LEO [July 23–Aug. 22] You are becoming very relaxed. All tension is flowing out of you. Your worries are dissolving. With each breath, your body feels a growing sense of peace and well-being. Your mind is expanding naturally, allowing you to experience a harmonious attunement with life. In response, deep sources of practical intelligence are welling up into your awareness, filling you with good ideas about your long-term financial future. Soon you will begin writing down a 10-step master plan that will go a long way toward making you into a money magnet in the next 18 months.

VIRGO [Aug. 23–Sept. 22] You don't want to have to answer to the past, right? It's a waste of time. Nor do you even feel like rebelling against the way things used to be or rejecting the stale old expectations people would like to hold you to. I don't blame you, Virgo—especially now, as you enter the frontier zone where the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. The way I see it, it's your sacred duty to shake off all the sacred duties from yesteryear as you go forth to create the future.

LIBRA [Sept. 23–Oct. 22] The Gobi Desert in Central Asia is one of the world's biggest and most inhospitable wastelands. Temperatures there range from 40 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. And yet not far below the endless sand is a vast water table. Well diggers strike water nine out of 10 times they drill. I regard the Gobi as an apt metaphor for your current situation, Libra. While it may be true that you're currently surrounded by arid extremes, a wealth of revivifying emotional riches lies just below the surface.



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SCORPIO [Oct. 23–Nov. 21] Please don't sit on your ass any more than you have to in the coming week. That's always a good rule to observe, but it's especially important to honor it now. The cosmic truth of the matter, Scorpio, is that you can't possibly make the right decisions if your physical energy is stagnant or if your field of vision is unchanging. For the sake of your future, for the health of your emotions, for the love of God, get out into the wild open spaces. And if that's not feasible, at least saunter around the neighborhood more than usual. Here's your motto, courtesy of Saint Augustine: Solvitur ambulando, which is Latin for "It is solved by walking."

SAGITTARIUS [Nov. 22–Dec. 21] The entertainment industry foists a lot of garbage on us. Stupid sex, gratuitous fear, and ugly violence are the norm. TV and film executives defend themselves against critics who accuse them of pandering to the lowest common denominator. "We merely give people what they want," they say. To put that lame excuse in context, I'll quote Henry Ford, the automotive pioneer: "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." I hope that perspective inspires you to aim higher in the coming week, Sagittarius. Don't give anyone (including yourself) what they're accustomed to desiring; give them something better and more beautiful.

CAPRICORN [Dec. 22–Jan. 19] Back when it was still a fledgling business in the 1950s, the McDonald's hamburger chain caught the attention of a salesman named Ray Kroc. He joined the team as an executive, and soon began thinking about buying the company outright. His advisers counseled him against it, but Kroc said he had "a feeling in his funny bone" that it was the right thing to do. Years later, he had become a billionaire, renowned as one of the world's titans of industry. I'm not necessarily saying you will amass a comparable fortune, Capricorn, but decisions you make in the coming weeks could be as life changing as Kroc's—and maybe even instrumental in ensuring that you fulfill the mission you came to earth to carry out. Trust the feelings in your funny bone.

AQUARIUS [Jan. 20–Feb. 18] I'm taking a risk with the message I have for you this week. My intention is not to flatter you or inflate your ego, and I know that some of you may be tempted to do just that when you read what I have to say. Please resist that temptation. My advice is not meant to jack up your pride but rather is designed to boost your confidence. I want to impress on you how important it is not to seek solutions to your problems from experts, teachers, or anyone besides yourself. Ready for your assignment? Speak the following sentence 20 times a day for the next week: I am the answer.

PISCES [Feb. 19–March 20] I predict that a new fashion trend will arise in the coming months: the intentional cultivation of "sacred acne" as a form of facial decoration. Hip magazines will offer instructions on how to compel pimples to appear in the shape of mythological emblems and religious symbols. I also predict, Pisces, that before the end of 2005 you will figure out how to take advantage of a quality you've always considered a liability. This seeming weakness or unloveliness may even become a spiritual asset. The transformation begins now.

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