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] It's time for your right hand to find out what your left hand has been doing lately, and vice versa. They've been attending to their separate agendas for a while, and now it would be wise to have them work together more closely. As they get reacquainted, a bit of friction would be understandable. You might have to serve as a mediator. Try to get them to play nicely with each other for a while before jumping in to the negotiations about how best they can cooperate.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] Some relationships that you call "friendships" might be little more than useful connections or status boosters or affiliations that enhance your power and influence. There's no shame in that. But it's also a smart idea to make sure that at least some of your alliances are rooted primarily in pure affection. You need to exchange energy with people who don't serve your ambitions so much as they feed your soul. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to cultivate friendships like that.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] Do you remember what you were doing between July 2000 and June 2001? Think back. Did anything happen then that felt like a wild jump-start or a series of epiphanies or a benevolent form of shock therapy? Were you forcibly dislodged from a rut by an adversary who eventually became an ally? Did you wake up from a sleepy trance you didn't even know you had been in? I'm guessing that at least some of those experiences will be returning but on a higher octave this time.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Author Steven Covey describes your "circle of concern" as everything you're concerned with or worried about. Your "circle of influence," on the other hand, is anything that's within your ability to change right now. For example, you might have general long-term questions or anxieties about the future of your health. That's your circle of concern. But your circle of influence contains specific actions you can take to affect your health today, like eating good food, getting enough sleep, and exercising. What I'm seeing for you, Cancerian, is that the coming weeks will be an excellent time to spend less time in your circle of concern and more in your circle of influence.
LEO [July 23–August 22] There's a wild zoo about two hours northwest of Seattle. After paying your fee, you can drive your car through acres of land where large animals are allowed to roam free. When I took the tour, I stopped my rented Dodge Stratus by the side of the road to get a better look at a humongous buffalo. It lumbered over to where I was parked and for the next five minutes thoroughly licked my windshield with its enormous purple tongue. My head was just inches away from its primal power, yet I was safe and relaxed. I wouldn't be surprised if you had a comparable experience sometime soon, Leo.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] In the Biblical book of Genesis, Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder that went up to heaven. I recommend that you try to incubate a similar dream, or else do some meditations in which you visualize that scene. It would help prime your psyche for one of this week's top assignments, which is to be adaptable as you go back and forth between high places and low places. Heaven and earth need to be better connected. So do the faraway and the close-at-hand, as well as the ideal and the practical. And you're the right person for the job.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] Thomas Edison said something to the effect that a person who is thoroughly satisfied is probably a failure. I guess he meant that if you're not always pushing to make your life better, you must not have high standards or passionate goals. Although I can see the large grains of truth in that theory, I don't think it applies in all cases—like for you right now, for instance. During the upcoming grace period, it will make sense for you to be perfectly content with the state of your life just as it is. To do so won't make you lazy or complacent. Just the opposite, in fact: It will charge your psychic batteries and create a reservoir of motivational energy for the second half of 2012.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Twenty-four-year-old actress AnnaLynne McCord has risen up in rebellion against what she calls "Hollywood's perfection requirement." Lately she has been brazenly appearing in public without any makeup on. She has even encouraged paparazzi to snap photos of her in her natural state. "I'm not perfect," she says, "and that's OK with me." I nominate her to be your role model in the coming weeks, Scorpio. You will be able to stir up useful blessings for yourself by being loyal to the raw truth. You can gain power by not hiding anything. (And yes, I realize that last statement is in conflict with the core Scorpionic philosophy.) Here's my guarantee: It'll be fun to be free of unrealistic images and showy deceptions.