FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, December 26, 2002
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Being an astrologer has allowed me to study my own horoscope, to discern what qualities I lack, and then try to correct those lacks. For instance, I have no planets in Aries in my natal chart. But armed with that knowledge, I’ve worked to develop the strengths you Rams are famous for: a single-minded sense of purpose, a knack for removing the obstacles to my dreams, a passion to keep reinventing myself, and a reverence for adventures that compel me to build courage. In 2003, I urge you to recommit yourself to cultivating these beautiful talents. I also suggest you identify the part of you that’s weakest and use your native Aries dynamism to bolster it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Trend analysts are touting the concept of “medievalizing” for 2003. They say we’ll be retreating into feudal self-protectiveness against war, terrorism, and economic recession. According to my astrological analysis, you Bulls are already well under way in pursuing a healthier version of this homing instinct. You’re being driven mostly out of love, not fear. As a result, you’re raising the art of nesting to esthetic new heights. I predict that you will continue to become more comfortable in profound and enlivening ways in the coming months.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Sand castles are icons of ephemerality. They’re best built in the wet sand left behind on the beach when the tide goes out, to be demolished when the tide comes back in a few hours later. I’d like to make them one of your sacred emblems for 2003. In doing so, I don’t mean to imply that your certainties will be any less transitory than usual. But I urge you to capitalize on the fleeting nature of all things. As the Buddhist monk and genius Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I make a distinction between emotions and feelings. Emotions are instinctual reactions that aren’t necessarily appropriate to the events that seem to stimulate them. For instance, you can just as easily become angry when you’ve misinterpreted a person’s actions as when you have understood them correctly. Feelings, on the other hand, are one-of-a-kind responses that arise in resonance to the unique qualities of a specific moment. You may, for example, be filled with a wistfully sweet sense of loss after realizing a long-held dream. With these ideas as a guide, Cancerian, I suggest you make your emotions more objective in 2003, even as you cultivate the idiosyncrasies of your feelings.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I predict that you will come into possession of some real magic in 2003: something equivalent to pixie dust or mystical beans. But finding it is no guarantee you’ll know how to make it work for you. Here are a few guidelines that should help: 1. Don’t speak about your lucky stuff to anyone unless they absolutely need to know. 2. Before using it to change your life, practice with it once or twice in a low-risk situation. 3. Make sure it harms no one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Tony was the toughest dude in my high school class. He organized midnight drag races when he was 14 and sold vodka on the playground at 15. He took boxing lessons throughout his adolescence, and by the time he graduated, he’d gotten two girls pregnant. I lost touch with him, but years later I ran into a mutual friend who’d stayed in contact with Tony. My friend said he’d become a policeman — and a pretty good one at that. Let Tony’s transformation serve as your guiding metaphor in 2003, Virgo. I predict that the most unredeemed part of you — your inner Tony — will undergo an amazing conversion.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your lucky number for 2003 will be 1.6180339887, also known as phi. In his book The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number, astrophysicist Mario Livio asserts that it has been a key factor in creating many beautiful objects, from the Mona Lisa to Stradivarius violins to the Great Pyramid. Known for hundreds of years as the divine proportion, the number is renowned as harmonious and useful. I believe that everything I just said about it, dear Libra, should be applied to the effects you can have on your world in the coming months.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): As public schools continue to decline and private schools become more expensive, increasing numbers of parents are home-schooling their children. I predict that an analogous phenomenon will arise in 2003. Called the “home-church” movement by Christians and the “home- synagogue” movement by Jews, it will consist of people creating altars and conducting worship sessions in their own abodes. Seekers pursuing this approach will be their own priests, priestesses, and rabbis. I believe that there will be a disproportionately high percentage of Scorpios leading this phenomenon.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): My acquaintance Alan told me recently that, along with his wife, 2-year-old daughter, and 6-month-old son, he’s planning to fly to Turkey to launch a 20-month bicycle trip around Asia and Europe. “How are you going to handle the diapers?!” I marveled in disbelief. “We’ll work it out somehow,” Alan said with no trace of anxiety. Since I don’t know him well, I was unsure whether to pity his naiveté or admire his audacity. I think it likely, Sagittarius, that in coming months you’ll have a comparable version of Alan’s great adventure. While I’m worried you won’t plan very well about how to handle details, maybe your easy-going audacity will see you through.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Time travel will be one of the top metaphors for you in 2003. That’s not to say you’ll be chosen as a subject in an experiment involving a time machine — though you may sometimes feel as if you’ve been transported into the past or future. The potential downside to this is that you might get confused about where you are in your long-term cycle. A psychic version of jet lag could creep in. The upside is that you will have an unprecedented chance to weave together previously disparate threads of your life. Past events that have never quite made sense will acquire new meaning; future dreams that have been too vague to pursue will finally come into focus.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I believe you should throw far more water balloons than usual in 2003. It would also be smart of you to enjoy pillow fights and spitting contests more frequently. Furthermore, I feel that in the coming months you should start more good-natured arguments and seek out more entertaining conflicts. Astrological omens suggest, in fact, that you will derive great benefit from skirmishing with opposing forces as long as you maintain a spirit of adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In our previews of the future, we astrologers are accurate and helpful at least as often as weather forecasters, economists, and lifestyle trend consultants. On the other hand, like those other three types of prognosticators, we astrologers are sometimes wrong or misleading. Please keep this clearly in mind as you read my horoscopes in 2003. All the cosmic omens suggest it will be crucial for you to become more discriminating than ever in coming months. I encourage you to supercharge your analytical powers and question every authority, expert, leader, and guru.

Homework: Send me predictions about your own life in 2003. Write: www.freewillastrology.com.


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