Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Something we were withholding made us weak," wrote poet Robert Frost. I hope you will consider the possibility that this describes your current predicament. It's my astrological opinion that your strength is being compromised by a feeling you're not exploring or an experience you're denying yourself or a gift you're refusing to give. You may think you're protecting yourself, but I believe it's just the reverse. To reclaim the vitality that has been shriveling up, unclench yourself in every way you can imagine.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I don't recommend that you aim for perfection--not now or ever. I'm equally skeptical of you seeking enlightenment, as it's defined by Eastern religions. Perfection and enlightenment are downright impossible in a world where change is the only constant. What constitutes perfection or enlightenment today won't be valid tomorrow, when the truth has evolved and God has showered us with an influx of previously unimaginable new circumstances. No, Taurus, what I suggest is that you cultivate love with all your ingenuity--both the capacity to give it and receive it. There's no other undertaking that does more to build up your power and intelligence. And this week is an ideal time to be living proof of that fact.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Epson laser printer I got for my computer two years ago has worked great. It serves my needs beautifully. Our household also has a newer, more expensive Epson printer, which I bought for another computer, but it doesn't work nearly as well. Unfortunately, the beloved original now has a malfunction, and I can't find a single printer repairperson who'll even try to fix it. They say it's an antique, and Epson doesn't make parts for it anymore. Nonethless, I'm determined to save it. I'm scouring eBay for old parts, and will learn printer repair skills myself if necessary. This is one time when the older version is definitely worth preserving. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Gemini, you're facing a similar problem with a comparable solution.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): "If you want to draw a bird, you must become a bird," counseled the Japanese artist Hokusai. Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi practiced a related strategy: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." I have yet another perspective to add to the mix: Become more like the people you admire most. Place these three suggestions at the core of your daily rhythm in the coming week, Cancerian.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "It ain't cheating if you don't get caught," said baseball star Billy Martin, who was renowned for his belligerent trickster shtick. Trainer Victor Conte, who has been accused of providing steroids to professional baseball players, offers a different angle: "It's not cheating if everyone is doing it." I beg you to disavow their beliefs, Leo. While it's true that everyone is doing the kind of fudging you're contemplating, and though you probably wouldn't be caught, to do so would be bad for your karma, your dharma, your charisma, and your ability to attract what you need. Be stupendously ethical, sublimely impeccable.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planetary omens for you are all about revelation and flashes of insight, so I don't think I'm being too outrageously optimistic when I predict that the coming days will bring you more "aha!"-type experiences than you've had in the past four months combined. In fact, I'll be bold and call this Eureka Explosion Week. To get yourself in the mood, read these definitions of the word "epiphany": a stroke of realization about the meaning of something important; a sudden flow of inspiring knowledge without thought; a perception of a previously hidden reality by means of a burst of intuition.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Some years ago, I fell in love with the wrong woman. The misadventures that ensued provided me with enough reasons to stay humble forever. The experience was proof that I'm as subject to bouts of self-deception as everyone else in the world. It was also a reminder that while some people might consider me wise, I'm at best an apprentice mage stumbling my way through a crash course in the mysteries of being a human being. My gratitude for all these educational blessings has been enormous. I bring this to your attention, Libra, because now is a good time to marshal your appreciation for comparable pride-leveling events in your own life. Since you're poised on the verge of a new phase of success, it's the perfect moment to recall how much you still have to learn.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Sometime in the coming weeks you could begin a project that will take at least 12 years to complete. Will it be worth spending that much time? I believe it will, though you might not think so now. In fact, you may not even be inclined to launch the project if you imagine it can't be completed by 2008. From what I can tell, though, the purpose of the long adventure is bigger than you're able to foresee, and the ways it will change you are important in ways you cannot yet understand.

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