Love your­self bet­ter, Capricorn, says



(Nov 22-Dec 21)

Black­jack is a card game pop­u­lar in gam­bling casi­nos. In the eter­nal strug­gle to im­prove the odds of win­ning big money, some black­jack play­ers work in teams. One team­mate se­cretly counts the cards as they’re dealt and as­sesses what cards are likely to come up next. An­other team­mate gets sub­tle sig­nals from his card-count­ing buddy and makes the bets. A casino in Wind­sor, On­tario pressed charges against one black­jack team, com­plain­ing that this tac­tic was de­cep­tive and dis­hon­est. But the court de­cided in the team’s favour, rul­ing that the play­ers weren’t cheat­ing but sim­ply us­ing smart strat­egy. In the spirit of these black­jack teams, Sagit­tar­ius, and in ac­cor­dance with as­tro­log­i­cal omens, I urge you to bet­ter your odds in a “game” of your choice by us­ing strat­egy that is al­most as good as cheat­ing but isn’t ac­tu­ally cheat­ing.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

What has be­come of the metaphor­i­cal seeds you planted dur­ing the weeks af­ter your last birth­day? Have your in­ten­tions flour­ished? Have your dreams blos­somed? Have your tal­ents ma­tured? Have your naive ques­tions evolved into more pen­e­trat­ing ques­tions? Be hon­est and kind as you an­swer these in­quiries. Be thought­ful and big-hearted as you take in­ven­tory of your abil­ity to fol­low through on your prom­ises to your­self. If peo­ple are quizzi­cal about how much at­ten­tion you’re giv­ing your­self as you take stock, in­form them that your as­trologer has told you that De­cem­ber is Love Your­self Bet­ter Month.


(Jan 20-Feb 18)

If you want to play the drink­ing game called Pos­sum, you and your friends climb up into a tree with a case of beer and start drink­ing. As time goes by, peo­ple get so ham­mered they fall out of the tree. The win­ner is the last one left in the tree. I hope you won’t en­gage in this form of re­cre­ation any­time soon—nor in any other ac­tiv­ity that even vaguely re­sem­bles it. The com­ing weeks should be a time of call­ing on favours, claim­ing your re­wards, col­lect­ing your bless­ings and grad­u­at­ing to the next level. I trust your pol­icy will be: No triv­ial pur­suits, no wasted ef­forts, no silly stunts.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

In his song “Happy Talk,” Academy Award-win­ning lyri­cist Os­car Ham­mer­stein II of­fered this ad­vice: “You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Where do you stand in this re­gard, Pisces? Do you in fact have a vivid, de­fined dream? And have you de­vel­oped a strat­egy for mak­ing that dream come true? The com­ing weeks will be an ex­cel­lent time to home in on what you re­ally want and hone your scheme for man­i­fest­ing it. (PS Keep in mind An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry’s idea: “A goal with­out a plan is just a wish.”)

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Ev­ery year the bird known as the Arc­tic tern ex­pe­ri­ences two sum­mers and en­joys more day­light than any other an­i­mal. That’s be­cause it reg­u­larly makes a long-dis­tance jour­ney from the Arc­tic to the Antarc­tic and back again. Let’s des­ig­nate this hardy trav­eler as your in­spi­ra­tional crea­ture for the next eleven months. May it help an­i­mate you to ex­per­i­ment with brave jaunts that broaden and deepen your views of the world. I don’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you should lit­er­ally do the equiv­a­lent of cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the planet. Your ex­pan­sive ad­ven­tures might take place mostly in in­ner realms or closer to home.

Tau­rus (Apr 20-May 20)

When the Amer­i­can Civil War be­gan in 1861, the United States frac­tured. Four years later, the union was tech­ni­cally re­stored when the north­ern states de­feated the south­ern states. At that time, African Amer­i­can slav­ery be­came il­le­gal ev­ery­where for the first time since the coun­try’s birth decades ear­lier. But there was a catch. The south­ern states soon en­acted laws that man­dated racial seg­re­ga­tion and en­sured that African Amer­i­cans con­tin­ued to suf­fer sys­tem­atic dis­ad­van­tages. Is there a com­pa­ra­ble is­sue in your per­sonal life? Did you at some­time in the past try to fix an un­ten­able sit­u­a­tion only to have it sneak back in a less se­vere but still de­bil­i­tat­ing form? The com­ing weeks will be an ex­cel­lent time to fin­ish the re­forms; to en­force a thor­ough and per­ma­nent cor­rec­tion.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20)

Does an elu­sive gi­ant crea­ture with a long neck in­habit the wa­ters of Loch Ness in north­ern Scot­land? Al­leged sight­ings have been re­ported since 1933. Most sci­en­tists dis­miss the pos­si­bil­ity that “Nessie” ac­tu­ally ex­ists, but there are pho­tos, films videos to the con­trary. A gov­ern­ment-funded Scot­tish or­ga­ni­za­tion has pre­pared con­tin­gency plans just in case the beast does make an ap­pear­ance. In that spirit, and in ac­cor­dance with as­tro­log­i­cal omens, I rec­om­mend that you pre­pare your­self for the ar­rival in your life of in­trigu­ing anom­alies and fun mys­ter­ies. Like Nessie, they’re noth­ing to worry about, but you’ll be bet­ter able to deal grace­fully with them if you’re not to­tally taken by sur­prise.

Can­cer (Jun 21-Jul 22)

Does moss re­ally “eat” rocks, as Cance­rian author El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert at­tests in her novel The Sig­na­ture of

All Things? Ma­rine chemist Martin John­son says yes. Moss re­ally does break down el­e­ments in solid stone. Gil­bert adds, “Given enough time, a colony of moss can turn a cliff into gravel, and turn that gravel into top­soil.” This hardy plant can grow vir­tu­ally ev­ery­where: In the trop­ics and frozen wastes, on tree bark and roof­ing slate, on sloth fur and snail shells. I pro­pose that we make moss your per­sonal sym­bol of power for now, Cance­rian. Be as in­domitable, re­source­ful re­silient as moss.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22)

Let’s shout out a big “THANKS!” and “HAL­LELU­JAH!” to the en­zymes in our bod­ies. These cat­alytic pro­teins do an amaz­ing job of con­vert­ing the food we eat into avail­able en­ergy. With­out them, our cells would take for­ever to turn any par­tic­u­lar meal into the power we need to walk, talk and think. I bring this mar­vel to your at­ten­tion, Leo, be­cause now is a favourable time to look for and lo­cate metaphor­i­cal equiv­a­lents of en­zymes: In­flu­ences and re­sources that will aid and ex­pe­dite your abil­ity to live the life you want to live.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

“Ev­ery dreamer knows that it is en­tirely pos­si­ble to be home­sick for a place you’ve never been to, per­haps more home­sick than for fa­mil­iar ground,” writes author Ju­dith Thur­man. I’m guess­ing you will ex­pe­ri­ence this feel­ing in the com­ing weeks. What does it mean if you do? It may be your deep psy­che’s way of nudg­ing you to find an en­er­giz­ing new sanc­tu­ary. Or per­haps it means you should search for fresh ways to feel peace­ful and well-grounded. Maybe it’s a prod to push you out­side your ex­ist­ing com­fort zone so you can ex­pand your com­fort zone.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Venice, Italy con­sists of 118 small is­lands that rise from a shal­low la­goon. A net­work of 443 bridges keeps them all con­nected. But Venice isn’t the world cham­pion of bridges. The Amer­i­can city of Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia holds that ti­tle, with 446. I nom­i­nate these two places to be your in­spi­ra­tional sym­bols in the com­ing weeks. It’s time for you build new metaphor­i­cal bridges and take good care of your ex­ist­ing metaphor­i­cal bridges.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

To aid and sup­port your nav­i­ga­tion through this prag­matic phase of your as­tro­log­i­cal cy­cle, I have gath­ered coun­sel from three pro­duc­tive prag­ma­tists. First is author He­len Keller. She says she wanted to ac­com­plish great and no­ble things, but her “chief duty” was “to ac­com­plish small tasks as if they were great and no­ble.” Sec­ond, author Ge­orge Or­well be­lieved that “to see what is in front of one’s nose” re­quires never-end­ing dili­gence. Fi­nally, author Pearl S. Buck tes­ti­fied that she didn’t wait around un­til she was in the right mood be­fore be­gin­ning her work. In­stead, she in­voked her willpower to sum­mon the nec­es­sary mo­ti­va­tion.

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