Free Will Astrology: November 19 through 25
ARIES [March 21–April 19] Fifty-five percent of Americans not only believe in guardian angels, but testify that they have been actively aided by the intervention of these divine helpers. The 55 percent figure may rise even higher in the coming weeks. A majority of Aries all over the planet, regardless of their religious orientations, could have a mystical experience that will spook and delight them. If you're one of the chosen ones, don't get fixated on or distracted by the sheer amazement of the visitation.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] You've been hiding a part of yourself from your conscious awareness. That's why I'm going to ask you to take off the mask you wear when you're alone with yourself. You might be surprised when you actually gaze upon your secret face. But I believe it will ultimately prove to be an intriguing breakthrough that will give you good ideas about how to share yourself more completely.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] A year ago, I had a vision that your experiences in 2008 would boost your heart's smarts—maybe not up to the same level as your head's intelligence, but much closer than before. So if, during these last 11 months, you've been taking advantage of the potentials I named back then, you have undoubtedly developed impressive new skills in the art of intimate relationships. If, for any reason, this hasn't happened yet, start playing catch-up immediately.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Activist and author Naomi Klein tells a story about the time she traveled to Australia at the request of aboriginal elders. They wanted her to know about their struggle to prevent white people from dumping radioactive wastes on their land. Her hosts brought her to their precious wilderness, where they camped under the stars. After three days, Klein grew restless. When were they going to get down to business and show her the despoiled places? "Before you can fight," one elder told her, "you have to know what you are fighting for." That's good advice, Cancerian. I suggest you immerse yourself in the beauty you'll be serving and stewarding in the future.
LEO [July 23–August 22] The Mystic Astrology Wizard says: Close one of your eyes. Tap your forehead three times with the palm of your left hand. Think of a sexy image. Lick your lips and whisper the words "Love Whisperer." Insert your middle finger in the "Delight-O-Meter" slot. Keep your finger there until the "Passion Lamp" turns on. Flash. Flash. Flash. Thank you. Your evaluation appears below: "Your libido has been a bit off-course, semi-absorbed in unfruitful or irrelevant distractions. But now it's realigning itself with the central dream themes of your life. Prepare to experience a truer juiciness."
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] I suggest you meditate on the theme of exile. Here are some questions to get you started: 1) Have you ever been shunned by people you care about? 2) Do you know what it's like to unwillingly leave a place that has made you feel safe and secure? 3) Can you remember the desolation that came over you when you found yourself wandering in the middle of nowhere? 4) Has it been a challenge to connect with your tribe or be at peace in the land that makes you feel at home in the world? Whatever your exile is, Virgo, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to figure out how to heal it.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] "Dear Rob: In the past, I've thought of balance as the ability to move between extremes without falling down. I pride myself on being a Weeble-Wobbler, the toy that always swings back up when you try to tip it over. But lately, I've been wondering if I should expand my concept of what we Libras do. I have fantasies of experimenting with a balance that more closely resembles walking on a railroad track. Maybe in time I could even dance on the rail. Your thoughts? —Libra in Expansion Mode." Dear Expander: The coming weeks would be a great time, astrologically speaking, to try the experiment you described.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Can you afford sessions with a psychotherapist who'll help you improve your relationship with money? Just in case you can't, I'll offer two exercises that might propel you toward financial self-healing: 1) Twice a day for five minutes, visualize yourself immersed in a joyous and meaningful experience that would be made possible by a more abundant flow of money into your life; and 2) Think of three generous acts you want to carry out, three blessings you want to bestow, or three uplifting messages you want to deliver to deserving people.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] In her book One Continuous Mistake, Gail Sher provides excellent advice for people who want to be writers. I'm offering it to you for your all-purpose use as you enter the Reinvent Yourself phase of your astrological cycle. The drive for perfection can be a distraction, Sher says. What's more useful is to be brave and free enough to experiment with possibilities that may or may not pan out. Don't think yourself into a corner, agonizing about where to begin. Simply dive in and get to work, trusting that the agitation you churn up will show you what works.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] Long-time conservative writer Christopher Buckley, son of right-wing icon William F. Buckley, voted for Obama. Though he was once a speech writer for John McCain, Buckley was aghast at how the presidential campaign unfolded. "I didn't leave the Republican Party," he said. "The Republican Party left me." I urge you to be alert for a comparable development in your own life, Capricorn. A group whose ideals you have held dear may be changing right in front of your eyes.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] "Never keep up with the Joneses," counseled author Quentin Crisp. "Drag them down to your level. It's cheaper." But I don't recommend that approach, Aquarius. To do so would be as big a waste of your energy as trying to match the consumerist folly of the Joneses. The same holds true about any situation in which you're tempted to compete for status with people whose values aren't very deep: It's crazy to get obsessed with wanting to either be like them or to drag them down. Try to carve out an independent path without indulging in envy, hatred, or superiority.
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Do you have a negative opinion of clouds? Are you inclined to regard them as symbols of gloom or malaise, interruptions in what you wish would always be clear blue sky? Consider the fact that in Chinese mythology, there are xiangyun, or "lucky clouds," that are harbingers of great blessings. And modern meteorologists know that white, fluffy cumulus clouds are signs that fair weather is on the way. Armed with these ideas, Pisces, go out in search of your own personal lucky clouds. They're your metaphors of the week.
Homework: What's the decision you chronically agonize about? The commitment you can never fully make? Tell all at FreeWillAstrology.com.
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