Free will astrology 

Week of April 30

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little," said the writer Sydney Smith. While this is always good advice, it's especially apt for you right now. You're in a phase when giant leaps of faith are irrelevant, and fast, massive accomplishments are impossible. This is the season of incremental progress; a time when painstaking attention to detail is your best strategy. Inch by inch, Aries. Hour by hour.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): An engineering company has plans to grow flowers on the moon. Paragon Space Development intends to land mustard seeds inside a small greenhouse dome on the lunar surface by 2011. If all goes well, they will bloom within two weeks, and thanks to the marvels of communications technology, we earthlings will soon thereafter view one of the most iconic photographs ever seen. Paragon hopes the inspiring image of yellow blossoms on the lunar landscape will incite a new wave of space exploration. Take your cue from this vignette, Taurus. Come up with a riveting new personal symbol: some photo or image or object that thrills your imagination and inspires you to outdo all your previous efforts in pursuit of an ambitious future goal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "A Pain in the Ash: Volcano Irritates Alaskans." That was the headline of a news story about how the people of Anchorage, Alaska are dealing with the erratic behavior of nearby Mount Redoubt. As of this writing, the volcano hasn't exploded yet, but it keeps hinting that it might. Meanwhile, it regularly burps clouds of ash that float around and wreak a lot of inconvenience. "I would like it to have a big boom and get it over with," said one native. In accordance with your astrological omens, Gemini, let's use this situation as a metaphor for your life. The fact is, there's no sense in getting irritated or impatient with the primal force in your vicinity. Doing so would be a waste of your precious emotional energy. Besides, cultivating calm equanimity is the best way to acquire the grace you'll need to respond appropriately when the primal force does go boom.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If His Holiness the Dalai Lama (like you, born under the sign of the Crab) had a Twitter account, I bet that this week he'd tweet something like this: "Nothing's permanent and we should never be attached to anything, but wow! - the goodness rising up now may send ripples through eternity!" What he'd mean is that while reality is always in continual flux, and it's wise not to cling obsessively to either its pleasures or sadnesses, the powerfully healing mojo that's moving through Cancerians' lives these days could have long-term positive consequences.

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