FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, October 8, 2003
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I’ve been practicing radical authenticity,” my Aries friend Steve told me. “I’m revealing the blunt truth about unmentionable subjects to everyone I know. It’s been pretty hellish — no one likes having the social masks stripped away — but it’s been rewarding.” I said, “I admire your boldness in naming the currents flowing beneath the surface, but why do you imply they’re all negative? Shouldn’t you also express the raw truth about what’s right, good, and beautiful?” Steve sneered. He thought my version of radical authenticity was wimpy. I hope you don’t, Aries. You have an astrological mandate to be honest in both ways.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Oct. 12 is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day. It’s meant to release pent-up tension resulting from the gap between what we have and what we think we want. Since your gap is particularly gaping right now, you Tauruses would benefit from throwing yourself into this fierce enjoyment with all your angst unfurled. The holiday’s founders, Thomas and Ruth Roy, suggest that everyone go outside and yell for 30 seconds. I hope the sound of you bellowing Bulls will be heard around the world.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It looks as if you’re poised to put the finishing touches on something that will last a long time — an expression or creation that will be a defining monument to your essential self. If I’m right and you’re really ready, let me offer a suggestion: This masterpiece should not only reflect what’s excellent and successful about you; it should also acknowledge the role that your failures have played in the growth of your beauty.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): This is one of those rare moments when laziness can be an asset. Fate is conspiring to rejuvenate you, and all you have to do is not get in the way. I suggest that you follow the advice of the Zen master who said, “Don’t just do something, sit there!” I mean it, Cancerian. Empty yourself of ambitions. Burn your to-do list. Tell your monkey mind you’re taking a sabbatical from its obsessive leaping and shrieking. Feel absolutely no guilt as you practice the art of making yourself a tabula rasa.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): According to Colin Wilson, synchronicities are meaningful coincidences created by the unconscious mind to jar the conscious mind into a keener state of perception. They give us a powerful sense of hidden meanings beneath the surface of everyday life; they lead us to suspect that a huge, benevolent intelligence is working behind the scenes, weaving connections. I predict that you will be awash in synchronicities in the coming week. You will get strong proof that everything is far more intertwined that you’ve ever dared to imagine.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): To place yourself in alignment with the current cosmic trends, seek out more and better physical sensations. My advice: Compose a list of your top five, then a plan for getting those needs met and met and met. For instance, if you usually have a massage every once in a while, have at least two in the coming week, enlisting the services of the very best masseuse or masseur you know. Use the same approach to sex, food, sleep, aromas, beautiful sights, and any other experience that thrills your body.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “There is only one thing ... worse than being talked about,” wrote Libran Oscar Wilde, “and that is not being talked about.” You won’t have to worry about the latter problem in the next two weeks. The number of discussions about your character and behavior will probably exceed that of any other 14-day period in the past five years. Fortunately, indicators suggest that a relatively high percentage of the gossip will be benevolent and flattering. It will be a good time, therefore, for a marketing campaign or networking blitz.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are potentially a genius. You possess some capacity or set of skills that is exquisitely unique. You are a work of art unlike any other. Furthermore, the precise instructions you need to ripen into that glorious state have always been with you, even from before you were born. In the words of psychologist James Hillman, you have a soul’s code. You might also call it the master plan of your heart’s deepest desire; the special mission that the Divine Wow sent you here to carry out. Now here’s the really good news, Scorpio: You’re at a turning point when you have extraordinary power to tune in to and activate untapped areas of your soul’s code.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Every year the Color Marketing Group issues a report that identifies the new colors coming into fashion and their symbolic meaning. I have selected the hues with which you should surround yourself to be in harmony with cosmic forces during the rest of 2003. Lemon Meringue: “Silver flirts with gold in this zesty confection reminiscent of vintage roadsters.” Shimma: “A shimmer, a shake, a lustrous flake, this pearlized metallic adds a savvy crackle to your communications.” Iron Ore-ange: “The influence of copper on orange creates a sophisticated background with primal undertones.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Given how fresh and strong you’ve been feeling lately, you may not be in the mood to initiate a showdown with The Problem That Refused to Die. Why risk getting demoralized by that boring old energy drain when you’re so peppy? I’ll tell you why: You now have a new and unprecedented advantage over The Problem. You may not be able to kill it off completely, but then again you might. And you will at least be able to dramatically limit its power to mess with you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “No work is more worthwhile than to be a sign of divine joy and a fountain of divine love.” So says mystic and scholar Andrew Harvey, and I fervently agree. Not everyone is cut out for such an exacting career, of course. The pay isn’t great, the hours are long, and the heroes who make it their main gig rarely get the appreciation they deserve. It’s best to try it out for a while on the side without quitting your day job. Having provided those caveats, I’m pleased to inform you that this is the best time in years for you to work hard at being a sign of divine joy and a fountain of divine love.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your flavor of the week will be ginger peach or vanilla clove or some other blend of piquant spiciness and smooth sweetness. The kitchen accessory that best symbolizes your special skills will be a thick sponge that has an abrasive surface on one side for scrubbing dirty pots. The recurring dream you’re most likely to dream for the last time, triumphing forever over the past trauma that originally spawned it, is the nightmare in which you feel like a cornered animal. Your haiku of power will be “melodious struggle where the soul turns crap into fertilizer.”

Homework: What image best symbolizes the love you want in your life all the time? Put that image in a prominent place in your home. www.freewillastrology.com.


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