Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

ARIES
(March 21-April 19)

In the Chinese province of Fujian, there used to be people who believed they could communicate directly with the dead. If they slept on the grave of the person they wished to reach, their dreams during the night might lead to a meeting with the spirit of the departed. I propose that you consider something similar, Aries. Why? Because according to my reading of the astrological omens, you would benefit from communing with your ancestors. If you can’t actually spend the night near their final resting place, find another way to contact them in dreams. Put their photos under your pillow, maybe, or hold one of their beloved objects as you sleep. Halloween costume suggestion: the ancestor whose influence you need most right now.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20)

In an exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, performance artist Marina Abramovic stared into the eyes of a succession of different strangers for 700 hours. Actresses Marisa Tomei and Isabella Rossellini were among those who received her visual probes, as well as 1,400 less famous folks. I think it would be fun for you to do a variation on her ritual, Taurus. In your case, you wouldn’t do it to show off or to prove an artistic point, but rather to get closer to the allies with whom you’d like to develop a deeper bond. Are you up for some deep eye gazing? Halloween costume suggestion: a mystic seer, a god or goddess with a third eye, a superhero whose power is X-ray vision.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20)

Have you ever seen the edible fungi known as truffles? They are bulbous, warty clumps. Because they grow underground near trees, specially trained pigs and dogs are needed to sniff out their locations. In parts of Europe, their taste is so highly prized that they can sell for up to $6,000 per pound. In my opinion, the truffle should be your metaphor of the month this November. I expect that you will be in the hunt for an ugly but delectable treasure, or a homely but valuable resource, or some kind of lovable monster. Halloween costume suggestion: a Frankensteinian beauty queen or underwear model, a rhino in a prom dress, a birthday cake made of lunchmeat.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22)

Don’t try harder, Cancerian; try easier. Don’t turn your focus into a white-hot beam of piercing intensity; relax your focus into a soft-eyed enjoyment of playing around with the possibilities. Don’t tense your sphincter, marshal your warrior ferocity, and stir up your righteous anger at how life refuses to conform to your specifications; rather, send waves of tenderness through your body, open your heart to the experiment of blending your energy with life’s unpredictable flow, and marvel at the surprising revelations and invitations that are constantly flowing your way. Halloween costume suggestions: Mr. Smooth, Ms. Velvet, Dr. Groovalicious, DJ Silky.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22)

“I wanted to change the world,” said writer Aldous Huxley. “But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” I suggest you adopt that as your operative hypothesis, Leo. Maybe in a few weeks it’ll make sense for you to shower your loved ones with advice, and maybe you’ll eventually get re-inspired to save humanity from its foolish ways. But for now, your assignment is to fix, refine and recalibrate your own beautifully imperfect self. Halloween costume suggestion: hermit, anarchist, keeper of a gorgeous diary, do-it-yourself brain surgeon.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

In last May’s national election, none of Britain’s three political parties got a majority. For a while, the country had no leader. Eventually, the right-wing Conservatives and the left-wing Liberal Democrats formed a weird coalition, making Conservative David Cameron the prime minister. Some people had mixed feelings about the deal. “I said it was like a cross between a bulldog and chihuahua,” London’s mayor announced, “but what I meant is, it will have a fantastic hybrid vigor.” I suspect that a certain merger you have in the works, Virgo, could yield similar feelings. Halloween costume suggestion: half-bulldog, half-chihuahua; part hummingbird, part-crocodile; equal mix of Gandhi and Napoleon.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Five white tigers at a Chinese wild animal park became way too tame for their own good. Maybe they’d hung around humans too long or their lifestyle was too cushy. Whatever the reason, one of their essential instincts atrophied. A zookeeper put live chickens into their habitats, hoping they would pounce and devour, but instead they retreated as if unnerved. Tigers scared of chickens?! Since then the zoo officials have been taking measures to boost the big cats’ bravado. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because I’m worried you might be headed in the tigers’ direction. Undomesticate thyself! Halloween costume suggestion: a big fierce creature.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You could really use your own personal doorman or doorwoman — someone who would accompany you everywhere you go and help you gain entrance through the portals you encounter. In my vision of what you require, this assistant would go further. He or she would find secret camouflaged doors for you, and do the equivalent of uttering Ali Baba’s magic words, “Open Sesame!” He or she would even create doors for you, allowing you to penetrate obstacles — going into carpenter mode and fashioning a passageway for you right on the spot. If you can’t find anyone to fulfill this role for you, do it yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a doorman or doorwoman, a gatekeeper from a fairy tale.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Is the highest form of courage embodied in a soldier fighting during a war? Irish poet William Butler Yeats didn’t think so. He said that entering into the abyss of one’s deep self is equally daring. By my astrological reckoning, that will be the location of your greatest heroism in the days ahead. Your most illuminating and productive adventures will be the wrestling matches you have with the convulsive, beautiful darkness you find inside yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a peaceful warrior.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The average spammer sends out 12,414,000 e-mails before snagging the money of just one gullible dupe. You’re not going to have to be quite that prolific in order to get the word out about what you have to offer, but you’ll have to be pretty persistent. Fortunately, to improve your odds and raise your chances of success, all you have to do is purify your intentions. So please check in with your deep self and make sure that your gift or idea or product or service has impeccable integrity. Halloween costume suggestion: a holy salesperson, an angel hawking real estate in paradise, a TV infomercial spokesperson for free cake.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Sunlight may smell spicy or musky to you these days. The wind might have a flavor like chocolate liqueur or a ripe peach. The hum of the earth as it turns may sound like a symphony you heard once in a dream. Your body? Electric. Your soul? Sinewy. In other words, Aquarius magic is afoot. The hills are alive with future memories that taste delicious. Your feet will touch sacred ground far more than usual. Halloween costume suggestion: a character from a film that changed your life for the better.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20)

In the middle of the last century, avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger threw a masquerade party called “Come as Your Madness.” One of the invited guests was the Piscean writer Anais Nin. She appeared as the ancient fertility goddess Astarte, but with an unexpected wrinkle: She wore a birdcage over her head. This Halloween, I urge you to be inspired by Nin’s decision to portray her madness as a goddess, but reject Nin’s decision to cage the head of her mad goddess. Find a disguise that allows you to embody the best and most beautiful part of your craziness, and let it roam free.

Homework: Meditate on death not as the end of physical life, but as a metaphor for shedding what’s outworn. In that light, what’s the best death you’ve ever experienced? Freewillastrology.com

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

“There’s one ultimate goal during sex,” says Cosmopolitan magazine, a renowned source of erotic guidance for women. That is “to be as sensually stimulated as possible.” I don’t quite agree with that assessment. Having emotionally pleasing fun should also be an important consideration, as well as creating a playful ambiance and invoking spiritual grace. But sensual stimulation is good, too. So what, in the view of Cosmopolitan, is the key to cultivating maximum bliss? “Having lots of steamy info at your disposal.” That’s definitely sound advice for you right now, Aries. You’re in a favorable phase for finding out more about everything that will enhance your access to delight, including the sexual kind.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

When the tide is coming in, the creek I live next to flows vigorously toward the south. When the tide’s going out, the water reverses its course and heads swiftly north. Every day, there’s an in-between time when the creek seems confused. Some currents creep south and others slink north, while here and there eddies whirl in circles. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, Taurus, you are temporarily in a phase that resembles my creek’s time of contrary flows. It’s a perfectly natural place to be.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

In fifth grade I was in love with Calley, who was the by far prettiest girl in the school. Sadly, she didn’t return my affection, so I had to be content with adoring her from afar. Eventually I moved away and lost touch. Since then I’ve wondered if she suffered the fate that befalls too many gorgeous women: relying so entirely on her looks to make her way in the world that she never developed many skills. But recently I tracked Calley down via Google and discovered that she had beaten the curse: She has carved out a career as an activist bringing first-rate education to poor children. My question to you is this, Gemini: Are there any qualities you regarded as assets earlier in your life but that eventually turned into liabilities? Any strengths that became weaknesses? And what are you doing to adjust? It’s a good time to address these themes.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

Think back to the last half of 1998. What was going on in your life back then? According to my astrological projections, you were probably carrying out experiments in a wild frontier . . . or getting your mind rearranged by rousing teachings and provocative revelations . . . or breaking through artificial limits that had been quashing your freedom . . . or all of the above. Now you’ve come around again to a similar phase of your grand cycle. Are you ready for action? If you’d like to gather up all the grace flowing in your vicinity, start having fun with escapes, experiments, and expansions.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

“I wish I treated my feet with the same tender loving care as I do my face,” wrote Catherine Saint Louis in The New York Times. “But I don’t.” She quotes a study that says more than half of all women are embarrassed about their feet, and notes that Facebook has many “I Hate Feet” groups. You Leos can’t afford to be under this spell right now. Even more than usual, it’s crucial for you to be well-grounded. So I suggest you maneuver yourself into a state of mind where earthiness is beautiful and appealing to you. Find ways to celebrate your body and improve your relationship with it. How to start? Love your feet better.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

At this phase of my life, I’m not canvassing door-to-door asking people to donate money to save old growth forests. I’m not a member of groups fighting for an end to the war in Afghanistan or agitating in behalf of animal rights. My struggle for social and environmental justice is waged primarily through the power of my writing. I subscribe to the attitude of author Ingrid Bengis, who said, “Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” In the coming weeks, I suggest you increase your awareness of how you could transform your world with the power of your language. Is it possible to increase your clout through the way you communicate?

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

In the weeks ahead, Libra, you’re going to be tested on your follow-through. People will want you to work harder on what has previously come fairly easily. You will be pressured to make good on your promises; you’ll be asked to refine the details that are central to the success of the good new ideas that are floating around. As much as you might be tempted to slip away and fly off in pursuit of things that are more fun, I encourage you to stick with the program. You can’t imagine how important it is for you to learn how to be a more committed builder.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

“If you’re strong enough there are no precedents,” said novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think that describes you in the immediate future, Scorpio. I bet you won’t have to answer to ghosts or pay homage to the way things have always been done. You’ll be free to ignore icons that the conventional wisdom idolizes, and there’ll be no need for you to give undeserved respect to experts who have stopped being relevant. By my astrological reckoning, you will be so smart and plucky and energetic that you can work wonders simply by emptying your mind, starting from scratch, and making things up as you go along.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Scientists have discovered an exotic animal that feeds on the bones of dead whales lying on the ocean floor. Known informally as the bone-eating snot-flower worm, it looks like a frilly pink plume growing up out of sheer bone. Believe it or not, Sagittarius, you could take a cue from this creature in the coming weeks. It will be a favorable time for you to draw sustenance from the skeletal remains of big things that were once vital.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

What is the wild and instinctual nature? Radiance magazine posed that question to storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Here’s her reply: “to establish territory, to find one’s pack, to be in one’s body with certainty and pride regardless of the body’s gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one’s behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one’s cycles, to find what one belongs to.” I would love to see you specialize in these wild and instinctual arts in the coming weeks, Capricorn. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you are ready to tap into the deeper reserves of your animal intelligence. Your body is primed to make you very smart about what you need and how to get what you need.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

When I think of the extraordinary feats of strength you will be capable of in the coming weeks, my mind turns to a Chinese martial artist named Dong Changsheng. Last May, he attached one end of a rope to his eyelids and the other end to a small airplane, then pulled the thousand-pound load 15 feet in a minute. I don’t think your demonstration of power will be as literal as his, and I suspect it will be more useful and meaningful. But in certain respects it could be just as amazing.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):
Scottish scientists decided to see if they could find evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness monster. They took a research submarine down into the murky depths, scanning with sonar. The prehistoric creature was nowhere in sight, but a surprising discovery emerged: Thousands of golf balls litter the bottom of the loch, presumably because the place has been used as an unofficial driving range for years. I predict that you will soon experience a reverse version of this sequence, Pisces: You will go in search of your personal equivalent of lost golf balls — some trivial treasure — but on the way you will have a brush with a living myth.

Homework: What kind of teacher do you need most? What is the ignorance that’s causing you to suffer? Write: Truthrooster@gmail.com.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

Until recently, no cricket had ever been observed pollinating a flower. All the evidence showed, in fact, that crickets don’t help flowers — they devour them. Then one night last January on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, researchers discovered that the species known as the raspy cricket was responsible for pollinating wild orchids. They even caught the magic act on film. I regard this turn of events as akin to an upcoming development in your life: Someone or something that you’ve never thought of as a fertilizing force for you will become one.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

My date and I decided to go see the film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. As we entered the theater, we passed a short, elderly Chinese woman in a brown uniform. She was bent over sweeping the floor. Suddenly she stood up straight, looked me in the eye, and extended her left hand toward me. Confused, I reached out toward her. She quickly pressed something in my hand, then returned to her sweeping. As I walked on, I unrolled the small paper scroll she had given me. It read, “Tell your Taurus readers they should be alert for helpful messages coming from sources they would usually ignore or neglect.” I’m doing what she suggested.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Of all the signs in the zodiac, you are currently the best at carrying out the following activities: gliding, flowing, leaping, skipping, twirling, undulating, reverberating, galloping and rub-a-dub-dubbing. I suspect that you will also excel at rumbling, romping, rollicking, cavorting and zip-a-dap-doodling. If all goes well, Gemini — which is to say, you show how much you love your body and throw off any inhibitions you might have about celebrating your instinctual nature — then you will be at the low end of the scale in performing these activities: shuffling, drooping, mumbling, wallowing, pigeonholing and pussyfooting.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

A reader wrote to me bemoaning the fact that her new Cancerian boyfriend is addicted to safety. She speculated that since he is a member of an astrological sign renowned for its timidity, she should probably either get used to the suffocating lack of action or else bolt from the relationship now. In reply, I sent her a quote from one of the most heroic Cancerians of the 20th century, Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” Moral of the story: It’s a ripe time for you to rise up and refute the people in your life who think you’re a brooding wallflower.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

Helping your fellow humans can literally enhance your strength. A Harvard study (tinyurl.com/BeExtraNice) proved that people who did good deeds or even visualized themselves doing good deeds had increased physical endurance and willpower. Unfortunately, the study showed that those who harbor nefarious intentions are also able to draw on extra fortitude. In other words, you can boost your energy by either being compassionate or evil. I highly recommend the former over the latter, Leo, especially now that you’re entering a phase when it makes a lot of spiritual sense to build your courage, vigor and tonicity.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease,” said French philosopher Voltaire. With this in mind, let’s evaluate your current discomfort. From what I can tell, healing forces beyond your control and outside of your awareness are going to be working their mojo to chip away at your problem. But it will still be wise for you to occupy yourself in activities that you think will expedite the fix. Doing so will minimize your anxieties, allowing nature to do what it does best.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Usually you specialize in having a light touch. You’d rather nudge than push. Nimble harmony is more interesting to you than brute force. You prefer your influence on people to be appreciated, not begrudgingly respected. And I certainly don’t want you to forsake any of those inclinations. But I would love to see you add a dash of aggressiveness and a pinch of vehemence to your repertoire in the coming week. I’d be thrilled if you raised your voice a bit and gesticulated more vigorously and projected your confidence with an elevated intensity. According to my reading of the astrological omens, your refined approach will benefit from a dose of subliminal thunder.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Time magazine created a list of the 50 worst inventions. Included among the most terrible creations that human ingenuity has ever come up with are plastic grocery bags, subprime mortgages, hydrogenated oils and pop-up ads. Now let’s switch our attention to your personal equivalents of these monstrosities. To climax the atonement phase of your own astrological cycle, I recommend that you do the following: 1. Identify the three worst ideas you have taken seriously during the past decade. 2. Carry out one formal action to correct or make amends for the consequences of each bad idea. 3. Really, truly forgive yourself as best you can.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

For your assignment this week, I have borrowed from a list of suggestions offered by Sagittarius poet Kenneth Patchen in his book #The Journal of Albion Moonlight#. Feel free to improvise as you carry out at least three. 1. Discourage all traces of shame. 2. Bear no cross. 3. Extend all boundaries. 4. Blush perpetually in gaping innocence. 5. Burrow beneath the subconscious. 6. Pass from one world to another in carefree devotion. 7. Exhaust the primitive. 8. Generate the free brain. 9. Forego no succulent filth. 10. Verify the irrational. 11. Acquire a sublime reputation. 12. Make one monster at least. 13. Multiply all opinions. 14. Inhabit everyone.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Among Google searches starting with the phrase “who is,” the top-rated is “God,” while “Satan” is a distant tenth. Running ahead of Satan but behind God are Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. If I were you, Capricorn, I wouldn’t be Google-searching any bigger-than-life entities like those four in the coming week. The characters you need to research are nondivine, noncelebrity types who might bring interesting influences into your life — people who would have a direct influence on your access to resources and on your ability to call forth the best from yourself.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Explorers found a 30,000-year-old carved stone artifact in a German cave and brought it to the University of Tubingen for study. Experts there determined that it had a dual purpose for the ancient humans who made it. Phallic-shaped with rings around one end, it was obviously a sex toy. But other markings indicated it was also used to start fires by striking it against flints. I’d like to make this power object your symbol of the week, Aquarius. You’re in a phase when you should be alert for ways to mix business with pleasure and practicality with adventure.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

You’re not exceptionally scared of the dark, Pisces, but sometimes you seem to be intimidated by the light. You can summon the spunky courage to go crawling on your hands and knees through dank tunnels and spooky caves in quest of treasure that’s covered in primordial goo, but you may play hard to get when you’re offered the chance to unburden yourself of your cares in wide-open spaces. What’s up with that? Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud of your capacity to wrestle with the shadows in the land of the lost; I’m gratified by your willingness to work your karma to the bone. But I would also love you to get a share of rejuvenating rest and ease now and then. Do you think you could manage to have it both ways? I do.

Homework: For one week, pretend to already be something you’re on your way to becoming. Report your results by going to Freewillastrology.com and clicking “Email Rob.”

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

Much of the reader mail I receive is friendly. But now and then I’ll get a message like this: “I’ve followed your horoscopes with pleasure for years. But I must say, you’ve really lost it lately. I can’t stand the garbage you’ve been slinging. What happened to you?” My response is to wonder why the person never wrote to me while he was happy with my efforts. It reminds me of a quote by Leon Uris: “How often in life it is that we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.” It also reminds me of how tempting it is to focus on what repels us and scares us, shortchanging the dreams that excite us. Your assignment in the next four weeks, Aries, is to reward what you like and pursue what you want. For now, forget about what you don’t like and don’t want.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

The worst painting in history is hanging in San Francisco’s De Young Museum. It is “Noel and Bob” by Joan Brown. It’s so awkwardly garish and trivially monstrous that I can only conclude that Brown possessed what might be termed “negative genius.” It’s not just that she had no talent. She actually had the opposite of brilliant talent. And yet I must confess I had a good time gazing at this anti-artistic botch. I thoroughly enjoyed laughing at it, and was quite pleased at the jokes my companions and I made about it. I suggest that in the coming week you try something similar: enjoying the entertainment value and educational merit of clumsy, ungainly, out-of-whack stuff. Doing so will sharpen your wits for the not-too-distant future, when you will come into proximity to a lot of understated beauty and elegance and grace.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Is my enjoyment of the Temptations’ song “My Girl” diminished by the fact that it was used in a commercial for Sun Maid Raisins? Does Jose Gonzalez’ tune “Heartbeats” evoke less feeling in me because I know it was used as the soundtrack for a Sony TV commercial? Well, yeah, actually. The songs haven’t been totally wrecked for me, but neither do they make my heart soar anymore. Is there anything like that in your life, Gemini? Some pure and innocent pleasure that has been tainted or watered down? Believe it or not, you could restore it to its original state in the coming weeks.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

For the moment, set aside your complaints about the transgressions of your original family. Cease your laments about the struggles you had to endure as a child. If you enjoy marinating yourself in those sorrows, you can always return to them at a later date. Here are the opportunities that are now available to you: to focus on the gifts that your early life blessed you with . . . to acknowledge the resources bequeathed to you by the past . . . to celebrate and access the primal power that has been yours to draw on since the day you were born.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

Nose jobs are at an all-time high. Every year, American plastic surgeons cumulatively scrape away more than a mile of flesh and bone from their patients’ sniffers. I predict that in the coming weeks, the noses of the entire planet’s Leo tribe will shrink 10,000 times that amount, at least metaphorically. Why? Because I expect an epidemic of truth-telling to break out among you. There’s going to be a mass outbreak of the Pinocchio effect in reverse. Congratulations in advance for the candor you’re about to unleash. Be kind and diplomatic if you can, but insist on revealing the whole story.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Many American towns with “burg” in their names used to end as “burgh.” In the late 19th century, a federal bureau demanded that they drop the silent final “h.” The people of Pittsburgh rose, up, however, and demanded the right to retain their precious “h.” Their wish was granted. I strongly advise you to be inspired by Pittsburgh’s adamant insistence on maintaining its identity, Virgo. Don’t let yourself be truncated, abbreviated or standardized.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

“Dear Rob: A professional astrologer who read my chart told me that I have no willpower and that there is basically nothing I can do to change that. Any suggestions? I’m feeling helpless and passive at a time when I could really benefit from standing up for myself. — Listless Libra.” Dear Libra: What the supposedly professional astrologer told you is totally inaccurate. No one’s chart, ever, in the history of the world, indicates that they have no willpower. Astrology doesn’t speak in such stupid ways. Besides that, you and the Libran tribe will soon have an excellent window of opportunity to bolster your willpower. The fun begins now and lasts until at least Nov. 18. Get ready!

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

“Is it a dragonfly or a maple leaf / That settles softly down upon the water?” asks Amy Lowell in “Autumn Haze,” a poem from her book Pictures of the Floating World. She doesn’t need to know the answer to her question; either would be fine. In fact, the luxuriance of the moment lies in its ambiguity. The lolling sweetness thrives because of her freedom from having to define its origins. She is simultaneously alert and relaxed; attentive to the scene in front of her but content to let it be whatever it is. I highly recommend that you enjoy extended excursions into this state of being several times in the coming week.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

This morning, I had to interrupt my meditation on your horoscope. I’d studied the astrological configurations and said my usual prayer, asking for guidance to come up with the oracle you need most. But nothing had occurred to me yet, and it was time to leave the house for an appointment. As I closed the door behind me, I was still in deep thought about you. Then my face hit something gauzy, and I pulled back. Overnight, a spider had spun a huge web spanning the entire porch frame. I’d knocked it a bit off-kilter, but it was still intact. “That’s got to be an omen,” I thought to myself as I stooped under it and continued on my way. An omen of what? A little voice in my head gave the answer: Sagittarius is ready to merge more directly with the great web of life.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

If you have been in tune with the cosmic rhythms these past 10 months, you’ve been erecting bridges like a master builder. Your careful planning and guidance have conquered an abyss or two. Seemingly irreconcilable differences are no longer irreconcilable. Unlikely connections have bloomed. You’ve combined ingredients that no one thought could be blended. Between now and your birthday, your good work should reach a climax. It’s time to inspect your craftsmanship, polish any rough edges, and be sure that your creations will last.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

I have no financial interest in the product known as Bacon Air Freshener (tinyurl.com/BaconAroma). When I urge you to consider buying it and placing it in your favorite environment, it’s not because I’ll get a kickback, but only because I suspect you’ll benefit from its specific aromatherapy effects. In my astrological opinion, your yearning for delicious fatness needs to be stimulated; certain key elements in your future require you to feel excited about thick, rich, tasty sensations. I think this is true even if you’re a vegetarian, although maybe you’d prefer having an avocado, coconut or chocolate air freshener.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

In Germany, people can pay the weather service to have a storm or weather system named after them. A normal rainstorm costs just over $250. That’s the kind of event I’d want to give your name to in the coming week, Pisces — not a full-on destructive tornado or hurricane, but rather a healthy squall that makes everything wet and clears the air. You definitely need to release some tension in a dramatic way, but not in a melodramatic way.

Homework:  If you could change your astrological sign, what would you change it to and why? Go to Freewillastrology.com and click “Email Rob.”

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