Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt used to be skeptical about the power of prayer. But his wife, Heidi, herself a devout believer, urged him to keep his mind open. Then, as an experiment, Spencer asked God to help him and Heidi get a double date with teen pop star Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend, despite the fact that neither of them even knew Cyrus. Apparently God heard and responded, because not too long after that, the hoped-for double date did indeed come to pass. I’m telling you this, Aries, because I think you’re entering a phase when you, like Pratt, will have extra luck in making idiosyncratic wishes come true. If I were you, though, I’d focus on more profound idiosyncratic wishes than the kind Pratt pined for.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

Do you have a subconscious urge to escape the constraints of your customary behavior? Have you ever wished you could be someone else for a while? If so, this is your lucky week, Taurus. The cosmos is granting you a temporary exemption from acting and feeling like your same old self. From now until July 2, you have permission to walk like, talk like, think like and even make love like a Pisces or Virgo or Gemini — or any sign, for that matter, except Scorpio or Aquarius. You might enjoy checking out my horoscopes for the other signs, and following the advice that sounds most fun.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

It’s Fete Your Feet Week, Gemini. Your soles definitely need more attention, pampering and contact with nature. (So does your soul, and hope that will happen as you carry out the more literal assignment.) So abstain from wearing your shoes and socks at every opportunity. Get as much contact as possible between your naked feet and the naked earth. Even walking unshod on floors and pavements could prove helpful. Foot massages are advisable, as well as pedicures, henna tattoos, and foot baths. Try praying with your feet instead of your hands, and see if you can get someone to kiss and adore you down there.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

“His heart was growing full of broken wings and artificial flowers,” wrote poet Federico Garcia Lorca. “In his mouth, just one small word was left.” There were times during the first half of June when I was tempted to borrow those words to describe you, Cancerian. Now, thankfully, you’re moving into a much brighter phase. The buds that are about to bloom in your heart are very much alive, not artificial, and your wings, while not fully restored to strength, are healing. Meanwhile, your mouth is even now being replenished with a fresh supply of many vivid words.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

What scares you or perturbs you in the coming week could, by August, become what fuels you. What makes you feel unsettled and out of sorts could turn out to be good medicine. But of course you’re under no obligation to submit yourself to this experimental sequence, Leo. The fact is, you could probably run away from the discomfort and get immediate relief. Unfortunately, taking that approach would deprive you of the benefits that will almost certainly come from enduring the discomfort for a while. My preference is that you be brave and far-seeing.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

There’s a better than even chance that you’re about to embark on a Summer of Love. To improve your odds even more, meditate on the following questions. 1. What qualities do you look for in a lover that you would benefit from developing more fully in yourself? 2. What do you think are your two biggest delusions about the way love works? 3. Is there anything you can do to make yourself more lovable? 4. Is there anything you can do to be more loving? 5. Are you willing to deal with the fact that any intimate relationship worth pursuing will inevitably evoke the most negative aspects of both partners — and require both partners to heal their oldest wounds?

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

You are entering a phase when you’ll have more power than usual to influence people. Your charisma will be waxing, and the light in your eyes will be growing more intense, making it more likely that your point of view will be heard and appreciated. Your powers of persuasion will be increasing as well, and you’ll have extra understanding about how to motivate people and get them to work together effectively. So let me ask you the most important question: What exactly do you want to accomplish with your enhanced clout?

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Congratulations, Scorpio. You’ve reached the end of the Big Squeeze. You’ve served your time in the bottleneck. And so I invite you to relax your pinched expression, loosen up your puckered expectations, and let the Season of Experiments begin. According to my projections, you will soon be receiving a host of invitations to wander into the frontier with your raw sense of wonder turned up all the way. Please research each invitation thoroughly before choosing. When you’ve decided which adventures are most likely to enhance your understanding of the art of liberation, dive in.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

A guy I barely know critiqued me at a party recently. “You haven’t suffered enough to feel intense passion,” he said. “Your life has been too happy, too easy.” I didn’t want to get into a debate about whether my life has been too happy and easy, so in my reply I didn’t mention my divorce or the time I was shot or the grueling poverty I endured for 18 years. “So you’re saying,” I told him, “that suffering is the only way you can acquire passion? I don’t agree. Have you ever raised a child? Have you ever been in love with someone who incited you to make radical changes in your life? Have you ever worked on a creation for many years and then submitted it to be judged by thousands of people? I have.” I’m letting you know about this, Sagittarius, because I predict you’ll soon be offered an experience like those I named — adventures that have the potential to build intense passion without requiring you to suffer.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows,” said journalist Sydney J. Harris. That would be an excellent motto for you to live by in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Whether or not you’re enrolled in school, you’re in a phase when your capacity for attracting learning experiences is at a peak. To take maximum advantage of the cosmic tendencies, all you have to do is cultivate a hungry curiosity for fresh teachings and life lessons — especially those that shift you away from gazing at your own reflection and toward peering out at the mysteries of the world.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Here’s a preview of the accomplishments I expect you to complete in the next four weeks. Number of karmic debts paid off and canceled: 1. Number of bad habits replaced with good habits: 2. Number of holes blasted in your theory about why you can’t do more of what you love to do: 300. Number of “necessities” lost that turn out not to be necessities: 1. Number of psychic wounds successfully medicated: 1. Number of confusing messes that evolve into interesting opportunities: 2. Number of romantic obstructions eliminated: 1 and a half.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

A delicious forbidden fruit will be more available than usual in the coming weeks. You can choose to ignore it, of course. You can pretend it’s not even there and, instead, concentrate on the less forbidden fruits that are tasty enough. Or, on the other hand, you can sidle up closer to the forbidden fruit and engage in some discreet explorations, testing subtly to see whether it’s any healthier for your sanity than it used to be. I’m not sure what the best decision is, Pisces, but I do suggest this: Don’t just rip off all your defenses, forget all your commitments, and start heedlessly taking big bites out of the forbidden fruit.

Homework: Send me a description of your game plan for hunting down happiness during the second half of 2009. FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

Are you secretly afraid of feeling secure? Do you equate stability with being bored and lazy? Do you suspect that your restless pioneer spirit makes you unfit for the slow, meticulous work of building sturdy foundations? If so, there’s hope for you to change — especially if you make a big effort in the coming weeks. The moment is ripe for you to learn more about the arts of energizing comfort and stimulating calm and exciting peace. To jump-start the process, go get a massage. As you’re being stroked by nurturing hands, brainstorm about the additions and adjustments you’d like to make in your five-year master plan.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

Your education is about to take a curious and interesting turn. During the coming weeks, I expect that you’ll upgrade your street smarts and explore a whole new meaning for the term “hands-on experience.” You’ll find out about an area of ignorance that was so deep and dark you didn’t even know about it, and you’ll take aggressive steps to get it the teaching it needs. Congratulations in advance for being brave enough to open your mind so wide, Taurus. I’m glad you’ll be hunting for a fresh set of questions.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

The books of psychologist Carl Jung provide crucial insights into the nature of the unconscious mind. To the degree that I have any skill in deciphering the part of human intelligence that works in mysterious, secretive ways, I owe a great debt to him. I want to tell you an anecdote about him that may be useful. Once, as an adult, Jung took a break from work to go strolling on a beach. While meandering, he was overcome with a spontaneous impulse to build things as he did when he was a kid. He gathered some stones and sticks and used them to construct a miniature scene, including a church. As he finished, he was visited by a flood of novel intuitions about his life. He concluded that his childlike play had called forth these revelations from his unconscious mind. I suggest you try a similar tack, Gemini: To access important information that your deep mind has been sequestering, go play a while.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

We ask that you not divulge the climax of the epic story to anyone — at least until you’ve let it sink in for a while and felt all the reverberations it has unleashed. After that, you’ll be wise to speak about it only with skilled listeners and empathetic allies who can help you harvest the meaning of all the clues that were packed inside your adventures. One further counsel: Before you reach the absolute, final denouement of the drama, there may be a tricky turn that looks a lot like the ending.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

You have cosmic permission (even encouragement) to live on the edge for the next 28 days as long as you follow these guidelines: 1.) Don’t live on the edge to impress anyone; do it because you love it, or else don’t do it. 2.) Don’t complain and worry about it. Enjoy it completely. 3.) Don’t expect anyone else to join you on the edge. If they choose to do so with enthusiasm, fine; but don’t manipulate them. 4.) Don’t imitate the way other people live on the edge. Establish your own unique style. 5.) Don’t live on the edge for more than 28 days. Much longer than that and you’ll start sabotaging the benefits.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

In 1968, psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly released its landmark 17-minute song “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.” Cable TV network VH1 later named it as the 24th greatest hard-rock tune in history. There are different stories about the origins of the title, but all agree on one point: It was originally “In the Garden of Eden.” It became “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” through some fluke, probably caused by the lead singer getting intoxicated and garbling the words as he performed it in the recording studio. This would be an excellent week for you to induce and capitalize on creative mistakes like that, Virgo. I hope you do, because it’ll help you get into the right frame of mind to stir up a mix of excellence and improvisation everywhere you go — and that formula practically guarantees success.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Do you apologize to chairs when you bump into them? Often end up being the only one at a party who’ll talk to the most boring person? Ever find yourself starting your sentences with “I hope I’m not bothering you but I was wondering if you would mind if I … “? If so, this is a good time to make a shift. That’s why I suggest you add some bite to your demeanor. Do what feels interesting at least as often as what’s polite. Look for what advances the plot as much as what fosters harmony. The point is not to go overboard, of course. You don’t want to fling insults or arouse friction. Add fire to your presentation, but don’t start conflagrations.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Evaluating Adam Lambert after one of his exotic, virtuoso performances back in April, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi praised him as being “confusing, shocking, sleazy and superb.” That’s a standard you could soon achieve in your own sphere, Scorpio. But do you want to? You’ll have to care less about maintaining your dignity than usual, and be especially forthright in expressing yourself. Let me leave no doubt about what I’m saying: To be as superb as you potentially can be, you’ll have to be at least a little confusing and shocking and maybe even sleazy.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Metaphorically speaking, Sagittarius, you have unearthed or are about to unearth a rare fossil. I think it’s a pretty sensational discovery. It’s a missing link that could help you make sense out of episodes in your past that have always mystified or frustrated you. I urge you to learn all you can about this fossil. Follow every lead it points to. And ask your intuition to run wild and free as it dreams up possible interpretations to its multiple meanings.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Maybe it’s time you did something in return for all the free advice I give you. From a karmic perspective it might not be healthy for you to continue to take, take, take while never giving back. So this week, for a change, how about if you compose an oracle for me? Or send me a nice present — nothing big or expensive, just a thoughtful token. JUST KIDDING! The truth is, I don’t care if you ever express your appreciation. You give me a momentous gift simply by caring enough to read my words. Being able to speak with you so intimately has made me a better and smarter person. Now I suggest you do what I just did: Acknowledge how much the receivers of your gifts do for you.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

“I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things,” says actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo. “The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth.” As witty as that thought may be, I don’t recommend you make it your approach in the coming days. My analysis of the omens suggests that reality will be especially malleable. Even more than usual, it will tend to take the shape of your expectations. So please, Aquarius, try hard to see the lovely, graceful, unbroken glass as half-full of a delicious, healthy drink.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

I feel an expansive, permissive mood coming on — in the cosmos, that is, not me. To be honest, I’m in a more conservative mood than the cosmos. But the planetary powers-that-be have decided to float you poetic licenses, blank checks, special dispensations, and wild cards. I just hope this free stuff won’t make you forget about the finely-crafted containers and boundaries you’ve been working on lately. Maybe I’d feel better if you promised me to keep on doing the careful, conscientious things that seem to have earned you all the good fortune that’s on its way.

Homework: Imagine it’s three months in the future, and write a brief essay on “What I Did This Summer to Improve My World.” FreeWillAstrology.com

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

So you’re trying to tell me that the way out is the way in. Is that right? And that the "wrong" answer just might be the right answer? And that success, if it makes an appearance, will most likely happen by accident? I don’t know, Aries. It’s tricky to get away with this upside-down approach to life unless you have a lot of discipline and yet also don’t take yourself too seriously. You’ve got to be both rigorous and flexible — a stickler for detail and a master of improvisation. I do suspect you’re up for the challenge, but what do you think?

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

In an interview, musician Attiss Ngoval told the San Francisco Chronicle that he’d want the superpower of X-ray vision "If and only if I could use it to see people naked under their clothes. I don’t want it if all I see is skeletons." That’s a good standard for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks, Taurus. I definitely think you’ll have an ability to see deeper into the multilayer levels of reality than you’ve been able to do in quite some time. But your challenge will be to employ that gift to explore sights that are really interesting and useful to you, not just everything and anything that’s usually hidden.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

My astrological charts suggest that your immediate future is wide open — so much so that it’s difficult to predict which scenarios are more likely than all the others. This might mean that your free will is especially free right now. But in the interest of giving you something specific to grab on to, I’ll name a few of the myriad possible scenarios. 1.) A self-styled anarchist scholar, heir to the fortune of a famed Japanese anime artist, will invite you to a sushi feast at a speak-easy club called Planet Mars to discuss the Theory of Everything; 2.) A clownish saint with a tattoo of a cobra swallowing the Earth will get you high by sniffing the pimple medication Clearasil, and then tell you a secret about who you were in one of your past lives; 3.) A familiar stranger will hand you a Cracker Jack toy and whisper, "Are we never going to see each other again? Or will we get married tomorrow?"

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

In honor of the karmic cleanup phase of your astrological cycle, I invite you to do the following exercise: Imagine a pit in the middle of a desert that holds everything you’ve ever used up, spoiled and outgrown. Your old furniture is here, along with stuff like once-favorite clothes, CDs and empty boxes of your favorite cereal. But this garbage dump also contains subtler trash, like photos that capture cherished dreams you gave up on, mementos from failed relationships, and symbols of defunct beliefs and self-images you used to cling to. Everything that is dead to you is gathered here. Got that vision in your mind’s eye? Now picture dousing the big heap of stuff with gasoline and setting it on fire. Watch it burn.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

This would be a good time to activate your sleeping potentials by chanting positive declarations about your relationship to what you need. Instead of typical New Age affirmations, however, I think you’ll benefit from something edgier and more poetic. That’s why I’m offering you the statements below. They were originally written by Andrea Carlisle for use by spiders. Say the following several times a day: "I am now receiving many fine fat flies in my web. My web is strong and masterful. My web is irresistible to all the attractive creatures I like to nibble on. I am amazingly clever and extremely popular. Even now, hundreds of juicy tidbits are headed towards my web."

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

A talent scout who has the power to change your course is drawing closer and closer. Find out why, and capitalize on it. Meanwhile, a chameleon who has always had your number just lost it. Find out the details, and take advantage. If that’s not enough to keep you busy, I’ll clue you in to the fact that a cool fool only recently realized you have something that he or she wants. Find out who and what, and exploit the possibilities. (P.S.: I should also mention that there’s a wild thing out there who would love to lick your hand. Find out why, etc.)

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

"The formula ‘two and two make five’ is not without its attractions," said Dostoevsky. I believe you’ll benefit from embracing that perspective in the coming week, Libra. Transcending logic will be your specialty, especially if you do so with a spiritual gleam in your eye. Being a little crooked could awaken sleeping wisdom within you, as well as boost your life force and enhance your physical attractiveness. So please follow any hunches you have that inspire you to stop making so much sense. Explore the pleasures of using imaginative flair in your search for the truth.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

A lesbian reader who calls herself "Speedy Slow-Hand" wrote to me asking for advice. She explained that she keeps getting obsessed with the half-feral amazons whom her intense Scorpio self lusts after, and this causes her to miss making contact with the warm, nurturing women her softer side craves. Is it better to have someone to run the race with, she asked, or someone to massage her feet after the race? Whether or not you yourself are in the hunt for love, Scorpio, I think her testimony is an apt metaphor for your current dilemma. Should you go with the choice that makes your spirit burn with pungent excitement, or should you opt for what feeds your soul with rich relaxation? I would like to suggest that there’s at least a 30 percent possibility you could have both.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Of the 190 short films the Three Stooges made for Columbia Pictures, only five actually had pie fights. However, those classic scenes sum up all there is to know about the mythic meaning of pie fights, as well as the needs they address and the techniques involved. I urge you to study up on the Stooges’ teachings concerning these matters — and put them to immediate use. Nothing could be more effective in dealing with stalled negotiations, convoluted mind games, superficial exchanges, excessive gravity, and bureaucratic slowdowns than a righteous pie fight. You can find a YouTube clip of a Three Stooges pie fight here: tinyurl.com/yvv8hm.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Some people use sly intelligence rather than mindless rage to escape limitations that have outlived their usefulness. Do you know any? If so, soak up their influence. You could use some inspiration and counsel as you make your own break for freedom. The best way to ensure that your liberation will be permanent, not just a temporary reprieve, is to go about it with humor and subtlety and humility.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Writing in Earthwatch magazine, Anne Marcotty Morris rhapsodized about her trek into Brazil’s rain forest. The jungle is a fecund place, she said: "Several barbed seeds that had attached themselves to me on our walk into the forest had sprouted by the time we walked out." These fast-growing seeds happen to be an apt metaphor for the state of your psyche, Aquarius. You’re a hotbed of lush fertility. Given that fact, I advise you to be very discriminating about which influences you give your attention to. Whether they’re good or bad, empowering or corrosive, they will grow fast.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

There has rarely been a better time than now to blend your fresh sparkly innocence and your deep ancient wisdom. The childlike aspects of your intelligence are especially available, and so are the visionary elements. Furthermore, the two have a great potential to complement and enhance each other. You might be amazed at how dramatically you could transform long-standing problems by invoking this dynamic tandem of energies.

Homework:
It’s almost time for a midyear review. What have you accomplished so far in 2009? What goals remain unfinished? FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

I’m betting that in a couple of months the fates will give you license to play with boisterous gambles and exhilarating risks. But at this particular moment, I recommend that you confine yourself to tame gambles and sensible risks. I realize that may be a bit deflating to your rambunctious all-or-nothing spirit, but I think it’ll pay off in the long run. From what I can tell, this is an excellent time to lay the groundwork for the bigger fun ahead.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

The oracle you’re now reading normally has a retail value of $49.95. But because of your ongoing efforts to defeat your defeatist tendencies, and because of your dogged attempts to sabotage your sabotage mechanisms, and because of your heroic stabs at defending yourself against your defense mechanisms, you have earned the right to receive this advice absolutely gratis! To generate even more free stuff in the coming week, Taurus, all you have to do is learn how to turn around so fast that you can catch a glimpse of the back of your own head, and how to pat yourself on the back with both hands while kicking your own butt.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Seventeen-year-old Jay Greenberg is a music prodigy who has written numerous sonatas and symphonies. His first CD, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Juilliard String Quartet, came out in 2006. It’s not exactly a struggle for him to create his compositions. He often completes them in less than a day. "The music comes fully written," he says, "playing like an orchestra in my head." I believe you now have something in common with him, Gemini. According to my reading of the omens, there will soon be ripe visions of future accomplishments floating around in your imagination. You should write them down or describe them in detail to an ally or do whatever else it takes to launch the process of getting them born.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

"You may want to smash a painful emotion to bits, but you can’t blow it up with a nuclear bomb," wrote Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book Fearless Simplicity. What makes the situation even more poignant is that the painful emotion may be based on a wrong interpretation of experience. It may also be caused by some faulty conditioning that got imprinted on your sensitive psyche when you were a toddler. Having said that, Cancerian, I’m pleased to inform you that you currently have the power to significantly dissipate the intensity of a certain painful emotion you thought you’d never shake. To initiate the process, invoke forgiveness in every way you can imagine — toward those who hurt you, those who ignored you, those who misled you and you yourself.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

"I can’t exactly walk on the water," says Russ Crim, "but it looks like I can because I know where the rocks are hiding just beneath the water." This would be a good trick for you to emulate during the coming weeks, Leo. By doing your homework and some advance scouting, you could put yourself in a position to accomplish a splashy bit of hocus-pocus that will ultimately be legendary. To help ensure that you don’t generate a karmic backlash as you glorify your ego, I suggest you find a way to make your magic serve some worthy cause. For instance, maybe you could walk on water in order to raise money for charity.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

When I was 19 years old, a so-called psychic predicted I would die when I was 24. As much as I scoffed at his careless quackery, his words subliminally worried me for years. On the day I turned 25, I celebrated extra hard. Partly because of that experience, I’ve always tried to be impeccably conscientious about how I conduct myself as a fortune teller. I’ve vowed never to manipulate you with melodramatic prophecies that could distort your free will. So it’s with a cautious sense of responsibility that I offer the following augury: The weeks ahead could be one of the most illuminating and successful times of the last five years.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

I suspect that this is a turning point in your relationship with your fantasies. It’s not enough merely to keep musing about them with wistful longing. You can’t afford to continue postponing their activation until some mythical future. If you want to keep them from receding into a hazy limbo, you will need to give at least one of them a big push toward becoming a more concrete part of your life. The universe will provide ample assistance if you do give that push.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Attention all aspiring lottery winners! If you will ever in your life win more than $10 in the lottery or similar game of chance, this would probably be the time. I’m not saying you definitely will. I’m simply suggesting that your odds are better than usual — certainly better than the chances that you’ll be invited by Brad Pitt to co-star with him in a feature film about alien pirates set in 22nd-century Madagascar. On the other hand, the possibility of a dumb-luck windfall is still rather remote compared to the likelihood of other kinds of financial progress. For instance, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll stimulate the flow of good fiscal karma if you spend quality time taking inventory of your approach to money and developing a long-term master plan to promote your prosperity.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Would you say you’re closer to the "happy wanderer" model of Sagittarian, or the "eternal fugitive" type? Does your motive power usually come from the desire to head in the general direction of some attractive destination, or instead to flee from every situation you’re nervous about getting hemmed in by? Are you more inclined to shoot at multiple targets, hoping that one of them may turn out to be the correct one for you to aim at? Or do you prefer to identify the best target right from the start, and only then begin shooting? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to meditate on these core Sagittarian issues.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In astrology, the word "quincunx" refers to a relationship characterized by creative tension. Two planets that are in quincunx are like two people who have a certain odd affinity for each other but don’t speak the same language. Imagine an Italian woman and an American man meeting at a party and experiencing an immediate chemistry, even though each can barely understand what the other is saying. I bring this up, Capricorn, because these days you’re in a quincunx dynamic with pretty much the whole world. To keep frustration to a minimum and enhance the excitement quotient, you should try to crack some of the foreign codes that surround you.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Philosopher Buckminster Fuller said that although we are all born geniuses, the process of living tends to de-genius us. That’s the bad news. The good news is that 2009 is one of the best years ever for you to re-genius yourself, and the month of June is among the best times in 2009. So how should you go about the glorious task of tapping into the totality of your original brilliance? Here’s one tip. Do what Einstein said: "All I want to do is learn the way God thinks. All the rest is details."

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

Dear Rob: I’ve recently developed a propensity to talk to myself. This is pretty weird. All these years, I’ve barely uttered a few words to myself on special occasions. Now I’m having long, convoluted gab fests, as if the little voices in my head had busted out of their holding cells, run amok and decided to NEVER SHUT UP! Am I crazy? — Out Loud Pisces" Dear Out Loud: It’s a good sign that you’re getting all the murmuring background noise out in the open. Not just for you but for many Pisceans, thoughts and feelings that had been hidden or secret are becoming available to your conscious mind. Once you clear out the backlog, the really useful revelations will begin.

Homework: What’s your favorite method for overcoming the inertia of the past? FreeWillAstrology.com.

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