Free Will Astrology: December 23 through 29, 2009

ARIES [March 21–April 19] What influences do you really, really need to say goodbye to? The next six months will provide you with ample motivation and opportunity to finally bid those farewells. What long-term cycle really, really needs to be drawn to a close, no more hemming and hawing, all loose ends tied up and all mixed signals clarified? Again, the time between now and the middle of June will bring you the necessary inspiration to make it happen. But it'll take deep thought and sustained work and an expanded sense of humor, so get started soon.

TAURUS [April 20–May 20] According to astronomer Mark Whittle, the Big Bang began in silence, crescendoed into a majestic major third chord 50 octaves below middle A, and transformed, over a million years, into a wistful minor third chord. In my vision of the first two-thirds of 2010, the music of your life will have a similar pattern: It begins with silence, progresses into a lush major feel, with spirited and complex contrapuntal themes, then evolves into a dreamy, contemplative phase. By late September, however—unlike the Big Bang—you will move into a third act, in which the music of your life returns to the lively mood it had at the start, only now with the gravitas that the reflective phase has instilled.

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] I suspect that, a year from now, your empire will be bigger. The resources you have at your disposal will be more substantial and the responsibilities you oversee will be more demanding. But you can't just sit back and expect fate to make it all happen for you. You will have to work your assets off: get better organized, clarify your game plan, and commit to taking better care of yourself. None of that is mandatory, of course. Being a lazy wanderer with no mission statement is definitely an option. If you do go in that direction, though, don't complain to me next December about how you feel like you're made of cookie dough.

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CANCER [June 21–July 22] You will need to learn a lot in 2010. You'll be in a phase of your cycle when it will be wise to enhance your problem-solving skills and increase the knowledge you have at your disposal. So let me ask you: What can you do to gently shock yourself into prying open your mind? What is it that you don't know but need to know? By the way, the coming year will also be a good time for you to offer yourself up as a teacher. In fact, sharing your knowledge and problem-solving skills will make you more receptive to what you need to learn.

LEO [July 23–August 22] Do you know any world travelers or visionary entrepreneurs? If not, there's a good chance you'll meet some in 2010, even forge alliances with them. Crafty activists, brilliant artists, and deep thinkers may come your way, as well. Another possibility is that cohorts and comrades you've been linked to for some time will embark on mind-expanding quests that blow your mind as well as theirs. One way or another, Leo, the coming year will bring you more than the usual benefits and challenges that come from being in relationships.

VIRGO [August 23–September 22] I was in my first rock band in North Carolina in the 1970s. We did a mix of cover tunes by David Bowie and Patti Smith, plus original hippie-punk songs and my poetry rants. Controversy arose virtually every time we performed, especially in places like the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh (where we competed with the cacophony of mooing cows) and frat parties (where we endured the shouted insults of drunken jocks). It wasn't until I moved to California that I synched up with an audience that appreciated my idiosyncratic musical sensibilities. According to my reading of the omens, Virgo, 2010 could bring you a comparable transition: finding listeners or hooking up with collaborators who are a better fit for your unique qualities.

LIBRA [September 23–October 22] I'm always befuddled by astrologers who preach the gospel of doom and gloom when they talk about the influence of Saturn. My experience is that the ringed planet provides the greatest gift: motivation to become the person you were born to be. It steers you away from goals that aren't in alignment with your soul's code. That's why I'm happy to report to you the following good news: As Saturn travels through your sign for much of the time between now and October 2012, I expect that you will be prompted and prodded to cut away the irrelevancies that distract you from claiming your birthright.

SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Chris Rock plays on the stereotypes about your sign: "Most Scorpios die while they're making love!" There are more than a few grains of truth in the notion that Scorpios revel in the enigmas of eros and death. But I wouldn't reduce your mystique to a simple formula. I'd prefer to say this: You're sexy when you're letting go of your staunch self-control. Or: If fully harnessed, your orgasmic power could kill off any destructive compulsions you might be harboring. And, by the way, 2010 will be one of the best years ever for you to cash in on these capacities.

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