By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] "You can have it all," says fashion designer Luella Bartley. "It's just really hard work." That's my oracle for you, Sagittarius—for the next three months. According to my reading of the astrological omens, the cosmos will indeed permit you to have your cake and eat it, too, as long as you're willing to manage your life with more discipline, master the crucial little details everyone else neglects, and always give back at least as much as you're given.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] The number of bacteria per square inch on a toilet seat averages about 50. Meanwhile, your telephone harbors over 25,000 germs per square inch and the top of your desk has about 21,000. I'd like you to use this as a metaphor that you can apply more universally. According to my analysis, you see, you are over-emphasizing the risks and problems in one particular area of your life and underestimating them elsewhere. Spend some time this week correcting the misdiagnoses.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] One of my readers, Judd, shared his vision of how to cope with the blahs of January. Given your astrological omens, I'd say his strategy perfectly embodies the approach you should take right now. Please study his testimony below, and come up with your own ingenious variation. "On the coldest of days, my friends and I celebrate 'scrufting,' the art of enjoying the great outdoors with indoor furniture, while listening to loud indie-rock and adorned in our grungiest slop-ware. Aided by Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, we curse and laugh at the constraints of winter by playing our favorite summer sports like Frisbee, hacky-sack, and soccer."
PISCES [February 19–March 20] It's graduation time. Not in any officially recognized sense, maybe, but still: You have completed your study of a certain subject in the school of life. At a later date, maybe you will resume studying this subject on a higher level, but for now you've absorbed all you can. I suggest you give yourself a kind of final exam. (Be sure to grade it yourself.) You might also want to carry out a fun ritual to acknowledge the completion of this chapter of your story. It will free up your mind and heart to begin the next chapter.
Homework: What could you do to free your imagination from its bondage in 2010? Read "Liberate Your Imagination" here: http://bit.ly/Liberate