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ARIES (March 21-April 19): I predict that in 2003 you'll be the zodiac's most ingenious lover. Instead of relying on the same old shticks, you'll constantly come up with fresh tricks. Not only will your passion intensify and become more creative; you'll be able to experience pleasure in a wider variety of ways. Wait, there's more! You'll have a sixth sense about what your intimate companions want, and a seventh sense about how to give it to them in interesting ways.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Trendwatching.com coined the term "snobmoddity" to describe the exaltation of ordinary consumer goods into chic luxury items. You know the phenomenon. Go into any supermarket in the Western world and you can buy scores of exotic varieties of bread, water, lettuce, or coffee. Salt is the next likely candidate to become a snobmoddity, say the experts at Trendwatching.com. They further predict that you "will one day insist on having Saharan desert sand in your children's sand box, and Saharan desert sand only." You're way ahead of the curve on this, Taurus, and in a far more soulful way. Already the zodiac's master of bringing high art to life's most familiar things, you'll raise this practice to new levels of beauty and grace in 2003.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): 2003 will be a year full of interjections and exclamations. You'll unleash comments like "aha!" and "hey!" and "wow!" and "huh?!" with uncanny frequency. Of the many interruptions that will make your life interesting, some will be fun and others frustrating. The proportion of fun to frustrating will depend on your ability to be adaptable without being a pushover. To work yourself into prime condition for the quick-change artistry you'll be invited to perfect, intone the following mantra a thousand times: "Viva bravo whoopee ooooooh eureka hallelujah."
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CANCER (June 21-July 22): A trend analyst I know has put astrology on her Top Ten "It" List for 2003. In the face of war and economic uncertainty, she says, we'll all be more receptive to astrology's intuitive, nonlinear modes of knowing. This worries me a little. While I love the ancient art, I grieve at the superficial version of it that dominates mainstream culture. Instead of awakening wise intuition, it too often tempts people to escape into superstitious irrationality, stimulating their fear and cramping their free will. If you do use astrology in 2003, Cancerianor any of the intuitive ways of knowing the world, for that matterplease do so responsibly. Trust your hunches, interpret your dreams, and troll for gems in the depths of your subconscious mind during meditation. But keep your good old analytical reasoning faculty in top working condition, too.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Before sleep last night, I asked my subconscious mind to give me a prophetic dream about the destiny of the Leo tribe in 2003. Near morning, I dreamed that Corinne and Geoff, two Leos I know, were sitting at a table beneath a sign that read "Assembling the I." Corinne was successfully putting together a jigsaw puzzle that depicted her own face. Geoff had almost solved a Rubik's Cube whose six sides each had an image of him. Here's what I think this dream means: In the coming months, you'll concentrate deeply on figuring out who you really are; you'll make many breakthroughs as you create a more integrated identity.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I've got two famous moments from fairy tales for you to use as symbols of power in 2003. The first is from "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's the turning point when the young boy, trusting his own eyes, refuses to buy into the sham and states plainly that the emperor is naked. The second comes during a climactic scene in The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her entourage are at the palace of the Wizard, begging him for boons he's not disposed to grant. Then the little dog Toto pulls back the drapery to reveal the ordinary man who is secretly manipulating machinery to sustain the illusion of wizardry. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain," the man barks through his loudspeakers. But it's too late: His fraud has been exposed. I propose, Virgo, that you make Toto and the young boy your role models in the coming months.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Buddhists believe that intention is the root of all karma, both bad and good. If your actions are motivated by aversion, grasping, or confusion, you sow the seeds of suffering. When you're moved by generosity, kindness, and truthfulness, on the other hand, you lay the groundwork for happiness. In my astrological opinion, Libra, 2003 is the most favorable time in years for you to master this principle and apply it to create the life you want.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some modern astrologers never even look at the sky. Their relationship with the planets is based entirely on mental constructs they've built by reading books, meditating, and studying with teachers. Daniel Giamario has developed a more experiential astrology. In his workshops, he takes students to wilderness areas far from civilization's light pollution, where they observe the actual movements of heavenly bodies all night long. He believes, as I do, that planetary energies can be felt in the body, not just theorized about by the mind. In 2003, I urge you Scorpios to bring this kind of approach to every mystery you're attracted to. Gather more of your knowledge through direct perception and less from second-hand stories that have been predigested for you.