ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Everything absolute belongs to
pathology. Joyous distrust is a sign of health." So proclaimed Friedrich
Nietzsche. Note well that he used the adjective "joyous" to describe
distrust, not "cynical" or "grumbling" or "sour."
The key to remaining vital and strong while questioning every so-called
absolute is to cultivate a cheerful, buoyant mood as you do it. That's one of
your top assignments in the coming weeks, Aries: Practice joyous distrust.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Here are the best and most enjoyable
ways to capitalize on your current astrological omens: (1) Transform one of
your so-called liabilities into at least a temporary asset; (2) lose any
attachment you have to pleasures and rewards that won't mean much to you a year
from now; (3) allow and even invite people to show you how you can get smarter;
(4) compassionately identify the limits of the people you care about; (5)
squeeze every last lesson out of what you're leaving behind.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In
Big Russ and Me,
a memoir about growing up, journalist Tim Russert
writes a lot about what he learned from his father. Here's one story: Whenever
a family member accidentally broke some glass, his dad took extraordinary
precautions wrapping up the shards in a sealed box before depositing them in
the trash can. Why? Because he wanted to be sure the garbagemen wouldn't cut
their hands. I urge you to be that conscientious in the coming week, Gemini.
Imagine in detail the impact your actions might have on all the people, both
known and unknown, whose lives you touch. The gods will reward you for doing
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Are your cohorts looking at you
quizzically, wondering why you seem so energized from exploring the shadowy,
off-limits places? I'll offer some suggestions about what you could say to
them. First, try to make them see that until you've risked going too far, you
may not know when to stop. Second, tell them that you suspect there are healthy
desires buried at the roots of your dark feelings, and you're hoping to free
them. Third, explain to them that you're not picking at your scabs in order to
prolong your hurt, but rather to better understand the hurt. If those
rationales are too subtle for your companions to understand, cackle softly and
say that you just need to be a little bad in order to give your goodness more
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A lightning bolt is hot, fast, and
potent. It can travel at 100,000 mph, reach temperature of 60,000 degrees
Fahrenheit, and generate enough energy to illuminate a light bulb for two
months. And yet it's usually no more than an inch in diameter. This is an apt
metaphor for the kind of highly concentrated power you will have available in
the coming days, Leo: deceptively petite in proportion to its enormous wallop.
Please use it wisely.