FREE WILL ASTROLOGY: Wednesday, March 13, 2003

ARIES (March 21-April 19): I got an e-mail from a reader who calls himself Drek, Agent of the Future. His words are apropos to what you’ll be living through this week: “How come in the long list of human fears, showing one’s true self is never included? Hell, compared to the frighteningly wonderful madness of tapping into our naked souls, stuff like snakes and public speaking really isn’t that terrifying.” I trust you’ve guessed what this has to do with you, Aries. It’s a perfect moment to overcome your fear of revealing your raw beauty to the world.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Want to stay sane and healthy in the coming weeks? Then get up-close and personal with the animal that rules your sign. It won’t be enough to gaze at images of bulls, though that would be good for starters. But you need to be in the actual presence of a robust, full-grown bull. To commune with his primal energy will be strong medicine. It’ll awaken in you sleeping instinctual powers and will galvanize you for the mysterious challenges ahead. Feel like going in search of a pasture where your teacher is waiting?

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Avant-garde composer John Cage wrote a score called “As Slow As Possible,” a piece of music designed to be played continuously for a long time. No one has ever actually tried it until recently, when a group of musicians and philosophers in Germany began a performance they hope will last for 639 years. Make them your role models as you launch your own long-term project in the coming weeks. It’s time to commit yourself with strategic patience to a labor of love that could take you all your life to master.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): I once knew a talented writer with four planets in Cancer. With his fertile imagination, nurturing intelligence, and articulate artistry, he embodied the best of our tribe. His narcissism, hypersensitivity to criticism, and habit of bearing a grudge are some of our sign’s liabilities. It was a risk hanging out with him: Which facet would be ascendant? I hope his sweet genius found a way to tame his evil twin. If not, the coming weeks will be an ideal time for him and all of us Cancerians to win the war within us.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When I ran for president back in 1992, one of my campaign promises was to make a majority of Americans celebrities by the year 2005. I wasn’t elected, but my idea may still come to pass. With the growing popularity of reality tv, increasing numbers of average citizens are basking in the limelight. Your special moment could very well arrive in the next few weeks, Leo, to become famous or notorious. You will at least become more widely known, or be gossiped about outrageously.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Darien, now 45, had a near-death experience when she was 26. “My NDE was like a rebirth,” she said, “so I wonder if I really have two charts, one for my original birth and one for my rebirth. And if so, which should take precedence?” What a rich mystery to work with. I urged her to treat both charts as equally true. You probably won’t have an NDE in the coming weeks, but it’s likely you will experience what amounts to a resurrection. Will you have another astrological chart drawn up for the official moment of your relaunch?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Dear Dr. Brezsny: Why do you sometimes refer to God as ‘He’? You know that God is both He and She. And He has hogged the God references for 2,000 years. The only way to correct the distortion is to refer to God as She for the next 2,000 years. It’s payback time. - Libra SuperWoman.”

Dear SuperWoman: You’re right. From now on, God will be “She” in my column. But do not hate or demean the masculine aspect, either in God or in yourself. Especially now, as pathological expressions of macho run berserk in the world, we need to nurture beautiful forms of virility. In the coming weeks, it will be most important for Libras of all genders to reinvent and regenerate their inner male.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Is it global warming? This winter has been even milder than usual where I live. As a result, the roses in my backyard have been blooming nonstop since last April, failing to take their usual sabbatical between October and February. I like it, but it’s also a little freaky and creepy — and definitely not a healthy approach for a human being. So don’t be like my unnatural roses, Scorpio. As relentlessly glorious and fascinating as you’ve been lately, you need to take a break.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In a commercial for a new dream interpretation show, a man sits on a couch, gobbling a sandwich and gazing blankly at a tv. His wife, in black bra and panties, enters the room astride a massive white stallion. He looks up at her briefly, then returns to his vegetative trance. A voice-over suggests that this is a dream about her needs that he is not fulfilling. I predict that you will have a comparable dream in the coming week. Both the man and the woman will symbolize aspects of your own life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I refuse to stereotype you Capricorns as compulsively cautious, staid, and obsessed with order. In fact, some of the most imaginative and dynamic people I’ve known have been members of your sign. Still, it’s time for me to remind you to take yourself less personally, less seriously, and less literally. Consider these words from novelist Tom Robbins for the next 10 days: “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will soon have the power to see what has been invisible and to decipher codes that have been impenetrable. You’ll shed a belief that has been crippling your intelligence and a “friend” who has been undermining your understanding of yourself. That’s not all, Aquarius. Just in time, you will shake yourself free of a curious numbness, allowing you to tune in to feelings you desperately need to experience. And you will finally find the words to name truths that have been dangerously fuzzy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of the most enduring stories from ancient Greece is the set of events that legend says occurred at Troy, on the coast of Asia Minor. Yet this epic site of Homer’s The Iliad was a village covering only seven acres. That factoid can serve in the coming week as the perfect metaphor for events currently unfolding in your own life. A humble patch of ground may become the scene of a mythic turning point. An experience that begins small may be the seed for a story that will achieve monumental importance for you in the years to come.

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