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Free Will Astrology

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) What’s the most practical method of acquiring wealth? One out of every five Americans believes that it’s by playing the lottery. While it is true that you now have a slightly elevated chance of guessing the winning numbers in games of chance – the odds are only 90 million to one instead of 100 million to one – I don’t recommend that you spend any time seeking greater financial security in this particular way. A much better use of your current cosmic advantage would be to revitalize and reorganize your approach to making, spending, saving and investing money.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The Jet Propulsion Laboratory landed two robotic vehicles on Mars in 2004. They were expected to explore the planet and send back information for 90 days. But the rover named Spirit kept working for more than six years, and its companion, Opportunity, is still operational. The astrological omens suggest that any carefully prepared project you launch in the coming weeks could achieve that kind of staying power. So take maximum advantage of the vast potential you have available. Don’t scrimp on the love and intelligence you put into your labor of love.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “I don’t want to play the part of the mythical phoenix again,” my Scorpio friend Kelly has been moaning as she prepares for her latest trial by fire. “I’ve burned myself to the ground and risen reborn out of the ashes two times this year already. Why can’t someone else take a turn for a change?” While I empathized, I thought it was my duty to tell her what I consider to be the truth: More than any other sign of the zodiac, Scorpios have supreme skills in the art of metaphorical self-immolation and regeneration. You’re better able to endure the ordeal, too. Besides, part of you actually enjoys the heroic drama and the baby-fresh feelings that come over you as you reanimate yourself from the soot and cinders. Ready for another go?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) When she was 7 years old, my daughter Zoe created a cartoon panel with colored pens. It showed an orange-haired girl bending down to tend to three orange flowers. High overhead was an orange five-pointed star. The girl was saying, “I think it would be fun being a star,” while the star mused, “I think it would be great to be a girl.” I urge you to create your own version of this cartoon. Put a picture of yourself where the girl was in Zoe’s rendering. Getting your imagination to work in this way will put you in the right frame of mind to notice and take advantage of the opportunities that life will bring you. Here’s your mantra, an ancient formula the mystics espouse: “As above, so below.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Years ago, I discovered I was eligible to join Mensa, an organization for people with high IQs. Since I’d never gotten any awards, plaques or badges, I thought I’d indulge in this little sin of pride. Not too long after I signed up, however, I felt like an idiot for doing it. Whenever I told someone I belonged to Mensa, I felt sheepish about seeming to imply that I was extra smart. Eventually I resigned from the so-called genius club. But then I descended into deeper egomania – I started bragging about how I had quit Mensa because I didn’t want to come off like an egotist. How egotistical was that? Please avoid this type of unseemly behavior in the coming week. Be authentically humble, not fake like me. It’ll be important for your success.

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