CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] In his video, "Sickest Buddhist," comedian Arj Barker invokes a hip-hop sensibility as he brags about his spiritual prowess. Noting how skilled he is when it comes to mastering his teacher's instructions, he says, "The instructor just told us to do a 45-minute meditation/but I nailed it in 10." I expect you will have a similar facility in the coming week: Tasks that might be challenging for others may seem like child's play to you. I bet you'll be able to sort through complications that normally take days to untangle.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] The sixth astronaut to walk on the moon was engineer Edgar Mitchell. He asserts that extraterrestrials have visited Earth and governments are covering up that fact. The second astronaut to do a moonwalk was Buzz Aldrin. He says that there is an artificial structure built on Phobos, a moon of Mars. Personally, I lean toward Mitchell and Aldrin. Having been raised by an engineer father, I know how unlikely it is for people with that mindset to make extraordinary claims. If you have to choose between competing authorities any time soon, Aquarius, I recommend that like me, you opt for the smart mavericks instead of the smart purveyors of conventional wisdom.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] If I were you, Pisces, I'd make interesting fun your meme of the week. You will be fully justified in making that your modus operandi and your raison d'être. For best results, you should put a priority on pursuing experiences that both amuse you and captivate your imagination. As you consider whether to accept any invitation or seize any opportunity, make sure it will teach you something you don't already know and also transport you into a positive emotional state that gets your endorphins flowing.

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"Jungian" to me sounds like a cross between "Nazi" and "scientologist." Much has been written about the flaws and depredations of Sigmund Freud, and he certainly deserved his share of criticism. But Jung, who fell away from Freud not over honest intellectual differences but over who was going to be the center of attention (and Jung's anti-Semitism), was an overweening narcissist with a God complex who created a thoroughly empirically-unfounded cosmology about supernatural archetypes, wedded to his own ideas about racial superiority that made him and the contemporaneous regime in Berlin mutually sympathetic, and suffused, like L. Ron Hubbard's self-serving malarkey some time later, with pseudo-esoteric crapola meant to differentiate the initiated from the uninitiated. Please don't cite Jung in your horoscopes. I tend to think of horoscopes as mostly harmless superstitions to be read for entertainment, but when the astrologer starts to cite people like Jung I'm ready to dispense with the qualifier (with apologies to late/lamented Douglas Adams of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame) "mostly harmless" and substitute "perniciously, insidiously wrong."

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