Free Will Astrology: October 28 through November 3

ARIES [March 21–April 19] You may be as flooded with emotion as a Pisces on a binge. You might be as embedded in a labyrinth of your own creation as the Geminis who verge on being too clever for their own good. In other words, Aries, you're not exactly yourself. But it's one of those rare times when that's a good thing. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of what you think you are.

TAURUS [April 20–May 20] In my ideal version of Halloween, we wouldn't scare ourselves with images of ghoulish skeletons and three-headed snakes. Instead, we'd confront realistic fears, like the possibility that the effects we have on the world are different from our intentions . . . or that people we like might completely misread and misunderstand us. Then Halloween would serve a more spiritually useful purpose. It would bring us face-to-face with actual dangers to our psychic integrity, whereupon we could summon our brilliant courage and exorcise the hell out of them. Costume suggestion: exorcist. (Begin by exorcising yourself.)

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] During this phase of your cycle, you'll generate good fortune if you brainstorm about your relationship with work. I urge you to empty your mind of everything you think you know about the subject. Here are some questions to prime your investigations: 1) What's the quality of the experience you want to have as you earn a living? 2) What gifts do you want to give to life as you toil at tasks that are interesting to you? 3) What capacities do you want to develop in yourself while doing your work? (PS: For your Halloween costume, why not pretend you're doing your dream job?)

CANCER [June 21–July 22] Poet Yehuda Amichai witnessed the range of experiences that life on this planet has to offer, from war to love and everything in between. During an interview, he said, "I can stand on my balcony and tell my children, 'Over there I was shelled for the first time, and over there, to the right, just beneath those trees, I was kissed for the first time.' " I suspect his words will soon be meaningful for you. It's likely you'll have an epiphany near a place where you once suffered disappointment. Halloween costume suggestion: the phoenix.

LEO [July 23–August 22] Author Gary Smalley says that the sexual nature of men is like a microwave, while women resemble a crockpot, which cooks food at low heat for a long time. I'd advise you Leo men to be like crockpots not only in the bedroom but everywhere else, too. To spot the opportunities that will be available, you'll have to be deliberate and thorough. Leisurely foreplay should be your metaphor. As for you Leo women: I'm betting there are ways that you have fallen under the sway of the microwave meme. If I'm right, it's time to fully re-embrace the spirit of the crockpot. Halloween costume clues: the tortoise, not the hare; a 400-page novel, not Twitter; the Pyramid of Khufu, not a sandcastle.

VIRGO [August 23–September 22] "The more beautiful the bird, the poorer the singer," wrote L.M. Boyd. "Peacocks scream, macaws screech. Birds of Paradise croak." Among the most interesting singers are birds that are far less spectacular in appearance: the Black-capped Chickadee, the Willow Thrush. Keep that in mind as you navigate your way through the coming week's dilemmas. My personal inclination is to favor inspiring singing over comely appearance, but you may have a different bias. The important thing is to recognize the nature of the options before you. Halloween costume suggestion: Incorporate the themes of plain beauty, secret genius, disguised power, and open secrets.

LIBRA [September 23–October 22] At a family planning conference in Beijing, a researcher from Ghana presented a testimony about tribal issues that he had gleaned through interviews with dead ancestors. When he was met with skepticism from colleagues, he was defensive: "If I only heard from the living," he explained, "I wouldn't get a very good balance." His perspective would be smart for you to adopt right now. To make the wisest decisions, draw inspiration from what has passed away as much as from what's alive and in your face. Halloween costume suggestion: a spirit medium.

SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] "Behind every face, there are a thousand faces," says film director Bryan Singer. He deals with professional actors who specialize in revealing the myriad faces beneath the surface. But I think his assessment applies to lots of people, especially you Scorpios—although it must be said that you do have mad skills at hiding all the action going on beneath your surface. This Halloween, I urge you to make a break with tradition and show five or six of the real you's lurking below your poker face. Costume suggestion: Be inspired by Joseph Campbell's "hero with a thousand faces."

SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Author Dan Brown has a unique way of stimulating his imagination: He dons his gravity boots and meditates on storylines while he's inverted. "You think differently upside down," he says. Do you have an equivalent method for providing shock therapy to your perspective? If you don't already have a creative aid like that, hunt around for one. In the days ahead, it will come in handy.

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