By Alex Distefano
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By Tessa Stuart
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Your eyes can discriminate between about 500 shades of gray. Let's hope your moral compass is as precise in its power to distinguish subtle differences. Why? Because there will be no easy black-vs.-white decisions to make in the future—no simple, foolproof way to determine the distinctions between good and bad. I recommend that for now you give up hope of achieving utter certainty, and instead celebrate the refined pleasures of nuanced, complicated truth.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] These days, you have an extraordinary capacity to perform magic. And when I use the word "magic," I mean: causing practical changes to occur in accordance with your most noble and beautiful desires. I'm not talking about the kind of "magic" that helps you gratify mediocre wishes or tawdry fantasies. I'm not saying you should go on an acquisitive binge as you gather up booty and bragging points. Instead, I'm letting you know that you have the power to create inspiring transformations in the way your life works.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Do you want to know where all the power lies for you? It's nowhere. But before you jump to conclusions about what I just said, read this passage from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, translated by Stephen Mitchell: "We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable."
PISCES [February 19–March 20] A Pisces woman I know was harried by ant swarms invading her kitchen. She could have run out to the drugstore and brought home loads of poisonous little ant hotels. Instead, she gave her imagination the go-ahead to brainstorm—soon, she'd come up with a solution. She scooped up a host of ants and threw them in a blender with the other ingredients of her smoothie, then drank it all down. The next day, all the ants had departed, as if scared off by the Great Devourer. I suggest you learn from her example, both in the sense of being open to outlandish possibilities and in the sense of finding alternate ways to deal with adversaries.