Free Will Astrology
Published: September 22, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19) “I have a simple philosophy,” said Alice Roosevelt Longworth, a self-described hedonist who lived until the age of 96. “Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.” That’s not an approach I recommend you pursue all the time, but I think it could be both wise and fun for you to do so in the coming weeks. Given the upcoming astrological omens, you have a mandate to find out where the most interesting action is and dive in with the intent to generate even more action. The catalysts need another catalyst like you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A guy on reddit.com posted a photo that made me think of you. He had been out walking in the wilds of Ontario and found a single ripe peach growing on a scraggly, skinny tree in the middle of an abandoned quarry. There were no other peach trees in sight, let alone peaches. I suspect that when you find beauty and sustenance in the coming days, they will be in similar situations: unexpected and unlikely. That doesn’t mean they’ll be any less sweet. (See the peach: bit.ly/lonelypeach.)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) If you’ve ever been to a flavor-tripping party, you’ve eaten “miracle fruit” – berries with the scientific name Synsepalum dulcificum. They coat your tongue with a substance that makes all subsequent foods taste sweet. The effect lasts no more than an hour, but while it does, lemons, radishes and pickles may as well be desserts. Be alert for a metaphorical version of the miracle fruit. There’s an influence coming your way that could temporarily make everything else seem extra delectable. As long as you’re aware of what’s happening, it will be a quirky blessing.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Born in Austria, Susanne Wenger became a high priestess of the Yoruba religion in Nigeria. When she died in 2009 at the age of 93, she had devoted the last 50-plus years of her life to protecting and beautifying a sacred forest in the Osogbo area. It’s hard for most of us to imagine loving a place as much as she did, but that’s what I’m encouraging you to do. You will accrue unforeseen benefits by becoming more deeply connected to a special patch of earth. To do so will awaken a dormant part of your soul, for one thing. It could also advance one of your lifelong quests, which is to feel ever more at home in the world.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) “Personally I’m always ready to learn,” said Winston Churchill, “although I do not always like being taught.” You may soon find yourself sharing that paradoxical state of mind. It’s time for you to receive the new teachings you have been unconsciously preparing yourself to absorb. But at least in the early stages, these useful lessons may get on your nerves or make you squirm. Stick with them. Keep the faith. Sooner or later, your crash course will become enjoyable.
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