SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] "Everything is gestation and then bringing forth," wrote poet Rainer Maria Rilke. "To let each impression and each germ of feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: That alone is living the artist's life." This is the approach you should take in the coming weeks, even if you're not an artist. As smart as you are, there's an even greater intelligence working discreetly within you that is more slyly brilliant and lushly visionary than your conscious mind. You owe it to your future to let it do its work.

CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] In The Invention of Air, Steven Johnson says that as coffee drinking came into vogue in the 18th century, it became a driving force in the Age of Enlightenment. Prior to that time, alcohol had been the drink of choice. As the stimulant replaced the intoxicant, the level of discourse rose dramatically. Creative ideas flourished, and new discoveries and inventions proliferated. I bring this up, Capricorn, because I suspect that you're entering your own personal Age of Enlightenment. Imbibing caffeine may not be necessary to fuel it, since cosmic energies will be conspiring to inspire your mental processes.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] If you put a corn chip in guacamole, take a bite, then dunk the chip in the bowl again, you're double-dipping. Scientists say this transfers about 2,750 bacteria from your mouth to the guacamole. I advise against that kind of behavior in the coming week, and I suggest that you protect yourself from others who might engage in it. This is the one time you should be a purity freak. Please protect yourself from germs of both the literal and psychic variety.

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PISCES [February 19–March 20] I've been asked by the leaders of the Piscean Support Group to pat you on the back—and add a tender, friendly kick in the butt while I'm at it—in celebration of your recent promise to leave your safety zone. They're a bit worried that you'll be so enamored of the new reserve of courage you've discovered lurking in your depths that you won't muster the incentive to actually use that courage to its hilt. Please prove them wrong. Show us all what it's like for a sensitive soul with a lyrical heart to seek raw adventure in virgin territory.

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