Free Will Astrology: November 14-20, 2012
ARIES [March 21–April 19] In old Christian and Islamic lore, the dove was a symbol of the holy spirit. The bird was considered so pure and sacred that the devil, who was an expert shape-shifter, could not take on its form. The dove had a different meaning in other traditions, however. In Rome, its eggs were regarded as aphrodisiacs. Drawing on all these meanings, I'm nominating the dove to be your power animal in the coming week. You will have an excellent chance to intensify your connection with divine truths through the power of love and eros.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] Your next assignment is to deepen and refine your relationship with your temptations. That doesn't mean you should shed all caution and simply give in to them. Rather, I'm suggesting you escape the bind that makes you feel like you have to either ruthlessly repress your complicated longings or else thoroughly express them. Is there an in-between position you can find? A perspective in which you're neither tormented by guilt nor driven to compromise your integrity?
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] You're a bit like a professional jet pilot who is operating the pirate ship ride at an amusement park. In other words, Gemini, you might feel slightly off-kilter or dispossessed, even though you have a lot going for you. Here's the best possible thing you could do while you wait for the fates to show you how to make a correction: Make it your intention to feel centered, poised, and at peace exactly as you are right now.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Contrary to conventional wisdom, there is currently enough food available to feed everyone on the planet. The problem is, it's not distributed efficiently. Some people get far more food than they need, and even waste a lot of it, while less fortunate folks go hungry. I invite you to think about whether you might have a metaphorically comparable situation in your own life, Cancerian. Is there a part of your psyche that's well-nurtured but a different part that receives meager shares of love and support?
LEO [July 23–August 22] This horoscope is not an advertisement for ceremonial shovels. I am receiving no payment from a ceremonial shovel company for suggesting that you procure a customized engraved gold digging tool for your own personal use. And I will feel fine if you don't actually get a real one, but instead merely imagine yourself wielding a pretend version. The fact is, Leo, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to do a groundbreaking ritual: to dig up the first scoop of metaphorical dirt in the place where you will build your future dream house, masterpiece, or labor of love.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] I don't think you're fully aware of the game you've been immersed in. You might even be in denial that you're playing it. If I'm right about this, please make it a priority to acknowledge what's going on and identify the exact nature of the game. You can't afford to be innocent about the forces that are in motion. It's important not to be too nice to see the truth.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] On Reddit, someone asked members of the community the following: What is your best unanswerable question? Among the more serious offerings were "What is love?" and "What is the meaning of life?" Then there were more avant-garde possibilities: "Where do squirrels go during hurricanes?" and "If I asked you to sleep with me, would your answer be the same as the answer to this question?" I urge you to pose your own best riddle—a query that will provide maximum stimulation as you meditate on it during the next four months.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] An environmental organization in New Zealand found that the local fishing industry wastes about 70 percent of its haul. In contrast, Iceland manages to use 96 percent of every fish caught. For example, New Zealand companies throw away most of the liver, roe, and heads of the fish, while Iceland has come up with ways to take advantage of all that stuff. I conclude that it's crucial for you to take your cue from Iceland rather than New Zealand in the coming weeks. Be inventive, efficient, and thorough in harnessing the power of all your raw materials.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] "They will say you are on the wrong road if it is your own," said poet Antonio Porchia. I suspect you might have to deal with wrong-headed badgering like that in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. In fact, you could experience a surge of discouraging words and bad advice that tries to shoo you away from the path with heart. Some of the push might come from enemies, some from friends or loved ones, and some from deluded little voices in your own head. I hope you won't be demoralized by the onslaught, but will instead respond like a brave hero who uses adversity as a motivating force.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] I'm sure you've got thousands of practical details to attend to. Your schedule might be as busy as it has been in months. But I hope you will find time to do what I consider essential to your well-being, and that is to wander and wonder. In fact, let's make that your motto. Even if it's just for a few stolen moments between your serious appointments, allow yourself to meander off into the unknown and marvel at all the curious things you find. Be on the lookout for high strangeness that thrills your imagination, for exotic pleasures that titillate your lust for novelty, and for fertile chaos that blows your mind.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] James Joyce was a great novelist but not much of a fighter. He picked a more imposing and athletic buddy to go drinking with, though: Ernest Hemingway. If the two men encountered any alcohol-induced trouble, Joyce would slink behind his friend and yell: "Deal with him, Hemingway! Deal with him!" I think you would benefit from having a potent and persuasive ally on your side. It's time to add some heft and clout to your arsenal of resources.
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Is it possible that you have been too receptive and empathetic for your own good lately? I mean, I love how attuned you are to the ebb and flow of subtle energies—it's one of your most winsome and powerful qualities—but I fear you might be going too far. As heroic as it might seem to be the most sensitive and responsive person in a 10-mile radius, I'd rather see you work on being more self-contained right now. That's why, for a limited time only, I'm recommending that you turn the full force of your touchy-feely solicitude on yourself.
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