Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

Don’t tell me you have nothing to be thankful for, Aries. Your parents could have named you “Hooligan” or “Lightsaber” or “Flu,” and they didn’t. There are no photos floating around the Internet that show you riding a pig in the nude. No one has ever broken up with you via text message. Now please keep going in the direction I’ve pointed you. Count your blessings up to at least 101. Create an ongoing list of all the things in your life that work pretty well and make you feel at home in the world. Why do this now? Because it’s Massive Explosions of Gratitude Week for you — a time when you can attract even more good fortune into your life by aggressively identifying the good fortune you already enjoy.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

Sometimes a great idea whose time has come springs up in two or more places at once. In the 1850s, for instance, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace independently happened upon some of the key concepts of evolution. And in the 1840s, mathematicians Urbain Le Verrier and John Couch Adams virtually duplicated each other’s predictions of the previously unknown planet Neptune, although they knew nothing about each other’s work. I suspect a similar phenomenon is about to happen in your own sphere, Taurus. Act fast if you’d like to get as much credit as you deserve, like Darwin and Le Verrier, and not suffer the fate of Wallace and Adams, whose efforts were more invisible.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Before she died at the age of 101, photographer Ruth Bernhard attributed her longevity to her restlessness. “Never get used to anything,” she advised. I recommend that approach to you right now, Gemini. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when thinking big and wild and free will be rewarded. To improve your physical health and boost your mental hygiene, unfamiliarize yourself with the people and things you’ve grown accustomed to. Sneak away from your habits. Disrupt and tamper with your normal responses. Find good excuses to be unpredictable.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

“We are all stupid,” wrote Mark Twain, “just on different subjects.” Ain’t that the truth? Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I think about all the blanks in my education and the ignorance that pockmarks my understanding. The good news for me — and for all of you, my fellow Cancerians — is that we’re now in an astrological phase that’s ideal for getting a crash course in any subject we’re dumb about. If you’re brave and humble, you could fix several holes in your intelligence.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

You should definitely not attempt to reroute a mighty river anytime soon. I don’t recommend trying to change the location of a mountain, either, or commanding the wind to obey you, or shooting a flaming arrow at the sun. On the other hand, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to turn one of your so-called liabilities into an asset or use a stumbling block as a shield. And you might have pretty good luck if you try to convert an adversary into an ally or move sideways in order to advance your pet cause. In conclusion, Leo, seek modest gains that involve reversals and switcheroos.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“If you removed all of the homosexuals and homosexual influence from what is generally regarded as American culture,” said author Fran Lebowitz, “you would pretty much be left with [the TV game show] ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ “ That’s an exaggeration, of course, but it contains a large grain of truth. I offer this as a prod for you to deepen your understanding of the complexities of gender, Virgo. Astrologically speaking, it’s an excellent time to do so. If you identify yourself as a heterosexual, meditate on the qualities you express that are commonly thought of as the specialty of the opposite sex. Consider the possibility that you are actually 65 percent female, 25 percent male, and 10 percent neither, or maybe 15 percent female, 70 percent male, and 15 percent transgender. If you regard yourself as gay, explore the hypothesis that a part of you is secretly kind of straight. Open your mind to the possibility that human beings come in hundreds of different genders.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Poet Jack Spicer was a native Californian who wrote most of his poetry while living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He did, however, spend a short time on the East Coast. “Like most primitive cultures,” he reported after returning home, “New York has no feeling for nonsense.” I don’t agree with that assessment. Some of the best nonsense I ever experienced transpired during a November night in 2005 on New York’s West 23rd Street. In any case, Libra, your assignment in the coming week is to avoid primitive environments that have no feeling for nonsense. You need a maximum dose of silly, goofy, loopy bursts of diversion. I promise it’ll make you both smarter and wiser.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Your world is going to get very wet in the coming days. At least I hope it will. There are wrong moves you could make that would keep things pretty dry, or else move you away from the imminent deluge. But I hope you will go with the cosmic flow and allow yourself to get the full benefit of the replenishing flood.  In my astrological opinion, you need to feel the deep moisture that’s beyond language. You need to be carried along in the fertile surge and returned to the source of your emotional life.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“If your actions speak louder than words,” rants TV pundit Stephen Colbert, “then you’re not yelling loudly enough.” That’s a funnier variant of the advice I have for you, Sagittarius, which is as follows: The coming week is a time for crafty talk, not impulsive deeds; a time for intense discussion, not brash exploits. Engaging in almost any kind of negotiation, even if it’s heated and convoluted, is better than leaping into an adventure prematurely. It’s my opinion that you and yours will have to express a lot of ideas and feelings in order to uncover the understandings that should be at the root of your next moves.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Studies suggest that one out of every 10 men and one out of every 20 women carry around an excess of anger — so much so that they’re capable of damaging property in an outburst. If you’re one of these rage-aholics, Capricorn, you now have a window of opportunity to calm way, way down. The cosmos is conspiring to relieve you of a significant amount of your chronic aggravation. And even if you’re not among the world’s most furious people, I hope you will take advantage of this grace period. You have the power to purge at least 20 percent of the ever-simmering agitation that you accept as normal. How to begin? Meditate on what it would mean for you to love yourself better.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

“The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground,” says an ancient Egyptian proverb. Keep that thought in mind as you head into the thick of your new phase of growth, Aquarius. What part of you needs to deepen as you rise up? What growth needs to unfold in the hidden places as you gravitate toward the light? How can you go about balancing and stabilizing your ascension with a downward penetration?

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

According to Harper’s Index, an Iowa farmer can generate an annual revenue of $300 per quarter-acre by growing corn to produce ethanol. If the farmer instead puts a wind turbine on that same patch of land, however, he could earn $10,000 per year. I urge you to meditate on that scenario as a metaphor for your own life, Pisces. Are you underutilizing one of your resources? Are you failing to fully capitalize on your potentials? Have you accepted a low-yield reward in a situation that could bring you much, much more? If so, what are you going to do about it?

Homework: Explore the possibility that there are things you don’t know about your deepest desires. Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

In The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defines history as follows: “an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.” Bear that in mind as you interpret what I mean by the following: You won’t make history in the coming weeks. Instead, you will help generate an interesting and important story that will involve unfamous people who have little political power or military skill but have a great deal of potent grace and nuanced strength and soulful intelligence.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

“Dear Rob: Are you holding back some painful truth from us Tauruses? I feel like you’re going too easy on us, and as a result I’m missing some clue I desperately need. Please tell us what it is so we can face it and get on with life. — Semi-Elegant Bull in a China Shop.”  Dear Semi-Elegant: I’m not aware of having withheld a painful truth from you Tauruses. The only thing I can think of is that maybe I haven’t been forceful or clear enough in saying the following: One of your primary tasks is to study hard and think deeply as you learn more about how to create peace and serenity in your life.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Kenneth Koch wrote the poem “The Boiling Water.” Read this excerpt: “A serious moment for the water is when it boils / And though one usually regards it merely as a convenience / To have the boiling water available for bath or table / Occasionally there is someone around who understands / The importance of this moment for the water — maybe a saint, / Maybe a poet, maybe a crazy man, or just someone temporarily disturbed / With his mind ‘floating,’ in a sense, away from his deepest / Personal concerns to more ‘unreal’ things.” In the weeks ahead, Gemini, I encourage you to be one of those crazy floaters — someone who tunes in to the serious moments that are normally outside your personal concerns. You need a strong dose of the hidden reality behind the obvious reality.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

“When I grow up,” writes Ramona McNabb, “I want to be a river.” In the coming year, that would be a worthy aspiration for you as well, Cancerian. You’d generate a flood of benefits, some unexpected, by cultivating your ability to be perfectly yourself as you flow ever onward in rhythm with the sky and earth, unimpeded by the fluctuations of light and darkness, and in love with the ceaseless movement of your own strong currents.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

For the citizens of Switzerland, it’s immoral to absentmindedly pluck wildflowers out of the ground and throw them aside. That’s because this enlightened country has a Bill of Rights for plants. The 22-page document, drawn up by a panel of theologians, philosophers, geneticists and lawyers, strongly urges respect for the feelings and dignity of all vegetation. I wish you would think about including this mindset in your ethical code, Leo. It’s high time for you to expand and refine your sense of right and wrong — not just in relation to plants but to everyone and everything in the world.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“Many people feel guilty about things they shouldn’t feel guilty about,” wrote journalist Sydney J. Harris, “in order to shut out feelings of guilt about things they should feel guilty about.” Your assignment is to figure out whether this description applies to you. If it does, be brave as you expose the truly guilt-worthy stuff you’ve repressed. Helpful cosmic energies will flow your way if you uncover what you need to atone for and then atone for it.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

While working on his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson hung out at a tavern in Philadelphia and drank beer. While contemplating how best to motivate you Libras to seek more autonomy and self-determination, I was strolling along a California beach sipping a piña colada and watching windsurfers. In the grand tradition of Jefferson and me, I hope you will put yourself in a relaxed and playful mood as you dream and scheme about all the things you could do to emancipate yourself in the coming months. For God’s sake, don’t make it a grave and ponderous meditation.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

If you use a cell phone, you have in your possession a metal called coltan, a component that’s essential to the phone’s function. Most of the world’s coltan comes from the Congo, and is mined by Rwandans who survived their country’s genocide in the 1990s. They often work for militias that sell coltan illegally to finance their military operations. It so happens that the land where this metal lies is also the home of the Mountain gorilla, an endangered species that is being decimated as the miners and militias kill them for food and savage their habitat. Keep this in mind the next time you call a friend. While you’re at it, Scorpio, use Google and your imagination to meditate on the origins of all the important resources in your life. It’s prime time to know more about their origins. You will benefit from getting familiar with the roots of whatever gives you power.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Ninety-seven percent of all youth play video games, dwarfing the number of kids who participate in activities like basketball, track, and javelin throwing. That’s why I’m an advocate of making video games an Olympic sport. We should recognize where the real future of competitive sports lies. I mention this, Sagittarius, because it would be a good time for you to start upgrading your video game prowess in preparation for a possible berth in the 2012 or 2016 Olympics. In fact, the moment is right to plan on getting the training you’d need to become a master of any skills that may eventually win you rewards, even if they’re not yet getting their rightful due from our culture.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Most art critics long regarded Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) as a second-tier modern painter, writes Don Thompson in his book The $12 Million Stuffed Shark. But that estimation got upgraded in 2006, when one of Klimt’s paintings sold for $135 million. Art history was rewritten with a checkbook, says Thompson. According to my reading of the astrological omens, there’s a possibility that your worth will also jump to a higher octave in 2009, Capricorn. But unlike Klimt, who didn’t do anything new, you’ll have to take action to earn your rise in status. How? Some suggestions: 1. Practice forgiveness with more intensity. 2. Be more tolerant of imperfection in yourself and others. 3. Expand your capacity to give.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

In the ancient Chinese book Poets’ Jade Splinters, Lu Ji says: “Avoid the morning flower in full blossom and gather instead evening buds which are not yet open.” He’s telling his fellow poets not to rely on what has already ripened, but rather to concentrate on what’s still in embryonic form. Lu Ji’s colleague Song Zijing adds a complementary thought: “If you always use a compass to draw a circle and a ruler to draw a square, you will always remain a slave.” Both Lu Ji’s and Song Zijing’s counsel will work very well for you in the coming year, Aquarius, even if you’re not a poet.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

Once every few years, a panel of Hindu and Buddhist judges in Nepal chooses a new “living goddess,” a young girl who serves, until she reaches puberty, as an incarnation of the deity Taleju. One of the tests each candidate must pass in order to be eligible for the role is this: She must show no fear as she spends a night alone in a room filled with the bloody heads of ritually killed buffaloes and goats. I’d like you to consider the possibility of carrying out a more humane equivalent of that ceremony, Pisces. For one night, keep symbols of what you’re afraid of in the place where you sleep. To do so would be an excellent way to earn the right to graduate to the next level of your spiritual evolution.

Homework: What would be the most fun and interesting thing for you to make next? Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

According to some historians, Barack Obama won’t be the first American president with African ancestry. As many as six previous presidents may have had black ancestors, with Warren Harding and Dwight Eisenhower being the most likely. None of the others claimed their heritage, however, choosing instead to pass as pure white. Obama is the first to acknowledge his bloodline. In the coming weeks, I see you as being in a position with certain metaphorical resemblances to Obama. You’ll have the opportunity, though it may be a bit nerve-wracking, to thrive by celebrating a truth that no one before you has been brave enough to take advantage of.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

This week’s advice comes to you entirely from the great jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. It all happens to be in perfect alignment with your astrological omens. 1. “Don’t play everything or every time. Let some things go by. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.” 2. “A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the world; it depends on your imagination.” 3. “Whatever you think can’t be done, somebody will come along and do it.” 4. “A genius is the one most like himself.”

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

It’s a favorable time for you to phase out at least 60 percent of your stale old fears. The cosmos is poised to assist you in this noble cause if you’ll exert even a modicum of effort. What’s that you say? You’re afraid you can’t live authentically without a hefty amount of anxiety? You secretly believe that you’d be bored if you didn’t have your worries to entertain you? Well, here’s an idea that might work: Simply replace your hackneyed, knee-jerk fears with a slew of silly and outlandish ones. They’ll allow you to feel the friction you rely on to feel alive, but they won’t bog you down with heavy stagnancy. For example, you could contract automatonophobia, the fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, and apeirophobia, the fear of infinity. Other good choices might be kyphophobia, the fear of stooping, and tutraphobia, the fear of otters.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

Maurice Krafft has made a career of filming places where hot lava is flowing. National Geographic describes him hiking across the crater floor of Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano that’s sacred to the Maasai people in Tanzania. The ground is not erupting in torrents of fire and burning liquid rock, but is constantly bubbling and exuding. Through long years of experience, Krafft knows exactly where to walk so that his shoes don’t catch on fire. If you are going to attempt a metaphorically similar adventure in the coming weeks, Cancerian, make sure you’ve studied up on the ins and outs of the terrain. This is no time for guesswork or naive faith.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

The world’s record for most people running in a “Stiletto Sprint” is 265. That’s how many put on three-inch high heels and competed in an 80-meter race in Australia last September. It’s quite possible that your imminent future will have metaphorical resemblances to that event, Leo. If you want to strive for a certain goal, you may have to take on some limitation or handicap. My advice? Don’t spend a minute resenting the imposed impediment. Just push ahead with cheerful equanimity and liberated pluck. You can win your equivalent of the Stiletto Sprint.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“Dear Rob: I have the golden eggs. They’re shiny and big and beautiful. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’re taking waaayyyyy too long to hatch. I’ve been giving them all the love and care I can possibly spare — keeping them warm, playing them Mozart symphonies, thinking good thoughts toward them — but they’re still just sitting there inert. Any suggestions to speed up the process? —Impatient Virgo.” Dear Impatient: From my understanding, the golden eggs are valuable exactly as they are now. You really don’t need them to hatch yet.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Mexican scientists have discovered a way to transform tequila into diamonds. Even the brands that sell for three dollars a bottle work fine as raw material. The catch is that the diamonds produced are too small to be used for jewelry. But they do have numerous practical uses: in surgical instruments, for example. You now have it in your power to preside over a comparable alchemical change, Libra. What could you do that would be like turning lead into gold or tequila into diamonds?

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Beginning with Plato, a number of philosophers have proposed that humans suffer from a collective amnesia about where we come from and what we’re doing here on planet Earth. Other thinkers of a more esoteric nature have suggested that our amnesia goes even further and is more personal, blocking us from remembering our previous incarnations. Then there are the modern psychologists who note that for most of us, the experiences we have before we learn to speak are virtually inaccessible to our memories. That’s the bad news, Scorpio. The good news is that at least some of your amnesia will fade in the coming year, allowing you to glimpse and maybe even gaze steadily upon previously hidden panoramas. And it all starts soon.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

According to expert gerontologists, Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards (a Sagittarius) should have passed on to the next world a decade ago. The man has abused his body so thoroughly, his continued survival is a mystery. You’re currently in an excellent position to achieve equally stupendous feats of persistence yourself, Sagittarius. More than ever before, you have a dogged capacity to keep pushing — even in areas where you’ve been flighty or sketchy in the past. I’d say this is an excellent time to deepen your commitment to your dreams in very practical ways.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In one of his journal entries, Henry David Thoreau wrote about stumbling upon a single stalk of corn deep in the woods. It looked out of place there, so far from any cornfield, growing next to a pine tree. And yet it was doing just fine. How did its seed get there? By wind or animal? I suspect you will soon make a comparable discovery, Capricorn: a blaze of vitality that seems out of its element but is perfectly beautiful. Should you pluck it or engage with it or simply admire it? The freshest part of you knows the answer.

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

This could be an epic year to be an Aquarius. I’m hoping you won’t be satisfied with merely coasting along on the positive vibes that will be flowing in abundance. Rather than just enjoying your rising popularity, for instance, why not use your popularity to double your clout? And instead of simply increasing your productivity, why not supercharge your creativity at the same time? Finally, how about using your high levels of mental acuity to figure out ways to enhance your emotional intelligence? While this year will probably be pretty good no matter what, with some regular tweaks of your willpower you could make it amazingly great.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

If you’re reading this horoscope, you’re not a Cambodian orphan who grew up as a slave in a brothel, or a Sudanese man kidnapped by a militia and forced to do heavy labor 18 hours a day, or one of the 27 million other victims of human trafficking around the world. But you may be yoked and subjugated in a less literal way, perhaps to an addictive drug or an abusive relationship or a job that brings out the worst in you. The good news is that the coming months will be a favorable time for you to escape your bondage. Maybe it’ll help you muster the strength you need, Pisces, if I inform you that your freedom won’t be anywhere near as hard to achieve as that of the Pakistani boy tied to a carpet loom in a dark room or the Nigerian woman who’s beaten daily as she toils in the sugar cane fields for no pay.

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ARIES
(March 21-April 19):

During his time in the Senate, former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain has been a strong advocate for Native Americans. As chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, he sponsored or co-sponsored seven bills in support of Indian rights. And yet, Native Americans voted overwhelmingly for McCain’s opponent, Barack Obama, who has no such track record. When asked why, Native American author Sherman Alexie said that unlike most other groups, Indians don’t vote merely for their own narrow self-interest, but rather for the benefit of all. They felt Obama would be the best president for America. That’s the standard I urge you to use in the coming weeks, Aries. Stretch yourself as you work hard for the greater good, not just your own.

TAURUS
(April 20-May 20):

Hope “is not the conviction that something will turn out well,” wrote Czech writer and politician Vaclav Havel, “but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” That’s the kind of hope I suggest you invoke during your current adventures, Taurus. Be hungrier for meaning than for any specific outcome. If you do that, ironically, the outcome is more likely to be one you feel pretty good about.

GEMINI
(May 21-June 20):

Describing my writing, one critic said that I was “like a mutant love-child of Anais Nin and Jack Kerouac.” That also happens to be an apt description of the spirit you should bring to life in the coming weeks. So be like the memoirist Anais Nin: a collector of secrets, a connoisseur of intimacy, a fiercely sensitive alchemist who knows her own inner terrain better than anyone else knows their inner terrain. And also be like the novelist Jack Kerouac: a free-wheeling, fast-talking, wide-open traveler in quest of the spirit as it makes its wild plunge into matter.

CANCER
(June 21-July 22):

In giving the Nobel Prize for literature to French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, the award committee praised him as an “explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” I suggest you consider doing some of that kind of exploring yourself in 2009, Cancerian. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you will generate rich benefits for yourself by learning from people and influences that are beneath the notice of the mainstream, whether they’re outside the box, off the grid, under the radar, or immune to the taint of the collective delusions.

LEO
(July 23-Aug. 22):

“Obstacles are a natural part of life, just as boulders are a natural part of the course of a river,” notes the ancient Chinese book The I Ching. “The river does not complain or get depressed because there are boulders in its path.” I’d go so far as to say — this is not in the original text, but is my 21st-century addition — that the river gets a sensual thrill as it glides its smooth current over the irregular shapes and hard skin of the rocks. It looks forward to the friction, exults in the intimate touch, loves the drama of the interaction. Sound like a pleasure you’d like to cultivate, Leo? It’s an excellent time to try it.

VIRGO
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Until last August, Nigerian religious leader Mohammadu Bello Abubakar had 86 wives. Then an Islamic council ordered him to divorce all but four of them. He was reluctant at first — many of his 170 children were born of wives he’d have to separate from — but since the alternative was punishment by death, he ultimately agreed. From the standpoint of your own evolution, Virgo, 2009 will be an excellent time to draw inspiration from Abubakar. I encourage you, in other words, to cull the excess and chaos from your love life. If you’re single, narrow your focus down to a couple of fantasies rather than a wide variety. If you’re in a committed relationship that’s worth working on, swear off any possibility of cheating or escaping. In either case, perform an exorcism of all the ghosts that might threaten to distort your long-term romantic future.

LIBRA
(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

“It takes a lot of time to be a genius,” said author Gertrude Stein. “You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.” I agree with her statement, which is why I have high hopes that you’re going to tap into more of your dormant genius in the coming days. The cosmic rhythms are nudging you to enjoy a time of profound slack, and I think there’s a good chance you’ll agree to that.

SCORPIO
(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

If you’re an artist and you want to get steadily better at your craft, you need to continually refine your approach to telling the truth. The novelist Willa Cather said that. Now I’m here to invite you to adopt that strategy in 2009, whether you’re an artist or simply a person who wants to live your life artfully. The coming months will be one of the best times ever for you to penetrate to the heart of the truths you aspire to live by and become highly skilled at expressing them in every little thing you do.

SAGITTARIUS
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

When gasoline prices soared last year, a Christian group called Pray at the Pump organized vigils at gas stations, where they prayed for God’s intervention. No one knows if their efforts were the cause, but the cost of gas did begin to plummet soon afterward. Inspired by their work, I have asked my team of nondenominational Prayer Warriors to gather in your behalf. Every evening for the next 10 days, they will be calling on their connections with the Divine Wow to help you Sagittarians come up with smart and practical long-term plans for your financial well-being. On your end, you can supercharge their efforts by doing the appropriate research and meditation.

CAPRICORN
(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Please don’t wear a T-shirt that says what I saw on the canary-yellow T-shirt of the Japanese tourist at JFK airport: “Sorry, I’m a loser.” I also beg you not to read Ethan Trex’s book, How to Seem Like a Better Person Without Actually Improving Yourself. It’s very important, in my astrological opinion, that you not demean or underestimate yourself in the coming days. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that you have a sacred duty to exalt your beauty and exult in your talents. Now go read Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, and periodically murmur the first line all week long: “I celebrate myself, and sing myself.”

AQUARIUS
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

While loitering on a sidewalk outside a nightclub in San Francisco on a September night back in 1994, I found the cover of a booklet lying in the gutter. Written by Marilena Silbey and Paul Ramana Das, it was called How To Survive Passionate Intimacy with a Dreamy Partner While Making a Fortune on the Path to Enlightenment. Unfortunately, the rest of the text was missing. Over the years, I’ve tried to hunt down a copy of the whole thing, hungry for its wisdom, but have never had any success. I’m hoping that maybe you will consider writing your own version of the subject in the coming year, Aquarius. With the luck I expect you to have, you might actually be up to the task.

PISCES
(Feb. 19-March 20):

Now and then, you may be able to whip up a wonderful breakthrough in the blink of an eye. But more often it’s the case that beauty and truth and love and justice emerge in their full glory only over the course of a painstaking, step-by-step, trial-and-error process. “All that I made before the age of 65 is not worth counting,” wrote renowned Japanese painter Hokusai. “At 73, I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects. At 90, I will enter into the secret of things. At 110, everything — every dot, every dash — will live.” At this juncture in your personal evolution, Pisces, it’s a perfect time to recommit yourself to your lifelong work.

Homework: Send me a list of your top five New Year’s resolutions. Go to RealAstrology.com and click on “Email Rob.”

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