FREE WILL ASTROLOGY 


ARIES "When the first settlers arrived in the New World, they were terrified by the vast open spaces," says Peter Anastas in the film Polis Is This. "They wanted to remake this unkempt paradise into a big English garden." This is a scenario you should NOT imitate in 2007. Wander out into the unknown with a cracked grin and a wild heart. Let it work its elemental magic on you. Don't be too eager to turn the frontier into a comfy hangout.

TAURUS Though millions of other people may be flirting with glamorous badness and crafty nastiness in 2007, I bet you'll have a minimal attraction to negativity. Drama kings and drama queens may try to seduce you into the crazy chaos they stir up through their addiction to pain, but you'll be immune to their temptations. Seemingly reasonable people might hope you'll buy into their gloom and doom, but you'll be too smart for that. Congratulations in advance for your determination to be free of the stupid suffering that so many people love to entertain themselves with.

GEMINI "Dear Rob: Did you ever hear of that monstrous experiment in which a monkey actually died from lack of touch? I often feel like that poor creature. For a while I thought I was being selfish to want more love, but now I'm sick of that idiotic intellectualized self-denial and refuse to pretend I'm a self-sufficient saint. Is there any hope? — Deprived." Dear Deprived: Good news! The possibility that you'll be inundated with love is higher in 2007 than it has been for years. Here are two tips to make it more likely: 1) Make yourself supremely lovable; 2) increase your capacity to give love.

CANCER I nominate you to be the zodiac's most successful complainer in 2007. You could excel at formulating brisk critiques and constructive dissent. You may even have a genius for bringing the bracing intelligence of the heart to bear on situations that are paralyzed by mind games. If you manage to fulfill the potential I'm prophesying, you'll set in motion far-reaching ripples of benevolent change. More power to you! May your grumbles and squawks and protests be imbued with lyrical persuasiveness.

LEO My beautiful and talented friend Alisha had a traumatic experience early in her romantic history. At age 17, she fell in love with her family's garbage man. Through her persistent efforts, the two of them started dating, even though her parents hated his surly vulgarity, his permanently dirty fingernails and the fact that he couldn't read. After a whirlwind affair, alas, he broke up with her. Ever since, she has carried the tragicomic embarrassment of having been dumped by a mean, illiterate trash hauler. But in 2007 she'll be healed: Delightful adventures in love will utterly expunge that old twinge. Moreover, I believe many of you will find comparable romantic redemption.

VIRGO In Kabbalah, the tree of life is the primary symbol of the universe. In Norse mythology, the World Tree links heaven to earth and shelters all living things; beneath it lies a magical well with water that confers special powers on those who drink it. The ancient Chinese spoke of a peach tree that bore a single fruit once every three millennia and provided immortality to anyone who ate it. In modern science, trees have a crucial role in maintaining the ecological health of the planet. In 2007 you'll benefit tremendously from deepening your relationship with trees — both the actual and mythical kinds. Get to know them better. Learn from them. Plant some. Put a picture of a favorite tree on your altar. Hug one now and then.

LIBRA According to The Onion newspaper, the Catholic Church has abolished the traditional "blessed" status of the meek. The new official story is that the meek shall not inherit the earth. One Church official was quoted as saying, "Everything about the meek, from their quiet demeanors to their utter lack of can-do spirit, goes against Church philosophy." I can't confirm the accuracy of The Onion's report, but it does underscore a point I want to drive home to you in 2007: It'll be time for you to get tough with the submissive aspects of your own psyche. Humility's fine; that can stay. But you should take aggressive measures to lose any tendencies you might have to be passive. Events in coming months will help you tap into reserves of courage that were previously inaccessible.

SCORPIO In 2007, you'll need to find the power to do the half-right thing when it's impossible to do the totally right thing. To help you do that, remember this advice from Abraham Lincoln: "The true rule, in determining to embrace or reject anything, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded."

SAGITTARIUS Not everything you feel in 2007 will be new, but you'll have a lot more novel emotions than in a typical year. Not everything you do will be creative and imaginative, but I suspect you'll often be improvising your way smartly through experiences that have no precedent. You may not be relentlessly reinventing yourself, but I bet you'll be imitating your old schticks and tricks less than you ever have before.

CAPRICORN Your sins are pretty mild. Still, you have from time to time violated some of your own highest standards; you have on occasion failed to live with impeccable ethical integrity. That's the bad news. The good news is that in 2007 you will have the best chance ever to atone for past mistakes. If done well, your corrective actions will win you a permanent vacation from the hell that those mistakes have sometimes trapped you in.

AQUARIUS There are still places in China where plagues of locusts periodically descend. A few years ago, farmers fought back, gathering an army of 10,000 chickens in anticipation of the invaders. The bird soldiers were trained for two months, and when the showdown came, they acquitted themselves admirably. This vignette is an apt metaphor for a challenge you'll face in 2007. While in general the year should bring an abundant amount of sweet luck and high adventures, there will be a locust visitation or two. I urge you to assemble your own personal equivalent of a chicken army. What might that mean, practically speaking? Here are some possibilities: 1) Be well-prepared for natural anomalies. 2) Ally yourself with the enemy of your adversary. 3) Get others to help you fight your battles.

PISCES You're not wearing a chastity belt right now, right? Or shoes so tight that they constrict your sense of adventure? Please tell me you're not lugging around toxic beliefs about the impossibility of experiencing joy in this "sick, twisted, miserable world we live in." If by chance you have victimized yourself with any of these debilitations, or any other form of self-torture for that matter, please take this opportunity to unburden yourself. The time has come for you to explore the mysteries of pleasure, happiness and outright euphoria. I hope that in 2007, you will fully exploit the new title I now anoint you with: Bliss Warrior.


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