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SAGITTARIUS(Nov. 22Dec. 21): Cosmic forces, being primarily spiritual in nature, rarely coalesce in such a way as to actually encourage you to shop till you drop. However, this is one of those inside-out moments in eternity when tapping in to your buyological urges can become an acute meditation on the meaning of your life. Here are a few questions to guide your quest. How do your possessions control you? How do they inspire you? Do the objects you seek to own usually encourage you to be more adventurous in seeking fresh experiences, or do they tend to serve as substitutes for seeking fresh experiences? How does the way you spend money reflect your ideas about what life owes you and what you owe life?
CAPRICORN(Dec. 22Jan. 19): A Capricorn reader recently accused me of being too upbeat and utopian. He said that your tribe needs "more gristle and bone and sinew." He suggested that I travel to Sudan or Iraq and expose my tender perspective to scenes of blood and fire. In lieu of carrying out that proposal (which was impossible given my limited funds and time), I instead watched three war movies before composing your horoscope. Here it is: I dare you to give your highest hopes and most idealistic dreams a trial by fire that raises those hopes and dreams to a higher octave.
AQUARIUS(Jan. 20Feb. 18): No other place in Amer- ica has a worse reputation than the state of New Jersey. It's called "the armpit of the nation" by some people, and is said to lead the world in strip malls per capita and terrible pollution smells. But my experience of the place has been different. I once lived in New Jersey for six years. It was a happy time. There were mountains in the north, beaches in the east, the mysterious Pine Barrens in the middle, and people I loved and enjoyed everywhere. Your challenge in the coming week is similar to mine, Aquarius: Find beauty and meaning while dwelling amid circumstances that conventional wisdom and peer pressure might brand as boring or repellent.
PISCES(Feb. 19March 20):Your world is teeming with talented people who are seething with frustrated intelligence. Everyone's antsy for a rescue they can't even imagine, let alone articulate. All of the half-baked solutions that are being proposed would lead only to more frustrated intelligence. That's where you come in, Pisces. You have the potential, though you may not have been fully aware of it until now, to be an understated leader who leads your tribe out of the foggy morass. Especially if you increase your self- discipline, you can conjure up the magic that will catalyze an upgrade for everyone involved.
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