FREEWILL ASTROLOGY

VIRGO: April 10-16

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s Soul-Searching Season — search for your soul. To help, some lines of “A Few Words on the Soul,” by Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska. “We have a soul at times,” she says. “No one’s got it non-stop, for keeps. Day after day, year after year may pass without it. For every 1,000 conversations, it participates in one, if even that, since it prefers silence. It’s picky: our hustling for a dubious advantage and creaky machinations make it sick. Joy and sorrow aren’t two different feelings for it. It attends us only when the two are joined. We can count on it when we’re sure of nothing and curious about everything. It won’t say where it's from or when it’s taking off again, though it’s clearly expecting such questions. We need it but apparently it needs us for some reason too.” (Translation by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh. The whole poem: tinyurl.com/SearchSoul.)

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