Free Will Astrology: Your Weekly Horoscope, August 19-25 – Chronicles

LEO (July 23-August 22): “I swung ancient vines in the caves of Jamaica,” exults Hoodoo priestess Luisah Teish. “I danced with delight around totem poles and pressed brows with Maori warriors. I joked with the pale fox at the crossroads, then wrestled with the jaguar and won. I kissed tall trees between my thighs and spoke thundering words of love riding lightning.” I offer Teish’s celebratory boast to inspire you as you formulate plans for the weeks and months ahead. What exhilarating adventures will you offer yourself? What enriching encounters will you learn from? What trips outside of your comfort zone will you dare? Now is the time for upsurges, turnarounds and upgrades.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): In his poem “The Pupil”, Virgo-born Donald Justice recounts how he spent “an entire week in training during that moment on the threshold”. I advise you to do the same, Virgo. The goal is to be as prepared as possible for the coming rite of transition – without, of course, being neurotically over-prepared. It’s good and natural to honor the tension of anticipation, using it as motivation to do your best. Another thing: while you’re preparing, have as much fun as possible. Visualize the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you reach the other side of the test.

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22): “You are always at home in your past,” wrote author Vladimir Nabokov. But I encourage you to rebel against that theory, Libra. For now, find a way to NOT feel at home in your past. Question it, be curious about it, reassess it. I hope you will then be motivated to change the way your story lives within you. Now is a great time to reconfigure your life story, to develop a revised relationship with its twists and turns. Revisit and update some of your memories. Reevaluate the significance of key events. Enchanted healings will materialize if you do.

SCORPIO (23 Oct-21 Nov): Of all the zodiac signs, you Scorpios are the most likely to consider that old pop tune from Animals your theme song. “I’m just a soul with good intentions,” singer Eric Burdon said, “Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” Scorpio, but you may have less motivation to express this feeling in the weeks to come. I suspect you will experience record levels of being seen and appreciated for who you are. For best results, do the following: 1. Inform your deep psyche that you have no attachment to being misunderstood. 2. Tell your deep psyche that you would very much like to be understood.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): “If we are not creators, we are not fully alive,” wrote Sagittarius author Madeleine L’Engle. She was referring to everyone, not just people in the arts. She believed that to be soulful humans, we must always create new things, generate new possibilities, and explore new approaches. The relentless urge to transform what already exists can find expression in the way we do our jobs, our parenting, our intimate relationships, and any other activity. You are now entering a phase, Sagittarius, where this initiatory energy will be particularly available, necessary and precious.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): In her poem “Valentine,” Capricorn poet Carol Ann Duffy tells a lover that she won’t give him a “red rose or a heart of satin.” Instead, her sign of affection is an onion, a symbol of multi-layered complexity. “His fierce kiss will remain on your lips,” Duffy writes, “possessive and faithful as we are, for as long as we are.” She adds that the onion will “blind you with tears like a lover.” OKAY. I understand the tough attitude expressed by Duffy. Romance is not a sweet, sentimental adventure through paradise. But I don’t recommend that you emulate his approach to your love life in the weeks and months ahead. Appreciate the sometimes dark and labyrinthine convolutions, yes, but don’t make them more important than beauty, joy and love. How about summoning the symbol of a pomegranate? It represents fertility and rebirth out of darkness.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): Be more expressive with the people and animals you care about. Be even more fun and generous than usual. Dare to be abundantly entertaining, engaging and empathetic. Make it your goal to bring out dormant potentials in your allies and inspire them to love each other even more than they already do. I will tell you about the endearing terms that the author Vladimir Nabokov called his wife. Consider using them with your loved ones: “My sun, my soul, my song, my bird, my pink sky, my sunny rainbow, my little music, my unspeakable delight, my tenderness, my lightness, my dear life , my dear eyes , kitty, poochums, goosikins, sparrow, bird of paradise.”

PISCES (February 19-March 20): Sometimes you may feel under the influence of a debilitating spell or hampered by a dark curse. Pisces are prone to such worries. But here’s a secret. More than any other zodiac sign, you have the power to escape spells. Even if you have never studied the occult or read a witch’s grimoire, you possess a natural facility for natural magic that disperses curses. From deep within your psyche, you can summon the spiritual force necessary to cleanse the grime and free yourself. Now is the perfect time to prove to you that what I have said here is true.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Filmmaker Aries Andrei Tarkovsky wrote: “All my life I’ve been waiting for something – like waiting at a train station. And I’ve always felt like the life I’ve made so far hadn’t actually been real life but a long wait – a long wait for something real.” If I could speak with Tarkovsky right now, I would happily tell him that his wait will soon be over. I would say that in the months to come, the Aries who have postponed and postponed, who have stayed there, who have waited and who have waited, will have an excellent chance to begin to inhabit their full and rich destiny. I invite you to imagine what it will look like.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus poet Sherko Bekas wrote: “Every joy I wear, its sleeves are too short or too long, too loose or too tight on me. And every sorrow I wear fits me as if it were made for me wherever I be.” With that as a starting point, Taurus, I’m happy to bring you some good news. For the next three weeks, you will have no heartache trying on and wearing like a piece of clothing. And there will be at least three joys that match perfectly. The sleeves will be the right length and the shape will not be too loose or too tight.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Tips for making the most of the coming weeks: 1. Create a large, spacious realization by combining several small intuitions. 2. Keep a little angel on your right shoulder and a little devil on your left shoulder. Enjoy listening to them argue and don’t get attached to what they say. 3. Do the unexpected until it becomes expected. So give it up and try an unexpected new experience. 4. Meditate for a long time on the question: “How many careers can I have in a lifetime?” 5. Upgrade your home to make it even more comfortable.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be fluid and flexible while being grounded and solid. Be gentle and sensitive even if you are also firm and resolute. Be mostly modest and adaptable, but become assertive and outspoken when necessary. Be careful when inviting and seeking challenges, but be bold and brash when a golden challenge arrives. Be naturally generous most of the time, but avoid giving too much. Got it all, Cancer? Completing the multifaceted missions I just described might be nigh impossible for most other zodiac signs, but they’re in your wheelhouse. You are a specialist in fertile complexity.

Homework: What injustice are you most motivated to correct?

Christy J. Olson