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ARIES [March 21–April 19] In her book Courtney Love: The Queen of Noise, Melissa Rossi reports that in the mid-1990s, "Courtney surrounded herself with a coterie of soothsayers, even approaching hipster stargazer Rob Brezsny, who declined to provide his astrological services." Rossi doesn't explain why, but I'll tell you: Courtney wasn't interested in the kind of information I specialize in. She implored me to predict her future, and I prodded her to formulate intelligent questions that would help her create a beautiful and interesting future for herself. I bring this up, Aries, because in the coming weeks, I hope that you will do what I suggested to her back then.
0TAURUS [April 20–May 20] Taurus actor Pierce Brosnan told Parade magazine how shocking it was to get fired after playing James Bond for four films. But after the initial pain of being rejected, he eventually got to the point where he could say, "I'm free now. I can do anything I want." What helped him recover was conjuring up the proper attitude. "You've got to be a fighting rooster," he said. That's half of my prescription for you in the coming week, Taurus: Be a fighting rooster with the heart of an artist. Be a stylishly fierce liberator in charge of designing your own freedom.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] Do you believe in higher love at first sight? What about instant enlightenment? And what about higher love at first sight that brings instant enlightenment? These are the themes I suspect you'll soon be flirting with, Gemini. In order to get all of the blessings from the lessons they'll offer, you must dispense with your preconceived notions about what they might entail. You've got to wash your own brain so it's nice and clean and empty of expectations.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Your creed for the last three months of 2008 comes from Nikos Kazantzakis: "By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired." Memorize this meme, Cancerian. Make it so much a part of you that it breathes as you breathe and dreams as you dream. Allow it to turn you into a magician whose potent desire is as strong as the longings of 10 normal people put together.
LEO [July 23–August 22] Gleeking is a term that refers to a special kind of projectile spitting. It involves pressing your tongue against your submaxillary salivary gland when a pool of drool has accumulated nearby. I recommend this practice in the coming week, Leo: It'll be a favorable time for you to be undignified, unpredictable, and even outrageous in expressing yourself. Other suggested practices: speaking the truth with picturesque but disciplined extravagance; adding some vivid new slang to your body language; skipping, hopping, or even dancing as you walk.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] Talk back to those annoying voices inside your head, Virgo—I mean those nagging little chatterers who second-guess you 10 times a day, trying to undermine your faith in what you've started in recent weeks. And as you respond to their agitation, do so with poise and grace—not with defensiveness or bitter complaint, but with a quietly aggressive confidence that the intuitions you relied on to launch your new projects were basically sound. Those annoying little voices are trying to convince you to go back to square one, when in fact you're on the right track and merely need to do some tinkering.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] "New ideas show up disguised innocently as interruptions, contradictions, and embarrassing dilemmas," says motivational speaker Rob Lebow. "Beware of total strangers and friends alike who shower you with comfortable sameness, and remain open to those who make you uneasy, for they are the true messengers of the future." That excellent advice is my birthday present to you, Libra. If you make use of it during the next three weeks, I bet you'll consistently be in the right place at the right time to extract the maximum benefit from your blind dates with destiny.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Robert Downey Jr. is grateful to Burger King for serving him such gross food. After eating a particularly foul meal there in 2003, he told Empire magazine, he was so disgusted that he drove to the beach and hurled all of his drugs into the sea. It was the shock he needed to begin the process of kicking his addiction. In that spirit, Scorpio, I suggest you seek out a similar epiphany—something that triggers your urge to rise up and purify yourself.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] It's a sellers' market for you, Sagittarius. If I were you, I wouldn't buy a bunch of new stuff or invest in unripe possibilities. Rather, I'd cash in on the hard work I've been doing for many months now. I'dliquefy assets that might soon decline in their value to me, but are still at the height of their value to others. In order to summon the confidence necessary to pull this off, you'll have to resist the temptation to hold onto everything just a little while longer.