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ARIES [March 21–April 19] "The most fundamental form of human stupidity is forgetting what we were trying to do in the first place," said Nietzsche. So, for instance, if you're the U.S. government and you invade Afghanistan in order to wipe out al-Qaeda, it's not too bright to continue fighting and spending obscene amounts of money long after the al-Qaeda presence has been eliminated. (There are now fewer than 100 al-Qaeda fighters in that country.) What's the equivalent in your personal life? What aspiration propelled you down a path that led to entanglements having nothing to do with your original aspiration? It's time to correct the mistake.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] The Carnival season gets into full swing this weekend and lasts through Mardi Gras next Tuesday night. Wherever you are, I suggest you use this as an excuse to achieve new levels of mastery in the art of partying. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you're the one that is most deserving of getting immersed in rowdy festivities. To get you in the right mood, read these thoughts from literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin. He said a celebration like this is a "temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order," and encourages "the suspension of all hierarchical rank, privileges, norms, and prohibitions."
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] When Bob Dylan first heard Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, he only made it through the first few tunes. "Turn that s--- off!" he said. "It's too good!" He was afraid his own creative process might get intimidated if he allowed himself to listen to the entire masterpiece. I suspect the exact opposite will be true for you in the coming weeks. As you expose yourself to excellence, you'll feel a growing motivation to express excellence. The inspiration that will be unleashed in you by your competitors will trump any of the potentially deflating effects of your professional jealousy.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Jungian storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes says one of her main influences is the Curanderisma healing tradition from Mexico. "In this tradition a story is 'holy,' and it is used as medicine," she told Radiance. "The story is not told to lift you up, to make you feel better, or to entertain you, although all those things can be true. The story is meant to take the spirit into a descent to find something that is lost or missing and to bring it back to consciousness again." You need stories like this, Cancerian, and you need them now. It's high time to recover parts of your soul that you have neglected or misplaced or been separated from.
LEO [July 23–August 22] You've been pretty smart lately, but I think you could get even smarter. You have spied secrets in the dark and untangled knots that no one else has had the patience to mess with—and yet I suspect there are even greater glories possible for you. For inspiration, Leo, memorize this haiku-like poem by Geraldine C. Little: "The white spider/whiter still/in the lightning's flash."
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] I wouldn't try to stop you, Virgo, if you wanted to go around singing "I Wanna Be Adored." I wouldn't be embarrassed for you if you serenaded the stars with a chant of "I wanna be adored, I deserve to be adored, I demand to be adored." And I might even be willing to predict that your wish will be fulfilled—on one condition, which is that you also express your artful adoration for some worthy creature.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] "The difference between the right word and the almost right word," said Mark Twain, "is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Because the difference between the right word and the almost right word will be so crucial for you in the coming days, I urge you to maintain vigilance toward the sounds that come out of your mouth. But don't be repressed about it. Loose, graceful vigilance will actually work better. By the way, the distinction between right and almost right will be equally important in other areas of your life as well. Be adroitly discerning.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] "Dear Rob: In your horoscopes you often write about how we Scorpios will encounter interesting opportunities, invitations to be powerful, and creative breakthroughs. But you rarely discuss the deceptions, selfish deeds, and ugliness of the human heart that might be coming our way—especially in regards to what we are capable of ourselves. Why do you do this? My main concern is not in dealing with what's going right, but rather on persevering through difficulty. —Scorpio in the Shadows." Dear Scorpio: You have more than enough influences in your life that encourage you to be fascinated with darkness. I may be the only one that's committed to helping you cultivate the more undeveloped side of your soul: the part that thrives on beauty and goodness and joy.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] Acupuncturists identify an energetic point in the ear called the spirit gate. If it's stuck closed, the spirit is locked in; if it's stuck open, the spirit is restless and unsettled. What's ideal is that the spirit gate is not stuck in any position. Then the spirit can come and go as it needs to, and also have the option of retreating and protecting itself. I'd like you to imagine that right now a skilled acupuncturist is inserting a needle in the top of your left ear, where it will remain for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, visualize your spirit gate being in that state of harmonious health I described.