Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Reality TV personality Spencer Pratt used to be skeptical about the power of prayer. But his wife Heidi, herself a devout believer, urged him to keep his mind open. So Spencer asked God to help him and Heidi get a double date with Miley Cyrus and her boyfriend, despite the fact that neither of them even knew Cyrus. Apparently God heard, because not long after that, the hoped-for double date came to pass. I'm telling you this because I think you're entering a phase when you, like Pratt, will have extra luck in making idiosyncratic wishes come true. If I were you, though, I'd focus on more profound idiosyncratic wishes than the kind Pratt pined for.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Do you have a subconscious urge to escape the constraints of your customary behavior? Have you ever wished you could be someone else for a while? If so, this is your lucky week. The cosmos is granting you a temporary exemption from acting and feeling like your same old self. From now until July 2, you have permission to walk like, talk like, think like and even make love like a Pisces or Virgo or Gemini — or any sign, for that matter, except Scorpio or Aquarius. You might enjoy checking out my horoscopes for the other signs and following the advice that sounds most fun.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) It's Fete Your Feet Week. Your soles need more attention, pampering and contact with nature. (So does your soul, and hopefully that will happen as you carry out the more literal assignment.) So abstain from wearing your shoes and socks at every opportunity. Get as much contact as possible between your naked feet and the naked earth. Even walking unshod on floors and pavements could prove helpful. Foot massages are advisable, as well as pedicures, henna tattoos and foot baths. Try praying with your feet instead of your hands, and see if you can get someone to kiss and adore them.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) "His heart was growing full of broken wings and artificial flowers," wrote poet Federico Garcia Lorca. "In his mouth, just one small word was left." There were times during the first half of June when I was tempted to borrow those words to describe you. Now you're moving into a much brighter phase. The buds about to bloom in your heart are very much alive, not artificial, and your wings, while not fully restored to strength, are healing. Meanwhile, your mouth is being replenished with a fresh supply of many vivid words.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What scares you in the coming week could, by August, become what fuels you. What makes you feel unsettled could turn out to be good medicine. But of course you're under no obligation to submit yourself to this experimental sequence. The fact is, you could probably run away from the discomfort and get immediate relief. Unfortunately, taking that approach would deprive you of the benefits that will almost certainly come from enduring the discomfort for a while. My preference is that you be brave and far-seeing.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) There's a good chance that you're about to embark on a Summer of Love. To improve your odds, answer the following questions. 1) What qualities do you look for in a lover that you would benefit from developing in yourself? 2) What are your two biggest delusions about the way love works? 3) Is there anything you can do to make yourself more lovable? 4) Is there anything you can do to be more loving? 5) Can you deal with the fact that any intimate relationship worth pursuing will inevitably evoke the most negative aspects of both partners — and require both partners to heal their oldest wounds?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You are entering a phase when you'll have more power than usual to influence people. Your charisma will be waxing and the light in your eyes will be growing more intense, making it more likely that your point of view will be heard and appreciated. Your powers of persuasion will be increasing, as well, and you'll have extra understanding about how to motivate people and get them to work together effectively. So let me ask you the most important question: What exactly do you want to accomplish with your enhanced clout?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Congratulations. You've reached the end of the Big Squeeze. You've served your time in the bottleneck. I invite you to relax your pinched expression, loosen up your puckered expectations and let the Season of Experiments begin. You will soon receive a host of invitations to wander into the frontier with your sense of wonder turned up all the way. Research each invitation thoroughly before choosing. When you've decided which adventures are most likely to enhance your understanding of the art of liberation, dive in.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A guy I barely know critiqued me at a party recently. "You haven't suffered enough to feel intense passion," he said. "Your life has been too happy, too easy." I didn't want to get into a debate about my own life, so I didn't mention my divorce or the time I was shot or the grueling poverty I endured for 18 years. "So you're saying," I replied instead, "that suffering is the only way you can acquire passion? I don't agree. Have you ever raised a child? Have you ever been in love with someone who incited you to make radical changes in your life? Have you ever worked on a creation for many years and then submitted it to be judged by thousands of people? I have." I predict you'll soon be offered an experience like those I named — adventures that have the potential to build intense passion without requiring you to suffer.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows," said journalist Sydney J. Harris. That's an excellent motto for you to live by in the coming weeks. Whether or not you're in school, you're in a phase when your capacity for attracting learning experiences is at a peak. To take maximum advantage, all you have to do is cultivate a hungry curiosity for fresh teachings and life lessons — especially those that shift you away from gazing at your own reflection and toward peering out at the mysteries of the world.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Here's a preview of the accomplishments I expect you to complete in the next four weeks. Number of karmic debts paid off and canceled: one. Bad habits replaced with good habits: two. Holes blasted in your theory about why you can't do more of what you love to do: 300. "Necessities" lost that turn out not to be necessities: one. Psychic wounds successfully medicated: one. Confusing messes that evolve into interesting opportunities: two. Romantic obstructions eliminated: one and a half.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) A delicious forbidden fruit will be more available than usual in the coming weeks. You can choose to ignore it, of course. Or, on the other hand, you can sidle up closer to the forbidden fruit and engage in some discreet explorations, testing subtly to see whether it's any healthier for your sanity than it used to be. I'm not sure what the best decision is, but I do suggest this: Don't just rip off all your defenses, forget all your commitments, and start heedlessly taking big bites out of the forbidden fruit.

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