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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Have you ever arrived at a mountaintop on a clear day? Do you remember what you felt like? Can you re-imagine the sparkling purity of the air as it sweetened your lungs, the shimmering light that washed through you in lush waves, the exaltation of the sweeping vista as it lifted you to a deeper understanding of where your place is in this life? That’s the kind of peak experience you need and deserve in the coming days, Aries. If you can’t actually get to the top of a mountain, find the next best thing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
A Serbian beekeeper shares his deep religious fervor with the insects he spends so much time with. Slobodan Jeftic builds beehives shaped like churches because he believes bees have souls, too. I urge you to draw inspiration from his example, Taurus. Get together with your favorite animals for a rowdy prayer session. Bark or purr or neigh or chirp together. Run around with holy abandon, expressing primal gratitude for the vitality you’ve been granted. If you’re not currently in an intimate relationship with special animals, then take this as an opportunity to elevate and celebrate the consciousness of your own inner creature.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
If you’re average, you blink about 17,000 times a day. But I’m urging you to reduce that number for the foreseeable future. Why? Because the coming days will put you in the path of meaningful, interesting and useful sights that will be fast-paced and transitory. You might miss them if you blink too much. So open your eyes wider and for longer periods, Gemini, and get in the habit of checking in with your peripheral vision. Start now! What subtly amazing thing is happening right where you are?

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Two of the best money-saving steps you can take, says TV’s mock pundit Stephen Colbert, are to stop filling your hot tub with champagne and stop lining your gerbil’s cage with hundred-dollar bills. I highly recommend that you brainstorm about initiating similar conservative and preservative actions, Cancerian. It’s time for you to get really serious about shedding wasteful habits, cutting out needless excesses, and culling trivial activities that impinge on the time and energy you have available for the really important things. This shouldn’t be a cause for demoralization, by the way. On the contrary, the more creative you are about setting limits, the more long-term blessings you’ll set in motion.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
When he’s in his prime, a male panda performs an average of eight handstands a day. There’s no apparent evolutionary purpose in this stunt. He does it because it feels good. I suggest you make him your role model in the coming week, Leo. Identify three activities you can do not because they’re “good for you” or because they’ll advance some goal you’re pursuing, but simply for the sheer fun of it. If you can’t think of any play-time endeavors that fit this description, do the meditation and research necessary to find some. Whatever deeds you ultimately settle on, do them at least eight times a day. (P.S. Do you know how to do cartwheels?)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
It might be a good idea to temporarily avoid wearing stiletto heels, Virgo. The risk of slipping while wearing them is greater than usual. In a similar vein, I suggest you refrain from tightrope walking, putting yourself on a pedestal, or dreaming of climbing a ladder to the clouds. Two more suggestions: Don’t look down on people whom you imagine are inferior to you, and don’t promise more than you can deliver. You catch my drift? Stay away from high and mighty forms of expression. Choose low, deep and funky positions instead. Be as down-to-earth as you can possibly be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy loves how smart her husband is. The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd quotes Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as saying, “He has five or six brains, which are remarkably irrigated.” I suspect that description will apply to you in the coming weeks, Libra. Even if you have had just one brain up until now, you will seem, at least temporarily, to have as many as six bright facets to your intelligence. I advise you to sic this superpower on complex dilemmas that have baffled you for many moons. You’ll have an excellent chance to break them down into component parts and solve the hell out of them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
At one point during the comedic film Life of Brian, set in ancient Rome, the hero Brian is working as a vendor selling snacks to spectators at a gladiator match. “Wrens’ livers,” he says. “Jaguars’ earlobes. Wolf nipple chips. Get ’em while they’re hot.” A potential buyer turns to him and asks, “Got any nuts?” Brian says, “I haven’t got any nuts. Sorry. I’ve got larks’ tongues. Otters’ noses. Ocelot spleens.” Judging from your current astrological omens, Scorpio, I suspect you may soon be in a position analogous to the spectator. You will really want plain old basic nuts, but someone will be trying to get you to sample the wrens’ livers. My advice? Steer clear of exotic stuff you don’t have an appetite for. Hold out until the nuts are available.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
There’s a new source of abundance available for you to tap into, Sagittarius. It won’t necessarily come in the form of a pile of cash or an influx of hot suitors or an upgrade in your social status. I mean those things are possible, but I’d rather concentrate on identifying the plenitude that’s more likely to occur: increased energy. Your health is likely to be at its peak, and so will your generosity of spirit. Your senses will bring you a wealth of fresh perceptions, and your love of life will expand and intensify. And who knows? This enhanced vigor might help you corral a pile of cash or hot suitors or an upgrade of social status.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Last June, Neculai Ivascu was re-elected mayor of Voinesti, a Romanian town he had led for almost two decades. The only problem was, he was dead. “I know he died,” said one of the villagers who voted to return him to office, “but I don’t want change.” I hope you won’t go that far in your resistance to the forces of evolution, Capricorn. It’s time for at least some of your old ways of thinking and being to expire, and there’s no wisdom in trying to prop them up. My advice is to be brave: Gracefully agitate for transformation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
One of the greatest landslide victories in any election for U.S. president was Ronald Reagan’s in 1984. He got 54 million votes, 17 million more than his opponent. On the other hand, Reagan’s total was only 31 percent of all the Americans who were eligible to vote. So his “landslide” consisted of fewer than one out of every three adults. In the recent election, Barack Obama also won almost 31 percent of eligible voters, with 65 million votes. I think these vignettes provide an interesting caveat that you’d be wise to consider, Aquarius. In your personal sphere, a supposed majority might not be a majority at all. People in authority may have less of a mandate than they claim. As a result, you could have more power to spread your influence than you imagine.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Research by forensic anthropologist Martin Jarvis suggests that Johann Sebastian Bach’s wife probably wrote some of his music. Anna Magdalena didn’t get the recognition she deserved because “women were not allowed to take credit for composition” in the 18th century. I expect a comparable theme to emerge in your own life, Pisces. A source that has operated behind the scenes may come forward. A helper who has not previously been given proper due could be acknowledged. A woman whose good work has been obscured by sexism or a man whose efforts have been distorted by injustice might rise up and claim her or his rightful place.

Homework: Choose one area of your life where you will exceed your personal best in the coming week. Report your results by going to RealAstrology.com and clicking on “E-mail Rob.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Fifty-five percent of Americans not only believe in guardian angels, but testify that they have been actively aided by the intervention of those divine helpers. Commenting on the results, one religious expert said that “Americans live in an enchanted world.” The 55 percent figure may rise even higher in the coming weeks. A majority of Aries all over the planet, regardless of their religious orientation, could have a mystical experience that will spook and delight them. If you’re one of the chosen ones, don’t get fixated on or distracted by the sheer amazement of the visitation. Make sure you’re alert for its eminently practical guidance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You’ve been hiding a part of yourself from your conscious awareness. That’s why I’m going to ask you to take off the mask you wear when you’re alone with yourself. You might be surprised when you actually gaze upon your secret face. But I believe it will ultimately prove to be an intriguing breakthrough that will give you good ideas about how to share yourself more completely.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
A year ago, I had a vision that your experiences in 2008 would boost your heart’s smarts — maybe not up to the same level as your head’s intelligence, but much closer than before. I predicted you’d have a growing ability to master your own moods and emotions, and speculated on how that would in turn increase your understanding of why people do the things they do. So if, during these last 11 months, you’ve been taking advantage of the potentials I named back then, you have undoubtedly developed impressive new skills in the art of intimate relationships. If for any reason this hasn’t happened yet, start playing catch-up immediately.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Activist and author Naomi Klein tells a story about the time she traveled to Australia at the request of Aboriginal elders. They wanted her to know about their struggle to prevent white people from dumping radioactive wastes on their land. Her hosts brought her to their precious wilderness, where they camped under the stars. They showed her “secret sources of fresh water, plants used for bush medicines, hidden eucalyptus-lined rivers where the kangaroos come to drink.” After three days, Klein grew restless. When were they going to get down to business and show her the despoiled places? “Before you can fight,” one elder told her, “you have to know what you are fighting for.” That’s good advice, Cancerian. I suggest you immerse yourself in the beauty you’ll be serving and stewarding in the future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
The Mystic Astrology Wizard says: Close one of your eyes. Tap your forehead three times with the palm of your left hand. Think of a sexy image. Lick your lips and whisper the words “Love Whisperer.” Insert your middle finger in the “Delight-O-Meter” slot. Keep your finger there until the “Passion Lamp” turns on. Flash. Flash. Flash. Thank you. Your evaluation appears below. Your libido has been a bit off-course, semi-absorbed in unfruitful or irrelevant distractions. But now it’s realigning itself with the central dream themes of your life. Prepare to experience a truer juiciness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
I suggest you meditate on the theme of exile. Here are some questions to get you started: 1. Have you ever been shunned by people you care about? 2. Do you know what it’s like to unwillingly leave a place that has made you feel safe and secure? 3. Can you remember the desolation that came over you when you found yourself wandering in the middle of nowhere? 4. Has it been a challenge to connect with your tribe or be at peace in the land that makes you feel at home in the world? Whatever your exile is, Virgo, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to figure out how to heal it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
“Dear Rob: In the past I’ve thought of balance as the ability to move between extremes without falling down. I pride myself on being a Weeble-Wobbler, the toy that always swings back up when you try to tip it over. But lately I’m wondering if I should expand my concept of what we Libras do. I have fantasies of experimenting with a balance that more closely resembles walking on a railroad track. I could dip a foot here and there, first this side then that, just for fun, and still remain on the track. Maybe in time I could even dance on the rail. Your thoughts? — Libra in Expansion Mode.” Dear Expander: The coming weeks would be a great time, astrologically speaking, to try the experiment you described.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
It’s a ripe time to work on fixing any neurosis that chronically disrupts your economic karma. Can you afford sessions with a psychotherapist who’ll help you improve your relationship with money? Just in case you can’t, I’ll offer two exercises that might propel you toward financial self-healing. 1. Twice a day for five minutes, visualize yourself immersed in a joyous and meaningful experience that would be made possible by a more abundant flow of money into your life. 2. Think of three generous acts you want to carry out, three blessings you want to bestow, or three uplifting messages you want to deliver to deserving people.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In her book “One Continuous Mistake,” Gail Sher provides excellent advice for people who want to be writers. I’m offering it to you for your all-purpose use as you enter the Reinvent Yourself phase of your astrological cycle. The drive for perfection can be a distraction, Sher says. What’s more useful is to be brave and free enough to experiment with possibilities that may or may not pan out. Don’t think yourself into a corner, agonizing about where to begin. Simply dive in and get to work, trusting that the agitation you churn up will show you what works. Exult in the revelations provided by the trial-and-error approach!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Long-time conservative writer Christopher Buckley, son of right-wing icon William F. Buckley Jr., voted for Obama. Though he was once a speech writer for John McCain, a man he admired, Buckley was aghast at how the presidential campaign unfolded. “I didn’t leave the Republican Party,” he said. “The Republican Party left me.” I urge you to be alert for a comparable development in your own life, Capricorn. A group whose ideals you have held dear may be changing right in front of your eyes. Or perhaps a movement you’ve been part of has veered off course from the principles that drew you to it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
“Never keep up with the Joneses,” counseled author Quentin Crisp. “Drag them down to your level. It’s cheaper.” But I don’t recommend that approach, Aquarius. To do so would be as big a waste of your energy as trying to match the consumerist folly of the Joneses. The same holds true about any situation in which you’re tempted to compete for status with people whose values aren’t very deep. It’s crazy to get obsessed with wanting either to be like them or to drag them down. This advice is especially important now, when you’re more susceptible than usual to the dumbed-down influences of peer pressure. Try to carve out an independent path without indulging in envy, hatred or superiority.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Do you have a negative opinion of clouds? Are you inclined to regard them as symbols of gloom or malaise, interruptions in what you wish would always be clear blue sky? If so, I’ll ask you to revise your view. Consider the fact that in Chinese mythology, there are xiangyun, or “lucky clouds,” that are harbingers of great blessings. Deities may even ride on them for pleasure. Among the Zuni Indians, the monster known as the Cloud Eater was feared because he devoured clouds that might bring replenishing rain. And modern meteorologists know that white, fluffy cumulus clouds are signs that fair weather is on the way. Armed with these ideas, Pisces, go out in search of your own personal lucky clouds. They’re your metaphors of the week.

Homework: What’s the decision you chronically agonize about? The commitment you can never fully make? Tell all at FreeWillAstrology.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)
“You can’t know fire unless you play with it,” says Mark Finney, a math whiz who develops computer models for fighting forest fires. I offer that as a motto for you in the coming week, Aries. I’m not saying you should purposely ignite a conflagration for the sake of impulsive experimentation. I’m not saying you should kick smoldering embers around like soccer balls or light a cigarette while you’re pumping gasoline or buy yourself a flame-thrower. What I am saying is that it will be in your interest to learn more about how to play safely with intriguing, useful fires. (Finney’s quote comes from the July 2008 issue of National Geographic.)

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
The time for keeping the doors closed is passing. But it is not yet the right moment to fling them wide open. According to my reading of the omens, your best strategy is to keep doors ajar — open just a crack, letting some air in and allowing a hint of your light to trickle out. This will discourage unfocused wanderers from barging in, while at the same time it encourages worthy candidates with a healthy curiosity to sneak peeks inside.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
“There is a rose in Spanish Harlem,” sings Ben E. King in his old pop ballad. “It is a special one/ It’s never seen the sun/ It only comes out when the moon is on the run.” King is fantasizing with longing about an alluring woman from a hardscrabble neighborhood. The rose is “growing in the street/ right up through the concrete” — a delicate beauty blooming amidst tough conditions. Your assignment, Gemini, is to cultivate a connection with your equivalent of that rose.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Every second of your life, your bone marrow produces 100 trillion molecules of hemoglobin, the stuff that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of you. Meanwhile, every minute, your immune system begets 10 million lymphocytes, which are key players in your body’s defenses. These are just two examples of the endless marvels you produce, Cancerian. You are a creator of the first order. You’re a supreme maker and a generative genius. Remember that in the coming days. It will help you be confident and purposeful as you birth minor miracles and intimate wonders.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
For decades, the U.S. government has handed out far more welfare benefits to big corporations than to poor people. Companies like IBM, General Electric, Boeing and others rake in more than $100 billion of subsidies each year. In other words, socialism has been a prominent feature of our so-called capitalist system for a long time. Recently, Karl Marx’s influence has made even deeper inroads into the American way, with the government becoming part-owner of many banks in order to keep them solvent. Will any of this fantastic largesse be extended to us regular citizens, like maybe in the form of nationalized health care? I can’t answer that. But I do know this, Leo: In the coming months, you will get help from powers that you regard as above and beyond you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
For many people, 10:30 a.m. is the single best time of day to come up with fresh insights and new ideas. But that won’t exactly be true for you in the coming week. I mean, 10:30 will be a time when you’re likely to be really smart, but then so will 11:30, 1:05, 2:37, 3:46 and 4:20. For that matter, 6:35 may also bring a gush of high intelligence, as well as 7:27, 8:19, and the last 10 minutes before bedtime. What I’m trying to tell you, Virgo, is that you’re in a phase when being brilliant should come pretty naturally.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Ruminate a minute about the people who don’t see you for who you really are. Some of them are enemies, but others may be loved ones or allies. Consider the possibility that you have unconsciously bought in to their beliefs about you, that you are at least partially trapped in the habit of acting like the person they think you are. Now visualize what it would be like to free yourself from the images and expectations they have of you. Imagine the exhilaration you’d feel if you answered only to the still, small voice of your own lucid intuition. The coming weeks will be a good time for you to practice this high art.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
The New York Times ran a story about philosopher Nick Bostrom. He believes there’s a significant chance our world is actually a computer simulation. In his scenario, you and I are living in a version of The Matrix. Our “brains” are merely webs of computer circuits created by our post-human descendants, who are studying “ancestor simulations” of their past. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because it’s an excellent time for you to find out, one way or another, whether Bostrom is correct. Right now you have a special talent for knowing what’s real and what’s not. You’ve also got a knack for escaping what’s illusory and gravitating toward what’s authentic. So even if you do find out that we’re living in The Matrix, you could become a kind of messiah with resemblances to the character that Keanu Reaves played in the film trilogy.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In his book Signs of Success, astrologer Steven Weiss says, “The question ‘Do you believe in astrology?’ is like asking someone if they believe in art.” I agree. Picture a no-nonsense physicist gazing at a Kandinsky painting, with its teeming blobs of mad color and exuberant shapes, and declaring it to be a superstitious eruption of delusion that’s not based on a logical understanding of the world. Like Kandinsky’s perspective, astrology at its best roots us in the poetic language of the soul, and isn’t blindly submissive to the values of the rational ego. It’s here to liberate our imaginations and encourage us to think less literally and to visualize our lives as mythic quests. I bring this to your attention, Sagittarius, because right now it’s crucial that you spend some quality time in modes of awareness akin to Kandinsky’s and astrology’s.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Check out this excerpt from “Those Who Do Not Dance,” by Chilean poet Gabriel Mistral: “God asked from on high, / ‘How do I come down from this blueness?’ / We told Him: /come dance with us in the light.” I love this passage because it reminds me that nothing is ever set in stone: Everything is always up for grabs. Even God needs to be open to change and eager for fresh truths. Furthermore, even we puny humans may on occasion need to be God’s teachers and helpers. Likewise, we can never be sure about what lowly or unexpected sources may bring us the influences we require. What do Mistral’s words mean to you, Capricorn? Imagine you’re the “God” referenced in the poem. What blueness are you ready to come down from, and who might invite you to dance in their light?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
All of the good works you do in the coming week will send ripples far and wide, but not all of them will be recognized and appreciated. I hope that’s OK with you; I hope you won’t get obsessed with trying to get all the credit you deserve. The fact is, your influences will be more effective and enduring if they are at least partially anonymous. Ironically, your power will be greater if it’s not fully noticed.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Describing his writing class at Sarah Lawrence College, Jeffrey McDaniel says: “There are two kinds of humor: ha-ha humor that is light and airy and floats into the sky like a balloon, vanishing as the giggling subsides; and then there is a darker, heavier humor that is still there when the laughter stops, a humor that must be reckoned with, a humor with teeth.” I suggest, Pisces, that you make the latter your specialty, your passion and your medicine. Consort with belly laughs and sublime guffaws that rouse the ferocity you need in order to penetrate deeper into the heart of the Great Mystery.

Homework: Name two ways you think that everyone should be more like you. Go to FreeWillAstrology.com and click on “Email Rob.”

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Uranus is on the opposite side of the sun from Saturn right now. To traditional astrologers, that’s a stressful aspect. It bespeaks a titanic clash between the forces of progress and the inertia of the past. But there are mitigating factors. The expansive planet Jupiter is trine to Saturn and sextile to Uranus, suggesting that unexpected grace may provide beauty and healing during these strenuous moments of truth. I predict that’s what will occur in your personal life, Aries. You’re well-situated to navigate smartly through the brouhaha. For best results, respect the old ways, but not so much that it slows down your exuberant quest for the most interesting possible future.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Every year my friend Jim travels to Cabo San Lucas in Baja California to participate in a deep-sea fishing competition. He says the best way to catch the big fish is with actual bait in the form of smaller fish. But marlins can be fooled into getting snagged with merely pretty lures — colorful fabrications that look like food but are actually made of metal, wood, plastic and rubber. Jim says that hammerhead sharks, on the other hand, will never bite the fake bait. They’re too smart, insisting on the real thing. I suggest you use this information as an allegory in the coming weeks, Taurus. You may find it to your advantage to get yourself "caught" by a metaphorical fisherperson, but only if he or she is offering you the authentic bait, not a simulation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
When the air is pure and clean, a bee can smell a flower from 3,281 feet. The presence of pollution severely cripples the bee’s awareness of floral scents, however, reducing its range to 650 feet. Consider the possibility that this is a metaphor for what has been happening to you recently, Gemini. Have you suffered a reduction in your sensitivity to sources of nourishment? Are you oblivious to gifts and blessings that could be available to you if you only knew about them? According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this is quite possible. Luckily, you’re reading this horoscope, which will surely motivate you to overcome the problem.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Dolphins love erotic play, according to the book Dolphin Chronicles by Carol J. Howard. For almost a third of their waking life, they caress and touch each other. They’re ingenious about using their Frisbees, plastic boats and rubber balls as sex toys. Gender isn’t much of an issue. There’s as much same-sex as opposite-sex cavorting. If you’d like to place yourself in alignment with cosmic rhythms, Cancerian, you will consider taking a page from the dolphin Kama Sutra in the coming days. Remember, the key for them is simply to play freely without any specific goal. Bliss comes as much from experimenting with creative intimacy as from driving toward orgasm.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
One of my friends on Facebook describes her vocation as "Hammer of the Gods." Her task in life, she says, is to be a tool that the divine powers wield as they nail together raw materials to make useful structures. While I don’t know if that’s also one of your long-range goals, Leo, I do know that it describes a role you’d thrive in during the coming weeks. So how about it? Are you ready to upgrade your game in order to be the best hammer of the gods you can possibly be?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
I’m not necessarily suggesting that you read Al Franken’s book The Truth (with Jokes). But I do recommend that you make that title your motto in the coming week. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, there will be no such thing as truth without jokes, at least for you. Every situation you need to know more about will, if you investigate it, reveal some amusing riddle. All the information that’ll be important for you to gather will lead you in the direction of laughter.

LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Some years back, I maxed out my credit cards to pay for recording my band’s CD. Soon afterwards, following a few financial setbacks, I was close to declaring bankruptcy. Luckily, my parents stepped in and bailed me out. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!) Since then, I’ve rigorously kept my debts to a minimum. That policy has, on occasion, cramped my style, but it looks pretty wise in light of the current financial crunch. Please draw inspiration from my experience, Libra. Take inventory of any patterns in your own life that may be distorting your ability to get the money and resources you need. This is an excellent time to flush your old conditioning and imprint yourself with good, new habits.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
"Many times in my life," says philosopher Eckhardt Tolle, "it has been my experience that the most powerful starting point for any endeavor is not the question ‘What do I want?’, but what does Life (God, Consciousness) want from me? How do I serve the whole?" I offer that meditation to you, Scorpio, as you slip into the heart of the reinvent-yourself phase of your cycle. It’s time to stage a grand reopening, launch a new (relation)ship, or instigate a fresh batch of good trouble. As you whip up the initiatory energy, ask the Big Cosmic Thou where it would like you to go and what it would love you to do.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth," says Ishmael in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, "whenever it is [a] damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses … it [is] high time to get to the sea as soon as I can." Use this passage as an inspirational kick in the ass, Sagittarius. There’s no need for you to sink into the emotional abyss Ishmael describes. Fix yourself before you’re broken! Get to the sea immediately, and prevent the gray glumness from taking over. If there’s no ocean nearby, then try the next best things: Walk along a river or lake. Immerse yourself for long stretches in baths and saunas and heated pools. Cry and sweat and come abundantly. Listen to music that makes you feel like you’re floating.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
This is the Week of the Upside-Down Rainbow. It’s a time when signs of good fortune are everywhere, but always with some odd twist or anomalous feature. Should you worry that the tweaks mean there’s some mischief at work? Does it suggest you will have to pay a price for the breakthroughs that are coming? I don’t think so. My interpretation of the upside-down rainbow (or the five-leaf clover or the torn $10 bill you find on the street) is that you will be asked to expand your capacities in order to take full advantage of the unusual blessings.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Should you go with the flow or should you try to wheedle, manipulate and entice the flow to go with you? This is one of those rare times when I advocate the latter approach. The flow is currently in an indecisive state, when it could go one of several different ways. You have cosmic authorization to nudge it in the direction that looks to you like it will be the best for the most people.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
In the sci-fi film The Matrix, a small band of people have managed to escape from the collective hallucination that most of their fellow humans are stuck inside. Though life is hard staying free, there are some perks. They can, for instance, get downloads of data directly into their brains that allow them to quickly master complex tasks. In this way, the heroine, Trinity, learns to fly a helicopter in a few minutes. I call your attention to these fictional events, Pisces, because I think you’re close to pulling off real-life accomplishments that resemble them. First, you’re in an excellent position to slip away from certain illusions that enslave some of the people around you. Second, you have an enormous power to rapidly understand new information and acquire new skills.

Homework: Tell me how this year’s election process and its results are changing your life. Go to FreeWillAstrology.com and click on "Email Rob."

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