By Albert Samaha
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By Alison Flowers
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CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] A few single friends of mine use OkCupid to meet potential lovers. One woman got the following notice: "We are pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid's most attractive users. How can we say this with confidence? Because we've tracked click-thrus on your photo and analyzed other people's reactions to you . . . Your new elite status comes with one important privilege: You will now see more attractive people in your match results. Also! You'll be shown to more attractive people in their match results. And, no, we didn't send this e-mail to everyone on OkCupid. Go ask an ugly friend." According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you will soon receive a metaphorically comparable message, not from OkCupid, but from the universe itself.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] The liberation movement kindled in the 1960s wasn't all fun and games. It ushered in expansive new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, spirituality, and consciousness itself, but it was fueled by anger as well as by the meaning and transcendence. A key focus of the rage was opposition to the Vietnam War. The adrenaline stirred by antiwar protests was an instrumental part of the mix that propelled the entire era's push for freedom. I'm hoping that the oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico will become a similar beacon in the next 10 years. Can you think of a comparable prod in your personal life, Aquarius? A gnawing injustice that will help awaken and feed your irresistible drive to emancipate yourself?
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Here's a thought from W.H. Auden: "The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me." If what he describes is true for you, I suggest you try this experiment: Merge the two images; see if you can make them the same. You're entering a phase in your cycle when you will have a tremendous opportunity to unify the inner and outer parts of your life. (And if Auden's description is not true for you, congratulations: You are either an enlightened saint or well on your way to becoming one.)
Homework: Identify your fondest childhood memory, and re-create in the present time the feeling you had back then. Testify at Truthrooster@gmail.com.