Free Will Astrology – The Santa Barbara Independent



(March 21-April 19): In his poem “Litany”, the Aries poet Billy Collins testifies that he is “the sound of rain on the roof”. He also claims to be “the moon in the trees, the paper blowing in an alley, the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table and the shooting star”. He specifies, however, that it is not “the bread and the knife” on the table, nor the “crystal glass and the wine”. What about you, Aries? What are all the earthly and fiery phenomena that you are? Are you, as Billy Collins suggests, “the dew on the morning grass and the scorching wheel of the sun and the swamp birds suddenly in flight”? Now would be a great time to imagine your own version of these colorful biographical details.


(April 20-May 20): “Why else keep a journal, if not to examine your own dirt?” »Writes the poet Anne Sexton. And yes, Sexton had a lot of dirt to explore, including the physical abuse of his daughters. But most of us don’t need to focus so obsessively on our unpleasant aspects. Journaling can also consist of identifying our potential for maturation and our untapped wealth. This approach would be especially fun and wise for you Taurus at this time. The coming weeks will be a time of deep soul-searching that unleashes abilities and powers that you have only partially activated so far.


(May 21-June 20): Journalist Sam Anderson marvels at his young daughter’s project: a small plastic dome-shaped structure that houses a community of ladybugs. All they need to consume for weeks is “two raisins soaked in water.” I don’t think you’ll need to be as efficient and sturdy as those ladybugs eternally, Gemini, but you may need to be temporarily. My advice? Don’t think of it as an ordeal. Instead, see it as an opportunity to find out just how extremely resourceful and resilient you can be. The skills you learn and develop now will be invaluable in the long run.


(June 21-July 22): Cancer poet Linda Hogan says she doesn’t like to be withered. She wants to be like “a tree drinking the rain”. I think every Cancer has similar dreams: to be constantly immersed in captivating feelings, inundated with intimate desires, flowing to the rhythm of the songs of the soul. The coming weeks will be the perfect time to savor these primitive pleasures. It’s probably best to avoid an outright flood, but I think it’s wise to invite a waterfall.


(July 23-August 22): Actor Lupita Nyong’o had a lead role in Steve McQueen’s film 12 years of slavery. She praised his talents as a director. She liked that he told her, “Fail, then fail better. Why? “This kind of environment, where failure is an option, is magic,” she said. This allowed her to experiment freely, push past her previous limits, and focus on staying true to the character she was playing rather than trying to be a “good actor”. I think these are great principles to keep in mind over the next few weeks.


(23 August-22 September): Wayne Shorter, born in Virgo, is a legendary jazz composer and saxophonist. He has been making music for over 60 years, often with other legendary creators like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. the New York Times described Shorter as “the greatest jazz composer living in a small group and a contender for the best living improviser”. Bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld, who is 53 years younger than Shorter, tells the story of a show she performed with him. Just before taking the stage, Shorter approached her, sensing she was nervous, and whispered a piece of advice to her: “Play eternity.” Now, I offer this same advice to you as you complete your tasks in the next few days. Be as timeless as you dare to be. Immerse yourself in the widest feelings you can imagine. Allow your immortal soul to take charge of whatever you do.


(23 Sep-22 Oct): Libra author Paula McLain says the word “paradise” is derived from the ancient Persian word pairidaeza, meaning “walled garden”. For her, this association suggests that making promises and being true to one’s intentions are keys to creating happiness with those we love. Heaven needs walls! To cultivate freedom scrupulously, we need discipline. If we hope to flourish in joyful self-expression, we need to focus on specific goals. I bring these thoughts to your attention because now is the time to work on building, refining and strengthening your own personal version of Heaven.


(23 Oct-21 Nov): Thousands of 24-karat 28-pound gold bars are stored in the Bank of England’s underground vault. To access the treasure, bankers use metal keys three feet long. They must also speak a secret password into a microphone. From my reading of Astrological Omens, you Scorpios can now access a more metaphorical but nonetheless substantial source of wealth. How? ‘Or’ What? The key is a particular scene in your imagination that has recently started to blend in. It is the emblem of a future triumph or a breakthrough that you will achieve. As for the password, which you will also need, it is vigorous rigor.


(November 22-December 21): Somehow, I have lived all these years without ever stumbling across the rare English word “selcouth”. Today, as I was meditating on the exotic astrological omens that awaited you, that word popped up – arriving on my phone via a text message from my Sagittarius friend Lila. She said to me, “I have a feeling that life is about to become intensely SELCOUTH for us Sagittarians.” I searched for the unknown word and found these synonyms: unusual, wonderful, strange, magnificent, rare, wonderful, strange, rare, and exotic. These terms coincide well with my interpretation of your immediate future. So Happy Selcouth to you, dear Centaur! Celebrate with awe-inspiring appreciation!


(December 22-January 19): Lexicographer Jonathon Green provides us with the following 19th-century slang words for the sexual act: horizontal refresh, scratch, play frolics, cully-shangie, take a ride to Mount Pleasant, dance the blanket hornpipe, honeyfugle, give a hot Irish toothache poultice and, my favorite, the pokum fandango. In keeping with astrological potentials, I recommend that you consider trying them all over the next four weeks. In other words, try to change your approach to belly and libido gratification. If you don’t have a human partner, do it alone or with an angel or in your fantasy life.


(January 20-February 18): If a lover or spouse perpetually fantasizes about you in their imaginations, they may be less than fully attuned to your real you. Instead, they can focus on the images they have of you – perhaps so much so that they lose sight of who you really are and what you really do. The same possibility exists for other allies, not just lovers and spouses. They can be so fascinated by their stories about you that they are out of touch with the ever-changing wonder that you are. That’s the bad news, Aquarius. Here’s the good news: The coming weeks will be a watershed time to correct such distortions – and revel in the raw truth about you.


(February 19-March 20): This is how art critic Walter Pater characterized the work of Pisces artist Michelangelo: “softness and strength, pleasure with surprise, a design energy that seems to break all the conditions of a comely form, covering, touching by touch, a beauty that is usually only found in the simplest of natural things. I waited for the arrival of astrological aspects which would mean that you would be an embodiment of this description. And now they are here. Congratulations! For the next 13 days, I will visualize you as an ever refreshing fountain of grace – as a flowing treasure that emanates exquisite beauty and savage innocence.

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