SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21): History's longest conflict between nations was the Hundred Years War, which England and France fought for 116 years, between 1337 and 1453. The shortest war ever was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. It lasted 38 minutes. Whether the hostilities you enter into in the coming week will resemble the former or the latter may all depend on two factors: (1) how open you are to learning from the other side, and (2) how willing you are to acknowledge your own role in creating the circumstances that led to the dispute.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Studies show that judicious chocolate consumption promotes longevity. People who ingest it three times a month are more likely to live into their nineties than those who either refrain from eating it or else gorge on it frequently. The astrological omens suggest, however, that your health will be well served by eating 300 percent more than the judicious amount this May, beginning with a virtual orgy of chocolate feasting this week. I recommend that you also seek out other experiences that generate feelings similar to those stirred by a chocolate feast.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): You now have the power to modify three situations that are overdue for change. First, you could heal a nagging ailment. Second, you could expand your awareness so much that you will detect an important fact about your life that you've been oblivious to. Third, you could end your preoccupation with a trivial problem, thereby freeing up energy to be used for the first two tasks. But none of these things will transpire, Aquarius, if you merely think about them and talk about them. You need a special kind of jolt that bypasses your rational faculties: a new medicine song. So call on all your resources—friends with vast musical knowledge, Web radio stations like Radio Paradise or 3WK, the playlists of people whose taste you like—to track down the tune that will rejuvenate your soul. (Here's one suggestion: "Stones" by Sonic Youth.)

PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20): Sniffing basil and rosemary can make your thinking processes more agile and effective, say aromatherapists. You probably won't really need any such boost in the coming week, though, since according to the astrological omens your mental faculties will be at their peak. But on the other hand, why not go for the super-brain effect? If you feed the odors of basil and rosemary to your already dexterous mind, you may break through into a new order of intelligence, allowing you to solve puzzles that have confounded you for months.

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