Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): "Is the soul solid, like iron?" inquires poet Mary Oliver, "Or is it tender and breakable, like/ the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl?" I believe you'll soon be able to answer those questions, Sagittarius; I expect that you'll experience all the extremes the soul is capable of. By week's end, you just might agree with the dude quoted by Andrew Tilin in a recent article in Rolling Stone. "Sometimes I feel like my life is in pieces," he said. "But, somehow, all of the pieces are good."

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "What are we looking for?" a fellow FBI agent asks The X-Files' Fox Mulder as they enter a house where our hero suspects he'll find clues to support a theory he's mulling. "I'm not sure," Mulder replies, "but I'll know it when I see it." This approach would suit you well in the weeks to come, Capricorn. You can't possibly know ahead of time what you want to find, since it's unlike anything you've longed for up until now.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Early this century, marauding boll weevils devoured the cotton crop that was the main product of Enterprise, Ala. Local farmers had no choice but to diversify the plants they grew. As a result, the town's per capita income tripled what it had been when cotton was king. In response, grateful citizens built a huge monument to the insect that had forced them to grow richer. And why am I telling you this, Aquarius? I'd like you to draw inspiration from this story in the weeks to come. Thank your tormentors for their gifts.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Strange that the dog days of summer would ever be associated with fresh beginnings, but there are more than a few historical precedents. The United States was of course born around this time of year. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, launched the French Revolution and its overthrow of the monarchy. Day 1 of the Islamic calendar is July 16, honoring Mohammed's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622. And in ancient Egypt, the priesthood taught that the world was created on July 21. Then there's July of 1998, which should prove to be a grand opening for a sizable minority of the Piscean tribe.

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