TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Christians in Denmark celebrate communion the way it’s done in many other places: They eat a flat, tasteless wafer that symbolizes the body of Christ. Soon that may change, however. Some of the nation’s best bakers have embarked on a campaign to whip up more delectable versions of the traditional host. This developing story reminds me of your current state, Taurus. It’s a perfect moment for you to spice up a bland ritual, to get more thrills from a duty you regard as important, or to add variety to a sacred task you’ve done the same way for a long time.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Larry Colvin, a prisoner in North Carolina’s Buncombe Correctional Center, was scheduled to finish his four-month sentence last March 16. But just a few hours before his official release, he escaped. There’s no word yet on whether he has been recaptured, but you can bet that when he is, the legal system will return him to jail for more than a few hours. Let this serve as a model for what not to do, Gemini. It would be crazy for you to try to wriggle out of your ongoing ordeal now that you’re so close to its end. Endure the remaining time with poise and patience. It’ll all be over soon.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s the Fertile Inquiry time of year for you, Cancerian. The more questions you ask yourself, the better you’ll feel. Here are a few to get you started. What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you prepared to start nurturing yourself as well as you nurture others? When will you dismantle the barriers within you that prevent those who love you from loving you with all their power? Are you finally ready to act on the understanding that home is not just a building, but a state of mind, and that you need to work harder to foster that state?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Our goal is to rouse you out of your rut by any means necessary. I think the best way to do that is by stirring up a lot of wicked fun. It’s certainly far superior to waiting around for a stroke of fate to kick your ass. So please undertake an aggressive plan that includes activities like these: Put on an inflatable sumo wrestler costume and play a bagpipe as badly as possible; see how far you can spit a mouthful of expensive wine; organize a party in which you and your friends act out scenes from your favorite TV show; make believe you are the ocean king or thunder queen; meditate naked under a waterfall.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): As public schools decline and private schools become more expensive, increasing numbers of parents are homeschooling their children. I predict that an analogous phenomenon will arise among religious groups. Called the "homechurch" movement by Christians, "homesynagogue" by Jews and "hometemple" by other traditions, it will consist of people creating altars and conducting worship sessions in their own abodes. Seekers pursuing this approach will eliminate the middlemen and serve as their own priests, priestesses and rabbis. If you have even the slightest attraction to this meme, Virgo, launch your own version of it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): [Caution: Information in this horoscope contains references to exotic sexual practices. I present this material because you could benefit from rethinking your approach to intimate acts of love.] The ladybird beetle copulates for up to nine hours at a time, and males may have three 90-minute orgasms in one session. Bonobo apes are not obsessed with orgasm, but have frequent erotic exchanges of every variety, from intercourse to mutual masturbation to oral sex; homosexual contact is common. The male sponge louse disguises himself as a female to aid his seduction strategies. As soon as praying mantises begin coitus, the female bites off the male’s head and eats it; sex continues, however. The slime mold comes in 500 genders, and at least 13 of these have to collaborate in order to have a successful mating session.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Would you like to transform yourself from being a slave of your desires into being a master? It’s a perfect time to work on that worthy project. Here’s what you should do: 1. Keep talking yourself out of being attached to trivial goals and keep talking yourself into being thrilled about the precious few goals that are really important. 2. Whenever you are overwhelmed by a desperate longing to be loved, transform the feeling into a fierce determination to *give* love lavishly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your fellow Sagittarius Ludwig van Beethoven created sublime music under trying conditions. He was often in poor health, struggled financially, never found love, suffered from depression, and became deaf, yet somehow became one of the greatest composers in history. As you finish up this arduous phase of your own cycle, he’s your official role model. Let him inspire you to produce small miracles even in the face of puzzling difficulties. If necessary, resort to what Beethoven often did to stimulate his creativity: Pour a bucket of ice water over your head. It might also help to know that Goethe described our hero as "completely untamed."
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Scientists believe that sooner or later they will figure out why cancer cells are virtually immortal, and then apply that understanding to keeping normal cells alive much longer, thereby dramatically extending the human life span. I believe you have an analogous opportunity right now, Capricorn: If you decode the success formula of a nemesis, you will give yourself a tremendous boon that will boost your vitality and expressiveness.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): For one week, Aquarius, consider suspending your fascination with the shock of the new. Instead, steep yourself in the subtle teachings of the old. Seek out elders who haven’t lost their spark and ask them questions about enduring mysteries. Read books and listen to music and watch movies whose creators have been dead for at least 50 years. Muse about what you were doing in mid-May of 1993. Make a shrine on which you put an image of an ancestor, a leaf from a tree that began growing before you were born, and a symbol of a goal you gave up long ago.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): One of the world’s longest streets is Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. It runs 30 miles. In contrast, Bridge Street, a lane near my house, is about 50 yards long and connects two lengthy roads to each other. The path you’re on right now, Pisces, has a metaphorical resemblance to Bridge Street. Your time on it will be brief, and it will serve as a bridge between two phases of your life story. Soon you’ll turn onto a longer thoroughfare more like Figueroa. In the meantime, pay maximum attention to the sights and sounds. This leg of your journey will be short, but it will reveal clues that will be essential as you shift gears. Here’s this week’s homework: Do you allow your imagination to indulge in fantasies that are wasteful, damaging, or dumb? I dare you to stop it. Testify at
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