By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
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SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Gwyneth Paltrow is the most perfect person alive, said Gawker.com. I suppose it's possible to award her that title: She's beautiful, rich, famous, and in good shape. Without denying that Gwyneth is a gem, however, I must say that my standards of perfection are different. Are you doing the work you love? Are you engaged in ongoing efforts to transform your darkness? Are you saving the world? Are you skilled at taking care of yourself? Those are my primary measures. What are yours, Sagittarius? It's an excellent time to define your ideal human.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] In an old Star Trek episode, a 24th-century starship captain is weighed down by a problem about how to deal with two enemies who are at war with each other. Unable to come up with a viable solution, she retreats to the holodeck, where virtual-reality technology can create a rendition of any desired scene. Where does she go for advice? She seeks out Leonardo da Vinci in his 16th-century studio. Once she has outlined her dilemma, Leonardo offers his counsel: "When one's imagination cannot provide an answer, one must turn to a greater imagination." This is my advice to you right now, Capricorn.
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] Seth Grahame-Smith rewrote Pride and Prejudice. He kept 85 percent of her material, but also added "ultraviolent zombie mayhem," creating a new story, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In his version, Austen's tale is altered by the previously unrevealed activities of zombies. I urge you to follow Grahame-Smith's lead, Aquarius. Take some original creation you really like, and add a shot of your own unique approach to generate a completely new thing.
PISCES [February 19–March 20] Everyone alive should see the musical comedy "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." At the very least, we should all meditate regularly on the play's title, using it as a self-mocking mantra that dissuades us from committing the folly it describes. How better to serve the health of our relationships than by withdrawing the projections we superimpose on people, thereby allowing them to be themselves? Right now, you're in special need of honoring this wisdom, Pisces. If you feel the itch to tell friends and loved ones that they should be different from how they actually are, stop and ask yourself whether maybe you should transform yourself instead.
Homework: Describe how you've fought off the seductive power of trendy cynicism without turning into a gullible Pollyanna. Go to FreeWillAstrology.com and click "E-mail Rob."