Free Will Astrology: Week of March 16 | East Bay Express
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Singer, dancer, and comedian Sammy Davis Jr. didn’t like the song “The Candy Man,” but he recorded it anyway, heeding his advisers. He only spent a brief time in the studio, finishing his vocals in two takes. “The song goes straight to the bathroom,” he complained, “taking my career with it.” Surprise! It became the best-selling song of her career, topping the Billboard charts for three weeks. I suspect there might be a similar phenomenon – or two! – in your life over the next few months, Aries. Don’t be too sure how or where your worthwhile accomplishments will happen.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I love author Maya Angelou’s definition of great achievement, and recommend that you take steps to make it your own in the weeks ahead. She wrote: “Success is loving yourself, loving what you do and loving the way you do it.” Please note that, according to her, success is not primarily about being popular, prestigious, powerful or successful. I’m sure she wouldn’t exclude these qualities from her formula, but the key point is that they are all less crucial than self-love. Please spend quality time refining and improving this aspect of your drive to succeed.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “I’m not fake in any way,” said Gemini actor Courteney Cox. At first glance, this is an amazing statement for a Gemini to make. After all, many of your tribesmen are masters of disguise and shapeshifting. Cox herself has been acclaimed for playing a wide variety of characters over her film and TV career, ranging from comedy to drama to horror. But consider the possibility that, yes, you Gemini can be versatile, mutable, and mercurial, but also genuine and authentic. I think your specialty could and should be more important in the coming weeks.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Sometimes I prayed for the Christ Child to make me good, but the Christ Child didn’t,” author Barbara Kingsolver wrote of her childhood approach to self-improvement. Just because this method didn’t work for her doesn’t mean it won’t work for others. By saying this, I do not mean that you should send appeals to the Baby Jesus. But I suggest you use your imagination to help you understand what influences can, in fact, stimulate your goodness. This is an excellent time to ask for help as you elevate your integrity, develop your compassion, and deepen your commitment to ethical behavior. It’s not that you’re deficient in those departments, it’s just that now is your prime time to do what we all need to do periodically: make sure our actual behavior is in alignment with our high ideals.
LEO (July 23-August 22): The classic and author Leo Edith Hamilton specialized in the history of ancient Greece. The poet Homer was one of the most influential voices in this world. Hamilton wrote, “An ancient writer said of Homer that he touched nothing without honoring and glorifying him in some way.” I love that about his work and invite you to match his energy in the weeks to come. I realize that’s a lot to ask. But according to my reading of astrological omens, you will indeed have the gift of honoring and glorifying everything you touch.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Starhawk, one of my favorite witches, reminds us that “sexuality is the expression of the creative life force of the universe. It’s not dirty, or just “normal”; It is sacred. And the sacred can also be affectionate, joyful, pleasant, passionate, funny or purely animal. I hope you enjoy such lushness in the weeks to come, Virgo. It is a favorable time in your astrological cycle to synergize eros and spirituality. You have poetic license to express your joy at being alive with imaginative acts of sublime love.
LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): In 1634, the English poet John Milton coined the phrase “silver lining”. It has become an idiom referring to a redeeming aspect of an experience falling short of expectations. Over 350 years later, American author Arthur Yorinks wrote, “Too many people miss the silver lining because they expect gold. Now I bring you his message. Hopefully my disclaimer will ensure that you don’t miss the silver lining for any reason, including the possibility that you’re obsessed with gold.
SCORPIO (23 Oct-21 Nov): “It’s the deepest spiritual truth I know,” says author Anne Lamott. “That even when we are sure that love cannot conquer everything, it seems to do so anyway. He descends with us into the rat hole, in the guise of our friends, and there he swells and comforts. It gives us second winds, third winds, hundredth winds. Lamott’s thoughts will be your wisdom for the next eight weeks, Scorpio. Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about the powers of love to heal and transform, I urge you to be open to new powers that you have never seen in action.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Witty Sagittarian author Ashleigh Brilliant has created thousands of cheerful but often sardonic epigrams. In keeping with current astrological omens, I have selected six that will be useful for you to process as your own in the weeks to come. 1. “I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are great.” 2. “I gave up my search for the truth and am now looking for a good fantasy.” 3. “All I want is a warm bed, a kind word, and unlimited power.” 4. “Do your best to please me, that’s all I ask of everyone.” 5. “I’m just moving clouds today, tomorrow I’ll try mountains.” 6. “A terrible thing happened. I lost my will to suffer.
CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): “All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment,” wrote author Eudora Welty. It may seem like a simple and obvious statement, but in my opinion, it is profound and revolutionary. Too often we are inclined to conclude that a relatively unpleasant or embarrassing event has diminished us. And while it did drain some of our vitality or cause us anguish, it almost certainly taught us a lesson or gave us insight that will serve us well in the long run, if only for help us avoid similar depressions in the future. According to my analysis of your current astrological omens, these thoughts are of paramount importance to you at this time.
AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): “Life is teeming with innocent monsters,” observed the poet Charles Baudelaire. Who are the “innocent monsters”? I will nominate a few candidates. Boring people who waste your time but aren’t inherently evil. Pretty ads that subtly trick you into wanting things you don’t really need. Social media that seems like fun entertainment, except it wastes your time and drains your energy. That’s the bad news, Aquarius. The good news is that the coming weeks will be a good time to eliminate at least some of these innocent monsters from your life. You are entering a period where you will have a strong gift for purging “nice” influences that are not really very nice.
PISCES (February 19-March 20): “Never underestimate the wisdom of being easily satisfied,” wrote aphorist Marty Rubin. If you are open to accepting such a challenge, Pisces, I suggest that you work on being very easily satisfied during the weeks to come. See if you can figure out how to enjoy even the smallest daily events with happy gratitude. Exult in the details that make your daily rhythm so rich. Use your ingenuity to deepen your ability to see life as a continuous miracle. If you do it right, you won’t have to pretend to have fun. You will greatly increase your sensitivity to ordinary glories that we all tend to take for granted.
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