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ARIES(March 21-April 19)
Whether you call it your adversary, your bugaboo, or the influence you love to hate, it's mutating. Soon you'll no longer be able to play off this familiar foil to generate so much perversely enlivening energy. What'll you do then? Search frantically for a new candidate to serve as the focus for your projected fears? Let's hope not. Instead, maybe you'll dispense altogether with your need for a scapegoat. Then maybe you'll finally be able to face the enemy within youand begin the tricky negotiations that will ultimately lead to a lasting peace. Halloween costume suggestions: the Big Bad Wolf, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Mystique from the X-Men movie, a Taliban mullah.
TAURUS(April 20-May 20)
"Reverse psychology" is when you try to get people to do what you want by slyly suggesting that they do the opposite of what you want. "Reverse censorship" is when you speak or write the exact thoughts that have been forbidden. "Reverse cynicism" is acting as if it's hip to express joy, enthusiasm, and optimism. This is a fine week to practice all these reversals, Taurus, and just about any others you can think of, too. How about "reverse egotism," for instance? That's bragging about what you can't do and don't have. Halloween costume suggestion: the famous person who is least like you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
For Halloween, I recommend that you dress up as a stuffed animal or a corny hero you had in childhood or in whatever costume makes you feel perfectly secure and at home in the world. I realize you may have a problem with this rather radical suggestion. There's a part of you that disdains stability, which thrives on being edgy and rootless. But trust me, Gemini: For the foreseeable future, it not only won't kill you to feel utterly comfortable with yourself; it'll feel strangely natural.
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CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Confidential to Cancerian film actor Harrison Ford (born July 13): As you may know, some of your costars, notably Helen Mirren, have publicly said you're a bad kisser. The good news is that the planets are now aligned to help you and all your fellow Crabs upgrade your lovemaking skills. In fact, you're primed to make greater inroads into the romantic frontiers than you have in many moons. Read how-to books, baby! Ask your partners copious and specific questions about what they really like. Most importantly, practice, practice, and practice some more. With all the cosmic momentum coming your way, you're destined to become a supreme master of giving and receiving sensual pleasure. Halloween costume suggestions: Don Juan, a temple prostitute, a sex therapist.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
I'm a big believer in augmenting the analytical power of the intellect with the wisdom of the heart. During the coming weeks you will be especially dependent on the latter, Leo, so please tap into it regularly. I'd also like to suggest you draw on two other underutilized sources of intelligence: your feet and your butt. Believe it or not, both can provide brilliant instinctual guidance. This is not a joke. Tune in frequently to the feelings that originate in those parts of your body, and you'll be amazed at the useful prompts they provide. Halloween costume suggestions: winged platform boots and purple velvet boxers embroidered with sacred symbols.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The current phase of your astrological cycle is potentially packed with useful lessons. To stimulate your self-instruction, here are three questions to meditate on. (1) Before your life's over many years hence, what new subjects and skills do you want to master? (2) Is it possible that your mastery of certain subjects and skills has given you license to avoid trying new things you're not good at? If so, what are you going to do about it? (3) What Halloween costume can you wear to ritually symbolize your readiness for a fresh, hot teaching?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
It's time for your equivalent of a pledge drive, Libra. Get out there and hustle up more funds, more applause, more love, more of every little thing you crave. Brazenly tell everyone exactly how much you're worth to them and why they need you. You've heard of matching funds? I'll be lobbying on your behalf with the gods, working to double the hard-earned luck you're drumming up by yourself. Halloween costume suggestions: a T-shirt with your résumé printed on it; a sandwich board with a list of every one of your accomplishments since age five.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You've felt more feelings in the last month than most people stir up in an entire year. By my count, you've exorcised three demons, exposed two false allies, reversed the effects of one bad dream and two nasty habits, dismantled a self-sabotage mechanism, and transformed a demeaning ordeal into a semi-heroic breakthrough. Now, finally, you're ready to digest and integrate all the fertile chaos whipped up during these successful ordeals. To begin, I suggest you pour your uncensored thoughts into a journal or patient listener. You might also consider being a storyteller for Halloweena wild, wise tribal elder who narrates the drama of your life as if it were an epic myth. (It is!)