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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Copyright 2020 by Rob Brezsny
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo poet Mary Oliver was renowned for
giving herself permission. Permission to do what? To become a different
person from the self she had been. To shed her familiar beliefs and adopt
new ones. To treat every experience as an opportunity to experiment. To
be at peace with uncertainty. I think you’ll be wise to give yourself all
those permissions in the coming weeks—as well as others that would
enhance your freedom to be and do whatever you want to be and do. Here’s
another favorite Mary Oliver permission that I hope you’ll offer yourself:
"And I say to my heart: rave on."
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "The more unintelligent people are, the less
mysterious existence seems to them," wrote philosopher Arthur
Schopenhauer. I agree with that idea, as well as the converse: The more
intelligent people are, the more mysterious existence seems to them.
Since I expect you to be at the peak of your soulful intelligence in the
coming weeks, I am quite sure that life will be exquisitely mysterious to
you. It’s true that some of its enigmatic qualities may be murky and
frustrating, but I suspect that many of them will be magical and
delightful. If you ever wanted your life to resemble a poetic art film,
you’re going to get your wish.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Comedian and actor Aubrey Plaza bragged
about the deal she made. "I sold my soul to the devil," she said. "I’d like to
thank the devil." Plaza is quite popular and successful, so who knows?
Maybe the Prince of Darkness did indeed give her a boost. But I really
hope you don’t regard her as a role model in the coming weeks—not even in
jest. What worked for Plaza won’t work for you. Diabolical influences that
may seem tempting will not, in the long run, serve your interests—and
may even sabotage them. Besides, more benevolent forces will be available
to you, and at a better price.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Many of you Sagittarians specialize in
generous breakthroughs and invigorating leaps of truth. Often, you make
them look easy and natural—so much so that people may not realize how
talented you are in generating them. I hope you adjust for that by giving
yourself the proper acknowledgment and credit. If this phenomenon shows
up in the coming weeks—and I suspect it might—please take strenuous
measures to ensure that you register the fullness of your own
accomplishments. To do so will be crucial in enabling those
accomplishments to ripen to their highest potential.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Holocaust survivor and author Elie
Wiesel wrote, "When you die and go to heaven, our maker is not going to
ask, ‘why didn’t you discover the cure for such and such? why didn’t you
become the Messiah?’ The only question we will be asked in that precious
moment is ‘why didn’t you become you?’" I hope that serves as a
stimulating challenge for you, Capricorn. The fact is that you are in an
extended phase when it’s easier than usual to summon the audacity and
ingenuity necessary to become more fully yourself than you have ever
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Years ago, comedian Lenny Bruce observed,
"Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to
God." His statement is even truer today than it was then. Pew Research
Center, a nonpartisan think tank, has gathered the concrete evidence.
Church attendance was way down even before the pandemic struck. Now
it’s even lower. What does this have to do with you? In my astrological
opinion, the coming months will be prime time for you to build your
intimate and unique relationship with God rather than with institutions
that have formulaic notions about who and what God is. A similar principle
will be active in other ways, as well. You’ll thrive by drawing energy
from actual sources and firsthand experiences rather than from systems
and ideologies that supposedly represent those sources and experiences.
YOU ALWAYS HAVE MORE HELP THAN YOU IMAGINE
Both people whom you know and people you don’t know could very well
come to your assistance and offer their support if you meet two conditions:
1. you believe you deserve their assistance and support; 2. you seek out
and ask for their assistance and support.
There’s a higher part of your brain that will also provide you with insight
and guidance if you turn to it in humility and seek its input.
Whether or not you actually believe in spiritual beings, they, too, are
ready to offer unexpected help, support, blessings and resources. If you
don’t believe in their existence, I invite you to pretend you do for a while
and see what happens. If you do believe in them, formulate clear requests
for what you’d like them to offer you.
I may also be able to provide you with compassionate guidance, both
through the written horoscopes I provide in this newsletter and the
Expanded Audio Horoscopes I offer online and via telephone.
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listen, I can feel my shrunken expectations melting away."
—Therese Pembroke, San Diego
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while at the same time they give me support for how hard I’m trying to
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Psychologist Carl Jung wrote, "The
function of dreams is to restore our psychological balance by producing
dream material that re-establishes the total psychic equilibrium."
According to my reading of the astrological omens, you especially need this
kind of action right now. To expedite your healing process, meditate on
what aspects of your life might have become too extreme or one-sided.
Where could you apply compensatory energy to establish better
equipoise? What top-heavy or lopsided or wobbly situations could benefit
from bold, imaginative strokes of counterbalance?
ARIES (March 21-April 19): "It’s not that some people have willpower
and some don’t," observes author James S. Gordon. "Rather, it’s that some
people are ready to change and others are not." Lucky for you, Aries! Your
willpower is even more potent than usual right now, and your willingness
to change is growing stronger. And so very soon now, I expect you will
reach the threshold that enables you to act crisply and forcefully. You will
become so convinced that it’s wise to instigate transformation that you
will just naturally instigate transformation. Adjust, adapt, improvise,
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi is an
expert on the mental state known as being in the flow. He defines it as
what happens when you’re completely absorbed in what you are doing:
"immersed in a feeling of energized focus," with "full involvement and
enjoyment in the process of the activity." According to my reading of the
astrological omens, you are extra likely to enjoy such graceful interludes
in the coming weeks. But I hope you will be discerning about how you use
them. I mean, you could get into a flow playing video games or doing
sudoku puzzles. But God and Life and I would prefer it if you’ll devote those
times to working on a sublime labor of love or a highly worthy quest.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): According to researcher Rosalind
Cartwright, "Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original. It is a
continuing act of creation." Neurologist Oliver Sacks agrees, telling us,
"Memories are not fixed or frozen, but are transformed, disassembled,
reassembled, and recategorized with every act of recollection." Reams of
additional evidence also suggest that our experience of the past is always
being transformed. In accordance with astrological potentials, I invite you
to take advantage of this truth. Re-imagine your life story so it has more
positive spins. Re-envision the plot threads so that redemption and
rebirth are major features. Engage in a playful reworking of your
memories so that the epic myth of your destiny serves your future
happiness and success.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): All of us are susceptible to fooling ourselves
and lying to ourselves. And all of us are susceptible to the cowardice that
such self-sabotage generates. But the good news is that you Cancerians
will have an expansive capacity to dissolve and rise above self-deception
in the coming weeks—and will therefore be able to call on a great deal of
courage. As Cancerian author and Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön says,
"The essence of bravery is being without self-deception."
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you like, I will give you the waning crescent
moon and the dawn breeze. Do you want them? How about sudden bursts of
joy for no apparent reasons and a warm greeting from a person you
thought had a problem with you? Would you be interested in having those
experiences? And what about an unexpected insight into how to improve
your financial situation and a message from the future about how to
acquire more stability and security? Are those blessings you might
enjoy? Everything I just named will be possible in the coming
weeks—especially if you formulate a desire to receive them and ask life to
Homework: What’s the best possible commotion you could stir up — a
healing commotion that would help heal and liberate you? Testify at
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