ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Henry Kissinger once noted that "you first have to create the problem in order to solve the problem." While I wish Dr. K had been wiser and more compassionate in formulating the predicaments he himself whipped up to solve, his idea is still useful as we meditate on your future. This is a perfect moment, you see, for you to dream up riveting new puzzles. Please do your best to make sure they're more worthy of your passion than the stale old dilemmas that have been numbing your emotions and squelching your creativity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Our product development team is holed up in the Beauty and Truth Laboratory, working to perfect a host of fine items for the psychic renewal of anyone who dares to try them. Sadly, none of our magic treasures were ready in time for your birthday. But I'd like to tell you about some of them so you can create your own versions. The Maximum Security Clearance grants you access to frontiers that have previously been off-limits. The Karmic Credit Card can be used to pay off one of your major debts to the past. Then there's Psyche Detergent. It's a unique soap, created from a top-secret, 5000-year-old formula smuggled out of the Himalayas, that's designed especially for use in washing your own brain. All three of these could come in handy in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
In the months we've been working on your therapy, I wonder if we've ever gotten you to master the fine art of tying up loose ends. We'll soon see. There's a certain drama that needs to come to a definitive end, but forces are conspiring behind the scenes to keep it on life support in a fuzzy, limbolike state. I urge you to attend to every last boring detail to make sure it's completely resolved. Any business you leave up in the air now will only come back to haunt you later, probably when you least expect it.


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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
For years Cancerian Bill Watterson created Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip that pulled off the rare feat of being both artistically brilliant and wildly popular. Yet in 1995 he killed it off, citing the pressures of working in a cramped format with relentless deadlines. The fact that he rejected a huge merchandising deal suggests he was further motivated by a disgust with commercialism. Because he has withdrawn into seclusion and produced nothing since he quit, I surmise that he also hates fame. While I hesitate to psychoanalyze Bill, he does seem to suffer from a typical Cancerian problem. His rigorous ideals, fear of limits, and obsessive need for privacy have made it hard for him to give his greatest gifts to the world. I bring this up because it's a perfect moment for you Crabs to negotiate with this tendency in yourselves.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Some New Age seekers regard a vision quest as a weekend-long retreat designed to reinvigorate their link to spiritual sources. Shamans from indigenous cultures, on the other hand, are more likely to conceive of a vision quest as a sacred cycle that takes months or even years to fulfill. I'm not here to sneer at the shortcut approach; I appreciate how hard it is for us modern wage slaves to find the time to be totally authentic. But I do want you Leos to know that while it's a good time to try the three-day version of this venerable ritual, it's also an absolutely excellent moment to launch a more shamanic commitment.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Many of you Virgos are hungry for knowledge but inefficient at shedding old ideas that no longer serve you. This can create a problem that might be called intellectual constipation. The fresh information you absorb can be digested better if you make room for it through regular data dumps. I bring this up because you're in a phase when it's relatively easy to empty out your mental garbage. Now study this apt quote from futurist Alvin Toffler: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
My sources from high society say that when you eat caviar, you shouldn't use a silver spoon: It taints the eggs with a metallic taste. Instead, always choose flatware made of gold or mother of pearl. Similarly, my connections in low society suggest than when you dive into dumpsters foraging for discarded food, your best bet is the stuff in dented cans, since it's probably unbesmirched by any toxic garbage lying nearby. These tips should be useful metaphors for you in the coming days, Libra, as you'll have chances to extract bounty not only while you're visiting soaring peaks but also when you're scrounging around dismal abysses.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
From time to time readers ask me which other signs are most compatible with their own. I hesitate to address this subject because—surprise!—generalizations can be misleading. It's true that Virgos, Capricorns, and Tauruses can often be good matches for you. Pisceans tend to bring out your hidden beauty, and the affairs between Cancerians and Scorpios are among the greatest love stories when they're not cheat-filled wrestling matches in snake pits. But sometimes it's more fun to forget about who's supposed to be your type, and instead experiment with friends, business partners, or lovers who don't fit the profiles—especially now, while you're at the height of your attractiveness to everyone.

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