By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
ARIES [March 21–April 19] When astronaut Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon and back on the Apollo 11 in 1969, he was paid less than $8 a day. That has to stand as one of the most flagrant cases of underpaid labor ever. I suggest you keep Aldrin's story in mind during the next six months as you meditate steadily on the future of your relationship with making money. Hopefully it will help keep you in an amused frame of mind—which is the best possible attitude to have as you scheme and dream about your financial master plan for the years ahead.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] After meditating on your astrological omens for the rest of 2011, I've picked out the guiding words that best suit your needs. They're from mythologist Joseph Campbell: "If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it's not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path." Now here's a corollary from Spanish poet Antonio Machado: "Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, nothing more; there is no road—you make the road by walking. Turning to look behind, you see the path you will never travel again."
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] Emma Goldman was a charismatic activist whose speeches had a big impact on leftist politics in the first half of the 20th century. Unlike some of her fellow travelers, she wasn't a dour proselytizer. She championed a kind of liberation that celebrated joy. "If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution," she is alleged to have told a colleague. As you contemplate the radical transformations you might like to cultivate in your own sphere during the coming months, Gemini, I suggest you adopt a similar attitude. Make sure your uprisings include pleasurable, even humorous elements. Have some fun with your metamorphoses.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] A while back, I asked my readers to propose a new name for your astrological sign. "Cancer" has a bit of a negative connotation, after all. Many people suggested "Dolphin" as a replacement, but the two ideas that most captivated my imagination were "Gateway" and "Fount." I probably won't be able to convince the astrological community to permanently adopt either of these uplifting designations, but I encourage you to try out them out to see how they feel. This is a good time to experiment: For the next 12 months, you will have substantial potential to embody the highest meanings of both "Gateway" and "Fount."
LEO [July 23–August 22] The year's half over. Let's talk about what you want to make happen in the next six months. My analysis suggests that it'll be an excellent time to formulate a long-term master plan and outline in detail what you will need to carry it out. For inspiration, read this pep talk from philosopher Jonathan Zap: "An extremely effective and grounded magical practice is to identify your big dreams, the missions you really need to accomplish in this lifetime. The test of a big dream comes from asking yourself, 'Will I remember this well on my death bed?' If you have a big dream, you will probably find that to accomplish it will require a minimum of two hours of devoted activity per day."
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] "The passion to explore is at the heart of being human," said Carl Sagan. "This impulse—to go, to see, to know—has found expression in every culture." But Steven Dutch, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, disagrees. He says there've been lots of societies that have had little interest in exploration. Few Asian cultures probed far and wide. During a thousand years of history, ancient Romans ignored Russia, Scandinavia, and the Baltic, and made only minimal forays to India and China. Where do you personally fit on the scale of the human exploratory urge? Regardless of what you've done in the past, I bet you'll be on the move in the coming months.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] In the coming months, it's likely you will experience more action than usual in your astrological eighth house. Traditional astrologers call this the sphere of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but I refer to it as the realm of deep connection and lyrical interludes that educate and enrich your emotional intelligence. Are you ready to have your habit mind rewired, your certainties reworked, and your pleasures reconfigured?
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] I hope that in the first half of 2011 you have been doing some devoted work on tidying up the messy karma that had been interfering with the free flow of grace into your intimate relationships. If there's still work to be done on that task, throw yourself into it now. The renaissance of togetherness will last for many months. You don't want any lingering ignorance, self-deceit, or lack of compassion to gum it up.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] In 1498, Leonardo da Vinci completed one of his masterworks: "The Last Supper." Nineteen years later, the paint had begun to flake off, and by 1556 his biographer considered the whole thing to be "ruined." Over the centuries, further deterioration occurred, even as many experts tried to restore it. The most recent reclamation project lasted more than two decades. I hope that in the coming months you will show a similar dedication to tregeneration. Please work long and hard on bringing vitality back into what has fallen into decay or stagnancy.