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AQUARIUS: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
Near the end of his career, painter Henri Matisse created a paper-cut composition, Le Bateau, or The Boat. It’s an abstract piece that does not depict a literal boat. That’s why the Museum of Modern Art in New York may be forgiven for mistakenly hanging it upside-down in 1961, upon first acquiring the piece. Fortunately, after a month and a half, a knowledgeable person noticed, and Le Bateau was corrected. Is a comparable phenomenon going on now? Is it possible a part of your life got inverted or transposed? If so, are you sharp enough to see the goof and brave enough to fix it?
LIBRA: September 10-16 Wednesday, September 10
Those who invoke the old metaphor about the caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly often omit an important detail: the graceful winged creature is helpless and weak when it first wriggles free of its chrysalis. It’s not ready to take up its full destiny.
PISCES: August 6-12 Wednesday, August 6
“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice,” said British author G.K. Chesterton, “and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” In my astrological opinion, no one can possibly give you accurate counsel in the weeks ahead. Your circumstances are too unique, your dilemmas too idiosyncratic for experts to understand, let alone those who think they own a piece of you. It might be useful to hear what everyone has to say about your situation, though. Knowing their mistaken or uninformed perspectives helps you get clarity.
SCORPIO: September 10-16 Wednesday, September 10
According to my astrological omen analysis, you’re currently the zodiac sign least likely to be clumsy, vulgar, awkward or prone to dumb mistakes. On the other hand, you’re the most likely to derisively accuse others of being the same ways.
SAGITTARIUS: September 10-16 Wednesday, September 10
You have cosmic permission to be bigger than life and wilder than sin. You have poetic license to be more wise than clever. Feel free to laugh longer than may seem polite and make no apologies as you spill drinks telling brash stories.
CAPRICORN: September 10-16 Wednesday, September 10
For 2,000-plus years, Chinese astronomers have understood the science of eclipses. Yet as late as the 1800s, sailors in the Chinese navy shot cannonballs toward lunar eclipses, hoping to chase away the dragons they imagined were devouring the moon.
ARIES: October 8-14 Wednesday, October 8
Situation No. 1: If you meet resistance or doubt, say: “Ha! This diversion can’t slow me down, because I am in possession of an invisible magical sword!” Then take a few charismatic swipes with your sword to show you mean business. Situation No. 2:
TAURUS: October 8-14 Wednesday, October 8
In her poem Advice to Myself, Louise Erdrich speaks of the human heart as “that place you don’t even think of cleaning out. That closet stuffed with savage mementos.” Use her observations as a prod. Now’s an excellent time to purge savage mementos from your heart, and clean the whole place up. You don’t have to get all OCD about it. No need to scour and scrub until it’s spotless. Even a half-hearted effort will set promising transformations in motion.
GEMINI: October 8-14 Wednesday, October 8
Learn more in the next eight months than you’ve ever learned in a comparable period. Make a list of all the subjects you’d love to study and all the skills you’d love to master, then devise a plan to gather the educational experiences with which you reinvent yourself. Turn your curiosity on full-blast and go in quest of revelations, insights and epiphanies, smashing through limits of understanding as you explore frontiers of sweet knowledge.
CANCER: October 8-14 Wednesday, October 8
Three times a week, I hike along a rough path through an oak forest. It’s rough because it’s strewn with loose rocks. If I don’t watch the ground, I’m constantly turning my ankles. Or at least that was the case until last week. For two days, with the help of a rake, I cleared many of those bothersome obstacles off the trail.
 
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