By Alex Distefano
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We're halfway through 2008, making it the perfect time to review how well you're capitalizing on this year's unique opportunities.
ARIES [March 21–April 19] Now that we're at the halfway mark, let me ask you, Aries: Are you working your ass off in order to stoke the fire in your belly? Are you trying hard to supercharge your ambitions and refine your passions? In other words, are you doing everything you can to get more motivated? If so, this will be the year when you finally figure out how to do what you love to do a majority of the time—and get rewarded by the world for doing it.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] Now that we're at the halfway mark, let me ask you, Taurus: Have you been climbing out on a limb in order to think outside of the box? Have you been having adventurous fun while experimenting freely? I hope so—playing around with smart gambles has been and will continue to be the secret to your success. Note the word "smart" in the previous sentence: Dumb gambles and poorly thought-out risks should not be part of your game plan.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Gemini, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "This year, I've learned more about togetherness and collaboration than I'd picked up in the previous five years combined. I've finally registered the fact that a successful alliance of any kind requires as much hard work as any job. Most of my important relationships are better and more interesting for it, and the rest have faded away. I've surprised myself with how creative I've become in finding interesting ways to handle commitment."
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Cancer, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "This year, I discovered everything that's important to know about what I don't need and who I don't want to be. That's the main reason why—hallelujah!—I've learned to avoid the suffering that comes from wishing my life were different from the one I actually have. I'm more at peace with my soul's idiosyncratic destiny than I've ever been."
LEO [July 23–August 22] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Leo, let me ask you: Have you been redefining your relationship to your job so that it better serves the real you? Are you invoking all your imaginative powers in order to get yourself into a position in which you can love your work more than ever before? I hope you are, because it means you've primed yourself to attract lots of help in accomplishing those changes.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Virgo, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "I've learned more about love in the past 12 months than maybe I ever have. I've also become far more skilled in the art of making myself happy. And I've finally figured out how to purge some of the martyr-like aspects from my generosity, which means I'm better able to give without strings attached, and I'm more attractive to interesting people who are inclined to give me the things I really want."
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Libra, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "It's so funny that, in order to find out where I truly belong, I had to change my ideas about where I truly belong; that in order to feel at home on this planet and in this life, I had to be cured of my delusions about feeling at home on this planet and in this life. I had to lose some of my certainties in order to gain more security."
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Scorpio, one of the most important things I hope you're doing is increasing your effectiveness as a communicator. What do I mean by that? While it's true that you gather information more skillfully than any other sign, you aren't necessarily as blessed when it comes to sharing information. In part, that's because you believe that keeping secrets enhances your personal power. And, in part, it's because you sometimes forget that other people aren't as clued in to what's happening below the surface as you are. Your mandate in the coming months is to overcome those challenges as you learn to express yourself with ever greater candor, clarity, and clout.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Now that we're at the halfway point, Sagittarius, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "I'm on much friendlier terms with money than I've ever been. Ironically, as I've shaken off the sickening influence of materialism, I've upgraded my ability to create material success. I've declared my independence from the conventional wisdom's distorted worship of superficial appearances, and have been rewarded with a more rooted and relaxed understanding of my true worth."
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Capricorn, let me ask you: Your self-image is in the midst of an exhilarating expansion, right? Your excitement about being alive is growing steadily, right? Your devotion to cultivating an inner sense of freedom is getting more intense every day, right? You have an ever-increasing clarity about what life experiences you need in order to feel powerful, right? If you're falling short in any of these projects, start making up for lost time immediately.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Aquarius, let's take stock: By now, you should have banished at least half the ghosts that were pestering you. By August, you should have neutralized, dissolved, or rendered irrelevant a load of weird karma, and said goodbye to parts of your past that were bogging you down. By January 1, 2009, I hope you'll have laid to rest a broken dream, escaped a dead end, and ended your relationship with a lost cause. If you've spent the last six months earnestly engaged in this tough, messy work, it won't be anywhere near as tough and messy during the next six months.
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Now that we're at the halfway mark, Pisces, I'm hoping that six months from now, you'll look back and make the following declaration: "I'm better connected to my community than I've ever been before. I've learned the importance of developing smart strategies for upgrading my unique gifts, and I've become far more purposeful, and even crafty, about forging the alliances I need to be effective. Best of all, I'm working hard to create niches for myself that suit my temperament and needs, and no longer leaving it to others to shape those niches for me."
HOMEWORK: Make a prediction about what your life will be like in the second half of 2008. Share it with me at email@example.com.