Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Are you secretly afraid of feeling secure? Do you equate stability with being bored and lazy? Do you suspect that your restless pioneer spirit makes you unfit for the slow, meticulous work of building sturdy foundations? If so, there's hope for you to change — especially if you make a big effort in the coming weeks. The moment is ripe for you to learn more about the arts of energizing comfort and stimulating calm. Go get a massage. As you're being stroked by nurturing hands, brainstorm about your five-year master plan.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Your education is about to take a curious and interesting turn. During the coming weeks, I expect that you'll upgrade your street smarts and explore a whole new meaning for the term "hands-on experience." You'll find out about an area of ignorance that was so deep and dark you didn't even know about it, and you'll take aggressive steps to get it the teaching it needs. Congratulations in advance for being brave enough to open your mind so wide. I'm glad you'll be hunting for a fresh set of questions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The books of psychologist Carl Jung provide crucial insights into the nature of the unconscious mind. To the degree that I have any skill in deciphering the part of human intelligence that works in mysterious, secretive ways, I owe a great debt to him. An anecdote about him that may be useful: Once, Jung took a break from work to go strolling on a beach. While meandering, he was overcome with a spontaneous impulse to build things as he did when he was a kid. He gathered some stones and sticks and constructed a miniature scene. As he finished, he was visited by a flood of intuitions about his life. He concluded that play had called forth these revelations from his unconscious mind. Try a similar tack: To access important information that your deep mind has been sequestering, go play.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) We ask that you not divulge the climax of the epic story — at least until you've let it sink in. After that, you'll be wise to speak about it only with skilled listeners who can help you harvest the meaning of all the clues that were packed inside your adventures. One further counsel: Before you reach the absolute, final denouement of the drama, there may be a tricky turn that looks a lot like the ending.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You have cosmic permission (even encouragement) to live on the edge for the next 28 days if you follow these guidelines: 1) Don't live on the edge to impress anyone; do it because you love it, or else don't do it. 2) Don't complain and worry about it. Enjoy it completely. 3) Don't expect anyone else to join you on the edge. If they choose to do so with enthusiasm, fine. But don't manipulate them. 4) Don't imitate the way other people live on the edge. Establish your own unique style. 5) Don't live on the edge for more than 28 days. Much longer than that and you'll start sabotaging the benefits.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) In 1968, psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly released its landmark 17-minute song, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." There are different stories about the origins of the title, but all agree on one point: It was originally "In the Garden of Eden." It became "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" through some fluke, probably caused by the lead singer getting intoxicated and garbling the words as he performed it in the recording studio. This is a good week for you to induce and capitalize on creative mistakes like that. It'll help you get into the right frame of mind to stir up a mix of excellence and improvisation everywhere you go — and that formula practically guarantees success.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Do you apologize to chairs when you bump into them? Often end up being the only one at a party who'll talk to the most boring person? Ever find yourself starting your sentences with "I hope I'm not bothering you but I was wondering if you would mind if I …"? If so, this is a good time to make a shift. Add some bite to your demeanor. Do what feels interesting at least as often as what's polite. Look for what advances the plot as much as what fosters harmony. Don't go overboard, of course. You don't want to fling insults or arouse friction. Add fire, but don't start conflagrations.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Evaluating Adam Lambert after one of his exotic, virtuoso performances back in April, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi praised him as being "confusing, shocking, sleazy and superb." That's a standard you could soon achieve in your own sphere. But do you want to? You'll have to care less about maintaining your dignity than usual and be especially forthright in expressing yourself. Let me leave no doubt about what I'm saying: To be as superb as you potentially can be, you'll have to be at least a little confusing and shocking and maybe even sleazy.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Metaphorically speaking, you have unearthed or are about to unearth a rare fossil. I think it's a pretty sensational discovery. It's a missing link that could help you make sense out of episodes in your past that have always mystified or frustrated you. I urge you to learn all you can about this fossil. Follow every lead it points to. And ask your intuition to run wild and free as it dreams up possible interpretations to its multiple meanings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Maybe it's time you did something in return for all the free advice I give you. From a karmic perspective it might not be healthy for you to continue to take, take, take while never giving back. So this week, for a change, how about if you compose an oracle for me? Or send me a nice present — nothing big or expensive, just a thoughtful token. JUST KIDDING! The truth is, I don't care if you ever express your appreciation. You give me a momentous gift simply by caring enough to read my words. Being able to speak with you so intimately has made me a better and smarter person. Now I suggest you do what I just did: Acknowledge how much the receivers of your gifts do for you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) "I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things," says actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo. "The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth." As witty as that thought may be, I don't recommend you make it your approach in the coming days. Reality will be especially malleable. Even more than usual, it will tend to take the shape of your expectations. So please, try hard to see the lovely, graceful, unbroken glass as half-full of a delicious, healthy drink.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) I feel an expansive, permissive mood coming on — in the cosmos, that is, not me. To be honest, I'm in a more conservative mood than the cosmos. But the planetary powers-that-be have decided to float you poetic licenses, blank checks, special dispensations and wild cards. I just hope this free stuff won't make you forget about the finely-crafted containers and boundaries you've been working on lately. Maybe I'd feel better if you promised me to keep on doing the careful, conscientious things that seem to have earned you all the good fortune that's on its way.