CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] There'll be unambiguous choices for you to make. I'm not implying they'll be easy, just that the alternatives will be clearly delineated. To get you warmed up for your decisions, I've compiled a few exercises. Pick one of each of these pairs: 1) exacting homework or free-form research; 2) pitiless logic or generous fantasies; 3) precise and disciplined communication or heedless self-expression; 4) grazing like a contented sheep or rambling like a restless mountain goat.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Among Eastern religions, some traditions preach the value of getting rid of your desires. To be righteously attuned to current cosmic rhythms, however, I think you should cultivate a whole host of excellent desires. Use your imagination, please! Here are a few I highly recommend: a desire for a revelation or experience that will steer you away from becoming more like a machine; a desire for a fresh blast of purity from a primal source; a desire for an imaginary pet snake that teaches you how to be more playful with your libidinous energy; and a desire for a jolt of unexpected beauty that reminds you how important it is to always keep a part of your mind untamed.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] I used to have an acupuncturist who liked to talk about her understanding of Chinese medicine. Once she told me that every human being needs a "heart protector," which is a body function that's "like a holy warrior who serves as the queen's devoted ally." But the heart protector is not something you're born with. You've got to grow it by building your fortitude and taking care of your body. I think the heart protector will be an apt metaphor for you to play with in the coming weeks, Pisces. It's going to be an excellent time for you to cultivate any part of your life that gives your heart joy, strength, peace, and integrity.


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