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Free Will Astrology

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) In the course of her world travels, writer Jane Brunette has seen many wonderful things – as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in Bali. She loves the "woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of color." Even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. Your assignment is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to Brunette's. Is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting or even charming? I'm speaking metaphorically as well as literally.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The Old Testament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn't die until he was 969 years old. Some biblical commentators suggest that he didn't literally walk the earth for almost 10 centuries. Rather, he was skilled at the art of living. His experiences were profoundly rich. He packed 969 years' worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. I prefer that interpretation, and I'd like to invoke it as I assess your future. According to my analysis of the omens, you will have Methuselah's talent in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) In the coming weeks, I'm expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There's a better-than-even chance that you will do something heroic. You might finally activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot or learn what you've never been able to grasp before. And if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet that's flowing your way, I bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. In mythical terms, you will create a new Grail or tame a troublesome dragon — or both.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whiskey, only have sex during storms and can mimic most sounds, even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn't actually exist. It's a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honor it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state's official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need. What'll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here's a list: tinyurl.com/MythicCritters.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The temptation to hide what you're feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you're cheerfully honest. That's the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too — even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won't be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance.

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