ARIES (March 21-April 19) "Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon," wrote Alexander Pope. Most of us have been guilty of that sin: jumping to conclusions so quickly that we don't bother to keep listening for the full revelation. My sense is that this behavior has become even more common in recent years; we're inundated by fragments of slapdash information mixed with blips of superficial analysis and echoed hearsay. But please avoid falling prey to the syndrome in the coming week. More than ever before, you need to gather raw data thoroughly, weigh the evidence with great deliberation and come to careful understandings.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) "The people of future generations will win many a liberty of which we do not yet even feel the want," said German philosopher Max Stirner. That bracing prediction has special meaning for you right now; you are just becoming aware of freedoms that have not previously been on your radar screen. And as soon as you register the full impact of what they entail and how much fun they would be, you'll be wildly motivated to bring them into your life.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) I'm providing you with three metaphorical brain teasers. I hope they will help you work your chutzpah back into shape now that you're on the road to recovery. 1) Was your fright attack provoked by a venomous snake or by a garden hose that resembled a venomous snake? 2) After your pratfall, when you heard one hand clapping, did you regard it as an unforgivable insult or a humorous teaching? 3) When your healing crisis finally climaxed in a cure, was the catalyst a placebo or real medicine? Please answer these riddles even if you've already begun to feel fine again. It'll help ensure that the healing will last a long time.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) The joke goes, "Why is a math book so sad? Because it has so many problems." But of course that's a distortion of the truth; the math book loves its problems. Its problems are its reason for being. Besides that, all of its problems are interesting challenges, not frustrating curses. Best of all, every problem has an answer, and all the answers are provided in the back of the book. Here's the most excellent news of all: I think you'll be like a math book in the coming weeks.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) "Dear Rob: I really didn't like a recent horoscope you wrote for me. Although your oracle was sort of true, I didn't want it to be true, and furthermore I didn't want to lend my belief energy to help make it true. So I went hunting among the other signs, hoping to find a different 'scope that appealed more to the healthiest aspect of my fantasy life. I settled on one that piqued my interest with just the right hopeful twist and provided a highly motivating kick in the butt. — Picky Choosy." Dear Picky Choosy: I approve. These days I would love all of my Leo readers to be as imperious as you've been in gathering only the influences you want and shedding the rest.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The scenario I'm about to describe is likely to happen only in your dreams or fantasies, not your actual waking life. But it will later have a correlation in your waking life and perhaps will be instrumental in preparing you mentally and emotionally for the triumph you'll be able to accomplish in your waking life. So here it is, the mythic tale that I foresee unfolding in the subtle realms: A python will slither up and begin to coil around you. With an apparently irrational instinct that turns out to be quite smart, you will hiss loudly and then bite the snake, causing it to slip away and leave you alone.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You would really benefit from a baptism right now. But should you seek the help of a religious official or do it yourself? Should the baptism be conducted in a Christian, pagan, Jewish, atheist, Buddhist, Hollywood or free-form style? Is it enough just to sprinkle your head or should you go for full immersion? If you choose the latter, will the dunking be more authentic in a frigid river, not a warm bath? These issues are for you to decide, not me. I insist only on this: Let the holy water wash you free of guilt, remorse and any habit of mind that tricks you into being mean or careless toward yourself.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) After Woody Harrelson allegedly assaulted a paparazzo, he issued a press release claiming it was an honest mistake. He had just completed filming Zombieland, a film in which his character had to fight off zombies. It was understandable, he reasoned, that he mistook the pushy photographer for a zombie and felt compelled to defend himself forcefully. As you shift back and forth between reality bubbles in the coming week, make sure you don't make a similar error. Keep clearly in mind that the laws of nature in one bubble may be quite different from the laws in the others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) I'm not necessarily saying you fell into a hole a while back, but if you did, the time is right to extricate yourself. Your strength is returning and help is in the neighborhood. Likewise, I'm not making an authoritative pronouncement that you did indeed cast a little curse on yourself during a careless moment. But if something like that did occur, you're entering an excellent phase to undo the mistake. You're awakening to how you went awry, and that's the first crucial step in correcting for the messy consequences.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "There are two things to aim at in life," wrote Logan Pearsall Smith. "First to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second." You are currently in a position to accomplish that magical second aim. More than ever before, you have the power to want what you actually have; to enjoy the fruits of your labors; to take your attention off the struggle so that you may fully love the experiences your struggle has earned you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Scientists find previously unknown species of plants and animals all the time, usually tiny populations in remote locations. But the latest addition to the great catalog of life is a species whose members number in the millions and cover a huge swath of Ethiopia. It's a tree that botanists have never had a name for until now: Acacia fumosa. Unlike other acacias, it produces pink blooms in the dry season instead of yellow or pink flowers in the wet season. You will soon have a comparable experience: You'll "discover" a unique wellspring that has been around forever but unknown to you. As you tap into its charms, make up for lost time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) In her column "Word Fugitives" in The Atlantic, Barbara Wallraff asked her readers to coin terms or phrases that would mean "the unfortunate telling of a story that one realizes too late is ill-suited to the occasion." The best ideas were "blabberghasted," "tale of whoa" and "put my faux paw in my mouth." Be wary of this behavior in the coming week. You're likely to be unusually articulate, and your urge to express yourself may be extraordinarily pressing. That could make you susceptible to running your mouth. But as long as you monitor yourself for signs that you're about to go too far, I bet your fluency will serve you very well.