ARIES (March 21-April 19) "Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories." So said the ancient Greek historian Polybius, and now I'm conveying the message to you. I hope it will serve as a spur in the wake of your recent triumph. Will you be content with merely basking in the glow, frittering away the provocative potentials? Or will you get down to business and use your new advantages to upgrade your destiny?
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) "Whatever shines should be observed," said 19th-century astronomer William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus. He was referring to heavenly bodies, but I'd like to expand the meaning for your use. It has become very important for you to notice, observe and think about anything that shines. Doing so will tune you in to exactly what you need to know in order to make the best decisions in the coming weeks.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time," wrote Andre Gide. I'm guessing that in 2009 you embarked on such a search — a half-blind, groping exploration that asked you to leave the past behind without knowing where the future lay. By now, though, I suspect you have sighted the shore of your new frontier. If you haven't yet, it'll happen soon.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) I wonder if you can you handle this much healing intensity. The possibilities for transforming difficult parts of your life are substantial. I'll name a few ways this could play out: 1) A confusing riddle may be partially solved through a semi-divine intervention. 2) A sore spot could be soothed thanks to the power of your curiosity. 3) An ignorance that has caused you pain may be illuminated, allowing you to suffer less. 4) If you can summon the capacity to generously tolerate uncertainty, you may find and rehabilitate an orphaned part of your life. I'm not saying for sure that any of this stuff will happen, but the odds are favorable that at least one will.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What will it be? A time of rampaging ids and slamming doors and lost opportunities? Of strange smells and sweeping views of other people's hells? Or will this be the week you finally slip into the magic sanctuary and track down the secret formula? Will this be the breakthrough moment when you outmaneuver the "dragon" with that nonviolent "weapon" you've been saving for when it was absolutely necessary? It really is up to you. Either scenario could unfold. You have to decide which one you prefer, and then set your intention.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) I don't mean to alarm you, but I think you may be in a light hypnotic trance right now. It's possible that the hum of your routine has shut down some of your normal alertness, lowering your awareness of certain situations that you really need to tune in to. Let's do something about this! When I count to three, you will snap out of your daze and be fully awake. 1 … 2 … 3. Now look around and get yourself more closely in touch with your immediate environment. Make an effort to vividly see, hear and smell everything that's going on. This will mobilize your subconscious mind. Then, for a period of at least five days, you'll have a kind of X-ray vision.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You would stir up some good fortune for yourself if you brought meals to shut-ins or gave a little presentation at an old folks' home or donated your old laptop to a low-income family. Oddly enough, it's also an excellent time for you to scratch and claw for a bigger market share, or to get the upper hand on a competitor, or to bring your creative ideas to people in a position to help you. That's the thing about this week. Capitalist-style self-promotion and actualized compassion will not only co-exist — they'll have a symbiotic relationship.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Last week was the anniversary of my very first weekly horoscope column. My initial effort was crude and a bit reckless compared to what I eventually learned to create, yet it was imbued with a primal fervor and heartfelt adventurousness, and many people seemed to find it useful. Today I bow down to that early effort, honoring it for the seed it sprouted and thanking it for the blessings it led to. I encourage you to do something similar: Pay homage to the origins that made it possible for you to be who you have become.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In the Choctaw language, there are two kinds of past tenses. In one, you speak about an event or experience that you personally know to be a fact. In the other, you deliver information that you have acquired second-hand and therefore can't definitely vouch for. In my perfect world, you would find a way to incorporate this perspective into all your communications during the coming week. In other words, you would consistently distinguish between the unimpeachable truth and the alleged truth. This would give you great power to influence the rhythms of life to flow in your favor.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired," wrote music critic Ernest Newman, "but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration." I think what Newman said applies to those working in any field where creativity is needed — which is really just about every field. It's especially apropos for you now. This is an excellent time to increase your mastery of the kind of discipline that spurs inventive thought and surprising breakthroughs.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) I got an e-mail from an Aquarian reader complaining that the astrologers she consulted in early 2009, including me, were wrong about the year ahead. All of us said it would be a time of expansion and opening, a phase of rapid growth and fresh energy. But according to this reader, 2009 turned out to be very different. Every Aquarius she knew had a tough ride. Here's my response: Expansion and opening did indeed occur, but their initial effects weren't what you expected. They shattered the old containers of your life in order to make it possible for you to create new, bigger containers that would be more suitable for the person you're becoming. And 2010 is when you will work to create those new containers.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) I wish you could aim tachyon particles through an inverted positronic array while simultaneously modulating synaptical relays through an anti-matter torque-buffer. This would bend the space-time continuum back to a point before your recent detour began. Then, armed with knowledge of the future, you'd be able to navigate your way more elegantly through the crazy mash of illusions and misunderstandings. But since the high-tech solution I described may not be possible, I suggest that instead you clear your head of theories about why people are doing what they're doing. Slow yourself down so completely that you can see the majestic flicker of eternity hidden in every moment. Be a flame of love, not a swamp of self-justification. And send humble notes and witty gifts to anyone whose links with you got tweaked.