Free Will Astrology, Week of Oct. 24, 2013


ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I’m greedy,” says painter David Hockney, “but not for money — I think that can be a burden — I’m greedy for an exciting life.” In my analysis, Aries, the cosmos is now giving you the go-ahead to cultivate Hockney’s style of greed. As you head out in quest of adventure, make sure you seek out thrills that educate and inspire you rather than scare and damage you. It’s up to you which kind you attract.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): French philosopher Simone Weil described a scene: “Two prisoners in adjoining cells communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall…separates them but is also their means of communication.” That which separates you also connects you, Taurus. But I’m wondering if it’s time to create a more direct link. Is it possible to bore a hole through the barrier between you so you can create a more intimate exchange?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I had tended to view waiting as mere passivity,” says author Sue Monk Kidd in her memoir. “When I looked it up in my dictionary, however, I found that the words ‘passive’ and ‘passion’ come from the same Latin root, pati — ‘to endure.’ Waiting is thus both passive and passionate. It’s a vibrant, contemplative work . . . It involves listening to disinherited voices within, facing the wounded holes in the soul, the places one lives falsely.” Gemini, are you devoted enough to refrain from leaping into action for now? Are you strong enough to bide your time?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “When I went to Venice,” testified French novelist Marcel Proust, “my dream became my address.” American author Truman Capote observed, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.” Even if you don’t make a pilgrimage to Venice, Cancerian, I expect you will soon have the chance, metaphorically speaking, to consume an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go. Take your sweet time. Assume that each bite will offer a distinct new epiphany.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Interested in reworking — even revolutionizing — your relationship with the past? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to do so. Cosmic forces will be on your side if you attempt any of the following: 1. Forgive yourself for your former failures and missteps. 2. Make atonement to anyone you hurt out of ignorance. 3. Reinterpret your life story to see how recent events have changed the meaning of what happened long ago. 4. Resolve old business as thoroughly as you can. 5. Feel grateful for everyone who helped make you who you are today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “As a bee seeks nectar from all kinds of flowers, seek teachings everywhere,” advises the Tibetan Buddhist holy text the Dzogchen Tantra. That’s your assignment, Virgo. Be a student 24/7 — yes, even while sleeping. (Maybe you could go to school in your dreams.) Regard every experience as an opportunity to learn something new and unexpected. Be ready to rejoice in revelations, both subtle and dramatic, nudging you to adjust your theories and change your mind.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Wish your friends and loved ones would figure out what you want without your having to actually say it? Wouldn’t it be great if they were telepathic or could read your body language to surmise your secret thoughts? … IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN! I recommend you refrain from resenting people for not being mind readers, and instead simply tell them point blank what you’re dreaming about and yearning for. They may or may not be able to help you, but at least they’ll know the precise information they need to make an informed decision.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpios are obsessive, brooding, suspicious, demanding and secretive, right? So traditional astrologers say. My research shows those types of Scorpios are generally not attracted to reading my horoscopes. My Scorpios tend to be passionately focused, deeply thoughtful, smartly discerning, intensely committed to excellence, and devoted to understanding complex truth. These assets are all especially important right now. The world has an extraordinarily urgent need for the talents of you evolved Scorpios.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “If you’re in pitch blackness, all you can do is sit tight until your eyes get used to the dark,” writes Haruki Murakami in his novel “Norwegian Wood.” I pass this advice on to you, just in time for your cruise through the deepest, darkest phase of your cycle. Upon arrival, you may feel blind and dumb, your next move unfathomable. Don’t worry. Refrain from drawing conclusions. Cultivate an empty mind and an innocent heart. You will gather the clues you need to take wise action.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Have you thought about launching a crowdfunding campaign for your pet project? Have you fantasized about getting involved in an organization that will help save the world, even as it feeds your dreams to become the person you want to be? Do it! You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you have more power than usual to build alliances. Your specialties between now and Dec. 1 will be to mobilize group energy and round up supporters and translate high ideals into practical actions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 2008, writer Andrew Kessler hung out with scientists at NASA’s mission control as they looked for water on Mars. Three years later, he published a book about his experiences, “Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission.” To promote sales, he opened a bookstore with copies of just one book: his own. I suggest you devise a comparable plan to promote your own product, service, brand or personality. The time is right to summon extra chutzpah and expand your scope.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Right now you have a genius for escaping, for dodging, for eluding. I don’t recommend you abscond from boring but crucial responsibilities, or ignore  people whose alliances are important to keep healthy. I encourage you, though, to fly, fly away from onerous obligations that offer little in return. I will applaud your decision to blow off limitations enforced by neurotic habits, and will celebrate your departure from energy-draining situations that manipulate your emotions.

—  By Rob Brezsny