SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Forty years ago, three repetitions of a 60-second TV commercial were enough to reach 80 percent of the population. Today it takes 117 such plugs to accomplish the same effect. Why? The proliferation of cable TV stations and other media means that a business has to work much harder to spread the word about its product. You'll face a similar prospect in the coming weeks and months, Sagittarius. Because your competition will be expanding and multiplying, you'll have to grow in order to keep from falling behind. I think that's good news, though. The pressure to improve will be healthy for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "Desire makes everything blossom," mused French novelist Marcel Proust. "Possession makes everything wither and fade." If the first part of that quote is true, Capricorn, you'll be in full bloom any minute now. The astrological omens suggest that your longings will explode with the forceful beauty of five dozen long-stemmed red roses arrayed in a spiral on a silk-covered bed. But what about the second half of Proust's quote? Will you feel withered and faded once you have possessed what you desire? Not if you're a student of cycles; not if you're one of those wise, highly evolved Capricorns who's as skilled at having as you are at wanting.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I won't be upset with you if you decide to buy a case of gourmet chocolate, have your bathroom floor redone in a style resembling the throne room of a 17th-century French king, or get cosmetic surgery on your least favorite physical feature. The astrological omens suggest that you have every right to splurge in order to make yourself feel really good. However, there are less materialistic, more soul-satisfying ways to channel your mandate for lavish self-fulfillment. Consider the possibility of hiring a coach or going on a meditation retreat, for instance. Revamp your diet so it's twice as healthy as it is now, or find a way to release the natural endorphins in your brain on a more regular basis.


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Have you ever gone to a film merely looking for lightweight diversion, but instead gotten bowled over by a moving scene that inspired you to change your life for the better? Have you ever sought out a friend in the hope of receiving unconditional approval, only to have her gently point out a flaw in your thinking and help you shed a pernicious delusion? Fate will offer you life-enhancing substitutions like these in the coming week, Pisces. Don't be fanatically attached to fulfilling your expectations.

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