ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to some historians, Barack
Obama won't be the first American president with African ancestry. As many as
six previous presidents may have had black ancestors, with Warren Harding and
Dwight Eisenhower being the most likely. None of the others claimed their
heritage, however, choosing instead to pass as pure white. Obama is the first
to acknowledge his bloodline. In the coming weeks, I see you as being in a
position with certain metaphorical resemblances to Obama. You'll have the
opportunity, though it may be a bit nerve-wracking, to thrive by celebrating a
truth that no one before you has been brave enough to take advantage of.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This week's advice comes to you
entirely from the great jazz pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk. It all
happens to be in perfect alignment with your astrological omens. 1. "Don't
play everything or every time. Let some things go by. What you don't play can
be more important than what you do play."
2. "A note can be as small as a pin or as big as the
world; it depends on your imagination." 3. "Whatever you think can't
be done, somebody will come along and do it." 4. "A genius is the one
most like himself."
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It's a favorable time for you to phase
out at least 60 percent of your stale old fears. The cosmos are poised to
assist you in this noble cause if you'll exert even a modicum of effort. What's
that you say? You're afraid you can't live authentically without a hefty amount
of anxieties? You secretly believe that you'd be bored if you didn't have your
worries to entertain you? Well, here's an idea that might work: Simply replace
your hackneyed, knee-jerk fears with a slew of silly and outlandish ones.
They'll allow you to feel the friction you rely on to feel alive, but they
won't bog you down with heavy stagnancy. For example, you could contract automatonophobia,
the fear of ventriloquist's dummies, and apeirophobia, the fear of infinity.
Other good choices might be kyphophobia, the fear of stooping, and tutraphobia,
the fear of otters.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Maurice Krafft has made a career of
filming places where hot lava is flowing.
describes him hiking across the crater floor of Ol
Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano that's sacred to the Maasai people in
Tanzania. The ground is not erupting in torrents of fire and burning liquid
rock, but is constantly bubbling and exuding. Through long years of experience,
Krafft knows exactly where to walk so that his shoes don't catch on fire. If
you are going to attempt a metaphorically similar adventure in the coming
weeks, Cancerian, make sure you've studied up on the ins and outs of the
terrain. This is no time for guesswork or naive faith.