or someone you care about.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

Your assignment in the coming week is simple but tricky: Take devalued ideas or trivial objects or demeaning words, and transform them into things that are fun, interesting, or useful. Here are some precedents to inspire you: what the punk movement did when it made safety pins into earrings; what gays did when they mutated the insulting term \\\”queer\\\” into a word of power; what the resourceful TV hero MacGyver did when he put powdered make-up into a confetti cannon and shot it at evil CIA operatives, temporarily blinding them and allowing him to escape.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

It\\\’s a perfect time to work more intensely on cultivating a healthy relationship between money and your soul. For inspiration, read this wise counsel, articulated by Margaret Young and quoted in Julia Cameron\\\’s The Artist\\\’s Way. \\\”Many people attempt to live their lives backwards. They try to have more money in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.\\\”

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

\\\”There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren\\\’t worth doing,\\\” wrote novelist William Gaddis. That\\\’s important for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks. You\\\’ll receive a flood of invitations, but only some of them will be intimately related to the unique work you\\\’re here on Earth to do. Those few may be so amazingly useful, though, that they could dramatically change your life for the better. Please say no to all the others so you can attend to the good stuff with your heart on fire and your mind as fluid as a mountain stream.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Have you ever heard of the First Law of Holes? It says that if you get in a hole, you should stop digging. Please obey that law in the coming week, Libra. Once you realize there\\\’s no other place to go but down if you continue your course of action, nothing — not even your pride — should keep you committed to that course. Now here\\\’s the Second Law of Holes: If you are able to scramble up out of the hole before it gets too deep, you should then spend some time filling it in so that you don\\\’t fall into it if you come back that way later in the dark.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Most intelligent people realize that global warming is underway. This awakening is good, but I\\\’m worried that it may be diverting attention from a more profound crisis: the Mass Extinction Event that\\\’s killing off animal and plant species at a pace unmatched since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The possibility of there being future draughts, rising ocean levels, and crazy weather is daunting, but the more devastating fact is that Earth\\\’s precious eco-diversity is dying now — not just from global warming, but also from pollution and a host of other mischief caused by humans. What does this have to do with your horoscope, I mean besides it being a call to expand your understanding of our planet\\\’s environmental crisis? The scenario I\\\’ve described is a metaphor for your personal life. What important issue might you be obsessing on in a way that blinds you to an even more all-encompassing issue?

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The largest rubber duck race in history took place last year on Ireland\\\’s River Liffey, with 150,000 yellow vinyl contestants vying to cross the finish line first. It was a charity event to raise money for sick children. I mention this, Sagittarius, because if anyone could organize an adventure that would top that extravaganza, it would be you in your current state. You\\\’re at the peak of your power to marshal the forces of playfulness in a holy cause.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Last November, Major League Baseball announced that New York Mets\\\’ pitcher Guillermo Mota had tested positive for steroids and would therefore be suspended for 50 games at the beginning of the new season. A month later, the Mets signed Mota to a new, two-year $5 million contract, despite knowing that his recent accomplishments on the baseball field had almost certainly been inflated by the steroids\\\’ boost. I foresee a comparable scenario unfolding in your life, Capricorn. You\\\’ll be rewarded in the wake of a penalty or limitation that was imposed on you, and the gain will outstrip the loss. It may even be the case that the good thing coming your way will be related to or aided by the \\\”bad\\\” thing you did.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

\\\”I\\\’m interested in the boundaries where things change into other things,\\\” writes Orene, one of my MySpace friends. Those boundaries should be your primary hang-out in the coming weeks, Aquarius. They are where all the most interesting action will be, as well as the teachings you need most. Would you like some foreshadowing about what things will be changing into other things? Pay close attention to your dreams for clues, and muse on this list: goodbyes that morph into awakenings; banishments that become pilgrimages; adversaries who transform into allies; decay that alchemizes into splendor; and serpent energy that turns into spiritual fire.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

While snorkeling in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii\\\’s Big Island, I had a conversation with a dolphin. She gave me clarity concerning a question I\\\’ve been wondering about. I asked her, \\\”What can Pisceans do to make sure their overflowing emotions don\\\’t cause the kind of chaos that undermines their ability to get things done?\\\” I swear the dolphin answered me telepathically, because even though I couldn\\\’t understand the hubbub of shrieks and clicks she unleashed in response to my inquiry, my mind was suddenly filled with the following thoughts: Pisceans must love their oceanic emotions unconditionally . . . must see their endless inundation as a privilege and a blessing . . . must learn to surf the endless tidal wave not with a fearful sense of being a victim but with an exhilarated gratitude for the primal power of the adventure.

~ FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

You\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve been putting out and putting out and putting out, Aries. Good work! I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m impressed with the blend of high-minded generosity and ego-boosting self-expression you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve synergized. Now, however, it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s time to make a transition. You need to start taking in and taking in and taking in. Your radiance needs to be fed by other radiances. Congratulate yourself for how aggressive you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ve been, then cultivate an equally robust receptivity.

TAURUS



(April 20-May 20)

Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t try to understand the Great Mystery in the coming days, Taurus. Instead, be the Great Mystery. Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t go with the Flow; be the Flow. Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t struggle and strain to put yourself in harmony with the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow. Be the Creative Surge of the Divine Wow. Do you catch my drift? It has never been more important than it is now for you to be a uniter who is at one with everything and everyone you encounter. This is the time and this is the place for you to be an exhilarating and playful force of nature who\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s madly in love with all of creation.

Gemini



(May 21 – June 20)

In the coming weeks I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’d love you to learn more about how to heal your own pain and wash your own brain and right your own wrongs and sing your own songs. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ll be overjoyed if I see you grow in your ability to unbreak your own heart and unfreeze your own assets and unleash your own surprises and understand your own motives. This is, by the way, not a prescription for loneliness, but rather for self-sufficiency. In fact, the magic that has been missing from your collaborations with others will probably appear as soon as you resolve to be your own guru.

CANCER



(June 21-July 22)

According to the Haggadah, an ancient Jewish text, the first thing God made, before anything else, was the Torah. This book was \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”written with black fire on white fire.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet became the raw materials out of which the Divine One forged heaven and earth. Now you, Cancerian, have a chance to get firsthand evidence of the power that language has to shape experience. In the coming days, I suggest that you formulate what you say with great precision. The words you use will have the power of the ancient magical incantation, abracadabra, which is derived from the Aramaic word meaning \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”I create as I speak.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”

LEO



(July 23-Aug. 22)

Many of us don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t always know what we feel. At times we may have a vivid sense that we feel something, but we\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re not sure what it is. That\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s why musicians, writers, actors, and other creative people play such a crucial role in our emotional lives. Their work can help us articulate the mysteries unfolding within us. But here\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s the problem: There are some artists out there who aren\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t very smart or original; they express only the most hackneyed and superficial feelings. If we look to them for illumination, we\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re cheated. So your next assignment, Leo, is to hone in on the enigmas that are swirling within you by seeking the guidance and inspiration of only the very best artists: those who have cultivated a high level of proficiency in their heroic struggle to find meaning in the fascinating chaos that surrounds us.

VIRGO



(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Are you ready to leave the past behind, drop all your assumptions, welcome the return of your innocence, adopt a beginner\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s mind, and start fresh everywhere? I hope so, because that\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s what the universe will be nudging you to do. Here are some words of wisdom to incite you and arouse you. (1) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” – Colin Powell. (2) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”Never underestimate your power to change yourself.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (3) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”If opportunity doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t knock, build a door.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” – my friend Lucy Spinner. (4) \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s deep hunger meet.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” – Frederick Buechner.

LIBRA



(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”Only the hand that erases can write the true thing,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” wrote German mystic Meister Eckhart (1260–1328). I suggest you make that your guiding thought in the coming days, Libra. The most important work you have ahead of you will involve dissolution, demolition, and deletion. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ll even go so far as to say that you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re more likely to win big if you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re vigorously committed to losing big. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”Give it up!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” should be your battle cry.

SCORPIO



(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

On the Whosoever.org website, Thomas Woodrooffe describes Mother Teresa\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s actions in Calcutta in 1993. She tended intimately to the sick and dying without asking them their religious beliefs or judging them for any behavior that might have played a part in their illness. In contrast, fundamentalist missionaries were roaming Calcutta\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s streets at the same time, handing out religious propaganda to the diseased and destitute, warning them they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’d face eternal damnation if they\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’d didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t convert to the One True Way. Keep that difference in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you have tremendous power to heal people, fix misaligned energy, and provide the kind of moral leadership that raises everyone\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s integrity levels. Be like Mother Teresa, not the fundamentalist missionaries.

SAGITTARIUS



(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

While I was out in the California wilderness doing a vision quest, I came upon a painting in a cave that I immediately sensed was an oracle for the current state of your life. In the painting, there was a hunter who had dropped his bow and arrow on the ground. He appeared to be dancing inside a circle of eagles. The birds were also at ground level and had their wings spread, as if dancing with the hunter. I encourage you to come up with your own interpretations of this oracle, but here\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s how I see it: You need to commune with wildness in a way you have never before imagined. The best way to proceed is to empty your mind of all thoughts about what you can get out of the experience, and instead cultivate the free-wheeling, no-expectations attitude that comes when you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re dancing uninhibitedly.

CAPRICORN



(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”The harder that we love, the deeper we\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re gonna feel,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” sings Keith Greeninger in a rootsy tune from his Glorious Peasant CD. That\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s good advice for you right now, Capricorn, since what you especially need to guide you during this phase of wandering and exploration is ever-deeper and ever-more-nuanced feeling. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ll add a corollary that may help as well: The softer you love, the smarter your emotions will be. You can love harder and softer at the same time, right?

AQUARIUS



(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”The chemo treatments burned out all the math skills in my brain, which were already pretty meager,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” said Risa, a friend who survived cancer a few years ago. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”On the other hand, they awakened my ability to feel perfectly at ease while in the midst of paradoxical situations that everyone else finds maddening and uncomfortable. The chemo also made me ridiculously tolerant of people\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s contradictions, sometimes even their hypocrisies, and freed me to enjoy life as an entertaining movie with lots of interesting plot twists rather than as a pitched battle between everything I like and everything I don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t like.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” I have really good news for you, Aquarius: If you make use of the current cosmic opportunities, you can achieve Risa\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s state of mind without the prod of anything even remotely as extreme as cancer or chemotherapy.

PISCES



(Feb. 19-March 20)

William Henry Harrison died in 1841, just a month after he\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’d been inaugurated as U.S. president. When a messenger went to Vice-President John Tyler to inform him he had ascended to the highest office in the land, Tyler was down on his knees playing a game of marbles. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’m guessing there\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ll be a similar scenario in your immediate future, Pisces. Big magic may come to visit you while you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re in a lowly position. Or maybe an imposing invitation will arrive while you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’re in a humble situation.

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