FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Copyright 2020 by Rob Brezsny
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "Pictures of perfection, as you know,
make me sick and wicked," observed Sagittarian author Jane Austen. She
wrote this confession in a letter to her niece, Fanny, whose boyfriend
thought that the women characters in Jane’s novels were too naughty. In
the coming weeks, I encourage you Sagittarians to regard pictures of
perfection with a similar disdain. To accomplish all the brisk innovations
you have a mandate to generate, you must cultivate a deep respect for the
messiness of creativity; you must understand that your dynamic
imagination needs room to experiment with possibilities that may at first
appear disorderly. For inspiration, keep in mind this quote from Pulitzer
Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Well-behaved women
seldom make history."
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn novelist Anne Brontë
(1820–1849) said, "Smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are
neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am
happy, and smile when I am sad." I suspect you could have experiences
like hers in the coming weeks. I bet you’ll feel a welter of unique and
unfamiliar emotions. Some of them may seem paradoxical or mysterious,
although I think they’ll all be interesting and catalytic. I suggest you
welcome them and allow them to teach you new secrets about your deep
self and the mysterious nature of your life.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian philosopher Simone Weil
formulated resolutions so as to avoid undermining herself. First, she
vowed she would only deal with difficulties that actually confronted her,
not far-off or hypothetical problems. Second, she would allow herself to
feel only those feelings that were needed to inspire her and make her take
effective action. All other feelings were to be shed, including imaginary
feelings—that is, those not rooted in any real, objective situation. Third,
she vowed, she would "never react to evil in such a way as to augment it."
Dear Aquarius, I think all of these resolutions would be very useful for
you to adopt in the coming weeks.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In June 2019, the young Piscean singer
Justin Bieber addressed a tweet to 56-year-old actor Tom Cruise,
challenging him to a mixed martial arts cage fight. "If you don’t take this
fight," said Bieber, "you will never live it down." A few days later, Bieber
retracted his dare, confessing that Cruise "would probably whoop my ass
in a fight." If Bieber had waited until December 2020 to make his
proposal, he might have had more confidence to follow through—and he
might also have been better able to whoop Cruise’s ass. You Pisceans are
currently at the peak of your power and prowess.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): An anonymous blogger on Tumblr writes
the following: "What I’d really like is for someone to objectively watch me
for a week and then sit down with me for a few hours and explain to me
what I am like and how I look to others and what my personality is in
detail and how I need to improve. Where do I sign up for that?" I can
assure you that the person who composed this message is not an Aries.
More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Rams want to *be* yourself,
to inhabit your experience purely and completely—not see yourself from
the perspective of outside observers. Now is a good time to emphasize this
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "Humans like to be scared," declares author
Cathy Bell. "We love the wicked witch’s cackle, the wolf’s hot breath, and
the old lady who eats children, because sometimes, when the scary is
over, all we remember is the magic." I suppose that what she says is a
tiny bit true. But there are also many ways to access the magic that don’t
require encounters with dread. And that’s exactly what I predict for you in
the coming weeks, Taurus: marvelous experiences—including catharses,
epiphanies, and breakthroughs—that are neither spurred by fear nor
infused with it.
ARE YOU THE HERO OF YOUR OWN LIFE?
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that
station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." So begins
Charles Dickens’ novel *David Copperfield*.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1994, the animated movie *The Lion
King* told the story of the difficult journey made by a young lion as he
struggled to claim his destiny as rightful king. A remake of the film
appeared in 2019. During the intervening 25 years, the number of real
lions living in nature declined dramatically. There are now just 20,000.
Why am I telling you such bad news? I hope to inspire you to make 2021 a
year when you will resist trends like this. Your assignment is to nurture
and foster wildness in every way that’s meaningful for you—whether that
means helping to preserve habitats of animals in danger of extinction or
feeding and championing the wildness inside you and those you care about.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Is there anyone whose forgiveness you would
like to have? Is there anyone to whom you should make atonement? Now is
a favorable phase to initiate such actions. In a related subject, would you
benefit from forgiving a certain person whom you feel wronged you?
Might there be healing for you in asking that person to make amends? The
coming weeks will provide the best opportunity you have had in a long
time to seek these changes.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Scientists know that the Earth’s rotation is
gradually slowing down—but at the very slow rate of two milliseconds
every 100 years. What that means is that 200 million years from now,
one day will last 25 hours. Think of how much more we humans will be
able to get done with an extra hour every day! I suspect you may get a
preview of this effect in the coming weeks, Leo. You’ll be extra efficient.
You’ll be focused and intense in a relaxing way. Not only that: You will also
be extra appreciative of the monumental privilege of being alive. As a
result, you will seem to have more of the precious luxury of time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Adventurer Tim Peck says there are three
kinds of fun. The first is pure pleasure, enjoyed in full as it’s happening.
The second kind of fun feels challenging when it’s underway, but
interesting and meaningful in retrospect. Examples are giving birth to a
baby or taking an arduous hike uphill through deep snow. The third
variety is no fun at all. It’s irksome while you’re doing it, and equally
disagreeable as you think about it later. Now I’ll propose a fourth type of
fun, which I suspect you’ll specialize in during the coming weeks. It’s
rather boring or tedious or nondescript while it’s going on, but in
retrospect you are very glad you did it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): "I made the wrong mistakes," said Libran
composer and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. He had just completed an
improvisatory performance he wasn’t satisfied with. On countless other
occasions, however, he made the right mistakes. The unexpected notes and
tempo shifts he tried often resulted in music that pleased him. I hope that
in the coming weeks you make a clear demarcation between wrong
mistakes and right mistakes, dear Libra. The latter could help bring about
just the transformations you need.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "Home is not where you were born," writes
Naguib Mahfouz. "Home is where all your attempts to escape cease." I
propose we make that one of your mottoes for the next 12 months,
Scorpio. According to my astrological analysis, you will receive all the
inspiration and support you need as you strive to be at peace with exactly
who you are. You’ll feel an ever-diminishing urge to wish you were doing
something else besides what you’re actually doing. You’ll be less and less
tempted to believe your destiny lies elsewhere, with different companions
and different adventures. To your growing satisfaction, you will refrain
from trying to flee from the gifts that have been given you, and you will
instead accept the gifts just as they are. And it all starts now.
Homework: What parts of your past weigh you down and limit your
imagination? What can you do to free yourself? Testify at
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