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Free Will Astrology

Week of January 11-18, 2007



By Rob Brezsny


ARIES (March 21-April 19): Let's get a few things straight, Aries. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Facts are in the eye of the beholder. Logic is the opiate of those who are afraid of their feelings. Sorry if that sounds anti-intellectual. I'm exaggerating slightly in hopes of encouraging the free flow of your naked intuition in 2007. I want to prod you into cultivating so much emotional intelligence that you'll be able to out-argue your cynically reasonable friends. I want to help you rip off the locks on your doors of perception so you can see the magic that's just below the surface everywhere you look.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive and more constructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person." So said Dr. Frank Barron, a pioneer in the psychology of creativity. I believe that describes you pretty well right now, Taurus—even if you don't usually think of yourself as creative or artistic. The astrological omens suggest that you've got more lust for life than any other sign of the zodiac; you're in an intimate alignment with the throbbing hum of the Divine Wow. Please remember how important it is to be discerning about where you direct that much energy! Don't waste it on trivial pleasures or goals that are unworthy of you. You now have the power to change things you thought you could never change in a thousand years.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Of your many selves, the one I'm most entertained by right now is the experimentalist who wants to mix ingredients that have never before been together. Another self I really like is the frontier-dweller who's conspiring to fast-forward you into a rowdy rebirth. There's a third self—the cagey mediator—who I'm hoping will get those other two to work together intimately. If that happy collaboration occurs, the whole motley crew will live stickily ever after, or at least until May, when a mid-course correction might be necessary.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you're not rejected or refused at least once in early 2007, you're probably not trying hard enough. Life is dying to teach you a thing or two about not giving up no matter what. The gods of success won't hand you your purple heart, let alone your intelligence upgrade, until you prove that you can fight ferociously for your dreams even when you're a bit puzzled. Here's a formula that will serve you well during your heroic (but amusing!) ordeal: Find a way to coordinate your spiritual longing with your creative rage. Here's another tip: Learn to identify and capitalize on the fertile chaos that's all mixed up with the plain old ordinary chaos.

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