By Keegan Hamilton
By Albert Samaha
By Village Voice staff
By Tessa Stuart
By Albert Samaha
By Steve Weinstein
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By Tessa Stuart
SAGITTARIUS(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Many Sagittarians I know have been keeping a kind of "Soul mate Vigil" in recent months. Those of you who already have spouses and lovers seem forever agitated about whether the one you're with is really, truly The One. The unattached among you are dangerously close to chronic drooling and acts of desperation. If you don't watch it, you'll find yourself standing on a corner one night asking every halfway decent-looking passerby, "Are you my soul mate?" Here's my advice for you in 2002: The sooner you can reach a state of mind in which you'd sincerely feel just fine about being alone and celibate, the sooner your soul mate mystery will be resolved.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
In 2002, is it possible to find nourishment in sources you're partly allergic to? Can you draw inspiration from influences that have a bite to them? To nudge you in the direction of solving these riddles, Capricorn, I refer you to the following passage in National Geographic: "How can bee-eater birds swallow their prey without getting stung? Before swallowing a bee, a bee-eater bird (Meropidae) pounds or rubs the insect on a branch to remove the venom and stinger."
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
You've never eaten the kind of fish called menhaden. It's crammed with small bones and tastes bad to humans. For commercial fisheries in the U.S., though, it's of central importance, comprising 40 percent of all fish caught. The reason: It's a major source of food for chickens, pigs, and cattle. It also happens to be a key part of the diet of many other fish, including seven that people dine on. The species has a central role in the food chain, and that's why marine biologists are alarmed at the rapid decline of its population. (This info comes from the September 2001 issue of Discovermagazine.) I offer this situation as a prime metaphor for you in 2002, Aquarius. What crucial element in your web of life do you underestimate? How might it need your extra attention?
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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Meditation exercise: Imagine that human cloning has been perfected. Not only that, it's legal and cheap. You decide it's an adventure you want to take. The catch is that the new version of you will be an infant. In order for your Mini-Me to fulfill its vast potential, you'll have to raise it with a spirit of love that's far more resourceful and constructive than the guidance you received during your own upbringing. Visualize in vivid detail how that would feel, Pisces. Then spend the next 12 months giving the exact same sweet care to your actual present-time self.
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