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Free Will Astrology

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) There's at least a 50 percent chance that the coming days will be over-the-top, out-of-the-blue and off-the-record. I'm half-expecting florid, luscious, and kaleidoscopic events, possibly even rococo, swashbuckling and splendiferous adventures. Are you ready for all this? Of course not. That's the point life will be trying to make: nudging you to learn more about the fine art of spontaneity as you improvise your way through unpredictable lessons that will lead you toward the resources you'll need to succeed.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Obsessions. Enchantments. Crushes. Manias. Fetishes. Some astrologers think you are mostly immune from these indelicate but sometimes delightful modes of human expression. They seem to believe that you love harmony and balance too much to fall under the spell of a bewitching passion that rivets your focus. I disagree with that view. It may be true that you're better able than the other signs to be objective about your fixations. But that doesn't necessarily dilute the intensity you feel when they rise up and captivate your imagination with the force of a thousand love songs. My advice? Have fun and stay amused.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “The chains that bind us most closely are the ones we have broken,” said Scorpio poet Antonio Porchia. In other words, the oppression from which we have freed ourselves may continue to influence us long after we've escaped. The imprint it left on our sensitive psyches might keep distorting our decisions and twisting our emotions. But I'm here to tell you that you're entering a time when you have an enhanced power to dissolve the lingering taint your broken chains still impose. You finally have the resources and wisdom to complete the liberation process.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In the coming weeks, you will have an excellent chance to develop more skill in the art of high gossip. High gossip has almost nothing in common with the mindless prattle that erodes reputations and fosters cynicism. It's not driven by envy, pettiness or schadenfreude. When you engage in high gossip, you spread uplifting whispers and inspirational hearsay; you speculate about people's talents and call attention to their successes; you conspire to awaken generosity of spirit and practical idealism. High gossip is a righteous approach to chatting about the human zoo. It might not flow as easily as the cheap and shabby kind – at least at first – but it lasts a whole lot longer and creates connections that help keep your mental hygiene sparkling clean.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Sometimes I have a dream that seems cryptic or meaningless when I first wake up, but a few days later I realize it was a brilliant insight into what I most needed to transform about my life. If you don't recall many of your dreams, that might not be a familiar experience for you. But you've probably had waking-life experiences with a similar arc. I predict you will be given at least one of those in the coming week. It may confound you while you're in the midst of it, but will eventually reveal choice clues that have the power to change your life for the better.

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