Free Will Astrology: May 8-14, 2013

ARIES [March 21–April 19] The Tarahumara Indians are renowned for their ability to run long distances. The best runners can cover 200 miles in two days. The paths they travel are not paved or smooth, either, but rather the rough canyon trails that stretch between their settlements. Let's make them your inspirational role models in the coming week. Be as tough and tenacious as they are—pace yourself for the long haul, calling on your instinctual strength to guide you.

TAURUS [April 20–May 20] You may have only a dim idea about how your smart phone and computer work, but that doesn't prevent you from using their many wonderful features. In that spirit, I'm not worried about whether you will grasp the deep inner meaning of events that will be unfolding in the coming week. Complete understanding isn't absolutely necessary. Trust your intuition to lead you to what's interesting and educational.

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] "I need not sell my soul to buy bliss," says a character in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eye. "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give." Try reciting this speech in front of your mirror at least once a day over the next two weeks to remind yourself of how amazingly resourceful you are, and help you resist the temptation to seek gifts from people who can't or won't give them to you.

CANCER [June 21–July 22] What is the big adventure you've been postponing forever because it hasn't been convenient? How about a possibility you have always wanted to experiment with but have consistently denied yourself? Or what about that mystery you've been wishing you had the time and energy to solve? Wouldn't your life change for the better if you finally dived in and explored it? Consider giving yourself permission to pursue something that fits one of those descriptions.

LEO [July 23–Aug. 22] Right now you are a majestic and mysterious mess of raw power. You are a fresh, flaming fountain of pure charisma. Impossible to fool and immune to the false charms of heartfelt mediocrity! In your current condition, no one can obstruct you from seeing the naked truth about the big picture. You will overcome the fuzziness of your allies, the bad vibes of your adversaries, and your own inertia. Not all conquests are important and meaningful, but you will soon achieve the one that is.

VIRGO [Aug. 23–Sept. 22] A character in Hermann Hesse's novel Demian says the following: "I live in my dreams. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own." Whose dreams do you live in, Virgo? What is the source of the fantasies that dominate your imagination? Are they the authentic outpourings of your own soul? Or did they originate with your parents and teachers and lovers? Did they sneak into you from the movies and songs and books you love? Are they the skewed result of the emotional wounds you endured or the limitations you've gotten used to? Now is an excellent time to take inventory. Find out how close you are to living in your own dreams.

LIBRA [Sept. 23–Oct. 22] Renowned American composer Charles Ives lived from 1874 to 1954. Because his music was experimental and idiosyncratic, it took a long time for him to get the appreciation he deserved. When he was 73 years old, he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for a symphony he had written when he was 30. I expect that you might be the beneficiary of a similar kind of mojo. A good deed you did or a smart move you made in the past will finally get at least some of the recognition or response you've always wanted.

SCORPIO [Oct. 23–Nov. 21] "There are no right answers to wrong questions," says science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. And that's why you must be so conscientious about coming up with the very best questions. All your efforts to hunt down solutions will be for naught unless you frame your problems elegantly and accurately, while your skill for asking pertinent questions is at a peak. Make this Focused Inquiry Week. Crisply define three questions that will be important for you to address in the next seven months.

SAGITTARIUS [Nov. 22–Dec. 21] As a saxophonist and composer, Charlie Parker was an influential innovator. He also had a heroin addiction. There's a famous story about him showing a bystander two veins on his arm as he prepared to shoot up. "This one's my Cadillac," he said. "And this one's my house." Let this story provide a healthy shock. Are you doing anything remotely like Charlie Parker? Are you pouring time and energy and money into an inferior form of pleasure or a trivial distraction that is undermining your ability to accomplish higher goals? If so, fix that glitch.

CAPRICORN [Dec. 22–Jan. 19] "I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good," said iconic songwriter Woody Guthrie. "I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that, songs that run you down or poke fun at you. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world." Take a similar attitude toward everything you put out and take in during the coming week. Reject all words, ideas, and actions that demoralize and destroy; treat yourself relentless positivity.

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