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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarius comedian Steven Wright says he took a class in speed waiting. "Now I can wait an hour in only ten minutes," he brags. I think you will have the same knack in the coming days, Sagittarius. Your patience is likely to be much more effective than usual. Results will come faster and they'll be more intense. The only catch is that you will really have to be calm and composed and willing to wait a long time. It won't work if you're secretly antsy and only pretending to be imperturbable.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Let the boundaries blur a bit, Capricorn. Don't stick too rigidly to the strict definitions. Play around with some good old-fashioned fuzzy logic. The straight facts and the precise details are important to keep in mind, but you shouldn't cling to them so ferociously that they stifle your imagination. You need to give yourself enough slack to try open-ended experiments. You'll be smart to allow some wobble in your theories and a tremble in your voice. Magic will happen if there's plenty of wiggle room.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): "One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather," said French poet Paul Valery. How do you interpret that thought, Aquarius? In the book "The Science of Self-Control," here's how Howard Rachlin expands on Valery's idea: "We need to be spontaneous, but only in the context of some framework that allows us to attain higher levels of spontaneity; a feather is a slave to the wind, while a bird uses the wind." Take heed, Aquarius! Your creative flights will go further and last longer if you have a solid foundation to take off from.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let's call today Sigh-Day. Tomorrow, too, and the next day, and the two days after that. During these five Sigh-Days, you should feel free to let out big, deep sighs at a higher rate than usual. Allow yourself to be filled up with poignant thoughts about life's paradoxical mysteries. Give yourself permission to be overwhelmed with emotions that are midway between lamentation and reverent amazement. For even better results, indulge in some free-form moaning during your five Sigh-Days. That'll help you release your full backlog of tension and give you more appreciation for the crazy beauty of your fate. (P.S. Try not to whine, though.)

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Irish poet Richard Brinsley Sheridan didn't confine his lyrical wit to well-crafted poems on the printed page. He used it to say things that would advance his practical ambitions. For example, when he first met the woman who would eventually become his wife, he said to her, "Why don't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you." That's the kind of persuasive power I hope you will summon in the coming days, Aries. According to my analysis of the omens, you should have it in abundance. So what's the best use of this mojo? Is there anything you would really like to sell? What new resources do you want to bring into your sphere? Who do you want to convince?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In "The Book of the Damned," Charles Fort revealed one of the secrets of power. He said that if you want power over something, you should be more real than it. What does that mean? How do you become real in the first place, and how do you get even more real? Here's what I think: Purge your hypocrisies and tell as few lies as possible. Find out what your deepest self is like—not just what your ego is like—and be your deepest self with vigorous rigor. Make sure that the face you show the world is an accurate representation of what's going on in your inner world. If you do all that good stuff, you will eventually be as real and as powerful as you need to be.

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