CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] The most expensive bat mitzvah in history took place at New York's Rainbow Room in November 2005, in which David Brooks, a billionaire, spent $10 million on his daughter's rite of passage, hiring Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and 50 Cent, among others, to perform. Promise me, Capricorn, that if you get wealthy in the coming year, you won't blow your money on ridiculous "luxuries" like that. Here's a secret: The more high-minded you are in cultivating your dreams, the greater the likelihood is that you'll get richer quicker.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Imagine you're driving down a very wide highway that's 50 lanes across even though there are no lines dividing one lane from another. Speed-limit signs aren't posted, and some vehicles are zipping along in zigzag paths at over 100 miles per hour while others crawl along like old-lady turtles. Now and then, you've got to weave your way through a congested area where many on-ramps all feed into the road simultaneously. You haven't seen an off-ramp yet, and you're not sure where to get off. I figure, Aquarius, that 2008 had some resemblance to the scenario I just described. Luckily, I predict that no later than your birthday, you will find an off-ramp and exit onto an uncluttered backroad with great scenery.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] "How do you slay the dragon?" journalist Bill Moyers asked mythologist Joseph Campbell, referring to the dangerous beast that symbolizes the most unripe and uncontrollable part of each of our lives. In reply to Moyers, Campbell didn't suggest that you become a master warrior, nor did he recommend that you cultivate high levels of sleek, savage anger. "Follow your bliss," he said simply. Personally, I don't know if that's enough to slay the dragon—I'm inclined to believe that you also have to take some defensive measures—but it's definitely worth an extended experiment. Would you consider trying that in 2009?


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