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Free Will Astrology

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) In August 2009, 120 scientists and their helpers staged a BioBlitz in Yellowstone National Park. Their goal was to find as many new species as they could in one day. To their surprise and delight, they located more than 1,200, including beetles, worms, lichens and fungi that had never before been identified. An equally fertile phase of discovery could very well be imminent for you. All you have to do is make that your intention, then become super-extra-double-wildly receptive.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “Two dangers threaten the universe: order and disorder,” said poet Paul Valery. I think that’s especially true for you right now, although the “danger” in question is psychological in nature, not physical, and it’s a relatively manageable hazard that you shouldn’t stay up all night worrying about. Still, the looming challenge to your poise is something that requires you to activate your deeper intelligence. You really do need to figure out how to weave a middle way between the extremes of seeking too much order and allowing too much disorder. What would Goldilocks do?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Readers of reddit.com were asked to describe their lives in just six words. It would be a good time for you to try this exercise. You’ve reached a juncture in your unfolding destiny when you could benefit from a review that pithily sums up where you’ve been up until now, and where you’ve got to go next. To inspire your work, here are some of the most interesting from Reddit: 1) Early opportunities wasted, now attempting redemption. 2) Searching tirelessly for that one thing. 3) Living my dream requires modifying dream. 4) Must not turn into my mom. 5) Insane ambition meets debilitating self-doubt. 6) Do you want to have sex? 7) Slowly getting the hang of it. 8) These pretzels are making me thirsty.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Go where the drama is, but not where the melodrama is. Place yourself in the path of the most interesting power, but don’t get distracted by displays of power that are dehumanizing or narcissistic. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when you have a mandate to intensify your excitement with life and increase your ability to be deeply engaged with what attracts you. I urge you to be as brave as you once were when you conquered a big fear and to be as curious as you were when you discovered a big secret about who you are. For extra credit, be highly demonstrative in your expression of what you care about.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In his older years, after steadfastly cultivating his vices with the care of a connoisseur, the agnostic actor W. C. Fields was caught reading the Bible by an old friend. Questioned at this departure from his usual behavior, Fields said he was “looking for loopholes.” I suspect a comparable shift may be in the offing for you. In your case, you may be drawn to a source you’ve perpetually ignored or dismissed, or suddenly interested in a subject you’ve long considered irrelevant. I say, good for you. It’s an excellent time to practice opening your mind in any number of ways.

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