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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY – Week beginning January 22, 2021
Copyright by Rob Brezsny, FreeWillAstrology.com
AQUARIUS (from January 20 to February 18):
“My business is girth,” wrote poet Emily Dickinson in a letter to her mentor. What did she mean by that? “Circumference” was an important word for her. It appeared in 17 of his poems. The critic Rochelle Cecil writes that for Dickinson, the circumference referred to a sense of infinity that radiated from a center, a place where “one feels completely free, where one can express anything and everything.” According to critic Donna M. Campbell, the circumference was Dickinson’s metaphor for ecstasy. When he said: “My business is the circumference,” he meant that his vocation was the eternal search for wonder and sublimity. I suggest that you make good use of Dickinson’s girth in the next few weeks, Aquarius. It is time to fully expand and elevate your mind, heart, and soul.
PISCES (from February 19 to March 20):
Should I cite the wisdom of people who have engaged in behavior that I consider unethical or immoral? Should I be inspired by teachers who at times in their life treated others badly? For example, Pisces-born Ted Geisel, better known as the beloved author Dr. Seuss, cheated on his wife. Should I, therefore, banish him from my memory and never mention the good he did in the world? Or should I forgive him of his sins and continue to appreciate him? I don’t have a fixed set of rules on how to decide questions like these. How about you? The next few weeks will be a good time to redefine your relationship with difficult people.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19):
On May 4, 2019, my Aries friend Leah woke up in a state of awe. During the night, he felt that he had miraculously lit up completely. For the next 16 hours, he understood his life perfectly. It all made sense to her. She was in love with all the people and animals she knew. But the next morning, the exalted serenity had faded and she realized that her enlightenment had been temporary. However, she was neither angry nor sad. The experience touched her so deliciously that she vowed to forever seek to recreate the condition she had enjoyed. Recently, she told me that practically every day since May 4, 2019, she has spent at least a few minutes, and sometimes a lot longer, enjoying the same ecstatic peace that visited her back then. That’s the Aries way: turning a spontaneous blessing and surprise into permanent breakthrough. I trust you will soon.
TAURUS (from April 20 to May 20):
One morning, the famous French Army General Hubert Lyautey (1854-1934) instructed his gardener to spend the next day planting a row of saplings on his property. The gardener agreed, but warned Lyautey that this particular tree species required 100 years to fully mature. “In that case,” Lyautey said, “plant them now.” I recommend that you also accelerate your long-term plans, Taurus. Astrologically speaking, the time has come for you to act decisively to fulfill your big dreams.
GEMINI (from May 21 to June 20):
Someone asked the poet EE Cummings what home was for him. He answered poetically, speaking of his lover. Home was “the stars on the tip of the tongue, the flowers that sprouted from the mouth, the roots intertwined in the spaces between the fingers, the ocean echoing within the rib cage.” And you, Gemini? If you were asked to give a description of what makes you happy to be alive and gives you the strength to be yourself, what would you say? Now would be a good time to identify and honor the influences that inspire you to create your inner sense of home.
CANCER (from June 21 to July 22):
“Be sweet to me, world,” pleads Cancer poet Stephen Dunn in one of his poems. In the coming weeks, I invite you to address the world in a similar way. And as I hope the world is unusually responsive and responsive to your requests, I will encourage you to add even more pleas. For example, you could say: “Be revealing and educational with me, world” or “Help me deepen my sense that life is meaningful, world” or “Feed my soul with experiences that will make me smarter, wilder and kinder, world.” Can you think of other appeals and pleas that you would like to express to the world?
LEO (July 23 to August 22):
Throughout his many difficult journeys through the deserts of the Middle East, the Leo diplomat and army officer known as Lawrence of Arabia (1888-1935) did not abandon his love of reading. While riding camels, he managed to study numerous volumes, including the works of the ancient Greek writers Aeschylus and Aristophanes. I’d love to see you perform comparable balancing acts in the next few weeks, Leo. Astrological omens suggest that you will be adept at coordinating seemingly uncoordinated projects and tasks, and that you will prosper in doing so. (PS: his efforts may be more metaphorical and less literal than Lawrence’s.)
VIRGO (from August 23 to September 22):
Sculptor Stefan Saal testifies that one of his central questions as an art creator is knowing when a work is finished. “When I do a thing, I need to decide when it is completely done, when we dare to say ‘perfected’.” You have tried to become a teacher to know where and when to stop. I recommend this practice for the next two weeks, Virgo. You’ve been doing a good job and will continue to do well, but it’s crucial that you don’t get too fussy and annoying as you refine and maybe even finish your project.
LIBRA (from September 23 to October 22):
You are entering the potentially most playful, playful, and whimsical phase of your astrological cycle. To honor and encourage a full invocation of joyous fun, I offer you the following thoughts from Tumblr blogger Sparkledog. “I am so tired of being told that I am too old for the things I like. No cartoons. No toys. Not fancy animals. No bright colors. Are adults supposed to live drab, bleak lives? I can be an adult and still love childish things. I can be smart, educated and informed and I can love stuffed animals and unicorns. Please stop making me feel bad for loving the things that make me happy. “
ESCORPION (from October 23 to November 21):
“Nature cannot be commanded except by obeying it,” wrote the philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626). That paradoxical observation could serve you well in the coming weeks. Here are some other variations on the theme: Surrender will lead to power. Expressing vulnerability will generate strength. The will to transform yourself will transform the world around you. The more you are willing to acknowledge that you have a lot to learn, the smarter you will be.
SAGITTARIUS (from November 22 to December 21):
In his book The lover’s dictionary, David Levithan advises lovers and future lovers to tell their best stories. “Not the little injustices of the day,” he writes. It is not the flash of a forgotten seven-eighths moment in your past. It’s not something someone told someone, then told you. “No, to foster the vibrant health of a loving relationship, or any close alliance, you should constantly exchange your deepest and richest stories. This is always true. of course, but it’s especially true for you right now.
CAPRICORN (from December 22 to January 19):
On October 18, 1867, the United States government completed the purchase of Alaska from Russia. How much did this 586,000 acre kingdom cost? Two cents an acre, which in today’s money would be about 37 cents. It was a tremendous bargain! I propose that we view this transaction as a metaphor for what is possible for you in 2021 – adding a valuable resource at a reasonable price. (PS: American public opinion on the Alaska purchase was overwhelmingly favorable at the time, but some influential newspapers described it as silly. Don’t let naysayers like them dissuade you from your smart action.)
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