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Freewill Astrology for week of October 11



ARIES (March 21-April 19) I'm not necessarily recommending that you read Stanely Seigel's book The Patient Who Cured His Therapist. But I do think you should regard the title as a suggestive metaphor for your immediate future. It's possible that you'll be helped by a person you've been helping, or be given gifts by person to whom you've given gifts. Could it be that you'll be healed by someone you imagine you're superior to, or taught a beautiful lesson by someone you don't understand? Meditate on the ways you might be the beneficiary of a role reversal.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) For those who are walled up, everything is a wall... even an open door." In conveying this thought from the French poet René Char, I don't mean to imply that you're any more walled up than the rest of us, Taurus. My reason for mentioning it at this particular moment is to prod you into taking aggressive action to un-wall yourself in whatever ways you can. According to my reading of the omens, the cosmos will reward your efforts to topple facades that are obstructing your view and preventing you from being touched.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) If one theorized about the nature of the Creator from a study of creation," said British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane, it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles. He drew that inference from the facts that one-fourth of all animal species are beetles and that in the Milky Way Galaxy alone there are a trillion stars for every person on earth. What about you, Gemini? What could we conclude about the nature of your mission here on the planet if we took an inventory of what you create? What are the experiences, products, artifacts, words, feelings, and impressions that you regularly spawn, and what do they say about you? It's an excellent time to meditate on this subject.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) I think it will be important for you to be brave in the coming days. Probably not in the sense of rushing into a burning building to save a child, but rather in the sense of expressing yourself with forceful grace in situations where you have previously been asleep or hidden or ignorant. In order to summon that much courage, you'll be wise to heed the advice of Buddhist author Pema Chodron: The essence of bravery is being without self-deception. Be rigorous as you uncover any lies you've been telling yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) As soon as you concern yourself with the 'good' and 'bad' of your fellows, said Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the martial art of aikido, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weaken and defeat you. Make that your hypothesis in the coming week, Leo. Proceed according to the theory that you can feed your strength and power and freedom by accepting other people just the way they are. Assume that one of the surest ways to be happy and successful is to judge no one.