SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22–Dec. 21): Your fellow Sagittarius Ludwig van Beethoven created sublime music under trying conditions. He was often in poor health, struggled financially, never found love, suffered from depression, and went deaf, yet somehow became one of the greatest composers in history. As you finish up this arduous phase of your own cycle, he's your official role model. Let him inspire you to produce small miracles even in the face of puzzling difficulties. If necessary, resort to what Beethoven often did to stimulate his creativity: Pour a bucket of ice water over your head. It might also help to know that Goethe described our hero as "completely untamed." Do you think that quality had something to do with his high level of attainment?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22–Jan. 19): Scientists believe that sooner or later they will figure out why cancer cells are virtually immortal and then apply that understanding to keeping normal cells alive much longer, thereby dramatically extending the human life span. I believe you have an analogous opportunity right now, Capricorn: If you decode the success formula of a nemesis, you will give yourself a tremendous boon that will boost your vitality and expressiveness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20–Feb. 18): For one week, Aquarius, consider suspending your fascination with the shock of the new. Instead, steep yourself in the subtle teachings of the old. Seek out elders who haven't lost their spark and ask them humble questions about your most enduring mysteries. Read books and listen to music and watch movies whose creators have been dead for at least 50 years. Muse about what you were doing in mid May of 1993. Make a shrine on which you put an image of an ancestor, a leaf from a tree that began growing before you were born, and a symbol of a goal you gave up long ago.

PISCES (Feb. 19–March 20): One of the world's longest streets is Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. It runs 30 miles. In contrast, Bridge Street, a lane near my house, is about 50 yards long and connects two lengthy roads to each other. The path you're on right now, Pisces, has a metaphorical resemblance to Bridge Street. Your time on it will be brief, and it will serve as a bridge between two phases of your life story. Soon you'll turn onto a longer thoroughfare more like Figueroa. In the meantime, pay maximum attention to the sights and sounds. This leg of your journey will be short, but it will reveal clues that will be essential as you shift gears.

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