By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] A long-time Capricorn reader named Allison wrote me an apologetic e-mail. She said that she has always loved my horoscopes, and still loves them, but for the foreseeable future she's got to stop reading them: "Please don't take it as an insult, because it's not," she wrote. "I just need to be less subject to outside influences for a while. Maybe that will help me get better at paying attention to my own intuition." I understood exactly what she means. According to my analysis, this is one time when you may have to shield yourself from the noise around you—even the good and interesting noise—in order to hear your own inner voice better.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Rolling Stone magazine has said that '60s folk singer Tom Rush (b. February 8) was a major force in launching the era of the singer-songwriter. He's been laying low for a while, though. Recently he came out with his first new studio album in 35 years. I'm guessing that, like him, quite a lot of other Aquarians will also be climaxing new creations as 2009 unfolds—perhaps even works that are long overdue. And what happens in the next few weeks will be crucial in that process.
PISCES [February 19–March 20] "All the problems we face in the United States today," said comedian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen, "can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian." With that as your inspiration, Pisces, I urge you to take inventory of your own "immigration policy." It's an excellent time to do so, astrologically speaking. Here are some questions to guide you: 1) What influences do you allow to pour into your sphere? 2) Are they beneficial for your long-term mental health? 3) What people do you invite to share your resources? 4) Do they bring out the best in you? 5) Do you have smart boundaries that keep out the bad stuff and welcome in the good?
Homework: What other name would you give yourself if you could take a vacation from your present name? Why? FreeWillAstrology.com.