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SAGITTARIUS(Nov. 22Dec. 21): In her profile on poet John Ashbery in The New Yorker, Larissa MacFarquhar reports that his Manhattan apartment is deeply chaotic. "Everything needs to be open and nothing is ever closed," she quotes Ashbery's partner as saying. "Drawers. Cabinets. Closet doors. Everything! All possibilities must be available at all times." This happens to be my exact prescription for you, Sagittarius. Make your heart as innocent as possible. Suspend your opinions. Judge nothing. Be hungry for the raw truth and beauty that can be captured with the aid of naked receptivity. Oh, and keep all your cabinets and drawers open.
CAPRICORN(Dec. 22Jan. 19): You might want to listen to "Doing the Unstuck," a song by the Cure. It could prod you to do what you know you should, which is expel yourself forcibly from the rut you're lodged in. "It's a perfect day for letting go/for setting fire to bridges," the lyrics advise, "for rip-zipping and button-popping/for dancing like you can't hear the beat." Maybe some of you are protesting, "But I want to use logic to think my way out of this jam." Here's what I have to say in response: You probably won't get unstuck with your rational mind alone, which is why you should do irrationally constructive things like singing liberation songs very loudly.
AQUARIUS(Jan. 20Feb. 18): Did you know that the world has become dramatically more peaceful in the last 14 years? The 2005 Human Security Report documents how wars, coups d'états, and genocide have declined 40 percent since 1991. Weapons sales between countries have dropped 33 percent and the number of refugees has diminished 45 percent. I hope this shocking data, which should have been trumpeted on the front page of every newspaper, will inspire you to throw yourself with rebellious exuberance into this week's assignment: Ignore the cynical masochists who preach doom and gloom, and take up the cause of zoom and boom. The astrological omens say this is your special time to explore the frontiers of pleasure, harmony, integrity, and freedom.
PISCES [Feb. 19March 20]: Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has recorded 11 albums, including Death of a Ladies' Man , produced by the legendary Phil Spector. Spector used unusual methods to provoke Cohen's genius, like holding a gun to the singer's head and demanding a more emotional delivery. I don't recommend that you enlist the services of a nut like Spector, nor do I think you should resort to such outrageous goads. I do, however, hope you'll find ways to give yourself friendly shocks that will move you to raise your expectations of yourself.
Homework What's the title of the book you'd like to write? What's the name of the rock band you'd be in? Testify at freewillastrology.com.