CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] You may find it hard to believe that imprecise language could undermine your ability to merge with your heart's desire. But it's true. Your biggest wish may never be fully granted as long as you're sloppy about how you articulate it. Try this: Write down a brief statement that crisply sums up the one experience you want more than anything else. Preface it with: "I am doing everything possible to accomplish the following goal." Memorize this magic formula and repeat it twice a day until your wish is fulfilled, even if that takes 10 years. PS: It will work best if you don't include anything about how certain people need to change in order for your longing to be fulfilled.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] "What is a weed?" asked Ralph Waldo Emerson. "A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Your assignment, Aquarius, is to identify a weed-like thing in your life whose rich possibilities have not yet been fully realized. Bear in mind, as you ruminate, that there are some weed-like things that would not be particularly valuable even if you did ultimately tease out their full potential. Your task is to find a weed whose transformation into a plant will be especially useful to your unique needs.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] Many Americans believe China is a society that puts an emphasis on keeping its citizens in line through punishment. But only 1.2 percent of China's 1.3 billion people are in the slammer, whereas the U.S. has jailed 7.7 percent of its population of 300 million. In other words, my home country has a much higher percentage of our people behind bars than they do. I bring this to your attention, Pisces, as a prod to free some of the parts of yourself that you've imprisoned. Declare amnesty for the miscast captives and repressed workers within you. Bring the level down from the U.S. rate of incarceration to the Chinese level.

Homework: Do you know precisely what you need in order to feel pretty good most of the time? If not, go on a quest to find out.

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