Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Storm chasers are people who love traveling around the continent in pursuit of wild weather. Nothing feeds their lust for life more than getting up close and personal with a tornado or supercell thunderstorm. Many of them are meteorologists who are curious about the way storms work; they're not motivated solely by bravado. I mention this because, according to my astrological analysis, the coming weeks will be prime time for Aries storm chasers to load up on thrills. The immediate future should also bring excellent opportunities for other Rams who are yearning for breezy adventures that will captivate their imaginations and slake their sense of wonder.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Let's say that you lost a treasured object a while back. What do you think the odds are that you'll find it this week? Or let's say that a bewildering companion walked out of your life many moons ago. How much do you want to bet that your paths will cross again soon? According to my reading of the omens, events like these could be common between now and August 15. That's because the past is cycling back to you for another look. Revival and resurrection are in the air. What has been old may become new again. Are you ready to experience something resembling time travel?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The seductive torments of insatiable desires are leaving you in peace, at least for now. That means you're free to concentrate on the easier gratification of more satiable desires. I hope you're open to that; I hope you haven't fallen for the illusion that hard-to-get pleasures are deeper and finer. Please believe me when I tell you that you're ready to exult and bask in the simple joys.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) The coming week may be one big ethical test for you. Maybe today the cashier at the cafe will accidentally give you $10 too much in change. Tomorrow you could be baited with a chance to gain personal advantage by betraying a friend. The next day you may have to decide between doing the right thing and doing the kind thing. It has been a long time since your integrity has been pushed and probed and pricked like this. As you wend your way through the gray areas, remember that sometimes being moral is not about saying no, but saying yes. In fact, one of the most high-minded acts you could make is to open your heart to a righteous temptation.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Did life feel meaningless last week? Was your destiny a random sequence of events shepherding you to a series of different nowheres? Even worse, were you convinced that human beings are toxic scum? If so, get ready for your mood to shift drastically. The whims of fate are mutating. Soon, a source of curses may be a fount of blessings. Enticing leads will rise up out of the midst of boredom. Human beings will fascinate and teach you, and every day will bring new signs to draw you deeper into delicious mysteries.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You're hereby relieved of your responsibility to keep everyone's illusions afloat. (You might want to sink your own illusions, as well.) Consider yourself armed with Ernest Hemingway's "built-in, shock-resistant bullshit detector." Beginning immediately, be an elegant but in-your-face reality check. Don't just tell the truth. Tell the lush, pulsating, up-to-the-minute truth. And be aware that even the dry facts may be evolving pretty fast. What seems like incontrovertible evidence today may be puny propaganda tomorrow.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) I usually applaud your inclination to remain above the fray and churn out astute observations. I normally honor your instinct to distance yourself from petty squabbles. But this week's different. For the foreseeable future, I'd like it very much if you dive into the pit with the other diehards and fight for what you believe is the beautiful truth. At least temporarily, forget about your talent for tactful compromise. It's time for you to be a warrior who's ferociously devoted to a just cause.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) On behalf of all the other signs, I'd like to express our gratitude for the jump-starts you Scorpios give us. The jolts aren't always bliss-inducing, true, but in retrospect we often say, "Thanks, I really needed that." We also appreciate the debates you embroil us in. They force us to take stands on issues we've been wishy-washy about. Our gratitude also goes out to you for those times you help us lose our excessive self-importance. It's hard to cling to our pretensions with you around, and it's easier to get to the root of the truth. Keep up the good work. Know that at least some of your fans out here respect the way you push us and trick us and inspire us to go places we don't even realize we'll benefit from going.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) During his time in hiding, the Biblical prophet Elijah was kept alive by ravens who brought him food. John the Baptist survived on nothing but honey and locusts when he was roaming the wilderness. And I'm sure that some unexpected source of comfort and sustenance will likewise turn up during your wanderings. It may not be what you're used to. You might even have to cultivate a taste for nourishment that seems foreign. But stick with it. You could learn to love it, and in the process become less dependent on stuff you thought you couldn't do without.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Burn the Book of Love you've been using these past few years, even if only metaphorically. Think of it as liberating yourself from the tyranny of fables that have programmed you to accept less love than you deserve and give less love than you have to give. Imagine that you're ready for a riper approach to the knotty riddles of the heart. And when you're done with the burning, go in search of a brand new Book of Love. Better yet, write that holy text yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You should closely monitor your environment for beguiling appearances of the number seven. I have reason to believe that seven may be involved in your current inconveniences and dilemmas. I theorize that seven has been trying to call attention to itself in an odd or irritating manner so as to get you to tune in to certain benefits that could be associated with the number seven — benefits you've been overlooking. I would even go so far as to speculate that seven may be both the cause of and the cure for your itch.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Don't concern yourself with praying to the gods of luck and chance. Your job is to solicit the favor of the gods of diligence and discipline. Why? Because I think you've got a lot of good work ahead of you — work that will take ingenious attention to detail — and you're going to need the extra boost those gods can provide. Of course, you will also have to draw on extra reserves of willpower in order to express new heights of determination and persistence. Together, you and those no-nonsense deities will be an unbeatable team. The better you organize yourself, the more they will help you get organized. The stronger you push to make your efforts crisp and efficient, the easier they'll make it for you to do just that.


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