Freewill Astrology

Freewill Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
The U.S. government is spending over $500,000 per minute on the war in Iraq. Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil is raking in about $73,000 of profit per minute. Is there any connection? Though I have my suspicions, I don’t know for sure. I do know that the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to phase out any situation in your personal life that resembles America’s cash drain in Iraq. It will also be a favorable period for you to brainstorm about how you could upgrade your financial intake to be more like Exxon Mobil’s.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
"The greatest poverty is boredom," said one of my teachers, Ann Davies. "The greatest hell is not having a goal." Make those ideas your touchstones as you carry out a twofold assignment. First, use all your ingenuity to banish any reasons you might have to feel bored. Second, invoke your craftiest optimism and wildest discipline as you identify a goal whose pursuit will move you ever closer to the state the mystics call heaven-on-earth.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
In a study of pop songs, sociologists from the University of Colorado concluded that love isn’t as popular a topic as it used to be. Bestselling tunes sung by women rarely use words like "care" and "cherish" anymore, and references to love have declined precipitously. Meanwhile, male singers ignore love and obsess on sex far more than they once did, and both genders revel in pain and selfishness at a higher rate. I tell you this, Gemini, as a prelude to announcing your assignment, which is to counteract the trend I just described. For the foreseeable future, be a prolific genius of love, a creator of beautiful collaborations, an unsentimental devotee of sweet and tender intimacy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):
"Many a man fails to become a thinker for the sole reason that his memory is too good," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche. I suggest you contemplate that riddle, Cancerian. Is your ability to stir up new perspectives sometimes hindered by the deep feelings you have about your history? Is it possible that past experiences you’ve grown to treasure tend to diminish your motivation to reinvent yourself periodically? If so, it’s a perfect time to break free of the old days and old ways. Induce a little forgetfulness so that you’re more available for the future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Is there really such a thing as free will, or are our destinies shaped by forces beyond our control? Here’s one way to think about that question: Maybe some people actually have more free will than others. Not because they have more money. (Many rich folks are under the spell of their instincts, after all.) Not because they have a high-status position. (A boss may have power over others but little power over himself.) Rather, those with a lot of free will have earned that privilege by taking strong measures to dissolve the conditioning they absorbed while growing up. They’ve acted on the advice of psychologist Carl Jung: "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." As you enter the phase of your astrological cycle when more free will is yours for the taking, Leo, meditate on these thoughts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
The billboard I saw said, "Develop a recreational habit that won’t show up in your urine." I didn’t catch what product it was advertising, but there was an image of a hang-glider, so I figure it was promoting outdoor sports as a preferable alternative to taking drugs. The billboard message happens to be excellent advice for you, Virgo. In the coming weeks, you’ll be wise to seek liberating adventure and explore new modes of natural fun. Doing so will steer you away from a path that could lead to messy adventure and decadent fun.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Why do people have sex? A study by the University of Texas found that there are 237 reasons, from "I wanted to communicate at a deeper level" to "I wanted to boost my self-esteem" to "I wanted to be closer to God." According to my research, Libra, you’re likely to be motivated by as many as 25 of those factors in the coming weeks, way up from your average of eight. We might logically conclude, then, that you may seek out erotic experiences at a rate three times your norm. (Here’s more about the 237 reasons: tinyurl.com/24av4j, tinyurl.com/22z9ep, and tinyurl.com/346xxp.)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
"Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge," says educator Bill Bullard. "It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound, purpose-larger-than-the- self kind of understanding." In that spirit, Scorpio, I encourage you to renounce three of your opinions, preferably those that are least-well-informed and not rooted in first-hand experience. I also challenge you to carry out a week-long experiment based on the following hypothesis: Expanding your capacity for empathy will make you smarter.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Your metaphorical pregnancy has gone on rather long. No reason to panic. I’m sure your brainchild or masterpiece will arrive shortly. But just for fun, maybe you could watch a time-lapse film of a rose opening. That was helpful in expediting the birth process for two new mothers I know. Here are two other tricks to try, even if the blessed event you’re about to enjoy is purely symbolic: Arrange to be in a place where a storm is coming on. Folk tradition says that labor often follows drops in barometric pressure. Or get a hold of rings made from a rattlesnake tail. Early American explorers Lewis and Clark gave them to their Native American guide Sacagawea when it was near her time, and they seemed to magically expedite the baby’s arrival.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
I’ve got three messages for you. They may seem unrelated, but by this time next week you will see that they are intimately interconnected. 1. Unless you were raised in the woods by badgers, it’s a perfect moment to slip into your second childhood. 2. Unless you really can’t stand having your mind changed, it’s an excellent time to launch a daring project that would have seemed impossible to the person you were a year ago. 3. People unsympathetic to your cause may think you’re in the throes of delusions of grandeur, but those of us who have faith in your untapped powers say they’re not delusions but viable fantasies.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
On the San Francisco State University campus, the lampposts shine blue lights. It’s not just a decorative touch. Of all the colors, blue best pierces through fog, which is a regular feature in that part of the world. In this spirit, I suggest you install a blue light bulb in a prominent place in your environment for the next two weeks. It will be a symbolic reminder that there may be more mental murk and emotional haze for you to navigate through than usual. With the proper illumination, you won’t be deluded or slowed down a bit.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
The Washington Post gave its readers an assignment: Come up with a statement they’d like to sneak on to President Bush’s teleprompter during a major speech. Chances would be good that he’d probably just say it, right? The entries included "I shall make it my duty to eat a kitten for breakfast every day," "Global warming can be reversed if everyone just turned his air conditioner around," and "I wish to announce my conversion to Islam." I bring this to your attention, Pisces, because you’re in peril of getting into a situation like that. Unless you’re careful, you could end up saying things you don’t mean or expressing yourself in ways that don’t reflect your actual feelings. To make sure that doesn’t happen, concentrate hard on communicating with maximum clarity and candor.

Homework: For exactly five days, uphold your highest ideal in every little way you can imagine. Report results by going to RealAstrology.com and clicking on "Email Rob."

Freewill Astrology

Freewill Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
A reader from Fiji is encouraging me to pay a visit. "Fiji is heaven on earth," she says. "You’ll be ecstatic here." While I have no doubt that’s true, it’s hard for me to imagine being any more ecstatic than I am when I travel to Hawaii. It, too, has resemblances to paradise. And the plane flight there takes five hours less and is $600 cheaper than the jaunt to Fiji. Do I really need a more heavenly heaven on earth than, say, Waimoku Falls Trail in Maui? I expect you’re facing a metaphorically similar situation, Aries. The question you may want to ask yourself is this: Should you pine and aim for a state beyond perfection, or will mere perfection serve you just as well?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
The Washington Post solicited ideas from readers about innovative strategies for wasting time. I’ll offer you a few in the hope that they’ll inspire you to take a major break from the Big Pressing Issues you’re obsessed with. It’s high time, in my opinion, to give yourself an enormous amount of slack… to forgive yourself for not being perfect… to dissolve any guilt you feel for not having accomplished all your life goals yet. In that spirit, consider the following time-wasters: (1) Send letters to the editor about grammatical mistakes in the classified ads. (2) Make yourself the world’s top expert on a person randomly chosen from the phone book. (3) Keep a logbook in your bathroom to verify that the toilet bowl cleaner really does work for 1,000 flushes. (4) Set the Guinness record for time spent reading the Guinness Book of Records.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
In her book Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation, biologist Olivia Judson extols the male members of the fruitfly species Drosophila bifurca. Although they are barely one-eighth of an inch long, their sperm can be up to 2.3 inches long. If a man were capable of the same prodigious production, his sperm would be as big as a whale. Metaphorically speaking, you Geminis now have the ability to generate phenomena on this scale. That’s why I hope you will devote all your ingenuity and resourcefulness to creating an intricate, beautiful masterpiece, not a humongous, complicated mass of confusion.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Lewis Thomas was a physician who wrote elegantly about biology in books like The Lives of a Cell. I want to bring your attention to his meditation on warts. "Nothing in the body has so much the look of toughness and permanence as a wart," he wrote. And yet "they can be made to go away by something that can only be called thinking… Warts can be ordered off the skin by hypnotic suggestion." Thomas regarded this phenomenon as "absolutely astonishing, more of a surprise than cloning or recombinant DNA." According to my astrological reckoning, Cancerian, you currently have a comparable marvel at your disposal. Using the power of your mind, you can shrink, dissolve, or banish a wart-like vexation.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
This would be a perfect time for you to write your ultimate personal manifesto. I’m talking about composing a sweeping statement of the core ideas that fuel your lust for life. To get you in the mood, take a look at the following lyrics from Danny Schmidt’s song "Company of Friends." "I believe in restless hunger… I believe in private thunder… I believe in inspiration… I believe in slow creation… I believe in lips on ears… I believe in being wrong… I believe in contradiction… I believe in living smitten… I believe our book is written by our company of friends."

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
"The Japanese believe that crying babies grow fast," wrote John Flinn in the San Francisco Chronicle, "and that the louder an infant wails, the more the gods have blessed it." The astrological omens suggest that a similar principle will soon hold true for you: The more you sob and blubber, the smarter you’ll get. The louder you howl and moan, the more likely you’ll be to attract benevolent influences and unexpected help.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
In order for some plants to thrive in the tropical forests of South America, they need bats to eat their fruits and poop out their seeds while flying around. Biologists call the bat excrement by a more lyrical name: seed rain. It’s not too much of a stretch to invoke this relationship as an apt metaphor for your life right now, Libra. Like the bat-dependent plants, you now require the help of fertility agents whose work may be a bit messy.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
It’s the Week of the Fabulous Smirk. Not the Week of the Arrogant Smirk or the Vengeful Smirk or the Hateful, Whiny, Passive-Aggressive Smirk. Rather, the Smirk that Passeth All Understanding. The Wise, Charitable, Forbearing Smirk. The Uber-Smirk that says, "I’ve figured out what everyone’s hiding, and I love them anyway." You are ready, Scorpio, to explore the Divine Smirk that arises naturally when you have outwitted an obstacle that was obscuring the truth from you; when you have finally seen through the delusion you were under and guessed the secret you weren’t smart enough to see before.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
This would be a good week for you to compete in a flamethrower competition. You’d probably win. Why? Because according to my analysis of the astrological omens, you currently have an unprecedented knack for playing with fire. You would most likely also be victorious in a marshmallow-roasting contest or a jump-over-the-bonfire tournament. And you would probably do surprisingly well in any activity that might be described as "sitting in the hot seat."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
"The great theme is not Romeo and Juliet," said poet Anne Sexton. "The great theme we all share is that of becoming ourselves, of overcoming our father and mother, of assuming our identities somehow." This is certainly your great theme, Capricorn. And it’s especially important for you to devote yourself to it now. You’re at a turning point in your life-long transformation. You’re being presented with a clear-cut choice between sinking back into the ill-fitting yet comfortable mold that others have shaped for you, or else striding out into the frontier in a brave push to become a higher, deeper, more complete version of yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
"We only hear questions that we are able to answer," said Friedrich Nietzsche. Luckily for you, Aquarius, there are two big, long-simmering questions for which you have recently begun to sniff out the answers. That means you’re now able, at least potentially, to hear those questions. I have three pieces of advice to help ensure that you actually hear them. First, wash your brain out so it’s got more free space in it. Second, give your listening skills a tune-up. Third, meditate on Edgar Allen Poe’s idea that "Those who dream by day know many things which escape those who dream only by night."

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Back in 1995, I began seeing a psychotherapist whose influence ultimately improved me in a thousand ways. At the end of our first session, she handed me a note as I left. It read: "If you don’t articulate your conscious desires, your unconscious patterns will come true." She gazed at me firmly and said, "Don’t come back until you’ve proved to yourself that those words are true. All my work will be of no use to you unless you take them to heart." It took me exactly 23 days to prove to myself that what she’d written was true. Now I offer you the same challenge, Pisces. Spend the upcoming week in intense contemplation on the hypothesis, "If you don’t articulate your conscious desires, your unconscious patterns will come true."

Homework: What’s the bravest thing you ever did? What do you imagine will be the next brave thing you do? Testify at RealAstrology.com; click on "Email Rob."

Freewill Astrology

Freewill Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
High-definition TV makes everything look more vivid than standard broadcast technology. Images are so high-quality they almost appear 3-D. While this is enjoyable to viewers, some performers are uncomfortable with the way it reveals their skin’s imperfections. Did you know that Brad Pitt has acne scars? I predict a metaphorically similar development for you in the coming weeks, Aries. Every little thing you do will be more highly visible and have greater impact than before. Wherever you’ve been 2-D, you’ll become 3-D. That could turn out really well for you if you take it as a challenge to fine-tune your commitment to excellence and integrity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
"When nothing is working very well," says astrologer Caroline Casey, "it might be a cosmic conspiracy to get you to experiment." Let’s proceed as if that hypothesis were true, Taurus. Identify a place in your life where you’re stuck, where everything you attempt meets with resistance, or where you don’t have the motivation you’d like to feel. Then brainstorm about an experiment you could do that would break you out of the holding pattern. Proceed on the assumption that the universe will become friendlier and more helpful if you try an approach you’ve never used before.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
What I hope you’ll achieve in the coming days is a state of mind like that described by Dan Linton, one of my readers. This is his report. "Last night I went to Wal-Mart with a friend who was returning some tools. I walked around the store while he was at the service desk. In the shampoo aisle an unusual man who looked like an Aborigine made extended eye contact with me. As he walked past he announced in a happy tone, ‘Your mind is empty.’ I was super excited and found my friend to tell him. ‘Isn’t that an insult?’ he asked. ‘No,’ I said. ‘The guy meant that my mind is clear, which is true. This is the first time in two years I’ve felt that my mind is free of shrunken expectations, limiting concepts, and emotional distortions.’"

CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Normally you’re inclined to massage problems until they relax, not bash problems until they break. Your preference is to paint fuzzy, impressionistic pictures rather than creating crisp snapshots. Nevertheless, the astrological omens indicate that in the next two weeks, you should take an approach recommended by Winston Churchill: "If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time — a tremendous whack."

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
I hesitate to be so blunt, but the fact of the matter is that right now God in on your side. This is true even if you’re an atheist. Simply put, the Divine Wow is listening to you more closely than She is to everyone else; She is more prone to slipping you little gifts than all of Her other children; She is plotting to reveal more useful inside information to you than She has in a long time. Here’s a tip to ensure you’ll get the maximum benefit out of your goodies: Use at least some of your fantastic luck to help people in need.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
"On an average weekday," wrote Saul Bellow, "the New York Times contains more information than any contemporary of Shakespeare’s would have acquired in a lifetime." But religious writer F. Forrester Church adds a caveat to that imposing thought. In his book Lifecraft: The Art of Meaning in the Everyday, he writes, "The Times is a fine paper. But for all its information, it only hints, and then only occasionally, at what Shakespeare knew so well: that the beauty of the bird, the symbol of the snake, the courage of the pilot, and the wonder of human love will always be touched with mystery." In accordance with your current omens, Virgo, I urge you to abstain from the New York Times’ specialty and seek out Shakespeare-style soul food for thought. Love enigmas more than certainties.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
"Where would the gardener be if there were no weeds?" asked ancient Chinese sage Chuang Tzu. To that I add: Where would lawyers be without crimes? How would psychotherapists fare without neurotics? What would critics do without the stuff they love to diss? Now let’s apply this line of thinking to you, Libra. What thing that you dislike also happens to be something you need? What condition that you’re opposed to is essential in constructing your identity? This is a good time to acknowledge the value of everything you oppose, disagree with, and fight against.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Marie Poland Fish was an oceanographer who invented a new form of underwater sound detection for the navy. To perfect the technology, she spent years studying the sounds made by 300 different species that live in the sea. Her innovations allowed attack vessels to tell the difference between enemy submarines and schools of fish, thereby avoiding assaults on the fish. She’s your role model for the coming week, Scorpio. May she inspire you to develop more foolproof methods for distinguishing between actual threats and the harmless influences that may superficially resemble them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Here’s the first thing you need to know about the current state of your destiny: "Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." That message comes to you from poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Here’s the second piece of wisdom you should take with you everywhere you go. It’s from Vladimir Nabokov: "For aren’t you and I gods? Let all of life be an unfettered howl. Release life’s rapture. Everything is blooming. Everything is flying. Everything is screaming. Laughter. Running."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Want to know a secret? I "predict" the present, not the future. In other words, I discern unconscious patterns and invisible influences that are affecting you now. I also try to inspire you to read your own mind so as to uncover feelings that you’ve been hiding from yourself. So I can’t necessarily tell you what specific events will transpire in the coming days. But I do suspect the following things are true, although you may not be aware of them yet: You are in the midst of redefining what home means to you. You’ve been neglecting a deep need that’s a bit embarrassing to you. And there’s a place in your foundation that’s in disrepair and requires your attention.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Opening for travel in 1926, Route 666 ran from Arizona through three other states. It became a problem for fundamentalist Christians, who got obsessed with the idea that 666 is an evil number associated with the devil. As their toxic delusions increasingly poisoned America’s collective imagination, there was a growing outcry to rename the road. Finally, highway authorities gave in to the pressure and officially banished 666, turning it into Route 191 in Arizona and Route 491 elsewhere. This is an idiotically superstitious example of an otherwise sound principle that actually has merit: Altering the name of a person or thing can change the way it’s perceived, and possibly even transform its essential nature. I bring this up, Aquarius, because now is an excellent time for you to use this principle to your advantage. What or whom would benefit from a renaming?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Please don’t get sidetracked by the pursuit of minor dreams that would give you trivial satisfaction. And please talk yourself out of going after ephemeral rewards that would at best provide you with a false sense of accomplishment. Here’s why this advice is even more important than usual: You have an intense but limited amount of driving ambition available to you at the moment, so you’ve got to make sure you use it on a project or projects that will still be meaningful to you a year from now.

Homework: Ask yourself if there’s any place in your life where you think you’re doing your best but in fact you could do better. Testify by going to www.RealAstrology.com and clicking on "Email Rob."

Freewill Astrology

Freewill Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
In the film Fight Club, the character played by Brad Pitt storms into a convenience store with a gun, then herds the clerk out back and threatens to execute him. While the poor man quivers in terror, Pitt asks him questions about himself, extracting the confession that he had once wanted to be a veterinarian but had dropped out of school. After a few minutes, Pitt frees the clerk without harming him, but says that unless he takes steps to return to veterinary school in the next six weeks, he will hunt him down and kill him. In my opinion, that’s an overly extreme way to motivate someone to do what’s good for him. I wish I could come up with a less shocking approach to coax you into resuming the quest for your deferred dreams, Aries. Can you think of anything?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Financial columnist Bill Fleckstein says that by its very nature, capitalism continually cycles through periods of boom and bust. You can’t have one without the other.  The American economy is in trouble because for many years the federal government suppressed the down times in an effort to create a state of perpetual boom. The backlogged busts are now kicking in all at once. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, in the hope that you won’t make a comparable mistake in your own sphere. Some tightly wound part of your life needs to unravel for a while. I advise you to consider going on a brief hiatus or sabbatical.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Even if you have no plans to get married, I suggest you enter the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, in which rival designers compete to create beautiful bridal gowns using bathroom tissue. You just might win, thereby earning the cash prize. Why do I say that? Because according to my reading of the omens, you now have a special skill at conjuring up cheap elegance in service to your urge to merge. You have an unusual knack for turning things of little apparent worth into valuable aids to intimacy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):
In recent years there has been a rash of climbers shedding all their clothes on Mount Everest. A sherpa by the name of Lakpa Tharke claims the world’s record for high-altitude nudity, having stood skyclad for three minutes at the 29,035-foot summit. Some Nepali authorities are seeking a ban on such displays, believing that it defiles the revered mountain. "How would Westerners feel about people stripping in church?" they ask. Not meaning any disrespect to them, I urge you, Cancerian, to make "in the buff on the holy mountaintop" your power metaphor of the week. Blend sacredness and nakedness in any way that appeals to your imagination, especially if it’s in high places or makes you high.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
The feats you’re pulling off may not appear spectacular to a casual observer. But in my view, they are some of the most interesting accomplishments you’ve enjoyed in a while. Here’s a brief description of some of your subtly glorious breakthroughs: 1. You’ve made yourself less susceptible to being manipulated by guilt or pushed around by bullies or fooled by phonies. 2. You’re getting smarter about how you treat the people and things you love. 3. You’re at the peak of your ability to discern the difference between rash risks motivated by fear and smart gambles driven by authentic intuition.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Using a stopwatch, a sports statistician once figured out that the average baseball game has about nine minutes of action. The proceedings may last three hours from beginning to end, but the ball is actually in play just five percent of the time. What happens during the remaining 95 percent? Mostly a lot of standing around. I believe it’ll be that kind of week for you, Virgo. The good news is that when the flurries of activity do erupt, they will be packed with drama and intrigue that you can really use.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
"I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening," wrote occult philosopher Aleister Crowley in his flowery neo-Victorian style. "I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning." I think that formulation will serve you well in the coming days, Libra. There’s little to be gained from clinging compulsively to your hopes and fantasies about what’s true. Just the opposite: Momentous strength will rise up in you if you question everything you hold dear or assume to be fact.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
In her book Waiting for God, French mystic and political activist Simone Weil (1909-1943) wrote a passage I’d love for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks: "When an apprentice gets hurt, or complains of being tired, the workmen have this fine expression: ‘It is the trade entering his body.’ Each time that we have some pain to go through, we can say to ourselves quite truly that it is the order and beauty of the world that are entering our body." I encourage you, Scorpio, to adopt this redemptive attitude about the suffering you have been experiencing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
In his memoir, radio talk-show host Michael Krasny notes that he is "the inverse of writer Saul Bellow, who said that he was a bird and not an ornithologist." Even if you are usually more like Krasny, Sagittarius, I suggest that you be like Bellow in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, you need to be an embodiment of wild nature, not an observer and appreciator of wild nature. It’s time for you to be a geyser, not an architect who critiques fountains; a bonfire, not a candle-gazer; a horse, not a gambler who bets on the ponies.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
A new Hawaiian island is in the process of creating itself. Called Loihi, it’s an active volcano that still lies beneath the sea. As it vents lava in the millennia to come, it will eventually accumulate enough mass to rise above water level and make itself available for trees to grow on and animals to nest in and humans to dance on. In the coming days, Capricorn, I invite you to regard this as an important symbol. Think about what part of your life has a metaphorical resemblance to the threshold that Loihi will be approaching about 10,000 years from now: emerging out of the depths and breaking above the surface.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Between 8 and 9 o’clock one morning, I made a 30-mile roundtrip from San Francisco to Marin County, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge twice in the process. In that brief time, I drove through five different micro-climates, some of them twice: 1. dense, blinding fog; 2. heavily overcast skies but no fog; 3. totally bright and sunny; 4. wispy fog with sun pouring down through it, creating a blend of grey and gold; 5. partially sunny with rolling bubbles of fog visible in the distance. Judging from your current astrological omens, Aquarius, I’m guessing that what I experienced is an apt metaphor for what your life will be like in the coming days: a quick-shifting kaleidoscope of vivid moods and rich textures. Celebrate each scene, knowing it will soon give way to a new one.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told The Washington Post the following fun facts: "There are more molecules of water in a cup of water than cups of water in all the world’s oceans. This means that some molecules in every cup of water you drink passed through the kidneys of Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Abe Lincoln, or any other historical person of your choosing." Your assignment this week, Pisces, is to choose three heroes you’d most like to be influenced and inspired by. Every time you drink water, be conscious of the fact that some of it was once inside the bodies of those exceptional people. Say a prayer that their mojo will become available to you.

Homework: Is there a place in your life where you’re skilled at bending but not breaking? Brag about it by going to RealAstrology.com and clicking on "Email Rob."

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