SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21): "You can be the most intelligent, well-read, diligent person in the world and work at your poetry for 20 years and still be no good at it." That's what poet August Kleinzahler told the East Bay Express. He discourages his students from becoming poets; he says it's not so much a career as a disease. On the other hand, Sagittarius, I'd like to remind you that most other pursuits do reward hard work and dogged devotion. And it's a perfect moment for you to meditate on that fact, since you now have extraordinary power to make long-term commitments to good intentions. Is there any labor of love that the ambitious part of you can imagine spending the next 10 years perfecting?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19): Your symbol for the week is a sparrow flying low to the ground. Not an eagle soaring high over the treetops, not a hawk gliding on updrafts, but a small, humble bird whizzing along just inches above the turf. In other words, Capricorn, seek transcendence even as you remain down-to-earth. Be light, airy, and swift, but don't put yourself above the fray. Declare your independence from the more oppressive aspects of the law of gravity, but stay near the same level as the heavy, plodding creatures.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): "I can't find nobody as crazy as me," mourns bluegrass singer Alison Krauss in her song "Crazy as Me." You may have had that thought yourself on occasion, Aquarius, especially lately. But you don't have to feel that way anymore. More than one unusual character is hovering at the outskirts of your world. Say the word, and they will venture closer, raising your level of unpredictable experiences. That would mostly be a good thing, though not completely free of harrowing brushes with comic weirdness. Your watchword for the coming weeks comes from another singer, Thalia Zedek: "Trust not those . . . without some touch of madness."

PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20): It's time for your coming-out party, Pisces. Please schedule this tenderly shocking passage for sometime in the next three weeks: your emergence from the shadows, your escape from the past, your repudiation of volunteer slavery, your graduation from the amateur ranks, or your liberation from a persona that doesn't suit you any more. Do it with a sly and artful ritual of transgression or do it with an exuberant burst of joyful release, but do it. The future is calling you too loudly to resist any longer.

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