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SAGITTARIUS(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
It's a good time to brainstorm about fundraising strategies with a cute venture capitalist in Tahiti, or to slink around Web-based matchmaking services looking for an emotionally intelligent millionaire to accompany you on a vision quest to a sacred sanctuary, or to wear sexy underwear made from hemp silk as you meditate on your romantic and financial future in a bungalow on a beach in the south of France. In other words, Sagittarius, your luck will be electric anytime you blend travel with love, or love with money, or money with travel. If you can combine travel and love and money in the same adventure, your luck may be downright supernatural.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Welcome to "What's My Deepest Longing?" I'm your host, Rob Brezsny, and I'm pleased that you've decided to play our game. To begin, place yourself in a comfortable position and let all the tension drain out of your beautiful body. When you are amazingly relaxed, allow your mind's eye to fill up with images of the experiences that move you to tears and laughter. I am not talking about your wishy-washy wishes or mediocre pleasures or half-assed distractions. Rather, I mean the primal dreams that shimmer and hum at the roots of your soul. Name them. Entertain and nourish them. Give them license to unleash their raw and secret truths.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has written a how-to book called Letters to a Young Novelist. In it, he takes on the role of a mentor speaking to a novice, revealing the storytelling techniques he has worked long and hard to master. At the end of his dissertation, he pulls a little prank. "[Now] forget everything you've read in my letters," he says, and "just sit down and write." I'd like you to apply Vargas Llosa's method to a certain skill you're beginning to master, Aquarius. Study everything that has been written by experts who've come before you. Then empty yourself of their load of wisdom and tackle your joyful discipline with a fresh, innocent mind.
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PISCES(Feb. 19-March 20):
I recently went to a party that celebrated the 35th anniversary of San Francisco's Summer of Love. The invitation suggested that we wear "discerning exotica." There were, therefore, no hippie love beads or tie-dyed bell-bottoms. Platform sneakers and inflatable Sumo wrestler costumes were also absent, as were rainbow fright wigs and pink drag queen hot pants. Instead, elegant outrageousness prevailed. I saw an ankle-length gold-and-black robe fit for an African chieftain, a tunic of crimson feathers that called to mind a Peruvian shaman, and a replica of what fashionable men wore in London in the 1890s. I offer this vignette to you, Pisces, because the astrological omens suggest that "discerning exotica" is the perfect keynote for you in the coming week. Be mysteriously outlandish as you exude understated poise.
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