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Free will astrology for the week of August 28th

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): When Europeans first explored the New World, ships captained by Italians led the way. But none of them sailed Italian ships or represented Italian cities. Cristoforo Colombo (today known as Christopher Columbus) was funded by the government of Spain, Giovanni de Verrazzano by France, and Giovanni Caboto (now known as John Cabot) by England. I see a lesson here for you, Capricorn. To flourish in the coming months, you don't necessarily need to be supported or sponsored by what you imagine are your natural allies. You may get further by seeking the help of sources that are not the obvious choices.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Walter Kaufman had a major role in clarifying the meaning and importance of Friedrich Nietzsche. His English translations of the German philosopher's books are benchmarks, as are his analyses of the man's ideas. And yet Kaufman was not a cheerleader. He regarded Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra as brilliant and triumphant, but also verbose and melodramatic: a "profusion of sapphires in the mud." I love that phrase, Aquarius, and maybe you will, too, as you navigate your way through the coming weeks. Don't just automatically avoid the mud, because that's probably where you will find the sapphires.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I'm not tolerant of greed. Acquisitiveness bothers me. Insatiableness disgusts me. I am all in favour of people having passionate yearnings, but am repelled when their passionate yearnings spill over into egomaniacal avarice. As you can imagine, then, I don't counsel anyone to be piggishly self-indulgent. Never ever. Having said that, though, I advise you to be zealous in asking for what you want in the coming weeks. It will be surprisingly healing for both you and your loved ones if you become aggressive in identifying what you need and then going after it. I'm confident, in fact, that it's the wisest thing for you to do.

Homework: Imagine it's 40 years from now and you're telling God the worst things and best things you ever did. What would they be? Testify at www.FreeWillAstrology.com.

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