TAURUS (April 20-May 20): "Jaws" is the most common name for pet goldfish. Take your cue from this fun fact, Taurus. Identify the mildest, tamest, most passive part of you, then push it in the direction of becoming more daring, assertive and courageous. If it helps to give that part of you a nickname like "Jaws," by all means do so. Halloween costume suggestion: a shark, Tyrannosaurus Rex or football player.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A sizable proportion of Christians are addicted to pornography, according to a poll conducted by a major Christian Web site. It that’s true, it’s dramatic proof of what psychologists say: that we’re prone to be unhealthily obsessed and possessed by whatever we demonize. Meditate on how this theme might apply to you, Gemini. Investigate whether you’re being hurt by your scorn and hatred. And please note that I’m not advising you to protect yourself from people or things you judge as bad, but rather from your attitudes about them. Halloween costume suggestion: a fundamentalist porn star.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): In December 1984, comedian T. R. Benker told jokes for 48 consecutive hours at a restaurant in Mount Prospect, Ill. Last year, Ethiopian oddball Belachew Girma laughed nonstop for 100 minutes at a club in Munich. These two chuckle-meisters are your role models, Cancerian. Your assignment is to stimulate massive attacks of reeling merriment and potent doses of sacred revelry as much as possible, both in yourself and others. Halloween costume suggestion: a court jester who relentlessly doles out compliments; a smirking prankster with angel wings and a halo; Santa Claus with a bag full of joke gifts.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Most flowers depend on pollinators to reproduce. Birds and insects brush up against a flower’s male parts, picking up pollen that they leave on the female parts of the next flower they visit. But nature has created an anomaly that doesn’t play by these rules. A wild orchid known as *Holcoglossum amesianum* fecundates itself. This orchid is your power symbol, Leo. I hope it encourages you to learn more about self-fertilization — to increase your mastery of the underappreciated art of inspiring and teaching and taking care of yourself. Halloween costume suggestion: a hermaphrodite carrying a wild orchid.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): French author Andre Gide said, "The color of truth is gray." Make that your watchword, Virgo. Resist the temptation to fall in love with bright shiny red facts or alluring azure maxims. Run like the wind from anyone who tries to sell you a story about good guys in white hats versus bad guys in black hats. The more comfortable you are with veracities that have the hue of dirty dishwater, the more likely it is you’ll see things exactly as they are. Halloween costume suggestion: a commedia dell’arte character’s outfit that’s all grey.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Chinese professor Cao Shizhong is head of the Slanting Building Correction Research Institute. His company specializes in straightening vertical structures that are tilting. He has offered to fix Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, though not completely. Recognizing that it’s a tourist attraction, Shizhong has offered to give it the same mild slant it had when it was first constructed in 1350. Let’s apply this as a metaphor, Libra. I suggest that you *partially* rectify something that’s slouching or lopsided in your life. Don’t be such a compulsive perfectionist that it loses its soulful charm. Halloween costume suggestion: a beauty queen with a big pimple; a superhero with a broken arm.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’re ready for take-off. It’s time to taxi to the launch location and prepare to go airborne. I suggest you do what birds and airplanes do, which is to fly directly into the wind as you leave the ground. As long as you’re forcefully propelling yourself forward, that will give you maximum lift. Oh, and flap your wings gracefully, not frenetically. Don’t stare at the ground right beneath you, but rather fix your gaze on a distant point high above you. Halloween costume suggestion: eagle, jet, hang-glider, dragonfly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): About 7,500 people live on Nauru, a coral atoll in the South Pacific. For years, their primary source of income has come from bird droppings, from which they harvest and export phosphates. I suggest you draw inspiration from their example, Sagittarius. Can you think of any wastes you could cash in on? Is there some muck that might actually turn out to be valuable if you only considered it from a fresh perspective? Halloween costume suggestion: a plumber carrying a wad of bills, a janitor sporting shamanic accessories.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Thomas Paine was a zealous insurrectionary. He wrote incendiary pamphlets that helped ignite and sustain America’s struggle for independence from Great Britain. Early in his life, however, he worked making women’s girdles, which are among the most constrictive and oppressive garments in the history of the world. Was his later struggle for liberation was an unconscious atonement for his youthful labors? That’s my hypothesis. In the coming week, Capricorn, I suggest you instigate a Thomas Paine-like boomerang. Think of something you did in the past that constricted your spirit or squeezed other people’s possibilities. Use that memory as a launching pad as you unleash a brilliant stroke in the name of abundance and expansiveness. Halloween costume suggestion: freedom fighter.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Lightning strikes somewhere on the earth 6,000 times every minute. A single bolt may carry a million volts and reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If this elemental force could be tamed and utilized, it would provide enough energy to raise a cruise ship six feet in the air. While you won’t be able to literally harness a lightning bolt in the coming week, Aquarius, you could accomplish the metaphorical equivalent. At least temporarily, you have an uncanny talent for mobilizing tremendous power that’s normally too hot to handle. Halloween costume suggestion: a relaxed, smiling lightning bolt.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness," wrote Mark Twain. I’d add that it also tends to dissolve dogmas, break bad habits and flush away sterile theories that haven’t been tested by actual experience. These are all blessings I wish for you right now, Pisces. I hope that as you wander free of your familiar haunts, you’ll have your mind completely blown, get shocked out of your limiting beliefs about yourself, and be so electrified by the world’s beauty that you pretty much fall in love with everything and everyone. Halloween costume suggestion: a tourist, nomad, sherpa guide, shaman, Ferdinand Magellan, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart. Here’s this week’s homework: Scare yourself with your own exquisite beauty. Freak yourself out by realizing how amazing you are. Testify at