SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The way politicians create legislation is akin to how the meat industry makes sausage. The average person might like or benefit from the result, but she'd really prefer not to know how it's done or what goes into it. Though you may not be a sausage-maker or politician, Sagittarius, I foresee a similar kind of process occupying your attention in the coming week. Your challenge will be to patch together a workable, maybe even attractive outcome by taking care of all the messy details with discreet integrity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It's prime time for you to steal good ideas from creative innovators and use them to enhance your life. You're in an astrological phase when imitation of the right influences—bright and beautiful and benevolent influences—can lead to rapid progress. (Please don't imitate mediocre, mean-spirited behavior, though.) Copy the styles of fashion adepts, Capricorn. Borrow the successful methods that your competitors and cohorts have employed at their jobs. Read stories about people who are skilled at the art of living, and adopt their strategies as your own. You should always give credit to your sources, of course. The point is not to pretend you're the most original thinker in the history of the world, but to make yourself happier and freer.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the last 50 years, America's Great Plains area has lost a third of its population, due largely to the disappearance of family farms. People are moving out in droves. Ghost towns are proliferating. From one perspective, that's sad, but from another, it's cause for celebration: The wilderness is returning in some places, and vast herds of buffalo once again roam the land. Is there any chance you'd consider initiating a comparable transformation in your inner realms during the coming weeks, Aquarius? Personally, I'd like to see some of your over-civilized parts revert to the natural state. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos agrees with me.


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The task you'll be faced with this week reminds me of what Australian TV personality Steve Irwin did a few weeks ago. No, you won't have to literally stand next to a 13-foot crocodile and feed it a hunk of meat by hand while cradling a baby in your other arm. But you may very well have to be fierce and tender at the same time, or wild and protective, or daring and loving.

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