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Free Will Astrology

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ARIES(March 21-April 19) “Don’t be angry with the rain,” counseled author Vladimir Nabokov. “It simply does not know how to fall upward.” In the coming week, I advise you to apply that principle to a host of phenomena. Don’t get all knotted up about any force of nature that insists on being itself, and don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to disobey the law of gravity. It’s fine if you find it amusing to go against the flow, but don’t expect the flow to follow you in your rebellion.

TAURUS(April 20-May 20) Where will you be in the latter half of 2016? What will you be doing? Now would be an excellent time to fantasize and meditate about questions like those. You’re likely to have a good bit of intuitive foresight in the coming days – some ability to discern the embryonic patterns swirling in the mists. But even more importantly, you will have extra power to dream up potent visions for your best possible future and plant them as seeds in the fertile bed of your subconscious mind.

GEMINI(May 21-June 20) I believe you’re close to getting permanent immunity from hell. Take it as a metaphor if you like, but consider the possibility that there may soon come a time when you will never again be susceptible to getting dragged into the bottomless pit. You will receive the equivalent of a “Get out of jail free” card that forever guarantees you exemption from the worst of the nightmare realms. Please note: I’m not saying you will be forever free of all suffering. But if you simply keep doing the smart things you’ve been doing lately, you will tap into a reservoir of stabilizing poise so strong that “the devil” will have no further claim on your soul.

CANCER(June 21-July 22) In “The Blood,” an episode of the TV show Seinfeld, George tries to go for “the Trifecta”: eating a pastrami sandwich and watching TV while having sex. His girlfriend isn’t pleased about it, though, so the triple-intense pleasure doesn’t materialize in the way George had hoped. But something akin to this scenario could very well work for you in the coming week. You will have a knack for stirring up more fun and pleasure than usual through the inventive use of multitasking.

LEO(July 23-Aug. 22) In Wiccan circles, a “familiar” is a supernatural entity or magic animal that serves as a spirit ally. Some witches regard their cats as their familiars. In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy books, the “daemon” (very different from a “demon”) plays a similar role: a shapeshifting creature that embodies a person’s soul. This would be an excellent time for you to develop a closer relationship with a familiar or daemon or any other uncanny helper. You have more hidden power at your disposal than you realize, and it’s a propitious time to call on it.

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