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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky and Skymates, is the most brilliant astrologer alive. As you slip into your season of exploration, Aries, I want to feed you his nourishing insights about why it's so important for you to seek adventure. The most dangerous life an Aries can live, says Forrest, is a safe one. To develop courage is your most crucial assignment this time around, and there's no better way to do that than by regularly pushing into unknown territory. If you tolerate boredom, you're inviting the universe to come and kick your ass: to force you, through unpleasant distractions, to summon more boldness. To protect yourself as you pursue the real magic, you must regularly face your fears.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Late at night when there's no traffic, I like to stride down the middle of empty roads that by day are crawling with cars. I dance, pirouette, sing songs made up on the spot, fling my arms up in prayer, and generally celebrate my sovereignty over a territory that usually belongs to heavy machines and their operators. In the coming week, Taurus, I encourage you to be inspired by my example. Seize power in a spot where you normally have little influence. If only for an hour, and even if you're the sole inhabitant, act like you own the place. With all your heart, imagine that you are its ruler and rule-maker. This will allay any anxiety that might be gnawing at your confidence.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
I dreamed you were chanting softly as you shambled through an autumn meadow at night. Your feet were bare. You wore a white robe and carried a white candle. Standing on a hill above you, I was sad to hear these mournful words coming from your lips: "O my soul, which is worse: to never be truly loved or to be loved for the wrong reasons?" Filled with compassion, I unleashed three ringing whistles in the direction of the rising moon. As if emerging from the silver disc itself, a swan swooped down and dropped a bundle in front of you. Inside was a book. You opened it and read the following text aloud with quizzical amusement: "O my soul, which is better: to be bursting with inexhaustible love or to feel the whole universe eternally pouring its love into me?" Then the dream ended and I woke up.
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CANCER(June 21-July 22):
This is a perfect moment, Cancerian. You now have a chance to investigate hairy imperfections that are pregnant with perfectly fascinating possibilities. So are you ready? Of course notyou can't really prepare for stuff like this. Where you're headed, apparent breakdowns will mutate into breakthroughs; each spiritual emergency will spawn a spiritual emergence; and scary trails will lead you, if you keep your sense of humor, to sacred trials.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
In modern culture, we use the terms "fate" and "destiny" interchangeably. According to scholar Zecharia Sitchin, however, the people who lived in ancient Sumer distinguished between them. "Nam," the Sumerian term for "destiny," is fixed and unalterable, while "namtar," or "fate," can be massaged, played with, and even cheated. I call this to your attention, Leo, because you now have a prime opportunity to slip away from a destined path and start bustling down a fateful shortcut.
VIRGO(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Is it true that you're fantasizing about being possessed by blind, reeling obsession? That's what my spies tell me, Virgo. They say you're so weary of the meticulous approach you usually cultivate that you secretly wish you could be taken and shaken, flipped and flopped, zoomed and boomed by a flood of uncontrollable feelings. While I appreciate your yearning for an outbreak of head-spinning passion, I believe you can arrange for it to occur in less drastic fashion. I beg you, therefore, to dream about indulging in a refined spree, a discerning bacchanal, a measured mania.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Evelyn Glennie is one of the world's most renowned solo percussionists. She has performed with many top orchestras, has released 13 albums, and has won a Grammy. She is also profoundly deaf. Most people imagine her hearing difficulty is a huge obstacle to playing music, but it's so irrelevant to Glennie's work that it's barely mentioned on her Web site. Let's make this the starting point for your meditations this week, Libra. Is there any activity you've assumed you'll never do because of what you consider a natural barrier or incapacity? The astrological omens suggest it's high time to reconsider that dogma. Make Evelyn Glennie your patron saint.
SCORPIO(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
If I can't talk you out of shooting apples off the heads of trusting volunteers, can I at least convince you to use toy darts with rubber suction cups on the end? Or if that's not adventurous enough for you, would you consider trading in your warped bow and off-brand arrows for a state-of-the-art set? When this much is at stake, you shouldn't remain fanatically committed to outmoded promises you made when conditions were very different. Or if you do, you shouldn't rely on resources that just happen to be lying around. (PS: Are you sure I can't talk you into aiming at more useful and interesting targets?)