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Free Will Astrology

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) How we react to the sound of the wind gives clues to our temperament, said philosopher Theodor W. Adorno. The unhappy person thinks of “the fragility of his house and suffers from shallow sleep and violent dreams.” But for the happy person, the wind sings “the song of protectedness: Its furious howling concedes that it has power over him no longer.” I bring this up to illustrate a point about your life. There will be a strong and vivid influence coming your way that is like the wind as described by Adorno. It’s neither bad nor good in itself, but may seem like one or the other depending on the state of mind you choose to cultivate.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In 1921, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev – born under the sign of the Bull – premiered his opera The Love for Three Oranges in the United States. Here’s how the New York Times felt about it: “There are a few, but only a very few, passages that bear recognizable kinship with what has hitherto been considered music.” It’s possible that you will get a similar reaction when you debut your new approach or endeavor. And that may disturb you. But I think it would be a good omen – a sign that you’re taking a brave risk as you try something innovative and unfamiliar.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) I’m passionate about doing whatever I can to make the world a better place. How boring and sad it would be if I only thought of satisfying my personal needs. But I also remember what Aldous Huxley said: “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” Even if you have mad skills at healing and fixing everyone whose life you touch, Huxley’s reminder is good for you to honor right now. The place that’s in most pressing need of transmutation – and where you’re most likely to be successful – is within you. Now here’s the trick ending: To the degree that you regenerate yourself, you will improve everyone around you. Your inner work will be contagious.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Thomas Jefferson almost pulled off a miracle in 1784. America was a young country. There were only 13 states and a few unorganized territories. As a representative to the Continental Congress, Jefferson proposed an ordinance that would have prohibited slavery in those territories, including what would later become Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. By just one vote, alas, the provision failed to pass. Can you imagine what the United States would have been like if slavery had been partly extinguished decades before the Civil War? The moral of the story is that at certain pregnant moments, small shifts can have big consequences. The astrological omens suggest your life will be proof of that in the coming weeks.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) I believe you will crawl or scramble or glide to the top of some mountain in the next four weeks. What mountain do you want it to be? A crumbly molehill? A pile of cheap but useful gravel? A lofty peak where you can see for miles and miles? I urge you to decide soon on which of the possibilities you will choose. Then affirm your intention to call on all your resources, allies and powers to help you make the ascent. This is a chance for serious expansion. Unleash your soulful ambitions.

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