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Free Will Astrology

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) When astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back on the spacecraft Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labor ever – far worse than what you've had to endure in your storied career. I suggest you keep Aldrin's story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully it will help keep you in an amused and spacious and philosophical frame of mind – which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) After meditating on your astrological omens for the rest of 2011, I've picked out the guiding words that best suit your needs. They're from mythologist Joseph Campbell: "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path." Now here's a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: "Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road – you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again."

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was a charismatic activist whose writing and speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travelers, she wasn't a dour, dogmatic proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation that celebrated beauty and joy. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution," she is alleged to have told a sourpuss colleague. As you contemplate the radical transformations you might like to cultivate in your own sphere during the coming months, I suggest you adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, even humorous elements. Have some fun with your metamorphoses.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) A while back I asked my readers to propose a new name for your astrological sign. "Cancer" has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many people suggested "Dolphin" as a replacement, which I like. But the two ideas that most captivated my imagination were "Gateway" and "Fount." I probably won't be able to convince the astrological community to permanently adopt either of these uplifting designations, but I encourage you to try them out to see how they feel. This is a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you will have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of both "Gateway" and "Fount."

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The year's half over. Let's talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. My analysis of the astrological omens suggests that it'll be an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline in detail what you will need to carry it out. For inspiration, read this pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: "An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, ‘Will I remember this well on my death bed?' If you have a big dream, you will probably find that to accomplish it will require a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day."

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