SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's retelling of the original Camelot myth, she portrays King Arthur as sympathetic to both the upstart Christian faith and the old goddess religion. Many modern practitioners of voodoo take a comparable approach. They mix and match Catholic saints with the Lwa, spirits with origins in African tribal culture. Now that you're in the thick of an exciting time for spiritual exploration, Sagittarius, I urge you to borrow this hybrid attitude. Heed the whispers of righteous angels even as you give your heart to the serpent power.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Astrology and paganism have important affinities, for instance an understanding that our personal rhythms are linked to the earth's yearly cycle. I bring this up because we have arrived at the holiday that witchy folks call Lammas, halfway between the summer solstice and fall equinox. For your tribe, this seasonal festival marks a time when deeper commitment becomes a must. Now please take this Lammas inventory: What stands in the way of you diving deeper into the challenges that will make you wiser and more beautiful? How can you energize your highest goals so you will be motivated to serve them with burning passion every day for a long time? Is there anything you can do to make your commitments more exciting?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Now and then I ask my readers how they have successfully dealt with their own dark side. Since you're in a phase when it's crucial to do that work yourself, I'll quote the provocative testimony of Sam Shepard (no relation to the famous playwright): "I talk back to the person in the mirror. He frightens me but cares for me. To restructure my difficult memories, I half-burn and cut up old photographs, then collage the fragments into new arrangements. I draw my shadow on a door so that I can stand next to him and ask questions, answering them from his perspective. This is fun." I hope Sam's tricks whet your appetite for deeper communion with your own confounding secrets, Aquarius. With the right approach, you can transform your inner saboteur into a cagey ally.


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Sometimes you make it hard for me to reach you. You seem to listen but don't really. You secretly decide not to be influenced by anyone else but yourself. When you shut me out like that, I become a little stupid. My oracles don't flow. The magic between us withers. Please don't do this now, Pisces. Don't do it to yourself either, or to anyone who cares deeply about you. I understand that you need to insulate yourself from the people who mistakenly think they know what's best for you. But your true allies need you right now as much as you need them.

Homework: I dare you to discard a once important opinion that you've held on to far past the time it was meaningful to you. Report to zenpride@freewillastrology.com.

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