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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Hey, times change. Customs that once seemed perfectly normal and reasonable may eventually look pretty goofy. For instance, the pillows of the ancient Egyptians were made of stone. Chinese emperors used an aphrodisiac composed of the tongues of a hundred peacocks spiced with chili powder. There was a time in Holland when apprentices trained for four years to be hatmakers but just three years to be surgeons. I offer you these examples, Sagittarius, in the hope they'll rouse you to explore the possibility that there may be equivalent practices in your own life. Now, while your mental hygiene is so robust, is a perfect time to critique your excesses and correct wayward habits.

CAPRICORN(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
The Bible quotes the radical first-century religious activist Jesus Christ as follows: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." My sense is that Jesus did not expect us to summon a warm, fuzzy feeling toward those who offend us, but rather simply to act toward them in ways that we ourselves would like to be treated. This is especially important for you to take to heart right now, Capricorn, while you're at the height of your power to help or hurt. Weirdly enough, being kind and generous to everyone, even your adversaries, is not only the morally correct thing to do; it's also the best possible strategy for advancing your selfish goals.

AQUARIUS(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Procure five hairs from the tail of a sleeping wolf. If that's impossible, close your eyes and simply visualize doing it. Next, go back into the past and spend a few hours with a departed hero whose life work inspires you. Or, if you have not yet mastered time travel, enjoy a meditation in which you pretend to carry out my suggestion. Finally, study this passage from Brian Swimme's lecture, "The Cosmological Significance of the Imagination," then make a change in your life based on it: "In recent centuries, the word 'imagination' referred primarily to make-believe. But when we examine the power of imagination within the evolution of the Earth, we learn something surprising—with respect to the dynamics of evolution, the imagination is as important as gravity, natural selection, or the second law of thermodynamics."

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
At 11 a.m. on September 7, a million British children participated in an experiment called the Giant Jump. For a minute they leaped up and down, hoping to find out whether they would trigger an earthquake. Results are still being sorted, but early reports suggest that in some places there was the equivalent of a 3.0 temblor. I'd like to propose a more constructive mass research project, Pisces. In light of the fact that it's a perfect time for your tribe to bring more soul to your relationships, I'll ask all of you to carry out the following: At exactly 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Oct. 7, spend 10 minutes visualizing in exquisite detail what it would look, sound, smell, and feel like if you were engaged in an intimate partnership that satisfied and challenged you to your depths.


Homework: What redemptive changes have you made in your life in response to the events of September 11? Write: beautyandtruth@freewillastrology.com.

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