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Week of December 15

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By Rob Brezsny

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It's possible there's still enough oil buried in the earth to sustain our civilization's exorbitant appetite for material comforts for another 100 years. Or it maybe true, as some researchers suggest, that global reserves of black gold are rapidly dwindling, and 20 years from now we'll all be farmers and hunters sitting around campfires at night telling stories. Whichever scenario comes to pass, Aries, you'll be happiest and smartest and healthiest if you cultivate a simple and earthy relationship with luxury--maybe something akin to poet Omar Khayyam's notion, which was "a jug of wine, a loaf of bread, and thou beside me singing in the wilderness." The coming week is a perfect time for you to practice this approach.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your self-image is too small, in my opinion. You've crammed your identity into a few pigeonholes, and it's dying to escape. To launch you on the path to expansion, let's stimulate your imagination with some exercises. Start by visualizing yourself as being the opposite gender. What would your name be? Now picture yourself as being a different race and having an alternate ethnic background. How would that affect your philosophy of life? Imagine yourself working at a job or career other than the one you actually have, and living in a different city, and making $20,000 more a year than you actually do. Now dream up some more fantasies about other selves who might be lurking within you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I've lived in the same house for ten years, but it was only yesterday I noticed that the top of my kitchen sink had a word engraved on it: Lustertone . The discovery was embarrassing, since it revealed how unperceptive I can be. But it was also a sign that maybe I'm waking up from my everyday trance and ready to register details that have been invisible to me before. I believe that a similar development is imminent in your life, Gemini. You're primed to start gathering in the open secrets that have been hidden in plain view. Here's your word of power: lustertone.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian hero Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a South African jail as a political prisoner. Once he was released, he became his country's first democratically elected president, helped abolish its system of apartheid, and won the Nobel Peace Prize. You, my friend, are at a point comparable to the one Mandela was at right before he was freed. Although your confinement hasn't been nearly as dire or as long as his, your release will be pretty glorious. I hope that in the ensuing weeks you will demonstrate at least a fraction of his ability to triumph over the adversity you've had to endure.

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