Our colleague Rob Barzni provides his weekly wisdom to light our thinking and stimulate our mood. Rob J Free Will Astrology, is a weekly column appearing in over one hundred publications. He is also a writer Pronoia is the antidote to Paranoia: how all of creation is conspiring to shower you with blessings. (A free preview of the book is available here.)

Here is your weekly horoscope…

Free Astrology – Week of December 17, 2022
Copyright by Rob Brezsny, FreeWillAstrology.com

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21):
I appreciate your wide curiosity. I admire your desire to learn more and more about the mysterious world as you increase your understanding of how the game of life works. Your desire for interesting experiences is a good desire! It is one of your most beautiful qualities. But now and then, there are times when you need to take your quest to find fresh, raw truths and work on what you’ve already absorbed. Next week will be one of those times.

CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19):
Best of all, you have a great ability to orient yourself to the cyclical patterns of life. It is your birthright to become adept at understanding the natural rhythms that work in human humor. Even more fortunately, Capricorn, you can find great satisfaction with this awareness. Learned from him. Be inspired by it. I hope that in 2023, you will take your skills to the next level. The cosmic flow will be on your side as you strive to feel the cosmic flow—and place yourself in closer and closer alignment with it.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18):
Anne, a character in a book by LM Montgomery, says she prefers the word “evening” to “twilight” because it sounds so “velvety and shadowy.” She continued, “In the light of day, I belong to the world . . . to sleep at night and to eternity. But in the evening, I am free from both and relate only to myself. According to my astrological assessment, You Aquarians will go through a dusk-like phase in the coming weeks: a time when you’ll be in touch only with yourself and any other beings you choose to join in your velvety, shadowy freedom.

PISCES (February 19-March 20):
My Piscean friend Venus told me, “We Pisceans feel everything very strongly, but alas, we don’t have the survival skills of a Scorpio or the strong enough self-defense mechanisms of a Cancer. We are a water sign. We are the most susceptible to becoming victims and being flooded and overwhelmed. I think Venus is somewhat correct in her assessment. But I also think that you Pisces have a powerful asset that you can fully utilize. Not appreciated or called enough. Your ability to connect with your emotions on a deep level potentially gives you access to a divine source of power outside of your personality. Give all gifts, it will keep you safe and secure and supported.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Aries painter Vincent van Gogh was known for translating his sublime and unstructured emotions into colors and shapes on canvas. It was a demanding task. He cares between torment and pleasure. “I put my heart and soul into my work,” he said, “and in the process I lost my mind.” It’s sad! But I have good news for you, Aries. In the coming months, you have the potential to reach unprecedented new depths of passion as you pour your heart and soul into your work and play. And Hallelujah, you didn’t lose your mind in the process! In fact, I doubt you will be more mentally healthy than you have been in a long time.

Taurus (April 20-May 20):
“The soul is silent,” writes the poet Louis Gluck. “If it speaks at all, it speaks in a dream.” I don’t agree with him in general, and I especially don’t agree with him regarding your life in the coming weeks. I’m sure your soul will be singing, telling jokes, whispering in the dark, and throwing out unexpected observations. Your spirit will be more alive and alert and awake, tempting you to dance in the grocery store and give random compliments and fantasize about your own podcast. Don’t underestimate how dynamic your spirit can be, Taurus. Allow it to be as fun and funny as it wants to be.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20):
Next week will be an excellent time to increase your understanding of the nature of stress. Here are three study aids: 1. High stress levels are not healthy for your mind and body, but low to moderate stress can be good for you. 2. Low to moderate stress is best for you if it involves problems that you can eventually solve. 3. There is something called “eustress”, which means beneficial stress. It arises from a challenge that reveals your strength, flexibility, and power. As you deal with it, you feel hopeful and tough. It is meaningful and interesting. I bring these thoughts to your attention, dear Gemini, because you are ready to get a wonderful upgrade in your relationship with stress.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22):
Long before he began his illustrious career, cancer inventor Buckminster Fuller was accepted to Harvard University. Studying in such a prestigious educational institution was a great honor and prepared him for a bright future. Unfortunately, he was kicked out for partying hard. Soon he was working odd jobs. His luck declined, and he became depressed. But at the age of 32, he had an important mystical experience. He began to sink into the world of white light above the ground. An awakened voice spoke, telling him that he “belonged to the universe” and that he would fulfill his life’s purpose if he applied himself to serve “the highest good of others.” How would you like a Buckminster Fuller-style intervention, Cancer? It is available if you want and ask for it.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22):
Leo, born Judith Lou Cohen, was an electrical engineer who worked on NASA’s Apollo space program. She was also the mother of famous actor Jack Black. When she was 9 months pregnant with Jack, the day she went into labor, she performed a heroic act. On their way to the moon, the three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft experienced a major system failure. In the midst of her birth process, Judith Love Cohen developed solutions to problems that helped save their lives and return their vehicle safely to Earth. I don’t expect you to have such a memorable performance in the coming days, Leo. But I suspect you will be extra fearless and amazing in your efforts. And your magical multitasking ability will be at a peak.

Virgo (August 23-September 22):
When you are at the height of your power, you provide the people in your life with a high quality of help and support. And I think you can strengthen that role even more in 2023. Here are some of the best benefits you can offer: 1. Help your colleagues draw clear ideas from confusing misunderstandings. 2. Help them protect fertile seeds from rotting odors. 3. As they walk through the thick and thin, help them find where salvation lies. 4. Rejoice in their successes with wit and charm.

Libra (September 23-October 22):
A blogger named Daydreamydyke explains the art of giving soulful gifts. Don’t give people you care about ordinary consumer goods, she tells us. Instead, tell them, “I picked up this cool rock I found on the ground that reminded me of you,” or “I bought you this necklace for 50 cents at a yard sale because I thought you’d like it,” or “I’ve had this weird treasure from childhood, but I think it might be useful or comforting to you, so I want you to have That’s the spirit I hope you’ll adopt during the holiday season, Libra—as well as throughout 2023, which will be the year you become a virtuoso gift giver.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21):
In 1957, engineers Alfred Fielding and Mark Chavans invented three-dimensional plastic wallpaper. Don’t buy any stuff, though. A few years later, they rebranded it as bubble wrap and marketed it as a product to protect cargo. Success! Its new use has been popular ever since. I suspect you’re in a phase comparable to that between the time their plastic wallpaper flopped and before they dreamed up bubble wrap. Believe in the possibility of a second act, Scorpio. Be on the lookout for potential new applications that didn’t make a big splash the first time around.

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