FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, October 31, 2002
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you up for a treasure hunt in the underworld? I’m not talking about trolling for spiritual wisdom while watching The Sopranos or seeking dating tips in Hollywood horror films. No, Aries, I’m urging you to go scare up some riches in the soul’s natural habitat, which is also known as eternity, the collective unconscious, and the fourth dimension. Shamans, meditators, vision questers, and ordinary people at crossroads in their lives slip into this altered state to explore the underpinnings of the material world. The big-picture insights they snag in the dark depths can dissolve problems virtually overnight when they return to normal waking awareness. Halloween costume suggestion: the other you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A couple I know got married one Halloween at the Edge of Hell Haunted House. Their motivations weren’t profound; they just thought it would be fun to tie the knot while disguised as ghouls and surrounded by vampires, gargoyles, and dragons. Maybe you should take their idea a step further, Taurus. Every relationship born from the fires of attraction from time to time has to deal with each partner’s smoky madness, and your intimacy will be far healthier if you account for it upfront. In this spirit, I propose that you and your closest ally dress up as your inner monsters this Halloween, perform a bonding ceremony, and go everywhere handcuffed together.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s a list of the raw materials that could soon prove surprisingly valuable: glop, slop, slush, scum, slime, muck, bilge, grime, and scuzz. Believe it or not, Gemini, stuff like this is likely to contain hidden gems. I hope you can overcome any squeamishness and dive in headfirst to root around for the buried bounty. Halloween costume suggestions: toxic waste disposal engineer, sexy maid/garbage man, or wizard or priestess working undercover as a janitor.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Would you consider being a cowboy, pirate, or biker this Halloween, Cancerian? An itinerant circus performer or medieval minstrel? Or maybe an animal-human hybrid like the goat god Pan or an Aztec bird-goddess. The important thing is to push yourself beyond the edge of the previously imagined you. It’ll provide an outlet for the restlessness that subtly undermines your domestic stability during the non-Halloween times of the year and compel you to shed defense mechanisms that are holding back your scheduled expansion.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The museum tour guide was discoursing on the habits of the ancient Romans. “Their day’s work was customarily finished by noon,” she said. “The rest of the day was spent in pleasure or amusement. More than half the days of the year were holidays.” As I took in this rosy vision, Leo, my thoughts turned to you. Maybe you can’t live like the Romans all the time, but it would be best to do so right now. Do you have the guts to give yourself that much leisure for the daily grind, so as to honor the rhythms of your body? Halloween costume suggestions: silk pajamas or chic hobo rags worn with a supermodel attitude.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I figure you’ve served enough time as a scapegoat to last you forever. You’ve shouldered the blame and accepted the responsibility for far more than your fair share. Therefore, dear Virgo, by decree of the cosmic enforcers of balance, you are hereby authorized to be a prince or princess this Halloween and, further, to corral a volunteer to dress up as your whipping boy — the stand-in who, in earlier times, was spanked every time a young royal misbehaved.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): During the current economic downswing, many macho financiers have sought psychological counseling. As Alessandra Stanley reported in The New York Times: “Now that the bubble has burst, investors are not seeking the courage to be poor. Patients want their heads examined to regain their wealth.” I hesitate to advise you to jump on a trendy bandwagon, Libra, but it happens to be a favorable time to heal your inner greedhead. You should dig deep to dissolve your unconscious barriers to attracting greater abundance. Halloween costume suggestions: a mental patient flashing rolls of bills or Sigmund Freud with a piggy bank half-stuffed down your pants.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “So many poets have the courage to look into the abyss,” wrote Kenneth Koch in describing Nobel Prize-winning poet Saint-John Perse. “But Perse had the courage to look into happiness.” It’s a radical departure from what traditional astrologers say about you Scorpios, but I’d like to name Perse your patron saint for November. More than ever, you now are able to set aside your fascination with darkness and gaze smartly into the complex depths of sweetness and light. Halloween costume suggestions: angel carrying a clipboard, cheery clown wearing a stethoscope and doctor’s coat, a bride with a blow-up doll of the Dalai Lama.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The bad news is that you’re racing down that famous road to hell, over the paving stones of good intentions. The good news is that, not too far ahead, a bumpy patch will slow you down. Even better news: After that there are several speed traps where you could get pulled over short of the Unpromised Land. With any luck, you’ll be taken into protective custody and totally lose interest in reaching the wrong destination. Halloween costume suggestion: a model prisoner, reformed criminal, or sober alcoholic.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” So begins the third chapter of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. There is “a time to be born, and a time to die,” it continues, “a time to get and a time to lose; a time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak.” For the purpose of your horoscope, though, the most important polarity mentioned therein is this: “a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” For I say unto you, Capricorn, that it is time to pluck up that which was planted many months ago. Halloween costume suggestion: not a grim reaper, but a happy, satisfied one.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Frankly, Aquarius, you are God. I don’t mean to imply that you alone possess the throbbing mojo of The Source; just that you have an eminently useful portion of it right now. Likewise, when I say that you have unimaginable power to actualize the life you want, I’m not suggesting you can instantly activate all of that power; once you get started, it’ll take a while. I hope it won’t make you nervous about wielding such primal energy when I advise you to act as if your creativity is essentially the same force that shaped the solar system out of a cloud of dust and gas. Halloween costume suggestion: Zeus, Isis, Jehovah, Shakti, Shiva, Kwan Yin.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Who or what are those mysterious other identities that work below the surface of your conscious ego? Are they autonomous entities or exiled aspects of your own psyche? Are they spirit guides, ancestors, different self-images from earlier parts of your life, or characters from your past lives or future memories? Regardless, I encourage you to ask them for great gifts in the coming days. They’re closer to the surface than usual and very eager to help you. Halloween costume suggestion: the ancestor who fascinates you most.

Homework: What secret identity are you ready to reveal this Halloween?Write: www.freewillastrology.com.


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