SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] You're entering one of the most buoyant phases of your astrological cycle. Your mandate is to be brash and bouncy, frothy and irrepressible. To prepare you, I've rounded up some exclamatory declarations by poet Michael McClure. Take them with you as you embark on your adventures. McClure: "Everything is natural. The light on your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling—molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness, and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions. Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness."

CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] You know those tall, starched white hats that many chefs wear? Traditionally, they had 100 pleats, which denoted the number of ways a real professional could cook an egg. I urge you to wear one of those hats in the coming weeks, Capricorn—or whatever the equivalent symbol might be for your specialty. It's time for you to express your ingenuity in dealing with what's familiar . . . to be versatile as you show how much you can accomplish using just the basics.

AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18] As I was driving my car in San Francisco late one night, I arrived at a traffic signal that confused me. The green light was steady, but then so was the red light. I came to a complete stop and waited until finally, the red faded. I suspect you might soon be facing a similar jumble of mixed signals, Aquarius. Do what I did. Sit still until the message gets crisp and clear.

PISCES [February 19–March 20] A woman named Joan Ginther has won the Texas Lottery four times, collecting more than $20 million. Is she freakishly lucky? Maybe not, according to Nathaniel Rich's article in the August 2011 issue of Harper's. He notes that Ginther has a Ph.D. in math from Stanford and wonders if she has used her substantial understanding of statistics to game the system. Be inspired by her example, Pisces. You now have exceptional power to increase your good fortune through hard work and practical ingenuity.

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