ARIES (March 21-April 19)
If I were designing your dream home—which I hope you'll be pushing hard to move into in 2002—I'd be sure to include a two-story master bedroom suite, gym, spa, guest house, swimming pool, gazebo, stereo system in every room, aquarium, tantric playroom, state-of-the-art film theater, terraced garden, and three fountains, all on lakefront property bordered by cherry trees and a boat dock. But maybe you have a different vision of the sanctuary that would help you feel utterly at home in the world, Aries. Whatever it is, put it in writing and begin fantasizing about it in vivid detail—now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
If I were king of the world, I'd banish the archetype of the tormented genius. I'd discourage journalists and biographers from glamorizing the lives of depressed jerks who make great art. Whenever a writer or musician announced that he felt most inspired when miserable, I would unleash the Official Royal Yawn. Unfortunately, I probably won't be king of the world anytime soon, so I'll have to pursue a more grassroots approach. Will you Tauruses please help me? You're currently immersed in the most smoothly fertile time of your astrological cycle, so it should come naturally. Our patron saint will be singer-songwriter PJ Harvey. She says: "When I'm contented, I'm more open to receiving a lot of inspiration. I'm most creative when I feel safe and happy."

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Right now your life may seem like a tangle of disparate threads. But this is merely an illusion designed by God to rouse your passion to create harmony and unity. The proper response to the jumbled vibes, then, is not to mourn but to organize. Here's an exercise to get you in the mood. The following five oracles may appear unrelated, but with a little meditation you can weave them together into a web of sweet meaning. (1) More freedom will come from deeper commitment. (2) Don't be a slave to the things you control. (3) Say this as a prayer: "The less I have to prove, the smarter I'll be." (4) A surprising gift will arrive after you give up a supposed asset you don't really need or use. (5) Greater personal power will flow to you as a result of a thoughtful surrender.


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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Sometimes when your future is breaking wide open, it becomes difficult to predict. Now is such a time. I'm almost tempted to believe that you're fate's master, rather than the other way around. Cosmic law seems negotiable in your presence. The dull dictates of conventional wisdom have never been easier to ignore. It's as if you're not quite natural or legal—and yet neither are you a monster or an outlaw. It's as if you're primed to violate rules that are morally correct to violate. Under the circumstances, it's a perfect moment to remind you of occultist Aleister Crowley's definition of practical spiritual work: "Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with the Will."

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
For years I've been an agitator and activist on the left side of the political spectrum. As much I've enjoyed the community of my companions on the quest, I have always been amazed that few of them have mastered the first rule of fomenting revolution. Author Eknath Easwaran sums it up pithily in his biography of Mahatma Gandhi. "One of the most radical discoveries [Gandhi] was to make in a lifetime of experimentation: In order to transform others, you have to transform yourself." I offer this difficult yet ultimately pleasurable challenge to you, Leo, as you contemplate the innovations you'd love to make in your sphere.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Can you thrive as a top dog after all your rehearsals as an underdog? Now that you've finally got an official license to exceed the metaphorical speed limit, will you rashly try to bolt too far, too fast? Given the fact that you've long been in the habit of paying more than your share of dues, is it possible you'll know how to handle your fresh delivery of karmic credit? I pray to the Goddess of Sacred Reversals that you'll come up with the most righteous and robust responses to these questions, Virgo.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
To the casual observer, the disproportionate abundance of evil stepmothers in fairy tales is curious. Most real stepmothers aren't nasty, scheming, small-minded adversaries, after all. Storyteller Michael Meade provides the best explanation. He says the stepmother is a symbol of the soul's nemesis, and everyone has a nemesis. In fact, everyone needs a nemesis to keep them honest, to challenge their assumptions and call their bluffs. That's why I'm pleased that your land of dreams and myth will soon be honored by a visit from a stepmother.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Closing my eyes, I asked my subconscious mind to send me waking dreams that would symbolically portray your astrological aspects for the coming weeks. In the first scene that bubbled up, you were working alone in a laboratory, where you were trying to burn a hole through a huge block of ice with a laser gun. In the second scene, you were performing a fire-eating act while ice-skating in front of a large crowd. The third scene showed you inside a large sauna that was surrounded by snow. You were visited there by people from your past and people who I sensed would soon become part of your past. You gave each of them a little speech that resolved your relationship with them.

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