Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

Week beginning January 5
Copyright 2016, 2017 by Rob Brezsny
Grammar key: Asterisks equal *italics*

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I thought of you when I read a tweet by a
person who calls himself Vexing Voidsquid. “I feel imbued with a
mysterious positive energy,” he wrote, “as if thousands of supplicants are
worshipping golden statues of me somewhere.” Given the astrological
omens, I think it’s quite possible you will have similar feelings on regular
occasions in 2017. I’m not necessarily saying there will literally be golden
statues of you in town squares and religious shrines, nor am I
guaranteeing that thousands of supplicants will telepathically bathe you in
adoration. But who cares how you’re imbued with mysterious positive
energy as long as you are?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When it’s summer in the Northern
Hemisphere, the birds known as arctic terns hang out in Greenland and
Iceland. Before the chill sets in, they embark on an epic migration to
Antarctica, arriving in time for another summer. But when the weather
begins to turn too cold there, they head to the far north again. This is
their yearly routine. In the course of a lifetime, a single bird may travel as
far as 1.25 million miles — the equivalent of three roundtrips to the moon.
I propose that you make this creature your spirit animal in 2017,
Aquarius. May the arctic tern inspire you to journey as far as necessary to
fulfill your personal equivalent of a quest for endless summer.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In June 1962, three prisoners sneaked out of
the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, located on an island in San Francisco
Bay. Did they succeed in escaping? Did they swim to safety through the
frigid water and start new lives abroad? No one knows. Law enforcement
officials never found them. Even today, though, the U.S. Marshals Service
keeps the case open, and still investigates new evidence when it comes
in. Are there comparable enigmas in your own life, Pisces? Events in your
past that raised questions you’ve never been able to solve? In 2017, I bet
you will finally get to the bottom of them.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Light, electricity, and magnetism are different
expressions of a single phenomenon. Scottish scientist and mathematician
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was the first to formulate a theory to
explain that startling fact. One of the cornerstones of his work was a set
of 20 equations with 20 unknowns. But a younger scientist named Oliver
Heaviside decided this was much too complicated. He recast Maxwell’s
cumbersome theory in the form of four equations with four unknowns.
That became the new standard. In 2017, I believe you Aries will have a
knack akin to Heaviside’s. You’ll see the concise essentials obscured by
needless complexity.
You’ll extract the shining truths trapped inside messy confusions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “The thornbush is the old obstacle in the
road,” wrote Franz Kafka. “It must catch fire if you want to go further.”
Let’s analyze this thought, Taurus. If it’s to be of maximum use for you in
2017, we will have to develop it further. So here are my questions. Did
Kafka mean that you’re supposed to wait around passively, hoping the
thornbush will somehow catch fire, either through a lucky lightning strike
or an act of random vandalism? Or should you, instead, take matters into
your own hands — douse the thornbush with gasoline and throw a match
into it? Here’s another pertinent query: Is the thornbush really so broad
and hardy that it blocks the whole road? If not, maybe you could just go
around it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The fictional character Scott Pilgrim is the hero
of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s series of graphic novels. He becomes infatuated
with a “ninja delivery girl” named Ramona Flowers, but there’s a
complication. Before he can win her heart, he must defeat all seven of her
evil ex-lovers. I’m sure your romantic history has compelled you to deal
with equally challenging dilemmas, Gemini. But I suspect you’ll get a
reprieve from that kind of dark melodrama in 2017. The coming months
should be a bright and expansive chapter in your Book of Love.



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CANCER (June 21-July 22): The creature known as the short-eared
elephant shrew is typically four inches long and weighs a little more than
one ounce. And yet it’s more genetically similar to elephants than to true
shrews. In its home habitat of southern Africa, it’s known as the sengi. I
propose we regard it as one of your spirit animals in 2017. Its playful
place in your life will symbolize the fact that you, too, will have secret
connections to big, strong influences; you, too, will have natural links with
powerhouses that outwardly don’t resemble you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “When I look back, I see my former selves,
numerous as the trees,” writes Leo poet Chase Twichell. I’m sure that’s an
experience you’ve had yourself. Do you find it comforting? Does it feel
like being surrounded by old friends who cushion you with nurturing
familiarity? Or is it oppressive and claustrophobic? Does it muffle your
spontaneity and keep you tethered to the past? I think these are
important questions for you to meditate on in 2017. It’s time to be very
conscious and creative about shaping your relationships with all the
people you used to be.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “‘Life experience’ does not amount to very
much and could be learned from novels alone . . . without any help from
life.” So said Nobel Prize-winning author Elias Canetti, who was born in
Bulgaria, had British citizenship, and wrote in German. Although his idea
contradicts conventional wisdom, I am presenting it for your consideration
in 2017. You’re ready for a massive upgrade in your understanding about
the nature of reality — and firsthand “life experience” alone won’t be
enough to ensure that.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I am rooting for you to be flagrantly unique in
2017. I vehemently want you to be uninhibited about expressing your
deepest, rawest, hottest inclinations. In this spirit, I offer the following
four rallying cries: 1. “Don’t be addicted to looking cool, baby!” – my
friend Luther. 2. Creative power arises when you conquer your tendency
to stay detached. – paraphrased from poet Marianne Moore. 3. If you want
to be original, have the courage to be an amateur. – paraphrased from
poet Wallace Stevens. 4. “In the beginner’s mind there are many
possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Zen teacher Shunryu

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “There is a desperation for unknown things,”
wrote poet Charles Wright, “a thirst for endlessness that snakes through
our bones.” Every one of us has that desperation and thirst from time to
time, but no one feels the pull toward perplexing enchantments and
eternal riddles more often and more intensely than you Scorpios. And
according to my astrological meditations on your life in 2017, you will
experience this pull even more often and with greater intensity than ever
before. Is that a problem? I don’t see why it should be. In fact, it could
make you sexier and smarter than ever — especially if you regard it as a
golden opportunity to become sexier and smarter than ever.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I hope you will seek out a wide range of
intoxicating experiences in 2017. The omens predict it. Fate sanctifies it. I
hope you will gracefully barrel your way through the daily whirl with a
constant expectation of sly epiphanies, amusing ecstasies, and practical
miracles. There has rarely been a time in your life when you’ve had so
much potential to heal old wounds through immersions in uncanny bliss.
But please note: The best of these highs will NOT be induced by drugs or
alcohol, but rather by natural means like sex, art, dancing, meditation,
dreamwork, singing, yoga, lucid perceptions, and vivid conversations.


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