CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19]Describing journalist Peter Freyne, Senator Patrick Leahy said, “He knew the difference between healthy skepticism and hollow cynicism.” Mastering that distinction happens to be your next assignment. Can you distinguish between your tendency to make compulsive negative judgments and your skill at practicing thoughtful and compassionate discernment? My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you will have a successful week if you do. Not only that: The universe will conspire to bring you blessings you didn’t even realize you needed.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] “There is time for work,” said Coco Chanel, “and time for love. That leaves no other time.” I understand and sympathize with that. But I’m going to beg you to make an exception to it in the coming weeks, Aquarius. In addition to getting a healthy quota of work and love, please do your best to carve out a few hours specifically devoted to engaging in unadulterated, unapologetic, unbridled play—the kind of flat-out, free-form, full-tilt fun and games that has the effect of permanently increasing your levels of liberation.

PISCES [February 19–March 20]Although I myself have an intimate ongoing relationship with the Divine Wow, it’s perfectly fine with me if other people don’t. Some of my best friends are atheists and agnostics. But I must admit that I laughed derisively when I heard that the supposed genius named Stephen Hawking declared, with the fanatical certainty of a religious fundamentalist, that heaven does not exist. How unscientific of him! The intellectually honest perspective is, of course, that there’s no way to know for sure about that possibility. I bring this up, Pisces, as an example of what not to do. It’s particularly important right now that you not be blinded by your theories about the way things work. If you put the emphasis on your raw experience rather than your preconceived biases, you will be blessed with as much beauty and truth as you can handle.

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Don't do any drugs? I believe most people (there are a few unstable exceptions who won't be able to handle what they would face about themselves- this is why these substances are called "psychedelics," from the Greek root words meaning "soul-revealing") should try 'shrooms and/or peyote/mescaline 3-4 times and LSD once or twice, just to understand the experience. But leave hard drugs- meth, other amphetamines, barbiturates, tranquilizers, opioids, hard liquor, cocaine, and crack- strictly alone. I myself am completely straight at this point (except for the occasional- and I mean about two or three times a year- beer or glass of wine), but I do not regret the psychedelic experimentation/exploration of my youth, almost four decades ago now.

 
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