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Free Will Astrology

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) You seem primed to act like a ram, the astrological creature associated with your sign. I swear you have that look in your eyes: the steely gaze that tells me you’re about to take a very direct approach to smashing the obstacles in your way. I confess that I have not always approved of such behavior. In the past, you have sometimes done more damage to yourself than to the obstruction you’re trying to remove. But this is one time when the head-first approach might work. There is indeed evidence that the job at hand requires a battering ram. What does your intuition tell you?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is a raucous love song by the Scottish band the Proclaimers. In the chorus, the singer declares, “I would walk 500 miles/ And I would walk 500 more/ Just to be the man who walked 1000 miles/ To fall down at your door.” In 2011, a Chinese woman named Ling Hsueh told her boyfriend Lie Peiwen she would marry him if he took the lyrics of this song to heart. In response, loverboy embarked on a thousand-mile hike to the distant city where she lived. His stunt seemed to have expedited the deepening of their relationship: The two are now wed. In accordance with your current astrological omens, I encourage you to consider the possibility of being a romantic fool like Liu Peiwen. What playfully heroic or richly symbolic deed might you be willing to perform for the sake of love?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness,” said the painter Joan Miró in describing his artistic process. I recommend a similar approach to you in the coming weeks. Identify what excites you the most and will continue to inspire and energize you for the foreseeable future. Activate the wild parts of your imagination as you dream and scheme about how to get as much of that excitement as you can stand. And then set to work, with methodical self-discipline, to make it all happen.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) My vision of you in the coming week involves you being more instinctual and natural and primal than usual. I have a picture in my mind of you climbing trees and rolling in the grass and holding bugs in your hands and letting the wind mess up your hair. You’re gazing up at the sky a lot, and you’re doing spontaneous dance moves for no other reason than because it feels good, and you’re serenading the sun and clouds and hills with your favorite songs. I see you eating food with your fingers and touching things you’ve never touched. I hear you speaking wild truths you’ve bottled up for months. As for sex? I think you know what to do.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The Japanese word senzuri refers to a sexual act of self-love performed by a man. Its literal meaning is “a hundred rubs.” The corresponding term for the female version is shiko shiko manzuri, or “ten thousand rubs.” Judging from the astrological omens, I’m guessing that the applicable metaphor for you in the days ahead will be shiko shiko manzuri, not senzuri. Whatever gender you are, you’ll be wise to slowww wayyyy down and take your time, not just in pursuit of pleasure but in pretty much everything you do. The best rewards and biggest blessings will come from being deliberate, gradual, thorough and leisurely.

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