CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sometimes Zen masters with valuable teachings appear in the form of children playing or old folks in fading health or boring geeks you look down on. On occasion, crucial help can't arrive any other way except through riddles you barely understand or seemingly trivial distractions that appear to be wasting your time. It's one of those phases right now. To get you in the mood, here's some foolish wisdom from ex-baseball player, Yogi Berra: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "Dear Reverend (or is it Irreverend?) Brezsny: After long meditation on what's missing from my relationship with God, I found the answer: a sense of humor. I realized I can never truly love or honestly communicate with a Supreme Being who doesn't chuckle. Alas, there doesn't seem to be a single text in any religious tradition that's even slightly funny. Can you give me some hope? —Aquarius in Search of a Droll Deity." Dear Aquarius: You're in luck. According to my inside sources, the Divine Creator will soon unleash Her comic genius in your vicinity. You can expect a flood of playful teases, mind-bending jokes, and slapstick disruptions in the conventional wisdom—all designed to provoke sacred, cleansing laughter. Here's even better news: She'll be laughing with you, not at you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his poem "The History of My Life," John Ashbery poignantly refers to the death of his brother as a child. He quickly follows it with self-mocking humor about how fast that sad event forced him to grow up. "Ashbery is always vacillating between the unbearable heaviness and unbearable lightness of being," Fred Moramarco writes in The American Poetry Review, "as if moving between the two make both extremes bearable." I expect this will also be your forte in the coming week, Pisces: the ability to flow gracefully between profundity and frivolity, between penetrating explorations of complex mysteries and sweet celebrations of breezy delight. (P.S.: Unlike Ashbery's experience, your dive into the depths won't involve death.)


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