Free will astrology 

Week of May 13

ARIES (March 21-April 19): What happens when someone "sells out"? Typically, it refers to a person who overrides her highest artistic standards or her soul's mandates in order to make a bundle of money. But I want to enlarge the definition to encompass any behavior that seeks popular appeal at the expense of authenticity, or any action that sacrifices integrity for the sake of gaining power. I think you have to be especially on guard against this lapse in the coming days, Aries - not only in yourself but also in those you're close to.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "I can't live the button-down life," says cartoon character Homer Simpson. "I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles." Born May 10, Homer is unusual for a Taurus. Many of your tribe love the creamy middles but are quite content to live without the terrifying lows, even if that means being deprived of your fair share of dizzying highs. While that may sometimes seem like a boring limitation, I don't expect it to be any time soon. The creamy middles that are looming for you are the lushest, plushest creamy middles I've seen in a long time. Terrifying lows and dizzying highs will be irrelevant.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Spanish painter Francisco Goya created an etching entitled "El Sueño de la Razón Produce Monstruos." Its two possible translations have very different meanings: "The sleep of reason produces monsters" or "The dream of reason produces monsters." The first version suggests that when our reasoning faculties go dormant, we're susceptible to doing dumb and crazy things. The second version implies that if we rely excessively on our reasoning faculty, it acquires a lunatic hubris that devalues our emotions and distorts our imagination. You're more susceptible to the former than the latter right now, Gemini, but it's crucial that you avoid both. A way out of your pain is available if you use your reason just right -- neither too little nor too much.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Some of your illusions seeped into you before you learned to talk. Others sneaked into you later, while you were busy figuring out how to become yourself. Eventually, you even made conscious choices to adopt certain illusions because they provided you with comfort and consolation. There's no need to be ashamed of this. It's a natural part of being a human being. Having said that, I'm happy to announce that you're entering a phase when you will have the power to shed at least some of your illusions - especially the ones you consciously chose - in ways that don't hurt you. To begin the process, declare this intention: "I have the courage to see life as it really is."

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