CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] John, a colleague of mine, is a psychotherapist. His father is in a similar occupation: psychoanalysis. If you ask John whether his dad gave him a good understanding of the human psyche while he was growing up, John quotes the old maxim: "The shoemaker's son has no shoes." Is there any comparable theme in your own life, Capricorn? Some talent that should have been but was not a part of your inheritance; a natural gift you were somehow cheated out of in your early environment? If so, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to start recovering from your loss and get the good stuff you have coming to you.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Let's imagine that an independent filmmaker has been following you around, gathering footage for a movie based on the story of your life. This week, he or she would face a dilemma. That's because unexpected new subplots may arise, veering off in directions that seem to be far afield from the core themes. The acting of the central players won't be bad or unskillful, but it might be out of character with what they've done before. And there could be anomalous intrusions that impinge on the main scenes, like a bug landing on your nose during an intense conversation. Yet I can't help wondering if this chapter of the tale won't be extra-intriguing for just these reasons.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] "Tenderness and rot/share a border," writes Kay Ryan in one of her poems. "And rot is an/aggressive neighbor/whose iridescence/keeps creeping over." Your job in the coming week, Pisces, is to reinforce that border—with a triple-thick wall, if necessary—so that the rot cannot possibly ooze over and infect tenderness. It is especially important right now that the sweet, deep intimacy you dole out and stimulate not get corrupted by falseness or sentimentality. I urge you to stir up the smartest affection you have ever created.

Homework: To try the exercises and experiments in "Pronoia Therapy," an excerpt from my new book, go here:

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