Free will astrology 

Week of May 7

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When they pray, Muslims face the Kaaba, a cube-shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Every mosque around the world typically has a niche that shows the precise direction of that holy place. Recently, however, worshippers have discovered that many of the older mosques in Mecca itself have niches that aren't pointing the right way. They're concerned that the prayers they've dispatched in the past weren't aimed correctly. Is it possible that there's a comparable scenario in your life, Aries? Might you be filled with righteous intentions, but not quite delivering them to the correct location? If so, this is an excellent time to make adjustments.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):  In recent decades, many British people with unfortunate surnames have changed them. There are now 40 percent fewer Shufflebottoms, while the numbers of Cockshotts and Smellies have also declined precipitously. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., the government has re-branded its notorious Global War on Terror, shifting to the more palatable "Overseas Contingency Operation." I hold these examples up for your inspiration, Taurus. It's a good time to alter any name or title you've outgrown, as well as any label that no longer fits or any category you'd like to leave behind.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I'm going to quote a few pieces of advice from a piece I found on the Internet, "15 Fun Things To Do During a Big, Important Test." I trust that this will stimulate your imagination in all the right ways as you get ready for your metaphorical version of a final exam. 1. Bring your own private cheerleaders in uniform. Have them cheer loudly whenever you answer a question. 2. Haul in a large, flamboyant idol. Set it next to you and pray to it often. 3. Bring a friend to give you a massage the entire time. Insist this person is needed because your thoughts flow properly only when your circulation is enhanced. 4. Every now and then, clap twice rapidly. If the teacher asks why, say, "The light bulb that goes on above my head when I get an idea is hooked up to a Clapper. DUH!"

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Buster Posey is an up-and-coming baseball player for the San Francisco Giants. The poetic incongruity of his name is so apt a symbol for your imminent future, I'm making him your patron saint. According to my reading of the omens, you'll be called on to be like a "Buster" -- a macho, pushy, no-nonsense dude who gets things done -- but you will also find power in being as delicate and lovely and innocent as the small flower bouquet known as a posey. Sometimes it'll make sense to be one or the other. On other occasions, you'll benefit from being in both modes simultaneously.

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