ARIES (March 21-April 19): Here's the first rule of panning for
gold: Go to a slow-moving stream where flecks of the precious metal have been
found by others in the past. The second rule is this: Although gold is carried
along by the current, it's heavier than water and thus rarely appears right on
the surface. Look deeper. A third pointer is that if you do ultimately find
substantial treasure, it'll be because you will have gradually accumulated a
number flakes and nuggets over an extended period of time. You've got to be
patient. Now, Aries, apply everything I just said to your search for
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In his song "Get Behind the Mule," Tom Waits tells us to "Never let the weeds get taller than the garden." That's advice you should heed in the coming weeks. But don't go overboard and become a fanatic who acts as if weeds are evil demons from the ninth level of hell. Keeping a few well-trimmed wild plants and a mushroom or two would be quite healthy. You need a bit of messy serendipity mixed in with your law and order.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In her book
Pilgrim at Tinker
Annie Dillard notes that there is
only a tiny difference between the lifebloods of plants and animals. A molecule
of chlorophyll contains 36 atoms of hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon
arrayed around an atom of magnesium, while a molecule of hemoglobin is exactly
the same except for an atom of iron instead of magnesium. I offer this as an
apt metaphor to illustrate the choice you have ahead of you: As similar as the
various possibilities may seem, the simple thing you put at the center of each
option will make a tremendous difference.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): It's Beautify Yourself Week, dear
Cancerian. A conspiracy of cosmic proportions is preparing the conditions
necessary for you to capitalize handsomely on this opportunity. At this very
moment, there is beauty behind you and beauty in front of you. There is beauty
to your left and beauty to your right, beauty above you and beauty below you.
All you have to do is inhale, drink in, and otherwise suck up this lushness. It
will interact synergistically with the splendor that is also welling up in you,
and you will transform into an almost unbearably gorgeous work of art.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Are you up for some cutting-edge
slashing and smashing and crashing? I'm talking about slashing the price you've
been paying for following your dreams; smashing beliefs that made sense years
ago but are irrelevant now; and crashing parties where your future teachers and
allies are gathered. Once you get the hang of all that, Leo, you can move on to
other brilliant demolitions, like cracking codes, breaking trances, and
shattering spells cast on you by the past.