By Alex Distefano
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By Steve Almond
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By Tessa Stuart
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] One of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, British author Aldous Huxley, wrote more than 20 books, including Brave New World. In his later years, he made a surprising confession: "It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'Try to be a little kinder.' " In accordance with your current astrological omens, Capricorn, I'd like you to take a cue from Huxley in the coming week. Proceed on the assumption that the smartest thing you can do—both in terms of bringing you practical benefits and increasing your intelligence—would be to deepen, expand, and intensify your compassion.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Early in Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time, the narrator stumbles upon a dizzying epiphany while having a snack. He dips a small cake into his cup of tea, and when he sips a spoonful, the taste transports him into an altered state. Inexplicably, he's filled with an "all-powerful joy" and "exquisite pleasure" that dissolve his feelings of being "mediocre, contingent, and mortal." The associations and thoughts triggered by this influx of paradise take him many pages to explore. I mention this, Aquarius, because I expect that you're about to have your own version of this activation. A seemingly ordinary event will lead to a breakthrough that feeds you for a long time. Be alert for it!
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Environmentalist Bill McKibben says that humans are transforming the planet so drastically that we shouldn't refer to it as "Earth" anymore. To acknowledge the fact that we're well on our way to living on a very different world, he suggests we rename our home the "Eaarth." By this logic, maybe we should rename your sign Piisces. The changes you're in the process of making this year are potentially so dramatic that you will, in a sense, be inhabiting a new astrological sign by January 2011. In your case, however—unlike that of our planet—the majority of your alterations are likely to be invigorating and vitalizing. And you're now entering a phase when you'll have maximum opportunity to ensure that successful outcome.
Homework: Imagine yourself gazing into the eyes of the person you were 10 years ago. What do you want to say to him or her? Go to FreeWillAstrology.com and click "E-mail Rob."