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Practise serene debauchery, Leo

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(April 20-May 20)

Yes, I know that the bull is your totem animal. But I’m hoping you’re willing to expand your repertoire, because it’s a ripe time for you to take on some of the attitudes of the king of beasts. Consider this: The naturalist and shaman Virginia Carper notes that lions have strong personalities but co-operate well. They’re powerful as individuals but engage in constructive group dynamics. In many cultures, they have been symbols of nobility, dignity and spiritual prowess. To adopt the lion as a protective guardian spirit builds one’s ability to know and hunt down exactly what one wants. Would you like more courage? Visualize your lion self.

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(May 21-June 20)

In 2011, I may do a tour of North America, performing my show Sacred Uproar. But for the foreseeable future I need to shut up and listen. I've got to make myself available to learn fresh truths I don't even realize I need to know. So, yeah, next year I might be ready to express the extroverted side of my personality in a celebration of self-expression. For now I have a sacred duty to forget everything I supposedly believe in and gratefully shuck my self-importance. Everything I just described, Gemini, would be a good approach for you to consider taking in the next three weeks.

(June 21-July 22)

Is it true what they say---that you can never have too many friends? If you don't think so, it's a good time to re-evaluate your position. And if you do agree, then you should go out and get busy. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you're likely to be extra lucky in attracting new connections and deepening existing alliances in the coming weeks. The friendships you strike up are likely to be unusually stimulating and productive. To take maximum advantage of the favourable cosmic rhythms, do whatever you can to spruce up your inner beauty.

(July 23-August 22)

I have compiled a set of four affirmations I think will keep you on the right track in the coming weeks. Try saying them at least twice a day: 1. "I am cultivating relaxed alertness, because that will make me receptive to high-quality clues about how to proceed." 2. "I am expressing casual perfectionism. That way I will thoroughly enjoy being excellent, and not stress about it." 3. "I am full of diligent indifference, working hard out of love for the work and not being attached to the outcome." 4. "I am practicing serene debauchery, because if I'm not manically obsessed with looking for opportunities to cut loose, those opportunities will present themselves to me with grace and frequency."

(August 23-September 22)

The Great Wall of China is the largest human construction in the world, stretching for almost 3,900 miles. But contrary to legend, it is not visible from the moon. According to most astronauts, the wall isn't even visible from low Earth orbit. Keep this in mind as you carry out your assignment in the coming week, Virgo. First, imagine that your biggest obstacle is the size of the Great Wall of China. Second, imagine yourself soaring so high above it, so thoroughly beyond it, it disappears. Performed regularly, I think this exercise will give you a new power to deal with your personal Great Wall of China.

(September 23-October 22)

In the early 1990s, actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were engaged to be married. In honour of their love, Depp got a tattoo that read "Winona Forever." After the relationship fell apart, though, he had it altered to "Wino Forever." If you're faced with a comparable need to change a tattoo or shift your emphasis or transform a message anytime soon, Libra, I suggest putting a more positive and upbeat spin on it---something akin to "Winner Forever."

(October 23-November 21)

In the Bering Strait, Russia and America are two-and-a-half miles apart. The International Date Line runs through the gap, meaning it's always a day later on the Russian side than it is on the American. I suggest you identify a metaphorically similar place in your own life, Scorpio: a zone where two wildly different influences almost touch. According to my reading of the omens, it's an excellent time for you to foster more interaction and harmony between them.

(November 22-December 21)

I have a group of colleagues who half-jokingly, half-sincerely refer to themselves as the Shamanic Hackers of Karmic Justice. The joking part of it is that the title is so over-the-top ostentatious that it keeps them from taking themselves too seriously. The sincere part is that they really do engage in shamanic work designed to help free their clients from complications generated by old mistakes. Since you're entering the season of adjustment and atonement, I asked them to do some corrective intervention on your behalf. They agreed, with one provision: that you aid and abet their work by doing what you can to liberate yourself from the consequences of wrong turns you made in the past.

(December 22-January 19)

The Weekly World News reported that a blues singer sued his psychiatrist for turning him into a more cheerful person. Gloomy Gus Johnson claimed he was so thoroughly cured of his depression he could no longer perform his dismal tales with mournful sincerity. His popularity declined as he lost fans who had become attached to his despondent persona. I suspect you may soon be arriving at a similar crossroads, Capricorn. Through the intervention of uplifting influences and outbreaks of benevolence, you will find it harder to cultivate a cynical attitude. Are you prepared to accept the consequences that may come from being deprived of some of your reasons to moan and groan?

(January 20-February 18)

Educational specialist Dr. Howard Gardner believes IQ tests evaluate only a fraction of human intelligence. He describes eight different kinds of astuteness. They include the traditional measures---being good at math and language--as well as six others: being smart about music; the body; other people; one's own inner state; nature and spatiality. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because you're entering a phase when you could dramatically enhance your intelligence about your own inner state. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to know yourself much, much better.

(February 19-March 20)

South Carolina now requires subversive people to register with the state if they have the stated intention of overthrowing the government of the United States. I have no such goal, so I remain free to operate unlicensed in South Carolina. I am, however, participating in a movement to overthrow reality---or rather, the sour and crippled mass hallucination that is mistakenly called "reality." This crusade requires no guns or political agitation but is, instead, waged by the forces of the liberated imagination using words, music and images to counteract those who paralyze and deaden the imagination. I invite you to join us. You're entering a phase when you may feel an almost ecstatic longing to free yourself from the delusions that constitute the fake "reality."

(March 21-April 19)

"Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people," wrote French painter Theodore Gericault, "they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature and raise it up. All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles and producing masterpieces." I'd like to make this idea one of your guiding principles, Aries. For it to serve you well you'll have to believe there's a sense in which you have some genius within. It's not necessarily something to make you rich, famous, popular or powerful. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.


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