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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Even more than usual, you'll benefit from communing with great works of art, music, and literature from the past. While there are a few modern masterpieces, the majority of the cultural artifacts you're surrounded by are mediocre divertissements, designed to make a buck or feed an ego by appealing to the lowest common denominator. The toll this takes on your soul is incalculable. In case you need a jump start, here are a few of my favorite famous old maestros: Heraclitus, Goethe, Keats, van Gogh, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Stravinsky. Please also consider the masterpieces of these lesser-known female geniuses: painter Artemisia Gentileschi, poet H.D., composer Hildegard of Bingen, and novelist Murasaki Shikibu.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
It'll be a great week to try at least five positions from the Kama Sutra, taste 12 flavors of ice cream, visit three new places, come up with four fresh questions concerning your destiny, and reveal 13 different facets of your personality. The astrological omens are telling me that you will be rewarded for being miscellaneous, versatile, and diverse. For best results, Capricorn, also practice the art of non-attachment: Give yourself enthusiastically to each new possibility without immediately claiming it as a permanent part of your identity.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
A friend of mine, Allen, was evaluating the spiritual progress of a mutual acquaintance, John. "Twenty years of Buddhist meditation and he's still an insensitive jerk," Allen concluded with a flourish. I didn't respond, except to say, "Hmmm." It's my policy to refrain from participating in the popular sport of bad-mouthing. But I agreed with Allen's assessment. Like many seekers I've known, John hasn't translated his high-minded religious principles and rigorous devotional practices into the way he treats people in his daily life. Lest I sound self-righteous, I acknowledge that I myself am not always a perfect reflection of my ideals. And every one of us falls at least a little short of his or her best self. That's the bad news, Aquarius. The good news is that it's now prime time for you to close the gap.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
"One can make the case," says iconoclastic physicist Jack Sarfatti, "that all creative thought by artists, craftsmen, and scientists involves the subconscious reception of ideas from the future which literally create themselves." My friend Vimala, a self-described "hedonistic midwife" who claims she was born in 1901, puts a slightly different spin on it. "Our future selves are constantly transmitting great ideas to us back through time," she says, "but most of us don't believe that's possible and consequently are not alert for it." I don't claim to know whether Sarfatti or Vimala offers the more accurate explanation for what you'll experience this week, Pisces. All I know is that you'll be attuned to the world to come.

Homework: Unleash an outrageous boast about how you're going to pull off a certain feat that you've previously lacked the chutzpah to attempt. Write: beautyandtruth@freewillastrology.com.

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