FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, July 2, 2003
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): The United States often leads the way in developing novel gourmet treats, but China is marketing an amazing product that American food designers haven’t even dreamed of: milk beer. Appealing to both the infantile longing for creamy liquid nourishment and the adult craving for inhibition-loosening alcohol, it’s bound to become the 21st century’s first new staple. Astrologically, the time is ripe for you to gorge yourself with a blend like milk beer. If it’s not in your store, mix up your own batch.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Dear Mr. Brezsny: Your horoscopes are useless — full of philosophical crap that has nothing to do with my daily life. Enough with the metaphors already! Just tell me if there’s love or money or trouble in my future, like normal horoscopes! —Testy Taurus.”

Dear Testy: I predict that in the coming week, you and your fellow Bulls will have close encounters with the kind of experience you just directed at me. In other words, people will try to get you to be something other than what you are. Do not, under any circumstances, cave in to them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Gemini performer Keith Hennessy teaches classes in improvisation. His ideas perfectly describe the nature of the spirit you should invoke in the coming weeks. Here’s his definition of improvisation: “The art of being in full awareness and integrity right now. The opposite of repression. The closest we get to the source language of creativity, soul, play, and magic. A crazy attempt to align body and mind not only in the pursuit of freedom, but in the actual experience of freedom. Intentional spontaneity. The beauty and truth of the wild.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): To quote an old song, your future lies beyond the yellow brick road. So it’s time to let go of the fairy-tale vision of success that fueled you when you were young and naive. A more mature dream is calling, inviting you to get older and wiser fast. Initially, this replacement may feel like a loss, but ultimately it will awaken passions and ingenuity that the original goal would never have coaxed out. Ironically, it will also lead you to rewards that the yellow brick road promised but never could have delivered.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Dragon alert! You have a date with an influence that has a metaphorical resemblance to a scaly, winged, fire-breathing beast. Sounds daunting, but don’t avoid it; I believe it will actually help your soul grow bigger and stronger. On the other hand, there’s no need to race over to the dragon’s cave and poke it with a stick. Try to arrange a meeting that takes place on your home turf and in the presence of your allies.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A fundamentalist is anyone who thinks his belief system trumps all others. Religious fanatics are the most obvious example, but scientists, capitalists, atheists, and environmentalists can be fundamentalists. To them, there is one right way and a million wrong ways to interpret reality. The news: Every one of us has that virus. It may not be as virulent in you and me as it is in the bad guys we love to hate. But we’re all infected. Luckily, you’re in a phase when you can achieve a partial cure. To begin, take everything less seriously and less personally and less literally.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): On the first day of John’s trip to Antarctica, the guide took his group to a remote area and left them alone for an hour to commune with the pristine air and unearthly stillness. A penguin ambled up and launched into a ceremonial display of squawks and stretches. John recited poems, imagining he was “engaged in a conversation with eternity.” Then the penguin vomited green stuff on John’s chest and shuffled away. Later John came to see it as a first-class cosmic joke and a great story for his friends back home. I predict you will have an analogous experience in the coming week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re like an arrow in flight, Scorpio. You’re a half-cooked feast, the fifth month of pregnancy, the week before a big election. When I turn my psychic vision toward you, I see an image of a worker bee freshly returned to the hive to perform the dance that will tell its companions where to find a patch of blooming snapdragons. Have you ever mastered a second language? Where you are at this moment resembles the time right before you attain fluency.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When I relocated in 1991, I moved from a hotbed of alternative lifestyles to a very wealthy community. I knew I’d have to deal with my prejudice against rich white people. I’ve made great progress in dissolving my bigotry, but today I was sorely tested when I spied a Lexus SC-430 with a vanity license plate that read “PUREHRT.” I thought, “It’s inconceivable that the owner of a $60,000 sports car could have a pure heart!” But soon my compassionate mind kicked in, and I opened to the possibility, quieting my judgmental reflex. Remember this tale, because it’s time to have a showdown with your deepest prejudice.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): At last year’s Burning Man festival of cheerful mischief in the Nevada desert, a character calling himself Mother Very Superior was omnipresent. In a nun’s habit and black leather chastity belt, he roamed far and wide, dispensing blessings with a toy cat-o’-nine-tails. “I hereby absolve you of your sins,” he chanted as he softly whipped anyone who consented,” so now you are free to go ahead and sin like crazy.” I suggest you find someone to do you a similar favor. To take maximum advantage of the explosive fun that will be available in the near future, you should get your karmic debt down as close as possible to zero.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Being right doesn’t guarantee success in the coming week. Nor does being strong or smart or rich or well-connected. No, Aquarius, none of the usual assets will be of much use if you want to triumph over adversity. There is another way, requiring you to be tricky yet ethical. You’d have to be good in a sneaky way, or pull off some subterfuge while aflame with a noble purpose. Here’s another tip for ensuring victory: Renounce any attachment you have to getting full credit for your heroic efforts.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Everyone needs music, but you, Pisces, can’t survive without it. Your soul tends to devolve into confusion without music’s wild intelligence. It’s also important for you to keep finding fresh songs. Depending on those that once moved you leads you to something your tribe has to be wary of: living in the past. As for what music would nourish you best, I’ll trust your intuition. But listen to this from “Green Light: Now Begin,” by Blackalicious: “No more of that sittin’ in a slump/ No more of that coulda-woulda-shoulda junk/ No more of that waiting for the inspiration, innovation/ It’s time to expand, power from within, you’re takin’ over this dominion/ Green light, now begin.”

Homework: What other name would you give yourself if you could take a vacation from your present name? Why? Report to www.freewillastrology.com.


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