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August 29, 2013

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct,” wrote science fiction author Frank Herbert. I urge you to heed that advice. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will oversee the germination of several new trends in the coming weeks. Future possibilities will reveal themselves to you. You will be motivated to gather the ingredients and formulate the plans to make sure that those trends and possibilities will actually happen. One of the most critical tasks you can focus on is to ensure that the balances are righteous right from the start.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The online Time Travel Mart sells products you might find handy in the event that you travel through time. Available items include barbarian repellant, dinosaur eggs, time travel sickness pills, a centurion’s helmet, a portable wormhole, and a samurai umbrella. I have no financial tie to this store. So when I recommend you consider purchasing something from it or another company with a similar product line, it’s only because I suspect that sometime soon you will be summoned to explore and possibly even alter the past. Be well-prepared to capitalize on the unexpected opportunities. (Here’s the Time Travel Mart: http://826la.org/store.)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Mystic poets find the divine presence everywhere. The wind carries God’s love, bestowing tender caresses. The scent of a lily is an intimate message from the Holy Beloved, provoking bliss. Even a bowl of oatmeal contains the essence of the Creator; to eat it is to receive an ecstatic blessing. But those of us who aren’t mystic poets are not necessarily attuned to all this sweetness. We may even refuse to make ourselves receptive to the ceaseless offerings. To the mystic poets, we are like sponges floating in the ocean but trying very hard not to get wet. Don’t do that this week; Scorpio. Be like a sponge floating in the ocean and allowing yourself to get totally soaked.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): James Caan is a well-known actor who has appeared in more than 80 movies, including notables like "The Godfather," "A Bridge Too Far," and "Elf." But he has also turned down major roles in a series of blockbusters: "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest," "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Blade Runner," and "Apocalypse Now." I present his odd choices as a cautionary tale for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t shrink from the challenges that present themselves. Even if you have accomplished a lot already, an invitation to a more complete form of success may be in the offing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real,” says a character in one of Miranda July’s short stories. I’m offering similar advice to you, Capricorn. The “something real” you would get by sacrificing “something wonderful” might seem to be the more practical and useful option, but I don’t think it would be in the long run. Sticking with “something wonderful” will ultimately inspire breakthroughs that boost your ability to meet real-world challenges.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “There is more truth in our erotic zones than in the whole of religions and mathematics,” wrote the English artist Austin O. Spare. I think he was being melodramatic. Who can say for sure whether such an extreme statement is accurate? But I suspect that it’s at least a worthy hypothesis for you to entertain in the coming weeks, Aquarius. The new wisdom you could potentially stir up through an exploration of eros will be extensive and intensive. Your research may proceed more briskly if you have a loving collaborator who enjoys playing, but that’s not an absolute necessity.

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