Free Will Astrology
Published: January 30, 2013
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) West Coast DJ Shakti Bliss wrote a remarkable status update on her Facebook page. "In the past 24 hours, I did yoga in a bathtub, hauled furniture by myself in the rain, got expert dating advice from an 11-year-old, learned the lindy hop, saw a rainbow over the ocean, had thrift-store clothes stolen out of my car by a homeless man, made a magic protection amulet out of a piece of cardboard, was fed quinoa soup by the buffest 50-year-old South African woman I've ever met, bowed to a room full of applause and watched two of my favorite men slow dance together to Josephine Baker singing in French." You will be having days like that in the coming week. Are you ready to handle the stimulation and excitement?
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Thomas Jefferson called himself a Christian. But he also acknowledged that there weren't any other Christians like him. He said he belonged to a sect consisting of one person – himself. While he admired the teachings of Jesus Christ, he had no use for the supernatural aspects of the stories told in the New Testament. So he created his own version of the Bible, using only those parts he agreed with. Now would be an excellent time for you to be inspired by Jefferson's approach. Is there a set of ideas that appeals to you in some ways but not in others? Tailor it to your own special needs. Make it your own. Become a sect of one.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) "Everyone is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day," said writer Elbert Hubbard. "Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." I'd say that five minutes is a lowball figure. My own daily rate is rarely less than half an hour. The good news as far as you're concerned is that in the coming weeks you might have many days when you're not a damn fool for even five seconds. In fact, you may break your all-time records for levels of wild, pure wisdom. Make constructive use of your enhanced intelligence!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "Most humans have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted," said Aldous Huxley. If that's true, it's important that you NOT act like a normal human in the next few weeks. Taking things for granted would be a laziness you can't afford to indulge. Renew your passion for and commitment to all your familiar pleasures and fundamental supports. Are you fully aware of the everyday miracles that allow you to thrive? Express your appreciation for the sources that nourish you so reliably.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Poet Jacob Nibengenesabe was a member of the Swampy Cree, a First Nation tribe in Canada. He wrote shamanic poems from the point of view of a magical trickster who could change himself into various creatures. In one poem, he talked about how important it is to be clear about what he wanted. "There was a storm once," he said. "That's when I wished myself/ to be a turtle/ but I meant on land!/ The one that carries a hard tent/ on his back./ I didn't want to be floating!" By the end of the poem, the shapeshifter concluded, "I've got to wish things exactly!/ That's the way it is." I hope that will be the way it is from now on for you, too. Visualize your desires in intricate, exact detail.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) As you sleep, you have at least 1,000 dreams every year. But you may recall only a few of them. Doesn't that bother you? To be so ignorant of the stories your subconscious mind works so hard to craft? To be out of touch with what the Iroquois call "the secret wishes of your soul?" Now is an excellent time to develop a stronger relationship with your dreams. It's time to explore the deeper strata of your life's big mysteries.