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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Based on the tarot reading I just did, I surmise that this would be a good time for you to seek out product endorsement deals. The cards evoked in me a clear vision of your face appearing on a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. On the other hand, if I were making my recommendations based solely on astrological omens, I'd advise you to forget about promoting yourself and concentrate instead on developing and deepening the work that will make you even more worthy of getting your mug on the Corn Flakes package. What to do? As much as I trust my psychic intuitions, I have more faith in the planetary signs. Deemphasize glory and glamour for now; dive in and wrestle with the sticky details.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
"If men had babies," notes Elinor Gadon in her book The Once and Future Goddess, "there would be thousands of images of crowning, that awesome moment when the baby's head first appears." But the art of the last two millennia, though it depicts every other human activity, has ignored childbirth. I bring this up, Taurus, because your imminent future has a metaphorical resemblance to labor and delivery. To whet your imagination for the breakthrough, I'd love for you to gaze upon beautiful images of birth. Because there are so few, you'll probably just have to close your eyes and visualize them. (PS: You may be able to find Judy Chicago's brilliant out-of-print art book, The Birth Project, at the library. It's an exception to the historical taboo. Some of it is also visible on the Web.)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
As we prep you for a possible clash with dopey demons and maladjusted ghosts, we won't go for help to the world's major religions. Their holy books are too serious and grave. None of them seems to have figured out that the number one weapon against diabolical spirits is laughter and tomfoolery. Among the more useful texts are the novels of Tom Robbins. Let me quote an especially sacred scripture from his Jitterbug Perfume: "He'd grown convinced that play—more than piety, more than charity or vigilance—was what allowed human beings to transcend evil."

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
I'm grateful that you've decided not to let your grudges disfigure your future, that you're ready to end your flirtation with a hundred years of solitude, and that you're finally planning to sit down at the table that was set for you so many moons ago. Soon an up-to-date edition of the big picture will bloom in your mind's eye, and you will measure up to the standard described by F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
It's your sacred duty to be a generous and extravagant catalyst, Leo. I'm not kidding when I say I'll be mad at you if you don't seek out chances to create inspirational catharses everywhere you go. You have no damn business getting bogged down in boring trivia that dull your senses or compromise your pleasure. So be an agent of epiphany, please. Accept nothing less than the smartest fun. Exude loving kindness as you push people to the limits that they desperately need to surpass.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
If you're not careful, your famous facility for microscopic precision could derail you from this week's scheduled 12-course feast. I would mourn if you got so full on the appetizer that you spoiled your appetite for the other 11 dishes. Likewise, if you're not careful, your hair-trigger coping mechanism could accidentally sabotage an exhilarating adventure. It would be a shame for you to prematurely solve a "problem" that will, if you let it ripen, lead you to a hidden garden of earthly delights.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Here's my rule for evaluating any information that comes my way: Assume that it's a blend of truth and falsehood and every shade of half-truth in between. That applies equally to stories in The New York Times and to the raving spiels of the homeless prophet who hangs out at my local post office. While the Times usually has a higher proportion of accurate data, I can never be sure where the distortions are embedded in its reports. And then there are those odd days when the scraggly monologuist's rants momentarily become lucid revelations comparable to the shattering clarity of the poet Rilke. The moral of the story is this, Libra: You just never know where the most useful messages will come from—especially in the coming week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
In the old days, when you were more dangerous to yourself, I might have worried about astrological aspects like the ones coming up for you now. But in recent years you've been more willing to negotiate with the renegade parts of your psyche. You've sometimes made deals with them before they've become desperate enough to commit massive mischief. Now and then I've even seen you maneuver those rebels into working for you. Well, guess what, Scorpio? They're ba-a-a-a-ck. And this time they're being led by a specter that looks an awful lot like your evil twin. But I have confidence in your ability to turn the situation to your advantage. A good place to start would be to figure out what goals you and your evil twin have in common.

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