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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Close your eyes, please, and imagine yourself having a religious experience in a big pile of money. Feel the crisp, high-denomination bills cushioning your body as you writhe ecstatically, the white light of enlightenment surging through you. This visualization exercise should help you activate the magic circuit in your brain where the lust for more money overlaps with your yearning to know God. And that will put you in sweet alignment with the opportunities that fate has prepared for you. PS: Your power symbol for the week is the diamond, a symbol of sublime value to both a jeweler and a Buddhist.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You'll never guess what single thread links all of these people: a 65-year-old sex therapist, an ex-CIA agent turned porcelain-doll collector, a Wiccan lawyer who defends pagan groups from police harassment, and the vegetarian heir to a large meatpacking company. What they all have in common is that they've chosen the same real estate agent for their house-buying needs: my Taurus brother Tom Brezsny. I suggest that you other Bulls try to match Tom's versatility as you attend to your own labors of love in the coming weeks. Expand your capacity for giving your favorite gifts to a wide variety of worthy people. Do what you do best with the most improvisational, miscellaneous spirit you can summon.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
One of my favorite groups of performers at the annual Burning Man event in the Nevada desert is the Burning Scouts of America. As an alternative to the Boy Scouts, they're "dedicated to infusing youth with a love of chaos and hedonism." If you join up, you can earn demerit badges in "Unfocused Rage," "Spitting Into the Wind," and "Gender Mutation." Drunken scoutmasters take you on naked nature hikes and foul-mouthed Burning Girl Scouts serve you charred cookies. You'd benefit from an influence like that, Gemini. It would help you resist the forces of conformity and conservatism, which are now casting shadows over your imagination. In fact, how about if you create your own gang of troublemakers? You can call yourselves "the Noble Mischief Club."
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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
My local daily paper, the San Francisco Chronicle, runs a heartbreaking column by TV critic John Carman. Because of the degraded nature of the medium he covers, his brilliant wit is devoted almost entirely to ingenious put-downs. I feel so much pity for the waste of his intelligence that I can hardly bear to read him. How I wish he had a forum where he could channel his extravagant life force into works of praise and celebration at least half the time. Let Carman's sorry fate serve as a warning beacon to us, my fellow Crabs, especially now. Like him, we're prone to letting our fertile minds get sidetracked into highly creative bitching and complaining. Fight this tendency with all your heart.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
I'd like to give you some nice gifts for your birthday, but you'll have to help me out. The first treat is a Karmic Credit Card. You can use it to pay off one of your major karmic debts. To obtain yours, send a self-addressed, nine-by-12-inch envelope with two stamps on it to PO Box 761, Petaluma, CA 94953. The second present I want you to have is a target with only one bull's-eye. Create it yourself, please, and use it to replace that weird target you've been aiming at latelythe one with three bull's-eyes. The third blessing I want you to have is a piggy bank you don't put money into. Rather, you will fill it with slips of paper on which you've written promises to yourself about how you're going to increase the value of your talents in the next 12 months.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Every year you seem to pack six months' worth of living and dying and being reborn into the last few weeks before your birthday. This time around you're cramming in about a decade's worth. All the emotions you've been suppressing are erupting. All the illusions you've been working overtime to uphold are rapidly losing their believability. All the contradictions you've been frantically trying to keep separate are melting down into a gargantuan blob of fertile chaos. All the golden opportunities you've been holding at bay are forcing you to let them in or else.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If you're destined to have a 12-inch-tall action figure cast in your likeness and mass produced during your lifetime, it'll probably happen soon. If you're ever going to create a lasting masterpiece that'll be able to communicate your essence to the people of the 22nd century, you should begin it now. And if you were waiting for the right moment to flip the bird at the coldest, cruelest aspects of the world, that moment is at hand. In other words, Libra, it's show time. Whether you bring your song and dance to smoky back rooms or to huge stadiums, it should consist of either a budding tour de force or your greatest hits.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
When I was a weirdo attending Duke University some years ago, I wasn't half as freaky as my friend Alex. At the tender age of 21 he had already forged himself into a mythic figure of Kerouac-ian proportions. His writing was breathtakingly original. As yearbook editor, he produced a bizarrely entertaining tome that mimicked the style of outlaw author William S. Burroughs. We all expected that when Alex left the ivory tower he'd evolve into a towering figure on the national literary scene. Alas, an old classmate reports that he is now an executive at a top ad agency, churning out inflammatory copy to sell cars and perfume. I offer him up as your reverse role model, Scorpio. The stars are urging you to move in a direction exactly opposite to his. With fierce authenticity, head toward the land of more integrity and wilder soul.