Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." So begins Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield. I urge you to write that same overture at the head of a new chapter in your own journal, Capricorn. Below it, list five vows that, if ultimately carried out, will prove you are the hero of your own life. Then choose one to focus all your willpower on during the next few weeks. Finally, create a costume for yourself this Halloween that perfectly embodies the spirit you'll need to pull off that first vow.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In old Europe, every king and queen wore a crown; it was a sign of the highest earthly power. Egypt's pharaohs, considered a blend of human and god, wore either a white cone bearing a model of a serpent, or else a cap with one straight and one spiral stalk. Ancient Greece honored both fierce warriors and ingenious poets with fancy wreaths. Now that you've heard a brief history of exalted headgear, Aquarius, I hope you'll be inspired to acquire and wear your own. You are, after all, in the most commanding phase of your astrological cycle. And the Halloween season gives you a perfect excuse to wear a crown all the time.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Play along with me and assume that the doctrine of reincarnation is correct. Imagine that you've been on Earth many times before. Now fantasize about what you'd like to be when you incarnate next time around, say in the Nigerian Republic of Shell Oil in 2010 or in New New York City in 2130. Visualize the body and brain you'd like to have then, the fascinating problems you'll be given to solve, the soulmates who'll torment and inspire you. (If you can't bring yourself to believe in reincarnation, conjure up a vision of the person you'll be 10 years from today.) Spend some time meditating on this, Pisces, and then design a Halloween costume that'll let you portray your future self.

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