Free Will Astrology: Week of September 9, 2021


“Man Riding a Horse through the Air”, Nicolas-François Chifflart / courtesy Art Institute of Chicago

RAM (March 21-April 19): “We have to become more unreasonable but smart,” says Aries politician Jerry Brown. Yes! I am okay! And that’s especially true for you right now, Aries. To Brown’s advice, I’ll add this post from Aries fashion designer Vivienne Westwood: “Intelligence is mostly made up of imagination, insight, things that have nothing to do with reason. Here’s another suggestion to help you get the most out of cosmic rhythms, courtesy of Aries historian Arnold J. Toynbee: “The ultimate accomplishment is blurring the line between work and play.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “I have become whole and complete, like a thundering downpour in summer,” wrote the Taurus poet Miklós Radnóti. I love this metaphor of wholeness: not an immaculate icon of brilliant, barren perfection, but rather a primal, vigorous force of nature in all its roaring glory. I hope you love this symbol as much as I do, and I hope you will use it to fuel your creative spirit in the weeks to come. PS: Keep in mind that many indigenous people welcome rainstorms as a source of fertility and growth.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Pandiculation” is a word that refers to when you stretch and yawn at the same time. According to my understanding of astrological omens, you will benefit from a lot of pandiculations in the coming days. I also recommend lazily staring out the window and staring at the sky a lot. Keep your shoes on as much as possible, get a massage or three, and allow yourself to sleep more than usual. Did you know that a deep sigh is good for the health of your lungs? Here is your homework: imagine what you can do to relax and rejuvenate. Now is the perfect time to indulge in generous acts of self-healing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ten-volume “Natural History” by ancient Roman author Pliny, written in the first century, was a monumental encyclopedia of the natural world, unprecedented in its day and for centuries after. It offered compilations of facts on astronomy, geography, zoology, botany, mineralogy and many other subjects. There was one big problem, however. It contained a lot of wrong information. For example, Pliny described in detail many non-existent animals, including dragons, flying horses, and giant snakes that swallowed bulls and plucked birds from the sky. My reason for telling you this is to inspire you to be more demanding in the weeks to come. Be especially skeptical of authorities, experts and other know-it-alls who are very confident even if they are inaccurate or wrong. It is time for you to increase your confidence in your own authority.

LEO (July 23-August 22): “There are those happy hours when the world consents to be transformed into a poem,” writes the Lion poet Mark Doty. It’s great for a poet. But what about everyone else? My variation on Doty’s comment is this: There are happy hours when the world consents to be transformed into a holy revelation or a lyrical breakthrough or a wonderful feeling that changes our lives forever. I expect events like these to occur at least twice in the immediate future.

VIRGIN (August 23-September 22): Between 37 and 41 BCE, Caligula, born in Virgo, was the third emperor of Rome. To do this, he had to refute the prophecy of a renowned astrologer, Thrasyllus of Mendes. Years earlier, Thrasyllus had predicted that Caligula, despite his good connections, “had no better chance of becoming an emperor than of riding across Baiae Bay,” a distance of three kilometers. Once in power, Caligula arranged to have a series of pontoon boats across the bay, allowing him to ride his favorite horse Incitatus from shore to shore across Baiae Bay. I foresee the possibility of a comparable turn of events for you, Virgo. Is there a curse you want to reverse? A false prophecy that you would like to undo? Someone’s expectations that you would like to demystify? The coming weeks will be a favorable period.

BALANCE (September 23-October 22): University student Amelia Hamrick studied the right panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th century painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. It depicts a hellish scene. Cities are on fire. Strange beasts devour sinful humans. There are demons and torture chambers. Hamrick did what no one in the history of art had ever done: she transcribed the musical score the artist had written on a man’s bare hindquarters. Her work inspired a songwriter to create a recording titled “500 Years of Hell’s Ass Song”. In the weeks to come, I invite you to achieve feats comparable to Hamrick: 1. Explore the past for useful and forgotten clues. 2. Find or create redemptive transformations from stressful situations. 3. Have fun telling stories about your past mishaps.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21): Born on one of the Galapagos Islands, Diego is a giant tortoise who has lived for over a hundred years. He is part of the Hood Island species, whose population fell to fifteen in 1977. It was then that he and his fellow turtle, whose name is E5, were part of a breeding program with twelve female turtles. . E5 was reserved in his demeanor, but Diego was a loud vocalizing showboat as he enjoyed mating rituals in public. Together, the two males saved their species, producing more than 2,000 offspring in the following years. Based on my astrological analysis, you could be as metaphorically fertile as Diego and E5 in the next few months, even if you prefer to take a closer approach to E5.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 21): “The meaning of my existence is that life has asked me a question,” wrote psychologist Carl Jung. “Or, conversely, I myself am a question addressed to the world, and I have to communicate my answer, because otherwise I am dependent on the answer of the world. These are great meditations for you, Sagittarians, over the next few weeks. By October 1, I invite you to keep a journal where you write on two topics: 1. What is the main question life asks you? 2. What is the main question your life asks the world?

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): North Korean Capricorn leader Kim Jong-un has an incredible resume. Official reports say he learned to drive at the age of three and was an accomplished sailor at nine. As an adult, he developed the power to control time. He is a talented musician and artist, as well as a scientist who developed a wonder drug to cure AIDS, Ebola, cancer, heart disease and colds. More impressive still, Kim is an archaeologist who discovered a lair where magical unicorns live. Is it possible that you have unspoken powers like these, Capricorn? If so, the coming weeks will be a good time to identify them and begin to tap their potential. It’s time to develop your dormant talents.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Aquarius author Toni Morrison testified, “I think beauty is an absolute necessity. I don’t think it’s a privilege or an indulgence. It’s almost like knowledge, which is what we were born for. I urge you to take his point of view over the next four weeks, Aquarius. In my astrological opinion, a devoted pursuit of beauty will heal exactly what most needs to be healed within you. It will teach you everything you need to know the most.

PISCES (February 19-March 20): Poet and translator Anne Carson periodically joins her husband Robert Currie to lead a workshop called “EgoCircus”. It’s an ironic title, because the subject they teach is the art of collaboration. To develop skills as a collaborator, of course, people have to put aside at least some of the needs and demands of their egos. In line with current astrological potentials, I encourage you to stage your own version of EgoCircus in the coming weeks. Now is the time for you to hone your creative unity and synergistic intimacy.

Homework: Tell me the most important lesson you’ve learned since the start of 2021. [email protected]


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