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ARIES [March 21–April 19] Beware of people who act like polite jerks or emotionally numb lovers. While they may be able to teach you a lot about what you don't need, they're not worthy candidates for enduring relationships. Let's turn our attention to the question of who does belong on your future team. What voices should you draw into your inner sphere? What adventurers should be solicited as allies? Which respectful helpers should be rewarded for the good influences they've had on you? It's an excellent time to make those determinations.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] When Ireland's top bookmaker first opened the betting on the existence of God last September, the odds were 20 to 1 against, and quickly rose to 33 to 1. But, more recently, they've been down to 4 to 1. Is this evidence that the Supreme Being is close to a big disclosure? If I were evaluating the state of your imminent destiny, I'd say yes—but maybe not in a way that would satisfy a raging atheist and maybe not with the blatant splash of divine intervention. But don't even dismiss those possibilities, Taurus. It is the season of miracles and epiphanies for you.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] My friend, Riley, was the first member of her family to attend college. In her senior year, Riley began having nightmares about her relatives trying to stop her from finishing school. In one recurring dream, her great-grandfather burned all her textbooks. In another, a mob of aunts and uncles tackled her and held her down as she tried to get to class. Riley persevered in her studies and eventually got her diploma. The week after graduation, she had another dream: A host of her ancestors came to her in the form of a great choir singing songs in praise of her success. Riley's psychotherapist speculated that the dream meant she had not only overcome the inertia of her heritage, but had also healed an ancient wound of her family. I believe this is akin to an accomplishment you will be capable of in the coming months.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] I'm in quest of new role models. There've been some good ones in my life, and I'm grateful for how they've awakened me, but right now, I need fresh heroes worth emulating. Know any? I'm not dogmatic about what I'm looking for and am willing to be surprised, but here are a few qualities I admire: compassion combined with unpredictability; high integrity mixed with an intense commitment to creativity; and self-discipline blended with playfulness. I also like smart talkers who are savvy listeners. By the way, what's true for me is true for many of you, my fellow Cancerians: You could use a new role model, too, and it's an excellent time to go in search of one.
LEO [July 23–August 22] An American residing in Berlin had leukemia as well as AIDS. Doctors did a bone marrow transplant to cure the leukemia, obtaining stem cells from a healthy donor. The operation was a success—the leukemia disappeared. As an added and surprising bonus, the HIV also left the patient's body. He has been free of both diseases for two years. I predict a psychological version of this double cure for you in the coming weeks, Leo. The healing you receive for one type of suffering will unexpectedly heal another kind, too.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] There's a rung missing on your ladder of success. It means you won't be able to climb higher by taking two manageable steps, but you will be compelled to attempt a giant upward stride. I see this as potentially a good thing, though. The missing rung is exactly the kind of glitch that could activate your dormant reserves of ingenuity. It might even force you to become so smart and resourceful that you'll ultimately rise to a point you wouldn't have been able to if your ascent had come more easily.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] "To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle," said George Orwell. While that's true for many of us, I'm betting you'll be an exception to the rule. You will find it easier than usual to escape from the trance of everyday life. As a result, perfectly obvious secrets that have been invisible to you will tap you gently on the forehead and say, "Look at me!" After the initial shock, there'll be a release of tension you didn't even realize you were carrying around, followed by a warm, fuzzy explosion of raw hope.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] The world is once again falling deeply in love with you. Let's hope that on this occasion (unlike what happened the last two times), you will accept its adoration in the spirit in which it's given. Let's hope that if the world offers you the moon, the dawn, and the breeze, you won't reject these gifts and say that what you really wanted was a comet, the sunset, and a pie in the sky. There would be nothing sadder than to see the world suffer yet another case of unrequited love.
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.
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.
Homework: What's the name of the book you may write someday—your memoir, perhaps? Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.