Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Time to diversify your energy sources. It's as if you've grown too dependent on oil — metaphorically speaking — and neglected to develop relationships with wind turbines, solar panels, natural gas and other means of generating power. What if in the future — metaphorically speaking — oil becomes scarcer or wildly expensive? And what if its byproducts degrade your environment? I suggest you start now to expand the variety of fuels you tap into. It's a perfect moment to adjust your plans for your long-term energy needs.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Your mirror may lie to you this week. A friend might neglect to share a crucial detail. Even pets and heroes might not be completely there for you. Fortunately, I expect that secondary sources will come through. Other people's mirrors may reveal a clue you haven't been able to find in your own. An acquaintance could step forward and do a convincing impersonation of a friend. A previously overlooked or unknown connection might become your own personal wellspring. If you're willing to be flexible and forswear all impulses to blame, you won't be deprived of what you need.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) I've discovered I can read the minds of animals. Here's an excerpt from an interview I did with Prestige, a potbellied pig born under the sign of Gemini. Brezsny: What do you like best about being a potbellied pig? Prestige: I'm greedy but cute. I get to eat like a pig, yet not be victimized by the negative judgments people usually project onto pigs. Brezsny: Is there anything you're worried about? Prestige: I need to make my caretaker understand that for the next few weeks we Geminis will need more than the usual amounts of food, love, presents, praise, attention, everything. Brezsny: Anything you'd like to say to my readers? Prestige: Don't let anybody make you feel guilty for wanting what you want.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) The ancient Chinese sage Lao Tse said, "People of the highest caliber, upon hearing about Taoism, follow it and practice it immediately. People of average caliber, hearing about Taoism, reflect for a while and then experiment. People of the lowest caliber, hearing about Taoism, let out a big laugh." Substitute the words "your splashy new ideas" for "Taoism" and there's your horoscope for this week. For added punch, remember another Lao Tse quote: "No idea can be considered valuable until a thousand people have laughed at it."

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Nietzsche's dictum might be useful for you right now: "If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger." Since I'm sure that the turbulent waters through which you're navigating will not kill you, I'm looking forward to the ways this journey will upgrade your confidence and enhance your power. But there's more to be gained, beyond what Nietzsche formulated. It's also true that if it doesn't kill you (which it won't), it will make you wilder and kinder and smarter and more beautiful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You will not, in the coming weeks, meet a dark, secretive stranger who'll play you like a violin. Nor will you be lured to the warehouse district after midnight to pick up the "missing stuff." And I highly doubt you'll be invited to join a cult that's conspiring to seize political power following the events of Dec. 21, 2012. No, your fate is far more mundane than that. It's more likely that you'll soon meet a bright, forthright stranger who will play you like an accordion. You'll be drawn to a convenient location at midday to pick up the "missing stuff." And you'll be invited to join a group that has the potential to play a significant role in your quest for meaning in the coming years.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) For years, I've remembered most of my dreams every night, so I'm good at spotting trends. And one of the themes that has arisen recently involves you Libras. Last week, I dreamed that three of my Libra friends were pole vaulting at the Olympics. Four nights ago, I dreamed that my two favorite Libran astrologers were rappelling up a skyscraper. Last night, I dreamed that four Libran celebrities — Mahatma Gandhi, Gwen Stefani, Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat) and Kate Winslet — climbed a gold ladder to a cafe on a cloud where they drank magic coffee that made wings sprout on their backs. So what's going on? Is my subconscious telling me that it's prime time for you to raise your expectations and upgrade your goals? Do my dreams mean you should rise above the conventional wisdom and rededicate yourself to your loftiest ambitions? What do you think?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Spiritual epiphany alert! Uncanny revelations imminent! Hope you don't mind being awoken in the middle of your regularly scheduled life by a special delivery from the Great Beyond. Yes, my cute little bundle of psychic sensitivities: It doesn't matter if you're a true believer or an unrepentant infidel — you will soon be invited to have one of your logical certainties torn out by the roots and replaced with a throbbing vision of cosmic whoopee. Brace yourself for the most fun you've had since your last mud-wrestle with the angel.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) While appearing on the TV show I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, ex-pro basketball player John Salley gave some advice I'd like to pass along. "When you see crazy coming your way," he philosophized, "you should cross the street." I do think crazy will be headed in your direction sometime soon, and the best response is to avoid it altogether, preferably so that it doesn't notice you. That's right: Don't shout at crazy, don't bolt away ostentatiously and certainly don't run up and give crazy a big hug. There are far better ways for you to gather in your fair share of intriguing mystery; I'd hate to see you get bogged down in a useless, inferior version of it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Everyone wants an extra piece of you these days, and they don't necessarily care about how it will affect you. So beware of emotional manipulation, subliminal seduction and the temptation to believe in impossible promises. To make matters more extreme, I suspect you may be secretly pleased that everyone wants an extra piece of you — and might be tempted to conspire in your own dismantling. A compromise: How about letting three trustworthy people — no more — take an extra piece of you? And be very certain that they have enough self-control to know when to stop taking.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You're almost never one brick short of a load. Your elevator almost always goes all the way to the top floor. Rarely, if ever, do I have to warn you against playing with a deck of 51 cards. So I hope you don't be offended when I say that it's time to find that missing brick and service your elevator and buy a new deck. In other words, you're due for your 40,000-mile checkup.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) magic (ma' jik), n. 1. A mysterious event or process that seemingly refutes the known laws of science. 2. A willed transformation of one's own state of mind. 3. A surprising triumph that exceeds all expectations. 4. Something that works, though no one understands why. 5. The impossible becoming possible. 6. A quality predominant in the lives of Pisceans during the period July 1 through July 20, 2009.

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