CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] In The Way of Transition, William Bridges defines the "neutral zone" as "that in-between time, after you've let go of your old life and before you have fully discovered and incorporated your new life." Sound familiar? Maybe the neutral zone where you're currently simmering isn't as dramatic as that—maybe you haven't been stripped of every single certainty. But I suspect you have at least let go of one aspect of your old familiar rhythm and have yet to ease into the one that'll be familiar in the future. My advice? Don't rush it. Get all you can out of this unique and educational time in the neutral zone.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] In 2009, the cosmic powers-that-be have been conspiring to get you to enlarge your understanding of your place in the world. So I trust that, in these past 12 months, you have started a business or organized a support group or reinvented your physical appearance or begun your masterpiece—or done something to initiate a new phase in your long-term cycle. If, for some reason, you've been remiss about doing this work, I suggest you scramble to make up for lost time. And if you have been taking advantage of the abundant cosmic help, it'll soon be time to move on to phase two: consolidation.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] To prepare for his turn to hit, a Major League baseball player slips a doughnut-shaped piece of metal over the top of his bat, making it a few pounds heavier than it normally is. He then takes a number of practice swings. The theory is that when he removes the doughnut and strides up to home plate to actually hit against a pitcher who's throwing the ball at 90 miles per hour, the bat will feel lighter and he'll be able to swing faster. As you prepare for your own equivalent of going up to bat, Pisces, I urge you to use this as your operative metaphor.


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