FREE WILL ASTROLOGY 


;ARIES Nineteenth-century English poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti wrote a series of sensual sonnets inspired by his relationship with his wife Elizabeth. Before he could publish them, she died. He was so distraught he placed the only copy of his manuscript in the grave with her. Years later, though, he decided the love poems were too good to consign forever to the oblivion of the dirt. He had the coffin disinterred and recovered his work. I suggest you draw inspiration from this story. Reclaim riches that you once abandoned or left for dead. Halloween costume suggestion: gravedigger.

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;TAURUS "Jaws" is the most common name for pet goldfish. Take your cue from this fun fact. Identify the mildest, tamest, most passive part of you, then push it in the direction of becoming more daring, assertive, and courageous. If it helps to give that part of you a nickname like "Jaws," by all means do so. Halloween costume suggestion: Tyrannosaurus rex.

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;GEMINI A sizable proportion of Christians are addicted to pornography, according to a poll on a major Christian website (www.christiannews.christianet.com). If that's true, it's dramatic proof of what psychologists say: We're prone to be unhealthily obsessed and possessed by whatever we demonize. Meditate on how this theme might apply to you. Investigate whether you're being hurt by your scorn and anger and hatred. I'm not advising you to protect yourself from people or things you judge as bad, but rather from your attitudes about them. Halloween costume suggestion: fundamentalist porn star.

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;CANCER In December 1984, comedian T. R. Benker told jokes for 48 consecutive hours. Last year, Ethiopian oddball Belachew Girma laughed nonstop for 100 minutes. These two chuckle-meisters are your role models. Your assignment is to stimulate massive attacks of reeling merriment and potent doses of sacred revelry as much as possible, both in yourself and others. Halloween costume suggestion: Lucille Ball imitating Sarah Silverman or vice versa.

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;LEO Most flowers depend on pollinators to reproduce. Birds and insects brush up against a flower's male parts, picking up pollen that they leave on the female parts of the next flower they visit. But a wild orchid known as Holcoglossum amesianum doesn't play by these rules — it fecundates itself. Its male bits actually move, carrying out a complicated maneuver to reach around and down to deposit pollen directly into its female portions. This orchid is your power symbol. I hope it encourages you to increase your mastery of the underappreciated art of inspiring and teaching and taking care of yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a hermaphrodite carrying a wild orchid.

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;VIRGO French author Andre Gide said, "The color of truth is gray." Make that your watchword. Run like the wind from anyone who tries to sell you a story about good guys in white hats versus bad guys in black hats. The more comfortable you are with veracities that have the hue of dirty dishwater, the more likely it is you'll see things exactly as they are, free of delusions and deceits. Halloween costume suggestion: any elaborate, intricate getup that's all gray.

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;LIBRA Chinese professor Cao Shizhong is head of the Slanting Building Correction Research Institute. His company specializes in straightening vertical structures that are tilting. He has offered to fix Italy's Leaning Tower of Pisa, though not completely. Recognizing that it's a tourist attraction, Shizhong doesn't want to make it so upright that it'll lose its appeal. He's offered to give it the same mild slant it had when it was first constructed in 1350. Apply this as a metaphor: Partially rectify something that's slouching or lopsided in your life. Don't be such a compulsive perfectionist that it loses its soulful charm. Halloween costume suggestion: a beauty queen with a big pimple.

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;SCORPIO You're ready for take-off. It's time to taxi to the launch location and prepare to go airborne. I suggest you do what birds and airplanes do, which is to fly directly into the wind as you leave the ground. As long as you're forcefully propelling yourself forward, that will give you maximum lift. Oh, and flap your wings gracefully, not frenetically. Don't stare at the ground right beneath you; fix your gaze on a distant point high above you. Halloween costume suggestion: eagle.

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;SAGITTARIUS About 7,500 people live on Nauru, a coral atoll in the South Pacific. For years, their primary source of income has come from bird droppings, from which they harvest and export phosphates. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example. Can you think of any wastes you could cash in on? Might it be possible for you to make money from something you think of as useless and messy? Is there some muck that might actually turn out to be valuable if you only considered it from a fresh perspective? Halloween costume suggestion: a garbage man or garbage woman wearing a royal crown.

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;CAPRICORN Thomas Paine wrote incendiary pamphlets that helped ignite America's struggle for independence from Britain. Early in his life, however, he worked making women's girdles, which are among the most constrictive and oppressive garments in the history of the world. Do you think maybe his later struggle for liberation was an unconscious atonement for his youthful labors? In the coming week, instigate a Thomas Paine–like boomerang. Think of something you did in the past that constricted your spirit or squeezed other people's possibilities. Use that memory as a launching pad as you unleash a brilliant stroke in the name of abundance and expansiveness. Halloween costume suggestion: freedom fighter.

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;AQUARIUS Lightning strikes somewhere 6,000 times every minute. A single bolt may carry a million volts and reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If this elemental force could be tamed and utilized, it would provide enough energy to raise a cruise ship 6 feet in the air. While you won't be able to literally harness a lightning bolt in the coming week, you could accomplish the metaphorical equivalent. At least temporarily, you have an uncanny talent for mobilizing tremendous power that's normally too hot to handle. Halloween costume suggestion: a relaxed, smiling lightning bolt.

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;PISCES "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness," wrote Mark Twain. I'd add that it also tends to dissolve dogmas, break bad habits and flush away sterile theories that haven't been tested by actual experience. These are all blessings I wish for you right now. I hope that as you wander free of your familiar haunts, you'll have your mind completely blown, get shocked out of your limiting beliefs about yourself and be so electrified by the world's beauty that you pretty much fall in love with everything and everyone. Halloween costume suggestion: Sherpa guide.

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