SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] "Dear Rob: I have followed my nose most of my life, weaving from pleasurable diversion to interesting crisis and back. I've honestly had a great time and wouldn't change a thing. But lately, I've been getting strong hints from life that maybe the game is changing for me. More and more, I'm feeling like the grasshopper in that old fable—you know, with no resources stored up and winter coming on fast—while all the steady, hardworking ants are sitting pretty. So here's my question: Do I really have to stop enjoying myself and get down to business, whatever that means? Are there any real jobs for grasshoppers? —Shaky Sagittarius." Dear Shaky: If there will ever in your life be a time when you could figure out how to be both a grasshopper and an ant simultaneously, it will be in 2009. Start meditating on how to get the best of both worlds.

CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] The Swiss are building a 35-mile tunnel through the Alps. It'll take another nine years to finish carving out the path through the mountain and will ultimately require the removal of 24 million tons of rock. I suggest you regard this Gotthard Base Tunnel as an inspirational symbol. The coming months will be prime time for you to summon the willpower necessary to get really serious about an equally ambitious project.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] I've got quotes that I hope you will keep in a prominent place in 2009: The first is from psychologist Abraham Maslow: "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be." The second quote comes from choreographer Agnes De Mille: "Dance in the body you have." The third is from historian Gerald Sorin: "When Reb Zusya went to heaven, God didn't ask him why, in his life on earth, Zusya wasn't Moses, but why he wasn't even Zusya."


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PISCES [February 19–March 20] What would it take for you to collaborate with the forces of change? Not with a sense of defeat, wishing things could stay the same forever; rather, what would you have to do in order to feel eager about adjusting to the ongoing shifts? Is there any way you might even learn to experience exhilaration and gratitude in the face of the eternal flux? Your assignment in 2009 is to become a surfer of the beautiful, blessed waves.

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