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ARIES [March 21April 19] I received this e-mail: Dear Chosen One: My name is Boopsky. I rule a small kingdom that exists in a secret placean island with abundant riches and rhinoceros playgrounds. You have won our naked lottery. We will carve a statue of you out of strawberry jam. Your funny ways of walking and talking will be imitated by all of our citizens. Then you will be caressed as a monarch on a pile of TVs and sung songs to by our reincarnation chorus. Cant wait to see you be so happy! I suspect you may soon receive an invitation as puzzling as this one, Ariesan apparent blessing that carries mixed messages or odd undertones. My suggestion is to hold off on accepting it until you find out more about it. Meanwhile, make sure it doesnt distract you from taking advantage of a less flashy but more practical opportunity.
TAURUS [April 20May 20]In order to capture the spirit of the landscapes he painted, Claude Monet used to work outside in all kinds of weather. When I look at masterpieces like Snow at Argenteuil, I like to imagine he was so engrossed in his work that he barely even registered the bitter chill. I bet youll be able to achieve a similar intensity of focus in the coming week, Taurus. You could be so thoroughly absorbed in an act of creation or a ritual of transition or an attempt at transformation that you will be virtually exempt from any discomfort or inconvenience that might be involved.
GEMINI [May 21June 20]Whats going to happen for you in the coming week will be the equivalent of gaining the ability to see infrared light with your naked eye or. With this superpower at your disposal, you may be able to figure out how peoples unspoken feelings have been covertly affecting your destiny. You will intuit lucid inklings about the probable future that will help you adjust your decisions. You might even tune in to certain secrets that your own unconscious mind has been hiding from you.
CANCER [June 21July 22]Devilish laughter revels in chaos, says professor John Clark. Its an assault on excessive order, authority, and seriousness. Angelic laughter, on the other hand, expresses delight in the wondrousness of life and in the mystery of the order and fitness of things. Id like to suggest that the time is ripe for you to revel equally in the devilish and the angelic varieties of laughter. So get out there and seek funny experiences that dissolve your fixations and celebrate your lifes crazy beauty. The healing that results could be spectacular.
LEO [July 23August 22] Last year, a group of wealthy Germans asked their government to require them to pay higher taxes. We have more money than we need, said the 44 multimillionaires. They wanted to help alleviate the ravages of poverty and unemployment. I urge you to make a comparable move, Leo. In what part of your life do you have more abundance than most people? Are there practical ways you could express your gratitude for the extravagant blessings life has given you? I think youll find that raising your levels of generosity will ultimately lead to you receiving more love.
VIRGO [August 23September 22] I dont know what Im looking for, sings Brendan Benson in What Im Looking for, but I know that I just want to look some more. I suspect those words could come out of your mouth these days. I worry that youve become so enamored with the endless quest that youve lost sight of what the object is. You almost seem to prefer the glamour of the runaroundas painful as it sometimes is. That probably means youre at least somewhat out of touch with the evolution of your primal desires. Check back in with the raw, throbbing source, please.
LIBRA [September 23October 22]When its flood season, the Amazon River rises as much as 60 feet. At that time, the adjoining forests earn their namevárzea, a Portuguese word meaning flooded forests. The rivers fish wander far and wide, venturing into the expanded territory to eat fruit from the trees. In the coming weeks, Libra, I imagine youll be like those fish: taking advantage of the opportunities provided by a natural windfall.
SCORPIO [October 23November 21] Provocative new influences are headed your way from a distance. Meanwhile, familiar influences that are close at hand are about to burst forth with fresh offerings. Its likely that both the faraway and nearby phenomena will arrive on the scene at around the same time and with a similar intensity. Try not to get into a situation where they will compete with or oppose each other. Your best bet will be to put them both into play in ways that allow them to complement each other.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22December 21] Are you desperate for more companionship? Are you prowling around like a lusty panther, fantasizing about every candidate whos even remotely appealing? If so, I have some advice from the poet Rumi: Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. In other words, Sagittarius: To foster the search for intimate connection, identify the patterns within yourself that are interfering with it. By the way, this is good counsel even if youre only moderately hungry for closer connection.
CAPRICORN [December 22January 19] If you live in the United States, your chocolate almost certainly contains insect parts. The FDA understands that the mechanisms involved in making chocolate usually suck small passers-by into the works, which is why it allows manufacturers to include up to 60 bug fragments per 100 grams of chocolate. A lot of basically positive influences have a similar principle at work: Unpalatable ingredients get mixed in with the tasty stuff, but not in such abundance that they taint the experience. This week, Capricorn, you may be unusually tuned in to the unpalatable side of some good things in your life. Dont overreact.
AQUARIUS [January 20February 18] I went to a literary event in which young poets read their work. One poet, Shelby Hinte, began her segment by talking about what inspires her. I like to write about women who are more interesting than me, she said. I was full of admiration for that perspective. It suggests shes cultivating the abundant curiosity and humility that I think are essential to the creative process. As you slip deeper into an extra fertile phase of your personal cycle, Aquarius, I urge you to adopt a similar voracity for influences that surprise and fascinate and educate you.
PISCES [February 19March 20] Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, said science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. So in other words, if you were able to time-travel back to medieval England with a laptop computer and a solar-powered battery charger, the natives might regard you as a wizard with supernatural powers. I think there will soon be a similar principle at work in your life, Pisces: You will get a vivid glimpse of amazing things you could accomplish in the future. They may seem fantastic and impossible to the person you are right nowtantamount to magic. Be alert for expanded states of awareness that reveal who you could ultimately become.
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