Dont ever tame your demons: Free Will Astrology for the week of April 16-22
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) The California Gold Rush hit its peak between 1849 and 1855. Some 300,000 adventurers flocked to Americas West Coast in search of gold. In the early days, gold nuggets were lying around on the ground in plain sight, or relatively easy to find in gravel beds at the bottom of streams. But later prospectors had to work harder, developing methods to extract the gold from rocks that contained it. One way to detect the presence of the precious metal was through the use of nitric acid, which corroded any substance that wasnt gold. The term acid test refers to that process. I bring this to your attention because its a good time for you to use the metaphorical version of an acid test as you ascertain whether what you have discovered is truly golden.Not this kind of acid test.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The time between now and your birthday will provide you with excellent opportunities to resolve lingering problems, bring drawn-out melodramas to a conclusion and clean up old messes even the supposedly interesting ones. You want to know what else this upcoming period will be good for? Ill tell you: 1) Surrendering control-freak fantasies; 2) Relieving your backlog of tension; 3) Expelling delusional fears that you cling to out of habit; 4) Laughing long and hard at the cosmic jokes that have tweaked your attitude.This fox has followed all four steps.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) In the mid-19th century, the entrance exam for the British Royal Navy was quite odd. Some candidates were required to write down the Lords Prayer, recite the multiplication table for the number three, get naked and jump over a chair, and drink a glass of sherry. Im guessing that your own initiation or rite of passage may, at least initially, seem as puzzling or nonsensical as that one. You might be hard-pressed to understand how it is pertinent to the next chapter of your life story. And yet I suspect that you will ultimately come to the conclusion although it may take some time that this transition was an excellent lead-in and preparation for whats to come.Looking at this, you can see why the initiation was so rough.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) In 1909, Sergei Diaghilev founded the Ballets Russes, a Parisian ballet company that ultimately revolutionized the art form. The collaborative efforts he catalyzed were unprecedented. He drew on the talents of visual artists Picasso and Matisse, composers Stravinsky and Debussy, designer Coco Chanel and playwright Jean Cocteau, teaming them up with top choreographers and dancers. His main goal was not primarily to entertain, but rather to excite and inspire and inflame. Thats the spirit I think youll thrive on in the coming weeks. Its not a time for nice diversions and comfy satisfactions. Go in quest of Ballets Russes-like bouts of arousal, awakening and delight.Image from a 20th-century revival of Parade, created by Jean Cocteau for the Ballet Russes, via Ballet.co.uk.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Dont ever tame your demons always keep them on a leash. Thats a line from a song by Irish rock musician Hozier. Does it have any meaning for you? Can your personal demons somehow prove useful to you if you keep them wild but under your control? If so, how exactly might they be useful? Could they provide you with primal energy you wouldnt otherwise possess? Might their presence be a reminder of the fact that everyone you meet has their own demons and therefore deserves your compassion? I suspect that these are topics worthy of your consideration right now. Your relationship to your demons is ripe for transformation possibly even a significant upgrade.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Will you be the difficult wizard? Please say yes. Use your magic to summon elemental forces that will shatter the popular obstacles. Offer the tart medicine that tempers and tests as it heals. Bring us bracing revelations that provoke a fresher, sweeter order. I know its a lot to ask, but right now theres no one more suited to the tasks. Only you can manage the stern grace that will keep us honest. Only you have the tough humility necessary to solve the riddles that no one else can even make sense of.Severus Snape, the most difficult wizard of all.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) My message this week might be controversial to the Buddhists among you. But Ive got to report the cosmic trends as I see them, right? Its my sacred duty not to censor or sanitize the raw data. So heres the truth as I understand it: More desire is the answer to your pressing questions. Passionate intensity is the remedy for all wishy-washy wishes and anesthetized emotions. The stronger your longing, the smarter youll be. So if your libido is not already surging and throbbing under its own power, I suggest you get it teased and tantalized until it does.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Karelu
is a word from the Tulu language thats spoken in South India. It refers to the marks made on human skin by clothing thats too tight. As you know, the effect is temporary. Once the close-fitting garment is removed, the imprint will eventually disappear as the skin restores its normal shape and texture. I see the coming days as being a time when you will experience a metaphorical version of karelu.
You will shed some form of constriction, and it may take a while for you to regain your full flexibility and smoothness. Image above from Justin Bartels powerful photo series, Impression, based on this very concept.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Georgia is not just an American state. Its also a country thats at the border of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Many people who live there speak the Georgian language. They have a word, shemomedjamo, that refers to what happens when you love the taste of the food youre eating so much that you continue to pile it in your mouth well past the time when youre full. Id like to use it as a metaphor for what I hope you wont do in the coming days: get too much of a good thing. On the other hand, its perfectly fine to get just the right, healthy amount of a good thing.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) When youre a driver in a car race, an essential rule in making a successful pit stop is to get back on the track as quickly as possible. Once the refueling is finished and your new tires are in place, you dont want to be cleaning out your cup holder or checking the side-view mirror to see how you look. Do I really need to tell you this? Arent you usually the zodiacs smartest competitor? I understand that youre trying to become more skilled at the arts of relaxation, but cant you postpone that until after this particular race is over? Remember that theres a difference between the bad kind of stress and the good kind. I think you actually need some of the latter.