ARIES (March 21-April 19) Have you ever arrived at a mountaintop on a clear day? Do you remember how it felt? Can you reimagine the sparkling purity of the air as it sweetened your lungs, the shimmering light that washed through you in waves, the exaltation of the sweeping vista as it lifted you to a deeper understanding of where your place is in this life? That's the kind of peak experience you need and deserve in the coming days. If you can't get to the top of a mountain, find the next best thing.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A Serbian beekeeper shares his deep religious fervor with the insects he spends so much time with. Slobodan Jeftic builds beehives shaped like churches because he believes bees have souls, too. I urge you to draw inspiration from his example. Get together with your favorite animals for a rowdy prayer session. Bark or purr or neigh or chirp together. Run around with holy abandon, expressing primal gratitude for the vitality you've been granted. If you're not currently in an intimate relationship with special animals, then take this as an opportunity to elevate and celebrate the consciousness of your own inner creature.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) If you're average, you blink about 17,000 times a day. But I'm urging you to reduce that number for the foreseeable future, because the coming days will put you in the path of meaningful, interesting and useful sights that will be fast-paced and transitory. You might miss them if you blink too much. So open your eyes wider and for longer periods, and get in the habit of checking in with your peripheral vision. Start now! What subtly amazing thing is happening right where you are?
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Two of the best money-saving steps you can take, says TV's mock pundit Stephen Colbert, are to stop filling your hot tub with champagne and stop lining your gerbil's cage with hundred-dollar bills. I recommend you brainstorm about initiating similar conservative and preservative actions. It's time for you to get serious about shedding wasteful habits, cutting out needless excesses and culling trivial activities that impinge on the time and energy you need for the really important things. This shouldn't be a cause for demoralization, by the way. On the contrary, the more creative you are about setting limits, the more long-term blessings you'll set in motion.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) When he's in his prime, a male panda performs an average of eight handstands a day. There's no apparent evolutionary purpose in this stunt. He does it because it feels good. I suggest you make him your role model in the coming week. Identify three activities you can do not because they're "good for you" or because they'll advance some goal you're pursuing, but simply for the sheer fun of it. If you can't think of any playtime endeavors that fit this description, do the meditation and research necessary to find some. Whatever deeds you ultimately settle on, do them at least eight times a day. (P.S. Do you know how to do cartwheels?)
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) It might be a good idea to temporarily avoid wearing stiletto heels. The risk of slipping while wearing them is greater than usual. In a similar vein, I suggest you refrain from tightrope walking, putting yourself on a pedestal or dreaming of climbing a ladder to the clouds. Two more suggestions: Don't look down on people whom you imagine are inferior to you and don't promise more than you can deliver. You catch my drift? Stay away from high and mighty forms of expression. Choose low, deep, funky positions instead. Be as down-to-earth as you can possibly be.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The wife of French president Nicolas Sarkozy loves how smart her husband is. The New York Times' Maureen Dowd quoted Carla Bruni-Sarkozy saying, "He has five or six brains which are remarkably irrigated." That description will apply to you in the coming weeks. Even if you had just one brain until now, you will seem, at least temporarily, to have as many as six bright facets to your intelligence. You have an excellent chance to break down complex dilemmas that have baffled you for many moons and solve the hell out of them.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) At one point during the film Life of Brian, Brian is working as a vendor selling snacks at a gladiator match. "Wrens' livers," he says. "Jaguars' earlobes. Wolf-nipple chips. Get 'em while they're hot." A potential buyer asks, "Got any nuts?" Brian says, "I haven't got any nuts. Sorry. I've got larks' tongues. Otters' noses. Ocelot spleens." You may soon be in a position analogous to the spectator. You will want plain old nuts, but someone will be trying to get you to sample the wrens' livers. My advice? Steer clear of exotic stuff you don't have an appetite for. Hold out until the nuts are available.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) There's a new source of abundance available for you to tap into. It won't necessarily come in the form of a pile of cash or an influx of hot suitors or an upgrade in your social status. Those things are possible, but I'd rather concentrate on the plenitude that's more likely to occur: increased energy. Your health is likely to be at its peak, and so will your generosity of spirit. Your senses will bring you a wealth of fresh perceptions, and your love of life will expand and intensify. Who knows? This enhanced vigor might help you corral a pile of cash or hot suitors or an upgrade of social status.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Last June, Neculai Ivascu was re-elected mayor of Voinesti, a Romanian town he had led for almost two decades. The only problem was, he was dead. "I know he died," said one of the villagers who voted to return him to office, "but I don't want change." I hope you won't go that far in your resistance to the forces of evolution. It's time for at least some of your old ways of thinking and being to expire, and there's no wisdom in trying to prop them up. My advice is to be brave: Gracefully agitate for transformation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) One of the greatest victories in any election for U.S. president was Ronald Reagan's in 1984. He got 54 million votes, 17 million more than his opponent. On the other hand, his total was only 31 percent of all the Americans who were eligible to vote. So his "landslide" consisted of fewer than one out of every three adults. In the recent election, Barack Obama also won almost 31 percent of eligible voters, with 65 million votes. These vignettes provide an interesting caveat that you'd be wise to consider. In your personal sphere, a supposed majority might not be a majority at all. People in authority may have less of a mandate than they claim. You could have more power to spread your influence than you imagine.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Research suggests that Johann Sebastian Bach's wife probably wrote some of his music. Anna Magdalena didn't get the recognition she deserved because "women were not allowed to take credit for composition" in the 18th century. I expect a comparable theme to emerge in your life. A source that has operated behind the scenes may come forward. A helper who has not previously been given proper due could be acknowledged. A woman whose good work has been obscured by sexism might rise up and claim her rightful place.