SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Heroes are not just the bold gamblers who rescue people in danger, but also those daredevils who plunge into the abyss of their own darkness in order to transform their unlovely qualities. You have flirted with this kind of greatness in 2001, Sagittarius. To become a full-fledged hero, spend the coming months living up to the following description, which was formulated by German sculptor and writer Ernst Barlach: "The hero has to awaken the sleeping images of the future, which can and must come forth from the night, in order to give the world a new and better face." In other words, Braveheart, head straight into the unknown and fertilize the latent dreams that are hidden in the shadows.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
To prepare for the new year, let's take inventory of 2001. What metaphorical crops have you harvested? Which of the seeds you planted last January, February, and March sprouted into succulent, fruitful maturity? On the other hand, were there any seeds that turned into spiky, shrunken clumps? And what about weeds, pests, and predators? Were you vigilant about keeping them away from your beauties? Finally, what did you learn about growing things that might guide your work in 2002?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Think outside the box. My colleague Steven "Rabbit" Mentor suggests that while this is good advice, at times it's more fun and effective to inhabit the box and mutate it from the inside. Rather than making up all new rules, in other words, practice revolution from within: Accept some of the prevailing norms but mess imaginatively with others. A good example is the oracle you're reading. While I adhere to the formal structure of a horoscope column, I also take wild liberties with it. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Aquarius, you will thrive on this method in 2002.


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Columnist Thomas Friedman recently described his visit to one of the 39,000 Islamic schools in Pakistan. The largely religious curriculum was designed 300 years ago by a Mogul emperor. Though secular subjects are taught, the pedagogy is antiquated. The science books Friedman saw on the shelves were from the 1920s. You and I may be horrified by this approach, but the fact is that we each have our personal version of archaic programming. The indoctrination we've absorbed from our own education has filled us with concepts that have only a marginal connection with reality. That's the bad news. The good news: 2002 is shaping up as a time when you can achieve a Great Liberation from the dogmas and beliefs that keep you moored in the past.

I dare you to burn a symbol of an experience or situation that you don't want to follow you into the new year. Tell us about it at beautyandtruth@freewillastrology.com.

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