~HOROSCOPE~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19):

We\’re almost halfway through 2007. It\’s time to take inventory of how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you, Aries: Have you been making reconnaissance missions into previously forbidden territory? Are you seeking adventures beyond the borders of your known world? I hope so. I hope you\’re blowing your own mind on a regular basis, both by exposing it to ideas it has never dared to entertain and by seeking out exotic experiences it has no precedents for.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20):

We\’re almost halfway through 2007. Let\’s take inventory of how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. Are you becoming a better judge of character? Have you cultivated your skill at reading people\’s energy and understanding what motivates them? I hope so, because 2007 should be the year you generate big benefits for yourself by bringing out the best in your allies and cohorts. Whenever you catalyze their potentials, the universe will in turn conspire to catalyze your potentials.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20):

We\’re almost halfway through 2007. It\’s time to take inventory of how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you, Gemini: Are you working hard to heal the indecisiveness that has dissipated your energy in the past? I hope so. You\’ve never had a better chance to unify your divided mind than you have now; you will continue to be the beneficiary of unprecedented help from cosmic forces whenever you make concentrated efforts to coordinate your diverse desires. I urge you to invoke all your ingenuity as you seek out the magic that will make you a virtuoso of variety.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22):

How well are you capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities, Cancerian? Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, let\’s take an inventory. I\’m hoping that six months from now, you\’ll look back and make the following declaration: \”I can\’t believe I\’m saying this, but this year I realized in many colorful ways that limitations are my friends. The obstructions I faced eventually forced me to become far more resourceful than I\’d ever been before. The wastefulness I uncovered showed me how important it is to shed my trivial wishes and focus intensely on my top priority desires. The confusions I encountered taught me valuable secrets about how to master my emotions and dissolve my superstitious fears.\”

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22):

How well are you capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities, Leo? Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, let\’s take an inventory. I\’m hoping that six months from now, you\’ll look back and say the following: \”This was the year I learned how to play and have fun on a higher level. I resurrected everything I knew about playing and having fun as a child, and applied it to my life as an adult. I liberated my imagination in the bedroom and in the workplace; I gave myself permission to seek out amusement and delight as if they were the holiest motivations of all. I cavorted and joked and fooled around as if my dreams depended on it.\”

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

How well are you capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities, Virgo? Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, let\’s take an inventory. I\’m hoping that six months from now, you\’ll look back and say the following: \”This was the year I came all the way home. It was a turning point when I learned to speak with my own voice instead of trying to speak with the voices of everyone who\’s ever been important to me. In 2007 I found my power spot, my mother lode, my sacred ground. For the first time, I have a deeply felt certainty that I belong here on this planet; I belong here in my life; I belong here in this community and this mission and this body.\”

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

We\’re almost halfway through 2007. Let\’s take inventory of how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. I hope you\’ve realized by now that although you\’ve always been a pretty good communicator, there\’s room for you to become even better. For instance, you can learn to be much better at saying what you really mean instead of what you think people want to hear, yet without sacrificing your natural tact. You can also become more adept at staying true to yourself while still being sensitive to other people; you can increasingly find that you don\’t have to lose touch with what you really feel as you empathetically tune in to what everyone else feels.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, it\’s time to assess how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you a few questions. Have you been working hard to increase your value? I don\’t just mean economically, although it\’s true that this is the best time in over a decade for you to make more money and launch long-term plans for financial growth. But I hope that you\’re also adding to your worth in every way you can imagine, like by getting the training and new skills that will make you irresistible to future employers, lovers, and collaborators; and by purifying your motivations and clarifying your ethics and bolstering your integrity.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, it\’s time to assess how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you a few pointed questions. Have you been reinventing yourself from the ground up at least once a week? Have you been shedding old shticks and learning new tricks? How relentlessly have you committed yourself to the arts of liberation? There\’s still a lot of time to become even more receptive and responsive to the steady stream of wake-up calls that life is sending your way. For the next six months, you\’ll have cosmic luck on your side whenever you actively court the fertile blessings of future shock.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

We\’re almost halfway through 2007. Let\’s take inventory of how well you\’re capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities. Are you exorcising the ghosts that have messed with you for so long? Have you been wrapping up all unfinished business and resolving every ambiguous pain-in-the-ass that has sapped your energy? I hope so. By your next birthday, I\’m rooting for you to finally graduate from the lessons you\’ve been studying for years. Then you\’ll be primed and receptive for the fresh teachings that will begin flowing your way in 2008.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

How well are you capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities, Aquarius? Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, let\’s take an inventory. I\’m hoping that six months from now, you\’ll look back and say something like the following: \”I\’m pleased that this year I\’ve met many new people and expanded my network and reached a bigger audience. I\’m ecstatic that I have deepened my connections with pragmatic idealists who share my core values. And I\’m proud that I have honed my message and product so well that I\’m having a more profound influence than ever before.\”

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20):

How well are you capitalizing on this year\’s unique opportunities, Pisces? Now that we\’re almost halfway through 2007, let\’s take an inventory. I\’m hoping that six months from now, you\’ll look back and say something like the following: \”To my astonishment, this was the year I beat 70 percent of my fear of success and dissolved 80 percent of my tendency to sabotage my ambitions. Not only that. To my great satisfaction, I shed 70 percent of my martyr complex, lost 75 percent of my fascination for glamorous suffering, and smashed 85 percent of my perverse attraction to the victim archetype. This was one of the Best. Years. Ever.\”

~ HOROSCOPE ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

Don\’t take your time, Aries. Move double fast and strategize from many angles, always thinking ten steps ahead. Please don\’t keep your hands clean, either. Play with the muck and roll in the mud and learn from the dirt. And don\’t you dare be measured and balanced. Instead, be an intense and relentless initiator of decisive actions. One last thing: Don\’t play nice and sweet. Be a holy troublemaker, a noisemaker who breaks the silence and keeps it broken.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

In what areas of your life are you trying too hard? How might you be undoing your good intentions by grasping them so tightly that you\’ve squeezed out all the juice? In what ways are you so boxed in by habitual thoughts that you\’re not spontaneous any more? It\’s a perfect moment to fix these problems, Taurus. To begin getting yourself in the mood, relax every muscle in your body — especially your achy-breaky desire muscles — and half-sing, half-shout an exuberant \”YO!\”

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

Your patron saint of the week is Beatrice Wood (1893-1998), whose association with surrealist artists and her bohemian life as a painter and actress earned her the title \”The Mama of Dada.\” At the age of 92, she finished her autobiography, which was entitled I Shock Myself. Your first assignment, Gemini, is to do three things in the coming week about which you\’ll be able to say, \”I shock myself.\” Your second assignment is to imagine that you\’re 92 and looking back with pride at the top ten smart things you did to shock yourself into a heightened state of awareness in the years between now and then.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

Any strength can turn into a liability if it\’s taken too far. Any skill may lead you astray if expressing it becomes a compulsive habit that distracts you from responding authentically to the raw truth of the moment. That\’s why every now and then I have to advise you (and me, too, since I\’m a Crab) not to nurture the hell out of everyone, even though it comes naturally to you. This is one of those times. Please suppress any urges you might have to take care of everyone except yourself. In the coming week, your duty is to be your own mommy and daddy.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

I have extensive experience with writing in the dark. Every night for many years I have awoken in pitch blackness to write down my dreams. I also take notes while watching movies in theaters, scrawl poems on redeye plane flights while all the other passengers are sleeping, and jot down my meditations as I stroll in the hills after midnight. I recommend that you try this yourself, Leo. It\’s prime time to peer inward and think hard . . . to sharpen your perceptions of the invisible world . . . to gather impressions from the edgy frontier where your conscious and unconscious minds overlap.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Say the following words aloud, please: \”Give it to me raw!\” How does it make you feel when you allow that demand to come out of your mouth? I hope it fills you with a sense of playful power. If you\’re in alignment with cosmic influences, \”Give it to me raw!\” is a pithy embodiment of your proper relationship with the world. Now try these corollary statements: \”I want the full blast of purity! Don\’t hold anything back! Serve me up the maximum dose! I want the elixir of life, not the hors d\’oeuvres! Bless me with the whole truth and nothing but! I\’m in love with the flood, not the trickle!\”

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

My archaeologist buddy Frank is of course a devotee of the theory of evolution, but he likes to have fun being blasphemous about some of its conclusions. Recently he told me, for instance, that all the ancient bones that have ever been found and used to deduce the course of human evolution, from homo habilis to homo sapiens, would fit in the back of a pick-up truck. \”Pretty slim evidence for ideas that purport to explain millions of years of history, eh?\” he said mischievously. Can you identify a comparable situation in your life, Libra? Is there a fundamental assumption you\’re loyal to even though the data that prove it are scanty? This is a good time to gather more information and re-evaluate your assumptions.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

America\’s former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky addressed an assembly at my daughter\’s high school. He read from his translation of Dante\’s Inferno and took questions from students. After hearing Dante\’s description of the nether regions, one boy asked Pinsky what his personal version of hell was. The poet said that each of us creates our own hell. The fearful and negative interpretations of reality with which we infect our imaginations constitute curses that we cast on ourselves. They terrify and enslave us so thoroughly that most of the difficult outer circumstances we encounter are mild in comparison. Your next assignment, Scorpio, is to work on dissolving the hell you carry around in your own mind.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

There used to be a store outside of Boston called Venus Envy. It sold sexy religious supplies and holy sex toys. I wish there was a place like that near you, because you\’re in a phase that\’s ideal for learning more about erotic spirituality. In lieu of that, here are other ways you could milk the opportunities. (1) Read the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, in which she gives vivid accounts of her ecstatic communion with divine beings. (2) Invoke the wild intelligence that rises up in you when you\’re infatuated with a romantic partner, then redirect that feeling toward the entire world. (3) Pray while you\’re making love and make love while you pray.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

\”Women are much more willing to talk about both their disasters and delights than men,\” says poet and workshop leader Robert Bly. I hope that you men refute his assertion in the coming week, because it\’ll be a favorable time for Capricorns of all genders to spend quality time testifying and singing and wondering about the most vivid experiences from your past. You\’re liable to attract a variety of blessings if you come to new understandings about your disasters and delights. The best way to do that is to revisit them and revision them with fresh language.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Are we being sentimentally unscientific when we refer to the heart as the seat of the soul? Or does that idea contain a truth that surpasses reductive rationalism? In A Dictionary of Symbols, J.E. Cirlot reports that in the Jewish tradition, meditation involves \”speaking to one\’s heart.\” According to Christian tradition, the Kingdom of God resides in the heart. Hindus say the supreme god Brahma lives there, and in Islam, the heart is referred to as the throne of God. If you can get your modern prejudices out of the way, Aquarius, your next assignment is to have a sustained, intimate, heart-to-heart communion with your heart. Learn more about its secret thoughts. Converse with it as if it were the literal source of your emotional intelligence. Proceed on the hypothesis, as French philosopher Pascal did, that \”great thoughts come from the heart.\”

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

\”Dear Rob: I appreciate your help in cueing us in to the mysterious workings of our unconscious minds. I describe what you do not so much as reading the planets to predict our future. Rather, you conspire with us to expose and then overcome what we\’re hiding or repressing or fearing. It\’s often a daunting task, but I love it! -Ever-Braver Pisces.\” Dear Ever-Braver: I believe the upcoming weeks will be a Golden Age in your tribe\’s efforts to expose and then overcome what you\’re hiding or repressing or fearing. I expect that you\’ll break up the artificial dam that has been clogging up your imaginative flow, thereby unleashing a flood of creativity.

~ HOROSCOPE ~

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

\”Surreal hope\” means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger whom you will eventually realize is an important ally. Maybe when you see this person for the first time, he or she is looking dazed and disheveled on a street corner with tear stains on the cheek, having just broken up with a lover. And maybe you feel a strange attraction to this weirdo despite his or her unflattering appearance. Having surreal hope, in this instance, would mean that you\’d refrain from being dismissive and judgmental, but would instead entertain the possibility that your fascination might portend an interesting link under more favorable circumstances at a later date.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

\”Idealism increases in direct proportion to one\’s distance from the problem,\” wrote English novelist John Galsworthy. In other words, most people find it easier to stick to their noble beliefs and neat theories when they don\’t have to deal with the messy details of real life. I trust that you will be a stirring exception to this rule in the coming weeks, Taurus. Judging from the astrological omens, I predict that you\’ll be a master of utopian pragmatism. As you penetrate further and further into the heart of every matter, you\’ll come up with workable strategies for bringing out the best in people.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

For millions of years, the great rivers of the world have flowed into seas — or at least they have up until now. Because of their overuse by humans, several ancient rivers are in danger of drying up before they reach their destinations. Among them are China\’s Yellow River, the Tigris and Euphrates in the Middle East, and America\’s Rio Grande. I offer this as a cautionary metaphor to consider as you contemplate your long-term future. There are things you can do in the next six weeks to ensure that the river of your life will always connect to a greater source. I suggest you make that a high priority.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

\”Quetzalcoatl instructed the Aztecs to offer hyacinths and copal [a resin] to their idols instead of human flesh,\” wrote Edward Dahlberg in his book The Sorrows of Priapus. Alas, the priests didn\’t heed their god\’s directive. Their predilection for ripping the hearts out of their sacrificial victims is infamous. Now I\’m asking you to attend to a less dramatic but comparable matter, Cancerian. You have a prime opportunity to stop making an extreme sacrifice you\’ve been doing for a long time. The gods no longer demand it of you; it serves no holy purpose; and there\’s a milder and more useful sacrifice you can make instead.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

The geography of your heart is evolving. In places, coastlines are disappearing. Elsewhere, new islands have risen out of the sea. Boundaries are shifting, as some nations dissolve and others are born. Even the climate is changing, with warm winds blowing where once there was year-round chill, and monsoon-like conditions invading desert ecosystems. Roads that formerly led to the center of the action no longer do, and highways that used to be peripheral are now main routes. I suggest you take note of all this by redrawing your map, Leo. Get up to date with your heart\’s new landscapes.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States for eight years after serving as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II. Early in his career, however, he didn\’t win many accolades. Referring to his mediocre stint as an undergraduate at the U.S. Military Academy, he said, \”If anybody saw signs of greatness in me while at West Point, they kept it to themselves.\” Keep his story in mind during the coming weeks, Virgo. You may have to summon an extra measure of self-motivation as you keep pushing towards your goal despite a lack of recognition or applause.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In their translation of a poem by Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell write, \”I\’m the chimp of chance, the champ of chance, I\’m a chum of chance and a chump of chance.\” Judging from your astrological omens, Libra, I suspect it\’ll soon make sense for you to speak those words yourself. Dumb luck and blind fate will be swirling around you, whipping up both unexpected pleasures and knotty challenges. What can you do to be more of a champ and a chum of chance, and not so much of a chimp and a chump of chance? Welcome everything that happens, with no exceptions. Love the easy and the difficult, the playful and the contrived, the lucid and the confusing.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

I suggest we title this chapter of your life story \”The Perplexing Joy of Hundreds of Emotions,\” or maybe \”The Wild Peace of Way Too Many Feelings.\” That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it\’s an apt reflection of your immediate future: extreme, expansive, melodramatic, spectacularly educational, and filthy rich with intrigue. You may not break the world\’s record for most mood shifts in a good cause, but you could very well smash your own personal record.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Imagine what it feels like to rub your hand over the stubble that\’s just beginning to spring from the skin you shaved. Visualize a single small purple flower jutting through the dry brown stalks lining the trail you\’re hiking along. Remember a moment, after an argument with an ally, when the first tentative spark of reconciliation flowed between your eyes and his or hers. These are good metaphors for the kinds of experiences you should seek out, cultivate, and concentrate on in the coming week.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You\’ve gotten a little addicted to habits that are rooted in fear and worry. I suggest we resort to exotic measures to pry you out of your rut. After you read the proposed actions below, compose four more of a similar nature, then go out and actually do at least half of them. (1) On an empty milk carton, paste a collage of cut-out images and phrases that symbolize your anxieties. Then put it on the floor and stomp it to death as you growl. (2) Slap your own hand briskly ten times as you bark, \”Stop being such a wuss!\” (3) Everywhere you go, visualize yourself being accompanied by three great warriors who\’re dedicated to your well-being. (4) Gaze at a picture of a person who makes you nervous and yell \”I\’m not afraid of you, you mysterious slime-sucking bastard.\”

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In 18th-century France, the public was sometimes invited to watch when the women of the king\’s family gave birth. Can you imagine the modern-day equivalent? As the actresses and pop stars of Hollywood brought their babies into the world, TV news teams would be there on the scene, their cameras rolling. It\’s probably not going to happen anytime soon (though be on the alert if you hear Paris Hilton is pregnant). But I suggest you seek out the nearest metaphorical equivalent in the coming week. You\’ll really benefit from being in the presence of a primal, ecstatic, royal hatching.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

In the ancient Gnostic Gospel of Philip, discovered in Egypt last century, the author writes of the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. In one place, he says, \”Jesus often kissed Mary on the . . . .\” Unfortunately, there\’s a hole in the original document right where that next word was. Did Jesus kiss her on the cheek? The mouth? The neck? Unless other versions of the old text are found, we\’ll never know. On the other hand, I predict that you will soon solve a comparable mystery in your own love life. Some gap that has long mystified you will be filled in. A missing clue will turn up.

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