ARIES (March 21–April 19): A critic described Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa as "the most visited, most written about, most sung about, most parodied work of art in the world." It hasn't been sold recently, but it is estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Today it's kept in the world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris, where it's viewed by millions of art lovers. But for years after its creator's death, it enjoyed little fanfare while hanging in the bathroom of the French King Francois. I'd love to see a similar evolution in your own life, Aries: a rise from modest appreciation and humble beginnings to a more interesting fate and greater approval. The astrological omens suggest to me that this likelihood will be quite possible in the coming weeks and months.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20): These days, many films use CGI, computer generated imagery. The technology is sophisticated and efficient. But in the early days of its use, producing such realistic fantasies was painstaking and time-intensive. For example, Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park featured four minutes of CGI effects that required a year to create. I hope that in the coming weeks, you will summon equivalent levels of old-school tenacity and persistence and attention to detail as you devote yourself to a valuable task that you love. Your passion needs an infusion of discipline. Don't be shy about grunting.
GEMINI (May 21–June 20): On February 17, 1869, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev had an appointment with a local cheese-making company to provide his expert consultation. But he never made it. A blast of inspiration suddenly overtook him, and he stayed home to tend to the blessed intrusion. He spent that day as well as the next two perfecting his vision of the periodic table of the elements, which he had researched and thought about for a long time. Science was forever transformed by Mendeleyev's breakthrough. I doubt your epiphanies in the coming weeks will have a similar power to remake the whole world, Gemini. But they could very well remake your world. When they arrive, honor them. Feed them. Give them enough room to show you everything they've got.
CANCER (June 21–July 22): Ninety-five percent of your fears have little or no objective validity. Some are delusions generated by the neurotic parts of your imagination. And others are delusions you've absorbed from the neurotic spew of other people's imaginations. What I've just told you is both bad news and good news. On the one hand, it's a damn shame you feel so much irrational and unfounded anxiety. On the other hand, hearing my declaration that so much of it is irrational and unfounded could mobilize you to free yourself from its grip. I'm pleased to inform you that the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to wage a campaign to do just that. June can and should be Fighting for Your Freedom from Fear Month.
LEO (July 23–Aug 22): I'd love you to have sacred fun with a feisty playmate. I'd be delighted if you hustled up a bracing task on the edge of your abilities. I'd celebrate if you spent three perfect days doing whatever was necessary to unbreak your own heart. My soul would soar with rapture if you gravitated toward the mind-expanding kind of hedonism rather than the mind-shrinking variety. My sleep at night would be extra deep and my dreams extra sweet if I knew you were drumming up support for your wild-eyed ideals. I'd literally jump for joy if you would hunt down new teachings that brighten your future.
VIRGO (Aug 23–Sept 22): Everyone alive has a unique fate that's interesting enough to write a book about. Each of us has at least one epic story to tell that would make people cry and laugh and adjust their thoughts about the meaning of life. What would your book be like? Think about what's unfolding right now, because that might be a ripe place to start. The core themes of your destiny are on vivid display, with new plot twists taking your drama in novel directions. Want to get started? Compose the first two sentences of your memoir.
LIBRA (Sept 23–Oct 22): "Dear Oracle: I find myself in the weird position of trying to decide between doing the good thing and doing the right thing. If I opt to emphasize sympathy and kindness, I may look like an eager-to-please wimp with shaky principles. If I push hard for justice and truth, on the other hand, I may seem rude and insensitive. Why is it so challenging to have integrity? —Vexed Libra." Dear Libra: My advice is to avoid the all-or-nothing approach. Be willing to be half-good and half-right. Sometimes the highest forms of integrity require you to accept imperfect solutions.
SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): You have waited long enough to get back at your adversaries. It's high time to stop simmering with frustration and resentment. Take direct action! I suggest you arrange to have a box of elephant poop shipped to their addresses. You can order it here: tinyurl.com/ElephantManure. JUST KIDDING! I misled you with the preceding statements. It would in fact be a mistake for you to seek such vulgar revenge. Here's the truth: Now is an excellent time to retaliate against those who have opposed you, but the best ways to do that would be by proving them wrong, surpassing their accomplishments, and totally forgiving them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22–Dec 21): Marketing experts say that motivating a person to say yes to a big question is more likely if you first build momentum by posing smaller questions to which it's easy to say yes. I encourage you to adopt this slant for your own purposes in the coming weeks. It's prime time to extend invitations and make requests that you've been waiting for the right moment to risk. The people you need on your side will, I suspect, be more receptive than usual—and with good reasons—but you may still have to be smoothly strategic in your approach.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22–Jan 19): I bet you'll be offered at least one valuable gift, and possibly more. But I'm concerned that you may not recognize them for their true nature. So I've created an exercise to enhance your ability to identify and claim them. Please muse and ruminate on the following poetic concepts: (1) a pain that can heal, (2) a shadow that illuminates, (3) an unknown or anonymous ally, (4) a secret that nurtures intimacy, (5) a power akin to underground lightning, (6) an invigorating boost disguised as tough love.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20–Feb 18): When I was a kid attending elementary school in the American Midwest, recess was a core part of my educational experience. For 45 minutes each day, we were excused from our studies so we could indulge in free-form play—outdoors, if the weather was nice, or else in the gymnasium. But in recent years, schools in the US have shrunk the time allotted for recess. Many schools have eliminated it altogether. Don't they understand this is bad for the social, emotional, and physical health of their students? In any case, Aquarius, I hope you move in the opposite direction during the coming weeks. You need more than your usual quota of time away from the grind. More fun and games, please! More messing around and merriment! More recess!
PISCES (Feb 19–March 20): The Land of Magic Fun is down and in, not up and out. The Best Mysteries That Money Can't Buy are also there—not up and out, but down and in. And that's why I say it's a favorable time to dig for buried treasure or make love in a cave or find out what it means to be an archaeologist of the soul. Deep, dark secrets of the past are calling you, and so are deep, bright secrets. If you're not insanely curious about their potential revelations, you should be. Be a brave explorer of the foundations, my dear Pisces! Your roots need to be watered with sweat and tears.
Homework: Each of us has a secret ignorance. Can you guess what yours is? What will you do about it? Testify at freewillastrology.com.