SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You'll have some heroic assignments in 2004, Sagittarius. They will challenge you to be both ingeniously creative and rigorously disciplined. Can you think way outside of the box without alienating those who prefer to live inside of the box? Are you open-minded enough to get fired up about experimental innovations, but authoritative enough to hammer out pragmatic compromises? Do you have the flexibility to be both a maverick and a leader?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Mountaintop perspectives will be your specialty in the coming months, Capricorn. You will be invited again and again to gaze at the big picture. To make sure you keep going with the cosmic flow, keep asking yourself the question, "What would the far-seeing, adventure-loving part of me do right now?" Your weekly schedule should always be spiced with tasks that serve your master plan. Now here's your thought for the week, which can also serve as your thought for the year: "When we stop learning and merely act from the knowledge we have accumulated, disorder comes." —J. Krishnamurti.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): 2004 will be the Year of Games for you. Here are helpful guidelines, courtesy of programmer Garry Hamilton (c2.com/cgi/wiki?GarryHamilton). (1) If the game is rigged so you can't win, find another game or invent your own. (2) If you're not winning because you don't know the rules, learn the rules. (3) If you know the rules but aren't willing to follow them, there's either something wrong with the game or you need to change something in yourself. (4) Don't play the game in a half-baked way. Either get all the way in or all the way out. (5) It shouldn't be necessary for others to lose in order for you to win. If others have to lose, re-evaluate the game's goals.


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I'm hopeful that 2004 will be the year you renounce your habit of taking on the roles of scapegoat and martyr. In fact, let's launch a campaign to do just that right now. The best way to begin might be to engage in one last self-mocking wallow. Tape a "Kick Me" or "Use Me" sign on your back. Attach a chain to a doormat and wear it around your neck like a big necklace. Invite friends to blame you for everything that's wrong in their lives. Take the whole shtick to the limit, in other words, Pisces. Feel how ridiculous it is. Encourage it to burn itself out in a blaze of absurd glory. And then walk away from it forever.

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