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Free Will Astrology

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “I prefer by far warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness,” wrote Anais Nin in one of her early diaries. “Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.” I suspect that even if you normally love cold brilliancy, you will need an abundance of warmth and softness in the coming days. To attract the best possible embodiments of this influence, get clear about your favorite forms of it. Be picky! Don’t accept sloppy sentimentality.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Ludwig Wittgenstein was a genius. His last book, which influenced many different fields of thought, is regarded as one of the most important philosophy tomes of the 20th century. And yet he was a big fan of foolishness. “If people did not sometimes do silly things,” he observed, “nothing intelligent would ever get done.” Another time he said, “Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.” Here’s one more of his opinions: “Don’t be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.” I hope that’s enough evidence to support my advice, which is: Now is a good time for you to get both smarter and wiser. And a good way to do that is to play and play and play some more.

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