SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Sagittarian Jakob Dylan has created a solid musical career for himself. But he's a bit defensive about the possibility that the fame of his father, Bob Dylan, has played a role in his success. I understand his longing to have his work be judged on its own merits, and I sympathize with his urge to be independent of his heritage. But I advise just the opposite approach for you. You will place yourself in alignment with cosmic rhythms by acknowledging all of the influences that have helped you become the person you want to be.

CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] Throx.com sells socks in threes—so if you lose one, you have an extra. Their ingenious marketing plan resembles the approach of some romance addicts I know, who always date two or three people just in case they get dumped by one of them. (No bouts of loneliness to worry about!) Which brings us to my main advice for you this week, Capricorn: Have a back-up plan. Keep an alternative handy. Make sure you won't run out of the stuff you really need.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] My Chevy got stolen in San Francisco some years ago. The thief broke a window and smashed his way into the steering column to get to the ignition wires. Eventually, the cops recovered the car and returned it to me, but no repair shop could ever completely fix the transmission, and though the car sort of worked for another 18 months, I was never able to shift it into reverse again. Driving a vehicle that only moved forward presented problems that required creative solutions. It was an apt metaphor for my life at the time, when I found it impossible to go backward in any way. I suspect it will also be one of your operative metaphors in the coming months, Aquarius.

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PISCES [February 19–March 20] "The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little," wrote Thomas Merton. Judging from your astrological omens, I suspect you should heed this. Consider the possibility that you aren't thinking big enough . . . that you need to actively rebel against the voices telling you to sit back and accept your comfortable limitations. In a sense, the cosmos is giving you a poetic license to ask for more.

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