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Free Will Astrology

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) “The more one dwells on oneself,” says psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in his book Going Sane, “the more one is likely to suffer.” He thinks people need encouragement to avoid excessive introspection. “My project as a psychoanalyst,” he writes, “is to free them to not have to think about their lives so much.” While I feel he overstates the case, I do suspect his message would be good for you to heed in the coming weeks. For maximum success and robust mental health, take a generous portion of your attention off yourself and focus it on living your life with compassion, curiosity and concern for others.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “One must choose in life between boredom and suffering,” proclaimed author Madame de Stael (1766-1817). I beg to differ with her, however. As evidence, I present the course of your life during the next few weeks. After analyzing the astrological omens, I expect you will consistently steer a middle course between boredom and suffering, being able to enjoy some interesting departures from the routine that don’t hurt a bit. There may even be pain-free excursions into high adventure mixed in, along with a fascinating riddle that taxes your imagination in rather pleasurable ways.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) I accompanied a friend and his family to a small fairground where a local school was having a fundraiser. There were rides and games for younger kids. Right away we came to a challenging activity that involved climbing a ladder made out of rubber and coated with some slippery substance. One girl, about 7 years old, was having a moment of rowdy bliss as she tried to ascend. “It’s impossible – but fun!” she cried out to her mom. Your assignment in the coming week is to find an adventure like that: one that’s impossible but fun.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “It is not always needful for truth to take a definite shape,” wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. “It is enough if it hovers about us like a spirit and produces harmony; if it is wafted through the air like the sound of a bell, grave and kindly.” With this quote, I’m alerting you to the fact that a new truth is now floating into your world. It’ll be misty and sparkly, yet somehow also decisive and lucid. It will comfort you and yours, but also be a bit shocking. It will be sharply tonic, like good, strong medicine that has a pungent yet oddly delicious flavor you’ve never tasted before.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) If there were a useful website with the domain name AmIAGoodPersonOrNot.com, I would advise you to go check it out. The same is true if there were websites like AmIAuthenticOrNot.com, AmIYummyOrNot.com, AmIEnlightenedOrNot.com, or AmIAGorgeousGeniusOrNot.com. What I’m trying to tell you is that this would be an excellent time for you to find out more about yourself from objective sources – or any other kind of sources, for that matter. Solicit feedback, my beautiful darling. Ask for updates on how you’re doing.

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