By Rob Brezsny
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Once when I was hiking through Maui’s rain forest, I spied a majestic purple honohono flower sprouting from a rotting log. I bent down and inhaled the aromas of moldering wood and sweet floral fragrance. Let’s make this your metaphor of the week, Aries. A part of your life that is in the throes of decay can serve as host and fertility for a magnificent bloom. Halloween costume suggestion: a garbage man or cleaning maid wearing a crown of roses.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What don’t you like? What don’t you want to do? What kind of person do you not want to become, and what life do you never want to live? Resolve those questions with as much certainty as possible. Write it all down, preferably in the form of a contract with yourself. Sign it. This document will be a declaration of the boundaries you won’t cross and the activities you won’t waste your time on and the desires unworthy of you. It will feed your freedom to know exactly what you like, what you want to accomplish and who you want to become. Halloween costume suggestion: the opposite of who you really are.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Not just on Halloween, but for a week afterward, be scarier than your fears. If an anxious thought pops into your mind, bare your teeth and growl, “Get out of here or I will rip you to shreds!” If a demon visits you in a nightly dream, chase after it with a torch and sword, screaming, “Begone, foul spirit, or I will burn your mangy ass!” Don’t tolerate bullying in any form, whether it comes from a voice in your head or from supposedly nice people trying to guilt-trip you. Your motto: “I am a monster of love and goodness who will defeat all threats to my integrity!”
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now would be an excellent time to shed your soul’s infantile illusions…to play wildly with the greatest mystery you know…to accept gifts that enhance your freedom and refuse gifts that don’t…to consort and converse with sexy magical spirits from the future…to make love with the lights on and cry when you climax. Halloween costume suggestion: the archetypal LOVER.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): All around you, hidden agendas are seeping into conversations, and gossip is swirling like ghostly dust devils. Yet in the midst of this mayhem, you’re poised and full of grace. I suspect this has to do with the fact that life is showing you how to feel at home in the world no matter what’s happening around you. Halloween costume suggestion: King or Queen of Relaxation.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unification should be a key theme for you in the coming weeks. The more you work to find common ground between opposing sides, the stronger you’ll feel and the better you’ll look. If you can manage to mend schisms and heal wounds, unexpected luck will flow into your life. Consider these Halloween disguises: a roll of tape, a stick of Krazy Glue, a bridge.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What do you think you’d be like if you were among the 1-percent-wealthiest people on Earth? Would you demand that your government raise your taxes so you could contribute more to our collective well-being? This Halloween season, imagine what it would be like if you had everything you needed and felt so grateful you shared your abundance freely.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): What if you had the power to enchant and even bewitch people with your charisma? Right now, you may have more mojo at your disposal than you realize. Speaking for your conscience, I would tell you, if you must manipulate people, do it for their benefit as well as yours. Use your raw magic responsibly. Halloween costume suggestion: a mesmerizing guru; an irresistible diva.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I had a dream you were in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You were like George Clooney’s character. You were wearing a striped jailbird suit, and a ball and chain were still cuffed around your ankle. But you were sort of free, too. You were on the lam, making your way from adventure to adventure. You were not yet in the clear, but en route to total emancipation. This is an apt metaphor of your life right now. Could you use it in designing your Halloween costume?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Imagine the most powerful role you could realistically attain in the future — a position that will authorize you to wield your influence to the max. It will give you the clout to shape the environments you share with other people…and to freely express your important ideas and have them be treated seriously. Incorporate your visions into your Halloween costume.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the course of earning a living, I have worked four different jobs as a janitor and six as a dishwasher. I have also been a songwriter and lead singer for six rock bands and currently write a syndicated astrology column. Astrological omens say you Aquarians are primed to cultivate a relationship with your work life more like my latter choices than the former. The next eight months will be a favorable time to ensure you’ll be doing your own equivalent of rock singer or astrology columnist well into the future. Halloween costume suggestion: your dream job.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Author Robert Louis Stevenson loved poet Walt Whitman’s work. He saw him as an unruly force of nature, once calling him “a large shaggy dog, just unchained, scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.” Your assignment is to do your best imitation of a primal creature like Whitman. In fact, consider being him for Halloween. Maybe you could memorize passages from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and recite them at random moments, like, “I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”