CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] Constant vigilance, my friend. That's what I advise. Be attentive to details you gloss over. Wake up a little earlier and prepare for each encounter with forethought. Stare a little harder into the hearts of all those whose motivations might detour your destiny. Monitor every communication for hints that all is not as it seems. Guard against the possibility that you may be overlooking a gift or blessing that's being offered to you in an indirect way.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] "Keep exploring what it takes to be the opposite of who you are," suggests psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. This advice is one of his ideas about how to get into attunement with the Tao, also known as being "in the zone" or "getting in the groove" or "being aligned with the great cosmic flow." How would you go about being the opposite of who you are, Aquarius? According to my reading of the omens, that will be an excellent question for you to muse in the coming weeks. As you stretch yourself to embody the secret parts of you, I think you'll be pleased with how much more thoroughly that allows you to be in synch with the rhythms of life.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] In early 2009, psychologists in the Shandong province began offering an alleged cure to Internet addiction that involved electroshock therapy. Parents of 3,000 young people paid Dr. Yang Yongxin more than $800 a month to hook their anesthetized teens up to machines that sent electricity through their brains to induce artificial seizures. After four months, the Chinese government intervened and halted the treatment, noting there was no evidence it worked. This practice might sound comically barbaric to you, but I think it has a certain resemblance to the way you have been dealing with your own flaws and excesses: with inordinate force. I really think it's important not to punish yourself for any reason, even if it's in a supposedly good cause. The lesson of this experiment is: Not only is it overkill, but it doesn't even have the desired effect.

Homework: Is there something about you that's too tame? If so, do you think it's time to untame yourself? Testify at

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