Free Will Astrology: June 25 through July 1

Welcome to Part II of your astrological outlook for the second half of 2008. We're checking up on how you're progressing with the challenges you were given near the end of last year.

ARIES [March 21–April 19]: I'm hoping that by now, Aries, you're well on your way toward leaving your amateur or rookie status behind for good. I trust that you've had a vision of exactly what you need to do in order to boost your level of professionalism, and that you've taken aggressive steps to carry out that vision. If, for some bizarre reason, you have not yet begun this glorious work, jump-start yourself immediately. Fate will conspire dramatically on your behalf if you do. Now here's a tip on how to make sure that your inner warrior is operating at peak efficiency: by assuming that there's always more you can do to raise your standards, you'll always be aspiring to a higher grade of excellence.

TAURUS [April 20–May 20]: One of the tasks at the top of your to-do list, I hope, Taurus, has been the expansion of your worldview. Whether it occurs by traveling to exotic places, hanging out with broad-minded lovers of life, or exposing yourself to intriguing ideas that activate your deep thoughts, you need to seek out breathtaking views of the big picture. Here are two tips on how to ensure that your inner pioneer is always itchy to investigate the unknown: 1) Shed inhibitions that serve no constructive purpose. 2) Declare your independence from trivial details.

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GEMINI [May 21–June 20]: You entered the Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll phase of your long-term cycle late last year, Gemini, and you'll remain in that zone until January of 2009. This means that you have been and will continue to be tempted with triple-intense opportunities to explore the frontiers of passion, find out about alternative modes of consciousness, and expand your capacity for lyrical release. So how is that working out for you? Are you taking maximum advantage of all the life-changing experiments that these adventures offer without being turned inside-out by the emotional risks they entail? Everything depends on your skill in using these unruly gifts.

CANCER [June 21–July 22]: Here's one of the most important things I hope you're doing, Cancer: getting clear about which of the influences in your life encourage you toward mediocrity, and which nudge you in the direction of mastery. And there's a second crucial lesson related to the first: getting clear about which people have low expectations and distorted images of you, and which people want the best for you and see you for who you really are.

LEO [July 23–August 22]: As I suspect you've guessed by now, Leo, there's one potential accomplishment that's more important than all the others—if you can pull it off, it'll change your life forever. I'm talking about the acceptance of full and complete responsibility for your own happiness. How? By studying in exquisite detail all the things you need to feel great, and then taking bold and aggressive steps to make sure they happen consistently.

VIRGO [August 23–September 22]: I trust that by now you're aware, Virgo, that you have far more access to your creative powers than you've ever had before. If, for some reason, you have not yet taken advantage of this blessing, please drop everything and get to work tapping into the mother lode. This should be the year that your self-expression reaches unprecedented levels of vividness and originality.

LIBRA [September 23–October 22]: I trust by now, Libra, that you have begun to make major renovations in the foundations of your world. I hope you've been carrying out brave changes that will anchor and stabilize your efforts for years to come. By January 1, 2009, I expect that you'll be standing in your place of power and fighting for your dreams with more suppleness and stamina than you've ever summoned before.

SCORPIO [October 23–November 21]: I hope you've realized by now, Scorpio, that you have unprecedented opportunities to forge combinations that were never possible before. Opposites you'd always assumed would never attract should now be headed toward unification; elements of your life that you've long feared were irreconcilable have been showing signs of finding common ground, and may even be primed to achieve a delicious synergy. For the remainder of the year, Scorpio, keep refining your primal urge to merge!

SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21]: I trust by now, Sagittarius, that you're experiencing the joys of ever-growing self-discipline. I hope you've become positively gleeful with your enhanced capacity to master details and be creatively organized. This is the year, I predict, that you will learn to be a visionary planner without losing any of your inspiring spontaneity.

CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19]: I trust that you've been hungry for new ideas, fresh approaches, and novel adventures, Capricorn—and I hope that, as a result, you've received more invitations, dares, and temptations than you ever have before. If what I just said describes your current state of affairs, I extend my hearty congratulations and remind you that you're only halfway through this awakening process. If what I said doesn't fit your experience, it's time to get busy!

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