Free Will Astrology

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): German theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546) loved the Christian tradition but developed a deep dissatisfaction with what he regarded as the mistaken policies of the Church. In 1517 he wrote his famous "95 Theses," a manifesto of his complaints, and nailed the document to the door of a church in Wittenberg. The uproar that ensued eventually led to fundamental shifts in the practice of Christianity. I call on you to create your own version of the "95 Theses" in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Articulate your critiques of an institution that you value and respect, and bring them to the attention of people who would be willing to work with you to initiate reform.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Psychologist Rollo May spoke of how important it is not to be drowned in the grungy flow of everyday life. To stay sane, let alone be healthy, we need influences that captivate our imaginations and remind us how we're more than the thousands of details that demand our attention from minute to minute. That's why he recommended that we seek out inspiring symbols and myths. They take us out of and beyond ourselves, evoking a purifying release. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because it's a great time for you to go shopping for fresh symbols and myths. To stimulate your imagination, here's a motif to consider: "Open sesame," the magical formula that Ali Baba used to unseal the door to a cave full of treasure in Arabian Nights.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "Ninety-nine percent of the world is asleep," Meg Ryan's character tells Tom Hanks'character in the film, Joe Versus the Volcano. "The one percent that is awake remains in a constant state of amazement." I nominate you Aquarians to be the ringleaders of that one percent in the coming week. The astrological omens suggest you will be shocked awake (but in a friendly way!) by a minor miracle, whereupon you will be visited by a steady surge of beguiling ephemera, curious teachings, and changes that inspire quiet awe, not to mention sudden deliverances from boring evils and enigmatic delights generated by unseen presences.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "Belief is the end of intelligence," says philosopher Robert Anton Wilson. The moment you become attached to an opinion or theory, no matter how good or true or beautiful it might seem, you're no longer fully open to the mysteries that life brings you. Your perceptiveness wanes and your understanding shrinks. This is always important to keep in mind, of course, but especially so this week. A wave of raw truth is headed your way, and yet you will miss it completely unless you take a vacation from your beliefs about the way the world works.

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