Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

My Aries friend David’s acupuncturist diagnosed his current condition as an “encroachment of phlegm in his triple heater.” That’s also an apt metaphorical description of what’s going on in your psyche. Your internal engine — the fire in your belly — is a bit clogged by a sluggish stream of swampy, snotty feelings. I suggest you take action to purge this creeping effluvia. A good way to start would be to do what Gestalt dream workers do: Imagine that the effluvia can speak, and ask it to tell you what it wants.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Borrowing some words of poet Eliza Acton and mixing them with mine, I’ve prepared a love note for you to use as your own. Feel free to give these words to the person whose destiny needs to be woven more closely together with yours. “I love you as a glad bird loves the freedom of its wings. I love you as I love the first lily of spring exploding with clear fragrance in the moonlight. I love you as I love the swell and hush of a low melody that brings the past to life again. I love you as I love the tone of a soft-breathing dawn whose soul has awakened for me alone.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In Greek mythology, the Procrustean bed was a torture device. Anyone foolish enough to lie down on it would be forcibly modified in order to fit its exact dimensions. People who were smaller than the bed would be painfully stretched, and those who were too big would have their body parts amputated. I beg you not to climb into any situation that resembles that bed, Gemini. You need an adaptable niche that will adjust to your unique needs and talents, not a rigid pigeonhole that squeezes and bullies you into assuming its shape.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

“Dear Rob the Astrologer: I recently discovered your column, and I like it. But I’m wondering if I’m approaching it in the right way. Although I’m a Crab, all 12 of your horoscopes seem to make sense to me and describe how I feel. Is this OK? — Curious in Austin.” Dear Curious: You Cancerians are very versatile and empathetic these days. Given how open you are to being taught from every angle, you have my blessing to glean useful information from the horoscopes for all of the signs. This phenomenon will probably run its course by September 23, and after that you may find that only the Cancer horoscope really works for you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

I’m not so interested in predicting the future as I am in creating the future. Why waste even a minute worrying about how things will turn out when you can devote your energy to making things turn out the way you want? It’s true that in the horoscopes I offer you, I speculate about what may be coming. But my purpose in doing so is to describe favorable scenarios that you can use your willpower to manifest. Right now, for instance, I won’t prophesy, “You may soon be blessed with a valuable new resource.” Rather, I’ll say, “Get out there, Leo, and acquire a tool or fuel or asset that will help you become more practical about fulfilling one of your dreams.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“I have dreamed in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas,” wrote Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights. “They have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” One of your main assignments in the coming week, Virgo, is to identify a dream that can work that kind of magic on you. If there is no such dream currently seeded in your imagination, find a new one to plant there.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“The apocalypse won’t be all that bad,” Bible scholar Parker Creaston told the Weekly World News. There’ll be a “brief period of mild to moderate disorder,” after which will come an extended period of “worldwide peace and harmony.” Similarly, Libra, your fear of impending chaos in your personal sphere will turn out to be overblown. Yes, you may suffer temporary shortages and inconveniences, as well as what we might call a metaphorical “traffic jam.” But you can forget about mountains of fire, seas of blood and hordes of locusts from the bottomless pit. They will definitely not be showing up.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You’ve reached a phase in your astrological cycle when you have special power to expand, deepen and enhance your web of allies. My advice? Don’t just schmooze and party, but rather schmooze and party with an evangelical sense of purpose, taking advantage of the fact that people are more likely than usual to see you as attractive, be sympathetic to your cause and lend you their support. The connections you forge and the synergetic collaborations you ignite in the next three weeks could be major factors in your success in 2009.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

According to the Guinness Web site, the world record for opera singers receiving curtain calls is Luciano Pavarotti, who got 165 after his 1988 show at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin. If that mark is ever broken, it may soon be accomplished by a Sagittarian performer. That’s because you people will be at the peak of your potential to garner acknowledgment, recognition and rewards in your chosen fields. Here’s a secret about how you can take maximum advantage of that potential: Imagine that there is a higher, finer level of excellence that’s beyond what you’ve understood as excellence up until now. Then figure out what you’d have to do to rise to that higher, finer level.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Below is an excerpt from a Charles Baudelaire poem, as translated by Louis Simpson. “Ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking . . . ask what time it is, and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: ‘It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue, as you wish.’ “ It is a perfect time in your astrological cycle to draw inspiration from that counsel, Capricorn. In addition to wine, poetry and virtue, consider trying anything else that might work to achieve the desired exaltation, like meditation, dancing, sex, dream work or a vision quest.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Thanks for the entertainment you’ve provided so far in 2008, Aquarius. Since last January, you have sent a nagging demon packing and corrected a kink in your integrity. You’ve paid off a load of karmic debt left over from the old days and have even begun to dissolve an outdated psychosexual imprint. Before I announce your reward for all this good work, though, I’d like you to make more progress on tempering your obsessive side. See what you can do to convert it from a part-time liability into a full-time asset.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words,” said the sage Terence McKenna, “and that if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.” I’d go even further and say that you can actually shape your world through your use of language. Do you really want to live amidst infertile chaos where nothing makes sense and no one really loves anyone? Then speak with unconscious carelessness, expressing yourself lazily. Or would you prefer to live in a realm that’s rich with meaning and beauty and interesting mystery? Then be discerning and creative in how you speak, primed to name the novel truths that are always being born right in front of your eyes. Of course, you always have the power to create heaven or hell through the words you choose, Pisces, but right now is a potential turning point when you could form good new habits.

Homework: Find out what you’ve been hiding from yourself — but be kind about it. Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Your next assignment is to inject more fun into your job — or into anything that feels like work, for that matter. You’ve got a head start because lately you’ve been playing harder than usual. That should give you creative momentum as you reinvent your approach to activities that push you to your limits and test your resolve. For best results, be open to the possibility that you really don’t have to keep being bored and cranky in places where you’ve assumed you will always be bored and cranky.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

After studying your astrological omens, I closed my eyes and asked the spirits for a psychic vision that would symbolize your imminent future. The scenario that came up was a pair of toddlers dressed in fine purple satin garments and wearing golden hats. They looked like a prince and princess, and were wandering around inside a ritual circle about 10 yards in diameter, drawn with white chalk in a green meadow. Vases of cut flowers and statues of gods and goddesses ringed the circle. So what does my vision mean?  Maybe this: Two magnificent possibilities have recently been born or will soon be born. You should cast a protective spell around them, letting them amble and dally within a prescribed area as their magic ripens.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Some spas are now offering their clients “butt facials.” The cost for smoothing and toning your skin in the lower realms can range up to $800 per session. At that steep price, I can’t in good conscience mandate the procedure for you. But the astrological omens are favorable for you to take special care of things at the bottom of your life, even if they are more metaphorical in nature. So please brainstorm about how you could upgrade your ballast, strengthen your foundation, and give your center of gravity a boost.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Studies show that 58 percent of us think our IQs are higher than average. That can’t be true, of course. But maybe one sign of a person with a below-average IQ is the delusion that he’s pretty intelligent. Having said that, however, I confidently predict that at least 58 percent of all Cancerians will exceed the mediocre norm in the coming weeks. The figure may even rise as high as 75 percent. The astrological omens suggest you have the potential to be smarter than you’ve ever been. Use your acuity constructively!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Was there a dream that you abandoned some time ago? Was there a power you recklessly gave up? Do you ever think longingly about a knack or skill that withered away because you stopped wielding it with the regularity and excellence it demanded?  It’s time to revisit defeats like those, Leo. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you’re in good shape to reimagine the original experiences in ways that could help you recover what was lost.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“The advantage of the incomprehensible is that it never loses its freshness,” wrote French poet Paul Valery. From that perspective, Virgo, I bet you’ll be sparkling and brisk in the coming days. You will be cheeky and saucy, crisp and rosy, bright and well-ventilated. There’ll be so much delightfully hard-to-understand novelty flowing your way that you will be awakened again and again and again, rising to a higher level of awareness each time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The 19th-century American philosopher Henry David Thoreau accomplished a lot. Among his voluminous body of work was Civil Disobedience, a book that inspired Tolstoy, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. In the 2-million-word journal he kept for over two decades, he wrote about nature with a precision and care that prefigured modern-day environmentalism. But Thoreau also knew how to relax, and he was free of anxiety about living up to other people’s standards of success. One passage in his journal reads, “For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.” He’s your role model for the rest of 2008, Libra.  May he inspire you to give yourself the slack you need and compete with no one but yourself as you become more of the unique work of art you were born to be.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Everyone’s life is a hero’s journey, yours included. You have been on an epic quest ever since you first realized that your destiny is unlike anyone else’s, and that you have specific tasks to master as you pursue the long-term dreams that are uniquely meaningful to you. But like all the rest of us, you sometimes lose sight of this big-picture view for months at a time. You may even be fairly happy as you focus on your daily details without any thought of where you’ll be years from now. If that’s the rhythm you’ve been in lately, Scorpio — and I suspect it is — it’s about to change. Your immersion in the next major phase of your hero’s journey will begin soon.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Michelangelo never finished two-thirds of the sculptures he started. Basketball mega-star Michael Jordan failed on 26 different occasions when he was given the ball to try the game-winning shot as time ran out. Of Bob Dylan’s 57 albums, maybe only 15 of them are masterpieces. I bring these facts to your attention, Sagittarius, in the hope that they will give you some perspective on the down times in your own track record. More importantly, I want to let you know that in the coming weeks, you should have access to the kind of energy that Michelangelo, Jordan and Dylan had when they were creating their legends.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“The bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes,” wrote Plato in The Republic, “either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye quite as much as of the bodily eye.” He goes on to say that when a person leaves the light and enters into the shadows, his vision is perplexed, being unaccustomed to the dark. And when he moves from the murk into the brightness, it takes a while for his sight to adjust to the dazzle. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you had to deal with the first kind of temporary blindness about three weeks ago, and will begin experiencing the second kind any day now.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In addition to food, air, water, sleep and love, every human being needs stories. No one can psychically survive without the continuous flow of narrative through his or her imagination. And just as there is a big difference between the physical nourishment provided by a salad or by a candy bar, so is there a wide range of quality in the stories you expose yourself to. Soaking up the adventures of über-playboy Hugh Hefner and his three girlfriends on the TV show “The Girls Next Door” will probably deplete your energy and lower your intelligence, while reading Tom Robbins’ novel Jitterbug Perfume may enhance your mental hygiene and sharpen your perceptions. What I’m saying here is always true, of course, but it’s especially important for you to keep in mind right now. From what I can tell, you’re ravenous for beautiful, uncanny, uplifting stories.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
“The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions,” said British writer Antony Jay. If you’d like to be in close alignment with cosmic rhythms, Pisces, you will keep that meditation in the foreground of your awareness. Your imagination will be extraordinarily fertile in the coming week, and I can’t think of a better way to deploy it than to smoke out and lovingly annihilate the lazy, useless, and just plain bad questions that are threatening to lead you and others astray.

Homework: Do you remember the last time you loved yourself with consummate artfulness and grace? See if you can recreate that golden age. Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Golden Globe-winning actress Edith Evans had some advice for actors who were just coming into their full power: “Don’t indulge yourself by showing off; the moment that you begin to find that you can do something well, you must control it and do it more selectively.” This recommendation would serve you well in the coming weeks, Aries, no matter what your work is. You have reached a higher level of self-expression; you have achieved a degree of mastery in a skill you’ve been struggling   to learn. Now it’s time to practice wielding your new command with enhanced discernment and discipline. (Evans’ quote comes from John Gielgud’s book \An Actor and His Time.)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

By the time Cal was 7 years old, he was lit up with a desire to know how things work. Sometimes that caused problems. When he dismantled the toaster to examine its innards, for instance, his parents reprimanded him. In a working-class family of 12 kids, losing a valued appliance caused a financial crunch. But Cal kept taking things apart to understand them better. In time his research led him to develop a skill for putting things back together again, often in better shape than they were before he got hold of them. As an adult, Cal creates interactive robots that perform in shows all over the world; he’s a master builder. I hope you’ll try a telescoped version of his story in the coming week, Taurus: disassembling stuff in order to ultimately make it work even better.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus advises his disciples to be “as shrewd as serpents and as innocent as doves” as they do their work in the world. (A different translation says, “as wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”) That’s the two-toned attitude I suggest you embody in the coming week, Gemini. Evaluate every situation with all the cunning at your disposal, but don’t act like a scheming strategist. Rather, be open-hearted and humble, almost child-like in your willingness to see with fresh eyes. Mastering this combination will allow you to avoid the pitfalls and reap the blessings of the paradoxes you encounter.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A teacher at an all-girl Japanese elementary school decided her class would put on a performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. But when she selected a certain student to play Snow White, the parents of the other 24 kids went ballistic. Through a campaign of harassment, they bullied the teacher into changing the script so that there would be 25 Snow Whites, no dwarfs and no wicked witch. In my opinion, that’s the wrong way to apply democratic principles. I’m more anti-hierarchical than anyone I know, and yet even I would draw the line at, say, no more than five Snow Whites. Please be vigilant for the possibility that a similar misapplication of egalitarianism will take place in your personal sphere. Make sure there’s at least one dwarf.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Douglas Engelbart got the idea for the computer mouse in 1950 and actually invented it in 1964. But it was slow to be recognized for the brilliant technology it was, and didn’t begin to reach a mass audience for another 20 years. Luckily, he was persistent, never losing faith in his vision. I suspect you’re on the cusp of a comparable experience, Leo. One of your good ideas is either ahead of its time, or beyond the capacity of your cohorts to imagine. I’m sure you won’t have to wait as long as Engelbart did, but the fruition of your brainchild may take more time than you’d like. Let’s see how dogged and determined you can be.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Do you believe in invisible things? No? You say you only trust information that comes to you through your five senses? Then what’s your position on radio waves, infrared light, electricity and X-rays? Do you believe in them, even though your senses have no contact with them whatsoever? It’s true that scientists have developed instruments that detect those invisible things. But what if there are other hidden forces and secret energies the scientists have yet to develop instruments to find? Let these thoughts be the starting point for your meditations in the coming week, Virgo. It’s prime time for you to recognize, engage with, and benefit from what has been concealed from you up until now.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Twenty years ago, I ran for city council in Santa Cruz, Calif. As one of my campaign promises, I told voters I would regularly consult with the spirit of America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, with whom I’d established a telepathic rapport. I fell a few hundred votes short of winning a council seat, but I kept my pledge anyway: I’ve been communing with Jefferson ever since. Last night, I met with him in my dreams. I told him you’re in an astrological phase that’s favorable for seeking out new teachers and teachings, and I asked if he had any advice. He suggested that you do what I do: Have conversations, either in dreams or fantasies, with a historical figure you deeply respect.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The most striking feature on the planet Jupiter is the Great Red Spot, a storm that resembles a giant unblinking eye. It has lasted over 300 years and is wider than the planet Earth. I invite you to regard it as your symbol of power in the coming weeks. Think of it whenever you’d like to use your eyes to see in bigger and better ways, or whenever you want to draw on the inspirational power of a beautiful storm, or whenever you’d like to transform some disturbance in your life into a long-lived source of dazzling energy.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

For over a decade, members of the worldwide Garden Gnome Liberation Front have been stealing garden gnomes from the yards of people’s homes and relocating them into their natural home in the forests. While I admire their pranks, I can’t in good conscience advise you to join their ranks. Your instinct for freedom is exceptionally high these days, true, but it would be a shame to waste it on helping inanimate objects. Instead, please devote your tremendous emancipatory energies to practical causes and living beings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It’s clear to me that a part of you needs to come out of hiding. I’m not exactly sure what that means, though. Maybe there’s a talent you’ve buried that’s ready to emerge into the light. It could be that a question you’ve been trying to ignore is finally ripe to be asked. Perhaps you’ve been stoically putting up with a tweaked situation that you really should rise up and transform. What do you think it is, Capricorn?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

My favorite places on the moon are the Sea of Clouds, Sea of Fertility, Sea of Ingenuity and Sea of Nectar. They’re not actual bodies of water. The old astronomers who named them didn’t know they were actually dark plains formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. But the great thing about the moon is that it piques our imaginations and massages our dreams as much as it speaks to our rational minds. And I encourage you to take advantage of that power now. Here’s one possible way: Daydream a story about a heroic quest in which you acquire four magical boons, one each at the Sea of Clouds, Sea of Fertility, Sea of Ingenuity and Sea of Nectar.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK, chose an unlikely context to propose marriage to his future wife: She was kneeling in front of the toilet wielding a scrub brush. I expect a comparable event in your near future, Pisces: An appealing invitation or big opening will come your way while you’re in a humble position. The only advice I have is to put down your scrub brush before responding.

Homework: Every one of us creates something every day. Keep a list of all the things you create this week, and send it to me. Go to FreeWillAstrology.com and click on “Email Rob.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):

Do you get aroused from squeezing balloons until they explode? Do you quiver with delight as you watch popcorn pop? Have you ever been patient enough to stand in front of a ripe flower bud for hours to witness its slow explosion into full opening? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re in for an orgasmically pleasing week, Aries. Lots of things are going to change into something else through the process of eruption or sprouting or bursting forth. I bet you’ll dream of undersea volcanoes spurting.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

In my vision of your ideal future, you would spend the next two weeks both way out on the frontier and yet close to home. Paradoxical? Yes, but that’s the magic and mystery of the unusual opportunity you have before you. Don’t just take my word for it, Taurus: Meditate on how you could wander free on the outskirts of everything you know even as you feel as stable and secure as a monarch in your castle. Be on a far-flung adventure even as you draw deeply from the mother lode. Enjoy the pleasures of unexplored territory as you draw on the power of the familiar.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Although the platypus is technically a furry mammal, a new study of its genetic code reveals that it also has some qualities common to birds and reptiles. It lays eggs and has venom like a snake and a bill like a duck. Sounds like it’s the perfect creature to serve as your totem in the coming week, Gemini. Life will bring you unexpected mixtures and improbable hybrids. You won’t be able to make sense of your experience if you rely on your usual categories. And I think you’ll find that the best way to attract good fortune will be to weave together threads of different colors and textures.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

Write down five exciting things you love to do or think about. Take this list with you everywhere you go. On another piece of paper, name five fears or unpleasant thoughts that demoralize you. Put this list at the back of your closet. For the next seven days, try to refrain from letting your mind wander to the things on the bad list. Meanwhile, undertake an aggressive campaign to cultivate, seek out, and enjoy the five exciting things that you love to do and think about. In fact, any time you notice your attention veering toward the negative stuff, immediately steer it toward the positive. Don’t worry, this exercise won’t turn you into a brain-dead optimist. After all, you’ll only do it for a week. The items on the second list will still be there when you’re done. Or will they? Maybe they will have mutated into something more manageable.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

When British rock legend David Bowie came to America for his first tour in 1973, he said he felt like a fly in a glass of milk. He was half-drowning in a flood of interesting new sensations and perceptions, while at the same time he was greedily drinking it all in, stoked with fascinated joy. According to my astrological projections, Leo, you’re in that fly-in-the-milk state yourself, or will soon be.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

The light in your eyes looks a little foggy, Virgo. The fire in your belly seems to be smoldering, and your brain has been hiccupping. At least your heart isn’t exactly broken.  (Though I’m tempted to make suggestions about how to fix it anyway.) Am I worried? Not at all. After the nonstop breakthroughs you enjoyed there for a while, I expected that you would eventually need time to slow down and let everything sink in. So I suggest that you cultivate a state of low-key contentment as your deep mind integrates the transformations you set in motion.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

I’m not a fan of renowned free-market guru Milton Friedman, who died in 2006. His philosophy has wreaked more suffering on the world than any since Communism. (Read Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism for the gross details.) There’s one particular keystone of his belief system that is especially important for you to rebel against in the coming weeks. He said that “only a crisis — actual or perceived — produces real change.” In the name of all you hold holy, Libra, I ask you to prove him wrong. Show yourself and everyone who looks to you for inspiration that real change can be motivated by an exuberant lust for life — by a generous longing to risk adventures that will yield greater rewards.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

The guy who gave his name to North and South America was a pickle salesman and writer as well as an explorer. After a stint in Spain selling his vitamin C-rich pickles to outbound ships, Amerigo Vespucci got to travel to the New World in 1499 and 1502. The stories he penned about his adventures there were highly imaginative, like his description of giant native women with huge breasts who employed poisonous fluids extracted from insects to super-size their husbands’ penises. I nominate Amerigo to be your role model in the coming weeks, Scorpio. May you, too, do what comes naturally and be your funky self in ways that lead to glory and renown.   (My source for the info about Amerigo is Tony Horwitz’s book A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World.)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“Two chemicals called actin and myosin evolved eons ago to allow the muscles in insect wings to contract and relax,” writes Deepak Chopra in The Book of Secrets. “Today, the same two proteins are responsible for the beating of the human heart.” Likewise, Sagittarius, actions you take or ideas you embrace in the coming days will send reverberations deep into your future. They will show up many years hence in altered form, but imprinted with the essence you give them now. This is your chance to bestow a profound blessing on the person you will later become.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Here’s a passage from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Breakfast of Champions: “Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.” This scenario has some resemblances to what you’re doing, Capricorn. Fortunately, you’re much smarter than the two pieces of yeast, and so you will not do the equivalent of drowning in crap. But I bet you’ll create something comparable to champagne.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

“The question of evil,” writes psychologist James Hillman, “refers primarily to the anaesthetized heart, the heart that has no reaction to what it faces, thereby turning the variegated sensuous face of the world into monotony, sameness, oneness.” Your assignment in the coming week, Aquarius, is to triumph over this kind of evil in yourself. By whatever ingenious and imaginative means you can dream up, you must awaken your heart fully to the unpredictable, ever-shifting beauty and ugliness you encounter. Drink it all in like a thirsty wanderer who has just emerged from a long trek lost in the desert. [The source of Hillman’s quote is his book The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World.]

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

“Dear Rob: If you were, like me, setting out on a 10-year project to become a beautiful truth-teller, having the simple goal of actually expressing the things that Everyone Ought to Say but Doesn’t, what would you do?  Other than to bother your favorite truth-tellers for advice, of course! — Aspiring Fount of Truth.” Dear Aspiring Fount: In its highest expression, the Piscean style of telling the truth is ripe with emotional intelligence and a deep thoughtfulness that’s devoted to staying focused on the big picture. One of the best ways to increase your mastery of this approach is to regularly tell yourself the truth about yourself with kick-ass kindness.

Homework: Make a game out of a situation you’re bored by or in dread of. In other words, find a way to play in a place where you’ve been stuck. Report results to RealAstrology.com. Click on “Email Rob.”

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