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ARIES [March 21–April 19] Isaac Newton is regarded as one of the most influential scientists in history. But the time he spent as a member of the English Parliament was undistinguished. The only public comment he ever made while serving there was a request to close the window because he was cold. After analyzing 2013's astrological aspects, Aries, I'm guessing that you should cultivate a firm intention to avoid doing what Newton did. Keep playing to your strengths and emphasizing what you love.
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] In 2013, I'd like to help you cultivate an even more reliable relationship with your intuition. There's another kind of inspiration I hope to offer you in the coming months: clues about how to be "bad" in ways that will give your goodness more vigor. And when I say "bad," I'm not referring to nastiness, but rather to playfulness. Here's one further service I want to provide, Taurus: helping you build a greater capacity to receive gifts, blessings, and support.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] In the year 1900, few people believed that human beings would ever fly through the sky in machines. For years, the Wright Brothers had a hard time convincing anyone to believe their flights were actually taking place, even though they had photos and witness reports. Although the leap you'll be capable of in 2013 isn't quite as monumental as the Wright Brothers', it could be pretty important in the history of your own life. You might also have to deal with skepticism akin to what they had to face.
CANCER [June 21–July 22] In 2013, I predict you will see why it's wise to phase out an influence you have loved to hate for far too long. You will also have a talent for purging emotional burdens and psychic debris that you've been holding on to. No later than your birthday, you will be free from a subtle curse you've been casting on yourself; you will finally be attending to one of your long-neglected needs; and you will have turned some rather gawky, half-assed wizardry into a smooth magic.
LEO [July 23–August 22] In 2013, I pledge to help you raise your lovability. It's not that you are unlovable now, of course, but there's always room for improvement, right? And if people become even more attracted to you than they already are, then you're likely to get a lot of collaborative and cooperative work done. You will thrive as you and your allies work on projects that make your corner of the world a better and more interesting place.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] First question: Have you ever thought to yourself, "I'm afraid I will never achieve my noblest dreams"? Answer: There's a good chance that in the coming year you will banish that fear. Second question: Have you ever wondered if maybe you unconsciously undermine the efforts of people who are trying to assist you? Answer: You should discover exactly what to do to prevent such a thing from happening. Third question: Do you know the single most important question you should be asking in 2013? Answer: You will figure that out sometime in the next three weeks.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] In 2013, I will be encouraging you to journey into the frontiers and experiment with the unknown. I will seek to inspire you to go in search of teachings you've needed for a long time. Are you ready for this expansion? Are you feeling a natural urge to explore forbidden zones? As you might imagine, doing this work would motivate you to develop a healthier relationship with your fears. To bolster your courage, I suggest you find some new freedom songs to sing.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] In 2013, I will do what I can to ensure that your fiscal biorhythms are in close alignment with the universal cash flow. There's an excellent chance that your wealth will increase. The upgrade will be especially dramatic if you are constantly scheming about how you can share your riches. I think there will also be an interesting fringe benefit if you maintain maximum integrity as you enhance your access to resources: You will develop a more useful relationship with your obsessive tendencies.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] In 2013, I pledge to conspire with you to achieve more mixtures, connections, accords, and unifications. I will be a fount of suggestions about how you can live well in two worlds. I will coach you to create a peace treaty with your evil twin, and I will help you develop a knack for steering clear of other people's bad ideas. I can't guarantee that you will never again experience a broken heart, but I swear I will do everything I can do to heal the broken part of your heart.
CAPRICORN [December 22–January 19] When he was 21, the Capricorn writer Jack London set off to prospect for gold in the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. He had a rough time. Malnourished, he suffered from scurvy. To make matters worse, he didn't find much gold and returned home broke. On the other hand, he met scores of adventure seekers who told him stories of their travels. These tales served as material for his novel The Call of the Wild, published in 1903 and regarded as his masterpiece. I'm guessing you will begin a similar trajectory in 2013, Capricorn.