~ ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

"Donald Rumsfeld never listens to anything except the voices inside his own head," wrote San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll. While this is an unfortunate situation, given the fact that the U.S. Secretary of Defense has so much power over others, it is not all that uncommon. Many people rarely consult any opinions besides those that originate in their own imaginations. And from time to time, all of us get temporarily hypnotized by the rants of the little voices in our heads. You\’re especially at risk for that to happen in the near future, Aries. There are two things you can do to ensure it doesn\’t. First, cultivate an ironic distance toward those inner voices. Evaluate what they say with rigorous objectivity. Second, listen really hard to people who are both thoughtful and humble.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

Surveys show that 21 percent of the population say they\’re "regularly bored out of their minds." If those surveys included astrological data in their research, I bet they\’d find that among Tauruses who suffer bouts of boredom, 85 percent are most susceptible to that state during the end of May and the first half of June. That\’s why I encourage you to make dramatic efforts to keep yourself stimulated and amused in the coming days. Don\’t fall prey to the lowest common denominator of plain old ordinary fate. Use your imagination to fill your schedule with novelty, intrigue, learning experiences, and high adventure.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?" That\’s the question asked by Marc Hedlund in the intro to his "Proverbs for Entrepreneurs" (http://snipurl.com/ndlv). Since you\’re experiencing new opportunities to bring more of the entrepreneurial spirit into your life and work, I thought I\’d offer you a few of his suggestions. (1) Pay attention to any idea that won\’t leave you alone. (2) Give people what they really need, not necessarily what they say they need. (3) If you keep your brilliant ideas secret for fear they\’ll be stolen, people will hide their brilliant ideas from you. (4) Great things are made by people who share a passion, not by partners who have been talked into it.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

Every one of us has at some time in the past created a monstrous thing–a terrible relationship, a big mistake in judgment, or a wrong move that damaged our credibility, integrity, or income. According to my reading of the astrological omens, it\’s a perfect time for you to atone for your own personal monstrosity–to make amends, seek forgiveness, and fix what\’s possible to correct. I also urge you to analyze the unconscious patterns that led you to act in such a distorted way. Any hard-won understandings you gain now will serve as beacons that\’ll help prevent you from veering so far off course again.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Author and peace activist Anne Herbert coined the suggestion, "Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." Recently I found myself driving behind a battered blue truck with a bumper sticker that had a variation on that advice: "Commit random acts of beautiful coolness." Now, just in time for your Season of Ingenious Compassion, Leo, I have borrowed from them both to create an oracle that\’s in perfect alignment with your astrological omens: Commit random acts of the coolest kindness and most intriguing beauty you can dream up.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Have you heard of the Lorax, the fuzzy yellow hero of the Dr. Seuss story? When a greedy factory owner moves into his idyllic little paradise and begins despoiling the forest, the Lorax complains on its behalf, saying, "I speak for the trees, because the trees have no tongues." Be like the Lorax, Virgo. Stand up for those who are too meek or weak or inarticulate to defend their own interests. It\’s the right thing to do, and besides, by doing so you will make connections that generate lucky breaks for you.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

William Vollman is an author who travels the world in search of crazy experiences to write about. In the course of his adventures, he has lived with prostitutes in Cambodia, hung out with rebel insurgents in Afghanistan, and almost died on two occasions, once while stuck in the Arctic\’s frozen wastes and once when caught in a crossfire in Bosnia. Despite having lived the equivalent of ten lifetimes, however, he\’s not jaded. Reviewing his work in The New York Review of Books, Michael Wood says Vollman has "seen it all but he still hasn’t lost his innocence." Your assignment right now is to achieve a Vollman-esque state of open-minded freshness as you seek out adventures that are as feisty (though not as risky) as Vollman\’s. It\’s time for you to cultivate what Zen practitioners call beginner\’s mind.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

According to mythologist Michael Meade, real warriors are those who are experts at avoiding violence. They know how to prevent the escalation of conflict. They\’re skilled at resolving problems before they explode. In fact, Meade says, war breaks out only when there are no authentic warriors involved in the situation. In this spirit, Scorpio, I exhort you to cultivate your skills as a warrior. You can be instrumental in dispersing the brewing tension well before it erupts into a brawl.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In 2005, a band called the Mountain Goats released the album The Sunset Tree. They dedicated it "to young men and women anywhere who live with people who abuse them." In this spirit, I\’m dedicating your horoscope to those of who promise to sever your connection to people who abuse you and to those of you who vow to never again tolerate a relationship with anyone who treats you with chronic disrespect. The next eight weeks will be prime time for you to ask for more good magic from all your intimate alliances.

 

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Twice a year you enter a short-lived phase in your astrological cycle when tough challenges are the best gifts you can possibly receive. This is one of those times. To honor this richly disconcerting moment, I offer you three gems from sages who understood how to get the most out of their trials. Psychologist C.G. Jung: "We need difficulties; they are necessary for our health." French diplomat Jean Monnet: "If you have a problem you cannot solve, enlarge the context." Albert Einstein: "We can\’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your power animal is the queen bee, which lays up to 2,000 eggs a day in the spring. Like her, you are stupendously fertile. In fact, you\’re capable of so much creative expression that it could take months for you to ripen all the new life that you\’re now spawning. Just because you have this potential, however, doesn\’t guarantee that you will use it well or completely. There\’s a first important step you can take to help ensure that you do: Treat yourself with the same care and reverence and optimism you would a woman who\’s nine months pregnant.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

Sri Lankan-born overachiever Suresh Joachim has a fascinating hobby: He attempts outlandish feats that get him written up in the Guinness Book of World Records. Among his many successes, he\’s the current champion in the category of marathon TV watching. Given your current astrological omens, Pisces, you could exceed his mark of 70 consecutive hours. You have the potential to achieve miraculous levels of laziness. It\’s my duty to inform you, however, that this same tendency could be directed in more constructive directions, even if you\’re less likely to be cited for them in the Guinness book. For example, your capacity for breakthrough meditation is at a peak. With a few hours of intense prayer and self-examination, you could dissolve complexes that have plagued you for many moons. You also possess the ability to achieve marvelous states of relaxed stillness that will fill you with expansive new understandings of the way life really works.

Homework: What name would you choose for yourself if you couldn\’t have the one you do now? Write: www.freewillastrology.com.

~ ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

The general consensus is that Americans are getting dumber. A recent study, for instance, reported that more people can name the characters in The Simpsons TV show than know the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Yet an article by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker notes that Americans\’ I.Q. scores have been steadily rising for a long time–so much so that a person whose I.Q. placed her in the top ten percent of the population in 1920 would be in the bottom third today. One possible explanation: Our "growing stupidity" may better be described as a difficulty keeping up with the ever-growing mass of facts, whereas we\’re actually becoming better at solving problems. That\’s a key issue in my advice to you, Aries. You\’re in a phase that\’s favorable for upgrading your intelligence–by which I mean improving your problem-solving skills, not accumulating more facts.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

This is a time when you must put one concern above all others: being true to yourself. Don\’t you dare elevate other people\’s needs above your own. Don\’t you dare let their guilt trips manipulate you into watering down your interesting quirks. You have simply got to devote yourself exuberantly to your idiosyncratic dreams. You owe it to yourself to learn all you can about your innermost secrets and ripening mysteries. You need to be ingeniously obsessed with serving your deepest, wildest, most noble longings.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

"It is not possible to get the blessing without the madness," wrote Norman O. Brown in his book Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis. "It is not possible to get the illuminations without the derangement." His words ring true for you right now, Gemini. Lately you\’ve been pursuing (and getting pursued by) wickedly twisted yet fertile opportunities, and now you\’re near the climax of the madness and derangement. Next stop: blessings and illuminations.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

According to the Bible, Jehovah gave Adam the job of bestowing names on everything. But in Ursula Le Guin\’s story "She Unnames Them," Eve decides to reverse her mate\’s work. She yearns to return to a primordial state when the misunderstandings caused by words no longer stand between her and the rest of creation. So she unnames all the animals, from the sea otters to the bees. When she\’s done, she marvels on how they feel "far closer than when their names had stood between myself and them like a clear barrier." Take your inspiration from Eve, Cancerian. Bypass the ideas and language you use to cage your raw experience, and instead commune with the primal essence of everything.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Even if you\’re in your twenties or thirties or forties now, someday you\’ll be an elder. At that time you will be in a position to guide and inspire younger people with the wisdom you\’ve gathered. Obsessions that motivated you at an earlier age will have become irrelevant to you. You will have learned to move with relative grace in and out of periods of darkness and uncertainty. You\’ll be less inclined to look back toward your own personal childhood and more oriented toward the future of your immortal soul, of your family, and of the human race. In the coming days, you have an excellent opportunity to tune in to the elder you will ultimately become. The veils between now and then are lifting. You have the power to prophesy your own evolution.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

When lightning strikes a human being, it\’s usually bad news. Not so in the case of a man from Maine named John Corson. After experiencing a whitish-blue bolt shoot through his body during a thunderstorm, he testified that his health became better than it had been in a long time. "I feel lighter and 100 years younger," he marveled. I predict a comparable (though less shocking) rejuvenation for you, Virgo. What you\’re going through or about to go through might cause a breakdown in some people, but for you it will lead to a breakthrough.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

"Dear Rob: In my dream last night, it was my wedding day and I was flying like a superhero over hills made of millions of jewels and jelly beans. My superhero sweetie was soaring alongside me, and we were headed toward an ocean-side amusement park with a futuristic theme. Unfortunately, we overshot our landing and ended up plunging into the sea. Fortunately, we could breathe underwater just fine. We swam down to a superhero convention that was taking place in a museum on the ocean floor. When we arrived, we were given a wedding cake shaped like a giant key. What does my dream mean? -Mind-Boggled Libra." Dear Boggled: Like many members of the Libran tribe, you\’re currently enjoying tremendous opportunities to blend adventure and intimacy. Your dream reflects how wide open your imagination is to the possibilities.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

"We should take astrology seriously," says zoologist Richard Dawkins. "No, I don\’t mean we should believe in it. I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humoring it as harmless fun." In his view, astrology is a bogus discipline that fosters superstition and undermines clear thinking. Opposing Dawkins\’ perspective was that of seminal psychologist Carl Jung, one of the 20th century\’s greatest thinkers. "Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity," he wrote. He routinely used astrological birth charts to help understand his psychotherapy patients. Dawkins and Jung can\’t both be right, can they? I suggest you entertain the possibility that they are, Scorpio. In fact, try this dual approach with every major idea you care about. Experiment with what happens when you assume that both sides of every story have a piece of the truth.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Did you know there are about 200 mass protests in China every day? The Chinese people\’s enthusiasm for righteous complaining puts the rest of us to shame. How could we have become so passive in the face of all the crazy injustices that are going on in the world? I exhort you Sagittarians to rouse us out of our collective apathy. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you\’re currently the astrological sign with the most potential to unleash constructive criticism.

 

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

An old African proverb says that cattle are wealth, and there are no cattle without dung. This idea is applicable to you right now. The source of your greatest riches has produced some waste matter that needs to be cleaned up. Ironically, if you act expeditiously, the waste matter could be turned into more riches. Take a hint from the Masai people, who use cattle dung as plaster in building their homes. The scent helps repel lions, who dislike it, from venturing too close.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Albert Lexie has shined shoes at Pittsburgh\’s Children\’s Hospital since 1982. From the beginning, he has taken portions of his meager earnings and contributed them to a fund for sick kids who are poor. Recently his donations topped the $100,000 mark. He\’s your role model, Aquarius. The astrological omens reveal you will have everything going for you if you choose this time to launch a long, slow ascent toward a goal that may now seem improbable.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

Excessive consumption of junk food has contributed to rising obesity levels in humans. Now wildlife experts report that bears are suffering a similar fate. The animals are so fond of the greasy, sugary scraps they scrounge at campsites and dumpsters that many are getting fat. The weight gain has had a surprising side effect: Many female bears are giving birth to three cubs at a time instead of one or two. You can draw metaphorical guidance from this vignette as you meditate on your own life, Pisces. Is there an instinctual part of you that has become overly fond of artificial sustenance and clever but worthless confections? If so, has this caused changes in your creative expression? I\’m not accusing, just asking. In any case, it\’s high time to give the wild woman or wild man within you some gourmet soul food.

~ ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

I did something today that\’s an apt metaphor for the task you have ahead of you. While driving my 1997 Honda Accord on the streets of San Francisco, I had to drive very slowly and gradually while ascending a steep hill. I kept my foot on the gas pedal just hard enough to keep the vehicle from sliding backward as I inched upward at two miles per hour. It was an exercise in supreme concentration: I had to be delicate and focused while prodding a one and a half ton beast. Just as I pulled off this feat, Aries, I believe you\’ll be able to accomplish a comparable version of it.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

"Nothing would be done at all," said Cardinal Newman, "if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it." Let\’s forgive his sexist language and concentrate on the truth he articulates, which is profoundly apt for you right now. It\’s important that you try to do what you can\’t do very well–that you not use your lack of mastery as an excuse to avoid practicing an immature skill. Be willing to look foolish as you improve, and paradoxically you will often appear brave and inspired.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

Would you please go have a picnic after midnight in a secret garden? Or maybe wander out to the edge of nowhere and throw a birthday party for the sun? Or weave wildflowers in your hair and lead a sweet thing unto temptation with a seduction strategy plucked from a poem by Pablo Neruda?  Please, Gemini, tear your eyes away from the terribly obvious and the numbingly familiar. Be willing to be as impractical as you\’ve ever been. The weird probability is that you\’ll have a piercing insight about the bottom line while you\’re wandering free in a place that\’s far from the bottom line.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

You now have the power to raise a million dollars for charity. For that matter, you could launch an organization that would last a hundred years, make an invigorating connection with a resourceful ally, or talk a depressed person out of suicide. On the other hand, it\’s also conceivable that you could tally the highest score ever recorded on the Berzerk video game or engage in spectacular drunken stunts that earn you a spot on the local TV news. In other words, Cancerian, there\’s a high potential for you doing something very big, whether it\’s smart and great or dumb and useless. Choose wisely how you want this cosmic tendency to manifest.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

I just received a check in the mail for seven cents. It was from the Screen Actors Guild, a residual payment for my tiny role in the Robin Williams\’ movie Being Human, in which I played a TV psychic who gives readings for pets. Though the 1994 film was a critical and box office failure, it has continued to earn modest revenue through video sales in Third World countries. I decided not to cash my miniscule check, but rather frame it and put it up on my wall as a conversation piece. I predict a similar event will soon occur in your life, Leo: You\’ll receive a "reward" whose value will consist almost entirely of its power to generate joke and story material. That\’s not something to be sneezed at.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

It\’s a good time to work on your moon tan. I suggest you put on a bathing suit and find a place where the moon can beam down on you for a while. As you bask in its glow, periodically turning over to let it saturate every part of your body, imagine that soaking up the lunar vibes will deepen and tone your emotional life, enhance your receptivity, make you a wiser nurturer, and build up your knack for adjusting deftly to change.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

The leaves on the persimmon tree outside my door are growing so fast I swear I can see them expanding right in front of my eyes. Like them, you are in a period of almost maniacal fertility. The ripening process is so elemental that you may feel as if unpredictable forces of nature have been unleashed inside you. As long as you keep your sense of humor about it, however, nothing too out-of-control will happen. At worst, you\’ll resemble a funny monster with a brilliant future, like an awkward kid destined to grow up to be a cute genius.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Have you ever wondered about the X-ray glasses advertised in comic books and sold by mail? They allegedly allow you to see through people\’s clothes, maybe even through their skin to the skeleton beneath. You Scorpios now have the next best thing to that cartoon technology. Your eyesight is especially keen–so much so that you\’ll notice many things that have previously been hidden from you. Not only that. You\’ll be especially adept at discerning the real stories unfolding beneath the official stories. You\’ll have the ability to decipher people\’s unconscious motivations and secret agendas. It\’s almost like you\’ll have a psychic version of X-ray specs.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Hybrid cars get great gas mileage and don\’t spew dirty emissions into the air. They also produce minimal noise pollution. In fact, some are so silent that they can be hazardous to pedestrians and bicyclists. While riding my bike today, for instance, I didn\’t hear the Toyota Prius that was bearing down on me from behind, and I almost swerved right into its path. Let this serve you as an illustration of the law of unintended consequences. You should watch for unexpected changes caused by the healthy improvements you\’ve made in your life. I\’m not saying the changes will necessarily be bad, just that you should be alert for results you didn\’t foresee.

 

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro is so afraid of exotic assassination attempts that he has his aides burn his underwear after just one use. He apparently imagines that some dissident will find a way to saturate his unmentionables with poison during the laundering process. You\’re currently in no danger of having your briefs rendered toxic, Capricorn, but I nevertheless suggest that like Castro you incinerate each fresh pair when you\’re done wearing them–at least for the next few days. It will be a lyrically symbolic statement that you are ready to transform the way you express your sexual energy, and that will be in perfect alignment with the invitation the cosmos is offering you.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In high school I got all A\’s in science and math, and scored in the top one percentile on the math section of the SATs. I\’ve studied calculus, used logarithms, and love biology and astronomy. Still, I\’m not aligned with the growing chorus of political leaders, corporate executives, and scientists who want schools to teach more math and science. Less would be better, I think, so as to make more room for truly neglected subjects like mastering human relationships, cultivating emotional intelligence, developing discrimination about the media, questioning authority, interpreting dreams, and understanding how to take care of one\’s body. Since few of us are taught these basic subjects when we\’re young, we lag way behind well into adulthood. That\’s the bad news, Aquarius. The good news is that it\’s a perfect time for you to do some rapid catching up.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

A California company specializing in background checks recently reported that 40 percent of all job résumés contain misinformation. Meanwhile, a study in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology found that most people tell lies every day. You and I aren\’t surprised. We know that deception is a normal part of life.  I hope, however, that you\’ll rebel against that convention in the coming week. It\’s the High Integrity Season for you–a time to be scrupulously honest and impeccable in your execution of every detail. I urge you to regard this demanding assignment as an opportunity to give gifts everywhere you go.

~ ASTROLOGY ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

"Any idiot can face a crisis," said Russian writer Anton Chekhov. "It is the day-to-day living that wears you out." Your main assignment in the coming weeks, Aries, will be to use your ingenuity to keep from being burned out by the subtle and minor trials of the daily grind. It won\’t be as dramatic a challenge as some of the epic travails you dealt with in March, but in my opinion it will be just as heroic.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

New Rule: During the next two weeks, you\’re not allowed to think any thought or feel any feeling you\’ve experienced a million times before. If you detect one of those stale ingredients bubbling up into the mix, it\’s your sacred duty to immediately substitute a fresh-from-the-garden idea or feeling that you\’ve never entertained before. It\’s the season of novelty, Taurus – time to compost the old ways and revel in raw innocence. Invite the universe to gorge you with virginal blessings.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

In the entire history of the world, there has never been a time that neglects dreams more than ours. Every other culture has paid more attention to the information that\’s available to us while we\’re sleeping. This ennervating ignorance incurs a personal cost. If you\’re one of those who rarely recalls your dreams, you\’re suffering a grievous loss of connection with the wisdom of your unconscious mind. And even if you do stay in touch with your dreams, most of the people around you aren\’t connected to theirs, and that generates stupendous stupidity. Want to remedy the problem, Gemini? It\’s a perfect astrological moment to improve your relationship with the realm where you spend one-third of your life. Here are a few resources: the book Living Your Dreams by Gayle Delaney; the book Radical Dreaming: Use Your Dreams to Change Your Life by John Goldhammer; the Lucid Dream Institute (www.lucidity.com); dream interpretations by Jonathan Zap (www.snipurl.com/paar).

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

Pathologist Paul Wolf has suggested that some of history\’s great artists may have never created their masterpieces if the wonders of modern medicine had been available to them. For example, what if doctors had cured van Gogh\’s mental illness with a regimen of drugs like Prozac and Xanax? Maybe he would have been spared the torment that goaded him to the outbursts of genius that erupted on his canvases. It\’s an interesting theory – one that I invite you to apply to your own life history. Are there ways in which the very things that have driven you crazy have played a role in your finest accomplishments? This is a perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate that ironic miracle.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

Let\’s talk about the gift that it is your destiny to offer the world. Are you still struggling to figure out what it is? Here\’s what storyteller Michael Meade advises: You\’ll know it\’s the gift you were born to give if your energy is renewed, not exhausted, by giving it. It so happens that the coming weeks will be a perfect time to make dramatic progress in exploring this crucial truth, Leo.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

According to research done by Forbes magazine, more billionaires are Virgos than any other sign of the zodiac. A disproportionate 12 percent of the world\’s wealthiest people are members of your tribe. I hope this startling fact inspires you to be more proactive in cultivating your natural advantages. It\’s high time for you to prime your cash flow. Now please promise that you will say the following affirmation three times a day for the next 30 days: "Because I am shrewd, analytical, practical, attentive, and strategic, I possess all the necessary qualities to become wealthier. I am a money magnet. Money is my servant. O monnee gimmee summ."

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Espertantina, a town in Brazil, celebrates May 9 as Orgasm Day. As much as I\’d love to import this enlightened holiday to my home country of America, it might be difficult in the foreseeable future. Why? Because religious fundamentalists have been spreading their infectious mental disease, seducing people into mistrusting their bodies\’ natural urges. Meanwhile, the advertising and entertainment industries try to sell us on the glamour of being in a chronic state of titillation without satisfaction. I\’m calling on you Libras to do what you can to resist these cultural trends. The astrological omens say this is an auspicious time for you to seek out, cultivate, and honor your own orgasms.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

I have a rabid appreciation for your efforts to make this world a steamier, wilder, more lyrical labyrinth. Thank you for all the entertaining mysteries you conjure so regularly. You are a true Puzzle Master, both in the sense that you create beautiful enigmas and that you solve seemingly impossible riddles. Having said that, though, I want to beg you to ease up on the drama for a while. Now and then there come times when you get so heavy and thick with obsessive longing and complicated emotions that you\’re in danger of imploding. This is such a moment. So lighten up, please. Consider indulging in the pleasures of harmless fun and frivolous diversions for a few days.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

I would never make light of your pain, Sagittarius, but it\’s my duty to inform you that you now have a rather amusing opportunity to capitalize on it. You may have heard that Star Trek actor William Shatner sold his kidney stone to an online casino for $33,000. In a comparable though perhaps more metaphorical way, I foresee you being able to cash in on or at least make very good use of something that once hurt you very much.

 

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Your meditation for the week comes from playwright Bertolt Brecht. "Art is not a mirror held up to reality," he said, "but a hammer with which to shape it." This is an excellent idea to keep in mind even if you\’re not a writer, painter, dancer, filmmaker, actor, or musician. What it means is that you now have the duty and opportunity to fully unleash the creator in you. Don\’t be satisfied with the world the way it is; don\’t sit back and complain about the dead weight of the mediocre status quo. Instead, stir up your curiosity and charisma and expressiveness and lust for life. Then rebuild everything you see so that it\’s in greater harmony with the laws of love.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. Your assignment in the coming week, Aquarius, is to take inventory of your opinions about the world, and then analyze what they reveal about your character. Here are some questions to guide your explorations. How do the feelings and theories you carry within you get projected onto the life you find around you? Do your prevailing attitudes help shape the experiences you attract? Is the reality you\’ve built in your psyche at least partially responsible for creating the reality you encounter everywhere you go?

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

Whenever I\’m on top of the world and able to see for miles, it\’s easier for me to view the big picture of my life. That\’s why I rode my bike to the crest of the mountain today. I wanted to meditate on a certain personal problem that has had me stumped. But when I arrived there after a long ascent, a frigid, relentless wind was blustering so hard that I could barely think. Reluctantly, I came down the mountain and did my meditation in the valley below, where a mild, warmer wind posed no aggravation. There I was able to get the insight I needed. Now I\’m passing my lesson on to you, Pisces. You may not be able to accomplish your current goal where you thought you could, but you can do it in a different place. Be flexible about the setting.

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