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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY

Week of  September 15

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Something we were withholding   made us weak," wrote poet Robert Frost. I hope you will consider the possibility that this describes your current predicament. It's my astrological opinion that your strength is being compromised by a feeling you're not exploring or an experience you're denying yourself or a gift you're refusing to give. You may think you're protecting yourself, but I believe it's just the reverse. To reclaim the vitality that has been shriveling up, unclench yourself in every way you can imagine.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I don't recommend that you aim for perfection–not now or ever. I'm equally skeptical of you seeking enlightenment, as it's defined by Eastern religions. Perfection and enlightenment are downright impossible in a world where change is the only constant. What constitutes perfection or enlightenment today won't be valid tomorrow, when the truth has evolved and God has showered us with an influx of previously unimaginable new circumstances. No, Taurus, what I suggest is that you cultivate love with all your ingenuity–both the capacity to give it and receive it. There's no other undertaking that does more to build up your power and intelligence. And this week is an ideal time to be living proof of that fact.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The Epson laser printer I got for my computer two years ago has worked great. It serves my needs beautifully. Our household also has a newer, more expensive Epson printer, which I bought for another computer, but it doesn't work nearly as well. Unfortunately, the beloved original now has a malfunction, and I can't find a single printer repairperson who'll even try to fix it. They say it's an antique, and Epson doesn't make parts for it anymore. Nonetheless, I'm determined to save it. I'm scouring eBay for old parts, and will learn printer repair skills myself if necessary. This is one time when the older version is definitely worth preserving. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Gemini, you're facing a similar problem with a comparable solution.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): "If you want to draw a bird, you must become a bird," counseled the Japanese artist Hokusai. Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi practiced a related strategy: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." I have yet another perspective to add to the mix: Become more like the people you admire most. Place these three suggestions at the core of your daily rhythm in the coming week, Cancerian.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): "It ain't cheating if you don't get caught," said baseball star Billy Martin, who was renowned for his belligerent trickster shtick. Trainer Victor Conte, who has been accused of providing steroids to professional baseball players, offers a different angle: "It's not cheating if everyone is doing it." I beg you to disavow their beliefs, Leo. While it's true that everyone is doing the kind of fudging you're contemplating, and though you probably wouldn't be caught, to do so would be bad for your karma, your dharma, your charisma, and your ability to attract what you need. Be stupendously ethical, sublimely impeccable.

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